One of the best-known names in cruising, Princess is a Premium Cruise Line , renowned for innovative ships, an array of onboard options, and an environment of exceptional customer service. Gone are the days of cruise cards. Your cruise on the Caribbean Princess will feature the OceanMedallion™, a quarter-sized, wearable device that enables everything from touch-free boarding to locating your loved ones anywhere on the ship, as well as enhanced service like having whatever you need delivered to you wherever you are. Your Travac Tours Director will give you all the details of this groundbreaking technology.
The price is a remarkable value, including your cruise, the Premium Beverage Package; Unlimited Wi-Fi onboard; all shipboard gratuities and all taxes.
This morning you will depart Ottawa for your trip to Quebec City. Upon arrival, you will transfer to your ship. Take some time to unpack, then enjoy the rest of your day in port or exploring the ship. (D)
Quebec City (depart 5 pm)
To visit Québec is to experience France without crossing the Atlantic. The architecture, the ambience, and the animated conversation on the street confirm the impression that a bit of France has been permanently imbedded in North America. Stroll along the streets of the atmospheric Latin Quarter and explore the historic stone and brick houses of Old Québec, the only remaining walled city north of Mexico. Visit the Place Royale and Notre Dame des Victoires, the oldest stone church in North America, and marvel at the turreted Château Frontenac. (B, L, D)
Saguenay, Quebec (7 am –5 pm)
The Saguenay Fjord Route is an outstanding landscape of sea, mountains and rising cliffs protected by three National Parks. Its exceptional natural beauty can be discovered by land, sea or air. With a decidedly French atmosphere and a touch of the Old World, the banks of the Saguenay Fjord are lined with charming villages surrounded by beautiful landscapes. (B, L, D)
Spend a leisurely day at sea.
(B, L, D)
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island (9 am – 6 pm)
While Prince Edward Island is Canada’s smallest providence in terms of area and population, it more than makes up for this with the friendliness of its people, its natural beauty, and for being known as the birthplace of Canada. The island’s landscape is dramatic and features rolling hills, pristine forests, reddish-white sand beaches, ocean coves and the famous red soil. One certainly cannot think about Prince Edward without mentioning the author Lucy Maud Montgomery and her classic novel “Anne of Green Gables.” PEI also has another claim to fame with the Confederation Bridge built in 1997. The world’s longest bridge over ice-covered waters provides a connection from PEI to the mainland Canada. (B, L, D)
Sydney, Nova Scotia (7 am – 4 pm)
Cape Breton is fabled as a magical travel destination and the Port of Sydney is the gateway. Known for its beauty and unique Celtic music and culture, Sydney puts some of the Island’s greatest sights and attractions at your fingertips when you disembark into the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion. Visit the community of Baddeck and the breathtaking Bras d’Or Lake where Alexander Graham Bell lived, worked and studied, or travel to the east coast of Cape Breton to visit the largest historic reconstruction in North America, the Fortress of Louisbourg. an attraction that is not to be missed. (B, L, D)
Halifax, Nova Scotia (7 am – 4 pm)
The capital of Nova Scotia and the largest city in Canada’s Atlantic Provinces, Halifax was once Great Britain’s major military bastion in North America. The beautifully restored waterfront buildings of Halifax’s Historic Properties recall the city’s centuries-old maritime heritage. Stroll the waterfront, and you may find Nova Scotia’s floating ambassador, the schooner Bluenose II, tied up to Privateer’s Wharf, just as old sailing ships have done for over 200 years. Halifax is also the gateway to Nova Scotia’s stunning scenery, including famous Peggy’s Cove, where surf-pounded granite cliffs and a solitary lighthouse create an unsurpassed scene of rugged natural beauty. (B, L, D)
Bar Harbor, Maine (7 am – 7 pm)
(Water Shuttle Required, Wheelchair Access Limited)
Nestled in Maine’s Frenchman Bay on Mount Desert Island lies the quaint town of Bar Harbor. The wealthy have flocked to the area since the early 1900s, making it a fashionable summer resort filled with Newport-style “cottages”. As you approach the shore, gaze upon the many unique lighthouses still standing guard over 3,478 miles of Maine’s coast. Bar Harbor is the gateway to Acadia National Park, established 1919 and one of the most visited national parks in America. You can cycle, drive, hike or trot by horse-drawn carriage through the park’s postcard-perfect scenery and along 27-mile Park Loop Road that ribbons around the island and wends its way up to the summit of Cadillac Mountain. And you can’t leave Maine’s shores without feasting on a traditional “downeast” meal, a lobster bake with all the trimmings. (B, L, D)
Boston, Massachusetts (7 am – 10 pm)
Hailed as the “Cradle of American Independence,” Boston brims with heritage landmarks and cultural attractions that tell the story of our country’s fascinating history. Boston was America’s first great city and has been described as the “Athens of America.” To make the most of your visit, embark on a comprehensive guided drive by motorcoach or trolley, or take the iconic “Duck” tour showcasing the Public Gardens and picture-perfect Copley Square. Follow the Freedom Trail along three of the most historic miles in the country and see the site of the Boston Tea Party. Trace the route of Paul Revere’s famous ride, and stand on the bridge where minutemen fired “the shot heard ’round the world.” Venture into Lexington and Concord for more icons of the American Revolution, or head to Salem to explore the dark past at the Salem Witch Museum. Get an education at Harvard Square, touch “Fisk Pole” at Fenway Park, and top it all off with a bowl of “Boston Chowda” at Quincy Marketplace. (B, L, D)
Spend a leisurely day at sea.
(B, L, D)
New Your City
This morning Caribbean Princess will arrive in New York. After breakfast we will meet as a group and disembark the ship, where we will be met by our motor coach and begin your journey back to Ottawa, with a stop enroute for lunch. You can expect to arrive in Ottawa about 8:00 in the evening. (B)
*Itinerary subject to change by cruiseline*
A Spectacular Escape to the Land of Fire and Ice!
October 23 – 29, 2023
Check off one of your ultimate bucket list destinations this year with our fabulous tour to mother nature’s land of fire and ice! Iceland is an awe-inspiring country with pristine nature, breathtaking landscapes, and a vibrant culture with deep roots in ancient heritage. You will be pleasantly surprised by its sparsely populated yet epic landscapes, known for their incredible glaciers, geysers, waterfalls, and active volcanic systems.
You will stay at the 4-star Fosshótel in the capital city of Reykjavik, where you can learn about and experience Iceland’s storied history of the Norseman. Our tour will illuminate many of the ancient sagas from the country’s history that make up not only part of the cultural fabric of Iceland, but that of North America as well. We will visit Iceland’s top attractions on this tour including the famous thermal waters of the Blue Lagoon, where you can enjoy the views of its otherworldly vistas!
In your free time you could choose to ride an Icelandic pony, snorkel the waters between the tectonic plates, ride a helicopter and land on a volcano, or simply enjoy the local cuisine and spirited culture of Reykjavik. The options are endless- join us this October as we explore all this fabled island nation has to offer!
This tour is limited to 26 persons.
Departure from Ottawa
This evening you will depart Ottawa for your flights to Iceland (via Toronto).
Arrival in Iceland and Tour of the Reykjanes Peninsula
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 for your stay – Fosshótel Reykjavik.
City Tour via private motor coach and local guide
Reykjavík is the world’s most northerly capital, and home to 60% of Iceland’s population. Today Reykjavík is a modern city with a variety of restaurants, museums, galleries, and theatres. On our tour we cover all the cities highlights, with a bit of walking in the downtown core. We will see the old town centre, Parliament, the Cathedral, the Harbour, the National Museum, 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 the National Museum (your choice). The balance of your day will be at your leisure.
Golden Circle & Fontana Steam Bath
Today you will enjoy a perfect combination of the hugely popular “Golden Circle Tour” and finish off with a visit to the newly opened Fontana Steam Bath in the quaint little town of Laugarvatn with a local guide. 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.
Note: Please bring a swimsuit (towels are provided).
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. (B)
Optional tours are also available. ($)
Today is another free day. There will also be various optional excursions available to you at an additional cost. (B)
Return to Ottawa
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. Arrival into Ottawa early morning of October 30th. (B)
Itinerary subject to change.
*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 walkways are uneven. Comfortable walking shoes are essential.
Hotel AddressÞórunnartún 1
105 Reykjavík, Iceland
+354 531 9000