In this, the latest in our Collette Travel series, we take an eight-day tour of eastern Canada, beginning in Montreal. The travel experts at Collette have carefully curated this unforgettable tour, where you’ll sigh over the spectacular landscape, be charmed by the friendly locals and delighted by the culture, history and cuisine. You’ll make maple taffy in the snow, visit UNESCO World Heritage sites and so much more.
Day 1: Montreal, Quebec – Tour Begins
Your tour opens in Montreal, one of the largest French-speaking cities in the world.
Day 2: Montreal
This morning, it’s your choice as you decide how you would like to explore Montreal: on a walking tour OR a panoramic coach tour. If you choose the walking tour, you’ll join a local guide, who will transport you back in time as you explore the streets of Old Montreal on foot; stroll through historic squares and past impressive architecture, hearing stories from days gone by. If you choose the coach tour, it highlights Jacques Cartier Square, McGill University and Saint Joseph’s Oratory and concludes with a stop high atop Mount Royal, ascended by Jacques Cartier in 1535 and the jewel of Mount Royal Park, to soak in the spectacular view. The afternoon is yours to continue exploring the city independently. Sit in a sidewalk cafe, visit a museum or browse some of the city’s many famous shops. This evening you will be treated to dinner in historic Old Montreal, capping off a wonderfully memorable day. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 3: Montreal – Quebec City
Depart for fabulous Quebec City. Later today, experience the beauty and history of both Old and New Quebec with a fascinating sightseeing tour of the city. See the stately Chateau Frontenac, the provincial Parliament, and the St Louis Arch, the site of the original settlement of the city of Quebec. This evening, sample French cuisine at a lovely restaurant in Ile d’Orleans. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 4: Quebec City
Begin your day with breakfast at a local sugar shack nestled in the Quebec countryside. Learn about the traditions of maple syrup-making and enjoy sampling many delicious traditional foods made with local maple syrup. Before leaving, try a favourite regional treat – maple taffy on the snow! The remainder of your day is at leisure to wander the streets of quaint Old Quebec, a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. Today breakfast will be included.
Day 5: Quebec City – Ottawa, Ontario
This morning depart for Ottawa, Canada’s beautiful, culturally rich capital. On arrival, enjoy a scenic drive along the Ottawa River, past the prime minister's residence, many embassies and the impressive National Gallery of Canada. Your city tour will also showcase the impressive gothic parliament buildings as well as the Rideau Canal (which becomes the world’s largest skating rink in wintertime). In addition, you will be able to stroll through ByWard Market, known for its fruits, vegetables, flowers, and arts and crafts. Today breakfast will be included.
Day 6: Ottawa – Rockport – Toronto
A short drive takes you to Rockport, gateway to the spectacular 1000 Islands. Enjoy a memorable cruise through this unspoiled region, located on the border between the United States and Canada. Later this afternoon you will arrive in the exciting city of Toronto, capital of Ontario. Today breakfast will be included.
Day 7: Toronto – Niagara Falls – Toronto
This morning, travel to thundering, awe-inspiring Niagara Falls. Pause to reflect on the magnificent views and the power of Mother Nature. Of course, a visit to Niagara Falls would not be complete without experiencing the incredible cruise at the base of the falls. Board the boat to see and feel the falls up close. Don’t forget to bring a camera! Next, head to Niagara-on-the-Lake and enjoy the local shops and charming atmosphere. Tonight, join your fellow travellers at a farewell dinner where you will toast the end of a wonderful trip. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 8: Toronto – Tour Ends
Your tour ends today in Toronto. Today breakfast will be included.
You won’t believe how much you see on this eight-day tour. Want to see more? Canada and beyond are yours for the taking. With Collette you have the option to extend your holiday by adding on another tour. Perhaps you want to see more of Canada, or head south to the USA? Wherever you go, you know you’re in great hands.
Collette gives you more
When you travel with Collette, you get so much more. More inclusions, more meals, four-star-plus centrally located accommodation and the opportunity to personalise your tour. Their experienced tour managers are people who genuinely love to travel. They bring their own local knowledge, and local contacts, to every tour to ensure your holiday ticks all the boxes and also includes a few wonderfully unexpected surprises, too.