The following is a partial listing of our past tours.
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A very successful tour with all the highlights of these two amazing countries, such as Macchu Picchu, Cuzco, Lima, the Nazca Lines, Lake Titicaca, the Ballestos Islands. Excellent hotels and food!
A comprehensive circle tour of this fascinating kingdom, with Casablanca, Rabat, Meknes, Fez, the Sahara at Erfound, Ouarzazat, and fabulous Marrakesh! Tour director Jacques Pauwels will lecture on the history of the country, North Africa in general, and Islam. A 2nd departure may be planned for February/March. Please advise if interested.
Mallorca, the largest of Spain's Balearic Islands, blessed with a mild climate even in winter, is famous for its beaches, amazing coastal and mountain landscapes, and excellent Mediterranean food. We stay in a 4-star hotel in the very attractive capital, Palma de Mallorca. Escorted by Jacques Pauwels.
The cosmopolitan capital of Catalonia has it all: Roman monuments, Gothic churches and palaces, the amazing architecture of Gaudi, modern art by the likes of Picasso and Miro and.....fine wine and food! Escorted and directed by Michael Quinn.
Enjoy the sites and sounds of the French capital through its history, architecture, art and food. Explore museums like the Louvre, the Palace of Versailles, the churches of Notre Dame and Sacre Coeur. Also ample opportunity to pursue personal interests. Price includes museum and subway passes, four dinners, a Seine cruise and a classical music concert. Escorted and directed by Michael Quinn.
Spend a fabulous two weeks aboard the Celebrity Eclipse with leisurely days at sea and stops in Antigua, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Thomas, Grenada and St. Martin. Great food, service and pricing make this a wonderful winter escape. Fully escorted by our cruise specialist Kathy Butwick. Contact Kathy directly at email@example.com or 519-753-2347. (Space available by request only. Cruise only including taxes and port charges.)
We explore the city of Romeo and Juliet, but also visit Bolzano (home of "Oetzi", the prehistoric mummy found in the high Alps) in South Tyrol, Lake Garda, beautiful Vicenza, Ravenna with its Byzantine mosaics, etc. With Jacques Pauwels.
An amazing coach tour from France's Burgundian heartland to the cape known as the "End of the World" in northwestern Spain, with visits to Cluny, Toulouse, Pamplona, Leon, Bilbao and its Guggenheim Museum, and mystical Santiago de Compostela. This is the 15th consecutive annual tour offered in conjunction with the Guelph Arts Council! Jacques Pauwels is the tour guide.
Let Alan Toff, lecturer in the history of art at UofT's School of Continuing Education, show you around the Prado and the other wonderful museums of Madrid, explain the amazing cave art of Altamira and the "Sistine Chapel" of Romanesque painting in Leon, and show you Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. A Barcelona "add-on" will also be available.
A glorious spring break in what is arguably the best preserved Medieval town in all of Europe. This "Venice of the North", offers plenty of art, culture and history, including Canadian history! Add to that great food, Belgian lace, chocolates, waffles, beer....A sidetrip to Flanders Fields is also included. Michael Quinn is the tour director.
A comprehensive, yet leisurely tour of Poland from Gdansk via the Masurian Lakes and Hitler's "Wolf's Lair" HQ, to the capital, Warsaw, the sanctuary of Czestochowa, and beautiful Krakow. With Jacques Pauwels.
A 4-day bus tour of the "Big Apple" with guided tours of the usual sights, as well as a sightseeing cruise of the harbour & city. With Norm Buchanan.
A 10-day exploration of the Czech capital and its numerous monuments, museums, churches, squares, etc. Guided tours including Panoramic Prague, Jewish Prague and Prague Architecture will alternate with several self-guided walks of the historic city centre. Ample opportunities to pursue own interests. Daily breakfast, travel pass, 3 dinners and 1 lunch are all included.
A 14-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 Legend including sightseeing and most meals with beverages. Minimal packing and unpacking, great visits and accommodation as well as the services of your tour escort Don Kasta.
Join us on a bus tour for an exciting time in Chicago with its spectacular architecture, outdoor art, galleries including the famous Art Institute with a special display of Picasso's work (first one in 30 years), wonderful parks, gardens and flower-lined streets, and fabulous waterfront. Accommodation in four star luxury. Shop the Magnificent Mile and take advantage of numerous activities including music, theatre, sporting activities and fine dining. With Dave Mennill.
Join us for an epicurean adventure focusing on two of France's most famous wine regions, situated along the beautiful shores of the Mediterranean. This tour is hosted by wine expert and writer Tony Aspler and features visits to several notable wine producers, complemented by exceptional local cuisine and luxury accommodations.
A circle tour of the Emerald Isle, with all the important sights: Dublin and Belfast, the Giant's Causeway, Donegal, Galway and the Connemara, the Cliffs of Moher, the Ring of Kerry, amongst many. Jacques Pauwels is the tour director.
Experience a 5-day hiking tour along a selection of over 100 kilometers of trails, in Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland. Impacted by the ice age and volcanic eruptions, the Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site, with spectacular vistas of mountains, the Gulf of St. Lawrence, wildflowers and birds.
The 5th year of our unique 10-day program to the island archipelago off the northwest coast of BC. Superb scenery, wildlife, along with Haida history and culture, are central to this tour. (This year our trip will coincide with National Aboriginal Week!) The tour will be lead by Dianne Globe, long time guide of tours in Western Canada. On Haida Gwaii, wonderful local resource persons will again support our program.
The tour covers all the major sights, including the capital, Lisbon, the wine city of Porto, and wonderful medieval towns such as Evora. As a special feature, we have arranged for a picnic in the vineyards of the Duro River Valley. Excellent hotels and meals, and Delia Berardi is the tour host.
Prague and Vienna with optional Budapest extension. Two capitals that have influenced European development for more than a millennium. Each a crossroad that witnessed not only dynastic influences on art, architecture, literature and music but also religious and liberal movements that provided for freedoms of expression, religion and national identities. With Michael Quinn.
A leisurely, first-class tour of the Alps in Germany, Austria, Italy, and Switzerland. Highlights include Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Oberammergau, the spectacular Grossklockner Road, the Dolomites, romantic Bellagio on Lake Como, the jet-set resort of St. Moritz, and Grindelwald in the Bernese Oberland. Conducted by Jacques Pauwels.
Join Jacques Pauwels on an Odyssey through the northern reaches of the great Subcontinent, with Varanasi (Benares), the holy city on the Ganges; Darjeeling and other marvels in the State of Sikkim; and the mysterious kingdom of Bhutan.
A Comprehensive tour of South Africa including Capetown, the Garden Route, the wine country, whale watching, Johannesburg and a 2-night safari in Mabula Game Reserve. Conducted by Joanne Mayhew, Sandra Pauwels and Steve Thomas.
Cruise starts in Venice, ending in Rome with an optional 2 additional nights in Rome. Visits to Venice, Italy; Koper, Slovenia; Ravenna, Italy; Split, Croatia; Kotor, Montenegro; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Valletta, Malta; Naples, Italy and Rome, Italy. Contact our cruise specialist Kathy Butwick at firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-753-2347 for more information.
Enjoy medieval Dubrovnik and Split with Diocletians' Palace on Croatia's wonderful Dalmatian Coast. Beautiful scenery, friendly people and great food. With Michael Quinn and Garry Burns.
Our very successful annual tour of the Canadian battlefields of WWI and WWII in Normandy, Northern France, Belgium and the Netherlands. You will be in Flanders' Fields on Rememberance Day, an unforgettable experience!
An exciting tour to a world of nature featuring Tortuguero National Park, Sarapiqui Rain Forest and Manuel Antonio National Park.
A 15-day exploration of Hungary & Romania, the legendary Puszta Plain, and the hills and valleys of Transylvania, home of Dracula! We visit the glorious capitals of Budapest and Bucharest, and picturesque smaller towns of Debrecen, Cluj, and Brasov, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, incl. the truly unique "painted monasteries" of Moldavia. The tour features deluxe hotels and delicious food! The tour is organized in collaboration the Guelph Arts Council and will be conducted by historian Jacques Pauwels.
The booming capital of reunified Germany and one of Europe's most dynamic and exciting cities. Berlin is definitely "worth the journey", as locals proudly like to say, especially in the spring. Berlin features spectacular architecture, fabulous museums (such as the Pergamon Museum), superb music, and unexpectedly good food. Dr. Jacques Pauwels will be your tour host.
A cultural crossroads tour that takes you to the most exotic locales of this charming country. You will discover the majesty of past civilizations such as ancient Troy and Byzantium, the legendary Topkapi Palace of Istanbul, the natural glory of the white travertine pools at Pamuukkle and have authentic experiences with the hospitable people of Turkey. Your host will be Garry Burns.
Pamper yourself on this 13-day tour and cruise through five of Europe's most enchanting countries. In-depth exploration of Prague as well as a luxurious 7-night cruise on the Danube River aboard the Viking Legend.
An active person's hiking adventure in Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland, Canada. Tour coincides with the local Trails, Tales & Tunes Festival. Hiking boots are required and walking sticks are recommended. Early booking is suggested as group size is limited to 12 people. Tour led by Sherry Monahan.
A tour inspired by the life of Napoleon Bonaparte! We cross France from the sunny, Mediterranean island of Corsica, his birthplace, via the Riviera, the "Route Napoleon" through the French Alps, and Burgundy, to Paris, and finishing just north of the Belgian border in Waterloo, where he fought his final battle. Very comfortable hotels will be used and excellent food will be served! The tour will be escorted by historian Jacques R. Pauwels, PhD, who will lecture on the life of Napoleon and the history of France.
A comprehensive 19-day tour especially designed for music lovers evoking the life and music of Beethoven, Bach, Handel, Liszt, Wagner, Schumann, Mendelssohn, etc., with visits to Bonn, Eisenach, Leipzig, Dresden, Bayreuth, and Munich and concerts in exquisite venues! Escorted by our music specialist, Dianne Globe, and by internationally known Canadian, Vienna-based musicologist Rita Steblin.
A fascinating "pilgrimage" along the legendary Camino de Santiago or "Road to Saint James," leading from the green hills of Burgundy to the greatest sanctuary in medieval Europe, Santiago de Compostela, situated on Spain's Atlantic coast near Cape Fisterrae – the "end of the world" to the Ancients. Jacques Pauwels is the tour guide.
This is the perfect prescription for rejuvenation. This 5 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. The tour is designed for small groups to allow for flexibility and is led by Sherry Monahan.
An exploration of a place of dramatic contrasts and natural wonders. Steaming lava fields reflect a volcanic nature. Massive glaciers sculpt mountains and valleys, leaving thundering waterfalls and plunging fjords. Discover a land and culture forged by fire and ice as we travel the Golden Circle including sights such as the 100 foot double cascade Gullfoss Waterfall, Thingvellir National Park and the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Tour escorted by Sandra Pauwels & Steve Thomas.
Enjoy the best of Spanish art and architecture from Selville's Alcazer to Barcelona's Sagrada Famillia and all the highlights in between. Delia Berardi will lead the way together with our wonderful local guides.
Pamper yourself on this 12-day cruise of Scandinavia and Russia aboard the Celebrity Constellation. Ports of call include: Stockholm, Helsinki, Copenhagen, plus two days in St. Petersburg. Sandra Pauwels and Steve Thomas are looking forward to welcoming you on board.
Filling up quickly! Explore Russia's oldest city, Novgorod, then enjoy a leisurely "imperial waterways river cruise" from St. Petersburg to Moscow via Yaroslavl on the Volga. Conducted by Jacques Pauwels. Please note that the number of single cruise cabins is extremely limited!
An adventure in the Caucasus Mountain Range from the Black Sea to the Caspian Sea. Conducted by Jacques Pauwels. This tour can be combined with the above tour to Russia.
Join us for 5 days of exploring the wonderful city of Cleveland including Historic Forest Hill, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as well as free time to enjoy the magnificient waterfront. Optional evening to see performance by world class pianist Lang Lang!
The LIFE Institute is pleased to offer Pauwels clients the opportunity to participate in their leisurely tour of Sicily. A 15 day relaxed exploration of the largest and most complex island of the Mediterranean! From Palermo and its Norman architecture, the Greek temples of Agrigento, the Roman mosaics of Villa del Casale, the Canadian War Cemetery at Agira, the great ancient city of Syracuse, the resort of Taormina with Mount Etna, Messina and Cefalu. Escorted by Michael Quinn.
An 11-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 Canadian War Cemetery at Agira, the great ancient city of Syracuse, amazing Mount Etna and the wonderful resort of Taormina.
A leisurely 10 day exploration of both Sorrento with the ruins of Pompeii, mighty Mount Vesuvius, the superb Amalfi Coast, the jet-set island of Capri, the unforgettable city of Naples and the Rome of Caesars and Popes, of Imperial Forums and grandiose Basilicas. Escorted by Don Kasta.
On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the "Great War", we are proud to offer this 12-day tour of the battlefields of France and Belgium, focusing on the Canadian contribution in Flanders' Fields', Vimy, the Somme and Mons. An unforgettable Remembrance Day commemoration in Flanders' Fields' will be a highlight. Excellent hotels, meals and history lectures by your tour escort, Jacques Pauwels.
Our comprehensive tour of this exotic Southeast Asian nation covers the two touristically most important islands and the country’s paramount attractions. Only deluxe hotels such as Hyatt and Intercontinental will be used, and two meals daily are included. The tour host is Jacques R. Pauwels.
Make it a knitting New Year on the Danube with this cruise hosted by acclaimed textile expert Barry Klein, owner of Trendsetter yarns in Los Angeles. The latest in luxury yarns, forums on fashion trends, classes on new stitch patterns and techniques will be offered in addition to wonderful cuisine and comfortable accommodation Ama Waterways is known for. Sightseeing from Vishofen to Budapest is simply the icing on the cake.
A 10-day exploration of this sun drenched country including historic Oahu, the “Garden Isle” of Kauai and the “Valley Isle” of Maui. Discover local culture, historic sites and relax in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Tour conducted by Vince Sacilotto. Subject to availibility.
This tour provides an exciting introduction to the history and culture of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, and features fabulous sites such as the Mayan ruins of Tikal! Escorted by Jacques Pauwels.
A comprehensive tour of this scenic European island, half Greek and half Turkish, and facing the Middle East as well as North Africa. With history going back to the Bronze Age, and involving Phoenicians, Greco-Romans, Ottomans, Crusaders, Venetians, the Knights of St. John, and the British, Cyprus can claim to be a genuine “crossroads of civilizations”. Based in a 5-star “deluxe” resort hotel in the town of Limassol, we will comfortably explore the entire island on daytrips, covering all three UNESCO World Heritage Sites on the island and many other places of interest. Escorted by Jacques Pauwels.
Get acquainted with the city that nurtured the Renaissance and influenced the modern Western World. Witness the times of Dante and Michelangelo, experience the lives of the Medici and Strozzi, marvel at the legacies of Brunelleschi and Cellini. Join Michael Quinn in Florence where art and architecture, food and wine, past and present, are interwoven.
From our base in the beautiful resort of Stresa, combining impressive Alpine scenery with lush Mediterranean vegetation, we explore the marvels of Lago Maggiore and surroundings, such as Isola Bella, Milan, Turin, the Swiss towns of Locarno and Lugano, as well as two other North Italian lakes, Orta and Como. With Jacques Pauwels.
Experience our ten day tour of the sites and sounds of the French capital through its history, architecture, art and food. Explore museums like the Louvre, the Palace of Versailles, the churches of Notre Dame and Sacre Coeur. There is also ample opportunity to pursue personal interests. Escorted by Michael Quinn.
Join tour host Lori Chisholm on a women-only, small-group tour of Paris, France with a focus on food. Of course, you’ll visit all of the major must-see sites, but you will also enjoy some exclusive tours and foodie experiences with Lori’s favourite local guides. The inclusions in this itinerary are extraordinary and there are only 10 spots!
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We return to Spain to explore less known but exquisite cities and regions, including the old capitals of Castile and Aragon, Burgos and Zaragoza, the Rioja Wine District, picturesque small towns such as Cuenca, and the famous palace and gardens of Aranjuez, celebrated in Joaquin Rodrigo’s ‘Concierto de Aranjuez.’ Conducted by Jacques R. Pauwels.
Following the Rome Marathon, this tour will highlight aspects of Roman and Florentine art, architecture, history and culture through group and individual visits to selected major monuments, museums, churches and piazzas. Travel by coach, foot, subway and train, with ample free time to pursue individual interests at a more leisurely pace! Your tour hosts will be Sherry Monahan and Michael Quinn. The Rome segment of the tour will incorporate the city’s Marathon taking place on Sunday, March 22
Join foodie tour host Lori Chisholm on a small-group (max 12) journey that will satisfy your palate and your sense of discovery. You will have an opportunity to visit all of the must-see sites; however the focus will be on food and drink – chocolate, champagne, great wine, cheese, beer, game, frites and more. This is a tour with some great historical and cultural inclusions that marry well with the flavours of France and Belgium.
Immerse yourself in the cultural milieu of Sushi, Shogonate castles, Kabuki, Kimonos, Hiroshima, Mount Fuji and more on a 9 or 18 day tour during the Cherry Blossom Festival. Tour host is Garry Burns.
Gain greater insight into the refined Japanese aesthetic of daily living encompassing ancient traditions and religions in settings of iconic architectural and natural beauty. Tour host is Garry Burns.
Enjoy a 12-day exploration including the spectacular scenery and artisan villages of Ecuador before discovering the beautifully diverse Galapagos Archipelago. Highlights include a visit to the Darwin research station, daytrips to other islands, wildlife observation and of course, just relaxing and enjoying the island of Santa Cruz.
This tour covers the region between Strasbourg, in the French province of Alsace, and Brussels, the capital of Belgium and of the European Union, and includes Metz and Nancy in Lorraine, Luxemburg, the Ardennes Forest, the battlefields of Verdun and of the Battle of the Bulge, and Trier, the oldest city in Germany! The tour is organized in collaboration with Guelph Arts Council and will be conducted by historian Jacques Pauwels.
A glorious spring break in what is arguably the best preserved medieval town in all of Europe. This 10 day visit to the “Venice of the North” with its canals and bridges, cobble-stoned alleys and outdoor markets, presents not only the art, culture and history of Flanders in an intimate setting but also offers “Flanders Fields” in a Canadian context. And of course, frites wrapped in paper, waffles and beer, pralines of choice... all in magnificent Bruges. With Michael Quinn.
A comprehensive tour of Europe’s Alpine Paradise, featuring superb mountain scenery, wonderful lakes, great cities, and classy resorts, in addition to comfortable hotels and delicious food. The tour is escorted by Delia Berardi.
A comprehensive tour of the Emerald Isle, featuring the great cities of Dublin and Belfast, picturesque small towns such as Donegal, Galway, and Killarney, superb coastal scenery at the Cliffs of Moher and along the Ring of Kerry, the fascinating landscapes of Connemara and the Burren - in addition to very comfortable hotels and excellent food! The tour is escorted by Don Kasta.
Jersey, Guernsey, and Sark, plus Normandy’s Cotentin (or Cherbourg) Peninsula, will be featured on this edition of our annual Primavera (spring) tour, traditionally escorted by Jacques Pauwels.
Back by popular demand, our 5 day adventure tour samples over 100km of hiking trails and takes in spectacular vistas of mountains, the Gulf of St. Lawrence, wildflowers and birds. Whether you want to explore, escape, learn or rejuvenate, this tour offers endless opportunities. Early booking is suggested as group size is limited to 7 people.
Discover ancient Ephesus, soak up the pleasures of the Greek Isles, explore the site of the first Olympics, sail the scenic passageway to Kotor, revel in the history of Dubrovnik, and discover the treasures of Venice. Azamara’s small ship experience also includes gratuities, beverages, and an Azamara Amazing evening excursion. Steve and Sandra will be there to facilitate your adventure.
A coach tour of historical Serbia from the Danube Valley to the rugged interior, sprinkled with Orthodox monasteries, mysterious Montenegro, superb mountain scenery, excellent accommodations and delicious food! Conducted by Jacques Pauwels.
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An adventure in the Caucasus Mountain Range from the Black Sea to the Caspian Sea. Conducted by Jacques Pauwels.
A long weekend in the Bay City with Vince & Jan Sacilotto. Highlights include a city tour, ride on the trolley car, excursion to Napa Valley, and a visit to Alcatraz. Rates from Toronto available on request.
Join us for an exciting tour of China including Beijing, a visit to Xian’s ancient monuments, Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Suzhou. With Sandra Pauwels & Steve Thomas.
An 11-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 Canadian War Cemetery at Agira, the great ancient city of Syracuse, amazing Mount Etna and the wonderful resort of Taormina. Sandra Pauwels and Steve Thomas will be your escorts.
Join Jennifer Edgar and guest Kristin Omdahl on Eucalan’s 25 year anniversary tour from Berlin to Paris. This 12-day tour will focus on crafts and cultures , but also wines, history and haberdashery! Michael Quinn will be the tour escort.
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Join us on this 13-day exploration of Spain, covering all the highlights, e.g. the capital, Madrid, including a guided visit to the Prado Museum; Seville with its great Cathedral and the Alcazar Palace where Columbus met with Queen Isabella; a tasting of Sherry in Jerez; and a ride on the the high-speed train to wonderful Barcelona to see the creations of Gaudi, stroll along the Mediterranean beach, and sample tapas - washed down with some Sangria, of course!
Join Joanne Mayhew and her paesani when she returns to Italia for the 21st time. Her personally designed, 15-day Italia Terra Optima is an ideal combination of Italian cities, culture and cuisine at a leisurely pace anyone can enjoy.
Join tour host Lori Chisholm on this small-group, gastronomic extravaganza tour of the Basque region of Spain with her favorite local guides. On this fully-escorted adventure, you will enjoy unique food and drink experiences that would not be possible in a larger group. You'll meet local farmers, vintners, guides and chefs; taste gorgeous red wines, crisp whites and fabulous ciders, pintxos and seafood and artisanal cheese; visit markets, private farms, castles, museums and medieval villages.
Following harvest time in France, experience private visits and tastings at world renowned wine estates, dine in acclaimed restaurants, and enjoy excellent accommodations. This trip is designed to venture off the beaten path and explore the hidden treasures found in these breathtaking regions.
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It’s time to see for yourself what it’s like in Iran, formerly known as Persia. You will enjoy wonderful landscapes in the desert and along the shores of the Caspian Sea, fabulous ancient towns and monuments such as Persepolis, Esfehan, and Shiraz, and many UNESCO World Heritage Sites. But no alcohol, sorry, and a (reasonable) dress code will apply. The tour is escorted by Jacques R. Pauwels.
An extensive exploration of the battlefields of France and Belgium, focusing on the Canadian contribution in WW I and II: Vimy, the Somme, Mons, and Normandy, but also Verdun and the site of the 1918 Armistice. An unforgettable Remembrance Day commemoration in Flanders ’Fields will be an absolute highlight! History lectures by your tour escort, Jacques Pauwels, author of a number of books on both World Wars.
Enjoy the mild Mediterranean climate and ambiance of Nice, pearly of southern France’s Riviera or “Côte d’Azur” with its picturesque Italian-style old town and classy waterfront district along the Promenade des Anglais with its Belle Époque hotels and villas. We visit the city’s fine museums, devoted to artists like Chagall and Matisse and enjoy excursions to neighbouring attractions such as Monaco-Monte Carlo, Cannes, and the artist colony of St. Paul de Vence. Accommodation in a centrally located 4-star/first-class hotel. Tour escorted by Jacques Pauwels.
Your journey begins in Yangon, followed by a 10-night upstream cruise embarking in Pyay. Visit sacred sites, small villages, craftsmen’s workshops, markets and Buddhist monasteries, and enjoy a full-day tour of Bagan and its rich collection of stupas, temples and pagodas. Take in the stunning view from atop Mt. Popa and visit the Golden City of Mandalay before returning to Yangon via plane for another overnight stay.
Discover the culture and history of Colombia, South America’s “hot and new” destination, during a leisurely tour focusing on the capital, Bogota, and the historical Caribbean seaport of Cartagena. With Jacques Pauwels.
Tour price includes taxes, from Toronto and based on double occupancy. Unwind with a one, or two week stay at the all-inclusive resort of Melia Las Dunas; a true yogis paradise. Enjoy morning, afternoon and evening classes at your leisure with Allure Fitness Owner & Certified Yoga Instructor, Michelle Kriedemann.
Visit the “end of the earth” in Argentina and Chile in the middle of (their) summer! This tour includes Tierra del Fuego, with Ushuaia, the earth’s southernmost city; Chile’s fabulous Torres del Paine National Park; El Calafate and Los Glaciares National Park, with the amazing Perito Moreno Glacier; the Valdez Peninsula, rich in wildlife; and Buenos Aires. With Jacques Pauwels.
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Escape the Canadian winter with a 3-week vacation on the coast of Portugal’s sunny southern Algarve Region. Sea-view accommodation in one bedroom apartments at the 4-star Hotel Jadim do Vau, air from Toronto, and transfers are all included in the cost. Fully escorted.
A winter break in the “Eternal City”, with visits to (almost) all the great sites and monuments, plus sidetrips to Tivoli, Ostia Antica, and the Appian Way with the Catacombs. We stay in a fine, traditional and charming first-class/4-star hotel, centrally located near the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps, and enjoy excellent meals in typical restaurants! The tour is strictly limited to a maximum of 25 participants (able and willing to walk quite a bit) and will be escorted by historian Jacques Pauwels..
A comprehensive tour of this scenic European island, half Greek and half Turkish, and facing the Middle East as well as North Africa. With history going back to the Bronze Age, and involving Phoenicians, Greco-Romans, Ottomans, Crusaders, Venetians, the Knights of St. John, and the British, Cyprus can claim to be a genuine “crossroads of civilizations”. Based in a 5-star “deluxe” resort hotel in the town of Limassol, we will comfortably explore the entire island on daytrips, covering all three UNESCO World Heritage Sites on the island and many other places of interest. The tour guide is Michael Quinn.
The booming capital of Germany and one of Europe’s most exciting cities. Berlin features spectacular architecture, fabulous museums, fascinating history, superb music, and unexpectedly good food. This surprisingly inexpensive metropolis will be explored on foot, by bus and by subway from our base in one of the city’s finest hotels, the 5-star Kempinsky Bristol, situated in the pulsing heart of the city, on legendary Kurfuerstendamm Avenue. This tour is limited to 25 participants, willing to walk quite a bit, and will be escorted by historian and Germany-expert Jacques R. Pauwels.
Explore the land of bawdy blues and Southern belles. This journey showcases the diversity and drama of the Lower Mississippi River. From New Orleans to Memphis, the river rolls slowly and expansively, smooth as a southern drawl. The bayous and woodlands along the shore create dramatic landscapes that are virtually unchanged since the days of the French fur traders. Gracious towns with palatial mansions and tree-lined streets abound. History is everywhere - in silent Civil War cemeteries, in the soulful gospel blues of Helena and virtually everywhere you turn in Memphis, best known for jazz, barbecue, and of course The King of Rock and Roll and his home at Graceland.
This is the 18th annual tour in conjunction with the Guelph Arts Council. A 14-day exploration of a less-known but fascinating part of Europe, featuring numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the old towns of Tallinn, Vilnius and Warsaw, wonderful coastal and inland landscapes, historically important sites, such as the picturesque seaport of Gdansk, the ruins of Hitler’s HQ in former East Prussia, and the Tannenberg Battlefield. Tour escorted by Jacques Pauwels.
A leisurely coach tour of France’s magnificent eastern regions, such as Franche-Comté, the Jura Mountains, the Alpine provinces of Savoy and Dauphiné, and the Rhône Valley, featuring great historical and cultural centres such as Dijon, Grenoble, and Lyons, mountain resorts like Chamonix at the foot of the Mont Blanc, plus superb food and the great wines of Burgundy and the Côtes du Rhône. The tour will be escorted by historian Jacques R. Pauwels, PhD, who will lecture on the history of the area.
Book and pay deposit by September 15, 2015 to save 15% on Avalon land/cruise portion (not the air fare.) Based on Category “B” cabin, save $840.00 per person. Enjoy the beauty of Côte d’Azur, French Riviera, before boarding your vessel the Avalon Affinity, and cruise through Provence and the wine country of Burgundy. Savor the culinary offerings of the area including time in Lyon, the gastronomic capital of France. Enjoy wine tasting in Beaune before experiencing Paris,“City of Light“, one of the world’s most passionate and lively cities, a delight for all of your senses.. Tour escorted by Don Kasta and Vince Sacilotto.
The perfect destination to mix the modern with the traditional as you visit Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai, Suzhou, Wuxi and Hangzhou. From the “Great Wall” to the “Birds Nest” and everything in between, this is the essential China Tour!
Join us for an epicurean adventure focusing on one of France’s most famous wine region. 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.
Join us for an amazing spring weekend in New York City! Sight seeing includes Times Square, Rockefeller Centre, Central Park as well as a ride on the Staten Island Ferry to see the Statue of Liberty. Great food , great shopping and maybe even one of the hottest musicals on Broadway.
A 5-day adventure tour, to sample from over 100 kilometers of hiking trails, located in Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland. Impacted by the ice age and volcanic eruptions, the Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site, with spectacular vistas of mountains, the Gulf of St. Lawrence, wildflowers and birds. Whether you want to explore, escape, learn or rejuvenate, this tour offers endless possibilities.
Join Pauwels Travel, on our very first joint venture with the Culinary Adventure Co. for a 2-night foodie experience in delicious Kingston and stunning Prince Edward County. This weekend is reserved for mouth-watering food tours, private dinners, incredible local beer and wine, and Canada’s largest Cheese Festival – all hosted by, Canada’s Big Cheese himself, Kevin Durkee! This Gourmet Getaway weekend is a perfect escape from the city to enjoy the bounty, the beauty and the charm of Kingston and the Prince Edward County area.
Newfoundland From West to EastITINERARY & BOOKING
Join us for an 11-day exploration of Canada’s youngest and most easterly province, with a culture that’s been shaped by the sea for over 500 years. We’ll experience the magnificence of Gros Morne National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the Kitiwake Coast with Twillingate and its several picturesque locations, the Trinity area, one of the oldest communities in North America, and finally St. John’s and the exciting Avalon Peninsula. Some relaxed hikes, exciting boat cruises and lots of time to inhale the astounding beauty of “The Rock”. Of course, the music and the 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.
LONDON, NORTHERN FRANCE & BELGIUM, AND CHAMPAGNE. July 1, 2016 is the 100th Anniversary of Beaumont Hamel and the Battle of the Somme. Join us for an exceptional journey to visit Beaumont Hamel, be a part of the official remembrance ceremony, and explore other sites of Canada’s history in Europe, including Vimy Ridge, Ypres, and the Newfoundland memorials in France and Belgium. This tour begins and ends in London, with time to explore the culture and vibrancy of this world-class city. And with three days/nights in Champagne for culinary, wine and historical visits, this tour will deliver an exceptional experience for you.
FEATURING THE TRASIMENO MUSIC FESTIVAL of ANGELA HEWITT. A thirteen day tour of the Umbrian landscape featuring Angela Hewitt’s Trasimeno Music Festival, fine regional foods and wine, site tours of Perugia, Assisi, Orvieto, varied hiking walks in the countryside and a touch of Florence at leisure!
Newfoundland is unlike any other part of Canada! This 4-night/5-day tour showcases the unique food, culture, and fun this province has to offer. “The Rock” is Canada’s youngest province, St. John’s the oldest city in North America, and the locals are the finest people you’ll ever meet!
An exciting food and wine scene awaits us in Halifax and the Annapolis Valley! Join us on this tour with Canada’s acclaimed wine writer Tony Aspler. This tour features curated visits and tastings at wineries producing amazing wines being made under the "Tidal Bay" appellation in the beautiful Annapolis Valley; a visit to the UNESCO world heritage port town of Lunenburg, and time in the wonderful city of Halifax. We’ll dine in acclaimed restaurants, and stay in boutique hotels. An experience not to be missed!
A 15 day tour through the heather-clad glens, misty islands and purple-hued mountains of the Scottish Highlands. Wander the Isle of Skye, Staffa, Mull and Iona. See the Highland Games at Braemar, walk Culloden Moor, cruise mysterious Loch Ness, sip fine whisky and become re-acquainted with the culture and social fabric of the Highlands. The tour is limited to 20 participants.
Includes: transportation by luxury coach, 1 night’s accommodation at the Old Stone Inn in Niagara Falls, 4 winery visits with tours or talks and tastings, gourmet lunch with wine pairings at Peller Estates and Vineland Estates, exclusive dinner with wine pairings at the Old Stone Inn and breakfast at the Old Stone Inn.
An exploration of a place of dramatic contrasts and natural wonders. Steaming lava fields reflect a volcanic nature. Massive glaciers sculpt mountains and valleys, leaving thundering waterfalls and plunging fjords. Discover a land and culture forged by fire including sights such as the Skogafoss Waterfall, Strokkur and the Blue Lagoon. Tour escorted by Sandra Pauwels & Steve Thomas.
Join host Lori Chisholm on her new foodie itinerary to Venice and Bologna. Experience La Serenissima and La Grassa from a food-focused perspective with food tours through each city, a cooking class and countryside visits. There is lots of free time to see all of the typical tourist sites but you will get to know the people by meeting them in their own elements.
Sweet Bakery Goes to Paris Guaranteed DepartureITINERARY
Join tour host Stacey Farrant on a group tour of Paris, France with a focus on all things sweet! This tour includes fun hands on macaron classes, along with visiting the city of lights must see attractions. This group is limited to 15 participants, so book now before it’s too late!
The Other Italy Waitlist OnlyITINERARY
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! This “upscale” tour, which concludes with three glorious days in Rome, is offered in collaboration with Bespoke Travel of Oakville, Ontario, and will be escorted by Audrey Johnston and historian Jacques R. Pauwels, PhD, who will lecture on the history of Puglia and Italy in general. *based on double occupancy.
FOOD FOCUS: FLORENCE Waitlist OnlyITINERARY
Don’t miss this opportunity to travel with Lori Chisholm on a foodie tour of Florence and the surrounding Tuscan countryside with visits to her favourite places, with her favourite local guides. Space is limited to 10 persons on a first come, first serve basis, so be sure to act fast!!!
Enjoy superb scenery celebrated by Van Gogh, amazing Roman monuments, a sunny Mediterranean late summer, and excellent food and wine during a relaxed exploration of France’s southern Provence between two great urban poles, Marseille and Nimes. The tour will be escorted by historian Jacques R. Pauwels, PhD, who will lecture on the history and culture of the area.
Garry Burns and Michael Quinn will be your escorts in a land steeped in ancient culture with exotic sights, sounds, tastes, and architectural wonders at every turn as you ride an elephant through the gates of a Mughal Fortress, and a camel across desert dunes.
A thorough exploration of the biggest island in the Mediterranean, Sicily, as well as a good look at the little island of the Knights of St. John, Malta. The tour features mysterious prehistoric sites, splendid Greek temples, Arab and Byzantine architecture, plenty of art… and marvellous scenery. Plus Mediterranean weather and cuisine. Tour escorted by Sandra Pauwels & Steve Thomas.
Garry Burns will be your escort in a land steeped in ancient culture with exotic sights, sounds, tastes, and architectural splendours at every turn as you ride an elephant through the gates of a Mughal Fortress, and a camel across desert dunes, and discover Bhutan's eternal "kingdom in the sky' including a flight over Mt. Everest.
A tour of the Canadian Battlefields of Worlds Wars I and II. A thorough exploration of the battlefields of France and Belgium, focusing on the Canadian contributions in Flanders’ Fields, at Vimy, the Somme, Mons, and of course Normandy, but also including Verdun and other “killing fields” of the Great War. An unforgettable Remembrance Day commemoration in Flanders' Fields will be an absolute highlight! Excellent hotels and meals, and history lectures by your tour escort, Michael Quinn.
A Comprehensive tour of South Africa including Johannesburg, Soweto, Panoramic Route, Kruger National Park, safari game drive, Garden Route, Knysna, Featherbed Nature Reserve, an ostrich farm visit, wine pairing dinner, Cape Town and Table Mountain. Escorted by Vince and Jan Sacilotto.
Join Jacques Pauwels for a leisurely exploration of Catalonia’s vibrant capital, associated with fabulous art and architecture (think Picasso, Miro, Gaudi, Dali, etc.!) as well as fine food and wine. We will stay in the fine 4-star Hotel Colon, superbly located in the heart of the city, in front of the Cathedral!
Colombian GOLD TourITINERARY
Discover the magnificent scenery, fascinating history, and exotic culture of Colombia, South America’s “hot and new” destination, during a leisurely tour focusing on the capital, Bogota, and the historical Caribbean seaport of Cartegena. With Jacques Pauwels.
How about a week just for you? Leave the alarm clock and to do list behind and join us for a seven-night stay at an idyllic beach resort in the Caribbean where you can relax and rejuvenate. Yoga classes will be offered twice daily by your certified yoga instructor/tour escort and all the benefits of your 4 star all-inclusive resort will be at your disposal. A great break from the Canadian winter!
SRI LANKA AND THE MALDIVESITINERARY
Join us in visiting a land where wonders meet wonders, nature flaunts her very best, and time hovers between past and present when we travel to Sri Lanka and the Maldives to experience the diverse landscape, warm people, stunning beaches, abundant wildlife, and fabulous cuisine. Steve and Sandra will lead the expedition to this refreshingly different destination.
Naples In DepthITINERARY
All too often overlooked by tourists, Naples is actually one of the top tourist attractions in Italy, rated the maximum “three stars” by the authoritative Michelin Travel Guide. We will discover not only the city (with plenty of time in its fabulous archaeological museum!) but also its fascinating surroundings, such as Baia, Cuma, Pozzuoli, Cape Miseno, and the islands of Ischia and Procida. If you have not yet been there, it will also be possible to visit Capri and Sorrento! With Jacques Pauwels.
Florence In DepthITINERARY
Join us in Florence where art and architecture, past and present are interwoven. Leisurely walking tours plus visits to the Uffizi, Accademia, Medici Chapel, Sante Croce, Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo, etc. Sidetrips to Siena, San Gimignano, Fiesole, and Pisa are also included. Savour Tuscan food and wine with a twist! With Michael Quinn. *Optional group airfare available for $298.00 + taxes $618.00 = $916.00 total.
A coach tour of Spain’s sunny southern reaches, including intriguing Cordoba, Jerez, Cadiz, Ronda, Granada with Jacques Pauwels.
After highly successful tours to this fabulous Mediterranean island in 2014 and 2015, we have decided to offer this destination once more! Based in a 5-star/deluxe beachfront hotel, you will experience all of the island’s great natural and historical attractions. Tour escorted by Don Kasta.
ITALY BETWEEN ALPS AND MEDITERRANEANITINERARY
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.
ITALY BETWEEN ALPS AND MEDITERRANEANITINERARY
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.
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.’