Welcome to Toronto, Ontario’s capital and Canada’s largest city. Enjoy time at leisure to relax or to do some independent exploring. Your Tour Director is on hand this evening to answer any questions.
Day 2Toronto. Excursion to Niagara Falls
Skirt the shores of Lake Ontario to Niagara Falls, one of the Natural Wonders of the World. Board your SIGHTSEEING BOAT for a thrilling ride to view the thundering falls. Sightseeing also includes the beautiful Floral Clock. See Toronto’s major landmarks on today’s city tour, including the banking district, City Hall, the CN Tower, the University of Toronto, and ultra-modern Roger’s Center. This evening, enjoy an optional outing to the top of the CN Tower for a delicious dinner and spectacular views.NOTE:Operation of the Niagara Falls sightseeing cruise is subject to favorable weather conditions. When weather is unfavorable, a walking tour through the scenic tunnels will be substituted. Last day of operation for the 2014 season is October 24.
Leave Ontario’s capital and stop in Kingston, a city with an exciting history dating back more than 300 years. Proceed along the St. Lawrence River with splendid vistas of St. Lawrence Islands National Park. At Ivy Lea, board your boat for a CRUISE that takes a scenic route through the many islands of St. Lawrence Islands National Park. Next, head to Ottawa, Canada’s beautiful capital.
This morning, enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of this lovely city on the banks of the Ottawa River and the Rideau Canal. See the Canadian Mint; the embassy district; stately Parliament Hill; and Rideau Falls, named for the curtain-like appearance they give. Visit the ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE STABLES, a tribute to Canadian heritage and history. Suggestions for this afternoon include a visit to the magnificent Canadian Museum of Civilization or the array of restaurants and shops at lively Byward Market.NOTE:Due to seasonal hours, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Stables will be closed and unavailable on the April 24, September 4, 11, 18 & 28 and October 2 departures.
Day 5Ottawa–Québec City Area
Drive into the French-Canadian province of Québec, where there is a sudden change in language and tradition. Follow the King’s Highway, tracing this historical route along the north shore of the mighty St. Lawrence River. Visit the Basilica of Notre Dame and CAP DE LA MADELEINE before arriving into historic Québec City, the heart of French Canada and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 6Québec City Area
This morning, join your fellow traveling companions on a unique optional excursion to the Erabliere Chemin du Roy Sugar Shack. Visitors to the sugar cabin will enjoy a typical Québec breakfast, along with a guided visit and presentation to explain the process of maple extraction. Afterward, return to Québec City for a guided tour of Canada’s only walled city, crowned by the turrets of Château Frontenac. Until the British victory of 1759, Old Québec was the center of New France; today, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Within the walls reside the Place d’Armes, Laval Seminary, the star-plan Citadelle with grand vistas from its bastions, and ancient Place Royale. Also see the stone houses crowding the narrow streets of Lower Town by the St. Lawrence River. The afternoon and evening are free—your Tour Director will have suggestions for sightseeing, shopping, and dining.
Day 7Québec City Area–Montréal
A late-morning arrival in sophisticated Montréal, one of Canada’s largest cities. Major attractions on this afternoon’s tour include once-walledOld Montréal, NOTRE DAME BASILICA, the Seminary of St. Sulpice, Mount Royal, and modern Montréal.
The next two days are at leisure to discover the city’s European charm, Canadian warmth, and “small-world feel.” Visit Saint-Denis Street with its boutiques featuring local and European-influenced designers, relax on an outdoor terrace, or explore Mount Royal and the park for great views of the city.
Day 9Montréal–VIA Rail Ocean Train to Halifax
This evening, transfer to the train station and board the overnight Ocean train bound for Nova Scotia. Travel along the south shore of the St. Lawrence River in the comfort of your private sleeper car. (Dinner)
Day 10VIA Rail Ocean Train–Halifax
Enjoy a continental breakfast this morning and views of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Arrive in Halifax and transfer to your hotel, the Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites. The balance of the day is at leisure. (Continental Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 11Halifax. Excursion To Peggy's Cove
Founded in 1749 to protect British interests in North America, Halifax, capital of Nova Scotia, is steeped in maritime history. The day begins with the Halifax Explosion, Titanic Graves, historic downtown, dockyards, Halifax Public Gardens, and Halifax Commons. On to famous Peggy’s Cove with its lighthouse and quaint fishing village.
The trip ends today with guests departing on independent schedules. Transfers are provided to Halifax International Airport.
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