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Eastern Journey

8 days Guided Tours

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Picture Canada and you might imagine remote wilderness, but a little square of its East Coast couldn’t be more different. This is a place where tall pines move over for skyscrapers, where bears make way for city slickers, and where campfires and trading posts swap places with world-class dining and shopping venues. Its relatively small scale makes it an easy place for a whistle stop tour, letting you fit four city breaks into one holiday and promising unrivalled day trips, from a sightseeing tour of Niagara Falls to whalewatching on the St Lawrence River. Giving you a cheat sheet into all you need to know about the East’s cutting-edge cities, a comprehensive tour of key sights is the best way to start each stay, before you head off to unearth your own favourite neighbourhoods. Straight-talking Toronto’s packed to the rafters with cosmopolitan cool, from Chinatown’s authentic buzz to sleek modern masterpieces like the cloudpiercing CN Tower. Shifting to Ottawa, you’ll find the modernity of its culture at odds with the history of landmarks like the parliamentary buildings and World Heritage listed Rideau Canal. In Québec City, a tour within the old city walls reveals its French influences. And in Montréal, you’re shown its old-world charm and contemporary chicness existing side-by-side.

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Toronto

Fly from the UK to Toronto. Arrive at Toronto International Airport where you will transfer independently to the Courtyard by Marriot or similar. Once you’re all checked-in and settled, your Jonview Tour Director will meet you this afternoon. Stay 2 nights in Toronto.

Day 2: Toronto / Niagara Falls Excursion

This morning we meet our fellow travellers at breakfast before setting out to discover the many identities of the Canada’s most cosmopolitan city. After seeing the provincial parliament buildings, the waterfront, the imposing CN Tower and lively Chinatown, we leave the city and head for the Niagara Peninsula. We pass through outlying communities and towns along the shores of Lake Ontario en route to Niagara Falls. Time is allocated to admire the falls and take part in some of Niagara Falls numerous activities. (B)

Day 3: Toronto to Ottawa/Gatineau Region

We leave the Toronto skyline behind and drive east towards Ottawa. Our route then winds through rolling farmland, following the rivers and lakes of the Rideau Waterway. Upon arrival in Ottawa, we enjoy a sightseeing tour of the national capital. Defined by the Rideau Canal (designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site) and the government buildings on Parliament Hill, the city offers many great sights including the public gardens, the Byward Market and City Hall. Overnight in Ottawa. (B)

Day 4: Ottawa to Quebec City

This morning we travel along the scenic Ottawa River to the French-speaking province of Quebec. We skirt the magnificent Laurentians and follow the Chemin du Roy Highway past rustic Quebecois villages and historic shrines. Today’s journey ends in Quebec’s cultural heartland, Quebec City. We tour within the walls of the old city and view the ornate city gates, Lower Town, the Citadel and Battlefields Park. Stay 2 nights in Quebec. (B)

Day 5: Quebec City

The day is at your leisure to further explore the sights of this charming World Heritage Site. You can enjoy an optional full day excursion to Tadoussac including 3‑hours of whalewatching on the St. Lawrence River at the mouth of the Saguenay River aboard a regular boat*. Upon return, we will visit the spectacular Montmorency Falls that are 30 metres higher than the Niagara Falls with a flow of roughly 35,000 litres of water per second (125,000 litres during the spring). The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore this historic French-Canadian city with narrow streets and unique boutiques. (B)

Day 6: Quebec City to Montreal

Departing from Quebec City we drive along the St. Lawrence River in the footsteps of the early settlers. Upon arrival in Montreal, we tour the second largest French-speaking city in the world. The dynamic city of Montreal encapsulates the two founding cultures of Canada and boasts a curious blend of history and modernity. Touring the downtown area we view the Olympic Complex, charming Old Montreal, McGill University, the residential streets of Mount Royal and the bustling shopping streets. Overnight in Montreal. (B)

Day 7: Montreal to Toronto

Today's route takes us back to Toronto, where you will have time to explore colourful neighbourhoods and to sample some of the city’s great restaurants and wonderful entertainment. In Rockport you have an option of enjoying an entertaining and relaxing cruise through the beautiful 1000 group of islands*. Overnight in Toronto. (B)

Day 8: Toronto

The time has come for some last-minute shopping and to say farewell to Canada. Individual transfer to Toronto’s Pearson International Airport in time to check in for your onward flight. (B) 

B-Breakfast

Meals: this tour is based on a Continental breakfast basis.

*Denotes local charge.

Please note: this is a set tour itinerary, if you have booked any pre/post or optional tour arrangements please refer to your separate vouchers and final documents.

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Prices are described as Guide prices on this website and may be higher or lower due to availability and date of departure.

Prices are for departure dates listed, ex-UK and are per adult based on two adults travelling and sharing a standard room and with return economy flights where stated. Single room and flight prices are available at a supplement.

Please note some tours are subject to minimum numbers, please call our travel experts or visit your local retail store for full details as well as our latest prices.

Tour information

Please click here to download a pdf of the itinerary and additional tour notes

Pre/Post Tour information

If you would like to extend your trip or make the tour part of a longer holiday, we can easily add on a pre or post night stays for you. Our Sales Team will work with you to arrange the best connecting flights and book any additional hotel stays. Simply tell us what you’d like and we can arrange it.

Time difference

GMT -5 hours Eastern Canada
GMT -8 hours Western Canada

Tour inclusions

  • Private air-conditioned motorcoach transportation throughout
  • Accommodation and sightseeing as listed above
  • Service of an English Speaking guide

Tour exclusions

  • International flight in economy class, including all UK and overseas airport taxes and applicable fuel surcharges
  • Flight upgrades and airport transfers in the UK
  • Insurance
  • Airport transfers
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, tips & gratuities, video camera fees at monuments
  • The required Canada Electronic Authorization (eTA)
  • Anything not detailed on the itinerary

Dining inclusions

Continental breakfast included.

Included activities

Tours listed in the itinerary.

Accommodation

Accommodation listed on the itinerary is a mix of 3-4V graded properties. Please note some tours are up to 3 weeks in duration and there may be some nights when staying in remote locations e.g. the National Parks, when the ‘V’ rating may vary. Hotels are subject to change up until 30 days prior to departure, but you will be advised of any changes.

Journey times

Please note due to long distances covered on some of the tours, there will be some days when the majority of the day will be spent on the coach, so just sit back and enjoy the view.

Group size

Minimum 20 passengers, maximum approximately 50 passengers (full coach).

Visa requirements

Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA)

Visitors travelling to or transiting through Canada by air are now expected to get an electronic travel authorisation (eTA) to enter Canada. If you’re arriving into Canada by air from either the UK or another destination e.g. the USA, you’ll need an eTA. This costs CA$7 and lasts for 5 years or until your passport expires, whichever is first. If you’re travelling by land or sea, you won’t need an eTA when you enter Canada. However, you must travel with acceptable travel documents and identification, i.e. your passport.

For more information on eTA system, and to apply online, visit the official Canadian government website.