Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka - June

Looking for a different type of adventure?

Want to visit India but looking for a relaxing Bali feel?

Look no further than Sri Lanka.

We suggest starting your adventure in the beautiful city of Colombo. Take the drive to your coastal front hotel. Enjoy the amazing view of the Indian Ocean, even watch as the locals take the train. Take a short Tuk Tuk ride from there to find some local shopping. Remember to barter, they will negotiate pricing.

The next day or two we recommend visiting the Dambulla Caves. Experience these beautiful wonders carved into stone in the mountain. For the more adventuresome, climb to the top of Sigiriya (aka Lions Head Fortress). This is a highly recommended experience. The long and treacherous climb isn’t for the faint of heart but the view from the top is like NO OTHER.

Looking for a more local touch? A MUST DO is the village of Kayanwala. From the mainland you take a small canoe to your destination. Here you will experience local cuisine like only the villagers make. Explore the home-grown spices, experience their primitive cooking utensils but be careful, their knives are sharp!

A very fun experience in Sri Lanka is taking the train from Kandy on the lower part of the island to Nuwara Ellya up in the mountains. Many tourists take this winding ride while taking pictures and hanging out the side. Make sure to pack a pair of pants and a jacket because it is quite cold once you reach the top.

Now the most important experiences a traveller must take in when travelling to Sri Lanka is taking a safari. In Udawalawe you can check out the biggest elephants in the world. The Sri Lanka Elephant.

When packing if you plan to see temples bring flip flops for easy on and off, and remember to cover up your shoulders and your knees when entering or they will deny you.

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New Orleans

New Orleans - May

The Big Easy

Come experience the history, charm and traditions of this historic city. Enjoy the craziness of Mardi Gras or the flavours of world fa mous restaurants like “The Court of Two Sisters “.

For those who enjoy the night life take a bar crawl along Bourbon Street, or a haunted tour to he at the tails and legends of the things that go bump in the night.  A favourite is to stroll along the boardwalk to Café Du Monde and enjoy a warm Beignet – a must do when in NOLA.

Take a city tour to see the houses in the Garden District, hear how far the city has come since Hurricane Katrina and learn how it affected the city. You should also visit a traditional New Orleans’ Cemetery and discover why they are so different from others.

But most of all you will love the warmth of the people, they will always make you feel welcome and like you are part of the family.

 

Experience NOLA for yourself!

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Scotland

Scotland - April

“Coulda been the whiskey…mighta been the gin”

From its beautiful coastlines, islands, lochs, castles, golf courses, history and culture, Scotland is an incredible destination to visit. It is also a culinary destination ranging from seafood to haggis and beverages from beer to whiskey to gin.

Scotland is being made ever so popular due to hit shows like Outlander but there are certainly a lot of other reasons to talk about Scotland.

Scotland is known for their tours of the whiskey trails and now with gin distilleries opening up, you will also see gin trail itineraries. If you don’t want to do the driving , there are luxury chauffeur driver tours, Scottish castle packages, Classic Scotland and many other guided tours being offered. Why not have us help you set up a tailor-made itinerary just for you? For Outlander fans, you can book a 4 day Outlander Trail tour and visit the trail of Jamie and Claire.

If you are a city lover, why not purchase a package to Glasgow and Edinburgh for a week? Flights, transfers, hotel and city to city transportation. All pre-arranged for you.

Don’t forget the Edinburgh and the Military Tattoo held August 3 – 25! Tickets sell out quickly.

You have lots of options to fly into Scotland with WestJet, Air Canada and Air Transat.

 

Did you know?

  • Scotland is home to over 3100 lochs, 3000 castles and 550 golf courses
  • Scotland has six UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Around 50 million people worldwide claim Scottish ancestry
  • There are 150 breweries and over 100  whiskey distilleries

2018 is the year to visit Scotland!!

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Rwanda

Rwanda - March

Did you know that Rwanda is now one ot the safest destinations in Africa?

Kigali is a developed city, it is modern and clean. Plastic bags are actually banned in Rwanda!

To get a glimpse into the country’s history, the genocide museum in Kigali is a must. It is somber yet inspirational and educational.

The landscape is beautiful, Rwanda is also known as the “Land of a Thousand Hills”.

A highlight of Rwanda is a visit to Volcanoes National Park to see and interact with the gorillas. Only 80 people are permitted per day and chances are extremely high that you will have an interaction with these amazing creatures in their natural habitat. To learn more about gorilla conservation in Rwanda visit the Karisoke Research Center founded by Dian Fossey.

You can do treks to spot the rare Dolden Monkeys in the Volcanoes National Park area.

There are also treks to visit a couple of different volcanoes. One is overnight, the other can be done in a day.

The best time to visit is June to mid-September.

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Italy

Italy - February

Italy

From pizzas to piazzas!

It’s time to rediscover why you love Italy!!

The birthplace of Western culture, Italy is home of the Vatican, ancient ruins and amazing art. Food lovers can indulge in regional cuisine and amazing wines.

Discover Lake Como in Italy’s Lake District in the North, with its luxurious lakeside villas and panoramic mountain views. Visit Milan, the worlds fashion capital, then continue your journey with a visit to Florence. Florence is home of the statue of David and located in Tuscany, a wine lovers paradise. Explore Italy’s capital Rome, and all its offerings. The Vatican, the Coliseum, the Trevi Fountain- immerse yourself in the country’s history and culture. Continue south to the Apulia (Puglia) region in the “Heel of the Italian Boot”. Considered the unspoiled Italy, you can experience amazing beaches and delicious cuisine in Italy’s dun kissed south.

Rediscover Italy, its time!!

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Whistler, British Columbia

Whistler, British Columbia - January

If you don’t want to leave Canada this year, Whistler is the place to be in the winter or summer!

Hit Whistler or Blackcomb Mountain on skis or a snowboard mid-November to mid-May. The mountains are connected by a Peak to Peak gondola that is operational nearly year round.
The mountain becomes a bike trail in the summer and even hosts a BMX competition. It is also a great place to hike in the summer. It’s a cool feeling to be wearing a t-shirt while being surrounded by snow-capped peaks.

Whistler village is very quaint, and easy to walk around. Part of the village is actually vehicle free! There are many restaurants, cafes, bars and shops to check out. The village area has lots of great hotel options and is the best place to stay.

Explore the outskirts of Whistler. There are lots of lakes to see around the area and even beaches. Kayak, canoe, paddleboard or if it’s a really hot day you can swim in the chilly waters.

Visit the popular Train Wreck site along the Cheakamus River. It is a beautiful trail with awesome views of the wild river.

Relax and soak in the mountain views at the Scandinave Spa.

The Sea to Sky Highway connecting Whistler to Vancouver is an attraction itself. The views are breath taking. If you’re not driving, keep your camera ready!

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Cuba

Cuba - December

Cuba is ready to welcome you!

Cuba is known as “The Pearl of the Caribbean” It offers incredible culture, unforgettable music, stunning beaches and an amazing history but you will go back for the people!!

Havana – The Caribbean’s largest city. A UNESCO Heritage site, Havana is the heart of Cuba’s political, scientific and cultural life.

Varadero – The pride of Cuba. Some call Varadero one of the world’s greatest beaches. A perfect place for those that are looking for relaxing days but still want to experience Havana, Cuba’s capital.

Holguin – Christopher Columbus called it “the most beautiful land eyes have ever seen”. Holguin offers its guests beautiful hills and exquisite beaches.

Cayo Coco – Jardine Del Rey translates to “Kings Gardens”. Cayo Coco boasts mangroves and everglades, an abundance of birds along with 22 km of sun-bleached sands and turquoise waters.

Cayo Santa Maria – Only 16 km long, Cayo Santa Maria offers its guests a quiet resort experience along stunning beaches.

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Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Guanacaste, Costa Rica - November

Naturally Beautiful!

-Amazing beaches with black sand; white/black sand and even beaches with shell instead of sand! Many are so picturesque with hills and volcanoes in the distance!

– Entice your senses on trails through lush rainforest with thermal pools, waterfalls, flora and fauna; and the unforgettable sounds of howler monkeys and cicadas.

– So much wildlife to spot; various species of monkeys, sloths, wild cats, insects, reptiles, humpback whales, dolphins, exotic birds, sea turtles and so much more…

– ATVing, horseback riding, snorkeling, scuba diving, zip lining, white water rafting, cave spelunking, surfing, hiking and more!

– Visit one of many volcanoes in the area. Rincon de la Vieja is close by and Arenal is possible to visit in a day.

– Visit the Monteverde Cloud Forest, a few hours away.

– You can even make a day trip across the border to Nicaragua and see the crater of a volcano.

Any nature lover will fall in love with Costa Rica!!

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Alaska

Alaska - October

Along the beautiful coast of Alaska – cruise through the Inside Passage, watch glaciers calve, spot wildlife and marvel at the stunning scenery.

Ketchikan – experience the Misty Fjords from the air in a seaplane or view more totem poles here than anywhere else in the world.

Juneau – bundle up and enjoy the marvel that is Mendenhall Glacier, whale watch or pan for gold.

Skagway – a sure memory maker on any Alaskan adventure – White Pass – by bus or for a unique and memorable experience take the White Pass Rail Adventure.

Icy Strait Point – join a Winderness Tour and keep your eyes peeled for Brown Bears or try your hand fishing for salmon or halibut.

Anchorage – perhaps your journey begins or ends here – a great way to start or end your journey is on the Coastal Classic Railroad – one of Alaska’s best rail journeys connecting Seward to Anchorage.

Don’t forget to maximize your experience and take the opportunity to immerse yourself deep into Denali National Park and explore all that Alaska has to offer.

 

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Ireland

Ireland - September

Cead mile failte

(A hundred thousand Welcomes in Gaelic)

Here is your next vacation of a lifetime!!

Ireland…is also known as the Emerald Isle.

A beautiful island rich in history, famed in 40 Shades of Green, with landscapes that are so postcard picture worthy, that you can’t help but want to take a new photo around every turn! (and there are lots of turns!)

Add some of the warmest, kindest, friendliest people who call Ireland home.

Sit in a quaint pub, dating hundreds of years old to enjoy a pint of the black stuff, better known as GUINNESS as you savor the flavour of a Steak and Kidney Pie or fresh Fish and Chips, all whilst listening to the locals play and sing their music.

Lay your head down for the night in a Luxurious Irish Castle or a friendly Bed and Breakfast.

Take in a little shopping and come home with Celtic jewellery, fine woolen sweaters, and world famous crystal from Waterford. Look for leprechauns, boat to Skellig Michael, whale watch, take in a round of golf, have picnics beside an old castle off the beaten path.

 

We know Ireland! Let us show you too!

Cheers!

 

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Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville, Tennessee - August

A vibrant city that sits on the Cumberland River, bring your cowboy boots or buy a new pair – and get ready to fill your days and nights with the best Country Music Entertainment – all day and night!

 Country Music Hall of Fame

 Bridgestone Arena – home to the Nashville Predators

 GAYLORD OPRYLAND

 The Grand Ole Opry – Backstage Tours that will have you standing centre stage on the world’s most famous country music venue.

 Opry Mills for the shop-a-holic!

 Rent a car and take a drive & discover the Jack Daniels Distillery

 Nashville Home of the Stars Tour – See where famous country singers like Toby Keith, Martina McBride and Taylor Swift call home!

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Uluwatu, Bali

Uluwatu, Bali - July

Surf, Sand and a Temple!

 Uluwatu’s Padang Padang Beach has been made famous from the movie Eat,Pray,Love ; but there is so much more to this clifftop town on the Bukit Peninsula than one beach!

Nestled at the bottom of every set of steps down different areas of the cliff are slightly different beaches – from white sand and palm trees, to rock pools and a shipwreck to a moss covered stone beach. There are beaches to explore for days! Surfer’s will always be able to catch a wave somewhere in Uluwatu!

If you want more than just beach, Uluwatu also has a spiritual side for the culture lover! Before the surfers hit the waters, Balinese Hindu’s bring offerings to the God’s along the beach while monkey’s try to steal what the waves don’t wash away. Uluwatu temple is one of the most important temples in Bali and is known for its beautiful Cliffside views. People from all over Bali come here to worship. You can also watch a traditional Kecak Dance at the temple and enjoy a beautiful sunset!

Uluwatu has a ton of great restaurants and accommodation – a notable mention is the PinkCoCo Bali, a boutique property with two great pools. Only a 5 minute walk from Padang Padang beach!

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Las Vegas

Las Vegas - June

Las Vegas – not just a gambler’s paradise! Las Vegas has something for everyone.

Here are some incredible options you can add to your Vegas Getaway.

*Thrill Seeker*

Maverick Helicopters – soar above the strip during the say or night, ride the extreme rides at the top of Stratosphere or zipline down Old Freemont St.

*Concert Go’ers*

Vegas is a GREAT place to catch your favourite musical artist

*Sports Fans*

Hockey fans – catch your favourite team playing the newest NHL team, the Vegas Golden Knights in the 2017-2018 season.

*Foodies*

Try a lip smackin’ food tour – eat at some of Vegas’ coolest dining options and taste some unique and incredible food and drink along the way!

http://vegasfoodietour.com/

*Adventure Seekers*

Why not go really big and visit the Hoover Dam & Grand Canyon to take in its natural beauty and remarkable landscape

*Cirque Du Soleil*

Spectacular acrobatics paired with theatrics, music, and dance that will keep you on the edge of your seat

*Relaxation*

Poolside cabana rentals or perhaps some Spa services. Check out the Spa at Aria for a stunning futuristic oasis

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Alaska Cruise

Alaska Cruise - May

Welcome to the land that is literally larger than life!

Alaska is home to Denali – the highest mountain in North America, plus glaciers as tall as skyscrapers, 3 million lakes, and vast tracts of untamed wilderness.

From lush meadows blanketed in wildflowers to expansive seascapes harboring whales, otters, golden eagles and other captivating wildlife – Robert Q’s has now made it easier for you to delve deeper, venture farther and discover even more of this astonishing place – by land and by sea.

This year Holland America is celebrating 70 years of Alaska exploration and we are inviting you to cruise and tour with them through crystalline waters surrounded by towering glaciers.  And to be on the lookout for caribou and Dall sheep as you tour the tundra in Denali National Park.  Or to retrace the journey of the original Klondikers in the historic Yukon.   

We have countless itineraries available, including cruises ranging from 7 to 14 days, and ‘land and sea’ journeys’ ranging from 10 to 20 days – so come explore Alaska with us!

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