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Grand Canadian

4.6
32 reviews
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The one that gives you 22 days of charming Canada, plus Niagara Falls & Boston

Duration
20 Days
Places
14 places

Visiting New York City, Boston, Quebec City, Montreal, Toronto, Whistler, Kamloops, Jasper, Banff, Vernon, Vancouver, Rockport, Niagara Falls, Mt. Robson

Is this trip for me?

Travel Style

In-Depth Explorer

Group Size

Average 45 people

Transport Style

Coach + Internal Flight

Highlights

  • See Boston Common, Quincy Marketplace, Faneuil Hall & the original Cheers Bar
  • Visit New Haven home to the Yale University
  • Walk the historic Freedom Trail
  • Only $200 deposit to book
  • Part pay financing available with UpLift
  • No change fees
  • No booking fees

What's included?

19 nights accommodation

17 nights in Hotel, 2 nights in Quad-share Chalet

We always provide comfortable accommodation in a relaxed atmosphere - think comfy, centrally located hotels as well as a rocky mountain chalet to rest your head. We've found the perfect digs for you and your new squad to relax and chill after a big day of adventure travel.

18 Meals

8 Dinner, 10 Breakfast

We'll get 18 of your meals, you get the rest. You can expect to refuel with a few hearty breakfasts and delicious dinners on us but we'll also give you the opportunity to sample some of the best local cuisine. You'll taste it all - from greasy burgers to gourmet fare.

Team

Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life. An expert driver who knows foreign roads better than Google Maps. Local Guides who make tourist traps a thing of the past. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything we do.

Transport

All transport included during the trip

Included in your trip is transport on our fleet of comfy, state of the art coaches. They're kitted out with all the necessities: USB charge points, WiFi, Air Con and a rocking sound system. You bring the other essentials, like tunes, friendships and stories from the night before.

Experiences

39 included, 24 optional that you can add

TOP EXPERIENCES ON THIS TRIP:

- Immerse yourself in the Parisian chic city of Quebec, the only walled city in North America
- Take a boat to the thundering base of Niagara Falls, feeling the immensity (and spray!) of this dramatic natural wonder
- Hike the luscious trails around the mountains of Whistler and Blackcomb
- Admire Jasper's incredible Maligne Canyon and towering limestone walls, taking a cruise across the lake if the season is right
- Take a moonlit horseback ride through Banff National Park before enjoying dinner cooked over an open fire*
- Slip into the youthful spirit of Toronto with some boutique shopping and bar hopping

*This experience is a Free Time Add-on and not included in trip costs
Join your Contiki trip crew in New York & Boston before we get to the meat of the matter & explore incredible Canada. We take our trip to Jasper National Park, see waterfalls, lakes & mountains aplenty, & bust moves in Vancouver & Toronto to balance things out. Scenery & cities collide!

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Grand Canadian

39 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • See Boston Common, Quincy Marketplace, Faneuil Hall & the original Cheers Bar
  • Visit New Haven home to the Yale University
  • Walk the historic Freedom Trail
  • Scenic drive through Maine's wilderness
  • Cross the Canadian Border/Arrive in Quebec
  • Explore the only walled city in North America
  • Stroll the streets on a walking tour
  • Visit Old town Montreal the Old Port and Mount Royal Montreals largest park
  • See St. Joseph's oratory
  • See the unique Olympic Stadium
  • See CN Tower, Rogers Centre, eclectic shops on Yonge Street & the University of Toronto
  • Feel the spray as you cruise to the base of the incredible Niagara Falls
  • See Niagara Falls
  • Included flight to Vancouver
  • See Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains
  • Visit the local shops
  • Hike the numerous trails
  • Scenic drive through the Lillooet Mountain Range
  • See Seton Lake reservoir & picturesque Lillooet, Duffey & Kamloops Lakes
  • View Mt. Robson, the highest point in the Canadian Rockies (weather permitting)
  • Stay in Jasper National Park
  • Scenic drive along the Yellowhead Highway into the Rocky Mountains
  • Get back to nature as you picnic in the Rocky Mountains
  • Visit Maligne Canyon, the deepest & longest limestone canyon in the Rockies
  • Visit Maligne Lake, the largest in the Canadian Rockies (seasonal) M Maligne Lake Cruise
  • Discover the Athabasca Glacier on the 'Ice Explorer'
  • See the Saskatchewan River Valley & Weeping Wall
  • See the vivid blue colour of Peyto Lake (seasonal)
  • Visit Lake Louise & the enchanting Lake Louise Chateau
  • Sleep in the heart the heart of the Canadian Rockies
  • See the majestic Banff Springs Hotel
  • Visit Banff National Park
  • See the incredible Spiral Train Tunnels
  • Drive through Yoho, Glacier & Mt. Revelstoke National Parks
  • See Kicking Horse Valley
  • See Lake Okanagan & its large floating bridge
  • Drive through Kelowna, the largest city in the Interior of B.C
  • See Gastown, Chinatown & the Lions Gate
  • Visit the Totem Poles of Canada's First Nations People in Stanley Park

24 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Trolley Tour USD $36.00
  • Urban Bike Adventure USD $41.00
  • Jet Boat Ride USD $49.00
  • 1000 Islands cruise USD $13.00
  • Rogers Centre
  • CN Tower USD $27.00
  • Steam Whistle Brewery Tour USD $8.00
  • Second City Improv Show USD $53.00
  • Helicopter Flight USD $95.00
  • Canoe Excursion CAD $69.00
  • Zipline inc GST CAD $143.00
  • Mountain Biking CAD $50.00
  • Peak 2 Peak Gondola CAD $54.00
  • White-water rafting $100.00
  • Glacier skywalk
  • Mountain climbing CAD $168.00
  • Horseback Ride & Steak Fry CAD $123.00
  • Reach new heights on a gondola ride in Banff
  • Helicopter Flight - Royal Canadian $230.00 CAD
  • Helicopter Flight - MT. Assiniboine Glacier $276.00
  • Banff Gondola $40.00
  • Dinner Cruise CAD $73.00
  • Experience FlyOver Canada CAD $20.00
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge $36.00

Itinerary

Nights spent per location
New York City
2
2 nights
Boston
2
2 nights
Quebec City
2
2 nights
Montreal
via
via
Rockport
3
3 nights
Toronto
via
via
Niagara Falls
via
via
Vancouver
2
2 nights
Whistler
1
1 night
Kamloops
via
via
Mt. Robson
2
2 nights
Jasper
2
2 nights
Banff
1
1 night
Vernon
2
2 nights
Vancouver
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are flights included in my trip?

International flights to/from the destination your trip starts and ends in are not included in the cost of the trip, and must be purchased separately. You can book these independently if you want to shop around for the best quote, or through your travel agent.

Any flights you take during your Contiki are included in the cost of your trip. On certain American trips we use planes to get you from A to B as quickly as possible, and all of this is included.

What documents do I need to travel?

Depending on your nationality, you may require visas to enter the USA and Canada on your trip. You are fully responsible for obtaining all necessary visas prior to the departure of your trip. You can find more info at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov. Contiki is not legally permitted to knowingly allow anybody who does not have a valid visa to join a trip. Visa and other entry & exit conditions (such as currency, arrival/departure taxes, customs and quarantine regulations) do change regularly.

Your passport must have at least six months’ validity remaining when you arrive. Local immigration authorities may deny entry and deport people who do not meet this requirement, even if they only intend to stay for a short period. Important to consider:

• Visas can take up to six weeks and a fee is normally charged
• Failure to obtain all necessary visas could cause you to miss part of
your trip and will result in you incurring considerable expense and
inconvenience
• It is better for you to apply for all visas before you leave home
• It is essential that the entry and exit dates are correct on the visa

What are the luggage restrictions?

On our American trips you can bring one bag or suitcase of 73 x 50 x 25 cm (or 29” x 20” x 10”), with a max weight of 20 kg (44 lbs) & one piece of hand luggage.

What do the Contiki team do?

People are at the heart of everything we do, and our team is what makes our trips the best. Our worldwide On-Road Team, locally based staff & network of Local Guides are all extensively trained & widely travelled, & are the best in the business. But we know it’s not just about training, it’s about passion & our team have it in their blood. Their passion for getting you in the know on every single detail of America is what makes our travellers walk away from their experience knowing that they made every moment count. Your Trip Manager is like your walking, talking guidebook – just for you. They plan your itinerary every day, organise your food and accomodation and book your Free Time Add ons, and because they know everything about where you’re going, you will too. Your Drivers are the experts on getting you from A to B efficiently and safely in North America. They know their way around like the back of their hands & they’ll drop you at your door & unload your bags for you. Local guides provide specialist knowledge when you need it and will always help you avoid the tourist traps.

What's not included that I should budget for?

Aside from essentials like flights, how much spending money you’ll need will depend on the duration of the trip and how much you anticipate spending on personal expenses like alcohol or shopping. Before you travel, it’s also a good idea to read up on and get an idea of the Free Time Add-Ons you think you’ll want to do on trip, as these will form part of your overall budget. We’d advise doing some research on your chosen destinations beforehand, looking at things like:
 
- Cost of a local lunch
 
- Cost of a local dinner
 
- Cost of a bottle of water
 
- Cost of entry to a sightseeing spot
 
Tipping is customary in North America. It is an accepted practice in all areas of the service industry, & particularly in restaurants, bars, hotels & taxis. It’s common practice to tip if you feel that the service provided has been excellent.
The same goes for your Contiki Team. If you feel that your Trip Manager & Driver’s service has been exceptional, then feel free to tip them if you feel they’ve done a great job. If you choose to tip, we recommend around US$3 per person per day, however whether or not you choose to tip (& how much) is up to you.

Will I be able to access WiFi on my trip?

We love WiFi, and keeping your accounts updated as you travel is key! The hotels all have WiFi where you can access your email to let your friends & family know you have arrived safely in Los Angeles, or email after your trip with all your stories.

What are Contiki’s sustainability credentials?

We believe that travelling sustainably and consciously, matters. Contiki Cares is our commitment to protecting the communities we visit, the wildlife we interact with, and the planet we all share. Our founding partner, the TreadRight Foundation was established 10 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting sustainable tourism within The Travel Corporation’s family of brands. In the USA & Canada we have programmes such as our Wheels For Change program, FareStart’s flagship restaurant in Seattle, and the Manitobah Mukluks Storyboot in Toronto. To find out more about our conscious travel experiences in North America, visit Contiki.com/about/contikicares.

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