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The Capitals & Eastern CanadaA tour of the Eastern Capitals by rail, spend time in Toronto before travelling on VIA Rail to Ottawa & Quebec City.

Canada Holiday Details

  • The Capitals & Eastern Canada.
  • 11 days / 10 nights.
  • Multiple Departure Dates & Departure Airports Available
  • Visiting: Toronto, Niagara Falls, Quebec City, Ottawa

From only £3,449 per person

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The Capitals & Eastern Canada Rail Tour

 

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 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. End your trip with a 2-night stay in the sensational Niagara Falls, one of the wonders of the world!

Includes : 

Luxury Hotels throughout

Premium Economy flights

Complimentary Upgrade to Business Class on VIA Rail

Toronto - CN Tower (admission) & Hop on Hop off City Tour

Ottawa - City Tour & Cruise

Quebec City – Hop on Hop off City Tour

Niagara Falls - Adventure pass with Wego

Itinerary

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 Sightsee Toronto
Today you get to explore Toronto using the Hop on Hop off City Tour pass. Enjoy the fun and informative commentary of the live guides and take in the city’s sights as you relax aboard our double-deckers or trolleys. There are 20 official stops to choose from and the bus ticket is valid for 2 days, allowing you to explore Toronto at your own pace. A harbour and islands cruise is included in the tours, the cruise is weather dependent and runs from May - October.  Also included today is admission to the Toronto's top attraction - CN Tower.  Standing 553.33 metres tall, this symbol of Toronto and Canada not only offers sweeping panoramic views but also a world of entertainment. Venture back in time and travel from the mid-70s to the present where you discover the architectural secrets behind the tower. Then ride the glass-fronted elevators to the top of North America’s tallest structure (main deck). Dare to walk the glass floor, sample the exquisite cuisine at the revolving restaurant or relax in the Horizon’s Café. The views of Toronto, Lake Ontario and the distant U.S. are unforgettable. Back on earth, browse through the Marketplace and shop for authentic Canadian and First Nations merchandise, sports memorabilia or souvenirs. Your ticket includes your general admission including the glass floor, films, a motion theatre ride and other special exhibits available at the CN Tower.

Day 3 Toronto
Day at leisure to enjoy all that Toronto has to offer, your Hop on Hop off Sightseeing pass is also valid today.  

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. To help you take in some of the best of Ottawa we have included a Hop on Hop off City tour pass and cruise today.

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 we include included a Hop on Hop off City tour to help you get around the city and take in some of the incredible sights. The best excursion to discover and explore the Quebec City you have been looking for. Historical, romantic, fashionable, fun and shopper friendly. Hop on and hop off the red loop as often as you please and see Quebec City on your own time and at your own pace. Enjoy fantastic views from the open top deck, it’s unique, it’s le Bus rouge!   14 stops at Quebec City’s top tourist sites: 1. Place d’Armes 2. Quartier Nouvo St-Roch 3. Musée de la Civilisation 4. Place Royale 5. Marché du Vieux-Port 6. Centre des Congrès 7. Observatoire de la Capitale 8. Manège Militaire 9. Plaines d’Abraham 10. Musée des Beaux-arts 11. Avenue Cartier 12. Quartier St-Jean Baptiste 13. Place d’Youville 14. Citadelle de Québec

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). Make your way across the road to the Fairmont Royal York for your 1-night stay.

Day 9 Toronto to Niagara Falls
This morning you will be picked up from your Toronto hotel and transferred to Niagara Falls for a spectacular 2-night stay. We have included the Niagara Falls Adventure pass with Wego transportation to help you take in some of best attractions in the area.

Day 10 Explore Niagara Falls
Today is yours at your leisure to continue using your adventure pass to take in the best of Niagara Falls.

Day 11 Fly Toronto to UK
This morning is at leisure before your coach transfer to Toronto Airport for your flight back to the UK.

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