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Volleyball Canada has once again partnered with Absolute Travel Specialists Ltd. for the May 2020 Nationals Tournament in Edmonton.
We highly encourage teams to book with Absolute Travel as they understand Volleyball coaches and team needs and are happy to support all participants travelling to Nationals.
Book your team with Absolute Travel Specialists by December 1st, 2019 and you will be automatically entered into a draw for a $500 credit towards your group flight booking.  

Why book with Absolute Travel?

* Absolute Travel has secured GROUP SPACE,  permitting you to mix and match flights with Air Canada and Westjet from all gateways to Edmonton, which ensures the best flight times for your team and families at competitive rates.
* Your team will get group pricing where every person traveling with your team and will all pay the same price.
* Booking with Absolute Travel includes 1 FREE checked bag per person, round trip PLUS free group seat selection. (Approximate $120 cad value)
* Your team will only pay a deposit to hold your space. Final payment is only required by March 15, 2020, giving your team lots of time to fundraise if required.
* Names are not required at time of deposit, just your estimated numbers.
* You can reduce your group block by up to 20% without penalty.
* Payment options are available.

Did You Know?
* Air Canada Groups no longer provides group quotes unless you are an IATA registered agency, which Absolute Travel is.
* Absolute Travel has a long-standing group relationship with ,WestJet who has changed thier group contracts and deposit requirements.
* Absolute Travel has experience booking team group travel and have assisted Volleyball Canada Teams Since 2015 for Regional and National Tournaments.
* You do not have to wait to hold your groups seats. You can hold your space with a deposit any time after September 15th/19.
* So you can book now to ensure your preferred flight choices.

If you have any questions regarding booking your group travel and/or flights for the VC Nationals please contact:
Elayne Pink - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call toll-free 1-866-322-6538

Exclusive  Absolute Travel With Denise

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Denise has arranged some great packages and escorted group tours like:

AMA Romantic Danube Cruise - April 2020

Girls Tuscany Getaway - May 2020

Morocco Girls Getaway 2020

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THREE CONTINENT WONDER
2 Nights Athens & 7-Day Cruise
7 Days - 5 Countries - 3 Continents
Ports of Call: Alexandria (Egypt), Ashdod (Israel), Limassol (Cyprus), Rhodes (Greece), Kusadasi (Turkey)

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THREE CONTINENT WONDER starts in Athens every Saturday. 

DAY 1, SAT - ATHENS: Upon arrival into Athens, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure.                            

DAY 2, SUN - ATHENS: This morning, enjoy the sites of Athens on a half day city tour. visits include the impressive Acropolis and its museum, the Panathenaikon Stadium, where the first modern Olympic Games took place in 1896, and much more. Spend the afternoon at leisure to explore this fascinating city on your own or join in an optional tour to Cape Sounion. (B)

DAY 3, MON - ATHENS / PIRAEUS / CRUISE: Enjoy the majority of this day at leisure. view the changing of the guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier or take a stroll through the Athens Flea Market, Monastiraki. this afternoon you will be transferred to the port in Piraeus to board the ship for your Three Continents Cruise. (B,D)

DAY 4, TUE - AT SEA: Today you sail the Mediterranean as the ship makes its way towards the port of Alexandria. It is a perfect opportunity to get to know the ship and to enjoy its trademark hospitality, top notch service and onboard entertainment. (B,L,D)

DAY 5, WED - ALEXANDRIA; EGYPT: Early morning arrival into Alexandria, the ancient capital of Egypt, where you'll join a full day excursion to Cairo and beyond. Your first stop will be at the magnificent Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx, which you will be able to explore at your own pace. After a buffet lunch, your tour will explore the heart of Cairo, with visits to Tahrir Square, the National Archaeological Museum and a Papyrus Institute. Continue to Port Said to re-embark the ship. (B,L,D)

DAY 6, THU - ASHDOD; ISRAEL: Today you will arrive into Ashdod, Israel, where a melting pot of religious monuments and cultural offerings can be found just a short ride away. Spend the day exploring on your own or you may wish to join an excursion to either Jerusalem and Bethlehem or Jaffa and Tel Aviv. (B,L,D)

DAY 7, FRI - LIMASSOL; CYPRUS: Early morning arrival into the picturesque port of Limassol. Spend the day at leisure exploring this bustling seafront town on your won or choose one of the optional excursions to Cyprus' various iconic sights. (B,L,D)

DAY 8, SAT - RHODES; GREECE: Noon arrival into Rhodes. visit the rocky Acropolis of Lindos to see the Temple of Athena and the Citadel of the Knights. (B,L,D)

DAY 9, SUN - KUSADASI; TURKEY: This morning the ship arrive in Kusadasi and you will make your way to the ancient city of Ephesus, once considered the most important Greek city and the most important trading center in the Mediterranean. A tour of the well-preserved ruins is included in your cruise fare. (B,L,D)

DAY 10, MON - PIRAEUS / ATHENS: Return back to the port of Piraeus (at approx. 9am) and after enjoying breakfast onboard, you will be transferred to the Athens airport for your return flight home. (B)

From $ 1669/person based on double Occupancy

Includes:
2 night hotel accommodations in Athens.
Breakfast daily in Athens.
Athens city tour including the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum.
7-night Three Continents Cruise including all meals and entertainment. Inside cabin with two lower beds. Cabin upgrades available.
Three Shore excursions: Ancient Ephesus through the Ages, Acropolis of Lindos and Citadel of the Knights and Classical Cairo.
Drink package inclusive of non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks (for adults 18 and over) on cruise.
All transfers as per itinerary.
Hotel taxes and service charges.
Porterage of one suitcase per person.
24/7 Support from a local representative.

Extra Costs: 

Port taxes and ship gratuities of $359 are additional 
Greece(accommodation)tax of up to 4 euros per person per night is additional and will need to be paid directly to the hotel upon check-out. 
Prices are per person, based on double occupancy.
Triple occupancy and children prices are available upon request.
Hotels featured above may be substituted according to the availability.
Transatlantic flights not included.
Tours can be extended as desired, please inquire directly.

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SPLENDOURS OF IRELAND

  • 9 days | 7 nights - October 5, 12 & 19
  • Location: Dublin, Co. Kerry, Killarney, Galway, Aran Islands
  • Roundtrip flights to Dublin from Halifax or St. John's
  • 7 nights accommodations, 7 breakfasts
  • Train rides from Dublin to Killarney; Killarney to Galway and Galway to Dublin
  • Round-trip ferry ticket between Rossaveal and Inishmore
  • Round-trip shuttle bus between Galway and the Port of Rossaveal for the Aran Islands ferry
  • 3 More Moments Activities:
  • 2-day Dublin Hop-on Hop-off sightseeing bus pass
  • Ring of Kerry Coach Tour with English Speaking guide
  • Aran Islands (round-trip ferry)

From $ 2399/person, dbl occ.- return airfare and all taxes included

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Cruise through the heart of Europe during the most festive time of year and you’ll experience the timeless tradition of its magical Christmas markets. Browse colorful market stalls filled to the brim with whimsical handicrafts and take in the aromas of cinnamon dusted almonds and Lebkuchen gingerbread as you sip a mug of hot mulled wine beneath endless strands of twinkling lights. Most markets are open from the last week of November through December 22nd.

Budapest:The Budapest Christmas Market is Hungary’s largest, overtaking the cobblestone of Vorosmarty Square. Its strict “handcrafted-only” policy makes it an ideal shopping spot for one-of-a-kind gifts.

Vienna: Situated in front of Vienna’s impressive 19th-century town hall, Christkindlmarkt boasts awe-inspiring decorations that illuminate the city, as well as festive choir music and more than 150 vendor stalls.

Strasbourg: Strasbourg—the self-proclaimed “Capital of Christmas”—has the oldest, largest and most famous Christmas market in France, the Marchés de Noël, chock-full of stuffed storks, a cherished icon of the city.

Nuremberg: One of the largest and most popular in all of Europe, Nuremberg’s 400-year-old Christmas market offers live music, distinctive hand-crafted souvenirs, a nostalgic carousel and a children’s steam train.

Regensburg: With its fairytale-like turret, the 18th-century Thurn und Taxis palace is the backdrop of Bavaria’s most romantic Christmas market. Fresh dumplings in vanilla sauce are a not-to-be-missed seasonal specialty.

Cologne: Mouthwatering pan-fried Reibekuchen—potato pancakes served with applesauce—is a specialty at Cologne’s Christmas market, twinkling in the shadow of the city’s elaborate landmark cathedral.

In addition to the wonderful experiences and amenities available during your river cruise, both on board and ashore, our holiday cruise traditions help make memories you will savor forever.
Shoes for St. Nick: On one special night during each cruise, guests are encouraged to leave slippers we provide outside their stateroom door, just as children do throughout Europe on St. Nicholas Day. Upon waking up the next morning, they’ll find their shoes filled with treats by our AmaWaterways elves!
Tree-Trimming Party: Tinsel and garland and baubles, oh my! Guests are invited to help adorn onboard trees with festive décor. The first to find the glass pickle ornament within the tree wins a prize!
Christmas Cookies: A festive assortment of seasonal cookies awaits guests in their staterooms on Christmas Eve.
New Year’s Eve Countdown: Following a jovial gala dinner, guests will have the opportunity to attend a party on board and participate in a countdown to the new year, complete with champagne for the official “cheers.”

Holiday Triple Savings

Right now, when you book select 2019 Christmas Markets cruises, you will receive $1,000 per person savings, a complimentary stateroom upgrade as well as a $50 per person onboard credit to use however you wish.

ULTIMATE VIP EXPERIENCE

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6HRS – ALL INCLUSIVE LUXURY HIGHLIGHTS:
UP TO 6 SUPERCARS, 6+ HOUR DURATION, ESPRESSO/LATTE SERVICE, SAFETY TRAINING, INSURANCE, KM’S, VIP LUNCH, MULTIPLE UPGRADED ROUTES.
This professionally designed, all-inclusive exotic car experience allows you to take the wheel of up to six of the world’s top supercars. Put them through their paces on a 5-hour adrenaline rush through professionally designed routes that include the most beautiful country, twisty mountain roads, country roads, Port Dover Beach and more! Ultimate Exotics provides an unparalleled and most unforgettable experience driving our sparkling clean, mint condition supercars. One of the major differences with Ultimate Exotics is that we do not rent these cars, providing you the best experience available. All of our experiences operate with a 100% safety record, with no claims ever filed. All of our cars are fully automatic and paddle shift so anyone can drive them easily without concern. When you are on a VIP-Experience with Ultimate Exotics, we give you the true supercar experience – no employees chaperone the excursion. You go where the open road can take you.
Drive through one of the eight wonders of the world and go through “the mist” of Niagara Falls in a supercar or another professionally designed route to Port Dover Beach to enjoy the summer lifestyle with surf + turf for lunch. The most unique and breathtaking ways to see Southern Ontario. New multiple route options for 2019!
Your experience will start with registration and tutorials of each supercar. Your professional instructors will take you through each car’s performance abilities, handling features and go through the all the safety rules while highlighting some driving tips. Now that we’re ready, it’s “start your engines” time – where you will decide what supercar to start with. After a quick thumbs up with the group, we embark on our route. As you drive through the twisting backroad routes that will take you through some of the regions finest vineyards and open roads, you will get to feel the full performance and acceleration of these technological wonders! You will drive each exotic car for close to 30 adrenaline-filled minutes. At each checkpoint drivers and passengers will switch seats or switch cars after every 60-minutes. If you have purchased a solo experience, you will be paired up with another paying driver – this is very common and everyone ends up exchanging photos at the events end! If you purchase for more than two drivers, you will want to make sure you are always paired up together.
Near the halfway point of the day, your experience includes VIP valet parking and lunch at one of our destinations that include The Keg Steakhouse overlooking beautiful Niagara Falls or The famous David’s Restaurant with an unmatched view of Lake Erie on our Port Dover Beach route!  Your entire event is over 6.5 hours, so lunch will not cut into valuable driving time, but provides for a clean restroom break, a top-notch lunch and photo opportunities with all of the cars. Feel like a celebrity! Have one of the most unique and exciting experiences of your life – guaranteed! Because we are always updating our fleet, the 2019 season will be our most exciting yet!!
FLEET: LAMBORGHINI HURACAN, MCLAREN 570S Limited, FERRARI 458 Italia, MERCEDES BENZ AMG GTS, NISSAN GTR Black Edition, BMW i8 + More!

Includes:
Return Airfare to Toronto, 2 Nights’ Accommodations in Hamilton, 3 Day Car Rental, Ultimate VIP Experience Cost.

Retail Price:
$ 2250.00 per person based on Double Occupancy

Air Canada Vacations

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Exclusive Offer: Save up to $1,000 with Europe Early Book Bonus!

Book a Europe Package to Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Ireland, Scotland, England, France, Iceland, Croatia, Central Europe, and Switzerland. You package includes flights, accommodations, transfers, a few meals, activities and excursions on select packages. Our More Moments feature even includes activities and excursions, which means all you have to do is explore, discover and have the time of your life.

Book 180 days early and save $1000 per couple1 - Book 120 days early and save $500 per couple2 - Book 90 days early and save $300 per couple

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American Queen Steamboat Company invite you and your family to join them for a stress-free holiday.
The American Queen and American Duchess will be decked out in glittering finery to celebrate the season's jollity.
Float through the days relaxing with friends, playing gmaes, singing songs and sharing memories of holidays past, while creating new ones.
Evenings bring extraordinary entertainment from the hous ensemble, including a rousing Christmas performance.

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Savings of up to $ 2500.00 stateroom now available:

Memphis to New Orleans
Get a glimpse of life in the antebellum South during a magical time of year. Delight in a variety of classic seasonal favorites, and partake in treasured regional traditions during this merry holiday cruise. Live music and dancing, indulgence in decadent desserts and the spirit of the season come together to create an unforgetable experience.
Vessel: American Queen
Departure Date: Decmeber 22, 2019
Fares From: $ 1249 USD/person

Roundtrip New Orleans:
The merriment of the holidays is alive on the elegant American Duchess throughout this joyful journey. Share fellowship with other travellers as you decorate ornaments, buid gingerbread houses, play seasonal games and join in singalongs, all whiule surrounded by lavish decor.
Vessel: American Duchess
Departure Date: December 22, 2019
Fares From $ 1699 USD/person

Air Passenger Protection Regulations finalized
May 24, 2019 – Gatineau, QC – Canadian Transportation Agency

The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) announced today that the Air Passenger Protection Regulations are now finalized. The regulations will come into effect in two stages.
Beginning July 15, 2019, airlines will have to:
* communicate to passengers in a simple, clear way information on their rights and recourses and regular updates in the event of flight delays and cancellations;
* provide compensation of up to $2,400 for bumping a passenger for reasons within their control;
* ensure passengers receive standards of treatment during all tarmac delays and allow them to leave the airplane, when it's safe to do so, if a tarmac delay lasts for over three hours and there's no prospect of an imminent take-off;
* provide compensation for lost or damaged baggage of up to $2,100 and a refund of any baggage fees; and
* set clear policies for transporting musical instruments.
Beginning December 15, 2019, airlines will have to:
* provide compensation of up to $1,000 for flight delays and cancellations within an airline's control that are not safety-related;
* rebook or refund passengers when flights are delayed, including, in some cases, using a competing airline to get passengers to their destination;
* provide food, drink and accommodation when passengers' flights are delayed; and
* facilitate the seating of children under 14 years in close proximity to an accompanying adult, at no extra charge.
The final regulations reflect input that the CTA received from the public, consumer rights groups, and the airline industry during extensive consultations held from May 28 to August 28, 2018 and during a 60-day comment period following the publication of draft regulations on December 22, 2018. The regulations are being made by the CTA under the Canada Transportation Act, as amended by the Transportation Modernization Act on May 23, 2018.

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The following are testimonials from our Tour Clients.

"Lord Nelson Hotel was great, and perfectly located.  We really enjoyed seeing Maud Lewis' tiny house at the Art Gallery. The next day, having lunch at The Red Shoe Pub in Mabou, the "Maudie" actor Ethan Hawke came in to eat with his family!  We were able to speak with him for a bit.
Favourite restaurants:  Bicycle Thief and Press Gang (we had "The Drill") in Halifax; Red Shoe Pub (we ate there twice); Windows on the Water in Montague; Georgetown Historic Inn; Piatto (great pizza) and The Merchantman Pub in Charlottetown; Main Street Restaurant and Bakery in Ingonish.
Cabot golf courses were amazing, I got my first-ever birdie on Cabot Links.  The PEI courses were lovely, too.
Donelda's Puffin Boat Tour was great.
Glenora Inn was lovely, we enjoyed the distillery tour. My only complaint would be that our room was in the brand-new log cabin which is quite a distance from the Inn, so we had to get in the car all the time.
There was some confusion at the Oak Island Resort, the dinner package we had (4 course meal with bottle of wine) puzzled the dining room manager, she claimed they didn't offer that, but I had the invoice which mentioned it so she honoured it. The food there was somewhat disappointing.  
We really enjoyed Charlottetown, did the double decker city tour as well as the Queens Square Walking Tour. In the evening, we went to Atlantic Blue, Tara MacLean's concert at the Guild Theatre, very good.
Lunenburg was beautiful. Visited the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic and did a horse-drawn buggy tour.
Mahone Bay was super-crowded, so we didn't stay long.
Peggy's Cove is a must-see but as you warned, so crowded. We did that on our last day, driving the coastal route to the airport. We escaped Peggy's Cove and ate lunch further north. We enjoyed the drive.
It was a very relaxing vacation, great food. I loved the ceilidhs in the restaurants, particularly The Red Shoe Pub.  
The Hertz rental car was a Chrysler Pacifica, very roomy and a pleasure to drive."
Many thanks for putting together a fine vacation, Lisa and Don.

"Hello and thank you for checking back with us! We loved Nova Scotia! We were very pleased with your suggestion to do Halifax and Cape Breton. We loved the Marriott in Halifax. The room we were assigned at first overlooked the garage so we asked for one with a view, and we were able to get one for an additional $20 per night. It was much, much better. The breakfasts were great, and we ate dinner there once which was fine. Access to the parking garage from the hotel was excellent. We went to Peggy's Cove, Lunenberg, and the Fisherman's Village near Dartmouth. The Distillery was satisfactory but not particularly to our liking because of its remoteness, but we understand that hotel options in the Cape are limited. Being so far on the western side of the Cape, it was a long trek to get anywhere. We did the Cabot Trail which was beautiful and we found a nice restaurant on the water for lunch. We also went to the Highland Village which we loved. We would have liked to see more but anything else was too far to drive to. Our room at the lodge was a little too rustic for us (no closet, shower very small and was difficult to start, no phone to the desk) and we had to drive to the main building to get sodas, ice, water or anything else we needed. On the positive side, the TV and the heat/AC and internet were very good. Breakfast was very good, dinner in the pub not great, and we didn't try the dining room. Thank you for all your assistance, and we used your pamphlet to guide us which was very helpful. We hope to get back someday and do the south and north shores, and PEI. Everyone in your office was very helpful and we appreciate that. In fact, all Canadians we met were very friendly and courteous. We felt like we were in the USA." Sincerely,Ken and Pam

 

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