Looking back on 2016, we had a great time travelling and meeting many repeat and new clients to Expo Cruises during our travels around the globe. My personal highlight was the 23-day Canadian High Arctic and Greenland expedition in August with Silversea Cruises, which took us all the way to Beechy Island, where the remains of Franklin’s expedition can be found as well as many other remote glaciers, fjords, and great scenic places along the coast of Baffin Island. A very similar expedition is scheduled for August 2018. Complete itinerary and pricing are posted on our website, or by clicking on the image of the Silver Cloud ship at the bottom of this page. My recent return from our special 33-day land tour of South America that included a 3-night stay in Hanga Roa on Easter Island followed by Iguassu Falls was a great and exciting adventure as well. I’m pleased to advise that we will be offering this unique land tour package with a visit to the Easter Island again in January 2018.
Welcome to 2017! It starts off very busy with a few groups departing in January and February to far away and exotic destinations with warm climates! If you are still looking for a relaxing adventure for the later part of 2017, please give us a call, as we still have very limited space on our two-river cruise/tour combos. One is a 10-day land tour of Switzerland followed by a 7-night Rhine river cruise. The other one is an 11-day land tour of Spain and Lisbon, followed by a scenic 7-night river cruise on the beautiful Douro river with many opportunities to taste the local wines at many ports of call. Please view our website for more details under European destinations or you may also wish to consider our one-of-a-kind cruise itinerary to the Greek Isles in September aboard a sailing yacht. We, still have very limited availability on this unique sailing adventure, that includes many overnight stays. Experience many towns, villages and islands in the evening, and enjoy the local atmosphere and have the opportunity to taste casual Greek dining.
If Africa is on your wish list, then you can still join our second departure in 2017 on a land tour that will highlight the Best of South Africa and Victoria Falls leaving on October 14, 2017. We are very proud to offer a safari at the private Madikwe reserve and the TAU game lodge, which is a luxury property with a fantastic setting and spectacular views. You will stay right inside the actual reserve to view the animals and you don’t travel on paved roads while on your game drives, compared to other game parks.
Our grand finale on this tour is a 4-night hotel stay at the very luxurious 5-star Table Bay Hotel. It offers the perfect waterfront location in the heart of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Many tour operators don’t offer such an elegant property on their coach tours to Africa. If you wish to experience many African countries by train and land such as Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zululand, and South Africa, then please have a look at our two-special train journeys. One is a 21-day and the other is a 25-day departure in January 2018. I have just completed the Southern Cross 21-day train journey from Victoria Falls to Pretoria/Johannesburg earlier this year. It was a great adventure experience even though it was my 5th train adventure through the African continent.
For 2018, we have already posted new offers such as our annual Australia and New Zealand grand cruise/tour for January 26th, which is a combination of a land tour and cruise with Princess Cruises. You may also wish to check out our new departure to Vietnam and Cambodia as well as the Mekong River on January 30, 2018. Please visit the Asia section on our website for more information.
If you wish to plan for a short winter getaway in 2018, I would like to present our 14-day packages with NCL to Southern Spain, the Canary Islands, Morocco, and Madeira with a 2-night hotel stay in Barcelona with transfers prior to your 11-day cruise. You can have all that with airfare from Toronto (other cities upon request) starting at $3,395 Canadian per person based on double occupancy with 7 different departure dates from January 21 to March 25, 2018. All your taxes and shipboard gratuities are included as well as the “Unlimited Beverage Package” with all the service charges that add-up to $189 per person for this cruise. Other new European sailings with NCL for 2018 spring, summer and fall are already posted with detailed itineraries and pricing will be announced very shortly, and will include all your shipboard gratuities as well as the “Unlimited Beverage Package” with all the service charges.
Finally, I am looking forward to our fully chartered one-of-a-kind 19-day all inclusive cruise/tour aboard a luxury yacht in May to Sicily, Malta, and its many unique ports of call on the Croatian coast!
Wishing everyone all the best in 2017!