Tour Packages and News for December 2011

Tour operator news, packages and promotions By: Kelly Rosenfeld
Ireland // © 2011 ThinkStock
Ireland // © 2011 ThinkStock

North America
Globus clients interested in the 11-day Enchanting Canyonlands tour of Nevada, Utah and Arizona can save $600 per couple if booked before Nov. 29.

Central America
The Guatemala Local Living program from G Adventures offers an eight-day immersion in Maya life, during which travelers learn about agriculture and artisan trades for rates starting at $499.

Africa
Norman Carr Safaris is offering a two-for-one safari deal on a six-night, all-inclusive guided adventure with prices beginning at $1,950 for stays between Nov. 1 and Dec. 12.

Europe
Sceptre Tours is launching a 10-day boutique tour of Ireland’s castle hotels and manors through the country’s great cities, starting at $3,285.

Asia
Collette Vacations presents the Three Kingdoms of Indochina, a 19-day, 28-passenger tour through Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia from $3,249 per person.

 

In Brief:

Explore Ireland with New Brendan Tours
Brendan Vacations is offering new itineraries and enhancements for its tours of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland next year.

Sights and Sounds of Ireland, a new 11-day tour, begins in Dublin and visits Glenveagh National Park, the Cliffs of Moher, W.B. Yeats’ grave, the Ring of Kerry and more at a starting price of $2,050, based on double occupancy.

Boutique Guided Vacations — including the Castles and Manors trip, starting at $3,285, based on double occupancy — offer a more intimate feel with no more than 24 guests, a private luxury coach and other amenities.

The tour operator’s Locally Hosted Vacations are ideal for more independent travelers. The new Dublin and Edinburgh tour sets travelers up with a local host, a hop-on hop-off tour of Dublin and more, from $1,049, based on double occupancy. www.brendanvacations.com

Cosmos Focuses on National Parks
Cosmos’ 2012 tour agenda includes a new partnership, environmental preservation efforts and special vacation offers highlighting the scenery and national parks of North America.

“National parks are idyllic vacation hot spots perfect for relaxation and introspection, wildlife exploration or adventure, depending on each traveler’s interests,” said Scott Nisbet, president and CEO of Globus.

The new GoParks! Tours partnership with the National Park Foundation (NPF) will provide unique tour experiences that also help preserve the parks themselves. Fifteen special vacations, many of which are GoParks! Tours, are available for $150 per day or less, and include tours of the Southwest, the Hawaiian Islands, the Canyonlands, the Blue Ridge Mountains and more. In addition, when travelers book a Cosmos U.S. national parks vacation, the company will make a donation to the NPF. Early bookings will receive $50 off the per person price of any 2012 Cosmos vacation. www.cosmos.com

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