Contiki picks Ecuador for first volunteering itinerary

Hollie-Rae Merrick

Youth travel specialist Contiki will operate its first volunteering excursion next year.

The five-day trip, which is

available as an extension to Galapagos Islands itineraries, will involve travellers volunteering on a sustainable development project. The add-on begins in Guayaquil,

Ecuador, which is where Contiki’s Galapagos itineraries finish. Volunteers will help to build

facilities for communities, as well as working with farmers. They will also experience a two-hour expedition cruise down the Amazon and an evening hike through the rainforest. The five-day trip leads in at

$1,295. It can be added to the seven-day Lava Line itinerary, which is also new; the six-day Galapagos Island Hopper tour; or the 12-day Ecuador & Galapagos Island Hopper trip. Contiki’s Latin America

brochure features 27 tours – six of which are new – in eight countries. They are aimed at 18 to 35-year-olds. Among the additions are two Costa Rica trips – the nine-day

Insight adds Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Galapagos Islands

Insight Vacations is to offer tours in Brazil, Argentina, Chile and the Galapagos Islands for the first time next year. The operator will add three

Luxury Gold itineraries featuring the destinations.

LATIN AMERICA: Contiki customers will work with local communities

“We’ve included a range of must-do experiences in each itinerary, plus even more free time”

Pura Vida tour and seven-day Canopies & Cabanas itinerary – which can be linked to create a 15-day option. Contiki has also added a 14-day

Trails, Turtles & Treks itinerary, combining the Galapagos Islands with a visit to Machu Picchu. It

The move follows Insight’s

first foray into South America last year, with the introduction of the Treasures of the Incas trip in Peru. The new 11-day Classic South America Tour leads in at £5,025, with departures starting in May. The 22-day Grand Tour of

South America includes visits to a traditional Peruvian weaver in Cusco and The Maze jazz club in Rio de Janeiro. Prices start at £8,725.

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leads in at £3,515, with departures starting in February. Visits to the Galapagos and the Amazon have been combined with the Inca Trail in the 14-day Latin Icons itinerary. The first departure is in February. Contiki’s sales and marketing

director for the UK and Europe, Donna Jeavons, said: “We’ve included a range of must-do experiences in each itinerary, plus even more free time, which gives our travellers the freedom to design their own adventure with our incredible selection of

optional activities.”

The third new trip combines a

visit to Ecuadorian capital Quito with five days cruising around the Galapagos Islands. It can be combined with the Treasures of the Incas or Grand Tour of South America itinerary. Head of sales Paul Melinis said

the expansion followed “a great response” to last year’s launch of

the Luxury Gold journey in Peru.


G Adventures takes range of trips by train to 24

G Adventures has added a series of rail journeys through Spain, Morocco, Bulgaria and Russia. The trips range from a three-day trip in St Petersburg to a 23-day adventure through seven European countries. The additions take G Adventures’ rail programme to 24 trips. Prices start at £399.

Railtrail Tours extends 4 Seasons for 2017

Railtrail Tours has added two tours to its 4 Seasons 2017 brochure. A five-day Scottish Highlands More Inclusive trip, leads in at £395. An eight-day White Pass – Swiss Winter Snow Train Adventure starts at £1,195.

Wendy Wu reintroduces two-countries-for-one deal

Wendy Wu Tours has revived its two-countries-for-the-price- of-one deal, offering guests a free visit to Cambodia or Hong Kong when booking Vietnam, China or Burma. The deal is available on bookings made this month with Cathay Pacific flights from Heathrow, Gatwick or Manchester.

Saga launches Azores whale-watching holiday

Saga is offering a 14-night whale-watching tour in the Azores. Departing on April 8 and June 3, prices start at £1,749.

Haven doubles agent voucher incentive to £10

Haven is doubling its Love2shop payout to £10 for every summer booking. Bookings must be for a minimum of three nights during July and August, and must be made by July 24.

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