From the European-styled, old world elegance of Quebec City to the thundering magnificence of Niagara Falls, you’ll love every moment of this tour of Eastern Canada. Enjoy two-night stays in Montreal, Quebec City and Toronto, as well as an overnight stay in Ottawa and city tours of each of them. Have a breakfast of regional specialties at a local sugar shack and learn about maple syrup making. Board a boat to experience Niagara Falls up close and cruise through the spectacular unspoiled 1000 Islands. Savor dinner in Montreal’s Old Port and experience the energy of multicultural Toronto. Walk the cobblestone streets of Old Quebec. From picturesque countryside to glistening skyscrapers, a truly unforgettable cultural and historical experience awaits you in the heart of Eastern Canada.
- Itinerary Type : Standard
- Activity Level : 2
- Number of Days:8
- Number of Meals:10
- Hotels:Westin Ottawa (Ottawa, ON), Sheraton Centre (Toronto, ON), Hotel Omni Mont Royal (Montreal, QC), Hotel PUR (Quebec City, QC)
- Experiences:Discover Niagara-on-the-Lake with quaint local shops and a charming atmosphere.
Enjoy a memorable cruise through the unspoiled region of the 1000 Islands.
Take a stroll through bustling Byward Market.
- Must Sees:Witness the incredible power of Mother Nature at breathtaking Niagara Falls.
Tour Montreal and see Jacques Cartier Square and McGill University.
- Culinaries:Savor breakfast at a local sugar shack nestled in the Quebec countryside.
Enjoy an evening out and sample French cuisine at a lovely restaurant in Ile d’Orleans.
Itinerary (8 days)
Montreal, Quebec - Tour Begins
Your tour opens in the second largest French-speaking city in the world, Montreal.
This morning, it’s your choice as you decide how you would like to explore Montréal: on a walking tour -OR- a panoramic coach tour. If you choose the walking tour, you’ll join a local guide who will transport you back in time as you explore the streets of Old Montréal on foot; stroll through historic squares and past impressive architecture, hearing stories of days gone by. If you choose the coach tour, it highlights Jacques Cartier Square, McGill University and St. Joseph’s Oratory; the tour concludes with a stop high atop Mount Royal, ascended by Jacques Cartier in 1535 and the jewel of Mount Royal Park, to soak in the spectacular view. The afternoon is yours to continue exploring the city independently. Sit in a sidewalk cafe, visit a museum, or browse some of the city’s many famous shops. This evening you will be treated to dinner in historic Old Montreal, capping off a wonderfully memorable day.
Montreal - Quebec City
Depart for fabulous Quebec City. Later today, experience the beauty and history of both Old and New Quebec with a fascinating sightseeing tour of the city. See the stately Chateau Frontenac, the provincial Parliament, and the St. Louis Arch, the site of the original settlement of the city of Quebec. This evening, sample French cuisine at a lovely restaurant in Ile d’Orleans.
Begin your day with breakfast at a local sugar shack nestled in the Quebec countryside. Learn about the traditions of maple syrup-making and enjoy sampling many delicious traditional foods made with local maple syrup. Before leaving, try a favorite regional treat – maple taffy on the snow! The remainder of your day is at leisure to wander the streets of quaint Old Quebec, a designated UNESCO World Heritage site.
Quebec City - Ottawa, Ontario
This morning, depart for Ottawa – Canada’s beautiful, culturally-rich capital. Upon arrival, enjoy a scenic drive along the Ottawa River, past the Prime Minister's residence, many embassies, and the impressive National Art Gallery. Your city tour will also showcase the impressive gothic parliament buildings as well as the Rideau Canal (which becomes the world’s largest skating rink in wintertime). In addition, you will be able to stroll through the Byward Market, known for its fruits, vegetables, flowers, and arts & crafts.
Ottawa - Rockport - Toronto
A short drive takes you to Rockport, gateway to the spectacular 1000 Islands. Enjoy a memorable cruise through this unspoiled region, located on the border between the United States and Canada. Later this afternoon you arrive in the exciting city of Toronto, capital of Ontario.
Toronto - Niagara Falls - Toronto
This morning, travel to thundering, awe-inspiring Niagara Falls. Pause for a moment as you reflect on the magnificent views and the power of Mother Nature. Of course, a visit to Niagara Falls would not be complete without experiencing the incredible cruise at the base of the falls. Board the boat to see and feel the falls up close. Don’t forget to bring a camera! Next, head to Niagara-on-the-Lake and enjoy the local shops and charming atmosphere. Tonight, join your fellow travelers at a farewell dinner where you will toast the end of a wonderful trip.
Toronto - Tour Ends
Your tour ends today in Toronto.
Located in the province of Quebec, Montréal is the largest city in the province and the second largest in Canada. Originally called Ville-Marie, or "City of Mary", it is named after Mount Royal, the triple-peaked hill in the heart of the city. With the dominant language of French, tourists can enjoy a touch of France in North America. Designated a City of Design by UNESCO, there are 50 National Historic Sites in Montréal, one of which is the old quarter and the Notre Dame de Montreal Basilica.
Choice on Tour
Join a local guide as you stroll through the historic squares and impressive architecture of Old Quebec City, or embark on a panoramic coach tour where you will experience the beauty and history of both Old and New Quebec.
Quebec City, QC
Touted as one of the most beautiful cities in North America, Quebec is the capital of the province of Quebec. It is also one of the oldest European settlements in North America. Once through the walls of the old city you are easily transported back in time to a grand era where beauty was always a factor in creating anything and everything. On foot, via carriage or automobile, every turn leaves an indelible impression.
As Canada's capital city, Ottawa is home to Parliament, the Supreme Court and the Prime Minister. Besides the historic government buildings, there are UNESCO World Heritage sites such as Rideau Canal, which divides the city into two parts. From the sound and light show at Parliament Hill to the yummy Canadian Beaver Tails pastries, Ottawa is sure to awaken all the senses.
The 1000 Islands refers to a region encompassing both sides of the US and Canada border along the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario. This regions gets its name from the 1,000 beautiful islands that dot the lake. The 1000 Islands region is made up of approximately 1,684 islands. The region extends from Kingston to Cornwall on the Canadian side and from Oswego to Massena on the US side. The region is a popular place for swimming, fishing and hiking and features an abundance of nature, forests and wildlife. A popular attraction to visit here is Boldt Castle, a 120-room mansion located on Heart Island.
With over 2.6 million people, Toronto is the most populous city in Canada. Originally called York until the War of 1812 and the Battle of York, Toronto today is the commercial capital of Canada and is home to the Stock Exchange. Architectural structures such as the CN Tower, the Frank Gehry-designed Art Gallery of Ontario and historic Distillery district help distinguish Toronto's skyline.
Straddling the international border of Canada and New York State are the three waterfalls known as Niagara Falls. The three waterfalls are named Bridal Veil, Horseshoe and American and have a vertical drop of over 165 feet. Providing hydro-electric power and majestic beauty, the Falls are best viewed from one of the many cruise boats operating on the river below.
Get acquainted with the charming town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, nestled along the shores of Lake Ontario and the Niagara River. Explore its Heritage District which has a distinctly old-fashioned atmosphere. Perhaps visit an antique store or a cheese shop! See Fort George and Brock’s Monument, stunning parks and gardens, vineyards and wineries, boutiques, art galleries, the centuries-old courthouse, museums and theatres. This town, which was the original capital of Upper Canada from 1792 to 1797, has something for everyone. Meander its streets and uncover its charm in your own way.