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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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South Africa – Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Madikwe Game Reserve

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Depart Ottawa by bus to Montreal to catch your flights to Cape Town. Times are subject to change.

Day 2

A warm welcome to Cape Town, South Africa!

We will be transferred directly to our hotel on arrival.

Overnight: Cape Cadogan Standard or Luxury Room: https://www.capecadogan.co.za/

Situated in the heart of the ”Capetonian’s” Cape Town, away from tourist congestion. There are a wide variety of boutiques, restaurants and bars in the neighbourhood. The hotel is in close proximity to Table Mountain (10 minutes), Clifton Beach (15 minutes) and the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront (10 minutes).  Free daily scheduled Waterfront transfers.

Day 3

Full day Table Mountain and City Tour – Cape Town

Today you will proceed to Table Mountain (weather permitting).

Often described as magical and mystical, Table Mountain is Cape Town’s most prominent feature and a world-famous landmark. This majestic mountain is visible from almost everywhere in Cape Town and is often used as a beacon by which to find direction. The mountain is sculpted from sandstone and rises 1086 metres at its highest point, Maclears Beacon, above the bay. Its flat summit measures nearly 3km and provides breathtaking views over the city and its beaches. The panorama stretches from Table Bay to False Bay and around the mountain to the Hout Bay Valley and Kommetjie. On a clear day one has a magnificent view across the Cape Flats to the Hottentots Holland Mountains.

Afterwards, travel to the Company Gardens and view the oldest museum in sub-Saharan Africa. The South African Museum (SAM) has been adding to their collections for nearly 200 years and was established in 1825.  Collections here range from fossils to insects and fish found as recently as a week ago; there are Stone Age tools, over 120 000 years old, side by side with displays of traditional clothes from the last century.

Continue to the Castle of Good Hope.  The Castle of Good Hope is the oldest surviving building in South Africa. Built between 1666 and 1679, this pentagonal fortification replaced a small clay and timber fort built by Commander Jan van Riebeeck in 1652 upon establishing a maritime replenishment station at the Cape of Good Hope for the Dutch East India Company, better known as the VOC (Verenigde Oos-Indische Compagnie). Included lunch will be at a local restaurant.

Overnight: Cape Cadogan Standard or Luxury Room (B, L)

Day 4

Full day Cape Point tour – Cape Town

This is an awe-inspiring tour to the towering headland known as Cape Point. Magnificent beaches, breathtaking views, and picturesque coastal villages are to be seen along the way.

Today you will view the exclusive suburbs of Sea Point, Clifton and Camps Bay before continuing via Llandudno to the fishing harbour of Hout Bay. If calm seas prevail, join a launch cruise to view the Duiker Island seals and cormorants at close quarters (Time and weather permitting – $ Own Account).

Then we’ll travel along the spectacular Chapman’s Peak Drive to Kommetjie and enter the Cape Point Nature Reserve where you will be taken to the best vantage point to view what is erroneously said to be the meeting place of two mighty oceans.

After your lunch stop ($ Own account), we will follow the coastline along False Bay. We’ll return to Cape Town by way of Simon’s Town, where we visit the penguin colony at Boulders Beach (for own account), Fish Hoek fishing village and Muizenberg. Before our return, we’ll stop at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens for a short walking tour of the beautiful gardens. We return to Cape Town, passing the University of Cape Town, Rhodes Memorial and the Groote Schuur Hospital.

Overnight: Cape Cadogan Standard or Luxury Room (B)

Day 5

Full day Winelands – Cape Town

We will start our day by visiting Stellenbosch.  It is easy to understand why Simon van der Stel decided to settle a village amongst the mountains. The backdrop of the Hottentots Holland Mountains, the white gabled Cape Dutch homesteads and the oak lined streets and lanes all blend in to give this place a charm that will not be forgotten.

Proceed to Paarl where you will visit Anura at 10:00 for a cheese and wine tasting.

Finally, we make our way to Franschhoek with a photo stop at the Groot Drakenstein Prison where Nelson Mandela was released in Feb 1990. The village of Franschhoek nestled amongst the mountains, can easily be mistaken as being in Switzerland. After a short tour of the little town, there will be time for another wine tasting.

Overnight: Cape Cadogan Standard or Luxury Room (B)

Day 6

Free day in Cape Town

Today is a relaxing day, you might want to visit the V & A Waterfront with all its great restaurants and shops. There will be an optional visit to a beach today. If you’re interested your Travac Tours Director will advise you of the details.

Overnight: Cape Cadogan Standard or Luxury Room (B)

Day 7

Cape Town to Johannesburg

After breakfast we will depart the hotel to the airport. Our flight today will take us to Johannesburg, flight time is approximately 2 ½ hours. Once we arrive we will be transferred to our hotel for the day.

The rest of the day will be at leisure in Melrose. Experience a passionate sense of style and service at the Melrose Arch Hotel. Situated in the new Melrose Arch development in Northern Johannesburg, the Melrose Arch Hotel offers easy access from the airport to the best that Johannesburg has to offer, day or night. The world-renowned March Restaurant, legendary swimming pool, inviting library and modern, comfortably appointed rooms conspire to make your visit to the Melrose Arch Hotel unique and unforgettable.

Feel the pulse of urban Africa, set the course for your business, or just lay back in designer luxury – the choice is yours at The Melrose Arch Hotel where service excellence, absolute luxury and superb facilities are the order of the day.

Overnight: Melrose Arch Hotel (B) http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/jnbml-african-pride-melrose-arch-hotel/

Day 8

Full day Soweto and Apartheid Museum – Johannesburg neighbourhoods

You will be collected from your hotel after an early breakfast for your full day tour of the Soweto and Apartheid Museum.

Soweto is a sprawling township, or more accurately, a cluster of townships on the south-western flank of Johannesburg. Soweto was created in the 1930s, with Orlando the first township established. In the 1950s, more black people were relocated there from ‘black spots’ in the inner city – black neighbourhoods which the apartheid government had reserved for whites. With a population of over 2 million, the township is the biggest black urban settlement in Africa with a rich political history. Soweto was the centre of political campaigns aimed at the overthrow of the apartheid state. The 1976 student uprising started in Soweto and spread to the rest of the country. Many of the sights on this route therefore have political significance. From the footbridge of the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, the largest on the continent, one can get a panoramic view of Soweto.

Visit the Hector Pieterson Museum in Orlando West, Soweto, built in memory of the people who died that day, 16 June 1976. Nelson Mandela’s humble little house in Orlando West, Soweto, now called the Mandela Family Museum, is an interesting stopover for those keen to imbibe a slice of authentic history on the world’s most famous former prisoner. The museum, a house comprising four inter-leading rooms, contains a rather eclectic assortment of memorabilia, paintings and photographs of the Mandela family as well as a collection of doctorates bestowed on Nelson Mandela from universities and institutions around the world. You can also have a glimpse of the mansion belonging to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in an affluent part of Orlando West. Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s house and the Sisulu residences are in the same neighbourhood. The Apartheid Museum tells the story of the triumph of the human spirit over adversity. Whoever you are, you cannot but come away with a deeper understanding and appreciation of this country, its darkest days and its brightest triumphs. The Apartheid Museum, the first of its kind, illustrates the rise and fall of apartheid. The racially prejudiced system that blighted much of its progress and the triumph of reason which crowned half a century of struggle. The Museum has been assembled and organized by a multi-disciplinary team of curators, film-makers, historians and designers. An architectural consortium comprising several leading architectural firms, conceptualized the design of the museum on a seven-hectare site. The museum is a superb example of design, space and landscape offering the international community a unique South African experience.

Overnight: Melrose Arch Hotel Superior Pool Facing Rooms (B)

Day 9

Johannesburg to Madikwe – Madikwe Game Reserve

This morning you are transferred to Madikwe Safari Lodge. (Approximately 4,5 Hours)

Madikwe Game Reserve, in the North West province, is one of South Africa’s largest Big Five game reserves and features a variety of lodges and camps, ranging from comfortable to luxurious. Set in a malaria-free area in the historic North West province, near the border with Botswana, the 76 000-hectare (187 800 acre) Madikwe Game Reserve supports a diverse combination of bushveld and the semi-arid Kalahari.

Madikwe is famed for Operation Phoenix, the world’s largest game translocation exercise. Established almost 20 years ago, the reserve successfully reintroduced more than 8 000 animals of 28 species, including lion, elephant and buffalo, as well as black and white rhino. This area is now home to the famous Big Five, as well as the endangered African wild dog and 350 bird species. Tonight, will embark on our first game drive!

Overnight 4 nights: Madikwe – Lelapa Lodge -ALL INCLUSIVE (Including: all meals, tea, coffee and mini bar in room, selected beverages alcoholic and non-alcoholic, two daily game drives (time and weather permitting). And a few surprises along the way! http://www.madikwesafarilodge.co.za/our-lodges/madikwe-lelapa-lodge/

Day 10-12

Madikwe Game Reserve Here is an example of the daily events at Madikwe (times are approximate and subject to change)

  • 05h00   Wake-up call
  • 05h30   Tea/Coffee and game drive departs
  • 09h00   Game drive returns, breakfast/brunch is served
  • At leisure          Bush walk or activities of personal preference
  • 16h00   High tea
  • 16h30   Game drive departs
  • 19h30   Game drive returns and dinner follows

Day 13

Madikwe to Johannesburg

Today we will enjoy our last morning game drive!

We will return to have breakfast and lunch at Madikwe Lelapa Lodge. We will have to vacate our rooms just before lunch. After lunch we will check out and head back by coach to Johannesburg to catch our overnight flight back to Montreal.

Day 14

Upon arrival in Montreal, a bus will transfer us back to Ottawa.  

 

Times on this itinerary are subject to change. You will be notified by Travac Tours staff or your Travac Tours Director.  

 

Electricity

  • The South African electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 HZ.
  • Most plugs are 15 amp 3-prong or 5 amp 2-prong, with round pins. If an adaptor is called for, consider bringing one with you, although they can be purchased locally.
  • US-made appliances may need a transformer.
  • Most hotel rooms have 110-volt outlets for electric shavers and appliances.

 

Telecommunications

  • For outgoing international calls, dial 00 plus the country and area codes of the destination concerned. Refer to telephone directors for international dialing codes or obtain 24-hour assistance by calling 10903.
  • For incoming international calls, the code is +27 followed by the city code or cell phone code, dropping the first 0.
  • Some local city dialing codes: 011 – Johannesburg; 012 – Pretoria; 021 – Cape Town; 031 – Durban; 041 – Port Elizabeth.
  • 08 numbers are free to the caller; 0860 numbers are charged at local rates; 0861 numbers are charged at a flat rate.

 

Tipping

  • Tipping for your game reserves, local guides, and your local drivers are all included.
  • Tipping for your Travac Tours Director is not included. It is customary to tip your Travac Tours Director $5.00/day per person as a token of appreciation at the end of the tour. Gratuities are at your discretion and are always very much appreciated.
  • Tipping is widely practiced in South Africa. In restaurants and bars, 10% is the accepted tipping standard.

 

Visas:

  • Visit the South African Department of Home Affairs comprehensive website www.home-affairs.gov.za. This website details which nationals are exempt from visas, and which are obliged to make application.  Enquiries regarding South African visa info can also be obtained from South African missions in your country, or the nearest one to you. VISAS ARE NOT REQUIRED FOR CANADIAN CITIZENS TO ENTER INTO SOUTH AFRICA.

 

What to Wear:

  • We’re generally laid back in South Africa, so no need to haul out your best silks and diamonds when you head for our shores.  Here’s some clothing advice when in South Africa:
    • The fall/winter season is generally mild, comparing favourably with European summers. But we do get some days when temperatures sky-dive, especially in high-lying areas such as the Drakensberg, so be prepared with jerseys and jackets.  If you are going to the Cape, rain gear will be needed in this season.
    • Always bring a hat – the sun can be strong even in the winter months. Make sunglasses, a hat and sun block a firm part of your skincare kit.
    • Walking shoes are a good idea all year-round, with warm socks in the winter.
    • For game viewing, neutral-toned items are the best. Nothing too colourful.
    • For the evening, if you are dining at an upmarket restaurant or seeing a show, go the smart-casual route.

 

Customs:

  • South African Customs regulations afford visitors to the country the opportunity to bring in certain goods without incurring duties and value added tax (VAT).  These are limited in quantity and value. On arrival, you can take the green ‘nothing to declare’ channel if you stick to these allowances:
    • Personal effects
    • Other new or used goods not exceeding R3 000 (Additional goods, new or used, exceeding R12 000 will incur a duty charge of 20%)
    • Wine not exceeding 2 litres per person over the age of 18
    • Spirits and alcohol not exceeding l litre per person over the age of 18
    • Cigarettes not exceeding 200 and cigars not exceeding 20 per person over the age of 18
    • 250g cigarette tobacco or pipe tobacco per person over the age of 18
    • Perfumery not exceeding 50ml and toilet water not exceeding 250ml per person
  • But, if you have goods in excess of these allowances, take the red channel and declare your items, where you will be billed at the applicable rates by representatives of South African Customs. Note also, that if you are importing for business and commercial intent, you will also not qualify for these allowances, other than personal effects.
  • Customs in South Africa further stipulates that when you leave the country you are permitted to take up to R500 in South African Reserve Bank notes.  A 20% levy is charged on higher amounts.
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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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Croatia – October 2019

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Ottawa to Zagreb

Depart Ottawa by motorcoach to Montreal for your overnight flights to Zagreb.

Day 2

Zagreb

Zagreb is the capital of Croatia.  Archeological discoveries dating back to around 35,000 BC, during the Stone Age, have been discovered in the area. While Celts moved in from the North and the Romans from the West. Zagreb, as we know it today, dates back to the middle ages and there are plenty of sights that reflect its great past. After checking into your hotel the balance of your day will be free.  Your hotel, the Esplanade Zagreb, has a fascinating history dating back to 1925 when it was owned by “The Orient Express” Rail Company. Over the years this 5-star hotel has hosted most of the royal families in Europe as well as actors and diplomats.  To this day it is considered to be one of the finest hotels in central Europe. Numerous museums and the botanical gardens are a short walk from your hotel.

Day 3

Zagreb

You will begin your day with a tour of Zagreb. A good part of the tour will be on foot as we meander through the old town.  Zagreb itself is a very green city and there is plenty of opportunity to enjoy its parks and green spaces.  Your afternoon is free to explore. (B)

Day 4

Zagreb

Your day is free to explore Zagreb.  (B)

Day 5

Zagreb to Opatija

This morning we head to the Croatian Riviera and the delightful town of Opatija.  Variously known as the “Old Dame”, the “Pearl of the Adriatic” or the “Queen of Tourism” Opatija is a remarkable seaside resort dating back to 1844.  The feel of the Victorian era is everywhere amongst the spectacular hotels with their grand facades. The cascading hills remind you of Italy’s Almafi Coast.   It is truly a destination of elegance and style. Upon your arrival your Travac Tours Director will take you on a short stroll down the city’s main street and point out some of the town’s highlights. (B,D)

If you are interested in walking you will certainly enjoy the “Lungomare Promenade” which follows the coastline for 12 kilometers.

Day 6

Opatija

After breakfast we begin our tour with a visit to the Roman Amphitheatre in Pula.  While this Amphitheatre is one of many left around Europe by Roman engineers it is certainly one of the best preserved anywhere. We’ll also spend some time in the old town before heading to Rovinj.  Rovinj rises dramatically from the Adriatic.  Its streets are delightfully twisty and there is indeed something particularly romantic about this old town. (B,D)

Day 7

Opatija

On our last day in this region you are free to relax and enjoy Opatija.  (B,D)

Day 8

Opatija to Biograd na Moru

Our journey today will take us to Plitvicka Jezera National Park.  This UNESCO world heritage site will be one of the highlights of your holiday. The national park is world famous for its lakes arranged in cascades. The sixteen lakes are separated into twelve upper and four lower clusters formed by runoff from the mountains.  The lakes are renowned for their distinctive colours ranging from azure to green and grey to blue. The colours change constantly depending on the quantity of minerals or organisms in the water and the angle of sunlight. For the next two nights you will be staying in the delightful town Biograd na Moru.  Situated on the northern Dalmatian coast, this small town has an enchanting appeal. You will be free this evening to enjoy a stroll along the waterfront and choose your dining experience. (B,D)

Day 9

Biograd na Moru

Biograd was once the home of Croatian kings. Today it is populated by leisure craft and tourists from all over the world. Your free day can be enjoyed by simply relaxing at your hotel or taking a stroll through this interesting village. (B, D)

Day 10

Biograd na Moru – Split

After breakfast, our journey continues to the heart of the Dalmatian coast – Split.

Split is the second largest city in Croatia with a population of over 200,000. Modern Split effectively came into being with the founding of the Diocletian’s Palace, around 295 AD. Today the Palace is part of the old city and is surrounded by an open air market which is always bustling with activity. After our arrival in Split, we will make our way to the old city for a chance to see the Diocletian’s Palace which simply oozes atmosphere. There are numerous options for dinner in the old city that will offer everything from Dalmatian delicacies to your standard bill of fare. (B)

Day 11

Split

Today you will have a leisurely opportunity to explore and discover the spirit of Split.  (B)

Day 12

Split to Dubrovnik

 After breakfast we will continue south to the wonderful walled city of Dubrovnik.  This city is squeezed between the sea and the mountains and is encircled by stone walls.  It is, in a sense, a perfect work of beauty with an enthralling history.  Nothing will disappoint you in this magnificent city. (B, D)

Day 13

Dubrovnik

Your morning tour of Dubrovnik will start with a panoramic drive through the Dubrovnik surroundings.  Dubrovnik rose to have one of the strongest merchant navies in the 16th century.  The town itself became a powerful city state known as the Dubrovnik republic which maintained its independence for 450 years.  Your tour will continue with a guided walking tour of the old city. (B, D)

Day 14

Dubrovnik

Your last full day in Dubrovnik is free. Optional tour to Korcula. The town of Korcula is a magical place, girdled by the remains of massive medieval walls, which surround a perfect herringbone pattern of narrow stone streets descending from the main axis.  It sits on a small peninsula toward the eastern end of the island.  It is one of the most beautiful towns on the Adriatic and far less crowded than Dubrovnik or Hvar town. Our tour will include a Ferry ride then a walking tour of the Old Town including stops at the Cathedral of Saint Mark, the Bishop’s Treasury and, of course, the house of Marco Polo.  On our journey back to Dubrovnik, we will stop for a tour of a local oyster farm. Our day will be fully guided by our Dubrovnik guide, Marko. (B,D)

Day 15

Dubrovnik to Zagreb

After breakfast we will make our return journey from Dubrovnik to Zagreb for our overnight stay. Your evening is free. (B)

Day 16

Zagreb to Ottawa

Your Travac Tours Director will advise you of your departure time for your return flights to Ottawa. (B)

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Hotel Information


Zagreb – Esplanade Zagreb Hotel (5 star) or similar

Hotel Website


Hotel Rating

Hotel Address
Mihanoviceva 1
Zagreb, Croatia
10000
+385 1 4566 666


Hotel Remisens Ambasador Opatija or similar



Hotel Address
Feliksa Peršića 5
Opatija, Croatia
51410
+385 51 710 444


Biograd na Moru- Kornati OR Ilirija (4 star) or similar

Hotel Website


Hotel Rating

Hotel Address
Ul. Tina Ujevića 7
Biograd na Moru, Croatia
23210
+385 23 383 556


Split- Hotel Atrium (5 star) or similar

Hotel Website


Hotel Rating

Hotel Address
Ul. Domovinskog rata 21
Split, Croatia
21000
+385 21 200 000


Dubrovnik- Valamar Lacroma/ Valamar Argosy Dubrovnik (4+ star) or similar

Hotel Website


Hotel Rating

Hotel Address
Ul. Iva Dulčića 34
Dubrovnik, Croatia
20000
+385 52 465 100


Best Western Premier Hotel Astoria or similar

Hotel Website


Hotel Rating

Hotel Address
Petrinjska 71
Zagreb, Croatia

+385 1 4808 900



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New Orleans and the Songs of the South – November 2019

New Orleans is a multicultural, dynamic city with a special Creole energy that flows through its streets, clubs and restaurants. The city was first settled by the French in 1718 and highly influenced by the Spanish who also occupied it for several years. Today “The French Quarter” with its distinctive architecture and multicoloured buildings is an icon of the south. Bourbon Street and the city’s Mardi Gras are visited by millions of enthusiastic tourists every year. Whether you are walking along its enchanted streets, strolling “The Riverwalk” on the Mississippi River, or riding the St. Charles streetcar through the Garden District, the city’s charm is inescapable.

Many people come to the “Big Easy” for its food – a colourful and tasty mix of Cajun and Creole traditions that can be easily found in many of the city’s fine restaurants and inexpensive sidewalk cafes. Many more come for its Jazz. It is of course the birthplace of Jazz heard throughout the French Quarter and Bourbon Street both day and night. The history and friendly charm of its people add to the universal appeal of this great city.

Travac’s tour to New Orleans includes much more than just New Orleans. You’ll stay at the Drury Inn & Suites Hotel in the heart of the Arts District, convenient to the French Quarter. You will visit one of the stately plantation homes that drove the economy of this state in the 19th century. After lunch you’ll visit Bayou Country and enjoy a pontoon swamp tour. Travac’s adventure to New Orleans is exceptionally well priced and will sell out fast. Join us as we explore the colour and charm of this vibrant city.

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Today you meet your Travac Tour Director at the Ottawa International Airport for your flights to New Orleans. Upon your arrival in New Orleans you will be transferred to your hotel. The balance of your day will be free.

Day 2

Depart hotel for your included bus tour of New Orleans which will take you from Canal Street to the French Quarter. You will also visit “Riverwalk” and the Garden District, Jackson Square, where the Louisiana Purchase was signed and “Faubourg Treme,” the oldest black neighbourhood in America. You’ll also see where Jean Lafitte, the pirate, lived and carried out many of his illicit activities. You may want to consider a stroll along Riverwalk to visit and shop in its many unique shops and sidewalk cafes. The balance of your day will be free.

Day 3

Explore and shop the streets of New Orleans on your own today.  Your hotel concierge will be happy to offer suggestions or make dinner reservations for you.

Day 4

This morning we will leave New Orleans for a drive to Bayou country.  Many Acadians made their way to Louisiana and settled into the various Bayous throughout the state.  Here they lived freely practicing their own customs and beliefs.  We will visit one of the stately Plantations that drove the economy of this state in the 19th century. After lunch you’ll enjoy your swamp tour of these beautiful wetlands.

Day 5

Today is a free day to enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of this great city!  Music is never far from the streets of New Orleans.  You may wish to explore some of the musical heritage of the “Big Easy” today.  You can also relax in one of its many sidewalk cafes or restaurants and enjoy some of its Creole cuisine.  New Orleans also offers excellent shopping.  If gaming excites you, Harrah’s operates one of the largest casinos in the south right in the heart of New Orleans.

Day 6

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your return flights back to Ottawa.

 

Itinerary Subject to Change

Tipping is included for the bus driver and luggage handling at the hotel. Most bus tours often recommend that each person tip their Travac Tour Director $5 per person per day, and $3 per person for each guided tour. While we at Travac do not stress a tipping policy, any gratuities provided are greatly appreciated.

 

Duty Free

Allowance for duty free coming back into Canada is $800 CAD per person. This allowance includes your duty-free purchases. Persons must be 19 years or older to purchase alcohol.

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Hotel Information


Drury Inn & Suites New Orleans

Hotel Website


Hotel Rating

Hotel Address
820 Poydras Street
New Orleans, LA
70112
504-529-7800



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Halifax – Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo

Travac Tours would like to invite you to join us as we travel to Halifax for the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo

The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo is a show inspired by Military Tattoos given by military bands and display teams.

The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo is unique among other Tattoos in the world in that it is more theatrical in nature with a mixture of both military and civilian performers.

It takes place in the Halifax Metro Centre’s hockey arena, a venue that, to some degree, resembles a traditional theatre in the round. The show is heavily costumed and intensively rehearsed with technical staff, choreographers, assistant directors, wardrobe staff and designers as part of the production team, which also sets it apart from traditional Tattoos.

This spectacle is one of the highlights of a Nova Scotia summer.

Travac’s visit to the Tattoo includes round trip airfare from Ottawa to Halifax, 4 nights’ accommodation at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront, a tour of Halifax including visits to Lunenburg, Chester and Peggy’s Cove, Reserved seating at the Royal International Tattoo, free time in Halifax and the services of a Travac Tours Director.

Space is limed to 15 couples.

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

This morning you will depart for Halifax.  Upon your arrival in Halifax you will be transferred to your hotel. The balance of your day will be free to explore Halifax on your own.  From your hotel it is an easy walk to some of the fine restaurants and shops that are in the area.

Day 2

Today is your day to enjoy The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo. Over the years, the show has been seen by well over 2,000,000 spectators and has hosted tens of thousands of performers from 21 countries. In terms of annual economic impact, it generates tens of millions for the province of Nova Scotia and the Halifax Regional Municipality. Indeed, it will be a most enjoyable day.

Day 3

Your day will begin with a professionally guided tour of Halifax.  Attractions in Halifax are plentiful! From iconic lighthouses to urban gardens, stunning galleries and museums and a waterfront science centre.

Continuing the tour, you’ll move on to Chester, Lunenburg and finally Peggy’s Cove.  The village of Chester, situated on a peninsula halfway along the coast of Mahone Bay, is one of the most picturesque communities anywhere in the Maritimes. 

Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site – with its narrow streets and unique architecture – is also the home port of Nova Scotia’s sailing ambassador, the Bluenose II. This graceful ship is a replica of the original fishing boat.

Your final stop, before heading back to Halifax, will be Peggy’s Cove. Famous for its lighthouse, Peggy’s Cove is one of the most iconic images in Eastern Canada.

Day 4

Your day is completely free to wander among the many sites that attract people to Halifax.  Your tour director will have plenty of ideas on how to spend your day.

Day 5

After a most enjoyable experience in Halifax, you’ll make your way back to Ottawa.  Your tour director will advise you on your departure time from the hotel.

Itinerary Subject to Change

Tipping is included for luggage handling. Most bus tours often recommend that each person tip their Travac Tour Director $5 per person per day, coach driver $3 per person per day and the local guides $3 for half-day tours. While we at Travac do not stress a tipping policy, any gratuities provided are greatly appreciated.

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Hotel Information


Halifax Marriott Harbourfront-or similar



Hotel Address
1919 Upper Water St
Halifax, NS
B3J 3J5
(902) 421-1700



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The Magic of the Maritimes

From the shores of the St. Lawrence to the natural beauty of the Cape Breton highlands on the Cabot Trail, Travac’s delightful journey into the Maritimes is rich in sights, sounds and culinary sensations.

Join us for a 12-day charming adventure where you will experience the very best that the Maritimes has to offer.

You’ll visit attractions that have beckoned holidaymakers from around the world such as Peggy’s Cove, the Anne of Green Gables home and Fort Louisbourg.

You’ll have plenty of time to relax and enjoy the ambiance of your surroundings with opportunities to enjoy some of the best restaurants on the east coast.

Attractively priced at only $3162.87 per person based on double occupancy. This holiday is sure to be popular, don’t miss your opportunity to be part of this adventure.

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Your Maritime adventure begins this morning as we leave Ottawa and travel through Quebec to our overnight stop in Edmundston, New Brunswick.

Day 2

Leaving Edmundston, you will journey further into New Brunswick and Fredericton. Along the way we’ll make a detour to visit the Harland timber-truss covered bridge, the longest covered bridge in the world. Covered bridges date back to the end of the nineteenth century or the beginning of the twentieth century and were built to protect the bridge itself, from the weather.

We’ll also visit Kings Landing. Kings Landing is a representation of New Brunswick during the 19th and early 20th century. It is not a replica of an actual village, but a collection of salvaged or recreated buildings from around the Mactaquac Headpond and other locations around New Brunswick.

Overnight stop in Fredericton, New Brunswick. (B)

Day 3

Before leaving Fredericton, you’ll have a chance to visit the historic Garrison District or walk along the St. John River and enjoy its culinary delights.

This afternoon you will depart for Charlottetown. After checking into your hotel, the balance of your day will be free. Your next three nights will be in Charlottetown, PEI. (B)

Day 4

This morning, we will be met by our local guide for a tour of this enchanting island. We will start with a tour of Historic Charlottetown.

Next, we will be off to Anne’s Land. Your journey will take you to Cavendish, one of the prettiest towns on the island. The fictional redheaded Anne of Green Gables is everywhere in this area. When the novel Anne of Green Gables was first published in 1908, most people could only dream of visiting its magical setting.

Your visit will take you to Green Gables Heritage Place. Green Gables, part of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Cavendish National Historic Site, is famous around the world as the inspiration for the setting in Montgomery’s classic tale of fiction.

We will visit the PEI Preserve Company, North Rustico, PEI National Park and a stop at a winery. (B)

Day 5

Today is a free day.  Your Travac Tours Director will offer some suggestions and how you might enjoy your free time. This evening you will be off to Fisherman’s Wharf for a traditional PEI lobster dinner. (B, D)

Day 6

This morning you’ll be heading back to Nova Scotia via ferry from PEI.  Your first stop will be in Baddeck. Baddeck is both the beginning and the end of Cape Breton’s Cabot Trail.  In Baddeck we’ll visit the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, a museum and 25 acre park that is home to the world’s largest collection of Bell’s inventions and artifacts, including replicas of the first telephone and a full-scale model of the HD-4 hydrofoil watercraft.  

You’ll also have time to enjoy lunch before departing for Fort Louisbourg. This French fortress was originally settled in 1713 and developed into a major commercial port and strongly defended fortress.

Your next two nights will be in Sydney, Nova Scotia. (B)

Day 7

After breakfast you will enjoy driving along the Cabot Trail with a local guide. The Cabot Trail is unquestionably one of the most scenic drives on the planet. Rising from the sea and clinging to the mountains, the Cabot Trail is a winding staircase that will take you from majestic ocean vistas to quiet fishing villages. 

You’ll spend the day on the trail with plenty of stops along the way to soak in its un-paralleled beauty. (B)

Day 8

This morning you will make your way to Halifax.  Attractions in Halifax are plentiful! From iconic lighthouses to urban gardens, stunning galleries and museums, a waterfront science centre, and so much more.  Upon arrival you will have some free time. Your Travac Tours Director will have plenty of options to help acquaint yourself with this vibrant city. Your next two nights will be in Halifax, Nova Scotia. (B)

Day 9

Your day will begin with a professionally guided tour of Halifax.  A great way to end the tour will be a visit to Peggy’s Cove, one of the most iconic sites in the Maritimes.  After your visit you’ll return to Halifax for some free time to visit some of the prodigious attractions in the city. Tonight you have an included dinner (B, D)

Day 10

Leaving Halifax, you’ll make your way to Moncton, making stops in both Chester and Lunenburg along the way.  The village of Chester, situated on a peninsula halfway along the coast of Mahone Bay, is one of the most picturesque communities anywhere in the Maritimes.

Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site – with its narrow streets and unique architecture – is also the home port of Nova Scotia’s sailing ambassador, the Bluenose II. The graceful ship is a replica of the original fishing boat that found fame as a racing schooner.

In Moncton you’ll have a chance to visit Magnetic Hill, an illusion that has attracted tourists for decades. Overnight stop in Moncton, New Brunswick. (B)

Day 11

This morning you’ll visit the Bay of Fundy with a local guide.  Few places on earth are as awe-inspiring as New Brunswick’s Bay of Fundy. A visit to this special place will reward you with magnificent tides, breathtaking coastline and endless adventure. The Bay of Fundy tides are best explored at The Hopewell Rocks, where you can walk around the famous “flowerpot rocks” at low tide then watch them slowly disappear.

After our visit you’ll continue on to Riviere du Loup. Founded in the 17thcentury this quaint town on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River offers spectacular vistas of the river. Overnight stop in Riviere de Loup. (B, D)

Day 12

From Riviere du Loup we will continue along the south shore of the St. Lawrence and make our way back to Ottawa.  Expect to arrive in Ottawa in the late afternoon. (B)

Itinerary Subject to Change

Tipping is included for luggage handling at the hotel. Most bus tours often recommend that each person tip their Travac Tour Director $5 per person per day, coach driver $3 per person per day and local guide $3 for half-day tour. While we at Travac do not stress a tipping policy, any gratuities provided are greatly appreciated.

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Hotel Information


Best Western Plus, or similar


Hotel Rating

Hotel Address
280 Boul. Hébert Blvd.
Edmunston, NB
E3V 0A3
(506) 739-0000


Hilton Garden Inn, or similar



Hotel Address
620 Queen St.
Fredericton, NB
E3B 1C2
(506) 999-1551


Rodd Charlottetown, or similar



Hotel Address
75 Kent St
Charlottetown, PE
C1A 7K4
1-800-565-7633


Cambridge Suites, or similar



Hotel Address
380 Esplanade
Sydney, NS
B1P 1B1
(902) 562-6500


Hotel Halifax (formerly Delta), or similar



Hotel Address
Scotia Square, 1990 Barrington St.
Halifax, NS
B3J 1P2
(902) 425-6700


Delta Hotel Beauséjour, or similar



Hotel Address
750 Main St.
Moncton, NB
E1C 1E6
(506) 854-4344


Auberge de la Pointe, or similar



Hotel Address
10 Cartier Blvd
Riviere-du-Loup, QC
G5R 3Y7
(418) 862-3514



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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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Hotel Information


Estrimont Suites and Spa

Hotel website


Hotel Rating

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



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