Essence of Eastern Canada

Experience Eastern Canada's great cities this summer.  

From $2,075 CAD 

July 13 – 20, 2024
- OR -        
Aug 10 – 17, 2024

Contemporary design, UNESCO World Heritage Listed cities, romantic canals, thundering waterfalls and a city utterly obsessed with all things hockey await you on this 8 day exploration of Eastern Canada. Fall head over heels for multicultural Toronto, let the European elegance of Québec City work its charm on you, visit Canada’s dynamic and eclectic capital city of Ottawa, and indulge your cultural curiosities in Montréal.

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

Day 1

Arrive Toronto (2 Nights)

Welcome to the world’s most multiculturally diverse city, Toronto. Known to locals as the ‘Six’, Canada’s hipster enclave and largest city is all about unique neighbourhoods, fusion food, fascinating museums, vintage shopping and a healthy obsession with all things hockey. At the centre of it all is the city’s icon, the CN Tower, its 553 metre (1814 foot) spire dominating the landscape. After settling in to your hotel, you can wander around the district’s open-air markets which will no doubt get tummies rumbling. For dinner why not head to near-by Kensington Market, arguably the most diverse of all the city’s neighbourhoods where the idea of fusion food is taken to all new heights.

 

 

Day 2

Niagara Falls Excursion

Pack your sense of adventure this morning as you’re off to visit Niagara Falls! The biggest (and loudest) falls in North America, an incredible 750,000 gallons of water thunder into the gorge below every second, creating a natural phenomenon many have dubbed the 8th Wonder of the World. We’ll be getting you up close and personal on a cruise to Horseshoe Falls, allowing you to see both the Canadian and American sides. Remember that raincoat? Now’s the time to use it. Back in Toronto later, the rest of the day is yours to do as you please. Maybe head to Queen West to explore the neighbourhood’s impressive collection of art galleries and design studios, or take advantage of our CN Tower Optional Experience to test your head for heights.

 

 

Day 3

Toronto – Kingston – Ottawa (2 Nights)

Leaving Toronto behind this morning, kick back and enjoy the gorgeous drive alongside Lake Ontario, one of the five Great Lakes of North America, as you make your way to Kingston. Known as the 'Limestone City' thanks to its grand 19th century buildings built from its namesake limestone, it’s no wonder this gorgeous city was (briefly) the site of the Canadian capital. Get your bearings and then wake up your taste buds at Campbell's Orchard in Prince Edward County today for a farm tour and a cider tasting. This cider is made from a blend of apples picked from their trees and produced on-site, fermented using traditional methods. 

 

 

Day 4

Ottawa Sightseeing and Free Time

Start your morning in Ottawa with a sightseeing tour of the city's icons: Sussex Drive, Royal Canadian Mint, National Art Gallery, Supreme Court of Canada, National War Memorial, National Art Center; War Museum and National Archives and Library, the stunning Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica. After your orientation, enjoy some free time with your choice of Optional Experiences. Head to Byward Market’s vibrant indoor/outdoor open market for a quick bite or maybe experience culture with an authentic Pow-wow dance performance with music by First Nations members at Mādahòkì Farm. You could also explore Ottawa's neighbourhood food markets, discover local produce and dishes and meet area chefs and food artisans on a food walking tour.

 

 

Day 5

Ottawa - Québec City (2 Nights)

Ready for some romance? We’ve got good news - timeless, elegant Québec City is up next. Exuding class, grandeur and a distinctly European feel, Québec City is almost a country within a country; 95% of the population speaks French, and around 75% are native Francophiles. Arriving here, we’ll be listening out for the collective sighs of appreciation as you set eyes on the narrow cobblestone streets and pretty parks for the first time. This afternoon, continue your Québec love affair with our Optional Experience that will get you out of town to admire the towering Montmorency Falls. Standing at 83 meters these falls are actually higher than Niagara Falls, forming the mouth of the Montmorency River.

 

 

Day 6

Québec City Sightseeing and Free Time

After no doubt grabbing a taste of France with a croissant and coffee, you’ll be heading out to join a Local Specialist this morning for a tour of the UNESCO World Heritage listed Old Town. Checking out sites including The Citadel, the historically significant Plains of Abraham, and the famous turrets of the Chateau Frontenac, the world’s most photographed hotel, prepare to fall even more in love with this city. This afternoon, why not continue your Québec adventure with our Optional Experience.

 

 

Day 7

Québec City – Montréal (1 Night)

Get ready for Montreal sightseeing! We hope you're hungry this morning as for breakfast you'll be heading to the iconic Erabliere le Chemin du Roy, a traditional Cabane à Sucre (sugar shack) to learn how maple syrup, one of Canada's most famous exports, is made. You'll then make the short drive to Montreal, Canada's cultural capital where festivals, art, and a certain joie de vivre are all part of the daily make up. On arrival you'll meet up with a Local Specialist for a city tour of the UNESCO designated 'City of Design', admiring how old European style architecture sits naturally beside beautiful contemporary masterpieces in this popular destination city. This afternoon choose Montreal your way. North Montreal is full of hip neighborhoods, beautiful parks, hidden alleyways, and vibrant street art. This evening with free time to explore, you could head out for dinner with the group or take your pick of one of the cute terraced restaurants along the river.

Included Meals: Iconic Breakfast

 

 


Day 8

Depart Toronto

And just like that, you’ve experienced the very best of Eastern Canada. From Toronto’s trendy microbreweries to Québec City’s timeless romance, you’ll be finishing your trip this morning with happy memories, and no doubt a longing to see what the rest of Canada has in store. Today, you have the choice to return back to Toronto to fly out of Toronto International Airport or to continue on if you have booked on our extension cruise.

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES

  • Niagara Falls Helicopter Flightseeing (Day 2) ($) - Enjoy an exhilarating and scenic helicopter flight and experience the views of the awe-inspiring Niagara Region as you gently lift off over the Whirlpool Rapids and Rainbow Bridge. See the green grass and floral beauty of Queen Victoria Park stretch below you as the helicopter passes by the American Falls and Skylon Tower. Follow the curve of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls and see rainbows magically appear and disappear. This is a ride you do not want to miss!

  • Canada's Regal Heritage: Kingston's 1000 Islands Cruise (Day 3) ($) - Kingston’s 1000 Islands Cruise introduces the unique sights and heritage of the 1000 Islands region with a focus on the historic waterfront of Canada’s First Capital city. The cruise passes close to Cedar Island and Milton Island, National Historic Sites, and includes a lively narration of Kingston’s history and natural setting.

  • Indigenous Experiences, Arts & Culture (Day 4) ($) - Visit Mādahòkì Farm in Ottawa and immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Indigenous culture through the vibrant energy of a Pow Wow dance performance, where traditional regalia and rhythmic movements come together in a captivating display of heritage and storytelling.

  • Montmorency Falls and Gourmet Bistro Dinner (Day 5) ($) - Join us for a special evening on the Ile d’Orleans. Located a few miles east of downtown Quebec in the St. Lawrence River, the “Island of Orleans” was one of the first areas occupied by early French colonists.Gaze upon the towering Montmorency Falls; higher than the Niagara Falls, the impressive Montmorency Falls form at the mouth of the Montmorency River, where it drops over a cliff into the St. LawrenceRiver. Then travel through the rolling farmlands to the south side of the island for a dinner at Le Moulin de Saint-Laurent Restaurant with renowned Chef Martin Pronovost, who has been nominated for aCrystal Award in the category `Canadian Chef of the Year` in both 2010 and 2011. Passionate about food and with an eye and ear always looking toward trends, culinary innovation remains a continual objective.

  • Copper Art Studio Visit and Workshop (Day 6) ($) - Enjoy a guided tour and demonstration of the repoussé work of the Gilles family, that has been renowned for its metal craftsmanship for nearly 100 years. After seeing a collection of fascinating copper art, you’ll get to experiment with the art of repoussé with a thin sheet of copper & tools. The experience finishes with coffee or tea & canelé cake time.

  • North Montreal Bike Tour (Day 7) ($) - North Montreal is full of hip neighborhoods, beautiful parks, hidden alleyways, and vibrant street art. On this tour, visit the diverse Plateau, artsy Mile-End, leafy Outremont, traditional Little Italy, and edgy Mile-End districts. Discover Montreal off the beaten path as you ride through parks, quiet streets, and laneways and get a big dose of the local lifestyle.

  • Farewell Dinner in Romantic Vieux Montreal (Day 7) ($) - Come together one last time with your newfound friends and enjoy a 3 course meal and glass of wine at one of Old Montreal’s institutions - Vieux Port Steakhouse - Situated directly on St. Paul Street in a beautiful, century-old structure. Inside, you’re greeted by charming stone walls, wood floors, cozy fireplaces and an attentive staff. Indulge in a Steak or Seafood dinner and cheer to the memories made. One drink included.

  • Journey through Caribbean history and cuisine (Day 7) ($) - Join a local specialist on a history and food walking tour highlighting the influence immigration and the Haitian community has had on the city. Guests will visit culturally significant sites and several locally black-owned restaurants for a taste of regional specialties and insights into personal stories and experiences.

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