TORONTO – Contiki is ramping up its 2017 Asia program with the addition of five new itineraries, including trips to Singapore and India for the very first time.
“Asia has been, and continues to be a key destination for young Canadian travellers looking for an adventure. As a youth focused brand, we recognized the need for an Asia product that delivers an adventurous, immersive and culturally authentic experience,” said Sheralyn Berry, Director of Sales at Contiki Holidays Canada. “I’m proud to say that we’ve pulled out all the stops for our Asia 2017 program, adding five new trips and five improved itineraries, including expanding our Thailand and Bali offerings with more departures. Not to mention the No Regrets Experiences and Me Time Optionals, which are all unparalleled in terms of diversity and memorability!”
The five new trips include ‘Cambodia & Laos Uncovered’, which visits Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng, Vientiane, Phnom Penh and Siem Reap over nine action-packed days. This package includes internal flights, licenced local guides and a Contiki Trip Manager throughout, plus the chance to see Angkor Wat Temple at dawn. The first departure is on April 8, 2017.
‘Bangkok to Singapore’ first departs on April 2 and is labelled as a ‘Discoverer’ itinerary that takes in the sights of Bangkok, Krabi, Langkawi, Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore over 14 days. In addition to private air conditioned coaches, this itinerary includes an overnight train from Bangkok to Khao Sok, an overnight stay at a Thai jungle treehouse hotel as well as a night onboard a floating lake raft.
‘Northern Thai Highlights’ first departs on April 1 and follows Contiki’s ‘In Depth Explorer’ style. This new eight-day trip journeys through northern Thailand and visits Chiang Mai, Kanchanburi, Ayutthaya and Bangkok. Highlights include a cruise on a traditional longtail boat, guided bike tour of Ayutthaya, a guided tour of Ayutthaya and a trip on the River Kwai. Also, guests have the option to visit an elephant sanctuary or Pai hot springs, or participate in a Thai cooking class.
Also new is ‘Japan – City to Slopes’, a 12-day voyage that visits Osaka, Kyoto, Tokyo and the Hakuba ski fields. This ‘Winter & Ski’ style sibling of last year’s hugely popular ‘Japan Unrivalled’ itinerary includes private coach travel and a three-day lift pass, and also includes optional experiences like a sushi-making class and a Japanese Tapas dinner. First departure runs on Jan. 7.
Lastly, ‘Eternal India’, which first departs on Dec. 4, 2016, returns to the region after a 40-year hiatus. This 12-day trip follows Contiki’s ‘In-Depth Explorer’ style and visits Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore, Jaipur, Udaipur, Mumbai and Goa. Highlights include the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Delhi’s old town and optional experiences like a visit to the famous cricket ground, Maiden Oval, and chapatti making lessons.
Clients who pay in full on or before December 22nd, 2016 can save up to 10% off as part of Contiki’s “Early Payment Discount” program. For more information go to contiki.com.