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What’s our favourite thing about Mondays? Looking at these wholesaler pics – mostly to make Monday go faster, but also to forget how many wines we had on the weekend.

Entire Travel Group flexes its muscles with new CIT Italy Travel Connection brochure

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The benefits of being part of the Entire Travel Group powerhouse are on full display in newly-rebranded CIT Italy Travel Connection’s latest brochure, with a revamped program offering new hotels, cruises, tours and luxury city packages.

The new 180-page brochure boasts more than 70 new accommodation options, including a selection of new five-star hotels and – for the first time – serviced apartments in key cities. New cruises across the Mediterranean and river cruises in Venice also feature, as do luxury city packages incorporating private tours and five-star accommodation.

The introduction of some simple but effective design changes – including new icons summarising tour features and detailed maps for all multi-day tours – have also enhanced the brochure’s impact as a sales tool for agents.

CIT Italy Travel Connection has also finalised its specialist reservation team, with half of the 12 dedicated Italian experts born in Italy. In addition, the company’s La Famiglia program, which provides its top 50 travel agents with a dedicated 1300 number taking them directly to the most experienced specialist consultant, has been revamped and relaunched as the Entire Travel Club.

Costsaver launches new Asia Program

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The strength of demand for Costsaver’s pioneering ‘Guided Independent’ style of touring sees the brand expand further for 2019, with the launch of a brand new Asia programme. Already taking independent and value-conscious touring customers right across Europe, North Africa, USA, Canada and South America, Costsaver’s inaugural Asia programme will serve seven new countries – Japan, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, India and Hong Kong – from just $206 per day.

Costsaver’s value tours cover all the essentials, such as hand-picked accommodation, quality transport, city tours and plenty of meals. The rest is then left up to the traveller, so that they can tailor their own personalised dream holiday – either choosing to enjoy a selection of Costsaver’s hand-crafted Optional Experiences or simply uncovering the destination their own way.

The exciting new Costsaver Asia value tours include:

  • Japan Discovery
  • Vietnam and Cambodia Adventure
  • Iconic Thailand
  • Wonders of China
  • MINI STAY: Hong Kong Highlights
  • Highlights of India
  • Highlights of India with Varanasi

Last chance to save on 2019 travel with Back-Roads Touring

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Back-Roads Touring is urging consumers to take advantage of their exclusive Early Bird special before it’s too late, offering guests significant savings of up to $1,339 per couple on selected European tours.

The deal has proven hugely popular since it was launched in August to celebrate their highly anticipated 2019 brochure, and with just under two weeks before it expires, there has never been a better time to book your 2019 holiday.

Until the 30th November, guests will be able to take advantage of huge discounts on some of Back-Roads’ most popular tours such as Slow Foods of Puglia and Highlights of Northern Spain, alongside two brand new tours and nine improved itineraries.

Whether it be tasting your way through the famed wine-growing regions Champagne, Chablis and Burgundy on the Paris to Nice through Vinyards & Mountains tour, or following in the footsteps of Vikings, Romans and royalty on the Historic Eastern England tour, Back-Roads has something for every traveller.

Wide Eyed Tours release their 2019- 2020 Brochure

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Wide Eyed Tours are thrilled to announce the release of the much anticipated 2019 – 2020 brochure. The most comprehensive FIT brochure to Vietnam and the Indochina region.

New Introduction Pages and Quick Guide pages give, at a glance, the best areas to see in that destination or city…easy! The brochure also includes the BEST “when to travel” Weather map on the market!

Wide Eyed Tours is a 100 per cent CUSTOMISABLE itinerary, use these suggested itineraries’ to get the ball rolling.

The brochure also includes more unique hotels and other accommodation. 10 unique to Wide Eyed Tours Houses and Villas at An Bang Beach at Hoi An AND the fab Beachside Boutique Resort & SALT Pub Restaurant, our own 18 room funky beachside Resort.

Beer tours and festivals; get ready to party with Trek America’s brand new 2019 tours

Road trip specialist Trek America has today launched its 2019 brochure full of exciting brand new adventures. Some of the best highlights include beer tours of America’s East and West coasts and a new exploration of the Deep South, ending at the amazing Austin City Limits festival. New for 2019:

Cities, Sights and Craft Beer Delights – West – This tour allows trekkers to taste their way up the Pacific Coast while uncovering some of the West’s greatest destinations such as: San Francisco, Santa Rosa, Portland and Seattle. Highlights include: exploring Portland on a BrewCycle tour, a starlight canoe tour in Bend, a driving tour of Mt Hood and hiking opportunities at Bodega Bay and Crater Lake National Park. To finish the trip in style, take a scenic walk across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge admiring the San Francisco skyline and Alcatraz in the distance.

Cities, Sights and Craft Beer Delights – East – Trekkers can taste their way through the vibrant cities belonging to America’s historic East Coast; visiting the buzzing cities of New York City, Boston, Washington DC, Atlanta and Ashville. Highlights include visiting -both world famous and independent – local breweries, hiking opportunities in Stowe, seeing the home of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, and a farewell tasting paddle at Sam Adams Brewery.

Deep South and Festival Sounds – Delve into the history of America’s world-renowned music scene in this thrilling tour through the Deep South. Finishing with three nights in Austin- the ‘live rock capital of the world’- this trip also includes a ticket to the legendary Austin Limits Festival. Other highlights include visiting Elvis Presley’s Graceland mansion, wildlife spotting in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, experiencing the iconic country music scene in Nashville and attending the amazing Austin City Limits Festival. This festival has an epic line-up and offers travellers the chance to try delicious local snacks from the famous food trucks at the festival’s ACL Eats Food Court.

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