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The Spectacular German Christmas Markets

There is nothing quite like it. The charm of the traditional German Christmas markets casts a magical and delightful spell on both tourists and locals alike.

Join Travac as we explore Christmas markets and festivities in both Germany and Austria. While these centuries old Christmas markets are held in many locales throughout both countries, Travac has selected the very best markets and towns to visit to make sure your experience is second to none. You’ll start in Vienna, a city that hosts five separate markets. You’ll then travel to Innsbruck, high in the Alps before heading to Nuremburg, the granddaddy of Christmas markets and one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. Along the way you’ll also visit Munich, the Neuschwanstein Castle with its “Walt Disney” façade and Heidelberg, famous for its romantic medieval castle.

We look forward to having you join us for this special experience.

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Depart Ottawa on your overnight flights to Vienna.

Day 2

Vienna’s magnetic charm is found on every corner during its colourful Christmas season. On the drive to our hotel you will have a chance to acclimatize yourself to your new vibrant surroundings. You will be able to check your bags at the hotel and enjoy a bit of free time in the heart of Vienna, possibly stopping at one of its world-renowned coffee houses for a “sachertorte.” After check in (early afternoon), the balance of your day will be at your leisure. Your Travac Tours Director will be happy to make suggestions for dinner.

Vienna 3 nights.

Day 3

Your sightseeing of Vienna will begin with a guided tour of this great metropolitan centre led by a professional local guide. You will have a chance to see Hofburg Palace, the official residence of the President of Austria and a former home of the Hapsburg Dynasty. You will also see the famous Opera House, one of the most beautiful in the world, St Stephen’s Cathedral and Schonbrunn Palace, the summer home to the Hapsburgs. Your afternoon will again be free to discover some of the city’s incredible virtues. An optional concert will be available this evening. (B)

Day 4

From mid-November to Christmas, Vienna’s prettiest squares transform into magical Christmas markets. The aroma of Christmas bakery items and hot mulled wine creates a wonderful pre-Christmas atmosphere. It is a tradition that has been going on since 1294 and brings delight to the locals as well as attracting visitors from all over the world. This evening you will be off to the Vienna Woods for a special Viennese dinner. You will enjoy home-style cooking with top-rated Austrian wines in an idyllic ambiance. The estate of the restaurant, which dates back to the 12th century, will charm you with its cozy rooms, historic vaulted cellars and romantic garden. You’ll be entertained by wandering musicians passing from table to table during your dinner. (B, D)

Day 5

This morning you will depart Vienna and make your way south to the “post card” city of Innsbruck. Along the way, we’ll be stopping in Salzburg. Here you can truly experience romance in Mozart’s birthplace. Salzburg’s “Old Town” is internationally renowned for its baroque architecture and is one of the best-preserved city centres north of the Alps. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.

Christmas is always in the air in Salzburg and you will enjoy shopping the many quaint shops that populate the old town. Its Christmas market is unique and centrally located. The town itself offers a great combination of food and shopping from traditional inns to centuries old family businesses all within easy walking distance of each other. You will then depart for Innsbruck where you will overnight. (B)

Innsbruck 2 nights.

Day 6

Innsbruck is in the centre of the Tyrolian Alps. In fact, the surrounding mountains provide exceptional vistas that really can’t be compared. Nowhere else are alpine experiences and urban joie de vivre so closely connected.

There is something special about a mountain view Christmas market. That’s why the Innsbruck Christmas markets are great spots from where to wrap your hands around a warm cup of glühwein (mulled wine) while keeping an eye on snow-covered Alpine peaks. The shops here will offer you a different experience than you have enjoyed so far and there will be an abundance of shops around the narrow streets that encompass the Christmas markets in this enchanting Austrian town. The Swarovski Christmas tree on the market square sparkles with more than 17,000 Swarovski crystals. (B)

Day 7

Our journey continues from Innsbruck to Munich in the heart of Bavaria. Along the way we will be stopping at the Neuschwanstein Castle. The Neuschwanstein Castle is one of the most visited castles in all of Germany and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. This fairy tale castle was the model used by Walt Disney in fashioning Cinderella’s castle and is one of the icons that we associate with all Disney productions.Without doubt this will be one of the highlights of your Christmas experience. (B)

Munich 1 night.

Day 8

This morning we will make our way to Nuremberg. With over 400 years of tradition, the Nuremberg Christmas market is one of the most famous in all of Europe. There is an unforgettable atmosphere in the old town. Almost every building is decorated in its Christmas regalia and tempting aromas fill the streets and alley-ways.

Travac’s visit to Nuremberg goes beyond the markets. Nuremberg is distinguished by its medieval architecture, red-roofed buildings, its castle and of course its Nazi rally grounds and the site of the Nuremberg trials. (B)

Nuremberg 2 nights.

Day 9

Today we will be visiting Rothenburg ob der Tauber. This well-preserved medieval town has become a destination for tourists from around the world. It is part of the romantic road through southern Germany. Beyond its Christmas markets is its wonderful Christmas museum.

Ultimately it is the small-town atmosphere that will become a cherished memory of your Christmas market experience.

Upon returning to Nuremberg you will have some free time to continue exploring this enchanting town. (B)

Day 10

After breakfast we will travel to Heidelberg. Heidelberg is a town on the Neckar River in southwestern Germany. This university town is easily among Germany’s most beautiful cities, but to see the picturesque old town and the castle illuminated by fairy lights during the Christmas season is the icing on the cake. Time permitting, we’ll also visit some of the surrounding villages that offer their best during the Christmas season. (B)

Heidelberg 2 nights.

Day 11

A visit to Heidelberg is not complete without a visit to Heidelberg Castle. Nestled in the hill 300 feet above the city sits this breath-taking castle. The castle itself, has a history almost as old as the city itself. Not only does the castle offer wonderful views of the city, its gardens that surround part of the castle were considered to be among the finest when they were first commissioned and still impress. It is also home to the largest wine keg in all of Europe (standing over two stories tall and holding 220,000 litres of wine). (B)

Day 12

This morning we will make our way to Frankfurt for our return flights to Ottawa. (B)

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Hotel Information


Vienna: Austria Classic

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Hotel Address
Praterstraße 72
Wein, Austria

+43 1 211 30-0


Innsbruck: Hotel Grauer Bär

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Hotel Address
Universitätsstraße 5-7, 6020
Innsbruck, Austria

+43 512 59240


Munich: Hampton by Hilton Munich City Centre West

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Hotel Address
Landsberger Str. 114, 80339
Munich, Germany

+49 89 1598500


Nuremberg: IntercityHotel Nuremberg

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Hotel Address
Eilgutstraße 8, 90443
Nuremberg, Germany

+49 911 24780


Heidelberg: Holiday Inn Express Heidelberg City Centre

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Hotel Address
Kurfürsten-Anlage 23, 69115
Heidelberg, Germany

+49 6221 42840



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Malta- Winter 2020

$2919 single occupancy + taxes of $680

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. Sea view rooms are available at a supplement. Entertainment is available most evenings.

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

This afternoon you will board your connecting flight from Ottawa to Malta.

Day 2-14 (Feb 26-Mar 9) or Day 2-21 (Feb 18-Mar 8) or Day 2-22 (Mar 3-Mar 23) (depending on departure date)

This afternoon 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.

Day 15 (Mar 10) or Day 22 (Mar 9) or Day 23 (depending on departure date)

Begin your return to Canada

Your Travac Tours representative will go over details of your flight from Malta to Frankfurt.

Overnight stay in Frankfurt-area hotel *or similar*

Day 16 (Mar 11) or Day 23 (Mar 10) or Day 24 (depending on departure date)

Return to Canada from Frankfurt

Check out of *Frankfurt area* hotel. Transferred to Frankfurt airport for return flight home.

Your Travac Tours representative will go over the flight details for your connecting return flight to Ottawa.

 

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

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

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

Day 2

A warm welcome to Cape Town, South Africa!

We will be transferred directly to our hotel on arrival.

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

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

Day 3

Full day Table Mountain and City Tour – Cape Town

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

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

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

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

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

Day 4

Full day Cape Point tour – Cape Town

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

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

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

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

Overnight: Cape Cadogan Standard or Luxury Room (B)

Day 5

Full day Winelands – Cape Town

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

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

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

Overnight: Cape Cadogan Standard or Luxury Room (B)

Day 6

Free day in Cape Town

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

Overnight: Cape Cadogan Standard or Luxury Room (B)

Day 7

Cape Town to Johannesburg

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

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

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

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

Day 8

Full day Soweto and Apartheid Museum – Johannesburg neighbourhoods

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

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

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

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

Day 9

Johannesburg to Madikwe – Madikwe Game Reserve

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

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

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

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

Day 10-12

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

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

Day 13

Madikwe to Johannesburg

Today we will enjoy our last morning game drive!

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

Day 14

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

 

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

 

Electricity

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

 

Telecommunications

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

 

Tipping

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

 

Visas:

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

 

What to Wear:

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

 

Customs:

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

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.

Malta lobby image 1

Coral Cove Restaurant 7

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 and the Costa del Sol, Spain

Canary Islands

New for 2020, Travac will be offering a special program to the Canary Islands that will offer stays on both the island of Tenerife and the Costa del Sol region in Spain.

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.

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.

This one-month program will feature stays at the Sunset Beach Club in the Costa del Sol and the Hotel Puerto De La Cruz in Tenerife.

The Sunset Beach Club consists mostly of one-bedroom hotel apartments, all with their own terrace and fully equipped kitchenette- an ideal choice for a delightful vacation.  The resort also has a restaurant, bakery, bar and supermarket on site.  Two swimming pools and entertainment most evenings make this fabulous property one of the most sought after in the Costa Del Sol region.  Upgrades to sea view and deluxe sea view rooms are available for an additional cost.

Hotel Puerto De La Cruz offers beautiful spacious rooms, each with their own balcony.  Featuring two outdoor swimming pools surrounded by gardens, the hotel offers live entertainment most evenings.  While in the Canary Islands, breakfast and dinner are included during your stay.

This welcoming holiday has limited space- early booking is essential!

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Depart Ottawa by coach to Montreal for your flight to the Costa del Sol.

Day 2-15

Costa del Sol, Benalmadena

Upon arrival to Spain, you will be transferred to your hotel in the Costa Del Sol by private chartered coach. The Sunset Beach Club is a beautiful four star resort hotel located beachfront in the popular holiday destination of Benalmadena in the Costa del Sol, southern Spain.

Day 15

Today you will depart Spain and fly from Malaga to Tenerife. Your Travac Tours Director will provide you with your flight details. Upon arrival in Tenerife you will be transferred by coach to Hotel Puerto de la Cruz.

Day 15-29

Tenerife, Canary Islands

Your time in the Canary Islands is at your leisure. The Hotel Puerto de la Cruz is 4 star hotel in the city of Puerto de la Cruz. It is within 5 minutes’ walk of central Puerto de la Cruz and the oceanside Lago Martianez salt-water lake.

Your Travac Tours Director will be available to assist you with optional tours and any special needs you might have.

Day 29

Today you will be returning to Malaga, Costa del Sol, for an overnight before departing to Canada.  Your Travac Tours Director will keep you informed of flight details.

Day 30

Today you will depart for your return flight to Montreal with coach service return to Ottawa. Details will be provided by your Travac Tours Director.

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Hotel Information


Sunset Beach Club (Costa del Sol)

Hotel website


Hotel Rating

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


Hotel Puerto De La Cruz (Canary Islands)

Hotel website


Hotel Rating

Hotel Address
Avda. Marqués Villanueva del Prado
Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Spain
38400
(+34) 922 38 40 11



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French Polynesia: The Tahiti Experience

Bora Bora

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

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

 

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

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

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

Day 2

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

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

Day 3

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

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

Day 4

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

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

Day 5

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

Day 6

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

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

Day 7

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

Day 8

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

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

Day 9

Bora Bora, French Polynesia (Arrives 1pm)

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

Day 10

Bora Bora, French Polynesia (Departs 7pm)

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

Day 11

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

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

Day 12

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

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

Day 13

Flights from Papeete – Ottawa, Air Schedule TBA

 

*Itinerary always subject to change*

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

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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

Hotel website


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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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