Ireland’s leading escorted holiday provider, Travel Department, has launched its extensive programme of holidays for 2018, with an exciting selection of long haul itineraries among the new additions to its range.

Worldwide Holidays Gaining Popularity with Irish Customers. A specialist in escorted worldwide travel, Travel Department has seen double the anticipated growth of long haul holidays in 2017. The biggest passenger growth was on tours to the USA, Canada & Vietnam. Now, Travel Department is expanding its range of far-flung destinations, with over 100 long haul tours already on sale as part of its 2018 programme, and more to come.

China emerged as one of the most popular long destinations in 2017 at Travel Department, which has led to an increase in tours to Asia in the exciting 2018 programme. New destinations include the melting pot of culture that is Malaysia, as well as the eccentric beauty of Japan.

The addition of a Caribbean Cruise from Miami, taking in Mexico, Honduras and Belize will also bring a truly worldwide dimension to Travel Department’s long haul offering, which already includes holidays to Russia, South Africa, Peru, Argentina & Brazil, as well as an epic 28-night tour to Australia & New Zealand. Prices start from €1,449 for 10 nights discovering India’s Golden Triangle.

Active Adventures and Authentic Experiences from TDactive Holidays. Activity holiday specialist and Travel Department sister brand TDactive Holidays has also seen strong growth in the long haul market this year. Their 15-night Explore Vietnam small group tour proved the most popular long haul trip for holidaymakers in 2017. Several of these tours sold out within days of going on sale for 2018, prompting the company to double the number of departure dates offered.

Following on from this success, TDactive Holidays will now offer several new itineraries as part of the Explore range for 2018, including adventures in Jordan, Oman & the UAE and Patagonia. For the first time, their selection of photography holidays will also include a long-haul option, travelling to the colourful and fascinating Indian region of Kerala. Prices for TDactive Holidays Explore worldwide range start from €1,429 for the opportunity to celebrate the Holi Festival of Colours with the locals in India.

“Travel Department has been offering holidays to worldwide destinations since 2001. Now, we are pleased to respond to the unprecedented demand that we’ve seen from our customers this year by expanding both our range of tours and the number of departure dates. In 2018, we really do have something for everyone. Critically, we also have a very strong team here in Dublin ready and waiting to help our customers choose the right tour and do their best to accommodate any personal requests, for example, extensions or upgrades.” – Sara Zimmerman, Managing Director, Travel Department

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