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ACV’s Flavours Of Portugal, Greece, Italy, Spain…

Resistance is futile for fanciers of fine foods

From a piping hot plate of pasta in Pisa to a meltingly delicious pastry in Paris, Europe is simply overflowing with fabulous flavours to tempt the taste buds. And when it comes to tempting your clients’ taste for travel, Air Canada Vacations’ food-centric vacation options are hard to beat.

Sleek and stylish, the Air Canada Vacations’ 2019 Europe Collection is hot off the press and full to the brim with a carefully-curated selection of travel treats for galloping gourmands. 

“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,” enthused Nino Montagnese, managing director at Air Canada Vacations. 

Your clients can experience food-centric vacations in Europe’s hottest foodie spots: Italy, France, Spain, Ireland and Portugal.

“We’re 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,” added Montagnese.

The highly-esteemed Ferreira family are famous for sharing Portuguese culinary tips in their food-focused web series, Portugal Gourmand. Two distinct ACV Portuguese vacations have been created and the family’s expert culinary advice has been built directly into the itineraries.

For those clients who want to sample sweet, flaky pastéisin Belém, sip on wine in an Alentejo vineyard or savour petiscoswhile watching a traditional Fado show, the Flavours of Portugal itinerary is a sure-fire way for you to serve them a slice of travel heaven. 

This 10-day tour, which takes in Lisbon, Evora, Beja, Ferreira do Alentejo, Lagos, Sagres, Silves and Faro is the ultimate way for them to experience authentic Portuguese cuisine straight from local producers and chefs.

Alternatively, the 10-day Tastes of Northern Portugal tour takes in the flavours of Lisbon, Sintra, Obidos, Nazare, Sangalhos, Porto, the Duoro Valley and Coimbra. Available on an Independent Escape Fly & Drive basis, your clients will adore the freedom of the open road, as well as a whole host of gastronomic treats, like a lazy lunch on a Douro River cruise boat and a wine-tasting session at Quinta do Vallado.

Along the way they can take advantage of Air Canada Vacations’ special ‘More Moments,’ where ACV pre-books select excursions to must-see spots. All your clients have to do is show up and focus on the fun -- which leaves more free time for feeding their culinary desires!

“When I think of Europe, I think of experiences rather than vacations,” says Dana Gain,
senior director, sales, groups and partnerships at ACV. “People go to sun destinations to lie on a beach and press the control-alt-delete function, but when they go to Europe they’re thinking more about experiences. They want history, they want food and they want to visit wineries. They want to see how people live there and they want to enjoy local experiences. 

“Talk to your customer about what those European experiences look like to them, specifically. It’s a different sales process than when you talk to a client about sun, where it’s all about the beach and what the sand’s like and what the room’s like. When you talk to them about Europe you talk about what sort of authentic experiences they’re looking forward to -- and a Portuguese food tour is most definitely an authentic experience.”

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