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Our Difference

We Make the Exceptional Plans.
You Make the Unforgettable Memories.

We believe that travel should be memorable from start to finish.

We offer Canadians exclusive Journeys by land, sea, river & rail, that begin and end with our signature private car transport. While on tour, professional Journey Managers make sure you travel with peace of mind by handling every detail, including gratuities.

Journeys are crafted so you can take the time to savour each moment and immerse yourself in each destination, with the confidence that we will be there with you every step of the way.

Why Choose Journeys by Van Dyke?

We have been delighting our guests for 40 years by focusing on three ideals that have become the hallmark of our brand.

Worry-Free Travel

Travel can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t need to be. At Journeys by Van Dyke, we love to look after the hundreds of details that make your journey possible so that you don’t have to.  We call that worry-free travel.

Since we pioneered the concept in the 1980s, worry-free travel has always meant all-inclusive travel. Included on every Journey in our all-inclusive pricing are our Signature Inclusions and essentials listed below. From the moment we pick you up until we deliver you home, we will cover every expense, even the gratuities, ensuring you have a memorable and worry-free experience.


Signature Inclusions on every Journeys

In addition to our essentials, all Journeys include our following Signature Inclusions:

24/7 Professional Journey Manager
  • Will travel with you and handle every detail
  • In addition to knowledgeable local guides
Memorable Private Excursions
  • Private excursions crafted by our team
  • All sightseeing & entrance fees included
Private Car Pick-up Service
  • Within a 200-kilometre radius of the airport, let your Journey begin in elegant comfort
Generous Tips & Gratuities
  • For the porters, local guides, hotel staff & many more, paid by us on your behalf

Our essentials included with your Journey:

  • Outstanding hotel & cruise accommodations
  • All meals
  • International round-trip airfare
  • “Whisper” radios included for use during excursions
  • All taxes as well as port & service charges
  • Other gateways & travel classes available
  • Porterage for one piece of luggage per person
  • Hassel-free visas handled & processed for Canadian citizens
  • Complete information & assistance leading up to your departure
  • Branded overnight carry-on or backpack

Curated Itineraries

We curate immersive Journeys with you in mind. No matter which Journey you choose, you can be confident that it will be filled with exclusive and intimate experiences, carefully arranged to move at just the right pace.

Exclusively at Journeys by Van Dyke

Our curated itineraries go to every corner of the world in order to bring you closer to our unique and exclusive Journey moments. Whether it is a wine festival off the coast of Portugal, whale watching in Iceland, or an unforgettable Safari at dusk in a private game reserve, we take you there.

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Private Excursions

We like to travel small. That means intimate groups, enjoying exceptional private excursions. When you and a few travel companions are discovering a new city, expect a unique experience tailored just for you. Go ahead and ask the local guide as many questions as you’d like!

Wine and seafood on a table by the sea

Savour The Moment

You deserve to take your time. We design our itineraries with a more leisurely pace in mind, providing more time on each excursion and in each city. This way, you can have a drink, get to know your fellow guests on a lazy sunset stroll, or even fall in love with your favourite street all over again.

Elevated Experiences

Elevated means we craft every aspect of your Journey to be a departure from the everyday. Our hotels, excursions and dining moments are hand-picked, ensuring your Journey is always a cut above.

Outstanding Accommodations

Outstanding Accommodations

We carefully select our hotels, many of which we have been returning to for years. All properties are centrally located, tastefully appointed and ready to serve you to our exacting standards. The hotel managers and their teams are committed to delivering our levels of excellence.

Modern Cruising

Modern Cruising

Cruising has evolved, and selecting the right ship matters more than ever. We are experts in evaluating our cruise operators’ service standards, food and entertainment quality, itinerary depth and cabin spaciousness. We only use ships that can deliver an outstanding onboard experience and that we can pair seamlessly with our high-quality private shore excursions.

Delectable Meals

Delectable Meals

Our meals strike a balance between original local tastes you won’t find at home and the familiar delicacies that put these destinations on the map. We select the right meals for each occasion (be it a Brazilian cookout, or a decadent Neapolitan lunch).

Private Home Pickup

Private Home Pickup

The Journey begins when you step outside your front door and our private car drives you to the airport in comfort. When you return, sink into the plush seats, relax and focus on your favourite memories on the ride back home.

Comfortable Air Travel

Comfortable Air Travel

We take the work out of flying with perks like assisted check-in, visa procedure support, prearranged upgrades (subject to availability) and diligent answers to any questions you may have, at any moment.

Expert Journey Managers

Expert Journey Managers

You know them by name, and many of you have shared endless laughs alongside them. Our Journey Managers are the wonderful people who work around the clock to keep you enjoying your Journey. We are proud to say that we work with some of the best in the world.

Our Proud Canadian History

After nearly 40 years serving Canadians with all inclusive travel, we are very proud to be part of this incredible nation. Benefit form our experience treating Canadians royally, from coast, to coast, to coast.

The Journey

Jerry Van Dyke Travel Service (JVD) is launched in Cambridge, Ontario by Jerry Van Dyke and his wife Anneka, with the goal of offering Canadians exceptional coach travel.

River Cruising
Sets Sail

Working with connections in his native Netherlands, Jerry Van Dyke pioneers the first ever tour exclusively for Canadians to cruise the rivers of Europe.

Definition of

Our longest standing guest completes her 35th Journey with us. Talk about exploring the world!

Honoring our

JVD guests travel to Europe to mark the 100th anniversary of the Great War, recognizing the sacrifice made by Canadian soldiers.

The Family

Upon the well-deserved retirement of Jerry and Anneka Van Dyke, Journeys by Van Dyke joins the Incursion Voyages family.


JVD and our Quebec-based sister company Incursion Voyages serve our 60,000th Canadian traveller. That’s twice the population of Labrador!

Sun on the

Following the pandemic that saw many Canadians seeking inspiraiton from the comfort of home, we look forward to a safe and comfortable return to travel.

Our Programs

Earn $250 Travel Credit

Refer your friends and share the journey

Earn a $500 travel credit when you refer a friend to travel with Journeys by Van Dyke. Best of all, your referred guests receives a bonus 250$ credit AND there is no limit to how many Referral Credits you can earn!

Provide Journeys by Van Dyke with the names of friends and family who are new to us. When they reserve by June 30th, 2024, you will earn a $500 travel credit for each friend you refer.

See Terms and Conditions to learn more.

ERB Bonus

Early Reservation Bonus

Since we first started nearly 40 years ago, we have been rewarding our guests for reserving early. We call this our Early Reservation Bonus (ERB)! When you reserve one of the eligible journeys before the date list with the Journeys price, and pay the published fare within 7 days of your reservation, we will deduct 5% off your journey fare (2% if you pay by credit card). Look for the Early Reservation Bonus included on eligible journeys.