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NEWS YOU CAN USE OPERATOR


Topdeck and Back-Roads introduce Covid assurance and flexibility cover


Snorkelling in the Maldives


G Adventures unveils winter trips to the Maldives and Canaries


G Adventures has released winter departures to the Maldives and Canary Islands after the government opened travel corridors to the destinations. Tours start in December. They


include a week-long Maldives dhoni boat tour which takes in lagoons, sandbars, drumming ceremonies and plastic clean-ups in the South Malé and Felidhu atolls. It is priced from £1,269. Also new is a hiking trip in


Tenerife “away from the big resorts and beaches”. The six-day trip, which visits Anaga Rural Park and San Cristóbal de la Laguna, leads in at £799. Other new winter trips include


a nine-day Costa Rica Quest, including jungle night walks, zip-lining in the cloud forest, and horse riding in the hills. It costs from £739. Prices exclude flights. gadventures.com


Tour Tuscany on two


wheels with an e-bike Typically Italian has introduced an electric bike itinerary in Tuscany for spring 2021. The seven-day tour takes in Siena and Lucca, with luggage transferred between hotels. Prices start at £1,655, based on two sharing, in May 2021, including bike and helmet hire. Flights are available from Manchester, Bristol, Gatwick and Luton. agentsonly.co.uk


travelweekly.co.uk


Sister operators Topdeck Travel and Back-Roads Touring have introduced a ‘Covid-19 Assurance Policy’. It offers a full refund or travel credit to customers who cannot travel due to contracting coronavirus or the government introducing travel restrictions. The policy covers new bookings up to February 28, 2021. A new ‘Extended Flexibility Policy’ allows customers to change departure date or choice of tour up to 30 days before travel. topdeck.travel backroadstouring.com


May the force be with you on Star Wars-themed tour of Tunisia


Corinthian Travel has launched a 10-day escorted tour in Tunisia called Star Wars on the Planet Tatooine. The itinerary features the capital, Tunis, and the island of Djerba where many scenes from the film were shot. The 2021 holiday costs from £2,575 on a twin-share basis, for nine nights’ B&B accommodation plus three lunches and two dinners. It includes domestic flights but not international flights. corinthiantravel.co.uk


Audley has


created a trade version of its


new magazine


Audley aims to inspire with Adventures digital magazine


Samantha Mayling


Luxury operator Audley Travel has launched a digital magazine, with one version aimed at consumers and another for travel agents. Called Adventures & Escapes, the digital flipbook


aims to inspire bookings for 2021 and 2022. Agents can host the trade version on their websites,


feature it on emails and share on social media. It has call- to-action messages of “contact your local independent travel agent” instead of Audley’s contact details. Adventures & Escapes features itinerary suggestions


and experiences that can inspire a client’s ideal trip. Food recommendations include a Cape Winelands


tour in South Africa, wine blending in France, a Creole cooking class in New Orleans and cooking in Italy. Wildlife experiences include the Great Migration in


Africa, wolf tracking in Yellowstone National Park, polar bear encounters in the Arctic and bear watching in Japan.


Beach options include fly-fishing in the Seychelles, a


private beach in Fiji and starlight canoeing in Thailand. Historical and architectural experiences feature


Egypt’s Bent pyramid, exploring Cambodian temples by torchlight and climbing Sydney’s Harbour Bridge. A 10-day trip to Yellowstone and Grand Teton costs


from £2,990, which includes flights, accommodation, transfers, car hire and excursions. Greg Thurston, trade sales manager, said: “It


has been our ambition for a while now to provide trade-tailored marketing and we are delighted to be able to deliver this with our inspirational Adventures & Escapes digital magazine. We hope agents find it useful in helping their clients find their ideal trip for 2021.” The magazine is available from November 9 from


Audley’s agent Facebook group. Clients who book before December 31 can amend


their trip for free up to 45 days before departure. facebook.com/groups/audleyagentsuk


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