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Ontario & French Canada with Ocean Train to Halifax (8334)

12 Day Tour from Toronto to Halifax

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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 Niagara Falls sightseeing cruise for up-close views of thundering Niagara Falls. After Toronto, visit historic Kingston and cruise the St. Lawrence River in Thousand 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. 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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 Destinations & Sightseeing

Sightseeing:
In Niagara Falls, Toronto, Ottawa, Québec City, and Montréal; Niagara Falls sightseeing cruise, scenic cruise along the St. Lawrence River, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Stables, and Cap de la Madeleine. Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Guides:

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

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

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Historic District of Old Quebec
  • Rideau Canal

Transportation:

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

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

1 continental breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Toronto

Welcome to Toronto, Ontario’s capital. Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

Day 2 Toronto. 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 2016 season is November 30.

Day 3 Toronto–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 Thousand 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 4 Ottawa

This morning, enjoy a sightseeing tour of this lovely city on the banks of the Ottawa River and the Rideau Canal. See the Canadian Mint; the embassy district; and stately Parliament Hill. 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 History 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 21, September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, and October 6 departures.

Day 5 Ottawa–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 6 Québec City Area

Enjoy 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 7 Québec City Area–Montréal

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, head south for sophisticated Montréal, one of Canada’s largest cities. Major attractions on this afternoon’s tour include once-walled Old Montréal, the Seminary of St. Sulpice, Mount Royal, and modern Montréal.

Day 8 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 9 Montréal–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 St. Lawrence River in the comfort of your private sleeper car.

DinnerDinner

Day 10 Via 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.

BreakfastContinental Breakfast
LunchLunch

Day 11 Halifax. 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 12 Halifax

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

 Tour Director

With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

JAMES SAUNDERS

Years of Experience: 10

Originally from London, I worked at a hotel in Germany and as a Local Guide in northern Italy before becoming a Tour Director. I have conducted tours all over Europe, North Africa, Asia Minor, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, Russia, South America, and all 10 provinces of Canada. Today, I call Toronto home. I love to cook, process the pictures I take on tour, and read. Every day, I wake up and have a wonderful, learning experience awaiting me.

Tour Director - JAMES SAUNDERS

 Accommodations

TORONTO Chelsea Hotel, Toronto (F)
OTTAWA Novotel Ottawa (F)
QUÉBEC CITY AREA Hotel Classique (MF)
MONTRÉAL Best Western Ville-Marie (F)
VIA RAIL OCEAN TRAIN Sleeper Plus class
HALIFAX The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites (F)

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Toronto
Quebec City
Montreal

Toronto

CN Tower - Toronto By Night
CN Tower - Toronto By Night

CN Tower - Toronto By Night

360 The Restaurant at the CN Tower, one of Toronto's finest, features unforgettable food combined with a magnificent revolving view of Toronto more than 351 metres (1,151 ft) below. 360 offers market-fresh cuisine, featuring regional ingredients to ensure an incomparable culinary experience. Following dinner, enjoy panoramic views from the observation decks.

Approximate value: $102 CAD per person

Niagara Helicopter Sightseeing
Niagara Helicopter Sightseeing

Niagara Helicopter Sightseeing

Take a thrilling eight-minute ride over the most famous falls in North America. You will be dazzled by the sights of the Rainbow Bridge, Horseshoe Falls, and Whirlpool Rapids. Bring your camera and it's up, up, and away! Helicopter tour duration approximately 12 minutes. Weather permitting.

Approximate value: $130 CAD per person

Quebec City

Quebec by Night-Restaurant 1640
Quebec by Night-Restaurant 1640

Quebec by Night-Restaurant 1640

The evening starts with a delightful dinner at an old-world restaurant in the heart of Quebec City. Then plenty of time to browse the shops in Upper and Lower Town. You'll also have a chance to take pictures of the Chateau Frontenac at night.

Approximate value: $64 CAD per person

Quebec Countryside Dinner and Montmorency Falls
Quebec Countryside Dinner and Montmorency Falls

Quebec Countryside Dinner and Montmorency Falls

Your first stop on this guided excursion is Montmorency Falls, a waterfall which is 30 meters higher than Niagara Falls and offers an unforgettable panorama. Next tour the western tip of Ile d'Orleans, followed by dinner at Le Moulin Saint Laurent, originally a water mill with a history dating back to 1675. The cuisine here includes local and regional specialties. Evening tour and dinner is approximately 3 hours.

Approximate value: $62 CAD per person

Montreal

A Foodie's Tour of Little Italy
A Foodie's Tour of Little Italy

A Foodie's Tour of Little Italy

Come discover Little Italy, one of the most captivating neighborhoods of Montreal with it's colorful past, its quaint streets, its well known restaurants and fine epicurean groceries. Your professional foodie guide will lead the way though the neighborhood and through the biggest outdoor market in North America , the Jean Talon Market, which will include some surprise tastings. Along the way you will come to know the rich heritage of the Italian Canadians and the cultural diversity that make this corner of Montreal so unique. Tour duration from 9:00am to 12noon. Departs and returns to your hotel and includes tour guide, subway tickets, four tastings, and gratuities.

Approximate value: $65 CAD per person

Maple Sugar House Breakfast and Maple Syrup Tour
Maple Sugar House Breakfast and Maple Syrup Tour

Maple Sugar House Breakfast and Maple Syrup Tour

A place of tradition and culture, the maple sugar house "Erabliere Chemin du Roy" takes its name from the ancestral road that crosses it. Take off this morning for an all-you-can-eat traditional "Quebecois" breakfast which includes scrambled eggs, baked beans, Canadian bacon, maple sausage, maple smoked ham, potatoes, country bread pancakes, maple syrup, tea, herbal tea , coffee , hot chocolate and milk. This bountiful breakfast is followed by a guided visit of the Sugar Shack and a presentation on Maple Syrup Making.

Approximate value: $21 CAD per person

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