Portugal- The Algarve 3 Week Stay in Alvor

February 12- March 6, 2023

Experience a fabulous stay overlooking the beach in the beautiful Algarve region of Portugal, with 2 meals per day included!

The Pestana D. João II is a is a 4-star hotel overlooking sandy Alvor beach with calm, crystal clear waters. It is only 10 minutes on foot (or a 5 minute drive) from the town centre, and very close to the Alvor river. The hotel won TripAdvisor’s “travellers choice” award for 2022 and offers 2 outdoor saltwater swimming pools surrounded by lush and peaceful gardens, use of the gym, and a spa with an indoor swimming pool, Turkish bath and sauna where you can schedule a Magic Spa massage ($).  All rooms have free Wi-Fi and TVs and offer a balcony with either side or front views of the sea.

Your worry-free vacation includes return flights and airport transfers, accommodation at the highly rated Pestana D. João II, and two meals per day.  Join us to discover the best of the Algarve’s mild climate and cultural diversity.  Attractively priced from only $2639 + taxes of $800 based on double occupancy, this holiday is a fantastic alternative to many of the semi-inclusive holidays you’ll find in Florida or the Carribbean.

There is limited space on this vacation- book now to avoid disappointment!

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Depart from Canada

Departure from Westgate Mall to Montreal via private coach. You will arrive to Dorval, Montreal 3 hours prior to your flight time. You will fly with Air Transat from Montreal to Lisbon. Our office staff will be happy to give you flight/time details.

Day 2-21

Alvor

Upon arrival in Lisbon, you will be met by a local representative and transferred to your hotel in the Algarve via private motorcoach. Driving time is approximately 2.5 hours.

Your Travac Tours Director/Representative will meet you on arrival in the main reception at the Pestana Dom Joao II. Baggage is not included, so please bring your baggage into reception.

Your stay at the Pestana Dom Joao II includes:

Accommodation as selected.

Breakfast daily (coffee, tea and juices included).

Dinner daily (drinks not included).

With many of the country’s safest and loveliest beaches and a year-round balmy climate, it is not surprising that the Algarve is Portugal’s most popular tourist destination. The 200km coastline of the Algarve features all types of coves, cliffs, caves, and its rocky beaches contrasts beautifully with broad expanses of sand. Optional excursions will be available for purchase locally.

Day 3

Presentation on optional tour offerings

Attend a presentation about optional tour ($) offerings. Your Travac Tours Director will advise of location & time upon arrival in Alvor.

Day 21-23

Lisbon

You will be advised by your Travac Tours Director the time of departure today to Lisbon via private motorcoach. Your Travac Tours Director will get you onboard the coach and say goodbye.

On arrival into Lisbon, you will be met by a local representative for your check in. Your stay for the next 2 nights is at the HF Fenix Lisboa Hotel with breakfast daily. Optional tours ($) will be offered of Lisbon and area.

Day 23

Return to Canada

You will be transferred from your Lisbon hotel to the Lisbon airport (3.5 hours prior to departure time from Lisbon). Your flight today is with Air Transat from Lisbon to Dorval, Montreal. Once you arrive in Montreal you will be met by a Travac representative to transfer you back from Montreal to Ottawa. Our office staff will be happy to give you flight details.

Itinerary subject to change.

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Hotel Information


Pestana Dom João II

Hotel website


Hotel Rating

Hotel Address
R. da Torralta, 8500-088
Alvor, Portugal

+351 282 400 700


HF Fénix Lisboa

Hotel website


Hotel Rating

Hotel Address
Praca Marques de Pombal 8
Lisbon, Portugal
1269-133
+351 21 371 6677



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Greece & The Splendour Of Its Legendary Islands

Pictured above: Santorini, Greece

A 5 star holiday with 5 star hotels

Greece and its islands have long inspired travelers from around the world. In fact, it has been part of a major trade route (and tourist destination) for some 5000 years since the earliest days of the Bronze Age. Located in south eastern Europe, this country of 11 million people lies at the meeting point of three continents; Europe, Asia and Africa. With its 6000 islands and islets scattered throughout the Aegean Sea, Greece makes a delightful holiday with wonderful opportunities to explore various cultures and changing landscapes.

This 16 day, 14 night fully escorted holiday includes round trip transportation, inter-island transportation by air or sea, 5 nights in Crete, 3 nights in Santorini, 3 nights in Mykonos, 3 nights in Athens, 14 breakfasts and 5 dinners.

Travac includes a sightseeing excursion in Crete, Santorini and Athens.

You will have plenty of time to enjoy the pleasures of the islands on your own. Optional tours will also be available.

April 22- May 7, 2023 (air from Ottawa)

May 7-22, 2023

May 14-29, 2023

 

 

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

April 22 departure:  Today you will depart from the Ottawa airport to Toronto. You will have an overnight flight from Toronto to Athens, Greece. Both flights are on Air Canada.

May 7 and 14 departures:  Depart Ottawa motorcoach from the Westgate to Montreal. You will have an overnight flight from Montreal to Athens.

Day 2

Upon your arrival in Greece, you will depart for your flight to Crete. You will then be taken to your hotel, via private motorcoach – Nema Design Hotel (formerly Elysium) or similar, which is your home for the next 5 nights. Your Travac Tours Director will assist you with check in at ALL hotels.

Day 2-7

Your stay in Crete includes Breakfast and Dinner daily.

Crete is the largest island in Greece and the fifth largest in the Mediterranean Sea. While in Crete you will have a chance to visit and admire the remnants of brilliant civilizations, enjoy its impressive mountain landscapes, fertile valleys, steep gorges and explore its glorious beaches. Crete is famous for a rich gastronomic culture. There are plenty of excellent restaurants near your hotel that offer the island’s superb local cuisine.

A full day private motorcoach tour of Crete is included. Optional tours are available through your Travac Tours Director locally – paid in Euros ($).

Day 7

This morning you will be transferred by private motorcoach to the high-speed ferry terminal. You will ferry from Crete to Santorini (this ferry is approximately 2 hours). Then private motorcoach transfer to your hotel.

Santorini may well be the most famous island in the world; it is certainly the most popular in Greece. People travel thousands of miles just to relish in one of its incredible sunsets. There are very few more idyllic islands. It offers beaches, spectacular scenery, great restaurants, an active volcano, and ancient towns of mythical importance. Your hotel in Santorini is the Volcano View resort or similar.

Day 7-10

While in Santorini your daily breakfast is included.

A half day private motorcoach tour with local guide of Santorini is included.

Optional tours are available through your Travac Tours Director locally – paid in Euros ($).

Day 10

Today you will say farewell to Santorini and travel by ferry to Mykonos (approximately 2 ½ hours). This island is Greece’s most famous cosmopolitan island. It is known as a whitewashed paradise dotted with windmills in the heart of the Cyclades Islands. According to mythology Mykonos was formed from the petrified bodies of giants killed by Hercules. The island itself is named after the grandson of Apollo “Mykonos.” Your hotel in Mykonos is The Petinos Beach Hotel or similar.

Day 10-13

While in Mykonos your daily Breakfast is included.

There is not an included tour in Mykonos. Optional tours are available through your Travac Tours Director locally – paid in Euros ($).

Day 13

Today you will travel to Athens by high-speed ferry (approximately 2 ½ hours) and then be transferred by private motorcoach to your hotel. Your visit in Athens includes a private motorcoach tour of this timeless city with a local guide. While in Athens, you will have the opportunity to experience many of the legendary attractions of this fascinating city including the Acropolis and the Parthenon. Much of Athens can be explored on foot. Your Travac Tours Director or the hotel concierge will be happy to give you directions to the attractions or museums located near the hotel. Your hotel in Athens is The Divani Palace Acropolis or similar.

Day 13-15

While in Athens your daily Breakfast is included.

A half day private motorcoach tour with private guide of Athens is included. Optional tours are available through your Travac Tours Director locally – paid in Euros ($).

Day 16

May 7 return:  After breakfast you will be transferred by private motorcoach to the airport for your return flights to Toronto, and onward to Ottawa.

May 22 and 29 return:  After breakfast you will be transferred by private motorcoach to the airport for your return flights to Montreal. Once in Montreal you will meet your Travac Tours Director and travel via private motorcoach to Westgate Mall.

Itinerary subject to change.

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Hotel Information


Crete - Nema Design Hotel (formerly Elysium)

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Hotel Address
Analipsi, Hersonissos Crete
Crete, Greece

+30 28970 29532


Santorini – Volcano View

Hotel website



Hotel Address
Fira - Santorini 847 0
Santorini, Greece

+30 22860 24780


Mykonos: Petinos Beach Hotel (5 star) or similar

Hotel website



Hotel Address
Platy Gialos
Mykonos, Greece

+30 228 902 4310


Athens: Divani Palace Acropolis (5 star) or similar

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Hotel Address
Parthenonos 19, Athina 117 42
Athens, Greece

+30 21 0928 0100



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Quebec- Christmas Season in Quebec

December 2-5, 2022

On December 2nd, Travac Tours wants to take you to Quebec to celebrate the holidays.  First you will visit the Eastern Townships to take in some of the small-town Christmas markets.  After, you will go to Quebec City to enjoy its famous German Christmas Market, nestled right in the heart of Québec City. While there, we’ll take you to a local sugar shack for the quintessential Quebec dinner.  The festive atmosphere throughout will be a truly exceptional experience you don’t want to miss!

Your Quebec holiday includes round trip transportation by deluxe chartered coach, accommodation in the 5* OTL Gouverneur in Sherbrooke and, in the heart of Old Quebec, the 4-star Manoir Victoria (just footsteps from the market), 3 included meals and much more.

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

This morning we will depart Westgate Mall for the Eastern Townships. Stops will be made enroute. In the Eastern Townships, your first stop will be at “Bleu Lavande” lavender farm . After lunch in Magog, you will visit Le Cep d’Argent for a wine tasting before heading our hotel, the OTL Gouverneur to check in. The evening will be at your leisure.

Day 2

Today you will have the opportunity to visit a variety of small-town Christmas markets in the Eastern Townships. In the evening you can join the optional dinner in Sherbrooke with an opportunity to visit the Sherbrooke Christmas Market. (B)

Day 3

After breakfast, we will check out of our hotel and make our way to Quebec City to experience the famous German Christmas Market, which will be steps from your hotel. The German Christmas Market is one of the highest regarded festivals of its type in North America. Dinner tonight will be at a Sugar Shack just outside Quebec City, then you’ll be back in time to partake in some of the evening activities at the market. (B, D)

Day 4

Quebec City is in a class by itself when it comes to enjoying the four seasons. You will have the morning to again amble through the streets of Old Quebec. Your tour director will advise of the departure time for Ottawa.

Itinerary subject to change.

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Quebec- On the Trail of Louise Penny: A Special Launch Event

Abbaye de Saint-Benoit du Lac

December 3-5, 2022

Award-winning Canadian author Louise Penny will be releasing her latest novel, A World of Curiosities, in late November.  To celebrate this exciting event, Travac has arranged to attend a special book launch with Louise Penny in the Eastern Townships.  As one of the mystery genre’s all-time greats, tickets to Penny’s book signings are highly coveted and difficult to obtain.  Travac has secured 40 spots for this special event which includes a question-and-answer session with Louise Penny herself and a signed copy of the new book.  Also included are some of the attractions from our exceptionally popular “On the Trail of Louise Penny” tour: a lunch at Sapin Bistro; a visit to the Abbaye de St Benoit; a visit to the Louise Penny corner at Brome Lake Books; a wine tasting; and a visit to Sutton.  Demand for places on this tour will be very high- early booking is your only guarantee.  Travac cannot obtain more seats for this event.

 

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

This morning we will leave Ottawa and make our way to Knowlton, Quebec. Our first stop will be Knowlton, a town known to Penny for its pastoral beauty and the inspiration for Three Pines in her books. While in Knowlton we will visit the Brome County Historical Society Museum where you will find Jane’s painting from Still Life and take a short walk to Brome Lake Books. This small village bookstore has all the trappings of an early 20th century building with bookcases filled with both hardcovers and paperbacks. You can even leave a message for Louise Penny in a book dedicated to this purpose. While in Knowlton, you will have time for lunch and a bit of shopping. On our final stop for the day, we will visit Le Cep d’Argent winery, in Magog, for a tasting.

Day 2

Our second day will start at Abbaye de Saint-Benoît-du-Lac. This abbey was the inspiration for Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups Abbey in A Beautiful Mystery. The abbey itself has a history that dates back to 1912. At the time of its construction, it was rather isolated, but in an incredibly beautiful locale. The Benedictine monks of the Saint-Benoit-du-Lac abbey are famous for and have been making cheeses since 1943. You will have the chance to purchase some of this incredible cheese. Leaving the abbey, we will return to Knowlton for your included lunch at Sapin Bistro, recommended by Louise herself. After that it will be time to go to the book launch. Returning to Sherbrooke, you will have the option of a dinner in downtown Sherbrooke.

Day 3

We will begin our day in Magog, where we will visit the very popular lavender farm, Bleu Lavande. There you will be able to visit their interpretation centre and the immersive Chromatic Fields experience by Moment Factory. From Magog, we will continue on to Sutton where you will have a chance to visit the delicatessen (La Rumeur Affamée) on which Sarah’s Boulangerie was based and find lunch in one of the local bistros. After lunch, you will have an opportunity to visit the Sutton Christmas Market and taste some chocolate at a Chocolaterie that Louise visits when in town.

Itinerary subject to change.

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Hotel Information


OTL Gouverneur

Hotel website


Hotel Rating

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



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Portugal- The Algarve 3 Week Stay

January 29 – February 20, 2023

February 5-27, 2023

March 12 – April 3, 2023

Travac has crafted a fine vacation to Portugal’s Algarve in the beautiful Praia de Rocha region.  Just a few steps from the beach, marina, restaurants, shops, and casino, the Jupiter Hotel is a perfect choice for a memorable stay.  This fabulous hotel features one of the few heated outdoor pools in the Algarve.  Your worry-free vacation includes return flights and airport transfers, accommodation at the highly rated Jupiter Hotel, and two meals per day.  Join us to discover the best of the Algarve’s mild climate and cultural diversity.  Attractively priced from only $2399 + taxes of $800 based on double occupancy, this holiday is a fantastic alternative to many of the semi-inclusive holidays you’ll find in Florida or the Carribbean.

Travac is also offering exceptional long-stay vacations between 5 and 12 weeks to the Algarve this winter- for more information on these packages, please click here.

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Depart from Canada

Departure from Westgate Mall to Montreal via Private Coach. You will arrive to Dorval, Montreal 3 hours prior to your flight time. You will fly with Air Transat from Montreal to Lisbon. Our office staff will be happy to give you flight/time details.

Day 2- 21

Praia da Rocha

Upon arrival in Lisbon, you will be met by a local representative and transferred to your hotel via private motorcoach. Driving time is approximately 3 hours.

Your local representative will meet you on arrival in the main reception. Baggage is not included, so please bring your baggage into reception.

Your stay at the Jupiter includes:

Accommodation as selected.

Breakfast daily with coffee/tea/juices and water.

Dinner daily with coffee/tea/water/soft drinks/local wine or beer.

With many of the country’s safest and loveliest beaches and a year-round balmy climate, it is not surprising that the Algarve is Portugal’s most popular tourist destination. The 200km coastline of the Algarve features all types of coves, cliffs, caves, and its rocky beaches contrasts beautifully with broad expanses of sand. Optional excursions will be available for purchase locally.

Day 3

Attend a presentation about optional tour ($) offerings. Your local representative will advise of location & time upon arrival in Albufeira.

Day 21-23

Lisbon

You will be advised by your local representative of the time of departure today to Lisbon via private motorcoach. Your local representative will get you onboard the coach and say goodbye.

Upon arrival into Lisbon, you will be met by a local representative for your check in. Your stay for the next 2 nights is at the Hotel Marques de Pombal with breakfast daily. Optional tours ($) will be offered of Lisbon and area.

Day 23

Return to Canada

You will be transferred from your Lisbon hotel to the Lisbon airport (3.5 hours prior to departure time from Lisbon). Your flight today is with Air Transat from Lisbon to Dorval, Montreal. Once you arrive in Montreal you will be met by a Travac representative to transfer you back from Montreal to Ottawa. Our office staff will be happy to give you flight details.

Itinerary subject to change.

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Hotel Information


Jupiter Hotel Algarve

Hotel website


Hotel Rating

Hotel Address
Avenida Tomás Cabreira 92
8500-802 Portimão, Portugal

+351 282 470 470



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Portugal and Spain

Portugal’s Algarve province, with its magnetic Moorish appeal has become a Mecca for snowbirds trying to escape the harsh reality of winter. It’s also one of Europe’s most picturesque and friendly holiday destinations. The Algarve is what most of us envision the Mediterranean to be. The whitewashed villages cascade into the sea. Cobblestoned streets are lined with outdoor cafes, bistros, wine bars, and markets full of fresh fruits and vegetables. The weather is wonderfully spring like and invigorating.

The Costa del Sol region of southern Spain is remarkable for its diverse landscapes, fabulous beaches and coastal sites as well as a wealth of small villages that dot the shore line. This Mediterranean coastline is one of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations, hosting millions of tourists on an annual basis. Villages have grown into robust towns with great restaurants, shopping and nightlife. The area’s history dates back thousands of years and it has developed a unique and warm culture that defines the region.

Whether this is your first visit to the Costa del Sol or you have enjoyed its pleasures in the past there is always something new to discover.

Early booking is your best guarantee of enjoying this great holiday!

Dates and pricing for 2023:

 

January 29-February 24, 2023: Brisa Sol in Portugal (12 nights) and Sunset Beach in Spain (13 nights)

Based on a Studio Pool view in Portugal and a One Bedroom Mountain view in Spain:

Double occupancy: $3299.00 CAD per person ($2499.00 plus taxes of $800.00).

Single occupancy: $4479.00 CAD ($3679.00 plus taxes of $800.00).

Portugal room upgrade: One Bedroom Pool View: Add $160 per person based on double occupancy | Single add $320

Spain room upgrades:

One Bedroom Sea/Pool View: Add $95 per person based on double occupancy | Single add $190

One Bedroom Prime Sea View: Add $173 per person based on double occupancy | Single add $346

Deluxe Junior Suite Sea View: Add $310 per person based on double occupancy | Single add $620

February 19-March 17, 2023: Luna da Oura in Portugal (11 nights) and Sunset Beach in Spain (14 nights)

Based on a Studio in Portugal and a One Bedroom Mountain view in Spain:

Double occupancy: $3449.00 CAD per person ($2649.00 plus taxes of $800.00).

Single occupancy: $4664.00 CAD ($3864.00 plus taxes of $800.00).

Portugal room upgrade: One Bedroom: Add $80 per person based on double occupancy | Single add $160

Spain room upgrades:

One Bedroom Sea/Pool View: Add $102 per person based on double occupancy | Single add $204

One Bedroom Prime Sea View: Add $186 per person based on double occupancy | Single add $372

Deluxe Junior Suite Sea View: Add $335 per person based on double occupancy | Single add $670

March 5-24, 2023: Luna da Oura in Portugal (8 nights) and Sunset Beach in Spain (10 nights)

Based on a Studio in Portugal and a One Bedroom Mountain view in Spain:

Double occupancy: $3279.00 CAD per person ($2479.00 plus taxes of $800.00).

Single occupancy: $4164.00 CAD ($3364.00 plus taxes of $800.00).

Portugal room upgrade: One Bedroom: Add $57 per person based on double occupancy | Single add $114

Spain room upgrades:

One Bedroom Sea/Pool View: Add $73 per person based on double occupancy | Single add $146

One Bedroom Prime Sea View: Add $133 per person based on double occupancy | Single add $266

Deluxe Junior Suite Sea View: Add $239 per person based on double occupancy | Single add $478

Hotel Information


Luna da Oura

Hotel website


Hotel Rating

Hotel Address
Rua Dunfermline, Areias de São João
8200-278 Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal

(+351) 289 590 170


Sunset Beach Club

Hotel website


Hotel Rating

Hotel Address
Av. del Sol, s/n, 29630 Benalmádena
Malaga, Spain

+34 952 57 94 00


Brisasol

Hotel website


Hotel Rating

Hotel Address
R. do Município 27
Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal
8200-161
+351 289 580 420



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Croatia

Pictured above:  City of Dubrovnik

May 9-24, 2023

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!

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Ottawa to Zagreb

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

Day 2

Zagreb

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

Day 3

Zagreb

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

Day 4

Zagreb

Your day is free to explore Zagreb. (B)

Day 5

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.

Day 6

Opatija

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

Day 7

Opatija

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

Day 8

Opatija to Biograd na Moru

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

Day 9

Biograd na Moru

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

Day 10

Biograd na Moru – Split

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

Split is the second largest city in Croatia with a population of over 200,000. Modern Split effectively came into being with the founding of the Diocletian’s Palace, around 295 AD. Today the Palace is part of the old city and is surrounded by an open-air market which is always bustling with activity.

After our arrival in Split, we will make our way to the old city for a chance to see the Diocletian’s Palace which simply oozes atmosphere. There are numerous options for dinner in the old city that will offer everything from Dalmatian delicacies to your standard bill of fare. (B)

Day 11

Split

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

Day 12

Split to Dubrovnik

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

Day 13

Dubrovnik

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

Day 14

Dubrovnik

Your last full day in Dubrovnik is free. Optional tour 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)

Day 15

Dubrovnik to Zagreb

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

Day 16

Zagreb to Ottawa

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

Itinerary subject to change.

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Hotel Information


Zagreb – Esplanade Zagreb Hotel (5 star) or simila

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Hotel Rating

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


Opatija- Remisens Premium Heritage Hotel Imperial (5 star) or similar

Hotel website


Hotel Rating

Hotel Address
Ulica Maršala Tita 124/3
Opatija, Croatia
51410
+385 51 710 444


Biograd na Moru- Kornati OR Ilirija (4 star) or similar

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


Split- Amphora Hotel (4 star) or similar

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Hotel Rating

Hotel Address
Ulica Domovinskog rata 49, 21000
Split, Croatia

+385 21 308 500


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

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Hotel Rating

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


Canopy by Hilton or similar

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Ulica kneza Branimira 29
Zagreb, Croatia
10000
+385 1 4559 505



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Quebec- A Special Louise Penny Summer Event

Abbaye de Saint-Benoit du Lac

A Very Special Louise Penny Summer Event

July 8-10, 2022

Our exceptionally popular Louise Penny-themed tour returns to Knowlton for a very special event! As a fundraiser for the local library spearheaded in part by Louise Penny, the Knowlton Players are presenting “If Books Could Kill”, a murder mystery comedy. The plot of the play follows the actual program of the opening ceremony of the library in March of 1894 and features none other than Louise Penny herself as the grand dame Narcissa Pettes.

This tour includes tickets to the Gala event and a reception followed by the performance of “If Books Could Kill” on Saturday July 9th. Also included are some of the attractions of our “On the Trail of Louise Penny” tour: a lunch at Sapin Bistro; a visit to the Abbaye de St Benoit; a mural tour of Sherbrooke; a winery visit; and a visit to Georgeville.

This special event must be booked by Tuesday June 14 in order for us to procure tickets for this fabulous event. Unfortunately, it will be difficult if not impossible to obtain tickets after that date.

Attractively priced at in $799 per person based on double occupancy + HST and a $30 fuel charge, this unique tour will be very popular as a mid-summer retreat into the heart of land that Louise Penny calls home.

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

This morning we will leave Ottawa and make our way to Knowlton, Quebec. Our first stop will be Knowlton, a town known to Penny for its pastoral beauty and the inspiration for Three Pines in her books. While in Knowlton we will visit Brome Lake Books. This small village bookstore has all the trappings of an early 20th century building with bookcases filled with both hardcovers and paperbacks. You can even leave a message for Louise Penny in a book dedicated to this purpose. After your visit to the bookstore, you will take a short walk to the Brome County Historical Society Museum where you will find Jane’s painting from Still Life. Lunch is included today at Sapin Bistro, recommended by Louise herself.

Day 2

Our second day begins with a journey Abbaye de Saint-Benoît-du-Lac. This abbey was the inspiration for Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups Abbey in A Beautiful Mystery. The abbey itself has a history that dates back to 1912. At the time of its construction, it was rather isolated, but in an incredibly beautiful locale. The Benedictine monks of the Saint-Benoit-du-Lac abbey are famous for and have been making cheeses since 1943. You will have the chance to purchase some of this incredible cheese. Leaving the abbey, we will visit Le Cep d’Argent winery for a tasting. We will get you back to your hotel in time for a rest before we return to Knowlton the big event, the Gala reception and presentation of “If Books Could Kill”.

Day 3

We will begin our day in Sherbrooke with a guided tour of the town and its famous murals. After lunch in Sherbrooke, our last stop before we bid farewell to the world of Three Pines is the old Mansion House, the basis of “Hadley House” which figures prominently in Penny’s novel A Fatal Grace. The Old Mansion House was built in 1889 and once had the distinction of being Quebec’s oldest hotel in continuous operation. The house began its life as a coaching inn, serving travelers making their way from Montreal to Boston. Over the years, folk lore has surrounded the house which Penny picks up in her novel.

Itinerary subject to change.

Please note this tour must be booked no later than June 14th.

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OTL Gouverneur

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3131 Rue King O
Sherbrooke, QC
J1L 1C8
+1 888-910-1111



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Berlin, Prague, Vienna and Budapest

May 8-21, 2023

Travac’s passage to Berlin, Prague, Vienna and Budapest is a journey into the very cultural centre of Europe. It is an adventure into a land carved by the music of Kings and Courtesans inspired by the music of Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert and Strauss. It is an odyssey along the romantic Danube River from Vienna with its Opera Houses and fine arts museums to the bridges and bastions of Budapest.

Your pilgrimage will be filled with the charm and vibrancy of the Danube valley. It is here that you will experience impressive orchards tumbling from hills along its banks to postcard villages that dot the way throughout your journey. Each city you visit will offer you a different cultural insight and experience that will be both awe inspiring and revealing. Join us as we travel into the heart of Europe and follow a trail through the Imperial Cities.

For booking information contact Travac Tours in the Westgate Mall, 1309 Carling Avenue at (613) 728-1934.

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Depart Ottawa by motorcoach for your overnight flights to Berlin from Montreal.

Day 2 (Berlin- 3 nights)

Upon your arrival in Berlin you will be transferred to the hotel with a few stops along the way. After checking into our hotel, the balance of your day will be free. (B, D)

Day 3

This morning, you will be met by our local guide and taken on a city tour. The tour will take you into both the east and west sections of the city. Included are the Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden Boulevard, the German State Opera House, the Tiergarten as well as the shopping and entertainment district.

Your afternoon will be free to explore some of the great sights that the city has to offer. Berlin is famous for its “Island Museums.” Your guide will explain how to easily get to and from the museum complex. You may also want to visit the bustling “KU damm”. This shopping district was once the “shop window of the west”. Today it remains a vibrant shopping and dining experience. (B)

Day 4

Today you will have another leisurely chance to explore and discover the spirit of Berlin. Join your host on an early morning walk. This captivating city has plenty of opportunity for a new adventure. (B)

Day 5 (Prague- 3 nights)

From Berlin we will travel through Germany and into the Czech Republic Our destination is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe- Prague. After checking into our hotel, the balance of your day will be free. (B)

Day 6

This morning you will join a local guide for a complete city tour. The tour will start with a visit to the 1000 year old Prague Castle. The castle offers an amazing view of the old city. Your tour will also take you to the old town square, a hub of activity in the city since medieval times. Your afternoon is at leisure. Prague is somewhat famous for its music. An evening concert is a great way to end your day. (B)

Day 7

Today is a free day. As an option ($) you may wish to visit the Jewish museum. More than 200,000 items depicting Jewish life and religion are housed throughout several monuments, including the Jewish Town Hall and the Old Jewish Cemetery. It is also easy to lose yourself sightseeing in the cobblestone streets that are everywhere in the old town. Another option is to visit Prague’s version of the Eiffel tower. No matter what you choose to do with your free time the majesty of the city is always there. Your tour director will be happy to help you with suggestions for the balance of your day. (B)

Day 8 (Vienna- 3 nights)

Leaving Prague, we will make a stop in the charming town of Cesky Krumlov, a UNESCO world heritage site, before we reach Vienna. This medieval town is nestled on the Vltava River. While in Cesky Krumlov you will have a chance to wander through its traffic free cobblestone streets, shop and enjoy a light lunch before heading on to Vienna. Your afternoon and evening will be at your leisure in Vienna. (B)

Day 9

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, St Stephen’s Cathedral and Schonbrunn Palace. Your afternoon will again be at your leisure. (B)

Day 10

Your last day in Vienna will be on your own. Your Travac Tours Director will be happy to offer some suggestions for sightseeing, dining or shopping. (B)

Day 11 (Budapest- 3 nights)

Leaving Vienna we will travel along the Danube Bend, a narrow twisting valley in the pretty Carpathian Basin. Along the way we will make a stop in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, before arriving in Budapest. This evening you will be free to enjoy magical Budapest. (B)

Day 12

Your city tour of Budapest will consist of both a walking tour of old Buda taking in a good part of the cities rich heritage and a drive to Pest to visit Heroes’ Square featuring the Millennium Memorial. On your free time you may wish to visit one of the city’s Thermal Pools. (B)

Day 13

A free day in Budapest is invigorating. You will have time to shop, explore and enjoy the boundless heritage that has made the city so awe inspiring. This evening, enjoy your farewell dinner. (B, D).

Day 14

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

To avoid disappointment please book early. Our last similar trip sold out in a matter of weeks.

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Berlin- H10 Berlin Ku’Damm Hotel

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Joachimsthalerstraße 31-32
Berlin, Germany
D-10719-Kurfürstendamm
+49 (0) 30 322 922 300


Prague- Botanique Hotel

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Sokolovská 11, 186 00 Karlín
Prague, Czech Republic

+420 226 222 600


Vienna- Austria Classic Wien Hotel

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Praterstraße 72
Vienna, Austria
1020 Wien
+43 1 211 30-0


Budapest- Danubius Hotel Astoria

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19-21. Kossuth Lajos u.
Budapest, Hungary
1053
+36-1-889-6000



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Ireland: Shamrock Adventure- The North and South of Ireland

May 13-25, 2023

It is often said that each day in Ireland is like a festival. Ireland is, after all, a country bustling with activity. Activity that ranges from cultural to traditional and from music to theatre and dance. Ireland is also a country of ancient landscapes that are ever changing. In fact, it is a country that boasts “40 shades of green”.

Join us on a delightful journey to the Emerald Isle. Your visit will take you to some of Ireland’s most treasured landmarks: You will visit Dublin; Blarney Castle, famous for its Blarney Stone; the spectacular Cliffs of Moher and Bunratty Castle. You will even visit Galway Bay!

You will also journey into Northern Ireland with visits to Belfast, famous for its Titanic museum, enjoy a drive along Northern Ireland’s famous coastal route and Giant Causeway. Your holiday will also take you to Derry, Londonderry and Donegal.

During your vacation, you will be accommodated in 3 or 4 star hotels. Irish breakfast daily and 3 dinners are included. Previous tours to Ireland sold out very quickly. Booking early therefore is your only guarantee of space on this adventure!

 

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Ottawa to Ireland

This afternoon you will depart on your overnight flights from Ottawa to Dublin.

Day 2

Dublin Airport to Belfast

Ceád Mile Fáilte – “One Hundred Thousand Welcomes” to Ireland!

Upon your arrival in Dublin you will be met by your local driver/guide and begin your journey to Belfast, Northern Ireland’s capital. Your first stop will be Titanic Belfast. This museum is the world’s largest RMS Titanic visitor attraction, comprising nine interpretive and interactive galleries focused on the short history of the famous ship. Its exhibits fill six floors and includes interactive discovery zones, full-scale reconstructions with special effects and real-life accounts from survivors of the tragic wreck. Highlights include the Ocean Exploration Centre with live links to modern underwater explorations and the luxurious Titanic Banqueting Hall. (D)

Overnight in Belfast

Day 3

Costal Route & Giant’s Causeway

This morning we will follow Northern Ireland’s famous coastal route and Giant’s Causeway. Considered to be one of the top scenic drives in Great Britain, this 212-kilometer route winds along the craggy coast of Northern Ireland. Stretching from Belfast all the way to Derry, the Causeway Coastal Route leads to castles, cliff walks, beaches, waterfalls, Game of Thrones filming locations and other scenic locales. (B)

Overnight in Belfast

Day 4

Londonderry & Donegal

After breakfast we will begin our journey to Sligo. Our first stop en route will be in Londonderry. This town is the only completely walled city left in Ireland. It has also played a big role in Northern Ireland’s troubled past.

Our next stop will be in Donegal. Donegal was voted the coolest place on the planet by National Geographic Traveler in 2017. This is because of its rugged interior, remote mountain passes and shimmering lakes. (B)

Overnight in Sligo

Day 5

Sligo to Galway

Today we will make our way to Galway. While steeped in history, Galway has a unique energy that makes it one of Ireland’s most visited cities. Galway has a thriving and cosmopolitan city centre. It is always a joy to explore with its wonderful cobbled streets, colourful shop facades and its unusual array of coffee shops. Your tour of Galway will encompass all of its major historical sites. (B, D)

Overnight in Galway

Day 6

Connemara Tour

Today you can explore some of the beautiful countryside of Connemara, with its rolling hills, flowing rivers and coastal landscapes. Connemara is a wild and beautiful region of mountains, lakes, tumbling streams, undulating bog, unspoiled beaches and panoramic views. It is a Gaelic- speaking region and has attracted many artisans, who can be visited at work in their studios. The centre of Connemara is composed of mountain peaks, the Twelve Bens or Pins, which culminate in Benbaun. The sharp grey peaks of quartzite rock which is resistant to weathering are too steep and hard to be clothed in blanket bog. The region is now largely uninhabited, although in the past the more fertile lowlands were cultivated and the uplands were used as pasture for cattle and sheep.

Stop and visit Kylemore Abbey & Gardens. Kylemore Abbey is the only home of the Benedictine nuns in Ireland. The Abbey was acquired by the nuns in 1920. Set in the heart of Connemara, this unique Abbey offers the warmth and hospitality of its peaceful environs. Its enchanting history is interpreted in detail in rooms at the Abbey. It was originally built by Mitchell Henry, M.P. for County Galway (a native of Manchester city) as a gift for his wife. The Gothic Church, set in the grounds of the Abbey, is the jewel in the crown of Kylemore. It has been lovingly restored and any visit would not be complete without seeing it. Explore the magical 6 acre Victorian walled garden, where Victorian varieties of flowers and vegetables are grown. Vegetables and herbs from the garden are used in the café where they offer traditional home cooked food made to the recipes of the Benedictine nuns. (B)

Overnight in Galway

Day 7

The Burren, Cliffs of Moher, Bunratty

Travel through the Burren – The Burren takes its name from the Irish word ‘bhoireann’ meaning, ‘a stony place’ or ‘a rocky place’, which is a good description for this 350 sq. kilometres limestone plateau in North Clare. The rough, intriguing and attractive landscape was formed 320 million years ago under a tropical sea. Later it was shaped by ice, hard weather and, of course, man and his beasts. The many wedge tombs and megalithic tombs prove that people have been living in the Burren for more than 5000 years.

Then travel to the Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland’s most spectacular sights. Standing 600ft above the ground at their highest point and 5 miles long, the Cliffs boast one of the most amazing views in Ireland. On a clear day, the Aran Islands are visible in Galway Bay as well as the valleys and hills of Connemara.

In the afternoon, visit Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. Bunratty Castle is one of Europe’s finest. Pride of more than 100 castles built by the McNamara chieftains in 15th century Clare, it is faithfully restored and refurnished. Built in 1425, it is the most complete and authentic medieval fortress in Ireland and contains furnishings, tapestries and works of art from the period. In the shadow of the castle is Bunratty Folk Park set on 26 acres, illustrating 19th century Irish life from grand manor houses to peasant dwelling and from farm activities to cobble-stone village streets. (B, D)

Overnight in Tralee

Day 8

Scenic Tour Around the Dingle Peninsula

Our first stop will be in Dingle. Dingle is a small port town on southwest Ireland’s Dingle Peninsula, known for its rugged scenery, trails and sandy beaches. It is considered to be one of the most picturesque parts of Ireland.

In the afternoon, we’ll return to Tralee and the rest of the day will be at your leisure. (B)

Overnight in Tralee

Day 9

Blarney & Cork City

This morning we depart for Blarney and the Blarney Stone, which has the traditional power on conferring eloquence on all who kiss it! The word ‘Blarney’ means pleasant talk, intended to deceive without offending. The battlements crowning the castle keep are typically Irish in form. Having climbed more than 100 steps, the famous Stone is set in the wall below the parapet, and to kiss it, one has to lean backwards from the parapet walk of the battlements. You can also visit the Blarney Woolen mills for some fine quality Irish produce.

After lunch, you will enjoy a panoramic tour of Cork and learn the history of Ireland’s third city known as the Rebel City. The city’s origins lie early in the seventh century when St. Finbarr, founder and patron saint, founded a small monastic community close to where Gilabbey Street now stands, and it grew into an extensive and wealthy establishment. It attracted the attention of the Viking sea-pirates who raided and burned the infant city, but returned in later years to settle and trade. The Anglo-Norman invasion in 1172 resulted in both the Danish lords and local MacCarthy chiefs having to submit to Henry II, but Cork has always had a reputation for independence and stubborn resistance – it came to be known as “Rebel Cork”. (B)

Overnight in Cork

Day 10

Midleton & Waterford

This morning, visit the Jameson Experience at the Old Midleton Distillery, Co Cork. The original buildings at the Middleton Distillery date back as far as the 1800s, and were used to mature Cork Distillery Whiskey (now known as Paddy Whiskey). Visitors come face to face with original kilns and pot stills from that time and explore warehouses that have matured whiskey for more than 2 centuries. Enjoy a signature drink of Jameson at the end of the tour.

Afterwards, you will travel to Waterford with an included city tour. Waterford is one of Ireland’s oldest and most historic cities. The walled city withstood siege on several occasions in the past but fell to the Normans in 1170 AD. It prospered under the Normans and emerged as the second city of Ireland after Dublin. The city was the chief port of Ireland throughout the middle ages.

Your final destination today is Kilkenny City. Located in the heart if Ireland’s Ancient East, the medieval city of Kilkenny is named after a 6th century monk called Saint Canice. His memory lives on in the beautifully preserved St. Canice’s Cathedral built overlooking the city in the 13th century. (B)

Overnight in Kilkenny

Day 11

Dublin

Visit Kilkenny Castle – The Normans arrived in the 12th century and their legacy remains in the superb and fully restored Kilkenny Castle and in the thriving and cosmopolitan merchant city. The 17th century was a time of great social and political turmoil for Kilkenny. It was the seat of national parliament for a six year period. The famous Oliver Cromwell invaded the city in 1650 and Kilkenny College was attended by such luminaries as Jonathan Swift and Bishop Berkeley.

This afternoon, make our way to Dublin. We will have a city tour of Dublin before being taken to our hotel. (B)

Overnight in Dublin

Day 12

Free day in Dublin- Your Travac Tours Director can assist you with ideas on what to do

Dublin is a lively capital city that’s as intimate as a village and as friendly as your local Irish pub. With its seamless blend of classic visitor sights, excellent social scene and the natural playgrounds of Dublin Bay and the Dublin Mountains framing it on all sides, this laidback city is an adventure in itself. (B)

Overnight in Dublin

Day 13

Ireland to Ottawa

Alas it is time to depart. The driver will transfer the group to Dublin Airport and depart for return flights to Ottawa. (B)

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The Ardilaun Hotel (Galway) or similar

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Taylor's Hill Rd
Galway, Ireland
H91 H29F
+353 91 521 433


The Kilford Arms (Kilkenny) or similar

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John Street Upper
Kilkenny, Ireland
R95 YND8
+353 56 776 1018


Buswells Hotel or similar

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27 Molesworth St
Dublin, Ireland

+353 1 614 6500


Hampton by Hilton Belfast City Centre (Belfast) or similar

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15 Hope St
Belfast, Ireland
BT12 5EE
+44 28 9031 3335


The Glasshouse Hotel (Sligo) or similar

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Swan Point, Abbeyquarter North
Sligo, Ireland
F91 NCA4
+353 71 919 4300


The Rose Hotel (Tralee) or similar

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Dan Spring Rd, Cloon Beg
Tralee, Ireland
V92 HKA4
+353 66 719 9100


Maldron Hotel Shandon Cork City (or similar)

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11 John Redmond St
Cork, Ireland
T23 A9TF
+353 21 452 9200



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