Autotour: Eastern Spirit

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Venture into the south-eastern corner of Canada and you embark on a whirlwind adventure discovery that is sure to delight all your senses. From the urban energy of Toronto, you’ll travel to the world-famous Niagara Falls. Seeking adventure across rural Ontario, you’ll encounter Kitchener and the inspiring 30,000 Island region. The nation’s capital calls next, and you’ll soon uncover its distinct English and French cultures. Travelling further east, you’ll enter Quebec via the Laurentian Mountains, relishing the delightful cultural attractions of Quebec City and Montreal. On your way back to Toronto, be sure to stop at the Thousands Island region and relish in its beauty. 


Day 1: Arrival in Toronto

Arrive at Pearson International Airport in Toronto Transfer independently to your downtown hotel Pick up your Canada Roadbook at the front desk and check in. The remaining hours are yours to explore this cosmopolitan city. Enjoy the fine cuisine, varied nightlife and world-class shopping of Toronto.

Overnight in Toronto 

Day 2: Toronto

With the city at your feet, you can explore the many facets of this world-class destination. Toronto boasts a fascinating mix of multi-cultural neighbourhoods from Chinatown to Little Italy, Greektown on the Danforth to Little Portugal, you’ll discover a virtual world within one city. Some other highlights: the CN Tower and spectacular SkyDome, Ontario Place, the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Ontario Science Centre or the Royal Ontario Museum

Overnight in Toronto

Standing 553 m tall, this symbol of Toronto and Canada not only offers sweeping panoramic views
 but also a world of entertainment. Venture back in time and travel from the mid-70s to the present where you discover the architectural secrets behind the tower. Then ride the glass-fronted elevators to the top of the world’s tallest structure (main deck). Dare to walk the glass floor, sample the exquisite cuisine at the revolving restaurant or relax in the Horizon’s Café. The views of Toronto, Lake Ontario and the distant United States are unforgettable. Back on earth, browse through the Marketplace and shop for authentic Canadiana and First Nations merchandise, sports memorabilia or CN Tower souvenirs
Visit the new Ripley’s Aquarium near the base of the CN Tower, featuring a 12,500 square metre attraction with more than 57 million litres of water depicting marine and freshwater habitats from around the world. A 96 metre long moving walkway takes all visitors through an acrylic tunnel deep below the Shark Lagoon. A total of 49 tanks in 7 galleries showcase fresh and saltwater habitats from around the world. Guests are sure to enjoy “touch tanks” with horseshoe crabs, sharks, and rays, as well as a café and gift shop

Day 3: Toronto to Niagara Falls 

Today’s route leads south, skirting the Niagara Escarpment and traversing the orchards and vineyards of the Niagara Peninsula. You will discover the historic village of Niagara-on-the-Lake proudly displaying its 19-century heritage. Take some time to browse through the quaint shops and boutiques before continuing along the scenic Niagara Parkway to Niagara Falls

Overnight in Niagara Falls.

Put on your rainjacket and step aboard for the ride of a lifetime! The Hornblower Niagara Cruises - Voyage To The Falls tour will take you to the American Falls before sailing past massive rock formations to the magnificent sight of the thundering Horseshoe Falls. As the tour battles the waters, take advantage of unsurpassed photo opportunities

Day 4: Niagara Falls to Kitchener 

This charming rural region is not only home to the University of Waterloo, Wilfred Laurier University and Conestoga College, but welcomes over 600,000 visitors to its unique brand of Oktoberfest each year Founded in 1784, Kitchener is the gateway to the Grand River Valley - world renowned for its natural beauty, and local watershed conservation areas, the valley offers over 30 miles of community trails for hiking, jogging, cycling, or birdwatching.

Overnight in Kitchener

Day 5: Kitchener to Midland 

Travelling north to the shores of Georgian Bay, you’ll venture into the heart of Central Ontario and the rural town of Midland - your gateway to the picturesque 30,000 islands. Founded by pioneering Jesuits, Midland offers visitors a rich diversity of historical and natural beauty to admire. Your day will be filled visiting Georgian Bay Islands National Park, Huronia Museum and Indian Village, Huronia Historical Parks Discovery Harbour, Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre and The Martyrs' Shrine Overnight in Midland.

Day 6: Midland to Pembroke 

Venturing further east today you’ll enter the Pembroke / Ottawa Valley region. A multicultural mosaic of English, Scottish, Polish, Irish, German, Indian, French, Greek and Chinese settlers make this a fascinating city to explore. Take some time to explore the vast wilderness of Algonquin Provincial Park, renowned for its hiking trails and canoe routes that invite you to discover the diverse beauty of the area’s flora and fauna Overnight in Pembroke.

Day 7: Pembroke to Ottawa 

Enjoy a scenic drive along the Quebec-Ontario border, and pass typical rural towns, such as Renfrew and Arnprior Explore the capital region and the Parliament Buildings, or take a cruise on the Ottawa

Beginning with its unique architecture, this museum of Canadian heritage will fascinate visitors with its many historical collections spread out over 4 floors. With the aid of a personal audio headset, tour the exhibits including the Canadian Postal Museum, an IMAX theatre, and the popular Children’s Museum. Also included is admission to the Canadian War Museum, showcasing artifacts from Canada's conflicts both as a part of the British Forces and under its own flag Artwork, displays, vehicles and uniforms are just some of the fascinating elements on display.

Day 8: Ottawa to Tremblant 

Today your adventure will take a distinctly different turn. You’ll head north into the Laurentian Mountains of Quebec. Visiting St Jovite and Mont- Tremblant Park, Quebec's oldest provincial park, you’ll uncover the scenic beauty that attracts travellers from around the world. Arrive at the luxury resort Tremblant, and stroll through the beautiful pedestrian village of Tremblant

Overnight in Tremblant

Day 9: Tremblant

Leave the car behind today and enjoy all the resort has to offer. Tremblant is world-renowned as a four-season destination and you have a variety of options at your fingertips. You can rent a mountain bike and hit the mountain trails, or explore them on foot whilst keeping a lookout for resident wildlife. If golf is more to your liking, Tremblant has two challenging courses as well as the Tremblant Golf Academy There is a beach club offering beach sports and a watersport centre renting inner tubes, wakeboards and boats such as canoes, kayaks and sailboats. To make your choices a little easier, Tremblant has an activity centre where you can gather ideas and be pointed in the activity direction you would like to take.

Overnight in Tremblant

Day 10: Tremblant to Quebec City 

A European adventure in Canada? Oui! Today you’ll be entranced with Quebec City - Canada's oldest city and North America’s cradle of French heritage. Don’t miss a visit to The Fortifications, a historic national park, Place Royale, the Basilica, the dramatic shrine at Ste Anne-de-Beaupre, Montmorency Falls and Ile d'Orleans

Overnight in Quebec City

Day 11: Quebec City 

Today is yours to discover what lies behind the impressive walls that surround Quebec City. The best way to see the numerous historic buildings and experience the city’s unique French culture is by walking through the enchanting cobbled streets and narrow laneways

Overnight in Quebec City

Take part in a sightseeing tour providing a comprehensive orientation of historic and modern Quebec City. You will see the Latin Quarter, the Plains of Abraham, the Citadel, the Fortifications, the National Assembly, Place Royale, the Basilica and other points of interest within the city.

Day 12: Quebec City to Montreal 

This morning you will follow the St Lawrence river southwest, your destination none other than the modern jewel of Quebecois renaissance - the thriving city of Montreal. You can spend the day creating your own urban adventure that includes Notre- Dame Basilica, Place d'Armes, rue St Catherine, Old Montreal, the "underground city", Mont-Royal park, the Biodome de Montreal and Insectarium, Olympic Stadium, botanical gardens, Musee des Beaux Arts and Oratoire St Joseph. Spend the evening exploring this cosmopolitan centre's bustling nightlife and gourmet restaurants.

Overnight in Montreal

Day 13: Montreal to Gananoque 

Departing from Montreal, you will drive west across the border into rural Ontario (no passport required!). On your way, you will be entering the beautiful Thousand Islands region, where forested islands lie amid tranquil lakes. Take to the water and step aboard a cruiser to explore the magnificent scenery of the Thousand Islands. This wonderfully lush island landscape is dotted with luxurious cottages and vast estates. The cruise will take you past Boldt Castle, Zavikon Island and Millionaire’s Row

Overnight in Gananoque

Day 14: Gananoque to Toronto

Take a leisurely drive along Lake Ontario and return to Toronto's Pearson International Airport to check in for your return flight