Independent VIA Rail Tours
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Maple Explorer - 9 Days/8 Nights
Journey to the land of maples trees, by rail and motorcoach, to discover Canada's historic heartland. The British influence on Ottawa's Parliament Hill, national galleries, museums, renowned architecture, historic sites, theatres, nightlife and shopping. Then on to Montreal's french-Canada with fine cuisine, and the birthplace of pure Canadian maple syrup! This vacation is spectacular when the maple trees turn red.
- 8 nights hotel accommodation
- City tours of Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal & Québec City
- Niagara Falls tour
- VIA Rail's Business class service between Toronto, Ottawa & Montreal
- 3 lunches
- Hotel luggage handling and gratuities on included meals
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's 'VIA 1' 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.
Hotels include Courtyard by Marriott, Lord Elgin Hotel, Hotel Maritime Plaza, 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.
* When day tours or attractions are not operational in the off-season, the price will be adjusted or there will an alternative excursion/attraction made available.
Call 877-929-7245 today to book your Maple Explorer vacation.
3-night minimum stay in Montreal during the Gran Prix (June 6-10, 2013). Ask your rail specialist for details.
Prices are per person, based on double occupancy and are subject to applicable taxes. Child prices are available upon request. Prices are in USD (converted as of 9/28/12) and may be adjusted due to currency fluctuations. All prices are subject to change.