🗓️ September-October 2020: 11 Days, 10 Nights. Toronto (3), Montreal (2), Quebec City (1), Tadoussac (3), Ottawa (1)
When you hear the words leaf and whale next to each other, you may not be able to establish a connection at first. Once you know about Academy Travel Service's "Road & Nature" tours, we are confident that you will get excited to join the ride.
In the northeastern parts of North America, a nature wonder called “the fall foliage” unfolds between mid-September and late-October, with leaves of trees changing colours and creating a gorgeous color harmony of shades of yellow, orange and red. Canada's Ontario and Quebec states are among the best places to watch this nature’s feast to the eyes. Covering the best parts of Ontario and Quebec from Niagara Falls with the spectacular waterfalls to Tadoussac, with Saguenay Marine Park, at the Saguenay Fjord. Could there be a better opportunity to get to know Canada? Moreover, while Toronto, Montreal and Quebec City are included in the program as three important cities?
🚘 Drive your own vehicle or take a rent-a-car to share the fun. This itinerary is limited to 15 vehicles including the lead vehicle.
Drive With Tour Director (optional): You can also reserve your space to ride with the tour director (space is limited). $500 per person as extra charge. When choosing this option, you do not need your own or rental vehicle. You can purchase this additional option here.
- Day 1: Arrive in Toronto
Toronto is the largest city in Canada and the economic and financial capital of the country and the provincial capital of Ontario.
Meeting in Toronto: For each group, exact time and location of meeting will be arranged separately. You will get a briefing about the programme followed by a panoramic tour of the city.
Accommodation in Toronto (1)
- Day 2: Toronto-Niagara
Following the breakfast, depart from the hotel. After the two-hour Toronto city tour, we will arrive at Niagara Falls, the town with the famous Niagara Falls. Welcome to the famous Horseshoe Waterfalls, American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls.
The waterfall visit also includes a boat trip named "Hornblower", with a thrilling approach to the bottom of Horseshoe Falls. Free time for lunch. Drive from Niagara Falls to Niagara-on-the-Lake via the scenic Niagara Parkway. (Optional helicopter tour can be arranged).
On the route we will have short stops at: Aero Car (cable car), Butterfly Conservatory (valley of butterflies), Floral Clock, and Queenston Heights Battlefield.
The historic town of Niagara on the Lake is our second main destination. We will walk in the old Downtown, take some pictures and may have some tasting at a gourmet store.
Return to Toronto around 19.30 in the evening. Free time for dinner.
Accommodation in Toronto (2)
- Day 3: Toronto. Free Day
Enjoy a full free day in Canada’s biggest city: Talk to your tour guide for expert advice to plan your day: Places worth visiting are: CN Tower, the Historic Distillery District, Queen’s Park and University of Toronto, Casa Loma and more.
Dinner & accommodation in Toronto (3)
- Day 4: Toronto to Montreal
After breakfast and checkout, we will hit the road for Montreal, Canada's second largest city in Quebec. On our way, we stop by in Kingston, the historic city 250 kilometers from Toronto and once the capital of Ontario, at the junction of Lake Ontario and the Saint Lawrence River. After the lunch break and a walking discovery in the old Downtown, we will follow the St. Lawrence Parkway.
Our next “stop” is a one-hour boat trip from Ivy Lea about 45 minutes north of Kingston after lunch. During this cruise (no landing) in the Thousand Islands Region of Lawrence River, (which forms the border between the USA and Canada) you will enjoy the wonderful view of the islands including Boldt Castle.
After the boat tour, we will continue our drive to Montreal and arriving at our hotel in Montreal around 9 pm. Free time for rest and dinner.
Accommodation in Montreal (1)
- Day 5: Montreal
Places to see: Guided walking discovery in the Old Port Area, with Place d'Armes (gun square), Notre Dame cathedral, Town Hall, Place Jacques Cartier, Bonseceurs Market, Sailors Church. Lunch at a restaurant in the neighbourhood. In the afternoon, we will discover Sherbrook Street with the Golden Mile Area, McGill University and Mount Royal followed by free time in the evening.
Dinner & accommodation in Montreal (2)
- Day 6: Montreal-Quebec
After breakfast and checkout, we leave the hotel move for Quebec City, the provincial capital. Guided walking discovery in the old city.
Places to see: Plains of Abraham park, landscape terrace next to Quebec Castle, Le Petit Champs Elysees, Place d'Armes, State Parliament, City Hall Fairmont Chateau Frontenac Hotel, Dufferin Terrace, Notre Dame Cathedral, Place Royale, Notre Dame de Victoires Church.
Dinner & accommodation in Quebec City (1)
- Day 7: Quebec to Tadoussac
After breakfast, departure to Tadoussac. Two-hour break on the way to Mont Morency waterfall. (For those who want, the cable car is at extra cost.) Lunch break in Baie-St Paul, of Charlevoix region. Continue to La Malbaie, with a stopover for a quick discovery. Arriving in Tadoussac in the evening.
Dinner & accommodation in Tadoussac (1)
- Day 8: Tadoussac: Discovery of Saguenay Fjord
In the morning with a cruise boat we will discover the region where Saguenay River meets St. Lawrence River, with the most southern fjord in the northern hemisphere with stunning views.
In your free time in the afternoon know the area better: Parc National du Saguenay (Saguenay National Park, walking by land). You can learn more about the life of whales at Tadoussac Interpretive Center. French Trading Post: The historic settlement.
Accommodation in Tadoussac (2)
- Day 9: Tadoussac: Whalewatching Tour
On the three-hour zodiac boat tour, we will closely observe the whales and try to photograph the most memorable frames of our trip while getting to know the beauty of the St Lawrence River and the region. In the time remaining from the whale tour, you will see the beauty of St Lawrence River and the region closely.
Accommodation in Tadoussac (3)
- Day 10: Tadoussac-Ottawa
Departure from Tadoussac to Ottawa after an early morning breakfast. Arrival in the Nation’s Capital in the late afternoon.
Dinner & accommodation in Ottawa (1)
- Day Day 11: Ottawa to Toronto. End of the programme
Check out after the breakfast. Walking discovery tour in Downtown Ottawa. Places to see: Parliament Hill with the Federal Parliament Building, Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel, Rideau Canal, ByWard Market. Free time for the rest of the day and individual returns to Toronto.
Services included in the price:
- Per person accommodation (including breakfast and taxes) with double occupancy at 4-star hotels in:
- Toronto (3), Montreal (2), Quebec City (1), Tadoussac (3) and Ottawa (1). 10 nights in total
- Tour guiding services in English (or German or Turkish) throughout the program
- Guided walking tours in Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City and Ottawa
- 5 lunches (three of them being boxed lunch, three-course meals with tea, coffee or pop drink)
- 5 dinners in 5 different cities (three-course meal including water, tea, and coffee)
- Niagara Falls Hornblower Cruise
- Mont Morency Waterfall entrance fee (excluding cable car)
- Tadoussac Saguenay Fjord boat trip
- Tadoussac whale watching cruise by Zodiac boats
Services not included in the price:
- Health and travel insurance premiums
- Vehicle or rental costs for guests who attend with their own vehicles or rental cars
- Drinks (except water, tea, and coffee) at meals included in the itinerary
- Entrance fees to museums and parks, unless explicitly stated otherwise in the program
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