Discover why Canada is known as the land of maple trees on this 9-day journey amidst the heart of Canada's heartland.
Discover why Canada is known as the land of maple trees on this 9-day journey amidst the heart of Canada's heartland. Your vacation begins in Toronto as you take a day excursion to the legendary Niagara Falls, where you will be witness to the tremendous thundering waters and amazing boiling cataracts. Then venture back to Toronto where you will have the evening to enjoy Toronto at leisure.
After Toronto, you will then venture to the nation's ‘Capital' Ottawa aboard VIA Rail. Witness the pristine Parliament Buildings, exquisite Embassies and the Prime Minister's home. You will also have plenty of time to discover the city's other attractions like the National Art Centre before you continue your rail journey to Canada's Cultural Capital, Montreal. Home to legendary attractions like the historic Notre Dame Basilica, Mount Royal Park, or witness Montreal Harbour on the beautiful St. Lawrence River.
Continuing on your journey, you will travel up the St. Lawrence River to the only walled city in North America, Quebec City. During your two night stay you will immerse yourself in French culture with the distinct cuisine and art of the city. Your Maple Explorer adventure concludes in Quebec as you check out of your hotel.
Highlights and Inclusions
- 8 nights hotel accommodation
- Ottawa Amphibus tour
- Greater Montreal Tram tour
- Niagara Falls tour
- VIA Rail's Business class service between Toronto, Ottawa & Montreal
- 3 lunches
- Hotel luggage handling
- VIA Rail from Toronto to Ottawa
- VIA Rail from Ottawa to Montreal
- VIA Rail from Montreal to Quebec City
Day 1 - Toronto
An overnight stay in Toronto begins your vacation.
Day 2 - Toronto
Enjoy an all day excursion to world famous Niagara Falls with its thundering waters and boiling cataracts. Lunch is included at Niagara Falls. Return to Toronto in the early evening via the scenic settlement of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Overnight Toronto.
Day 3 - VIA Rail from Toronto to Ottawa
Today, board VIA Rail's first class service to Ottawa, capital city of Canada. Transfer on your own to your selected hotel to begin a two-night stay. Overnight Ottawa.
Day 4 - Exploring Ottawa
This morning, tour the nation's 'Capital' highlighted by Canada's Parliament Buildings, the Embassies, the Prime Minister's residence, Rideau Falls and Canal. The remainder of the day is free to explore the National Arts Centre, take a stroll in one of the many parks, or return to further explore Canada's Parliament buildings (walking distance from hotel). Overnight Ottawa.
Day 5 - VIA Rail from Ottawa to Montreal
A short ride on VIA Rail's first class service takes you to Montreal, Canada's most cosmopolitan city. You'll have time to explore Old Montreal, or take an optional Gray Line sightseeing tour from the hotel. Overnight Montreal.
Day 6 - Exploring Montreal
Set off on a morning city tour of Montreal, the second largest French-speaking city in the world. Visit Old Montreal, Notre Dame Basilica, Olympic Park, and Mount Royal Park. View Montreal Harbour on the great St. Lawrence River - 1000 miles from the sea. The afternoon is free to shop and explore. Overnight Montreal.
Day 7 - Montreal to Quebec City Sightseeing
An early morning departure from Montreal follows the St. Lawrence River to the "Ancient Capital", Quebec City. The only walled city in North America, Quebec City boasts "old world" charm. Enjoy a Quebec City tour before arriving at your hotel for a two-night stay. Overnight Quebec City.
Day 8 - Sightseeing in Quebec City
Today is yours to enjoy the charm of Quebec City, the cradle of French culture in North America. Walk the Plains of Abraham where the fate of North America was decided in 1759. Enjoy sidewalk cafes and outdoor displays by Quebec artists, all set among 400 years of history, or take an optional sightseeing tour of the Quebec area. Overnight Quebec City.
Day 9 - Departing Quebec City
Your Maple Explorer vacation concludes today upon check-out from your hotel.
Rail Your Way
Add more flexibility to your rail vacation by choosing when and where to begin and end your vacation. Whether you want to go east to west, west to east, north to south, south to north, start at the beginning, travel the reverse itinerary or begin in the middle, Rail Your Way allows you to tailor make your rail vacation so you can have the experience you want.
Look for the Rail Your Way icon to identify those vacations that offer customized rail connections or joining points. Ask your rail specialist how you can have Rail Your Way!
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Hotels include Courtyard by Marriott, Lord Elgin Hotel, Delta Montreal, and Hotel Manior Victoria (or similar). VIA Rail accommodations are in Business class and include a seat with picture window, access to the in-station Panorama Lounge (where available), priority boarding and complimentary newspapers, and a delicious meal including wine.
Hotels include the Fairmont Royal York, Fairmont Chateau Laurier, Fairmont Queen Elizabeth, and Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac. VIA Rail accommodations are in Business class and include a seat with picture window, access to the in-station Panorama Lounge (where available), priority boarding and complimentary newspapers, and a delicious meal including wine.
Hotel accommodations are based on availability; substitutes will be of similar quality and amenities.
Click here to view testimonials for Maple Explorer.
Your scheduling of the itinerary and choice of accommodations were outstanding. We took the Maple Explorer tour and visited Eastern Canada for the first time. What a revelation; as the President said about Canada 'I love this country'. This was in large part due to the excellent tour planned by Brewster. Your staff were always helpful, efficient and ready to assist in any way. They even called us in Montreal or Ottawa to check in with us. Thank you for a lovely and eye opening trip. I will book the Vancouver to Toronto rail vacation as soon as I free up some time, probably next Fall.
No worries. Train ride was excellent and food great. Wish I could travel on train everywhere.
Very pleased with the service the accommodations and the organization of our trip. It was very well planned and very well organized. We had absolutely no trouble with any part of our trip. Thank you!
Dates & Prices
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|Departs Daily between 26th July 2015 and 30th August 2015||$1816||
|Departs Daily between 31st August 2015 and 16th October 2015||$1844||
|Departs Daily between 26th July 2015 and 30th August 2015||$2290||
|Departs Daily between 31st August 2015 and 16th October 2015||$2547||
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Moderate: Departs daily between 26th July 2015 and 30th August 2015 from $1816, daily between 31st August 2015 and 16th October 2015 from $1844
Deluxe: Departs daily between 26th July 2015 and 30th August 2015 from $2290, daily between 31st August 2015 and 16th October 2015 from $2547