ACV Unveils 2020 Europe Collection With 30 New Itineraries
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
Air Canada Vacations has unveiled its 2020 Europe Collection, featuring a total of 145 vacation packages in 21 countries, and including 30 new itineraries.
"Filled with packaged vacations to countless vibrant European cities steeped in history and culture, our 2020 Europe Collection has a dream escape for every type of traveller," said Nino Montagnese, Managing Director at Air Canada Vacations. "With various travel experiences, partnerships and collaborations our newest Collection positions us as a significant player for leisure travel to Europe."
ACV has enhanced its program with more options, including two new 'Seaside Escapes' in Paestum, Italy, the home to one of Europe's most fascinating archeological zones, as well as a new Independent Escape called 'Portugal Explorer.'
The tour operator also boosted its Costa del Sol program with a new itinerary named 'Madrid. Andalusia. Arriba!,' along with a large selection of hotels featuring options for long stays ranging up to 28 days – ideal for snowbirds desiring to spend part of winter in the warmer region of Málaga.
Another new addition is a guided rail tour exploring Italy's region of Puglia, and more authentic travel moments in Barcelona, Matera, and Saint-Émillion in France.
The 2020 Europe Collection features newly added non-stop flights offering more capacity and choice to your customers; year-round service between Montreal and Toulouse will kick off 4JUN, 2020 operating five-times weekly on Air Canada's Airbus A330-300 fleet, and a non-stop route from Toronto to Brussels starting 1MAY, 2020 operating up to five-times weekly on Air Canada's Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.
More highlights of the ACV 2020 Europe Collection:
Whether by car, bus or train, ACV's Independent Escapes allow travellers to wander Europe at their own pace while benefitting from Air Canada Vacations' 'More Moments' inclusions -- pre-booked excursions to 'must-see' spots.
Among other More Moments inclusions found throughout the newest Collection, travellers can get insider tips and sample delicious tapas on a Tuk Tuk, while they explore Lisbon with the 'Sunny Portugal' itinerary. This Open Jaw reporter took that trip this year, and the Tuk Tuk tour was a highlight of the itinerary.
Air Canada Vacations' partnership with Ferreira Group is back by popular demand with 'Flavours of Portugal' and 'Taste of Northern Portugal' – two Independent Escapes inspired by the Ferreira family and their hit web-series 'Portugal Gourmand.'
ACV's 'Island Hopping' packages allow clients to explore several Greek islands in a relaxed way. All packages come with the experience of exploring the rich history of Athens with an expert guide.
Guided Vacations offered by Trafalgar and Insight and booked directly through Air Canada Vacations let travellers explore Europe alongside someone that is in-the-know. For Trafalgar bookings made before 31DEC, 2019 for travel between 21MAY, 2020 and 31OCT, 2020, your clients can save $1,000 per couple.
Your clients can explore many European destinations with ACV's collection of over 500 river and ocean cruise itineraries. All can be combined with an Air Canada or Air Canada Rouge flight.
For those seeking truly tailor-made trips, ACV's 'À la Carte' packaged vacations let travellers create their own European adventure by allowing them to choose from a wide range of hotels, pre-booked excursions, and possibilities for car rentals, as well as a flight to any destination where Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge fly.
Early Booking Incentives
The earlier your clients book, the more they'll save. Bookings made 6 months prior to departure bring savings of up to $1,000 per couple. Four months prior to departure, clients can save up to $500 per couple. This means that travel agents need to book customers this month to maximize savings for April departures.
Book a group in Europe with Air Canada Vacations and receive the 16th traveller's flight free, a group rate secured 2 years in advance, a $500 future travel credit, free standard seat selection, and so much more.
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.