President's Message - April 2021 | Craig Travel

President's Message - April 2021

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I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our travellers who took the time to complete the recent online survey. The information you provided is extremely helpful with forward planning and we appreciate it very much.

Some results were surprising, while others were as we expected.

We are delighted to learn that so many of you have already had, at least, your first vaccine dose. The consensus in the answers shows that while vaccines are an essential element to the return to travel, so is a clear understanding of various safety protocols and the need for sufficient travel insurance. The desire to travel to domestic vs international destinations was fairly well split, with only a slight preference for international travel. Of particular note was that most respondents viewed the need to be fully vaccinated, as well as the removal of quarantine requirements in Canada, to be the most important barriers to booking your next journey. The time is on the horizon when Canadians will be vaccinated and travel will start again. All indications are that once the coast is clear, there will be a rush to get away. The question is, will there be space left to book when that time comes? We continue to offer our Book with Confidence program that will allow you to book on most group journeys, with a fully refundable deposit, until only a few months before departure. The excitement to travel again is palpable. With such little risk in making your next travel plans, why wait?

I am pleased to announce several programs we have been working on for 2022 which will be ready to book soon…

Our always popular annual Best of Ireland tours will be back with departures in the fall and spring. The tour takes in both the north and south and always gets rave reviews.

Yorkshire and the Lake District departs in the fall, highlighting the magnificent British countryside, two of Britain’s most scenic wonderlands.

The delightful islands of Guernsey and Jersey, set in the heart of the English Channel between England and the shores of Normandy is the perfect getaway for a leisurely and relaxing vacation in September 2022. You will only change hotels once on this delightful adventure to the Leisurely Channel Islands. Preregister now!

Come along in July as we discover the spectacular beauty of Scandinavia, highlighting Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland. We’ll explore the lively capitals, picturesque towns, beautiful countryside and majestic fjords. Preregistration is open with a fully refundable deposit if you cannot make the dates once all of the details are available. Email us to preregister and secure your places!

In January, David and Roslyn Craig depart for West Africa, home to the mystical wonders of voodoo. This exotic new adventure will introduce us to the soul and mysteries of Ghana, Togo and Benin. Space is now selling and will be limited in size, so book early!

March will take us to spectacular Japan at Sakura Cherry Blossom time! We’ll explore by coach and rail, a fantastic way to witness the blossoming landscape. From bustling cities to mountain retreats, a traditional country inn (ryokan) and the refined, unique Japanese culture, this adventure is not to be missed!

Watch our website for these soon-to-be launched annual favourites – Costa Rica, Baltic Adventure and Newfoundland. An Eastern Mediterranean cruise with Holland America sails next April and has just been launched on our website. Take a look.

Remember 2022 is the year for Oberammergau’s much anticipated Passion Play performances. We have twenty-six departures from May through September that travel by land and river across Europe and even the Middle East. This event only takes place once every ten years and our tours always sell out.

Take care of yourselves and each other as we make our way through spring, warmer weather and the signs of new life. 

Happy Travels,
Robert Craig
Craig Travel President