Hot European Travel Deals!

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Here, we’ve got some #WanderlustWednesday deals to get you excited about travel.

River cruising is becoming an even more popular way to see the world, and Europe in particular. With great rivers like the Danube, the Rhone, the Rhine and more, there are plenty of routes to take from one beautiful and historic European capital to the next. Even better, you only have to unpack once – yet you get to visit many destinations. We couldn’t resist sharing three wallet-friendly ways to get your cruise on.

These offers come via the award-winning Uniworld River Cruises. The first offer, “Cruise & Air Savings”, will allow guests to save from $4,000 to $5,000 when booking Business Class air, or from $2,000 to $3,000 when booking Economy Class. Canadians can choose from 14 European itineraries with departures ranging from March through August 2016. Bonus alert! Check with your sailing, as the company is now offering new in-suite Butler service for all suites on board company-owned ships in Europe in 2016, as well as airport transfers and on-board Wi-Fi, included in fares.

If you’re thinking of taking the path less traveled, “Timeless Wonders of Vietnam & Cambodia” with departures from December 30, 2015 through March 2016 also features the same offer.

And, then, there’s Italy, one of the most sought-after bucketlist destinations on the planet. If you’re flexible on your dates of departure, you can take advantage of even more savings. Whether it’s your first time experiencing Italy’s La Dolce Vita, or just can’t get enough of this perennial hot spot, Uniworld is offering up the opportunity to receive free economy air on April and select May 2016 all-inclusive “Splendours of Italy” departures. If you’re a fan of art history and the Renaissance, the tour allows for exploring Venice and its surrounding countryside by ship on the River Po, with coach transfers to Florence and Rome.

Of course, there’s always the fine print: These deals are on a limited time offer. Travellers must book and pay for their cruise or cruise/tour and air in full at time of booking before October 31, 2015.

By Coach and High-Speed Train: Viva Italia!

“Our clients tell us they are drawn to Italy for its history, scenery and art – and of course the food,” says Globus tours’ managing director for Canada, Stéphanie Bishop. “It’s hard not to have your breath taken away when you first see the Colosseum or Venice’s Grand Canal.”

If you prefer to stay on dry land, Globus has come up with their own unpack once program: Globus is unveiling a new 7-day Splendors of Italy tour that makes unpacking easy on travellers who will spend six nights in Milan while they enjoy leisurely day trips to classic cities such as Venice, Turin and Florence via high-speed train. Travellers can also add three days in Rome at the end of their tour with Monograms, a sister company which specializes in independent travel packages.

Photo by Martha Chapman Photo by Martha Chapman

BIG DEAL: Travellers booking their Globus 2016 Italy vacation before December 1 this year will SAVE 10 per cent – up to $926 per couple.  Cosmos travellers will receive a $50 discount when booking by October 27 this year.

Savvy Traveller Spotlight:

Cosmos – the value-priced sister brand to Globus – has also unveiled an escorted Italy tour for as little as $999 (excluding airfare) giving Canadians the best value available. The new 10 day Sicily Discovery features visits to Sorrento, Taormina, Piazza Armerina, Agrigento, Selinunte, and Palermo with excursions to Erice, Trapani and Marsala.

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