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

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 – Sandals Barbados April 11 -18 2018

Has  Barbados been on your wish list for years list?

Join our group departure April 11 -18 2018 and spoil yourself at the 5 star Sandals Barbados in a Crystal Lagoon Luxury Honeymoon Room with Balcony Tranquility Soaking Tub for only $2695 per adult with all taxes included from Halifax.

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.

Upgrade to a Club Level Crystal Lagoon room for $250 a person or a Club level swim out room for only $590 a person.

Flight times with Air Canada Vacations April 11 -18th.  Flights are available from all Canadian gateways so invite your friends and family.

HALIFAX – TORONTO 11APR2018              AC603  05:25 –  06:50
TORONTO – BRIDGETOWN 11APR2018 AC1714   09:10 –  14:20
BRIDGETOWN – TORONTO 18APR2018 AC1715  15:35 –  21:25
TORONTO – HALIFAX 18APR2018              AC626   22:55 –  01:59

 

Waitlist available- Celebrate with Cory Tetford and Paul Lamb in La Romana

Update –

We are now on a waitlist for this group departure.

Please contact your local Niche Travel Group agent to be added to the waitlist.   If your favourite summer moments are spent singing along with these two fabulous musicians then you won’t want to miss this trip

Join Cory Tetford and Paul Lamb in La Romana !

 Paul Lamb

Join us at the Adults only Bahia Principe Bouganville on April 08 – 15 2017

http://www.bahia-principe.com/en/resorts-in-dominican-republic/resort-bouganville/

Ten seats left  – Halifax rates-   $1699 with all taxes included – April 08 – 15 2017

Six seats left – Toronto rates – $1599 with all taxes included- April 08 – 15 2017

Four seats left – St John’s rates – $1799 with all taxes included– April 10 – 17 2017

Non Refundable Deposit of $250 per person

 Final payment due by Feb 01st

Rates are based on double occupancy and include all taxes, tourist cards and departure taxes

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

http://nichetravelgroup.ca/

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Sip and sail the South of France with Emerald Waterways

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Balcony Cabins still available on this fabulous sailing!

Jason McLeod

Join special guest Jason Macleod of Bishop’s Cellar to sip and sail through Southern France October 21 -28 2017.  Calling all wine lovers !  This Emerald Waterways Rivercruise  is perfect if you are looking to learn about the Burgundy region and sip a Beaujolais while walking through history.

 

Reduced Group prices start at $3520 including  all taxes and port charges and gratuities for a Balcony Cabin.

Experience France

  • Exclusive wine tastings with Jason Macleod, a CAPS-certified sommelier
  • Free Gratuities
  • $1000 Air Credit included in the price – subject to availability at time of booking
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner while cruising
  • Non Refundable $500 per person deposit – final payment due July 15 2017
  • This sailing starts in Arles October 21 and ends in Lyon Oct 28.  Pre cruise extension available in Nice and post cruise extension available in Paris.
  • All Gratuities included
  • All airport transfers included on the day of the cruise.
  • From our unique heated pool, which turns into a cinema by night, to the larger than normal suites, with their innovative drop down windows, discover why so many guests are returning from a fantastic vacation.

Map

https://www.emeraldwaterways.ca/tour/4526

Arles – Join your local guide for a walking tour showcasing the highlights of the city in particular the exterior of the 2000 year old Roman Amphitheatre still in use today, which was originally built to hold 20,000 spectators in the style of the Colosseum in Rome.

Avignon has a rich history from Celtic beginnings to being the residence of the Popes and later central to the French Revolution. Although a fortified town, it is the Papal Palace which stands more secure on a hill in the centre of town; its walls are 17–18 feet thick. Your guided walk with a local guide takes you through this historic centre strolling the cobbled laneways and browsing the shops, overlooking the famous “Pont de Avignon”

Join your local guide for a walking tour of Tournon, which is dominated by the 16th century castle and roman ruins, and is nestled in the valley near the steep slopes of le Massif Central, France’s 3rd largest mountain range. The area has a long tradition in wine making, including the renowned wine growing centre of Tain l’Hermitage across the river. Emerald Active: Guided biking tour to Glun.      EmeraldPLUS: Cheese and olive tasting on board.

Arrive in Macon, another important wine region and gateway to the Beaujolais vineyards. Walk the Heritage Trail from Old Saint Vincent to the General Hospital buildings, half–timbered house and Soufflot Chapel, maybe trying some local wines at the many tasting displays in the town. Enjoy time at leisure in the afternoon.

Chalon–Sur–Saone is best known as the birthplace of photography and the centre of Burgundy’s wine region. Travel by road to the quaint village of Beaune, where we visit the Hospices de Beaune, one of the finest examples of French fifteenth–century architecture. Marvel at the multi–coloured roofs of this former hospital, now a museum, which has become one of the symbols of Burgundy. Return to the ship for lunch, and depart this afternoon for Lyon arriving in the evening. Tonight, enjoy local entertainment on board.

Lyon is France’s third largest city, a former Roman capital positioned at the conference of the Rhone and Saone rivers, which is steeped in history. Your tour starts with a drive to the Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, Lyon’s hilltop church, with stunning views over the town. Then pass by the recently re–discovered Roman amphitheatre and walk through the cobbled streets of the gastronomic old town including the secret laneways.

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