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Wholesaler wrap: APT’s new Egypt & Jordan offering, Vegan adventures in Myanmar + more!

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Trafalgar launches Europe Autumn, Winter & Spring 2019/20 with five brand new itineraries 

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Clients looking to bypass a European Summer escape in lieu of the magic of off-peak travel will be thrilled with the announcement of Trafalgar’s Autumn, Winter and Spring trips, that go on sale today.

With 37 itineraries across 27 countries on offer, the brand connects guests with Europe’s best experiences, people and destinations with these year-round and Winter specific itineraries. With a selection of tried and tested favourite trips on offer again for 2019/20, and in line with it’s AgentsFirst philosophy, the brand is proud of announce five brand new trips in line with customer demand for more year-round Europe.

New trips include: Best of Scotland, Balkan Escape, Lucerne Explorer, Best of Morocco and a new 3 Continents Cruise covering Cyprus, Greece, Turkey, Israel and Egypt.

Exodus Travels celebrates 45 years of adventures with 15 per cent off 45 selected trips

Global leader in Active Adventures, Exodus Travels, are celebrating 45 years of igniting a sense of adventure and wonder in thousands of people across the globe. In 1974 Exodus began taking groups on overland adventures from London to Kathmandu. Whilst staying true to their adventure roots, Exodus Travels now offer over 500 different tours across more than 90 countries covering everything from walking, cycling and trekking to the less active with culture, wildlife and family tours.

To celebrate the last 45 years, Exodus Travels is offering 15 per cent off 45 hand-picked, classic trips around the globe for a limited time only – between the 12th and 18th of April 2019. From hiking along the breathtaking ‘Path Of The Gods’ in Italy’s iconic Amalfi Coast, through to trekking the Inca Trail to discover the lost city of Machu Picchu; all of Exodus’ trips take travellers off the beaten track, are rich in history and immerse travellers into the local communities around them.

Virtuoso announces preferred partnership with the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection 

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Global luxury travel network Virtuoso® has accepted The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection into its portfolio of world-class cruise lines, providing an exciting new option as the desire for an elegant small-ship experience continues to grow among its discerning clientele.

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection will offer significant advantages to Virtuoso clients. In 2020, it will participate in the network’s Virtuoso Voyages cruise enhancement program, offering six sailings with complimentary benefits to guests who book through a network advisor. Two of the voyages will feature a Virtuoso host as well as the guest’s choice of a complimentary shore excursion, shipboard credit or private car and driver. All six sailings will offer an exclusive cooking class and chef’s tasting.

TASTE of MYANMAR – A Vegan & Cultural Discovery

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Created from a client enquiry, this 100% vegan itinerary has proved popular for guests travelling to Myanmar, and for many, some simply wanting to “try something different” and others thinking it may be a safer way to eat across an unknown country.

This ten-day itinerary includes classical Myanmar sightseeing (with the option of hot air ballooning), market visits, spending time in local villages and learning at first-hand about traditional techniques and family recipes to rustle up typical vegan Myanmar meals.  It also includes a tour of Red Mountain Estate, one of the country’s first vineyards, to savour their wine while overlooking beautiful Inle Lake.

APT Launches Epic Adventures in Egypt and Jordan

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APT is inviting adventurous travellers to truly embrace the concept of living fully with the launch of its luxury small group journeys in Egypt and Jordan in 2020.

From the glorious chaos of Cairo where pyramids compete with minarets and mummies for photo opportunities, to a luxurious five-day cruise along the Nile between Luxor and Aswan, Egypt will enthral. In the holy land of Jordan, follow the sandy footsteps of Bedouin traders, be captivated by the iconic intricacies of Petra’s The Treasury, and float with ease in the salty waters of the Red Sea.

Travelling in groups of less than 20 guests, these journeys are perfect for those who are happy exploring crumbling ruins and bustling bazaars by day and unwinding with a touch of luxury by night. Stay in legendary hotels, spend a night under opulent canvas in the Jordanian desert and rejuvenate by the Dead Sea.

To celebrate the online launch of APT’s Egypt and Jordan journeys in 2020, APT is offering some special limited deals for Earlybird bookings. Receive a $500 Air Credit per couple on the 10 Day Egypt Discovery and a $700 Air Credit per couple on the 17 Day Egypt & Jordan Adventure.

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