OPERATOR Isle of Skye

Explore introduces private tours for families and friends

Explore has launched a collection of private tours on the back of research suggesting clients may feel more confident travelling with those they know rather than unknown groups post-Covid-19. The adventure operator said

the private tours are ideal for couples, families, small groups of friends or even solo travellers. They don’t feature a tour leader and travellers are joined by private guides for various sites and activities. A three-night Iceland Self-Drive

Yurt Adventure costs from £590, and includes the chance to stay in a Mongolian yurt on a working horse farm. An eight-night Discover

Georgia Private Tour costs from £1,449, while a Jordan Discovery Private Tour is from £1,350. A Family Active Turkey Private

Tour is priced from £599 per adult and £539 per child. Guide prices exclude flights

and are based on two people travelling (or four on family trips). But an accurate price can be provided on enquiry, based on group size. Explore can provide flights as part of a package.


Brightwater pours out whisky, walking and literary holidays

Juliet Dennis

Brightwater Holidays has brought out a range of new trips for 2021 while freezing most prices at this year’s levels to encourage new bookings. The operator has launched two brochures for next

year – Scotland, and Gardens & Archaeology – and is offering low deposits of £25 and savings of up to £200. In the Gardens & Archaeology brochure, prices start

from £395, with more than 75% of prices held at 2020 levels. In the Scotland brochure, prices start at £495, with more than 50% pegged at this year’s rates. The Scotland brochure offers a selection of new

tours including Best of Angus Gardens; Speyside’s Whisky Trail; Orkney’s Garden Trail; Scotland’s Extreme North West; Highland Explorer – Skye and the Far North; and Best of Ayrshire Gardens. Also new are walking holidays in the Outer Hebrides

Travelport tracker monitors Covid safety features of 80-plus carriers

Yurts in Mongolia

Travelport has rolled out an airline health and safety tracker to enable travel agents to highlight measures being undertaken by more than 80 carriers. The free tool monitors the use of seven safety measures: face masks, social distancing, temperature checks, air filtration, extra cleaning, onboard food and drink, and mandated health certification. Data will be updated frequently.

and two historic houses tours that visit Aberdeenshire and the Scottish Borders respectively. The four-day Speyside’s Whisky Trail, from £595,

includes visits to a number of distilleries including Dalwhinnie, Cardhu Distillery, The Glenlivet and Strathisla. Departures are on June 1 and August 28. Two new literary trails feature in Brightwater’s

Gardens & Archaeology brochure, covering areas in the West Country and around the South Coast. The three-day Literary Trails of the South Coast includes Jane Austen’s house in Chawton, Charles Dickens’ Birthplace Museum in Portsmouth, Winchester Cathedral, Rudyard Kipling’s Jacobean house Bateman’s and Gilbert White’s House in Selborne. It starts at £395, with departures on May 21 and September 17 next year. The operator also features the Oberammergau

Passion Play in 2022, an event postponed from this year.

City tours specialist Travel Curious teams up with Preferred Hotels

Travel Curious has partnered with Preferred Hotels & Resorts to give agents’ clients who stay at the group’s 750 properties access to its private tours and activities. Tours have been integrated into the hotel group’s online booking process. Travel Curious has a network of 900 guides in more than 60 cities.

6 AUGUST 2020


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