Book Europe Early and Receive Big Savings with Air Canada Vacations
Book Europe Early and Receive Big Savings with Air Canada Vacations
This summer, it's all about Europe Your Way! Air Canada Vacations aims to deliver flawless stories for all styles of travel in Europe. From England and France to Italy and Germany, European countries are full of vibrant cities known for museums, restaurants, nightlife and architecture, so deciding which one to visit on vacation can be difficult.
Air Canada Vacations brings a variety of travel options such as Guided Tours, Fly & Drive Vacations; Island Hopping; French Riviera Escape; Amalfi Coast Escape; Seaside Escape; Family Gateway; Journey at Sea; Guided Rail Tours; Contiki Guided Tours and Trafalgar Guided Vacations. You are sure to find your ideal European adventure.
Fly and Rail Vacations from Dublin:
Known for its traditions, fine literature, folklore, customary music and dance, and fresh pints of Guinness are never in short supply, Dublin offers travellers a traditional experience alongside the contemporary on their next trip. With Irish Panorama from the Fly and Rail vacations program, become an Ireland’s connoisseur. From Killarney to Belfast, this Ireland vacation will show you what the country is all about.
Urban Getaway – Paris Your Way:
Immerse yourself in the je ne sais quoi of Paris, the City of Light. On this package, you can explore the city at your own pace, and take advantage of your Hop-On Hop-Off bus pass to discover parts of the city that captivate you. Cruise down the Seine for a riverside view of the city's stunning monuments, and enjoy a guided tour of the unparalleled Palace of Versailles. Whether it's savouring a decadent hot chocolate at Paris' multitude of cafés or shopping till you drop on the Champs-Élysées, your Paris adventure is sure to be un plaisir.
Urban Gateway – Porto Your Way:
Discover Porto, a coastal Portuguese city that has long been a place for wine lovers, this charming destination offers plenty of fun for travelers. Spend seven nights in the region and visit the fertile Douro Valley and incredible religious monuments in Minho. If your heart beats for a vacation in Greece or Italy this summer, reserved your spot now before it is too late! Visit the iconic Greek islands with packages from Toronto starting at $2099 per person. Hurry, space is limited.
This summer, Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge offer an extended list of direct flights to Europe from Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax and Saint John’s Newfoundland, including daily year-round flights.
Book Winter Travel Now!
Summer is coming to an end, and while many are preparing for the inevitable return to school, it's also that time to consider your client's winter holiday plans. With so much to see and do in Europe, we've laid out our top three itineraries and why every traveler should add Europe to their winter vacation list.
5 Reasons to Travel in the Winter
1. Fewer tourists - Goodbye summer crowds! During the winter, Europe's tourism quieting down means less lines, more space on flights and the ability to really soak in the sights - like seeing the Mona Lisa up close.
2. Better rates - For those on a budget, winter is the best time to travel since air, hotel and even sightseeing tours will be less expensive. Summer pricing can have up to 40% higher rates!
3. True culture experience - With the heap of tourism that takes over Europe during the summer, the locals are ready to celebrate during the winter. Nightlife will be much more alive with locals enjoying a pint. Traditional dishes that are not served during summer, will also find their way onto menus for an even more culturally rich experience.
4. Enchanting Atmosphere - The setting of winter in Europe is magical. With colorful lights hung, festive holiday markets alive and the smell of freshly-baked goods in the air, travelers can't help but relish in their heavenly surroundings.
5. Festivals - Even with the chill in the air, Europe loves to celebrate year round. The Venice Carnival is one of the most popular festivals with over a million attendees each year. Create your own carnival mask to then wear while enjoying a King's Banquet and dancing the night away at a Masquerade Ball.
Kakslauttanen Resort Lapland, Finland
What better way to see the beauty of the Northern Lights than cozied up inside your very own glass igloo?
Best of Germany
Berlin, Nuremberg & Munich
Whether your clients have a taste for history, art, architecture or festival markets, Germany has something to offer.
Budapest, Vienna & Prague
Clients will spend three nights in each city will allowing them to leisurely enjoy breathtaking castles, palaces and churches.
You will visit the following 6 places:
Paris is the capital and largest city in France, situated on the river Seine in northern France, at the heart of the Île-de-France region. The city of Paris, within its administrative limits largely unchanged since 1860, has an estimated population of 2,193,031, but the Paris metropolitan area has a population of 11,836,970, and is one of the most populated metropolitan areas in Europe. In 2009 and 2010, the city has been ranked among the three most important and influential cities in the world, among the first three "European cities of the future" according to a research published by Financial Times and among the top ten cities in the world in which to live according to the British review Monocle. The city is the home of the most visited art museum in the world; ''the Louvre'' as well as the ''Musée d'Orsay'' noted for its collection of French Impressionist art, and the ''Musée National d'Art Moderne'' a museum of modern and contemporary art. The notable architectural landmarks of Paris include Notre Dame Cathedral (12th century); the Sainte-Chapelle (13th century); the Eiffel Tower (1889); and the Basilica of Sacré-Cœur on Montmartre (1914). In 2014 Paris received 22.4 million visitors, making it one of the world's top tourist destinations. It is also known for its fashion, particularly the twice-yearly Paris Fashion Week, and for its haute cuisine, and three-star restaurants. Most of France's major universities and grandes écoles are located in Paris, as are France's major newspapers, including Le Monde, Le Figaro, and Libération.
Portugal is a southern European country on the Iberian Peninsula, bordering Spain and the Atlantic Ocean. It has a rich, unique culture, lively cities and beautiful countryside. Its rolling interior is perfect for exploring on foot, by kayak, by bike or even on horseback – though a large part of the country’s charm comes from languorous days on the beach, dining on fabulously fresh seafood and kicking back with a beer to watch the sunset over the Atlantic. It is also a developed country with an advanced economy, a high living standard, being also the 11th most peaceful country in the world.
Dublin is the largest and capital city of Ireland. The English name is derived from the Irish name Dubh Linn, meaning "black pool". It is a primate city with an urban population of over 1 million, containing almost 25% of the country's population. Dublin is situated near the midpoint of Ireland's east coast, at the mouth of the River Liffey, and at the centre of the Dublin Region. The city is listed by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network (GaWC) as a global city, with a ranking of "Alpha-", placing it among the top thirty cities in the world. It is a historical and contemporary centre for education, the arts, administration, economy and industry.
Ireland is an island in north-western Europe which has been divided politically since 1920. Most of the island is made up of Ireland (the Republic of Ireland). The remainder is Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom. An uncommon geological richness and the warming effect of the Atlantic produce an astonishing diversity of terrain on this lovely island, which is splashed throughout with lakes and primeval bogland. Ireland also adds further interest to the landscape through the sacred associations of so many of its physical features.
Porto (also known as Oporto in English), is the second largest city in Portugal after Lisbon and one of the major urban areas of the Iberian Peninsula. The urban area of Porto, which extends beyond the administrative limits of the city, has a population of 1.4 million (2011) in an area of 389 km2 (150 sq mi), making it the second-largest urban area in Portugal. Located along the Douro river estuary in Northern Portugal, Porto is one of the oldest European centres, and its historical core was proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. The western part of its urban area extends to the coastline of the Atlantic Ocean. Its settlement dates back many centuries, when it was an outpost of the Roman Empire. One of Portugal's internationally famous exports, port wine, is named for Porto, since the metropolitan area, and in particular the caves of Vila Nova de Gaia, were responsible for the packaging, transport and export of the fortified wine. In 2014, Porto was elected The Best European Destination by the Best European Destinations Agency.
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for over twenty years. It received 83 million visitors in 2012, although these figures are highly skewed by the number of people who frequent the country for the weekend, particularly to visit Disneyland Paris, Europe's most popular visitor attraction. All these people come to France for many a reason: its cities contain some of the greatest treasures on the continent, its countryside is prosperous and well-tended and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions. France is one of the most geographically diverse countries in Europe, containing areas as different from each other as urban chic Paris, the sunny French Riviera, long Atlantic beaches, the winter sports resorts of the French Alps, the castles of the Loire Valley, rugged Celtic Brittany and the historian's dream that is Normandy. The country seduces travellers with its unfalteringly familiar culture, woven around cafe terraces, village-square markets and lace-curtained bistros with their plat du jour chalked on the board. France citizens enjoy a high standard of living, and the country performs well in international rankings of education, health care, life expectancy, civil liberties, and human development.