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Grand Canadian plus Calgary Stampede (From June 2021)

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22 Days

Highlights

Time Out Market Dinner in Boston
Walk the historic Freedom Trail
Feel the student spirit on a 'Hahvahd' (Harvard) tour
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
Feel the spray as you cruise to the base of the incredible Niagara Falls
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
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
See the majestic Banff Springs Hotel
Visit Banff National Park
See Lake Okanagan & its large floating bridge
Drive through Kelowna, the largest city in the Interior of B.C

What's included

Accomodation
Accommodation
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.
Food
Food
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.
Staff
Staff
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.

You will visit

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Age requirement

18 to 35 years old
Get cosy with your Contiki crew in Boston before we get to the meat of the matter & explore incredible Canada. We'll stay in Jasper National Park, see waterfalls, lakes & mountains aplenty, & bust moves in Vancouver & Toronto to balance things out. With the addition of rodeo time at Stampede Park, this is the complete Canadian experience.
Grand Canadian plus Calgary Stampede (From June 2021)
Starts
Boston (MA)
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22 Days
Ends
Vancouver (BC)

Itinerary

  • Welcome to Boston. This forward-thinking city is also one of America's most richly historical. A hub of arts, great food, incredible architecture and a fanatical devotion to sports, this place will charm us as soon as we arrive. We'll get stuck into local culinary scene with included dinner at the famous TimeOut market. Lobster roll anyone?
    Meals: DINNER
  • Boston is steeped in history, so weave your way through the 18th century today on the Freedom Trail. This red-brick path winds past a plethora of sites integral to the revolution, and is guaranteed to inspire your inner rebel. Visit Harvard University (yes, the very same) and get a tour with one of the students. This hilarious look at student life will bring out the LOLs. Take well-deserved coffee breaks at groovy cafes, have a snooze in one of the nine parks that comprise the city’s “Emerald Necklace” and reward yourself with a mouthwatering seafood feast.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • With the luck of the Irish, we pack our bags without leaving anything behind and make for Quebec via the wilds of Maine. Whizzing by jaw-dropping scenery and spotting the occasional moose out the window is sure to give you a second wind before we cross the border to Canada.Quebec’s capital – Canada's Paris – is the only walled city in North America, and once you cop an eyeful of its beauty, you’ll see why they wanted to lock it away. We’ll pull in late today, and tonight you're welcome to take a traipse through town and sample the local watering holes.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • With its cobbled streets and ancient stone houses, Quebec City’s UNESCO World-Heritage-listed old town is an open-air museum. After a history lesson with a Local Guide, get out and explore more of what the region has to offer: its vibrant art scene, Parisian-style eateries and quaint river boardwalk. If your tastebuds are feeling adventurous, try munching on duckling with maple syrup – a local delicacy. What else? You could check out the Chateau Frontenac - this red brick building built in 1983 is a landmark the city is definetely proud of. Champagne anyone? The city also boasts some pretty cool nightlife, so lets get out there and boozie, French style.
    Meals: BREAKFAST, DINNER
  • Bid Quebec au revoir as we head towards the jazzy island city of Montreal. Pretty scenic views, yes yes yes, we're talking panoramic. Camera at the ready.Together, we’ll take a spin around Montreal’s Old Port and quays before driving up to Mt Royal, which offers sensational views of the city that will leave your head reeling. Back on sea level, we’ll familiarise ourselves with a few signature sites. If you’re hungering for an adrenaline rush this afternoon, jump in a jet boat and get wet in the rapids of the St Lawrence River, or perhaps just take a wander around time trying out your best high school French.
    Meals: BREAKFAST, DINNER
  • Today is all yours - soak up as much of Montreal’s creative juices and infectious joie de vivre as you can take. Add some cutting-edge threads to your wardrobe at The Main, munch your way through various countries at Jean-Talon market and dance the night away at a jazz bar downtown or in the Latin Quarter. It would be rude not to grab a serving of poutine on the way home, wouldn’t it?
  • Still bopping along to the sax from the night before, we bid farewell Montreal.These 1000 islands are as pretty as a picture and a great way to relax and take in the views before we hit the city. On our stop, you'll have chance to board a boat and float your way along the water for an hour of bliss. These islands are dotted with historic buildings and castles. Back on land we make our way further into Canadian territory, with Toronto in our sights.Welcome to Toronto, the largest city in Canada. Your Trip Manager will fill you in on the hot spots of this fabulous city soon after we arrive, and will then give you the afternoon off to find your niche in its cosmopolitan melting pot.
    Meals: DINNER
  • Toronto is another one of Canada's mulit-cultural hotspots. Maybe catch a baseball game, Head to the of the CN Tower, visit Gallery 44 or Toronto Park for people watching. Tonight, feel the global vibe of this city's nightlife.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • It’s time to wash away the city grit at what is undoubtedly the best-known waterfall on the planet: Niagara Falls.You can't get much wetter than at the world’s ninth-largest waterfall. Experience Niagara Falls’ thundering power first-hand on the Niagara Cruise boat by getting right up to its cascading base, then soar above the action in a chopper or just take in the scene from the safety of a viewing platform. And don't worry – the ponchos are our treat.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • We'll whisk you the airport this morning and just a pre-warning - it's an early one. But because of what's in store, we know that despite the protests and yawns, you won't mind that much. Why? Because Vancouver awaits...How’s that fresh air! The rugged, handsome landscapes of Whistler are gorgeous all year long, from the ancient mountain peaks to the alpine hiking trails. First up though, stretch out those legs for an optional zipline on the 'superfly'. One of the world's best, do it alone, or jump in a tandem with a buddy - 102km an hour is not for the faint hearted. Dinner’s on us tonight – make sure you rest up, because adventure is on the cards all day tomorrow.
    Meals: DINNER
  • Come winter, Whistler may be a haven for snowbunnies, but when the weather is warm, it’s activity central. Test your Popeye strength by canoeing along the River of Golden Dreams, zipline over churning rivers or take a hike through scenery that puts most postcards to shame. If you’re feeling lazy, take a gondola or a chairlift to the mountain tops, but don’t forget to explore the village itself – you’ll melt at its cuteness.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • We're headed out of Whistler to the largest ski area in Canada, Sun Peaks. Along the way we'll enjoy a scenic drive through the Lillooet Mountain Range, admiring the various reservoirs and lakes that sparkle in the wintry sun.Welcome to Sun Peaks! This elegant little village will be our home for the night. Why not take a gondola ride between the two peaks, to soak up those glorious panoramas?
    Meals: DINNER
  • Well rested, we'll take in some incredible scenes on our drive this morning, and you might even see the highest point in the Rockies if weather permits.Eating outdoors is essential in these parts, so we'll load you up with a picnic lunch against a beautiful backdrop. And then the outdoors is then yours to explore. Want to take the adrenaline levels up a notch? Get involved with our optional white-water rafting excursion on the Fraser River. There's nothing like a rafting adventure to confirm that there is no 'I' in team.Jasper will be your home for the next two nights – convenient really, considering it’s the perfect base to explore the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • Rise 'n' shine - it's time to get out there with an easy hike though Maligne Canyon. Towering limestone walls will watch over us as we take in the scene, making our way across bridges to the thrilling soundtrack of rushing water. Nature goals achieved, we'll jump on the coach and head to Maligne Lake, famous for the azure colour of its water, and today we’ll show you why. Drink in the beauty of the surrounding snow-capped mountains from the shore, or take an optional cruise out to iconic Spirit Island, the most photographed image in the Rockies - we'll bet you know the one. Later, we'll leave you to your own devices to explore the cute town of Jasper.
  • On our way to Banff today, you’ll be glued to the windows as we pass the waterfalls, lakes, meadows, glaciers and towering mountains that make up the Columbia Icefield Parkway. Take a walk to the Athabasca Falls, wheel across the Athabasca Glacier on the Ice Explorer, and cure that cotton-mouth with a drink of pure H2O – just be careful not to stick your tongue to the ice... Peyto Lake and Lake Louise (you're sure to have seen these on Instagram) are the perfect place to snap your next profile pic, and make sure those eyes stay peeled for wildlife.We’ll roll into Banff – the unofficial capital of the Canadian Rockies. You’re in cowboy country now, and who are we to buck tradition? Saddle up for a round of drinks before dinner and check into your chalet.
    Meals: DINNER
  • There’s loads on the menu today in Banff: hop on a gondola (and hold your nose) up Sulphur Mountain, take a heli-tour of the high country or play knock-and-run in the 800 rooms that make up the landmark Banff Springs Hotel – a gothic monstrosity that is definitely worth a visit. At night, toast the moon with a horseback ride through the back-country complete with a fire-cooked meal to round off the day.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • Catch you later Banff - we've got some rodeo-ing action to get to…Dubbed 'the greatest show on earth', the Calgary Stampede is some next level rodeo action and guess what - we've got you the best seats in the house. Stopping off at Stephen Avenue you'll have the chance to pick up some cowboy garms to get you looking the part, then it's straight into the action of the Stampede. Bull-riding, calf-roping, steer-wrestling and cow-tackling are all on the agenda, then tonight prepare to have your mind blown at the GMC Rangeland Derby. What this entials we'll keep a surprise, but we can promise you you'll never of seen anything quite like it...
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • Can we get a yah-hoo? Today is all about seeing and experiencing the very best of this world renowned rodeo event. Grab your cowboy hat (mandatory), your frayed chaps (optional) and your lasso (questionable) and let’s go. Today's action includes barrel racing, bareback riding and bull riding, or get your Taylor Swift 2010 era on and go line dancing with the locals. Bars, restaurants, mock gun fights and country bands will keep the action going long after the sun goes down.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • With cloudy heads and western spirits on high we'll leave Calgary in our dust this morning. Keep those eyes to the horizon as today's drive to Vernon promises to be nothing short of spectacular. Wild, rugged and impossibly beautiful, our drive through Yoho National Park will see heads swivelling in every direction as you struggle to take in the incredible landscape of waterfalls, meadows the the ice blue Kicking Horse RiverHitting the second out of the three national parks we see today we stope in Revelstoke and then on to stunning Glacier National Park.
    Meals: DINNER
  • We’re sure you’ll agree that meandering through Canada's wine country – the famed Okanagan Valley - is a great way to kill time on the drive back to Vancouver. It's time to see everything of this magical metropolis that you missed the first time around, we'll treat you to a whirlwind tour of the historic sites.It’s time to see everything of this magical metropolis you missed the first time round. Vancouver’s downtown is world class, and its locals’ take immense pride in its multiculturalism. Stop for pics at the city's nine Totem Poles - these colourful carved sculptures stand tall in Stanley Park and are a must-see sight that were gifted to Vancouver City. Get out there and get local, do some boutique shopping or even rent a bike and explore the city on wheels. Tonight, give your ears a treat with some live music in the alleys of Yale Town.
  • A hidden grassroots art scene, eating adventures in abundance, and a pretty seaport setting - your free day in Vancouver will not be short of magic. If the galleries and cute cafes get old, roam one of the cities many parks or gardens or find a spot to take in the surrounding mountain vistas. Top off the day with a dinner cruise and your Vancouver experience is whole and complete.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • All good things must come to an end, and so does our alpine adventure this morning. We wish you all a fond salute and bon voyage. We hope we'll be seeing you again soon...
Trip ID: 4029