Small Group “Taste of Tuscany” for $1595!

 

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Home for the week:    Agriturismo La Pietriccia : picture left taken from the Villa looking at the town of Chianciano Terme.

Taste of Tuscany with the Niche Travel Group 

Experience Italy without the crowds and live like a local on this 6 night adventure.

The incredible price of $1595 all taxes per person is available for  bookings paid in full by Feb 21st

  • Tour Includes:
  • Lovely accommodations in a picturesque town in southern Tuscany
  • 6 full breakfasts
  • 6 gourmet 4-course dinners
  • 2 days of guided travel through Tuscany’s Val D’Orcia Valley and Sienna
  • 1 full day in Montepulciano
  • 2 winery visits
  • Olive Oil instruction and insider visits to local hidden gems in small-town rural Tuscany

Maximum 16 guests

Check out the 2017 Group with Faith Sproule as the escort!

Day one:  May 21

Meet at Roma Termani Station for 3:00pm train

Arrive in train station Chiusi-Chianciano Terme at 4:30 pm

From train station to Agriturismo with private bus

Welcome drink in a panoramic terrace, and introducing some information  about the organic farm and slow-food movement.

Dinner with homemade organic products 8:00 pm

 Day Two:  May 22

 Breakfast with homemade organic products 8:30 am

10:00 am:  90 mins optional walk in Stefano’s organic farm and olive orchard.  Walk the local hills and visit a pig farm to  see the historic “cinta senese”.

12:00 pm:  Visit the historic center of the village of Chianciano Terme ( 10-15 minutes/ 700-800m walk)  for a wine, olive oil and Pecorino cheese tasting with the owners of  Bradi Tuscani.

Relax by the pool for the late afternoon with a great bottle of wine that you purchased in the village.

Four-course dinner with homemade organic products 8:00 pm

 Day Three:  May 23

Breakfast with homemade organic products, from 8:00 am

Private Tour through the Val D’Orcia 

The Val d’Orcia, or Valdorcia, is a region of Tuscany, central Italy, which extends from the hills south of Siena to Monte Amiata

In 1996, UNESCO declared the town a World Heritage Site, and in 2004 the entire valley, the Val d’Orcia, was included on the list of UNESCO’s World Cultural Landscapes.

Pienza  – A town and commune in the province of Sienna, in the Val D’ Orcia in Tuscany  is known as the “touchstone of Renaissance urbanism”

Montalcino – Eat lunch in Montalcino and visit the town for 2 hours.  Montalcino is a hill town and comune in Tuscany, Italy. It is famous for its Brunello di Montalcino wine. The town is located to the west of Pienza, close to the Crete Senesi in Val d’Orcia.

Castello Banfi –  Special Super Tuscany Wine tasting at Castello Banfi at 3:30 pm

4-course dinner with homemade organic products 8:00 pm

Day Four:  Free day May 24

 Enjoy the pool, hike up to Chianciano Terme to visit the Etruscan museum or wander into the new town of Chianciano and visit the Thermal Spas that made this town famous.

Optional Tour $$  Visit Florence or Orvieto by train for the day

 Day Five:  Montepulciano May 25

 Breakfast with homemade organic products 8:30am

11:00am – 5:00pm : Private minibus or taxi to  Montepulciano (Montepulciano is a medieval and Renaissance hill town and commune in the Italian province of Siena in southern Tuscany.)

Wander through the town on your own and meet at the famous Cantina De Ricci winery at 3:00 pm for a tour and tasting.

Cantina De Ricci

http://www.cantinadericci.it/

Rick Steves video about Canina De Ricci

http://www.cantinadericci.it/voto-e-video/

Return 5 pm to the Agritourismo by Private minibus or taxi.

Dinner with homemade organic products 8:00pm

 Day Six:  May 26

Breakfast with homemade organic products from 8:00 am

Private tour:  Sienna 

10:00am -5:00pm

The historic centre of Siena has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site.[2] It is one of the nation’s most visited tourist attractions, with over 163,000 international arrivals in 2008.[3] Siena is famous for its cuisine, art, museums, medieval cityscape and the Palio, a horse race held twice a year.

When you return, 7:00 pm Stefano will do talk and olive oil tasting

Dinner with homemade organic products 8:00pm

Day Seven:  May 27

Breakfast with homemade organic products 8:30am

Depart from the Agriturismo at 10:00 am by private transfer to train station  Chiusi – Chianciano Terme.

Trains to Rome or Florence at 11:00am

The 2018 tour will be escorted by Sarah Hill.

 

 

The winner is the Romantic Rhine !

 

Did you know that the most popular Avalon Waterways  River Cruise is the Romantic Rhine ?  Join us Sept 30 – Oct 07 and sail from Amsterdam to Basel soaking up all of the lovely sites in between.

This magnificent river cruise begins in the ever popular, modern city of Amsterdam, Holland. There is much to do with the renowned museums and abundance of restaurants amongst the elegant squares and charming canals. The best way to see the treasures of this 700-year-old city is on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten lined with homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.” Cologne, Germany—a 2,000 year-old city known for its gothic architecture—will be an exciting stop with its famous twin-spired cathedral and Old Town with many shops, cafés, and taverns. While you’re there, why not try a locally-brewed Kölsch beer? Pass through the dramatic Rhine Gorge—the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River where ancient castles stand on cliffs 400 feet above the water. And nearby, in the charming wine town of Rüdesheim, visit the unique Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum to see the impressive collection of historical self-playing instruments. Continue your Rhine river cruise to Mainz for a guided walk and visit to the captivating Gutenberg Museum. An excursion takes you to Heidelberg to visit the ruins of its red-walled castle towering magnificently over the city. In Strasbourg, France, you’ll be amazed by the red-sandstone gothic cathedral with ancient murals and fascinating astronomical clock. Also, stroll through the lovely La Petite France district with its quaint shops, delightful bistros, and peaceful waterfront promenade.

Before the end of your European river cruise vacation, stop in Breisa

Balcony Cabin prices start at $4244 per person or dual window cabins start at $3484

Non Refundable deposit of $250.00  per person due by June 01st  to receive the extra perks of FREE Gratuities !

Daily Itinerary

Sept 30:  – Embarkation and welcome reception onboard the Avalon Felicity  

Oct 01:-   Canal cruise of Amsterdam

Oct 02:    – Cologne: choice of guided city walk or Jewish Heritage walk

Oct 03 :   – KoblenzRhine GorgeRüdesheim: guided sightseeing in Koblenz; cruise through the Rhine Gorge; visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; special treat

Oct 04: –  Mainz   excursion to Heidelberg: guided walk, visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz; excursion to Heidelberg; guided visit of the castle, see the Great Vat

Oct 05 :  –  Strasbourg  guided sightseeing, visit the La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral; onboard woodcarving demonstration

Oct 06: –  Breisach  Excursion to the Black Forest: visit a local woodcarver’s workshop or visit a Black Forest open-air museum

Oct 07 :  – Basel  Disembarkation 

Journey to Zurich or Lucerne post cruise

 

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.

 

  • 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

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 March 01st  ( 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 : Oct 15 – 21st

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,  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 guided tour to Sienna 

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

Four rooms left – Party with Shaydid in Varadero !

Party with Shaydid in Varadero!

                             

Soak up the sun and spend Easter at the stunning Ocean Vista Azul with Shaydid.

 With a cliff-top location and stunning sea views, the Ocean Vista Azul is a new five-star resort, surrounded by two idyllic beaches and crystal-clear waters. The hotel offers a spectacular infinity pool, bright, spacious rooms, and four themed restaurants.

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 $1369 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  Jan 28th

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

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.

 

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 cabins start at  $4834

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

 

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

 

 

Six rooms left – Cory Tetford and Paul Lamb in La Romana 2018

Join our Second Annual – Cory Tetford and Paul Lamb in La Romana !

SAVE $200 off of the online price and guarantee your spot today with a $250 deposit.

Prices are $1599 with all taxes included

Final payment is due no later than Feb 13th

 

 Paul Lamb

Join Paul and Cory at the Adults only Luxury Bahia Principe Bouganville on April 02 – 09 2018

Watch 45 mins of the first show in 2017 on the Niche Travel Group’s Facebook page !

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

Halifax rates – $1599 with all taxes included  based on double occupancy

Have your own room for $1955 with all taxes included

Departures also available from other cities in Canada and the US

If your favourite summer moments are singing along with these fabulous musicians then you won’t want to miss this trip.

Our second annual  Cory Tetford and Paul Lamb in La Romana again at the Adults only Bahia Principe Bouganville on April 02- 09 2018

Here is a link to the resort website

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

Here are all of the options for you !

Monday, April 02 -09 with Air Canada Vacations

HALIFAX  – PUNTA CANA    02 APR 2018   AC 1556       07:00  – 10:25

PUNTA CANA  – HALIFAX    09 APR 2018   AC 1557         11:25  – 16:40

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

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

http://nichetravelgroup.ca/

Resort

Sold out !! Sandos Playacar – March break for the beach lover

 

We have six rooms left at the Sandos Playacar Beach Resort
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This group is now sold out – Thank you !
Still searching for that perfect March Break trip?

Look no further … for adventure-loving families and couples seeking romance at an all inclusive resort in Playa del Carmen, Sandos Playacar’s activities deliver all-around fun.

Sandos Playacar Beach Resort

Direct flights from Halifax to Cancun with Transat Holidays

Thursday departure
March 09 Depart 6:00am  Arrive 10:15am
March 16 Depart 10:35am Arrive 5:05pm$1948.55 per adult based on double occupancy
1st child $1490.55/2nd child $759.55
Standard room
Final payment due Jan 20th
Prices include all taxes
Beach section rooms are just a stone’s throw from the main pool area, where you’ll find fun, food and relaxation with plenty of activities and entertainment.
Escape to the Sandos Playacar Spa and indulge in a variety of eco-friendly treatments in an atmosphere of relaxation, harmony and serenity.
At Sandos Playacar an endless stretch of white sand meets the majestic turquoise blue of the Caribbean. There’s no lack of sun around these parts.
The teens will have the time of their life with video games, air hockey, arcade games and foosball, along with a soft drink bar and even a brightly colored dance floor.