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2018 Maritimes, Newfoundland & Labrador

September 13th - October 14th, 2018 (Motor coach tour) Tour Directors: Colin & Dianne Markusson

ITINERARY (Meals as indicated: (B) breakfast, (L) lunch, (D) dinner, (S) social)

Day 1, Thursday, September 13th - SK - Winnipeg (Lose 1 hour):  Meet your fellow passengers along the way as you head east.

Day 2, Friday, September 14th (B) - Winnipeg - Thunder Bay (Lose 1 hour):  Watch for "Husky the Muskie" along the road today. Admire Kakabeka Falls which has some of the oldest fossils in existence. 

Day 3, Saturday, September 15th (B) - Thunder Bay - Sault Saint Marie:  Visit the Terry Fox Memorial and Lookout overlooking Lake Superior. It offers a panoramic view of Thunder Bay and surroundings. While in White River see where Winnie-the-Pooh originated. Stop at Agawa Crafts, a "trading post" that showcases talent and wares of local artists.

Day 4, Sunday, September 16th (B) - Sault Saint Marie - Ottawa:  Enjoy the view as you drive through some of the oldest French settlements in North America, along Lake Huron, with stops in Blind River, Sudbury - home of the Giant Nickel, North Bay, Pembroke and arrive in Ottawa for 2 nights.

Day 5, Monday, September 17th (B) - Ottawa:  Guided tours of the Parliament Buildings and the nation's capital. The step on costumed guide will take you to Rideau Canal, Prime Minister home, Rockcliffe District and Byward Market. Later you will tour the Canadian Mint, a 1908 Castle-like headquarters with the world's biggest coin and gold bars on display. Free evening.

Day 6, Tuesday, September 18th (B) - Ottawa - Montreal - Quebec City:  Travel along the St. Lawrence River to Montreal. A step on guide will give you a tour of Montreal including Notre-Dame Basilica, St-Helen Island, Mont-Royal, the Old Port, and Place Jacques Cartier. Then off to Quebec City for 2 nights.

Day 7, Wednesday, September 19th (B/L/snack) - Quebec City:  Full day tour of Quebec City.  Enjoy a traditional French Canadian meal with live folk music. Taste Maple Taffy on snow and see how Maple Syrup is made. Sights includes Plains of Abraham, Cape Diamond, Place Royal, Joan of Arc Garden, Montmorency Falls and visit Old Quebec City. Free evening.

Day 8, Thursday, September 20th (B) - Quebec - Fredericton (Lose 1 hour)Farewell to Quebec. Cross into New Brunswick which lies entirely within the Appalachian Mountain range, a chain of ancient, eroded mountains which have created river valleys and low, gently rolling hills throughout large parts of the province. This afternoon you will visit King's Landing, a historical site nestled in a majestic setting, a living history village. Free evening.

Day 9, Friday, September 21st (B) - Fredericton FREE DAY:  You are on your own to explore, shop or rest.

Day 10, Saturday, September 22nd (B/L) - Fredericton - Charlottetown: Catch some sites in St John NB. The Reversing Falls, where the Bay of Fundy tides force the flow of water to reverse against the current. The City Market, oldest farmers market in North America. Martello Tower, oldest building in the city. Visit Moncton's Magnetic Hill, an optical illusion makes it seem like vehicles roll up hill. Photo "op" stop at Shediak, the "Lobster Capital of the World". Quick stop at "look out point" before crossing the Confederation Bridge to Charlottetown. This evening you will attend a top-notch performance, the never-ending passion and imagination of Anne of Green Gables.

Day 11, Sunday, September 23rd (B/L) - Charlottetown:  Target Tours gives you a guided tour of PEI and Charlottetown including North Rustico harbour, a fishing village, Anne of Green Gables house, the Bluffs, Stanley Bridge, and Founder's Hall. Enjoy a Lobster lunch. Free evening.

Day 12, Monday, September 24th (B) - Charlottetown - North Sydney:  Explore the history of the singer Anne Murray in Springhill, nestled in the Cobequid Mountain Range. Stop at the Westray Miners Memorial Park.  Travel along the shores of Bras d' Or Lake. Option to shop or tour the Alexander Graham Bell Museum in Baddeck on your own. Get a glimpse into this world famous inventor and his legacy. Short drive to North Sydney for the next 2 nights.

Day 13, Tuesday, September 25th (B/L) - Cabot Trail Sightseeing:  A step on guide takes you along the Cabot Trail, a scenic roadway passing through Cape Breton Highlands National Park.  We follow the rugged coastline providing spectacular views of the ocean. Enjoy your Mountain view lunch. Return to North Sydney.

Day 14, Wednesday, September 26th (B) - Sydney - Port Aux Basques (Lose 1/2 hour)Board the Marine Atlantic Ferry and sail to Newfoundland, one of the best-kept vacation secrets, nestled into the northeast corner of North America. The province offers a leisurely "Old World" pace and is one of the most romantic places in Canada.

Day 15, Thursday, September 27th (B/S) - Port Aux Basques - Clarenville:  Travel across the island to the east coast with stops in Corner Brook, Grand Falls-Windsor and Gander. View the "Silent Witness Memorial" then onto Clarenville. This evening's social is a traditional "Newfie Screech-in", a welcome you will never forget.

Day 16, Friday, September 28th (B/L) - Clarenville - St. John's: This morning you get a Fisherman's Experience.  Starting in Bonavista, where proximity to the rich fishing and sealing grounds made it a major commercial centre. Tour Ryan's Premises, learn of the salt fish trade economy.  Lunch in Port Union at the William Coaker Factory.  Then off to St. John's for 2 nights. 

Day 17, Saturday, September 29th (B) - St. John's:  Guided city tour of St. John's. Its harbour is enclosed by rugged hills. Downtown known for its colourful row houses. Above the city is Signal Hill, site of the first transatlantic wireless communication. Your tour will include Gibbet Hill, Cape Spear, Signal Hill, Petty Harbour, George Street, Quidi Vidi and time permitting, shopping and a stroll. Free evening. 

Day 18, Sunday, September 30th (B) - St. John's - Rocky Harbour: Travel from the most eastern point to the western coast of Newfoundland, to a wide range of natural and cultural experiences. Scenic drive to Terra Nova National Park. Take in the interpretive centre with film, exhibits and touch tank. Visit Deer Lake's Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion. Overnight in Rocky Harbour. 

Day 19, Monday, October 1st (B) - Rocky Harbour - L' Anse au Clair: Travel along Viking Trail, quick stop at SS Ethie. On to St Barbe to catch the ferry over to Blanc-Sablon. Drive into Labrador, "the Big Land" which is one of the last untamed, unspoiled places left on Earth. Overnight in L' Anse au Clair.

Day 20, Tuesday, October 2nd (B) - L' Anse au Clair - St Anthony: Ferry back to Newfoundland. Walk through the Thrombolites at Flower Cove. These are very rare fossils, remnants of bacteria and algae about 650 million years old. Tour Norstead - a full living village and port of trade as it may have looked during the Viking era. See the Viking knarr "Snorri" ship. Wander through the excavated 11th century remains of a Viking settlement in L' Anse aux Meadows. Overnight in St Anthony.

Day 21, Wednesday, October 3rd (B/L/D) - St Anthony - Port aux Basques: Drive south along the western coast of Newfoundland. Lunch along the way to Marine Station with interactive exhibits and Visitor Centre. This evening is an option of a traditional Jigg's dinner in Corner Brook. Overnight in Port aux Basques.

Day 22, Thursday, October 4th (B) - Port aux Basques - North Sydney (gain 1/2 hour): Sail back to the mainland on the Marine Atlantic Ferry. Overnight in North Sydney.

Day 23, Friday, October 5th (B/L) - North Sydney - Halifax: Enjoy your coffee/tea and sweetbread at Rita's Tea Room, a converted one-room schoolhouse which was originally built in 1939. Arrive in Halifax, tour Pier 21 and the Farmer's Market.

Day 24, Saturday, October 6th (B) - Halifax: Tour the Citadel, a fortified summit restored to the Victoria period. Guided tour of the "lighthouse route" to Peggy's Cove. Visit the authentic 19th-century fishing village of Lunenburg, then to Mahone Bay, to see one of the most iconic views of the Three Churches. Return to Halifax. Free evening.

Day 25, Sunday, October 7th (B) - Halifax - Grand Sault:  To the highest tides in the world, Hopewell Rocks. If the tide is right you will have the opportunity to walk on the sea floor. Overnight Grand Sault.

Day 26, Monday, October 8th (B) - Grand Sault - Kingston (gain 1 hour): Leave New Brunswick, enter Quebec along the scenic southern shore of St Lawrence River to St Jean - Port Joli. Visit the most prestigious museum of wooden sculptures in North America.

Day 27, Tuesday, October 9th (B) - Kingston - Toronto - Niagara Falls: This morning is a "drive by" tour of Kingston sites, such as Fort Henry, Royal Military College, Bellevue House and Penitentiary. This afternoon is a guided city tour of Toronto and the Rogers Centre. Some sights you will see: Skydome, trendy Yorkville, Chinatown, CN Tower, Financial District, Queen's Park, St Lawrence Market, Eaton Centre, Old and New City Hall and much more. Following your city tour, take in the Toronto views from a different perspective on a narrated harbour cruise. Evening drive around Niagara.

Day 28, Wednesday, October 10th (B/D) - Niagara Falls (driver day off): Double Decker bus and guide will pick you up at the hotel, stop at three major Niagara attractions. The "Whirlpool Aero Car," you are transported by cable car above Niagara River, offering a wonderful view of Niagara Whirlpool, where the river escapes through the narrowest channel in the gorge. "Journey Behind the Falls", a unique view of the Falls from below and behind, by access to outdoor observation decks and portals. "Hornblower Boat Cruise," takes you close the breathtaking flow of water, power and mist. Tonight is your Windup Banquet.

Day 29, Thursday, October 11th (B) - Niagara Falls - Sault Saint Marie:  Your journey is coming to an end. Stops in Barrie, Parry Sound, Sudbury and Blind River.

Day 30, Friday, October 12th (B) - Sault St Marie - Thunder Bay: Travel along Lake Superior and Wawa where Canada Geese stop during migration. Stop at Agawa Crafts, White River, Schreiber and overnight in Thunder Bay, home of the largest Canada Goose.

Day 31, Saturday, October 13th (B) - Thunder Bay - Winnipeg (gain 1 hour): The harbour at the city of Thunder Bay is Canada's westernmost port on the Great Lakes. The bay is about 50 km long and 22 km wide. Stop at Upsula, Dryden, Kenora and overnight in Winnipeg.

Day 32, Sunday, October 14th (B) - Winnipeg - Home (gain 1 hour):  Homeward bound, cherishing all the wonderful memories of your travels with your new friends.

2018 Seven Day Israel Tour

September 23rd - 30th

ITINERARY (Meals as indicated: (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner)

Sunday, Sept. 23rd: Depart Kiev. Arrive Tel Aviv. On arrival in Tel Aviv at Ben Gurion Airport, we clear Israeli Passport Control and then transfer to St. George’s Cathedral Pilgrim Guesthouse for 3 nights stay. Breakfast is included each day.  Dinner this evening at the Hotel. (B/D)

Monday, Sept. 24th:  Depart at 8:30am on a half day tour to Bethlehem. Tour departs from Grand Hotel, five-minute walk from St. George’s. When we travel this short five-mile journey we will be entering Palestine Territory and it will be necessary to go through their Passport Control, so necessary to have your Passport on you.  We may also have to change coaches. You will observe a change in the landscape as you take this short trip. This five-hour tour will take in all the major highlights of the Little Town of Bethlehem.  Guided tour of the scenes of the Nativity. See the Manger Square, the Milk Grotto and Shepherds’ Field. The Mosque of Omar. The rest of the day is free for you to take in some of the numerous sights in this Holy and Historical City of Jerusalem. The Holocaust Museum is a very emotional experience and can take as much as three hours to see all the exhibits. Israeli Museum is a very interesting one to visit as it houses the famous Dead Sea Scrolls. Museum prices: Holocaust is free. Israeli Museum is approximately $15.00.

Tuesday, Sept. 25th: Depart at 8:30am for a full day sightseeing in this historical and ancient City. Our private guide with van will take us to such places as Mount of Olives, Church of Agony and the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus was betrayed by Judas. Enter old City by Dung Gate, stop at the Western Wall where Jews for Centuries have wept for the Temple which was destroyed by the Romans in the year 70 CE. Walk the cobbled stoned streets of the Old City to the Crusader Church of St. Anne where one can see the remains of the pools of Bethesda, where Jesus healed the man who had been ill for thirty-eight years. Follow the way of the Stations of the Cross through the Via Dolorosa. Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, place of the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus. We will end our day with a visit to the Garden Tomb. This will be a busy but memorable day.  (B)

Wednesday, Sept. 26th: Depart for Galilea. Enrique Khon will be our Driver/Guide for the next 4 days. Enrique is known as Kiki and has planned our next four days. Because the amount of luggage exceeds what his vehicle can accommodate, he has arranged for some bags to be transported in a separate vehicle.  10:00am - Depart Jerusalem and head North by way of the Jordan Valley. Our first stop is at Kaser el Yahud, original Baptismal place of Jesus by John the Baptist in the Jordon River. As we continue north along the Jordon River we will be on the border of the Kingdom of Jordon by way of the Palestinian territories. We will get a first hand understanding of the local conflict, and the daily life of the different communities living in this area. Travelling back into Israel’s territory, we will arrive at the Ancient Town of Beth Shean. Here, we will visit the National Park. It is the home to one of the largest remains of a Roman era town in the Middle East and has been inhabited since the time of the Bronze Age. We will learn about life in those times. Departing Beth Shean, we will travel along the shores of the Sea of Galilea and may be able to visit the Founders Museum at the very first Kibbutz in the Land of Israel. This depends on whether the Museum is open that day. Stop for Dinner at a local restaurant. (B)

3 night stay at Safed Inn - a 22 room Guesthouse run by Riki and Dubia  Ruckenstein.  Continental breakfast included each day.

Thursday, Sept. 27th: Depart 9:30am. Today will be a Christian towns tour around the Sea of Galilea. Most of these places will have names that are very familiar to all Christians. Our touring will take us to the places where Jesus spent the most time during his last five years of life. Here he preached and performed miracles. Tagbha is where the miracle of loaves and fishes occurred. Mount of Beatitudes was preached from the mountain. We will visit Capernaum, town of Jesus and home town of Peter and several other apostles. Visit the boat Museum at Ginosar where you get a close look at a wood boat from the times of the first centuries. It may be the only one of its kind. Visit Magdala town of Mary Magdalene and the life of Jewish towns around the Sea of Galilea. This evening we will enjoy a BBQ at Safed Inn.  (B/D)

Friday, Sept. 28th: Today is a day to understand modern history. We will do a short visit to the town of Safed. This area is closely related to the Cabala and Cabaiistic Scholars and has been for centuries. They are believed to be the mystics in Judaism. Safed is a small but very historical town. Our journey today will take us to the most northerly town of Israel, Metula just in front of Lebanon. Here we will learn of today’s every day life of the people of this region. We will learn about farming in this region and the conquest of the dry land and swamps and the miracle of making it into fertile land.  Later we will go to the Golan Height, an impressive place with a very special population. Half of it is Druze’s with their traditional way of life and the other half Israelis. We will view Syria from Mount Bental and hear from our Guide Kiki  the story of the ongoing civil war that is affecting the people of the region. Dinner out at local restaurant and then return to Safed Inn. (B)

Saturday, Sept. 29th: Today we say good-bye to Galilea as we travel south to the City of Tel Aviv. On our way we will stop at Mount Tabor or known as the Mount of the Transfiguration. Visit the beautiful Church there and enjoy a wonderful view of the Valley. We continue to Cana the town of the first miracle of Jesus. It was here at The Wedding feast of Cana, where Jesus changed the water into wine. Our last stop will be in Jesus’ home town Nazareth. Here we will visit the magnificent Basilica of the Annunciation which is built on top of the house of Mary and then we will stop into the Church of St. Joseph. Our tour with Kiki will end at the Olympia Hotel, Tel Aviv. Dinner at our Hotel. (B/D)

Sunday, Sept. 30th: This morning we depart for Canada. We will have to be at the Airport at 5:00am. Transfers are booked for 4:30am departure from our Hotel.

2018 Ukraine

September 6th - 23rd Hosted By: Monica Bayda

ITINERARY (Meals as indicated: (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner)

Thursday, Sept. 6th: Depart Saskatoon for Krakow, Poland.

Friday, Sept. 7th: Arrive Krakow mid afternoon. On arrival after clearing Polish Customs & Immigration you will be transferred to our Hotel for a two night stay. Dinner at the hotel. (D)

Saturday, Sept. 8th: Full day of touring in the City of Krakow. We will visit the Medieval Wawel Castle, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit Krakow Jewish district of Podgorze and Kazimierz. Stroll in the impressive Old Town. See the Holocaust Memorial in Podgorze and hear stories of wartime heroes like Oscar Schindler. We will have time to visit St. Mary’s Church where we will see the magnificent ceiling above the Altar. Some free time to wander through the local Flea Market.  Dinner at a local restaurant. (B/D)

Sunday, Sept. 9th: This morning we will depart by train for Lviv, Ukraine. Travel time approximately 6.5 hours. On arrival in Lviv, we will be transferred to our hotel for a 4 night stay. Dinner on your own at Ibis Hotel. (B)

Monday, Sept. 10th: Sightseeing in Lviv. Father Andriy, our Guide in Ukraine, will take us on a sightseeing tour of this beautiful city. We will visit Shevchenko Hai, which is an open air museum, consisting of six small villages. Lychakiv Cemetery is a must to see. Here you will see very large and some very unique monuments to famous people. Lunch at local restaurant. This afternoon a leisurely walking tour in the city center. Dinner this evening at a local Restaurant. (B/D) 

Tuesday, Sept. 11th: This morning we will visit Historical St. George’s Cathedral. In the afternoon we will visit Lviv’s beautiful Opera House and local Museum. (B)

Wednesday, Sept. 12th: Today you will have a free day to explore this ancient city. Visit the numerous Markets, beautiful shopping center or just relax at a sidewalk cafe. (B)

Thursday, Sept. 13th: Depart Lviv for Yaremche, Carpathian Mountain region. Stop in the University City of Ivana Frankish for lunch and a walking tour. 3 night stay in Yaremche. Dinner at our Hotel. (B/D)

Friday, Sept. 14th - Today we will enjoy the town of Yaremche, visit the local markets and visit the wooden Churches. Yaremche is a beautiful and scenic place to relax. Dinner at a local Restaurant. (B/D)

Saturday, Sept. 15th: An exciting day today, we will  be touring in the Carpathian Mountains, visit a farm, music museum, and have a traditional lunch at a local home. Dinner at our Hotel. (B/L/D)

Sunday, Sept. 16th: After Church service at the Redemptorist Monastery, we will travel approximately 55 kilometers to Kolomayaa for a 2 night stay. (B)

Monday, Sept. 17th: Visit to Pysanka and Hutsul Culture Museums. Kolomayya is  located in the pre-Carpathian regions was founded in the 12th century. It is a lovely green city with numerous unique buildings. Here you can enjoy the colorful Hutsul culture as this is their main center. Kolomayaa is a very enjoyable city to visit. (B)

Tuesday, Sept. 18th: Travel to Ternopil – 2 nights. Dinner at our Hotel. (B/D)

Wednesday, Sept. 19th: This morning we will visit the ancient religious site of Pochaiv Larva Monastery.  On our return to Ternopil this afternoon we will have time to visit the Museum of Political Prisoners. Dinner at the Mill Restaurant. (B/D)

Thursday, Sept. 20th: Travel to Kiev – approximate travel time ~ 9 hours. (B)

Friday, Sept. 21st: On our city tour of Kiev we will see the Golden Gate, Vladimirskiy Cathedral, St. Michael’s Square. All Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, Taras Shevchenko University of Kiev and visit Kiev Pechersk Lavra Monastery. Dinner this evening at a local Restaurant. (B/D)

Saturday, Sept. 22nd: This morning visit the ancient and historical religious site of St. Sophia’s Cathedral. See the impressive Holodomor National Museum.  Free time to visit local Markets for those special souvenirs. Dinner this evening at O’Panas Restaurant in beautiful Shevchenko Park. (B/D)

Sunday, Sept. 23rd: Return to Canada.

2018 Magnificent Europe River Cruise

September 12th - 30th Tour Directors: Rick & Agnes Fredericks

ITINERARY (Meals as indicated: (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner)

DAY 1, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12TH - DEPART CANADA (D): Your adventure begins with your flight to Europe.

DAY 2, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH - ARRIVE BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (B, D): Arriving in Budapest you will be transferred to your hotel for the evening. A welcome dinner will give you a chance to get to know your fellow travellers.


DAY 3, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14TH - BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (EMBARKATION DAY) (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 Impression. Meet your crew at an evening welcome reception.

DAY 4, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15TH - BUDAPEST (B, L, D): Spanning the banks of the Danube, Budapest is one of Eastern Europe's liveliest cities. Whether you're 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 Cafe, Budapest's unique energy is positively palatable. On your GUIDED TOUR of the city, see Heroes' Square as well as the massive hilltop castle complex with its remarkable Fishermen's Bastion and 11th-century Matthias Church. Be sure to take note of the city's eight bridges - famous sights in and of themselves - 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, build in 1849 and a symbol of Budapest; visit St. Stephen's Basilica with marvellous views of the city from its viewing platform; or stroll along Vaci utca, the main shopping street.

DAY 5, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH - BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA (B, L, D): Today, arrive in Bratislava, situated at the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains and the dynamic capital of Slovakia. 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. Tonight, depart for Vienna.

DAY 6, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17TH - VIENNA, AUSTRIA (B, L, D): Once the center 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 Boys' 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 Karntnerstrasse, 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, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18TH - DURNSTEIN - MELK (B, L, D): Durnstein, situated in the heart of the Wachau wine region, is known for the magnificent baroque, blue Stiftskirche built in the 1700s. The main street of this small town - with a population of less than 1,000 people - is lined with 16th-century residences and charming cobblestone streets. 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. Then, cruise through the beautiful Wachau Valley to reach Melk after lunch. Visit the magnificent 11th-century BENEDICTINE ABBEY which towers over the town and is one of Europe's largest. It houses an ornate library with over 80,000 printed books and 2,000 manuscripts. Words cannot describe the splendour of its church with its fresco ceilings, stunning high altar, marble statues, and 210-foot-high cupola. This evening, you'll be able to sample some of the region's FAMOUS WINES.

DAY 8, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH - PASSAU, GERMANY (B, L, D): Today, choose from full-day optional excursions: to Salzburg, taking in some of the Sound of Music sights or to Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Rejoin your ship in Passau in the early evening. Alternatively, you may choose to stay on the ship and relax as you 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 and dominated by St. Stephen's Cathedral, a masterpiece of Italian baroque architecture. Take in the highlights on the included GUIDED WALK.

DAY 9, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH - 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 Brucke (Stone Bridge), the oldest of its kind in Germany. Grab a beer and enjoy an included SNACK at the Historische Wurstkuche (Old Sausage Kitchen), one of Germany's oldest restaurants. Bask in the vibrant atmosphere and take in the remarkable views along the river. Before dinner, we introduce you to some of Germany's FAMOUS BEERS.

DAY 10, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21ST - ROTH - NUREMBERG (B, L, D): This morning, relax on board before docking in Roth. After lunch, join a GUIDED SIGHTSEEING of the city. This delightful Bavarian town, with its half-timbered houses and market square, is also an industrial center for textile manufacturing. Take pictures of Schloss Ratibor, an ancient hunting lodge built in 1535, with a most picturesque inner courtyard. Or you may prefer to choose a GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR of nearby Nuremberg. 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. Marvel at this thousand-year-old city's medieval fortifications, extraordinary gothic churches, and the Kaiserburg (Imperial Castle), or join a more specialized NUREMBERG RALLY GROUNDS tour.

DAY 11, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22ND - 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 center, 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. This afternoon, cruise gently along the Main River as you head for Wurzburg.

DAY 12, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23RD - WURZBURG (B, L, D): Surrounded by verdant hillside vineyards, Wurzburg, 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, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24TH - MAIN RIVER VILLAGE (B, L, D): On the banks of the Main River you find cultural gems of small towns, many of them tucked away behind defensive walls and towered gates. With half-timbered houses, narrow streets, and medieval town centers, these picturesque Bavarian villages are a photographer's delight. Join your Local Guide to experience one of these towns on a GUIDED WALK.

DAY 14, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25TH - RUDESHEIM - RHINE GORGE (B, L, D): Today, arrive in Rudesheim, 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 head downstream from Rudesheim, through the dramatic RHINE GORGE, the most beautiful stretch of river. here, ancient castles stand sentry on lofty cliffs rising 400 feet above the water. Cruise past the legendary rock of the Lorelei, where echoes of enchanted siren song lured unwitting sailors to their doom. 

DAY 15, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26TH - COLOGNE (B, L, D): Arrive in Cologne this morning. 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-steepled 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 cafes, shops, and taverns. Be sure to try a Kolsch pale lager, locally brewed in Cologne for over a hundred years!

DAY 16, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH - 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, cafes and restaurants, and lively marketplace has a distinct ambience. With over 60 museums, Amsterdam has the highest museum density in the world. 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". There's free time this afternoon to enjoy the city or perhaps join an optional excursion.

DAY 17, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28TH - AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION) (B): Your river cruise ends with breakfast this morning. You will enjoy a city tour of Amsterdam before being transferred to your hotel for a free evening. On the city tour, you will see historic buildings such as the Royal Palace and National Monument, the Skinny Bridge, Albert Cuyp Market and traditional gabled houses lining the banks of the canals.

DAY 18, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29TH - AMSTERDAM (B, D): After breakfast you will visit the Anne Frank House and Museum. After lunch, we will provide a fascinating contrast to your city experiences by travelling through the Dutch countryside to Zaanse Schans, a well-known windmill village. We will then visit the world-famous fishing villages of Volendam and Marken with their charming wooden houses and locals wearing colourful traditional dress. Tonight is your farewell dinner.

DAY 19, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30TH - DEPART AMSTERDAM FOR CANADA (B, L): After breakfast, you will transfer from your hotel to the airport for your flight back to Canada.

2018 Ireland Through Irish Eyes: A Journey To The Emerald Isle

May 1st - May 17th Hosted By: Monica Carney-Bayda

I invite you to come away with me on a mystical journey to my beautiful Emerald Isle. This journey is going to be a leisurely trip but at the same time visiting historical sites and enjoying the Irish culture. My sister Mary Fitzgerald from Co. Tipperary will join us on this journey through Ireland.


Tuesday, May 1st: Depart Saskatoon via Toronto to Dublin City.

Wednesday, May 2nd: Arrive Dublin mid morning. After clearing Irish Customs, we will board Liam Devitt's motor coach for a trip to Tipperary, and it is not really a long way. En route we will stop in Glendalough, Co. Wicklow at the site known as St. Kevin's Bed. This is a beautifully scenic and peaceful spot. Have lunch in Glendalough and then continue to Clonmel, the town closest to my childhood home. We will enjoy a four nights' stay at Hotel Minella. The hotel is situated on the River Suir, with a beautiful serene grounds and just a short distance from Clonmel. It has a lovely indoor pool, so after checking in you can rest or enjoy a swim in their Leisure Center, or we can just go for a stroll along the river bank. We will enjoy an early supper this evening at the Hotel Minella.

Thursday, May 3rd: After breakfast we set out on a journey to visit Kilkenny Castle and surrounding area. This castle is steeped in history and has been restored to its former glory. On our way back we will stop in my home village of Kilsheelan for a wee drop of Baileys, tea or even a pint of Guinness. Maybe this evening we will take in the local Dog Races where we can join the local Clonmel residents in cheering on our favourite hound. Supper this evening at one of the local Bar-Restaurants in Clonmel.

Friday, May 4th: This morning we will enjoy a walking tour of Clonmel. The history of Clonmel goes back over hundreds of years. Clonmel was once a walled town and today you can see remains of this once medieval town. After lunch we will take a scenic trip via Mount Mellery to the seaside town of Dungarvan and area. Supper at local restaurant in Dungarvan. Great seafood chowder and fish & chips can be enjoyed here.

Saturday, May 5th: The Rock of Cashel is a very historical site and a must for everyone visiting Tipperary. We will visit the Heritage Site and Village. Later we will visit my father's home town of Fethard, where we can enjoy lunch at the world famous McCarthy's Pub - a place that has not changed since it was built in the 1850's. Many famous movie stars have visited this pub. Our journey will continue up the side of Slievenamon Mountain where we will drop in and say hello to my niece Mia who is a local artist (if she is home). Supper at Hotel Minella.

Sunday, May 6th: Time to say goodbye to Tipperary as we pack and leave for Cork and Kerry. Our first stop will be at Blarney in Co. Cork, where those of us who want the "gift of the gab" can do so by climbing to the top of Blarney Castle and kissing the stone of eloquence. This is a lovely spot and for those who love to shop, you will be very happy to visit the Blarney Woollen Mills where you can purchase every type of Irish souvenir. If an Arran Sweater is on your list, you will have lots to choose from. Lunch at Blarney. Continue our journey through scenic Kerry to Tralee for a three night stay. Supper at the Hotel in Tralee.

Monday, May 7th: West Kerry, also known as the Kingdom of Kerry, is considered to be the most scenic area of Ireland, and a drive around the Ring of Kerry is a must. Here you will see quaint Irish villages where the native language is still spoken. Supper this evening at local restaurant in Tralee or Killarney.

Tuesday, May 8th: This morning we will visit the Kerry County Museum, where the history of this unique area of Ireland is told. Lunch stop at a local Pub. After our visit there, we will drive the short distance to Killarney and maybe it will be a very good day to enjoy a ride on a traditional Irish jaunting car. No, it is not a motorcar but a horse-drawn trap. This will be an enjoyable experience as the Jarvey entertains you with his tales and jokes - I hope you can understand his Kerry accent! We will have some free time in Killarney to enjoy strolling around this scenic little town and maybe do a bit of shopping. Supper this evening at our Hotel. Later we will enjoy the Tralee Theatre called Siamsa Tire which is a celebration of Irish Music, Song and Dance.

Wednesday, May 9th: Depart Killarney for Co. Clare with our overnight at Spanish Point area. En route, we will stop at the quaint village of Adare with its thatched roof cottages; enjoy a driving tour of Limerick City. Finish our day sightseeing with a visit to the Bunratty Folk Park, a place where you can enjoy Old Ireland. We will spend three nights at Spanish Point area. Supper this evening at our Hotel.

Thursday, May 10th: When we visit the Cliffs of Moher today, you will feel like you are on the edge of the world. Here, the awe-inspiring views will mesmerise you and will remain in your memory forever. We will visit the interpretive center, enjoy some lunch, and there is even a beautiful souvenir shop there. Return to our hotel through the Burren, an outcropping leftover from the Ice Age. Supper this evening is planned at Knappougue Castle where we will enjoy a banquet with traditional Irish food and entertainment.

Friday, May 11th: Arran Islands is planned today, so a ferry ride will take us to Inis Mor where you will be taken back in time as you visit this remote and ancient Island, home of the famous Arran Sweater. Supper at our hotel.

Saturday, May 12th: Our next stop on this Celtic journey will be W.B. Yeats country - Drumcliffe, Co. Sligo. On our way we will take a tour of Galway City and continue through Co. Mayo with a short stop at the religious site at Knock. Overnight in Sligo Town for one night. Supper at our hotel.

Sunday, May 13th: Today we leave Southern Ireland and head for the controversial and historical town of Derry, also known as Londonderry. On our way we will stop at W.B. Yeats burial site and also the Belleek Pottery Ltd. which has been making beautiful china for over 150 years. Lunch in Derry and after lunch our Local Guide will take us on a 3 hour tour where we will learn about the trials and tribulations of this now peaceful town. Two night stay in Derry. Supper at our hotel or a local restaurant.

Monday, May 14th: The currency we are now using is British pounds sterling. A wonderful day awaits us as we travel in this spectacular scenic area of Northern Ireland. A visit to the Giants Causeway is a step back in time. Located on the fabulous coast of Antrim, this World Heritage Site is a result of volcanic activity that helped Finn McCool forge this wonder of the world some 60 million years ago. One has to walk on those rugged columns to realise the power of nature. Bushmills Distillery is also located in this area of Ireland, so why not visit a business that has been around for over 400 years and who knows, we might just get a wee dram to warm the "cockells of our hearts". Lunch at a local pub. If time permits we will stop at Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge before returning to Derry. Supper this evening at a local Restaurant.

Tuesday, May 15th: We depart Derry for Dublin. On our way, we will stop in Belfast where our Local Guide will relate to us the history of this beautiful city. After lunch we will visit the Titanic Museum, where we enjoy a modern take on the construction of the famous ship Titanic. Later this afternoon, we will head for the town of Malahide, located on the ocean a short distance from Dublin's fair city. We will spend two nights in Malahide.

Wednesday, May 16th: This morning we will visit Dublin, where our Local Guide will introduce us to the Capital of the Republic of Ireland. A visit to Trinity College and the world famous Book of Kells is included. Free time this afternoon to shop for those last minute souvenirs. This evening we will enjoy a traditional Irish Supper and Show.

Thursday, May 17: It is time to say goodbye to the beautiful Emerald Isle as we depart for Dublin Airport for return flight to Canada.

2018 Hawaiian Cruise & Land Tour (Sold Out)

January 24th - February 7th Professionally Hosted By: Richard & Agnes Fredericks

ITINERARY (Meals as indicated: (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner)

Day 1, Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 - Depart Canada:  Fly from Saskatoon/Regina to Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii.  Transfer to the hotel.

Day 2, Thursday, January 25th - Honolulu:  Enjoy an afternoon City Tour of Honolulu, Hawaii's state capital.

Day 3, Friday, January 26th - Honolulu Pearl Harbour:  Discover Oahu's #1 most popular public attraction; be sure not to miss any of the historic sites, features, and attractions.  Explore a full day at the Pacific Historic Park, which includes the USS Arizona Memorial, USS Bowfin, USS Battleship Missouri, and the Pacific Aviation Museum.

Day 4, Saturday, January 27th - Honolulu Embarkation (D):  This afternoon, embark on the 'Pride of America'.  Acquaint yourself with the ship. 

Day 5, Sunday, January 28th - Kahului (Maui) (BLD):  A surplus of natural splendour and the genuine hospitality of its people have helped to make Maui Hawaii's second most popular island.  Explore the fascinating history of the town of Lahaina.  Plant yourself on a pristine beach, or play one of the world's most beautiful golf courses. 

Day 6, Monday, January 29th - Kahului (Maui) (BLD):  Unwind aboard the ship, or use some of this day in Kahului to experience Maui's boundless beauty.  Board the ship by 5:00 pm for 6:00 pm departure for Hilo.  Enjoy evening ship activities. 

Day 7, Tuesday, January 30th - Hilo (BLD):  The entire city of Hilo is like one giant greenhouse with spectacular tropical flowers at every turn.  Visit the town's well-preserved historic buildings, which date back to the turn of the century and showcase Hawaii's unique architecture.  Just 30 miles away the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is the home of the active Kilauea Volcano. 

Day 8, Wednesday, January 31st - Kona (BLD):  Kona offers the quintessential Hawaii experience.  Sunny, warm weather and crystal blue waters entice visitors to partake in a variety of surf-side fun.  Snorkel amongst a kaleidoscope of tropical marine life.  Take a surfing lesson, a kayaking trip or head out to deeper waters for some deep-sea fishing.  Enjoy evening ship activities. 

Day 9, Thursday, February 1st - Nawiliwili (Kauai) (BLD):  Named after the Wiliwili trees, which once lined its picturesque harbour, this lovely port of Kauai is your gateway to what many believe to be Hawaii's most beautiful island.  On "The Garden Island", nature is truly the star, from the dramatic mountains of Kokee to the cool rainforests of Haena.  And the tradition of the luau adds lively entertainment unique to Hawaii. 

Day 10, Friday, February 2nd - Nawiliwili (Kauai) (BLD):  Spend more wonderful morning time in Kauai.

Day 11, Saturday, February 3rd - Honolulu Disembark (B):  Arrive in Honolulu at 7:00 am.  At 9:00 am, board a motor coach for the Grand Circle Island Tour of Oahu before returning to the hotel for the evening.

Day 12, Sunday, February 4th -  Honolulu Free Day:  Spend the day exploring Honolulu.  Visit Waikiki Beach, marvel at the city's numerous historic and cultural delights, or go shopping on this magnificent island.

Day 13, Monday, February 5th - Polynesian Cultural Center (D):  A full day at the Polynesian Cultural Center is on the agenda today.  During the day, you will experience island villages with a friendly tour guide.  After a day of touring, this evening you will enjoy the VIP Ambassador Ali'l Luau dinner.  Your last night in the islands will be topped off with the Breath of Life evening show (VIP Seating).

Day 14, Tuesday, February 6th - Depart Honolulu:  Last minute shopping or just one more picture of the fabulous Waikiki beach, the day is yours as we have arranged late check-out with the hotel before transferring to the airport for departure to Canada.

Day 15, February 7th - Arrive Home:  Back home with incredible memories of a true paradise on earth.