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ON THE HORIZON - 2018

Please contact us by phone or email to receive information on any of these upcoming tours as soon as it becomes available!


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Early Music on the Elbe Cruise: Prague to Berlin May 19 – June 2, 2018 (15 days)

Early Music Cruise on the ElbeJoin host Matthew White, Executive and Artistic Director of Early Music Vancouver, for a sumptuous river cruise from Prague to Berlin on the Moldau and Elbe Rivers featuring a Concert Program selected by impresario George Zukerman, OC, OBC.

Cruise through the beautiful heartland of J.S. Bach immersed in the music inspired by and crafted in the land through which you will be travelling. Some of the world's leading practitioners will be both our guest artists and travelling companions, enhancing our journey and guiding us to a deeper appreciation of this historic region's outstanding cultural heritage.

Featuring performances by:


Denmark & Sweden: Gardens & Heritage May 26 – June 10, 2018 (16 days)

Denmark Sweden Gardens & HeritageProminent Vancouver horticulturalist Egan Davis leads us on a verdant path of discovery! We'll visit spectacular gardens of ancient estates, medieval castles and villages, colourful cities, and fascinating museums. In addition to tours of grand public gardens, we'll have the opportunity to visit some extraordinary private spaces also and attend the famous Malmo Garden Show. The celebrated Garden Show will inspire us with new ideas & wonderful concepts for gardening and landscape design. Denmark is often leading edge on the hapiness index and in design, giving us the popular new word hygge last year, and designers are scrambling to bring that authentic homespun cosiness to North America. We can experience those enchanting Scandinavian traditions, craftsmanship, unforgettable scenery, and serene secret gardens firsthand!

Copenhagen – Hillerod – Oresund – Malmo – Kivik – Helsingborg – Halmstad – Gothenburg – Stockholm – Uppsala


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Vibrant Portugal & Spain: Classical Music Cruise April 28 – May 11/13, 2017 (14/16 days)

Join mezzo-soprano & noted media personality Julie Nesrallah and internationally-renowned pianists Elizabeth and Marcel Bergmann for another glorious Classical Music Cruise orchestrated by impresario George Zukerman, OC, OBC.Vibrant Portugal & Spain: Classical Music Cruise

Savour 3 nights in Lisbon, 2 in Madrid and 7 cruising the famed wine regions of the Douro River aboard the luxurious river cruise ship AMAVida. Optional 2 night extension includes Segova and Toledo. The program includes 12 exceptional concerts and music events both on board featuring our guest artists and noted European musicians, and abroad in some of the grand performance halls of Portugal and Spain. This journey offers a captivating cultural program combining the finest in music, art, history, wine and cuisine in a setting known for the warmth of its people and climate.

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Lisbon – Sintra – Cascais – Fatima – Porto – Guimarães – Penafiel – Regua – Lamego – Pinhão – Figueira da Castelo Rodrigo – Salamanca – Madrid – Segovia – Toledo


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The Majestic Alps May 23 - June 06, 2017 (15 days)
The Majestic AlpsWe'll explore breathtaking Alpine vistas and four rich cultures on this top-of-the-world tour of Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy. Fairytale towns and castles, soaring Alpine slopes, exclusive resort towns and ancient castles can be found throughout, but each distinctive in its character and traditions. The famously stunning Glacier Express train route to Zermatt will be unforgettable, as will the days spent in the gorgeous idyll of the Italian Lake towns. Join us and delight in the extraordinary scenery and diversity of these countries bordering the Alps!

Munich – Oberammergau – Linderhof – Fuessen – Neuschwanstein – Innsbruck – Salzburg – Zermatt – Lago Maggiore – Lake Como – Bellagio – Verona – Abano Terme – Venice


Iceland, Scandinavia and Baltic Cruise June 14 - 25/28, 2017

with optional Oslo extension

Iceland, Scandinavia + Baltic CruiseAn extraordinary journey of discovery awaits, filled with surprising extremes and unique beauty. From the most primal forces which shaped our world on display in Iceland's volcanoes and geothermal pools to Europe's fastest growing economy, giving rein to bleeding edge contemporary architecture. We'll go from ancient lands of Viking songs and Russian folktales, to the serene cosmopolitan capitals of Scandinavia and then back to their beautifully preserved scenic villages and traditions of living close to the land. There are colourful hamlets perched on shores and the crowning achievments of an Imperial age spanning whole archipelagos in one city. These are landscapes which have inspired artists to the greatest heights for centuries, and we can sample them all from the comfort of a floating hotel room.

Reykjavik, Iceland – Stockholm, Sweden – Helsinki, Finland – St. Petersburg, Russia – Tallinn, Estonia – Oslo, Norway


Highlights of Greece September 23 - Oct 7, 2017 (15 days)

Highlights of GreeceIncludes: Cruise of the Greek Islands!
Our adventure guides us through country graced with sun and azure seas, rich in mythology, art, architecture and history. Greece is truly the stuff of legend, from the birthplace of the Olympics, Democracy and Philosophy; Classical temples to amazingly advanced Bronze Age civilizations; site of half of the Wonders of the Ancient World. This itinerary is filled with names evocative of epics: Thermopylae, Meteora, Delphi, Olympia, Corinth, Mycenae, Knossos, Rhodes and Ephesus. We see the legacy of some of the world’s greatest ancient civilizations at their peak, and pair it with a long soak in the charm and sunlight of Greece’s beautiful whitewashed villages and idyllic isles!

Athens – Thermopylae – Meteora – Delphi – Olympia – Nauplia – Tolon – Mycenae – Epidaurus – Meteora – cruise to Mykonos, Kusadasi, Patmos, Rhodes, Lindos, Crete, Santorini – Cape Sounion


Ultimate Highlights of China October 17 – November 3, 2017 (18 days)Ultimate Highlights of China

This magnificent tour offers an exciting and colourful study in contrasts, from China's ancient monuments to its modern cities, Guilin's forested slopes to Xi'an's buried army, and vibrant metropolises to rarified Buddhist hermitages. An exhilarating exploration of China's ancient history, rich cultural and mythical heritage and booming future.

Beijing – Longmen – Dengfeng – Zhengzhou – Yichang – Yangtze River Cruise ( Shennong Stream – Xiling, Wu & Outang Gorges – Fengdu) – Chongqing – Guilin – Yangshuo – Xi’an – Suzhou – Tongli – Shanghai


Riches of the Mekong: Vietnam & Cambodia October 24 - November 9, 2017 (17 days)Riches of the Mekong: Vietnam + Cambodia

Join us to unveil some Asia's greatest jewels aboard a new ship of the AMA Waterways line! A world-class adventure with no planning hassles or worries, including:

Floating MarketThe marvels of the Mekong are delivered to your doorstep as you relax in the comfort of your suite aboard the elegant AMADara. A new ship featuring the beautiful service, exquisite catering, and fascinating excursions our guests have come to expect from AMA Waterways.

Angkor WatFrom Vietnam’s floating markets to Cambodia’s legendary temples, you can look forward to the trip of a lifetime, knowing that every detail has been taken care of by a trusted operator of the highest standards and integrity.

 


SPECIAL FOCUS: GARDENS + NATURE

New Zealand Garden & Nature Spectacular October 25 – New Zealand Garden Nature SpectacularNovember 12, 2017 (19 days)

Master Gardener Roger Phillipswill be our guide on this exploration of the breathtaking landscapes and lush gardens of New Zealand. Soaring mountains form a backdrop to surreal turquoise waters, pristine beaches, colourful hot springs, and volcanic soils burgeoning with plants and blossoms.

Amongst our gorgeous garden tours, we'll also spend two luxurious days at the Taranaki Garden Festival!

From beautiful Maori cultural traditions to charming colonial-era towns and modern cityscapes on the edge of habitation - or Hobbiton - this is sure to be a journey of a lifetime!

Auckland – Coromandel – Rotorua – Lake Rotomahana – Waimangu – Wai o Tapu – New Plymouth – Queenstown – Lake Wakatipu – Milford Sound – Arrowtown – Lake Wanaka – TranzAlpine Train – Christchurch – Akaroa


SPECIAL FOCUS: MILITARY HISTORY & VETERANS

VIMY: 100th Anniversary and Northwest Europe Tour
March 28 – April 10, 2017 Vimy 100th Anniversary & Northwest Europe Tour(14 days)

A unique opportunity to honour the 100th Anniversary of the Battle for Vimy Ridge, one of the first occasions where Canada asserted itself as a unified nation, and a potent symbol of nationalism, fortitude and sacrifice ever since. With a special focus on the military history of the region, our itinerary allows us to visit a number of battlegrounds, historic sites and cemeteries significant to both World Wars as we tour through France and Belgium, culminating in the official commemoration ceremonies at Vimy. Join us and the families of our veterans for what will be a deeply affecting, fascinating journey through beautiful towns and countryside and a chance to mark history at a site revered in Canada's evolution as a nation. Hosted by a military historian to provide special insights and context, our group will enjoy numerous special events, access and unique opportunites to talk to locals and those affected by the fighting and intervening decades of recovery.

Paris – Rouen – Normandy – Caen – Landing Beaches – Juno Memorial – Dieppe – Calais – Dunkerque – Ieper – Passchendaele – Mons – Cambrai – Arras – Vimy – Amiens – Beaumont Hamel


PPCLI 100th Anniversary Road to Vimy and Northwest Europe Tour May 8 – 22/25, 2017 (15/18 days)

PPCLI Vimy 100th AnniversaryJoin members of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, their friends and relatives to mark the 100th Anniversary of the Battle for Vimy Ridge. We'll explore the many fascinating and evocative sites significant in the involvement of the Canadian Military in Western Europe: Vimy, the Somme, Ypres, Dieppe and the PPCLI's monument in Frezenberg to name just a few. Conducted by a Canadian Military historian and including a number of special events, this journey brings a greater knowledge and understanding of our dramatic military history and the Regiment's distirnguished role in it.

Paris – Arras – Vimy – Amiens – Beaumont Hamel – Ypres – Passchendaele – Adegem – Bruges – Dieppe – Pourville – Normandy – Caen – Arromanches – Arnhem – Groesbeek – Reichswald – Holten – Achterveld – Amsterdam


SPECIAL FOCUS: MUSIC & CULTURE

For the Love of Vienna: Classical Music Tour October 2 – 11, 2017 (10 days)

Classical ViennaImmerse yourself in the music, art, architecture & history of one of the world's greatest capitals. Vienna has been the magnificent setting for some of the greatest performances, composers, artistic movements and events in history. We'll enjoy an itinerary packed with world-class concerts cherry-picked for us by renowned impresario George Zukerman. You can look forward to evenings of transcendant music in glorious venues and days exploring the city's spectacular cultural legacy at a relaxed pace, all from one convenient centrally-located hotel.

Included performances:


A Tribute to George Zukerman April 27, 2017

White Rock Concerts honours the renowned bassoonist, raconteur, and impresario who was their Artistic Director for six decades with a spectacular evening of Classical music. Mr. Zukerman lends his talents to consulting as our Classical Music Program Director.


SMALL GROUPS, EXOTIC LOCALES

Uganda: Natural Beauty & Wildlife

Bwindi Forest silverback gorillaExperience a cultural safari in Uganda, less well-known than its famous cousins to the south but no less impressive. We visit a number of parks and game farms where you'll see wildlife at its very best, and travel through majectic landscapes and small villages. As the highlight we have a chance to be close to the incredible gorillas - an experience of a lifetime!

This special tour will be restricted to a small group of 12-14 people maximum, so if you're interested in more information, contact us today! The small group size minimizes our impact on the fragile flora and fauna, and will allow us closerinteraction with the wonderful culture.

Includes accommodation, transportation, guides, most meals, and fees (for Gorilla trek, etc.)

Interested in this destination? Groups start at just 4 travelers. Please contact us by phone or email for information.


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TOUR CALENDAR

Vimy 100th
March 28 – April 10, 2017

Music Cruise: Douro
Portugal & Spain
April 28 – May 11/13, 2017

PPCLI VIMY 100
May 8 - 22/25, 2017

Majestic Alps
May 23 – June 6, 2017

Iceland, Scandinavia, Baltic Cruise
June 14 – 25/28, 2017

Highlights of Greece Tour + Cruise
Sep 23 – Oct 7, 2017

Classical Vienna
Oct 2 – 11, 2017

China Oct 17 – Nov 3, 2017

Vietnam + Cambodia Oct 24 – Nov 9, 2017

New Zealand Garden & Nature
Oct 25 – Nov 12, 2017


Tanzania & Zanzibar
May, 2018

Music Cruise: Elbe Prague to Berlin May 19 – June 2, 2018

Denmark & Sweden Gardens & Heritage
May 26 – June 10, 2018

Loire Cruise & Normandy Sep 18 – Oct 2, 2018

Danube Music Cruise: Oct 15 – 29, 2018

Norway Cruise 2018

Italian Campaign 2018


Uganda Cultural Safari
various times


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Reisen nach Canada – USA


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