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TORONTO — Trafalgar and Costsaver’s Autumn, Winter and Spring (AWS) 2019/20 program offers 41 itineraries across 27 countries.
The brands connect clients with Europe’s best experiences, people and destinations with year-round and winter specific itineraries.
Along with a selection of tried and tested favourites for 2019/2020, Trafalgar and Costsaver have also announced six brand new trips in line with clients’ demand for more Europe options year-round.
“We’ve crafted our trips with the best travel experiences in mind, no matter the season,” says Michael Unrath, Head of Product for Trafalgar Europe. “Smaller towns and communities can often struggle during the quiet seasons when the summer crowds die down for the year. We’re proud to be able to take our groups to many of these destinations, offer experiences that bring Europe to life and connect with the amazing locals and communities that make these destinations so special, at any given time of year,” he said.
New trips include the 7-day Best of Scotland to uncover Scottish greats in one of Trafalgar’s most popular countries, taking in Glasgow, the Highlands and Edinburgh. Client favourites like a ‘Be My Guest’ experience at the 15th century home of the Wood Family on Lake Loch Ard to private whisky tastings, a day trip to the Isle of Skye and sightseeing are all on offer, packed with plenty of fun and classic Scottish locals.
With the rise in the popularity of Eastern Europe experiences, Trafalgar’s new 8-days Balkan Escape and 6-days Lucerne Explorer will fulfill clients needs in the coming season. Using Lucerne as its base, the Lucerne Explorer offers the best of all things Swiss, including chocolate and cheese workshops, mountain vistas, lake views, grand hotels and plenty of history in the cozy colder months for an all-encompassing travel experience in under.
For those looking for some winter sun, there’s the new 10-day Best of Morocco, with colourful bazaars, a ‘Be My Guest’ experience with a local family in their private Riad, an overnight stay in the middle of the beautiful Atlas Mountains, plus visits to mosques and medinas.
These new trips are rounded off with a new 10-day Trafalgar 3 Continents Cruise covering Cyprus, Greece, Turkey, Israel and Egypt.
Lastly, on Costsaver’s new 10-day Italian Scene adventure clients will explore the idyllic lakes, Renaissance cities, vibrant countryside and memorial sites and landmarks in Venice, Florence and Rome. Trip highlights include a ‘Local Specialist’ tour to St. Peter’s Basilica, as well as stops in feisty Naples, Assisi and the cliffside village of Sorrento.
Reiterating its #AgentsFirst philosophy, the AWS programs feature both brands together in one handy ‘upside down’ brochure.