Travel Agent Tip Sheet: Popular Trips for 2009
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Travel Agent Tip Sheet: Popular Trips for 2009

Serge Bloch
Our A-List experts share the trips on their radar.

Train Travel

“Traveling by train is an amazing way to see the hinterland of a destination, without
having to stay there,” says Diane Hilliard. And more remote areas are now accessible via
luxury trains. Coober Pedy, the Australian outback mining town, is reached by Great Southern Rail,
which has inaugurated first-class service. Other trips include the Red Arrow from St. Petersburg to
Moscow; Kenya’s “Iron Snake of Africa” from Mombasa to Nairobi, through Tsavo
National Park; and seeing the Canadian Rockies from one of Royal Canadian Pacific’s
beautifully restored 1920’s sleeper cars.

Multigenerational Vacations

“Grandparents are traveling with their adult children and grandchildren,”
super-agent Mary Ann Ramsey says. Pallavi Shah concurs: her clients want to be together in
“offbeat, meaningful” destinations such as Africa; villa rentals in southern Europe
(Tuscany and Provence) and farther afield (Greece and Turkey) are also popular. Barbara Gallay believes that travelers are willing to make a certain investment in these trips despite the
economic downturn: “Families still really want to create these once-in-alifetime
experiences.”

River Cruising

The Oberoi’s new ship on the Nile, along with Viking River Cruises’ two Nile
itineraries aboard the Royal Lotus and the Prince Abbas, account for a spike in Nile cruising, says
Ruth Turpin, who is also seeing increased interest in travel between Moscow and St. Petersburg via
a Volga River cruise. Betsy Patton says, “It’s all about the Rhine, the Main, and the
Danube, on Tauck’s new river cruise boats.”

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