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Shaw Festival & Come From Away (September Departure)

 

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 along with Lerner and Lowe’s “Brigadoon.”

“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.

“Brigadoon” is a musical by Lerner and Lowe. Stumbling upon a magical village that appears out of the Scottish mist for one day every century, Tommy, a modern boy, meets Fiona, a girl from the past. Should he stay with her in Brigadoon, or return to the world he knows and never see her again? This feast of song and dance from Lerner and Loewe (the team behind My Fair Lady) has been entrancing audiences for more than seven decades.

Travac’s Shaw Festival and Come From Away holiday is affordably priced at only $679 per person based on double occupancy + plus HST of $88.27. Total cost per person with HST is $767.27.

Your holiday includes round trip transportation by deluxe chartered coach, 2 nights’ accommodation in St. Catharine’s at the Best Western, 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner, orchestra seating for both plays, and the services of a Travac Tours Director.

Early booking is essential.

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

This morning you depart Westgate Shopping Centre for Toronto. A rest stop will be made enroute. Expect to arrive in Toronto in time for lunch ($) before your matinee performance of “Come from Away”. After the play we will depart for your hotel in St. Catharine’s. 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 we will depart for Niagara Falls with free time for shopping and dinner. Your performance this evening will be the hit musical “Brigadoon”.

The coach will transfer us to the Shaw Festival theatre for this evenings show.

After the show the bus will return us to the hotel. (B)

Day 3

We depart in the morning for Ottawa. Expect to arrive in Ottawa in the late afternoon. (B)

**Itinerary and hotel are subject to change**

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Agawa Canyon and the Route of the “Group of Seven”

AN ARTISTIC TRIP ON THE RAILS THEY RODE

See what they saw and capture your own moment in Algoma.

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Ottawa to Sault Ste. Marie

This morning you will depart for Sault Ste. Marie. You will arrive in time for dinner. There are several options for dinner close to the hotel.

Day 2

The Agawa Canyon Train and the “Group of Seven”

After breakfast we depart your hotel for the Algoma Central Railway Terminal where we board the train for the Agawa Canyon. Your lunch is included on board. Your rail trip takes you 114 miles north into the forests and hills of the Canadian Shield. Upon reaching the observation point you will have a chance to get off the train and enjoy the spectacular views. Along the way you will pass areas where the “Group of Seven” painted. Our local guide, a “Group of Seven” specialist, will be on board the train to enhance your experience. The train will have you back to Sault Ste. Marie in time for dinner.

Day 3

The Path of the “Group of Seven”

Our journey today covers some of the most breathtaking scenery in all of the Great Lakes. From secluded bays on the shoreline of Lake Superior to sandy beaches, campgrounds and ancient aboriginal paintings, the drive from Sault Ste. Marie north will follow the route that the Group of Seven followed in 1918. Several stops will be made where the Group of Seven stopped themselves and created some of the most iconic images in Canadian art. This may be the most picturesque of all driving tours in Ontario. Indeed, the scenery is nothing short of spectacular.

Day 4

Sault Ste. Marie to Sudbury

Leaving Sault Ste. Marie, we head to Sudbury. One of the great attractions in Sudbury is the Big Nickel where a stop is included. We will also venture to Science North. Science North is an internationally renowned science centre offering hands on exhibits encouraging visitors to play and explore. It tells the story of northern Ontario like no other museum in its class. Your evening will be free. (B)

Day 5

Sudbury to Ottawa

Regrettably, you will begin your journey back to Ottawa today. Our route takes us into Huntsville for a brief stop. Expect to arrive in Ottawa in the late afternoon.

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Lavender Festival in Prince Edward County

Departing Ottawa early in the morning, we will drive directly to the Lavender Festival in Prince Edward County.

You will have 2 ½ hours at the Festival to enjoy the lavender fields, music and food ($). Learn about the process of essential oil making and sample delicacies in the tasting tent. There is a retail store to purchase all types of herbs and lavender products.

After the festival we will head to the quaint village of Wellington for your included lunch.

We will then depart Wellington for two delicious local wine tastings.

Approximate arrival time back into Ottawa is 6:00pm.

**Itinerary are Subject to Change**

Québec’s Eastern Townships

Québec's Eastern Townships

Join Travac as we head into the very heart of Quebec’s Eastern Townships. It’s an experience like no other. You’ll enjoy cruising on Lake Memphremagog, shopping in quaint villages or enjoying a wine tasting at a local vineyard. Part of your experience will be to appreciate a traditional English tea at the Uplands Cultural Centre. We’ll also call on a cheese factory where you will have a chance to enjoy some of the fabulous regional cheeses. Your lodging for this wonderful experience will be at the Estrimont Suites and Spa, the best lodging in the Magog-Orford region. Each suite comes with a fireplace and the amenities of the hotel are second to none.

Attractively priced at only $744.67 per person based on double occupancy ($659 per person + HST), this getaway vacation is sure to sell out early. Book your space today.

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

This morning we will depart Ottawa and make our way to Magog. Upon our arrival you will have some free time to enjoy this quaint village and have lunch. After lunch we will make our way to the Merry House Museum which celebrates early life in the Eastern Townships. Your afternoon will be completed with a cocktail cruise on Lake Memphremagog. Your evening will be free to enjoy yourself at our hotel The Estrimont Suites.

Day 2

You will begin your day with a short drive to Sherbrooke where you will enjoy a guided tour of the town and its famous murals. Afterwards you will have some free time to discover the town on your own and have lunch at one of Sherbrooke’s excellent restaurants. Your first stop in the afternoon will be at La Halte des Pelerin Vineyard. Leaving the vineyard we will make our way to Uplands Cultural Centre to enjoy a traditional English tea. Our final stop of the afternoon at Fromagerie La Station for a small guided tour and tasting. Your evening will be free to enjoy the facilities at your hotel.

Day 3

After breakfast you will depart for Bleu Lavande, a lavender farm with a deep history that is sure to please. After your visit we will return to Magog where you will again have time to enjoy the rustic beauty of this charming village. Before returning to Ottawa we will make a stop at the Saint- Benoit Abbey famous for its cheeses and apple cider. We will then continue on to Ottawa. Expect to arrive in the early evening.

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Estrimont Suites and Spa

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44 Avenue de l'Auberge
Orford, QC
J1X 6J3
(819) 843-1616



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Shaw Festival & Come From Away

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 along with Lerner and Lowe’s “Brigadoon.”

“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.

“Brigadoon” is a musical by Lerner and Lowe. Stumbling upon a magical village that appears out of the Scottish mist for one day every century, Tommy, a modern boy, meets Fiona, a girl from the past. Should he stay with her in Brigadoon, or return to the world he knows and never see her again? This feast of song and dance from Lerner and Loewe (the team behind My Fair Lady) has been entrancing audiences for more than seven decades.

*** Please note: the June 3-5, 2019 departure will feature an afternoon performance of “Getting Married” –  a comedy by George Bernard Shaw. On the eve of the wedding, the bride and groom realize what marriage is all about. So, of course, the wedding is off. Or is it? A timeless, laugh-out-loud Shaw comedy about marriage. You will be staying at the Hilton Niagara Falls Fallsview hotel and suites address: 66361 Fallsview Boulevard, Niagara Falls ON L2G 3V9 ***

Travac’s Shaw Festival and Come From Away holiday is affordably priced at only $679 per person based on double occupancy + plus HST of $88.27. Total cost per person with HST is $767.27

Your holiday includes round trip transportation by deluxe chartered coach, 2 nights’ accommodation in St. Catharine’s at the Best Western, 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner, orchestra seating for both plays, and the services of a Travac Tours Director.

Early booking is essential.

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. Catharines 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.
After dinner the bus will transfer us to the Shaw Festival.
This evening we will be seeing “Brigadoon” (8pm show).
After the show the bus will return us to the hotel.


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 approximately 10:30pm-11pm. (B)

**Itinerary and hotel are Subject to Change**

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Québec City

Quebec City at Night

Enjoy a Taste of Europe in Your Own Backyard

3 days, 2 nights

Québec City, built on the banks of the St. Lawrence River at Cap Diamant, is one of the most historic and beautiful cities in North America. It is the continent’s only walled city, a fact that aided UNESCO’s 1985 decision to classify it as a prestigious world heritage site.

Let Travac Tours transport you on a three day, two-night holiday to this breathtaking capital of the province and enjoy a taste of Europe in your own backyard.

You will spend two nights at the fabulous Delta Hotel. This 4 star hotel is an ideal base for exploring all the old city has to offer. A wonderful city, with a taste of Europe, that can be explored by foot.

Travac’s Québec expedition provides you with a fully narrated glimpse of the city.

Your Québec City holiday includes round-trip transportation in a comfortable chartered coach, two nights’ accommodation as well as a guided tour of Old Québec.

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

This morning we will depart for Quebec City.  Upon our arrival in Quebec City we will embark on a short tour of Quebec City.  The balance of your day will be free.


Day 2

Today is a free day to enjoy all the wonderful sights of Quebec City. Shopping is unique and very European. Restaurants feature a French flavor that can’t be beat! Your Travac Tours Director can assist you with making plans to enjoy this magnificent city.


Day 3

You will have the morning to again amble through the streets of Old Quebec. Your tour director will advise of the departure time for Ottawa.


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Delta Hotels by Marriott Quebec

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690 Boulevard René-Lévesque E
Québec, QC
G1R 5A8
(418) 647-1717



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Come From Away- October and November

Come From Away

 

Travac Tours is pleased to announce a special program to see Come From Away, the award winning musical about Newfoundland’s generosity during the 9/11 crisis.

Ben Brantley, chief theatre critic for The New York Times, wrote “Try, if you must, to resist the gale of good will that blows out of ‘Come From Away, the big bearhug of a musical that opened on Broadway. But even the most stalwart cynics may have trouble staying dry-eyed during this portrait of heroic hospitality under extraordinary pressure.

Travac Tours will be offering special departures to Toronto on October 9th and November 13th so you can enjoy Come from Away. Your Toronto excursion includes: Round trip transportation by deluxe motor coach, 1-night accommodation at the first-class Toronto Hilton near the Eaton Centre, orchestra seating for Come From as well as the services of a Travac Tours director.

The Toronto escape for Come From Away is affordably priced at only $419 per person based on double occupancy plus HST.  The total selling price with taxes is only $473.47.

Kelly Nestruck of The Globe and Mail wrote 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, writing “Blame Canada: a grim day in American history has been transformed into a joyous and emotional musical about the indomitable human spirit. Alan Henry of Broadway World said “You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll be a better person when you leave the theatre. Don’t miss ‘Come From Away’.”

Come with us to Toronto and regale in the hit musical Come From AwaySpace is limited!

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

9:30 A.M. This morning you will depart for Toronto. Upon your arrival you will check into the Toronto Hilton located at 145 Richmond Street West. This 4-star hotel is only a short walk to the Eaton Centre. Your afternoon will be free.

7:20 P.M. We will depart for the Elgin Theatre and your performance of Come From Away. All seating is in the orchestra section of the theatre.

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Day 2

You morning will be free. Again, the Eaton Centre is a short walk from the hotel as is the CN Tower, City Hall and Yonge Street. Our bus will depart for Ottawa at 1:00P.M.


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Hilton Toronto

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145 Richmond St W
Toronto , ON
M5H 2L2
(416) 869-3456



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Stratford Festival (September departure)

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Ben Carlson, Maev Beaty. “The Front Page.” 

Creative Direction by Punch & Judy Inc. Photography by David Cooper.

The Stratford Festival is one of the most celebrated live theatre events in North America. Every year, thousands of theatre-goers descend on the town of Stratford in southwestern Ontario to see the festival’s diverse array of plays and performances. Stratford is a picturesque city modeled after its Shakespearean English counterpart on the Avon River. Join Travac Tours for the ultimate weekend of theatre and exploration in Stratford!

Stratford is much more than just theatre and your getaway will acquaint you with the historic environs with a chance to visit the town of Stratford and the Mennonite centre of St. Jacobs. You’ll love shopping and browsing the unique main streets of these quaint towns! In order to ensure your getaway is worry free, your tour includes breakfast each morning, two dinners and the services of a knowledgeable Travac Tours Director. Indeed, you’ll be fully immersed in the elegance and splendour of Stratford!

Travac’s Stratford getaway is the hot ticket this festival season, so you’ll want to book early!

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

This morning you depart Westgate Shopping Centre on your journey to the Stratford Festival. A lunch stop will be made on route. Expect to arrive in St Jacobs at around 4:30 pm. Your hotel for the next two nights is the Courtyard by Marriott, St. Jacobs, 50 Benjamin Road, Waterloo, ON (519) 884-9295. After checking into your hotel you will have some free time to freshen up before heading to dinner. (D)


Day 2

This morning you will have time to shop and have lunch at the St. Jacobs Farmer’s Market or visit some of the unique shops in St. Jacobs. At 12:45pm we will depart the hotel and head to Stratford for your afternoon performance of “The Front Page” at the Festival Theatre. After the show, you will have some free time in Stratford before your included dinner. This evening you will enjoy the Stratford Festival performance of “The Crucible” at the Avon Theatre. (B, D)


Day 3

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


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Courtyard By Marriott, St Jacob's

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50 Benjamin Rd East
Waterloo, ON

(519) 884-9295



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Quebec City German Christmas Markets with a stop in Montreal

Quebec Christmas Markets

Enjoy the atmosphere of the European Christmas Markets in your own backyard!

In December Quebec City comes alive. Lights, decorations and snow create an enchanting setting like no other in North America. It’s no wonder that CNN ranked Quebec City among the world’s top destinations for celebrating the holidays. In fact, USA today went farther calling it “North America’s best winter wonderland.”

On December 5 Travac Tours wants to take you to Quebec City to celebrate the holidays and enjoy its famous German Christmas Market, nestled right in the heart of Québec City. With one-of-a-kind décor the market has a festive atmosphere with wooden kiosks and scintillating lights. It is truly an exceptional multi-sensory experience you don’t want to miss! Of course, the whole city is alive with its Christmas atmosphere and you will have a chance to see it all. On your way home, we will stop in Montreal to shop their Grand Christmas Market.

Your Christmas Markets holiday includes round trip transportation by deluxe chartered coach, accommodation in the heart of Old Quebec at the 4-star Hotel Manoir Victoria, a city tour, shuttles to the German Christmas Market, stop in Montreal and the services of a Travac Tours director.

Attractively priced at only $559 per person based on double occupancy plus HST (total selling price with taxes is $646.67) this getaway is sure to be popular. Early booking guarantees your space!

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

This morning we will depart for Quebec City and the German Christmas Market Festival.  Upon our arrival in Quebec City we will embark on a short tour of Quebec City.  Later in the afternoon a shuttle is provided to the German Christmas Market. The balance of your day will be free.


Day 2

The German Christmas Market is one of the highest regarded festivals of its type in North America. This morning you will have another chance to visit and soak in its alluring atmosphere. Your afternoon will be free to explore the rest of Old Quebec. Its shops and restaurants are generally decked out in cheerful colours for the Christmas season.


Day 3

Today is your last day to enjoy Quebec City and all its wonderful sites.


Day 4

On our last day we will take a journey to Montreal to visit its fabulous Christmas markets. This must-see event during Montréal’s festive holiday season features a magical setting and a host of lively activities both day and night. Take in the marquees, traditional log cabins, play areas for the young and young at heart, and enjoy the refreshment stands and tasty delights! We return to Ottawa in the early evening.


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Hotel Manoir Victoria

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44, Côte du Palais
Ville de Québec, QC
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1 800 463-6283



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A Christmas Wonderland: Frankenmuth, St. Jacobs, and Niagara

Christmas Markets

A Christmas Wonderland:  Celebrating the Christmas spirit in Frankenmuth, St. Jacobs and Niagara Falls

Join Travac as we embark on an adventure to celebrate the Christmas season. Our first stop will be in Frankenmuth Michigan which Time magazine has described as one of the Christmassy towns in America. This small town of 5000 welcomes over 2 million tourists a year to celebrate Christmas. Its German Christmas markets are only one attraction. It also features the largest Christmas store in the world and lots of events to enjoy the season.

From Frankenmuth we travel to St Jacobs where its Christmas holiday market is renowned through southern Ontario.

Our last stop is in Niagara Falls where you will be able to enjoy its fabulous Christmas lights and the quaint shopping found in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Attractively priced at only $759 plus taxes of $110 per person (total price of $869) this Christmas experience is sure to sell out quickly. To be part of it book now.

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. We will stop for lunch on route. Expect to arrive in St. Jacobs around 3:00pm. Your hotel for the night is the Courtyard by Marriott Waterloo, St. Jacobs. (B)


Day 4

This morning you will have time to shop at the St. Jacobs Farmer’s Market. You will depart St. Jacobs for Niagara-on-the-Lake so see the afternoon 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. After the show, you will depart for your hotel in Niagara Falls. This evening you will have a chance to enjoy the spectacular lighting that has become a trademark to the Niagara Falls Christmas season. 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 & balcony seating for “A Christmas Carol” at the Shaw Festival. $58 per person if numbers are met.


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Bavarian Inn Lodge Frankenmuth

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1 Covered Bridge Ln
Frankenmuth, MI
48734
+1 989-652-7200


Courtyard By Marriott, St Jacob's

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50 Benjamin Rd East
Waterloo, ON
N2V 2J9
(519) 884-9295


Embassy Suites by Hilton Niagara Falls – Fallsview

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6700 Fallsview Blvd
Niagara Falls, ON
L2G 3W6
(905) 356-3600



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