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Eastern Explorer Tour

Embark on this Eastern Explorer tour and your guide will take you to some of eastern Canada’s most beautiful and profound places over 12 days. Explore iconic cities and experience some of Canada’s most breath-taking landscapes.

Frontier trails await to be traversed, and cobbled streets to be wandered, offering a glimpse into Canada’s rich heritage. This is an area with deep roots - roots that you’ll get to explore as you uncover a playground of nature and tour the cities that are nestled within stunning surroundings.

From metropolitan Toronto to beautiful Quebec City and Niagara Falls, the Eastern Explorer tour will lead you to some incredible cities. Colourful neighbourhoods and a vibrant waterfront await you in Toronto, then head into historic Montreal and Quebec City. With an unmistakably European charm, these cities burst with captivating streets and historic landmarks to explore.

Journey on to Ontario’s capital city, Ottawa, and find yourself immersed in beautiful architecture and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Rideau Canal. In Niagara Falls, take a Hornblower Niagara Cruises - Voyage to the Falls boat ride, and experience the power of the falls from the bottom of the tumbling water.

Between its cities, discover wild Canada as you spot whales frolicking along the St. Lawrence River and walk Ontario’s northern trails. Take in some of the country’s natural wonders, from the stunning 1000 Islands region to the iconic Niagara Falls. Eastern Canada really has it all, so get ready for an unforgettable adventure.

Duration
12 days
Best time to go
April to May and September to October
Options
Private basis, Escorted
Start your journey
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Trip highlights

  • Experience the unforgettable Niagara Falls
  • Discover the river islands of the stunning 1000 Islands resort region on a boat cruise
  • Wander around the forests, rivers and lakes of beautiful Algonquin Provincial Park
  • Tour some of Canada’s diverse and dynamic cities, including Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa

Arrive in Toronto and, after checking into your hotel, spend the rest of the day exploring at leisure then spend your first night in Toronto.  

 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Chelsea Hotel
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Enjoy a delicious breakfast as you get to know your fellow travellers, then take to the streets of Toronto on a city tour. You’ll see many of the city’s landmarks, from the CN Tower to the City Halls, as well as the stunning harbourfront. Once the city tour comes to an end, you can spend the rest of the day wandering the city at leisure. 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Chelsea Hotel

Today, after waving goodbye to Toronto and driving east along the shore of Lake Ontario, you’ll get to experience the wonder of the 1000 Islands resort region. Climb aboard a relaxing cruise, sit back and take in the beautiful views of the many tree-topped river islands that make this region so unique. Once you reach dry land, continue your journey to Montreal, where you’ll spend the night. 

 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Fairfield Montreal Downtown
Panoramic view of Place d Armes
Parc Jean Drapeau

Enjoy a tour of Montreal this morning and take in its fusion of history and modernity as you wander the downtown area. See the Olympic Complex, be charmed by Old Montreal McGill University, and wander the streets of Mount Royal. 

 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Fairfield Montreal Downtown
Chateau Frontenac

This morning will see you journeying into the very heart of French Canada. Leaving Montreal, you’ll follow part of the route of the Chemin du Roy, Canada’s first carriageway, and pass French-Canadian villages on your way to Quebec City. Here, you’ll get to enjoy a tour of the city, taking in Lower Town, the Citadel and Battlefields Park.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Le Concorde
Street Quartier Petit-Champlain
Old Québec at sunset

Spend today at leisure or taken one of our optional excursions for an additional charge. You might like to explore this charming city further or perhaps take a day trip to Tadoussac, complete with a whale-watching excursion on the St. Lawrence River and a visit to the impressive Montmorency Falls. 

 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Le Concorde
ByWard Market at night with Parliament Hill

Today, climb aboard the coach and travel across the Ontario border and into Canada’s capital city of Ottawa, stopping for lunch en route at Sucrerie de la Montagne, an authentic sugar shack. When you reach Ottawa, get to know the city on a tour, including the Parliament Buildings and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Rideau Canal, then spend the rest of the day at leisure. 

 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Delta Hotels by Marriott Ottawa City Centre
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Spring Tulips and Parliament Hill

Today, you’re free to spend the day exploring or relaxing as you please. 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Delta Hotels by Marriott Ottawa City Centre
a close up of a horse drawn carriage in front of a building

Midland awaits you tonight, but there’s so much to experience on the way. The drive itself will take you past stunning Canadian country, with sparkling lakes and streams and thick forests. A visit to the Algonquin Provincial Park will offer up a bounty of wildlife and forest to explore. Tonight, you’ll enter the Muskoka resort region and reach Midland, your stop for the night.

 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Quality Inn Conference Centre or Comfort Inn Midland
Niagara Falls Skywheel
Niagara Falls

Enjoy breakfast at the Sainte-Marie Among the Herons, a historic site that features a reconstruction of Ontario’s first European community, then journey on to Niagara Falls. You’ll get to experience the thundering falls on a Hornblower Niagara Cruises - Voyage to the Falls boat ride, then see the falls from above at the top of the Skylon Tower. For additional cost, there’s also the option to ride the Niagara Skywheel . Finish off this incredible day by exploring the area at leisure before spending the night here. 

 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hilton Hotel & Suites Fallsview
a bridge over a body of water

Hit the road once again, this time along the scenic Niagara Parkway and through Niagara-on-the-Lake, then on to Toronto. Enjoy a ‘farewell to Canada’ dinner at the top of the CN Tower this evening, your last dinner in the company of your fellow travellers, before spending one last night in Toronto. 

 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Chelsea Hotel

Bid Canada farewell today, as you make your way to Pearson International Airport to catch your flight home or for onward adventures. 

 

Included

  • International flights and airfare taxes
  • Cost of accommodation (double room based on two people sharing) for a total of 11 nights (alternative but similar accommodation may be used at certain times of the year)
  • Board basis: Breakfast only, with one lunch and one dinner
  • Transportation by modern tour coach with experienced tour driver
  • Jonview tour director throughout for all guided excursions as illustrated in the itinerary
  • Taxes, including Provincial Taxes and Federal GST and/or HST

Not included

  • Visa arrangements and fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses, such as beverages, telephone calls, laundry, camera fees, spa and business facilities in the hotel
  • Gratuities for drivers, tour directors, local guides and hotel staff
  • Meals (unless specified)
  • Optional attractions and excursions (unless specified)