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Self-Drive Eastern Express

7 Night Self Drive Tour from £999 per Person Including Flights

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Overview

Take a shorter version of the popular Lower and Upper Canada Fly-Drive, this tour takes you on a journey through the awe-inspiring urban and rural locales of Ontario and Quebec. Travel from Toronto to the natural beauty of Niagara Falls, then on to the neo-gothic buildings of Ottawa which will leave you amazed. Some highlights of the trip include a visit to the Thousand Island region, exploring the interior of the walled Quebec City and the French-inspired Montreal – an unforgettable experience.

7 night Tour Begins & Ends Toronto: 2 nights Toronto; 1 night Ottawa; 2 nights Quebec City; 1 night Montreal; 1 night Kingston

Details

Day 1

Fly to Toronto

Arrive into Pearson International Airport in Toronto then transfer independently to your downtown hotel. Check-in and pick up your Jonview Canada Roadbook from the front desk then enjoy the remainder of the day to explore the city at leisure.

Overnight in Toronto
Economy Accommodation: Bond Place Hotel or Holiday Inn Toronto Downtown
Deluxe Accommodation: Fairmont Royal York or Sheraton Centre Hotel

Day 2

Toronto/Niagara Falls Excursion (161 miles)

Today is a free day to discover the delights of Toronto at your own pace. This vibrant metropolis has much to offer in the way of attractions and activities, from the Rogers Centre (formerly the SkyDome) and the harbourfront district to the Eaton Centre for shopping. Included today is admission to the CN Tower which is an impressive glass lift which takes you up to the observation lounge at 553m high. If you want a really amazing experience, you should plan in a visit to the renowned Niagara Falls which is around an hour and a half drive south of Toronto. The route takes you through the wine-growing regions of Ontario and the neighbouring picturesque town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. There will be no shortage of attractions and photo opportunities here!

Overnight in Toronto
Economy Accommodation: Bond Place Hotel or Holiday Inn Toronto Downtown
Deluxe Accommodation: Fairmont Royal York or Sheraton Centre Hotel

Day 3

Toronto to Ottawa (280 miles)

Driving east today, you’ll follow the shoreline of lake Ontario and pass through the smaller villages found dotted along the landscape. The city of Kingston is where the prestigious Queen’s University can be found but this area is also the gateway to the beautiful Thousand Islands. As the road turns north you’ll be heading along the Rideau Heritage Route along the Rideau River, which takes you through towns such as Smiths Falls and Edmond’s Lock. In the afternoon you will arrive into Ottawa.

Overnight in Ottawa
Economy Accommodation: Capital Hill Hotel & Suites or Travelodge Ottawa East
Deluxe Accommodation: Fairmont Chateau Laurier

Day 4

Ottawa to Quebec City (286 miles)

Before you leave Ottawa you may wish to take a trip to the Parliament Buildings, the National Gallery or some of the museums; alternatively, you can take a tour of the Royal Canadian Mint or take a boat ride on the Ottawa River. Crossing the border into Quebec, you will take to the north shore of the St. Lawrence which will take you through the town of Trois Rivières. We suggest stopping at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception which is a Gothic cathedral with magnificent stained glass windows throughout. Later on you’ll pass through the walled gates of Quebec City where you’ll spend the next couple of days exploring.

Overnight in Quebec City
Economy Accommodation: Auberge Quebec or Hotel Ambassadeur
Deluxe Accommodation: Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac or Hotel Chateau Laurier Quebec

Day 5

Quebec City

Today you have a full day to really experience the very best of Canada’s oldest city. This area is a designated United Nations World Heritage Site and was founded in 1608. There is a sightseeing tour available to help you learn more about the past and present of Quebec City, where you’ll visit the Latin Quarter, the Plains of Abraham, the Citadel, the Place Royale and the Basilica, as well as many other points of interest within the city. In the evening, dine in one of the countless restaurants serving up delectable cuisine.

Overnight in Quebec City
Economy Accommodation: Auberge Quebec or Hotel Ambassadeur
Deluxe Accommodation: Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac or Hotel Chateau Laurier Quebec

Day 6

Quebec to Montreal (158 miles)

Begin today with a scenic drive through the rolling plains and hillsides of the Mauricie/Bois-Francs and Lanaudiere regions as you head for the spectacular scenery of Lac à la Truite. Make a stop in Berthierville to visit the Gilles Villeneuve Museum then continue your journey onwards to Montreal. We suggest a visit to Notre-Dame Basilica, the Biodome, the Olympic Site or the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts while you’re here.

Overnight in Montreal
Economy Accommodation: Les Suites Labelle or Travelodge Montreal Centre
Deluxe Accommodation: Marriot Chateau Champlain or Intercontinental Montreal

Day 7

Montreal to Kingston (181 miles)

Cross the border into Ontario this morning and explore the breath-taking Thousand Islands region. While you’re here you may choose to visit the colonial grounds of Queen’s University or the museum of the Royal Military College which is the oldest military academy in Canada. You will also enjoy a cruise of the Thousand Islands region which is an unforgettable experience.

Overnight in Kingston
Economy Accommodation: Ramada Kingston Hotel & Conference Centre or Thriftlodge Kingston
Deluxe Accommodation: Delta Kingston Waterfront Hotel or Four Points by Sheraton Kingston

Day 8

Kingston – Toronto/End of Tour (161 miles)

The road west of the shores of Lake Ontario leads you back through Prince Edward County, passing historic communities and charming summer homes. Stop off in Picton for a taste of locally-produced cheeses and wines, then continue on towards Pearson International Airport for your return flight.

Day 9

Arrive back home

 

  • Transatlantic schedule flights
  • Car hire (economy size) from day 2
  • Accommodation for 7 nights
  • Day 2, Toronto - admission to the CN Tower & Ripley's Aquarium
  • Day 5, Quebec City - 2-hour Quebec City sightseeing tour
  • Day 7, Rockport - 1-hour 1000 Island cruise
  • A personalised Canada Roadbook, containing essential travel information featuring overview notes of the area of travel, local sightseeing and attractions, daily itinerary highlights, provincial maps with city guides and hotel vouchers

What's not included

  • Transfers, unless specified
  • Meals and attractions unless otherwise specified
  • Fuel
  • Hotel car parking fees

2016 Departures

  • Tour is not available for departures 26 - 31 May, 4 - 7 June 2016 & 28 - 29 June 2016

2017 Departures

  • Tour is not available for departures 24 - 30 May, 3 - 6 June, 10 - 13 June, 28 - 29 June,  23 - 25 July, 30 July - 1 August 2017 on all all tour categories
  • Tour is not available for departures 28 - 29 June 2017 on the 7 Night Self Drive Tour
  • Tour is not available for departures 7 - 17 September 2017 on the 7 Night Deluxe Self Drive Tour

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