On this wonderful vacation, enjoy charming upper and lower Canada and spend two nights each in Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec City and Montréal plus one night in Niagara Falls. Start your trip in Toronto, where you’ll enjoy a sightseeing tour of Canada’s largest and most cosmopolitan city. Then travel to Niagara Falls. Board a sightseeing cruise for a thrilling boat ride to view the thundering waterfalls from river level and visit a local winery for a tour and tasting. Leave Niagara Falls and arrive in Thousand Islands National Park for a waterways lunch cruise. Next on Ottawa, Canada’s capital, take in the city on your sightseeing tour. On the way to Quebec City, stop in Cap-de-la-Madeleine for a visit to the famous Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary. Then head to Québec City, once the centre of New France and one of the most historic and best-preserved cities in North America. Enjoy a tour of Canada’s only walled city, including the ancient Place Royale; a visit to a sugar shack; and free time to explore Québec City on your own. Finally arrive in Montréal, Canada’s second-largest city, with a sightseeing tour and visit to Notre Dame Basilica.
This vacation, featuring historic cities of Eastern Canada, offers a balance of guided sightseeing tours, leisure time, and a mix of historical, natural, and cultural offerings. An unforgettable trip!
Spend more time in Eastern Canada and experience the Canadian Maritimes featuring a 7-night cruise aboard Holland America’s MS Veendam or MS Rotterdam. Begin your cruise in Montreal and cruise the scenic Saint Lawrence River. Ports of call include Québec City; Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island; Sydney, originally settled by Highland Scots; Halifax; Bar Harbor on Mount Desert Island, Maine’s oldest summer resort; and Boston. This incredible vacation through Eastern Canada is packed with adventure—both on land and at sea!
Sightseeing tour; special lunch at the CN Tower.
THOUSAND ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK
Scenic waterways lunch cruise.
Sightseeing tour; enjoy a Beavertail pastry.
Sightseeing tour with a Local Guide; special dinner in Old Town featuring regional French cuisine; breakfast at a traditional sugar shack.
Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary.
Sightseeing tour; visit Notre Dame Basilica.
Holland America's MS Veendam or MS Rotterdam (INSIDE CABIN).
FREE WI-FI available on your motorcoach.
Day by Day
1 ARRIVE TORONTO.
Welcome to Toronto, Canada's largest and most cosmopolitan city. At 6 pm, meet your travelling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director prepares you for your upcoming adventure.
This morning, enjoy a sightseeing tour. Highlights include the Legislature Building; the ethnic neighbourhoods; the University of Toronto; and Eaton Centre, the city's number-one tourist attraction, with more than 300 stores for world-class shopping. The tour concludes with lunch atop the 553-metre-tall (1,815-foot) CN TOWER, where you'll enjoy incredible views of the city and harbour below you. (B,L)
3 TORONTO-NIAGARA FALLS.
Leave bustling Toronto and travel along the shores of Lake Ontario to Niagara Falls. For the adventurous, your Tour Director will suggest optional flightseeing over the falls. Then, board a sightseeing CRUISE for a thrilling ride to view the thundering falls from river level. Later, visit picturesque Niagara-on-the-Lake, where there is time to browse the shops of Main Street and visit a local VINEYARD for a tour and tasting. Tonight, you may wish to see the illumination of the falls as they are lit in every colour of the rainbow. A special treat not to be missed! (B) NOTE: The Niagara Falls sightseeing cruise is subject to favourable weather and/or river conditions. Favourable conditions normally exist from May to November. When conditions are unfavourable, a walking tour through the scenic tunnels will be substituted.
4 NIAGARA FALLS-THOUSAND ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK- OTTAWA.
Travel this morning to Gananoque, where you'll board your boat for a lunch CRUISE through the waterways of THOUSAND ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK. Continue to the nation's capital of Ottawa, pleasantly framed by the banks of the Ottawa River and the Rideau Canal, for a 2-night stay. For dinner, maybe visit lively and colourful Byward Market and choose from its array of specialty restaurants. (B,L)
Morning sightseeing includes the Canadian Mint, the residences of the Governor General and Prime Minister, and Parliament Hill. Enjoy a delicious Canadian specialty, a BEAVERTAIL, a pastry stretched to the shape of a beaver tail with toppings added. The balance of the day is free. You may wish to visit the world-renowned Canadian Museum of History, shop for souvenirs, or spend time at the National Gallery of Canada. Dinner this evening is at a local restaurant. (B,D)
6 OTTAWA-QUEBEC CITY.
Drive north this morning to Cap-de-la-Madeleine for a visit to the BASILICA OF OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY, a national shrine famous for its fine stained-glass windows. Time to stroll through the grounds of the sanctuary and see the miraculous Madonna in the old chapel. Continue your journey to romantic Quebec City, one of the most historic and best-preserved cities in North America. This evening, enjoy regional FRENCH CUISINE at a special dinner in Old Town Quebec. (B,D)
7 QUEBEC CITY.
This morning, enjoy an included guided tour of Canada's only walled city. Until the British victory of 1759, Old Quebec was the centre of New France; today, it's a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Within the walls are Place d'Armes, Laval Seminary, and ancient Place Royale. Also see the Old World houses crowding the narrow streets in Lower Town by the St. Lawrence River and historic Plains of Abraham. This afternoon is free for independent activities. Maybe explore the historic sites, take a carriage ride, or stroll the streets of Old Quebec City. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for additional sightseeing, shopping, and dining. This evening, consider an optional dinner that includes a visit to 84-metre-high (274-foot) Montmorency Falls and takes you over to Ile d'Orleans, where you'll enjoy a delightful dinner at Le Moulin de Saint-Laurent, a restored 17th-century flour mill. (B)
8 QUEBEC CITY-MONTREAL.
Before leaving Quebec, we'll stop at a SUGAR SHACK for a guided tour to learn the art of making maple syrup and to enjoy a traditional sugar shack breakfast. On to Montreal, where sightseeing with a Local Guide takes in NOTRE DAME BASILICA, the Old Seminary of St. Sulpice, and a drive to the top of Mount Royal to enjoy a panorama of the city. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner in the heart of Old Montreal-the perfect ending to your holiday! (B,D)
9 MONTREAL (EMBARKATION) SCENIC CRUISING: SAINT LAWRENCE RIVER.
Morning at leisure. This afternoon, transfer to the pier to embark on your Holland America cruise ship, the MS Veendam (sailing on April 29, May 27, June 24, July 8, 22, August 5, 19, and September 2, 16) or the MS Rotterdam (sailing on August 26, September 9 and 23). (B,D)
10 QUEBEC CITY.
11 SCENIC CRUISING: GULF OF SAINT LAWRENCE.
15 BAR HARBOR.
16 BOSTON (DISEMBARKATION).
Transfers are provided to Boston Logan International Airport. Please schedule flights after Noon. (B)