Ontario & the French Capital with Toronto


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Welcome to Ontario and Québec—where exciting cities and breathtaking scenery await you on this eastern Canada tour. You'll spend two nights in Toronto, two nights in both Ottawa and the Québec City area, and one night in Montréal.

On your sightseeing tour in each city, you'll see the must-see sights, such as the 1,815-foot-tall CN Tower in Toronto, Canada’s largest city; the Canadian Mint in Ottawa, Canada’s capital; Québec City's Place Royale, the historic square known as the birthplace of French America; and Montréal's Mount Royal, designed by the same designer as New York City’s Central Park. In Ottawa, you’ll visit the Royal Canadian Mounted Police stables, a tribute to Canadian heritage and history. In Québec, visit the Basilica of Notre Dame, dating to the 19th century, and Cap de la Madeleine, a national shrine with its fine stained-glass windows. Also enjoy time to explore Québec City, Canada’s only walled city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Between Montréal and Toronto, you’ll visit Upper Canada Village, where you’ll be transported back to the 1860s—with costumed interpreters, traditional farming techniques, aspects of late 19th-century social life, and more—at one of Canada’s most complete living history museums.

But that’s not all…you’ll enjoy stunning scenery on this eastern Canada tour. For a tour highlight, board a sightseeing boat for a thrilling ride to view breathtaking Niagara Falls. You’ve seen photos of Niagara Falls and now’s your chance to see it up close. These falls are nothing short of spectacular! Also, enjoy a cruise that takes a scenic route through the many islands of St. Lawrence Islands National Park.

From the vibrant cities to the beautiful scenery, this eastern Canada tour designed for the value-minded traveller is a wonderful holiday!

Highlights

Niagara Falls Sightseeing cruise

Toronto Sightseeing

Thousand Islands National Park Scenic boat cruise

Ottawa Sightseeing; visit the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Stables

Québec City Visit the Basilica of Notre Dame de Cap de La Madeleine; sightseeing with a local guide

Montréal Sightseeing with a local guide

Single Share available

Opt to share a twin room with a fellow traveller, and if there's no one to share with you'll get a room to yourself at no added cost!

Our single share option will match you with a fellow solo traveller of the same gender in a twin room, so you don't have to pay a single supplement. If there's no one available to share with, you don't pay any additional single supplement. Please call us to book a single-share holiday.

Single Share available

Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

No meals included

UK - Toronto

Day
1

Fly to Toronto where you will transfer to your hotel for two nights.

Toronto - Niagara Falls - Toronto

Day
2

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 your waterproofs - on board the sightseeing cruise.

Toronto - Kingston - Ivy Lea - Ottawa

Day
3

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.

Ottawa

Day
4

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.

Ottawa - Quebec City area

Day
5

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.

Quebec City area

Day
6

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.

Quebec City area - Montreal

Day
7

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.

Montreal - Toronto

Day
8

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.

Toronto - UK

Day
9

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Land home in the UK

Day
10

Things to note

Fall Foliage: Enjoy the fall colours of Ontario and Québec on our special fall foliage departures: September 7 to October 19 (if Mother Nature permits).

Canada Day: Travel on our June 29 departure to be in the Canadian capital of Ottawa for the nation’s July 1st birthday. The evening will be topped off by a giant fireworks show you simply don’t want to miss!

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Pre Tour

+5 days Halifax Ocean Train extension

Total meals included:

  • 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Montreal

Day
1

The next two days are at leisure to discover the city’s European charm, Canadian warmth, and small-world feel. Visit Saint-Denis Street with its boutiques featuring local and European-influenced designers, relax on an outdoor terrace, or explore Mount Royal and the park for great views of the city.

Montreal - Via Rail Ocean Train to Halifax

Day
2

This evening, transfer to the train station and board the overnight Ocean train to Nova Scotia. Travel along the St. Lawrence River in the comfort of your private sleeper car.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Via Rail Ocean Train - Halifax

Day
3

Enjoy a continental breakfast this morning and views of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Arrive in Halifax and transfer to your hotel, The Lord Nelson Hotel and Suites. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Continental Breakfast
  • Lunch

Halifax. Excursion to Peggy's Cove

Day
4

Founded in 1749 to protect British interests in North America, Halifax, capital of Nova Scotia, is steeped in maritime history. The day begins with the Halifax Explosion, Titanic Graves, historic downtown, dockyards, Halifax Public Gardens, and Halifax Commons. On to famous Peggy’s Cove with its lighthouse and quaint fishing village.

Halifax

Day
5

Your tour extension ends today.

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

No meals included

Toronto

Day
1

Welcome to Ontario’s capital. Your tour director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

Toronto. Excursion to Niagara Falls

Day
2

Skirt the shores of Lake Ontario to Niagara Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world. Board your sightseeing boat for a thrilling ride to view the thundering falls. Sightseeing also includes the beautiful Floral Clock and the city’s major landmarks, such as the banking district, City Hall, the CN Tower, the University of Toronto, and ultra-modern Roger’s Center. This evening, enjoy an optional outing to the top of the CN Tower for a delicious dinner and spectacular views. Note: Operation of the Niagara Falls sightseeing cruise is subject to favourable weather conditions. When the weather is unfavourable, a walking tour through the scenic tunnels will be substituted.

Toronto - Kingston - Thousand Islands National Park - Ottawa

Day
3

Leave Ontario’s capital and stop in Kingston, a city with an exciting history dating back more than 300 years. Proceed along the St. Lawrence river with splendid vistas of Thousand Islands National Park. At Ivy Lea, board your boat for a cruise that takes a scenic route through the many islands of St. Lawrence Islands National Park. Next, head to Ottawa, Canada’s beautiful capital.

Ottawa

Day
4

This morning, enjoy a sightseeing tour of this lovely city on the banks of the Ottawa river and the Rideau canal. See the Canadian mint; the embassy district; and stately Parliament Hill. Visit the Royal Canadian Mounted Police stables, a tribute to Canadian heritage and history. Suggestions for this afternoon include a visit to the magnificent Canadian Museum of History or the array of restaurants and shops at lively Byward market. Note: Due to seasonal hours, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police stables will be closed and unavailable on the Aug. 29, Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26, and Oct. 3, 10 departures. All dates are subject to availability of the RCMP stables, and can become unavailable at any time.

Ottawa - Québec City Area

Day
5

Drive into the French- Canadian province of Québec for a sudden change in language and tradition. Follow the historical King’s Highway along the north shore of the mighty St. Lawrence river. Visit the Basilica of Notre Dame and Cap De La Madeleine before arriving in Québec City, the heart of French Canada and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Québec City Area

Day
6

Enjoy a guided tour of Canada’s only walled city, crowned by the turrets of Château Frontenac. Until the British victory of 1759, Old Québec was the centre of New France; today, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Within the walls resides Place d’Armes, Laval Seminary, the star-plan Citadelle, and ancient Place Royale. Also, see the stone houses crowding the narrow streets of Lower Town by the St. Lawrence river. The afternoon and evening are free—your tour director will have suggestions for sightseeing, shopping and dining.

Québec City Area - Montréal

Day
7

This morning, join a unique optional excursion to the Érablière le Chemin du Roy Sugar Shack. Visitors to the sugar cabin will enjoy a typical Quebec breakfast, along with a guided visit and presentation to explain the process of maple extraction. Afterward, head south for sophisticated Montréal, one of Canada’s largest cities. Major attractions on this afternoon’s guided tour include once-walled Old Montréal, the Seminary of St. Sulpice, Mount Royal, and modern Montréal.

Montréal - Toronto

Day
8

En route to Toronto, visit Upper Canada Village, one of Canada's most complete living - history museums. You will be transported back in time to the 1860's. Afterwards, the coach will transfer you to the Chelsea Hotel, Toronto, for an overnight.

Alternatively, you can extend your holiday with extra nights in Montreal and then board the overnight train to Halifax.

Toronto

Day
9

Your holiday ends this morning.

Things to note

Fall Foliage: Enjoy the fall colours of Ontario and Québec on our special fall foliage departures: September 7 to October 19 (if Mother Nature permits).

Canada Day: Travel on our June 29 departure to be in the Canadian capital of Ottawa for the nation’s July 1st birthday. The evening will be topped off by a giant fireworks show you simply don’t want to miss!

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Post tour

+5 days Halifax Ocean Train extension

Total meals included:

  • 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Montreal

Day
1

The next two days are at leisure to discover the city’s European charm, Canadian warmth, and small-world feel. Visit Saint-Denis Street with its boutiques featuring local and European-influenced designers, relax on an outdoor terrace, or explore Mount Royal and the park for great views of the city.

Montreal - Via Rail Ocean Train to Halifax

Day
2

This evening, transfer to the train station and board the overnight Ocean train to Nova Scotia. Travel along the St. Lawrence River in the comfort of your private sleeper car.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Via Rail Ocean Train - Halifax

Day
3

Enjoy a continental breakfast this morning and views of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Arrive in Halifax and transfer to your hotel, The Lord Nelson Hotel and Suites. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Continental Breakfast
  • Lunch

Halifax. Excursion to Peggy's Cove

Day
4

Founded in 1749 to protect British interests in North America, Halifax, capital of Nova Scotia, is steeped in maritime history. The day begins with the Halifax Explosion, Titanic Graves, historic downtown, dockyards, Halifax Public Gardens, and Halifax Commons. On to famous Peggy’s Cove with its lighthouse and quaint fishing village.

Halifax

Day
5

Your tour extension ends today.

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

What's included

Tour only

Prefer to book your own flights and transfers? You have the freedom to do that with our Tour Only holiday option.

  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach

Tour with flights

Let us take care of everything. Our package option includes return flights from your chosen airport, plus overseas transfers to your hotel.

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • All airport taxes

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