Capital Experience

Overview

Capital Experience

See the major attractions in Eastern Canada and experience the different lifestyles in the provinces of Ontario and Québec. Travel by VIA Rail and soak up the diverse cultures of Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal and Québec City.

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Toronto, including City Hall, Chinatown, the waterfront and the CN tower then spend the following day marveling at the famous Niagara Falls, with an included boat trip.

Board the tireless VIA Rail to Ottowa, sampling the gorgeous scenery as it passes you by. A further sightseeing tour takes you straight to the highlights of this historic city, including the Parliament Buildings, Embassy Row, the Royal Canadian Mint, the National Gallery of Canada, the residence of the Prime Minister and much more.

The next great city on this Eastern Canada tour is the French-speaking Quebec. Here, your guide provides narration while you see the Latin Quarter, the Plains of Abraham, the Fortifications, Place Royale, the Basilica and more. The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore the city or indulge yourself at one of many fine restaurants.

Finally, after another short rail journey along the northern shore of the breathtaking St. Lawrence River, you will arrive in Montréal, with another sightseeing tour taking in the city's charming highlights as well as a panoramic view from the top of Mount Royal.

What's Included:

  • Return flights
  • 9 nights in hotels (accommodation as specified or similar)
  • Self catering basis
  • All listed excursions activities and entrance fees
  • Economy class VIA Rail transfers throughout
  • Services of an experienced tour manager
Highlights:
  • Toronto, diverse and multi-cultural
  • Montréal, French Canadian with a historic flair
  • Ottawa, the nation’s capital and full of charm
  • Québec City, historic heart and European soul

Full Itinerary

Day 1: Fly London - Toronto

Arrive in Toronto and transfer independently to your hotel. After checking in the remainder is at leisure.
Overnight - Holiday Inn Downtown or Courtyard by Marriott

Day 2: Toronto

Discover this cosmopolitan city on a sightseeing tour. Highlights include City Hall, Chinatown, the waterfront. Admission to the CN Tower is included. The remainder of the day is free for independent exploration, shopping or simple relaxation.
Overnight - Holiday Inn Downtown or Courtyard by Marriott

Day 3: Niagara Falls Excursion

Enjoy a full-day sightseeing excursion to Niagara Falls. Marvel at the spectacle of the famous Niagara Falls and step aboard the Voyage to the Falls criuse for a fantastic boat trip to the foot of the Horseshoe Falls. You will have ample time at the Falls to take pictures and admire the thundering waters or stroll into town. Pass through the historic community of Niagara-on-the-Lake before returning to Toronto for the evening.
Overnight - Holiday Inn Downtown or Courtyard by Marriott

Day 4: VIA Rail - Toronto to Ottawa

This morning, transfer independently to Union Station to board VIA Rail’s Corridor train to Ottawa. Pass by quaint little towns along Lake Ontario, the historic city of Kingston and the Thousand Islands region. On arrival in Ottawa, the remainder of the day is free to explore the charms of Canada’s capital city.
Overnight - Lord Elgin Hotel

Day 5: Ottawa

Enjoy a two-hour sightseeing tour of Ottawa. You will see the Parliament Buildings, Embassy Row, the Royal Canadian Mint, the National Gallery of Canada, the residence of the Prime Minister and much more. You will drive through scenic gardens and parklands and along the Rideau Canal. The remainder of the day is free to explore the city’s many museums, galleries and boutiques.
Overnight - Lord Elgin Hotel

Day 6: VIA Rail - Ottawa to Québec City

Travel from Ottawa to Québec City on board VIA Rail’s Corridor Train. Past Montréal, the train will be riding along the southern shore of the St. Lawrence River passing charming little towns and villages in the beautiful French-Canadian countryside. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore Québec City.
Overnight - Chateau Laurier or Hotel Pur Hotel for 2 nights: Chateau Laurier or Hotel Pur.

Day 7: Québec City

Explore historic and modern Québec City on a morning sightseeing tour. Your guide provides narration while you see the Latin Quarter, the Plains of Abraham, the Fortifications, Place Royale, the Basilica and more. The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore the city or indulge at one of the many fine restaurants.
Overnight - Chateau Laurier or Hotel Pur

Day 8: VIA Rail - Québec City to Montréal

Take the short train ride to Montréal today travelling along the northern shore of the St. Lawrence River. On arrival, spend the afternoon exploring the second largest French-speaking city after Paris. Sample the fine cuisine and exuberant nightlife.
Overnight - Hotel Lord Berri

Day 9: Montréal

Today enjoy a 3-hour sightseeing tour of Montréal. See numerous highlights such as the Notre Dame Basilica, historic Old Montréal, the charming Latin Quarter and much more. You will visit the Olympic Complex, travel through the campus of McGill University and take in panoramic views from the top of Mount Royal.
Overnight - Hotel Lord Berri

Day 10: VIA Rail - Montréal to Toronto, fly to London

Depart from Montréal to Toronto on board a VIA Rail train. On arrival at Toronto’s Union Station this afternoon, your tour comes to an end. You will transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

*Hornblower cruise only operates when Niagara Falls is ice free, normally mid-May to mid-October. Journey Behind the Falls is substituted when boat cannot sail

Hand Picked By

Maria Millard

In my opinion, it's hard to think of a country more beautiful or more varied than Canada. Having travelled there extensively, I am confident that I can give youagoodreasontovisitatanytimeoftheyear. Whetherit'stakingthe Rocky Mountaineer through the mighty Rockies, visiting Alberta's prairies, or the beautiful autumn colours of New Brunswick, Canada really does have it all. Mind you, as it’s one of my favourite places, I’m biased!

Maria Millard

Additional Information

  • Date: April - November 2019
  • Star Rating: 3
  • Board Basis: Self catering
  • Duration: 10 nights
  • Departure Airport: London
  • Guide Price: From £2,399pp
  • Includes flights from London, 3*accommodation, Rail Economy seating, and sightseeing as indicated.
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