15 day escorted tour itinerary

Canadian Contrasts Tour

Discover a spirit of adventure

Uncover Canada's most breathtaking treasures and journey through snow-capped mountains, rolling ranch-land and amazing cities. From the cosmopolitan culture and history of the eastern coast, to the awe-inspiring mountains and glaciers of the west, experience unique excursions and create unforgettable memories on this ultimate Canadian tour.

Selected departure dates are available between May and September.

 

Our Experts Recommend:
  • To see everything this incredible country has to offer in one amazing tour.
  • For its combination of dynamic, cosmopolitan cities with the unspoiled Canadian wilderness.
  • To experience awesome mountains, glacial ice-fields, breath taking National Parks and dramatic coastlines.
  • For viewing Canada's incredible wildlife - with bears, wolves, eagles, whales and elk to be spotted.

Sample Itinerary Summary

We can tailor any part of this itinerary or create a new one just for you.

Duration
15 days
Guide Price
£2,709 per person
Price based on
Based on 08 June 19 departure from London Gatwick flying with Air Transat, meal basis as per itinerary (2 adults sharing).
Our guide price gives you an idea of pricing which will vary depending on exchange rates, accommodation, duration, dates, airline and cabin class.
Destination Breakdown
Options
Group basis, Escorted
Included
  • Toronto sightseeing tour
  • Niagara Falls sightseeing tour
  • Ottawa sightseeing tour
  • Quebec sightseeing tour
  • Montreal sightseeing tour
  • Internal flight from Toronto to Calgary
  • Transfers between the hotel and airport in Toronto and Calgary
  • Calgary sightseeing tour
  • Banff sightseeing tour
  • Vancouver sightseeing tour
  • 14 breakfasts
  • Transportation by modern tour coach
  • Experienced tour driver
  • Jonview tour director throughout
  • Moderate accommodation
  • Baggage handling (1 piece per person)

Itinerary Breakdown

Arrive and take your included transfer to your downtown hotel in Toronto. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore this dynamic city from the CN Tower, the dazzling theatre district or the scenic harbourfront.

Points of Interest

  • CN Tower
  • Toronto Islands
  • Ripley's Aquarium

Overnight Accommodation

  • Courtyard By Marriott Toronto or similar

This morning you will meet your fellow travellers over breakfast before heading out to discover the best of Toronto. You will see the parliament buildings, waterfront, the impressive CN tower and Chinatown before leaving the city towards the Niagara Peninsula. You'll pass through communities and towns on the shores of Lake Ontario en route to Niagara Falls. On arrival, you will have time to admire the falls and participate in optional activities.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Courtyard By Marriott Toronto or similar

Today you'll leave the Toronto skyline behind as you travel to Ottawa, winding through farmland, following the rivers and lakes of the Rideau Waterway. On arrival, you'll take a sightseeing tour of the nation's capital including the public gardens, Byward Market and City Hall.

Points of Interest

  • Parliament Hill
  • Byward Market

Overnight Accommodation

  • Capital Hill Hotel & Suites or Best Western Victoria Park or similar

This morning you'll travel to the French speaking province of Quebec along the Ottawa River. You'll pass by the magnificent Laurentians and follow the Chemin du Roy past Quebecois villages and historic shrines. On arrival, you'll see the sights of Quebec City including the Lower Tower, the Citadel and Battlefields Park.

Points of Interest

  • Chateau Frontenac
  • Quebec City Citadel
  • Quebecois culture

Overnight Accommodation

  • Hotel Clarion Quebec or Hotel Lindbergh or Hôtel Ambassadeur or similar

Spend the day at leisure exploring the sights of this charming World Heritage Site. Take an excursion to visit the mighty Montmorency Falls, stroll along the mighty St. Lawrence river and make sure you have your camera on hand to capture the breath-taking Chateau Frontenac lit up at night.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Hotel Clarion Quebec or Hotel Lindbergh or Hôtel Ambassadeur or similar

Today you depart from Quebec City and drive along the St. Lawrence River to Montreal, the second largest French speaking city in the world. Montreal encapsulates the two founding cultures of Canada and offers a unique blend of fascinating history and sleek modernity. You'll tour the downtown area and see the Olympic Complex, Old Montreal, McGill university and Mont Royal Park, with amazing views over the city.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Hotel Faubourg Montreal or Les Suites Labelle or similar

Today you'll travel back to Toronto, where you'll have time to continue exploring the city. Take the free ferry over to the Toronto Islands, where you can explore by bike, relax on the sandy beaches or simply to get some fantastic photo opportunities of the famous Toronto skyline.

Points of Interest

  • Toronto Islands
  • Eaton Centre
  • Distillery District

Overnight Accommodation

  • Courtyard by Marriott Toronto or similar

Today you fly from Toronto across central Canada to Calgary - the gateway to the west and the Canadian Rockies. On your arrival, spend some time getting to know the city, take a walk along the Bow River or explore the fantastic bars and restaurants to sample the foodie scene and to get to know the friendly locals.

Points of Interest

  • Olympic Park
  • Canada's Sport Hall of Fame

Overnight Accommodation

  • Sandman Hotel Calgary City Centre or similar

This morning is an early start to tour the sights of Calgary including Calgary Tower, Fort Calgary and the skyscrapers of the commercial district. On leaving Calgary, you'll head towards the Rocky Mountains and travel through the foothills into Banff National Park. You'll explore the region around Banff amidst snow capped peaks, sparkling glaciers and emerald green lakes.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Coast Canmore Hotel & Conference Centre or similar

Today is at leisure to explore Banff and the surrounding area of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Visit the breath-taking turquoise waters of Lake Louise, take the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain and enjoy a dinner with awe-inspiring views or take a wildlife excursion to view bears, elk, eagles, bighorn sheep and moose.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Coast Canmore Hotel & Conference Centre or similar

Today you'll travel along the famed Trans-Canada Highway following a route laid out by the railroad engineers and fur traders of the mid 1800's. Continue your tour across the jagged Kicking Horse Pass into British Columbia's Yoho National Park.You'll be treated to stunning views of vast ice fields, deep canyons, dense forest and glacier fed streams.

Points of Interest

  • Yoho National Park
  • Icefields Parkway
  • Cariboo Gold Rush Trail

Overnight Accommodation

  • Ramada Kamloops or similar

Watch the scenery change dramatically as you drive through the ranch lands of the historical Cariboo Gold Rush Trail to the coastal mountains surrounding Canada's premier resort town of Whistler. Discover towering peaks, shimmering lakes and incredible wildlife before explore Whistler village with its fantastic shops, restaurants and bars.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Whistler Village Inn & Suites or Pinnacle Hotel Whistler Village or Aava Whistler or similar

Today you drive south along the stunning and scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway through a dramatic landscape of jagged fjords and glacial mountain peaks before arriving in Vancouver. Enjoy an included sightseeing tour before taking some time to explore the city yourself.

Points of Interest

  • Sea to Sky Highway
  • Stanley Park
  • Coal Harbour

Overnight Accommodation

  • Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre or similar

Enjoy a day at leisure exploring vibrant and cosmopolitan Vancouver. Take excursions to towering Grouse Mountain or to walk the treetops at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Back in the city, take some time out for a relaxing stroll through Stanley Park and the city's Sea Wall walk or to hit the shops along Robson Street.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre or similar

Spend your final few hours exploring or some last minute souvenir shopping before taking your included transfer back to the airport to fly home, or extend your stay in Vancouver.

Points of Interest

  • Robson Street
  • Coal Habour
  • Historic Gastown
  • Toronto

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Experience Toronto's cool and cosmopolitan culture on a sightseeing tour
    • Explore it's multicultural neighbourhoods, vibrant bars and award-winning restaurants
    • Head to the top of the CN Tower for amazing panoramic views of the city
    • Enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of magnificent Niagara Falls
    • Take in the incredible surrounding wine country
  • Ottawa

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Enjoy an included sightseeing tour of Canada's capital city
    • Visit the historical Parliament Buildings on Parliament Hill
    • Take a boat cruise along the picturesque UNESCO Rideau Canal
    • Experience a gourmet food tour around lively Byward Market
    • Visit any of Ottawa's fascinating and much-loved museums
  • Quebec City

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Take in the unique culture and cobblestone streets on an included sightseeing tour
    • Visit the majestic Fairmont Chateau Frontenac - one of the most photographed hotels in the world
    • Stroll along the city walls and ramparts that make the UNESCO World Heritage Site
    • Discover Quebec City's incredible cuisine on a gourmet food tour
    • Soak up the Quebecois culture in the small boutiques and cafes
  • Montreal

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Explore Montreal's unique blend of modern and historical architecture on an included sightseeing tour
    • Visit the city's incredible Underground City with shops, restaurants and galleries
    • Take a escorted bike tour through enchanting Old Montreal
    • Discover the beauty of the city's famous Notre-Dame Basilica
    • Stroll along the designer shops and quaint cafes along the rue St. Catherine
  • Calgary

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Discover the heart of Canada's West on an included sightseeing tour
    • Head to the top of Calgary Tower for incredible panoramic views of the city
    • Check out Canada's Sports Hall of Fame or explore Olympic Park - site of the 1988 Winter Olympics
    • Soak up the history from the 1860's up to the 1950's at Heritage Park
    • Experience city's the lively food and bar scene and get to know the locals
  • Banff

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Discover the incredible Canadian Rocky Mountains on an included sightseeing tour of Banff
    • Explore the small mountain communities of Banff, Canmore and Lake Louise
    • Visit the breath taking turquoise waters of world-famous Lake Louise
    • Take a once-in-a-lifetime helicopter tour to get a bird's eye view of this incredible region
    • View the picturesque mountains and sweeping landscapes of the stunning Icefields Parkway
  • Whistler

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Explore Canada's premier resort town - Whistler
    • Take the thrilling Peak 2 Peak gondola to the top of Blackcomb mountain
    • Spot black and grizzly bears, as well as other amazing wildlife on an excursion
    • Spend some time in the village, soaking up the atmosphere in the shops, bars and restuarants
    • Discover the incredible Sea to Sky route with towering mountains and shimmering coastline views
  • Vancouver

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Explore Vancouver's vibrant culture on an including city sightseeing tour
    • Stroll through leafy Stanley Park and admire the historic totem poles
    • Take a trip to Grouse Mountain to visit the wildlife refuge and for incredible views over the city
    • Discover the fantastic markets and shops in historic Gastown and Granville Island
    • Enjoy a sunset dinner at any of the restaurants overlooking scenic Coal Habour