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Best of the East - Ontario and Quebec (14 nights)

Day 1 Arrive Toronto

Upon arrival into Toronto, pick up your rental vehicle and proceed to your selected hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to explore.

Day 2 Toronto

Today is yours to explore this fascinating city. Enjoy Toronto’s waterfront - one of North America’s largest, a scenic backdrop for many popular and entertaining attractions including Harbourfront, Ontario Place, Skydome, the CN Tower, and the Toronto Islands. Don’t miss the CN Tower (included) - the world’s tallest free standing structure.

Day 3 Toronto to Niagara Falls (130 km)

Travel along the shores of Lake Ontario, and through the orchards and vineyards of the Niagara Peninsula, arriving at Niagara-on-the-Lake – the first capital of Upper Canada and one of the best-preserved 19th Century towns in North America. Continue along the Niagara Parkway heading towards Niagara Falls, one of the world’s natural wonders. Here you will experience the amazing thundering of the falls while riding on the Maid of the Mist (included), which takes you to the very edge of the 167-foot wall of water. For the remainder of the day visit Niagara Falls’ famous attractions such as the Butterfly Conservatory, and the Skylon Tower, which overlooks the falls from 775 feet above.

Day 4 Niagara Falls to Algonquin Park (375 km)

Today’s drive takes you north to Algonquin Park. Take a detour en-route to see such highlights such as Marie Among the Hurons near Midland, a historic site depicting a 17th century fortress and headquarters for the French Jesuit mission to the Huron nation and Ontario’s first European
community (not included), or the Muskokas Lake region which makes for a very scenic drive. Famed for its 1,600 fresh water lakes and striking granite outcroppings, Muskoka has been a celebrated vacation retreat since the 19th century. Finish your day in Algonquin Park - and enjoy the serenity of the Canadian wilderness.

Day 5 Algonquin Park

Enjoy hiking, observing wildlife, or canoeing (canoes are available at the lodge at no extra charge). A visit to the Algonquin logging museum and the visitor centre are highly recommended.

Day 6 Algonquin Park to Ottawa (422 km)

In the morning enjoy the park before departing for the nation’s capital, Ottawa.

Day 7 Ottawa

In the heart of Ottawa, rising dramatically from a bluff overlooking the Ottawa River, are the Parliament Buildings. These house the National Assembly and serve as the symbol of the capital, and are the focal point of a city that has become a fascinating blend of English and French, historic and modern, ceremonial and casual. Many of the city’s attractions are within sight of Parliament Hill.  A short distance from downtown are the Ottawa Locks of the Rideau Canal. Another must-see, is the Canadian Museum of Civilization, located directly across the Ottawa River from Parliament Hill showing the rich culture and history that is Canada (admission included).

Day 8 Ottawa to Mont Tremblant (153 km)

Today head north east to the jewel of the Laurentians, Mont Tremblant, a European style all season resort village. Visit the Omega park in Montebello (on the way to Mont Tremblant) which features endemic wildlife, or join a black bear observation tour in the Kenauk reserve, also
nearby Montebello. Take some time to enjoy local activities such as hiking, biking, kayaking, horse riding, whitewater rafting, or a helicopter tour.

Day 9 Mont Tremblant to Quebec City (368 km)

Enjoy the pleasant scenery as you travel from Mont Tremblant to historic Trois Rivieres for a lunch stop, and drive along the Chemin du Roy road to Quebec City.

Day 10 Quebec City

Experience the old world charm of Vieux Quebec with a guided tour of the old city on foot (included). With its cobblestone streets, fortified city wall (one of a kind in North America), and seventeenth century architecture, this UNESCO World Heritage site is complimented by artisan shops, cafes, landscaped parks, and numerous monuments. Take a stroll on the Plains of Abraham and visit the historic Chateau Frontenac. Visit one of the great local museums (not included) or simply enjoy the city sights at your own pace!

Day 11 Quebec City to Montreal (252 km)

Following the St. Lawrence River, pass from city suburbs to the rural landscapes of forests and rich pastures, dotted with tiny villages that extend to Montreal. In Drummondville you may wish to visit the village Quebecois d’Antan (a faithful reconstruction of a French colonial village).

Day 12 Montreal

Discover hundreds of places of interest in Montreal including the Notre Dame Basilica, French Quarter, McGill University and panoramic views from an observation point on top of Mt. Royal. Montreal offers a fascinating mix of both the French and English cultures. Some of the finest shopping and dining in North America awaits you. You may wish to join a walking or biking tour of the city or a sightseeing cruise (not included) or explore the city at your own pace.

Day 13 Montreal to Kingston (288 km)

Travel south to the city of Kingston. On the way enjoy a visit of Upper Canada Village (included) located in Morrisburg, an 1860s reconstructed village. You’ll meet loads of friendly folk from the past as you visit over 40 heritage buildings including mills, trades shops, farms, churches, homes,
factories and even a one-room schoolhouse. Before reaching Kingston, stop at Gananoque to join an hour cruise of the 1000 islands (included). Affectionately known as ‘limestone’, Kingston is a city noted for its handsome 19th century limestone architecture. Once the capital of Canada
(1841 to 1843), Kingston is located at the point where Lake Ontario flows into the St. Lawrence River, and at the southern end of the Rideau Canal.

Day 14 Kingston to Toronto (265 km)

Take the time to visit Fort Henry National Historic Site (admission not included) near Kingston. The flash of scarlet uniforms, the beating of the drums and the sudden crack of musket fire echoing off the limestone battlements send visitors reeling back in time. A living museum of military life, Fort Henry was built between 1832 and 1834 to repel an American invasion
that never came.

Day 15 Depart Toronto

Return your rental car at the airport and check in for your flight home.