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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UNCORK THE COUNTY Guaranteed Departure

ITINERARY & BOOKING
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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TRANS-SIBERIAN EXPRESS FROM MOSCOW TO BEIJING Waitlist Only

ITINERARY & BOOKING
August 18 – September 6; $7,750 from Toronto incl. all taxes and surcharges

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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FOOD FOCUS: SOUTHEAST SICILY Guaranteed Departure - 2 Spots Left

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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SWEET BAKERY GOES TO ROME

ITINERARY & BOOKING
September 24 to October 3; $4,055 from Toronto including all taxes

Join tour host Stacey Farrant of the Sweet Bakery & Sweet Occasions Cooking Show, on an intimate group tour of Rome, Italy with a focus on all things sweet & savory! While in Rome, you will indulge in fun food tours, learn how to make fresh pasta in a hands on cooking class, visit all of the must see attractions in Rome, Naples, Pompeii & Tivoli, and of course EAT, EAT, EAT. This group is limited to 20 participants, book now before it’s too late!

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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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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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BERLIN: PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE

ITINERARY & BOOKING
September 25 to October 6; $2,995 - land only

A twelve day tour of the reunified Germany capital, today one of Europe’s most dynamic and exciting cities. 2017 features the once in a decade Gardens of the World Berlin / IGA Berlin 2017-a spectacular exposition of advanced international garden design and green urban lifestyle landscaping – the climate change future! All in addition to its "must see' status of monumental architecture, superb museums, fascinating history, exciting music and fine food to be explored from the 5-star/deluxe Kempinski Bristol, situated on the legendary Kurfuerstendamm Avenue. Maximum of 20 participants - escorts Michael Quinn and Garry Burns.

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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

ITINERARY & BOOKING
October 9 to 18; $2,895 from Toronto including all taxes

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!

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BEST OF SICILY

ITINERARY & BOOKING
October 14 – 26; $4,495 from Toronto including all 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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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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MyaNMAR AND THAILAND

ITINERARY & BOOKING
November 22 – December 7; $5,895 from Toronto including all taxes/fees

Our comprehensive tour of these two very exotic Southeast Asian countries includes the major sights of Myanmar, formerly known as Birma, such as Inle Lake, the “Asian Venice,” the great cultural centre of Bagan, and the fabled cities of Mandalay and Rangoon, now known as Yangon, as well as Thailand’s scenic northern Chiang Mai region and exciting capital, Bangkok. The tour leader is Jacques R. Pauwels, author of ‘Beneath the Dust of Time: A History of the Names of Peoples and Places’, London, 2009.

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Paris in Depth

ITINERARY & BOOKING
March 2 – 11, 2018; Land only tour cost $2,650*

Enjoy the wonderful French capital by foot, coach and Metro. Become acquainted with its history, architecture, art and food. Leisurely wander its major monuments, museums, churches and squares. Discover its hidden by-ways, galleries and restaurants but with ample opportunity to pursue one’s own interests. The tour includes a seven day subway pass, a four day museum pass, four dinners ,a Seine cruise and a classical music concert! Tour escorted by Michael Quinn. *Optional group airfare at $206.00 + taxes $611.00 = $817.00 total

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