Tour Packages and News for January 2012

Tour operator news, packages and promotions
A new itinerary by Cox & Kings includes a visit to the pyramids. // © 2011 Thinkstock
A new itinerary by Cox & Kings includes a visit to the pyramids. // © 2011 Thinkstock

Couples who book Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection’s 11-day Paris & European River Romance or 18-day Paris & the Heart of Europe river cruises can save up to $1,600 before Jan. 6.

South America
Brendan Vacations’ 12-day Argentina and Across the Andes to Chile discovery tour visits Buenos Aires and the Andes, beginning at $3,775.

South Africa
African Travel Inc. explores the history and culture of South Africa on the eight-day Footsteps of Mandela itinerary, beginning at $3,195.

Shakti offers a five-day, four-night package to the Buddhist Kingdom of Sikkim, featuring hikes in the foothills of the Himalayas, starting at $1,974 per person.

Island Destinations, which just added an office in Asia, has added Capella Singapore, Raffles Hotel Singapore, Amanpuri, Trisara and The Nam Hai to its Asia portfolio.


In Brief:

Cox & Kings Catalogs for Africa and Arabia
Cox & Kings 2012 catalogs for Africa & Indian Ocean and Arabia & North Africa include several new itineraries. The new 11-day Egypt & Jordan: Kingdoms Lost trip is a luxury private journey that features a hot-air balloon ride in Luxor, above the Valley of the Kings, as well as a yacht ride down the Nile River. The itinerary, which visits the Great Pyramids of Giza and Temples of Ramses, starts at $6,935 per person. Other new itineraries visit Madagascar, South Africa and Israel.

Robin Pope Safaris Wins Responsible Tourism Award
Beating more than 1,000 nominees, Robin Pope Safaris (RPS) won two top awards during World Travel Market’s World Responsible Tourism Day. The safari company tied for Overall Winner of Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards with Unseen Tours and won the Poverty Reduction category.

Among its efforts, RPS aspires to positively impact the environment and reduce any negative footprint from tourism. The company annually reports its social, economic and environmental impact.

The Virgin Holiday Responsible Tourism initiative was launched in 2004 to educate, motivate and inspire travel companies to engage in responsible tourism activity.

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