Press release

Saga launches long-haul programme of adventure and exploration

Tuesday 22 January 2008

An unforgettable cruise into the Amazon in search of spider monkeys, an adventure tour among the remote hill tribes of Northern Thailand and a trip into one of the world’s most isolated and mysterious nations, Bhutan.

It sounds like a gap year itinerary put together by survival expert Ray Mears. It is, in fact, just some of the many highlights in Saga’s latest long haul brochure for 2008/9, Travellers World.

Saga, the leading operator for the over 50s, has launched the new brochure packed full of exciting new adventure tours and holidays spanning all four corners of the globe.

The programme also includes a range of money saving offers from early booking savings to extra week free deals. While for single holidaymakers, hundreds of hotel stays and tours are included with no single supplement to pay.

New Holidays

Among the holidays included in Travellers World is Into the Amazon, an exciting and unforgettable 11-night* trip revealing the sublime tranquillity of the world’s greatest river and tropical rainforest. The trip includes a seven night cruise along the Amazon onboard Manatee Explorer, on which passengers visit the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve and meet an indigenous Huaorani Indian community. There will be ample opportunity to spot wildlife including spider monkeys, scarlet macaw, caiman alligators and the Amazon River dolphin on daily rainforest walks and on canoe trips. The final three nights of the adventure will be spent enjoying the Ecuadorian capital Quito. Prices for the holiday begin from 1799 per person, including return scheduled flights, insurance and cancellation cover, the services of a Saga tour manager, and much more.

Saga’s new Hilltribe and Jungle Adventure immerses its guests in traditional Thai culture on an 11-night* adventure tour of many of Thailand’s hidden delights. Beginning in Bangkok the first part of this tour gives passengers an opportunity to learn about the country’s history, take a trip over the infamous bridge over the river Kwai and visit the intriguing hilltribes in the far north near Chiang Rai. The final stages of the trip provide a unique jungle adventure, staying in the first luxury tented camp in Thailand – the Elephant Hills Tented Camp in Khao Sok, where passengers take a canoe trip through the national park and have the opportunity to learn about the amazing elephants and their mahouts as well as trekking on them through the jungle. Prices start from 1599 per person, including return scheduled flights, insurance and cancellation cover, services of a Saga tour manager and much more.

Introducing Saga’s own hotel in St Lucia

Also included in the new brochure is a stay in the first Saga owned overseas hotel, the Bel Jou in St Lucia, a charming small and friendly hotel with stunning views over the capital Castiries and the Caribbean sea. Nestled on the hillside above the town of Castries, the 52-bedroom colonial-style hotel has undergone a major refurbishment to transform it into a four star property. Formerly known as the Cara Suites, the Bel Jou opens in February 2008, with prices starting from 1099 per person for an eight night* stay. The price includes full board, return scheduled flights, insurance and cancellation cover and much more. Special interest departures such as jazz, gardens and wildlife are also available.

For those looking to experience a taste of something truly different, the Kingdoms of the Himalaya tour is an absolute must. This once in a life-time tour combines visits to India and Nepal with a rare opportunity to visit mysterious Bhutan, where tourism is regulated to preserve the traditional culture. Highlights of this trip include a city tour of Kolkata, a visit to ancient Bhaktapur in Kathmandu, views of the stunning snow-capped Himalayas and visits to ancient Buddhist temples. Prices for this 11-night* tour start from 1899 and include return scheduled flights, insurance and cancellation cover, all breakfasts, five lunches and all dinners, several excursions and much more.

The Saga Charitable Trust

Many of the holidays included in Travellers World also feature the opportunity to visit projects supported by the Saga Charitable Trust, which benefits underprivileged communities at destinations in developing countries that host Saga holidaymakers, such as South Africa, Nepal, Peru, Thailand and India. The SCT’s policy is not simply to donate money, but to invest in sustainable projects that empower and support local communities as well as offer increased opportunities for them to benefit from tourism.

Saga’s UK Travel Service

All of Saga’s long haul tours include free UK travel, this is a choice of either; door-to-door chauffeur car service between your home and international airport if you live within 75 miles of the airport, included airport car parking, included domestic flights or included travel by coach.

For further details on Saga’s Travellers World programme please call 0800 056 5880 or visit www.saga.co.uk/travelshop

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* includes one night aboard aircraft

  • All prices quoted are subject to availability and are the lowest available at time of going to press

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