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06 Feb

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Free ZUCA When You Book a Trip to Europe

February 6, 2015 | By |

What's a ZUCA?

Featuring a convenient built-in seat and practical, removable packing packages, the ZUCA Ultimate-Carry-All luggage makes both travelling and packing your suitcase a breeze.

Book a pre-packaged vacation to Europe by March 31 and get a FREE ZUCA Ultimate Carry-All luggage!* Minimum 7-night stay for 2 adults required and only 1 FREE ZUCA offered per room. 

To get your free ZUCA, add it to your shopping cart. It will be priced at $0 plus $35 shipping and handling (taxes included). Alternatively, call us after you’ve booked your trip to redeem your ZUCA.

See all our Europe offerings.

*ZUCA Ultimate Carry-All must be booked and requested between Feb. 7 & Mar. 31, 2015. Valid for travel from Apr. 1 and completed by Oct. 31, 2015. Available while supplies last. Offer applicable on pre-packaged vacations made through a package search only. Not applicable to flight-only, hotel-only, cruises, groups or custom bookings. Applicable to items listed in the Best of Europe. Minimum 7-night stay required. Minimum 2 adults per booking. One ZUCA Ultimate Carry-All per room. Approximate retail value: $375. Shipping and handling fee of $35 applies and is non-refundable. ZUCA will be shipped 14 to 30 days after travel has been completed. Offer may be withdrawn at any time. Colour and style of luggage are subject to change without notice. Luggage does not meet the standards of Air Canada Carry-On policy. Shipping valid for Canadian addresses only.  

26 Jun

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Spectacular Views of Switzerland

June 26, 2014 | By |

When you order fondue in Switzerland, it will be a warm, gooey decadence of Gruyere and  Emmental. It’s a Swiss classic and not to be missed, but let this be the beginning of your explorations, not the end.

To start with, its transport system really is as wonderful as you’ve heard and can get you pretty much anywhere you want to go, on time. Zurich is a forward-looking lakeside town of restaurants and artists nested in medieval stonework with a world-class airport nearby. The Lake Geneva region has a delicious undiscovered wine country, while Lucerne, one of the great destinations of the Alps, will always make you feel on top of the world.

Air Canada Vacations wants you to take all of this in. That’s why we have non-stop year-round flights to Geneva and Zurich, lots of hotels across the country and easy options for train passes, car rentals and activities, so you can get out and embrace the wonder of a mountain hike, a scenic bike ride or a lakeside stroll. We’ve even put together some pre-planned itineraries, taking you to the most spectacular views we could find.

26 Jun

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Views of the Alps

June 26, 2014 | By |

The view from Mt. Pilatus is one of the best in Switzerland, possibly all of Europe. 73 peaks fade endlessly into the horizon. Below, the crisp mountain lake, and next to that, the charming Alpine town of Lucerne, where you started your journey on the Golden Round Trip.

From the winding historic streets of Lucerne, take a steamboat across the lake. Next, it’s a ride up the world’s steepest cogwheel train, which actually celebrates its 125th birthday this year. (A cog train uses a wheel with teeth to grip a special track up the mountainside.) The section through the tunnel is particularly exciting.

Once at the observatory, spend some time with the local band, have a drink or take the last few steps to the very top of Mt. Pilatus. Theodore Roosevelt and Queen Victoria reached the summit, so you’re in good company.

Your return is just as spectacular. A gondola lift takes you through panoramic views, over the foothills and back down to the lakeside forests. In the summer, be sure to stop in Frakmuntegg on your way down for a go on the longest summer toboggan run in Switzerland – it’s a fun ride!

26 Jun

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Domaine du Daley

June 26, 2014 | By |

The Lake Geneva Region grows unusual grapes like Chasselas and Gamay, creating a unique and flourishing wine culture. Winemaker Cyril Séverin, owner of the Domaine du Daley, takes us to his vineyard and this beautiful part of Switzerland.

What makes a great wine?

The grapes. Well balanced, not too big, not burned by the sunshine. The top wines have to be worked by hand on the vine as in the cellar.

Your vineyard was founded in 1392, what does that mean to you?

We are the oldest brand in Switzerland. It pushes us to improve and express through our wines our tradition and respect for this place.

How would you describe your wines?

We try to give the best elegance and finesse to all our 22 wines. Each wine is only produced in 1,000 to 8,000 bottles. Quite special.

Do you have a special seasonal wine?

The Chasselas or Gamay are very nice in spring or summer. Viognier is more enjoyable in autumn and winter.

Your wines are unfiltered, how does that affect the experience?

We call them “alive wines”. No filtration, no treatments on the wines, gives an authentic expression of the structures. They are more emotional wines.

What will surprise us on a tour of your vineyard?

The view! This region of Lavaux is a steep hillside of terraces facing south to Lake Geneva, a UNESCO World Heritage since 2007. You can see Lausanne to Geneva, and even France.

Can you recommend any restaurants or bars that we should visit?

Flon and St-Pierre are good areas in Lausanne. Au Chat Noir is my favourite restaurant. It’s a fine-dining brasserie with lots of surprises.

One thing every Canadian should do here?

Visit in the summertime. We have a lot of music festivals and Lake Geneva is like a Swiss seaside.

What’s next for the Domaine du Daley?

To bring Swiss wines to the world.

19 Jun

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Views from the Train

June 19, 2014 | By |

Air-inclusive rail tours

Swiss Pass your ticket to ride

This is the only ticket you need to get unlimited access to all of the Swiss Travel Systems’ amazing trains, buses and boats. Plus, you get free admission to more than 450 museums and 50% off most mountain railways. These two rail itineraries are just suggestions; feel free to use your pass however you like.

UNESCO Switzerland

9 days | 7 nights

Discover three of Switzerland’s most beautiful UNESCO World Heritage sites. From Zurich, ride to Bern, the nation’s capital. The well-preserved medieval old town was listed in 1983 and is a wonderful afternoon walk. Your next destination is La-Chaux-de-Fonds, the heartland of Swiss watch-making. The iconic mountain railroad takes you to your last stop on this 7-day tour, Jungfraujoch, site of the largest glacier in Eurasia and the highest rail station in Europe.

Cultures of Switzerland

11 days | 9 nights

This exhilarating 11-day itinerary takes you to the heart of Switzerland’s German, French and Italian cultures. Fly into vibrant, German-speaking Zurich. Then ride the scenic rails of the Wilhelm Tell Express south through medieval Alpine Lucerne all the way to the gelato and palm trees of Lugano. Next, it’s west to the sophistication of Montreux, the international savoir-faire of French-speaking Geneva and your flight home.

29 Nov

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Cruise the world in Style

November 29, 2012 | By |

Imagine discover the world on luxurious boat of  Royal Caribbean. Explore the South Pacific, Mediterranean and Easter Caribbean in style with Royal Caribbean.

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