New 2018 Tours and News from AITO Members
Authentic Adventures has introduced a new toe-tapping singing holiday to America’s rich Deep South, the birthplace of Jazz. Join in with acapella singing groups and experience the stories, culture and cuisine that embody Louisiana, as well as celebrating New Orleans’ 300th anniversary on the seven-night Jazz in New Orleans break. Departs 31 October 2018.
Cachet Travel(*) continues to expand its range of holidays in lesser-known areas of the Canary Islands. Focusing on rural cottages and smaller hotels and apartments in quieter resorts, guests can book tailor-made holidays to all seven islands. Amongst the new additions are the adults-only Idyll Suites in the small resort of Playa del Cura in Gran Canaria. Departing between now and 31 October 2018.
Peter Sommer Travels(*) has launched A Gastronomic Gulet Cruise in Croatia. New for 2018, guests will spend a week discovering the delights of Croatian cuisine travelling on an elegant hand-built gulet (traditional boat), enjoying cooking classes, sampling wines at selected konobas (traditional Dalmatian wine cellars) as well as visiting UNESCO World Heritage sites, medieval towns and more. Departs 29 September 2018.
The Aurora Zone(*) welcomes Nangu to its fantastic array of Aurora-hunting destinations in Finland. Guests can design their own Arctic adventure on a tailor-made holiday and experience bucket list activities such as husky sledding, snowmobiling and Northern Lights hunts at the brand-new adult-only boutique hotel on the shores of Lake Inari in Finnish Lapland. Departing between 1 January and 26 February 2018.
Veloso Tours has created a new private 12-night deluxe tour of Ecuador, encompassing the colonial gems of Quito, two nights at the renowned Mashpi Lodge, located in the heart of the cloud forest, plus six nights of island hopping in the Galápagos, staying at deluxe hotels, with a night of glamping. The Latin America specialist offers a varied itinerary to showcase the archipelago. Departing throughout 2018 and 2019.
Discover the World is offering a four-night Orcas and Aurora small group tour, travelling along Iceland’s dramatic Snaefellsnes Peninsula coastline, where large pods of orca feed on herring during February and March. Led by cetacean specialists, guests can witness this wildlife spectacle and, with luck, have the chance to see the Northern Lights, far from light pollution. Departing in February and March 2018.
Pettitts Travel(*) has created an exciting 14-day tailor-made trip: Culinary Journey through Rajasthan. Led by an expert guide, sample India’s street food, join food walks through Delhi and Jaipur, learn how to cook delicious authentic Indian cuisine, and visit a Camel Conservation Centre in Ranakpur to learn about camel milking and to taste this delightful delicacy. Departing between now and December 2018.
McKinlay Kidd(*) has introduced a new self-drive touring holiday, taking in two of the most enthralling regions of Ireland’s magnificent Wild Atlantic Way. The six-night adventure, Clare and Connemara, features excursions to outlying islands and a guided walk on the stunning landscape of The Burren. Departing between March and October 2018.
Andante Travels has added an extra departure date due the original launch dates for the new 2018 Prehistoric Ireland tour all being sold. Led by archaeological and cultural tour experts, discover a passage tomb predating both Stonehenge and the Pyramids of Giza and over 50 monuments of mythological heritage on the island of Inis Mor. Departs 4 September 2018.
Fleewinter has just launched its new Italy Food & Wine programme, featuring tailor-made tours around the gastronomic heartland of Piedmont, northern Italy. Activities include truffle hunting, cycling, wine tasting, cooking classes, historical walking tours, hiking and much more. Why not try the seven-day Ultimate Foodie tour, best enjoyed between the months of April and November? Departures available throughout 2018.
Ramblers Walking Holidays(*) has just launched its 2018 summer brochure, featuring a selection of new tours to some of the hottest destinations for 2018. Experience the Best of Namibia on an 18-day walking holiday wandering through an amazing land of strange, otherworldly beauty with vast dunes and desert landscapes supporting an array of spectacular wildlife. Departs 20 April and 3 August 2018.
Silver Fern Holidays(*), the New Zealand specialist, has introduced Wanaka to its 2018 programme, including a 14-day South Island Spectacular holiday. Wanaka is a favourite with New Zealanders, with fantastic thrills and scenery, from a challenging via ferrata waterfall-climbing experience – the newest development – to white-water adventures, hiking and eco-friendly experiences. Departs throughout 2018.
Llama Travel has introduced a new extension to its Peru holidays: Mancora Beach. Spend four days relaxing at the chic Arennas Mancora Hotel, located in the seaside town of Mancora, on Peru’s north coast. Enjoy spectacular sunset strolls on the beach, cocktails by the pool and whale-watching. Departing between May and November 2018.
Inntravel(*) has introduced several new self-guided trips to its 2018 Walking & More programme, including the Manor Houses of the Minho trip through Portugal’s verdant Minho region. Explore manor houses, sample the famous Vinho Verde, visit Ponte de Lima, Portugal’s oldest town, and enjoy a stay at the home of a local Count, with wine served from his own estate. Departing between 1 April and 31 October 2018.
Ffestiniog Travel(*) has added Trams & Trains of Portugal to its programme of Connoisseur Tours, aimed at clients with a specific passion for railways. Amongst its highlights, this nine-day escorted itinerary features a historic steam train ride through the Douro Valley, a scenic rail journey along the Portuguese coast and travel on the seasonal narrow gauge Sintra Tram. Departs 22 June 2018.
Kudu Travel(*) introduces a new cultural walking tour, Walks and Prehistory in the Orkneys, based around Scotland’sOrkney archipelago and visiting UNESCO sites in the Neolithic Heart of Orkney, recently featured on BBC 2’s Britain’s Ancient Capital: Secrets of Orkney. See the Standing Stones of Stenness, the stone Ring of Brodgar and Skara Brae – an original Stone Age village. Departs 28 May 2018.
Martin Randall Travel has added Archaeology at the Castle – the latest addition to its renowned series of symposia trips, based at the charming Castle Hotel in Taunton, Somerset. Spend the weekend with some of Britain’s most eminent archaeologists, who have excavated worldwide. No less than 12 stimulating talks will cover a huge variety of subject matter, from Greek Temples to Maya Kingship. Departs 16 February 2018.
Mountain Kingdoms(*)has introduced an exciting new walking safari in South Africa. Explore the spectacular landscapes of the Kingdom of Swaziland and enjoy supreme walking through the remote wilderness of Kruger’s far north, with the opportunity to spot the big five. Visit these beautiful locations for an unforgettable walking safari experience. Departures available in June and August 2018.
Casas Cantabricas(*) has added seven new independent self-drive itineraries to its Portuguese programme, which now covers Lisbon and the Alentejo and, in the case of its new Camino Portugues tour, Santiago in Galicia, Spain. Book a bespoke tour to travel at a leisurely pace and to stay in hand-picked hotels. Departures available throughout 2018.
Mark Bibby Jackson
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