Get “active” on the Danube this spring and save $1200 a person

This exciting new 12 day vacation introduces you to the people and places along the Danube from Budapest to Linz, as well as to the UNESCO World Heritage Site city of Česky Krumlov and Prague, in the most active, engaged and fun ways imaginable.

Grab your hiking, biking and touring partner and join our group on departing June 23rd  2018 .

Prices start at $3810 plus port charges of $224 for all bookings made by Nov 27th  ( saving you $1200 a person)

Upgrade to a Balcony for only $760 a person.

Start your vacation with one night in Hungary’s capital city before boarding your Avalon ship and heading for Visegrad. The choice is always yours: you might like to learn a little Hungarian in Budapest; attend a medieval knights’ tournament in Visegrad; take a jogging tour around Vienna, or visit the city when it first awakes; meet with a local produce grower in the Wachau Valley, or paddle a canoe; be introduced to a count in his castle; bike to an ancient border defense near Mauthausen or visit World War II’s largest concentration camp; taste locally produced cheese and beer brewed by Trappist monks near Linz, or hike along an old smugglers’ route. And all the while enjoy the comfort of your Avalon ship, with its delectable meals and warm, personal service. Certainly your home from home while you explore your new surroundings every day. Disembark and spend one night in Linz. Choose from a conventional city tour or a history tour, or a gentle hike to the Pöstlingberg for a fantastic panoramic view of Linz. An optional cooking class is available or the chance to learn more about farming in the region. Then visit beautiful Česky Krumlov en route to Prague. Your vacation ends with two nights in the Czech Republic’s capital, exploring the city in the company of a Local Guide, or during an urban hike or on your own. We also offer a variety of optionals such as a visit to a microbrewery or a cooking school to make sure you never run out of things to do!

Highlights & Sightseeing
Cruise: deluxe 7-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM

Day 1 Budapest: welcome to Hungary

Day 2 Budapest (Embarkation)–Scenic Cruising Around Danube Bend–Visegrád: choice of walking tour with language lesson, guided bike tour, or city sightseeing tour; onboard welcome reception; scenic cruising around the Danube Bend

Day 3 Visegrád: in Visegrád, choice of medieval knights tournament or guided hiking in Danube-Ipoly National Park

Days 4 & 5 Vienna: choice of bike tour, jogging tour, encounter with area business people, or city sightseeing tour with visit of Belvedere Palace to see Klimt’s Kiss; choice of early riser walking tour with breakfast at a Viennese café and entrance to Habsburg private art collection at the Museum of Fine Arts; Habsburg collection entrance with time in the Italian & Dutch Masters Gallery; or Habsburg collection entrance with Military Museum visit

Day 6 Krems–Wachau Valley & Strudengau Scenic Cruising–Grein: choice of canoe tour down the Danube; bike tour from Krems to Spitz with a stop in Dürnstein to sample local specialties; Wine World Experience with tasting; or local encounter showcasing regional products with included snack and beverage; scenic cruising through Wachau Valley, Strudengau, and past Melk Abbey; visit Greinburg or Clam castle in Grein

Day 7 Grein–Mauthausen–Linz: guided walk in Grein, visit the historical theater; in Mauthausen, choice of visit to St. Florian Monastery, guided tour of Mauthausen Concentration Camp, or guided bike tour; onboard tasting of local specialties

Day 8 Engelhartszell–Schlögen Oxbow Scenic Cruising–Linz: choice of visit to Engelszell Abbey to tour its brewery, enjoy a tasting, and explore its sensory garden, or visit a “Trout Circus” and join a short hiking tour;choice of scenic cruising around the Schlögen Oxbow or guided hike on the Danube Trail; onboard gala farewell dinner

Day 9 Linz (Disembarkation): choice of guided city walk, or history tour, or a casual hike across to Mount Pöstlingberg

Day 10 Linz–Česky Krumlov–Prague: guided sightseeing of Česky Krumlov; transfer to Prague

Day 11 Prague: choice of urban hike, or guided city tour including Hradčany Castle grounds and St. Vitus Cathedral; afternoon at leisure

Day 12 Prague: your vacation ends this morning

Meals
Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapés
Welcome dinner
Farewell dinner
Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
Early and Late Riser breakfast
Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
Alternative light lunch or (weather permitting) grill fare at the Sky Bistro on the Sky Deck
Daily four-course à la carte dinner in the main dining room
Alternative dinner of petite portions or regional specialties with wines, in the Panorama Bistro
Daily Afternoon Tea
Daily Night Fare
Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch

Taste of Tuscany with Liquid Gold

Join Myrna and Bill from Liquid Gold as they taste their way through Tuscany.  If you want to experience Tuscany like the locals this is the trip for you!

Liquid Gold’s  Private Tuscan Tour Oct 15 -21 2018

 Home for the six nights:  Agriturismo La Pietriccia

Price is $1595 per person all taxes included for the six-night tour.

Solo room rates are $1895

Highlights include : 

Tour through Val D’Orcia:   Pienza, San Quirico D’Orcia,  Montalcino and a special Super Tuscan tasting at Castello Banfi.

 

Liquid Gold exclusive Truffle tour !

Liquid Gold exclusive Olive Oil orchard excursion

Afternoon in  Montepulciano

Private tour to Sienna and Cortona

Non Refundable deposit is $500 per person and final payment is due July 15th

Airfare and Travel Insurance are additional

Our Europe specialist, Amanda McMullin can customize your pre tour hotels and tours in Rome and post tour hotels and tour anywhere in Italy or Europe.

Contact her at 902 829 3876 or amanda@nichetravelgroup.ca to book

Try Varadero this March Break

 

Where will you be this March Break ?

 

The Ocean Varadero El Patriarca in Varadero, Cuba, is a brand new oceanfront property located directly on the beach and approximately 34 km from the Varadero airport.

Perfect for families wanting to escape the cold this March Break!

Adults prices only $1649 with all taxes, fees and Cuban departure tax

Children ages 2 -12 only $1169 with all taxes, fees and Cuban departure tax

Direct flights from Halifax with Transat Holidays

March 10-17, 2018

Depart Halifax March 10 on Transat flight 920 at 17:40 Arrive Varadero 21:15

Depart Varadero March 17 on Transat flight 921 at 22:35 Arrive Halifax 03:45 (+1)

Please contact your Niche Travel Group advisor to book now!

Want to Curl along the Romantic Rhine ?

 

 

Is Curling your sport?  Want to try a rink in Europe and curl against the Dutch?  How about the Swiss?  We have a once in a lifetime invitation for you.    Combine curling and a Rhine river cruise for the ultimate 11 night European Experience.

Balcony Cabin prices start at $5799 per person for the entire package and dual window cabins start at $4999.

Want you own cabin?  Add $2187 or $3365 for Balcony

 

Non Refundable deposit of $500 per person due by Nov 26 to receive the extra perks of FREE Gratuities and a FREE Excursion.

Daily Itinerary

Aug 31:  Day 1 – Arrive in Amsterdam – stay at 4-star city centre hotel.  Afternoon Walking tour of Amsterdam

Sept 01: Day 2 –  Curl with the Dutch,  Go Canada!

Sept 02: Day 3 – Embarkation and welcome reception onboard the Avalon Felicity  

Sept 03: Day 4-   Canal cruise of Amsterdam

Sept 04:  Day 5  – Cologne: choice of guided city walk or Jewish Heritage walk

Sept 05 : Day 6  – KoblenzRhine GorgeRüdesheim: guided sightseeing in Koblenz; cruise through the Rhine Gorge; visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; special treat

Sept 06: Day 7 –  Mainz   excursion to Heidelberg: guided walk, visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz; excursion to Heidelberg; guided visit of the castle, see the Great Vat

Sept 07 : Day 8 –  Strasbourg  guided sightseeing, visit the La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral; onboard woodcarving demonstration

Sept 08 : Day 9 –  Breisach  Excursion to the Black Forest: visit a local woodcarver’s workshop or visit a Black Forest open-air museum

Sept 09 : Day 10 – Basel  Disembarkation and journey to Lucerne for two nights in a 4 star city centre hotel.

Sept 10: Day 11 – Curl with the Swiss,  Go Canada!

Sept 11: Day 12 – Transfer to Zurich for your flight back to Canada

Little swiss town with white gothic church on the shore of Lake Lucerne, Alps mountains, Switzerland

Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise.

Enjoy a special coffee or wine tasting in Rüdesheim.

Meals

  • Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapés
  • Welcome dinner
  • Farewell dinner
  • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
  • Early and Late Riser breakfast
  • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
  • Alternative light lunch or (weather permitting) grill fare at the Sky Bistro on the Sky Deck
  • Daily four-course à la carte dinner in the main dining room
  • Alternative dinner of petite portions or regional specialties with wines, in the Panorama Bistro
  • Daily Afternoon Tea
  • Daily Night Fare
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel

                Airfare is additional:  Travel Insurance is additional

Party with Shaydid in Varadero !

Party with Shaydid in Varadero!

                             

Great news for Shaydid fans! Transat Holidays has agreed to allow the Niche Travel Group to extend our Early Bird price of $1399. We can now offer a book and pay in full by Dec 15th, rooms are based on availability. SAVE $200 off of the online price and guarantee your spot with a $250 deposit.

We have been in contact with the Ocean Vista Azul in Varadero and the resort is still in perfect shape with a beach that is better than ever.

 

For an extra $100 you can choose to pay your final payment on Jan 15.

Halifax for 7 nights at the price of $1399 all taxes included

Saturday March 31 – April 07 with Transat Holidays

HALIFAX  – VARADERO      31 MAR  TS 920         17:40  – 21:15

VARADERO – HALIFAX       07 APR  TS 921          22:35  – 03:45

Ottawa for 7 nights at the price of $1379 all taxes included

Saturday March 31 – April 07 with Transat Holidays

OTTAWA – VARADERO       31 MAR  TS 858         17:30  – 21:30

VARADERO – OTTAWA       07 APR   TS  859        22:30  – 02:10

Toronto for 7 nights at the price of $1349 all taxes included

Monday April 02 – April 09 with Transat Holidays

TORONTO – VARADERO     02 APR  TS  694         07:25  – 11:00

VARADERO – TORONTO     09 APR  TS  695         12:00  – 15:30

Prices based on double Occupancy and include all taxes, Cuban tourist card and departure taxes

Non Refundable deposit is $250 per person and final payment is due by Dec 15th.

You can move the final payment to Jan 15th  and pay an additional $100 a person.

To book – Contact your Niche Travel Group agent directly or call 902 407 4567

http://nichetravelgroup.ca/

Here is the resort’s website for you to peek at

https://www.oceanhotels.net/en/varadero-hotels/ocean-vista-azul

 

 

3 rooms left – March Break in Jamaica at the Gran Bahia Principe

** We only have 3 rooms left **

Enter into a Victorian world of relaxation. From the spa to sports, discover everything you need all within the resort to treat yourself and entertain the family to create your most memorable vacation yet on the stunning island of Jamaica.

http://www.bahia-principe.com/en/resorts-in-jamaica/resort-jamaica/

Spend this March Break at this great family resort in Runaway Bay on a Saturday departure with Air Transat

 

We have 3 – Royal Golden Club – Oceanview rooms left

Adults are  $2089 with all taxes

1st child ages 2-12  is $1399 with all taxes
2nd child ages 2-12 is $899 with all taxes

Non-Refundable Deposit is $250 per person.

Final Payment is due by Dec 05th

Air Transat Flight times

HALIFAX- MONTEGO BAY   10MAR2018 TS366 17:45 21:45
MONTEGO BAY – HALIFAX  17MAR2018 TS367 21:45 04:15

  • 1 buffet featuring international cuisine
  • 4 à la carte restaurants featuring Japanese, grill/steakhouse, Italian and Gourmet, cuisines
  • Snack bar
  • 7 bars including a swim-up bar, karaoke bar and disco
    Family vacation
    Family fun is central at this resort that is equipped with a dedicated children’s pool and a supervised club with kid-friendly activities and a new water park for the little ones.

3 swimming pools including kids’ pool, Jacuzzi.  Non-motorized water sports (1 hour daily (and on request) of snorkeling, kayaks, catamarans and paddle surf; Introductory Scuba in pool (once per stay); Daytime tennis (1 hour daily and on request), soccer, volleyball, table tennis, aerobics; Daily activities, Nightly entertainment, Kids Club

Experience Bordeaux with Bishop’s Cellar May 24 2018

Caressed by Atlantic breezes, the vineyards that cover the rolling hills along the rivers of Aquitaine have for centuries produced France’s most remarkable wines. Join us on May 24 2018 and celebrate joie de vivre in this land of wine and oysters, truffles and cognac, as you cruise the Dordogne & Garonne Rivers.  Dine with your own Sommelier and wine pairings each night.  This trip is a must for anyone interested in the best of French culture, lifestyle, wine and food.

The entry level cabin in $3834 now instead of $4834 –  save $1000 on bookings before Dec 15th

Free Highlights with AMAWaterways:
Sauternes wine tasting and Roquetaillade Castle
Grand Cru Classé wine tasting
Blaye to Bourg bike tour
Bourg Festival of wine and music
Saint Emilion excursion and Grand Cru Classé wine tasting
Fronsac wine tasting
Bordeaux -City tour and Wine Museum

 

Look all of the FREE OPTIONALS!

“OR” means you choose what you want to do that day for FREE.
 
DAY 1 Bordeaux
DAY 2 Cadillac
**Sauternes wine tasting and Roquetaillade Castle
DAY 3 Pauillac
**Grand Cru Classé wine tasting and scenic vineyard tour
DAY 4 Blaye
**Citadel visit
OR **Blaye bike tour
OR **Prehistoric cave art
**Blaye to Bourg bike tour
Bourg
**Bourg walking tour, Carriage Museum and exclusive Bourg wine festival
DAY 5 Libourne
** Saint Emilion excursion and Grand Cru Classé wine tasting
** OR Saint Emilion bike tour and wine tasting
DAY 6 Libourne
** Château de Vayres
OR ** French Bastide town and market with tastings
OR **Countryside hike with wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres
**Fronsac wine tasting
DAY 7 Bordeaux
** City tour and Wine Museum
OR ** Bordeaux bike tour
DAY 8 Bordeaux

Sold Out !! March Break Deal to the Now Onyx in Punta Cana

**  Both groups are now sold out **

Escape to Now Onyx Punta Cana

Located in Uvero Alto, Now Onyx Punta Cana is set on a remote, palm-studded beach. The all-new luxurious suites offer pure pampering with 24-hour room service and an outdoor whirlpool.

With limitless gourmet à la carte dining and unlimited top-shelf beverages at ten restaurants and ten bars you will find everything you’re looking for. With endless land and sea pursuits, parties and live entertainment for all ages, five swimming pools, supervised clubs for kids and teens, a casino, nightclub and world-class spa, the fun times spent at Now Onyx Punta Cana will be unforgettable.

Plus, adults can enjoy complete access to the seven bars, eleven restaurants, entertainment, and amenities with Exchange Privileges, right next door at Breathless Punta Cana!

Saturday departure to the  Now Onyx in Punta Cana 

Air Canada Vacations
Adults $2099 with all taxes
Children $1229 with all taxes
Save $500 per adult and $400 per child off of the rates online !

HALIFAX  – PUNTA CANA 10MAR AC1556  15:30 –  19:55
PUNTA CANA – HALIFAX 17MAR  AC1557  19:55  – 01:20

Non-Refundable Deposit is $250 per person.

Final Payment is due by Dec 05th

Check out the website

http://www.nowresorts.com/onyx/unlimited-luxury

 

Cruise through Italy and Greece May 2018

 

Cruise through Italy and Greece May 2018

Famous Parthenon temple on the Acropolis in Athens, Greece.

If you are looking to experience the history and beauty of Rome, Sicily, Malta, Mykonos, Rhodes, Santorini, Athens, and Capri this is the cruise for you.  This fabulous 10 night sailing on the Celebrity Reflection departs on May 18 -28 2018

 Mykonos Beach, Greece

Mykonos : Is known for its whitewashed villages sprinkled with blue and jade green. It’s also famous for its sophisticated nightlife. The most popular island in the Cyclades is bustling with activity, awash in beautiful alleyways, and home to alluring sandy beaches.
Messina: Located in northeastern Sicily on the slopes of the Peloritani Mountains, Messina is an ancient place with a fascinating history. Walk by the ruins of the Santa Maria Alemanna Church, built in 1220 A.D. You’ll also want to see the Duomo, a Romanesque and Norman cathedral that includes a display of artifacts in its Treasury.
Vallette: In addition to a number of significant works of art, this town is known for the many fortifications built by the Knights of Malta, who for years helped care for European pilgrims and crusaders en route to and from the Holy Land.
Rhodes: The friendliest city in the Mediterranean, is situated at the island’s northernmost point. This sunny retreat is also home to many historic sites, such as the ruins of the Temple of Venus and the medieval Street of Knights.
Amazing panorama sunset view with white houses in Oia village on Santorini island in Greece.
Santorini: Here on the island of Santorini, you’ll find a classic Greek seascape—whitewashed houses accented by sea-blue roofs. This is a treasure trove for both professional and amateur archeology buffs, with sites that include tombs that date back to the 9th century and the sanctuary of Apollo.
Optional Two night stay in Rome with day tours to St Peter’s Basilica and the Colosseum
St Peter’s Basilica and the Tiber River
** Book by Oct 30 to receive a FREE Classic Drink Package and FREE Gratuities for bookings in an Oceanview or Balcony cabin ** 

For more information and prices please contact

Amanda McMullin 902.829.3876 or amanda@nichetravelgroup.ca

Additional Inclusions if booking is made by Oct 30!
Free select standard spirits, international beers and wines. All Gratuities, bottled water, soft drinks.
 

Sold Out- Sandals Barbados April 18 -25th

Now sold out

Has  Barbados been on your wish list for years list?

Join our group departure April 18 -25  2018 and spoil yourself at the 5 star Sandals Barbados in a Club Level Crystal Lagoon Luxury Honeymoon Room with Balcony Tranquility Soaking Tub..

( 1 rooms left )  – Crystal Lagoon Luxury room for $2695

Sold out !!  Upgrade to the Club Level – Beachfront Suite for $2945

This resort is a Foodie’s paradise.  ALWAYS INCLUDED, ALWAYS UNLIMITED, ALL THE TIME

Even though this boutique Adults Only resort only has 270 room there are 11  restaurants that are always included, always unlimited, all the time.

You can explore an impressive array of international cuisines, such as Caribbean, regional Italian, Indian, a French-style patisserie, sushi, a New York-style steakhouse called Butch’s Steakhouse, and more.  Each restaurant features their very own chefs dedicated to every
authentic detail and all meals are perfectly paired with your choice of six varietals of Robert Mondavi® Wines.

Sandals Barbados offers undeniable luxury with inventive accommodations spanning three unique villages. This all-inclusive resort features world-class cuisine with international appeal, including a festive Indian restaurant, and innovative bar and pool designs. Unwind to the relaxed calypso beat, enjoy the sun & surf, and explore your luxurious suite designed with your utmost comfort in mind and featuring everything from ocean views, Butler Elite service, and zero-entry access to Barbados’ largest and longest lagoon pool, as well as private Tranquility Soaking Tubs™ on most patios and terraces.

Flight times with Air Canada Vacations April 18 -25th.  Flights are available from all Canadian gateways so invite your friends and family.

HALIFAX – TORONTO 18 APR 2018              AC603  05:25 –  06:50
TORONTO – BRIDGETOWN 18 APR 2018 AC1714   09:10 –  14:20
BRIDGETOWN – TORONTO 25 APR 2018 AC1715  15:35 –  21:25
TORONTO – HALIFAX 25 APR 2018              AC626   22:55 –  01:59