Europe

Traveling on Germany’s Romantic and Fairy Tale Roads

Collette has released its The Romantic Road and Fairy Tale Road itinerary for 2017.

Educational Vacation Ideas

Exodus Travels is taking travelers back to school, figuratively speaking, with educational vacations available through 2017 where visitors can visit archaeological sites, participate in hands-on cooking classes and go on responsible wildlife safaris.
The equestrian monument of Johann Wellem II and City Hall in Old Town. (DUsseldorf marketing & tourismus gmbh - photo u.otte)

Dusseldorf

Dusseldorf is trendy, culturally engaging and friendly...

Touring Ireland by Rail

Ireland saw an 18 percent increase in overseas visitors in the first quarter of 2016 according to Tourism Ireland, which is good news for agents looking to sell unique experiences in a popular destination.

Delta Vacations Adds Europe to Romance Program

If you’re a destination wedding/honeymoon specialist, or would like to become one, then you should know that Delta Vacations has added some of Europe's most sought after destinations to its Honeymoon Program, including Rome, Venice, Florence, Paris and London.

A “Standing Ovation” for Celebrity’s New “Far Away” TV Spot

A travel agent executive gives Celebrity Cruises' new TV spot “Far Away” a standing ovation.

Coffee Time with Industry Vets: Peter Jon Lindberg

Think you know Peter Jon Lindberg, director of inspiration for Conrad Hotels & Resorts, think again….

The Travel Corporation’s Buy One Get One European Air Deal

It pays to book early, and The Travel Corporation’s Trafalgar, Brendan Vacations and Cost Saver trio of brands is making early booking that much sweeter with a Buy One Get One European air deal.

A German Chocolate Museum That’s Sweet on Families

Visitors of all ages can indulge their sweet tooth with a visit to the Chocolate Museum in Cologne, Germany.

4 Ways to Spend the Holidays at Sea

For a picture-perfect holiday sailing with all of the trimmings, look no further than these luxury cruise lines.

2016/2017 Cruise Deals

We’ve rounded up a few of the latest cruise deals through 2017, including European, South American and Far East sailings.

Design and Culinary Experiences in Italy

Italy is buzzing with new hotel openings and tours to offer your Italophile clients.

A Golfer’s Paradise

Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts has launched a collection of exclusive golf packages in partnership with “Golf Digest” available at select Waldorf Astoria hotels around the world.
Exploring Budapest, Hungary is one of the many highlights of Adventures by Disney’s Danube River itinerary. (Roxy Rico)

Onboard Review: Adventures by Disney Sails the Danube

The entire dreamlike scenery seems plucked from the pages of an enchanted tale, so it makes perfect sense that tour operator Adventures by Disney (ABD) has started offering a 7-day family-friendly sailing on this charming river from Vilshofen, Germany to Budapest, Hungary.
Stonehenge in Wiltshire County.

Onsite Review: Family Fun in England

England remains one of the world’s greatest destinations for families. Indeed, there are so many family-friendly attractions in the country that you need to separate it all into regions to fully appreciate what it has to offer.

CIE Tours Looks to the Future with New CEO

Agents, you should be booking CIE Tours International because, as the company's new CEO Elizabeth Crabill says, "with an average score of 98 percent satisfaction, the travel agent cannot go wrong with their client and their client is going to be very happy to come back and book future travel with them.”

Georgia FAM

This October, Panorama Travel is offering a FAM to the Republic of Georgia, where agents can explore Georgian cuisine and diverse wines, visit spa resorts, learn about the country’s ancient history and experience the warm Georgian hospitality.

Visit the Louvre After-Hours on Tauck’s Family Departures

Passengers sailing on three select Tauck Bridges Family Departures have the opportunity to tour the iconic Louvre museum after it’s been closed to the general public for the day.

When in Miami, Do Like the Italians

If an Italy vacation is out of the cards this year due to time or budget constraints, suggest your clients take a weekend trip to Miami, where they can eat, shop and play the Italian way.

Why Adventures by Disney’s Danube Sailing Works

We go one-on-one with vacation planning specialist Melissa Jiles, who gives us the 4-1-1 on Adventures by Disney's Danube River sailing.

4 Art-Centric Hotels to Book This Year

History and culture collide at these art-centric hotels in the U.S., Asia and France.

Hunt for the Northern Lights in Finland’s Lapland

Hunt for the Northern Lights in Finland’s Lapland on Alexander+Roberts new Finland’s Lapland – Winter itinerary.

Eye on the World: Adventures by Disney on the Danube

Adventures by Disney's 8-day Danube River cruise is an action-packed itinerary that takes clients to eight destinations in four countries, and I've got a whirlwind photo tour with all the highlights.

CIE Tours Extends Limited-Time Savings on Britain and Ireland Tours

If your clients have always yearned to visit the verdant Irish countryside or want to return to their favorite pub in England, now is the time to book them on their dream vacation with CIE Tours International.

Discover Luxury on Abercrombie & Kent’s New Marco Polo Journeys

For your clients with more checks than blanks on their travel bucket lists, Abercrombie & Kent has created new limited-edition small group journeys to off-the-beaten path destinations including Papua New Guinea, Bolivia and Sri Lanka.

Take in Prague’s Brews and Views

Drink up the culture of Prague on Eating Prague Tours’ new Brews and Views beer tour.

Explore the UK’s Historic Cotswold Way

Mickledore, UK walking holiday specialists, is offering a self-guided tour of the Cotswolds for independent travelers.
Contiki caters to 18- to 35-year olds and visits European cities such as Dubrovnik.

Snapchat-Worthy Vacations

Did you know that by 2020 Millennials will make up roughly 50 percent of the U.S. workforce, which means they’ll be spending lots of money, including on their vacations. But how they perceive vacations, as you well know, is a whole lot different than previous generations, and in order to cash in on this sizeable generation, you need to get into their mindset. So what do they want?

Happening Berlin

Berlin, Germany’s capital city and cultural center, is a happening place for people, music, partying and chilling out, as well as indoor play and outdoor fun at any time of day or night and any time of year.

Harmonious Hamburg

On Nov. 4, Westin Hotels & Resorts will debut in Hamburg, Germany with the opening of The Westin Hamburg as part of a landmark development that includes the highly anticipated Elbe Philharmonic Hall as well as luxury residences and numerous dining, cultural and nightlife options.

Art and Culture in the Heart of Munich

Munich is the capital of Bavaria and the third most populous city in Germany. With a history that dates back to at least the 12th century, it is steeped in culture and plays host to an abundance of world class museums and art galleries.

Explore Dusseldorf, Top Down, on a VW Safari

There are many ways to explore the posh and modern city of Dusseldorf located on the Rhine in western Germany, but the most exhilarating mode just might be from behind the wheel of a historic and colorful VW Beetle or Buggy.

Hit the Open (German Alpine) Road

The fascinating German Alpine Road in Bavaria, Germany offers more than 280 miles of winding avenues from Lindau on Lake Constance to Schonau on Lake Konigssee that are begging to be discovered by adventurous North American travelers.

Magdeburg the Beautiful

Petra Hedorfer, CEO of the German National Tourist Board (GNTO), Sandra Yvonne Stieger, managing director of the Magdeburg Marketing Kongress und Tourismus GmbH and representatives from across the German National Tourist Board welcomed more than 1,100 delegates from 45 countries at this year’s 42nd GTM Germany Travel Mart in Saxony-Anhalt’s capital city of Magdeburg. One theme that carried throughout the entire event was growth on a local and countrywide scale.

Experience the Real Sicily With BellaVista Tours

BellaVista Tours has added to its product line of flexible escorted tours throughout Sicily with more than 15 new dates through 2016.

AmaWaterways Announces 2016 FAM Dates        

AmaWaterways has announced the 2016 dates, itineraries and prices for its popular Seminars on the River travel agent FAM program.

Harmony of the Seas Sets Her Summer Sights on the Med

This summer, the world’s largest cruise ship, Harmony of the Seas, is setting sail for the Western Mediterranean, where she will embark on itineraries in some of Europe’s most popular destinations.

Silversea Announces Tasty New Culinary Cruises 

Silversea Cruises has unveiled three new Culinary Expedition Voyages for 2016 and 2017.

Touring Thuringia, Germany by Train and Car

Last winter, Recommend's Web Editor took a partial self-drive tour through the central German state of Thuringia, traveling first by train, before loading into an Enterprise rental car for the second leg of the journey.

Save on Summer and Fall Travel to Europe

Calling all Europhiles—Pleasant Holidays is offering substantial savings on summer and fall travel to Europe, including reduced rates and complimentary nights and transfers.

Starwood’s Tribute Portfolio Curates Independent Travel Experiences

Tribute Portfolio, Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ collection of upper-upscale independent hotels and resorts, has announced new packages highlighting the independent travel experiences guests can have at its properties.

Avanti Dishes Out New Cooking Classes in Europe

Independent travelers hungry for unique culinary experiences will be happy to hear that Avanti Destinations has added 25 cooking classes to its menu of travel products in Europe.

Rail Europe Rolls Out New Summer Promotions

Rail Europe has just announced several new promotions across its portfolio of European rail products just in time for summer.

The Ritz Returns

After a nearly 4-year restoration project, the Ritz Paris has reopened its wrought iron doors for new and returning guests.
The Marchenzimmer Raum (Fairy Tale Room) at the Boutique Hotel Schieferhof.

At Home in Thuringia, Germany

It was a chilly December night when I settled into my seat at St. George’s Church (Georgenkirche) in Eisenach, Germany for the sold-out Johann Sebastian Bach Weihnachts Oratorium. By this time, my press trip through the central German state of Thuringia had ended, but my affable guide Cornelia insisted I take part in this cherished holiday tradition she and her husband attend annually.

Opulent Accommodations Around the Globe

When your clients ask for a luxurious getaway with all of the trimmings, suggest these opulent hotel and train accommodations.
Belmond’s high-end rail journeys take travelers through the heart of Europe. (Belmond)

Tour Talk: Rail Travel in Europe

Today’s modern traveler wants to connect with a destination’s past, and traveling via rail offers a peephole into those bygone times, a great complement to the castles, museums and cafes often visited when traveling through Europe.

Delta Doubles Network to Scotland

Beginning May 25, 2017, Delta Air Lines will operate two daily nonstop services between New York (JFK) and Glasgow (GLA).

Virtuoso Reveals Top Resorts & Destinations for Honeymoons in 2016

A total of 279 Virtuoso honeymoon specialists from across the U.S. and Canada were surveyed in January 2016 to reveal what today’s upscale honeymooners seek for their romantic getaway.

Crystal Cruises To Build Eight New Ships

Crystal Cruises has signed an order for eight new ships with the Lloyd Werft Group, including the Crystal Endeavor and the Crystal Exclusive Class ships.

Emerald Waterways’ Big Plans for 2017

Next year, Emerald Waterways is debuting three new ships (for a total of seven), new combination itineraries, and a program of active excursions.

Viking Ocean Cruises Announces First-Ever World Cruise

Viking Ocean Cruises has announced that its fourth ship, Viking Sun, will spend her maiden season sailing the company’s first-ever World Cruise departing December 2017.

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