Great Cities of Eastern Canada
16 days from £3,199 per person
Eastern Canada is a whirlwind of cityscapes, old-world French charm and fresh sea breezes in historic maritime towns. We uncover its best bits across 16 days. From Toronto, we’ll venture to Niagara Falls and follow the picturesque north shore of Lake Ontario. We’ll seek out fin, minke and beluga whales in Baie-Sainte-Catherine and whizz along the coast aboard the overnight Ocean Train. And to finish, we’ll spend time in the affluent and cosmopolitan city of Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Your holiday includes:
11 excursions and visits
- City tours of Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal, Québec City and Halifax
- Full-day excursion to Niagara Falls
- Thousand Island cruise
- Full-day to Tadoussac with whale watching cruise
- Kings Landing Historical Settlement
- Hopewell Rocks
- Peggy’s Cove and Lunenburg
- 13 nights in hotels, 1 night on board ‘The Ocean’ train and 1 in flight (accommodation as specified or similar)
- International flights. Prices are based on return flights with Air Canada from London Heathrow or WestJet from London Gatwick. Supplements may apply from other airports
- VIA Rail ‘The Ocean’ (1 night). Accommodation in Sleeper Plus cabins from Sainte-Foy to Moncton & Economy Class seats from Moncton to Halifax
- 4 meals: 1 breakfast (day 10) 2 lunches (days 9-10) 1 dinner (day 15)
- Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
- Titan tour manager
- Travel in destination by coach
UK - Toronto
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Toronto. On arrival our coach transfers us to our hotel for three nights.
Chelsea Hotel, Toronto (3-star)
For this morning we have arranged a sightseeing tour to introduce you to Toronto, including views of some of the splendidly restored 19th-century buildings in contrast to the glistening skyscrapers. The remainder of the day is yours to independently explore this friendly city; don’t miss the far-reaching views from the observation deck of the CN Tower, over 500m high and with a partly glazed floor for a fuller view over the city.
Toronto is ideally located for a full-day excursion to experience one of the great spectacles of nature - Niagara Falls. Picturesque in their parkland setting and awe-inspiring in their power, the Falls are a true icon of world travel. An optional excursion is available here to take a boat trip to the base of the falls. We include a stop at Niagara-on-the-Lake; a charming 18th-century village on the bank of Lake Ontario. We return to Toronto in the evening.
Toronto - Ottawa
Following the north shore of Lake Ontario we reach Rockport from where we take a cruise around the lovely Thousand Islands archipelago, surrounded by the St Lawrence River. Take in the scenic views and magnificent historical estates and buildings that rise from the islands. Continue to Ottawa where we see some of the highlights of Canada’s strikingly attractive capital city with its fine parliament buildings and parks.
Metcalfe Hotel, Ottawa (4-star)
Today is at leisure to explore this characterful city.
We depart for Montréal, delightfully situated at the confluence of the St Lawrence and Ottawa rivers.
Hotel Faubourg (3-star), Best Western Ville Marie (3.5-star) or Le Nouvel Hotel and Spa (3.5-star), Montréal
Montréal - Québec City
A guided coach tour will help familiarise you with the rich history of Montréal, one of Canada’s oldest cities. Founded more than 350 years ago by French explorer Jacques Cartier, it has become the country’s second largest city. We then travel onwards to Québec City, where we spend the next two nights. The city is often referred to as North America’s fine-dining capital but there are casual options too, with an abundance of pavement cafés and bistros to choose from for your culinary experience this evening.
Hotel Chateau Laurier Québec (4-star), Delta Québec (4-star) or Hotel Clarendon (4-star)
Enjoy a sightseeing tour with a local guide to see this great city’s classic architecture. The afternoon is at leisure to further explore this enchanting, romantic city. Perhaps visit the historic Château Frontenac, now a renowned top-class hotel, which stands high on a bluff overlooking the mighty St Lawrence River, take a leisurely horse-drawn carriage ride, or explore Old Québec, a UNESCO World Heritage treasure. The grand gates of the walled city open onto picturesque cobblestone streets and an open air art gallery.
Day 9 Québec City - Charlevoix Coastline - VIA Rail Ocean Train
Today we enjoy a full day of sightseeing. Our scenic drive takes us along the Charlevoix Coastline - its bayside views overlooked at a number of vantage points by the winding cliff top road. On leaving the city we pass Chute Montmorency Falls before descending into Baie-Saint-Paul. On arrival in Baie-Sainte-Catherine we join our three-hour whale watching cruise and enjoy lunch on board. You may see fin, minke and beluga whales as well as harbour porpoise and seals. Late afternoon we travel back to Sainte-Foy and have dinner at leisure before boarding the Ocean Train. Settle into your Sleeper Plus cabin as we start our overnight journey to Moncton.
Moncton - Saint John
Breakfast is served in the dining car as we reach New Brunswick. Visit the Observation Car for panoramic views of the many points of interest along the Ocean’s route. Interpretative talks and wine tastings are often offered on board. We arrive into Moncton this afternoon and transfer to Saint John and our hotel for the night. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Hilton Saint John (4-star)
Saint John - Moncton
We visit Kings Landing Historical Settlement, a living history museum with over 40 exhibits and a community of costumed characters in 70 historic buildings. From the American Revolution to the turn of the 20th Century, Kings Landing is a collection of stories and events that shaped New Brunswick through settlement, the birth of the great nation of Canada, and to the age of progress. We continue on to Moncton, for an overnight stay.
Delta Beausejour, Moncton (4-star)
Moncton - VIA Rail Ocean Train - Halifax
This morning we see the highlights of New Brunswick with a visit to the spectacular natural phenomenon - Hopewell Rocks carved from the coastline by the powerful Bay of Fundy tides. Tides permitting, there is even the opportunity to walk on the ocean floor. We’ll then make our way back to the train station and board the Ocean Train for our final journey. We say goodbye to New Brunswick as we reach Amherst, the gateway to Nova Scotia, pass through Truro and on to Halifax. Founded by Britain in 1749 along the world’s second largest natural harbour, Halifax became known as the ‘most British Imperial City in the Western Hemisphere’ and today is an affluent and cosmopolitan city offering a wealth of attractions.
Westin Nova Scotian (4-star), Hampton Inn by Hilton Halifax Downtown (4-star) or Hotel Halifax (3.5-star)
Halifax - Peggy’s Cove - Lunenburg - Halifax
After an orientation tour of the city, we travel to Peggy’s Cove, a quaint fishing village and home to Peggy’s Point Lighthouse, one of Nova Scotia’s most well-known lighthouses. We head on to Lunenberg, a colourful port town and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with narrow streets and unique architecture. We return back to Halifax late afternoon.
Free time to explore Halifax - the must-sees include the Citadel, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and the Waterfront.
Day 15 Halifax - In flight
A further day at leisure for last-minute sightseeing and souvenir shopping. Maybe visit the Seaport Farmers’ Market with its beautiful glass structure or try some local beer at the Alexander Keith’s Original Brewery. We take an included dinner this evening at a restaurant, before driving to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Day 16 UK
Upon arrival, a Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.
Important information about your destinationVisa is not included, please call for details Please note: 11 June & 10 September 2020 departures include breakfast on days 13-15
Inspire me - Great Cities of Eastern Canada
Embrace the beauty and power of Niagara Falls
While we’re in Toronto, we’ll enjoy a day trip out to Niagara Falls, one of the great spectacles of nature. Picturesque in their parkland setting and awe-inspiring in their power (3,160 tons of water pours over the edge every second), the Falls are a true travel icon. Get up close to the base of them on an optional boat tour.
Discover the French feel of Québec City
Our full day in Québec City begins with a tour led by a local guide. After they’ve introduced us to the city’s highlights (and explained a little of its French history), you’ll have the rest of the day to explore under your own steam. Walk the cobbled streets of Old Québec, tuck in to French onion soup at a traditional bistro or perhaps take a leisurely horse-drawn carriage ride through the city.
Feel the sea breeze beside historic Peggy’s Point Lighthouse
The hundred-year-old lighthouse at Peggy’s Point is one of the most photographed in Nova Scotia. Admire the cherry-red beacon and ocean views as we stop by on our way to Halifax (but bring a jumper – the breezes off the water can be blustery).
Take it easy in Halifax
Nestled around a stunning natural harbour, Nova Scotia’s capital is a delightfully laid-back city. We end our Canadian adventure with a couple of days at leisure here. Sip local beer at Alexander Keith’s original brewery, graze your way around the stalls at the Seaport Farmers’ Market, or go for an amble along the pretty waterfront boardwalk.
Photograph the spectacular scenery along the Carlevoix Coastline on day 9
Sample Canadian wines (tastings are often held on board the Ocean Train)
Eat Halifax’s street-food favourite, donair (spiced and spit-roasted beef wrapped in pita)