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Malta

Malta

A lovely year-round climate, 7000 years of history and a Mediterranean lifestyle that is second to none.

Malta is a small island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea with a rich history and a tranquil ambiance that summons tourists from around the world. While its population is just over 400,000 it is a deeply religious country that is 98% catholic and boasts 365 churches… one for every day of the year.

History lovers will be in their element in Malta, discovering man-made structures older than the Egyptian pyramids, some of which date back 7000 years.

Due to Malta’s geographical position it has been of great strategic significance over the centuries and is dotted with forts, defensive walls and towers, as well as an excellent National War Museum. The Royal Canadian Air Force played a significant role in Malta in World War II during the island’s darkest days.

Malta’s historic 17th century capital, Valletta, has over 300 monuments each with special significance.

Travac wants you to enjoy the balmy weather of Malta on our semi- inclusive holiday as you stay and relax on some of the island’s best beaches. You will be able to explore a whole host of natural and man-made sights, from the caverns of the Blue Grotto to 5,000-year-old underground necropolises and megalithic temple complexes. Shopping is excellent as are the choices of restaurants and pubs.

Your hotel during your stay is The Seashells Resort at Suncrest. This welcoming hotel on Malta’s north-east coast offers accommodation and features complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the property.

Your included meals are served buffet-style where you can watch live action cooking. After dinner you might want to treat yourself to a drink at the beach bar.

The hotel itself features two outdoor pools as well as an indoor pool.

All rooms in the hotel are air-conditioned and feature a flat screened T.V., tea and coffee making facilities, as well as a small fridge. Ocean view or Ocean front rooms are available at a supplement. Entertainment is available most evenings.

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

This afternoon you will board our private charter from Ottawa to Montreal. Upon our arrival in Montreal we will check in for our overnight flight to Europe.


Day 2-14

This morning we will have an orientation meeting. Malta is very diverse. The history is still evident today and dates back as far as the Neolithic period. Many temples are scattered around the island and “Ggantija” is said to be one of the oldest surviving, free-standing monuments in the world, predating Stonehenge by around 1,000 years! Thanks to their strategic position in the Med, the Maltese islands have played a crucial role in the making of history too, including the wars between Rome and Carthage, the Second World War and the Cold War, but it was perhaps the period of the Crusades which left the biggest impression. When the Knights Hospitaller of St John were driven out of Rhodes and handed Malta by Charles V, they bequeathed palaces, forts, cathedrals, an abundance of art and, of course, the Maltese Cross.

Malta is also a very exciting destination. You can enjoy boat rentals and plenty of beach activities. If you’re a movie buff “The Da Vinci Code” and “Troy” with Brad Pitt along with many others were filmed here. You can take a full day tour of the sets for the series “Game of Thrones”.

Our local representative will be happy to give you even more options for visiting the island.

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Malta Standard Sea-View Room

 


Day 15

Your Travac Tours representative will go over details for our return flight to Canada.


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Hotel Information


AX Seashells Resort at Suncrest

Hotel website


Hotel Rating

Hotel Address
Dawret il-Qawra
St Paul's Bay SPB 1902, Malta

+356 2157 7101



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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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Canary Islands 4 Week Special

Canary Islands

Travac is pleased to be offering a new tour experience, the Canary Islands, specifically Tenerife. Tenerife is the island of a thousand experiences. You can get lost in nature, relax on the beach, climb Teide (a local volcano), go shopping, see a show, walk the old town cobbles or simply enjoy life at your leisure. In Tenerife, options for your leisure time are endless thanks to its year-round climate, natural surroundings and tourist infrastructure designed to let you make the most of your holiday.

 

This exciting new winter holiday option is available at an incredible deal. Join our adventure, book today!

Please note we are also running our regular Canary Islands program through Madrid.  For available dates and pricing with this option, please click here.

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Depart from Canada.


Day 2- 29

Upon arrival in Tenerife, you will be transferred to your hotel. Your time in the Canary Islands is at your leisure. A Travac Tours Director will be available to assist you with any special needs that you might have.


Day 29

On day 29 you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to Casablanca, where you will be staying for one night.


Day 30

Your Travac Tours Director will advise you of your departure time for your return flight to Montreal.

**Please note that as with our Spain and Portugal programs this is a fully independent holiday. A Travac Tours Director will be with you through the duration of the holiday to assist you if need be. Travac will not be organizing independent optional excursions but will advise you of excursions that are available from local suppliers**


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French Polynesia: The Tahiti Experience

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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*

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South Africa- March departure

Cape Town

Join us on an unforgettable journey to South Africa- its raw beauty will change you forever.

Very few people don’t have an African Safari on their bucket list. Check it off and join Travac Tours for a 5 star experience you won’t soon forget.

International flights are included in your package price. Watch for our 2020 dates!

Tour Itinerary


Day 1-2: International flights from Ottawa to Amsterdam & Arrival in Johannesburg

Day 1: Depart Ottawa for our flights to Amsterdam with KLM (call the office for flight schedule).

Day 2: Arrive into Amsterdam for the connecting flight to Johannesburg

Overnight: Intercontinental O.R. Tambo Airport Hotel (B)


Day 3-6: Madikwe Game Reserve

This morning you 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 we will embark on our first game drive!

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

Overnight 4 nights: Madikwe Lelapa Lodge -ALL INCLUSIVE (Including: all meals (B, L, D), Tea, coffees and mini bar in room, selected beverages alcoholic and non-alcoholic, two daily game drives (time and weather permitting).


Day 7: Madikwe to Johannesburg

After the morning game drive you will transferred to the Johannesburg Melrose Arch Hotel. (drive is about 4.5 hours)

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, while the high tech executive meeting rooms and full-service Business Centre make for inspired and effective business gatherings. 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.

The rest of the day will be at leisure.

Overnight: Melrose Arch Hotel (B)


Day 8: Full Day Soweto and Apartheid Museum - Johannesburg

You will be collected from your hotel after an early breakfast for your full day tour of the Soweto and Apartheids 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 neighborhoods 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 honorary 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 (B)


Day 9: Johannesburg to Cape Town

Today you will be collected at your hotel and transferred to the Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport domestic terminal for your flight to Cape Town. Upon your arrival at Cape Town International Airport domestic terminal you will be collected and transferred to your hotel.

The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight: Cape Cadogan Luxury Room (B)


Day 10: Full Day Table Mountain and City Tour – Cape Town

Firstly 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 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 art the Cape of Good Hope for the Dutch East India Company, better known as the VOC (Verenigde Oos-Indische Compagnie).

Overnight: Cape Cadogan Luxury Room (B)


Day 11: Full Day at 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.

Lunch will be included at a local restaurant.

After your lunch stop, 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 Luxury Room (B, L)


Day 12: 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.

The Winelands tour will end off with a home dinner in Somerset West.

Overnight: Cape Cadogan Luxury Room (B, D)


Day 13: Cape Town

Optional tours offered today by your Travac Tours Director – at your own expense.

Overnight: Cape Cadogan Luxury Room (B)


Day 14: Cape Town

Optional tours offered today by your Travac Tours Director – at your own expense.

Your room is available for the day (until 8:00pm). A Farewell dinner will be available at your own cost (details TBA).

Late night transfer to the Cape Town International Airport for your flight home. (B)


Day 15: Flights back to Ottawa

Flight departs early in the morning at 00:30.

TIMES ON THIS ITINERARY ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED BY TRAVAC TOURS STAFF OR YOUR TRAVAC TOURS DIRECTOR.


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Hotel Information


Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport Hotel

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African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel

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Madikwe Safari Lodge

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Cape Cadogan Hotel

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DaVinci Hotel and Suites

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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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Budapest to Venice

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Your holiday is an adventure that will take you across central Europe from Budapest to Venice. You will be exploring two mighty empires that dominated the region for centuries; the Austro- Hungarian Empire and the Republic of Venice.

In Budapest you’ll encounter the unique flavours that has made this city a magnet for tourism in central Europe. You’ll then be off to Ljubljana in Slovenia, one of the most picturesque towns in the region. You’ll have time to relax and enjoy its wonderful pedestrian life taking in its streets lined with small shops and outdoor cafes.

Moving west you’ll stop in the Croatian Riviera and the beautiful village of Opatija. Known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” Opatija has become a welcome retreat for tourists from around the world.

Your next stop will be in Lake Garda, Italy’s beautiful lake district. Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy and one of its favourite tourist destinations. While here you’ll visit Verona known for the film “Letters to Juliet” as well as the Shakespearean play “The Two Gentlemen of Verona.”

Your last stop will be in Venice. Lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces, Venice deserve its reputation as one of Europe’s cultural capitals.

Attractively priced at only $3399 per person based on double occupancy + taxes of $690. (Total selling price with all taxes is $4089) this holiday will be in high demand.

Your holiday package includes round trip airfare from Ottawa, accommodation with breakfast daily, five dinners, city tours at each stop conducted by a professional local guide and the services of a Travac Tours Director.

Early booking is essential as there is only 35 seats available for this tour.

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

This afternoon you will depart from Ottawa to Toronto for your overnight flight to Budapest.


Day 2

Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. Budapest, Hungary’s capital, is bisected by the Danube River. One side of the river is the hilly Buda district while on the other side you’ll find the flat Pest district. Budapest dates all the way back to Roman times. Most of what you will encounter in Budapest however is a product of the middle ages. Its brilliant beauty makes the city one of the most photographed in Central Europe. After checking into the hotel the balance of you day will be free.


Day 3

After breakfast you will begin your city tour. The tour of Budapest will consist of a walking portion in old Buda, to take in a good part of the cities rich heritage, then drive to Pest visiting Heroes’ Square featuring the Millennium Memorial. Your guide will also cover much of the city’s modern history from World War 2 through the communist era. On your free time you may wish to visit one of the city’s Thermal Pools. (B, D)


Day 4

A free day in Budapest is invigorating. Take time to shop, explore and enjoy the boundless heritage that has made this city so awe inspiring. You may wish to consider a cruise on the Danube spoiling you with the view from the river and a chance to see the city lit up. It’s a truly remarkable spectacle. (B,).


Day 5

This morning we will depart for Ljubljana in Slovenia. Ljubljana can easily claim to be one of the most picturesque cities in central Europe. It is Slovenia’s capital and is known for its abundance of green space. The curving Ljubljanica River is lined with outdoor cafes dividing the old town from the modern city. Upon our arrival we will meet our tour guide for a short orientation tour of the city. After checking into the hotel the balance of your day is on your own. (B)

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Day 6

On your free day in Ljubljana you may wish to visit the city’s Museum of Modern Art or the National Museum of Slovenia. Both are intriguing and well worth the visit. Of course, the side-walk cafes are a must for people watching. (B)


Day 7

Our adventure continues as we travel through Slovenia to the Croatian Riviera and the delightful village 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. If you are into walking you will certainly enjoy the “Lungomare Promenade” which follows the coastline for 12 kilometers. (B,D)

Opatija


Day 8

After breakfast we begin our tour with a visit to the Roman Amphitheatre in the ancient town of 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. You will then return to your Opatija hotel. (B,D)


Day 9

On our last day in this region you are free to relax and enjoy Opatija. Optional experiences will be available to you and will be covered by your tour director. (B,D)


Day 10

This morning we will make our way to Lake Garda. This, the largest lake in Italy is also one of the loveliest. For art and history lovers, Lake Garda offers an attractive leap into the past. Medieval villages clustered between walls and towers along with Veronese and Venetian castles recall memorable battles of the past and great leaders that ruled in the area. (B)

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Day 11

After breakfast you embark on a tour of the lake area. You will have the option of taking a lake cruise in the afternoon. (B)


Day 12

Our excursion today will take you to Verona. Known for its pretty piazza’s, Verona was also the setting for Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” as well as “The Two Gentlemen of Verona”. While in Verona you will have a chance to see its Roman Amphitheatre which is still used for cultural events. (B)


Day 13

This morning we will make our way to Venice. Venice and the lore surrounding this, the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, brings millions of tourists to this ancient city every year. It is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. Venice was one of the most important cities in Central Europe for several hundred years. There are still many representations of its former glory that you could visit during your stay. Upon our arrival we will be met by our local guide for an orientation walking tour of the city. We will depart for our hotel in Mestre later in the afternoon. (B)

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Day 14

You are free today to experience Venice on your own. (B,D)


Day 15

Your tour director will advise you of your departure time for the airport and your return flight to

Canada. (B)


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Hotel Information


Budapest- Danubius Hotel Astoria

Hotel website


Hotel Rating

Hotel Address
Kossuth Lajos u. 19
Budapest, Hungary
1053
+36 1 889 6000


Ljubljana-Urban hotel

Hotel website


Hotel Rating

Hotel Address
Štefanova ulica 4
Ljubljana, Slovenia
1000
+386 591 10057


Opatija-Remisens Premium hotel Imperial

Hotel website


Hotel Rating

Hotel Address
Ulica Maršala Tita 124/3
Opatija, Croatia
51410
+385 51 710 444


Lake Garda-Grand Hotel Gardone

Hotel website


Hotel Rating

Hotel Address
Corso Zanardelli, 84
Lake Garda, Italy
25083
+39 0365 20261


Venice-B/W Plus Quid Hotel Venice Airport

Hotel website


Hotel Rating

Hotel Address
Via Terraglio, 15
Venice, Italy
30174
+39 041 239 5611



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Croatia- September 2018

Croatia- Dubrovnik

Pictured above:  City of Dubrovnik

Succulent seafood, miles and miles of brilliant coastline, awe inspiring scenery everywhere you go, it’s all a taste of this unique land called Croatia. With roots that go back to the Greek and Roman eras you will find telltale examples of its magnificent past everywhere. The magnetism of modern Croatia, though, is found on the Adriatic coast with its beautiful beaches, secluded bays, lakes, incredible mountain peaks, fantastic cuisine and prized wines and spirits.

Travac Tours has crafted the perfect holiday for you in Croatia. Your experience will take you through the capital Zagreb and the plains district where you can visit its castles or simply enjoy freshly picked fruit from a local farm. While in Zagreb you’ll stay at the legendary Hotel Esplanade, an Orient Express hotel, visited by actors, dignitaries, kings and monarchs including Queen Elizabeth.

We’ll then take you to the Croatian Riviera where towns look like movie sets and the mountains cascade into the sea. This, the Monte Carlo of Croatia, is compared to the Amalfi coast in Italy yet you may find it more exhilarating.

A highlight of your vacation will come with a visit to the Plitvice Lakes National Park. A UNESCO world heritage site the park’s undeniable natural wonder is created by the beauty found in a string of lakes and waterfalls. Indeed, the lakes are one of the most outstanding natural wonders in all of Europe

You will then travel to the small village of Biograd na Moru to enjoy the matchless charm of this seaside resort.

Continuing south, you’ll stay in Split, an eternally young city where many inhabitants have built their homes inside the 1700-year-old walls of the Diocletian’s Palace, another UNESCO world heritage site. Here you will be able to shop and enjoy the towns famous marketplace. This seaside town truly brings you back to the Mediterranean as it once was.

Your last stop is Dubrovnik. A fortified sea town which holds thousands of years of both history and legend. This former city state was a republic of nobles. Its castles and villas are often used as backdrops for the TV series “Game of Thrones.” Dubrovnik is indeed amazing!

While on vacation you will be housed in some of the finest hotels in Croatia, each with a distinctive character. Breakfast is included daily. We have also included 8 dinners at the resort hotels. There is a full slate of sightseeing. Optional sightseeing opportunities are available for the adventurous and energetic.

Undeniably, Croatia is the up and coming destination for the perfect holiday. Join us!

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.

Zagreb


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)

Opatija


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)

Plitvice Lakes


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


Opatija- Remisens Premium Hotel Ambasador (5 star) or similar

Hotel website


Hotel Rating

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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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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