Senior Tours Canada Winter & Spring 2014 – Volume 1

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Senior Tours Canada Winter & Spring 2014 – Volume 1

WINTER & SPRING

2014 - V O L U M E 1

• ARIZONA • CALIFORNIA • FLORIDA • HAWAII • MEXICO

• CARIBBEAN • CUBA • BERMUDA • VICTORIA BC • CRUISES WORLDWIDE

• ITALY • SPAIN & PORTUGAL • MIDDLE EAST • MEDITERRANEAN HOLIDAYS

• THE ORIENT & INDIA • AUSTRALIA / NEW ZEALAND • SOUTH AFRICA

• CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA


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Dear Fellow Traveller:

We are pleased to present our Volume 1 brochure for 2014,

describing our winter tours (and some for the spring) plus

the remainder of our spring cruises. You will find a wide

selection of stay-put holidays and tours, vacations for all

tastes, activity levels and budgets.

As you have heard, fuel surcharges and price increases

have unfortunately become prevalent as the travel industry

(particularly the air lines and coach companies) struggles

with increasing costs. We wish to confirm that the prices

published in this brochure are guaranteed and will not

change, regardless of increases in taxes, fuel surcharges or

currency rates. We trust that this will give you the

confidence you need to reserve your winter holiday with us.

Accordingly, we suggest that you review the “Inclusions For

All Tours” shown on the page opposite. Any other travel

company will charge extra for most of these items

(especially when it comes to included touring). At Senior

Tours Canada the one published price includes everything.

This all-inclusive pricing, along with the quality of our

professional and friendly Tour Managers who handle all

details and trouble-shooting, allows you to enjoy your

holiday without a care in the world. This is what makes our

company unique in the Canadian travel industry.

We’re sure you’ve noticed that we include a number of new

tours in each one of our brochures. One new offering for the

coming winter is Mexico’s Magical Southeast. Mexico is a

wonderful winter destination, featuring a guaranteed warm

climate, very friendly people, fascinating historic and

cultural sights and a well-developed and modern tourist

infrastructure. Any groups that we have sent to Mexico in

the past few years have returned enthusiastically pleased

with their holiday.

Travelling remains a wonderful experience and we are

confident there is a winter getaway in this brochure that

will entice you. We look forward to welcoming you.

Happy Travelling!

Danny Shay, President

TO BOOK

Phone the office nearest you to reserve your space.

Within 7 days, send in the registration form on the inside back

cover of this brochure, along with a deposit of $300 per person for

regular tours, or $700 per person for tours including a cruise.

$75 of this is a non-refundable administration fee.

Balance of payment is due 60 days prior to departure for regular

tours, 90 days prior to departure for tours including a cruise.

Make all payments by cheque, by final payment date, deduct $50!


INCLUSIONS FOR ALL TOURS

• Round-trip transportation between your home

and the airport (from many Canadian cities)

• All airfare, all airport taxes, baggage fees

and fuel surcharges

• Carefully selected accommodation, as

described for each tour, including hotel

taxes, gratuities & luggage handling

• Guided touring and entrance fees,

as described for each tour

TABLE OF CONTENTS

• Meals, as listed for each tour

• ALL gratuities including guides, drivers

and cruise ship staff (where applicable)

• Comprehensive insurance plan (health

while outside Canada, cancellation,

trip interruption, loss of luggage, etc.)

• Services of one of our cheerful,

experienced escorts

• All prices guaranteed in Canadian funds!

You have the option to arrange your own flights - home pick-up and airport transfers not included.

NORTH AMERICAN HOLIDAYS

Scottsdale, Arizona . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2

Grand Tour of Arizona . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4

Palm Springs, California . . . . . . . . . . . .6

Palm Springs & San Diego . . . . . . . . . .8

Southwest Delights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10

Victoria, BC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12

Hawaii . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14

Mexican Towns & Villages . . . . . . . . . .16

Oaxaca & Chiapas (Mexico) . . . . . . . . .18

Florida - Clearwater Beach . . . . . . . . . .20

CARIBBEAN

Bermuda . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21

Cuba - Stay-Put Holiday . . . . . . . . . . . .22

Cuba - Tour & Stay-Put Holiday . . . . . .24

Dominican Republic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26

Trinidad & Tobago . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28

Costa Rica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30

Belize Adventure Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32

SPAIN & PORTUGAL

Costa Del Sol . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

Costa Blanca All-Inclusive . . . . . . . . . . 36

Portugal Algarve Stay-Put . . . . . . . . . . 38

Portugal 2-Centre Holiday . . . . . . . . . . 40

Spain & Portugal 2-Centre Stay-Put . 42

Spain & Portugal Tour & Stay-Put . . . . 44

ITALY

Southern Italy Special Value Tour . . . ..46

Sicily Stay-Put Holiday . . . . . . . . . . . . .48

Sicily & Malta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

MEDITERRANEAN & MIDDLE EAST

Malta Stay-Put Holiday . . . . . . . . . . . . .52

Greece Stay-Put Holiday . . . . . . . . . . . .54

Turkey Stay-Put & Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . .56

Israel - The Holy Land . . . . . . . . . . . . .58

Imperial Cities of Morocco . . . . . . . . . .60

Tunisia Special Value Tour . . . . . . . . . .62

ORIENT & EXOTIC DESTINATIONS

Special Value China . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64

China, Hong Kong & Yangtze Cruise . . 66

Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos & Thailand . 68

Phuket (Thailand) Stay-Put . . . . . . . . . 70

Peru . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72

Ecuador Special-Value Adventure Tour .74

Incredible India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76

South Africa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78

Classic Australia Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80

Rail tour of New Zealand . . . . . . . . . . . 82

RECAP OF CRUISES FOR 2014. . . . . 84

NEW CRUISES FOR SPRING 2014

Bermuda Cruise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86

California Coastal Cruise . . . . . . . . . . . 88

Queen Mary II Trans-Atlantic . . . . . . . . 90

British Isles & Ireland Cruise . . . . . . . . 92

Baltic Cruise (Scandinavia & Russia) . . 94

Fjords of Norway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96

The Beautiful Blue Danube . . . . . . . . . 98

Western Mediterranean Cruise . . . . . 100

Grand Mediterranean Cruise . . . . . . 102

Russian Waterways . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104

Middle East Cruise & Dubai . . . . . . . . 106

1.


SCOTTSDALE

ARIZONA

Suite resort holidays, including an

overnight Grand Canyon excursion

2.

I

n recent years Arizona has become one

of North America's most popular vacation

areas. Scottsdale, Arizona's foremost resort

town, is located near Phoenix in the Valley of

the Sun, so named because it receives over

4,000 hours of sunshine annually.

Our accommodation in Scottsdale will be at

the moderate, family run Hospitality Suite

Resort. Located amidst well-kept grounds

near a supermarket, this all-suite resort has a

restaurant, bar, 3 swimming pools (one is

heated), whirlpool, tennis courts, guest

laundry, barbecues for guests use and a daily

complimentary cocktail hour. Golf is available

nearby. The spacious, modern rooms have

kitchenettes (stove or stovetops, microwave,

sink, coffee-maker, fridge, dishes & utensils),

climate control, telephone, radio and colour

TV with movie channel. The local bus stops

outside the hotel and goes to Old Town, a

lively pedestrian area with many art galleries

and cafes.

Two types of suites are offered: the Studio,

ideal for couples, has one room with a

kingsize bed plus a bathroom with shower

only. The 2-Room Suite has a living room, a

separate bedroom with a queen size or two

double beds (you choose) and a bathroom

with shower and tub.

Single accommodation will be in Studios.

Triples will be accommodated in 2-room

suites in Scottsdale (please note that the

Grand Canyon hotel does not have any cots,

so there will be only 2 beds in the room for

the one night).

• TWO OR THREE WEEKS

• DEPARTURES ALL WINTER

HOLIDAY INCLUSIONS

• Flights with Air Canada (non-stop direct

flights for Toronto passengers)

• Accommodation in efficiency suites

• Full breakfast daily

• 5 dinners and 3 lunches

• Excursions as described

• PLUS ALL TOUR INCLUSIONS on Page 1

DATES

2 WEEK TOURS

#1. February 6 - 20

#2. February 19 - March 5

#3. March 14 - 28

3 WEEK TOURS

#1. February 4 - 25

#2. February 18 - March 11

#3. March 11 - April 1


INCLUDED EXCURSIONS AND EVENTS IN ARIZONA

1. An orientation tour of Phoenix and Scottsdale. We see the beautiful campus of Arizona State

University, Camelback Mountain and more. We finish in Old Town Scottsdale for a walk

around the pedestrian streets with art galleries, boutiques and cafes.

2. A guided “Desert Discovery Tour” of the Desert Botanical Gardens. Here we will see some

of the 400 plants of the Sonoran Desert as well as a visit to an Apache Wickiup and Pima

Household. Following the tour we enjoy a casual lunch at a local restaurant.

3. An overnight excursion to the Grand Canyon. We start with a visit to the artists colony and

incredible desert red rock formations at Sedona, and then to beautiful Oak Creek Canyon.

On to the Grand Canyon where we will enjoy some free time to wander along the brink of the

chasm and marvel at the spectacular views.

4. A day of spectacular scenery as we drive along the Apache Trail into the Superstition

Mountains for an old-fashioned boat ride on Canyon Lake. View the interesting rock

formations resembling people and animals while listening to the salty riverboat captain's

fascinating yarns of the area and its legends. Dinner is at the Mining Camp Restaurant.

5. A visit to the Musical Instrument Museum allows one (with state-of-the-art technology) to hear

and feel the sounds of more than 10,000 instruments from all over the world. Lunch follows

6. A visit to one of the largest Flea Markets in the Southwest U.S.A.

7. A visit to the internationally acclaimed Heard Museum. Millions of visitors have stepped

through the graceful arches to discover the rich Native heritage of the Southwest. You will

enjoy the extensive collection of native artifacts. Lunch is included at the famous “Organ

Grinder”, where we will enjoy the sounds of the mighty Wurlitzer!

8. Following our city tour we will enjoy a dinner and show at the Arizona Opry Dinner Theatre.

9. An evening at the Arizona Broadway Theatre, including dinner and a top Broadway show

(tentatively scheduled for the winter - “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” or “Kiss Me Kate”).

10. A barbecue feast at Rustler’s Rooste, including live country and western music.

COSTS

Costs below are per person, in Studios, from Toronto, Winnipeg or Edmonton.

From Montreal or Ottawa add $90. From Halifax add $190. From Calgary or Vancouver deduct $150.

For accommodation in a 2 Room Suite, add (per person) $190 for 2 weeks, $290 for 3 weeks.

2 WEEK TOURS

DEPARTURE DATE DOUBLE OCCUPANCY SINGLE TRIPLE

FEBRUARY 6 $2997 $3597 $2947

FEBRUARY 19 $3147 $3797 $3097

MARCH 14 $3297 $4097 $3227

3 WEEK TOURS

DEPARTURE DATE DOUBLE OCCUPANCY SINGLE TRIPLE

FEBRUARY 4 $3597 $4497 $3497

FEBRUARY 18 $3697 $4697 $3597

MARCH 11 $3897 $4997 $3777

3.


GRAND TOUR OF

ARIZONA

• Tucson • Scottsdale

• Grand Canyon • Las Vegas

S

pectacular scenery, arid desert lands, a

clear sunny climate with very low relative

humidity, the fascinating Spanish and Indian

cultures, the romantic allure of the Old West

and an easy-going lifestyle are just a few of

the reasons why Arizona has become such a

popular resort area. On this tour we begin

with four days in Tucson, whose mix of

western, Spanish, Mexican and Indian

cultures is colourful and interesting. Our next

stop is Phoenix (Scottsdale) for a five night

stay. This resort town is one of the most

popular in North America. We will visit some

of the great attractions in the area, and enjoy

a few days of rest and relaxation.

From Scottsdale we drive via the vibrantly

coloured hills of the Painted Desert to

Flagstaff, a town surrounded by spectacular

scenery. From here we explore the northern

part of Arizona, and a highlight will be a visit

of the beautiful Grand Canyon. After

experiencing nature's awesome beauty we

travel to Las Vegas - a lively way to end our

tour.

• 15 DAYS • 3 TOURS IN 2014

HOLIDAY INCLUSIONS

• Flights with Air Canada

• First class and moderate accommodation

• Full hot breakfast daily

• 7 dinners

• PLUS ALL TOUR INCLUSIONS on Page 1

COSTS

#1. FEBRUARY 12 - 26

#2. FEBRUARY 25 - MARCH 11

#3. MARCH 5 - 19

per person, double occupancy, from Toronto,

Montreal, Ottawa or Vancouver ... $3997

Single Supplement ... $990

From Halifax or Winnipeg add $190

From Calgary deduct $250

From Edmonton deduct $150

Passengers from western gateways may fly

a different airline, not Air Canada.

4.


TENTATIVE ITINERARY FOR ARIZONA TOUR

DAY 1

DAY 2

DAY 3

DAY 4

DAY 5

DAY 6

DAY 7

TUCSON. We depart for Phoenix. Upon

arrival we transfer to our hotel in Tucson

(about a 2 hour drive). This evening is our

Welcome Dinner.

TUCSON. We have a full day of sightseeing

in and around Tucson. We see the city

sights first and then on to Sabino Canyon, a

desert oasis in the foothills of the Santa

Catalina Mountains. The highlight here will

be a tram tour through the stunning canyon.

TOMBSTONE / TUCSON. We first visit the

old western copper mining town of Bisbee,

which has many of its original 19th century

buildings, and an enormous open pit copper

mine to view. Then we proceed to

Tombstone, where the exhibits include the

OK Corral as it appeared in the 1880s,

when Wyatt Earp had his famous gunfight.

TUCSON. We travel through beautiful

Saguaro National Park to the Sonora

Desert Museum, a unique zoo for the

animals and birds that make the desert their

home, and also a botanical garden

displaying the various cacti and other flora

which inhabit the desert. Afternoon at

leisure.

SCOTTSDALE. We transfer to Scottsdale,

stopping enroute at an Ostrich Ranch

where we will enjoy an up-close and

interactive experience. The ranch also

houses an aviary paradise.

SCOTTSDALE. This area is known as the

Valley of the Sun because it receives more

than 4,000 hours of sunshine annually. Our

sightseeing tour includes the beautiful

campus of Arizona State University, the

Capital building and Camelback Mountain.

We also see Scottsdale Old Town, a great

place to revisit on a free day. The afternoon

is free to shop or relax by the pool, and later

you may enjoy the daily complimentary

cocktail party or happy hour.

CANYON LAKE / SCOTTSDALE. Morning

at leisure. In the afternoon we will enjoy

some spectacular scenery as we take a

boat ride on Canyon Lake, known for its

interesting rock formations that resemble

people and animals. Listen to the salty tales

DAYS

8 & 9

DAY 10

DAY 11

DAY 12

DAY 13

DAY 14

and legends of the area told by the even

saltier captain. An enjoyable dinner at the

Mining Camp Restaurant tops off our day.

SCOTTSDALE. Two days of leisure in

which to soak up some sun, swim, play

tennis, shop or just explore more of

Scottsdale at your own pace. Your tour

manager will be on hand to offer

suggestions. A wonderful western BBQ,

with live country and western music is

included one of these evenings.

SEDONA / FLAGSTAFF. Another scenic

day as we visit Sedona and Oak Creek

Canyon, enjoying the views of the

marvellous strands of red rocks, pretty

streams and valleys. Before proceeding to

Flagstaff we’ll have time to stroll around

Sedona, a lovely artist colony town known

for its magnificent red rock formations.

GRAND CANYON / FLAGSTAFF. Today

we visit the fantastic Grand Canyon, one of

the Great Natural Wonders of the World.

The canyon is 15 miles wide, a mile deep

and formed over millions of years by the

erosion of the Colorado River. The most

wondrous aspect of the canyon is that the

walls change hue with every change of light

from sunrise to sunset. There are plenty of

scenic lookouts, so bring those cameras.

We return to Flagstaff for our overnight.

PAINTED DESERT / FLAGSTAFF. A

marvellous day of sight-seeing as we cross

two Indian reservations and then climb over

the Mazatzal Range with views of the

Painted Desert. Back in Flagstaff this

evening, it’s off to Black Barts for a great

dinner and a serenade by the singing

waiters.

LAS VEGAS. We travel to Las Vegas and

check into our first class hotel right on The

Strip. The rest of the day is at leisure.

LAS VEGAS. This morning we enjoy a tour

of Glitter Gulch, the older downtown

section, and also The Strip with all its theme

hotels. Look out for volcanoes, pirates,

showboats and pyramids. Afternoon at

leisure. This evening is our Farewell Dinner.

DAY 15 HOME. We fly home from Las Vegas.

5.


PALM SPRINGS

CALIFORNIA

6.

F

rom its early days, Palm Springs has lured

the rich, the famous, the nature lover and those

of us who need winter sunshine. The Cahuilla

Indians first named this area Agua Caliente (Hot

Water) because of the healing waters of its

warm mineral springs. Years later, Hollywood

stars created a retreat here, away from their

hectic schedules. In and around Palm Springs

there are splendid mountains, lush canyons and

thousands of palm trees. Due to it's unique

location, Palm Springs remains warm and balmy

year round. The desert's stunning natural beauty

along with 350 days of sunshine, warm dry

climate and pure clean air, are major reasons for

the town's success. Also, city buildings are

restricted to a height of 30 feet, large parcels of

land are left in their natural state, and flashing,

moving and neon signs are prohibited thus

preserving an intimate village feeling.

Our hotel in Palm Springs, the lovely Palm

Mountain Resort & Spa has a “3-Star Triple A”

rating. It is the perfect spot to relax and unwind

in the radiance of the desert sun. Located near

the base of the scenic Santa Rosa Mountains in

the heart of downtown, it is just footsteps away

from the famed Palm Canyon Drive with its

exciting nightlife, great restaurants, quaint

shops, boutiques, galleries and casinos.

Facilities of the hotel include a whirlpool and

large outdoor heated swimming pool with a

beautiful palm tree-lined pool terrace. There is

also a full service spa with salon treatments,

massages, facials etc. (spa services are

available on an optional basis). All guestrooms

have a refrigerator, microwave, coffee brewer,

TV, phone and hair dryer. Each room also has a

balcony or patio with views of the mountains

and/or courtyard.

• 2 OR 4 WEEKS • WINTER DEPARTURES

HOLIDAY INCLUSIONS

• Flights with Air Canada

• Accommodation as described

• Full hot breakfast daily

• 6 dinners and 2 lunches

• The Palm Springs Follies

• PLUS ALL TOUR INCLUSIONS on Page 1

DATES & RATES

per person, double occupancy, from Toronto

or Winnipeg

February 13 - 27 (2 weeks) . . . . . . .$3397

February 27 - March 13 (2 weeks) . .$3397

January 4 - Feb. 1 (4 week special) .$4297

Single Supplement

$1490 for 4 week tour

$890 for 2 week tours

Triple Reduction (per person)

$150 for 4 week tour

$100 for 2 week tours

From Montreal or Ottawa add $90

From Halifax add $290

From Vancouver or Edmonton deduct $100

From Calgary deduct $200

Passengers from Vancouver, Calgary and

Edmonton fly to and from Palm Springs

(on a different airline - not Air Canada).

Passengers from all other gateways will fly

with Air Canada to and from Los Angeles,

and transfer to Palm Springs from there.


TENTATIVE ITINERARY FOR PALM SPRINGS

The following itinerary is for the 2-week tour. The 4-week tour will include all of the

following activities and attractions, with additional leisure time to enjoy the many

attractions and activities Palm Springs has to offer.

DAY 1

DAY 2

DAY 3

DAY 4

DAY 5

DAYS

6 & 7

We depart on our flight for Los Angeles

(passengers from Vancouver, Edmonton

and Calgary fly to Palm Springs). Upon

arrival we are met and transferred to our

hotel in the heart of Palm Springs. This

evening we enjoy a Welcome Reception

followed by our Welcome Dinner.

Today we will have a guided orientation

tour of Palm Springs including the homes

of some of the movie stars who live here,

and also some of the beautiful natural

highlights for which this area is known

(including the famous Indian Canyon). The

Coachella Valley is known as the Date

Capital so, if possible, we will visit a Date

Ranch!

Today we will have a full day guided tour to

the coast, including San Juan Mission

Capistrano, Laguna Beach and a

harbour cruise at Newport Beach.

A free day to enjoy Palm Springs. There is

a weekly colourful street fair this evening

with craft stalls and food stands.

Today we visit Joshua Tree National

Monument, a veritable treasury of wildlife

and plants. The wildflowers, palm groves,

colourful canyons and breathtaking vistas

make this one of the world's richest living

museums. Lunch is included in our visit.

At leisure. Your escort will be happy to

offer suggestions. There is a wide array of

attractions and activities in the area.

DAY 8

DAY 9

DAY 10

DAY 11

DAY 12

DAY 13

DAY 14

DAY 15

A late morning departure for Mount San

Jacinto, where we will take the tramway to

the summit and enjoy the glorious views of

Palm Springs and its desert setting. Lunch

to follow.

A morning visit to the Living Desert, a

unique wildlife and botanical park.

A free day to enjoy Palm Springs.

This morning we will have an excursion

through the scenic mountains surrounding

Palm Springs to the pretty town of

Idylwild, followed by a visit to a large

outlet mall. You can enjoy the weekly

street fair again tonight.

This evening we enjoy a fantastic show of

the Palm Spring Follies - an excellent

musical revue staged by local residents, in

the tradition of Ziegfeld Follies.

At leisure.

Our final day in Palm Springs, followed by

our Farewell Dinner.

HOME. We transfer to the Los Angeles

airport (or the Palm Springs airport for

those flying to Calgary, Vancouver or

Edmonton) for our flight home.

7.


CALIFORNIA SPLIT

2 Centre Holiday

Palm Springs and San Diego

8.

C

alifornia remains one of North America's

most popular holiday destinations for obvious

reasons ... pleasant weather, beautiful scenery

and so many things to do and see. On this

holiday we will experience the desert resort area

of Palm Springs, and the sparkling oceanside city

of San Diego.

To begin, we fly to Los Angeles and we will

overnight there. The next day we enjoy a guided

tour of LA before proceeding to Palm Springs.

Palm Springs is surrounded by splendid

mountains, lush canyons and countless native

palm trees. The desert's stunning natural beauty

along with a warm dry climate, clean air and

sunshine makes this relaxed resort town a

perfect winter getaway. Our hotel, the first class

Palm Mountain Resort & Spa, is the perfect spot

to relax and unwind in the radiance of the desert

sun. Located in the heart of downtown, it is just

steps away from the famed Palm Canyon Drive

with its exciting nightlife, great restaurants, quaint

shops, boutiques, galleries and casinos.

Facilities of the hotel include a whirlpool, a large

outdoor heated swimming pool, a full service spa

(spa services are available on an optional basis)

and Health Club privileges at the Spa Hotel.

San Diego has a pleasant climate, close

proximity to Mexico and many bays and beaches.

This is a wonderful town for sightseeing with its

lovely parks, many museums, a world-class zoo,

superb restaurants and excellent shopping. Our

hotel in San Diego will be the moderate first class

Hacienda Hotel Old Town, with a classic Spanish

and Southwestern setting. Surrounded by

colourful courtyards, patios and lush

• 15 DAYS • 3 DEPARTURES IN 2014

#1. FEBRUARY 13 - 27

#2. FEBRUARY 20 - MARCH 6

#3. MARCH 6 - 20

landscaping, the hotel is located in the heart

of Old Town - a historic section of the city

with many restored buildings, old adobe

structures, restaurants, cafes and shops - a

great place in which to stroll. The guest

rooms at the hotel are equipped with

microwave oven, coffee/tea making

facilities, fridge, phone, and TV. There is a

heated swimming pool, therapy whirlpool,

fitnesss room, an on-site restaurant and

many others nearby.

HOLIDAY INCLUSIONS

• Flights with Air Canada

• First Class and moderate accommodation

• Full hot Breakfast daily

• 10 dinners and 1 lunch

• A performance of The Palm Spring Follies

• PLUS ALL TOUR INCLUSIONS on Page 1

COSTS

per person, double occupancy, from Toronto,

or Winnipeg ... $3797

Single Supplement - $990

Triples - deduct $100 per person

From Vancouver, Calgary or Edmonton

deduct $200

Montreal or Ottawa add $90. Halifax add $190


TENTATIVE ITINERARY FOR CALIFORNIA SPLIT

DAY 1

DAY 2

DAY 3

DAY 4

DAY 5

DAY 6

DAY 7

DAY 8

DEPARTURE - LOS ANGELES. We

depart on our flight for Los Angeles. Upon

arrival we transfer to our centrally located

hotel for our overnight.,

LOS ANGELES / PALM SPRINGS. We

begin the day with a guided tour of Los

Angeles. We’ll see the Farmer’s Market,

Rodeo Drive, celebrity homes in Beverly

Hills and Hollywood and more. After our

tour we drive through the scenic

mountains and desert of southern

California to Palm Springs. This evening

will be our Welcome Dinner.

TOUR PALM SPRINGS. Following a

morning at leisure we will have an

afternoon guided orientation tour of Palm

Springs, including the homes of some of

the movie stars who live here. We will

also see some of the beautiful desert

scenery for which this area is famous,

including Indian Canyon. Dinner will be at

a local restaurant.

AT LEISURE. A free day to enjoy Palm

Springs and our resort hotel. There is a

colourful street fair this evening with craft

stalls and food stands.

LIVING DESERT MUSEUM. A morning

visit of the Living Desert Museum, a

unique wildlife and botanical park,

followed by some time at one of the local

shopping malls.

AT LEISURE / PALM SPRING FOLLIES.

A free day to enjoy the spa, shop in town,

take a swim in the wonderful heated

mineral pools and just relax. In the

evening we enjoy a special dinner at a

local restaurant, followed by a fantastic

performance of the Palm Spring Follies -

a world famous Broadway caliber

celebration of music, dance and comedy

in the tradition of the Ziegfeld Follies.

MOUNT JACINTO. We ride to the top of

Mount San Jacinto to enjoy the

panoramic views of Palm Springs and the

surrounding countryside.

AT LEISURE. A final day at leisure in

Palm Springs.

DAY 9

DAY 10

DAY 11

DAY 12

DAY 13

DAY 14

DAY 15

SAN DIEGO. We leave Palm Springs and

drive to the pretty town of Idylwild with its

wonderful views of the surrounding

mountains and countryside. Then we

proceed to San Diego for our 6-night stay.

SAN DIEGO TOUR. A full day tour of San

Diego and the surrounding area, which

will take in Point Loma, Cabrillo National

Monument, Mission Bay, Balboa Park and

the Old Town. Dinner this evening is at a

local restaurant.

AT LEISURE. At leisure, and there is

much to see and do, especially since your

hotel is located by Old Town. You also

may want to take the trolley across the

border to Tijuana, for a Mexican

experience.

HARBOUR CRUISE. This morning we

enjoy a narrated cruise on one of the local

pleasure crafts touring San Diego

Harbour and Shelter Islands, seeing Point

Loma, North Island Naval Station, the

Submarine Base, as well as the

Coronado Bridge and much more. After

our cruise we enjoy a fantastic seafood

lunch at Anthony’s.

SAN DIEGO ZOO. This morning we visit

the world famous San Diego Zoo, with its

renowned hundred-acre botanical

gardens which is home to more than 777

species of 3,200 animals. A guided bus

tour covers most of the zoo grounds and

aerial trams allow you to view the animals

from a higher altitude. The zoo is

classified as a must-see, and one of the

best anywhere.

AT LEISURE. You may want to return to

Balboa Park's art galleries, museums,

theatres and restaurants, or Seaport

Village, a charming area with a

boardwalk, horse-drawn carriages and an

1890 carousel. Tonight we enjoy our

Farewell Dinner!

HOME. It's a sad farewell to the West

Coast as we transfer to the San Diego

airport for our flight home.

9.


SOUTHWEST

EXPLORER

• Southern California • Palm Springs

• Scottsdale, Arizona • Las Vegas

10.

O

n this leisurely holiday we experience the

U.S. southwest’s dry, warm sunny climate,

spectacular scenery and unique attractions.

We begin in Los Angeles, with an overnight and city

tour. This is followed by a 4-night stay in the seaside

town of Dana Point, located between Los Angeles

and San Diego on the California Riviera. Set in a

natural cove between dramatic cliffs and the clear

waters of the Pacific, this is a perfect place to stroll

in the parks along the shoreline and enjoy the

beauty of the ocean. Dana Point hosts a large

marina with yachts and other small pleasure boats,

some offering whale watching. Nearby are 2

tropical-style shopping villages and many

restaurants. We stay at the Marina Inn, a charming,

informal hotel with a relaxed atmosphere, perfectly

situated near the marina and shopping villages. The

spacious rooms have a fridge, coffee-maker and

balcony, and there is a heated swimming pool.

Our next stop (4 nights) is Palm Springs - a resort

area that lures the rich and famous, the nature lover

and sunshine seeker. Around Palm Springs are lush

canyons, splendid mountains and countless native

palm trees. The town's ideal location ensures warm

sunny weather year round. Our hotel, the moderate

first class Palm Mountain Resort & Spa, is located

in the heart of downtown, just steps away from the

famed Palm Canyon Drive with its great boutiques,

restaurants, galleries and casinos. Facilities include

a whirlpool, large outdoor heated swimming pool

and a full service spa (spa services are available on

an optional basis).

Our next 4 nights are in Scottsdale (“Valley of the

Sun”), one of America's most popular vacation

areas with spectacular desert scenery, canyons and

mountains. Our hotel is the family-owned and

managed Hospitality Suite Resort - a long-time

favourite with Canadians. Set in well kept grounds

and near a super market, this all suite hotel has a

restaurant, bar, 3 swimming pools (one is heated),

• 16 DAYS • FEBRUARY 25 - MARCH 12

whirlpool, tennis courts, guest barbecues and a

daily complimentary cocktail hour. Golf is available

nearby. The spacious suites have kitchenettes with

a stovetop, microwave, coffee maker, fridge and

utensils. A nearby bus stop provides transport to

Old Town Scottsdale - a lively pedestrian area with

many galleries, shops and cafes.

We finish with 2 nights in Las Vegas. Our hotel, the

First Class Monte Carlo, is a Mediterranean-style

resort perfectly located right on The Strip, so it is

accessible to all the Vegas sights. The hotel has

5 restaurants, a casino and a unique pool and spa

area with cascading waterfalls and lush landscaping.

Guestrooms at all hotels have two beds, phone, TV,

climate control and bathroom with tub and shower.

HOLIDAY INCLUSIONS

• Flights with Air Canada

• Accommodation as described

• Breakfast daily (11 full American breakfasts,

4 continental buffet breakfasts)

• 10 dinners and 1 lunch

• PLUS ALL TOUR INCLUSIONS on Page 1

COSTS

per person, double occupancy, from Toronto,

Montreal or Winnipeg ... $3997

Single Supplement - $990

Triples - deduct $100 per person.

From Ottawa add $190. Halifax add $290.

Vancouver, Calgary or Edmonton deduct $300


TENTATIVE ITINERARY FOR SOUTHWEST DELIGHTS

DAY 1

DEPARTURE - LOS ANGELES. We

depart on our direct flight for Los Angeles.

Upon arrival we transfer to our centrally

located hotel for our overnight.

DAY 10

SCOTTSDALE. A drive through the desert

brings us to Scottsdale just in time for

happy hour around the pool, followed by

dinner near our resort hotel.

DAY 2

DAY 3

DAY 4

DAY 5

DAY 6

DAY 7

DAY 8

DAY 9

LOS ANGELES / DANA POINT. We begin

the day with a guided tour of Los Angeles.

We’ll see the Farmer’s Market, Rodeo

Drive, celebrity homes in Beverley Hills

and Hollywood and more. After our tour we

proceed to Dana Point for our 4-night stay.

This evening is our Welcome Dinner.

COASTAL TOUR. A full day guided tour of

the California Riviera, including Dana

Point, Laguna and Newport Beach. In

Newport we enjoy a leisurely cruise in the

harbour. Later we visit the beautiful

Sherman Gardens, and Mission San Juan

- one of the most important of the 18th

century Franciscan missions.

SAN DIEGO TOUR. A full day guided tour

of the old and new in San Diego, including

Point Loma, Cabrillo National Monument,

Balboa Park, Mission Bay and Old Town.

DANA POINT. At leisure. With the seaside

national park nearby, and the lovely

boardwalk and shops, this is an ideal place

for those who enjoy strolling.

PALM SPRINGS. We transfer to Palm

Springs through the scenic mountains of

the California desert, and via the lovely

town of Idylwild with its wonderful views of

the mountains and countryside.

PALM SPRINGS. The morning is at

leisure and this afternoon we have a

guided orientation tour of the town seeing

movie stars homes and also some of the

natural features for which the area is

known. We visit one of the many beautiful

canyons and a date ranch. Dinner is at a

local restaurant this evening.

PALM SPRINGS. We ride to the top of

Mount San Jacinto where we will enjoy the

panoramic views of Palm Springs and

surrounding countryside. Lunch at a local

restaurant. Balance of the day is at leisure.

AT LEISURE. Your escort will offer

suggestions. There is much to do and see.

DAY 11

SCOTTSDALE. A morning at leisure

followed by an afternoon tour of Scottsdale

and Phoenix. The area is known as the

Valley of the Sun for its more than 4,000

hours of sunshine annually. We see the

beautiful campus of Arizona State

University, the man-made lake at Tempe

and its small pleasant downtown area, the

Country Club estates, Camelback

Mountain and more. We conclude our tour

in Old Scottsdale for a stroll around the

pedestrian streets with many art galleries,

boutiques, cafes, bars and restaurants.

DAY 12 SCOTTSDALE. We enjoy a day of

spectacular scenery viewed from an oldfashioned

boat on Canyon Lake. We see

interesting rock formations that resemble

people and animals while being

entertained with silly yarns spun by the

ship's Captain. A unique and enjoyable

dinner at the Mining Camp restaurant

rounds out our day.

DAY 13

DAY 14

SCOTTSDALE. We visit the internationally

acclaimed Heard Museum.

Millions of visitors have stepped through

the graceful arches to discover the rich

Native heritage of the Southwest. You will

enjoy the extensive collection of native

artifacts. This evening we enjoy a Western

BBQ dinner.

LAS VEGAS. We drive across the Mojave

Desert to Las Vegas - fun centre of the

West. This evening why not try the slots or

see one of the many star-studded shows?

Our hotel is located on “The Strip”

adjacent to many other famous hotels.

DAY 15 LAS VEGAS. This morning we have a

tour of Glitter Gulch, the older downtown

section, and also “The Strip” with all its

theme hotels. Look out for volcanoes,

pirates, showboats and pyramids.

Afternoon at leisure.

DAY 16

HOME. We transfer to the airport for our

flight home.

11.


A winter holiday in Canada?

Sure! In mild and sunny

VICTORIA, BC

12.

B

ritish Columbia’s capital, Victoria, boasts

Canada’s mildest winter and thus has the

fastest growing retirement community in the

country. It lies in a beautiful natural setting on

Vancouver Island, surrounded by hills and

overlooking the snow-clad Olympic mountains.

This charming, gracious city has somehow

managed to retain the atmosphere of a seaside

resort. With its red double decker buses, turnof-the-century

buildings and tweed and wool

shops, you might be inclined to think Victoria is

a transplanted corner of Britain! This wonderful

city is most appreciated by those who love to

walk, and active seniors with an appetite for

adventure will find a fast array of delightful side

trips at their disposal (in addition to the many

included in our program). So this winter don’t

bother with your passport, exchange rates or

bottled water and come with us to the jewel on

the North Pacific – Victoria!

We will stay at the Royal Scot Hotel and Suites.

This superior Canada Select 4-star, AAA

3-diamond hotel is located one block from the

Inner Harbour and within easy walking distance

of downtown. Features of the hotel include a

restaurant and lounge, beautiful indoor pool,

whirlpool, sauna, exercise room, gift shop,

guest laundry facilities, free wireless internet, a

billiards/game room and a free shuttle service to

the downtown core.

Royal Scot Hotel & Suites also offers the most

extensive activity program of any property in

Victoria, and as a long-stay guest you are

invited to participate in afternoon tea, evening

bingo, movie nights and even a wine & cheese

social.

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#3. APRIL 8 - 25

All guest rooms are equipped with a flat screen

TV, quality robes, electronic safe, iron and

ironing boards and complimentary newspaper.

Three types of rooms are offered: The

“Standard Room” has two double beds,

microwave, small fridge, coffee maker, kettle,

dishes and utensils.

The “Studio Suite” is ideal for couples or

singles, with a comfortable seating area and a

fully equipped kitchen, dining table and chairs.

The bedroom with a queen size bed is set apart

with a partition wall.

The “One Bedroom Suite” has a separate

bedroom (2 twins or 1 king bed) and living

room. Your home away from home experience

is complimented by a full kitchen and dining

room.

HOLIDAY INCLUSIONS

• Air Canada flights

• Superior accommodation as described

• Full breakfast daily

• 4 dinners and 4 lunches

• High Tea at the Empress Hotel

• Many guided excursions (see next page)

• PLUS ALL TOUR INCLUSIONS on Page 1


1. A sightseeing tour of Victoria including a stop to tour the beautiful Finnerty Gardens.

2. A walking tour of Victoria’s fabled downtown area with an entertaining local guide.

3. A tour of the home of famed B.C. artist Emily Carr with a curator, followed by a walking tour of

Emily’s historic James Bay neighbourhood.

4. A full day tour to Salt Spring Island. We take the short ferry ride to Salt Spring Island, the largest

of the Gulf Islands and Canada’s most famous artist colony. We’ll take in the dramatic oceanside

scenery and stop in the seaside village of Ganges for an included lunch and a stroll to browse

the quaint shops and art galleries. We will also visit a local organic farm.

5. A full day tour to famous Butchart Gardens, a 50-acre showplace comprising numerous

incredible gardens. Lunch is included (afternoon tea menu). On this day we also visit the

Victoria Butterfly Gardens - an indoor tropical paradise which also features tropical fish and

birds, hundreds of ornate plants and an exquisite orchid display.

6. A full day tour to Chemainus and Duncan. Chemainus was a small mill town, now wonderfully

revitalized with over 30 city murals and an Old Town with many antique shops and cafes. A

trolley tour of the murals is included. At Duncan we visit the fabulous Quw’utsun’ Cultural

Centre, with audio-visual presentations and a wonderful BBQ salmon lunch. We also stop for a

tour of the Merridale Cidery and a cider tasting to complete our day.

7. A half day tour to Sooke. At the Sooke Museum discover the West Coast as it was hundreds of

years ago and learn about the lives of the first settlers and how they shaped this land. This is a

true west coast experience. A special lunch will be included today.

8. We visit the world-renowned Royal BC Museum - with its ceremonial Bighouse and turn-of-thecentury

replica town, and featuring a National Geographic IMAX Theatre presentation.

9. Chinatown By Night - Visit Fan Tan Alley and enjoy the tales of a Chinese guide. Dinner included.

10. A fully narrated Ferry Cruise in Victoria Harbour, featuring picturesque marinas, a unique

village of floating homes, float plane landings, and sightings of otters and harbour seals.

11. Afternoon High Tea at the majestic Empress Hotel - a Victoria tradition not to be missed! We

will also enjoy a tour of the hotel with a guide in period costume.

COSTS

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS IN VICTORIA

Costs listed are per person, double occupancy, from Toronto, Montreal or Ottawa

Depart February 25 Standard Room ........ $3447

Standard Suite ......... $3597

One Bedroom Suite . $3747

Depart March 18 or April 8 Standard Room ......... $3197

Standard Suite ......... $3347

One Bedroom Suite . $3497

Single Supplement Standard Room ......... $850

Standard Suite .......... $990

One Bedroom Suite .. $1100

From Halifax add $190. From Winnipeg or Edmonton deduct $150

From Calgary deduct $250. From Vancouver deduct $350

13.


HAWAII

3-Island Tour

to Oahu, Kona and Kauai

16 DAYS • 5 DATES IN 2014

14.

J

oin us for exciting tours, entertainment,

parties, beautiful scenery, or enjoy this

tropical paradise by just relaxing in the sun.

On this tour we will enjoy stays at 3 of

Hawaii’s most popular islands.

WAIKIKI (Honolulu) - (5 nights), on the

island of Oahu is where all the action is in

Hawaii - entertainment; activities; shopping

and hundreds of restaurants. Our hotel, the

Courtyard by Marriott Waikiki Beach, is

conveniently located within walking distance

to Waikiki Beach, the International Market

Place and signature restaurants. The

spacious rooms rooms in this First Class

hotel feature island decor and the rooms are

equipped with a microwave, coffeemaker,

mini-fridge, hairdryer, TV, safe and balcony.

Features of the hotel include a restaurant,

bar, convenience store, spa and a beautiful

freshwater pool area surrounded by tropical

gardens.

The beautiful BIG ISLAND of HAWAII

(4 nights) is known as the Orchid Isle (it is

the leading producer of orchids in the U.S.),

and the Volcano Isle (because of its

awesome, scenic volcano). Our island tour

will include a visit to Volcano National Park.

We will also see the tropical beaches, snow

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#5. MARCH 19 - APRIL 3

clad mountains and lush vegetation that

make this island so beautiful.

KONA is the main resort town on the Big

Island. In the heart of Kona, 100 yards

from the ocean, lies the friendly and

informal Kona Seaside Hotel. This hotel

has a restaurant, beautiful swimming pool

area, lush gardens and lovely, spacious

guestrooms.

The tropical paradise of KAUAI (5 nights) is

considered by many to be the most beautiful

of the Hawaiian islands, with its magnificent

scenery and vegetation. Kauai is famous for

its beautiful waterfalls, spectacular canyon,

scenic valleys and colourful tropical plants

and flowers. We will see much of this on our

island tour. The Courtyard Marriott Kauai

Coconut Beach Hotel is located right on the

ocean, a few minutes walk from the Coconut

Plantation shopping area, with its many

shops and restaurants. The beautifully

designed guest rooms at our hotel are well

appointed with modern amenities. Facilities

of the hotel include several restaurants, an

oceanfront swimming pool and whirlpool,

tennis courts, walking paths and an on-site

spa that offers massage, facials, body

scrubs and more.


HOLIDAY INCLUSIONS

• Flights with Air Canada (change of planes in Vancouver)

• 14 nights First Class accommodation in Hawaii as described

• Full breakfast daily

• Flower Lei greeting upon arrival.

• Full-day tours of each of the 3 islands

• Honolulu City Tour including lunch (and including the Pearl Harbour site and

memorial)

• Spectacular Polynesian Dinner Show

• A cruise down the incredible Wailua River and visit the Fern Grotto in Kauai.

• A special Farewell Luau including cocktails, a traditional Hawaiian

buffet dinner and entertainment

• Lunch at the hotel on the day of departure

• All inter-island airfare and taxes

• PLUS ALL TOUR INCLUSIONS on page 1

COSTS

per person, double occupancy, from Toronto

January and February tours ... $4597

March tour - $4697

Single Supplement - $1090. Triples deduct $150 per person (cots not available)

From Montreal add $90

From Ottawa add $190

From Halifax add $390

From Winnipeg deduct $100

From Calgary or Edmonton deduct $250

From Vancouver deduct $350

15.


MEXICO

TOWNS AND VILLAGES

• Guadalajara • Lake Chapala

• Colonial Tour

16.

M

exico is a country of beautiful scenery,

glorious weather year-round and friendly

people. This tour starts in Mexico's second

largest city, Guadalajara, a centre of traditional

Mexican culture (the city is the birthplace of the

Mexican Hat Dance, rodeos, mariachis and

tequila). Guadelajara retains its colonial charm

with tree-lined boulevards, parks and stately

colonial architecture. There are many modern

attractions and activities including art galleries,

a zoo, planetarium, an immense water park and

concerts. The city plazas (squares) link the

colonial buildings, monuments and fountains ...

delightful areas for strolling. Guadalajara is a

great place for shopping, boasting Mexico's

largest enclosed market, the world's largest flea

market and Latin America's biggest shopping

mall - bargains galore!

In Guadalajara our hotel is the De Mendoza, a

small, comfortable hotel, decorated in the

Spanish Colonial style. It is perfectly located in

the heart of the city in an area almost totally

devoted to pedestrians and an easy walk to the

theatres, cathedral and shopping areas. Guest

rooms have two beds, telephone, satellite TV

and air-conditioning. Private bathrooms have

tub or shower. Hotel facilities include a pool with

sun terrace, restaurant and lobby bar.

Following our stay in Guadalajara we will enjoy

a wonderful 5-night tour through the colonial

heartland of Mexico.

Our tour ends at Lake Chapala, Mexico's

largest lake and very popular with visitors. The

climate is perfect, the scenery gorgeous with

several quaint and charming villages and towns

bordering the lake. We have chosen the small

town of Ajijic with its narrow cobblestoned

streets and white-washed buildings. The town

has a central plaza, delightful shopping streets

• 15 DAYS • FEBRUARY 18 - MARCH 4

and a lovely church where weekly events and

festivities take place. This is an ideal place to

take long strolls, maybe play a game of tennis

or a round of golf, or simply relax on a veranda

of one of the local restaurants or cafes and

enjoy the daily happy hour while watching the

spectacular sunset! While in Ajijic we may enjoy

some of the cultural programs offered, including

Mexican cooking lessons and guided walks.

We stay on the shores of Lake Chapala at the

Resort Hotel Real de Chapala, a short walk

from the village. The hotel is set amid lovely

gardens with an outdoor pool, sun terraces and

tennis courts. Golf is available nearby. Guest

rooms have two beds and satellite TV. Hotel

facilities include a restaurant, terraced views of

the lake and a games room with pool tables.

HOLIDAY INCLUSIONS

• Flights with American Airlines

• First Class & moderate accommodation

• Full breakfast and dinner daily. 1 lunch.

• PLUS ALL TOUR INCLUSIONS on Page 1

COSTS

per person double occupancy from Toronto,

Montreal, Vancouver or Calgary ... $3397

Single Supplement - $690

From Ottawa add $190 (includes round-trip

transportation to Trudeau Airport, Montreal,

and a Montreal overnight prior to the tour)

From Halifax add $690 (includes a Toronto

overnight prior to the tour)

Edmonton add $290. Winnipeg add $390.


TENTATIVE ITINERARY FOR MEXICO

DAY 1

DAY 2

DAY 3

DAY 4

DAY 5

DAY 6

DAY 7

DAY 8

DEPARTURE - GUADALAJARA. We

depart for Guadalajara, with a change of

planes in Dallas. Upon arrival we transfer

to our hotel where we enjoy our Welcome

Dinner.

GUADALAJARA. An orientation city tour

of Guadalajara. We see residential

districts, Minerva Fountain, the University,

the monument to the Illustrious Men of

Jalisco, the Liberation Plaza, Historical

Government Palace, and Instituto Cultural

Cabanas with its famous Orozco Murals.

GUADALAJARA AT LEISURE. A day at

leisure to enjoy the traffic-free walking

streets that Guadalajara is known for.

TEQUILA. We visit Tequila, the town for

which the famous liquor is named. Located

an hour away from Guadalajara, Tequila is

surrounded by fields of the cactus-like

Blue Agave plants from which tequila is

made. Tour the tequila distillery and

museum, and then enjoy an alfresco lunch

entertained by colourful Mariachis.

GUADALAJARA. At leisure.

LAKE PATZCUARO. We depart for the

Lake Patzcuaro area, and a tour of the

16th century capital of Michoacan. This

beautiful lakeside community sits at 7,250

feet in the Sierra Madre Mountains, and

seems stuck in a time warp. The local

Indians fish, farm and sell their crafts as

they have for centuries.

MORELIA. This town was named after the

famous priest who led the battle for

independence. His former home is now a

museum, and his birthplace now a library.

Morelia is also home to many writers,

artists and philosophers. As you stroll the

plazas and sip coffee at one of the many

cafes, you can feel the city's vitality.

Morelia is also the candy capital of Mexico,

and features a unique candy market.

GUANAJUATO. We proceed to

Guanajuato, an impressive colonial city

tucked into the mountains at an elevation

of 6,700 feet. It is a maze of twisting

DAY 9

DAY 10

cobblestone streets, pastel-coloured

houses, shaded plazas, and imposing

churches and museums. Most of the major

attractions are within walking distance in

the town's centre. After dinner you can

return to the plazas and listen to music by

local musicians.

SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE. We travel

to San Miguel, considered to be the

prettiest town in Mexico. As we stroll

down the streets lined with 18th century

mansions you'll discover lovely fountains,

monuments, churches and breathtaking

views across the valley. San Miguel is

also an art colony with many artists and

writers coming from all over the world to

work and study there. The city (a

national monument) retains its 18th

century charm and character, thanks to a

ban on architectural changes after 1926.

SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE. This

morning we visit the town of Dolores,

where the Mexican War of

Independence began. We will see the

historic sites of the town, and we will

also visit a Talavera ceramic factory for

which the town is also famous.

DAY 11 LAKE CHAPALA. We transfer to this

delightful resort area for our final 4 nights.

Upon arrival we will have an orientation

tour, including the small towns along the

lake and also San Juan Cosala, a spa

known for its large pools and hot springs.

DAYS

12 - 14

DAY 15

LAKE CHAPALA. At leisure to relax,

enjoy a stroll by the lake and the facilities

of our resort hotel. Optional activities will

be offered (at no charge) such as Mexican

cooking lessons, guided walks in Ajijic and

Chapala, various games and parties etc.

Our Farewell Dinner will feature live

Mariachi Band music.

HOME. We transfer to the Guadalajara

airport and fly home via Dallas.

17.


MEXICO’S

MAGICAL SOUTHEAST

• Oaxaca • Chiapas • Mexico City

• 15 DAYS • FEBRUARY 3 - 17

18.

M

exico brings to mind wide brimmed

Sombreros, lively Mariachis and cool frosty

Margaritas, however on this fascinating and

unique tour we explore another side of

Mexico - the magical states of Oaxaca and

Chiapas. While this timeless Mexican region

is known for its fascinating Mayan history and

stunning natural settings, perhaps the most

wonderful attraction here is the indigenous

people of various ethnic groups and how they

proudly continue to enjoy the traditions,

cuisine, clothing and folk art that they have

for many generations.

We begin with a 2-night stay in Mexico City, a

fascinating capital that delights its visitors

with endless options. Our city tour will take us

from the pre-Hispanic towns found right in the

city’s heart, to the colonial era with its many

old churches and beautiful houses with cool

shaded patios, to the modern cosmopolitan

city we experience today.

We then move on to Oaxaca for a 4-night

stay. This quintessential Mexican town is

renowned for its colourful Indian markets,

delicious food and exquisite churches. We

will stay at The Hostal de la Noria, a beautiful

colonial mansion converted into a charming

hotel. From here we can wander through the

narrow winding streets, people-watch from a

sidewalk cafe or head out of town to visit

awe-inspiring ancient ruins. Included during

our stay here will be a tour to the ancient

Monte Alban - an archeological site from 500

BC; a tour to Mitla - an ancient ceremonial

centre; and a lively Dinner Show featuring the

best of the music, food and colour of Oaxaca.

We then proceed to Chiapas for a 6-night

stay. Mexico’s southernmost state is known

as “Paradise of the South” as it brims with

stunning natural wonders, ancient civilizations

and mysterious Mayan villages. We will take

a breathtaking boat ride through the 800-

metre deep Sumidero Canyon to visit the

ancient city of Chiapa de Corzo. Then we

proceed to the highland region of Chiapas

and the town of San Cristobal de las Casas -

a colonial jewel that boasts a charming blend

of colonial architecture and indigenous

culture. We will stay at the Casa Vieja - a

lovely hotel with colonial flavour close to the

main pedestrian streets. Our included tours

here will take in fascinating Mayan Villages

and tranquil natural beauty.

The cultural and natural richness that you will

encounter on this unique tour will surely be a

once in a lifetime experience.

HOLIDAY INCLUSIONS

• Flights with Air Canada

• Mainly First Class accommodation

• Full breakfast and dinner daily. 3 lunches.

• PLUS ALL TOUR INCLUSIONS on Page 1

COSTS

per person double occupancy from Toronto,

Montreal, Ottawa or Vancouver ... $3997

Single Supplement - $690

From Calgary or Edmonton add $90

From Winnipeg or Halifax add $190


TENTATIVE ITINERARY FOR MEXICO’S SOUTHEAST

DAY 1

DAY 2

DAY 3

DAY 4

DAY 5

DAY 6

DAY 7

DAY 8

DEPARTURE. We depart for Mexico City.

Upon arrival we transfer to our hotel.

MEXICO CITY. This fascinating capital is one

of the oldest and largest cities in the world.

Our morning city tour will show us the

National Palace with Diego Rivera´s murals,

Constitution Plaza, Metropolitan Cathedral,

the mysterious Aztec remains of Mayor

Temple, the Palace of Fine Arts, Alameda

Park and much more. Afternoon at leisure.

OAXACA. We depart for Oaxaca, stopping

en route at Puebla - a magnificent historical

center and World Heritage Site. The colonial

buildings and the Chapel of the Rosary are

considered among the marvels of the world.

We will have lunch in a traditional restaurant

serving local cuisine before continuing to

Oaxaca for a four-night stay.

MONTE ALBAN / OAXACA. This morning

we visit Monte Alban, one of Mexico’s most

interesting archaeological sites. It dates back

to 500 BC and has a spectacular mountaintop

setting. In the afternoon we will have a

guided tour of Oaxaca’s historical centre,

another World Heritage Site, known for the

beauty and harmony of its architecture.

MITLA. We begin with a visit to Mitla, the

ancient Mixtec ceremonial center, followed by

a tour of a mezcal distillery and lunch. Later

we visit the village of Teotitlán del Valle and a

Zapotec family of weavers that are still using

natural dyes to make beautiful rugs with

ancient techniques.

OAXACA. A day at leisure to explore on your

own, visit one of the many museums or join

your Tour Manager on a morning visit to the

local market to learn about the various

produce or try the local fried grasshoppers!

Tonight we enjoy a folklore dinner show

featuring Oaxaca’s music, food and colours.

TEHUANTEPEC. We proceed to Santo

Domingo Tehuantepec where we will have a

short tour of Oaxaca´s second largest city.

Included will be a visit to the Dominican

Convent where traditional Tehuana dresses

are made by the native women.

SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS. We

enter the state of Chiapas where we

first enjoy a 2-hour boat ride through

the magnificent Sumidero Canyon. This

breathtaking canyon is narrow and deep, with

walls that are up to one kilometer high. Our

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guide will point out monkeys, crocodiles and

birds. From here we proceed to Chiapa de

Corzo, an ancient city designed in a

rectangular grid. After some free time for

lunch or shopping we continue to San

Cristobal de las Casas for a six-night stay.

SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS. In

colonial times this city served as the most

important in the region. Since then it has

enriched its urban design and it is now one of

the most beautiful cities in the country. Our

guided walking tour will include the Cathedral,

the Santo Domingo Church and the beautiful

pedestrian streets of the historical center.

INDIGENOUS VILLAGES. We step back in

time and visit two of the most fascinating

Tzotzil Mayan villages; Zinacantan and San

Juan Chamula. The local language, clothing,

and especially the traditions and culture are

truly amazing. In Zinacantan we will visit a

family of weavers who still use the ancient

back-strap loom. Their colourful clothing is full

of flower designs, as opposed to the weaving

in San Juan Chamula where they produce

heavy wool skirts and smocks. In San Juan

Chamula we will experience the unique

religious practices that blend the catholic

religion with their Mayan beliefs.

MONTEBELLO LAKES AND CHIFLON

WATERFALLS. We visit Lagunas de

Montebello National Park, featuring lakes of

spectacular beauty whose striking colours

range from emerald green to turquoise, and

even purple! After a visit of some of the lakes

we continue to Chiflon Waterfall, with its

crystal clear turquoise waters. We will enjoy

an al fresco lunch by the waterfalls.

DAY 12 SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS. At leisure.

DAY 13

TONINA. This fascinating archaeological site

was the longest inhabited Mayan site in

Mexico. The site features groups of templepyramids

set on terraces and over 100 carved

monuments dating from the 6th through the

9th centuries AD. Tonina is famous for its well

preserved stucco sculptures, and its giant

stucco mural - discovered in 1992 it

represents a mysterious supernatural scene.

DAY 14 MEXICO CITY. A morning at leisure before

we take our flight back to Mexico City. Tonight

will be our special Farewell Fiesta.

DAY 15

HOME. We transfer to the airport for our flight

home with Air Canada.

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20.

E

scape the winter with us on this sun-filled

holiday to Indian Rocks Beach, a truly beautiful

area on Florida’s Gulf Coast! This tour is a perfect

combination of touring some of the area’s most

popular attractions, parties and get-togethers

with your fellow travellers and some glorious days

for relaxation in the sun.

Indian Rocks Beach is conveniently situated on

the inter-coastal waterway between Clearwater

Beach and St. Petersburg, and so there is easy

access to the many activities available in this

area. The local trolley, which goes to great

shopping areas, restaurants and downtown St.

Petersburg, stops a few steps from our hotel (a

one-day trolley pass is included during your stay).

We will stay at the Holiday Inn Harbourside, a

charming moderate first class, yet laid-back

property with a distinct Key West influence,

located just a short stroll from Indian Rocks

Beach. Hotel amenities include 2 swimming

pools, hot tubs, patios and sundecks, fitness

centre, restaurants, games room and a miniature

golf course. A unique feature of the hotel is the

on-site marina where you can enjoy a variety of

activities including boat rentals and charter fishing.

Two types of suites are offered: Islander Guest

Rooms come with a courtyard view. Room

amenities include two queen-size beds, courtyard

access, mini-fridge, coffee maker, cable TV,

telephone, hair dryer, iron and ironing board. Key

West Studio Rooms have all the amenities of the

Islander Guest Rooms plus a kitchenette; stove,

microwave, and toaster.

HOLIDAY INCLUSIONS

• Flights with Air Canada

• Moderate First Class accommodation

• 6 excursions (and a one-day trolley pass)

• Full breakfast daily, 2 dinners, 1 lunch

• PLUS ALL TOUR INCLUSIONS on Page 1

GULF COAST

FLORIDA

• 15 DAYS • 2 DATES IN 2014

#1. FEBRUARY 1 - 15

#2. FEBRUARY 15 - MARCH 1

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

1. A tour of St. Petersburg, including a visit to the

Salvador Dali Museum

2. A tour of Tampa, including the Latin Quarter,

Ybor City and a visit of the Florida Aquarium

(with over 10,000 aquatic animals and plants)

3. The picturesque old Greek village of Tarpon

Springs. Includes a scenic boat ride

4. A visit to Sunken Gardens, a 4-acre paradise

of plants, flowers, exotic birds and other wildlife

5. A luncheon cruise on the StarLite Majesty

6. An excursion to the charming city of Sarasota,

including a visit to the Ringling Circus Museum.

DATES & COSTS

Per person, double occupancy, from Toronto,

in an Islander Guest Room

Depart February 1 ... $2797

Depart February 15 ... $2997

Key West Studio Room - add $90 per person

Single Supplement (Islander Guest Room)

February 1 - $590 February 15 - $790

Single Supplement (Key West Studio Room)

February 1 - $690 February 15 - $890

Triple Reduction (per person) - $75

From Ottawa add $90. Montreal add $150.

From Halifax add $390 (overnight in Montreal)

From Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton

or Vancouver add $590


BERMUDA

• 15 DAYS • MARCH 30 - APRIL 13

T

his little island in the Atlantic has one of

the most beautiful natural settings in the world.

You will find no better place to enjoy the ocean.

Since Bermuda is only 2 miles wide, you are

never far from the sea and the pink sand

beaches! There are 170 varieties of subtropical

flowers which splash colour and

fragrance everywhere throughout the year. The

warm, sub-tropical climate enhances the

scenery. Another of Bermuda's main attractions

is its romantic and historic old world charm. The

British heritage adds a colourful touch to your

holiday: they drive on the left; serve tea

promptly at 4:00; the policemen are known as

bobbies; and cricket is the national sport

played, of course, in Bermuda shorts! In

addition there are picture-book villages,

ancient forts, historic harbours, narrow country

lanes to stroll, and enough coves and caves

for everyone. You will find the 17th century

town of St. George’s, with its museums and art

galleries (and its superb duty-free shopping), a

delight to visit.

Our hotel in Bermuda will be the first class

Grotto Bay Beach Hotel, which is located on a

small and charming cove with 3 sandy beaches

and 21 acres of naturally landscaped gardens.

The location offers spectacular views of

Bermuda's clear blue waters. The hotel is also

10 minutes from the historic town of St. George

and 20 minutes from the capital, Hamilton (the

bus stops at the resort entrance). There are

many attractions in the area, which may be

visited by using the local transportation. Please

note that Bermuda is quite hilly, so there are

steps and stairs in and around the hotel.

The air-conditioned guestrooms are cheerful

and comfortable with two double beds or a

king-size bed, phone, safe, TV, mini-fridge,

coffee maker, hair dryer and an ocean view

with private balcony or patio.

Facilities of the hotel include a restaurant,

bar, store, 3 private beaches, jacuzzi, tennis

courts for day and night use, exercise room,

outdoor pool, in-house movies, guest laundry,

fishing boat rental and occasional evening

entertainment. Tee-off times can be arranged

at a nearby golf course. This is a relaxing

holiday for those who enjoy exploring at their

own pace, and the simple pleasures of the

beach and tropical surroundings.

HOLIDAY INCLUSIONS

• Air Canada flights

• First class accommodation

• Full breakfast and dinner daily

• Afternoon tea daily

• Weekly Manager’s cocktail party

• Walking tour of Bailey’s Bay and area

• Bermuda Transport Pass - allows access

to all buses and ferries on the island

• PLUS ALL TOUR INCLUSIONS on Page 1

COSTS

per person, double occupancy, from Toronto

... $3797

Single Supplement ... $990

All add-ons below include an overnight in

Toronto prior to the tour - meals not included.

From Ottawa or Montreal add $190

From Halifax add $290

From Edmonton or Calgary add $390

From Vancouver or Winnipeg add $490

21.


C U B A

Varadero All-Inclusive Resort Holiday

Plus 2 nights in Havana

22.

C

uba is one of our most popular resort

destinations. The legendary friendliness of the

people, combined with an unspoiled ambience,

makes for an ideal Caribbean holiday.

For 12-nights of our holiday we will stay at a

First Class resort in Varadero, Cuba's most

popular beach resort. Known for its beautiful

white sandy beaches and turquoise blue seas,

Varadero is ideal for enjoying the sea and

beach.

Our hotel in Varadero is the 5-star All-Inclusive

Iberostar Playa Alameda. This luxurious

beachside resort is surrounded by lush tropical

gardens, a large outdoor pool and beach front

area with umbrella service and lounge chairs.

The resort also has a gym and health centre.

An array of daily activities is offered, as well as

nightly entertainment. There are 4 restaurants –

one is buffet style, 3 are “a-la-carte” and there

is also a snack bar. Local and international

beverages are served throughout the day at

one of the many bars. The modern and bright

guestrooms are furnished with 2 twin beds or a

king bed, shower/bath, hairdryer, satellite TV

with English speaking channels, air

conditioning, direct dial telephone, minibar,

coffee machine and a balcony or terrace.

While in Varadero we will enjoy a number of

included excursions on both land and sea.

Included in this program is a 2-night stay in

Cuba’s capital, Havana, an historic, lively and

culturally fascinating city. In Havana we will tour

both the old and new sections.

• 15 DAYS • 2 DATES IN 2014

#1. FEBRUARY 18 - MARCH 4

#2. MARCH 4 - 18

HOLIDAY INCLUSIONS

• Flights with Sunwing Airlines

• First Class accommodation as described

• Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily

• All alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages

(while in Varadero)

• 6 excursions as described

• PLUS ALL TOUR INCLUSIONS on Page 1

COSTS

per person, double occupancy, from Toronto

or Montreal ... $3597

Single Supplement - $590

All add-on fares below include

an overnight in Toronto or Montreal

in each direction - meals not included.

From Ottawa add $250 (includes round-trip

transportation to Montreal’s Trudeau Airport)

From Winnipeg or Halifax add $690

Calgary, Vancouver or Edmonton add $890


INCLUDED EXCURSIONS IN CUBA

1. A tour of Old Havana

2. A tour of New Havana

3. A tour to the mountain retreat of Guama where we visit a Criadero

(crocodile farm), and enjoy a boat ride through the mangroves to visit

the Indian village where we will see first-hand how the aboriginal

Indians of Cuba have lived for centuries. Later we will head to Playa

Larga, site of the historic Bay of Pigs. Playa Larga is also home to

some of Cuba’s most beautiful and pristine beaches.

4. A tour of the city of Matanzas, featuring the oldest pharmacy in Cuba,

now a museum, and one of Cuba’s oldest churches.

5. We visit the Varahicacos Eco Reserve, with its natural caves, ancient

burial grounds and unique flora and fauna.

6. A guided tour of Varadero by coach (or by train if available). An

entertaining dolphin show rounds out the day.

23.


TOWNS AND VILLAGES OF

CUBA

Tour and Stay-Put Holiday

• Havana • Varadero

• Cienfuegos • Zapata Peninsula

• 15 DAYS • 2 DATES IN 2014

#1. FEBRUARY 25 - MARCH 11

24.

C

uba is one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful,

safe and comfortable destinations. This tour offers

a unique opportunity to experience Cuba’s vibrant

culture, colourful history, enchanting countryside,

old towns, pristine beaches and friendly people.

We fly to the beach resort town of Varadero, where

we enjoy our first overnight in Cuba. Then we

proceed to the lively capital of Havana for a 4-

night stay, with sightseeing in both the old and

modern sections. From Havana we also enjoy an

excursion to Pinar del Rio, an area of picturesque

valleys and dramatic landscapes.

After Havana we transfer to the Zapata Peninsula,

a popular destination for eco-tourism also known

for its rich history. We will experience these

features here as well as a performance of Cuban

culture (dance, music and theatre).

Next is a 3-night stay in Cienfuegos on Cuba’s

southern coast. Known as the "Pearl of the South",

this area has Cuba’s most beautiful bay. As one of

Cuba’s main seaports it is a major centre of the

sugar, coffee and tobacco trades. There is a wellpreserved

historic centre with lovely architecture in

the neoclassic style. From here we enjoy

excursions to Trinidad - the crown jewel of Cuba's

colonial cities, and Cuba’s oldest botanical garden.

We continue to Varadero, Cuba's most popular

resort area, for a 4-night stay. Known for its

beautiful white sandy beaches and turquoise blue

waters, Varadero is ideal for swimming and

strolling on the beach. Our hotel in Varadero is the

5-star All-Inclusive Iberostar Laguna Azul, a

luxurious beachside resort with 4 outdoor pools,

gym, health centre, 5 restaurants, daily activities

and nightly entertainment. We will have three

excursions while in Varadero.

HOLIDAY INCLUSIONS

• Flights with Sunwing Airlines

• Deluxe, First Class & moderate accommodation

• Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily

• Local beverages (water, soft drinks, wine and

beer) included with all lunches and dinners

throughout the tour. While in Varadero they

are included all day, plus local spirits.

• PLUS ALL TOUR INCLUSIONS on Page 1

COSTS

MARCH 11 - 25

per person, double occupancy, from Toronto

or Montreal ... $3597

Single Supplement - $590

From Ottawa add $190 (includes round-trip

transportation to Montreal’s Trudeau Airport,

and a hotel overnight prior to departure)

From Winnipeg or Halifax add $690

Vancouver, Calgary or Edmonton add $890

Add-on fares from Winnipeg, Halifax,

Calgary, Vancouver and Edmonton

include an overnight in Toronto

in each direction - meals not included.


TENTATIVE ITINERARY FOR CUBA TOUR

DAY 1

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DAY 7

DAY 8

DEPARTURE / VARADERO. We depart for

the lively beach resort town of Varadero and

upon arrival we transfer to our hotel.

HAVANA. After a morning at leisure in

Varadero we transfer to Havana for a 4-night

stay. Afternoon at leisure.

NEW HAVANA. We enjoy a city tour of New

Havana including a visit to the Memorial of

José Marti and Decorative Arts Museum.

PINAR DEL RIO / HAVANA. We have a tour

to the Vinales Valley in Pinar del Rio. In this

valley the world's finest tobacco is grown and

ox-drawn plows transport you back in time.

We’ll have lunch at El Palenque de los

Cimarrones where nearby you can walk

through a narrow cave to a recreation of a

nomadic home built by runaway slaves who

hid in these caves.

OLD HAVANA. Our tour of historic Old

Havana will include a visit to the General

Captain's Palace and the Rum Museum

where you can sample the goods!

GUAMA / ZAPATA PENINSULA. We depart

for the mountain retreat of Guama where we

visit a crocodile farm. Raised wooden

platforms provide vantage points to admire

these awesome beasts. We will take a boat

ride through the mangroves to visit the Indian

village where you will see first-hand how the

aboriginals of Cuba have lived for centuries.

We then make our way to the Zapata

Peninsula for a 2-night stay.

ZAPATA PENINSULA. We enjoy a theatre,

dance and music performance by the local

community at the Korimakao Cultural Project.

Then we drive along the pristine coastline to

the uniquely beautiful Fish Cave, a tectonic

crack in the earth that is home to schools of

colourful tropical fish, as well as various

types of sponge and coral. We will enjoy a

delicious seaside lunch and marvel at the

many natural pools entered through

underwater caves. We then proceed to the

Playa Giron Museum, located on the landing

site of the Armed Cuban Exiles during the

Bay of Pigs invasion. This small museum is

dedicated to that historical conflict.

ZAPATA PENINSULA. We visit the Australia

Central Sugar Factory, site of Castro’s

headquarters during the Bay of Pigs invasion

and now a museum. See the period photos,

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Castro’s command office and an anti-missile

device. We then enjoy a ride on an historic

steam train through a valley full of historic

sugar mills. After lunch we proceed to

Cienfuegos.

CIENFUEGOS. This city's appeal lies partly

in the European flavor of its colonial hub, with

wide Parisian-style boulevards and elegant

colonnades. Our city tour includes a visit to

the colonial style Terry Theatre and De Valle

Palace, with its peculiar architecture. This

afternoon we enjoy a boat excursion on

Cienfuegos Bay.

TRINIDAD / CIENFUEGOS. We travel

across the Topes de Collantes mountain

range to Trinidad. Founded in 1514, Trinidad

is a relic of the early days of Spanish

colonization and is Cuba’s most wellpreserved

old city. During our walking tour we

will visit Cantero Palace and the famous

Canchanchara Bar, housed in an 18th

century mansion. We visit Plaza Mayor in the

town centre before we return to Cienfuegos

in the afternoon.

CIENFUEGOS. Today we will visit Cuba’s

oldest botanical garden, which consists of

more than 2,000 plants, including 280 breeds

of palm trees, 65 species of figs and 23

varieties of bamboo. Then we continue on to

Varadero and check in to our All-Inclusive

hotel for a 4-night stay.

VARADERO. Time to relax, stroll or swim at

the beach or enjoy the activity program and

facilities of our All-Inclusive resort hotel.

During our stay in Varadero there will be

three included excursions:

DOLPHINS. We will see a lively dolphin

show, always an exciting and heart

warming experience.

MANTANZAS. We enjoy a city tour of

Varadero with a visit to the local museum

and then continue to the city of Matanzas,

featuring the oldest pharmacy in Cuba,

now a museum.

VARAHICACOS ECOLOGICAL

RESERVE. We visit the Varahicacos

Ecological Reserve, with its natural caves,

ancient burial grounds and unique flora

and fauna.

HOME. We transfer to the Varadero airport

for our flight home.

25.


DOMINICAN

REPUBLIC

All-Inclusive

3-Centre Holiday

26.

T

he Dominican Republic is one of the

Caribbean’s most geographically diverse

countries, from white sand beaches and tropical

forests to stunning mountain scenery and

amazing waterfalls. There is also some of the

most stunning colonial architecture in the

Americas, as well as warm, welcoming people

who are happy to greet all visitors. This is a

unique tour of delightful contrasts from warm

sun baked beaches, to tranquil mangrove

lagoons, to fascinating traditions and historic

interest.

We begin in Puerto Plata, a favourite vacation

spot for Canadians for many years. During our

4-night stay we will visit Fort San Filipe, the

Colonial Zone with its distinctive architecture

and the secluded Gri Gri Lagoon, a tropical

paradise!

Next will be a 5-night stay in Samana. This

popular spot is home to Humpback Whales

during their mating season (we may be fortunate

enough to see them frolicking offshore in the

warm turquoise waters). A highlight here will be

a boat ride to Haitises National Park where we

will stroll through a dense mangrove forest and

take Safari vehicles along the magnificent

coastline to secluded Rincon beach for

swimming, lunch and relaxing in the sun.

Our final stop is La Romana, an idyllic port and

perfect base to explore the surrounding white

sand beaches and plantations of coffee, sugar

cane and cocoa. During our 4-night stay we will

visit the capitol of Santo Domingo. While this city

is virtually a living museum of colonial splendour

(reminiscent of New Orleans French Quarter), it

still retains its laid-back, casual spirit.

• 14 DAYS • 2 DATES IN 2014

#1. FEBRUARY 13 - 26

#2. FEBRUARY 25 - MARCH 10

We will be staying in the upscale resorts of the

Bahia Principe chain of hotels. These allinclusive

properties are all perfectly situated on

white sand beaches, in beautiful garden

settings. They feature all the amenities expected

of a Caribbean resort including à la carte dining

in a variety of onsite restaurants, all local

alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (yours to

enjoy anytime) and a variety of recreational

facilities. Hotel rooms have air conditioning,

ceiling fan, satellite TV, telephone, safe, mini bar,

terrace or balcony and free Wi-Fi in the lobby.

HOLIDAY INCLUSIONS

• Flights with American Airlines

• First Class accommodation

• Full breakfast, lunch and dinner daily

• All alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages

• PLUS ALL TOUR INCLUSIONS on Page 1

COSTS

per person double occupancy from Toronto

... $3697

Single Supplement - $690

From Montreal add $90

All of the following add-ons include an

overnight in Toronto or Montreal prior to the tour

From Ottawa add $190

From Halifax or Winnipeg add $650

Calgary, Vancouver or Edmonton add $850


TENTATIVE ITINERARY FOR DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

DAY 1

DAY 2

DAY 3

DAY 4

DAY 5

DAY 6

DEPARTURE / PUERTO PLATA. We

depart for the Dominican Republic (via

Miami) and upon arrival transfer to our

hotel in Puerto Plata.

PUERTO PLATA. This morning we will

have an information briefing after

breakfast. The remainder of the day is at

your leisure to enjoy the resort.

PUERTO PLATA - CITY TOUR. Our city

tour will begin with a stop at Fort San

Filipe, built in 1564 it is Puerto Plata's

oldest surviving building. We visit the

Colonial Zone with its uniquely beautiful

architecture and enjoy some time at San

Felipe Apostil Cathedral. Later we take a

stroll through the old town for shopping at

the public market. Afternoon is at leisure.

PUERTO PLATA - COASTAL TOUR. In

the late afternoon we will depart by coach

for the town of Rio San Juan for a walk in

the village, followed by a visit of the

tranquil Gri-Gri Lagoon where mangroves

surround us and secluded caves beckon.

We will stop at spectacular Playa de los

Metros where towering stone cliffs and

boulders stand as sentinels along a vast

stretch of white sand beach. At cozy

Minos Beach we will enjoy our dinner

seaside while watching the sun set by

campfire.

PUERTO PLATA / SAMANA. Morning at

leisure. After lunch we transfer to

Samana, where we have a free afternoon

to explore the hotel and surroundings.

HAITISES NATIONAL PARK / SAMANA.

This morning we board a boat which will

take us on a tour through the turquoise

waters of the Bay of Samana to Haitises

National Park. A walk through the coastal

mangroves will give us a chance to

observe the local flora and fauna (this is a

well known paradise for bird watchers!)

We will walk in the footsteps of the

ancient inhabitants of the area as we visit

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DAYS

12 & 13

DAY 14

caves where the Taino Indians lived

before the discovery of the country.

Lunch today will be delicious Paella,

prepared for us in a fisherman’s cabin.

SAMANA. At leisure to enjoy all the

amenities of our resort. Your Tour

Manager will be on hand with suggestions

for optional tours and activities.

RINCON BEACH / SAMANA. Today we

take safari-style vehicles on an expedition

to Las Galeras and Rincon Beach, known

for its stunning white sands and turquoise

waters. We will also have the chance to

meet with local farmers, and visit banana

and other fruit plantations, while enjoying

the abundance of wildlife along the way.

On Rincon Beach we will have time for

swimming and a delicious lunch, while

enjoying one of the most beautiful spots

in the country.

SAMANA. At leisure.

LA ROMANA. We proceed to our final

resort hotel, in beautiful La Romana.

SANTO DOMINGO / LA ROMANA. On

our tour of Santo Domingo we will explore

the colonial area and visit the main sites,

including Santa Maria la Menor

Cathedral, the National Cemetary and the

Alcazar de Colon - home of the first

governor of Santo Domingo. We also visit

the ‘Cave of Three Eyes’ with its three

underground lakes surrounded by

beautiful gardens. There will be free time

for shopping in the ‘Mercado Modelo’ - a

chance to pick up unique souvenirs and

handicrafts.

LA ROMANA. At leisure. There will be

many optional tours and activities

available, or you may wish to relax at the

resort and enjoy all the facilities.

HOME. We say farewell to this friendly

island and fly home via Miami.

27.


TRINIDAD

AND TOBAGO

28.

H

ailed as the true Caribbean, the dualisland

nation of Trinidad and Tobago offers a

very unique holiday experience found

nowhere else in the Caribbean. The warm,

tropical marine climate is especially enjoyable

during the winter months and while the lush

rainforests and pristine white-sand beaches

combine to make a perfect winter escape, it is

the country’s rich history, lively culture,

fascinating biodiversity and smiling welcoming

people that set it apart.

On this two-centre holiday, we will experience

the best of both islands, starting on the “big”

island of Trinidad in the bustling capital of

Port of Spain. This exciting city is host to the

famous Carnival festival, great restaurants

and shopping, popular Cricket matches and

historic buildings layered within a multicultural

setting and homegrown calypso attitude.

While in Trinidad our touring will include a city

tour of Port of Spain, a breath-taking coastal

drive and beach excursion, renowned wildlife

sanctuaries, a cultural tour highlighting the

island’s strong Indian influences, and an

evening out to enjoy the original steel drum

music the country is passionately dedicated

to. In Trinidad we will stay at the Hilton Port of

Spain, perfectly located near the city centre,

and featuring all the amenities one would

expect from a first class Hilton hotel.

We then take a short flight to the smaller

island of Tobago for a 7-night stay. Tobago is

truly a relaxing tropical paradise where time

almost stands still. Beautiful beaches, active

coral reefs and lush rainforests with exotic

flora and fauna make this island a nature

lover’s dream. A full island tour and

exhilarating catamaran cruise show off the

island’s endless beauty, but it is the warm,

welcoming spirit of the people that will make

• 15 DAYS • FEBRUARY 13 - 27

you feel totally at home. Our accommodation in

Tobago is the Coco Reef Resort & Spa, a perfect

combination of Old World charm and modern

amenities; it is the ideal place to unwind

completely. The resort’s private white sand beach

is one of the best on the island with a specially built

lagoon to create a tranquil swimming area. During

the day you can choose from a range of water

sports, book a spa treatment, or simply relax by

the pool. Excellent local cuisine is available in two

restaurants offering both buffet and a la carte

dining options. Guestrooms include balcony or

terrace, air-conditioning, cable TV and hairdryer.

Join us on this unforgettable adventure to a unique

Caribbean destination that will have you wishing

you could return before you’ve even left!

HOLIDAY INCLUSIONS

• Flights with American Airlines

• First Class accommodation

• Full breakfast daily, 6 dinners and

6 lunches

• PLUS ALL TOUR INCLUSIONS on Page 1

COSTS

per person, double occupancy, from Toronto

or Montreal ... $5297

Single Supplement - $1690

From Ottawa add $150 (includes round-trip

transportation to Trudeau Airport, Montreal)

From Winnipeg or Halifax add $590

Vancouver, Calgary or Edmonton add $790


TENTATIVE ITINERARY FOR TRINIDAD & TOBAGO

DAY 1

DAY 2

DAY 3

DAY 4

DAY 5

DAY 6

DEPARTURE / PORT OF SPAIN. We

depart for Port of Spain with a change in

Miami. Upon arrival we transfer to our hotel.

PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD. Our city tour

will show us many of Port of Spain’s historic

buildings including the Parliament, Holy

Trinity Cathedral, the National Library and

Independence Square. A visit to the Lady of

Young Lookout will provide a stunning view

over the city. We then visit the Angostura

rum factory, where the Caribbean’s leading

brand of rum is produced. We will learn

about the founding family and enjoy a tram

ride through the distillery.

MARACAS BEACH. Today we drive the

stunning North Coast Road to popular

Maracas Beach. Admire the stunning views

of the Paramin Hills to the west (with its

plantations of herbs and spices) and to the

east (thick rainforest). Upon reaching the

Caribbean Sea we stop for a spectacular

view of the ocean, small islands that dot the

coast and surrounding bays. There will be

free time to enjoy a stroll on the beach,

perhaps taking a short swim or relax in the

sun. Lunch at the beach will be “Shark &

Bake”, a local Trinidadian specialty.

ASA NATURE CENTRE AND CARONI

SANCTUARY. Today we visit the Asa

Wright Nature Centre, the oldest nature

centre in the West Indies and world

renowned for bird watching. Join a leisurely

nature walk or relax on the viewing veranda

and spot the wildlife and birds (more than

150 species of birds have been recorded). A

buffet lunch is included before we depart on

our afternoon visit to the Caroni Bird

Sanctuary to take a scenic boat ride through

the mangroves. Keep your eyes out for

kingfishers, cardinals, flycatchers and the

national bird of Trinidad – the Scarlet Ibis.

PORT OF SPAIN. A day at leisure to do

some shopping or perhaps take an optional

tour to explore the “big island” further.

CENTRAL ISLAND TOUR. Our morning

tour of Central Trinidad highlights the

island’s diverse culture. We will see the

Hindu Temple in the Sea, built when the

South Asians of the island were not

permitted to build on cane land. Next is the

85-foot-high statue of Hanuman, considered

the greatest warrior and protector of the

DAY 7

DAY 8

DAY 9

DAY 10

DAYS

11 - 13

DAY 14

gods from evil powers - it is the largest such

statue outside of India. Then we will visit a

local pottery shop with a chance to try our

hands at the works! Further visits include a

local market with fresh produce, and a

bazaar - great for finding that authentic

souvenir. This evening we enjoy a tour of

Port of Spain by night, including a visit of an

authentic “pan yard” to see steel bands

playing the famous Trinidadian instrument.

TOBAGO. We take a short flight to the small

island of Tobago, for a 7-night stay. Upon

arrival we transfer to our first-class beach

resort hotel. The rest of the afternoon is at

leisure until dinner this evening at the hotel.

ISLAND TOUR, TOBAGO. Today’s full day

island tour begins in the capital,

Scarborough, where we visit historic Fort

George - one of the last colonial forts in

Tobago to be built and the best preserved on

the island. We then proceed up the coast

through the typical Tobago countryside to

Argyle Cocoa Plantation for a tour and of

course a sample of the chocolate! Lunch will

be at Jemma's famed tree house restaurant

with its array of local dishes. After lunch we

return to our hotel via a drive across

Tobago's main mountain ridge passing many

small coastal villages, secluded beaches

and lush tropical vegetation.

TOBAGO. At leisure to enjoy our

spectacular beach resort. This evening we

enjoy dinner out at the Blue Crab

Restaurant, an experience you won’t forget!

CATAMARAN CRUISE. We board a

catamaran for a wonderful day on the water.

Enjoy beautiful views of the coast and the

cool tropical breeze as we sail along. Look

out for flying fish or dolphins that play close

by. There will be time for swimming or

snorkeling (equipment provided). A BBQ

lunch rounds out the day.

TOBAGO. Three days at leisure to relax at

our resort, join an optional tour or visit

neighbouring Pigeon Point Beach. We will

enjoy our Farewell Dinner on our last

evening in Tobago at Café Coco.

TRINIDAD. We fly back to Trinidad and

transfer to our hotel. The rest of the day is at

leisure until this evening’s Welcome Dinner.

DAY 15 HOME. We fly home via Miami

29.


COSTA RICA

5 nights San Jose with excursions

3 nights Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs

6 nights All-Inclusive Guanacaste Resort

• 15 DAYS • FEBRUARY 5 - 19

C

osta Rica is a great destination any time of

year. Aside from the beautiful beaches and hot

sunny weather there is a wealth of wellpreserved

natural attractions, and an amazing

variety of plant and animal life. There are several

types of rain forests, home to lush foliage and

brightly coloured birds. The sprawling valleys

are a hundred shades of green and flowers

bloom all around.

We begin with a four-night stay in the capital city

and cultural centre of San Jose, with excursions

to nearby attractions included. Our hotel is the

First Class Aurola Holiday Inn, conveniently

located right in downtown San Jose. Hotel

facilities include 3 restaurants, 2 bars, an indoor

pool, beauty salon and a fitness room. The large

comfortable rooms are well equipped with

phone, cable TV, minibar, safety deposit box and

a coffee maker with complimentary Costa Rican

coffee.

We spend the next three nights in the Arenal

region exploring the countryside, the volcano

and hot springs. Our hotel here is the best

available in the area - moderate with simple two

bedded rooms and bathroom with shower or tub.

The hotel has lovely gardens, a restaurant, bar

and a hot springs swimming pool.

Next is a six-night stay at the Barcelo Langosta

Beach Resort, an all-inclusive resort hotel

located on the Pacific Ocean near the charming

coastal town of Tamarindo in the province of

Guanacaste. This is a casual and informal resort

with a sandy beach and stunning ocean view -

perfect for enjoying the sea and sun. The hotel

has two buffet restaurants, a poolside snack bar

and a lobby bar. Included are all local alcoholic

beverages, juice and soft drinks. Facilities

include an outdoor pool and jacuzzi, tennis

courts, souvenir shop and bike rental. The daily

activity program includes aerobics and dance

classes. Recreational activities such as sport

fishing, golf and snorkeling are available.

We include two excursions during our stay in

Guanacaste, and optional tours are available at

the hotel's tour desk. There is also a local bus

with service to San Jose.

After our stay in Guanacaste we return to San

Jose for an overnight before returning home.

This tour is best suited for the active traveller

who enjoys walking.

HOLIDAY INCLUSIONS

• Air Canada flights

• First-class and moderate accommodation

• Full breakfast & dinner daily, plus 12 lunches

• All beverages during the All-Inclusive stay

• PLUS ALL TOUR INCLUSIONS on Page 1

COSTS

per person, double occupancy, from Toronto

or Montreal ... $4597

Single Supplement - $1190

From Ottawa add $90

From Halifax or Winnipeg add $290

Vancouver, Calgary or Edmonton add $590

Add-on fares from western gateways include

overnights in Toronto both before and after

the tour - meals not included

30.


TENTATIVE ITINERARY FOR COSTA RICA

DAY 1

DAY 2

DEPARTURE / SAN JOSE. We depart for

San Jose and upon arrival transfer to our

hotel. Tonight is our Welcome Dinner.

SAN JOSE. This morning we see the

historical monuments, museums and

parks of San Jose. We will see the

commercial district, Metropolitan Cathedral,

National Theatre (an historical landmark)

and the university campus. Then, since

coffee is the country's main export, we

learn about its production in an

entertaining way - through a multi-medium,

interactive tour. Of course a tasting of

Costa Rica’s finest is included. Lunch is

included.

DAY 7

DAY 8

CANO NEGRO BOAT TOUR / ARENAL.

A very scenic day as we head out to the

lush countryside and take a leisurely

cruise on the Sarapiqui River. While one

can enjoy the glorious scenery on these

trips the emphasis is on observing animals

and birds in the trees and on the riverbank.

You might see Howler monkeys, sloths,

caimans, river otters and a variety of birds.

Our boatman/guide will be spotting for us

and you will be amazed at how quickly you

can spot them too. Be sure to bring your

binoculars and camera. Lunch is included.

GUANACASTE. We proceed to the coast

for a 6-night stay at our all-inclusive resort.

DAY 3

DAY 4

DAY 5

DAY 6

SAN JOSE. Today we begin with a

rainforest tour via an aerial tram. We’ll

experience a wonderful overview of the

forest from our treetop open gondola.

Pauses along the way provide a closer

look at plants, birds and animals. Our

naturalist/guide will provide commentary

and explain the synergy of jungle life.

SAN JOSE. Our morning tour takes us to

Poas National Park, the most popular in

Costa Rica. Here we see the semi conical

Poas Volcano, which has multiple calderas

at the top and a sulphur rich crater lake at

the bottom - a truly unique experience.

After our included lunch we go to the town

of Sarchi, a well-known craft centre where

we see the artisans at work. The local

church is one of the prettiest in the country.

ARENAL VOLCANO & HOT SPRINGS.

We transfer by coach to Arenal. En route

we will visit a butterfly conservatory, where

we will enjoy a tour and lunch before

continuing to Arenal.

ARENAL VOLCANO & HOT SPRINGS.

The flawless silhouette of Arenal, its

rumblings and frequent explosions of lava

have thrilled many observers. Arenal is

one of the world's largest geyser-type

volcanoes and we will view it from a safe

distance. If it's in an active phase you will

hear explosions and see smoke and lava

spewing from the cone. After our volcano

experience we have the opportunity to

rejuvenate in the thermal mineral pools,

surrounded by lush vegetation.

DAY 9

GUANACASTE. A day at leisure for

sunbathing and relaxing, or enjoy one of

the optional tours on offer.

DAY 10 TAMARINDO MANGROVE WILDLIFE

REFUGE / GUANACASTE. On this tour

we see a large mangrove forest and a

typical dry forest. The highlight of the day

will be our boat trip into the mangrove

estuary which offers an opportunity to

observe many birds, monkeys, crocodiles

and iguanas.

DAY 11

DAY 12

DAY 13

DAY 14

GUANACASTE. At leisure to enjoy the

sunshine and resort facilities.

COASTAL CRUISE / GUANACASTE.

This afternoon we embark on a cruise to

take in the Guanacaste coast line. We’ll sip

on cocktails en-route to a secluded bay

where we enjoy an island picnic lunch and

a swim before returning to our resort hotel.

GUANACASTE. A final day to enjoy the

beach or to do that last optional

sightseeing tour offered at the hotel.

SAN JOSE. We depart our resort in the

afternoon and drive through the scenic

countryside to San Jose. This evening we

enjoy our Farewell Dinner.

DAY 15 DEPARTURE. We transfer to the airport

for our flight home.

31.


32.

C

entral America meets the Caribbean in

Belize, a country of extreme natural beauty. On

this tour we will discover the history of the

ancient Mayan civilization, the lush tropical

rainforest with its many species of birds, exotic

flora and fauna, cool clear rivers and spectacular

underwater beauty below the ocean surface. We

will also enjoy the glorious year-round warm

weather as well as the warmth of the Belizean

people who enjoy sharing their cultural heritage

with visitors.

We begin in San Ignacio, an area offering an

abundance of eco-tourism adventures and

Mayan world culture. With over a million acres

of protected land in the form of nature reserves

and national parks, this district is truly a naturelover’s

dream. We stay at the lovely San Ignacio

Resort Hotel, a First Class resort perched above

the Macal River Valley, with views of the teeming

rainforest and wildlife. This hotel was voted

Hotel of the Year 2012 by the Belize Tourism

Board. Facilities include a restaurant, bar, an

outdoor swimming pool with terrace, tennis court

and spa services. All rooms have balconies,

cable TV, air-conditioning, private tiled baths,

telephones and internet access.

Our adventure continues with a 7-night stay in

the bustling fishing town of San Pedro on the

island of Ambergris Caye, home to the world’s

2nd largest barrier reef! The main street is lined

with shops, boutiques, art galleries and cafes.

Our hotel, Ramon’s Village Beach Resort, offers

island accommodations in true tropical style –

thatched-roof cabanas nestled among coconut

palms, bougainvillea, hibiscus and other tropical

plants. Facilities include a swimming pool,

restaurant/bar and a dive/snorkeling shop. The

rooms feature Belizean wood floors, ceiling fan,

air-conditioning, bathrooms with showers,

hairdryer, mini-fridge and a coffee maker.

DISCOVER

BELIZE

San Ignacio, Lamanai

and Ambergris Caye

• 14 DAYS • FEBRUARY 11 - 24

Our tour ends in Lamanai - an area of unrivalled

tropical splendour as well as the site of one of

Belize's largest Mayan centers. The Mayan ruins

here are known both for their impressive

architecture and marvelous setting - surrounded

by dense jungle overlooking a lagoon. We will

enjoy a 3-night stay at the Lamanai Outpost

Lodge, widely recognized as one of Belize’s

finest jungle lodges. The lodge facilities include

very comfortable natural thatched roof cabanas,

a restaurant, bar and lecture / research facilities.

Cabanas are equipped with screened windows,

ceiling fans, bathroom with shower and a

veranda with deck chairs.

This unique eco holiday is off the regular tourist

route, and suits the fit and adventurous traveller.

HOLIDAY INCLUSIONS

• Flights with American Airlines

• First Class and moderate accommodation

• Full breakfast daily, 11 dinners and 7 lunches

• PLUS ALL TOUR INCLUSIONS on Page 1

COSTS

per person, double occupancy, from Toronto

or Montreal ... $5197

Single Supplement - $1290

Add-on fares below include an overnight both

before and after the tour in either Toronto or

Montreal - meals not included.

From Ottawa (transfer to Montreal) add $250.

From Winnipeg or Halifax add $690.

Edmonton, Calgary or Vancouver add $890


TENTATIVE ITINERARY FOR BELIZE

DAY 1

DAY 2

DAY 3

DEPARTURE / SAN IGNACIO. We depart

for Belize City. Upon arrival we take a short

scenic flight to the district of Cayo and our

hotel in San Ignacio. Tonight is our

Welcome Dinner.

MAYAN RUIN XUANTUNICH / SAN

IGNACIO. This morning we explore the

fascinating Mayan ruin Xuantunich (zoonan-two-nich),

the first Mayan site to be

opened to the public in 1954. The pyramid

“El Castillo” at 130 feet is the second

highest in Belize. A climb to the top offers a

breathtaking, 360 degree view over the

jungle canopy of the surrounding valleys.

The afternoon is free for you to enjoy the

hotel facilities.

NATURE TOUR & MAYAN VILLAGE /

SAN IGNACIO. We start our day with a bird

watching excursion with one of the hotel’s

expert guides, followed by an informative

nature walk and a tour of the important

Iguana Project. We then travel to a Mayan

village where local women demonstrate

how their ancestors prepared food as well

as the traditional method of creating

pottery. A typical Mayan lunch is included.

DAY 8

DAY 9

DAY 10

DAY 11

DAY 4

DAY 5

DAY 6

DAY 7

SAN PEDRO. After breakfast we transfer to

Belize City, with a stop en route at the

Belize Zoo - home to many indigenous

species. From Belize City we take a short

flight over the crystal blue water of the

Caribbean Sea to the town of San Pedro,

the only town on the largest island in Belize,

Ambergris Caye. Upon arrival we transfer

to our lovely resort hotel.

SAILING CRUISE / SAN PEDRO. Today

we enjoy a sailing cruise along the reef, the

longest coral reef in the northern

hemisphere. The reef lies less than a

kilometer off the shoreline and runs the

entire length of the island. We will stop at a

secluded beach for a BBQ picnic.

SAN PEDRO. A day at leisure to enjoy the

resort facilities, the town and the island.

GLASS BOTTOM BOAT / SAN PEDRO.

This morning we visit one of the most

spectacular sections of the barrier reef in a

glass bottom boat for a close up view of the

vibrant sea-life and brilliantly coloured coral

canyons.

DAY 12

DAY 13

DAY 14

SUNSET CATAMARAN CRUISE / SAN

PEDRO. A day at leisure until late afternoon

when we depart for a relaxing sunset

catamaran sailing cruise.

CAYE CAULKER / SAN PEDRO. This

morning we visit the neighboring island of

Caye Caulker. The small village here has a

distinct cultural flavor untouched by

tourism. In order to preserve its heritage,

businesses must be locally owned and

vehicles larger than golf carts are scarce.

There will be time to stroll around the island

and have a swim on the beach before

joining the group for lunch at a seaside

restaurant.

SAN PEDRO. At leisure. Relax, snorkel or

rent a golf cart to explore more of the

island.

RIVERBOAT CRUISE / LAMANAI. We fly

back to the mainland and proceed to the

Orange Walk District where we enjoy a

scenic riverboat ride to the exotic Lamanai

Outpost Lodge. Before dinner we enjoy a

sunset cocktail cruise on the lagoon, an

opportunity to watch the sun disappear

below the treetops while surrounded by

tropical forest and wildlife.

LAMANAI RUINS. We take a short boat trip

to visit the spectacular Lamanai ruin, the

only Mayan site built beside a river. Today

much of the ruins remain uncovered even

though there have been many excavations.

Structures uncovered at Lamanai include

the Mask Temple, the High Temple and the

Jaguar Temple. There is also an impressive

collection of Mayan artifacts in the onsite

museum. While you’re here, listen for the

haunting call of the Howler monkeys or use

your binoculars to view the abundance of

Belizan birdlife. After dinner this evening

we set off on a spotlight river safari.

NATURE WALK / LAMANAI. This morning

we enjoy a guided nature walk and learn

about the local butterflies, birds and wildlife.

The afternoon is free to relax or take an

optional tour. At sunset we take an evening

spotlight nature walk, followed by our

Farewell Dinner.

HOME. We transfer to Belize City for our

flight home.

33.


COSTA DEL SOL

Includes 7 excursions

34.

T

his tour will suit those looking for an

economical holiday at a lively tourist resort

in a warm climate. Located on the southern

coast of Spain on the romantic shores of the

Mediterranean, the Costa del Sol (Coast of

the Sun), boasts 320 days of sunshine every

year, enabling the visitor to enjoy miles of

sandy beaches in addition to the local

Spanish colour.

The busy tourist town of Torremolinos is

bursting with Spanish character. The central

traffic-free area has colourful boutiques,

cafes and nightlife. There are long sandy

beaches and a boardwalk with many cafes

and bars.

In Torremolinos we will stay at the Hotel Pez

Espada, a comfortable and friendly

moderate 4-star hotel with the perfect

combination of a relaxed atmosphere and

attentive service. The hotel is located

directly on the beach, next to the popular 'La

Carihuela' area abundant with shops and

restaurants, and also within walking

distance of the centre of Torremolinos.

The hotel restaurant offers buffet-style

service featuring varied Mediterranean and

continental dishes. Amenities of the hotel

include a lobby bar, hair salon, clothing

boutique, mini-golf, large tropical garden,

two outdoor swimming pools, health club

(with indoor heated swimming pool in winter

months), sauna and massage. The daily

entertainment program offers flamenco

music, magician and more. All guest rooms

are well equipped with twin beds or double

• 3 or 4 WEEKS

DEPART FEBRUARY OR MARCH

bed, telephone, television, mini-bar,

hairdryer, optional safe deposit box,

personalized air conditioning/heating, full

bathroom and balcony. Full breakfast, lunch

and dinner (with wine and water), plus

afternoon tea and coffee, are included daily.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

1. A full-day tour to Malaga, Picasso's

birthplace.

2. A full-day tour to Granada and the

Alhambra (box lunch provided).

3. A half-day tour to visit the prehistoric

Nerja Caves and the mountain village

of Frigiliana.

4. A half-day coastal tour to the resort

areas of Marbella and Puerto Banos.

5. A half-day tour to the medieval town

of Antequera including Alcazab Castle

and Najera Palace.

6. The colourful Fuengirola Saturday

Market - bargains galore! We also

visit the traditional village of Mijas.

7. A countryside tour - whitewashed

villages and a plantation visit.


HOLIDAY INCLUSIONS

• Flights with Air France (a change of planes in Paris in each direction)

• Moderate First-Class accommodation

• Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily

Water & wine included with all hotel lunches and dinners.

• Daily afternoon tea while in the Costa del Sol (except on touring days)

• 7 excursions as described.

• PLUS ALL TOUR INCLUSIONS on page 1

DATES

3 WEEK TOURS (23 DAYS)

#1. FEBRUARY 13 - MARCH 7

#2. MARCH 6 - 28

4 WEEK TOURS (30 DAYS)

#1. FEBRUARY 7 - MARCH 8

#2. FEBRUARY 21 - MARCH 22

#3. MARCH 5 - APRIL 3

COSTS

per person, double occupancy, from Toronto or Montreal

February 13 - 3 weeks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$3697

March 6 - 3 weeks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$3797

February 7 - 4 weeks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$4197

February 21 - 4 weeks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$4247

March 5 - 4 weeks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$4297

Single Supplement .......3 weeks tours - $690 4 week tours - $990

From Ottawa add $150 (includes round-trip transportation to Trudeau Airport, Montreal)

From Winnipeg or Halifax add $590

From Calgary, Edmonton or Vancouver add $790

Passengers from western provinces - for an additional $79 p.p. double occupancy ($139 single)

you may choose to overnight in Toronto before or after the tour.

35.


COSTA BLANCA

SPECIAL VALUE

ALL-INCLUSIVE HOLIDAY

• 20 DAYS • 2 DATES IN 2014

#1. FEBRUARY 23 - MARCH 14

36.

T

he area of Spain known as the Costa

Blanca (white coast) is centred on a large

bay ringed with low hills. The area is quite flat

(easy for strolling) and runs along a beautiful

stretch of shoreline with long, white, sandy

beaches and caves all blessed by the

Mediterranean sun and sparkling blue sea.

This holiday is based in the resort town of

Benidorm in the heart of the Costa Blanca

near two great beaches (Levante and

Poniente), and fronted by a palm-fringed

promenade. This esplanade is an ideal place

on which to stroll and perhaps visit the shops,

cafes and bars. Most of the cafes have

outside seating areas where one might enjoy

a coffee and watch the world go by.

Our hotel in Benidorm is the moderate

Poseidon Playa, which overlooks

Poniente Beach and is located just a short

walk from the old town and centre of

Benidorm. You can expect comfortable,

clean accommodation with twin beds,

modern furniture, private bathrooms with

shower/tub, climate control, tiled floors and

TV with some English language channels.

All rooms have a balcony with sea views.

The hotel offers an activity programme in the

mornings and entertainment each evening in

the bar/lounge. Hairdryers are available on

request from the front desk. Safety deposit

boxes in each room require a small daily

charge. There is an outdoor swimming pool

with sunny terraces.

#2. MARCH 2 - 21

The meals are buffet style with a nice

selection of dishes. Breakfast offers both hot

& cold dishes. All beverages are included

(including local wines, beers and spirits).

As a guest of the Poseidon Playa you may

use the facilities of other hotels in this chain.

One of them, the Poseidon Palace, has a

heated indoor pool and gym.

In order to make our flight schedule more

convenient we will spend our final night in

Valencia (Benidorm’s international gateway).

HOLIDAY INCLUSIONS

• Flights with Air France with a change each

way in Paris

• Accommodation as described

• Buffet breakfast, lunch & dinner daily

while in Spain

• All beverages (including local wines, beers

and spirits) while in Benidorm

• 7 guided excursions (2 of which include

lunch in a local restaurant)

• PLUS ALL TOUR INCLUSIONS on Page 1


7 GUIDED EXCURSIONS INCLUDED IN COSTA BLANCA

1. Guadalest. We visit the old town here, which is a fine example of one of southern

Spain’s Arab villages, and we’ll visit the Belem Museum of Miniatures.

2. Novelda and Bodega Winery. We depart for the city of Novelda, famous for its

magnificent vineyards and beautiful marble. We visit the 8th century Arabic-Christian

Castle followed by a tour of a wine cellar and a chance to taste the local Alicante

wine.

3. Elche. Today we see a palm forest that was planted centuries ago by the Moors.

Elche is known today as Spain's palm capital and the palm fronds from here are dried

and used in Easter celebrations. We see the surrounding gardens and ruins of the

castle in the old quarter of town. Elche is also Spain’s shoe producing capital and so

we’ll visit a shoe factory, where we’ll enjoy a local liqueur and see a demonstration.

4. Alicante. This town has a delightful palm fringed promenade paved in marble. We

see the Santa Barbara Castle, the cathedral and the town hall with its beautiful statue

of Saint John made by Salvador Dali. There will be some free time for those who wish

to visit the Modern Art Museum.

5. North Coast. We tour the Costa Blanca's north coast to see some of the small

villages and towns with a visit to the famous Virgin de Loreto's church.

6. Murcia. We visit the typical Spanish town of Murcia to see its unique cathedral and

also the Orchard Museum. Free time for shopping on the streets and the Corte

Ingles.

7. Valencia. A visit to the third largest city in Spain. Our sightseeing will be in the old

quarter and we see the 14th century cathedral, the World Heritage building of Lonja,

Plaza Mercado and the beautiful bridges that span the river that runs through the city.

This evening we enjoy our Farewell Dinner and overnight in Valencia.

COSTS

Cost per person, double occupancy, from Toronto or Montreal ... $3597

Single Supplement $590

From Ottawa add $150 (includes round-trip transportation to Trudeau Airport, Montreal)

From Winnipeg or Halifax add $590

From Calgary, Vancouver or Edmonton add $790

Passengers from western provinces - for an additional $79 p.p. double occupancy

($139 single) you may choose to overnight in Toronto before or after the tour.

37.


PORTUGAL’S

ALGARVE

PLUS LISBON

First Class holiday

including 6 excursions

20 DAYS • FEBRUARY 16 - MARCH 7

38.

W

ith more than a hundred miles of golden

beaches, plenty of sunshine year-round,

breathtaking scenery, fascinating medieval

Moorish villages, a stunning coastline,

excellent golf courses and smiling, friendly

people, Portugal’s southernmost province - the

Algarve, has become a favourite holiday

destination for Canadians.

One of the most attractive resort towns is

Albufeira, which has retained a Moorish flavour

with its old town's narrow, cobblestone streets.

White-washed buildings overlook Fisherman's

Beach where the fishing boats bring in their

catch. The town's main square is a great place

for coffee and people watching.

Our hotel, the First Class Vila Gale Cerro

Alagoa, is located in the modern section of

Albufeira within a few minutes walk of shops,

cafes and a supermarket. A short walk from the

hotel is the old quarter of Albufeira with a lovely

long sandy beach, cafes and small shops.

We have sent Canadians to this hotel for many

years and are pleased to return to enjoy the

excellent value offered, including:

3 meals per day: Buffet breakfast, lunch and

dinner. Tea and cookies are served each day

at 4 p.m. There is also 24 hour room service.

Beverage service: Local wine, beer, soft

drinks and mineral water are served at all

lunches and dinners.

Facilities: Heated indoor pool, outdoor pool,

fitness centre, jacuzzi, solarium and a games

room with billards and card tables.

Activities & Entertainment: Water aerobics,

shuffle board, Portuguese lessons, bingo,

movies and folkloric shows. There is live

entertainment in the bar most evenings.

Guest Rooms: The guest rooms are twinbedded

with a pool view and balcony. There is

a desk, coffee table and chairs, self controlled

heating and air-conditioning, direct dial phone,

satellite TV with English channels, radio, minibar

and safe. The bathroom has a tub with

shower and a hair-dryer.

Please be aware that this area is hilly, and

there are a few steps in and around the hotel.

There are elevators to each floor. This holiday

is recommended for the active, fit traveller.

In order to make our Algarve experience

complete, we have included 5 guided half-day

excursions (see over).

We will fly with British Airways, with a change

of planes in London each way. In order to make

our return journey more comfortable - after our

17-night stay in the Algarve we will travel by

coach to Lisbon where we will enjoy a city tour,

our Farewell Dinner and an overnight in a First

Class, centrally located hotel. The next day we

will fly home via London.


INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

1. A tour of the resort town of Albufeira. This town has a Moorish flavour with its old town's

narrow, cobble-stone streets. White-washed buildings overlook the beach where the

fishing boats bring in their catch. The main square is a great place for coffee and people

watching.

2. Our first stop is the medieval city of Silves where we see the 12th century cathedral and

visit the Moorish Castle. We then enjoy a scenic drive in the Monchique mountains and

take time to shop for handicrafts. After visiting the quaint spa in Caldas we proceed to Foia

for the magnificent views from the highest point in the Algarve.

3. We visit some of the Algarve’s typical Moorish villages. We begin in Alte, perhaps the

Algarve’s most picturesque, where we stroll around the narrow flowery streets and see the

16th century church. There are several natural hot springs here. We also visit some of the

other quiet hill towns and villages in this region.

4. Saturday is market day in Loule, and we will visit this typical Portuguese market with the

country people selling fish, fruits and fresh vegetables. There are also craftsmen, basket

weavers and harness makers.

5. Our tour of Faro, capital of the Algarve, will include the old walled town and the Cathedral.

We then visit the typical Moorish fishing village Olhao and the architectural town of Tavira,

which dates back to 2000 BC!

6. After our 17-night stay in the Algarve we travel by coach to Lisbon and upon arrival enjoy

a panoramic tour of the city. We will see the old quarter, Jeronimos Monastery, Belem

Tower, the Monument to the Discoveries, Rossio District and Marques de Pombal Square.

Later we celebrate with our Farewell Dinner at our centrally located hotel.

HOLIDAY INCLUSIONS

• Flights with British Airways, with a change in London in each direction

• First Class accommodation as described

• Full breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, plus beverage service as described

• 6 excursions as described above

• PLUS ALL TOUR INCLUSIONS on page 1

COSTS

per person, double occupancy, from Toronto or Montreal ... $4197

Single Supplement ... $690

From Ottawa add $150 (includes round-trip transportation to Trudeau Airport, Montreal)

From Calgary or Vancouver add $490.

From Winnipeg or Halifax add $590. From Edmonton add $790.

39.


PORTUGAL

TWO CENTRE HOLIDAY

Cascais and the Algarve

Many excursions included

40.

C

ASTLES - HISTORY - SUNSHINE -

BEACHES - BEAUTIFUL SCENERY -

SEAFOOD - and above all the friendly

people, are some of the features that make

Portugal a perfect winter destination.

This holiday begins with a 10-night stay in

The Algarve - a beach resort area deep in the

south of Portugal with much more to offer

than its golden sand and warm climate. We

will stay in the lively resort town of Albufeira.

This picturesque, white-washed resort town

is located in what is perhaps the most

picturesque area of the Algarve - a sandy

beach that stretches for miles and

impressive cliffs and rock formations to add

interest.

Our hotel, the first class Vila Gale Cerro

Alagoa, has been a favourite of ours for

many years. It is located within a 5 minute

walk from the town centre and the beach,

and offers stunning views of the town,

beach and sea. Facilities of the hotel

include a restaurant, pub with frequent live

entertainment, outdoor pool, fitness centre

with a large indoor heated pool, jacuzzi and

solarium and a games room with billiards and

card tables. The guest rooms are simply

furnished with twin beds, private bathroom,

radio, satellite TV, in-house videos, phone,

balcony and climate control.

• 18 DAYS • 2 DATES IN 2014

#1. FEBRUARY 18 - MARCH 7

#2. MARCH 4 - 21

Following our stay in The Algarve we transfer

by coach to Cascais (for a 6-night stay) with

a visit of the beautiful, historic city of Evora

en route. Cascais was once a quaint fishing

village and is now a popular resort on the

Estoril Coast, just outside Lisbon. The

harbour and square of Cascais are great for

people-watching and for watching the fishing

boats coming in with their daily catch. Also,

the downtown core is traffic free and has

many outdoor restaurants and cafes. There

are many interesting attractions in and

around the area including the casino in

nearby Estoril.

Our hotel, the first-class Hotel Vila Gale

Cascais, is well located, a short walk from the

town centre. This hotel has a restaurant, bar

and delightful gardens with an outdoor

swimming pool. The spacious and modern

rooms have twin beds, individual climate

control, satellite colour TV, safe and phone.


INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

1. SANTA MARIA COAST. Faro - capital of the Algarve, the typical Moorish fishing village

of Olhao, and Tavira with its medievel castle and famous 4th century Roman bridge.

2. MONCHIQUE MOUNTAINS. We begin with a visit to Silves, the old Moorish capital of

the Algarve, where we visit the castle and cathedral. Then on to the wonderful

panoramic views from Foia, the highest point in southern Portugal, where we will taste

the natural spring waters at Caldas and some fine Portuguese wines.

3. LAGOS & SAGRES. Lagos is known for its beautiful church & castle walls. Sagres is

where Portuguese explorers learned their navigation skills. We also visit Cape St.

Vincent, the western most point in Europe.

4. EVORA. Portugal’s Golden Age lives on in this beautiful, historic city. On our walking

tour we see the Roman temple and wall, the Gothic Cathedral, the Aqueduct and its

fountains. This historic centre is on UNESCO’s Heritage List.

5. CASCAIS, ESTORIL & SINTRA. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Sintra and its ancient

National Palace with rooms famous for their decorated ceilings, colourful glazed tiles

and antique furniture.

6. LISBON. St. George's Castle, Jeronimos Monastery, Belem Tower and more.

HOLIDAY INCLUSIONS

• Flights with British Airways (change in London in each direction)

• First class accommodation as described

• Full buffet breakfast and dinner daily in Portugal, plus 1 lunch

• Beverages included with all dinners (mineral water, soft drinks, house wine and

local beer)

• Excursions as described above

• PLUS ALL TOUR INCLUSIONS on page 1

COSTS

per person, double occupancy from Toronto or Montreal ... $3797

Single Supplement ... $690

From Ottawa add $150 (includes round-trip transportation to Trudeau Airport, Montreal)

From Calgary or Vancouver add $490

From Winnipeg or Halifax add $590

From Edmonton add $790

Western passengers - for an additional $79 p.p. double occupancy ($139 single)

you may choose to overnight in Toronto before or after the tour.

41.


SPECIAL VALUE

VILLAGES OF

SPAIN AND PORTUGAL

42.

T

his holiday to Spain's Costa del Sol

and Portugal's Algarve will suit those who

want to see some of both countries while

enjoying a relaxing, All-Inclusive village

vacation.

In the Costa del Sol we stay 7 nights at the

pretty seaside village of La Cala de Mijas.

The village has shops, bars, old churches, a

museum, a weekly market and pleasant

walks along the coastline. 7 kms away is the

larger town of Fuengirola (the local bus

stops just 3 minutes from our hotel).

Fuengirola has a large weekly market, good

shopping and a long, lively seaside

promenade. In La Cala de Mijas we stay at

the moderate 4-star Gran Hotel, located

right on the beach. Each room at this hotel

has a sea view balcony. The hotel features

a daily activity programme and nightly

entertainment.

After our stay at the Costa del Sol we

transfer by coach to the Algarve region in

Portugal, enjoying en route a sightseeing

tour of the historic Spanish city of Seville.

In the Algarve we stay 6-nights in the village

of Tavira, considered to be the historic and

cultural centre of the Algarve. In the old town

you will find many fine 18th century

buildings, along with historic churches and

the ruins of an old castle. As there are also

many cafes, bars and shops, this is a great

area in which to stroll. You may also visit

some of the surrounding towns and villages

by taking the easy to use and reasonably

priced public buses. Our hotel here is the

4-star Vila Gale Tavira, located on the banks

16 DAYS

2-Centre All-Inclusive Holiday

of the Ria Formosa within walking distance of

the town’s shops and cafes. Each room has

either a balcony or patio.

In each hotel the guestrooms have twin beds,

satellite TV, phone, safety deposit box (for a

small additional fee) and full bathroom with a

hairdryer. Facilities of both hotels include a

buffet restaurant, bar, lounges, outdoor pool

and games area. Both hotels feature a daily

activity program and occasional evening

entertainment.

After our stay in Tavira we enjoy the scenic

drive to Lisbon, where we enjoy a city

sightseeing tour, our Farewell Dinner and

overnight in a centrally located hotel.

HOLIDAY INCLUSIONS

• Flights with Air France (change in Paris in

each direction)

• Accommodation as described

• Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.

(except for one lunch while in Lisbon)

• Wine, beer, soft drinks and water included

with all lunches and dinners.

• While in the Costa del Sol and Tavira

- Open bar including local cocktails

and spirits all evening

- Daily activity program and nightly

entertainment

• Guided excursions as described

• PLUS ALL TOUR INCLUSIONS on Page 1


DATES

TOUR #1. FEBRUARY 25 - MARCH 12

TOUR #2. MARCH 11 - 26

COSTS

Cost per person, double occupancy, from Toronto or Montreal ... $3597

Single Supplement ... $590

From Ottawa add $150 (includes round-trip transportation to Trudeau Airport, Montreal)

From Winnipeg or Halifax add $590

From Vancouver, Calgary or Edmonton add $790.

Passengers from western gateways - for an additional $79 p.p. double occupancy

($139 single) you may choose to overnight in Toronto before or after the tour.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

WHILE IN THE COSTA DEL SOL

1. A half-day tour to Malaga, Picasso's birthplace.

2. A half-day orientation tour of La Cala de Mijas and traditional hilltop village

of Mijas.

3. A full-day tour to the mountain village of Alfarnatejo, including lunch

with a local family.

4. En route to Portugal, a sightseeing tour of Seville with a visit to the cathedral

and lunch in a local restaurant.

WHILE IN THE ALGARVE

1. A half-day tour to the capital of the Algarve, Faro, including the old walled

town and Cathedral. We also visit the typical Moorish fishing village Olhao.

2. Lagos and Sagres. A full-day tour to see the beautiful church and castle

walls. We then see more of the coast and the westernmost point of Europe.

3. A half-day excursion to the picturesque village of Alte, and delightful Salir

with its whitewashed houses surrounded by olive and almond trees.

PLUS. Lisbon.

A city sightseeing tour including the Coach Museum and

Jeronimo's Monastery.

43.


SPAIN

AND PORTUGAL

Tour and Stay-Put Holiday

O

n this holiday we visit many of the great

cities and sightseeing highlights of Spain and

Portugal, and we will also have some time to

enjoy the seaside, sunshine and relaxation

offered by each country's prime resort areas.

First, we discover the magic of Spain including

the parks and gardens of Madrid, the Gothic

Cathedral of Cordoba, the amazing Alhambra

Palace in Granada, the British colony of Gibraltar,

the lovely mountain town of Ronda and the lively

atmosphere of Spain's old capital, Seville. We

also enjoy some relaxation in Torremolinos,

Spain's most popular Mediterranean resort.

In Portugal we discover why visitors return again

and again. We see the magnificent coastal

scenery of the Algarve, the gentle Monchique

mountains, old churches, castles and cathedrals,

picturesque fishing villages, olive groves and

vineyards. We spend some time in Evora, one of

Portugal’s most beautiful and historic cities,

before finishing off with touring in the historic old

capital, Lisbon.

***Those participating in any of our tours to

Europe must be able to walk fairly long distances

and climb stairs easily.

• 19 DAYS • MARCH 11 - 29

HOLIDAY INCLUSIONS

• Flights with British Airways

• First Class accommodation

• Breakfast daily (mostly full buffet breakfasts)

• Dinner daily, including local wines

• PLUS ALL TOUR INCLUSIONS on Page 1

COSTS

per person, double occupancy, from Toronto,

Montreal or Calgary ...... $4697

Single Supplement - $790

From Ottawa add $150 (includes round-trip

transportation to Trudeau Airport, Montreal)

From Edmonton add $390

From Vancouver add $490

From Winnipeg or Halifax add $590

44.


TENTATIVE ITINERARY FOR SPAIN & PORTUGAL

DAY 1

DAY 2

DAY 3

DAY 4

DAY 5

DAY 6

DAY 7

DAYS

8 & 9

DAY 10

DEPART. We depart for Madrid via London.

MADRID. We arrive in Madrid and transfer to

our hotel. Afternoon at leisure.

MADRID. On our morning city sightseeing

tour we start at the Puerto Del Sol old quarter,

with its narrow winding streets, numerous

bars and cafes, colourful squares, churches

and historic monuments. We will also see the

Royal Palace and the Cervantes monument.

Afternoon at leisure to explore this lively

capital on your own. Tonight we enjoy a Tapas

dinner - a specialty of Spain.

TOLEDO. Today we travel south to the walled

city of Toledo. Here we see the Gothic

cathedral, centuries old synagogue and the

Church of Saint Tome with its El Greco

paintings. This is a small charming city,

delightful for strolling.

CORDOBA. We proceed to Cordoba. After

arrival, the balance of the day is at leisure.

CORDOBA / GRANADA. On our tour of

Cordoba we see the magnificent 8th century

mosque supported by hundreds of columns of

marble and onyx, and illuminated by 4,000

bronze and copper lamps. Around the

mosque are the tiny shops and historic

buildings of the old Jewish quarter. After our

tour we drive through the Andalusian

countryside, enjoying the spectacular views

of the Sierra Nevada mountains, to Granada.

GRANADA / TORREMOLINOS (COSTA

DEL SOL). In Granada this morning we visit

the famous Alhambra Palace, Spain's most

beautiful Moorish building and former

residence of Moorish Kings. It has imposing

towers and halls, rooms decorated with lacelike

carvings, coloured tiles and gold mosaics.

The exterior has courtyards with fountains

and lush gardens. It is unparalleled in

Europe. After our tour we continue on to the

lively resort town of Torremolinos.

TORREMOLINOS. At leisure to enjoy the

sun, the beach and the lively boardwalk along

the Mediterranean Sea.

GIBRALTAR / TORREMOLINOS. We take

an excursion to Gibraltar. “The Rock”, as it is

commonly called, remains very British. On

our tour we will see St. Michael’s Cave, the

Ape’s Cave and more. During our free time

you may want to enjoy a pint in a typical

English pub before returning to Torremolinos.

DAY 11 TORREMOLINOS. At leisure.

DAY 12

DAY 13

DAYS

14 - 16

DAY 17

DAY 18

RONDA / SEVILLE. This morning we visit

Ronda, which has an unforgettable setting -

perched over a rocky 300’ deep ravine

spanned by three bridges. We see the oldest

bullring in Spain, the gardens and the church,

which was once a mosque. We continue to

the beautiful and lively city of Seville.

SEVILLE / ALGARVE (PORTUGAL). The

romantic city of Seville was influenced by the

Moors who occupied the area for 700 years.

A fine example of their heritage is the Giralda

Tower. We also see the Alcazar, Gothic

Cathedral and the fountains of Maria Lusia

Park. Later we enter Portugal and head for the

country's famed coastal area, the Algarve. It

features sandy beaches that stretch for miles,

impressive cliffs and rock formations. We will

stay 4 nights in the lively resort of Albufeira.

ALGARVE PORTUGAL. During our stay

here we have included 3 half-day excursions:

MONCHIQUE MOUNTAINS - We visit the

old Moorish capital of Silves, and Foia with

its panoramic views from the highest point

in southern Portugal.

LAGOS AND SAGRES. Lagos - with its

beautiful church and castle walls, Sagres -

where Portuguese explorers learned their

navigational skills and Cape St. Vincent -

westernmost point in Europe.

TYPICAL MOORISH VILLAGES. We visit

Alte, perhaps the Algarve’s most

picturesque village, where we stroll the

narrow flowery streets and see the 16th

century church. There are several natural

hot springs here. We will also stop at some

of the other quiet hill towns and villages in

this region.

EVORA / LISBON. We proceed to Evora, a

beautiful city where Portugal’s Golden Age

lives on. Our walking tour shows us the

Roman temple and wall, the Gothic

Cathedral, the Aqueduct and its fountains and

more. Evora is on UNESCO’s Heritage List.

After our tour we continue to Lisbon.

LISBON. On our morning city tour we see the

old quarter, Jeronimos Monastery, Belem

Tower and the monument to Henry the

Navigator. Afternoon at leisure followed by

our Farewell Dinner.

DAY 19 HOME. We fly home via London.

45.


SPECIAL VALUE

SOUTHERN

ITALY

• 15 DAYS • MARCH 16 - 30

46.

S

pringtime is a lovely time of year in

Southern Italy, as the pleasant mild climate is

ideal for walking and exploring the small

villages and towns of the Calabrian region.

Calabria is Italy's least developed area, and

is off the major tourist routes. The people are

very relaxed and delight in their informal way

of life. The afternoon siesta is still a tradition.

Calabria retains many vestiges of its long

history and offers the visitor an opportunity to

catch a glimpse of ages past. You will see

Greek and Roman ruins, rock-hewn

Byzantine monasteries tucked away in

secluded valleys and numerous castles and

towers that stand sentinel over the now

peaceful coastline. Some of the towns and

villages contain splendid Norman and

Romanesque cathedrals in addition to their

wealth of Baroque architecture. The scenery

abounds with stark mountains and rocky

crags that lead to wide valleys dotted with

small farms. The coastal areas are flat with

sandy beaches.

We will stay in the seaside town of Siderno,

which has a pleasant boardwalk along the

seafront. Our hotel in Siderno is the

moderate Grand Presidente, owned and

operated by a local family. It is modern in

design and conveniently located on the main

route between Catanzaro (the region's

capital) and Reggio. Visiting the nearby

towns and villages is easily done by public

bus. The hotel overlooks the Ionian Sea just

50 metres away and is accessible via the

hotel's private pedestrian tunnel. The centre

of the town and boardwalk are 2 km away

and reached by road or along the beach.

Guestrooms are pleasant, simply furnished

with twin beds, phone, satellite TV and

balcony. Some bathrooms have both tub and

shower, some have shower only. Breakfast,

lunch and dinner are provided daily. Wine

and water are served with lunch and dinner.

To make your stay more enjoyable and for

you to gain some insight into life, Southern

Italian style, the hotel offers an entertainment

and activity program. There will be cooking,

language, local (Tarantella) dance and

aerobic lessons. Movie nights, a folkloric

evening and talks on the history, way of life,

traditions and customs of the area will round

out our visit. Our excursions will include visits

to a local farm, school and family to observe

how the people in this area live and work. We

will also visit tiny hilltop villages and local

markets. There is a shuttle service that runs

between our hotel and the town, for those

days when there is no planned excursion.


6 INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

1. A visit to Gioiosa Jonica, a typical village with an open-air market offering local

produce and then to Mammola, famous for its narrow streets, historic centre and

brilliant flower displays.

2. A half-day tour to Gerace, called the "tiny Florence" of Calabria for its medieval

appearance, many churches and a cathedral dated from 1045.

3. A visit to Siderno Antica, a small ancient village, to see how the villagers live and

work. We visit private houses and see an exhibition of embroidery making.

4. A full-day tour to Reggio Calabria, the area's largest town. Our sightseeing includes

the surrounding countryside and a stop to view the Bronzi di Riace at the National

Museum.

5. A visit to Locri, one of the oldest Magna Grecian cities in southern Italy. The site

was established by Greek colonists between 710 - 683 BC. A small museum

houses locally excavated finds including Hellenistic pottery and votive statues.

6. A visit to a local farm to see the production of olive oil and wine.

HOLIDAY INCLUSIONS

• Flights with Alitalia

• Accommodation as described

• Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, (includes 2 special Calabrese dinners with

local musician, and a gala Farewell Dinner). Wine and water included with lunches and

dinners. Breakfast is a continental buffet.

• Cultural programme (lessons in Italian language, cooking, music and dance, folklore

and artisan presentations, etc.)

• PLUS ALL TOUR INCLUSIONS on Page 1

COSTS

per person, double occupancy, from Toronto .... $3397

Single Supplement ... $590

From Ottawa or Montreal add $190

From Halifax or Winnipeg add $290

From Calgary or Edmonton add $490

From Vancouver add $590

Passengers from western gateways - for an additional $79 p.p. double occupancy

($139 single) you may choose to overnight in Toronto before or after the tour.

47.


SPECIAL VALUE

SICILY

Stay-Put Holiday

• 15 DAYS • 2 DATES IN 2014

#1. MARCH 14 - 28

S

icily, the largest island in the

Mediterranean, is a land unto itself, proudly

unique from the rest of Italy in its customs

and traditions. The culture here is rich and

unique, especially with regard to the arts,

music, cuisine, architecture and language. It

also happens to be one of the most

physically beautiful parts of Italy. On this

holiday, we stay on the western side of the

isle, decidedly different from the ordered and

industrious east.

Mazara del Vallo is famous as one of Italy’s

foremost fishing harbours, and serves as the

perfect base for exploring the region.

Mazara’s coastline boasts a combination of

pristine sandy beaches and dramatic rocky

views with crystal-clear water and vast

“prairies” of Neptune grass. Marzara is a

diverse, multi-ethnic city where different

cultures live together in harmony creating a

hospitality not equaled anywhere else in

Sicily or Italy. The area has seen a myriad of

rulers (including Arabs and Normans), which

is quite apparent in the variety of

architectural styles.

#2. MARCH 28 - APRIL 11

Our hotel in Mazara is the four-star Mahara

Hotel & Wellness, which features strong

Arabic influences incorporated in the decor

as well as traditional Sicilian cuisine and

hospitality. Located just a 15 minutes walk

from the city centre (along a picturesque

boardwalk on the seaside), our hotel is the

ideal place from which to explore the town.

Guestrooms have French balconies with

garden views and feature TV with satellite

channels, air conditioning, hair dryers and inroom

safes. The hotel also has a full service

health spa including Turkish baths, chromo

therapy showers and hot tubs.

As much of Sicilian history was shaped along

these shores, we have included 6 guided

sightseeing excursions We will see the

archaeological sites, medieval cities, living

art, castles and local wineries.

***Those participating in any of our tours to

Europe must be able to walk fairly long

distances and climb stairs easily.

48.


6 INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

1. Full day tour of Mazara del Vallo with lunch included at a local winery.

2. Half day visit to the ancient Greek archeological site of Selinunte located on the

south coast.

3. Half day tour to the island of Mothia and the historic centre of Marsala where we

enjoy a light lunch and sampling of the famous Marsala wine.

4. Full day tour to the archaeological site of Segesta and the medieval city of Erice,

built an impressive 700 metres above sea level. A traditional Sicilian lunch is

included today.

5. Half day tour to Gibellina, a once destroyed town and now a living museum and

art gallery with sculptures scattered through the streets. We also visit the small

town of Salemi to see the Norman castle and Moorish Rabato quarter.

6. Full day tour to Agrigento (Temples Valley), one of the most outstanding

examples of Greek architecture and a listed Unesco Heritage site. Lunch

included today.

HOLIDAY INCLUSIONS

• Flights with Alitalia

• First Class accommodation as described

• Continental buffet breakfast and full-course dinner daily, (including a gala Farewell

Dinner with entertainment). Wine, water and coffee included with dinners.

• 4 special lunches while touring

• PLUS ALL TOUR INCLUSIONS on Page 1

COSTS

per person, double occupancy, from Toronto ... $3697

Single Supplement ... $590

From Ottawa or Montreal add $190

From Halifax add $290.

From Winnipeg add $590

From Calgary, Vancouver or Edmonton add $690

Passengers from western gateways - for an additional $79 p.p. double occupancy

($139 single) you may choose to overnight in Toronto before or after the tour.

49.


SICILY & MALTA

Plus an overnight and tour in Rome!

• 16 DAYS • MARCH 22 - APRIL 6

50.

J

oin us at the perfect time of year to visit

two of the most interesting and historic islands

in the Mediterranean. We begin in Sicily, an

incredibly beautiful island filled with art,

archeology, history, delicious cuisine as well as

Europe's greatest natural wonder, Mt. Etna -

the highest active volcano in Europe. Sicily

was a Greek colony, a Roman province, an

Arab emirate and a Norman kingdom, so today

we can enjoy exploring this eclectic history.

With a diversified landscape of orange and

lemon orchards, ancient olive groves, lush

forests, rugged shorelines and crystal blue

waters, there is no other place on earth quite

like Sicily. In Sicily we will stay at First Class

hotels with guestrooms with modern amenities;

twin or double beds, climate control, safe,

hairdryer, shower or tub, telephone and

satellite TV with English channels.

After Sicily we take the ferry to Malta. Blessed

with a warm, sunny climate year round, friendly

people and 7000 years of intriguing history,

Malta is a wonderful vacation destination. The

various nationalities that have occupied Malta

over the centuries have blended to give the

island a fascinating culture. The narrow

meandering streets of the towns and villages

are crowded with Renaissance cathedrals and

Baroque palaces, and the countryside is dotted

with some of the oldest known human

structures in the world, which is why Malta has

often been described as an open-air museum.

In Malta we stay at the First Class Dolmen

Hotel, located right on the promenade

overlooking the Bay of St. Paul. The small town

of Buggiba is just a few minutes walk from the

hotel and offers a variety of shops, cafes, bars

and restaurants. Features of the hotel include

restaurants, bar, casino, comfortable lounges,

indoor and outdoor swimming pools, sauna,

exercise classes and live music on most

nights. The comfortable guestrooms are

contemporary in design with two beds,

climate control, telephone, satellite TV, mini

bar and safe. The private bathroom has a tub,

shower and hairdryer.

At the end of our tour we will overnight in

Rome, where we will enjoy a city tour of many

highlights of the world’s most romantic city.

***Those participating in any of our tours to

Europe must be able to walk fairly long

distances and climb stairs easily.

HOLIDAY INCLUSIONS

• Flights with Alitalia

• First Class accommodation

• Breakfast & dinner daily (wine & water

included with dinners throughout), plus one

lunch while touring

• PLUS ALL TOUR INCLUSIONS on Page 1

COSTS

per person, double occupancy, from Toronto

... $4997

Single Supplement ... $690

From Ottawa or Montreal add $190

From Halifax or Winnipeg add $290

From Calgary or Edmonton add $490

From Vancouver add $590

Passengers from western gateways - for an

additional $79 p.p. double occupancy

($139 single) you may choose to overnight in

Toronto before or after the tour.


TENTATIVE ITINERARY FOR SICILY & MALTA

DAY 1

DAY 2

DAY 3

DAY 4

DAY 5

DAY 6

DEPARTURE. We depart for Sicily with a

change of planes in Rome.

CATANIA. We arrive in Sicily and transfer

to our hotel in Catania. The rest of the day

is at leisure, until our Welcome Dinner.

SYRACUSE / CATANIA. Our full-day

guided tour to the ancient city of Syracuse

includes visits to the Archaeological Park

with its Greek Theatre, the Roman

Amphitheatre, the Latomias Cathedral and

the Spring of Arethusa Fountain. We return

to Catania for our overnight.

AGRIGENTO. We travel inland to visit the

famous Caltanisetta Cathedral where you

can admire the paintings of Borremans

and the Crucifix of Gaggini. Our next stop

is the Piazza Armerina, situated 700

meters above sea level and dating back to

300 AD, this Roman Villa is home to some

of the most magnificent surviving mosaics

depicting scenes from daily life. We

overnight in Agrigento and after dinner visit

the Valley of the Temples, magnificently

illuminated!

PALERMO. We stop at the Valley of the

Temples before proceeding to the capital

of Sicily, Palermo. Our city tour will show

us the Cathedral, the Old and New

Quarters and we visit the Cathedral of

Monreale, a stunning architectural

treasure. We end at our Palermo hotel.

PALERMO / CEFALU / GARDINI NAXOS.

We continue our sightseeing of Palermo

including the Capo Market and the

theatres of Massimo and Politeama. Then

we proceed to Cefalu, one of the

Mediterranean's undiscovered jewels. This

beautiful town has a sand beach, winding,

narrow medieval streets and delightful

restaurants overlooking a rocky coast. We

will spend time in the town, including a visit

of the Norman Cathedral, before

continuing on to Gardini Naxos.

TAORMINA / GARDINI NAXOS. We

depart for the charming town of Taormina

where we will admire the views of Mt.

Etna, Sicily's greatest natural attraction -

Europe's highest active volcano.

DAY 8

DAY 9

DAY 10

DAY 11

DAY 12

DAY 13

DAY 14

DAY 15

DAY 7 DAY 16

CATANIA / FERRY TO MALTA. Morning

at leisure. This afternoon we visit the

historic centre of Catania and its famous

fish market, before proceeding to the ferry

terminal where, after an early dinner, we

board our ferry for Malta for a 7-night stay.

Be on deck to enjoy the views!

BAY OF ST. PAUL. This morning we have

an orientation walk of the area

surrounding our hotel. In the afternoon we

enjoy a delightful harbour cruise.

VALLETTA. Our guided tour of Malta’s

capital city, Valetta, will include the Upper

Barracca Gardens, the Grand Master's

Palace and a film viewing of "The Malta

Experience". The afternoon is free. You

may want to jump on the user-friendly,

public bus system and explore.

SENGLEA / COSPICUA / VITTORIOSA.

Morning at leisure. Our afternoon

excursion is to “Malta's Three Cities” of

Senglea, Cospicua and Vittoriosa. This

evening a local historian will give a talk on

Malta and its traditions.

MDINA. Our morning excursion to Mdina,

Malta's old capital city, includes a visit to

the Cathedral and the catacombs in

Rabat. We finish at Ta' Qali Crafts Village

where you can admire the local artisans at

work and find some souvenirs.

GOZO. On today’s full day excursion we

take the short ferry ride to Malta’s second

largest island, Gozo. Here we visit the

sites of Calypso's Cave, the Citadel, Gozo

Cathedral, Xlendi Bay and the pre-historic

temples. Lunch is included while in Gozo.

BAY OF ST. PAUL. At leisure to enjoy a

stroll along the harbor, visit St. Julian’s or

try your luck at Sliema’s popular casino.

This evening will be our Farewell Dinner.

ROME. We fly to Rome in the afternoon

and transfer to our hotel for our overnight.

HOME. On our morning tour of Rome we

will see the Colosseum; the Roman Forum;

the Arch of Constantine; Circus Maximus;

Spanish Steps and more. We then

proceed to the airport for our flight home.

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MALTA

Includes 7 excursions

• 16 DAYS • 2 DATES IN 2014

#1. FEBRUARY 18 - MARCH 5

#2. MARCH 4 - 19

B

lessed with a warm, sunny climate yearround

and friendly, hospitable people (nearly

all of whom speak English), the charming

island of Malta has been a favourite vacation

spot of the British for many years. Located in

the heart of the Mediterranean off the coast

of Sicily, Malta has played host to a great

many cultures - Roman, Greek, Arab and of

course British, all leaving their mark on its

historic monuments, architecture and ancient

sites. There are many areas for you to

explore on your own, and there is an

extremely efficient and inexpensive bus

system that traverses the island, which

makes exploring easy and fun. There are

many attractions, including the picturesque

harbour, the narrow shopping streets of

Sliema, the casino and colourful craft

markets.

We stay at the First Class Dolmen Hotel, a

seaside resort hotel located right on the

promenade overlooking the Bay of St. Paul.

The small town of Buggiba is just a few

minutes walk from the hotel and offers a

variety of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants.

The local bus terminal is also a short walk

away, and local buses go to St. Julian's and

Sliema (16 km. from Buggiba) on a regular

basis (approximately every 20 minutes).

The Dolmen's facilities include comfortable

lounges, restaurants, coffee shop / wine bar,

indoor pool, sauna, gym, tennis courts,

casino and an outdoor pool surrounded by

sunning terraces.

Daytime activities include exercise classes,

quizzes, bingo and other games. For evening

entertainment there is live music 4 nights a

week.

The comfortable guestrooms are

contemporary in design with air conditioning

and heating, direct dial phone, satellite TV,

mini bar and safe (small charge applies). The

private bathroom has tub, shower and

hairdryer.

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7 GUIDED EXCURSIONS INCLUDED IN MALTA

Please note that many of the attractions we visit require quite a bit of walking.

1. ORIENTATION WALKING TOUR. A morning orientation stroll in the area around our

resort, as well as the the town of Buggiba.

2. HARBOUR CRUISE. We enjoy a cruise around the Grand Harbour with beautiful views

of Valleta.

3. VALLETTA #1. On our orientation tour of the capital, Valletta, we start with a viewing of

The Malta Experience, a delightful movie featuring the highlights of the island. We will

then visit The Upper Barracca Gardens and St. John’s Cathedral.

4. VALLETTA #2. We enjoy more sightseeing in Valletta as we visit the Grand Master's

Palace, the Armoury, the National Archeological Museum and more.

5. MALTA - GRAND ISLAND TOUR. A full day of touring as we take in many of Malta's

major historic sites. We visit the catacombs in Rabat, the old Medieval walled silent city

of Mdina and the church at Mosta. Lunch is included today.

6. MARSAXLOKK. A visit to Malta's largest and most picturesque fishing village. See the

vividly painted luzzo (fishing boats) bobbing in the clear blue waters of the harbour. Very

symbolic of Malta is the eye of Osiris painted on the bow of the boats to ward off evil at

sea. Have a coffee by the harbour while enjoying the unhurried lifestyle of the village.

7. ISLAND OF GOZO. A full day tour to the island of Gozo, Malta's sister island which has

barely changed in hundreds of years. We will see small farms, churches, a cathedral and

the citadel. Lunch is included today.

PLUS - a Malta Night featuring special Maltese foods, folklore dancers and music.

HOLIDAY INCLUSIONS

• Flights with Air Canada and Air Malta (change of planes in London in each direction)

• First Class accommodation as described

• Full buffet breakfast and dinner daily (including wine, water and coffee with all dinners)

• 7 guided excursions

• A folklore night and a talk on Maltese customs and traditions

• PLUS ALL TOUR INCLUSIONS on Page 1

COSTS

per person, double occupancy, from Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa or Halifax

... $3597

Single Supplement - $590

From Winnipeg, Calgary, Vancouver or Edmonton add $190

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G R E E C E

Special Value

Seaside Stay-put Holiday

• 16 DAYS • MARCH 23 - APRIL 7

S

pring is a lovely season in Greece. The

climate is mild and pleasant, ideal for

walking and exploring. This economical and

lively holiday is ideal for those looking for a

relaxing vacation with the opportunity to

explore the towns, villages and historic

sites.

We stay at the Kinetta Beach Hotel & Spa,

located on a pebbly beach by the sea in

Corinthos, approximately 50 kms from

Athens, 7 kms from the village of St.

Theodori and 25 kms from the towns of

Corinth and Loutraki. There will be a daily

shuttle service to and from the nearby town.

Most of the nearby archaeological sites of

Argolis, Nafplion, Mycaene and Epidauros

can be reached by local bus service.

This first class hotel, which is set on many

acres of gardens, has a lounge, bar, gift

shop and TV lounge. The restaurant serves

all meals buffet style. The cozy guestrooms

have two single beds or one double, directdial

phone, TV with English channels, an

audio channel, climate control and a

bathroom with tub/shower and hairdryer. All

rooms have a balcony or patio.

A special feature of the hotel is their spa

facilities, including a sauna, gym, heated

indoor pool and various spa treatments

available at a nominal cost. There is also an

outdoor pool surrounded by deck chairs and

lounges for sunning.

In order to give an overview of life in

Greece, and to allow opportunities to meet

with the local people, an activity programme

will be included in our holiday. Scheduled

activities include Greek language and

cooking lessons, folkloric shows, movie

nights, visits to a monastery and a vineyard,

as well as a series of lectures on mythology,

ancient history and modern Greece. There

will also be a free shuttle into Athens for

those who wish to explore this fascinating

city.

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INCLUDED EXCURSIONS IN THE GREECE STAYPUT HOLIDAY

1. ATHENS. City sightseeing includes Hadrian's Arch, the Temple of Zeus, The Stadium,

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the former Royal Palace. A highlight will be the

Acropolis and the incredible Parthenon.

2. CRUISE. A one-day cruise to the Saronic Islands, including Aegina which was a busy

port in antiquity and is now a tranquil resort. We dock at Poros to enjoy a stroll

through its enchanting harbour, and then on to another colourful harbour at Hydra.

Lunch is aboard.

3. DELPHI. Our full day tour takes us through the mountains and magnificent scenery

to Delphi, once known as the centre of the world. Here we visit the temple of the

Greek god Apollo, a beautiful site that evokes the classical past of this area. Those

who wish may climb to the top of the theatre for lovely views of the countryside. Lunch

today is at a Taverna.

4. COUNTRYSIDE TOUR AND ORIENTATION. We see the Corinth Canal and

surrounding countryside, villages and towns. A winery visit is included.

5. ATHENS BY NIGHT. We drive into Athens this evening to see all the main sights

beautifully illumninated. A special dinner with wine and a lively folklore show is

included.

HOLIDAY INCLUSIONS

• Flights with Air France (change planes in Paris in each direction)

• First Class accommodation as described

• Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, plus afternoon tea

(tea, coffee and wine are served with lunch and dinner)

• Scheduled activity programme as described

• PLUS ALL TOUR INCLUSIONS on Page 1

COSTS

Cost per person, double occupancy, from Toronto or Montreal ... $3997

Single Supplement - $590

From Ottawa add $150 (includes round-trip transportation to the Montreal airport)

From Halifax or Winnipeg add $590

From Edmonton, Vancouver or Calgary add $790

Passengers from western gateways - for an additional $79 p.p. double occupancy

($139 single) you may overnight in Toronto before or after the tour.

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TURKEY

Touring & Stay-put Holiday

• 16 DAYS • MARCH 13 - 28

H

aving been the dividing line between

Europe and Asia since the dawn of time,

Turkey is a land of contrasts. This beautiful

country steeped in history offers everything

from sandy beaches and breathtaking scenery

to fascinating historical and religious sites. On

this tour we will see the domed mosques,

minarets and palaces of exotic Istanbul

(where our holiday starts and finishes), the

countryside in and around the Dardanelles,

the ancient city of Troy and the modern day

battlefield of Gallipoli.

The stay-put portion of our holiday will be in

Kusadasi, an interesting resort on the Aegean

and an ideal base from which to take

excursions. We will stay at the Richmond

Hotel, a first class resort hotel located on the

beach, a 15 minute ride from the town centre

(taxis are very inexpensive in Turkey).

Facilities include a heated indoor swimming

pool, lounge, bars, restaurants, tennis court,

fitness centre, sauna, Turkish bath, 24 hour

room service, hairdresser and water sports.

Guest bedrooms are climate controlled and

have satellite TV, telephone, minibar, safety

deposit box and balcony. Included for our stay

at this hotel are 3 meals daily, afternoon tea

and coffee, water, tea and coffee with meals

and local wine and beer with dinner. While in

Kusadasi we will enjoy 6 guided excursions,

including Ephesus and Aphrodisias.

***Those participating in any of our tours to

Europe must be able to walk fairly long

distances and climb stairs easily.

HOLIDAY INCLUSIONS

• Flights with Air Canada (direct non-stop

between Toronto and Istanbul)

• Superior and First Class accommodation

• Buffet breakfast and dinner daily,

plus 7 lunches

• Many guided excursions

• Visa fees (arrangements through our office)

• PLUS ALL TOUR INCLUSIONS on Page 1

COSTS

per person, double occupancy, from Toronto,

Ottawa or Montreal ..... $3797

Single Supplement - $590

From Halifax or Winnipeg add $190

Edmonton, Calgary or Vancouver add $290

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TENTATIVE ITINERARY FOR TURKEY

DAY 1

DAY 2

DAY 3

DAY 4

DAY 5

DAY 6

DAYS

7 - 13

DEPARTURE. We depart for Istanbul - a

direct, non-stop flight from Toronto.

ISTANBUL. We change planes in Paris and

proceed to Istanbul. Upon arrival we transfer

to our centrally located hotel.

ISTANBUL. Our full day tour starts at the

magnificent Byzantine Church of St. Sophia,

one of the first and largest architectural

works of art in the world. Then on to the

famous Suleyman's Mosque and the

beautiful Blue Mosque. We also see Topkapi

Palace, a former Imperial residence from

where the great Ottoman Sultans once ruled.

We finish with a visit to the Grand Bazaar.

BOSPHORUS CRUISE / ISTANBUL. On

this morning's Bosphorus cruise we pass

palaces, villages, old wooden houses,

mansions and modern villas which make up

the elegant section of Istanbul. In the

afternoon we visit the Asian side of Istanbul

via the two bridges that span East and West.

TROY / CANAKKALE. We drive by olive

groves and small villages to the legendary

city of Troy. When this site was excavated it

was found to be the site of 9 other

civilizations dating back 5,000 years. Nearby

is the Anzac Memorial to the great tragedy of

Gallipoli. We proceed to Canakkale.

PERGAMUM / KUSADASI. Our first stop

this morning is Pergamum, an ancient city of

learning and the arts. It possessed one of

the greatest libraries of antiquity and nearby

are the ruins of Aesglepion, the foremost

medical centre of its time. Later we arrive in

Kusadasi.

KUSADASI. We stay the following 7 nights

at our resort hotel. While in Kusadasi the

following excursions are included:

1. EPHESUS - one of the world's best

preserved ancient cities. We visit the

Amphitheatre, the marble road and the

Celsius Library.

2. The impressive archaeological site of

APHRODISIAS. The beauty here is in the

detail on the columns that supported the

temples, and in the statues on display at

the on-site museum. See the Temple of

Aphrodite (the goddess of love) and the

recently restored gateways, the Odeon - a

fine example of a semi-circular concert

hall and the stadium.

DAY 14

DAY 15

DAY 16

3. PRIENE, DYDIMA and MILETUS. Priene

has the most spectacular location of all

the ancient cities on the Aegean, sitting

atop a steep hill overlooking the Meander

River. On this site is the Temple of Athena,

built as a dwelling for the gods. Miletus

was once a great commercial centre of

the Greek world. We will see a remarkably

intact 25,000 seat amphitheatre built by

the Ionians. We proceed to Didyma and

the Temple of Apollo. Construction of the

temple began in 300 BC but was never

completed. It was to have been as grand

as the Parthenon.

4. The House of the Virgin Mary, thought

to be the place where St. John took the

mother of Jesus after the Crucifixion and

where she lived her final days.

5. We visit the typical Turkish village of

SIRINCE. Set amid grapevines and apple

orchards, the houses are old-fashioned

stone and stucco with red tiled roofs. A

quiet place to stroll and look at the old

Byzantine churches and monasteries.

6. LAKE BAFA and HERAKLIA. This area

is ringed by mountains and was one of the

refuge centers for Christian monks during

the Arab invasions of the 8th century

which explains the many ruined churches

and monasteries. We will see a Byzantine

castle and the city's necropolis. Much of

the fun in visiting this area is observing

Turkish farming life. You can see the

beehives in the fields, buy the local honey

and enjoy this tourist-free zone.

BURSA. We leave Kusadasi and drive to

Bursa, which was the first capital city of the

Ottoman Empire and the birthplace of

modern Turkish culture. Our tour includes

the most famous mosques and tombs, many

of which are renowned architectural

monuments. You will see the lavish use of

beautiful tiles, calligraphy and woodwork.

ISTANBUL. We return to Istanbul for our last

day and Farewell Dinner.

HOME. We leave this exotic city and board

our flight for home with a change of planes

in Paris.

57.


ISRAEL

THE HOLY LAND

Plus an excursion to Petra, Jordan

58.

I

srael is a very small country, with the sea

on one side and the desert on the other, but

never has such a small place meant so much

to so many. To millions of Jews, Christians and

Muslims this is the Holy Land where King

David ruled, Jesus died and Muhammad

visited. As we visit places we’ve heard about

all our lives, and see the ruins scattered

throughout the country by the Greeks,

Romans, Crusaders and Turks, we will be

thrilled by the rush of history we encounter.

Israel today is a modern, progressive country

where English is spoken everywhere. The

warm, friendly people have come to Israel from

over 100 countries, producing a potpourri of

custom and dress that is reflected in the

panorama of everyday life.

These diverse cultures and beliefs co-exist in a

land full of scenic contrasts. There are

mountains, subtropical valleys, lovely beaches,

fertile farmland and deserts. Furthermore,

everywhere you look there is the abundance of

flowers that Israel is renowned for.

A highlight of our visit here will be the Golden

City of Jerusalem, sacred to Christians, Jews

and Muslims alike. With all of the excavations

of the past few years, the City of Peace has

never looked more awe-inspiring. While in

Jerusalem we will enjoy a special “Shabbat”

evening.

This tour also includes an excursion into

neighbouring Jordan and the awe-inspiring

Rose City of Petra - a UNESCO World

Heritage Site that is considered one of the

most well-preserved archaeological sites in

• 16 DAYS • MARCH 23 - APRIL 7

the world. This vast, unique city was carved

into the sheer rock 2000 years ago, and

encompasses a breathtaking landscape of

pink-hued rock mountains.

***Those participating in any of our tours to

Europe or Asia must be able to walk fairly

long distances and climb stairs easily.

HOLIDAY INCLUSIONS

• Flights with Air Canada (direct non-stop

between Toronto and Tel Aviv)

• First Class and moderate accommodation

• Buffet breakfast and dinner daily. 1 lunch.

• All visa and border fees (arrangements

through our office)

• PLUS ALL TOUR INCLUSIONS on Page 1

COSTS

per person, double occupancy, from Toronto,

Montreal or Winnipeg ... $5997

Single Supplement - $1590

From Ottawa add $190

From Halifax add $290

Calgary, Edmonton or Vancouver add $590


TENTATIVE ITINERARY FOR ISRAEL

DAY 1

DAY 2

DAY 3

DAY 4

DAY 5

DAY 6

DAY 7

DAY 8

DEPART. We depart with Air Canada for Tel Aviv.

TEL AVIV. Upon arrival we transfer to our hotel.

The balance of the day is at leisure until this

evening’s Welcome Dinner.

TEL AVIV. Our city tour shows us modern Tel

Aviv and its lovely seafront promenade. We tour

old Jaffa and walk through the ancient streets,

the restored artist's quarter, the central plaza and

the Franciscan Monastery of St. Peter. Included

is a visit of the Museum of Diaspora, a multimedia

depiction of the history of the Jewish

people.

HAIFA / ACRE / TIBERIAS. We depart for Haifa

- Israel's largest port, where we visit the famous

Bahai Gardens and Shrine, and the Carmelite

Church of Stella Maris where the prophet Elisha

is said to be buried. We then visit a Druze village

to learn about this unique minority and

experience their traditional hospitality in a family

home. Our final visit today is to the picturesque

old city of Acre, which features Islamic minarets,

domes, Crusader remains and an Arab market.

We continue to Tiberias for a 3-night stay.

SEA OF GALILEE / CAPERNAUM /

NAZARETH / TIBERIAS. We take a boat ride on

the Sea of Galilee and see the Mount of

Beatitudes, where Jesus delivered three

significant speeches. We stop at Capernaum

where Jesus stayed during his ministry, and then

Tabgha to visit the church, mosaics and site of

the "bread and fishes" miracle. In Nazareth we

see where Jesus spent his boyhood and visit the

Basilica of the Annunciation and Joseph's

workshop.

SAFED / TIBERIAS. We visit Safed, the centre of

Jewish mysticism perched on a hill in the Galilee.

This holy city has an artist’s quarter set in a maze

of quaint cobbled streets. Next we visit Banias

nature reserve to see the beautiful waterfalls

before ascending Mt. Bental for a panoramic

view of the Golan Heights. We will also visit the

city of Qazrin and stop at the modern olive oil

mill.

MASSADA / DEAD SEA. We drive through the

Jordan valley to the Dead Sea, passing Qumran

where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, and

follow the shores of the Dead Sea to Masada. It

was here at the site of Herod the Great's Palace

that the Jewish Zealots held off the Roman army

for three years before committing mass suicide.

We ascend by cable car to tour the ruins and take

in the breathtaking views.

DEAD SEA / EILAT. A morning at leisure to enjoy

a relaxing soak in the Dead Sea. This afternoon

we journey through the Negev Desert to the

beach resort town of Eilat.

DAY 9

DAY 10

DAY 11

DAY 12

DAY 13

DAY 14

DAY 15

PETRA / EILAT. We cross in to Jordan and visit

the fascinating "Rose City" of Petra, considered

the “8th Wonder of the Ancient World”. We first

pass through the Siq, an immense crack in the

sandstone, and then follow a winding fissure

between overhanging cliffs that seem to meet

overhead. We see Petra's most impressive

monument - the treasury, and hundreds of

temples, tombs and the Roman theatre. Lunch is

included. After our visit we return to Eilat.

JERUSALEM. We travel by coach to Jerusalem

for a 4-night stay. En route we will stop for a

presentation at the Bedouin Visitors Centre to

learn about this desert-dwelling Arab ethnic tribe.

JERUSALEM. Our tour of Jerusalem's Old City

begins at the Mount of Olives for spectacular

views over the city. We visit the Garden of

Gethsemane and Church of All Nations, and visit

Mt. Zion to see the room of The Last Supper and

Tomb of King David. We will walk through the

winding streets to David's Tower, the Church of

the Holy Sepulchre (burial place of Jesus) and

the Via Dolorosa (His path to the crucifixion).

There will be free time to shop in the Old City

bazaars or relax at one of the many coffee

houses.

JERUSALEM. Further touring of Jerusalem

brings us to the Hadassah complex to view the

impressive Chagall Windows. We then continue

to visit Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial

and museum, where we will walk along the

Avenue of the Righteous and see the Children's

Pavilion. On the way back to the hotel we will

drive through the Mea Shearim for a glimpse of

the ultra-orthodox area.

BETHLEHEM / JERUSALEM. This morning we

visit Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity,

where pilgrims have come for centuries to see

the manger of Jesus' birth. Then we visit the

Israel Museum and the Shrine of the Book that

houses the Dead Sea Scrolls. Later we enjoy a

special “Shabbat” evening, including a festive

homemade Shabbat dinner and ceremony,

hosted by a Jewish family.

CAESAREA / TEL AVIV. Today we explore

Caesarea, the Roman capital of Judea for 600

years and now an important archaeological site,

where we see the remains of the Roman

Amphitheatre, aqueduct, hippodrome and the

Crusader's City. We then continue to Tel Aviv.

TEL AVIV. A day at leisure to further explore this

exciting city. Enjoy a stroll along the lively

boardwalk or spend the day at the beach. This

evening is our Farewell Dinner.

DAY 16 HOME. We transfer to the airport for our flight

home, direct non-stop to Toronto.

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MAGNIFICENT

MOROCCO

• 15 DAYS • MARCH 18 - APRIL 1

O

n this exciting tour we explore fascinating

Morocco. This ancient kingdom is where Africa

meets Europe, and so this is a land of cultural and

scenic contrasts with exotic old-world charm that

delights any visitor. We will see medieval walled

cities rich in culture and history, with palaces,

mosques and local markets.

The Moroccan people form a vital part of the

country’s attraction. Here, the traditions of a rich

culture live on in the dress, food, customs,

festivities and the way in which visitors are

received. Famous for their hospitality and

friendliness, Moroccans still welcome strangers

according to age-old codes of ceremony. The

best place for people watching is the markets,

where the shopping is colourful in both the wares

available and also the crowds in the local bazaars

with acrobats, snake charmers, water sellers and

the occasional camel vying for your attention.

Our tour will take in all the country’s highlights

as we visit romantic Casablanca, imperial

Marrakech, the oasis of the Ourika Valley, the

impressive Atlas Mountains, the desert plateau of

Ouarzazate, the sand dunes of Merzouga, the

historical city of Meknes, the spiritual centre of

Fez, cosmopolitan Tangier and the Royal City of

Rabat. The wonderful scenery along the way

includes snow-capped mountain peaks, deserts

with sand dunes and beautiful fertile valleys.

So join us and discover all the enchantment

Morocco has to offer.

This tour is recommended only for the fit and

active traveller

HOLIDAY INCLUSIONS

• Flights with Air France

• First Class accommodation

• Full breakfast & dinner daily

• Mineral water, tea and coffee included with all

dinners

• PLUS ALL TOUR INCLUSIONS on Page 1

COSTS

per person, double occupancy, from Toronto

or Montreal ...... $3997

Single Supplement - $690

From Ottawa add $150 (includes round-trip

transportation to Trudeau Airport, Montreal)

From Winnipeg or Halifax add $590

From Calgary, Edmonton or Vancouver

add $790

Passengers from western provinces - for an

additional $79 p.p. double occupancy

($139 single) you may choose to

overnight in Toronto before or after the tour.

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TENTATIVE ITINERARY FOR MOROCCO

DAY 1

DAY 2

DAY 3

DEPARTURE. We depart for Casablanca with

a change of planes in Paris.

CASABLANCA. We arrive in Casablanca and

transfer to our hotel. The rest of the day is free.

CASABLANCA / RABAT. Our morning tour of

Casablanca, Morocco’s largest city, begins at

the old Medina - a labyrinth of streets,

barbers, butchers, ironmongers and grocers.

Nearby is majestic Mohammed V Square with

its combination of French and Moorish

architecture. We also see the Royal Palace and

the famous and stunning Hassan II Mosque

situated directly on the Atlantic Ocean - the

third largest mosque in the world. After our tour

we travel to Morocco’s capital - Rabat, the seat

of the Royal Family. It is home to many

palaces, mosques and parks. Our city tour will

show us the imposing exterior of the Royal

Palace - official residence of King Mohamed VI,

the Royal Mausoleum of Sultan Mohammed V

- the man who led Morocco to independence,

and the exquisite Hassan Tower.

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goldsmiths and weavers still practice their

ancient trades. The Jewish Quarter here has

long had a reputation for producing the finest

ironwork in the country. On our full-day tour you

will see the Medina (a UNESCO World

Heritage site), the Najjarine Fountain, the

Moulay Idriss Mausoleum, the Karaouine

Mosque and much more.

ERFOUD. We travel to the little town of Erfoud,

built by the French and characterized by the

red sand buildings that contrast with the

surrounding desert. We stop for lunch in Midelt

in the Atlas Mountains with wonderful

landscape views.

MERZOUGA / BOULMANE. We proceed to

Merzouga and its famous sand dunes, some of

which are 160 metres high. We see the vast

dunes first hand during a 4x4 expedition. Then

we continue onto Boulmane, en-route visiting

the magnificent Todgha Canyons and marvel at

the carved out cliff-sided canyons with sheer

and rock walls, as high as 250 meters.

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DAY 6

DAY 7

TANGIER. We depart for Tangier, a

cosmopolitan city combining all of its historical

inhabitants - Phoenician, Romans, Vandals,

Berbers, Arabs, Portuguese, Spanish, British

and French. Our tour of the old city shows us

the crowded Souks where traditional products

are made and sold, then through the archway

to the walled Medina - a medieval world of

narrow lanes leading to the lively bazaars.

CHEFCHAOUEN / MEKNES. We proceed to

the mountain city of Chefchaouen, known as

the “Blue City”. It is famous for the old Medina,

houses with blue doors, wrought iron windows

and tile roofs. The local markets are animated

with traditionally dressed locals and colourful

goods. After our tour we continue to Meknes.

MEKNES / VOLUBILIS / FEZ. Like a mirage

looming up out of the rock in the countryside,

the former royal city of Meknes is yet another

unexpected delight of Morocco. This beautiful

city has old city walls, monumental gates and

palatial ruins. We visit the city walls, the Royal

stables and the intricate Bab Al Mansour

Gates. We then visit the remarkable ancient

Roman ruin of Volubilis, (a UNESCO World

Heritage Site), before proceeding to Fez.

FEZ. A maze of stone and marble surrounded

by orchards, Fez is the spiritual centre of

Morocco. The old town’s maze of alleys,

houses and shops sit in the shadow of the

mosque’s minarets. From their workshops in

the back alleys potters, charcoal burners,

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OUARZAZATE. We travel to Ouarzazate on

the edge of the mighty Sahara - an ancient

garrison town made famous when the film

Lawrence of Arabia was filmed nearby. We

travel through the Dades Valley, or “Valley of

One Thousand Kasbahs”. We also visit Taourirt

- one of Morocco’s most beautiful Kasbahs.

MARRAKECH. We first visit Ait Ben Haddou, a

16th century UNESCO World Heritage site and

one of Morocco’s best preserved and

spectacular Kasbahs. Then we proceed to

Marrakech via the Tichka Pass, Morocco’s

highest road pass. The views of the High Atlas

Mountains interspersed with small Berber

villages typical of the region are spectacular.

MARRAKECH. The 1000-year-old “Red City”

of Marrakech is drenched in culture and history.

Our full-day tour includes the Menara Gardens,

the Saadian Tombs, El Bahia Palace, the Dar

Si Said Museum and the Medina. At Djemaa El

Fna Square we see snake charmers, acrobats

and scribes writing letters for the illiterate.

OURIKA VALLEY / MARRAKECH. We travel

to the Ourika Valley, enjoying views of the

snow-capped Atlas Mountains and tiny villages

clinging to the steep hillsides, with waterfalls

and rocky landscapes merging with the desert.

DAY 14 CASABLANCA. We travel back to

Casablanca. The afternoon is free to explore

on your own until our Farewell Dinner tonight.

DAY 15 HOME. We fly home via Paris.

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SPECIAL VALUE

T U N I S I A

Tour and Stay-Put Holiday

62.

W

ith wide sandy Mediterranean beaches, 300

days of sunshine annually, lovely white domed

architecture, scenic beauty and the comforts and

facilities of most other Mediterranean resort areas,

the North African country of Tunisia has become a

favourite vacation spot for those looking for a new

and economical destination. While in Tunisia you can

relax on the beach or enjoy the inexpensive local

wine or coffee in one of the seafront cafes, while

watching the passing mosaic of life. The resort areas

are superb for strolling - the air is filled with the

fragrant scent of citrus groves, and there are many

local markets to explore. Tunisia is also rich in

historic and cultural sights: magnificent mosques,

museums, ancient Roman ruins, Christian mosaics

and imposing medieval fortresses. The fascinating

older sections of the towns (medinas) are crammed

with Turkish baths, kasbahs, mosques and bazaars.

Life goes on here as it has in centuries past.

We begin with 6 nights in Hammamet, a town on the

coast with sandy beaches and surrounding fragrant

groves of citrus trees. The town is protected by the

ancient wall of the Medina - a maze of narrow

streets loaded with shops, stalls, and a great place

to spend the day hunting for bargains. There is

lovely domed architecture, a local market and a 15th

century fort which rises dramatically from the sea.

After Hammamet we depart on a 4-night coach tour to

the south where we see many of the amazing sights

for which Tunisia is known - the Holy City of

Kairouan, desert oases, Berber villages, Roman

ruins and desert resorts.

Our coach tour ends in the resort town of Sousse for

a 4-night stay. Here we can enjoy the resort

atmosphere, stroll through the historic medina, visit

the excellent museums and view the Great Mosque

and world-class marina. We finish off with 2 nights in

the beautiful seaside town of Gammarth, near the

capital - Tunis.

We will stay at all First Class hotels. While in

Hammamet and Sousse our hotels are near sandy

beaches and decorated in traditional Moorish style

with lovely gardens. Guest rooms are carpeted and

• 18 DAYS • MARCH 11 - 28

furnished with twin beds, phone, satellite TV, mini

bar, balcony and private bathroom. Both hotels have

outdoor pools, sun terraces, large heated indoor

pools, lounges, bars, Moorish cafes and shops. Golf

is offered nearby at a reasonable rate. Breakfast is

buffet style while lunch and dinner are both buffet

and full waiter service. Room service is also

available.

Many excursions are included during our stays at

each resort hotel. This tour is suitable only for the

active traveller who enjoys walking.

HOLIDAY INCLUSIONS

• Flights with Air France

• First class accommodation

• Full breakfast, lunch & dinner daily while

in Tunisia

• PLUS ALL TOUR INCLUSIONS on Page 1

COSTS

per person, double occupancy,

from Toronto or Montreal ... $3797

Single Supplement - $590

From Ottawa add $150 (includes round-trip

transportation to Trudeau Airport, Montreal)

From Winnipeg or Halifax add $590

Vancouver, Calgary or Edmonton add $790

Passengers from western provinces - for an

additional $79 p.p. double occupancy

($139 single) you may choose to

overnight in Toronto before or after the tour.


TENTATIVE ITINERARY FOR TUNISIA

DAY 1

DAY 2

DAY 3

DAY 4

DAY 5

DAYS

6 & 7

DAY 8

DAY 9

DAY 10

DEPART. We depart for Tunisia via Paris.

HAMMAMET. Upon arrival we transfer to

the our hotel in Hammamet. Balance of the

day is at leisure.

HAMMAMET. A tour of Hammamet and

Tunisia's pottery centre, Nabeul.

HAMMAMET. At leisure. You may enjoy

the beach and the facilities of our resort

hotel, or explore the town on your own and

see the ancient fortress and old market.

CAPE BON / HAMMAMET. We take a tour

to Cape Bon, known as Tunisia’s Garden

Peninsula for its lush agriculture, orchards

and vineyards. The highlight is a visit of

Kerkouane, the most perfectly preserved

Phoenician town in the world, where

evacuations revealed luxurious homes

remarkably like those in Tunisia today.

HAMMAMET. At leisure.

KAIROUAN / TOZEUR. We depart on our

tour this morning and the first stop will be

the Holy City of Kairouan, Tunisia's oldest

Arab city and Islam's 4th most holy centre.

It has a fascinating architectural style with

a strong Eastern influence. We visit the

Grand Mosque, the Barbar Mausoleum,

and the Aghlabites Pools. We then

proceed to Tozeur, a desert resort with

breathtaking scenery. The movie, “The

English Patient” was filmed here.

CHEBIKA / MIDES / TOZEUR. This

morning we take a Jeep ride into the

desert. Our first stop is at the small oasis

of Chebika. The remains of the old village

are perched on a rock platform bordered

by palms and steep gorges. At Tamerza

water cascades from a high cliff feeding

the streams and farmlands below. We

finish the morning's tour in Mides, an old

Berber village, recently destroyed by

floods, where the houses cling to the sheer

rock face of a deep gorge.

CHOTT EL JERID / DOUZ. Chott El Jerid

was once called the Lake of Marks for the

palm trees that were planted across the

parched terrain as a guide for the trading

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13 - 15

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DAY 18

caravans. We end our day in Douz, the

Gateway to the Sahara. This afternoon

you might enjoy an optional camel ride.

GABES / MATMATA. The most alluring

aspect of Gabes is the vast oasis nearby -

truly a haven of peace and shade. At

Matmata the Berbers live in subterranean

caves and courtyards made of sandstone.

We will enjoy a visit with a family in their

cave dwelling. Parts of the movie “Star

Wars” was filmed here.

SFAX / EL JEM / SOUSSE. We leave the

desert and visit Sfax, one of Tunisia’s most

attractive and sophisticated towns. Then

we continue to El Jem to visit the

extraordinary Roman amphitheatre, the

most impressive Roman monument in

Africa. We end in Sousse for a 4-night

stay.

SOUSSE. At leisure to enjoy the gardens,

pools, golf courses, tennis and white sand

beach. A short stroll takes you to the

marina with its cafes, restaurants and

boutiques. You will also enjoy visiting the

walled medina (old town) with it’s narrow

winding streets, markets and artisans.

DOUGGA / GAMMARTH. We depart

Sousse today for the impressive Roman

site of Dougga, located in the mountains

550 metres above sea level. The site

features grandiose temples and theaters,

a forum and markets in remarkable

repair, all situated on the mountainside

overlooking the valley far below. Following

our visit we continue to the seaside town of

Gammarth, located just north of the capital

city of Tunis.

TUNIS / CARTHAGE / GAMMARTH. Our

tour of the capital city of Tunis will include

the Bardo Museum. Housed in a former

palace you will find here one of the finest

collections of Roman mosaics in the world.

We then proceed to Carthage to see the

famous Roman ruins, followed by a stop in

the picturesque resort of Sidi Bou Said

with beautiful views of the turquoise gulf.

HOME. We fly home via Paris.

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SPECIAL VALUE

C H I N A

• 16 DAYS • APRIL 14 - 29

C

hina has been one of our most popular

destinations for many years. It is a country of

great contrasts, from sprawling modern cities

with soaring skyscrapers to ancient temples,

palaces, tombs and rural villages that have

remained unchanged for centuries. The ancient

monuments, culture and history (which spans

over 3,000 years) are all amazingly well

preserved.

On this value-packed holiday we highlight

China's most interesting towns, cities and

attractions at an economical price.

Some of the highlights of our tour will be in two

of China’s greatest cities. Beijing hosted

the 2008 summer Olympics so we will see

the results of the huge-scale beautification

program that took place there. A modern city,

Beijing has also maintained its treasures from

the past: The Forbidden City, Summer Palace

and Great Wall have inspired awe for centuries

and still do. Shanghai, the last city on our

itinerary, is the fastest growing city in the world.

It combines a fascinating blend of ancient

cultures, the cosmopolitan charm of the 1930's,

European colonialism and a distinctly futuristic

style in its new growth.

You will also enjoy our experience of the real

China, as we visit some of the most interesting

smaller cities and towns. Highlights include the

famous Terra Cotta Soldiers of Xian, the

traditional beauty of Hangzhou’s West Lake,

the cultural centre of Nanjing and the artisan

centre of Suzhou, to name a few.

As some of our touring is by motor coach there

will be many opportunities to appreciate the

magnificent scenery en route, including the

many small temples, rice paddies, farms, towns

and villages that retain their traditional ways.

This tour is suitable for the fit and active

traveller.

HOLIDAY INCLUSIONS

• All airfare (trans-Pacific carrier is Air Canada)

• First Class and moderate accommodation

• Full breakfast, lunch and dinner daily

• Visa fees (arrangements through our office)

• PLUS ALL TOUR INCLUSIONS on Page 1

COSTS

per person, double occupancy, from Toronto,

Edmonton or Calgary ..... $5297

Single Supplement - $790

From Ottawa, Montreal or Winnipeg add $190

From Halifax add $390

From Vancouver deduct $200

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TENTATIVE ITINERARY FOR CHINA

DAY 1

DAY 2

DAY 3

DAY 4

DAY 5

DAY 6

DAY 7

DAY 8

DEPART. We depart for Beijing.

BEIJING. We arrive in Beijing, China's

political and cultural centre, and transfer to

our hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure.

BEIJING. We begin at Tiananmen Square,

where up to half a million people can gather

on special occasions. The Square is

dominated by the Gate of Heavenly Peace,

the Great Hall of the People and the

Chinese Revolution Museum. Further

touring includes the Forbidden City (the

former residence of the Emperors, now a

vast museum housing priceless treasures

from China's past). We finish off the day at

the Temple of Heaven. This evening we

enjoy a Kung Fu Martial Arts show.

THE GREAT WALL. The Great Wall is one

of the great wonders of the world. Built in

500 BC, it snakes its way across the

mountains for 3,600 miles. We will enjoy

our stroll on the Wall, and then proceed to

enjoy the tranquility of the beautiful gardens

at the 12th century Summer Palace,

considered one of the most beautiful

palaces in the world with its lakes, arch

bridges, jade pagoda and paintings. This

evening will be a Peking Duck dinner at a

local restaurant.

BEIJING / XIAN. This morning we take a

Hutong rickshaw tour, followed by lunch

with a local family. In the afternoon we

transfer to the airport for our flight to Xian.

XIAN. Today we see an incredible sight -

the Buried Sculpture Legend of Qin Shi

Huang. For his protection in the after-life,

this 2nd century BC emperor buried with

him 6,000 life-sized clay figures of warriors

and horses. This amazing archaeological

find was just uncovered 30 years ago. In

the afternoon we visit Xian's magnificent

city wall.

XIAN / HANGZHOU. We fly to Hangzhou,

with the rest of the day at leisure.

HANGZHOU. Today we enjoy a full day

tour to West Lake. The serene peaks

surrounding the lake made this area a

popular imperial retreat. We also visit the

Ling Yin Temple, one of China’s most

famous ancient Buddhist temples, and the

lively night market.

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DAY 13

HANGZHOU / NANJING. This morning we

visit the Long Jing Tea Farm before

transferring to Nanjing by coach.

NANJING. Today we visit Dr. Sun Yat-Sen's

Mausoleum. Built in 1926 on a mountain

slope, the Mausoleum is the resting place

of the man still revered as the "Father of

Modern China". Today we also visit the

beautiful Xuanwu Lake, the Ancient

Jiangnan Examination School and the

Nanjing Museum.

WUXI. We transfer to Wuxi by coach. Upon

arrival we take a cruise on beautiful Taihu

Lake, which is populated by 90 islets and

ornamental limestone rocks. Later we visit

Yuantouzhu, a lakeside scenic spot.

WUXI / SUZHOU. In Wuxi we visit the Li

Garden - a lovely, classical Chinese

garden. We then transfer to Suzhou, an

ancient capital known as the "Oriental

Venice" due to its many canals.

SUZHOU. We visit Tiger Hill, a scenic area

boasting 18 sites of natural beauty and

historic fame. We also visit the Lingering

Garden and the Master of Nets Garden.

Later, enjoy a cruise on the Grand Canal.

DAY 14 ZHOUZHUANG / SHANGHAI. We begin

with a visit to the town of Zhouzhuang,

which is renowned for its quiet and

exquisite surroundings. The canals are

lined with old houses with courtyards and

more than 60 well-preserved carved-brick

arches. In the afternoon we visit the

Shanghai Museum which features 11

galleries of Chinese Art. After dinner this

evening we enjoy an amazing acrobatic

performance.

DAY 15

SHANGHAI. Our tour begins at the Bund,

known as China’s Wall Street, and then we

walk along Nanking Road, a colourful

shopping street. We’ll spend time in the Old

Town Quarter - with its abundance of

restaurants and shops this is the biggest

and most lively “Chinatown” in the world.

We later visit Pudong, a newer area with

modern attractions such as the Oriental

Pearl TV Tower, Century Park and the

Urban Planning Exhibition Hall. This

evening is our Farewell Dinner.

DAY 16 HOME. Air Canada takes us home.

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CHINA

AND HONG KONG

Featuring Yangtze River Cruise

W

ith one of the oldest civilizations known to

mankind, as well as a host of breathtaking

modern wonders, China has emerged as one

of the most intriguing countries to visit in the

world. Sites such as The Great Wall,

Tiananmen Square, the clay warriors of Xian

and the Li River offer travellers a diverse set of

experiences from extravagant architecture, to

historical wonders and of course magnificent

landscapes and natural beauty.

This tour offers an abundance of truly once in a

lifetime opportunities in this wonderful and

mysterious land. Included is a 3-day cruise in a

state-of-the-art deluxe cruise ship along the

gorgeous Yangtze River - the longest river in

Asia. The cruise will feature the incredible

Three Gorges - perhaps the most spectacular

natural wonders in China. Each cabin on our

ship has its own private balcony, which will

allow you to view the beautiful Yangtze River

and its surroundings at your leisure.

Our trip concludes in Hong Kong, a city where

the “east truly meets the west”. Boasting

perhaps the most magnificent skyline in the

world, Hong Kong delightfully balances

modernity with Chinese traditions. You will be

thrilled with the brightly lit stalls in the open air

markets, the scenic harbour and the never

ending supply of unique arts and crafts shops.

As well as one of our experienced Tour

Managers, we will have local guides giving

comprehensive commentary on all the places

we visit.

This tour is recommended only for the fit and

active traveller.

• 21 DAYS • MAY 13 - JUNE 2

HOLIDAY INCLUSIONS

• All airfare (trans-Pacific carrier is the awardwinning

Cathay Pacific Airline)

• Deluxe and first class accommodation

• Full breakfast, lunch and dinner daily

(except for 2 dinners and 1 lunch while in

Hong Kong). Meals are both Chinese and

Western.

• Deluxe Yangtze cruise in outside cabins with

balcony, including:

• Complimentary Wi-Fi service

• Complimentary laundry service

• Complimentary daily Happy Hour

• Complimentary wine & beer at dinner

• Visa fees (arrangements through our office)

• PLUS ALL TOUR INCLUSIONS on Page 1

COSTS

per person, double occupancy, from Toronto,

Winnipeg, Calgary or Edmonton ... $7497

Single Supplement - $1190

From Ottawa or Montreal add $90

From Halifax add $290

From Vancouver deduct $200

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TENTATIVE ITINERARY FOR CHINA & HONG KONG

DAY 1

DAY 2

DAY 3

DAY 4

DAY 5

DAY 6

DAY 7

DAY 8

DAY 9

DAY 10

DAY 11

DEPART. We depart for Beijing, via Hong Kong.

BEIJING. We arrive in Beijing, China’s political and

cultural centre, and transfer to our hotel.

BEIJING. We begin with a Trishaw Tour along the

old lanes of Beijing Hutong, followed by lunch with a

local family (they will use fresh meat and produce

bought at the market that we visit during the tour).

Later we stroll through Tiananmen Square where

Mao Tse Tung first raised the flag of the People’s

Republic. We visit the Forbidden City, former home

of the Emperors, now a vast museum housing

priceless treasures of China’s past. This evening we

enjoy a Peking Duck dinner at a local restaurant.

THE GREAT WALL. The Great Wall is one of the

Great Wonders of the World. Built over 2000 years

ago, it snakes its way across the mountains for 3,600

miles. After a stroll on the Great Wall we return to

Beijing to see the National Stadium (Bird’s Nest of the

Olympic games) and to visit the famous Silk Market.

This evening we enjoy a Kungfu Martial Arts Show.

XIAN. We fly to Xian, once the largest city in the

world. Touring includes the Drum Tower and the

Great Mosque. Tonight is a special dumpling dinner.

XIAN. Today we see an incredible sight - the Buried

Sculpture Legend of Qin Shi Huang. For his

protection in the after-life this emperor of 2,200

years ago buried with him 6,000 life-sized clay

figures of warriors and horses. This amazing

archaeological find was uncovered just 30 years

ago. Tonight enjoy a spectacular performance of

Tang Dynasty dances.

XIAN / HANGZHOU. After a morning at leisure we

fly to Hangzhou. The city curves along lovely West

Lake, with graceful pagodas dotting the shore.

HANGZHOU. We begin with a cruise on tranquil

West Lake and a stroll among lakeside pagodas and

gardens. We then visit a tea village where you can

help the farmers with their harvest, see how tea is

dried then served in a formal tea ceremony. Later we

visit the 4th-century Lingyin Temple, a monastery

that houses a 60-foot wooden statue of the Buddha

HANGZHOU / SHANGHAI. This morning we visit

the fascinating Traditional Medicine Museum, which

houses hundreds of odd objects related to traditional

Chinese remedies. A lecture by a Chinese doctor is

followed by an opportunity to buy traditional potions.

After lunch we board the bullet train for a scenic

journey to Shanghai.

SHANGHAI. Today’s city tour begins at the Bund

(often referred to as the “Wall Street” of former

foreign powers). We then visit the Old Shanghai

Quarter (Temple of the City God) and Garden of

Mandarin Yu Yuan - built in 1577 it contains pools, a

tea house and a ceremonial zigzag bridge. This

evening we enjoy an acrobatic performance.

ZHUJIAJIAO / SHANGHAI. We visit Zhujiajiao - an

ancient water town with a 1700-year-old history. The

town glimmers like a bright pearl in a landscape of

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DAY 20

lakes and mountains and is known for its bubbling

streams, small rivers shaded by willow trees,

houses with attractive courtyards and unique old

bridges built during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. In

the afternoon we visit the impressive Shanghai

Museum featuring ancient arts.

SHANGHAI / YANGTZE CRUISE. A morning at

leisure in Shanghai before we fly to Yichang and

board our deluxe ship for our Yangtze River Cruise.

YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE. This morning we visit

the site of the massive new Yangtze Dam, which will

raise the water level by more than 200 metres. Then

we sail through the Three Gorges ship locks and

enter the Xiling Gorge, passing areas with intriguing

names such as “Precious Sword Gorge”, “Military

Manual”, “Ox’s Liver” and “Horse’s Lung Gorge”.

YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE. We pass through Wu

Gorge, known for its deep valleys and quiet beauty.

The “Twelve Peaks” lining the banks of Wu Gorge

have been admired by visitors from for centuries. At

Wushan we disembark to explore the Three Small

Gorges, whose magnificent scenery includes steep

cliffs, jagged mountain peaks, sparkling waterfalls

and terraced landscapes. Rejoining the ship we

enter the final gorge, Qutang, considered the most

spectacular with cliffs rising to 1,000 metres.

YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE. A shore excursion in

Fengdu shows the new resettlement of the town on

the Yangtze’s south bank, a farmer’s home and local

market. Sit back and enjoy the river scenes as you

continue up the Yangtze in the afternoon.

CHONGQING / GUILIN. We disembark and tour

historic Chongqing, visiting the People’s Hall and

zoo. Later we fly to Guilin, an artist’s paradise with

limestone pinnacles, mist enshrouded rocks and

mountains. For centuries this region has been the

subject of countless Chinese paintings and poetry.

GUILIN. Today is a highlight of our tour - a scenic

boat trip down the Li River - breathtaking scenery,

traditional farm settings and misty mountains rising

from the river banks. Our cruise ends at the colourful

market town of Yangshou where we can do some

shopping before returning to Guilin.

GUILIN / HONG KONG. This morning we visit the

local markets and some of the area’s more beautiful

caves including the Crystal Grotto with room for over

1,000 people. Later we fly to Hong Kong.

HONG KONG. We begin at Aberdeen, a fishing

colony at the foot of skyscrapers where thousands of

people live and work on junks. We visit Repulse Bay,

with its colourful temple and fine beach, and then

enjoy the panoramic view from the top of Victoria

Peak where we have lunch. Afternoon at leisure.

HONG KONG. A day at leisure to explore the local

markets, take the ferry to Lantau or Macau or enjoy

the wonderful shopping opportunities (Hong Kong is

famous for bargains). Tonight is our Farewell Dinner.

DAY 21 HOME. Cathay Pacific takes us home.

67.


ANCIENT KINGDOMS

OF SOUTHEAST ASIA

• Vietnam • Thailand

• Laos • Cambodia

S

outheast Asia is a colourful area of great

contrasts, from rural villages and French

Colonial cities to modern skylines. On this busy

tour we will see spectacular scenery,

magnificent temples and ancient monuments in

a variety of architectural styles. In all of the

countries we visit, open-air markets and

villages with their unique culture and traditions

thrive along the rivers, surrounded by incredibly

lush vegetation.

Vietnam stretches from the misty mountains on

the Chinese border to the lush tropical Mekong

Delta. One of the most beautiful countries in

Asia, the land remains relatively unspoiled and

the people are extremely friendly, especially to

visitors. The scenery, cuisine and history all

make this country a fascinating and delightful

destination.

Cambodia is another recently opened country

of wondrous beauty. Not yet as advanced as

Thailand and Vietnam, Cambodia does offer

several architectural wonders of its own, the

most famous being the many temples in and

around the 12th century Angkor Wat. Once a

huge city and the capital of Khmer Empire, it is

now one of the wonders of the ancient world.

Laos is probably one of the most talked about

destinations among travelers looking for a

purely exotic experience in one of the most laid

back cultures on earth. This land locked and

mountainous country contains some of the

most untouched countryside and pristine

cultures you will find anywhere. Archaeological

evidence shows that Laos has been inhabited

• 20 DAYS • FEBRUARY 18 - MARCH 9

for over ten thousand years, and visiting here is

undoubtedly an experience of a lifetime.

Thailand is renowned for its golden temples

and gentle people. The markets in Bangkok are

colourful, lively and the bargaining is great fun!

A highlight for us is a boat trip on the bustling

Chao Phay River and its klongs (canals) where

thousands of people live, shop and trade along

the river.

This tour is suitable only for the fit and active

traveller.

HOLIDAY INCLUSIONS

• Cathay Pacific flights and all airport taxes

• DeLuxe and First Class accommodation

• Full breakfast, lunch & dinner daily

(except for 2 lunches and 1 dinner)

• All visa fees (arrangements through our office

• PLUS ALL TOUR INCLUSIONS on Page 1

COSTS

per person, double occupancy, from Toronto,

Calgary or Edmonton ... $8397

Single Supplement - $1790

From Ottawa, Winnipeg or Montreal add $90

From Halifax add $290

From Vancouver deduct $200

68.


TENTATIVE ITINERARY FOR SOUTHEAST ASIA

DAY 1

DAY 2

DAY 3

DAY 4

DAY 5

DAY 6

DAY 7

DAY 8

DAY 9

DAY 10

DAY 11

DEPART. We depart for Vietnam via Hong Kong.

HO CHI MINH CITY (FORMERLY SAIGON). We arrive

in Ho Chi Minh City and transfer to our hotel. This

evening is our Welcome Dinner.

HO CHI MINH CITY. Our city tour will take in the historic

center, the main shopping areas and the heart of old

colonial Saigon. We will visit the Reunification Palace,

former palace of the South Vietnamese president which

was stormed by tanks in 1975 signifying the fall of South

Vietnam. We continue to the War Remnants Museum,

which documents the long Vietnam War. Later we go to

Cholon (Chinatown) and the colourful wholesale market.

We finish with a Cyclo ride back to the hotel.

CU CHI TUNNELS / HANOI. This morning we visit the

famous Cu Chi Tunnels. We will explore and learn about

this incredible underground military base (dug out by

hand by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War). Later

we fly to Hanoi - capital of Vietnam.

HANOI. Vietnam’s capital still retains the mystery and

charm of past centuries. You will especially enjoy

strolling in Hanoi’s Old Town. Our tour begins at the

Temple of Literature - a great example of traditional

Vietnamese architecture. We continue to the miniature

One Pillar Pagoda and Stilt House. Later we see Hoan

Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple and the tiny Tortoise

Pagoda. Tonight we attend a traditional Water Puppet

Show and dinner at a local restaurant.

HALONG BAY / HANOI. We travel by coach to Halong

Bay where we embark a traditional wooden junk to

spend the day cruising through beautiful islands, granite

towers and rock formations with names such as Stone

Dog, Incense Burner and Fighting Cock. We also see

two wonderful caves and enjoy lunch on board. After the

cruise we return to Hanoi.

LUANG PRABANG (LAOS). We fly to Luang Prabang.

The remainder of the day is at leisure.

LUANG PRABANG. Luang Prabang is an enchanting

town filled with historic temples and colonial style

buildings. The entire town is a UNESCO World Heritage

Site and boasts the oldest living temple dating back to

1513 and housing a collection of antique wooden

Buddhas. We visit the most important monasteries and

temples in the city as well as the National Museum (the

former royal residence). Later we visit Wat Mai, a

collection of small temples atop a hill offering beautiful

views over the city, temples, river and countryside.

LUANG PRABANG. We travel up the Mekong River to

the steep limestone cliffs which house the Tham Pak Ou

Caves. These extraordinary caves are filled with

Buddha images of every style and material imaginable.

On the return journey we stop at a local village famous

for the production of lao lao (rice wine whisky!).

VANG VIENG. We travel by coach to Vang Vieng with

stops at local villages along the way. We visit Elephant

Cave which contains Buddha images, a Buddha

footprint and the elephant shaped stalactites.

VIENTIANE. Our first stop is a farm whose purpose is to

introduce organic farming methods to the local

community. We then proceed to Laos’ capital, Vientiane,

with beautiful views of mountains and cliffs along the

way. Enroute we enjoy a boat trip on Nam Ngum Lake.

DAY 12

DAY 13

VIENTIANE. Vientiane has a relaxed charm, tree-lined

boulevards, interesting temples and colorful markets.

Our city tour includes That Luang, a gleaming golden

stupa - the most important national monument in Laos;

the formal royal temple, now a museum with beautiful

Buddhist sculptures; and the "morning market".

SIEM REAP (CAMBODIA) / ANGKOR WAT. We fly to

Siem Reap where we first visit Les Artisans d’Angkor -

a development project teaching young adults traditional

crafts. Then we proceed to Angkor Wat - Cambodia’s

national symbol and the highlight of any visit to this

fascinating country. We will thoroughly explore this

temple which impresses with its sheer scale, graceful

proportions and the artistry of its carvings.

DAY 14 SIEM RIEP. This morning we proceed to the fortified

city of Angkor Thom which includes many of Angkor's

most popular sights. We will see the Terrace of the

Elephants and Leper Kings, and the mysterious Bayon

Temple with its giant smiling stone faces smiling down

at you from all angles. At last we visit Ta Prohm -

embedded in the jungle it is one of the most popular

attractions of Angkor. This afternoon we enjoy a lake

cruise among the floating homes and small fish farms to

observe daily life on the lake. This evening we enjoy a

cultural dance show.

DAY 15

DAY 16

PHNOM PENH. We drive to Cambodia’s capital, visiting

some important pre-Angkorian temples enroute.

PHNOM PENH. Today we explore Phnom Penh, a

fascinating city of graceful tree-lined boulevards and

riverfront promenades. We begin at the Royal Palace

with its Silver Pagoda, and then the National Museum

which contains a collection of Khmer art. This afternoon

we visit the Museum of Genocide, the interrogation and

torture facility for the Khmer Rouge. Kept largely

unchanged, this prison showcases photographs and

exhibits about the thousands of victims. Then we visit

the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, a peaceful rural setting

where thousands of people were killed in the late 1970’s

and buried in mass graves. Finally we explore the

Phnom Penh's great Central Market, housed in a

distinctive domed Art Deco building.

DAY 17 BANGKOK. We fly to Bangkok and transfer to our hotel.

DAY 18

BANGKOK. We begin with a visit to the Royal Grand

Palace, with its revered Emerald Buddha, Golden

Chedi, Pantheon of the Chakri Kings and the Eight

Coloured Towers. Next is Wat Pho Temple with its huge

reclining Buddha statue and mural paintings Here you

may delight in a Thai massage - a welcome break after

sightseeing! Later we take a boat trip along the bustling

Chao Phya River and quiet klongs (canals) where we

can view traditional life on the water. We will stop at the

"Temple of Dawn" and the flower and vegetable market.

DAY 19 BANGKOK. Today we visit the famous bustling floating

market of Damern Saduak, where everything is sold off

junks on the river - a photographer’s paradise!. The tour

includes a visit to Nakorn Pathom - the largest pagoda

in Southeast Asia. After lunch we enjoy a cultural show

at a Thai village, including a Thai boxing demonstration,

Hill Tribe dance performances, sword-fighting and

elephants at work. Tonight we enjoy a dinner cruise

along the enchanting Chao Phraya River. The views are

sensational as we cruise past temples and palaces.

DAY 20 BANGKOK. We fly home via Hong Kong.

69.


PHUKET (THAILAND)

Island Paradise Stay-Put Holiday

plus Bangkok

70.

I

n Thailand, beyond the mist shrouded

temples and colourful night markets, and across

the dense jungle and rugged mountains, lies an

island paradise called Phuket. One of the world’s

favorite dream destinations, this jewel in

Thailand’s crown has lured visitors for centuries.

We will stay 11 nights in Phuket, where we enjoy

a host of exceptional excursions including

Promthep Cape, the temples of Wat Chalong, the

landmark Big Buddah, Cashew Nut Grove, two of

Asia’s most beautiful islands - Phi Phi Don and Phi

Phi Ley, Chalong Bay where we enjoy a relaxing

cruise on a traditional wooden junk, tranquil

Phang-Nga Bay with its breathtaking views of the

towering cliffs of the Karst Islands, the famed

‘James Bond Islands’ (setting for “The Man with

the Golden Gun”) and the delightful floating sea

gypsy village built on stilts. During our stay in

Phuket we will learn how to process coconut milk,

make ‘Jungle Curry’ and extract rubber from trees.

Perhaps the most exciting highlight will be our

amazing Eco-Adventure to Siam Safari Elephant

Camp, where we learn about the important role

these gentle giants play in Thai culture, and take a

wonderful elephant trek through the dense jungle,

winding along the spectacular coastline and idyllic

turquoise bays.

Our hotel in Phuket will be the First Class Angsana

Laguna Hotel. This lovely property is part of an

integrated resort, consisting of 5 luxury hotels and

six palm fringed lagoons set along 3 kms. of pristine

beach and parkland. The hotel’s many recreational

facilities include various water activities, a state-ofthe-art

gym and a world renowned Spa that offers

a range of treatments. Enjoy a relaxing float in the

freshwater lagoon that meanders through the

property, or a round of golf at the nearby awardwinning

Laguna Phuket Golf Club.

The air-conditioned guest rooms feature a sitting

area, spacious bathroom, furnished balcony, LCD

TV, audio system, unlimited high-speed wireless

• 16 DAYS • FEBRUARY 12 - 27

internet, an electric safe, coffee maker, hairdryer,

24-hour room service, complimentary bottled

water and Mini Bar.

A La Carte’ dining will be yours to enjoy in any of 6

uniquely beautiful restaurants, featuring fresh

seafood, Italian or Mediterranean cuisine, and of

course traditional Thai options.

Our holiday also includes a 3-night stay in the Thai

capital - Bangkok, a bustling metropolis that

boasts a uniquely exotic flavor all its own. The city

is filled with glittering temple spires and busy

pedestrian streets and markets. Our touring in

Bangkok will include the most famous temples and

palaces, a cruise through the river communities on

the Chao Phraya River and Thonburi canals and a

Thai dinner and cultural evening.

This tour is recommended only for the fit and

active traveller.

HOLIDAY INCLUSIONS

• All airfare (trans-Pacific carrier is Air Canada)

• First Class accommodation

• Full breakfast and dinner daily, 4 lunches

• Touring program as described

• PLUS ALL TOUR INCLUSIONS on Page 1

COSTS

per person, double occupancy, from Toronto,

Edmonton or Calgary ..... $6797

Single Supplement - $2190

From Ottawa, Montreal or Winnipeg add $190

From Halifax add $390

From Vancouver deduct $200


TENTATIVE ITINERARY FOR PHUKET & BANGKOK

DAY 1

DAY 2

DAY 3

DAY 4

DAY 5

DAY 6

DAY 7

DAY 8

DEPARTURE. We depart for Phuket with

Cathay Pacific (via Hong Kong).

PHUKET. We arrive in Phuket and transfer to

our hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure until

our Welcome Dinner this evening.

ISLAND TOUR. Today’s island tour takes us

first to Phuket town with its Sino-Portuguese

style buildings. We stop in the local market

and then visit the most important Buddhist

temple in Phuket; Wat Chalong, with its

brilliant colours and classical Thai style. We

then proceed to see the islands most revered

landmarks, the Big Buddha, a huge carving

sitting atop the Nakkerd Hills. It can be seen

from very far away and offers a 360-degree

view of the island. At Cashew Nut Grove we

will enjoy a demonstration of cashew

processing, and a sample of course! A stop at

the famous sunset viewpoint at Promthep

Cape will conclude the day.

ELEPHANT CAMP. Our eco-adventure

begins with a ride in open air vehicles to the

Chalong Highlands and the acclaimed Siam

Safari Elephant Camp. Here we learn about

elephant conservation programs and watch

the mahouts train elephants to respond to

commands and perform tasks. We will join an

exciting elephant trek on a scenic jungle trail,

taking in the stunning views of Chalong Bay

and Phi Phi Islands. Later we learn how

Jungle Curry is made; how rubber is tapped

from trees and the role of buffaloes in Thai

agriculture. The tour concludes with a cruise

on a traditional wooden junk in Chalong Bay,

where we enjoy a delicious buffet lunch.

Afternoon is at leisure.

PHUKET AT LEISURE. Your Tour Manager

will be on hand to offer suggestions.

PHI PHI ISLANDS. We cruise by express

boat to two of Asia’s most beautiful islands,

Phi Phi Don and breathtaking Phi Phi Ley

with its huge limestone cliffs, hidden caves

and pristine beaches. After an included lunch

there will be time to shop, swim or just relax

on the beach. If you wish to snorkel,

equipment will be provided and a boat will

take you to the best spots for viewing the sea

life! After a relaxing afternoon, we will return

to Phuket, in time to catch the sunset!

PHUKET AT LEISURE.

PHANG-NGA BAY & KARST ISLANDS. We

take an unforgettable journey through one of

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9 - 11

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DAY 14

DAY 15

the most unique marine settings in the world!

We board a boat to cruise around the

towering cliffs of the Karst Islands in famous

Phang-Nga Bay. The incredible rock

formations here are dotted with mangroves

and hidden grottos. En route we will visit the

renowned “James Bond Islands”, the location

for “The Man with the Golden Gun” and

countless other films. Next is the floating sea

gypsy village of Koh Panyi, a fishing village

built on stilts in the 18th century.

PHUKET AT LEISURE.

SUNSET DINNER CRUISE. This afternoon

we depart for a wonderful Sundown Dinner

Cruise on a Burmese style Junk. We set off

from Chalong Bay and proceed along the

coast of Phuket Island, passing Cape Panwa

with its quiet beaches and tropical rain

forests. Coral Island is inhabited by Muslim

fisherman, and sometimes the romantic call

to prayer can be heard drifting over the water.

This area is a mixture of small fishing villages,

prawn farms and coconut lined coves. Enjoy

a drink from the bar, then a sumptuous Thai

buffet dinner as the sun sets.

BANGKOK. We fly to Bangkok, and upon

arrival transfer to our hotel.

BANGKOK CITY TOUR. Our city tour

includes a visit of the Grand Palace. The

former residence of Thai Kings is an

architectural wonder with golden stupas and

columns encrusted with colourful mosaics.

We will see here the famous Emerald Buddah

- carved from a single piece of jade it is the

most revered object in Thailand. Our included

lunch will be at the Supatra River House

Restaurant - in a gracious old Thai home on

the bank of the Chai Phaya River, opposite

the Grand Palace. Afternoon at leisure.

BANGKOK CANAL CRUISE. We take a boat

trip along the bustling Chao Phya River and

quiet klongs (canals) where we can view the

traditional daily life of those who live and work

on the water. We will stop at the "Temple of

Dawn" (a replica of Angkor Wat,. decorated

with millions of pieces of Chinese porcelain),

and also at the flower and vegetable market.

Our Farewell Dinner will be at the wonderful

Sala Rim Nam Dinner Theater, where we

enjoy Thai classical music and dancing while

indulging in a delectable Thai feast!

DAY 16 DEPARTURE. We fly home via Hong Kong.

71.


PERU

• Lima • Cusco / Machu Picchu

• Nature Reserve / Nasca Lines

• Arequipa (Colca Canyon)

• 16 DAYS • FEBRUARY 5 - 20

72.

P

eru is a large, mountainous country

that straddles the equator, with a climate

ranging from temperate to tropical all year.

The rare combination of breathtaking Andean

landscapes, abundant wildlife, rich history and

exotic culture has the impact to captivate

visitors perhaps more than any other South

American country.

On this tour we explore 4 very diverse areas

of Peru. We start and finish in the capital city

of Lima, which features ruins from the Inca

period, interesting art galleries and museums,

churches and cathedrals that date from the

16th century and other major historical sites.

Our next stop is on the coast at the Paracas

Nature Reserve. Nature and ecology come

together in the only marine reservation in

Peru. The reserve is dedicated to the

protection and conservation of marine

ecosystems and to the history of pre-Inca

culture. UNESCO classifies it as a Natural

World Heritage Site. Not only will we see

wildlife unique to the region but also the

famous Nasca Lines. These huge line

drawings and figures on the coastal plain predate

flight by many centuries and yet they can

only be seen from the air - a mystery that

remains unsolved! Our visit here will include a

flight over these celestial artworks.

After the coast we head into the mountains

and volcanoes of Arequipa. This is a land of

snow-capped volcanoes, deserts, thermal hot

springs and the world's deepest canyons.

From Arequipa we travel to the Colca Canyon

to marvel at the scenery and the flight of the

Andean Condors.

Our last stop is the lovely colonial city of Cusco,

with an excursion to the fabled Machu Picchu.

This magical and spectacular site, discovered

less than 100 years ago, is located 13,000'

above sea level in a deep valley of the towering

Andes Mountains. It is considered one of the

most well preserved and beautiful ancient cities

on the planet.

This tour is suitable for the fit and active

traveller.

HOLIDAY INCLUSIONS

• Air Canada flights

• First class and moderate accommodation

• Full breakfast daily, 10 lunches and

10 dinners

• Special flight over the Nasca lines

• PLUS ALL TOUR INCLUSIONS on Page 1

COSTS

per person, double occupancy, from Toronto,

Ottawa or Montreal ... $6997

Single Supplement - $1290

From Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary,

Winnipeg or Halifax add $190


TENTATIVE ITINERARY FOR PERU

DAY 1

DAY 2

DAY 3

DAY 4

DAY 5

DAY 6

DAY 7

DAY 8

DAY 9

DEPARTURE. We depart for Lima on Air

Canada’s direct flight from Toronto. Upon our

late night arrival we transfer to our centrally

located hotel.

LIMA. Morning at leisure. In the afternoon we

visit Barranco, Lima’s Bohemian quarter, and

visit the Osman Museum and Indian Market.

LIMA. Morning at leisure. Our afternoon city

tour shows us the Old Town, Plaza Mayor (the

main square), the Government Palace, the

Cathedral and the House of El Oidor. We also

visit the Rafael Larco Herrera Museum, built

on the site of pre-Columbian pyramid houses.

Tonight we enjoy a folklore show after dinner.

ICA. We drive to Ica, located just outside the

Paracas reserve, passing the sand dunes and

ocean en route. We stop at Pachacamac to

visit the country's second largest Inca ruins, a

sacred city dating to 900 B.C. featuring

temples and other ancient structures. We stay

in Ica three nights.

NASCA LINES / PARACAS. Today is one of

the tour’s highlights. We board a small aircraft

for flights over the world renowned Nasca

Lines, which can only be seen from the air.

We’ll learn about the many theories regarding

the mysterious Lines' origin and meaning.

BALLESTAS ISLAND / ICA. We drive into

Paracas for a boat tour to Ballestas Island.

During our short sea crossing we can see the

famous El Candelabro, a huge etching in the

sandy hill - considered the beginning of the

Nasca Lines. The island is home to gigantic

colonies of land and sea birds, as well as sea

lions, penguins and seals. In the afternoon we

tour Ica with a visit to the regional museum.

ICA / LIMA. We take the scenic route along

the coast back to Lima. Afternoon at leisure.

AREQUIPA. We fly to the city of Arequipa,

known as the “White City” high in the Andes.

On our city tour we see the extraordinary

architecture of the Convent of Santa Catalina,

just recently opened after 400 years of

religious cloistered life. We also see the Main

Square, the cathedral and the the exhibit of

the mummy “Juanita”, a “Virgin of the Sun”

who was sacrificed to the mountain spirits -

recently discovered in a glacier in the Andes.

COLCA CANYON. We transfer by coach to

the Colca Canyon and along the way see the

surrounding volcanoes, a great variety of flora

and possibly some of the local wildlife.

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DAY 15

COLCA CANYON. An early start as we head

into the 100 km. long Colca Canyon, which is

twice as deep as the Grand Canyon. We

proceed to the Cruz de Condors, a famed

viewpoint to watch the condors gliding

effortlessly on the air currents which rise from

the canyon - a spectacular scene with the

river 1200 meters below. After our canyon

visit we see several villages and traditional

local dress. Later we return to Arequipa.

CUSCO / SACRED VALLEY. We fly to Cusco

and transfer to our hotel in the Sacred Valley,

once home to the Inca's wealthiest families.

Our afternoon tour begins at a working alpaca

farm. We then visit the colonial city of Pisac,

well known for its colourful Indian market (a

great place for souvenir shopping) and its

colonial church. Later we visit the Inca

fortress of Ollantaytambo where stone

staircases and terraces lead to an inner

temple. As we walk through the town's narrow

streets we'll see the Inca period structures.

SACRED VALLEY. We visit the historic sites

of Moray and Maras to see the magnificent

series of terraced circles that were built for

experimenting with plant cultivation.

MACHU PICCHU / CUSCO. We take a train

to the incredible mountaintop ruins of Machu

Picchu. At the peak a guided walking tour will

give us an idea of what the city must have

looked like centuries ago. At one time it was a

flourishing ceremonial and agricultural site,

and today it remains a beautiful jewel in a

remarkable setting between two peaks of the

Andes. We return to Cusco by train.

CUSCO. Our full day tour begins at

Saqsayhuaman, an ancient fortress which

was likely a religious construction for

cosmology veneration (although some

investigators believe it had a military

function). The huge size of the construction

here has baffled historians. We then drive to

San Blas. Known as the neighborhood of the

artisans, it is one Cuzco’s most picturesque

places. From here we enjoy a leisurely

walking tour of the old town of Cuzco in which

we will see an important Inca temple, the

impressive cathedral and La Merced Church.

LIMA. We fly to Lima and transfer to our

hotel. Afternoon at leisure. This evening is our

Farewell Dinner. Late in the evening we

transfer to the airport for our flight home.

DAY 16 HOME. Arrival back in Canada.

73.


ECUADOR

ADVENTURE

• QUITO • CUENCA

• THE HIGHLANDS • THE JUNGLE

74.

T

he South American country of Ecuador is

a land of contrasts with incredible beauty and

very friendly people. The Andean Mountains

with its magnificent landscape, the Amazon

jungle with its intense bio-diversity and the

delightful Pacific coastline all combine to

tantalize visitors, and so Ecuador is emerging

as one of the most popular tourist destinations

in South America. The affordability of a holiday

here adds to the appeal.

Our tour begins in Quito. Ecuador’s capital not

only boasts the largest concentration of

Spanish colonial architecture in South

America, but it’s location high in the Andes

gives it one of the most beautiful natural

settings of any capital city in the world. Here

we will see the wonderful baroque churches,

monasteries and museums. The "Casco

Colonial" is a UNESCO World Cultural

Heritage Site.

From Quito we travel to the Highlands, and in

particular the province of Imbabura - known as

the "land of lakes". Our sightseeing will take in

the incredible natural scenery, picturesque

villages, indigenous people and the world

famous handicraft market of Otavalo. We will

also see the incredible Cotopaxi Volcano,

famous for its perfect conical shape, as we

travel through the legendary Avenue of

Volcanoes.

From the Highlands we travel to the jungle of

the Ecuadorian Amazon, one of the richest

natural eco-systems in the world. We will be

comfortably housed in a jungle lodge, located

on 200 acres of primary rainforest along one of

the Amazon’s tributaries. In the rainforest are

• 15 DAYS • FEBRUARY 6 - 20

thousands of species of birds, butterflies,

amphibians, mammals and an endless variety of

flora.

After our fascinating stay in the jungle we will

travel to the beautiful colonial city of Cuenca, a

UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site and

birthplace of the Panama Hat. Cuenca’s

cobblestone streets, winding rivers, graceful

ironwork balconies and beautiful gardens are

part of the pleasant atmosphere of this historical

city.

This tour is suitable only for the fit and

adventurous traveller who enjoys walking.

HOLIDAY INCLUSIONS

• Flights with American Airlines

• First Class and moderate accommodation

• Full breakfast and dinner daily

• PLUS ALL TOUR INCLUSIONS on Page 1

COSTS

per person, double occupancy, from Toronto

or Montreal ... $3797

Single Supplement - $690

*** Add-ons below include an overnight in

Toronto or Montreal before the tour.

From Ottawa add $190 (includes round-trip

transportation to Trudeau Airport, Montreal)

From Halifax or Winnipeg add $650

Vancouver, Edmonton or Calgary add $850


TENTATIVE ITINERARY FOR ECUADOR ADVENTURE

DAY 1

DEPARTURE. We depart for Quito via Miami.

Upon arrival we transfer to our hotel.

jungle lodge or participating in one of the free

optional guided tours provided by the lodge.

DAY 2

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DAY 6

DAY 7

DAY 8

QUITO. Our tour of Quito includes the colonial

center, the Compania Church (one of the richest

in the Americas), Independence Square, the

Government Palace and the main Cathedral.

We also visit the Equatorial Museum which

depicts the culture of the indigenous groups

around the world who live along the Equator. At

the museum you can stand with one foot in each

hemisphere. Later we visit the Cacao Chocolate

Factory to learn about this famous Ecuadorian

product and enjoy a sampling.

OTAVALO. Our first stop is the town of Calderón

to visit the famous bread-dough handicrafts

workshop. Then we proceed through changing

landscapes to Imbabura Province and the city of

Otavalo, to stroll through the famous colourful

handicraft market. After visiting a weaving

workshop in Peguche we continue to the city of

Cotacachi to shop for fine leather goods.

COTOPAXI. We’ll take the Pan-American

Highway through a series of small villages and

delightful landscapes as we head towards the

Cotopaxi Volcano. Its perfect conic shape

highlights the beauty of the legendary “Avenue

of Volcanoes”, as this part of the Ecuadorian

Andes is known. A short easy hike will allow us

to experience the impressive geology, flora and

birdlife that is protected by the National Park.

BAñOS. We proceed through the Avenue of

Volcanoes and stop at the Salasca indigenous

handicraft market before we continue down the

waterfall route into the Amazon Basin. A cable

car adventure and a hike down to the bottom of

the Devil’s Caldron waterfall are optional. Later

we’ll enjoy a panoramic tour in Baños.

THE JUNGLE. We descend from the highlands

to the tropical forest and arrive at our jungle

lodge, Misahualli Lodge, for a 3-night stay. After

settling into we will visit a native community

located on the banks of the Napo River and

learn about the life of the local people.

THE JUNGLE. Today is a highlight of the tour.

Our native guide will take us for a guided walk

through the rainforest and we’ll learn about the

jungle’s incredible variety of flora, fauna and

medicinal plants. Many of Ecuador's Amazonian

plants, animals and insects were only

discovered within the last few decades. We

return to our hotel via the Ola Vida Waterfall,

where those who wish may take a dip in the

refreshing waters.

THE JUNGLE. Today you can choose between

a day at leisure to enjoy the facilities of our

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RIOBAMBA. We travel to the city of

Riobamba, perched up in the Andes and

surrounded by volcanoes. We will pass by

Urbina where we can learn more about the

llamas and the alpacas, and enjoy the view from

the Chimborazo Volcano.

RAIL TO CUENCA VIA INGAPIRCA. Another

highlight as we board a single gauge train that

will take us through incredible mountain scenery

and into the “Devil’s Nose”, a geographical

formation that leads the train up switchbacks on

the cliffs of the Andes. After the train journey we

proceed to Cuenca via Ingapirca, Ecuador’s

best preserved and most important Inca Site.

CUENCA. Our tour of Cuenca begins with a

stroll through the cobbled streets of this

beautiful World Cultural Heritage city. This

colonial jewel has many picturesque squares,

balconies, churches, an incredible pink marble

cathedral and people wearing traditional

colourful costumes - a feast for the

photographer! We will enjoy a museum visit, a

panoramic view of the city from Turi Hill and a

visit to a factory that makes the traditonal

Ecuadorian hats - a symbol of the country.

CUENCA / EL CAJAS / PUERTO LOPEZ. We

drive to El Cajas National Park, world renowned

for its lake system of over 300 lakes. Here we

will do an easy hike on Llaviuco Lake, and enjoy

the bird watching and beautiful landscapes.

After the hike we begin our descent to sea level

and you’ll be amazed by the rapid and

contrasting change of landscape and weather

as we pass from the highlands to the cloud

forest and then through tropical banana

plantations We arrive in Puerto Lopez, a lovely

seaside village, for a 2-night stay.

LA ISLA DE LA PLATA / PUERTO LOPEZ. This

morning we depart for a private boat ride to La

Isla de la Plata, known as “Galapagos’ Little

Sister”, as some of the same bird species are

found on this island (blue footed boobies, black

mask boobies, frigates, Vermilion Flycatcher

etc). On our guided walking tour we will spot

some of these local birds and enjoy the

breathtaking views. There will also be an

opportunity to snorkel and enjoy the marine life

and coral reefs surrounding the island.

QUITO. We take the coastal route back to Quito,

enjoying views of the beautiful turquoise waters

and beaches, and the impressive volcanoes

around Quito. Tonight is our Farewell Dinner.

DAY 15 HOME. We fly home via Miami.

75.


INCREDIBLE

INDIA

• 16 DAYS • FEBRUARY 20 - MARCH 7

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ncredible India has recently become

one of the most popular tourist destinations

in the world. A feast for all the senses, it is a

vivid kaleidoscope of magnificent historical

sites and royal cities, medieval forts and

palaces, golden beaches and misty

mountains, colorful people, lively festivals

and rich culture. From the moment you set

foot in India you will be greeted by a graceful

Namaste, a gesture that denotes both

welcome and respect. Always warm and

inviting, India is a place of infinite variety,

diversity and fascination.

While this new and exciting program will

focus on “real India” experiences, we will

also visit many of India’s major highlights:

Delhi - the capital city is a rich tapestry of

contrasts that is characteristic of this

complex land; Varanasi - the holiest place in

India located on the sacred River Ganges;

Khajuraho - a treasure trove of impressive

temples; Agra - home to the romantic and

awe-inspiring Taj Mahal; the enchanting pink

city of Jaipur; Udaipur - with its glittering

lakes and palaces; and finally Mumbai -

India’s bustling port city that reflects both

British and Indian history in its ornate Raj

architecture.

To enrich our in-depth experience, we have

included a variety of unique attractions: a

Cultural Dance performance; a cooking

demonstration of local specialties; a play

depicting the love story behind the Taj

Mahal; a Bollywood movie at the best Hindi

cinema in the country; a beautiful Sound &

Light show; serene boat trips; exciting

rickshaw rides and a train journey on the

Shatabdi Express.

Our hotels in India are all four or five stars

with the comforts and standards of North

American hotels, including two special

overnight stays at Heritage listed properties;

Chomu Palace - a 300 year old fortified

palace now converted into a stunning hotel,

and Sardargarh - one of the most magnificent

medieval castles in Rajasthan with grand

entrances and gateways, imposing arches,

domes, balconies and cannons.

We recommend this tour for only

experienced travellers who are fit and active.

HOLIDAY INCLUSIONS

• Flights with Air France (via Paris)

• Deluxe and First Class accommodation

• Full breakfast & dinner daily, (except for 2 days

on which lunch is included instead of dinner)

• Visa fees (arrangements through our office)

• PLUS ALL TOUR INCLUSIONS on Page 1

COSTS

per person, double occupancy, from Toronto

or Montreal ... $4997

Single Supplement - $990

From Ottawa add $150 (includes round-trip

transportation to Trudeau Airport, Montreal)

From Winnipeg or Halifax add $590

Vancouver, Calgary or Edmonton add $790

Passengers from western gateways - for an

additional $79 p.p. double occupancy

($139 single) you may choose to overnight in

Toronto before or after the tour.


TENTATIVE ITINERARY FOR INDIA

DAY 1

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DAY 8

DEPARTURE. We depart for Delhi, with a change

of planes en route in Paris.

DELHI. Upon arrival in Delhi in the evening we are

met and transferred to our hotel.

OLD & NEW DELHI. Our tour begins with 300-yearold

Chandni Chowk Market, a maze of lanes

crowded with shops selling a huge variety of items,

to experience the hustle and bustle of a typical

Indian market. Next we visit Jama Masjid - India's

largest mosque, and Raj Ghat - a simple and

beautiful memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. We take an

unforgettable rickshaw ride through Old Delhi

ending at the Red Fort - Delhi’s most famous

landmark. Later we visit Qutab Minar, a monument

built in 1199 to symbolize the supremacy of Islam.

We also drive pass India Gate, the Presidential

Palace and Parliament House. This evening is our

Welcome Dinner at one of Delhi’s finest restaurants.

VARANASI. We fly to Varanasi. One of the world's

oldest cities, this has been the Hindu religious

capital since the dawn of history, so there are

thousands of temples and shrines. We visit Sarnath

where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon, and

we also see Dharmarajika Stupa, Mulgandha Kuti

Vihar Temples and the Archeological Museum with

its extensive collection of Buddhist sculptures. This

evening we witness the spectacular site of Arti of

Ganges (collective nightly prayer to the river).

VARANASI / KHAJURAHO. We take an early

morning boat ride on the sacred River Ganges.

Here thousands of pilgrims descend the steps to the

river and immerse themselves in the sacred waters,

washing away their sins - rites that can be deeply

moving to witness. We then walk the narrow lanes

of Varanasi. Throughout history millions have

passed these lanes seeking "Nirvana" at the river.

Later we fly to Khajuraho, and visit the most famous

temples of Khajuraho including the largest,

Kandariya Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.

ORCHHA / AGRA. We drive to Orchha, a medieval

riverside temple town, to explore the 16th and 17th

century palaces and temples, still in pristine

condition. After lunch we travel to Agra aboard the

Shatabdi Express train.

AGRA (TAJ MAHAL). Our Tonga (Horse Carriage)

takes us to the world famous Taj Mahal, built by

Shah Jahan in 1620 for his queen to enshrine her

mortal remains. Later we tour Agra Fort, an

excellent example of Mughal architecture

combining defensive features with beauty and

design. This evening we attend “The Taj Show”, a

play depicting the immortal love of the Emperor for

his Queen, and the lavish lifestyle of the Mughals.

CHOMU PALACE. We travel through Rajasthan,

with its colourful small villages and traditional

farming with oxen. Keep an eye out for working

camels and elephants. We visit Fatehpur Sikri, a

well-preserved 16th century city that was once the

centre of Moghul power in India. We then proceed

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to the Chomu Palace, a 300-year-old fortified

palace now converted into a fabulous hotel. This

evening we enjoy a lively dance performance.

JAIPUR. We drive to Jaipur where our tour includes

the Maharaja’s Palace and Jantar Mantar, the

largest stone and marble crafted observatory in the

world. We end our day with a Bollywood movie at

Raj Mandir, designed in 1976 in Art Deco style. The

cinema is known for its size and opulent interior.

JAIPUR. This morning we take an elephant ride up

to the Amber Fort, which offers fantastic views over

the hills of Rajasthan. The Fort looks rugged and

time-ravaged on the outside, but the interior is

splendid with paintings, precious stones and

mirrors. We also see the famous façade of Hawa

Mahal (Palace of the Winds). Afternoon at leisure.

SARDARGARH. We depart for one of the most

magnificent medieval castles in Rajasthan,

Sardargarh Fort, built by a powerful noble in 1730 in

grand architectural style with huge entrances and

gateways, and imposing arches and domes. We will

spend the night in this magnificent medieval fort,

now converted into a Heritage hotel.

UDAIPUR. We continue to the romantic city of

Udaipur, where we first attend a special cooking

demonstration of Indian specialties, followed by

lunch. We then take a boat ride on Lake Pichola,

surrounded by splendid hills, palaces, temples and

bathing ghats. We visit the island palace of Jag

Mandir set beautifully in the lake. This evening we

enjoy the Sound & Light Show in the City Palace, a

delightful play with narration of historic events.

UDAIPUR. Our city tour includes the City Palace,

now a museum overlooking the lake. Nearby is

Jagdish Temple with its sculpted figures and

ornamental interiors. We finish at Sahelion-ki-bari

(Garden of the Maids of Honour) - the scene of

royal parties for centuries. Afternoon at leisure.

Dinner this evening will be at a local restaurant that

will transport you back to the 19th century with

fountains, pergolas and lily pools alongside

beautiful views of Fateh Sagar Lake.

MUMBAI. We fly to Mumbai (formerly Bombay).

Later we visit the Prince of Wales Museum, a

Victorian Gothic style stone building surrounded by

a beautiful garden. This grand structure houses a

priceless collection of art, sculpture and much

more. This evening’s Farewell Dinner will be at one

of the Mumbai’s most famous restaurants.

MUMBAI. Our city tour begins at the Gateway of

India, commemorating the visit by George V in

1911. Then we stop at the Jain Temples before

heading up to Malabar Hill via the Tower of Silence.

We visit the Hanging Gardens, built over Bombay's

reservoir, and Dhobhi Ghat - the incredible Indian

laundry system. Afternoon at leisure. We depart in

the late evening for the airport.

DAY 16 HOME. We fly home via Paris.

77.


S O U T H A F R I C A

Plus Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)

and Chobe National Park (Botswana)

• 21 DAYS • MARCH 6 - 26

I

t is universally accepted that South

Africa is one of the world’s most beautiful

countries, and after your first visit we are sure

you will agree. The incredible scenic beauty

includes nearly 2,000 miles of beautiful

coastline, snow capped mountains and

tropical splendour. The magnificent National

Parks and game reserves boast an

unparalleled diversity of wild life. Other

features that make this destination so

desirable include a wonderful climate,

ancient forts and historic monuments, tribal

dancing, museums and art galleries. Above

all, South Africa's hospitality is legendary.

In addition to our tour of South Africa’s

highlights we will also visit Victoria Falls

(Zimbabwe) and safari in Chobe National

Park (Botswana). Victoria Falls are the

largest waterfalls in the world (they are

3 times as wide and twice as high as Niagara

Falls), and the spray can be seen 20 miles

away! Chobe National Park is world

renowned for its splendid and unique variety

of wildlife.

So join us on this remarkable adventure and

experience the diversity and beauty that is

South Africa.

This tour is suitable only for the fit and active

traveller.

HOLIDAY INCLUSIONS

• Flights with Air Canada and South African

Airways

• First class accommodation

• Full breakfast and dinner daily (except for

the first night in New York), plus 9 lunches

• All visa fees and arrangements

• PLUS ALL TOUR INCLUSIONS on Page 1

COSTS

per person, double occupancy, from Toronto,

Montreal or Ottawa ... $10197

Single Supplement ... $990

From Halifax, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton

or Vancouver add $190

78.


TENTATIVE ITINERARY FOR SOUTH AFRICA

DAY 1

DAY 2

DAY 3

DAY 4

DAY 5

DAY 6

DAY 7

DAY 8

DAY 9

DAY 10

DAY 11

DEPART / NEW YORK. We depart for New York,

where we will overnight near JFK airport.

DEPART. Morning departure for Johannesburg.

JOHANNESBURG. We arrive in Johannesburg

and transfer to our Country Hotel on the outskirts

of the city. This evening we enjoy Welcome

Cocktails and our Welcome Dinner.

JOHANNESBURG & SOWETO. We start with a

tour of Johannesburg and a visit to the Apartheid

Museum. In the afternoon we visit the township

of Soweto, the most populous black urban

residential area in the country. Soweto sets the

trends for South Africa in politics, fashion, music,

dance and language. You will never forget your

visit here.

CHOBE. We fly to Chobe and upon arrival

transfer to a safari lodge near Chobe National

Park. The park is home to a splendid variety of

wildlife, including hippo and elephants that troll

the river paths to drink.

CHOBE. On our morning game drive we enjoy

the wonderful surroundings of wild Africa! In the

afternoon we take a boat ride along the

riverbanks and get up close and personal with

the bounty of Chobe as we view herds of Kudu,

waterbuck and possibly elephants coming to the

river to drink.

VICTORIA FALLS. We proceed to our Lodge at

Victoria Falls. Dinner is a special African

experience.

VICTORIA FALLS. We enjoy a morning tour of

the Falls - a sight to behold! Afternoon at leisure.

This evening is a sunset cruise on the Zambezi

River.

JOHANNESBURG. We fly back to Johannesburg

and transfer to our hotel. Afternoon at leisure.

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK AREA. We drive to

the world-renowned Kruger National Park area -

wildlife viewing at its best! The park offers the

nature lover an experience in beauty, tranquility

and variety not found anywhere else in the world.

En route to the park we enjoy a tour to the

majestic Blyde River Canyon to see God’s

Window and Bourke’s Luck Potholes - true

natural wonders! Our hotel is located just

outside the Park.

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK. A full day of game

viewing in open safari vehicles. We start early in

the morning, the best time to find the world's

largest variety of wildlife including the Big Five

(lion, elephant, rhino, leopard and buffalo),

hippo, cheetah, giraffe, zebra and crocodile. The

park is also home to more than 400 bird species.

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KRUGER NATIONAL PARK AREA. A morning

at leisure to enjoy the various activities at the

hotel. Relax by the pool, do some game or bird

watching or take a nature walk. Later we depart

for our evening game drive to see if we can

catch some nocturnal animals in the spotlight.

GARDEN ROUTE. We return to Johannesburg

for our flight to George, on South Africa's fabled

Garden Route. Our hotel overlooks the ocean.

GARDEN ROUTE. Today we travel to

Oudtshoorn to visit a local ostrich farm where

the more adventurous may ride one! Then we

visit the Cango Caves, whose beauty will leave

a lasting impression. There will be some time at

leisure in the afternoon to enjoy the ocean and

facilities of our beachfront hotel. Tonight we

enjoy dinner with a South African family.

GARDEN ROUTE. We travel to the quaint

seaside town of Knysna and enjoy the peaceful

ambience of the town and its waterfront. We

take a ferry ride to the Featherbed Nature

Reserve, a privately owned reserve dedicated to

the protection of the flora of the Garden Route.

We enjoy a sumptuous lunch at the reserve.

Dinner is at a special seafood restaurant.

GARDEN ROUTE / CAPE TOWN. Our Garden

Route drive takes us along the coast, around

lakes, mountains, golden beaches and cliffs - an

enchanting drive with a romantic history. We

arrive in Cape Town and take a cable car ride up

Table Mountain for panoramic views.

CAPE TOWN. A full day tour to Cape Point.

After a boat ride to Seal Island we continue

south to Cape Point and the Cape of Good

Hope. We will see the colonies of seals and

penguins in their natural environment. The

abundant flora here includes South Africa's

national flower, the King Protea.

CAPE TOWN. A Winelands tour through lovely

scenery of vineyards, oak shaded rivers and old

Dutch colonial homes. We enjoy a tasting in a

wine cellar and lunch at a private estate. In

Stellenbosch we visit the Village Museum.

CAPE TOWN. Our tour of Cape Town shows us

the Malay Quarter, the South Africa Museum,

the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and more.

Afternoon at leisure to shop and people watch at

the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront area. Tonight is

our Farewell Dinner.

CAPE TOWN. Time at leisure to explore this

beautiful city on your own, before our afternoon

departure to the airport for our flight home.

DAY 21 HOME. We change planes in London and

continue our journey back to Canada.

79.


AUSTRALIA

THE CLASSIC TOUR

80.

A

ustralia is a vast and breathtaking

continent with lush green rainforests,

endless white sandy beaches, snowy

mountain ranges and unspoiled tropical

islands. The “Land Downunder” also boasts

a unique array of wildlife, from Kangaroos

and Koalas, to Dingos and Dugongs, to

Wallabies and Wombats ... and on this tour

we will have a chance to see them all.

Beyond the impressive natural attractions,

the lively cosmopolitan cities offer a great

variety of interesting sites and activities, and

of course the outgoing friendliness of the

Australian people is legendary.

Our tour begins in beautiful Brisbane,

known as the “River City”, where we enjoy a

scenic river cruise and visit Australia’s oldest

and largest Koala sanctuary. We then fly to

tropical Cairns for a catamaran cruise to the

famous Great Barrier Reef - comprised of

over 3000 individual reef systems and coral

cays, the abundance of marine life here is

breathtaking. In Cairns we also enjoy a

scenic train ride to Kuranda and take a high

flying cable car over the enchanting rain

forest.

No tour to Australia should bypass the

Outback - the red heart of this country, so

from Cairns we will fly to Ayers Rock, an

ancient monolith that has been a sacred

spot for the Aboriginal people for centuries.

At Ayers Rock we will witness the dramatic

changing of colours during an unforgettable

evening sunset. We then travel by coach to

Alice Springs to visit the Royal Flying

Doctor’s base and Telegraph Station.

After our Outback experience we head to

the exciting city of Melbourne. Recognized

as the cultural centre of Australia,

• 18 DAYS • MARCH 25 - APRIL 11

Melbourne charms visitors with its inviting

parks and gardens, wide tree-lined

boulevards, modern architecture and

beautiful historic buildings. From here we

will take a cruise to Phillip Island to see the

delightful Fairy Penguins, ride an historic

steam train and tour the local vineyards.

We end our tour in Sydney, certainly one of

the most beautiful cities in the world and

home of the famous Sydney Opera House.

Our visit will include a city tour and a

delightful cruise in the famous harbour.

This tour is suitable only for the fit and active

traveller.

HOLIDAY INCLUSIONS

• Flights with Air Canada and Qantas

- the airline of Australia

• Superior and First Class accommodation

• Full breakfast daily, 12 dinners

and 3 lunches

• PLUS ALL TOUR INCLUSIONS on Page 1

COSTS

per person, double occupancy, from Toronto,

Montreal, Ottawa, Halifax or Winnipeg

... $10497

Single Supplement - $1990

From Edmonton, Vancouver or Calgary

deduct $200


TENTATIVE ITINERARY FOR AUSTRALIA

DAY 1

DAY 2

DAY 3

DAY 4

DAY 5

DAY 6

DAY 7

DAY 8

DAY 9

DEPARTURE. We depart for Brisbane, Australia.

We lose a day crossing the International Dateline.

BRISBANE. We arrive in Brisbane, capital of the

Sunshine State of Queensland. After our transfer

to the hotel, the remainder of the day is at leisure

until our Welcome Dinner this evening.

BRISBANE. On our city tour we’ll see prominent

buildings like Parliament House, St. John’s

Cathedral and Treasury Casino. We will also enjoy

a river cruise past Story Bridge and Kangaroo

Point Cliffs to the colourful South Bank, viewing

historic buildings such as the magnificent

sandstone Customs House. After our cruise we

take a ride on the Wheel of Brisbane for

spectacular views of the city.

BRISBANE. This morning we visit Lone Pine

Koala Sanctuary, where you will have the

opportunity to cuddle a koala - a wonderfully

moving experience. Australia’s oldest and largest

Koala sanctuary, Lone Pine is also the home to

other unique Australian fauna such as kangaroos,

wallabies and wombats. On our way back to

Brisbane we visit Mt. Coot-tha Lookout to take in

the spectacular views of the Great Dividing Range

to the west and Moreton Bay Islands to the east.

CAIRNS. We fly to Cairns, the heart of the

Tropical North and gateway to some of Australia’s

most unique experiences.

CAIRNS / GREAT BARRIER REEF. One of the

world’s largest sailing catamarans will take us to

Michaelmas Cay on the Outer Great Barrier Reef.

On the way out there will be onboard educational

presentations by trained biologists. At the reef

there is a beautiful coral cay to stroll on and a

choice of additional ways to explore the area. You

may wish to take a guided snorkeling expedition,

or view the fish and coral from a semisubmersible.

A wonderful seafood lunch is

provided before returning to Cairns under sail.

CAIRNS / KURANDA. We board a train for a

scenic rail tour through the beautiful Atherton

Tablelands to Kuranda, a magnificent area known

for its lush tropical trees and flowers. In Kuranda

we visit the Rainforest and Koala Wildlife Park,

including an “army duck” vehicle tour, and

“Dreamtime Walk” with the local aboriginal people.

A delicious BBQ lunch and dance performance

are included. Our day ends on the Skyrail for a

delightful cable car ride over the rainforest canopy.

AYERS ROCK. We fly to the site of the world's

greatest monolith - Ayers Rock, also known as the

“Red Heart” of Australia. We first venture into the

scenic Outback to see The Olgas, a jumble of 30

impressive monoliths in a ridge across the red

desert plain. This evening we will enjoy sparkling

wine and canapés while watching a spectacular

sunset, followed by an authentic Australian BBQ

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under the canopy of the desert night. After dinner

it’s time for stargazing, as our star talker takes us

on a tour of the wondrous southern night sky.

AYERS ROCK / ALICE SPRINGS. An early

morning call is available for those who wish to

view the sunrise on Ayers Rock. We take a

morning walk at the base of the rock, and visit the

nearby caves. Later we drive to Alice Springs.

ALICE SPRINGS / MELBOURNE. Founded in

1872, Alice was a telegraph station linking

Australia to the rest of the world. Today it is the

base for the famous Outback cattle stations. We

will visit the Royal Flying Doctor Base and the

Overland Telegraph Station, site of the original

Alice. Later we fly to Melbourne. This evening we

have a unique dinner onboard the world’s only

tramcar restaurant - we dine while leisurely

travelling along Melbourne’s grand boulevards.

MELBOURNE / PHILLIP ISLAND. Our city tour

shows us some of Melbourne’s famous parks and

gardens, including the Royal Botanic and Fitzroy

Gardens. We also see modern architecture

blending with charming historic buildings such as

Captain Cook’s cottage, the Old Customs House,

Shrine of Remembrance and Princes Theatre.

This afternoon we leave the city and proceed to

Phillip Island to witness the sunset ritual of the

fairy penguin parade, in which hundreds of

penguins emerge from the sea and waddle up the

beach to their nests. We enjoy a fresh seafood

dinner before returning to Melbourne.

MELBOURNE. Today we ride the restored Puffing

Billy Steam Train as it chugs its way through lush

ferns and towering timbers of the picturesque

Dandenong Ranges, while indulging in a

traditional Billy Tea and Lamington cakes. We will

tour the Yarra Valley’s gorgeous vineyards before

visiting a winery to sample some local wines.

MELBOURNE. At leisure to explore Melbourne.

Shop or visit one of the numerous attractions.

SYDNEY. Today we fly to Sydney, Australia’s most

populous, beautiful and exciting city.

SYDNEY. Our city tour will show us the Rocks

area (Sydney's birthplace), the magnificent Opera

House, beautiful South Head where the harbour

meets the Pacific, Vaucluse House where the

Australian Constitution was signed, and Mrs.

Macquarie's Chair for spectacular city and harbour

views. Later we take a cruise of Sydney Harbour -

a perfect way to see the impressive Opera House,

beaches and lavish waterfront homes.

SYDNEY. A day at leisure to enjoy the sights and

sounds of the city, perhaps take a ferry to visit the

zoo or enjoy strolling the picturesque harbor.

HOME. This morning we transfer to the airport for

our flight home to Canada.

81.


NEW ZEALAND

BY RAIL, SEA AND LAND

• 18 DAYS • MARCH 9 - 26

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N

ew Zealand is a country known for its

incredible scenery, hospitable people and

exceptional quality of life. What better way to

see this magnificent country than by a

combination of stunning rail journeys, exciting

cruises and scenic coach touring. On this

unique tour we will enjoy the geological

wonders, picturesque beaches and traditional

Maori culture that defines the North Island;

and revel at the rugged peaks, deep fjords

and rural atmosphere of the South Island.

On the North Island we will travel aboard the

Overlander Train, enabling us to view the

snowcapped peaks, plummeting gorges,

sprawling plains and the famous Raurimu

Spiral (an engineering masterpiece).

On the South Island, the TranzCostal train is

considered one of the world’s most scenic

train journeys as it snakes through 22 tunnels

and over 175 bridges. We will cross the great

Canterbury plains on the TranzAlpine and

follow the Waimakariri River into the

magnificent Southern Alps. Dunedin’s

prestige tourist train, the Taieri Gorge Rail,

will take us on a spellbinding journey across

wrought iron viaducts and through tunnels

carved by hand more than 100 years ago.

This tour will also include some wonderful

adventures on the sea. In the Bay of Islands

we will cruise crystal waters to Cape Brett

Lighthouse and the famous “Hole in the

Rock”. From Wellington, the inter-island ferry

will take us through the picturesque

Marlborough and Queen Charlotte Sounds to

the South Island. An evening steamship ride

on the TSS Earnslaw across Lake Wakatipu

will take us to a special farm house dinner

and wine tasting. One of the most scenic

cruises will be on Milford Sound in Fjordland

National Park, an opportunity to view Bowen

Falls and towering Mitre Peak. Our final

cruise will be along the beautiful Otago

peninsula, home to an exciting diversity of

wildlife including fur seals, dolphins, sea

lions, penguins, albatorss and other rarely

seen ocean birds

So join us on this unique tour of one of the

most beautiful countries in the world. This

tour is suitable only for the fit and active

traveller.

HOLIDAY INCLUSIONS

• Flights with Air New Zealand and Air Canada

• Superior and First Class accommodation

• Full breakfast daily, 13 dinners & 3 lunches

• PLUS ALL TOUR INCLUSIONS on Page 1

COSTS

per person, double occupancy, from Toronto,

Montreal or Ottawa ... $9197

Single Supplement - $1290

From Halifax add $290

From Winnipeg deduct $100

From Calgary or Edmonton deduct $300

From Vancouver deduct $500


TENTATIVE ITINERARY FOR NEW ZEALAND

DAY 1

DAY 2

DAY 3

DAY 4

DAY 5

DAY 6

DAY 7

DAY 8

DAY 9

DAY 10

DAY 11

DEPARTURE. We depart for Auckland, with a

change of planes in Vancouver.

Crossing the International Date Line.

AUCKLAND. We arrive in Auckland and transfer

to our hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure until

our Welcome Dinner this evening.

BAY OF ISLANDS We travel north to see the

Kauri Tree - one of the world’s tallest at 50 metres,

and to visit the Kauri Museum - an interactive

cultural experience. We proceed to the beautiful

Bay of Islands for a 2-night stay.

BAY OF ISLANDS. This morning we cruise

through the scenic waters of the Bay of Islands to

Cape Brett Lighthouse and through the famous

‘Hole in the Rock’ (weather permitting). Then we

visit the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds, home to

New Zealand’s founding document as a nation.

Afternoon at leisure to explore this beautiful area.

AUCKLAND. Enjoy the scenery as we travel by

coach back to Auckland where we will have a city

tour, including the must-see Kelly Tarlton’s

Underwater World. We overnight in Auckland.

ROTORUA. We head south through some of New

Zealand’s most fertile farmland to Matamata,

where we visit the remnants of the original

Hobbiton Movie Set from “Lord of the Rings”. We

then visit an authentic sheep and dairy farm, and

indulge in a traditional kiwi barbecue lunch before

proceeding to Rotorua - heartland of Maori culture.

ROTORUA. We begin with a gondola ride to

Skyrides Restaurant for a buffet breakfast and

spectacular views. We then visit Rainbow Springs

Nature Park, a native wildlife park where you can

hand feed the trout and have a “Kiwi Encounter”.

We continue to see the bubbling mud pools and

thermal geyser and meet the local Maori people at

the Te Puia Thermal Village. The afternoon is free

to either soak in the thermal hot springs or explore

more of Rotorua. This evening we enjoy a hangi, a

traditional Maori feast prepared in pits the way

their forefathers did centuries ago. Traditional

Maori music and war dances are part of the fun!

OVERLANDER RAIL / WELLINGTON. We travel

along the Thermal Explorer Highway to

spectacular Huka Falls. Continue to Lake Taupo

for some free time to enjoy this scenic lakeside

town. Later we board the Overlander Train and

travel through Tongariro National Park, where we

see snowcapped peaks, traversing gorges,

sprawling plains and the world famous Raurimu

Spiral, before arriving in Wellington, New

Zealand’s capital.

WELLINGTON. This morning we visit Te Papa,

New Zealand’s national museum, and enjoy a tour

of the “best little capital city in the world”. Afternoon

at leisure to explore friendly Wellington.

FERRY TO SOUTH ISLAND / TRANZCOASTAL

RAIL / CHRISTCHURCH. We cruise through

DAY 12

DAY 13

DAY 14

DAY 15

DAY 16

DAY 17

DAY 18

picturesque Marlborough and Queen Charlotte

Sounds on the inter-island ferry to the South

Island. Here we board one of the world's most

scenic train journeys, the TranzCoastal, and

journey through 22 tunnels and cross 175 bridges.

We travel along the Pacific Ocean, through some

of New Zealand’s finest horticultural and farmland

areas, and see amazing wildlife such as dolphins,

seals and penguins from the comfort of our train

carriage. We disembark and continue by coach to

Christchurch.

TRANZALPINE RAIL / FRANZ JOSEF. Today’s

unforgettable journey is aboard the TranzAlpine

rail, a spectacular trip through the Canterbury

Plains, and along scenic river valleys into the

majestic Southern Alps. We disembark and

continue to the impressive Franz Josef Glacier for

an opportunity to take a scenic helicopter flight

with snow landing (optional / weather permitting).

QUEENSTOWN. We travel through sub-tropical

rainforest to view the spectacular Thunder Creek

Falls and continue to the small mountain town of

Wanaka. We arrive in picturesque Queenstown

and our hotel overlooking Lake Wakatipu.

QUEENSTOWN. At leisure in Queenstown. There

are many activities available. This evening we

board a vintage steamship and cruise across Lake

Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station, where we are

treated to the best of New Zealand’s high country

cuisine. After dinner we enjoy a short farm tour,

then return to Queenstown.

MILFORD SOUND CRUISE / TE ANAU. Today we

journey through breathtaking Fjordland National

Park to Milford Sound for an unforgettable cruise.

We see the spectacular Bowen Falls, towering

Mitre Peak and enjoy an international buffet lunch

on board. We overnight in lakeside Te Anau.

DUNEDIN. We travel by coach to Dunedin, and

upon arrival we enjoy a sightseeing tour including

a visit to Larnach Castle, known for its unique

architecture and fascinating (and sometimes

scandalous!) history. We then embark on a wildlife

cruise along the Otago Peninsula where we see

the world’s only mainland nesting place for the

Northern Royal Albatross. Tonight will be a

Scottish feast with a special Haggis Ceremony.

TAIERI GORGE RAIL / DUNEDIN. This morning

we board Dunedin’s prestige tourist train, Taieri

Gorge Rail, for a journey through the rugged and

spectacular Taieri River Gorge, across viaducts

and through tunnels carved by hand more than

100 years ago. The afternoon is at leisure until our

Farewell Dinner tonight at Speights Brewery, home

of the South Island’s legendary beer.

AUCKLAND / HOME. This morning we fly to

Auckland for an included lunch and excursion to

Howick Historic Village, a living museum with 30

original colonial buildings. Later we return to the

airport for our flight home via Vancouver.

83.


CRUISES 2014

(as previously advertised)

The following cruise programs have all been described in detail

in one of our previous brochures.

Should you wish a detailed description of any of these

programs, please call our office.

All prices listed are for Toronto departures.

SPECIAL VALUE 8-DAY CARIBBEAN CRUISE on the Royal Princess

Departs February 16 and March 16. $2397 (inside cabin) - $3097 (balcony cabin)

•U.S. Virgin Islands •St. Maarten •Princess Cays

EASTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISE on the Emerald Princess

11 days. Departs February 17 and March 9. $2797 (inside cabin) - $3597 (balcony cabin)

•Princess Cays •U.S. Virgin Islands •St. Kitts •Barbados •St. Lucia •Antigua

SOUTHERN CARIBBEAN CRUISE on the Emerald Princess

11 days. Departs February 7 and March 19. $2997 (inside cabin) - $3797 (balcony cabin)

•Aruba •Bonaire •Grenada •Dominica •U.S. Virgin Islands •Princess Cays

FULL PANAMA CANAL CRUISE on the Island Princess

16 days departing January 31 and February 15. $4597 (inside cabin) - $5497 (balcony cabin)

•Aruba •Cartagena •Panama Canal (full crossing) •Costa Rica •Guatemala

PARTIAL PANAMA CANAL CRUISE on the Coral Princess

12 days. Departures all winter. $3497 (inside cabin) - $4397 (balcony cabin)

•Aruba •Cartagena •Panama Canal (partial crossing) •Costa Rica •Jamaica

HAWAIIAN ISLAND CRUISE on the Star Princess

16 days. Departures all winter. $3797 (inside cabin) - $4797 (balcony cabin)

•Honolulu •Hilo •Kauai •Maui •Ensenada, Mexico

ORIENT CRUISE & TOUR on the Diamond Princess

19 days departing March 30. $7197 (inside cabin) - $8297 (balcony cabin)

•Japan •Vietnam •Hong Kong •Taiwan •Touring in Singapore & Tokyo

84.

SOUTH AMERICA CRUISE & TOUR on the Golden Princess

19 days. Departs January 15 and February 12. $6797 (inside cabin) - $7597 (balcony cabin)

2 nights in Santiago (Chile) including excursions. Tour of Buenos Aires

14 night cruise rounding Cape Horn to •Patagonia •Punta Arenas •Falkland Islands

•Amalia Glacier •Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego) •Puerto Montt •Montevideo (Uruguay)


AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND CRUISE & TOUR on the Diamond Princess

18 days departing January 24. $7497 (inside cabin) - $8397 (balcony cabin)

2 nights in Sydney and 1 night in Auckland with excursions included

•Melbourne •Tasmania •Fjordlands Park •Dunedin •Akaroa •Tauranga

SOUTH PACIFIC CRUISE & TOUR on the Sun Princess

19 days departing January 23. $7297 (inside cabin) - $8497 (balcony cabin)

•2 nights in Sydney with excursions included •Fiji •Vanuatu •New Caledonia

TULIP TIME RIVER CRUISE (Holland & Belgium) on the MS Amadeus Elegant

9 days. Departs April 24. $4797 (Haydn Deck) - $5597 (Mozart Deck). All “outside” cabins

•Amsterdam •Volendam •Arnhem •Ghent •Bruges •Antwerp •Brussels •Keukenhof Gardens

Shore Excursions Included!

1 week DANUBE CRUISE on the MS Amadeus Diamond and 1 week AUSTRIAN SPA

16 days departing April 14. From $5997 (Haydn Deck) - $6797 (Mozart Deck)

•Hungary •Austria •Slovakia •1st Class spa in the Austrian Alps •Many excursions included!

PARIS, NORMANDY and the WATERWAYS OF FRANCE on the MS Amalegro

11 days departing May 21. $6997 (Piano Deck) - $7997 (Violin Deck). All “outside” cabins

2 nights Paris with touring •7 night cruise includes Normandy on the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

Shore excursions included!

RHINE RIVER CRUISE on the MS Amacello

13 days departing May 21. $7697 (Piano Deck) - $8797 (Violin Deck). All “outside” cabins.

2 nights in each of Lucerne & Zurich with excursions included.

•Amsterdam •Cologne, Rudesheim & Heidelberg (Germany) •Strasbourg (France)

Most Shore Excursions Included!

EUROPE CRUISE (AMSTERDAM TO BUDAPEST) on the MS Amaprima

16 days departing May 5. $8797 (Piano Deck) - $11997 (Violin Deck). All “outside” cabins

•Germany •Austria •Slovakia •Hungary •Holland •Daily Shore excursions included!

85.


SPECIAL VALUE DELUXE CRUISE

BERMUDA CRUISE

aboard the Norwegian Breakaway

86.

B

ermuda is as pretty as a postcard. Pink,

uncrowded beaches, turquoise waters, green

hills, pastel cottages and palm trees all

contribute to the scenic beauty. The ideal

climate, the polite English speaking people and

the myriad of activities have all combined to

make this island a favourite for Canadians.

We will sail aboard the grandest and newest

ship in the Norwegian Cruise Lines fleet, the

Norwegian Breakaway which launched in April

2013. With features never seen before, this

floating hotel has all the amenities one would

expect in a deluxe resort. Take a dip in one of

the pools, soak in one of the hot tubs or indulge

in a beauty treatment, sauna and massage in

the Spa. Enjoy the dance lessons, aerobic

classes, wine tasting, first-run movies and much

more. Shoppers will enjoy the variety of

boutiques and duty free bargains. You can also

curl up with a good book in the ship’s library or

try your luck in the casino which has slots,

blackjack, roulette, poker and craps tables.

Food is an important element of any cruise, and

the Norwegian Breakaway has international

chefs trained to prepare an extensive menu. The

experienced dining staff are renowned for

friendly attentive service. Enjoy breakfast in bed

if desired or informally on the deck with a buffet

spread – or more formally in the dining room.

Lunch is served alfresco by the pool or with

elegance in the dining room. As for the dinners,

they can be considered the highlight of any day.

Special diets are no problem and room service

operates 24 hours a day.

The staterooms are spacious and exquisitely

furnished. All rooms have twin beds that easily

convert to a queen size, TV with in-house

movies, audio system, individual climate control,

refrigerator, phone, safe and bathroom with

shower only.

• 8 DAYS • MAY 18 - 25

HOLIDAY INCLUSIONS

• Flights with Air Canada

• Cruise as described including 4 meals daily,

all activities and entertainment

• PLUS ALL TOUR INCLUSIONS on Page 1

COSTS

Per person, double occupancy, from Toronto

or Montreal

Inside cabin (Category IA) . . . . . . . . . .$2497

Outside cabin with balcony (Category BA)

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2997

Mini-Suite with balcony (Category MB).. $3197

Single Supplement - add 50% to prices above

From Ottawa add $190

The following add-ons include an overnight in

Toronto before the cruise - meals not included.

From Halifax add $290

From Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary and

Vancouver add $590.


TENTATIVE ITINERARY FOR BERMUDA CRUISE

DAY 1

DAYS

2 & 3

DAYS

4 - 6

DEPARTURE / NEW YORK. We depart

for New York, and upon arrival we transfer

to our floating resort, the Norwegian

Breakaway. This evening enjoy your first

delicious dinner on board.

AT SEA. Time to relax, get acquainted

with the ship and your fellow passengers

and enjoy the endless array of facilities,

activities and entertainment on board.

Visit the health club for a workout or

beauty treatment, join an exercise class,

line daning or perhaps wine tasting.

KING’S WHARF, BERMUDA. King’s

Wharf, Bermuda’s port of choice for the

bigger ships, is often referred to as the

Royal Naval Dockyard. This wharf is rich

in naval history and it offers an endless

array of activities, be it culture, water

sports, food, shopping or just kicking back

at the beach. Due to the compact size of

Bermuda, everything is immediately

available regardless of which port you

visit. We will spend three days docked

here, our ship serving as a floating hotel

as we explore the island.

DAY 7

DAY 8

St. George is the oldest, most historic

settlement on the island. It was once the

capital where all tribunals were held. In

King’s Square you will find a reminder of

those times – the stock and pillory make

a fun photo! To get the real feel of the

town, take a walking tour. Maybe visit the

18th century Tucker House which is

constructed from limestone and filled with

English antiques. Other landmarks

include Somer’s Wharf, the Carriage

Museum and the Old State House.

Hamilton, the capital, offers a modern

day Bermuda and is one of the loveliest

towns anywhere. Hamilton is known for

the quaint shops and restaurants which

line the town’s Front Street. On Queen

Street you will find old English pubs and

around the corner is the Bermuda

Historical Museum. See the gleaming

white-washed City Hall and Cathedral.

Whatever you choose to do, you will

discover why Bermuda is considered one

of the prettiest islands in the world.

AT SEA. A day at sea will be most

welcome in order to relax after your busy

time in Bermuda.

NEW YORK / HOME. We disembark the

ship in New York, transfer to the airport

and fly home

87.


SPECIAL VALUE DELUXE CRUISE

CRUISING THE

CALIFORNIA COAST

aboard the Crown Princess

plus an overnight & tour in Los Angeles

88.

C

alifornia is one of North America's most popular

holiday destinations for obvious reasons … pleasant

weather, beautiful scenery and so many things to do

and see. On this cruise we will taste the good life as

we sail to some of the West Coast's most popular

cities. Included in our program is a city tour and

overnight in a centrally located hotel in Los Angeles.

The city of Hollywood glamour, palm lined beaches

and Beverley Hills is always a fun place to visit.

We will cruise aboard the Grand Class Crown

Princess. Grand class ships are the most beautiful

and spacious in the Princess fleet, with more of what

you would expect in a 5 star floating resort - more

spacious staterooms, more dining and entertainment

options and more services, amenities and activities.

Go for a swim in one of the pools; have a sauna and

massage in the spa; enjoy the aerobics and dance

classes; shop for duty-free bargains in the boutique

or curl up with a book in the library. Enjoy the

commentary on history and highlights of the ports by

the on-board experts, which will help you decide on

optional excursions. Or you may just want to relax in

one of the many luxurious lounges with expansive

windows and watch the scenery glide by.

As for food, Princess has introduced continuous

dining options: the Pizzeria, two intimate dining

rooms, a 24 hour international food court, outdoor

grill, afternoon tea service, ice cream sundae bars,

patisserie and, of course, 24 hour room service.

Special diets are not a problem.

Staterooms are spacious and well appointed with

twin beds (convertible to queen size), TV, phone,

safe, hair dryer, climate control, fridge, spacious

closets and a private bathroom with shower only.

From after-dinner drinks in one of the elegant

lounges, to first-run films, to the excitement of the

casino, to a midnight dance, there is evening

entertainment to suit every mood. The specialty is

the incomparable Broadway-style entertainment,

featuring some of the finest dancers, singers,

comedians and magicians.

• 9 DAYS • APRIL 19 - 27

HOLIDAY INCLUSIONS

• Flights with Air Canada

• Cruise as described including 4 meals daily,

all activities and entertainment

• Overnight, dinner, breakfast and sightseeing

tour in Los Angeles

• PLUS ALL TOUR INCLUSIONS on Page 1

COSTS

Per person, double occupancy, from Toronto

or Edmonton

Inside cabin (on various decks) . . . . . .$2897

Outside cabin on Emerald Deck

(obstructed view) . . . . . .$2997

Outside cabin on Plaza Deck . . . . . . . .$3197

Outside cabin with balcony

(Riviera or Lido Deck) . . . .$3397

Single Supplement - add 40% to prices above

(add 60% for cabins with balconies)

From Montreal, Winnipeg or Ottawa add $250

From Halifax add $650.

Vancouver deduct $200. Calgary deduct $100

Add-ons from Ottawa, Halifax and Winnipeg

include an overnight in Toronto before the

cruise - meals not included.


TENTATIVE ITINERARY FOR CALIFORNIA CRUISE

DAY 1

DAY 2

DAY 3

DAY 4

DAY 5

DEPARTURE / LOS ANGELES. We

depart for Los Angeles, and upon arrival

we transfer to our cruise ship. This

evening we will enjoy our first delicious

dinner on board.

AT SEA. Time to relax and enjoy the

endless array of facilities and activities on

board our ship. Visit the health club for a

workout or beauty treatment, join an

exercise class, line dancing or perhaps

wine tasting.

SAN FRANCISCO. “America’s Favourite

City” is known for its landmarks including

the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island,

Twin Peaks, Cable Cars, Chinatown and

the lively Fisherman’s Wharf. Optional

tours will be offered in the city or to the

Napa Valley, where internationally

acclaimed wines are produced.

AT SEA.

SANTA BARBARA. The fertile valleys

tucked away in the Santa Barbara

mountains provide the proper climate for

the growing of chardonnay, pinot noir and

cabernet sauvignon grape varieties.

Optional tours will be offered to visit

various wineries in the area for a

wonderful wine tasting experience. The

Santa Barbara Channel is also famous for

its outstanding Whale Watching.

27 species of whales, dolphins and

porpoises frequent the area.

DAY 6

DAY 7

DAY 8

DAY 9

SAN DIEGO. There are many reasons,

aside from the 70 miles of beaches to its

north and south, why so many tourists

never leave San Diego. Explore the

historic Old Town, Mission Bay, Point

Loma, the trendy Gaslamp Quarter or

catch the trolley to Balboa Park and the

world famous San Diego Zoo.

ENSENADA, MEXICO. This friendly port

on the Baja Peninsula boasts more than

just a warm climate. Optional excursions

will be offered to La Fufadora Blowhole

and Bodegas de Santo Tomas – Baja’s

oldest winery.

LOS ANGELES. The ship arrives back in

Los Angeles where we disembark for a

comprehensive guided tour of the city.

Highlights of our tour include a drive down

Rodeo Drive and through parts of

Hollywood and Beverley Hills. In

Hollywood, we see the Walk of Fame at

Mann’s Chinese Theatre and the famous

footprints embedded in the star-lined

streets on Hollywood Boulevard. The

afternoon is at leisure to explore on your

own. This evening we have dinner at the

hotel.

HOME. After our included breakfast, we

transfer to the airport where Air Canada

takes us home.

89.


TRANS-ATLANTIC

CRUISE ON THE QM2

and

LONDON SHOW TOUR

90.

F

rom the early days of cruising when ship

owners sought to have the biggest, best and fastest

floating palaces, the Trans-Atlantic crossing was

the bench mark to set. That spirit lives on with

Cunard’s Queen Mary II (QM2). This elaborate “City

at Sea” retains the glamour of old world traditions

combined with contemporary luxury and comfort.

The days at sea are filled with elegant diversions

and the nights illuminated by star performances.

The QM2 is Cunard’s flagship and the most

magnificent ocean liner ever built as well as being

the longest passenger ship in the world. The ship

has elegant British styling, rich history and a wide

variety of dining and entertainment options.

Facilities of the QM2 include a state-of-the-art

health spa, supervised fitness and exercise

classes, indoor and outdoor pools, a library with a

computer learning centre, a shopping promenade

with a Harrods branch, pub, several bars, night

club, 3D Cinema, Planetarium, casino and worldclass

entertainers.

Dining on the QM2 is simply wonderful. You may

choose the formal splendor of the Brittania

Restaurant or the relaxed atmosphere of the King’s

Court Buffet. Afternoon Tea is an old QM2 tradition

and room service is available on a 24 hour basis.

Cabins are meticulously furnished staterooms with

twin or queen beds, climate control, bathroom with

shower, radio, multi-channel TV system and phone.

After our cruise we enjoy a 3-night stay in London,

including sightseeing tours and 2 top-rated West

End shows. We will stay at the superior First Class

Millennium Bailey’s Hotel, always a favourite with

our travellers. Ideally located in Kensington, within

easy walking distance of the tube station and

buses, London’s major attractions and shopping

areas are within walking distance or a short ride

away. The hotel has elegant furnishings and firstclass

facilities, including a restaurant and bars.

• 11 DAYS • MAY 16 - 26

HOLIDAY INCLUSIONS

• Flights with American Airlines & Air Transat

• 7-night cruise as described including port

taxes, all meals, activities and entertainment

• 3-nights First Class accommodation in

London including breakfast and dinner daily

• 2 pre-booked shows in London’s West End,

including transportation to and from the hotel

• 2 sightseeing tours in London

• PLUS ALL TOUR INCLUSIONS on Page 1

COSTS

per person, double occupancy, from Toronto,

Inside Cabin, Decks 4, 5 & 6 ...............$4197

Outside Cabin, Decks 4, 5 & 6 ...........$4397

Outside Cabin with private balcony

Decks 8 & 11 ..............$5197

Single Supplement - add 30%

(for cabins with balcony add 40%)

From Montreal or Ottawa add $390

From Halifax add $590

The following add-ons include an overnight in

Toronto prior to the cruise - meals not included

From Winnipeg add $650

Vancouver, Calgary or Edmonton add $850


TENTATIVE ITINERARY FOR QM2 CRUISE & LONDON

DAY 1

DAYS

2 - 7

DAY 8

DEPARTURE. We depart for New York

and upon arrival we transfer to the QM2.

Be on deck as the ship sails, to witness

the incredible skyline and the Statue of

Liberty. Tonight we enjoy our first delicious

dinner on board.

AT SEA. Time to enjoy the many

pleasures of this super liner. Pamper

yourself in the spa, play shuffleboard or

partake of afternoon tea. Take in a concert

at the theatre or dance your way across

the Atlantic. Try your luck in the casino,

browse the boutiques on the Royal

Promenade or just curl up in a deck chair

and enjoy the sea air – a time honoured

tradition. The choices are endless.

SOUTHAMPTON / LONDON / WEST

END SHOW. We disembark in the

morning in Southampton and proceed to

London where we enjoy a panoramic

sightseeing tour. Highlights include

Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, Big

Ben, Tower of London, St. Paul’s

Cathedral, the Canadian War Memorial

and much more. Tonight we have an early

dinner and then off to London’s West End

to enjoy a top-run theatre performance.

DAY 9

DAY 10

DAY 11

COVENT GARDEN / WESTMINSTER

ABBEY / WEST END SHOW. Today we

visit Covent Garden - one of the liveliest

districts in London. Originally a flower

market, Covent Garden has evolved into

an area of stylish shops, market stalls,

cafes, bars, restaurants and pubs, not to

mention the many entertaining street

performers. There will be time here to visit

the Actor’s Church, the National Art

Gallery or the National Portrait Gallery

which are all nearby. From Covent

Garden we continue on to Westminster

Abbey for a guided tour. This large and

impressive Gothic church was the

traditional place of coronation and burial

site for English monarchs. This evening is

our second theatre night.

LONDON AT LEISURE. Our final day in

London for shopping or to visit one of

London’s many attractions. Our Farewell

Dinner is this evening.

HOME. We fly home to Canada.

91.


BRITISH ISLES

AND IRELAND CRUISE

aboard the Ruby Princess

plus an overnight and tour in London

• 15 DAYS • MAY 22 - JUNE 5

92.

T

his cruise offers the opportunity to experience

some of the most breathtaking scenery the world has

to offer. In Scotland we will enjoy the awesome

rugged landscapes, lochs and small stone villages. In

Ireland we will admire the rolling hills, grand cliffs, tiny

villages and, of course, the surrounding hills of 50

shades of green. We will also be docking in some of

the most charming ports in France and the Channel

Islands. While enjoying the impressive scenery we

can also feast on the history and beauty of the

monuments, cathedrals, abbeys, castles and artistic

treasures.

We will sail aboard Princess Cruise’s Ruby Princess

- the epitome of luxury and hospitality. This floating

resort has all the amenities of a resort hotel. Take a

dip in one of the pools, or indulge in a beauty

treatment, sauna, whirlpool and massage in the Spa.

Participate in the dance lessons, aerobics, wine

tasting and first-run movies. Shoppers will enjoy the

variety of boutiques and duty free bargains. Curl up in

the library or visit the observation centre to watch the

passing scenery. On-board experts offer lectures on

the history and highlights of each port of call to help

you decide on optional excursions.

Food is almost an art form on Princess ships. The

Italian chefs are renowned for their international

cuisine and the service is unsurpassed. You will be

delighted with the dining options available; formal

elegance in the dining room, a 24 hour Lido café, the

Pizzeria and fantastic buffets.

Entertainment is varied and almost endless, from

after dinner drinks in one of the elegant lounges with

music to suit every taste, to Broadway style cabarets

in the show room. There is also dancing or you may

want to try your luck in the casino.

Our staterooms are comfortable and attractive with

carpeting, TV, fridge, phone, safe, twin beds, private

bathroom (shower only) and generous closet and

drawer space.

At the end of our cruise we will overnight in London,

with dinner, breakfast and a city tour included.

HOLIDAY INCLUSIONS

• Flights with Air Canada

• 12-night cruise as described including port

taxes, all meals, activities and entertainment

• 1-night first class accommodation in London

including dinner, breakfast and a city tour

• PLUS ALL TOUR INCLUSIONS on Page 1

COSTS

per person, double occupancy, from Toronto,

Montreal or Ottawa

Inside Cabin - various decks . . . . . . . .$5197

Outside Cabin (obstructed view)

Emerald Deck . . . . . . . .$5497

Outside Cabin (clear view)

Plaza Deck . . . . . . . . . .$5997

Outside Cabin with private balcony

Lido or Riviera Deck . . . . . .$6197

Single Supplement - add 40%

(for cabins with balcony add 60%)

From Halifax add $90

From Winnipeg, Vancouver, Calgary

or Edmonton add $190


TENTATIVE ITINERARY FOR BRITISH ISLES CRUISE

DAY 1

DAY 2

DAY 3

DAY 4

DAY 5

DAY 6

DAY 7

DAY 8

DEPARTURE. We depart for London.

SOUTHAMPTON / EMBARKATION. We

arrive in London and transfer to

Southampton to we board our ship. This

evening is our first delicious dinner

aboard.

GUERNSEY, CHANNEL ISLANDS. The

Channel Islands are exceptionally

picturesque and they also have a

fascinating history. We disembark at the

historic fortress of St. Peters Port. This is

a lovely town in which to stroll, and you

may want to visit Victor Hugo's house of

exile which is now a museum.

CORK, IRELAND. Today you will have a

chance to kiss the famous Blarney Stone,

and then stroll along Cork’s lively

pedestrian shopping street. Optional

tours will be offered to see some of

Ireland’s other remarkable landmarks, as

well as the wonderful green countryside

DUBLIN, IRELAND. A full day to explore

the charms of Dublin, Ireland’s capital

city. Walk around the beautiful 18th

century Georgian Squares and houses,

the 12th century St. Patrick's Cathedral

and Leister House (the Irish parliament).

You could also visit a pub and sample the

local brew.

LIVERPOOL. Not only is this fascinating

old English city famous for the Beatles

venues such as the Cavern Club, Penny

Lane and Strawberry Fields, but it also

boasts the finest collection of Victorian

mercantile architecture and monuments,

such that the waterfront is a designated

UNESCO World Heritage Site. Optionals

will be offered to see the stunning

countryside of North Wales.

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND.

Northern Ireland’s capital is a beautiful

city of imposing Victorian architecture set

within picturesque hills. See the grand

City Hall, Opera House, the Stormont

Parliament Buildings and beautiful parks.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND. There are

many attractions to see in and around this

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great city, including the gothic Glasgow

Cathedral, Inverary Castle and the

cottage of the poet Robert Burns. An

optional tour will be offered to the glorious

highlands to see the mountains and

heather.

AT SEA. A welcome day of rest after the

past week of sight-seeing. Watch the

passing seascape, and of course the spa

is open for a hairdo or massage.

INVERNESS, SCOTLAND. The capital of

the Scottish Highlands is a most

interesting city in a picturesque locale.

You may choose to go and see the ruins

of the castles of Dunrobin and Urquhart,

or go shopping for tartans, knitwear,

tweeds and various crafts. The optional

tour to Loch Ness will show you the

Highland scenery and offer you a chance

to look for the Loch Ness Monster.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND. There is so

much to see in Scotland’s lovely capital.

You will want to visit Edinburgh Castle

which dominates the city, and climb to the

top for wonderful views. History comes

alive along Princes Street and the Royal

Mile, and the parks and gardens provide

a lovely setting in which to stroll.

AT SEA. A final day to relax or enjoy the

activites on board our ship.

NORMANDY (LE HAVRE), FRANCE.

The beaches of Normandy are home to

many World War Two landmarks. You will

have an opportunity to visit them, or join

the optional tour to Paris.

LONDON. We disembark in the morning

in Southampton and proceed to London

where we enjoy a panoramic sightseeing

tour. Highlights include Buckingham

Palace, Tower Bridge, Big Ben, the Tower

of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the

Canadian War Memorial and much more.

Our tour finishes at our centrally located

hotel where we will have some time at

leisure before dinner

HOME. We transfer to the airport for our

flight back to Canada.

93.


BALTIC CRUISE

aboard the Royal Princess

Scandinavia and Russia

Plus an overnight and tour in

Copenhagen

94.

T

his fascinating cruise, which begins and

ends in Copenhagen (with an overnight and

tour after the cruise), allows us to visit some of

Northern Europe’s most wonderful cities. We

see Scandinavia from its Viking past to

modern day charm (in SWEDEN, DENMARK,

NORWAY and FINLAND), other wonderful

Eurpean ports of call (BERLIN and ESTONIA),

and two full days in ST. PETERSBURG to

marvel at the grandeur of Czarist Russia.

We will sail in luxury aboard the Royal

Princess. The ships of Princess are luxurious,

floating resorts with all of the pleasures of any

deluxe resort hotel: have a swim in one of the

pools; enjoy a sauna and massage in the spa;

attend the aerobics and dance classes; play a

game of bingo or shuffleboard or curl up with

a good book in the library. Enjoy the

commentary on history and highlights of the

ports by the on-board experts which will help

you decide which of the optional excursions

will suit your interests, or just relax in one of

the many luxurious lounges with expansive

windows and watch some of the world's most

dramatic scenery glide by.

FOOD. Dining on a Princess Cruise is an

experience in itself. The Italian chefs are

renowned for their wide array of international

cuisine, and the service is unsurpassed.

ENTERTAINMENT. From after-dinner drinks

in one of the several elegant lounges, to first

run films, to the excitement of the casino, to a

midnight stroll on the deck, to the

incomparable Broadway style entertainment,

Princess Cruises offers evening entertainment

to suit every mood.

• 14 DAYS • MAY 22 - JUNE 4

HOLIDAY INCLUSIONS

• Round-trip airfare with Air Canada (direct

non-stop between Toronto and Copenhagen)

• Cruise as described including port taxes,

4 meals daily, all activities and entertainment

• 1 night First Class accommodation in

Copenhagen including dinner, breakfast

and a city tour

• All visa fees (arranged by our office)

• PLUS ALL TOUR INCLUSIONS on Page 1

COSTS

per person, double occupancy, from Toronto,

Ottawa or Montreal

Inside cabin

(Lido, Marina or Emerald Deck). $4997

Outside cabin with Balcony

(Lido or Marina Deck).......... $5997

Deluxe Balcony Cabin (various decks) .. $6197

Single Supp. - add 40% (balconies add 60%)

From Halifax or Winnipeg add $90

Edmonton, Vancouver or Calgary add $190


TENTATIVE ITINERARY FOR BALTIC CRUISE

DAY 1

DAY 2

DAY 3

DAY 4

DAY 5

DAY 6

DAY 7

DAYS

8 & 9

DEPART. We depart on our direct non-stop

flight for Copenhagen (via Toronto).

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK. We arrive in

Copenhagen and transfer to our ship. Enjoy

your first delicious dinner on board tonight.

OSLO. Norway’s capital has a lovely setting

at the head of the Oslofjord, with many

wooded islands and a unique maritime

heritage. An optional excursion will be

offered to see the Royal Palace, Oslo

Cathedral and Akershus Fortress. Or, you

may want to visit the Vigeland Sculpture

Park that depicts life from infancy to old age.

Also worth a visit is the Viking Ship or Kontiki

Heritage Museum.

AARHUS, DENMARK. Aarhus is Denmark's

oldest city. The Vikings settled by the mouth

of the river at the very spot where the

Cathedral today stands with its tower

soaring to more than 90 metres in height.

The "Bispetorv" square was the centre of the

town 1250 years ago and in The Viking

Museum you are standing right next to the

rampart which the Vikings built around

Aarhus in the 10th century.

BERLIN, GERMANY. We dock at the spa

town of Warnemunde, from where you may

join an optional excursion to Berlin.

Excursions will be offered to see

Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag, which

once served as Germany's parliament, and

Potsdam Square where the Berlin Wall once

stood. Berlin's lovely old historic centre is

perfect for strolling.

AT SEA. A wonderful day at sea to relax and

take in the passing seascapes. Perhaps see

a movie or join in one of the many activities.

TALLINN, ESTONIA. An optional excursion

will show you this ancient Hanseatic capital

city with its many architectural and historic

monuments, mainly in the old town centre

which is dominated by the soaring steeple of

the Medieval Town Hall. From Toompea

Castle there are superb views of the narrow

streets, gabled roofs, towers and spires.

ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA. We arrive

early in the morning for our two day visit in

this splendid city. The city is a canal-laced

masterpiece with charming townhouses,

parks, gardens and wide, tree-lined

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avenues. The architectural splendour can be

seen in the unusual Rostal columns in

Pushkin Square, the Tsars’ Summer Palace

and the fortress of Peter & Paul. The former

Winter Palace now forms part of the

Hermitage Museum which houses one of the

finest collections of art and antiques in the

world. The Cathedral of St. Isaac of Kiev is

also filled with wonderful collections of art,

sculptures and icons. Optional excursions

offer an overview of the city’s monuments

and churches.

HELSINKI, FINLAND. This morning we

arrive at this “White City of the North” so

called for its striking, modern light coloured

buildings. The city is, however, more than

400 years old. There are many parks filled

with beautiful sculptures, historic sites and

buildings such as Parliament House, Market

Square with its famous statue of the Maid of

Helsinki rising from the sea, the

extraordinary Temppetiaukio Church blasted

from solid rock, the beautiful Finlandia

Concert Hall, Congress Centre designed by

Alvar Aaltro and the old town,

Vanhakaupunki, site of the original 16th

century city.

DAY 11 STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN. This stylish

capital is set on a cluster of islands with a

dazzling display of churches, palaces and

museums and a wealth of historical and

architectural monuments. The old town

centre is dominated by the soaring steeple

of the Town Hall, the oldest in Europe.

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AT SEA. After all of the sightseeing that

we’ve enjoyed, a relaxing day at sea will be

most welcome.

COPENHAGEN. We disembark this

morning in Copenhagen and begin our city

tour. Copenhagen’s nickname is the “Venice

of the North’, as it is built on a series of

islands and laced with graceful canals.

Highlights include Hans Christian

Andersen’s Little Mermaid, Christiansborg

Palace, Thorvaldsen’s Museum, Tivoli

Gardens, the Royal Theatre, Amalienborg

Palace and much more. We finish at our

centrally located hotel. There will be time at

leisure before our Farewell Dinner.

DAY 14 HOME. We transfer to the airport for our

non-stop direct flight to Toronto.

95.


FJORDS OF

NORWAY

aboard the Ruby Princess

Plus an overnight and tour in London

96.

T

his cruise takes us along the Norwegian

coast, a passage that has been called the "world's

most beautiful sea voyage". From the fjordindented

south to the rocky Arctic coastline of

Finnmark in the north, this cruise is a visual treat

for both the photographer and naturalist alike.

We will sail in luxury aboard the Ruby Princess.

The ships of Princess are among the most

beautiful and hospitable anywhere. These are

luxurious, floating resorts with all of the pleasures

of any deluxe resort hotel. Have a swim in one of

the pools; enjoy a sauna and massage in the spa;

attend the aerobics and dance classes; play a

game of bingo or shuffleboard; shop for duty-free

bargains in the boutique or curl up with a good

book in the ship's library. Enjoy the commentary

on history and highlights of the ports by the onboard

experts which will help you decide which of

the optional excursions will suit your interests, or

just relax in one of the many luxurious lounges

with expansive windows and watch some of the

world's most dramatic scenery glide by.

Food, its preparation and variety, is almost an art

form on Princess Ships. The Italian chefs are

renowned for their international cuisine and the

service is unsurpassed. You will be delighted with

the dining options available; formal elegance in

the Dining Room, Crown Grill Steak & Seafood

Restaurant, Sabatini's Italian Restaurant, outdoor

grill, pizzeria, 24 hour international food court and

Afternoon Tea. Special diets are not a problem.

Entertainment is varied and almost endless.

From after dinner drinks in one of the elegant

lounges, to first-run films, to the excitement of the

casino; there is evening entertainment to suit

every mood. The specialty is the incomparable

Broadway-style entertainment. The professional

nightclub revues feature some of the finest

dancers, singers, comedians and magicians.

• 15 DAYS • JUNE 15 - 29

Our comfortable staterooms are attractive with

carpeting, TV, fridge, phone, safe, hair dryer,

climate control, twin or queen size beds, private

bathroom (shower only) and generous closet and

drawer space.

At the end of our cruise we will overnight in

London, with dinner, breakfast and city tour.

HOLIDAY INCLUSIONS

• Flights with Air Transat

• Cruise as described including all meals,

activities, entertainment and all port taxes

• First class accommodation in London

including dinner, breakfast and a city tour.

• PLUS ALL TOUR INCLUSIONS on Page 1

COSTS

per person, double occupancy, from Toronto

Inside Cabin

Plaza, Lido or Riviera Deck . .$4997

Outside Cabin (obstructed view)

Emerald Deck ...............$5297

Outside Cabin (clear view)

Plaza Deck . . . . . . . . . .$5997

Outside Cabin with private balcony

Lido or Riviera Deck . . . . . .$6197

Single Supplement - add 40%

(for cabins with balcony add 60%)

From Ottawa or Montreal add $390

From Winnipeg or Halifax add $590

Vancouver, Edmonton or Calgary add $790


TENTATIVE ITINERARY FOR FJORDS OF NORWAY

DAY 1

DAY 2

DAY 3

DAY 4

DAY 5

DAY 6

DAY 7

DEPARTURE. We depart for London with

Air Transat.

LONDON (SOUTHAMPTON). We arrive

in London and transfer by coach to

Southampton where we board our ship, the

Ruby Princess. This evening we enjoy our

first delicious dinner on board.

AT SEA. A wonderful day at sea to relax

and get acquainted with the ship and your

fellow passengers.

BERGEN. Beyond Bergen's red-tiled roofs

and picturesque waterfront are some of

Norway's most stunning fjords. Top

attractions in Bergen include Bryggen, the

Floibanen Funicular, the Fish Market, the

Edvard Grieg Museum at Troldhaugen and

Fantoft Stave Church.

FLAAM. Visit the charming village of Voss

and the Flaam Valley's majestic

Sognefjord and Tvinde Falls. Flaam is

situated in the innermost part of the

Aurlandsfjord, a tributary of the 204

kilometres long and up to 1308 metres

deep Sognefjord River. Surrounded by

steep mountainsides, roaring waterfalls

and deep valleys, Flaam is a paradise for

nature lovers and photographers.

HELLESYLT / GEIRANGER. We enjoy

the scenic cruising through Hellesylt.

Fabulous fjords, dramatic waterfalls and

unforgettable views are the draw of this

riveting Norwegian region. A highlight here

is a glacier fed stream that plunges over the

sheer granite face of the fjord, cascading in

thousands of feet of rainbows and foam.

At noon we arrive in Geiranger. The

Geiranger Fjord, the falls and the majestic,

sheer mountains have all made this village

one of Norway's most visited tourist

attractions. This fjord is considered by

many to be the most beautiful in the world.

TRONDHEIM. Two of Norway's greatest

landmarks, the Nidaros Cathedral and the

Archbishop's Palace, are here in

Norway's first capital. Despite being

Norway's third largest city, wild animals

can be seen. Otters and beavers thrive

and foxes are not uncommon sights.

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Moose and deer are common in the hills

and might wander into the city.

AT SEA. A day to enjoy the endless array

of facilities and activities aboard our ship.

HONNINGSVAG (North Cape). This town

is the last one before Norway's mysterious

North Cape, beyond which lies only icy

waters before one reaches the North Pole.

This expanse of wilderness is marred by

nothing save an occasional herd of

reindeer. The North Cape experiences a

Midnight Sun, which creates round-theclock

daylight from May to August.

TROMSO. The Arctic Cathedral of

Tromsdalen, the Tromso Museum and

the world-renowned Northern Lights

Observatory are a few main attractions of

this city. Nicknamed "The Paris of the

North", Tromso is a lively city located

spectacularly on an island in Northern

Norway and surrounded by mountains,

fjords and islands in all directions.

AT SEA.

STAVANGER, NORWAY. Quaint shops,

restaurants and the fish market around the

exquisite harbour are some of the reasons

why Stavanger is known as one of two

European "Capitals of Culture”. The Pulpit

Rock is one of the areas most famous

tourist attractions. This natural rock

formation has a 25 meter squared plateau

and stands 604 meters above the sea. To

visit the Rock it takes about two hours by

foot, but the rock formation can also be

enjoyed from the sea by boat.

AT SEA.

LONDON. We disembark in the morning in

Southampton and proceed to London

where we enjoy a panoramic sightseeing

tour. Highlights include Buckingham

Palace, Tower Bridge, Big Ben, the Tower

of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the

Canadian War Memorial and much more.

Our tour finishes at our centrally located

hotel where we will have some time at

leisure before dinner

HOME. We transfer to the airport for our

flight back to Canada.

97.


THE BEAUTIFUL

BLUE DANUBE

Deluxe Riverboat Cruise

plus Prague and Budapest.

Many excursions included!

98.

W

e begin this delightful holiday with three

nights in the "Golden City" of Prague. The

Czech capital is one of Europe's most beautiful

cities, with soaring cathedrals and lavish

palaces. It is also known for its lively squares

which give the city a festive air.

After our stay in Prague we embark on a seven

night riverboat cruise aboard the MS Amalyra

to discover some of the most interesting cities

and other sites along the storied Danube

River. As we pass through the Czech

Republic, Germany, Austria and Hungary we

are taking a journey though history, as many of

Europe’s greatest cities sit on the shores of the

Danube (and are included in our touring

program).

Our riverboat, the new and deluxe MS

Amalyra, is an intimate ship built specially for

cruising European rivers. Aboard you may

relax in one of the bars or lounges, or on the

sun deck with its comfortable deck chairs.

There is a beauty salon, gift shop, fitness

centre, whirlpool, walking track and massage

room. You will enjoy superb dining with special

theme dinners, and as an added bonus,

quality wines from Europe's most famous wine

regions are included with every dinner. The

nightly entertainment features musical

performances, folkloric shows and informative

lectures on our destinations. Your cabin will

have twin beds, private bathroom, climate

control, hairdryer, safe, phone and satellite TV.

There is a choice of cabins and all have a

window or French Balcony.

A special feature of this program is that the

ship offers "English only" in a smoke-free

• 14 DAYS • MAY 12 - 25

environment. All of the listed excursions are

included and expertly conducted by English

speaking local guides.

We end with two nights in Budapest,

Hungary’s historic capital. This 1000-year-old

city is perhaps the most exciting cultural centre

in Eastern Europe.

HOLIDAY INCLUSIONS

• Flights with Air Canada and Lufthansa

• 7-night deluxe cruise in outside cabins

including all meals

• 5 nights First Class accommodation in

Prague & Budapest. Breakfast & dinner daily

• Touring program as described

• PLUS ALL TOUR INCLUSIONS on Page 1

COSTS

per person, double occupancy, from Toronto,

Ottawa or Montreal

All cabins are outside with window or balcony.

Piano Deck ........................................ $6997

Cello Deck (mid) with French Balcony. $7697

Violin Deck (mid) with French Balcony.. $7997

Single accommodation not available

From Halifax or Winnipeg add $190

Vancouver, Calgary or Edmonton add $290


TENTATIVE ITINERARY FOR BEAUTIFUL BLUE DANUBE

DAY 1

DAY 2

DAY 3

DAY 4

DAY 5

DAY 6

DAY 7

DAY 8

DEPARTURE. We depart for Prague, with a

change of planes in Frankfurt.

PRAGUE. We arrive in Prague and transfer

to our hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure,

and tonight is our Welcome Dinner.

PRAGUE. Our guided city tour reveals why

Prague is one of Europe's most popular

cities. We see the 1000 year old Hradcany

Castle, Old Town, Charles Bridge, the Jewish

ghetto and other major sights. Afternoon at

leisure to mix with the locals at Wenceslas

Square or enjoy an outdoor cafe. This

evening we enjoy a Folklore Dinner Show.

PRAGUE. A relaxing day to stroll along the

banks of the Vlatava River, relax at an

outdoor restaurant or shop for local

handicrafts. An optional excursion will be

offered to Terezin - the infamous Nazi WWII

concentration camp.

KARLOVY VARY / EMBARKATION. We

leave Prague and drive through the pastoral

countryside to Karlovy Vary, also known as

Carlsbad. There will be free time to explore

this beautiful Bohemian spa town before

continuing to Nuremberg (Germany) where

we board our luxurious cruise ship. Tonight is

the Captains Welcome Dinner.

NUREMBERG. In Nuremberg you may either

take the “Medieval Nuremberg” tour and see

the city’s 900-year-old ramparts and the

Imperial Castle. Or join the “WWII Tour” that

visits Zeppelin field and the Justice Palace

courtroom where the War Crimes Tribunal

sat in 1946. Later we set sail and enter the

Main-Danube Canal, which straddles the

Franconian Alps via 16 locks, truly a

fascinating feat of modern engineering.

REGENSBURG. Regensburg is one of

Germany's best preserved medieval cities. A

guided tour will show us the city’s

architectural highlights, including the Old

Town Hall and the Porta Praetoria - gates to

a Roman fort built in 179 AD. Or, visit the

Audi Factory in Ingolstadt, where an Audi

employee will take us on a guided tour of the

Audi Car Museum (subject to availability).

PASSAU, GERMANY / LINZ, AUSTRIA. We

arrive in Passau where you have two options.

The first is a walking tour that takes us along

the cobblestone street of Passau’s Old Town,

where we will see the city fortifications and

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St. Stephan’s Cathedral - home to Europe’s

largest pipe organ. Or, join the optional

excursion to visit Salzburg (Mozart’s

birthplace), with a walking tour of the historic

center - the setting for the “Sound of Music”.

Later our ship docks in Linz, Austria, and you

may wish to take a stroll through this

delightful town - Austria’s third largest city.

MELK, AUSTRIA / VIENNA. We reach the

the Wachau Valley and dock at Melk, where

a guided tour takes us to the magnificent

900-year-old Benedictine Abbey, one of

Europe's largest baroque monasteries. Then

our ship continues on to Vienna. There will be

time to explore the magnificent Austrian

capital on our own, or enjoy an optional

evening Mozart and Strauss concert.

VIENNA. Our guided tour of Vienna shows

us the lavish Hofburg Palace, the impressive

Opera House, the majestic Ringstrasse and

the magnificent St. Stephen's Cathedral.

The afternoon is free to stroll along

Karntnerstrasse, visit some museums or

sample Vienna's famous pastries.

BUDAPEST. We arrive in Budapest, and our

guided tour will include historic Buda Castle,

for a splendid view of the twin cities of Buda

and Pest spread over both banks of the river.

Our tour will also feature 500-year-old

Matthias Church, St. Stephen's Basilica,

Fisherman Bastion and more. After dinner

our ship will sail along the Danube allowing

us to enjoy the city’s brilliant illumination.

DAY 12 DISEMBARKATION / BUDAPEST. We

disembark our ship and transfer to our hotel

in central Budapest. The rest of the day is at

leisure to explore this wonderful city on our

own. Dinner is at a local restaurant.

DAY 13

COUNTRYSIDE TOUR / BUDAPEST. We

take an excursion into the Hungarian

countryside, first visiting the magnificent

cathedral at Esztergom, the centre of

Hungary’s Catholic Church. Our next stop is

the former royal residence of Visegrad.

Finally we visit the artisan village of

Szentendre, which remains as it was in the

18th century - baroque and painted in many

colours. The cobbled main square has been

classified as a national historic monument.

This evening is our Farewell Dinner

DAY 14 HOME. We transfer to the airport for our

flight home via Frankfurt.

99.


WESTERN MED CRUISE

aboard the Emerald Princess

• ITALY • BARCELONA • CORSICA

• GIBRALTAR • MARSEILLE

plus an overnight and touring in London

• 17 DAYS • MAY 9 - 25

100.

J

oin us as we visit some of the most

exciting ports in the Western Mediterranean

while enjoying the spectacular features of one of

the grandest ships in the Princess Line, the

Emerald Princess. With features never seen

before, this floating resort is the crème de la

crème of cruise ships.

Facilities of the Emerald include 3 state-of-theart

show lounges for after dinner entertainment,

a virtual reality theatre and five swimming pools.

The two main pools are surrounded by

simulated coral reefs. There is also a pool in the

health spa, a 40 foot lap pool and four

whirlpools. The ultra deluxe glass-walled health

centre and spa is on the upper deck with

panoramic views. Walkers and joggers can

circle the Promenade Deck 10 times to get in

their daily mile. The fantastic observation lounge

is suspended 15 decks above sea level and

reached via a glass enclosed moving walkway.

The casino has slots, blackjack, roulette, poker

and crap tables - a chance for everyone to win.

Dining on this ship has set new standards with

three main dining rooms, a 24 hour indoor /

outdoor restaurant for casual dining, an outdoor

grill, a pizzeria, an Italian restaurant, Crown Grill

Steakhouse, a patisserie, wine and caviar bar,

ice-cream parlour and late night snacks.

The staterooms are spacious and exquisitely

furnished. All rooms have twin beds that easily

convert to a queen size bed if desired, colour TV

with in-house movies, audio system, individual

climate control, refrigerator, telephone, in-room

safe and bathrooms with shower only.

After our cruise we disembark in Southampton

and then we proceed to London where we will

enjoy a city tour, dinner and overnight in a First

Class hotel before flying home the next day.

HOLIDAY INCLUSIONS

• Flights with Air Transat (all flights via Toronto)

• 14-night cruise as described including port

taxes, all meals, activities and entertainment

• In London - 1 overnight in a First Class hotel,

dinner, breakfast and city tour

• PLUS ALL TOUR INCLUSIONS on Page 1

COSTS

per person, double occupancy, from Toronto

Inside Cabin

(Plaza, Lido or Riviera Deck) . .$5397

Outside Cabin - Emerald Deck

(obstructed view) . . . . . . .$5597

Outside Cabin - Plaza Deck

(clear view) . . . . . . . . .$6097

Outside Cabin with private balcony

(Lido or Riviera Deck) . . . .$6397

Single Supplement - Add 40%

(Balcony cabin add 60%)

From Ottawa or Montreal add $390

From Halifax or Winnipeg add $590

Calgary, Edmonton or Vancouver add $790


TENTATIVE ITINERARY FOR WESTERN MED CRUISE

DAY 1

DAY 2

DAYS

3 - 5

DAY 6

DAY 7

DAY 8

DAY 9

DEPARTURE. We depart for London.

LONDON / SOUTHAMPTON. We arrive in

London and transfer to our ship in

Southampton. This evening we set sail and

enjoy our first delicious dinner on board.

AT SEA. Time to enjoy the many pleasures

of the Emerald Princess. Pamper yourself

in the Spa, play a game of shuffleboard,

partake in afternoon tea, browse the

boutiques, take in a movie or just curl up in

a deck chair with a good book – a time

honoured seafaring tradition.

BARCELONA, SPAIN. Gaudi and Picasso

are just two names associated with this

great Catalonian city. You may want to visit

the unfinished La Sagrada Familia

Cathedral, an extraordinary church building

with curious spires and stalactite canopies

designed by Antonio Gaudi (who died

before it was finished). Other places of

interest are the Olympic Stadium, Barrio

Gothic or you may just want to enjoy

strolling and shopping along the lively

pedestrian Ramblas.

CORSICA. The capital of Corsica, Ajaccio,

is the island’s largest town and the

birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte. Corsica

is also known as the “Scented Isle” – a

place of dramatic shoreline cliffs, small

coves and golden beaches. The island

interior consists of stony mountains

carpeted in aromatic Corsican mint, rock

roses and myrtle.

CIVITAVECCHIA, ITALY (for Rome). We

dock in Civitavecchia for an opportunity to

take one of several optional excursions to

Rome. Explore this living museum, from

the Colosseum and the Roman Forum to

Vatican City and Michelangelo’s Sistine

Chapel. Make a wish at the Trevi Fountain

or walk the world famous Spanish Steps.

LIVORNO, ITALY (for Pisa and Florence).

From Livorno you may join an optional

excursion to Pisa and its extraordinary

leaning tower, and/or the beautiful city of

Florence, where every square, church and

ancient building can be viewed as a work of

art. To see Michelangelo’s “David” go to

Piazza Della Square.

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GENOA, ITALY (for Milan). Genoa was

the birthplace of Christopher Columbus

and its maritime roots have fostered a

dialect that has absorbed elements of

Neapolitan, Calabrese and Portuguese.

Optional excursions will be offered to

Milan, the most important city in

northern Italy. View Leonardo Da Vinci’s

masterpiece “The Last Supper” in its

original location - the refectory wall of

Santa Maria delle Grazie Abbey. Or, travel

to Portofino, the most beautiful and famous

resort on the Ligurian Coast and a haunt for

the rich and famous since the 1950’s.

MARSEILLE, FRANCE (for Provence).

Dominating the Marseille harbour is the

infamous Chateau d’If - the rocky prison

from which Alexander Dumas’ Count of

Monte Cristo escaped. Marseille is also

your gateway to Provence. Optional

excursions will also be offered to explore

the countryside around Arles and Avignon,

immortalized in the canvases of Van Gogh,

Cezanne, Matisse and Picasso.

AT SEA. Relax and enjoy all the activities

and entertainment on board the ship.

DAY 13 GIBRALTAR. The great rock of Gibraltar,

standing like a sentinel at the entrance to

the Mediterranean, is home to British

culture and the grotto of St. Michael’s

Cave. You may want to take a Cable Car –

a rapid ascent of the Rock affording

spectacular views of Europe, Africa and the

sparkling Mediterranean. The Top Station

is steeped in military history and home to

the acrobatic Barbary Apes.

DAYS

14 & 15 AT SEA.

DAY 16

DAY 17

LONDON. We disembark at Southampton

and proceed to London where we enjoy a

guided city tour. Highlights include

Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, Big

Ben, Tower of London, St. Paul’s

Cathedral, the Canadian War Memorial

and much more. Our tour finishes at our

centrally located hotel where we will have

some time at leisure before dinner.

HOME. We transfer to the airport for our

flight back to Canada.

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GRAND MED CRUISE

aboard the brand new

Regal Princess

• SPAIN • FRANCE • CROATIA

• ITALY • TURKEY • GREECE

plus an overnight and tour in Barcelona

• 15 DAYS • JUNE 18 - JULY 2

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or this Mediterranean cruise we will sail

aboard the the newest and grandest ship in the

Princess Line, the Regal Princess. Join us as we

visit some of the most exciting Mediterranean

ports while enjoying the spectacular features of

this deluxe floating resort.

Facilities of the Regal include 3 state-of-the-art

show lounges for after dinner entertainment

choices, a virtual reality theatre and 5 swimming

pools. The 2 main pools are surrounded by

simulated coral reefs. There is also a pool in the

health spa, a 40 foot lap pool and 4 whirlpools.

The ultra deluxe glass-walled health centre and

spa is on the upper deck with panoramic views.

Walkers and joggers can circle the Promenade

deck 10 times to get in their daily mile. The

fantastic observation lounge is suspended 15

decks above sea level and reached via a glass

enclosed moving walkway. The casino has slots,

blackjack, roulette, poker and craps tables.

Dining on this ship has set new standards with

three main dining rooms, a 24 hour indoor /

outdoor Lido restaurant for casual evenings, an

outdoor grill, a pizzeria, a steak and seafood

restaurant, a patisserie, wine and caviar bar, icecream

parlour and late night snacks.

The staterooms are spacious and exquisitely

furnished. All rooms have twin beds that easily

convert to a queen size bed if required, colour TV

with in-house movies, audio system, individual

climate control, refrigerator, telephone, in-room

safe and bathrooms with shower only.

After our cruise we disembark in Barcelona, for a

city tour, dinner and overnight in a First Class

hotel before flying home the next day.

HOLIDAY INCLUSIONS

• Air France flights

• 12-night cruise including port taxes, all meals,

activities and entertainment

• In Barcelona - 1 overnight in a First Class

hotel, dinner, breakfast and a city tour

• PLUS ALL TOUR INCLUSIONS on Page 1

COSTS

From Toronto or Montreal,

per person, double occupancy

Inside Cabin (Category IC) . . . . . . . . .$5297

Balcony Cabin (Category BB) . . . . . . .$6397

Deluxe Balcony Cabin (Category DB).. $6597

Single Supplement - Inside cabin add 40%

- Balcony cabin add 60%

From Ottawa add $150 (includes round-trip

transportation to Trudeau Airport, Montreal)

From Winnipeg or Halifax add $590

Vancouver, Calgary or Edmonton add $790

Passengers from western provinces - for an

additional $79 p.p. double occupancy

($139 single) you may choose to overnight

in Toronto before or after the tour.


TENTATIVE ITINERARY FOR MEDITERRANEAN CRUISE

DAY 1

DEPARTURE. We depart on our flight for

Venice with a change of planes in Paris.

facades. The ancient archaeological site of

Delos is on an adjacent island.

DAY 2

DAY 3

DAY 4

DAY 5

VENICE. We arrive in Venice, transfer to

our ship and get settled. This evening we

enjoy our first delicious dinner aboard.

Venice is built on 118 islands, criss-crossed

by canals and linked by foot bridges. There

are no roads, only canals, and no traffic

except for water taxis and gondolas. Our

ship overnights here so there is time to

absorb this city’s unusual sights, sounds

and unique Byzantine atmosphere.

VENICE. Morning at leisure to further

explore Venice, take a Gondola ride, visit St.

Mark’s Square or shop at the many unique

small shops. We sail in the early afternoon.

DUBROVNIK, CROATIA. This beautiful

port city is known as the “Pearl of the

Adriatic” due to its well-preserved Old Town

and its scenic surroundings of bays,

beaches and steep cliffs. The Croatian

coastline is one of Europe’s undiscovered

treasures – a wonderland of magical

islands, azure blue seas, Roman ruins and

medieval towns and villages that have

remained unchanged for centuries.

AT SEA. Time to enjoy all the activities,

facilities and entertainment on board.

DAY 9

DAY 10

DAY 11

DAY 12

AT SEA. A welcome day at sea.

NAPLES, ITALY (for CAPRI & POMPEII).

Be on deck as we approach Naples for the

breathtaking views of the city and Mount

Vesuvius. Strolling here is a delight, or you

may want to visit nearby Pompeii, the once

great city destroyed when Vesuvius erupted

in 79AD. Other excursions will be offered to

the Isle of Capri, once the vacation

destination for Roman Emperors.

CIVITAVECCHIA, ITALY (for ROME). We

dock in Civitavecchia for an opportunity to

take one of several optional excursions to

Rome. Explore this living museum, from the

Colosseum and the Roman Forum to

Vatican City and Michelangelo’s Sistine

Chapel. Make a wish at the Trevi Fountain

or walk the world-famous Spanish Steps.

LIVORNA (for PISA and FLORENCE).

From Livorno you may join an optional

excursion to Pisa and its extraordinary

leaning tower, and/or the beautiful city of

Florence, where every square, church and

ancient building can be viewed as a work of

art. To see Michelangelo’s “David” go to

Piazza Della Square.

DAY 6

DAY 7

DAY 8

PIRAEUS, GREECE (for ATHENS). We

dock at Piraeus, a bustling and picturesque

port town in which to wander and shop. If

you take the optional tour to Athens you will

see the most famous archaeological site in

the world – the hill of the Acropolis, which is

dominated by the Parthenon – the sacred

temple of Athena.

KUSADASI, TURKEY (for EPHESUS). We

arrive in the seaside resort town of

Kusadasi. An optional tour will be offered to

the ancient city of Ephesus. This is where

St. Paul wrote the most profound of his

epistles, and the Temple of Diana here was

counted among the Seven Wonders of the

World. See the ruins of once great buildings

such as the Library of Celsius and the

Temple of Hadrian.

MYKONOS, GREECE. This small Greek

island is picture-postcard beautiful with

cobblestone streets and white-washed

DAY 13

TOULON, FRANCE (for PROVENCE).

Toulon is an excellent gateway to the riches

of Provence and the Cote d’Azur, the setting

for the legendary resort of St. Tropez. You

may take an optional tour to the heart of

Provence for a guided tour of Aix, the

birthplace of artist Paul Cezanne, or a tour

and tasting at a vineyard in the region. Or,

perhaps a leisurely drive along the scenic

coast of the French Riviera with stops in

some of the beautiful seaside resort towns.

DAY 14 BARCELONA, SPAIN. We disembark our

ship in Barcelona, Spain’s most

cosmopolitan city. On our included city tour

we will see the Gothic Quarter, Gaudi’s

masterpiece La Sagrada Familia Church,

the Olympic Stadium, the lively and

colourful Ramblas pedestrian street and

much more. We will have dinner and

overnight in a centrally located hotel.

DAY 15 HOME. We fly back to Canada via Paris.

103.


RUSSIAN

WATERWAYS

Cruise from St. Petersburg to Moscow.

Many excursions included!

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n times past, the Czars used the scenic

rivers, canals and lakes to travel between

Russia's two Imperial capitals. On this

fascinating holiday we explore the great cities

of Moscow and St. Petersburg, and enjoy the

lovely countryside and rich cultural heritage of

Russia, all from the comfort of our cruise ship.

As we glide along guest lecturers will impart

their knowledge of the history and culture of

the places we visit. Shore excursions with

English speaking guides are included at each

of the cities and villages along the way, and a

few optional tours will be offered. Cultural

activities such as folklore shows and

attendance at the famous Moscow Circus are

also included.

We will cruise aboard the moderate MS

Chekhov. Because this ship carries only 220

guests you will experience a more intimate

ambience (one sitting for meals, faster

disembarkation at the ports of call, etc.). This

lovely ship is fully air-conditioned and has all

modern amenities including picture windows

and observation decks. The dining room on

board offers Russian and Continental cuisine,

and the daily three full course meals include

coffee and tea. There is a well appointed bar,

music salon, reading room, theater, beauty

salon, a small souvenir shop and a festive Sun

Deck with ample deck chairs. Entertainment

and activities include nightly live music,

concerts, folklore shows and Russian

language lessons.

All of our cabins are outside staterooms with a

large window that opens, plenty of closet

space, private bathroom with shower only,

refrigerator and telephone.

• 12 DAYS • 2 DATES IN 2014

HOLIDAY INCLUSIONS

• Air Canada & Lufthansa flights

• 10 night cruise as described including all

meals and all excursions as described

• The Moscow Circus, Armoury Museum,

Peter and Paul Fortress and more

• All port taxes and visa fees

• PLUS ALL TOUR INCLUSIONS on Page 1

COSTS

#1. JUNE 8 - 19

#2. SEPTEMBER 11 - 22

per person, double occupancy, from Toronto,

Montreal or Ottawa

Outside cabin on Main Deck ..... $6197

Outside cabin on Upper Deck ... $6397

Outside cabin on Boat Deck ...... $6597

Single accommodation not available

From Winnipeg or Halifax add $190

Vancouver, Calgary or Edmonton add $290


TENTATIVE ITINERARY FOR RUSSIAN WATERWAYS

DAY 1 DEPARTURE. We depart for St. DAY 7

Petersburg with Air Canada with a change

of planes in Frankfurt.

DAY 2

DAY 3

DAY 4

DAY 5

DAY 6

ST. PETERSBURG / EMBARKATION.

Upon arrival in St. Petersburg we transfer

to our cruise ship, MS Chekhov. Tonight

we enjoy our Welcome Aboard Cocktail

Reception and Dinner.

ST. PETERSBURG. Created by Peter the

Great to rival Venice, St. Petersburg's

islands, canals, bridges and incredible

architecture make this the most beautiful

city in Russia. Dating from the beginning of

the 18th-century, it was built to the exact

specifications ordered by Peter the Great.

Our sightseeing tour of this beautiful city

shows you Nevsky Prospect, Palace

Square and Smolny Convent. We visit the

Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral of

Saints Peter and Paul with the tombs of the

imperial Romanov's beneath its 122 meter

spire. This evening an optional excursion

will be offered to attend a ballet

performance at the Hermitage Theatre.

ST. PETERSBURG. This morning we

experience the many wonders of the

elegant Winter Palace, which today

houses the Hermitage Museum - one of

the largest art and cultural museums in the

world. From the 1760's onwards the

Winter Palace was the main residence of

the Russian Tsars. This Baroque-style

palace is perhaps St. Petersburg's most

impressive attraction. This evening our

cruise ship departs from St. Petersburg.

RIVER VILLAGE. This is a recreational

stop, specially designed to allow us to

enjoy the relaxing rustic atmosphere and

famous Russian cuisine and hospitality.

KIZHI ISLAND. We arrive in Kizhi Island,

renowned for its open-air Museum of

Architecture. The exhibit features building

styles from various areas of the country in

order to form a glimpse of Russia's past.

The Transfiguration Church, with its 22

domes, is the ultimate in fairytale Russian

church architecture.

DAY 8

DAY 9

DAY 10

GORITSY. Goritsy is a peaceful farming

town and a typical Russian village. Our

tour will include the Cyrilo-Belozersky

Monastery, which has six centuries of

glorious history and is home to the most

exquisite icon collection in the world.

YAROSLAVL. Founded in 1010 by Prince

Yaroslav the Wise, the city stretches for

miles along the confluence of the Volga

and Kotorosl Rivers. Our included tour

shows us the Monastery of Our Saviour

and the Church of Elija the Prophet.

UGLICH. Uglich was founded in 1148 and

it is here where you can admire some of

Russia's most beautiful churches and

cathedrals. The city tour will include the

Transfiguration Cathedral and the

magnificent Church of Dmitry on the Blood.

MOSCOW. Our included sightseeing tour

shows us Red Square, St. Basil's

Cathedral, Tverskaya Street, Bolshoi

Theater, Lubyanka Square (KGB building)

and Moscow State University for a

panoramic view of the city. Tonight we

enjoy a performance by the famous

Moscow Circus.

DAY 11 MOSCOW. This morning we will tour the

Kremlin - the heart of Moscow. Within the

Kremlin walls you will discover some of

Russia's most beautiful churches as well

as the world famous Armory. At the Armory

Museum, the country's oldest and richest

museum, see the wide collection of

treasures, including jewels, crowns and

the Tsar's royal armor. The famed Faberge

Eggs will also be on display. The

afternoon is at leisure to explore Moscow

on your own. Our local hosts can make all

arrangements for optional tours, theatre,

ballet or opera tickets. This evening is our

Farewell Dinner.

DAY 12 HOME. We fly home to Canada via

Frankfurt.

105.


PERSIAN GULF

CRUISE

• OMAN • ABU DHABI

• UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

plus 3 nights and touring in Dubai.

Many shore excursions included!

106.

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oin us as we cruise to some of the most

interesting ports in the Middle East, and spend

some time in the dazzling city of Dubai.

We begin our adventure in Dubai, which has

gone from a sleepy pearl-diving village to one

of the world’s most talked about cities. The

business capital of the United Arab Emirates

has breath-taking architecture, towering

skyscrapers, man-made islands and a

glittering cityscape, as well as old, traditional

Middle Eastern buildings, souks and customs.

We then board our cruise ship and sail through

the Persian Gulf, visiting various ports in Oman

and Abu Dhabi (before returning to Dubai at

the end). We will sail in comfort aboard the

Costa Fortuna. This moderate European-style

floating resort is in the grand size class of

ships, so there are many options for dining,

entertainment and activities. Features of the

ship include 4 swimming pools, jacuzzi and a

solarium with whirlpools and sauna. A Spa

centre offers a full range of beauty treatments

and a fully equipped gym hosting aerobic and

exercise classes. There are theme parties,

dance lessons, a casino and shopping

boutiques. For dining there are 4 restaurants to

suit all tastes plus gourmet buffets. With 11

bars and lounges there is always a place to

relax. The theatre for evening shows is spread

over 3 levels. The guestrooms are well

appointed with 2 beds, phone, TV, safe and

fridge. The bathroom has a shower only.

Choose between an inside and outside cabin.

We have included an excursion in each port of

call and we also allow for free time to take an

optional tour or explore on your own.

• 12 DAYS • MARCH 10 - 21

HOLIDAY INCLUSIONS

• Flights with Emirates Airline (direct non-stop

flights between Toronto and Dubai)

• 7-night moderate cruise including port taxes,

all meals, activities and entertainment

• In Dubai - 3 overnights in a First Class hotel,

including touring, breakfast daily and 2 dinners

(no dinner on the first night due to late arrival)

• PLUS ALL TOUR INCLUSIONS on Page 1

COSTS

per person, double occupancy, from Toronto

Inside Cabin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$4797

Outside Cabin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$4997

Outside Cabin with balcony . . . . . . . . .$5197

Single Supplement - add 20% to costs above

From Ottawa or Montreal add $490

From Winnipeg or Halifax add $590

Vancouver, Calgary or Edmonton add $790

Western passengers - for $79 p.p. double

occupancy ($139 single) you may choose to

overnight in Toronto before or after the tour.


TENTATIVE ITINERARY FOR PERSIAN GULF CRUISE

DAY 1

DAY 2

DAY 3

DAY 4

DAY 5

DAY 6

DAY 7

DEPARTURE. We depart for Dubai, a direct

non-stop flight from Toronto.

DUBAI. We arrive in Dubai in the evening

and transfer to our hotel.

DUBAI CITY TOUR & BURJ KHALIFA. Our

touring of Dubai begins with the famous sight

of Burj al Arab – the world-renowned 7-star

luxury hotel. We visit the twin minaret

Jumeirah Mosque - a magnificent example of

Islamic architecture and one of Dubai’s most

famous sites. We take a panoramic drive

around the Bastakiya area with its old

merchant houses and wind towers, then visit

the Dubai Museum in the 180-year-old Al

Fahidi Fort. An “Abra” (water taxi) will take us

across the Dubai Creek to browse the spice

and gold souk. Finally we ascend by highspeed

elevator to the observation deck of

Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world,

for a breathtaking 360-degree view of the

city, ocean and desert.

FUTURE DUBAI & THE LOST CHAMBER.

We begin with a drive along Jumeirah Beach

to see the incredible man-made island

residence, “The Palm. Then we visit the

incredible Lost Chambers, where the legend

of the lost mythical underwater city of Atlantis

comes alive. We see the Dubai Marina,

Autodrome and International City before

visiting the Mall of the Emirates, home of the

largest indoor ski slope. Tonight we enjoy a

special dinner with views of the floating water

dance at the Mall of the Emirates.

SHARJAH & AJMAN. Sharjarh is famous for

its Islamic architecture and is recognized as

the Cultural City of the Arab world by

UNESCO. We visit the King Faisal Mosque,

then drive through Cultural Square with its

labyrinth of exquisite buildings. We see the Al

Nabooda House - a preserved heritage site

that shows the lifestyle of 150 years ago, and

visit the Blue Souk - famous for its

ostentatious gold shops and traditional Arab

stalls. In Ajman we visit the museum in the

Fort of Ajman and drive along the Corniche

enjoying the panoramic view. Later we board

our cruise ship, the Costa Fortuna.

DUBAI. At leisure to enjoy the activities on

board or perhaps take an optional tour. This

evening we set sail for Oman.

NIZWA (OMAN). Our full-day tour includes

Nizwa Fort with its enormous round tower

DAY 8

DAY 9

DAY 10

built in the 17th century, and Nizwa Souq,

renowned for its intricately hand-carved

Khanjar and ornately designed silver

jewellery. We then visit Jabreen to see the

finest of Oman's castles built in the late 17th

century - look up to see the ceilings

decorated with beautiful paintings of Islamic

motifs. We then drive to Al Hamra to visit Bait

Al Safah Museum located in an old house

where you can see women doing their

housekeeping in old traditional style.

MUSCAT (OMAN). On our included tour of

Oman’s capital city we see the Grand

Mosque and the Bait Al Zubair Museum. We

then drive along the Corniche to visit the Fish

Market and Muttrah Souk, a mix of old and

new including dazzling 18th century

merchants’ houses. After some time for

shopping we proceed to the magnificent Al

Alam Palace; official residence of the Sultan,

flanked by two 16th century Portuguese forts.

KHASAB (OMAN). Our included excursion

takes us to the Musandam Peninsula and its

capital Khasab. After an orientation tour of

the area we visit Khasab Fort, a picturesque

17th century stronghold built by the

Portuguese. Teak wood from India was used

for its construction and the roof was made

from a mix of palm leaves and clay. We then

proceed along the coast enjoying the

spectacular scenery of this ruggedly beautiful

region. In Bukha we visit Bukha Fort in its

beautiful setting overlooking the sea, framed

by mountains, before returning to our ship.

ABU DHABI. Situated on a small peninsula

surrounded by a cluster of islands, Abu Dhabi

is the ultra-modern capital of the U.A.E. Our

included tour takes us first to Sheikh Zayed

Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque, 2nd largest

mosque in the world and most impressive

landmark here. We then visit the lively Fish

Market where we can observe the local

traditional fishing. A drive along the Corniche

shows us the beautiful skyline and the

Emirates Palace Hotel in the classic colors of

the deserts, before we return to our ship.

DAY 11 DUBAI. We arrive back in Dubai, for some

free time to explore on our own, or choose

from a variety of optional excursions. This

evening is our Farewell Dinner.

DAY 12

HOME. We disembark our ship and take our

direct non-stop flight back to Toronto.

107.


108.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

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Senior Tours Canada (STC) holiday.

STC acts solely as agent between the passenger and supplier

for providing services as described in the brochure. STC

will not assume responsibility for any claims, damages

or expenses arising from situations beyond our control.

Conditions of Carriage are shown on all transportation

tickets and such tickets constitute the sole contract

between the passenger and the transportation supplier.

Passports are required by those who are travelling outside

Canada. Passports should be valid for at least 6 months

beyond the date of your expected return to Canada.

All itineraries are listed as “tentative”. While we

make every effort to follow the original itinerary closely,

we may make changes to improve the program, or

because we must make changes for reasons beyond our

control. In case any component of a tour cannot be

honoured by the contracted supplier, STC will make

every effort to provide a comparable alternative,

however no liability should be inferred from these efforts.

Those who choose to decline our comprehensive

insurance package will be issued a rebate on their tour

cost, the amount to be informed by your Tour

Consultant. The following schedule of cancellation

penalties applies only if you have declined our

insurance package, or if you cancel a tour for a reason

not covered in our insurance package (applies to tours

without a cruise portion. Cruise penalties may vary):

Cancel 61 days or more prior to departure ............ $75

60 days to 31 days prior to departure - 25% of tour cost

30 days to 8 days prior to departure - 50% of tour cost

7 days or less prior to departure .... 100% of tour cost

Please note that our cancellation insurance policy does

not include “upgrade to single accommodation” in

case your partner cancels. In this case you may either

pay the single supplement and travel as a single, or

cancel the tour and receive a full refund, less the $75

administration fee. Also, while our cancellation

insurance policy covers the partner of a person

cancelling, it does not cover their friends who are not

sharing accommodation with the cancelling party. If

you must cancel your tour you must notify us within

48 hours of learning that you are unable to travel,

otherwise the cancellation insurance policy is null & void.

Please read the details of your insurance coverage

carefully. If you have a pre-existing condition please

inquire about your insurance validity at time of booking.

All gratuities are included for all services provided in

our tour package. For extra services such as optional

excursions, meals on your own, room service and any

exceptional services, tipping is at your discretion. If you

wish to show appreciation to your tour escort please do

so on an individual basis - collections are not permitted!

Single travellers must pay a supplement due to hotel

charges. However this does not imply that single

travellers will necessarily be assigned a guest room as

large as those assigned to two people sharing. We can

often team up those without a partner!

On cruises - all shore excursions are optional unless

stated otherwise in our brochure. Optional excursions

are paid for on board the ship. Our local land-tour

operators may also offer optional excursions. While we do

our best to monitor their quality, STC is not responsible

for the operation or costing of these excursions.

Please be advised that there may be different

standards in utilities, services and accommodations

outside Canada. Our classifications for accommodation

(“deluxe”, “first-class”, “moderate” etc.) are made in

terms of local standards. Please note that outside North

America coffee, tea or drinking water are generally not

included with lunch or dinner, and non-smoking rooms

are generally not available.

STC reserves the right to decline any passenger as a

member of our tours at any time for any reason at our

sole discretion. Travellers should be in good physical

condition. Those who require more than minor assistance

must be accompanied by a partner who is capable and

totally responsible for providing this assistance.

Generally you will receive your tour documents 2 to 3

weeks prior to departure, unless we are held up by a

supplier providing documentation, in which case you

may not receive them until closer to departure.

Luggage handling is included wherever possible,

however in some situations it does not exist - especially

when removing your luggage from the carousels at

foreign airports. You should be capable of handling

your luggage in such situations. Luggage carts are used

at all airports worldwide, so pack accordingly.

Flight schedule changes are becoming more common,

and are beyond our control. We are therefore

occasionally forced to change airlines, and/or routings,

and/or date of travel for your benefit. In such cases we

provide as much notice as possible, and do everything

possible to ensure your convenience and comfort.

Should a schedule change result in an unplanned

overnight enroute to or from your destination, the cost

will be borne by the traveller, who will be given the option

to cancel with full refund.

You may purchase ticket upgrades to Business or First

Class. You may also purchase our tours on a "land only"

basis and arrange your own flights independently. Our

consultants will be pleased to quote all cost

adjustments. If you book your own flights, home pick-up

and drop-off, and arrival / departure airport transfers

at the destination, are not included. If you book your

own flights, please protect yourself with cancellation

insurance as we cannot be held responsible for schedule

changes, or if a tour is cancelled for any reason.

You may not make any changes to your flight

arrangements after the final payment due date.

There may be occasions in which the flight portion of

your STC holiday is unescorted.

STC will attempt to accommodate special requests by

notifying the suppliers in writing. We cannot guarantee

that special requests, for example room locations,

adjoining rooms, meal requirements for flights or hotels,

seating requirements for flights, etc. will be adhered to

by our suppliers, and therefore we cannot be held

responsible. Sea view or pool view rooms are not

guaranteed unless noted otherwise in our brochure.

If a tour is cancelled for any reason our liability is

limited to your full refund. No tours will be cancelled

due to international events, unless the government

specifically advises not to travel to your destination.

We are unable to refund those who do not participate in

any included meals or excursions, as they are prepaid.

All of our tours are conducted in English only.

Smoking is not permitted on our motorcoaches.

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