TORONTO — Globus has launched private tours as a solution for those who prefer not to travel with strangers.
The tours, which are aimed at groups of up to 24, “or even just a solo traveller”, says Kim Clarke, director of sales for the Globus family of brands in Canada, offer clients the same advantages as a fully escorted tour, “except we make it private, just for them”.
Already offered for this year and available in 2019, the private tours are from Globus’ portfolio of 88 European tours (Escapes by Globus are not included), and last from seven to 25 nights’ duration. “And the fact that they are offered on the same departure dates and with exactly the same inclusions as Globus’ published tours makes the concept very easy to explain to clients,” adds Clarke.
All clients will receive a private vehicle, the services of a tour director as well as local guides, accommodation in usually the same hotels, and the opportunity to book optional additional excursions ahead of time or while they are on tour. Transportation ranges from a private car for when there are one or two travellers, up to a minicoach for up to 24 passengers. Free Wi-Fi will be available in all vehicles.
How much do the private tours cost? Price is based on the regular tour price (commissionable at an agency’s usual Globus family of brands rate), plus a Private Touring supplement (commissionable at 10%), which decreases with the number of travellers. For example, on the ‘Bonnie Scotland’ itinerary, a couple would pay a surcharge of $4,804, while travellers in a group of 24 would only pay a $188 supplement.
Of particular interest to multi-generational groups is the fact that there is no age restriction. Infants travel free, ages 2-7 receive a 25% discount off the base tour price, and those 8-17 years receive a 10% discount.
“These are also a great idea for incentives and reunions,” says Clarke. “Imagine the fun and convenience of your own vehicle, driver and tour director. All you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy being ‘chauffeured’ around Europe!”
For more information go to agentlingo.ca.