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Exploring Ontario – 7 Days / 6 Nights


Ontario is rich in its water resources. Toronto sits on Lake Ontario, with thundering Niagara Falls nearby. Kingston is in the heart of the 1000 Islands on the St. Lawrence River, and Ottawa, the nation’s capital, being on the Rideau Canal. Enjoy all three of these lovely cities, traveling in the comfort of VIA Rail’s Corridor Business Class service.


Day 1 – Arrive Toronto
Welcome to cosmopolitan Toronto, a “World within a City”. Transfer on your own from the Toronto Airport to your hotel. After settling in your room, you might want to take the ferry to secluded neighborhoods, where you can rent a bike and explore. If nightlife is your thing, you are in the right city. Toronto is famous for their excellent comedy clubs and dinner shows. Theatre enthusiasts will find top productions and top talent in this theatre rich city.
Overnight – Fairmont Royal York

Day 2 – Toronto – Sightseeing
Your city sightseeing tour highlights the city’s delightful neighborhoods. Toronto as you will quickly come to realize is a city where people live and play as well as work. Lake frontage, friendly people, wonderful food and great shopping are a few of the reasons people return again and again. You can hop on and off at numerous stops, located throughout Toronto. Stops included are the CN Tower, Skydome, Casa Loma, University of Toronto, Toronto’s harbourfront, The Eaton Centre, and the Hockey Hall of Fame. The city tour runs in a continuous circle daily from 9:00am until 3:00pm during the winter months and 9:00am – 4:00pm during summer months.
Overnight – Fairmont Royal York

Day 3 – Toronto – Niagara falls by night including the Hornblower and buffet dinner
This morning do some shopping or continue to explore Toronto with your hop on hop off city sightseeing tour. The plans that we have made for your visit to Niagara Falls are just the best! This afternoon board a first class motor coach for a drive through the orchard –laden countryside of the Niagara Peninsula. The lush green rolling hills take you through historic Niagara–on-the Lake; a picturesque community that prides itself on stylish Victorian houses and picture perfect lawns. No matter how many times you visit Niagara Falls, ones’ sense of awe never fades. Thus we wanted you to see the Falls in daylight, up close and somewhat wet on the Hornblower as well as the lofty heights of a penthouse dining room and at night, in dramatic color, as you watch the multicolored illumination show. Your tour includes a ride aboard the Hornblower to the base of Horseshoe Falls; the perfect way to experience the power of these Falls. Enjoy a buffet dinner with breathtaking views from the Penthouse Dining Room. Time allows you to visit the flower filled grounds while waiting for the illumination show to get started. Your coach will return to the Fairmont Royal York about 11PM. Please note, when planning your dates; Fridays starting in mid May have the added bonus of a free fireworks display over the falls.
Overnight – Fairmont Royal York

Day 4 – Toronto to Kingston 1000 Islands cruise
The Fairmont Royal York is conveniently located across from the rail station. VIA Rail provides excellent service from Toronto to Kingston. The trip takes a little over 2 hours and includes a hearty breakfast. Once on board, sit back and enjoy the passing scenery. The 1000 Islands start in Kingston and dot the St. Lawrence River for miles. Enjoy a cruise that tours into the small cottage islands of the Admiralty group featuring Napoleon’s Hat, Wanderer’s Channel, the Bateau Channel, Nakomis Lodge and the historic sights of Kingston. Bilingual commentary describes the history and folklore as you pass by spectacular scenery and island homes. Depending on the time of year you chose to travel, either a day or evening cruise has been included in your tour. A 1000 Islands cruise is not only relaxing, friendly and entertaining, a lunch or dinner reservation guarantees priority seating for a panoramic view of the sights. The remainder of your afternoon and evening are free to explore Kingston on your own.
Overnight – Delta Kingston

Day 5 – Kingston to Ottawa
Another relaxing train ride is in store for you today aboard VIA Rail from Kingston to Ottawa. The travel time between Kingston and Ottawa is approximately 1 ½ hours and lunch is included. Ottawa is Canada’s capital city. Although much smaller than Washington DC, none the less exciting and rich in history and interesting places to visit while staying here. The hotel is a short taxi ride from the rail station. The Fairmont Chateau Laurier is centrally located and is just steps away from attractions, shopping and dining.
Overnight – Fairmont Chateau Laurier

Day 6 – Ottawa sightseeing tour with boat ride
Your package includes a city sightseeing tour, so you can visit the cities major sightseeing attractions and learn of her fascinating history. Sit back and relax on an open-top double-decker or historic trolley, as your professional driver and bilingual tour guide show you Ottawa, the nation’s capital, with its many historical landmarks, scenic waterways and beautiful parks. Parliament Hill, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Rideau Falls, Royal Canadian Mint and the National Gallery of Canada are just a few of the fascinating sites you’ll view while on tour. Step on step off all day long at any of the stops. Following your city tour, board a cruise boat for a relaxing and enjoyable ride down the scenic Rideau Canal or the picturesque Ottawa River which make Ottawa so unique!
Overnight – Fairmont Chateau Laurier

Day 7 – Ottawa/Home
The transfer back to the Ottawa Airport is on your own. We hope you have enjoyed your visit to three of Ontario Canada’s favorite cities and that it will be one of many visits to this lovely country.

Tour Highlights:

  • 3 nights – Fairmont Royal York
  • 1 night – Delta Kingston
  • 2 nights  – Fairmont Chateau Laurier
  • Toronto hop-on/hop-off city sightseeing tour
  • Niagara Falls evening tour with a ride on the Hornblower and buffet dinner
  • VIA Rail Business Class (Toronto – Kingston – Ottawa)
  • 1000 Islands Cruise (including either lunch or dinner)
  • Ottawa hop-on/hop-off city sightseeing tour including Rideau Canal cruise
  • Maps and destination information
  • Hotel, rail & GST taxes as applicable

Dates & Rates – 7 Days / 6 Nights

  • Package is offered daily
  • Rates are in US Dollars, per person, double occupancy
Season Land Only
June 1 – 26, 2018 on request
June 27 – August 27, 2018* on request
August 31 – September 6, 2018 on request
September 7 – 15, 2018 on request
September 16 – 24, 2018 on request

*Some departure dates may incur a higher cost

COMING SOON:  This section will include detailed information about the hotels in this tour, along with a PDF of the hotel brochure.

You clear Canadian Customs and immigration at your first point of entry into Canada. Customs and Immigration clearance is generally a quick and simple process. Please note that Non-citizens should carry a valid passport and check with their local Canadian Council for visa requirements.

If transfers are included in your tour package, vouchers have been provided. Present your vouchers to the bus driver.

Be casual and comfortable. Comfortable shoes are a must. We suggest flat shoes with rubber soles on the train, as this makes getting around easier and safer.

We are pleased to pass your requests to our hotels, but we cannot guarantee that the hotels will be able to accommodate these requests. Please keep in mind, that often hotels are filled to capacity.

Electricity is on the same current in Canada as in the states – 110 volts. If you are traveling on VIA Rail, bedrooms have a small sink and outlet for small appliance use like razors.

When planning your daily activities, please keep in mind that your hotels are generally not available for check in until mid afternoon. If you arrive and cannot check in, we suggest you leave your bags with the hotel bell desk and go off to explore the city!

Based on your tour service selections, Cartan has reserved and paid for these tour services. Services, which you elect not to use, are not refundable. In the event a service cannot be used for reasons beyond your control, a refund will be issued provided the service supplier has agreed that they will refund or credit Cartan Tours. Based on the service suppliers’ refund to Cartan Tours, requests for qualifying refunds must be made in writing and will be processed less a $35.00 handling fee.

Incidental charges such as valet, telephone calls, beverages, and room service must be cleared before leaving the hotel. If you have made calls with a credit card or called collect, you may still have charges to clear. The hotels will appreciate your clearing them before you leave.

Credit cards are widely accepted throughout Canada. To avoid carrying large amounts of cash, we suggest you use your credit cards. Change the amount of money you feel you will need for general day-to-day activities. We find you get the best rate of exchange when you exchange money at a bank. Most people find it convenient to change money at the airport bank when they arrive.

Cartan Tours pays GST on all taxable inclusions; however, we are not required to pay GST on hotel stays for non-Canadian visitors. Thus, there is no GST rebate due on hotel rooms reserved and paid by Cartan Tours.

Tipping percentages and policies are as in the States. A very acceptable tip for a meal is 15%. When dining, always check to ensure the service charge has not been added to your bill. You will see a tax charge that averages 12 – 17%. Service, if charged, should also be listed. Although menus frequently specify their policy on tipping, if unsure, feel free to ask.

It is customary in Canada to leave a small tip for the chambermaid. We suggest $1.00 per room per night. Baggage handling we suggest $1.00 – $2.00 per bag.