Reader Holidays - Canada's Maple Leaf Trail from Daily Echo
Departing May 2015 - July 2016
*Price shown: 20 May 2015 - AYO
Stunning cities, breathtaking scenery and 'big skies'
Take the 'Maple Leaf Trail' from Ontario's warm and welcoming waterfront capital, Toronto, and head north to Canada's historic capital Ottawa, then east into French Canada to glorious Olympic Montreal, and finally to picturesque Quebec. All this - plus a visit to the awe-inspiring Falls at Niagara - make this a journey you'll never forget.
Tour Highlights And Inclusions
- Gaze in awe at tumultuous Niagara Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world
- Waterfront Toronto, on the shore of Lake Ontario, and its sky-piercing CN Tower
- Leisurely stays in Niagara Falls, Toronto and Montreal, staying in excellent hotels with plenty of time to explore
- Travel the 'Maple Leaf Trail' through stunning scenery
- Explore Victorian Ottawa, the elegant Canadian capital
- Journey into the French Canadian province of Quebec
- Explore stylish, sophisticated Olympic city, Montreal
- Charming, UNESCO-listed Quebec City overlooks the mighty St Lawrence River
- Six nights' room-only accommodation at a series of good-quality hotels in Niagara Falls (2 nights), Toronto (1) and Montreal (3)
- Return flights from your chosen airport to Toronto
- Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
- Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager
Single rooms are available for a supplement
Fly to Toronto and transfer to your first hotel in Niagara Falls for a two-night stay. 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.
Spend an unforgettable day in Niagara Falls. Board the Hornblower Niagara cruise (payable locally) for a spray-soaked passage close to the foot of the torrent, and perhaps join us for lunch with a view at the Sheraton on the Falls Penthouse Fallsview Dining Room. Later, explore the attractions of Clifton Hill or stroll up to the Fallsview area, with its impressive casino.
This morning, enjoy the stunning views on an optional 10-minute helicopter ride. Afterwards, we'll travel the short distance to Toronto, on the shores of Lake Ontario, via the exquisite town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, one of Canada's oldest settlements and home to the renowned Shaw Festival Theatre. In the afternoon, join our optional guided tour for an insight into Canada's largest city. Highlights of the tour include Chinatown, Victorian Cabbagetown and stylish Yorkville.This evening, step outside to explore, or remain in the climate-controlled comfort of the city's 11-kilometre PATH interconnected shopping and entertainment system.
This morning we follow the 'Maple Leaf Trail' to romantic Ottawa, Canada's beautiful administrative capital, with its Victorian houses and famous Rideau Canal, set against the leafy background of the Gatineau Hills. After a chance to explore, you'll continue to the great French Canadian province of Quebec, and to Montreal, Canada's second city. Enjoy a three-night stay in this, the country's undisputed centre of style and sophistication.
Get to know Montreal on our optional guided city tour, which will take in the Vieux Port area and the lively Plateau Mont Royal, with its countless shops, bars and restaurants. This evening, step back in time and dine in the style of a bygone century by joining our optional Maple Delights dinner excursion in Old Montreal.
Visit charming, historic Quebec City, one of Canada's oldest settlements, with its stunning Chateau Frontenac, ancient ramparts and UNESCO-listed centre, overlooking the mighty St Lawrence River. Enjoy an optional walking tour to discover this wonderful city, before returning to Montreal to spend a final evening soaking up the atmosphere.
Journey back to Ontario, making your way to Toronto Airport for your overnight flight home.
Arrive back home, after an overnight flight.
Hotel transfer times
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 90 minutes.
Passports and visas
British citizens require machine-readable passports when travelling overseas. If you are not a British citizen, you may need a visa for the country/countries you are visiting (please contact the respective embassies to check and to apply).
Gratuities are a way of life in North America, and it is generally accepted that they form part of a person's earnings. Customary gratuity to a coach driver or tour manager is about $5 per person per day; in a taxi or a restaurant leave 12-15 per cent of the bill and, in the bar, leave a dollar or so per drink.
Smoking 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 flight
All 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.
You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.
Sightseeing 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.)
If 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.
The 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 or electric scooter, please let us know as soon as possible so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Occasionally, 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 hotels
Should 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.
The following hotels are offered with this holiday (subject to availability and supplementary pricing)
Toronto and Montreal 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.Further Hotel Information
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.Hide Hotel Information