11-Day China FAM From Pacific Delight Tours
The trip departs March 19, 2018 | Pacific Delight Tours

Pacific Delight Tours is offering travel agents an 11-night FAM trip to China departing March 19, 2018. Agents will stay in deluxe accommodations in a private balcony Superior Stateroom on a Yangtze River cruise onboard the five-star Victoria Jenna. Stops along the way include modern Shanghai, ancient Xi'an, and the country’s capital and cultural center, Beijing

The trip begins at $1,999 per agent. The fare includes airfare from LAX, intra-China flights and ground transportation, meals as per the itinerary, all sightseeing entrance fees, and a knowledgeable English-speaking guide.

A companion rate is available from $2,099, while a single supplement surcharge of $799 applies to single occupancy travel. Flights from JFK are an additional $100.

In addition to the room on the Victoria Jenna, travel agents will stay in deluxe accommodations at the Regal International East Asia Hotel in Shanghai, the Grand Mercure Hotel Xi'an, and the Capital Hotel in Beijing.

For more than 40 years, Pacific Delight Tours has been taking Americans throughout Asia on high-end and affordable luxury tours. Locations include India, Japan, New Zealand, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and more. There are also gluten-free and Kosher tours available 

The company has won numerous awards including TravelAge West WAVE Award from 2008–2016, the 2009 Travel Weekly Readers' Choice Award, and the Travvy Award from travAlliancemedia for Best Vacation Packager, Asia for 2016 and 2017. The company is also a member of the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA).

For more information, call 800-221-7179 or visit their website at pacificdelighttours.com.

Riviera Travel Offers Christening Travel Agent FAM Trip
Contest runs through February 21. | Riviera Travel

Riviera Travel, a new European river cruise line expanding into the U.S. market, is offering travel agents to win a spot on a christening fam trip.

Agents who join the Riviera Cruise Club travel agency portal by February 21 will be automatically entered to win a spot for the agent and their guest on the fam trip, which will take place Tuesday, April 3 from Friday, April 6 on the new Robert Burns. Agents can join the Riviera Cruise Club at www.rivierarivercruises.com/agency.

The fam trip begins April 3 in Vienna, with a buffet lunch included onboard and an afternoon free to explore the ship. That evening is an exclusive christening event with a cocktail reception, christening ceremony and dinner.

The morning of April 4, attendees get a guided tour of Vienna, setting sail for Budapest in the afternoon. There will be a guided tour of Budapest the morning of April 5, followed by free time in the afternoon. Flights home depart April 6.

The following is included in the fam trip:

  • Luxury accommodation on board the new Robert Burns for the agent and their guest.
  • All meals onboard including buffet breakfasts and lunches as well as regional cuisine in the evening.
  • Wines, beers and sodas with lunch and dinner.
  • Transfers to and from the ship.
  • Up to $1,000 reimbursement for air fare.
  • Wi-Fi throughout the ship.
  • Bottled water and tea and coffee making facilities in cabin.          

Additionally, pre- and post-stay hotel accommodation is available at The Intercontinental Vienna and The Intercontinental Budapest. Agents can contact Riviera Travel directly for more information at 1-888-838-8820.

New FAM Trip to Fiji Departs This May
The fam trip runs May 10 through May 18, 2018. | Pacific Holidays

Pacific Holidays is offering travel agents a new fam trip to Fiji departing this May.

Departing May 10 from Los Angeles, the fam trip was developed in partnership with Fiji Airways and Captain Cook Cruises. It last nine days / six nights, through May 18, with travel agent rates starting from $1,599 per person, including airfare from Los Angeles.

On the fam trip travel agents will take a three-night cruise with Captain Cook on the small ship Reef Endeavour, calling at the Mamanuca Islands and the southern Yasasas, including Waya and Sacred Islands. Then agents will spend three nights at First Landing Resort, where according to a local legend the first Fijians arrived around 1,500 BC. All meals are included on the cruise.

The fam trip is for travel agents only, Pacific Holidays said. Other notable highlights will include an exploration of Monoriki, where Tom Hanks’ Castaway was filmed, on a guided kayak tour. On Monu Island, agents will be able to snorkel and take in a special village choral service, followed by a performance of the Sunday Show in the evening.

More snorkeling in coral gardens will be available during the stop at Sacred Island, and on the journey through the southern Yasawa Islands, travel agents will have the chance to meet the village children of an island school and shop for souvenirs at a shell market.

For more information and reservation, contact Pacific Holidays, 12 West 32nd Street, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10001, Toll Free: 1-800-355-8025, Tel: 212-629-3888, FAX: 212-629-8882. email: [email protected], Website: www.pacificholidaysinc.com

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Variety Cruises Promotes Discounted Rates for Agents
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Variety Cruises announced it will be offering new travel agent rates on select summer 2018 and winter 2018 - 2019 cruise dates. Travel agents can select from a diverse range of handpicked cruise destinations including Greece, Spain and Portugal, the Adriatic Sea, Cape Verde, the Seychelles, West Africa, Costa Rica & Panama, Cuba, and Iceland

Variety Cruises has also announced new destinations for 2018/2019. "Gods, Kings, and Pharaohs," which takes voyagers to Israel, Egypt, and Jordan beginning in November 2018, and "Splendors of Egypt by Sea," set to begin in December 2018, which has an itinerary that features Egypt and Jordan by sea. In 2019, a Bali cruise is also planned to be launched where guests will explore the Indonesian Archipelago.

The Travel Agent Offer:

  • 60 percent discount on official rate- Confirmation of booking 179 to 60 days prior to embarkation day.
  • 75 percent discount on official rate- Confirmation of booking 59 days until embarkation day. 
  • Travel agents will be entitled to the discounts by providing their valid CLIA Certificate or IATAN list along with their business card- Both will be required onboard upon embarkation
  • The rates are per person and cruise, and apply for the Travel Agent and one companion
  • Valid for active employees, not retired
  • Travel agent rates do not apply for the owner’s suite and category P cabins
  • Reservations at Travel agent rates are subject to prior approval and completed paperwork
  • Port Taxes are additional

Variety Cruises operates a fleet of 11 fully owned yacht cruises with capacities ranging from 5 to 36 cabins. Variety Cruises’ voyages include shore excursions, experiential itineraries that focus on the destination, yacht deck barbecues, and more. 

For more, visit www.varietycruises.com.

U by Uniworld Announces Agent FAM Trips in 2018
Departure dates are available for April through August 2018. | U by Uniworld

U by Uniworld has announced the opening of eight sailings along the Seine, Danube, and Rhine rivers to the travel agent community for 2018. The agent FAM trips will be available at exclusive industry pricing on its ships The A and The B.

The decision came after the success of its “Sneak Peak” cruise on The B last month, the river cruise line said, which brought on an increased demand among travel industry partners to experience the Millennial-focused river cruise.

The eight new itineraries will be removed from the U by Uniworld website and will not be part of the regular U cruise 2018 lineup. Instead, they will be made available only to travel agents, with an allotment of rooms at a special travel agent rate of 60 percent off the published fare on select itineraries on The A and The B in April, May, August, and October 2018.

The itineraries:

  • The A - “Rolling on the Rhine:” April 28
  • The A – “Danube Flow:” May 19
  • The A – “Germany’s Finest:” August 18
  • The B – “The Seine Experience:” April 21
  • The B – “The Seine Experience:” April 28
  • The B – “The Seine Experience:” August 25
  • The B – “The Seine Experience:” October 20

U by Uniworld, a new brand from Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, is the first ever river cruise catered to travelers aged 21 to 45, offering voyages along popular rivers across Europe. The brand will begin sailings in spring 2018 with nine itineraries on the Seine, Rhine, Main, and Danube Rivers on its two newly renovated ships.

For more information on these itineraries, visit www.ubyuniworld.com/us/river-cruises.

Book a FAM to India, Get One to Dubai Free
The special offer is available until November 7, 2017. | Culture Holidays Starting at $699

Culture Holidays is offering a FAM trip to India with a bonus trip to Dubai for free on select dates. 

The Golden Triangle India Tour will bring travel professions to some of the most popular locations in India including Delhi, Taj Mahal, and Jaipur

After arrival in Delhi, travelers will take part in an early meditation session followed by a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi with stops at  Raj Ghat - the memorial site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated, Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India, and the Red Fort which was the residence of the Mughal emperors for almost 200 years. Travelers will also spend time touring New Delhi stopping at Bangla Sahib, the Qutub Minar, a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave, and more. 

The next day travelers will explore the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. The evening is free for shopping in the local markets or relaxing at the hotel.

During days four, five, and six, travel professionals will see highlights of Abhaneri and the city of Jaipur.

Included in the FAM is accommodations in five-star hotels, all meals, transportation, guides, entry to all sites on the itinerary, an elephant ride and Jaipur, rickshaw ride in Delhi, daily mediation sessions, and networking workshops. 

Those who book the Golden Triangle India Tour before November 7, 2017 for departure in April 2018 will receive a Dubai trip for free.

Travel professionals can book the FAM for just $200 down. Prices begin at $699. Guests can be brought on the FAM.

For more information, visit cultureholidays.com

EJI Group Offers FAM Trip Aboard the Palace on Wheels
The trip will take place in April 2018. | EJI Group

EJI Group has announced a new FAM Trip on board the Palace on Wheels, a luxury train that travels through India. The participants will meet in New Delhi on April 3, 2018 and travel through Delhi, Jaipur, Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve, Chittaurgarh, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Agra and return to New Delhi on April 11, 2018.

The itinerary includes:

  • One night stay in a luxury hotel in Delhi
  • A sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi
  • Transfer to Jaipur, with overnight stay and a visit to the highlights of the city.
  • 5 nights aboard the Palace On Wheels and travel to Ranthambhore, Chittaurgarh, Udaipur, Jaiselmer, Jodhpur and Agra.
  • A stay at a hotel in Agra that will provide an opportunity to visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise or sunset, depending on personal preference.

The land price is $2,885 per person, double and includes accommodation for eight nights, room taxes, daily breakfast, all meals on board the train and/or in palace hotels, food and beverage taxes, cultural shows, private round trip airport and rail station transfers, sightseeing tours, 24/7 concierge, and inter-city transportation by private cars or coaches. The single occupancy rate is $3,840 and triple occupancy rate is $2,650.

One companion per agent is allowed at the rate of $3,090 per person double, $2,860 per person triple and $3,090 for single occupancy.

EJI Group offers custom-designed luxury and deluxe tour packages around the world, with itineraries to places like Egypt, Bhutan, Tibet, Nepal, South Korea, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar. Specialty itineraries include wildlife safaris, luxury trains, cultural tours, and trekking in the Himalayas.

For more, visit www.ejig.net.

Collette Announces 2018-2019 FAM Trip Lineup
Trips range from May 13, 2018 to May 10, 2019. | Collette

Collette, a global tour operator, has unveiled its line-up of Familiarization (FAM) trips for 2018 through 2019. FAM tours from Collette allow travel agents to experience both the destination and the services there provided by Collette, so that agents can provide the most valuable and in-depth information to their clients.

“We know how important it is for our agent partners to see first-hand how our tours operate,” said Courtney Iannuccilli, Vice President of Marketing. “We want agents to experience as many destinations as possible to give them the expertise that their clients expect.”

The 2018-2019 FAM Tours lineup from Collette includes:

  • Highlights of South America
  • Costa Rica: A World of Nature
  • India’s Treasures
  • Exploring the Alpine Countries
  • Treasures of Egypt
  • Maritimes Coastal Wonders
  • The Northern Lights of Finland
  • Heritage of America
  • Spectacular Norway
  • South Africa
  • Victoria Falls & Botswana
  • Dubai & Abu Dhabi
  • Colors of Morocco

Agents have the opportunity to qualify to win a free FAM trip while booking 15 or more passengers on the same air-inclusive tour of equal or higher value within 12 months of returning from their FAM tour.

Collette is the longest running tour operator in North America, having provided guided travel for over a century. Collette accommodates trips on all seven continents and offers a variety of travel styles, including small groups, single hotel stays, faith based experiences, river cruises and rail journeys.

For more information about specific dates and online applications, visit gocollete.com/agentfam. Space on these FAM tours is limited.

Keytours Adds New FAM Trips to Europe for Fall and Winter
Fam trip dates range through November 2017 to March 2018, with the Turkey series running through June 2018. Bookings available now. | Keytours Vacations

Earlier today, Keytours Vacations unveiled their newest lineup of fam trips to several destinations in Europe, including Greece, Spain, Italy and Turkey during the fall and winter of 2017, into 2018. The trips intend to be both highly personalized for each travel agent and highly educational.

Trip series prices begin at $299 per person for Turkey and $499 for the other destinations: Greece, Italy and Spain. Each trip has a weekend departure, with dates ranging through November 2017 to March 2018; the Turkey series runs through June 2018. 

Travel companions are welcome for a supplement of $200 per person for all trips, and the single supplement is $300 per person. These prices are land-only and are based on availability; though airfare is not included, Keytour Vacations can provide assistance with international air.

Here are the four itineraries:

  • Classics of Turkey: 11 days and 10 nights starting at $299. This luxury, full-escorted tour visits Istanbul, Ankara, Cappadocia, Konya, Pamukkale, Ephesus, Kusadasi, Pergamum, Troy, and Gallipoli.
  • Athens & Classical Greece: Six days and five nights starting at $499. In Athens, guests will visit Plaka and the Acropolis. On an escorted tour of Delphi and Meteora, guests will see ancient monasteries amid natural rock formations. An option to visit Santorini is also available.
  • Italian Art Cities: Six days and five nights starting at $499. Traveling by train, guests can go on relaxed walking tours of the Italian Art Cities: Venice, Florence and Rome. An option to visit the Amalfi Coast with a three-night extension to Sorrento is also available.
  • Madrid Andalusia & Costa Del Sol: This itinerary visits Madrid, Cordoba, Seville and Marbella in Costa Del Sol. After a city-tour of Madrid guests can join an escorted tour to Andalusia. There is also an optional three-night extension to Barcelona.

Important Terms & Conditions

FAM Trip Exclusions
• International and domestic airfares
• Local City tax
• Porterage
• Meals not mentioned in the itineraries
• Early check-in or late check-out
• Personal expenses
• Drinks during meals, hotel extras and personal spending
• Tips to guides and hotel staff

FAM Trip Qualifications
• Travel agents need a valid TRUE, CLIA or IATA number
• Participants must have 2 blank passport pages, passport must be valid for 6 months
beyond travel
• Spouses and significant others are welcome to travel
• Participants must purchase travel insurance for these FAM trips
• Full amount must be paid at the time of booking
• Cancellations will be charged $100 per person administration fee

Visit keytours.com for more information on the promotion.

Keytours Offers $299 Agent Rates on Turkey FAM Trip
Available on nine departures through November 2017. | Keytours Vacations

Keytours Vacations has announced a new educational fam trip series to Turkey.

An 11-day, 10-night escorted tour, the Classics of Turkey will be available on nine departures year-round from now until November 2017.

Over the past two years we have seen an increase in agents wanting more experiential journeys, said Nigel Osborne, vice president of sales and business development for Keytours Vacations, in a written release.

The 11-day, 10-night trip visits destinations including Istanbul, Ankara, Cappadocia, Pamukkale, Kusadasi, Ephesus, Pergamum, Troy and Canakkale, as well as Gallipoli.

Vacation packages include:

  • English Speaking Tour Director
  • Accommodation in Superior First Class and Deluxe hotels
  • Buffet Breakfast Daily, one lunch and eight Dinners
  • Roundtrip transfers from the airport to the hotel, with Porterage for 1 piece of luggage
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary

Prices range from $299-$399 per person double occupancy. There is a single supplement of $250 additional, and the non-agent companion price is $250 additional.

Any agent that books over $50,000 revenue will qualify for a complimentary place, Keytours Vacations said.

Keytours Vacations is a specialist in personalized travel experiences to Europe, the Mediterranean, the United States and Latin America, including independent, pre- and post-cruise and private shore excursion packages, small group journeys, family vacations, luxury travel and group trips. The company provides concierge style service and guaranteed departures on escorted vacations. Commissions for travel agents range from 10 percent to 18 percent on the land portion of the package.

For reservations, travel agents can call 800-576-1784, email [email protected] or visit www.keytours.com.

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Cruise and Land FAM Trip Through Egypt Offered to Travel Agents
These familiarization trips depart every Friday and last a total of nine days. | Tours Specialists Inc. of Florida $1,500-1,600

Tours Specialists Inc. of Florida is celebrating 54 years in business by offering an Egypt familiarization trip for travel agents.

This familiarization trip allows travel agents to engage in a land-only trip around Egypt for $1,500, and also allows them to bring along a spouse or companion for $1,600. This cost is based on low season and is all-inclusive of all hotels, daily breakfast, four dinners on the cruise, as well as transfers and sightseeing. 

These cruises depart every Friday, last for nine days and let travel agents become familiar with Cairo, Luxor, Esna, Edfu, Kom Ombo and Aswan.

As Egypt’s capital, Cairo is an excellent place to learn about the country’s history and culture. Visitors can go to the Keops Pyramid, the Gizeh Plateau and specialty museums such as the Egyptian Antiquities Museum or the Museu do Cairo.

Luxor is situated on the east bank of the Nile River in southern Eypt and is on site of the ancient Thebes. It is a city often referred to as “the world’s greatest open-air museum,” as visitors can walk through the Valley of the Kings, the Luxor Temple and the Karnak, dominated by the Temple of Amun-Ra, one of the world’s largest religious complexes.

Located about 31 miles from Luxor is the city of Esna. It is known to be a busy little farming town, but most visitors come to see the Temple of Khnum, which today represents 15 centuries of desert sand and debris, having accumulated since it was abandoned during the Roman period. 

Edfu is located on the west bank of the Nile River between Esna and Aswan. This Egyptian city is known for the Ptolemaic Temple of Horus, known during Greco-Roman times as Apollonopolis Magna, named after the chief god Horus-Apollo and built between 237 BC and 57 BC.

Kom Ombo, also referred to as Ombos or Ombi, is a city in upper Egypt. It is an agricultural town mostly known for the unusual double temple called the Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek

In Aswan, a city located on the Nile River, visitors can see the Ruins of Abu, the Nubia Museum and the Tombs of the Nobles among other historic sites.