Prince Edward Island and Beaches- Summer 2021

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Your flight will leave early morning for Prince Edward Island.  Upon your arrival into Charlottetown, you will be free to explore and have lunch before being transferred to The Rodd Crowbush Golf and Beach Resort.

Overnight – Rodd Crowbush  (B)

Day 2

Your day is free to explore the area, if you are a golfer you may want to play a round or relax at the beach, the choice is yours.

Overnight-Rodd Crowbush (B)

Day 3

After breakfast, your motorcoach will be waiting with a step on guide for a full day tour of PEI’s spectacular attractions. Your tour will include historic Charlottetown.  Visit the Prince Edward Island Preserve Company where you can sample the many jams and jellies made on site and browse the beautifully decorated gift shop.  A visit to Anne of Green Gables Museum the house in which L.M. Montgomery married Rev. Ewan Macdonald.  Your tour will take you to Green Gables Heritage Place, explore the farmhouse and homestead, take a stroll through the surrounding wooded trails and visit Anne’s Boutique. The tour will take you through PEI National Park, where you will have an opportunity to take beautiful photos of the pink sandy beaches, red sandstone cliffs, and the Gulf of St. Lawrence.  Visit the harbour in North Rustico where you will learn about the lobster fishing industry of PEI.  Your tour will also include a visit to Matos Winery where you can take in some wine sampling.

Overnight-Rodd Charlottetown (B)

Day 4

Free day to explore on your own.  You may want to visit Lieutenant Governor’s Mansion. For the history buff you may want to visit Province House to walk the halls our forefathers once did and see where our country was born.

Overnight-Rodd Charlottetown (B)

Day 5

Another free day to explore and shop.

Overnight-Rodd Charlottetown (B)

Day 6

After breakfast you will be transferred to the Charlottetown airport for your flight back to Ottawa.

Itinerary subject to change.

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Hotel Information


Rodd Crowbush

Hotel website


Hotel Rating

Hotel Address
6323 Lakeside Road
Morell, PEI
C0A 1S0
902-961-5600


Rodd Hotel Charlottetown

Hotel website


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Hotel Address
75 Kent Street
Charlottetown, PEI
C1A 7K4
902-894-7311



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Iles de la Madeleine & Prince Edward Island- Fall 2021

Located in the middle of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, a green archipelago surrounded by white-sand beaches and red cliffs wields a magnetic attraction on everyone that steps on its shores. Iles de la Madeleine offers a perfect summer escape. Renowned for their warm hospitality, the islanders here have created a perfect summer getaway with exquisite seafood, fabulous attractions including wonderful galleries and shops.

While on PEI you will experience Charlottetown as well as landscapes filled with rolling hills and green forests. You also have a chance to stroll along the beckoning sandy beaches with their dunes and red sandstone cliffs. Imagine walking in the footsteps of Lucy Maud Montgomery, creator of Anne of Green Gables. During the tour of this island you will be charmed by the yarns of our local host as he guides you through some of the most beautiful and colourful villages in Canada.

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Ottawa to Edmundston

This morning you will depart Ottawa and travel east along the south shore of the St Lawrence River. Expect to arrive in Edmundston in the late afternoon.

Overnight – Edmundston

Day 2

Edmundston to Brudenell River

Leaving Edmundston we will continue our journey along the Trans-Canada highway making your way east through New Brunswick to the sea, where you will cross Confederation Bridge. Confederation Bridge spans the Abegweit Passage of Northumberland Strait, linking Prince Edward Island with mainland New Brunswick. Your home for the evening will be alongside the Brudenell River. (B)

Overnight – Brudenell River

Day 3

Summerside to Iles De La Madeleine

After a leisurely breakfast and a bit more time in Summerside, you’re off to Souris for the ferry crossing to Iles De La Madeleine. Our route to the ferry will take us along the north coast of PEI. (B, D)

Overnight – Iles de la Madeline

Day 4

Iles De La Madeleine

The Îles de la Madeleine is an isolated archipelago made up of seven inhabited islands in the middle of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Six of these islands are linked by the main road, Route 199, while the seventh, Entry Island, is only accessible by boat. The total population of the islands is under 15,000. While on the islands you enjoy a complete change of pace. Today we tour the western part of the archipelago. In the morning we will visit the villages of Cap-aux-Meules, L’Etang-du-Nord and La Cote. In the afternoon we have the opportunity to explore the island of Havre-Aubert. Dinner is included tonight.

Overnight – Iles de la Madeline (B, D)

Day 5

Iles De La Madeleine

Today we visit the eastern part of the islands. In the morning, we explore the village of Havre-aux Maisons and make a stop at the Pointe-Basse Harbour to visit the herring smokehouse economuseum. We will then make our way to the Echourie lighthouse before stopping at Dune-du-Sud for a walk on the beach and a look at the brilliant cliffs carved by the sea. In the afternoon we will visit the villages of Grosse-Isle and Grand-Entrée. Dinner is included tonight. (B, D)

Overnight – Iles de la Madeline

Day 6

Iles De La Madeleine- Charlottetown

After an early breakfast we will journey to PEI. Upon our arrival the remainder of the day will be at leisure. (B)

Overnight – Charlottetown

Day 7

Charlottetown

This morning, we will be met by our local guide for a tour of this appealing island. We will start off with a tour of Historic Charlottetown. Next, we will be off to Anne’s Land. Your journey will take you to Cavendish, one of the prettiest towns on the island. The fictional redheaded Anne of Green Gables is everywhere in this area. When the novel Anne of Green Gables was first published in 1908, most people could only dream of visiting its magical setting. Your visit will take you to Green Gables heritage place. Green Gables, part of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Cavendish National Historic Site, is famous around the world as the inspiration for the setting in Lucy Maud Montgomery’s classic tale of fiction. We will also visit PEI Preserve Company, North Rustico, PEI National Park, and a stop at a winery. (B)

Overnight – Charlottetown

Day 8

Charlottetown to Edmundston

After a hearty breakfast you will begin your homeward journey stopping again in Edmundston. (B)

Overnight – Edmundston

Day 9

Edmundston to Ottawa

It will be an early start back to Ottawa. Expect to be back in the city for dinner. (B)

 

Itinerary subject to change.

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Hotel Information


Four Points by Sheraton Edmundston, or similar

Hotel website


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Hotel Address
100 rue Rice Street
Edmunston, NB
E3V 1T4
(506) 739-7321


Rodd Brudenell River Resort

Hotel website


Hotel Rating

Hotel Address
86 Dewars Ln
Brudenell River, PEI
C0A 1G0
(902) 652-2332


Auberge Madeli (Iles de la Madeleine), or similar

Hotel website


Hotel Rating

Hotel Address
485 chemin Principal
Cap aux Meules, QC
G4T 1E4
1 866-332-3590


Rodd Charlottetown, or similar

Hotel website


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Hotel Address
75 Kent St
Charlottetown, PEI
C1A 7K4
1-800-565-7633



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Athens to Monte Carlo with Oceania Cruises- Independent Tour

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

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

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

Day 2

Athens, Greece (boarding time 1 pm)

Arrive in Athens and transfer to our ship – The “Marina”. Climb up the magnificent Acropolis and stand in awe of the Parthenon, the beautiful temples and the view over Athens stretched out before you. See city highlights including the new and old Olympic stadiums. Journey to Cape Sounion and the temple of Poseidon overlooking the sea or visit ancient Corinth and the narrow Corinth Canal cut through miles of solid rock. (D)

Day 3

Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey (8 am – 5 pm)

Meander through the ruins of ancient Ephesus and marvel at the famed Library of Celsus, the huge amphitheater, the marble roads with their chariot marks, the amazing mosaic sidewalks and the superb, rarely opened Terrace Houses. Or journey to three monumental cities of antiquity – Priene, Miletus and Didyma – renowned for their majestic temples and impressive, beautifully preserved stadiums. (B, L, D)

Day 4

Chanis (Crete), Greece (7 am – 3 pm)

Chania wears its past on its sleeve. Spend the day in museums, from those uncovering the ancient history buried beneath the rocky soil to those celebrating Greece’s magnificent maritime history and the region’s unique folklore. Visit the ruins of the city-state of Aptera, a powerhouse in Minoan and Hellenistic times and eventually a Roman stronghold. (B, L, D)

 

Day 5

Corfu, Greece (10 am – 7 pm)

Immerse yourself in this island of glorious scenery and beaches, serene monasteries, beautiful palaces, traditional mountain towns and Corfu’s lovely old Venetian quarter. Or visit the ornate Achilleion Palace, built by Empress Sissi of Austria and filled with dramatic sculptures of the Greek hero Achilles. (B, L, D)

Day 6

Dubrovnik, Croatia (8 am – 4 pm)

Enjoy a walk through this famous walled medieval city and its exquisite Venetian monuments. See the Franciscan monastery and explore the Rector’s palace and the cathedral. Or explore the countryside with a visit to lovely Cavtat, an enchanting seaside resort that began life as a Greek and then Roman colony. Then visit a local family in a Konavle Valley village and enjoy their hospitality over a traditional welcome of brandy and figs with a serenade by local musicians. (B, L, D)

Day 7

Venice, Italy (arrive 12 pm)

Savor the majestic beauty of this amazing city as you glide along its canals and under its bridges, opulent palazzi and elegant churches lining the route. Discover Venice’s secret quarters down narrow alleys opening into spacious campos. Admire the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. Visit lovely Burano and the glass factories on Murano. Or enjoy the scenic countryside with its stunning Palladian villas. You will overnight in Venice, so enjoy the nightlife in this historic city. (B, L, D)

Day 8

Venice, Italy (depart at 5 pm)

(B, L, D)

Day 9

Cruising the Adriatic Sea

Day 10

Catania, Italy (8 am – 6 pm)

Destroyed by an earthquake in the 17th century, Catania has been beautifully restored and offers ancient churches, castles and amphitheaters, lush gardens and lovely palazzos to explore. Tour the 13th century Ursino Castle, which was situated along the coast until earthquakes and volcanic eruptions transformed the landscape. Drive inland through picturesque villages and explore Villa Romana del Casale, a 4th century villa and UNESCO World Heritage Site containing a complex collection of Roman mosaics considered one of the finest in the Roman world. (B, L, D)

Day 11

Salerno, Italy (7 am – 6 pm)

Experience the sublime atmosphere of the towns and villages that punctuate the Amalfi Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage site for its quintessentially Mediterranean scenery. Stroll along Salerno’s elegant lungomare, a shoreside promenade with far-reaching views of the sea and the mountains beyond. From Amalfi’s quaint Piazza Duomo, walk up ancient steps to the stunning Cathedral of Saint Andrew, while in kaleidoscopic Positano, take postcard-worthy photos of houses precariously perched on the shoreside cliffs. Behold the splendid Renaissance palazzi of Sorrento, float above the emerald green waters of a fabled sea cave and take in extraordinary panoramas of the ruggedly beautiful coastline from hilltop Ravello. (B, L, D)

Day 12

Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy (6 am – 9 pm)

Travel to Rome and revel in the magnificent monuments, from the ancient Roman Forum and Coliseum to the splendor of St. Peter’s Basilica with Michelangelo’s Pietà and his breathtaking frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Or enjoy a drive through the lush farmlands of the Roman countryside to lovely medieval Castelgandolfo. (B, L, D)

 

Day 13

Florence/Pisa/Tuscany (Livorno), Italy (8 am – 11 pm)

Spend a glorious day amidst the fabled architecture of this Renaissance city. See the Duomo with Brunelleschi’s dome, the famous baptistry, Michelangelo’s magnificent David, the bridge over the Arno and the astonishing Uffizi Gallery. Visit Pisa’s superb Campo dei Miracoli and its beautiful cathedral and famed campanile. Or enjoy the Tuscan countryside, Siena and San Gimignano, renowned for its medieval towers. Shopping: Find leather goods, lingerie, gold jewelry, Florentine mosaic, lace, marbled paper items, antiques and fine art. Dining: Savor the prosciutto, pecorino cheese and infinite variety of breads, cakes and salamis. (B, L, D)

Day 14

Genoa, Italy (8 am – 6pm)

Discover the history and beautiful architecture of this ancient seaport in the lovely pink stone Palazzo Tursi, where letters of Christopher Columbus and Paganini’s famed Guarnieri violin are on display. Visit the magnificent Palazzo Bianco and stroll past old master paintings. Or explore the gemlike villages of the Cinque Terre, clinging to the coastal cliffs, and Portofino, the picturesque and elegant resort. (B, L, D)

Day 15

Ajaccio (Corsica), France (7 am – 3 pm)

Stroll through the narrow streets of Napoleon’s birthplace, visit the bustling, colorful market, browse in the shops and see the cathedral where he was baptized. Relax in shady Place Foch beside a bubbling fountain and Napoleon’s statue. Or discover the stunning, rugged Corsican countryside and its famous aromatic maquis shrubs and oak trees. Admire the superb views and the impressive Prunelli Gorges. (B, L, D)

Day 16

Palma de Mallorca, Spain (12 am – 9 pm)

Explore this beautiful island beginning with the magnificent Seo Cathedral and Bellver Castle. See the windmills and impressive manor house in the verdant countryside. Discover the amazing natural wonders in the Drach Caves. And for romance, visit the former Carthusian monastery in Valldemosa, where George Sand and Chopin spent a winter. (B, L, D)

 

Day 17

Valencia, Spain (8 am – 6 pm)

The City of Arts and Sciences is an impressive collection of attractions, including an opera house and performing arts center, IMAX cinema, planetarium, science museum and oceanographic park. Visit the Gothic city of Requena, featuring perfectly preserved 100-year-old wine cellars. In Lladró’s City of Porcelain museum, explore the production facilities, or nearby visit the National Ceramics Museum, located in the former palace of nobility. (B, L, D)

Day 18

Barcelona, Spain (8 am – 6 pm)

Visit the magnificent Gothic cathedral and the amazing La Sagrada Familia, Antoni Gaudí’s unfinished masterpiece. Enjoy the lovely Montjuic Gardens, Gaudí’s other fabulous structures, the charming squares of the old Gothic Quarter and the Ramblas, Barcelona’s famed downtown promenade. Or visit beautiful Montserrat and its monastery in a breathtaking setting high in the mountains. (B, L, D)

 

Day 19

Toulon, France (8 am – 6 pm)

Lying on a natural harbor on the French Riviera, Toulon is France’s principal naval base, and the waterfront is always full of life. Designed around stately fountains and small squares, the Old City is tucked between the harbor and boulevard de Strasbourg, and its Cathédrale Saint-Marie-Majeure is noteworthy for its Romanesque architecture. The city is also rich in history, much of it on display in the marine museum and the Museum of Toulon, celebrated for its Provençal paintings. For the ultimate view of Toulon, ride the cable car to Mount Faron. (B, L, D)

Day 20

Monte Carlo, Monaco

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

Itinerary subject to change.

 

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Victoria Independent Stay Put Vacation: February and March 2021 dates

 

February 1- March 1, 2021

March 1- March 31, 2021

The coastal serenity that awaits you in British Columbia’s capital city is unlike any other. Victoria’s mild climate and walkable city limits make this island oasis an ideal winter getaway. Nicknamed “the garden city” for good reason, Victoria’s radiant west-coast terrain is home to some of Canada’s most acclaimed gardens and parks. While the rest of the country is covered in snow, spring in Victoria begins in January, making this a fantastic time to experience all the city has to offer. Whether exploring Victoria’s quaint downtown core, taking an historical walking tour, spotting a whale, or indulging in the breathtaking beauty of the surrounding beaches and rainforests, there is no shortage of adventure to experience at your own pace.

Travac’s marvelous winter escape to Victoria includes 4 weeks accommodation at the Parkside Hotel and Spa located in the heart of the city and within walking distance to Beacon Hill Park, Fisherman’s Wharf, Ogden Point, and several neighbourhood amenities. Each one-bedroom suite has been upgraded to the hotel’s luxury units and comes complete with a fully equipped kitchen.

Refresh and recharge this winter with Travac in the city of wide-open spaces. Whether you’d like to experience the vibrant offerings of a cultural centre within a safe and physically-distanced environment, indulge in the beauty of Victoria’s acclaimed gardens and natural surroundings, or simply relax in the blissful tranquility of the Pacific coast, this holiday has it all. Book early to avoid disappointment!

Please note: As of October 28, 2020, there were only 8 active cases of Covid-19 on the entirety of Vancouver Island, making it one of the safest locations in Canada (source: BC Centre for Disease Control).

Only 15 rooms available. Book early!

Reassurance from Travac: If the Provincial borders between Ontario and BC close prior to your departure for the duration of your holiday, Travac has you covered.  We will procure from the airline a future travel credit and from the hotel a refund (less $100 per person).  This will give you the ease of mind to travel to Victoria.  Call us for more details.

The Sunken Garden at Butchart Gardens, a National Historic Site

 

Hotel images (luxury suite, Parkside Hotel and Spa):

 

Hotel Information


Parkside Hotel & Spa


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Hotel Address
810 Humboldt St
Victoria, BC
V8V 5B1
(250) 940-1200



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Fall Harvest & Colour Cruise:  Kingston to Montreal and Return

Fall Harvest & Colour Cruise:  Kingston to Montreal and Return with St Lawrence River Cruises

October 13-20, 2021

As autumn unfolds on the St. Lawrence River, the shore and islands ignite with a blaze of colour and travelers come from far and wide to experience this parade of colour as our ship cruises the quiet and peaceful shores. The sights and sounds of fall make for a breathtaking holiday river cruise. As the Canadian Empress continues its journey down river, the trees that line the riverbanks of Quebec show the true beauty of the changing seasons. This breathtaking cruise features shore excursions which compliment the turning of the leaves and that time known to many as harvest. Come and explore the passages and channels of the 1000 Islands, and the wonder of the St. Lawrence Seaway and its lock system, and the quaint and intimate port towns of the St. Lawrence River. During this cruise from Kingston to Montreal and returning back to Kingston, learn about the storied history of the relationship between English and French Canada.

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Depart Ottawa in the afternoon for Kingston.

Passenger boarding commences at 5:30pm and is followed by Captain’s Punch and Cheese Reception.

Your ship sails at 6:50pm starting with a Kingston Harbor tour.

Overnight 1000 Islands Anchorage.

Day 2

Ship sails at 7:30am to wander the 1000 Islands on its way to Gananoque.

Disembark Gananoque later in the morning for a guided tour of the 1000 Islands Heritage Museum. After museum tour ship will depart Gananoque for Brockville.

Arrive Brockville later in the afternoon, “City of the 1000 Islands”. Depart by bus for a guided tour Brockville Museum.

Return to the ship for departure to Upper Canada Village.

Overnight Crysler Park Marina.

Day 3

After breakfast, your miniature train departs to meet horse-drawn wagon to tour Upper Canada Village.

Return to your ship from the village tour at noon.

Ship departs Crysler for Coteau Landing, Quebec. Evening arrival in Coteau Landing.

Free time to relax or stroll along the old canal system.

Overnight Coteau Landing.

Day 4

Morning departure from Coteau Landing bound for Lachine (near Montreal).

Cruise Lac St. Louis and view the approach to Montreal. Arrive early afternoon at Lachine and enjoy Parc St. Louis.

Shortly after we will depart by bus for a guided tour of downtown Montreal and a guided tour of the Montreal Biodome.

Overnight in Lachine.

Day 5

Morning departure by bus to visit the Fur Trade Museum (National Historic Site).

Noon departure from Lachine bound for Cornwall.

Afternoon passage though Beauharnois Locks (2) Upper and Lower.

Overnight Cornwall.

Day 6

Morning transfer tour- Reception Centre at the Moses Saunders Power Dame.

After your tour you will return to the ship for departure to Morrisburg.

Arrive in Morrisburg late afternoon.

Overnight in Morrisburg.

Day 7

Transfer early morning for a guided tour of Smyth’s Apple Orchard, home of the original Macintosh Apple.

Return to the ship after the tour for departure to Prescott. Disembark at Prescott for a tour of historic Fort Wellington.

Early evening departure from Prescott to the Ivy Lea.

Overnight in Ivy Lea.

Day 8

Morning bus transfer to 1000 Island Tower on Hill Island.

Late morning departure from Ivy Lea for Kingston. View Kingston’s waterfront and arrive Kingston early afternoon.

Disembarkation and farewells Brock St. Dock Kingston.

Itinerary Subject to Change without notice or incurring obligation.  Currents, weather and seaway traffic may be modifying factors.

 

The Canadian Empress is a grand ship with a warm and friendly personality, and the size and design of the vessel serves to enhance the intimacy of river cruising. The exterior of the ship emulates the classic steamboats of the Victorian era, while the interior is a mix of charming early heritage style, with brass handrails and ornate metal ceilings, and contemporary fashion. This classic riverboat style is combined with modern technology to provide all of the safety, comfort, and amenities expected by today’s travelers. All staterooms are above the waterline and include daily maid service.

Note: The Canadian Empress is only equipped with stairs between decks. Persons with mobility issues should inquire with reservations staff about stateroom accessibility and potential accommodations.

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Victoria Independent Stay Put Vacation: January 18- February 15, 2021

January 18 – February 15, 2021

The coastal serenity that awaits you in British Columbia’s capital city is unlike any other. Victoria’s mild climate and walkable city limits make this island oasis an ideal winter getaway. Nicknamed “the garden city” for good reason, Victoria’s radiant west-coast terrain is home to some of Canada’s most acclaimed gardens and parks. While the rest of the country is covered in snow, spring in Victoria begins in January, making this a fantastic time to experience all the city has to offer. Whether exploring Victoria’s quaint downtown core, taking an historical walking tour, spotting a whale, or indulging in the breathtaking beauty of the surrounding beaches and rainforests, there is no shortage of adventure to experience at your own pace.

Travac’s marvelous winter escape to Victoria includes 4 weeks accommodation at the Royal Scot, located in the heart of the city just steps from the Inner Harbour and within walking distance to Beacon Hill Park, Fisherman’s Wharf, Ogden Point, and several neighbourhood amenities. Each suite comes complete with a fully equipped kitchen, and laundry is available on-site.

Refresh and recharge this winter with Travac in the city of wide-open spaces. Whether you’d like to experience the vibrant offerings of a cultural centre within a safe and physically-distanced environment, indulge in the beauty of Victoria’s acclaimed gardens and natural surroundings, or simply relax in the blissful tranquility of the Pacific coast, this holiday has it all. Book early to avoid disappointment!

All bookings must be received by November 1, 2020.

Reassurance from Travac: If the Provincial borders between Ontario and BC close prior to your departure for the duration of your holiday, Travac has you covered.  We will procure from the airline a future travel credit and from the hotel a refund (less $100 per person).  This will give you the ease of mind to travel to Victoria.  Call us for more details.

The Sunken Garden at Butchart Gardens, a National Historic Site

Hotel Information


Royal Scot Hotel & Suites


Hotel Rating

Hotel Address
425 Quebec Street
Victoria, BC
V8V 1W7
1-800-663-7515



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A “Come From Away Christmas” and the Festival of Lights in Niagara Falls

The winter season in Niagara kicks off in early December with the spectacular and brilliant Festival of Lights celebrations. This, the 37th annual version of the event, has become one of North America’s leading winter attractions bringing in visitors from all over the world.

To enhance your visit to the Festival of Lights, Travac has booked seats for the hottest play in Canada, “Come From Away” as well as the Shaw Festival production of “A Christmas Carol”.

Your Niagara experience includes round trip transportation via private chartered coach, two nights at the Holiday Inn Express in Niagara on the Lake, two breakfasts, orchestra seating for both “Come from Away” and “A Christmas Carol”, a driving tour of the Niagara Festival route at night, as well as the services of a Travac Tours Director.

This tour is affordably priced at only $665.57 including all taxes based on double occupancy ($589 per person based on double occupancy + HST).  Tickets will sell out quickly. Book early!

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

This morning you will depart Westgate Shopping Centre on your journey to Niagara. A lunch stop will be made on your journey to Niagara Falls. Expect to arrive in the late afternoon. Your hotel is the Holiday Inn Express in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Your Travac Tours Director will advise you of your departure time for your drive through Niagara Falls for the Festival of Lights.

Day 2

Your morning will be free in Niagara-on-the-Lake. After lunch, you will depart for Niagara Falls to enjoy all the splendours of the Christmas season. This evening you will have a chance to enjoy the spectacular show at the Shaw Festival “A Christmas Carol”.

Day 3

Before heading back to Ottawa, we will stop in Toronto for the afternoon performance of “Come From Away”.

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Hotel Information


Holiday Inn Express, Niagara on the Lake

Hotel website



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



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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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Vienna: Austria Classic

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Praterstraße 72
Wein, Austria

+43 1 211 30-0


Innsbruck: Hotel Grauer Bär

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Universitätsstraße 5-7, 6020
Innsbruck, Austria

+43 512 59240


Munich: Hampton by Hilton Munich City Centre West

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Landsberger Str. 114, 80339
Munich, Germany

+49 89 1598500


Nuremberg: IntercityHotel Nuremberg

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Eilgutstraße 8, 90443
Nuremberg, Germany

+49 911 24780


Heidelberg: Holiday Inn Express Heidelberg City Centre

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Kurfürsten-Anlage 23, 69115
Heidelberg, Germany

+49 6221 42840



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Shaw Festival & Come From Away (September Departure)

 

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 along with Lerner and Lowe’s “Brigadoon.”

“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.

“Brigadoon” is a musical by Lerner and Lowe. Stumbling upon a magical village that appears out of the Scottish mist for one day every century, Tommy, a modern boy, meets Fiona, a girl from the past. Should he stay with her in Brigadoon, or return to the world he knows and never see her again? This feast of song and dance from Lerner and Loewe (the team behind My Fair Lady) has been entrancing audiences for more than seven decades.

Travac’s Shaw Festival and Come From Away holiday is affordably priced at only $679 per person based on double occupancy + plus HST of $88.27. Total cost per person with HST is $767.27.

Your holiday includes round trip transportation by deluxe chartered coach, 2 nights’ accommodation in St. Catharine’s at the Best Western, 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 Toronto in time for lunch ($) before your matinee performance of “Come from Away”. After the play we will depart for your hotel in St. Catharine’s. This evening the bus will transfer us to Niagara Falls for our included dinner. After dinner we will return to the hotel. (D)

Day 2

After breakfast we will depart for Niagara Falls with free time for shopping and dinner. Your performance this evening will be the hit musical “Brigadoon”.

The coach will transfer us to the Shaw Festival theatre for this evenings show.

After the show the bus will return us to the hotel. (B)

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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Agawa Canyon and the Route of the “Group of Seven”

AN ARTISTIC TRIP ON THE RAILS THEY RODE

See what they saw and capture your own moment in Algoma.

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Ottawa to Sault Ste. Marie

This morning you will depart for Sault Ste. Marie. You will arrive in time for dinner. There are several options for dinner close to the hotel.

Day 2

The Agawa Canyon Train and the “Group of Seven”

After breakfast we depart your hotel for the Algoma Central Railway Terminal where we board the train for the Agawa Canyon. Your lunch is included on board. Your rail trip takes you 114 miles north into the forests and hills of the Canadian Shield. Upon reaching the observation point you will have a chance to get off the train and enjoy the spectacular views. Along the way you will pass areas where the “Group of Seven” painted. Our local guide, a “Group of Seven” specialist, will be on board the train to enhance your experience. The train will have you back to Sault Ste. Marie in time for dinner.

Day 3

The Path of the “Group of Seven”

Our journey today covers some of the most breathtaking scenery in all of the Great Lakes. From secluded bays on the shoreline of Lake Superior to sandy beaches, campgrounds and ancient aboriginal paintings, the drive from Sault Ste. Marie north will follow the route that the Group of Seven followed in 1918. Several stops will be made where the Group of Seven stopped themselves and created some of the most iconic images in Canadian art. This may be the most picturesque of all driving tours in Ontario. Indeed, the scenery is nothing short of spectacular.

Day 4

Sault Ste. Marie to Sudbury

Leaving Sault Ste. Marie, we head to Sudbury. One of the great attractions in Sudbury is the Big Nickel where a stop is included. We will also venture to Science North. Science North is an internationally renowned science centre offering hands on exhibits encouraging visitors to play and explore. It tells the story of northern Ontario like no other museum in its class. Your evening will be free. (B)

Day 5

Sudbury to Ottawa

Regrettably, you will begin your journey back to Ottawa today. Our route takes us into Huntsville for a brief stop. Expect to arrive in Ottawa in the late afternoon.

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