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Costa del Sol, Malaga, Seville and the Algarve by car

Costa del Sol, Malaga, Seville and the Algarve by car

To visit Spain and Portugal is to decide to visit two countries with Arab, Latin and European influences; a compendium of culture, architecture, food and landscape that is sure to have a positive impact on you. From Costa del Sol to the Algarve, via Sevilla, we invite you to take a few days and visit these two magnificent southern European countries at your own pace. Your rental vehicle allows you to take the routes you want, to stop along the way wherever you wish and to discover the places you like. This is the ideal way to personalize your stay and make it as enjoyable as possible.

This itinerary can be adjusted to your personnel needs and preferences.

Highlights

  • Independent tour at your own rhythm
  • Centrally located hotels
  • Discover 2 countries
  • Costa del Sol
  • Seville
  • Algarve
  • Malaga
  • Sun, beach & discovery 
  • Spain’s & Portugal’s rich food culture and famous wines

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Departure from Montreal to Malaga

Arrival in Malaga, welcome and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day free.

Visiting the Costa del Sol will be an opportunity to take a real “road trip” among some of the prettiest cities in southern Spain. Marbella and Malaga with its Moorish fortifications are waiting for you. Some of the classic activities in this area are hiking, diving and afternoons at the beach. We also recommend that you visit the town of Nerja and its wineries, where you will appreciate the presence of old paintings dating back to the Bronze Age.

For an unusual outing, take a half day to discover the Strait of Gibraltar, a busy migratory route for large marine mammals, some of which live in the area while some are just passing through. With a little luck you can witness the presence of sperm whales, orcas and dolphins.
You can also allocate some time to visit the local vineyards, such as Remsamem, Nilva or Bentomiz, where you will learn about local wine production and taste the finished products!

The Costa del Sol is also a veritable paradise for golf enthusiasts with 70 courses, some designed by world renowned architects such as Robert Trent Jones.

In terms of food, you will surely find “shoes that fit” perfectly! Do not miss trying Espeto, sardines on wooden skewers, grilled over high heat on or near the beach. Served with drizzled lemon juice and a glass of white wine, it is a delicious and healthy local snack. The fish is served whole, but it is enough to chew the “meat” off the main backbone, leaving the head and the tip of the tail behind.

Meals: Breakfasts
Overnight in Costa del Sol 

Pick up your rental car and head to the Algarve.Situated in the extreme southern part of Portugal, the region of Algarve is famous for its climate and lovely beaches. The best-known city in this area? Faro. You can also take advantage of driving along the coast to visit Lagos and Portimao.

This region is highly regarded for its hiking routes such as the Rota Vicentina or the Via Algarviana. There are also spots for amateur divers such as Albufeira, open to tourists.

After hiking and diving, take advantage of the area to relax in the sun. For those that love the night life, explore the Vilamoura Marina and sample one of its many restaurants. The days here pass quickly so make sure you don’t miss anything!

Foodies, take advantage of the proximity to the sea to taste the Bulhao Pato (clams in sauce), barbecued sardines and fresh fish and seafood. Also try the Lulas (braised squid), the Polvo (boiled octopus) and the Filetes de Pescada (hake fried in an egg batter).

Main activities in Algarve: Sun, beach, diving, water sports, hiking, visiting Faro, exploring grottos, enjoying the local cuisine.

Meals: Breakfasts
Overnight in the Algarve 

Depart to Seville, a city that you will love. The Andalusian capital enjoys a rich history. With Greek, Phoenician, Carthaginian and Roman influences, it is characterized by its pleasant lifestyle, its famous “siesta” and its culinary and cultural heritage, specific to the region.

Begin your stay in Seville by discovering the Royal Alcazar, a former royal palace combining Moorish, Gothic and Renaissance structural elements, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Continue on to the famous Cathedral of Seville where you will discover sumptuous works of art as well as the tomb of Christopher Columbus.

Among other must-sees on this first day in Seville is a visit of La Giralda, an incredible minaret with 24 bell towers. On the way back down towards the city center, head to the Santa Cruz district, a labyrinth of narrow streets in which yellow, white, red and blue mingle colorfully. If you have some time left, visit the impressive Baroque Palace of San Telmo, built in 1682. It was formerly a university for navigators and is now the seat of the presidency of the Andalusian Autonomous Government.

Main attractions in Sevilla: Royal Alcazar, La Giralda

Meal: Breakfast
Overnight in Seville

Start your second day in Seville by walking through the Maria Luisa Park which will take you straight to Plaza Espana. This is a huge, oval space surrounded by a moat and topped with a long pavilion that features an elaborate design full of imaginative tilework. The Plaza Espana has served as a backdrop for several Hollywood productions including Lawrence of Arabia and Star Wars: Attack of the Clones.

In the afternoon, head to the Metropol Parasol, an interesting and amusing building with an unusual shape which claims to be the largest wooden structure in the world. You can buy a ticket for 3 Euros and walk along the summit to admire the view from its panoramic terraces. Conclude your day with a visit to the Real Maestranza, the Royal Bullring, the site of one of the best-known bullfighting festivals in the world. Bullfighting is subject of much debate, but this is a good place to learn about Andalusian history and tradition.

Regarding local places to eat, Casa Morales is an institution where tapas are a must. Melting carillada (braised pork cheek), albondigas (meatballs) and croquetas (fried croquettes stuffed with ham and cheese) are recommended. El Rinconcillo, where you can taste typical Sevillian tapas such as espinacas con garbanzos (spinach with chickpeas) is a tavern that is worth trying. Bodeguita Romero and Bodega Santa Cruz are also highly recommended, especially for the quality of their dishes but also their wines, which often come from Jerez, a nearby town.

Main attractions in Seville: Maria Luisa Park, Plaza Espana, Metropol Parasol.

Meal: Breakfast
Overnight in Seville

Drive to Malaga. Founded in the Phoenician period, in 800 BC, Malaga later passed under Roman influence, as can be seen from the presence of an ancient theatre. A commercial city whose port made its reputation, Malaga is today a tourist hotspot in Andalusia with many sites to discover.
It would be unthinkable to miss exploring the sumptuous cathedral, but what may surprise you the most is the Alcazaba, a complex of Moorish and Roman foundations where you will find the ancient theatre. Then take time to climb up Mount Gibralfaro from where you have a splendid view of the city.
Back down in the city center, pass through Muelle Uno, a chic square in the city, facing the sea. There are also several museums to explore: the Picasso Museum, the Malaga Contemporary Arts Centre, and the Malaga Museum.

From a culinary point of view, you will end your stay in Spain in style! El Tintero is an establishment not to be missed if you love fresh fish and seafood. El Pimpi is a tapas restaurant that mixes excellent wines with complete fresh meals (we recommend the anchovies with vinegar). For a more rustic experience, choose La Alacena de Francis.

Meal: Breakfast
Overnight in Costa del Sol 

Drop off your rental vehicle at Malaga airport. Return flight to Montreal.

Meal: Breakfast 

Spain
Spain
Mercado de la Ribera, Bilbo, Bizkaia, Spain

DATES

Daily departures

INCLUSIONS

This trip includes:

  • Return flights from Montreal/Malaga
  • Transfer from Malaga airport to the hotel
  • 13 nights in double occupancy in a standard room, hotels according to the chosen category
  • 13 breakfasts
  • 9 days car rental category ‘C’ including unlimited mileage, CDW & TP insurances, local taxes
  • Airport taxes

This trip does not include:

  • Any activities, tours or entrance fees to monuments
  • Car rental’s compulsory insurance and other additional services such as deductible insurance, rental of a GPS, second driver, a full tank is required when the vehicle is returned etc.
  • Parking, tolls, fuel & fines
  • Items of personal nature such as mini-bar, safety-box, wi-fi etc.
  • Tips and baggage handling at airports/hotels
  • Spain’s & Portugal’s tourist tax
  • All types of travel or personal insurance
  • PCR tests
  • Anything not stated explicitly in the inclusions
  • Contribution to the Compensation Fund for Customers of Travel Agents: 3.50$ per 1000$

Featured Hotels

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Costa del Sol Sol Don Pedro 4*
Algarve Santa Catarina 3*
Seville Sevilla Center 4*

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Costa del Sol Sol Don Marco 4*
Algarve Pestana Dom Joao II 4*
Seville Petit Palace Marques Santa Ana 4*

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Splendours of Vietnam

Splendours of Vietnam

Vietnam, a remote country located between Cambodia, Laos and China is offered to you in the form of a private tour lasting 15 days. This is a tailor-made tour during which you will have a chance to discover everything about this beautiful country. You will leave Hanoi to go to Halong Bay before ending up in Ho Chi Minh City with many interesting stops across the country along the way. This is the perfect opportunity to discover a culture, a history and a cuisine that is dramatically different than what you are accustomed to. Our adventure is specially designed for those who love a total change of scenery and experience and it will not fail to delight you. So embark with us and our guides for an unforgettable visit!

This itinerary can be adjusted to your personnel needs and preferences.

Highlights

  • Private independent tour

  • Hanoi, the vibrant capital of Vietnam

  • Ride a pedicab through the streets of Old Hanoi

  • Traditional Sampan cruise through the paddy fields

  • Navigate the fascinating islets of Halong Bay

  • Visit the Imperial City of Hue and take a dragon cruise along the Perfume River 

  • Spending time with Mr Vinh at his garden home in Hue

  • Cooking class with a chef in Hue

  • Stroll down the lantern-lit Streets of historic Hoi An

  • Cruise down the Mekong River and visit a local family

  • Witness how goods are traded at Cai Rang floating market

  • Explore street food 

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Departure from Montreal to Hanoi.

Upon your arrival at Hanoi International airport, you will be welcomed and transferred to the hotel in Hanoi City Centre. Free time for the rest of the day.

Meals: Dinner
Overnight in Hanoi 

Morning departure to visit the beautiful Temple of Literature. It was used to educate Vietnamese royalty, mandarins, and the elite. The University operated for 700 years before becoming the peaceful landmark it is today. Its gardens and well-preserved architecture offer fascinating glimpses of the country’s distant past.

Continue to explore Hanoi with a visit to the nearby Ho Chi Minh Complex, the final resting place of President Ho Chi Minh (Bac Ho), the most iconic leader of Vietnam and who has led the country to its independence and reunification. This complex includes Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, Ba Dinh Square, Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House, Ho Chi Minh Museum and One Pillar Pagoda. Here you will see the mausoleum and the old house where he lived from 1958 to 1969. End the morning with a visit to the small, but iconic One Pillar Pagoda.

In the afternoon, start with a visit to the Museum of Ethnology. This is the most comprehensive museum in the country, with an abundant amount of information on the 54 ethnic minority groups in Vietnam.

In the late afternoon, ride a pedicab through the streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, also known as “36 streets”. Take a tour through the charming Hang Be Market and around Hoan Kiem Lake. This bustling area of narrow streets and alleys is home to thousands of small merchants.

Enjoy a water puppet show that will immerse you into the traditional performance arts scene of Vietnam before heading back to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast – Dinner
Overnight in Hanoi 

After your breakfast, departure toward Hoa Lu, the former capital of Vietnam during the Dinh and Le dynasties in the late 10th century. On arrival, visit the two temples dedicated to two emperors of the Viet Kingdom.

After lunch in a local restaurant, continue to Trang An, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its spectacular natural landscapes and the magnificent rock formations which is often referred to as “Halong Bay on land”.

Take a local boat and glide along the picturesque river which runs through five limestone mountains. While enjoying the sounds of nature with birds soaring, you can take some great photos of the vertical cliffs shadowing in t he emerald crystal water.

Finally, climb up a white stone cliff to visit an ancient Pagoda, from the mountaintop you will be amazed with the scenic views of the surrounding area.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
Overnight in Ninh Binh 

Early morning transfer to Halong Bay for a 2 days cruise throughout its breathtaking 1,600 islands and islets that rise up out of the emerald water. The beautiful bay also hosts numerous pristine sandy beaches that are ideal for swimming.

Complete the check-in procedure for your cruise, then a short transfer to the Capella cruise by a tender boat. Cruise anchors for outdoor activities that include Oasis Pool and Jacuzzi; Floating Ocean Pool; Inflatable Water Slide; Kayak; Mini-golf course.

In the afternoon, enjoy a happy hour with freshly prepared canapés and complimentary drinks while watching the sunset. In the evening, enjoy onboard activities such as the Cigar & Poker room; Night Squid Fishing; Board game at the Spirit of the Sea Lounge, and more.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
Overnight on board the cruise 

Start your day with a Tai-chi exercise class on your cruise sundeck followed by a light breakfast.

You will be exploring the Bright cave on a traditional rowing bamboo boat. Here you will see an angled passageway opening the cave at water level and a serene round lake surrounded by lush trees and precipitous stone cliffs.
After your buffet brunch, transfer to Hanoi airport to take a flight to Hue. Arrival, welcome at the airport and transfer to your hotel in Hue.

Meals: Brunch – Dinner
Overnight in Hue 

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before exploring Hue’s famous royal tombs and
the illustrious examples of grand dynasties past, the garden houses.

Begin your day by cruising down the peaceful Perfume River, enjoying the endless
surrounding greenery. At the end of your hour-long boat trip, hop off at the pier and transfer to the tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh. Admire the unusual combination of architecture that blends a traditional past with a modern Western future. Then, continue to Minh Mang Tomb to explore the opulent and exotic resting place laid out in formal Chinese style.

For lunch, feast on a vegetarian meal prepared by nuns at a pagoda. Visit the kitchen to see how your meal is prepared in a wood burning stove, and then dig into your food in the company of the nuns who made it. Take the opportunity to learn about Buddhism or just get to know your friendly hosts.

Next, make your way to Thanh Tien Village, well-known for over 300 years of crafting paper flowers. Meet one of the local villagers and learn how to make your own ornate paper flower. You can be sure that your visit is backing a good cause as it is supported by Backstreet Academy, a social enterprise providing struggling artists, craftsmen and home-based workers with additional income and recognition.

Finally, visit Tha Om Garden House and its owner, Mr Vinh. Explore the traditional 19th century Hue residence and listen to Mr Vinh’s stories of his royal heritage before returning to your hotel.

In the evening you will have a royal dinner with traditional Hue dishes wearing royal costumes.

Meals: Brunch – Lunch – Dinner
Overnight in Hue 

After your breakfast, departure South towards Hoi An. The scenic route also passes through the Ocean Cloud Pass (Hai Van Pass), the wonderfully photogenic fishing village of Lang Co where you will stop for photos before reaching Hoi An.

Arrival to Hoi An in the afternoon. Rest of the day free.

Meals: Breakfast – Dinner
Overnight in Hoi An 

After your breakfast, you will meet with your guide and start your day riding a bicycle to Hoi An’s colorful central market where you will have the opportunity to interact with the local sellers and learn about the ingredients to be used in the cooking lesson. Make sure your camera is handy.

You will continue to cycle to Tra Que village, home to the oldest organic vegetable garden in Vietnam, where you will attend a cooking class. After a welcome drink, walk through the vegetable gardens where local farmers work on their fields, using the traditional methods of hundreds of years ago, no electrical machinery here.

You will relax with a herbal foot massage and afterwards it’s time to cook your lunch.
Working together with the chef at the restaurant and following his instructions, you will learn the traditional ways of preparing and cooking Vietnamese food.

In the afternoon, begin your tour of Hoi An, a former trading port that welcomed Chinese, Dutch, French, Japanese, Portuguese and Arab merchants between the 16th to 18th centuries. Today Hoi An is famous for its restored architecture, homemade silk, expert tailors and delicious noodles and seafood. Its relaxed vibe and pedestrian streets make this town a pleasure to walk around and discover new things.

The tour includes stops at several famous landmarks. The first is Chua Ong Pagoda, dating back to 1653 and built in honor of the Chinese general Quan Cong, who is worshipped by many as a symbol of loyalty and justice.

Next, pop into Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, to see the Jinshang Temple which is dedicated to the goddess of the sea and the protector of sailors. From there it’s a short walk to
Tan Ky House, a 200 year old ancestral house and finally, built two centuries ago by a Vietnamese family, this gem of a house has been lovingly preserved through seven generations.

You will also visit the most iconic landmark of Hoi An, the Japanese Covered Bridge, you will have the chance to take some amazing pictures.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
Overnight in Hoi An 

Free day at leisure to relax and discover the city.

Meals: Breakfast – Dinner
Overnight in Hoi An 

Transfer to Danang airport and flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Arrival and transfer to your hotel to check-in and leave your luggage at the hotel.

Continue with a half day city tour including the visit of the Notre-Dame Cathedral and The Central Post Office, which was designed by the renowned French architect Gustav Eiffel. Take a short stroll along Dong Khoi Street to the Opera House. From a bomb shelter to housing the parliamentary Lower House, the Opera House has had an interesting history. Restored in 1995 the Opera House has returned to its roots and is once again a theatre.

Continue your visit with the Reunification Palace, once a symbol of the South Vietnam Government. It was here where on April 30,1975 the war ended. You will visit the war room, the banquet hall, and the presidential office which holds all the unusual gifts received at the time.
Head to Cholon, the city’s Chinatown, and Thien Hau Pagoda, dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea.

Meals: Breakfast – Dinner
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

Morning departure to Ben Tre province. The two-hour journey offers a scenic view of the Mekong Delta in southern Vietnam. Ben Tre is referred to as the kingdom of coconut. It is famous for its fruit orchards and traditional craftsmen who make a variety of products from coconut.

Continue with a short cruise on a traditional boat for a first glimpse of life in the Mekong Delta. Cross the river to pay a visit to a coconut processing workshop and learn about the different uses of this product in daily life. Venture out for a more rustic experience by hopping on a vintage Lambro (or take a bike) along sleepy village roads where you may stop to learn how locals weave coconut mats.

Next, visit a family in their home surrounded by fruit gardens. Learn about local fruit orchards and taste the local tropical fruits as you engage with the family members. In the afternoon, transfer by private transport to Can Tho.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
Overnight in Can Tho 

Early in the morning, you are going for an incredible experience to explore the Cai Rang floating market which bustles with wholesalers on big boats. It is very interesting to see how the goods were negotiated and changed owners. Large boats anchor and create lanes that smaller boats weave into. The main items sold are fruits and vegetables, and each boat has a long straight pole to its bow from which samples of the merchandise for sale are hung. The waterway becomes a labyrinth of hundreds of boats filled with mangoes, bananas, papayas, pineapples and even Pho.

Return to your hotel for breakfast. You will then take the road back to Ho Chi Minh City.

Meals: Breakfast – Dinner
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City 

After breakfast, begin your journey towards Cu Chi Tunnels, an extensive network running underneath the Cu Chi district northwest of Saigon. Travel through the scenic countryside which was once a stronghold of the Viet Cong and guerrilla forces.

Get down to a semi bunker and watch a short documentary film about what the Viet Cong soldiers’ life was like during the war. The winding, dark and humid underground
Cu Chi tunnel system was the nerve center to some of the war’s strategic operations, including the famous 1968 Tet Offensive to Saigon City. American B52 sky fortress dropped hundreds of missiles, bombs digging huge evidential craters all around.
Soldiers used these underground routes to house troops, transport communications and supplies, lay booby traps and mount surprise attacks, after which they could disappear underground to safety. The tunnels were used as a supply station and hospitals for thousands of guerilla fighters. You will have the chance to try some of the cassava which was the main course of the Viet Cong soldiers over ten years.

Meals: Breakfast – Dinner
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City 

Transfer to Ho Chi Minh City airport and flight back to Montreal.

Meal: Breakfast 

Vietnam
Vietnam
Trésors d’Indochine (Vietnam et Cambodge)

DATES

Daily departures

INCLUSIONS

This trip includes:

  • Return flights Montreal/Hanoi

  • Internal flights Hanoi-Hue / Danang-Ho Chi Minh City in economy class

  • All transfers between airport/ports and hotels in a private air-conditioned vehicle

  • All tours in a private air-conditioned vehicle

  • Private English speaking local guides in each city

  • 13 nights in double occupancy in a standard room, hotels according to the chosen category

  • 32 meals: 13 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 13 dinners

  • All the visits and tours as mentioned in the itinerary

  • Airport taxes

This trip does not include:

  • All drinks, including water, soft drink and alcohol during your meals

  • Items of personal nature such as mini-bar, safety-box, wi-fi etc.

  • Tips for guides, drivers and waiters 

  • Baggage handling at airports/ports & hotels

  • Vietnam Tourist Visa

  • All types of travel or personal insurance

  • PCR tests

  • Anything not stated explicitly in the inclusions

  • Contribution to the Compensation Fund for Customers of Travel Agents: 3.50$ per 1000$

Featured Hotels

Package in standard hotels (or similar)

Ha NoiLe Carnot 3*                    (chambre supérieure)
Ninh BinhNinh Binh Legend 4*        (superior room)
Halong BayCappella Cruise 5*               (Oasis Suite)
HueHuong Giang 4*                  (deluxe garden view room)
Hoi AnPhu Thinh Resort 4*
Ho Chi Minh CityBlue Diamond 3*                (deluxe room)
Can ThoNinh Kieu 3*                        (deluxe room)

Package in superior hotels (or similar)

Ha NoiMay de Ville Old Quarter 3* (deluxe room)
Ninh BinhNinh Binh Hidden Charm 4* (deluxe room)
Halong BayCappella Cruise 5*                (Oasis Suite)
HueSaigon Morin 4*                    (deluxe colonial room)
Hoi AnLe Pavillon Luxury Resort 4* (deluxe room with garden view)
Ho Chi Minh CityLiberty Central Saigon Center 4* (deluxe room)
Can ThoyVinpearl Can Tho 5*              (deluxe city view room)

Package in premium hotels (or similar)

Ha NoiPeridot Grand 5*              (premium deluxe room)
Ninh BinhEmeralda Resort 4*          (superior room)
Halong BayCappella Cruise 5*                (Oasis Suite)
HuePilgrimage Village Resort & Spa 5* (superior room)
Hoi AnVictoria Hoi An Beach Resort & Spa 4* (garden view room)
Ho Chi Minh CityCaravelle 5*                          (deluxe room)
Can ThoyVictoria Can Tho Resort 4* (superior room)

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Grand Tour of Vietnam and Sapa

Grand Tour of Vietnam and Sapa

Embark on a 19-day journey through Vietnam and discover all that his sumptuous country has to offer. From Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City via Halong Bay, this magnificent Asian country reveals itself through its best-known tourist sites as well as through its lesser known but equally important corners. This tour is an ideal way to discover this unique place that is so different from yours, whether historically, culturally or culinarily. A private tour, specially created to inform and impress you. So allow yourself to be pleasantly surprised by learning and discovering all that Vietnam has to offer. Accompanied by our expert guides, you will leave Vietnam with glorious images in your head, fond memories in your heart and probably a desire to return!

This itinerary can be adjusted to your personnel needs and preferences.

Highlights

  • Private independent tour

  • Hanoi, the vibrant capital of Vietnam

  • Ride a pedicab through the streets of Old Hanoi

  • Go trekking in Sapa and meet ethnic minorities

  • Navigate the fascinating islets of Halong Bay

  • Traditional Sampan cruise through the paddy fields

  • Visit the Imperial City of Hue and take a dragon cruise along the Perfume River 

  • Spending time with Mr Vinh at his garden home in Hue

  • Cooking class with a chef in Hue

  • Stroll down the lantern-lit Streets of historic Hoi An

  • Cruise down the Mekong River and visit a local family

  • Witness how goods are traded at Cai Rang floating market

  • Explore street food

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Departure from Montreal to Hanoi.

Upon your arrival at Hanoi International airport, you will be welcomed and transferred to the hotel in Hanoi City Centre. Free time for the rest of the day.

Meals: Dinner
Overnight in Hanoi 

Morning departure to visit the beautiful Temple of Literature. It was used to educate Vietnamese royalty, mandarins, and the elite. The University operated for 700 years before becoming the peaceful landmark it is today. Its gardens and well-preserved architecture offer fascinating glimpses of the country’s distant past.

Continue to explore Hanoi with a visit to the nearby Ho Chi Minh Complex, the final resting place of President Ho Chi Minh (Bac Ho), the most iconic leader of Vietnam and who has led the country to its independence and reunification. This complex includes Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, Ba Dinh Square, Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House, Ho Chi Minh Museum and One Pillar Pagoda. Here you will see the mausoleum and the old house where he lived from 1958 to 1969. End the morning with a visit to the small, but iconic One Pillar Pagoda.

In the afternoon, start with a visit to the Museum of Ethnology. This is the most comprehensive museum in the country, with an abundant amount of information on the 54 ethnic minority groups in Vietnam.

In the late afternoon, ride a pedicab through the streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, also known as “36 streets”. Take a tour through the charming Hang Be Market and around Hoan Kiem Lake. This bustling area of narrow streets and alleys is home to thousands of small merchants.

Enjoy a water puppet show that will immerse you into the traditional performance arts scene of Vietnam before heading back to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast – Dinner
Overnight in Hanoi 

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Sapa. Arrival early in the afternoon.

Lunch at a local restaurant before heading out to visit Sapa town.

Head toward the small Giay village of Ta Van, in the breathtaking Muong Hoa
Valley. Enjoy a scenic walk through the tranquil rice terraces towards the Black H’mong village of Lao Chai. Marvel at the cascading paddy fields that cling to the mountainside and take in one of Vietnam’s most breathtaking views before arriving at the home of
Ms Moo, a local Black H’mong lady. Soak in the view whilst learning more about the traditional life and culture of the Black H’mong people and enjoying a traditional H’mong herbal foot bath! Afterwards head over to nearby Lao Chai village where
you will learn the art of Batik painting.

The beautiful textiles of the Black H’mong are famous around the world and Batik is a traditional part of H’mong culture. Under threat from modernization, Batik is now only practiced by a handful of villagers. Join a hands-on master class led by a local expert and take your creation home! You will be supporting a sustainable tourism project that helps local women and ensures this amazing art form is handed down to the next generation. The tour concludes with a stroll before transferring back to Sapa town.

Approx : 1,5 hours trekking at easy level

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
Overnight in Sapa 

In the morning, departure towards Ban Khoang Valley. On the way, you will enjoy the stunning views of the mountain and the valley.

Arrive at Ban Khoang and take a walk into Lu Khau, home to the Black Hmong and the Red Dao minorities. Visit their home and meet the friendly host, via your guide chat with them and learn about their ancient culture and lifestyle in the mountainous countryside.

You’ll continue your visit to Ta Giang Phinh village. Follow the trails to descend to the valley for a local lunch with a local family. After lunch and some good rest, walk through the peaceful and picturesque landscape. Along the winding path through the stunning valley, visit some homes of Black Hmong ethnic people. At the other side of the valley, visit some handicrafts families making Indigo clothes and traditional Bamboo flutes.
Return to Sapa town. Rest of the day free.

Approx: 4 hours trekking at Easy/Average level

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
Overnight in Sapa 

Start this half-day walking tour by visiting the rustic village of Suoi Ho. Take a stroll through its sleepy streets and get a glimpse of village life. Later, enjoy views of the stunning countryside as you walk along the Suoi Ho River, en-route to the second village of Ma Tra. Soak in its vibrant culture and visit its quaint Christian church before being picked up by car and returning to Sapa Town.

Lunch at a local restaurant before taking the road back to Hanoi which you will reach in the evening.

Approx: 2 – 3 hours walking

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
Overnight in Hanoi 

Early morning transfer to Halong Bay for a 3 days cruise throughout its breathtaking 1,600 islands and islets that rise up out of the emerald water. The beautiful bay also hosts numerous pristine sandy beaches that are ideal for swimming.

Complete the check-in procedure for your cruise, then a short transfer to the Capella cruise by a tender boat. Cruise anchors for outdoor activities that include Oasis Pool and Jacuzzi; Floating Ocean Pool; Inflatable Water Slide; Kayak; Mini-golf course.

In the afternoon, enjoy a happy hour with freshly prepared canapés and complimentary drinks while watching the sunset. In the evening, enjoy onboard activities such as the Cigar & Poker room; Night Squid Fishing; Board games at the Spirit of the Sea Lounge, and more.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
Overnight on board the cruise 

Start your day with a Tai-chi exercise class on your cruise sundeck followed by a light breakfast.

Cruise towards Viet Hai pier, where you’ll explore the local life of a rustic village in the middle of the island. You can choose to take a bicycle ride or an electric cart to Viet Hai village. The 6km-ride takes you along a beautiful lagoon and a lovely cave to the hidden village of Viet Hai.

After lunch, the boat will anchor in the center of Lan Ha bay. It’s time for swimming, kayaking or just relaxing on a small and pristine beach.

Enjoy the rest of the afternoon on the boat while sipping a cocktail and watching the sunset. After dinner, enjoy the onboard recreations such as the Cigar & Poker room; Night Squid Fishing; Board games or movie watching at the Spirit of the Sea Lounge.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
Overnight on board the cruise 

Start your day with a Tai-chi exercise class on your cruise sundeck followed by a light breakfast.

You will be exploring the Bright cave on a traditional rowing bamboo boat. Here you will see an angled passageway opening the cave at water level and a serene round lake surrounded by lush trees and precipitous stone cliffs.

After your buffet brunch, transfer to Ninh Binh City and visit Phat Diem church. Designed and built in 1892 by a Vietnamese catholic priest, with Vietnamese and European styles and green stone for main material, the grand church is an architectural blend between traditional elements and western touches representing an “eclectic architectural style”. Stroll around the church to admire the great effort of putting all the massive heavy stones into the grand structures.

Continue your day with a visit to a mat weaving family who live by the river bank. Communicate with them through the guide and gain insight into the lives of local people and the maintenance of traditional family crafts.

Please note that the discovery of the craft mat weaving craft will only take place at certain times of the year.

Meals: Brunch – Dinner
Overnight in Ninh Binh 

After your breakfast, departure toward Hoa Lu, the former capital of Vietnam during the Dinh and Le dynasties in the late 10th century. On arrival, visit the two temples dedicated to two emperors of the Viet Kingdom.

After lunch in a local restaurant, continue to Trang An, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its spectacular natural landscapes and the magnificent rock formations which is often referred to as “Halong Bay on land”.

Take a local boat and glide along the picturesque river which runs through five limestone mountains. While enjoying the sounds of nature with birds soaring, you can take some great photos of the vertical cliffs shadowing in the emerald crystal water.

Finally, climb up a white stone cliff to visit an ancient Pagoda, from the mountaintop you will be amazed with the scenic views of the surrounding area.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
Overnight in Hanoi 

In the morning, you will be transferred to Hanoi Airport to board the flight to Hue. Welcome at the airport and transfer to your hotel.

In the afternoon, you will have a guided tour of Hue. First explore the tomb of Tu Duc
Completed in 1867, this tomb is the most popular, imposing and impressive of the royal mausoleums, designed by Emperor Tu Duc himself before his death.

Continue by boat to visit Thien Mu (Celestial Lady) pagoda overlooking the Perfume River. Built in 1601, the 21- meter-high tower is the centerpiece of the pagoda and represents seven reincarnations of Buddha.

You also have the chance to visit the craft workshop where local women stitch hats from conical palm trees and make incense sticks using sandalwood, cinnamon, and sawdust mixed with tree resin.

Meals: Breakfast – Dinner
Overnight in Hue 

In the morning, journey into the scenic countryside. Arrive at Phuoc Tich Village, an untouched residential area dotted with 27 ‘Nha Ruong’ – Hue’s traditional houses and unique gardens. Take a walk through the peaceful streets, admiring the historical sites nestled within the scenery, and pay a visit to one of the traditional homes. Try making ‘banh gai’, one of the most famous traditional cakes, with your welcoming host, Mrs Kieu. Part of your tour fee will be directly contributed towards Mrs Kieu, helping her to earn an income as a home-based chef.

On your way to Tam Giang lagoon, wind through the countryside, watching the daily life of locals and the peaceful atmosphere of the ancient villages. On your way, stop at Quang Cong Village, known locally as the ‘City of Ghosts’, and behold the increasingly lavish and elaborate tombs that the villagers build for their ancestors.

Upon arrival to Tam Giang lagoon, enjoy a lunch of fresh seafood (optional) and take a boat trip on the lagoon. Float past local families living on the riverbank, stopping to meet some of them on your way. Finally, transfer back to your hotel in the late afternoon.

In the evening you will have a royal dinner with traditional Hue dishes wearing royal costumes.

Meals: Breakfast – Dinner
Overnight in Hue 

Today after your breakfast, you will leave towards Hoi An. The scenic route passes through the Ocean Cloud Pass (Hai Van Pass), the wonderfully photogenic fishing village of Lang Co where you will stop for photos before reaching Hoi An.

In the afternoon, start your half-day visit of Hoi An, a UNESCO heritage site. This town originated from a sleepy fishing village and grew into a busy trading port in Asia by welcoming international merchant boats of the Dutch, Japanese, Chinese, French and Portuguese during the late 16th to the 18th Centuries. Today, it is one of the most charming coastal towns of Vietnam. Hoi An has the country’s most beautiful traditional architecture that blends styles from the Chinese, Japanese, French and Portuguese elements.

Start your walking tour through the streets lined with yellow houses, home to silk tailors and art galleries. Visit the Chinese ornate structure of Chua Ong Pagoda, built in1653. On the same street, stroll to the nearby Phuc Kien temple, the Assembly Hall of Fujkian, one of the most important worship halls to the Chinese merchants in the old days.

Continue your visit with the Tan Ky House, built two centuries ago by a Vietnamese family, this gem of a house has been lovingly preserved through seven generations. You will also visit the most iconic landmark of Hoi An, the Japanese Covered Bridge, you will have the chance to take some amazing pictures.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
Overnight in Hoi An 

In the morning, transfer to the countryside to start your bike tour. Ride along picturesque country roads to rural villages. On reaching the village, learn the daily work and tasks of local farmers like hoeing the soil, dropping the seeds and watering. The best part of the day will be sitting on a water buffalo and riding around the rice fields – a Buffalo boy!

Afterwards, take a cruise to Cua Dai Sea. Learn traditional fishing techniques throwing fishing nets, this task looks very easy but be sure not to throw yourself into water too! There will be more fun learning paddling the unusual and unique bamboo boats, locals call this a basket boat as it has a round shape and will spin around as you row.

Get back to the boat, enjoy lunch or dinner with a cold beer or soft drink. Return to your hotel. Free time at leisure in the afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
Overnight in Hoi An 

Transfer to Danang airport and flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Arrival and transfer to your hotel to check-in and leave your luggage at the hotel.

Continue with a half day city tour including the visit of the Notre-Dame Cathedral and The Central Post Office, which was designed by the renowned French architect Gustav Eiffel. Take a short stroll along Dong Khoi Street to the Opera House. From a bomb shelter to housing the parliamentary Lower House, the Opera House has had an interesting history. Restored in 1995 the Opera House has returned to its roots and is once again a theatre.

Continue your visit with the Reunification Palace, once a symbol of the South Vietnam Government. It was here where on April 30,1975 the war ended. You will visit the war room, the banquet hall, and the presidential office which holds all the unusual gifts received at the time.

Head to Cholon, the city’s Chinatown, and Thien Hau Pagoda, dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea.

Meals: Breakfast – Dinner
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

Morning departure to Ben Tre province. The two-hour journey offers a scenic view of the Mekong Delta in southern Vietnam. Ben Tre is referred to as the kingdom of coconut. It is famous for its fruit orchards and traditional craftsmen who make a variety of products from coconut.

Continue with a short cruise on a traditional boat for a first glimpse of life in the Mekong Delta. Cross the river to pay a visit to a coconut processing workshop and learn about the different uses of this product in daily life. Venture out for a more rustic experience by hopping on a vintage Lambro (or take a bike) along sleepy village roads where you may stop to learn how locals weave coconut mats.

Next, visit a family in their home surrounded by fruit gardens. Learn about local fruit orchards and taste the local tropical fruits as you engage with the family members. In the afternoon, transfer by private transport to Can Tho.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
Overnight in Can Tho 

Early in the morning, you are going for an incredible experience to explore the Cai Rang floating market which bustles with wholesalers on big boats. It is very interesting to see how the goods were negotiated and changed owners. Large boats anchor and create lanes that smaller boats weave into. The main items sold are fruits and vegetables, and each boat has a long straight pole to its bow from which samples of the merchandise for sale are hung. The waterway becomes a labyrinth of hundreds of boats filled with mangoes, bananas, papayas, pineapples and even Pho.

After visiting Cai Rang, depart for a 3 hour drive to Chau Doc, a peaceful and colorful town near the Vietnamese-Cambodian border.

This afternoon, get back to nature as you explore Tra Su Nature Reserve – a sanctuary of over 100 species of birds and bat colonies. Take a small rowing boat along the river to discover this mangrove forest. The best time to visit Tra Su is from September to November when the water is high and the birds come in large numbers.

You will visit a small Khmer village, where you will learn about the way of life of this ethnic minority and you will have the chance to chat with the monks in the nearby pagoda.

Meals: Breakfast – Dinner
Overnight in Chau Doc 

Morning start with a stroll in xe loi (a perfect way to better discover the delta) on peaceful paths, through villages where life has not changed over the years where you will see farmers and buffaloes working the fields.

Transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City.

Meals: Breakfast – Dinner
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City 

Transfer to Ho Chi Minh City airport and flight back to Montreal.

Meal: Breakfast 

Vietnam
Vietnam
Trésors d’Indochine (Vietnam et Cambodge)

DATES

Daily departures

INCLUSIONS

This trip includes:

  • Return flights Montreal/Hanoi

  • Internal flights Hanoi-Hue / Danang-Ho Chi Minh City in economy class

  • All transfers between airport/ports and hotels in a private air-conditioned vehicle

  • All tours in a private air-conditioned vehicle

  • Private English speaking local guides in each city

  • 17 nights in double occupancy in a standard room, hotels according to the chosen category

  • 43 meals: 17 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 17 dinners

  • All the visits and tours as mentioned in the itinerary

  • Airport taxes

This trip does not include:

  • All drinks, including water, soft drink and alcohol during your meals

  • Items of personal nature such as mini-bar, safety-box, wi-fi etc.

  • Tips for guides, drivers and waiters 

  • Baggage handling at airports/ports & hotels

  • Vietnam Tourist Visa

  • All types of travel or personal insurance

  • PCR tests

  • Anything not stated explicitly in the inclusions

  • Contribution to the Compensation Fund for Customers of Travel Agents: 3.50$ per 1000$

Featured Hotels

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HanoiLe Carnot 3*                      (superior room)
SapaBamboo Sapa 4*              (superior room)
Ninh BinhNinh Binh Legend 4*          (superior room)
Halong BayCappella Cruise 5*                (Oasis suite)
HueHuong Giang 4*                    (deluxe garden view room)
Hoi AnPhu Thinh Resort 4*
Ho Chi Minh CityBlue Diamond 3*                  (deluxe room)
Can ThoNinh Kieu 3*                        (deluxe room)
Chau DocChau Pho 3*                          (deluxe room)

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Ha NoiMay de Ville Old Quarter 3* (deluxe room)
SapaAira Boutique Resort 4*        (deluxe room)
Ninh BinhNinh Binh Hidden Charm 4* (deluxe room)
Halong BayCappella Cruise 5*                (Oasis Suite)
HueSaigon Morin 4*                  (deluxe colonial room)
Hoi AnLe Pavillon Luxury Resort 4* (deluxe room with garden view)
Ho Chi Minh CityLiberty Central Saigon Center 4* (deluxe room)
Can ThoVinpearl Can Tho 5*            (deluxe city view room)
Chau DocVictoria Chau Doc 4*      (superior room)
Package in premium hotels (or similar)
Ha NoiPeridot Grand 5*            (premium deluxe room)
SapaSilk Path Grand Sapa 5*    (classic room)
Ninh BinhEmeralda Resort 4*          (superior room)
Halong BayCappella Cruise 5*                (Oasis Suite)
HuePilgrimage Village Resort & Spa 5* (superior room)
Hoi AnVictoria Hoi An Beach Resort & Spa 4* (garden view room)
Ho Chi Minh CityCaravelle 5*                          (deluxe room)
Can ThoVictoria Can Tho Resort 4* (superior room)
Chau DocVictoria Chau Doc 4*              (superior room)

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Reserves, Falls and Volcanoes of Costa Rica with beach stay

Reserves, Falls and Volcanoes of Costa Rica with beach stay

Discover our Costa Rica program; 13 days in the heart of a country with one of the richest and most interesting biodiversity in Central America. This is a full program created for your comfort and safety, ideal for couples or families, and including all that Costa Rica has to offer: sumptuous landscapes, warm, sandy beaches and surprising flora and fauna. An opportunity to experience the great outdoors that will surely satisfy you.

This itinerary can be adjusted to your personnel needs and preferences.

Highlights

  • Independent tour at your own pace

  • Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve 

  • Rio Celeste waterfalls

  • Arenal Volcano National Park

  • Tortuguero National Park

  • Manuel Antonio National Park

  • Rio Tarcoles  

  • Carara National Park

  • Playa Manuel Antonio beach stay

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Departure from Montreal to San Jose. Arrival and pick up your rental car at the airport. Rest of the day free.

Overnight in San Jose 

After breakfast, head to Monteverde, a few hours’ drive from the Costa Rican capital. Once there, you will undoubtedly admire the beautiful scenery. On the program? Free stay! In other words, after registering at Monteverde Cloudforest Lodge, you will be free to do as you please.

We recommend hiking around the bucolic Northern Cordilleras with its 9 well-marked hiking trails. During these walks you will undoubtedly come face to face with several local species of birds and monkeys. Try the Sendero Bosque Nuboso, a friendly and varied trail.

If you have the chance, be sure to try the local coffee. Costa Rican coffee is renowned for its aroma and its potency. Why not visit a coffee plantation such as the Saint Elena plantation, which is easy to access and offers a two hours tour. At the end of the tour, a coffee tasting will be a delight.

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight in the Monteverde area

During the first half of the day, we invite you to visit the private reserve of Selvatura, where you will find many suspension bridges. Walking around on these is an unusual activity which will allow you to take in the scenery from new heights. If you are hooked on exciting adventures, this might be a good solution! For other thrill seekers, there is the longest zip line in Central America, a 1.6- kilometer downhill ride!

Go further in your discovery of the area with an afternoon visit to the Monteverde Reserve or the plantation of Don Juan. Nature lovers might rather be tempted to visit the hummingbirds garden with its countless species. Costa Rica is known for its incredible biodiversity, so take advantage of your stay to discover species that you may never see elsewhere.

Not to be missed: hiking, walking, crossing suspension bridges, Don Juan plantation, discovering biodiversity

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight in the Monteverde area

After waking up from a good night’s sleep it is time to take to the road toward Rio Celeste. The road takes you through a countryside of sumptuous landscapes and views. On arrival, check in at the Celeste Mountain Lodge Hotel. Take advantage of the rest of the day to visit the surroundings, in particular the nature reserve of “Tapir Valley” where you will come face to face with many representatives of this unusual species!

Not to be missed activities: Tapir Valley, Rio Celeste

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight in the Rio Celeste area

Your visit of the Tenorio Volcano National Park, open every day, promises to be superb. Don’t forget your camera when you admire the waterfall of the Rio Celeste, the first step of the journey. The waters of the river fall from a height of about 30 meters. Unfortunately, swimming is dangerous and therefore prohibited, but you can continue your visit and climb the watchtower for an exceptional view of a vast expanse of lush nature and rainforest.

A little further on are the Borbollones, or bubbling waters, which can reach temperatures of 94 degrees! On the program, the laguna azul, Tenidero and the volcano. Be careful, these places are preserved and only 1,000 people can visit per day. Arrive as early as possible to be sure you are not left out.

Not to be missed: Tenorio Volcano, Tenorio Volcano National Park, Laguna Azul, Borbollones

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight in the Rio Celeste area

In the morning after having your breakfast, depart for Arenal, the youngest volcano in Costa Rica, rising to 1720 meters. A 2-hours route during which you will pass around Lake Arenal and through the bucolic Northern Cordilleras offering magnificent scenery. From here the route will take you to La Fortuna, the last city before the volcano.

When you arrive, you will find a breathtaking landscape. La Fortuna offers nature and adventure, as the city’s businesses organize various activities such as hiking, horseback riding, zip lining, kayaking, sports fishing and tours to the Volcan Arenal National Park. Some time in La Fortuna will allow you to see the city with new eyes!

You will be able to use the rented car for a trip to Fortuna Falls. In fact, between La Fortuna and the volcano there are hot springs which feed the thermal river Tabacon, a magical place perfect for the best vacation photographs. In addition to the “classic” activities, why not check out the Aguas Termales de Tabacon Spa, the best known of the many thermal baths in the area.

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight in La Fortuna

This day will be your opportunity to take an optional half-day excursion (including entrance fees) to discover Arenal Volcano National Park with the help of a guide. You can also explore a tree plantation and organic vegetable gardens followed by a Tortilla making and a sugar cane juice pressing workshop. At lunchtime, a buffet meal with various traditional dishes is planned, and in the afternoon you can continue to discover the surroundings on your own.

Not to be missed: Visit of the Braulio Carillo National Park, La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano, Tabacon Thermal River, stay in a Spa

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight in La Fortuna

After breakfast, departure toward Guapiles. This is an attractive place where untouched nature and aspects of developing cities (housing, restaurants and shopping centres) mingle. Guapiles is also known for its Botanico Las Cusingas Garden and its hundreds of plant species. Drop off your car rental, lunch and then resume the journey toward Tortuguero National Park. The journey will be divided into two parts, first by road and then by boat.

One of the wonders of Costa Rica which is not known for its monuments nor for its historical sites but for its verdant parks and for experiencing boating through its many rivers and small canals. This area is a true window open to the Caribbean Sea. You will also reach your hotel by boat.

In Costa Rica, locals eat fish dishes such as ceviche de pargo or dorado, or octopus or tilapia, all of which are not overly spicy. You will also find dishes with Creole and Afro-Caribbean influence such as rondon (a spicy okra from the sea), bean rice (red beans, coconut milk and curry), and pati, the Caribbean version of empanadas, with either sweet or salty stuffings, ideal for eating on the go, on the bus or on a picnic.

Meals: Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Overnight in the Tortuguero area

On the ninth day in Costa Rica, begin your exploration of Tortuguero, most of which will take place by boat. You will also have the chance to walk the trails of your lodge’s private reserve. A local English-speaking guide will accompany you. The park is home to 309 species of birds, 111 species of reptiles, 57 species of amphibians and 60 species of mammals. You will be able to see some of the most emblematic animals of the country such as sloths and agoutis.

You will also have a chance to learn about the different ways the locals honor nature by visiting the Turtle Conservation Center and its museum.

In season (between July and September),you can inquire about the possibility of participating in an accompanied night tour to observe turtle nesting sites.

Not to be missed: Tortuguero National Park, boat trip

Meals: Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Overnight in the Tortuguero area

After breakfast, transfer to San Jose where you will pick up your car rental and drive to Manuel Antonio.

Located on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, Manuel Antonio National Park is a true tropical paradise.

Getting there takes only a 3-hours drive. You will have the opportunity to pass by the central mountain range as well as the Tarcoles Bridge, known as the “Crocodile Bridge”. You will feel privileged to be in this sumptuous part of the country, one of the few places in the world where you can admire crocodiles basking in the sun. The crocodiles here enjoy the waters of the Rio Grande de Tarcoles and benefit from the natural light and a variety of spaces to swim. It is estimated that a total of 200 crocodiles live here in total freedom and you might see individuals ranging from about one to more than seven meters long.

Then continue the drive towards Punta Leone, an important natural reserve and one of the largest on the Pacific coast. Punta Leone is actually one of the remaining forests that lie in the transitional zone between the tropical rainforests of the southwest and the dry forests of the northwest. This is also an opportunity for you to finally enjoy some of the beautiful beaches of Costa Rica. Our recommendation? Playa Blanca and Manta.

Not to be missed: Tarcoles bridge, crocodile watch, Punta Leone

Meals: Breakfast-Lunch
Overnight in Playa Jaco

After beginning your day with breakfast, you have several options. You can visit Manuel Antonio National Park and take a two and a half to three hour accompanied walk during which you can talk with a naturalist. You may have a chance to spot howler monkeys as well as Agoutis and, if you are lucky, a Poison Dart Frog.

For others, the day can revolve around relaxation. Manuel Antonio is a small town with many beaches. We recommend Playa Espadilla, Playa Playitas and especially Playa Biesanz where you will appreciate the crystal-clear temperate waters.

Take advantage of the moment to continue your tasting tour to enjoy some of the typical specialties of Costa Rica such as fish with coconut milk, Costa Rican beef in tomato sauce (carne mechada), or chifrijo, one of the most famous dishes!

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight in Playa Manuel Antonio

If you have not already done so and want to participate, your last day is your chance to discover Manuel Antonio National Park or enjoy the beaches, as you see fit. Manuel Antonio has many small companies offering a catamaran or a kayak tour ideal for diving, snorkeling and discovering the coast. If you are a thrill-seeker, you can take a parachute jump to gaze at the coast from the sky, an unforgettable experience for only the most intrepid!

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight in Playa Manuel Antonio 

Departure to San Jose airport. Drop off of the rental car. Return flight to Montreal.

Meals: Breakfast

Costa Rica
Costa Rica
Costa Rica

DATES

Daily departures

INCLUSIONS

This trip includes:

  • Round trip flights Montreal/San Jose

  • 11 days (excluding the Tortuguero portion) Economy 4WD ST SUV car rental (Suzuki Jimny or similar) including: PLI & LDW insurances, unlimited mileage, additional driver and the car registration fees

  • The loan of a router / high-speed mobile Internet access device for the entire duration of the portion of travel with the rental car including unlimited Internet data

  • All accommodation in standard rooms in hotels, eco-lodges and charming inns

  • 17 meals including 12 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners

  • Including: half-day zip lines and suspension bridges in Monteverde with an English-speaking guide

  • A complete and detailed travel diary including maps of the cities and sites visited, as well as the itinerary traced on road maps indicating precisely the routes to follow

  • A presentation, with schedules and rates of all recommended local activities

  • All taxes and service fees included in this program

  • Airport taxes

This trip does not include:

  • Activities and visits or entrance fees to the various parks and sites

  • Car rental’s compulsory insurance and other additional services such as deductible insurance, rental of a GPS, a full tank is required when the vehicle is returned etc.

  • Parking, tolls, fuel & fines

  • Items of personal nature such as mini-bar, safety-box, wi-fi etc.

  • Tips and baggage handling at airports/hotels

  • Costa Rica’s departure tax

  • All types of travel or personal insurance

  • PCR tests

  • Anything not stated explicitly in the inclusions

  • Contribution to the Compensation Fund for Customers of Travel Agents: 3.50$ per 1000$

Featured Hotels

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San JoséWyndham Garden San Jose Escazu 4*
MonteverdeCloudforest Lodge 2*
Rio CelesteCeleste Mountain Lodge 3*
La FortunaArenal Paraiso Resort & Spa 3*
Tortuguero National Park areaLaguna Lodge 3*
Playa Manuel AntonioCosta Verde 3*

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Coast to coast in Costa Rica with beach stay

Coast to coast in Costa Rica with beach stay

Discover our Costa Rica program; 10 days in the heart of a country with one of the richest and most interesting biodiversity in Central America. This is a full program created for your comfort and safety, ideal for couples or families, and including all that Costa Rica has to offer: sumptuous landscapes, warm, sandy beaches and surprising flora and fauna. An opportunity to experience the great outdoors that will surely satisfy you.

This itinerary can be adjusted to your personnel needs and preferences.

Highlights

  • Independent tour at your own pace

  • Tortuguero National Park

  • Arenal Volcano National Park

  • Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve 

  • Manuel Antonio National Park

  • Rio Tarcoles 

  • Carara National Park

  • Playa Jaco beach stay

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Departure from Montreal to San Jose. Arrival and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day free.

Overnight in San Jose

After breakfast, depart for Tortuguero. The journey will be divided into two parts, first by road and then by boat. The latter will be interrupted by a stop in Guapiles, where you will have lunch. This is an attractive place where untouched nature and aspects of developing cities (housing, restaurants and shopping centres) mingle. Guapiles is also known for its Botanico Las Cusingas Garden and its hundreds of plant species.

Resume the journey toward Tortuguero National Park, one of the wonders of Costa Rica which is not known for its monuments nor for its historical sites but for its verdant parks and for experiencing boating through its many rivers and small canals. This area is a true window open to the Caribbean Sea. You will also reach your hotel by boat.

In Costa Rica, locals eat fish dishes such as ceviche de pargo or dorado, or octopus or tilapia, all of which are not overly spicy. You will also find dishes with Creole and Afro-Caribbean influence such as rondon (a spicy okra from the sea), bean rice (red beans, coconut milk and curry), and pati, the Caribbean version of empanadas, with either sweet or salty stuffings, ideal for eating on the go, on the bus or on a picnic.

Meals: Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Overnight in the Tortuguero area

On the third day in Costa Rica, begin your exploration of Tortuguero, most of which will take place by boat. You will also have the chance to walk the trails of your lodge’s private reserve. A local English-speaking guide will accompany you. The park is home to 309 species of birds, 111 species of reptiles, 57 species of amphibians and 60 species of mammals. You will be able to see some of the most emblematic animals of the country such as sloths and agoutis.

You will also have a chance to learn about the different ways the locals honor nature by visiting the Turtle Conservation Center and its museum.

In season (between July and September),you can inquire about the possibility of participating in an accompanied night tour to observe turtle nesting sites.

Not to be missed: Tortuguero National Park, boat trip

Meals: Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Overnight in the Tortuguero area

In the morning after having your breakfast, depart for Arenal, the youngest volcano in Costa Rica, rising to 1720 meters. The journey will take you back to Guapiles where you will pick up your car. From here the route will take you to La Fortuna, the last city before the volcano.

When you arrive, you will find a breathtaking landscape. La Fortuna offers nature and adventure, as the city’s businesses organize various activities such as hiking, horseback riding, zip lining, kayaking, sports fishing and tours to the Volcan Arenal National Park. Some time in La Fortuna will allow you to see the city with new eyes!

Meals: Breakfast-Lunch
Overnight in La Fortuna

This day will be your opportunity to take an optional half-day excursion (including entrance fees) to discover Arenal Volcano National Park with the help of a guide. You can also explore a tree plantation and organic vegetable gardens followed by a Tortilla making and a sugar cane juice pressing workshop.
At lunchtime, a buffet meal with various traditional dishes is planned, and in the afternoon you can continue to discover the surroundings on your own.

You will be able to use the rented car for a trip to Fortuna Falls. In fact, between La Fortuna and the volcano there are hot springs which feed the thermal river Tabacon, a magical place perfect for the best vacation photographs. In addition to the “classic” activities, why not check out the Aguas Termales de Tabacon Spa, the best known of the many thermal baths in the area.

Not to be missed: Visit of the Braulio Carillo National Park, La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano, Tabacon Thermal River, stay in a Spa

Meals: Breakfast-Lunch
Overnight in La Fortuna

After breakfast, head to Monteverde, a few hours’ drive away on the steep roads around the volcano. Once there, you will undoubtedly admire the beautiful scenery. On the program? Free stay! In other words, after registering at Monteverde Cloudforest Lodge, you will be free to do as you please.

We recommend hiking around the bucolic Northern Cordilleras with its 9 well-marked hiking trails. During these walks you will undoubtedly come face to face with several local species of birds and monkeys. Try the Sendero Bosque Nuboso, a friendly and varied trail.

If you have the chance, be sure to try the local coffee. Costa Rican coffee is renowned for its aroma and its potency. Why not visit a coffee plantation such as the Saint Elena plantation, which is easy to access and offers a two hours tour. At the end of the tour, a coffee tasting will be a delight.

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight in the Monteverde area

During the first half of the day, we invite you to visit the private reserve of Selvatura, where you will find many suspension bridges. Walking around on these is an unusual activity which will allow you to take in the scenery from new heights. If you are hooked on exciting adventures, this might be a good solution! For other thrill seekers, there is the longest zip line in Central America, a 1.6- kilometer downhill ride!

Go further in your discovery of the area with an afternoon visit to the Monteverde Reserve or the plantation of Don Juan. Nature lovers might rather be tempted to visit the hummingbirds garden with its countless species. Costa Rica is known for its incredible biodiversity, so take advantage of your stay to discover species that you may never see elsewhere.

Not to be missed: hiking, walking, crossing suspension bridges, Don Juan plantation, discovering biodiversity

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight in the Monteverde area

After breakfast, depart for Punta Leona, a 3-hour trip that promises to be magnificently scenic. You will have the opportunity to pass by the Tilaran Mountain Range in northwest Costa Rica as well as the Tarcoles Bridge, known as the “Crocodile Bridge”. You will feel privileged to be in this sumptuous part of the country, one of the few places in the world where you can admire crocodiles basking in the sun. The crocodiles here enjoy the waters of the Rio Grande de Tarcoles and benefit from the natural light and a variety of spaces to swim. It is estimated that a total of 200 crocodiles live here in total freedom and you might see individuals ranging from about one to more than seven meters long!

Then continue the drive towards Punta Leone, an important natural reserve and one of the largest on the Pacific coast. Punta Leone is actually one of the remaining forests that lie in the transitional zone between the tropical rainforests of the southwest and the dry forests of the northwest. This is also an opportunity for you to finally enjoy some of the beautiful beaches of Costa Rica. Our recommendation? Playa Blanca and Manta.

Not to be missed: Cordillera de Tilaran, Tarcoles bridge, crocodile watch, Punta Leone

Meals: Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Overnight in Playa Jaco

A day dedicated to the beach! This area has some of the most pleasant seaside destinations of Costa Rica. Playa Balance and Manta are two of the best beach sites, giving you the chance to enjoy the sun, the sea and some breathtaking views. Feel free to swim or to simply stroll on the sandy beaches.

You can also take time to discover some other important tourist spots such as the Carara National Park or the Manuel Antonio National Park.

Not to be missed: Relax on Playa Blanca or Manta beaches, visit Carara National Park or Manuel Antonio National Park

Meals: Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Overnight in Playa Jaco

Departure to San Jose airport. Drop off of the rental car. Return flight to Montreal.

Meals: Breakfast

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DATES

Daily departures 

INCLUSIONS

This trip includes

  • Round trip flights Montreal/San Jose

  • Airport welcome
  • All planned transfers and transport (by land and/or boat) from days 1 to 4
  • 8 days Economy 4WD ST SUV car rental (Suzuki Jimny or similar) including: PLI & LDW insurances, unlimited mileage, additional driver and the car registration fees
  • The loan of a router / high-speed mobile Internet access device for the entire duration of the portion of travel with the rental car including unlimited Internet data
  • All accommodation in standard rooms in hotels, eco-lodges and charming inns
  • 19 meals including 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 4 dinners
  • The following activities with an English-speaking guide:

            Day 2: In the afternoon, a light walk in the village and area of Tortuguero

            Day 3: In the morning, the boat tour of Tortuguero National Park

            Day 5: Half-day tour of Arenal Volcano National Park including access fees

            Day 7: Half-day zip lines and suspension bridges in Monteverde

  • A complete and detailed travel diary including maps of the cities and sites visited, as well as the itinerary traced on road maps indicating precisely the routes to follow
  • A presentation, with schedules and rates of all recommended local activities
  • All taxes and service fees for services included in this program
  • Airport taxes

This trip doesn't include

  • Activities and visits or entrance fees to the various parks and sites
  • Car rental’s compulsory insurance and other additional services such as deductible insurance, rental of a GPS, a full tank is required when the vehicle is returned etc.

  • Parking, tolls, fuel & fines

  • Items of personal nature such as mini-bar, safety-box, wi-fi etc.

  • Tips and baggage handling at airports/hotels

  • Costa Rica’s departure tax

  • All types of travel or personal insurance

  • PCR tests

  • Anything not stated explicitly in the inclusions

  • Contribution to the Compensation Fund for Customers of Travel Agents: 3.50$ per 1000$

Featured Hotels

Package in superior hotels (or similar)

San Jose Wyndham Garden San Jose Escazu 4*
Tortuguero National Park area Laguna Lodge 3*
Arenal Volcano area/Fortuna Arenal Paraiso Resort & Spa 3*
Monteverde Cloudforest Lodge 2*
Playa Jaco Punta Leona 4*

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Prague, Vienna and Budapest are three of the most beautiful capitals in central Europe. To visit them is to go back in time. The magnificent, old central city squares mingle with imposing castles from a bygone era. Close to each other, the three cities can be visited over a period of 3 days. On our program? Guided tours, (train rides and above all, free time to discover the surroundings at your leisure!

This itinerary can be adjusted to your personnel needs and preferences.

Highlights

  • Travel freely at your own pace

  • Combination of three cities with history, art and culture :

  • Prague, the seductive

  • Vienna with its rich past and dynamic modernity

  • Budapest, the pearl of the Danube

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Departure from Montreal to Prague

Arrival in Prague, meet and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day free.

Welcome to the heart of the Czech Republic, a nation known for its Communist past, its crazy passion for beer (Czechs consume on average 150 liters per person per year), and also for its sumptuous monuments such as the famous astronomical clock, the incredible Charles Bridge and Prague’s superb castle!

Depending on your arrival time, the day could be more or less busy. We recommend that you stroll through the cobbled streets of the old center in order to get a first glimpse of this wonderful city that is Prague. Take the opportunity to head towards the Vltava to follow the quays. In winter you will be amazed by the twinkling lights, while in summer the sunset is beautiful from here. In the background you will be able to see several monuments of the city such as Prague Castle and the Petrin Tower.

If you wish to dine at a local establishment, Prague is full of hostels and restaurants with local offerings. Start by trying the Kolkovna V Kolkovne or the Potrefena Husa, well-known places offering the best of Czech dishes: Goulash, Svickova and many others. Wash everything down with a good beer: we recommend the Kozel!

Not to be missed: Petrin Tower, Vltava, discovery of Czech culinary culture

Overnight in Prague 

After the night and breakfast at your hotel, we take you on a 2-hour guided walking tour through Prague’s old historic center to discover some of the city’s most remarkable places. You will admire the famous astronomical clock tower located in the very heart of the Old Town Square, a lively place with many small restaurants, terraces and street artists!

Continue further, towards Wenceslas Square. A wide street, straight ahead, leads to the junction between the center and the Museum. Take a small passage through a market where you will find many sellers offering fresh, local products; an unusual atmosphere in the heart of one of the most crowded arteries of the Czech capital. Along the way you will appreciate the many picturesque buildings and the variety of colors on the facades of the old Baroque houses. From the center we will continue to the Charles Bridge and Kampa Island where our walk will end.

The rest of the day is free, but what to do? Continue further and climb up to Prague Castle. Walking is preferred over taking the tram as it will allow you to enjoy the experience, take unforgettable photos and stop in the many small shops. The Castle can be visited, but you can also stay outside and stroll through the vineyards which produce great wine.

On the way down, do not miss crossing the Charles Bridge where painters and musicians mingle, making for a folkloric atmosphere. Along the sides of the bridge there are intriguing statues and gargoyles, perfect for unusual photos. Finally, enjoy a bird’s-eye view of other sights such as the golden roof of the National Theater, the castle in the distance and some other bridges under which you can see passing barges.

If you have some time left, head to Zofin where you can rent a pedal boat for an hour, or stroll along the Vltava and take in a unique view of all (or almost all) of Prague’s monuments. A bit of a sportive exercise but well worth it.

Do not forget to stop in order to eat! Some nice addresses, such as Bredovsky Dvur or U Modre Kachnisky are two very different establishments that both offer original, friendly cuisine. The first is rather “Czech” in that it looks like a beautiful hostel. The second has a tastier, more refined cuisine. Both are a treat for your taste buds!

Not to be missed: Charles Bridge, Clock Tower, Old Town Square, Kampa Island, Astronomical Clock, Wenceslas Square.

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight in Prague 

Free day to discover the city.

Your third day in Prague is the perfect opportunity to go off the beaten path and continue to discover the city. We suggest you redirect yourself to the heights of the city before heading towards the Petrin Tower which is a tribute to the Eiffel Tower in Paris. As you continue, you will pass the fabulous Strahov Monastery. Inside it is possible to admire old books and decorations straight out of a bygone era. Be careful, though…taking pictures is forbidden!

On the way down, you will pass in front of some embassies. Then you can visit the Wallenstein Gardens near the Czech Senate. The gardens are superb and can allow you to enjoy a little rest in the heart of a city which is teeming with activity. In the afternoon, head to Prague 7 and the Holesovice district.

Next, you can go to Letna Park (Letenske sady), stroll around and take pictures in front of the Prague metronome, which replaces an old statue if Joseph Stalin. Letna is a really nice park and a place to rest, have a bite to eat or drink a beer. The view is quite lovely, especially of the bustling center of Prague with the Vltava below. In the summer the park is especially lively, and it is not uncommon to find people grilling food or playing frisbee.

At the end of the day, we strongly recommend that you go to Naplavka, where the youth of Prague meet to enjoy the several bars built into old stone buildings facing the river. Checking out these modern, trendy bars recessed into the rock is a unique experience. If you are lucky, you can sit on a terrace and listen to an alternative music concert. In short, this is an ideal place to enjoy a summer evening you will not forget. For dinner, we invite you to the U Pavouka, a medieval tavern that offers a 5-course meal with free drinks, accompanied by a striking show with fire-eaters, jugglers and other artists!

Not to be missed: Petrin, Letna, Prague metronome, Naplavka, Strahov Monastery, Wallenstein Gardens

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight in Prague 

Train to Vienna. Rest of the day free to visit the city.

The fifth day of your trip takes you to Vienna, the ancient capital of an incredible kingdom where wealth, magic and art have mixed for hundreds of years. An eclectic, lively capital, Vienna is a city of nearly 2 million inhabitants, known for its cafes, gastronomy, as well as its classical music and opera.

On your first day, we suggest that you focus on the historic center. Why not go to the Prater amusement park and take a ride on its giant Ferris wheel from which you can discover the city from new heights? Then enjoy a Wiener Melange at Café Central while listening to classical music.

From a culinary point of view, do not hesitate to try all that Austria has to offer. The Wiener Wiaz Haus offers many typical and traditional dishes. You can also head to the Wirsthaus Am Wasserpark. Both these establishments offer affordable local dishes such as the famous and delicious schnitzel!

Not to be missed: Prater Ferris wheel, discovery of culinary culture

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight in Vienna 

After breakfast, enjoy a magnificent half-day guided tour of Vienna, starting with the Operngasse 8. Then we drive through the Ringstrasse Boulevard, passing some of the city’s best-known sites and monuments: the Vienna State Opera and its sumptuous façade and beautiful ornaments, where the “Opera Ball” is held every year; the grand Hofburg Palace, former winter residence of the imperial family, where Princess Sissi lived (there is also a museum dedicated to her); other gorgeous monuments and buildings such as the Museum of Art and History and the Museum of Natural History, whose exhibitions are so diverse and varied that it is impossible to explain all that you can see there!

You will also pass other highly symbolic places such as the neoclassical Parliament, the famous Burgtheater and the amazing City Hall. Take time to appreciate and photograph these interesting and impressive monuments.

The rest of the visit is definitely worth waiting for, as it is a guided tour of the famous Schonbrunn Palace. This former imperial residence is a UNESCO World Heritage site visited every year by millions of tourists from every part of the world.

This is your chance to discover the remains of a past golden era. You will see beautiful tapestries and magnificent rooms that will allow you to better understand the way nobles and royalty lived at that time. You can also stroll through the palace gardens or enjoy a cup of Viennese coffee and a piece of apple strudel. The tour ends with a return to the Vienna State Opera.

The rest of the day is completely free. We recommend that you visit the Kunst Haus Wien, a small museum that looks nothing like a museum although it highlights many local artists. Inside there is an amusing café while the outside is reminiscent of the colorful decorations of Alice in Wonderland. Or, if you prefer, the Vienna Zoo, founded in 1752, is worth a visit!

In the evening, head to Capa Cagrana for a cocktail and some music. This is the perfect place for a lively evening. For those who like a quieter end to their day, we recommend a walk on the Donauinsel in the evening, an opportunity to enjoy the sumptuous landscape of the Austrian capital embellished with the lights of the setting sun.

Not to be missed: Vienna State Opera, Grand Hofburg Palace, Museum of Art and History, Museum of Natural Science, Schonbrunn Palace, Kunst Haus Wien

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight in Vienna 

Free day to continue discovering Vienna.

On this free day, we invite you to get off the beaten path and start by visiting the University of Vienna, in particular its library.

Continue on your way, this time towards the Prater, a big amusement park where both locals and tourists gather to have fun! After that, stop off at the Naschmarkt Vienna’s most eclectic market, a great place to try out the local produce and grab a bite to eat (open from monday to saturday). For a quieter afternoon, choose one of the city’s pretty parks such as the Kurpark Oberlaa. You can end your stay in Vienna with a gourmet visit of the chocolate museum!

Other choices are also available. You may not know it, but Vienna and Austria are known for their vineyards and good wine. The Austrian capital is the only metropolis in the world to have such a big vineyard just a few minutes’ drive away; 650 hectares shared among 145 producers. What an opportunity to taste good local wine that you may not find elsewhere!

In the evening try to experience the National Opera. Vienna is a city that was once famous for its opera and classical music concerts. Entering the National Opera transports you back to an era when music, dance, beautiful gowns and magnificent chandeliers were the norm. A perfect place for an immersive Viennese experience.

Of course, you cannot forget to eat. While Vienna has many bars and restaurants, some are more worth the visit than others. These include Carmen Und Ich, Paul, and Casino Restaurant Wien, upscale establishments that offer excellent meals.

Not to be missed: Prater, Kurpark Oberlaa, University of Vienna

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight in Vienna 

Train to Budapest. Rest of the day free to discover the city.

This time you take the train to Budapest, a city known as the “Pearl of the Danube”. At first glance Budapest seems less “magical” than its Czech cousin, but if we take a closer look at it, the city will reveal many secrets. If you take the time to discover it, Budapest will turn out to be an exceptional city, especially for the curious.

Upon arrival, take a walk along the Danube Promenade to get a glimpse of the buildings and monuments you will visit in more detail the following day.

Do not hesitate to discover Hungarian culinary culture through some of the beautiful restaurants in the city, such as the Hungarikum Bistro or the Aszu Etterem, two particularly well-located establishments offering affordable and succulent cuisine.

Not to be missed: Danube Promenade, discovery of Hungarian culinary culture

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight in Budapest 

In the morning a half-day guided that will take you through some of the city’s best-known landmarks is planned. The tour starts with the “Chain Bridge” before continuing towards the Parliament, one of the most iconic places in Budapest. Visible from almost everywhere in the city, the Palace of Parliament is the place where Hungarian political life plays out every day.

You will then continue toward the bridge and Margaret Island. In summer Hungarian youth gather here to frequent the beer gardens, listen to music and enjoy the good life on the lively terraces. The tour then continues to the Castle district where you will see the Matthias Church, also called Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption-de-Budavar. Work here began in 1255 and ended in 1896! It is one of the most beautiful churches in the area with its huge 60-meter tower. Further on you can enjoy the view from the fishermen’s bastion and admire the recently rebuilt and renovated Royal Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The tour ends with a visit of Heroes’ Square and then St. Stephen’s Basilica.

Since the rest of the day is free, we suggest you visit the Central Market; it is composed of endless stalls offering excellent products such as local wines, cheeses, meats and spices, a real hodgepodge of smells, flavors and colors. Next head to the Great Synagogue, the largest in Europe and an integral place for the local Jewish community.

From here continue to the House of Terror, the name given to the headquarters of the Communist Party at the time of the USSR. A place steeped in the past with a scary name, it is a gripping museum which traces the history of the fascist and communist regimes that succeeded each other in Hungary. You will find countless archival documents as well as old interrogation and torture rooms.

Not to be missed: Chain Bridge, the Parliament, Margaret Island, Margaret Bridge, Matthias Church, Fishermen’s Bastion, Royal Palace, Heroes’ Square, St. Stephen’s Basilica, the House of Terror

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight in Budapest 

Free day to continue the discovery of Budapest

Want to relax after a busy week? We invite you to head to one of the Hungarian baths. Whether it is the Gellert Bath or the Szecheny Bath, swimming pools, spa and relaxation are main attractions. Enjoying the baths is a well-known activity for tourists and locals alike. Plan to spend a couple of hours in one of these beautiful places and time will seem to fly.

For a good restaurant before leaving, we recommend the Kisbirohaz Vendeglo or the Antre, which both offer quality menus. Be sure to try typical Hungarian food such as goulash, langos or kurtoskalacs, all a real treat for the tastebuds.

Not to be missed: Gellert or Szecheny Baths

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight in Budapest 

Transfer to Budapest airport. Return flight to Montreal

Meals: Breakfast 

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DATES

Daily departures

INCLUSIONS

This trip includes:

  • Round trip flights Montreal/Prague and Budapest/Montreal

  • Trains Prague/Vienna/Budapest in economy class

  • Transfers from/to the airports

  • 9 nights in double occupancy in a standard room, hotels according to the chosen category

  • 9 breakfasts

  • 2 half-days visits of Prague and Budapest with a bilingual guide (French & English) 

  • Half-day visit of Vienna with a English speaking guide

  • Entrance fees to the following monuments: the Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna

  • Airport taxes

This trip does not include:

  • Any activities, tours or entrance fees to monuments

  • Items of personal nature such as mini-bar, safety-box, wi-fi etc.

  • Baggage handling at airports/hotels

  • Tips for guides, drivers, waiters etc

  • Tourist tax in Prague, Vienna and Budapest

  • All types of travel or personal insurance

  • PCR tests

  • Anything not stated explicitly in the inclusions

  • Contribution to the Compensation Fund for Customers of Travel Agents: 3.50$ per 1000$

Featured hotels

Package in standard hotels (or similar)
Prague                           Lunik 3*
Vienne                           Star Inn Schonbrunn 3*
Budapest                      Promenade 3*
Package in superior hotels (or similar)
Prague                              Archibald City 4*
Vienne                              Strudlhof 4*
Budapest                         Fashion Estilo 4*

REMARKS

For more flexibility, this program can be modified to include a longer stay in a city, first class train tickets or the addition of private guided visits.

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