The following TOUR ITINERARIES are dated for the year 2016.
2016 EL PRESIDENTE CRUISE 4.0 Cuba Cruise & Tour (Jan. 10th - 23rd)
Professionally Directed By Bob & Linda Hayes
January 10th: Depart Canada for Havana. Today we start our Cuban adventure departing from Saskatoon/ Regina for Havana, Cuba. Upon arrival into Havana, we will be transferred to the Nacional Hotel.
January 11th: Havana (B/L/D). This morning we tour the City of Havana in style in old American cars. The tour will end at port of Havana where we will board the Louis Cristal. The rest of the day is yours to explore the ship or venture into the city of Havana. Maybe tonight take in an optional visit to the famous “Tropicana Show” of exotic dancers and listen to the exciting sound of Cuban music at its best!
January 12th: Havana (B/L/D). Free day. Today is yours to explore the City of Havana. Enjoy wandering the markets with their abundance of wonderful leather, jewellery and colourful fabrics. The ship sails for Maria la Gorda at 5 PM.
January 13th: Maria la Gorda (B/L/D). We leave Maria la Gorda and travel to Guanahacabibes National Park Nature. The National Park Coastline features a variety of landscapes, including Mangrove Swamps, home to unique flora and fauna. Visit the Las Perlas Cave, with its beautiful stalactites, stalagmites and a breathtaking lake. An expert local guide will accompany us for the entire trek.
January 14th: Cienfuegos (B/L/D). We begin this tour by strolling the streets of this pretty city, known as the Pearl of the South. From the Boulevard to Marti Park we’ll see the Triumph Arch, Bar Meson El Palatino which is the oldest building in the city. La Casa del Dundador, residence of Don Luís de Clouet, San Lorenzo School, the Pure Conception Church, and the theatre Tomas Terry built in 1890. By bus, we’ll then take in the views of the Cienfuegos Promenade by Jagua Bay. At Palacio de Valle we’ll be welcomed with a cocktail and learn about the palace, built in 1913 and considered an architectural jewel.
January 15th: Montego Bay, Jamaica (B/L/D). FREE DAY. With unique culture, amazing beaches, picturesque mountains, and incredible duty free shopping, we couldn’t pass this up. Go horseback riding on the beach, take in a round of golf, explore a plantation, or meander around the shops and enjoy. Jamaica is yours for the day.
January 16th: Santiago de Cuba (B/L/D). Today is full of history and culture as you experience the fantastic city of Santiago de Cuba. Walk through the main streets and avenues of the city. Drive through San Juan Hill, former residential neighbourhoods, Antonio Maceo Revolution Square, and the bar of the former Bacardi Rum Factory La Barrita de Ron Caney. We then travel by motor coach to visit El Morro Castle a UNESCO world heritage site dating back to the late 16th and 17th century. Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, where we will witness the changing of the guard to honour a Cuban national hero, Jose Marti. For lunch today, we will enjoy an outdoor seafood lunch overlooking the picturesque Cayo Granma. If time permits, we will have free time at the main square downtown.
January 17th: At Sea (B/L/D). Sailing along the Northern Cuban coastline, will give us an opportunity to enjoy all that the Louis Cristal has to offer.
January 18th: (Disembarkation) Havana - Varadero (B/D). This morning after breakfast, we will disembark the Louis Crystal and head into the Cuban country side for our next destination, Varadero. Before checking in at our resort, the Melia Varadero for the next 5 nights, we will enjoy a City Tour of Varadero.
January 19th: Varadero (All Inclusive). We anchor just off the island and transfer to the beach at Port Frances. This is a glorious beach of pure white sand surrounded by crystal clear warm waters - perfect for snorkelling. Enjoy a beach barbecue in the sunshine while listening to live music.
January 20th: Varadero (All Inclusive). After breakfast, our first stop is an old Sugar Mill called ''Australia'' where you will find a museum of steam train locomotives of the 20th century. Have the opportunity to ride in a genuine steam train through the fields of the area while tasting tropical fruits. Visit the largest crocodile breeding sanctuary in Cuba, then boat down the river to a replica of a Taino Indian village. Visit the farm ‘‘Fiesta Campesina’’ with an interesting array of birds and animals. Enjoy a typical Creole lunch with a farmers show included. There will be free time to take pictures and enjoy the Cuban peaceful countryside.
January 21st: Varadero (All Inclusive). This morning, we will get together for breakfast. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy your beautiful resort or explore Varadero.
January 22nd: Varadero (All Inclusive). This morning, we will get together for breakfast. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy your beautiful resort or explore Varadero.
January 23rd: Return Home (B). After and early breakfast this morning, we will transfer to the Varadero Airport for departure home.
El Presidente's Promise: With every cabin sold $50.00 will be donated to the local animal humane society.
2016 Poppies & Tulips - River Cruises of France, Belgium & the Netherlands (Mar. 31st - Apr. 19th)
Professionally Hosted By: Doug & Nancy Porcina
Day 1, March 31st: Depart Canada (D). Your adventure begins with your flight out of Saskatoon/Regina to Paris.
Day 2, April 1st: Arrive Paris (B). Welcome to Paris, France’s capital on the River Seine, the “City of Light,” where romance fills the air. We will be transferred to our hotel for the evening. A welcome reception will give you a chance to get to know your fellow travellers.
Day 3, April 2nd: Paris (EMBARKATION) (B/D). This morning is yours. Catch-up on sleep or grab any last minute items you may need for the journey. This afternoon, board our river cruise vessel and meet your crew at an evening welcome reception. Before dinner, our ship glides smoothly out of Paris.
Day 4, April 3rd: Vernon - Les Andelys (B/L/D). This morning in Vernon, choose between a guided visit of Giverny and a visit to Bizy Castle. Claude Monet lived at Giverny for almost 43 years (1883-1926), and viewed his flower and water gardens as works of art - just like his paintings. Or, visit Bizy Castle, built in 1740 and nicknamed “Normandy’s Versailles.” It is known for its famous stables - inspired by those at Versailles - and its magnificent courtyard and water garden. This afternoon, your ship arrives in Les Andelys, situated on a bend of the Seine and one of the most beautiful places in France. Join a Local Guide for a Guided Walk of the town.
Day 5, April 4th: Caudebec (B/L/D). Today, join either a guided excursion along the Route des Chaumières, “Thatched Cottage Route”, to see some of Normandy’s charming and traditional half-timbered houses with their long, sloping thatched roofs, often sporting blue wooden doors and window shutters, or along the “Normandy Abbeys Route”, a short drive from Caudebec.
Day 6, April 5th: Caudebec (B/L/D). Today includes a full-day excursion to the historic Normandy Landing Beaches - with poignant sites such as Juno Beach, the Pointe du Hoc monument, and the Canadian Cemetery.
Day 7, April 6th: Rouen (B/L/D). Rouen, capital of Upper Normandy, is an important commercial city perhaps best known for its connection to Joan of Arc, who lived, was imprisoned, and burned at the stake in the marketplace of this town in 1431. Enjoy the included Guided Walk through the medieval quarter with its half-timbered, glazed-tile houses, and take photos of the intricate Gros Horloge astronomical clock, dating back to the 16th century. Visit the Gothic Cathedral.
Day 8, April 7th: Conflans (B/L/D). After breakfast you may either join our included guided excursion to Auvers-sur-Oise, the quaint little town where Vincent Van Gogh lived and died, or to Napoleon and Josephine’s Chateau de Malmaison just outside Paris.
Day 9, April 8th: Paris (B/L/D). Known as one of the world’s most romantic and lively cities, Paris is a delight for all your senses. Your included City Sightseeing shows you magnificent must-see sights, such as Notre Dame Cathedral, the unique Louvre Museum with its glass pyramid as a contrast to its ancient architecture, the commemorative Arc de Triomphe, and the Eiffel Tower. Alternatively, you may wish to join a Guided Walk through historic Île St. Louis with its narrow one-way streets and Île de la Cité, the center of Paris where the medieval city was founded and home to Notre Dame Cathedral. In your free time, stroll down the Champs-Elysées with its lavish cafés, or perhaps visit the world-famous Louvre or Montmartre with its gleaming white Sacré Coeur Basilica and bevy of artists on Place du Tertre. Optional Cabaret dinner and show to finish off the Paris experience.
Day 10, April 9th: Paris - Dieppe - Amiens - Somme Area (B/D). After Disembarkation in Paris, we head to Dieppe to visit the Museum at the Canadian Cemetery, and the actual beach battle site to pay tribute to 913 Canadian soldiers who died that tragic morning of August 19th, 1942. Lessons learned here were instrumental in the successful landing two years later on the beaches of Normandy. On September 1st, 1944, the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division liberated Dieppe. Before leaving Dieppe visit the Jubilee Centre. Later arrive in Amiens and visit the medieval Amiens Cathedral and the Memorial to Allied Forces, which commemorates the men who fought one of the decisive battles in August 1918, ultimately leading to the end of World War I. Then, visit the Newfoundland Memorial in Beaumont-Hamel, dedicated to the Dominion of Newfoundland members who were killed in WWI. The site contains a stunning caribou monument and new interpretive centre.
Day 11, April 10th: Somme Area - Vimy Ridge - Ypres, Belgium (B/D). Today we visit Vimy Ridge, site of an outstanding Canadian victory in World War I. The battle, which began April 9th, 1917, marks the first time all four divisions of the Canadian Expeditionary Force participated in the battle together, and has since become the symbol of the Canadian nationalistic achievement and sacrifice. Visit the newly restored Memorial that dominates the area. Around its base are the names of 11,000 missing Canadians who died in France during the Great War and have no known graves. Time to walk along the restored trenches and tunnels (subject to availability) and to visit the Interpretive Centre. End with a visit to the Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, from where the remains of an unknown Canadian soldier were returned home in 2000 as a symbol of all the missing and unknown soldiers who died during the Great War in Europe. This evening, your Tour Director will accompany you to Menin Gate. Here, the “Last Post” is played every evening to honour the memory and sacrifice of the war’s dead.
Day 12, April 11th: Ypres - Brussels (B/D). Visit the famous Cloth Hall and its In Flanders Fields Museum. Afterwards, stop at the Essex Farm Cemetery, where McRae wrote his poem in May 1915. On to Passchendaele, where a Local Guide will tell you the story of the tragic battle that took place here in 1917. Up the hill at Crest Farm is the Passchendaele Canadian Memorial, which marks the place where the men of the Canadian Corps took possession of the high ground at Crest Farm after two weeks of ferocious fighting. Also stop at Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest Commonwealth military graveyard in the world with its 12,000 graves and a memorial dedicated to another 35,000 missing. Late afternoon arrival at your hotel in Brussels.
Day 13, April 12th: Brussels (Embarkation) (B/D). For some, your tour ends today after breakfast with a transfer to the airport while others continuing to your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at an evening welcome reception.
Day 14, April 13th: Antwerp (B/L/D). Antwerp is Belgium’s second-largest city and one of the world’s most important ancient seaports. It merges the new with the old and offers the attractions and atmosphere you’d expect from a European city - friendly people, fabulous architecture, chic shops, interesting museums, vibrant cafés, charming galleries, and historic monuments. Sightseeing with a Local Guide shows you the superb architecture of the central Grote Markt.
Day 15, April 14th: Ghent (B/L/D). In a unique way, Ghent, the “diamond” of Flanders, has managed to preserve its medieval charm and power while keeping up with the times. A Local Guide will proudly point out that the city centre alone is a showcase of medieval Flemish wealth and commercial success. Visit ST Baaf’s Cathedral, which houses remarkable art treasures, including the most important work in Flemish art.
Day 16, April 15th: Middelburg, Holland - Veere (B/L/D). This morning, a Walking Tour of Middelburg will acquaint you with this Dutch East India Company trading city. Rejoin your ship for lunch and the short cruise to Veere, where you will visit the nearby Delta Works.
Day 17, April 16th: Willemstad - Kinderdijk (B/L/D). This morning, dock in Willemstad and join a Local Guide for a Guided Walk of this small historical town with well-preserved fortifications. One of the oldest buildings in town is the old gatehouse at the entrance of Willemstad, and as you walk around you will notice a wide variety of building styles. The town even has its own windmill towering high above the marina and in the very centre of the seven pointed, star-shaped town, stands the Koepelkerk (Rounded Church). This afternoon, visit Kinderdijk, whose 19 windmills were built in 1740 as part of the water management system to help prevent floods. Visit a Windmill and learn how they played a vital role in the development of the country, becoming a symbol of Holland.
Day 18, April 17th: Excursion to Keukenhof Gardens or Delft. Enjoy a leisurely morning on board before an included excursion takes you to the gardens of Keukenhof near Lisse - over 70 acres of parkland with lakes, sculpture gardens, greenhouses, and a windmill to explore. Every year, 7 million flower bulbs are planted, and you have the chance to see the spectacular display of colours from the tulips, daffodils, crocuses, and more. If you’re a garden enthusiast, you may opt for an extended stay in Keukenhof, going in the morning, and lunching in the gardens on your own before rejoining the ship with the rest of the guests in the later afternoon.
Day 19, April 18th: Amsterdam. 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 has a distinct ambience. The streets, squares, and canals - not to mention the bike paths throughout the city - make for a vibrant atmosphere, and with over 60 museums, Amsterdam has the highest museum density in the world. There is no better way to see Amsterdam than by CANAL BOAT, cruising through the elegant grachten lined with stately homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age”.
Day 20, April 19th: Amsterdam (Disembarkation & Return Home). After breakfast, we will transfer to the airport our departure back to Canada.
2016 Victoria in the Spring (Apr. 21st – May 3rd)
Tour Directors: Colin & Dianne Markusson
Day 1, Thursday, April 21st: SK - Calgary AB. Meet fellow travellers along the way to Calgary.
Day 2, Friday, April 22nd: Calgary AB - Jasper AB (B). Enjoy a scenic drive to Lake Louise, with its spectacular views of forests and snow-capped mountains reflecting into the glacial waters. Visit the Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre, where you can view the remnant of the last ice age, nestled at the foot of Mount Athabasca. Stop at the Athabasca Falls before continuing onto Jasper known as the gentle giant of the Rockies.
Day 3, Saturday, April 23rd: Jasper AB - Kamloops BC (B). Today you will enter Mt Robson Provincial Park. Drive along Moose Lake to the Visitor Centre where you can get a view of the unique geological structure called Mt Robson. It is one of the most beautiful mountains in the Rockies. Travel through Valemount, Blue River and Clearwater before stopping in Kamloops for the night.
Day 4, Sunday, April 24th: Kamloops BC - Vancouver BC (B). You will be travelling through Lillooet, a small community along the Frasier River. Then onto the resort town of Whistler, where there’s a special energy you can feel when you walk the Stroll. Then you are off to Vancouver for two nights.
Day 5, Monday, April 25th: Vancouver BC (B). Enjoy your guided city tour of Vancouver and area, which includes China Town, Gas Town, Fish Hatchery and Queen Elizabeth Park.
Day 6, Tuesday, April 26th: Vancouver BC - Victoria BC (B). Catch the Tsawwassen - Schwartz Bay Ferry followed by a guided city tour of Victoria. The tour will include Oak Bay, Beacon Hill Park and Mile 0. Then it is off to your hotel where you are just steps away from downtown, with a wide variety of shopping, dining and exciting activities.
Day 7, Wednesday, April 27th: Victoria BC (B). Begin your day with the Butterfly Gardens. It is An indoor tropical wonderland, where Caribbean flamingos walk through the streams and ponds among the beautifully coloured koi fish. Stroll past the organic vanilla beans growing on the vine, papaya trees, pineapple, coffee beans, and ginger. This afternoon you will visit the 55 acre beautiful floral displays of the Butchart Gardens.
Day 8, Thursday, April 28th: Victoria BC (B). Free Day to explore on your own, visit relatives or soak up the sun. Your Tour Directors will give you some suggestions of activities to see and do.
Day 9, Friday, April 29th: Victoria BC (B). Royal British Columbia Museum presents the natural and human history of the area. There are three different galleries of natural history, first peoples, and modern history. Free afternoon.
Day 10, Saturday, April 30th: Victoria BC - Nanaimo BC (Vancouver Island) (B). A full day of sightseeing. Sights are totem poles in Duncan, murals in Chemainus, quick visit to Port Alberni, Cathedral Grove in MacMillan Provincial Park. A visit to the Old Country Market in Coombs. Overnight in Nanaimo.
Day 11, Sunday, May 1st: Nanaimo BC - Kelowna BC (Mainland) (B/D). Board at Departure Bay - Horseshoe Bay Ferry. Drive along the Coquihalla Hwy with a stop at Hope. Travel through the vineyards along Boucherie Rd on route to Kelowna for overnight. Windup banquet.
Day 12, Monday, May 2nd: Kelowna BC - Calgary BC (B). Enjoy all the beautiful scenery through the National Parks of Mt Revelstoke, Glacier, Yoho and Banff. Overnight in Calgary.
Day 13, Tuesday, May 3rd: Calgary - Home (B). Homeward bound cherishing wonderful memories of your travels with new found friends.
2016 Eastern Canada, Maritimes & Newfoundland (Sept. 18th - Oct. 18th)
Tour Directors: Rick & Agnes Fredericks
Day 1, Sunday, September 18th - Prince Albert SK - Winnipeg MB: Come join us on our tour to one of Canada's most popular destinations, rich in history and unspoiled nature, the Maritimes. A mixture of traditions and class backgrounds, cultural activities throughout the region with music, dance and literary art forms.
Day 2, Monday, September 19th - Winnipeg MB - Thunder Bay ON (B): Admire the Kakabeka Falls (Niagara of the North), which has some of the oldest fossils in existence. Overnight in Thunder Bay, which was formerly two separate cities - Port Arthur and Fort William. TB is also known as "Canada's Gateway to the West" or "The Lakehead" of Lake Superior.
Day 3, Tuesday, September 20th - Thunder Bay ON - Sault Saint Marie ON (B): Stop at the Terry Fox Monument, where they have designed a very attractive park overlooking Lake Superior. Enjoy Agawa Crafts and Canadian Carving store, a "trading post" of sorts that showcases the talent and wares of local native Indian crafts. Overnight in Sault Saint Marie, a cross-border region with the United States.
Day 4, Wednesday, September 21st - Sault Saint Marie ON - Pembroke ON (B): From one of the oldest French Settlements in North America travelling along Lake Huron through Sudbury, North Bay and into Pembroke for overnight.
Day 5, Thursday, September 22nd - Pembroke ON - Ottawa ON (B): Short drive to Ottawa. Tour the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Stables, and learn what it means to be a member of the world famous RCMP Musical Ride. Afterwards, wander through the visitor centre and Mountie Shop. Later, tour the Canadian Mint, 1908 castle-like headquarters with the world's biggest coin and gold bars on display.
Day 6, Friday, September 23rd - Ottawa ON (B): A glimpse of Ottawa, with a tour of the Parliament Buildings, followed by a guided city tour of Ottawa with a stop at Byward Market. Complete the day with your choice to visit the Canadian War Museum OR Canadian Museum of History.
Day 7, Saturday, September 24th - Ottawa ON - Montreal QC - Quebec City QC (B): Travel along the St. Lawrence River to Quebec's largest city, Montreal, named after Mount Royal, a triple peaked hill in the heart of the city. You will be taking in the sights with a guided tour that includes the Basilica and St. Joseph's Oratory. Then off to Quebec for the next three nights.
Day 8, Sunday, Sept 25th - Quebec City QC (B/D): This morning is a guided tour of Quebec City - observing Plains of Abraham, Place Royale, Montmorency Falls, and Ste. Anne de Beaupre Basilica, with free time to explore Old Quebec. This evening, enjoy a Maple Syrup demo, a traditional French Canadian meal and music at the "Sugar Shack" outside Quebec City.
Day 9, Monday, September 26th - Quebec City QC (B): FREE DAY. Today, you are on your own to explore, shop or rest. You can tour Old Quebec world heritage treasure, walk the great wall of Quebec, the only fortified city in North America, north of Mexico. Wander past period buildings along cobblestone streets.
Day 10, Tuesday, September 27th - Quebec City QC - Fredericton NB (B): Follow the scenic southern shore of St. Lawrence River to Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, to find the most prestigious museum of wooden sculptures in North America. This afternoon, take the opportunity to walk the world's longest covered bridge. It crosses the Saint John River from Heartland to Somerville NB. Overnight in Fredericton.
Day 11, Wednesday, September 28th - Fredericton NB - Moncton NB (B/D): This morning is a guided tour of Fredericton, the riverside city, rich in heritage and culture. This afternoon you will be at Kings Landing, a historical site nestled in a majestic setting, a living history village. Savour an evening meal before heading to Moncton, the geographic centre of the Maritime Provinces.
Day 12, Thursday, September 29th - Moncton NB - Charlottetown PEI (B/D): Early morning to Hopewell Rocks. If the tide is right, you will be able to walk on the seafloor. Visit Magnetic Hill at Moncton where it seems vehicles roll uphill. Photo op at Shediac, the "Lobster Capital of the World". Stop at lookout point, Cape Jourimain Nature Centre before crossing the nine-mile Confederation Bridge.
Day 13, Friday, September 30th - Charlottetown PEI (B/D): A guided tour of PEI and Charlottetown, including the North Rustico Harbour, fishing village, lobster traps, sheds, boats, PEI National Park, Green Gables House, the bluffs, Stanley Bridge and Founders Hall. An evening of entertainment and a Lobster or Steak dinner to wrap up your day.
Day 14, Saturday, October 1st - Charlottetown PEI - Baddeck NS (B): Travel along the shores of Bras d'Or Lake. Stop at the Westray Monument in memory of the 26 miners that lost their lives. Explore the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site for a glimpse into this world-famous inventor and his legacy.
Day 15, Sunday, October 2nd - Baddeck NS (B/L): Today, a step-on guide will take you along the Cabot Trail. A scenic roadway passes through Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Sections follow the rugged coastline, providing spectacular views of the ocean, an experience to enjoy and be savoured.
Day 16, Monday, October 3rd - Baddeck NS - Port Aux Basques NL (B): Ferry voyage to one of the best-kept vacation secrets, the most easterly province of Canada - Newfoundland. Known for its colourful rows of houses and one of the most romantic places in Canada.
Day 17, Tuesday, October 4th - Port Aux Basques NL - Clarenville NL (B/D): Newfoundland is 'nestled' into the northeast corner of North America. It offers a leisurely "Old World" pace. The air is clean, the people are friendly and the vistas are beautiful. This evening's social gives you a chance to take part in a traditional "Newfie Screech-in".
Day 18, Wednesday, October 05 - Clarenville NL - St. John's NL (B/L): A big day with a guided tour of Bonavista and Trinity. Taking in the sights of restored premises of the East Coast fishery from the early 1500s, possible lighthouse tour and the nearby Dungeon. Have lunch and tour at the Coaker Factory in Port Union, the only union built town in North America. Continue on to St. John's for two nights.
Day 19, Thursday, October 6th - St. John's NL (B): Tour St. John's with a step-on guide, which includes Signal Hill, a quaint fishing village, government house, a basilica, a cathedral, colourful houses, steep hills, George Street, Water Street, Cape Spear, Petty Harbour, and if time permits, the Geo Centre and The Rooms.
Day 20, Friday, October 7th - St. John's NL - Corner Brook NL (B/D): Sit back and take in the scenery through Terra Nova National Park, with a stop at the Interpretive Centre where you can enjoy a brief orientation film about the park, and take a tour of the exhibits and touch tank. Afterwards, on to Corner Brook to experience a traditional Jigg's dinner.
Day 21, Saturday, Oct 8th - Corner Brook NL - Baddeck NS (B): An early morning start to board the Marine Atlantic Ferry at Port Aux Basques, and sail back to the mainland. Overnight in Baddeck.
Day 22, Sunday, October 9th - Baddeck NS - Halifax NS (B): Travel through Pictou and Stewjacke, taking in the many colours in the leaves, making your way to Halifax. This attractive city is a bustling hub of art galleries, shops, museums, and restaurants along the picturesque waterfront. Learn about Halifax's involvement with the Titanic at the Maritime Museum. Walk along the Farmers Market, showcasing food and crafts. The Downtown boardwalk is over 4 km long and runs along the Waterfront, Old Town Halifax. Once you arrive in Halifax, you will have a guided tour of the lighthouse route to Peggy's Cove. This small rural community is an authentic 19th century fishing village.
Day 23, Monday, October 10th - Halifax NS (B/L): HAPPY THANKSGIVING. Today, you will tour the Citadel, and have the opportunity to explore the history of the fortress and learn about the soldiers who were stationed there. Walk within its walls and literally touch a piece of Halifax's military history. Later, you will tour Pier 21, the Immigration Centre - an important part of Canadian History which tells the stories of the people who helped build our nation.
Day 24, Tuesday, October 11th - Halifax NS - Edmundston NB (B): Spectacular scenery as you continue your journey through Nova Scotia, with a stop at the Anne Murray Centre in Spring Hill. Continue on to Edmundston, which is situated in the heart of the magnificent Upper Saint-John River Valley in New Brunswick. Quaint overnight stay.
Day 25, Wednesday, October 12th - Edmunston NB - Cornwall ON (B/D): A day's drive to Ontario's easternmost city, Cornwall, located on the Saint Lawrence River. Enjoy your windup banquet this evening.
Day 26, Thursday, October 13th - Cornwall ON - Niagara Falls ON (B): Drive to Niagara Falls, a spectacular sight by day or night. Best known as the "Honeymoon Capital of the World". This afternoon, take part in the historic ride to the falls aboard the Hornblower.
Day 27, Friday, October 14th - Niagara Falls ON - Sudbury ON (B): Visit the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame, located in Parry Sound, also known as the jewel of the 30,000 Islands of Georgian Bay. Continue on for photo op with the giant Nickel in Sudbury.
Day 28, Saturday, October 15th - Parry Sound ON - Sault Saint Marie ON (B): Back to Sault Saint Marie, passing the French River and Killarney Provincial Parks. In Sault Saint Marie, if the weather permits, you can walk along the lock, and possibly cross the lock to walk on White Fish Island, a great historic location.
Day 29, Sunday, October 16th - Sault Saint Marie ON - Thunder Bay ON (B): Travel along Lake Superior and Wawa, where the Canadian Geese stop during their migration. Overnight in Thunder Bay, home of the largest Canadian Goose.
Day 30, Monday, October 17th - Thunder Bay ON to Winnipeg MB (B): Farewell to Ontario as we leave Thunder Bay and travel back to Manitoba.
Day 31, Tuesday, October 18th - Winnipeg MB to Saskatchewan (B): Homeward bound. Cherish all the wonderful memories of your travels with your newfound travel companions.
2016 NORSK HOSTFEST (Sept. 28th - Oct. 2nd)
Tour Directors: Colin & Dianne Markusson
5 days, 4 nights, 7 headliners (DANIEL O’DONNELL, NEIL SEDAKA, SARA EVANS, DWIGHT YOAKAM with Jackson Michelson, CHICAGO, TOMMY JAMES & the SHONDELLS, BIG & RICH) - featuring world-class entertainment. Your headliner tickets give you all day access to everything Hostfest has to offer. More than 30 Hall entertainers, plus shopping, dining, Viking fights and more!
Join us for North America’s largest Scandinavian Festival. It features world-class entertainment, authentic Scandinavian cuisine and culture on display. Handcrafted Norsk merchandise and fine dining establishments led by guest chefs. Norsk Høstfest celebrates Scandinavian culture from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden! Along with the seven headliner acts, you have all-day access to everything Høstfest has to offer plus the extra Håll entertainers.
The performers this year are: Solli-Tangen, Steffen Jakobsen, Mollie B, Henrik Bothe, Williams & Ree, Bjøro Haaland, Ricky Nelson Remembered with The Vees, Skandi Ski Fantasy, Lydom, Bugge & Høirup, Queen Elsa & Olaf, Country Gentlemen, Ivares Pojkarna, Ringling 5, Jenta O’Ja, Western Senators, Naustedalen Spelemannslag, Skålmusik, JMB Band, Crazy Fingers, Glenn & Millie, Glenn Henriksen, Nordic Bees, Dakota Drifters, Swedes in the Weeds, Adam’s Voice, Auntie Kreamsaugen, Magic Tap Cloggers, Dance of the Norwegian Sweaters, Norsk Høstfest Accordion Club, Clint Hill, The Christmas Wish, Moments Notice, Shelby Huston, and more.
Day 1, Wednesday, September 28th - HOME to Minot: 7:00pm Daniel O’ Donnell.
Day 2 Sept 29 Thurs (B): 1:00pm Neil Sedaka, 7:30pm Sara Evans.
Day 3 Sept 30 Fri (B): 1:00pm Dwight Yoakam with special guest Jackson Michelson, 7:30pm Chicago.
Day 4 Oct 1 Sat (B): 1:00pm Tommy James & Shondells, 7:30pm Big & Rich.
Day 5 Oct 2 Sun Minot to HOME (B): Homeward bound with fond memories and new found friends.
2016 Branson Music (October 28th – November 7th)
Tour Directors: Rick & Agnes Fredericks
Join Rick and Agnes to the Ozark Mountains. Enjoy a variety of entertainment at the numerous theatres along 76 Country Boulevard in Branson!
Day 1, Friday, October 28th - SK – Minot, ND: Meet and greet your fellow passengers as you pass through Prince Albert, Saskatoon and Regina on your way to Minot. Stop at Dakota Square Mall before heading to your hotel.
Day 2, Saturday, October 29th - Minot – Sioux Falls, SD (B): Travel to Sioux Falls from Minot through Jamestown, Fargo, and Watertown. Have dinner on own at Cracker Barrel, within walking distance to your hotel for the night.
Day 3, Sunday, October 30th - Sioux Falls – St Joseph, MO (B): Visit the Sargent Floyd River Museum. It is a dry-docked inspection boat of the US Army Corps giving insight to Missouri River History. Then take in the great views at the Lewis & Clark monument, at Council Bluffs which honours the expedition of 1804. Spend the night at St Joseph’s Drury Inn, where they have free drinks and a wonderful selection of snacks from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm. If that is not enough for you there are restaurants nearby.
Day 4, Monday, October 31st - St Joseph – Branson, MO (B): This morning you’ll stroll through Kansas City Historic City Market, there are more than 25 merchants, grocers and shops. Later you will stop at Precious Moments, one of Missouri’s most beautiful attractions with its manicured gardens adorned with statues and fountains. Late afternoon enjoy the Fantastic Caverns, near Springfield. A show cave which you tour in a Jeep-drawn tram. Then you are off to Branson for a variety of entertainment. It begins this evening with Kenny Parrot. He is a male vocalist with 30 years of experience, paying tribute to Country Classics.
Day 5, Tuesday, November 1st - Branson, MO (B): Spend the morning in Old Downtown and Branson Landing where there are over 100 specialty stores and restaurants. This afternoon watch the talented, down to earth Billy Dean and the Steel Horses Band featuring comedian Jarrett Dougherty. Tonight’s show is the Legend of Kung Fu. A high energy, action packed show, telling the story of a young Kung Fu Apprentices journey towards being a master in the ancient art of Kung Fu.
Day 6, Wednesday, November 2nd - Branson, MO (B): This morning is The Brett's, a musical family who combines the best in music, lighting, video, dance, comedy and genuine artistry. This afternoon enjoy another talented family group, The Haygoods, with their tight harmony and spectacular light show. Later this afternoon spend time and shop at the Tanger Outlet Mall where name brand and designer factory outlet stores can be found. This evening is the MUST SEE Biblical epic story of Moses which comes to life with song and spectacular effects.
Day 7, Thursday, November 3rd - Branson, MO (B): Begin your day with the musical talents of the Irish Tenors & Celtic Ladies. Their wonderful harmonies and lilting melodies, cover Irish Classics, Opera, Pop and Jazz. This afternoon is the Acrobats of China. You’ll be amazed by the colourful costuming and daring feats, as well as breathtaking renditions of classic Chinese dance and human performance. This evening is spent with The Duttons. This family of international touring and recording artists perform bluegrass to classical and everything in between. Their show features a variety of instruments with high energy showmanship.
Day 8, Friday, November 4th - Branson, MO (B/D): Free Day to do as you wish. Driver and bus do not move today. On your own you could go across the street to the Titanic Museum or spend the day next door at the Grand Village Shops. This evening you will have your windup dinner at Mel’s Hard Luck Diner. It is a long-running music-themed 1950’s era diner. The Diner is home to talented, professional singers, songwriters and musicians that sing as they serve your dinner. A must do experience!
Day 9, Saturday, November 5th - Branson – Sioux City, IA (B): A day’s drive through Clinton, MO named for NY Governor DeWitt Clinton, a Key promoter of the Erie Canal. Through Kansas City and a stop in Rock Port at a multi-faceted gas station, restaurant and convenience store. Off to Sioux City for the night located in northwest Iowa, by the Loess Hills and on the shores of the Missouri River.
Day 10, Sunday, November 6th - Sioux City – Minot, ND (B): Travel back through Watertown, Fargo, Jamestown and onto Minot for overnight.
Day 11, Monday, November 7th - Minot - HOME (B): Homeward bound with fond memories and new found friends.
2016 PANAMA CANAL (November 23rd – December 9th - 17 Day Cruise & Tour)
Professionally Directed by: Bev and Arch Esplin
A Personal Invitation: On behalf of Bev and Archie, Dana and I would like to extend an invitation to those of you that have travelled with these two amazing directors over these past 16 years to join them on their last adventure as directors with Lobstick Travel and Tours. For those of you that know Bev and Arch, their devotion to their fellow travels is an example for us all! We know this cruise will be wondrous and filled with great memories. We hope you can join them.
PS - This will be Archie’s first time through the canal since he was in the navy.
Day 1, November 23rd, 2016: Fly from Saskatoon/Regina to Los Angeles, CA and transfer to the Queen Mary hotel for a two night stay.
Day 2, November 24th, 2016 – Queen Mary (B/D): Now retired from sailing the 7 seas, the Queen Mary will provide you will a full day of touring be it the Glory Days Tour (history and legends of this majestic ship), Diana: Legacy of a Princess Exhibit, Haunted Encounters , and so much more. This evening we will have a welcome dinner aboard the ship.
Day 3, November 25th, 2016 – Los Angeles Embarkation (B/L/D): After two days in port, it is time to say goodbye to the Queen Mary and make your way to the Norwegian Jewel for your 15 day cruising adventure through the Panama Canal. Ship departs at 5 PM.
Day 4, November 26th, 2016 – Day at Sea (B/L/D): Your first day at sea. A chance to relax and explore all that the Norwegian Jewel has to offer.
Day 5, November 27th, 2016 - Cabo San Lucas (B/L/D): The first port on your adventure is Cabo. This southernmost enclave on the tip of the Baja Peninsula features unearthly rock formations and white sandy beaches. This is an ideal area to dive or snorkel, swim with the dolphins, or try sport fishing. NCL Shore Excursion Options.
Day 6, November 28th, 2016 – Day at Sea (B/L/D)
Day 7, November 29th, 2016 – Acapulco, Mexico (B/L/D): Glamorous, spontaneous and splashy, Acapulco is a city that invites superlatives. It delivers an action packed, 24-hour exuberance that makes every moment count, with an array of attractions and activities to please almost any visitor. Shop, swim or simply take a siesta on the beach. But be sure not to miss the legendary La Quebrada cliff divers. NCL Shore Excursion Options.
Day 8, November 30th, 2016 – At Sea (B/L/D)
Day 9, December 1st, 2016 – Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala (B/L/D): Puerto Quetzal is your starting point for one of Guatemala’s most popular destinations. Take a shore excursion of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Antigua, visit the Volcanic Lake Atitlán (Lago de Atitlán) or the well-preserved Mayan ruins of Tikal. If an excursion is not on the agenda check out the craft markets. NCL Shore Excursion Options.
Day 10, December 2nd, 2016 – Corinto, Nicaragua (B/L/D): Nicaragua’s largest port, Corinto sits on an island connected to the mainland by bridges. Nicaragua is home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, and the area offers long stretches of white sand and clear blue waters. Visit the nearby city of León to see the wonderful cathedral, monuments and colonial buildings as well as the ruins of León Viejo, one of the oldest Spanish settlements in the Americas. NCL Shore Excursion Options.
Day 11, December 3rd, 2016 – Puntarenas, Costa Rica (B/L/D): Stroll the seaport town with its multi-coloured cottages and local markets. Head to Carara Tropical Rainforest to explore exotic flora and fauna with a naturalist guide. Or opt for a tour of San Jose – home of the Teatro Nacional and Museo del Oro. NCL Shore Excursion Options.
Day 12, December 4th, 2016 - Day At Sea (B/L/D)
Day 13, December 5th, 2016 – Daylight Transit Panama Canal (B/L/D): Today as the Jewel 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 14, December 6th, 2016 – Cartagena, Columbia: Founded in 1533, Cartagena is the picture-perfect Spanish-colonial village. A fortress wall surrounds the historical village’s pastel-coloured architecture, quaint streets and fine cathedrals. Stroll though the walled old town (Ciudad Murallada), shop the boutiques housed in what used to be dungeons, and otherwise enjoy a jaunt through a rich history. NCL Shore Excursion Options.
Day 15, December 7th, 2016 - Day At Sea (B/L/D)
Day 16, December 8th, 2016 - Day At Sea (B/L/D)
Day 17, December 9th, 2016 – Disembarkation – Return Home (B): Arrive and disembark in Miami before transferred to the airport for your flights home to Canada.