Depart Ottawa on your flight(s) to Athens. Dinner and a light breakfast are served onboard. (D)
Flights are booked by Oceania – schedule available approximately 75 days prior to sailing.
Athens, Greece (boarding time 1 pm)
Arrive in Athens and transfer to our ship – The “Marina”. Climb up the magnificent Acropolis and stand in awe of the Parthenon, the beautiful temples and the view over Athens stretched out before you. See city highlights including the new and old Olympic stadiums. Journey to Cape Sounion and the temple of Poseidon overlooking the sea or visit ancient Corinth and the narrow Corinth Canal cut through miles of solid rock. (D)
Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey (8 am – 5 pm)
Meander through the ruins of ancient Ephesus and marvel at the famed Library of Celsus, the huge amphitheater, the marble roads with their chariot marks, the amazing mosaic sidewalks and the superb, rarely opened Terrace Houses. Or journey to three monumental cities of antiquity – Priene, Miletus and Didyma – renowned for their majestic temples and impressive, beautifully preserved stadiums. (B, L, D)
Chanis (Crete), Greece (7 am – 3 pm)
Chania wears its past on its sleeve. Spend the day in museums, from those uncovering the ancient history buried beneath the rocky soil to those celebrating Greece’s magnificent maritime history and the region’s unique folklore. Visit the ruins of the city-state of Aptera, a powerhouse in Minoan and Hellenistic times and eventually a Roman stronghold. (B, L, D)
Corfu, Greece (10 am – 7 pm)
Immerse yourself in this island of glorious scenery and beaches, serene monasteries, beautiful palaces, traditional mountain towns and Corfu’s lovely old Venetian quarter. Or visit the ornate Achilleion Palace, built by Empress Sissi of Austria and filled with dramatic sculptures of the Greek hero Achilles. (B, L, D)
Dubrovnik, Croatia (8 am – 4 pm)
Enjoy a walk through this famous walled medieval city and its exquisite Venetian monuments. See the Franciscan monastery and explore the Rector’s palace and the cathedral. Or explore the countryside with a visit to lovely Cavtat, an enchanting seaside resort that began life as a Greek and then Roman colony. Then visit a local family in a Konavle Valley village and enjoy their hospitality over a traditional welcome of brandy and figs with a serenade by local musicians. (B, L, D)
Venice, Italy (arrive 12 pm)
Savor the majestic beauty of this amazing city as you glide along its canals and under its bridges, opulent palazzi and elegant churches lining the route. Discover Venice’s secret quarters down narrow alleys opening into spacious campos. Admire the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. Visit lovely Burano and the glass factories on Murano. Or enjoy the scenic countryside with its stunning Palladian villas. You will overnight in Venice, so enjoy the nightlife in this historic city. (B, L, D)
Venice, Italy (depart at 5 pm)
(B, L, D)
Cruising the Adriatic Sea
Catania, Italy (8 am – 6 pm)
Destroyed by an earthquake in the 17th century, Catania has been beautifully restored and offers ancient churches, castles and amphitheaters, lush gardens and lovely palazzos to explore. Tour the 13th century Ursino Castle, which was situated along the coast until earthquakes and volcanic eruptions transformed the landscape. Drive inland through picturesque villages and explore Villa Romana del Casale, a 4th century villa and UNESCO World Heritage Site containing a complex collection of Roman mosaics considered one of the finest in the Roman world. (B, L, D)
Salerno, Italy (7 am – 6 pm)
Experience the sublime atmosphere of the towns and villages that punctuate the Amalfi Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage site for its quintessentially Mediterranean scenery. Stroll along Salerno’s elegant lungomare, a shoreside promenade with far-reaching views of the sea and the mountains beyond. From Amalfi’s quaint Piazza Duomo, walk up ancient steps to the stunning Cathedral of Saint Andrew, while in kaleidoscopic Positano, take postcard-worthy photos of houses precariously perched on the shoreside cliffs. Behold the splendid Renaissance palazzi of Sorrento, float above the emerald green waters of a fabled sea cave and take in extraordinary panoramas of the ruggedly beautiful coastline from hilltop Ravello. (B, L, D)
Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy (6 am – 9 pm)
Travel to Rome and revel in the magnificent monuments, from the ancient Roman Forum and Coliseum to the splendor of St. Peter’s Basilica with Michelangelo’s Pietà and his breathtaking frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Or enjoy a drive through the lush farmlands of the Roman countryside to lovely medieval Castelgandolfo. (B, L, D)
Florence/Pisa/Tuscany (Livorno), Italy (8 am – 11 pm)
Spend a glorious day amidst the fabled architecture of this Renaissance city. See the Duomo with Brunelleschi’s dome, the famous baptistry, Michelangelo’s magnificent David, the bridge over the Arno and the astonishing Uffizi Gallery. Visit Pisa’s superb Campo dei Miracoli and its beautiful cathedral and famed campanile. Or enjoy the Tuscan countryside, Siena and San Gimignano, renowned for its medieval towers. Shopping: Find leather goods, lingerie, gold jewelry, Florentine mosaic, lace, marbled paper items, antiques and fine art. Dining: Savor the prosciutto, pecorino cheese and infinite variety of breads, cakes and salamis. (B, L, D)
Genoa, Italy (8 am – 6pm)
Discover the history and beautiful architecture of this ancient seaport in the lovely pink stone Palazzo Tursi, where letters of Christopher Columbus and Paganini’s famed Guarnieri violin are on display. Visit the magnificent Palazzo Bianco and stroll past old master paintings. Or explore the gemlike villages of the Cinque Terre, clinging to the coastal cliffs, and Portofino, the picturesque and elegant resort. (B, L, D)
Ajaccio (Corsica), France (7 am – 3 pm)
Stroll through the narrow streets of Napoleon’s birthplace, visit the bustling, colorful market, browse in the shops and see the cathedral where he was baptized. Relax in shady Place Foch beside a bubbling fountain and Napoleon’s statue. Or discover the stunning, rugged Corsican countryside and its famous aromatic maquis shrubs and oak trees. Admire the superb views and the impressive Prunelli Gorges. (B, L, D)
Palma de Mallorca, Spain (12 am – 9 pm)
Explore this beautiful island beginning with the magnificent Seo Cathedral and Bellver Castle. See the windmills and impressive manor house in the verdant countryside. Discover the amazing natural wonders in the Drach Caves. And for romance, visit the former Carthusian monastery in Valldemosa, where George Sand and Chopin spent a winter. (B, L, D)
Valencia, Spain (8 am – 6 pm)
The City of Arts and Sciences is an impressive collection of attractions, including an opera house and performing arts center, IMAX cinema, planetarium, science museum and oceanographic park. Visit the Gothic city of Requena, featuring perfectly preserved 100-year-old wine cellars. In Lladró’s City of Porcelain museum, explore the production facilities, or nearby visit the National Ceramics Museum, located in the former palace of nobility. (B, L, D)
Barcelona, Spain (8 am – 6 pm)
Visit the magnificent Gothic cathedral and the amazing La Sagrada Familia, Antoni Gaudí’s unfinished masterpiece. Enjoy the lovely Montjuic Gardens, Gaudí’s other fabulous structures, the charming squares of the old Gothic Quarter and the Ramblas, Barcelona’s famed downtown promenade. Or visit beautiful Montserrat and its monastery in a breathtaking setting high in the mountains. (B, L, D)
Toulon, France (8 am – 6 pm)
Lying on a natural harbor on the French Riviera, Toulon is France’s principal naval base, and the waterfront is always full of life. Designed around stately fountains and small squares, the Old City is tucked between the harbor and boulevard de Strasbourg, and its Cathédrale Saint-Marie-Majeure is noteworthy for its Romanesque architecture. The city is also rich in history, much of it on display in the marine museum and the Museum of Toulon, celebrated for its Provençal paintings. For the ultimate view of Toulon, ride the cable car to Mount Faron. (B, L, D)
Monte Carlo, Monaco
After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight. (B)
Itinerary subject to change.
There is nothing quite like it. The charm of the traditional German Christmas markets casts a magical and delightful spell on both tourists and locals alike.
Join Travac as we explore Christmas markets and festivities in both Germany and Austria. While these centuries old Christmas markets are held in many locales throughout both countries, Travac has selected the very best markets and towns to visit to make sure your experience is second to none. You’ll start in Vienna, a city that hosts five separate markets. You’ll then travel to Innsbruck, high in the Alps before heading to Nuremburg, the granddaddy of Christmas markets and one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. Along the way you’ll also visit Munich, the Neuschwanstein Castle with its “Walt Disney” façade and Heidelberg, famous for its romantic medieval castle.
We look forward to having you join us for this special experience.
Depart Ottawa on your overnight flights to Vienna.
Vienna’s magnetic charm is found on every corner during its colourful Christmas season. On the drive to our hotel you will have a chance to acclimatize yourself to your new vibrant surroundings. You will be able to check your bags at the hotel and enjoy a bit of free time in the heart of Vienna, possibly stopping at one of its world-renowned coffee houses for a “sachertorte.” After check in (early afternoon), the balance of your day will be at your leisure. Your Travac Tours Director will be happy to make suggestions for dinner.
Vienna 3 nights.
Your sightseeing of Vienna will begin with a guided tour of this great metropolitan centre led by a professional local guide. You will have a chance to see Hofburg Palace, the official residence of the President of Austria and a former home of the Hapsburg Dynasty. You will also see the famous Opera House, one of the most beautiful in the world, St Stephen’s Cathedral and Schonbrunn Palace, the summer home to the Hapsburgs. Your afternoon will again be free to discover some of the city’s incredible virtues. An optional concert will be available this evening. (B)
From mid-November to Christmas, Vienna’s prettiest squares transform into magical Christmas markets. The aroma of Christmas bakery items and hot mulled wine creates a wonderful pre-Christmas atmosphere. It is a tradition that has been going on since 1294 and brings delight to the locals as well as attracting visitors from all over the world. This evening you will be off to the Vienna Woods for a special Viennese dinner. You will enjoy home-style cooking with top-rated Austrian wines in an idyllic ambiance. The estate of the restaurant, which dates back to the 12th century, will charm you with its cozy rooms, historic vaulted cellars and romantic garden. You’ll be entertained by wandering musicians passing from table to table during your dinner. (B, D)
This morning you will depart Vienna and make your way south to the “post card” city of Innsbruck. Along the way, we’ll be stopping in Salzburg. Here you can truly experience romance in Mozart’s birthplace. Salzburg’s “Old Town” is internationally renowned for its baroque architecture and is one of the best-preserved city centres north of the Alps. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.
Christmas is always in the air in Salzburg and you will enjoy shopping the many quaint shops that populate the old town. Its Christmas market is unique and centrally located. The town itself offers a great combination of food and shopping from traditional inns to centuries old family businesses all within easy walking distance of each other. You will then depart for Innsbruck where you will overnight. (B)
Innsbruck 2 nights.
Innsbruck is in the centre of the Tyrolian Alps. In fact, the surrounding mountains provide exceptional vistas that really can’t be compared. Nowhere else are alpine experiences and urban joie de vivre so closely connected.
There is something special about a mountain view Christmas market. That’s why the Innsbruck Christmas markets are great spots from where to wrap your hands around a warm cup of glühwein (mulled wine) while keeping an eye on snow-covered Alpine peaks. The shops here will offer you a different experience than you have enjoyed so far and there will be an abundance of shops around the narrow streets that encompass the Christmas markets in this enchanting Austrian town. The Swarovski Christmas tree on the market square sparkles with more than 17,000 Swarovski crystals. (B)
Our journey continues from Innsbruck to Munich in the heart of Bavaria. Along the way we will be stopping at the Neuschwanstein Castle. The Neuschwanstein Castle is one of the most visited castles in all of Germany and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. This fairy tale castle was the model used by Walt Disney in fashioning Cinderella’s castle and is one of the icons that we associate with all Disney productions.Without doubt this will be one of the highlights of your Christmas experience. (B)
Munich 1 night.
This morning we will make our way to Nuremberg. With over 400 years of tradition, the Nuremberg Christmas market is one of the most famous in all of Europe. There is an unforgettable atmosphere in the old town. Almost every building is decorated in its Christmas regalia and tempting aromas fill the streets and alley-ways.
Travac’s visit to Nuremberg goes beyond the markets. Nuremberg is distinguished by its medieval architecture, red-roofed buildings, its castle and of course its Nazi rally grounds and the site of the Nuremberg trials. (B)
Nuremberg 2 nights.
Today we will be visiting Rothenburg ob der Tauber. This well-preserved medieval town has become a destination for tourists from around the world. It is part of the romantic road through southern Germany. Beyond its Christmas markets is its wonderful Christmas museum.
Ultimately it is the small-town atmosphere that will become a cherished memory of your Christmas market experience.
Upon returning to Nuremberg you will have some free time to continue exploring this enchanting town. (B)
After breakfast we will travel to Heidelberg. Heidelberg is a town on the Neckar River in southwestern Germany. This university town is easily among Germany’s most beautiful cities, but to see the picturesque old town and the castle illuminated by fairy lights during the Christmas season is the icing on the cake. Time permitting, we’ll also visit some of the surrounding villages that offer their best during the Christmas season. (B)
Heidelberg 2 nights.
A visit to Heidelberg is not complete without a visit to Heidelberg Castle. Nestled in the hill 300 feet above the city sits this breath-taking castle. The castle itself, has a history almost as old as the city itself. Not only does the castle offer wonderful views of the city, its gardens that surround part of the castle were considered to be among the finest when they were first commissioned and still impress. It is also home to the largest wine keg in all of Europe (standing over two stories tall and holding 220,000 litres of wine). (B)
This morning we will make our way to Frankfurt for our return flights to Ottawa. (B)
Vienna: Austria Classic
Hotel AddressPraterstraße 72
+43 1 211 30-0
Innsbruck: Hotel Grauer Bär
Hotel AddressUniversitätsstraße 5-7, 6020
+43 512 59240
Munich: Hampton by Hilton Munich City Centre West
Hotel AddressLandsberger Str. 114, 80339
+49 89 1598500
Nuremberg: IntercityHotel Nuremberg
Hotel AddressEilgutstraße 8, 90443
+49 911 24780
Heidelberg: Holiday Inn Express Heidelberg City Centre
Hotel AddressKurfürsten-Anlage 23, 69115
+49 6221 42840
Depart Ottawa by bus to Montreal to catch your flights to Cape Town. Times are subject to change.
A warm welcome to Cape Town, South Africa!
We will be transferred directly to our hotel on arrival.
Overnight: Cape Cadogan Standard or Luxury Room: https://www.capecadogan.co.za/
Situated in the heart of the ”Capetonian’s” Cape Town, away from tourist congestion. There are a wide variety of boutiques, restaurants and bars in the neighbourhood. The hotel is in close proximity to Table Mountain (10 minutes), Clifton Beach (15 minutes) and the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront (10 minutes). Free daily scheduled Waterfront transfers.
Full day Table Mountain and City Tour – Cape Town
Today you will proceed to Table Mountain (weather permitting).
Often described as magical and mystical, Table Mountain is Cape Town’s most prominent feature and a world-famous landmark. This majestic mountain is visible from almost everywhere in Cape Town and is often used as a beacon by which to find direction. The mountain is sculpted from sandstone and rises 1086 metres at its highest point, Maclears Beacon, above the bay. Its flat summit measures nearly 3km and provides breathtaking views over the city and its beaches. The panorama stretches from Table Bay to False Bay and around the mountain to the Hout Bay Valley and Kommetjie. On a clear day one has a magnificent view across the Cape Flats to the Hottentots Holland Mountains.
Afterwards, travel to the Company Gardens and view the oldest museum in sub-Saharan Africa. The South African Museum (SAM) has been adding to their collections for nearly 200 years and was established in 1825. Collections here range from fossils to insects and fish found as recently as a week ago; there are Stone Age tools, over 120 000 years old, side by side with displays of traditional clothes from the last century.
Continue to the Castle of Good Hope. The Castle of Good Hope is the oldest surviving building in South Africa. Built between 1666 and 1679, this pentagonal fortification replaced a small clay and timber fort built by Commander Jan van Riebeeck in 1652 upon establishing a maritime replenishment station at the Cape of Good Hope for the Dutch East India Company, better known as the VOC (Verenigde Oos-Indische Compagnie). Included lunch will be at a local restaurant.
Overnight: Cape Cadogan Standard or Luxury Room (B, L)
Full day Cape Point tour – Cape Town
This is an awe-inspiring tour to the towering headland known as Cape Point. Magnificent beaches, breathtaking views, and picturesque coastal villages are to be seen along the way.
Today you will view the exclusive suburbs of Sea Point, Clifton and Camps Bay before continuing via Llandudno to the fishing harbour of Hout Bay. If calm seas prevail, join a launch cruise to view the Duiker Island seals and cormorants at close quarters (Time and weather permitting – $ Own Account).
Then we’ll travel along the spectacular Chapman’s Peak Drive to Kommetjie and enter the Cape Point Nature Reserve where you will be taken to the best vantage point to view what is erroneously said to be the meeting place of two mighty oceans.
After your lunch stop ($ Own account), we will follow the coastline along False Bay. We’ll return to Cape Town by way of Simon’s Town, where we visit the penguin colony at Boulders Beach (for own account), Fish Hoek fishing village and Muizenberg. Before our return, we’ll stop at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens for a short walking tour of the beautiful gardens. We return to Cape Town, passing the University of Cape Town, Rhodes Memorial and the Groote Schuur Hospital.
Overnight: Cape Cadogan Standard or Luxury Room (B)
Full day Winelands – Cape Town
We will start our day by visiting Stellenbosch. It is easy to understand why Simon van der Stel decided to settle a village amongst the mountains. The backdrop of the Hottentots Holland Mountains, the white gabled Cape Dutch homesteads and the oak lined streets and lanes all blend in to give this place a charm that will not be forgotten.
Proceed to Paarl where you will visit Anura at 10:00 for a cheese and wine tasting.
Finally, we make our way to Franschhoek with a photo stop at the Groot Drakenstein Prison where Nelson Mandela was released in Feb 1990. The village of Franschhoek nestled amongst the mountains, can easily be mistaken as being in Switzerland. After a short tour of the little town, there will be time for another wine tasting.
Overnight: Cape Cadogan Standard or Luxury Room (B)
Free day in Cape Town
Today is a relaxing day, you might want to visit the V & A Waterfront with all its great restaurants and shops. There will be an optional visit to a beach today. If you’re interested your Travac Tours Director will advise you of the details.
Overnight: Cape Cadogan Standard or Luxury Room (B)
Cape Town to Johannesburg
After breakfast we will depart the hotel to the airport. Our flight today will take us to Johannesburg, flight time is approximately 2 ½ hours. Once we arrive we will be transferred to our hotel for the day.
The rest of the day will be at leisure in Melrose. Experience a passionate sense of style and service at the Melrose Arch Hotel. Situated in the new Melrose Arch development in Northern Johannesburg, the Melrose Arch Hotel offers easy access from the airport to the best that Johannesburg has to offer, day or night. The world-renowned March Restaurant, legendary swimming pool, inviting library and modern, comfortably appointed rooms conspire to make your visit to the Melrose Arch Hotel unique and unforgettable.
Feel the pulse of urban Africa, set the course for your business, or just lay back in designer luxury – the choice is yours at The Melrose Arch Hotel where service excellence, absolute luxury and superb facilities are the order of the day.
Overnight: Melrose Arch Hotel (B) http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/jnbml-african-pride-melrose-arch-hotel/
Full day Soweto and Apartheid Museum – Johannesburg neighbourhoods
You will be collected from your hotel after an early breakfast for your full day tour of the Soweto and Apartheid Museum.
Soweto is a sprawling township, or more accurately, a cluster of townships on the south-western flank of Johannesburg. Soweto was created in the 1930s, with Orlando the first township established. In the 1950s, more black people were relocated there from ‘black spots’ in the inner city – black neighbourhoods which the apartheid government had reserved for whites. With a population of over 2 million, the township is the biggest black urban settlement in Africa with a rich political history. Soweto was the centre of political campaigns aimed at the overthrow of the apartheid state. The 1976 student uprising started in Soweto and spread to the rest of the country. Many of the sights on this route therefore have political significance. From the footbridge of the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, the largest on the continent, one can get a panoramic view of Soweto.
Visit the Hector Pieterson Museum in Orlando West, Soweto, built in memory of the people who died that day, 16 June 1976. Nelson Mandela’s humble little house in Orlando West, Soweto, now called the Mandela Family Museum, is an interesting stopover for those keen to imbibe a slice of authentic history on the world’s most famous former prisoner. The museum, a house comprising four inter-leading rooms, contains a rather eclectic assortment of memorabilia, paintings and photographs of the Mandela family as well as a collection of doctorates bestowed on Nelson Mandela from universities and institutions around the world. You can also have a glimpse of the mansion belonging to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in an affluent part of Orlando West. Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s house and the Sisulu residences are in the same neighbourhood. The Apartheid Museum tells the story of the triumph of the human spirit over adversity. Whoever you are, you cannot but come away with a deeper understanding and appreciation of this country, its darkest days and its brightest triumphs. The Apartheid Museum, the first of its kind, illustrates the rise and fall of apartheid. The racially prejudiced system that blighted much of its progress and the triumph of reason which crowned half a century of struggle. The Museum has been assembled and organized by a multi-disciplinary team of curators, film-makers, historians and designers. An architectural consortium comprising several leading architectural firms, conceptualized the design of the museum on a seven-hectare site. The museum is a superb example of design, space and landscape offering the international community a unique South African experience.
Overnight: Melrose Arch Hotel Superior Pool Facing Rooms (B)
Johannesburg to Madikwe – Madikwe Game Reserve
This morning you are transferred to Madikwe Safari Lodge. (Approximately 4,5 Hours)
Madikwe Game Reserve, in the North West province, is one of South Africa’s largest Big Five game reserves and features a variety of lodges and camps, ranging from comfortable to luxurious. Set in a malaria-free area in the historic North West province, near the border with Botswana, the 76 000-hectare (187 800 acre) Madikwe Game Reserve supports a diverse combination of bushveld and the semi-arid Kalahari.
Madikwe is famed for Operation Phoenix, the world’s largest game translocation exercise. Established almost 20 years ago, the reserve successfully reintroduced more than 8 000 animals of 28 species, including lion, elephant and buffalo, as well as black and white rhino. This area is now home to the famous Big Five, as well as the endangered African wild dog and 350 bird species. Tonight, will embark on our first game drive!
Overnight 4 nights: Madikwe – Lelapa Lodge -ALL INCLUSIVE (Including: all meals, tea, coffee and mini bar in room, selected beverages alcoholic and non-alcoholic, two daily game drives (time and weather permitting). And a few surprises along the way! http://www.madikwesafarilodge.co.za/our-lodges/madikwe-lelapa-lodge/
Madikwe Game Reserve Here is an example of the daily events at Madikwe (times are approximate and subject to change)
- 05h00 Wake-up call
- 05h30 Tea/Coffee and game drive departs
- 09h00 Game drive returns, breakfast/brunch is served
- At leisure Bush walk or activities of personal preference
- 16h00 High tea
- 16h30 Game drive departs
- 19h30 Game drive returns and dinner follows
Madikwe to Johannesburg
Today we will enjoy our last morning game drive!
We will return to have breakfast and lunch at Madikwe Lelapa Lodge. We will have to vacate our rooms just before lunch. After lunch we will check out and head back by coach to Johannesburg to catch our overnight flight back to Montreal.
Upon arrival in Montreal, a bus will transfer us back to Ottawa.
Times on this itinerary are subject to change. You will be notified by Travac Tours staff or your Travac Tours Director.
- The South African electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 HZ.
- Most plugs are 15 amp 3-prong or 5 amp 2-prong, with round pins. If an adaptor is called for, consider bringing one with you, although they can be purchased locally.
- US-made appliances may need a transformer.
- Most hotel rooms have 110-volt outlets for electric shavers and appliances.
- For outgoing international calls, dial 00 plus the country and area codes of the destination concerned. Refer to telephone directors for international dialing codes or obtain 24-hour assistance by calling 10903.
- For incoming international calls, the code is +27 followed by the city code or cell phone code, dropping the first 0.
- Some local city dialing codes: 011 – Johannesburg; 012 – Pretoria; 021 – Cape Town; 031 – Durban; 041 – Port Elizabeth.
- 08 numbers are free to the caller; 0860 numbers are charged at local rates; 0861 numbers are charged at a flat rate.
- Tipping for your game reserves, local guides, and your local drivers are all included.
- Tipping for your Travac Tours Director is not included. It is customary to tip your Travac Tours Director $5.00/day per person as a token of appreciation at the end of the tour. Gratuities are at your discretion and are always very much appreciated.
- Tipping is widely practiced in South Africa. In restaurants and bars, 10% is the accepted tipping standard.
- Visit the South African Department of Home Affairs comprehensive website www.home-affairs.gov.za. This website details which nationals are exempt from visas, and which are obliged to make application. Enquiries regarding South African visa info can also be obtained from South African missions in your country, or the nearest one to you. VISAS ARE NOT REQUIRED FOR CANADIAN CITIZENS TO ENTER INTO SOUTH AFRICA.
What to Wear:
- We’re generally laid back in South Africa, so no need to haul out your best silks and diamonds when you head for our shores. Here’s some clothing advice when in South Africa:
- The fall/winter season is generally mild, comparing favourably with European summers. But we do get some days when temperatures sky-dive, especially in high-lying areas such as the Drakensberg, so be prepared with jerseys and jackets. If you are going to the Cape, rain gear will be needed in this season.
- Always bring a hat – the sun can be strong even in the winter months. Make sunglasses, a hat and sun block a firm part of your skincare kit.
- Walking shoes are a good idea all year-round, with warm socks in the winter.
- For game viewing, neutral-toned items are the best. Nothing too colourful.
- For the evening, if you are dining at an upmarket restaurant or seeing a show, go the smart-casual route.
- South African Customs regulations afford visitors to the country the opportunity to bring in certain goods without incurring duties and value added tax (VAT). These are limited in quantity and value. On arrival, you can take the green ‘nothing to declare’ channel if you stick to these allowances:
- Personal effects
- Other new or used goods not exceeding R3 000 (Additional goods, new or used, exceeding R12 000 will incur a duty charge of 20%)
- Wine not exceeding 2 litres per person over the age of 18
- Spirits and alcohol not exceeding l litre per person over the age of 18
- Cigarettes not exceeding 200 and cigars not exceeding 20 per person over the age of 18
- 250g cigarette tobacco or pipe tobacco per person over the age of 18
- Perfumery not exceeding 50ml and toilet water not exceeding 250ml per person
- But, if you have goods in excess of these allowances, take the red channel and declare your items, where you will be billed at the applicable rates by representatives of South African Customs. Note also, that if you are importing for business and commercial intent, you will also not qualify for these allowances, other than personal effects.
- Customs in South Africa further stipulates that when you leave the country you are permitted to take up to R500 in South African Reserve Bank notes. A 20% levy is charged on higher amounts.
The Douro river offers some of the best scenery of any river cruise in Europe.
Travac Tours is pleased to be offering a special cruise on the Douro and into the heart of Portugal and Spain’s wine country at an incredible price.
Starting at only $5029 ($4349 + taxes of $680) per person based on double occupancy, Travac’s river cruise includes round trip airfare from Canada, one night accommodation in Porto with breakfast, an eight day seven night river cruise on the Douro River with refined French cuisine (three meals a day), all your drinks with meals and at the bar (specialty drinks excluded), a gala dinner and evening, a host of onboard activities, a visit to Fatima, three nights’ accommodation in the vibrant city of Lisbon with breakfast daily, and the services a Travac Tours Director.
Early booking is essential if you want to take part in this adventure!
Dates to be announced for July 2021.
This afternoon we will depart from Ottawa by chartered coach for Montreal and our flight to Porto.
Day 2- Porto
Upon our arrival in Porto we will be transferred to our hotel. Check in is not available until mid- afternoon. Your tour director will have a few options to help you discover this fabulous city.
Day 3- Porto
This morning you have free time in Porto before checking out of the hotel. In the afternoon we will board our ship and settle into our cabins.
CLASSIC and DISCOVERY: Tour of Porto “by night”**
Day 4- Porto
While in Porto, one of the oldest cities in Europe, you will have a chance to enjoy a guided tour this morning.
CLASSIC: Guided tour of Porto, one of the oldest cities in Europe**
DISCOVERY: Touring Porto via tram and visiting the tram museum**
Your afternoon will be free. After dinner you can enjoy some Fado entertainment aboard the ship.
Day 5- Porto- Regua
If you have a taste for port wine Peso da Régua, a UNESCO site, the Douro Valley is somewhere you’ll love.
Until the 20th century Peso da Régua was where port wine barrels would be loaded onto wooden boats known as rabelos and shipped down to Vila Nova de Gaia at the mouth of the Douro where they would make their way around the world. The region itself is the base of the oldest demarcated wine region in the world, the Douro DOC, regulated since 1756. The landscapes that you will encounter are absolutely stunning.
CLASSIC: Tour of Guimaraes**
DISCOVERY: Hiking along the Douro River**
Day 6- Regua- Vega de Terron
As we reach the border between Portugal and Spain we will stop at the small Spanish port town of Vega de Terron. This town is a popular passageway to the ancient university city of Salamanca. With both Portuguese and Spanish influences, Vega de Terron is a charming settlement dotted on the banks of the fascinating waterway across from beautiful Douro International Nature Park.
CLASSIC and DISCOVERY: Discover the formal gardens at the Mateus Palace and Vila Real **
The afternoon will be spent cruising. Enjoy an evening of Flamenco entertainment.
Day 7- Salamanca
Today we travel to Salamanca. Salamanca is located in northwestern Spain. It is the capital of Salamanca province and is part of the Castile and León region. With a history dating back to the Celtic era, it’s known for its ornate sandstone architecture and for the Universidad de Salamanca. This small town has a vibrant atmosphere with picturesque parks and squares.
CLASSIC: Discover Salamanca and its unusual cathedral**
DISCOVERY: Discover Salamanca’s old town by bike**
Tonight, enjoy an evening of entertainment.
Day 8- Barca D’Alva- Ferradosa- Pinhao
The morning will be spent cruising. We travel between Barca D’Alva, Ferradosa and ultimately arriving in Pinhao. Some of the best Port wines are produced in Pinhao. The picturesque town offers more than wines. Pinhão sits on a particularly lovely bend of the Rio Douro. Its shops are quaint and the atmosphere around town is particularly vibrant.
CLASSIC and DISCOVERY: Discover the Porto wines, including tasting**
Tonight, is our gala dinner and evening aboard our ship.
Day 9- Pinhao- Porto
On our return to Porto we will stop in Lamego. Lamego is nestled among the terraced slopes of the Douro valley and its port wine-growing region. The town itself is overlooked by an ornate shrine done in a Baroque style. The art is everywhere and will turn your heads in wonderment. Its gardens are exquisite and its lifestyle typical of the Douro. CLASSIC and DISCOVERY: Discover Lamego**
This afternoon will be spent cruising. Tonight, you will be able to enjoy an evening of traditional folk entertainment.
Day 10- Porto
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. We will travel south from Porto to Lisbon. Along the way will be stopping in Fatima for a visit to this religious facility.
Day 11- Lisbon
This morning you will have the chance to enjoy a tour of Lisbon conducted by a qualified local tour professional. Your afternoon will be at your leisure.
Day 12- Lisbon
Today is a free day. There will be plenty of options and your tour director will be happy to go over them with you.
Day 13- Lisbon
This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Montreal. On arrival in Montreal, there will be a chartered coach for your return to Ottawa.
Cruise itinerary is subject to change by cruise line.
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Depart Ottawa on your flight(s) to Papeete. Dinner and a light breakfast are served onboard.
Flights are booked by Oceania – schedule available approximately 75 days prior to sailing. (D)
Papeete (Tahiti), French Polynesia (Boarding time 1pm)
Arrive in Papeete and transfer to our ship – The “Regatta”. The island of Tahiti’s urban center has much to offer visitors. You can take a stroll through the new Jardins Paofai, watch the surfers on their longboards, marvel at Faarumai Waterfalls, The Blowhole and the Fern Grottos.
Papeete (Tahiti), French Polynesia (Departure at 5am)
Arrives at 8am in Moorea (departs at 4pm) 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)
Fakarava, French Polynesia (Arrive 8am – Depart 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)
At Sea, International Waters, Cruising the South Pacific (B, L, D)
Nuka Hiva, French Polynesia (Arrive 8am – Depart 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)
At Sea, International Waters, Cruising the South Pacific (B, L, D)
Rangiroa, French Polynesia (Arrive 8am-Depart 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)
Bora Bora, French Polynesia (Arrives 1pm)
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)
Bora Bora, French Polynesia (Departs 7pm)
Enjoy a full day in Bora Bora. (B, L, D)
Raiatea, French Polynesia (Arrives 8am-Depart 5pm)
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)
Papeete (Tahiti), French Polynesia Disembark between 8am-10am
After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight. (B)
Flights from Papeete – Ottawa, Air Schedule TBA
*Itinerary always subject to change*
** Please note that you are required to have a valid Canadian passport with you. Non-Canadians may require a visa. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have such a document if required. Any other nationality other than Canadian persons must identify themselves to the booking agent for verification of documents required. IF YOU ARRIVE AT YOUR DEPARTURE POINT WITHOUT PROPER ID YOU WILL BE DENIED BOARDING. **
Depart Ottawa on your scheduled flight(s) to Shanghai. Dinner and a light breakfast are served onboard. (D)
Fly to Shanghai, China’s largest city, then transfer to your hotel. See the modern financial district juxtaposed with the older sections of the city. (B)
This morning, tour Old Shanghai and travel along the elegant Bund, stopping to admire some of its historic buildings and city views. Spend some time at the exquisite Yuyuan Garden, dating back to the Ming Dynasty. After lunch in a local restaurant, tour the Shanghai Museum. Dine locally before seeing the world-famous Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe from the best seats in the house. (B, L, D)
After breakfast, prepare for your flight to Wuhan. Upon arriving, transfer to your ship docked close to Wuhan’s historic waterfront. You are welcomed aboard with a Western meal. (B, L, D)
Today visit the Hubei Provincial Museum, where you hear the chimes of ancient bronze bells and view fascinating relics from 400 BC. Return to the ship and set sail this evening. (B, L, D)
After a morning of sailing, arrive in Jingzhou. Visit an elementary school sponsored by Viking River Cruises where you are greeted and entertained by the children. (B, L, D)
Wu Gorge, China
This morning, cruise through Xiling Gorge, the longest of the Three Gorges. After lunch, disembark for a tour of the Three Gorges Dam, where you learn about this immense engineering masterpiece and what it means for the Chinese people and the Yangtze. Return to your ship and sail through the 5-stage locks of the Three Gorges Dam. Dock overnight at Badong. (B, L, D)
Wu Gorge, China
During breakfast, cruise through Wu (‟Witches”) Gorge, renowned for its magnificent scenery. Then, board a smaller boat for an excursion through the Goddess Stream. Along the way, see fascinating sites including the hanging coffins of the Ba people and the ancient plank road carved into the cliffside. Return aboard for lunch, then spend the afternoon sailing through Qutang Gorge, the shortest, narrowest and most spectacular of the three large gorges. Dine aboard. (B, L, D)
This morning, visit Shibaozhai Temple, a 12-story pavilion built in 1650 along the Yangtze. Tour the pavilion and temple before returning aboard for lunch. Enjoy Yangtze River scenery as you cruise this afternoon and through the night. (B, L, D)
After breakfast, disembark and enjoy a brief tour of Chongqing, the largest city in western China and an important inland port. Visit the Chongqing Zoo to see the giant pandas and other exotic species. After lunch in a local restaurant, fly to Xian, key city of the Tang Dynasty. From 618 to 907 AD, this dynasty presided over one of China’s most glorious cultural periods, spreading its influence throughout Asia into Europe and Africa. This evening, have dinner and relax at your hotel. (B, L, D)
After breakfast, tour the mausoleum where Emperor Qin Shi Huang was laid to rest over 2,000 years ago. See the thousands of life-sized Terra Cotta Warriors, archers and infantrymen that were buried with him, each man and horse molded with its own distinctive features. Walkways provide a bird’s-eye view of the entire necropolis where the Terra Cotta Army was discovered in the 1970s. After lunch, you have free time to further explore Xian. This evening, you may choose to dine surrounded by the song and dance of this colorful era. (B, L, D)
Today, fly to Beijing, China’s imperial capital, whose rich history dates back more than 3,000 years. Check in to your hotel and dine there; enjoy free time this evening. (B, L, D)
After breakfast, travel to the Badaling Hills. There, you behold one of the most impressive and best-preserved sections of the Great Wall of China. This 4,000-mile-long series of sandstone and earthwork fortifications was built and maintained between the 5th century BC and the 16th century AD, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore its winding pathways and marvel at the panoramic views from its ramparts.
After a lunch of local specialties, visit the Sacred Way, a tree-lined avenue guarded by massive sculptures of elephants, lions and camels leading to the Ming Dynasty tombs. This evening, dine at a local restaurant and relax at your hotel, or enjoy an optional Peking duck dinner, the region’s famous dish. (B, L, D)
This morning visit the enormous Tiananmen Square, which can accommodate over 1 million people. Then, tour Beijing’s Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Made up of nearly 1,000 buildings, it is the world’s largest surviving palace complex. Walk its grounds among the opulent palaces, pavilions, courtyards and imperial gardens within the 26-foot-high walls.
After lunch in a local restaurant, take some free time to explore Beijing on your own or do some shopping. Enjoy your dinner this evening, or attend The Legend of Kung Fu for a beautiful display of this performance art, which has roots that date back 4000 years. (B, L, D)
After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight. (B)
*Itinerary always subject to change*
** Please note that you are required to have a valid Canadian passport with you. Non-Canadians may require a visa. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have such a document if required. Any other nationality other than Canadian persons must identify themselves to the booking agent for verification of documents required. IF YOU ARRIVE AT YOUR DEPARTURE POINT WITHOUT PROPER ID YOU WILL BE DENIED BOARDING.**
Your holiday is an adventure that will take you across central Europe from Budapest to Venice. You will be exploring two mighty empires that dominated the region for centuries; the Austro- Hungarian Empire and the Republic of Venice.
In Budapest you’ll encounter the unique flavours that has made this city a magnet for tourism in central Europe. You’ll then be off to Ljubljana in Slovenia, one of the most picturesque towns in the region. You’ll have time to relax and enjoy its wonderful pedestrian life taking in its streets lined with small shops and outdoor cafes.
Moving west you’ll stop in the Croatian Riviera and the beautiful village of Opatija. Known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” Opatija has become a welcome retreat for tourists from around the world.
Your next stop will be in Lake Garda, Italy’s beautiful lake district. Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy and one of its favourite tourist destinations. You’ll be staying on the northern part of Lake Garda that is one picturesque parts of Italy with the dramatic Dolomites part of the scenery.
Your last stop will be in Venice. Lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces, Venice deserve its reputation as one of Europe’s cultural capitals.
Attractively priced at only $4188 per person based on double occupancy including all taxes ($3399 per person + taxes of $789), this holiday will be in high demand.
Your holiday package includes round trip airfare from Ottawa, accommodation with breakfast daily, five dinners, city tours conducted by professional local guides and the services of a Travac Tours Director.
This afternoon you will depart from Ottawa for your overnight flights to Europe.
Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. Budapest, Hungary’s capital, is bisected by the Danube River. One side of the river is the hilly Buda district while on the other side you’ll find the flat Pest district. Budapest dates all the way back to Roman times. Most of what you will encounter in Budapest however is a product of the middle ages. Its brilliant beauty makes the city one of the most photographed in Central Europe. After checking into the hotel, the balance of you day will be free.
After breakfast you will begin your city tour. The tour of Budapest will consist of a walking portion in old Buda, to take in a good part of the city’s rich heritage. Then you will drive to Pest, visiting Heroes’ Square featuring the Millennium Memorial. Your guide will also cover much of the city’s modern history from World War II through the communist era. On your free time this afternoon, you may wish to visit one of the city’s Thermal Pools. (B, D)
A free day in Budapest is invigorating. Take time to shop, explore and enjoy the boundless heritage that has made this city so awe inspiring. You may wish to consider an evening cruise on the Danube spoiling you with the view from the river and a chance to see the city lit up. It’s a truly remarkable spectacle. (B)
This morning we will depart for Ljubljana in Slovenia. Ljubljana can easily claim to be one of the most picturesque cities in central Europe. It is Slovenia’s capital and is known for its abundance of green space making it so alluring. The curving Ljubljanica River is lined with outdoor cafes dividing the old town from the modern city. Upon our arrival we will meet our tour guide for a short orientation tour of the city. After checking into the hotel the balance of your day is on your own. (B)
On your free day in Ljubljana you may wish to visit the city’s Museum of Modern Art or the National Museum of Slovenia. Both are intriguing and well worth the visit. Of course, the side-walk cafes are a must for people watching. (B)
Our adventure continues as we travel through Slovenia to the Croatian Riviera and the delightful village of Opatija. Variously known as the “Old Dame”, the “Pearl of the Adriatic” or the “Queen of Tourism” Opatija is a remarkable seaside resort dating back to 1844. The feel of the Victorian era is everywhere amongst the spectacular hotels with their grand facades. The cascading hills remind you of Italy’s Amalfi Coast. It is truly a destination of elegance and style. Upon your arrival your Travac Tours Director will take you on a short stroll down the city’s main street and point out some of the town’s highlights. If you are into walking you will certainly enjoy the “Lungomare Promenade” which follows the coastline for 12 kilometers. (B, D)
After breakfast we begin our tour with a visit to the Roman Amphitheatre in the ancient town of Pula. While this Amphitheatre is one of many left around Europe by Roman engineers it is certainly one of the best preserved anywhere. We’ll also spend some time in the old town before heading to Rovinj. Rovinj rises dramatically from the Adriatic. Its streets are delightfully twisty and there is indeed something particularly romantic about this old town. You will then return to your Opatija hotel. (B, D)
On our last day in this region you are free to relax and enjoy Opatija. Optional experiences will be available to you and will be covered by your tour director. (B, D)
This morning we will make our way to Lake Garda. This, the largest lake in Italy is also one of the loveliest. For art and history lovers, Lake Garda offers an attractive leap into the past. Medieval villages clustered between walls and towers along with Veronese and Venetian castles recall memorable battles of the past and great leaders that ruled in the area. (B)
After breakfast you embark on a tour of the lake area. You will have the option of taking a lake cruise in the afternoon. (B)
A free today to relax and enjoy the scenery of Lake Garda (B)
This morning we will make our way to Venice. Venice and the lore surrounding this, the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, brings millions of tourists to this ancient city every year. It is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. Venice was one of the most important cities in Central Europe for several hundred years. There are still many representations of its former glory that you could visit during your stay. Upon our arrival we will be met by our local guide for an orientation walking tour of the city. We will depart for our hotel in Mestre later in the afternoon. (B)
You are free today to experience Venice on your own. (B, D)
Your Travac Tours Director will advise you of your departure time for the airport and your return flights to Canada. (B)
Budapest- Continental Hotel Budapest
Hotel AddressDohány u. 42-44
+36 1 815 1000
Hotel AddressŠtefanova ulica 4
+386 591 10057
Opatija-Remisens Premium hotel Imperial
Hotel AddressUlica Maršala Tita 124/3
+385 51 710 444
Lake Garda- Astoria Park Hotel
Hotel AddressViale Trento, 9
Lake Garda, Italy
+39 0464 576657
Mestre - Leonardo Royal Hotel Venice Mestre
Hotel AddressVia Ca' Marcello, 6
+39 041 87261
Pictured above: City of Dubrovnik
Succulent seafood, miles and miles of brilliant coastline, awe inspiring scenery everywhere you go, it’s all a taste of this unique land called Croatia. With roots that go back to the Greek and Roman eras you will find telltale examples of its magnificent past everywhere. The magnetism of modern Croatia, though, is found on the Adriatic coast with its beautiful beaches, secluded bays, lakes, incredible mountain peaks, fantastic cuisine and prized wines and spirits.
Travac Tours has crafted the perfect holiday for you in Croatia. Your experience will take you through the capital Zagreb and the plains district where you can visit its castles or simply enjoy freshly picked fruit from a local farm. While in Zagreb you’ll stay at the legendary Hotel Esplanade, an Orient Express hotel, visited by actors, dignitaries, kings and monarchs including Queen Elizabeth.
We’ll then take you to the Croatian Riviera where towns look like movie sets and the mountains cascade into the sea. This, the Monte Carlo of Croatia, is compared to the Amalfi coast in Italy yet you may find it more exhilarating.
A highlight of your vacation will come with a visit to the Plitvice Lakes National Park. A UNESCO world heritage site the park’s undeniable natural wonder is created by the beauty found in a string of lakes and waterfalls. Indeed, the lakes are one of the most outstanding natural wonders in all of Europe
You will then travel to the small village of Biograd na Moru to enjoy the matchless charm of this seaside resort.
Continuing south, you’ll stay in Split, an eternally young city where many inhabitants have built their homes inside the 1700-year-old walls of the Diocletian’s Palace, another UNESCO world heritage site. Here you will be able to shop and enjoy the towns famous marketplace. This seaside town truly brings you back to the Mediterranean as it once was.
Your last stop is Dubrovnik. A fortified sea town which holds thousands of years of both history and legend. This former city state was a republic of nobles. Its castles and villas are often used as backdrops for the TV series “Game of Thrones.” Dubrovnik is indeed amazing!
While on vacation you will be housed in some of the finest hotels in Croatia, each with a distinctive character. Breakfast is included daily. We have also included 8 dinners at the resort hotels. There is a full slate of sightseeing. Optional sightseeing opportunities are available for the adventurous and energetic.
Undeniably, Croatia is the up and coming destination for the perfect holiday. Join us!
Travac is also offering a May tour to Croatia: for more info, please click here.
Ottawa to Zagreb
Depart Ottawa by motorcoach to Montreal for your overnight flights to Zagreb.
Zagreb is the capital of Croatia. Archeological discoveries dating back to around 35,000 BC, during the Stone Age, have been discovered in the area. While Celts moved in from the North and the Romans from the West. Zagreb, as we know it today, dates back to the middle ages and there are plenty of sights that reflect its great past. After checking into your hotel, the balance of your day will be free. Your hotel, the Esplanade Zagreb, has a fascinating history dating back to 1925 when it was owned by “The Orient Express” Rail Company. Over the years this 5-star hotel has hosted most of the royal families in Europe as well as actors and diplomats. To this day it is considered to be one of the finest hotels in central Europe. Numerous museums and the botanical gardens are a short walk from your hotel.
You will begin your day with a tour of Zagreb. A good part of the tour will be on foot as we meander through the old town. Zagreb itself is a very green city and there is plenty of opportunity to enjoy its parks and green spaces. Your afternoon is free to explore. (B)
Your day is free to explore Zagreb. (B)
Zagreb to Opatija
This morning we head to the Croatian Riviera and the delightful town of Opatija. Variously known as the “Old Dame”, the “Pearl of the Adriatic” or the “Queen of Tourism” Opatija is a remarkable seaside resort dating back to 1844. The feel of the Victorian era is everywhere amongst the spectacular hotels with their grand facades. The cascading hills remind you of Italy’s Amalfi Coast. It is truly a destination of elegance and style. Upon your arrival your Travac Tours Director will take you on a short stroll down the city’s main street and point out some of the town’s highlights. (B, D)
If you are into walking you will certainly enjoy the “Lungomare Promenade” which follows the coastline for 12 kilometers.
After breakfast we begin our tour with a visit to the Roman Amphitheatre in Pula. While this Amphitheatre is one of many left around Europe by Roman engineers it is certainly one of the best preserved anywhere. We’ll also spend some time in the old town before heading to Rovinj. Rovinj rises dramatically from the Adriatic. Its streets are delightfully twisty and there is indeed something particularly romantic about this old town. (B, D)
On our last day in this region you are free to relax and enjoy Opatija. (B, D)
Opatija to Biograd na Moru
Our journey today will take us to Plitvicka Jezera National Park. This UNESCO world heritage site will be one of the highlights of your holiday. The national park is world famous for its lakes arranged in cascades. The sixteen lakes are separated into twelve upper and four lower clusters formed by runoff from the mountains. The lakes are renowned for their distinctive colours ranging from azure to green and grey to blue. The colours change constantly depending on the quantity of minerals or organisms in the water and the angle of sunlight. For the next two nights you will be staying in the delightful town Biograd na Moru. Situated on the northern Dalmatian coast, this small town has an enchanting appeal. You will be free this evening to enjoy a stroll along the waterfront and choose your dining experience. (B, D)
Biograd na Moru
Biograd was once the home of Croatian kings. Today it is populated by leisure craft and tourists from all over the world. Your free day can be enjoyed by simply relaxing at your hotel or taking a stroll through this interesting village. (B, D)
Biograd na Moru – Split
After breakfast, our journey continues to the heart of the Dalmatian coast – Split.
Split is the second largest city in Croatia with a population of over 200,000. Modern Split effectively came into being with the founding of the Diocletian’s Palace, around 295 AD. Today the Palace is part of the old city and is surrounded by an open-air market which is always bustling with activity.
After our arrival in Split, we will make our way to the old city for a chance to see the Diocletian’s Palace which simply oozes atmosphere. There are numerous options for dinner in the old city that will offer everything from Dalmatian delicacies to your standard bill of fare. (B)
Today you will have a leisurely opportunity to explore and discover the spirit of Split. (B)
Split to Dubrovnik
After breakfast we will continue south to the wonderful walled city of Dubrovnik. This city is squeezed between the sea and the mountains and is encircled by stone walls. It is, in a sense, a perfect work of beauty with an enthralling history. Nothing will disappoint you in this magnificent city. (B, D)
Your morning tour of Dubrovnik will start with a panoramic drive through the Dubrovnik surroundings. Dubrovnik rose to have one of the strongest merchant navies in the 16th century. The town itself became a powerful city state known as the Dubrovnik republic which maintained its independence for 450 years. Your tour will continue with a guided walking tour of the old city. (B, D)
Your last full day in Dubrovnik is free. Optional tour to Korcula. The town of Korcula is a magical place, girdled by the remains of massive medieval walls, which surround a perfect herringbone pattern of narrow stone streets descending from the main axis. It sits on a small peninsula toward the eastern end of the island. It is one of the most beautiful towns on the Adriatic and far less crowded than Dubrovnik or Hvar town. Our tour will include a Ferry ride then a walking tour of the Old Town including stops at the Cathedral of Saint Mark, the Bishop’s Treasury and, of course, the house of Marco Polo. On our journey back to Dubrovnik, we will stop for a tour of a local oyster farm. Our day will be fully guided by our Dubrovnik guide, Marko. (B, D)
Dubrovnik to Zagreb
After breakfast we will make our return journey from Dubrovnik to Zagreb for our overnight stay. Your evening is free. (B)
Zagreb to Ottawa
Your Travac Tours Director will advise you of your departure time for your return flights to Ottawa. (B)
Itinerary Subject to Change
Zagreb – Esplanade Zagreb Hotel (5 star) or similar
Hotel AddressMihanoviceva 1
+385 1 4566 666
Opatija- Remisens Premium Heritage Hotel Imperial (5 star) or similar
Hotel AddressUlica Maršala Tita 124/3
+385 51 710 444
Biograd na Moru- Kornati OR Ilirija (4 star) or similar
Hotel AddressUl. Tina Ujevića 7
Biograd na Moru, Croatia
+385 23 383 556
Split- Hotel Atrium (5 star) or similar
Hotel AddressUl. Domovinskog rata 21
+385 21 200 000
Dubrovnik- Valamar Lacroma/ Valamar Argosy Dubrovnik (4+ star) or similar
Hotel AddressUl. Iva Dulčića 34
+385 52 465 100
Best Western Premier Hotel Astoria or similar
Hotel AddressPetrinjska 71
+385 1 4808 900
Day 1 & 2
Depart Canada for Vietnam.
Arrive in Saigon where you will be transferred to your hotel. Today you can relax and enjoy dinner at the hotel.
Your hotel for the next 4 nights, Renaissance Riverside Hotel-Saigon. (D)
The morning is free at leisure.
This afternoon a local guide will meet you in the lobby for your half day city tour. You will visit the Reunification Palace (photo stop), the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, Chinatown, the Binh Tay Market and either the Thien Hau Temple or the Quan Am Pagoda. Dinner at local restaurant. (B,D)
Renaissance Riverside Hotel-Saigon.
In the morning you will visit the amazing Cu Chi Tunnels where Vietnamese guerrillas built a labyrinth of narrow tunnels as hideouts during the war. Return to Ho Chi Minh City. Lunch at Indochine restaurant. The afternoon is free at leisure. Renaissance Riverside Hotel-Saigon. (B,L)
Today you are free to shop and enjoy the city. (B)
Renaissance Riverside Hotel-Saigon.
Pick up and transfer to airport for flight to Da Nang. Upon arrival Da Nang, local guide pick up and take a short tour of Da Nang – historic points of interest – Cham Museum (30min) – have lunch in Da Nang at Blue Whale restaurant (with some shopping time) then travel to Hoi An and arrive in the late afternoon (B,L)
Your hotel for the next 3 nights, Hotel Royal-Hoi An.
8:30am-local guide pick up and take a half day walking tour of the village of Hoi An (3.5hours)– visiting ancient merchants houses, a Hokkien temple, 400 year old Japanese Covered Bridge and the colorful riverside market. On own for lunch in the village. Time in the village on their own. Then transfer to visit a workshop where artisans make Hoi An’s famous lanterns. (1hour) Client will make their own lantern. Dinner at Sakura Restaurant. (B,D) Hotel Royal-Hoi An.
Free day. (B)
Hotel Royal-Hoi An.
Depart for the ancient capital of Hue with a coastal drive via the Cloudy Pass and the photogenic village of Lang Co. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel. Lunch at Phuoc Thanh Restaurant. (B,L)
Your hotel for the next 2 nights, La Residence-Hue.
Drive to the outskirts of Hue to visit the elaborate tomb of Emperor Tu Duc. Stop en-route to see incense being made. Visit to Khai Dinh Tomb. Back to hotel.
1:00pm-: local guide picks up and transfer to visit Thien Mu Pagoda, Imperial Citadel, Dong Ba Market.
Dinner at hotel Restaurant. (B,D)
Transfer to the airport for flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel.
In the afternoon, take a one-hour cyclo tour of Hanoi’s Old Quarter allows you to catch a glimpse of ancient Hanoi and learn about traditional Vietnamese architecture. Dinner at Ly Club Restaurant
Your hotel for the next 2 nights, Melia Hotel-Hanoi. (B,D)
Transfer to visit the Ho Chi Minh’s former home, the One Pillar Pagoda (30min) and the Temple of Literature.(45min) Lunch at Press Club Restaurant. The afternoon is free at leisure. (B,L)
Drive through rice paddy fields to Ha Long Bay. You will board a junk for a cruise among the hundreds of islets of Ha Long Bay. Enjoy a lunch and a swim (if weather permits). Drop anchor in the late evening for an overnight stay among the dramatic limestone peaks rising out of the sea. (B,L,D)
Your overnight cruise, Jasmine Junk Halong Bay.
Spend the morning cruising through the limestone cliffs and emerald waters of Ha Long Bay before returning to the wharf. Return to Hanoi. (B, L)
Your overnight hotel-Melia Hotel Hanoi.
Meet at the airport and fly to Luang Prabang and then transfer to the hotel.
In the afternoon drive to town for a brief city tour to the Former Royal Palace (now the National Museum), Wat Xieng Thong, Wat Sen, Wat Visun. End the day enjoying the sunset from the top of Mount Phou Si. Dinner at hotel. (B,D)
Your hotel for the next 2 nights, Satri House -Luang Prabang
Take a full-day boat trip on the mighty Mekong River to explore local villages at Ban Xiengmene and Ban Chan. Continue with the royal temple at Wat Longkhoun, which once belonged to the royal family and nearby Sackarine Caves and continue cruising Pak Ou cave. Explore caves and cross Mekong River at Ban Ou for lunch at a local restaurant. Return by road to Luang Prabang, stopping en route at Ban Xang Hai, where the residents create a unique rice wine called lao lao and continue to typical Lao villages at Ban Xangkhong and Ban Xienglek, well known for its hand-made Jute Sar paper. Lunch at Manivanh restaurant. (B,L)
Satri House – Luang Prabang.
Transfer to the airport for flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel.
Evening, enjoy Dinner at Por cuisine with Khmer Traditional Apsara Dance Show. (B,D)
Your hotel for the next 2 nights, Le Meridien Angkor- Siem Reap.
After your exploration of the ancient city by entering Angkor Thom via the Southern Gate, proceed to visit the ruins at Bayon, Baphoun, Phimeanakas, the Royal Palace, the Elephant Terraces and the Leper King Terrace. See the impressive Ta Prohm Temple which is mystically enveloped by jungle. In the afternoon, you will visit magnificent Angkor Wat with its extraordinary architecture and you may have a chance to experience spectacular sunset over the monuments. Lunch at Bopha Ta Prohm restaurant. (B,L)
Le Meridien Angkor – Siem Reap
After breakfast, you will visit the graceful 11th century Temple of Shiva – Banteay Srei – and the Banteay Samre temple. In the afternoon, you will visit the Silk Farm at Pouk. Transfer to airport for flight to Phnom Penh. On arrival pick up and transfer to hotel. Lunch at Viroth’s Restaurant. (B,L)
Your hotel for the next 3 nights, La Rose Suite- Phnom Penh
After breakfast take a full day city tour including the National Museum, the Silver Pagoda containing the Emerald Buddha statue, the Royal Palace and Phnom Penh’s oldest shrine, Wat Phnom. Afternoon visit Toul Sleng museum and Killing Fields. Dinner at La Rose restaurant.. (B,D)
La Rose Suite- Phnom Penh
Free at leisure (B)
La Rose Suite- Phnom Penh.
Transfer to the airport for departure flight to Canada (B)
Itinerary Subject to Change
Saigon: Renaissance Riverside Hotel
Hotel Address8-15 Ton Duc Thang Street, District 1
Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
+84 28 3822 0033
Hoi An: Hotel Royal
Hotel Address39 Đào Duy Từ
Hoi An Town, Quảng Nam, Vietnam
+84 235 3950 777
Hue: La Residence
Hotel Address5 Le Loi Street
+84 234 3837 475
Hanoi: Melia Hotel
Hotel Address44 Ly Thuong Kiet Street
Halong Bay: Jasmine Junk
Luang Prabang: Satri House
Hotel AddressBanwatsane, Luangprabang
Luang Prabang, Laos
+856 71 253 491
Siem Reap: Le Meridien Angkor (Laos & Cambodia extension)
Hotel AddressVithei Charles de Gaulle, Khum Svay Dang Kum
Siem Reap, Cambodia
+855 63 963 900
Phnom Penh: La Rose Suite (Laos & Cambodia extension)
Hotel Address4B, Street 21, Sangkat Tonle Bassac Khan Chamkarmorn
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
+855 23 222 254
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.
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Depart from Canada
Costa del Sol, Torremolinos
Upon arrival, you will be met by your local representative and transferred to your hotel in the Costa Del Sol by private chartered coach. You will be accommodated in a Junior Suite during your stay in Spain. The Hotel Sol House is a four-star resort hotel located beachfront in the popular holiday destination of Torremolinos on the Costa del Sol, in southern Spain. Accommodations consist entirely of Junior Suites, all with their own terrace, as well as breakfast and dinner daily, making it an ideal choice for a delightful vacation.
The towns of Benalmádena, Málaga, Fuengirola, Mijas and Marbella are all close by and can be easily reached by public transportation.
You will also have the opportunity to visit some of the cities in the region including Seville, Malaga, Granada and the jewel of the Mediterranean, Gibraltar ($).
Shopping opportunities are extensive. There are also local markets in each village that operate on different days of the week.
Return to Canada
Itinerary subject to change.
Hotel AddressSalvador Allende, 45