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10 Top Reasons to go to the Rose Parade

1) We have been doing this for over 50 Years! Cartan Tours has been in business since 1899 and we have offered the Rose Parade Tour for over 50 years. We listen to the comments from our guests to make … Continue reading

Travel to Cuba – 6 Days / 5 Nights

  Travel to Cuba – 7 Days / 6 Nights Havana, Cuba! Maybe you have heard about it. Perhaps you’ve read about it or have seen old footage from a classic film. How about going there to see it for yourself? Cartan … Continue reading

NEW TOUR: Explore Portland, Oregon by Train

Recently I was in Portland, OR to do a training session for a company that Cartan Tours works with. This was my first visit to Portland. (In fact, I have not been to Portland, ME either but it is on … Continue reading

City Spotlight: Toronto

I have been to Toronto at least once a year since the late 1970’s.  When I worked for Air Canada, it was multiple times a year.  So, what brought me to Toronto and why keep going back?  Well for one, … Continue reading

SPECIAL OFFERS: New Senior Discounts on Select Trans Canada Tours

Cartan Tours is announcing DOUBLE the regular senior discount on the following Summer Trans Canada Tours: Winter and Summer Canada By Rail Classic Canada by Rail Classic with Jasper Canada by Rail with Rockies from Toronto Canada by Rail with … Continue reading

An evening with Straight No Chaser

Both the Ayres Hotel and Doubletree Hotel Rose Parade Tour packages have a slightly different itinerary on just one day.  While the Doubletree Hotel guests enjoyed an afternoon at Warner Bros. Studio and then a night off to enjoy dinner … Continue reading

2014 Tournament of Roses Parade Winners

Cartan Tours is excited to share some of our pictures of the Float Trophy Winners from the 125th Anniversary Tournament of Roses Parade: The Mayor’s Award for Most Outstanding City Entry – National or International:  Sierra Madre Rose Float Association … Continue reading

Warner Bros. Studio Tour, VIP style with Cartan Tours

Being a movie and television enthusiast, I was especially excited to get to participate in the Warner Bros. Studio Tour as part of the DoubleTree Hotel’s Rose Parade Package itinerary.  Honestly, using the word “enthusiast” might be a little of … Continue reading

Ayres Hotel Hawthorne: 10th Anniversary with Cartan Tours

In 2003, Cartan Tours had outgrown the hotel that we had been using for our Rose Parade tours and needed to find a new venue.   At that time, I was searching to find something that would not only fit … Continue reading

Tournament of Roses Parade – Join Us in 2015!

Cartan Tours Staff from the Ayres Hotel

Happy New Year from the staff of Cartan Tours!!   We are live from Pasadena right now and just finished enjoying the 125th Tournament of Roses Parade.  It was spectacular! Cartan Tours brought a sold out group to this amazing event … Continue reading

Top 5 Winter Activities in Banff / Lake Louise

As a seasoned traveler and someone who has been in the travel industry for over 30 years, I have my favorite things to do during the winter months in different destinations.  The Banff and Lake Louise areas of Alberta, Canada … Continue reading

I love Pasadena and the Tournament of Roses Parade

I’m not someone who’s interested in rushing through the holiday season.  Heck, I can’t believe that it’s not even Thanksgiving and the Christmas decorations are everywhere! That is why I am looking forward to leaving the cold of Chicago behind … Continue reading

Winter Canada by Rail with Jasper – 10 Days / 9 Nights

Canada by Rail with Jasper in Winter – 10 Days / 9 Nights   Independent Travel Canada by Rail with Jasper begins with an overnight at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto. A hop on/off tour of Toronto & dinner … Continue reading

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