Small Group Travel in South America

Llamas at Machu Picchu, Peru_282046022There are two primary ways to travel in South America. One is to be independent, travelling with those you know and love, in a private environment. The other is to travel with a group in a more organized environment.

Travelling with a group has a number of advantages. First, everything is arranged in advance with no worries about planning the details. such as accommodation, sightseeing, where to eat, or what to see. Secondly, you usually travel with like-minded people with whom you may well continue a friendship long after the tour has ended. Thirdly, the group tour escort or guide gives so much local knowledge and insight through the course of your tour, and acts as a great at-hand resource for the group.

Traditionally offering private, FIT-type travel, we at Goway have seen the emerging trend of small group touring. In the face of that demand, and adding to our small group tour roster, we have just launched our “Wonders” series. These trips capture all the top sites of the region, but in a more economical group tour environment.

Featuring a maximum of 16 people, these small group itineraries include tours, transfers, transportation, and accommodation – unless otherwise stated. Not only do they offer great value, these itineraries also have set guaranteed departures, making it easier to sell to your clients.

Reed boat at Lake Titicaca

Reed boat at Lake Titicaca

To celebrate the launch of these itineraries, Goway is offering 20% off on the 9-Day Wonders of Peru, when international and domestic air is booked with us. The 20% offer delivers savings of up to $600US / $720CA per couple. This offer is valid till 12pm – June 30, 2015.

Home to Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, and the culinary mecca of Lima, Peru is at the top of most people’s bucket list for South America. Visitors and their fellow travellers can cross Peru off their list, as they enjoy this small group itinerary – staying in comfortable accommodation, and learning about various sites through knowledgeable English-speaking guides… all at very affordable prices!

Plaza de Armas, Cusco

See our incredible offer: Wonders of Peru – SAVE with 20% Off!
Offer valid until 12pm – June 30, 2015.

Check out all our other Wonders small group itineraries in the series:
Wonders of Argentina
Wonders of Chile
Wonders of Chile and Argentina
Wonders of Ecuador
Wonders of Ecuador and Peru
Wonders of Peru and Iguassu Falls

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Calling All Singles… to Africa!

Woman in Jacuzzi Overlooking the Masai Mara, KenyaGoway’s AFRICAExperts are offering significant savings for single travellers. “Typically, single travellers may pay up to double the twin share rates for vacations,” commented Moira Smith, AFRICAExpert’s General Manager. We recognize the trend for travellers that prefer to travel alone, and so have negotiated excellent deals, whereby singles pay the twin share rate only on select hotels, lodges and tours. That translates into significant savings.

For example, single travellers on our bestselling 14-Day World in One Country tour in South Africa can save up to $700 if they travel on the last Sunday of the month departure. Similarly on our bestselling East African safaris, the single supplement is waived from January to May and November for the 7-Day Essential Tanzania Safari, and January to June for the 8-Day Essential Kenya Safari and the 14-Day East Africa Safari.

Fez, Morocco

Fez, Morocco

On Goway’s flagship Holiday of a Lifetime program, a twin share guarantee is offered. If clients are prepared to share with someone of the same sex, they can save up to $2,500 on the deluxe 12-Day Magic of Africa, the 18-Day Ancient Civilizations, and the newly launched 14-Day Signature Morocco experiences.

Other travel experiences where the single supplement is waived at certain times of the year is at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge in Zimbabwe and South African game lodges such as Sabi Sabi Game Reserve – Bush Lodge.

Accommodation at Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge

Accommodation at Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge

Book Now and SAVE on Select Safaris!
Offer valid on bookings made till 12pm – June 30, 2015.
8-Day Essential Kenya Special – Save up to $500
14-Day East Africa Safari Special – Save up to $1300

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Costa Rica: A Summer Escape Waiting for You!

Arenal Volcano, Costa RicaCosta Rica not only makes for a great destination to escape to in the winter, but the upcoming summer months are a great a time to go as well. Less crowds, no hurricanes, some of the best beaches in the world, as well as a ton of nature and wildlife are all top reasons to travel to Costa Rica in the summer. For those travellers in the Southern U.S., the breeze of the Pacific coast of Costa Rica will provide a good respite from the heat at home. With Goway’s great range of Stay and Pay deals, the Costa Rican summer sun is priced just right.

Add to that the famous Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica’s famous Cloud Forest, as well as time on the beautiful Pacific Coast, our Costa Rica getaway choices make a great summer vacation alternative.

David Dalglish, Goway's Central America Expert

David Dalglish, Goway’s Central America Expert

Want some expert advice on how and why to sell Costa Rica? Hear from David, one of Goway’s many Central American Experts, as he “gives up” some of his tips and tricks on how to sell one of the most popular, affordable, and easy to get to destinations in Central and South America.

Small Geography
You can travel to the vast majority of destinations of interest in Costa Rica from one of two international airports in under 3 hours. It is feasible and really not even that difficult to have breakfast on the Caribbean and dinner on the Pacific, or vice versa.

Because it is small, you can also see plenty in a one-week getaway, such as Arenal, Monteverde, and the beaches of Guanacaste, or Tortuguero, Arenal, and Manuel Antonio.

Costa Rica is the one country in South America where self-drive options are available, and where plenty can be seen.

Poas Volcano

Poas Volcano

Manuel Antonio beach at leisure

Manuel Antonio beach at leisure

Flight Flexibility
With 2 international gateways in such a small country, flexibility is a guarantee when creating an FIT itinerary, with open jaw flights using San Jose (SJO) and Liberia (LIR) as a popular travel option.

Flights options from all major gateways are great, with many short, direct flights.

Language
English is spoken widely, more so in Costa Rica per capita than any other Central American country. This makes for a seamless traveller experience.

Local Guides
The quality level of local guiding in Costa Rica is superb. Tour guides in Costa Rica take pride in their work and have received 4+ years of formal training, making them very professional and knowledgeable individuals. As such, value for money is huge with top-notch guides, with excursions showing off the best of Costa Rica.

Activities
Costa Rica offers their visitors plenty to do. It is like a real-life theme park of fun activities, set in beautiful nature. From beaches and mountains, to rafting and relaxing at a spa, there is something for everyone, including anyone looking for wildlife and birds.

Zip lining at Arenal

Zip lining at Arenal

Safari floating

Safari floating

Climate
Costa Rica is considered a year-round destination. The wet season, from May to October, is amazing and lush. It is warm everywhere, and seeing a tropical rainforest in an afternoon storm is impressive!

Food
Diversity is the word here, as the local cuisine is simple but healthy and delicious. Fresh fish, abundance of fresh fruits, and plenty of juices are just some of the many choices.

Accommodation
From basic and affordable, to high-end luxury, to all-inclusive resorts, any budget or style can be accommodated.

Shhh…
One last tip for agents selling Costa Rica… don’t mention the creepy crawlies.

For more information on Costa Rica, you can contact David at davidd@goway.com, or visit our website at www.goway.com.

Squirrel monkey

Squirrel monkey

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Two For One on a Boutique Cruise in Fiji

Blue Lagoon Fiji Princess - Chairs on Beach, FijiGoway is offering a fantastic new special offer for cruising in Fiji.

For a limited time, travellers to Fiji can book a cruise and take a friend for free, with our Two for One Fijian Cruise special!

This promotion is available for two departures on Blue Lagoon’s small ship cruise (Orchid deck cabin): the four night cruise on 14 Sept’15 and the three night cruise on 13 Nov ’15.

Friendly service on the beach

Friendly service on the beach

Travellers will cruise amongst unspoiled Fijian islands from the southern Mamanuca group of Islands to the northerly islands of the Yasawas, all while visiting remote villages, swimming or snorkeling in some of the most beautiful waters in the world, volleyball, bushwalks, fish feeding, enjoying a huge variety of activities with on-board water toys, or simply relaxing under a palm tree ashore. Imagine the experience of waking up every morning to a new Fijian paradise. This short cruise combines perfectly with a Mamanuca Island resort in Fiji. Cruise includes all meals on board.

Click here for more information about Blue Lagoon Cruises

This special offer is valid until 12pm, June 30th, 2015.

Fiji Princess surrounded by beautiful Fijian waters and beaches

Fiji Princess surrounded by beautiful Fijian waters and beaches

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Special Interest Group: The Active Boomer

Happy Older Couples Walking Together on Beach_150198692Travel is most rewarding when it is done with a purpose, and baby boomers are taking heed and combining their passion for travel with their healthy lifestyle. How many times have you taken a vacation, only to come home and find your clothes fitting a little tighter? You resolute to “get back on the wagon”, depriving yourself of sweets and desserts, etc., and sometimes face an uphill diet battle especially as you get older.

Happy Senior Couple With Helmets Bicycling_143147287Imagine your Baby Boomer clients going on vacation and being able to take their healthy active lifestyle with them! Do they cycle? Why not go on a cycling vacation with a group of their cycling buddies? Are they serious runners? They can sign up for an international marathon with their running group. Do they enjoy walking? Choose one of our Walking Connections vacations. Are they golf nuts? They can join a pro on one of our golf tours. Start planning your group itinerary now for your active clients – young and old alike!

Find your motivated pied piper for this group – maybe a running or cycling store owner/manager. Imagine travelling to South Australia for the Santos Tour Downunder, and cycling the same route as the pros, or your group running in the Falkland Islands Marathon!

Senior Tourist Couple Hiking Beautiful Mountains_200021417How about presenting great walking ideas in Europe, such as Walking La Dolce Vita in Italy, Stepping out in Spain, or even following the Footpaths of Croatia.

The opportunities for active travel are all there, and the ideas are endless!

Let our Sample Groups by Theme page help get you started on planning the perfect itinerary for your active group.

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The Best Value Long Stay Escapes Downunder

Mature couple walking on beach_87739291In the 1990s, Goway introduced the concept of sending North American Snowbirds to Australia. Twenty years later, the program is still as popular as ever and the value cannot be beat! In addition to the original program in Australia, namely the Sunshine State of Queensland, as well as New Zealand, we have expanded the concept to now include the beautiful Cook Islands.

Relax in the Cook Islands

Relax in the Cook Islands

Suggested South Pacific Long Stay Itineraries:
New Zealand:
Bay of Plenty Long Stay

Australia:
Sunshine Coast Long Stay
The Gold Coast Long Stay

Cook Islands:
Cook Islands Long Stay

Gold Coast Beach, Australia

Beaches of Australia’s Gold Coast

Mount Maunganui, Bay of Plenty. New Zealand

Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

Available for 1, 2, or 3 month stays, a Goway Snowbird vacation includes arrival transfers, welcome grocery pack on the Sunshine Coast and in New Zealand, toll-free assistance to Goway’s local office, and accommodation for 28, 56, or 84 nights in a self-catering apartment, located just a short walk to the beach.

Cook Islands long stays feature similar inclusions but also include daily tropical breakfast, early check in on arrival, and late check out on departure – plus bonus offers such as genuine black pearl pendants, car and scooter rental, or restaurant credits depending on the resort.

One of the most popular destinations for our long stay program is the Sunshine Coast. It offers a laid back environment that is relaxed in atmosphere but at the same time has a vibrant feel with numerous activities to explore – allowing clients to be active if that is what they seek, or simply relax and enjoy the sun, the surf, and the sand.

Anywhere called “the Sunshine Coast” sounds appealing to winter-weary northerners. It suggests, as the name implies, lots of sunshine, but do the weather stats back it up? Well it would appear that they do! The average high January through March is 28C/82F and average low is 20C/68F while the relative humidity sits at about 60%. The sun rises about 5am and sets around 7pm, so days are a decent length.

Shopping around the Sunshine Coast

Shopping around the Sunshine Coast

Now that we have established our guarantee that you will not be shoveling snow, what is there to do? The list of activities will not disappoint your clients. They range from golf (more than 26 courses within easy driving range), 70kms/43mi worth of beautiful unspoiled beaches, 52 bushwalking treks and trails (varying degrees of difficulty), local markets with fresh local produce, wineries (10 cellars within the region), pubs, the Australia Zoo, and scenic drives which include three separate designated routes.

These great value packages start at just $3749CAD/$2899USD per person, twin share, based on a 31-day winter escape in February or March, 2016. They include round-trip airfare from Vancouver (CAD) or Los Angeles (USD)*, all taxes, comprehensive insurance (there is no age limit and pre-existing conditions are covered when paid at time of booking), 28 nights’ accommodation in a fully self-contained 1 bedroom apartment, arrival welcome grocery kit (Sunshine Coast long stay and Bay of Plenty long stay), exclusive free discount coupons, round trip airport transfers, 24/7 contact and comfort support from Goway’s own office in Sydney, along with a free option to stop in Fiji.

*Various add-ons are available for various departure cities across the US (add $125 pp for departures from San Francisco or $455 pp from New York or Chicago) and Canada (Calgary add $200 pp, Toronto add $260 pp, Montreal/Ottawa add $300 pp) or please call for other departure cities.

Hinterland hiking, Gold Coast

Hinterland hiking, Gold Coast

Contact one of our destination specialists at 888-469-2944 for more information or visit us at www.goway.com.

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Goway Launches New Vacation Deals to Samoa

Enjoy Water Activites such as Kayaking, SamoaGoway has launched three new vacation packages to beautiful Samoa, a small island country located in the South Pacific, about half way between Hawaii and New Zealand.

Friendly smiles of locals

Friendly smiles of locals

Samoa is home to beautiful beaches, tropical oceans, and warm, friendly people. This is a unique destination, ideal for globetrotters who want to get “off the beaten track” and explore lesser known places with charming, boutique resorts. Samoa also makes a great destination for romance travellers, adventurers, and value-conscious vacationers. We have destination specialists who have travelled to Samoa and are able to offer first hand advice on how to best experience this South Pacific paradise.

Goway is offering a great choice of packages:

Island Explorer with Fiji and Samoa
Featuring both Fiji and Samoa in one trip, this itinerary includes roundtrip airfare from North America with Fiji Airways, 2 nights’ accommodation on the Coral Coast of Fiji with breakfast, and 5 nights’ accommodation in Upolu in Samoa, and all transfers.

Book the Island Explorer and SAVE over $500. Offer valid till 12pm July 30th.

Romantic Samoa
Escape on a relaxing beach vacation, filled with water activities and Samoan hospitality! This package includes roundtrip airfare to Samoa and 7 nights’ accommodation at the first class, adults-only Sinelei Reef Resort, and return transfers.

Upolu and Savaii Explorer
This itinerary takes visitors to both islands in Samoa – Upolu and Savaii. The itinerary includes roundtrip airfare, 3 nights’ accommodation in Upolu, 3 nights’ accommodation in one resort on Savaii Island, 1 night accommodation in Upolu, airport and pier transfers, return ferry ride from Upolu to Savaii, and daily Continental breakfast.

Savaii Island at sunset

Savaii Island at sunset

All packages can be customized to suit any traveller’s needs. Goway Travel can also arrange day excursions in Samoa, extensions, and multi-island visits.

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Travel to Central and South America With Ease

South America Map and PassportsEver wonder which citizens have the most freedom of travel and face minimum visa restrictions? Ever wonder who has the least?

Luckily for North Americans, there are very few visa issues when travelling to Central and South America specifically. Planning that dream getaway to Latin America is easy with our Goway experts.

According to the 2014 Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index, a global ranking of countries based on the freedom of travel for their citizens, showed that Canada and the United States came up at the top of the list of nationalities that have ease of international travel.

The United States, Finland, Sweden, UK, and Germany topped the index, with a score of 174 – indicating the number of countries and territories their nationals can visit without a visa. The higher the number, the better! Denmark and Canada came in at second place with a score of 173, according to the global ranking that was produced in collaboration with IATA.

In case you are wondering who ranks at the bottom of this list, that would be Afghanistan with 94 points, Iraq with 93 points, and tied for last place – Somalia and Pakistan with 92 points.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

All in all, Central and South America is an easy place to travel to from North America. Brazil is the only country that requires a visa from both US and Canada, whereas Bolivia requires a visa only from Americans. Although no visa is required for US and Canadian travellers to Argentina, they are charged a fee for entry, which is valid for the life of your passport.

Heading “south” means limited time zone and jet lag concerns, and add to that, very few visa requirements and relatively short travel times. There is really no excuse not to push Central and South America to the top of the travel list!

So next time you plan to travel with Goway to Central and South America – or even the Polar regions, where visas really aren’t needed, just remember how lucky you are to be living in North America and the comparative ease in which you can travel.

Machu Picchu Peru - Children

Local children in Machu Picchu

With no visas required, and now offering 20% off, why not look at a trip to Peru with our 9-Day Wonders of Peru incl. Airfare. Home to the world famous Machu Picchu and immersed in Incan civilization, Peru is easy, affordable, and breathtaking.
This special offer is valid till 12pm June 30th.

For more ideas on travel to Central and South America, visit us at www.goway.com.

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The Only Flight to Australia That Includes Two Free Nights in Hawaii!

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Fly to Australia with Goway and Hawaiian Airlines and enjoy a Hawaii stopover, where your first two nights are free!

Australia is filled with fresh flavours, welcoming people and beautiful spaces. To experience why there’s nothing like Australia, start in Sydney and Brisbane. Both cities offer excellent access to Australia’s best beaches, cultural experiences, and wildlife.

In Sydney, you can see where Australia started in the historic Rocks area, then go on to explore it’s famous beaches from Bondi to Manly, cruise its harbour, marvel at fabulous city views from Taronga Zoo, and enjoy the vibrant dining and café scene. Venture on to Australia’s oldest wine region – the Hunter Valley, the dolphins in Port Stephens, or the eucalyptus and kangaroo-filled canyons of the Blue Mountains.

Don’t miss the warmth of Brisbane, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. The city combines art and outdoor adventures perfectly. Day trip or stay at the ritzy Gold Coast or laidback Sunshine Coast beaches, tour the shipwrecks and sand dunes of Fraser Island, explore the nearby prehistoric rainforests, and cuddle a koala at Australia Zoo.

Explore package ideas from 3 up to 28 days in both Sydney and Brisbane, or ask your Goway agent for even more ideas to customize your client’s own itinerary.

At Goway, we have been specializing in travel Downunder for 45 years and guarantee a commitment to creating the perfect vacation, plus exemplary service and friendly, expert advice. Fly with award-winning Hawaiian Airlines and enjoy great “Aloha” customer service, an excellent on-time performance, and speedy baggage delivery.

Iconic Waikiki and Leahi on the island of Oahu

Iconic Waikiki and Leahi on the island of Oahu, Hawaii

For a limited time*, fly with Hawaiian Airlines from a selection of US cities to Sydney or Brisbane, and enjoy two free nights in Hawaii at the Luana Waikiki Hotel and Suites. When it comes to serving Hawaii, Hawaiian Airlines is America’s favourite airline. Prices start at just $1299USD to Brisbane or $1399USD to Sydney per person for departures from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, San Diego, Seattle, Portland, and Las Vegas – or add $300 to depart from New York. Your Goway Consultant can help you with connecting fares from other US or Canadian cities to a Hawaiian Airlines gateway city.

*Promotion available for sale from June 8, 2015. Book by June 30th.

For full information on this great deal and for travel ideas to Australia and Hawaii visit www.goway.com/australia.aloha.

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Summertime in Iceland – Where the Sun Always Shines!

Waterfall in Seljalandsfoss, Iceland_165106163For the past 45 years, we at Goway have been sending Globetrotters to some of the world’s most interesting and exotic destinations. Now, to accommodate the increased demand of travel to Iceland, we have recently filled out its offering of travel experiences to the land of fire and ice.

Iceland is nature at its best, and it’s all concentrated in a small country, making it easy to experience in a short amount of time. Featuring millions of birds, thousands of waterfalls, hundreds of hot springs, and 15 active volcanoes, where else can you find all of those things together? Not to mention, you can enjoy the midnight sun in summer and the impressive northern lights in winter.

Most of Iceland’s population speaks English, making it easy to get around, and the local cuisine is fantastic. Iceland is very accessible with Icelandair flights from many major North American gateways. Travellers looking for a destination with unsurpassed natural beauty can’t go wrong booking Iceland in summer time – the long days offer plenty of daylight hours to hike the pristine landscapes, take a four wheel drive over a glacier, or go swimming in a thermal pool.

Horned puffin

Horned puffin

For the 2015 summer season, Goway offers the following itineraries:

Group Itineraries:
9-Day Iceland Complete Coach Tour
9-Day Mountains and Fjords Coach Tour
6-Day Volcanoes and Glaciers Coach Tour
9-Day Fire and Ice – Iceland and Greenland

Self-Drive Itineraries: 
8-Day Iceland Express Self Drive – Summer
5-Day Iceland Golden Circle Self Drive
8-Day Nature’s Power Self Drive

There are also shorter sampler trips as well.

Reykjavik town, harbour and mountains seen from Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral

Reykjavik town, harbour and mountains seen from Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral

Icelandair offers travellers the opportunity to break a flight and stop over in Iceland for up to 7 days while en route to/from Europe. To help plan such travel plans, Goway offers the 3-Day Reykjavik Stopover and 4-Day Reykjavik in Depth.

Lastly, book by 31 August, 2015 and enjoy the Blue Lagoon Tour FREE on any of these air-inclusive vacations:
7-Day Volcanoes and Glaciers
5-Day Reykjavik in Depth – Golden Circle
6-Day Luxury Long Weekend Getaway – Iceland

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