Your holiday is an adventure that will take you across central Europe from Budapest to Venice. You will be exploring two mighty empires that dominated the region for centuries; the Austro- Hungarian Empire and the Republic of Venice.
In Budapest you’ll encounter the unique flavours that has made this city a magnet for tourism in central Europe. You’ll then be off to Ljubljana in Slovenia, one of the most picturesque towns in the region. You’ll have time to relax and enjoy its wonderful pedestrian life taking in its streets lined with small shops and outdoor cafes.
Moving west you’ll stop in the Croatian Riviera and the beautiful village of Opatija. Known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” Opatija has become a welcome retreat for tourists from around the world.
Your next stop will be in Lake Garda, Italy’s beautiful lake district. Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy and one of its favourite tourist destinations. You’ll be staying on the northern part of Lake Garda that is one picturesque parts of Italy with the dramatic Dolomites part of the scenery.
Your last stop will be in Venice. Lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces, Venice deserve its reputation as one of Europe’s cultural capitals.
Attractively priced at only $4188 per person based on double occupancy including all taxes ($3399 per person + taxes of $789), this holiday will be in high demand.
Your holiday package includes round trip airfare from Ottawa, accommodation with breakfast daily, five dinners, city tours conducted by professional local guides and the services of a Travac Tours Director.
This afternoon you will depart from Ottawa for your overnight flights to Europe.
Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. Budapest, Hungary’s capital, is bisected by the Danube River. One side of the river is the hilly Buda district while on the other side you’ll find the flat Pest district. Budapest dates all the way back to Roman times. Most of what you will encounter in Budapest however is a product of the middle ages. Its brilliant beauty makes the city one of the most photographed in Central Europe. After checking into the hotel, the balance of you day will be free.
After breakfast you will begin your city tour. The tour of Budapest will consist of a walking portion in old Buda, to take in a good part of the city’s rich heritage. Then you will drive to Pest, visiting Heroes’ Square featuring the Millennium Memorial. Your guide will also cover much of the city’s modern history from World War II through the communist era. On your free time this afternoon, you may wish to visit one of the city’s Thermal Pools. (B, D)
A free day in Budapest is invigorating. Take time to shop, explore and enjoy the boundless heritage that has made this city so awe inspiring. You may wish to consider an evening cruise on the Danube spoiling you with the view from the river and a chance to see the city lit up. It’s a truly remarkable spectacle. (B)
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 making it so alluring. 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)
On your free day in Ljubljana you may wish to visit the city’s Museum of Modern Art or the National Museum of Slovenia. Both are intriguing and well worth the visit. Of course, the side-walk cafes are a must for people watching. (B)
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)
After breakfast we begin our tour with a visit to the Roman Amphitheatre in the ancient town of 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. You will then return to your Opatija hotel. (B, D)
On our last day in this region you are free to relax and enjoy Opatija. Optional experiences will be available to you and will be covered by your tour director. (B, D)
This morning we will make our way to Lake Garda. This, the largest lake in Italy is also one of the loveliest. For art and history lovers, Lake Garda offers an attractive leap into the past. Medieval villages clustered between walls and towers along with Veronese and Venetian castles recall memorable battles of the past and great leaders that ruled in the area. (B)
After breakfast you embark on a tour of the lake area. You will have the option of taking a lake cruise in the afternoon. (B)
A free today to relax and enjoy the scenery of Lake Garda (B)
This morning we will make our way to Venice. Venice and the lore surrounding this, the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, brings millions of tourists to this ancient city every year. It is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. Venice was one of the most important cities in Central Europe for several hundred years. There are still many representations of its former glory that you could visit during your stay. Upon our arrival we will be met by our local guide for an orientation walking tour of the city. We will depart for our hotel in Mestre later in the afternoon. (B)
You are free today to experience Venice on your own. (B, D)
Your Travac Tours Director will advise you of your departure time for the airport and your return flights to Canada. (B)
Budapest- Continental Hotel Budapest
Hotel AddressDohány u. 42-44
+36 1 815 1000
Hotel AddressŠtefanova ulica 4
+386 591 10057
Opatija-Remisens Premium hotel Imperial
Hotel AddressUlica Maršala Tita 124/3
+385 51 710 444
Lake Garda- Astoria Park Hotel
Hotel AddressViale Trento, 9
Lake Garda, Italy
+39 0464 576657
Mestre - Leonardo Royal Hotel Venice Mestre
Hotel AddressVia Ca' Marcello, 6
+39 041 87261
Travac Tours is pleased to announce that it will be offering a special program to see “Come From Away”, the award winning musical about Newfoundland’s generosity during the 9/11 crisis. The Shaw Festival will be featuring “Of Marriage and Men” on our July 16 departure and “Oh What a Lovely War’’ on our August 20th departure.
“Come from Away” is a Canadian story that literally moved the world. It is opening to the biggest advance ticket sales in Canadian theatre history. In fact, most spring and summer dates are sold.
Kelly Nestruck of The Globe and Mail wrote of “Come From Away” that “the heartwarming musical lives up to the hype” and that “the accessible story, strong emotional core and gorgeous songwriting should not distract from how original and smart this gem of a musical is”. Robert Cushman of the National Post called the production “outstanding.” Liz Braun of the Toronto Sun gave the show a perfect 5-star review.
Travac’s Shaw Festival and Come From Away Holiday is affordably priced at only $659.00 per person based on double occupancy + plus HST of $85.67. Total cost per person with HST is $744.67 .
Your holiday includes round trip transportation by deluxe chartered coach, 2 nights’ accommodation in St. Catharine’s at the Best Western Hotel and Conference Centre, 2 breakfasts and 1 dinner, tickets for two plays, sightseeing in the Niagara Falls area, a backstage tour at the Shaw Festival as well as the services of a Travac Tours Director.
Early booking is essential. Our first two dates of Come From Away sold out in 48 hours.
This morning you depart Westgate Shopping Centre. A lunch stop will be made enroute. Expect to arrive at your hotel in St Catherines in the late afternoon. This evening the bus will transfer us to Niagara Falls for our included dinner. After dinner we will return to the hotel. (D)
After breakfast you will have some free time. An optional excursion to Niagara Falls will be available today.
On July 17 patrons will be seeing “Of Marriage and Men.” (8pm show)
On August 21 patrons will be seeing “Oh What a Lovely War” (8pm show)
After dinner the bus will transfer us to the Shaw Festival.
We depart in the morning for Toronto and your performance of “Come From Away”. You will have plenty of time for lunch before the performance. After the show we will make our way back to Ottawa. Expect to arrive back in Ottawa approximately 10:30pm. (B)
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 May tour to Croatia: for more info, please click here.
Ottawa to Zagreb
Depart Ottawa by motorcoach to Montreal for your overnight flights to 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.
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)
Your day is free to explore Zagreb. (B)
Zagreb to Opatija
This morning we head to the Croatian Riviera and the delightful town 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. (B, D)
If you are into walking you will certainly enjoy the “Lungomare Promenade” which follows the coastline for 12 kilometers.
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)
On our last day in this region you are free to relax and enjoy Opatija. (B, D)
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)
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)
Biograd na Moru – 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)
Today you will have a leisurely opportunity to explore and discover the spirit of Split. (B)
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)
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)
Your last full day in Dubrovnik is free. Optional tour to Korcula. The town of Korcula is a magical place, girdled by the remains of massive medieval walls, which surround a perfect herringbone pattern of narrow stone streets descending from the main axis. It sits on a small peninsula toward the eastern end of the island. It is one of the most beautiful towns on the Adriatic and far less crowded than Dubrovnik or Hvar town. Our tour will include a Ferry ride then a walking tour of the Old Town including stops at the Cathedral of Saint Mark, the Bishop’s Treasury and, of course, the house of Marco Polo. On our journey back to Dubrovnik, we will stop for a tour of a local oyster farm. Our day will be fully guided by our Dubrovnik guide, Marko. (B, D)
Dubrovnik to Zagreb
After breakfast we will make our return journey from Dubrovnik to Zagreb for our overnight stay. Your evening is free. (B)
Zagreb to Ottawa
Your Travac Tours Director will advise you of your departure time for your return flights to Ottawa. (B)
Itinerary Subject to Change
Zagreb – Esplanade Zagreb Hotel (5 star) or similar
Hotel AddressMihanoviceva 1
+385 1 4566 666
Opatija- Remisens Premium Heritage Hotel Imperial (5 star) or similar
Hotel AddressUlica Maršala Tita 124/3
+385 51 710 444
Biograd na Moru- Kornati OR Ilirija (4 star) or similar
Hotel AddressUl. Tina Ujevića 7
Biograd na Moru, Croatia
+385 23 383 556
Split- Hotel Atrium (5 star) or similar
Hotel AddressUl. Domovinskog rata 21
+385 21 200 000
Dubrovnik- Valamar Lacroma/ Valamar Argosy Dubrovnik (4+ star) or similar
Hotel AddressUl. Iva Dulčića 34
+385 52 465 100
Best Western Premier Hotel Astoria or similar
Hotel AddressPetrinjska 71
+385 1 4808 900