Mont Blanc, France Rabbie’s adds day trips and short

breaks including whisky and gin tour Domestic small-groups operator Rabbie’s has added day trips and short breaks to its Scotland range of tours, including a one-day Whiskies & Gins of East Lothian tour. Departing from Edinburgh, it costs from £42 and visits the seaside town of North Berwick and the Glenkinchie Distillery. Other new escorted tours feature the North East Coastal Trail, the Orkney archipelago and the Isle of Skye.

Intrepid, Exodus and Contiki make Earth Day pledge to change

Environmentally-conscious tour operators marked Earth Day with a series of commitments to reducing the carbon footprint of their tours. Intrepid Travel will remove

flights of 90 minutes or less from its top 50 itineraries by the end of 2022 where a feasible land or rail alternative exists. High-speed rail will be used in China and electric vehicles in Iran and Jordan. Exodus Travels is expanding

its train travel programme to include 18 of its escorted tours. One-third of its trips can now be booked without flights. Youth operator Contiki has

pledged all of its tours will be 100% carbon neutral by January 1, 2022. It has created a five-point action plan and appointed a sustainability officer, Tasha Hayes.

Inntravel adds self-

guided tour in Portugal Inntravel has a new self-guided walking holiday to Portugal, featuring the country’s only national park, Peneda-Gerês, which will be marking its 50th anniversary in May 2021. The seven-night High Paths of Northern Portugal costs from £830 on a shared basis, including B&B accommodation, four dinners, five picnics and luggage transfers, but not flights.

18 Bay of Pigs, Cuba Not In The Guidebooks introduces

live booking tool for excursions Not In The Guidebooks has launched an agent dashboard giving all agents it works with access to hundreds of excursions with live availability. The dashboard features destination content including images and videos to download for marketing use. The excursions operator offers more than 1,000 “responsible and authentic” tours worldwide.

Atacama, Chile

Journey Latin America unveils ‘Covid-conscious’ holiday brand

Samantha Mayling

Journey Latin America has launched holidays under a new brand, offering nine ‘Covid-conscious’ trips to Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, the Galápagos, Peru and Uruguay. Trailblazer holidays are aimed at those who want to

visit as soon as a country’s travel restrictions are lifted. Slower-paced itineraries incorporate hotels in

secluded locations. Where possible, Trailblazer trips are based on private services and overland transport either in a private vehicle with a driver or as a self-drive to allow ‘bubble’ arrangements. The first is Trailblazer Cuba, a 10-day self-drive

holiday featuring Havana, Trinidad and Viñales. It costs £2,290 and includes direct flights, hire car and hotels on a B&B basis. Stuart Whittington, head of product at Journey

Latin America, said: “As the world begins to open up again, we have put together a selection of Covid- conscious itineraries specifically designed for travels

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£5,722The price of the 13-dayTrailblazer Chile holiday

in these times. Our Trailblazer Cuba holiday stays in carefully selected locations that avoid the crowds, allowing you to see the highlights.” A 13-day Trailblazer Chile holiday costs £5,722,

including flights and B&B hotel accommodation. It takes in the Torres del Paine National Park and the Atacama Desert. The operator, which believes Cuba and Chile will

be among the first in Latin America to open up once travel is allowed, said the peak months of January and February were already becoming booked up for the Torres del Paine National Park in 2022. Journey Latin America is allowing customers to

postpone trips or make changes 45 days before travel without charge, whatever the reason.

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PICTURES: Tom Parrott;Mary Anne Nelson

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