Your nineteen-night Canada East To West tour gets underway with your flight from the UK to Montreal, where you'll make your first stop for exploration. Enjoy the city's main highlights, capture photos, and memories; check out the spectacular Notre Dame Basilica and admire the immense Olympic Stadium which was the main venue for the event in 1976.
Exploring many other fascinating destinations on your way including Quebec City, Ottawa, 1000 Islands, and Niagara Falls, you'll come to reach the city of Banff mid-way through your trip. Explore the wonders of Banff National Park including wondrous snow-capped peaks, crystal-clear lakes, and sparkling streams.
Lake Louise, Jasper, Sun Peaks, and Vancouver complete the itinerary for your thrilling adventure. Spend your final days finding out exactly why Vancouver is so spectacular; Chinatown, Gas Town, the 1,000-acre Stanley Park, and the magnificent harbour. Granville Island is also a must-visit before you leave, as it's popular with many locals and tourists.
On Day 20 you'll transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK having made many unforgettable memories!
|Day 1||UK to Montreal|
|Day 3||Quebec City|
|Day 4||Quebec City|
|Day 5||Laurentian Mountains|
|Day 7||1000 Islands & Toronto|
|Day 9||Niagara Falls|
|Day 12||Lake Louise|
|Day 15||Sun Peaks|
|Day 20 - 21||Vancouver to UK|
Today depart on your scheduled flight to Montreal and on arrival transfer to your hotel.
Get to know Montreal properly today with a tour of the city's main highlights. There'll be time to discover the historic old port area, where the first colonists would have arrived on the shores of St Lawrence in 1642. Next move on to the spectacular Notre Dame Basilica, a grand masterpiece of Gothic Revival architecture. Once you're inside the striking interior of intricate wooden carvings, stunning stained glass windows, and colourful vaults will completely captivate you. See the immense Olympic Stadium which was the main venue for the 1976 Olympic Games. After you've enjoyed your tour; take time to explore the old port area in more detail with your fellow travellers. Perhaps check out the 'Underground City' and its network of offices, shops, hotels, and restaurants. Back at your hotel gather as a group this evening to tuck into a delicious welcome dinner.
Step foot in Quebec City today, where the 400-year-old fortified city La Citadelle sits at its heart. Head out to explore the many intriguing highlights that paint the city's history, including the fairytale-like Chateau Frontenac Hotel dominating the skyline. Take a stroll to see the grand City Hall, the Military Drill Hall, Latin Quarter, Old Quebec, and Plains of Abraham. Spend this afternoon freely to discover everything in more detail.
Everything is up to you today. Choose to explore the cobbled streets of Quebec City at leisure or take an optional trip to Baie-Sainte-Catherine. Set at the junction of the St Lawrence River and the Saguenay Fjord, this is a fantastic place for whale-watching. The journey itself offers spectacular river views and the chance to spot whales in their natural habitat, which is guaranteed to be something you won't forget quickly.
You're able to revel in the Laurentian Mountains today as you make your way to the resort town of Mont Tremblant, nestled on the shores of Lake Tremblant. On your journey; make a stop at an authentic Quebecois Sugar Shack for lunch to enjoy some traditional Quebec cuisine. During your free time explore a huge choice of shops and restaurants and, if you have enough time, choose to ride a gondola to the highest peak in the Laurentians for stunning views.
Journey into Ontario today and on to Ottawa, where you'll stay tonight. On arrival, head off on an insightful walking tour of Canada's modern-day capital city. Highlights of the tour include Confederation Square and the grounds of Parliament Hill, which is home to Canada's government. Stroll along the pedestrian mall Sparks Street and admire the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which sits itself in front of the National War Museum. By lunchtime, you'll be in the historic ByWard Market, home to many pubs, cafes, and restaurants. Exploring at your own pace, perhaps take a visit to Rideau Hall.
Pause in Rockport en route to Toronto today, which is a small town set on the banks of the mighty St Lawrence River and gateway to the mesmerising 1000 Islands. Hop on a boat here to sail through the heart of the islands to discover a pretty landscape of luxurious cottages, vast estates, and fairy-tale castles. Soak up the tranquil atmosphere and colourful history of the area and be sure to look out for Boldt Castle. Check out Zavikon Island, considered the shortest international bridge in the world. After your cruise continue onwards to Toronto.
Toronto, Canada's largest city, is going to be a delight to explore on your morning tour. There are landmarks including the Parliament Building, City Hall and the Roger's Centre Stadium, which is home to the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team. Then you've got beautiful beaches on Lake Ontario's shores, a zoo, and the largest aquarium in the country. For spectacular panoramic views take a trip to the top of the CN Tower in one of the glass-fronted lifts. Spend time strolling through the Old Town to discover its great markets.
Experience one of Canada's most iconic natural wonders, the awesome Niagara Falls today. Consisting of three beautiful waterfalls - Horseshoe Falls, American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls - these are a breathtaking sight to view. Take a thrilling overhead optional helicopter ride to take in these one-of-a-kind views. Your second option is a cruise on the Niagara River, which will take you extremely close to the thundering waters.
Enjoy some more time spent at Niagara Falls this morning to further appreciate this amazing natural wonder. Later on transfer to the airport for your flight to reach Calgary.
Transfer to Banff today for a sightseeing tour of the splendid Banff National Park. Discover the park's huge pine forests and black grizzly bears roaming free in this area as well as the impressive sights of wondrous snow-capped peaks, crystal-clear lakes, sparkling streams, and rugged canyons with crashing waterfalls. The tour today includes visits to the Hoodoos, Surprise Corner, and Bow Falls, and, if you feel like it, take a ride on the Banff Gondola. This evening come together with your fellow travellers to enjoy a dinner.
Lake Louise is your next stop today, a glacial jade-green lake located high in the mountains and surrounded on all sides by towering peaks. Your included excursion to the lake today gives you the chance to see what is considered the most beautiful place in Canada.
The Banff-Jasper Highway reaches almost 7,000ft above sea level at points and is flanked by great mountain ranges soaring to more than 11,000ft. As you head along this magnificent highway to Jasper, a stop at the Great Columbia Icefield provides an opportunity to take an Ice Explorer ride across the Athabasca Glacier.
Home to the sensationally beautiful Jasper National Park, discover the former railroad town of Jasper. This morning's tour will show the turquoise waters of Maligne Lake, set in a canyon and ringed by snow and ice-capped mountains. When you have free time this afternoon you could choose to enjoy an optional river raft ride and in the evening take a walk on the wild side with an exciting nature walk.
The journey today to Sun Peaks in British Columbia will take you over Yellow Head Pass, past Mount Robson, and along the Trans-Canada Highway. The scenery is stunning; but the highlight of your day is without a doubt Blue River for a thrilling Rockies river safari. This extraordinary cruise will take you on an adventure to explore Grizzly Bear Valley and be on the lookout for an array of wildlife including moose, eagles, ospreys, and grizzly bears.
Continue your scenic journey through the Rockies today, towards the Pacific Ocean and the coastal city of Vancouver.
Boasting one of the prettiest settings in the world, Vancouver is surrounded by mountains, forests, and plenty of delightful islands. The sightseeing tour will take you to Chinatown, Gas Town, the 1,000-acre Stanley Park, and the magnificent harbour. Granville Island is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike, with its theatres, restaurants, and shops. The highlight for most is the indoor public market with stalls selling gourmet delicacies, baked goods, and seafood.
Reach the capital of British Columbia, Victoria, on Vancouver Island by ferry today if you choose to join in with the optional excursion. With the exciting city tour you'll have the chance to marvel at the architecture here and see how its British Victorian heritage has been preserved. Admire the 50 acres of beautiful floral displays and lush green lawns at Butchart Gardens and visit the Parliament Building and the classic Empress Hotel, nestled close to Victoria's glistening harbour.
Embark on an optional excursion to the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain on Vancouver's North Shore today if you wish. Enjoy a farewell drink with your fellow travellers this evening to bring your tour to a perfect end.
You'll fly back to the UK on Day 20, arriving in the UK on Day 21.