Maple Explorer Tour

At a glance

From £3,845pp | 11 day independent rail tour | daily between May and October 2017/18

  • Luxuriate in the delights of this indulgent holiday as you travel business class on the train and stay in some of Canada’s finest hotels
  • Soak up the views of Canada’s countryside serenely passing by as you sit back and relax on the train
  • Experience contrasting cities from the modern day waterfront on Toronto to the historic, French ‘flavours’ of Quebec City, plus the nation’s capital, Ottawa
  • Hear the roar of Niagara Falls well before you actually see this breath-taking force of nature


Day 1 | Toronto

Arrive into Toronto in the late afternoon and transfer on your own to the deluxe Fairmont Royal York hotel for three nights. Steeped in history, this hotel is set in the very heart of the city and is in walking distance of Toronto's major attractions including the CN Tower. Niagara Waterfall

Day 2 | Niagara Falls

Enjoy a full day excursion by coach to world famous Niagara Falls. Pass through the picturesque wine region of the Niagara Peninsula on your way. On arrival at the falls you have some free time to enjoy the spectacular sight of American Falls and Horseshoe Falls that combine to make Niagara Falls.

For a unique view of the spectacular Horseshoe Falls, a boat ride is included after lunch. On the way back to Toronto, journey along the beautiful Niagara Parkway and Niagara-on-the-Lake, voted ‘Canada’s Prettiest Town’.

Day 3 | Toronto

Start your day with a city tour of Toronto, and then spend your afternoon at exploring. A must, is a trip to the top of CN Tower, the world's 3rd tallest free-standing structure with unparalleled views of the city and outlying area.Toronto skyline with kayak

Be sure to visit Eaton Centre for shopping and dining, Chinatown, Old Town Toronto, or delve into the city's many fascinating ethnic markets. When the feet can walk no more, head back to your hotel and enjoy the indoor pool, sauna and steam room. By night, Toronto is well-known for gourmet dining and a lively local music scene.

Day 4 | VIA Rail from Toronto to Ottawa

Board VIA Rail's Business Class service to Ottawa, the capital city of Canada, today. Toronto’s Union Station is a sight in itself, so make sure you look up as you pass through. The journey takes approximately 4 hrs 15 mins, so make yourself comfy and enjoy the scenery passing by your window. On arrival in Ottawa you’ll transfer to your hotel for the next 2 nights, the Fairmont Chateau Laurier. This magnificent limestone landmark is next door to the Parliament Buildings and is situated on the bank of the Rideau Canal.

Day 5 | Ottawa

This morning take a guided tour of the nation's capital including Canada's Parliament Buildings, the Embassies, the Prime Minister's residence and Rideau Falls. The remainder of the day is free to explore the city as you wish. Perhaps head to the National Arts Centre, visit Byward Market or hire a bike and enjoy a gentle ride along the canal. Be sure to head for lively Elgin Street tonight and dine in one of the many fine restaurants.

Day 6 | Montreal

It’s back on the train as you travel Business Class for the 2 hour journey to your next destination of Montreal, Canada's most cosmopolitan city. The elegant Marriott Chateau Champlain is your home for two nights. Just a short stroll to Old Montreal and shopping on St. Catherine's Street, you'll have time to explore Old Montreal before enjoying a leisurely evening meal - may we suggest one of Montréal’s best dining experiences right in your hotel...Restaurant Samuel De Champlain. Montreal's historic architecture

Day 7 | Montreal

Set off on a morning city tour of Montreal, Canada’s second largest city. Montreal is an interesting mix of old and new. A savvy city, full of chic shopping, world-class restaurants and exciting nightlife with a glimpse of the city's history around every bend.

Canada's 'Cultural Capital' is home to legendary sites like the gorgeous Notre Dame Basilica, the famous Olympic Complex and Mount Royal Park. The afternoon is free to explore the nooks and crannies of Old Town Montreal.

Day 8 | Quebec City

An early morning VIA Rail departure today for your 3 hours 30 minutes trip from Montreal, that sees you following the St. Lawrence River to the ‘Ancient Capital’, Quebec City. The only walled city in North America, Quebec City is in a word, charming.

Spend the next three days admiring the architecture and uncovering history, which can be found down every cobblestone lane. Visit famed sites like the Latin Quarter, the Place Royale and the Basilica. Your home for three nights is the famous Fairmont Chateau Frontenac. Ideally located inside the walls of Old Quebec, this iconic Fairmont is one of the world’s leading hotels. You'll be mesmerised by the breath-taking views of the St. Lawrence River and the architecture of the old fortified city, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Days 9 - 10 | Quebec City

Start day 9 with a tour of this charming historic city. Discover the charm of this walled 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.Ottawa city skyline

Day 11 | Quebec City

Enjoy a morning at leisure and perhaps a last opportunity to explore the city before your flight back to the UK.

Want to extend your holiday? Perhaps a trip to New York or Boston? This holiday can be tailor-made, so we can create exactly what you are looking for. Call our team of experts to discuss your ideal Canadian holiday.

What's included

What’s included:

  • return international flights from the UK
  • 10 nights in deluxe hotel accommodation
  • train travel with Via Rail’s Business Class service between each city including meals, cocktails and Wi-Fi
  • half-day city tours in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City
  • day trip to Niagara Falls including lunch


Dates and prices

from £3,845pp

11-day independent rail tour
Departs: daily between May and October 2017/18
Price based on 2 persons travelling

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