Day 1: Australia – – Toronto, Canada
Today, depart Australia for Toronto, Canada. On arrival, a shuttle service will transfer you to your hotel.
Day 2: Toronto (B)
Enjoy a day of leisure to recuperate after the long flight or enjoy some sightseeing at your own pace.
Toronto – Ontario’s dynamic capital with it’s glistening skyline is the heartbeat of Canadian urban life and has everything you would expect from a world class city. It’s a dynamic metropolis with a core of soaring skyscrapers, all dwarfed by the iconic CN Tower. Toronto also has many green spaces, from the orderly oval of Queen’s Park to 400-acre High Park and its trails, sports facilities and zoo. Dine at a one of a kind restaurant in Queen Street West, shop at the posh Yorkville district; lose yourself in the variety of the Kensington Market or if you’re lucky enough, catch an MLB, NBA or NHL game.
At around 7pm tonight a welcome drink and orientation meeting will be held with your tour manager. Enjoy a brief on the delightful journey that lies ahead in Eastern Canada along with meeting your fellow travellers.
Day 3: Niagara Falls – Niagara-on-the Lake – Wine Tasting (B,D)
An exciting day awaits you at spectacular Niagara Falls, one of the largest falls in the world. Get ready for a thrilling boat adventure that travels to the foot of Niagara. Feel the enormous power, get splashed by the sprays and get “up-close and personal” with one of the most incredible creations of Mother Nature. Truly, an unforgettable experience! Afterwards, on to enchanting Niagara-on-the-Lake for a lunch at leisure. Continue for wine tasting at a local winery before returning to Toronto. A welcome dinner with your fellow travellers tonight celebrates your arrival in Canada.
Day 4: Toronto – Kingston – Thousand Islands Cruise – Ottawa (B)
The day begins with a drive to the shores of the majestic St. Lawrence River. Stop in Kingston, Canada’s first capital city, for lunch at leisure with time to explore. After, continue to experience the icons of the 1000 Islands such as Boldt Castle, the Statue of St. Lawrence, Thousand Islands International Bridge and Zavicon Islands containing the smallest International Bridge in the world, during this cruise in the heart of the 1000 Islands. After disembarkation, proceed to Ottawa, the country’s multicultural capital city. The evening is yours to explore this energetic city on your own.
Day 5: Ottawa (B)
This morning, begin your day with a tour of the city’s highlights including the Parliament buildings and the National War Memorial with a local guide. Free time this afternoon to explore Ottawa. Perhaps visit the bustling market, known for its large display of local arts and crafts or visit some of the city’s museums and art galleries. Enjoy the evening at leisure or join the optional tour.
Optional Tour (at own cost, refer fine print): Rideau Canal Cruise with dinner – during this narrated cruise, you will discover the rich cultural heritage of the City of Ottawa. Afterwards enjoy dinner at a local restaurant
Day 6: Ottawa – Quebec City (B,L)
Depart Ottawa toward quaint Quebec City, the only walled city in North America, acclaimed as the “most French” city outside of France. Stop along the way for lunch at an authentic Sugar Shack, nestled in the Quebec countryside. Here, indulge your sweet tooth with delicious maple products! Enjoy traditional Quebec cuisine (with maple syrup, of course) along with music and taffy too! Upon arrival in Quebec City, time to explore the many old world shops, arcades and cafes. Tonight, why not try one of the popular restaurants featuring delicious regional French-Canadian cuisine
Day 7: Old and New Quebec City (B)
The discovery of Old and New Quebec includes Place Royale, the picture-perfect site of the city’s original settlement, designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. View the Notre-Dame-des-Victoires, one of the oldest churches in North America before ascending by funicular to stately Chateau Frontenac, perched elegantly atop Cape Diamond. In the Old City, linger a while to walk the winding lanes, window shop and watch the parade of horse-drawn carriages. Spend the afternoon at leisure or join the optional tour.
Optional Tour (at own cost, refer fine print): Half Day Quebec Tour – travel to the historical borough of Île d’Orléans for lunch. Continue to a local museum to learn the history and production of copper. See a metalworking demonstration and create your own piece of art. After, journey to the Shrine of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, the second oldest pilgrimage site in North America. Depart for Quebec City with a final stop at Montmorency Falls. In the evening, feel the magic of Old Quebec.
Day 8: Quebec City – Montreal (B)
From Quebec City journey to magnificent Montreal, the largest city in Quebec, a captivating blend of old and new. Montreal is set on an island in the St. Lawrence River, named after Mount Royal, the triple-peaked hill located at the heart of the city. Take some time to explore one of the avant-garde Art Galleries or explore the Port with its historic buildings, cobblestone streets, market areas, and cafes. This evening, don’t miss experiencing one of the most exciting food scenes in North America. You’ll find irresistible patisseries, English pubs, old Jewish delis, superb French food and marvellous food markets reminiscent of Paris.
Day 9: Montreal (B,D)
After breakfast, we take a city tour of Montreal. View Jacques Cartier Square and McGill University, the Basilica of Notre Dame, historical Place d’Armes and St. Joseph’s Oratory. Ascend Mount Royal, the largest hill in Montreal, to see the spectacular vistas including Olympic Park, site of the 1976 Summer Olympics. The rest of the afternoon is free to discover Montreal on your own. Walk along the narrow streets of Old Montreal with its 17th-century buildings – you’ll think you’re in Paris! On your last night in Eastern Canada, a farewell dinner caps a great journey with your newfound friends.
Day 10: Montreal (B)
Enjoy your final day in Eastern Canada with a day at leisure in Montreal to continue exploring at your own pace.
Day 11: Montreal – – Australia (B)
Sadly, your Eastern Canada adventure has come to an end. At the appropriate time, please make your own way to the airport for your homeward flight.
Day 12: In flight
Day 13: Australia
Arrive home in Australia today.