The very best of Canada
Discover the many treasures of Canada, from the stunning natural power of the Niagara Falls, to the culture and history of Quebec City - one of North America's oldest cities. Follow the Icefields Parkway from Banff and Lake Louise, in the heart of the majestic Rockies, and explore the delights of cosmopolitan Toronto and vibrant Vancouver.
WHAT DOES THE PRICE INCLUDE?
Day One: Fly to Toronto
Fly to Toronto and transfer to your hotel.
Day Two: Explore 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.
Day Three: Marvel at the Niagara Falls
Today's unforgettable included excursion is to the incredible Niagara Falls, one of the world's greatest natural wonders. Marvel at the spectacular views on an optional 10-minute helicopter ride, and perhaps enjoy lunch from the viewpoint of an overlooking restaurant.
Later, we'll return to Toronto to spend the evening enjoying its legendary hospitality in one of the many restaurants.
Day Four: Follow the Maple Leaf Trail to Ottawa and Montreal
Leaving Toronto, we'll board the coach and journey along Lake Ontario's northern shoreline, on the 'Maple Leaf Trail' that leads past handsome Kingston and north to romantic Ottawa. See its Victorian houses and famous Rideau Canal before continuing to stylish Montreal, for a two-night stay.
Day Five: Explore Quebec City
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. An optional walking tour will be available during your time in the city.
Day Six: Travel to Banff
Today you'll transfer to Montreal Airport to board the flight for the journey across the Prairies and Lakes to the Rockies and exquisite Banff, for a two-night stay.
Day Seven: See the sights of Banff
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.
Day Eight: Travel to Lake Louise and along the Icefields Parkway
A memorable days awaits us as we journey firstly to beautiful Lake Louise, where turquoise waters - frozen for much of the year - are set against the awesome backdrop of Victoria Glacier. We'll then travel along the renowned Icefields Parkway 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.
Day Nine: Journey to Sun Peaks
Our scenic adventure continues, with a drive past majestic Mount Robson - the Rockies' highest point - to the mountain resort of Sun Peaks, a modern alpine village high in the BC interior.
Day 10: Continue through the Rockies to Vancouver
Today we'll journey west into British Columbia, descending through the coastal ranges to beautiful Vancouver, in its spectacular Pacific Ocean-side setting, for a three-night stay.
Day 11: Explore Vancouver
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' and brave the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge over a vertiginous gorge. Afterwards, explore at your leisure.
Day 12: Enjoy the chance to visit Vancouver Island
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.
Day 13: Enjoy a free morning in Vancouver and transfer to the airport
You're free this morning to do some last-minute shopping and sightseeing in Vancouver, before we head to the airport for you to board the overnight flight home.
Day 14: Arrive home
Arrive back in the UK.
Hotel transfer times
The transfer time from Toronto airport to your hotel is approximately 45 minutes, and to Vancouver airport is 45 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.canada.ca/eta . 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.
Foreign Office travel advice
Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.
Gratuities are a way of life in North America, and it is generally accepted that they form part of a person's earnings. The customary gratuity for a coach driver or Tour Manager is about $5 per person per day. It is normal to tip 15-20 per cent of the bill for a taxi or in a restaurant, and to leave a dollar or so per drink in a bar.
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.