Best of Canada 2016/2017
Glittering Vancouver - often cited as 'the best place in the world to live'
Time in Jasper - Gem of the Canadian Rockies
Travel along the dramatic Icefields Parkway, to Banff
Visit sparkling Lake Louise, set against stunning Victoria Glacier
Explore Banff, the stunning capital of the Rockies
Olympic city Montreal, the French Canadian capital of style
UNESCO-listed Quebec City, Canada's only walled city
Explore Victorian Ottawa, the elegant Canadian capital
Discover cosmopolitan Toronto on the shores of Lake Ontario
Gaze in awe at tumultuous Niagara Falls
12 nights' room-only accommodation at a series of good-quality hotels in Vancouver (3 nights), Sun Peaks (1), Jasper (1), Banff (2), Montreal (2) and Toronto (3)
Return flights from your chosen airport to Vancouver, returning from Toronto
An internal flight from Calgary to Montreal
Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager
Discover the very best of Canada, from the stunning power of Niagara Falls, to Quebec City - one of North America's oldest cities. Follow the Icefields Parkway to Lake Louise and Banff, in the heart of the majestic Rockies, and explore the delights of cosmopolitan Toronto and vibrant Vancouver.
14 Day Itinerary
Fly to Vancouver and transfer to your hotel.
Discover Vancouver on today's optional guided city tour - see restored Gastown, colourful Chinatown, and beautiful Stanley Park, then cross over the Lion's Gate Bridge into 'North Van'. Take a cable car to the summit of breathtaking Grouse Mountain, and brave the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge over a vertiginous gorge. Afterwards, explore at your leisure.
Spend today exploring Vancouver, or join our optional full-day excursion to beautiful Vancouver Island, and to the unashamedly 'British' capital of British Columbia - Victoria. See the vast Parliament Buildings and the grand Empress Hotel, and visit the world-famous Butchart Gardens, a 50-acre horticultural Mecca on the edge of the Pacific.
Today you'll head through British Columbia's beautiful scenery to Sun Peaks, a modern alpine village high in the BC interior.
Continue on past towering Mount Robson, the Rockies' highest peak, to Jasper, at the gateway to the scenic Jasper National Park. Keep your eye out for the elk, moose and even bears that call this part of Canada home.
Today you'll travel along the renowned Icefields Parkway, calling briefly at beautiful Lake Louise, where turquoise waters - frozen for much of the year - are set against the awesome backdrop of Victoria Glacier. You'll continue to Banff for a two-night stay.
Explore the delightful, bustling capital of the Rockies. Take the opportunity to join an optional Banff sightseeing tour, which includes a cable-car ride to the summit of Sulphur Mountain and a trip to scenic Surprise Corner, a viewpoint overlooking the famous Banff Springs Hotel. You'll also have the chance to take a helicopter flight across the Rockies for a close-up view of the towering peaks.
Today you'll transfer to Calgary Airport to board the flight for the journey across the Prairies and Lakes to eastern Canada and Montreal.
Enjoy an included full-day trip to historic Quebec City, one of Canada's oldest settlements. Discover its many charms, including stunning Chateau Frontenac, the city's ancient ramparts and its UNESCO-listed centre, overlooking the mighty St Lawrence River.
This morning we'll visit romantic Ottawa. Explore the Victorian houses and famous Rideau Canal before continuing south, following the 'Maple Leaf Trail' and through the province of Ontario, to the lakefront city of Toronto.
Explore Toronto, this morning, on our optional, guided sightseeing tour. See the glittering waterfront, the sky-piercing CN Tower and colourful, contrasting neighbourhoods like Greektown and Little Italy. Afterwards, indulge in some shopping in the city's ultra-modern malls, and make the most of the city's cosmopolitan dining options or perhaps take in a show - Toronto is Canada's capital of live entertainment.
Today's unforgettable included excursion is to the incredible Niagara Falls, one of the world's greatest natural wonders. Take in the unforgettable views on an optional 10-minute helicopter ride, and perhaps join us for lunch with a view at The Sheraton on the Falls Penthouse Fallsview Dining Room.
Later, we'll return to Toronto to spend the evening enjoying its legendary hospitality in one of the many restaurants.
After a final day of last-minute shopping and sightseeing in Toronto we'll head to the airport to board the flight home.
Arrive back in the UK after an overnight flight.
Dates & Prices
|Departure Airport||Date||Price From|
|London Heathrow||06 May 2016||£1699.00|
|29 May 2016||£1899.00|
|17 Jun 2016||£1999.00|
|04 Sep 2016||£1999.00|
|18 Sep 2016||£1999.00|
|02 Oct 2016||£1699.00|
|05 May 2017||£1749.00|
|21 May 2017||£1899.00|
|16 Jun 2017||£2049.00|
|25 Jun 2017||£2149.00|
|03 Sep 2017||£2049.00|
|17 Sep 2017||£2049.00|
|02 Oct 2017||£1849.00|
|09 Oct 2017||£1749.00|
|Manchester||14 May 2016||£1799.00|
|17 Jun 2016||£1999.00|
|19 Sep 2016||£1999.00|
|03 Oct 2016||£1829.00|
|10 Oct 2016||£1799.00|
|13 May 2017||£1849.00|
|16 Jun 2017||£2049.00|
|18 Sep 2017||£2049.00|
|02 Oct 2017||£1879.00|
The hotels used on our tours will meet the standard of a good, three- and four-star European hotel. Rooms will have private bathrooms, telephones and TV. The vast majority will also have tea- and coffee-making facilities. There will always be a bar or restaurant on site or nearby.
Hotel transfer times
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 30 minutes.
Passports and visas
British citizens require machine-readable passports when travelling to Canada. Visas are not normally required for entry, but for travel from 15th March 2016 visitors to Canada must apply for an eTA online with Canadian Immigration at least 72 hours before departure at www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta.asp . The current charge is seven Canadian dollars for British Citizens. British subjects, and anyone who has a criminal record or has ever been arrested, should consult the Canadian Embassy as a visa may be required.
Gratuities are a way of life in North America, and it is generally accepted that they form part of a person's earnings. Customary gratuity to a coach driver or tour manager is about $5 per person per day; in a taxi or a restaurant leave 12-15 per cent of the bill and, in the bar, leave a dollar or so per drink.
Smoking is not permitted on any coach forming part of your holiday; regular stops will be made though for your comfort en route. The majority of hotels in North America are non-smoking throughout including in all bedrooms. In general smoking outside is acceptable, but do look out for signs prohibiting this close to public entrances or bus stops.
On your flight
All outbound flights depart and arrive on the same day. All return flights leave in the evening and land in the UK the next day. On-board meals will usually include lunch and a snack on outward flights, and dinner and breakfast on flight home. Soft drinks are complimentary, but some airlines will charge for alcoholic drinks.
You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.
Sightseeing flights by helicopter are weight controlled and balanced. Please contact us if you wish to book a helicopter flight and your bodyweight exceeds 250lb. (In such cases, a seat may have to be left empty, and some companies may charge a premium.)
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Changes to your hotels
Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.
Standard hotel rooms in North America will contain one or two double- or queen-sized beds, and it is not possible to add extra beds to the room. Parties consisting of more than two travellers, but who have only booked one room, will be expected to make use of the two beds provided. If this is a concern, you may wish to consider booking more than one room for your group.
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