Tour Packages and News for July 2012

Tour operator news, packages and promotions By: Mindy Poder
Yosemite National Park // © 2012 Thinkstock
Yosemite National Park // © 2012 Thinkstock

New for 2013 is Quark Expedition’s Greenland Explorer: Valleys and Fjords itinerary, which follows the coast of Greenland with stops in Iceland and Canada.

Cox & Kings, The America’s Centre Head & COO, Thomas Stanley, leads clients through the shores of Antarctica and the Falkland Islands on an 18-day adventure that begins on Jan. 16, 2013.

South Africa
Jacada Travel is offering family getaways in Africa and Latin America, such as the South Africa Family Explorer, a 12-night journey including the Kalahari Desert’s game reserves.

Insight Vacations is offering a savings of $1,280 per person on its Imperial Treasures of India gold tour, a 12-day journey through Delhi, Agra, Mumbai, Udaipur and more.

Eating amongst the vineyards in Aix-en-Provence, spending the day in Monaco and wine tasting in Beaune are highlights of Trafalgar’s new 10-day Wonderful France itinerary.

In Brief:

Tauck Soldiers On
Tauck’s new, all-inclusive, eight-day guided journey Yosemite and Sequoia: John Muir’s California explores the history of the Buffalo Soldiers as well as the work of naturalist John Muir and the story behind America’s National Parks system.

Ken Burns, creator of the award-winning documentary series “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” helped create the itinerary and developed a 20-minute film specifically for Tauck. Burns was especially interested in the role of the Buffalo Soldiers, African American U.S. Army troops who served in the west as well as Yosemite and Sequoia in the era before park rangers.

“The Buffalo Soldiers are – in fact – a huge part of U.S. history. And with regards to the National Parks, they are crucial,” said Burns.

Tauck’s itinerary begins with sightseeing in San Francisco, which includes a visit to the Presidio where the Buffalo Soldiers were garrisoned. In Sequoia National Park, clients will learn about Buffalo Soldiers commander Charles Young, the first African American to oversee one of America’s National Parks. After two, two-night stays in inside-the-park lodges in Yosemite and Sequoia, clients travel back to San Francisco for a final night at the Fairmont San Francisco. Rates begin at $4,290 per person, based on double occupancy.

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