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13 DAYS - CANADA BY RAIL (World’s Greatest Train Trip)

13 DAYS - CANADA BY RAIL (World’s Greatest Train Trip)

  • Highlights:
  • 1. Rocky Mountaineer Excursion
  • 2. VIA Rail’s sleeper plus class service
  • 3. Canadian Rockies
  • 4. Columbia ice fields
  • 5. Glacier skywalk
  • 6. Jasper, Banff, Victoria & Vancouver City Tours.
  • Inclusions:
  • 1. Rail from Toronto to Jasper
  • 2. Motor coach touring from Jasper to Banff
  • 3. Rocky Mountaineer from Banff to Vancouver
  • 4. Full Escorted by Tour Director
  • 5. 21 meals
  • 6. Airport transfers
  • ITINERARY:
  • DAY 1: DEPART TORONTO;

Meet your representative of Domestic Tourism Safaris company and enjoy a welcome dinner before departing on VIA Rail’s “the Canadian” VIA Rails sleeper plus class service (D)

  • DAY 2: NORTHERN ONTARIO AND MANITOBA:

Today, enjoy the view of the untamed wilderness of Northern Ontario;  cross the rugged rocks of the Canadian shield to enter the province of Manitoba while you sleep. VIA Rail's sleeper plus class service (B,L,D).

  • DAY 3: MANITOBA TO SASKATCHEWAN:

Visit the Dome for sweeping views of the vast rolling prairies as we travel across Saskatchewan during the afternoon and into Alberta this evening. VIA Rail’s sleeper plus class service (B.L, D)

  • DAY 4: ALBERTA:

Arrive in Jasper National Park in the early afternoon and transfer to your accommodations for a two night stay. Pocahontas Inn or similar - Jasper, AB (CB, L)

  • DAY 5: JASPER:

Today, no trip to Jasper National Park is complete without seeing Maligne Canyon, which is considered to be one of the most picturesque spots in the Canadian Rockies. Keep your eyes open for grizzly bears and other wildlife as you drive through the park. This afternoon is free time to explore on your own. Pocahontas Inn or similar –Jasper, AB (B, D)

  • DAY 6: JASPER , AB TO BANFF, AB

Board a sno - coach for a ride up the Athabasca Glacier; experience the Glacier sky walk where glaciers rest above and birds soar below. Experience waterfalls, wildlife, fossils and more on an exciting cliff - edge walkway that leads to a platform where glass is all that separates you from a 918 foot drop; your day is complemented by a visit to Lake Louise. Best western plus siding 29 lodges - Banff, AB (CB).

  • DAY 7: BANFF, AB

Enjoy a tour of Banff this morning: the afternoon is free. Best western plus siding 29 Lodge - Banff, AB (CB).

  • DAY 8: BANFF, AB

Enjoy a free day in Banff at Leisure. Best western plus siding 29 Lodge - Banff, AB(CB)

  • DAY 9: BANFF, AB TO KAMLOOPS , BC

Today it is “All Aboard” as we pull out of the Banff station on the “Rocky Mountaineer” two - day rail tour, “the most spectacular Train Trip in the world” Riverland Inn or similar –Kamloops, BC (CB,L).

  • DAY 10: KAMLOOPS, BC TO VANCOUVER, BC

Re - board the train to continue our journey westward through Canada’s semi –arid desert on to Vancouver for a three - night stay. Blue Horizon Hotel - Vancouver, BC(CB,L)

  • DAY 11: VICTORIA, BC

Enjoy a day trip to Victoria including Butchart Gardens. Blue Horizon Hotel - Vancouver, BC (B).

  • DAY 12: VANCOUVER, BC

Enjoy a tour of Vancouver this morning: see historic Gas town, 1000 - acre Stanley Park, the downtown area, English Bay beaches, the  water front and the third largest China town in North America; the afternoon is yours to explore at your leisure before our Farewell Dinner this evening. Blue Horizon Hotel Vancouver, BC (B,D)

  • DAY 13; DEPART VANCOUVER, BC

Transfer to your choice of either the Vancouver or Seattle airport to catch your flight home

7 DAYS - CANADIAN MARITIMES (Wonders of the Bay of Fundy)

7 DAYS - CANADIAN MARITIMES (Wonders of the Bay of Fundy)

  • Highlights:
  • 1. Joggins Fossil Cliffs - a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • 2. Dinner Cruise on Shediac Bay
  • 3. Hope Well Rocks Ocean Tidal Exploration Site.
  • 4. St. Andrew’s by - the - Sea Day Trip
  • 5. Whale Watching Boat Tour
  • 6. Grand Pre National Historic Site
  • Inclusions:
  • 1. Motor coach or van transportation
  • 2. Local Tour Director Driver/ Guide
  • 3. 11 meals
  • 4. 6 Night’s Accommodation
  • 5. All admissions for items listed in itinerary
  • ITINERARY:
  • DAY 1: ARRIVE HALIFAX, NS:

Arrive in Halifax and check in to our accommodations which are ideally located in the downtown core of this vibrant and cosmopolitan urban centre on the Atlantic Ocean. Meet our Tour Guide and Fellow Travelers this evening at a meet & greet. Cambridge suites or similar - Halifax, NS.

Options: you may wish to add additional nights in Halifax or  a city tour to your vacation package. Bursting with culture and rich history, Nova Scotia’s capital city has much to offer.

  • DAY 2: HALIFAX TO MONCTON, NB:

Today, explore the Bay of Fundy and learn about the world’s highest tides as we meander its colourful coastline to New Brunswick’s bilingual city of Moncton. En route, explore the Joggins Fossil cliffs, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See magnificently exposed layers of rock revealing the world’s most complete fossil record of life in the “Coal Age” of 300 million years ago. After crossing into New Brunswick, an unforgettable culinary experience awaits as we cruise the warm waters of Shediac Bay aboard a lobster boat; learn about the fishing industry and savour a delicious lobster supper. Arrive in Moncton and check into our hotel for the night. Crowne plaza or similar - Moncton. NB (CB, L,D)

  • DAY 3: MONCTON TO SAINT JOHN, NB

Today, experience a true natural wonder this morning as we visit the Hopewell Rocks on the coast of the Bay of Fundy. Marvel at these massive flower - pot shaped formations sculpted by the highest tides on the planet. Travel through Fundy National Park on to Canada’s first incorporated city. Saint John, on the Southern New Brunswick coast.

Enjoy a city tour, including the Reversing Falls, before checking into our harbour front accommodations for a two - night stay. Hilton Saint John or similar - Saint John, NB (B.L)

  • DAY 4: ST. ANDREWS BY - THE - SEA:

Enjoy a day trip picturesque St. Andrews by - the sea where the quaint charm of this coastal town is sure to captivate.  After a whale watching Boat Tour (weather permitting), the afternoon is yours to experience the friendly people, beautiful architecture, and rich marine life of this seaside gem at your own pace. Hilton Saint John or similar - Saint John, NB (B, L)

  • DAY5: SAINT.  JOHN TO ANNAPOLIS VALLEY:

Today,  enjoy free time in Saint John this morning before we ferry back to Nova Scotia; be on the look - out for whales as we cross the Bay of Fundy. Arrive in Digby, the scallop capital of the world, where the fresh sea air and passionate Acadian culture combine to form an enchanting and historically rich town. We overnight in the Annapolis Valley. Digby pines  or similar – Digby, NS (B.D).

  • DAY 6: ANNAPOLIS VALLEY TO HALIFAX:

Travel the lush Annapolis valley and learn about the French Acadians who established their first settlement in the early 1600’s. Visit Grand Pre National Historic Site where fact and fiction blend to reveal the romance of the land of Evangeline. The surrounding landscape is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit a local winery for a tour and tasting before arriving in Halifax for the evening Cambridge suites or similar - Halifax, NS (B).

  • DAY 7: DEPART HALIFAX:

Tour arrangements end on check out from the hotel (CB)

Options: you may wish to continue your maritime vacation and join us on our Enchanting islands tour.

8 DAYS - CANADIAN MARITIMES (Enchanting Islands)

8 DAYS - CANADIAN MARITIMES (Enchanting Islands)

  • Highlights:
  • 1. Peggy’s Cove
  • 2. Confederation Bridge
  • 3. Anne of Green Gables Heritage Place
  • 4. Lobster Dinner
  • 5. Cabot Trail
  • 6. Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site
  • Inclusions:
  • 1. Motor coach or van transportation
  • 2. Local Tour Director or Driver/ Guide
  • 3. 12 meals
  • 4. 7 Night’s accommodation including 2 two - night stays
  • 5. All admissions for items listed in itinerary.
  • ITINERARY:
  • DAY 1: ARRIVE HALIFAX, NS:

Welcome to Halifax and check in to our accommodations which are ideally located in the down town core of this vibrant and cosmopolitan urban centre on the Atlantic Ocean. Meet our Tour Manager and Fellow Travelers this evening at a meet and greet. Cambridge suites or similar - Halifax,  NS.

Option: Ask the company about joining this tour from our wonders of Bay of Fundy Tour.

  • DAY 2: HALIFAX TO WESTERN SHORE, NS:

Today, discover the rustic charm of the renowned fishing village of Peggy’s cove where we will enjoy breakfast. Travel Nova Scotia’s south shore and on to the UNESCO World Heritage Town of Lunenburg, renowned for her fleets of Grand Banks' fishing schooners. Take a walking tour to fully experience one of the most remarkably preserved colonial settlements in the New World, and visit the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic to learn about the town’s famous seafaring heritage. We are then off to post card- perfect Mahone Bay where a trinity of 19th century - built churches represents an iconic cultural landscape of Nova Scotia. Enjoy some free time to stroll through the town and chat with the welcoming locals who have been known to share superstitions, legends and fables that date back to the rum - running days. Arrive in western shore for the night and learn of legendary oak Island - home of the world’s longest hunt for lost treasure. We overnight at a peaceful and serene ocean - side resort. Atlantica Hotel & Marina Oak Island or similar - western shore, NS(B,D)

  • DAY 3: WESTERN SHORE, NS TO CHARLOTTE TOWN, PEI:

Once only accessible by ferry,  today we arrive on prince Edward Island via the confederation bridge, the world’s longest continuous multi - span bridge.

En route,  learn about Mi’ kmaq culture at the Millbrook Cultural and Heritage Centre.  Check into your Charlottetown accommodations for a two - night stay and enjoy a theatre performance by local entertainers at the confederation centre of the Arts (a substitution may be necessary due to the theatre schedule). Rodd Charlottetown or similar - Charlottetown, PEI (B)

  • DAY 4: PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND TOURING:

Today, enjoy a free morning in Charlottetown, Canada’s birth place, or join a complimentary walking tour of the city. This afternoon, drive by red cliffs, white beaches, gently sloping sand dunes and green fields as you make your way to Prince Edward Island National Park. Before returning to Charlottetown, visit Green Gables Heritage Site, the alluring inspiration of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Classic Anne of Green Gables Books. Experience true Maritime hospitality this evening at a traditional hall - style Lobster Dinner. Rodd Charlottetown or similar - Charlottetown, PEI (B, D)

  • DAY 5: CHARLOTTETOWN - BADDECK , NS

Ferry over the Northumberland strait back to Nova Scotia and proceed to Cape Breton Island - the Scotland of North America - via the Canso Causeway.

Visit the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site in Baddeck to learn of the many accomplishments of this genius who made his home on the Island. Arrive at our accommodations on the Bras d’or lake where we will spend two nights. Inverary Resort or similar - Baddeck, NS (B, D)

  • DAY 6: CABOT TRAIL TOURING:

We are off to experience one of the most stunningly picturesque drives in North America. The Cabot Trail winds around the rocky splendor of Cape Breton’s northern shore, ascending to the incredible plateaus of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Look - offs offer unforgettable vistas of Cape Breton’s rugged coastline so be sure to have your camera on hand.

Also enjoy a whale watching Boat Tour (weather permitting). Inverary Resort or similar - Baddeck, NS (B, BL, D)

  • DAY 7: BADDECK HALIFAX:

The Fortress of Louisburg National Historic Site awaits us today. Words cannot do justice to this reconstruction depicting one fifth of the settlement of 1744 New France. Roam the streets and chat with authentically costumed guides. Proceed along the shore of the Bras d’ or lake to the Mainland, and back to Halifax for one last night in the Maritimes. Cambridge suites or similar - Halifax, NS (B)

  • DAY 8: DEPART HALIFAX:

Depart Halifax today on your flight home (C B)

13 DAYS: CIRCLE NEW FOUNDLAND & LABRADOR

13 DAYS: CIRCLE NEW FOUNDLAND & LABRADOR

  • Highlights:
  • 1. Red Bay - UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • 2. L’ Anse aux meadows - UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • 3. Whale Watching Boat Tour
  • 4. Gross Morne - UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • 5. Twillingate
  • 6. Puffin Watching Boat Tour
  • Inclusions:
  • 1. Motor coach or van transportation
  • 2. Fully Escorted by Tour Director or Driver/Guide
  • 3. 24 meals
  • 4. 12 nights accommodation
  • 5. All admissions for items listed in itinerary
  • ITINERARY:
  • DAY 1: ARRIVE HALIFAX, NS:

Check into your accommodations: meet your Tour Manager and Fellow Travelers at a meet & greet. Cambridge suites - Halifax, NS

  • DAY 2: HALIFAX PORT AUX BASQUES:

Today, travel to North Sydney and board a Marine Atlantic Ferry for an overnight crossing to Port aux Basques. Marine Atlantic Ferry (CB, D)

  • DAY 3: PORT AUX BASQUES - PORT AU CHOIX:

Arrive in the fishing village of Port au choix. Sea Echo, Port au choix, NL (B,L,D)

  • DAY 4: PORT AU CHOIX- L’ANSE AU CLAIR:

Ferry to Labrador and visit Red Bay UNESCO World Heritage Site. Northern Light- L’Anse au Clair, NL (B,D)

  • DAY 5: L’ANSE AU CLAIR-ST. ANTHONY:

Travel to L’Anse aux Meadows UNESCO World Heritage Site to learn about the Vikings. Haven or similar - St. Anthony, NL (B, D)

  • DAY 6: ST.ANTHONY - COWHEAD:

Today, enjoy a morning whale watching boat tour;  travel to Cow Head. Shallow Bay -  Cow Head, NL (B, D)

  • DAY 7: GROS MORNE:

Enjoy a scenic boat tour in Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Shallow Bay -  Cow head,  NL (B, BOX L, D)

  • DAY 8: COW HEAD - GANDER:

Travel through central Newfoundland on to Gander where you spend one night. Sinbad’s - Gander, NL (B)

  • DAY 9: GANDER TO CLARENVILLE:

Enjoy a scenic drive along the rocky coast of Notre Dame Bay which leads to the beautiful outport of Twillingate. St. Jude - Clarenville, NL (B, L, D)

  • DAY 10: LOCAL TOURING:

Visit Terra Nova National Park; keep your camera close at hand for wildlife. Learn about the hard life of the Light Keepers at Cape Bonavista Light House Provincial Historic Site and this afternoon, stroll through the lanes of the charming town of Trinity. St. Jude - Clarenville, NL (B, L,D).

  • DAY 11: CLARENVILLE-ST.JOHN’S:

Arrive in the capital city of St. John’s for a two night stay; enjoy a city tour. Delta St. John’s, St. John’s, NL (B,D)

  • DAY 12: LOCAL TOURING;

Travel to nearby Bay Bulls for a boat tour to the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve and visit Cape Spear, the most easterly point in North America. The afternoon is yours at leisure. Delta St. John’s, St, John’s, NL (B)

  • DAY 13: DEPART ST. JOHNS:

Depart St John’s today on your flight home.

6 DAYS - MONTREAL & QUEBEC CITY

6 DAYS - MONTREAL & QUEBEC CITY (Explore the European charm of Quebec)

  • Highlights:
  • 1. Guided tours: Montreal & Quebec City
  • 2. Sainte -  Anne - de - Beaupre
  • 3. Montmorency Falls
  • 4. Ile d’ Orleans
  • Inclusions;
  • 1. Deluxe motor coach transportation
  • 2. 5 Breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 Dinner
  • 3. All highlights listed
  • 4. Tour Director/ Guide
  • ITINERARY:

DAY 1: TRAVEL TO MONTREAL, QC:

Check into a centrally located hotel, within walking distance of quaint boutiques and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Enjoy a welcome dinner tonight with your fellow passengers. Best Western Ville Marie, Montreal, QC (D)

DAY 2: MONTREAL, QC:

Today, embark on a guided city tour including a visit to St. Joseph's oratory on Mont Royal and discover the charm of old Montreal. Best Western Ville Marie, Montreal, QC (B)

DAY 3: TRAVEL TO  QUEBEC CITY, QC:

Set out on a guided city tour including the Plains of Abraham and Place Royale. Settle into your hotel, where museums, parks, shops, restaurants and scenic lookouts are within walking distance. Hotel Le Concorde, Quebec city, QC (B,L).

DAY 4:  BEAUPRE COAST, QC:

Enjoy a day trip to the Beaupre coast. Explore the Albert Gilles Copper Museum, visit the Sainte Anne de Beaupre Basilica, and Mont Morency Falls where a cable car ride and beautiful lunch awaits you. Hotel Le Concorde, Quebec City, QC (B, L).

DAY 5:  ILE D’ ORLEANS, QC:

Today, discover the Ile d’orleans, considered to be the birthplace of francophones in North America - with a local guide visit a chocolaterie, a ciderie for a tour and tasting, and have a delicious lunch before an afternoon and evening at your leisure in Quebec city. Hotel Le Concorde, Quebec City, QC (B,L).

DAY 6:  TRAVEL HOME:

After breakfast, begin your homeward journey. (B).

SAGUENAY, QUEBEC (7 DAYS);

SAGUENAY, QUEBEC (7 DAYS);

  • Highlights:
  • 1. Val - Jalbert Village
  • 2. Saguenay Fjord River Cruise
  • 3. Whale watching on the St.Lawrence River
  • 4. Tadoussac
  • 5. Sainte - Anne - de - Beaupre Basilica
  • 6. Montmorency Falls
  • 7. Sugar shack
  • ITINERARY:

DAY 1:  SHAWINIGAN, QC:

Travel east along the St.Lawrence River to Montreal, and continue to Shawinigan. Auberge Gouverneur, Shawinigan (D)

DAY 2:  JON QUIERE,QC:

Today, travel through the beautiful Laurentians to Val - Jalbert, a restored lumbering village from the 1920s. Your visit includes lunch and a trolley ride through the village's original period buildings. Arrive in the Saguenay region this evening. Delta Saguenay Hotel, Jonquiere (B,L,D).

DAY 3;  TADOUSSAC, QC:

Cruise along the stunning Saguenay fjord. End the cruise in L’Anse -Saint - Jean for lunch. Continue to Tadoussac, France’s first trading post in Canada, established over 400 years ago. Spend the next two nights at the Hotel Tadoussac. Hotel Tadoussac, Tadoussac (B,L,D).

DAY 4:  WHALE WATCHING:

Set sail on a whale watching cruise. Discover many species including the Minke, Blue, Beluga, Humpback and Fin whales. Spend the afternoon exploring the village of Tadoussac. Hotel Tadoussac, Tadoussac (B, D).

DAY 5:  QUEBEC CITY, QC:

Visit the Sainte - Anne - de - Beaupre Basilica and Montmorency Falls where a cable car ride and lunch awaits you. Continue to Quebec City and check into your centrally located hotel. Free evening to explore Hotel Le Concorde, Quebec City (B,L).

DAY 6:  QUEBEC CITY, QC:

Embark on an orientation tour of this historic city followed by an afternoon at leisure. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner with fellow guests. Hotel Le Concorde, Quebec City ( B, D).

DAY 7;  TRAVEL HOME;

Stop for lunch at a traditional sugar shack. Tour the sugar bush and taste a true Quebecoise meal (B,L).

 
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