Feel the wind in your hair and the fresh air fill your lungs as you drive 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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Meet your driver for a private airport transfer.
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.
Consider renting a bike for the afternoon and seeing the city and surrounds on two wheels. Ottawa is criss-crossed by hundreds of kilometers of recreational pathways that are perfectly suited for biking. (They may also be used for walking, in-line skating and other non-motorized modes of transport). These recreational pathways include a variety of scenic routes along the Ottawa and Rideau Rivers, along the UNESCO World Heritage Site-Rideau Canal, and venturing into the province of Quebec and the forests of Gatineau Park. If you feel like doing an organised tour, consider a tour to Victoria Island where you can learn about the aboriginal people, enjoy a BBQ lunch, participate in a traditional pow wow dance, and/or make your own aboriginal art work. Please speak to your Sales Advisor if any of this is of interest to you.
Enjoy a commented city tour of Ottawa and afterwards meet the majestic horses and be charmed by their beauty and friendly temperaments. Tour the stables where the training begins. Stop by the Riding School and see the challenging and mesmerizing choreography. Then, you will visit the Farrier Station, an age old tradition, walk through the tack room and then see the stately carriages use in royal escorts of her Majesty the Queen. Browse through the Mountie shops offering a variety of unique, quality Mountie collectables. Take home a keepsake of this proud Canadian heritage.
Sail the Ottawa river on this chared boat cruise. The cruise offers you the view of the city as well as its major attractions, including sightseeing of Parliament Hill, Museum of Civilization, Rideau Falls and more!
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.
After being picked up from your hotel, you will be brought to the 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, walk to the bussling Byward Market where you will get to interact with some of the stall owners. Enjoy all the gourmet delights, pick up a few things for lunch or opt to have lunch in one of the many restaurants close by.
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 returned to your hotel.
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.
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