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June 5th, 2917
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Do You Roll Or Do You Cube?

Ok I have another question for all you experienced travellers out there. Do you roll or do you cube? I am a cuber myself…. Found these packing cubes and loved them – I can never really make sense of doing the roll without getting the whole thing creased.  What I like about the cubes is … Continue reading Do you roll or do you cube?

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  • Escape No 1 – Portugal Long Stay in February – just announced!
  • Escape No 2 – Galapagos Land and Sea – 24 October
  • Escape No 3 – Northern Spain Tour – save $550
  • Escape No 4 -   Society Islands & Tuamotus – Canadian Residents save 10 %
  • Escape No 5  -  Tahiti & Society Islands  - Canadian Residents save 10 %
  • Escape No 6 –  5 Night Getaway Cruise – 2nd person saves 50%
  • Escape No 7 –  Grand European River Cruise – Free Air Extended !
  • Escape No 8 –  Trekking Mont Blanc – only $1709
  • Escape No 9 –  Australia Surfing Adventure – 12 Feb 2018
  • Escape No 10 – Loire Valley Cycling – now only $1274
  • Escape No 11 –  Portugal Long Stay - from $2349 with air and taxes
  • Escape No 12 – Spain Long Stay -  from $2349 with air and taxes
  • Escape No 13 –  Malta Long Stay -  from $2649 - includes air and taxes

 

 

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Join the Travel Lady and G Adventures National Geographic Journeys on 28 June for an information evening.  Learn about what makes these National Geographic Journeys so different from other tours.  We have some exciting door prizes and a draw for a certificate for $300 off your next G Adventures escape.  Please sign up on the link below.  Last event sold out.  Don't delay!

 

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Escape No.1 : JUST ANNOUNCED ! PORTUGAL LONG STAY IN FEBRUARY

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24 Feb 2017  Per person Cdn $2519 – includes air!

 

Included:

 

Round trip air from Calgary

Transfers

21 night studio accommodations in Albufeira

2 night accommodations in Lisbon

City tour of Lisbon

Taxes

 

  ** Upgrade to a 1 bedroom apartment for $200 per person

 

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Escape No. 2 : GALÁPAGOS LAND & SEA — CENTRAL & SOUTH ISLANDS

Spend five days exploring the Galápagos Islands and enjoy the beaches, history, and wildlife of the central and southern islands.

 Map of the route for Galápagos Land & Sea — Central & South Islands aboard the Yolita

24 Oct 2017  per person Cdn $2719 (was $3599 )  International air not included

 

Includes:

6 night small group tour round trip from Quito - Cruise the Galápagos Islands for 3 nights, hotel stay for 3 nights

Arrival transfer

Certified Galápagos National Park Service Guide

All meals aboard the cruise

Overnight on Santa Cruz Island

Tortuga Bay hike and kayak (Santa Cruz Island)

Excursion to see giant tortoises in the wild (Santa Cruz Island)

Visit to Post Office Bay (Floreana Island)

Snorkelling at Corona del Diablo

Onboard snorkelling equipment and wetsuits while aboard 

Internal flights

taxes

 

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Escape No.3  : NORTHERN SPAIN

Discover the scenic delights and delicious cuisine of this forgotten part of Spain. Compare Oviedo's ancient churches and resting relics of St James with Barcelona's captivating Sagrada Familia.

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21 Sept 2017  per person Cdn $3125 (was $3675 ) - International air not included

 

Included:

 

10 night escorted tour from Madrid to Barcelona

Included sightseeing

10 Buffet Breakfasts

1 Welcome Dinner, 2 three-course table d’hôte Dinners and 1 Celebration Dinner all with wine, plus tea or coffee

taxes

 

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Escape No.4  : CALLING ALL OPERA FANS - 10 NIGHTS CRUISING SOCIETY ISLANDS & TUAMOTUS

CANADIAN RESIDENTS SAVE 10 %

Gordon Bintner and Simone Osborne, acclaimed emerging stars of the opera and concert stage will be the special guests onboard this cruise.  These two exciting young talents will present love songs, ballads, operatic arias, and duets in two private concerts performed exclusively for guests onboard your cruise.

 

Beauty surrounds you on this 10-night sojourn, both on land and underwater. The Society Islands beckon with lush rainforests, crystal-clear lagoons, and warm breezes that encourage nothing but indulgent beachside lounging. Continue on to the Tuamotu Archipelago, a collection of low-lying atolls known the world ‘round for their vibrant underwater ecosystem.

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Sailing 18 July 2018 per person USD $5816 (was $6240 ) - includes air from Los Angeles!

 

Includes:

 

10 night cruise in ocean view cabin

Round trip transfers

All shipboard meals in your choice of venues

Complimentary room service

Complimentary beverages, including select wines and spirits, beers, soft drinks, bottled water, and hot beverages served throughout the ship

In-room refrigerator replenished daily with soft drinks, beer, and bottled water

All shipboard entertainment, including our troupe of Polynesian performers and live music in the evenings

Presentations by onboard experts and guest hosts

Onboard gratuities for room stewards, dining and bar staff

Watersports, including complimentary kayaking, windsurfing, and paddleboarding from our marina or destination beaches

Use of our secluded white sand beach in Bora Bora with bar service, volleyball, and snorkeling

A day on a private islet,  off the coast of Taha’a, featuring snorkeling, watersports, a barbecue, full bar service, and Polynesian hospitality

Taxes and port charges

 

 

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Escape No.5  : CALLING ALL FOODIES - TAHITI & THE SOCIETY ISLANDS

CANADIAN RESIDENTS SAVE 10%

Join Massimo Capra on this cruise as this celebrated chef offers a food-related lecture and Q&A session, along with opportunities to mingle with him throughout the week.

Massimo Capra is a familiar face on Canadian television, serving as the host of his own show, Gourmet Escapes, and as a regular guest expert on the long-running CityLine talk and lifestyle show, chef host of the hit series Restaurant Makeover on the Food Network, and now a judge on the hit show Chopped Canada.

 

Discover your own island inspiration in the destination that enchanted painter Paul Gauguin, author James A. Michener, and countless others. In one wonderful week, you’ll explore the best of the South Pacific, with stops in lush Huahine, beautiful Bora Bora, and postcard-perfect Moorea. Once you’ve made these islands your home—even if just for a week—they’ll always be calling for you to return.

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Sailing 23 Sept 2017  per person USD $5545  ( was $5974 )  – includes air from Los Angeles !

 

 

Includes:

 

7 night cruise in ocean view cabin

Round trip transfers

All shipboard meals in your choice of venues

Complimentary room service

Complimentary beverages, including select wines and spirits, beers, soft drinks, bottled water, and hot beverages served throughout the ship

In-room refrigerator replenished daily with soft drinks, beer, and bottled water

All shipboard entertainment, including our troupe of Polynesian performers and live music in the evenings

Presentations by onboard experts and guest hosts

Onboard gratuities for room stewards, dining and bar staff

Watersports, including complimentary kayaking, windsurfing, and paddleboarding from our marina or destination beaches

Use of our secluded white sand beach in Bora Bora with bar service, volleyball, and snorkeling

A day on a private islet,  off the coast of Taha’a, featuring snorkeling, watersports, a barbecue, full bar service, and Polynesian hospitality

 

 

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Escape No. : SAVE 50% OFF SECOND GUEST ON THIS 5 NIGHT ATLANTIC PROVINCES GETAWAY CRUISE

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Sailing 21 Oct 2017  first person pays Cdn $1397  second person pays Cdn $779  (airfare not included )

 

Includes:

 

5 night cruise round trip from New York in Deluxe balcony cabin

All included onboard meals and activities

Taxes and port charges

 

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Escape No.7  :  2018 GRAND EUROPEAN RIVER CRUISE  - FREE AIR EXTENDED!

Admire Rhine Valley vistas from a 900-year-old castle. Sample the food and wine of Austria’s Wachau Valley. Learn the Viennese waltz and linger in Budapest’s Café Gerbeaud. Indulge all your senses on this 14 night journey spanning the best of Europe. Our most iconic itinerary traces the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers between the windmill-dotted waterways of Holland and the stunning landscapes of Hungary, with engaging encounters at every bend.

Grand European Tour Map 

14 Sept 2018  from per person Cdn $6774 – includes air !

 

All This Is Included:

 

Free airfare from Calgary ( please ask for departures from other cities ) 

14 night cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest in river view stateroom

Visit 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

12 included shore excursions with local guide & headset

Culture Curriculum

Complimentary Wi-Fi

Beer, wine and soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner

All onboard meals

Welcome Cocktail Reception & Farewell Dinner

Multiple dining venues with open seating

Most al fresco dining on Europe’s rivers

24/7 specialty coffees, teas & bottled water

Room steward & twice-daily housekeeping service

Evening turndown service

24/7 Guest Services for special requests

Taxes and port charges

 

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Escape No. 8 : TREKKING MONT BLANC

Experience the rarified air of Europe as you trek the Alps from France to Italy and Switzerland along the Tour du Mont Blanc. This challenging hiking circuit will reward you with mesmerizing views of glaciers, steep valleys and, of course, Mont Blanc itself. Travel across high passes and through Alpine meadows, recharging at night with delicious mountain cuisine in simple refuges. Challenge yourself to conquer one of the world's premier hiking routes, uncovering the alpine heart of Europe on this incredible active adventure.

Map of the route for Trekking Mont Blanc

17 July 2017  per person Cdn $1709 (was $1899 )  International air not included

 

Includes:

 

9 night small group escorted tour round trip from Chamonix, France (2 nights hotel, 2 nights basic multi share hotel, 5 nights multi share mountain refuges)

7 breakfasts, 5 dinners 
taxes

 

 

Please Note: Physical Rating: 5 - Challenging

Serious high-altitude hikes, cycling, or other instances of heavy exercise. Come prepared to sweat a bit.

 

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Escape No. : AUSTRALIA SURFING ADVENTURE

Like peanut butter and jelly, Australia and surfing were meant to be enjoyed together, and you probably won’t find another Australian tour with more surfing than this one. In just eight days, you’ll explore Coogee Beach, Bondi Beach, Byron Bay, and even a secret surf spot along the way. Enjoy a visit to the Bondi Surf Life Saver Club, an evening barbecue, a visit to an Aboriginal cultural centre, and four included surfing lessons. Whether you were born with a surfboard in hand or have never been in the ocean, you belong here.

  Map of the route for Australia Surfing Adventure

12 Feb 2018  per person Cdn $2089  (International air not included )

 

Includes:

7 night small group escorted tour from Sydney to Byron Bay ( 4 night hotel, 3 nights basic beach rooms )

3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners 

taxes

Also includes:

 

Hands-On: Surfing Lesson, Spot X

Hands-On: Surfing Lesson

Hands-On: Surfing Lesson, Byron Bay

Coastal walk from Coogee Beach to Bondi Beach

Bondi Surf Bathers' Life Saving Club visit

Aussie sundowner barbecue

Three nights at a remote surf camp

"Pick to plate" organic farm lunch experience (Byron Bay)

Beach time in Byron Bay

 

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Escape No. 10 : LOIRE VALLEY CYCLING

Each summer, the Tour de France races across the country, giving a select group of very talented cyclists a chance to see the country from a blurry perspective. On this cycling tour of the Loire Valley, knowing the difference between a front derailleur and a rear dropout isn't necessary. Hop on a bike and experience ornate châteaux, rustic markets, vineyards, and rural Gallic charm. Think of this as the perfect combination of slow food, fine wines, and remote country tracks – ideal for seeing the inspiring scenery.

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9 Sept 2017  per person Cdn $1274  (was $1499) International air not included

 

Includes:

 

7 night small group escorted tour from Blois to Angers

7 breakfasts, 1 lunch 
taxes

 

Also Includes:

                                            

Hands-On: Vineyard Visit and Tasting, Chinon

All cycling equipment including bicycle

Luggage transfer between locations

Cycling through the Loire Valley (6 days)

Entry to Château de Chenonceau and visit to the troglodyte caves

Market stop for local ingredients and picnic lunch 

Lumière Museum visit

 

Please Note: Physical Rating: 4 - Demanding

Some high-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities, but accessible to most healthy travellers. Cycle usually between 35-70 km per day

 

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ESCAPE ON A LONG STAY VACATION

 

Escape No.11 : PORTUGAL

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30 Oct 2017  per person Cdn $2349 – includes air !

 

Includes:

 

Round trip airfare from Calgary

1 night accommodation in Lisbon with breakfast

22 night accommodation in 1 bedroom apartment in Albufeira

2 night accommodation in Lisbon with breakfast

Lisbon city tour

All transfers

taxes

 

 

 

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Escape No.12  : COSTA DEL SOL, SPAIN

Pool Bar Tikki Sunset Beach Hotel Costa del Sol

1 Nov 2017  Per person Cdn $2349 – includes air !

 

Includes:

 

Round trip airfare from Calgary

Transfers

20 night accommodation in one bedroom apartment

Assistance of a Canadian representative

Taxes

 

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Escape No.13: MALTA

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1 Nov 2017  per person Cdn $2649 – includes air !

 

Includes:

Round trip airfare from Calgary

21 night accommodation at 4 star Malta resort

Daily breakfast

1 night accommodation in Frankfurt

Transfers

Taxes

 

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