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Tuscany and Umbria

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It’s no secret that Tuscany and Umbria are some of the most beautiful places on Earth. Aside from the scrumptious food and fabulous wine, Tuscany and Umbria’s laid back vibe will surely make you feel at peace. Once you get there, you might want to stay forever.

It’s not every day you get the chance to enjoy a nice glass of red wine while enjoying the view of the Italian countryside. The air is fresh, and the food is just to die for. You’ll feel like there’s nothing that could go wrong in the world. But aside from relaxing under the sun, what else can you do in Tuscany and Umbria? We’ve listed some of the things you could do and things or food you could try while you’re there.

  1. Walk around Montefalco – Montefalco is also known as the “Balcony of Umbria.” Do you know how the town got that name? It’s because you can get an entirely unobstructed view of Umbria here. Just like when you’re on a balcony! The charming medieval town also has a lot of great wines like the Sagrantino so you can drink all the wine to your heart’s content on your stop there!
  2. Take in the breathtaking view at Val d'Orcia – Imagine a beautiful landscape painting with a clear blue sky. Does that make you feel relaxed and calm? How about spending a day or two in a place that’s just like that? Val d’Orcia is located in Tuscany and is one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Site. Its beauty has inspired many artists during the Renaissance. But don’t just take our word for it. Go and experience it for yourself. You can thank us later.
  3. Visit the Basilica of St. Francis – Did you know that St. Francis is the patron saint of animals? Well, if you didn’t, this is your chance to find out more about him. Assisi is the birthplace of St. Francis, but the town is also known for some of the greatest artistic works. Inside the Basilica of St. Francis is one of Pietro Lorenzetti’s works depicting the last moments of Christ’s life.
  4. Surround yourself with art at the Guarnacci Museum – The Guarnacci Museum is located within the walls of Volterra. And if you’re a fan of a famous vampire movie from a few years ago, you’re going to love this place. And when you’re tired of looking at art inside the museums, you could go outside and marvel at the incredible ancient structures within the confines of the town.

Of course, these are just some of the places you can visit in Tuscany and Umbria. If you want to see and experience more, then you need to join Victor Tours Travel & Cruise’s 23-day Tuscan & Umbrian Countryside + Northern Spain and Portugal Tour departing 15 April 2018 and returning 7 May 2018.

More information can be found here.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit some of the best places to be on Earth. You won’t want to miss out on this! Give us a call today to join us on this fantastic tour. See you there!

Spring On The Tasmanian East Coast

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Are you just itching to visit the Apple Isle? Do you want to shop at the Salamanca Markets? Or maybe you just want to learn more about the Tasmanian East Coast? Don’t worry because we’ve got you covered! Victor Tours Travel & Cruise is bringing you an unforgettable 12-day tour to the beautiful Apple Isle. So if you’ve never been to Tasmania, now is your chance! There will be plenty of places to see and food to eat on this trip.

We’re excited for you to join us so keep on reading to know more about this tour to the Tasmanian East Coast.

All aboard the Spirit of Tasmania!

Welcome to our 12-day tour to the Apple Isle. To bring us to our destination, we’re going to take the Spirit of Tasmania. We’ll have enough time to rest on board before arriving in Tasmania.  We head down south to Deloraine to visit Ashgrove cheese and the Yarn artwork. After that, we head to Launceston. Launceston is the second largest city in Tasmania. While we’re there, we’ll have time to visit the Cataract Gorge. Feel free to take your time to take pictures and ride the chairlift that crosses the gorge.

A Day for Nature

Don’t you just love how rhododendrons and lavenders just brighten up any room? Well, how about visiting a garden full of them? We’ll visit the Walker heritage Rhododendron Gardens right after we’ve had our breakfast. You can wander through the 100-acre property and appreciate the majestic rhododendrons and trees in the area. We’ll have our morning tea at Bridestowe Lavender Estate where you’ll get to be surrounded by the finest quality lavender flowers while sipping tea paired with lavender scones.

A Cruise along the Freycinet Coastline

We’ve had our time on land; now we’ll spend a day on the water. We’ll start the day by boarding the Wine Glass Bay cruise. Our guide will share his knowledge about the stunning coastline as we dock to Wineglass Bay. Our day doesn’t end there because we’ll have the opportunity to try freshly shucked Freycinet Marine Farm oysters along with a glass of Spring Vale sparkling wine. And do you know what goes well with wine? The creamy Ashgrove farm cheeses. Wineglass Bay is also home to abundant wildlife such as dolphins, seals, albatross and sea eagles. This is a stop you don’t want to miss!

Shopping at the Salamanca Markets

Did you know that the Salamanca Markets have been operating since 1972? It has grown to over 300 stalls today! Salamanca Markets have a wide variety of products, so there’s certainly something for everyone. Take your time to go through the stalls and bring home a trinket or two. After that, we’ll meet up at The Museum of Old and New Art. The museum is uniquely carved out of sandstone cliff. It offers a “subversive adult Disneyland” for all its guests.

There are so many exciting activities waiting for you on this trip so don't let this incredible opportunity pass you by!

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Tuscan and Umbrian Countryside

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Have you ever dreamed of visiting Spain and Portugal? Do you want to know more about Spain’s architecture and culture? Does a trip to one of the wineries in Tuscany sound good to you? If you’re ready to turn your dream into reality, then we’ve got the trip just for you! Get ready because it’s going to be a journey filled with scrumptious food, fabulous wine, and sceneries you simply won’t forget.

Victor Tours Travel and Cruise is proud to bring you a taste of Spain and Portugal’s rich history. As you may know, these countries are renowned for their breath-taking architecture, unique culture and remarkable cuisine. Who doesn’t want to sip wine and bask under the warm Tuscany sun?

Keep on reading to know more about this unforgettable 23-day trip with us.

When in Rome

Our first stop is in Rome. We’ll get to have dinner and chat with our fellow travelers. We’re going to have the chance to enjoy a fantastic 4-course meal paired with some of the country’s finest wine in a local restaurant. Make sure to savor your meal and wine while making new friends. We’re going to be having more of these scrumptious meals in our journey through Italy, Spain, and Portugal.

How About Some Wine and Olive Oil?

The Italians are all about good wine and great olive oil. We’re going to have a guided walking tour around the charming medieval town of Umbria. In between the guided tours, we’ll have time to see the town’s shops and cafes, participate in a cooking lesson, visit a local winery to sample the region’s most prized wine and finally, learn about the locally produced olive oil. There will be plenty of wines to sip and places to see, so you might want to use your time wisely!

Walk through Time

Toledo’s declared a World Heritage Site and was the capital of medieval Spain. If you’re into medieval castles and towers, cathedrals, Moorish, Mudéjar, Gothic and Renaissance architecture then a trip to Toledo in Spain will be one of your favorite stops on this journey. Toledo boasts amazing art, culture, and architecture. A few of the places to see in Toledo are the Santa Maria La Blanca Synagogue, the Church of Santo Tome and the Burial of the Count of Orgaz. But don’t fall in love with this city just yet, we’re going to have a few more stops along our trip.

A trip to the Museum and Txikiteo, Anyone?

What trip would be complete without a trip to the museum? We’re going to visit the Guggenheim Museum, a masterpiece of 20th-century architecture designed by architect Frank Gehry in Bilbao. A trip to the museum will be followed by a bar crawl or what locals call “Txikiteo”. Don’t forget to enjoy various “Pintxos” while drinking the local cider!

The Playground of the Kings

The Portuguese Riviera obtained its name as the playground of the kings when the country’s royal family made the seaside town their residence in the 1870’s. This attracted more of Portugal’s aristocracy to live in the area and the royal families of other countries as well such as Edward VIII of the United Kingdom and Juan Carlos I of Spain. We’ll also have the chance to visit the charming village of Sintra that’s filled with royal retreats, estates, fairy tale-like castles.

These are just some of the places we’ll get to visit in our wonderful 23-day trip. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that you simply don’t want to miss. Go over to http://victor.travel/ or call us at 08 8552 8001 to know more.

Under the sun at Barooga

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Are you tired of the hustle and bustle of the city life? Do you want to take a break and relax for just a bit? Well, a trip to Barooga might be just what you need!

Barooga is home to Australia’s largest inland beach. It’s the perfect destination for golfers, swimmers, campers, bushwalkers and anyone who loves being under the sun. Victor Tours and Travel has carefully arranged the best itinerary for outdoor lovers just like you! Keep on reading to know what’s in store for you on this incredible 7-day adventure.

A Wonderful Week Ahead

A week packed with activities is ahead of us! First stop is at the Flying Boat Museum. Our tour guide will join us and share his extensive knowledge with us on what it was like during the war when the base was set up. Next, we head on to Clancys of Conargo Winery just in time for lunch. It will be exciting for wine lovers on the trip because we will have the chance to sample some of the wines they have.

Get to Know the Locals

We get to spend a whole day getting to know the locals and enjoying the food and activities Yarrawonga has to offer. Better put on your boots because our first stop for the day is at The Stockyard where we’ll meet Wayne Hinchcliffe. Wayne is an expert in handling horses and has been a horseman for years. He will share his knowledge with us on this stop and demonstrate how to ride horses without a saddle and bridle. This is also a great chance to ask him any questions if you’re interested in being a horseman too! Up next is the Byramine Homestead which was built in 1842 by the famous explorer Hamilton Hume. Here we’ll learn about the history of the property and why it was constructed in an octagonal shape. We’ll have plenty of time to explore before having our lunch there. The last stop for the day is a trip to the Renaissance Chocolate where we’ll get to see the art of chocolate making and to cap the day off, we’ll get to sample the produce!

What Goes Well with Wine? Cheese of Course!

We’ve visited Clancys of Conargo Winery to sample their wine, the next thing to do is visit Boosey Creek Cheese where we’ll meet the cheese maker who will teach us about the process of making cheese and will provide a tasting. And if we want to take some home with us, a small farm shop is available to make purchases. Finally for dinner, we’ll meet at Lake Mulwala for our Yarrawonga Mulwala dinner cruise. It’s the perfect way to end the day.

There are plenty of places to see, wines, cheese and chocolates to taste and other things to learn about on this fantastic 7-day trip to Barooga. This might just be the holiday that you’re waiting for! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to spend a few days out in the sun.

Contact us today on 08 8552 8001 or visit our website at www.victor.travel

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