Book a 2018 holiday before 31 July and our home pick-up service is doubled to 100 miles.
Prepare for an engaging blend of unique historic quarters and natural spectacles. From Old Montreal to the turrets of the Château Frontenac in Old Quebec City, the epic Niagara Falls, and glittering island-studded St. Lawrence River.
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Fly to Toronto where you will transfer to your hotel for two nights.
Tour the city’s major landmarks, including City Hall, the CN Tower and Roger's Stadium – home of the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club. Then onto the thundering star attraction of Niagara Falls. See the falls from superb scenic points along the edge of the gorge, and then get even closer – in you waterproofs - on board the sightseeing cruise.
Depart Ontario’s capital and stop in Kingston, situated at the mouth of the Cataraqui and St. Lawrence rivers, to explore its grand 19th century buildings and streets. Continue to Gananoque and Ivy Lea, where you'll enjoy a scenic cruise along the St Lawrence River, past wooded islands dotted with beautiful summer homes. Then proceed along the route of the Rideau Canal to Ottawa, Canada's beautiful capital city.
Queen Victoria chose this small lumber town as the site for Canada's capital, neatly avoiding the conflicting views of Toronto and Montreal. This morning see the Canadian Mint, the embassy district and stately Parliament Hill; and see the Royal Canadian Mounted Police stables. Suggestions for this afternoon include the magnificent Canadian Museum of History or the array of restaurants and shops at the lively Byward Market.
Today, drive into the French-Canadian province of Quebec, where you will notice a change in language and tradition. Travel along the picturesque Ottawa River Valley to arrive in historic Quebec City, the heart of French Canada and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Enjoy an included guided tour of Quebec City which is North America's only walled city, crowned by the great turrets of the Chateau Frontenac. Old Quebec was the centre of New France and is now one of the most historic and best-preserved cities in North America. Within the walls are the Place d'Armes, the Laval Seminary and the star-plan Citadelle. Also see the stone houses crowding the narrow streets of Lower Town and ancient Place Royal by the St Lawrence River, and the historic Plains of Abraham where General Wolfe stormed the slopes. The afternoon is free.
This morning the optional excursion takes you to the pleasant forest setting of Érablière le Chemin du Roy Sugar Cabin for a delicious breakfast and a guided visit and presentation on maple extraction. Afterwards, head south to cosmopolitan Montreal; as you enter the city look out for the canted tower of the Olympic Stadium. Major attractions on this afternoon's guided sightseeing tour include Old Montreal and the Seminary of St Sulpice, Mont Royal and modern Montreal. In the evening be sure to try out one of the many sidewalk cafés specialising in French cuisine with a Canadian influence.
Journey back to the 1860s at the Upper Canada Village, one of the largest and most complete living history museums in Canada. Afterwards travel back to Toronto.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.
Maximum elevation on this tour is 1,600 ft.
Niagara Falls: Operation of the sightseeing cruise is subject to favourable weather/river conditions. A walking tour through the scenic tunnels will be offered as a replacement
Please note that early and late season weather may make some of the optional excursions unavailable
Halifax by Ocean Train Extension: Accommodation will be in Sleeper Class Plus and includes meals and access to the dome carriages
Royal Canadian Mounted Police Visit: Due to seasonal hours, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Stables will be closed and unavailable for the following departures 30 Aug, 6, 13, 20, 27 Sep and 4 Oct 2018 - subject to change
Montreal Jazz Festival: The 28, 30 June departures will coincide with the Montreal Jazz Festival (28 June - 7 July 2018)
Accommodation as stated or similar
Tour staff were excellent, only drawback we could have spent more time in some of the locations. We had to move on before we saw all we wished to see. also it would be helpful to have breakfasts included in the price.
A really good holiday, got to see a lot in a short space of time. Good organisation and little things taken into consideration which makes the holiday even better. Few bits were a bit disappointing such as one hotel and some things I thought were a little pricey, but overall enjoyed our adventure!
hotel in Quebec too far out
Good coach, hotels good except hotel in Quebec which was adequate.
I would have preferred another category between good and poor - average would be a better reflection of our experience. There were too many instances where our experience could have been improved:- 1. Arrived in Ottawa to find the Parliament Buildings and the National History museum closed due to visit by Chinese President. Not suggesting that Cocmos could have changed the situation but if we had known in advance we could have changed our personal itinerary. The Toru Director had not been informed - I sourced the information via the Internet whilst travelling from Toronto to Ottawa. 2. The hotel in Quebec was 20 minute drive from the city. There was a poor choice of restaurants nearby - either eat in the Mall or high end restaurant. Very poor hotel choice. 3. Some of the stops were poorly planned. E.g. We arrived in Montreal at 1pm and had a 1 hour stop that was not in the centre of the city, little to see other than a shopping mall. We were then picked up by the local tour guide, taken on a coach and then walking tour of the city. The local tour guide ended his tour in the centre of the city and we would have loved to have stayed there for another hour. However, as we hadn't checked into our hotel and the hotel was approx 1 hour from the centre we were unable to do so. We left Montreal the next morning at 7.30 am. 4. A second day in Montreal needs to be added to the tour. 5. Perhaps it would also be good if the tour could be aimed at people who like to see the sights or people who like to shop/go to malls. We have no interest in shopping on holiday and felt that there was too much emphasis on being close to a mall or stops with opportunities to shop/visit a mall.
It was ether then expected , tour guide was so helpful and put us at ease straight away. Hotels lovely! Great places to visit the extra excursion great value for money! Would recommend loved every minute! X
An excellent way to see more of Canada. A shame there weren't more optional excursions. For example a trip to Niagara on the Lake, a trip to the theme park at Montreal.
A good mix of cities with Quebec being the best although we could have spent more time in Montreal or use that as a leaving flight back home instead of the long coach ride back to Toronto and the extra day there waiting for the flight, Having said that one of the highlights was seeing the Upper Canada Village on the way back for 2 hours.
Middle 2 hotels not very good! Need longer at stops maybe extend tour by a couple of days as this was very full on!
This was a very good tour and we enjoyed it very much. There were a few things that might make it even better such as having breakfast included, having some details of where the local shops and especially supermarkets are situated at each hotel stop and perhaps considering smaller hotels where there might not be so much noise at night.
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