Hey there travelers!
We are thinking of hosting a destination wedding information night focusing on Palace Resorts. Please send an e-mail to [email protected] to let us know if you’re interested!
Vacations Away welcomes you to climb aboard this spectacular 22 day cruise from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Santiago, Chile
South America, with its ice-blue glaciers and red-hot tango; and Antarctica, utterly stunning in white!
We are pleased to offer exclusive group rates on this unique itinerary aboard the intimate Zaandam, carrying only 1,432 guests. Their gracious and warmly attentive service instantly make you feel at home.
31JAN20 DAY 1 BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
01FEB20 DAY 2 BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
02FEB20 DAY 3 MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY
03FEB20 DAY 4 DAY AT SEA
04FEB20 DAY 5 PUERTO MADRYN, ARGENTINA
05FEB20 DAY 6 DAY AT SEA
06FEB20 DAY 7 PORT STANLEY, FALKLAND ISLANDS
07FEB20 DAY 8 DAY AT SEA
08FEB20 DAY 9 ANTARCTIC EXPERIENCE (CRUISING)
09FEB20 DAY 10 ANTARCTIC EXPERIENCE (CRUISING)
10FEB20 DAY 11 ANTARCTIC EXPERIENCE (CRUISING)
11FEB20 DAY 12 ANTARCTIC EXPERIENCE (CRUISING)
12FEB20 DAY 13 DAY AT SEA
13FEB20 DAY 14 DRAKE PASSAGE AND CAPE HORN (CRUISING)
14FEB20 DAY 15 USHUAIA, ARGENTINA
14FEB20 DAY 15 DAYLIGHT CRUISING GLACIER ALLEY, BEAGLE CHANNEL (CRUISING)
15FEB20 DAY 16 PUNTA ARENAS, CHILE
15FEB20 DAY 16 STRAIT OF MAGELLAN (CRUISING)
16FEB20 DAY 17 SAMIENTO CANAL AND AMALIA GLACIER, CHILE (CRUISING)
17FEB20 DAY 18 CHILEAN FJORDS (CRUISING)
18FEB20 DAY 19 PUERTO CHACABUCO, CHILE
19FEB20 DAY 20 CASTRO, CHILE
20FEB20 DAY 21 PUERTO MONTT, CHILE
21FEB20 DAY 22 DAY AT SEA
22FEB20 DAY 23 SANTIAGO (SAN ANTONIO), CHILE
Prices start at only $4,998.00CAD per person plus taxes & port fees of $737.50CAD (based on double occupancy). Airfare and insurance are additional.
3 night pre cruise excursion to Iguazu Falls
1 night pre cruise stay in Buenos Aires plus 1 night post cruise stay in Santiago
For complete details, please contact Michelle Nogier at [email protected] or (306) 477-7460 / (800) 689-8747
Space is limited! Call to reserve your room today!!
Ah, P.A.N.P – so much to do, see, taste, explore.
In our office, both Desta and Becky are avid campers. Becky’s family just hopped on the camping bandwagon in summer of 2018, while Desta has been camping her whole life but has had the pleasure of travelling with her own kids over the past 10 years. Desta often frequents Prince Albert National Park, and Becky just spent her first holiday there for Canada Day long weekend in 2019!
If you’re like Becky and just beginning, it’s probably best to stay closer to town. Camping in Beaver Glen campground just outside the townsite of Waskesiu is great – fires allowed, water and power sites, sites suitable for tenting, elk walking through, birds and wild flowers to explore. The streets are well cared for and are great for bike rides. Plus, take a walk or bike ride past the oTentik’s for the access route to the Beaver Glen beach. Also available is the Red Deer campground which is in town, full service but fires are not allowed. Either campground is a short distance to the townsite. The huge main beach of Waskesiu is across the street from the Waskesiu Trading Company (home of the best cinnamon buns), and a short walk from Pete’s Terrace for an unreal lunch or night time pint.
If you’re a seasoned camper, you can certainly tackle back country camping on a hike or paddle up the river to discover Grey Owl’s Cabin on Ajawaan Lake. Desta did this with her family in 2018 over 3 days and 33 kms. With a canoe packed with tent, food, and supplies, they paddled from Waskesiu, along Kingsmere Lake to the last back country campsite called North End, then hiked into the cabin to see the homestead, the beaver dam inside the house, and the graves of Grey Owl, his wife and their daughter in the secluded Ajawaan Lake wilderness.
If you’re not as brave, try any of the other short and beautiful hikes closer to Waskesiu townsite. Becky did the 2km round trip Mud Creek hike with her husband and 4 year old in about 1.5 hours (slow going with a little guy) but it can typically be done in about 45 minutes. Stop by the visitor centre to grab a map showing all the hikes available and their routes.
While Waskesiu beach is beautiful, there are plenty of quieter, smaller, lesser known spots a short drive away down the narrows road. Becky and Desta both spend time with their families at Paignton Beach down the Narrows road. Grab a picnic table with a fire pit, set up your chairs and roast hot dogs while the kids play in the water. Fire wood is free, and there’s a shelter for groups who like the cover – you’ll find fish filleting stations nearby. Becky’s spot was fronted by tall birch trees that were home to 3 baby Red-headed Woodpeckers calling for their mama to feed them.
If you’re travelling with little ones – be sure to check out the PANP Nature Centre on the edge of the Waskesiu Beach. A fully immerive (and FREE!) play centre for kids to learn all about the complete and traditional use of the plains bison, the many birds found in Saskatchewan, the types of trees found, wolves and their diets, wigwam construction, puppet shows and a dress up corner. Plus make sure to pick up your activity booklet, finish the activities and return it for your own National Park medallion.
Grey Owl’s centre to rent the popular quadricycles, and the Waskesiu Museum are must visit’s as well!
If your travels are keeping you home this summer, take a day trip to Waskesiu, and make sure to pencil in Emma Lake for another visit!
At Vacations Away, we feel strongly that any time you book a trip – part of that booking should be a Travel Insurance policy.
Once your vacation or flight is booked, they are typically non-refundable. Now with the advent of “basic economy” flights, changes can’t be made, even for a fee. These are highly restrictive airfares and the only way to protect your investment, is to purchase travel insurance.
Let me highlight the most comprehensive policy we can offer you through Manulife:
Premium Protection Plan is a relatively new plan that was introduced in November of 2017. This insurance is only available through travel agents, and must be purchased within 72 hours of making your booking – after 72 hours have elapsed, this insurance is off the table. Why you ask? Well, here are the inclusions:
– For those up to age 74 (at time of purchase)
– For travel up to 30 days
– $10,000,000 medical coverage in destination (with no medical questionnaire required)
– Flight & travel accident
– Loss/damage/delay of baggage
– Cancellation for anything unexpected (plus cancel for any reason to get up to 75% back)
All those benefits are great, but the real kicker comes with the cancellation benefit. Normally with travel insurance, you can only cancel for medical reasons that are not pre-existing. Now, with Premium Protection Plan, if it’s unexpected – you can cancel. Basement flooded? You can cancel. Dog gets sick? You can cancel. Destination wedding couple has broken up? You can cancel. If you didn’t see it coming, it’s covered. Plus, that cancel for any reason benefit. Say you and your fiance have booked a trip for 3 months from now, she’s pregnant but only just at 7 weeks. 2 months down the line, you’re 1 month away from your trip, and you start to get concerned about traveling while pregnant. Well, you can still cancel and get 75% of your vacation package back. Pretty great for peace of mind, isn’t it?
Interruption, that’s huge too. People often say “I don’t need that, I’m going no matter what!” Well, are you sure? What about this past winter when the United States government was on shut down, so all the airports in New York shut down as well? People in Toronto waiting for their flights to NYC were stranded. This is when that Interruption insurance kicks in. This insurance will pay for accommodation while you wait to get to destination. Plus, it also covers meals and entertainment. All of this is covered, a nice hotel plus meals and a movie if you wish…instead of spending hours and hours waiting in the airport with nowhere to get comfortable. Let’s say for a moment you’re on your way to the airport. Driving from Warman to Saskatoon, for example. Well, it’s January 20th and there’s a snow storm, you hit the ditch and you’ll be there for a while, waiting for a tow truck. You miss your flight. Well, interruption insurance will help get you on the next flight to Puerto Vallarta, they’ll reimburse you for days lost if you miss a couple days trying to get there.
Either of those benefits are reason enough for me to want to protect my investment (I have been through both situations). Not to mention the other benefits included!
Can you really afford to walk from your deposit? Or even the full package price? Are you ok with missing out on your vacation AND your money?
If not, protect your investment with Manulife’s Premium Protection Plan.
If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a hundred times…….at Vacations Away, we LOVE destination weddings! Here’s why:
Yes, with a destination wedding your guest list can certainly become whittled down. But as the saying goes…it is YOUR day. It’s about you, you do what you want with your partner for YOUR day. Remember that.
We would love to help anyone interested in a destination wedding! We all have plenty of experience booking and planning a variety of destination weddings, including same sex marriages!
**Main image of Vacations Away couple Jennifer & Louis in Cuba
Oh Disney. How do we love thee? Let us count the ways!
That is 12 ways to experience Disney right now! 12! Count it…12!! There are options for family getaways, weddings, honeymoons, babymoons, river cruises, European explorations and so much more. Whatever kind of traveler you, Disney delivers!
And just remember….it all started with a mouse.
From sea to shining sea, Canada has every kind of vacation you could ask for. Beaches in BC, sacred Indigenous lands, adventure trips with dog sled transport, French flair in Quebec, literary masterpieces in Charlottetown, tranquil island cruises, sports/hunting/fishing excursions and that’s just barely scratching the surface.
At Vacations Away, we feel strongly that each and every person should take the opportunity to see what’s right here, in our own back yard. Desta has traveled extensively through BC, Dar took a family self drive to Newfoundland, Becky knows every corner of Alberta almost, Michelle Nogier spent plenty of time exploring the Niagara region with Marian and the rest is on our list!
Anderson Vacations, a Canadian company currently celebrating 25 years in business, offers the gamut. Escorted tours, self drive packages, custom tailor made options, tundra tours to Churchill, Haida Gwaii experiences with local elders, culture walks in Saskatoon and Regina and so much more.
Trafalgar & Globus offer high end and modest tour options throughout the country, often in combination with stops across the border to the south.
Taking an Alaska cruise? Tack on an extension through the Yukon and Northwest Territories!
Feeling super adventuresome? Sign up for an expedition to the high Arctic!
In Canada, the options are endless. And best of all – you don’t need a passport!
Let’s face it…you’re traveling to a different country. Things WILL be different. Here are a few tips to make travel to Cuba as easy, and surprise free as possible. This will ensure you enjoy your time in the AMAZING country of CUBA!
As Canadian tour company G Adventures put it: It is important to note that Cuba tends to be quite different to other areas of the world you may have traveled in. Buildings and infrastructure are generally old and may not have been maintained to the highest standard. Elevators, internet and A/C often break down, things happen very slowly and water pressure and hot water can be minimal. Cuba is an amazing place to visit but to fully enjoy and relax, western expectations should be left at home and your sense of adventure should be your guide.
4 star El Cid Castilla
Pool view room – $1453
Ocean view room – $1493
**Prices include tax and are all inclusive, based on double occupancy.
Child rates available on request!
LIMITED TIME OFFER!
Book by December 7, minimum of 10 adults required for group discounts to be valid. A non-refundable deposit of $200 per person is due at time of booking, final payment due by December 27.