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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Bordeaux Toulouse trip now booking

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In partnership with CWT Victor Travel
101 - 8800 Dufferin Street,
Concord, ON L4K 0C5
TICO Ontario registration #1892647

Tours en l'air
Ballet Holidays

escorted by
Canada's Word Lady,
Katherine Barber

South of France:
Toulouse and Bordeaux
(day trips to the Dordogne, Carcassonne, St-Emilion)

Wine, Food, History, and Ballet

21 June – 2 July 2019
12 days, 11 nights

14 NOVEMBER 2018
Romanesque Basilique St-Sernin, Toulouse
Friday 21 June TOULOUSE
Arrive Toulouse, France's “rose-coloured city”. Check in to four-star Hotel Mercure Centre St-Georges, 9 minutes walk from the Halle aux Grains theatre.
Saturday 22 June TOULOUSE
Morning: Private 2-hour walking tour of the historic centre of Toulouse. Afternoon at leisure. Suggested activities: For aviation and aerospace buffs, visit the Cité de l'espace or the brand new Aeroscopia museum, with over two dozen vintage and modern aircraft, including 2 Concordes, on display.
Welcome dinner before evening ballet performance: Ballet du Capitole de Toulouse: Homage to Nijinsky: Kiki La Rose (Kelemenis), Faun (Dawson), Vaslav (Neumeier), Petrushka (Celis)

Pont-neuf Toulouse
Sunday 23 June TOULOUSE
Day trip to Carcassonne.
8h15: depart Toulouse (1 hr 15 mins)
10-1230: Guided tour of the medieval citadel, including the castle of the counts, the Saint-Nazaire basilica with its remarkable 13th-century statues and stained glass, and the ramparts. 3-course lunch.
230: return to Toulouse. Dinner.
Monday 24 June TOULOUSE
Backstage tour of the Theatre du Capitole. Day at leisure. Visit the museums and markets. Take a boat ride on the Garonne River or the Canal du Midi. Visit one of the tapas bars that seem to be on every corner in Toulouse. 
Le Capitole, Toulouse

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Tuesday 25 June TOULOUSE
Day trip to the Causses du Quercy regional park. Our private coach takes you to St-Cirq-Lapopie, “France's favourite village” (1 hr 45). One-hour guided walking tour. St Cirq, enclosed by fortified gates, includes many beautiful old houses whose facades of stone or wood were built between the thirteenth and sixteenth centuries. Gourmet lunch. Continue on (20 minutes) to Pech-Merle. Visit the caves with their limestone formations and 25,000-year-old wall paintings. Unlike the more famous Lascaux, where you can only see reproductions of the prehistoric paintins, at Pech-Merle you see the originals. Return to Toulouse.
Wednesday 26 June TOULOUSE – BORDEAUX
Morning: check out of Toulouse hotel. Our private luxury coach departs Toulouse for Bordeaux.
Arrive Château Mathias, Virazeil (1.5 hours from Toulouse). Former dancers Robert Tewsley and Thomas Gallus welcome you into their beautiful home and provide a homemade buffet lunch of local specialities overlooking the Garonne valley.
1-hour Q&A with recently retired international ballet star (National Ballet of Canada, Stuttgart Ballet, New York City Ballet) and current MacMillan stager ROBERT TEWSLEY.
Continue to Bordeaux (1.5 hours). Check in to the 4-star Hotel Majestic in one of Bordeaux's elegant 18th-century buildings, 3 minutes walk from the theatre. 

Grand-Theatre, Bordeaux
Thursday 27 June BORDEAUX
Morning: Private walking tour of Bordeaux's classical 18th-century old town, the world's largest urban UNESCO world heritage site. Afternoon at leisure. Suggested activity: Take a one-hour bus tour of the city. Visit Bordeaux's all-about-wine museum, La Cité du Vin
Friday 28 June BORDEAUX
Private day trip by luxury coach to some of the region's most famous vineyards in Saint-Emilion (1 hour from Bordeaux): visit and tasting at two wineries, lunch, private guided tour of the medieval town. 1-hour trackless train ride through the vineyards. Return to Bordeaux. Dinner.

Vineyards, St-Emilion

Saturday 29 June BORDEAUX
Day at leisure.
Sunday 30 June BORDEAUX
Day trip to the Dordogne. Wending its way past chateaux and villages, our private coach takes you to the picturesque medieval town of Issigeac (2 hours).The weekly farmers' market will be in full swing and you can sample the local foie gras, truffles, duck confit, and other produce. Walking tour of the old town (1 hr). We carry on to nearby (1/2 hour) Monpazier, little changed since it was founded in 1284.
Monday 1 July BORDEAUX
Day at leisure. Evening: Ballet performance: Notre-Dame de Paris (Roland Petit) in one of Europe's oldest opera houses, the magnificent Grand Theatre, built in 1780 (and the venue for the premiere of La Fille mal gardée in 1789). It was here that Marius Petipa finished his training, was a principal dancer, and mounted his first full-length productions, before embarking on his famous career in Russia.
Tuesday 2 July BORDEAUX
Check out of hotel and depart Bordeaux.

Total Package Price:
Double occupancy:
CA$4799 per person
Single supplement:
CA$1199 per person

14 NOVEMBER 2018
All prices valid till
14 NOVEMBER 2018

You may use RBC reward points or RBC certificates towards the purchase of any or all components of these travel arrangements
Place de la Bourse, Bordeaux

14 NOVEMBER 2018

416.736.6010 x. 234
TOLL FREE: 1-866-699-0199

For more information:
phone: 416.693.4496

LAND-ONLY PACKAGE allows you the flexibility of arranging travel from your
most convenient departure point,
on the dates and times you prefer,
and to extend your stay if you wish.
Victor Travel's experienced agents will be happy to help you with flight arrangements. There are excellent connections to both cities via Amsterdam on KLM or via Paris on Air France. Paris is only 2 hours away from Bordeaux by frequent high-speed trains.

This program must be sold as a package. Extra hotel nights can be added on at extra cost (subject to availability). We cannot offer individual components separately, break the package into shorter installments, or offer an
accommodation only” option.
Mobility issues should be discussed with the travel agent before registering.
Travellers wishing to share will be
put in touch with one another.

Live out your fantasy of residing in a chateau in the South of France! Add a day or more before or after the program, and beautiful, restful Château Mathias, overlooking the Garonne valley one hour east of Bordeaux, will extend an exclusive 10% discount on its high season rates, plus the VIP package (welcome drinks, pickup and dropoff at Marmande train station on the
Bordeaux-Toulouse line if necessary).
Sip wine by the pool as you soak up the spectacular view.
Château Mathias combines the charm, intimacy, and personal contact of the B&B with the comfort and luxury
of the best hotels.
Space is limited.

Package includes:
5 nights double-share 4-star accommodation in Toulouse and 6 nights double-share
4-star accommodation in Bordeaux
Daily buffet breakfast
Premium seats for 2 ballet performances
Transfer by private luxury coach Toulouse to Bordeaux
Day excursions by private luxury coach to
St-Cirq Lapopie and Pech-Merle, Carcassonne, St-Emilion, and Issigeac and Monpazier
Admission & private guided tour of
Visit to two wineries in St-Emilion
5 private guided walking tours: Toulouse, Carcassonne, Bordeaux, St-Emilion, and Issigeac
Three 3-course dinners, four 3-course lunches
Beverages with group meals (mineral water, tea or coffee, and 1 glass wine (100 ml) or beer or soft drink)
Free wifi in hotels
Ballet enrichment program: ballet notes and informal pre-performance talks and post-performance reviews with tour leader
Private group Q&A with Robert Tewsley
All taxes, tips for group activities, service fees, and surcharges

Not included:
Meals and transfers not specifically mentioned in this itinerary
Items of a personal nature, e.g. phone calls
Cancellation insurance
and hospital/medical insurance
All items and activities listed as “suggested” in this brochure

Terms and Conditions:
This program is only sold as a package. Extra hotel nights can be added on at extra cost (subject to availability). We cannot offer individual components separately, break the package into shorter instalments, or offer an “accommodation only” option.

Mobility issues should be discussed with the travel agent before registering.

Travellers wishing to share will be put in touch with one another.

Non-refundable deposit of CA$2000 per person is required at time of booking, no later than November 14, 2018, to secure your space for this package. Single supplement (if applicable), any add-ons or upgrades, & optional cancellation and medical insurance must also be paid at time of booking

Final payment due March 26, 2019. Total package price is fully non-refundable if you cancel.

Added hotel nights are fully non-refundable

All cancellations must be received in writing at CWT Victor Travel to the attention of Lucy Nati (

Passports and any entry visas are the responsibility of the traveller and should be valid for at least 6 months after the date of the expected return. Even if in possession of these documents, entry into another country may still be refused.

If Your Booking is Changed by You: If you request a change to a booking more than 45 days prior to departure, it is subject to a $50 administration fee (including H.S.T.). A name correction, change of name or change of departure date requested within 45 days of departure makes the booking subject to full applicable cancellation charges as set out below. Once travel has commenced, no changes to the booking are permitted.

If You Cancel Your Booking: The following cancellation charges apply, as of the date on which we are informed of your cancellation (date of departure is excluded when calculating these cancellation charges):
More than 45 days: deposit of $2000 plus single supplement and upgrades if applicable
0-44 days: 100% of total price
Cancellation charges include H.S.T. and are effective from the day we record your cancellation request. We reserve the right to re-sell any cancelled services, tickets, etc. without a refund to you.

If Your Booking is Changed by Us: This tour is prepared months in advance, and occasionally a part of it has to be modified or is not available. On occasion, even after your booking is confirmed, we may have to make changes to your requested arrangements. Most changes will be minor, however, we may need to make a major change prior to your departure. Major changes include:
  1. change of departure or return by more than 24 hours;
  2. change of accommodation and/or accommodation standard;
  3. increase in your costs in excess of 7% (unless government imposed); and
  4. change of route requiring additional traveler identification or documentation without sufficient time to obtain this documentation before departure
If we make a major change, we will advise you as soon as possible, and you may then:
a. accept the change as offered;
select an alternate tour with Us based on availability and the applicable price; or
cancel your trip completely with a refund of the price paid, minus the non-refundable deposit.

Sometimes the hotel reserved is not available due to unexpected maintenance or overbooking, and a substitute hotel of equal or greater quality will be provided. If the hotel standard is downgraded and you accept the change as offered, a refund for any difference in price will be issued. We reserve the right to change published prices without notice and/or to pass on government imposed taxes, transportation related fees or surcharges including those for fuel or currency fluctuations to you.

Force Majeure: We may not be able to refund you in full for some or all changes made because of war or threat of war, riots, civil disturbances, terrorist activity, industrial disputes, natural and nuclear disasters, fire, weather causing beach erosion, epidemics or health risks, technical or mechanical problems with transport, flight delays due to weather, government action, closed or congested airports or seaports, supplier insolvency and any events beyond our direct control.

Tour Escort: If the tour escort is unable to accompany the tour, she will be replaced and the tour will go ahead as scheduled.

It is Not the Same Away From Home: As Canadians, we enjoy a very high standard of living. In other parts of the world, uninterrupted supply of water and electricity, the local health conditions, levels of security and standards of food and drink differ from those we enjoy at home.

Travel Insurance
Manulife out-of-province health insurance
and trip cancellation insurance be
purchased. It is available through CWT
Victor Travel. Payment of the premium
must accompany the deposit and is nonrefundable.

You have the choice of purchasing
Manulife Insurance from CWT Victor
Travel. Alternatively, if you have your
own coverage, we require proof of
coverage from you stating the name of
the insurer and the policy number as well
as emergency contact number.

Non-medical Cancellation Insurance is
strongly recommended. Information
regarding out-of-province medical &
cancellation insurance is available
through CWT Victor Travel.

Estimated cost on fully non-refundable
land arrangements of CA$4799 based on a
50-year-old traveller is CA$370.44
including taxes. Price will vary based on
age and state of health.

If you do not wish to purchase Travel
Insurance, you must fill out and sign the
Liability Release Form which we provide
for you.

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