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Small Group Tour Highlights
  • Toronto sightseeing, including observation deck of the CN Tower
  • Hornblower cruise to Niagara Falls and lunch at famed Skylon Tower
  • “Thousand Islands” of the St. Lawrence River
  • Ottawa touring and free time
  • “Sugar shack” visit and tasting
  • Three-night Montreal stay
  • Montreal’s renowned Museum of Fine Arts
  • Quebec City, one of North America’s oldest settlements
  • Cable car ride over Montmorency Falls
Day-by-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Depart for Toronto, Ontario We depart today for Toronto, Ontario, Canada. After checking in at our centrally located hotel, we meet our Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director and fellow travelers at a briefing about the journey ahead, followed by dinner together. D

Day 2: Toronto Our Canadian adventure begins with a tour of cosmopolitan Toronto. Long a haven for waves of immigrants, Toronto today counts residents from more than 200 ethnic backgrounds among its population. We experience this international charm for ourselves in Chinatown, a center-city enclave dating to the 1890s, featuring shops and restaurants from all Asian cultures. We also see Toronto’s famed Casa Loma, the 98-room Gothic Revival castle (c. 1914); and explore the popular Harbourfront cultural center. After this street-level introduction, we get an entirely different perspective from the top of the CN Tower. The tallest structure in the Western Hemisphere at 1,815 feet, the tower affords breathtaking views of the city, its islands, and azure Lake Ontario. This afternoon is free to explore on our own before tonight’s dinner together at a local restaurant. B,D

Day 3: Toronto/Niagara Falls Today brings a travel highlight as we come face to face with imposing Niagara Falls. On the renowned Hornblower cruise, we pass the smaller American and Bridal Veil falls as well as iconic Horseshoe Falls. Surrounded by the ring of thundering water and billowing spray, we gain a firsthand appreciation for 167-foot-high Niagara, North America’s most powerful waterfall. Next: a bird’s-eye view of the falls during lunch at the popular Skylon Tower, the 520-foot-tall observation spire with a revolving restaurant. Then we depart for tranquil Niagara-on-the-Lake, the “Loveliest Town in Canada,” with time to explore this historic settlement before we return to Toronto late afternoon. B,L

Day 4: Toronto/Ottawa We’re on the road this morning bound for Ottawa. Along the way, we stop in the tiny town of Gananoque, gateway to the famed “Thousand Islands” of the St. Lawrence River. Here we enjoy an hour-long boat cruise amid these wooded isles, which range from 40 square miles to just a few square feet; even some of the smallest outcroppings support private homes that seem to float on the river’s surface. We pass by Heart Island, site of the elaborate, multi-structure Boldt Castle, a private mansion built in the early 1900s. After lunch at a local restaurant, we continue on to the Canadian capital of Ottawa. We dine tonight at our hotel just steps from the nation’s governmental seat at Parliament Hill. B,L,D

Day 5: Ottawa We spend the morning getting acquainted with Ottawa, a riverside city with a high standard of living and a host of museums, performing arts centers, and universities. Our panoramic city tour takes us first to Parliament Hill, or simply “The Hill.” The ornate buildings here house Canada’s federal legislature and stand as some of the world’s foremost examples of Gothic Revival architecture; the Parliament building itself sits proudly above the Ottawa River as a National Historic Landmark. We also see lovely Rideau Canal, home to boaters in the summer and ice-skaters in winter; ever-popular Byward Market; and the historic Rockcliffe Park neighborhood. We then have the afternoon and evening free for lunch, dinner, and more exploration on our own. B

Day 6: Ottawa/Montreal Continuing our journey northeast today, we set off for the French-infused city of Montreal. En route we stop at a traditional “sugar shack,” where we learn about the process of turning sugar maple sap into syrup, and sample some of the homemade maple concoctions. Then we travel on to Montreal, at the confluence of the Ottawa and St. Lawrence rivers. This afternoon we take a wide-ranging tour of this Francophone metropolis, the world’s second-largest French-speaking city after Paris. We visit Old Montreal, the city’s historic ward with ties to colonial New France, where we see the redeveloped Old Port and the brightly colored interior of the Notre-Dame Basilica. Other highlights include Olympic Park, host of the 1976 Summer Olympics; and the atmospheric Quartier Latin with its theaters, cafés, and boutiques. B,D

Day 7: Montreal This morning we tour the prominent Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, where our guide illuminates the highlights of the 40,000-piece collection. After lunch at a local restaurant, we visit the extensive Montreal Botanical Garden. A National Historic Site, the garden boasts 190 acres of flowers, trees, and walking paths, and offers a tranquil retreat from the surrounding city. We explore the Chinese and Japanese gardens here, taking time to wander the footpaths and admire the artfully shaped bonsai trees, peaceful koi ponds, and profusion of Asian blooms. This evening we are at leisure to sample some of Montreal’s fine cuisine on our own. B,L

Day 8: Montreal Our final day in Montreal is free for exploration (or relaxation) as we see fit. Tonight we enjoy dinner together at a local restaurant. B,D

Day 9: Montreal/Quebec City We make the final leg of our four-city sojourn today as we travel to Quebec City. After stopping along the way for lunch on our own, we reach La Vieille Capitale this afternoon and check in at our centrally located hotel. Then we attend a lecture focusing on the rich history of this city, one of North America’s oldest: Samuel de Champlain founded a permanent settlement on this diamond-shaped promontory in the St. Lawrence River in 1608. Following this informative talk, we enjoy dinner together at our hotel. B,D

Day 10: Quebec City We set out this morning to discover Quebec City, where contemporary life plays out against the backdrop of centuries-old landmarks. On our morning tour, we visit Old Quebec, a UNESCO site that features North America’s only fortified city walls outside Mexico. We also visit noble Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame de Quebec and La Citadelle, the 17th-century star-shaped fortification that today remains an active military base. Our final historical discovery: adjacent Battlefields Park, where the British defeated the French in a pivotal 1759 battle that led to Britain taking control of Canada. After getting a taste of Quebec’s capital, the remainder of the day is free for independent exploration. B

Day 11: Quebec City A full day of exploration awaits, first at nearby Montmorency Falls, where we ride a cable car from the banks of the St. Lawrence River to the top of the falls, savoring splendid views. At the top, we traverse the bridge suspended above the falls’ crest, giving us unmatched views. We continue on to the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, a Roman Catholic church that is said to have restorative powers for the sick and disabled. Next: we visit a local apple orchard, where we sample the fresh-pressed juice and other homemade creations, followed by lunch at a restaurant inside a historic mill dating to French colonial times. Tonight, we gather to toast our Canadian adventure at a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. B,L,D

Day 12: Depart for U.S. We transfer to the Quebec City airport for our flights home. B

B = Breakfast included L = Lunch included D = Dinner included

Tour Price Includes
  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities
  • 11 nights’ accommodations in Superior First Class hotels
  • 22 meals: 11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers
  • $100 frequent traveler credit towards your next Odysseys Unlimited tour ($200 after three tours; $300 after 10 tours)
Tour Dates & Prices

2019 Tour Dates & Prices
including international airfare and all taxes, surcharges, and fees

Apr 21+
Oct 27
Nov 3
May 5
Oct 13
Jun 9
Jun 16+
Jul 21
Aug 11*
Sep 1
Sep 15
Sep 22
Sep 29
Boston, New York$3,892$3,992$4,092$4,192
Atlanta, Chicago,
Detroit, Wash, DC
$4,092$4,192$4,292$4,392
Baltimore, Charlotte,
Cincinnati, Cleveland,
Los Angeles, Miami,
Minn, Orlando, Phil,
San Fran, Tampa
$4,192$4,292$4,392$4,492
Dallas, Denver,
Houston, Phoenix,
Port (OR), Seattle
$4,292$4,392$4,492$4,592

Please call if your city is not listed or for land only prices. Prices are per person based on double occupancy and include airline taxes, surcharges, and fees of $97, which are subject to change until final payment is made.

Single travelers please add $1,295. Your $375 deposit is fully refundable up to 95 days before departure. All 2019 tour prices above (excluding airlines taxes, surcharges, and fees) are guaranteed.

Accommodations: Toronto: *Westin Castle Harbor; Ottawa: +Delta City Center

A visa is not required for this tour.

Accommodations
    Sheraton Centre Toronto, Toronto / Days 1-3 / Superior First Class

    Ideally located in the center of Toronto’s thriving downtown, the recently renovated Sheraton Centre Toronto offers an elegant base from which to explore this cosmopolitan city.  The hotel’s amenities include two restaurants, a deli, and café; the city’s largest indoor-outdoor swimming pool with glass dividing wall; 24-hour fitness center; spa with sauna; gift shop; and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, TV, and phone.

    The Westin Ottawa, Ottawa / Days 4-5 / Superior First Class

    The Westin Ottawa sits in the heart of the nation’s capital, on the banks of the Rideau Canal and just a short walk from the governmental seat at Parliament Hill.  The hotel offers two restaurants, a bar, a café, fitness center with racquetball court, spa with sauna and hot tub, indoor swimming pool, and Wi-Fi internet access (fee may apply).   Each air-conditioned guest room includes private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, coffee-making facilities, TV, and phone.

    Le Centre Sheraton Montreal, Montreal / Days 6-8 / Superior First Class

    Le Centre Sheraton Montreal sits within easy walking distance of Sainte Catherine Street, the city’s main shopping thoroughfare.  The hotel’s amenities include a restaurant, a bar, fitness center, indoor swimming pool, sauna with whirlpool, jewelry store, and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Air-conditioned guest rooms are decorated in a contemporary style and have private bath with hair dryer, tea- and coffee-making facilities, in-room safe, TV, and phone.

    Hotel Chateau Laurier Quebec, Quebec / Days 9-11 / Superior First Class

    The Hotel Chateau Laurier Quebec enjoys a scenic location in downtown Quebec:  separated by a wide urban park from the St. Lawrence River, and just outside of the historic city walls.  The hotel features a restaurant and bar, fitness center, indoor saltwater swimming pool, sauna, two year-round outdoor spas, laundry and dry cleaning service (for a fee), and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Guest rooms are air-conditioned and have private bath with hair dryer, tea- and coffee-making facilities, in-room safe, TV, and phone.

Ratings are based on the Hotel & Travel Index, the travel industry standard reference.
Tour Directors for this Journey
Carmen Bilac

“Carmen was one of the highlights of the trip.  She delivered information in a humorous and attention-grabbing way.  She was also very caring & flexible with the group’s needs.”
Wade & Marcia Wood
St. Marys, GA

Warwick Driscoll

“One of the best tour directors we’ve had.  Outstanding!  Energetic, entertaining, creative, helpful, caring and courteous.”
David & Barbara Barry
Bristol, CT

Anita Hafner

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

Destination Insight

Suggested Reading

Will Ferguson
Why I Hate Canadians
This is the 10th anniversary edition of Ferguson’s wickedly astute cultural salvo, the collection of humorous essays that launched his career. As you might guess, the title is tongue- in-cheek.

Douglas Gibson
Across Canada by Story, A Coast-to-coast Literary Adventure
One of Canada’s premier storytellers compiles literary gems featuring his country’s preeminent writers. Inspired by the power of great stories, the raconteur guides readers from Haida Gwaii to Labrador with pieces on Margaret Atwood, Alice Munro, Alistair MacLeod, Michael Ondaatje and many more.

Derek Hayes
Historical Atlas of Canada, Canada’s History Illustrated With Original Maps
Covering over 1,000 years of Canadian history (from above), this historical atlas includes previously unpublished maps, charts and illustrations, newly discovered in archives and libraries from around the world.

Eyewitness Guides
DK Eyewitness Top Ten Montreal & Quebec City
A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions in Montreal and Quebec City.

Northeastern USA, Eastern Canada Map
This colorful double-sided, folded map of Eastern Canada and the United States, at a scale of 1:2,400,000, covers the Great Lakes, south to Washington and Kansas City and north to Winnipeg and New Brunswick.

Emily St. John Mandel
Last Night in Montreal
Unable to remember her own dark past and hunted by both a private detective and an ex-lover, Lilia Albert holes up in Montreal, determined to learn her own secrets before her history catches up with her. The debut novel by a National Book Award finalist.

Heather O’Neill
Lullabies for Little Criminals
O’Neill’s tragicomedy of coming of age in Montreal in the 1980s was shortlisted for the Orange Prize.

Willa Cather
Shadows on the Rock
Set at the end of the 17th century in rural Quebec, this beautifully realized novel highlights the struggles of Parisian widower Auclair and his young daughter to adapt to their new land.

Margaret Atwood
Surfacing
One of Atwood’s earliest novels, a suspenseful yarn about a young woman who becomes entangled in affairs, mysteries and the haunting draw of nature as she searches for her missing father on an island off the coast of northern Quebec.

Pierre Berton
Niagara, A History of the Falls
Meticulously researched and entertaining, this history of Niagara Falls captures the sideshow atmosphere of the place with its honky-tonk attractions and daredevil feats. An engrossing social history.

Carolyn B. Heller
Moon Ontario
With excellent, in-depth coverage of the cultural hub of Toronto, the Niagara and Great Lakes regions and Canada’s capital Ottawa.

Dana Vanveller, Lindsay Anderson
Feast, Recipes and Stories from a Canadian Road Trip
The diversity and complexity of Canada are represented in this collection of favorite dishes and drinks, collected on a 23,000-mile road trip across the Great White North.

Robert Bothwell
A Traveller’s History of Canada
A readable and admirably concise march through Canadian history from prehistory to today, including a timeline.

David Hackett Fischer
Champlain’s Dream
In this stunningly researched and engaging biography, Pulitzer Prize-winner David Hackett Fischer weaves together the epic story of soldier and explorer Samuel de Champlain, a colonizer of North America who spent 30 years bringing his vision of a New France to life.

Ginger Strand
Inventing Niagara
A witty, well-researched tale of the transformation of a natural wonder into an engineering feat, spectacle and monument.

Fred Anderson
The War That Made America, A Short History of the French and Indian War
Anderson (Crucible of War) illuminates relations between the Indians, French and British in 18th-century North America.

Christopher Moore
Three Weeks in Quebec City: The Meeting That Made Canada
A riveting history of the earliest drafting of a Canadian national constitution during the Quebec Conference of 1864.

Allan Levine
Toronto, Biography of a City
From politics to transportation, public health to sports, historian Allan Levine explores four centuries of Toronto’s history, introducing the forces and faces that shaped the city’s multi-faceted identity.

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