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Alaska by road, rail and ferry

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The State of Alaska is the largest in the United States, and this itinerary offers an adventure into this vast and wonderful wilderness. Having few paved roads, the route follows a loop using road, rail and ferry. Start and finish in Anchorage on this adventure in Alaska.

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Alaska by road, rail and ferry

The State of Alaska is the largest in the United States, and this itinerary offers an adventure into this vast and wonderful wilderness. Having few paved roads, the route follows a loop using road, rail and ferry.

Day 1: Anchorage
Day 3: Homer (Kenai Peninsula)
Day 6: Homer to Seward
Day 9: Valdez
Day 10: Copper Centre
Day 12: Fairbanks
Day 14: Denali
Day 16: Anchorage
Day 17: Depart Anchorage

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The State of Alaska is the largest in the United States, and this itinerary offers an adventure into this vast and wonderful wilderness. Having few paved roads, the route follows a loop using road, rail and ferry.

Day 1: Anchorage
Fly to Anchorage for a two night stay.
2 nights in Anchorage.

Day 3: Homer (Kenai Peninsula)
Drive along the Cook Inlet – pods of Beluga Whales are often spotted here. A stop off at Mount Alyeska is well worthwhile. Then drive on to Homer on the Kenai Peninsula. Homer has great halibut fishing.
3 nights in Homer.

Day 6: Homer to Seward
Follow the Peninsula northeast today to Seward. Seward is located on the beautiful Resurrection Bay and is the gateway to the Kenai Fjords National Park. The Alaska Sealife Centre is a major attraction here.
3 nights in Seward

Day 9: Valdez
Drive through the Toll Tunnel before arriving at the little port of Whittier. From here, take the ferry across beautiful Prince William Sound to Valdez.
1 night in Valdez

Day 10: Copper Centre
Drive to Copper Centre, 14 miles south of Glenallen on the old Richardson Highway. The Wrangell Mountains are to the east.
2 nights in Copper Centre

Day 12: Fairbanks
Follow the Richardson Highway, bringing you to Fairbanks and the gateway to the Arctic Circle.
2 nights in Fairbanks

Day 14: Denali
Take the train this morning to Denali. Denali National Park has North America’s highest mountain – Mount McKinley. Stay either outside the Park, or take the transfer to Kantishna and have two or three nights at the Denali Back Country Lodge.
2 nights

Day 16: Anchorage
Take the train south to Anchorage for an overnight stay.
1 night in Anchorage

Day 17: Depart Anchorage
Return home or perhaps join an Inside Passage cruise southbound to Vancouver.

Denali Wonder Lake

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Katchemak Bay - kayaking

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Alaska coast

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***This is the land of the mid-night sun.  Plan your journey for mid-summer and take a light aircraft flight into the Arctic Circle to experience 24 hour daylight***

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Western Canada Fly Drive

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Think of Western Canada and the Rocky Mountains will probably spring to mind, but take a self drive tour between Calgary and Vancouver, in either direction, and you’ll soon realise that there is a lot more than simply the Rocky Mountains. Explore the Canadian Rockies on this tailor made itinerary.

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Western Canada Fly Drive

Think of Western Canada and the Rocky Mountains will probably spring to mind, but take a self drive tour between Calgary and Vancouver, in either direction, and you’ll soon realise that there is a lot more than simply the Rocky Mountains.  Western Canada has so much to offer, from its world class ski resorts for winter visitors to hiking, kayaking and other outdoor activities in the many National Parks.  The Parks offer numerous walking trails for both keen hikers and those preferring a casual stroll and a quick call in to the Visitor Centre will provide you with maps and ideas and possibly the opportunity to join Ranger lead programmes.

Day 1: Calgary
Day 2: Banff
Day 5: Jasper
Day 8: Wells Gray Park
Day 10: Whistler
Day 11: Vancouver
Day 14: Depart Vancouver

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This is just one idea for exploring the Canadian Rockies states of Alberta and British Columbia. As with all our itineraries this can be adapted to your exact requirements and to fit your budget.

Day 1: Calgary
Arrive at Calgary Airport and take either the Airport Shuttle bus or taxi into the city.
One night Calgary

Day 2: Banff
Pick up your hire car this morning and head west along the Bow Valley Parkway to Banff. Explore Banff National Park. You are now in the heart of the Rockies and for spectacular views of Banff and the surrounding area, take a gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain. Also visit Bow Falls and Johnston Canyon. Take a day trip across the Great Divide for a visit to the spectacular (and often overlooked) Yoho National Park.
Three nights Banff

Day 5: Jasper
Head north to Jasper along one of the most scenic drives in North America; The Icefields Parkway. Stop en route at the Columbia Icefield for a ride in the huge Ice Explorer on to the Athabasca Glacier. Jasper National Park offers a wide choice of stunning sightseeing drives, visit Maligne Canyon, take a cruise on Lake Maligne, one of the most photographed lakes in the world or enjoy a rafting trip down the Athabasca River.
Three nights in Jasper

Day 8: Wells Gray Park
Leave Jasper and take the scenic Yellowhead Highway past mighty Mount Robson, the tallest peak in the Rockies. Follow the Thompson River to Wells Gray Provincial Park. A full day to explore this wonderful park where leaping salmon, bears and moose are often spotted. Visit Helmcken Falls; the drop is deeper drop than Niagara. Hire canoes or take a guided boat tour deep into the park.
Two nights Wells Gray Park

Day 10: Whistler
Drive to Whistler for an overnight stay. Whistler is a popular ski resort. The chair lifts are open year-round making this a popular summer destination for mountain bikers and hiker.
One night Whistler.

Day 11: Vancouver
Today take the scenic drive along the Cheekamus River by Mt Garibaldi and the logging town of Squamish and on to Vancouver. Before entering the city take a detour to Grouse Mountain and the Capilano Suspension Bridge. Cross the Lions Gate Bridge into the city through the famous Stanley Park. Drop your car at the downtown depot. You will have two full days to explore this vibrant and beautiful city. Take the all-day Trolley tour; a hop-on hop-off tour of the city covering all the major attractions, you can spend as much or as little time on this as you please! It’s a great way to see the city at your own pace. Take in some last minute shopping or a day trip across to Victoria; the Butchart Gardens are a must-see. Take a whale watching trip through the spectacular Gulf and San Juan Islands; during the season you are almost guaranteed a sighting of the resident Orca whales.
Three nights Vancouver

Day 14: Depart Vancouver

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Well Gray Provincial Park is a true gem.  Visit in the early part of the season and you will be rewarded by carpets of Alpine flowers as the winter snows melt and the fresh young shoots appear.  This can also be a good time to spot black bear as they emerge from their winter hibernation and feed on the juicy young growth.

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Ontario in Summer

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Known for the cosmopolitan city of Toronto and stunning Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada has far more to offer as this itinerary demonstrates:

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Ontario in Summer

Day 1: Arrive Toronto
Day 4: Kingston
Day 6: Ottawa
Day 8: Huntsville
Day 12: Blue Mountain Resort
Day 14: Depart Toronto

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This is just one idea for a 2 week self drive holiday around the beautiful Province of Ontario in Canada. This can be adapted to suit your exact requirements and links well to its neighbour Quebec province. Ontario also has a good rail network and some of this holiday can be achieved by rail. Call us for more ideas

Day 1: Arrive Toronto
Fine shops, rivalling those of New York, and fantastic restaurants await. Spend time on Toronto’s waterfront, take a leisurely boat cruise and visit the many sights that this vibrant city has to offer, climb the CN tower and brave the ‘Edge Walk’… Take a day tour to see the magnificent Niagara Falls and include a boat trip on the famous ‘Maid of the Mist.
Three nights Toronto
As an alternative, why not pick up you hire car a day earlier, drive to the Falls, then spend a night in Niagara-on-the-Lake?

Day 4: Kingston
Collect a hire car and drive west to historical Kingston. Meander along the waterfront admiring Kingston’s architecture and explore the 1000 islands on a boat tour. Drive, walk or cycle the beautiful 1000 Islands Parkway.
Two nights Kingston

Day 6: Ottawa
Drive northwards to Canada’s capital city, Ottawa. Watch the familiar sight of the ‘Changing of the Guards Ceremony’ outside the Parliament Buildings and walk or cycle along the banks of the Rideau Canal (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Visit Byward Market, a centre for fashion, music, art and tourist sights.
Two nights Ottawa

Day 8: Huntsville
Head west to the Muskoka Lakes region, an area full of wonderful lakes and fantastic scenery. Take scenic drives and explore Algonquin Provincial Park, a wilderness park and home to wildlife such as the illusive Moose.
Four nights Huntsville

You may consider adding in a true wilderness adventure here with opportunities for canoeing and hiking – camp or stay in a log cabin in the heart of Algonquin

Day 12: Blue Mountain Resort
Drive south to Blue Mountain Resort. A ski resort during the winter months, in the summer the resort offers a wide range of activities including mountain biking, hiking and tennis. Or take a short drive down to the resort’s own private beach on the shores of beautiful Georgian Bay – relax on the sandy beach or paddle along the peaceful shoreline.
Two nights Blue Mountain Resort

Day 14: Depart Toronto
Drive back to Toronto where you will drop off you hire car in time to check in for your return or onward travel arrangements.
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Algonquin Provincal Park

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Niagara on the Lake is a step away from the cosmopolitan life of the town at Niagara Falls.  You’ll need a car to reach it as it is not on the public transport network, but as a base to explore the falls, it is superb.

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‘I was not sure what to expect from Niagara Falls – a magnificent natural feature, or a huge commercialised resort.  Whilst the commercialised resort is there, it does not detract from the beauty and magnificence of the Falls themselves.  We got totally soaked on our boat trip, but it was worth it!’

Canada Rail Adventures

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Canada is home of several spectacular rail journey’s which can easily be combined with a self-drive or escorted holiday. Rocky Mountaineer is almost a household name, but don’t forget Via Rail Canada’s famous ‘The Canadian’ trans-Canada route, or the lesser-known Skeena, a wonderful way to see Canada from a different angle – letting the train take the strain. Canada rail adventures – a good way to get around Eastern Canada with excellent rail connections between the major cities.

Experience the ingenious Spiral Tunnels – inspired by the dangerous gradients of the Rocky Mountains – the railway’s played a major role in the pioneering exploration of Western Canada, and not so very long ago…

Canada rail adventures

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Canada rail adventures

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Canada rail adventures

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Queensland Spirit of the Outback Train

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An itinerary providing a chance to explore the remote outback of Queensland.

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Queensland Spirit of the Outback Train

Getting out into the Outback is something many people want to achieve during their holiday to Australia.  Taking the train to this remote part of Queensland is one way to achieve this.

Day 1: Brisbane
Day 3: Spirit of the Outback
Day 4: Longreach
Day 7: Winton
Day 9: Longreach

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 Queensland is home to a vast outback region, where the fascinating history of pioneering Australia can be discovered, and where that history goes way back to a time to when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Stay on a working cattle station, and round up stock, or explore the Qantas Founders Museum.

What better way to travel there than in the comfort of the Spirit of the Outback train – this itinerary idea is just one way in which you can incorporate the train journey into your exploration of the region…

Day 1: Brisbane
Arrive into Brisbane today for a two-night stay. Dissected by the Brisbane River, this city is an eclectic mix of culture, shopping and the laidback lifestyle that epitomises Queensland. Take a riverfront walk, enjoy a sight-seeing cruise, climb the Story Bridge – one of only three bridge climbs in the world, shop at the Queen Street Mall, take a tour of the XXXX Brewery or relax on the man-made beach and lagoon at the South Bank Parklands – a city centre haven.

Day 3: Spirit of the Outback
Today, board the Spirit of the Outback train in Brisbane for the overnight journey to the outback. Choose between sleeper accommodation and economy class seating, sit back and enjoy the scenery as you travel north to Rockhampton before heading inland to the outback. Learn of local legends and stories from the pioneer days, and mingle with the locals for which the rail service is a lifeline.

Day 4: Longreach
The journey continues today, as you head further and further inland until you arrive at the town of Longreach. Spend three nights here, and visit a working cattle station, explore the historic towns of Barcaldine and Ilfracombe and wander the Qantas Founders Museum and the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame.

Day 7: Winton
Head to Winton today, for a two night stay. Winton is the gateway to Lark Quarry Conservation Park, which is the site of the only recorded dinosaur stampede on earth. There are more than 3300 fossilised footprints from approximately 95 million years ago, and the unique experience offered here gives you a chance to learn the story of the stampede, and the efforts to preserve this incredible site.

Day 9: Longreach
Return to Longreach today for the onward journey away from the outback, either by air or rail.

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It is difficult to imagine the time when dinosaurs roamed our earth, but a visit to Winton will confirm that dinosaurs were definitely here long before we set foot on the planet.

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Pacific Coast

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Travel the west coast between Seattle and Los Angeles on this itinerary.

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Pacific Coast

A diverse coastline of rugged headlands, giant trees and expansive beaches…

Day 1: Seattle
Day 3: Olympic Peninsular
Day 5: Astoria
Day 6: Oregon Coastline
Day 8: Northern California Coast
Day 9: San Francisco
Day 11: The California Coast from San Francisco to Los Angeles
Day 14: Los Angeles

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A diverse coastline of rugged headlands, giant trees and expansive beaches, this itinerary takes you from north to south through west coast USA.  There are many opportunities to add to or amend this itinerary, for example, returning north using Amtrak’s Coast Starlight train. 

Day 1: Seattle
Fly from London to Seattle. At least 2 nights here to rest after your flights and explore this great city.
Seattle 2 nights

Day 3: Olympic Peninsular
Pick up your hire car then start your journey with a ferry across to the Olympic Peninsular. Drive along the Straits of Juan de Fuca where glimpses of diving eagles, gray whales, sea otters are common. Walk, kayak or explore the wild shoreline and forests. Explore rain forest valleys, glacier-capped peaks and a stunning variety of plants and animals.
Olympic National Park 2 nights

Day 5: Astoria
Head south crossing the Columbia River into Oregon.
Astoria 1 night
If time allows then it well worth spending a couple of days in the wonderful city of Portland and the surrounding area. Explore the Columbia River (last leg of the Lewis and Clark Expedition) and the Mount Hood area – waterfalls, magnificent overlooks, wild flowers, wild rivers…

Day 6: Oregon Coastline
Stretching over 350 miles, the Oregon section of Pacific Coast Scenic should not be rushed. Allow yourself at least 2 days to enjoy the amazing scenery. Endless beaches, with wind-sculpted dunes, waterfalls cascading over rugged cliffs, charming small towns, dramatic overlooks, historic bridges, lighthouses and estuaries teeming with wildlife. Overnight stop half way down Florence before heading into Northern California

Day 8: Northern California Coast
Continue your drive south taking time to visit Humboldt Redwood State Park – drive along the Avenue of the Giants looking for wildlife – deer, bear, foxes and osprey can be seen here. Overnight in Marin County, home to the giant redwoods in Muir Woods and the picturesque waterfront village of Sausalito. More time? – why not take a detour to the Napa Valley.

Day 9: San Francisco
Over the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco – at least 2 nights here; take a city tour, ride the cable cars, cruise around the harbour, visit Alcatraz, museums, art galleries, Chinatown…
San Francisco 2 nights

Day 11: The California Coast from San Francisco to Los Angeles
The drive from San Francisco to LA along the old coastal road, the Cabrillo Highway, is gorgeous and not be rushed. Here we suggest 3 overnight stops en route (take longer if you can) First stop Monterey, a fascinating town with a lively Fisherman’s Wharf – home to the acclaimed Monterey Bay Aquarium and Cannery Row (made famous by John Steinbeck). The famous 17-mile drive from Monterey to Carmel winds through pine forests and along the rocky shoreline where many bird species and sea lions may be viewed. South of Carmel, Highway 101 passes though the spectacular Big Sur area before dropping down to San Simeon. On the approach to San Simeon, stop off at the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Colony. In San Simeon, take time to visit Hearst Castle, a magnificent house built on a mountainside by the newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst. A night in this area is recommended. Then continue on along the San Luis Obispo North Coast Byway before perhaps an overnight stop at the delightful and vibrant town of Santa Barbara

Day 14: Los Angeles
Continue to LA for a day or two in this exciting city before heading home. If time allows a few days relaxation on a Southern Californian beach may be welcome at the end of your trip.

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The Olympic Peninsular was the setting for the Twilight series of books.  For enthusiasts of these books, many local names will appear familiar.

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Western Canada the Escorted Way

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Independent travelling using a network of tourist trains and buses.

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Western Canada the Escorted Way

For those who prefer not to drive this is just one suggestion for an alternative way to explore the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. 

Day 1: Vancouver

Day 4: Whistler
Days 5: Jasper via Quesnel
Day 8: Lake Louise
Day 11: Banff
Day 14: Depart Calgary

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Description

A self drive holiday is not for everyone – and many do not relish the idea of an escorted coach tour!   Escorted coach tours have their place, but do rely on the customer fitting with set tour dates and having little flexibility to plan their holiday as they would like it to be.   There is an alternative that is tailor-made to you using a network of regular tourist buses and trains. It is tried and tested by many Experience Holidays customers and it works well!

Day 1: Vancouver
Fly to Vancouver; visit the Capilano Suspension Bridge, the famous Stanley Park and Grouse Mountain. The all-day Trolley tour is a hop-on – hop-off tour of the city covering all the major attractions, spend as much or as little time on this as you please, it’s a great way to see the city at your own pace. Take the 90-minute ferry ride for a full-day excursion to Victoria on Vancouver Island. The tour includes a stop at the Butchart Gardens plus ample free time to explore the world famous Empress Hotel, the City Centre and attractions around the inner harbour.
Three nights Vancouver

Day 4: Whistler
Experience a trip on Rocky Mountaineer’s Whistler Sea to Sky Climb; a daily 3-hour service to the town of Whistler, nestled between the renowned Blackcomb and Whistler Mountains. Not just a winter ski resort, it is also a hive of activity in the summer, with over 200 shops and restaurants and the ski lifts still operate for some great views over the mountains.
One night Whistler

Days 5: Jasper via Quesnel
Leave Whistler today on Rocky Mountaineer’s Fraser Discovery Route to Jasper, with an overnight stop in Quesnel, a quaint little town situated in the North Cariboo region of British Columbia. In Jasper take a tour including Maligne Lake and Maligne Canyon and the incredible disappearing Medicine Lake.
One night Quesnel, two nights Jasper

Or as an alternative: Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer Yellowhead Route from Vancouver to Jasper via Kamloops. Highlights on day 2 include Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies at 3,954 metres as well as the climb over the Yellowhead Pass into Jasper National Park.

Day 8: Lake Louise
Travel to your next destination on a day excursion via one of the most scenic drives in North America – The Icefields Parkway. En route time is also allowed for the Glacier Experience onboard an Ice Explorer. From Lake Louise take a full day excursion across the Great Divide into the Yoho National Park. Explore the scenic Yoho Valley, Takakkaw Falls and Emerald Lake.
Three nights Lake Louise.

Day 11: Banff
Take the Airporter shuttle transfer to the mountain town of Banff, right in the heart of the Rockies. Take an excursion through Banff and surrounding areas; including a stop at Tunnel Mountain Drive to view the beauty of the town, and the Banff Gondola at Sulphur Mountain (gondola ride not included).
Three nights Banff

Day 14: Depart Calgary
The Airporter service will take you to Calgary International airport for your return flight home.

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In 1886, the small mill town of Granville was renamed Vancouver and the city we see today was born.  Over the coming years, the rickety wooden Granville Street Bridge was replaced with a steel structure, False Creek was dredged and an island was created from the original two sand bars.  The Island soon took its name from the Bridge overhead and became known as Granville Island.  Today, Granville Island is a unique urban oasis and home to the Public Market, many trendy shops and eateries and if you are in Vancouver, you really should take time to visit.

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Two Centre City break: Montreal and Quebec City

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A tale of two cities similar in some ways, worlds apart in others – Montreal and Quebec in Canada – linked by a common theme – the lovely Quebecois people, so proud of their Province, language and personality.

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Two Centre City break: Montreal and Quebec City

Day 1: London to Montréal
Day 4: Montréal to Québec City
Day 7: Québec City to Montréal to London

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The Province of Québec is a province of many enchanting pieces, rather like a jigsaw puzzle – the central part of the puzzle is the mighty St Lawrence as it wends its way from the North Atlantic through to the Great Lakes. Along its shores lie the great cities of Montréal and Québec – and it is these cities that form the basis of most itinerary ideas. A common tongue is where the similarity ends. A two centre city break combines the modern cosmopolitan Montréal, with the romantic old walled city of Québec. Three nights in each, linked by rail or air.

Day 1: London to Montréal
A choice of airline takes you on a direct daily flight from Heathrow; just a short flight, less than 7 hours. Three night stay in the city on arrival.

There are plenty of opportunities to explore with excursions by bus or boat, plus an excellent transport system to get you around the city. Although this is a cosmopolitan city, there are lots of beautiful historic buildings to visit, including the Notre Dame Basilica and Place Jacques Cartier. Wander up to Sherbrooke Street and browse in the designer boutiques, trend-setting art galleries and museums, including the prestigious Museum of Fine Arts in the Museum Quarter. Stroll east and enter Chinatown. Or perhaps take a guided cycle tour of the city – whilst a visit to Atwater Market is a must for gastronomes.
Three nights Montréal

Day 4: Montréal to Québec City
A choice today as you move from Montréal to Québec City. The rail link offers several choices of departure time through the day, and takes approximately 3 hours. Alternatively, return to the airport and take the short internal flight between the cities.

Explore the winding side streets of this UNESCO world heritage site on foot or in a horse-drawn carriage, stroll through its oldest neighbourhoods – Petit Champlain, Place-Royale and the Old Port. The City still retains its French heritage, and has a romantic Parisian feel – and its gourmet reputation is well deserved!

A short distance out of town, and linked by local public transport services, the Montmorency Falls are well worth a visit. For a summer visit, hire a bike, and cycle out on the well maintained cycle ways.

Consider also a visit to Wendake, and immerse yourself in the traditions and contemporary culture of Québec’s only Huron-Wendat community. Perhaps include a whale watching or include an excursion to the Island of Orléans
Three nights Québec City

Day 7: Québec City to Montréal to London
Return to Montréal by rail or air, and connect through on your homeward flight to London – arriving home the following morning.

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Check the schedule, but plan to see the son et lumiere show at the Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal.  Alternatively, check out the schedules for Cirque du Soleil which has its roots in the little town of Baie-St-Paul, a few miles north east of Quebec City on the St Lawrence.

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Queensland by Rail

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For those preferring not to drive, consider travelling by rail from Brisbane to Cairns. Queensland is located on the east coast of Australia, north of New South Wales and is the home of many iconic attractions of Australia including the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday Islands. What better way to explore than by rail.  

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Queensland by Rail

For some, a driving holiday holds no appeal, or perhaps for some parts of your Australian adventure, you prefer to let the train take the strain.  What better way to explore, therefore, than by rail. .

Day 1: Brisbane
Day 3: Maryborough/Fraser Island
Day 6: Gladstone
Day 7: Heron Island
Day 10: Sunlander
Day 11: Proserpine/Airlie Beach, join cruise
Day 14: Airlie Beach
Day 15: Cairns

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Queensland is located on the east coast of Australia, north of New South Wales and is the home of many iconic attractions of Australia including the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday Islands. A diverse state with something for everyone, an itinerary here can combine cities, culture, wildlife, rainforests, hinterland, beautiful coastal resorts, islands and of course the barrier reef.

Day 1: Brisbane
Arrive into Brisbane today for a two-night stay. Dissected by the Brisbane River, this city is an eclectic mix of culture, shopping and the laidback lifestyle that epitomizes Queensland. Take a riverfront walk, enjoy a sight-seeing cruise or climb the Story Bridge – one of only three bridge climbs in the world.

Day 3: Maryborough/Fraser Island
Travel aboard the train today, a rail service that runs parallel to the coast (although you won’t be able to see the coast for much, if any of the journey). From here, you’ll head to the World Heritage listed Fraser Island – the largest sand island in the world. With pristine beaches, lakes and rainforests growing in the sand, a stay on Fraser Island gives you a taste of unspoilt paradise.

Day 6: Gladstone
Return to the rail station today and take the train to Gladstone for an overnight stay. Here, visit the Tondoon Botanic Gardens or enjoy wine tasting at a local winery.

Day 7: Heron Island
Transfer to Heron Island this morning for a three-night stay on this Great Barrier Reef Island. With crystal clear waters, incredible snorkelling and diving opportunities and white sands, a stay here will be a fantastic way to experience the reef.

Day 10: Overnight on the train
Return to the station this evening, and board the train for an overnight journey north to Proserpine.
At this point you could opt instead to take the Spirit of the Outback train, which heads into the interior of Queensland to Longreach. Longreach is home to the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and the Qantas Founders Museum – the Queensland and Northern Territories Aerial Service (Q.A.N.T.A.S) was founded here. From Longreach, one can also visit a working cattle station and visit the historic towns of Barcaldine and Ilfracombe.

Day 11: Proserpine/Airlie Beach, join cruise
Arrive into Proserpine this morning from where you’ll be transferred by coach to Airlie Beach. This is the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands, and today, you’ll board a tall ship for a three-night cruise around these beautiful reef-fringed islands. Whilst onboard you’ll be able to help with the sails, or simply sit back, relax and enjoy yourself. With snorkelling at various anchor points, and diving a possibility, this is a lovely way to explore these islands in style.

Day 14: Airlie Beach
The cruise returns to Airlie Beach today, where you’ll stay overnight, giving you the opportunity to enjoy this popular seaside resort.

Day 15: Cairns
Back to the station early this morning for the onward journey by train to complete the journey north to Cairns.

This itinerary dovetails nicely with Tropical North Queensland if you’d like to explore the area surrounding Cairns.

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From Bargara, in the Bundaberg region, one can access the southern Great Barrier Reef.  An area enjoying level 6 protection (level 3 in the north) the cooler waters make the coral colours more vibrant and the fish bigger.  It is also known for loggerhead turtles.

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Region: Western Canada

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Western Canada – British Columbia and Alberta

Western Canada remains as popular as ever. From the soaring heights of the majestic Canadian Rockies to the magnificent and rugged coastline. Jagged snow-capped peaks piercing the clear blue sky to tranquil lakes, lazy days in breath-taking surroundings or action packed adventure. Wildlife in abundance, grizzly bears, bald eagles and killer whales. Choose from Country Inns, colourful B&B’s, ranches, lodges or larger hotels – self-drive or camper/motorhome, rail or escorted tour. Western Canada is also home to a number of world class ski resorts including Banff, Lake Louise and Whistler, but also lesser known resorts such as Big White, Silverstar and Sun Peaks. Contact us for more information

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Experience Holidays is fully bonded under the Civil Aviation Authority ATOL scheme and is a member of the Worldchoice Consortium.
All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays sold by us on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.caa.co.uk
Book your holiday with confidence, safe in the knowledge that your money is protected and your holiday is in safe hands.

Not all holiday or travel services offered on this website will be protected by the ATOL scheme. Those package arrangements which do not include any flights and therefore not protected by our ATOL are covered by TRIP. See TRIP statement here.