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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.

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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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French Polynesia: The Tahiti Experience

Bora Bora

Have you ever dreamt 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 January 30 to Feb 10, 2019 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. (D)

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


Day 2

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

Arrive in Papeete and transfer to our ship – The “Marina”. 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. (D)


Day 3

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

Arrives at 8am in Moorea (departes at 6pm) 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

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


Day 5

Fakarava, French Polynesia (8am – 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 6

Rangiroa, French Polynesia (8am – 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 7

Bora Bora, French Polynesia (Arrives 10am)

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 8

Bora Bora, French Polynesia (Departs 11pm)

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


Day 9

Raiatea, French Polynesia (Arrives 8am)

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 10

Raiatea, French Polynesia (Departs 7pm)

Enjoy a full day in Raiatea (B, L, D)


Day 11

Huahine, French Polynesia (Arrives 8am- Departes 5pm)

“The Garden Island” is filled with easily accessible pristine white beaches kissed by emerald waters; you can rent a bicycle and explore the island, take a boat to the hanging oyster beds to see the black pearl farm, or go on a shark-feeding excursion.

 


Day 12

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

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

*Itinerary always subject to change*


Day 13

Papeete (Tahiti), French Polynesia

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

Arrive Los Angeles 07:10am

Depart 11:50am to Toronto

Arrive Toronto at 7:20pm

Depart for Ottawa 08:40pm

Arrive in Ottawa at 9:44pm

*Itinerary subject to change*

Tahiti


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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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Hawaii Cruise

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Experience the very best of Hawaii aboard the Norwegian!

Only Norwegian Cruise Line allows you to see four islands with two overnight stays in seven days. Our award-winning itinerary gives you the most time in port – nearly 100 hours – so you can capture the spirit and soul of Hawaii as you visit Oahu, Kauai, Maui and the Big Island.

These islands feature some of the most dramatic landscapes you’ll find anywhere and seeing their beauty unfold as you sail into port is extraordinary.

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

This morning you will depart for Hawaii. Upon your arrival you will be transferred to your hotel the Doubletree by Hilton.


Day 2

You are free today to acclimatize yourself to Oahu and Waikiki Beach. You may wish to stroll along the beach or shop in one many shops that offer both local and international goods.


Day 3

Your morning will be free. Your tour director will advise you of your departure time for your cruise ship.

Honolulu, Oahu

The big, blue Pacific and stunning Koolau mountains serve as a dramatic setting for Hawaii’s largest city. Climb to the top of Diamond Head. Take a romantic sunset stroll on Waikiki Beach. Catch a glimpse of history by visiting Pearl Harbour and the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.


Day 4

Kahului, Maui

A surplus of natural splendour and the genuine hospitality of its people have helped to make Maui Hawaii’s second most popular island. Explore the fascinating history of the town of Lahaina. Plant yourself on a pristine beach, or play one of the world’s most beautiful golf courses.


Day 5

Kahului, Maui


Day 6

Hilo, Hawaii

The entire city of Hilo is like one giant greenhouse with spectacular tropical flowers at every turn. Visit the town’s well-preserved historic buildings, which date back to the turn of the century and showcase Hawaii’s unique architecture. Just 30 miles away the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is the home of the active Kilauea Volcano.


Day 7

Kona, Hawaii

Kona offers the quintessential Hawaii experience. Sunny, warm weather and crystal blue waters entice visitors to partake in a variety of surfside fun. Snorkel amongst a kaleidoscope of tropical marine life. Take a surfing lesson, a kayaking trip or head out to deeper waters for some deep-sea fishing.


Day 8

Nawiliwili, Kauai

Named after the Wiliwili trees, which once lined its picturesque harbour, this lovely port of Kauai is your gateway to what many believe to be Hawaii’s most beautiful island. On “The Garden Island,” nature is truly the star, from the dramatic mountains of Kokee to the cool rainforests of Haena. And the tradition of the luau adds lively entertainment unique to Hawaii.


Day 9

Nawiliwili, Kauai


Day 10

Honolulu, Oahu

You will disembark the ship and head to the airport for your red eye flight back to Ottawa.


Day 11

Arrive into Ottawa.

Cruise itinerary is subject to change by cruise line.

** Please note that you are required to have a valid Canadian passport with you. Non-Canadians may require a visa to enter the U.S. 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- 2018 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 Escape, sails today at 3:00pm.


Day 3

Leisurely spent at sea

There are plenty of activities aboard the Norwegian Escape 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

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 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

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 9

Roseau, Dominica

Roseau is the capital of Dominica.  The older section of this small town of about 20,000 inhabitants makes for a wonderful walking tour as there are many Victorian building still in place.  The Botanical Gardens in Roseau are also worth a visit.


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

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 13-15

Leisurely spent at sea.


Day 16

New York to Ottawa- This morning the Escape 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.

** Please note that you are required to have a valid Canadian passport with you. Non-Canadians may require a visa to enter the U.S. 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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Grand European with Viking Cruise Line

Viking Cruise

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

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


Day 2

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Arrive in Amsterdam, then transfer to your ship. After boarding, the afternoon is yours to relax or explore the city on your own. If your arrival schedule permits, you may wish to visit the Rijksmuseum, or the van Gogh Museum next door. (D)


Day 3

Kinderdijk, The Netherlands

This morning we sail to Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a 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. Return on board for lunch and an enjoyable afternoon of Dutch diversions: sample handcrafted Dutch cheeses and jenever, a distilled juniper liquor, and take in a culturally enriching presentation on the Dutch Golden Age. We cruise through the night. (B, L, D)


Day 4

Cologne, Germany

You have a morning tour of Cologne, including a visit to the Dom, Germany’s largest cathedral and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After your tour, spend the rest of the day and evening exploring Cologne on your own: There are Roman ruins, interesting neighborhoods and wonderful museums like the Fragrance Museum and the Chocolate Museum. As always, your Program Director can help you plan your free time. Or, join an optional excursion on which you will ascend to the Dom’s roof, enjoying up-close views of the cathedral’s architecture and bird’s-eye vistas of Cologne. Lunch and dinner are served aboard; we depart at midnight. (B, L, D)


Day 5

Koblenz, Germany

Cruise past hilltop castles along the Rhine, stopping in Koblenz to visit Marksburg Castle, the only Rhine fortress never destroyed. After your tour, continue cruising this stunning stretch of the Rhine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pass the Lorelei Rock, which marks the river’s narrowest point and is named after the legendary Rhine maiden who lured sailors to their demise. Lunch and dinner are served aboard your ship. (B, L, D)


Day 6

Miltenberg, Germany

The morning is spent sailing along the beautiful Main River as it winds its way through the Spessart region, home of the actual Snow White. During our sail, you will have the opportunity to learn about the region’s glassblowing traditions during a live demonstration. After lunch, we stop in Miltenberg, known for its half-timbered houses and Germany’s oldest inn. Join our walking tour that concludes with free time for you to explore. Alternately, depart the ship prior to our morning sail for an all-day optional excursion where you will gain a rare glimpse into noble life, enjoying Privileged Access visits to two very different castles: Schloss Mespelbrunn and Schloss Löwenstein. We sail through the night. (B, L, D)


Day 7

Würzburg, Germany

After breakfast, tour Würzburg’s Bishops’ Residenz, one of Germany’s largest and most ornate baroque palaces and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Or, instead, join 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, you will also enjoy a tour of the Bishops’ Residenz. Before rejoining your ship for dinner. (B, L, D)


Day 8

Bamberg, Germany

Sail through the morning; after lunch we visit 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 perhaps try some of the town’s distinctive smoke-flavored beer before returning aboard. (B, L, D)


Day 9

Nuremberg, Germany

After breakfast, disembark in Nuremberg and visit the ruins of Zeppelin Field, the Nazi parade grounds of the 1930s; then see the Palace of Justice, site of the infamous Nuremberg Trials. Alternately, you may take an optional World War II tour that includes the illuminating Documentation Center Museum. After lunch, spend free time exploring Nuremberg’s Old Town. Or, join an optional tour to discover the secret network of underground bunkers where priceless art was hidden in wartime. We depart just before dinner. (B, L, D)


Day 10

Regensburg, Germany

Arrive in Regensburg midday. After lunch, 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 in time to enjoy dinner on board before our evening departure. (B, L, D)


Day 11

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. You’ll see 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 aboard 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 12

Melk, Austria

After breakfast, visit the abbey at Melk, a 900-year-old Benedictine monastery featuring Austria’s finest Italian baroque architecture. Cruise through the spectacular Wachau Valley this afternoon. Before dinner, you have time to explore the time-honored town of Krems and see the Steiner Tor, the last remaining city gate, or take an optional excursion to a local winery to sample some local vintages from this famous wine-producing region. (B, L, D)


Day 13

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. Stephan’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 choose to join an optional excursion to see the famed Lipizzaner Stallions; or, express your creativity and create a lasting keepsake at an optional art workshop inspired by the work of Gustav Klimt. After dinner, relax or enjoy an optional classical concert. (B, L, D)


Day 14

Vienna, Austria

Enjoy a day at leisure in Vienna. Perhaps see an unrivaled collection of Old Masters at the Museum of Fine Arts, or visit the Albertina. Maybe ride the Riesenrad, the world’s oldest Ferris wheel. Alternately, you may join an optional tour to Schönbrunn Palace, the “Versailles of Vienna,” or enjoy a Viennese waltz lesson as well as visiting the palace during a full-day optional excursion. A cup of coffee or tea and a slice of exquisite Sachertorte are a must for any afternoon in Vienna. Later, rejoin your ship and sail for Budapest. (B, L, D)


Day 15

Budapest, Hungary

The Danube River divides Hungary’s capital city into the once separate towns of Buda and Pest. Explore both sides, 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 aboard your ship, with the rest of the day to explore on your own. Alternately, choose one 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 a traditional Hungarian dinner. (B, L, D)


Day 16

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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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 your trip to Boston. You will be overnighting just outside Boston before joining your cruise.


Day 2

This morning the magic begins with a guided tour of Boston. Your tour guide, a knowledgeable local, will take us 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 it will be time to depart for the cruise. Your ship, the Norwegian Gem, sails at 5:00 p.m.


Day 3

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 4

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 5

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 6

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 7

At sea.


Day 8

Saguenay (La Baie), Quebec

The city of Saguenay, formed in 2002, is comprised of three boroughs: La Baie, Chicoutimi and Jonquiere. Chicoutimi and Jonquiere are situated on the shores of the Saguenay river and La Baie is found on the whimsically named, the Baie des Ha Ha! This French-speaking region is north of Quebec City and is considered a small oasis in the midst of the nearly uninhabited Canadian wilderness.


Day 9

Your last day will bring you into Quebec City. After your disembarkation you will have some time on your own to explore Vieux Quebec. You will depart for Ottawa in the mid afternoon.

*Itinerary Subject to Change*


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