The following TOUR ITINERARIES are dated for the year 2017.
2017 NEW ORLEANS MARDI GRAS & MORE (February 18th - March 2nd - Motor coach Tour)
TOUR DIRECTORS: RICK & AGNES FREDERICKS
This 13 day tour offers you unique cuisine, music, and carnival celebrations. You will see Little Rock Old Mill, Miss Laura’s Bordello, Crystal Bridges, Iowa State Capitol, Hallmark Cards, Sea Life Aquarium, Arctic Cat Company, Natchez steam boat ride, New Orleans, Katrina and Plantation tours. You will have an opportunity to shop at some antique stores, AtoZ stores, and a couple of outdoor malls. Tour through Walton’s 5–10, learn where Walmart evolved from.
Day 1 - Saturday, February 18th - Saskatchewan to Winnipeg area: Greet your fellow travellers as you board the coach on route to Manitoba.
Day 2 - Sunday, February 19th - Winnipeg to Sioux Falls (B): Crossing the US border, travelling south through Fargo and Watertown.
Day 3, Monday, February 20th - Sioux Falls to Kansas City (B): This afternoon a guided city tour of Kansas City. Later take in the Spanish-inspired shopping district, dotted with fountains and statues of the Country Club Plaza. It was the first shopping centre in the world to accommodate shoppers arriving by automobile. If you don't want to shop you can take in the sights and sounds of the Plaza on a horse drawn carriage ride or a gondola float on the adjacent Brush Creek.
Day 4, Tuesday, February 21st - Kansas City to Little Rock (B): Today enjoy snooping for a bargain in one of the AtoZ Stores. Later, you will visit the re-created 1880’s water-powered Old Mill used in the opening scenes of Gone with the Wind. If time allows, ride the River Rail Trolley to the most vibrant sites in Little Rock.
Day 5, Wednesday, February 22nd - Little Rock to New Orleans (B/D): Today, you will browse an antique shop for some hidden gems. Later, board the Natchez Steamboat, savour the beauty and romance of the New Orleans skyline along the Mississippi River. Leisurely stroll back to your hotel to catch one of the numerous parades during Mardi Gras.
Day 6, Thursday, February 23rd - New Orleans (B): Guided Isle tour, witness 9th Ward still recovering from Hurricane Katrina. Travel through the elegant districts under shady oak trees. Visit the new Canal Lighthouse Museum. After lunch, journey through scenic cypress swamps, hear of a land of Creoles, pirates, slaves and voodoo. Visit the Laura Plantation, a Creole plantation whose charm is rich in history.
Day 7, Friday, February 24th - New Orleans (B): FREE DAY. Driver has today OFF. You are free to do as you wish.
Day 8, Saturday, February 25th - New Orleans to Texarkana (B): This morning you will drive by historical landmarks in Baton Rouge. Stop at “the place” to visit - Shreveport, LouisianaBoardwalk Outlets. It is the Largest Outlet in the state of Louisiana. If shopping isn't your thing, there are a few Riverboat Casinos nearby - or check out one of their waterworks, science or Art Museums. Overnight in the Twin city of Texarkana AR.
Day 9, Sunday, February 26th - Texarkana to Springdale (B): Travel to historic Fort Smith and visit Miss Laura’s Bordello. If time permits, we'll visit the Gallows of Hanging Judge Parker. Wander through a series of pavilions nestled around two spring-fed ponds at Crystal Bridges. You will complete your day by seeing where and how Walmart began. A self-guided tour of Walton's 5-10 world class exhibit gallery and step back in time and have an ice cream cone at The Spark Cafe and Soda Fountain.
Day 10, Monday, February 27th - Springdale to Kansas City (B/D): North to Kansas City. Discover the Hallmark story. Exhibits demonstrate the creativity and innovation that go into making Hallmark products. In 1910, Hallmark started from a shoe-box, and it now creates products in 30 languages that reach 100 countries. Later, Sea Life will transport you into the amazing underwater world with its 360° ocean tunnel - nose to nose with sea creatures without getting wet. Dinner in your hotel. Free evening.
Day 11, Tuesday, February 28th - Kansas City to Plymouth (B/D): Drive by the James C. Jordan House. This house was a station for the Underground Railroad. It housed many slaves being lead to freedom. Visit Iowa State Capitol, which is the only five-domed capitol in the country. Set atop a hill, it offers beautiful panoramic views of downtown and West Capitol Terrace. Continue onto Plymouth.
Day 12, Wednesday, March 1st - Plymouth to Winnipeg (B): Travelling north to Thief River Falls, you will tour the Arctic Cat Factory. See designs, engineers, manufactures and marketing of snowmobiles, ATV’s, Side by Sides as well as parts, garments and accessories. **(We've been informed due to production being low at Arctic Cat we will have a plan B if we cannot do the tour)**. Stop in at US Duty Free. Back into Canada - overnight in Winnipeg.
Day 13, Thursday, March 2nd - Winnipeg to Saskatchewan (B): Homeward bound with great memories and new found friends.
2017 AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND (MARCH 5TH - MARCH 29TH - Cruise & Land Tour)
PROFESSIONALLY HOSTED BY: RICK & AGNES FREDERICKS
MARCH 5TH, 2017 - DEPART CANADA FOR AUSTRALIA (D)
MARCH 6TH, 2017 - CROSS INTERNATIONAL DATELINE (B)
MARCH 7TH, 2017 - ARRIVE BRISBANE (D): G'day mate! Welcome to Australia! Meet and Greet by Local Guide, then board your private coach for a tour of BRISBANE, and transfer to your hotel accommodation. Welcome (D) Dinner this evening.
MARCH 8TH, 2017 - BRISBANE (B): This morning you will leave busy BRISBANE for a full day tour to AUSTRALIA ZOO and SUNSHINE COAST HINTERLAND. You will spend the morning at the AUSTRALIA ZOO - made famous by Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin. This afternoon, you will continue to MONTVILLE for a stroll about town, then into MARY CAIRNCROSS SCENIC RESERVE for a guided rain forest walk. Enjoy the fresh air of the mountains, and learn about the plants of this subtropical zone before returning to BRISBANE in the late afternoon.
MARCH 9TH, 2017 - BRISBANE (B/L): Today, we have something truly special as you will fly to LADY ELLIOTT ISLAND for a full day tour on the GREAT BARRIER REEF. Champagne/Prawn (L) lunch, and activities on the island: glass bottom boat, snorkelling, fish feeding and turtle watching.
MARCH 10TH, 2017 - BRISBANE TO SYDNEY (B/D): After breakfast this morning, you will be transferred out to the airport for your flight to SYDNEY. Upon arrival into SYDNEY, you will be transferred to the hotel for your 4 nights in SYDNEY. This evening, (D) dinner at the SYDNEY TOWER RESTAURANT.
MARCH 11TH, 2017 - SYDNEY (B): Meet your Local Guide this morning to commence a FULL DAY SYDNEY SOUTHERN BEACH TOUR including MRS. MACQUARIE CHAIR, BONDI BEACH, THE GAP, SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE TOUR and CRUISE on SYDNEY HARBOUR with CAPTAIN COOK CRUISES.
MARCH 12TH, 2017 - SYDNEY (B): Today, you visit the THREE SISTERS on a Full Day tour of the majestic BLUE MOUNTAINS including FEATHERDALE WILDLIFE PARK, SCENIC WORLD and a guided tour of ANZ STADIUM (home of the Olympic Games).
MARCH 13TH, 2017 - SYDNEY (B): A free day to visit PADDY'S MARKET, CIRCULAR KEY, DARLING HARBOUR or at your leisure discover your own SYDNEY.
MARCH 14TH, 2017 - EMBARK HOLLAND AMERICAN NOORDAM (B/D): After a late check-out this morning, you will be transferred to the port to bard the HOLLAND AMERICAN NOORDAM, your home for the next 13 days/12 nights.
MARCH 15TH, 2017 - DAY AT SEA (B/L/D): A day at sea on your way to TASMANIA provides a chance to learn about your home on the sea and all that it has to offer.
MARCH 16TH, 2017 - HOBART, TASMANIA (B/L/D): Cross SALAMANCA PLACE and head to BATTERY POINT, HOBART'S oldest district complete with charming Georgian residences. Pass the ANGLESEA BARRACKS and the historic CASCADE BREWERY to view the panoramas of the city from the summit of MT WELLINGTON. Continue by coach to SANDY BAY to see the WREST POINT CASINO and the ROYAL YACHT CLUB OF TASMANIA. Visit the ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS that overlook the DERWENT RIVER. A drive past HOBART'S most historical buildings THE THEATRE ROYAL and the PENITENTIARY CHAPEL HISTORIC SITE. (Shore Excursions Included)
MARCH 17TH, 2017 - PORT ARTHUR (B/L/D): The fascination of the convict era, together with the dramatic coastal scenery of TASMANIA, comes to life with this opportunity to discover the scenic TASMAN PENINSULA and view some of the extraordinary geological features of this area. (Shore Excursions Included)
MARCH 18TH, 2017 - AT SEA (B/L/D): With TASMANIA to the stern, we make our way from AUSTRALIA to the SOUTH ISLAND of NEW ZEALAND and MILFORD SOUND.
MARCH 19TH, 2017 - AT SEA (B/L/D)
MARCH 20TH, 2017 - MILFORD SOUND - FIORDLAND NATIONAL PARK (B/L/D): Nothing can prepare you for the majesty of MILFORD SOUND, star of FIORDLANDS NATIONAL PARK. new vistas mesmerise at each turn - towering MITRE PEAK, plunging waterfalls, bottlenose and dusky dolphins, fur seals, and Fiordland crested penguins. Every year, visitors flock to NEW ZEALAND in search of landscapes straight out of MIDDLE EARTH. They find what they're looking for in FIORDLAND NATIONAL PARK, on the southwestern coast of the SOUTH ISLAND.
MARCH 21ST, 2017 - PORT CHALMERS (DUNEDIN) (B/L/D): An orientation drive through DUNEDIN will introduce you to a well-preserved Victorian city. Centre stage on your half-day excursion is a guided tour of LARNACH CASTLE, NEW ZEALAND'S only castle. (Shore Excursions Included)
MARCH 22ND, 2017 - AKAROA (CHRISTCHURCH) (B/L/D): Enjoy a gentle stroll the the SOUTH ISLAND'S oldest town with your local personality guide. Discover AKAROA'S outstanding colonial collection and find yourself immersed in tales of the MAORI warriors, rugged whalers, French pioneers and British officials who put AKAROA centre stage in NEW ZEALAND'S early European history. (Shore Excursions Included)
MARCH 23RD, 2017 - WELLINGTON (B/L/D): From the pier, you'll drive along charming ORIENTAL BAY to MT VICTORIA for sweeping views encompassing the city and harbour. Climb aboard the red cable car for a ride up to KELBURN, where you will rejoin your coach for a short drive to the BOTANIC GARDENS. Returning, you will see the PARLIAMENT BUILDINGS, the GOVERNMENT BUILDING and OLD ST PAUL'S CHURCH. (Shore Excursions Included)
MARCH 24TH, 2017 - NAPIER (B/L/D): Explore the NAPIER region with a farm visit to CLIFTON STATION and a pleasant countryside drive. At CLIFTON STATION, see a sheep being expertly shorn, while outside you will be entertained by a sheep dog demonstration. From CLIFTON BAY, you'll take the beautiful TUKI TUKI VALLEY drive up to the summit of TE MATA PEAK. (Shore Excursions Included)
MARCH 25TH, 2017 - TAURANGA (ROTORUA) (B/L/D): From MT MAUNGANUI, cross the TAURANGA BRIDGE to enter downtown TAURANGA, where you will drive through the city centre before heading west to a local NGATI RANGINUI MAORI MARAE - a real working MAORI marae or meeting place, where the local tribe regularly gathers. (Shore Excursions Included)
MARCH 26TH, 2017 - AUCKLAND TO PAIHIA (B): After disembarkation, we will head north to PAIHIA and the BAY OF ISLANDS, a tranquil and unique conclusion to our tour. Known for its natural beauty, Maori culture, and abundant sea life, PAIHIA is truly paradise.
MARCH 27TH, 2017 - PAIHIA (B): A morning visit to the WAITANGI TREATY GROUNDS and RUSSELL will provide you with the historical beginnings of NEW ZEALAND. "Hole in the Rock" cruise, dolphin watching or a tour of CAPE REINGA (90 mile beach) are a few of the optional tours available to you this afternoon.
MARCH 28TH, 2017 - PAIHIA - AUCKLAND (B/D): This morning, you will be transferred back to Auckland, enjoying the beautiful scenery along the way. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a city tour. A Farewell (D) Dinner this evening to cap off this amazing cruise/tour!
MARCH 29TH, 2017 - AUCKLAND TO CANADA (B/D): The majority of the day is at your leisure. Later in the afternoon, we will transfer to the airport for our flights back to Canada, with amazing memories of Down Under and friends for life.
2017 Magical Dubai to Venice & Suez Canal (March 23rd - April 16th - Cruise & Land Tour)
TOUR HOSTS: COLIN & DIANNE MARKUSSON
EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN CRUISE AND LAND TOURS FROM DUBAI TO VENICE INCLUDING THE SUEZ CANAL
We will sail the Far East with a 20 day Eastern Mediterranean sailing in The Gulf from Dubai, United Arab Emirates through the Suez Canal to Venice, Italy embarking March 27, 2017. Prior to embarkation, we will spend 3 days in Dubai. At the end of the cruise we will spend 3 days in Italy. Ports of call on the Western bound cruise include Fujairah, United Arab Emirates; Muscat and Salalah, Oman; Aqaba, Jordan; Safaga and Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt; an overnight in Haifa, Israel; a stop in Iraklion, Crete, Greece; Dubrovnik, Croatia; and finally an overnight stay in Venice, Italy.
23 March 2017 - Depart Canada for Dubai (D)
24 March 2017 - Arrive Dubai (B/L/D): Welcome to the Golden City of Dubai. Meet and Greet by Local Guide, then board your private motor coach for a transfer to your hotel. Welcome reception this evening.
25 March 2017 - Dubai (B/D): This morning is yours to rest up. This afternoon, discover the best of Dubai with an expert guide. Take in Dubai's top landmarks - The Burj Al-Arab, Al Bastakiya district, ride an 'abra' water taxi, visit to the Deira Spice and Gold Souk, and finish the evening with an enchanting moonlit cruise of the Dubai Creek on a 2-hour 'dhow' Arabian boat dinner cruise.
26 March 2017 - Arabian Desert (B/D): Free time this morning. This afternoon, you leave Dubai and head into the desert to meet a camel train. Take an unforgettable camel ride to a royal desert retreat in the rolling dunes. As the sun sets, enjoy an exciting falconry display, watch an Arabic bread-making demonstration and get a henna tattoo. Finish with a mouth-watering, 4-course dinner under the stars accompanied by exotic Arabian dancing and music.
27 March 2017 - Embark on the Norwegian Star (B/D): After breakfast this morning, you will be transferred to the Port of Dubai to embark on the Norwegian Star.
28 March 2017 - Fujairah, UAE (B/L/D): Your drive takes you along the eastern coast of the United Arab Emirates. A photo stop at the 300 year old Fujairah Fort and the Oasis in Bithna. You'll visit the Fujairah Museum to see displays of old weapons, traditional costumes, and artefacts. No visit to Fujairah is complete without experiencing the Friday Market. Don't let the name fool you, the market is open seven days a week from morning to night. You'll need to exercise your bargaining skills here. A final photo stop at the Al Bidiyah Mosque, the oldest in the Emirates. (Shore Excursion Included)
29 March 2017 - Muscat, Oman (B/L/D): A scenic drive takes you through the exclusive Omani residential district of Shati Al Qurum. You'll visit the Grand Mosque, the largest and most exclusive mosque in Oman, before stopping at the colourful Muttrah Souq, where the scent of exotic Arabian perfumes and spices fills the air. Continue to Bait Al Zubair, a private museum housing collections of traditional Omani items. Take a drive along Muscat's scenic coastal road, through the charming fishing village of Sidab and on to Muscat's Old Town for a great photo opportunity at the impressive Al Alam Palace. (Shore Excursion Included)
30 March 2017 - At Sea (B/L/D)
31 March 2017 - Salalah, Oman (B/L/D): Explore the diverse beauty and historical sites of Salalah during this tour that visits the Grand Mosque, Al Balid Archaeological Site and Museum and stops at Al Husn Souq. A scenic drive through Salalah and its surrounding areas exposes the contrast between the lush vegetation of the Garden City and the barren, bleak landscape of the desert. See the frankincense tree and learn how its precious resin is extracted. Your tour concludes with a visit to the Al Husn Souq. (Shore Excursion Included)
01 April 2017 - 04 April 2017 - At Sea (B/L/D)
05 April 2017 - Aqaba, Jordan (B/L/D): This enlightening drive through Aqaba offers an excellent overview of one of Jordan's most strategically located historical cities. You'll drive to Aqaba's resort-dotted southern beach. Jordan's only outlet to the Red Sea. Returning to Aqaba's vibrant city centre, you will soon get a view of Aqaba fort. Your route will also pass the remains of what archaeologists believe to be the world's oldest church, a structure that dates from the late third century B.C. (Shore Excursion Included)
06 April 2017 - Safaga, Egypt (Luxor) (B/L/D): Arriving in Luxor, you'll cross the Nile River and proceed to the West Bank for a visit to the Valley of the Kings. It is here you'll find the remarkable tombs of Egypt's ancient kings, their families and other nobility. You'll enjoy a buffet style lunch at a local hotel. Stop for photos at Hatshepsut Temple and he Colossi of Memnon. You'll also visit the spectacular Luxor Temple complex. (Shore Excursion Included)
07 April 2017 - Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt (B/L/D): This diverse tour allows you to explore the mangroves, the magnificent scenery of the desert and the Bedouin way of life found on the Sinai Peninsula. Travel to the Nabak National Forest where you'll see this unique ecosystem of mangroves up close. Drive on through the desert to the Nabak Museum to learn about the area's local wildlife and birds. Continue through the mountains of Wadi Kharayza, making your way to the Bedouin's camp at Wadi Mandar. (Shore Excursion Included)
08 April 2017 - Suez Canal (B/L/D): Connecting Europe and Asia, this canal through the desert challenged engineers for nearly 4,000 years. Begun in 1858, the 120 mile (193 km) passage from one sea to the other takes 11 to 16 hours.
09 April 2017 - Haifa, Israel (B/L/D): Boarding your coach at the pier, you'll enjoy a picturesque drive from Haifa to Nazareth - the place where Jesus spent his early years. You'll travel through Cana, the place Jesus performed his first miracle of turning water into wine. Then it's on to Tabgha, where he later multiplied the loaves and fishes. Following a busy morning, you'll be heading off along the panoramic seashore to the Yardenit baptismal sight where the River Jordan separates from the Sea of Galilee. On your relaxing ride back to the pier in Haifa, you'll view Mount Tabor, the traditional site of the Transfiguration where Jesus appeared to his disciples in radiant light while speaking with Moses and Elijah. (Shore Excursion Included)
10 April 2017 - Haifa, Israel (B/L/D): Today is yours. Take an optional shore excursion to Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Jafa, the Dead Sea, Masada or at your own pace visit the sights and sounds of the Port City of Haifa.
11 April 2017 - At Sea (B/L/D)
12 April 2017 - Iraklion, Greece (Crete) (B/L/D): Although it's on the Greek Island of Crete, Iraklion offers a wealth of Venetian architecture from their rule in the 13th century, including magnificent fortified walls. Don't miss the Minoan Palace of Knosos Knossos, immortalised in Greek Mythology by the legend of the Minotaur. Optional shore excursions available.
13 April 2017 - At Sea (B/L/D)
14 April 2017 - Dubrovnik, Croatia (B/L/D): Dubbed "the pearl of the Adriatic" by the poet Lord Byron, Dubrovnik exudes romantic charm and beautiful scenery with its shimmering marble streets, centuries-old buildings capped by bright orange roofs, and lovely beaches ensconced between awesome rocky ledges. Optional shore excursions available.
15 April 2017 - Venice, Italy (B/L/D): You could start a discussion about Venice by praising its restaurants, wine bars, marble churches or blown glass. But you probably won't. You'll likely start with the fact that Venice is build on water. It is a place where people either float slowly down palace-lined man-made waterways or stroll down narrow alleyways. There's no more extraordinary place to find yourself, or lose yourself. Optional shore excursions available.
16 April 2017 - Venice, Italy (B/L/D): An early morning departure off the Norwegian Star, a transfer to the Venice Airport, and you are on your way home with memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.
2017 VICTORIA IN THE SPRING (APRIL 19TH - MAY 1ST - MOTOR COACH TOUR)
TOUR DIRECTORS: Rick & Agnes Fredericks
Our 13 day tour takes you through five national parks. You'll see Lake Louise, Columbia Icefields, Canadian Rockies, Pacific coastline, Chemainus Murals and Duncan Totem poles. View spectacular Athabasca, Spahats, Brandywine and Bow Falls. Enjoy guided city tours of Victoria, Vancouver and areas. Visit Tofino, Ucluelet, Port Alberni, and Coquitlam. Spend time at Westminster Abbey, Capilano Bridge, Butterfly Gardens, Butchart Gardens, and Hell's Gate.
DAY 1, APRIL 19TH, WED. SK - CALGARY: Meet fellow travellers along the way to CALGARY.
DAY 2, APRIL 20TH, THURS. CALGARY - JASPER (B): Enjoy a scenic drive to LAKE LOUISE, with its spectacular views of forests and snowcapped mountains. Visit the COLUMBIA ICEFIELD DISCOVERY CENTRE where you can view the remnants of the last nice age. Stop at the ATHABASCA FALLS for the incredible view and a few photos before heading to JASPER for overnight.
DAY 3, APRIL 21ST, FRI. JASPER - KAMLOOPS (B/L): Today, weather permitting, you will get a view of the unique geological structure of MT. ROBSON. Travel through VALEMOUNT and BLUE RIVER. View the 75 meter tall SPAHATS FALLS. Enjoy a picnic lunch at the NORTH THOMPSON RIVER PROVINCIAL PARK. Then off to KAMLOOPS for the evening.
DAY 4, APRIL 22ND, SAT. KAMLOOPS - NANAIMO (B): Shop at the JADE STORE in CACHE CREEK. Lunch on own in the community of LILLOOET. Driving tour of WHISTLER, easy walk to the BRANDYWINE FALLS lookout. Catch the HORSESHOE BAY ferry to DEPARTURE BAY and spend the night in NANAIMO.
DAY 5, APRIL 23RD, SUN. NANAIMO - PORT ALBERNI (B): Walk amongst the giant Douglas-fir trees in CATHEDRAL GROVE in MACMILLAN PROVINCIAL PARK. Continue on to UCLUELET driving tour, followed by sightseeing in the relaxed surf town of TOFINO. Tour their BOTANICAL GARDENS, a brief stop at CHESTERMAN BEACH, then head to PORT ALBERNI, the "Heart of Vancouver Island" for the evening.
DAY 6, APRIL 24TH, MON. PORT ALBERNI - VICTORIA (B): As you travel to VICTORIA, you will visit the MURALS OF CHEMAINUS, and the TOTEM POLES in DUNCAN. This afternoon is a guided city tour of VICTORIA. Which includes OAK BAY, BEACON HILL PARK, MILE 0, CATTLE POINT, MOUNT TOLMIE, SONGHEE'S POINT, and more.
DAY 7, APRIL 25TH, TUES. VICTORIA SIGHTSEEING (B): Experience the tropical wonderland of the BUTTERFLY GARDENS. Followed by the beautiful floral displays of the BUTCHART GARDENS. Later, sample some local wine before touring VICTORIA by water aboard a harbour ferry. A 45 minute tour where you can jump off at the FISHERMAN'S WHARF for some fish n' chips or ice cream.
DAY 8, APRIL 26TH, WED. VICTORIA FREE DAY (B): Explore on your own, visit relatives, relax or soak up the sun.
DAY 9, APRIL 27TH, THURS. VICTORIA - VANCOUVER (GUIDED CITY TOUR) (B): Catch the SWARTZ BAY ferry to TSAWWASSEN terminal. Followed by a guided city tour of VANCOUVER. Where you will be guided through CHINA TOWN, GAS TOWN, QUEEN ELIZABETH PARK and more.
DAY 10, APRIL 28TH, FRI. VANCOUVER SIGHTSEEING (B): This morning, stroll the beautiful monastery grounds that overlooks the FRASER RIVER at WESTMINSTER ABBEY. Drive to COQUITLAM, stop at CAPILANO BRIDGE, trading post and cafe. Back to your hotel.
DAY 11, APRIL 29TH, SAT. VANCOUVER - KELOWNA (B): Today, visit the spectacular sight of HELL'S GATE. Travel through the numerous vineyards along the slopes on your way to KELOWNA.
DAY 12, APRIL 30TH, SUN. KELOWNA - CALGARY (B/F): Morning stop at CRAIGELLACHIE, the site of the "Last Spike" of the Canadian Pacific Railway. Continue on to GOLDEN, to the KICKING HORSE BRIDGE, a brief stop at the CASTLE MOUNTAIN CAMP INTERNMENT MEMORIAL, for the immigrant prisoners of Ukrainian, Austrian, Hungarian and German descent. View the BOW FALLS, with a brief stop in BANFF, before heading to CALGARY for overnight. This evening is your (F) farewell social.
DAY 13, MAY 1ST, MON. CALGARY - SK (B): Homeward bound, cherishing wonderful memories of your travels with new found friends.
2017 NORSK HOSTFEST (SEPTEMBER 27TH - OCTOBER 1ST - Motor Coach Tour)
TOUR DIRECTORS: DOUG & NANCY PORCINA
5 Days, 4 Nights, 7 headliners, featuring world class entertainment, authentic Scandinavian cuisine and culture on display, your headliner tickets give you all day access to everything Hostfest has to offer, more than 30 Hall entertainers, plus shopping, dining, and Viking fights!
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 lead by guest chefs. Norsk Hostfest celebrates Scandinavian culture from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.
Along with the headliner acts (CELTIC THUNDER, AMY GRANT, JEFF DUNHAM, JOE DIFFIE, JOHN MICHAEL MONTGOMERY, DOOBIE BROTHERS, LITTLE RIVER BAND, JOSH TURNER, GARY ALLAN), you have all-day access to everything Norsk Hostfest has to offer, plus the extra Hall entertainers.
The extra performers this year are: Dale Watson, Bjoro Haaland, Alexander Rybak, Williams & Ree, Mollie B, Ingvar Olsen, Ricky Nelson Remembered, The European Highwaymen, Swedes in the Weeds, Ivares Pojkarna, Fiddling Lefty, Viking Live Steel Combat, Telge Glima, Auntie Kreamsaugen, Country Gentlemen, Western Senators, Elise & Terje Hong, Magic Tap Cloggers, Jenta O'Ja, Shelby Houston, Justin & Grampa, The Christmas Wish, Ringling 5, Ragnarokkr, Tim Eggebratten, Nordic Spirit, Norsk Hostfest Accordion Club, JMB Band, Skalmusik, Gordy Lindquist, Nordic Bees, Skandi Ski Fantasy, Scandinavian Youth Camp Performers, Western Plains Children's Choir, Nordic Hand Knit Sweater Program, Dakota Drifters, Bunad and Folk Costume Style Show, Scandinavian Unique Antiques, Millie & Glenn.
Day 1, Wednesday, September 27th: HOME to Minot. 7:30 pm - Celtic Thunder
Day 2, Thursday, September 28th (B): Minot. 1:00 pm - Amy Grant / 7:30 pm - Jeff Dunham
Day 3, Friday, September 29th (B): Minot. 1:00 pm - Joe Diffie & John Michael Montgomery / 7:30 pm - The Doobie Brothers
Day 4, Saturday, September 30th (B): Minot. 1:00 pm - Little River Band / 7:30 pm - Gary Allan & Josh Turner
Day 5, Sunday, October 1st (B): Minot to HOME. Homeward bound with fond memories and new found friends.