Chile

Chile - February

Where it’s warm and certainly not -15 degrees outside. Chile is known for the Andes Mountains, Atacama Desert and its UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Santiago is the capital of Chile and surrounded by vast mountain-tops. Here you are able to shop, dance and eat like a Chilean. Since Chile is so close to the Pacific coast, seafood is a local favourite. 

Easter Island is best known for the Moai statues. These statues were created dating all the way back to the 13th and 16th centuries. They are human like statues thought to be made in honour of past ancestors and chiefs. 

Torres del Paine National Park has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 1978. It is known for its Cordillera Paine mountains and bright blue glaciers and lakes.

Valparaiso, “The Jewel of the Pacific”, is filled with colour and character. It is overflowing with narrow roads, hills and staircases; a large inspiration for poets and painters.

The Hand of the Desert is in the middle of the Atacama Desert. It is simply a hand-shaped sculpture that is known all across the world. This landmark is free to visit, far from the city and 36 feet tall!

Did you know?

Chile is home to the world’s largest swimming pool, it can hold 66 million gallons of water.

It is a World Class wine destination.

Chile has lots of wildlife, even penguins.

There are five UNESCO World Heritage sites.

 

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Alberta

Alberta - January

Turquoise waters and snow filled mountain-tops. Visit Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Jasper and other places anytime during the year to see these picture perfect spots.

Drink some maple syrup, see some bears and live like a true Canadian on this vacation while sitting back in a Muskoka chair in Banff National Park.

Partake in excursions during the wintertime and go for a ride in a horse drawn sleigh, enjoy breathtaking views in the Banff Gondola, or snow shoe your way through the mountain tops.

Summer brings a whole new set of things to do in Alberta . Whether it be kayaking or canoeing in the picturesque lakes, hiking through the crisp mountain air or white water rafting the Bow River with your friends and family. 

You can spend a day indoors and visit the famous Edmonton Mall that has places like the Fantasyland Hotel, a carousel, a water slide and of course stores to shop at!

Stay in Canada this season, the possibilities are countless in Alberta no matter what season it is. 

Did you know?

The capital is Edmonton and the largest city is Calgary.

Alberta is called the “Wild Rose Country”.

Wayne Gretzky played for the Edmonton Oilers.

 

 

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St. Lucia

St. Lucia - December

St. Lucia is a perfect spot to relax and rejuvenate, it’s a paradise island that is located in the Caribbean. Castries is the capital of St. Lucia and closer by there are great spots to visit like Vigie Beach, Marigot Bay and the Derek Walcott Square. Outside of the capital you’ll discover top rated, luxury resorts awaiting to pamper you during your entire stay. Choose from villas, apartments, all-inclusive , boutiques and guesthouses.

Plan your trip around one of the many famous events that happen yearly in St. Lucia like the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, Chocolate Heritage month, Jounen Kweyol and Soleil Saint Lucia Summer Festival.

A beautiful resort to consider staying at is Jade Mountain. Jade Mountain is a majestic place where the hotel is built against the walls of mountain. The rooms are unique since the hotel is built against a mountain consisting of an open atmosphere where you can enjoy nature first hand in your own personal infinity pool while taking in breathtaking views of the famous Gros and Piti Piton Mountains. Such a unique and luxurious place to stay.

Take part in cultural experiences and adventure, go sailing in the turquoise waters, rejuvenate yourself at the spa, join in on water activities such as the jetovator, kite surfing and snorkeling. Immerse yourself in nature and visit the Diamond Falls and Botanical Gardens. The possibilities are endless in St. Lucia, a perfect spot for everyone.

Take a break from winter and head to St. Lucia!

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Riviera Maya

Riviera Maya - November

Head down south to the Riviera Maya where snowfall will be the least of your worries. The best months to visit Riviera Maya are December to April, perfect for a Spring Break or Christmas Holiday. Take a trip to this paradise destination filled with bright blue waters, sandy beaches and palm trees. 

Book an all-inclusive trip to one of the many resorts in this area. Indulge yourself in a 5-star rated resort like Paradisus Playa Del Carmen, Grand Riviera Princess All Suites, Dream Tulum Resort and Spa and Moon Palace Cancun. 

Excursions are a popular add-on when booking an all-inclusive package. Some excursions include:

  • A day trip to Chichen Itza to see the massive step pyramid which is known as a famous ancient landmark in Riviera Maya.
  • Take a ride on the Bacalar Lagoon Sightseeing Boat tour with snorkelling included and an open bar.
  • Go on an underground river tour and visit the crystal caves. 
  • If you are feeling adventurous, the Mountain Biking Mayan Jungle tour and Cenote Swimming is a good option.

 

 

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Croatia

Croatia - October

Croatia, filled with colours and culture. Step away from the everyday and visit a place that will make you feel like you are in a different world! Bursting with adventure, surreal views and a medieval atmosphere.

You can visit places like Dubrovnik. It is also known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic”, a truly enchanting city to visit. Refresh yourself at the Plitvice Lakes, thought to be one of the most beautiful natural landmarks in Europe. Croatia is home to a captivating coastline, pristine beaches and mountainous landscapes. 

If you are looking to go on an adventure; walking and cycling tour packages are huge in Croatia. Spend your days cycling or walking through the islands and cities immersing yourself in the culture first hand. 

Did you know ‘Games of Thrones’ is filmed here? You can visit places like Krka National Park or Dubrovnik where many of the scenes in the show took place.

Croatia is the perfect getaway, a small country with so many things to offer. If you are looking to explore a place full of culture, flavours, nature, colours and amazing views, this is the place to go! It is definitely a country to put on your Bucket List.

Did you know? 

  • Home of the dog breed Dalmations
  • Has 1246 island, isles and inlets to visit
  • Croatia has 10 UNESCO World Heritage sites

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Walt Disney World Florida

Walt Disney World Florida - September

Whether it’s your first visit or your 20th The Walt Disney World Resort n Florida offers new Magic and Adventures for you to enjoy as a family, extended family, couple or any combination. Walt Disney World is an all ages vacation that offers the opportunity for nostalgia, childhood imagination and pixie dust!

There are many facets to a Disney Vacation that as vacation planners we can assist with, including:

  • Value, Moderate, Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts options
  • Quick Service, Disney Dining and Deluxe Dining Packages
  • Park ticket options that include Base (one park per day), Park Hopper (multiple parks per day) and Park Hopper Plus (multiple parks plus water parks and more)
  • Disney’s Magical Express Airport Shuttle
  • And more!

Walt Disney World offers many options that can be adjusted to fit your needs, budget and dreams! Disney is always releasing promotions that offer additional savings and benefits such as the Canadian Ticket Offer!

What’s New!

Pandora – The World of Avatar – Animal Kingdom

Toy Story Land – Hollywood Studios

Coming in 2019!

Star Wars – Galaxy’s Edge – Hollywood Studios

Walt Disney World Canadian Resident Ticket Offer

Canadian residents can purchase an adult 4-day or longer base theme park ticket for as low as $316 USD plus tax – that’s just $79 USD per day, plus tax. Upgrades to a Park Hopper Option are also available.

Tickets may be purchased through March 15, 2019 for usage through September 27, 2019. Blackout dates  of December 24, 2018 through January 1, 2019 apply.

 

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Canada's Fall Colours

Canada's Fall Colours - August

Autumn is the perfect time to discover all Canada has to offer. Whether you prefer to stay close to home or explore other areas of Canada there is so much out there for you to experience. Cruises, coach tours, train journeys or self-drive packages are all wonderful ways to see Canada. Have a look at the following options Robert Q Travel can offer you!

Agawa Canyon Fall Tour – Canadian

This tour is hosted by Hanover Holidays. An amazing coach journey to see the beauty of Northern Ontario painted in colour.

Ottawa, Gatineau and Algonquin Park

Hosted by Great Canadian Holidays. The beauty of Gatineau Hills, the dramatic fall foliage of Algonquin Park topped off by the magnificent Muskoka Lakes region.

Canada and New England Discovery

Cruise aboard Holland America’s MS Veendam. Kayaking, whale watching and lobster bakes, it’s a vacation for the entire family.

Rocky Mountaineer’s First Passage to the West

Experience the majestic Rocky Mountains aboard Rocky Mountaineer’s five star luxury train.

From Lobster to Poutine

A fly/rail package with Air Canada Vacations. A tasty voyage from Halifax to Montreal.

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Peru

Peru - July

Lima is on the coast and has great surf. Scenery along the Malecon/Boardwalk is beautiful. The city has some world class restaurants and is a foodie’s paradise!

The Peruvian Amazon is a nature lovers dream. There are many unique plants and wildlife such as caimans, piranhas, tarantulas, anacondas, capybaras, sloths, macaws and more!

Cusco is rich with culture and history. Wander the cobblestone streets and get a glimpse into life in the Andes. Cusco is the base for adventure. Rainbow Mountain, the Sacred Valley, Pisac Ruins, Ollantaytambo Ruins and Machu Picchu are all in the surrounding area. This is a great area for hiking, trekking and cycling.

Some incredible multi-day/camping treks are available.

The Inca Trail is a 3 night trek that takes trekkers to Machu Picchu’s Sungate. This trek requires a permit.

The Lares Trail is more off the beaten path and doesn’t go right to Machu Picchu, but gives travellers a great opportunity to visit small Andean villages and communities. It is a 2 night journey that takes trekkers to a higher altitude. No permit is required.

The Salkantay is another more off the beaten path trek with great views of snow-capped peaks. Durations vary for this trek.

Not a hiker? Take the train from Cusco to Machu Picchu instead!

May – September is winter/dry season and a good time to visit.

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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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