Canada's Maple Leaf Trail
8 nights. May 2019 - October 2020. From £1489.00.
Discover the best of Canada's eastern cities
One of the world's greatest natural wonders, some memorably scenic journeys and a quartet of stunning, contrasting cities guarantee the enduring appeal of this fully escorted tour. Beginning with Niagara's tumult, you then take in warm and welcoming waterfront Toronto with its sky-piercing CN Tower, Canada's historic capital Ottawa, on the Rideau Canal, glorious Montreal, French Canada's capital of style, and finally picturesque Quebec City, North America's only walled settlement, where the New World still resembles the Old.
Tour Highlights And InclusionsGaze in awe at tumultuous Niagara Falls
Wander waterfront Toronto, on the shore of Lake Ontario
Travel through stunning scenery along the shores of Lake Ontario
Explore Victorian Ottawa, the elegant Canadian capital
Journey into the French Canadian province of Quebec
Stay in stylish and sophisticated Montreal
Visit charming, UNESCO-listed Quebec City
Eight nights' room-only accommodation at a series of good-quality hotels in Niagara Falls (2 nights), Toronto (2), Ottawa (1) and Montreal (3)
Return flights from the UK to Toronto
Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel throughout
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager Single rooms are available for a supplement
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day OneFly to Toronto, meet your Tour Manager and transfer to your hotel in Niagara Falls for a two-night stay.
The colourful, relaxed resort offers a host of diversions, and you'll find many restaurants, bars and shops in addition to the magnetic, mesmerising draw of one of the world's greatest natural wonders. Formed at the point where the Niagara River, which divides Canada and the USA, plunges over precipices in two spectacular cascades - the Horseshoe and the American - the Falls are a wonder to behold.
Day TwoEnjoy another day in Niagara Falls. Perhaps embark the Hornblower Niagara cruise for a spray soaked passage close to the foot of the torrent or, for a bird's eye view of the magnificent Falls, join our optional buffet lunch at the Sheraton on the Falls hotel.
Day ThreeThis morning join an exciting optional Helicopter Ride over Niagara Falls, before departing for the exquisite town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, one of Canada's oldest settlements and home to the renowned Shaw Festival. Continue on to Toronto, on the shore of Lake Ontario, for a two-night stay.
Join the optional Guided City Tour for an insight into one of North America's most cosmopolitan cities. Toronto is divided into several distinct 'neighbourhoods' - reflecting the city's extraordinary mix of ethnic origins. During your tour you'll see Chinatown, Greektown, Little India and Little Italy well as Victorian Cabbagetown and stylish Yorkville. Modern Toronto is best reflected in the stunning developments along the Lake Ontario Waterfront area, in its glitzy shopping malls and of course in the vertiginous CN Tower.
Enjoy a first evening in this wonderful lakefront city, with its 11 kilometres of interconnected, climate-controlled shopping and entertainment malls.
Day FourEnjoy a free day's rest and relaxation in Toronto, making the most of your time in the city. Those with a head for heights might head for the CN Tower, where the very brave can brave the stomach-churning EdgeWalk or watch others 'enjoying' it; stroll the waterfront promenade or laze on the city's beaches; head for one of a host of fine museums and galleries, visit historic Fort York, one of Canada's most important battlefield sites, take in the neo-Gothic wonders of the landmark Casa Noma 'castle', or 'shop till you drop' at the Eaton Centre.
Day FiveThis morning you'll head along the 'Maple Leaf Trail', travelling first along Lake Ontario's northern shore, past attractive Kingston, gateway to the 'Thousand Islands' and the St Lawrence River, to overnight in romantic Ottawa, Canada's beautiful administrative capital, with its Victorian houses, Grand Parliament buildings and famous Rideau Canal set against the leafy background of the Gatineau Hills.
Day SixAfter a relaxed morning and the chance to explore elegant Ottawa, re-board the coach to journey on into the great French-Canadian province of Quebec and to Montreal to enjoy a three-night stay in this undisputed centre of style and sophistication.
Day SevenGet to know this engaging city on this morning's optional Guided Tour, which will take in the pretty Vieux Port area and the lively Plateau Mont Royal. Montreal boasts cutting edge modernity as well as French style and flair, and is a cosmopolitan melange of high culture, high fashion and high tech, its waterfront rivalling Vancouver's for glass and steel architectural marvels, contrasting with the bohemian groove of trendy Plateau Mont Royal and the cobblestones of Vieux Montreal.
This evening, step back in time, dining in belle epoque style on our optional Maple Delights dinner excursion.
Day EightToday brings a fitting finale to the Maple Leaf Trail, with a last included excursion, to historic Quebec City, North America's only walled settlement, forever associated with the exploits of General Woolf. On arrival enjoy an optional guided city tour, before you are free to explore the narrow, cobbled alleyways of the lower Basse Ville and its upper Haute counterpart, which together form the endlessly enthralling, UNESCO-listed Vieux-Quebec, dominated by the monumental Citadelle and the Chateau Frontenac hotel.
At the end of a wonderful day you'll return to Montreal to enjoy your last evening in the city.
Day NineToday you'll make the scenic journey back into Ontario, travelling around the lake to Toronto Airport for your return overnight flight to the UK.
Day 10Arrive back in the UK, at the end of a truly unforgettable holiday. Back to top
AccommodationCanada's Maple Leaf Trail Touring Hotels
To get the very best out of Canada's stunning cities, a well-located base is essential. Using our extensive knowledge of Canada, we have selected centrally located hotels for you to enjoy, all of which will be of at least European four-star standard.Back to top
Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 90 minutes.
Passports and visasBritish citizens require machine-readable passports when travelling to Canada. Visas are not normally required for entry, but for travel from 15th March 2016 visitors to Canada must apply for an eTA online with Canadian Immigration at least 72 hours before departure at www.canada.ca/eta . The current charge is seven Canadian dollars for British Citizens. British subjects, and anyone who has a criminal record or has ever been arrested, should consult the Canadian Embassy as a visa may be required.
Foreign Office travel adviceVisit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.
TippingGratuities are a way of life in North America, and it is generally accepted that they form part of a person's earnings. The customary gratuity for a coach driver or Tour Manager is about $5 per person per day. It is normal to tip 15-20 per cent of the bill for a taxi or in a restaurant, and to leave a dollar or so per drink in a bar.
SmokingSmoking is not permitted on any coach forming part of your holiday; regular stops will be made though for your comfort en route. The majority of hotels in North America are non-smoking throughout including in all bedrooms. In general smoking outside is acceptable, but do look out for signs prohibiting this close to public entrances or bus stops.
On your flightAll outbound flights depart and arrive on the same day. All return flights leave in the evening and land in the UK the next day. On-board meals will usually include lunch and a snack on outward flights, and dinner and breakfast on flight home. Soft drinks are complimentary, but some airlines will charge for alcoholic drinks.
Luggage allowanceYou are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.
Helicopter flightsSightseeing flights by helicopter are weight controlled and balanced. Please contact us if you wish to book a helicopter flight and your bodyweight exceeds 250lb. (In such cases, a seat may have to be left empty, and some companies may charge a premium.)
Special requirementsIf you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
Disabled accessThe majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Itinerary changesOccasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Changes to your hotelsShould circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.
Hotel roomsStandard hotel rooms in North America will contain one or two double- or queen-sized beds, and it is not possible to add extra beds to the room. Parties consisting of more than two travellers, but who have only booked one room, will be expected to make use of the two beds provided. If this is a concern, you may wish to consider booking more than one room for your group. Back to top