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.
Local Guides for city sightseeing in Ottawa, Québec City, and Montréal; services of a professional Tour Director; local host service in Toronto, where information is provided for independent exploration and dining.
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.
En route to Toronto, visit UPPER CANADA VILLAGE, one of Canada’s most complete living-history museums. You will be transported back in time to the 1860s. Afterward, the motorcoach will transfer you to the Best Western Primrose for an overnight.NOTE:During April, May, and September, Upper Canada Village will operate on a limited basis. Departures 21 & 24, April 5 & 8, May 1 &15, September 22 will still have the benefit of a private guided tour of select historical sites.
The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers to Toronto’s Pearson International Airport are included.
Transportation:Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.
This Cosmos travel package does not include meals. Most of our hotels offer anything from coffee to a full breakfast, so you can start the day the way you like best. At most lunch stops, your Tour Director will have information on local restaurants. Dinnertime is your chance to sample local cuisine. Sometimes your Tour Director will offer an optional dinner outing.