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Europe Served Up Any Style!

More than ever, Air Canada Vacations offers more than sun.

In Europe, the Canadian-favourite tour operator offers Old World wonders plus modern world comforts and conveniences are wrapped up in one great package. Whether clients want a guided getaway where everything is included and ready and waiting upon arrival in their destination, or if they’d prefer a more independent escape, where flights and hotels are arranged, along with transfers and some meals, but they are left to discover Europe on their own, ACV has exactly what they are looking for… this is, after all, Europe served up any style!

Dana Gain, ACV’s senior director of sales, groups and partnerships, was quick to reply when asked what is the main thing she wants agents to remember when it comes to the tour operator’s offerings across the pond.

"Our Europe promise! We always offer early booking savings in Europe – the earlier your clients book, the bigger they save." Indeed, if clients book as far out as 180 days or more prior to departure, they will save $1,000 per couple. 

Other advantages to booking Europe early with ACV is the exchangeable deposit up to 45 days prior to departure; the secured group rate available up to two years before clients leave and he 16thpassenger free group offer. Another plus is the large network of flights and connectors available to clients travelling on Air Canada or Air Canada Rouge.

Gain also talked up ACV’s relationship with Trafalgar and Insight Vacations in Europe: "The guided tours offered by both Trafalgar and Insight are the perfect marriage with our Europe flight. Our Europe packages bring the best of so many countries to our customers, and the guided tours provide the experience and the culture of the destination. Together, we believe this is the magic combination for the perfect vacation: comfort, convenience, and a true taste of the destination to leave our customers with lasting memories."

Year after year ACV continues to add product for independent-minded clients, and Gain says that has spurred a noticeable uptick in sales for this type of product. "We are very pleased with the growth of our [independent] Europe product and the interest from both the travel agency community and consumers," said Gain. "It seems that more than ever consumers are looking for something different, a little more unique and special.  Our offerings in Europe bring that and so much more."

With ACV, clients can create an àla carte getaway exactly to their specifications or discover the continent a different way on a cruise vacation. Island-hopping in Greece is another popular offering that’s on many people’s "must see, must do" lists.

As colourfully detailed in ACV’s recently released brochure, the 2019 Europe Collection is jam-packed with options for every type of traveller. 

To make it even easier for clients to find a getaway that is just right for them, the tour operator has highlighted various experiences within the collection – they’re referred to as "Our Personal Touches." These include: 

'More Moments:' Where ACV will pre-book excursions to ‘must-see’ spots. 

'Local Gems:' For those seeking immersive taste experiences – from cooking classes in Italy to tapas tastings in Spain, and more. 

'Family Fun:'Accommodations and excursions designed with kids and parents in mind, including kid-centric city tours and amusement parks.

'Out & About:' Optional activities not included in the package but representing ACV’s top picks for suggested itineraries, places to visit, things to do, and much more.

With its breadth of product, variety of offerings for every type of traveller, and value-packed "Europe Promise," Air Canada Vacations has made it easier than ever to help your clients plan and book their dream getaway to Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, the U.K., France and Switzerland.


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