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Eastern Explorer

Duration
12 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,691

FIRST-CLASS | ESCORTED COACH TOUR: Get a taste of four cosmopolitan cities: Toronto, Montréal, Québec City and Ottawa, a perfect introduction to Canada’s English and French cultural mix. Then blend it with magnificent scenery, such as the 1000 Islands, Algonquin Provincial Park, the mighty St. Lawrence River, and impressive Niagara Falls. Relax as you are travelling in comfort through intriguing parts of Ontario and Québec with plenty of time set aside to explore places on your own.


EASTERN EXPLORER

Overview

This 12-day Eastern Canada escorted coach tour is a relaxing and informative way to easily visit four cosmopolitan cities – Toronto, Montréal, Québec City, and Ottawa – and to experience the country’s French and English cultural mix. History, culture, and gorgeous natural scenery all feature equally on this diverse trip.

Nature takes the forefront as you experience Thousand Islands in the St. Lawrence River, Algonquin Provincial Park, and misty Niagara Falls. Culture takes priority when you experience Old Montréal, the historic Chemin du Roy road, Québec City’s walled old city, the museums of Ottawa, the first settlement in Ontario, and even lunch at a traditional Quebec sugar shack!

After checking in with your tour director upon arrival, you’re free to explore one of the city’s distinctive neighbourhoods, including the Entertainment District or Toronto Island Park. Meet your travelling companions for breakfast the next morning before setting out on a Toronto city tour, passing by the famed CN Tower and, yes, a real castle, the 1914 Casa Loma.

An enjoyable drive the next day follows the green north shore of Lake Ontario on the way to Montréal. Bring out the cameras for a stop in Ontario’s beautiful Thousand Islands region. Embark on a boat cruise along the St. Lawrence River past Boldt Castle (you will learn all about the castle’s tragic history) and Millionaire’s Row. Continue on to Montréal.

Tour the second-largest primarily French-speaking city in the world on Day 4. Vibrant Montréal is an enchanting mix of historic and modern attractions, including cobblestoned Old Montréal – founded by French settlers in 1642 – the green jewel of urban Mount Royal Park, and St. Catherine Street shopping artery. Montrealers live for their food, so this is a great place to try poutine, bagels, traditional smoked meats, or Quebec cuisine at a wine and tapas bar.

Travel with your group from Montréal to Québec City the following day and enjoy a tour within the walled old city. Explore on your own the next day, book an optional whale watching cruise on the St. Lawrence River, or visit Montmorency Falls Park for a look at its 276-foot high waterfall and a thrilling walk on the suspension bridge. Don’t worry, it’s worth the view.

Cross the Ontario border towards Ottawa, the nation’s capital. Look forward to lunch along the way at the Sucrerie de la Montagne, an authentic sugar shack. The next day, see history-rich Ottawa on a city tour, passing by the Parliament Buildings, Prime Minister’s residence, and the Rideau Canal. Explore Ottawa’s many museums, take a tour on the Rideau Canal, or flex your shopping muscles.

Day 9 and 10 are full of natural sights and experiences. Take a walk along scenic trails in Algonquin Provincial Park, drive through Muskoka cottage country, visit a three-acre historic site, Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons, and take a thrilling boat ride on a Niagara cruise to the Falls. Ride to the top of Skylon Tower for a spectacular perspective of the falls, enjoy an optional Niagara Helicopter Tour or Niagara Skywheel ride, then explore North America’s “honeymoon capital,” attracting newlyweds since 1801.

Leave Niagara Falls in the morning for a drive along the scenic Niagara Parkway and through the historic village of Niagara-on-the-Lake, until arrival in Toronto, where you and your new touring friends will celebrate with a memorable “Farewell to Canada” dinner at the CN Tower.

 

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Duration
12 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,691

Itinerary View Trip Map

Day 1

Arrival in Toronto (Sunday)

Arrive at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport and transfer independently to your hotel. After checking in with your tour director at the hotel and depending on your time of arrival, you can explore one of the city’s many unique neighbourhoods such as the Entertainment District, Kensington Market or even Toronto Island. Alternatively, you might simply wish to sample Toronto’s outstanding culinary scene or vibrant nightlife. Overnight Toronto

Duration2 Nights
Day 2

Toronto (Monday)


Breakfast provides the first opportunity to meet your travelling companions before exploring Toronto on a morning city tour. Discover the city’s sights and sounds as you explore the downtown area and residential areas. Highlights include the Eaton Centre, old and new City Hall, majestic Casa Loma, swanky Yorkville, and the University of Toronto. Passing by the Rogers Centre and the CN Tower along the harbourfront, offers a more complete impression of the city. The remainder of the day is free for independent exploration. Canadian breakfast included. Overnight Toronto

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 3

Toronto to Montréal (Tuesday)

Departing early, sit back and enjoy a pleasant drive following the north shore of Lake Ontario, as you pass endless miles of gently rolling farmland. The first stop of the day is Ontario’s beautiful 1000 Islands region, where you and your fellow travellers embark on a boat cruise to enjoy the mesmerizing scenery around you. Back on land you step back on the tour coach for the drive to Montréal. Canadian breakfast included. Overnight Montréal.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Day 4

Montréal (Wednesday)

After breakfast it’s time to tour the second-largest French-speaking city in the world. Vibrant Montréal is a fascinating mix of the founding cultures of Canada and boasts an intriguing blend of history and modernity. Touring the downtown area you can view the Olympic Complex, charming Old Montréal, McGill University, the residential streets of Mount Royal and the bustling shopping areas of St. Catherine Street and St. Laurent Boulevard. Canadian Breakfast included. Overnight Montréal

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 5

Montréal to Québec City (Thursday)

Leaving Montreal’s cosmopolitan atmosphere our journey partially follows the route of Canada’s first carriageway, the Chemin du Roy deep into French Canada. Winding our way through typical French-Canadian villages and towns, you experience a true immersion into French culture. After arrival in Québec City, enjoy a tour within the walls of the old city to see Lower Town, the Citadel, Battlefields Park, and the ornate city gates. Canadian breakfast included. Overnight Québec City

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Day 6

Québec City (Friday)

The day is at leisure to further explore the sights of this captivating World Heritage Site on your own. Alternatively, you might enjoy an optional full day excursion to Tadoussac including 3-hours of whale watching on the St. Lawrence River at the mouth of the Saguenay River. The spectacular Montmorency Falls, thirty metres higher than Niagara Falls, are another consideration. Canadian Breakfast included. Overnight Québec City

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 7

Québec City to Ottawa (Saturday)

Following the shore of the St. Lawrence, today’s trip continues west past Montréal, across the Ontario border towards Ottawa, the nation’s capital. Look forward to lunch along the way at the Sucrerie de la Montagne, an authentic sugar shack and pioneer-style restaurant. After arrival in Ottawa and checking into your hotel, the remainder of the day is at leisure. Canadian breakfast and lunch included. Overnight Ottawa

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration2 Nights
Day 8

Ottawa (Sunday)

In the morning you can explore Ottawa on a city tour that includes highlights such as the Parliament Buildings, residences of the Prime Minister and the Governor General and the Rideau Canal (designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site). The afternoon is free to explore Ottawa’s many museums and fine galleries on your own or, if you prefer, go shopping at the Sparks Street Mall or take a boat cruise on the Rideau Canal. Canadian Breakfast included. Overnight in Ottawa

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 9

Ottawa to Midland (Monday)

Today’s journey west from Ottawa features sparkling lakes, rushing streams, deep forests, and characteristic northern towns. A visit to Algonquin Provincial Park, taking a walk along scenic trails is one of the trip’s highlights. The park’s immense wildlife and forest preserve is a favourite destination for camping expeditions during the summer months, and this walk offers a delightful glimpse into such an experience. Soon after, you enter the Muskoka resort region, the final destination for the day. Canadian breakfast included. Overnight in Midland

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Day 10

Midland to Niagara Falls (Tuesday)

Breakfast is special today, but not at your hotel. Instead, you travel to Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons, a fascinating three-acre historic site which is a detailed reconstruction of the first inland European community in Canada. From here the journey continues south, past Toronto, and then through the orchards and vineyards of the Niagara Peninsula towards Niagara Falls. A thrilling boat ride on the Hornblower Niagara Cruises - Voyage to the Falls brings you to the foot of the thundering waterfalls for an unforgettable experience. Another thrill is a ride to the top of the Skylon Tower which provides a spectacular view of the falls and the surrounding area. Afterwards, you can enjoy an optional Niagara Helicopter Tour or Niagara Skywheel that gives you a breathtaking view of Niagara Falls region. The evening is free to explore North America’s “honeymoon capital.” Continental breakfast included. Overnight in Niagara Falls.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Day 11

Niagara Falls to Toronto (Wednesday)

Leaving Niagara Falls in the morning your drive follows the scenic Niagara Parkway through the historic village of Niagara-on-the-Lake, home of the Shaw Festival. Here you see a small but thriving community, proud to display a carefully preserved nineteenth-century atmosphere. In the afternoon, it’s a short short drive back to Toronto and you can look forward to a special “Farewell to Canada” dinner at the CN Tower. Canadian breakfast and dinner included. Overnight in Toronto

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 12

Toronto (Thursday)

Today, make your way to Pearson International Airport, Toronto, in time to check in for your flight home, unless you plan to extend your stay. Canadian breakfast included.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

2022 Sunday departures

May 29
July 3
August 7, 21
September 4, 11


PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Transportation by modern tour coach
  • Experienced tour driver
  • Tour director throughout
  • 11 nights first-class (or best available) accommodation
  • 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner
  • Shared Toronto sightseeing tour
  • Shared Thousand Islands boat cruise
  • Shared Montreal sightseeing tour
  • Shared Quebec City sightseeing tour
  • Shared Ottawa city sightseeing
  • Shared Algonquin Provincial Park excursion
  • Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons
  • Shared Visit to Niagara Falls and the Skylon Tower
  • Shared Hornblower Niagara Cruises - Voyage to the Falls
  • Baggage handling (1 piece per person)
  • Provincial Taxes and Federal GST and/or HST


PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Entrances fees to sites not explicitly listed as included
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa fees if applicable


TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.


11 Sep 2022
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