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VERSTRAETE TRAVEL & CRUISES2016
Escorted Motorcoach Tours
NOVA SCOTIA TATTOOJUNE 28 - JULY 2
UTAH & ARIZONAOCTOBER 19-27
MILWAUKEE & CHICAGOSEPTEMBER 14-19
JAYS IN CLEVELANDAUGUST 19-21
NEW YORK CITYSEPTEMBER 28 - OCTOBER 1
ALSO: MUSKOKA COLOURS - OCTOBER 4-6
TOUR CO-ORDINATOR: EARL CLINT
JAYS IN DETROITJUNE 7-8
VERSTRAETE TRAVEL & CRUISES Invites you to travel on our escorted
2016 ESCORTED MOTORCOACH TOURS
INTRODUCTION: This year several new trips are being offered, along with a few long-time favourites. Two trips will feature the Toronto Blue Jays on the road; one in Detroit, the other in Cleveland, while a new play in Lancaster will be a “must-see” for many. Enjoy an intriguing tour of northern Michigan, Wisconsin and Illinois, featuring several unique food experiences along the way. A completely new take on New York City will be of interest to those who have been before, while a fall colour trip to Muskoka will include two classic resorts and local points of interest. In Nova Scotia we will stay at an oceanfront resort, explore Acadian history, and attend the N.S. International Tattoo and Canada Day celebrations in Halifax. Newfoundland (my 17th tour there), continues to shine as one of Canada’s most desirable destinations, and rightfully so, with its beautiful scenery and welcoming people. Finally, the glitz of Las Vegas, the magnificent canyons of Utah and Arizona and the ever present sunshine, will all combine for a memorable vacation. Looking ahead, we are pleased to announce a tour to France and Belgium to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the battle at Vimy Ridge in early April 2017 (see page 5 for details). All prices are in Canadian dollars and include gratuities on group meals. General departure locations are listed for each tour; specific pick-up points, hotel telephone numbers, and emergency contact information will be provided prior to departure. Please adhere to the deposit and cut-off dates listed and use a separate registration form for each tour you join. Every effort has been made to ensure interesting itineraries while maintaining affordability, including those destined for the United States. Each trip is carefully planned; all you need to do is relax and enjoy yourself. I hope to have the pleasure of travelling with you at some point this year! Earl Clint: Tour Coordinator
“SAMSON” IN LANCASTER: May 25-27, 2016 Escort: John Swatridge
May 25 Departing from Kitchener (dependant on numbers), with a Niagara pick-up. After a brief stop at the hotel, we will go to the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre to see “Million Dollar Quartet”, inspired by the electrifying true story of the famed recording session where Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins were together for one night only. Dinner is included today. Accommodation: Comfort Inn - Rockvale Outlets, Lancaster, PA (2 nights).
May 26 After breakfast, a step-on guide will take us on a two hour countryside tour, followed by free time for lunch and shopping at Kitchen Kettle Village. At Sight and Sound’s Millennium Theatre, we will attend a performance of their new play “Samson” and then enjoy a wonderful dinner at Miller’s Smorgasbord. Breakfast and dinner are included today.
May 27 On our way home we will stop at the Corning Museum of Glass, featuring several interesting exhibits and demonstrations. Breakfast is included today.
INCLUSIVE TOUR PRICE PRICE INCLUDES
$695.00 p.p. Cdn. (no tax), double occupancy ~ Deluxe washroom equipped motorcoach ~ 2 breakfasts and 2 buffet dinners. Fully escorted PLEASE NOTE: Deposit is due by March 24/16 ~ Hotel accommodation and guided countryside tour Final payment and cut-off is April 25/16 ~ “Samson” theatre ticket and dinner theatre show
Single supplement - add $160.00 Three sharing - deduct $45.00 p.p. Four sharing - deduct $70.00 p.p. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
THE BLUE JAYS IN DETROIT: June 7-8, 2016 Escort: John Swatridge
June 7 Departing from Niagara, with a Kitchener area pick-up. Once in Michigan, we will visit the world class Henry Ford Museum which traces the evolution of the automobile, the locomotive and other technologies. Artifacts also include JFK’s limousine and Lincoln’s chair. After checking into our hotel, we head to Comerica Park to watch the hometown Detroit Tigers play the Toronto Blue Jays. Dinner is included today. Accommodation: Comfort Inn, Dearborn, MI.
June 8 We visit the Motown Museum which traces the development of the Motown record label, founded by Berry Gordy in 1959. Singers who made it famous include Stevie Wonder, Lionel Ritchie, The Supremes, The Jackson 5 and many more. Then it’s back to the ballpark to watch the Jays and Tigers play, before heading home. Breakfast is included today.
INCLUSIVE TOUR PRICE PRICE INCLUDES
$485.00 p.p. Cdn. (no tax), double occupancy ~ 1 breakfast and 1dinner voucher at ball game PLEASE NOTE: Deposit is due by March 31/16 ~ Deluxe washroom equipped motorcoach Final payment and cut-off is May 5/16 ~ Hotel and entry to museums and baseball games
Single supplement - add $70.00 Three sharing - deduct $20.00 p.p. Four sharing - deduct $35.00 p.p.
CANADA DAY & TATTOO EXPRESS: June 28 - July 2, 2016 Escort: Earl Clint
June 28 Our flight departs from Pearson in Toronto. Upon arrival in Halifax, we will head to scenic Peggy’s Cove, then to our nearby oceanfront resort. Dinner is included today. Accommodation: Atlantica Oak Island Resort.
June 29 Our day begins with a stop in Mahone Bay on our way to Lunenburg, home port of the famous “Bluenose” schooner. After some free time here, we will travel inland to Annapolis Royal where a step-on guide will provide some insight into the area’s rich Acadian history. We will then drive along the Bay of Fundy coastline to Wolfville, home of Acadia University and then to our hotel. Breakfast and dinner are included today. Accommodation: Super 8 Hotel, Windsor, NS.
June 30 After a short drive to Halifax, a local guide will take us on a tour of the city, including various points of historic interest. We will then go to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic which houses exhibits explaining the city’s great explosion and fire of 1917, as well as relics from the Titanic. In the evening we will attend a performance of the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo, Canada’s best kept entertainment secret that can be best described as a circus with bagpipes! Breakfast is included today. Accommodation: Courtyard by Marriott - Downtown, Halifax (2 nights).
July 1 Enjoy free time to explore the city on Canada Day! The waterfront is alive with buskers, live music and free entry to naval ships and special attractions. You may also choose to visit the historic Citadel or take a fun-filled tour of Alexander Keith’s original brewery, founded in 1820 (if there is interest, our own group tour will be arranged). At night, the sky will erupt in a blaze of fireworks as Haligonians (and us) celebrate the 149th birthday of Canada. Breakfast is included today.
July 2 Today we will visit the newly renovated Pier 21 Immigration Museum which tells the story of immigrants who entered at this very place, and who have contributed to making Canada one of the world’s most desired places to live. We will then transfer to the airport for our return flight. Breakfast is included today.
INCLUSIVE TOUR PRICE PRICE INCLUDES $1495.00 p.p. + HST (double occupancy) ~ Return flight (excludes baggage fee), and motorcoach *EARLY BOOKING IS REQUIRED FOR AIRLINE ~ Hotel accommodation, step-on guides and entry fees Deposit is due by March 25/16 to the N.S. Tattoo and museums as described Final payment and cut-off is May 24/16 ~ 4 breakfasts, 2 dinners. Fully escorted throughout
Single supplement - add $340.00 Three sharing - deduct $90.00 p.p. Four sharing - deduct $130.00 p.p. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
NEWFOUNDLAND: July 7-15, 2016 Escorts: Earl Clint and John Swatridge
July 7 We depart Toronto on a morning flight. Once in Deer Lake we drive to Corner Brook, the province’s second largest city, and check-in to our historic hotel. Dinner is included today. Accommodation: The Glynmill Inn, Corner Brook.
July 8 In Woody Point we will learn about and view the geology of the Tablelands, part of Gros Morne National Park. When the continents collided, rocks which were beneath the ocean were pushed upwards to their present position above sea level. A boat tour on Bonne Bay will allow closer views of the steep cliffs and possible sightings of eagles and whales. Enjoy dinner theatre at our hotel tonight. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included. Accommodation: Shallow Bay Motel, Cow Head.
July 9 Today we visit L’Anse aux Meadows, a United Nations World Heritage Site, where Vikings settled over one thousand years ago. In St. Anthony we will board a vessel to learn about the delicate marine ecology and to hopefully see both whales and icebergs. These imposing blocks of ice which have broken off the continental glaciers, have drifted south propelled by the Labrador Current. Amazingly, 90% of the ice is below the water! Note: If conditions are not favourable, another boat tour may be arranged in Twillingate. Breakfast and lunch are included today. Accommodation: Haven Inn, St. Anthony. July 10 Our day begins with a visit to a museum honouring Sir Wilfred Grenfell, a medical missionary who devoted his life’s work to the people of Northern Newfoundland and Labrador. We then begin our southward journey, viewing the rugged coastal scenery with a few stops along the way. Local entertainment will be provided by our hotel this evening. Breakfast and dinner are included today. Accommodation: Mount Peyton Hotel, Grand Falls-Windsor.
July 11 At the Lewisporte Heritage Centre we will learn about the history of the area, be entertained by local musicians and enjoy some light refreshments. Afterwards, we will stop at the Boyd’s Cove Beothuk Site and the “Prime Berth” fishing exhibit to learn more about the traditional way of life in rural outports. In Twillingate, options include a boat tour (see above), a winery tour, or a museum visit. After a drive to the local lighthouse perched on rugged cliffs, we will enjoy food, music, and humour at the “Twillingate Dinner Theatre.” Breakfast and dinner are included today. Accommodation: Kelsie’s Inn, Harbour Lights B & B and others in Twillingate.
July 12 Our first stop today will be at the North Atlantic Aviation Museum in Gander. The city has a proud connection to trans-Atlantic aviation crossings and it also played a crucial role on September 11, 2001. Next we drive to the Ryan Premises in Bonavista to visit an historic fish merchant operation and then to the famous lighthouse near the spot where John Cabot
landed in 1497. This evening we will enjoy a “Screech-In”, in which participants are inducted into the ranks of “Honourary Newfoundlanders”. Breakfast and dinner are included today. Accommodation: The Clarenville Inn, Clarenville. July 13 Our destination is Cape St. Mary’s Ecological Reserve at the southern tip of the Avalon Peninsula (conditions permitting), one of the continent’s largest bird colonies. Watch in amazement as thousands of seabirds take flight all around us. This evening you can relax at the hotel or head downtown to enjoy some traditional music at one of the numerous establishments on George Street. Breakfast and lunch are included. Accommodation: Holiday Inn, St. John’s (2 nights).
July 14 We begin the day with a guided tour of St. John’s including Signal Hill, Quidi Vidi Village and many historic sites. After some free time downtown, we take a boat tour of Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, home to puffins and other seabirds, as well as humpback whales. Prepare to be amazed if and when these giants swim beside our boat. This evening we will enjoy good food, comedy and song, at a “Spirit of Newfoundland” production. Breakfast and dinner are included today.
July 15 This morning you can relive the Titanic story and explore the province’s unique geology at the Geo Centre, built into Signal Hill. We will then visit Cape Spear, the most easterly point in North America, before transferring to the airport. INCLUSIVE TOUR PRICE PRICE INCLUDES
$3145.00 p.p. + HST (double occupancy) ~ Return airfare from Toronto (includes baggage fee) ~ Fully escorted throughout entire tour ~ Deluxe washroom equipped motorcoach ~ 8 nights’ accommodation (double occupancy) ~ Baggage handling at hotels (1 piece per person) ~ Entry fees to museums & interpretive centres ~ A binder with background information ~ Whale watching and puffin boat tour ~ Tablelands (Bonne Bay), and iceberg boat tours ~ 3 theatre performances plus a “Screech-in” ~ Tour of St. John’s with local guide ~ 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 6 dinners
Single supplement charge is $575.00 + HST Three sharing - deduct $170.00 p.p. Four sharing - deduct $235.00 p.p.
PLEASE NOTE: DEPOSIT IS DUE BY MAY 2/16 FINAL PAYMENT AND CUT-OFF DATE IS JUNE 1/16
Early booking bonus: Reserve by March 31/16 and receive $50.00 p.p. off or free airbus from Niagara (only), to Toronto --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
BLUE JAYS, CLEVELAND & MORE: August 19-21, 2016 Escorts: Earl Clint & John Swatridge
August 19 Departing from Kitchener (dependant on numbers), with a Niagara pick-up. Upon arrival in Cleveland, we will visit the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, filled with memorabilia, music and interactive displays. A short walk from our hotel is Progressive Field, where we will attend an evening game between the hometown Indians and the visiting Toronto Blue Jays. A buffet dinner is included at the ballpark. Accommodation: Holiday Inn Express Downtown, Cleveland, OH.
August 20 At the Mennonite Heritage Center we will view the 265 foot Behalt mural, depicting the history of the Amish and Mennonites. A guided countryside tour will include stops at Heini's Cheese with over 80 varieties to taste, and at Hershberger Bakery, known for their whoopi pies and apple fritters. At lunch we will visit an Amish home for a family-style meal including chicken, roast beef, potatoes, salads, fresh baked breads and assorted mouth-watering pies! Breakfast and lunch are included. Accommodation: Country Inn and Suites, Dayton South, OH.
August 21 Today we visit the National Museum of the United States Air Force, the world’s oldest and largest military aviation museum. It covers the wonder of early flight (including the Wright brothers), military aircraft through both World Wars and up to the present (including Spitfires and B52 bombers), the development of rockets, and the space program (including Neil Armstrong’s capsule, and Saturn V rockets). We are the then homeward bound! Breakfast is included today. INCLUSIVE TOUR PRICE PRICE INCLUDES
$695.00 p.p. Cdn. (no tax), double occupancy ~ Deluxe washroom equipped motorcoach *EARLY BOOKING REQUIRED FOR BALL GAME ~ Two nights’ hotel accommodation (double occupancy) PLEASE NOTE: Deposit is due by May 25/16 ~ All museum fees, local guide and baseball game entry Final payment and cut-off date is July 15/16 ~ 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner. Fully escorted
Single supplement - add $175.00 Three sharing - deduct $50.00 p.p. Four sharing - deduct $80.00 p.p.
MILWAUKEE & CHICAGO FOOD & FUN: Sept. 14-19, 2016 Escorts: E. Clint & J. Swatridge
September 14 Departing Niagara, with other pick-ups in the Kitchener/Woodstock area (dependant on numbers). After crossing the border at Sarnia we will drive to northern Michigan. Here we will enjoy some wine and cheese tastings at a local winery, and visit Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, where 450 foot sand dunes sweep into Lake Michigan. We will then stop in Frankfort, a lakeside town, for some free time to enjoy dinner. Accommodation: Microtel, Manistee, MI.
September 15 After breakfast, we drive to nearby Ludington to catch a ferry across Lake Michigan. Upon arrival in Wisconsin, we will drive to Green Bay and tour Lambeau Field, home of the NFL’s Green Bay Packers. Next is the National Railroad Museum which traces the history and importance of trains to the development of America. We then drive north to our hotel in Fish Creek. Here we will be treated to a local “Fish Boil” including a bonfire on the beach. Breakfast and dinner are included today. Accommodation: Parkwood Lodge, Fish Creek, WI.
September 16 After a short drive we will tour the historic Pabst Mansion, completed in 1892. After some free time at a local market, we will tour the Pabst brewery, established in 1860. After a stop at the Clock Shadow Creamery (tastings included), we will visit the Milwaukee Art Museum, featuring antiquities from Greece and Egypt. Next is a traditional German dinner at Mader’s Restaurant. Breakfast and dinner are included. Accommodation: Sheraton Brookfield, Milwaukee, WI (2 nights).
September 17 This morning we will tour the Hinchley Dairy Farm, where you can milk a cow (optional), and enjoy a few snacks. In the state capital Madison, we will visit the second largest farmer’s market in the country. A local guide will point out the highlights of this beautiful city, consistently rated as one of the most livable in the United States. Enjoy free time at the Cedarburg Wine and Art Festival, with over 200 artists, live music, local foods and wine/beer tastings. Breakfast is included.
September 18 Our first stop is the Harley-Davidson Museum which contains over 450 motorcycles and vividly tells the story of this iconic American brand. Upon arrival in Chicago, we will have lunch at the annual Taco Festival near Wrigley Field, home of the Cubs. After some free time in Millennium Park, we will walk through the Cultural Centre, complete with a Tiffany-stained glass dome, Mother of Pearl mosaics and a Carrara marble lobby. We will then visit the John Hancock Tower for a panoramic view of the city from the observation deck, followed by dinner at Giordano’s Restaurant, home of the original deep dish pizza. Breakfast and dinner are included for today. Accommodation: Fairfield Inn - Midway Airport, Chicago, IL.
September 19 After breakfast (included), we will begin our homeward journey, arriving in early evening.
INCLUSIVE TOUR PRICE PRICE INCLUDES
$1495.00 p.p. Cdn. (no tax), double occupancy ~ Deluxe washroom equipped motorcoach ~ 5 nights’ hotel accommodation (double occupancy) PLEASE NOTE: Deposit is due by July 5/16 ~ Lake Michigan ferry, all entry and tasting fees Final payment and cut-off date is August 12/16 ~ 5 breakfasts and 3 dinners. Fully escorted throughout
Single supplement - add $395.00 Three sharing - deduct $110.00 p.p. Four sharing - deduct $170.00 p.p. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
NEW YORK CITY: September 28- October 1, 2016 Escorts: Earl Clint & John Swatridge
September 28 The tour departs from Kitchener (dependant on numbers), with a Niagara pick-up. Upon arrival in Manhattan we will have some free time for dinner, before witnessing some amazing talent during Amateur Night at the famous Apollo Theatre in Harlem. Accommodation: Fairfield Inn, East Rutherford, NJ (3 nights).
September 29 Our day begins with a visit to the observation deck at the new Freedom Tower in south Manhattan, followed by the 9/11 Memorial Museum. From here, we head to Chinatown and Little Italy for some free time to explore and have lunch. Several points of interest will be covered on our way to Midtown, where we will attend a Broadway performance later in the evening (show to be determined). Breakfast is included today.
September 30 Today a local guide will take us to the Bronx and Queens including many food related stops in both Italian and Greek neighbourhoods. Afterwards, we can board the Roosevelt Island Tramway (optional), for a unique aerial perspective. We will then head to the east side of Central Park for a leisurely guided walk, weather permitting. Free time will be given along 9th Avenue for dinner, just two blocks from the bright lights of Times Square. Breakfast is included today.
October 1 On our way home we will stop at the Crossings Premium Outlet for shopping and lunch. Breakfast is included.
INCLUSIVE TOUR PRICE PRICE INCLUDES
$995.00 p.p. Cdn. (no tax), double occupancy ~ Washroom equipped motorcoach. Fully escorted ~ 3 nights’ accommodation and entry fees as described PLEASE NOTE: Deposit is due by July 25/16 ~ Tickets to Apollo Amateur Night and Broadway play Final payment and cut-off is August 26/16 ~ Tour of the Bronx and Queens, 3 breakfasts at hotel
Single supplement - add $330.00 Three sharing - deduct $100.00 p.p. Four sharing - deduct $150.00 p.p.
VEGAS, UTAH AND ARIZONA HIGHLIGHTS: October 19-27, 2016 Escorts: Earl Clint & John Swatridge
October19 Departing from Buffalo, we will fly to Las Vegas. Upon arrival, we will tour The Venetian, one of the most impressive themed hotels on the strip, with faithful replications of St. Marks Square, Rialto Bridge and the Grand Canal, complete with gondolas. After dinner we will take in the view from the observation deck of the Eiffel Tower replica, part of the Paris Las Vegas Hotel. Dinner is included today. Accommodation: Tuscany Suites and Casino, Las Vegas, NV.
October 20 A short drive away is Valley of Fire State Park, so named because of it’s red sandstone formations. These were created by the application of intense heat and pressure to sand dunes that were later subjected to faulting and erosion. We will also stop at the Hoover Dam, a truly remarkable engineering feat. In the afternoon, enjoy some free time to explore the nearby strip, or to relax by the pool. This evening at the Fremont Street Experience, you will find restaurants, live music and a light show which is projected on a giant overhead video screen containing 12.5 million LED lights. Breakfast is included today.
October 21 We will witness two distinctly different landscapes in Utah’s Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks. Zion was once covered by a shallow body of water but eventually huge rivers carved their way through the landscape. Later it became one of the largest deserts on the planet, whose sand dunes have become today’s 2,000 foot cliffs. Bryce Canyon is renowned for its variety of colours and for the having the earth’s greatest collection of “other worldly” hoodoos (odd-shaped pillars of rock). Breakfast is included today. Accommodation: Best Western Red Hills, Kanab, UT. October 22 After a short drive, we will take a Navajo guided tour of Antelope Slot Canyon, also aptly named “Corkscrew Canyon”. When illuminated by the sun, this passageway through sandstone rocks becomes nature’s masterpiece of colour. This afternoon we board a boat for a narrated tour of Lake Powell, including a different perspective of Antelope Canyon. We then check into our lakefront resort. Breakfast and dinner are included. Accommodation: Lake Powell Resort, Page, AZ.
October 23 Today our focus is Grand Canyon National Park, with many breathtaking picture stops along the south rim. There is no way to describe the sheer size and majesty of this amazing place - you have to experience it for yourself. We will stop for a picnic lunch in the park, weather permitting. After some free time in Williams, famous for its link to the iconic “Route 66”, we head to our hotel. Breakfast and lunch are included. Accommodation: Holiday Inn Express, Flagstaff, AZ.
October 24 After a scenic drive through Oak Creek Canyon, we will arrive in Sedona. Here we will take a famous “Pink Jeep” tour of the rugged back country. After some free time, we drive to Tuzigoot, a thousand year old village or pueblo, built by a culture known as the Sinagua. We will also stop at Montezuma Castle National Monument, one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America. Breakfast is included. Accommodation: DoubleTree by Hilton, Tempe, AZ (3 nights).
October 25 Driving east, we will join the Apache Trail which leads to the Superstition Mountains. Here we will stop briefly in the frontier town of Tortilla Flat, before boarding the Dolly Steamboat for a luncheon cruise on Canyon Lake. This lake is part of an extensive reservoir system that supplies Phoenix with water. On the tour, both desert and wetland vegetation will be seen, as well as possible sightings of mountain sheep and bald eagles. Breakfast and lunch are included today.
October 26 On a half day excursion to the Desert Botanical Gardens, a guide will introduce us to a wide variety of arid plants found in this part of the world. You will then have the option of shopping at a local factory outlet mall or returning to the hotel to relax by the pool. Tonight we will enjoy a farewell group dinner at the hotel. Breakfast and dinner are included today.
October 27 This morning we will transfer to the airport for our homeward bound return flight. Breakfast is included today.
INCLUSIVE TOUR PRICE PRICE INCLUDES
$3195.00 p.p. Cdn. (no tax), double occupancy ~ Return airfare from Buffalo. Motorcoach with washroom ~ All entry fees described, including all State and National *EARLY BOOKING REQUIRED FOR AIRLINE Parks, Dolly Steamboat and Antelope Canyon boat tours ~ Slot Canyon and Pink Jeep tours, Paris Hotel observatory PLEASE NOTE: Deposit is due by July 18/16 ~ Eight nights’ accommodation based on double occupancy Final payment and cut-off date is September 14/16 ~ Luggage handling at hotels. Fully escorted throughout ~ 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners
Single supplement - add $710.00 Three sharing - deduct $195.00 p.p. Four sharing - deduct $300.00 p.p. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
See back page for Muskoka Fall Colour tour description -------------------------------------------------------------------------
UNIQUE TOUR TO FRANCE & BELGIUM - April 6-15/17 - Cost: $3495.00 p.p. + taxes (dbl. occ.). Includes sightseeing in Paris, the Juno Beach Centre and various WW II sites in Normandy. In Arras and Ypres, WW I history will be explored including John McCrae’s bunker, entry to In Flanders Fields Museum, and the 100th Anniversary ceremony of the battle at Vimy Ridge. Space is limited, so please contact (see back page) either Earl or John soon, to request a detailed brochure.
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Photo Credits: Amish Buggy, Comerica Park, Newfoundland, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Madison Capitol Building, New York City: Google Images, Peggy’s Cove: Tourism Nova Scotia, Arizona: Earl Clint
IMPORTANT TOUR AND RESERVATION INFORMATIONItinerary: It is our goal to operate the tour as described in this brochure. Verstraete Travel reserves the right to alter the itinerary if necessary. We have made arrangements with other independent parties and cannot be held responsible for their acts or omissions.Accommodation: Hotel phone numbers and pick-up details will be communicated approximately three weeks prior to departure. When completing the registration, please specify the type of accommodation that you require and ensure the correct price is entered. Room-service, in-room movies and snacks as well as telephone charges must be paid for by the user. Any damage done to public or private property while on the tour will be the responsibility of the person who causes the damage. Laundry facilities are available at many of the hotels.Baggage Information: Luggage size and weight must meet airline regulations. Each person is permitted one full-size piece and one carry-on piece. For tours which include luggage handling, if more than one piece is to be handled, a surcharge will be added depending on the tour length.Coach Seating: Luxury washroom-equipped buses will be rented from local companies for each tour. Call for details if you wish to know the specifi c company for each trip. A rotational seating policy will be in effect to ensure equity for all passengers throughout the trip.Tipping: When meals are provided, the gratuity is included. Although tips for step-on-guides and the bus driver are customary, they are not included in the tour price and will be left to the discretion of each passenger.What to bring: Weather conditions are unpredictable, especially near the ocean. It is a good idea to bring a sweatshirt and rain repellent jacket. Also bring a compact umbrella, binoculars, a camera and a bathing suit, since some hotels have pools.Border Crossing: The following regulations apply for travel into the United States. All Canadian citizens entering the U.S. by land or air, must have a passport. Non-citizen residents of Canada, or visitors to Canada, are required to have either a Permanent Resident Card, or to obtain a temporary entry visa prior to the trip (this will help to avoid any time consuming delays at the border).Conditions of Travel: It is expected that all passengers are able to operate independently or be accompanied by a qualifi ed assistant. Smoking and use of alcohol are not permitted on the motorcoach. Verstraete Travel reserves the right to terminate the trip of any member whose conduct is detrimental to the well-being of other passengers. In such a case no refund will be given, and the return fare will be at the person’s expense.Insurance: Verstraete Travel recommends the purchase of trip cancellation insurance as well as out-of-country health insurance. On the registration form, indicate your interest in purchasing such insurance and an agent will call to give you a quote.Tour Cancellation/Cut-off Date: Verstraete Travel reserves the right to cancel any tour no later than 30 days before departure, and it will have no other responsibility beyond refunding all fares paid to it by passengers. The cut-off date for joining each tour is stated in the brochure. A deposit is required to hold space, and bookings are made on a fi rst-come basis. Please reserve early to avoid disappointment.Exchange Rate: Verstraete Travel reserves the right to add a surcharge to the stated tour price, in order to cover further devaluation of the Canadian dollar from the time the brochure is written. In such a case the customer will be informed by the “deposit due date” so he/she can decide whether or not to join the tour.Payment/Cancellation Policy: Unless otherwise stated, a $300.00 per person deposit is required at the time of booking, along with a completed registration form. Check brochure for both deposit and fi nal payment dates for each tour. In the case of cancellation, the following conditions apply:1. Deposit is non-refundable (except for exchange rate provisions). 2. From the time a fi nal payment is made, until departure, no refund will be given.
For more information or to return your completed registration form and deposit, contact:
Earl Clint: Tour Co-ordinator66 Las Road, Smithville, Ontario L0R 2A0Phone: (905) 957-6776 Fax: (905) 957-1551
E-mail: [email protected]
Verstraete Travel and Cruises In the K/W Region: John Swatridge 36 Secord Drive, St. Catharines, Ontario, L2N 1K8 67 Halliwell Drive, Kitchener, Ontario, N2B 2M6 Phone: (905) 934-4414 Toll Free: 1-800-405-6088 Phone: (519) 742-2205 E-mail: [email protected]
Ontario Registration 4245411
MUSKOKA FALL COLOUR TOUR: October 4-6, 2016 Escort: Earl Clint
October 4 Departing Niagara, with a possible GTA pick-up. At Rich Hill Candles in Bracebridge you can watch the production process, then hand-dip your own souvenir candle. After free time for lunch, we will visit the store at Maple Orchard Farms for all things maple. We will then stop at Muskoka Brewery for a tour and tastings before driving to our historic lakefront resort. Dinner is included today. Accommodation: Windermere House, Windermere, ON.
October 5 We take a scenic drive to Parry Sound’s Bobby Orr Museum which traces the hockey legend’s career. After lunch we board the Island Queen to view the fall colours on a cruise through the islands of Georgian Bay. We then transfer to another classic lakeside lodge. Breakfast and dinner are included. Accommodation: Rocky Crest Resort, MacTier, ON.
October 6 After an enjoyable breakfast overlooking the lake, we drive to the Johnson’s Cranberry Marsh near Bala. Here we will have time to shop for fresh cranberry products, just in time for Thanksgiving! Breakfast is included today.
INCLUSIVE TOUR PRICE PRICE INCLUDES
$695.00 p.p. + HST (double occupancy) ~ Washroom equipped motor coach. Fully escorted ~ 2 nights’ of luxurious lakeside accommodation PLEASE NOTE: Deposit is due by July 25/16 ~ Boat tour, entry fees, 2 breakfasts, 2 three-course dinners
Final payment and cut-off is September 1/16 Single supplement - add $145.00 + HST --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------