Experience the natural beauty of Canada from East to West where rolling ranchland turns to mountain peaks and wild canyons change to ocean shorelines. Enjoy centuries-old glaciers and soak in the spray of thundering Niagara Falls. If you are lucky you may spot various wildlife including bear, moose, Bighorn sheep and whales. Watch as limitless vistas are transformed into quaint, cobbled town squares or cosmopolitan cities. Relive the past in North America’s only fortified town, frontier trading posts and colonial ports on the Pacific. A three thousand mile journey in which wonders never cease.
• International Flights with Air Transat based on London Gatwick in economy class
• Includes seat selection on Air Transat
• 20 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners
• Toronto sightseeing tour
• Thousand Islands boat cruise
• Montreal sightseeing tour
• Quebec City sightseeing tour
• Ottawa sightseeing tour
• Algonquin Park excursion
• Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons
• Visit to Niagara Falls and the Skylon Tower
• Hornblower Niagara Cruises - VIP Boat Tour
• Internal flight from Toronto to Calgary (Day 12) with Westjet Airlines
• Transfers between hotel and airport in Toronto and Calgary
• Calgary sightseeing tour
• Banff and Lake Louise region tour
• Columbia Icefield Ice Explorer ride
• Ferry cruise through the Gulf Islands to Vancouver Island
• Victoria sightseeing tour
• Butchart Gardens
• Vancouver sightseeing tour
• Capillano Suspension Bridge
• Transportation by modern tour coach
• Experienced tour driver
• Tour Director throughout
• Standard accommodation
• Baggage handling (1 piece per person)
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Day 1 Fly to Toronto
Arrive at Pearson International Airport inToronto and transfer under your own arrangements to your centrally-located hotel. Check-in with your tour director and then the remainder of the day is free. Overnight in Toronto.
Day 2 Toronto
Explore Toronto on a morning city tour and experience the sights and sounds of this cosmopolitan city as you explore the downtown and residential areas. Highlights include the Eaton Centre, old and new City Halls, Casa Loma, Yorkville and the University of Toronto. You will pass by the Rogers Centre and the CN Tower and drive along the harbourfront for a complete impression of this city. Remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Toronto. Continental breakfast included.
Day 3 Toronto to Montréal
Departing early, we enjoy a pleasant drive east, following the north shore of Lake Ontario, passing endless miles of rolling farmland. Our first destination is the beautiful Thousand Islands resort region, where we embark upon a relaxing cruise. After taking in the sights and sounds of this river playground, we continue to Montréal. Overnight in Montréal. Continental breakfast included.
Day 4 Montréal
This morning, we will tour the second-largest French-speaking city in the world. View the Olympic Complex, charming Old Montréal, McGill University, the residential streets of Mount Royal and the bustling shopping streets. The afternoon is at leisure. Overnight in Montréal. Continental breakfast included.
Day 5 Montréal to Québec City
This morning, we prepare to depart from Montréal’s cosmopolitan atmosphere and follow the route of Canada’s first carriageway, the Chemin du Roy deep into French Canada. Winding our way through typical French-Canadian villages and towns, we experience true immersion in French culture. Upon arrival in Québec City, we tour within the walls of the old city and view Lower Town, the Citadel, Battlefields Park and the ornate city gates. Overnight in Québec City. Continental breakfast included.
Day 6 Québec City
The day is at leisure to further explore the sights of this charming World Heritage Site. You can enjoy an optional full day excursion to Tadoussac including 3-hours of whalewatching on the St. Lawrence River at the mouth of the Saguenay River. Step aboard a regular boat and go in search of the world’s largest mammals. You will also visit the spectacular Montmorency Falls that are 30 metres higher than the world-famous Niagara Falls. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore this historic French-Canadian city with narrow streets and unique boutiques. Overnight in Québec City. Full breakfast included.
Day 7 Québec City to Ottawa
Following the shore of the St. Lawrence, we travel west past the Ontario border, and on to Ottawa — the nation’s capital. We stop for lunch along the way at the Sucrerie de la Montagne — an authentic sugar shack and pioneer-style restaurant. Upon arrival to Ottawa we take a tour of Ottawa. We view the Parliament Buildings, residences of the Prime Minister and the Governor General, the Rideau Canal (designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site), and much more. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Ottawa. Full breakfast and lunch included.
Day 8 Ottawa
This morning, we enjoy the Turtle Island aboriginal experience breakfast on Victoria Island. The afternoon is at leisure where you can explore Ottawa’s many museums and fine galleries, shopping at the Sparks Street Mall or perhaps a boat cruise on one of the city’s many waterways. Overnight in Ottawa. Breakfast included.
Day 9 Ottawa to Midland
Our journey west from Ottawa features sparkling lakes, rushing streams, deep forests and characteristic northern towns. The trip will be highlighted by a visit to Algonquin Provincial Park where we will take a walk along the scenic trails. This immense wildlife and forest preserve is a favourite destination for camping expeditions during the summer months. Thereafter, we enjoy the beauty of the Muskoka region as we pass through on our way to Midland. Overnight in Midland. Continental breakfast included.
Day 10 Midland to Niagara Falls
This morning, upon arrival to Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons, we have breakfast. This fascinating three acre historic site is a detailed reconstruction of the first inland European community in Canada. Next, we drive south past Toronto and then through the orchards and vineyards of the Niagara Peninsula with a final destination of Niagara Falls. A thrilling boat ride on the Hornblower Niagara Cruises - VIP Boat Tour brings us to the foot of the thundering waterfalls for an unforgettable experience. We will also take a ride to the top of the Skylon Tower providing a spectacular view of the falls and the surrounding district of Niagara. Afterwards, you can enjoy an optional Niagara Helicopter Tour that gives you a breathtaking view of Niagara Falls and the surrounding region. Overnight in Niagara Falls. Full breakfast included.
Day 11 Niagara Falls to Toronto
Our drive today follows the scenic Niagara Parkway through the historic village of Niagara-on-the-Lake, home of the Shaw Festival. Here we see a small but thriving community, proud to display a carefully preserved nineteenth-century atmosphere. This afternoon return to Toronto and enjoy a “Farewell to Eastern Canada” dinner at the CN Tower. Overnight in Toronto. Full breakfast and dinner included.
Day 12 Toronto to Calgary (flight)
Today we transfer to Pearson International Airport in Toronto and check in for our flight to Calgary, Alberta. Having crossed two thousand kilometres of Canadian wilderness and western wheatland, we arrive at Calgary International Airport and transfer to our hotel. Overnight in Calgary. Continental breakfast included.
Day 13 Calgary to Banff National Park
We begin the day with a city tour of Calgary. Leaving the city, we travel west on the Trans-Canada Highway into the rolling foothills of the Rocky Mountains. The majestic peaks of the Canadian Rockies soon fill the horizon as we approach Banff National Park, our first of several in the Canadian national parks system. We soon arrive in the charming resort town of Banff. Overnight in Banff. Continental breakfast included.
Day 14 Banff National Park
Today we will enjoy a tour of the region around Banff. The area became Canada’s first national park in 1885 to protect its natural hot springs. An optional Helicopter Sightseeing Tour will give you the chance to see the eastern ranges of the Rocky Mountains. You may also take part in a gondola ride to spectacular Sulphur Mountain. Overnight in Banff. Full breakfast included.
Day 15 Banff National Park to Jasper National Park
Today’s journey through Banff and Jasper National Parks promises to be a highlight of our Canadiana programme. Shortly after leaving Banff we visit the famous scenery of Lake Louise, one of the most photographed lakes in Canada. Afterwards, we travel north on the famed Icefields Parkway through a rugged wilderness flanked by dramatic mountain ranges. At the Columbia Icefield we board a specially constructed Ice Explorer to ride on the surface of the ancient Athabasca Glacier. Close to Jasper, you have the chance to go on an optional raft trip on the Athabasca River. Your experienced guide will point out the natural and human history as you raft through short rapids and stretches of calm waters. Overnight in Jasper. Full breakfast included.
Day 16 Jasper National Park to Kamloops
Before leaving Jasper National Park this morning, you can take part in anoptional Spirit Island Cruise on Maligne Lake, the most picturesque and largest glacier-fed lake in the park. You may alternately take an optional motorcycle tour of Jasper, riding in the comfortable sidecar with an unmatched view of the forests and mountains. Then, we travel west along the Yellowhead Highway and into the heartland of British Columbia. Breathtaking, unspoiled vistas await visitors in every season of the year. The route takes us along the Thompson River through the picturesque Shuswap Highlands. Overnight in Kamloops. Canadian breakfast included.
Day 17 Kamloops to Whistler
We can expect a day of dramatic scenery changes when we drive through the ranch lands and head for the coastal mountains. A journey along the Duffey Lake Road exposes new vistas at every turn. An optional Floatplane Sightseeing Tour over Garibaldi Park gives you an inspiring view of a natural preserve of volcanic peaks, alpine lakes and meadows. The flight concludes with a perfect view of the ski terrains and streets and squares of Whistler village. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Whistler. Canadian breakfast included.
Day 18 Whistler to Victoria
The Sea-to-Sky Highway leads us south through spectacular coastal scenery today. From Horseshoe Bay, we cruise by ferry across the Strait of Georgia to Vancouver Island and continue by coach to Victoria, British Columbia's capital city. Arriving in Victoria, we embark on a city tour of this former British enclave. Overnight in Victoria. Full breakfast included.
Day 19 Victoria
Proud of her maritime heritage, Victoria has retained a quaint, colonial demeanour evident in the many 19th century landmarks throughout the city. Today we treat ourselves to a tour of the beautiful floral displays of the world famous Butchart Gardens. You can take part in an optional Floatplane Sightseeing Tour over downtown Victoria and the Strait of Juan de Fuca with the Olympic Mountains in the distance. You can also go on an optional Whalewatching Excursion aboard a Zodiac or a regular vessel. Watch for the magnificent orcas and the abundance of marine wildlife. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore the city’s delights. Overnight in Victoria. Continental breakfast included.
Day 20 Victoria to Vancouver
Today we continue on our way via a pleasant cruise through the resort region of the Gulf Islands to the oceanside city of Vancouver. Upon arrival in Vancouver, we enjoy an interesting tour of the city, including Stanley Park, English Bay, Gastown, Chinatown, and much more. The remainder of the day is free to explore. This evening features our "farewell" dinner party at the Capilano Suspension Bridge with a welcome from First Nations carvers. Overnight in Vancouver. Continental breakfast and dinner included.
Day 21 Fly from Vancouver
Time for last-minute shopping before you transfer independently to Vancouver International Airport in time to check in for your return flight home. Continental breakfast included.
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