Maple Leaf Trail plus Niagara
12 days from £2,499 per person
Like the region’s two most significant rivers - St Lawrence and Ottawa - you’ll wind through some of Canada’s greatest cities and most beautiful countryside on this 12-day tour. The iconic maple leaf, one of Canada’s national emblems, will be ever-present throughout your journey through Toronto, Québec City, Ottawa and Montréal. Between the big-name cities, experience the region’s natural beauty with a cruise through the Thousand Islands archipelago, a side-trip to mighty Niagara Falls and a train ride through the Eastern Townships.
8 excursions and visits
- Tours of Ottawa, Québec City and Montréal
- Full-day excursion to Niagara Falls
- Thousand Islands cruise
- Lunch at Chez Dany Sugar Shack
- Journey on the Orford Express with lunch
- Visit to Uplands Cultural & Heritage Centre with high tea
- 10 nights in hotels and 1 in flight (accommodation as specified or similar)
- International flights. Prices are based on return flights with Air Canada from London Heathrow. Supplements may apply from other airports
- 4 meals: 1 breakfast (day 10) 2 lunches (days 6 and 9) 1 high tea (day 10)
- 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, we’ll transfer to our hotel.
Chelsea Hotel, Toronto (3-star)
This morning, a sightseeing tour introduces us to Toronto and its glistening skyscrapers and 19th century architecture. The remainder of the day is free to explore the city at your own pace. A visit to the CN Tower is a must, with its 1,700-foot-high observation deck.
Our coach takes us to Niagara in time for lunch and the great experience of the Horseshoe and American Falls - appreciate their awesome power from the promenade. Early evening we return to Toronto.
Toronto - Ottawa
We depart Toronto and follow the north shore of Lake Ontario to Kingston, gateway to the Thousand Islands. Here we enjoy a relaxing cruise to discover this attractive archipelago varying from small outcroppings to much larger, inhabited islands. Later, we continue on our journey to the nation’s capital, Ottawa and, after a brief orientation tour we transfer to our hotel.
Lord Elgin (4-star) or Metcalfe Hotel (4-star), Ottawa
Ottawa’s fine parliament buildings, picturesque parks and canals are ripe for wandering. Today is free to explore this capital city at your leisure. Parliament Hill is home to Canada’s national government and worthy of a visit, or there are museums and galleries aplenty. Or follow the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as it winds through downtown Ottawa until it reaches locks next to Parliament Hill, where it joins the Ottawa River.
Today’s destination is Québec City. We journey there following the St Lawrence River, making a stop for lunch at Chez Dany Sugar Shack. The lunch menu offers local cuisine, accompanied by live traditional music. We arrive later in Québec City and our hotel for three nights.
Delta Québec (4-star), Hotel Clarendon (4-star) or Chateau Laurier (4-star)
This morning we enjoy a guided tour of Québec City with its fort, gates and cannons, narrow cobbled streets and ancient greystone houses. Later you are free to further discover the old walled city and visit the many interesting shops, enjoy fine French cuisine and maybe take a walk along the promenade overlooking the St Lawrence River. You may wish to take a horse-drawn carriage around the old city - a great way to become acquainted. Alternatively, take an optional excursion to Wendake, the Huron-Wendat Nation Reserve.
Today is at leisure. Alternatively join an optional excursion to Tadoussac - travel along the Charlevoix Coastline, stopping at Chute Montmorency Falls, before boarding a ship in Baie-Sainte-Catherine to enjoy a whale-watching cruise. Whales, including fin, minke and beluga whales may be seen.
Québec City - Sherbrooke (Eastern Townships)
We have an early start today to make the most of the Beauce region, home to the greatest concentration of maple groves in Québec. Shortly after crossing the St Lawrence River we stop at the Chaudiere Falls, an impressive waterfall and suspension bridge, named ‘asticou’ (boiler) by the Abenaki Indians because of the kettle-shaped basin at the foot of the cascades. The river was the scene of a gold rush in 1846 when a nugget the size of a pigeon’s egg was found. By the beginning of the 20th century over $1 million worth of gold had been extracted. In Magog, we’ll board the Orford Express train. Our route takes us through the magnificent landscapes of the Eastern Townships - we’ll enjoy the scenery as we tuck into a three-course lunch. In Sherbrooke, we’ll disembark and check in to our hotel.
OTL Gouverneur, Sherbrooke (5-star)
Sherbrooke - Montréal
This morning we’ll visit the Uplands Cultural and Heritage Centre, a neo-Georgian residence built in 1862. Five rooms have been decorated with antiques from the Sherbrooke Historical Society’s collection and the Lennoville-Ascot museum’s collection. While here, we’ll sit down for high tea, savouring scones, pastries, cucumber sandwiches and tea. We leave for Montréal early afternoon. On arrival, we’ll enjoy a guided tour.
Best Western Ville-Marie, Montréal (3.5 star)
Day 11 Montréal - In flight
This morning is free for some sightseeing before we transfer to the airport for our overnight return flight to the UK.
Day 12 UK
Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.