Canadian Contrasts

Overview

Discover a spirit of adventure that stretches from the cobbled colonial towns of Québec to British Columbia’s unspoiled Pacific coast. Journey through snow-fringed mountains, rolling ranch land and dramatic fjords tor truly special Canadian moments.

What's Included:

  • Return flights to Canada from London
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Toronto Sightseeing tours in Toronto, Niagara Falls, Ottawa, Quebec, Montreal, Calgary, Banff and Vancouver
  • 14 breakfasts
  • Transportation by modern tour coach
  • Experienced tour driver
  • Jonview tour director throughout
  • Moderate accommodation
  • Baggage handling (1 piece per person)
  • Provincial Taxes and Federal GST and/or HST

Full Itinerary

Day 1: UK- 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.

Day 2 : Niagara Falls

This morning meet your fellow travellers at a Welcome to Canada breakfast before setting out on a sightseeing tour of the city. Highlights will include the waterfront, the CN Tower and Chinatown. Then you leave the city and travel the Niagara Peninsula, through the enchanting Victorian town of Niagara-on-the-Lake to Niagara Falls. Ample time is allocated to admire the falls and take part in some of Niagara Falls numerous activities. Don’t forget your camera to capture the spectacular views!

Day 3 : Toronto - Ottawa

Today you leave the Toronto skyline behind and drive east towards Ottawa. On arrival in Ottawa, enjoy a sightseeing tour of the national capital, sights include government buildings on Parliament Hill, the public gardens, the Byward Market and City Hall.

Hotel: Capital Hill or similar

Day 4 : Ottawa - Québec City

This morning you will travel along the scenic Ottawa River to the French-speaking province of Québec. Today’s journey ends in Québec’s cultural heartland Québec City, a UNESCO World Heritage treasure. Historical, cultural and outdoor activities, exquisite food as well as international events await. Enjoy a tour within the walls of the old city and view the ornate city gates, Lower Town, the Citadel and Battlefields Park.

Hotel for 2 nights: Ambassadeur or similar

Day 5 : Québec City

The day is at your leisure to further explore the sights of this charming city, full of European charm, romantic ambiance, exquisite cuisine and charming hotels. Alternatively you can enjoy an optional full day excursion to Tadoussac including 3 hours of whale watching on the St. Lawrence River at the mouth of the Saguenay River. The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore this historic French-Canadian city with narrow streets and unique boutiques.

Day 6 : Québec City - Montréal

Departing from Québec City you will travel along the St. Lawrence River in the footsteps of the early settlers. Upon arrival in Montréal, tour the second largest French-speaking city in the world. Touring the downtown area you will see the Olympic Complex, charming Old Montréal, McGill University, the residential streets of Mount Royal and the bustling shopping streets. This evening is free to enjoy the Montréal night and dining scene.

Hotel: Faubourg Montréal or similar.

Day 7 : Montréal - Toronto

Today’s route takes you back to the shores of Lake Ontario. En-route you have the option of a relaxing cruise through the beautiful 1,000 Islands. Back in Toronto you will have ample time to sample some of the city’s great restaurants and wonderful entertainment.

Hotel: Courtyard By Marriott.

Day 8 : Toronto - Calgary

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. Canadian breakfast included.

Day 9 : Calgary - 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. Canadian breakfast included.

Day 10 : Canmore/Banff National Park

The entire day is at leisure to tour Banff and browse through the many boutiques and speciality 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. Continental breakfast included.

Day 11 : Canmore - 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.

Day 12 : Kamloops - 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.

Day 13 : Whistler - 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. Continental breakfast included.

Day 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. Canadian breakfast included.

Day 15-16 : Vancouver - UK

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. Canadian breakfast included

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Hand Picked By

Vicky Gurney

Canada simply has something for everyone: breathtaking scenery, amazing wildlife, vibrant cities, wonderful restaurants and plenty of shopping – to name just a few. I was lucky to travel to this amazing country and enjoyed some if its wonderful highlights.

Vicky Gurney

Additional Information

  • Date: 7th & 14th September 2019
  • Board Basis: Bed & Breakfast
  • Duration: 15 nights
  • Departure Airport: London
  • Guide Price: From £2,629pp
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