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Self-Drive Heritage Trail

12 Night Self Drive Tour from £1,279 per Person Including Flights

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Overview

Enjoy exploring the provinces of Ontario and Quebec on this awe-inspiring Self-Drive Heritage Trail through many of Canada’s most fascinating and popular spots. The circular route takes you along Lake Ontario from Toronto to the Thousand Islands region, east to French Canada, north from Ottawa and through the Algonquin Park to Niagara Falls before returning to Toronto to conclude your trip.

12 night Tour Begins & Ends Toronto: 2 nights Toronto; 1 night Kingston; 2 nights Montreal; 2 nights Quebec City; 2 nights Ottawa;  2 nights Huntsville; 1 night Niagara Falls

Details

Day 1

Fly to Toronto

Arrive into Pearson International Airport and transfer independently to your downtown hotel. Be sure to pick up your Canada Roadbook from the front desk when you check in then use the remainder of the day to explore at leisure and make the most of this exciting city, perhaps by shopping at the Eaton Centre or by sampling the cuisine in one of the many amazing restaurants.

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

Day 2

Toronto

Enjoy the whole day in and around Toronto, perhaps by visiting the CN Tower and the SkyDome, Ontario palace, the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Ontario Science Centre or the Royal Ontario Museum. Toronto is a city packed with exciting attractions, shops and restaurants, with a fun and lively atmosphere.

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

Day 3

Toronto to Kingston (161 miles)

Drive east today, directly to Kingston, then tour Fort Henry – a fort created in 1812 during the war to protect the Kingston Royal Navy Dockyard. An alternative route to Kingston passes through the charming heritage towns of Prince Edward County.

Overnight in Kingston
Standard Accommodation: Comfort Inn Midtown Kingston or Ambassador Resort Hotel & Conference Centre or Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Kingston
Superior Accommodation: Four Points by Sheraton Kingston or Delta Kingston Waterfront Hotel

Day 4

Kingston to Montreal (180 miles)

En-route to Montreal today, you’ll enter the stunning Thousand Islands region which is renowned for its collection of verdant islands nestling on serene lakes – a truly beautiful location. Step aboard a cruise ship to explore this scenery and take in the views of captivating estates and sophisticated cottages. The cruise takes you past Boldt Castle, Millionaire’s Row and Zavikon Island.

Overnight in Montreal
Standard Accommodation: Hotel Lord Berri Montreal or Hotel Faubourg Montreal or Le Nouvel Hotel & Spa
Superior Accommodation: Marriott Chateau Champlain or Le Saint Martin Hotel Particulier Centre-Ville

Day 5

Montreal

Montreal is a bustling city with a cosmopolitan edge and French-inspired culture – there are countless attractions to explore here to fill your day of leisure with. We recommend a visit to any of the following – the Notre-Dame Basilica, Old Montreal, the Olympic Site, the Biodome, Mt. Royal Park or the underground city.

Overnight in Montreal
Standard Accommodation: Hotel Lord Berri Montreal or Hotel Faubourg Montreal or Le Nouvel Hotel & Spa
Superior Accommodation: Marriott Chateau Champlain or Le Saint Martin Hotel Particulier Centre-Ville

Day 6

Montreal to Quebec City (155 miles)

On your way to Quebec City, we recommend stopping at Cap-de-la-Madeleine, which is Canada’s national shrine to the Virgin Mary. Whilst in Trois- Rivières, the Museum of Quebec Folk Arts and Traditions.

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

Day 7

Quebec City

Canada’s oldest city, Quebec City, is a fascinating blend of strong French heritage, breath-taking architecture and charming culture. The Fortifications, a historic national park, the Place Royal and the Basilica are all well worth visiting while you’re here. If you’re venturing slightly outside of the city, the dramatic shrine at Ste. Anne-de-Beaupré, Montmorency Falls and the Ile de’Orleans are all fantastic attractions to tick off your list.

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

Day 8

Quebec City to Ottawa (285 miles)

Today you’ll have the opportunity to visit some more local attractions en-route to Ottawa, including the Wolfe-Montcalm Monument or Dufferin Terrace. There are several routes to Ottawa which you can take.

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

Day 9

Ottawa

Today, take the whole day to explore the historic city of Ottawa, a city of pageantry and art. This multi-cultural city has much to offer by way of attractions and activities, from the Parliament Buildings and museums or tours of the Royal Canadian Mint and the Rideau Canal, now a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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

Day 10

Ottawa to Huntsville (217 miles)

Take a scenic drive to Algonquin Provincial Park today to explore the beautiful Muskoka region. A northern lakeland route, this journey offers up some of the best fishing spots in the country.

Overnight near Huntsville
Standard Accommodation: Colonial Bay Motel Resort or Hidden Valley Resort or Best Western Plus Muskoka Inn
Superior Accommodation: Deerhurst Resort or Hidden Valley

Day 11

Huntsville

Today will be spent in Huntsville, the largest town in the Muskoka region. Speckled with lakes and naturally beautiful, this is a popular location with visitors to this area. We suggest spending time enjoying outdoor pursuits here, such as boat cruises, horseback riding and wandering along the hiking trails. A short drive away is Lion’s Lookout Park or the Muskoka Pioneer Village – both worth visiting if you have the time.

Overnight near Huntsville
Standard Accommodation: Colonial Bay Motel Resort or Hidden Valley Resort or Best Western Plus Muskoka Inn
Superior Accommodation: Deerhurst Resort or Hidden Valley

Day 12

Huntsville to Niagara Falls (205 miles)

Drive south today and bypass Toronto en-route to Niagara Falls – known as the ‘honeymoon capital of the world’. We suggest stopping in Midland at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons, the first European settlement in Ontario and now a National Historic Site of Canada.

Overnight in Niagara Falls
Standard Accommodation: Hilton Hotel & Suites Fallsview or Crown Plaza Fallsview
Superior Accommodation: Hilton Hotel & Suites Fallsview or Doubletree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton

Day 13

Niagara Falls to Toronto/End of Tour

Drive to Toronto through the fruit-growing region of Ontario, visiting the historic town of Niagara-on-the-Lake en-route. We suggest also stopping at the Welland Canal on your way, before returning to Pearson International Airport for your departure flight.

Day 14

Arrive back home

What's Included

  • Transatlantic schedule flights
  • Car hire (economy size) from day 3
  • Accommodation for 12 nights
  • Day 4, Rockport - 1-hour 1000 Islands 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, 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 18 - 21 May, 28 May - 1 June, 4 - 8 June, 11 - 15 June,  24 - 27 July, 30 July - 1 August 2017 on all all tour categories
  • Tour is not available for departures 19 - 27 June 2017 on the 12 Night Self Drive Tour
  • Tour is not available for departures 22 - 24 June, 15 - 17 September 2017 on the 12 Night Superior Self Drive Tour

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