Celebrate the Sesquicentennial of our neighbor to the North
- 2 nights Ottawa, Canada’s Capital City
- See the House of Parliament, Changing of the Guard and Northern Lights
- 3 nights Québec City during Rendez-vous 2017
- Québec City tour, riverfront festival and fireworks!
- Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré and Montmorency Falls
- Montréal’s Notre-Dame and Biodome
This vacation requires a valid passport!
Away to Ottawa, Canada’s understated Capital City. Our historic accommodations are well-located in the heart of downtown and the shadow of Parliament Hill. Lord Elgin Hotel – 2 nights (D)
Take a comprehensive tour around Ottawa including a chance to visit the House of Parliament both inside and out, the latter during the impressive Changing of the Guard ceremony. After lunch, the Canadian Museum of History offers you an interesting look at milestones in the country’s 150 years of confederation. After dark don’t miss Northern Lights, a spectacular sound and light show broadcast on Parliament’s striking façade. (FB,L)
Explore the Canadian countryside as you train across la belle province, arriving in Québec City in the late afternoon. You’re just in time for dinner and entertainment at a real sugar shack, Erabliére le Chemin du Roy – a meal fit for a king! Hilton Hotel Québec – 3 nights (FB,D)
Perhaps the country’s most impressive birthday celebration is Rendez-vous 2017, a Tall Ships Regatta on the St. Lawrence River, and you’ll be there for the spectacle as 40 ships with a combined crew of over 3,000 converge upon the province! Tour the city in the morning, ending with lunch served within the hallowed walls of the Hôtel du Parliament (Québec’s national assembly building). Explore visiting ships and a festival atmosphere along the river to complete your day. (FB,L)
The Cathedral of Sainte-Anne-deBeaupré and majestic Montmorency Falls sit along the St. Lawrence, only a short distance from Québec. Visit the holy shrine, then have lunch with a view high above the falls – reached by cable car, no less! You’ll also visit the Copper Art Studio showcasing the work of artist Albert Gilles, whose masterpieces are the doors and altar ornaments you saw at Ste. Anne. A family member will be there to help you craft an objet d’art of your own. Back in Québec, return to the river in the evening for the spectacular musical fireworks show. (FB,L)
A scenic drive along the St. Lawrence takes you to Québec’s most populous and cosmopolitan city, Montréal. Holy sites, Olympic venues, history and culture – all with a decidedly French flair – are yours to discover on an afternoon sightseeing tour. The interior of Notre-Dame Basilica is breathtaking. Your farewell dinner offers up a final taste of gastronomie canadienne-française. Hotel Le Germain (FB,D)
Montréal hosted the Summer Olympic Games in 1976. The venue constructed to house the cycling events is now the Biodome. To call it a mere greenhouse or even a zoo would be an understatement! The Biodome leads you through four distinct ecosystems complete with animals and marine life – the perfect place to end a perfect Canadian adventure. (FB)
Featuring Tioga Pass and Bodie State Historical Park
Featuring covered, reserved seating for the Grand Floral Parade
First offered as a holiday excursion in 2013, it has been often requested by our Christmas crowd ever since, so we are pleased to bring A Coos Bay Christmas back for a return engagement.
This is an all-coach trip. Travel north to Ashland/Medford the first day. There’s a lunch break in Redding and tonight you’ll partake in the annual Christmas Feast at the Winchester Inn. The six-course meal comes with carolers and costumed staff.
The next morning (Christmas Eve), before departing for the coast, make an early morning visit to Harry & David’s. As is our Christmas shopping tradition, we have negotiated a little gift card to get you started on your expedition. Travel to the coast, stopping in Bandon at Washed Ashore, a most unique place that makes art out of ocean trash. At Cranberry Sweets, your sponsored-shopping activities continue. Finish the day at The Mill Casino/Hotel in Coos Bay. Dinner tonight is a Crab Fest (other options available), as the Dungeness season will have just started.
Christmas Day brings our legendary White Elephant Gift Exchange, an ecological tour of the area and a visit to Shore Acres State Park. Not only is there an interesting story, there is a wonderful display of Christmas lights. A holiday feast is planned.
The trip home takes you down the Oregon Coast, with shopping stops at Misty Meadows Jams and the House of Myrtlewood. Spend the night in Eureka and head home through the redwoods.
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