Conway’s international flavor lifts travel company to 90th anniversary

Conway’s international flavor lifts travel company to 90th anniversary

The staff at Cumberland’s Conway Tours includes, seated from left, Cindy Stepanian, Valerie Conway, Tiffany Baillargeon and Elaine Lacourse. Standing from left are Joanne Billington, Dave Eaton, Patrick Conway, Peter Conway, Paula Houle, Kevin Higham and Kasey VanOrsouw. The four-generation family company is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. (Breeze Photo by Tom Ward)

CUMBERLAND – As Conway Tours celebrates its 90th anniversary this year, it continues to evolve into much more than the “bus company” it began as in 1926.

In fact, third generation company CEO Peter Conway is pointing to Conway’s new 2017 catalog, filled with international trips as well as many air trips within the United States, well beyond the distances the company’s own motorcoaches used to venture.

Growth has been strong, says Conway, thanks to competitive pricing to popular destinations like Medeira, The Azores, Germany’s Oktoberfest, the Italian and Swiss Lakes region, Ireland, Sorrento, Italy, and more. Rapidly growing in popularity, too, are Conway’s six-day trips to Iceland, now offered each spring and fall.

After noting the prices, “people ask me,” says Conway, “How much is the trip with airfare?” He happily tells them airfare is included, and many new travelers are surprised. “Four-star experiences at three-star prices” is the claim you’ll find on the web site. A nine-day, seven-night escorted trip to Ireland, for instance, costs $2,799 per person, with 13 meals included. Right now, Conway also offers up to $150 off per couple for early sign-ups and payments.

Those who might want to help the Conways celebrate their anniversary can join Peter Conway on a special “President’s Trip” to Cape Cod’s Sea Crest Beach Hotel in Falmouth, with meals and trips to Hyannis and more. The trip takes place on Veteran’s Day weekend, Nov. 11-12.

What began a few years ago with eight international trips is now up to 21. Kevin Higham, formerly with Paragon Tours, now plans and coordinates many of the overseas trips. Also, Conway Tours now offers more distant trips within the U.S. like those to San Francisco and Wine Country, New Orleans, the South, many national parks including the Grand Canyon and Bryce, Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons, the Badlands area, Mackinack Island, and Glacier and the Canadian Rockies.

It was only six years ago that Conway Tours retired its tour bus fleet as brother Bob Conway retired. Peter decided to get out of the bus maintenance business and instead partner with Academy motorcoaches, with their brand-new fleet of comfortable, wi-fi enabled buses. Still offered by the Conway/Academy partnership are those shorter motorcoach excursions to Canada, New York and Washington, D.C. In July 2015, Conway filled four bus loads of Boston Red Sox fans for a unique trip to see Pedro Martinez inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. A full catalog of excursions comes out each January. The just-released 2017 brochure of more distant international and U.S. trips can be picked up at Conway’s headquarters at 10 Nate Whipple Highway, in the office complex on the right as you enter. Phone (800) 888-4661.

For the latest listing of upcoming Conway Tours trips, visit www.conwaytours.com online.