2017 & 2018 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
siberia

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 Trans-Siberian railway from Moscow all the way to Beijing, with stops (and overnights in hotels) in Kazan on the Volga; Ekaterinburg in the Urals; Lake Baikal, Asia’s largest freshwater lake and deepest in the world; Ulan Ude, capital of Siberia’s Buryat People; Mongolia, the land of Genghis and Kublai Khan; and Beijing with the Forbidden City and the Great Wall. Escorted by Jacques Pauwels.

seville-wine

WINE TOUR: ANDALUCIA, SEVILLE AND SHERRY

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

GUARANTEED DEPARTURE Our first joint venture with the Spanish Wine Society who have a long tradition of providing well rounded programs focused on wine, cuisine, art, and architecture.

sicily

FOOD FOCUS: SOUTHEAST SICILY

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

ONE SEAT LEFT! Join tour host Lori Chisholm for a foodie exploration of her favourite region of Italy, Sicily. You will experience private tours, market visits, a cooking class, tastings of various Sicilian specialties, lovely wines and aperitifs, and, of course, architectural and historical highlights. Limited to 15 participants.

puglia

THE OTHER ITALY

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

5 SEATS LEFT! 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!

rome

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 with a focus on all things sweet & savoury. You will indulge in fun food visits, learn how to make fresh pasta in a hands-on cooking class, visit all the must see attractions in Rome, Naples, Pompeii & Tivoli.

berlin

BERLIN: PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE

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

A 12-day tour of the German capital, 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 international garden design and green urban lifestyle landscaping! Also monumental architecture, superb museums, fascinating history, exciting music and fine food to be explored from the centrally located 5-star/deluxe Kempinski Bristol. Maximum of 20 participants - Michael Quinn and Garry Burns are the tour escorts.

prague

PRAGUE IN DEPTH

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

A 10-day exploration of the Czech capital, the “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 your space early!

danube

PRAGUE AND THE ROMANTIC DANUBE

ITINERARY & BOOKING
October 9 to 21; $6,075 from Toronto

WAITLIST ONLY A 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. Tour escorts: Vince and Janice Sacilotto.

leon

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 Toulouse and across the Pyrenees to Pamplona and Leon to Santiago de Compostela, returning via the rugged but magnificent coast of the Bay of Biscay and the Basque Country.

sicily

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.

seville

SEVILLE IN DEPTH

ITINERARY & BOOKING
November 9 to 18; $3,345 from Toronto

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. Also sidetrips to neighbouring attractions such as the seaport of Palos, whence Columbus sailed across the Ocean blue in 1492, now classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. History lectures by tour host Jacques Pauwels.

myanmar

MyaNMAR AND THAILAND

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

GUARANTEED DEPARTURE 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.

polynesia

AN ESCAPE TO PARADISE WITH WINDSTAR CRUISES

January 2018; Price TBD

An 11-Day voyage in French Polynesia, experience one of earth’s most beautiful - places. Fakarava, with an ecosystem so diverse it has been named a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. We will sail through the windward and leeward Society Islands to the serene natural beauty of the Tuamotu Islands, where pristine atolls and crystal lagoons welcome you to a hidden paradise.

nicaragua

Nicaragua

ITINERARY & BOOKING
January 23 to February 1, 2018; $4,795 from Toronto incl. all taxes

Get away from the snow and ice and discover the many attractions of this sunny Central-American country, tucked between the Caribbean and the Pacific, including colonial cities, highland villages, lakes, and national parks. With Jacques Pauwels.

milan

Milan In Depth

February 13-23, 2018; Price TBD

Italy’s capital of business and fashion will reveal its treasures: the emblematic Cathedral, La Scala Theatre and Museum, the amazing Galleria, huge Sforza Castle, plus museums and art galleries such as the Brera and churches decorated with masterpieces like Leonardo’s ‘Last Supper’ and Michelangelo’s Rondanini Pieta. Also sidetrips to Bergamo, Como, and Bellagio. With Jacques Pauwels.

chile

WINE & FOOD HIGHLIGHTS OF CHILE & ARGENTINA

ITINERARY & BOOKING
February 14 -25, 2018; $6,995 per person from Toronto

Join us for an epicurean adventure focusing on one of South America’s most famous wine regions. This tour is hosted by Tony Aspler, leading Canadian wine writer and features visits to several notable wine producers, complemented by exceptional local cuisine and luxury accommodations.

paris

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. This tour includes a 7-day subway pass, a 4-day museum pass, four dinners, a Seine river cruise, and a classical music concert. Escorted by Michael Quinn. *Optional group airfare $817 including all taxes

valencia

ESPANA INCOGNITA

March 4-14, 2018; Price TBD

Our fourth tour to “unknown Spain” will focus on the country’s sunny Levante Province, featuring attractions such as the magnificent cities of Valencia and Alicante, the scenic Costa Blanca, and fabulous Elche, an oasis-town featuring more than 100,000 palm trees! Jacques Pauwels will tell the stories.

adriatica

ADRIATICA

April 5-18, 2018; Price TBD

WAITLIST ONLY An exploration of Croatia, Slovenia, and Italy’s province of Friuli and glorious city of Trieste. Our very popular annual joint venture with Guelph Arts Council.

vienna

VIENNA IN DEPTH

April 18-28, 2018; Price TBD

Get to know one of the world’s most attractive cities, featuring impressive architecture, fascinating history, superb museums, and of course great music as well as food and wine! With Jacques Pauwels.

paris

Food Focus: Florence

ITINERARY & BOOKING
April 20 - 30, 2018; $4,2650 per person from Toronto

Don’t miss the opportunity to travel with Lori Chisholm on her 5th foodie tour to Florence and the surrounding Tuscan countryside. As always the tour will include great food, central accommodation, a hands-on cooking experience, lots of wine tasting, and free time to enjoy Florence at your own pace.

channel-islands

LONDON TO PARIS VIA THE CHANNEL ISLANDS

May 9-19, 2018; Price TBD

A small group adventure in combination with Back Roads touring. Highlights of the tour include; a day on Sark, a visit to the only part of the British Isles to be occupied during WWII where you will meet Molly Bihet who was a child during the Nazi occupation, and an early morning visit to Mont St Michel before the crowds arrive. Maximum 15 participants.

primavera

Primavera

May 9-23, 2018; Price TBD

This annual 2-week tour will again focus on one or more scenic and interesting regions of France, perhaps the mountains of the Massif Central, featuring (extinct) volcanoes, spectacular canyons such as the Gorges du Tarn, and fascinating ancient centres of pilgrimage like Conques… With Jacques Pauwels as raconteur.

Also on the horizon...

  • Jewels of ScandinaviaAn Avalon River Cruise in France
  • Cinque Terre
  • Caucasia (Georgia and Armenia)
  • Backroads Ireland
  • Food Focus Portugal
  • Mexico City in Depth
  • Italia Incognita: a visit to Molise and Abruzzi
  • An Opera tour to Munich and Salzburg at festival time
  • China
  • Game and Champagne (a tour to Holland, Belgium and Reims)
  • Maple Leaf Route, Chicago Blues Festival
  • Canadian Maritimes
  • Australia
  • Uncork the Weekend: a food focused tour to Kingston and Prince Edward County
  • Israel
  • Morocco
  • Islands of the Atlantic
  • Amsterdam in Depth
  • Southern Spain