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5 DAY HIDDEN GEMS OF EDMONTON AND SASKATOON

CODE
5HGES
STARTING FROM
$1,453 USD
PLACES VISITED
Edmonton, Saskatoon
EDMONTON TOUR
Two great Canadian cities combined by rail. Explore Edmonton and surrounds by Segway and by car. Discover Elk Island National Park and see the bison in their natural habitat. Board Via Rail for a comfortable journey overnight to Saskatoon. You'll be right back into the action upon arriving in Saskatoon, take a trip to Wanuskewin Heritage Park, an important indigenous history site. No visit to the area is complete without a dip in the Manitou Hot Springs, known as Canada's Dead Sea, just over an hour's drive from Saskatoon.
Start Location: Edmonton End Location: Saskatoon
TOP HIGHLIGHTS
  • One-hour guided Segway tour
  • West Edmonton Mall
  • Elk Island National Park and bison viewing
  • Ukranian Heritage Village
  • VIA Rail between Edmonton and Saskatoon
  • Wanuskewin Heritage Park
  • Manitou Springs
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ITINERARY
Day 1: Arrive in Edmonton

Welcome to Alberta's capital city of Edmonton. Pick up your rental car and explore the city. There is no shortage of things to do in Edmonton that will make your inner arts and culture lover jump for joy. Live theatre, art galleries, and countless festivals are just the beginning. Here, every season is the festival season. Whether it is Shakespeare under an open sky in the summer or a winter festival with sculptures made of ice and"¦fire. If you are in Edmonton, there is a festival going on somewhere. Over 50 festivals annually mean there's no shortage of excitement to fill your stay.
Overnight: Edmonton
Day 2: Exploring Edmonton

Pick up your rental car and explore the city. A unique, easy to learn and relaxing way to discover Edmonton is to join our included Segway Tour along the quiet pathways of the River Valley. You will receive in-depth training from a Segway certified trainer who will go over the skill you need before heading out on your adventure. You will be surprised at the ease of operation these scooters that require no balance and no previous experience. Enjoy the experience of a lifetime as you ride through Edmonton's world-famous river valley. Later, stroll or pedal bike along Whyte Avenue, visit the Parliament Buildings or spend time at the water park, the ziplines or in Galaxy Land, just a few of many attractions within the well known West Edmonton Mall.
Overnight: Edmonton
Day 3: Elk Island and the Ukrainian Heritage Village

Just 35 minutes east of Edmonton is a natural wonderland that is open all year long. Follow the footprints of a bison and learn how this magnificent animal was brought back from near extinction, bring along a picnic basket or spread a blanket and gaze at a starry sky free from city lights. In addition to being an important refuge for bison, elk and more than 250 bird species, Elk Island National Park is also an oasis of calm for day picnickers. Nearby is another cultural attraction that is open from mid-May to early September - the Ukrainian Heritage Village, a living history museum where the history of Alberta's early European settlement is brought to life by costumed interpreters portraying the lives of actual pioneers. Hear stories of solitude, survival, and perseverance while discovering how Ukrainian immigration made a significant impact on Alberta's cultural identity. Return to Edmonton and return your rental car as you prepare to depart on the late evening VIA Rail overnight service to Saskatoon through the wide-open prairie landscape of central Canada. Note that you can choose between comfortable couch sitting, sleeper berth or private cabin accommodation for your overnight trip and your travel agent will be happy to provide you with the different cost options.
Day 4: Saskatoon

Arrive in Saskatoon early this morning and pick up your rental car and then drive to Wanuskewin Heritage Park, a National Historic Site located 5km north from Saskatoon. This Northern Plains Indigenous Interpretive Site is home to over 6000 years of history and a truly unique cultural experience. The Heritage Park is a window into a part of Canada's history that remains little known, and a link to the past unlike any other National Historic Site in Canada. Wanuskewin's uniqueness is based on the composition of many different aspects of human habitation, hunting and gathering, and spirituality, all in one place. Virtually every ancient indigenous group recognized across the Great Plains visited this location year-after-year and the result is a remarkably complete and intact record of cultural development in the region over that time span. The area contains some of the most exciting archaeological finds in North America, many of which pre-date the pyramids of Egypt and the archaeological resources of Wanuskewin are exceptional and among the finest examples of human occupation of the Great Plains of North America. Today, the site gives us the opportunity to delve into the past and discover what life was like for these nomadic hunter-gatherer peoples. Later, check into your hotel and explore the city centre of Saskatoon. There is a tremendous variety of craft breweries and boutique restaurants using fresh local ingredients in the city. Saskatchewan is, after all, the breadbasket of Canada and the city's food creators have infused local ingredients into their menus to create a wide and varied choice. During summer, enjoy an evening river cruise on the South Saskatchewan River aboard the Prairie Lily riverboat through the heart of Saskatoon. The sightseeing cruises consist of a one-hour sailing with narrated commentary.
Overnight: Saskatoon
Day 5: Saskatoon and departure

Have an easy morning to explore the miles of scenic trails along the South Saskatchewan River or drive less than 2 hours to the Manitou Hot Springs. Often compared to the Dead Sea of Israel, the mysterious waters of Manitou is legendary for its natural buoyancy, mineral-rich and curative properties, powers. A European-style spa and hotel in the heart of Canada's prairies are the only one of its kind in Canada. There are indoor shops featuring unique Saskatchewan-made products by local artisans and restaurants for fine dining. The mineral spa is open daily up to 10 p.m. Drive back to Saskatoon, return your rental car and continue with your onward travels.
DATES & PRICES
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ACCOMMODATION
START PLACE
END PLACE
PRICE FROM
Price with Standard Lower Sleeper Berth
Edmonton
Saskatoon
$2,057 USD
Price with Economy Coach Seating
Edmonton
Saskatoon
$1,453 USD
All prices are per person based on double occupancy and subject to local taxes - GST, PST or HST.

* * The itinerary below is an independent package with intercity travel by comfortable train and it can be adjusted to suit your travel interests, available time frame and budget. Tip: Combine this itinerary with 6 Day Saskatoon to Winnipeg - Heart of Canada by rail

Applicable taxes vary depending on travel destination and are not included. Please ask your sales agent what extra taxes will be payable for your tour.
WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • 4 nights of accommodation
  • 3 day mid-size car rental in Edmonton and 2 days mid-size car rental in Saskatoon (conditions apply)
  • VIA Rail between Edmonton and Saskatoon
  • Sightseeing and attractions as mentioned
EXCLUSIONS
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance (Strongly recommended, ask us for a quote!)
  • Pre/post accommodation
  • Items (attractions and sightseeing & entrance fees) not listed as included in the itinerary

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Unique Experiences Experiences that help you take in the region in a different way.
Freedom To Explore Time to take in each place with only the tours you want to do.
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Booking & Flight Questions

Do you arrange airport transfers?

Yes! We can certainly assist with booking airport transfers for you! Some tours have airport transfers included already. Please inquire for further information and pricing.

Can you assist with booking additional accommodation?

Yes! We can certainly assist with booking additional nights of accommodation for you before and/or after your fully escorted tour! Please inquire for further information and pricing.

Can you assist with booking flights?

Yes! We can certainly assist with booking your flights for you! We do not recommend you book any flights until you receive your booking confirmation directly from Anderson Vacations Tours, as some tours are not pre-guaranteed. Please inquire for further information and pricing.

Is it possible to book a triple share accommodation?

Yes, it is possible to book triple share accommodations on select trips. Please inquire about this option, as pricing may also vary and it will be subject to availability.

Can we book this tour with our exclusive group?

Anderson Vacations Tours can work with private groups to customize a tour to your needs. Please inquire for further information and pricing.
Tour Questions

What is the average age of passengers for this tour?

Our tours are suitable for all age demographics. The average age of travelers is typically 45+

I am a solo traveler. Is there a single surcharge?

There are options for single travelers to join most tours. Solo Travelers can choose to pay the single supplement and have their own room throughout the tour. For those willing to share, we also have a Twin Share option that is offered for the majority of our tours. This means you will be sharing the hotel rooms with another single, same gender traveller who also books the Twin Share option. If this is the case, there will be no single supplement charged to either of you. If we are unable to match you with another Twin Share traveler, there may be a single surcharge applied to cover the full cost of the rooms on some of our longer tours. Please enquire before finalizing your booking for full details.

How physically demanding is this tour? Are you able to accommodate people with mobility restrictions/limitations?

This tour has a low level of physical demand, although there may be some activities or sightseeing tours that require walking short distances. Please inquire if you have any mobility restrictions before completing your booking to ensure this tour is right for you.

How much luggage should I bring?

Each passenger may bring one large suitcase and one carry-on bag. The weight limit for this suitcase is 32 kilograms/60 pounds. Baggage handling is provided at the hotels in our tour packages. Please advise our reservations staff if you will be bringing additional items such as a cane, walker or wheelchair. You may also bring one small soft-sided carry-on bag, which should easily fit into the overhead shelf of the coach. Each person is responsible for his/her own carryon luggage. Remember to check your airline baggage restrictions if you are flying, as they may differ from Anderson Vacations Tours guidelines.

What is your recommended spending amount for non-included meals?

The suggested allowance for non-included meals is $40.00 — $60.00 CAD per day (includes tipping).

Can you accommodate passengers with dietary restrictions (food allergies, vegan, vegetarian etc.)?

Yes! There are many meals included on our fully escorted tours. Please inform us of any dietary restrictions at the time of booking so we can ensure there are alternative meal choices and arrangements made for you.

Are gratuities included in the tour cost?

For your convenience, gratuities for local guides and meals stated on the itinerary are included in the price of the tour. For meals not included in your tour package please remember that it is customary to tip your server 15-20% in North America. Gratuities for your Motorcoach Driver and Tour Director are left to your discretion. We recommend $4.00 - $5.00 CAD per person, per day for your Motorcoach Driver and $6.00 - $7.00 CAD per person, per day for your Tour Director. if you can't find your
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The style our travellers have enjoyed for over 20 years, these tours feature inclusive itineraries to popular destinations including the 'must see' sites and attractions. Led by an expert Tour Leader, you will enjoy comfortable accommodation, and coach transport throughout the journey.

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These travel experiences are fully customizable to better fit your needs. Every itinerary is created based on your comfort level, accommodation choices, and personal interests. Whether you are looking for a rail adventure, self drive holiday, unique experiences, or a short city stay our team will work with you on combining accommodation, transportation, and activities based on your preferences to create the perfect itinerary for you.

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