Central Holidays Reports 20 Percent Increase in Escorted Tour Bookings and Celebrates with Escorted Travel Package Savings

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A marked increase in leading travel company Central Holidays bookings and momentum of new sales reveals a consumer trend towards packaged travel in Europe. The company is unveiling new escorted tour travel package savings to celebrate.

Experience Lakes and Castles of Italy with Central Holidays - Lake Como

Experience Lakes and Castles of Italy with Central Holidays - Lake Como

Nowadays travelers are seeking more and more experiential elements and to get the best value for their travel dollars – escorted tours provide exactly that

Central Holidays is pleased to announce year-over-year (2013-2014) growth in Escorted Tour bookings of 20 percent, revealing an increase in consumer demand for value-added escorted tour packages from previous years where independent packages and rate-driven deals were all the rage.

“Seeing such a significant increase in bookings of our Escorted Motorcoach Packages is very exciting as we kick-off 2014,” said Gianni Miradoli, CEO of Central Holidays. “It’s clear that travel agents and group planners realize what a terrific value Central Holidays’ Escorted Tours are for their clients...Our escorted packages are flexible, worry-free, and easy to budget. As well, we offer the most expansive range of escorted tours throughout Italy beyond any other tour company, and guided programs in Spain, France, Greece and Turkey. In fact, in the U.S. we are the exclusive provider of escorted tours to exciting destinations including: Sardinia, Piedmont, and Italy’s Castle region.”

“Nowadays travelers are seeking more and more experiential elements and instead of focusing only on rate, they are seeking to get the best value for their travel dollars – escorted tours provide exactly that…the best opportunities to authentically enjoy all the wonders of the world. Today’s European escorted tours feature more time at leisure to explore on one’s own; they visit not only the most famous places but also off-the beaten path towns and villages; and many include exclusive experiences like: cooking classes, private museum visits, vineyard tours; plus so much more. Plus, travelers can save a great deal of money and time with an escorted vacation package as opposed to booking air, hotel, and other vacation components separately,” continued Miradoli.

To celebrate the exciting increase in bookings Central Holidays is launching a special escorted tour sale featuring savings of 10 percent off of some of its new escorted vacation packages introduced for 2014 including:

  •          Castles & Lakes of Italy – 11 days – from $2768 -- Travelers will start this adventure with a stay in Saint-Vincent in the Aosta region where they will explore the picturesque town of Bard, savor a tasting of local salami and take-in stunning panoramic views of the Ayas Valley, overlooking the Col de Joux ski area. Next they will journey along to the Castle of Fenis and have a wine and cheese tasting in Morgex. Then they will board a historical train to the Swiss town of Locarno, passing forests, rivers, and jagged mountains. In Lake Maggiore visitors will enjoy the Borromean islands before heading to Milan for a guided tour of this fashion capital. Lake Como beckons as the next dream destination on this exciting escorted vacation where visits of world-famous Bellagio and Lake Garda await before an exploration of Verona.
  •          Flavors of Southern Italy & Puglia – 11 days from $2199 -- Travelers arrive in Naples and take a short drive to Sorrento, resort town dotted by orange and lemon groves. On the way to Positano, adventurers will embark on a cruise down the Amalfi coast and take-in the awe-inspiring views of the Bay of Salerno. The next morning, a jetfoil whisks them across the aqua-blue Bay of Naples to fabled Capri. Here they will discover the Floral Gardens of Caesar Augustus and ascend the Piazzetta. The fun continues in Matera, UNESCO World Heritage site featuring caverns, small villages and frescoed churches from years gone by. Travelers will sample local wines during a private winery tour and tasting in Lecce and traverse the city's maze of small streets complete with a castle, seafront promenades and some of the best seafood restaurants in the region. Tour Puglia, Bari and Trani for a flavorful trip that is simply delizioso!
  •          Sardinia's Rugged Beauty & Luxurious Lifestyle – 7 days from $2460 -- Sardinia's southernmost tip in the ancient port city of Cagliari is the starting place of this exciting vacation. Explorations are for the taking in Chia, a pearl on the southern coast of Sardinia and Barumini, home of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Su Nuraxi di Barumini -- a nuraghe complex that dates back to the 15thcentury B.C. Travelers will delve into the Barbagia region, known for its rocky, rugged hills with inhabitants that enjoy extraordinary longevity where the famous cannonau wine has been produced for over 3,000 years. A sailing adventure to the Maddalena Archipelago of 62 islands takes travelers over crystal-clear waters to pristine beaches. The next day Porto Cervo's luxurious yachts and chic restaurants beckon. Travelers can explore at leisure or join in a tour to the Caves of Neptune, dating back to prehistoric times. Adventuring and the luxe life await in Sardinia.
  •          Piedmont - Land of Lakes, Wine, Truffles – 8 days from $2224 -- A paradise of food and wine, this escorted tour of the fertile Piemonte region showcases some of Italy finest gastronomy. From Stresa, travelers will cruise Lake Maggiore and tour Isola Bella in the Borromean Islands. Travel to Biella and historic Ricetto di Candelo. From there, adventurers visit the spiritually rich villages of Oropa, Graglia, and Sordevolo. While in the Sacred Mountains of Piemonte, they can sample sparkling wine and grappa in a castle on Lake Viverone in Roppolo. Moving to the towns of Desana, Asti, and Bra, travelers will learn about rice varietals, and world-famous Spumante and Barolo wines. The trip concludes in Turin, where visitors can explore more of Piemonte's culinary fare at Eataly and learn about Turin's intriguing history.

Central Holidays is additionally presenting savings of 10 percent off of all of its escorted tour packages in Spain, Turkey, Greece and France. For complete details on the company’s escorted tour packages, visit CentralHolidays.com.

These promotional savings of 10 percent off are valid on new bookings starting March 15th and must be booked by May 30th for travel throughout 2014. To qualify for the discount, bookings must be deposited or paid in full if booked within 60 days of departure.

About Central Holidays:
Founded in 1972, Central Holidays offers superior travel programs, value, and service to enchanting destinations across the globe. Destinations include Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, Cyprus, Greece, Turkey, and Croatia. The company also offers dozens of Mediterranean and European river cruise itineraries, worldwide ski programs, religious pilgrimage travel, as well as people-to-people educational exchange travel to Cuba! The company’s sister brand, STI by Central Holidays, presents novel travel opportunities throughout Central and South America, Africa, and the Middle East. Central Holidays and its family of travel companies remain at the forefront of the global tourism and travel industry, offering the most diverse range of travel programs that support brand promises of reliability, expertise, and flexibility. For more information, contact Central Holidays at 1-800-935-5000 or visit CentralHolidays.com.


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