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Splendors Down Under – Sydney to Auckland with Oceania Cruises

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Depart Ottawa on your flight(s) to Sydney.

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

Day 2

Sydney, Australia (boarding time 1pm; depart 6 pm)

In Sydney, you will be met at the arrivals gate by your Oceania representative and transferred to the ship. There will be no Travac representative escorting you, but Oceania will ensure that your transfer and boarding goes smoothly.

Visit the famous Opera House, stroll along the harbor or cruise around it. Climb the Harbor Bridge, take a walk through the Rocks where Sydney began, or enjoy celebrated Bondi Beach. Head into the beautiful Blue Mountains for a taste of the country; visit a wildlife park and enjoy Australia’s fabulously unique creatures. (D)

Day 3

Cruising the Tasman Sea.

(B, L, D)

Day 4

Melbourne, Australia (arrive 8 am)

Head into the scenic Dandenong Mountains and ride the Puffing Billy steam train through the forest. Meet the koalas, wallabies and more at a wildlife park or explore local wineries. Take a walk and discover the city’s marvelous architecture, chic galleries and boutiques. (B, L, D)

Day 5

Melbourne, Australia  (depart 4 pm)

(B, L, D)

Day 6

Burnie (Tasmania), Australia (8am –5pm)

Nestled in the northwest corner of Tasmania, this energetic and creative seaside town offers a unique perspective on the world of industry. Once dependent on paper manufacturing, the inventive community has transformed its industry into a compelling art culture. Visit Makers’ Workshop, part museum and part arts center, for an introduction to the inspired spirit of Burnie, along with a tour of the process of papermaking and a glimpse of local artisans at work on their handicrafts. Discover Burnie’s natural gems on the many trails at Fern Glade Reserve or the picturesque Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden (B, L, D)

Day 7

Cruising the Tasman Sea

(B, L, D)

Day 8

Cruising the Tasman Sea

(B, L, D)

Day 9

Cruising the Fjords of Milford Sound

(B, L, D)

Day 10

Dunedin, New Zealand (9 am – 6pm)

Discover the rugged, beautiful Otago Peninsula, filled with geological wonders, and gaze in awe at the great albatross with its 10-foot wingspan. Keep an eye out for fur seals and yellow-eyed penguins sunbathing on the rocks. Enjoy the amazing views and the enchanting gardens that surround the historic 19th century Larnach Castle. Splendid Victorian and Edwardian stone buildings are a highlight of a tour of Dunedin. (B, L, D)

Day 11

Christchurch (Lyttelton), New Zealand (9am – 7pm)

Enjoy the scenic drive past quaint towns into Christchurch. Stroll through Cathedral Square and nearby gardens and savor the English atmosphere. Watch a sheep-shearing display or sample fine wines. Explore the Banks Peninsula and its dramatic landscape

(B, L, D)

Day 12

Wellington, New Zealand (8am – 5pm)

Stroll past Victorian Gothic buildings, visit the exquisite botanic gardens, take the cable car up the mountain for a fantastic view, or head for the city beach. Journey around the spectacular harbor with its amazing views and visit a sheep or cattle station. See some of the sites where the Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed. (B, L, D)

Day 13

Napier, New Zealand (8 am – 5pm)

Spend time admiring the marvelous Art Deco architecture for which Napier is known. Enjoy the picturesque countryside, tour superb area vineyards and sample the vintages. Visit a huge nesting colony of gannets near the spot where Captain Cook landed. (B, L, D)

Day 14

Rotorua (Tauranga), New Zealand ( 12pm – 8pm)

Discover Tauranga’s lovely parks and history or head to Rotorua with its fabulous geysers, hot springs and Maori culture. Explore the Rangitaiki River and its amazing scenery. (B, L, D)

Day 15

Bay of Islands, New Zealand (10am – 7pm)

Relish the opportunities in this natural playground as you observe flying dolphins, gannets and blue penguins. The diving is renowned as some of the best in the world. Visit the historic Waitangi Treaty House, where the founding document of New Zealand was signed. (B, L, D)

Day 16

Auckland, New Zealand

After breakfast, Oceania will transfer you from the ship to the airport for your flights home. (B)

Itinerary subject to change.

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Ultimate Atlantic, Oranjestad to Barcelona with Oceania Cruises

The port of Oranjestad, Aruba

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Oranjestad, Aruba (boarding time 1 pm; depart 9 pm)

In Oranjestad, you will be met at the arrivals gate by your Oceania representative and transferred to the ship. There will be no Travac representative escorting you, but Oceania will ensure that your transfer and boarding goes smoothly. Flights are booked by Oceania – schedule available approximately 75 days prior to sailing.

Distinguished by its colorful Dutch colonial architecture, Oranjestad is the capital of Aruba, first settled in 1796. Named as a tribute to the Dutch king William of Orange, the city today attracts tourists searching for duty-free bargains and strolling around the beautiful streets. (D)

Day 2

Willemstad, Curacao (6 am – 1 pm)

Take in the charming Dutch colonial architecture along the Willemstad harbor in this historic town that has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the aquamarine waters of Curacao’s numerous beaches and dive along the stunning coral reefs and hidden caverns. Hike the trails or join a safari through Christoffel National Park to observe the rare flora and fauna (B, L, D)

Day 3

St. George’s, Grenada, (2 pm – 10 pm)

You can smell the cinnamon and nutmeg well before you dock in St. George’s; a tour of the spice estates on Grenada is almost mandatory. You can also take in a visit to a distillery to see how the island’s sugarcane juice is first turned into syrup and then into rum. A ferry trip to sister island Carriacou offers fantastic diving opportunities, and romantics can climb the waterfalls or just relax on the sun-kissed beaches. (B, L, D)

Day 4

Bridgetown, Barbados (9 am – 5 pm)

Discover the many beautiful aspects of this island, from its rugged Atlantic coastline to its beautiful Great Houses, cane fields, exquisite gardens and glorious beaches. See the island’s spectacular underwater treasures on your own snorkeling expedition. (B, L, D)

Day 5-10

Cruising the Atlantic Ocean

(B, L, D)

Day 11

Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain (9 am – 11 pm)

Volcanic in origin, Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands. While in port, you’ll notice the Auditorium of Tenerife, an amazing, organic structure that instantly became an icon when completed in 2003. Another modern landmark is the Oscar Domínguez Institute, a contemporary art gallery named after the 20th century surrealist. For a respite from the urban environment, visit the Palmetum, a botanical garden with more than 400 species of palms. (B, L, D)

 

Day 12

Santa Cruz de La Palma, Spain (8 am – 5 pm)

Stroll along Calle O’Daly, the pedestrian district named after an Irish banana merchant and lined with historic residences. Visit the Town Hall and the church, Iglesia del Salvador, both of the 16th century. There is an interesting museum of natural science as well as a naval museum. (B, L, D)

Day 13

Funchal (Madeira), Portugal (9 am – 6 pm)

Breathtaking vistas await throughout this beautiful island. Take a cable car up to Monte for spectacular views of the botanical gardens and the charming town. Don’t miss a ride in one of the famous wicker toboggans! Drive along the coast to a village where Winston Churchill painted seascapes or out to the stunning cliffs of Cabo Girão and enjoy a visit to a quaint fishing village. (B, L, D)

Day 14

Cruising the Atlantic Ocean

(B, L, D)

Day 15

Lisbon, Portugal (6 am – 6 pm)

Visit the ornate Belem Tower and Jeronimos Monastery and stroll the narrow, winding streets of the charming Alfama district. Enjoy marvelous old Sintra, a royal country retreat, and Cascais, a beautiful seaside resort. Explore medieval Obidos or make a pilgrimage to Fatima, where the Virgin Mary appeared repeatedly to three shepherd children in 1917. (B, L, D)

Day 16

Portimao, Portugal (8 am –5 pm)

Situated on the sun-kissed coastline of Algarve, Portimão is a colorful city with a bustling waterfront and a charming city center decorated with parks and plazas. The Museum of Portimão traces the history of human settlement in the area as far back as the Roman and Islamic periods. Enjoy beautiful views and explore hidden caves on a scenic boat trip up the coast and along the Rio Arade. (B, L, D)

Day 17

Seville, Spain (arrive 8 am)

Spend a fabulous day in Seville visiting the magnificent cathedral, climbing the famed Giralda Tower and strolling through the gorgeous Alcazar and its gardens. See the ceramic-encrusted Plaza de España and stroll through the alleys of Barrio de Santa Cruz. Or explore the Andalusian wine country and Jerez, the home of sherry. Don’t miss the charm of Cádiz with its gracious squares, its flower-filled parks on the city bastions and its bustling markets. (B, L, D)

Day 18

Seville, Spain (depart 8 pm)

(B, L, D)

Day 19

Tangier, Morocco (8 am – 6 pm)

Explore the Mendoubia Gardens, which contain a fascinating banyan tree that is more than 800 years old. Or experience a more traditional Morocco in Tetouan, a mountain city of grace and culture and the location of the beautiful white royal palace. The Caves of Hercules are nine miles west of Tangier in the Cap Spartel area; it is a place of great beauty and archaeological significance. (B, L, D)

Day 20

Melilla, Spain (7 am – 4 pm)

Appreciate the unique nature of graceful Melilla, an autonomous Spanish city on the African coast carved out of Morocco. Soak up the Triángulo del Oro district’s stylish architecture, which outside of Barcelona showcases Spain’s largest collection of modernisme buildings, the architectural style epitomized by Antoni Gaudí. In fortified Old Melilla, stroll cobbled lanes sandwiched between defensive walls and step into the Cuevas des Coventico, natural caves used as a hiding place throughout the ages. Witness the city’s captivating mix of cultures at the Mercadillo de Melilla, where savvy shoppers throng in search of colorful Moroccan goods.

Day 21

Ibiza, Spain (11 am – 8 pm)

With its youthful spirit and natural beauty, the Balearic island of Ibiza (or “Eivissa,” as it’s known locally) appeals to those who love the outdoors. The beach-blessed coastline is majestically rugged, and the hills are covered with olive and fig trees. The capital of Ciudad de Ibiza offers a multitude of diversions, especially in the historic Dalt Vila district. Visit its 16th century Castle of Ibiza and the churches and Museum of Contemporary Art inside the fortified walls. With its cobblestone streets, Ibiza is a scenic city to walk. Two of the most popular beaches are Talamanca and Ses Figueretes.

Day 22

Barcelona, Spain

After breakfast, Oceania will transfer you from the ship to the airport for your flights home. (B)

Itinerary subject to change.

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Egypt with Viking Cruises

Statues in the Karnak Temple, Luxor

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Cairo, Egypt:

Arrive in Cairo, Egypt’s exhilarating capital. This pulsating, historic city was made prosperous over millennia as a stopover for Sahara caravans on trade routes to Byzantium. Transfer to the First-Class Ritz Carlton Nile (or similar) for a 3-night stay.

 

Day 2

Cairo, Egypt:

This morning we take an excursion to the necropolis at Sakkara to see the world’s oldest step pyramid. After lunch, continue to the Giza Plateau to behold the only Wonder of the Ancient World still standing: the Great Pyramids of Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure. There, you can experience them as the ancients did—from astride the “ships of the desert”—during a brief camel ride. Nearby, see the Great Sphinx, forever facing due east. Return to your hotel for dinner and a free evening to relax or explore on your own. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3

Cairo, Egypt:

Today the fascinating sights of Cairo unfold before you. Marvel at the sprawling Citadel of the Mountain and the Mosque of Muhammad Ali. Then tour the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities and admire its huge collection of artifacts, and visit the famous gallery displaying the riches of King Tutankhamen. After lunch on your own at or near your hotel, use your free time in the afternoon to follow your own interests. Later, you might join an optional visit to Khan el-Khalili, Cairo’s most famous outdoor souk (bazaar). After an orientation from your guide, you can shop for all manner of Egyptian goods, from brassware to spices, and admire the Al-Azhar Mosque. Conclude your outing with a traditional Egyptian dinner at a local restaurant. (Breakfast)

Day 4

Luxor, Egypt: 

Early this morning, fly to Luxor, the ancient city of Thebes beautifully set on the Nile River, where history will be brought to life by your expert Egyptologist. At the Temples of Luxor and Karnak, long buried beneath desert sands, walk among monumental peristyles and obelisks, and learn how ancient hieroglyphics hint at the beliefs and lifestyle of ancient Egyptians. Proceed to your Nile cruise ship for check-in and a welcome lunch. Join an excursion to the Luxor Library and Heritage Center, where the city’s past is preserved and shared in engaging exhibits. Enjoy an onboard dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5

Luxor, Egypt:

Relax over breakfast, or (weather permitting) join an optional early-morning hot air balloon ride over Luxor’s temples and monuments. Marvel at breathtaking views of an ancient city, the surrounding desert sands and the magnificent Nile. Later, head to the Nile’s west bank to visit the Valley of the Kings, where ancient pharaohs were entombed deep in the hillsides, and the Valley of the Queens, resting place of pharaohs’ wives. Here you enjoy Privileged Access to the tomb of Queen Nefertari, an exquisitely preserved tomb only a few visitors get to see. Among the sites is the Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, one of Egypt’s few female rulers and most successful pharaohs. Return to your ship as we set sail for Qena; lunch and dinner are served on board as we cruise along the spectacular Nile. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6

Qena, Egypt: 

This morning’s excursion takes you to the sprawling complex of Dendera. Remarkably, its fascinating Temple of Hathor was built not by the ancient Egyptians, but by Ptolemies and Romans in classic Egyptian style. During your tour, walk through its towering stone gate to view the columns and hieroglyphics of some of Egypt’s best preserved structures. Return to your ship after a guided visit. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 

Day 7

Esna, Egypt:

Disembark at Esna today to explore the red sandstone Temple of Khnum. In the 1st-century Hypostyle Hall, admire its 24 columns, 6 across and 4 deep, each topped by a differently designed, intricately carved floral capital. As you explore, be sure to examine the hieroglyphics depicting Roman emperors making offerings to the gods. After a guided tour, use your free time to take in more of this fascinating site on your own. Alternatively, head to Esna Village on foot for a full tour of the town and its lively market scene. View the temple remains and stroll the covered street market, where you can witness an array of colorful fabrics. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8

Aswan, Egypt: 

Awake in Aswan this morning, Egypt’s bustling market city. Today, you can choose to visit the Aswan High Dam, visit a local market and take a scenic Nile cruise on a felucca, a traditional Egyptian wooden sailboat. Or join an optional excursion to Abu Simbel to admire the Great Temple of Ramses II, Egypt’s longest-ruling pharaoh. It is dominated by 4 colossal statues, 60 feet high and directly facing the rising sun. The statues are all of Ramses, with his queen and daughters at his feet. Moved from its original location near Aswan to save it from the rising waters of Lake Nasser, it was built as a tribute to the deities and Ramses II’s favorite wife, Nefertari. Make the most of your overnight stay with an optional sound and light show at Philae Temple, and discover the legend of Goddess Isis and God Osiris. Afterward, return to your ship for dinner on board and spend the night in Aswan. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9

Aswan, Egypt: 

After breakfast, receive a warm welcome at a Nubian village, where you visit the elementary school and are invited into a local home to get a glimpse of day-to-day life. Then, visit Philae Temple—the small, elegant Temple of Isis, rescued from the rising waters of Lake Nasser that submerged Philae Island. This temple is one of the Nubian monuments that comprise a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Have lunch on board as you enjoy scenic cruising along the Nile. Disembark later to explore Kom Ombo. Here, enjoy a guided tour of the unusual double temple dedicated to the sky god Haroeris and the crocodile god Sobek, a protective deity thought to have created the world. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10

Edfu, Egypt: 

This morning, ride in a horse-drawn calèche, or carriage, to the Temple of Horus. Dedicated to the falcon-headed god of light, it was built in Edfu during the Ptolemaic Dynasty. This is another of Egypt’s best preserved temples, fronted by a massive wall whose entrance is flanked by 2 falcon statues. Or, you can choose to visit Edfu market with our resident chef and hear him explain this evening’s planned tasting menu. Enjoy more Nile cruising today, marveling at the lush green riverbanks backed by hills of desert sands. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11

Luxor, Egypt:

Early this morning, disembark in Luxor and head for the airport for your flight back to Cairo. Check in to the first-class Cairo Citystars Hotel (or similar) for 1 night and enjoy a buffet-style lunch, followed by free time, or take an optional tour to the Coptic Quarter and Jewish Synagogue. Return to your hotel and later enjoy dinner and an evening at leisure. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 12

Cairo, Egypt: 

After breakfast, proceed to the airport for your return flight. Or, extend your journey for 4 nights in Jordan to see the ‟lost city” of Petra. (Breakfast)

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Waterways of the Tsars – St. Petersburg to Moscow with Viking Cruises 2023

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

St. Petersburg, Russia: 

Arrive in St. Petersburg, “The City of 300 Bridges,” then transfer to your ship.* After boarding, you have free time to relax before dinner. (Dinner)

Day 2

St. Petersburg, Russia:

This morning, proceed to the Winter Palace to visit the legendary Hermitage Museum, where you can marvel at the vast collection of art, antiquities, jewelry and sculpture. Return on board for an early dinner, followed by an evening performance of traditional Russian ballet. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3

St. Petersburg, Russia: 

Today’s excursion goes to the Pushkin area where you visit Catherine Palace, the elegant rococo 18th-century summer residence of the Russian tsars named for Catherine I (widow of Peter the Great). Tour its various halls, including the storied Amber and Agate Rooms, and see the ornate decor throughout. After lunch, embark on a city tour; see noted sights including St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Peter & Paul Fortress and Nevsky Prospekt. Dine on board and enjoy an optional Russian folkloric performance this evening. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4

St. Petersburg, Russia: 

Most of the day is free to see the sights that interest you. Visit one of the many palaces, churches or museums, or take an optional morning tour to Peterhof Palace, admiring its landscaped gardens and beautiful fountains. In the afternoon, you may choose to join an optional kommunalka visit to get a glimpse of these communal living spaces or take an optional tour of St. Petersburg from the water. Lunch and dinner are served on board as we depart early this evening. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5

Mandrogy, Russia: 

Spend a relaxing day cruising Russia’s intricate waterways. Sail the Neva River, then cross Lake Ladoga, Europe’s largest lake. Cruise the Svir River to Mandrogy where you have some time to explore this museum village. Visit the Vodka Museum or shop for handmade Russian craft items. For a truly immersive experience, try an optional visit to a banya, a traditional Russian sauna. Or, on board your ship, take the opportunity to witness and participate in the art of matryoshka doll making. Continue along the Svir’s 139-mile “Blue Route” toward Lake Onega. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6

Kizhi, Russia: 

During breakfast, dock at Kizhi Island, located on Lake Onega, Europe’s second largest lake. Set out on a walking tour through the Open Air Museum of Architecture, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, see a collection of wooden houses, windmills and churches representing ancient Russian architecture, highlighted by the famous 3-tiered Preobranzhenskaya (Transfiguration) Church, a fairy-tale-like structure built in 1714 without a single nail. Depart Kizhi in the late morning and enjoy the scenery as you continue cruising through the rest of the day. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7

Kuzino, Russia: 

We continue cruising along the Volga–Baltic Waterway. This system of rivers and canals, spanning 229 miles and seven locks, links the Volga River with the Baltic Sea. Arrive in Kuzino, a typical Russian village. Take a guided walk through the historic Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, founded by Saint Cyril in 1397. See several small wooden chapels, the Assumption Cathedral and a museum. You will also have the opportunity to visit a children’s school in Kuzino or the local Merchant House. Return on board for an afternoon departure. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8

Yaroslavl, Russia: 

Arrive midafternoon in Yaroslavl, one of the Golden Ring cities that preserves the memory of Russia’s historical events. Tour this ancient town rich in monuments and visit the covered food market, where you may shop for handcrafted souvenirs. During your free time, you may visit the Church of St. Elijah the Prophet, featuring detailed frescoes and icons. Return to your ship for dinner and an evening departure. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9

Uglich, Russia: 

After breakfast, disembark for a walking tour through the provincial village of Uglich, another Golden Ring city. See the former Kremlin of Uglich and visit the Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood, built on the site where Ivan the Terrible’s son Dmitry was mysteriously killed. Then a local family invites you into their home for tea and friendly conversation. Lunch is served on board the ship; cruise through the night. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10

Moscow, Russia: 

This morning, cruise along the Moscow Canal, approaching Moscow during lunch. Disembark for a half-day city tour. See the famed Bolshoi Theater and stop at Red Square for a view of the brightly colored St. Basil’s Cathedral. You also get the chance to explore the famous GUM Department Store and experience the city’s Metro. Enjoy an evening performance of traditional Russian folkloric music followed by a late onboard dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11

Moscow, Russia: 

Today you have a full day to further explore Moscow’s many buildings, parks and monuments. This morning, you may want to join a half-day optional excursion to Tretyakov Gallery, the world’s foremost museum of Russian fine art. Lunch is served on board the ship. This afternoon you may choose to take an optional Jewish Moscow tour, visiting key sites within Moscow that illustrate the history and spirit of the Jewish people who settled there. Dine on board, then relax, or take an optional Moscow by Night tour. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 12

Moscow, Russia: 

After breakfast, travel to the city’s famous red brick enclosure known as the Kremlin. Go behind its walls to see historic gems like Tsar’s Cannon and Tsar’s Bell, and tour inside two cathedrals. The afternoon is free to relax and explore. Perhaps join an optional tour of Moscow’s oldest museum, the Kremlin Armory, which originated as the royal arsenal in 1508. Or, you may wish to spend some time people watching in Red Square or visit Lenin’s Tomb. You may also choose to visit the Cosmonaut Museum to see displays about the history of space exploration. Return to your ship for a farewell dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 13

Moscow, Russia: 

After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight.* Or take some extra time in Russia with a 2-night Moscow extension. (Breakfast)

Highlights of the Volga River

Russia’s vast network of waterways, the Volga and Svir Rivers and the expansive lakes of Onega and Ladoga among them, deliver you to a breathtaking collection of cultural and historic riches. From the stately Kremlin of Moscow to the sophisticated allure of St. Petersburg, here is a sample of a few highlights of a Viking river cruise in Russia:

  • The colorful onion domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral
  • Moscow’s artful subway stations
  • The Golden Ring city of Uglich
  • Tea and conversation with a local Russian family
  • Yaroslavl’s colorful food market
  • Art and culture of Yaroslavl’s Governor’s Palace
  • Kizhi Island’s magnificent wooden Transfiguration Church
  • The art of matryoshka doll making
  • The vast collections of the Hermitage Museum
  • A St. Petersburg ballet performance

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Waterways of the Tsars – St. Petersburg to Moscow with Viking Cruises 2022

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

St. Petersburg, Russia 

Arrive in St. Petersburg, “The City of 300 Bridges,” then transfer to your ship.* After boarding, you have free time to relax before dinner. (D)

Day 2

St. Petersburg, Russia

This morning, proceed to the Winter Palace to visit the legendary Hermitage Museum, where you can marvel at the vast collection of art, antiquities, jewelry and sculpture. Return on board for an early dinner, followed by an evening performance of traditional Russian ballet. (B, L, D)

Day 3

St. Petersburg, Russia 

Today’s excursion goes to the Pushkin area where you visit Catherine Palace, the elegant rococo 18th-century summer residence of the Russian tsars named for Catherine I (widow of Peter the Great). Tour its various halls, including the storied Amber and Agate Rooms, and see the ornate decor throughout. After lunch, embark on a city tour; see noted sights including St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Peter & Paul Fortress and Nevsky Prospekt. Dine on board and enjoy an optional Russian folkloric performance this evening. (B, L, D)

Day 4

St. Petersburg, Russia 

Most of the day is free to see the sights that interest you. Visit one of the many palaces, churches or museums, or take an optional morning tour to Peterhof Palace, admiring its landscaped gardens and beautiful fountains. In the afternoon, you may choose to join an optional kommunalka visit to get a glimpse of these communal living spaces or take an optional tour of St. Petersburg from the water. Lunch and dinner are served on board as we depart early this evening. (B, L, D)

Day 5

Mandrogy, Russia

Spend a relaxing day cruising Russia’s intricate waterways. Sail the Neva River, then cross Lake Ladoga, Europe’s largest lake. Cruise the Svir River to Mandrogy where you have some time to explore this museum village. Visit the Vodka Museum or shop for handmade Russian craft items. For a truly immersive experience, try an optional visit to a banya, a traditional Russian sauna. Or, on board your ship, take the opportunity to witness and participate in the art of matryoshka doll making. Continue along the Svir’s 139-mile “Blue Route” toward Lake Onega. (B, L, D)

Day 6

Kizhi, Russia  

During breakfast, dock at Kizhi Island, located on Lake Onega, Europe’s second largest lake. Set out on a walking tour through the Open Air Museum of Architecture, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, see a collection of wooden houses, windmills and churches representing ancient Russian architecture, highlighted by the famous 3-tiered Preobranzhenskaya (Transfiguration) Church, a fairy-tale-like structure built in 1714 without a single nail. Depart Kizhi in the late morning and enjoy the scenery as you continue cruising through the rest of the day. (B, L, D)

Day 7

Kuzino, Russia  

We continue cruising along the Volga–Baltic Waterway. This system of rivers and canals, spanning 229 miles and seven locks, links the Volga River with the Baltic Sea. Arrive in Kuzino, a typical Russian village. Take a guided walk through the historic Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, founded by Saint Cyril in 1397. See several small wooden chapels, the Assumption Cathedral and a museum. You will also have the opportunity to visit a children’s school in Kuzino or the local Merchant House. Return on board for an afternoon departure. (B, L, D)

Day 8

Yaroslavl, Russia  

Arrive midafternoon in Yaroslavl, one of the Golden Ring cities that preserves the memory of Russia’s historical events. Tour this ancient town rich in monuments and visit the covered food market, where you may shop for handcrafted souvenirs. During your free time, you may visit the Church of St. Elijah the Prophet, featuring detailed frescoes and icons. Return to your ship for dinner and an evening departure. (B, L, D)

Day 9

Uglich, Russia  

After breakfast, disembark for a walking tour through the provincial village of Uglich, another Golden Ring city. See the former Kremlin of Uglich and visit the Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood, built on the site where Ivan the Terrible’s son Dmitry was mysteriously killed. Then a local family invites you into their home for tea and friendly conversation. Lunch is served on board the ship; cruise through the night. (B, L, D)

Day 10

Moscow, Russia

This morning, cruise along the Moscow Canal, approaching Moscow during lunch. Disembark for a half-day city tour. See the famed Bolshoi Theater and stop at Red Square for a view of the brightly colored St. Basil’s Cathedral. You also get the chance to explore the famous GUM Department Store and experience the city’s Metro. Enjoy an evening performance of traditional Russian folkloric music followed by a late onboard dinner. (B, L, D).

Day 11

Moscow, Russia  

Today you have a full day to further explore Moscow’s many buildings, parks and monuments. This morning, you may want to join a half-day optional excursion to Tretyakov Gallery, the world’s foremost museum of Russian fine art. Lunch is served on board the ship. This afternoon you may choose to take an optional Jewish Moscow tour, visiting key sites within Moscow that illustrate the history and spirit of the Jewish people who settled there. Dine on board, then relax, or take an optional Moscow by Night tour. (B, L, D)

Day 12

Moscow, Russia  

After breakfast, travel to the city’s famous red brick enclosure known as the Kremlin. Go behind its walls to see historic gems like Tsar’s Cannon and Tsar’s Bell, and tour inside two cathedrals. The afternoon is free to relax and explore. Perhaps join an optional tour of Moscow’s oldest museum, the Kremlin Armory, which originated as the royal arsenal in 1508. Or, you may wish to spend some time people watching in Red Square or visit Lenin’s Tomb. You may also choose to visit the Cosmonaut Museum to see displays about the history of space exploration. Return to your ship for a farewell dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 13

Moscow, Russia

After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight.* Or take some extra time in Russia with a 2-night Moscow extension. (B)

Highlights of the Volga River

Russia’s vast network of waterways, the Volga and Svir Rivers and the expansive lakes of Onega and Ladoga among them, deliver you to a breathtaking collection of cultural and historic riches. From the stately Kremlin of Moscow to the sophisticated allure of St. Petersburg, here is a sample of a few highlights of a Viking river cruise in Russia:

  • The colorful onion domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral
  • Moscow’s artful subway stations
  • The Golden Ring city of Uglich
  • Tea and conversation with a local Russian family
  • Yaroslavl’s colorful food market
  • Art and culture of Yaroslavl’s Governor’s Palace
  • Kizhi Island’s magnificent wooden Transfiguration Church
  • The art of matryoshka doll making
  • The vast collections of the Hermitage Museum
  • A St. Petersburg ballet performance

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Tahitian Legends – Papeete to Papeete with Oceania Cruises

Oceania is a small-ship PREMIUM BOUTIQUE CRUISE LINE with destination-oriented itineraries, often travelling to smaller ports that megaships cannot reach. Noted throughout the industry for their gourmet cuisine, you will find a variety of onboard dining venues with no surcharges. The price includes your cruise, airfare from Ottawa (other cities are available), transfers, free wifi onboard and all taxes. PLUS you get to choose one of three options for free – EITHER- shore excursions; OR a shipboard credit; OR their House Select beverage package. Oceania’s focus on service ensures that you will be cared for and cared about while you cruise.

This cruise sails on Oceania Regatta (684 guests)

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Depart Ottawa on your flight(s) to Papeete.

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

Day 2

Papeete (Tahiti), French Polynesia

(Boarding time 1pm, depart 5 am Tuesday)

In Papeete, you will be met at the arrivals gate by your Oceania representative and transferred to the ship. There will be no Travac representative escorting you, but Oceania will ensure that your transfer and boarding goes smoothly.

The island of Tahiti’s urban center has much to offer visitors. Take a stroll through the new Jardins Paofai, watch the surfers on their longboards, marvel at Faarumai Waterfalls, The Blowhole, Fern Grottos. (D)

Day 3

Moorea, French Polynesia

(8 am – 4 pm)

Breathtakingly beautiful, stunning landscapes await, from the verdant mountains to the azure seas and white sand beaches. Take a canoe ride through the lagoon; snorkel, scuba or helmet-dive the reefs, or hike up to the Afareaitu Waterfalls. (B, L, D)

Day 4

Fakarava, French Polynesia

(8am – 6pm)

Pure, pristine and dreamlike, the ecosystem of this gorgeous island is home to extremely rare birds, plants and crustaceans. Quaint villages, old coral churches and welcoming people are intertwined with a spectacular lagoon creating a paradise like none other in the world. (B, L, D)

Day 5

Cruising the South Pacific

(B, L, D)

Day 6

Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia

(8am – 6pm)

Visit the entrancing Vaipo Waterfalls and Cascade Tevaipo, which is one of the world’s tallest falls at over 1,100 feet. Wander the black sand beaches, marvel at the giant tiki at Piki Vehini, or get adventurous on an all-terrain vehicle excursion around the craggy island.. (B, L, D)

Day 7

Cruising the South Pacific.

(B, L, D)

Day 8

Rangiroa, French Polynesia

(8am – 5pm)

Stunning, beautiful, this South Pacific atoll is a “natural aquarium,” its lagoon filled with colorful undersea life. Visit the pearl farms, dive with manta rays, explore the atoll’s unique winery or just choose a calming respite on a pink sand beach. (B, L, D)

Day 9

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

(arrive 1 pm)

The dramatic Mount Otemanu stands watch over the sparkling turquoise waters and sugary sands of Bora Bora, known as the most romantic island in the world. Snorkel, swim with the manta rays or enjoy an outrigger canoe ride through the lagoon and its lovely coral islands. (B, L, D)

Day 10

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

(depart 7pm)

(B, L, D)

Day 11

Raiatea, French Polynesia

(8am – 6pm)

You’ll notice the rich scent of vanilla the moment you step off the ship onto this stunning island, with its vanilla plantations scattered throughout. Visit one or two, visit a pearl farm, snorkel the clear waters of the surrounding reef, or take a kayak trip along the Faaroa River. (B, L, D)

Day 12

Papeete (Tahiti), French Polynesia

After breakfast, Oceania will transfer you from the ship to the airport for your flights home. (B)

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Japanese Immersion – Tokyo to Tokyo with Oceania Cruises

Miyajima Island, Hiroshima, Japan

 

Oceania is a small-ship PREMIUM BOUTIQUE CRUISE LINE with destination-oriented itineraries, often travelling to smaller ports that megaships cannot reach. Noted throughout the industry for their gourmet cuisine, you will find a variety of onboard dining venues with no surcharges. The price includes your cruise, airfare from Ottawa (other cities are available), transfers, free wifi onboard and all taxes. PLUS you get to choose one of three options for free – EITHER- shore excursions; OR a shipboard credit; OR their House Select beverage package. Oceania’s focus on service ensures that you will be cared for and cared about while you cruise.

This cruise sails on Oceania Nautica (684 guests).

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Depart Ottawa on your flight(s) to Toyko.

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

Day 2

Tokyo (Yokohama), Japan

(Boarding time 1pm; Departure 9pm)

In Tokyo, you will be met at the arrivals gate by your Oceania representative and transferred to the ship. There will be no Travac representative escorting you, but Oceania will ensure that your transfer and boarding goes smoothly.

Dazzling cityscapes await your exploration; visit Asakusa for the bright lights, street fairs and Senso-ji Temple; the Tsukiji Market, the largest open-air fish market in the world with on-the-spot sushi; and the Imperial Palace’s East Garden for some calm. Spend some time in the bright, active Ginza District, where the night comes alive. (D)

Day 3

Nagoya, Japan

(10am – 7pm)

A center of modern commerce, yet steeped in ancient history; visit the castle in the center of town, its golden orca statues are a symbol of the city. Explore Toyota’s Museum of Technology and tour the Noritake factory, where bargains on the fine china can be found. (B, L, D)

Day 4

Kyoto (Kobe), Japan

(arrive 12 pm)

Visit the breathtaking temples and shrines of Japan’s old imperial capital, Kyoto, or explore ancient Nara, the cradle of Japanese arts, literature and crafts, with its magnificent shrines and temples that predate Kyoto’s. Stroll through Nara Park, famed for its deer and impressive Kasuga Grand Shrine. Then travel on to Osaka and its famed castle. In Kobe, visit historic Himeji Castle, a huge edifice built entirely of wood and tile. (B, L, D)

Day 5

Kyoto, Japan

(depart 7pm)

(B, L, D)

Day 6

Hiroshima, Japan

(8am – 5pm)

Visit the skeletal A-Bomb Dome, the Peace Memorial Park and Museum and the statue dedicated to the children who died after the atomic bomb was dropped on this city in 1945. Stroll through beautifully landscaped Hiroshima Gardens, visit the rebuilt Hiroshima Castle or journey to the exquisite sacred island of Miyajima and see the extraordinary Itsukushima Shrine. (B, L, D)

Day 7

Busan, South Korea

(11am – 8pm)

From trendy cafes and famous fish markets to sacred temples and traditional tea ceremonies, Busan, the second largest city in South Korea is bursting with flavors and culture. Take a walk in the relaxing Yongdusan Park while admiring the various species of trees and a view of the Busan Tower. At the Hongbeopsa farming temple, explore the renowned large Buddha statues at the Main Buddha Hall while walking along a water lily path, or experience a traditional Korean tea ceremony conducted by one of their monks. (B, L, D)

Day 8

Nagasaki, Japan

(8am – 5pm)

Discover remnants of old Nagasaki beside the modern city. Visit the Peace Park and Atomic Bomb Museum. Or travel to Arita, home of magnificent Japanese ceramics, and tour famous Kakiemon Kiln, which continues a 400-year-old tradition. Experience feudal Japan and the natural wonders of Shimabara Peninsula with its volcanoes and hot springs. (B, L, D)

Day 9

Hososhima, Japan

(10am – 8pm)

Hososhima is located in Hyuga City, the center of the coastal region of eastern Kyushu. To get a sense of its tradition and culture, visit the historical museum at Old Takanabe-ya Inn, which was built in 1921 and kept in its original state. Near the museum are the lovely Myokoku-ji Gardens and the Mihoko Shrine, where the legend of Emperor Jinmu lives on. Hososhima is home to Cape Hyuga with its spectacular view of the ocean and land coming together, as well as the Omi Shrine, a place believed to be flowing with mystical energy. (B, L, D)

Day 10

Kochi, Japan

(7am – 4pm)

Not the typical Japanese city, small and compact Kochi has gained a well-deserved reputation for its exuberant, easy-going spirit and vibrant food scene. The city is the birthplace of the legendary samurai Sakamoto Ryoma, who created an alliance that eventually brought down the Tokugawa shogunate and is now commemorated in a memorial museum. In the city center, don’t miss the well-preserved hilltop Kochi Castle to explore the grounds where the city was established in 1601. You might continue your downtown explorations at one of the many pedestrian shopping arcades or at a restaurant to try Kochi’s most famous dish – katsuo-no-tataki, a savory dish of grilled, ponzu-marinated skipjack tuna or bonito fish. (B, L, D)

Day 11

Shimizu, Japan

(11am – 8 pm)

In the shadow of Mount Fuji, Shimizu is one of the most beautiful ports in Japan. Walk through the pine groves of Miho, home to a 650-year-old Japanese black pine, or enjoy spectacular views of Mount Fuji from the lush, forested hill of Nihondaira. Take in the seascapes on a bay cruise, or learn of undersea delights at Japan’s first sushi museum. For a historic angle, get a glimpse at feudal life in Japan in 200 BC at the archaeological site of Toro. (B, L, D)

Day 12

Tokyo (Yokohama), Japan

After breakfast, Oceania will transfer you from the ship to the airport for your flights home. (B)

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Domes to Deities – Jerusalem to Venice with Oceania Cruises

Oceania is a small-ship PREMIUM BOUTIQUE CRUISE LINE with destination-oriented itineraries, often travelling to smaller ports that megaships cannot reach. Noted throughout the industry for their gourmet cuisine, you will find a variety of onboard dining venues with no surcharges. The price includes your cruise, airfare from Ottawa (other cities are available), transfers, free wifi onboard and all taxes. PLUS you get to choose one of three options for free – EITHER- shore excursions; OR a shipboard credit; OR their House Select beverage package. Oceania’s focus on service ensures that you will be cared for and cared about while you cruise.

This cruise sails on Oceania Nautica (684 guests).

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Depart Ottawa on your flight(s) to Jerusalem.

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

Day 2

Jerusalem (Haifa), Israel

(Boarding time 1pm)

In Jerusalem you will be met at the arrivals gate by your Oceania representative and transferred to the ship. There will be no Travac representative escorting you, but Oceania will ensure that your transfer and boarding goes smoothly. (D)

Day 3

Jerusalem (Haifa), Israel

(Depart 10pm)

Visit the land of miracles – Galilee, the Jordan River, the Mount of the Beautitudes and Tabgha. Venture to Nazareth, home of the young Jesus. See the largest hanging gardens in the world at the Bahai Gardens of Haifa. Or visit the Nahalal Moshav, a commune established in 1921 by Jewish immigrants. (B, L, D)

Day 4

Jerusalem (Ashdod), Israel

(6am – 8pm)

For Christians, Jews and Muslims, Jerusalem is one of the holiest cities on earth, and it is also one of the oldest. Early Bronze Age tools and writings show that Jerusalem has been settled since the 4th millennium B.C. Marvel at the beauty of the Dome of the Rock and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the walled Old City of Jerusalem, as you stroll through winding streets where people have lived for centuries. (B, L, D)

Day 5

Limassol, Cyprus

(9am – 5pm)

Limassol is the jumping off point to explore the ancient riches of Cyprus. See ruins, majestic mountains and scenery, stunning beaches, and vast groves of lemons, oranges and olives. Visit Lemesos Castle, where Richard the Lionheart married Berengaria of Navarre, and its fascinating museum. Or stroll through ancient Curium and admire its stunning mosaics, theater, basilica and panoramic views over the sea. Venture inland to Nicosia and its wonders like the Cathedral of St. John, the Venetian fortifications, a restored old town and mosque, and the Cyprus Museum. (B, L, D)

Day 6

Rhodes, Greece

(11 am – 8pm)

Enjoy a walking tour of the old fortified city and stand in awe of the impressive Grand Master’s Palace. See where the Colossus of Rhodes once stood and savor the charm of this remarkable walled town. Or drive along the scenic coast to Lindos. Enjoy the whitewashed little town and climb to the ancient acropolis, its temples and wonderful views. (B, L, D)

Day 7

Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey

(8 am – 11 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 8

Syros, Greece

(8 am – 11 pm)

Take a peek inside the stunning Church of the Resurrection, people-watch in Miaouli Square and then climb the winding streets of Ermoupoli to Ano Syros for fantastic views of the sea. Or dip your feet in the water at one of the many beaches. Galissas and Megas Gialos are popular with locals, while Possidonia offers a long stretch of pristine sand perfect for strolling and exploring. (B, L, D)

Day 9

Athens (Piraeus), Greece

(7 am – 9 pm)

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.

Day 10

Cruising the Ionian Sea

(B, L, D)

Day 11

Tirana (Durres), Albania

(8 am – 7 pm)

Tour the National Museum of History with archaeological artifacts going back as far as 100,000 years or jump ahead a few millennia and relive the Byzantine era at the Fortress of Justinian. Examine everything from modern art to 800-year-old religious icons at the National Art Gallery or climb the city’s clock tower for fabulous views. (B, L, D)

Day 12

Dubrovnik, Croatia

(7 am – 3 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 13

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.

(B, L, D)

Day 14

Venice, Italy

After breakfast, Oceania will transfer you from the ship to the airport for your flights home. (B)

Itinerary subject to change.

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Baltic Artistry – Copenhagen to Oslo on Oceania Cruises

Oceania is a small-ship PREMIUM BOUTIQUE CRUISE LINE with destination-oriented itineraries, often travelling to smaller ports that megaships cannot reach. Noted throughout the industry for their gourmet cuisine, you will find a variety of onboard dining venues with no surcharges. The price includes your cruise, airfare from Ottawa (other cities are available), transfers, free wifi onboard and all taxes. PLUS you get to choose one of three options for free – EITHER- shore excursions; OR a shipboard credit; OR their House Select beverage package. Oceania’s focus on service ensures that you will be cared for and cared about while you cruise.

This cruise sails on Oceania Marina (1250 guests).

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

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

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

Day 2

Copenhagen, Denmark

(Boarding time 1pm; Departure 7pm)

In Copenhagen, you will be met at the arrivals gate by your Oceania representative and transferred to the ship. There will be no Travac representative escorting you, but Oceania will ensure that your transfer and boarding goes smoothly.

Visit the quaint old harbor at Nyhavn and beautiful Rosenborg Castle and, of course, the famed statue of the Little Mermaid. (D

Day 3

Berlin (Warnemunde), Germany

(6 am – 9pm)

Enjoy a scenic drive to the German capital and savor landmarks like the Brandenburg Gate and the glorious Charlottenburg Palace. Stroll down Unter den Linden, see the site of the Berlin Wall and take a boat ride along the city’s canals. Explore on your own and visit one of the many museums. Or discover charming Warnemünde and its lovely Gothic church, market square and seaside promenade. (B, L, D)

Day 4

Rønne (Bornholm), Denmark

(7am – 4pm)

Largely rebuilt after World War II, Rønne still feels historic because even the new buildings reflect the older architecture. As a result, walking from more modern areas into the charming Old Town (Gamle Stan) is less noticeable. Don’t miss the 14th century St. Nicholas Church, one of the more iconic buildings on Bornholm Island, or the massive round-tower castle and its fascinating military museum in the south of Rønne. To better understand the island’s seafaring and natural history, visit Bornholm Museum. (B, L, D)

Day 5

Stockholm, Sweden

(arrive 1pm)

Spend a marvelous day discovering this lovely city and its beautiful buildings. Visit the charming Old Town, medieval Gamla Stan, the elegant royal palace, the wonderful parks and the impressive Vasa, the magnificently restored 17th century warship that sank in the harbor on her maiden voyage. (B, L, D)

Day 6

Stockholm, Sweden

(depart 5pm)

(B, L, D)

Day 7

Helsinki, Finland

(10am – 7pm)

Admire the city’s stunning modern architecture, visit its lovely parks and bustling open-air market. Take a harbor cruise past forests, beaches, villas and a ruined Suomenlinna fortress that spans five islands. Or visit historic, colorful Porvoo, Finland’s second oldest town.

(B, L, D)

Day 8

St. Petersburg, Russia

(arrive 8am)

Explore breathtaking St. Petersburg and cruise its canals. Visit the Peter and Paul Fortress, the fabulous onion-domed cathedrals and the palaces – from the immense Winter Palace, now the Hermitage Museum, to the fabled Catherine’s Palace and Peterhof outside the city. Enjoy an evening of ballet or traditional Russian song and dance or take a day trip to Moscow.

(B, L, D)

Day 9

St. Petersburg, Russia

(depart 6pm)

(B, L, D)

Day 10

Tallinn, Estonia

(8 am – 5pm)

Step back in time as you walk through this beautifully preserved medieval town and discover its upper and lower levels, the guild houses, the churches and squares, the famous apothecary shop and the exquisite town hall. See delightful parks, Baroque palaces and a ruined 15th century convent. Or visit a lovely recreated rural Estonian village by the sea. (B, L, D)

Day 11

Riga, Latvia

(10am – 8pm)

Once called the “Paris of the Baltics,” Riga has regained its status as a cosmopolitan capital with dozens of museums and arguably Europe’s most exceptional Art Nouveau architecture. Founded in 1201, Riga boasts a magnificent Old Town called “Vecriga.” Riga Castle, the residence of Latvia’s president, was built on the site of the original settlement next to the Daugava River. St. Mary’s Dome Cathedral is renowned for its stained glass windows and massive 19th century organ comprised of more than 6,500 pipes. Outside the city limits, traditional Latvian life is on display in outdoor exhibits at the Open Air Ethnographic Museum. (B, L, D)

Day 12

Cruising the Baltic Sea

(B, L, D)

Day 13

Gothenburg, Sweden

(9am-7pm)

One look at the abundance of canals and gabled houses in Gothenburg, and it’s clear that the Dutch founded this robust city on the Göta River. That was in 1621, close to the time that mighty Elfsborg Fortress was built at the harbor’s mouth. Touring the citadel is fascinating, as are the 17th century Crown House, Maritiman ship museum, and Gothenburg Art Museum with masterpieces from Edvard Munch to Picasso. Gothenburg is one of Sweden’s greenest cities, compliments of parks such as Slottsskogen. For a vibrant atmosphere, walk along Kungsportavenyn, Gothenburg’s main street, which is a hive of cafés, boutiques and plazas. (B, L, D)

Day 14

Oslo, Norway

After breakfast, Oceania will transfer you from the ship to the airport for your flights home. (B)

Itinerary subject to change.

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Radiant Alaska – Seattle to Seattle with Oceania Cruises

Oceania is a small-ship PREMIUM BOUTIQUE CRUISE LINE with destination-oriented itineraries, often travelling to smaller ports that megaships cannot reach. Noted throughout the industry for their gourmet cuisine, you will find a variety of onboard dining venues with no surcharges. The price includes your cruise, airfare from Ottawa (other cities are available), transfers, free wifi onboard and all taxes. PLUS you get to choose one of three options for free – EITHER- shore excursions; OR a shipboard credit; OR their House Select beverage package. Oceania’s focus on service ensures that you will be cared for and cared about while you cruise.

This cruise sails on Oceania Regatta (684 guests).

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Seattle, Washington

(Embark 1pm, Depart 5pm)

In Seattle you will be met at the arrivals gate by your Oceania representative and transferred to the ship. There will be no Travac representative escorting you, but Oceania will ensure that your transfer and boarding goes smoothly.

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

Day 2

Cruising the Inside Passage

(B, L, D)

Day 3

Ketchikan, Alaska

(9am – 5pm)

Totem poles are one of Ketchikan’s chief attractions, and the best places to view them are Saxman Village and Totem Bight State Park. Drop by the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center to learn about the local cultures and ecosystems. (B, L, D)

Day 4

Icy Strait Point (Hoonah), Alaska

(12pm – 8pm)

Hoonah means “where the north wind doesn’t blow” in the language of the Tlingit Indians, who make up about 70% of the population of this village on the lee side of Chichagof Island. However, wildlife outnumbers everyone, so watch for bears, eagles and humpback whales, which migrate here in the summer. (B, L, D)

Day 5

Cruising Hubbard Glacier

(B, L, D)

Day 6

Juneau, Alaska

(8am – 11pm)

For a state capital, Juneau maintains a surprising small-town charm, in part because it can only be reached by sea or air due to the surrounding wilderness. Collections from the indigenous people are displayed in the Alaska State Museum. Visit Mendenhall Glacier for outdoor adventure. (B, L, D)

Day 7

Skagway, Alaska

(7am – 4pm)

Skagway’s spectacular natural setting encourages a walking tour of this well-preserved gold rush town. See the Moore House, built in 1897, a year before the gold rush, and the Gold Rush Cemetery, where famed Old West desperado Soapy Smith is buried. Visit the Trail of ’98 Museum for a more in-depth look at Skagway’s freewheeling history. Or take a ride on the White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad and see the trail the gold rushers etched into the high mountain pass. (B, L, D)

Day 8

Sitka, Alaska

(8am – 4pm)

Called “Shee Atika” by the Tlingit Indians, then “New Archangel” by the Russians who ousted them, Sitka boasts a multicultural heritage. Two dozen of its attractions are on the National Register of Historic Places, including Castle Hill and Building 29, a structure built by the Russians in 1835. The Sheldon Jackson Museum exhibits one of Alaska’s oldest native culture collections. (B, L, D)

Day 9

Cruising the Outside Passage

(B, L, D)

Day 10

Victoria, British Columbia

(1 pm – 11pm)

Western Canada’s oldest city, Victoria proudly displays its British heritage. Explore lavish Craigdarroch Castle, built in the late 1800s for a Scottish coal baron. Trace the area’s early British seafarers in the Marine Museum of British Columbia. (B, L, D)

Day 11

Seattle

After breakfast, Oceania will transfer you from the ship to the airport for your flights home. (B)

Itinerary subject to change.

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