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Isle Inn Tours Offers $999 Six-Day FAM Tour of Ireland
June 5 - August 3 | Isle Inn Tours $999

Isle Inn Tours is offering a $999 fam tour of Ireland. If travel agents book a group of 25, they can receive one free space. The trip lasts from November 4 to 10 and covers six nights in four and five-star hotels, including Dromoland Castle.

The price per person sharing is $999, with a single supplement or a companion supplement at $449. The cost of airfare is not included.

The tour will take travelers to see Dublin City, Dublin Liberties Distillery, Kilkenny, Waterford Crystal, Blarney Castle, Ring of Kerry, Kenmare, Adare Manor, Cliffs of Moher and Malahide Castle. Guests will be driven by luxury car, served a full Irish breakfast every morning and will receive five evening meals. The price includes visitor attractions, hotel inspections, service charges and local taxes.

Guests will spend one night at the five-star Fitzwilliam Hotel, another night at the four-star Garryvoe Hotel, two nights at the four-star Great Southern Killarney, one night at the five-star Dromoland Castle and one night at the four-star Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links.

Travelers are expected to take an overnight flight November 3 and meet the tour company at the Fitzwilliam Hotel on November 4 in the morning. The tour will end at Dublin Airport on November 10. Isle Inn Tours can assist with purchasing air travel or accommodations before and after the trip. Bookings must be completed by August 3.

Isle Inn Tours advises waiting until the tour is guaranteed to book flights in case the tour sells out.

For more information contact Andrea Wright at [email protected] or 703-997-6725.

Photo by: Leonid Andronov/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images

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Quality Travel Solutions Introduces FAM Trip to Cuba
The tour departs on October 27, 2018. | Quality Travel Solutions

Quality Travel Solutions, an affiliate of Travel Planners International, is offering travel agents FAM rates to Cuba on the company's October 27, 2018 tour. This 9-night “Cuban Life Experience” is an opportunity to experience Cuba, exploring different areas of the island, including Havana, Viñales, Cienfuegos and Trinidad. This OFAC compliant tour includes activities that expose travelers to Cuba in many ways, including education, history, religion, agriculture, art, music, and cuisine.

This travel experience includes: roundtrip airfare between Ft. Lauderdale and Havana, one-night pre-tour hotel in Ft. Lauderdale, eight nights lodging in Cuba in privately owned VIP class Bed and Breakfasts, All sightseeing tours and activities, private local Cuban guide, full-time U.S. escort, private transportation in air-conditioned bus, almost all meals, airport transfers, and gratuities for the included activities. Quality Travel Solutions also included the mandatory medical insurance required for travelers to Cuba. 

The fam rate for this travel experience is $2,195 per agent, and $2,395 for one travel companion. 

The “Cuban Life” program is an active tour that requires walking on cobblestone streets and uneven pathways, climbing stairs, and participating in a full-time schedule of “Support for Cuban People” activities. Due to special U.S. requirements to visit Cuba, travelers will be required to complete a visa application, travel reservation form, and sign an affidavit confirming that they are traveling under a “Support for Cuban People” license and are aware of the travel rules. Quality Travel Solutions warned that in Cuba, activities that have been scheduled in advance can become unavailable for several reasons. If a planned educational exchange isn’t available, another one will be substituted.

Support for Cuban People (SCP) is a designation used by the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control to refer to travel to Cuba for educational exchanges that don’t involve academic study. It is to describe travel to Cuba that is for the purpose of learning and engaging with the people of Cuba to encourage and support the Cuban people.

The full itinerary can be found at issuu.com/qualitytravelsolutions.

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FAM Trips to Utah’s Red Mountain Resort
Red Mountain Resort, an adventure and wellness destination in the red rock bluffs of southwestern Utah, has announced its travel agent fam trip schedule for 2018. Take a look. | Red Mountain Resort

Red Mountain Resort, an adventure and wellness destination in the red rock bluffs of southwestern Utah, has announced its travel agent fam trip schedule for 2018.

Red Mountain Resort’s FAM events include:

  • Private welcome tour and hosted group dinner
  • Accommodations
  • One 50-minute spa or wellness service
  • Three meals daily
  • Guided morning hikes year round
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Fitness classes, cooking demonstrations and relaxation and rejuvenation activities

*FAM trips have limited space and valid IATA/CLEA are required. Pricing starts at $210.

Available 2018 Dates

  • Sunday, June 17 – Wednesday, June 20, 2018
  • Thursday, July 12 – Sunday, July 15, 2018
  • Thursday, December 6 – Sunday, December 9, 2018

Red Mountain Resort has a number of fitness classes and programs, outdoor and hiking activities, nutritious cuisine and personal discovery seminars, as well as spa services at the Sagestone Spa & Salon. Red Mountain Resort is 30 minutes from St. George Municipal Airport and two hours from Las Vegas McCarran International Airport.

For reservations, travel agents can contact Lori Munk at [email protected] or 435-652-5706.

Photo by Red Mountain Resort

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Rhine FAM Trip From CroisiEurope
CroisiEurope

CroisiEurope is offering travel agents a last-minute fam trip opportunity through the Rhine Valley onboard the MS Gerard Schmitter. The sailing runs from May 20-27, 2018. The fam rate is $1,699 per person and valid for a travel agent and one companion, and includes all meals served onboard, drinks onboard, all port charges and taxes, and shore excursions as listed in the itinerary.

This itinerary includes:

  • Visiting the windmills of Kinderdijk on a guided walking tour
  • Tasting of the famous wines of the Rhine Valley
  • Exploring the city of Amsterdam, with a visit to a diamond merchant

The itinerary sails roundtrip from Amsterdam. The MS Gerard Schmitter has a capacity of 176 passengers, with amenities including a lounge – bar with a dance floor, as well as another bar and a main dining room. There is also a large sundeck with deck chairs, as well as a terrace, French balconies, a gift shop and onboard Wi-Fi.

Travel agents interested in booking this fam trip are asked to fill out and submit the following form: https://form.jotform.com/81055748852969

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Culture Holidays Debuts New FAM Trip in India
Culture Holidays

Travel management company Culture Holidays has introduced a new Transformative FAM Trip to India. This “7 Days Golden Triangle India" trip combines tours of exotic locations in the Golden Triangle (Delhi, Taj Mahal, Jaipur) with daily “Transformative” meditation sessions designed to recondition the mind to achieve success.

The trip includes stays in five-star hotels, all meals, all sightseeing and transfers, professional English speaking guides, and all taxes. The new FAM Trip starts at $699 per person.

Notable experiences along the seven-day itinerary include a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi with a visit to the memorial site of Mahatma Gandhi in the Jama Masjid mosque; an extensive tour of New Delhi including a visit to the famous Bangla Sahib, the Qutb Minar monument, and the Parliament House; a visit to the Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world; excursions in Jaipur including trips to Amber Fort Palace, the Galta Ji Temple, the well-preserved Jantar Mantar observatory, and the five-story Hawa Mahal palace. 

During the trip, guests will also get:

  • daily buffet breakfast at hotels
  • Tickets to all monuments to avoid standing in long lines
  • an elephant ride in Jaipur
  • cycle rickshaw ride in the local baazars in Delhi
  • daily workshops and special sessions 

Culture Holidays says travelers will make “discoveries” during the trip through meditation and guided sessions, like:

  • Understand how and why people are programmed for success, mediocrity, or failure
  • learn how to improve relationships and health
  • learn how to eliminate stress and anxiety through meditation

For more information on Culture Holidays, visit www.cultureholidays.com.

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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.

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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.

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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
Variety Cruises

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.

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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.