Brett Tollman talks travel says it’s time to gad about again

By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva

Trafalgars Brett TollmanBrett Tollman, CEO of the Travel Corporation (0wners of Trafalgar Tours among others) is  looking forward to getting back in travel saddle” It’s been  a year to forget in so many ways. But it’s now time to start turning our travel wanderlusts into a reality, he says. “This year, is a profound reminder of how our industry is truly a force for good for so many reasons.”

A year of recovery and rejuvenation

Tollman says it’s time to focus primarily on recovery and revitalization.  “We are  continuing to establish stringent Well-being Protocols by enhancing  hygiene measures. And we now employ a Well-being Director (WD) on every TrafalgarInsight Vacations and Luxury Gold guided holiday (excluding Australia, New Zealand and Japan).

The executive has been plans for 2021 to travel far and wide and the following are tops on his list. Where do you hope to go this year, share it with us in the comments.

 Red Carnation Hotel’s Xigera Safari Lodge in Botswana

“The opening of Xigera (“Kee-jera”) in December  represents the culmination of a lifelong dream for my family,” explains Tollman.  “It is the ultimate safari experience.” “An uber-luxury lodge at the western side of the Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana’s most pristine wilderness”.

Tollman continues, “Xigera is our love letter to our African homeland.  I am very excited to visit there with my parents (whom I have not seen since the beginning of March, like many of you.”   It is a wonderful tradition  when  our family  comes together to help “bed down” a new property. We join forces to further refine our upcoming guests’ experiences.”

Cruising the Nile with Uniworld’s S.S. Sphinx, Egypt

Tollman says he is also looking forward to returning  Egypt. “I will be embarking on our newest Uniworld Super Ship, the S.S. Sphinx, which will make its debut on the Nile River in 2021.”

This ship has 42 lavishly appointed staterooms and suites with French balconies. It will do a special  12-day  Splendors of Egypt & the Nile cruise. The voyage will explore the Temple of Karnak, the world’s largest ancient spiritual complex, and the majestic Temple of Luxor. It will also provide visits to the Valley of the Kings, the ancient burial grounds of Egyptian royalty.

Other excursions include a sailboat ride in a traditional Nile River felucca and afternoon tea at the Old Cataract Hotel. Agatha Christie fans may remember reading about the hotel in her famous “Death on the Nile.

Bicycling Burgundy

Tollman is also looking forward to doing  cycling wine tour in  Burgundy with Contiki’s Detour Mini Adventure, France. “I am yearning to return to one of my favorite European destinations, France.”

Contiki offers 12 new Detour Mini Adventures which are ready to launch for 2021. They are short and sweet rejuvenating breaks of three to four days. These mini adventures are off the beaten path. Participants can learn new skills and go surfing and do yoga in Morocco, go wilderness glamping in Wales or turtle trekking in Tortuguero.

The Wine Cycling Tour in Burgundy mini adventure focuses  on wellness. It goes along the country’s renowned “Grand Wine Route.” The host, Dimitri from Lille, will arrange a foodie picnic at a château’s gardens and wine tasting at Caveau Moillard, a 19th century magnificent vaulted cellar. “We will learn about the different stages in the vinification and aging of great Burgundy wine in Nuits-Saint-George.”

Be sure to check out the extensive selection of tours, cruises, hotels and other travel options at Or call a Pavlus agent for advice, bookings or just to chat about your own 2021 wanderlusts. Call 800-528-9300.





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