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The Eastern Escapade - Self Drive

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Navigate the diverse eastern provinces of Ontario and Quebec on this sensational Eastern Canada road trip. Uncover countless highlights showcasing Canada’s assorted culture, history, scenery and wildlife. From the magnificent Niagara Falls to the alluring French culture of Montreal, a journey through the eastern provinces will undoubtedly reveal Canada’s quirkier side.
Canada
Self-Drive
Independent Holiday Packages

Highlights

Cruise by the 1000 Islands of the St. Lawrence River

Explore the tranquil lakes of Algonquin Provincial Park

Experience the old world charm of Quebec City with a guided tour of the old city

2 Freedom of Choice Activities

Visit the European styled village of Mont Tremblant

Take in the majestic views of Niagara Falls

Start this unbelievable road trip by exploring Toronto, Canada’s largest city. Choose between touring the top highlights finishing up on an island tour or avoid the tourist hotspots and explore Chinatown and Kensington Markets.

Travel along the shores of Lake Ontario, through the orchards and vineyards of the Niagara Peninsula, heading towards Niagara Falls, one of the world’s natural wonders.

Head north, past Toronto and into Ontario’s “cottage country” bound for Algonquin Park. Enjoy hiking, observing wildlife and canoeing whilst relishing the serenity of the Canadian wilderness.

Explore the nation’s capital city of Ottawa at leisure, perhaps visiting museums, doing a bit of shopping or attending a world class sporting event.

Drive north east to the jewel of the Laurentians, Mont Tremblant, a European styled all season resort village. On the way visit the Omega Park in Montebello which features endemic wildlife or join a black bear observation tour in the Kenauk Reserve (not included). Explore Mont Tremblant at leisure perhaps partaking in some local activities such as hiking, biking or kayaking.

Navigate the intriguing Quebec City and experience the old-world charm with a guided tour of the old city on foot. This UNESCO World Heritage site is complemented by artisan shops, cafes, landscaped parks, and numerous monuments.

Choose to discover Montreal on an Essentials South Circuit Bike Tour, navigating historical areas and unmissable sites or by exploring Old Montreal on a walking tour, featuring impressive architecture and uncovering the diverse districts of the city including Chinatown and the Red Light District, turned entertainment mecca.

On the way to Kingston visit Upper Canada Village, an 1860’s reconstructed village including heritage buildings, mills, farms and churches then stop at Gananoque to join an hour cruise of the Thousand Islands.

Explore the city of Kingston at leisure. Kingston is noted for its handsome 19th century limestone architecture. Visit the Kingston Mills Lock station, which is the southern entrance to the Rideau Canal System, where visitors can view the four locks raising boats 14 metres.

Discover the city of Toronto at leisure. Take the time to visit Fort Henry National Historic Site (admission not included), a living museum of military life. Stop in the city of Peterborough, which boasts the world’s highest lift locks, literally lifting pleasure crafts, along with the water they float in, 20 metres straight up.

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Included

2 nights in Toronto
1 night in Niagara Falls
2 nights in Algonquin Park
2 nights in Ottawa
1 night in Mont Tremblant
2 nights in Quebec City
2 nights in Montreal
1 night in Kingston
12 days car hire including GPS
Meals Included as per Itinerary
Niagara Falls Adventure Pass
Admission to Canadian War Museum
Quebec City Walking Tour
Admission to Upper Canada Village
Cruise of 1000 Islands
Freedom of Choice Days

Freedom of Choice

For this package we have included Freedom of Choice days in the itinerary. Our per person price includes at least one tour on each Freedom of Choice day.

Pre-select your tours on the following days:

  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on day 2
  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on day 12

Expand the itinerary below for more details.

Optional Extras

  • Optional Add-on: Niagara Falls Helicopter Tour on day 3 - $184 per person
     

  • Upgrade Option: Food Walking Tour of Quebec City on day 10 - $76 per person

Itinerary

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Day 1
Toronto

Arrive in Toronto and spend the day exploring the city on your own.

Experience the vibrant and metropolitan city that boasts the title of "Canada's New York". A rich multicultural melting pot, Toronto is a city of neighborhoods, from Chinatown and Greektown to Little Italy and Little India. The capital city of the province of Ontario, it's the most populous city in Canada, and rest assured there is plenty to do to keep everyone entertained!

Overnight stay in Toronto at Hilton Toronto in a Hilton Room.

Day 2
Toronto

Today you can personalise your day by pre-selecting one of two Freedom of Choice excursions:

  • Kensington Market & Chinatown Tour
    Skip the generic, tourist-trap sights and join this Toronto tour to see two of the city’s coolest communities. Hit Chinatown to see where China and Canada collide, then visit the Kensington Market area for graffiti, vintage shops, coffee houses, comic book stores, and everything else decidedly hip.

OR

  • Toronto City Tour + Toronto & Island Boat Tour Combo
    Come and see the sights of Canada’s largest and most diverse city. City Tour highlights include: the Eaton Centre, Chinatown, CN Tower, and Old and New City Halls with an opportunity for pictures along the way. After City Tour see a different side of Toronto aboard one of our sightseeing boats. The tour consists of a one-hour commentary tour of Toronto harbour and islands with an optional stop on Centre Island.

Overnight stay in Toronto at Hilton Toronto in a Hilton Room.

Day 3
Toronto → Niagara Falls

Pick up your rental car and travel along the shores of Lake Ontario, and through the orchards and vineyards of the Niagara Peninsula, arriving at Niagara-on-the-Lake, the first capital of Upper Canada and one of the best-preserved 19th Century towns in North America.

Continue along the Niagara Parkway heading towards Niagara Falls, one of the world’s natural wonders. We have included the Niagara Falls Adventure Pass. This pass offers you admission to many of Niagara Falls most popular attractions while avoiding long wait times. 

Optional Add-on: Niagara Falls Helicopter Tour  ($184 per person)
This helicopter flight allows you to experience a breathtaking view of Niagara Falls and the surrounding region. This tour is an exciting combination of magnificent scenery and the thrill of a helicopter ride. Highlights include the Niagara River, Whirlpool Rapids, Rainbow Bridge, Niagara Falls, the American Falls and, of course, the unrivalled Horseshoe Falls. A certificate of flight is provided for all passengers as a souvenir of this high flying adventure.

Overnight stay in Niagara Falls at Hilton Fallsview in a City View Room.

Day 4
Niagara Falls → Algonquin Park

Today’s drive takes you north, past Toronto and into Ontario’s “cottage country” bound for Algonquin Park.

Take a detour en route in order to see highlights such as ‘Marie Among the Hurons’ near Midland, an historic site depicting a 17th century fortress and headquarters for the French Jesuit mission to the Huron nation and Ontario’s first European community (not included), or the Muskokas Lake region which makes for a very scenic drive. Famed for its 1,600 fresh water lakes and striking granite outcroppings, Muskoka has been a celebrated vacation retreat since the 19th century.

Finish your day in Algonquin Park and enjoy the serenity of the Canadian wilderness.

Overnight stay in Algonquin Park at Killarney Lodge in a One Bedroom Cabin.

Dinner
Day 5
Algonquin Park

Killarney Lodge lies on the peninsula by the Lake of Two Rivers in the heart of Algonquin Park, some of Canada’s most beautiful and pristine wilderness. Enjoy moose spotting, hiking and bike trails, or just relax on your deck and take in an Algonquin sunset. Canoes are available at the lodge at no extra charge.

A visit to the Algonquin Logging Museum and the visitor centre are highly recommended.

Overnight stay in Algonquin Park at Killarney Lodge in a One Bedroom Cabin.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
Algonquin Park → Ottawa

Your destination today is Ottawa, Canada’s capital. Ottawa is blessed with an abundance of attractions that will highlight any train trip in Eastern Canada. 

Bask in the city’s wealth of historic landmarks — from the iconic Parliament Buildings to the Rideau Canal — and marvel at the architectural wonders that house national museums and galleries. The Rideau Canal is a brilliant waterway that cuts through Ottawa’s downtown, and has nearly two centuries of stories to share as you revel in the great outdoors.

Overnight stay in Ottawa at Fairmont Chateau Laurier in a Fairmont Room.

Breakfast
Day 7
Ottawa

In the heart of Ottawa, rising dramatically from a bluff overlooking the Ottawa River, are the Parliament Buildings. These house the National Assembly and serve as the symbol of the capital, and are the focal point of a city that has become a fascinating blend of English and French, historic and modern, ceremonial and casual. Many of the city’s attractions are within sight of Parliament Hill.

Some of the attractions you may wish to visit include Confederation Square, the National War Memorial; the National Arts Centre; Sparks Street Mall and the ByWard Market, a popular area of cafes, craft shops, farmers’ market stalls and nightclubs. A short distance from downtown are the Ottawa Locks of the Rideau Canal.

Another must-see is the Canadian War Museum, located south of the Ottawa River in LeBreton Flats.

Overnight stay in Ottawa at Fairmont Chateau Laurier in a Fairmont Room.

Day 8
Ottawa → Mont Tremblant

Today head north east to the jewel of the Laurentians, Mont Tremblant, a European styled all season resort village. Should you have missed the wildlife in the Algonquin Park, we encourage you to visit the Omega Park in Montebello (on the way to Mont Tremblant) which features endemic wildlife, or join a black bear observation tour in the Kenauk Reserve (not included), also nearby Montebello.

Take some time to enjoy local activities such as hiking, biking, kayaking, horse riding, whitewater rafting, or a helicopter tour. This four-season resort has much to offer the traveller, including a number of spas if you care to indulge.

Overnight stay in Mont Tremblant at Fairmont Tremblant in a Fairmont Room.

Day 9
Mont Tremblant → Quebec City

Enjoy the pleasant scenery as you travel from Mont Tremblant to historic Trois Rivieres for a lunch stop and drive along the Chemin du Roy road to Quebec City.

Overnight stay in Quebec City at Hotel Manoir Victoria in a Standard Room.

Day 10
Quebec City

Experience the old world charm of Vieux Quebec with a Quebec City Walking Tour. With its cobblestone streets, fortified city wall (one of a kind in North America), and 17th century architecture, this UNESCO World Heritage site is complemented by artisan shops, cafes, landscaped parks, and numerous monuments.

Take a stroll on the Plains of Abraham and visit the historic Fairmont Chateau Frontenac. Visit one or more of the great local museums (not included) or simply enjoy the city sights at your own pace!

Upgrade Option: Food Walking Tour of Quebec City ($76 per person)
Treat yourself to a behind the scene experience of Old Quebec City, discovering its gastronomy and culinary history by taking part in five exclusive tasting presentations. Let the aromas and flavours transport you through the Historic Walled City! Catch a glimpse of hidden gems such as the Augustines Monastery. During this 2.5 hours walking tour you will taste authentic Quebec products, Traditional cuisine with a twist, Nordic flavours, Gourmet Farm to Table & Terroir products.

Overnight stay in Quebec City at Hotel Manoir Victoria in a Standard Room.

Day 11
Quebec City → Montreal

Following the St. Lawrence River, pass from city suburbs to the rural landscapes of forests and rich pastures, dotted with tiny villages that extend to Montreal. In Drummondville you may wish to visit the village Quebecois d’Antan, a faithful reconstruction of a French colonial village.

Arrive into Montreal, a slice of old Europe within Canada! A day’s wander might take you to the 18th-century facades of the old city, or cycling to the lovely Canal de Lachine. 

Take in the glittering shops and restaurants of downtown, or settle into the inviting terraced cafes of Plateau Mont-Royal.

The architectural sweep of the city takes in a wealth of heritage, including the breathtaking Basilique Notre-Dame, the 20th-century Stade Olympique and Habitat 67.

Overnight stay in Montreal at Le Saint-Sulpice in a Superior Room.

Day 12
Montreal

Today you can personalise your day by pre-selecting one of two Freedom of Choice excursions:

  • The Essentials South Circuit Bike Tour
    Bike the historical areas, visit unmissable sights, and understand why Montreal is considered the most European city in North-America. Guide, bike and helmet are included.

OR

  • Beyond the Basilica Walking Tour
    If there’s one district that is beautiful year-round, it’s the Old Town. We start our walking tour with a visit of the most ornately decorated Basilica before wandering the elegant streets of Vieux-Montréal. We’ll be popping into some historic and architecturally impressive gems. We stroll through a segment of our interior or underground city as a part of our tour. It’s the largest indoor network on the planet and lets us make our way to Chinatown for a quick snack. Then it’s off to our Red Light District, turned entertainment mecca, for a quick visit of an often missed district institution. Up Saint-Laurent Boulevard we head into a street art gallery before hitting the streets to see about a dozen of the impressive works of art from Montreal’s MURAL Festival in the borough that is home to the highest concentration of artists in Canada. If you want to experience the city like a local, then walking is the way to go!
     

Overnight stay in Montreal at Le Saint-Sulpice in a Superior Room.

Day 13
Montreal → Kingston

Travel south to the city of Kingston. On the way enjoy a visit to Upper Canada Village, located in Morrisburg, an 1860s reconstructed village. You’ll meet loads of friendly folks from the past as you visit over 40 heritage buildings including mills, trades shops, farms, churches, homes, factories and even a one-room schoolhouse.

Before reaching Kingston, stop at Gananoque to join an hour cruise of the Thousand Islands. Affectionately known as ‘limestone’, Kingston is a city noted for its handsome 19th century limestone architecture. Once the capital of Canada (1841 to 1843), Kingston is located at the point where Lake Ontario flows into the St. Lawrence River, and at the southern end of the Rideau Canal.

Visit the Kingston Mills Lock station, which is the southern entrance to the Rideau Canal System, where visitors can view the four locks raising boats 14 metres.

Overnight stay in Kingston at Delta Kingston Waterfront in a Guest Room.

Day 14
Kingston → Toronto

Take the time to visit Fort Henry National Historic Site (admission not included) near Kingston. The flash of scarlet uniforms, the beating of the drums and the sudden crack of musket fire echoing off the limestone battlements send visitors reeling back in time.

A living museum of military life, Fort Henry was built between 1832 and 1834 to repel an American invasion that never came. The fort, once the largest military establishment in Upper Canada, now offers visitors a glimpse of the soldier’s life of those days, through guided tours, soldier’s parades and drills.

The highlight and most colourful feature is the internationally renowned Fort Henry Guard: a precision trained unit of Canadian university students performing daily 19th century infantry drills. Stop in the city of Peterborough, which boasts the worlds highest lift locks, literally lifting pleasure crafts, along with the water they float in, 20 metres straight up.

Visit the Peterborough Lift Lock Visitor Centre (admission not included), and view the world’s highest hydraulic lift lock, and watch slides and films about the Trent-Severn Waterway. You will also see a working model, and experience the sights and sounds of Lift Lock construction at the turn-of-the-century.

This afternoon, your fabulous Eastern Canada Road Trip comes to an end upon dropping off your rental car.

Additional information

Official language
French & English
Currency
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13 nights
from AUD4,060
per person, twin share
Canada
Toronto
Toronto
Self-Drive
Independent Holiday Packages
11 May 2021 - 08 September 2021 (departs Saturday, Sunday, & Monday)

Hotel options

Hilton Toronto
Hilton Toronto

Toronto 
The Hilton Toronto hotel in Downtown Toronto offers elegantly stylish guestrooms , award winning dining and an ideal location just steps from major Toronto landmarks such as Union Station, CN Tower, Royal Ontario Museum, and CF Toronto Eaton Centre.

Hilton Fallsview
Hilton Fallsview

Niagara Falls
Rooms overlooking both the American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls. Connected to Fallsview Casino Resort by an indoor glass walkway, this polished high-rise hotel is 8 minutes' walk from the Skylon Tower and 1 km from Niagara Falls. There's a rooftop restaurant/lounge with Falls views, as well as a steakhouse, an Italian eatery, a trendy bar and a cafe.

Killarney Lodge
Killarney Lodge

Algonquin Park
Overlooking the Lake of Two Rivers within Algonquin Park, this tranquil all-inclusive lodge built in 1935 is 76 km from Huntsville town centre. Rustic lakeside cabins with 1 to 3 bedrooms feature pine-clad walls and Canadian country-style furnishings. All come with en suite bathrooms, docks and private canoes.

Fairmont Chateau Laurier
Fairmont Chateau Laurier

Ottawa
Occupying a grand limestone property overlooking the Rideau Canal, this upscale hotel is a 7-minute walk from the National Gallery of Canada, and less than a kilometre from Parliament Hill. Amenities include a refined restaurant and a cocktail lounge, in addition to an indoor pool and a gym. 

Fairmont Tremblant
Fairmont Tremblant

Mont Tremblant
Spectacular by nature, Tremblant’s landmark ski-in ski-out hotel provides the best setting for a perfect alpine getaway any time during the year. Perfectly located at the foot of the majestic Tremblant peaks, Fairmont Tremblant resort is the best destination for a balanced combination of relaxation and adventure

Hotel Manoir Victoria
Hotel Manoir Victoria

Quebec City
Built in 1830, this grand, Victorian hotel in historic Old Quebec is an 11-minute walk from the Museum of Civilization and 15 km from Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport. Upscale rooms feature contemporary or traditional decor. There's a stylish bistro restaurant and a chic breakfast room. Other amenities include an indoor pool, a sauna and a spa, as well as an exercise room. 

Le Saint-Sulpice Hotel
Le Saint-Sulpice Hotel

Montreal
This high-end, all-suite hotel is adjacent to the Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal, and a 6-minute walk from both the Vieux-Port and Place-d'Armes Metro station. The elegant suites include living rooms and kitchenettes, and some have views of Notre-Dame. Amenities include a glass-enclosed restaurant, a lobby bar and a courtyard garden.

Delta Kingston Waterfront
Delta Kingston Waterfront

Kingston
Overlooking Confederation Basin Marina on Lake Ontario, this modern waterfront hotel is an 8-minute walk from Rogers K-Rock Centre and 13 minutes from Murney Tower National Historic Site. Bright rooms feature Lake Ontario views. There's a hip restaurant serving modern Canadian cuisine. Other amenities include an indoor rooftop pool, hot tub and gym.

Important notes

Due to dates for special events in Montreal not being available prior to 31 January 2021, all reservations made prior to this date will be subject to a price change if the dates fall on a special event. Special events included: Grand Prix, la Nouvelle France, Labour Day.

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