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Ontario & French Canada with Ocean Train to Halifax (8335) - 2014

12 Day Tour from Toronto to Halifax


Ontario & French Canada with Ocean Train to Halifax
The beautiful shores of Halifax
The beautiful shores of Halifax
Brilliant stained glass inside the Notre Dame Basilica in Canada
Downtown Toronto located on the shores of Lake Ontario
Ottawa is the capital city of Canada
The Parliament Building in Toronto
Beautiful Niagara Falls at sunset
Halifax
Get an up close view of Niagara Falls
Toronto is Ontarios capital and Canadas largest city
TOUR FOR 8+ PEOPLE

Vacation Overview

Welcome to Ontario, Québec, and Nova Scotia! This Canadian vacation begins in cosmopolitan Toronto, Canada’s largest city and Ontario’s capital. See major landmarks such as the CN Tower and SkyDome Stadium on a city tour. But first, travel to Niagara Falls and board the Maid of the Mist for up-close views of thundering Niagara Falls. After Toronto, visit historic Kingston and cruise the St. Lawrence River in St. Lawrence Islands National Park before arriving in Canada’s capital, Ottawa. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of this lovely city and visit the Royal Canadian Mounted Police stables. Next, travel to the French-Canadian province of Québec and to Québec City, the heart of French Canada and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tour this historic walled city—one of the best-preserved cities in North America. Perhaps dine at one of Québec City’s French restaurants. Then head south to sophisticated Montréal, one of the world’s largest French-speaking cities. Your sightseeing tour of Montréal shows you the city’s famous sites. From Montréal, board the overnight Ocean train bound for Nova Scotia for a 2-night stay in Halifax. Tour Halifax, the largest city east of Montréal and the capital of Nova Scotia, and take an excursion to postcard-pretty Peggy’s Cove. Exploring this quaint fishing village is a wonderful way to end your vacation to Ontario, Québec, and Nova Scotia!

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Sightseeing:
In Niagara Falls, Toronto, Québec City, and Montréal; Niagara Falls sightseeing cruise, scenic cruise along the St. Lawrence River, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Stables, Cap de la Madeleine, and Notre Dame Basilica.

Scenic Highlights:
Niagara Falls, Kingston, Gananoque, St. Lawrence Islands National Park, Ottawa River and the Rideau Canal, and Rideau Falls.

Guides:

Local Guides for city sightseeing in Ottawa, Québec City, and Montréal; services of a professional Tour Director; local host service in Halifax, where information is provided for independent exploration and dining.


Day 1Toronto

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.

Day 3Toronto–Kingston–Ottawa

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.

Day 4Ottawa

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.

Day 8Montréal

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. (D)

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. (CB,L)

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.

Day 12Halifax

The trip ends today with guests departing on independent schedules. Transfers are provided to Halifax International Airport.

Transportation:
Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring; overnight accommodations and travel aboard VIA Rail’s Ocean train to Nova Scotia.


TORONTO Best Western Primrose (F)
OTTAWA Capital Hill Hotel & Suites (MF)
QUÉBEC CITY AREA Hotel Classique (MF)
MONTRÉAL Best Western Ville-Marie (F) or Le Nouvel Hotel & Spa (F)
VIA RAIL OCEAN TRAIN Sleeper Plus class (June 6-September 30) and Sleeper class (April 22-June 3 & October 3-10)
HALIFAX Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites (F)

1 continental breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner (except on departures April 22-June 3 & October 3-10 when meals are available for purchase).

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