Europe

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.
Burgundy-Walking-Couple

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.
Iberostar Grand Hotel Portals Nous features 66 guestrooms, including special themed suites, such as this Stargazer Suite.

Preferred Hotels & Resorts Brings Seaside Luxury to Mallorca, Spain

Preferred Hotels & Resorts has announced the addition of 26 new luxury properties to its portfolio, which will open over the course of the year, including Iberostar Grand Hotel Portals Nous.
Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay is Small Luxury Hotels of the World's first Ibizan outpost.

New Island Escapes

Plan the perfect island escape for your clients at one of these new idyllic properties.
U by Uniworld offers nine, adventurous European itineraries for travelers ages 21 to 45.

Uniworld Announces River Cruise Brand for Younger Travelers

Booking is now open for U by Uniworld, a new experiential river cruise brand from Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection offering nine, adventurous European itineraries for travelers ages 21 to 45.
Wilderness Scotland offers a Scottish Sea Kayak Trail South - The Whisky Coast itinerary that combines whisky tastings with a sea kayaking trip.

Wilderness and Whisky Tours in Scotland

Get your clients in on the spirited festivities during Scotland's whiskey month in May with one of Wilderness Scotland’s active itineraries.
Backroads offers active family-friendly tours in Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, Italy’s Dolomites and the Swiss Alps. (Photo credit: Backroads / Kathy Kawakami)

Family Cycling Adventures in Europe

Active travel company Backroads has announced it will be running nearly 450 family departures this summer to top destinations for multigenerational travelers.
Krossnes pool in Iceland.

A Pool Can Be More Than a Pool

If you are a multi-tasker with limited time in Iceland, you will be well-rewarded by a visit to one of the outdoor pools.
The Chef's Table on board the AmaKristina.

AmaWaterways Welcomes 19th Ship, AmaKristina

AmaWaterways has welcomed its 19th ship, AmaKristina, to the river cruise line’s expanding European fleet.

AmaWaterways’ Kristin Karst Dishes on the Line’s Culinary Offerings

When we asked AmaWaterways’ executive v.p./co-owner Kristin Karst about the cruise line’s culinary offerings, her eyes sparkled as she pointed to the cooking classes on its voyages in France.
The Atrium on Norwegian Jade has been enhanced with a refreshed look and décor.

Norwegian Jade Freshens Up for Summer Season

Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Jade has returned to her seasonal homeport of Tampa as an essentially new vessel following extensive renovations to the ship’s staterooms and public spaces, just in time for her summer season sailing from Hamburg, Germany to the Norwegian Fjords.
Husavik Harbor in Northern Iceland.

Variety Cruises Adds Iceland to Small Yacht Itineraries

Variety Cruises has added Iceland to its 2017 small yacht itineraries.

Hopscotch Around the UK

Let's take a hopscotch tour through the UK in order to better help you tap into these markets. We have...
Eden Project in Cornwall. (Michelle Arean)

Globetrotting: Southwest England

A Culinary Feast from Countryside to Bustling Cities
While sailing on AmaVida in Portugal, guests can go on visits to vineyards.

Flavor-Packed Iberian Peninsula

Culinary tourism seems to be about the most popular ingredient on the menu when it comes to the travel demand for new and involving experiences
Susan Farewell.

High Notes from the High End

Just back from Traveller Made®’s annual Essence of Luxury travel show, which took place this year in Deauville, the French seaside resort that’s certainly no stranger to luxury.

Viking Toasts to Two Decades Sailing the World’s Rivers

Viking is celebrating 20 years in the river cruising business.
The Bristol Cathedral, Southwest England

Eye on the World: Southwest England

Eclectic towns, cultural cities, street art, captivating castles, and memorable meals filled my days while touring Southwest England during this year’s ExploreGB.
Katarina Line is offering Cycle & Cruise programs for 2017 in Croatia. 

Cycle and Cruise in Croatia with Katarina Line

Small ship cruise company Katarina Line has launched its latest Cycle & Cruise programs for 2017 along the picturesque coastline and islands of Croatia.
Adventures by Disney's Rhine River Cruise includes a visit to the famous storybook Heidelberg Castle in Germany.

Adventures by Disney’s Themed European River Cruises for 2018

Adventures by Disney is offering new, themed European river cruise vacations for 2018.
The newest destination to be added to the Earth Journeys cruise collection is Iceland.

Tauck To Double Small Ship Cruising Capacity

Tauck has put into place a 4-year plan to double its small ship cruising capacity through fleet expansion, strengthened partnership programs and new itineraries.
Royal Caribbean International’s Empress of the Seas will offer new overnight itineraries to Havana.

Royal Caribbean’s 2017 and 2018 Itinerary Highlights

Royal Caribbean International (RCI) is rolling out a number of new itineraries and offerings for 2017 and 2018.
A guestroom at the Tower Suites Reykjavik in Iceland.

Small Luxury Hotels of the World Introduces New Destinations

What do two luxurious retreats in Iceland, a historic gem in Armenia, and an island hideaway in Nicaragua have in common? They are the latest properties Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) has introduced into its portfolio.
Oceania Cruises is bringing the flavors and heritage of traditional Cuban cooking on board all Cuba sailings. 

Eat, Drink, Sail: Food- and Wine-Themed Cruises

Sip and savor the flavors of Europe, Cuba and the Pacific Northwest on one of these tantalizing culinary- or wine-themed sailings.
Norwegian Airlines Transatlantic flights

Norwegian To Offer Cheapest Transatlantic Flights Ever

The announcement of low-cost fares on Norwegian's Transatlantic routes at a time when the exchange rate is already making Scotland a very appealing destination will undoubtedly generate a great deal of interest among U.S. travelers.
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo performing at Edinburgh Castle in Scotland. (Photo credit: Visit Scotland/Kenny Lam)

Experience Scotland’s Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Experience the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on CIE Tours' 5- or 6-day Taste of Scotland itineraries.
Ackergill Tower Hotel is a luxury historic hotel that sits on the shoreline of Sinclair Bay in the Scottish Highlands. (Photo credit: Visit Scotland/Paul Tomkins)

Unusual Places to Stay in Scotland

From five-star eco-pods to medieval castles or even Europe's largest tree house, we've rounded up some of the more out-of-the-ordinary places to stay in Scotland.
Performer on The Royal Mile during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. (Photo credit: VisitScotland/Kenny Lam)

10 Must-See Sights in Scotland for 2017

VisitScotland has dubbed 2017 as the Year of History, Heritage, and Archaeology, which means your clients have year-round events and activities celebrating the best of Scotland's historic places, icons and hidden gems to look forward to.
More than 800 Vikings join a massive dragon ship set ablaze by flying torches for Scotland's Up Helly Aa Festival in January. (Photo credit: Visit Scotland)

Scotland Celebrates Its History with Year-Round Festivities

To further entice visitors to experience Scotland’s fascinating heritage, VisitScotland has dubbed this year’s theme “Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.”
Kippford, Dumfries and Galloway

A Chat with VisitScotland’s Chairman Lord Thurso

In this year that Scotland is celebrating its history, heritage and archaeology, we took a moment to chat with Visit Scotland’s chairman Lord Thurso to dig a little deeper into what this stunning country can offer your clients.
An exhibit at the Cite du Vin museum in Bordeaux, France.

French Tourism Rebounds Two Years After The Start of Terror Attacks

Despite the 2015 and 2016 terrorist attacks in Paris and Nice, France managed to record a record year in welcoming 84.5 million foreign visitors.
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