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Rail and Cruise in Eastern Canada

Duration
15 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,190

MODERATE | RAIL AND CRUISE TOUR: A wonderful trip that combines a 7-Day cruise on the mighty St. Lawrence River with journeys by rail on either side of the cruise. The ship moves into US waters to see Millionaire’s Row from up close, but the 1000-Islands and Upper Canada Village are the big highlights. Toronto, Québec City and Montréal provide the city flair, but you can also enjoy a full-day excursion to Niagara Falls.


Rail and Cruise in Eastern Canada

This 15-day trip whisks you by rail from Toronto to Kingston and then aboard a cruise as you sail the St. Lawrence River right up to the ancient walls of Quebec City. Experience Ontario and Quebec’s most spectacular sights from a unique perspective as the picturesque shorelines and ports of the 1000 Islands, Upper Canada Village, Montreal, and Trois Rivieres loom on the horizon. On land, you’ll have a chance to explore the lush Niagara Region and its roaring Niagara Falls, putting Canada’s natural beauty on full display.

Allow yourself to marvel at the heights of Toronto, Canada’s largest city, as you travel 335 metres into the sky for a panoramic view from the CN Tower. From above, you’ll see Toronto’s eclectic neighbourhoods stretch into the distance, encompassing the sandy shores of The Beaches, bustling boutiques of West Queen West, warm eateries of Chinatown, and more. Your tour package also includes a visit of Ripley’s Aquarium, where you’ll come face-to-face with jellyfish, sharks, Nemo, and more from the bottom of an underwater viewing tunnel.

Travelling around Lake Ontario will bring you to the verdant Niagara Peninsula, famous for its orchards, wineries, theatre scene, and the iconic Niagara Falls. The power of this natural world wonder will be on full display when you take a boat trip right up to the foot of the Horseshoe Falls, feeling the mist spray across your face and the roar of 28 million litres of water pounding over each second.

Boarding the St. Lawrence River Cruise in Kingston, you’ll disembark through the 1000 Islands, whose name describes the number but not beauty of this area popular with outdoors enthusiasts. History awaits you both above and below water, as the riverbed is the final resting place of many shipwrecks, which you can learn about at your leisure at the Heritage Museum in Gananoque.

While there are plenty of sights to see, take a moment to enjoy the sunshine on your face and wind in your hair as you head east on the calm waterway. Crossing the American sea border, you’ll peek at Millionaire’s Row, a strip of islands and their respective mansions purchased in the 19th and 20th century by some of America’s richest families. Step back in time at Upper Canada Village, a heritage park that brings you into the heart of the 1800s. Explore old buildings and participate in 19th-century activities as you ponder how you would have fared in rural Canada back in the day. Later, you’ll cross the Ontario-Quebec border and dock in Coteau Landing, a Quebecois village with plenty of old canal pathways to explore.

Passing through Montreal, Trois Rivieres, and Quebec City via waterway gives you a unique perspective as you disembark at each of their historic ports for short city tours that give you the essential highlights, getting you excited to return for a more in-depth exploration on your way back. These cities combine French and English history with recent cosmopolitan influences to provide unique architecture, culinary scenes, and rich artistic traditions that you won’t find elsewhere in Canada.

You’ll disembark in Quebec City, exercising your land legs as you take a tour of the ancient walled city, giving you plenty of free time to explore its cobblestone streets. Try some Quebecois cuisine, whether maple syrup-infused desserts or poutine strike your fancy. You’ll make your way back to Ontario slowly via train, stopping in Montreal for two nights to eat fresh bagels, admire colourful murals, and thrift shop to your heart’s content.

Your adventure comes to an end upon arrival at Toronto’s Union Station, where you can transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue exploring Canada’s cosmopolitan centre.

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Duration
15 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,190

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Toronto

Arrive at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport and transfer independently to your hotel for a three-night stay. The front desk of your hotel is holding all the information needed for your trip. 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 do some shopping at the Eaton Centre, sample Toronto’s outstanding culinary scene or vibrant nightlife.

Overnight Toronto

Duration1 night
Day 2

Toronto

Today is spent enjoying Toronto, beginning with three sightseeing activities that are included in your tour package. First is a hop-on-hop-off city tour conducted by a friendly and knowledgeable tour guide, educating you on the fun facts and history of Toronto with stops at lots of key attractions and sights of the city. Your admission to the CN Tower, gets you to ride in the glass-fronted elevators 335 metres to the top for unforgettable views of Toronto and Lake Ontario.  Once you return to ground level near the base of the tower, enter the fascinating Ripley’s Aquarium with over 12,500 sq metres of display space for hundreds of creatures from sharks to colourful and rare tropical fish. The remainder of the day is free for independent exploration, shopping, or simple relaxation.

Overnight in Toronto

Duration2 nights
Day 3

Niagara Falls Excursion

Enjoy a full-day sightseeing excursion to Niagara Falls. The route takes you through the lush fruit growing district and wine region of the Niagara Peninsula. Marvel at the spectacle of the famous Niagara Falls. For a close-up experience of the power of the falls step aboard the Niagara City Cruises by Hornblower Voyage. This fantastic boat trip will take you right up to the foot of the Horseshoe Falls. Once disembarking there is ample time at the Fall’s to take pictures and admire the thundering waters or stroll into town. Lunch is included before continuing with a trip along the beautiful Niagara Parkway, which winds its way along the Niagara Gorge. Pass through the historic community of Niagara-on-the-Lake before returning to Toronto for the evening.

Overnight in Toronto

Meal Plan Lunch
Day 4

Via Rail / The Corridor Toronto to Kingston

This morning, make your own way to Union Station to board VIA Rail’s The Corridor train to Kingston. After the scenic journey that travels though the townships and villages north of the shores of Lake Ontario, you arrive in the historic city of Kingston and the 1000 Islands region. After leaving the train you are transferred to the port area and board your cruising vessel for an early evening departure. After a welcome reception and refreshments, learn about the ship and get a safety briefing before enjoying a delicious diner and an evening of entertainment.

 Overnight on board the St. Lawrence River Cruises vessel

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration6 nights
Day 5

St. Lawrence River Cruises / Cruising – Brockville

The ship raises anchor in the morning to begin cruising the 1000 Islands through Wanderer's Channel and the Admiralty Group of Islands while enroute to Gananoque.  Upon arrival at Gananoque disembark for a tour of the Heritage Museum of the 1000 Islands. Afterwards, board the ship again and continue to cruise Millionaires' Row after crossing the United States border. Sail past Boldt Castle and St. Laurens Statue on the way to Ivy Lea and disembark for a coach transfer to visit the 1000 Islands Tower. After returning to the ship continue cruising before docking at Brockville late afternoon. Relax or stroll along the park walkways in the evening after dinner. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner, morning, and afternoon tea - schedule permitting - included).

Overnight on-board St. Lawrence River Cruises vessel

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

St. Lawrence River Cruises / Cruising – Upper Canada Village

This morning disembark and transfer by bus for a tour of Fulford Mansion. Return to the ship and continue cruising while taking in the sights of Windmill Point, the Blue Church, and Ogdensburg, in New York State. After disembarking at Prescott for a tour of Fort Wellington (National Historic Site), get back on the ship and arrive in the afternoon for the overnight stop at Upper Canada Village. After dinner, you might want to take a stroll around the marina and grounds. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner, morning, and afternoon tea -schedule permitting- included).

Overnight on-board St. Lawrence River Cruises vessel

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

- St. Lawrence River Cruises / Cruising –Coteau Landing

After breakfast, disembark the ship and board a miniature train for a short journey before continuing by horse-drawn wagons for a tour of Upper Canada Village. Then it’s back on the ship to continue to Coteau Landing, Quebec. The scenic route passes through Eisenhower and Snell Locks on the American side of the marine border. Crossing back into Canadian waters, the ship arrives in the afternoon at Coteau Landing, Quebec. Enjoy some free time to relax or stroll along the park and old canal pathways after dinner. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner, morning, and afternoon tea - schedule permitting-included).

Overnight on-board St. Lawrence River Cruises vessel

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

St. Lawrence River Cruises / Cruising – Montréal

Today the cruise departs Coteau Landing bound for the Port of Montréal. The route travels through Beauharnois Locks into Lake St. Louis. Looking down the river, Montréal grows larger in the distance as the ship passes through St. Catherine and St. Lambert locks. Embark on a short tour of the historic harbour. Disembarking at the Port of Montréal, take a fascinating bus tour of this city that blends English and French cultures. Afterwards, there is free time before and after dinner to further explore the port lands and charms of the “Old City”. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner, morning, and afternoon tea - schedule permitting – included).

Overnight on-board St. Lawrence River Cruises vessel

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 9

St. Lawrence River Cruises / Cruising - Trois Rivières

Depart Montréal in the morning for Trois Rivières, Quebec. Arriving at Trois Rivières, enjoy a brief bus tour including a visit to the Shrine at Cap de la Madeleine. Returning to the marina, you may enjoy a self-guided walking tour of the historic "Old City" if time permits. After dinner, the entertainment for the evening includes an exciting ‘Big Band’ instrumental and vocal performance and a night of dancing. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner, morning, and afternoon tea - schedule permitting – included).

Overnight on-board St. Lawrence River Cruises vessel. 

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 10

St. Lawrence River Cruises / Cruising – Québec City Québec City

Depart Trois Rivières early morning and soon watch the shoreline transition to the scenic approach to romantic Quebec City. Enroute the ship sails past the dramatic spectacle of Montmorency Falls. Arrive in Québec City where we enjoy a final gathering at the tour Closing Ceremonies in the Grand Saloon. Disembark the ship and transfer independently to your Québec City hotel where the remainder of the day is at leisure. (Breakfast, lunch, and morning tea - schedule permitting- included).

Overnight in Québec City

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration3 nights
Day 11

Québec City

Start your day exploring historic and modern Québec City on a morning sightseeing tour. Québec City is the only city in North America with city walls and gates earning it a United Nations World Heritage Site distinction in 1985. Discover the historical treasures and wonderful “joie de vivre” atmosphere of Quebec. Your guide provides narration while you see the Latin Quarter, the Plains of Abraham, the Fortifications, the National Assembly, Place Royale, the Basilica and many more points of interest. The rest of the day is at your leisure to further explore the city or indulge at one of the many fine restaurants.

Overnight in Québec City

Day 12

Québec City

Today is at leisure to further explore the sights and sounds of Québec City. The Old Walled City is pedestrian-friendly and is replete with history and cultural significance that helped shape modern Canadian society. This part of the city is not just an artifact to be studied, but continues to be a dynamic environment with shops, eateries, and other contemporary businesses.

Overnight in Québec City

Day 13

Via Rail / The Corridor Québec City to Montréal

Make your way to the VIA rail station to hop on the train for a short ride to Montréal. This time, you’ll be travelling along the south shore of the St. Lawrence River. Upon reaching the bustling metropolis of Montréal, prepare for an afternoon of exploring the second-largest French-speaking city after Paris. Walk down lively St. Catherine Street with its numerous shops and cafés. Sample the exquisite cuisine and exuberant nightlife.

Overnight in Montréal

Duration2 nights
Day 14

Montreal

Today you see Montréal from a perspective that few seldom see aboard the La Grande Roue sightseeing ‘Ferris’ wheel. Specially designed to provide an exceptional view year-round, the ride’s 42 gondolas are equipped with ultra-clear tempered glass panes. Whatever the weather, passenger comfort is ensured by a system that gives a temperate feeling in the cabins during the winter season and cools them in the summer. Afterwards, return to your hotel where the remainder of the day is at leisure.

Overnight in Montréal

Day 15

Via Rail / The Corridor Montréal to Toronto

Make your way to the VIA rail station for your departure from Montreal to Toronto on board “The Corridor”. Upon arrival at Toronto’s Union Station, this trip has come to an end. Transfer independently to Toronto’s International Airport in time to check-in for your flight home unless you plan to extend your stay

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

2022:

May 16
June 1
July 8
August 5 & 21
September 20


PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation for 14 nights (includes 6 nights on board ship)
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Toronto
  • CN Tower admission
  • Admission to Ripley’s Aquarium
  • Full day excursion to Niagara Falls including lunch and Niagara City Cruises by Hornblower Voyage to the Falls Boat Tour
  • Toronto to Kingston rail transfer on VIA Rail’s The Corridor (Economy class)
  • Transfer from Kingston VIA Rail station to the Kingston cruise docks
  • 7-day cruise Kingston to Quebec City on board St. Lawrence River Cruise ship
  • Cruise Inclusions:
  • Welcome reception
  • Daily ports of call during cruise including coach tours and self-guided tours
  • Meals: Full board starting with dinner on Day 4 and ending with lunch on Day 10
  • On board evening entertainment
  • Farewell ceremony
  • 2-hour sightseeing tour of Quebec City
  • Quebec City to Montreal rail transfer on VIA Rail’s The Corridor (Economy class)
  • Admission to La Grande Roue de Montreal
  • Montreal to Toronto rail transfer on VIA Rail’s The Corridor (Economy class)
  • Travel and Information kit
  • Provincial Taxes and Federal GST and/or HST


PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Transfers unless otherwise specified
  • Airport improvement fee
  • 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.


20 Sep 2022
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