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Shaw Festival

Gypsy. Pictured: Kate Hennig. Photo by Peter Andrew Lusztyk. Design by Key Gordon Communications.

Travac Tours is pleased to announce its program to the Shaw Festival for 2020. This year we will be offering two exciting plays, “The Devil’s Disciple” and “Gypsy”.

“The Devil’s Disciple” is classic Shaw. This, Shaw’s first major “hit”, has some of his best scenes and his sharpest comedy. It is the story of Revolution-era New England and a Presbyterian minister who is sentenced to the gallows for helping “rebels”. The play unfolds with many twists and turns that are so common to Shaw and his social conscience.

“Gypsy” is an American musical fable about Gypsy Rose Lee, America’s most famous striptease artist of here time. You’ll be able to follow her story in Stephen Sondheim’s timeless musical that features legendary songs including “Let Me Entertain You” and “Everything’s Coming Up Roses”.

Travac’s Shaw Festival holiday is affordably priced at only $689 per person based on double occupancy + plus HST of $89.57. Total cost per person with HST is $778.57 (May departure).

Your holiday includes round trip transportation, 2 night’s accommodation at the Holiday Inn Express in Niagara on the Lake, 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner, orchestra seating for both plays and the services of a Travac Tours Director.

Early booking is essential.

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

This morning you depart Westgate Shopping Centre for Toronto. A rest stop will be made enroute. Expect to arrive in Niagara on the Lake in the late afternoon. Your guide will advise you of your departure time for your performance of “The Devil’s Disciple”.

 

Day 2

After breakfast you will have some free time before we depart for Niagara on the Lake and your backstage tour of the Shaw Festival. You will be free for lunch in Niagara on the Lake before the afternoon performance of “Gypsy”. After your show you will be heading to Niagara Falls for dinner and some free time to enjoy all that Niagara Falls has to offer. (B, D)

Day 3

We depart in the morning for Ottawa. Expect to arrive in Ottawa in the late afternoon. (B)

Itinerary and hotel are subject to change.

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Hotel Information


Holiday Inn Express

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Hotel Address
524 York Rd
Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario
L0S 1J0
(289) 362-2400



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Québec’s Eastern Townships

Québec's Eastern Townships

Join Travac as we head into the very heart of Quebec’s Eastern Townships. It’s an experience like no other. You’ll enjoy cruising on Lake Memphremagog, shopping in quaint villages or enjoying a wine tasting at a local vineyard. Part of your experience will be to appreciate a traditional English tea at the Uplands Cultural Centre. Your lodging for this wonderful experience will be at the OTL Gouverneur hotel in Sherbrooke. This modern, deluxe hotel is extremely well located and offers incomparable comfort for your stay in the Eastern Townships.

 

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

This morning we will depart Ottawa and make our way to Sherbrooke. Upon our arrival you will have some free time to enjoy this quaint town and have lunch. Your afternoon will be completed with a cocktail cruise on Lake Memphremagog. Your evening will be free to enjoy yourself at our hotel The OTL Gouverneur, the top-rated hotel in Sherbrooke.

Day 2

You will begin your day in Sherbrooke, where you will enjoy a guided tour of the town and its famous murals. Afterwards you will have some free time to discover the town on your own and have lunch at one of Sherbrooke’s excellent restaurants. Your first stop in the afternoon will be at La Halte des Pelerins Vineyard. Leaving the vineyard, we will make our way to Uplands Cultural Centre to enjoy a traditional English tea. Your evening will be free to enjoy the facilities at your hotel.

Day 3

After breakfast you will depart for Bleu Lavande, a lavender farm with a deep history that is sure to please. After your visit we will make a stop in Knowlton, a quaint Quebec village that will act as our lunch stop. Before returning to Ottawa we will make a stop at the Saint- Benoit Abbey famous for its cheeses and apple cider. We will then continue on to Ottawa. Expect to arrive in the early evening.

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Hotel Information


OTL Gouverneur

Hotel website


Hotel Rating

Hotel Address
3131 Rue King Ouest
Sherbrooke, QC
J1L 1C8
+1 888-910-1111



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Croatia- May 2020

Spectacular Croatia

Croatia- Dubrovnik

Pictured above:  City of Dubrovnik

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Travac is also offering a September tour to Croatia:  for more info, please click here.

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Ottawa to Zagreb

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

Day 2

Zagreb

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

Day 3

Zagreb

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

Day 4

Ljubljana

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

Day 5

Ljubljana to Opatija

Our adventure continues as we travel through Slovenia to the Croatian Riviera and the delightful village of Opatija. Variously known as the “Old Dame”, the “Pearl of the Adriatic” or the “Queen of Tourism” Opatija is a remarkable seaside resort dating back to 1844. The feel of the Victorian era is everywhere amongst the spectacular hotels with their grand facades. The cascading hills remind you of Italy’s Amalfi Coast. It is truly a destination of elegance and style. Upon your arrival your Travac Tours Director will take you on a short stroll down the city’s main street and point out some of the town’s highlights. If you are into walking you will certainly enjoy the “Lungomare Promenade” which follows the coastline for 12 kilometers. (B,D)

Day 6

Opatija

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

Day 7

Opatija

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

Day 8

Opatija to Biograd na Moru

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

Day 9

Biograd na Moru

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

Day 10

Biograd na Moru to Split

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

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

Day 11

Split

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

Day 12

Split to Dubrovnik

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

Day 13

Dubrovnik

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

Day 14

Dubrovnik

Your last full day in Dubrovnik is free. Optional tour will be offered (B,D)

Day 15

Dubrovnik to Zagreb

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

Day 16

Zagreb to Ottawa

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

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Hotel Information


Zagreb – Esplanade Zagreb Hotel (5 star) or similar

Hotel website


Hotel Rating

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


Opatija- Remisens Premium Grand Hotel Palace (4 star) or similar

Hotel website


Hotel Rating

Hotel Address
Ul. Maršala Tita 144
Opatija, Croatia
51410
+385 51 710 444


Biograd na Moru- Kornati (4 star) or similar

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Hotel Rating

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


Split- Amphora Hotel (4 star) or similar

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Hotel Address
Šetalište pape Ivana Pavla II 51
Split, Croatia
21 000
+385 (0)21 200 280


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

Hotel website


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


Best Western Hotel Stella or similar

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Hotel Rating

Hotel Address
Maslenička ul. 1
Zagreb, Croatia
10010
+385 1 5393 600


Ljubljana- Urban Hotel (4 star)

Hotel website


Hotel Rating

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



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