Canada all-inclusive for older parents

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1. Posted by Walkaways5813 (Budding Member 15 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Hi all,

My parents are in their 70s and I'd like to take them to Canada for a trip (their long dream has been to see the country and it would probably be their last long distance trip). They are based in the UK and I've been having a look for all-inclusive tours where they have to do very little but enjoy themselves but it's all so expensive - around 2,000 GBP - which would mean I'm broke by the end of it. Do any of you have suggestions of tour operators that provide reasonable prices for some of the standard tours (e.g. Rockies and nature tours) or ways to minimise the costs that help me be able to afford to do this for them?

Thank you in advance for your kind advice.

2. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 369 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Walkaways5813

Do any of you have suggestions of tour operators that provide reasonable prices for some of the standard tours (e.g. Rockies and nature tours) or ways to minimise the costs that help me be able to afford to do this for them?

I know of a few people who've used both toursbylocals.com and showaround.com with great results. Tour guides can be found throughout the world with these and similar groups. Often, these local tour guides can tailor something for you, or you can choose a tour guide who specializes in a particular subject, like food and wine, nature, history, art, etc.

This doesn't cover the all-inclusive aspect you are asking after, however it's merely a suggestion for how you may be able to cut costs on area tours.

[ Edit: Edited on 18-Oct-2019, 13:07 GMT by road to roam ]

3. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1766 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Usually the best way to reduce costs is by tackling aspects of the trip yourself.

When we did a trip to the Canadian Rockies from the UK, we found it cheapest to fly with a connecting flight via Iceland, into Edmonton, and then hired a car to self-drive. We booked an economy car and as usual they have none of those so we were given a big SUV with all the toys. We based ourselves for a few nights each in Jasper and Banff. In Jasper we stayed in a place where the owner lived upstairs and had the ground floor set up as 2 en suite letting rooms. In Banff it all looked expensive so our best option was the youth hostel.

I think you could very easily have a good trip driving yourself. I don't know how fit your parents are but many of the sights are ten minutes walk from the car parks, and the views from the road on the Icefields Parkway are amazing.

Is it purely the Rockies you're looking to cover? Or when you say Canada do you mean other provinces too? It's an expensive country, and it's big so if you plan to try to see much of it the costs will add up. Can hire was quite cheap but food and accommodation were higher than in the UK.

4. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1305 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

I was looking at train-and-drive tours and they seemed very expensive about $2000.00 each. But just taking the train would not be so expensive as the train from Vancouver to Banff would only be about $140 each
https://www.wanderu.com/en-us/train/us-wa/vancouver/ca-ab/banff/

So if you looked at one of those tours and costed out the transportation, you could probably do it much cheaper. You pay extra for the A/I part. If you are taking them, you do the work of the guide for free.

5. Posted by Dymphna (Full Member 187 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Yeah, you might want to fly for part of it. Canada is bigger than all of Europe. And in the middle part of it, you are largely looking at 2 lane highways where the speed limit is slow. That much ground transportation at 70 would be hard on anyone. You might take a chunk of Canada and do that part of it. You can do a long trip by just doing a section of Canada.

6. Posted by BeateR (Full Member 145 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Don't you have bus-companies in UK which offer that kind of tours?
Here in Germany we have a lot of these companies and as long as the UK is part of European Union you could book with them.

Beate