Your Canadian Tour Wholesaler
Connection Tours is a specialized tour operator & wholesaler that provides a direct connection to destination resources to benefit the Canadian travel trade, in order to create authentic and trusted, knowledgeable and ever-changing custom group travel experiences.
Today Connection Tours works directly with the tourist boards and local communities of five travel destinations around the world: Great Britain, Europe, South East Asia, North America, & Costa Rica. These destinations were carefully chosen for their safety standards, historical legacy, as well as for their commitment to ethical and sustainable tourism practices.
The experiences that we bring to our customized tour and special-interest design provides travel agents & organizers with the confidence they need to create an experience that you can’t find anywhere else.
Whether you’re building your own custom tour program with us, or choosing from our pre-packaged tours, we strive to be your place for inspiration, creativity, education, and connection to destination.
Connect Solo Tours
• No Single Supplements
• 6 packaged itineraries
• Hotel, Air, Transport & Taxes included
• 35+ & 50+ age groups
The Connect Solo program is a mainstay of the Connection Custom brand where our theory was simple: encourage single travellers to experience the world in a safe, enjoyable way, without having to pay additional costs that come with travelling solo, like single supplements.
Connection Tours organizes 6 travel opportunities every year, taking advantage of our group rates in the partnered destinations we work with: Britain & Europe, South East Asia, & beyond. We organize departures for 35+ and 50+ age groups so that travellers can go at the pace they prefer, all the while enjoying rates which are usually only offered on group tours.
The Battlefield Tours
• 5-8 packaged itineraries a year
• Tailored for Canadians
• Specialist Team
• Custom & Private Tours Available
These are the specialized tours that started it all at Connection Tours. Our team has been organizing & operating historical and exploratory tours to the Battlefields of Europe since our start in 1986. Today, our connection to this subject is only stronger.
The remnants of war can be found everywhere, but they are ever-present in Europe & South East Asia – and so, our discussions, understandings, and operations have expanded to cover the battlefields as far east as Vietnam, as far north as Iceland, and the Shetlands, and as far south as Sicily and Africa.
Agents can make up to 10% commission on all of our pre-packaged and advertised Battlefield Tour programs. Custom tours, small private groups, as well as large programming, can all be arranged to Normandy, Vimy, the Somme, Flanders Fields, and beyond.
Connect EDU Programs
• Customized education travel solutions
• For Canadian Schools & Organizers
In a world that demands an understanding of numerous cultures and customs, it’s imperative we equip our youth with the ability to meet the challenges of a global society.
Canada has entrusted us with their school groups and educational tours for nearly 30 years. With our direct rates, flexibility with design, competitive quotes, high safety standards, and mandatory quality checks, our fully customized itineraries can be designed specifically with the school’s objectives in mind.
We also provide marketing & sales support, with a focus on making international travel an attainable goal, and beneficial to the curriculum. All of this while also making the tour really fun to travel on!
These are custom programs that can be created with agents for commission or NET wholesale, allowing for any amount of FOC’s (Free of charge chaperones) as required.
Friends & Family
• Customized travel solutions
• For private family & friends groups
Travelling privately with a group of friends and family can seem like a far-reaching dream – a chance to reconnect while sharing in an extraordinary experience is something many of us would love to do with our loved ones.
When you arrange your custom-made travel plans through a tour wholesaler direct, you enjoy the benefits of meeting up with local guides to embark on extraordinary experiences that are tailored specifically to your individual interests.
All of our Friends & Family Programs are individually customized. You will find a variety of samples of past programs, with various themes, such as our ancestry.
Music & Performance Travel
• International opportunities and solutions
• For music & performance groups
We customize international music and performance programs to excite, inspire & grow. Our tailored programs help students to professional performers connect with iconic communities around the world.
We also provide the Canadian travel trade with access to several specialized festivals, events, international workshops, and opportunities to perform in iconic venues with live audiences.
Review our sample itineraries – from Highland Dancing groups competing in Scotland, to classical choirs performing in Vienna, and Prague.
Connection Corporate Travel
• Experiences and solutions
• For corporate travel
Connection takes a unique set of highly specialised and exceptional travel experiences to accomplish your organization’s goals effectively.Custom travel and organization is an increasingly important and exciting tool to use for both motivating your staff and creating positive brand awareness.
When heavy logistics and planning is required, take advantage of Connection Custom Tour Wholesale! We offer a range of custom corporate products such as prize winning trips and corporate retreats to events and meetings abroad.
With our strong connections to a variety of tourist boards and corporate venues in Europe, Great Britain, and yes, even South East Asia, we can offer everything from marketing support to day-trips, transport, and scheduling.
For the Canadian Travel Trade
• Providing destination knowledge, resource & support
Connection Custom Travel works with the following official tourist boards (VisitBritain, VisitWales, VisitScotland, Tourism Ireland, Destination France, VisitFlanders) and our partnered destinations to provide you and your office with direct access to print and digital resources, maps, destination clinics, workshops, & agent fam trips.
Every year we visit agencies across Canada with new information from the partnered destinations we work with. We come with brochures, maps, travel cards, as well as digital content in an effort to help agents, excite, inspire, and motivate their clients.
We also host a variety of events throughout the year with a variety of suppliers and tourist boards, most notably, VisitScotland, VisitBritain, and VisitWales.
Agents can sign up for our agent e-newsletter to hear about upcoming agent FAM trips, destination events and clinics happening in your city as well as new information about exciting suppliers and opportunities.
Ensure that you have the knowledge and the resources you need to get the right products to your travellers.
Samantha Cowan | Sales & Outbound Operations