LITTLETON, Colo., July 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- From romantic Rio de Janeiro to the intriguing Amazon Jungle; from mysterious Machu Picchu and the awe-inspiring Galapagos Islands to the scenic beauty of Costa Rica, it's not surprising that South & Central America tours and independent packages continue to witness double-digit growth for the Globus family, year-over-year.
To capitalize on all that Latin America has to offer, in 2014, Globus is unveiling nine (9) 8- to 16-day tours, including a NEW! 13-day Cruising Costa Rica, Panama & Colombia cruise and two, 9-day people-to-people programs in Cuba: Undiscovered Cuba and Cuba's Charming Colonial Cities & Havana.
In addition to these new itineraries, Globus will be featuring new, off-the-beaten path destinations as pre- and post-extension options. NEW destinations in Peru include Arequipa and Colca Canyon, home to one of the deepest canyons in the world; and Chiclayo and Trujillo, where recent archaeological discoveries uncovered intact tombs inside adobe pyramids. In Chile, travelers can embark on a three-night Chilean Fjords cruise to reach the end of the world and some of the most isolated, unexplored regions of the world.
In addition, Monograms—the independent package brand of the Globus family—is unveiling nearly 20 vacations to South America, including four (4) NEW! Itineraries: 6-day Brazil Highlights, 6-day Colors of Guatemala, 8-day Cruising the Galapagos on Board the La Pinta and 9-day In the Footsteps of Darwin on the Santa Cruz & Isabela Islands.
"Boasting some of the world's best cuisine, intriguing history and exploration, South America is one of the hottest destinations in the world right now," said Scott Nisbet, president and CEO of the Globus family of brands. "To ensure our travelers experience all this amazing continent has to offer, we're not only providing them VIP access to the must-see sites, we're maximizing their cultural access."
On Globus' popular 8-day Peru Splendors vacation, for instance, travelers will experience the best of Peru, including visiting a local Peruvian food market in Lima; taking-in all that the Sacred Valley has to offer, such as ancient Incan ruin exploration, a visit to a local home and taking part in a Mother Earth ceremony; riding a train through the Urubamba Valley before spending two days in Machu Picchu and visiting the Santo Domingo Monastery in Cusco.
And on the company's NEW! 13-day Cruising Costa Rica, Panama & Colombia cruise, travelers will enjoy a 7-night cruise aboard the Variety Voyager visiting such interesting destinations as Quepos, Corcovado, Golfito, Granito de Ora, Coiba, the Panama Canal, San Blas Islands and Cartagena (a NEW destination for Globus). Included experiences range from taking a dip in the famous Tabacon Hot Springs (a Local Favorite) and exploring the Arenal Hanging Bridges to taking a horse-drawn carriage ride through the colonial city of Cartagena (a Local Favorite) and meeting Kuna Indians in the San Blas Islands. Travelers can also choose to extend this vacation by starting in Tortuguero National Park.
Earlier this year, Globus also announced two NEW itineraries to Cuba. Some examples of people-to-people activities included on these unique new itineraries are:
- Visiting a tobacco farm to meet the owner and his family, while learning about the process of growing and drying tobacco and enjoying coffee and treats in the farmer's home.
- Enjoying a jazz performance at the famous La Zorra y el Cuervo Jazz Club and then meeting with the musicians to discover and share the importance of music in everyone's lives.
- Having dinner at a family-owned paladar and over dessert, discussing with the owner and staff the free-enterprise system in Cuba and the U.S.
- Venturing through Camaguey's Plaza del Carmen and admiring the sculptures of Martha Jimenez, the artist who lives, creates and teaches on that plaza, before visiting her home and studio to discuss the inspirations for her work and their importance to the community
- Interacting with the children and nuns who run the program at a local daycare center.
EARLY BOOKING INCENTIVES: Those booking early, can receive up to $600 in air credits (per couple) on 2014 South & Central America tours. For details, click here.
OTHER GLOBUS SOUTH AMERICA & CUBA TOUR PACKAGES:
- 12-day Legacy of the Incas
- 9-day South America Escape
- 16-day South American Odyssey
- 15-day Spirit of South America
- 9-day Natural Wonders of Costa Rica
ABOUT THE GLOBUS FAMILY OF BRANDS
Littleton, Colorado-based Group Voyagers, Inc. is the privately held company that markets and sells the Globus family of brands within the United States. Globus, Cosmos, Monograms and Avalon Waterways offer travelers unparalleled tour, independent travel package, river- and small-ship cruise options. Considered the world's largest tour operator, with more than 80 years of international travel experience, the Globus family of brands is dedicated to enriching the lives of travelers by turning foreign destinations into familiar harbors, where the expense of travel is forgotten and replaced by personal value. The Globus family of brands is a Bronze Certification member of Sustainable Travel International (STI). Consumers can book a Globus family of brands vacation or request brochures by visiting a preferred travel agent or by calling the following toll free number: 1.866.313.2855. For more information, please visit www.globusfamily.com. Travel agents can request brochures by calling toll free 1.800.221.0090 or visiting www.globusfamilypartner.com.
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