GVQ Travel |Escorted Tours |Autumn
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Niagara Falls to Lac Saint-Jean
11 days / 10 nights

Discover this classic tour, one of our most popular! We take you around the Canadian East Coast, from Niagara Falls to Lac Saint-Jean. It’s a fabulous trip with two nights at the heart of the forest at the Seigneurie du Triton, one of the most prestigious estates in North America.

Itinerary

DAY 1:  TORONTO - NIAGARA FALLS

Arrive into Toronto International Airport. You will be greeted by your GVQ Travel guide and immediately transferred to Niagara Falls, located in the largest fruit growing area in Eastern Canada.  Check-in to your hotel. In the evening, we will discover the unmatched beauty of the falls by night.

DAY 2: NIAGARA FALLS - TORONTO

In the morning, we set out to visit the waterfalls and the city of Niagara Falls. We will take a ride to the base of the waterfalls aboard the Maid-of-the-Mist boat. These small, specifically designed boats will give you a close-up experience of the thunderous falls. You will then grasp the recklessness of people who have attempted, in a fit of madness, to conquer the falls on various floating devices. We will be served lunch in a panoramic restaurant with views on the falls! In the end of the afternoon, we will visit the pretty, early 19th century village of Niagara-on-the-lake, surrounded by numerous orchards. We then drive back to Toronto, Canada’s largest city. During our orientation tour of the « Queen City » we will see some of the city’s main attractions such as the business district, the City Hall, the Sky Dôme and the CN Tower, the world’s tallest free-standing structure and symbol of the city (elevator to the top isn’t included). Check-in to your hotel. We’ll have dinner downtown and enjoy a relaxing evening.

DAY 3: TORONTO - THOUSAND ISLANDS - OTTAWA

This morning, we are off to the Thousand Islands! We take a boat tour to discover islands and islets of all sizes. The natural beauty and the greatness of the islands, remnants of the last Ice Age will no doubt stun you. We then journey on to Ottawa, Canada’s federal capital city. Ottawa is a tranquil city of many beautiful parks, but it is also a bustling, cosmopolitan centre where people work and play in both English and French. Hotel check-in. Enjoy an evening stroll on Parliament hill.

DAY 4: OTTAWA - MONTREAL

In the morning, we take an orientation tour of the city, seeing the ByWard Market, a Farmer’s market and shopping district by day and favorite gathering place of restaurants and clubs by night, the Rideau falls, named for their resemblance to a curtain, bringing the water level of the canal up 24 metres compared to that of the Ottawa river, etc. You might have the opportunity to visit the Parliament (parliamentary sessions permitting). Parliament Hill offers an impressive Peace Tower with its 53-bell carillon and gigantic clock, as well as the Memorial Chamber dedicated to the memory of Canadians who have died in military service. We will be having lunch close to the effervescent ByWard Market before leaving for Montreal, Quebec’s cosmopolitan metropolis. We check-in at the hotel and then go out for dinner in the historical centre, no doubt the city’s most precious gem thanks to magnificent 17th, 18th and 19th century buildings.

DAY 5: MONTREAL - LAC EDOUARD

This morning, we get a guided tour of the city of Maisonneuve: the Windsor station which for many years was long the hub for Canadian passenger rail travel, the Place Ville Marie whose cruciform shape reminds us of the religious vocation of this city initially devoted to the Virgin Mary, the Notre-Dame Basilica, whose Gothic Revival architecture is one of the crown jewels of the city (interior visit not included), the Mount Royal with the Saint Joseph’s Oratory, the Quartier Latin, the business district, Saint-Catherine street, etc. At lunch, we will go out for a typical Montreal-style dinner. We then leave the city and drive to the Seigneurie du Triton, two-time winner in the Grands Prix du Tourisme Québecois (Quebec's tourism awards gala). The place has hosted renowned people such as Theodore Roosevelt and Harry Truman (both American Presidents), certain members of the Rockefeller family, and Winston Churchill, former British Prime Minister. After a warm welcome at the Seigneurie du Triton, we settle in this magical forest inn, whose beauty and tranquility will truly charm you. The century-old inn is cozy, hospitable and very welcoming, making your stay unforgettable. Your experience here will also be enhanced by the number of outdoor activities that are offered and by the excellence of the accompanying guides.

DAY 6: SEIGNEURIE DU TRITON

Today, we explore the territory of this very unique, Canadian estate and forest inn. We set out on a canoeing trip on the nearby lakes and discover beaver lodges and other aquatic animals. It’s an incredible place for photos! Enjoy an outdoor lunch on the lakeshore (between May and August), and then set off on a hike to discover the Quebecois flora and fauna. It’s sure to be a day packed with unforgettable memories! Dinner will be served in the beautiful dining room at the Club House.

DAY 7: SEIGNEURIE DU TRITON - LAC SAINT-JEAN

We continue on to Saint-Félicien, located near Lac Saint-Jean. In the afternoon, we will visit the Wild Zoo and its’ Nature Trails. The zoo is a unique concept in Canada where the animals roam free and are observed by the visitors, from the safety of a screened-in “train”. In thisway, you will observe wildlife native to Québec, in habitats adapted to each animal’s way of life. We continue the drive to a small, typical Quebecois village where you will meet your host family. This evening it’s dinner with your hosts and folk music with plenty of singing and dancing!

DAY 8: LAC SAINT-JEAN - TADOUSSAC

Today we leave for Tadoussac, a beautiful seaside town. To get there, we drive along the Saguenay fjord, the only navigable fjord in North America. We stop at Sainte-Rose-du-Nord, indisputably one of the most beautiful villages on the fjord; it has, for good reason, been added to the list of the prestigious Association of the Most Beautiful Villages of Quebec. We will have lunch in Tadoussac, famed for its whale watching cruises. Indeed, the estuary of Tadoussac is privileged by several cetacean species that come to feed off the coast, during the summer months. Hotel check-in and dinner.

DAY 9: TADOUSSAC - QUEBEC

It’s time to leave for Quebec City, we will be driving through the wonderful region of Charlevoix. This region is a very welcoming blend of culture and nature that won’t fail to seduce you, as it has so many painters, poets, writers and musicians before you. We stop at the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, a masterpiece of the Romanesque Revival architectural style and important Catholic sanctuary, which receives half a million pilgrims each year. We have lunch on Île d’Orléans before touring the island, famous for its delightful rural landscapes. Once off the island, we continue with the Côte de Beaupré and the splendid Montmorency waterfalls. Located east of Quebec in a setting of outstanding natural beauty, the Parc de la Chute-Montmorency dominates the site, offering stunning views of the Saint-Lawrence River, the Ile d’Orléans and the city of Quebec. We check-in at our hotel for two nights. In the evening we’ll have dinner on Grande Allée, a beautiful, tree-lined avenue with imposing, historical public buildings and monuments; an avenue that some call Quebec’s little « Champs-Élysées »!

DAY 10: QUEBEC

This morning will be dedicated to a tour of Quebec City, the cradle of French civilization in North America and the only fortified city north of Mexico. Old Quebec was the first North-American city to be added to the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage List, and for good reason: it is a privileged place out-of-time that attracts international attention. You will see many famous, history-packed places such as the world-famous Château Frontenac hotel and the place d’Armes, which was, under the French regime, the privileged place for military parades and public harangues. Equally interesting will be the Citadelle, whose star-shaped fortifications resemble Vauban and the Battlefields Park, where the decisive battle between the French, led by Montcalm, and the Brits, led by Wolfe, took place. Last but not least, we will head to the Parliament Building, first national historic site in Quebec, as well as Laval University, the first catholic, French-speaking University in North America. Lunch will be an authentic aboriginal cuisine experience and will be followed by the visit, with an aboriginal guide, of the Huron Traditional Site of Wendake, located at the heart of the aboriginal community of the Huron-Wendat nation. You’ll then have time at leisure to explore the old city further. We dine near the Place Royale and then head back to the hotel.

DAY 11: QUEBEC - MONTREAL-TRUDEAU INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

The day starts with some free time to continue sauntering through the city or to shop. Lunch will be a traditional sugar shack experience during which you will enjoy country recipes, all made with pure Maple syrup. The traditional music might even get you up dancing! The whole thing will be topped off by succulent taffy on the snow. This afternoon we transfer to Montreal-Trudeau International Airport.

The itinerary and the activities are subject to change with the season.

 

The holiday includes

  • Standard, 3-star accommodation, except in Tadoussac (2-star accommodation)
  • Shared bathroom at the Seigneurie du Triton
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned, luxury coach with a toilet
  • The services of a professional English-speaking guide
  • The activities, the tours and visits mentioned in the programme

Not included in you Holiday

  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Tips for the driver and guide
  • Personal spending
  • Drinks (except for tea and coffee where it is included with meals)
  • Porterage (except at the Seigneurie du triton)

Optional

  • Helicopter flight over Niagara Falls
  • Go up the CN Tower in Toronto
  • Room with a private bathroom at the Seigneurie du Triton
  • Whale-watching cruise
  • Seaplane flight over the lakes and forests of Quebec