Shaw and Come From Away- August 13-15 Departure

Come From Away

Travac Tours is pleased to announce that it will be offering a special program to see “Come From Away”, the award winning musical about Newfoundland’s generosity during the 9/11 crisis. The Shaw Festival will be featuring “Of Marriage and Men”.

Come from Away” is a Canadian story that literally moved the world. It is opening to the biggest advance ticket sales in Canadian theatre history. In fact, most spring and summer dates are sold.

Kelly Nestruck of The Globe and Mail wrote of “Come From Away” that “the heartwarming musical lives up to the hype” and that “the accessible story, strong emotional core and gorgeous songwriting should not distract from how original and smart this gem of a musical is”. Robert Cushman of the National Post called the production “outstanding.” Liz Braun of the Toronto Sun gave the show a perfect 5-star review.

 

Travac’s Shaw Festival and Come From Away Holiday is affordably priced at only $659 per person based on double occupancy + plus HST of $85.67. Total cost per person with HST is $744.67.

Your holiday includes round trip transportation by deluxe chartered coach, 2 nights’ accommodation in St. Catharine’s at the Best Western Hotel and Conference Centre, 2 breakfasts and 1 dinner, tickets for two plays, sightseeing in the Niagara Falls area, a backstage tour at the Shaw Festival as well as the services of a Travac Tours Director.

Early booking is essential. Our first two dates of Come From Away sold out in 48 hours.

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

This morning you depart Westgate Shopping Centre. A lunch stop will be made enroute. Expect to arrive at your hotel in St. Catherines in the late afternoon. This evening the bus will transfer us to Niagara Falls for our included dinner. After dinner we will return to the hotel. (D)


Day 2

After breakfast you will have some free time before we depart for Niagara on the Lake and your backstage tour of the Shaw Festival.  

This afternoon we will be seeing “Of Marriage and Men.” (2pm show)

After the performance you have the option to return to your hotel or staying in Niagara on the Lake for free time and dinner. A shuttle will take you back to the hotel after dinner. (B)


Day 3

We depart in the morning for Toronto and your performance of “Come From Away”. You will have plenty of time for lunch before the performance. After the show we will make our way back to Ottawa. Expect to arrive back in Ottawa in mid evening. (B)


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Shaw and Come From Away- July 16-18 and August 20-22 Departures

Come From Away

Travac Tours is pleased to announce that it will be offering a special program to see “Come From Away”, the award winning musical about Newfoundland’s generosity during the 9/11 crisis. The Shaw Festival will be featuring “Of Marriage and Men” on our July 17 departure and “Oh What a Lovely War’’ on our August 20th departure.

Come from Away” is a Canadian story that literally moved the world. It is opening to the biggest advance ticket sales in Canadian theatre history. In fact, most spring and summer dates are sold.

Kelly Nestruck of The Globe and Mail wrote of “Come From Away” that “the heartwarming musical lives up to the hype” and that “the accessible story, strong emotional core and gorgeous songwriting should not distract from how original and smart this gem of a musical is”. Robert Cushman of the National Post called the production “outstanding.” Liz Braun of the Toronto Sun gave the show a perfect 5-star review.

 

Travac’s Shaw Festival and Come From Away Holiday is affordably priced at only $659.00 per person based on double occupancy + plus HST of $85.67. Total cost per person with HST is $744.67 .

Your holiday includes round trip transportation by deluxe chartered coach, 2 nights’ accommodation in St. Catharine’s at the Best Western Hotel and Conference Centre, 2 breakfasts and 1 dinner, tickets for two plays, sightseeing in the Niagara Falls area, a backstage tour at the Shaw Festival as well as the services of a Travac Tours Director.

Early booking is essential. Our first two dates of Come From Away sold out in 48 hours.

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

This morning you depart Westgate Shopping Centre. A lunch stop will be made enroute. Expect to arrive at your hotel in St. Catherines in the late afternoon. This evening the bus will transfer us to Niagara Falls for our included dinner. After dinner we will return to the hotel. (D)


Day 2

After breakfast you will have some free time. An optional excursion to Niagara Falls will be available today.

On July 17 patrons will be seeing “Of Marriage and Men.” (8pm show)

On August 21 patrons will be seeing “Oh What a Lovely War” (8pm show)

After dinner the bus will transfer us to the Shaw Festival.


Day 3

We depart in the morning for Toronto and your performance of “Come From Away”. You will have plenty of time for lunch before the performance. After the show we will make our way back to Ottawa. Expect to arrive back in Ottawa in mid evening. (B)


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Croatia- September 2018

Croatia- Dubrovnik

Pictured above:  City of Dubrovnik

Succulent seafood, miles and miles of brilliant coastline, awe inspiring scenery everywhere you go, it’s all a taste of this unique land called Croatia. With roots that go back to the Greek and Roman eras you will find telltale examples of its magnificent past everywhere. The magnetism of modern Croatia, though, is found on the Adriatic coast with its beautiful beaches, secluded bays, lakes, incredible mountain peaks, fantastic cuisine and prized wines and spirits.

Travac Tours has crafted the perfect holiday for you in Croatia. Your experience will take you through the capital Zagreb and the plains district where you can visit its castles or simply enjoy freshly picked fruit from a local farm. While in Zagreb you’ll stay at the legendary Hotel Esplanade, an Orient Express hotel, visited by actors, dignitaries, kings and monarchs including Queen Elizabeth.

We’ll then take you to the Croatian Riviera where towns look like movie sets and the mountains cascade into the sea. This, the Monte Carlo of Croatia, is compared to the Amalfi coast in Italy yet you may find it more exhilarating.

A highlight of your vacation will come with a visit to the Plitvice Lakes National Park. A UNESCO world heritage site the park’s undeniable natural wonder is created by the beauty found in a string of lakes and waterfalls. Indeed, the lakes are one of the most outstanding natural wonders in all of Europe

You will then travel to the small village of Biograd na Moru to enjoy the matchless charm of this seaside resort.

Continuing south, you’ll stay in Split, an eternally young city where many inhabitants have built their homes inside the 1700-year-old walls of the Diocletian’s Palace, another UNESCO world heritage site. Here you will be able to shop and enjoy the towns famous marketplace. This seaside town truly brings you back to the Mediterranean as it once was.

Your last stop is Dubrovnik. A fortified sea town which holds thousands of years of both history and legend. This former city state was a republic of nobles. Its castles and villas are often used as backdrops for the TV series “Game of Thrones.” Dubrovnik is indeed amazing!

While on vacation you will be housed in some of the finest hotels in Croatia, each with a distinctive character. Breakfast is included daily. We have also included 8 dinners at the resort hotels. There is a full slate of sightseeing. Optional sightseeing opportunities are available for the adventurous and energetic.

Undeniably, Croatia is the up and coming destination for the perfect holiday. Join us!

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Ottawa to Zagreb

Depart Ottawa by motorcoach to Montreal for your overnight flights to Zagreb.


Day 2

Zagreb

Zagreb is the capital of Croatia.  Archeological discoveries dating back to around 35,000 BC, during the Stone Age, have been discovered in the area. While Celts moved in from the North and the Romans from the West. Zagreb, as we know it today, dates back to the middle ages and there are plenty of sights that reflect its great past. After checking into your hotel the balance of your day will be free.  Your hotel, the Esplanade Zagreb, has a fascinating history dating back to 1925 when it was owned by “The Orient Express” Rail Company. Over the years this 5-star hotel has hosted most of the royal families in Europe as well as actors and diplomats.  To this day it is considered to be one of the finest hotels in central Europe. Numerous museums and the botanical gardens are a short walk from your hotel.

Zagreb


Day 3

Zagreb

You will begin your day with a tour of Zagreb. A good part of the tour will be on foot as we meander through the old town.  Zagreb itself is a very green city and there is plenty of opportunity to enjoy its parks and green spaces.  Your afternoon is free to explore. (B)


Day 4

Zagreb

Your day is free to explore Zagreb.  (B)


Day 5

Zagreb to Opatija

This morning we head to the Croatian Riviera and the delightful town of Opatija.  Variously known as the “Old Dame”, the “Pearl of the Adriatic” or the “Queen of Tourism” Opatija is a remarkable seaside resort dating back to 1844.  The feel of the Victorian era is everywhere amongst the spectacular hotels with their grand facades. The cascading hills remind you of Italy’s Almafi Coast.   It is truly a destination of elegance and style. Upon your arrival your Travac Tours Director will take you on a short stroll down the city’s main street and point out some of the town’s highlights. (B,D)

If you are interested in walking you will certainly enjoy the “Lungomare Promenade” which follows the coastline for 12 kilometers.


Day 6

Opatija

After breakfast we begin our tour with a visit to the Roman Amphitheatre in Pula.  While this Amphitheatre is one of many left around Europe by Roman engineers it is certainly one of the best preserved anywhere. We’ll also spend some time in the old town before heading to Rovinj.  Rovinj rises dramatically from the Adriatic.  Its streets are delightfully twisty and there is indeed something particularly romantic about this old town. (B,D)

Opatija


Day 7

Opatija

On our last day in this region you are free to relax and enjoy Opatija.  (B,D)


Day 8

Opatija to Biograd na Moru

Our journey today will take us to Plitvicka Jezera National Park.  This UNESCO world heritage site will be one of the highlights of your holiday. The national park is world famous for its lakes arranged in cascades. The sixteen lakes are separated into twelve upper and four lower clusters formed by runoff from the mountains.  The lakes are renowned for their distinctive colours ranging from azure to green and grey to blue. The colours change constantly depending on the quantity of minerals or organisms in the water and the angle of sunlight. For the next two nights you will be staying in the delightful town Biograd na Moru.  Situated on the northern Dalmatian coast, this small town has an enchanting appeal. You will be free this evening to enjoy a stroll along the waterfront and choose your dining experience. (B,D)

Plitvice Lakes


Day 9

Biograd na Moru

Biograd was once the home of Croatian kings. Today it is populated by leisure craft and tourists from all over the world. Your free day can be enjoyed by simply relaxing at your hotel or taking a stroll through this interesting village. (B, D)


Day 10

Biograd na Moru – Split

After breakfast, our journey continues to the heart of the Dalmatian coast – Split.

Split is the second largest city in Croatia with a population of over 200,000. Modern Split effectively came into being with the founding of the Diocletian’s Palace, around 295 AD. Today the Palace is part of the old city and is surrounded by an open air market which is always bustling with activity. After our arrival in Split, we will make our way to the old city for a chance to see the Diocletian’s Palace which simply oozes atmosphere. There are numerous options for dinner in the old city that will offer everything from Dalmatian delicacies to your standard bill of fare. (B)


Day 11

Split

Today you will have a leisurely opportunity to explore and discover the spirit of Split.  (B)


Day 12

Split to Dubrovnik

 After breakfast we will continue south to the wonderful walled city of Dubrovnik.  This city is squeezed between the sea and the mountains and is encircled by stone walls.  It is, in a sense, a perfect work of beauty with an enthralling history.  Nothing will disappoint you in this magnificent city. (B, D)


Day 13

Dubrovnik

Your morning tour of Dubrovnik will start with a panoramic drive through the Dubrovnik surroundings.  Dubrovnik rose to have one of the strongest merchant navies in the 16th century.  The town itself became a powerful city state known as the Dubrovnik republic which maintained its independence for 450 years.  Your tour will continue with a guided walking tour of the old city. (B, D)


Day 14

Dubrovnik

Your last full day in Dubrovnik is free. Optional tour to Korcula. The town of Korcula is a magical place, girdled by the remains of massive medieval walls, which surround a perfect herringbone pattern of narrow stone streets descending from the main axis.  It sits on a small peninsula toward the eastern end of the island.  It is one of the most beautiful towns on the Adriatic and far less crowded than Dubrovnik or Hvar town. Our tour will include a Ferry ride then a walking tour of the Old Town including stops at the Cathedral of Saint Mark, the Bishop’s Treasury and, of course, the house of Marco Polo.  On our journey back to Dubrovnik, we will stop for a tour of a local oyster farm. Our day will be fully guided by our Dubrovnik guide, Marko. (B,D)


Day 15

Dubrovnik to Zagreb

After breakfast we will make our return journey from Dubrovnik to Zagreb for our overnight stay. Your evening is free. (B)


Day 16

Zagreb to Ottawa

Your Travac Tours Director will advise you of your departure time for your return flights to Ottawa. (B)

 


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Hotel Information


Zagreb – Esplanade Zagreb Hotel (5 star)

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Mihanoviceva 1
Zagreb, Croatia
10000
+385 1 4566 666


Opatija- Remisens Premium Hotel Ambasador (5 star)

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Feliksa Peršića 5
Opatija, Croatia
51410
+385 51 710 444


Biograd na Moru- Kornati OR Ilirija (4 star)

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Ul. Tina Ujevića 7
Biograd na Moru, Croatia
23210
+385 23 383 556


Split- Hotel Atrium (5 star)

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Ul. Domovinskog rata 21
Split, Croatia
21000
+385 21 200 000


Dubrovnik- Valamar Lacroma/ Valamar Argosy Dubrovnik (4+ star)

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Ul. Iva Dulčića 34
Dubrovnik, Croatia
20000
+385 52 465 100


Best Western Premier Hotel Astoria

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Petrinjska 71
Zagreb, Croatia

+385 1 4808 900



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Iles de la Madeleine & Prince Edward Island (September 2018)

Iles de la Madeleine

Located in the middle of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, a green archipelago surrounded by white-sand beaches and red cliffs wields a magnetic attraction on everyone that steps on its shores. Iles de la Madeleine offers a perfect summer escape. Renowned for their warm hospitality, the islanders here have created a perfect summer getaway with exquisite seafood, fabulous attractions including wonderful galleries and shops.

While on PEI you will experience Charlottetown as well as landscapes filled with rolling hills and green forests. You also have a chance to stroll along the beckoning sandy beaches with their dunes and red sandstone cliffs. Imagine walking in the footsteps of Lucy Maud Montgomery, creator of Anne of Green Gables. During the tour of this island you will be charmed by the yarns of our local host as he guides you through some of the most beautiful and colourful villages in Canada.

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Ottawa to Edmundston

This morning you will depart Ottawa and travel east along the south shore of the St Lawrence River. Expect to arrive in Edmundston in the late afternoon.


Day 2

PEI

Edmundston to Summerside

Leaving Edmundston we will continue our journey along the Trans-Canada highway making your way east through New Brunswick to the sea, where you will cross Confederation Bridge. Confederation Bridge spans the Abegweit Passage of Northumberland Strait, linking Prince Edward Island with mainland New Brunswick. It won’t take long once you have crossed this engineering marvel to reach Summerside, your home for the evening.


Day 3

Summerside to Iles de la Madeleine

After a leisurely breakfast and a bit more time in Summerside, you’re off to Souris for the ferry crossing to Iles de la Madeleine. Our route to the ferry will take us along the north coast of PEI. Dinner is included tonight.


Day 4

Iles de la Madeleine

The Îles de la Madeleine is an isolated archipelago made up of seven inhabited islands in the middle of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Six of these islands are linked by the main road, Route 199, while the seventh, Entry Island, is only accessible by boat. The total population of the islands is under 15,000. While on the islands you enjoy a complete change of pace. Today we tour the western part of the archipelago. In the morning we will visit the villages of Cap-aux-Meules, L’Etang-du-Nord and La Cote. In the afternoon we have the opportunity to explore the island of Havre-Aubert. Dinner is included tonight.


Day 5

Iles de la Madeleine

Today we visit the eastern part of the islands. In the morning, we explore the village of Havre-aux Maisons and make a stop at the Pointe-Basse Harbour to visit the herring smokehouse economuseum. We will then make our way to the Echourie lighthouse before stopping at Dune-du-Sud for a walk on the beach and a look at the brilliant cliffs carved by the sea. In the afternoon we will visit the villages of Grosse-Isle and Grand-Entrée. We will then return to the hotel for a bit of leisure time. Dinner is included tonight.


Day 6

Iles de la Madeleine- Charlottetown

After an early breakfast we will journey to PEI. Upon our arrival the remainder of the day will be at leisure.


Day 7

Charlottetown

This morning, we will be met by our local guide for a tour of this appealing island. We will start off with a tour of Historic Charlottetown. Next, we will be off to Anne’s Land. Your journey will take you to Cavendish, one of the prettiest towns on the island. The fictional redheaded Anne of Green Gables is everywhere in this area. When the novel Anne of Green Gables was first published in 1908, most people could only dream of visiting its magical setting. Your visit will take you to Green Gables heritage place. Green Gables, part of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Cavendish National Historic Site, is famous around the world as the inspiration for the setting in Lucy Maud Montgomery’s classic tale of fiction. We will also visit PEI Preserve Company, North Rustico, PEI National Park, and a stop at a winery.


Day 8

Charlottetown to Edmundston

After a hearty breakfast you will begin your homeward journey stopping again in Edmundston.


Day 9

Edmundston to Ottawa

It will be an early start back to Ottawa. Expect to be back in the city for dinner.


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Hotel Information


Four Points by Sheraton Edmundston

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100 rue Rice Street
Edmunston, NB
E3V 1T4
(506) 739-7321


Quality Inn and Suites Summerside

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618 Water Street
Summerside, PEI
C1N 4H7
(902) 436-2295


Auberge Madeli (Iles de la Madeleine)

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Hotel Address
485 chemin Principal
Cap aux Meules, QC
G4T 1E4
1 866-332-3590


Charlottetown Inn & Conference Centre

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Hotel Address
238 Grafton St.
Charlottetown, PEI
C1A 1L5
902-892-2461



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