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Cruise: Frontiers and Glaciers, Oceania Cruise Lines

Book with Travac Tours and choose one FREE “O’life Choice” amenity per stateroom at the time of booking:

  • FREE – 6 shore excursions (standard only; no OS categories)
  • FREE – Beverage Package (includes wine and beer with lunch and dinner only)
  • FREE – $600USD shipboard credit

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

*Flights from Ottawa to Vancouver flight schedule TBA*

Vancouver, British Columbia Canada (Embarkation at 1pm – Departs at 7pm)

By far the largest port on Regatta’s Alaska cruises, Vancouver offers every imaginable big-city attraction. Explore the Museum of Anthropology and the Vancouver Art Museum for culture. History flourishes in the Gastown district, which borders vibrant Chinatown. Or enjoy a break from the bustle in Stanley Park, one of North America’s largest urban parks.

Day 2

Cruising the Inside passage

At sea international waters. (B, L, D)

Day 3

Ketchikan, Alaska Arrive at 7am – Depart at 11pm

Totem poles are one of Ketchikan’s chief attractions, and the best places to view them are Saxman Village and Totem Bight State Park. Drop by the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center to learn about the local cultures and ecosystems. (B, L, D)

Day 4

Wrangell, Alaska Arrive at 8am – Depart at 5pm

Once a Tlingit Indian stronghold, then a Russian outpost, and finally an American settlement in 1867, Wrangell has endured dramatic change and honors it. See a preserved tribal house on Chief Shakes Island. Learn about the three gold rushes that transformed the area in the Wrangell Museum. Behold the ancient petroglyphs carved into the rocks on the nearby beaches. (B, L, D)

Day 5

Juneau, Alaska Arrives at 8am – Depart 11pm

For a state capital, Juneau maintains a surprising small-town charm, in part because it can only be reached by sea or air due to the surrounding wilderness. Collections from the indigenous people are displayed in the Alaska State Museum. Visit Mendenhall Glacier for outdoor adventure. (B, L, D)

Day 6

Skagway, Alaska Arrives at 7am -Departs at 11pm

Skagway’s spectacular natural setting encourages a walking tour of this well-preserved gold rush town. See the Moore House, built in 1897, a year before the gold rush, and the Gold Rush Cemetery, where famed Old West desperado Soapy Smith is buried. Visit the Trail of ’98 Museum for a more in-depth look at Skagway’s freewheeling history. Or take a ride on the White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad and see the trail the gold rushers etched into the high mountain pass. (B, L, D)

Day 7

Haines, Alaska Arrives at 8am- Departs at 8pm

Nestled along America’s longest fjord – the gorgeous Lynn Canal – Haines was first settled by Tlingit Indians. Totem poles are sprinkled about town, and fascinating artifacts from the Tlingits and the early pioneers are displayed in the Sheldon Museum. But nature is Haines’ chief draw. Brown bears, moose and bald eagles are plentiful. (B, L, D)

Day 8

Icy Strait Point (Hoonah) Alaska, Arrives at 8am – Departs at 7pm

Hoonah means “where the north wind doesn’t blow” in the language of the Tlingit Indians, who make up about 70% of the population of this village on the lee side of Chichagof Island. However, wildlife outnumbers everyone, so watch for bears, eagles and humpback whales, which migrate here in the summer. (B, L, D)

Day 9

Sitka Alaska, Arrives 7am – Departs at 5pm

Called “Shee Atika” by the Tlingit Indians, then “New Archangel” by the Russians who ousted them, Sitka boasts a multicultural heritage. Two dozen of its attractions are on the National Register of Historic Places, including Castle Hill and Building 29, a structure built by the Russians in 1835. The Sheldon Jackson Museum exhibits one of Alaska’s oldest native culture collections. (B, L, D)

Day 10, 11, 12

At Sea, International waters (B, L, D)

Day 13

Kodiak, Alaska Arrives at 7am – Departs at 6pm

The tiny village of Kodiak clings to the “Emerald Isle” of Kodiak, which is known for its breathtaking natural beauty. In summer the island is a mosaic of flora that includes wildflowers, moss-laden spruce, Pacific red elder, and blueberries, which the brown bears feast on. You may also spot puffins, red foxes and killer whales. (B, L, D)

Day 14

Homer, Alaska Arrives at 7am – Departs at 5pm

Founded by gold miners in 1896, Homer still attracts adventurous travelers who love the great outdoors. It’s particularly beautiful during the summer, when wildflowers are in bloom and the hills behind town are lush green. A great starting point is the Pratt Museum, featuring exhibits on native culture, history and fishing. (B, L, D)

Day 15

Seward, Alaska Disembarkation at 8am

While most cruise ships merely turn around here, Regatta actually calls on Seward, which is named for the U.S. Secretary of State who negotiated the purchase of Alaska from Russia in 1867. The Seward Museum is a treasure trove of artifacts. The Alaska SeaLife Center showcases the abundant marine life, and nearby Chugach National Forest is a natural paradise.

Shore excursions on the first and last day of a cruise are not available. (B)

Flights from Sward to Ottawa, flights-schedule TBA

 

** Please note that you are required to have a valid Canadian passport with you. Non-Canadians may require a visa. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have such a document if required. Any other nationality other than Canadian persons must identify themselves to the booking agent for verification of documents required. IF YOU ARRIVE AT YOUR DEPARTURE POINT WITHOUT PROPER ID YOU WILL BE DENIED BOARDING. **

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Cruise: Coastlines to Canals, Oceania Cruise Lines

Book with Travac Tours and choose one FREE “O’life Choice” amenity per stateroom at the time of booking:

  • FREE – 6 shore excursions (standard only; no OS categories)
  • FREE – Beverage Package (includes wine and beer with lunch and dinner only)
  • FREE – $600USD shipboard credit

 

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Transportation from Ottawa to Barcelona Spain.

Flight schedule TBA 75 days prior to sailing.

Day 2

Barcelona, Spain (Embarkation at 1pm – Departs at 6pm)

Visit the magnificent Gothic cathedral and the amazing La Sagrada Familia, Antoni Gaudí’s unfinished masterpiece. Enjoy the lovely Montjuic Gardens, Gaudí’s other fabulous structures, the charming squares of the old Gothic Quarter and the Ramblas, Barcelona’s famed downtown promenade. Or visit beautiful Montserrat and its monastery in a breathtaking setting high in the mountains. (D)

Shore excursions on the first and last day of a cruise are only available for guests who are combining back-to-back voyages to create a longer cruise. Those guests may organize custom tours through the Destination Services Desk on board.

Day 3

Monte claro, Monaco, Arrive at 12pm – Depart at 10pm

Drive along the famous Grand Corniche with its stunning views of Monaco and the Old City; then stroll through this marvelous quarter and its pink Grimaldi Palace. And don’t forget the Casino. Explore the wonderful old villages along the Côte d’Azur from Nice to medieval Eze or Cannes, Grasse and lovely St. Paul de Vence – each one a jewel to be savored. (B, L, D)

Day 4

Florence/Pisa/Tuscany (Livorno) Italy, Arrive at 8am – Depart at 8pm

Spend a glorious day amidst the fabled architecture of this Renaissance city. See the Duomo with Brunelleschi’s dome, the famous baptistry, Michelangelo’s magnificent David, the bridge over the Arno and the astonishing Uffizi Gallery. Visit Pisa’s superb Campo dei Miracoli and its beautiful cathedral and famed campanile. Or enjoy the Tuscan countryside, Siena and San Gimignano, renowned for its medieval towers.

Shopping: Find leather goods, lingerie, gold jewelry, Florentine mosaic, lace, marbled paper items, antiques and fine art.

Dining: Savor the prosciutto, pecorino cheese and infinite variety of breads, cakes and salamis. (B, L, D)

Day 5

Rome (Civitavecchia) Italy, Arrive at 8am – Depart at 8pm

Travel to Rome and revel in the magnificent monuments, from the ancient Roman Forum and Coliseum to the splendor of St. Peter’s Basilica with Michelangelo’s Pietà and his breathtaking frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Or enjoy a drive through the lush farmlands of the Roman countryside to lovely medieval Castelgandolfo. (B, L, D)

Day 6

Naples/Pompeii, Italy, Arrives at 8am – Depart 6pm

Spend a day exploring the fabulous ruins of ancient Pompeii or Herculaneum with their stunning temples, frescoes and mosaics. Explore fascinating Naples and its famed museums, visit charming Sorrento or take a boat trip to the beautiful Isle of Capri. (B, L, D)

Day 7

At sea international waters (B, L, D)

Day 8

Kotor, Montenegro, Arrives at 8am- Departs at 4pm

Kotor is a beautiful walled medieval city of twisting, pink-paved streets, markets and architecture reflecting Byzantine to Venetian influences. Stroll through the compact old town, admire the impressive walls and tour the imposing St. Tryphon Cathedral, consecrated in 1166. (B, L, D)

Day 9

Zadar, Croatia, Arrives at 10am – Departs at 7pm

A hidden gem of the Adriatic, Zadar offers beautiful beaches, charming promenades, preserved ancient architecture and fascinating historical monuments. Roman aqueducts, forums and temples surround the old town, which features medieval churches and monasteries. The archaeological museum offers more than 80,000 exhibits from the Stone Age to the late Middle Ages, and it is one of the most important museums in Croatia. Stroll along the paved waterfront and enjoy stunning views of the Adriatic Sea or lounge in one of the many cafés. (B, L, D)

Day 10

Koper, Solvenia, Arrives 8am – Departs at 11pm

Originally built on an island surrounded by swampland that was later drained, Koper was known as “Goat’s Island” when it was under Venetian rule. Today the once fortified Old Town of Venetian-influenced Koper has retained much of its grand architecture from the 15th to 18th centuries. The Praetor’s Palace, a blend of Gothic and Renaissance styles, proudly rises above the gray limestone main square. Nearby the Postojna Caves are the most popular underground attraction in Europe, and the Predjama Castle was carved out of a limestone cliff. (B, L, D)

Day 11

Venice, Italy, Arrives at 8am

Savor the majestic beauty of this amazing city as you glide along its canals and under its bridges, opulent palazzi and elegant churches lining the route. Discover Venice’s secret quarters down narrow alleys opening into spacious campos. Admire the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. Visit lovely Burano and the glass factories on Murano. Or enjoy the scenic countryside with its stunning Palladian villas. (B, L, D)

Day 12

Venice, Italy Disembarkation at 8am

Shore excursions on the first and last day of a cruise are only available for guests who are combining back-to-back voyages to create a longer cruise. Those guests may organize custom tours through the Destination Services Desk on board. (B)

Flight itinerary TBA  

 

** Please note that you are required to have a valid Canadian passport with you. Non-Canadians may require a visa. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have such a document if required. Any other nationality other than Canadian persons must identify themselves to the booking agent for verification of documents required. IF YOU ARRIVE AT YOUR DEPARTURE POINT WITHOUT PROPER ID YOU WILL BE DENIED BOARDING. **

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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 $5029 ($4349 + taxes of $680) per person based on double occupancy, Travac’s river cruise includes round trip airfare from Canada, one night accommodation in Porto with breakfast, 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, a visit to Fatima, three nights’ accommodation in the vibrant city of Lisbon with breakfast daily, 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 Porto.

Day 2- Porto

Upon our arrival in Porto we will be transferred to our hotel. 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- Porto

This morning you have free time in Porto before checking out of the hotel. In the afternoon we will board our ship and settle into our cabins.

CLASSIC and DISCOVERY: Tour of Porto “by night”**

Day 4- Porto

While in Porto, one of the oldest cities in Europe, you will have a chance to enjoy a guided tour this morning.

CLASSIC: Guided tour of Porto, one of the oldest cities in Europe**

DISCOVERY: Touring Porto via tram and visiting the tram museum**

Your afternoon will be free. After dinner you can enjoy some Fado entertainment aboard the ship.

Day 5- Porto- 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.

CLASSIC: Tour of Guimaraes**

DISCOVERY: Hiking along the Douro River**

Day 6- Regua- 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.

CLASSIC and DISCOVERY: Discover the formal gardens at the Mateus Palace and Vila Real **

The afternoon will be spent cruising. Enjoy an evening of Flamenco entertainment.

Day 7- 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.

CLASSIC: Discover Salamanca and its unusual cathedral**

DISCOVERY: Discover Salamanca’s old town by bike**

Tonight, enjoy an evening of entertainment.

Day 8- Barca D’Alva- Ferradosa- 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.

CLASSIC and DISCOVERY: Discover the Porto wines, including tasting**

Tonight, is our gala dinner and evening aboard our ship.

Day 9- Pinhao- 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. CLASSIC and DISCOVERY: Discover Lamego**

This afternoon will be spent cruising. Tonight, you will be able to enjoy an evening of traditional folk entertainment.

Day 10- Porto

Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. We will travel south from Porto to Lisbon. Along the way will be stopping in Fatima for a visit to this religious facility.

Day 11- 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 12- 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 13- Lisbon

This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Montreal. On arrival in Montreal, there will be a chartered coach for your return to Ottawa.

Cruise itinerary is subject to change by cruise line.

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French Polynesia: The Tahiti Experience

Bora Bora

Have you ever dreamed of cruising the “Sparkling South Pacific” with a luxury cruise line?

Travac Tours has partnered with Oceania Cruises for a FABULOUS package offer. Join us March 24 to April 5, 2020 for an unforgettable journey of a lifetime!

 

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Depart Ottawa on your flight(s) to Papeete. Dinner and a light breakfast are served onboard.

Flights are booked by Oceania – schedule available approximately 75 days prior to sailing. (D)

Day 2

Papeete (Tahiti), French Polynesia (Boarding time 1pm)

Arrive in Papeete and transfer to our ship – The “Regatta”. The island of Tahiti’s urban center has much to offer visitors. You can take a stroll through the new Jardins Paofai, watch the surfers on their longboards, marvel at Faarumai Waterfalls, The Blowhole and the Fern Grottos.

Day 3

Papeete (Tahiti), French Polynesia (Departure at 5am)

Arrives at 8am in Moorea (departs at 4pm) Breathtakingly beautiful, stunning landscapes await, from the verdant mountains to the azure seas and white sand beaches. Take a canoe ride through the lagoon; snorkel, scuba or helmet-dive the reefs, or hike up to the Afareaitu Waterfalls.  (B, L, D)

Day 4

Fakarava, French Polynesia (Arrive 8am – Depart 6pm)

Pure, pristine and dreamlike, the ecosystem of this gorgeous island is home to extremely rare birds, plants and crustaceans. Quaint villages, old coral churches and welcoming people are intertwined with a spectacular lagoon creating a paradise like none other in the world. (B, L, D)

Day 5

At Sea, International Waters, Cruising the South Pacific (B, L, D)

Day 6

Nuka Hiva, French Polynesia (Arrive 8am – Depart 6pm)

Visit the entrancing Vaipo Waterfalls and Cascade Tevaipo, which is one of the world’s tallest falls at over 1,100 feet. Wander the black sand beaches, marvel at the giant tiki at Piki Vehini, or get adventurous on an all-terrain vehicle excursion around the craggy island. (B, L, D)

Day 7

At Sea, International Waters, Cruising the South Pacific (B, L, D)

Day 8

Rangiroa, French Polynesia (Arrive 8am-Depart 5pm)

Stunning, beautiful, this South Pacific atoll is a “natural aquarium,” its lagoon filled with colorful undersea life. Visit the pearl farms, dive with manta rays, explore the atoll’s unique winery or just choose a calming respite on a pink sand beach. (B,L,D)

Day 9

Bora Bora, French Polynesia (Arrives 1pm)

The dramatic Mount Otemanu stands watch over the sparkling turquoise waters and sugary sands of Bora Bora, known as the most romantic island in the world. Snorkel, swim with the manta rays or enjoy an outrigger canoe ride through the lagoon and its lovely coral islands. (B, L, D)

Day 10

Bora Bora, French Polynesia (Departs 7pm)

Enjoy a full day in Bora Bora. (B, L, D)

Day 11

Raiatea, French Polynesia (Arrives 8am-Depart 5pm)

You’ll notice the rich scent of vanilla the moment you step off the ship onto this stunning island, with its vanilla plantations scattered throughout. Visit one or two, visit a pearl farm, snorkel the clear waters of the surrounding reef, or take a kayak trip along the Faaroa River. (B, L, D)

Day 12

Papeete (Tahiti), French Polynesia Disembark between 8am-10am

After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight. (B)

Day 13

Flights from Papeete – Ottawa, Air Schedule TBA

 

*Itinerary always subject to change*

** Please note that you are required to have a valid Canadian passport with you. Non-Canadians may require a visa. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have such a document if required. Any other nationality other than Canadian persons must identify themselves to the booking agent for verification of documents required. IF YOU ARRIVE AT YOUR DEPARTURE POINT WITHOUT PROPER ID YOU WILL BE DENIED BOARDING. **

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Imperial Jewels of China with Viking Cruises- 2019 departure

North gate entrance to the Imperial City, Beijing, China

North gate entrance to the Imperial City, Beijing, China

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Depart Ottawa on your scheduled flight(s) to Shanghai. Dinner and a light breakfast are served onboard. (D)


Day 2

Shanghai, China

Fly to Shanghai, China’s largest city, then transfer to your hotel. See the modern financial district juxtaposed with the older sections of the city. (B)


Day 3

Shanghai, China

This morning, tour Old Shanghai and travel along the elegant Bund, stopping to admire some of its historic buildings and city views. Spend some time at the exquisite Yuyuan Garden, dating back to the Ming Dynasty. After lunch in a local restaurant, tour the Shanghai Museum. Dine locally before seeing the world-famous Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe from the best seats in the house. (B, L, D)


Day 4

Shanghai, China

After breakfast, prepare for your flight to Wuhan. Upon arriving, transfer to your ship docked close to Wuhan’s historic waterfront. You are welcomed aboard with a Western meal. (B, L, D)


Day 5

Wuhan, China

Today visit the Hubei Provincial Museum, where you hear the chimes of ancient bronze bells and view fascinating relics from 400 BC. Return to the ship and set sail this evening. (B, L, D)


Day 6

Jingzhou, China

After a morning of sailing, arrive in Jingzhou. Visit an elementary school sponsored by Viking River Cruises where you are greeted and entertained by the children. (B, L, D)


Day 7

Wu Gorge, China

This morning, cruise through Xiling Gorge, the longest of the Three Gorges. After lunch, disembark for a tour of the Three Gorges Dam, where you learn about this immense engineering masterpiece and what it means for the Chinese people and the Yangtze. Return to your ship and sail through the 5-stage locks of the Three Gorges Dam. Dock overnight at Badong. (B, L, D)


Day 8

Wu Gorge, China

During breakfast, cruise through Wu (‟Witches”) Gorge, renowned for its magnificent scenery. Then, board a smaller boat for an excursion through the Goddess Stream. Along the way, see fascinating sites including the hanging coffins of the Ba people and the ancient plank road carved into the cliffside. Return aboard for lunch, then spend the afternoon sailing through Qutang Gorge, the shortest, narrowest and most spectacular of the three large gorges. Dine aboard. (B, L, D)


Day 9

Shibaozhai, China

This morning, visit Shibaozhai Temple, a 12-story pavilion built in 1650 along the Yangtze. Tour the pavilion and temple before returning aboard for lunch. Enjoy Yangtze River scenery as you cruise this afternoon and through the night. (B, L, D)


Day 10

Chongqing, China

After breakfast, disembark and enjoy a brief tour of Chongqing, the largest city in western China and an important inland port. Visit the Chongqing Zoo to see the giant pandas and other exotic species. After lunch in a local restaurant, fly to Xian, key city of the Tang Dynasty. From 618 to 907 AD, this dynasty presided over one of China’s most glorious cultural periods, spreading its influence throughout Asia into Europe and Africa. This evening, have dinner and relax at your hotel. (B, L, D)


Day 11

Xian, China

After breakfast, tour the mausoleum where Emperor Qin Shi Huang was laid to rest over 2,000 years ago. See the thousands of life-sized Terra Cotta Warriors, archers and infantrymen that were buried with him, each man and horse molded with its own distinctive features. Walkways provide a bird’s-eye view of the entire necropolis where the Terra Cotta Army was discovered in the 1970s. After lunch, you have free time to further explore Xian. This evening, you may choose to dine surrounded by the song and dance of this colorful era. (B, L, D)


Day 12

Xian, China

Today, fly to Beijing, China’s imperial capital, whose rich history dates back more than 3,000 years. Check in to your hotel and dine there; enjoy free time this evening. (B, L, D)


Day 13

Beijing, China

After breakfast, travel to the Badaling Hills. There, you behold one of the most impressive and best-preserved sections of the Great Wall of China. This 4,000-mile-long series of sandstone and earthwork fortifications was built and maintained between the 5th century BC and the 16th century AD, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore its winding pathways and marvel at the panoramic views from its ramparts.

After a lunch of local specialties, visit the Sacred Way, a tree-lined avenue guarded by massive sculptures of elephants, lions and camels leading to the Ming Dynasty tombs. This evening, dine at a local restaurant and relax at your hotel, or enjoy an optional Peking duck dinner, the region’s famous dish. (B, L, D)


Day 14

Beijing, China

This morning visit the enormous Tiananmen Square, which can accommodate over 1 million people. Then, tour Beijing’s Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Made up of nearly 1,000 buildings, it is the world’s largest surviving palace complex. Walk its grounds among the opulent palaces, pavilions, courtyards and imperial gardens within the 26-foot-high walls.

After lunch in a local restaurant, take some free time to explore Beijing on your own or do some shopping. Enjoy your dinner this evening, or attend The Legend of Kung Fu for a beautiful display of this performance art, which has roots that date back 4000 years. (B, L, D)


Day 15

After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight. (B)

*Itinerary always subject to change*

** Please note that you are required to have a valid Canadian passport with you. Non-Canadians may require a visa. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have such a document if required. Any other nationality other than Canadian persons must identify themselves to the booking agent for verification of documents required. IF YOU ARRIVE AT YOUR DEPARTURE POINT WITHOUT PROPER ID YOU WILL BE DENIED BOARDING.**


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Southern Caribbean Cruise – No Flying

Barbados Beach

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

This morning you will depart Ottawa for your trip to New York. You will be overnighting in Manhattan before starting your cruise. You will pack an overnight bag for night as your large checked bag will stay on the coach.


Day 2

This morning the magic begins with a guided tour of New York City. Your local tour guide, a knowledgeable New Yorker, will take you through the city giving you a chance to see some of the fabulous sites that have made this city a cosmopolitan gem. After the tour you’ll be taken to the port for embarkation. Your ship, the Norwegian Bliss, sails today at 3:00pm.


Day 3

Leisurely spent at sea
There are plenty of activities aboard the Norwegian Bliss to entertain everyone or simply relax and enjoy your surroundings.


Day 4

Leisurely spent at sea.


Day 5

San Juan, Puerto Rico
This morning you arrive in San Juan. Founded in 1521 San Juan’s picturesque cobblestone streets, plazas and churches reflect its Spanish heritage. This, the second oldest city in the Americas, boasts fine beaches, lush rainforests, green mountainsides and an imposing fortress.


Day 6

St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
The town of Charlotte Amalie in the Virgin Islands has one of the most breathtaking harbours in the world. Once home to pirates, today’s visitors find treasures of a different kind. Duty free shopping and beautiful beaches are now the claim to fame of this island paradise.


Day 7

Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Tortola is the largest and most populated of the British Virgin Islands. Here you will be able to swim or stroll the white-sand beaches, explore ancient ruins or try the delectable local cuisine. Shopping is also a big part of life in Tortola.


Day 8

Philipsburg, St Maarten
With an area of only 37 square miles, the island of St. Maarten is the smallest landmass in the world divided between two governments. The southern Dutch half offers casinos, duty free shopping and a unique island culture. The French half offers a subdued sophistication that is also attractive to tourists.


Day 9

Basseterre, St. Kitts
Although founded by the French in 1627, St. Kitts is a very British paradise where cricket and tea are the norm. The dramatic mixed island landscape is rimmed in gold-sand beaches and dotted with well-preserved plantations left over from when the island was covered with sugar cane.


Day 10

Castries, St. Lucia
A mecca for outdoor enthusiasts with thriving coral reefs and rain forest preserves. Explore the world’s only drive-in volcanic crater at Sulfur Springs. Visit the Diamond Botanical Gardens and Falls and the Morne Coubaril Estate.


Day 11

Bridgetown, Barbados
The most British of all the Caribbean islands, games of cricket are as common here as the typical island water sports. Visit the third-oldest Parliament in the entire Commonwealth. Stroll the inviting beaches of Carlisle Bay, tour a rum factory, or visit the historical Garrison area. Bridgetown is the only city outside continental North America that George Washington visited. The George Washington House, where he stayed, is now part of the Garrison Historic Area.


Day 12

St John’s, Antigua
Bask in the grand sight of the city’s skyline, dominated by the white baroque towers of St. John’s Cathedral. Sample local cuisines, visit the Botanical Garden, witness the magnificent Antigua Lighthouse, the historical Fort James and much more as you discover this grand city.


Day 13-15

Leisurely spent at sea.


Day 16

New York to Ottawa- This morning the Bliss will arrive back 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.

Cruise itinerary is subject to change by cruise line.


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Grand European with Viking Cruise Line

Viking Cruise

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Depart Ottawa on your scheduled flight(s) to Budapest. Dinner and a light breakfast are served onboard. (D)

Day 2

Budapest, Hungary

Arrive in Budapest, then transfer to your ship. After boarding, the afternoon is yours to relax or explore the city on your own. After boarding, the afternoon is yours to relax or do a bit of exploring. Tonight, return to your ship for a traditional Hungarian dinner. (D)

Day 3

Budapest, Hungary

Today we visit highlights of the hilly Buda and cosmopolitan Pest sides of the city, starting with Pest’s National Opera House and historic Heroes’ Square. In Buda, walk along Castle Hill to Fishermen’s Bastion and Matthias Church. Enjoy lunch on board your ship; the rest of the day is yours to explore the city. You may choose to join us on an optional excursion to experience the thermal springs, restorative natural spas whose waters locals have bathed in for centuries. Or, perhaps select another of our optional excursions designed to allow you to delve deeper into the history, culture and cuisine of this fascinating city. Return to your ship for dinner and evening departure. (B, L, D)

Day 4

Vienna, Austria

Enjoy a day of scenic cruising along the beautiful Danube toward Vienna. As we sail, perhaps join this morning’s German language lesson to learn a few key words and phrases. You may also choose to attend an afternoon presentation on Viennese coffee houses. We arrive early this evening. After dinner, relax or enjoy an optional classical concert. (B, L, D)

Day 5

Vienna, Austria

Today we tour the Austrian capital of Vienna. Ride along the Ringstrasse, which replaced the city walls in the mid-19th century. See some of the city’s baroque architecture, including the world-famous Opera House, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and Hofburg Palace. Return to your ship for lunch. The rest of the day is yours to further explore. As always, your Program Director can help you plan your free time. Alternately, you may wish to join us on one of the day’s optional excursions, perhaps touring Schönbrunn Palace, the “Versailles of Vienna,” visiting the Spanish Riding School’s famed Lipizzaner stallions, or celebrating a local tradition this evening at a high-spirited Heurigen dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 6

Melk, Austria

Today, visit the abbey at Melk, a 900-year-old Benedictine monastery featuring Austria’s finest Italian baroque architecture. See its wonderful frescoes and admire the comprehensive collection of medieval manuscripts in its library. Rejoin your ship and cruise through dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 7

Passau, Germany

Arrive this morning in Passau, at the confluence of the Inn, Ilz and Danube Rivers. Your guided walk along the town’s narrow streets takes you through Old Town and past traditional patrician houses. Admire the New Bishop’s Residence and visit the impressive baroque St. Stephen’s Cathedral with its ornate interior. Inside, you are treated to a special concert played on the 17,000-pipe organ, considered Europe’s largest church organ.† Enjoy lunch on board your ship, and return to the city for further exploration on your own before departing. Alternately, set out this morning with your guide to enjoy a full-day optional tour of picturesque Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart and setting of The Sound of Music. We cruise through the night. (B, L, D)

Day 8

Regensburg, Germany

Arrive in Regensburg after breakfast and tour this wonderfully preserved medieval city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including structures dating back to Roman times. Discover many 13th- and 14th-century patrician houses and see the splendid St. Peter’s Cathedral. During free time, visit the Alte Würstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen), Germany’s oldest restaurant. Alternately, you may choose to disembark this morning and drive with your guide to Munich for an optional full-day tour of this cultural and historic city, rejoining your ship before our evening departure. Cruise through dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 9

Nuremberg, Germany

Cruise the Main–Danube Canal this morning. Or, instead, disembark in Roth for a short drive to Nuremberg and use your free time to explore until lunchtime. After lunch, venture out on a tour of the city. Visit the ruins of Zeppelin Field, the Nazi parade grounds of the 1930s, and see the Palace of Justice, site of the infamous Nuremberg Trials. See the Old Town area as you walk past the Albrecht Dürer House and Main Market Square. Alternately, you may choose to join an optional afternoon World War II tour including the illuminating Documentation Center. Dinner is served on board your ship before we depart late this evening. (B, L, D)

Day 10

Bamburg, Germany

Continue along the Main–Danube Canal this morning, arriving in Bamberg in early afternoon. Enjoy a tour of Bamberg, with its medieval city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your walking tour includes a visit to the magnificent 11th-century cathedral, reworked in late Romanesque style in the 13th century, and the picturesque city hall built on a tiny island in the middle of a river. Take some free time to enjoy Bamberg and sample some of the town’s distinctive smoke-flavored beer before returning on board. (B, L, D)

Day 11

Würzburg, Germany

Today, enjoy an onboard lunch, then tour Würzburg’s Bishops’ Residenz, one of Germany’s largest and most ornate baroque palaces and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Or, you may choose to disembark this morning to experience an optional full-day journey along Germany’s picturesque “Romantic Road” to Rothenburg, with its turreted city wall and impressive Gothic and baroque architecture. Upon returning to Würzburg, enjoy a tour of the Bishops’ Residenz before rejoining your ship for dinner and an evening glassblowing demonstration. (B, L, D)

Day 12

Wertheim, Germany

Wertheim is located at the confluence of the Main and Tauber Rivers. During your morning walking tour, experience life in a typical small German town. Stop in a bakery and a butcher shop, and learn about Wertheim’s glassblowing tradition. Enjoy free time to explore before returning to your ship for lunch. Alternately, depart this morning on an all-day optional excursion that offers a rare glimpse into noble life, enjoying Privileged Access visits to two very different castles: Schloss Mespelbrunn and Schloss Löwenstein. (B, L, D)

Day 13

Koblenz, Germany

Today, we cruise past hilltop castles along the Rhine; this stunning stretch of the river is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Be sure to keep an eye out for the Lorelei Rock, which marks the river’s narrowest point; the rock is named after a legendary Rhine Maiden who lured sailors to their demise. This afternoon, we’ll stop to visit Marksburg Castle, the only Rhine fortress never destroyed. Rejoin your ship in Koblenz and dine on board. (B, L, D)

Day 14

Cologne, Germany

Arrive in Cologne during breakfast, then disembark for a tour of Germany’s fourth largest city. Stroll through Old Town past St. Martin’s Church and visit the Dom, Germany’s largest cathedral and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend your free time enjoying Cologne’s atmospheric waterfront, or perhaps join an optional excursion on which you will ascend to the Dom’s roof for up-close views of the cathedral’s architecture and bird’s-eye vistas of Cologne. Afterward, return on board for dinner. Alternately, you may set off on an optional excursion to explore Cologne’s spirited beer culture, sampling Kölsch, a light, crisp beer brewed only in Cologne, and enjoying a brauhaus dinner. After, return to your ship for a late-evening departure. (B, L, D)

Day 15

Kinderdijk, The Netherlands

We sail along the Rhine during the morning hours. Admire scenic views and enjoy a morning of enjoyable Dutch diversions: sample Dutch cheeses and jenever, a distilled juniper liquor, and take in a culturally enriching presentation on the Dutch Golden Age. This afternoon, your ship arrives in Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Disembark for an afternoon tour of this ingenious network of windmills and other flood management devices. You learn why the windmills were built and see how they work, plus you enter a working windmill for a tour of its mechanisms and living quarters. Board your ship for departure and dinner. Arrive in Amsterdam around midnight. (B, L, D)

Day 16

After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight.

*Itinerary always subject to change*

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Canada New England Fall Colour Cruise

 

Cruise

Early booking is essential – this cruise sells out several months in advance. 

Cruising the shoreline on your Canada and New England vacation as the leaves change color is more than a mere spectator sport. Beyond the explosion of reds and yellows, there are quaint towns and vibrant cities famous for their history, culture, scenery and the best lobster on earth.

This cruise typically sells out about six months in advance with the cruise line.  Early booking is essential to procure your space.

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Depart Ottawa for Quebec City. You will have a tour of Quebec City after boarding the ship.

Your ship, the Norwegian Gem, sails at 4:00 p.m.

Day 2

At sea.

Day 3

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Opulent clapboard villas lead the way towards Charlottetown’s beautiful Victoria Park. Colour is everywhere – from the Victorian architecture to the red sandstone cliffs. Sample homemade island jams visit the Anne of Green Gables homestead and stroll the boardwalk.

Day 4

Sydney, Nova Scotia

The coal industry brought immigration from many parts of the world, giving Sydney a multicultural mix of over 50 ethnic backgrounds and a global flavour to its history. Located on Cape Breton Island, Sydney is also an ideal jumping-off point for scenic adventures.

Day 5

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Admire the rugged coastline that surrounds Halifax, the world’s second-largest natural harbour. This beautifully preserved city is Nova Scotia’s capital and was founded in 1749. Take steps through history and climb to The Citadel to witness the Old Town Clock.

Day 6

Bar Harbour, Maine

This coastal attraction has retained much of its charm since its glory days of the 1900s, when America’s elite vacationed here in opulent summer cottages. Surrounding the rock-bound harbour is the world-famous Acadia National Park where the opulence of nature is on display.

Day 7

Portland, Maine

Portland offers all the amenities of a big city: art districts, a vibrant waterfront, museums, parks and diverse shopping opportunities. But within minutes, you can be enjoying the view from an historic lighthouse or tasting a juicy, local lobster.

Day 8

Your last day will bring you into Boston. After your disembarkation you will depart for Ottawa.

*Itinerary Subject to Change*

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