Alaska Cruise

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One of the great adventures on the planet is an Alaskan cruise. There are plenty of reasons why. The sheer magnificence of Alaska and the Inside Passage is captivating and awe inspiring. Its beauty has drawn poets and adventurers; sailors and gold seekers and more recently tourists from around the world.

Join us on August 23rd as we venture north to Anchorage for a 10 day odyssey of discovery including a superb Alaskan cruise through the Inside Passage.

Set sail from the quaint town of Whittier and prepare to experience all the beauty and majesty of the Alaskan wilderness. Get up close and personal with the gigantic Hubbard Glacier, see humpback whales off of Icy Strait Point, and ride a jet-powered catamaran in Ketchikan. (optional)

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Your Alaskan adventure begins with a flight to Anchorage. Upon your arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. The balance of your day will be free.


Day 2

This morning you will have a chance to visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center. The Alaska Native Heritage Center, a renowned cultural center and museum in Anchorage, is an exciting place where all people can come to expand their understanding of Alaska’s indigenous people. After your visit you will have time to enjoy Anchorage.


Day 3

This afternoon you will make your way to Whittier. Whittier is a quaint town located on the western side of Prince William Sound. The town was named after the great American poet John Greenleaf Whittier. Tourists flock here for fishing and hunting as the region’s wildlife is rich and vast. You will board your cruise ship, the Norwegian Sun in the late afternoon.


Day 4

Your visit today will be to the Hubbard Glacier. Get up close and personal with the gigantic Hubbard Glacier, North America’s largest tidewater glacier. Its 1350 square miles of blue ice and one of the most active in Alaska.


Day 5

Your ship today will be travelling to Icy Strait Point. The Icy Strait Point experience combines authentic regional culture with incredible natural beauty. Enjoy Tlingit dancing and art. You can also get closer than

you’d ever imagine to humpback whales and brown bears in the wild. Work up a wilderness hunger and satisfy it with fresh Dungeness crab.


Day 6

Juneau has been called “Alaska’s peak experience,” certainly due in part to its unparalleled glacier viewing from such places as Tracy Arm Fjord, the Juneau Ice Fields and Glacier Bay National Park. Kayak up one of the area’s many protected waterways, go flightseeing, tour historic downtown or try your hand at panning for gold. The majestic Mendenhall Glacier lies nearly 12 miles outside Juneau, a worthwhile treck.


Day 7

No trip to Alaska is complete without a visit to Skagway. In a single year from 1896 to 1897, this remote town along the Inside Passage grew from a few tents to a city of 20,000 gold seekers. Today, travelers come in search of other riches – to experience yesteryear along Skagway’s charming boardwalk lined with buildings that replicate those Gold Rush days.


Day 8

From Skagway you will make your way to Ketchikan. Its Tlingit Indian name, Kach Khanna, means “spread wings of the eagle.” Chances are you’ll see one of these magnificent birds perched atop a Sitka tree. Thanks to its abundant rainfall, Ketchikan is surrounded by some of the world’s most lush wilderness.


Day 9

Cruising the Inside Passage is an essential experience when taking a cruise to Alaska. Get ready for amazing views and wildlife like nowhere else as you sail through the islands of Alaska’s Inside Passage. Kayaking, glacier walking, hiking and birding are just a few of the unforgettable activities you can enjoy here.


Day 10

Positioned between the snow-dusted North Shore Mountains and the rich, blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver blends big-city sophistication with small-town charm. Don’t miss Queen Elizabeth Park – a 130-acre civic arboretum accented with sculptures by modern artist Henry Moore. Disembarkation usually begins 2 hours after docking. Your host will fill you in on all the details.

 

This is Norwegians Onboard smoking policy. This policy is subject to change without notice.

Norweigan Smoking Policy

Guests may smoke only in designated areas* as follows:

Staterooms

 

Guests are not permitted to smoke cigarettes, cigars or pipes in staterooms or on stateroom balconies. Guests who smoke in staterooms or on the stateroom balconies will be assessed a cleaning fee of US$250 per stateroom.

 

Public Spaces

 

Cigarette smoking in the casino is limited to players and is permitted where ashtrays and appropriate signage are displayed. Cigarette, cigar and pipe smoking are permitted in enclosed cigar bars, available on select Norwegian ships. On Norwegian Getaway and Norwegian Breakaway, smoking cigarettes on The Waterfront is permitted on the starboard side where ashtrays and appropriate signage are displayed.

 *Electronic cigarettes are not permitted in public areas where there is a no smoking policy enforced


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The Road to Yellowstone

Mt Rushmore

It is a once in a lifetime adventure, an escapade into the plains and mountains of the old west. Travac’s “Road to Yellowstone Tour” starts in Denver and follows a path through some of the most iconic sites in American folklore legend and history. You’ll visit Mt Rushmore in Rapid City, the Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer State Park, the Badlands, Deadwood, Devils Tower and Yellowstone National Park. While in Yellowstone, you will marvel at “Geyser Country” and its prime attraction “Old Faithful”.

For booking information, contact Travac Tours at the westgate Mall, 1309 Carling Avenue in Ottawa at (613) 728-1934. You may also visit us online at www.travactours.com

Tour Itinerary


Day 1: Ottawa-Denver

Your holiday begins with your flights to Denver.  Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel.  The balance of the day will be at your leisure.


Day 2: Denver-Rapid City

Leaving Denver, you will make your way to Rapid City. Along the way we’ll make a stop at Hot Springs. The Mammoth Site in Hot Springs is the world’s largest mammoth research facility. You will be able to tour an active paleontological dig site and view ice age fossils that are exhibited as they were found. An authentic western dinner at the Circle B Chuckwagon Ranch is included tonight.


Day 3: Rapid City

After breakfast you will be joined by a professional local guide for a visit to Mt. Rushmore National Memorial. Your guide will explain the history of this monument and the people behind its development. Your guide will also take you to visit The Crazy Horse Memorial, the largest memorial of its type in North America. In the afternoon you will visit Custer State Park famous for its granite spires and buffalo herds. In the evening you will return to Mt. Rushmore for the spectacular lighting ceremony of its renowned mountain face.


Day 4: Rapid City-Deadwood

Today will lead you into the heart of gold country in the black hills. You will learn about how the gold was discovered and the unique process for refining the gold into Jewelry. You will have ample time to stroll the main street of Rapid City and enjoy it ambiance before you head to the old west town of Deadwood, resting place of some of the west’s most iconic characters such as Wild Bill Hickock, Calamity Jane, and Potato Creek Johnny. Your journey will also include a trip to Tatanka. Tatanka is home of the world’s third largest bronze sculpture. It tells the story of the more than 60 million bison that once roamed the Great Plains and the lifestyle of the American Indians that lived in the area.


Day 5: Deadwood-Cody

From Deadwood you will head to the Devil’s Tower National Monument. This 1267 foor tower is the core of a volcano that has been exposed after millions of years of erosion. It is famous as a backdrop to the 1977 film “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” After a short, optional trek around the monument (under 2 km ) we will start our journey to Cody. Traveling through Sundance and Buffalo (lunch stop) we reach our final destination of Cody. After we check into the hotel, we can then stroll the main street with for dinner and the evening on our own.

Devil's Tower


Day 6: Cody

After breakfast you will begin your journey into the Bighorn Mountains with a stop at Shell Falls in Bighorn National Forest. You will then enter Yellowstone National Park, the world’s first and one of the largest national parks in the world. Your visit through the park will include several stops and photo opportunities.


Day 7: Cody

Our full day in Yellowstone Park will begin with a visit to Yellowstone Lake. From Yellowstone Lake you will then visit and enjoy the magnificent views of the “Grand Canyon of Yellowstone” in the canyon district. It will then be on to “Mammoth Country” to view the spectacular Mammoth Hot Springs. These springs were created by the long time build up of minerals.

Yellowstone


Day 8: Jackson Hole

Your adventure at Yellowstone continues with a visit to “Geyser Country”. Here you will have a chance to see and marvel at Old Faithful , which erupts every 80 minutes. You then travel south to Grand Teton National Park. The park is named after Grand Teton which at 13,770 ft is the highest mountain in the Teton mountain range. This glaciated mountain range is composed by a series of “horns” making the Tetons a textbook example of alpine topography. It is also considered one of the most beautiful

parts of the Rockies and is a photographer’s dream. We spend our last night in this rugged country at historic Jackson Hole.


Day 9: Jackson-Salt Lake City

After breakfast you will make your way to Salt Lake City travelling through Wyoming, Idaho and Utah. Salt Lake lies in a mountain valley with the Wasatch Range to the east and north. The Oquirrh Mountains border the western edge of the valley. While in Salt Lake you will enjoy a tour including the Great Salt Lake, the State Capitol, Temple Square and the Brigham Young Statue.


Day 10: Salt Lake City

Your day will be at leisure in Salt Lake City and you will never run out of things to do. You may wish to spend some time at Temple Square, visit the Olympic sites or possibly take a carriage ride. If you want to include a cultural experience that is uniquely Salt Lake, add some genealogy to your vacation. Experts at the Family Search Center will be happy to start you on your road to discovery. Shopping is always an option and the shopping is terrific.

Salt Lake City


Day 11: Salt Lake City-Ottawa

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your return flights back to Ottawa.

 

Please note that travel times are approximate and will fluctuate with traffic conditions. Travel times do not include time allocated for sightseeing stops.


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Canada New England Fall Colour Cruise

 

Cruise

Early booking is essential – this cruise sells out several months in advance. 

Cruising the shoreline on your Canada and New England vacation as the leaves change color is more than a mere spectator sport. Beyond the explosion of reds and yellows, there are quaint towns and vibrant cities famous for their history, culture, scenery and the best lobster on earth.

You will visit Boston steeped in New England traditions and history; the charming seaside town of Portland with a chance to visit Kennebunkport; Halifax, where you can experience the restored waterfront and the beautiful public gardens or even visit Peggy’s Cove; Charlottetown where you can travel to the tiny villages and bustling harbours that are part of the fabric of the island; Gaspesie for a grand view of Perce Rock; La Baie, Quebec in the Saguenay region.  Your last stop will be in Quebec City.

This cruise typically sells out about six months in advance with the cruise line.  Early booking is essential to procure your space.

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Depart Ottawa for your trip to Boston. You will be overnighting just outside Boston before joining your cruise.


Day 2

This morning the magic begins with a guided tour of Boston. Your tour guide, a knowledgeable local, will take us through the city giving you a chance to see some of the fabulous sites that have made this city a cosmopolitan gem. After the tour it will be time to depart for the cruise. Your ship, the Norwegian Dawn, sails at 5:00 p.m.


Day 3

Your first port of call will be Portland, Maine to make the most of your day in Portland you may wish to take an excursion to Kennebunkport. You can also take a stroll through the colourful downtown area.


Day 4

From Portland you will sail north to Halifax. While in Halifax you will have several options including a narrated city tour or a visit to Peggy’ Cove.


Day 5

At sea.


Day 6

This morning you will visit Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. The coast of PEI is dotted with tiny villages and bustling harbours. You may wish to take an excursion to visit various points along the coast including Green Gables or spend your day in Charlottetown.


Day 7

Today’s port of call is Gaspesie, Quebec. This will be your chance to see incredible Perce Rock.


Day 8

Leaving Gaspesie you will sail down the St. Lawrence River making a stop at La Baie in the Saguenay region of Quebec. There will be plenty of options for a fun filled day.


Day 9

Your last day will bring you into Quebec City. After your disembarkation you will have some time on your own to explore Vieux Quebec. You will depart for Ottawa in the mid afternoon.

***Itinerary Subject to Change***

This is Norwegians Onboard smoking policy. This policy is subject to change without notice.

Norweigan Smoking Policy

Guests may smoke only in designated areas* as follows:

Staterooms
 
Guests are not permitted to smoke cigarettes, cigars or pipes in staterooms or on stateroom balconies. Guests who smoke in staterooms or on the stateroom balconies will be assessed a cleaning fee of US$250 per stateroom.
 
Public Spaces
 
Cigarette smoking in the casino is limited to players and is permitted where ashtrays and appropriate signage are displayed. Cigarette, cigar and pipe smoking are permitted in enclosed cigar bars, available on select Norwegian ships. On Norwegian Getaway and Norwegian Breakaway, smoking cigarettes on The Waterfront is permitted on the starboard side where ashtrays and appropriate signage are displayed.

*Electronic cigarettes are not permitted in public areas where there is a no smoking policy enforced


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