The following tours are dated from the year 2014.
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2014 MEKONG RIVER - Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand (Mar. 19th – Apr. 5th)
Tour Directors: Colin and Dianne Markusson
Day 1 - March 19th - Depart Canada (D). Your adventure begins with your flight out of Saskatoon/Regina.
Day 2 - March 20th - Arrive Ho Chi Minh (L/D). Arriving into Ho Chi Minh late in the evening you will be transferred to the InterContinental Asiana Saigon for your next 4 night stay.
Day 3 - March 21st - Ho Chi Minh - Free/Rest Day (B). Today is a free day to rest up from your travels while other guests arrive for the tour/cruise. A welcome social this evening.
Day 4 - March 22nd - Ho Chi Minh (B/L/D). This morning, enjoy a WALKING TOUR of the city’s famous and historic landmarks: the Rex Hotel, Ho Chi Minh Square, the Municipal Theatre, the Central Post Office, and Notre Dame Cathedral. Next, visit the REUNIFICATION PALACE and the WAR REMNANTS MUSEUM followed by BEN THANH MARKET. For lunch, participate in a hands-on VIETNAMESE COOKING CLASS. The afternoon is at your leisure. Tonight, enjoy a special welcome dinner for the whole cruise tour group.
Day 5 - March 23rd - Ho Chi Minh City (B). Excursion to Cu Chi Tunnels. This morning, leave the city and drive through vast expanses of rice paddies to visit the CU CHI TUNNELS, an extraordinary network of tunnels more than 120 miles in length that was used by the Viet Cong as a hideout and secret village during the war. Return to Ho Chi Minh City and enjoy the rest of the afternoon and evening at your leisure.
Day 6 - March 24th - Ho Chi Minh City (Embarkation) (B/L/D). This morning, transfer to the port on the Saigon River and board your river cruise vessel to start your CRUISE up the Mekong River through Vietnam and Cambodia. Get acquainted with the ship and relax before your welcome reception this evening.
Day 7 - March 25th - Cruising: Cai Be–Sa Dec (B/L/D). This morning, board a sampan for a scenic cruise though Cai Be Harbor. First stop is a local establishment to see how rice paper, rice wine, and traditional candies are made. Then, take a walk through town to visit the beautiful CATHEDRAL. Lastly, walk along a narrow canal teeming with life to visit AN KIET HOUSE and its surrounding gardens. After lunch on the ship, re-board sampans and enjoy scenes of daily life along the river near Sa Dec. Stop at a BRICK FACTORY to see workers forming the clay. Next, visit the ancient HOUSE OF MR. HUYNH THUY LE, the lover of French novelist Marguerite Duras and inspiration for the film L’Amant (The Lover), directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. Afterward, walk through the LOCAL MARKET and absorb the atmosphere as locals are busy buying and selling fish, meat, and produce.
Day 8 - March 26th - Cruising: Chau Doc/Cambodian Border Crossing (B/L/D). Board a sampan for sightseeing around Chau Doc. Along the way you will see scenes of local life, including traditional Vietnamese floating markets and villages. Learn about some of the different species of fish living in the Mekong at a LOCAL FISH FARM. Then, continue down the backwaters of the Mekong to the religious sites at the base of SAM MOUNTAIN. Return to the ship for lunch and head for the Cambodian border.
Day 9 - March 27th - Cruising: Phnom Penh (B/L/D). This morning, your sightseeing tour by private cyclo includes visits to the ROYAL PALACE with the spectacular SILVER PAGODA and the NATIONAL MUSEUM, featuring an outstanding display of Khmer artifacts. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to enjoy the city. Just before dinner, children from a local orphanage will put on a SHOW featuring local song and dance.
Day 10 - March 28th - Cruising: Phnom Penh–Prek Bang Kong (B/L/D). Sightseeing this morning provides a glimpse of the atrocities inflicted on the Cambodian people by the Khmer Rouge regime. Visit the TUOL SLENG GENOCIDE MUSEUM, a former high school that housed over 17,000 prisoners. Of this number, it is believed that fewer than 15 survived the torture and avoided being sent to the Killing Fields. You will also visit one of the KILLING FIELDS, where over 200,000 people were killed by the Khmer Rouge. After lunch, visit the village of PREK BANG KONG, where silk weaving is a well-preserved tradition. Spend time at one house for a SILK WEAVING DEMONSTRATION and to learn more about how silk is produced.
Day 11 - March 29th - Cruising: Wat Hanchey - Angkor Ban (B/L/D). This morning, visit WAT HANCHEY, a temple dating back to the 8th century and the Chenla Empire. Located on a hilltop, enjoy stunning views of the surrounding area and partake in a TRADITIONAL WATER BLESSING given by local monks. After lunch, enjoy a WALKING TOUR through the rural village of Angkor Ban. Here you will see traditional Khmer houses and visit a local school. NOTE: The climb to Wat Hanchey features a steep incline. If you feel you are unable to make the climb, you will be driven to the top by car.
Day 12 - March 30th - Cruising: Prek Dam- Konpong Louang - Kampong Tralach (B/L/D). Today, dock at Prek Dam and transfer by motor-coach to the SILVERSMITH VILLAGE of Konpong Louang. Here you will see talented craftsmen use age-old techniques to turn pure silver into works of art. Continue on to Kampong Tralach for an OX CART RIDE past rice paddy fields and the beautiful Cambodian countryside. Return to the ship for lunch. This afternoon, cruise up the Tonle River to Tonle Sap (Great Lake). After the rainy season, this massive body of water can cover around 10,000 square miles and is the perfect breeding ground for fish, which play a vital role in providing food for people living on the lake. NOTE: During low water conditions, generally late December to June, we will not be able to cruise up the Tonle River to Tonle Sap. Low water conditions vary from year to year, depending on rainfall so this will be evaluated.
Day 13 - March 31st - Cruising: Siem Reap (Disembarkation) (B/L). This morning, arrive in Siem Reap and start your sightseeing of the TEMPLES OF ANGKOR, considered by many to be the most spectacular architectural ruins on Earth! The complex architectural grandeur of the Angkor temples is arguably unmatched among ancient ruins anywhere in the world. First, visit ANGKOR THOM to see the BAYON TEMPLE. One of the few Buddhist temples in Angkor, it features some 200 striking faces carved in 54 towers and impressive bas reliefs. Next stop is the best preserved and most famous of all the temples: ANGKOR WAT, honoring the Hindu god Vishnu. This evening is at leisure to explore charming Siem Reap - or stay to witness sunset at Angkor Wat. NOTE: During low water conditions, generally late December to June, we will not be able to cruise across Tonle Sap to Siem Reap. In these cases, we will transfer by motor-coach from Prek Dam to Siem Reap and sightseeing will begin in the afternoon. No included sightseeing will be missed. Low water conditions vary from year to year so this will be evaluated on a cruise-by-cruise basis.
Day 14 - April 1st -Siem Reap (B/D). Today, continue your sightseeing of the Angkor temples. Unlike the other temples, TA PROHM has been left relatively untouched. Tree roots grow over and through the ruin walls, allowing you to experience the temple with the same wonder as the early explorers who discovered it. Then, visit BANTEAY SREI, a unique temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Unlike other temples, it is built on a small scale from red sandstone, which can be carved like wood. Next, stop at LES ARTISANS D’ANGKOR, a development project teaching young adults traditional handicraft techniques. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure. This evening, enjoy a PRIVATE APSARA DANCE PERFORMANCE, where the ancient Khmer culture is brought to life by talented dancers, singers, and musicians.
Day 15 - April 2nd - Siem Reap - Bangkok, Thailand (B). Enjoy the morning at leisure in Siem Reap before flying to Bangkok. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
Day 16 - April 3rd - Bangkok - Bridge over the River Kwai (B/L). Fascinating, nostalgic and memorable sums up this full day tour to Kanchanaburi. Whether a war buff or rail enthusiast, everyone has a different reason to see this symbolic bridge. The famous bridge and the beginning of the 'Death Railway', which lies 1 mile outside the town of Kanchanaburi. During your tour a visit will be made to one of the Allied War Grave cemeteries before visiting the JEATH war museum, which houses pictures and paintings from this period. An exhilarating long tailed speed boat ride will then take you down river to the famous bridge itself where you have ample time to explore at your own leisure. A ride on a local train is also included before returning to Bangkok city.
Day 17 - April 4th - Bangkok - Grand Palace (B/D). This morning you will visit the Grand Palace. Built in traditional Thai architecture mixed with European designs, The Grand Palace complex, once the official home for the Kings of Siam, is unquestionably one of the Thailand's major highlights. During the tour you will visit the Royal Funeral Hall and the Royal Coronation Hall. The main centerpiece of the complex however is the 45 centimetre Emerald Buddha. The Emerald Buddha is housed within Wat Phra Kaew, which is a very ornately decorated building whose roof tiles reach up into the sky. Returning to the hotel before lunch your afternoon is free. The day will end early with Farewell Dinner.
Day 18 - April 5th - Bangkok - Canada (B/L). Early this morning you will transfer from the hotel to the airport for your departure back to Canada.
TOUR INCLUDES: 1) International airfare and taxes, 2) Siem Reap to Bangkok and taxes, 3) 4 nights accommodation Ho Chi Minh City, 4) 8 Days/7 nights aboard the 32 passenger Avalon Angkor (category B cabin), 5) 2 nights accommodation in Siem Reap, 6) 3 nights accommodation in Bangkok, 7) All meals as per the itinerary, 8) All tours as per the itinerary, 9) Airport, hotel, and cruise transfers, 10) All gratuities, 11) 2 Professional Hosts.
2014 BLACK HILLS (May 31st - June 9th)
Professional Tour Directors: Arch & Bev Esplin
Join us on a tour of the Black Hills in South Dakota. Travel through the oasis pine-covered mountains, with deep gorges, sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles and lunar like spires. Enjoy an unequaled brand of Old West History.
Day 1, Saturday, May 31st - Saskatchewan to Williston ND. Get to know your fellow travellers as you head to Williston, North Dakota's booming oil patch which is expected to be producing more oil than any other site in the United States, surpassing even Alaska. Overnight: Williston ND.
Day 2, Sunday, June 1st - Williston to Deadwood, SD (B). Deadwood is named for the dead trees found in its gulch. It has a colourful, violent, and lawless beginning. It gradually transitioned from a mining camp to a civilised community then evolved from its wild frontier start to a prosperous commercial centre. The introduction of gaming has enabled Deadwood to preserve its historic buildings and dramatically increase tourism. The lure of gaming is not the only draw to Deadwood; people are also fascinated by its unique and colourful history. Overnight: Deadwood SD.
Day 3, Monday, June 2nd - Deadwood to Rapid City (B). Today you head to Rapid City, known as the "Gateway to the Black Hills" and the "City of Presidents". The city is divided by a mountain range that splits the western and eastern parts of the city into two. Overnight: Rapid City SD.
Day 4, Tuesday, June 3rd (B) - The sights you will see today are impressive. Mount Rushmore, with its 60 foot sculptures of Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt & Lincoln are carved into the mountain granite. The sacred Crazy Horse monument, which is currently under construction, is a mountain carving of a Lakota warrior riding a horse and pointing into the distance. Then off to Custer State Park, a wildlife reserve, which is South Dakota's largest and first state park, home to 1500 free-roaming bison. Overnight: Rapid City SD.
Day 5, Wednesday, June 4th (B) - Bad Lands, a type of dry terrain where softer sedimentary rocks and clay-rich soils have been extensively eroded by wind and water; difficult to navigate by foot. Badlands often have a spectacular colour display that alternates from dark black/blue coal to bright clay to red. This afternoon you will take in Wall Drug. It is a shopping mall containing a drug store, a gift shop, restaurants and various other stores. The mall operates under a single entity instead of being individually run stores. Overnight: Rapid City SD.
Day 6, Thursday, June 5th (B/D) - Bear Country, a unique drive-thru wildlife park located 8 miles from Rapid City, features the world's largest collection of privately owned black bears. Reptile Gardens is an animal park located in Rapid City. Its mission is "To educate the public on important environmental issues, while working closely with many major zoos worldwide to promote species survival". Fort Hayes Dinner & Show is the site of the Oscar award winning movie set, Dances with Wolves. Walk along the boardwalk and make your own brick, tin plate, gem pan or twine lasso rope. Overnight: Rapid City SD.
Day 7, Friday, June 6th (B) - Rushmore cave is the 9th longest cave in South Dakota and is made almost entirely out of limestone. The cave has a cornucopia of rooms including The Entrance Room, Post Office, Image Room, Big Room, Fairyland, Rope Room, Geode Room, The Rouge Room (Party Room), Arrowhead Room, and the Floral Room. Big Thunder Goldmine captures the excitement and romance of this bygone era. Find yourself travelling back in time as you tour the authentic 1890’s gold mine and learn about the mining experience from the knowledgeable guides. Later you will get a chance to do some shopping.
Day 8, Saturday, June 7th (B) - Rapid City heading north to Minot. Minot is a city located in north central North Dakota. It is most widely known for the Air Force base located approximately 15 miles north of the city as well as the annual Norsk Hostfest - but that is a whole new adventure. Overnight: Minot ND.
Day 9, Sunday, June 8th - Minot to HOME. Return with fond memories of all the sights and new found friends.
2014 Incredible India (Jan. 22nd – Feb. 12th)
Professionally Hosted By Doug & Nancy Porcina
Day 1, 22nd January - Depart Canada for India (B/L/D).
Day 2, 23rd January - Arrive Doha, Qatar change aircraft continue to Delhi (B/L/D).
Day 3, 24th January - Arrive Delhi (B/L/D). Namaste, Welcome to India! You will arrive very early in the morning into Delhi. After clearing Customs, you will be transferred to your waiting hotel room for the rest of the day. With a life-changing adventure ahead, it is time to rest up.
Day 4, 25th January - Delhi (B/L/D). After breakfast, depart for sightseeing of the Old and New areas of New Delhi accompanied by an English speaking guide. View the Red Fort and its spectacular red sandstone structure. Visit Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India. It was built in 1658 and is an architectural wonder. New Delhi will include Humayun’s Tomb, India Gate and Qutab Minar.
Day 5, 26th January - Delhi (B/L/D). After breakfast check-out from the hotel and depart to witness the famous Republic Day Parade. The parade showcases India’s military might and cultural diversity. This afternoon drive to Agra.
Day 6, 27th January - Agra (B/L/D). Visit the very famous “Taj Mahal” which is sheer poetry in marble and the only one of its kind across the world. Travel to The Agra Fort which was commissioned in 1565. This white marble structure looks forbidding on the exterior but hides an inner paradise.
Day 7, 28th January - Agra to Ranthambhore (B/L/D). After breakfast depart for the Ranthambhore National Park stopping en route to see Fatehpur Sikri – The Deserted City. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 8, 29th January - Ranthambhore (B/L/D). Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives into the jungle. The Wildlife Sanctuary is famous for the Indian Tiger and many other animals.
Day 9, 30 January - Ranthambhore to Jaipur (B/L/D). After breakfast leave the jungle for the “Pink City”- Jaipur. It is a reservoir of architectural wonder embracing the rich legacy of India. It is home to three unique forts that provide an amazing view of the city. In the heart of Jaipur lies the stunning City Palace.
Day 10, 31st January - Jaipur (B/L/D). Today travel to The Amber Fort where you will enjoy an elephant ride from the bottom to the top overlooking Maota Lake. The afternoon is spent exploring Jaipur City visiting Hawa Mahal, The City Palace, and Jantar Mantar or the Astronomical Observatory.
Day 11, 1st February - Jaipur to Udaipur (B/L/D). After breakfast drive to the “City of Lakes” in Udaipur. The exquisitely carved marble palaces, impressively laid out gardens, the beautiful blue lakes, and the terrain of the hills and ravines give Udaipur a unique charm that distinguishes it from any other city in India.
Day 12, 2nd February - Udaipur (B/L/D). Today is sightseeing in Udaipur City by private car and English speaking guides. Visit the City Palace which is a marvel in marble! It sits on a hill with superb views of the lake and the city including Lake Pichola and the majestic Sahelion Ki Bari gardens. In the evening enjoy a boat ride on Lake Pichola with the sunset as your backdrop.
Day 13, 3rd February - Udaipur (B/L/D). Depart for an excursion to Ranakpur to see the Jain Temples. The temples are carved in amber stones. Ranakpur is one of the five holy places of the Jain community. Open on all four sides, it enshrines the four-faced image of Adinath. It sprawls over 48,000 square feet with 29 halls and 1,444 pillars that are all distinctly carved. After visiting the temple, return to Udaipur and overnight at your hotel.
Day 14, 4th February - Manvar (B/L/D). Spend the night in the desert resort of Manvar in the middle of the Great Indian Thar Desert. It is a rare opportunity to experience desert life and culture. In the evening enjoy jeep rides to see the Rajput Villages of the Bishnois – Protectors of Trees and Nature. There will be Folk Dancing with a bonfire under the open sky.
Day 15, 5th February - Manvar to Jodhpur (B/L/D). After breakfast depart for the “Blue City” - Jodhpur. The old city is surrounded by a 10-km wall. The new city is outside the old city. This is a very popular tourist destination. Jophpur city has many old palaces and forts. Jodhpur includes a Government museum and gardens. After settling into the hotel, depart for the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort founded in 1459.
Day 16, 6th February - Jodhpur to Mumbai (B/L/D). This morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Mumbai, previously known as Bombay. The rest of the day is free time for you.
Day 17, 7th February - Mumbai (Bombay) . Today you will depart on a City sightseeing tour with an English speaking guide. Mumbai is the business capital of India for finance and communications with the oldest and busiest port in India. Mumbai produces hundreds of Hindi block-buster movies every year. Visit the Prince of Wales Museum to experience Art, Archaeology and Natural History. See Crawford Market famous for wholesale fruits, vegetables and poultry. View the “Gateway to India” historical monument, Victoria.
Day 18, 8th February - Kerala Backwaters & Kumarakom (B/L/D). Transfer to the airport for your flight to Cochin. Upon arrival you will transfer to Allepey to board the Rice boats - the most popular tourist attraction in Kerala. The state’s palm-fringed and tranquil waterways were once trade highways. Disembark and transfer to Kumarakom hotel. Kumarakom is a paradise filled with lush greenery and coconut groves.
Day 19, 9th February - Kumarakom (Free day) (B/L/D). Full free day for independent activities. Enjoy an Ayurvedic massage or wander through the store and markets and find that perfect gift to take home to loved ones.
Day 20, 10th February - Kumarakom to Cochin (B/L/D). After breakfast, depart for Cochin, arrive and check-in to the hotel. The rest of the day is free time. Cochin itself, is a town of great historical importance. It is a famous port with trading between both the rest of India and the world at large.
Day 21, 11th February - Cochin and Kalaripayattu (B/L/D). Today you will enjoy seeing the sights of Cochin City. Visit Fort Kochi made up of narrow streets and old cottages. St Francis Church is the oldest European church on Indian soil. Next are Santa Cruz Basilica and the Chinese Fishing Nets. The Mattancherry Palace (or Dutch Palace) is full of medieval charm. View the Synagogue and Jew Town which is home to the few remaining Jews still living in India. In the evening witness Kalaripayattu – traditional Kerala Martial Arts. Return to the hotel for overnight.
Day 22, 12th February - Return to Canada (B/L/D). Early this morning you will depart India for Canada with memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.
2014 MAGNIFICENT EUROPE RIVER CRUISE (Oct. 20th - Nov. 5th)
Professionally Hosted By: Bev and Archie Esplin, with Special Guests: Jack & Phyl Cameron
Day 1, October 20th - Depart Canada (D). Your adventure begins with your flight out of Saskatoon/Regina.
Day 2, October 21st - Arrive Budapest (B/D). Arriving into Budapest you will be transferred to your hotel for the evening. A welcome reception and dinner will give you a chance to get to know your fellow travellers.
Day 3, October 22nd - Budapest, Hungary (Embarkation) (B/D). This morning is yours. Catch-up on sleep or grab any last minute items you may need for the journey. After lunch, you will be transferred to the port to board the Expression. Meet your crew at an evening welcome reception.
Day 4, October 23rd - Budapest (B/L/D). Spanning the banks of the Danube, Budapest is one of Eastern Europe’s liveliest cities. Enjoy seeing the sights, shopping for handcrafted embroidery or Herend porcelain, or basking in the coffee house culture over a rich cream cake in the renowned Gerbeaud Café. On your GUIDED TOUR of the city, see the massive hilltop castle complex with its remarkable Fishermen’s Bastion - for spectacular views of the city - and 11th-century Matthias Church. Be sure to take note of the city’s eight bridges which connect ancient Buda on the right bank with Pest on the left. In your free time this afternoon you may want to walk across Chain Bridge, a symbol of Budapest built in 1849; visit St. Stephen’s Basilica with marvellous views of the city from its viewing platform; or stroll along Váci utca, the main shopping street.
Day 5, October 24th - Bratislava, Slovakia (B/L/D). Enjoy some relaxing cruising this morning as you head for Bratislava, situated at the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains and the dynamic capital of Slovakia. After lunch, join a Local Guide for a tour of the city, including a GUIDED WALK of its fascinating Old Town, where winding cobblestone streets and narrow alleyways twist and turn to reveal the Town Hall, one of the oldest stone buildings in the city. Also visit Gothic ST. MARTIN’S CATHEDRAL, coronation church for the Kingdom of Hungary from the 16th to 19th centuries. Later, enjoy free time to explore on your own.
Day 6, October 25th - Vienna, Austria (B/L/D). Once the centre of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Austria’s magical capital on the blue Danube is a showcase of gilded architecture. This is home to the lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace complex with its Vienna Boy’s Choir and dazzling Lipizzaner stallions; the neo-Renaissance Vienna Opera House; and awe-inspiring St. Stephen’s Cathedral - plus, countless other sights you’ll see on your included GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR. Stroll through the delightful pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse, and be sure to take a break and enjoy a piece of decadent Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in one of the classic Viennese coffee houses, historic institutions that helped shape Viennese culture! An optional concert is available tonight.
Day 7, October 26th - Dürnstein - Melk (B/L/D). During breakfast this morning, arrive in Dürnstein, situated in the heart of the Wachau wine region and known for the magnificent baroque, blue Stiftskirche built in the 1700's. A Local Guide will take you on a WALKING TOUR and tell you the tale of England’s King Richard the Lionheart, who was imprisoned in the castle whose ruins still stand above the town. Relax on your ship’s Sky Deck as you sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley and arrive in Melk in the early afternoon. The magnificent 11th-century BENEDICTINE ABBEY dominates the town and is one of Europe’s largest monasteries. The abbey houses an ornate library with over 80,000 printed books and 2,000 manuscripts. Words will escape you as you marvel at the splendour of the church with its frescoe ceilings, stunning high altar, marble statues, and 210-foot-high cupola. The view you have from the terrace of the abbey over the Danube and surrounding countryside is breathtaking! This evening you’ll be able to sample some of the FAMOUS WINES of this region.
Day 8, October 27th - Linz–Passau, Germany (B/L/D). This morning, your sightseeing tour by private cyclo includes visits to the ROYAL Linz, Austria’s third-largest city, lies on both banks of the Danube and is an important industrial town and busy river port. Cruise to Passau, uniquely located where the Inn, Ilz, and Danube Rivers converge. Passau is a maze of narrow cobblestone streets lined with beautiful patrician houses. St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of Italian baroque architecture, houses one of the world’s largest church organs with 17,774 pipes. Take in the highlights on the included GUIDED WALK.
Day 9, October 28th - Regensburg (B/L/D). Dating back to the time of the Celts around 500 BC, Regensburg is one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. Architectural highlights of your GUIDED WALK include the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall), built in the 13th century, and Porta Pretoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. Walk across the 12th-century Steinerne Brücke (Stone Bridge), the oldest of its kind in Germany. Grab a beer and enjoy an included SNACK at the Historische Wurstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen), one of Germany’s oldest restaurants. Bask in the vibrant atmosphere and take in the remarkable views along the river.
Day 10, October 29th - Nuremberg (B/L/D). This morning, relax on board, then before lunch, attend a fascinating LECTURE about the engineering marvel that is the Main Danube Canal. Although 90% of Nuremberg’s Old Town suffered extensive damage during WWII, much of it has been restored to the glory it once knew as the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire. This morning, choose a GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR and marvel at this thousand-year-old city’s medieval fortifications, extraordinary Gothic churches, and the Kaiserburg (Imperial Castle), or join a more specialised “NUREMBERG TRIALS” tour. During free time, be sure to try some tasty Lebkuchen and make a wish at the beautiful fountain in the Hauptmarkt (main square). Legend says your wish will come true if you turn its gold ring three times. After dinner we’ll introduce you to some of Germany’s FAMOUS BEERS.
Day 11, October 30th - Bamberg (B/L/D). This morning, arrive in medieval Bamberg, former residence of one of Germany’s most powerful imperial dynasties and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your GUIDED WALKING TOUR takes in its historic centre, including the great 13th-century Romanesque cathedral and the fascinating Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) - built on an island in the middle of the Regnitz River when the bishop refused to give the townspeople land for a town hall! Rejoin your ship in time for lunch. This afternoon, cruise gently along the Main River as you head for Würzburg, and attend an interesting ON BOARD LECTURE to learn more about the European Union.
Day 12, October 31st - Würzburg (B/L/D). Surrounded by verdant hillside vineyards, Würzburg, the “Pearl of the Romantic Road,” makes an immediate impression with imposing Fortress Marienberg perched above town and the 15th-century Alte Mainbrucke (Old Main Bridge). On your included GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR, visit the magnificent baroque BISHOP’S RESIDENZ, home to the largest ceiling fresco ever painted. This afternoon you are free to explore on your own, or perhaps join an optional excursion to medieval Rothenburg.
Day 13, November 1st - Miltenberg (B/L/D). Tucked away behind medieval defensive walls and towered gates, the picturesque Bavarian village of Miltenberg is a cultural gem on the banks of the Main River. This afternoon’s GUIDED WALK will acquaint you with the town’s delightful Marktplatz (market square), which centres around a Renaissance-era fountain and features striking half-timbered buildings, cobblestone lanes, one of the oldest inns in Germany, Haus zum Riesen (the giant’s house), and the Gothic splendour of the Merchant Hall.
Day 14, November 2nd - Rüdesheim/Rhine Gorge (B/L/D). At lunchtime today, arrive in Rüdesheim, a quintessential Rhine Valley wine town. Visit SIEGFRIED’S MECHANICAL MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM, where you’ll see and hear a large collection of self-playing calliopes and music boxes from the 18th to the early 20th centuries. Enjoy a SPECIAL TREAT, then there’s free time to pick up some souvenirs on the narrow, cobblestone Drosselgasse, where colourful flowers, open-air wine gardens, and live music add to the festive atmosphere. Downstream from Rüdesheim is the dramatic RHINE GORGE, the most beautiful stretch of river. Here, ancient castles stand sentry on lofty cliffs rising 400 feet above the waters. Cruise past the legendary rock of the Lorelei, where echoes of enchanted Siren's songs lured unwitting sailors to their doom.
Day 15, November 3rd - Cologne (B/L/D). Arrive in Cologne in the early morning hours. One of Germany’s largest cities and capital of the Rhineland, Cologne straddles both sides of the Rhine and is known for its soaring, twin-steeple Gothic cathedral. Choose between an included GUIDED CITY WALK or JEWISH HERITAGE WALK. Later, during free time, perhaps look in on the Romano-Germanic Museum, home to a large collection of artifacts from the Roman settlement on which modern Cologne is built - a must for history buffs! The Old Town abounds with cafés, shops, and taverns. Be sure to try a Kölsch pale lager, locally brewed in Cologne for over a hundred years!
Day 16, November 4th - Amsterdam, Holland (B/L/D). Holland’s sophisticated, modern capital has a rich and fascinating history. This delightful 700-year-old city with its elegant and classic architecture, cafés and restaurants, and lively marketplace has a distinct ambience. With over 60 museums, Amsterdam has the highest museum density in the world. Most notably, the works of famous Dutch masters can be seen in world-renowned museums such as the Rijksmuseum or the Van Gogh. Get a unique perspective of the city on an included CANAL CRUISE, floating along the elegant grachten lined with stately homes dating back to Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.”
Day 17, November 5th - Amsterdam/Canada (B/L). After breakfast, you will transfer from the Expression to the airport for your departure back to Canada.
TOUR INCLUDES: 1) Airfare from Saskatoon/Regina into Budapest return from Amsterdam, 2) 1 Night accommodation in Budapest (including dinner and breakfast), 3) All transfers, 4) Shore excursions with Local Guide (including complimentary headsets), 5) Complimentary Wi-Fi access, 6) Coffee self-serve beverage station, 7) A lounge serving premium spirits, 8) Daily Full buffet breakfast with sparkling wine, 9) Complimentary juices with breakfast, 10) Complimentary soft drinks with lunch, 11) Al fresco lunches on the Sky Bistro, 12) Four-course dinners with open seating, 13) Complimentary regional wines at dinner, 14) Free soft drinks or beer with dinner, 15) Night Fare served at 10:30 p.m, 16) English-speaking crew, 17) All gratuities, 18) 2 Professional Hosts.
2014 Spain & Portugal (Mar. 18th - Apr. 1st)
Professionally Hosted by: Richard and Agnes Fredericks
Day 1, March 18th - Depart Canada for Madrid (D).
Day 2, March 19th - Arrive Madrid (D). Welcome to the Spanish capital! Relax and unwind after checking in to your hotel. Later, you might like to explore Spain's capital city. Meet with your Travel Director and fellow travellers before enjoying dinner at your hotel.
Day 3, March 20th - Madrid - Ubeda - Baeza - Granada (B). Travel south across the plains of La Mancha, and stop at Puerto Lapice to visit the inn where legendary Don Quixote received his knighthood. Continue south into Andalucia to visit the UNESCO World Heritage town of Ubeda. View Vazquez de Molina Square, one of the best examples of Renaissance architecture in Spain. Explore the town on your own free time. In the afternoon, visit a traditional hacienda to see how olive oil is produced and taste some for yourself! This evening, sample the night life of Granada.
Day 4, March 21st - Granada-Malaga (3 nights) (B). This morning's panoramic tour includes views of the Cathedral and Plaza Nueva. Afterwards, if there is time (subject to ticket availability) join an optional visit to the magnificent Alhambra Palace and gardens. Arrive later on the famous Costa del Sol, with time to lounge on the beach and swim in the sparkling Mediterranean.
Day 5, March 22nd - Malaga (Orientation) (B/D). Malaga is one of the oldest cities in the world. See the castle and cathedral during your orientation of the city, and then enjoy free time to explore at your own pace. Visit the Picasso Museum, relax at the beach, or join an optional excursion to one of the famous hilltop villages, the choice is yours!
Day 6, March 23rd - Malaga at Leisure (B). Today is a full day at leisure to explore this coastal city further.
Day 7, March 24th - Malaga - Ronda - Albufeira, Algarve (B). This morning, take a scenic drive to the hilltop town of Ronda for spectacular views of the Sierra de Ronda. Cross the Puente Nuevo, spanning the 120 metre deep chasm carrying the Guadalevin River, and see the famous bull-ring, one of the oldest in Spain. Cross the border to the Algarve, your home for the next three nights.
Day 8 & 9 , March 25 and 26th - Free days in Albufeira, Algarve (B). The two days are at leisure to do as you please. Relax on the beach or join an excursion to Faro, the historical capital of the Algarve.
Day 10, March 27 - Albufeira - Grandola - Lisbon, 2 nights (B/D). Travel via Grandola, a small Alentejan town surrounded by cork trees and agriculture in the Setbal district, and cross the River Tagus to Lisbon, the Portuguese capital and your home for the next two nights. Dine tonight at your hotel.
Day 11, March 28th - Lisbon Sightseeing and Free Time (B). See Lisbon's landmarks during your sightseeing tour with your local guide including the Monument to the Discoveries, the suspension bridge spanning the River Tagus, the Belem Tower and the quaint Alfama district. Later, in your free time, perhaps take an optional excursion to the historic towns of Cascais and Sintra.
Day 12, March 29th - Lisbon - Fatima - Oporto (B). A scenic drive north through the magnificent Serra d'Aire Mountains brings you to the Shrine at Fatima, a site of celebrated religious miracles. Traverse the Bucaco National Park to the city of Oporto, located on the banks of the Douro River. See the stock exchange and the Church of St. Francis during your orientation of the city. Why not join your Travel Director for a Duoro River Crusie with dinner this evening?
Day 13, March 30th - Oporto - Salamanca (B/D). Enjoy free time this morning before crossing the border back into Spain. View the Plaza Mayor during your orientation of Salamanca, the oldest University City in Spain. Dine in tonight at your hotel.
Day 14, March 31 - Salamanca - Madrid (B). Your journey continues through the Sierra de Guadarrama Mountains to Madrid, Europe’s highest capital city. Your local Guide shows you the sights of Madrid, including the Cibeles fountain, the Gran Via, Paseo de la Castellana and Puerta del Sol. See the monument to Cervantes in Plaza de Espana. Consider spending the evening with your fellow travellers on the final night of your tour.
Day 15, April 1st - Madrid - Canada. Say adios to your companions after a wonderful vacation as you are transferred to the airport for your return flight HOME.
TOUR INCLUDES: 1) International airfare and taxes, 2) 13 nights accommodation in twin-bed rooms with private facilities, 3) 13 Buffet breakfasts (cold and/or hot), 5 dinners (beverages other than coffee/tea are not included with hotel dinners), meals indicated by (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch and (D) Dinner, 4) Services of a professional English speaking Travel Director throughout the tour, 5) All hotels service charges, local taxes, baggage handling - one (1) bag per person & hotel tips (Additional baggage charges USD$6.00 per bag/day - Subject to space available on coach), 6) Professional local city Guides in Lisbon, Oporto and Madrid, 7) Touring by 49 seat luxury air conditioned coach with reclining seats and on board facilities from throughout, 8) Hidden treasure - enjoy at least one surprise, 9) Hidden treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, 10) Sightseeing as per the itinerary, 11) All gratuities for drivers, guides, and hosts, 12) 2 professional hosts.
2014 11TH ANNUAL PANAMA CANAL CRUISE (Nov. 2nd - 17th)
Professionally Directed By: Doug and Nancy Porcina
Day 1, November 2nd - Fly from Saskatoon/Regina to Los Angeles, CA. Overnight in Los Angeles.
Day 2, November 3rd - Los Angeles Embarkation (B/L/D). Morning breakfast get together before transferring to the Los Angeles Port to embark on the Norwegian Star for your 14-night cruising adventure! The ship sets sail at 4 p.m.
Day 3, November 4th - Day at Sea (B/L/D).
Day 4, November 5th - Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (B/L/D). This southernmost enclave on the tip of the Baja Peninsula features unearthly rock formations and white shady beaches. This is an ideal area to dive or snorkel in a world-class location, swim with dolphins, try sport fishing, or experience the beautiful art of glass blowing.
Day 5, November 6th - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (B/L/D). A traditional Mexican village inhabited by genuinely warm people, Puerto Vallarta features beautiful beaches, boutique shopping and some of the most picturesque and challenging golf courses in the Western Hemisphere.
Day 6, November 7th - Day at Sea (B/L/D).
Day 7, November 8th - Huatulco (B/L/D). Its ancient name means "the place where wood is adored”. Thanks to some eco-tourism planning, Huatulco retains a great deal of its beloved natural beauty that surrounds its nine crystalline bays, and has been awarded the prestigious Green Globe certification for its efforts.
Day 8, November 9th - Puerto Chiapas (B/L/D). Ancient Mayan ruins and lush tropical rainforest are home to the Chipas Region. Situated on the Pacific Coast in Southwestern Mexico, Puerto Chipas serves as a small fishing and agricultural Centre. The archaeological museum in nearby Tapachula exhibits artifacts excavated from the region.
Day 9, November 10th - Day at Sea (B/L/D).
Day 10, November 11th - Puntarenas (B/L/D). Puntarenas is a great place to see native wildlife ranging from scarlet macaws to the alpha predator of Central America: the jaguar. As one of the country's leading fishing ports, take a boat through the mangroves or experience the jungle from the suspended bridge in the cloud forest.
Day 11, November 12th - At Sea (B/L/D).
Day 12, November 13th - Panama Canal, Cruising (B/L/D). Today the Star enters the canal; it will rise 85 feet in one of the legendary Gatun Locks. As you cross the Continental Divide - a journey that took mariners of long ago many years to complete - a new world of wonder and amazement awaits you on the other side.
Day 13, November 14th - Cartagena, Columbia (B/L/D). Founded in 1533, Cartagena is the picture-perfect Spanish-colonial village. A fortress wall surrounds the historic village’s pastel-coloured architecture, quaint streets and fine cathedrals. Stroll through the walled old town (Ciudad Murallada), shop the boutiques housed in what used to be dungeons, and enjoy a jaunt through a rich history.
Day 14, November 15th - At Sea.
Day 15, November 16th - At Sea.
Day 16, November 17th - Miami - Canada. Arrive and disembark in Miami before transferring to the Miami airport for your flights home to Canada.
Cruise includes: 1) Flights from Regina/Saskatoon into Los Angeles return from Miami, 2) Transfers from Los Angeles airport to the hotel, from the hotel to the Los Angeles Pier, and from the Miami pier to Miami Airport, 3) 1 night accommodation in Los Angeles, 4) Morning breakfast reception in Los Angeles, 5) 14 night accommodation, meals and entertainment aboard the Norwegian Star, 5) All motor coach driver, host, and ship gratuities, 6) All taxes, 7) Trip Interruption Insurance, 8) 2 Professional Tour Directors.
2014 ALASKA & YUKON TOUR & CRUISE (June 16th- July 4th (5th))
Based on some of our experiences in previous years, we have remodelled our Yukon-Alaska program to offer three distinct tour options within a single tour. This year, guests may opt for the motor coach only, the motor coach/cruise, or the cruise only option. For those that would like a combination of motor coach touring and cruising, our second option just might fit the bill. It is a combination of the first 11 days of the motor coach tour and a Celebrity inside passenger cruise from Seward to Vancouver aboard the Millennium. The final option is for those who may not have the time for the full 20 day tour or have explored the interior before. The third option is the cruise only option. These guests fly to Anchorage on June 25th, where they will join the motor coach group for the next 2 days/2 nights touring Anchorage before sailing to Vancouver and flying home. It is our hope that through the creation of these three different options, we will be able meet the needs of our clients who wish to explore the Yukon and Alaska.
Day 1, Monday, June 16th: Drive from Saskatchewan to Edmonton. Free evening: Socialise. West Edmonton Mall. Overnight: Edmonton.
Day 2, Tuesday, June 17th (B/L): Journey to Dawson Creek. Pose at the famous “MILEPOST 0” of the Alaska Highway. Drive through Peace River farming area to Fort St. John. Overnight: Fort St. John.
Day 3, Wednesday, June 18th (B/L): Drive past breathtaking landscapes along Alaska Highway through the Rockies, past Pink Mountain and Prophet River Valley to Fort Nelson. Overnight: Fort Nelson.
Day 4, Thursday, June 19th (B/L): Traverse Stone Mountain Provincial Park, Summit Lake Pass & Muncho Pass. View Muncho Lake. Enjoy a swim in Liard Hot Springs Pool; then head to Watson Lake, Gateway to the Yukon. Hang hometown signs beside the 50,000+ signs in the “Signpost Forest”. Enjoy Northern Lights Centre. Overnight: Watson Lake.
Day 5, Friday, June 20th (B/L): Journey through the Cassiar Mountains and Big Salmon Range. Pass Teslin. Visit SS Klondike 11 Sternwheeler, arrive at Yukon’s capital, Whitehorse, on the Yukon river. Enjoy popular “Frantic Follies Vaudeville Review”. Overnight: Whitehorse.
Day 6, Saturday, June 21st (B/L): Head north on Klondike Highway; listen for echoes of Robert Service’s poem, “The Cremation of Sam McGee” while passing Lake Leberge. Pass Carmacks, once notable for Yukon River steamers headed to Dawson City. Pass through majestic, isolated country, pass Pelly Crossing & Stewart Crossing. Arrive at Dawson City, the heart of the Klondike. The city appears similar to boom town of 1890’s: clapboard buildings, boardwalk, gravel streets. Evening: Drive to “The Dome of Dawson City”. Experience natural outdoor light at night! Overnight: Dawson City.
Day 7, Sunday, June 22nd (B): Relive excitement of the gold rush - tour Dawson City: Visit Bonanza Creek to pan for gold, tour Gold Dredge #4. Evening: Diamond Tooth Gertie’s Gambling Hall. Overnight: Dawson City.
Day 8, Monday, June 23rd (B/L): Head to Alaskan border. Drive “Top of the World Highway” past amazing vistas while winding above the tree line. Cross US border, pass Boundary & Chicken on Taylor Highway. Stop at Tok: Official sled dog capital. Drive along Alaska Range to Delta Junction: View the trans-Alaska pipeline and end of Alaska Highway. Drive Richardson Highway for remaining distance to Fairbanks. Visit “Santa Claus House” at the North Pole. Arrive at Fairbanks for overnight (2 nights).
Day 9, Tuesday, June 24th (B/L/D): Morning: Enjoy Sled Dog Demo and University of Alaska Museum. Afternoon: Relive gold rush days on riverboat cruise down Chena River to Tanana River. Evening: Dinner at “Pioneer Park” with Salmon Bake & entertainment, “Golden Heart Revue”. Overnight: Fairbanks.
Day 10, Wednesday, June 25th (B/L): Head to Anchorage. Pass Denali National Park with spectacular scenery and America’s highest peak (20,320’), Mount McKinley, plus wonders of the Alaska Range. Overnight: Anchorage (2 nights).
Day 11, Thursday, June 26th (B/L/D): Tour Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city. Enjoy Glacier Cruise on Portage Lake at the foot of Portage Glacier to view glaciers “calving” and “bacon bits” falling. This evening, we will enjoy dinner as we say bon voyage to our friends cruising from Seward tomorrow. Overnight Anchorage.
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Day 12, Friday, June 27th (B): A free day today allows you a chance to explore more of Anchorage or simply kick back and relax. Overnight Anchorage.
Day 13, Saturday, June 28th (B/L/D): Head northeast on Glenn Highway, pass musk ox farm, Matanuska Glacier, Talkeetna Mountains, Eureka Summit , and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. Drive the highest point in the road, Mentasta Summit, before reaching Tok. Rejoin Alaska Highway, cross border into wilderness of Canadian Yukon en route to Beaver Creek. This evening you will enjoy the Beaver Creek Dinner Show. Overnight Beaver Creek.
Day 14, Sunday, June 29th (B/L): Travel Alaska Highway along Kluane National Park, dominated by St Elias Mountains (Mt. Logan: Canada’s highest peak) to Haines Junction for Lunch. Drive Klondike Highway through White Pass Summit across US border into Skagway, Alaska for overnight (2 nights).
Day 15, Monday, June 30th (B): Enjoy a guided walking tour of historic Skagway, Trail of 98 Museum & The Days of 98 Show with Soapy Smith which creates the flavour of gold rush entertainment: Cancan dancers, garter auction, shoot out, portrayal of boisterous “Soapy” & lively music. Overnight: Skagway.
Day 16, Tuesday, July 1st (B/L/D): Ride north through rugged terrain on “White Pass and Yukon Railway” with narration about gold rush days. Travel by bus to Teslin stopping for Lunch then continue onto Dease Lake for Dinner. Overnight: Dease Lake.
Day 17, Wednesday, July 2nd (B/L): Drive Stewart-Cassiar Hwy through wilderness, passing lakes, the Cassiar Mountains, Meziadin Junction, and Skeena crossing to Smithers, B.C. in the Hazelton Mountains. Overnight: Smithers.
Day 18, Thursday, July 3rd (B): Head southeast on the Yellowhead Highway, past Vanderhoof to Prince George, on the Nechako & Fraser Rivers, to McBride. Overnight: McBride.
Day 19, Friday, July 4th (B/D): View Mount Robson, the highest peak in Canadian Rockies, through the Yellowhead Pass. Stop at Jasper National Park. Head to Edmonton for Farewell Social & Wind up Banquet. Overnight: Edmonton.
Day 20, Saturday, July 5th (B): Returning home with special memories of friends and experiences.
Tour returning by Motor coach from Anchorage Includes: 1) Transportation by motor coach. 2) Admission to all attractions, tours, and entertainment as listed in this brochure. 3) 19 nights accommodation in quality hotels. 4) 19 breakfasts, 13 lunches, and 5 Dinners. 5) All motor coach driver, host, and guide gratuities. 6) Trip Interruption insurance. 7) 2 Professional Hosts.
Day 12, Friday, June 27th (B/D): After lunch, travel from Anchorage down to Seward to board the Celebrity Millennium for a 7 day Alaskan Adventure at sea.
Day 13, Saturday, June 28th (B/L/D): Hubbard Glacier (Cruising): The longest river of ice in North America, the Hubbard Glacier is also one of the most active of its kind in Alaska. You'll be able to see this massive natural wonder, with its 1,350 square miles of blue ice, from just about anywhere on the ship.
Day 14, Friday, June 29th (B/L/D): Juneau, Alaska, the capital of Alaska, was founded during a gold rush in 1880. Today, the former gold-mining town counts among its riches some of Alaska's most spectacular scenery. Nestled at the foot of Mt. Juneau in the Alaska Panhandle, it faces the water from the mainland side of Gastineau Channel. Several magnificent fjords are located along the channel coast, and the majestic Mendenhall Glacier.
Day 15, Monday, June 30th (B/L/D): Skagway, Alaska When gold was discovered in the Klondike region of the Yukon Territory it resulted in the historic Gold Rush of 1898. As thousands of gold-crazed adventurers sought the best starting point for their arduous trek, they found the deepest penetration possible by boat was at the northern tip of the Lynn Canal. This is how Skagway was born.
Day 16, Tuesday, July 1st (B/L/D): Icy Strait Point, Alaska. Icy Strait Point is located near the city of Hoonah, the largest native Tlingit Indian settlement in Alaska, and very near Glacier Bay National Park. Home to a historic cannery, the port's connection to the sea is strong. Locals share the sea with humpback whales, Orcas, Dall porpoises, seals, sea otters, halibut and all five species of Pacific salmon. It is not uncommon to spot a humpback or an Orca.
Day 17, Wednesday, July 2nd (B/L/D): Ketchikan, Alaska originated as an Indian fish saltery, but the town's major growth began when it became a supply base and entry port for miners during the 1898 Gold Rush to the Klondike. Much of the town's colourful past is still in evidence, especially in the nearby Indian villages, where you'll see colourfully carved totem poles and hear the fascinating legends that surround them.
Day 18, Thursday, July 3rd (B/L/D): Inside Passage - Cruising through the Inside Passage is really what has made Alaska cruising so popular. This trip captures so much of what people love about Alaska. There are glaciers the size of Rhode Island, misty rain forests, ghostly blue fjords, and spirited communities that celebrate their varied heritage. Be sure to take in every view as you sail through one of the most beautiful parts of Alaska.
Day 19, Friday, July 4th (B): Vancouver. This morning after breakfast, we will disembark the Millennium and board the motor coach for transfer to the Vancouver airport for your flight home.
Motor-coach tour returning by Cruise from Anchorage includes: 1) Transportation by motor coach. 2) Admission to all attractions, tours, and entertainment as listed in this brochure. 3) 12 nights accommodation in quality hotels. 4) 7 nights accommodation and entertainment aboard the Celebrity Millennium. 5) 18 Breakfasts, 15 Lunches, and 9 Dinners. 6) One-way flight from Vancouver to Saskatoon/Regina. 7) All motor coach driver, host, guide, and mandatory ship board gratuities. 8) Trip Interruption insurance. 9) 2 Professional Hosts.
Cruise Only Tour includes: 1) One-way Flight from Saskatoon/Regina to Anchorage. 2) Airport to hotel, hotel to ship, and ship to airport transfers by motor coach. 3) Admission to all attractions, tours, and entertainment in Anchorage as listed on June 25th and 26th, 2013. 4) 2 nights accommodation in a quality hotel in Anchorage. 5) 7 nights accommodation and entertainment aboard the Celebrity Millennium. 6) 9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, and 8 Dinners. 7) One-way flight from Vancouver to Saskatoon/Regina. 8) All motor coach driver, host, guide, and mandatory ship board gratuities. 9) Trip Interruption insurance. 10) 2 Professional Hosts.
2014 Music Mardi Gras & New Mexico (Feb. 21st - Mar. 12th)
Hosted by Bob & Linda Hayes
DAY 1, Friday, February 21st - SK to Winnipeg MB. Greet your fellow travelers as they board the coach on route to Winnipeg. Overnight: Winnipeg MB
DAY 2, Saturday, February 22nd - Winnipeg to Plymouth MN (B). Cross the border, travel onto Plymouth. You can choose on your own to shop at the Mall of America or stay at hotel & go to playhouse theatre.
DAY 3, Sunday, February 23rd - Plymouth to Williamsburg IA (B) (E). Through the rolling hills of Iowa you will come across a unique settlement of historical German villages, the Amana Colonies. Some free time to shop.
DAY 4, Monday, February 24th - Williamsburg to St Louis MO (B) (E). This morning continue wondering through the shops in the Colonies.
DAY 5, Tuesday, February 25th - St Louis MO (B) (M). Take a ride to the top of the St Louis Arch, take in the Museum below. Stop at Union station, then tour & sample the world’s largest brewery, Anheuser-Busch with the Clydesdale horses.
DAY 6, Wednesday, February 26th - St Louis to Memphis TN (B) (M). You’re off to the Blues & Rock and Roll of Memphis. Tour Graceland, the large white-columned mansion and 13.8-acre estate that was home to Elvis Presley.
DAY 7, Thursday, February 27th - Memphis TN (B) (M-D). Take advantage on board the hop on hop off trolley to catch some of the most popular sights in Memphis. Enjoy the five Peabody Mallards that continue to march into the main lobby fountain at the Peabody Hotel each and every morning. Later tour the Gibson Guitar Factory and witness the process of constructing one.
DAY 8, Friday, February 28th - Memphis to Nashville TN (B) (E). Bid farewell to Memphis, as you head to Nashville with a stop in Jackson to see the Casey Jones museum, catch the history of the legendary train wreck. Spend some time at the Opry Mills mall later on your own to take in a Predators game schedule pending.
DAY 9, Saturday, March 1st - Nashville TN (B) (M). Today you will tour the Country Music Hall of Fame and Opryland hotel. This evening enjoy the Grand Ole Opry, "the show that made country music famous".
DAY 10, Sunday, March 2nd - Nashville to New Orleans LA (B). Travel south to one of the world’s most fascinating cities New Orleans, a history of influences from Europe, Caribbean, Africa and beyond.
Day 11, Monday, March 3rd - New Orleans LA (B) (M). You'll find the roots of jazz and a blossoming culture throughout your City and Plantation tours. Later take a two hour cruise along the Mississippi River aboard the steamboat Natchez, experience jazz music and regional food. Absorb your surroundings; venture out on your own.
Day 12, Tuesday, March 4th - (B/D). Take advantage of the trolley going by the hotel. Join in the huge Carnival celebration of Mardi Gras. Catch some beads or coins being tossed from the incredible floats.
Day 13, Wednesday, March 5th - (B) (E). Farewell to New Orleans travel through Baton Rouge and Lafayette on route to Texas, nick-named the Lone Star State as a reminder of the struggle for independence from Mexico. Known for its great people.
Day 14, Thursday, February 14th - (B). Tour the Johnson Space Centre and see the designs, development and testing of spacecraft and associated systems for human flight. Take in the scenery as we drive to the home of the Alamo, Enjoy some time on the boat ride through the River Walk.
Day 15, Friday, March 7th - San Antonio TX, (B) (M-D). Absorb the history on your San Antonio tour today, with the vibrant mix of culture, cuisine, architecture, and patriotism. Spend free time in the market. Free evening to explore and sight see on your own.
Day 16, Saturday, March 8th - San Antonio to Carlsbad NM (B) (D). Travel into New Mexico to the Carlsbad Caverns which includes a large cave chamber known as the Big Room, a natural limestone chamber which is almost 4,000 ft long, 625 ft wide & 255 ft high, the 3rd largest chamber in North America.
Day 17, Sunday, March 9th - Carlsbad to Albuquerque NM (B) (M-D). New Mexico is truly an enchanted place, from breathtaking sunsets to fabulous local cuisine. Today you’ll go to the Sky City Cultural Centre and Haaku Museum before stopping in Albuquerque which is full of the traditional Spanish flavor.
Day 18, Monday, March 10th - Albuquerque NM, (B) (M). A leisurely day checking out some of the top sights in Albuquerque or you can rest and relax. You will be given a list of places to see such as the Zoo, aquarium, or botanical garden. Also check out the Turquoise or Rattlesnake museums.
Day 19, Tuesday, March 11th - Albuquerque to Colorado Springs CO (B/D) (M). North bound to the home of Pikes Peak a 14 thousand foot peak 10 miles from Colorado Springs and be awestruck by the impressive rock formations in the Garden of the Gods. This evening enjoy your wind up banquet.
Day 20, March 12th - Colorado Springs to Miles City WY (B). Take in the scenery as you pass through Colorado home to the Southern Rocky Mountains, Wyoming where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains & Montana with it’s many mountains, rivers and lakes.
Day 21, Thursday, March 13th - Miles City MT to HOME (B/D). Bid farewell to new found friends, cherish your many memories you experienced along the way. Hope you can join us on another adventure soon. Overnight: Williston, ND.
Day 22, Friday, February 22nd (B). Head north cross the border and homeward bound. Bid farewell to new found friends, cherish the memories of a wonderful winter get away.
TOUR INCLUDES: 1) Motor Coach Transportation, 2) Hotel accommodations, 3) City tours, 4) Admission to attractions listed, 5) Trolley transportation, 6) Boat ride, 7) 1 Show, 8) 2 Professional hosts, 9) Meals indicated as (B/L/D), 10) 0 prior trip interruption insurance, 11) All tips for drivers, hosts & guides included.
2014 EL PRESIDENTE CRUISE 2.0 REALISE THE DREAM (Jan. 30th - Feb. 13th)
Professionally Hosted By: Ed & Eleanor Glynn
January 30th - Depart Canada for Miami/Ft Lauderdale. This morning we start our Caribbean adventure departing from Saskatoon/ Regina for Fort Lauderdale. Upon arrival into Fort Lauderdale, we will be transferred to the Hotel Indigo in south Miami.
January 31st - Miami – Land and Sea Tour (B). This morning, we will head out to enjoy the Miami Land and Sea tour. Viewing the Art Deco boutique buildings of Miami, we will head onto the Bayside Marketplace for a 90 minute cruise of the beautiful Biscayne Bay. After the cruise there will be time for lunch and a little shopping before returning to the hotel for the rest of the day.
February 1st - Miami – Everglades Tour (B). The Everglades awaits this morning. An “Amazing River of Grass” set up by nature to purify the local water system. We will see a rare collection of magnificent birds, reptiles, and flora. An alligator is sure to raise his head as the flowers bloom barely above the water.
February 2nd - Miami – Free Day (B).
February 3rd - Embark the Norwegian Sun (B/L/D). After breakfast, we are off to the Port of Miami to embark on the Norwegian Sun for 10 days of sailing the Caribbean.
February 4th & 5th - At Sea (B/L/D). The next two days provide a chance to enjoy what offer the Sun has to offer.
February 6th - St. Thomas (8 am - 5 pm) (B/L/D). The town of Charlotte Amalie has one of the most breathtaking harbours in the world. Once home to pirates of long ago, today visitors find treasures of a different kind from the beautiful beaches and bountiful duty-free shopping.
February 7th - Roseau (9 am - 5 pm) (B/L/D). Cascading waterfalls, thermal springs and scenic pleasures abound on this ruggedly beautiful island and can all be explored throughout Morne Trois Pitons National Park. Or tour the cobblestone plaza of the Old Market, the old Catholic cathedral and botanical gardens.
February 8th - Bridgetown, Barbados (8 am - 5 pm) (B/L/D). The most British of all the Caribbean islands, games of cricket are as common here as the typical island water sports. Visit the third-oldest Parliament in the entire Commonwealth. Stroll along the inviting beaches of Carlisle Bay. Or tour a rum factory or the historic Garrison area. Bridgetown is the only city outside continental North America that George Washington visited. The George Washington House, the actual house where he stayed, is now part of the Garrison Historic Area.
February 9th - St Lucia (8 am - 5 pm) (B/L/D). A mecca for outdoor enthusiasts with thriving coral reefs and rain forest preserves. Explore the world's only drive-in volcanic crater at Sulfur Springs. Visit the Diamond Botanical Gardens and Falls and the Morne Coubaril Estate.
February 10th - Philipsburg St. Maarten (8 am - 5 pm) (B/L/D). With an area of only 37 square miles, the island of St. Maarten is the smallest landmass in the world to be divided between two governments. The southern Dutch half offers casinos, duty-free shopping and island culture. The French half is all subdued sophistication.
February 11th & 12th - At Sea (B/L/D). Our last two days at sea to enjoy all that the Sun has to offer.
February 13th - Disembark Miami, fly Home (B). After disembarking the Sun, we will transfer to Fort Lauderdale airport for our flights back to Canada with fantastic memories and lifelong friendships.
CRUISE/TOUR INCLUDES: 1) Return flights between Saskatoon/Regina and Fort Lauderdale (not including checked baggage fee). 2) 4 nights accommodation at the Hotel Indigo Miami. 3) 11 days/10 nights aboard the Norwegian Sun including all meals and entertainment on board. 4) All airport/hotel/ship transfers. 5) Land and Sea Tour of Miami and Everglades Tour. 6) All gratuities (includes motor coach drivers, Miami guide, host couple, and mandatory ship board), taxes and port charges. 7) All meals as per brochure. 8) $0 Prior Non-Medical Package Insurance. 9) 2 professional hosts.
El Presidente’s Promise: With every cabin sold, $50.00 will be donated to the local humane society. With a 48 guests booked, one lucky cabin will win an upgrade to a suite category (based on availability).