Best of the East

from £1821
excluding flights *
14 nights May-Sep

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.

Highlights

  • Explore historic Québec City by foot
  • See Niagara Falls from the Hornblower Cruise 
  • Get pumped for a hockey game at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto   
  • Marvel at the views from the CN Tower
  • Cruise around the tree-laden 1000 Islands
  • Soak up the scenery in Algonquin by foot or canoe    
  • Visit a 1860s reconstructed village and meet friendly folk from the past

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
  • Car rental throughout
  • Admission to CN Tower
  • Niagara Falls Adventure Pass
  • Admission to Canadian Museum of History
  • Quebec city walking tour
  • Admission to Upper Canada Village
  • Cruise of 1000 Islands

Full description

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.

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Prices & Dates *

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.

From prices per person based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom, including car hire

Departure Duration Accommodation Car category* Twin Price (pp)
27 Jul - 22 Aug 2018 14 nights Standard Intermediate £2,047
23 Aug - 27 Sep 2018 14 nights Standard Intermediate £2,103
10 May - 15 Jun 2019 14 nights Standard Intermediate £1,821
07 May - 15 Jun 2019 14 nights Superior Intermediate £1,857
18 Jun - 28 Sep 2019 14 nights Standard Intermediate £2,084
18 Jun - 28 Sep 2019 14 nights Superior Intermediate £2,107

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What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
  • Car rental throughout
  • Admission to CN Tower
  • Niagara Falls Adventure Pass
  • Admission to Canadian Museum of History
  • Quebec city walking tour (2 hours)
  • Admission to Upper Canada Village
  • Cruise of 1000 Islands (1 hour)
  • Travel documentation including detailed itinerary and vouchers
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Toronto

Upon arrival into Toronto, pick up your rental vehicle and proceed to your selected hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to explore Toronto’s diverse theatre and dining districts.

Day 2: Toronto

Today is yours to explore this fascinating city. Enjoy Toronto’s waterfront – one of North America’s largest, a scenic backdrop for many popular and entertaining attractions including Harbourfront, Ontario Place, Skydome, the CN Tower (included), and the Toronto Islands. Downtown Toronto offers museums and art galleries including The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) - one of the top 10 museums in the world; the Art Gallery of Ontario - Canada’s oldest art gallery and the Ontario Science Centre.

Day 3: Toronto - Niagara Falls (130 km)

Travel 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. Here you will experience the amazing thundering of the falls while riding on the Hornblower Cruise (included), which takes you to the very edge of the 167-foot wall of water. Included in your itinerary is a Niagara Falls Adventure Pass, this pass offers your admision to many of Niagara Falls most popular attractions while avoiding long wait times.

Day 4: Niagara Falls - Algonquin Provincial Park (375 km)

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.

Day 5: Algonquin Provincial Park

Enjoy hiking, observing wildlife, canoeing (canoes are available at the lodge at no extra charge). A visit to the Algonquin logging museum and the visitor centre are highly recommended.

Day 6: Algonquin Provincial Park - Ottawa (422 km)

In the morning enjoy the park before departing for the nation’s capital, Ottawa.

Day 7: Ottawa

In the heart of Ottawa, rising dramatically from a bluff overlooking the Ottawa River, are the Parliament Buildings. These house the National Assembly and serve as the symbol of the capital, and are the focal point of a city that has become a fascinating blend of English and French, historic and modern, ceremonial and casual. Many of the city’s attractions are within sight of Parliament Hill. Some of the attractions you may wish to visit include Confederation Square, the site of the National War Memorial; the National Arts Centre; Sparks Street Mall and the By Ward Market, a popular area of cafés, craft shops, farmers’ market stalls and nightclubs. A short distance from downtown are the Ottawa Locks of the Rideau Canal. Another must-see, is the Canadian Museum of History, located directly across the Ottawa River from Parliament Hill showing the rich culture and history that is Canada (admission included).

Day 8: Ottawa - Mont Tremblant (153 km)

Today head north east to the jewel of the Laurentians, Mont Tremblant, a European styled all season resort village. Should you have missed the wildlife in the Algonquin Park, we encourage you to visit the Omega park, in Montebello (on the way to Mont Tremblant) which features endemic wildlife. Take some time to enjoy local activities such as hiking, biking, kayaking, horse riding, whitewater rafting, or a helicopter tour. This four-season resort has much to offer the weary traveller, including a number of spas if you care to indulge.

Day 9: Mont Tremblant - Quebec City (368 km)

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.

Day 10: Quebec City

Experience the old world charm of Vieux Quebec with a guided tour of the old city on foot (included). With its cobblestone streets, fortified city wall (one of a kind in North America), and seventeenth century architecture, this UNESCO World Heritage site is complimented by artisan shops, cafes, landscaped parks, and numerous monuments. Take a stroll on the Plains of Abraham and visit the historic Chateau Frontenac. Visit one or more of the great local museums (not included) or simply enjoy the city sights at your own pace!

Day 11: Quebec City - Montreal (252 km)

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).

Day 12: Montreal

Discover hundreds of places of interest in Montreal including the Notre Dame Basilica - one of the masterpieces of religious architecture in North America located in Old Montreal, residential and financial districts, French Quarter, outside view of Olympic Site, McGill University and a panoramic view from an observation point on top of Mt. Royal. Montreal offers a fascinating mix of both the French and English cultures. Some of the finest shopping and dining in North America awaits you. You may wish to join a walking or biking tour of the city or a sightseeing cruise (not included) or explore the city at your own pace.

Day 13: Montreal - Kingston (288 km)

Travel south to the city of Kingston. On the way enjoy the visit of Upper Canada Village (included), located in Morrisburg, an 1860s reconstructed village. You’ll meet loads of friendly folk from the past as you visit 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.

Day 14: Kingston - Toronto (265 km)

Take the time to visit Fort Henry National Historic Site (admission not included) near Kingston. The flash of scarlet uniforms, the beating of the drums and the sudden crack of musket fire echoing off the limestone battlements send visitors reeling back in time. A living museum of military life, Fort Henry was built between 1832 and 1834 to repel an American invasion that never came. The fort, once the largest military establishment in Upper Canada, now offers visitors a glimpse of the soldier’s life of those days, through guided tours, soldier’s parades and drills. The highlight and most colourful feature is the internationally renowned Fort Henry Guard: a precision trained unit of Canadian university students performing daily 19th century infantry drills. Stop in the city of Peterborough, which boasts the worlds highest lift locks, literally lifting pleasure crafts, along with the water they float in, 20 metres (65 feet) straight up. Visit the Peterborough Lift Lock Visitor Centre (admission not included), and view the world’s highest hydraulic lift lock, and slides and films about the Trent-Severn Waterway. You will also see a working model, and experience the sights and sounds of Lift Lock construction at the turn of the century.

Day 15: Toronto

Your tour concludes today upon checkout at your hotel.

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Grade: Standard

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Fairmont Chateau Laurier, Ottawa

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Grade: Superior

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Hotel Manoir Victoria, Quebec City

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Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

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Killarney Lodge

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Grade: Superior

Type: Luxury Lodge

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