TOURS/PACKAGES

GENERAL DEFINITIONS
 

Tours: Most people picture someone holding a stick that you follow around in a big group.  However, there are ones tailored for a certain service level, specific locations, different focuses, and cater to all sizes of groups. Most of these are guided, but some refer independent travel in a certain region as "a tour".  For example, a tour of Switzerland might be all your hotels, lodging, and activities included, but it all be self guided. 

FIT (Fully Independent Travel): Travellers who prefer no guide.  You can book "independent tours" or packages. 

Packages: Same as above, but always unguided. These can be pieced together from a company and you propose it as a full package. On the other hand, you can piece it together for a more custom trip. 

ABERCROMBIE AND KENT

[global]

Think luxury all the way. 

 

This company offers guided travel in small groups (generally less than 24 people).   It focuses on authentic experiences with local guides and those experiences that will break most people's budget.  

 

They have tours on land, safari's, cruises, and tours via private jet (cap of 48 people).  

Also, this company has trips focuses on who's going.  Solo travel, multi-generational families, and culturally minded groups all have a place here. 

Tours are offered on all 7 continents. [link]

Register: Self register

Commission: 10%

G ADVENTURES

[global][small group][budget]

These guys are the small group experts. 

This company offers guided travel in small groups with a focus on the differing travel styles (family, classic, adventure, culture, 18 to 30 somethings, wellness, etc).  And, it's all offered for a low to moderate budget.  

Check out this company for those not looking to blow their budget on an Abercrombie and Kent trip or for a college kid looking for a budget minded experience. 

Also, their site is a good resource for travel info (restrictions, visas, etc,)

Trips offered on all 7 continents. [link

Register: Contact Jess.Travel Staff

Commission: 10%

GOGO

[budget]

This no frills website offers packages in the USA, Canada, Mexico, and Caribbean.  You can search easily by who's going (family, adults only, pride), level of service (all inclusive, my time), or interest (food and wine, spa and golf, romance).  

 

It's a good place to go for that client that wants an all inclusive to relax or for those bachelorette parties.  

It also has hotels through Europe and South America but it's random and probably not worth your time. [link]

Register: Self register

Commission: 10%

PLEASANT HOLIDAYS

[high commission]

This company puts together packages and allows you a reasonable amount of control in putting together your own package.  

They also offer Norwegian cruises, group travel (ability to book on separate cards and per person), and vacation rentals in popular destinations. 

Also, our commission is one of the highest here, so it's worth a look.  

Locations are not necessarily limited, but there are not a ton of options in each location.  It's like shopping at a Walmart Market vs. the Walmart Superstore.  

A highlight destination/niche is the all inclusive's in the Caribbean and Mexico. [link]

Register: Self register

Commission: 16%

SOUTHWEST VACATIONS

[high commission]

You can access them via VAX. 

They partner with Southwest airlines and offer based on the cities that Southwest flies, including Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. 

They offer commission on their flights also. Plus, they offer no change fees on all packages. 

Destinations include USA, Caribbean, Hawaii, Central America, and Mexico. [link]

Register: Contact Jess.Travel Staff

Commission: 13-15%

AVANTI

[global]

This company offers the ability to piecemeal your very own custom itinerary for your client.  

None of these are guided.  These are perfect for your FIT clients. 

Avanti offers these packages in Europe, Asia, North Africa, Central America, and South America. 

Heads up: they did NOT play well during the coronavirus. [link]

Register: Self register

Commission: 10%

CELTIC

[euro][group or solo][high commision]

This company builds packages and guided tours all around Europe.  

They offer self drive trips, rail trips, and small group as well.  

Budget is mid-range and the level of hotel can generally be customized to suit the budget of each client. 

Europe only. [link]

Register: Self register

Commission: 15%

COLLETTE

[global][budget]

This family owned company offers guided tours only.  

They are mid level in service and accessible to most budgets.  Their focus is not those looking for luxury....more so, getting the most bang for your buck.

Most of their tours are for the ambitious traveler who want to do and see a ton, but needs a little help getting it all done. 

Tours operate in all 7 continents. [link]

Register: Self register

Commission: 10%

JOURNESE

[budget]{high commission]

Same company as Pleasant Holidays with an affinity toward luxury.  [link]

Register: Self register

Commission: 16%

ROADTRIPS.com

[high commission]

This speciality company offers luxury sports travel packages. 

Think of them when you have a client looking to see the Kentucky Derby, Olympics, and anything in between.  

They take care of absolutely everything...and charge for it too. [link]

Register: Contact Jess.Travel Staff

TRAVEL IMPRESSIONS

[global][high commission]

This company portal is available via VAX. 

They offer FIT packages as well as "The Villa Experience", which offers large vacation rentals. 

Of note, the commission here is one of the highest. 

Offers available in all 7 continents. [link]

Register: Contact Jess.Travel staff

Commission: 10%

APPLE VACATIONS

[global][high commission]

You can access them via VAX. 

Their focus is beachside vacation packages. 

Two advantages to their site are that transfers between airport and lodging is always free and that they offer an extraordinary amount of nonstop flights. 

Destinations include USA, Caribbean, Hawaii, Central America, Mexico, Europe (beachside only), and Pacific Isles of Bora Bora, Tahiti, Fiji, and New Zealand. [link]

Register: Contact Jess.Travel Staff

Commission: 13-15%

FUNJET VACATIONS

[high commission]

You can access them via VAX.  

Their focus is beachside vacation packages with a focus on non stop flights and all inclusives...just like Apple Vacations. 

 

However, they also offer destination wedding planning and access to Walt Disney World Resorts as well. 

Destinations include USA, Caribbean, Hawaii, Central America, Mexico, Europe (beachside only), and Pacific Isles of Bora Bora, Tahiti, Fiji, and New Zealand. [link]

Register: Contact Jess.Travel Staff

Commission: 13-15%

EUROPE EXPRESS

[euro][group][solo]

This company offers itinerary creation for both FIT clients and groups over 10 people.  

They have a ton of samples that you can peruse to get an idea of things to do in an area that can be used.  Then, when you have a better idea of exactly what your clients are requesting, you call them and they create a custom full package.  

Europe only. [link]

Register: Self register

Commission: 10%

GATE 1

[budget][not custom]

This company offers discounted packages for your budget minded clients.  But, it also dabbles in a few more luxurious lines. 

Types of trips offered include FIT, river cruises, guided tours, small group tours, and luxury. 

These itineraries are fixed with no room for customization. 

Trips offered everywhere but the Arctic and Antarctica. [link]

Register: Contact Jess.Travel Staff

Commission: 10%

GLOBUS

This company has 3 branches: Globus for guided tours, Monograms for FIT packages, and Avalon Waterways for river cruises. 

 

There is great value to be found with this company as you get a lot for the money and it's very reasonably priced to begin with.  

They tend to focus on a good mix on the highlights in a region as well as some local and authentic experiences mixed in.  

They offer trips everywhere except the Arctic and Antarctica. [link]

Register: Contact Jess.Travel Staff

Commission: 10%

TRAFALGAR

[guided][group][medium budget]

This company specializes in guided tours with a focus on showing you the highlights in an area and then heading out of the way to those off the beaten path experiences. 

 

While all tours are guided, the group size is highly customizable.  You can opt to be in a larger group, a smaller group, or tours can be made private for a family or group.   

Also, tours are separated in interests, specifically singles only, food and wine, and festival or holiday based tours. 

Budget is mid level.

They operate in all 7 continents. [link]

Register: Self register

Commission: 10%

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