Wendy Wu Tours, the Asia tour specialist, has seen a 204% increase in passenger numbers from Ireland since 1st January 2016. The most popular destinations for Irish travellers have been China, Vietnam and Cambodia.The operator enjoys a 97% customer service rating plus a 98% tour experience rating.
A new Wendy Wu Tours brochure has been unveiled for the Irish market for 2017/18 featuring nine new tours in China, Japan, South East Asia and India available from Ireland. Eight new worldwide tours visiting Latin America, Africa, Russia and Australasia will also be available to book online for Irish customers.
The 14-day Glories of China trip (available from €2,590pp) proved to be the most popular trip for Irish customers in 2016, with travellers taking the chance to enjoy a Huangpu River Cruise in Shanghai, revel in the serenity of the Li River, and experience the majestic Terracotta Warriors and Great Wall of China.
This was closely followed by the 17-day Angkor to the Bay trip (available from €3,890pp) where travellers can discover the history of Phnom Penh, explore the incredible temples of Angkor, and enjoy the beauty of Halong Bay.
Both tours are fully inclusive including visas, with Irish departures available from Dublin or Cork.
Wendy Wu Tours began trading in Ireland in January 2015. The company has been working closely with travel agents and home workers in 2016 to promote its range of trips, including a recent campaign with Falcon Travelshops.
“It’s fantastic news that Wendy Wu Tours has been able to capture the imagination of Irish travellers, despite only being in the market for two years,”said John Booty, Ireland, Scotland & Isle of Man Manager, Wendy Wu Tours. “We are looking to build on our current success and our new range of tours for 2017/18 will help Irish customers explore even more of Asia and the rest of the world.”
Wendy Wu Tours has created a new Discovery Tour in Japan, ‘Trails of Japan’ (from £4,890pp). The 13-day itinerary allows travellers to experience the quirky side of Japan, including immersing themselves in the sub-culture of Harajuku in Tokyo, visiting the exhilarating Robot restaurant, watching a Sumo wrestling match, as well as a journey to the sacred town of Koya-san and meeting the adorable snow monkeys.
There is also a new Exclusive Collection tour of Japan. The 12-day ‘Golden Route’ (from £6,990pp) allows guests to explore this incredible nation in luxury where they can drink a cold glass of sake on Mount Fuji, have a go at making traditional sushi and study the art of Kendo, a form of swordsmanship.
There are two new China Discovery Tours, which aim to provide guests with a more authentic and active travel experience as well as more free time to explore. The 17-day ‘Enchanting China’ tour (from £2,990pp) introduces guests to the best sights of Beijing, Xian, Shanghai and Chengdu, as well a three-night river cruise along the Yangtze River.
The 21-day Land of the Dragon trip (from £3,290pp) allows travellers to enjoy the imperial highlights of Beijing, cruise along the Li River, meet the Giant Pandas and try a delicious breakfast walking tour in Shanghai, as well as including plenty of free time and optional excursions so guests can create a unique holiday.
Tibet has been tipped by Wendy Wu Tours to be very popular in 2017 and travellers can experience this fascinating destination as part of the 18-day ‘China & Spiritual Tibet’ trip (from £5,490). The luxurious tour is part of the Exclusive Collection and highlights include three nights on a deluxe Yangtze cruise and a day trip to witness the magnificent views over Yamdrok Lake.
India & Sri Lanka
Those looking for an adventure will relish the new 23-day ‘Trans Himalayan Journey’ (from £3,790pp) where guests travel through the Himalayas to the state of Ladakh, discovering the breathtaking mountains and monasteries of this former Buddhist kingdom.
The new 15-day ‘Spirit of Sri Lanka’ tour (from £3,190) will appeal to travellers who are looking to journey through Sri Lanka’s extensive history, culture and natural beauty, discovering the ruins of ancient civilisations, spotting exotic wildlife and hiking the hill country.
Both of these itineraries are part of Wendy Wu Tours’ expanding Discovery Tours portfolio.
South East Asia
Following an increasing demand for holidays in Burma, Wendy Wu Tours has introduced the 14-day ‘Burma & the Irrawaddy’ tour (from £3,790), which visits the charming capital city Rangoon and the cultural Mandalay, as well as including a two-night Irrawaddy cruise with Pandaw.
Another addition to the Exclusive Collection is the 22-day ‘Majestic Mekong’ tour (from £5,490pp) where guests can enjoy a luxury cruise along the Mekong in Cambodia onboard the boutique RV Jahan vessel, sip champagne as the sun sets on the temples of Angkor, and learn to cook like a local with a Hoi An cooking class in Vietnam.
After unveiling its first ever tours beyond Asia earlier in the year with trips to South America and South Africa, Wendy Wu Tours has expanded its worldwide portfolio with eight new tours for 2017/18. The new destinations that will be visited include New Zealand, Australia, Namibia, Russia, the Galapagos, Machu Pichu, Patagonia and Costa Rica. Highlights include game spotting in the Etosha National Park in Namibia, visiting the spectacular Perito Mereno Glacier in Patagonia, a chocolate tour in Costa Rica, spotting whales at Kaikoura in New Zealand, and snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.