Canada's Maple Leaf Trail
9 nights. May 2022 - November 2023. From £1706.00.
Stunning cities & scenery
Catch your breath on a visit to Niagara Falls, and marvel at some of Canada's eastern cities and the surrounding countryside. One of the world’s greatest natural wonders, some memorable scenic journeys and a quartet of stunning, contrasting cities guarantee the enduring appeal of this fully escorted tour. Begin a visit to the world's most powerful waterfall, Niagara Falls, then spend time in welcoming, waterfront Toronto and Canada's historic capital city, Ottawa, picturesque Quebec City, where the New World still resembles the Old and glorious Montreal, French Canada’s capital of style.
What's IncludedEight nights' room-only accommodation at a series of good-quality hotels in Niagara Falls (2 nights), Toronto (2), Ottawa (1), Quebec City (2) and Montréal (1), plus one night on the aircraft
Return flights to Canada
Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel throughout
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager
Holiday HighlightsGaze in awe at tumultuous Niagara Falls
Discover waterfront Toronto and its sky-piercing CN Tower
Explore Victorian Ottawa, the elegant Canadian capital
Travel through stunning scenery along the shores of Lake Ontario
Journey into the French Canadian province of Quebec
Visit and stay in charming, UNESCO-listed Québec City on the banks of the mighty St Lawrence River
Time in stylish and sophisticated Montreal
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 1Fly to Canada, meet your tour manager, transfer to your hotel in Niagara Falls and enjoy your first glimpse of one of the world's greatest natural wonders. The colourful, relaxed resort that has grown up next to the Falls offers a host of diversions, and you'll find many restaurants, bars and shops in addition to the magnetic, mesmerising draw of the roaring waters.
Day 2Enjoy a day in Niagara Falls, perhaps embarking the Hornblower Niagara cruise for a spray-soaked passage close to the foot of the torrent formed at the point where the Niagara River plunges over precipices in two spectacular cascades. And, why not enjoy an optional buffet lunch with a view in the Sheraton on the Falls Penthouse Fallsview Dining Room?
Day 3After a chance to enjoy an exciting optional Helicopter Ride over the Falls, today, you'll journey to the exquisite town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, one of Canada’s oldest settlements. From here, you'll continue to Toronto, on the shore of Lake Ontario, for a two-night stay. Join our optional guided city tour to discover one of North America’s most cosmopolitan cities, which is divided into several distinct neighbourhoods that reflecting the city’s mix of ethnic origins. During the tour you’ll see Chinatown, Greektown, Little India and Little Italy, as well as Victorian Cabbagetown and stylish Yorkville. Later, enjoy a first evening in this wonderful lakefront city. Modern Toronto boasts stunning developments along its Waterfront, glitzy shopping malls and (of course) the slender needle of the CN Tower.
Day 4Enjoy 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 experience the stomach-churning EdgeWalk. Stroll the Waterfront promenade or laze on the city’s beaches. Head for one of a host of fine museums and galleries, or visit historic Fort York, one of Canada’s most important battlefield sites. Take in the neo-Gothic opulence of Casa Loma, one of Toronto's most recognisable landmarks, or shop till you drop at the Eaton Centre.
Day 5This morning you’ll follow the Maple Leaf Trail, first along Lake Ontario’s northern shore past attractive Kingston, gateway to the Thousand Islands and the St Lawrence River, to Ottawa. You'll spend the night in Canada’s beautiful, romantic capital, with its Victorian houses, Grand Parliament buildings and famous Rideau Canal.
Day 6After a relaxed morning and the chance to explore elegant Ottawa, re-board the coach and journey to historic Québec City for a two-night stay in the heart of the city.
Day 7Today, you're free to explore Québec City, one of Canada's oldest settlements. You'll have the chance to join an optional guided city tour before exploring the narrow, cobbled alleyways of the lower Basse Ville and its upper Haute Ville counterpart, which together form endlessly enthralling, UNESCO-listed Vieux-Québec, a district dominated by the monumental Citadelle and the Château Frontenac hotel.
Day 8Check out and travel to Montreal, where you can choose between joining an optional sightseeing tour or spending the rest of the day at leisure. The optional sightseeing tour will take in the pretty Vieux Port area and the lively Plateau Mont Royal. Montreal combines cutting-edge modernity, French style and flair, and is a cosmopolitan mix of high culture, high fashion and high tech. The waterfront rivals Vancouver’s for glass and steel architectural marvels, and contrasts with the bohemian groove of trendy Plateau Mont Royal and Vieux Montreal. This evening, step back in time, and dine in Belle Epoque style on our optional Maple Delights dinner excursion.
Day 9Enjoy some time at leisure in Montreal, perhaps doing some last-minute shopping, before transferring to the airport for your flight home.
Day 10Arrive back in the UK, after an overnight flight. Back to top
Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 90 minutes.
Departures from Manchester AirportPlease note, customers departing from Manchester Airport will have a slightly different itinerary
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 atwww.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