Canadian Pioneer

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Follow the trade routes of the Native Americans and early settlers of the New World through Eastern Canada and New England. This leisurely tour visits traditional fishing villages, back-wood towns and thriving cities, all rich in colonial history - relive the spirit of the pioneering past in a memorable two-week trek.

Itinerary

Day 1, New York Area & Finger Lakes

Head off through New York State to the scenic Finger Lakes region. Visit the local wineries upstate or take a dip in those cool waters, then settle in to camp under the stars. Accommodation: Camping included

Day 2, Niagara Falls/Toronto

Reaching the Canadian border, witness one of North America's best known natural attractions, Niagara Falls. Boy, are those pounding cascades easy on the eye and mighty on the ear. An extreme close-up from the Maid of the Mist tour delivers sensory overload and a heap of spray. Accommodation: Camping included

Day 3, Toronto

The native Hurons called this spot 'Toronto' or 'meeting place'. It still is, with over 70 nationalities mingling to vibrant effect. Pick up tasty tidbits at St Lawrence market, survey the head-spinning views from CN Tower, and follow your ears around the stomping music scene to soak up the multicultural buzz. Accommodation: Camping included

Day 4-5, Algonquin Provincial Park

Out in the pristine Ontario wilds, set off on an unforgettable included wilderness canoe trip in the province's largest and best known parks. In true Canadian Pioneer spirit, portage paths connect the thousands of possible canoe routes to be taken. Listen for the 'laughter' of loons and howling wolves in the distance. Accommodation: Camping included

Day 6, Ottawa

In Canada's capital, watch the changing of the guard, wander through Sparks Street Mall, the Rideau Centre and Sussex Street. Or admire the outdoor vibe in this capital cities many green spaces as you munch on deep fried dough snacks known as beaver tails! Accommodation: Camping included

Day 7-8, Montreal

A true cultural mix is next on the agenda when visiting Montreal - the second largest city in Canada. Feel the charm of this 'European style' city with a kicking summer festival season, French culture and narrow lanes choc-a-block with quirky cafes and great shopping is the goods! For the adventure seekers why not rip it up across Lachine Rapids by high-powered jet boat. Accommodation: En-route hotels paid locally

Day 9-10, Quebec City

Explore the streets of North America's only surviving walled city and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Get snap happy around the Old Town, fuelled by warm pastries or lip-smacking local cheeses. Parlez-vous francais? Accommodation: Camping included

Day 11-12, Acadia National Park

Leaving Canada, we're back on US soil and heading to the only national park in New England, Acadia. It's crying out for trekking or mountain biking. If you're more of a water baby, sea kayak your way around scenic hidden coves. Accommodation: Camping included

Day 13, New England

Sensational New England countryside provides the scene for your penultimate night of excited campfire chatter. Enjoy fresh lobster and visit the best of Freeport's outlet shops for some great deals. Accommodation: Camping included

Day 14, New York Area

We zip through Massachusetts and Connecticut en-route to the New York area and the end of our pioneering adventure. This tour is not scheduled to spend any time in New York City so make sure you book extra hotel nights and explore the sights and sounds of the Big Apple on your own. Splurge along Fifth Ave, hit the top of the Empire State Building, or soak up the trendy, laidback vibe of Greenwich Village before heading home. Tour ends at approx 17:00 hrs in New York Area on day 14. Note: This tour may operate in either direction!

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