ESCORTED TOUR – ROUND-TRIP FROM TORONTO
On this Eastern adventure you’ll discover Canada’s unbeatable mix of Old World charm and vibrant urban life. The fortified towns, canals and historic forts of Canada’s founding cultures comfortably coexist with cosmopolitan cities boasting exciting fashion and food, world-class attractions and thriving artistic communities.
This urban scene is set against the splendid Laurentian Mountains, the majestic St. Lawrence River and the beautiful Thousand Islands resort region. You’ll journey alongside tulip-lined waterways and cruise to the foot of thundering Niagara Falls. This journey delivers natural beauty, natural charm and urban thrills.
Arrival in Toronto
Arrive at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport and transfer independently to your downtown hotel. After checking in with your tour director, the remainder of the day is free for you to explore the streets of this dynamic city. Discover the delights of Toronto’s colourful neighbourhoods, take a ride to the top of the CN Tower, experience the lively theatre district and indulge in one of the numerous restaurants. Overnight in Toronto at the Courtyard by Marriott or similar.
Toronto / Niagara Falls Excursion
This morning you meet your fellow travellers at breakfast before setting out to discover the many identities of Canada’s most cosmopolitan city. After seeing the provincial parliament buildings, the waterfront, the imposing CN Tower and lively Chinatown, you leave the city and head for the Niagara Peninsula. You pass through outlying communities and towns around the southern shores of Lake Ontario en route to Niagara Falls. Time is allocated to admire the falls and take part in some of Niagara Falls’ numerous activities. Don’t forget your camera to capture the spectacular views! Overnight in Toronto at the Courtyard by Marriott or similar. Canadian breakfast included.
Toronto to Ottawa
You leave the Toronto skyline behind and drive east towards Ottawa. Your route then winds through rolling farmland, following the rivers and lakes of the Rideau Waterway. Upon arrival in Ottawa, you enjoy a sightseeing tour of the national capital. Defined by the Rideau Canal (designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site) and the government buildings on Parliament Hill, the city offers many great sights including the public gardens, the Byward Market and City Hall. Overnight in Ottawa at the Capital Hill Hotel or similar. Canadian breakfast included.
Ottawa to Québec City
This morning you travel along the scenic Ottawa River to the French-speaking province of Québec. You skirt the magnificent Laurentians and follow the Chemin du Roy past Quebecois villages and historic shrines. Today’s journey ends in Québec’s cultural heartland, Québec City. You tour within the walls of the old city and view the ornate city gates, Lower Town, the Citadel and Battlefields Park. Overnight in Québec City at the Hotel Clarion or similar. Continental breakfast included.
The day is at your leisure to further explore the sights of this charming World Heritage Site. You can enjoy an optional full day excursion to Tadoussac including three hours of whale-watching on the St. Lawrence River at the mouth of the Saguenay River. Step aboard a boat and go in search of the world’s largest mammals. You will also visit the spectacular Montmorency Falls that are thirty metres higher than the world-famous Niagara Falls. The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore this historic French-Canadian city with narrow streets and unique boutiques. Overnight in Québec City at the Hotel Clarion or similar. Breakfast included.
Québec City to Montréal
Departing from Québec City you drive along the St.-Lawrence River in the footsteps of the early settlers. Upon arrival in Montréal, you tour the second-largest French-speaking city in the world. The dynamic city of Montréal encapsulates the two founding cultures of Canada and boasts a curious blend of history and modernity. Touring the downtown area we view the Olympic Complex, charming Old Montréal, McGill University, the residential streets of Mount Royal and the bustling shopping streets. Overnight in Montréal at the Hotel Faubourg or similar. Breakfast included.
Montréal to Toronto
Today’s route takes you back to Toronto, where you will have time to explore colourful neighbourhoods and to sample some of the city’s great restaurants and wonderful entertainment. In Rockport you have an option of enjoying an entertaining and relaxing cruise through the beautiful 1,000 islands. Overnight in Toronto at the Courtyard by Marriott or similar. Breakfast included.
End of Tour
The time has come for some last-minute shopping and to say farewell to Canada. Transfer individually to Toronto’s Pearson International Airport in time to check in for your return flight. Canadian breakfast included.