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.
10 nights in hotels and 1 in flight (accommodation as specified or similar)
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Toronto where our coach will transfer you to the Chelsea Hotel (3T). Be sure to explore vibrant Toronto with its sophisticated architecture, elegant shopping malls and plentiful choice of dining. A visit to the CN Tower is a must, with its observation deck, some 1,700ft high.
Toronto - Niagara Falls - Toronto
Our coach takes us to Niagara in time for lunch and the great experience of the Horseshoe and the American Falls - appreciate their awesome power from the promenade. Early evening we return to Toronto and our hotel.
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, the centrally located, historic Lord Elgin (4T) or Metcalfe Hotel (4T).
Ottawa’s fine parliament buildings, picturesque parks and canals invite the stroller and 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.
Ottawa - Québec City
Today’s destination is Québec City and 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, the Delta Québec (4T).
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 Taddousac - 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 - Montréal
We have an early start today to make the most of the Beauce region, an area enriched by the Chaudiere River that flows from just north of the American border into the St Lawrence River, and to enjoy 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. Our route takes us along the tree-lined banks of the Chaudiere as we pass through the towns of Saint Marie, Valley Junction, Saint Joseph de Beauce and Beauceville. This afternoon we travel to Montréal and the Best Western Ville-Marie (3T+), where we stay for two nights.
We enjoy a guided tour of this city, often rated as one of the ‘most liveable cities in the world’ and delightfully situated at the confluence of the St Lawrence and Ottawa rivers. The remainder of the day is at leisure for further exploration.
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 11 UK
Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.