We have just returned from our road trip in Canada and the USA. Having visited in the past this vacation was the best by far. Natali Stewart gave us the a comprehensive insite into not only places of interest, a must see if you like but also good quality hotels and restaurants that really complemented each day. We covered just over four thousand kelometers with a vehicle provided by Avis which I must say was first class. The Ford Explorer did not miss a beat. Vancouver island is the jewel of Canada that was until we visited Banff and beyond. It really does take your breath away. Try Lake Louis or Waterton Park you will see what I mean. On route we actually saw a real live Black Bear in the wild , didnt think that would ever happen!!! The US side of the border was every bit inviting Idaho and Montana are out of this world if a little warm at 43deg. Can't thank Natali enough for a wonderful holiday that we will not forget. We have said (god willing) will return in 2018. But really.....We cant wait!!!
While researching a do it yourself trip across Canada including train over the Rockies, an ad popped up for Barrhead Travel as Canada specialists with attractive looking prices compared to some of the figures I had been coming up with. Normally sceptical of such things I thought no harm in pinging off an email. Quite quickly received a call from Michelle, who explained that she had been there and done stuff so perhaps could give some advice based on what we were interested in, so explained the rough plans including family visits and need for good flights with comfortable overnight seats etc. Soon received an outline itinerary which after a bit of tweaking looked perfect and at a great price so went ahead and booked. Best decision ever as far as holidays go, would never have managed anything so good or at such fantastic value independently, so don't hesitate to recommend them for your trip, will be using them again for sure.
Mr & Mrs Duley
What an experience! From landing at Vancouver to Boarding at Calgary, everything was superb! The accommodation, hotels, service in hotels and on the cruise, the cruise itself, staff were all brilliant. Hotels were first class and transfers between hotels, ship, train were so well organised and smooth running with food and drink while we were waiting to board. I think the best experience was seeing two small bear cubs in the forest arguing over a dead salmon - like two naughty children! Only negative comment I would make is that the trips from the cruise were rather expensive. Overall, it was a holiday never to forget.
…We booked the holiday to Canada and Alaska as it was on my husband's bucket list but when we checked the dates of the last Alaskan cruise, our dates couldn't match, so Barrhead Travels Canada Travel Specialists arranged a tailor-made one for us with the whole holiday reversed. What a wonderful time!! The whole holiday (flight to Vancouver, a week's cruise to Alaska, 3 days Vancouver, trip on the Rocky Mountaineer train and then back to Banff for 3 days) was everything we expected and more besides. It certainly was the holiday of a lifetime with service at every stage out of this world. I can't praise this travel company highly enough and would (and have!) recommend them strongly. – Thanks Joyce
Adla put together a trip to celebrate my wife,s big birthday that I could never have. Calgary stampede, the tour of the Rockies, a night at Fairmont lake Louise, the stay in Vancouver with her sister were all memorable and she loved standing on Athabasca Glacier, marvelled at the views in the Rockies and was scared to death at Flyover Canada. Even the rain at the Stampede just made for greater fun.
This was my second dealing with Barrhead travel for a "big" holiday. (It was for us anyway) Family of four travelling to Toronto, Niagara Falls, Washinton DC, Manhattan and Long Island. Called at St Vincent St to get some ideas. Laura was Five Star in her approach to organising our trip. There were numerous flights, hotels, multi centres, train trip and hire cars. (Lots could have gone wrong). It was organised with meticulous attention to detail and went off seamlessly. All timings were perfect and everything went as planned. We had a great holiday, which was great value with the piece of mind and assurance of such a big company behind us. I cannot recommend Laura highly enough and would definitely use Barrhead again. Thank you for all the help and understanding of our needs.
Lifetime holiday Hi my name is Eileen Mackay and I live up in the highlands of Scotland. 3 of my friends and I had planned to go on holiday to celebrate us all turning 40 and 50. We wanted it to be really special. We didn't know where to start. My friend recommended Adla as she had dealt with her before and said she was so helpful and not pressuring at anytime. Well poor Adla because we were a nightmare trying t pin us down and set dates etc. she gave us advice on where to start for eg to write down what we all wanted to do. Well the list eventually was two nights in London going to two shows. Flying then to Calgary for the stampede and we stayed in the most beautiful hotel beside all the attractions and had tickets ready for stampede with party bags and treats included. We had a ball. We then moved onto horse ranch riding up in the mountains for a few days. Spectacular we all cried when we left as we got so fond of the host. We visited lake Louise and Banff. Adla had organised car hire and everything just flowed. The ranch was beautiful. After riding up in the mountains we traveled back to Calgary and flew the next day to cancun for a week on the beach. Woh the hotel and Location was breath taking in a five star hotel all inclusive. After sobering up we arrived back in Glasgow to meet the husbands. Adla excelled herself in finding this experience and organising everything in such an organised way. I cannot thank Adla enough because I was a nightmare to communicate with due to my workload. Adla never got annoyed and is such an asset to your company. We felt we had to write to you because she did this for us so efficiently. So we are all recommending her to family and friends and I am currently trying to book two more hols with her. She has a lot to live up to now because ur experience could not be bettered. Please on our behalf thank Adla for making our dream come true. Please feel free to use my review on your site. Also you are free to use our photos to try and let you capture a little taste of paradise. Thank you Adla you are one in a million. Kind regards Eileen
Adla had been recommended by a friend and she was excellent. Very professional and efficient (& friendly). She took a lot of care in the rarely straight forward booking phase as our details were not straightforward. We got exactly what we wanted. Adla had to wrap the trip around a Celebrity Alaska cruise and a land travel with the flights and a further week in Vancouver/Rocky Mountaineer/Banff. All were sorted. The Vancouver and Banff hotels were excellent and the Rocky Mountaineer Gold Leaf was quality. The flight timings worked perfectly. Overall, we had probably our best ever trip.
Natalie Stewart, organised a fantastic road trip around Canada for us, it was so good we are thinking of going again in 2017. If your thinking of hiring a camper in Canada then you are looking at he best company to travel with, every thing was arranged by Natalie, the Air Canada flight was very good. The hotel in Calgary was the International in the centre of the downtown region, the transfer from Airport to hotel with Jonview was on time. Canadreams were are very helpful team of people, we hired a Deluxe Camper, (DVC) for the two of us, we did find it a little on the small side and we will have a larger Super Van Conversion (SVC), for our next trip. If you are concerned about driving in Canada, don't be, there driving style is very relaxed the road layouts are simple you just need to think bit more for left turns. Four way stops are simple Just give way to the guy on the right or wait till they all look at you, then you know its your turn, as i said it very easy to drive in Alberta and British Columbia. We are already planning our next trip and it will be with Barrhead Travel, they have the experience to cater for all your needs.
Our first trip to Canada started in Toronto and Muskoka before flying to Calgary and by car on to Banff and Jasper where we joined the Rocky Mountaineer to Vancouver,and then Vancouver Island.We hugely valued the efficient organisation by Laura Thomson who was an excellent advisor on the itinerary and the activities we would be likely to enjoy.In all,we stayed in 6 different hotels,and had connections by air,train,car bus and float plane.All went smoothly and added to our love of the Rockies,and indeed the Canadian hospitality we experienced.Thanks to Barrhead and Laura.First class!