A wonderful introduction to the diverse cities and landscapes of Canada, this tour will take you from the French-speaking heartland of Québec in the east across this vast country to British Columbia in the west. Experience the Gallic charm of Montréal and Québec City, perhaps survey Toronto from the top of the vertiginous CN Tower, absorb the history and culture of the nation’s capital, Ottawa and marvel at the awe-inspiring force of nature that is Niagara Falls. You’ll enjoy the serene beauty of Alberta’s Lake Louise and in Banff you will embark on a truly unforgettable railway journey through the spectacular scenery of the Canadian Rockies aboard the legendary Rocky Mountaineer. Our journey concludes with a three-night stay in the vibrant city of Vancouver, on the Pacific Coast and there will be plenty of free time, included tours and optional excursions along the way.
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London Heathrow Airport and a direct, scheduled Air Canada flight to Montréal. On arrival we transfer to our hotel for the next two nights, the Best Western Ville-Marie (3T+).
This morning we will enjoy a guided tour of Montréal, a charming and historic city at the confluence of the St Lawrence and Ottawa rivers, discovering its French heritage and taking in highlights such as Notre-Dame Basilica and the Old Town. You are free to explore at your own pace for the rest of the day.
Today we travel north-east to Québec City, one of the oldest European cities in North America, founded in 1608. We discover the historic centre - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - on a guided tour this morning, before checking in to the Delta Québec (4T), where we will be staying for two nights. The rest of the day is free to make your own discoveries, perhaps browsing the boutiques of the old walled city and sampling the fine French cuisine in the local bistros. Alternatively, join us on an optional scenic cruise along the St Lawrence River.
A free day to relax or explore the city at leisure, or, if you prefer, optional excursions will be available.
We continue our journey to Ottawa, Canada’s capital, today. After an introductory tour of the city we transfer to our hotel, the centrally-located Lord Elgin (4T), and the rest of the day is free. Ottawa is a fine city for walking and the stately Parliament, the National Gallery of Canada and the UNESCO-listed Rideau Canal are just some of the attractions waiting to be discovered.
Today you are free to explore Ottawa by yourself. Founded in 1826 under the name Bytown, the capital city occupies a picturesque location on the banks of the Ottawa River and is home to a wide variety of museums, galleries and other cultural attractions as well as many green spaces to enjoy a stroll such as Major’s Hill Park, which offers wonderful views over the Rideau Canal.
Following the shore of Lake Ontario, we travel to Toronto, Canada’s biggest city, checking in to the Sheraton Centre Hotel (4T) for a two-night stay. There will be an optional visit to the 553-metre high CN Tower, which was the tallest tower in the world when it was completed in 1976. There are superb views over the city from the observation deck, which has a partly-glazed floor for a straight-down look at Toronto. For those who prefer to keep their feet on terra firma, there are plenty of other attractions here, such as the fascinating Royal Ontario Museum, whose vast collections include everything from ancient Egyptian and Roman antiquities to dinosaur skeletons, meteorites, Native Canadian art and historic costumes.
Toronto is perfectly located for a full-day excursion to experience one of the great natural wonders of the world: Niagara Falls. View their awe-inspiring power from the promenade or, if you want to get even closer, you can choose to take an optional boat trip to the base of the Falls or a helicopter ride for a panoramic view of this magnificent force of nature.
We head to Toronto Airport today for an internal Air Canada flight to Calgary, in Alberta. Upon arrival we transfer to the charming resort town of Banff, in the Rocky Mountains, and our hotel for the next two nights, the Caribou Lodge (3T+) or Ptarmigan Inn (3T+).
Our included tour today takes in the surrounds of Banff and the famous emerald-green Lake Louise, a stunning glacial lake surrounded by snow-capped mountains. The gardens of the Fairmont Chateau Hotel present an ideal vantage point for viewing the lake and the Victoria Glacier or you may choose to take a gondola to the mountaintop for one of the best views of Banff National Park.
This morning we transfer to Banff railway station to board the legendary Rocky Mountaineer, surely the most comfortable and romantic way to enjoy the breathtaking majesty of the Canadian Rockies. The exhilarating two-day route between Banff and Vancouver, via Kamloops, takes us through lush valleys, along the shores of sparkling lakes and over dramatic mountain passes. The unforgettable highlights of the section between Banff and Kamloops include the Continental Divide, Kicking Horse Canyon and Rogers Pass. We stay in Kamloops this evening (arranged by Rocky Mountaineer).
We continue on our rail journey through British Columbia today, travelling through winding river canyons and forests surrounded by the peaks of the Coast and Cascade mountain ranges and the Fraser River Valley to Vancouver. Upon arrival at Vancouver railway station, we transfer to the Pinnacle Vancouver Harbourfront (4T), Coast Coal Harbour (4T), or Holiday Inn Vancouver-Centre Broadway (3T), where we will be staying for our last three nights in Canada.
We enjoy a guided tour of Vancouver this morning, taking in some of the main sights and landmarks of this attractive maritime city including Stanley Park, Chinatown and the historic Gastown district. The rest of the day is free or you may choose to join our optional excursion to Grouse Mountain and Capilano Suspension Bridge including afternoon tea.
A full day to explore Vancouver at leisure, or you could take our optional trip to Vancouver Island by ferry to visit Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, and Butchart Gardens, a collection of spectacular themed gardens filled with numerous varieties of colourful flowering plants and trees.
Today we transfer to Vancouver Airport for a direct, scheduled Air Canada flight to London.
Arrival at London Heathrow Airport, where you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle for the journey home.
Why Titan Travel?
Scooping 21 awards at the 2016 British Travel Awards, you can be sure that a touring holiday with Titan Travel will be something special. Among others, Titan received gold awards for Best Escorted Tours Holiday Company and Best Special Interest Holiday Company, so they are perfectly placed to provide that exceptionally epic tour to any corner of the globe.
A Titan holiday begins and ends at your front door with chauffeur-driven transfers, scheduled international flights and the most memorable form of touring transport. Where this is a coach, they provide the best available. Titan pride themselves in providing tours that enable you to see all the sights of the area you visit as well as giving you the option for plenty of free time, optional excursions and extra nights here and there to tailor-make your holiday and make it extra special. The choice of destinations and interests are extensive including gems such as a wildlife tour of Sri Lanka, exploring the musical history of the Deep South, grand tours of North America, China, South America, Italy, Asia and Kenya, searching for the Northern Lights in Iceland and Norway, and a cruise to discover Japan and Russia.
Escorted tours are not simply limited to coaches. Titan is also one of the UK’s leading rail specialists and a number of their holidays incorporate journeys on iconic trains that transport you not only through some of the most dramatic and beautiful landscapes in the world, but also back in time to a nostalgic ‘golden age’ of luxurious and stylish travel. If you are undecided between the elegance and relaxation of a cruise and the enthralling insight of an escorted tour, Titan’s Cruise & Tour holidays could be the perfect choice. You can cruise with some of the most respected names in the industry, including Fred.Olsen and Holland America, around regions of awe-inspiring beauty and then head ashore for an extra land-based touring adventure. The waterways of Europe, Egypt and China link the most spectacular cultural gems in picturesque fashion and a river cruise is an excellent way to appreciate wonderful destinations from a different and more relaxed perspective.