Inspiring Itineraries

 

 Dubai 

6 Days / 5 Nights

Dubai’s unique attractions, including the world’s tallest building, the largest shopping mall, and only 7-star hotel, lure millions of visitors each year. Now, it’s YOUR turn to uncover this glamorous oasis! 

Sample Itinerary

Day 1 - ARRIVE IN DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES


Welcome to Dubai! You'll be met coming out of baggage claim by your driver holding a sign with your name on it for your private transfer to your hotel.




Day 2 - DUBAI


This morning after breakfast, your PRIVATE GUIDED SIGHTSEEING begins with a WALKING TOUR through the narrow lanes of the historic Bastakiya Quarter. Next, explore the souks (markets), including the Spice Souk with its aromas of exotic spices, and the Gold Souk with its 220 glittering shop windows. Lastly, visit Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. Here, ascend to the AT THE TOP observation deck on the 124th floor for spectacular views and a presentation on Dubai’s history. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (Breakfast)




Day 3 - DUBAI


After breakfast, you have a full day at your leisure to relax, shop, or explore the city on your own. (Breakfast)




Day 4 - DUBAI


After breakfast, you have the first half the day at your leisure, to enjoy the beach, or explore the city on your own. Late afternoon you have a SHARED SUNSET DESERT SAFARI WITH DINNER tour where you will leave your hotel and the city behind driving into the desert with an entertaining safari guide in a four-wheel-drive Land Cruiser. You’ll enjoy the fun of a dune drive in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve and stop for photos at the top of a dune, just at sunset. Upon arrival at the Bedouin-style camp where desert activities and a bonfire await, you can try a camel ride, mini sand-boarding (weather permitting), and henna hand painting or relax on large carpets and cushions. Then you’ll move to the seating area for an Arabic style, three-course dinner and enjoy unlimited beer, wine, and alcoholic beverages, and watch a belly dancing performance. (Breakfast, Dinner)




Day 5 – DUBAI


Enjoy breakfast, then you have an ABU DHABI FULL DAY CITY TOUR scheduled. On this tour, you will visit the Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Mosque, the Popular Abu Dhabi Market National Exhibition Centre, the Emirates Palace Hotel, the Sheikh's Palace Heritage Village Islamic Art Museum, Marina Mall of Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Corniche, Carpet Market, Dates Market, Yas Island, and Ferrari World, just to name a few. (Breakfast)




Day 6 – DEPART DUBAI


After your breakfast, a private driver will meet you at the appointed time in your hotel's lobby for a transfer to the airport for your flight home. (Breakfast)





 

 Ghana 

6 Days / 5 Nights

Ghana, known as West Africa's Gold Coast during the colonial era, is better known for its lovely beaches, lively nightlife, good roads, a variety of landscapes, and friendly people than for dramatic scenery or wild animals. But these assets make Ghana a safe and fascinating introduction to West Africa.  Ghana was once a center of the slave trade, but later became the first modern African country to win its independence—giving it a head start in nation-building. Consequently, Ghanaians are well-educated, they have good schools, and one of the highest economic growth rates on the continent.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive In Accra, Ghana


Welcome to Ghana! You'll be met coming out of baggage claim by your driver holding a sign with your name on it for your private transfer to your hotel. You’ll stay at a lovely beachfront hotel that is centrally located within the city, Labadi Beach Hotel. (Breakfast)




Day 2 – Accra, Ghana


After breakfast, you’ll be picked for an Accra City Tour. Your tour will take you to the W.E.B Du Bois Center, Independence Square, Independence Avenue, Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, and James Town. With these visits, you will learn about Pan-Africanism, Ghana's Independence, the life of Ghana's first president, and the activities of Europeans who first visited Accra. After these visits, you will ride through important parts of the city such as Parliament, Supreme Court, and the Presidential Palace. You will also get insights into economics and education in Accra with a drive-by the Central Bank, Airport City, and the University of Ghana, Legon. (Breakfast)




Day 3 – Accra, Ghana


Enjoy breakfast, then a day at your leisure, to enjoy the beach, or explore the city on your own. (Breakfast)




Day 4 – Accra, Ghana


After early morning breakfast, you’ll be picked up for your Cape Coast Tour. The tour is a full-day trip to Cape Coast Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site built by the British in 1665. It serves as commemorating a sad history inflicted on Africa and Ghana in particular. You will walk on the suspended bridges at Kakum National Park and hike in the virgin forest and learn about the medicinal and spiritual importance of trees. For African Americans, one gets the opportunity to have a door of no return ceremony, which is very emotional and is intended to welcome you home. This is one of the most popular day trips in Ghana. (Breakfast)




Day 5 – Accra, Ghana


After breakfast, you have the first half the day at your leisure, to enjoy the beach, or explore the city on your own. Late afternoon you have a shared West African Markets & Cuisine Tour where you will learn how to bargain like a pro—and eat like a local—through Accra’s bustling, personality-rich markets. Become acquainted with regional ingredients, interact with local vendors, and prepare popular, well-loved dishes during an interactive cooking class. (Breakfast)




Day 6 – Depart Accra, Ghana


After breakfast, a private driver will meet you at the appointed time in your hotel's lobby for a transfer to the airport for your flight home. (Breakfast)





ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

 

Weather 

Since Ghana is only a few degrees north of the equator, the only seasonal changes are distinct wet and dry seasons. The best time to visit is during the December-February dry season when day temperatures are in the 80s-90s F (27-36 C) and nights in the 70s F (18-26 C). Another dry season occurs in July and August, but it's hotter. The worst time to visit is April-June when it's the rainiest. 

 

Required Travel Documentation

Passport/Visa Requirements: Canadian and U.S. citizens need passports, visas, sufficient funds, and proof of onward passage. A yellow-fever certificate is also required. Reconfirm travel document requirements with your carrier before departure.

 

Transportation

  • Air - Kotoka International Airport (ACC) is 7 mi/11 km northeast of downtown Accra. 

  • Taxi - Taxis are plentiful and affordable but agree on the fare before entering the cab. Less expensive shared taxis have fixed fares.

  • Car Rental – Renting a car is not recommend unless you hire a driver as well. Driving is on the right.

 

 Athens & The Greek Isles 

8 Days / 7 Nights

Begin your adventure in Athens before embarking on a Celestyal Cruise that visits several islands and ports, with optional shore excursions to iconic places like Turkey’s Ephesus and Crete’s famous Knossos Palace in Heraklion. Greece embraces its guests, and you'll explore in comfort matched by first-class service. This stay and cruise combination offers the beauty and the cultural variety of Greece at an excellent value.

Sample Itinerary

DAY 1 ARRIVE ATHENS


Arrive in Athens. Transfer to your hotel with a meet and greet at the airport. Check in to your hotel for two nights. As the original metropolis of western civilization, Athens is a fascinating blend of old and new. Spend some time walking around to sample the sights and sounds of this ancient city. (Accommodations, Athens)




DAY 2 ATHENS


After breakfast, you are scheduled for the ATHENS SIGHTSEEING TOUR. The striking contrast between the breathtaking monuments of a glorious past and modern, elegant structures of the present is what you will enjoy during your tour of Athens. Visit the Acropolis, the crowning beauty and glory of Ancient Athens, with its many monuments atop its rocky plateau, including the awesome Parthenon, the Propylea, the temple of Athena Nike and the Erechtheion, with its Porch of Maidens. Drive to the Roman Temple of Olympic Zeus, the Panathinaikon Stadium (site of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896), the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in front of the Parliament House on Constitution Square. See views of government buildings and elegant structures of the 19th century. Drive along Panepistimiou Avenue and view the Catholic Cathedral, the Academy, University, National Library. In contrast, conclude your tour with a visit to the new Acropolis museum, a marvel of contemporary architecture with a full exhibition of the glory of Ancient Athens. The Acropolis Museum is closed on Mondays. After your tour, arrive on your own for dinner at Kuzina Restaurant, where the food is perfectly coupled with the environment in a very inspired mixture of modern and traditional Greek elements. The interior space is dominated by the white color and the intense rustic elements, while the open kitchen awakes traditional Greek memories offering a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The menu changes throughout the year, but some examples are Dumplings (with feta cheese, sundried tomatoes, and pomegranate sauce) and Grilled Chicken (with prosciutto ham, cherry tomatoes, smoked cheese from vermio and sage). (Breakfast, Dinner, Accommodations, Athens)




DAY 3 ATHENS (CRUISE EMBARKATION)


After breakfast, you will be transferred to the port where you will board the cruise ship, which will be your home for the next four days and nights. Your first stop will be the picturesque island of Mykonos, with its dazzling whitewashed houses and blue-domed churches. An island famous for its wild nightlife and its beaches, a cosmopolitan paradise with exquisite boutiques and fine dining that attracts celebrities, artists, and socialites from all over the world. (Breakfast, Athens; lunch, dinner, and accommodations, on ship)




DAY 4 ON THE AEGEAN SEA


Leaving Mykonos at midnight, you’ll cruise across the Aegean to the interesting port city of Kusadasi, Turkey. Kusadasi is a beach resort in Turkey famous for its marina and its colorful bazaar, where visitors can find a wide selection of hand-made carpets, leather bags, and local products. But mostly, Kusadasi is known due to its proximity to the ancient ruins of Ephesus, and its Terrace Houses one of the world’s largest open-air museums, the House of Virgin Mary and the Sirince Village. Patmos is a beautiful verdant island, where Saint John the Evangelist wrote the book of Revelations in a mountainside Grotto, after hearing the voice of God. Atop its highest hill, within the halls of Hora, stands the monastery founded in his honor in 1088. This island, apart from its great significance to Christians all over the world, is now turning into a cosmopolitan destination. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and accommodations, on ship)




DAY 5 ON THE AEGEAN SEA


Rhodes will make you think you’ve stepped back in time. Don’t miss the Palace of the Grand Masters, in the old walled city of Rhodes, a UNESCO World Heritage site, the ancient Acropolis of Lindos, high above the sea, and the Citadel of the Knights. Relax at Tsampika Beach or stroll the old city of Rhodes, where you can enjoy your lunch and a traditional Greek coffee. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and accommodations, on ship)




DAY 6 ON THE AEGEAN SEA


Heraklion, the capital of Crete, is a former Venetian harbor with representative architecture and art and an Archaeological museum with invaluable treasures. The city is just a short drive to the Minoan Palace of Knossos, home to Europe’s oldest civilization. If you are not into sightseeing, walk the city center where you can dine or shop. Santorini is one of the most renowned places in the world. People travel thousands of miles to admire its unique geography, the result of an earthquake that took place many centuries ago. Take a jeep safari into the interior, cruise to Santorini’s smaller islands and volcanoes, visit the Akrotiri excavations, or drink coffee at Oia Village, 300 meters above the sea. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and accommodations, on ship)




DAY 7 RETURN TO ATHENS


Return to Athens for one last night at a downtown hotel. (Breakfast, on ship; Accommodations, Athens)




DAY 8 DEPART ATHENS


After breakfast, a private driver will meet you at the appointed time in your hotel's lobby for a transfer to the Athens International Airport for your flight home (Breakfast, Athens)





 

 The Best of Italy 

10 Days / 9 Nights

Rome 3 Nights/ Florence 3 Nights / Venice 3 Nights

Italy’s “Great Cities” are known for its art, history, fashion, and commerce. This itinerary is the classic “Grand Tour” of Italy with visits of Rome (the Eternal City), Florence (the grand city of the Renaissance), and Venice (famed for its canals and the Piazza San Marco). On this trip, you’ll experience our favorite hotels, sightseeing, and fine dining. Your itinerary has some great tours and plenty of time to explore, shoe, or relax without feeling rushed.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1 - ARRIVE IN DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES


Welcome to Dubai! You'll be met coming out of baggage claim by your driver holding a sign with your name on it for your private transfer to your hotel.




Day 2 - DUBAI


This morning after breakfast, your PRIVATE GUIDED SIGHTSEEING begins with a WALKING TOUR through the narrow lanes of the historic Bastakiya Quarter. Next, explore the souks (markets), including the Spice Souk with its aromas of exotic spices, and the Gold Souk with its 220 glittering shop windows. Lastly, visit Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. Here, ascend to the AT THE TOP observation deck on the 124th floor for spectacular views and a presentation on Dubai’s history. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (Breakfast)




Day 3 - DUBAI


After breakfast, you have a full day at your leisure to relax, shop, or explore the city on your own. (Breakfast)




Day 4 - DUBAI


After breakfast, you have the first half the day at your leisure, to enjoy the beach, or explore the city on your own. Late afternoon you have a SHARED SUNSET DESERT SAFARI WITH DINNER tour where you will leave your hotel and the city behind driving into the desert with an entertaining safari guide in a four-wheel-drive Land Cruiser. You’ll enjoy the fun of a dune drive in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve and stop for photos at the top of a dune, just at sunset. Upon arrival at the Bedouin-style camp where desert activities and a bonfire await, you can try a camel ride, mini sand-boarding (weather permitting), and henna hand painting or relax on large carpets and cushions. Then you’ll move to the seating area for an Arabic style, three-course dinner and enjoy unlimited beer, wine, and alcoholic beverages, and watch a belly dancing performance. (Breakfast, Dinner)




Day 5 – DUBAI


Enjoy breakfast, then you have an ABU DHABI FULL DAY CITY TOUR scheduled. On this tour, you will visit the Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Mosque, the Popular Abu Dhabi Market National Exhibition Centre, the Emirates Palace Hotel, the Sheikh's Palace Heritage Village Islamic Art Museum, Marina Mall of Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Corniche, Carpet Market, Dates Market, Yas Island, and Ferrari World, just to name a few. (Breakfast)




Day 6 – DEPART DUBAI


After your breakfast, a private driver will meet you at the appointed time in your hotel's lobby for a transfer to the airport for your flight home. (Breakfast)





 

 Hawaii Cruise Tour 

11 Days / 10 Nights

Cruising Hawaii's Paradise

Sail through the breathtaking scenery of the Hawaiian Islands on this magical vacation. The highlight of this Hawaii cruise tour is a 7-night cruise around the Hawaiian Islands aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pride of America. On this Hawaii cruise, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in many activities, do absolutely nothing at all, or something in between! 

Maui, one of the stops on this cruise, has been voted the best island in the world, and you’ll have a chance to experience its breathtaking scenery, beautiful beaches, cascading waterfalls, and charming Hawaiian towns. The Big Island of Hawaii offers black-sand beaches, curious lava formations, the world’s most continuously active volcano, fields of coffee and macadamia nuts, and more. Visit both Hilo and Kona on the Big Island. Kauai, Hawaii’s oldest island, offers cascading waterfalls, golden beaches, tropical rainforest, and more.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1 - ARRIVE IN DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES


Welcome to Dubai! You'll be met coming out of baggage claim by your driver holding a sign with your name on it for your private transfer to your hotel.




Day 2 - DUBAI


This morning after breakfast, your PRIVATE GUIDED SIGHTSEEING begins with a WALKING TOUR through the narrow lanes of the historic Bastakiya Quarter. Next, explore the souks (markets), including the Spice Souk with its aromas of exotic spices, and the Gold Souk with its 220 glittering shop windows. Lastly, visit Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. Here, ascend to the AT THE TOP observation deck on the 124th floor for spectacular views and a presentation on Dubai’s history. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (Breakfast)




Day 3 - DUBAI


After breakfast, you have a full day at your leisure to relax, shop, or explore the city on your own. (Breakfast)




Day 4 - DUBAI


After breakfast, you have the first half the day at your leisure, to enjoy the beach, or explore the city on your own. Late afternoon you have a SHARED SUNSET DESERT SAFARI WITH DINNER tour where you will leave your hotel and the city behind driving into the desert with an entertaining safari guide in a four-wheel-drive Land Cruiser. You’ll enjoy the fun of a dune drive in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve and stop for photos at the top of a dune, just at sunset. Upon arrival at the Bedouin-style camp where desert activities and a bonfire await, you can try a camel ride, mini sand-boarding (weather permitting), and henna hand painting or relax on large carpets and cushions. Then you’ll move to the seating area for an Arabic style, three-course dinner and enjoy unlimited beer, wine, and alcoholic beverages, and watch a belly dancing performance. (Breakfast, Dinner)




Day 5 – DUBAI


Enjoy breakfast, then you have an ABU DHABI FULL DAY CITY TOUR scheduled. On this tour, you will visit the Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Mosque, the Popular Abu Dhabi Market National Exhibition Centre, the Emirates Palace Hotel, the Sheikh's Palace Heritage Village Islamic Art Museum, Marina Mall of Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Corniche, Carpet Market, Dates Market, Yas Island, and Ferrari World, just to name a few. (Breakfast)




Day 6 – DEPART DUBAI


After your breakfast, a private driver will meet you at the appointed time in your hotel's lobby for a transfer to the airport for your flight home. (Breakfast)