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G Adventures and Trafalgar sales, World Expeditions’ big buyout + MORE! – Travel Weekly

Ready to enjoy some early Christmas spirit? This week’s Wholesaler Wrap is filled with deals and delights for trips near and far.

G Adventures announces cyber sale

Travellers can snag a 35 per cent saving on tours of Sri Lanka, with G Adventures’ cyber sale

G Adventures has announced a cyber sale for the week leading up to Cyber Monday, with savings up to 35 per cent on tours around the world.

The sale begins at 9:00am, 27 December 2019, and runs until midnight, 5 December 2019, with savings of up to 35 per cent on thousands of trips departing between 3 December 2019 and 30 April 2020.

The adventure tour company said 600 itineraries across six continents will be marked down, which will add more than 7,400 opportunities to join tours before 30 April 2020.

Of those, more than 400 trips will feature a 30 to 35 per cent discount, including adventures to the Galapagos Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Peru, New Zealand and locally in Australia.

World Expeditions participates in management buyout of European adventure travel company

Hikers on an SNP itinerary in Europe/World Expeditions

World Expeditions Travel Group has revealed it is participating in the management buyout of SNP Natuureizen BV, a leading adventure travel company, based in the Netherlands.

Sue Badyari, CEO of World Expeditions, said the buyout will offer potential synergy between the Dutch company and UTracks.

SNP was founded by Dutch naturalists in 1984 and has more than 25 years of experience in adventure travel, offering a range of active holidays all over the world.

The company employs more than 65 staff at its head office in Nijmejen and, like World Expeditions, operates active adventures, with various combinations of walking, hiking, cycling, birdwatching, canyoning, canoeing and kayaking.

Trafalgar releases flash sale on worldwide trips

Travel agents can save up to 25 per cent on Trafalgar tours, with the release of the wholesaler’s ‘Ultimate Flash Sale’.

Starting Monday, agents can save on a selection of up to 40 tours, booked before 2 December 2019, including the 14-day ‘Highlights of Austria, Slovenia and Croatia’ tour, and the 13-day ‘Italian Glory’ tour.

To help support agents in closing their sales, the brand’s contact centres will be open all seven days this week, between 9:00am–5:00pm from Monday to Friday, and 10:00am–3:00pm on Sunday.

As the cherry on top, with Trafalgar recently announcing its ‘Acclaim Agent Rewards’ trip to Ireland, every sale will go towards agents securing their place on the brand’s incentive trip. Next year’s experience will take place in Ireland, with JoinTrafalgar’s responsible travel initiatives taking front and centre stage.

Wendy Wu Tours announces two-night Singapore stopover deal

Wendy Wu Tours’ customers can grab a bargain on more than 40 tours, including the 12-day ‘Jewels of Japan’ tour, visiting Kyoto.

Customers flying Singapore Airlines on a Wendy Wu group tour in 2020 can save hundreds of dollars on two-night Singapore stopovers.

Travel agents can book a stopover from $99 per person twin share (saving $336 per person), or from $199 per person single occupancy (saving $581 per person).

The deal is available on more than 40 itineraries offered by the company, including the 14-day fully inclusive ‘Majestic Yangtze’ tour, from $4,580 per person twin share.

On this tour travellers will visit Shanghai, walk on the Great Wall, cruise the Yangtze River for four nights, and see giant pandas and the Terracotta Army, and discover ancient Ciqikou.

Travellers can also enjoy the Singapore stopover deal on the 12-day fully inclusive ‘Jewels of Japan’ tour.

On this tour, travellers will visit Tokyo, Mt Fuji, Kyoto and Hiroshima, and explore Miyajima and Itsukushima Shrine.

Insight Vacations opens summer sale

Insight Vacations is kickstarting the summer season with the launch of its summer sale, offering travellers savings of 15 per cent on all trips to France, Ireland, Scandinavia and Russia in summer 2020.

Past guests can also save an additional five per cent as part of Insight’s exclusive ‘Club Bon Voyage’.

Guests can choose from over 10 itineraries, including ‘Country Roads of France’, ‘Grand Scandinavia’ and ‘Easy Pace Russia’.

The sale is available between 25 November 2019 and 2 December 2019.

Contiki goes off-grid in New Zealand with 2020-21 trips

Contiki Holidays has launches three new ‘Off-Grid’ trips in its New Zealand product release for 2020-21, focused on “showcasing local and authentic New Zealand”: ‘New Zealand Off-Grid’, ‘North Island Off-Grid’, and ‘South Island Off-Grid’.

These include a stay on a Māori marae, learning about conservation at an award-winning Southern Eco Retreat and experiencing a Dark Sky Project Reserve in Mt Cook.

The brand says the three new trips “pave the way” for a new direction in youth travel, with handpicked experiences and accommodation designed especially for Gen Z travellers.

Europe by boat: What’s new for UTracks in 2020

With boat-based itineraries consistently ranking among its most popular trips year after year, European active holiday specialist UTracks has announced a series of new additions for summer 2020.

These include:

  • Burgundy Bike and Barge (departs June–September, from $2,790 per person)
  • Tuscany Bike and Sail (departs September–October, from $3,490 per person)
  • Peloponnese and Saronic Islands Bike & Sail (departs April–October, from $3,090 per person)
  • Lyon and Provence Bike and Boat (departs March–October, from $3,390 per person); and
  • Dutch Tulips by Bike and Boat (departs March-May, from $1,290 per person).

Beyond Travel releases new Russia and Scandinavia 2020 brochure

Beyond Travel has released its most comprehensive product range for Russia and Scandinavia “to date”, in its newly titled 2020 Russia, Scandinavia & Beyond brochure.

The brochure offers 68 pages of tours and services, with over 30 pages of Scandinavian tours, including small groups, tailor-made packages and city stays which is complemented by the recently launched website.

The Australian owned operators offer more than forty guaranteed escorted and small group tour departures throughout summer and winter 2020 with tours starting in Stockholm, Helsinki, Copenhagen, Bergen, Reykjavik and Ivalo.

Beyond Travel says this allows greater flexibility to create “a dream itinerary for clients” by covering more areas and options to add-on accommodation and sightseeing in other cities.

50 Degrees North launches new independent small group tour for 2020

Nordic travel specialist 50 Degrees North has introduced a new seven-day summer tour to its selection of independent small group tours to Norway.

The travel company’s ‘Scenic Norway’ tour explores the Northwestern fjord region of Norway, starting from Ålesund and travelling to Kristiansund via Valldalen and Åndalsnes.

The company says this is a stunning part of Norway that many tourists do not get to see, because it usually requires a private car or joining a big coach tour.

Each of 50 Degrees North’s tours allow between two to 12 independent travellers to traverse exceptionally beautiful, yet hard-to-reach areas of Norway in the comfort and safety of a shared 50 Degrees North minivan, with an experienced driver.

The Travel Corporation’s weekly deals

The ‘Southern Drift’ tour from Inspiring Journeys/The Travel Corporation

Inspiring Journeys

The Southern Drift

Travellers can save up to $1,630 per couple with Inspiring Journeys’ early bird savings on the 12-day ‘The Southern Drift’ journey, discovering New Zealand. Starting from $7,335*per person, twin share (including discount), this offer is on sale now 31 January 2020 for departures after 1 April 2020.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

Alluring Amsterdam & Vienna

Travellers can save up to 30 per cent during Uniworld’s 100th anniversary celebration event.

Uniworld’s Parent company, The Travel Corporation, turns 100 in 2020 and is celebrating with up to 30 per off selected 2020 cruises, including the 15-day ‘Alluring Amsterdam & Vienna’ journey.

Starting from $6,999 per person, twin share (discount included), this offer is on sale now until 3 January for departures on 5 July and 16 August 2020. Other departure dates are available, but prices may vary.


Ibiza & Beyond

Travellers can save up to 25 per cent off 2020 Europe with Contiki, including on the nine-day ‘Ibiza & Beyond’ adventure.

Starting from $2,082 per person, twin share (discount included), this offer is on sale now until 18 December 2019 for departures on 24 May and 14 June 2020. Other departure dates are available, but prices may vary.

U River Cruises

Amsterdam & Brussels Bound

Travellers can save up to 20 per cent on select 2020 cruises with U River Cruises, including the eight-day ‘Amsterdam & Brussels Bound’ adventure.

Starting from $3,039 per person, twin share (discount included), this offer is on sale now until 3 January for departures on 3 and 10 April 2020. Other departure dates are available, but prices may vary.

Lindblad Expeditions – National Geographic

From Southern California to Baja – Sailing the Pacific Coast

Lindblad Expeditions is waiving the solo premium on solo cabins for select trips, including the 12-day  ‘From Southern California to Baja – Sailing the Pacific Coast’ journey.

Starting from $9,920 per person (without the solo premium), this offer is on sale now until sold out for departure on 12 December 2019. Other departure dates are available, but prices may vary.

Insight Vacations

Russia, Warsaw & The Baltic States

Travellers can fly return to Europe for $799 per person when booking a Europe journey with Insight Vacations. Now extended for a limited time, these savings can be enjoyed on the 15-day ‘Russia, Warsaw & The Baltic States’ itinerary.

Starting from $6,949 per person, twin share (return economy flights to Europe included), this offer is on sale now until 18 December 2019 or until sold out for select departures between 5 and 26 April 2020. Other departure dates are available, but prices may vary.


Thai Island Hopper

Travellers can enjoy a 10 per cent saving on 2020/21 Asia trips with Busabout, including the 10-day ‘Thai Island Hopper’ adventure.

Starting from $1,286* per person (discount included), this offer is on sale now until 18 December 2019 for travel in 2020.


Amsterdam Explorer

Travellers can save up to 10 per cent on 2020 Europe holidays with Trafalgar’s early payment discount, including on the six-day ‘Amsterdam Explorer’ holiday.

Starting from $2,227 per person, twin share (discount included), this offer is on sale now until 18 December 2019 for departures between April and September 2020.

Featured image: Sea view of the Galapagos Islands/iStock

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