Tour Operator News and Packages for June 2010

Around the globe

Around the Globe

South America
Sunny Land Tours is offering a six-night air-inclusive travel package to Peru for $999 per person, based on double or triple occupancy.

Select Italy’s Florence Made Easy package features an interactive travel experience/scavenger hunt inspired by the “Whaiwhai Game Tour Book.”

Heritage Tours Private Travel is offering Sexy in Morrocco packages inspired by the new “Sex and the City 2” film, which was shot on location in the North African country.

Australia and South Pacific
Travel Impressions has expanded its portfolio to include Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. Agents can receive a $150 American Express Gift Cheque Bonus for stays booked by June 30.

Friendly Planet Travel is offering its 10-day Taste of China tour for $1,099 per person when booked by June 30 for a Dec. 8 departure date.

In Brief

Sceptre Tours Offers Luxury Tuscan Villa Package
Sceptre Tours is offering a six-night Luxury Tuscan Villa Package to Italy priced from $899 per person for travel on select Wednesdays from Nov. 1 through March 23, 2011, based on a four-person minimum. The package includes roundtrip airfare to Florence, Italy; villa accommodations and the use of a full-size manual rental car (an upgrade to an automatic vehicle is available for an additional fee). Clients will stay at the Il Borro estate in a two-bedroom villa; the estate occupies 1,755 acres of Tuscan countryside that is a 40-minute drive away from Florence and Siena. 800-221-0924;


Isramworld has deubted a new series of Jewish heritage tours. // © 2010 Nagillum

Isramworld has deubted a new series of Jewish heritage tours. // © 2010 Nagillum


Isramworld Debuts Travel With a Scholar Tour Series
Isramworld is offering a new Travel With a Scholar Series of tours to Jewish heritage sites worldwide, including China, Spain, Morocco, Eastern Europe, Russia, India, South America and Israel. The tours will be led by Jewish scholar and lecturer Jacob Shoshan and will focus on the history, culture and dynamics of the Jewish past and present. All tours will also include accommodations and sightseeing in air-conditioned vehicles.


“We are very proud to offer a new one-of-a-kind travel experience to our clients,” said Ady Gelber, president and CEO of Isramworld. “These Jewish-focused tours will offer travelers a unique opportunity to gain additional insight into Jewish communities and history around the world.” 800-223-7460;;


Sex in the City 2 poster // © 2010 HBO

Sex in the City 2 poster
// © 2010 HBO


A&K Goes Hollywood
Abercrombie & Kent is offering a number of movie-inspired itineraries around the world. Film inspirations include “Sex and the City 2” for its Splendors of Morocco tour; “Out of Africa” for its Out of Africa tour; and the upcoming film “Eat, Pray, Love” for Treasures of Northern India — A Journey for Women. The 14-day Treasures of Northern India tour, for example, takes female clients to Delhi, Udaipur, Jaipu, Agra, Jhansi, Khajuraho and Varanasi, India, on a journey that includes early morning worship at the ghats and an exclusive visit with a mahout in a local Jaipur village. 800 554 7016;


Trafalgar and Contiki Sales Teams Unite
TravCorp USA, the parent company of Contiki Vacations and Trafalgar Tours, announced that the field sales team from Contiki will be joining forces with Trafalgar Tours as part of a strategy to increase field strength for both brands. Together, both field sales teams will collaborate in cross-training to prepare for the upcoming sales season. Both brands will continue to operate, however, as separate business units. Agents can expect new brochure launches from both brands in late summer.

“It is our goal to increase the level of agent support for the Contiki product by increasing the reach of our sales force and incorporating the Contiki product line into all of our sales activities,” said Paul Wiseman, president of Trafalgar Tours. “By leveraging the strength of both brands, we provide a solution that will boost our travel agent partners’ passenger sales through broadening the market to include younger customers while retaining the healthy commissions our tour products are known for. Easy up-sell opportunities exist for agents selling a Trafalgar tour and marketing the Contiki product to the Trafalgar customers’ adult children,” said Wiseman.;


Solo travelers can save big with Tauck.// © 2010 iStock Photos

Solo travelers can save big with Tauck.
// © 2010 iStock Photos


Tauck Helps Singles Save
Single travelers now have an opportunity to save up to $2,500 on more than 30 different cruises and tours from Tauck in 2010. This year, Tauck is reducing its single supplement on 102 departures on 31 of its different land tours, small-ship ocean cruises and European river cruises.

According to Tauck CEO Dan Mahar, the savings offered are considerable.

“In several cases, we’ve reduced the single supplement by more than 70 percent, allowing single travelers to save as much as $2,500,” he said. “On the 31 itineraries where we’ve trimmed the single supplement, the average reduction is 42 percent or more than $750 in cash savings.”

The most dramatic savings, according to the tour operator, can be found in its cruising portfolio, where the supplement has been reduced by an average of 61 percent with cash savings averaging more than $1,400 per person. 800-468-2825;

CIE Tours Enhances Britain Program for 2011
Thanks to a 74 percent increase in escorted tour bookings for groups and individuals traveling to Britain in 2010, CIE Tours International is increasing and enhancing its program to Britain for 2011. Additionally, the company plans to ensure that 90 percent of its scheduled tour prices for 2011 are unchanged from this year.

The expansion of the program includes three new British tours: The eight- or 10-day Olde English Heritage Tour, priced from $1,298, land only; the nine-day Heart of Wales & England Tour, priced from $1,458, land only; and the 15-day British Pageantry, priced from $2,598, land only. 800-223-6508;

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