Fall Harvest & Colour Cruise:  Kingston to Montreal and Return

Fall Harvest & Colour Cruise:  Kingston to Montreal and Return with St Lawrence River Cruises

October 13-20, 2021

As autumn unfolds on the St. Lawrence River, the shore and islands ignite with a blaze of colour and travelers come from far and wide to experience this parade of colour as our ship cruises the quiet and peaceful shores. The sights and sounds of fall make for a breathtaking holiday river cruise. As the Canadian Empress continues its journey down river, the trees that line the riverbanks of Quebec show the true beauty of the changing seasons. This breathtaking cruise features shore excursions which compliment the turning of the leaves and that time known to many as harvest. Come and explore the passages and channels of the 1000 Islands, and the wonder of the St. Lawrence Seaway and its lock system, and the quaint and intimate port towns of the St. Lawrence River. During this cruise from Kingston to Montreal and returning back to Kingston, learn about the storied history of the relationship between English and French Canada.

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Depart Ottawa in the afternoon for Kingston.

Passenger boarding commences at 5:30pm and is followed by Captain’s Punch and Cheese Reception.

Your ship sails at 6:50pm starting with a Kingston Harbor tour.

Overnight 1000 Islands Anchorage.

Day 2

Ship sails at 7:30am to wander the 1000 Islands on its way to Gananoque.

Disembark Gananoque later in the morning for a guided tour of the 1000 Islands Heritage Museum. After museum tour ship will depart Gananoque for Brockville.

Arrive Brockville later in the afternoon, “City of the 1000 Islands”. Depart by bus for a guided tour Brockville Museum.

Return to the ship for departure to Upper Canada Village.

Overnight Crysler Park Marina.

Day 3

After breakfast, your miniature train departs to meet horse-drawn wagon to tour Upper Canada Village.

Return to your ship from the village tour at noon.

Ship departs Crysler for Coteau Landing, Quebec. Evening arrival in Coteau Landing.

Free time to relax or stroll along the old canal system.

Overnight Coteau Landing.

Day 4

Morning departure from Coteau Landing bound for Lachine (near Montreal).

Cruise Lac St. Louis and view the approach to Montreal. Arrive early afternoon at Lachine and enjoy Parc St. Louis.

Shortly after we will depart by bus for a guided tour of downtown Montreal and a guided tour of the Montreal Biodome.

Overnight in Lachine.

Day 5

Morning departure by bus to visit the Fur Trade Museum (National Historic Site).

Noon departure from Lachine bound for Cornwall.

Afternoon passage though Beauharnois Locks (2) Upper and Lower.

Overnight Cornwall.

Day 6

Morning transfer tour- Reception Centre at the Moses Saunders Power Dame.

After your tour you will return to the ship for departure to Morrisburg.

Arrive in Morrisburg late afternoon.

Overnight in Morrisburg.

Day 7

Transfer early morning for a guided tour of Smyth’s Apple Orchard, home of the original Macintosh Apple.

Return to the ship after the tour for departure to Prescott. Disembark at Prescott for a tour of historic Fort Wellington.

Early evening departure from Prescott to the Ivy Lea.

Overnight in Ivy Lea.

Day 8

Morning bus transfer to 1000 Island Tower on Hill Island.

Late morning departure from Ivy Lea for Kingston. View Kingston’s waterfront and arrive Kingston early afternoon.

Disembarkation and farewells Brock St. Dock Kingston.

Itinerary Subject to Change without notice or incurring obligation.  Currents, weather and seaway traffic may be modifying factors.

 

The Canadian Empress is a grand ship with a warm and friendly personality, and the size and design of the vessel serves to enhance the intimacy of river cruising. The exterior of the ship emulates the classic steamboats of the Victorian era, while the interior is a mix of charming early heritage style, with brass handrails and ornate metal ceilings, and contemporary fashion. This classic riverboat style is combined with modern technology to provide all of the safety, comfort, and amenities expected by today’s travelers. All staterooms are above the waterline and include daily maid service.

Note: The Canadian Empress is only equipped with stairs between decks. Persons with mobility issues should inquire with reservations staff about stateroom accessibility and potential accommodations.

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Canadian Connection Cruise: Kingston to Québec City with St Lawrence River Cruises

Canadian Connection Cruise:  Kingston to Québec City with St Lawrence River Cruises

June 12-18, 2021

“What river is this?” asked Jacques Cartier of his Indigenous guide as he looked on the St. Lawrence River. “A river without end,” his guide replied. And so it seems, as this cruise explores the staggering breadth of one of the world’s great rivers. Along its course you’ll experience magnificent scenery and numerous historic attractions that tie together the historic of French and English North America. En route you will discover the magic of the Thousand Islands, the deep historical roots of “Loyalist Brockville” and the unique living community of Upper Canada Village. Between Montreal and Québec City there are the “grassy Battures”, rich mudflat home to myriad species of birds. Québec City provides the venue for the end of your cruise. Here you can experience the world charm and grace of “Old” Europe. You will encounter Québec City’s unparalleled joie de vivre (love of life) found nowhere else in North America. Enjoy Old Québec with its massive ramparts still bolstering the Plains of Abraham and behold the imperial green-roofed towers of the legendary Chateau Frontenac.

 

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Depart Ottawa in the afternoon for Kingston.

Passenger boarding commences at 5:30pm and is followed by Captain’s Punch and Cheese Reception.

Your ship sails at 6:50pm starting with a Kingston Harbor tour.

Overnight 1000 Islands Anchorage.

Day 2

Ship sails at 7:30am to wander the 1000 Islands on its way to Gananoque. Disembark Gananoque later in the morning for a guided museum tour. After museum tour ship will depart Gananoque for Brockville.

Arrive in Brockville “City of the 1000 Islands” late afternoon and depart by bus for a guided tour of Fulford Mansion. Return to the ship after the tour.

There will be free time to relax or stroll along the park walkways.

Overnight Brockville.

Day 3

Depart by bus later in the morning for a tour of Aquatarium. Return to the ship after the tour for departure to Prescott.

Dock in Prescott for the afternoon for a guided tour of Fort Wellington National Historic Site. After the tour you will return to the ship.

Ship departs 4:00pm for Upper Canada Village and arrives early evening Crysler Park Marina (Upper Canada Village).

There will be free time to relax and stroll the marina and grounds.

Overnight Crysler Park Marina.

Day 4

After breakfast, your miniature train departs to meet horse-drawn wagon to tour Upper Canada Village.

Return to your ship from the village tour at noon.

Ship departs Crysler for Coteau Landing, Quebec. Early evening arrival in Coteau Landing.

Free time to relax or stroll along the park and old canal.

Overnight Coteau Landing.

Day 5

Depart early morning Coteau Landing for the Port of Montreal. Arrive late afternoon in Montreal.

Disembark Port of Montreal for a guided motor coach tour of Montreal. Return to your ship after the tour.

Free time after dinner to enjoy the unique character of Montreal.

Overnight Port of Montreal.

Day 6

Depart early morning from Montreal for Trois Rivieres Quebec. Afternoon arrival in Trois Rivieres.

Disembark the ship for a brief bus tour en route to visit the Shrine a Cap de la Madeleine or choose to visit the Borealis Industrial Museum for a self-guided tour.

Overnight Trois Rivieres.

Day 7

Depart early morning from Trois Rivieres to Quebec City. Witness the scenic approach to romantic Quebec City.

Sail past Montmorency Falls and view the city’s easterly approach from down the river (depending on tides and currents).

Disembarkation and farewells-Quebec City Louise Basin.

Itinerary Subject to Change without notice or incurring obligation.  Currents, weather and seaway traffic may be modifying factors.

 

The Canadian Empress is a grand ship with a warm and friendly personality, and the size and design of the vessel serves to enhance the intimacy of river cruising. The exterior of the ship emulates the classic steamboats of the Victorian era, while the interior is a mix of charming early heritage style, with brass handrails and ornate metal ceilings, and contemporary fashion. This classic riverboat style is combined with modern technology to provide all of the safety, comfort, and amenities expected by today’s travellers. All staterooms are above the waterline and include daily maid service.

Note: The Canadian Empress is only equipped with stairs between decks. Persons with mobility issues should inquire with reservations staff about stateroom accessibility and potential accommodations.

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Victoria Independent Stay Put Vacation

January 18 – February 15, 2021

The coastal serenity that awaits you in British Columbia’s capital city is unlike any other. Victoria’s mild climate and walkable city limits make this island oasis an ideal winter getaway. Nicknamed “the garden city” for good reason, Victoria’s radiant west-coast terrain is home to some of Canada’s most acclaimed gardens and parks. While the rest of the country is covered in snow, spring in Victoria begins in January, making this a fantastic time to experience all the city has to offer. Whether exploring Victoria’s quaint downtown core, taking an historical walking tour, spotting a whale, or indulging in the breathtaking beauty of the surrounding beaches and rainforests, there is no shortage of adventure to experience at your own pace.

Travac’s marvelous winter escape to Victoria includes 4 weeks accommodation at the Royal Scot, located in the heart of the city just steps from the Inner Harbour and within walking distance to Beacon Hill Park, Fisherman’s Wharf, Ogden Point, and several neighbourhood amenities. Each suite comes complete with a fully equipped kitchen, and laundry is available on-site.

Refresh and recharge this winter with Travac in the city of wide-open spaces. Whether you’d like to experience the vibrant offerings of a cultural centre within a safe and physically-distanced environment, indulge in the beauty of Victoria’s acclaimed gardens and natural surroundings, or simply relax in the blissful tranquility of the Pacific coast, this holiday has it all. Book early to avoid disappointment!

All bookings must be received by November 1, 2020.

Only 10 rooms left on this holiday.

The Sunken Garden at Butchart Gardens, a National Historic Site

Hotel Information


Royal Scot Hotel & Suites

Hotel website


Hotel Rating

Hotel Address
425 Quebec Street
Victoria, BC
V8V 1W7
1-800-663-7515



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Vancouver Independent Stay Put Vacation

February 1- February 22, 2021

Nestled between a breathtaking vista of mountains, forest, and ocean, the seaport city of Vancouver is the vibrant gem of the Pacific Northwest. With its mild year-round climate and perpetually sunny disposition, Vancouver offers an almost endless plethora of things to see and do. Travac wants to send you on the ultimate winter vacation to experience the very best of Vancouver: staying in the west end of downtown at the foot of Stanley Park, your home base will border Vancouver’s 400-hectare urban oasis where you can enjoy gorgeous daily walks amidst its world-renowned cultural landmarks and magnificent scenery overlooking English Bay.

This welcoming and accessible city is yours to enjoy: discover world-class shopping, gourmet meals, awe-inspiring public art, and live outdoor entertainment; or walk the seawall, take a harbour cruise, and indulge in the natural beauty of the Pacific coast. Your hotel is the Times Square Suites Hotel.  All suites come complete with full kitchenettes, in-suite washer and dryer, as well as high-speed Wi-Fi and cable T.V. so you can enjoy the comforts of home while on holiday. Vancouver’s safe and spectacular surroundings offer an unforgettable winter escape and this holiday is sure to sell out quickly- book now to avoid disappointment!

All bookings must be processed by November 15, 2020.

Only 10 rooms left on this holiday.

The Vancouver Seawall in Stanley Park

Hotel Information


Times Square Suites Hotel

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Hotel Rating

Hotel Address
1821 Robson Street
Vancouver, BC
V6G 3E4
1-877-684-2223



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