Begeleid: The Canadiana

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Experience the natural beauty of Canada where spectacular scenery appears at every bend. Rolling ranchland turns to mountain peaks and wild canyons change to brilliant ocean shorelines. You will enjoy centuries-old glaciers and soak in the spray of thundering Niagara Falls. If you are lucky you may spot bear and moose in Ontario, Bighorn sheep in Alberta and whales in British Columbia. Watch as limitless vistas are transformed into quaint, cobbled town squares or cosmopolitan cities like Toronto and Montreal. 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.

Day 1 – Arrival in Toronto

Arrive at Pearson International Airport, Toronto. Individual transfer to your centrally-located hotel. After a check-in with your tour director, the remainder of the day is free.

Overnight in Toronto.


Day 2 - Toronto

We get better acquainted with our travelling companions at breakfast before exploring Toronto on a morning city tour. Experience the sights and sounds of this cosmopolitan city as you explore the downtown area 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. The remainder of the day is free for independent exploration.

Overnight in Toronto. American breakfast included.


Day 3 – Toronto to Montreal

Departing early, we enjoy a pleasant drive east. Following the north shore of Lake Ontario, we pass 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 re-board our tour coach for the drive to Montreal.

Overnight in Montreal. American breakfast included.


Day 4 - Montreal

This morning, we will 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. The afternoon is at leisure.

Overnight in Montreal. Continental breakfast included.


Day 5 – Montreal to Quebec city

This morning, we prepare to depart from Montreal’s cosmopolitan atmosphere and partially 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 Quebec 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 Quebec City. Continental breakfast included.


Day 6 – 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. American breakfast included.


Day 7 – Quebec city to Ottawa

Following the shore of the St. Lawrence, this morning we travel west past Montreal, across 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. American breakfast and lunch included.


Day 8 - Ottawa

This morning, we enjoy the Turtle Island aboriginal experience breakfast on Victoria Island. The afternoon is free for independent exploration of 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 - Voyage to the Falls 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 or Niagara Skywheel that gives you a breathtaking view of Niagara Falls region. The evening is free for exploring North America’s “honeymoon capital”.

Overnight in Niagara Falls. American 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 carefullypreserved nineteenth-century atmosphere. This afternoon completes the last segment of the tour’s eastern portion with a short drive back to Toronto. The evening features a special “Farewell to Eastern Canada” dinner at the CN Tower.

Overnight in Toronto. Buffet 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. American 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. Bring your camera! The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the surroundings of Banff, stroll along Banff Avenue, or relax and enjoy the scenery.

Overnight in Banff. American 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. American breakfast included.


Day 16 – Jasper National Park to Sun Peaks

Before leaving Jasper National Park this morning, you can take part in an optional 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 Sun Peaks. Buffet breakfast included.


Day 17 – Sun Peaks 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. American 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. American 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 for independent exploration or simple relaxation. This evening features our "farewell" dinner party at the Vancouver Aquarium.

Overnight in Vancouver. Continental breakfast and dinner included.


Day 21 – End of tour

A time for last-minute shopping and sad farewells. Individual transfer to Vancouver International Airport in time to check in for your return flight.

Continental breakfast included.