Quebec City Tall Ships

Tall Ships

The Tall Ship Festival Quebec City

In a celebration of the of the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation, a fleet of 40 of the most majestic tall ships in the world will be sailing into Quebec City this July.

There will be ship tours, thematic activities on the docks and a host of other free family activities for the general public. The tallest of these “cathedrals of the sea” cannot go beyond Quebec as they will not clear local bridges. Thus, the focal point of this great spectacle will be in Quebec City.

Travac Tours has organized the perfect  four day three night escape to enjoy this incredible display.

Attractively priced at only $669 per person based on double occupancy +HST (86.97) with a total price of $755.97 with taxes this once in a lifetime tour will sell quickly. Call early to ensure your seats for this adventure.

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

This morning we will depart for Quebec City and the Tall Ship Festival.  Upon our arrival in Quebec City we will check into our hotel, the Clarendon.  This magnificent hotel is located within the walls of the old city, making it the perfect location for exploring the old town. After unloading our luggage, we will embark on a short tour of Quebec City.  The balance of your day will be free. A shuttle will be available to make your first trip to the Tall Ships.


Day 2

There is no event in the world quite like it: the “Tall Ship Festival.” With 40 ships and a combined crew of over 3000 it is a spectacle that seldom visits the shores of Canada. Today you will be able to visit some of the ships and meet the crew.  Street performers, music and fireworks will all be part of the festivities at the Tall Ship Festival. Transfers will be available from the dock to your hotel.


Day 3

Often described as a beauty pageant on the sea some of the “superstar” tall ships  visiting Quebec City will be the U.S. Coast Guard’s Eagle, a cutter built by Nazi Germany and seized by the U.S. as a war prize. Germany’s graceful Alexander von Humboldt II, distinguished by 24 green sails and El Galeon, a replica of the Spanish galleons that for three centuries linked Asia, the Americas and Spain.

The Tall Ships will be setting sail today in a grand spectacle and you will have a chance to see them under full sail as they leave Quebec City.  The St. Lawrence gives you a perfect view of these “cathedrals of the sea”.


Day 4

There will be a bit of free time before we begin our journey back to Ottawa. Expect to arrive in the early evening.


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Hotel Information


Hotel Clarendon

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Hotel Address
57 rue Sainte-Anne
Vieux-Québec, QC
G1R 3X4
(418) 692-2480



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San Antonio (November 2017)

San Antonio

Travac’s 6 day, 5 night getaway is a great way to explore one of the most beautiful cities in Texas – San Antonio. This fabulous package includes round trip flights from Ottawa, 5 nights’ accommodation at the 4* Drury Plaza Hotel River Walk (located right on the River Walk), daily breakfast, daily afternoon cold drinks and snacks, local city tour including a visit to the Alamo, River Walk Cruise and a day trip to the German town of Fredericksburg.

Your hotel is located on San Antonio’s Riverwalk; one of the city’s incredible attractions. The San Antonio River Walk is a public park, open 365 days a year.  It is a network of walkways along the banks of the San Antonio River, located one story beneath the streets of downtown San Antonio.  Lined by bars, shops and restaurants, the River Walk is an important part of the city’s urban fabric and a tourist attraction in its own right.

The River Walk winds and loops under bridges as two parallel sidewalks, lined with restaurants, shops, hotels and more. It connects the major tourist draws from the Alamo to River center Mall, Arneson River Theatre and La Villita, the San Antonio Museum of Art, and the Pearl Brewery.

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Today you depart the Ottawa International Airport for your flights to San Antonio. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your Riverwalk Hotel the 4* Drury Plaza Hotel. Between 5:30 – 7:00pm you can enjoy free cold drinks and snacks in the lobby of the hotel.


Day 2

6:00am – 9:30am: Breakfast included at the hotel.

At 9:00am depart your hotel for a city tour. Today you will visit the many sites of this diverse cultural city. You will travel on our motorcoach to see, The King William Historic District, El Mercado, the Main Plaza and Military Plaza as well we will visit one of the missions outside of downtown Sat Antonio.

This afternoon is free – don’t miss a chance to experience the Riverwalk and its many delightful cafes.

5:30 – 7:00pm you can enjoy free cold drinks and snacks in the lobby of the hotel.


Day 3

6:00am – 9:30am: Breakfast included at the hotel.

Today is a free day. A great idea for today would be to go to the Rivercenter mall and watch “The Price of Freedom” IMAX and then enjoy a self guided tour of the Alamo.

Late this afternoon you will depart for your Riverwalk Cruise.

Between 5:30 – 7:00pm you can enjoy free cold drinks and snacks in the lobby of the hotel.


Day 4

6:00am – 9:30am: Breakfast included at the hotel.

At 8:00am you will take a one hour drive northwest to Fredericksburg, Texas – Texas Hill Country Wine Region with over 30 wineries, shopping, art galleries and museums. Try out one of the German Restaurants for lunch to get a true flavor of this German town.  At 3:00pm you depart Fredericksburg to head back to your hotel.

Between 5:30 – 7:00pm you can enjoy free cold drinks and snacks in the lobby of the hotel.


Day 5

6:00am – 9:30am: Breakfast included at the hotel.

Today is another free day. Your Travac Tours Director can assist you with plans to go to the San Antonio Zoo, Botanical Gardens or La Villita. Another possibility would be to visit one of the many museums San Antonio has to offer. Between 5:30 – 7:00pm you can enjoy free cold drinks and snacks in the lobby of the hotel.


Day 6

6:00am – 9:30am: Breakfast included at the hotel.

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


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Hotel Information


Drury Plaza Hotel Riverwalk

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105 S St Mary’s Street
San Antonio, TX
78205
(210) 270-7799



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Memphis & Nashville

Nashville

Memphis Nashville Tour 2017

Memphis is so much more than a city on the banks of the Mississippi River. It is in many ways the home of “the blues, soul and Rock and Roll music”. The blues continue to resonate through the streets and clubs surrounding Beale street.

Nashville on the other hand is famous for its honky- tonks with live music from a variety of talented acts. It is also home to some of the best country music museums In the United States.

Our six day 5-night visit to these iconic cities includes round trip airfare, 5 nights’ accommodation, a city tour of both cities, admission to Sun studios in Memphis and the Country Hall of Fame Museum in Nashville. Optional visits to Graceland or the Grand Ole Opry.

Affordably priced at $2049 per person based on double occupancy ($1799 per person plus taxes of $250) this tour will sell quickly. Early booking is the best way to secure you space.

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

This morning we will meet at the airport for our flight to Memphis. Upon our arrival in Memphis we will be transferred to our hotel. The balance of your day will be free. Your tour director will be organizing a visit to a couple of the blues clubs along Beale Street.


Day 2

Your tour of Memphis will focus on Beale Street and the historic district of this town. You will learn about many of the personalities that left their imprint on Memphis from Danny Thomas to Elvis Presley and B.B. King. We will end the tour with a visit to Sun Studios. For those that wish to explore the Elvis connection to Memphis an optional visit to Graceland will be available ($) This evening the draw of Beale Street will again beckon.


Day 3

We will be heading to Nashville later this morning. Upon your arrival we will check into the Gaylord Opryland Resort. Th tranquil surroundings of this resort offer all the amenities of a deluxe resort from a variety of restaurants to shopping and nightlife. The balance of your day will be free. If you wish to go to a performance of the Grand Ole Opry, your tour director will be happy to arrange tickets.


Day 4

This morning we’ll be touring Nashville. Besides its musically heritage, Nashville is the state capital and home to Vanderbilt University. It truly is one of the most vibrant cities in the US. Our tour will follow the music scene and will show you some of the famous and not so famous honkey-tonks and saloons. The tour will culminate with a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame. After your visit to the museum the balance of your day will be free.


Day 5

Your day today is at your leisure. There are plenty of museums in Nashville that you might consider visiting including the Johnny Cash Museum or The RCA Studio B museum. The food scene in Nashville is excellent and factory outlet shopping is available next to your hotel complex.


Day 6

Your tour director will advise you about or hotel pick-up times for our flight home.


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Hotel Information


Holiday Inn Downtown Memphis

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160 Union Ave.
Memphis, TN
38103
(901)-526-2001


Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center

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2800 Opryland Drive
Nashville, TN
37214
(615) 889-1000



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Kenya

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Kenya’s Spectacular Migration in the Maasai Mara

Join Travac as we travel to magical Kenya and experience for yourself one of the most incredible natural phenomena in the world! Noted as one of the “Seven New Wonders of the World” and the “World Cup of Wildlife” if your bucket list includes a safari this indescribable MIGRATION safari is a MUST!

During the migration season, up to two million wildebeest, zebras and gazelles will cross from the Serengeti, Tanzania to the Maasai Mara, Kenya during a 600km journey that has been repeated for countless decades.

Travac has crafted a tour that will take you to Masa Mari National Park.  This, the smallest of the national parks, gives you a better opportunity to experience the magnitude and sheer beauty of the migration. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Only 12 seats are available.  Early booking is therefore essential if you would like to be part of the group.

*Watch for dates to be announced for July 2018*

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Ottawa to Nairobi


Day 2

Nairobi

JAMBO – KARIBU!! Warmly met upon arrival at the airport. Transfer to your hotel in Nairobi, Kenya’s colourful capital city to check in to your city hotel. Welcome dinner is included this evening.

Sarova Stanley Hotel-Deluxe Room


Day 3

Nairobi

After breakfast we are met by our local guide/driver for a city excursion. We will visit the giraffe center, elephant orphanage, and Karen Blixen museum, lunch at the Karen Blixen restaurant, later back to you hotel for overnight.

Sarova Stanley Hotel-Deluxe Room


Day 4

Nairobi- Maasai Mara National Reserve

Drive via Narok to the Maasai Mara National Reserve offering wonderful scenery and plenty of game. It is perhaps the only region left in Kenya where the visitor may see animals in the same super-abundance as existed a century ago. Arrive for lunch at your lodge. Enjoy an afternoon game viewing drive in this vast and expansive reserve teaming with game. Be on the look-out for the ‘big five’ Mara is famous for and the most sought after in the early 20th century when Kenya was a hunters’ paradise. Killing any of them game one some class, pride, heroism. These include the lion, Cape buffalo, the savannah elephant, black rhino and the elusive leopard. The vast savannah grasslands stretch as far as the eye can see is home to impalas, maasai giraffes, waterbucks, warthogs, Thompson & grants gazelles, topis, resident wildbeestes among many others. Later in the evening return for dinner and overnight at your lodge.

Tipilikwani Luxury Mara Camp


Day 5-8

Maasai Mara National Reserve- Tipilikwani Luxury Mara Camp

Enjoy breakfast then proceed on a full day of game viewing drives & adventure. Be on the look-out for the big five that Maasai Mara is famous for. These include the lion, savannah (African) elephant, the Cape buffalo, the leopard and the black rhino. We may even be so lucky to witness a leopard or a cheetah sprint and make a kill! We return back to the camp for dinner and overnight.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: Balloon Safari over the Mara plains followed by a champagne breakfast or visit a traditional Masai Manyatta (off the beaten track) and experience the culture of this world famous community. The Masai still live as they did for centuries -interact with these nomadic people and experience their way of life as you learn about their customs and traditions.

Tipilikwani Luxury Mara Camp


Day 9

Maasai Mara National Reserve-Nairobi-Ottawa

Amka! Wake up early with coffee/tea and head off on your last trail of the African savannah – hopefully, you’ll see some big game. Return to the Camp for breakfast. After a leisurely breakfast we will be transferred to the airstrip for flight to Wilson airport. On arrival met and transferred to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your onward flight.

 

**Itinerary is always subject to change**

Notes: The path of the Migration is dictated by rain – if rain is late, early or falls in different areas, the wildebeest will move accordingly. Migration into the Maasai Mara runs from July to October. Also note that river crossings do not occur instantly on arrival at the water’s edge. The herd may wait on the shore for a few days before crossing. We do have 4 nights in our game reserve and a total of 8 drives.


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Hotel Information


Sarova Stanley Hotel-Deluxe Room

The Sarova Stanley is a luxurious 5-star hotel set in a prime location in the centre of Nairobi.

Hotel Facilities: Meal options at The Sarova Stanley include a restaurant. A delicious complimentary breakfast is served daily. Room service is offered for guest convenience. Our hotel provides a 24-hour front desk service. A currency exchange facility is also at your disposal. Public areas of The Sarova Stanley are comfortable and air-conditioned. Hotel guests will appreciate the services of a doorman. Additional hotel facilities: gift shop/newsstand. Leisure amenities: The hotel offers an outdoor heated swimming pool. Guests can also enjoy the following spa/wellness facilities: sauna, steam room, on site spa services.


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Tipilikwani Luxury Mara Camp

As the maxin goes: Location! Location! Location! Set on the banks of the Talek River and overlooking the Mara plains, Tipilikwani Camp has one of the most spectacular views available. Set in the middle of what is considered the greatest wildlife reserve in Africa, Maasai Mara is home to one of the modern wonders of the world; the wildebeest migration as well as home to the Big Five. Enjoy an alfresco breakfast by the Talek River or a cold refreshing drink over a spectacular sunset or experience fine dining by candlelight all overlooked by carefully trained attentive staff. During the day, search for lions, cheetah, elephant, leopard, black rhino, giraffe, zebra, hippo and over 500 resident bird species including larks, sunbirds and the Lilac- Breasted Roller This is the Tipilikwani Experience


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Newfoundland and St. Pierre (16 Day Tour)

Newfoundland

The Hidden Gems of Newfoundland with St. Pierre

Join Travac this June for a comprehensive 16 day tour of Newfoundland (including a 2 night stay on the French island of St Pierre).

June is the perfect time to experience the beauty of icebergs and whales!

Indulge your senses on this special tour visiting all four regions of this incredible island. From Deer Lake to St Johns and all the beautiful outports, shorelines and quaint villages in between….

Visit the province where the Vikings first landed over 1000 years ago. Explore the beauty of the natural wonders, hidden gems and UNESCO sights. Immerse yourself into the friendly culture and taste the local culinary delights.  There is no doubt that this province will leave a lasting impression on you.

Book now as there are only 24 seats in total for this small group. Bookings must be made by April 15, 2017!

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Depart from Ottawa via Toronto with Westjet to arrive on the western side of Newfoundland. Tentative times are departure from Ottawa 0700 via Toronto to arrive local time in Deer Lake at 1:32pm (+1.5 hours ahead of Ottawa). We will make a stop enroute for lunch before arriving at our hotel for the evening.

Welcome Dinner tonight – time TBA.

Overnight in Rocky Harbour–- Mountain Range Cottages (or similar).


Day 2

Today is our day to explore Gros Morne National Park, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 for its impressive geological features. Late this morning we will venture off (45minute walk in each direction) to one of the most beautiful boat tours in all of Newfoundland – “Western Brook Pond”. You will marvel at the size of the landlocked Fjord while enjoying this narrated two hour boat tour.

Overnight in Rocky Harbour – Mountain Range Cottages (or similar)


Day 3

Moving north, you will make your way to another UNESCO National Historic Site, L’Anse aux Meadows. It was here in 1960 that a group of Archeologists discovered the remains of what was an ancient Norse encampment that would have housed as many as 100 Vikings. While here, you will have a chance to view some of the recovered artifacts. Your guide will also go over how the encampment was discovered. Near the original encampment are several re-created sod and timber buildings, depicting how life was lived 1,000 years ago. These buildings are tended by costumed interpreters.

A special dinner is included tonight.

Overnight in St Anthony – Haven Inn


Day 4

Today we will take a guided tour of Sir Wilfred Grenfell Mission. The Grenfell Mission provided some of the earliest permanent medical services in Labrador and northern Newfoundland. Before the mission opened its first hospital at Battle Harbour in 1893, almost no health-care resources existed in the area – hospitals were nonexistent. After lunch we will embark on a 2.5 hour boat cruise of the scenic coastal waters off St. Anthony, an area famous for its bounty of icebergs, whales and seabirds.

Overnight in St. Anthony’s – Haven Inn


Day 5

This morning we will retrace our drive south on the Northern Peninsula. There will still be many opportunities to enjoy its natural beauty – our driver will make a few “Hidden Gem Stops” enroute for picture taking.

Optional Theatre Tonight – located right at the hotel: Fly Me to the Moon 8:30pm – $30 adults

Overnight in Cow Head – Shallow Bay Hotel


Day 6

After breakfast, we will make our way to Gander. Gander is most famous for the role that it has played in Canadian aviation history. This role extends back the 1930’s and was most prominent in World War II when over 10,000 airmen were stationed in Gander. Most of the streets in Gander are named after famous aviators, including Amelia Earhart, Alcock and Brown, Charles Lindbergh, Eddie Rickenbacker and Marc Garneau. This is one of our longer driving days so we will have a few hidden gem stops (lunch enroute).

Overnight in Gander – Sinbad Hotel


Day 7

Today you will make your way to visit Twillingate, one of the most picturesque outports in all of Newfoundland. Located on the northeastern shore of Newfoundland, Twillingate is affectionately known as the ‘Iceberg Capital of the World’. Twillingate was once an active fishing community and is one of the oldest ports on the island. A visit to Twillingate would not be complete without visiting Prime Berth Fishery & Heritage Centre –a private interpretive fishing center and craft studio created by David Boyd as a tribute to his fisher forefathers.

Optional Rising Tide Theatre – schedule TBA

Overnight in Trinity – B & B’s in the Village


Day 8

Your journey today will take you to Bonavista. Here you will have the chance to view the cliffs and enjoy the wonderful coastal scenery. It was here that John Cabot made landfall in 1497. While in Bonavista we will visit The Ryan Premises National Historic Site of Canada to explore the internationally-recognized “Cod, Seals and Survivors” exhibition that tells the 500-year story of Canada’s east coast fishery.

Optional Rising Tide Theatre – schedule TBA

Overnight in Trinity – B & B’s in the Village


Day 9

Today we leave the quaint village of Trinity and head to the Burin Peninsula. Enjoy the beautiful drive viewing small bays, sheltered coves and blue water inlets. We will make a lunch stop enroute.

TONIGHT – Pack your overnight bag for St. Pierre. Since vehicles are not permitted on the ferry we have to walk on and walk off the ferry with our bags, we also have to walk over to our hotel (about 2 blocks). Please ensure you have all your medications and a change of clothes for the two nights. Make sure you have your passports for tomorrow as well.

Overnight in Marystown – Marystown Hotel


Day 10

This afternoon we will take the ferry from Fortune to St Pierre, France. Our coach will drop us off at the terminal and we will walk onboard the ferry. The crossing will take about 2 hours. Your checked luggage will stay with the driver/coach. These French Islands are Frances oldest overseas territory. On arrival (approximately 430pm) we walk across the street to our hotel for the next two nights.

Dinner included tonight

Overnight – St Pierre – L’Hotel Robert


Day 11

This morning after breakfast we will head out for our island tour of St Pierre with a local guide.

Evening will be free to wonder the streets of the village.

Overnight – St Pierre – L’Hotel Robert


Day 12

Early rise today. Our ferry departs St Pierre at 0800am. Our drive today will take us off the Burin Peninsula – stopping enroute for lunch we will then head to the Avalon Peninsula. Driving time today is about 5 hours.

Overnight – St. Bride’s – Bird Island Resort (Motel)


Day 13

This morning we will visit Cape St Mary’s Ecological Reserve – you will see thousands of seabirds – gammets, razorbills, common murres, black-legged kittiwakes, northern gannets, and double-crested and great cormorants (as long as the fog does not roll in!). We will then head into St. John’s, the capital of Newfoundland. After lunch we will embark on a 2 hour city tour of St John’s. The city enjoys a long and vibrant history as the oldest English-founded city in North America. While the city owes a great deal to the fishing industry, it has been transformed into a modern city famed for its nightlife and its rich musical culture. Evening is free.

Overnight St. John’s – JAG Hotel


Day 14

Heading south from St Johns our first stop today is Cape Spear National Historic Park, the most easterly point of land in North America. Travelling further south we will make our way to Witless Bay where you will embark on a boat tour (weather permitting) and have a chance to view thousands of Atlantic Puffins, Murres and other seabirds that make their home here in the summer. After lunch we will visit Cape Spear and then we will head to the Quidi Vidi Brewery for laughs, stories, a tasting ales and lagers and to see where Iceberg Beer is made.

Optional Dinner Theatre in St Johns tonight – Skeets, Snobs and Peppermint Knobs – 7:00pm

Overnight St. John’s – JAG Hotel


Day 15

Today is a free day to enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of St Johns.

Optional picnic lunch at the lighthouse in Ferryland – there is a 2km walk to the lighthouse.

Tonight is our farewell dinner – a Newfoundland Feast! 

Overnight St. John’s – JAG Hotel


Day 16

Cindy will advise you of your transfer time to the airport for your return flight back to Ottawa from St. John’s.

Tentative flight times: Depart St Johns 1235pm direct to Ottawa at 1:50pm

We are sure that you will have many fond memories of your wonderful Newfoundland experience.

**Itinerary subject to change – you will be notified if any changes to itinerary occur** 

Accommodation Notes: Most properties in Newfoundland are motel, B & B or cabin-style accommodations (except St Johns) – therefore walking and stairs can be an issue for some. If you have any mobility issues please let us know. 

Meals enroute –When there is a full day of touring, Travac does make advance reservations due to the fact that there is sometimes a very limited choice of restaurants. 

Gratuities – Most bus tours often recommend that each person tip their Tour Director $5 per person, per day and your local coach driver $5 per person, per day. While we at Travac do not stress a tipping policy, any gratuities provided are greatly appreciated. 

Gratuities are included for local guides and Park Rangers as well as luggage handling.

** Please note that you are required to have a valid Canadian passport with you. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months past your return date. Non-Canadians may require a visa to enter St Pierre. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have such a document if required. Any other nationality other than Canadian persons must identify themselves to the booking agent for verification of documents required.  IF YOU ARRIVE AT YOUR DEPARTURE POINT WITHOUT PROPER ID YOU WILL BE DENIED BOARDING. **


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Hotel Information


Mountain Range Cottages

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32 Parson's Lane
Rocky Harbour, NL
A0K 4N0
(709) 458-2199


Haven Inn

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14 Goose Cove Rd
St. Anthony, NL
A0K 4S0
(709) 454-9100


Shallow Bay Motel & Cabins

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193 Main St
Cow Head, NL
A0K 2A0
(709) 243-2471


Sinbad's Hotel & Suites

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133 Bennett Dr
Gander, NL
A1V 1X3
(709) 651-2678


Marystown Hotel

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76 Ville Marie Dr
Marystown, NL
A0E 2M0
(709) 279-1600


Hotel Robert

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10 RN2
St. Pierre & Miquelon,

+508 41 24 19


Bird Island Resort

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Route 100
Saint Bride's, NL
A0B 2Z0
(709) 337-2450


JAG Boutique Hotel

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115 George St W
St. John's , NL
A1C 0B7
(709) 738-1524



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Iceland (October 2017)

Iceland

Iceland:  Land of Fire and Ice

Iceland is a unique destination that offers pristine nature, breathtaking landscapes and vibrant culture. Join Travac as we discover all this fabled island nation has to offer.

Icelandic culture is deeply rooted in ancient heritage.  Our tour will help you understand many of the ancient sagas that are not only part of the fabric of Iceland but that of North America as well.

Affordably priced at only $2919 per person including all taxes based on double occupancy ($2459 per person + taxes of $460), Travac’s Iceland includes round trip flights from Ottawa to Iceland, accommodation in a comfortable four star hotel, breakfast daily, a complete sightseeing itinerary and the services of a Travac Tours director.

Please note this is a small group tour and only 24 spaces are available.  Early booking is essential if you wish to take part in this exceptional journey.

Tour Itinerary


Day 1: Departure from Ottawa

This evening you will depart Ottawa for your flights to Iceland.


Day 2: Arrival in Iceland

Upon your arrival in Iceland you be met by our local guide and taken for breakfast. After breakfast you will go on a sightseeing tour around the Reykjanes Peninsula where you will discover several dormant volcanoes and extensive lava fields. You will also visit the Krýsuvík geothermal area and “the bridge between continents”. Later in the day you will check into your hotel in Reykjavik – Fosshotel Reykjavik. (B)


Day 3: City Tour

Reykjavík is the world’s most northerly capital, and home to one third of Iceland’s population. Today Reykjavík is a modern city with a variety of restaurants, museums, galleries and theatres. On our tour we cover the city from one end to the other. We will see the old town centre, Parliament, the Cathedral, the harbour, the National Museum, and the Pearl and Höfði house (site of the Iceland summit of 1986). We will drive past the city’s salmon  river and the Árbæjarsafn outdoor folk museum, which offers an interesting contrast to the modern buildings. Our drive continues past Reykjavik’s largest outdoor swimming pool in Laugardalur which is heated with water from natural hot springs under the city, the Ásmundur Sveinsson Sculpture museum and Hallgrímskirkja Church (whose steeple is a Reykjavík landmark). The tour ends at the hotel or in the city centre.  The balance of your day will be at your leisure. (B)


Day 4: Golden Circle & Fontana Steam Bath

Today you will enjoy a perfect combination of the hugely popular “Golden Circle” tour and a visit to the newly opened Fontana Steam Bath in the quaint little town of Laugarvatn. You will also visit the high temperature geyser geothermal area, the Gullfoss (Golden Falls) waterfall and the historical and geological wonder that is Thingvellir National Park.  The icing on the cake today is a relaxing visit to Fontana Steam Bath, a natural sauna, built above a real live hot spring. (B)

Note:  Please bring a swimsuit (can also be rented on site).


Day 5: Free Day (B)

Today you are completely free to enjoy Reykjavík.  It will be your chance to visit some of the museums that make up the fabric of this wonderful city.


Day 6: Free Day (B)

Today is another free day.  There will be various different excursions available to you (additional cost).


Day 7: Blue Lagoon and Departure to Ottawa

Sadly this afternoon you will bid a fond farewell to Iceland.  You will be making one final stop at the famous Blue Lagoon before heading to the airport for your return flights back to Ottawa.

Please note that a visit to Iceland entails a fair amount of walking to fully enjoy your holiday experience. You should feel comfortable being able to walk for extended periods of time. Many of the avenues and walk ways are uneven.  Comfortable walking shoes are essential.

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Fosshotel Reykjavik

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1 105, Þórunnartún
Reykjavík, Iceland

+354 531 9000



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