Tour Packages and News for September 2011

Tour operator news, packages and promotions
On Food Network tours, clients cook, meet chefs and sample local dishes. // © 2011 George Doyle
On Food Network tours, clients cook, meet chefs and sample local dishes. // © 2011 George Doyle

Around the Globe

North America

Dvorak Expeditions now makes it possible for clients to add stand-up paddleboarding and ziplining to custom-built, multi-sport Colorado itineraries.

South America

Beginning on Jan. 29, 2012, Ecoventura’s small expedition vessels will alternate two, seven-night itineraries approved by the Galapagos National Park and Marine Reserve, starting at $3,350 per person.


Perillo Tours is introducing its off-season, 10-day Vesuvius Tour, which visits Rome, Sorrento, Florence, Naples, Pompeii, Capri and Venice, with prices beginning at $2,890 per person.


Trafalgar’s 15-day Australia and New Zealand Panaroma trip visits Queenstown, Melbourne and Sydney as well as the Great Barrier Reef and the Glow Worm Grotto. Bookings made by Sept. 30 receive $600 savings, per couple, on air-inclusive vacations.


Geringer Global Travel is debuting a 15-day women’s journey through Northern India, priced from $3,865 per person, with a $200 discount if booked by Oct. 15.


In Brief

Food Network Travel’s Guided Tours to Italy and France Now Open for Booking

Food Network Travel’s guided vacations, operated by Trafalgar Tours, launch in 2012 and are now open for booking. Developed in association with Signature Travel Network, these customized culinary land vacations bring foodie clients to Italy, France and Northern California and complement already launched Caribbean and Mediterranean Food Network at Sea cruises. Vacations include a Food Network tour director, first-class hotel accommodations and exclusive invitation-only experiences.

Guests will sample local dishes and visit Food Network stars’ preferred spots, as featured on such shows as “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” and “Best Thing I Ever Ate.” Clients will visit markets and wineries, meet chefs, participate in hands-on cooking classes and even try out recipes developed by Food Network Kitchens.

Insight Vacations Offers Hawaii in 2012

Insight Vacations has added Hawaii to its luxury Gold Tour offerings for 2012. Responding to years of client requests, Insight is now offering a 10- or 12-day Hawaiian Dreams vacation package. Included are luxury hotel stays at the Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas on Maui, the Fairmont Orchid on the Big Island and the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa, as well as island-to-island airport transfers and interisland airfare.

Highlights of the three or four-island package include a guided tour of the Iolani Palace in Oahu, a tasting of lavender tea accompanied by lavender scones at Alii Kula Lavender on Maui, a walk-through of a lava tube on Hawaii’s Big Island and an exploration of Waimea Canyon on Kaui. Land-only, per-person prices start at $3,750 for the 10-day tour and $4,595 for the 12-day tour.