Remember the Beatles’ song, “Magical Mystery Tour” about a bus trip to an unknown destination? How about jumping on the Wells Gray Tours bus and taking a Mystery Tour!

Wells Gray Tours offers two Mystery Tours each year (one in the spring and one in the fall) and the one departing this spring is our 51st since 1985.From the moment you book, the mystery begins – we tell you if a passport is required and if there is a flight. There are also 7 or 8 clues. At final payment, there are a few other necessary details but the rest is a mystery.   

So put on your adventurous spirit, throw caution to the wind and embrace the thrill of the unknown.After all you are going with a mystery tour expert when travelling with Wells Gray Tours.Think of the excitement when you find yourself boarding a bus, ship, train or airplane for destinations unknown.

Our Mystery History

In October 2013, Wells Gray Tours offered the 50th Mystery Tour since the first one in 1985. The group travelled to Costa Rica and spent eight days enjoying its natural wonders. They took small boats through the jungle to a lodge on Tortuguero Beach; watched new-born turtles scampering across the sand to the ocean; stayed in a luxury hotel at the foot of the Arenal Volcano; rode on a cablecar, a lake cruiser, and 4×4 mini-buses; walked in a cloud forest; and wined and dined at an all-inclusive resort on the Pacific Coast.  The first Mystery Tour was only three days and travelled to Whistler. In the 29 years since then, Mystery Tours have taken curious customers to destinations all over Canada, the USA and even overseas. Some go to a single destination and explore that area (such as New Orleans in 2007 or Boston in 2008). Some fly to an exotic destination such as Iceland in 2009. Some stay close to home; the October 2011 group enjoyed a cruise in the San Juan Islands and stayed at Long Beach, WA.

Whether you have travelled with us before or are travelling with us for the first time, you can rest assured that while the trip is a mystery to you it is not a mystery to the tour planner.  Our team has researched every aspect of the tour and the same planning and attention to detail goes into each aspect of this tour as it would with one of our regular tours.  You may not know where you are going to sleep each night but you will know you are in good hands with Wells Gray Tours.

The Clues Inspector Clouseau

Of course we do provide clues that are clever and fun and if you get them right you will know where the tour is going.  But hush, don’t tell your fellow passengers, let them figure it out themselves or travel uninformed into the unknown.   

Specific Mystery Tour Clues

1. A shrewd general uses an awl to stitch together a broken heart.

2. Some fine gold ore is found beside a senator’s monster dam.

3. A devilish reptile flings itself at a wiggling fish, while a white water bird watches from a western Pennsylvania city.

4. A world explorer, known for his African greeting, catches a colourful sockeye beside some jagged peaks.

5. At Sunrise, an elderly fisherman hears a bell ringing in his Florida home and takes his boat out to the ocean.

6. Alexander, Amundsen, Banting, Byrd and Chaucer all have this in common.

7. A young lad watches a Mustang, a grasshopper, and some birds of prey including a Hawk.

So come on, jump on board with our 51st Mystery Tour.  We know you won’t be disappointed.

Written by: Joan Niemeier


Mystery Tour
May 11, 2014 — 9 Days


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