2018 Tour Details
Exciting cities and breathtaking scenery await you on this eastern Canada tour. You'll spend two nights in Toronto, Ottawa, and the Québec City area, and one night in Montréal. You’ll also enjoy a 7-night cruise traveling the coastlines of eastern Canada and New England. On your sightseeing tour in each city, you'll see the must-see sights, such as the 1,815-foot-tall CN Tower in Toronto, Canada’s largest city; the Canadian Mint in Ottawa, Canada’s capital; Québec City's Place Royale, the historic square known as the birthplace of French America; and Montréal's Mount Royal, designed by the same designer as New York City’s Central Park. In Ottawa, you’ll visit the Royal Canadian Mounted Police stables, a tribute to Canadian heritage and history. In Québec, visit the Basilica of Notre Dame de Cap de La Madeleine, dating to the 19th century, a national shrine with its fine stained-glass windows. Also enjoy time to explore Québec City, Canada’s only walled city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.But that’s not all…you’ll enjoy stunning scenery on this eastern Canada tour. For a tour highlight, board a sightseeing boat for a thrilling ride to view breathtaking Niagara Falls. You’ve seen photos of Niagara Falls, and now’s your chance to see it up close. Also enjoy a cruise that takes a scenic route through the many islands of St. Lawrence Islands National Park. More picturesque scenery awaits you on your 7-night cruise to some of Canada’s historic towns and beautiful places. Ports of call include Québec City; charming Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island; Sydney, originally settled by Highland Scots; Halifax; Bar Harbor, surrounded by Acadia National Park; and Boston.From the vibrant cities to the beautiful scenery, this eastern Canada tour—with a 7-night cruise—designed for the value-minded traveler is a wonderful vacation!
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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 Basilica of Notre Dame de Cap de La Madeleine.Guides:
Local Guides for city sightseeing in Québec City and Montréal; services of a professional Tour Director; crew member service while cruising on Holland America’s MS Maasdam, MS Rotterdam, or MS Veendam.Scenic Highlights:
Niagara Falls, Kingston, Thousand Islands National Park, Ottawa River, Rideau Canal, Québec City (UNESCO World Heritage Site), and Laval Seminary.Notes:
Enjoy the fall colors of Ontario and Quebec on our special fall foliage departures: September 8 to October 5 (if Mother Nature permits).Cruise itineraries are provided by Holland America Line and are up to date at time of publishing. Your Travel Documents will contain the most current information.
Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring; Holland America’s MS Maasdam, MS Rotterdam, or MS Veendam.
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.
TORONTO. Welcome to Toronto, Ontario’s capital. Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.
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 and the city’s major landmarks, such as 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.
TORONTO–KINGSTON–THOUSAND ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK–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.
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 August 30, September 6, 13, 20, 27, and October 4 departures.
OTTAWA–QUÉBEC CITY AREA. Drive into the French- Canadian province of Québec for a sudden change in language and tradition. Follow the historical King’s Highway along the north shore of the mighty St. Lawrence River. Visit the BASILICA OF NOTRE DAME DE CAP DE LA MADELEINE before arriving in Québec City, the heart of French Canada and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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 resides Place d’Armes, Laval Seminary, the star-plan Citadelle, 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.
QUÉBEC CITY AREA–MONTRÉAL. This morning, join a unique optional excursion to the Érablière le 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.
MONTRÉAL (EMBARKATION) SCENIC CRUISING: SAINT LAWRENCE RIVER. Once a water highway for explorers, missionaries, and fur traders, today the spectacular Saint Lawrence River. As the river conducts you from Quebec City to the Atlantic Ocean, watch for blue, fin or beluga whales, porpoises and dolphins, and countless bird species.
QUÉBEC CITY, QUEBEC. A mountain castle, Chateau Frontenac sits atop a cape above the St. Lawrence River. Part of the city's Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and with all the stone buildings and winding streets, you'll think you're in Europe. (B,L,D)
SCENIC CRUISING: GULF OF ST. LAWRENCE. The largest estuary in the world, the Gulf of Saint Lawrence fringes the shores of half the provinces of Canada. Thousands of migratory birds make this area their home during the spring and fall migration period. And be sure to keep an eye out for whale, porpoise and seal sightings. (B,L,D)
CHARLOTTETOWN. Charlottetown's Victorian architecture, abundance of parks, and harbor side location make it an idyllic stop. Walk the cobblestones of Victoria Row, see the house that inspired "Anne of Green Gables," or explore the wild shore of Prince Edward Island National Park. (B,L,D)
SYDNEY. A hundred thousand Gaelic welcomes await you in Nova Scotia, Latin for "New Scotland." There are highland villages, the scenic Cabot Trail to explore, golden inland seas to sail, and the Fortress of Louisbourg to inspect - where every barn, barracks and pipe and drum corps appears just as it did when King Louis' troops occupied the site in 1744. (B,L,D)
HALIFAX. Halifax is located on one of the planet's great natural harbors and adorned with landmarks like the Citadel fortress, Pier 21 (Canada's Ellis Island), and the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Discover the craggy coastlines of Peggy's Cove, and the German village of Lunenburg, so meticulously restored it has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (B,L,D)
BAR HARBOR. Bar Harbor was a haven for the East Coast glittering class and bejeweled with grand mansions and immaculate gardens. Visitors can walk the streets of town, relax on the Village Green, or climb Cadillac Mountain. (B,L,D)
BOSTON. (DISEMBARKATION) Disembark this morning and transfer to Boston International Airport for your return flight home. Please schedule homebound flights after Noon.
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"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."
MONTREAL Best Western Ville-Marie (F)
OTTAWA Capital Hill Hotel & Suites (F)
QUEBEC CITY Hotel Classique (MF)
TORONTO Chelsea Hotel, Toronto (SF)