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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 we travel by coach to the Canadian side to 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, 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

2018 Tour Dates & Prices
including international airfare and all taxes, surcharges, and fees

Oct 28
Nov 4
Jun 17
Jul 22
Aug 12
Oct 7
Oct 14
Sep 2
Sep 16
Sep 23
Boston, New York$3,392$3,592$3,692
Atlanta, Chicago,
Detroit, Wash, DC
Baltimore, Charlotte,
Cincinnati, Cleveland,
Los Angeles, Miami,
Minn, Orlando, Phil,
San Fran, Tampa
Dallas, Denver,
Houston, Phoenix,
Port (OR), Seattle

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 2018 tour prices above (excluding airlines taxes, surcharges, and fees) are guaranteed.

A visa is not required for this tour.

    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

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

Destination Insight


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