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Idaho Gems

Nestled against the western side of the Continental Divide of the Rocky Mountains, Idaho is a vast and diverse state. From emerald green hillsides to rugged mountains, rolling wilderness and sparkling sapphire lakes, Idaho truly is the Gem State. Around every bend you’ll find spectacular scenery and abundant recreational activities, from the world renowned white-water rafting in Salmon to the skiing and snowboarding opportunities in Sun Valley. This 14 night tour aims to give you a taste of the outdoor lifestyle of one of the USA’s lesser known regions. Enjoy!

Highlights Include

  • Boise
  • Lewiston
  • Whitefish & Glacier National Park
  • Jackson & Grand Teton National Park
  • Sun Valley
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Boise

In Boise, you’ll find a mix of beautiful scenery, easily accessible outdoor recreation and an abundant culture. Boise’s vibrant downtown has three main sections, the main historic district, BoDo, a newer area with big-name retailers, and the Basque Block, a charming street that highlights Idaho’s Basque heritage. Make sure to visit the Basque Museum to learn their colourful history; you can easily walk to many of Boise’s museums, including the Boise Art Museum and the Idaho Historical Museum, both located within the Julia Davis Park. The Boise River is at the centre of life during the spring and summer; bike, jog or walk along the 25-mile Greenbelt, fish for rainbow trout or kayak along the river. Eagle Island State Park is also a fun spot, with a beach, water slide and plenty of shade picnicking. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a rodeo, baseball game or live music at Live After Five on Wednesday evenings in downtown Boise. Head to nearby Horseshoe Bend for zip-line adventures and a ride on the historic Thunder Mountain Railroad.

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McCall

106 miles

Located two hours north of Boise, McCall is a vibrant resort town nestled between forested mountains and the shores of Payette Lake. In the summer, McCall buzzes with activity as visitors enjoy the water sports, hiking, biking, dining, and the sunshine McCall is known for. Hire a kayak from within Ponderosa State Park and paddle Payette Lake. Make sure to grab a huge ice cream at Ice Cream Alley too. Spend a day at one of the three scenic golf courses in town or a sunset cruise on Payette Lake is a great way to spend an evening. During winter, the Carnival attracts craftsmen from far and wide to showcase stunning snow sculptures and skiers and boarders ply the slopes at Brundage Mountain Resort. The rink at Manchester Ice Centre is also open year-long.

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Lewiston

160 miles

In Lewiston, you’ll find quaint eateries in a historic, tree-lined downtown and, just a few miles south you can take a look at one of history’s ultimate adventures at the Lewis and Clark Discovery Centre. Hells Gate State Park offers kayak rentals for leisurely paddling or try to spot otters and hawks as you walk or ride the park’s riverside trail. If your visit incorporates a Saturday evening in summer, head to Brackenbury Square for live music and the Lewiston Farmer’s Market. Every September, the Lewiston Roundup brings three days of professional rodeo action to the town. Definitely put Hells Canyon on your must-see list; the rugged landscape along North America’s deepest river gorge is astounding, whether you drive its winding road, take a jet boat tour, angle for monster fish or go rafting through class IV and V rapids.

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Coeur d'Alene

116 miles

Spending time in Coeur d’Alene, on the shores of one of the country’s prettiest lakes, means water-skiing and building sandcastles, roaming in and out of art galleries and sipping wine at sunset. Lake Coeur d’Alene is the major draw, with almost 110 miles of shoreline and crystal blue waters perfect for swimming, sailing, jet-skiing and relaxed cruising tours. Soak it all in from above with a parasailing adventure or sea plane tour. You’ll catch amazing views and see osprey diving for their dinner when you hike Tubbs Hill Peninsula or pedal along the Coeur d’Alene Parkway State Park. Treat the kids to a day of riding, splashing and screaming with pure joy at Silverwood Theme Park and Boulder Beach Water Park.

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Whitefish

222 miles

On the way to Whitefish, you may want to make a stop in Wallace, a small town that grew up from the gold rush of the area in 1882. The entire town is on the National Register of Historic Places; visit the Wallace District Mining Museum and head underground for a guided of the Sierra Silver Mine.

Whitefish itself takes you over the Idaho/Montana border and serves up a heaping helping of rustic charm amid the rugged beauty of the Rockies. Nestled at the foot of Big Mountain and within a short distance of Glacier National Park and the Canadian border, the area offers no shortage of outdoor activities for all seasons, from skiing Whitefish Mountain Resort in the winter to cycling, horseback riding and white-water rafting in summer. The town's historic railroad depot and quaint Central Avenue charm visitors with a taste of historic Montana.

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Missoula

133 miles

Missoula's historic downtown boasts unique dining and shopping opportunities and a living nightlife. Just outside the city, Rattlesnake National Recreation Area offers endless mountain trails; here you'll find mountain lakes, waterfalls and slopes of sub-alpine fir, pine and spruce and open parklands. An abundance of wildlife can also be found, from elk and coyotes to black bears and mountain lions. In the city itself, explore the exhibits at the Art Museum of Missoula or take a trip back in time at the Historical Museum. Dragon Hollow, a magical playground that features a hand-carved carousel is a must for families.

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Salmon

140 miles

Salmon confirms why Idaho is called the ‘Whitewater Capital of the World’. The Salmon River, or ‘River of No Return’ runs right through the town, leading to amazing adventures through some of the best rapids and most scenic landscape in the world. Perched on the edge of the Salmon-Challis National Forest, the town provides the opportunity for a wide array of outdoor activities not limited to rafting; go hiking, fishing and big game hunting. Finish your day with a relaxing hot spring soaking. Sacajawea, Lewis and Clark’s translator, companion and guide, was born. The Sacajawea Centre honours her heritage and role in the Corps of Discovery.

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Jackson

235 miles

As you arrive at Jackson, it becomes immediately obvious why the Grand Tetons, the 40-mile long mountain range that surround it, are a National Park. All three Scenic Drives are a must do: the Teton Park Road, Jenny Lake Scenic Drive, and Signal Mountain Summit Road. We highly recommend taking a Wildlife Expedition, which will take you into the back country of Grand Teton National Park, otherwise inaccessible to traffic. There are also plenty of fly-fishing, skiing and white-water rafting opportunities, depending when you are visiting. Hot air balloon trips are also popular.

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Sun Valley

240 miles

Sun Valley is the West’s storied ski resort, with a long history of movie stars and over royalty escaping to the slopes. Today, people come to experience the old-world charm of this cosy alpine village on the edge of wilderness. Whilst it is known for its slopes, Sun Valley is bustling year-round; hit the greens at its beautiful golf courses or take a guided trail ride. Also, plan to take the Roundhouse Express Gondola up to the top of Mount Baldy, where you can hike, bike or enjoy a meal and a great view at the Roundhouse restaurant. Whilst here, take a trip to Ketchum, less than a mile away, where Ernest Hemingway spent his last years, and browse their many shops, galleries, cafes and restaurants. You can also go paragliding or learn to fly-fish here too!

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Boise/Home

160 miles

This morning, make your way back to Boise for your afternoon flight home.


What's included?

  • 14 nights accommodation and room tax.
  • International flights from London (please ask if regional airports are required).
  • Fully insured compact car hire (larger vehicles are available).
  • A detailed and comprehensive travel pack with driving directions and maps.

How to book

Daily Departures from May to September.

Please call us on (01892) 779900 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. stating your travel dates, and preferred standard of accommodation for a detailed & competitively priced quotation.

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Ultimate Coast to Coast Road Trip

The Ultimate Coast to Coast Road Trip is an exciting new 29-night transcontinental fly-drive tour, beginning in the Big Apple itself, New York City and concluding over 2,500 miles later in the City of Angels, California. Definitely an once-in-a-lifetime trip!

During your journey, you will encounter some of the must-see destinations, attractions and experiences that the United States of America has to offer, including seeing the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia and feeling the spray of Niagara Falls on your face. Visit the Henry Ford Museum in Detroit and climb the Willis Tower in Chicago. Take in the unique spectacle of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Monument outside Rapid City and the stunning scenery of Yellowstone National Park. From Kanab, visit Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks and Lake Powell before heading the bright lights of Las Vegas and glitz and glamour of Santa Monica.

Highlights Include

  • New York
  • Washington DC
  • Niagara Falls
  • Chicago
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Grand Canyon
  • Las Vegas
  • Los Angeles
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New York

From Park Avenue to Times Square, from Chinatown to Little Italy, New York offers round the clock excitement. The city is home to many of the top restaurants in the world and is well known for its bars and nightclubs. Get great views from the Empire State Building Observatory as it soars a quarter of a mile above the city’s streets; day or night this is a must see on any trip to the city. You could also take a helicopter ride above the towering skyscrapers, or take a boat ride out to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, which now houses a museum.

Central Park has lots to offer, including roller blading, boating, taking a horse and carriage ride or just having a picnic and watching the world go by. There are also many museums to visit, including the Museum of Modern Art and the American Museum of Natural History. In the evening take in a Broadway show or visit Greenwich Village and the ever-stylish Meatpacking District, with its many street cafes and bars. New York has so much to see and do and has something for everyone. It certainly is the city that never sleeps.

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Philadelphia

98 miles

Philadelphia is one of the oldest cities in the USA and remains something of a well-kept secret. Visit the ornate City Hall, Reading Terminal Market, which is a popular European-style marketplace, and the colourful Friendship Gate which marks the entrance to the city’s China Town. The Historic Waterfront has charming courtyards, and brick paved pathways leading to the Society Hill area. Penn’s Landing – the waterfront area where you will find the Moshulu, the largest four-masted sailing ship still afloat, which offers superb cuisine. Visit the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which sits at the top of the steps, made famous by the ‘Rocky’ movies. At the National Constitution Centre, you can walk among life-size statues of the delegates present at the signing of the Constitution in 1787 and take the Presidential Oath of Office.

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Washington D.C.

139 miles

Welcome to America’s Capital! Washington D.C. is a cosmopolitan city, packed with famous sights and free attractions. It is home to some of the world’s best-known museums and art galleries, including the Smithsonian Institution and International Spy Museum. Watch pandas at the National Zoo, or catch a military band playing an outdoor concert on Capitol Hill. Combine this with the hip new restaurants and bars, vibrant nightlife, live music, theatres, charming neighbourhoods and terrific shopping options and you have the building blocks of a great trip!

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Gettysburg

85 miles

Gettysburg is steeped in the history of the Civil War. In 1863, it was the site of the epic Battle of Gettysburg, in which some 50,000 soldiers were killed. It is also, of course, the place where Abraham Lincoln delivered the immortal Gettysburg Address. The town itself is made up of houses and taverns dating back several centuries, but Gettysburg offers more modern travel and leisure activities, as well, like wine tastings, orchard tours, shopping and golfing.

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Corning

203 miles

Corning is best known as the home of Corning Glassware and the Corning Museum of Glass – the museum details the history of glass and the art of glass making as well as the science behind glass making. There is also the opportunity to see a live-glass blowing demonstration and take a stroll around the glass gallery attached to the site. The town itself is very quaint and very walkable. The Gaffer District is the main downtown area and is full of shopping boutiques and restaurants. The area also offers much in the way of outdoor activities and experiences, including many hiking trails, biking and fishing as well as wineries and breweries.

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Niagara Falls

147 miles

Today, make your way to Niagara Falls. A highlight of your stay will of course be the Maid of the Mist boat trip into the spray of the waterfalls – a thrilling experience. Also, on the New York side of the Falls is the ‘Cave of the Winds’ experience, a wooden structure that is re-built yearly to hug the side of the falls – each level takes you closer still to the water, until you reach the ‘Hurricane Deck’; get ready for a soaking! There are also opportunities to take a jet boat white water rafting trip out into the rapids; perfect for the thrill seeking amongst us!

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Detroit

242 miles

Revitalised and reinvigorated after decades of neglect, Detroit is reclaiming its place as a cultural and tourist capital. Everything in this old Midwestern city seems new again; the city has a raw urban energy you won't find anywhere else. They're converting vacant lots into urban farms and abandoned buildings into cafes and museums. The Woodward Avenue theatre district now boasts renovated theatres, the Detroit Tigers have opened their new stadium, Comerica Park and the Henry Ford Museum is a sprawling testament to the spirit of invention that built the city and is refuelling it today. Greektown is now the happening place for food and nightlife. The Motown Museum is also well worth a visit as a low-key tribute to the high-energy sound that defined a city and an era.

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Chicago

282 miles

Chicago, or the “Windy City”, as it is known, boasts one of the world’s most spectacular skylines and one of its tallest buildings – the 108 story Willis Tower. It is definitely worth visiting the SkyDeck here, which features a glass ledge which protrudes straight out into the sky and, on a good day, offers views across four states. The city has 29 miles of lakeshore frontage and a huge variety of attractions. Music is a big part of life here, with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the star studded performances of the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the massive jazz and blues scene. Chicago is a shoppers’ paradise; start your shopaholic’s safari on centrally located and elegant Michigan Avenue; the Magnificent Mile houses some 240 stores including Bloomingdales and Tiffany.

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Milwaukee

93 miles

Located on the shores of Lake Michigan and at the confluence of the Milwaukee, Menomonee and Kinnickinnic Rivers, Milwaukee is filled with waterfront excitement. Get out on the water on a river cruise, a sailing expedition on Lake Michigan, or explore the three-mile long RiverWalk that winds through the city. This unique thoroughfare is dotted with eye-catching public art and lined with charming restaurants and shopping. And just for fun, a bronze statue of Happy Days’ “Fonzie” makes the perfect thumbs-up photo op on the RiverWalk. Milwaukee is also home to some of the USA’s most well-known breweries – visit the Miller Valley or Pabst Mansion and Brewhouse for a taste of America’s oldest lagers. The Harley Davidson Museum is a ‘must see’ for anyone interested in motorbikes and Milwaukee has a wealth of galleries and museums for everyone.

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Rochester

277 miles

Rochester, Minnesota is home to the world famous Mayo Clinic, one of the leading medical facilities in the world. Beyond this though, enjoy the vibrancy, beauty, and charm of Rochester, MN when you visit picturesque parks, renowned historical sites, and dynamic galleries and theatres. Then, stop in for a bite to eat in a friendly atmosphere at one of the many celebrated hot spots for dining and nightlife.

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Sioux Falls

238 miles

Sioux Falls best known attraction is the gorgeous Falls Park, which covers 123 acres. An average of 7,400 gallons drop 100 feet over the course of the Falls each second. You can enjoy a meal or treat yourself to an ice-cream at Falls Overlook Café, affording you great views of the Falls whilst you eat. St. Joseph’s Cathedral is also worth a visit alongside SculptureWalk Sioux Falls. Stop by a tourist information centre and ask for the sculpture walk map and bring a pen to check off the sculptures you find as you wander through the downtown area. You can also visit the home and museum of Richard Pettigrew who was the first full time senator of the town. The house is fully preserved how it was upon Pettigrew’s death in 1926.

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Rapid City

348 miles

Rapid City is a great base from which to explore the many interesting landscapes and monuments in the area. Badlands National Park is a treasure trove of fossils dating back 37 million years. There are 14 designated stops along the scenic road which overlook the dramatic landforms. Nearby, Wind Cave National Park is an unusual cave formation which resembles honeycombs. Custer State Park is truly one of the last wild places in America. You can enjoy up-close and personal encounters with the wildlife here along the 18-mile Wildlife Loop Road. Visit the granite "Needles" that dominate the skyline. Mount Rushmore National Memorial is found along another Scenic Byway. On the Byway, the Crazy Horse Memorial is the largest sculptural project in the world. The best time to visit Mount Rushmore is in the evening when the monument is illuminated.

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Buffalo

210 miles

Upon reaching Buffalo, you’ll feel transported to the Old West. Sitting along the Cloud Peak Scenic Byway in the foothills of the Bighorn Mountains, Buffalo is rich in frontier history, allowing visitors to step back in time to the days of cowboys and sheriffs. Have a glass of something in the saloon of the Occidental Hotel, right on Main Street. It’s also only a short drive to Fort Kearney, site of the famous Wagon Box Fight and “Hole in the Wall,” the hideout of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

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Yellowstone National Park

235 miles

Yellowstone National Park contains 300 geysers that account for approximately one-half of the world’s total. The geography of Yellowstone is made up of eight distinct areas. Mammoth Hot Springs hosts Norris Geyser Basin, the hottest, oldest and most dynamic of Yellowstone’s thermal areas. The Old Faithful area is made up of four different basins where 60% of the world’s geysers share a very small space. The Grant Village and Lake areas are both adjacent to Yellowstone Lake, the largest lake at a high elevation in North America. The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River is roughly 20 miles long and varies between 800 and 1,200 feet deep and the falls along the river include Tower Falls, which drops 132-foot. Tower Creek is framed by eroded volcanic pinnacles that were documented by the earliest explorers in the region. There are also many excellent museums and visitor centers throughout the park which will put your experiences into perspective.

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Jackson

58 miles

As you arrive at Jackson, it becomes immediately obvious why the Grand Tetons, the 40-mile long mountain range that surround it, are a National Park. All three Scenic Drives are a must do: the Teton Park Road, Jenny Lake Scenic Drive, and Signal Mountain Summit Road. We highly recommend taking a Wildlife Expedition, which will take you into the back country of Grand Teton National Park, otherwise inaccessible to traffic. There are also plenty of fly-fishing, skiing and white-water rafting opportunities, depending when you are visiting. Hot air balloon trips are also popular.

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Salt Lake City

279 miles

The Winter Olympics made Salt Lake City a prime travel destination in 2002. Although the athletes have departed, the revitalisation that was done in preparation for the Games is still very much a part of the area, making a visit a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Salt Lake City is the headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and many major tourist attractions focus on LDS history. Yet with its gorgeous setting between the Wasatch Mountains and the Great Salt Lake, Salt Lake City is also a prime destination for outdoor sports. In winter, skiing is the most popular sport, but during the remainder of the year, you can enjoy some great hiking, mountain biking and climbing just outside the city.

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Kanab

312 miles

Kanab is 30 minutes on from Zion NP, an hour and 20 minutes from Bryce Canyon NP, 30 minutes from Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park and an hour and a half from Lake Powell and Antelope Canyon. Zion is a true desert paradise; enjoy horseback rides, take a hike along the valley or rent bikes to explore. Bryce Canyon’s stunning landscape is a photographer’s dream, with its crimson-coloured hoodoos, which are spire-shaped rock formations. Lake Powell is a reservoir on the Colorado River, straddling the border between Utah and Arizona and a great destination for taking a boat trip, or indulging in water sports such as water-skiing, Kanab is small-town America – a relaxing base from which to explore the area. Don’t miss the Rocking V Café or Chuckwagon Cookout for real local flavour.

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Grand Canyon

211 miles

The Grand Canyon is all that you expect it to be. Vast, breathtaking and ever-changing according to the light and weather. Whilst here, you can take a helicopter trip or a small plane flight over the Canyon for further spectacular views. There are also many hiking, biking and mule-riding excursions available to further enhance your experience of the most famous Canyon in the world. National Park Rangers offer a wide variety of interpretive programs including talks to learn about the history and nature of the National Park.

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Las Vegas

275 miles

A neon tribute to tinselled affluence, Las Vegas booms 24 hours a day with a heady “get rich quick” atmosphere. The lure of easy money, the whirling wheels and gaming tables, and the numerous plush hotels provide ready entertainment; glitz and escapist fun are supplied in quantity. The MGM Grand has over 5000 rooms and is home to eight restaurants and three showrooms. The New York New York Hotel has its own Statue of Liberty, Park Avenue and Central Park and the Venetian has its own canals that weave through the hotel. As well as the casinos, enjoy theme parks, medieval banquets, musical revues and magic shows.

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Los Angeles

286 miles

Los Angeles cannot fail to entice and entertain you. Check out Hollywood Boulevard, with the Hollywood Walk of fame and the Chinese Theatre, cruise the Sunset Strip or journey through the city’s historic, cultural and architectural roots along Wilshire Boulevard. Enjoy classic boardwalk fun on the historic Santa Monica Pier, visit “the Mouse” at Disneyland, the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios, window shop on Rodeo Drive, and take in any number of LA’s fabulous museums and attractions.


What's included?

  • 29 nights' accommodation and room tax
  • International flights from London (please ask if regional airports are required)
  • Fully insured compact car hire (larger vehicles are available
  • A detailed and comprehensive travel pack with driving directions and maps

How to book

Daily Departures from May to September.

Please call us on (01892) 779900 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. stating your travel dates, and preferred standard of accommodation for a detailed & competitively priced quotation.

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Classic Canada

An ideal first trip to the Great White North; experience the beauty of the Canadian Rockies, British Columbia's High Country and Coastal regions on this driving tour of Western Canada. This itinerary showcases the ‘classic’ Canadian route, beginning in Calgary and journeying across the majestic Rocky Mountains to the stunning Banff and Jasper National Parks, stopping off the spend time at Lake Louise, one of the most recognizable vistas in the world. This tour also includes the once-in-a-lifetime experience of the Rocky Mountain scenic train to Vancouver.

At the end of your trip, you will truly have seen the best of Western Canada has to offer.

Highlights Include

  • Banff & Jasper National Parks
  • Lake Louise
  • Rocky Mountaineer train
  • Vancouver
  • Vancouver Island
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Calgary

Calgary is an attractive and dynamic city situated on the banks of the Bow River and close to Alberta’s majestic Rocky Mountains. Crisscrossing downtown is the ‘Plus 15’ walking system – a series of interconnecting, enclosed sidewalks five metres above ground that link downtown areas, making it a truly pedestrian friendly city. The Calgary Tower, a landmark symbol of the city, is also well worth a visit. The 191 metre tower houses a revolving restaurant, observation gallery and cocktail lounge offering spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains and Olympic Park. The Calgary Stampede, held in every July, is undoubtedly Calgary’s best known visitor attraction and features a large parade and a world class rodeo that is a must on any visit at this time of year.

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Banff

80 miles

Surrounded by one of the most beautiful parks in the world, Banff has an excellent system of hiking trails that lead to alpine lakes, along glacial valleys and to spectacular viewpoints where crowds are scarce and human impact minimal. Head up the Sulphur Mountain Gondola for fantastic views of Banff, Bow Valley, Cascade Mountain and Lake Minnewanka. There are many outdoor activities including canoeing, skiing and horse-riding to be enjoyed here; end your day with a long soak in the Hot Springs at Sulphur Mountain. When considering hiking in this region, always visit the Banff Visitor Centre at 224 Banff Avenue where staff can advise you on the condition of the trails and any closures.

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Lake Louise

36 miles

Lake Louise is just a short drive from Banff. The village is still quite small, with a shopping mall, a few hotels and a visitor centre. The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, situated on the lakes shore, is a tourist attraction in itself and is visited by the millions who come to photograph the lake with Mt Victoria in the background. Rent a canoe from the boathouse and glide through the lake - take care not to fall in as even in August the lake only reaches about 4C! Moraine Lake, though half the size of Lake Louise is just as spectacular.

For another fantastic view, take the Lake Louise Gondola on the 20 minute journey up the face of Mt. Whitehorn to Whitehorn Lodge where you can see Bow Valley, Lake Louise and the Continental Divide. Also from Lake Louise, you can explore to the west of the Rockies into Glacier Park, Yoho Valley, Takakkaw Falls, Emerald Lake and the amazing Spiral Tunnels, built to keep the trains slow on their descent on the mountains.

 

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Jasper

145 miles

Today, heading towards Jasper, you will be on the Icefields Parkway which is 300km long. This road takes about 4-5 hours to travel but try not to rush as it is one of the most scenic and inspiring mountain roads ever built; there are 13 viewpoints along the trail. Bow Summit is the highest point along the parkway at 2088m and offers great views of Peyto Lake. The most popular attractions along the parkway are the glaciers that spill down from the Columbia Icefield. Stop at the Icefields Centre to take an Ice Explorer ride onto the Athabasca Glacier. There are also other stunning places to visit including, Bow Lake, Sunwapta Falls, Crowfoot Glacier and the Athabasca Falls. This journey is one worth starting early so you can be sure of seeing all that you want to.

Jasper is surrounded by the peaks of Jasper National Park, which allows it to play host to plenty of outdoor pursuits. Take the Jasper Tramway up Whistlers Mountain for great views of the mountain and valley from above the tree line. Walk the Maligne Canyon trail that crosses the canyon six times and Maligne Lake, the largest glacier fed lake in the Canadian Rockies. Here you can take the popular narrated cruise on a glass bottomed boat to the picturesque Spirit Island. Another great trip is to Miette Hot Springs. This road is one of the best animal spotting routes in the park, so if you haven’t seen any wildlife on your trip so far, this could be the best trip to take!

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Rocky Mountaineer train

Today, you will embark on one of the most famous and exclusive rail journeys in the world. The Rocky Mountaineer is so much more than just a train. It's the key to unlocking a hidden world of unparalleled beauty as you carve through otherwise inaccessible terrain in the Canadian Rockies. Travel through scenic valleys, the Coast Mountains range and the Fraser Canyon with its spectacular white water rapids and dramatic landscape. You will follow the route of the Fraser River, home of British Columbia’s largest salmon run, pass by the Albreda Glacier and magnificent Pyramid Falls, and hopefully see wildlife on the way. The highlight of this route is majestic Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Departing Jasper first thing in the morning you will spend two days travelling through stunning scenery, spending the night in Kamloops. You will travel in comfortable glass-domed carriages with gourmet meals, snacks and drinks served along the way.

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Vancouver

Downtown Vancouver is an intriguing mixture of steel, concrete, mirrored glass buildings, modern sculptures and old-fashioned fountains. There is so much to see and do in the city. You can rent a bike to ride around the Seawall in Stanley Park or try rollerblading if you are feeling adventurous! Dinner can be taken at the top of Grouse Mountain for a spectacular view of the city lit up at night and you can reach the summit by the Skyride Gondola. Take the ferry across False Creek to the refurbished Granville Island - the place to be on a sunny day. Here you can shop in the Public Market, walk round the marina, browse in the gift shops or sample some of the local food.

A visit to the Capilano Suspension Bridge is well worth it for the spectacular views and stunning forest scenery. Alternatively spend some time at the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge nearby. Take along your bathing suit and you can have a dip in Lynn Creek after a short walk in the forest. There will be plenty of time for shopping on Robson Street in its trendy shops and the Robson Public Market. Visit Chinatown - the second largest Chinese community in North America and home to the beautiful and peaceful Dr. Sun Yat-sen Classical Chinese Garden. No visit is complete without wandering through Gastown where Vancouver started. The brightly painted buildings date back to 1886 and old gas lamps and trees line the red cobblestone streets. There are many galleries, restaurants and gift shops here The Boathouse Restaurant is a great place for dinner, while watching the sunset over English Bay and people watching all the evening strollers.

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Victoria

71 miles with ferry

The capital city of British Columbia, Victoria boasts many historic buildings and some of the best museums in Western Canada.The area is also home to some of the country's most exhilarating scenery: there's an ocean or mountain vista around every corner, and the city's flower gardens are famous the world over. Whether your taste runs to golfing, hiking, biking and fishing, or you're more the shopping, dining and theatre type, Victoria has you covered.

Established in 1843 as a fort for the Hudson's Bay Company, Victoria's British ancestry is apparent in the double-decker buses, horse-drawn carriages, formal gardens and tearooms. However, there’s more to it than that; driven by the younger generation, the city has sprouted a collection of cool shops, authentic coffee bars and unique restaurants. It also has more cycling routes than any other Canadian city, providing a great way to explore the picturesque location.

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Vancouver/Home

71 miles with ferry

Make your way back to Vancouver today for your evening flight home.


What's included?

  • 14 nights' accommodation and room tax.
  • International flights from London (please ask if regional airports are required).
  • Silverleaf Rocky Mountaineer train (Goldleaf is also available if preferred).
  • Ferries between Vancouver and Vancouver Island.
  • Fully insured compact car hire (larger vehicles are available).
  • A detailed and comprehensive travel pack with driving directions and maps.

How to book

Daily Departures from May to September.

Please call us on (01892) 779900 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. stating your travel dates, and preferred standard of accommodation for a detailed & competitively priced quotation.

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Coast to Coast Canadian Rail Experience

This is a mammoth Canadian coast to coast rail experience that will take you all the way from the maritime heritage of Halifax, Nova Scotia in the east to the majestic conclusion of the Rocky Mountains in Vancouver, British Colombia in the west. This tour includes five nights spent aboard the VIA Rail, journeying through Canadian landscapes, from the prairielands of Manitoba to the lakes and mountains of Alberta. Rail travel is the best way to see as much of Canada as possible in a relatively short period of time and this itinerary will definitely provide you with a few unique talking points when you arrive home.

To make this journey even more incredible, you can choose to add a ‘side trip’ from Winnipeg to Churchill where, if the timing is right, you could be lucky enough to see a beluga whale, the Northern Lights or even a polar bear! You could also choose to take the world famous Rocky Mountaineer train from Jasper to Vancouver if you prefer this to VIA Rail.

Highlights Include

  • Halifax
  • French Canada
  • Toronto
  • Jasper National Park
  • Vancouver
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Halifax

Welcome to Nova Scotia’s provincial capital. This attractive city is a bustling hub of art galleries, shops, museums, restaurants, sidewalk cafes and vibrant nightlife centred around the picturesque waterfront. Immerse yourself in Halifax's rich history at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, and be sure to survey the city from the 18th-century Citadel National Historic Site. You can also visit a 200-year-old restored fishing village at Fisherman’s Cove and discover the stories of over a million immigrants who landed in Halifax at Pier 21. Venture to McNabs Island, located at the mouth of the Halifax Harbour, for secluded trails, a beautiful beach, and a historic fort.

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Halifax to Quebec

18 hours, 15 minutes train journey

The railway line route between Halifax and Quebec is known as ‘The Ocean’. It winds through the forests of Nova Scotia, crossing salmon filled rivers and skirting the bird sanctuary of Tantramar Marsh, where blue-winged teal and marsh hawks fly free. Just after the border with New Brunswick, the train passes hilltop Fort Beausejour before reaching sea views on the Baie des Chaleurs (Bay of Heat). At Mont-Joli, the railway joins the St. Lawrence River and parallels its southern shore all the way to Montreal, though you will be stopping off at Sainte Foy (Quebec) first.

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Quebec

Quebec City is the only walled city in North America and offers a host of historic sites and attractions. During the summer, enjoy strolling along the narrow cobblestone streets in the Old City, with its cafes and street performers. For antiques or handicrafts visit the Rue Saint-Paul and the Old Port area which is rich in maritime history or explore the Citadel, where you might catch Canadian troops staging a military ceremony. An easy day trip from Quebec City is to the Sainte Anne Canyon. The exploration of the gorge is done by viewpoints as well as three suspension bridges, the first one is at the head of the fall and the second at 60 metres above the river and the third is at the bottom of the canyon.

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Montreal

3 hours train journey

Arriving into Montreal from Quebec affords you views across the water back towards Quebec until the forest takes over again. The approach into the city is heralded by the 2.7km-long Victoria Bridge over the St. Lawrence River. Montreal is the largest French speaking city in North America with a style and culture all of its own. Old Montreal's Parisian-style streets are a wonderful place to wander—stop at an intimate bistro or sidewalk café for a taste of Europe. In the summer, enjoy its many lively festivals and street performers. Downtown Montreal has fabulous shopping on Sainte Catherine Street and Sherbrooke Street. Little Italy is also worth a visit. Also make sure to visit Mt. Royal, which is now a magnificent park.

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Ottawa

2 hours, 10 minutes train journey

Leaving Montreal, the train crosses the Ottawa River, used by many early Canadian explorers. Passing through farmland and forest, the border with Ontario can be detected by place names morphing from French to British in origin. Ottawa is Canada’s capital city. Whilst here, be sure to visit the beautiful Parliament buildings and the Rideau Canal, which in the winter becomes the world’s longest skating rink. There are also plenty of shops, bistros and restaurants to explore. Also worth a visit is Parliament Hill, visitors are welcome to tour the buildings, view Parliament in action, and enjoy public programs and colourful spectacles, such as the ceremonial Changing of the Guard ceremony and the Sound and Light Show. For some peace and quiet, venture out of town to Gatineau Park where you’ll find many trails, forests, wildlife, crystal-clear lakes and Luskville Falls. Just past the falls is the summit of Eardley Escarpment, which offers spectacular views of the Ottawa River Valley.

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Toronto

4 hours, 20 minutes train journey

Heading towards Toronto, you will be afforded views of Lake Ontario, easternmost of the five Great Lakes, alternating with farms stretched across rolling hills and fields lined with trees as windbreaks. From Oshawa, the tracks are shared with commuter trains, and before long Toronto’s distinctive CN Tower comes into view. The tower was the world’s tallest building when it was finished in 1976 and is still the largest freestanding structure in the Western Hemisphere. For real thrill-seekers, be sure to check out the EdgeWalk, where you can actually suspend yourself from the edge of the building. Toronto is Canada’s largest city and is a truly cosmopolitan metropolis, with its first class shopping, restaurants and entertainment. Visitors are always amazed at the abundance of parks and gardens and its soaring modern architecture contrasted by beautifully restored Victorian gables and spires.

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Toronto to Winnipeg

35 hours train journey

Travelling from Toronto to Winnipeg is the longest journey of your trip, you will spend two nights aboard The Canadian completing what is undoubtedly one of the world’s greatest rail journeys. After grandstand views of Lake Ontario and the CN Tower, the train skirts the shore of Kempenfelt Bay on Lake Simcoe. The importance of the railway here is reflected by the many preserved wayside stations, kept decades after the last trains called there. The train skirts the huge Chapleau Crown Game Reserve and not long after Sioux Lookout, the train brushes the shore of Lost Lake, its shallows dotted by houseboats. As spruce trees give way to the undulating prairie of Manitoba and Winnipeg comes into view long before arrival, at the end of a dead-straight 88km long. In autumn, the sky can be filled with formations of waterfowl in unimaginable numbers.

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Winnipeg

Welcome to Winnipeg, the Manitoba city full of major surprises. While the Canadian Museum of Human Rights dominates the downtown skyline, it's only one of many museums and galleries you'll find downtown. And Winnipeg is rich with culture in every part of the city. Watch a ballet in the green grass of the Assiniboine Park, turn down an alleyway and step into an open air art installation or kick up your feet to a Voyageur jig or swing dance on a street under the stars. From cramped bars and private art collections to huge street parties and world-class concert venues, there’s something for everyone.

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Winnipeg to Edmonton

19 hours, 40 minutes train journey

Rolling grassland and flat prairie alternate for much of the journey to Alberta’s capital at Edmonton. Anyone who thinks the prairies are flat and uninteresting is in for a pleasant surprise. The railway has to leap across valleys on tall, long trestle viaducts – Saskatoon is known as the ‘City of Bridges’. Sadly the wonderful wooden grain elevators that punctuated the prairie landscape have largely disappeared now. Each town used to use a different colour and announced its name on large letters on the timber siding. After Melville, look out for whooping cranes and hawks, just two of over 260 species of birds found at the nearby Last Mountain Lake bird sanctuary.

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Edmonton

You'll feel right at home in vibrant, expansive Edmonton. Alberta’s capital city is always celebrating something, from arts and culture to food and wine, dragon boats, winter and even accordions. Explore Edmonton’s museums and historic sites, come to the famous farmers’ market in the Old Strathcona and visit with local vendors and visit the galleries and shops, find a funky restaurant and stick around for the night life – live theatre, music and dancing. The historic Old Strathcona district has a neighbourhood feel, while Whyte Avenue leads to the University of Alberta and its youthful crowd. A short drive outside town is the North Saskatchewan River valley. But Edmonton's most famous attraction is the West Edmonton Mall, boasting 800 shops plus an indoor roller coaster and water park.

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Jasper

5 hours, 25 minutes train journey

Before entering Jasper National Park, the railway crosses the 1,230km-long Athabasca River, renowned for its turquoise colour. Jasper is surrounded by the peaks of Jasper National Park, which allows it to play host to plenty of outdoor pursuits. Take the Jasper Tramway up Whistlers Mountain for great views of the mountain and valley from above the tree line. Walk the Maligne Canyon trail that crosses the canyon six times and Maligne Lake, the largest glacier fed lake in the Canadian Rockies. Here you can take the popular narrated cruise on a glass bottomed boat to the picturesque Spirit Island. Another great trip is to Miette Hot Springs. This road is one of the best animal spotting routes in the park, so if you haven’t seen any wildlife on your trip so far, this could be the best trip to take!

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Jasper to Vancouver

20 hours, 15 minutes train journey

After passing Yellowhead Lake, Mount Robson, the tallest mountain in the Canadian Rockies looms into view, just across the border with British Columbia. It’s so large that it even has its own microclimate. From here, a succession of majestic sights follow: Pyramid Creek Falls, the North Thompson, Thunder and Blue river crossings, Kamloops Lake, Rainbow Canyon and its multi-coloured rock faces and, one of the most spectacular stretches of the whole journey, through Fraser Canyon and past Hell’s Gate, a name derived from the journal of explorer Simon Fraser who described it as ‘a place where no human should venture, for surely these are the gates of hell’. The train gingerly picks its way along a shelf suspended above the V-shaped gorge, with a cable-car above and a fish ladder below to help spawning salmon battle upstream. Journey’s end is close when the Canadian clatters across New Westminster Bridge, built in 1904. A suitably grand station building receives passengers arriving into BC’s largest city, Vancouver – known for repeatedly winning global ‘Best City’ awards.

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Vancouver

Downtown Vancouver is an intriguing mixture of steel, concrete, mirrored glass buildings, modern sculptures and old-fashioned fountains. There is so much to see and do in the city. You can rent a bike to ride around the Seawall in Stanley Park or try rollerblading if you are feeling adventurous! Dinner can be taken at the top of Grouse Mountain for a spectacular view of the city lit up at night and you can reach the summit by the Skyride Gondola. Take the ferry across False Creek to the refurbished Granville Island - the place to be on a sunny day. Here you can shop in the Public Market, walk round the marina, browse in the gift shops or sample some of the local food.

A visit to the Capilano Suspension Bridge is well worth it for the spectacular views and stunning forest scenery. Alternatively spend some time at the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge nearby. Take along your bathing suit and you can have a dip in Lynn Creek after a short walk in the forest. There will be plenty of time for shopping on Robson Street in its trendy shops and the Robson Public Market. Visit Chinatown - the second largest Chinese community in North America and home to the beautiful and peaceful Dr. Sun Yat-sen Classical Chinese Garden. No visit is complete without wandering through Gastown where Vancouver started. The brightly painted buildings date back to 1886 and old gas lamps and trees line the red cobblestone streets. There are many galleries, restaurants and gift shops here The Boathouse Restaurant is a great place for dinner, while watching the sunset over English Bay and people watching all the evening strollers.


What's included?

  • 21 nights' accomodation and room tax including 5 nights' aboard VIA Rail.
  • International flights from London (please ask if regional airports are required).
  • VIA Rail train travel.
  • A detailed and comprehensive travel pack with maps.

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