Europe

Dubrovnik, Croatia will be one of the stops on MSC Cruises' new Eastern Mediterranean itinerary.

MSC Cruises to Set Sail in the Eastern Mediterranean

 MSC Cruises has announced the launch of a new itinerary that will set sail in the Eastern Mediterranean in summer 2018.
Celebrity Reflection will be one of five ships sailing through Europe in summer 2019.

Celebrity Cruises Announces 2019 Itineraries for Europe

Celebrity Cruises is taking over Europe in summer 2019 with plans to send five ships to over 90 ports of call throughout the continent. 
Four Seasons Resorts & NetJet have teamed up to offer luxury clients unique and private experiences. (Photo courtesy of: Four Seasons Resorts.)

Unique Experiences for the Luxury Guests at Four Seasons Resorts

Four Seasons Resorts has teamed with NetJets—a private aviation company—to offer luxury guests unique, private, bespoke experiences at select destinations.
Travelers in Iceland can look to the sky in hopes of catching a glimpse of the Northern Lights.

Adventures, Food and Luxury: New 2018 Itineraries in Europe

Agents can never have too many options when on the hunt for their clients' perfect itinerary. To spruce up the options you're presenting to clients with their eyes set on Europe, try these new tours.
Intrepid Travel's new itineraries will take travelers to off-the-beaten-path destinations like Moldova.

Intrepid Travel Combats Overtourism with New Off-Season Offerings

Intrepid Travel is setting out to curb the issue of overtourism in Europe with new itineraries to alternative European destinations and increased tour options during off-season.
Front hall at The Merrion.

Globetrotting: Bespoke Experiences in Ireland & County Down

Adams & Butler, a luxury destination management specialist with itineraries in Ireland, Wales, Scotland and England (as well as Africa), shines the spotlight on those unique experiences travelers are seeking out.
Visit Sweden Webinar

Webinar: Enticing Gothenburg & West Sweden

Date/Time: Thursday, November 16, 2017 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT Description: Join Magnus Lindbergh, head of travel trade for Visit Sweden,...
Artist renderings show the future of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts new London property.

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts Expands European Offerings

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts is welcoming a new member to its family of six European properties. The newest addition will be a luxury hotel located in London's prestigious Mayfair district.
The Selimiye Mosque is one of many religious sites your clients can visit in Turkey. (Photo credit: Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey)

Faith-Based Travel in Turkey—The Other Holy Land

Thoughts of faith-based travel often evoke images of Jerusalem or Buddhist temples, but for practitioners of the world's major monotheistic religions, Turkey—often dubbed as "the other Holy Land"—provides a unique opportunity to experience some of the lesser-known sites of importance for these faiths.
Luxury meets tranquility with a fall escape to Il Saviatino.

Fall Getaways Under the Tuscan Sun

Cooler temperatures, fewer tourists, vibrant autumn colors, and the height of harvest season are just a few of the lures of Tuscany during the fall months. Add in 20 percent savings, and clients will flock your way to book them a fall escape.
A complimentary helicopter transfer is just one benefit of Monaco's VIP travel program.

Monaco Offers Complimentary VIP Travel Program

Monaco is a country synonymous with luxury and refinement, and its government's VIP travel program—Le Club Diamant Rouge de Monaco— is sticking to that tradition by offering agents and their clients a few complimentary perks.
Cyclists on the 8-Day Postcards of Tuscany Bike Tour will enjoy classic views like this and more.

Cycle Through Tuscany With Perillo’s ItalyVacations

Active travelers can explore central Italy on an 8-day Postcards of Tuscany Bike Tour with Perillo's ItalyVacations.
The Guinness Storehouse's Gravity Bar offers unparalleled views of Dublin

Aer Lingus Adds New Flight To Dublin

Whether your clients are looking to throw back a pint or two of Guinness in its birthplace or discover the stunning natural beauty that earned Ireland its nickname as the Emerald Isle, Aer Lingus is getting visitors there faster with a new route between South Florida and Dublin.
Tonnara di Scopello in Sicily.

Ancestry Vacations: Family Roots and Routes in Europe

With the popularity of sites such as Ancestry.com and its DNA tests for ethnicity and genealogy, heritage travel or ancestry vacations—exploring the origins of one’s family tree, searching through local archives and with luck even meeting a long-lost relative—has boomed in popularity.
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In Lithuania, the Welcome Mat is Out

Lithuania’s tourism industry is thriving. Last year visitor figures hit a new high of 1.5 million, including in that number this writer.
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Editor’s B-Roll: Traveling through Southwest England

During my trip to Southwest England for ExploreGB, I had the opportunity to traverse through a few cities and towns including beachside Brighton, bustling Bristol, quaint Devon, and the charming Port Isaac.
Air France is rolling out a brand-new immersive entertainment system.

Air France Rolls Out New Immersive Entertainment System

Air France is rolling out a brand-new immersive entertainment system in partnership with the startup SkyLights.
Ellen Bettridge succeeded Guy Young as the president and CEO of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection last August. (Photo credit: Rainer Witzgall)

Ellen Bettridge Recounts Her First Year at Uniworld

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection's president and CEO Ellen Bettridge takes a look back at the line's banner year with Recommend.
Wilderness Scotland is offering a new road cycling tour of Great Britain and Ireland.

Explore Great Britain and Ireland by Bicycle

In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the invention of the bicycle in 1817, adventure travel specialist Wilderness Scotland is offering a new road cycling tour of Great Britain and Ireland.
Poolside in Monaco.

Rainbows Over Europe

Summertime is party time for Gay Pride destinations in Europe.
Butterfield & Robinson's new trips for 2018 includes a 6-day Holland Walking itinerary.

Butterfield & Robinson Reveals New Trips and Destinations for 2018  

Butterfield & Robinson (B&R) has revealed six new trips for 2018, as well as a handful of itineraries in new destinations across Europe.
The lobby at Aleph Rome Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton in Rome.

Curio Collection by Hilton Opens First Hotel in Rome

Curio Collection by Hilton has acquired the newly renovated Aleph Rome Hotel—an elegant property in the heart of Rome.
Abercrombie & Kent's Imperial Russia itinerary visits the Hermitage Museum and the Faberge Museum. (Photo credit: Justin Weiler)

Abercrombie & Kent Announces New Luxury Journeys

Abercrombie & Kent is expanding its 2018 Luxury Small Group Journeys portfolio to include five new journeys.
Mr. and Mrs. White New Style Hotel in Paros, Greece

Grecian Luxury Joins Small Luxury Hotels

Small Luxury Hotels has welcomed three new hotels to its portfolio, including Mr. and Mrs. White New Style Hotel in Paros, Greece.
Among the new experiences at Walt Disney World Resort is a Minnie Van transportation service.

9 New Experiences Coming to Disney Parks and Resorts

At the D23 Expo 2017 last weekend in Anaheim, California, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts chairman Bob Chapek announced a line-up of brand-new attractions and experiences coming to Disney parks and resorts across the globe.
Costa Diadema passengers who disembark in Savona during 1-week Mediterranean cruises will have the chance to go on a day trip to Turin.

Costa Cruises Introduces New Tours in Turin, Italy

Costa Diadema guests can now take a discovery tour of Turin, Italy, every Saturday during the 2017 summer season thanks to a new partnership between Costa Cruises and the City of Turin.
Viking Cruises' In Search of the Northern Lights will sail between London and Bergen starting in January 2019 on the Viking Sky.

New River and Ocean Cruise Itineraries

Whether your clients take to the river or ocean, there are a bevy of new cruise itineraries for them to embark on.
San Clemente Palace Kempinski has unveiled a new spa.

San Clemente Palace Kempinski Unveils Venetian Spa

San Clemente Palace Kempinski—a luxury resort uniquely situated on its own private island in the Venetian lagoon—has unveiled a new spa in partnership with local luxury perfumery brand, The Merchant of Venice.
The black sand beaches of Vik, Iceland featured in Jon Snow’s quest north of the Wall. (Photo credit: Shutterstock)

Zicasso’s “Game of Thrones” Tribute Tours

Zicasso has introduced two new “Game of Thrones” tribute tours—one in Iceland, the other in Spain—in advance of the hit TV series’ return to HBO.
Club Med's Opio en Provence resort is sporting a fresh look.

A New Look for Provence’s Club Med Opio

Club Med Opio en Provence is sporting a new look after a $12 million property-wide renovation.
Avanti Destinations' new Gastronomic Wonders of France & Spain itinerary includes a private San Sebastian tapas tour.

Avanti Destinations Introduces New Food-Themed Offerings in Europe

Avanti Destinations is meeting independent travelers’ insatiable appetite for food- and cooking-related experiences by introducing a dozen new food-themed tours and activities in France and Spain this year.
At the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem in Israel.

Travel Talk

From faith-based tours to what's new in rail travel, this month's Travel Talk sums it up.

Riding the Rails: A Matter of Taste

Coming up this fall, of course, is harvest time in the great wine regions of Europe, a busy, colorful couple of months (September-November) when ripe grapes make their way from bucket to cave to barrel.
Eating London's  Brick Lane – Flavors of India & Beyond tour features nine tastings “Banglatown."

Eating London Launches Two New Walking Tours

Eating London has expanded its offerings in the British capital with the launch of two new tours in Brick Lane and the Docklands, respectively.
The view from Victoria Tower in London England. (Photo credit: VisitEngland/Andrew Pickett)

Summer Travel to Great Britain On Track

The summer travel season is upon us and despite the latest string of terror attacks in London and Manchester, the allure of travel to Great Britain, and Europe as a whole, remains high, proving American’s resilience in our post-9/11 world.
The Hotel Marques de Riscal in Elciego, Spain is part of Marriott International's  Luxury Collection.

Marriott International’s Ever-Expanding Luxury Portfolio

During Marriott International's showcase presentation in New York last week, the press had a chance to examine the luxury, boutique sector of the brand's portfolio.
CroisiEurope's portfolio of river, canal and coastal cruises in Europe, Asia and Africa are now available through the Classic Vacations’ Classic Connections program. (Photo credit: CroisiEurope)

CroisiEurope Partners with Classic Vacations 

CroisiEurope has partnered with Classic Vacations, allowing travel agents access to the river cruise company’s portfolio through the tour operator’s Classic Connections program.
Paul Gauguin Cruises' new Stewards of Nature program invites guests to discover and value nature through hands-on, interactive learning.

Kid-Approved Cruises

These cruise lines are catering to their smallest clients with kid-approved activities the whole family can get involved in.
The waterpark at Sandos El Greco. (Photo courtesy of Sandos El Greco.)

Sandos Hotels & Resorts Unveils Adults-Only Ibiza Property

Sandos Hotels & Resorts has announced the grand opening of Sandos El Greco Beach Hotel, an adults-only property in Cala de Portinatx, Ibiza.
A guestroom at Ion City Hotel in Reykjavik.

Design-Centric Ion City Hotel Debuts in Reykjavik

Cool Nordic design colors the sleek, 18-room Ion City Hotel, which made its debut in Reykjavik with a soft-opening last month.
A rendering of a guestroom at Le Domaine Misincu in Cap Corsica.

A Stay on Corsica’s “Wild” Side

Set to debut this month on 86 acres of natural parks and gardens in the region of Cap Corsica, the five-star Le Domaine Misincu hotel is described as the only five-star rated, environmentally friendly and eco-certified luxury boutique hotel to open in the area.
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Honeymoons on the Go: By Boat, On Foot, By Bike

For active honeymooning clients, consider this trio of self-guided adventures.
The Avalon Visionary sails the Rhine.

Globetrotting: Avalon Gets Active on the Rhine

It’s our first full day in Amsterdam after embarking on Avalon Visionary and we are standing at easels in Westerdok, the very same neighborhood where Van Gogh created his only two paintings during his 8-year stint in the city.
Brendan Vacations' new The Isle Awakens itinerary visits "Star Wars" filming locations. 

Brendan Vacations Launches “Star Wars”-Themed Self-Drive Vacation

Brendan Vacations has launched a "Star Wars"-themed self-drive vacation through Ireland.
The lounge at the Milestone Hotel where afternoon tea is served.

London’s Milestone Hotel Offers Exclusive Access to Wimbledon

For premier access to Wimbledon, book your clients at London’s Milestone Hotel, where guests can take advantage of an exclusive package that includes three days of pampering and entry to elite events around the city.
Guests can figuratively travel back in time and recreate historic events during the National WWII Museum's upcoming tours.

History Comes Alive at New Orleans’ National WWII Museum

History comes alive at New Orleans’ National WWII Museum, where guests can figuratively travel back in time and recreate historic events during two upcoming tours.
Taking a cruise—both ocean-going and on the rivers—is one of the most popular ways to vacation, according to the survey, and Cuba is a top international destination. (Photo credit: Royal Caribbean International)

Travel Trends

You, too, are the travel experts, so we conducted a Future of Travel survey a couple of months back on recommend.com to get your take on what’s trending in travel in 2017 and 2018.
Windstar Cruises' Culinary Cruise Collection itineraries include culinary demonstrations, unique epicurean shore excursions and local market tours.

Windstar Sets Sail with JBF Celebrity Chefs

New and simply delicious on the high seas this year is the Culinary Cruise Collection, pairing Windstar Cruises and super-chefs from the illustrious James Beard Foundation (JBF) aboard eight designated sailings in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Asia and the Caribbean.
Eating Italy's new Florence Sunset Food Tour features an Italian cocktail demonstration.

Eating Italy Takes a Bite Out of Florence

Eating Italy is offering its second tour in the Tuscan capital of Florence.
Jennie Ho, president of Delta Vacations.

Jennie Ho Takes the Reigns as President of Delta Vacations

With the recent appointment of Jennie Ho as president of Delta Vacations, a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta Air Lines, we thought it fitting to have a chat with the former Delta Air Lines managing director - specialty and Canada sales, to find out more about her transition and future initiatives.
Belmond is offering a 6-night itinerary in Botswana hosted by Alexander McCall Smith, author of the popular The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency book series. (Photo credit: Belmond)

Belmond Launches Expert-Led Journeys Through Africa, Europe and Asia

The latest news from Belmond for spring, summer and fall 2017 includes new product launches, renovations, and itineraries, in addition to the debut of expert-led journeys through Africa, Scotland, and Myanmar.

5 Must-See & Do Attractions in England

While traveling through England from Cornwall to Bristol, I had the opportunity to visit some historical sites and a few attractions that really gave me a sense for the area and its history. Put these attractions on a “must-see” list for your clients headed to the UK.