Great Alternatives to The Ubiquitous All Inclusive Vacation

All inclusive vacations, including mega-cruises, have become so popular that they dominate the travel industry. The idea is so good that the concept has found its way to other areas of the travel spectrum. Here’s some different experiences for people who want to be a bit more active than bellying up to the buffet line but still not break the bank.

Small Ship, Sea and River Cruises – all seasons from the sunny Med to Galapagos and even the Amazon. Example: One week packages can be as low as CAD $2207 (on sale) for Burgundy River Cruise with breakfasts daily, 3 lunches and dinners plus all on board wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages. Galapagos or Adriatic similar pricing.

Walking, Cycling, Paddling, Hiking – active holidays can be from easy or strenuous, they can be lodge based with daily excursions returning each night, self guided with luggage transferred separately, guided with or without a group. For example semi-guided Greek Islands easy walking with 7 nights accommodation with all breakfasts, 6 lunches and dinners with drinks approx $1300 CAD (priced locally in Euros).

Alternate Accommodations: Ecolodges and Agriturismos – have regular planned outings, learn, take part in citizen science, learn about the natural world and cultures. These are small facilities but immensely satisfying for physically mild active people also wanting a little mental activity. They can be focused on wildlife watching, birding, and photography, but also on culture, food and people. A couple of examples are week long trips in Italy at agriturismos (Amalfi Coast, Tuscany) with all breakfasts, 5 dinners, touring, hiking or walking excursions, cooking lessons, accommodation from about $1640 CAD. Similar pricing can be had in Cost Rica and Peru.

These are actual programs but you may never see them advertised. I often work directly with local suppliers and cut out the so called middle man. Please contact me to get some further info or let’s just chat about what you thinking of.

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