Let’s get it out of the way: Yes, travel is changing, but there are still ways you can safely see the world with your own little crew.
Trafalgar, the world’s leading and most awarded travel brand for over 74 years, spanning all seven continents of the globe, has recently launched a private group or ‘travel bubble’ offering for family and friend groups of 12 or more. Available on Europe and Britain and North America itineraries for a slight price increase compared to regular tours and with dates through 2021 and beyond, this offering is the perfect way for Canadian travellers to ease back into travel in the changing world and enjoy Simply the Best holidays.
After missing celebrating birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and other milestones with loved ones, Canadians are ready to make up for these precious moments. Trafalgar’s private group offerings provide travellers a way to reconnect from missed time way from their friends and family and get back to the love of travel. When travelling on Trafalgar’s private groups, guests will be accompanied by a dedicated on-road team trained in enhanced physical distancing and hygiene protocols all in the comfort of state of the art coaches with rigorous hygiene standards so guests can sit back and enjoy their destination of choice with their personal ‘travel bubble.’ Private group travels offer Canadians the opportunity to create completely exclusive travel experiences and once-in-a-lifetime adventures – all while being treated to the exact same flawless Trafalgar experience.
Here’s the top 10 expertly crafted itineraries which travellers can experience in 2021 with their ‘travel bubbles’:
1. See and taste the very best of British culture
Whether ‘travel bubbles’ are interested in discovering the history of medieval castles and cobblestone streets or eager to experience the vibrant culture of the United Kingdom for the first time, this is an experience Canadians won’t want to miss. Travellers will be warmly welcomed into the Bell family’s 19th-century Yorkshire country home, Whitwell Hall, and enjoy an unforgettable evening tasting traditional British cuisine all while hearing personal stories during a Trafalgar exclusive ‘Be My Guest’ experience.
Book this Itinerary 9-day Real Britain
2. Witness the sun-kissed shores of the Greek Isles
Known for its stunning islands surrounded by captivating turquoise blue waters, fascinating Ancient Greek mythology and 18 UNESCO-listed World Heritage Sites, an exclusive escape to the Greek Isles with close friends and family is guaranteed to be a perfect getaway. Travellers will say ‘opa!’ and join the Karambella family on the 30-acre olive farm during a famous ‘Be My Guest’ encounter and taste a traditional Greek meal and local wine produced in the birthplace of the Olympic Games while enjoying music and an evening of dancing.
Book this Itinerary: 8-day Best of Greece
3. Embrace adventure in the land of fire and ice
Iceland has become a very popular travel destination over the past years and it’s easy to see why. From the stunning glaciers, thundering waterfalls and epic natural night-time displays, this edge of the world destination is a must for ‘travel bubbles’ ready for an adventure. And, no Iceland trip would be complete without a plunge and soak in the famous and healing waters of the Blue Lagoon which guests take part in during a Trafalgar ‘Dive into Culture’ experience.
Book this Itinerary: 6-day Iceland Including the Blue Lagoon
4. Sip and savour bold flavours under the Mediterranean sun
This is the perfect itinerary for ‘travel bubbles’ who are short on time but want to see all the highlights Portugal, Spain and Morocco has to offer. Travellers will take in the warm Mediterranean sun as they experience the iconic cultural and historic highlights of Alhambra, Marrakesh, the Alfama district in Lisbon, Fátima and more while also indulging in delicious local cuisine and drinks along the way. They’ll have the opportunity to ‘Dive into Culture’ with Trafalgar and learn from a pharmacist about the potions and remedies that local Moroccans have used for centuries to treat ailments and beauty treatments all made from regional ingredients including Morocco’s famous Argan oil.
Book this Itinerary: 16-day Spain, Morocco and Portugal
5. Dive into the rich legacy of art and architecture in Italy
Italy is an iconic destination like no other and a perfect country to reintroduce ‘travel bubbles’ back to those of us that love exploring. On this relaxed-paced journey, Canadian travellers will have the opportunity to visit the Vatican Museum before all the crowds and enjoy an exclusive visit up the spiral staircase designed by Donato Bramante in a part of the Vatican not open to the general public. In their own private group, they’ll enjoy an intimate and in-depth encounter with Michelangelo’s works of art and iconic attractions in an isolated location of the Vatican not accessible by other visitors.
Book this Itinerary: 13-day Best of Italy
6. Journey through Europe’s enchanting Christmas Markets
Travellers intimate ‘travel bubble’ holiday in 2021 begins with learning traditions and festivities of numerous Christmas Markets throughout Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Wander through the market stalls and admire the old-world customs, local craftsmanship and mesmerizing city backdrops while celebrating some holiday cheer with friends and family. Waltz through Salzburg with a Trafalgar ‘Local Specialist’ to see some of the sights featured in the filming of the iconic movie The Sound of Music.
Book this Itinerary: 8-day Christmas Markets of Austria, Germany and Switzerland
7. Explore the vibrant city of love
During this leisurely and in-depth tour throughout the vibrant city, Paris, guests will be checking off all the must-sees and experiencing a hidden gem (or two) along the way. ‘Travel bubbles’ are in for a treat during a visit to one of France’s most famous perfume houses, Fragonard Parfumerie, and create their own unique fragrance with a certified ‘nose.’ Next, they’ll learn how to cook the Parisian way during a personal cooking experience with a local French chef and return home with an array of new cooking skills and recipes. Bon appétit!
Book this Itinerary: 8-day Paris Explorer
8. Say sláinte to a pint of Guinness in Ireland
Starting and ending in Dublin, this Irish adventure will connect ‘travel bubbles’ to the Emerald Isle like never before. Experience traditional Irish fare in a range of Irish cities including Limerick, Killarney, Galway and Waterford and discover the history of Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, Blarney Castle learning the insights into the devastating potato famine. Family and friends will meet a master craftsman creating the beautiful masterpieces behind the famous House of Waterford Crystal, that have adorned shelves since the mid-19th century, during a first-hand look and workshop tour.
Book this Itinerary: 7-day Irish Highlights
9. Take in the tastes and sounds of the south
A ‘travel bubble’ adventure filled with jazz, home cooked meals, country and Rock ‘n’ Roll music on this Deep South tour. Travellers will check off all the iconic sights along the way such as Graceland, Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, Studio B and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Also, they’ll ‘Dive into Culture’ with Trafalgar and meet the Tanner family, who share a love for agriculture and history at the Frogmore Cotton Plantation and Gins. They’ll get a sneak peek at their property and learn about Buddy and Lynette’s story who host the experience about their desire to preserve history and what motivated them to save the properties from destruction – the antebellum buildings and gin on Frogmore. Guests will discover how their visit will ‘Make A Difference’ to the state at the Louisiana and cotton plantation heritage.
Book this Itinerary: 10-day Tastes and Sounds of the South
10. Experience captivating desert landscapes and great national parks
After spending so much time indoors for months, the great outdoors and fresh air are calling travellers names. On this iconic adventure of nature, ‘travel bubbles’ will escape the crowded cities and reconnect to some of the world’s most iconic national parks that the USA has to offer including Death Valley National Park, Joshua Tree National Park and Saguaro National Park. At the Imperial Date Gardens in the Bard Valley, private groups will partake in a ‘Connect with Locals’ experience during an exclusive ‘Be My Guest’ dinner where Medjool dates are a famous treat, also enjoyed with date beer too.