Clients looking for destinations where the U.S. dollar buys more can head to Asia, Virgin Vacations reports. When compared to last year, in India the U.S. dollar buys 20 percent more - or 54 rupees, and 13 percent more lira in Turkey – or 1.78, while the dollar is slightly ahead in Thailand, at 31 baht. To make its point, now through June 22, Virgin Vacations has put select escorted tours to these destinations on sale, with $200 per person savings.
Virgin Vacations escorted tours and vacation packages are fully commissionable to travel agents.
Examples -with prices - cited by Virgin Vacations include :
13 Day “Affordable Turkey” for Thanksgiving: From $759 land only, $1459 with airfare
Clients can visit Turkey for Thanksgiving, and save $200 per person on Virgin Vacation’s 11-day “Affordable Turkey” escorted tour, when booked by June 22. Beginning and ending in Istanbul, the tour covers the country’s major highlights.
Other “Affordable Turkey” departures - also $200 off if booked by June 22 - start October 30. 2012 and run through March 28, 2013, with prices from $759, land only for select dates in November, December , and February. Air-inclusive departures on Delta Airlines from New York start at $1,459 for November20 and select dates in February. Land only prices range up to $769, and to $1,509 for October 30 air-inclusive, if booked by June 22. Single supplement is $379. Price includes double occupancy accommodations in four and five-star hotels, all transfers, 11 breakfasts and 7 dinners, sightseeing, motorcoach travel, entrance fees, and services of an English-speaking tour guide throughout. Add $163 for air fare from Chicago, $268 from Los Angeles, $252 from Boston, $141 from Washington, D.C., $215 from Miami, and $365 from San Francisco.
13-Day Classic Thailand: From $659 land only, $1799 with airfare
Virgin Vacations’ 13-day “Classic Thailand” escorted tour itinerary begins with 3 nights in Bangkok, then goes north to Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai, en route overnighting in the ancient cities of Ayutthaya and Sukhotha. Two nights each are spent in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai.
When booked by June 22, prices begin at $659 land only for August through November departures, $1,799 for select fall dates with round trip airfare from Los Angeles. Prices range up to $769 land only beginning December 6 for selected dates through May 23, 2013; and up to $1,839 for March 12 with air fare from Los Angeles on China Airlines. After June 22, all prices increase by $200 per person. Single supplement is $441. Included in the price are intra-Thailand flight from Chiang Mai to Bangkok, four-to-five star hotel accommodations, sightseeing, 10 breakfasts and one dinner, and services of an English-speaking guide. Tours run from August 16, 2012 through May 23, 2013. A selection of optional tours and activities round out the itinerary, beginning at $19 for a half-day visit to the Mae Salong Hill Tribe. Add on airfares begin at $107 from San Francisco, $268 from Chicago, $228 from New York and Boston, and $332 from Washington, D.C..
8 Day Golden Triangle of India: From $1579 air-inclusive only
Clients with limited time can visit Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, saving $200 on Virgin Vacations’ 8-day “Golden Triangle of India” escorted tour, when booked by June 22. Included are roundtrip airfare from New York to Delhi, six days first-class accommodations with a hotel room for the last day prior to late night departure for the U.S, all transfers, five breakfasts and three dinners, sightseeing, and the services of an English-speaking guide. Among highlights are visits to the Taj Mahal, the Amber Fort in Jaipur, and a tour of New Delhi. Optional sightseeing starts at $19 for a half-day Agra Fort or Jaipur tour.
Available only with airfare, tour prices from New York on Air India prior to June 22 begin at $1,579 for September 19 departure, and range to $2,159 for December 12. Single supplement is $219. Departures are available from September 19 through April 3, 2013. Add on airfares begin at $127 from Chicago, $132 from Los Angeles, $109 from San Francisco, $251 from Boston, $188 from Washington, D.C. and $303 from Miami.
All prices are per person, double occupancy. Low-cost airfares are available from other cities nationwide. Air prices include all taxes and fuel charges. Optional sightseeing tours are additional.
Virgin Vacations offers a selection of escorted tours and independent packages available with or without airfare on Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Australia and Virgin America, as well as other international airlines.