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5 Ways to Visit Canada – Holidays from €1979 Incl Flights, Accommodation & Tours!

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There are so many ways to visit Canada. Choose to self-drive, tour by rail, take an escorted tour or try a cruise? Check out my top picks below.

 

Canada is the second largest country in the world, so holiday options are endless. Yet despite the great cities, it’s Canada’s majestic landscape and vast wilderness that captivates visitors. Surrounded by the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans and an interior full of jaw dropping lakes and rivers, Canada is a land of natural wonder. The east coast of Canada has always been easily accessible from Ireland, but thanks to the introduction of Aer Lingus’ direct flights from Dublin to Seattle, the west coast of Canada is now much more accessible too. I have teamed up with Canadian Sky who offer a wide selection of escorted tours, self drive itineraries and city breaks to Canada. I have listed some of my favourite ways to visit Canada below, but Canadian Sky can tailor make any itinerary to suit you. Whether you want to combine an Alaska cruise with a self-drive tour of the Rockies, Toronto with Niagara Falls, or take a trip on the Rocky Mountaineer luxury train, Canadian Sky can arrange it for you. For a limited time, they are also offering an ‘early booking’ saving of €100 per person off many of their 2019 holidays!

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Western Journey: Flights & 7 night Escorted Tour, €1979!

This eight day escorted tour starts in Calgary, where you will have your first day to explore this city at your leisure. The following day you will enjoy a sightseeing tour of Calgary, before setting off in a deluxe motor-coach to the Rocky Mountains. Spend two days marvelling at the stunning scenery of Banff National Park 😍. Explore the area at your leisure or avail of the many excursions available, including the Columbia Icefield adventure, which includes a ride on the Ice Explorer and a trip to the magnificent Lake Louise.

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After a two night stay you will then drive the famous Trans-Canada Highway into Yoho National Park, which is full of canyons, forests and streams, before arriving in Kamloops for an overnight stay. Day five brings you on another unforgettable drive through the ranch lands and coastal mountains en route to Whistler. Explore at your leisure or take the optional float plane sightseeing tour over Garibaldi Park. The following day you will leave the countryside behind to explore the vibrant city of Vancouver where you will stay for two nights. Avail of the complimentary sightseeing tour or explore on your own, the choice is yours!

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Price from €1979 includes flights, accommodation on a bed & breakfast basis, professional tour director throughout; Calgary, Banff and Vancouver sightseeing tours.

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Seattle & Alaska Cruise: Flights, 3 night stay in Seattle and 7 night all-inclusive Alaska cruise, €2739

Fly direct with Aer Lingus to Seattle and enjoy three nights in the centrally located four star Kimpton Alexis Hotel, before setting off on a seven-night cruise through Alaska, on Norwegian Pearl. This ship was refurbished in 2017 and boasts sixteen dining options, fifteen bars and lounges, a spa, casino and west-end style shows! Meals, drinks and gratuities are included in the cost of your cruise so you will need very little spending money.

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Visit the Icy Strait Point and go whale watching; stop at Skagawy which is famous for its role in the gold rush and it’s stunning sunsets and also Glacier Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Glacier Bay is home to mountains, rainforests and fjords, as well as wonderful wildlife. This will definitely be one of the highlights of your Alaskan adventure. Other cruise stops include Ketchikan, famous for the Misty Fjords National Monument and Victoria, the vibrant capital of British Columbia.

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Price from €2739 includes flights, 3 nights hotel stay in Seattle and a seven night premium all-inclusive Alaska cruise.

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Self Drive Great Parks of the West: Flights & 13 nights accommodation with car hire, €2069

Vancouver, the Canadian Rockies, Banff, Jasper, Whistler – this road trip is firmly at the top of my bucket list! You begin your holiday in Vancouver before setting off to explore the magnificent Canadian National Parks. Explore the Okanagan Valley and Glacier National Park before spending two nights in the resort town of Banff. Visit Lake Louise, one of the world’s most spectacular lakes. Stay in the UNESCO World Heritage town of Jasper and explore the largest National Park in the Rockies. Go hiking, white water rafting or check out the Jasper SkyTram for stunning views from the top of the mountains. Drive through the Yellowhead Pass and enjoy a host of outdoor activities in the celebrity town of Whistler. This thirteen night road trip will allow you experience the best of what Western Canada has to offer.

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Price from €2069 includes flights, car hire, three nights in Vancouver, one night in Penticton and Revelstoke, two nights in Banff, Jasper, 100 Mile House, and Whistler.  You will also receive a personalised Canada Roadbook, containing essential travel information featuring overview notes, local sightseeing and attractions, daily itinerary highlights, provincial maps with city guides and customised day-by-day routing maps.

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Luxury Rocky Mountaineer, Journey Through the Clouds Explorer: Flights, 2 day Rocky Mountaineer train ride, 7 nights hotel accommodation, helicopter trip over the Rockies, Ice Explorer & tours, €3659

This trip of a lifetime starts with a helicopter trip over the Rockies – it doesn’t get much better than that! Explore Lake Louise and stay in the famous Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise hotel. Visit Banff where you will get the chance to ride the Banff Gondola to the summit of Sulpher Mountain. Enjoy a half-day tour into Yoho National Park and explore the Spiral Tunnels and the Kicking Horse Bridge, before returning to Banff for an overnight stay. Take the sightseeing tour of  Jasper National Parks and see the magnificent Columbia Icefield, the largest accumulation of ice south of the Arctic Circle. Ride on the Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier before returning Jasper for a two night stay.

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Board the Rocky Mountaineer for a trip to Kamloops and onwards to Vancouver. Marvel at the snow capped mountain peaks and natural wonders as you travel across the Rockies. Your journey ends with an overnight stay in Vancouver where you will get the chance to explore this vibrant city on your own.

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Price: from €3659 includes flights, two day Rocky Mountaineer train ride – Silverleaf service, seven nights hotel accommodation with breakfast and two lunches, helicopter trip over the Rockies, Icefields tour including Ice Explorer, Calgary Tower, Calgary to Banff,  Yoho Park, Banff to Lake Louise, Lake Louise to Jasper tours, Vancouver Lookout and transfers.

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 Circle Newfoundland & Labrador: Flights & 12 night tour with meals €4299

Discover the fascinating island of Newfoundland, where thousands of Irish immigrants arrived in the 18th century. This island, known as ‘the most Irish island in the world’ is home to striking landscapes and a fascinating history. The fully escorted tour starts in the capital of Nova Scotia, Halifax, where you will overnight before starting your journey to the island of Newfoundland. You will cross over the Canso Causeway to Cape Breton Island where you will board a Marine Atlantic ferry for an overnight crossing to Port-aux-Basques in Newfoundland. Board another ferry at St Barbe and cross the strait of Belle Island on the way to Labrador. Travel to L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic site, which marks the earliest European settlers in North America and gives a fascinating insight into the Viking lifestyle. Weather permitting, take a whale watching tour and see the famous icebergs in the Summer time, before travelling to Cow Head for a two night stay. Visit Gros Morne National Park which is full of dramatic scenery and wildlife. Take a scenic boat tour, see whales, bald eagles and discover the history of the small shore-lined villages.

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A two night stay in Gander will allow you to visit the beautiful town of Twillingate and the famous Aviation Museum as well as the Terra Nova National Park and the town of Trinity. Your tour finishes with a two night stay in the colourful seaport of St. John’s, Newfoundland’s capital. This is North America’s oldest city and has a modern waterfront with stunning sea views. You will take a boat tour in the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve (weather permitting) where you can see puffins and other wildlife before visiting Cape Spear National Historic Site, the most easterly point in North America.

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Price from €4299 includes flights, accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 9 dinners, tour director, land transportation by modern tour coach, ferry crossings, boat tours, guided tour of St. John’s & Twillingate.

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There are many ways to visit Canada, which one will you choose? This post was sponsored by Canadian Sky but all views, as always, are my own.

 

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Sarah

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The Worlds Best Road Trips – Prices from €1429 Including Flights, Hotels & Car Hire.

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From California to Cape Town, Christchurch to Canada, check out the worlds best road trips and get planning your next adventure.

 

I spent a month driving through France and Italy, drove the PCH from San Francisco to San Diego, the Garden Route in South Africa and even drove Sydney to Byron Bay – as you can see, I’m a big fan of road trips! I love visiting different places. Having a car ensures you go off the beaten track and experience places you may not have seen otherwise.

However, while I like the freedom a car brings, I also like to pre-book accommodation so I don’t have to spend my valuable vacation time searching for somewhere to stay. Having your itinerary mapped out and hotels booked also ensures you actually get to all the places on your ‘to do list! I have teamed up with Tropical Sky who through their various brands including, American Sky, Canadian Sky and Australian Sky, offer a wide selection of self drive road trips and escorted tours to destinations all over the world. Here are five of their best road trips, all with flights, hotels and car hire included.

 

 

South Africa: Cape Town, Winelands and Eastern Cape Safari

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We went to South Africa for our honeymoon and loved it so much we went back at Easter with the kids! On this trip you will stay in one world’s greatest cities, visit the magnificent wine region and hopefully see the Big 5 in one of South Africa’s best Game Reserves. In between all this you can be adventurous and paraglide off the top of Table Mountain or go shark diving! If that’s not your thing, just spend a day chilling out on one of South Africa’s amazing beaches.

This luxury road trip includes flights, car hire, a four night stay in Cape Town and a three night stay in Stellenbosch, before catching a flight to Port Elizabeth for a three night stay in the five star Shamwari Game Reserve. You will be staying in luxury hotels throughout and on safari you will have two game drives per day and meals included. You can add on extra nights if you wish, Tropical Sky will tailor make an itinerary to suit you.

Price from €4209 – click here for more details:

 

 

 

13 Night Great Parks Of  Western Canada

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Vancouver, the Canadian Rockies, Banff, Jasper, Whistler – this road trip is firmly at the top of my bucket list! Hike, cycle, try white water rafting or kayaking, Canada will make you want to get active and bring out the nature lover in you. You begin your holiday in Vancouver before setting off to explore the magnificent Canadian National Parks. Explore the Okanagan Valley and Glacier National Park before spending two nights in the resort town of Banff. Visit Lake Louise, one of the world’s most spectacular lakes. Stay in the UNESCO World Heritage town of Jasper and explore the largest National Park in the Rockies. Go hiking, white water rafting or check out the Japer SkyTram for stunning views from the top of the mountains. Drive through the Yellowhead Pass and enjoy a host of outdoor activities in the celebrity town of Whistler. This 13 night road trip will allow you experience the best of Western Canada. Price includes flights, car hire, 3 nights in Vancouver, 1 night in Penticton and Revelstoke, 2 nights in Banff, Jasper, 100 Mile House, and Whistler.  You will also receive a personalised Canada Roadbook, containing essential travel information featuring overview notes, local sightseeing and attractions, daily itinerary highlights, provincial maps with city guides and customised day-by-day routing maps.

Price from €2129  – click here for more details.

 

 

 

13 Night California & Las Vegas – Best of the West

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I drove the Pacific Coast Highway from San Francisco to LA last year and loved it, but this trip is even better! The Best of the West road trip includes Arizona and Nevada too. It combines the coastal towns of Santa Barbara and Monterrey with the jaw dropping cities of LA and San Francisco, the natural landscape of Death Valley with the dazzling lights of Las Vegas. Visit Alcatraz, cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge or hang out in Hollywood. You can go designer shopping in Palm Springs and take a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon. This trip also allows you to see the spectacular rock formations in Yosemite National Park. This 13 night trip includes flights, car hire, 2 nights Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and San Francisco, 1 night in Palm Springs, Phoenix, Grand Canyon, Death Valley, Yosemite, Monterey and Ventura. You will also receive a welcome kit with maps and a day-today itinerary. Add on extra nights or make the trip shorter by flying home from San Francisco. Like all of these road trips, Tropical Sky can tailor make an itinerary to suit you.

Price from €2059 – click here for more details.

 

 

 

22 Night, Grand New Zealand Road Trip

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Spend over three weeks exploring the islands of New Zealand on this once in a life time road trip! Explore the vibrant city of Auckland before setting off to to see the magnificent Bay of Islands. Travel through the wilderness of Waipoua Forest and Rotorua, the heart of Maori culture. Marvel at the geysers, waterfalls and overall thermal activity and enjoy a traditional Maori dinner. En route to Wellington you can visit the Lord of the Rings territory before taking a scenic boat trip to the South Island. Go whale watching in Kaikoura and enjoy some wine tasting in the Waipara Valley before arriving in Christchurch. Take the Milford Sound Nature Cruise, cutting through the fiords in search of dolphins, seals and penguins. Drive south past wineries, glaciers and breathtaking scenery to the adventure capital of the world, Queenstown, your home for two nights. Skydive, bungee jump, go white water rafting, you name it, it’s in Queenstown. Visit the Franz Josef Glacier before ending your trip on the iconic Tranz Alpine Scenic Train back to Christchurch. The price below includes flights, car hire including insurance, GPS, ferry / terminal fees, motel accommodation and a tour pack with detailed driving instructions, maps and guide books. When you click on the link the price will show at €2699, which is excluding flights. If you wish to add or reduce the number of nights on this itinerary, talk to the staff in Australian Sky and they will tailor make an itinerary to suit you.

Price from €4589 – Click here for more details.

 

 

 

 

11 Night, Melbourne, the Great Ocean Road, Kangaroo Island & Adelaide.

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The Great Ocean Road is no doubt one of the world’s most iconic coastal drives and many say is was the inspiration for our own Wild Atlantic Way. You will begin your journey in the dynamic city of Melbourne where you can soak up Australian city life for three nights before embarking on your road trip.  Your first stop will be Torquay, the surfing capital of Australia before driving onwards to famous Bells Beach and spending a night in Apollo Bay. Drive along the Great Ocean Road to Port Campbell passing the iconic Twelve Apostles and discovering the London Bridge. You can then choose the short route to Robe or choose to drive via the Grampians National Park, both options offering stunning scenery and interesting attractions. Drive along the coast to Coorong National Park past Lake Alexandria and Lake Albert before arriving at the seaside town, Victor Harbour. Walk across the Causeway and explore Granite Island. Take the car ferry to the unique Kangaroo Island and enjoy two days with the native kangaroos, koalas and sea lions! You will finish your journey in Adelaide where you will have two days to explore this city of culture. The price below includes flights, accommodation and car hire but when you click on the link the price will show at €1299, which is excluding flights. If you wish to add on stays in other Australian cities, talk to the staff in Australian Sky and they will tailor make an itinerary to suit you.

 Price from €2299 – click here for more details.

 

This post was sponsored by Tropical Sky but all views, as always, are my own.
 

 

 

Like long haul travel ? See more here.

 

Sarah

The Travel Expert

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