Pack Your Bags—Four Agent FAMs

A lion from Big Cat area in the Serengeti. (Photo courtesy Zohar Safaris.)
A lion from Big Cat area in the Serengeti. (Photo courtesy Zohar Safaris.)

Agents, we have a load of FAM trips you can take advantage of—from safaris in Africa and sightseeing in Japan, to cruising in China and experiencing Cuba.

Zohar African Safaris is offering its first FAM to East Africa. The 6- or 8-day trips offer agents the opportunity to interact with a Hadzabe hunter—the last surviving Stone Age people on earth—take a hike into Empakaai Crater in the Ngorongoro Highlands, and take part in a briefing by a conservation expert. The 6-day itinerary departs from Arusha, Tanzania on Oct. 28, 2015, and the 8-day journey departs on Nov. 7, 2015. Both itineraries are similar, except for the wildlife activity where the 6-day trip features wildlife viewing on the Serengeti Plain, and the 8-day trip views wildlife on the Serengeti Plain and in the Ngorongoro crater. The 6-day itinerary starts at $1,560 pp including 5-night accommodations, three daily meals, transportation, a professional safari guide, park and crater entry fees, airport transfers, pure drinking water daily, and medical evacuation insurance covering emergency doctors. The 8-day trip starts at $2,260 pp including 7-night accommodations, plus everything included on the 6-day version of the trip. For more information, call (800) 603-1219 or visit zoharafricansafaris.com.

Japan Deluxe Tours is offering the 7-day Japan Highlights Tour with Mt. Koya, where guests will follow the old Tokaido Trail to Hakone, Mt. Fuji, Nara, and Kyoto while visiting sites such as Lake Kawaguchi, Asakusa, and the Golden Pavillion. Guests will also take part in a tea ceremony, a sake tasting, a kimono fashion show, and take a cruise on Lake Ashi with views of Mt. Fuji. They’ll also visit Japan’s hot springs in a luxurious ryokan with a traditional multi-course cuisine. In addition, guests can add a stay at Mt. Koya where they’ll get to experience a day in the life of a Buddhist monk—visit the sacred Okunoin; practice meditation; write Buddhist scriptures and enjoy shojin ryori, a traditional Buddhist meal. Guests can also choose to extend their vacation with a pre- or post-tour in Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto. FAM rates start at $2,098 pp dbl. Standard rates start at $2,398 pp dbl; agents receive 10 percent commission. For more information, call (800) 285-2726 or visit japandeluxetours.com.

The Victoria Katarina.
The Victoria Katarina.

For those eager to visit China, Pacific Delights is offering a 13-day FAM from Nov. 10-22, 2015 featuring luxury hotel accommodations at Ritz-Carlton and Shangri-La properties. Travelers will visit Beijing and Xi’an, plus sail on the Yangtze River onboard Victoria Cruises’ Victoria Katarina. The trip comes to an end in Shanghai. All-inclusive rates start at $2,599 pp dbl with air from LAX or SFO (those flying out of JFK add an additional $200). A single occupancy surcharge is available at $699. Agents can also bring a companion for $2,799. For more information, call (800) 221-7179 or visit pacificdelighttours.com.

Agent FAM Trips powered by Flo Tours is offering a people-to-people educational exchange FAM to Cuba. The all-inclusive 6-day Essential Cuba itinerary departs from Miami on April 5, 2016. For more information, call (800) 417-3880 or visit agentfamtrips.com.