(Montreal, Quebec City)
Our most complete tour of central Canada - featuring Toronto, Niagara Falls, Ottawa, Montreal, and Quebec City. Start in Toronto, the "center of Canada" according to the locals. An amazingly diverse city with over half the population originating from foreign countries. The city is a swirl of ethnic neighbourhoods, glitzy sights, and exceptional cafes. Take a full day tour to Niagara Falls, one of the most visited places in North America! Continue on to the Niagara Escarpment and visit one of the wineries, world famous for ice wine. Fly to Ottawa, the capital of Canada. Take a picture of the Mounties outside the Parliament, and explore the many superb museums. Byward market, the old logging city of ill repute, is the bustling nexus for restaurants and cafes. Enjoy a first class train ride with a three course meal to Montreal. With a mix of French and English cultures, this fascinating city is legendary for its steakhouses and nightlife. Take a guided walking tour of old town and sign up for optional activities. Continue by train to Quebec City, perched on the edge of the St. Lawrence river; it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The compact old city is a fascinating stroll, and the art galleries are famous for their superb value.
With private airport pick-up and drop-off, first class train, shared & private tours to see all of the sights, and time at leisure to choose from any number of activities which entice you; this is a tour not to be passed over.
You will be provided with a pre-departure package which will include all necessary information that you will need for your trip including materials such as vouchers, maps, train tickets (if relevant) etc.
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer with vehicle and driver.
The SoHo Metropolitan Hotel (4*) is simply Toronto's finest, whether you call it a luxury, boutique or design hotel. The moment you set foot upon the marble floors of the SoHo Metropolitan, you enter a world of exquisite delights and unparalleled convenience, where commitment to service and personal attention exceed all expectations. Travelers will be able to take advantage of the many services and amenities such as smart technology, in-room coffee and tea, fully stocked private bars, complimentary high-speed internet and in-room safe. The elegant, oversized luxury guestrooms average 600 square feet in size and feature Italian Frette linens, down filled duvets and Italian marble bathrooms. Enjoy your choice of two award wining restaurants, Senses fine dining Restaurant and Senses Bakery for all day causal dining. Also at the hotel you will find Salon Daniel and Spa, a pampering, world class team of beauty professionals who deliver leading-edge beauty treatments.
Enjoy a full day shared tour to Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake and a winery. After being picked up from your hotel in a luxurious climate controlled coach, sit back, relax, and enjoy listening to your friendly, knowledgeable guide who will provide informative and entertaining commentary en route. Enjoy a buffet lunch (included) overlooking the Niagara Falls, before a boat ride onboard the "Maid of the Mist" (replaced by "Journey Behind the Falls" from October to April due to winter conditions). You can take advantage of an impromptu helicopter flight (not included) before leaving the falls (or it can be pre-booked by us if you prefer - please speak to your Advisor if you would like to add this). After having had some time at leisure by the Falls, you will be taken to the nearby picturesque town of Niagara-on-the-Lake where you can browse through the artisanal shops and perhaps stop to have an afternoon coffee in one of the many cafes before being returned to Toronto.
Enjoy a train ride from Toronto to Ottawa. Train duration is approximately 5hr.
Fairmont Château Laurier (4*) is a reflection of the confidence, dignity and style of Ottawa. It stands as a testament to this dynamic and thriving city. Located in the heart of Canada's capital next door to the Parliament Buildings, the hotel is a magnificent limestone edifice with turrets and masonry reminiscent of a French château. The Rideau Canal offers miles of bicycle and inline skating paths and the world's longest skating rink just outside the door. The nearby Gatineau Hills offer great hiking, biking and canoeing, and in the winter, cross-country ski trails and excellent downhill thrills. With Winterlude, the Tulip Festival and countless other festivals, Ottawa is a flurry of activity year round. Once the wealth of sights has been taken in, drop by the Health Club or satisfy your appetite at one of the superb restaurants.
Sail the Ottawa river on this chared boat cruise. The cruise offers you the view of the city as well as it's major attractions, including sightseeing of Parliament Hill, Museum of Civilization, Rideau Falls and more!
Consider renting a bike for the afternoon and seeing the city and surrounds on two wheels. Ottawa is criss-crossed by hundreds of kilometers of recreational pathways that are perfectly suited for biking. (They may also be used for walking, in-line skating and other non-motorized modes of transport). These recreational pathways include a variety of scenic routes along the Ottawa and Rideau Rivers, along the UNESCO World Heritage Site-Rideau Canal, and venturing into the province of Quebec and the forests of Gatineau Park. If you feel like doing an organised tour, consider a tour to Victoria Island where you can learn about the aboriginal people, enjoy a BBQ lunch, participate in a traditional pow wow dance, and/or make your own aboriginal art work. Please speak to your Sales Advisor if any of this is of interest to you.
Enjoy the train ride from Ottawa to Montreal. Train duration is approximately 2hr.
This walking tour will allow you to discover the delicious cultural and historic culinary charms of the oldest district of Montreal. Reputable restaurants, speciality shops and boutiques in the area are housed in old factories and showrooms from the 19th century. As you follow the narrow and winding streets of Old Montreal, you will be accompanied by a professional tour guide who will feed your hunger for knowledge of the history of Montreal and its many gastronomic pleasures during the tour. You will learn what the influence of the Natives was on our food habits, and how the venue of the World Expo in 1967 brought exotic food on our tables. That and much more. Come discover the flavours and aromas of Old Montreal.
The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth hotel is a renowned local landmark, celebrated internationally for its world-class accommodations. This historic hotel has helped define the city’s distinct elegance and charm for over 50 years. It offers 1,037 rooms, of which 100 are suites, and is conveniently located above the train station and within walking distance of sports and cultural attractions. There is a skilfully integrated Health Club featuring state-of-the-art equipment and an indoor pool, as well as three distinctive venues to experience Montréal's gastronomy at its best: Les Voyageurs lounge, Le Montréalais bistro- restaurant and the award-winning Beaver Club, recognized as one of the best tables in Canada.
Enjoy a full day (12 hrs) shared tour to take in the sites of Quebec city and Montmorency falls. Your expert guide will bring you through all the historical treasures of Quebec such as: Place Royale, Notre Dame Basilica, Plains of Abraham, Parliament Building, Montmorency Falls, Ile D'Orleans, and Place D'Armes. Place Royale was the birthplace of French civilization in North America. The architecture of its homes and its narrow streets attract visitors worldwide. Enjoy some time at leisure to shop and have lunch (not included) in the oldest quarter in North America. There will be some more free time in the Petit Champlain district before going to the "escalier Casse-Cou" - translated as "break neck staircase" not nearly as dangerous as its name implies. On board the funicular elevator that descends a cliff linking Upper and Lower Old Quebec will give you a magnificent view of the river and its surroundings. From Quebec city, the tour continues to Montmorency Falls - impressive 83 m. high waterfalls that are 1.5 times that of Niagara Falls. There will be time to take in the grand sight before returning to Montreal.
There are many optional activities to choose from in Montreal. Spend time wandering through the historical part of town, taking in all of the sights and smells along the way as you weave your way through the cobblestoned streets. Alternatively, head to St. Catherine's street, which has a dizzying array of shops to choose from and where you can see where the locals source their great sense of style. If you feel like a longer excursion, consider a day trip to Quebec - the oldest city in North America and a UNESCO designated city with a side trip to the impressive Montmorency falls. If you feel like staying within the city limits, consider a tour taking in the Olympic Tower, Biodrome, Botanical Gardens and Insectariums, a guided walking or a biking tour through the city, or a themed tour such as the Bourgeoisie area of Westmount or the lesser known parks and gardens of the city. Please let your Sales Advisor know if any of these options are of interest.
Enjoy the train ride from Montreal to Quebec. Train duration is approximately 3.5hr.
Accompanied by a local guide, discover the best boutiques and shopping in Old Quebec. This tour can be done by foot.
Since 1870, the Clarendon Hotel (4*) has embodied the prestige of Old Quebec, standing proudly across from the gardens beside City Hall in a neighbourhood featuring cobblestone streets, decorative gardens and a grove of century-old trees. You are sure to appreciate our incomparable hospitality, which has been enjoyed by vacationers and famous artists and musicians for over a hundred years. The hotel is located next to the Price Building, where the Premier of Quebec lives when the National Assembly is in session. Maybe you will meet a Minister of the Provincial Government at the hotel. After all, the Clarendon, a favoured meeting spot for members of the provincial legislature for decades now, can almost be considered a second "Parliament Building".
Enjoy a shared walking tour of the old city of Quebec and gain an understanding of the history and the everyday-life of this World Heritage Site. On a leisurely paced downhill path, the tour starts from Place d'Armes (Armoury Square), in the heart of the Old city, with a general introduction to the history of Quebec City and its importance in time. The Dufferin Terrace with its breathtaking view of surrounding landscapes, the St-Lawrence River and the Citadel (star-shaped fort built in the 1820s) follow. The tour curves around famous Chateau Frontenac and enters the shades of the Governors' Garden. The Grand Tour pauses to recapture a few of the most notorious events and people in Canadian history whether they came to life on the Plains of Abraham or at nearby Chateau Frontenac.
There are lots of activities to keep you busy while you are in Quebec city. Consider a tour to the nearby Isle d'Orleans and visit an orchard to taste their ciders, duck terrine, confit, marinades. You can also experience an authentic sugar shack on the island and its traditional menu and cultural entertainment. Alternatively, consider a full day of whale watching. For the sports enthusiasts, an adrenaline-filled morning or afternoon para-gliding, downhill mountain biking or canyoning is available. You may like to do a day trip to Ste-Anne waterfalls and Canyon - an amazing attraction with 3 suspension bridges including one of the highest in Quebec, 60 meters above the gorge. There is an easy and accessible path and the tour would include a nature discovery of Mont-Ste-Anne featuring a panoramic ride in the gondola and lunch at the mountain. Whatever your fancy, Quebec City will not disappoint.
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer.
Two taxes, the federal goods and services tax (GST) and the Québec sales tax (QST), are added to the selling price of most goods and services. Several tourist regions charge a specific tax on accommodations. The amount is $2 or $3 a night or 3% of the price of the room per night, before the GST and QST are added.
You must leave a tip on service provided in restaurants and bars and by taxi drivers and hairdressers. The amount, which is not included in the bill, generally represents 10% to 15% of the total bill (before taxes). Here in Québec, for a restaurant bill, we usually add the amounts of the two taxes (GST and QST) together, the sum of which equals approximately 13%. Tipping bellhops or porters is at your discretion (generally, $1 per bag carried).
Most of Québec’s cities enjoy a humid continental climate, with four very distinct seasons and significant differences in temperature marking each one. Summer is hot, while winter sees a considerable amount of snow fall. In fact, Québecers owe their legendary joie de vivre to these climatic variations!
Québec’s Great North is characterized by arctic and subarctic climates. The ancestral land of the Cree and the Inuit is known for its lengthy winters and brief summers.
Visitors holding a driver’s licence from their country of origin can drive on Québec’s roads for a maximum period of six months. This means you don’t have to obtain an international driving permit, although if your papers are in a language other than French or English, it is highly recommended that you do so.
By law, all vehicle occupants must wear a seat belt.
Consuming alcohol or having alcoholic beverages present in a moving vehicle is strictly prohibited under Québec’s Highway Safety Code. Furthermore, a person suspected of driving under the influence will have to submit to a breathalyzer test. If the test reveals a concentration of alcohol in that person’s blood of 80 or more milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood, his or her driver’s permit will be immediately revoked for a 30-day period.
Although the minimum age for driving a car is 16, some car rental companies require that the driver be at least 25, while others charge higher rates for drivers under the age of 21.
The electric current is 110 volts/60 cycles, as it is throughout North America. Because the outlets cannot accommodate European plugs, you’d best bring or buy an adaptor.
Banking & Currency:
The legal tender is the Canadian dollar, which is divided into 100 cents. Bank notes are available in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 dollars, and coins in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 25 cents and 1 and 2 dollars.
The leading credit cards are accepted everywhere, namely Visa, MasterCard and American Express. Traveler’s cheques are generally accepted in large hotels, some restaurants and major stores. Otherwise, they must be cashed at an exchange office or bank.
There are numerous exchange offices in Québec’s main cities. Airports also offer exchange services. Some businesses accept American money, but they offer a less competitive rate than the exchange offices.
Banking institutions are generally open from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can withdraw cash from most automatic teller machines (linked to the Cirrus, PLUS System or Interac networks) any time, seven days a week.
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