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Canary Islands 2022

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 warm year-round climate, beautiful natural surroundings and tourist infrastructure designed to let you make the most of your holiday.

Travac’s adventure to the Canary Islands includes round trip airfare; 2 nights’ accommodation in Madrid with breakfast daily; 19 nights (3 week trips), 26 nights (4 week trip), or 33 nights (5 week trip) accommodation in Tenerife with breakfast and dinner daily, transfers in Europe and the services of a Travac Tours Director.

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

Please note: Departure schedule will vary according to the date selected.

Dates and pricing for 2022:

February 14- March 8, 2022

3 Weeks

Total selling price including all taxes:

Double occupancy: $3939 per person ($3179 + taxes of $760).

Single occupancy:  $5329 ($4569 + taxes of $760).

February 28- March 22, 2022

3 Weeks

Total selling price including all taxes:

Double occupancy: $3939 per person ($3179 + taxes of $760).

Single occupancy: $5329 ($4569 + taxes of $760).

February 21- March 22, 2022

4 Weeks

Total selling price including all taxes:

Double occupancy: $4399 per person ($3639+ taxes of $760).

Single occupancy: $6259 ($5499 + taxes of $760).

February 14- March 22, 2022

5 Weeks

Total selling price including all taxes:

Double occupancy: $4759 per person ($3999 + taxes of $760).

Single occupancy: $7869 ($6329 + taxes of $760).

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

You will make your own way to Montreal for your overnight Air Transat flight to Madrid.

Day 2

Upon arrival in Madrid, you will be met by your Travac Tours Director and will be transferred by private coach to your hotel for an overnight stay in the heart of the city. (4 Star Hotel Emperador or similar)

Day 3

This morning, you will be transferred by private coach from your hotel to the airport for your Air Europa flight to Tenerife. (B)

Day 3-20 (3 week stays); 3-28 (4 week stay); 3-35 (5 week stay)

During your stay at Hotel Semiramis, breakfast and dinner are included.

Upon arrival in Tenerife, you will be transferred to your hotel (Hotel Semiramis) by private coach. Your Travac Tours Director will assist you with check-in. Your time in the Canary Islands is at your leisure. Your Travac Tours Director will be available to assist you with any special needs that you might have. Travac does not organize independent optional excursions but will advise you of excursions that are available from local suppliers.

 

Day 21 (3 week stays); 29 (4 week stay); 36 (5 week stay)

Today your Travac Tours Director will assist you with checkout, and you will be transferred to the airport by private coach for your flight from Tenerife to Madrid. You will overnight in Madrid at an airport hotel.(4-Star Hotel TYRP Madrid Alameda or similar).

Day 22 (3 week stays); 30 (4 week stay); 37 (5 week stay)

This morning, you will be transferred by private coach to the airport for your return flight to Ottawa. Your Travac Tours Director will be there to assist with you check-in but will remain in Madrid.(B)

 

Please note that you are required to have a valid Canadian passport with you.  All other nationalities other than Canadian persons must identify themselves to the booking agent for verification of documents required. 

At the time of travel, you will be required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination.

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Hotel Information


Hotel Best Semiramis

Hotel website


Hotel Rating

Hotel Address
Calle Leopoldo Cólogan Zulueta, 12
Puerto de la Cruz, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
38400
+34 922 37 32 00


Hotel Emperador (or similar)

Hotel website


Hotel Rating

Hotel Address
C/ Gran Vía, 53
Madrid, Spain
28013
+34 915 47 28 00


TRYP Madrid Alameda Aeropuerto Hotel

Hotel website


Hotel Rating

Hotel Address
Av. de Logroño, 100
Madrid, Spain
28042
+34 912 76 47 47



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Malta 2022

A lovely year-round climate, 7,000 years of history and a Mediterranean Lifestyle that is second to none.

Malta is a small island in the middle of the Mediterranean 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 Canadian air force played a significant role in Malta in World war II during the island’s darkest days

Malta’s historic 17th century capita, 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 in its restaurants and pubs.

Your hotel during your stay is apartment hotel the AX Sunny Coast Aparthotel in St. Paul’s Bay.

Property Location

With a stay at Sunny Coast Resort & Spa in Qawra, you’ll be near the bay and minutes from Malta National Aquarium and Bugibba Beach. This 4-star aparthotel is within close proximity of Birdpark Malta and St Paul’s Island.

Rooms

Make yourself at home in one of the 91 air-conditioned rooms featuring kitchenettes with refrigerators and stovetops. Rooms have private balconies. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and desks. Breakfast is included daily during your stay.

Amenities

Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. You can take advantage of recreational amenities such as a health club, an outdoor pool, and an indoor pool. This aparthotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, a hair salon, and a television in a common area.

Dates and pricing for 2022:

February 19- March 7, 2022 (17 days/15 nights):

Total selling price including all taxes:

Land View One Bedroom:

Double Occupancy: $2949 per person ($2169 + taxes of $780).

Single Occupancy: $3299 ($2519 + taxes of $780).

Sea View One Bedroom:

Double Occupancy: $3199 per person ($2419 + taxes of $780).

Single Occupancy: $3549 ($2769 + taxes of $780).

March 19- April 3, 2022 (16 days/14 nights):

Total selling price including all taxes:

Land View One Bedroom:

Double Occupancy: $3059 per person ($2279 + taxes of $780).

Single Occupancy: $3479 ($2699 + taxes of $780).

Sea View One Bedroom:

Double Occupancy: $3309 per person ($2529 + taxes of $780).

Single Occupancy: $3729 ($2949 + taxes of $780).

February 17- March 13, 2022 (25 days/23 nights):

Total selling price including all taxes:

Land View One Bedroom:

Double Occupancy: $3279 per person ($2499 + taxes of $780).

Single Occupancy: $3949 ($3169 + taxes of $780).

Sea View One Bedroom:

Double Occupancy: $3659 per person ($2879 + taxes of $780).

Single Occupancy: $4329 ($3549 + taxes of $780).

March 3-27, 2022 (25 days/23 nights):

Total selling price including all taxes:

Land View One Bedroom:

Double Occupancy: $3,459 per person ($2,679 + taxes of $780).

Single Occupancy: $4,109 ($3,329 + taxes of $780).

Sea View One Bedroom:

Double Occupancy: $3,839 per person ($3,059 + taxes of $780).

Single Occupancy: $4,489 ($3,709 + taxes of $780).

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Depart from Ottawa to Malta

This afternoon you will be transferred with your Tour Director by private coach to Montreal for you flights to Malta. Your flights will transit through Munich and Frankfurt with Lufthansa and Swiss Air. Our office staff will be happy to assist you with more information.

Day 2

Arrival in Malta

Upon arrival in Malta, you will be transferred to your hotel in St Paul’s Bay by private chartered coach. Your Travac Tours Director will assist you with check in to AX Sunny Coast and advise you of the meeting time for your information session on optional tours. AX Sunny Coast is an apartment hotel, but breakfast is provided daily.

Day 3-24

St. Paul’s Bay, Malta

During your stay at AX Sunny Coast breakfast is included.

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”. Although your time is free to discover Malta on your own, your Travac Tours Director will assist you with optional tours and activities throughout your stay.

Day 25

Return to Canada

Your Tour Director will assist with check out you will transfer from the hotel to the airport via private coach. Your flight will transit through Munich enroute to Montreal with Lufthansa.

Itinerary and hotel are subject to change.

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Hotel Information


AX Sunny Coast Aparthotel

Hotel website



Hotel Address
Dawret Il - Qawra, Qawra
St Paul's Bay, Malta
SPB 1981
+356 2157 2994



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Spain- Sol House- Breakfast & Dinner Included 2022

The Costa del Sol region of southern Spain is remarkable for its diverse landscapes, fabulous beaches and coastal sites as well as a wealth of small villages that dot the shore line. This Mediterranean coastline is one of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations, hosting millions of tourists on an annual basis. Villages have grown into robust towns with great restaurants, shopping and nightlife. The area’s history dates back thousands of years and it has developed a unique and warm culture that defines the region.

Travac is pleased to be offering exceptional new packages to the Costa del Sol region of Spain that include 2 meals per day, perfectly located deluxe accommodations in Torremolinos, and the services of a local guide while at your destination.

Attractively priced, space is sure to sell out quickly- early booking is your best guarantee of enjoying this fabulous holiday.

 

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Depart from Canada

Your flight departs with Air Transat from Montreal direct to Malaga, Spain. Our office staff will be happy to give you flight details

Day 2

Arrival in Malaga

Upon arrival, you will be met by your Travac Tours Director and transferred to your hotel in Torremolinos by private chartered coach. Your Travac Tours Director will assist with check in and advise you of meeting time for your information session on optional tours.

Day 3-24

Costa del Sol, Torremolinos

The Hotel Sol House is a four-star resort hotel located beachfront in the popular holiday destination of Torremolinos on the Costa del Sol, in southern Spain. Accommodations consist entirely of rooms all with their own terrace, as well as breakfast and dinner daily, making it an ideal choice for a delightful vacation. Your Travac Tours Director will assist you with optional tours and outings ($) during your stay. The optional tours are paid locally in Euros and once paid are non-refundable. A listing of these tours along with costs are only available locally once in Spain. The towns of Benalmádena, Málaga, Fuengirola, Mijas and Marbella are all close by and can be easily reached by public transportation. You will also have the opportunity to visit some of the cities in the region including Seville, Malaga, Granada and the jewel of the Mediterranean, Gibraltar ($). Shopping opportunities are extensive. There are also local markets in each village that operate on different days of the week.

Day 23

Return to Canada

Your Tour Director will assist with check out and he/she will travel with you on your transfer from the hotel to the airport via private coach. He/she will assist you with your check in. Your flight is direct from Malaga to Montreal with Air Transat.

Itinerary/flights are subject to change. 

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Hotel Information


Sol House

Hotel website


Hotel Rating

Hotel Address
Salvador Allende, 45
Torremolinos, Spain

(34)952387066



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Spain- Costa del Sol 2022

The Costa del Sol region of southern Spain is remarkable for its diverse landscapes, fabulous beaches and coastal sites as well as a wealth of small villages that dot the shore line. This Mediterranean coastline is one of Europe’s most beautiful holiday destinations. Villages have grown into robust towns with great restaurants, shopping and nightlife. The area’s history dates back thousands of years and it has developed a unique and warm culture that defines the region.

Travac is pleased to be offering exceptional new packages to the Costa del Sol region of Spain for 2022 that include perfectly located deluxe accommodations in Benalmádena and the services of a local guide while at your destination.

Attractively priced, space is sure to sell out quickly- early booking is your best guarantee of enjoying this fabulous holiday.

Dates and pricing for 2022

Please note your deposits are refundable until September 1, 2021!

 

February 23- March 10, 2022 (2 weeks):

Exterior Mountain View – One Bedroom

Double occupancy:  $2769 per person ($2079  + taxes of $690).

Single occupancy:  $3519 ($2829 + taxes of $690).

 

Exterior Pool/Sea View – One Bedroom

Double occupancy:  $2859 per person ($2169  + taxes of $690).

Single occupancy: $3709 ($3019 + taxes of $690).

 

Prime Sea View – One Bedroom

Double occupancy:  $2979 per person ($2289 + taxes of $690).

Single occupancy: $3969 ($3279 + taxes of $690).

 

Junior Suite Deluxe Sea View – Studio Apartment

Double occupancy:  $3089 per person ($2399 + taxes of $690).

Single occupancy: $4219 ($3529 + taxes of $690).

 

February 9- March 3, 2022 (3 weeks):

Exterior Mountain View – One Bedroom

Double occupancy:  $3079 per person ($2389 + taxes of $690).

Single occupancy: $4209 ($3519 + taxes of $690).

 

Exterior Pool/Sea View – One Bedroom

Double occupancy:  $3209 per person ($2519 + taxes of $690).

Single occupancy: $4489 ($3799 + taxes of $690).

 

Prime Sea View – One Bedroom

Double occupancy:  $3389 per person ($2699 + taxes of $690).

Single occupancy:  $4879 ($4189 + taxes of $690).

 

Junior Suite Deluxe Sea View – Studio Apartment

Double occupancy:  $3559 per person ($2869 + taxes of $690).

Single occupancy: $5249 ($4559 + taxes of $690).

 

February 16- March 17, 2022 (4 weeks):

Exterior Mountain View – One Bedroom

Double occupancy:  $3409 per person ($2719 + taxes of $690).

Single occupancy:  $4909 ($4219 + taxes of $690).

 

Exterior Pool/Sea View – One Bedroom

Double occupancy:  $3579 per person ($2889 + taxes of $690).

Single occupancy: $5279 ($4589 + taxes of $690).

 

Prime Sea View – One Bedroom

Double occupancy:  $3829 per person ($3139 + taxes of $690).

Single occupancy:  $5819 ($5129 + taxes of $690).

 

Junior Suite Deluxe Sea View – Studio apartment

Double occupancy:  $4039 per person ($3349 + taxes of $690).

Single occupancy:  $6289 ($5599 + taxes of $690).

 

February 2- March 10, 2022 (5 weeks):

Exterior Mountain View – One Bedroom

Double occupancy:  $3659 per person ($2969 + taxes of $690).

Single occupancy: $5529 ($4839 + taxes of $690).

 

Exterior Pool/Sea View – One Bedroom

Double occupancy:  $3879 per person ($3189  + taxes of $690).

Single occupancy: $5999 ($5309 + taxes of $690).

 

Prime Sea View – One Bedroom

Double occupancy:  $4169 per person ($3479 + taxes of $690).

Single occupancy: $6649 ($5959 + taxes of $690).

 

Junior Suite Deluxe Sea View – Studio apartment

Double occupancy:  $4449 per person ($3759 + taxes of $690).

Single occupancy: $7269 ($6579 + taxes of $690).

Hotel Information


Sunset Beach Club

Hotel website



Hotel Address
Av. del Sol, 5
Benalmádena, Málaga, Spain
29630
+34 952 57 94 00



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Ultimate Atlantic, Oranjestad to Barcelona with Oceania Cruises

The port of Oranjestad, Aruba

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Oranjestad, Aruba (boarding time 1 pm; depart 9 pm)

In Oranjestad, you will be met at the arrivals gate by your Oceania representative and transferred to the ship. There will be no Travac representative escorting you, but Oceania will ensure that your transfer and boarding goes smoothly. Flights are booked by Oceania – schedule available approximately 75 days prior to sailing.

Distinguished by its colorful Dutch colonial architecture, Oranjestad is the capital of Aruba, first settled in 1796. Named as a tribute to the Dutch king William of Orange, the city today attracts tourists searching for duty-free bargains and strolling around the beautiful streets. (D)

Day 2

Willemstad, Curacao (6 am – 1 pm)

Take in the charming Dutch colonial architecture along the Willemstad harbor in this historic town that has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the aquamarine waters of Curacao’s numerous beaches and dive along the stunning coral reefs and hidden caverns. Hike the trails or join a safari through Christoffel National Park to observe the rare flora and fauna (B, L, D)

Day 3

St. George’s, Grenada, (2 pm – 10 pm)

You can smell the cinnamon and nutmeg well before you dock in St. George’s; a tour of the spice estates on Grenada is almost mandatory. You can also take in a visit to a distillery to see how the island’s sugarcane juice is first turned into syrup and then into rum. A ferry trip to sister island Carriacou offers fantastic diving opportunities, and romantics can climb the waterfalls or just relax on the sun-kissed beaches. (B, L, D)

Day 4

Bridgetown, Barbados (9 am – 5 pm)

Discover the many beautiful aspects of this island, from its rugged Atlantic coastline to its beautiful Great Houses, cane fields, exquisite gardens and glorious beaches. See the island’s spectacular underwater treasures on your own snorkeling expedition. (B, L, D)

Day 5-10

Cruising the Atlantic Ocean

(B, L, D)

Day 11

Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain (9 am – 11 pm)

Volcanic in origin, Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands. While in port, you’ll notice the Auditorium of Tenerife, an amazing, organic structure that instantly became an icon when completed in 2003. Another modern landmark is the Oscar Domínguez Institute, a contemporary art gallery named after the 20th century surrealist. For a respite from the urban environment, visit the Palmetum, a botanical garden with more than 400 species of palms. (B, L, D)

 

Day 12

Santa Cruz de La Palma, Spain (8 am – 5 pm)

Stroll along Calle O’Daly, the pedestrian district named after an Irish banana merchant and lined with historic residences. Visit the Town Hall and the church, Iglesia del Salvador, both of the 16th century. There is an interesting museum of natural science as well as a naval museum. (B, L, D)

Day 13

Funchal (Madeira), Portugal (9 am – 6 pm)

Breathtaking vistas await throughout this beautiful island. Take a cable car up to Monte for spectacular views of the botanical gardens and the charming town. Don’t miss a ride in one of the famous wicker toboggans! Drive along the coast to a village where Winston Churchill painted seascapes or out to the stunning cliffs of Cabo Girão and enjoy a visit to a quaint fishing village. (B, L, D)

Day 14

Cruising the Atlantic Ocean

(B, L, D)

Day 15

Lisbon, Portugal (6 am – 6 pm)

Visit the ornate Belem Tower and Jeronimos Monastery and stroll the narrow, winding streets of the charming Alfama district. Enjoy marvelous old Sintra, a royal country retreat, and Cascais, a beautiful seaside resort. Explore medieval Obidos or make a pilgrimage to Fatima, where the Virgin Mary appeared repeatedly to three shepherd children in 1917. (B, L, D)

Day 16

Portimao, Portugal (8 am –5 pm)

Situated on the sun-kissed coastline of Algarve, Portimão is a colorful city with a bustling waterfront and a charming city center decorated with parks and plazas. The Museum of Portimão traces the history of human settlement in the area as far back as the Roman and Islamic periods. Enjoy beautiful views and explore hidden caves on a scenic boat trip up the coast and along the Rio Arade. (B, L, D)

Day 17

Seville, Spain (arrive 8 am)

Spend a fabulous day in Seville visiting the magnificent cathedral, climbing the famed Giralda Tower and strolling through the gorgeous Alcazar and its gardens. See the ceramic-encrusted Plaza de España and stroll through the alleys of Barrio de Santa Cruz. Or explore the Andalusian wine country and Jerez, the home of sherry. Don’t miss the charm of Cádiz with its gracious squares, its flower-filled parks on the city bastions and its bustling markets. (B, L, D)

Day 18

Seville, Spain (depart 8 pm)

(B, L, D)

Day 19

Tangier, Morocco (8 am – 6 pm)

Explore the Mendoubia Gardens, which contain a fascinating banyan tree that is more than 800 years old. Or experience a more traditional Morocco in Tetouan, a mountain city of grace and culture and the location of the beautiful white royal palace. The Caves of Hercules are nine miles west of Tangier in the Cap Spartel area; it is a place of great beauty and archaeological significance. (B, L, D)

Day 20

Melilla, Spain (7 am – 4 pm)

Appreciate the unique nature of graceful Melilla, an autonomous Spanish city on the African coast carved out of Morocco. Soak up the Triángulo del Oro district’s stylish architecture, which outside of Barcelona showcases Spain’s largest collection of modernisme buildings, the architectural style epitomized by Antoni Gaudí. In fortified Old Melilla, stroll cobbled lanes sandwiched between defensive walls and step into the Cuevas des Coventico, natural caves used as a hiding place throughout the ages. Witness the city’s captivating mix of cultures at the Mercadillo de Melilla, where savvy shoppers throng in search of colorful Moroccan goods.

Day 21

Ibiza, Spain (11 am – 8 pm)

With its youthful spirit and natural beauty, the Balearic island of Ibiza (or “Eivissa,” as it’s known locally) appeals to those who love the outdoors. The beach-blessed coastline is majestically rugged, and the hills are covered with olive and fig trees. The capital of Ciudad de Ibiza offers a multitude of diversions, especially in the historic Dalt Vila district. Visit its 16th century Castle of Ibiza and the churches and Museum of Contemporary Art inside the fortified walls. With its cobblestone streets, Ibiza is a scenic city to walk. Two of the most popular beaches are Talamanca and Ses Figueretes.

Day 22

Barcelona, Spain

After breakfast, Oceania will transfer you from the ship to the airport for your flights home. (B)

Itinerary subject to change.

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Egypt with Viking Cruises

Statues in the Karnak Temple, Luxor

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Cairo, Egypt:

Arrive in Cairo, Egypt’s exhilarating capital. This pulsating, historic city was made prosperous over millennia as a stopover for Sahara caravans on trade routes to Byzantium. Transfer to the First-Class Ritz Carlton Nile (or similar) for a 3-night stay.

 

Day 2

Cairo, Egypt:

This morning we take an excursion to the necropolis at Sakkara to see the world’s oldest step pyramid. After lunch, continue to the Giza Plateau to behold the only Wonder of the Ancient World still standing: the Great Pyramids of Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure. There, you can experience them as the ancients did—from astride the “ships of the desert”—during a brief camel ride. Nearby, see the Great Sphinx, forever facing due east. Return to your hotel for dinner and a free evening to relax or explore on your own. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3

Cairo, Egypt:

Today the fascinating sights of Cairo unfold before you. Marvel at the sprawling Citadel of the Mountain and the Mosque of Muhammad Ali. Then tour the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities and admire its huge collection of artifacts, and visit the famous gallery displaying the riches of King Tutankhamen. After lunch on your own at or near your hotel, use your free time in the afternoon to follow your own interests. Later, you might join an optional visit to Khan el-Khalili, Cairo’s most famous outdoor souk (bazaar). After an orientation from your guide, you can shop for all manner of Egyptian goods, from brassware to spices, and admire the Al-Azhar Mosque. Conclude your outing with a traditional Egyptian dinner at a local restaurant. (Breakfast)

Day 4

Luxor, Egypt: 

Early this morning, fly to Luxor, the ancient city of Thebes beautifully set on the Nile River, where history will be brought to life by your expert Egyptologist. At the Temples of Luxor and Karnak, long buried beneath desert sands, walk among monumental peristyles and obelisks, and learn how ancient hieroglyphics hint at the beliefs and lifestyle of ancient Egyptians. Proceed to your Nile cruise ship for check-in and a welcome lunch. Join an excursion to the Luxor Library and Heritage Center, where the city’s past is preserved and shared in engaging exhibits. Enjoy an onboard dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5

Luxor, Egypt:

Relax over breakfast, or (weather permitting) join an optional early-morning hot air balloon ride over Luxor’s temples and monuments. Marvel at breathtaking views of an ancient city, the surrounding desert sands and the magnificent Nile. Later, head to the Nile’s west bank to visit the Valley of the Kings, where ancient pharaohs were entombed deep in the hillsides, and the Valley of the Queens, resting place of pharaohs’ wives. Here you enjoy Privileged Access to the tomb of Queen Nefertari, an exquisitely preserved tomb only a few visitors get to see. Among the sites is the Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, one of Egypt’s few female rulers and most successful pharaohs. Return to your ship as we set sail for Qena; lunch and dinner are served on board as we cruise along the spectacular Nile. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6

Qena, Egypt: 

This morning’s excursion takes you to the sprawling complex of Dendera. Remarkably, its fascinating Temple of Hathor was built not by the ancient Egyptians, but by Ptolemies and Romans in classic Egyptian style. During your tour, walk through its towering stone gate to view the columns and hieroglyphics of some of Egypt’s best preserved structures. Return to your ship after a guided visit. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 

Day 7

Esna, Egypt:

Disembark at Esna today to explore the red sandstone Temple of Khnum. In the 1st-century Hypostyle Hall, admire its 24 columns, 6 across and 4 deep, each topped by a differently designed, intricately carved floral capital. As you explore, be sure to examine the hieroglyphics depicting Roman emperors making offerings to the gods. After a guided tour, use your free time to take in more of this fascinating site on your own. Alternatively, head to Esna Village on foot for a full tour of the town and its lively market scene. View the temple remains and stroll the covered street market, where you can witness an array of colorful fabrics. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8

Aswan, Egypt: 

Awake in Aswan this morning, Egypt’s bustling market city. Today, you can choose to visit the Aswan High Dam, visit a local market and take a scenic Nile cruise on a felucca, a traditional Egyptian wooden sailboat. Or join an optional excursion to Abu Simbel to admire the Great Temple of Ramses II, Egypt’s longest-ruling pharaoh. It is dominated by 4 colossal statues, 60 feet high and directly facing the rising sun. The statues are all of Ramses, with his queen and daughters at his feet. Moved from its original location near Aswan to save it from the rising waters of Lake Nasser, it was built as a tribute to the deities and Ramses II’s favorite wife, Nefertari. Make the most of your overnight stay with an optional sound and light show at Philae Temple, and discover the legend of Goddess Isis and God Osiris. Afterward, return to your ship for dinner on board and spend the night in Aswan. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9

Aswan, Egypt: 

After breakfast, receive a warm welcome at a Nubian village, where you visit the elementary school and are invited into a local home to get a glimpse of day-to-day life. Then, visit Philae Temple—the small, elegant Temple of Isis, rescued from the rising waters of Lake Nasser that submerged Philae Island. This temple is one of the Nubian monuments that comprise a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Have lunch on board as you enjoy scenic cruising along the Nile. Disembark later to explore Kom Ombo. Here, enjoy a guided tour of the unusual double temple dedicated to the sky god Haroeris and the crocodile god Sobek, a protective deity thought to have created the world. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10

Edfu, Egypt: 

This morning, ride in a horse-drawn calèche, or carriage, to the Temple of Horus. Dedicated to the falcon-headed god of light, it was built in Edfu during the Ptolemaic Dynasty. This is another of Egypt’s best preserved temples, fronted by a massive wall whose entrance is flanked by 2 falcon statues. Or, you can choose to visit Edfu market with our resident chef and hear him explain this evening’s planned tasting menu. Enjoy more Nile cruising today, marveling at the lush green riverbanks backed by hills of desert sands. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11

Luxor, Egypt:

Early this morning, disembark in Luxor and head for the airport for your flight back to Cairo. Check in to the first-class Cairo Citystars Hotel (or similar) for 1 night and enjoy a buffet-style lunch, followed by free time, or take an optional tour to the Coptic Quarter and Jewish Synagogue. Return to your hotel and later enjoy dinner and an evening at leisure. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 12

Cairo, Egypt: 

After breakfast, proceed to the airport for your return flight. Or, extend your journey for 4 nights in Jordan to see the ‟lost city” of Petra. (Breakfast)

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Waterways of the Tsars – St. Petersburg to Moscow with Viking Cruises 2023

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

St. Petersburg, Russia: 

Arrive in St. Petersburg, “The City of 300 Bridges,” then transfer to your ship.* After boarding, you have free time to relax before dinner. (Dinner)

Day 2

St. Petersburg, Russia:

This morning, proceed to the Winter Palace to visit the legendary Hermitage Museum, where you can marvel at the vast collection of art, antiquities, jewelry and sculpture. Return on board for an early dinner, followed by an evening performance of traditional Russian ballet. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3

St. Petersburg, Russia: 

Today’s excursion goes to the Pushkin area where you visit Catherine Palace, the elegant rococo 18th-century summer residence of the Russian tsars named for Catherine I (widow of Peter the Great). Tour its various halls, including the storied Amber and Agate Rooms, and see the ornate decor throughout. After lunch, embark on a city tour; see noted sights including St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Peter & Paul Fortress and Nevsky Prospekt. Dine on board and enjoy an optional Russian folkloric performance this evening. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4

St. Petersburg, Russia: 

Most of the day is free to see the sights that interest you. Visit one of the many palaces, churches or museums, or take an optional morning tour to Peterhof Palace, admiring its landscaped gardens and beautiful fountains. In the afternoon, you may choose to join an optional kommunalka visit to get a glimpse of these communal living spaces or take an optional tour of St. Petersburg from the water. Lunch and dinner are served on board as we depart early this evening. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5

Mandrogy, Russia: 

Spend a relaxing day cruising Russia’s intricate waterways. Sail the Neva River, then cross Lake Ladoga, Europe’s largest lake. Cruise the Svir River to Mandrogy where you have some time to explore this museum village. Visit the Vodka Museum or shop for handmade Russian craft items. For a truly immersive experience, try an optional visit to a banya, a traditional Russian sauna. Or, on board your ship, take the opportunity to witness and participate in the art of matryoshka doll making. Continue along the Svir’s 139-mile “Blue Route” toward Lake Onega. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6

Kizhi, Russia: 

During breakfast, dock at Kizhi Island, located on Lake Onega, Europe’s second largest lake. Set out on a walking tour through the Open Air Museum of Architecture, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, see a collection of wooden houses, windmills and churches representing ancient Russian architecture, highlighted by the famous 3-tiered Preobranzhenskaya (Transfiguration) Church, a fairy-tale-like structure built in 1714 without a single nail. Depart Kizhi in the late morning and enjoy the scenery as you continue cruising through the rest of the day. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7

Kuzino, Russia: 

We continue cruising along the Volga–Baltic Waterway. This system of rivers and canals, spanning 229 miles and seven locks, links the Volga River with the Baltic Sea. Arrive in Kuzino, a typical Russian village. Take a guided walk through the historic Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, founded by Saint Cyril in 1397. See several small wooden chapels, the Assumption Cathedral and a museum. You will also have the opportunity to visit a children’s school in Kuzino or the local Merchant House. Return on board for an afternoon departure. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8

Yaroslavl, Russia: 

Arrive midafternoon in Yaroslavl, one of the Golden Ring cities that preserves the memory of Russia’s historical events. Tour this ancient town rich in monuments and visit the covered food market, where you may shop for handcrafted souvenirs. During your free time, you may visit the Church of St. Elijah the Prophet, featuring detailed frescoes and icons. Return to your ship for dinner and an evening departure. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9

Uglich, Russia: 

After breakfast, disembark for a walking tour through the provincial village of Uglich, another Golden Ring city. See the former Kremlin of Uglich and visit the Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood, built on the site where Ivan the Terrible’s son Dmitry was mysteriously killed. Then a local family invites you into their home for tea and friendly conversation. Lunch is served on board the ship; cruise through the night. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10

Moscow, Russia: 

This morning, cruise along the Moscow Canal, approaching Moscow during lunch. Disembark for a half-day city tour. See the famed Bolshoi Theater and stop at Red Square for a view of the brightly colored St. Basil’s Cathedral. You also get the chance to explore the famous GUM Department Store and experience the city’s Metro. Enjoy an evening performance of traditional Russian folkloric music followed by a late onboard dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11

Moscow, Russia: 

Today you have a full day to further explore Moscow’s many buildings, parks and monuments. This morning, you may want to join a half-day optional excursion to Tretyakov Gallery, the world’s foremost museum of Russian fine art. Lunch is served on board the ship. This afternoon you may choose to take an optional Jewish Moscow tour, visiting key sites within Moscow that illustrate the history and spirit of the Jewish people who settled there. Dine on board, then relax, or take an optional Moscow by Night tour. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 12

Moscow, Russia: 

After breakfast, travel to the city’s famous red brick enclosure known as the Kremlin. Go behind its walls to see historic gems like Tsar’s Cannon and Tsar’s Bell, and tour inside two cathedrals. The afternoon is free to relax and explore. Perhaps join an optional tour of Moscow’s oldest museum, the Kremlin Armory, which originated as the royal arsenal in 1508. Or, you may wish to spend some time people watching in Red Square or visit Lenin’s Tomb. You may also choose to visit the Cosmonaut Museum to see displays about the history of space exploration. Return to your ship for a farewell dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 13

Moscow, Russia: 

After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight.* Or take some extra time in Russia with a 2-night Moscow extension. (Breakfast)

Highlights of the Volga River

Russia’s vast network of waterways, the Volga and Svir Rivers and the expansive lakes of Onega and Ladoga among them, deliver you to a breathtaking collection of cultural and historic riches. From the stately Kremlin of Moscow to the sophisticated allure of St. Petersburg, here is a sample of a few highlights of a Viking river cruise in Russia:

  • The colorful onion domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral
  • Moscow’s artful subway stations
  • The Golden Ring city of Uglich
  • Tea and conversation with a local Russian family
  • Yaroslavl’s colorful food market
  • Art and culture of Yaroslavl’s Governor’s Palace
  • Kizhi Island’s magnificent wooden Transfiguration Church
  • The art of matryoshka doll making
  • The vast collections of the Hermitage Museum
  • A St. Petersburg ballet performance

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Tahitian Legends – Papeete to Papeete with Oceania Cruises

Oceania is a small-ship PREMIUM BOUTIQUE CRUISE LINE with destination-oriented itineraries, often travelling to smaller ports that megaships cannot reach. Noted throughout the industry for their gourmet cuisine, you will find a variety of onboard dining venues with no surcharges. The price includes your cruise, airfare from Ottawa (other cities are available), transfers, free wifi onboard and all taxes. PLUS you get to choose one of three options for free – EITHER- shore excursions; OR a shipboard credit; OR their House Select beverage package. Oceania’s focus on service ensures that you will be cared for and cared about while you cruise.

This cruise sails on Oceania Regatta (684 guests)

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Depart Ottawa on your flight(s) to Papeete.

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

Day 2

Papeete (Tahiti), French Polynesia

(Boarding time 1pm, depart 5 am Tuesday)

In Papeete, you will be met at the arrivals gate by your Oceania representative and transferred to the ship. There will be no Travac representative escorting you, but Oceania will ensure that your transfer and boarding goes smoothly.

The island of Tahiti’s urban center has much to offer visitors. Take a stroll through the new Jardins Paofai, watch the surfers on their longboards, marvel at Faarumai Waterfalls, The Blowhole, Fern Grottos. (D)

Day 3

Moorea, French Polynesia

(8 am – 4 pm)

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

Day 4

Fakarava, French Polynesia

(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 5

Cruising the South Pacific

(B, L, D)

Day 6

Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia

(8am – 6pm)

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

Day 7

Cruising the South Pacific.

(B, L, D)

Day 8

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 9

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

(arrive 1 pm)

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

Day 10

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

(depart 7pm)

(B, L, D)

Day 11

Raiatea, French Polynesia

(8am – 6pm)

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

Day 12

Papeete (Tahiti), French Polynesia

After breakfast, Oceania will transfer you from the ship to the airport for your flights home. (B)

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Japanese Immersion – Tokyo to Tokyo with Oceania Cruises

Miyajima Island, Hiroshima, Japan

 

Oceania is a small-ship PREMIUM BOUTIQUE CRUISE LINE with destination-oriented itineraries, often travelling to smaller ports that megaships cannot reach. Noted throughout the industry for their gourmet cuisine, you will find a variety of onboard dining venues with no surcharges. The price includes your cruise, airfare from Ottawa (other cities are available), transfers, free wifi onboard and all taxes. PLUS you get to choose one of three options for free – EITHER- shore excursions; OR a shipboard credit; OR their House Select beverage package. Oceania’s focus on service ensures that you will be cared for and cared about while you cruise.

This cruise sails on Oceania Nautica (684 guests).

As of 26 August 2021: Limited availability on this cruise with many cabin categories waitlisted. Early booking is needed to secure a cabin; deposit of $1000 per person is fully refundable until 22 November 2022.

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Depart Ottawa on your flight(s) to Toyko.

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

Day 2

Tokyo (Yokohama), Japan

(Boarding time 1pm; Departure 9pm)

In Tokyo, you will be met at the arrivals gate by your Oceania representative and transferred to the ship. There will be no Travac representative escorting you, but Oceania will ensure that your transfer and boarding goes smoothly.

Dazzling cityscapes await your exploration; visit Asakusa for the bright lights, street fairs and Senso-ji Temple; the Tsukiji Market, the largest open-air fish market in the world with on-the-spot sushi; and the Imperial Palace’s East Garden for some calm. Spend some time in the bright, active Ginza District, where the night comes alive. (D)

Day 3

Nagoya, Japan

(10am – 7pm)

A center of modern commerce, yet steeped in ancient history; visit the castle in the center of town, its golden orca statues are a symbol of the city. Explore Toyota’s Museum of Technology and tour the Noritake factory, where bargains on the fine china can be found. (B, L, D)

Day 4

Kyoto (Kobe), Japan

(arrive 12 pm)

Visit the breathtaking temples and shrines of Japan’s old imperial capital, Kyoto, or explore ancient Nara, the cradle of Japanese arts, literature and crafts, with its magnificent shrines and temples that predate Kyoto’s. Stroll through Nara Park, famed for its deer and impressive Kasuga Grand Shrine. Then travel on to Osaka and its famed castle. In Kobe, visit historic Himeji Castle, a huge edifice built entirely of wood and tile. (B, L, D)

Day 5

Kyoto, Japan

(depart 7pm)

(B, L, D)

Day 6

Hiroshima, Japan

(8am – 5pm)

Visit the skeletal A-Bomb Dome, the Peace Memorial Park and Museum and the statue dedicated to the children who died after the atomic bomb was dropped on this city in 1945. Stroll through beautifully landscaped Hiroshima Gardens, visit the rebuilt Hiroshima Castle or journey to the exquisite sacred island of Miyajima and see the extraordinary Itsukushima Shrine. (B, L, D)

Day 7

Busan, South Korea

(11am – 8pm)

From trendy cafes and famous fish markets to sacred temples and traditional tea ceremonies, Busan, the second largest city in South Korea is bursting with flavors and culture. Take a walk in the relaxing Yongdusan Park while admiring the various species of trees and a view of the Busan Tower. At the Hongbeopsa farming temple, explore the renowned large Buddha statues at the Main Buddha Hall while walking along a water lily path, or experience a traditional Korean tea ceremony conducted by one of their monks. (B, L, D)

Day 8

Nagasaki, Japan

(8am – 5pm)

Discover remnants of old Nagasaki beside the modern city. Visit the Peace Park and Atomic Bomb Museum. Or travel to Arita, home of magnificent Japanese ceramics, and tour famous Kakiemon Kiln, which continues a 400-year-old tradition. Experience feudal Japan and the natural wonders of Shimabara Peninsula with its volcanoes and hot springs. (B, L, D)

Day 9

Hososhima, Japan

(10am – 8pm)

Hososhima is located in Hyuga City, the center of the coastal region of eastern Kyushu. To get a sense of its tradition and culture, visit the historical museum at Old Takanabe-ya Inn, which was built in 1921 and kept in its original state. Near the museum are the lovely Myokoku-ji Gardens and the Mihoko Shrine, where the legend of Emperor Jinmu lives on. Hososhima is home to Cape Hyuga with its spectacular view of the ocean and land coming together, as well as the Omi Shrine, a place believed to be flowing with mystical energy. (B, L, D)

Day 10

Kochi, Japan

(7am – 4pm)

Not the typical Japanese city, small and compact Kochi has gained a well-deserved reputation for its exuberant, easy-going spirit and vibrant food scene. The city is the birthplace of the legendary samurai Sakamoto Ryoma, who created an alliance that eventually brought down the Tokugawa shogunate and is now commemorated in a memorial museum. In the city center, don’t miss the well-preserved hilltop Kochi Castle to explore the grounds where the city was established in 1601. You might continue your downtown explorations at one of the many pedestrian shopping arcades or at a restaurant to try Kochi’s most famous dish – katsuo-no-tataki, a savory dish of grilled, ponzu-marinated skipjack tuna or bonito fish. (B, L, D)

Day 11

Shimizu, Japan

(11am – 8 pm)

In the shadow of Mount Fuji, Shimizu is one of the most beautiful ports in Japan. Walk through the pine groves of Miho, home to a 650-year-old Japanese black pine, or enjoy spectacular views of Mount Fuji from the lush, forested hill of Nihondaira. Take in the seascapes on a bay cruise, or learn of undersea delights at Japan’s first sushi museum. For a historic angle, get a glimpse at feudal life in Japan in 200 BC at the archaeological site of Toro. (B, L, D)

Day 12

Tokyo (Yokohama), Japan

After breakfast, Oceania will transfer you from the ship to the airport for your flights home. (B)

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Radiant Alaska – Seattle to Seattle with Oceania Cruises

Oceania is a small-ship PREMIUM BOUTIQUE CRUISE LINE with destination-oriented itineraries, often travelling to smaller ports that megaships cannot reach. Noted throughout the industry for their gourmet cuisine, you will find a variety of onboard dining venues with no surcharges. The price includes your cruise, airfare from Ottawa (other cities are available), transfers, free wifi onboard and all taxes. PLUS you get to choose one of three options for free – EITHER- shore excursions; OR a shipboard credit; OR their House Select beverage package. Oceania’s focus on service ensures that you will be cared for and cared about while you cruise.

This cruise sails on Oceania Regatta (684 guests).

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Seattle, Washington

(Embark 1pm, Depart 5pm)

In Seattle you will be met at the arrivals gate by your Oceania representative and transferred to the ship. There will be no Travac representative escorting you, but Oceania will ensure that your transfer and boarding goes smoothly.

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

Day 2

Cruising the Inside Passage

(B, L, D)

Day 3

Ketchikan, Alaska

(9am – 5pm)

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

Icy Strait Point (Hoonah), Alaska

(12pm – 8pm)

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 5

Cruising Hubbard Glacier

(B, L, D)

Day 6

Juneau, Alaska

(8am – 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 7

Skagway, Alaska

(7am – 4pm)

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 8

Sitka, Alaska

(8am – 4pm)

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 9

Cruising the Outside Passage

(B, L, D)

Day 10

Victoria, British Columbia

(1 pm – 11pm)

Western Canada’s oldest city, Victoria proudly displays its British heritage. Explore lavish Craigdarroch Castle, built in the late 1800s for a Scottish coal baron. Trace the area’s early British seafarers in the Marine Museum of British Columbia. (B, L, D)

Day 11

Seattle

After breakfast, Oceania will transfer you from the ship to the airport for your flights home. (B)

Itinerary subject to change.

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