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Self-Drive The Grand Canadian East

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Overview

Explore the delights of Eastern Canada on this 20 day tour from Toronto to Halifax. Visit the majestic Niagara Falls, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City, before travelling along the Cabot Trail.

19 night Tour Begins Toronto & Ends Halifax: 1 night Toronto; 1 night Niagara Falls; 1 night Ottawa; 1 night Mont Tremblant; 2 nights Montreal; 2 nights Quebec City; 1 night Riviere du Loup; 1 night Matane; 2 nights Perce; 1 night Carleton; 1 night Saint John; 2 nights Charlottetown; 2 nights West Bay; 1 night Halifax

Details

Day 1

Fly to Toronto
Arrive at Toronto Lester B. Peterson International Airport. Pick up your rental car and transfer to your hotel.
Overnight Bond Place Hotel

Day 2

Toronto – Niagara Falls (82 Miles)
This morning at 08:00 hours, you will be met by a Tour representative and provided with a welcome kit which includes driving instructions, vouchers, maps, and brochures of the places that you are about to visit. Travel to the magnificent Niagara Falls.
Overnight Days Inn Fallsview Casino

Day 3

Niagara Falls – Thousand Islands – Ottawa (353 Miles)
This morning, journey along the St. Lawrence River to the popular resort of Gananoque. The next stop is Canada’s capital city of Ottawa. The Parliament Buildings are a key sight in this elegant city.
Overnight Holiday Inn & Suites

Day 4

Ottawa – Mont Tremblant (146 Miles)
Visit charming Mont Tremblant, the Gateway to the Laurentians, which offers a wealth of recreational activities.
Overnight Country Inn & Suites

Day 5

Mont Tremblant – Montréal (84 Miles)
Travel to Montréal, the second largest French speaking city in the world. Entering Montréal, see beautiful Mont Royale, the city’s namesake, a striking park-covered mountain.
Overnight Travelodge Montreal Centre

Day 6

Montréal
Explore the cobblestone streets of Montréal’s old precinct, which are lined with stone houses, Parisian style cafés, and architectural marvels. The city’s downtown boasts a trove of colossal Europeanstyle cathedrals and fine museums.
Overnight Travelodge Montreal Centre

Day 7

Montréal – Trois-Rivière – Québec City (165 Miles)
Leave Montréal and drive along the Saint Lawrence River to ancient Trois-Rivière. Continue along the St. Lawrence River and notice its virtually intact European appearance.
Overnight Clarion Quebec

Day 8

Québec City
Travel down narrow streets past old stone buildings, and see the Citadel and the old port. The old section of Québec City is North America’s only walled city.
Overnight Clarion Quebec

Day 9

Québec City – Rivière-du-Loup (128 Miles)
Explore the three-level city of Québec with its Old Town. Travel to Rivière-du-Loup, known for its eight beautiful waterfalls.
Overnight Gouverneur Hotel Rimouski

Day 10

Rivière-du-Loup – Rimouski – Mont Joli Matane (112 Miles)
Travel on to beautiful Le Bic Park, a rugged coastal park. Then continue on to Rimouski, the administrative capital of eastern Quebéc and Musée de la mer de Pointe-au-Père. Continue on to the town of Matane via Mont Joli for the night.
Overnight Quality Inn Matane

Day 11

Matane – Sainte-Anne-des-Monts – Gaspé – Percé (166 Miles)
The rugged coastline unfolds before you as you drive from Matane to Perce, your home for the next two nights.
Overnight Hotel Le Mirage

Day 12

Percé
This is an important fishing port where numerous attractions, activities, and scenic wonders await such as Île Bonaventure and Percé Rock Park.
Overnight Hotel Le Mirage

Day 13

Percé – Carleton (121 Miles)
Continue along the scenic seacoast to Carleton where you will overnight.
Overnight Hostellerie Baie Bleue

Day 14

Carleton – Kings Landing Historic Settlement – Saint John (378 Miles)
Travel across the province of New Brunswick to Kings Landing Historical Site. This is a meticulous restoration of a typical village in the Saint John River Valley dating back to the 1800s. Then continue on to Saint John.
Overnight Comfort Inn Saint John

Day 15

Saint John – Fundy National Park – Hopewell Cape – Moncton – Magnetic Hill – Shediac – Charlottetown (270 Miles)
Explore charming Downtown Saint John with its cobblestone streets and quaint old gaslamps before traveling to Fundy National Park to see its charming covered bridges. In Moncton, view the Tidal Bore and visit Magnetic Hill. In Shediac, continue on to the Confederation Bridge, for the eight mile ride across the Northumberland Straight onto beautiful Prince Edward Island.
Overnight Comfort Inn Charlottetown

Day 16

Charlottetown
Prince Edward Island is a striking land featuring bright carpets of green grass leading to bright red cliffs, and provides many unique attractions and sights.
Overnight Comfort Inn Charlottetown

Day 17

Charlottetown – West Bay (via car ferry) (188 Miles)
Leave Charlottetown and enjoy a ferry ride across from Prince Edward Island to Caribou, NS. From there, travel to the northernmost part of Nova Scotia, cross over the Canso Causeway and enter beautiful Cape Breton Island. Continue on to Baddeck, home of the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site.
Overnight Dundee Resort

Day 18

West Bay (Cape Breton Island, Cabot Trail) (100 Miles)
Travel on the Cabot Trail, the East Coast’s answer to California’s Pacific Coast Highway. As this scenic drive makes a giant horseshoe around the northernmost part of Cape Breton Island, see stunning seascapes of giant cliffs and high mountains as they tumble down in to the ocean from high above the sea. Return to Baddeck.
Overnight Dundee Resort

Day 19

West Bay – Halifax (402 Miles)
This morning drive through mainland Nova Scotia and continue on to the capital city of Halifax where you may want to enjoy a trip to beautiful Peggy’s Cove, a lobster fishing village, and a walk on the giant white granite boulders to the picturesque lighthouse perched on them.
Overnight Citadel Halifax Hotel

Day 20

Halifax Departure
Return you rental car back to the location at Halifax International Airport prior to your return flight.

Day 21

Arrival back home

What's Included

  • Return transatlantic schedule flights
  • Economy size car rental
  • Hotel accommodation as specified, or of a similar standard
  • Detailed briefing by Tour Representative as specified in itinerary
  • Welcome kit with comprehensive maps and day-to-day itinerary

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