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Eastern Canada

Discover OntarioTravel from the capital of Ottawa, through beautiful northern wilderness country, to the metropolis of Toronto. Along the way tour pristine Algonquin Provincial Park, home to moose and bears, and spend the night getting back to nature in the famous Muskoka resort region. Learn more about the first European settlement at the historic site of 'Saint Marie Among The Hurons', and indulge in local delicacies at historic city markets. Visit breathtaking Niagara Falls and feel the mist on an unforgettable VIP Boat Tour to the base of the falls. Explore the 19th century preservation village of Niagara-on-the-Lake and taste some of the region's famous ice wines at wineries along the Niagara wine route.French HeritageCruise through the string of over 1,500 islands straddling the US-Canadian border on the way to beautiful Montreal, Quebec's largest city, set on an island in the St Lawrence River. Step back in time in the cobblestone streets of stunning French colonial 'Vieux Montreal', tour the gothic-revival Notre Dame Basilica and enjoy the atmosphere of the lively Latin Quarter. Enjoy a maple syrup enhanced lunch at an authentic 'sugar shack' (where sap from sugar maples is collected and turned into syrup) and indulge in pancakes, bacon, waffles sugar pie. Wander the streets of Quebec's heritage-listed Old City, try the famous cider of Orleans Island and spend a day searching for whales in Tadoussac.

Inclusions

Travel

  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Tipping Made Easy amount of $130pp prepaid.

Accommodation & Meals

  • 13 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star)
  • 13 breakfasts, 1 lunches and 1 farewell dinner

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking, locally based tour director
  • English-speaking locally based guides in Montreal and Quebec City

Sightseeing

Origins of Canada

  • Enjoy a city sightseeing tour of Ottawa, Canada's capital city.
  • Encounter northern wilderness country with a drive through Algonquin Provincial Park on the way to the beautiful Muskoka resort region.
  • Visit Saint Marie Among The Hurons, a National historic site dating back to 1639 and the first French Jesuit Mission settlement in Canada.
  • Discover the metropolis of Toronto on a city tour, including admission to the CN tower's famous observation deck.
  • Spend time browsing the streets and shops in the historic village of Niagara-on-the-Lake, a 19th century preservation village.
  • Marvel at incredible Niagara Falls.
  • Enjoy a thrilling boat ride on the 'VIP Boat Tour' (formerly Maid of the Mist) to the very foot of the thundering falls.
  • Walk along the White Water Walk boardwalk at the edge of one of the world's wildest stretches of whitewater.
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the famous Niagara wine region with winery visits and tastings.
  • Relax on a cruise through the stunning maze of islands in the famous Thousand Islands area, at the border of Canada and the United States.
  • Explore beautiful Montreal on a city tour, including entrance to the stunning gothic style Notre Dame Basilica.
  • Visit a traditional sugar shack in Trois Rivieres and enjoy an authentic sugar shack meal.
  • Step back in time in the cobblestone streets of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Quebec on a city tour.
  • Admire the Montmorency Falls at the mouth of the Montmorency River.
  • Spend a full day cruising the Saguenay and St Lawrence Rivers in Tadoussac searching for beluga, finback, humpback and blue whales.
Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
14
Price From
AUD $6,995
Start Location
Canada
End Location
Canada
Age Range
Avg. 100+
Group Size
1 to 20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Slow paced
Physical Rating
Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
19 Sep 201802 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $6,865
ItineraryExpand
Eastern Canada

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Arrive Ottawa

Welcome to Ottawa, Canada's capital in southern Ontario. A beautiful city graced with Victorian architecture, the Ottawa River and the garden-lined Rideau Canal, it's the perfect place to begin exploring Canada.

Day 2. Ottawa

From the lumber ad rail centre of bygone days, Ottawa has blossomed into a modern capital with an array of impressive monuments, galleries and museums to explore. Today we'll enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city. Highlights include Parliament Hill, the political and cultural heart of the city boasting beautiful gothic parliament buildings atop the hill. We'll also see the residences of the Prime Minister and Governor General, the National Arts Centre, one of the largest multidisciplinary, bilingual performing arts centres in the world, and the Byward Market, known for its gourmet specialties such as Canadian cheese and maple-infused chocolate, and its colourful street art. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to explore at your own pace. [B]

Day 3. Ottawa - Algonquin Park - Huntsville

We make our way west into northern wilderness country this morning. Our journey will feature sparkling lakes, rushing streams, deep forests and characteristic northern towns. We'll also drive through Algonquin Provincial Park, the first of its kind in Ontario, home to moose, bears and common loons. Later this afternoon we'll arrive in the Muskoka resort region and spend the night in Huntsville. [B]

Day 4. Huntsville - Midland - Toronto

Today we continue our journey west towards the bustling city of Toronto. Along the way we'll stop to visit the National Historic site of 'Saint Marie Among the Hurons', a former French Jesuit settlement dating back to 1639 that was the first European settlement in Ontario. We'll be able to learn about their life and mission at the site that has been recreated based on extensive archaeological and historical research. [B]

Day 5. Toronto

Discover the metropolis of Toronto on a sightseeing tour this morning. Highlights include the buzzing financial and entertainment districts and the 208-year-old St Lawrence Market, home to 120 artisan vendors selling an abundance of fresh produce and culinary delicacies, as well as antiques on Sundays. We'll also see Queen's Park, Chinatown, Fort York a historic site of military buildings and fortifications, and the famous Rogers Centre stadium. Our tour ends with a visit to the famous CN Tower's observation deck, offering stunning views of the city and surrounding area. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy at leisure. [B]

Day 6. Toronto - Niagara Falls

This morning we make our way through the orchards and vineyards of the Niagara Peninsula to the historic village of Niagara-on-the-Lake, where we'll discover the small community displaying a carefully preserved 19th century atmosphere. Enjoy some free time to browse the shops and wander through the village. We'll then follow the Niagara Parkway to majestic Niagara Falls and enjoy an incredible boat ride to the very foot of the thundering falls. [B]

Day 7. Niagara Falls

We continue to explore the beautiful Niagara Falls area. We'll stop at White Water Walk and wander along the boardwalk at the very edge of one of the world's wildest stretches of whitewater. [B]

Special Experience: The Niagara region has become famous for its wines, and icewines a type of dessert wine produced from grapes frozen while on the vine. This afternoon we'll visit some wineries along the popular wine route for tastings.

Day 8. Niagara Falls - Kingston

Today we venture east past the outskirts of Toronto and along the shores of Lake Ontario to the stunning Thousand Islands resort region of Kingston, also Canada's first capital city. Kingston is also known for its vibrant art, rich history and diverse and evolving food scene. [B]

Day 9. Kingston - Montreal

The famous 'Thousand Islands' designate a string of over 1,500 islands in the Saint Lawrence River straddling Canada's border with the United States. Today we'll enjoy a cruise through this stunning maze of islands and then continue our journey to beautiful Montreal, the largest city in the province of Quebec, set on an island in the Saint Lawrence River. [B]

Day 10. Montreal

Today we'll explore the city of Montreal on a tour. Highlights include the stunning French colonial area of 'Vieux-Montreal' characterised by its cobblestone streets and lanes, as well as the stunning gothic-revival style Notre Dame Basilica, the lively Latin Quarter area, historic McGill University and the observation point at the top of Mount Royal, where we'll enjoy quintessential panoramic views. The afternoon is free for you to discover the city at leisure. [B]

Day 11. Montreal - Quebec City

We continue further east to Quebec City, North America's only walled city.

Special Experience: We'll stop in Trois Rivieres along the way at a sugar shack to enjoy an authentic sugar shack meal. Sugar Shacks hail from Eastern Canada and are small cabins where sap is collected from sugar maple trees to be boiled and form maple syrup. Meals served at sugar shacks are generally dishes complemented by maple syrup, such as bacon, ham, pancakes and waffles, as well as specialties such as sugar pie and 'maple taffy on the snow'.

The afternoon is free for you to explore Quebec City at leisure. [B,L]

Day 12. Quebec City

Designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO, stunning Quebec City's Old Town is a photographer's delight! We'll spend the day touring inside the walls of the Old City, exploring the quaint cobblestone streets of the Lower Town and Battlefields Park. We'll then continue along the Beaupre Coast to the village of Sainte-Anne, home to one of Canada's most beautiful cathedrals, and stop to view the lovely Montmorency Falls at the mouth of the Montmorency River. [B]

Special Experience: This afternoon we'll visit an apple orchard on Orleans Island. The 'Cidrerie' as it is known in French, produces cider, ice cider and spirits from its 6-hectare orchard that grows 10 different apple varieties. We'll be able to enjoy a special tasting of their apple cider.

Day 13. Tadoussac Excursion

We'll spend the day cruising the Saguenay and St Lawrence rivers searching for whales. The confluence of these two waterways is a rich feeding ground for species found here such as beluga, finback, humpback and blue whales. Tonight we'll enjoy a group farewell dinner at a local restaurant. [B,D]

Day 14. Depart Quebec City

Today we begin our journey home. [B]