The dazzling metropolis of Toronto is the starting point of your adventure. With stylish galleries, upmarket restaurants and an energetic nightlife, it’s the perfect place to immerse yourself in city life. But Toronto isn’t the only city in Eastern Canada worth visiting. You’ll also experience the rich cultural diversity of Ottawa, explore Montreal and discover one of the oldest existing European settlements in Quebec City.
For balance, this itinerary also offers a myriad of opportunities to immerse yourself in nature. You’ll self-drive into the majestic Laurentian Mountains, a region packed with shimmering lakes, meandering rivers and rich forests, where your days can be filled with hiking, kayaking, biking and more. Also included is a trip to the stunning Niagara Falls, where you can sail to within almost touching distance of the thundering cascades.
London – Toronto
Fly from London to Toronto. There is so much to see, do and experience in this self-proclaimed Megacity, but why not start with the popular Harbourfront where you will find an array of entertainment venues and a lakeside walking trail. Also make time for the 533m tall CN Tower where you can drink in expansive city views.
On the third day, you will set off to visit one of the world’s most impressive natural wonders – Niagara Falls. Travelling through the orchard-filled Niagara Peninsula, you can take a boat ride right up to the foot of the falls. The sight and sound of millions of gallons of water crashing over a towering cliff is simply unmissable.
Stay: Three nights in a club deluxe lake view room at Ritz Carlton Toronto – bed & breakfast
Today you will leave Toronto and travel to Ottawa via the VIA Rail. Business Class allows you to relax in comfort and style as you whizz through Canada’s glorious countryside.
You’ll arrive in Canada’s capital after about four and a half hours. A dynamic and thriving city, Ottawa plays a significant role in Canada’s history, culture and diversity. You’ll find plenty of interesting museums and galleries, whilst the blend of cultures at the famous ByWard Market is a testament to the city’s cosmopolitan character. A private walking tour will reveal Ottawa’s fascinating past, with stops at the National War Memorial, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Parliament Hill.
Stay: Three nights in a fairmont gold room at Fairmont Chateau Laurier– bed & breakfast
On day seven you will pick up your hire car and set off for the European-style resort of Mont Tremblant, reckoned to be the jewel of the Laurentians Range. The opportunity for outdoor adventure here is endless. Choose from skiing, golfing, hiking, fishing, biking and countless other activities. Tremblant’s Pedestrian Village is well-stocked with world-class facilities, restaurants, shops and even a cinema. Your five-star boutique hotel sits at the heart of the Laurentians, and has a sumptuous spa which is ideal after a day of activity.
Stay: Two nights in a quintessence suite at Quintessence Hotel
Saint Alexis des Monts
Staying in the Laurentian Mountains, venture to the charming parish municipality of Saint Alexis des Monts. You will be staying in a traditional wooden lodge surrounded by a forest and adjacent to the Matigouche Wildlife Reserve.
In this region of wandering rivers, dense woodlands, picturesque villages and no less than 600 lakes, you will find no shortage of activities to try. Kayaking, canoeing, boating, fishing, mountain biking and golfing are all popular, as well as horse riding through the gorgeous countryside.
Stay: Two nights in a lake view room at Hotel Sacacomie – half board
Your journey continues to Québec City, one of the oldest existing European settlements in Canada. Founded in 1608, the old walled city of Québec in the Upper Town still retains its original cobblestone pathways and quaint buildings. The lower town houses the Museum of Québec as well as Place-Royal, the site of the first permanent settlement in New France. A city tour is included in your stay.
Stay: Two nights in a luxe king room at Auberge Saint Antoine – bed & breakfast
Lying on the very edge of New England, Canada’s Eastern Townships region is full of charm. The area is scattered with crystal clear lakes, vineyards and national parks, as well as quaint churches, rural villages and historic settlements. Borrow a canoe, paddleboat, kayak or touring bike from your hotel and head out to explore.
Stay: Two nights in a deluxe room at Manoir Hovey – half board
Montreal is one of the most unique and happening cities in the country. You’ll find an eclectic mix of world-renowned museums, endless shopping opportunities and numerous historically significant sites, including one of the largest cathedrals in North America – the Notre Dame Basilica. It’s also a fantastic city to explore on foot. Why not join a walking tour to discover hidden corners of Old Montreal, or maybe you’d prefer to explore the heart of the city by bike accompanied by a professional guide.
Stay: Two nights in a deluxe room at Hotel Le St-James
Montreal – London
Travel to the airport in time for your return flight back to London.