Feel the wind in your hair and the fresh air fill your lungs as you cycle alongside the magnificent Ottawa River where elegant 19th-century architecture is punctuated with peaceful ponds and serene woodlands.
Discover the many faces of Ottawa on this immersive all-round trip that presents an eclectic mix of cultural, culinary, adventure and wellness activities as you fall in love with Canada’s vibrant capital city. Take a private tour of the Canadian Museum of Civilization for an interactive journey through 1,000 years of the country’s history; watch Parliament House become illuminated with the stories of Canada in a spectacular evening lights show; witness a changing-of-the-guard ceremony at the Neo-gothic center of government; interact with the colorful stallholders at bustling Byward market; find the thrills you seek on a white water rafting experience on the Ottawa River; and see the city on two wheels as you cycle around Ottawa’s vast network of bike paths.
Your experienced team of knowledgeable local guides and private drivers provide an insightful view of Ottawa’s past and present as you watch, taste and feel everything that makes this city great. From picturesque Ottawa River vistas to elegant classical architecture, this is a place to connect with the cultural, historic and political soul of Canada. And you’ll feel like a truly honored guest as you are treated like royalty in your historic city chateau.
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After being picked up from the airport, your private vehicle and driver will bring you to your hotel in Ottawa and after you have checked in, you will be brought to the Canadian Museum of Civilisation.
You will be provided with a pre-departure package which will include all necessary information that you will need for your trip including materials such as vouchers, maps, train tickets (if relevant) etc.
Visit the Canadian Museum of Civilization which is nestled on the shores of the Ottawa river where you will be treated to a private tour. This is Canada's most visited museum and traces 1,000 years of Canada's history and features special exhibitions. Watch a 3-D show in the onsite IMAX theatre before being tansferred to your hotel.
Experience the story of Canada — as told through music, spectacular lighting effects and stunning giant image projections on the Parliament Buildings. Share the songs, poems, stories and visions that highlight the many cultural and technological achievements of the country. The free, bilingual show, entitled Canada: The Spirit of a Country, illuminates Parliament Hill twice nightly.
Fairmont Château Laurier (4*) is a reflection of the confidence, dignity and style of Ottawa. It stands as a testament to this dynamic and thriving city. Located in the heart of Canada's capital next door to the Parliament Buildings, the hotel is a magnificent limestone edifice with turrets and masonry reminiscent of a French château. The Rideau Canal offers miles of bicycle and inline skating paths and the world's longest skating rink just outside the door. The nearby Gatineau Hills offer great hiking, biking and canoeing, and in the winter, cross-country ski trails and excellent downhill thrills. With Winterlude, the Tulip Festival and countless other festivals, Ottawa is a flurry of activity year round. Once the wealth of sights has been taken in, drop by the Health Club or satisfy your appetite at one of the superb restaurants.
After being picked up from your hotel, you will be brought to Parliament buildings for a private guided visit of the premises. The buildings are a fine example of Neo-Gothic architecture. Before entering the buildings, view the spectacle of the changing of the guards (10am) - a Canadian tradition at its most colorful! After seeing the interior of where state decisions are made, you will be brought to the bussling Byward market where you will get to interact with some of the stall owners. Enjoy wandering around perusing all of the gourmet delights on offer and pick up a few things for lunch or opt to have lunch in one of the many restaurants close by.
Consider immersing yourself in the vibrant culinary scene in Ottawa. There are often demonstration classes, cooking classes, hands-on classes and tutored wine tastings happening in various places in the city. Please speak to your Sales Advisor if you are interested in doing something of this nature during your stay in Ottawa.
A vehicle, driver and guide are at your disposal for the day today.
Whether you are a first time rafter or a whitewater enthusiast you are sure to enjoy a day on the water rafting at a level that you are comfortable with. On your excursion, you will be accompanied by a guide. There are two channels of the world famous Rocher Fendu rapids of the Ottawa River, that range from the gentle Class I – II rapids to the adrenaline rush of Class III – V rapids.
Enjoy an active day doing one of the locals favourite pastimes - hop on a bike and explore the city and surroundings by taking advantage of the extensive cycle lanes! Many different routes are available - choose from;
- The Rideau Canal - an easy pathway ride along both sides of the Rideau Canal with turnaround at Hartwell Locks.
- Ottawa River - a shorter but more hilly route following Confederation Boulevard and the magnificent Ottawa River.
- Rockcliffe - a unique opportunity to visit the diplomatic residences of Canada's capital with wonderful Ottawa River vistas.
- Gatineau Park - a magnificient bike path route from downtown via Lac Leamy passing ponds and woods.
You can choose between doing this with a private guide, on a shared basis or independently - just speak to your Sales Advisor to let them know what your preference is.
Transfer using a local taxi. Please note that this is not included in trip price and is payable locally.
Experience a decadent Signature Spa manicure and Pedicure with hot stone foot massage and reflexology. While your pretty nails are drying, you can relax in the Orchid Lounge, overlooking the Rideau and Sussex streetscapes and dining from a Tapas Tasting Menu. Choose 3 tantalizing Tapas plates with 3 perfectly paired wines for the ultimate tasting experience. Then it’s off to a professional Makeup Application with Jane Iredale Mineral Makeup and a Wash and Style in our Hair Design Studio. Sex and the City look out!
Enjoy the freedom and flexibility of having a car, driver and guide at your disposal for half of the day.
The Morrisons ,
December 19, 2011
"The trip was fantastic - a real learning experience! Our hotel was excellent and our guide extremely knowledgable and bubbly. Thank you so much for organizing everything so perfectly!"
Ms. Waddell ,
December 19, 2011
"Thank you so much for organizing everything so perfectly!"
April 24, 2012
"We had a great time on our Master's trip a few weeks ago. It was a thrill to see the final round at Augusta, and what an exciting finish! "
catalina Brau ,
May 31, 2011
"I would travel with your Co. again without hesitation, all the arrengement were done in a very professional manner. Thank you very much."
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