Isramworld’s luxury FIT product, the Elite Travel Collection, has recently broadened its offerings. The 42-year-old tour operator will now offer its signature customized tours in Italy and Portugal.
“Agent after agent asked if and when we will do being custom programs to Italy, so we decided to make Italy a priority,” explained Richard Krieger, director of sales and marketing for Isramworld. “Portugal came about after the vice president of Escapade Vacations, Eitan Silberber, made a visit to Portugal and came back with a real fervor for promoting upscale travel to Portugal. We did an informal survey of agents and found that while many had sold Portugal as an add-on to a trip to Spain, many did not know about the wide range of luxury selling opportunities within the country so Portugal was added as sort of [unexplored] part of Europe.”
With this style of vacation, itineraries can practically be as grand as the client’s imagination. The vacations can include a full-time guide, limo transportation and rooms in some of the best hotels that the countries have to offer, from Rome’s Hassler Roma to Reid’s Palace in Madeira, Portugal.
While first-class transportation and accommodation are a must for any luxury tour, what makes the Elite Travel Collection itineraries truly stand out is their inclusion of unique events tailored especially to their most discerning clients’ tastes. For example, clients traveling to Italy who profess an interest in fashion can pay a behind-the-scenes visit to a design house or meet with a well-known fashion designer. Or in Portugal, clients can enjoy a private wine tasting with the owner of their favorite vineyard or take a cooking lesson from one of the region’s top chefs.
The Elite Travel Collection also provides access to private art collections, famous churches, archeological collections and historical sites closed to the general public.
“Because each of our itineraries is custom-crafted to meet the needs of the traveler, we work with our international contacts to secure exclusive and exciting meetings that mesh with our client's interests. Our goal is to enhance the traveler’s journey,” said Krieger.