Get amongst the winter festivities of Canada and the USA
Escape the crowds, embrace the snow and enjoy the magical festivities of Christmas on this 10-day winter adventure through the USA and Canada. Check out the Windy City, dine with an Amish family in small-town Ohio, experience the misty magic of Niagara Falls and skate along the frozen Rideau Canal in Montreal. Explore eclectic and French-infused Montreal, try your hand at sleigh riding in snow-covered Stowe, and finish up among the bright lights and skyscrapers of New York. Along the way, there’s a slew of winter festivals and Christmas markets to explore.
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Capture the magic of Christmas and enjoy the local festivities. This flexible itinerary is specially designed to show you the winter highlights and some seasonal treats.
Venture off the tourist trail on a visit to Amish Country where you’ll dine on hearty homemade cuisine with a local family.
Indulge in Canadian local cuisine, from pastrami sandwiches at Shwartz’s Deli in Montreal to ‘beaver tails’ in Ottawa’s Byward Market Square.
Get insider knowledge on an orientation tour of Old Montreal with plenty of free time to explore the rest of the eclectic city at your leisure.
Get among the Canadian festivities like Christmas markets or the festival of lights in Toronto and Montreal. Depending on when you visit there's always something going on!
You'll be travelling in a van with a group of travellers on long journeys, so conditions may feel a little cramped. This is all part of the adventure and you might even make some long-term friends.
Part of travelling with Intrepid means respecting local cultures and sensibilities. That way you get the most out of your interactions with local people. As this trip includes a visit to Amish country, we ask you to dress respectfully and please don't take photos without asking.
Traffic around the cities of New York and Toronto can be quite hectic and busy, especially during holiday periods. There may be delays, so be prepared to take part in car games to keep yourself entertained.
Some of the cities on this itinerary are best explored by foot. You'll get the most out of your trip if you're reasonably fit and able to walk moderate-to-long distances. However, public transportation in these cities is modern and reliable.
It will be cold. Very cold. You'll need to make sure you have appropriate gear such as a pair of warm winter boots. See our packing list (https://www.intrepidtravel.com/au/packing-list) for a full recommendation of what to take.
Highways are generally well maintained in this part of the world and ploughed regularly, however there can occasionally be disruptions to transport due to storms or heavy snow. Winter is a great time to travel but it does require some flexibility.
1. A single supplement is available on this trip.
2. A complimentary airport arrival transfer is included; valid if you are arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-tour accommodation through us. You must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel.
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