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Essence of Eastern Canada

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8 Days from $1,204 per person
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Toronto (ON), Ottawa (ON), Montreal (QC) ...more Toronto (ON), Ottawa (ON), Montreal (QC)
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  1. Day 1 Arrive Toronto (2 Nights)

    Welcome to the world’s most multiculturally diverse city, Toronto. Known to locals as the ‘Six’, Canada’s hipster enclave and largest city is all about unique neighbourhoods, fusion food, fascinating museums, vintage shopping and a healthy obsession with all things hockey. At the centre of it all is the city’s icon, the CN Tower, its 553 metre (1814 foot) spire dominating the landscape. After settling in to your hotel, you can wander around the district’s open-air markets which will no doubt get tummies rumbling. For dinner why not head to near-by Kensington Market, arguably the most diverse of all the city’s neighbourhoods where the idea of fusion food is taken to all new heights.

    hotel Chelsea Hotel Toronto
  2. Day 2 Niagara Falls Excursion

    Pack your sense of adventure this morning as you’re off to visit Niagara Falls! The biggest (and loudest) falls in North America, an incredible 750,000 gallons (2,850,000 l) of water thunder into the gorge below every second, creating a natural phenomenon many have dubbed the 8th Wonder of the World. We’ll be getting you up close and personal on a cruise to Horseshoe Falls, allowing you to see both the Canadian and American sides. Remember that raincoat? Now’s the time to use it. Back in Toronto later, the rest of the day is yours to do as you please. Maybe head to Queen West to explore the neighbourhood’s impressive collection of art galleries and design studios, or take advantage of our CN Tower Optional Experience to test your head for heights.

  3. Day 3 Toronto – Kingston – Ottawa (2 Nights)

    Leaving Toronto behind this morning, kick back and enjoy the gorgeous drive alongside Lake Ontario, one of the five Great Lakes of North America, as you make your way to Kingston. Known as the 'Limestone City' thanks to its grand 19th century buildings built from its namesake limestone, it’s no wonder this gorgeous city was (briefly) the site of the Canadian capital. Get your bearings and then wake up your taste buds at Campbell's Orchard in Prince Edward County today for a farm tour and a cider tasting. This cider is made from a blend of apples picked from the trees of the Campbell's Orchard and produced right on site, fermented using traditional methods. Next, take to the water and opt for a Thousand Islands cruise, or spend the day exploring the quaint city your way. The day isn’t over yet and our next destination awaits, north of the Ottawa River in Ottawa’s neighbor charming Gatineau.   New Optional Thousand Islands Cruise:  If you’ve ever dreamt of escaping to live on a gorgeous remote island, this cruise will show you the way. Hop on board to explore the over 1,800 islands dotting the St. Lawrence River, many of which are home to elaborate mansions, fairytale castles, lighthouses and a realm of wildlife. Don’t forget your camera!

    hotel Quality Inn and Suites Gatineau
  4. Day 4 Ottawa Sightseeing and Free Time

    Start your morning in Ottawa with a sightseeing tour of the city's icons: Sussex Drive, Royal Canadian Mint, National Art Gallery, Supreme Court of Canada, War Memorial, National Art Center; War Museum and National Archives and Library, the stunning Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica (the oldest church in Ottawa), and even a stop outside the home of the Canadian Prime Minister and Governor General’s Homes (Be sure to wave hello!). After your orientation, head to Byward Market’s vibrant outdoor/indoor market open for a quick bite and free time. Your afternoon is your choice of activities. As an option, experience culture with an authentic Pow-wow dance performance with music by First Nations members at the Museum of History. In a fascinating interactive beading workshop, you’ll learn about the Storyboot Project, a partnership between Manitoba Mukluks and our TreadRight Foundation—a fun and feel-good way to support the revival of these traditional arts. Or, explore Ottawa's neighbourhood food markets, discover local produce and dishes, and meet area chefs and food artisans on a food walking tour. Optional C'est Bon food walking tour copy:  One of the best ways to learn about a city is to explore its neighbourhood food markets, discover local produce and dishes, and meet area chefs and food artisans. This gourmet walking tour is an ideal introduction to the national capital region’s vibrant food scene. Meet the bright lights and find the hidden treasures with the help of expert and insightful guides at five different restaurants. Come taste Ottawa with us!

  5. Day 5 Ottawa - Québec City (2 Nights)

    Ready for some romance? We’ve got good news - timeless, elegant Québec City is up next. Exuding class, grandeur and a distinctly European feel, Québec City is almost a country within a country; 95% of the population speak French, and around 75% are native Francophiles. Arriving here, we’ll be listening out for the collective sighs of appreciation as you set eyes on the narrow cobblestone streets and pretty parks for the first time. This afternoon, why not continue your Québec love affair with our Optional Experience that will get you out of town to admire the towering Montmorency Falls. Standing at 83 metres these falls are actually higher than Niagara Falls, forming the mouth of the Montmorency River. Travelling back to Québec City, you’ll then be treated to a 3-course dinner in the historic district of Vieux-Québec, tucking in to a menu of freshly sourced, organic ingredients.

    hotel Universel Hotel
  6. Day 6 Québec City Sightseeing and Free Time

    After no doubt grabbing a taste of France with a croissant and coffee, you’ll be heading out to join a Local Specialist this morning for a tour of the UNESCO World Heritage listed Old Town. Checking out sites including The Citadel, the historically significant Plains of Abraham, and the famous turrets of the Chateau Frontenac, the world’s most photographed hotel, prepare to fall even more in love with this city. This afternoon, why not continue your Québec adventure with our Optional Experience.

  7. Day 7 Québec City – Montréal

    Get ready for Montreal sightseeing! We hope you're hungry this morning as for breakfast you'll be heading to the iconic Erabliere le Chemin du Roy, a traditional Cabane à Sucre (sugar shack) to learn how maple syrup, one of Canada's most famous exports, is made. You'll then make the short drive to Montreal, Canada's cultural capital where festivals, art, and a certain joie de vivre are all part of the daily make up. On arrival you'll meet up with a Local Specialist for a city tour of the UNESCO designated 'City of Design', admiring how old European style architecture sits naturally beside beautiful contemporary masterpieces in this popular destination city. This afternoon choose Montreal your way. You could choose a hands-on activity: learn the art of bagel making or get the adrenaline pumping with some curling or explore the city on your own. This evening with free time to explore, you could head out for dinner with the group or take your pick of one of the cute terraced restaurants along the river. North Montreal is full of hip neighborhoods, beautiful parks, hidden alleyways, and vibrant street art. On this tour, visit the diverse Plateau, artsy Mile-End, leafy Outremont, traditional Little Italy, and edgy Mile-Ex districts. Discover Montreal off the beaten path as we ride parks, quiet streets, and laneways and get a big dose of the local lifestyle. Learn about Montrealers like Leonard Cohen & Arcade Fire and see how cultural communities bridge the French/English linguistic divide.

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    hotel Sandman Hotel Montreal
  8. Day 8 Depart Toronto

    And just like that, you’ve experienced the very best of Eastern Canada. From Toronto’s trendy microbreweries to Québec City’s timeless romance, you’ll be finishing your trip this morning with happy memories, and no doubt a longing to see what the rest of Canada has in store. Today, you have the choice to return back to Toronto to fly out of Toronto International Airport or to continue on if you have booked on our extension cruise.

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Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 1 Iconic Breakfast

First class travel Highlights

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • City orientation tours
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries
  • Many meals included
  • Variety of Optional Experiences

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Montreal Embark on a tour of the city with a Local Specialist
  • Niagara Falls Witness the majestic American and Canadian sides of the falls aboard a cruise
  • Ottawa Enjoy a sightseeing tour of some of the city's most famous sights
  • Prince Edward County Visit Campbell's Orchard in Prince Edward County for a farm tour and a cider tasting.
  • Quebec Explore Old Quebec with a Local Specialist
  • Quebec City Iconic Breakfast at a traditional Cabane a Sucre (Sugar Shack) where you'll learn how maple syrup is harvested and turned into various other maple products
  • Toronto Orientation tour

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Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Toronto

Available on Day 2

CN Tower Admissions Panoramic Views

"Opened in 1976, the CN Tower defines the Toronto skyline and remains a celebrated architectural marvel, wonder of the modern world, world-class entertainment and dining destination, and a Toronto must-see. Visual displays throughout the building share many fascinating stories about this engineering marvel; interact with displays and exhibits as you journey to the elevators tell the history of the CN Tower and provide insights and interactive opportunities to discover how the Tower works today. On the LookOut level, check out our NEW! mind-blowing views of Toronto with our two new floor-to-ceiling panoramic Window Walls. The floor-to-ceiling glass provides universal access for everyone, including those with mobility challenges. The glass adjusts its darkness based on sunlight and external temperature; allowing guests to capture amazing photos. Insider tips: CN Tower offers Free Wi-Fi throughout the experience enabling guests to download and use our free Visitor APP to help make the most of your visit. We also offer 5,000 square feet of unique shopping in our Gift Shop and souvenir photos. Casual and fine dining and an arcade are located in the tower but are not included in your admission."
Adult Price: CAD 45

Kingston

Available on Day 3

Discovery Cruise

Kingston’s Discovery Cruise introduces the unique sights and heritage of the 1000 Islands region with a focus on the historic waterfront of Canada’s First Capital city. The cruise passes close to Cedar Island and Milton Island, and National Historic Sites, and includes a lively narration of Kingston’s history and natural setting.
Adult Price: CAD 40

Ottawa

Available on Day 4

Ottawa River Cruise

C'mon aboard Ottawa and Gatineau's premier sightseeing vessel, the Empress of Ottawa, and capture unique and spectacular views of some of the city's attractions such as the Parliament Buildings, Canadian Museum of History (formerly Canadian Museum of Civilization), Rideau Falls, and the Prime Minister's residence. With these landmarks as your backdrop Capital Cruises is the ideal way to tour the Ottawa River. Feel free to roam about our two enclosed decks and the third open-air deck to find their ideal spot aboard.
Adult Price: CAD 35

Aboriginal Experiences, Arts & Culture

Our Storyboot Project aims to revive the traditional arts by creating partnerships with elders and artisans who fashion mukluks and moccasins the traditional way. It is an authentic experience, and the partnership with Indigenous Experiences supports that authenticity. The experience includes a tour of the indigenous displays introducing the history and culture of the First Peoples (located in the dome outside the museum), a short introduction to Manitobah's Mukluk's Storyboot project, followed by on-site bead making workshop, and an interactive pow wow dance performance. The pow wow demonstrations and Friendship dance are from the style of the Algonquin People. The Algonquin are related to the Ojibway and Odawa peoples and have similar styles of dance, regalia and beadwork. The performances will be with the dancers' regalia, the tour of the site focuses on the Indigenous peoples of the area. (Museum admission is not included).
Adult Price: CAD 35

Aboriginal Experiences, Arts & Culture + Museum of History Admission

Our Storyboot Project aims to revive the traditional arts by creating partnerships with elders and artisans who fashion mukluks and moccasins the traditional way. It is an authentic experience, and the partnership with Indigenous Experiences supports that authenticity. The experience includes a tour of the indigenous displays introducing the history and culture of the First Peoples (located in the dome outside the museum), a short introduction to Manitobah's Mukluk's Storyboot project, followed by on-site bead making workshop, and an interactive pow wow dance performance. The pow wow demonstrations and Friendship dance are from the style of the Algonquin People. The Algonquin are related to the Ojibway and Odawa peoples and have similar styles of dance, regalia and beadwork. The performances will be with the dancers' regalia, the tour of the site focuses on the Indigenous peoples of the area. (Museum admission is included).
Adult Price: CAD 58

Ottawa Food Walking Tour

One of the best ways to learn about a city is to explore its neighborhood food markets, discover local produce and dishes, and meet area chefs and food artisans. This gourmet walking tour is an ideal introduction to the national capital region’s vibrant food scene. Meet the bright lights and find the hidden treasures with the help of expert and insightful guides at five different restaurants. Come taste Ottawa with us!
Adult Price: CAD 75

Quebec City

Available on Day 5

Montmorency Falls and Gourmet Bistro Dinner

Gaze upon the towering Montmorency Falls; higher than the Niagara Falls, the impressive Montmorency Falls stand 83 meters (272 feet) tall. The falls form at the mouth of the Montmorency River, where it drops over a cliff into the St. Lawrence River. Then enjoy a 3 course "farm-to-table" meal and glass of wine at one of Quebec City’s local favorites. Located in a vibrant part of the historic district of Vieux-Québec, you can choose from a select menu using the freshest organic seasonal ingredients, sourced from local farms and rooftop gardens.
Adult Price: TBD

Available on Day 6

Copper Art Studio Visit and Workshop

Enjoy a guided tour and demonstration of the repoussé work of the Gilles family, which has been renowned for its metal craftsmanship for nearly 100 years. After seeing a collection of fascinating copper art, you’ll get to experiment with the art of repoussé with a thin sheet of copper & tools. The experience finishes with coffee or tea & canelé cake time.
Adult Price: TBD

Montreal

Available on Day 7

Farewell Dinner in Romantic Vieux Quebec

Come together one last time with your newfound friends and enjoy a 3-course meal and glass of wine at one of Old Montreal’s institutions - Vieux Port Steakhouse - Situated directly on St. Paul Street in a beautiful, century-old structure. Inside, you’re greeted by charming stone walls, wood floors, cozy fireplaces and an attentive staff. Indulge in a Steak or Seafood dinner and cheer to the memories made. One drink included.
Adult Price: TBD

North Montreal Bike Tour

North Montreal is full of hip neighborhoods, beautiful parks, hidden alleyways, and vibrant street art. On this tour, visit the diverse Plateau, artsy Mile-End, leafy Outremont, traditional Little Italy, and edgy Mile-Exdistricts. Discover Montreal off the beaten path as we ride parks, quiet streets, and laneways and get a big dose of the local lifestyle.
Adult Price: TBD

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Pamela Hubbard
Saturday, September 28, 2019
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It was Good
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Not enough optional experiences Would have been professional to advise attractions in an area for our personal selection Too much free time Too much bus travel time versus touring at arrival
Trusted Customer
Monday, July 29, 2019
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Travel agents are very pleasant to deal with.
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The tour guide was disorganized and didn't speak great English. Generated alit of confusion
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