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Indulgence in Eastern Canada (Summer 2018)

Duration: 8 days Visiting: Canada

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English and French cultures fuse into this romantic journey through the picturesque and historic cities of Eastern Canada. From high-rise Toronto to the thundering thrills of Niagara Falls, and quality time spent in the beautiful cities of Ottawa and Quebec, this Luxury Gold journey is a mixture of excitement, culture and quaint charm.

  1. Day 1

    Welcome to Toronto.

    Welcome to Canada. On arrival at Toronto International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your luxury hotel, known for its grand architecture and glamorous atmosphere. At 18:00, join your Travelling Concierge for a Welcome Dinner with wine.

  2. Day 2

    Toronto Sightseeing and Niagara Falls Up Close.

    Spend the morning exploring and ascend to the top of the CN Tower for panoramic views. Travel along stately University Avenue to see Ontario’s Parliament buildings, Queen’s Park and the Royal Ontario Museum. Then discover one of the world’s great natural wonders, Niagara Falls, as you enjoy intimate views on a narrated cruise to the base of the falls, before exploring Niagara-on-the-Lake. Back in Toronto, your evening is at leisure.

  3. Day 3

    Kingston and the Canadian Capital of Ottawa.

    Travel along the shores of Lake Ontario for a tour of Canada’s first capital, Kingston. Continue to the modern capital of Ottawa where you’ll settle into your landmark hotel, reminiscent of a French chateau. In the evening, you are invited to a Highlight Dinner with wine at the Courtyard Restaurant, with its historic location and modern charm.

  4. Day 4 - Relaxed Start

    All About Ottawa.

    Enjoy a truly unique experience – meet a retired member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Hear fascinating tales of what it’s like to wear the famous red serge uniform and then immerse yourself in an orientation of Ottawa. View the entrance to the famous Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and historic construction covering 125 miles (202 km) from Ottawa to Lake Ontario. Visit the impressive Gothic Parliament Buildings, before spending the rest of the day at leisure.

  5. Day 5

    The Old Walled City of Quebec.

    Journey along the St Lawrence River to Quebec City, North America’s first permanent French settlement and the only walled city in Canada. Enjoy an exclusive guided tour of your iconic, historic hotel with a Local Expert. Learn how the history of the chateau and the city’s inhabitants have been interwoven for so long, and gain access to areas not accessible to the general public.

  6. Day 6 - Relaxed Start

    Quintessential Quebec.

    Discover Quebec City with your Local Expert. See the Citadel of Quebec, Latin Quarter, National Assembly and Place-Royale. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure in this romantic city. In the evening, view the thundering Montmorency Falls on a short orientation tour. You will then be taken on the Ile d'Orleans for a special evening at Le Moulin de Saint Laurent, a stone watermill dating back to the early 18th century. Chef Martin will prepare a Highlight Dinner while musicians entertain you with a diversified musical repertoire.

  7. Day 7

    Historic Montreal.

    With your Local Expert, admire Montreal’s diversity. See historic Old Montreal with its cobblestone streets and the Old Port. Visit the dramatic Notre-Dame Basilica with its glorious stained glass windows and Saint Joseph’s Oratory, home to one of the world’s greatest pipe organs. Learn all about the organ itself and enjoy a short, exclusive selection of different music styles. Spend the evening at Gibbys, a restaurant full of old-world charm, housed in a 200-year-old building in Old Montreal. Savour French-inspired cuisine as you bid 'au revoir' to your Travelling Concierge and new friends with this palate-pleasing Farewell Celebration Dinner.

  8. Day 8

    Depart Montreal.

    Your trip ends in the morning and a departure transfer to Montreal International Airport is provided.

Highlights

 

VIP EXPERIENCES

  • Ottawa: Meet a retired member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, colloquially known as 'The Mounties', and learn first-hand about Canada's iconic national police force.
  • Quebec City: As a guest at the iconic, luxury Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, enjoy an exclusive guided tour of this historic building, learn about the history of the château, and gain access to areas not accessible to the general public.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Toronto: Take in panoramic views of the city from the CN Tower.
  • Niagara Falls: Greet the howling spray, wind and thunder at the base of the Falls on-board your cruise.
  • Quebec City: On a sightseeing tour, a Local Expert will bring to life this beautiful and historic city that will feel as if you've set foot on European soil.
  • Montreal: Visit Saint Joseph’s Oratory, home to one of the world’s greatest organs and enjoy an exclusive recital.
  • Montreal: Visit some of the city's most iconic sites with a Local Expert, including the Notre Dame Basilica with its dazzling combination of blue and gold decor.

EXCEPTIONAL DINING

  • Ottawa: Join us for a Highlight Dinner at the Courtyard Restaurant – a culinary experience that will delight your taste buds.
  • Quebec City: Dine at Le Moulin de Saint Laurent, a stone watermill dating back to the early 18th century. Chef Martin will prepare a Highlight Dinner with wine while musicians entertain you.
  • Montreal: Celebrate with wine and good cheer at Gibbys in Old Montreal.
  • Included Quality Dining: 7 Breakfasts and 4 Dinners
    On-Board Canada and New England Discovery Cruise: 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches and 7 Dinners

INCLUSIVE LUXURY GOLD SERVICES

  • Be escorted by the crème de la crème of Insight Travelling Concierges - handpicked for every departure. This skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your 'friend in a foreign land'.
  • Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40 guest coach, with extended leg room and an on-board restroom. It's Business Class comfort, complete with complimentary bottled water for you to enjoy during your luxury coaching trip.
  • A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating insights and commentaries.
  • At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling with prompt delivery right to your door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus, we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi.
  • With Insight Flourishes, from time to time, your Travelling Concierge will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • Included airport transfers on first and last itinerary day.

Accommodation

 

The Omni King Edward Hotel Toronto

Toronto (Central) - Canada

The Omni King Edward Hotel, Toronto

Fairmont Chteau Laurier Ottawa

Fairmont Château Laurier, Ottawa

Fairmont Le Chteau Frontenac Quebec City

Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, Quebec City

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel Montreal

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal.

  • Trip review

    4 out of 5

    Algoma (WI), United States

    We thought the food was very good and the bus (transportation) was excellent. The guide and bus driver did an excellent job.

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  • Wonderful

    5 out of 5

    Winston Hills, Australia

    It was a very interesting tour. Food and accommodation was excellent. I cannot speak highly enough of the tour guide, Max Davidson. He made every day exciting and interesting. His service to customers was over and above what could be expected. A wonderfully warm man who deserves a lot of credit for the passion he shows for his job. Lorraine O'Brien. The Scenic tour following a long way behind Scenic in all aspects of touring.

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  • Beautiful Capital Cities

    4 out of 5

    Springfield (PA), Springfield (PA)

    Insight never disappoints! The accommodations were amazing. The staffs at all four hotels were extremely helpful, no question was unimportant. The biggest plus of our tour was our tour director, Max Davidson. He was not only very knowledgeable when it came to telling us about the various sights and locales, but he was very approachable, made the tour guests feel at ease and "important". His biggest concern was that we had experiences that would make lasting memories. One of the highlights he planned for us was dinner at LeMoulin de St-Laurent, Ile d'Orleans, outside of Quebec City. A wonderful night of great food and wonderful entertainment by Martin Verret, violinist, with his brother, Patrick, on guitar. The walled city of Quebec City was an overall favorite of the tour guests and Insight allowed us time on our own to really explore the town and Max gave us great suggestions as to where to eat and shop. The tour made great memories for us. I will add here that the only thing you will not get on this tour is a lot of Canada's varying scenery. But the cities are the attraction and that is what the traveler must keep in mind.

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  • European Feel

    4 out of 5

    Altona, Australia

    This tour covered the many of Canads finest cities. We enjoyed the French feel of Canada and loved Quebec.

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  • Heather and Bills Excellent journey

    5 out of 5

    Albury (NSW), Albury (NSW)

    Well didn't Heather run a very "Tidy" Tour with her helpful advice of times where to be, knowledge and History of where we were, and entertaining and fun stories as well as what popped up along the way. And Bills expertise of navigation around a traffic jam on the freeway gave us an excellent and picturess bypass through some very scenic towns we would otherwise of missed, and he also had plenty of knowledge and history to share along the way.

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  • Canadian Capitols Tour

    5 out of 5

    Happy Valley, Australia

    Many thanks for the Tour we really enjoyed with you in Canada recently. Good agenda, saw all the highlights, but the biggest contribution to our holiday was the Tour Director, Carmine Sannuto and driver Bill. Carmine from the first time we met was just excellent and was so helpful, interesting, humorous,inciteful,informative,courteous,informative and nothing was too much trouble. Your Tour would not be the same without someone like Carmine he is excellent. Many thanks Jeff Cathie Adelaide South Australia.

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  • From Toronto to Montreal

    5 out of 5

    Milwaukee, United States

    It was a great trip! We learned the history behind the sights & had a great group on our bus. Out tour director was friendly, knowledgeable & fun. We enjoyed the time we had on our own, so we could rest a little & walk around as we liked. This was our second Insight vacation & won't be our last!

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