Travcoa shores up its small-ship portfolio

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Luxury tour operator Travcoa has expanded its luxury and adventure small-ship cruising portfolio, as traveler demand for cruise-tour combinations continues to grow. Its 2011 product line now includes 18 journeys with either river cruising or small, expedition-style ships operating in combination with land arrangements.

"Small, high-quality vessels allow us to explore deeper into many regions and deliver a Travcoa-style experience," said Jerre Fuqua, president of the El Segundo, Calif.-based firm. "With our expertise in land arrangements, we're in a great position to blend the best of both cruise and land travel."

Travcoa's river cruising category includes classic, small-group Escorted Journeys that have been Travcoa's top sellers for several years, such as Egypt's Nile and China's Yangtze, as well as the Sepik River in Papua New Guinea.

New for 2011 is the Escorted Journey Livingston's Zambia and Botswana, which includes four days on the Chobe River in Botswana aboard the newly launched Zambezi Queen, a 20-guest luxury cruiser, in combination with Victoria Falls and Zambia's Lower Zambezi National Park.

Also new in river cruising for 2011 are three prepackaged and prepriced Independent Journeys using small, luxury ships on Myanmar's Irrawaddy River, the Peruvian Amazon and Egypt's Nile River.

Travcoa has similarly expanded its small-ship expedition-style offerings for 2011. In addition to a Peru-Galapagos journey aboard the 100-guest Galapagos Explorer II, the company has partnered with its sister company, Zegrahm Expeditions, to offer Travcoa guests off-the-beaten-path options aboard the 110-guest Clipper Odyssey in the Mediterranean, Black Sea and Indian Ocean.

"The Clipper Odyssey is the perfect vessel for exploration into more remote parts of Europe and the Mediterranean," Fuqua said. "it's small enough to get into tiny, remote ports, or deploy Zodiacs where no port facilities exist, but large enough to be stable, spacious and very comfortable."

Travcoa continues its longstanding partnership with another sister company, Quark Expeditions, to offer 2011 small-ship journeys into the polar regions aboard three of Quark's vessels.

Any of the Zegrahm and Quark Expedition sailings offered by Travcoa can be paired with a variety of regional Travcoa Independent Journeys as pre- and postcruise travel options.

Retailers can check out the offerings in the Travel Agent section of Travcoa's website, www.travcoa.com.

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