2017 Cultural Tours

Please note that it is also possible to join us on any of our tours on a "LAND ONLY" basis.
Contact us for more information, airfares from your city/country, and other details. Prices in Canadian dollars.

Past Tours
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ITALY BETWEEN ALPS AND MEDITERRANEAN Waitlist Only

ITINERARY & BOOKING
March 23-April 5; $4,275 from Toronto

A leisurely tour of Italy’s three northern provinces, Piedmont, Liguria, and Lombardy, with great cities and resorts such as Turin, Genoa, Portofino, Cinque Terre, Parma, and Milan. This project is organized in collaboration with Guelph Arts Council and will be escorted by historian Jacques Pauwels.

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ITALY BETWEEN ALPS AND MEDITERRANEAN Guaranteed Departure

ITINERARY & BOOKING
April 3-15; $4,995 from Toronto

Our 13-day exploration of three north-Italian provinces, including the three capitals of Turin, Genoa, and Milan, plus wonderful countryside, featuring Alpine peaks and valleys, famous wine regions, the superb coastal scenery of the Riviera, including pearls like Portofino and the Cinque Terre, and wonderful architecture and art, epitomized by five UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Leonardo’s ‘Last Supper.’ Plus fine food and wines such as Barolo! This tour will be escorted by Vince and Jan Sacilotto.

Vimy

VIMY CENTENNIAL 1917-2017 Waitlist Only

ITINERARY & BOOKING
April 4 - 15, 2017; $3,275 based on land only

A non-stop return flight from Toronto to Brussels is available at the all-inclusive group rate of $798. An extensive exploration of the battlefields of France and Belgium, focusing on the Canadian contribution in Flanders’ Fields, the Somme, Mons, Normandy, and of course Vimy Ridge, where the commemorations on April 9 will constitute one of the tour’s highlights! Excellent hotels, meals and history lectures by your tour escort, Jacques Pauwels, author of a number of books on both World Wars, including a study of the role of the Canadian Army in the liberation of Belgium, a recent book on WW I, and an international best-seller on WW II, ‘The Myth of the Good War.’

Vimy

VIMY CENTENNIAL 1917-2017 Guaranteed Departure

ITINERARY & BOOKING
April 4 – 15; Tour price based on "land only" and double occupancy: $2,975

A non-stop return flight from Toronto to Brussels is available at the all-inclusive group rate of $798. A fascinating exploration of the battlefields of France and Belgium, focusing on the Canadian contribution in Flanders’ Fields, the Somme, Mons, Normandy, and of course Vimy Ridge, where the commemorations on April 9 will constitute one of the tour’s highlights! Comfortable superior tourist-class/3-star hotels, meals, and history lectures by your tour escort, Michael Quinn, and also by Jacques Pauwels, author of a number of books on both World Wars.

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PRIMAVERA 2017: CELTIC FRINGES Guaranteed Departure

ITINERARY & BOOKING
May 10 – 24, 2017; $3,995 from Toronto, incl. all airport taxes and fees

Jacques Pauwels’ annual springtime venture will combine the Celtic regions of England and France, focusing on Cornwall (and hopefully the Isles of Scilly) and Brittany.

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Dublin In Depth

ITINERARY & BOOKING
May 17 to 27; $3,850 from Toronto incl. all taxes

A 10-day exploration of the Irish capital and its surroundings. Our sightseeing will cover the strong literary connection, vibrant pub scene, extensive history, up and coming food culture, and of course Guinness, that noble black brew which is as much a part of the Dublin experience as the Georgian streets and the fine old buildings.

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UNCORK THE COUNTY

June 2 to 4; tour cost $745.00 with bus pick-up in Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville, and Toronto.

A CULINARY ADVENTURE IN KINGSTON AND PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY Join us for a 2-night foodie-and-wine experience in Kingston and Prince Edward County. This weekend is reserved for mouth-watering food tours, incredible local beer and wine, a sumptuous farm-to-table private dinner at Old Fort Henry (paired with Opimian wines) and Canada’s largest Cheese Festival – all hosted by Pauwels’ Big Cheese herself, Sandra Pauwels.

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NEWFOUNDLAND WEST TO EAST

ITINERARY & BOOKING
June 13 - 25; $3,495

Join us for a thirteen-day exploration of Canada’s youngest and most easterly provinces. We’ll experience the magnificence of Gros Morne National Park, the Kitiwake Coast with Twillingate and its several picturesque locations, the Trinity area, and finally St. John’s and the exciting Avalon Peninsula. Of course, the music and food scene in St. John’s and other places will be integral to our trip, and we’ll hope for sightings of whales and icebergs. Don Kasta will be your host.

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The Okanagan Experience

ITINERARY & BOOKING
June 14 – 19; Tour cost based on double occupancy: $1,995 plus airfare, airport taxes and fees +HST

This is the perfect prescription for rejuvenation. This 6 day tour combines a day of cycling and a day of hiking with selected tours of the more than 180 wineries in the Okanagan region and tops off the experience with excellent cuisine. Accommodation is lakeside, seasonable temperatures are warm and dry and the scenery is inspirational. Tour escorted by Sherry Monahan.

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JEWELS OF SCANDINAVIA

ITINERARY & BOOKING
June 16 to 27; $6,995 from Toronto incl. all airlines taxes & fees

A twelve day exploration of Copenhagen, Oslo, and Stockholm as well as a fabulous train journey from Oslo to Bergen and a ride on the legendary Flam railway and a fjord to experience some of the stunning, UNESCO protected scenery. Sandra and Steve will be your hosts. Small group guarantee.

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NEWFOUNDLAND TRAILS, WHALES and ICEBERGS

ITINERARY & BOOKING
July 18 – 23 Tour cost land only $1,695.00 + HST

An active person’s hiking adventure in Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland, Canada, led by Sherry Monahan. Tour follows the spectacular west coast up to the northern most tip of Newfoundland, and includes icebergs and whales in St. Anthony as well as exploration of the early Viking villages.

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TRANS-SIBERIAN EXPRESS FROM MOSCOW TO BEIJING

Departure around August 20

Ride the legendary Russian railway in comfort, with stops and sightseeing in Kazan on the Volga, Ekaterinburg in the Urals, Lake Baikal in Siberia, and Mongolia. With Jacques Pauwels.

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The Cultural Legacy of Scotland

ITINERARY & BOOKING
August 27 - September 09; Land only $5,595

Optional group non-stop flight with Air Transat from Toronto to Glasgow is available at all inclusive cost of $823.00. In conjunction with the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto, join us on a 14 day Scottish highlights tour from Edinburgh to Glasgow with Inverness in between! Roam heather-clad glens and purple-hued mountains, visit Macbeth's Glamis and Cawdor, Royals watch at the Braemar Highland Games, walk Culloden Moor, cruise mysterious Loch Ness, sip fine whisky and enjoy the influences of Rennie MackIntosh and the Glasgow Boys on the culture and social fabric of a nation whose clans touched every continent. Your hosts are Lorna Kelly and Michael Quinn.

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FOOD FOCUS: SOUTHEAST SICILY

ITINERARY & BOOKING
September 13 to 23; $4,235 from Toronto including all taxes

Another fabulous opportunity to join Lori Chisholm on an amazing food and wine focused experience.

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ANNAPOLIS VALLEY AND HALIFAX WITH TONY ASPLER

Fall 2017; Tour cost TBA

Wine writer Tony Aspler hosts our exploration of this wonderful part of Canada, featuring visits and tastings at wineries producing amazing wines under the “Tidal Bay” appellation in the beautiful Annapolis Valley; a visit to the UNESCO world heritage fortress of Lunenburg, and time in the wonderful city of Halifax which also boasts an exciting food scene in addition to numerous cultural gems. We will dine in acclaimed restaurants, and stay in fine boutique hotels. This tour is limited to 18 people.

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SWEET BAKERY GOES TO ROME

September Dates and prices TBA

Hot off the heels of our successful tour to Paris, Brantford’s own “Diva around town,” Stacey Farrant, and her sidekick, travel advisor Tezra, will be escorting their second annual tour to Europe. Destination: “The Eternal City,” where the group will indulge in a number of food-focused activities in addition to experiencing the history, culture, and architecture of the Italian capital. Complete details of this small group (20 max) tour will be available shortly. Keep an eye on the website!

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JEWELS OF NORTHERN GERMANY

ITINERARY & BOOKING
September 15 to 29; $4,495 from Toronto, incl. all airport taxes

Historian Jacques Pauwels will be the guide on this two-week coach tour of the great seaports, historic cities, and picturesque small towns of Germany’s north, including Hamburg, Bremen, Lübeck, Lünenburg, Goslar, and Göttingen.

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THE OTHER ITALY

ITINERARY & BOOKING
September 22 to October 5; $4,895 from Toronto, including all airport taxes

A leisurely exploration of the isolated and little-known, but scenic and fascinating “heel” of the Italian “boot,” the province of Puglia (a.k.a. Apulia), offering fabulous coastal and mountain scenery, ancient Greek as well as Roman, medieval, and Baroque historical towns, sites and monuments - and delicious food and fine wines!

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THE ANCIENT PILGRIMS’ ROAD TO COMPOSTELLA

ITINERARY & BOOKING
October 10 – 26; $4,795 from Toronto, incl. all taxes | WAITLIST ONLY!

Jacques Pauwels will tell the pilgrims’ tale as you travel along the legendary road from the Basque Country in France via Pamplona and Leon to Santiago de Compostela, returning via the rugged but magnificent coast of the Bay of Biscay. This tour is limited to 25 participants and features first-class hotels and excellent food.

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PRAGUE AND THE ROMANTIC DANUBE

ITINERARY & BOOKING
Tour cost from Toronto INCLUDING airport taxes and based on double occupancy: $6,075 in Cabin AA category. (other cabin categories available)

Pamper yourself on this 13-day tour and cruise through five of Europe’s most enchanting countries. In-depth explorations of Prague and Budapest as well as a luxurious 7-night cruise on the Danube River aboard the Viking Var including sightseeing and most meals with beverages during meals. Minimal packing and unpacking, great visits and accommodation as well as the services of your tour escorts Vince and Jan Sacilotto, make this an opportunity not to be missed.

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PRAGUE IN DEPTH

October 9 to 18; Tour cost from Toronto TBA

A 10-day exploration of the Czech capital, nicknamed “City of a Thousand Spires.” Each day will feature a different excursion with a focus on history, music, food, and architecture, as well as two excursions into the Czech countryside to visit the UNESCO world heritage town of Kutna Hora and the castle of Franz Ferdinand in Konopiste. Space is limited to 20 participants, so book early!

berlin

BERLIN IN DEPTH

October 9 to 18; Tour cost from Toronto TBA

 

sicily

BEST OF SICILY

ITINERARY & BOOKING
October 14 – 26; $4,495.00 per person from Toronto incl. taxes

A 14-day exploration of all the highlights of sunny Sicily, the largest and most interesting island of the Mediterranean! With Palermo and its Norman architecture, the Greek temples of Agrigento, the splendid Roman mosaics of the Villa del Casale, the great ancient city of Syracuse, the Baroque architecture of Noto and Ragusa, a full day tour of Malta, amazing Mount Etna and the wonderful resort of Taormina. Steve and Sandra will lead the way along with their favorite local guides and driver.

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MAPLE LEAF ROUTE

Departure in early November

A TOUR OF THE CANADIAN BATTLEFIELDS IN FRANCE AND BELGIUM

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SEVILLE IN DEPTH

Departure in mid-November

Based in a centrally-located first-class hotel, we visit all the great monuments and sites of this fabulous city and enjoy its culture, food, and social life. History lectures by tour host Jacques Pauwels.

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MAYNMAR AND THAILAND

Departure in late November

Jacques’ exotic tour.

chile

WINE & FOOD HIGHLIGHTS OF CHILE & ARGENTINA

ITINERARY & BOOKING
February 16 -27, 2018; $6,995.00 per person from Toronto

Join us on this Pauwels exclusive tour with acclaimed wine judge and writer Tony Aspler, CM. This tour, as harvest begins in Chile and Argentina, features curated visits and tastings at top wine estates, dining in acclaimed restaurants, and stays in boutique hotels. This trip is designed to get “off the beaten path” and explore hidden treasures. An experience not to be missed! This exclusive tour is limited to 22 people.

Also on the horizon...

  • Northern Italy with Chef Massimo Capra
  • Cinque Terre
  • Backroads Ireland (Fall 2017)
  • London in Depth
  • Channel Islands and England
  • Coastal Train from Portland to San Francisco
  • Culinary Adventure in Cartagena
  • Hilltop Towns of Tuscany and Umbria
  • Mexico City in Depth
  • Molise, Italy