- Toronto city highlights tour
- Niagara on the Lake and Niagara Falls
- Kingston and the 1000 Islands
- Canadas capital city of Ottawa
- Montréal highlights tour including Old Montréal walk
- World Heritage site of Old Québec City
- This tour is a section of CCCE Transcontinental Journey across Canada. You can choose a combination of modules or this standalone journey.
- 9 nights of accommdoation (3.5-4 star)
- Transportation by comfortable motorcoach and by rail
- Professional Tour Leader throughout
- Expert local guides in Montréal and Québec City
- 14 Meals: 9 Breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
- Gratuities to driver (Recommend $3-$4 per person per day)
- Gratuities to guide (Recommend $5-$7 per person per day)
- Items of a personal nature
- Meals not listed
- Attractions not listed
- Credit card payment fees, where applicable
- Airfare — domestic and international (Unless Specified)
- Travel insurance (Strongly recommended, ask us for a quote!)
Wed, 14 Sep 2022
Fri, 23 Sep 2022
Welcome to Toronto, Canada’s largest city and an international crossroad for people all around the world. Diverse neighborhoods flourish and fashion, live entertainment, arts, food and architecture thrive. Upon arrival at the Toronto Airport, a private transfer will take you to your accommodation, located in the heart of downtown Toronto.
Toronto is ours to discover today. Along with being a commercial and financial powerhouse, Toronto has also successfully positioned itself as a thriving artist community where music, theatre and movies come to life. Hosting the prominent Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) every fall, Toronto shares the name "Hollywood North" with Vancouver, a reference to the countless blockbuster movies filmed in Toronto each year. A tour of Toronto includes Yonge Street, the longest street in the world, Casa Loma, Chinatown, the waterfront and the CN Tower, an icon of Toronto's skyline.
A short drive to Niagara Falls, the self-proclaimed "Honeymoon Capital of the World". On the way, we will visit the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, in a region blessed with a unique climate and rich soil that makes for near perfect wine producing conditions. Niagara-on-the-Lake is a picturesque country town with dozens of local wineries, each with their own unique method and style in creating wine this region is known for. We will visit a local winery for a tour of their processes and of course to taste the finished product. Further along, the city of Niagara Falls sits on the banks of the Niagara River and provides the perfect view of the famed falls, Horseshoe Falls, American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls. The three waterfalls straddle the international border of Canada and USA and collectively have the highest flow rate of any waterfalls in the world, with a vertical drop of more than 165 ft. To fully appreciate the power of these waterfalls, we board the Hornblower Cruise, formerly the Maid of the Mist, which allows us to cruise to the base of the thundering falls. After viewing from the falls from their base, we rise high above them for a spectacular view from the Skylon Tower as we enjoy dinner at the top this evening.
Overnight: Niagara Falls
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Today our journey takes us from Niagara to Kingston, known as the Limestone City for the large number of stone built granite buildings in the city. Now the location of the prestigious Queens University, this university town sits on the edge of Lake Ontario and is a gateway to the pristine Thousand Lakes Region. We take a trolley tour of this historic city, the first capital city of the Province of Canada in 1841, which was then a British Colony. Our tour explores the history of Kingston and concludes at Bellevue House, a National Historic Site of Canada and the childhood home of Canada's first Prime Minister, Sir John A. MacDonald.
We continue our drive stopping at Gananoque to take a lunch time river cruise to see some of the famous 1000 Islands that dot the St. Lawrence River. This evening we arrive in Ottawa, the capital city of Canada. Rich with history, culture and prestigious educational institutions, Ottawa's centerpiece is Parliament Hill, the home of Canada's federal government and the heartbeat of Canadian politics.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Today we are joined by a local guide as we embark on a sightseeing tour of this fascinating city. We start with a guided tour of Parliament Hill. Designed and built in a gothic revival style and featuring national symbols of Canada throughout its design, Parliament Hill stands on the banks of the Ottawa River and is affectionately known by locals and politicians as "The Hill". Our tour of Ottawa continues showcasing the Rideau Canal, a National Historic Site and UNESCO World Heritage Site; it is the oldest operational canal system in North America. The Rideau Canal system locks work to join the Ottawa River to Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River system. We visit the Museum of Natural History and then the Canadian Museum of History. We conclude the day at Byward Market where an array of local food artisans show-case a wide variety of foods. The Byward Market is a wonderful place to enjoy your evening at leisure in Ottawa.
Departing Ottawa by train, we take a ride for 3 hrs and arrive in Montreal, a city with an important place in Québec and within Canada. A stylish and elegant city with a distinctly European flair offering a vibrant mix of the old and new where you can immerse yourself in the French heritage of North America. We will spend some time to stroll through narrow cobbled lanes with 17th century buildings, quaint shops, galleries and sidewalk cafés. Montréal is a city with a thousand different flavours, from award-winning restaurants to ethnic food stalls and locally grown products. During dinner, we sample the cuisine this city has to offer.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Today we enjoy a classic Montreal city tour with an expert local guide as we experience an overview of the city and its historical sites. We see the highlights of one of the world's largest French-speaking cities in the world with stops at the city's important locations where there will be time to explore and take pictures. We visit the Notre-Dame Basilica, St. Joseph's Oratory, the residential and financial districts, Old Montréal, the French Quarter and McGill University, and then take in some panoramic views from an observation point on top of Mount Royal from which Montréal gets its name.The evening is free to explore the city on your own.
This morning we board the VIA Rail train from Montréal, and follow the St. Lawrence River as we pass from city suburbs to the rural landscapes of forests and rich pastures, dotted with tiny villages. The scenic landscape extends to Québec City, the oldest walled city in North America and the heart of the French Canadian culture in Canada. Old Québec is a UNESCO designated World Heritage City and the so called Québec Fortifications, the Chateau Frontenac, Québec Citadel, the Plains of Abraham and Québec Ile d'Orléans, make up important landmarks of Old Québec City and the nearby region. There will be a walking tour through the old part of town.
Overnight: Québec City
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Today we discover more of Québec City (the Upper and Lower Towns) through its history, architecture and culture. We explore the walled city and the historic Lower Town, but also travel outside the city walls to see Parliament Hill and the famous Plains of Abraham. Many different influences have shaped Québec's history over the past 400 years, the indigenous peoples, the French, the Acadians, the British, the Americans, the Germans and the Irish, to name a few. There is a lot to discover here by foot. We plan to walk through some pedestrian areas like the Dufferin Terrasse, around Château Frontenac, Place-Royale (birthplace of the city), and the Petit-Champlain borough. This afternoon our transcontinental tour comes to a conclusion with a transfer to Québec City airport to catch your return flights home.