Quebec, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto & Niagara Falls
History & Culture
Say Bienvenue to Eastern Canada.
Your unforgettable experience starts from the old-world Quebec City to the governmental capital of Toronto. Walk the cobblestones streets of Old Montreal, see Canada’s capital city Ottawa and enjoy the stunning natural beauty while cruising the Thousand Islands.
Board a boat to experience Niagara Falls up close and discover Niagara-on-the-Lake history of wine-making and ice-wine tasting from the source. Along your journey of discovery, you will have a myriad of opportunities to enjoy unique regional specialties!
Say bonjour to Quebec City as we transfer to your hotel to rest. Depending on your arrival time, you may self-explore the Old Town or sample local cuisine at Ile d’Orleans, a farmland island on the Saint Lawrence River.
Explore Old Quebec City (UNESCO) on foot, visiting the majestic hotel-castle Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac, Dufferin Terrace, Citadelle, Petit-Champlain, Place Royale and stroll through historic squares. See the Murals of Old Quebec City, provincial Parliament, the St. Louis Arch, Cartier Avenue and Épicerie J.A. Moisan which is North America’s oldest continuously operating grocery store.
After lunch, continue 42km/40m to Canyon St. Anne Waterfalls, where you will up close over the waters on the footbridges. For the brave-hearted, you can top up for a 2-seater Air Canyon zipline. Stop at Basilica St. Anne de Beaupre and ride down the Montmorency Falls on your return to Quebec.
Depart 255km/3h to Montreal. En route, visit the recreated Huron Wendake village to learn about Canada’s first Nation People, known for their hand-crafted clothes, decorations and hunting tools as displayed. Continue to a Bison Farm to learn about their history and bison meat tasting before arriving at Montreal, the world’s second largest French-speaking city. The rest of the day is free at leisure to explore the skyscrapers, cathedrals, rushing waterways or lush gardens at your own pace.
Today’s highlights include Old Port of Montreal, Jacques Cartier Square, McGill University, St. Joseph’s Oratory, as well as a visit to Basilica Notre Dame before concluding with spectacular views atop Mount Royal. This afternoon, you will see the famous Montreal Tower and Biodome which represents various ecosystems. Return to your hotel to rest, or enjoy dinner at a local restaurant in the Old Port at your own expense.
Depart 199km/2h to Ottawa. En route via Fairmont Le Château Montebello, the world’s largest log cabin, for lunch at your expense. Our Ottawa tour visits a wing of gothic parliament building (renovation until 2029), Rideau Hall, Royal Canadian Mint, Rideau Canal which becomes the world’s largest skating rink in winter, Fairmont Château Laurier, Louise Bourgeois’ 30-foot spider sculpture, Maman (Mother) and Byward Market with 600+ farmer’s market and specialty food shops such as Canadian cheese and maple-infused chocolate.
Observe the Changing of the Guard ceremony (10am, Jul-Aug only if weather permits) which brings together Canadian Grenadier Guards and Governor General’s Foot Guards, before driving 152km/1.5h to Ivy Lea for the unspoiled 1000 Islands cruise (1h). Continue 300km/3h to Toronto.
Descend 130-year-old bedrock-carved tunnels and emerge at the base of the Horseshoe Falls. The observation deck can also view New York’s American and Bridal Veil Falls. Board Hornblower Niagara Cruise boat and get soaked at the foot of the thundering Niagara Falls! Lunch can be taken at Skylon Towers’ Revolving Dining Room (own expense), perched 158m above Horseshoe Falls. Stop at the Victorian town of Niagara on the Lakes where Canada’s modern wine began. Enjoy Inniskilin winery tour with award-winning icewine sampling!
Today’s Toronto highlights include Legislative Assembly of Ontario, old and new City Hall, University of Toronto, Chinatown, Art Gallery of Ontario, Dundas Square and an ascend to CN Tower observation. This afternoon, visit Casa Loma and St. Lawrence Market, built as Toronto’s first city hall and now an exhibition hall. The food market, which began around the building’s square in early 1900s, is one of the world’s best. Conclude with a photo stop at the Cube House.
Today, we will transfer you to the airport for your flight home.
If you have more days to spare, consider extending 6 days to Churchill to stay on a mobile platform built on lounge car in the subarctic tundra of Northern Canada where you can watch Northern Lights, get acquainted with polar bears (Oct-Nov) or catch beluga whales frolicking in the mouth of the Churchill River (Jul-Aug).
Alternatively, you can take a 3-day train journey across Canada to combine this adventure with the tranquil beauty of the Rockies or spend some time with the big Brown Bears!
Auberge Saint-Antoine in Quebec City • Hotel Place D’arms in Montreal • Lord Elgin Hotel or Andaz in Ottawa • One King West Hotel & Residence in Toronto
This R&C hotel is built on a major archaeological site in the Old Port, housed in three charming 18th-19th century buildings, yet the interiors have a decidedly contemporary feel with state-of-the-art technology. (Rooms: 95)View More
Just a few steps from Notre-Dame Basilica, this 19th century landmark turned contemporary boutique hotel boasts contemporary yet classic décor. Make time to experience the spa’s spacious Turkish hammam! (Rooms: 133)View More
Elegant rooms with Biedermeier furnishings, nickel accents and tall picture windows overlooking Ottawa's Rideau Canal.View More
Set at the market heart with chic boutiques, galleries, restaurant and nightlife at doorstep, this hotel has a rooftop lounge with sweeping city views. (Opened: 2016; Rooms: 200)View More
The hotel's sleek, 51-story tower soars from the original Dominion Bank of Canada (circa 1912) in the city's downtown shopping core. This all-suite hotel comes with a kitchenette, plush beds and a sitting area. Suites above 25th floor offers second-to-none views of the cityscape and/or Lake Ontario. (Rooms: 370)View More
Fairmont Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City • Fairmont Queen Elizabeth in Montreal • Fairmont Chateau Laurier in Ottawa • Fairmont Royal York hotel in Quebec
An urban resort with elegant European touch and a view of St. Lawrence River and the Old City. (Refurbished: 2014; Rooms: 610)View More
Built to commemorate the queen’s coronation, this grand hotel at the vibrant downtown cultural district is connected to the extensive underground city with hundreds of boutiques and cafés, as well as to the metro and VIA Rail Station. (Refurbished: 2017; Rooms: 1050)View More
Historic chateau next door to Parliament Hill overlooking the Ottawa River and the Rideau Canal. (Refurbished: 2012; Rooms: 426)View More
This historic, grand hotel rises from its central location as a landmark of elegance and service. (Refurbished: 2019; Rooms: 1000)View More
A chic modern hotel at Golden Mile Square, next to the city’s fanciest shops. Don’t miss the sky-lit indoor pool! (Opened: 2019; Rooms: 169)
The stately 65-storey tower offers sophisticated stay at the centre of the action with luxurious décors. Dine at 31st floor LOUIX LOUIS Grand Bar & Restaurant for stunning downtown view. (Opened: 2018; Rooms: 260)
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