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Experience the vibrancy of Canada’s east coast cities in this itinerary that reflects the amazing diversity of this awe-inspiring country.
Start your journey in Toronto, Canada’s largest city has it all and is close enough to Niagara Falls for a day’s sight-seeing to this natural wonder. Then on to the capital, Ottawa, a city steeped in culture and well know for the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a 2-night stay in Quebec, the only walled city North of Mexico, known as the French America. This stunning city will charm you with its history, cobbled streets, culture and cuisine.
Complimentary Upgrade to Business Class on VIA Rail
Toronto - Full day to Niagara Falls
Ottawa- Discover the Capital Hop on/off city tour
Quebec City – Hop on/off sightseeing tour
Day 1 Fly UK to Toronto
Fly UK to Toronto. Transfer by UP Express train from the airport to downtown Toronto (not included). This service runs every 15 minutes and only takes 25 minutes.
Day 2 Full day excursion to Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls Full Day Excursion: Travel on our air-conditioned motorcoach for a breathtaking, full-day tour through the orchard-laden Niagara Peninsula to Niagara Falls, one of the great wonders of the world. Tours include: • Hornblower Cruises (mid-April - mid-November) or Journey Behind the Falls • Meal overlooking Niagara Falls, • Free time in Niagara on the Lake • Winery tour including a wine tasting.
Day 3 Toronto
Day at leisure to enjoy all that Toronto has to offer
Day 4 Toronto to Ottawa
Enjoy the facilities of the Business Class Lounge before boarding instructions. Complimentary newspapers and non alcoholic beverages are available in the lounge. Follow the shores of Lake Ontario, one of the five Great Lakes of North America, to Trenton Junction, where the St. Lawrence River flows from the lake. From Trenton Junction to Ottawa, the landscape is dotted with small villages, surrounded by maple forests and rich pasture land. The journey is approximately four hours. Ottawa was named as the capital of Canada in 1867 with the signing of Confederation by the then Canadian Provinces, establishing an independent Canada. The VIA Rail station in Ottawa is a short taxi ride (not included) to downtown Ottawa hotels. (lunch is included today)
Day 5 Ottawa
Ottawa is not just the capital of the Canadian government, it is also one of the most diverse cities in the world, offering everything from worldclass sporting events and shopping adventures, to museum and family activities. Ottawa has it all. Situated on the Ottawa River about 200 km (125 miles) west of Montreal, Ottawa is a unique mix of old and new, history and technology, excitement and relaxation. Among the many historic sights in Ottawa are the Canadian War Museum, Parliament Hill, Museum of Civilization, Rideau Hall, RCMP Museum and Stables, National Aviation Museum, Royal Canadian Mint, National Gallery, Byward Market, Rideau Canal, Dow’s Lake, Experimental Farm and the Museum of Nature.\ Today is a free day to explore on your own.
Day 6 Ottawa to Quebec City
Make your own way to Ottawa VIA Rail Station for your journey to Quebec City.
Day 7 Explore Quebec City
Québec City is the heart of French Canada. Nowhere else in North America is the appearance and atmosphere of an old-world city so complete. Québec City looks and feels very European; perhaps that is why the entire old section of the town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985 Today qualified guides will help you discover the enchanting sights which are part of Quebec City’s history. During the tour several stops are suggested. Should you wish to visit different sites, you may wish to get off and board at your convenience. This tour option offers you great flexibility.
Day 8 Quebec City to Toronto
Enjoy the facilities of the Business Class Lounge before boarding instructions. Complimentary newspapers and non alcoholic beverages are available in the lounge. Departing Quebec from Gare du Palais, cross the mighty St. Lawrence River to the south shore, which the rail line follows for almost the entire journey to Toronto. The landscape is dotted with tiny villages, all with church spires, maple forests and rich pasture land. This fertile land stretches most of the way to Montreal. After the small city of Saint-Hyacinthe, there is a dramatic change in the landscape, as the Monteregian Hills seem to appear out of nowhere. These huge volcanic mounds were formed over 120 million years ago and there are seven of these large hills in a row, including Mont Royal in Montreal. Arriving in Montreal at Central station, change trains and board VIA Rail’s Toronto service. The change is seamless, in the same station, with a short connection wait. Departing Montreal, a brief stop is made at Dorval. From Dorval, the train route crosses the Ottawa River, a major tributary of the St. Lawrence River. In the distance to the north, you may view the Laurentian Highlands. Less than an hour out of Montreal, the train passes from the Province of Quebec into the Province of Ontario. Following the St. Lawrence, pass through the small cities and villages, including Kingston, the first capital of the “Province of Canada” from 1841 to 1867, when the capital was moved to Ottawa. Passing through Trenton Junction, the St. Lawrence widens into Lake Ontario. The rail line follows the shore of this “Great Lake“ into Toronto, where you disembark at Union Station in downtown Toronto to end your rail journey. (breakfast & lunch included today) Transfer to hotel for 2 night stay
Day 9 Toronto
Enjoy the delights of Toronto and relax, or time for some last minute shopping!
Day 10 Fly Toronto to UK
Transfer from hotel to Toronto Airport for your return flight to the UK Transfer not included