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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 $5029 ($4349 + taxes of $680) per person based on double occupancy, Travac’s river cruise includes round trip airfare from Canada, one night accommodation in Porto with breakfast, 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, a visit to Fatima, three nights’ accommodation in the vibrant city of Lisbon with breakfast daily, 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 Porto.

Day 2- Porto

Upon our arrival in Porto we will be transferred to our hotel. 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- Porto

This morning you have free time in Porto before checking out of the hotel. In the afternoon we will board our ship and settle into our cabins.

CLASSIC and DISCOVERY: Tour of Porto “by night”**

Day 4- Porto

While in Porto, one of the oldest cities in Europe, you will have a chance to enjoy a guided tour this morning.

CLASSIC: Guided tour of Porto, one of the oldest cities in Europe**

DISCOVERY: Touring Porto via tram and visiting the tram museum**

Your afternoon will be free. After dinner you can enjoy some Fado entertainment aboard the ship.

Day 5- Porto- 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.

CLASSIC: Tour of Guimaraes**

DISCOVERY: Hiking along the Douro River**

Day 6- Regua- 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.

CLASSIC and DISCOVERY: Discover the formal gardens at the Mateus Palace and Vila Real **

The afternoon will be spent cruising. Enjoy an evening of Flamenco entertainment.

Day 7- 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.

CLASSIC: Discover Salamanca and its unusual cathedral**

DISCOVERY: Discover Salamanca’s old town by bike**

Tonight, enjoy an evening of entertainment.

Day 8- Barca D’Alva- Ferradosa- 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.

CLASSIC and DISCOVERY: Discover the Porto wines, including tasting**

Tonight, is our gala dinner and evening aboard our ship.

Day 9- Pinhao- 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. CLASSIC and DISCOVERY: Discover Lamego**

This afternoon will be spent cruising. Tonight, you will be able to enjoy an evening of traditional folk entertainment.

Day 10- Porto

Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. We will travel south from Porto to Lisbon. Along the way will be stopping in Fatima for a visit to this religious facility.

Day 11- 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 12- 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 13- Lisbon

This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Montreal. On arrival in Montreal, there will be a chartered coach for your return to Ottawa.

Cruise itinerary is subject to change by cruise line.

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Philadelphia Flower Show

Longwood Gardens

The Philadelphia Flower Show and Longwood Gardens

The Philadelphia Flower Show is an annual event at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in March. It is the world’s oldest and largest indoor flower show, attracting more than 260,000 people annually. The show features large-scale gardens, elaborate landscapes, and over-the-top floral creations.

Visitors to the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show are treated to fabulous design, live entertainment, gardening how-to workshops and lectures by experts.

Join us on March 7 as we visit the Philadelphia Flower Show.

The centrepiece of your tour will be a visit to the magnificent Barnes Foundation or the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The Barnes Foundation houses one of the most important private art collections in the world. 181 Renoirs, 69 Cezannes, 46 Picassos, 59 Matisse, 21 Soutines, as well as innumerable Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works adorn its walls. It has been estimated that the Barnes collection is worth as much as 30 billion dollars. This astounding collection is considered to be arguably the best in the world.

You may choose as an alternate to visit The Philadelphia Museum of Art. This museum features:

The world’s largest and most important collection of works by Marcel Duchamp; The greatest collection of sculpture by Constantin Brancusi outside Europe; The finest public collection of Auguste Rodin’s sculpture in the United States; Superb Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, including Paul Cézanne’s The Large Bathers, Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers, and important paintings by Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, and Edgar Degas

During your stay you will also visit Longwood Gardens. Longwood Gardens is one of the world’s premier horticultural destinations. In spring, we experience the dazzling world of orchids as the Conservatory is transformed into a lush oasis showcasing the divas of the plant world. Longwood’s Conservatory is one of the world’s great greenhouse structures. It shelters 20 indoor gardens and 5,500 types of plants. We also allow plenty of time to stroll the outside gardens (over 1,000 acres) and tour the DuPont House.

Attractively priced at only $899 per person based on double occupancy ($799 per person plus taxes of $100) this holiday has always sold out. Book early to reserve your spot!

 

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

At 6:30am the bus departs from Westgate Shopping Centre. A lunch stop will be made en-route. Your drive will take you through New York and Pennsylvania to Philadelphia. Expect to arrive at your downtown hotel at 5:00pm. Your hotel for the next 3 nights is the Warwick Rittenhouse Square.

Day 2

At 7:45am you will depart for the Convention Center and the Philadelphia Flower Show. The hours of the show are from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

At 1:30 pm we will depart the Flower Show for the Barnes Institute or the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Your visit to the Barnes or the Philadelphia Museum of Art will include a self-guided tour. There are no restrictions on how long you may stay, but once you leave the facility you may not re-enter. Our coach will provide shuttle service to the hotel or back to the flower show. Times for the shuttle will be provided by your Travac Tours Director.

Day 3

Depart from the hotel at 8:30 a.m. for our trip to the Brandywine Valley and our guided tour of Longwood Gardens. After lunch at their café (on your own) we will board the coach for our journey back to Philadelphia. A walking tour of the historic district will be available upon our return. There are also several museums in the downtown core that are worth a visit and your Travac Tours Director will be happy to give you directions to these museums.

Day 4

Luggage should be in the hall by 8:30 a.m. for our departure at 9:30am. A lunch stop will be made en-route as well as a stop at Duty Free. Expect to arrive at the Westgate Shopping Centre at approximately 6:30pm.

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Hotel Information


Warwick Rittenhouse Square

Hotel website


Hotel Rating

Hotel Address
220 S 17th St
Philadelphia, PA
19103
(215) 735-6000



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San Francisco

Easter in San Francisco

Morning fog shrouds the majestic Golden Gate Bridge as the sun rises over the Pacific coast. The city’s characteristic cable cars begin their daily routes, transporting commuters and tourists alike. North of town, Napa Valley’s winemakers monitor the crops of their world-famous vineyards… San Francisco’s mosaic of cultures and its eclectic history produce one of the world’s most unique urban spaces, situated amidst spectacular coastal scenery.

San Francisco’s pleasant climate, its vibrant neighbourhoods and its countless attractions make it one of the most popular holiday cities in North America. This year, Travac Tours wants to fly you there for a six-day excursion. Discover for yourself what makes this region so special!

Hosted by a knowledgeable local guide, you’ll experience the Bay area’s premier attractions with an insightful 4-hour orientation tour that will provide you with inspiration for your free time on the town. You’ll even take in San Francisco’s infamous prison, Alcatraz. To complete your western odyssey, you’ll have a chance to enjoy the charm of the Napa Valley with a visit to one of the region’s local wineries.

Your hotel in San Francisco is the well-located Hilton San Francisco Union Square. This first-class hotel is located close to city’s most celebrated shops, attractions and restaurants.

Booking early is the only way to guarantee a spot on this fabulous tour!

 

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Today you will depart from the Ottawa International Airport for your connecting flights to San Francisco. Upon your arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. The balance of your day will be free.

 


Day 2

At 9:00am you will depart for a tour of the city, escorted by your knowledgeable local host. You will see the city’s famous neighbourhoods, such as Fisherman’s Wharf, Nob Hill, and Chinatown, and visit many of its spectacular sites, such as the Golden Gate Bridge and Coit Tower. After your tour, you will have a chance to enjoy lunch on your own in the Fisherman’s Wharf district. In the early afternoon you will meet for a guided tour of Alcatraz Island. This famous island penitentiary in San Francisco Bay was opened in 1934 and served as a concentration site for ‘difficult to manage’ prisoners for over thirty years.


Day 3

Having completed your orientation of the city, you will be free to explore San Francisco at your own leisure. Take this opportunity to acquaint yourself with the city’s many character-filled neighbourhoods such as North Beach, (San Francisco’s ‘Little Italy.’) This inspiring neighbourhood is located along Columbus Avenue and was one of the hubs of the 1950s literary ‘Beat’ movement. San Francisco also has the oldest and largest Chinatown, with hundreds of unique and colourful vendors and shops all of which are within walking distance to your hotel.


Day 4

This morning you depart for a day trip to the Napa Valley. Napa and Sonoma counties are only about an hour from downtown San Francisco and are amongst the world’s leading winemaking regions. Your tour will include a winery tour. We will stop in Napa with time for lunch and shopping. In the mid-afternoon you arrive back at your hotel. The remainder of your afternoon will be free to explore more of the iconic sites of the city. Union Square is very close to the Hilton and has a wide variety of restaurants and shops, including, Nordstrom and Macy’s.


Day 5

You are free today to tour San Francisco on your own. Museum-goers might be keen on visiting the DeYoung Museum, while shoppers might want to spend the day in Chinatown and Fisherman’s Wharf, exploring the many unique shops that line the streets of those famous neighbourhoods.


Day 6

This morning you will bid goodbye to this fantastic city. Your tour host will take you to the airport for your return flights back to Ottawa.


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Hotel Information


Hilton San Francisco Union Square.

Hotel website


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Hotel Address
333 O'Farrell St
San Francisco, CA
94102
+1 415-771-1400



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Important Information


Itinerary subject to change.

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.




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