San Antonio

San Antonio

April 10-15, 2024

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 Inn and Suites Hotel River (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.

Day 2

Today you will enjoy a city tour, visiting 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 San Antonio.

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

Day 3

This morning you will depart for your Riverwalk Cruise.

After the cruise, you are free to explore San Antonio. 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.

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

Day 4

Today 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. En route to Fredericksburg we will stop and do a bus tour of LBJ Ranch.

Day 5

Today is free day. There are ample museums, missions and shopping to explore.

Your Travac Tours Director will have lots of ideas to fill your day.

Day 6

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

 

Itinerary subject to change.

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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 

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.

Coming soon- check back soon for pricing and dates!

 

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Today you meet your Travac Tour Director at the Ottawa International Airport for your flights to Memphis. Upon your arrival in Memphis you will be transferred to your hotel. The balance of your day will be free.


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 Studio before returning to our hotel.


Day 3

Today we will visit Graceland to explore the Elvis connection to Memphis. Learn how his revolutionary style and unique sound changed the face of popular music and culture forever. The balance of your day will be free.


Day 4

We will be heading to Nashville later this morning.

After arriving in Nashville, the balance of your day will be free. If you wish to go to a performance of the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman during your stay, your Tour Director will be happy to arrange tickets.


Day 5

This morning we’ll be touring Nashville. Besides its musical 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 honky-tonks and saloons. The tour will culminate with a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame and RCA Studio B.


Day 6

Today is at your leisure. There are plenty of museums in Nashville that you might consider visiting including the Johnny Cash Museum.


Day 7

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

Itinerary subject to change.


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Hotel Information


Holiday Inn Downtown Memphis

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160 Union Ave
Memphis, TN
38103
+1 901-525-5491


Hilton Garden Inn Nashville Downtown

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305 Korean Veterans Blvd
Nashville, TN
37201
+1 615-251-3013



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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


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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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