A Christmas Wonderland- December 11 departure

Christmas Markets

Tour Itinerary

Day 1

6:30am, depart Westgate Shopping Centre for your journey to Frankenmuth. A lunch stop will be made on route. Expect to arrive in Frankenmuth around 4:30 pm. Your hotel for the next two nights is the Bavarian Inn Lodge & Conference Center. After checking into your hotel, you will have some free time to freshen up before heading to dinner in the hotel. (D)

Day 2

Depart the hotel for your included city tour of Frankenmuth. It is famous for its Bavarian architecture and its large Christmas store. Bronner’s Christmas wonderland is the size of 5 ½ football fields with a Christmas inventory to match. You will have some free time to shop and enjoy this festive village after the city tour. This afternoon, join your Tour Director for a strudel making Experience and wine sampling at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. Tonight’s dinner is included at the Hotel. (B, D)

Day 3

After your included breakfast in the hotel, depart Frankenmuth for St. Jacobs. The Village of St. Jacobs is a beloved destination steeped in history and set in a charming location along the Conestoga River. This small community is known for original arts and crafts and myriad of stores featuring home decor, clothing, jewellery, accessories, toys, gourmet foods, and gifts. Your hotel for the night is the Courtyard by Marriott Waterloo, St. Jacobs. (B)

Day 4

This morning, you will depart St. Jacobs for Niagara Falls. You will have some free time before checking in to your hotel. In the early evening, we will depart for Niagara-on-the-Lake to see the evening performance of A Christmas Carol**(Optional). If you do not wish to see the show, you will have free time to explore Niagara on the lake or stay back and enjoy the lights of Niagara Falls. Your Hotel for tonight is the Embassy Suites, Niagara Falls. (B)

Day 5

After breakfast your morning will be at leisure to explore Niagara Falls. You will make your way back to Ottawa after an early lunch. Your tour director will advise you of your departure time and your expected arrival time in Ottawa. (B)

**Optional show:

Reserved orchestra seating for “A Christmas Carol” at the Shaw Festival. $56 per person if numbers are met.

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Cruising the Douro, River of Gold with CroisiEurope

Cruising the Douro, River of Gold with Croisi

The Douro river offers some of the best scenery of any river cruise in Europe.

Travac Tours is pleased to be offering a special cruise on the Douro and into the heart of Portugal and Spain’s wine country at an incredible price.

Starting at only $4689 total ($3999+ taxes of $690) per person based on double occupancy, Travac’s river cruise includes round trip airfare from Canada, three nights’ accommodation in the vibrant city of Lisbon with breakfast daily, a visit to Fatima, an eight day seven night river cruise on the Douro River with refined French cuisine (three meals a day), all your drinks with meals and at the bar (specialty drinks excluded), a gala dinner and evening, a host of onboard activities and the services a Travac Tours Director.

Early booking is essential if you want to take part in this adventure!

Tour Itinerary

Day 1

This afternoon we will depart from Ottawa by chartered coach for Montreal and our flight to Lisbon.

Day 2- Lisbon

Upon our arrival in Lisbon we will be transferred to our hotel in the downtown core. Check in is not available until mid- afternoon. Your tour director will have a few options to help you discover this fabulous city.

Day 3- Lisbon

This morning you will have the chance to enjoy a tour of Lisbon conducted by a qualified local tour professional. Your afternoon will be at your leisure.

Day 4- Lisbon

Today is a free day. There will be plenty of options and your tour director will be happy to go over them with you.

Day 5- Lisbon to Porto

This morning we will be travelling north from Lisbon to Porto. Along the way will be stopping in Fatima for a visit to this religious facility. Later in the afternoon we will board our ship and settle into our cabins. This evening you will have an option to see Porto by night.

Day 6- Porto

While in Porto, one of the oldest cities in Europe, you will have a chance to enjoy a guided tour this morning. Your afternoon will be free. After dinner you can enjoy some Fado entertainment aboard the ship.


Day 7- Porto to Regua

If you have a taste for port wine Peso da Régua, a UNESCO site, the Douro Valley is somewhere you’ll love.

Until the 20th century Peso da Régua was where port wine barrels would be loaded onto wooden boats known as rabelos and shipped down to Vila Nova de Gaia at the mouth of the Douro where they would make their way around the world. The region itself is the base of the oldest demarcated wine region in the world, the Douro DOC, regulated since 1756. The landscapes that you will encounter are absolutely stunning.

Day 8- Regua to Vega de Terron

As we reach the border between Portugal and Spain we will stop at the small Spanish port town of Vega de Terron. This town is a popular passageway to the ancient university city of Salamanca. With both Portuguese and Spanish influences, Vega de Terron is a charming settlement dotted on the banks of the fascinating waterway across from beautiful Douro International Nature Park.

Day 9- Salamanca

Today we travel to Salamanca. Salamanca is located in northwestern Spain. It is the capital of Salamanca province and is part of the Castile and León region. With a history dating back to the Celtic era, it’s known for its ornate sandstone architecture and for the Universidad de Salamanca. This small town has a vibrant atmosphere with picturesque parks and squares.

Day 10- Barca D'Alva to Ferradosa to Pinhao

The morning will be spent cruising. We travel between Barca D’Alva, Ferradosa and ultimately arriving in Pinhao. Some of the best Port wines are produced in Pinhao. The picturesque town offers more than wines. Pinhão sits on a particularly lovely bend of the Rio Douro. Its shops are quaint and the atmosphere around town is particularly vibrant. Tonight is our gala dinner and evening aboard our ship.

Day 11- Pinhao to Porto

On our return to Porto we will stop in Lamego. Lamego is nestled among the terraced slopes of the Douro valley and its port wine-growing region. The town itself is overlooked by an ornate shrine done in a Baroque style. The art is everywhere and will turn your heads in wonderment. Its gardens are exquisite and its lifestyle typical of the Douro. This afternoon will be spent cruising. Tonight, you will be able to enjoy an evening of traditional folk entertainment.

Day 12- Porto

Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. for the airport and your return flight to Canada.

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