GVQ Travel |Escorted Tours |Summer
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Travel the Saint Lawrence River - 8 days
8 days / 7 nights

Discover the most incredible natural sights and history of Eastern Canada as you travel alongside the famous St.Lawrence River.  From the incredible Niagara Falls to Cap Diamant in Quebec, you`ll travel from city to city and place to place, as you unravel the fascinating North American-European history and culture at the heart of this region of Canada.

Itinerary

DAY 1:  TORONTO - NIAGARA FALLS

Arrive into Toronto airport where you`ll be met by your professional GVQ Travel guide.  Transfer to the incredible natural phenomenon which is Niagara Falls.  We stop en-route at Niagara-on-the-Lake, a beautiful village which dates from the beginning of the 19th century and is surrounded by many orchards.  Check-in to your hotel.  Dinner at leisure.  This evening we visit the falls which are illuminated at night.  It`s an incredible sight!

DAY 2: NIAGARA FALLS - TORONTO

This morning we visit the impressive Niagara Falls! Enjoy 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. 

Optional Activity:
Possibility of a helicopter ride over Niagara Falls. Please ask us for further details. 

Lunch is in a panoramic restaurant which has a superb view of the falls. At the end of the afternoon, we transfer to Toronto, Canada’s largest city, also known as the Queen-city!  City Tour of Toronto which will include: City Hall, the business quarter, the Skydome and the CN Tower. Enjoy spectacular views from the lookout level of the Tower, the city’s 553-meter high symbol!  (please note that the ride up in the lift is not included).  Dinner is in downtown Toronto, and your evening is at leisure.  (Breakfast, lunch, dinner)

DAY 3: TORONTO - THOUSAND ISLANDS - OTTAWA

This morning we travel to the Canadian Thousand Islands, marvelling at stunning landscapes, remnants of an old, granite mountain range flooded by the Saint Lawrence River. This region is rich in epic oral folklore, legends and pirate stories, and we`ll take a cruise through the incredible thousand islands.  We continue on to Ottawa, the Canadian capital.  Hosting the parliament, the embassies and the government, Ottawa is a city of many beautiful parks, it is also a bustling, cosmopolitan centre where people work and play in both English and French.  Check-in to your hotel, and dinner followed by an evening walk on Parliament hill.  (Breakfast, lunch, dinner)

DAY 4: OTTAWA - MONTREAL

This morning we have a guided visit of Ottawa`s Parliament (depending on the timetable of the parliamentary sessions).  Then, an orientation tour of this wonderful capital city which will include Parliament hill and an orientation tour of the city, including: Parliament hill and the 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, the ByWard market, a Farmer’s market and shopping district by day and favourite 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 meters compared to that of the Ottawa river.  Lunch will be near the market. In the afternoon, we leave for Montreal, the cosmopolitan metropolis of Quebec.  On arrival, we have an orientation tour Mont Royal, which is right at the heart of the city and offers some incredible views of the city and the St.Lawrence River.  Lunch is in the old town, which is one of the most beautiful areas of Montreal thanks to some magnificent 17th, 18th and 19th century buildings.  Free time in Montreal`s old town. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner)

DAY 5: MONTREAL

Breakfast at your hotel.  This morning is a city tour of Montreal :  you`ll see Windsor station which was for many years 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 the one of the crown jewels of the city (interior visit not included), the Mount Royal with the Saint Joseph’s Oratory, the Latin Quarter, the business district, Saint-Catherine street, the site of the 1976 Olympic games etc. Lunch. This afternoon, discover underground Montreal with its 29 kilometres of underground tunnels with its 1700 shops, department stores, restaurants, cinemas, theatre and exhibition halls! At the end of the afternoon, transfer to the Côte-de-Beaupré region where you`ll enjoy a home-stay in a local village in the countryside.  Check-in with your host family and enjoy an evening meal.  This evening you`ll take part in a Canadian evening with dancing, singing and entertainment which promises to be lots of fun! (Breakfast, lunch, dinner)   (Please note a hotel option is also available for tonight).  

DAY 6: CÔTE DE BEAUPRÉ - QUEBEC CITY (75 km)

Start the morning with breakfast before travelling to beautiful Quebec City, cradle of French civilisation in North America, and the only fortified city north of Mexico.  Quebec was the first North American city to be listed on Unesco`s list of world heritage sites, demonstrating its worldwide historical appeal.  Perched on the summit of Cap Diamant, old Quebec dramatically overlooks the St.Lawrence River. On arrival, city tour of the city of Samuel Champlain which will include:  the world-famous Château Frontenac hotel, which celebrated its 100 years in 1993, 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 in Quebec`s old town. This afternoon there is time to stroll around Quebec City at your leisure or do a little shopping in one of the lovely boutiques in the old town.Check-in to your hotel. This evening enjoy dinner on Grande Allée, which some consider to be the little Champs-Elysées of Quebec:  it`s a wonderful street bordered by trees and important public buildings. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner).

DAY 7: QUEBEC

Breakfast. This morning we head to the Côte de Beaupré and stop at Montmorency Falls, which are situated in a wonderful park and offer fabulous views of l'île d'Orléans, the St.Lawrence river and Quebec’s old town. Lunch in Quebec`s old town.

Or on option, buffet lunch at the panoramic restaurant, Astral, situated at the top of the Lowes Hotel Concorde which gives you a wonderful view of the St.Lawerence River, Quebec and the entire region.  (25$ CAD all included per person)

This afternoon there is a little more free time to discover the city at your own pace.This evening, a delicious evening meal at a sugar shack.  On the menu are traditional maple syrup drinks.  The musical atmosphere will allow you to swing along to traditional Quebec songs!  (Breakfast, lunch, dinner). 

DAY 8: QUEBEC - MONTREAL AIRPORT (270 km)

Breakfast. This morning we visit the recreated aboriginal village on the Huron Traditional Site of Wendake with an aboriginal guide. This visit, at the heart of the aboriginal community of the Huron-Wendat nation, is an invitation to discover or rediscover the Huron way of On option, a visit to the Montreal`s Biodome: with its 4 ecosystems:  The Amazon Rainforest, the St.Lawrence river, the Laurentian Forest and the Sub-Antarctic world.  Each one has been carefully re-created to include the appropriate flora and fauna.  Each zone is insulated, and represents the correct temperature of the ecosystem. life of the past and of today: the making of snowshoes and canoes, the way the long house was organized, both socially and physically, etc
Typical American-Indian lunch in Wendake. Transfer to Montreal Airport to take your flight back home.  (Breakfast, lunch)

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

The holiday includes

  • Accommodation for 6 nights in Hotels of 3 Stars, and 1 night staying with a family
  • Full board from dinner on Day 1 to lunch on Day 8
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • The services of an English-speaking guide for the duration of the tour
  • Transportation by air-conditioned bus with a toilet for 8 days
  • The activities, visits and excursions mentioned in the programme : * A cruise on a Maid of the Mist boat at Niagara Falls * Lunch in a panoramic restaurant at Niagara Falls * A stop at Niagara-on-the-Lake * City tour of Toronto * A one hour cruise in the Thousand Islands * A guided visit of Ottawa’s Parliament (depending on the timetable of the Parliamentary sessions) * Orientation Tour of Ottawa * City tour of Montreal with a local guide (3 hours) * Family home-stay with folklore evening and entertainment * Evening meal in a sugar shack with a folklore evening and maple syrup taffy tasting * Quebec City Tour with a local guide (2 hours) * Côte de Beaupré and l'île d'Orléans excursion with a stop at Montmorency falls * L'excursion sur la Côte de Beaupré et l'île d'Orléans avec arrêt au parc de la chute Montmorency * Visit to a traditional Huron site with a typical American-Indian style lunch
  • All taxes and service included at restaurants

Not included in you Holiday

  • Flights
  • Drinks other than tea or coffee served with meals eaten as a group
  • Insurance and personal spending
  • Porterage
  • Tips for guides and driver (we suggest 2-3$ per person per day for each)
  • Optional activities and upgrades

Optional

En option
  • Repas au restaurant panoramique tournant l'Astral de l'hôtel Loews Concorde
  • Croisière observation des baleines dans l'estuaire du Saint-Laurent
  • Survol des chutes de Niagara en hélicoptère