Explore the historic cities of Eastern Canada by business class flight and business class train. After a comfortable flight over to Canada, you’ll start your holiday in Toronto, where museums and art galleries are top-notch, before heading down to Niagara for the day to experience the majestic waterfalls.
Enjoy the comfort of a business class train journey to Ottawa, where gothic architecture and Canadian history awaits before moving onto Montreal, a city of smoked meat sandwiches and quirky French culture. Finish your city-hopping adventure in Quebec, where you’ll explore the historic centre and go to look for beluga whales in the St Lawrence River. Enjoy an exciting city-based holiday with all the comforts of business class.
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Depart the UK from your chosen airport. This holiday includes business class flights, so you’ll have access to a comfortable lounge in the UK and should arrive feeling rested and ready to go exploring Toronto later that day. You’ll be met at the airport and driven into the city, where you’ll be dropped at your hotel and will check in for four nights.
You’ve got two full days to explore Toronto. Take a trip up the CN Tower where you can enjoy panoramic views over Lake Ontario – you can even walk on a glass floor above the city if you are feeling adventurous! Spend the afternoon wandering through Chinatown and Kensington Market. These colourful neighbourhoods reveal Toronto’s multicultural heritage as well as its independent roots – you won’t find any Starbucks or McDonald’s around here.
The city is also famous for its museums and galleries; the Art Gallery of Ontario, full of Canadian, American and European art, is a highlight of any trip to Toronto. Before you leave, be sure you try a bowl of ‘poutine’, a combination of chips, gravy and cheese curds: a true Canadian comfort food.
Today, you’ll head off on a full-day tour to visit the mighty Niagara Falls. You’ll have plenty of time at the waterfall to take photos and admire the thundering waters. You’ll also get up close and personal on the Hornblower cruise, which will take you right into the spray for a unique view of Horseshoe Falls.
After a delicious lunch at the Fallsview restaurant, you’ll have some time to explore Niagara on the Lake, one of Canada’s prettiest towns. Heading back to Toronto, try heading up the CN Tower for a night-time view over the twinkling city and a drink at one of the quirky local bars.
Today you’ll spend the morning in Toronto before heading to the train station to catch the train to Ottawa, the capital city of Canada. We've included business-class train tickets, meaning you can enjoy the 5-hour train journey in style. Depending on the time of day, you'll get a warm meal as well as access to the bar cart, which will offer you a selection of wines or maybe a G&T to enjoy as you sit in large, comfortable seats. You'll also have access to the business class lounge in Toronto, so you can await boarding in comfort. In Ottawa, check into your hotel for two nights and get straight out exploring – why not head to a classy French restaurant for dinner to celebrate the city’s bilingualism?
Ask people what the capital of Canada is, and most of them will say Vancouver or maybe Toronto. However, the correct answer is the historic city of Ottawa, where a tiny lumber town has grown into a cultural capital, with the gothic Parliament buildings forming the heart of downtown. We’ve included a walking tour, which will guide you around the impressive architecture of Ottawa, before heading over the river to discover how despite the close physical proximity, Quebec and Ontario are very different provinces.
After the tour, why not head towards the Sparks Street Mall and ByWard Market, an area populated with cafes, craft shops and farmers markets? Make sure you buy an Obama cookie, the maple leaf-shaped biscuit named when President Obama dropped by the bakery for a snack in 2009 – they’re famous and delicious!
Spend the morning in Ottawa before hopping back on the train to enjoy another business class journey heading to Montreal, a beautiful city in French Canada. On arrival, you’ll check into your hotel for three nights and head out into the city for a drink before exploring tomorrow, and perhaps drop into a late-night poutine joint to try this Canadian staple.
In Montreal, you will find an intriguing mix of both French and British cultures. You’ll be faced with exciting dining and shopping options, plus some magnificent architecture in the shape of the Notre Dame Basilica. Take a wander through the French Quarter, take in the views from Mount Royal and see the Olympic site and the McGill University. The classic Montreal lunch is a smoked meat bagel, with plenty of mustard so drop by Schwartz’s at midday, before maybe checking out a hockey game, where you can join the locals in screaming ‘Go Habs Go!’.
Hop onboard the train again for another business class journey north to Quebec City, the furthest north city on your trip. On arrival you’ll make your way to the hotel, check in for three nights and settle in for an exciting day tomorrow.
On your first day here, you’ll leave the city behind and enjoy a day trip to the Charlevoix region, where you’ll go whale-watching from the small town of Tadoussac. This is a very special experience as during the summer you can see magical beluga whales in this rugged area of the coast, as well as minkes and finbacks. You’ll be on a boat specially designed for whale-watching and if you catch a glimpse of these otherworldly creatures, we’re sure it will be a highlight of the holiday!
On your second day, you can explore the city, visiting Place Royale, where Quebec was founded in 1608, as well as wandering amongst the pretty lanes and quaint streets of Petit-Champlain, where you can find local craft brewpubs and delicious farm-to-fork restaurants. To get the best views, you need to leave Quebec City and head over to neighbouring Levis on the ferry, sitting back and taking in the spectacular views of Château Frontenac and the Parliament Building.
Your Eastern Canada train trip has come to an end. Today you’ll be driven back to the airport to catch your flight home. You’ll be flying business class again, meaning you can relax in comfort and sleep overnight.
Weather can be variable at all times of the year in Southern and Eastern Canada. The South (including Toronto & Ottawa) is the most densely populated part of the country and this combined with its southerly latitude makes for the warmest part of the country. The Great Lakes tend not to freeze over until Mid-December. Winter brings the snow and the weather can be pretty severe. Summers are quite warm with considerable amounts of sunshine. High season falls in the summer months here, with lots of tourists visiting and room rates at a premium. Crowds drop and temperatures are cooler during May, September and October which can make for a pleasant time to visit, although be aware some activity opening hours may be restricted. Ski resorts peak again during the winter months.
This itinerary is purely a suggestion and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and requests, and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.