Canadian contrasts, 15 Days. Itinerary.

Canadian contrasts, 15 Days

RAIN FORESTS, MOUNTAIN VILLAGES, GLACIERS AND NATIVE CULTURES.

ITINERARY:

  1. ARRIVAL IN TORONTO
    Arrive at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport and transfer independently to your downtown hotel. After checking in with your tour director, the remainder of the day is free to explore the streets of this dynamic city. Discover the delights of Toronto’s colourful neighbourhoods, take a ride to the top of the CN Tower, experience the lively theatre district and indulge in one of the numerous restaurants. Overnight in Toronto.
    Inclusions: N/A
    Accommodation: Courtyard By Marriott Toronto.
  2. TORONTO / NIAGARA FALLS EXCURSION
    This morning we meet our fellow travellers at breakfast before setting out to discover the many identities of the Canada’s most cosmopolitan city. After seeing the provincial parliament buildings, the waterfront, the imposing CN Tower and lively Chinatown, we leave the city and head for the Niagara Peninsula. We pass through outlying communities and towns along the shores of Lake Ontario en route to Niagara Falls. Time is allocated to admire the falls and take part in some of Niagara Falls numerous activities. Overnight in Toronto.
    Inclusions:
    • Canadian Breakfast
    • Toronto and Niagara Falls sightseeing tour
    • Optional
    Accommodation: Courtyard By Marriott Toronto.
  3. TORONTO TO OTTAWA
    We leave the Toronto skyline behind and drive east towards Ottawa. Our route then winds through rolling farmland, following the rivers and lakes of the Rideau Waterway. Upon arrival in Ottawa, we enjoy a sightseeing tour of the national capital. Defined by the Rideau Canal (designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site) and the government buildings on Parliament Hill, the city offers many great sights including the public gardens, the Byward Market and City Hall. Overnight in Ottawa.
    Inclusions:
    • Canadian Breakfast
    • Ottawa sightseeing tour
    Accommodation: Capital Hill Hotel & Suites or Best Western PLUS Ottawa Downtown.
  4. OTTAWA TO QUEBEC CITY
    This morning we travel along the scenic Ottawa River to the French-speaking province of Quebec. We skirt the magnificent Laurentians and follow the Chemin du Roy past Quebecois villages and historic shrines. Today’s journey ends in Quebec’s cultural heartland, Quebec City. We tour within the walls of the old city and view the ornate city gates, Lower Town, the Citadel and Battlefields Park. Overnight in Quebec City.
    Inclusions:
    • Continental Breakfast
    • Quebec City sightseeing tour
    Accommodation: Hotel Ambassadeur or or Hotel Universel Ste-Foy or Hotel Lindbergh.
  5. QUEBEC CITY
    The day is at your 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 your leisure to explore this historic French-Canadian city with narrow streets and unique boutiques. Overnight in Quebec City.
    Inclusions:
    • Continental Breakfast
    • Optional
    Accommodation: Hotel Ambassadeur or or Hotel Universel Ste-Foy or Hotel Lindbergh.
  6. QUEBEC CITY TO MONTREAL
    Departing from Quebec City we drive along the St.-Lawrence River in the footsteps of the early settlers. Upon arrival in Montreal, we tour the second-largest French-speaking city in the world. The dynamic city of Montreal encapsulates the two founding cultures of Canada and boasts a curious blend of history and modernity. Touring the downtown area we view the Olympic Complex, charming Old Montreal, McGill University, the residential streets of Mount Royal and the bustling shopping streets. This evening, perhaps embark on an optional dining excursion and experience ‘Montreal by Night’ – a scenic trip out on the town to one of the city’s traditional restaurants. Overnight in Montreal.
    Inclusions:
    • Continental Breakfast
    • Montreal sightseeing tour
    Accommodation: Hotel Faubourg Montreal or Les Suites Labelle or Hotel le Roberval.
  7. MONTREAL TO TORONTO
    Today’s route takes us back to Toronto, where you will have time to explore colourful neighbourhoods and to sample some of the city’s great restaurants and wonderful entertainment. In Rockport you have an option of enjoying an entertaining and relaxing cruise through the beautiful 1000 islands. Overnight in Toronto.
    Inclusions:
    • Continental Breakfast
    • Optional
    Accommodation: Courtyard By Marriott Toronto.
  8. TORONTO TO CALGARY (FLIGHT)
    A transfer brings us to Toronto’s Pearson International Airport for a flight over the prairie grainfields of central Canada to Calgary. Upon arrival in Calgary, we make our way to our downtown hotel. Overnight in Calgary.
    Inclusions:
    • Canadian Breakfast
    • Flight to Calgary (air inclusive only)
    Accommodation: Sandman Hotel Calgary City Centre.
  9. CALGARY TO BANFF NATIONAL PARK/CANMORE
    We set out early this morning to tour the sights of Calgary. We admire such modern and historic landmarks as the Calgary Tower, Fort Calgary and the skyscrapers of the commercial district. Leaving Calgary behind we set our sights on the Rocky Mountains, which can already be seen, far off in the distance. Experience the majesty of the mountains as we first travel through the foothills and then enter Banff National Park. We tour the region around Banff amidst snow-capped peaks, sparkling glaciers and emerald green lakes and see landmark Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Bow Falls and Tunnel Mountain. Overnight in Canmore.
    Inclusions:
    • Canadian Breakfast
    • Calgary sightseeing tour
    • Banff sightseeing tour
    Accommodation: Coast Canmore Hotel & Conference Centre.
  10. CANMORE/BANFF NATIONAL PARK
    The entire day is at leisure to tour Banff and browse through the many boutiques and specialty shops along Banff Avenue. An optional full-day tour is offered to the Columbia Icefield. The tour starts with a visit to the turquoise waters and spectacular glacier of Lake Louise, the jewel of the Rockies. From the unsurpassed beauty of Lake Louise we enter a rugged wilderness as we travel up the world famous Icefields Parkway. At the spectacular Columbia Icefield we board a Ice Explorer that will take us onto the surface of the ancient Athabasca Glacier. We return to Banff late in the afternoon. You may also take an optional helicopter tour of the world famous Three Sisters mountains. Overnight in Canmore.
    Inclusions:
    • Continental Breakfast
    • Optional
    Accommodation: Coast Canmore Hotel & Conference Centre.
  11. CANMORE TO KAMLOOPS
    Our drive today is on the famed Trans-Canada Highway, following a route charted by the railroad engineers and fur traders of the mid 1800s. We continue our tour of the Canadian parks system as we cross the jagged Kicking Horse Pass into British Columbia’s Yoho National Park. From the highway, we are treated to a dazzling display of vast icefields, deep canyons, dense forests and glacier-fed streams. One awe-inspiring landscape follows another en route to Glacier National Park. We continue through the Monashee and Selkirk mountain ranges to the rugged interior town of Kamloops. Overnight in Kamloops. Continental breakfast included
    Inclusions: Continental Breakfast
    Accommodation: Ramada Kamloops.
  12. 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. An optional Floatplane Sightseeing Tour over Garibaldi Park gives you an inspiring view of a natural preserve of volcanic peaks, alpine lakes and meadows. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Whistler. Continental breakfast included.
    Inclusions:
    • Continental Breakfast
    • Optional
    Accommodation: Whistler Village Inn & Suites or Pinnacle Hotel Whistler Village or Aava Whistler.
  13. WHISTLER TO VANCOUVER
    We drive south along the spectacular Sea-to-Sky Highway through a dramatic landscape of jagged fjords and glaciated mountain peaks. We leave the countryside behind and explore the metropolis of Vancouver on a sightseeing tour. Highlights include Stanley Park, Prospect Point, English Bay, historic Gastown, bustling Chinatown and much more. The afternoon is free to discover more of this coastal gem. Overnight in Vancouver.
    Inclusions:
    • Continental Breakfast
    • Vancouver sightseeing tour
    Accommodation: Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre or Best Western Sands by the Sea.
  14. VANCOUVER
    The Pacific Ocean and the Coast Mountains form the backdrop to your day at leisure in Vancouver. You might want to do some shopping down on Robson Street, relax in Vancouver’s playground Stanley Park or stroll through the markets of Granville Island. If you prefer to explore the outdoors, take a gondola ride to the summit of Grouse Mountain. You can also go on an optional full-day tour to Victoria, the charming provincial capital that is proud of her maritime heritage. See the beautiful 19th century landmarks and enjoy its lively atmosphere. Before taking the ferry back to Vancouver, you will visit Butchart Gardens, one of the world’s great floral displays set in a reclaimed stone quarry. Overnight in Vancouver.
    Inclusions:
    • Canadian Breakfast
    • Optional
    Accommodation: Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre or Best Western Sands by the Sea.
  15. END OF TOUR
    The time has come for some last minute shopping and to say farewell to Canada. Individual transfer to Vancouver’s International Airport in time to check in for your return flight.
    Inclusions: Canadian Breakfas
    Accommodation: N/A

 

Included:

  • Toronto sightseeing tour
  • Niagara Falls sightseeing tour
  • Ottawa sightseeing tour
  • Quebec sightseeing tour
  • Montreal sightseeing tour
  • Toronto/Calgary flight (Day 8) on Westjet Airlines*
  • Transfers between hotel and airport in Toronto and Calgary*
  • Calgary sightseeing tour
  • Banff sightseeing tour
  • Vancouver sightseeing tour
  • 14 breakfasts
  • Transportation by modern tour coach
  • Experienced tour driver
  • Moderate accommodation
  • Baggage handling (1 piece per person)
  • Provincial Taxes and Federal GST and/or HST
  • Canadian government air transportation tax*
  • * - Applicable only to air-inclusive cost