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Indulgence in Eastern Canada with Cruise

Style: Luxury | Pace: Active

Rich in European architecture and striking natural phenomena, you've made it to eastern Canada. A mix of English and French cultures, indulge in all the elegance this romantic journey has to offer. From the sweeping skylines of Toronto to the thundering thrills of the Niagara Falls, you'll be equally inspired by both the natural elements and urban areas of this striking part of the world. Along the way you'll stay at the best hotels, including the Fairmont Château Laurier in Ottawa and Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Quebec City, both praised for their decadent décor and prime locations.

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Overview

Rich in European architecture and striking natural phenomena, you've made it to eastern Canada. A mix of English and French cultures, indulge in all the elegance this romantic journey has to offer. From the sweeping skylines of Toronto to the thundering thrills of the Niagara Falls, you'll be equally inspired by both the natural elements and urban areas of this striking part of the world. Along the way you'll stay at the best hotels, including the Fairmont Château Laurier in Ottawa and Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Quebec City, both praised for their decadent décor and prime locations.

  1. Welcome to Canada. On arrival at Toronto International Airport, you will be greeted and transferred to your luxury hotel, known for its grand architecture and glamorous atmosphere. At 6 pm, join your Traveling Concierge and fellow travelers for a scrumptious Welcome Dinner with wine.

    meal(s):Dinner with Wine
    hotel:The Omni King Edward Hotel
  2. Discover one of the world’s great natural wonders, Niagara Falls, as you enjoy intimate views on a narrated cruise to the base of the falls, before exploring Niagara-on-the-Lake. Back in Toronto, you’ll explore and ascend to the top of the CN Tower for panoramic views of this iconic city. Travel along stately University Avenue to see Ontario’s Parliament buildings, Queen’s Park and the Royal Ontario Museum. The rest of the evening is at leisure, so whether you want to check out the local restaurants, head to Eaton Centre to shop or visit the pride of Canada, the Hockey Hall of Fame, the choice is yours.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:The Omni King Edward Hotel
  3. Travel along the shores of Lake Ontario for a tour of Canada’s first capital, Kingston. Continue to the modern capital of Ottawa where you’ll settle into your landmark hotel, the Fairmont Château Laurier. Reminiscent of a French château, this stunning accommodation offers breathtaking views of the St Lawrence River and Old Quebec. You’ll meet a retired member of the renowned Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Hear fascinating tales of what it’s like to wear the famous red serge uniform. In the evening, you are invited to a Highlight Dinner with wine at the Courtyard Restaurant. Famous for its fine fresh food, sourced by local farmers and foragers, this historic location boasts a menu of seasonal favorites including organic beef, elk, fruit and vegetables.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Fairmont Château Laurier
  4. After breakfast, enjoy a truly special local experience—meet a retired member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, colloquially known as the Mounties. Then immerse yourself in an orientation tour of Ottawa, famous for its stately boulevards, imposing buildings and tulip-filled gardens during the spring. See the Royal Canadian Mint, City Hall and the National Art Gallery. View the famous Rideau Canal (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) an early 19th-century construction covering 125 miles of the Rideau and Cataraqui Rivers from Ottawa, south to Kingston Harbor on Lake Ontario. Spend the day at leisure for shopping or sightseeing.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Fairmont Château Laurier
  5. Journey along the St Lawrence River to Quebec City, North America’s first permanent French settlement and the only walled city in Canada. A Local Expert takes you on an exclusive, behind-the-scenes, tour of the iconic Château Frontenac. You’ll gain access to areas not accessible to others and learn how its history is interwoven with the city’s inhabitants. A VIP drinks reception and a lively musical performance caps off your special visit.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Fairmont Le Château Frontenac
  6. Visit the Morrin Centre before it opens for a private tour of this culturally significant institution. Dive further into Quebec City’s history with a Local Expert. See the Citadel of Quebec, Latin Quarter, National Assembly and Place-Royale, as you explore this city’s French-Canadian influence. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Your Traveling Concierge can provide recommendations before you hit the cobblestones of this romantic destination at your own pace. In the evening, you'll savor a spectacular Dinner with wine at Chez Rioux & Pettigrew.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Fairmont Le Château Frontenac
  7. Explore historic Old Montreal with its cobblestone streets and the Old Port. Visit the dramatic Notre-Dame Basilica to see its glorious stained glass windows and Saint Joseph’s Oratory, home to one of the world’s greatest pipe organs. Learn all about the organ itself and enjoy a short, exclusive recital of different music styles. Spend the evening at Gibbys, a restaurant full of old-world charm, housed in a 200-year-old building in Old Montreal. Savor French-inspired cuisine as you bid 'au revoir' to your Traveling Concierge and new friends with this palate-pleasing Celebration Dinner.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel
  8. Welcome to your Holland America Line Canada and New England Discovery cruise for a voyage along the St. Lawrence River and New England coast. Enjoy a morning at leisure before boarding the ship in the afternoon.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Holland America Line—MS Zaandam
  9. Continue on to Quebec City. Set atop sheer cliffs and with a strong French influence both in its culture and architecture, this elegant city comes with plenty of charm. Take the funicular steps down to the Lower Town where you’ll see Notre Dame des Victoires, the Petit Champlain district and the port.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel:Holland America Line—MS Zaandam
  10. The Gulf of Saint Lawrence fringes the shores of half the provinces of Canada and is defined by stunning coastline and beautiful islands, including Prince Edward Island and the Magdalen Islands.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel:Holland America Line—MS Zaandam
  11. Call in at Charlottetown where red double-decker buses motor along streets lined with regal Victorian houses. This picturesque city is perfect for walks along the harbor and taking a moment at one of its many coffee shops.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel:Holland America Line—MS Zaandam
  12. Cruise on past the Highlands of Nova Scotia to the port of Sydney, where lighthouses stand on cliff-side ledges and tiny villages huddle in rocky inlets.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel:Holland America Line—MS Zaandam
  13. Today you’ll head to Halifax, a maritime destination which offers a perfect mix of sea breezes and cultural charm. The ramparts of the citadel defending the city await you here.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel:Holland America Line—MS Zaandam
  14. Continue south to Bar Harbor, a quintessential New England coastal town on Mount Desert Island that serves as the gateway to Acadia National Park. This retreat for outdoorsy types offers freshwater lakes, rugged clifftops, forests and striking mountains.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel:Holland America Line—MS Zaandam
  15. Time permitting, explore Boston, before transferring to Boston Logan International Airport, or head to the trip hotel if you are extending your stay. Airport arrival will be at approximately 10 am.

    meal(s):Breakfast
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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $1,050.

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals

Meal Summary

14 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 11 Dinners.

Highlights

VIP Experiences

  • Ottawa: Meet a retired member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, colloquially known as 'The Mounties', and learn first-hand about Canada's iconic national police force
  • Quebec City: As a guest at the iconic, luxury Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, enjoy an exclusive guided tour of this historic building, learn about the history of the château, and gain access to areas not accessible to the general public
  • Quebec: Visit the Morrin Centre before it opens to the public to learn about the historic contribution and present-day culture of local English speakers

Journey Highlights

  • Toronto: Take in panoramic views of the city from the CN Tower
  • Niagara Falls: Greet the howling spray, wind and thunder at the base of the Falls onboard your cruise.
  • Quebec City: On a sightseeing tour, a Local Expert will bring to life this beautiful and historic city that will feel as if you've set foot on European soil
  • Montreal: Visit some of the city's most iconic sites with a Local Expert, including the Notre Dame Basilica with its dazzling combination of blue and gold decor
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Reviews

Sunday, September 9, 2018
Elizabeth Reen
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Max was fantastic. The final dinner was out of this world.
Vacation : The hotels were wonderful experiences. The bus was super comfortable.
Saturday, September 8, 2018
Jean Brodowicz
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Excellent tour and tour director
Vacation : Itinerary met my objective locations
Saturday, June 30, 2018
John Henn
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Heather and Eugene were excellent conducting the tour. We think the hotels were very exclusive and the restaurants were great. We suggest that less exclusive hotels would be sufficient so more meals and activities like museums could be included. We spent a lot of time traveling. We suggest two separate tours visiting two cities with more activities and meals and scheduling the tours so travelers can attend both . We have enjoyed foody tours before as a part of the activities which could make the cost less for a lunch.
Vacation : The cost could be reduced by scheduling less exclusive hotels and reducing the number of cities visited. We enjoyed all of the cities, but were not able to visit some of the museums.
Monday, September 4, 2017
Trusted Customer
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Too little time, rushing at lunch, need to advise that perfume & bengay or other allergens are detrimental to others on the bus together.
Vacation : Very Nice itinerary, mostly lovely hotels.
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  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend $4-5 per person/per day for your driver and $6-7 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

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.

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls Helicopter Flightseeing

Adult Price: $144.00 | Child Price: $89.00

Enjoy an exhilarating and scenic helicopter flight and experience the views of the awe-inspiring Niagara Region as you gently lift off over the Whirlpool Rapids and Rainbow Bridge. See the green grass and floral beauty of Queen Victoria Park stretch below you as the helicopter passes by the American Falls and Skylon Tower. Follow the curve of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls and see rainbows magically appear and disappear. This is a ride you do not want to miss! Operates daily, weather permitting. Subject to weather conditions.

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    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

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