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Self-Drive Eastern Spirit

13 Night Self Drive Tour from £1,329 per Person Including Flights

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Overview

Head to the south-eastern corner of Canada on this whirlwind adventure through urban landscapes, striking scenery and beautiful natural wonders. The nation’s distinct fusion of French and English cultures creates interesting locations which will amaze and captivate your imagination, from Quebec City and Ottawa to Niagara Falls and the breath-taking Thousand Island region.

13 night Tour Begins & Ends Toronto: 2 nights Toronto; 1 night Niagara Falls; 1 night Kitchener; 1 night Midland; 1 night Pembroke; 1 night Ottawa; 2 nights Tremblant; 2 nights Quebec City; 1 night Montreal; 1 night Gananoque

Details

Day 1

Fly to Toronto

Arrive into Pearson International Airport and transfer independently to your downtown hotel. Pick up your Canada Roadbook at the front desk when you check in then spend the remainder of the day exploring the city at leisure.

Overnight in Toronto
Standard Accommodation: Chelsea Hotel or Courtyard by Marriott Toronto
Superior Accommodation: Sheraton Centre Hotel

Day 2

Toronto

There are numerous attractions to explore in Toronto – you’ll be spoiled for choice. There is a fascinating mix of multi-cultural neighbourhoods, from Chinatown to Little Italy and Greektown, so exploring the world in one city is almost possible. Then there’s the CN Tower, the SkyDome, Ontario Place, the Hockey Hall of Fame and the Ontario Science Centre, to name just a few.

Overnight in Toronto
Standard Accommodation: Chelsea Hotel or Courtyard by Marriott Toronto
Superior Accommodation: Sheraton Centre Hotel

Day 3

Toronto to Niagara Falls (81 miles)

Today the route heads south, skirting the Niagara Escarpment and the vineyards of the Niagara Peninsula. You’ll have the opportunity to discover the historic village of Niagara-on-the-Lake with its 19th century heritage, as well as time to do a little shopping, before heading back along the Niagara Parkway to Niagara Falls.

Overnight in Niagara Falls
Standard Accommodation: Hilton Hotel & Suites Fallsview or Oakes Hotel Overlooking the Falls.
Superior Accommodation: Hilton Hotel & Suites Fallsview or Doubletree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton.

Day 4

Niagara Falls to Kitchener (90 miles)

Kitchener is a charming rural region that’s not only home to the University of Waterloo, Wilfred Laurier University and Conestoga College, but welcomes over 600,000 visitors to its unique brand of Oktoberfest each year. Founded in 1784, Kitchener is the gateway to the Grand River Valley. It’s popular for the natural beauty found here, as well as the valley which offers over 30 miles of trails for bird-watching, hiking and cycling.

Overnight in Kitchener
Standard Accommodation: Best Western Plus Kitchener or Crowne Plaza Kitchener Waterloo Hotel.
Superior Accommodation: Best Western Plus Kitchener or Crowne Plaza Kitchener Waterloo Hotel.

Day 5

Kitchener to Midland (140 miles)

Travel north to the shores of Georgian Bay where you’ll venture into the heart of Central Ontario towards Midland. There’s a lot of natural beauty and history to experience here, which you’ll have the opportunity to discover today with visits to Georgian Bay Islands National Park, Huronia Museum and Indian Village, Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre and The Martyrs’ Shrine.

Overnight in Midland
Standard Accommodation: Best Western Plus Highland Inn & Conference Centre or Comfort Inn Midland.
Superior Accommodation: Super 8 Midland or Best Western Plus Highland Inn & Conference Centre

Day 6

Midland to Pembroke (233 miles)

Today you’ll venture further east as you enter the Pembroke/Ottawa Valley region – a fascinating city to explore due to the diverse array of people who have settled here over the years, from English, Scottish, Polish and Irish to German, French, Indian, Greek and Chinese. Take time to admire the vast wilderness of Algonquin Provincial Park which is well known for its hiking trails and canoeing routes.

Overnight in Pembroke
Standard Accommodation: Best Western Pembroke Inn & Conference Centre or Comfort Inn Pembroke.
Superior Accommodation: Best Western Pembroke Inn & Conference Centre or Comfort Inn Pembroke.

Day 7

Pembroke to Ottawa (93 miles)

Take a scenic drive today along the Quebec-Ontario border to pass typically rural towns such as Renfrew and Arniprior.

Overnight in Ottawa
Standard Accommodation: Lord Elgin Hotel or Radisson Hotel Ottawa Parliament Hill.
Superior Accommodation: Delta Ottawa City Centre.

Day 8

Ottawa to Tremblant (105 miles)

The tour takes a different turn today as you head north into Quebec and the Laurentian Mountains. Visiting St. Jovite and Mont-Tremblant Park, you’ll unearth the natural scenic beauty that attracts so many visitors every year. Travelling onwards you will reach the luxurious resort of Tremblant.

Overnight in Tremblant
Standard Accommodation: Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tremblant or Les Suites Tremblant or Ermitage du Lac
Superior Accommodation: Les Suites Ermitage du Lac

Day 9

Tremblant

Spend the day enjoying all that Tremblant has to offer as a world-renowned four-season destination. Why not rent a bike and hit the mountain trails or go hiking to keep an eye out for the wildlife? If you like playing golf, there are two courses and a golf academy here, as well as a beach club and watersport centre if the waters sound more enticing. If you simply can’t choose, Tremblant has an activity centre to help you, where you can gather ideas and be guided in the right direction.

Overnight at Tremblant
Standard Accommodation: Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tremblant or Les Suites Tremblant or Ermitage du Lac
Superior Accommodation: Les Suites Ermitage du Lac

Day 10

Tremblant to Quebec City (242 miles)

Quebec City is the best place to combine a classic Canadian trip with a European adventure! This city is unique and unforgettable, with a rich heritage and numerous attractions. Be sure to make time for as many as you can, such as the shrine at Ste. Anne-de-Beaupre, Place Royale, the Basilica, Montmorency Falls and the Ile d’Orleans.

Overnight in Quebec City
Standard Accommodation: Auberge Quebec or Hotel Clarion Quebec.
Superior Accommodation: Delta Quebec or or Hotel Le Concorde or Hotel Chateau Laurier Quebec.

Day 11

Quebec City

Spend the day discovering more of what Quebec City has to offer, from the historic buildings to the unique French culture and enchanting cobbled streets.

Overnight in Quebec City
Standard Accommodation: Auberge Quebec or Hotel Clarion Quebec.
Superior Accommodation: Delta Quebec or or Hotel Le Concorde or Hotel Chateau Laurier Quebec.

Day 12

Quebec City to Montreal (155 miles)

In the morning you will follow the St. Lawrence river to the city to Montreal, where you can spend the day forging your own Canadian adventure within the city. Take a trip to the Notre-Dame Basilica, the Place d’Armes or the rue St. Catherine, or seek out the botanical gardens and Olympic Stadium. In the evening, explore the bustling nightlife and fantastic restaurants.

Overnight in Montreal
Standard Accommodation: Le Nouvel Hotel & Spa or Hotel Lord Berri Montreal.
Superior Accommodation: Delta Montreal or Marriott Chateau Champlain.

Day 13

Montreal to Gananoque (226 miles)

Leaving Montreal in the morning, you’ll drive west across the border into rural Ontario – as you drive through you’ll pass through the stunning Thousand Islands region where dense forests and glistening lakes can be found. Step aboard a cruise ship to explore the striking scenery which is dotted with luxurious cottages and estates. The cruise takes you past Boldt Castle, Millionaire’s Row and Zavikon Island, as well as numerous stunning vistas of the landscape.

Overnight in Gananoque
Standard Accommodation: Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites or Comfort Inn & Suites Thousand Island Harbour District.
Superior Accommodation: Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites or Comfort Inn & Suites Thousand Island Harbour District.

Day 14

Gananoque to Toronto/End of Tour (161 miles)

Take a leisurely drive along Lake Ontario and return to Toronto’s Pearson International Airport to check in for your return flight.

Day 15

Arrive back home

What's Included

  • Transatlantic schedule flights
  • Car hire (economy size) from day 3
  • Accommodation for 13 nights as shown or similar
  • Day 13, Rockport - 1-hour 1000 Islands cruise
  • Independent hiking at Tremblant
  • 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, hotel vouchers and customised day-by-day routing maps


Not Included

  • Airport transfers
  • Meals and attractions unless otherwise specified
  • Park entrance fees
  • Hotel car parking charges

2017 Departures

  • Tour is not available for departures 20 - 24 May, 28 - 31 May, 4 - 7 June, 19 - 22 June,  17 - 19 July, 24 - 26 July, 14 - 17 August 2017 on all all tour categories
  • Tour is not available for departures 21 - 28 June 2017 on the 13 Night Self Drive Tour
  • Tour is not available for departures 24 - 25 June, 17 - 18 September 2017 on the 13 Night Superior Self Drive Tour

The weather information shown below refers to the first stop on the tour, call us and speak to one of our travel experts for the most up-to-date forecasts and weather details for your tour.

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