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TORONTO — Goway’s new 2018 Central and South America Travel Planner, featuring new destinations, products and competitive pricing, is being hailed as a comprehensive selling tool for South and Central America as well as the Polar regions.
New additions this year include Norwegian Cruises in South America, which offer travellers increased flexibility. With NCL Freestyle Cruising, they can travel from Santiago, Chile to Buenos Aires, Argentina, or from Miami to LAX via the Panama Canal. Cruising with Norwegian means no fixed dining times, relaxed attire, several distinct dining options, relaxed disembarkation and more lounges, bars and entertainment.
Goway’s Holidays of a Lifetime have also been streamlined. The popular ‘Cradle of the Incas’ tour, which covers the highlights of Peru, has been reduced in price by $1,100, now starting at $4,499. This tour can be combined with the nine-day ‘Tango and Waterfalls’ tour in Brazil and Argentina, creating the 17-day ‘Signature South America’ program priced from $11,599.
Next year will seethe introduction of some truly unique departures in the Amazon during which clients can join famed conservationist Jean-Michel Cousteau and join in interactive Q&A sessions. There are also VIP itineraries to Peru, Chile, Argentina, Mexico and Brazil that cater to upscale clientele featuring top-level service.
Introduced in 2017 and proving popular among clients is the Belmond Andean Explorer train, South America’s only luxury sleeper train. A sister train to the celebrated Andean Explorer, it takes explorers to and from Machu Picchu and boasts refined Andean cuisine, an Observation Lounge and spa cars.
The luxury market continues to grow for Goway, and noting this trend, it’s offering a new luxury offering to Bolivia. The eight- or nine-day ‘Deluxe Chile and Bolivia’ allows guests to see the sights onboard customized Air Stream RVs.
On the other end of the spectrum, budget-minded travellers will be pleased to learn that Goway has expanded its offerings in the Wonders series. The addition of the eight-day ‘Natural Highlights of Costa Rica’ and the nine-day ‘Wonders of Rio, Iguassu Falls and Buenos Aires’ add to the range of small group, budget trips on set dates.
In the Galapagos, Goway has added the Galapagos Royal Palm Resort and Pikaia Lodge to its accommodation offerings. Four- to eight-day luxury land-based itineraries are available, alongside the more adventurous six-day ‘Galapagos Island Hopping’ itinerary during which clients move from one island to the other.
A new Galapagos vessel on offer is the M/V Majestic, featuring nine air-conditioned double cabins, each with a private bathroom and hot shower. Other amenities include a sundeck with a Jacuzzi, a panoramic dining room and lounge, and modern furnishings. Four-, five- and eight-day itineraries are available.
Last year, Goway introduced the only all-inclusive offering in the Galapagos with the ‘Silversea Silver Galapagos’ cruise. Due to its popularity, the all-inclusive model has now been extended to Antarctica onboard the Silver Cloud, considered the most spacious ice class vessel in expedition cruising. A limited number of guests onboard the vessel ensures the highest space-to-guest and crew-to-guest rations in expedition cruising.
To celebrate the launch of the new 2018 brochure, Goway is offering a free three-night Galapagos cruise for any bookings, for any product in the 2018 Central, South America and the Polar Region Travel Planner, between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31. Each booking equals one ballot to enter the draw.
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