Small Group Travel in South Africa

Two Couples on Jeep Safari, South AfricaGoway Travel has expanded our small group touring ideas within South Africa. We have a variety of itineraries on offer which range from moderate to deluxe accommodation, include most meals and activities, and are led by local professional guides who are experienced and passionate about the areas visited.

The 17-Day South Africa Sampler is takes in the highlights of South Africa as well as Swaziland.

Special Offer:
SAVE $300 per person – offer expires December 31, 2015

The 16-Day World in one Country remains one of our best-selling touring experiences of South Africa. Limited to a maximum of 14 passengers per vehicle, it offers weekly departures throughout the year. For single travellers, the supplement for a single room is waived on the last Sunday of every month for the first 2 bookings.

Special Offer:
SAVE up to $650 per personoffer expires December 31, 2015

Starting in Cape Town, the 15-Day Spectacular South Africa, is a comprehensive journey staying at exclusively-selected boutique properties aimed at the more discerning traveller. Guest numbers are limited to seven in a luxury vehicle to maintain high levels of intimate comfort.

Special Offer:
Special Value Add-Ons – offer expires December 15, 2015

For those with limited time, or as an extension to a Cape Town city stay, the 4-Day Magnificent Garden Route runs between the astoundingly beautiful stretch of coastline know as the Garden Route, from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth – known as South Africa’s own Garden of Eden.

Sunset Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town at sunset

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Top 4 Group Experiences in Australia

Lady Elliot Great Barrier Reef, AustraliaAustralia is a country like no other. It is not a destination where one visits on a whim or for a quick getaway. It is a far off land filled with natural wonders and a fascinating mix of ancient and modern cultures.

It is a land of opposites – vibrant, cosmopolitan cities as well as rough and tough Outback towns; of sophisticated city dwellers and of timeless Aborigines moving to the ebb and flow of the seasons; of dry, inhospitable deserts to lush rainforests and endless stretches of white, sandy beaches. The best group itineraries are ones that incorporate all the elements that make the Lands Downunder so unique: Aboriginal culture, unique wildlife, fascinating natural landscapes, and iconic, world class cities.

Recommended by our experienced Groups Division, here are some of our most popular group activities that are sure to make your clients truly experience the “wonders Downunder” on their Australia vacation.


Cave Hill Safari – Ayers Rock
Relax and enjoy the 4WD trip deep into the desert of the Pitjantjatjara lands of central Australia. En route we will pass the formidable Mt Conner, the third largest monolith of the Red Centre, where we will meet our Anangu host. The Anangu are the traditional owners of Cave Hill – site of the Seven Sisters Tjukurpa, and are responsible for maintaining the chapter of the Songline lying within the boundaries of their traditional homeland.

Here we will discover magnificent cave paintings at possibly the most significant Aboriginal art site in central Australia. Take time to walk to the top of Cave Hill and admire the 360-degree panorama of the surrounding countryside, including Uluru and the Musgrave Ranges. Our guide will provide heartfelt commentary about Tjukurpa and the Songlines and we will gain a deeper understanding of their relevance to Anangu life. We will also learn about traditional food gathering and the preparation of desert bush tucker delights. Overall, it’s a fascinating day of cultural discovery in Outback Australia.

Ayers Rock Uluru Northern Territory Australia

Ayers Rock


Echidna Safaris Savannah Walkabout – Melbourne
Enjoy our Kangaroos and Koalas in the Wild tour! This naturalist guided, small group tour gives you quality time to see wildlife and enjoy the wide open spaces of Australia. Watch the natural behaviour of wild kangaroos, koalas, and abundant bird life. Get involved in koala research with your naturalist guide. A delicious bush lunch is included.

Walk among large, free ranging “mobs” (groups) of wild kangaroos. Spot emus, cockatoos, and other unique Australian wildlife on the grasslands, in the bush, and around the billabongs of Melbourne‘s western plains.

Visit an open forest in a national park that is home to a large and healthy population of wild koalas. The Koalas Research Project ensures that on most days you’ll have multiple sightings of these delightful creatures.

Within easy reach from Melbourne’s city centre, these environments provide the perfect introduction to Australia’s unique wildlife and indigenous culture. The area you walk through is of great significance to the local Aboriginal people of the Wathaurong Tribe. Freshwater lakes and billabongs nearby provided a rich food source for them, and some signs of their occupation still remain. Your guide will share their knowledge with you.

You will be provided with a picnic lunch, served in an open-air setting at the sanctuary, which includes fruit and cakes, coffee, and delicious Australian “Billy tea”.

Expert Nature Guides: You will be guided on this journey by friendly, experienced, and knowledgeable nature guides. Many hours of research work precede this tour, ensuring that you see and learn about native wildlife in its natural environment. Guides carry two-way radios which link them to the office and to emergency services.

Easy Walking: Although this tour is vehicle based, most of the day is spent on a number of easy, flat terrain bush walks so that you can get close to nature. Passengers must be able to walk unassisted at least 500m on uneven dirt surfaces. There may be up to 5 walks during the tour.

Sample Group Itinerary:
Australia Naturist Tour

Koala Juvenile on Branch, Australia

Juvenile koala sitting on branch


Great Barrier Reef and Green Island – Cairns
A fast, 45 minute catamaran ride will take you to beautiful Green Island to enjoy two hours on this unique reef and rainforest coral cay. Take a leisurely stroll around the atoll, go snorkelling, or just laze on the beach or around the pool at the island’s resort. After a visit, your day of adventure and discovery continues as your “cat” heads out to the spacious activity platform moored on the majestic Outer Great Barrier Reef.

All the features of the Great Barrier Reef adventure with the additional inclusion of a two hour stopover to explore beautiful Green Island. Snorkelling equipment is included at Green Island and the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Return air-conditioned fast catamaran cruise
  • Morning tea and coffee served until departure from Cairns
  • Morning tea cake selection
  • Two (2) hours on Green Island
  • Three (3) hours at Outer Reef platform
  • Snorkelling equipment included at Green Island and outer reef platform
  • Use of buoyancy vests at the pontoon
  • Reef education presentation
  • Hot and cold buffet lunch
  • Semi-submersible coral reef viewing tour
  • Underwater Observatory
  • Guided Eco Reef Talk in the underwater observatory

Afternoon tea and coffee available while at the platform, cheese and biscuits on return journey.

Sample Group Itinerary:
Rejuvenate Mind, Body & Soul in Australia

Outer Barrier Reef Aerial, Australia

Aerial view of the Outer Barrier Reef


World Class City – Sydney
Sydney is one of the world’s great metropolitan, multicultural cities, but the ambience and vibe of the city is all Aussie! From its convict origins as the first European settlement in Australia to its modern day skyline of skyscrapers and skyrails, the iconic landmarks of the Sydney Opera House, the harbour, and the beaches continue to attract millions of visitors each year. There is so much or so little to do: take a coffee or dinner cruise on the harbour, spend the day at Taronga Zoo, go surfing at Bondi Beach, visit a museum or art gallery, enjoy guided walks through the laneways of the historic Rocks area, or “shop till you drop” in all the stores and boutiques in the downtown core and Darling Harbour.

Sample Group Itinerary:
Australia: A Journey of Contrasts

Sydney Harbour, Australia

Sydney Harbour, Australia

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Costa Rica: The Ideal Destination for March/Spring Break

Arenal Volcano, Costa RicaAlready have your December holidays filled up? Not to worry.

Costa Rica not only makes for a great destination to escape to over the holiday season, but also it attracts many visitors around the Spring Break and March break period every year.

It’s a safe country with no hurricanes, some of the best beaches in the world, as well a ton of nature to explore and wildlife to encounter. Plus, March is dry season, which means great tropical weather to boot!

Here we summarize our top tips and tricks on how to sell one of the most popular, affordable, and easy to get to exotic destinations.

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.

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.

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

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!

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.

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

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

Special Offer for March/Spring Break:
Goway is offering a dedicated March Break departure with guaranteed hotel space, arriving in Costa Rica on March 12th and one also for March 30th.

8-Day March Break Costa Rica – from $1445US / $1585CA

Remember to present this to your clients – with confirmed space, it’s an easy sell and makes for a great destination for March Break.

For more information on Costa Rica, visit our website at

Squirrel monkey

Squirrel monkey

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Goway and Australian Pacific Tours Release NEW Brochure for 2016-17

APT Brochure Cover 2016-17We’re pleased to launch our 2016/17 New Zealand and Australia Escorted Touring brochure in conjunction with Australian Pacific Tours. This great brochure features both Premier Luxury Escorted Vacations and Value Plus Escorted Vacations in Australia and New Zealand plus Wilderness Adventures in Australia. This brochure has become the go-to catalog for North American agents planning escorted coach touring for their clients.

Highlights for the upcoming 16-17 season include:

Early Bird Savings. Save up to $800 USD or $1000 CAD per couple by booking and paying a deposit by 31 Mar ‘16

A great range of Super Deals. All Australia and New Zealand tours may be paid in full in advance and receive the following discounts:
– Save 10% if paid in full 12 months prior to departure date
– Save 7.5% if paid in full 10 months prior to departure date
– Save  5% if paid in full 6 months prior to departure date

Freedom of Choice Sightseeing: Clients can select from a choice of touring options at no extra cost

Freedom of Choice Dining: In select locations your clients can choose from a range of great restaurants to dine

Plus, for a limited time save 10% on all USD pricing for tours departing prior to 31 Mar ’16 – this great deal must be booked and paid before 31 Dec ‘15.

GC_Australia_Victoria_Melbourne_Tour Director with Two Passengers_APT_IMG_7191_LRTo make a booking or request your new brochure copy, visit Goway’s website at or call toll-free 888-469-2944.

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5 Selling Tips to Help You Book the Perfect Trip to Fiji

Relaxing Poolside at Tropica Island Resort, FijiFiji is a relatively small country, but has a wide range of accommodation options to choose from and it can be easy for you and your client to become overwhelmed with choice!

Goway Travel’s team of IslandsEscapes experts, who have experienced the destination first-hand, can help you plan the perfect vacation for your client.

Here are our top 5 tips to get you started for booking that perfect Fiji vacation:

1. Book a stay in a “Bure”. At select properties, the lead-in room category is a resort room. We highly recommend you upgrade your clients to stay in a “Bure”, a freestanding Fijian-style bungalow, which features a traditional design and a thatched roof, along with modern deluxe amenities. We love the Beachfront Pool Bure at Tokoriki Island Resort, which is 60 square metres in size and comes with a private plunge pool.

Tokoriki Island Resort - Beachfront Pool Bure, Fiji

Beachfront bure and pool at Tokoriki Island Resort

2. Special Touches. Consider offering your clients some special upgrade ideas, including recommending Business Class on Fiji Airways. You can pre-book your clients a pass to the Essence of Fiji Rejuvenation Centre, five minutes from Nadi Airport, or a scenic seaplane transfer to their resort, which is especially nice for those short on time. Always ensure you advise Goway if your clients are celebrating a special occasion, such as an anniversary, birthday or honeymoon, as most resorts will offer their guests something complimentary.

3. Stay Longer in One Resort to Save. Most resorts incentivize travellers for spending 6 or 7 days in their property, by offering free nights. For example, Qamea Resort and Spa has a year-round, “Stay 7 Nights, Pay for Only 5 Nights” special. The best promotions are typically for travel from November 1 to March 31, as this is Fiji’s slightly more wet and humid season (but still a great time to go).

Suggested Offer:

Incredible Value Fiji Vacation – Book by December 15, 2015

4. Pre-Purchasing Meals Can Be Great Value. Many resorts in Fiji offer you a meal plan which you can purchase at item of your reservation (and pay in your local currency). This makes your trip hassle-free as you don’t need to stress about spending money, and can often be good value. Some resorts even have special promotions, such as Castaway Resort, which is offers a free meal deal.

Fresh Fijian Seafood, Fiji

Enjoy fresh Fijian seafood

5. Book Honeymoon Clients in an Adults-Only Resort. Adults-only properties, such as Lomani Island Resort, Tokoriki Island Resort, Royal Davui, and Tropica Island Resort, will ensure your clients have the ultimate romantic honeymoon, and offer some of the best amenities.

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Deep Discounts Offered on Our East African Safari’s Last Hurrah

Giraffe in the Serengeti, Tanzania

Giraffe in the Serengeti, Tanzania

Goway bids farewell to one of its most popular 2015 Africa safari tours, with hefty savings on its last departure!

We at Goway are lifting the lid on nature at its wildest, with just one departure remaining on our 14-Day East Africa Safari – one of our most popular East Africa safari tours. As a last “hurrah”, book your clients by November 30th on this last departure and they will save up to $1300 per person.

Starting in Kenya, passengers will journey north from Nairobi to some of the country’s less famous, but no less, stunning national reserves – Samburu and Buffalo Springs. The itinerary then takes them to Mount Kenya National Park and Lake Elementaita, part of the Great Rift Valley, known for its abundant bird life. Nowhere is this more visible than at Lake Nakuru, where vast numbers of flamingos flock to the shore alongside warthogs, baboons, and rhinos.

Game viewing in Masai, Kenya

Game viewing in Masai, Kenya

On to the famous Masai Mara, one of the few game reserves in Africa, that preserve a traditional African culture – the Masai people – alongside spectacular wildlife viewing. It’s also known for flowing across the border into the Serengeti, one of Tanzania’s most famous national parks. Over 70 different species of large mammal inhabit this vast area, well known for the annual migration, but it’s a wonderful trip for wildlife lovers at any time of year.

Almost as diverse is the Ngorongoro Crater, which protects over 25,000 large animals, as well as archaeological sites dating back 3.5 million years. Passengers will depart from Arusha. That is, unless the sight of Mount Kilimanjaro looming on the horizon is too much to resist.

This East Africa Safari has just one departure remaining for 2015, departing Nairobi on December 4th. The trip includes all accommodation, some meals, day trips and half-day tours, all game drives as per the itinerary, park entrance fees, an English-speaking driver and guide, flying doctor evacuation coverage, a very special Hippo Pool Breakfast at Mara Serena Lodge, and a complimentary 188 Africa Safari Guide. Guests who book by
November 30th will save up to $1300 on this strictly limited trip.

14-Day East Africa Safari Super Special

Lake Nakuru, Kenya

Lake Nakuru, Kenya

For reservations and information, or other Africa travel ideas, visit, or call 1-800-387-8850.

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Our 2016 Central and South America Travel Planner Now Available!

South and Central America Brochure with Earth BackgroundPack your bags for Central and South America, Antarctica, and the Arctic!

Goway Travel has released its 2016 Central and South America Travel Planner, with new destinations, a great variety of products, and competitive pricing. It is a comprehensive selling tool for South and Central America and Polar regions.

What’s new in this year’s brochure?

Cobbled streets of Oaxaca, Mexico

Cobbled streets of Oaxaca, Mexico

Goway’s proven travel module formula lets holiday planners combine exciting city stopovers with South America’s big name attractions and boutique travel ideas. This makes our Central and South America Travel Planner one of the best tools out there for planning travel in the region, from Mexico to Patagonia and beyond. With itinerary choices from 3-star to 5-star levels, a journey to South America has never been easier or more accessible.

Weddel Seal Stare, AntarcticaGoway is the one-stop-shop for all things Central and South America, from budget to luxury experiences, small or large group travel, adventure to honeymoon, small ship cruises with pre- and post-cruise options, and ideas for single travellers or families.

To order your copy of the Central and South America Travel Planner, please call 1-888-469-2955, email, or visit

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New Zealand’s Kiwi Experience

Kiwi Experience - Friends at Lake Pukaki South Island, New ZealandKiwi Experience has been New Zealand’s original hop-on, hop-off bus travel network for over 25 years, offering some of the most unforgettable experiences and backpacker tours on the planet. The big green buses and Kiwi drivers have a legendary status on the road and around the globe. The first of these backpacker-styled tours in New Zealand departed on October 28, 1989 and since then, Kiwi Experience has won numerous tourism awards, travelled over 20 million miles and shown more than 400,000 backpacker travellers the trip of a lifetime!

New Zealand is full of natural wonders, man-made marvels, and hidden secrets. This amazing country has so much to offer that even the locals can’t decide where to go next. This is where the experienced driver guides, action packed passes, and online travel tools come in – fitting in with traveller plans and budget to show off the very best in New Zealand backpacking. The main benefit with the hop-on, hop-off system of unlimited travel and no pressure, is that clients can travel New Zealand at their own pace and be sure to see the country exactly the way they want to.

For a limited time, clients can save up to 62% on these already great value passes! The Sheep Dog is a pass from Auckland to Christchurch. The minimum recommended travel time is 17 days, but the pass is valid for up to 12 months of travel. Regular price is $1151CAD/$902USD, but if booked before November 18th, it is selling for just $459CAD/$346USD.

Customer satisfaction for Kiwi Experience is extremely high. Check out a testimonial and poem written by a happy Kiwi Experience client. And…not that we recommend this, some clients have enjoyed their trip so much they even got Kiwi Experience tattoos!

Kiwi Experience - Friends Selfie at Cape Reinga, North Island, New Zealand


I’ve just completed a 2-month trip and wanted to say a big thanks….maybe not in the conventional way! My creative juices (or maybe not!), have been running so I did a poem summing up my time here…….hope you like it!! My trip around New Zealand has come to an end, but there’s one final email I wanted to send…

To Kiwi Experience, the big green bus,
You helped me around without any fuss.
Some early pick ups – but that’s okay,
We got to make the most out of every day.

From sand dunes in Pahia to surf on the East,
Bungy in Rotorua followed by a Hangi feast.
A skydive in Taupo – friends think I’m insane;
Why would I throw myself out of a plane?
Quad biking, horse riding, 4 wheel drive too,
The black abyss in Waitomo, what didn’t I do?
Through the capital city and over Cook Strait,
The South to explore, I could hardly wait.

Sea kayaking near Nelson on Valentines Day,
A wicked experience, what more can I say!
At Les’s pub the party was ‘P’,
And what a great night that turned out to be.
Franz Joseph, wow, the fun carries on…
A heli-hike and skydive – yep second one!
Queenstown – what an amazing place,
Activities galore and the nightlife is ace!
Hang glide and gondola – what a great view,
Teapots and hangovers – survived it all. Phew!

Seals, penguins and Milford Sound cruise,
The bottom bus adventure, a great one to choose.
Galleries and gardens, Christchurch can boast,
Then on to Kaikoura back along the coast.
Swimming with seals and seeing sperm whales,
Leaping dolphins and magnificent tails.
Back up to Auckland to fly on home,
No more confirming over the phone!

Great recommendations for places to stay –
A good comfy bed after an exhilarating day.
Advice on activities – driver/guides know it all,
It’s with thanks to them that I’ve had a ball.
Pick-ups and drop-offs, right at the door,
A girl with bags – couldn’t ask for more!
Friendly, funny and some great nicknames,
The scenery and culture the driver explains.

Getting to know them whilst on route…
Al and Puddles, my favourites, so cute!!
The music’s been good and then there’s your lingo,
Awesome, Sweet As, How’s it goin’ bro?
There’s everyone else on the bus like me,
A solo traveller with so much to see.
So many great people I’ve met along the way,
Some friends for life I can confidently say.

My Full Monty pass has now run its time,
Back home to England, I’ll miss the sunshine!
I’ll definitely be back though, much more to do,
But for this trip Kiwi – I say a massive THANK YOU. :)

For more information on this and other great travel ideas you can call your favourite Goway Agent on 888 469 2944 or visit or email

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Our Cradle of the Incas Holiday of a Lifetime is a Gem of a Peru Vacation!

Dancers at Plaza de Armas Cusco, PeruOf all the thousands of travel ideas offered by Goway, only 13 carry its “promise of something special”. Among these Holidays of a Lifetime, is our 9-Day Cradle of the Incas tour – truly a special itinerary for those seeking to experience the best that Peru has to offer.

A journey on the Cradle of the Incas is to step back into the grand Incan Emplre, as the remnants of this once mighty civilization dot the path, from Lima to Cusco, and into the Sacred Valley onwards to the magical city of Machu Picchu.

Group Visiting Machu Picchu, Peru

Group visiting Machu Picchu

As the flagship 5-star Holiday of a Lifetime tour for South America, Goway has finessed this small group experience to not only provide Globetrotters a taste of ancient Peru, but also showcase a sample of what this modern, vibrant country has to offer.

Led by our own expert Tour Directors, this 9 day escorted tour is the crown jewel of Goway’s popular Peru program. It includes 5-star accommodation, private touring, air-conditioned transfers, and transportation.

The experiences are broad and interactive: visits to a local community and indigenous markets provide great insight into daily life in the Andes, while cooking lessons in Cusco allow for the appreciation of top-quality and internationally-renowned Peruvian cuisine. The trip combines cultural and dining experiences together with dinner at the Larco Museum in Lima, with its rare collection of pre-Incan artifacts. The journey is capped off by 2 separate visits to the Incan citadel of Machu Picchu, allowing more than enough time for expert interpretation and free time for wandering among the ruins.

Cusco, Peru

Cusco, Peru

The Cradle of the Inca trip uses only the best accommodation, staying at the JW Marriott in Lima and its sister “Stay of Distinction” property in Cusco, featuring original Inca walls incorporated into the hotel’s architecture. Similarly, the “Stay of Distinction” property of the Aranwa Sacred Valley is a stunning lodge that makes a comfortable base for the group’s explorations.

Priced from just $4499USD / $5899CAD, the 9-Day Cradle of the Incas Holiday of a Lifetime is the perfect itinerary for any discerning traveller wanting to truly experience the best in the heart of the Incan Empire.

Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness Spa, Peru

Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness Spa

Sumaq Hotel, Peru

Sumaq Hotel

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Plan Your Group Around an International Food or Wine Festival

Group of People's Hands Making a Toast with Wine and ChampagneEvery country has its annual festivals and celebrations that attract visitors from all over the world. Each event has its own unique theme such as culinary, horticultural, faith-based, sporting, etc. In some years, there may even be an extra special one-time anniversary for a unique historical event that is worth honouring or celebrating.

Here are some of our favorite annual events that celebrate the wonderful food and wines of the world. It’s a great way to enhance the “wow” factor in your groups’ itineraries!

Truffle Festivals
Where: Italy
When: October and November
This is an ANNUAL event.

October is a great month for Italian food festivals, especially mushrooms, chestnuts, chocolate, and truffles. On October weekends, you’ll find fall food festivals and wine harvest celebrations all over Italy. Both held in Milan, Slow Food’s big international food event is in October, and World Pasta Day is the fourth Sunday in October.

Harvesting white truffles, Italy

Harvesting white truffles

Going to a truffle fair is worthwhile even if you don’t want to buy truffles. The scent of fresh truffles fills the air and there are locally made truffle dishes to try. There’s often entertainment and concession stands selling local foods such as cheese, salami, honey, and wine.

Piedmont – Alba White Truffle Fair and Market, one of the best in Italy, takes place on weekends from early October through mid-November. Besides the truffle market and fair, there is lots of entertainment. Events start with a night of concerts and gastronomic stands, and end with the truffle world auction and a white truffle walk for tourists.

Tuscany – San Miniato Truffle Fair (La Sagra del Tartufo Bianco), is held in the medieval hill town of San Miniato on the second, third and fourth weekends in November. 25% of Italy’s white truffles are produced in this territory and November is the heart of truffle gathering season. There are food and craft stands and entertainment and restaurants will feature reasonably-priced truffle menus. If you haven’t had truffles, this is a great place to get an introduction.

Sample Group Itinerary:
Tuscany Gourmet Delight

White wine and cheese display in Tuscany

White wine and cheese display in Tuscany

Tasting Australia
Where: Adelaide, South Australia
When: April – May
This is an ANNUAL event.

Tasting Australia is an internationally successful food and wine festival held over eight days, every two years in April and May. The program of events includes hands-on cooking classes, and celebrity cooking demonstrations with local chefs and international culinary celebrities. Indulge in a long lunch in the vineyards or a degustation dinner prepared by different chefs. Visit farmers’ markets and join the celebrations along Adelaide’s picturesque riverbanks. Wine is also a focus of the festival, with wine regions such as the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra, and Adelaide Hills offering tastings, wine auctions, and food and wine master classes.

Sample Group Itinerary:
Australia: Culinary Wine Tour

Riverbank precinct of Adelaide

Riverbank precinct of Adelaide

Mistura Peruvian Food Festival
Where: Lima, Peru
When: September
This is an ANNUAL event.

Mistura is the largest food festival in South America, with more than half a million people visiting each year, many of which are foreign tourists who travel to Peru for the explicit aim of visiting the famous food festival. Mistura promotes Peruvian cuisine both locally and on the international stage. It’s grown over the years and is now like a small town, with representatives from restaurants all over Peru, spread over a huge space. Once a year, Lima becomes THE place to be for foodies from all over the world. Dishes from the jungle, the mountains, and the coast are available, as well as fusion cuisine and all kinds of innovations. If it exists and it’s edible, you can find it at Mistura.

Sample Group Itinerary:
Gourmet Journey to Peru

Plaza de Armas in Lima, Peru

Plaza de Armas in Lima, Peru

Where: Various cities throughout India
When: Various dates
This is an ANNUAL event.

The festival of colours, Holi, is a large event celebrated in India. During the festival, men, women, and children dance around together and rub gulaal (powdered colour) over one another. Bhang is an alcoholic drink made with rosewater and dried fruits that is closely associated with Holi. Families offer it to all visitors. Kanji-ke-bare are thin lentil patties special to Holi, as is papri, an unleavened bread. Sweet dumplings filled with khoya and dried fruits called gujjias are served as a dessert.

Sample Group Itinerary:
India: Spice It Up

Tourist celebrating Holi in India

Tourist celebrating Holi in India

Good Food & Wine Show
Where: Cape Town, South Africa
When: May
This is an ANNUAL event.

South Africa’s premier consumer food, wine, and lifestyle event has established itself as a tour de force over the past 15 years and more. Cape Town, nestled on the ocean teaming with seafood and in close proximity to the lush vineyards of the Cape Winelands region, is an ideal location for the event. Visitors will see the best of local and international celebrity chefs, and get the inside track on the latest tips, trends, and treats of regional South African cuisine: artisanal foods, ethnic fusion creations, wine tasting, etc.

Sample Group Itinerary:
South Africa Wine Journey

Vineyard Near Cape Town, South Africa

Vineyard Near Cape Town, South Africa

For more great festival ideas and culinary events, check out our
Groups Calendar of Events: Culinary.

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