Chateau Frontenac, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
8 Days
1 Country

Canada

6 Cities

Toronto, Niagara Falls, Kingston, Ottawa, Quebec City, Montreal

12 Meals

4 Dinners, 7 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch

Comfortable

Mainly 2–3-night stays in each location. Comfortable travel days with numerous stops. Requires 1-3 miles of walking per day that might involve some uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones and stairs.

Average group size average 20
Tour brand Luxury Gold
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Explore stunning Eastern Canada on this 8-day guided tour. See Niagara Falls, one of the world’s most breathtaking natural wonders, as you cruise the iconic waters on a narrated boat tour. Later, explore the idyllic town of Niagara-on-the-Lake before indulging in a sparkling wine at Chateau des Charmes. Visit the most iconic sites of Ottawa, including its Parliament buildings and Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site — then feast on locally farmed and foraged foods for dinner at the renowned restaurant Play, Food & Wine. In Quebec City, stay at the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac, which overlooks the St. Lawrence River; a Local Expert will guide you through its corridors on a tour that take you into typically off-limits areas and unveils the mansion's unique history.

The Activity Level of this tour is Balanced, meaning there is 1 to 3 miles of walking per day which may include some uneven surfaces such as cobblestones and stairs.

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Day 1

Welcome to Toronto

Canada extends a grand welcome where you will be escorted to your luxury hotel, the St. Regis Toronto. Celebrate your Eastern Canada luxury tour over a special Champagne Sabrage ceremony and dine at Woods Restaurant in the historic St. Lawrence neighborhood.

Welcome to Toronto, Canada
The St. Regis Toronto View Hotel Details
Included Meals Dinner

The St. Regis Toronto

About the Hotel

Toronto, Canada

The trendsetting St. Regis Toronto is at the city's coveted address in the heart of downtown. Its 65-stories soar above a fantastic central location, steps from Toronto’s most recognizable landmarks, including the CN Tower, Scotiabank Arena, Rogers Center, Toronto International Film Festival and the city’s premier shopping, theater and entertainment. This luxurious accommodation will leave you refreshed and renewed with exquisite amenities and service.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Spa with pool
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Exceptional Dining Enjoy a delicious seasonal meal.
Welcome Dinner in Toronto

At 18:00, join your Traveling Concierge and fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner with wine.

Included in Trip

Exceptional Dining

Day 2

Niagara Falls Up Close and Toronto Sightseeing

Experience the thundering wonder of Niagara Falls aboard an expertly narrated cruise experiencing the power, thundering water and amazing mist up close. Tour and sip ice wines at Château des Charmes and sample unique cheeses and chocolates.

Horseshoe Falls, Niagara Falls, Canada
The St. Regis Toronto View Hotel Details
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The St. Regis Toronto

About the Hotel

Toronto, Canada

The trendsetting St. Regis Toronto is at the city's coveted address in the heart of downtown. Its 65-stories soar above a fantastic central location, steps from Toronto’s most recognizable landmarks, including the CN Tower, Scotiabank Arena, Rogers Center, Toronto International Film Festival and the city’s premier shopping, theater and entertainment. This luxurious accommodation will leave you refreshed and renewed with exquisite amenities and service.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Spa with pool
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Curated Experiences Chateau des Charmes​, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
VIP Guided Tour and Wine Tasting at Château des Charmes

Visit Château des Charmes, where you are welcomed with a limited production rosé sparkling wine, followed by a tour and tasting of wines from St. D...

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Included in Trip

Curated Experiences

Passport Moments Legislative Building Queens Park Toronto, Canada
Toronto City Orientation

In Toronto, see Ontario's Parliament buildings, Queen's Park and the Royal Ontario Museum. 

Included in Trip

Passport Moments

Day 3

Kingston and the Canadian Capital of Ottawa

Uncover Kingston’s historical landmarks and arrive in modern Ottawa. Settle into your landmark hotel, the Fairmont Château Laurier, reminiscent of a French chateau. You're invited to witness the beauty and hear stories about rare and endangered Ojibwe Spirit Horses at Mādahòkì Farm over tea.

Downtown Kingston, Canada
Fairmont Château Laurier View Hotel Details
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Fairmont Château Laurier

About the Hotel

Ottawa, Canada

Reflecting the confidence, dignity and style of Ottawa, Fairmont Château Laurier stands as a testament to this dynamic, thriving city. Located in the heart of Canada's capital next door to the Parliament Buildings, the landmark Fairmont Château Laurier hotel in Ottawa is a magnificent limestone edifice with turrets and masonry reminiscent of a French château.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Concierge
  • Gym
  • Laundry
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Spa

Style

  • Heritage
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER
Mādahòkì Farm

A serving of Indigenous Tea welcomes you to Mādahòkì Farm as you take in the striking beauty of this setting and hear stories about rare and endang...

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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER

Day 4

All About Ottawa

Bask in Ottawa's iconic buildings including Parliament Hill, Notre Dame and Rideau Canal. Enjoy a guided visit of Rideau Hall, entering the State rooms where the Governor General welcomes dignitaries and honours Canadians. Personalise your exploration of the city pedaling past its sights on a bike tour or join an expertly guided visit to the Canadian Museum of History. This evening, you are invited to a unique farm-to-table, four-course dinner at Play Food & Wine.

Canadian Parliament and Rideau Canal, Ottawa, Canada
Fairmont Château Laurier View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Fairmont Château Laurier

About the Hotel

Ottawa, Canada

Reflecting the confidence, dignity and style of Ottawa, Fairmont Château Laurier stands as a testament to this dynamic, thriving city. Located in the heart of Canada's capital next door to the Parliament Buildings, the landmark Fairmont Château Laurier hotel in Ottawa is a magnificent limestone edifice with turrets and masonry reminiscent of a French château.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Concierge
  • Gym
  • Laundry
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Spa

Style

  • Heritage
Exceptional Dining Play, Food & Wine, Ottawa, Canada
Ottawa Play Food & Wine

Indulge at Play Food & Wine; a modern culinary experience that will delight your taste buds with its fresh food using local, sustainable and se...

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Included in Trip

Exceptional Dining

Personalise your day Canadian Museum of History, Ottawa, Canada
Guided Tour of the Canadian Museum of History

With roots stretching back to 1856, the Canadian Museum of History is one of Canada’s oldest public institutions, sharing its expertise in history,...

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Personalise your day

Personalise your day Ottawa Bike Ride, Ottawa, Canada
Bike Ride in Ottawa

Choose your own itinerary during this self-guided tour of Ottawa via bicycle. Pedal your way through the green areas of the city using safe and scenic bike paths.

Included in Trip

Personalise your day

Passport Moments Guided Tour Rideau Hall, Ottawa, Canada
Guided Tour of Rideau Hall

Admire Rideau Hall and learn of its history during a guided walk including the State rooms, where the governor general fulfills official duties, welcomes dignitaries and honours Canadians.

Included in Trip

Passport Moments

Day 5

The Old Walled City of Québec

Journey along the St. Lawrence River to  City to discover the beautiful Joan of Arc Gardens, the Québec Parliament, Place Royale and Old Town Québec and embark on an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of the iconic Château Frontenac. Savor a special multi-course dinner at Bistro Le SAM, a locally sought after restaurant inside Le Château Frontenac.

Government Building, Ottawa, Canada
Fairmont Le Château Frontenac View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Fairmont Le Château Frontenac

About the Hotel

Quebec City, Canada

Standing high on a bluff overlooking the mighty St. Lawrence River, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac is not merely a hotel located in the heart of Old Québec - it is the heart of it. At Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, guests are guaranteed a memorable and inspiring stay in one of the most beautiful cities in the world with easy walking access to all of the wonderful sites and experiences that Old Québec has to offer.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Concierge
  • Gym
  • Laundry
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Spa

Style

  • Heritage
Passport Moments Lobby Fairmont Chateau Frontenac Quebec City, Canada
Behind the Scenes at Le Château Frontenac

On an exclusive tour of the iconic Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, gain behind-the-scenes access to learn about the château's history.

Included in Trip

Passport Moments

Magnificent Stays Grand Staircase Fairmont Chateau Frontenac Quebec City, Canada
The Fairmont Le Château Frontenac

Standing high on a bluff overlooking the mighty St. Lawrence River, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac is not merely a hotel located in the heart of Old...

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Included in Trip

Magnificent Stays

Exceptional Dining
Dinner at Bistro Le SAM

In the evening, savor a spectacular dinner with wine at Bistro Le SAM in Château Frontenac.

Included in Trip

Exceptional Dining

Day 6

Quintessential Québec

Uncover Québec City's French-Canadian history with a Local Expert visiting the Citadel of Québec, Latin Quarter, National Assembly and Place-Royale. In Old Québec, indulge in First Nations gastronomy over a gourmet lunch at Sagamité restaurant. Discover a natural wonder visiting Parc de la Chute-Montmorency for a gaze at the towering Montmorency Falls. Watch the falls tumble from the mouth of the Montmorency River and rush over a cliff into the St. Lawrence River. Continue your exploration on a scenic gondola ride alongside Montmorency Falls or opt to join a guided tour and demonstration at the Albert Gilles Copper Museum, renowned for its metal craftmanship for nearly 100 years.

Quebec Sightseeing, Quebec City, Canada
Fairmont Le Château Frontenac View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch

Fairmont Le Château Frontenac

About the Hotel

Quebec City, Canada

Standing high on a bluff overlooking the mighty St. Lawrence River, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac is not merely a hotel located in the heart of Old Québec - it is the heart of it. At Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, guests are guaranteed a memorable and inspiring stay in one of the most beautiful cities in the world with easy walking access to all of the wonderful sites and experiences that Old Québec has to offer.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Concierge
  • Gym
  • Laundry
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Spa

Style

  • Heritage
Passport Moments Old Quebec City Tour​, Quebec City, Canada
Old Quebec Walking Tour

Dive into Québec City's history as you embark on a walking tour of historic Old Québec. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, you'll see the Citadel of Qué...

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Included in Trip

Passport Moments

Personalise your day Gondola Ride Montmorency Falls, Quebec, Canada
Gondola Ride at Montmorency Falls

Get a unique look at this natural wonder as you journey alongside the falls by gondola. 

Included in Trip

Personalise your day

Personalise your day Albert Gilles Copper Museum
Visit Albert Gilles Copper Museum

Personalise Your Day over a fascinating learning experience and demonstration of copper repoussé artwork at the Albert Gilles Copper Museum. The Gi...

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Included in Trip

Personalise your day

Exceptional Dining
Sagamité restaurant

This charming restaurant in historic Old Quebec has traced the path of indigenous gastronomy to delight you with meals that are both gourmet feasts...

See More
Included in Trip

Exceptional Dining

Day 7

Historic Montreal

Take in historic Old Montreal’s cobblestone streets and the Old Port or join a mural and street art walking tour highlighting Saint-Laurent boulevard. Visit the Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal, the first Gothic Revival church in Canada. Indulge in a final dinner to celebrate your journey.

Historic Montreal, Canada
Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel

About the Hotel

Montreal, Canada

Under the watchful eye of the Mont Royal expands romantic and cosmopolitan Montreal, where English and French cultures meet in harmony. With stellar restaurant options and activites aplenty, you are sure to never go hungry or bored in our wonderful city.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Concierge
  • Gym
  • Laundry
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Spa

Style

  • Contemporary
Personalise your day Historic Old Montreal Guided Tour Montreal, Canada
Montreal City Tour

Explore the cobblestone streets of Old Montreal with a Local Expert. See how this city grew from a trading post to the vibrant, cosmopolitan city y...

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Included in Trip

Personalise your day

Personalise your day Art/Mural Guided Tour, Montreal, Canada
Montreal Mural and Art Tour

Join a vibrant mural and street art walking tour to learn about the artists, works, and public art scene in Montreal. Explore Saint-Laurent bouleva...

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Included in Trip

Personalise your day

Passport Moments Notre Dame Basilica, Montreal, Canada
Notre Dame Basilica Visit

Visit Notre Dame Basilica in Old Montreal, which is considered a masterpiece in Gothic revival architecture and renowned for its dramatic interior....

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Included in Trip

Passport Moments

Exceptional Dining Vieux Port Steakhouse, Montreal, Canada
Celebration Dinner in Montreal

Enjoy delicious food and wine in Old Montreal at Gibbys.

Included in Trip

Exceptional Dining

Day 8

Depart Montreal

Your Toronto to Montreal tour comes to an end this morning as you are transferred to Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport for your onward journey home.

Downtown Montreal, Canada
Included Meals Breakfast

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Learn more about the landmarks, history and culture that makes your destination special.

Curated Experiences
VIP Guided Tour and Wine Tasting at Château des Charmes

Visit Château des Charmes, where you are welcomed with a limited production rosé sparkling wine, followed by a tour and tasting of wines from St. D...

See More
Included in Trip
Passport Moments
Toronto City Orientation

In Toronto, see Ontario's Parliament buildings, Queen's Park and the Royal Ontario Museum. 

Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER
Mādahòkì Farm

A serving of Indigenous Tea welcomes you to Mādahòkì Farm as you take in the striking beauty of this setting and hear stories about rare and endang...

See More
Included in Trip
Personalise your day
Guided Tour of the Canadian Museum of History

With roots stretching back to 1856, the Canadian Museum of History is one of Canada’s oldest public institutions, sharing its expertise in history,...

See More
Included in Trip
Personalise your day
Bike Ride in Ottawa

Choose your own itinerary during this self-guided tour of Ottawa via bicycle. Pedal your way through the green areas of the city using safe and scenic bike paths.

Included in Trip
Passport Moments
Guided Tour of Rideau Hall

Admire Rideau Hall and learn of its history during a guided walk including the State rooms, where the governor general fulfills official duties, welcomes dignitaries and honours Canadians.

Included in Trip
Passport Moments
Behind the Scenes at Le Château Frontenac

On an exclusive tour of the iconic Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, gain behind-the-scenes access to learn about the château's history.

Included in Trip
Magnificent Stays
The Fairmont Le Château Frontenac

Standing high on a bluff overlooking the mighty St. Lawrence River, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac is not merely a hotel located in the heart of Old...

See More
Included in Trip
Passport Moments
Old Quebec Walking Tour

Dive into Québec City's history as you embark on a walking tour of historic Old Québec. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, you'll see the Citadel of Qué...

See More
Included in Trip
Personalise your day
Gondola Ride at Montmorency Falls

Get a unique look at this natural wonder as you journey alongside the falls by gondola. 

Included in Trip
Personalise your day
Visit Albert Gilles Copper Museum

Personalise Your Day over a fascinating learning experience and demonstration of copper repoussé artwork at the Albert Gilles Copper Museum. The Gi...

See More
Included in Trip
Personalise your day
Montreal City Tour

Explore the cobblestone streets of Old Montreal with a Local Expert. See how this city grew from a trading post to the vibrant, cosmopolitan city y...

See More
Included in Trip
Personalise your day
Montreal Mural and Art Tour

Join a vibrant mural and street art walking tour to learn about the artists, works, and public art scene in Montreal. Explore Saint-Laurent bouleva...

See More
Included in Trip
Passport Moments
Notre Dame Basilica Visit

Visit Notre Dame Basilica in Old Montreal, which is considered a masterpiece in Gothic revival architecture and renowned for its dramatic interior....

See More
Included in Trip

About this trip

Enjoy seamless personal assistance throughout your journey. From securing exclusive reservations, to organising transportation, your Travel Concierge ensures every aspect of your travel is tailored to your tastes and preferences.  
In select destinations, our network of Local Expert Guides will illuminate your journey on a deeper level.  
Included at all hotels.
Hotel taxes, porterage and tips, as well as tips for included dining experiences, are included.
Enjoy breakfast every morning, and an array of incredible dining options throughout your journey, infused with discovery and adventure.  
On days where a Relaxed Start (RS) is indicated, you can select to indulge in breakfast in bed.
Enjoy complimentary hotel Wi-Fi. And, on select coaches, onboard Wi-Fi may also be available.
Transfers are included on your journey start and end dates, and where additional accommodation has been booked in advance through Luxury Gold. Transfers to train stations or alternate hotels, in the same start or end city as the itinerary, may be requested.  

Authentic Dining

4 Dinners, 7 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch

Great food is at the heart of every journey with us. Here is a selection of the incredible dining experiences you'll enjoy on this tour.

Welcome Dinner in Toronto

At 18:00, join your Traveling Concierge and fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner with wine.

Ottawa Play Food & Wine

Indulge at Play Food & Wine; a modern culinary experience that will delight your taste buds with its fresh food using local, sustainable and seasonal products sourced by farmers and foragers.

Dinner at Bistro Le SAM

In the evening, savor a spectacular dinner with wine at Bistro Le SAM in Château Frontenac.

Sagamité restaurant

This charming restaurant in historic Old Quebec has traced the path of indigenous gastronomy to delight you with meals that are both gourmet feasts and cultural experiences. Over Flaming Yatista prepared tableside, discover how important fire is to the First Nations. Warm up with a traditional soup, enjoy main dishes of seafood, game meat or pasta, and finish with a decadent dessert.

Celebration Dinner in Montreal

Enjoy delicious food and wine in Old Montreal at Gibbys.

Hand-Picked Hotels

Stay at highly rated hotels in desirable locations offering superb service, superior rooms with comfy beds to rest in.

The St. Regis Toronto
Fairmont Château Laurier
Fairmont Le Château Frontenac
Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Official Languages across Canada: English the official language of Canada.
  • Currency used in Canada: The currency of Canada is the Canadian Dollar (C$).
  • Capital Cities:: The capital of Canada is Ottowa.
  • Time Zone(s) in USA & Canada: Several time zones are used across different regions of Canada to establish standard time: Eastern Standard Time (EST), Central Standard Time (CST), Mountain Standard Time (MST), Pacific Standard Time (PST), Atlantic Standard Time (AST), and Newfoundland Standard Time (NST). It's important to note that some regions within each time zone may observe daylight saving time, which would result in a one-hour shift during the daylight saving time period.

 

USA & Canada passport, visa, and entry requirement information for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter Canada.
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

The weather and climate in Canada vary significantly due to its vast size and diverse geography. In general, Canada experiences four distinct seasons: spring, summer, fall, and winter. The country's northern regions have a subarctic and arctic climate characterized by extremely cold winters and short, cool summers. The central and eastern regions have a temperate climate with warm summers and cold winters, while the western coastal areas have a milder maritime climate with mild winters and cool summers. Canada also has various microclimates due to its mountain ranges, such as the Rockies, which can bring significant variations in weather patterns. The Canadian Rockies encompass a large area that includes national parks such as Banff, Jasper, Yoho, and Kootenay.

The weather in the Canadian Rockies can vary widely depending on the time of year and the specific location within the region. Typically, weather in the Rockies looks like this over the seasons:

  • Spring (March to May) is a transitional period, with temperatures gradually warming up. Snow can still be present in higher elevations during early spring. Weather can be unpredictable, with a mix of sunny days, rain, and occasional snow showers.
  • In Summer (June to August), the peak tourist season, expect milder weather and longer daylight hours. Daytime temperatures are generally pleasant, ranging from mild to warm. Be prepared for cooler temperatures in the evenings, especially at higher elevations.
  • Fall (September to October), is also a popular time for visitors due to the stunning fall foliage and fewer crowds. Daytime temperatures start to cool down, and nights can get quite chilly. September can still offer pleasant hiking weather, but by October, snow can start to fall in higher elevations.
  • Winter (November to February) brings colder temperatures, snow, and a popular skiing and snowboarding season. Daytime temperatures can range from chilly to very cold, especially at higher elevations. Winter activities like skiing, snowshoeing, and ice skating are popular. Be prepared for road closures and limited access to certain areas due to heavy snowfall.

Keep in mind that weather conditions can change rapidly in mountainous regions, so it's essential to be prepared for a range of temperatures and conditions regardless of the time of year. If you're planning a trip to the Canadian Rockies, it's a good idea to check the weather forecast and pack layers to stay comfortable and adaptable to changing weather conditions.

Additionally, Canada is known for its heavy snowfall in many regions during winter, particularly in the provinces of Quebec and Ontario.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Comfortable walking shoes. Canada offers a vast range of terrains. To make the most of your trip, it is vital to pack shoes that can cater to all your activities. We suggest shoes you can wear for light hikes or long walks. 
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: From the snowy peaks of the Rockies to the coastal regions, you’ll encounter a myriad of climates. To ensure you're ready for any situation, it's wise to pack adaptable, layered clothing. We advise you to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall. 
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: It's always a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).
  • Small travel hair dryer

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

As an American traveler going on a guided tour of Canada, there are a few essential things to know about electricity and adaptors to ensure a smooth and hassle-free experience. 

  • Voltage and Plug Type: Canada operates on a standard voltage of 120V and a frequency of 60Hz, which is similar to the electricity standards in the United States. This means that most American electronic devices, including laptops, smartphones, and camera chargers, will work in Canada without the need for a voltage converter.
  • Compatibility: In Canada, you'll likely only need a plug adapter to fit your American devices into Canadian outlets. A voltage converter is usually unnecessary because of similar voltage standards. While the voltage is the same as in the United States, the plug types in Canada might be different depending on the region. In most of Canada, Type A and Type B plugs are used. Type A plugs have two flat parallel pins, and Type B plugs have two flat parallel pins and a grounding pin (like the standard US plugs).
  • Hotels and Accommodations: Most hotels and accommodations in Canada provide outlets compatible with American plugs. However, it's still a good idea to carry a plug adapter for convenience.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Most hotels in Canada, especially those in urban and tourist areas, provide hair dryers as a standard amenity in guest rooms or available upon request. Hair dryers are generally found in the bathroom or within the bedroom area. 

If you prefer to use your own hair dryer, it's essential to consider voltage compatibility. As Canada uses a standard voltage of 120V, similar to the United States, if your hair dryer is designed to work with 120V (as most American devices are), you should be able to use it without any issues. Make sure you have the appropriate plug adapter to fit your hair dryer's plug into the Canadian outlets.

If your hair dryer is not compatible with 120V or the local voltage, you might need a voltage converter to prevent damage or overheating. Alternatively, you could consider using the hair dryer provided by the hotel to avoid any voltage-related concerns.

You can check out your hotels' websites for specific details about the amenities they offer, including hair dryers, to ensure a comfortable and hassle-free stay in Canada.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is commonly available in most hotels, restaurants, and public spaces in Canada, especially in major cities and tourist areas.

However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings. 

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers are not included or available on tours that operate in the United States and Canada. Guests will be provided local transfer options after booking so they can make their travel arrangements from the airport to the hotel and vice versa. Learn more about Airport Transfers here.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

Traveling on a guided tour can be an exciting and enriching experience. However, it's essential to prioritize your health and safety while exploring new territories. Staying informed, prepared, and cautious will go a long way in ensuring a safe and enjoyable travel experience. Always stay in touch with your Travel Director and always follow their recommendations.

Here are some health advice and recommendations for travelers:

Visit the Doctor: Before embarking on your trip, schedule a visit with a medicine specialist or your healthcare provider. They can provide personalized health advice based on your medical history and current health status.

Travel Insurance: Ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, evacuations, and trip cancellations.

First Aid Kit: Carry a basic kit with essential items like band-aids, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, antidiarrheal medication, and any prescribed medications.  

Stay Hydrated: Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, avoid strenuous activities during the hottest part of the day, and rest in air-conditioned or shaded areas.

Respect Local Customs: Respect local customs and dress codes, especially in conservative areas. Dress modestly, particularly when visiting religious sites.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack an adequate supply of your prescription medications and carry them in their original packaging, along with a copy of your prescription. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these. 

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity of $1.00-$2.00 USD per person/half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/day is listed in your travel documents.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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Elizabeth Reen
Review date: Sunday, September 9, 2018
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Max was fantastic. The final dinner was out of this world.
Vacation
The hotels were wonderful experiences. The bus was super comfortable.
Jean Brodowicz
Review date: Saturday, September 8, 2018
Service
Excellent tour and tour director
Vacation
Itinerary met my objective locations
John Henn
Review date: Saturday, June 30, 2018
Service
Heather and Eugene were excellent conducting the tour. We think the hotels were very exclusive and the restaurants were great. We suggest that less exclusive hotels would be sufficient so more meals and activities like museums could be included. We spent a lot of time traveling. We suggest two separate tours visiting two cities with more activities and meals and scheduling the tours so travelers can attend both . We have enjoyed foody tours before as a part of the activities which could make the cost less for a lunch.
Vacation
The cost could be reduced by scheduling less exclusive hotels and reducing the number of cities visited. We enjoyed all of the cities, but were not able to visit some of the museums.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Monday, September 4, 2017
Service
Too little time, rushing at lunch, need to advise that perfume & bengay or other allergens are detrimental to others on the bus together.
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Very Nice itinerary, mostly lovely hotels.
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