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A bit of history in our brand development … celebrating 20 years … and a passion for Quality tours TOURCAN VACATIONS …. First opened for business 1986 …With a dream to develop the company to one of the leading upscale tour operators for exotic travel. A two-man operation was started. From that point to today, the company has grown from a two-man operation to an established multi million dollar company and a staff of 30 full time employees Starting with a very valuable partnership with Air Canada, that still exists today not only to India but to all destinations worldwide. We are one of the few companies that offer Aeroplan Miles on land packages if air travel is on Air Canada. In 1990 we expanded our, product line to Africa and the Middle East. In 1994 we expanded into the air consolidation business thus creating a successful niche Air Consolidation division specializing in complex routings to long haul destinations. In 1998 we ventured out into the South Pacific & South Central America markets, thus completing our product line for the exotic destinations of the world! In 2000, Tourcan Vacations formed a strategic business alliance with the Skylink Group of Companies and Vivek became partners in Skylink Holidays- Canada and USA
Our philosophy: There is a need for an exotic destinations specialist who has the ability to offer, flexibility and is able to customize and create memorable holidays to suit all tastes and budgets … Not all of us are in search of the same generic vacation, we all have our individual tastes and fancies, and this is where we stand out - the ability to build and create a flawless deluxe tour to the remote corners of the world. Our core values and foundation of our business philosophy can be boiled down to Integrity and Reliability with a passion for excellence and professionalism in all that we do. Never settle for the ordinary ….. always strive for the superior …. never sell a product we wouldnt want for ourselves…… never force a customer into buying something he/she is not entirely happy with …….and most of all, RECOGNISE THAT THE CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS RIGHT….we are always on the side of the customer. We believe in being a part of the community and in giving to causes that work with the less fortunate. We have raised funds for the Childrens Aid Foundation, The Clarke Institute, Hosptial for Sick Children to name a few. In 2005 our president was recognized by the Childrens Aid Foundation for his dedicated support for over a decade. Greatness in business as well as in life comes by being an inspirational human being. We also donate a percentage of all our sales in South Africa to the Nelson Mandela Childrens Fund. OUR CORE BUSINESS PHILOSOPHY
PRESIDENT Mr. Vivek Khanna GENERAL MANAGER Ms Jackie Bishop Martin AFRICA SOUTH & CENTRAL AMERICA THE ORIENT SOUTH PACIFIC INDIA SUB- CONTINENT AIR ONLY DEPARTMENT EUROPE WORLDWIDE HOTELS OVERLAND ADVENTURES OUR ORG CHART Sales and Marketing
why book with us We have been in the business for over 20 years. Our Consultants are all destination Experts, and can help you with all your unanswered questions …. All our tours use amenities that are in strict adherence to North American standards Competitive Pricing. Great value for money Tours that are unique and enhance the flavour and culture of the country. With an educational, cultural and leisure approach to the overall experience. Flexibility… you are not bound by strict schedules … we make touring a pleasure not a chore, and will customize most tours to meet all tastes and budgets Guaranteed Departures with a minimum of two passengers.
destinations we specialize in South Africa Kenya Tanzania Egypt Morocco Tunisia Botswana Namabia Zanzibar Uganda Seychelles Mauritius Zimbabwe Mozambique Zambia Madagascar Some of our interesting Tours Luxury on the Nile.. 9 days Ultimate Kenya & Tanzania luxury safari.. 13 days South Africa panorama tour.. 16days Gorilla safari & Chimp trek.. 6 days and many more ! for Africa contact Roshan, Edith, Phillip & Ian
SOUTH AFRICA VISA REQUIREMENTS: BEST SEASON TO TRAVEL MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS No Visa Required Popular month's to travel – Year Round. Winter rains in the South, Summer rains in the Central and North. Seasons opposite to Canada Popular sightseeing: Cape Town,Garden Route, Kruger National Park, Gauteng
NAMIBIA VISA REQUIREMENTS: BEST SEASON TO TRAVEL MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS No Visa required Popular month's to travel May – October. Very hot in summer Seasons opposite to Canada Popular sightseeing – Desert Excursions Safari, Skeleton Coast
BOTSWANA VISA REQUIREMENTS: BEST SEASON TO TRAVEL MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS EXTENSIONS No Visa Required Popular month's to travel May – October Seasons opposite to Canada Popular sightseeing – Safari land and water based Okavango Delta, Savuti, Chobe
KENYA & TANZANIA VISA REQUIREMENTS: BEST SEASON TO TRAVEL MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS EXTENSIONS Visa Required – obtained prior to departure. Popular month's to travel – year round – rainy seasons Mar – Jun and Nov/Dec Popular sightseeing – Safari, Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru, Serengeti, Ngorongoro – Travel to various parks. Extension: Beach – Zanzibar & Mombassa
EGYPT VISA REQUIREMENTS: BEST SEASON TO TRAVEL MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS EXTENSIONS Visa Required – obtained on arrival. Popular month's to travel – year round but very hot in summer. Seasons same as Canada. Popular sightseeing – Cairo & Nile Cruise, Cairo, Luxor, Edfu, Kom Ombo, Aswan Extension: Beach – Red Sea
TUNISIA VISA REQUIREMENTS: BEST SEASON TO TRAVEL MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS EXTENSIONS No Visa Required. Popular month's to travel – year round but hot in summer and wet in winter. Seasons same as Canada. Popular sightseeing – Discover Tunisia, Hammamet, El Jem, Douz, Matmata, Tozeur, Kairouan Extension: Desert safari & Beach.
MOROCCO VISA REQUIREMENT BEST SEASON TO TRAVEL MAJOR CITIES/HIGHLIGHTS TO EXPLORE EXTENSIONS No Visa Required. Popular month's to travel – year round but hot in summer and wet in winter. Seasons same as Canada. Popular sightseeing – Imperial Cities: Casablanca, Rabat, Meknes, Fez, Marrakech Extension: Kasbah and desert safari.
Tourcan Vacations has been a proud proponent of the south pacific region for over 20 years doing mainly escorted and group tours we are a full complement department arranging escorted tours FITs backpacking freedom travel self drives long stays safaris adventure cruising rail journeys honeymoons luxury travel island getaways we also specialize in specialty and theme based travel like Food & Wine, wilderness, Eco, Culture and History tours and individual travel to Australia, New Zealand, French Polynesia and Fiji.
20 day Grand Downunder Discovery 15 day New Zealand & Barrier Reef Reef and Rainforest Discovery 10 nights in Paradise (French Polynesia) 3Nights Big Island Magic (Fiji Islands) For the South Pacific contact Carrie and her team destinations we specialize in Australia New Zealand Fiji Tahiti French Polynesia Some of our interesting Tours
AUSTRALIA VISA REQUIREMENTS: BEST SEASON TO TRAVEL: MAJOR CITIES TO EXPLORE: MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS: EXTENSIONS: Canadians and US visitors require a electronic visa ….Which is quick and easy to issue.. Anytime to Australia..Suggested time to travel to Oz is the off season …Their Spring and fall provides mild weather… MAR-MAY & SEPT- NOV SYDNEY, MELBOURNE, CAIRNS & ADELAIDE The Gold Coast, Great Barrier Reef, The Blue Mountains, Bondi Beach, The great Ocean Road, Whit Sundays, Daintree Rainforest, Kakadu and Uluru (Ayers Rock) Tasmania, Western Australia (Kimberley region with Broome and the Bungle Bungle Range) Monkey Mia on the coast and the major west coast city of PERTH.
NEW ZEALAND VISA REQUIREMENT BEST SEASON TO TRAVEL MAJOR CITIES TO EXPLORE MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS EXTENSIONS No Visas for North Americans holding valid passports The summer months, DEC-FEB and the off season MARCH-MAY AUCKLAND,CHRISTCHURCH, QUEENSTOWN Fjordland – Milford and Doubtful sounds, Waitomo Caves, Franz Josef Glacier, Rotoruas thermal pools and geysers, Middle earth, Maori Tourism, North Island sail the Bay of Islands, The Coramandel Peninsula, Bungee Jumping, Sky Diving, Zorbing, Lake Taupo, Marlborough Sounds, Abel Tasman National Park, Tranz Coastal Train.
FIJI VISA REQUIREMENTS: BEST SEASON TO TRAVEL MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS EXTENSIONS No Visas for North Americans holding valid passport FIJI enjoys an ideal South Sea tropical climate all year long. Temperatures seldom reach above 35c 96f Island Hopping tours, Snorkeling and Diving Excursions, Spa Vacations, Unique Cruise Ships, The Coral Coast, Suva, White water rafting on the Upper Navua River. For longer stays visit the Manumuca and Yasawa Islands just off the shore from Nadi
Tahiti and the Society Islands VISA REQUIREMENTS: BEST SEASON TO TRAVEL MAJOR CITIES TO EXPLORE MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS EXTENSIONS Visas not required for North American citizens, for stays of less than one month The dry season.. APR-OCT. july and august are the coolest months of the year due to the southeast trade winds TAHITI, MOOREA, BORA BORA Tahiti and her islands are the perfect place to do everything or nothing at all. Explore the untouched islands such as Huahine, Raiatea, Taha, Rangiroa, Manihi, Tikehau, Fakarava, Gamber Islands and the Marquesas
CHINA VISA REQUIREMENT BEST SEASON TO TRAVEL MAJOR CITIES TO EXPLORE MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS EXTENSIONS VISA REQUIRED SEPTEMBER THROUGH OCTOBER BEIJING, XIAN,CHONG GING,SHANGHAI Great Wall, Tianamen Square, Terracotta Warriors, Yangtze Cruise, The Bund, Childrens Palace, Shanghai Museum, Temple of the Jade Buddah Hong Kong
HONG KONG VISA REQUIREMENT BEST SEASON TO VISIT MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS EXTENSIONS NO VISA REQUIRED OCTOBER, NOVEMBER, DECEMBER VICTORIA PEAK, ABERDEEN FISHING VILLAGE, STANLEY MARKET CHINA
VIETNAM VISA REQUIREMENT BEST SEASON TO TRAVEL MAJOR CITIES TO EXPLORE MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS EXTENSIONS VISA REQUIRED OCTOBER TO MID MARCH SAIGON, HANOI Chu Chi Tunnels, Mekong Delta, Colon (Chinatown), Water Puppet Theatre, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar
Cambodia (Siem Reap) VISA REQUIREMENT BEST SEASON TO VISIT MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS EXTENSIONS VISA REQUIRED DECEMBER and JANUARY ANGKOR WAT THAILAND, VIETNAM, LAOS, MYANMAR
LAOS VISA REQUIREMENT BEST SEASON TO VISIT MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS EXTENSIONS VISA REQUIRED NOVEMBER TO FEBUARY PAK OU CAVES THAILAND, VIETNAM, CAMBODIA, MYANMAR
MYANMAR VISA REQUIREMENT BEST SEASON TO VISIT MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS EXTENSIONS VISA REQUIRED OCTOBER TO MAY INGLE LAKE, GOLDEN ROCK THAILAND, VIETNAM, CAMBODIA, LAOS
THAILAND VISA REQUIREMENT BEST SEASON TO VISIT BEST CITIES TO EXPLORE MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS EXTENSIONS VISA IS NOT REQUIRED NOVEMBER TO FEBUARY BANGKOK, CHAING MAI Floating Market, Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Meo hill tribes, Lampang Elephant Camps CAMBODIA,VIETNAM, LAOS, MYANMAR, MALAYSIA
MALAYSIA VISA REQUIREMENT BEST SEASON TO VISIT BEST CITIES TO EXPLORE MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS EXTENSIONS VISA IS NOT REQUIRED ALL YEAR … avoid monsoon late November Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, Penang Petronas twin tower, Batu Caves, Porta De Santiago, Jonker Street. SINGAPORE, THAILAND
SINGAPORE VISA REQUIREMENT BEST SEASON TO VISIT MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS EXTENSIONS VISA IS NOT REQUIRED ALL YEAR Raffles Hotel, Little India, Chinatown, Night Safari, Sentosa Island, THAILAND, MALAYSIA, BONTAN ISLAND ( 45 minute ferry ride)
Argentina VISA REQUIREMENT BEST SEASON TO TRAVEL MAJOR CITIES/HIGHLIGHTS TO EXPLORE EXTENSIONS No Visa Required - Departure tax on international flights: US$23.50 (fluctuate due to Argentina's current economy). Popular months to travel - Autumn and spring are marvelous. Summer is the best time to visit Patagonia and the Southern Andes. Popular sightseeing – Iguazu Falls, Buenos Aires, El Calafate, Mar del Plata, Mendoza and Patagonia.
BRAZIL VISA REQUIREMENT BEST SEASON TO TRAVEL MAJOR CITIES/HIGHLIGHTS TO EXPLORE EXTENSIONS Visa Required. Popular months to travel - year round but a bit chilly indeed June through August Popular sightseeing – Iguazu Falls, Amazon Jungle, Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Natal, Sao Paulo.
CHILE VISA REQUIREMENT BEST SEASON TO TRAVEL MAJOR CITIES/HIGHLIGHTS TO EXPLORE EXTENSIONS No Visa Required - Entrance Fee into Chile for Canadian citizens US$132 Popular months to travel - year round but autumn and spring are best. Popular sightseeing – Santiago, Wine Tour, Austral Cruise, Patagonia, Lake District and Easter Island
PERU VISA REQUIREMENT BEST SEASON TO TRAVEL MAJOR CITIES/HIGHLIGHTS TO EXPLORE EXTENSIONS No Visa Required - Departure tax on international flights: US$28. Airport security tax for each domestic flight: US$5. Popular months to travel - year round but June through October are the coolest months. Popular sightseeing – Cusco, Machu Picchu, Nazca Lines, Puno, Lake Titicaca, Arequipa, Colca Canyon and Puerto Maldonado
COSTA RICA VISA REQUIREMENT BEST SEASON TO TRAVEL MAJOR CITIES/HIGHLIGHTS TO EXPLORE EXTENSIONS No Visa Required - Departure tax on international flights: US$26 Popular months to travel - year round; dry season – December through April and rain season – May through November Popular sightseeing – Volcano Areas, Marshlands, Rainforests as well as miles of beautiful coastline offering some of the best scuba diving and deep-sea fishing in the world.
ECUADOR & THE GALAPAGOS VISA REQUIREMENT BEST SEASON TO TRAVEL MAJOR CITIES/HIGHLIGHTS TO EXPLORE EXTENSIONS No Visa Required - Departure tax on international flights: US$32 Popular months to travel - Temperatures are relatively consistent year round, comfortably warm in the highlands and hot along the coasts. Popular sightseeing – Quito and Galapagos Islands - Cruises
India VISAS BEST SEASON TO TRAVEL MAJOR CITIES TO EXPLORE MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS EXTENSIONS Canadians and US visitors require a visa for India September to March.. April to August are the summer months AGRA, DELHI, JAIPUR in the north of India COCHIN,GOA,MYSORE,MADRAS in the south of India The Golden Triangle, Taj Mahal, Ranthambore Wildlife (Tigers) NEPAL,BHUTAN, SRI LANKA and the Maldive Islands
AUSTRIA VISA REQUIREMENT BEST SEASON TO TRAVEL MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS EXTENSIONS 1. No visa required 2. Most of Austria has a moderate central European climate. Best time to travel May –October in the summer. Traveling to Austria in the winter offers great exploring opportunities 3. Music, art and story-book scenery: Austria takes the sacher torte. Vienna is the capital, hub of the country's musical life and littered with beautiful buildings. Music, art and architecture reach baroque perfection in Salzburg, Mozart's birthplace. Innsbruck's snow- capped peaks frame its fascinating historic buildings. 4. Imperial cities – Budapest, Prague and Munich
BULGARIA VISA REQUIREMENT BEST SEASON TO TRAVEL MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS EXTENSIONS No visa required Bulgaria's climate is a distinct case of Mediterranean-meets-eastern-Europe. Summers have a few more wet days than the start of the year and are pleasantly hot and sunny, mostly sitting in the low 30°Cs Nesebâr, Rila Mountains, Sofia – the capital city and the Black sea coastal towns including Varna. Rest of Eastern Europe
BELARUS VISA REQUIREMENT BEST SEASON TO TRAVEL MAJOR CITIES TO EXPLORE EXTENSIONS Visa required. Contact Local Embassy or consulate Belarus has a continental climate. Best time to travel May –Sep Belarus is a vast steppe straddling the shortest route between Moscow and the Polish border. Wide stretches of unbroken birch groves, vast forested marshlands and wooden villages amid rolling green and black fields give it a haunting beauty. 4. Baltic Republics of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Russia.
BRITAIN VISA REQUIREMENTS: BEST SEASON TO TRAVEL MAJOR CITIES/HIGHLIGHTS TO EXPLORE EXTENSIONS 1. No visa required 2. May to September 3. Britain "green and pleasant land" hides many attractions of note including Scottish north and Welsh country. Naturally many people come here to soak up the history and culture of the land of Shakespeare, kings and queens, and the Industrial Revolution, but there are also the natural attractions of the beautiful Lake District and England's hundreds of miles of coastline. And of course, no visitor can come to England without experiencing London, the nation's capital and one of the world's greatest cities. 4. Best as a single destination or with continental Europe.
Belgium VISA REQUIREMENT BEST SEASON TO TRAVEL MAJOR CITIES TO EXPLORE EXTENSIONS No visa required Belgium has a varied climate from day to day but that is quite similar across the country. Summer May – Sep - has the most pleasant conditions with days averaging in the low 20°Cs and best time to travel Historic cities of Antwerp, Brussels and Ghent. Netherlands, Luxembourg, France and Germany
CROATIA VISA REQUIREMENTS: BEST SEASON TO TRAVEL MAJOR CITIES/HIGHLIGHTS TO EXPLORE No visa required Climate varies from Mediterranean along the Adriatic coast to continental inland. The sunny coastal areas have hot, dry summers and mild, rainy winters. Best time to visit – May –October Profligate sun, medieval old towns and a cruisy vibe. Visit Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Mljet Island, Plitvice Lakes National Park, and Solin
CZECH REPUBLIC VISA REQUIREMENT BEST SEASON TO TRAVEL MAJOR CITIES/HIGHLIGHTS TO EXPLORE EXTENSIONS No visa required May to September is a good period to infiltrate the heart of Central Europe with average daily highs in the mid 20°Cs 3. Stunning architecture is not limited to Prague - there are plenty of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque facades in other towns. Among the richest are Kutná Hora in Central Bohemia; Cheb, Loket and Domažlice in western Bohemia; Olomouc in northern Moravia; and Telč and Kromêříž in southern Moravia. Health spa resorts of Karlovy Vary & Marianske Lazne are musts. 4. Combine Prague visit with Budapest and Vienna.
DENMARK VISA REQUIREMENT BEST SEASON TO TRAVEL MAJOR CITIES/HIGHLIGHTS TO EXPLORE EXTENSIONS No visa required The best times to visit are June, July and August when temperatures rise to the high teens. Denmark has a wealth of fascinating attractions to offer any visitor. Helsingor, Roskilde and The Viking Ship Museum, Christiania (aka the Free State of Christiania), Copenhagen History and Architecture, The Little Mermaid - Copenhagen Waterfront, Aarhus, Odense, Legoland and The Great Belt Suspension Bridge Denmark is best visited as a combined tour of Scandinavia and the Baltics.
ESTONIA VISA REQUIREMENT BEST SEASON TO TRAVEL MAJOR CITIES/HIGHLIGHTS TO EXPLORE EXTENSIONS No visa required The hottest months are June to August, with temperatures in the 20s. May is cooler, but generally dry and warm. Rom Tallinn's beautiful medieval centre to the lush wetlands of the Soomaa National Park, Estonia offers extraordinary diversity for such a small country. Most visitors come over the summer months, as the temperatures drop drastically come winter, though there are possibilities for skiing and other winter sports if you're after some Eastern European snow. 4. Ideal trip is in combination with other Baltic republics
FRANCE VISA REQUIREMENT BEST SEASON TO TRAVEL MAJOR CITIES/HIGHIGHTS TO EXPLORE EXTENSIONS No visa required In general France enjoys cool winters (Nov-Feb) and mild summers (May- Sep). The peak time for visiting Northern and Central regions is undoubtedly the summer months, although in mountain areas the winter brings a peak in tourism as hordes of ski enthusiasts descend on the slopes. Along the Mediterranean Coast winters are much milder while summers are hot with little rainfall. Tourism along the Riviera is permanently high. Be aware that Paris can be stiflingly hot in the summer. Some of the most beautiful locations in the world. Here are our top attractions in Europe's most sophisticated country - Eiffel Tower – Paris, The Louvre – Paris, Loire Valley, The Alps, Brittany, Normandy, The French Riviera, Disneyland Resort Paris, Bordeaux, Provence and the Wine country. 4. Best explored as single country or combine with rest of Europe.
FINLAND VISA REQUIREMENT BEST SEASON TO TRAVEL MAJOR CITIES/HIGHLIGHTS TO EXPLORE EXTENSIONS No visa required May to September Finland is one of the most enigmatic countries in Europe. From the cosmopolitan city of Helsinki, through fir forests, to the frozen tundra of Lapland far to the north and well inside the arctic circle, there is a vast and beautiful variety contained within the slender territory. With some areas among the most sparsely populated on the continent if you want to get away from it all, you couldn't make a better choice. Finland is best visited as a combined tour of Scandinavia and the Baltics.
GERMANY VISA REQUIREMENT BEST SEASON TO TRAVEL MAJOR CITIES/HIHIGHTS TO EXPLORE EXTENSIONS No visa required Winter and Summer depending on your interest. With such a large territory and a wealth of history Germany has literally hundreds of fabulous towns, cities and attractions to experience. The bustling cities of Cologne and Berlin contrast with the rural solitude of the Black Forest and the isolated castles that stand on the banks of the country's great rivers. Here are our selection of highlights throughout this fascinating nation – Heidelberg, Cologne, Dresden, Berlin, The Bavarian Alps, Munich, Potsdam, Lake Constance, Rhine Valley, Hamburg and Lübeck and Frankfurt Best explored as single country or combine with rest of Europe
GREECE VISA REQUIREMENT BEST SEASON TO TRAVEL MAJOR CITIES/HIGHLIGHTS TO EXPLORE EXTENSIONS 1. No visa required 2. Greece has a warm Mediterranean climate with a distinct three-month dry period during the long, hot summer. Athens especially can be extremely hot during the summer months -. Winter (November through to March) is the wettest season and is generally mild in the south but colder in the north. Snow in winter is common in mountainous regions. 3. Greece's many highlights range from fantastic archaeological sites to sandy white beaches, azure seas and stunning marine life. Here are just a few of our favourites: Historic Athens, Kefalonia, Ionean Sea, Delphi, Central Greece, Crete, Mykonos, Meteora, Thessaly, Rhodes, Dodecanese, The Peloponnese, Northern Greece and the Halkidiki Peninsula, Folegandros, Cyclades and Santorini 4. Greece is visited as single country destination and visits to some of the islands is a must
HUNGARY VISA REQUIREMENT BEST SEASON TO TRAVEL MAJOR CITIES/HIGHLIGHTS TO EXPLORE EXTENSIONS 1. No visa required 2. Hungary has a temperate, continental climate. The summer months from May through August are generally warm to hot with temperatures reaching a daily average of 22°C in July. These are the best (and most popular) months to visit the country. 3. Most visitors to Hungary only get to see the magnificent capital city of Budapest, but there are plenty of other attractions in the country. Budapest, Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church – Budapest, The Hungarian Parliament – Budapest, Szentendre (St Andrews), Visegrad and Estzergom, Holloko, Sopron, Pecs, Lake Balaton and the Great Plains. 4. Ideally trip is a combination of Central Europe – Austria, Czech & Slovak Republics and Hungary.
ITALY VISA REQUIREMENT BEST SEASON TO TRAVEL MAJOR CITIES /HIGHLIGHTS TO EXPLORE EXTENSIONS No visa required The summer is hot and dry, but the temperature is mitigated on the coast by sea breezes and in the Apennines and Alps it is pleasantly cool. In mountain areas, winter is ideal for skiing, and summer for excursions, hiking, etc. Seaside and lake resorts, with their excellent hotel facilities, have an intense tourist season in the summer, while the cities that are rich in art treasures are ideal in spring and autumn. Active Holidays including hiking, cycling, walking, Art Cities, Food & wine, thermal spas, Mountains and Lake cities, Coastal cities and islands Island of Sicily and rest of Europe
ICELAND VISA REQUIREMENT BEST SEASON TO TRAVEL MAJOR CITIES/HIGHLIGHTS TO EXPLORE EXTENSIONS No visa required Most visitors to Iceland choose to come over the summer - roughly from May to September, and the tourist industry caters for this, with some attractions only opening for these five months. Iceland is a truly incredible country - Reykjavik (despite its town like appearance) is an international city of modern attractions, while the rest of the country is unique, boasting thermal pools, geysers and black volcanic rock. A land of fire and ice, glaciers overlook lava flows in a wilderness unlike any you might have experienced before. Best explored as a single destination
IRELAND VISA REQUIREMENT BEST SEASON TO TRAVEL MAJOR CITIES/HIGHLIGHTS TO EXPLORE EXTENSIONS No visa required Ireland has a changeable climate, with mild summers and cool winters. The coldest months to visit are January and February, with temperatures reaching just 4-7c, whereas in July and August temperatures can reach 14-16c. The wettest weather is endured by those in the West of the country, while the East and South enjoy the most sunshine through the year. 3. Ireland has a rich variety of attractions, ranging from the natural to the historical, as evidenced by our selection below. However, for many people the most memorable aspect of their visit is the character and humour of the people, and the infectious spirit of the music. Sights of Mythical Ireland, The Dingle Peninsula, Literary Ireland, West Coast Cliffs- Moher and Slieve League, Glendalough, County Wicklow are key attrations. 4. Best explored as a single destination
LATVIA VISA REQUIREMENT BEST SEASON TO TRAVEL MAJOR CITIES/HIGHLIGHTS TO EXPLORE EXTENSIONS 1. No visa required 2. The climate in Latvia is temperate, though the country can experience fairly extreme temperatures. Summers (June to August) are generally warm and sunny, though July tends to be the wettest as well as the warmest month, so is not the best time to visit. Spring (roughly April- May) and Autumn (September-October) are mild and pleasant for travelling and sightseeing. 3. Though many of Latvia's top attractions are in and around Riga, there's plenty to lure visitors away from the capital, including long swathes of sandy beaches, medieval castles and stunning natural scenery. 4. Ideal trip is in combination with other Baltic republics
LITHUANIA VISA REQUIREMENTS: BEST SEASON TO TRAVEL MAJOR CITIES/HIGHLIGHTS TO EXPLORE EXTENSIONS No visa required From the spring until late summer the rest of the nation is more welcoming to visitors. Small as it is, Lithuania manages to pack in a lot into its territory. For people interested in Eastern European architecture the cities are treasure troves of that distinctive style, capital Vilnius's old quarter containing countless stunning examples. The countryside is beautiful, if not particularly spectacular, being made of rolling hills, green valleys and forests - the perfect rural idyll. Ideal trip is in combination with other Baltic republics
NETHERLANDS VISA REQUIREMENTS: BEST SEASON TO TRAVEL MAJOR CITIES/HIGHLIGHTS TO EXPLORE EXTENSIONS No visa required Summers are quite warm, with the warmest weather occurring during July and August. Winters tend to be quite mild, although a very cold spell during January or February is not uncommon. Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum, Beaches of Noord Holland, Delft, Alkmaar, The Hague, Cycle Touring, and Canal Cruises Combine with BENELUX countries or rest of Europe
NORWAY VISA REQUIREMENTS: BEST SEASON TO TRAVEL MAJOR CITIES/HIGHLIGHTS TO EXPLORE EXTENSIONS No visa required Most people visit the country between May-Sep. Famous for fjords and Vikings, few countries have the mystical allure of Norway. For most of Europe it is considered a faraway Northern wilderness, which the imagination peoples with giants and covers with snow and frost. In truth Norway is like much of Scandinavia, with the reality less harsh than people expect. Oslo is an extremely attractive capital, while, inland, green summer meadows and valleys counterpoint the rocky chasms of the crenulated coastline. Only in the far north, among the Sami people will you find the frozen tundra that you've been imagining. And not a horned helmet in sight... Norway is best visited as a combined tour of Scandinavia and the Baltics.
PORTUGAL VISA REQUIREMENTS: BEST SEASON TO TRAVEL MAJOR CITIES/HIGHLIGHTS TO EXPLORE EXTENSIONS No visa required Summer is undoubtedly the peak tourist season, visitors come all year round to enjoy the golf and perennially warm weather. Portugal packs a number of world-class attractions into its diminutive frame, from the perfect beaches of the Algarve and the Costa Verde to the fascinating cities of Lisbon, Faro and Evora. And don't forget the Atlantic islands of Madeira and the Azores, magical and unique. Extensions to Spain and Morocco are recommended
POLAND VISA REQUIREMENTS: BEST SEASON TO TRAVEL MAJOR CITIES/HIGHLIGHTS TO EXPLORE EXTENSIONS No visa required May to October Kraków, Auschwitz, Zakopane and the Tatra Mountains, Bialowieza, Gdansk and the Tri-City, Wieliczka and Warsaw. Best visited as single destination or in combination with Central and Eastern Europe
ROMANIA VISA REQUIREMENTS: BEST SEASON TO TRAVEL MAJOR CITIES/HIGHLIGHTS TO EXPLORE EXTENSIONS No visa required Summer is by far the best time to visit. Through the summer months of Jun-Sep the Black Sea Coast regularly sees temperatures of 30 degrees. Romania boasts breathtakingly beautiful scenery, an international capital of stature and a fascinating position at the heart of European history. ne exclusive sector of tourism that does visit are the Vampire Hunters, fans of Romania's most famous personality, the fictional figure of Dracula. Bucharest, Danube Delta, Sighisoara, Brasov, Curtea de Arges Monastery, The Black Sea Coast, Prahova, Bran Castle and more. Best visited as single destination or in combination with Central and Eastern Europe
RUSSIA VISA REQUIREMENTS: BEST SEASON TO TRAVEL MAJOR CITIES/HIGHLIGHTS TO EXPLORE EXTENSIONS Visa required. Application through local consulates in Canada April – September Moscow, St Petersburg, The Performing Arts, The Golden Ring, The Volga Cities, The Russian South and the Black Sea, The Trans-Siberian Express, Best visited as single destination.
SLOVAKIA VISA REQUIREMENTS: BEST SEASON TO TRAVEL MAJOR CITIES/HIGHLIGHTS TO EXPLORE EXTENSIONS No visa required May, June and September are preferable for foreign tourists to visit. A region endowed with natural beauty. A wilderness of karsts and rocky mountains is tempered with breathtakingly beautiful green valleys and forests. A wealth of fascinating buildings and castles, dating from Roman times to the early-20th century, emulating styles from all over the continent. Combine the trip with Czech Republic, Hungary and Austria
SPAIN VISA REQUIREMENTS: BEST SEASON TO TRAVEL MAJOR CITIES/HIGHLIGHTS TO EXPLORE EXTENSIONS No visa required The best months to visit are April and October, Madrid, Canary Islands, Barcelona, Costa Brava – Catalonia, Castile and Leon, Basque Provinces, Balearic Islands, Levante, Andalucia, Extensions to Portugal and Morocco are recommended
SWEDEN VISA REQUIREMENTS: BEST SEASON TO TRAVEL MAJOR CITIES/HIGHLIGHTS TO EXPLORE EXTENSIONS 1. No visa required 2. Best time to visit Sweden is during the summer period of May-Aug. 3. Stockholm, Skånsen, Karlskrona, Lapland, Gothenburg and Gotland are key destinations 4. Sweden is best visited as a combined tour of Scandinavia and the Baltics.
SWITZERLAND VISA REQUIREMENTS: BEST SEASON TO TRAVEL MAJOR CITIES/HIGHLIGHTS TO EXPLORE EXTENSIONS No visa required Year around winter and summer holidays Zermatt, Mount Titlis, Jungfraujoch, St Moritz, Lucerne, Chateau de Chillon - Lake Geneva, Mount Pilatu, Geneva, Berne, Lake Lugano, Glacier Express trains are key attractions. Best as single destination or combine with rest of Europe