Top 10 escorted tours in Canada
The temptation of Canada’s epic landscapes, bright, bustling cities, quaint old settlements and wildlife in its natural habitat is a hard one to resist.
The vastness of Canada can be daunting – it’s the second largest country in the world – so it’s unsurprising that so many people let the experts take the lead, opting for an escorted tour. Each itinerary has been created to experience the very best of each location, pause at the greatest photo-spots, and travel the best route – whether that is the quickest or the most scenic.
There are trips for every traveller in Canada – explore the historic cities of Quebec City and Montreal, go wild in the wilderness of British Columbia, admire the majesty of the Rockies, cruise the spectacular Inside Passage… To help make that choice, here are our top 10 escorted tours in Canada. Don’t forget we can tailor your trip to suit you – add more time to explore Vancouver or add-on a trip to Niagara Falls or cruise to Alaska, all you need to do is ask.
The Best of Eastern Canada
How long: 7 nights
What: Combine vibrant Montreal with historic Quebec City, explore the capital Ottawa and experience the cosmopolitan charms of Toronto, then relax admire the natural charms of the Thousand Islands and Niagara Falls.
The best bits: Niagara Falls is an astonishing force of nature and has to be seen to be believed, with a water flow of 757,500 gallons per second. And you can choose to see it up close from a Hornblower Cruise, on high from a viewing platform, or from behind the falls themselves.
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Indulgence in Eastern Canada
How long: 7 nights
What: See Eastern Canada in style, indulging yourself with luxurious hotels and gourmet meals on this Platinum escorted tour. Whilst the itinerary packs a punch, there are enough late starts and leisurely walking tours for you to enjoy this as a holiday not a tick-box challenge. With guided tours of Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec City & Montreal, a cruise to Niagara Falls and a trip to the top of the soaring CN Tower, you’ll return with plenty of photos to add to the album.
The best bits: Whilst you will explore the historical wonders of the cities during the day, luxury Fairmont hotels with gorgeous, lavish amenities await you in the evening. Fairmont hotels are the epitome of extravagance; with incredible, grand architecture, expressive décor, and only the best service waiting for you at every city. Need somewhere to fully unwind after a day of thrilling sight-seeing? Fairmont will have just what you need; with cosy, luxury rooms, first-class restaurants and beautiful cityscapes glistening through your window.
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How long: 10 nights
What: Only 13 people in each group and the opportunity to hike, bike and enjoy the great outdoors, make this a slightly different tour. You’ll get close to the wildlife and surrounding vistas and be guided by a professional tour leader with great local knowledge, as you explore the National Parks of Yoho, Banff and Jasper.
The best bits: Unearth the stunning panorama of Icefields Parkway on a scenic drive, propelling you through scenes of gigantic, glistening glaciers and sweeping valleys. There’s an optional hike you won’t want to miss, gifting you with dynamic scenes of the towering Athabasca Glacier and the serene, glistening Peyto Lake as you saunter around the snowy peaks and take in unbeatable views.
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Rocky Mountaineer Journey Through the Clouds Explorer
How long: 7 nights
What: Begin in the Cowboy town of Calgary, then explore Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper before heading to Vancouver as this tour sweeps along vast scenes of towering mountain ranges, acres of lush forests, winding rivers and beautiful skies all aboard the Rocky Mountaineer.
The best bits: It’s a truly magnificent experience riding along Canada’s picturesque landscapes via rail, with your window views changing dramatically by the hour; from bright green forests, to icy blue glaciers.
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How long: 6 nights
What: Take in the incredible natural sights of Jasper, Banff and Yoho National Parks. Great for wildlife lovers and keen explorers, you should spot grizzly bears, elk and moose during this short, but perfectly formed, tour through the magnificent National Parks.
The best bits: Choose to see the unbeatable beauty of the Canadian Rockies from a unique perspective on a thrilling helicopter ride. Taking you high above Banff National Park, this incredible helicopter ride will make your spirits soar as it sweeps over sparkling, icy glaciers, extraordinary canyons, gorgeous alpine forests and iridescent rivers and lakes.
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Enchanting Canadian Maritimes
How long: 10 nights
What: Enchanting is definitely the perfect word for this picturesque trip around the most easterly points of Canada. This fascinating tour highlights the captivating maritime culture, history and landscapes of Canada’s nautical towns, including Halifax, Shediac Bay, Lunenburg. Also included on this tour is a visit to the Bay of Fundy where you will find the highest tides in the world at nearly 50 feet – each day 160 billion tonnes of seawater flows in an out of the bay which is more than the combined flow of all the worlds rivers.
The best bits: Enjoy a real taste of maritime heritage with a brilliant lobster fishing excursion. Hop on a boat with a local specialist and learn all about lobstering with the stunning scenery of Shediac Bay as your backdrop. Tucking in to your lobster dinner afterwards will be a delicious, authentic affair, and certainly one of the freshest meals you’ll have eaten.
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Western Journey & Holland America Alaska Cruise
How long: 14 nights
What: Take your incredible journey of Canada from land to sea with this wonderful tour and cruise. First you’ll explore the rugged landscapes of Canada’s National Parks, before embarking on a remarkable cruise along Canada’s coastline, with striking views of Glacier Bay National Park and the spectacular landscapes of the Inside Passage.
The best bits: The image of colossal, icy glaciers, clear blue water, and snow-white backdrops as far as the eye can see is sure to stay embedded in your memory as you cruise Alaska's Inside Passage, along with spotting majestic whales and myriad other animals and birds in their natural habitat.
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How long: 9 nights
What: An excellent itinerary taking in the highlights of New York, Boston, Quebec City and Toronto, this tour will help you discover the fascinating landmarks that make these USA and Canadian cities so special, with the added highlight of exploring the enchanting Amish country.
The best bits: Observe the charming Amish lifestyle at the gorgeous, rural countryside of America's Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Here you’ll be able to delve into what makes the Amish way of life so wonderfully unique, wandering through an Amish Museum to learn about the rich history and fascinating traditions that date back to the mid-1850's. It’s a stark, yet truly fascinating, contrast to the bright, urban cities on the rest of your trip, and will really immerse you in the non-technological lifestyle they lead.
More information and to book: Eastern Discovery
How long: 7 nights
What: This tour really does deliver just the best bits of Eastern Canada – Be “wow”ed at Niagara Falls, climb the CN Tower in Toronto, explore historic Quebec City, relax in charming Montreal and cruise between the 1,000 Islands.
The best bits: All of the above! This excellent tour is full of highlights, taking you through Canada’s bustling urban towns and their old world charm. The cruise of the 1,000 islands is a particular highlight, traversing the stunning islands that border Canada and the USA. Look out for beautiful gothic architecture, luscious forests and quaint river houses that sit prettily on some of the islands.
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Majesty of the Rockies
How long: 13 nights
What: This is the dream tour – witnessing Canada’s most beautiful scenery whilst enjoying the lap of luxury. Dare to dream about roaming the enchanting beauty of the Rockies, the spectacular Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper and Yoho National Park, whilst being cossetted in the best hotels. Be transported by luxury coach and Goldleaf service on board the Rocky Mountaineer, with the option to continue your adventure with a cruise along the Inside Passage.
The best bits: A meet and great with an impressive Mountie is a sure fire way to get an alternative perspective on the history of the Canadian Rockies. After exploring the striking landscapes of Banff National Park and spotting beautiful wildlife, you can listen in wonder at the fabulous, gripping stories of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s rich, colourful history and learn about the fascinating work they do around Canada’s most incredible National Parks.
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