While traditional escorted tours are ideal for some travelers, other travelers like a measure of independence. For those clients, Avanti Destinations has RVP Packages (Recommended Value Packages) for those vacationers. It is a hybrid type of type of offering. The packages feature a pre-set itinerary and price with total flexibility of departure dates, private travel for as few as two people, ease of itinerary modification and the opportunity to independently explore a destination at one’s own pace.
Avanti’s pre-priced RVP programs offer 5 to 12-night itineraries packed with highlights and “must sees” of a region, and they include hand-selected hotels, transfers and local sightseeing. The RVP itineraries can also be used as a beginning template to customize a vacation for your clients. For example, hotel stays in any destination can be modified, sightseeing can be changed and other destinations can be added.
“Travel programs today need to reflect the evolving preferences of travelers – especially for the group of seasoned travelers who comprise the dominant share of business for any travel agency,” states Harry Dalgaard, president of Avanti Destinations. He adds, “Our RVP programs give agents another tool to help cement an ongoing relationship with their clients by creating vacations that are unique and more accurately reflect the individual travel interests of each client.”
“A key to success for any travel agent is keeping your seasoned travelers happy and continually stimulated with new travel ideas,” Dalgaard continues. He adds, “We are continually evaluating our unique accommodation offers, looking for new hotels that have a special quality. And we have found a number of new properties in Italy, Spain, France, the Czech Republic and Germany that are real finds.”
Two new castle stays in Europe are featured by Avanti for 2010. In Bavaria, Germany, Avanti provides accommodations at the 4-star Castle Wernberg. Dating back to the 13th century, the castle is a unique and refined place to stay as a base for visits to the beautiful Bavarian countryside. Avanti’s price for 3 days/2 nights is $505. Just one hour from Prague in the Czech Republic is Zbiroh Castle. It was once a 13th-century gothic castle and retains the ambiance of a luxurious Neo-Renaissance mansion. Avanti’s package for a 3 day/2 night Zbiroh Castle stay is perfect for a romantic getaway and includes a wellness program with massages for two people, a candlelight dinner, tavern lunch and more. It is priced from $599.
In Valencia, Spain Avanti offers a new 5-star hotel that was originally two 19th-century palaces. Valencia is located on the Mediterranean and boasts a beautiful harbor that has been designated as the host city for the next Americas Cup yacht race. The Hospes Palau del la Mar is conveniently located within walking distance of Old Town, with its famous architecture, art museums and shopping at the Plaza del Mercado. The hotel has been extensively transformed into a blend of contemporary sophistication and antique elegance. The Avanti luxury package for 3 days/2 nights is from just $275.
Mazan, France is a quaint town in Provence located 40 minutes by car from Avignon. New for Avanti in 2010 is the 4-star family-run Chateau de Mazan. It is an elegant chateau that was painstakingly preserved in 2001. The town of Mazan is enjoyable to explore with its 14th-century buildings, and the location offers a wonderful opportunity to experience the authentic lifestyle of Provence. 3 days/2 nights is priced from $319.
Avanti also offers the ever-popular 5-star Dromoland Castle stay in Ireland, as well as five other castles throughout Ireland. The castle is located just a few miles from Shannon Airport and is one of the finest luxury hotels in Ireland. Avanti’s 3 days/2 nights package is from $819.
Dalgaard comments, “We are always on the lookout for interesting new places to stay and things to do, and our travel consultants provide informed personal service that is acknowledged by travel agents as among the best in the business.” He noted that all of the new and returning unique accommodations are included in Avanti’s comprehensive 2010 full color “Essence of Europe” brochure. For copies, travel agents are invited to visit www.avantidestinations.com/EVWeb/Agent_Brochures.jsp.