Thursday, November 26, 2009


For the discerning traveller looking for that ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ experience, Academy Travel, specialist in small group cultural tours, have included five new tours to Europe, Gulf States and Indochina in their 2010 programme launched today.

The 20-day Barcelona to Nimes tour is offered for the first time in 2010 and focuses on the vibrant medieval heritage of Spain and southern France with visits to UNESCO sites and extended stays in Barcelona, Girona and Narbonne and Paris in France.

Dr. Milton Osborne, a historian with over five decades of experience in the Mekong Basin, will lead the 14-day Royal Cities of IndoChina tour. This itinerary will cover visits to three UNESCO world-heritage sites including the famous Angkor Wat in northern Cambodia.

The Grand Tour of France, a 19-day tour departing on 30 September 2010, travels through some of France’s most beautiful and historic regions, taking in medieval towns, Roman ruins, vineyards and stays in historic chateaus.

Academy Travel is gradually expanding their range of tours to the Middle East with a new Oman and the Gulf States itinerary. This 18- day tour begins on the on the southern shores of the Persian Gulf, travelling along the coastline from Abu Dhabi through a number of small emirates. Included is Oman, whose many charms include the city of Muscat, an entrepĂ´t of Arab, Portuguese and Turkish influences. The tour is led by Dr John Tidmarsh who has lectured and led tours to Turkey, Iran and the Gulf States.

Academy Travel director Robert Veel says the confidence of Australian travelers has returned and many people are eager to travel while the dollar is strong against international currencies.

“People that postponed travel last year due to the economic downturn are now booking long haul trips to Europe, the Middle East and also parts of Asia to capitalise on the strong Australian dollar,” Robert said.

“Tours offering good value and a more in-depth experience are proving most popular and we have ensured Academy Travel tours are led by academics or experts in their field of study and groups are a maximum of 20 people so personal attention is assured.”

Even before departure, Academy Travel makes learning about the destination easy with online resources including links to relevant websites, maps, historical summaries and suggested reading materials. All tours are led by academics who specialise in the particular theme of the tour and Academy Travel clients enjoy not only seeing extraordinary sites but also taking home a thorough understanding of their significance.

Academy Travel’s packages include airfares, accommodation, all breakfasts, several lunches and dinners, transport by private air-conditioned coach, all entrance fees and tips for local guides, as well as regular briefings and background reading materials from the expert guides.

Pricing for the new 2010 tours:
Tour Prices (land only)

Barcelona to Nimes $7,200 per person twin share.

Royal Cities of IndoChina $4,300 per person twin share.

Grand Tour of France $7,200 per person twin share.

Oman and the Gulf States $7,200 per person twin share.

To view the full itinerary or book a tour visit Academy Travel’s website at

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