Affordable, Sustainable, Authentic and Fun… guided tours have been updated and adapted to reflect the way we travel today. Like many things they have been given a makeover and Sunway Holidays has some great new options to tempt you away from doing all the work yourself. Coaches have washrooms and Wi-Fi, hotels range from centuries-old castles to historical homesteads and cultural highlights include learning to cook at L ’atelier de chefs in Paris. With the Be My Guest option, you can do diverse things like meeting Muhammad Ali’s brother or have dinner with the family at an olive farm in Seville.
Mary Denton, Sunway CEO, tells that these trips are showing stellar growth (around 44% year on year) and the reasons are many. “Some travellers are looking for the interaction with other like-minded travellers with a more social atmosphere on a longer journey. It is also easier to interact with local people in more informal, authentic settings and experience local crafts and traditions. And you’re able to venture away from the well-trodden trips and experience the kinds of immersive activities that would be unknown to solo travellers” she tells.
Sunway is enjoying repeat business on guided tours too. “Our clients enjoy being able to hand over responsibilities, along with their luggage, to the staff, settle back and that’s it. And they want to do it again” she tells. “About 20% of clients are repeat bookings” she adds.
Transport costs are shared between the group making it more sustainable and also better value. It’s also hassle free travel – no driving so you avoid the wrong side of the road driving too. Sunway supports the decade old, TreadRight Foundation that works at helping people and small businesses in their communities, preserving places and wildlife, and caring for the planet.
Some Sunway trips include –
Best of Eastern Canada (and Montreal)
Depart 2nd October 2020
€2479pp includes saving of €218pp. Tour must be paid in full by 27th February
Experience traditional highlights like Niagara Falls but with a difference – a boat ride on Horseshoe falls is included too. Toronto highlights are included but with an added visit to Kingston, a 17th-century former French trading post and gateway to a Thousand Islands and a dinner river cruise. Canada’s traditional maple syrup can be experienced at a cabana a Sucre (sugar shack) trip. After Quebec, visit Domaine Ives Hill for an exclusive “Be My Guest” lunch at a local farm. Learn how black currants are farmed, picked and processed. Make your own black current tea before lunch of locally sourced ingredients on the farm. Included – 20kg checked baggage, 4 and 5* hotels, transfers, the services of a travel director and VIP entry to most sites.
The Big Apple Niagara and Washington DC
Depart 1st October 2020
As if there is not enough to see in NY, Niagara and Washington, you can also experience the Amish way of life with a visit to Lancaster County where the Amish live and work in an almost exclusive Amish-only town. Its wonderful to travel through upstate NY too – its beautiful nature is in contrast to the architecture of NYC. This tour takes in the must-sees of these cities too from Broadway to the Lincoln Memorial to a cruise at Niagara Falls.
Jewels of Italy
Depart 4th October 2020
This trip to Florence, Pisa, Rome, Verona and Venice is the no-stress way to see Italy, especially when you consider how challenging parking and driving is in Italy. There is an abundance of culture in these cities including classical ruins, Renaissance paintings, Baroque architecture and the tours with well-informed and engaging guides will bring all its beauty to life. Watching master craftsmen at work with leather and glass are also highlights as is a dinner in the Tuscan Hills.