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Culture Holidays Offers Vietnam FAM Deal With Free Malaysia Add-On
Culture Holidays

Those who book Culture Holiday’s Vietnam FAM trip can receive a free four-day Malaysia trip if they book for May 18, September 14 or October 18, 2019.

Priced at $899 per person, the seven-day Cultural Vietnam tour provides five nights at four-star hotels, one night on a cruise, sightseeing, a Cyclo trip and a Water Puppet show in Hanoi. Guests will arrive in Hanoi where they will see the Quan Thanh Temple, the Temple of Literature and the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology.

After Hanoi, travelers will head to the UNESCO-designated Gulf of Tonkin for the one-night cruise. Boarding around lunchtime, guests will see Dog Head, the Swan Islands, the Luon cave area and Titop Island. The next day, after a visit to the Cave of Ha Long Bay, passengers will return to port and make their way to the airport for a flight to Saigon.

While in Saigon, guests will visit the Cu Chi Tunnels and the Reunification Palace, see several city landmarks and walk through Ben Thanh market. Travelers will spend the next day along the Mekong River, walking around rural villages and tasting local food.

The additional, free four-day Malaysian trip bases guests in Kuala Lumpur and offers opportunities to see the city’s highlights as well as a nearby Hindu shrine at the Batu Caves. While in the city, travelers can see the world’s largest twin tower complex, PETRONAS Twin Towers, visit the Sultan Abdul Samad Building and head to the Chocolate Boutique & Batik Centre.

For more information visit www.cultureholidays.com/vietnamfam.

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Tours Specialists Launches FAM Trips to Croatia
Departure dates are Sundays from May 6 to September 23, 2018. | Tours Specialists INC. of Florida

Tours Specialists Inc. of Florida, a small deluxe tour operator, is now offering four FAM trips to Croatia that include transfers, hotel accommodations, sightseeing, daily breakfast and dinner, and visits to many destinations such as Dubrovnik, Split, Trogir, Zadar, and Zagreb.

Croatia From Dubrovnik to Zagreb

This five-day trip starts in Dubrovnik and takes guests to Split, Trogir, Zadar, and Zagreb. Travelers can explore UNESCO World Heritage sites, see historic landmarks like Diocletian's Palace and the Cathedral of St. Lawrence, go on guided sightseeing tours, and more. The trip departs on Sundays from August 5 to September 23.

The cost is based on double occupancy, land only:

  • Travel Agent: Price from $900
  • Companion: Price from $1000

Croatia Adriatic Cruise From Dubrovnik

The eight-day cruise from Dubrovnik travels to Korčula, Pucisca, Omis, Split, Hvar, and Mljet before sailing back to Dubrovnik. The trip includes seven nights in a classic cabin, shared transfer from Dubrovnik Airport or hotel to Dubrovnik Harbor included on the day of arrival and departure, guided city tours of Split, Hvar, Korčula, and Dubrovnik, a professional English-speaking Cruise Manager, and free Wi-Fi on board.

The cruise, departing on Sunday, is available on the High Season dates of July 22 and 29; August 5, 12, and 19; and September 2. One Low Season departure is available on October 7.

The cost per person, based on double occupancy:

Low Season 

  • Travel Agent from $1450 based on Main Deck Cabin
  • Companion from $1550 based on Main Deck Cabin

High Season is an additional $320 per person.

Croatia From Dubrovnik

This eight-day experience begins in Dubrovnik and includes visits to Split, Trogir, Zadar, Zagreb, and Plitvice before coming back to Dubrovnik. The tour includes all transfers, accommodations in four hotels as per itinerary (or similar), breakfast and dinners, guided tours of Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar and Zagreb, and entrance to a number of historic sites and parks including the Franciscan Monastery in Dubrovnik and St. Donatus Church in Zadar, among others.

Dates include July 1 and 8; August 5, 12, and 26; and September 2, 9, 16, and 23, which are all in the High Season.

Cost per person based on double occupancy:

Low Season

  • Travel agent from $1450
  • Companion from $1550 

High Season is an additional $95 per person.

Croatia With Serbian Highlights

This six-day trip starts with a transfer from Dubrovnik Airport to the Adria Hotel for an overnight stay. Then it is on to several destinations such as Mostar, Sarajevo, Belgrade, and Zagreb. The trip includes all transfers, accommodations in 4 hotels as per itinerary (or similar), breakfast and dinner daily, local guides for sightseeing tours of Dubrovnik, Mostar, Sarajevo, Belgrade and Zagreb, and entrance to more famous sites and landmarks.

The High Season dates include July 28; August 4 and 18; and September 1, 8, 15, and 22.

Cost per person, based on double occupancy:

Low Season

  • Travel agents from $1100   
  • Companion from $1200

High season is an additional $100 per person.

For more information, visit www.toursspecialists.com.

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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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Tour Specialists Inc. of Florida Offers Portugal FAM Trips
The deal is available for departure dates from June 1 - December 14. | Tour Specialists Inc. of Florida

Travel agents can choose from three new fam trips to Portugal from Tour Specialists Inc. of Florida. The tour packages include an eight-day trip around northern Portugal, a six-day tour through southern Portugal and a 13-day throughout all of Portugal.

Those who choose the northern Portugal package will visit travel round trip from Lisbon, stopping in Obidos, Fatima, Oporto, Amarante and Urgeirica. Travel agents would pay $1,500 for the trip and their spouse or companion would pay $1,600.

Travel specialists who take the southern Portugal trip will also travel round trip from Lisbon, but instead visit Evore, Algarve, Beja, Silves, Lagos and Sagres. The deal would cost travel professionals $1,450 and their spouse or companion $1,550.

The full Portugal deal will start in Lisbon, then make its way to Obidos, Fatima, Coimbra, Aveiro, Oporto, Amarante, Lamego, Urgeirica, Tomar, back to Lisbon, then on to Evore, Largo and Sagres. The price of this package is $2,500 for travel agents and $2,600 for their spouse or companion.

Tour Specialists Inc. of Florida is offering departure dates every month through December. All three fam deals are based on double occupancy and include the cost of hotels, daily breakfast, transfers and sightseeing. All trips leave on a Friday.

Originally founded as Tours Specialists Inc. in 1963, Tour Specialists Inc. of Florida specializes in tour packages to the Mediterranean countries and throughout Europe. Destinations include Croatia, Egypt, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Jordan, Malta, Morocco, the UAE, Portugal, Sardinia, Spain, Italy and Sicily.

For more information, visit the company’s website, www.toursspecialists.com.

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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

Photo by mvaligursky/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

http://toursspecialists.com

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Get an India and Nepal FAM Trip for Travel Agents
Tour begins September 25, 2017. | Himalayan International Tours

Himalayan International Tours has announced their India Nepal Super FAM Tour, departing September 25, 2017. The 10-day tour for travel agents costs $2,688 per person sharing. Spouses are $385 plus agent cost and single supplement is $766. Clients may join for a supplement cost of $543. 

Costs cover round trip airfare from New York, all tour flights, hotels with breakfast, airport transfers, sightseeing tours, elephant ride tour in Jaipur, and English speaking tour guides. 

Guests will depart from New York to Delhi and will spend a day exploring Old Delhi and New Delhi. Stops in the city will include Chandni Chowk, a bustling bazaar, Jama Masjid, the oldest and largest Mosque in India, and Birla Temple. The group will then drive to Jaipur, a city built in 1727 and spend the night. 

The next day guests will travel in the Maharajah style on decorated elephants to the Amber Palace in the Aravalli hills. Stops include sensual Sheesh Mahal, Marble palace, and Vijay Temple. In the afternoon, guests will arrive at the Jai Singh's Observatory built in the 17th century by the founder of Jaipur who, besides being a prince was also soldier, astronomer and builder. The City Palace is now a museum housing Rajput and Mogul paintings, rare manuscripts and an armory, and explore the exotic bazaars. 

Day five will bring guests to the city of the Taj Mahal, Agra. En-route the tour will stop at Fatehpur-Sikri, the deserted Sandstone City built by King Akbar in 17th. C. The evening will end with checking into Hotel Shiraz. 

Guests will take a morning visit to the Taj Mahal In the afternoon they will see marble handicraft workers creating the jewel inlaid furniture and decorative articles in traditional fashion. Then it’s a drive to Delhi for a free evening. 

The next day begins with a morning flight to Kathmandu and a transfer to Hotel Yak N Yeti. After that there's an afternoon tour of the city and visits to the Temple of Hanuman, Dhoka Square, The House of the Living Goddess, Royal Palace, and local bazaars. 

A morning tour of Patan follows, where there will be a tour of the Tibetan Handicrafts Center and, in the afternoon, a visit to Bhaktapur.

The last full day begins with an optional flight-seeing tour of Mt. Everest. Guests then visit Pashupatinath and Boudhanath Stupa. Bouddhanath Stupa is the largest stupa in the Valley, at 36 meters high. Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in Nepal.

Guests transfer to the airport for a flight to Delhi and then to their connection to New York.

Visit www.himalayantours.com/india.fam.tour.html

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Culture Holidays Offers Seven-Day FAM Trip to Srilanka
Available for select dates through September 2018. | Culture Holidays $779 PP

From sunny beaches and safaris to national parks and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Sri Lanka offers a culturally immersive trip for everyone. For $779 per person, travel agents can take a seven-day FAM trip to Sri Lanka including: six breakfasts and dinners, six nights' accommodations, an English speaking chauffeur, and entrance fees for several sites. International airfare, laundry, wines, mineral water, telephone charges, and optional tours are not included.

Itinerary highlights:

Day 1: Airport/ Dam bulla / Sigiriya

  • Arrival to Colombo International Airport 
  • Transfer from airport to Dam bulla - a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Transfer from Dam bulla to Sigiriya 
  • Lunch 
  • Optional Excursion - Elephant Back Safari 
  • Dinner and overnight stay at your choice of hotel

Day 2: Sigiriya / Matale / Kandy

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Transfer from Sigiriya to Matale
  • Visit Nalanda Gedige
  • Visit a spice garden and witness cooking demonstrations
  • Transfer from Matale to Kandy
  • Dinner and overnight stay at your choice of hotel

Day 3: Kandy/ Ramboda / Nuwara Eliya

  • Explore Kandy - gems and jewelry
  • Transfer from Kandy to Ramboda
  • Visit a tea factory
  • Visit Ramboda Falls
  • Transfer from Ramboda to Nuwara Eliya
  • Transfer from Seetha Amman Temple
  • Dinner and overnight stay at your choice of hotel

Day 4: Nuwara Eliya / Ella / Yala

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Transfer from Nuwara Eliya to Ella
  • Visit Ravana Falls
  • Transfer from Nuwara-Eliya to Yala
  • Visit Yala National Park - jeep safari
  • Dinner and overnight stay at your choice of hotel

Day 5: Yala / Weligama / Galle / Bentota

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Transfer from Yala to Weligama 
  • Transfer from Weligama to Galle
  • Visit a turtle hatchery at Kosgoda
  • Transfer from Galle to Bentota - a favorite destination for water sports
  • Dinner and overnight stay at your choice of hotel

Day 6: Bentota / Colombo

  • Transfer from Galle to Colombo
  • City tour of Colombo
  • Transfer to Pettah Bazaar
  • Visit a famous Colombo casino
  • Dinner and overnight stay at your choice of hotel

Day 7: Colombo

  • Hotel transfer from Colombo to airport 

For bookings, send the below information to [email protected]

 Name (as it appears on passport) of all people travelling

 Passport Number, home address & contact number  

 Name of the travel/cruise agency  

 Your position at the agency  

Visit www.cultureholidays.com

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Variety Cruises Offers FAM Trips on Select Mega Yacht Itineraries
Select 2017 departures | Variety Cruises

Variety Cruises is offering Travel Agent fam trips on select summer 2017 departures for their mega yacht itineraries in Spain & Portugal and Iceland. The agent rate for the Spain & Portugal program is $220 per cabin (single or double occupancy) and for Iceland, $400 per cabin (single or double occupancy). Port taxes apply for each program but agents will also receive a $100 per person onboard credit toward shore excursions. The discounts/ rates are per person and cruise and apply for the travel agent employee and one companion.

FAM Trip Departure Dates for Spain & Portugal

  • From Lisbon: May 27, June 10, 24, July 22, September 2, 16
  • From Malaga: June 3,17, July 15, 29, August 26, September 9, 23

FAM Trip Departure Dates for Iceland

  • From Reykjavik: June 10, 24
  • From Akureyri: June 17, July 29, August 26

For 2017/2018, Variety Cruises is offering 16 percent commission to travel agents. Additionally, Variety Stars loyalty program members who make two bookings on either the Spain & Portugal or Iceland itineraries will win a free cruise on Variety to anywhere in the world. The line is also offering Book Early & Save options for cruises in Greece and the Greek Islands; an Early Booking discount for summer 2017 Seychelles cruises; and Book Early & Save options for Adriatic, Dalmatia & Greece itineraries. 

Variety Cruises operates a fleet of 11 vessels with accommodations for a maximum of 72 passengers and a 2:1 passenger-to-crew ratio. 

Visit www.varietycruises.com or call 1-800-319-7776. 

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Tours Specialists Inc. Announces Israel FAM Trip
Departs Every Monday | Tours Specialists Inc. Travel agents from $1350, Companions from $1450, Single supplement from $350

Tours Specialists Inc. has announced an eight day Israel fam trip starting in Jerusalem and traveling to various points of interest throughout the country.

Itinerary

Day 1 Jerusalem 

  • Arrive at Tel Aviv airport 
  • Transfer to Grand Court Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 2 Jerusalem

  • Drive to Mt. Scopus for a view of Jerusalem
  • Visit Mt. Zion for a visit to the tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper
  • Sightseeing in the city
  • Visit Mt. Herzl and Yad Vashem - the memorial to Holocaust victims
  • Accommodations at the Grand Court Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 3 Jerusalem 

  • Walk through the Jaffa Gate to the city
  • Visit Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity
  • Accommodations at Grand Court Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 4 Jerusalem/Galilee

  • Drive north via Jericho, the oldest city in the world
  • Visit Tiberias, the old center of Jewish learning
  • Drive along the shores of the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum 
  • Visit the ruins of the ancient synagogue 
  • Accommodations at Galilee Kibbutz Hotel, Galilee

Day 5 Galilee

  • Drive to Golan Heights
  • Visit the former Syrian fortifications, Birkat Ram, and the Druze Drive to the Golan Heights
  • Visit the City of the Kabbalah to visit the old synagogue
  • Visit Nazareth to see Christian holy sites
  • Accommodations at Galilee Kibbutz Hotel, Galilee

Day 6 Galilee, Tel Aviv

  • Visit Acre
  • Visit the Persian Garden and Mount Carmel for panoramic views of the city
  • Visit Caesarea to see the Roman theater and the Crusader fortress
  • Accommodations at Grand Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv

Day 7 Tel Aviv

  • Free day
  • Optional $110 Massada and Dead Sea Tour
  • Accommodations at Grand Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv

Day 8

  • Transfer to airport 

Tour package includes all transfers, sightseeing by motor coach, breakfast and dinner daily, all 4-star hotels, and all taxes and service charges. 

www.toursspecialists.com

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Tour Specialists Inc. Offers Tunisia FAM Trip
Daily Departure | Tour Specialists Inc. $1100 per travel agent/$1200 per companion

Tour Specialists Inc. has announced a new seven-day land only fam trip in Tunisia. Tour prices include 4 star hotels, daily breakfast, four lunches, six dinners, an English speaking guide, transfers and entrance fees to sites and museums. 

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Tunis 

  • Transferred to Phebus Hotel, Tunis 

  • Dinner at hotel

Day 2 Tunis/Bardo/Carthage/Sidi Bou Said/ Hammamet

  • Drive to the Bardo Museum - collection of Roman mosaics
  • Depart to the Medina of Tunis - handcrafted articles 
  • Lunch in authentic Tunisian restaurant 
  • Depart to visit Carthage - visit the ruins of the Phoenician and Roman civilizations 
  • Visit the village of Sidi Bou Said - discover the Tunisian lifestyle 

Day 3 Hammamet/Nabeul/Kerkouane/Hammamet 

  • Visit the Medina of Hammamet
  • Continue to Nabeul, capital of pottery
  • Visit Kerkouane, one of Tunisia's most precious archaeological sites
  • Continue to El haouaria to visit the city and the caves
  • Accommodations at Hotel Paradis Palace, Hammamet

Day 4 Hammamet/Kairouan/Sousse/Hammamet

  • Visit Kairouan, the spiritual capital of Islamic Tunisia
  • Lunch in Kairouan
  • Departure to Sousse, explore the Ribat and its Byzantine fortresses
  • Accommodations at Hotel Paradis Palace, Hammamet

Day 5 Hammamet/Dougga/Hammamet

  • Visit the ancient Roman city of Dougga, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Accommodations at Hotel Paradis Palace, Hammamet 

Day 6 Hammamet

  • Free day
  • Accommodations at Hotel Paradis Palace, Hammamet 

Day 7 Hammamet/Departure

  • Transfer from hotel to the Tunis Carthage airport 

Guests can choose to upgrade hotel to the Radisson Blu Resort Thalasso Hotel in Hammamet for an extra $200 per person for the duration of the trip. 

Visit www.toursspecialists.com

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Travelchacha Announces New FAM Trip to Sri Lanka
Available through December 5, 2017. | Travelchacha

Travelchacha has announced a new seven-day fam trip to Sri Lanka.

On the seven-day itinerary travel agents will be able to fly in to Colombo International Airport and visit all of the major attractions of Sri Lanka, including the rock temple Dambulla and a climb up the 5th century citadel of Sigiriya. There is also an optional elephant back safari.

On the trip agents will also visit Matale, Kandy, Ramboda, Nuwara Eliya, Ella, Yala, Weligama, Galle and Bentota before returning to Colombo. Sightseeing highlights will include a visit to the ancient stone building of Nalanda Gedige, believed to be the center of the country, a spice garden visit in Matale, a tour of Kandy – the last capital of the Sinhala Kings – and a visit to a tea factory and the famous Ramboda Falls. Near Nuwara Eliya travel agents will also have the chance the check out the Seetha Amman Temple, considered a prime location in the Ramayana Trail, and in Ella agents will visit the Ravana Falls, ranked as one of the widest falls in the country. There will also be a jeep safari in Yala National Park, and city tours of Galle and Colombo.

The following departure dates are available in 2017:

  • April 9
  • May 13
  • June 10
  • July 21
  • August 12
  • September 10
  • October 15
  • November 12
  • December 5

The trip is priced at $679 per person only for departure dates in April through September and $699 for departure dates October through December. The rate includes seven days of accommodations in a Superior Room, breakfast and dinner, all sightseeing and transfers, professional English speaking guides and all taxes.

To book agents must send the following information to [email protected]:

  • Name (as it appears on passport) of all people traveling
  • Passport number, home address and contact number
  • Name of the travel or cruise agency
  • Your position at the agency

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Culture Holidays India’s New “Enlightenment” FAM Explores Kerala, India
Available through September 22, 2018. | Culture Holidays India

A new “Journey to Enlightenment” fam trip from Culture Holidays India will aim to embrace the healing practice of mindfulness while touring Kerala, India.

The trip will include a six-night stay in five-star hotels, all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner), a Kathakali dance show in Cochin, a boat ride in Kumarakom, sightseeing in an air conditioned vehicle and an English speaking guide.

Along the way travel agents will also have the chance to take part in special meditation sessions on healing, stress relief and improving their health. Sessions will focus on helping agents learn to understand their inner self and their inner healing power, as well as how to heal themselves from illness and achieve freedom from anxiety, depression and addictions. Other topics examined will include having successful relationships and meditation.

Departure dates are available from April 14, 2017, through September 21, 2018, with rates ranging from $799 to $899, based on double occupancy, with a single supplement of $399.

During the trip agents will fly into Cochin, where they will experience a sightseeing tour, followed by a scenic drive to Periyar, an area known for its undulating hills, spice plantations and elephant sightings. A day exploring Periyar will include the opportunity to go for a boat ride on the lake or take a spice plantation tour.

In Kumarakom, agents will have the chance to spot numerous species of birds, with an optional boat ride to the nearby village through a series of lagoons. The next day will be an “enlightenment day” focused on healing sessions.

A $200 per person deposit is required to book, with the balance to be paid one month prior to the fam date.

Visit http://cultureholidays.com/keralafam/ or email [email protected]

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Condor Tours & Travel, Inc. Announces Panama FAM Trip
September 8-14, 2017 | Condor Tours & Travel, Inc. $950 per person based on double occupancy

A new fam trip to Panama from Condor Tours & Travel, Inc. delves deep into the the history of the country while also providing travel agents with fine dining options, comfortable accommodations, and free beach days.

Itinerary Highlights

Friday, September 8: 

Meet with a representative from the Panama Tourism Board that will help with customs and immigration. Accommodations for guests will be provided by the Bristol Hotel in Panama City for night one and two.

Saturday, September 9:

Full-day Panama City Tour including stops in Panama’s first capital, Old Panama, a lunch stop at the RIU Hotel, and a trip to Casco Antiguo; the historic center of the modern capital. Guests also have an alternative option to take a Partial Panama Canal transit, which includes lunch.

Sunday, September 10:

El Valle tour with private lunch, a walk through the rainforest for a visit to the El Chorro Macho Waterfall, topped off with a site inspection and dinner at the JW Marriott. Accommodations for guests will be provided at the JW Marriott Buena Ventura for nights three and four. 

Monday September 11:

Free beach day and dinner hosted by Marriott. 

Tuesday, September 12:

Full-day tour of Aerial Tram and Nature Labs which includes gliding through the canopy of the forest on an aerial tram with a tour guide. Explore the Butterfly Nature Lab; a perfect place for a welcoming cocktail. Guests will then check into the Gamboa Rainforest Resort for nights five and six. 

Wednesday, September 13:

Check out of Gamboa Resort, and take a Jungle Boat Tour with lunch. Guests will tour Lake Gatun via fast motor launch and experience firsthand work being done to expand the canal. Lunch will be served at a floating lodge in a remote area of Gatun Lake. Guests will have a tasting menu at the 9 Reinas restaurant and accommodations at the Central Hotel. 

Thursday, September 14:

Pick up for transfers to the Tocumen Airport for departure flights.

The package includes meals as described in the itinerary, tours as described and entrance fees to the mentioned sites. Non-agent guests must pay a $100 supplement. 

Visit www.condortoursandtravel.com

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Spring 2017 FAM Trip From AmaWaterways
Available through August 28, 2017. | AmaWaterways

AmaWaterways has announced its first available 2017 dates and rates for individual travel agent fam trips. 

The range of itineraries – offered at an exclusive travel agent discount – showcase AmaWaterways’ offerings, including the line’s immersive and cultural experiences.

The 2017 individual travel agent fam trip options include Danube, Mekong River and Tulip Time itineraries, as well as six wine-themed cruises in France. Some highlights are listed below, with wine cruises denoted by an asterisk (*): 

  • Paris & Normandy – Seven-night cruise roundtrip from Paris aboard AmaLyra (2017 Embarkation Dates: March 23*, 30*; April 27; May 4, 11, 18, 25)
  • Provence & Spain – Seven-night cruise between Lyon and Arles aboard AmaCello (2017 Embarkation Dates: March 23*; April 20; May 4)
  • The Romantic Danube or Melodies of the Danube – Seven-night cruise between Vilshofen and Budapest aboard AmaStella, AmaViola or AmaSerena  (2017 Embarkation Dates: March 22, 29*; April 17;)
  • Tulip Time Cruise – Seven-night cruise roundtrip from Amsterdam aboard AmaPrima or AmaCerto (2017 Embarkation Dates: March 23, 30; April 3)
  • Vietnam, Cambodia & the Riches of the Mekong – Seven-night cruise between Ho Chi Minh City and Prek Kdam aboard AmaDara (2017 Embarkation Dates: April 10, 17, 24; August 7, 14, 21, 28)

Cruise only travel agent and companion rates start at $630 per person (plus port charges), with stateroom upgrades available for 50 percent off brochure rates. Travel agents may have their fam trip reimbursed if they book a minimum of 20 guests within two years of their cruise.

Additionally, AmaWaterways is encouraging agents to sign up for ship inspections. Agents who reserve a 2017 ship inspection will receive an inspection certificate and a $50 bonus commission to apply to their next booking. Dates and rates for AmaWaterways’ “Seminars on the River” – fams hosted by members of the AmaWaterways team – are expected to be announced later this month.

Visit www.AmaWaterways.com

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Tours Specialists Announces New Italy FAM
Available through the end of 2017. | Tour Specialists Inc. of Florida

Tours Specialists Inc. of Florida has announced a new Italy FAM for 2017.

The new Italy itinerary departs Thursdays and lasts eight days, visiting Rome, Assisi, Siena, Florence, Bologna, Padua, Venice, Verona, Sirmione, Como and Milan. Rates for agents start at $1,650 while spouses and companions are $1,750, though single supplements are available at $400. The tour includes all transfers and sightseeing by motor coach, all four star hotels, daily breakfast, one lunch and five dinners and no waiting in line at Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica.

The tour operator has also announced a variety of price adjustments for pre-existing itineraries.

The Italy in Depth FAM, departing on Fridays and Sundays for 10 day itineraries, now starts from $1,540 for agents and $1,640 for spouses and companions. The itinerary visits Rome, Assisi, Siena, Florence, Bologna, Padua, Venice, Montepulciano, Tuscany Wine Region, Naples, Pompeii, Sorrento and Capri.

The Italy Classic FAM, also departing Fridays and Sundays, lasts for eight days and spends three nights in Rome, two nights in Florence and two nights in Venice, while also visiting Assisi, Siena, Bologna, Padua and Montepulciano. This tour is now $1,200 for agents and $1,300 for spouses and companions.

Starting Saturday, May 20, 2017, the Italy Tuscany FAM departs for its seven day itineraries for three nights in Rome, two nights in Siena and one night in Castellina (Chianti). Other visits include Rome, Montepulciano, Pienza, Montaclino, Castellina in Chianti, Siena, Greve in Chianti, San Gimignano, Florence, Volterra and Pisa. Starting at $1,350 for agents and $1,450 for spouses and companions, the tour includes a wine and pecorino cheese tasting, visits of the Tuscan wine region, a visit to the Castle’s gardens, a wine tasting and lunch with gastronomic specialties and more.

All tours include four star hotels, daily breakfast, some lunches and dinners as well as all transfers and sightseeing.

To book, call 727-784-7520 or e-mail [email protected].

Visit www.toursspecialists.com.

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Aqua Expeditions Offers Travel Agent Rates for 2017
Available through April 14, 2017. | Aqua Expeditions

Aqua Expeditions has announced a special fam rate for travel agents on select Aria Amazon and Aqua Mekong departures in 2017. 

Three-, four- and seven-night educational departures are available on the Aria Amazon between February 24 and March 3, 2017, and April 7 and 14, 2017. Three-, four- and seven-night itineraries are available on the Aqua Mekong between March 3 and 10, 2017, and May 5 and 12, 2017.

Each departure will include: luxurious accommodations in custom-designed suites; five-star guest service; adventures including biking, hiking, wildlife viewing, cultural meet-and-greets and more; educational learning experiences, such as excursions into local riverside communities and fascinating guide presentations; culinary activities, including visits to local markets and cooking classes; and relaxation in the on-board spas and plunge pools.

Accredited IATA agents are offered a special rate of $350 per person, per night, or $400 per night for single occupancy. Guests accompanying agents will receive 50 percent off gross rates (limited to one companion per agent).

Visit www.aquaexpeditions.com

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Culture Holidays India Adds 2017 Dates for India FAM Trip
2017 | Culture Holidays India

Culture Holidays India has announced 2017 dates for its “7 Days Golden Triangle India" fam trip, visiting Delhi, the Taj Mahal and Jaipur

The trip includes hotel stays, all meals, all sightseeing and transfers, professional English speaking guides and all taxes. Rates start from $599 per person depending on departure date. 

2017 dates are: January 14 and 28; February 11 and 25; March 11 and 25; April 8 and 22; May 13 and 27; June 10 and 24; July 8 and 22; August 12 and 26; and September 9 and 23.

Visit www.cultureholidays.com

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Condor Tours Announces New FAM Trip to Peru in 2017
March 21-28, 2017. | Condor Tours & Travel Inc.

Condor Tours & Travel Inc. has announced a new luxury fam trip to Peru to take place March 21-28, 2017. 

Priced from $750 - $1,000 per person, based on double occupancy, travel agents will stay at luxury accommodations such as the JW Marriott in Cusco, the Inkaterra Urubamba  Hotel in the Sacred Valley and the Casa Andina private collection in Lake Titicaca

Daily excursions include Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, Cusco, Floating Isle of Uros and more. Daily breakfast, some lunches and dinners are also included. There is also a pre-trip extension available to the Amazon/Puerto Maldonado a post-trip extension to the Arequipa region at an additional cost for domestic air of $300 per person. 

An agent may bring a guest for a $100 supplement. International air is not included and is based on origin city. Agents can secure their own international air and transfers will be provided on arrival, although the company asks agents to allow it to book the domestic air to insure all agents are on the same flight.

There is a $300 deposit due at booking with final amount due by January 20, 2017. IATA/CLIA number and passport copy must be provided at registration. Travel protection available on request.   

Visit http://www.condortoursandtravel.com/package_details.php?package_id=314 for further details or contact [email protected].

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New Egypt FAM Trip From Tours Specialists Inc. of Florida
October 10, 2016 - December 31, 2017 | Tours Specialists Inc. of Florida

Tours Specialists Inc. of Florida has introduced a new fam trip to Egypt, departing every Friday through 2017.

The nine-day itinerary begins and ends round-trip in Cairo, and visits cities including Luxor, Esna, Edfu, Kom Ombo and Aswanalong the way.

Highlights of the trip include a visit to the Ancient Capital of Egypt at Memphis, the Step Pyramid and the Tombs of Sakkara; visiting the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, the Valley Templeand the Solar Boat Museum; visiting the Citadel, the Alabaster and SultanHassan Mosques, the Ben Ezra Synagogue, the Egyptian and CopticMuseums; and a four night cruise from Luxor through Esna, Edfu, Kom Ombo, and Aswan, among other stops.

Travel agent rates start at $1,500 during the low season, with spouse/companion rates starting at $1,600. Single supplements start at $500. Rates include all hotels, daily breakfast, four dinners on the cruise, transfers and sightseeing.

Agents should know they will be traveling with regular passengers, but paying travel agent rates.

For more information, call 727-784-8588, email [email protected] or visit www.toursspecialists.com

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Tours Specialists Adds United Arab Emirates and Jordan FAM Trips
September 26, 2016 - December 31, 2017 | Tours Specialists Inc. of Florida

Tours Specialists Inc. of Florida has announced three new fam trips for the United Arab Emirates and Jordan.

The first six-day, land-only package departs daily and visits DubaiSharjah and Abu Dhabi. It also includes a dhow cruise and desert safari. Prices are from $1,500 for agents and $1,600 for spouses and companions. The price is based on low season rates and covers hotels, transfers, sightseeing, breakfast daily, one lunch and two dinners.

A second nine-day, land-only package departs daily and visits the same cities as the six-day package in addition to Muscat and Nizwa. The package includes a dhow cruise and desert safari. Prices are from $1500 for agents and $1,600 for spouses and companions. The price is based on low season rates and covers hotels, transfers, sightseeing, and some meals.

Another nine-day, land-only package departs daily and visits the same cities as the six-day tour as well as AmmanJerash, and Petra, and includes a dhow cruise and desert safari. An extension to Oman and Muscat can also be arranged. Prices are from $1,500 for agents and $1,600 for spouses and companions. The price is based on low season rates and covers hotels, transfers, sightseeing, daily breakfast, one lunch and six dinners.

Contact Tours Specialists Inc. of Florida by calling 800-223-7752 or 727-784-8588, e-mailing [email protected], or visiting www.toursspecialists.com.

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Tours Specialists Offers Revised FAM Trips to Morocco
September 6, 2016 - December 31, 2016 | Tours Specialists Inc. of Florida

Tours Specialists is offering fam trips to Morocco of seven, 10, and 14 days for agents looking experience the country firsthand. All four fam trips include all hotels, two meals daily, all transfers and sightseeing, and all taxes and service charges.

The four available trips are:

Morocco, 7 Days - Land Only

Cities include CasablancaRabatFes, and Marrakech, while places of interest are: the MedinaMohammed V SquareHassan Tower and the walls of the Mechouar which surround the Royal Palace, the Berber villages, and Saadian Tombs. Costs per travel agent: $930; companion: $1,030; single supplement: $200.

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Morocco With Sahara, 7 Days - Land Only

Cities include: Marrakech, OuarzazateZagora, RissaniErfoudMerzouga, andTinghir. Stops within the cities are: Draa Valley, the village of AmzrouM’hamid(the last settlement before the Sahara), the location of the film Lawrence of Arabia, Todra canyons, and El Kelaa, home of the Roses Festival in May. Costs per travel agent: $1,100; companion: $1,200; single supplement: $300.

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Morocco, 10 Days - Land Only

Cities on the tour include: Casablanca, Rabat, Fes, Erfoud, Rissani, Mezouga, Ouarzazate, and Marrakech. Stops made on this in addition to many of the previous ones are: Mosque of Hassan II, the second-largest religious edifice in the world after Mecca, and High Atlas. Costs per travel agent: $1,550; companion: $1,650; single supplement: $300.

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Morocco With Sahara, 14 Days - Land Only

The only additional city on this fam trip is Essaouira (also known as Old Mogador). It’s one of the oldest fishing villages in Morocco. A new stop include Safi (a sea-castle), and like the previous Sahara voyages, comes with a camel ride. Costs per travel agent: $2,090; companion: $2,190; single supplement: $400.

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New Spain FAM Trips From Tours Specialists Inc. of Florida
August 16, 2016 - December 31, 2016 | Tours Specialists Inc. of Florida

Tours Specialists Inc. of Florida recently announced four new fam trips for Spain.

The seven-day, land-only package departs every Sunday and visits Madrid, Cordoba, Seville and Granada. Prices are from $900 for agents and $1,000 for spouses and companions.

The nine-day, land-only package departs every Saturday and visits the same cities as the seven day in addition to Valencia and Barcelona. Prices are from $1,100 for agents and $1,200 for spouses and companions.

The 10-day, land-only package departs every Friday and visits the same cities as the seven day package, as well as Caceres, Ronda, Marbella and Toledo. Prices are from $1,150 for agents and $1,250 for spouses and companions.

The 12-day, land-only itinerary departs every Monday and visits the same cities as the seven-day itinerary in addition to TrujilloLibsonFatima and Costa Del Sol. Prices start at $1,350 for agents and $1,450 for spouses and companions.

All prices are based on low season rates and cover hotels, transfers, sightseeing and most meals.

Contact Tours Specialists Inc. of Florida by calling 800-223-7752 or 727-784-8588, e-mailing [email protected], or visiting www.toursspecialists.com.

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Tours Specialists Inc. Offers “Discover Sardinia” FAM Trips
August 4, 2016 - December 31, 2016 | Tours Specialists Inc. of Florida

Tours Specialists Inc. is offering agents two four-day fam trips as part of their Discover Sardinia promotion. Both trips include all transfers, sightseeing, four star hotels (or similar), daily breakfast, and one dinner.

As part of the Costa Smerelda trip, agents will visit Porto Cervo, Costa Smerelda, and the archaeological area of Arzachena with a private guide. The first two stop are known for their beaches, while the last is home to tombs of the little-known Coddu Vecchiu giants. 

Cost for a travel agent in a double room is $1,100, and the cost for a companion is $1,200.

The Alghero tour will make stops at Alghero, Palmavera, and Capo Caccia. In the historical center of Alghero, agents will visit the dome of Santa Maria, the St. Francis church with its cloister, and the Bell Tower. After another archaeological stop at Palmavera, the guide will bring agents to the Grotto of Nettuno in Capo Caccia. 

Pricing for an agent in a double room is $1,000, while a companion will cost $1,100.

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St. Lucia Launches New Travel Agent Incentive Program
August 2, 2016 - November 30, 2016 | Saint Lucia Tourist Board

The Saint Lucia Tourist Board recently launched its annual travel agent incentive program, “Saint Lucia Agent Months (SLAM).”

Created to showcase St. Lucia to visiting travel agents, SLAM runs through November 30 and includes booking incentives and special rates on accommodations.

Designed to provide travel agents with an immersive St. Lucia experience, the tourist board has planned diverse tours, land and sea excursions, and opportunities to enjoy authentic island cuisine. SLAM also grants agents access to the island’s hotels and resorts through planned site inspections.

“Saint Lucia Agent Months are back by popular demand,” said Tracey Warner Arnold, deputy director of Tourism for the Saint Lucia Tourist Board, in a written release. “Travel agents appreciate the flexibility to explore and enjoy the island as their clients would, which ultimately helps travel agents create memorable vacations, honeymoons and even weddings for their clients.”
 
American Airlines is offering travel agents with valid IATAN cards discounts of up to 20 percent off fares to St. Lucia from September 6 through December 15.

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