Europe

Dragon boat race on the Elbe River.

Onsite Review: Smile, You’re in Magdeburg

We, and more than 1,100 delegates from 45 countries, were in Saxony-Anhalt’s capital city of Magdeburg for the 42nd Germany Travel Mart (GTM), the largest incoming workshop for Destination Germany hosted by the German National Tourist Board (GNTB) and the Magdeburg Marketing Kongress und Tourismus GmbH.
A rendering of the Alpine Spa at the Burgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne in Switzerland.

Recharge With a Spa Escape

Although nowadays wellness vacations encompass a long list of elements, what traditionally comes to mind when you think wellness is a spa stay. And European hotels know a thing or two about creating the perfect spa escape.
Visit Iceland Northern Lights

From Texas to “Winterfell,” Trafalgar Has the Globe Covered

Trafalgar has introduced five new destinations and added 23 itineraries for 2017.

Small Luxury Hotels of the World Unveils Its 2017 Travel Trends

For the first time in the company’s history, Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) has unveiled its picks for the top travel trends for 2017.
Kadriorg Palace, built by Peter the Great. (Carla Hunt)

Onsite Review: Estonia, A Baltic Beauty

The Baltic Sea is the cool new European cruising ground.
Aerial view of Gozo Cliffs. (Viewing Malta)

Spotlight On Malta & Iceland

Sultry Malta and cool Iceland are hot ticket items for those seeking out a singular European vacation.
MSC Cruises’ first-ever World Cruise will sail roundtrip from/to Genoa, Italy.

MSC Cruises’ First World Cruise

Sales are now open for MSC Cruises’ first-ever World Cruise, departing Jan. 5, 2019 and returning May 3, 2019.
Collette is offering a Romantic Road and Fairy Tale Road itinerary through Germany that includes a stop in Rothenburg.

10 Reasons to Book Europe in 2017

Here are 10 reasons on why you should be booking your clients to Europe in the coming year.

Eye on the World: Lithuania

One of the nicest aspects of visiting Vilnius, capital of Lithuania, is that the local people seem to enjoy their city as much as visitors.

Last-Minute Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals

Because of the overwhelming amount of deals we've received, we decided to post one last roundup of holiday deals just in time for the annual Black Friday/Cyber Monday "salebration."
Kadriorg Park is home to not only the Kadriorg Palace, former residence of Peter the Great, but also the superb Museum of Estonian Art (KUMU).

Eye on the World: Estonia

Estonia may be one of the smallest countries in the world, but right now its 1.3 million citizens are among the most forward-looking and cheerful.

Festive Christmas Market Itineraries

Insight Vacations is offering travelers to opportunity to experience storybook villages and snow-covered scenery at some of Europe’s Christmas Markets with its 2016-17 Fall, Winter & Spring collection and Signature Hallmarks.

Low Temperatures Equal Active Exodus Tours

The temperatures may be low, but the activity level is high on Exodus Travels’ new seasonal adventures for 2017.

12 (More) Black Friday and Cyber Monday Travel Deals

Last week, we whet your budget travel appetites with 10 Black Friday and Cyber Monday Travel Deals to book before the end of the moth. This week, we’re squeezing in 12 more limited-time offers for you and your clients to consider.

5 Unique Christmas Markets in Germany

These unique German Christmas Markets are putting a unique twist on one of Europe’s most beloved old world traditions.

New Air Services Take Flight

Some of the latest air services to take flight include operations to London, Tokyo and beyond.

Eye on Monaco

We’ve got our eyes on the 126-room Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo in Monaco’s Golden Square for its upscale accommodations, clever packages and unique programming.

Zurich Fit

Help clients fight the urge to bundle up and sleep in on their Swiss vacation this fall/winter by booking them on Baur au Lac’s Zurich Fit Detox package.

Hot Luxury Travel Destinations for 2017

Find out what's hot in luxury travel for 2017.

Palazzo Victoria in Verona Offers 20 Percent Discount

Situated in the heart of Verona, Italy the opulent Palazzo Victoria is offering a 20 percent fall discount on its best available rates.

Out-of-the-Ordinary Group Tours

For an out-of-the-ordinary tour suggestion that incorporates sought-after destinations and experiential learning opportunities, while taking into account your client’s special interests such as voluntourism or religious tourism, recommend these adventure-filled vacations.

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.
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