Quebec City Tall Ships

Tall Ships

The Tall Ship Festival Quebec City

In a celebration of the of the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation, a fleet of 40 of the most majestic tall ships in the world will be sailing into Quebec City this July.

There will be ship tours, thematic activities on the docks and a host of other free family activities for the general public. The tallest of these “cathedrals of the sea” cannot go beyond Quebec as they will not clear local bridges. Thus, the focal point of this great spectacle will be in Quebec City.

Travac Tours has organized the perfect  four day three night escape to enjoy this incredible display.

Attractively priced at only $699 per person based on double occupancy +HST ($90.87) with a total price of $789.87, this once in a lifetime tour will sell quickly. Call early to ensure your seats for this adventure.

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

This morning we will depart for Quebec City and the Tall Ship Festival.  Upon our arrival in Quebec City we will check into our hotel.  After unloading our luggage, we will embark on a short tour of Quebec City.  The balance of your day will be free. A shuttle will be available to make your first trip to the Tall Ships.


Day 2

There is no event in the world quite like it: the “Tall Ship Festival.” With 40 ships and a combined crew of over 3000 it is a spectacle that seldom visits the shores of Canada. Today you will be able to visit some of the ships and meet the crew.  Street performers, music and fireworks will all be part of the festivities at the Tall Ship Festival. Transfers will be available from the dock to your hotel.


Day 3

Often described as a beauty pageant on the sea some of the “superstar” tall ships  visiting Quebec City will be the U.S. Coast Guard’s Eagle, a cutter built by Nazi Germany and seized by the U.S. as a war prize. Germany’s graceful Alexander von Humboldt II, distinguished by 24 green sails and El Galeon, a replica of the Spanish galleons that for three centuries linked Asia, the Americas and Spain.

The Tall Ships will be setting sail today in a grand spectacle and you will have a chance to see them under full sail as they leave Quebec City.  The St. Lawrence gives you a perfect view of these “cathedrals of the sea”.


Day 4

There will be a bit of free time before we begin our journey back to Ottawa. Expect to arrive in the early evening.


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Hôtel Delta Québec

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690, boulevard René-Lévesque Est
Québec, QC
G1R 5A8
(418) 647-1717



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San Antonio- April departure

San Antonio

Travac’s 6 day, 5 night getaway is a great way to explore one of the most beautiful cities in Texas – San Antonio. This fabulous package includes round trip flights from Ottawa, 5 nights’ accommodation at the 4* Drury Plaza Hotel River Walk (located right on the River Walk), daily breakfast, daily afternoon cold drinks and snacks, local city tour including a visit to the Alamo, River Walk Cruise and a day trip to the German town of Fredericksburg.

Your hotel is located on San Antonio’s Riverwalk; one of the city’s incredible attractions. The San Antonio River Walk is a public park, open 365 days a year.  It is a network of walkways along the banks of the San Antonio River, located one story beneath the streets of downtown San Antonio.  Lined by bars, shops and restaurants, the River Walk is an important part of the city’s urban fabric and a tourist attraction in its own right.

The River Walk winds and loops under bridges as two parallel sidewalks, lined with restaurants, shops, hotels and more. It connects the major tourist draws from the Alamo to River center Mall, Arneson River Theatre and La Villita, the San Antonio Museum of Art, and the Pearl Brewery.

*Next tour departs April 2021- check back soon for pricing and dates*

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Today you depart the Ottawa International Airport for your flights to San Antonio. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your Riverwalk Hotel the 4* Drury Plaza Hotel.

Day 2

Today you will enjoy a city tour, visiting the many sites of this diverse cultural city. You will travel on our motorcoach to see The King William Historic District, El Mercado, the Main Plaza and Military Plaza as well we will visit one of the missions outside of downtown San Antonio.

5:30 – 7:00pm you can enjoy free cold drinks and snacks in the lobby of the hotel.

Day 3

This morning you will depart for your Riverwalk Cruise.

After the cruise, you are free to explore Stan Antonio. A great idea for today would be to go to the Rivercenter mall and watch “The Price of Freedom” IMAX and then enjoy a self-guided tour of the Alamo.

Between 5:30 – 7:00pm you can enjoy free cold drinks and snacks in the lobby of the hotel.

Day 4

Today you will take a one-hour drive northwest to Fredericksburg, Texas – Texas Hill Country Wine Region with over 30 wineries, shopping, art galleries and museums. Try out one of the German Restaurants for lunch to get a true flavor of this German town. Between 5:30 – 7:00pm you can enjoy free cold drinks and snacks in the lobby of the hotel.

Day 5

Today is a free day. Your Travac Tours Director can assist you with plans to go to the San Antonio Zoo, Botanical Gardens or La Villita. Another possibility would be to visit one of the many museums San Antonio has to offer. Between 5:30 – 7:00pm you can enjoy free cold drinks and snacks in the lobby of the hotel.

Day 6

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your return flights back to Ottawa.

**Itinerary Subject to Change**

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Drury Plaza Hotel Riverwalk

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105 S St Mary’s Street
San Antonio, TX
78205
(210) 270-7799



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Memphis & Nashville

Nashville

Memphis & Nashville 

Memphis is so much more than a city on the banks of the Mississippi River. It is in many ways the home of the blues, soul and Rock and Roll music. The blues continue to resonate through the streets and clubs surrounding Beale Street.

Nashville on the other hand is famous for its honky tonks with live music from a variety of talented acts. It is also home to some of the best country music museums in the United States.

*Next tour departs April 2021- check back soon for pricing and dates*

 

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Today you meet your Travac Tour Director at the Ottawa International Airport for your flights to Memphis. Upon your arrival in Memphis you will be transferred to your hotel. The balance of your day will be free.


Day 2

Your tour of Memphis will focus on Beale Street and the historic district of this town. You will learn about many of the personalities that left their imprint on Memphis from Danny Thomas to Elvis Presley and B.B. King. We will end the tour with a visit to Sun Studio before returning to our hotel.


Day 3

Today we will visit Graceland to explore the Elvis connection to Memphis. Learn how his revolutionary style and unique sound changed the face of popular music and culture forever. The balance of your day will be free.


Day 4

We will be heading to Nashville later this morning.

After arriving in Nashville, the balance of your day will be free. If you wish to go to a performance of the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman during your stay, your Tour Director will be happy to arrange tickets.


Day 5

This morning we’ll be touring Nashville. Besides its musical heritage, Nashville is the state capital and home to Vanderbilt University. It truly is one of the most vibrant cities in the US. Our tour will follow the music scene and will show you some of the famous and not so famous honky-tonks and saloons. The tour will culminate with a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame and RCA Studio B.


Day 6

Today is at your leisure. There are plenty of museums in Nashville that you might consider visiting including the Johnny Cash Museum.


Day 7

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your return flights back to Ottawa.

Itinerary subject to change.


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Hotel Information


Holiday Inn Downtown Memphis

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160 Union Ave
Memphis, TN
38103
+1 901-525-5491


Hilton Garden Inn Nashville Downtown

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305 Korean Veterans Blvd
Nashville, TN
37201
+1 615-251-3013



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Kenya

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Kenya’s Spectacular Migration in the Maasai Mara

Join Travac as we travel to magical Kenya and experience for yourself one of the most incredible natural phenomena in the world! Noted as one of the “Seven New Wonders of the World” and the “World Cup of Wildlife” if your bucket list includes a safari this indescribable MIGRATION safari is a MUST!

During the migration season, up to two million wildebeest, zebras and gazelles will cross from the Serengeti, Tanzania to the Maasai Mara, Kenya during a 600km journey that has been repeated for countless decades.

Travac has crafted a tour that will take you to Masa Mari National Park.  This, the smallest of the national parks, gives you a better opportunity to experience the magnitude and sheer beauty of the migration. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Only 12 seats are available.  Early booking is therefore essential if you would like to be part of the group.

*Watch for dates to be announced for July 2018*

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Ottawa to Nairobi


Day 2

Nairobi

JAMBO – KARIBU!! Warmly met upon arrival at the airport. Transfer to your hotel in Nairobi, Kenya’s colourful capital city to check in to your city hotel. Welcome dinner is included this evening.

Sarova Stanley Hotel-Deluxe Room


Day 3

Nairobi

After breakfast we are met by our local guide/driver for a city excursion. We will visit the giraffe center, elephant orphanage, and Karen Blixen museum, lunch at the Karen Blixen restaurant, later back to you hotel for overnight.

Sarova Stanley Hotel-Deluxe Room


Day 4

Nairobi- Maasai Mara National Reserve

Drive via Narok to the Maasai Mara National Reserve offering wonderful scenery and plenty of game. It is perhaps the only region left in Kenya where the visitor may see animals in the same super-abundance as existed a century ago. Arrive for lunch at your lodge. Enjoy an afternoon game viewing drive in this vast and expansive reserve teaming with game. Be on the look-out for the ‘big five’ Mara is famous for and the most sought after in the early 20th century when Kenya was a hunters’ paradise. Killing any of them game one some class, pride, heroism. These include the lion, Cape buffalo, the savannah elephant, black rhino and the elusive leopard. The vast savannah grasslands stretch as far as the eye can see is home to impalas, maasai giraffes, waterbucks, warthogs, Thompson & grants gazelles, topis, resident wildbeestes among many others. Later in the evening return for dinner and overnight at your lodge.

Tipilikwani Luxury Mara Camp


Day 5-8

Maasai Mara National Reserve- Tipilikwani Luxury Mara Camp

Enjoy breakfast then proceed on a full day of game viewing drives & adventure. Be on the look-out for the big five that Maasai Mara is famous for. These include the lion, savannah (African) elephant, the Cape buffalo, the leopard and the black rhino. We may even be so lucky to witness a leopard or a cheetah sprint and make a kill! We return back to the camp for dinner and overnight.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: Balloon Safari over the Mara plains followed by a champagne breakfast or visit a traditional Masai Manyatta (off the beaten track) and experience the culture of this world famous community. The Masai still live as they did for centuries -interact with these nomadic people and experience their way of life as you learn about their customs and traditions.

Tipilikwani Luxury Mara Camp


Day 9

Maasai Mara National Reserve-Nairobi-Ottawa

Amka! Wake up early with coffee/tea and head off on your last trail of the African savannah – hopefully, you’ll see some big game. Return to the Camp for breakfast. After a leisurely breakfast we will be transferred to the airstrip for flight to Wilson airport. On arrival met and transferred to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your onward flight.

 

**Itinerary is always subject to change**

Notes: The path of the Migration is dictated by rain – if rain is late, early or falls in different areas, the wildebeest will move accordingly. Migration into the Maasai Mara runs from July to October. Also note that river crossings do not occur instantly on arrival at the water’s edge. The herd may wait on the shore for a few days before crossing. We do have 4 nights in our game reserve and a total of 8 drives.


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Hotel Information


Sarova Stanley Hotel-Deluxe Room

The Sarova Stanley is a luxurious 5-star hotel set in a prime location in the centre of Nairobi.

Hotel Facilities: Meal options at The Sarova Stanley include a restaurant. A delicious complimentary breakfast is served daily. Room service is offered for guest convenience. Our hotel provides a 24-hour front desk service. A currency exchange facility is also at your disposal. Public areas of The Sarova Stanley are comfortable and air-conditioned. Hotel guests will appreciate the services of a doorman. Additional hotel facilities: gift shop/newsstand. Leisure amenities: The hotel offers an outdoor heated swimming pool. Guests can also enjoy the following spa/wellness facilities: sauna, steam room, on site spa services.


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Tipilikwani Luxury Mara Camp

As the maxin goes: Location! Location! Location! Set on the banks of the Talek River and overlooking the Mara plains, Tipilikwani Camp has one of the most spectacular views available. Set in the middle of what is considered the greatest wildlife reserve in Africa, Maasai Mara is home to one of the modern wonders of the world; the wildebeest migration as well as home to the Big Five. Enjoy an alfresco breakfast by the Talek River or a cold refreshing drink over a spectacular sunset or experience fine dining by candlelight all overlooked by carefully trained attentive staff. During the day, search for lions, cheetah, elephant, leopard, black rhino, giraffe, zebra, hippo and over 500 resident bird species including larks, sunbirds and the Lilac- Breasted Roller This is the Tipilikwani Experience


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Iceland

Iceland

Iceland:  Land of Fire and Ice

Iceland is a unique destination that offers pristine nature, breathtaking landscapes and vibrant culture. Join Travac as we discover all this fabled island nation has to offer.

Icelandic culture is deeply rooted in ancient heritage.  Our tour will help you understand many of the ancient sagas that are not only part of the fabric of Iceland but that of North America as well.

Affordably priced at only $3184 per person including all taxes based on double occupancy ($2699 per person + taxes of $485), Travac’s Iceland includes round trip flights from Ottawa to Iceland, accommodation in a comfortable four star hotel, breakfast daily, a complete sightseeing itinerary and the services of a Travac Tours director.

Please note this is a small group tour and only 24 spaces are available.  Early booking is essential if you wish to take part in this exceptional journey.

Tour Itinerary


Day 1: Departure from Ottawa

This evening you will depart Ottawa for your flights to Iceland.


Day 2: Arrival in Iceland

Upon your arrival in Iceland you be met by our local guide and taken for breakfast. After breakfast you will go on a sightseeing tour around the Reykjanes Peninsula where you will discover several dormant volcanoes and extensive lava fields. You will also visit the Krýsuvík geothermal area and “the bridge between continents”. Later in the day you will check into your hotel in Reykjavik – Fosshotel Reykjavik. (B)


Day 3: City Tour

Reykjavík is the world’s most northerly capital, and home to one third of Iceland’s population. Today Reykjavík is a modern city with a variety of restaurants, museums, galleries and theatres. On our tour we cover the city from one end to the other. We will see the old town centre, Parliament, the Cathedral, the harbour, the National Museum, and the Pearl and Höfði house (site of the Iceland summit of 1986). We will drive past the city’s salmon  river and the Árbæjarsafn outdoor folk museum, which offers an interesting contrast to the modern buildings. Our drive continues past Reykjavik’s largest outdoor swimming pool in Laugardalur which is heated with water from natural hot springs under the city, the Ásmundur Sveinsson Sculpture museum and Hallgrímskirkja Church (whose steeple is a Reykjavík landmark). The tour ends at the hotel or in the city centre.  The balance of your day will be at your leisure. (B)


Day 4: Golden Circle & Fontana Steam Bath

Today you will enjoy a perfect combination of the hugely popular “Golden Circle” tour and a visit to the newly opened Fontana Steam Bath in the quaint little town of Laugarvatn. You will also visit the high temperature geyser geothermal area, the Gullfoss (Golden Falls) waterfall and the historical and geological wonder that is Thingvellir National Park.  The icing on the cake today is a relaxing visit to Fontana Steam Bath, a natural sauna, built above a real live hot spring. (B)

Note:  Please bring a swimsuit (can also be rented on site).


Day 5: Free Day (B)

Today you are completely free to enjoy Reykjavík.  It will be your chance to visit some of the museums that make up the fabric of this wonderful city.


Day 6: Free Day (B)

Today is another free day.  There will be various different excursions available to you (additional cost).


Day 7: Blue Lagoon and Departure to Ottawa

Sadly this afternoon you will bid a fond farewell to Iceland.  You will be making one final stop at the famous Blue Lagoon before heading to the airport for your return flights back to Ottawa.

Please note that a visit to Iceland entails a fair amount of walking to fully enjoy your holiday experience. You should feel comfortable being able to walk for extended periods of time. Many of the avenues and walk ways are uneven.  Comfortable walking shoes are essential.

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Fosshotel Reykjavik

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1 105, Þórunnartún
Reykjavík, Iceland

+354 531 9000



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