When it comes to planning those once-in-a-lifetime journeys, you don’t want one little wrinkle to get in the way. Meticulous planning—that’s what you want. To create that seamlessly crafted epic journey—whichever destination your client is dreaming of—your best bet is partnering with a USTOA tour operator member. When you work with a USTOA member to create that unforgettable vacation, you know that every detail has been thoughtfully and meticulously planned for you by an expert tour company with on-the-ground knowledge and local access.
Epic Journeys with 5 USTOA Tour Operators
USTOA tour operators’ itineraries immerse travelers in the world’s most breathtaking destinations, whether your clients want to roam with wildlife in Africa, discover the Japanese Alps, travel back in time in India, dance as the Northern Lights shimmer overhead or savor whisky in Edinburgh.
Red carpets around the world are already being rolled out and awaiting your clients. Check out these awe-inspiring tours from these five USTOA tour operator members.
If you have clients who want to commune with the great outdoors in a far-flung destination and have ample time to spare, look to Alexander+Roberts’ 23-day Wings Over Africa Safari. They’ll experience the vast sweep of the continent on this adventure that combines the thrill of an East Africa safari and the rich diversity of South Africa. They’ll visit four UNESCO World Heritage sites, delight in a cocktail cruise on the Zambezi River as animals descend to the river to drink, soar high above the game-filled expanse of the Maasai Mara on a hot air balloon safari and savor the fine farm-to-table cuisine of the Winelands.
On CIE Tours’ 7-day Scottish & Irish Sampler, travelers will delve into the history of Belfast, enjoy traditional entertainment in Dublin, explore traditional whisky-making techniques at the Port of Leith Distillery, uncover the grandeur of the Culzean Castle, perched atop dramatic cliffs overlooking the Ayrshire coast, marvel at the stunning Giant’s Causeway and savor traditional Irish fare in the country’s oldest thatched pub.
For a Northern Lights spectacle, Insight Vacations’ 10-day tour of Scandinavia is a top recommendation. Your clients will visit Helsinki, Alta and Oslo, journeying to just above the Arctic Circle to Ivalo, the Gateway to the North. From the comfort of their cabin in Aurora Village, they’ll gaze out through the glass roof as the lights of the aurora borealis dance above. There’s also sampling caviar in Europe’s northernmost point in North Cape, visits to a working husky farm as well as to one of the world’s first ice hotels and hanging with reindeers in Tromso.
On EF Go Ahead Tours’ 14-day Japan Adventure: Kyoto, the Japanese Alps & Tokyo itinerary, travelers will explore the Japanese Alps and shrines built by emperors, savor ramen and sushi, and take part in guided meditation and tea tasting. Your clients will immerse themselves in the culture while strolling through markets and Zen gardens, taking a short boat ride to Miyajima Island to view a 12-century shrine, touring Buddhist temples and relaxing in onsens.
Sita World Tours’ 13-day India in Luxury itinerary is made for clients who want to visit this mesmerizing country in style. This luxury-embellished itinerary takes travelers to Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore, Jaipur, Udaipur and Mumbai, visiting stunning temples and abandoned cities, touring fascinating bazaars, exploring forts and the Taj Mahal, enjoying a game drive and exploring the amazing Elephant Caves and its famous caves.
Help in Planning Once-in-a-Lifetime Journeys
Working with a tour operator makes the vacation planning seamless, and it saves you loads of time. On an escorted/guided tour all the nuts and bolts are taken care of, with the tour operator handling the complicated logistics of transportation, booking necessary reservations at negotiated rates and providing personal services of tour directors with on-the-ground knowledge. A tour operator has all the elements of a trip planned out expertly, down to the last detail, ensuring that everything runs as planned. Transportation, lodging, dining, sightseeing and flexible free time are all included. And those authentic, local and unforgettable experiences today’s travelers are seeking are also part of the package—think private tastings at wineries, interacting with archaeologists and a home-cooked meal with a local family.
Plus, when a travel advisor books a client’s trip with a USTOA tour operator, their vacation is protected by the $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program. This means in the case of a tour operator bankruptcy, insolvency, or cessation of business, tour deposits and payments are protected up to an aggregate of $1 million.
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