Maple Experience - 6 Days

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As the world\'s second-largest country, sprawling across more than 3.85 million square miles, Canada offers visitors so many potential travel experiences that it\'s hard to know where to begin. Sure, you know about Niagara Falls and Lake Louise, Vancouver\'s Stanley Park and Montreal\'s cobblestoned Old Town. But did you also know that you can swim with beluga whales, go digging for clams or walk under the stars through a canyon full of frozen waterfalls?

Dive into our slideshow to sample these unique experiences plus many more, spanning the country from the wide-open cattle ranches out west to the friendly fishing villages in the Maritimes. Then prepare for your trip with our guides to getting around and where to stay.



West Canada

Vancouver
Vancouver is one of the most bustling metropolises in Canada. With the Pacific Ocean on one side and the mountains on the other, this peninsula offers spectacular scenery with something for everybody.

Rockies
The Canadian Rockies stand astride western Alberta and eastern British Columbia. Its highest peaks and ranges make up the north-south line of the Continental Divide, the “backbone” of the country, where rivers flow either west to the Pacific or east to the Arctic and Atlantic oceans. Three of the five national parks are located here – Banff, Jasper and Waterton Lakes. The scenery is breathtaking.

East Canada

Toronto
Located on the shores of Lake Ontario, Toronto has something for everybody – from a beautiful waterfront to the rainforests of the Ontario Science Centre to lively neighbourhoods brimming with multi-cultural heritage, summer festivals, and futuristic architecture that blends with elegant Victorian houses and much more – this is one cosmopolitan melting pot. This is Canada’s largest city and its commercial capital.

Ottawa
Ottawa is the capital of Canada and situated on the side of Ottawa River and has a network of waterways and canals that link it to Lake Ontario and Georgian Bay. One of the unique facts about Ontario is that it is North American Capital which is bilingual as most of the locals are quite well versed in English and French.

Quebec
Spectacular fireworks illuminate the night skies as you explore the steep and narrow alleyways beneath the lofty ramparts and storied citadel of this historic walled city. Perched on Cap Diamant, Quebec city is what Paris is to Europe, the quintessence of Romance. As you walk down cobblestone streets, stop at vintage shops and visit elegant squares surrounded by stone houses, you will feel like you are back in Europe. Lying on the St.Lawrence River, it is the second-oldest existing European settlement in Canada and has the only walled city in North America in the OldQuarter.

Montreal
Montreal is an island city and is a great example of the past and present blending beautifully together. Founded by French explorers more than 350 years ago, it is among the oldest cities on the continent, its history a rich backdrop to its vibrant multicultural life.

A captivating blend of old and new, with stone-walled taverns, candlelit drinking dens, wild festivals and a cutting-edge arts scene.

Day 1

On arrival transfer from Toronto Airport to hotel. Rest of the day at leisure to explore the cultural, entertainment and financial capital of Canada.

Day 2

After breakfast proceed on full day tour to Niagara Falls. Travel through the towns of Hamilton, St. Catherine’s and the wine region of the Niagara Peninsula. Included is a thrilling boat ride on the Maid of the Mist. Other highlights include a meal and a trip along the beautiful Niagara Parkway which winds its way along the Niagara Gorge passing through the historic community of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Day 3

After breakfast, discover what lies behind Toronto’s famous skyline on a comprehensive (Hop-on/ Hop-off) city tour. Experience the sights and sounds of this cosmopolitan city, highlights include Eaton Center, City Halls, Casa Loma, Yorkville and the University of Toronto. Pass by the Rogers Centre, the CN Tower and drive along the Harbourfront for a complete impression of this city. Afternoon checkout of hotel and proceed to Union Station (own arrangements) to board Via Rail to Ottawa. Pass through quaint little towns along Lake Ontario, the historic city of Kingston and the Thousand Islands region. On arrival proceed to hotel(own arrangements). Rest of the day at leisure, to explore the charm of Canada’s Capital City.

Day 4

After breakfast proceed on a sightseeing tour of Ottawa (Step-on/off). See parliament buildings, embassies, universities, museums, Canadian Mint, the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Civilization, the residence of the Prime Minister and the National Arts Centre. Drive through scenic gardens, parklands and along the Rideau Canal, one of Ottawa's picturesque waterways. Afternoon checkout and proceed to station (own arrangements) to board Via Rail to Montreal. On arrival proceed to hotel (own arrangements). Rest of the day at leisure, to explore Montreal’s vibrant and dynamic culture.

Day 5

After breakfast proceed on sightseeing tour of Montreal. Highlights of this fully-narrated tour includes: A photo stop at the beautiful Notre Dame (entrance not included), the residential and financial districts, historic Old Montreal, an outside view of the Olympic Complex, St. Joseph Oratory (photo stop), a view of the campus of McGill University and a panoramic view from an observation point on top of Mont Royal.

Day 6

After breakfast, morning at leisure. Afternoon checkout and transfer to Montreal Airport to connect flight to onward destination.

West Canada

Vancouver
Vancouver is one of the most bustling metropolises in Canada. With the Pacific Ocean on one side and the mountains on the other, this peninsula offers spectacular scenery with something for everybody.

Rockies
The Canadian Rockies stand astride western Alberta and eastern British Columbia. Its highest peaks and ranges make up the north-south line of the Continental Divide, the “backbone” of the country, where rivers flow either west to the Pacific or east to the Arctic and Atlantic oceans. Three of the five national parks are located here – Banff, Jasper and Waterton Lakes. The scenery is breathtaking.

East Canada

Toronto
Located on the shores of Lake Ontario, Toronto has something for everybody – from a beautiful waterfront to the rainforests of the Ontario Science Centre to lively neighbourhoods brimming with multi-cultural heritage, summer festivals, and futuristic architecture that blends with elegant Victorian houses and much more – this is one cosmopolitan melting pot. This is Canada’s largest city and its commercial capital.

Ottawa
Ottawa is the capital of Canada and situated on the side of Ottawa River and has a network of waterways and canals that link it to Lake Ontario and Georgian Bay. One of the unique facts about Ontario is that it is North American Capital which is bilingual as most of the locals are quite well versed in English and French.

Quebec
Spectacular fireworks illuminate the night skies as you explore the steep and narrow alleyways beneath the lofty ramparts and storied citadel of this historic walled city. Perched on Cap Diamant, Quebec city is what Paris is to Europe, the quintessence of Romance. As you walk down cobblestone streets, stop at vintage shops and visit elegant squares surrounded by stone houses, you will feel like you are back in Europe. Lying on the St.Lawrence River, it is the second-oldest existing European settlement in Canada and has the only walled city in North America in the OldQuarter.

Montreal
Montreal is an island city and is a great example of the past and present blending beautifully together. Founded by French explorers more than 350 years ago, it is among the oldest cities on the continent, its history a rich backdrop to its vibrant multicultural life.

A captivating blend of old and new, with stone-walled taverns, candlelit drinking dens, wild festivals and a cutting-edge arts scene.

Vancouver
Luxury
: Shangri-La Hotel, Pan Pacific Vancouver, Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver
Superior: L\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'Hermitage, The Fairmont Hotel, Fairmont Waterfront Hotel
Budget: Empire Landmark Hotel, Century Plaza Hotel & Spa, Executive Hotel Vintage Park

Rockies

Luxury: Post Hotel, Trout Point Lodge of Nova Scotia, StoneRidge Mountain Resort
Superior: Rimrock Resort Hotel, Copperstone Resort, Solara Resort & Spa
Budget: Prince of Wales Hotel, Grande Rockies Resort, Brewster\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s Mountain Lodge

Toronto
Luxury: Trump International Hotel & Tower, The Ritz-Carlton, The Hazelton Hotel
Superior: Le Germain Hotel Maple Leaf Square, Cosmopolitan Hotel, Renaissance Toronto Downtown Hotel
Budget: Holiday Inn, Best Western Plus Executive Inn

Ottawa

Luxury: ARC The Hotel, The Westin Ottawa, Brookstreet Hotel
Superior: Fairmont Château Laurier, Ottawa Marriott, Hotel Novotel
Budget: Sheraton Ottawa Hotel, Ottawa Embassy Hotel & Suites, Les Suites Hotel

Quebec
Luxury: Hôtel Quintessence, Hotel Le Crystal, Hotel Le St-James
Superior: Fairmont le Château Montebello, Hotel Omni Mont-Royal, Hôtel Le Germain Québec
Budget: Hotel Chateau St-Marc, Auberge Douceurs Belges, Hôtel Le Cantlie Suites

Montreal
Luxury: Ritz-Carlton Montreal, Hotel Le Crystal, Hotel Le St-James
Superior: Loews Hôtel Vogue, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Hôtel Le Germain Montréal
Budget: Sheraton Laval, Hôtel Chez Swann, Hôtel Le Cantlie Suites

Original Passport with validity of minimum six months and minimum two blank pages for visa stamp. Attach all your old passports (if any)

Visa application forms have to be filled online by the applicant

Three recent passport size photographs with matt or semi matt finish, 60%-80% face coverage, white background and without border (Size: 35mm x 45mm)

Mention the name and date of birth at the back of the photo.

Photographs should not be more than three months old, scanned / stapled and should not be used in any of the previous visas.

Typed covering letter on plain paper from you mentioning name, designation, yours wife’s name, passport number, purpose, duration of visit & who will take care of her expenses. The letter should be duly signed and addressed to – The Visa Officer, Canadian High Commission, New Delhi.

Financials:  a) Personal ITR for 3 yrs b) Personal Bank Statement for last six months and C) Salary slips 6 Months

Employed:  Original leave letter from Employer.

Processing Time: Minimum 12-15 Working days

Foreign Exchange

Gilpin Travel Management is authorized by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), to conduct foreign exchange transactions in India.

Gilpin offers a wide array of products and services,  to cater to both the business and leisure clients.

Gilpin are also authorized merchants for WESTERN UNION and MONEY EXCHANGE.

FAQs

GENERAL QUESTIONS

What if I wish to extend my stay at one of the destinations?
You can extend your stay provided you intimate us of such extension at the time of your booking. Additional charges will be applicable and the reservation would be basis the availability. It is recommended not to make any extensions/alterations can be done when the tour is in progress. 

Will there be any change in itinerary or date of tour as we need to plan our leaves and make necessary arrangements accordingly?
We do not change the itinerary or date of the tour, however in case of force majeure events; circumstances force us to change the routing or date of the tour, as the case may be, just for your safety. 

Can I make changes in my travel plan once the booking is done?
Yes, you can modify your booking or travel plan. There may be certain charges for modifications or for canceling the old booking and making new arrangements. The travel consultants at our offices will assist you for the same. 

Due to some reasons if I cancel the tour then will I get my money back?
Cancellation of tour will attract certain cancellation charges. The travel consultant will give you the details about such cancellation at the time of booking 


INTERNATIONAL TOURS

Can I upgrade my class of travel or airline?
Yes, you can upgrade your class of travel or airline as per the availability and on an additional cost. Please inform the same at the time of booking.

Can I request for a window seat or seat with more leg space?
Yes, you can request for a window seat or seat with more leg space or an aisle seat at the airport check in counter. It will be provided by airline as per the availability.

Does airline have provision of wheelchair?
Yes, airlines have provision but it is limited hence you need to inform us at the time of booking. Few airlines also have certain charges for wheel chair. Wheelchair is subject to availability and at the discretion of the airline.

How much baggage is allowed per ticket?
At present for most of the destinations, it is 20 to 25 kg for cargo and 6 to 7 kg for handbag per ticket but it does vary with the airline. For guest traveling to US at present baggage is controlled by Piece Concept. Under the Piece Concept, passengers are permitted per ticket to check two bags with a per-bag weight of up to 23 kg for Economy Class. However for internal flights there is no free baggage allowed, your 1 check in baggage cost is paid by Gilpin but the second checkin baggage if any has to be paid by guest. Also due to security reasons during internal flight the bags cannot be locked, same will be timely instructed by the Tour Leader on tour. Hand baggage of 7 kg is allowed for both international and internal flights.

Can I do telephonic or internet checks in on the day of departure?
Most of the airlines in case of groups prefer checkin at the airport check in counter only.


HOTELS & ROOM TYPES

What categories of hotels are offered? 
The hotels are usually 3* / 4* category with basic amenities.

Are the hotels located in the city? 
The hotels are booked as per the availability and are located at convenient locations.

What is the basic accommodation type? 
For all packages, accommodation is generally provided on Twin sharing basis. Other room types like Single room, Double Room or Triple Room can be provided as informed at the time of booking.

What does Twin Sharing mean? 
Twin sharing means two adult share 1 room with two separate beds.

What does Double Sharing mean? 
Double sharing means two adult share 1 room with one queen / king size bed .

What is a Triple room?
Triple room is when 3 adults share 1 room. Usually, a family with 1 child or friends prefers this type of room. The room size is same as that of a twin room and the third bed is often a roll - away mattress.

What if I and my child want to share a room? 
Within India, if child is below 12 yrs of age and sharing a room with an adult then child has to pay adult tour price. International tours, child below 12 years of age sharing room with an adult needs to pay 75% of tour price and 12 years and above adult tour price.

Can 3 adults and 1 child share a hotel room?
At most of the destinations around the world, if you are a family of four then you are given 2 rooms. As per the safety norms, 4 people are not allowed in one room. In this case, if you have a child then s/he has to pay adult 75% or adult tour price depending on age as mentioned.

Is it safe to keep our belongings in the hotel room when we go for sightseeing? 
We recommend that you should not carry many valuables on tour. However, many hotels do have safe deposit lockers which you can make use of. Handle the locker keys and password with caution as a fine can be levied if the password / keys are forgotten / lost. Kindly do not keep any valuable unattended in the hotel.

Is porterage service available in all hotels on tour?
Porterage service is subject to availability on prior request with certain charges. In most of the countries, porters are not available as in India so we recommend that you carry stroller bags or four wheeler bag which you can handle yourself instead of porterage service and is faster and convenient.


DOCUMENTATION

Do I need a passport for travel? 
Yes, Passport is mandatory for any international travel.

If I do not have a passport, will Gilpin assist for the same? 
If you do not have a passport you can apply for the same online on www.passportindia.gov.in if you are an Indian National, however Gilpin will only guide but does not assist in the processing as recommended to apply by self

With my maiden name reflecting on the passport, can I book the tour with my married name?
It is important that the tour booking should be done as per your name on the passport as all further travel arrangements are booked accordingly and passport is the only valid document abroad for verification.

What is Visa and how should I obtain the Visa?
VISA is the short form for Visitors Intending to Stay Abroad. It is a permission granted by the high commission or consulate of the country you wish to visit. For certain countries, you have to go for personal interview. Gilpin will assist you in filing the visa application. 

What is the possibility of getting a VISA? 
Granting or Non-Granting of a Visa solely depends on the respective Consulate/ Embassy. We just assist you in filing the application for the Visa. We neither assure nor guarantee the Visa to anyone since the same is beyond our control.

If due to Visa rejection I need to cancel my travel plan then do I get a refund?
Yes, you can get a refund after deducting the Visa application fees and cancellation charges, if any.

Do I need Overseas Travel insurance? 
It is advisable to acquire adequate Overseas Travel Insurance cover for protection from any possible risks such as damage, loss, accident or injury to life etc on tour. For Europe and Dubai tours, the insurance is included in the tour price for those aged up to 59 years for the duration of the tour. Guest above 59 years of age will have to pay the difference on the insurance premium as applicable.


BOOKING & PAYMENT

How much in advance should I book the tour?
For Indian tours, recommended 120 days prior to the departure date. However, if you book early you can avail of the advance booking discounts, priority in the coach etc. International tours recommended atleast 90 days in advance to avail of the advance booking discounts, priority in the coach etc.

What are the requirements to book a package tour?
To book a tour, you need passport with 6 months validity subsequent to the scheduled departure date of the tour and with sufficient number of blank pages for visa purposes. Whereas for Indian Tours identification proof is mandate. You also need to pay a booking amount depending on the tour price to do the further processing 

Do I need to pay the entire tour price at one go while booking?
It is not mandatory though; you can pay the initial booking amount to book and pay the balance payment later before departure of the tour.

Post Booking

How can I check my payment and billing details?
You will receive an invoice and receipt of the payments. if you do not receive the same you can contact the accounts team at billing@gilintravelindia.com

Prior to tour departure is there any information provided?
We do give pre departure information sheet once you book a tour which consists information about the destination, things to carry, weather, shopping etc.

Do we get any confirmation call of our scheduled departure?
Yes, 2 to 3 days prior to your scheduled departure we give a call to inform the reporting time and place.

In case of emergency whom can I contact?
During emergency, you can call on +91 9167234716 which is Gilpin\'s Emergency Number.


FOREIGN EXCHANGE

Do I need to carry multiple currencies depending upon different countries visited on the tour? 
USD / EURO are universally accepted currencies and easily exchangeable in any part of the world. No need to carry multiple currencies. You can carry the local currency of the visiting country worth $ 50 for miscellaneous expenses and if in emergency.

How much foreign exchange can I carry on tour?
As per RBI circular, the Basic Travel Quota (BTQ) per financial year is US$ 10000 per person for private visit and US$ 25000 for business visit.

Is it advisable to carry foreign exchange in Cash on tour?
You can carry cash but we advise you to carry American Express Travelers Cheques as it is accepted around the world. It is safer than cash and if lost or stolen can be replaced worldwide, usually within 24 hours. Travelers Cheques also enable you to budget track and control your travel expenses easily. Also, we have Forex Card which is a magnetic strip based Prepaid Card usually introduced in partnership with Visa International or Master Card International, which offers you a convenient and secure way to carry your foreign exchange. 


USEFUL TIPS

Before Travel

  1. As per RBI circular, the Basic Travel Quota (BTQ) per financial year is US$ 10000 per person for private visit & US$ 25000 for business visit.
  2. Maximum limit for carrying INR while travelling abroad is Rs 7500/- .
  3. Maximum limit for bringing INR while returning India is Rs 7500/-.
  4. USD / EURO are universal currencies & easily exchangeable in any part of the world.
  5. Airport tax is added to Forex cost at airport.
  6. Carry local currency of the each visiting country worth $ 50 for miscellaneous expenses and emergency use.
  7. Travelers’ Cheque are safer than cash, and if lost or stolen can be replaced worldwide, usually within 24 hours. 
  8. Travelers’ Cheque provides complete peace of mind when travelling for business or leisure.
  9. Travelers’ Cheque also enables you to budget, track and control your travel expenses easily.
  10. Please sign on top of Travelers’ Cheque to avoid misuse of the Cheque.

During Travel

  1. Always refer Currency Table while converting currency.
  2. Always exchange currency at Authorized money changer.
  3. Keep currency of different countries in separate pockets of a pouch to avoid confusion & loss.
  4. Do not keep entire Forex with one person, divide it among family members. 
  5. Usually ,you get better rate for USD / EURO of higher denomination 
  6. Spend all coins before returning from tour or keep with you as a souvenir.
  7. Guests require to show Passport for Travellers\' cheque encashment.
  8. Please keep Travellers\' cheque and slip separately in different bags. 
  9. Foreign currency should be surrendered within 6 months after the tour. 
  10. However, you are free to retain USD 2,000, in the form of currency notes or TC\'s for future travel 

After Travel

  1. Foreign currency should be surrendered within 6 months after the tour. 
  2. However, you are free to retain USD 2,000, in the form of currency notes or TC\'s for future travel.
  3. We believe in Safe & Secure Foreign Exchange.

 

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