More Tour Operator News and Packages for July 2010

Around the globe By: Mackenzie Maher

Around the Globe

Central America
Brendan Vacations has launched three new soft-adventure and beach-stay packages in Costa Rica and Belize, priced from $329 per person, land only.

South America
Clients can explore the Galapagos Islands at great savings with G.T. Tours Inc.’s eight-day, nature-oriented cruise, priced from $2,250 per person.

Tourcrafters has produced a new Italy wine tours and tasting brochure with day-tour packages offered in Tuscany, Piedmont and Veneto, priced from $262 per person.

Pacific Delight Tours is offering a 12-day cruise and tour along China’s Yangtze River as well as the country’s imperial cities, priced from $1,899 per person.

Middle East
Collette Vacations released its 2011 land/cruise programs brochure which includes itineraries to Jordan and Egypt, priced from $1,699 per person.

In Brief
By Kerry Tiedeman

// © 2010 Columbia Pictures

// © 2010 Columbia Pictures


“Eat, Pray, Love” With STA Travel
STA Travel (STA) is celebrating the release of the film “Eat, Pray, Love” with the launch of exclusive tour packages based on the around-the-world journey of self discovery taken by author Elizabeth Gilbert in the book of the same title. Travelers can mirror Gilbert’s travels across Italy, India and Indonesia, or experience a single leg of her journey by purchasing a country-specific tour package from STA.

STA is also launching a Let the Journey Begin sweepstakes where one lucky winner will receive the full 21-day journey for free, along with a suite of Lonely Planet guidebooks. Fifty runner-up winners will receive two movie tickets to see “Eat, Pray, Love,” along with other travel prizes. Adds Smithsonian Journeys as A Preferred Supplier
Travel agent consortium (Vcom) recently added Smithsonian Journeys Travel Adventures (SJTA) as a preferred tour operator supplier. SJTA, created in partnership with Collette Vacations, offers custom-crafted tours that emphasize education and cultural discovery. Several brand highlights include expert guest speakers such as Egyptologists, naturalists, art historians and archaeologists; destinations that range from Vietnam, Washington, D.C., and Australia to New Zealand and Turkey; meals and accommodations that reflect the region of travel; and flexibility. SJTA tour packages are currently priced from $1,149 per person.

Vcom agents who book any air-inclusive SJTA tour can now offer clients complimentary roundtrip home-to-airport sedan service. Vcom currently serves a network of more
than 5,100 travel agency locations throughout the U.S. and Canada.