Tucan Travel expands itineraries in eastern and southern Africa

Adventure specialist Tucan Travel has added five itineraries in eastern and southern Africa to cater for growing demand. Tours can be tailor-made

with different accommodation, transport and activities. Te 11-day Classic Namibia

costs from £3,589 and includes a game drive in Etosha National Park, a Windhoek city tour and a dolphin cruise. A 12-day South Africa itinerary

costs from £2,889 and takes visitors from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth via Tsitsikamma National Park and Kariega Game Reserve. An 11-day Botswana and

Zambia tour costs from £6,959 and includes safari game drives and river cruises. A nine-day Gorilla Trekking trip in Uganda costs from £2,779. A Tanzania and Kenya tour

costs from £4,329 for 14 days and combines Kenyan safaris with the beaches of Zanzibar. It features a guided city tour of Nairobi, the Samburu National Reserve, Aberdare National Park and Masai Mara National Park. Tucan Travel also features

South and Central America, Asia, North Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Antarctica.

The Ark Lodge, Kenya

Back-Roads adds Christmas markets, Sweden and Finland

Samantha Mayling

Small-group touring specialist Back-Roads Touring has nine new tours in its UK & Europe 2020 brochure, including Christmas and winter trips for the first time. New Christmas markets tours include Te Best of

Saxony and Bohemia, which features the Striezelmarkt in Dresden – one of Germany’s oldest markets – and the opportunity to sleep in a castle at Schloss Purschenstein. It costs from £1,599 for six days. Sweden and Finland also make their debut

for Back-Roads Touring. A Scandinavian Journey features Denmark, Sweden

and Norway’s capital, Oslo, and costs from £2,479 for seven days. Northern Lights: A Lapland Winter explores Finnish

Lapland and costs from £4,369 for eight days. Te other new tours are Hampton Court Flower

Show, English Christmas Markets, Treasures of Scotland, Te Headlands of Ireland, A Traditional Alsace Christmas and An Austro-Hungarian Christmas.

Sport Links goes in to bat with tours

to see England Tests in South Africa Sport Links Travel has packages for England’s winter cricket tour to South Africa. An 11-day holiday to see the second Test match in Cape Town costs from £3,448, departing on December 29. It includes accommodation, a New Year’s Eve event, match tickets, transfers and flights. An eight-day trip to see the fourth Test in Johannesburg costs from £1,992 including tickets and flights.

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9 The number of new tours in Back-Roads Tourings’ 2020 brochure

David Gendle, global sales general manager, said:

“Our new and upgraded tours are a reflection of what customers and past Back-Roads guests have asked for, including more hands-on historical experiences and authentic epicurean discoveries. “From visiting a reindeer farm in Lapland to

browsing the stalls at Gallipoli’s famous fish market, and exploring the candy-coloured villages of Cinque Terre, we pride ourselves on offering truly unforgetable experiences that feed the curiosity of mature travellers.” Prices include boutique accommodation on a

bed-and-breakfast basis, some lunches and dinners, excursions and transportation in premium mini- coaches, but not flights or transfers. Early bookings on selected departures qualify for a

10% saving until September 30.

Karlovy Vary, Czechia

Trafalgar creates Travel Unlocked podcast to boost agents’ knowledge

Trafalgar has launched an e-learning podcast giving agents “behind-the-scenes” insights about the escorted tours brand. Each of the first five episodes of Travel Unlocked has an associated quiz. The podcast can be accessed through the TTC Academy, via a desktop or the Litmos e-learning app.

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