ACV Aims For Authenticity, Choice With 2019 Europe Collection

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

Air Canada Vacations has unwrapped its 2019 Europe Collection, adding vacations in Switzerland to the 153 vacation packages and 500 cruises on offer across the Continent. 

The operator is following the lead of guided tour companies and consumer demand by adding “authentic experiences” to increase the depth to its offerings beyond typical package elements.

"With this collection we partnered with local experts, searched high and low for authentic travel moments and provided numerous inclusions so that we can go beyond packaged vacations to offer effortless travel that lets our customers experience the European way of life," said ACV Managing Director Nino Montagnese. 

"We're also thrilled to partner with Ferreira Group who will share their delicious Portuguese culinary expertise with our customers, inspiring them to experience what we're calling a vacation for the taste buds."

Clients choosing ACV European vacations can enjoy included activities and excursions, select meals, wine tastings, and ferry and private transfers. 

There are several types of trips available: 


  • Independent Escapes for travellers seeking set itineraries with sightseeing at their leisure Europe à la carte for truly tailor-made trips
  • Guided Tours 
  • Cruises 
  • Island Hopping packages and 
  • Trips designed specifically for family fun


The 2019 ACV Europe Collection features newly added routes to Vienna and Bordeaux, and focuses on vacation packages to Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Ireland, Great Britain, France, Iceland, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary and Switzerland.

Trafalgar Guided Vacations, Contiki Guided Trips and -- newly added -- Insight Guided Vacations are offered in combination with flights to bring customers more guided tour package options throughout Europe. 

Of special interest to your food-loving clients, ACV has partnered for the first time with Ferreira Group, which has been bringing authentic Portuguese flavours to Montreal-based eateries for over 20 years. Through the partnership two distinct food-centric vacations have been created in collaboration with the Ferreira family and Patriarch Carlos Ferreira, and inspired by their food travel web series, Portugal Gourmand. 

Bruce Parkinson

Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief

An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.

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