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Hopscotch Through Greece or Chase Leprechauns In Ireland?

No problem. ACV's got your clients covered!

Some clients yearn for a whirlwind adventure through several different cities and locations because more is more, after all.

Air Canada Vacation's got your clients covered with upcoming fall multi-destination holidays as Independent Escapes or Island Hopping packages. These ITCs conveniently include airfare, transfers, accommodation and several meals.

ACV provides suggested sightseeing spots for inspiration, but clients have the freedom to participate in as many or as little of these "Out & About" activities, as ACV calls the itinerary recommendations. Their only responsibility -- besides enjoying an unforgettable Europe vacation -- is making it to the hotel each night, as the day-to-day locations are already set and hotel accommodations are booked.

"We've tried to build all the things that we find consumers asking for in a way that it satisfies their needs to customize without making them figure it all out themselves," says Dana Gain, Senior Director, Sales, Groups and Partnerships with Air Canada Vacations. "No one wants to have their vacation completely structured, but there is a happy medium and that's the balance that we're attempting to strike."

Many Canadians choose the fall season to explore the best that Ireland has to offer with ACV's most popular adventure: the nine-day Taste of Ireland.

Road trip fans will love this adventure as they get to explore Ireland with a car rental -- entirely booked and arranged by ACV -- starting in Dublin before they hit the road at their own pace to explore the Emerald Isle's most enchanting sights including the Cliffs of Moher and the Ring of Kerry.

This package includes:

  • Roundtrip airfare to Dublin
  • 7 nights of accommodation
  • 8-day car rental
  • Heritage Island Touring Guide with Explorer Coupons
  • 7 meals
  • The option of earning and redeeming Aeroplan Miles

For an alternative that screams "Opa!", Air Canada Vacations' Island Hopping travel style does the trick, where clients can experience a mix of European beach scene and ancient culture in Greece.

This travel style exclusive to Greece is ideal for anyone who wants to discover the Hellenic Republic and its archipelagos without worrying about how to move around between them. With flights, accommodations, land and ferry transfers, daily breakfast, some activities and local assistance throughout the trip included in the package, travellers enjoy complete peace of mind. 

For first-timers who want to see as much of the country's hotspots as possible, ACV's 10-day Best of Greece package is sure to fit the bill. Starting in the capital of Athens – a veritable must-see on a Greek vacation – travellers then spend several days discovering Mykonos and Santorini, two islands famous for turquoise waters, relaxation, beaches and nightlife.

On ACV's 13-day Island Delights package, travellers also get to experience the southern Greek island of Crete in addition to Athens, Santorini and Mykonos. Crete is Greece's largest island known for important archaeological sites, lovely beaches and charming villages. 

Gain likens multi-destination travel to cruising.

"These are ideal for somebody who wants to see more destinations in a short period of time," she says. "We talk about cruising like test driving your next vacation -- if I'm on a seven-day cruise and I see four ports, I get to spend a day in each of those places and get a feel for them, look around and see if I really want to spend a week there at some time in the future. It's a little bit like that for Island Hopping. You have a chance to see two to four different areas of the country."

Maybe that's all a client wants to do -- just see it all once -- but more often than not, people also want to get a taste of the culture, which Gain says is difficult to do that on a multi-destination travel experience.

"You're just not there for long enough," she explains, adding that that's when a single-destination Independent Escape might be a fantastic suggestion once clients have experienced multiple regions and have zeroed in on where they want to spend more time.


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