Tour Packages and News for August 2011

Tour operator news, packages and promotions By: Emily McManus
Whale watching // © 2011 Photos.com
Whale watching // © 2011 Photos.com

Clipper Navigation is offering San Juan Island excursions with opportunities for whale and sea life watching in Seattle, starting at $49 per person, with rates increasing in July.

South America
My Exclusive Journeys celebrates 100 years since the discovery of Machu Picchu with several five-day Centennial Tours beginning at $1,892 per person, based on double occupancy.

Africa
For clients who want to follow in the royal couple’s footsteps, Extraordinary Journeys is offering an eight-night Royal Safari package to Kenya and the Seychelles with prices starting at $9,780 per person. 

Australia
The first-ever KI Food Safari around Kangaroo 
Island offers a five-night culinary adventure from Aug. 27 to Sept. 1, starting at $4,950 
per person.

Europe
Scenic Tours has launched its early-bird specials for European river cruises and tours in 2012, including free flights to Europe and savings of up to $3,660 per couple if booked before Oct. 31.

IN BRIEF:
Sceptre launches Price Guarantee
If agents book an independent vacation or escorted tour to Ireland with Sceptre Tours and find an equivalent offer at a lower price from another company, Sceptre will match the price and provide a $100 American Express gift card.

“We want agents to be assured that they can get their clients the best price in the marketplace when they book with us,” said Chris Accomando, president of the company. 
To benefit from Sceptre’s guarantee, agents should book an escorted or independent vacation package that includes air and, if it is an independent package, accommodations for a minimum of four nights as well as a rental car. Agents who find a lower rate for an equivalent package within five days must email Sceptre with the competitive bid. (800-221-0924; www.sceptretours.com)
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