Indulgence in Eastern Canada - Luxury Gold

Indulgence in Eastern Canada and Cruise Ocean View Stateroom (Luxury Gold - Summer 2018)

Duration: 15 days Visiting: Canada, United States

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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.

  • Dine at the family-run Le Moulin de Saint Laurent on Ile d'Orleans in a historic, former flour mill, where Chef Martin Pronovost will present an evening of seasonal cuisine and music
  • In Montreal's Saint Joseph's Oratory, you'll learn how a pipe organ works and enjoy a short recital of different styles of organ music
  • The castle-like surroundings of the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac will give you a historic home in Old Quebec City

  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

    Board Your Cruise.

    Welcome to your Holland America Line Canada and New England Discovery cruise for a voyage along the St Lawrence River and New England coast. Enjoy a morning at leisure before boarding in the afternoon.

  9. Day 9

    Quebec City.

    Take the funicular steps down to the Lower Town where you’ll see Notre Dame des Victoires, the Petit Champlain district and the port.

  10. Day 10

    Gulf of Saint Lawrence.

    The Gulf of Saint Lawrence fringes the shores of half the provinces of Canada and is defined by stunning coast line and beautiful islands, including Prince Edward Island and the Magdalen Islands.

  11. Day 11

    Prince Edward Island.

    Call in at Charlottetown where red double-decker buses motor along streets lined with Victorian houses.

  12. Day 12

    Sydney, Nova Scotia.

    Cruise past the Highlands of Nova Scotia to the port of Sydney. Lighthouses stand on cliff-side ledges and tiny villages huddle in rocky inlets.

  13. Day 13

    Halifax, Nova Scotia.

    In Halifax, the ramparts of the citadel defending the city await you.

  14. Day 14

    Bar Harbor, Maine.

    Continue south to Bar Harbor, a quintessential New England coastal town and gateway to Acadia National Park.

  15. Day 15

    Disembark in Boston.

    Time permitting, explore Boston, before transferring to Boston Logan International Airport, or head to the trip hotel if you are extending your stay. Airport arrival will be at approximately 09:30.

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.

JOURNEY 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.
  • Dining: 7 Buffet Breakfasts (BB) and 4 Dinners all with wine (DW)
    On-Board Canada and New England Discovery Cruise: 7 Breakfasts | 6 Lunches | 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'.
  • Relax in comfort on Luxury Gold’s air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom, onboard restroom and and complimentary bottled water for you to enjoy while travelling.
  • 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.
  • From time to time, your Travelling Concierge will enchant you with a Luxury Gold Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • Included complimentary, private transfers are available on your arrival and departure day, and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold.

Accommodation

 

The Omni King Edward Hotel Toronto

Toronto (Central) - Canada

The Omni King Edward Hotel, Toronto

Fairmont Chateau Laurier Ottawa

Ottawa (Central) - Canada

Reflecting the confidence, dignity and style of Canada's capital city, Fairmont Château Laurier stands as a testament to this dynamic, thriving city. Located next door to the Parliament Buildings, the landmark Fairmont Château Laurier hotel in Ottawa is a magnificent limestone edifice with turrets and masonry reminiscent of a French château. This luxury downtown Ottawa hotel near Parliament Hill enchants guests with its charm and stateliness.

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac Quebec

Quebec (Central) - Canada

This heritage urban resort will seduce you with its breathtaking views of the St. Lawrence River and the architecture of the Old fortified City, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In any one of its 611 guestrooms and suites, you'll feel an elegant touch of historic Europe. Your experience at this landmark luxury hotel will guarantee you a memorable and inspiring stay in one of the most beautiful, and walkable, cities in the world.

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Montreal

Montreal (Central) - Canada

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, Montreal

Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on
1031 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 18 August, 2018

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    Trip: On the land part of the itinerary eliminate Nigeria on the Lake. Stay and have lunch at Nigeria Falls. Take a more direct route to the cities so we can arrive to our destination earlier in the day. We wanted to see more of the cities listed on the itinerary. In Montreal too much time was spent on the church. We needed to have more of an over view of the city of Montreal, especially Old Town and the Olympic Village.

    Service: Your tour guide Max needed to manage the schedule better. We were arriving to our hotel too late, having lunch too late, he was not organizing our tours properly.

  • 06 August, 2018

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    Trip: All great apart from Anne of Green Gables tour by EXC.

    Service: Loved it.

  • 16 July, 2018

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    Trip: Comfortable cabin and a pleasant trip on the Maasdam

    Service: Excellent tour guide - Heather Andrews.

  • 08 July, 2018

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    Trip: Walking the Old Quebec City tour was difficult.

    Service: I would recommend Luxury Gold offerings but I have some mobility issues and do not think that the walking over cobblestones in the Old Quebec City tour is safe for handicap people and this was not stated in any description of the tour. Also my friend and I were assigned to rooms with no hot water in Ottawa and Quebec City. (The rooms were at the end of very, very long halls.) We asked for a handicap room in Montreal, were assigned to a room in the middle of a long hall which could hardly be classified as a handicap room, the water was warm, not hot, very low toilet as did the other hotels, and still had a deep bathtub instead of a shower. The treads in the tubs were slippery so I used a towel to cover the slippery surface. The ship had very low toilets, knees above the hips, so if the tub had not been close to pull myself up, I would really have struggled to get up. Heather Andrews was an excellent tour guide, friendly and attentive to everyone's needs and Eugene, the bus driver, was so friendly, helpful and good. The stewards on the ship, Try and Hermann, were excellent too. Overall it was a wonderful trip, met all my expectations and I got to see everything that I wanted to see. I liked the free time that we had as well.

  • 07 July, 2018

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    Trip: I felt that many of the points of interest on the tour were not exclusive and shared with crowds of people. visiting Quebec on 2 occasions was not necessary as we were shown the same things and visited the same places as the land component. perhaps another city could replace Quebec or extended times spent in the other cities included in the tour. there was a mix up in our accommodation on the first night which was embarrassing. the tour guide, Heather, rectified the problem for the remainder of the tour

    Service: while most of the aspects of the tour were great with an excellent tour guide, coach driver and accommodation, I felt that it didn't quite meet my expectations of a "luxury gold" experience.

  • 07 July, 2018

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    Trip: I especially enjoyed the combination of a land tour of the great cities in eastern Canada and a cruise to the Maritimes to view Canada's natural beauty. I wonder, though, why the cruise did not include a stop at New Brunswick.

    Service: First-class hotels, dining, tour guides,and optional excursions

  • 07 July, 2018

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    Trip: The need to run the water at the Frontenac in Quebec for almost 30 minutes to obtain hot water for showering was a disappointment and a waste of water

    Service: Service was as good as expected

  • 02 July, 2018

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    Trip: Loved the richness of the hotels and the unique restaurants plus the down to earth stops for lunch at a market, etc. which made the Canadians cities memorable for me.

    Service: They were available to answer phone questions asked by my travel rep.

  • 22 June, 2018

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    Trip: The tour was almost perfect but we would have like 2 nights in Montreal.

    Service: We have been on coach tours before but we thought this is the best we have experienced. The tour guide, Max Donaldson was extremely knowledgeable with a wonderful sense humour who treated all his clients the same. The coach was extremely comfortable and we had a very experienced driver Eugene. The tour was well organized and ran smoothly and gave a relaxed tour.

  • 17 June, 2018

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    Trip: Top cities with history galour and enough free time to rest or shop' .

    Service: Enjoyed having vouchers for transportation (taxi) as opposed to van or bus service. Large bus for the group was spotless, lots of leg room, comfortable cooling and seats. Tour directors Max was a gem with much insight on cities visited. Wasn't too talkative. Hotels were luxgurative and well located.

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