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CANADIAN EXPRESS BLT

20 days from NEW YORK AREA

DEPARTS NEW YORK AREA to VANCOUVER

If you want to explore Canada then you need look no further. Travelling from east to west and exploring the best cities and national parks that Canada has to offer, this is the perfect tour to get a real taste of Canadian city life and wilderness. Head out of New York and onto Toronto for amazing views of Niagara Falls and taste of eastern Canada with its European flair. Next up fly to the west which offers a great mix of cities and adventure. Discover the wonders of Banff, Jasper and Glacier National Parks alongside Wells Gray Provincial Park. It's the best of both worlds on this exciting and fast-paced tour.

Prices below are land only, let us know if you require a flight inclusive quote.

Jun-Aug from £2499

Price of tour vary depending on date of departure.

If you require further information please fill in the Query form below, also detailing the dates you would like to depart.

As this tour departs at 0730 we recommend that you book pre-tour accommodation. Please request hotel details at the time of booking.

Day 1: New York Area & Boston Leave the big smoke and head up to Boston or Bean Town as the locals like to call it. See where the revolution began on the streets of Boston, as you walk along the historical Freedom Trail. But Boston is not all about the history, so take a trip to Harvard University to see the brains of America hard at work. Accommodation: Budget Lodging included

 

Day 2: Boston Hang with the locals on Boston Common and explore the delicious food at Quincy Market. Baseball runs through the heart of this city and on match day the city is swarming with Red Sox fans, so why not join in the fun and watch a game? A trip to Boston wouldn't be complete without a trip to the famous 'Cheers' bar for a cheeky beverage after a great first couple of days in the states. Accommodation: Budget Lodging included

 

Day 3-4: Stowe If the words 'Chunky Monkey' and the 'Vermonster' mean something to you, then you'll love Stowe, home to the Ben and Jerry's ice cream factory. A skier's paradise in the winter and throughout the rest of the year there is heaps of hiking, biking and swimming to be done, it won't take you long to realise there is so much more to Stowe than just snowy peaks. Vermont in the autumn time is simply spectacular and attracts heaps of visitors every year all wanting to catch a glimpse of the changing colour of the leaves. Accommodation: Budget Lodging included

 

Day 5-6: Montreal A true cultural mix is next on the agenda with a visit to Montreal - the second largest city in Canada. For the foodies amongst you Montreal has some great cuisine to sink your teeth into, why not try the locals favourite Poutine, cheesy curds on thin French fries, topped with a thick gravy or a 'Rueben' smoked meat sandwich, which is totally delicious and melts in your mouth? For the ultimate culinary adventure, a trip to O'Noir, a restaurant in the dark will tickle your taste buds. You'll no doubt fall head over heels for Montreal. Accommodation: Budget Lodging included

 

Day 7: Toronto With so many different nationalities, this multi-cultural city is the place everyone wants to be. View the city from above with a vertigo inducing walk around the top of the CN Tower, for the ultimate bird's eye view. Hang out with all the trendy people at the high-fashion stores and cosy cafes on College and Queen Street, there is no shortage of cool places to hang out and you may even spot a celeb or two as they can't get enough of this awesome city either. Accommodation: Budget Lodging included

 

Day 8: Senaca Falls - Finger Lakes Senaca Falls is the gateway to Finger Lakes and what a place Finger Lakes is, from pristine lakes and stunning waterfalls to charming villages and let's not forget the hundreds of wineries in the area. This is the perfect place to sit back, relax and enjoy the company of your fellow trekkers. Accommodation: Budget Lodging included Day 9: New York Area Explore the city that never sleeps by taking a stroll around beautiful Central Park and then head over to Times Square to be in the centre of all the action. Splurge along Fifth Ave, hit the top of the Empire State Building, or soak up the trendy, laidback vibe of Greenwich Village, but whatever you do make sure you finish your day in New York City with a tasty Grimaldi's pizza, you won't regret it. Accommodation: Budget Lodging included

 

Day 10: New York Area & Vancouver From one awesome city to the next, say goodbye to New York City and hello to one of the coolest cities in Western Canada, Vancouver! There are numerous reasons why people fall in love with Vancouver from the cool and hip neighbourhoods to the foodie hotspots, with Vancouver the opportunities for fun are endless. Accommodation: Budget Lodging included

 

Day 11-12: Whistler Surrounded by mountains, Whistler is an action lover's paradise, so be sure to make the most of the exciting and thrilling activities on offer. Grab your bike and hit the awesome mountain trails, fly through the air on a vertigo inducing zipline or hit the hiking paths, whatever you decide to do, adventure is well and truly alive in Whistler, so embrace it. Accommodation: Budget Lodging included

 

Day 13: Wells Gray Provincial Park Leave civilisation behind and experience stunning scenery, deep canyons and ancient forests in a place you'll never forget. Hike to the stunning Helmcken Falls, a 141 meter waterfall on the Murtle River and one of the reasons for the creation of Wells Gray Provincial Park. With beautiful meadows full of wild flowers and bears roaming freely around the park, Wells Gray is what Canadian dreams are made of. Accommodation: Budget Lodging included

 

Day 14-15: Jasper National Park Drive the Icefields Parkway through Jasper National Park and you'll be left breathless at its sheer beauty. Lose yourself in one of Canada's largest national parks, where wildlife such as grizzlies, wolves and caribou literally fight for your attention, making it the perfect place to get at one with nature. Hiking or biking your way round this epic national park is by far the best way to see it, so what are you waiting for? Accommodation: Budget Lodging included

 

Day 16-17: Banff National Park Packed full of show-stopping trails and incredible wildlife for you to enjoy, Banff, Canada's first national park is the crown jewel of the Canadian Rockies and it's no surprise it is a favourite with locals and tourists alike. If it's a relaxing time you're after, chill out by one of the picturesque lakes and the local hot springs or if you simply can't sit still, there are heaps of trails just waiting for you to explore. Accommodation: Budget Lodging included

 

Day 18: Lake Louise As soon as you lay eyes on Lake Louise you will have no problem understanding why it was given the nickname, the "gem of the Rockies". The turquoise lake will have you pinching yourself in disbelief that somewhere could be this perfect. Once you've stopped gawking at the incredible scenery that surrounds you, we suggest taking a hike out to the Plain-of-Six-Glaciers or jumping in a canoe and getting out on to the lake for a different perspective of Lake Louise and her mountains. Accommodation: Budget Lodging included

 

Day 19: Glacier National Park - Kelowna With bear sightings possible and other awesome wildlife in an abundance, it won't just be the snow-capped mountains that leave you awe-struck. The best way to see Glacier National Park is to don your hiking boots and go for a walk, from the alpine lakes, sheer peaks and of course the glaciers, all 26 of them, this is a park that will leave you speechless around every corner. Accommodation: Budget Lodging included

 

Day 20: Vancouver Treat yourself to some moreish Maple Cookies and then head over to Prospect Point for the best views in town. Known for being a city rich in culture, why not head over to Gastown with its award-winning galleries and tons of cafes and restaurants serving delicious food before saying goodbye to your new Trek buddies. This tour ends at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.

Activities

Walk the Freedom Trail in Boston

Ben & Jerry's ice-cream tour

Check out the famous Harvard University

Visit the mighty Niagara Falls

Sightseeing in Toronto, Montréal, Boston, Vancouver & Whistler

Sulphur Mountain hot springs

Scenic walks and hikes

Chance to spot grizzlies, wolves and caribou

National and Provincial Parks - Wells Gray, Glacier, Jasper & Banff/Lake Louise

Plus you get...

Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader (leaders change mid tour)

All transportation by private adventure vehicle & internal flight

All accommodation - 15 hostel, 2 hotel & 2 motel nights.

There are loads of exciting optional activities for you to choose from during your trip giving you the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don't. Below are the main optional activities for this trip, these can be arranged once you are on tour via your Tour Leader and are paid for locally.

> Mountain biking in Jasper CAD$8-$75

> Aerial gondola/tramway in Banff CAD$40

> Jet boat ride in Montreal CAD$67

> CN Tower in Toronto CAD$28

> French Cuisine CAD$various

> Bike rental in Stanley Park CAD$10-$65

> Boston's Faneuil Hall & Quincy Market US$FREE

> Extreme zipline course in Whistler CAD$110-$130

> Baseball Game in Toronto CAD$20-$50

> Whitewater rafting on the Kicking Horse River CAD$85-$130

> Scenic glacier flight, Banff CAD$125-$290

> Canoeing on Lake Louise CAD$45 per hour

> Guided glacier walk in Icefields Parkway CAD$55

> Snowshoeing in Stowe (winter only) US$20

> Montreal O'Noir Restaurant in the dark CAD$35-$50

> Enjoy famous Buffalo chicken wings US$15+

> Horseback riding in Wells Gray CAD$55

> Rollerblading in Stanley Park CAD$10-$40

> Skiing in Stowe (winter only) US$120-$150

> Mountain biking, Stowe (summer only) US$40-$70

> Ice Skating, Stowe US$15

You only need to pay a 10% deposit

Full payment is due 8 weeks before the tour departure

You must have adequate travel insurance to join this trip.

BLT Accommodation

We use hostel style accommodation on the Canadian Express BLT. Hostel nights are generally arranged on a single sex, multi-share basis sleeping 4 to 6 people per room but in Jasper the group will share one large room with other travellers. Where possible we will keep the group together and try to accommodate couples; however twin rooms cannot be guaranteed. A sleeping bag is not required on this trip.

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