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Transatlantic Cruise with Norwegian Cruise Line

Fly to Copenhagen and board the beautiful Norwegian Getaway for a grand voyage across the Atlantic. The Getaway’s Waterfront is an open-air promenade that connects guests with the deep blue ocean like never before. With 18 decks of luxury amenities, there’s never a dull moment!

The port cities of Rotterdam and Le Havre were completely rebuilt after WWII as two of Europe’s most modern and exhilarating cities. Rotterdam is the world’s largest seaport, with a contemporary city line and artsy vibe. Le Havre’s innovative architecture and impressionist museums contrast nicely with the older more famous landmarks of Paris a short venture away. Catch a train from Southampton to explore London’s historic landmarks and sip a proper cup of tea! Sail the Irish Sea, past jaw-dropping cliffs, to Cork for traditional pub fare and lively music.

Enjoy five days at sea, with a stop in the Ponta Delgada, Azores, known for world-class whale watching! Bermuda’s Royal Dockyard is an incredible port packed with boutiques and markets within limestone buildings. Spend all day in Great Stirrup Cay, a 250-acre Bahamian paradise with a gigantic beach buffet and private beach cabanas.

Enjoy Miami’s splashy art deco neighbourhoods before final dockage in New Orleans, where Dixieland jazz fills the French Quarter, and creole grub fills appetites. Enjoy a guided tour before flying home, or travel home by coach and explore the hot spots of Memphis and Nashville!

 

Discover the Big Easy

New Orleans is most famous for the vibrant Mardi Gras Festival, but it’s more than just Mardi Gras – here are some of the city’s must-see sights and experiences.

On a crescent of the mighty Mississippi River sits the historic French Quarter. The cultural hub of New Orleans, the French Quarter’s intricate architecture is a tribute to the city’s Spanish, French, Creole, and American heritage.

The performance arts scene in New Orleans is as eclectic as the citizens who call the city home. Opera, orchestra, ballet, dance, and theatre are traditions dating back to the 1700s.

Dining in New Orleans will satisfy any palate. From the fiery and flavourful Creole to elegant haute cuisine, your taste buds will be tempted by an array of options. Traditional dishes like gumbo, jambalaya, and crawfish étouffée are best enjoyed al fresco!

The capital of Denmark, Copenhagen, is filled with canals, cobbled squares and copper spires. But don’t let the historic appearance fool you. This is also Scandinavia’s most cosmopolitan city. Certainly you can relive medieval times in The Latin Quarter, but you can also enjoy some of Europe’s finest shopping, museums and cafes.

Rotterdam, a major port city in the Dutch province of South Holland. The Maritime Museum’s vintage ships and exhibits trace the city’s seafaring history. The 17th-century Delfshaven neighborhood is home to canal side shopping and Pilgrim Fathers Church, where pilgrims worshiped before sailing to America. After being almost completely reconstructed following WWII, the city is now known for bold, modern architecture.

 

Southampton, a port city on England’s south coast is home to the SeaCity Museum, with an interactive model of the Titanic, which departed from Southampton in 1912. Nearby, Southampton City Art Gallery specialises in modern British art. Solent Sky Museum features vintage aircraft like the iconic Spitfire. Tudor House & Garden displays artifacts covering over 800 years of history, including a penny-farthing bike.

London, the capital of England and the United Kingdom, is a 21st-century city with history stretching back to Roman times. At its centre stand the imposing Houses of Parliament, the iconic ‘Big Ben’ clock tower and Westminster Abbey, site of British monarch coronations. Across the Thames River, the London Eye observation wheel provides panoramic views of the South Bank cultural complex, and the entire city.

Le Havre is a major port in northern France’s Normandy region, where the Seine River meets the English Channel. It’s joined to the city across the estuary, Honfleur, by the Pont de Normandie cable-stayed bridge. Following WWII, Le Havre’s heavily damaged city center was famously redesigned by Belgian architect Auguste Perret. Today it features many landmark examples of reinforced-concrete architecture.

Paris, France’s capital, is a major European city and a global center for art, fashion, gastronomy and culture. Its 19th-century cityscape is crisscrossed by wide boulevards and the River Seine. Beyond such landmarks as the Eiffel Tower and the 12th-century, Gothic Notre-Dame cathedral, the city is known for its cafe culture and designer boutiques along the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.

 

 

Portland is not really an island but is reached over a narrow causeway from Chesil Beach. It is a huge block of limestone, measuring 4.5 miles by 1.75 miles and rising to a height of 400 feet above sea level in the north. The famous Portland Stone quarried here has been used for many well-known buildings. These include both St Paul’s Cathedral, London and the United Nations Building in New York. Many of the quarries here are owned by the crown as Portland is a Royal Manor.

In the second half of the 17th century, Sir Christopher Wren, used Portland Stone to rebuild London after the Great Fire. Over six million tons were used to rebuild around fifty churches and other buildings. The stone was taken by barges along the coast to the River Thames. The stone was also used to produce hundreds of thousands of gravestones for those who fell on the Western Front during the Second World War. These were shipped to France and Belgium to the huge war cemeteries. There were also half a million headstones for the Commonwealth war cemeteries in the same area. The Whitehall Cenotaph itself is also Portland Stone. Portland Castle was built in 1539 following attacks by the French. The fortress, overlooking Portland harbour, was built by Henry VIII to defend Weymouth against further attempt of invasion from France and Spain. It has survived largely in its original form. During the Civil War, it was seized by both sides, so witnessed a great deal of fighting. During the First World War it was a seaplane station.

Source: dorset.co.uk

Cork, just inland from Ireland’s southwest coast, is a university city with its centre on an island in the River Lee, connected to the sea by Cork Harbour. The castle like 1824 Cork City Gaol once held prisoners bound for Australia, and exhibitions relay the building’s history. The hilltop steeple of 18th-century Shandon Church (officially the Church of Saint Anne) is a symbol of the city.

Ponta Delgada, on São Miguel Island, is the capital of the Azores archipelago of Portugal. The striking, 3-arched city gates and the Gothic-style Church of St. Sebastian are near the harbor. The Convent and Chapel of Our Lady of Hope houses a revered image of Christ. The Carlos Machado Museum offers diverse artifacts of Azorean culture. The city is a gateway to the crater lakes of Sete Cidades, to the northwest.

HMD Bermuda (Her/His Majesty’s Dockyard, Bermuda) was the principal base of the Royal Navy in the Western Atlantic between American independenceand the Cold War. Bermuda had occupied a useful position astride the homeward leg taken by many European vessels from the New World since before its settlement by England in 1609. French privateers may have used the islands as a staging place for operations against Spanish galleons in the 16th century. Bermudian privateers certainly played a role in many Imperial wars following settlement. Despite this, it was not until the loss of bases on most of the North American Atlantic seaboard (following US independence) threatened Britain’s supremacy in the Western Atlantic that the island assumed great importance as a naval base. In 1818 the Royal Naval Dockyard, Bermuda officially replaced the Royal Naval Dockyard, Halifax as the British headquarters for the North America and West Indies Station.

After the closure of most of the base as an active naval dockyard in 1957, the base fell into a state of disrepair. Storms and lack of maintenance caused damage to many buildings. Beginning in the 1980s increased tourism to Bermuda stimulated interest in renovating the dockyard and turning it into a tourist attraction. Currently, cruise ships regularly land at the dockyard. To serve these visitors, several former warehouses have been turned into artists shops and a pedestrian mall has opened in the clock tower building. The keep area is now the site of the Bermuda Maritime Museum and the Dolphin Quest attraction. There are also several restaurants on site.

Source: Wikipedia

Great Stirrup Cay: Norwegian Cruise Line guests have been able to enjoy the small Bahamas island of Great Stirrup Cay for decades. Whether this is your first visit to Great Stirrup Cay or you have been here before, a self-guided tour of the island is a great way to spend the morning ashore. With the new walking path hugging much of the beach, you can stay close to the coast with ease. With 10 acres of beachfront property, you are sure to find your ideal spot for a little R&R. All of the lounge chairs on the island are first come, first serve, so make sure to get an early tender ticket for the best choice of seating. Basking in the Bahamas sun is a fine way to spend the day.

 

Miami is one of the state’s – and the world’s – most popular vacation spots. Though destinations often are said to offer something for everyone, the Miami area does indeed offer multiple enticements for everyone: The trendy nightlife of South Beach, bejeweled by the eye candy of the Art Deco district. The bustle of Calle Ocho and the highly caffeinated energy of Little Havana. The plush hotels of Miami Beach and the historic hideaways of Coral Gables. Seemingly endless shopping opportunities in modern, sprawling malls and the quiet, personal attention offered by the family-owned shops of Coconut Grove and many other corners of the region.

Source: visitflorida.com

New Orleans is a city on the Mississippi River. Nicknamed the “Big Easy,” it’s known for its round-the-clock nightlife, vibrant live-music scene and spicy, singular cuisine reflecting its history as a melting pot of French, African and American cultures. Embodying its festive spirit is Mardi Gras, the late-winter carnival famed for raucous costumed parades and street parties.

The French Quarter is the city’s historic heart, famous for its vibrant nightlife and colorful buildings with cast-iron balconies. Crowd-pleasing Bourbon Street features jazz clubs, Cajun eateries and raucous bars serving potent cocktails. Quieter streets lead to the French Market, with gourmet food and local crafts, and to Jackson Square where street performers entertain in front of soaring St. Louis Cathedral.

Jackson Square is a historic park in the French Quarter of New Orleans. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1960, for its central role in the city’s history, and as the site where in 1803 Louisiana was made United States territory pursuant to the Louisiana Purchase. In 2012 the American Planning Association designated Jackson Square as one of America’s Great Public Spaces.

The French Market is a market and series of commercial buildings spanning six blocks in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Founded as a Native American trading post predating European colonization, the market is the oldest of its kind in the United States.

Bourbon Street is a historic street in the heart of the French Quarter of New Orleans. Extending thirteen blocks from Canal Street to Esplanade Avenue, Bourbon Street is famous for its many bars with live entertainment.

Source: Wikipidia

Mardi Gras World: Come watch us build magnificent floats year-long! Learn history, try on costumes, meet our artists, and enjoy some of our famous King Cake!

The Court of Two Sisters is more than a restaurant – it’s a legend. Enjoy luscious Creole and Cajun cuisine. Listen to authentic jazz. Pass through the Charm Gates. Make a wish in the Devil’s Wishing Well. And hear the story of Emma and Bertha, the two sisters who ran a Notions shop here once upon a time in the French Quarter.

If elegance has an address, it’s 613 Royal Street. Court of Two Sisters has charmed and delighted guests at weddings and other social gatherings for more than half a century. This is where both memories and history are made.

Graceland is so much more than a Mansion. It was the private retreat of The King of Rock ‘n Roll. It was where his family grew up, spent their time together and enjoyed life. Today, you’re invited to Explore Elvis Presley’s home and immerse yourself in his life and legacy. In addition to the Mansion, Graceland offers several exhibits that feature honors, accolades, personal items, and historical exhibits that pay tribute to Elvis and his legacy.

A trip to Graceland is to experience the life of Elvis, celebrate his achievements, and witness the glory of all things The King.

Source: graceland.com

The Guest House at Graceland: Introducing an extraordinary hotel experience in the heart of Elvis Presley’s Graceland®! Located just steps away from the iconic Graceland Mansion, The Guest House at Graceland welcomes music fans, Graceland guests, Memphis visitors and groups from around the world with Southern hospitality, royal treatment and luxurious amenities that would make the king™ proud. Welcoming music fans, Graceland guests, Memphis visitors, world travelers and groups alike. A perfect blend of style and Southern hospitality, The Guest House is a whole new way to experience Memphis — the Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll and Home of the Blues.

When you visit The Guest House, you’ll enjoy all the luxurious amenities that would make Elvis proud. Inspired by the “make-yourself-at-home” warmth that Elvis always showed his guests, The Guest House at Graceland reflects Elvis’ style and the charm of Graceland. From the Southern colonial features to specialty suites with Priscilla Presley’s design supervision, every facet of The Guest House has a touch of grace and a dash of rock ‘n’ roll that guests will enjoy after exploring Graceland and Memphis.

Best of all, this world-class resort is your gateway to Elvis Presley’s Graceland, recently voted the #1 Best Musical Attraction worldwide. Each year, hundreds of thousands of fans from around the world visit this historic home to celebrate the greatest entertainer of all time.

Source: guesthousegraceland.com

Nashville is the capital of Tennessee and home to Vanderbilt University. Legendary country music venues include the Grand Ole Opry House, home of the famous “Grand Ole Opry” stage and radio show. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and historic Ryman Auditorium are Downtown, as is the District, featuring honky-tonks with live music and the Johnny Cash Museum, celebrating the singer’s life.

Experience the finest in Southern hospitality at Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center it offers guests an unforgettable getaway with all the excitement and energy of Music City under one spectacular roof. Featuring an extraordinary selection of dining, shopping, recreational activities and entertainment, there’s never a shortage of things to do at the resort. From an incredible land of ice and snow halfway around the world, a remarkably talented team of artisans travels to the Nashville area — just to create our amazing The ICE! attraction at the Gaylord Opryland Resort! This band of master carvers spends nearly a month of 12-hour shifts inside a 9-degree freezer, transforming two million pounds of ice into a breathtaking winter wonderland. Sound extreme? It is, but to them, it feels much like home

ICE! is an indoor winter wonderland.

The Ryman Auditorium, also called the “Mother Church of Country Music,” has had artists as diverse as Jon Bon Jovi and Patsy Cline perform on its legendary stage since 1892. With 90 years under its belt, it’s the world’s longest-running radio broadcast and shows no signs of slowing down, with guest appearances by the biggest names in music.

The Grand Ole Opry is a country music stage concert founded on November 28, 1925, by George D. Hay as a one-hour radio “barn dance” on WSM. Currently owned and operated by Opry Entertainment, it is the longest running radio broadcast in US history. Dedicated to honoring country music and its history, the Opry showcases a mix of famous singers and contemporary chart-toppers performing country, bluegrass, Americana, folk, and gospel music as well as comedic performances and skits.  It attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world and millions of radio and internet listeners.

           

23-Day Tour Includes: Flight from Toronto to Copenhagen, flight from New Orleans to Toronto, 21 nights accommodation, 21 breakfasts, 19 lunches, 19 dinners, 19-day cruise on the Norwegian Getaway (outside cabin, Category OB), “Ultimate Beverage Package” onboard, shipboard meals and gratuities, all highlights listed, Tour Director, Connections Program and all taxes.

28-Day Tour Includes: Flight from Toronto to Copenhagen, Deluxe motorcoach transportation home, 26 nights accommodation, 26 breakfasts, 19 lunches, 21 dinners, 19-day cruise on the Norwegian Getaway (outside cabin, Category OB), “Ultimate Beverage Package” onboard, shipboard meals and gratuities, all highlights listed, Tour Director, Connections Program and all taxes.

Prices are in Canadian dollars, are per person and include HST. Other cabin types may be available, ask for rates.

Included Highlights

• Guided tour of New Orleans
• Jazz lunch at the award winning “Court of Two Sisters”
• 
Mardi Gras World
• Elvis Presley’s Graceland VIP Tour + Airplanes*
• Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman*
• Guided tour of Nashville*
• Tickets to ICE! at the Gaylord*

*28-day tour only

Ports of Call

• Rotterdam, The Netherlands
• Southhampton (London), England
• Le Havre (Paris), France
• Portland, England
• Cork, Ireland
• Ponta Delgada, Portugal
• Royal Dockyard, Bermuda
• Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas
• Miami, Florida
• New Orleans, Louisiana

• Cruise: Norwegian Getaway (19 nights)
• New Orleans, LA: Astor Crowne Plaza (2 nights)
• Memphis, TN: The Guest House at Graceland (2 nights)*
• Nashville, TN: Gaylord Opryland Hotel (2 nights)*
• Lima, OH: Hampton Inn (1 night)*

*28-day tour only

Day1 - 2

Fly to Copenhagen, Board Ship

Fly from Toronto to Copenhagen and board the beautiful Norwegian Getaway for a grand voyage across the Atlantic.

Stay: Norwegian Getaway, Norwegian Cruise Line
Nights: 19
Meals: D

Day3

At Sea

Today we’ll be at sea. Enjoy the Getaway’s Waterfront, an open-air promenade that connects guests with the deep blue ocean like never before. 

Meals: B, L, D

Day4

Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Our first port of call is Rotterdam, the world’s largest seaport. Rotterdam was rebuilt after WW2 as one of Europe’s most modern cities. Enjoy walking around discovering its contemporary city line (futuristic skyscrapers!) and artsy vibe. Check out the cube houses, and indoor Market Hall. If traditional suits you better, visit the Maritime Museum’s vintage ships that trace the city’s seafaring history. 

Meals: B, L, D

Day5

Southhampton (London), England

From The Netherlands to England. Southhampton’s SeaCity Museum has an interactive model of the Titanic and the Southampton City Art Gallery features modern British art. If artefacts are your liking, The Tudor House & Garden showcases 800 years of history. If nearby London is more your cup ‘o tea, catch a train from Southampton to explore London’s historic landmarks and world-class attractions.

Meals: B, L, D

Day6

Le Havre (Paris), France

Le Havre’s innovative architecture and impressionist museums contrast nicely with the older more famous landmarks of Paris a short venture away. Le Havre was rebuilt after WW2, and you can see many modernist landmarks designed by Belgian architect Auguste Perret and constructed in reinforced concrete. Energetic and airy, visit museums with impressionist paintings and hilltop gardens (Jardins Suspendus). Le Havre at night glows!

Meals: B, L, D

Day7

Portland, England

As we sail into Weymouth Bay, be on deck! On one side you’ll see the Weymouth seaside resort and the lovely green hills behind it. On the other side, is the Isle of Portland, a peninsula that rises 500ft from the sea. Portland stone has been used to build London’s iconic buildings, including St. Paul’s Cathedral. 

Meals: B, L, D

Day8

Cork, Ireland

Across the Irish Sea, past jaw-dropping cliffs, to Cork for traditional pub fare and lively music. Liberal and cosmopolitan, Cork has reinvented itself out of tough times. Walk along stretches of revitalized waterfront. Enjoy the cramped 400-year-old alleyways lined with Georgian architecture. Pop into an artisan coffee shop. Dive into Irish dishes, made from fresh local produce. 

Meals: B, L, D

Day9 - 10

At Sea

Two days at sea gives us the opportunity to discover the Norwegian Getaway’s 18 decks of luxury amenities. Choose from 28 dining options, and three decks of activities. Take in the Broadway musical Million Dollar Quartet. There’s never a dull moment!

Meals: B x 2, L x 2, D x 2

Day11

Ponta Delgada, Portugal

After five days at sea, we will stop in Ponta Delgada, Azores, known for world-class whale watching! See the triple arches of the city gates, Gothic St. Sebastian church, and the Carlos Machado Museum that houses Azorean artifacts. Or relax somewhere quiet under the Azores’ subtropical skies and lovely Gulf Stream climate.

Meals: B, L, D

Day12 - 15

At Sea

The next three days really give you the opportunity to indulge in cruise ship splendour. Escape The Big Top is a must-do. Dine oceanside at La Cucina! See a magic show at the onboard carnival, or try out any of the five waterslides!

Meals: B x 4, L x 4, D x 4

Day16

Royal Dockyard, Bermuda

Bermuda’s Royal Dockyard is an incredible port packed with boutiques and markets within limestone buildings. Walk pink beaches under the sun! Visit the Glassworks and Clayworks. Or take any of the pink buses to St. George’s Parish, Crystal Cave, or Cooper’s Island Nature Reserve. And be sure to try a Bermuda rum cake before getting back on board. 

Meals: B, L, D

Day17

At Sea

Another day to relax at sea, breathing in fresh salty air.

Meals: B, L, D

Day18

Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas

Spend all day in Great Stirrup Cay, a 250-acre paradise with a gigantic beach buffet and private beach cabanas. Purchased by Norwegian Cruise Line, this tiny Bahamian island is a protected marine sanctuary. Visit the Lighthouse and walk down miles of soft white beaches.

Meals: B, L, D

Day19

Miami, Florida

 You’ll feel Miami’s strong Cuban influence in Little Havana, where many cafés and cigar shops line Calle Ocho. Enjoy this colourful city’s splashy art deco style, its fabulous beach or boardwalk before final dockage in New Orleans.

Meals: B, L, D

Day20

At Sea

We leave the Cubano vibe of Miami and spend a day at sea before reaching the USA’s capital of creole and jazz, New Orleans.

Meals: B, L, D

Day21

New Orleans, Louisiana

We’ll have breakfast on the cruise ship before disembarking. We’ll spend the morning seeing the best of New Orleans on a three-hour guided tour. Then, we’ll have lunch at the award-winning Court of 2 Sisters restaurant, voted “Favourite Buffet,” where people come from miles around to try the turtle soup! Back at the hotel, enjoy a free evening.

Stay: Astor Crown Plaza, New Orleans
Nights: 2
Meals: B, L

Day22

New Orleans Sightseeing

Breakfast at the hotel, and then a morning of Mardi Gras World, where floats are built and costumes designed for America’s famous beaded-necklace festival. The evening is yours to discover Louisiana charm. Wander the French Quarter, where Dixieland jazz fills the night and creole grub fills appetites. 

Meals: B

Day23

Memphis, Tennessee (23-day guests fly home)

Choose to fly from New Orleans to Toronto today, or stay for five more days to explore the hot spots of Memphis and Nashville! Those who stay will have breakfast at the hotel before a 9am departure. Arriving in Memphis, you’ll have dinner and free time at The Guest House at Graceland.

Stay: The Guest House at Graceland, Memphis
Nights: 2
Meals: B

Day24

Graceland (full day to explore)

We’ll spend Remembrance Day at the Graceland Museum and then head for downtown Memphis for dinner.

Meals: B, D

Day25

Nashville, Tennessee

After breakfast we will leave Memphis heading for Nashville, stopping at the Oprymills Mall for lunch and a free afternoon. We’ll check into the magnificent Gaylord Opryland Hotel then head for The Ryman to take in the Grand Ole Opry.

Stay: Gaylord Opryland Hotel, Nashville
Nights: 2
Meals: B

Day26

Nashville Sightseeing

Today we’ll see Nashville’s hotspots on a two-hour city tour that ends at the Ryman downtown. Enjoy a free afternoon in America’s legendary country music city. Be sure to see the lights of Lower Broadway, the Johnny Cash Museum, and Patsy Cline Museum! In the evening, we have tickets to ICE at the Gaylord.

Meals: B

Day27

Lima, Ohio

Today we leave Nashville for Ohio first thing, arriving at the hotel for dinner.

Stay: Hampton Inn, Lima
Nights: 1
Meals: B, D

Day28

Travel Home

From Ohio to home today with stops starting in Sarnia and ending in Lindsay.

Meals: B

Packing

  • Sunscreen is an essential product to have, regardless of the climate. Since UV exposure is unavoidable, a hat and sunglasses are also suggested for your protection, even in the winter.
  • Mosquito repellent can prove useful in wooded areas or in the evenings in some regions.
  • Comfort is important when on vacation. Bring comfortable walking shoes. And loose, casual clothing is suggested to keep you cozy.
  • Pack extra batteries and memory cards for your camera.
  • Always pack an extra jacket or sweater in case of inclement weather or cooler evenings. DeNureTours recommends you dress in layers, so you can add or remove layers if the temperature rises or drops.
  • Use every corner, nook and cranny of your suitcase when packing. Rolled sweaters and bulky clothing occupy less space, but clothing that wrinkles easily should be laid flat. Roll socks or underclothing and pack them into shoes, and slip smaller items into side pockets.
  • Use sample-sized toiletry items and always transport containers of creams and liquids in a sealed plastic bag.
  • Keep an extra set of keys for your luggage.
  • Always prepare for the possibility of rain. An umbrella, or rain jacket will easily fit in your luggage, and could prove to be the most useful article you pack. When travelling as a couple, bring two so neither person gets half wet.
  • Pack your bathing suit.
  • Pack a good book, or a deck of cards to keep you busy during free time.
  • Leave items of monetary or sentimental value at home. Costume and faux jewelry always travels well.
  • If you require corrective lenses, pack an extra pair of glasses or contacts.
  • If you wear dentures, and have a second set, pack them just in case. You’d be surprised how often these important items end up where they shouldn’t.
  •  Not all hotel rooms are equipped with alarm clocks. While most hotels offer wake-up calls, a small travel alarm clock might prove useful.
  • Couples travelling together may find it wise to split their belongings between two suitcases. If one suitcase should go missing, neither person is left without a change of clothes.

Medical

  • Remember to pack any medications or prescriptions in your carry-on and not in your suitcase in case of emergency or luggage misplacement. Medications should be packed in their original containers for security reasons.
  • Keep a listing of your recent medical history with you, including medications you currently take, prescription or otherwise, as well as allergies you suffer from, and any medical conditions you have. Carry the listing in your wallet, and leave a copy with your emergency contact person at home.

Documents

  • Identify your luggage with an identification tag as well as your DeNureTours luggage tags.
  • If you carry travellers’ cheques, record the numbers of the cheques and keep this list in a separate location. When travelling as a couple, put some cheques in your partner’s name so you both have access to funds.
  • Always carry your travel insurance policy with you, and read it carefully before you leave.
  • Always carry your passport, or other important identification on your person. Make a photocopy to keep in your suitcase.
  • Ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months after your return date. This is a requirement for entering certain countries.
  • Always check the spelling of your name on all documentation you receive. Often, your travel documents must match your passport or birth certificate. It is imperative that your legal name be listed correctly on your documents. Failure to comply may result in your being denied entry to a country, or boarding on an airplane or cruise ship. Name changes on documents may be subject to a change fee.
  • Use extra copies of your travel itinerary and hotel listing to distribute to friends or relatives, so you can be reached in case of emergency.
  • Keep a log of your purchases, including what you paid in foreign currency and the equivalent in Canadian dollars. This will assist you in filling out customs forms. Keep all receipts.

General Travel

  • Secure your home before you leave. Arrange for a friend or neighbour to pick up mail and check in periodically. Have someone cut your lawn (or shovel your driveway) and care for your property. Set automatic timers on the lights and television. Empty the refrigerator of perishables. Lower your thermostat to save on energy.
  • When flying, drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, and limit your intake of caffeine and alcoholic beverages.
  • To avoid circulatory problems on a plane or coach, walk up the aisle every hour or so. Periodically, stretch your legs, arms, shoulders and neck.
  • Arrive early for flights. DeNureTours recommends to check-in 90 minutes prior to departure for domestic flights, or 2-3 hours prior for international flights.
  • An inflatable travel pillow can make you more comfortable on long coach rides or flights. The U-shaped pillow keeps your head from rolling during travel, reducing the risk of neck pain.
  • Avoid the use of perfume or scented sprays on the coach or an airplane. These are confined spaces, so be courteous to your fellow travellers who may be allergic or sensitive to scents.
  • Get as much rest as possible before you leave.
  • Try your best to be flexible. Unexpected things can happen. Your holiday will be more enjoyable if you are open-minded.

Gratuities

Tips to waiters, taxi drivers, step-on guides, tour directors and drivers are a tangible way for you to express your appreciation for jobs well done. This practice, though customary, is voluntary and is not included in tour prices. As a guide to the amounts to tip, the following amounts are suggested:

  • Taxi Drivers – Drivers should be tipped 10% of the taxi fare.
  • Waiters – For meals that are not included in the tour price, tip waiters between 15% and 20% of your bill, but never less than $1.
  • Tour Directors and Drivers – A gratuity of $4 per person per day is suggested.

The pace of a tour varies by itinerary, as each destination, its sightseeing and the activities are unique. Pacing is often subject to personal interpretation, but our trip pace indicator on each tour page may assist you in determining if a tour is suitable for you.

Day-by-day itinerary descriptions can be found on our website or requested from our office. Generally, the more activities included, distance travelled in a day, or number of hotel changes, will increase the pace of a tour.

Some of the most unique sightseeing is found in locations that can be a challenge for motorcoaches, especially in historic areas. For your comfort, we recommend packing walking shoes so you fully enjoy every aspect of your holiday.

Tours with the highest “On-the-go” ratings require a level of activity that is not suitable for those who use either walkers or wheelchairs. If a trip pace is not ideally suited for you, our reservations team will be happy to help you find your perfect vacation.

 

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