Monthly Archives: September 2013

You CAN Travel to Cuba from the USA

People, in general, do not like to be told that they can’t do something.  I definitely fall in to this category.  When I was young, I was told not to ride my bike past a certain boundary.  Why?  Was there … Continue reading

Welcome to Cartan Tours

Welcome to the redesigned Cartan Tours website and our new blog! Here you will find detailed, in-depth stories about our tours from the personal experiences of our highly-trained and well-traveled staff. We will highlight Cartan Tours unique offerings throughout Canada, … Continue reading

Grand Marshal for 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade Announced

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Hall of Fame broadcaster and Los Angeles Dodgers announcer Vin Scully has been officially named the Grand Marshal for the 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade. Celebrating its 125th Anniversary on January 1st, the Tournament of Roses Parade is a beautiful … Continue reading

Winter Bear Tracks – 11 Days / 10 Nights

Bear Tracks – 11 Days / 10 Nights   Start your adventure in Toronto, Canada’s largest city with its vast culture, fascinating museums, great shopping, and international cuisine. Then board VIA Rail’s “Canadian” for a two night train ride to … Continue reading

Grizzly Bear Adventure – 8 Days / 7 Nights

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Grizzly Bear Adventure – 8 Days / 7 Nights   The central coast of British Columbia is known as the Great Bear Rainforest. This area is one of the best places in the world to observe grizzly bears and other … Continue reading

Winter Polar Bear Adventure – 8 Days / 7 Nights

Polar Bear Adventure – 8 Days / 7 Nights   Churchill, Manitoba the Polar Bear Capitol of the World is the only human settlement where polar Bears can be observed in the wild. The best viewing time is mid-October to … Continue reading

Winter Northern Lights Tour – 8 Days / 7 Nights

Northern Lights Tour – 8 Days / 7 Nights   A faint glow appears on the horizon. The spectacular Northern Lights!  Slowly, soft curtains of color shimmer across the northern sky. The colors bend and weave and slowly begin to … Continue reading

Belugas, Birds and Blooms – 6 Days / 5 Nights

Belugas, Birds and Blooms – 6 Days / 5 Nights   The Beluga’s, Birds and Blooms tour is an absolutely amazing adventure, truly the best kept secret in Churchill. Churchill, Manitoba is “the” place to experience thousands of beluga whales … Continue reading

Newfoundland and Labrador – 12 Days / 11 Nights

Newfoundland and Labrador – 12 Days / 11 Nights   This is an Escorted Tour. Newfoundland and Labrador offers a rich history and spectacular beauty. With over 10,000 miles of rugged, majestic coastline, you will find your place standing on … Continue reading

Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island – 8 Days / 7 Nights

Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island – 8 Days / 7 Nights   This is a Self-Drive Tour. Fresh salt air, sandy beaches, rocky coves, cosmopolitan cities, remote lighthouses, rich history, warm hospitality, rustic fishing villages, succulent seafood, unspoiled nature, … Continue reading

Canadian Cities, Plus Maritimes and Cruise – 13 Days / 12 Nights

Canadian Cities, Plus Maritimes and Cruise – 13 Days / 12 Nights   After 2 nights in Ottawa and Montreal, set sail on Holland America from Montreal to Boston, calling on exciting Eastern Canada and New England ports. After your cruise, … Continue reading

Montreal, VIA Rail, Best of the Maritimes – 16 Days / 15 Nights

Montreal, VIA Rail, Best of the Maritimes – 16 Days / 15 Nights   This is an Escorted Tour. This 15 night package starts in the lovely city of Montreal for an overnight before boarding VIA Rail’s Ocean for an … Continue reading

Quebec City, Rail, Nova Scotia & PEI – 10 Days / 9 Nights

Quebec City, Rail, Nova Scotia & PEI – 10 Days / 9 Nights   When you visit Quebec City and stay at the Fairmont Chateau Frontenac, you will find a world of activity right outside your door. This vibrant city … Continue reading

Winter Quebec City Carnival and Montreal High Lights and Ottawa Winterlude – 10 Days / 9 Nights

Winter Quebec City Carnival, Montreal High Lights & Ottawa Winterlude – 10 Days / 9 Nights   WINTER CARNIVAL IN QUÉBEC CITY… From late January through mid-February, a multitude of athletic, cultural and participatory activities will allow people of all ages … Continue reading

Cruise the St. Lawrence (Quebec City-Kingston) – 9 Days / 8 Nights

Cruise the St. Lawrence (Quebec City-Kingston) – 9 Days / 8 Nights   This is an independent tour and cruise on a replica steamship. Cruising aboard the MV Canadian Empress is an ideal way to experience the beauty of the … Continue reading

Cruise the Ottawa River (Ottawa to Kingston) – 8 Days / 7 Nights

Cruise the Ottawa River (Ottawa to Kingston) – 8 Days / 7 Nights   This is an independent tour and cruise on a replica steamship. Calm water cruising on the St. Lawrence and Ottawa River is a relaxing and carefree … Continue reading

Exploring Quebec – 8 Days / 7 Nights

Exploring Quebec – 8 Days / 7 Nights   While Montreal and Quebec City are familiar names, you may wonder, why Charlevoix? Ninety miles from Quebec City is the Charlevoix region of Quebec. There, perched on a cliff overlooking the … Continue reading

Canadian Cities, Canadian Rail – 8 Days / 7 Nights

Canadian Cities, Canadian Rail – 8 Days / 7 Nights   This is a great choice for a family vacation. These cities offer rich cultural experiences to young people. They have flash and flair, they are foreign yet familiar. Train … Continue reading

Montreal High Lights & Ottawa Winterlude – 7 Days / 6 Nights

Montreal High Lights & Ottawa Winterlude – 7 Days / 6 Nights   HIGH LIGHTS FESTIVAL IN MONTREAL…This festive season returns to Montréal for a touch of sophistication, culture and a true “taste of Canada” with dance, theater and even … Continue reading

Winter Quebec City Carnival & Montreal High Lights Festival – 7 Days / 6 Nights

Winter Quebec City Carnival & Montreal High Lights Festival   WINTER CARNIVAL IN QUÉBEC CITY… A multitude of athletic, cultural and participatory activities will allow people of all ages to enjoy the countless pleasures of winter. Fall under the spell of … Continue reading

Exploring Ontario – 7 Days / 6 Nights

Exploring Ontario – 7 Days / 6 Nights   Ontario is rich in its water resources. Toronto sits on Lake Ontario, with thundering Niagara Falls nearby. Kingston is in the heart of the 1000 Islands on the St. Lawrence River, … Continue reading

Winter & Summer: A Sale of Two Cities – 7 Days / 6 Nights

A Sale of Two Cities – 7 Days / 6 Nights   A Sale of Two Cities, Montreal and Quebec City.  Great Cities…Great Hotels…Great Price… For a memorable honeymoon, anniversary trip or any reason at all. This is a perfect … Continue reading

Quebec City . . . Let’s Fall In Love – 6 Days / 5 Nights

Quebec City . . . Let’s Fall In Love – 6 Days / 5 Nights   Bonjour!! Quebec City…Let’s Fall In Love! Let us entice you to visit the most European City on this continent! Quebec City has it all!! … Continue reading

Winter Quebec City Celebration – 5 Days / 4 Nights

Winter Quebec City Celebration – 5 Days / 4 Nights   When most people think of winter, they immediately conjure up visions of chilly temperatures and blustering snow drifts. Few destinations  make this vision enchanting, but the Winter Quebec City … Continue reading

Winter Canada by Rail with Polar Bears – 10 Days / 9 Nights

Canada by Rail with Polar Bears – 10 Days / 9 Nights   Nothing shows you Canada like the train. Travel from Toronto past shimmering lakes and towering forests, across the “big sky” prairies, through majestic mountains to Vancouver and the sparkling … Continue reading

Trains Across Canada with the Rockies – 20 Days / 19 Nights

Trains Across Canada with the Rockies – 20 Days / 19 Nights There was a time where you could board a sleeper train in Vancouver and travel through to Halifax without changing trains. You can still experience this wonderful trip, … Continue reading

Canada by Rail, Alaska by Sea – 15 Days / 14 Nights

Canada by Rail, Alaska by Sea – 15 Days / 14 Nights Combine two lifelong travel dreams when you travel from Toronto to Vancouver, in the comfort of VIA Rail’s Canadian in Sleeper Plus class with a private bedroom. Experience Vancouver before … Continue reading

Trains Across Canada – 15 Days / 14 Nights

Trains Across Canada – 15 Days / 14 Nights   There was a time where you could board a sleeper train in Vancouver and travel through to Halifax without changing trains. You can still experience this wonderful trip, using a … Continue reading

Mounties, Mountains and Moose – 13 Days / 12 Nights

Mounties, Mountains and Moose – 13 Days / 12 Nights   When you think of Canada what three icons come to mind? The Royal Canadian Mounted Police otherwise known as Mounties, the majestic Mountains of Alberta and British Columbia, and … Continue reading

Canadian Trains and The Rockies – 13 Days / 12 Nights

Canadian Trains and The Rockies – 13 Days / 12 Nights   Train travel brings us back to a time when life was a lot slower. When someone’s trip was the talk of the town and a “sleeper” was the … Continue reading