Trafalgar has announced the release of its 2020 Asia itineraries, adding nine new trips to its portfolio. The brand is now offering 32 Asia itineraries across nine countries, with each trip including Be My Guest experiences allowing travelers to meet, dine and celebrate with locals.
New 2020 additions include the Saigon and Bangkok Explorer, allowing guests to explore the sights and cultures of two Asian metropolises. Available as a nine-day standalone trip or with a three-day Phuket extension, this itinerary provides guests with an in-depth look at the cities. Guests will enjoy Be My Guest experiences including a farm-to-table lunch on an organic farm outside Ho Chi Minh; and a trip to the former home of American businessman Jim Thompson who restored the Thai silk industry in the 50s and 60s, including a visit to the factory where the textiles are made.
Also new in 2020, travelers can experience India’s Holi festival on Trafalgar’s Colorful India – Celebrate Holi itinerary with a local family. Guests will have the chance to witness the “Festival of Colors” and take in the cultural significance of this annual celebration. After its popularity in 2019, the opportunity to experience Diwali, the “Festival of Light,” is back for another year in conjunction with the Colorful India trip. Guests will don traditional attire and join a local family to celebrate the festival. Additionally, travelers will take part in the family’s puja; a sacred ritual and offering to Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth.
Asia Be My Guest highlights include a traditional lunch in stilt house with a family in a hilltribe village in northern Thailand, a homemade Chinese meal with a family in their hutong in Beijing, and a new Japanese Kaiseki and Tea Experience including a Yamato tea drinking ceremony with a local family before visiting their scenic mountainside tea plantation.
In addition to offering guests these experiences, the brand also offers one JoinTrafalgar experience on each Asia itinerary. On JoinTrafalgar experiences, guests make a difference in the places they visit. Asia JoinTrafalgar highlights include a performance by a group of blind youth musicians that supports the work of the Ho Chi Minh Blind Centre and a visit to the Tibetan Refugee Center in Darjeeling.
As part of Trafalgar’s mission to incorporate sustainable practices, the brand is working towards becoming plastic free by 2022 under the guidance of parent company The Travel Corporation.
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