TORONTO — Trafalgar has released its most comprehensive Americas program so far, with the 2016 The Americas brochure showcasing its U.S., Canada, Central and South America itineraries in one singular brochure.
This reference guide has been specially created with time-poor agents in mind. Offering more choice when it comes to experiencing the Americas, the operator is showcasing over 60 itineraries, more than 160 Insider Experiences and seven completely new trips.
“We really want to make sure agents have the support they need when selling Trafalgar or specifically in this case, the Americas, to their clients,” says Wolf Paunic, president of Trafalgar Canada. “We believe that by combining our entire Americas product into the one brochure, not only will it simplify the process for our agent partners and enable them to confidently sell the real Americas, the significantly expanded product offering for next year means more opportunities to cross-sell and more commission to be generated.
“In addition, Trafalgar is the only operator to share live, unedited reviews from our guests through our partnership with independent review company Feefo. By bringing our guest experience to the forefront, agents can use over 12,000 guest reviews to inspire their clients and help close the sale. We’re also proud to have recently won Feefo’s five-star gold trusted merchant status for consistently achieving over 95% satisfaction,” continued Paunic.
Affirming its commitment to supporting local communities in the destinations it visits, Trafalgar has also highlighted the numerous projects it is involved with under the banner of #TrafalgarCares. From supporting local artisans in Peru to working alongside not-for-profit organizations on conservation projects such as the Grizzly Bear and Discovery Centre at Yellowstone National Park, guests will be able to learn and immerse themselves in #TrafalgarCares initiatives and know they are giving back to the communities they are visiting.
Featured itineraries for 2016 The Americas program include:
The 14-day East Coast USA & Canada guided vacation priced from $5,195 per person – twin share (land only) – guests will stay in Authentic Accommodation at Boston’s Omni Parker House, made famous in the summer of 1953 when John F. Kennedy proposed to Jackie. Savings of up to $1,110 per couple are available when clients book and pay in full by Nov. 19, 2015.
The 10-day Tastes and Sounds of the South guided vacation priced from $3,295 per person – twin share (land only) – guests will travel through Nashville, Memphis, Natchez and New Orleans and enjoy Insider Experiences such as exclusive Be My Guest dining experience at two period homes with Joe Stone and celebrated American chef, Esther Carpenter. New in 2016, guests can also extend their trip to include a 7-night American Queen Mississippi River Cruise, attend the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival or join in on Mardi Gras celebrations throughout February.
Also for 2016, Trafalgar has also added four new Hidden Journeys to its Americas portfolio following the successful launch of this trip style into the market in 2015. Dedicated to smaller groups of up to 26 guests and exploring less-visited places, the new Hidden Journeys guided vacations include:
10-day Secrets of Rockies and Glacier National Park Hidden Journey taking guests on a less-explored route through Calgary, Waterton, Glacier National Park, Lake Louise, Jasper, Columbia Icefield and Banff National Park to reveal the laid-back cities and spectacular sceneries of western Canada. Priced from $4,875 per person – twin share with savings of up to $1,279 per couple available.
12-day Secrets of Newfoundland and Labrador Hidden Journey discovering the cultures of Canada’s newest province travelling from St. John’s to Iceberg Alley. Guests will meet a resident local in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, who’ll share stories of Captain Cook and this historic city. Priced from $6,850 per person – twin share with savings of up to $1,370 per couple available.
Nine-day Secrets of Ecuador Hidden Journey exploring the active volcano at the heart of Cotopaxi National Park in Ecuador. Guests will also join the Jarrin family for an exclusive Be My Guest dining experience tasting local treats like ‘llapingachos’ and cheesy potato cakes and stay at a restored 17th century hacienda once owned by King Phillip III of Spain. Priced from $2,995 per person – twin share with savings of up to $630 per couple available.
16-day Secrets of Panama and Costa Rica Hidden Journey revealing local culture with two Be My Guest dining experiences as guests have lunch at a family’s equestrian estate and a special dinner at Haciendo Pozo Azul. This trip also takes in the cosmopolitan city of Panama City and remote locations with the Embera Indians at the Gamboa Rainforest to Arenal Volcano National Park and the Los Angeles Cloud Forest. Priced from $6,995 per person – twin share with savings of $1,499 per couple available.
Clients can save up to 10% across Trafalgar’s 2016 The Americas program with Early Payment Discounts of up to $2,296 per couple available when they book and pay in full before Nov. 19, 2015. Past passenger discounts of 5% per person (land only) are also available for travellers who have previously travelled with The Travel Corporation’s family of brands.