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Rich in European architecture and striking natural phenomena, you've made it to eastern Canada. A mix of English and French cultures, indulge in all the elegance this romantic journey has to offer. From the sweeping skylines of Toronto to the thundering thrills of the Niagara Falls, you'll be equally inspired by both the natural elements and urban areas of this striking part of the world. Along the way you'll stay at the best hotels, including the Fairmont Château Laurier in Ottawa and Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Quebec City, both praised for their decadent décor and prime locations.
Welcome to Toronto.
Welcome to Canada. On arrival at Toronto International Airport, you will be greeted and transferred to your luxury hotel, known for its grand architecture and glamorous atmosphere. At 18:00, join your Travelling Concierge and fellow travellers for a scrumptious Welcome Dinner with wine.
Toronto Sightseeing and Niagara Falls Up Close.
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, you’ll explore and ascend to the top of the CN Tower for panoramic views of this iconic city. Travel along stately University Avenue to see Ontario’s Parliament buildings, Queen’s Park and the Royal Ontario Museum. The rest of the evening is at leisure, so whether you want to check out the local restaurants, head to Eaton Centre to shop or visit the pride of Canada, the Hockey Hall of Fame, the choice is yours.
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, the Fairmont Château Laurier. Reminiscent of a French chateau, this stunning accommodation offers breath-taking views of the St Lawrence River and Old Quebec. You’ll meet a retired member of the renowned Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Hear fascinating tales of what it’s like to wear the famous red serge uniform. In the evening, you are invited to a Highlight Dinner with wine at the Courtyard Restaurant. Famous for its fine fresh food, sourced by local farmers and foragers, this historic location boasts a menu of seasonal favourites including organic beef, elk, fruit and vegetables.
All About Ottawa.
Prepare for a fun-filled day exploring Ottawa. Experience Ottawa Your Way this afternoon, with your choice of a Rideau Canal Cruise or Craft Beer Tasting. The rest of the day at leisure.
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. A Local Expert takes you on an exclusive, behind-the-scenes, tour of the iconic Château Frontenac. You’ll gain access to areas not accessible to others and learn how its history is interwoven with the city’s inhabitants. A VIP drinks reception and a lively musical performance caps off your special visit.
Visit the Morrin Centre before it opens for a private tour of this culturally significant institution. Dive further into Quebec City’s history with a Local Expert. See the Citadel of Quebec, Latin Quarter, National Assembly and Place-Royale, as you explore this city’s French-Canadian influence. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Your Travelling Concierge can provide recommendations before you hit the cobblestones of this romantic destination at your own pace. In the evening, you'll savour a spectacular Dinner with wine at Chez Rioux & Pettigrew.
Explore historic Old Montreal with its cobblestone streets and the Old Port. Visit the dramatic Notre-Dame Basilica to see 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 recital 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 Celebration Dinner.
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 the ship in the afternoon.
Continue on to Quebec City. Set atop sheer cliffs and with a strong French influence both in its culture and architecture, this elegant city comes with plenty of charm. Take the funicular steps down to the Lower Town where you’ll see Notre Dame des Victoires, the Petit Champlain district and the port.
The 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.
Prince Edward Island.
Call in at Charlottetown where red double-decker buses motor along streets lined with regal Victorian houses. This picturesque city is perfect for walks along the harbour and taking a moment at one of its many coffee shops.
Sydney, Nova Scotia.
Cruise past the Highlands of Nova Scotia to the port of Sydney, where lighthouses stand on cliff-side ledges and tiny villages huddle in rocky inlets.
Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Today you’ll head to Halifax, a maritime destination which offers a perfect mix of sea breezes and cultural charm. The ramparts of the citadel defending the city await you here.
Bar Harbor, Maine.
Continue south to Bar Harbor, a quintessential New England coastal town on Mount Desert Island that serves as the gateway to Acadia National Park. This retreat for outdoorsy types offers freshwater lakes, rugged clifftops, forests and striking mountains.
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 10:00.
Toronto (Central) - Canada
The Omni King Edward Hotel, Toronto
Ottawa (HEritage) - Canada
You will be treated to a spectacular stay with unparalleled luxury at the Fairmont Château Laurier.
Quebec City (Traditional) - Canada
The urban resort of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac will entice you with its breathtaking views of the St Lawrence River and Old Quebec.
Montreal (Contemporary) - Canada
Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel has welcomed queens, princes and princesses, heads of state and international business leaders.
Cruise (Cruise) - Canada
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1010 independent user reviews received during the past year.
07 October, 2018
Trip: The particular tour required a lot of driving between cities. I think Insight Vacations did a good job considering the time required on the bus.
Service: The customer service was good but the tour director was very unsatisfactory. He knew his material but was very terse to a number of guests. He had his own way of rotating guests around the bus but it didn't work. I ended up in the same location for most of the time and when the tour was done, I found that there were a number of people I had never sat next to. HIs idea might have worked out had he carried it out. When he asked about a meal I had (and truthfully most guests had a favorable meal but for what ever reason our table did not have a good experience) I told him that my salmon was overcooked. He told me I should have told them how I wanted my salmon cooked (which I have never heard of). He asked my friend how her meal was and she told him that she liked tofu but it was cold. His response was that she should have asked for a sandwich! He never once asked what he could do to make it better. One guest did not have the correct room keys and he told him to talk to someone in the lobby. This was Luxury Gold and I felt it was his job to make it right. There was a lot of grumbling between the guests. Too bad because it could have been a much better tour if the tour director had a different temperament.
06 October, 2018
Trip: Read previous comments on trip
Service: Bus tour was good but cruise experience was not luxury gold. Holland America needs to upgrade the ship.
18 August, 2018
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
Trip: All great apart from Anne of Green Gables tour by EXC.
Service: Loved it.
16 July, 2018
Trip: Comfortable cabin and a pleasant trip on the Maasdam
Service: Excellent tour guide - Heather Andrews.
08 July, 2018
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.