Travelsphere, the UK’s pioneering escorted tours company, is introducing some fantastic new tours for its 2017 season, including transiting the Panama Canal, island hopping in Hawaii and Greece, and soaking up the sun in Tenerife.

Cruising the Panama Canal is an 18-day adventure which begins with an overnight stay in the Spanish-influenced city of San Diego. The cruise sets sail the following day as the guests board the MV Westerdam and head to Puerto Vallarta in Mexico.

On the way to the Panama Canal, one of the world’s greatest feats of engineering, the ship calls at ports in Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

At each port call there is a full programme of excursions which allows an insight into these fascinating coastal cities, including the opportunity to visit the stone ruins of Tikal in Guatemala, once home to the Mayans and dating back to 600 BC.

Once through the 48-mile Panama Canal and its six locks, there are port calls at Cartagena, Colombia and Half Moon Cay, Bahamas. Cruising the Panama Canal is priced at £2,999 per person.

“At Travelsphere we have seen a growing demand for a combination of cruising and escorted touring, hence the addition of our Panama Canal cruise and Hawaiian cruise, to the land and sea tour holidays that we already have on offer,” said Christina Hunter-Locke, Travelsphere’s Head of Product.

“Closer to home, Travelsphere has some fantastic tours of Tenerife, Mykonos, Athens and a range of river cruises where you can watch the great sights of Europe drift by from the comfort of your sophisticated river cruiser,” added Christina. 

Hawaii is a new destination for Travelsphere in 2017, this 15-day tour, with prices from £3,799 per person, begins in Los Angeles with a two-night stay on board the Queen Mary, now a floating hotel moored in Long Beach. After exploring the iconic sights of LA, the tour heads for the island of Oahu and the capital city of Honolulu, home of Waikiki Beach and Pearl Harbor.

From Honolulu, the Travelsphere tour heads on a seven-night Hawaiian islands cruise calling at each island. The cruise allows guests plenty of time to enjoy the highlights, including the natural beauty of Maui and the Waimea Canyon on Hawaii. On leaving Hawaii the tour ends with a two-night stay in San Francisco taking in the Golden Gate Bridge and riding on the famous cable cars.

Continuing the island theme, Travelsphere’s Sunshine Islands of Tenerife and La Gomera, an eight-day tour exploring the dramatic volcanic scenery of Tenerife and its tiny neighbour, La Gomera.

With prices starting from £899 per person, this holiday to the Canary Islands includes tours of La Oratava Botanical Gardens and Puerto de la Cruz.

Athens and the Cyclades Islands, is an eight-day tour, from £1,099, discovering the many landmarks of Athens before beginning the exploration of the sun-soaked Cyclades Islands of Paros, Syros and Mykonos. The tours will take in delightful towns, sleepy villages and sensational panoramic views.

Travelsphere has increased its range of river cruises for the 2017 and 2018 season, with cruises available on nine rivers through 14 countries in Europe.

Travelsphere’s Northern Rhine Experience has special departures on 14th and 22nd April 2017, where the cruise includes a visit to the famed Keukenhof garden which blooms with around seven million colourful bulbs, including many variety of tulips. The eight-day cruise starts from £1,749 per person and includes all excursions and drinks on board.

Travelsphere continues to expand the number of tours it offers and they now span 78 countries from the Galapagos Islands to Japan and New Zealand to Norway.

Travelsphere holidays include scheduled flights – many from regional airports, all overseas transfers, accommodation, 24-hour helpline available seven days a week and the services of a Travelsphere Tour Manager or local guide.