Explore some of Canada’s most exciting cosmopolitan destinations on this journey through Ontario and Quebec. Take in distinguished landmarks in diverse Toronto and get a true feel for the country’s national heritage in charming Ottawa. Then, meander along the cobbled streets of Old Quebec City before marveling at beautiful architecture in Montreal. From the shores of the St. Lawrence River to the sidewalks of stunning cities, this tour has it all.Tour pace: This tour involves a moderate level of walking, sometimes on uneven terrain or uphill.
The tour includes `Airfare (most of us will leave from Sacramento International Airport but almost any departure place is possible) or the land-only option `9 nights in handpicked hotels `Breakfast daily, 4 three-course dinners with beer or wine `Expert tour director `Private deluxe motor coach `Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees
Tour highlights: `The culture, excitement and beauty of provincial Ontario and Quebec `Views of Lake Ontario and the soaring CN Tower in Toronto `Boating through Thousand Islands National Park on the St. Lawrence Seaway `Riverside vistas from Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada’s quaint capital `European charm and intriguing history in UNESCO-listed Old Quebec City `Stunning stained glass in Montreal’s Notre-Dame Basilica
TORONTO 3 nights Hotel info Day 1: Arrival in Toronto Included meals: Dinner Welcome to Toronto! Get settled into your hotel, then meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner. Day 2: Sightseeing tour of Toronto Included meals: Breakfast Join a local expert on a panoramic coach tour of multicultural Toronto, Canada’s largest city and the historic, vibrant capital of the province of Ontario. • Pass the University of Toronto, modernist Toronto City Hall and the CN Tower, one of the world’s tallest buildings • Drive by Yonge-Dundas Square in the heart of the city’s downtown area and pass the St. Lawrence Market, housed in a late 19th-century brick building • Enter the Royal Ontario Museum, which is dedicated to natural history and cultures around the world Day 3: Free day in Toronto Included meals: Breakfast Enjoy a full free day in Toronto or add an excursion. Optional Excursion - The Niagara Falls Experience $129pp*Details
OTTAWA 2 nights Hotel info Day 4: Ottawa via Kingston Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner Transfer to Ottawa today, stopping along the way to explore the charming city of Kingston. This “Limestone City” boasts architecturally notable buildings made from local, hand-cut stone. • Board a cruise boat and sail along the St. Lawrence River through Thousand Islands National Park, which lies along the Canada-U.S. border • Pass the numerous granite islands of the park and get a peek at the lavish waterfront mansions that dot Millionaires Row Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Ottawa Included meals: Breakfast Join your Tour Director and get to know Ottawa, the country’s capital. This welcoming urban center is home to a diverse population, world-class museums, and many monuments that pay homage to Canada’s national heritage. • Journey to Parliament Hill to view the soaring, Gothic Revival-style Centre Block, site of the country’s Senate, House of Commons and Library of Parliament • Get to know more about the city on a panoramic driving tour with a local guide • Learn more about the Canadian Mounties during a visit the horse stables of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police • Enter the Canadian War Museum to see the exhibits that pay tribute to the men and women who have served in the armed forces
QUEBEC CITY 2 nights Hotel info Day 6: Transfer to Quebec City Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner Travel to Quebec City, where you will have a free afternoon to explore on your own. Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Quebec City Included meals: Breakfast Follow a local guide as you immerse yourself in the European charm of this old-world city, which overflows with remnants from its colonial past. • Stop at the Plains of Abraham, a national battlefield that served as the site of a defining 1759 conflict between France and Britain during the Seven Years’ War • Journey along cobblestone streets on a walking tour of UNESCO-recognized Old Quebec City, which is surrounded by 18th-century fortifications Enjoy a free afternoon in Quebec City or add an excursion. Optional Excursion - Scenic Quebec: Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré & Montmorency Falls $69pp*DetailsMONTREAL 2 nights Hotel info Day 8: Transfer to Montreal Included meals: Breakfast Take in stunning countryside views as you drive to Montreal. This predominantly French-speaking city sits on an island in the St. Lawrence River, and you’ll see it all on a panoramic tour with a local guide. • Make a photo stop at the stunning Notre-Dame Basilica, an architectural landmark built in the Gothic-Revival style • Enter Canada’s largest basilica, Saint Joseph’s Oratory, which is capped by a staggering copper dome Day 9: Free day in Montreal Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner Enjoy a full free day in Montreal or add an excursion. Then, say goodbye to your group at a farewell dinner.