Trafalgar reveals its 2016 Asia programme offering a collection of guided holidays that take guests even deeper into Asia to experience the rich diversity of Japan, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Singapore, and for the first time ever, will see the global guided holiday leader expand into Myanmar.
The new programme offers more than 55 Insider Experiences including five #TrafalgarCares projects that promote sustainability in each of the regions and give back to the local communities; six exclusive Be My Guest dining experiences taking guests into the homes and rural villages of local people; and four unique Authentic Accommodation stays like staying in a traditional Japanese Ryokan in Kotohira or the De Naga hotel in Chiang Mai renowned for its Lanna style architecture.
Matthew Cameron-Smith, Managing Director, Trafalgar Australia says, “Asia continues to be a standout destination for Trafalgar with strong demand from past guests and those experiencing a guided holiday for the first time. We’ve identified Myanmar as an emerging destination of interest for Australian travellers, particularly those seeking an in-depth and a new cultural experience in Asia. Therefore we’re excited to launch Trafalgar’s new itinerary Secrets of Myanmar and the 2016 programme which will focus on offering a deeper and more enriching ‘off the beaten path’ holiday for guests.”
“We’ve continued to put a large emphasis on training our Travel Directors and making sure that the product we offer on the ground creates a truly authentic and memorable experience for our guests, without the hassle. We’ve hand-picked the best accommodation and quality transport while keeping group sizes to a maximum of 26 travellers on each holiday to ensure our guests have access to an even deeper side of Asia with ease,” says Cameron-Smith.
Trafalgar’s new 11-day Secrets of Myanmar guided holiday will journey through Yangon, Bagan, Inle Lake, Mandalay and Monywa offering guests an array of Insider Experiences including a special Be My Guest dining experience with a local family inside their home at Bu Paya Pagoda. Other itinerary highlights include a hands-on cooking class at Inle Lake with a Local Specialist where guests prepare traditional Burmese dishes using fresh vegetables from the organic herb garden and a visit to the local markets for a Cultural Insight into the life of the ethnic Pa-O, Danu and Intha people. Priced from $4875 per person – twin share, savings of up to $434 per person are available when clients book by 30 September, 2015.
Additional Insider Experiences new to the 2016 Asia programme include:
- Learning the methods of traditional washi paper in Gokayama, Japan. Guests will visit a small family-owned washi paper making business where they’ll observe one of the family members making the traditional paper and attempt to make their own. The family will also share with guests stories about their methods passed down from generations.
- Visiting a local primary school in Xi’an, China. Guests will visit a small school of approximately 96 pupils and eight teachers funded mainly by the county government and some social enterprises. One of the teachers will show guests around the school where they’ll have the opportunity to interact with the kids. As part of the #TrafalgarCares initiative, Trafalgar donates much needed supplies such as exercise books and pens to the school.
- Staying in a traditional Japanese ryokan in Kotohira, Japan. Spending a night at this Authentic Accommodation, guests will experience the best of both worlds – Japanese style rooms with the added comfort of western style beds. They also are able to take advantage of the hot spring baths situated in the Ryokan.
Clients can save up to 10% across Trafalgar’s 2016 Asia programme with Early Payment Discounts of up to $823 per person available when they book and pay in full before 30 September, 2015. Frequent Traveller discounts of 5% per person (land only) are also available for travellers who have previously travelled with The Travel Corporation’s family of brands.