Algonquin Provincial Park

Best of the East

from £2308 excluding flights

  • 11 nights
  • May-Oct
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Highlights

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Explore beautiful Algonquin Provincial Park by foot or canoe

Québec City skyline

Explore historic Québec City on a guided walking tour

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Cruise under the spray of the mighty Niagara Falls

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Take in the view over Lake Ontario from the CN Tower

Why this trip...

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Explore at leisure

With the route, transport and accommodation sorted, each day offers the freedom to explore

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Well-researched route

We've put our years of experience into creating this well-paced itinerary that includes the places we know you'll enjoy

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Tailor made

This itinerary can be tailor made to suit you and is intended to give you a guideline of what is possible in a given timeframe

Overview

Explore the diverse eastern provinces of Ontario and Quebec on this two-week self-drive holiday. From the thundering waterfalls of Niagara to the tranquil lakes of Algonquin Provincial Park, the cosmopolitan city of Toronto to the old-world charm of Quebec, via the 1000 Islands of St Lawrence River, this well-paced itinerary offers a wealth of contrasts, all uniquely Canadian.

The neighbouring provinces of Ontario and Quebec are the ideal setting for a self-drive holiday, with countless highlights showcasing Canada’s diverse culture, history, scenery and wildlife.

This comprehensive holiday package includes various excursions to maximise your experience, including a cruise of the 1000 Islands, a walking tour of Quebec City and admission to the CN Tower, Upper Canada Village and the Canadian Museum of History. No holiday to this region would be complete without a visit to the awesome Niagara Falls, and your package includes a memorable trip on the Hornblower cruise, a real highlight as you travel to the base of the 167-foot falls.

Itinerary

Head out of the city and drive along the shores of Lake Ontario, and through the orchards and vineyards of the Niagara Peninsula, arriving at Niagara-on-the-Lake – the first capital of Upper Canada and one of the best-preserved 19th Century towns in North America. Continue along the Niagara Parkway heading towards Niagara Falls, one of the world’s natural wonders. Included in your itinerary is a Niagara Falls Adventure Pass, this pass offers your admission to many of Niagara Falls most popular attractions while avoiding long wait times.

Niagara Falls

Today’s drive takes you north, past Toronto and into Ontario’s “cottage country” bound for Algonquin Provincial Park. Take a detour en-route to in order to see such highlights such as Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons near Midland, a historic site depicting a 17th century fortress and headquarters for the French Jesuit mission to the Huron nation and Ontario’s first European community (not included) or the Muskokas Lake region which makes for a very scenic drive. Famed for its 1,600 fresh water lakes and striking granite outcroppings, Muskoka has been a celebrated vacation retreat since the 19th century. Finish your day in Algonquin Park – and enjoy the serenity of the Canadian wilderness.

Explore this vast park at your leisure. There are numerous hiking trails, and complimentary canoes available from your lodge. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife as you make your way through the forests and countless lakes, and immerse yourself in nature at its best. A visit to the Algonquin logging museum and the visitor centre are also highly recommended.

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Canoes in Algonquin Provincial Park
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Today you’ll exchange the wilderness of Algonquin for Canada’s charming capital city, Ottawa.

Today you can enjoy your choice of included excursion from the following options:

Ottawa River Cruise – a scenic boat trip offering spectacular views of the city and the natural beauty of the region.
Ottawa Express Bike Tour – enjoy a relaxed bike tour of Ottawa (approx. 12 kms) and explore many of downtown Ottawa’s major attractions along its beautiful and safe cycle paths.
Discover the Capital City Hop On/ Off Tour – experience Ottawa’s original and most comprehensive Hop-on-Hop-off City Tour aboard one of our London Style open top Double Deckers or turn of the century Trolleys.

Ottawa and the Rideau Canal

Today head north east to the jewel of the Laurentians, Mont Tremblant, a European-style all season resort village. Take some time to enjoy local activities such as hiking, biking, kayaking, horse riding, whitewater rafting, or a helicopter tour. This popular resort has much to offer the weary traveller, including a number of spas if you care to indulge.

Enjoy the pleasant scenery as you travel from Mont Tremblant to historic Trois Rivieres for a lunch stop and drive along the Chemin du Roy road to Quebec City.

Today you can enjoy your choice of included excursion from the following options:

Rendezvous with History Quebec City Tour – offering a glimpse of modern Quebec City, explore sites including the Latin Quarter, Plains of Abraham, Ramparts, world famous Château Frontenac, National Assembly, Basilica, City Hall, Place-Royale, Citadelle.
A Fabulous Country Tour – travel back in time to rural Quebec along the Chemin du Roy to SainteAnne- de-Beaupré. See the world-famous shrine and Montmorency Falls before visiting the Island of Orléans.
Foodie Walking Tour of Quebec City – discover the city’s gastronomic and
culinary history by taking part in five exclusive tasting presentations, inspired by Amerindian, British and French cuisines.

Quebec City's Old Town
Petit Champlain, Québec City
Bistro in Québec Old Town

Following the St. Lawrence River, pass from city suburbs to the rural landscapes of forests and rich pastures, dotted with tiny villages that extend to Montreal. In Drummondville you may wish to visit the village Quebecois d’Antan, a faithful reconstruction of a French colonial village.

Today you can enjoy your choice of included excursion from the following options:

Montreal Half Day Sightseeing Tour – explore areas such as Mont Royal, Old Montréal, and the city’s picturesque riverfront. Highlights of the tour include a visit to the Notre-Dame Basillica, taking in the 360-degree views from the Observatoire Place Ville Marie, and a scenic river cruise along the beautiful St. Lawrence River.
Walking tour of Old Montreal – travel back in time along winding cobblestone streets, from Fort Ville-Marie in 1642 to today’s modern city, whilst discovering more about the eras that shaped Montréal along the way.
Beyond the Market Food Walking Tour – taking you to at least 6 of your local guide’s favourite eateries and watering holes, experience artisanal charcuteries and
thirst quenching craft beers.

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Restaurant in Old Montreal
St Paul Street, Old Montreal

Travel south to the city of Kingston. On the way enjoy a visit to Upper Canada Village (included), an 1860s reconstructed village. Meet friendly characters from the past as you wander through over 40 heritage buildings including mills, trades shops, farms, churches, homes, factories and even a one-room schoolhouse. Before reaching Kingston, stop at Gananoque to join an hour cruise of the 1000 islands (included). Affectionately known as ‘limestone’, Kingston is a city noted for its handsome 19th century limestone architecture. Once the capital of Canada (1841 to 1843), Kingston is located at the point where Lake Ontario flows into the St. Lawrence River, and at the southern end of the Rideau Canal. Visit the Kingston Mills Lock station, which is the southern entrance to the Rideau Canal system, where visitors can view the four locks raising boats fourteen metres.

As you head back to the city today you may wish to stop en route to witness the renowned Guard at the Fort Henry National Historic Site, where a precision trained unit of Canadian students perform daily 19th century infantry drills (admission not included). Or perhaps pause for a coffee break in Peterborough and view the world’s highest lift locks. Your journey ends in Toronto.

Accommodation Options

With a wide choice of accommodation in Canada, we can mix and match different grades and styles to suit your personal preference – from motels and hotels to design properties and wilderness lodges in stunning locations.

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Prices and Departures

Price from £2308 excluding flights

Airfares start from around £550 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.
Note: Airfares tend to be cheaper the earlier you book.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Intermediate car hire including GPS, unlimited mileage, 2nd driver, loss damage waiver and third-party liability
  • Hornblower Niagara Cruise
  • Niagara Falls Adventure Pass
  • Choice of excursion in Ottawa: River Cruise / Bike Tour / Hop On/ Off Bus Tour
  • Choice of excursion in Quebec City: Historical City Tour / Country Tour / Foodie Walking Tour
  • Choice of excursion in Montreal: Half Day City Tour / Walking Tour / Food Walking Tour
  • Admission to Upper Canada Village
  • Cruise of 1000 Islands (1 hour)
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

Prices

This itinerary starts from around £2,308 per person, based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom in standard hotels, and rental of an intermediate vehicle.

Prices may vary depending on departure date and booking date, as well as any changes to the included components. The final cost of a tailored holiday will be based on the level of accommodation, size of vehicle, included activities, travel season, and how far in advance it is booked. We will confirm the exact price for your holiday in your individual quotation, based on your chosen travel dates and inclusions.

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To mark our 40th anniversary, we've launched our Education Bursary Fund to help disadvantaged school children experience the wonders of travel. A percentage of revenue from every holiday booked will go into the bursary fund to pay for at least 40 students to join one of our school trips abroad.