Luxury in the desert
Info: Spree! The Art of Shopping, Scottsdale; (480) 661-1080, www.shoppingscottsdale.com
Dates: Morning or afternoon as arranged by the group.
Price: $495 for up to four people in a limousine; $295 for up to three people in a luxury sedan.
The colors of fall
Peep at the bright leaves of eastern Canada on a fall trip that includes an overnighter aboard VIA Rail's Ocean. As you roll past the foliage, you'll see sights including Halifax's Old Town Clock and Pier 21 National Historic Site, and St. Joseph's Oratory in Montreal. But "the greatest highlight of this trip is the time of year," says Shannon Wilkinson, marketing vice president for Exclusively Canada Ltd. "From Pennsylvania up through the Maritime Provinces, it's all reds and yellows." Visitors will tour the old city of Quebec, a rare North American walled city. Stops in a Montreal city tour include Notre Dame Basilica, Old Montreal and the French Quarter. Visitors will board the Ocean for an overnight trip to Halifax, journeying through eastern Quebec, northern New Brunswick and central Nova Scotia. In Halifax, they'll have the chance to see Titanic memorabilia and the Pier 21 site, Canada's last remaining ocean immigration entry facility; 1.5 million people passed through its doors from 1928 to 1971.
Info: Exclusively Canada Ltd., Vancouver; (888) 730-9500, www.canadayourway.com.
Dates: Departures daily except Sundays from Sept. 1 through Oct. 25.
Itinerary: Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, Halifax.
Price: From about $1,449 per person, double occupancy (single rate from about $2,283), includes accommodations, including one night aboard VIA Rail's the Ocean from Montreal to Halifax, train trip, cruise and guided tours, Citadel Hill and Pier 21 admissions, transfers in Toronto and Halifax, including tips.
Greet the musk oxen of Kangerlussuaq and the icebergs of Ilulissat during a trip to Greenland that focuses on climate change. Visitors will take part in a Musk Oxen Photo Safari, snapping photos of the thousands of these animals that live near Kangerlussuaq's airport. Excursions by boat take visitors for glacier-viewing and on get-acquainted visits to local settlements. David Hatch, environmentalist and longtime tour leader, will guide the trip and lecture on climate change.
Info: Great Canadian Travel Co., Chicago; (800) 661-3830, www.greatcanadiantravel.com.
Date: Aug. 15 to 22.
Itinerary: Copenhagen; in Greenland, Kangerlussuaq, Ilulissat, Eqi glacier, Rodebay, Ilimanaq.
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