🗓️ 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 natural wonder called “the fall foliage” unfolds between mid-September and late October, with leaves of trees changing colors 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 an extra charge. When choosing this option, you do not need your own or rental vehicle. You can purchase this additional option here.
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, the exact time and location of the 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)
Following 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)
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 the University of Toronto, Casa Loma, and more.
Dinner & accommodation in Toronto (3)
After breakfast and checkout, we will hit the road for Montreal, Canada's second-largest city in Quebec. On our way, we stop by 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)
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 neighborhood. 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)
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, landscaped 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 des Victoires Church.
Dinner & accommodation in Quebec City (1)
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 quick discovery. Arriving in Tadoussac in the evening.
Dinner & accommodation in Tadoussac (1)
In the morning with a cruise boat, we will discover the region where the 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)
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)
Departure from Tadoussac to Ottawa after early morning breakfast. Arrive in the Nation’s Capital in the late afternoon.
Dinner & accommodation in Ottawa (1)
Check out after 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.
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