Europe

Tour the Seven Kingdoms with Insight Vacations

This summer, Insight Vacations is taking guests of its Country Roads of Ireland, Natural Wonders of Iceland and Highlights of Spain journeys to Winterfell, Dorne, Castle Black, and other filming locations featured in HBO’s fantasy series “Game of Thrones.”

The Reality of Virtual Travel

Virtual reality technology is popping up across all sectors of the travel industry, bringing your clients closer to far-flung destinations and you closer to closing that deal.

Eye on the World: Magdeburg, Germany

In addition to tasting local cuisine, visiting a medieval-themed Christmas market and taking part in an opening musical reception in the quaint town of Quedlinburg, guests of this year's Germany Travel Mart were invited to experience the 1,200-year-old city in eastern Germany through culturally enriching activities, including walking tours, bike tours and cultural programs. 

Hyatt’s Newest Brand: The Unbound Collection by Hyatt

Hyatt Hotels Corporation has launched a new brand featuring a global collection of unique and independent stay experiences.

Eating Around Tuscany

Eating Italy has announced a new culinary tour through Florence, Tuscany.

Savory Stays

We're sampling four savory stays around the globe where your clients can get a taste of the good life.

Farm-to-Fork European Bike Tours

DuVine Cycling + Adventure Co.’s 2016 line-up of European bike tours gives cyclists the best of both worlds—trips through picturesque destinations accompanied by farm-to-fork experiences.

Baltics Jewish Heritage FAM

Sophia’s Travel is offering a Baltics Jewish Heritage FAM from May 5-13 highlighting Jewish heritage in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

Viking Sea Embarks On Her Maiden Voyage

On April 4, Viking Ocean Cruises’ second ship, Viking Sea, embarked on her maiden voyage from Istanbul to Venice.
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Take to the Road with Enterprise

Many clients heading to Europe want to tour their chosen destination or destinations at their own pace. Yes, many tour operators offer such diversity in their product offerings, including customized tours, that agents are sure to find something to suit their clients’ needs, but there are, as you know, those clients who insist on vacationing on their own. That said, many travelers are a bit wary of renting a car and heading into the unknown, but Jeff Coggin, assistant v.p. of travel agency sales, Enterprise Holdings Inc., has quite a few tips that are sure to, as he says, “remove customer barriers to renting internationally.”
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Onsite Review: Lovely Valencia

Valencia, Spain’s third largest city, after Barcelona and Madrid, has plenty of cultural and family-friendly activities, as well as great eats.

Get Amplified With Hard Rock Hotels

Hard Rock Hotels has launched its Amplified package, available at all 23 properties worldwide, including domestic locations in Florida and California, and international destinations in Europe, Latin America, Asia and the Caribbean.

Germany’s Going Green

Germany’s showcasing her great outdoors this year in a global campaign, Holidays in the Heart of Nature, promoting getting to know and enjoy her 130-plus national landscapes, embracing 16 national parks, 15 UNESCO biosphere reserves and 104 nature parks.

The Tour Awakens in a Continent Far, Far Away

Zicasso has unveiled The Tour Awakens, a Star Wars-inspired private tour that visits the filming locations of the latest installment of the film series.

Sceptre Offers 35 Percent Commissions for 35th Anniversary

Sceptre is offering the biggest agent commissions in the company’s history in honor of its 35th anniversary.

Deux is Better Than One: Starwood’s Tribute Portfolio Debuts in France

Tribute Portfolio, Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ 10th brand and second collection of independent hotels, is making its France debut with the addition of the Le Metropolitan hotel and the nearby Le Dokhan’s hotel in the 16th Arrondissement of Paris.

The Baltics and Russia FAM

International Travel Experts has announced its line-up of all-inclusive FAM trips for 2016, including the Baltics and Russia.

An ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’ Summer Vacation 

For a unique trip driven by local experiences consider the Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa's new Under the Tuscan Summer package, available through Aug. 1 for travel May 1 to Aug. 31, 2016.

The Perks of Being an Agent

Journese, a member of Pleasant Holidays' portfolio of luxury brands, has launched its Exclusive Perks campaign offering agents the opportunity to extend their clients a range of value-added amenities, from resort credits and complimentary nights to spa treatments and complimentary cabana use at select premier resorts.

Around the World by Private Jet

Abercrombie & Kent’s new Around the World by Private Jet: The Tropics to the Arctic itinerary explores far-flung destinations from the French Polynesia to Iceland in a 26-day off-the-beaten-path private jet tour.

A Luxury Sleeper Train Debuts in Ireland

Belmond is debuting the first ever luxury sleeper train in Ireland, the Belmond Grand Hibernian, this August.

A Refreshing Sampling of Mediterranean Cruises

Silversea Cruises recently refreshed its Mediterranean offerings by upgrading select 2016 itineraries to the popular cruise destination and adding specialty voyages to these routes.

Innovation at Sea

Whether it's building a naturally powered ship with the largest guest capacity in the world or utilizing the latest technology to satisfy guests' needs, there's no shortage of innovations coming from the Genoa-based Costa Group, whose Costa Cruises line, interestingly enough, began as a party cruise—it's come a long way, baby.

Sip Wine and Hang With Royals

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection has launched two new themed cruise programs for 2016—the Monarch and Connoisseur Collections—in its European portfolio.

Q&A With Rail Europe’s Zine Belhonchet

Rail Europe is on a roll. Last year, Rail Europe, Inc. consolidated with Rail Europe 4A to form one business unit, in addition to launching a new version of its app—but the largest distributor of European rail products worldwide isn’t stopping there.

Cox & Kings Offers New Flexible Pricing

Cox & Kings is offering new flexible pricing and travel options on its 2016/2017 itineraries for clients wishing to customize their tours ever further.

A “Game of Thrones”-Inspired Tour in Croatia

To celebrate the upcoming sixth season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” Select Croatia is inviting fans of the fantasy series and history buffs to Dalmatia for a tour of the locations depicted in the hit TV drama.

JetBlue and XL Airways France Launch Seasonal Flights

JetBlue’s seasonal nonstop service between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) began Jan. 14 and will operate through May 1.
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Tres Chic

Star-studded runway show of new European hotels

Winter Retreats For a Chilled Season

Winter travelers are invited to embrace the snowy season with these three unique getaways.

Butterfield & Robinson Launches New Journeys for 50th Anniversary

To mark its 50th anniversary, Butterfield & Robinson dipped into its archives and pulled a few itineraries to use as the inspiration for new journeys.

Q&A With Central Holidays CEO Gianni Miradoli on Outdoor Journeys’ Expansion

For Outdoor Journeys, Central Holidays’ active vacations brand, authenticity is one of many key components necessary to providing the type of active travel experience guests will want to write home about and experience again...and again.

Delta Vacations Adds Experiential Tours and Activities in Italy

Delta Vacations has added new commissionable cooking classes and walking tours in Italy to its product line, noting continuous year-to-year growth in sales of tours and activities in Italy and throughout Europe.

MSC Cruises Suspends Turkish Ports of Call

MSC Cruises announced its decision to suspend its Turkish ports of call today due to guests’ growing concern about the safety of the country following last week’s deadly terrorist attack in the capital city of Istanbul.

Getaways Made for Two

Traditional and non-traditional Valentine's Day festivities get a unique twist in these over-the-top getaways made for two.

Travel Bound Offers Incentives on Beach Collection

Travel Bound has launched its new Beach Collection 2016 and is offering vacation incentives to agents who make a booking from any of the featured destinations.

Costa Cruises Reveals Themed Cruise Tours 

Costa Cruises has revealed the details of 10 themed vacation packages for 2016, which combine an immersive destination experience with a weeklong Mediterranean cruise.

Ponant Unveils 2016/2017 Itineraries 

Set sail for South Africa and the Indian Ocean with Ponant, which has announced three new cruises for winter 2016-2017.

Tours Across the British Isles

Kensington Palace, Edinburgh Castle and the former Irish Houses of Parliament are just a few of the famous sites your clients can look forward to seeing on these walking and small group tours on the British Isles.

AC Hotels by Marriott To Open 22 Design-Led Hotels

AC Hotels by Marriott recently announced its plans to open 22 new design-led hotels around the world in 2016.

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