Unique Experiences Through Europe

Tour Crafters is offering discounts on European tours.
Tour Crafters  is offering discounts on European tours.

For your clients traveling to Europe, we’ve rounded up three tour operators that are offering discounted packages or unique experiences such as exploring “Game of Thrones” filming locations.

Your clients can save on tours to Europe with Tour Crafters, which is offering a discount of 7 percent on top of packages and tours that are priced up to 15 percent less than last year.

The 11-day Rome, Florence, & Venice by Train package offers hotel and sightseeing in all three cities, plus excursions to Siena, San Gimignano, Chianti and the Cinque Terre, as well as a Tuscan cooking class. This package is listed at $1,969, but with the discounts is $1,831. Another package available is Paris & Burgundy, which includes four nights in a four-star hotel and sightseeing in Paris, four nights in Beaune, a car rental and tours of the vineyards and villages of Cote d’Or. This package is priced at $1,579, but is now offered at $1,468. For more packages and information, call (800) 482-5995 or visit tourcrafters.it.

Meeting the locals enroute to the fishing village of Scopello, Sicily.
Meeting the locals enroute to the fishing village of Scopello, Sicily. (Photo credit: Pure Adventures.)

Clients traveling to Italy looking for a little outdoor adventure can check out Pure Adventures’ 7-night self-guided bicycle tour of Sicily. The Italy—Sicily Cycling the Crossroads of History tour starts and ends in Palermo. Travelers will see Greek temples, taste Sicilian cuisine, and take in the local culture. During the tour, travelers will get the chance to try the regional wines, take in the countryside and the seaside terrain of western Sicily. Tours of the more challenging Eastern Sicily, where active volcanos are located, can be arranged upon request. Tour rate starts at $1,250 pp dbl and includes accommodations and breakfast for seven nights; four dinners; transfers from Palermo or Tripani airport to Erice; an orientation meeting with the local support person; luggage transfers; phone and technical support; a detailed road book with route maps, route sheets with suggestions for visitation and site information; pre- and post-travel planning services; and a package of pre-planning documents. Not included, but also available, is a custom hybrid bike rental with gear, set-up, delivery and return. The best time to plan this tour is from March 15 to July 15, and from Sept. 1 to Nov. 15. For more information, call (800) 960-2221 or visit pure-adventures.com.

The Granada Alhambra at sunset. (Photo courtesy of Zicasso.)
The Granada Alhambra at sunset. (Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.)

HBO’s “Game of Thrones” is back for its fifth season and Zicasso is offering its new Game of Thrones Spain Tour: Season 5, since many of the season’s filming took place in the region. Guests will visit filming locations, explore three UNESCO World Heritage sites, and experience the culture of Madrid, Seville, Osuna and Granada. The tour includes visits to the Water Gardens of Sunspear at the Alcazar of Seville, the largest Gothic cathedral in Seville (a UNESCO World Heritage site), and Alcazar; a private walking tour of Madrid, including the Prado (Spain’s national art museum), the Plaza Mayor, the Basilica de San Miguel, and the Royal Palace; a flamenco show inside a gypsy cave in Sacromonte; the opportunity to see the Moorish architecture in Alhambra, a UNESCO-designed site; and a train ride to Andalusia. Rates start at $1,899 pp dbl including accommodations for seven nights, first class train service, private transfers in luxury vehicles, private guided tours, entrance fees, and other activities; pricing for five-star accommodations is $2,399. For more information, visit zicasso.com.