Your itinerary

Marvel at Canada’s unspoiled nature and keep a look-out for bears and moose. The enormous Niagara Falls will amaze you. Also wander around global cities with us, such as Montreal, the harbour city of Toronto, and Quebec which, with its old town, has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Day 1: Travel to Toronto

Flight to Toronto. Our friendly and professional English-speaking tour guide will meet us at the airport. Together we will travel by coach to our modern hotel in the Toronto area.

Day 2: Toronto & Brockville

One city, many highlights! Today we will discover the magical city of Toronto on a city tour. Toronto is one of Canada‘s most important cities. To start with, we‘ll marvel at the CN Tower, the city‘s greatest landmark. It is an incredible 553 m tall and is one of the tallest TV towers in the world. The tour will continue past the Skydome Stadium, Toronto‘s finance and fashion districts, and Yonge Street, the city‘s main artery. Yonge Street is home to a vast array of shops and restaurants. Other highlights include Chinatown, the St. Lawrence Market, the impressive parliament building and the lively Queen‘s Quay harbour district. Afterwards, we‘ll pass Toronto‘s famous university. It is one of the 20 largest universities in the world. We will then leave the city behind us and travel to Brockville, where we will spend a comfortable night.

Day 3: 1,000 Islands National Park & traditional First Nations village

Today we leave Brockville. Nearby is the famous 1,000 Islands National Park. It is a UNESCO biosphere reserve and is famous for its wonderfully rugged islands. Countless boats ply the labyrinth of water and land. It‘s simply magical! As part of a unique, optional excursion, take the opportunity today to visit a traditional First Nations village. You will enjoy first-hand insights into the First Nations history, culture and lifestyle. Later on, enjoy typical First Nations dishes as you wind down for the evening. We will spend the night in the Quebec area.

Day 4: Quebec (UNESCO World Heritage),
Montmorency Falls, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré & “Sugar Shacks“

Today we explore Quebec. This lively city is renowned first and foremost for its well-preserved old town and city wall, which are classed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Our tour of the city will take us past the Dufferin Terrace viewing point, the Plains of Abraham Park, the parliament building dating back to the 19th century and Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, a 5-star hotel. We then continue on to the Place Royale, the oldest settlement built by the French, and the Church of Notre Dame des Victoires. A further highlight of the day is the Montmorency Falls Park. The sight of the roaring waterfall is an unforgettable experience and a fantastic photo opportunity! Our trip then takes us on to Sainte-Annede-Beaupré, one of the most popular pilgrimage sites in North America. In the afternoon, an interesting and optional excursion to the “Sugar Shacks“ awaits you. Watch out, those who have a sweet tooth! Here, you‘ll experience how the world-famous Canadian maple syrup is produced and enjoy a splendid evening meal accompanied by live music and traditional Quebec dishes. Dessert will be a true highlight – “maple Taffy on snow“. Prepare to be surprised by the secret behind this tasty treat. Overnight stay in the Quebec area.

Day 5: Montreal

Montreal, the city of a hundred church spires, enchants with its French charm. After our arrival, we will enjoy a relaxed tour of the city, which sits on an island in the St. Lawrence River. Its highlights include the old town, the underground shopping centre Underground City, with its 20-mile-long tunnel system, and the Place Jacques-Cartier. From here, we have a stunning view of the Mont Royal mountain, the mountain that gave the city its name. We will also see the world-famous Cathedral of Notre Dame de Montréal, which is true masterpiece of Gothic architecture. The other highlights include the Mary Queen of the World Cathedral, the Saint Helen‘s and Notre Dame Islands, the St. Lawrence River and the Olympic Stadium. The stadium was built to house the 1976 summer Olympic Games. A truly special construction that definitely deserves a viewing is the 175-metre-tall stadium tower. Overnight stay in the Montreal area.

Day 6: Ottawa (UNESCO World Heritage)

Once we arrive in Ottawa, an exciting, 2-hour tour of the city awaits us. The Canadian capital impresses with its museums and culture that has been shaped by its original inhabitants and British pioneers. During our tour, we will visit the parliament, Sparks Street and Rideau Hall, the city‘s largest official residence. Of course we will also see the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage site, which connects the city with Kingston. Also worth a visit are the Museum of Science & Technology and the National Art Gallery of Canada. Later on, we‘ll spend the night in the Ottawa area.

Day 7: Algonquin Provincial Park

The world-famous Algonquin Provincial Park is a paradise for nature lovers and Ontario‘s oldest and largest natural park. Around 7,700 km2 of unspoiled Canada await us: glittering lakes, breath-taking waterfalls, expansive forests of maple and pine, and soaring cliffs – as well as wild animals. With a little luck, we‘ll get to see black bears and moose in their natural environments. We‘ll browse through the Visitors‘ Centre, which was opened in 1993 to mark the park‘s centenary. The centre offers more interesting information on the park, along with its flora and fauna. Overnight stay in Huntsville.

Day 8: Niagara Falls, the Ontario wine region & Niagara-on-the-Lake

Today we‘ll be celebrating the absolute highlight of any trip to Canada – the famous and spectacular Niagara Falls, which are the biggest in North America. The thundering torrents of water are simply incredible and enchant everyone who sees them. It is a natural wonder that other waterfalls around the world find hard to compete with: every minute, 155 million litres of water tumble 54 metres down. You can enjoy this stunning panoramic view and will have free time to spend at your leisure. In addition to the mighty waterfall, the Niagara Hydro Stations with their 2 hydro power plants are also worth a look. Afterwards, we‘ll leave this fantastic setting behind us and travel through Ontario‘s fruit and wine region to the picturesque town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. The first capital city of the former British colony of Upper Canada offers an exciting history and historic charm. The region around Niagara-on-the-Lake is also a wine region of global significance, famous in particular for its exceptionally tasty ice wine. Overnight stay in Niagara Falls.

Day 9 - 10: Homeward journey

Today, we say farewell. We‘ve experienced a lot together and made new friends. We‘ll be taken to the airport to fly back to the UK. Arrival on the 10th day.


Including a spectacular range of excursions featuring Canada‘s 12 most iconic highlights!

Special services included for you

  • Scheduled flight with a reputable airline3 to and from Toronto
    incl. hotel transfers
  • 8 nights in a double room in selected and comfortable hotels
    8× tasty breakfast
  • Fascinating cultural tour in our modern and air-conditioned travel coach with Niagara Falls & Canada‘s 11 most iconic highlights.
    Look forward to a spectacular range of excursions, including:
    • Toronto
    • Brockville
    • Quebec
    • Quebec old town (World Heritage)
    • Montmorency Falls
    • Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré
    • Montreal
    • Ottawa
    • Rideau Canal Ottawa (World Heritage)
    • Algonquin Provincial Park
    • Ontario wine region
    • Niagara Falls
  • Qualified, English-speaking tour guide

3 e.g. Icelandair (Iceland‘s largest airline), Air Canada (Canada‘s largest airline, member of Star Alliance – the biggest airline alliance in the world), in some cases with change in Reykjavik.


On request, you can book our additional tours and services at special reduced prices:

Cultural & gourmet package:

The package includes half-board, i.e. 6× evening meals and the ”First Nations village incl. tour and evening meal“ excursion, plus the ”Sugar Shacks with live music, tour and evening meal“ excursion: only £189 per person.

Single room surcharge: £399 per person (subject to availability)

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“Our expectations were more than fulfilled. We were delighted with everything, and we couldn‘t recommend you enough.“

Marianne D. from M., travelled 29.10.2017²


² RSD Travel Ltd. and RSD Reise Service Deutschland GmbH belong to a European group of tour operators that organises tours for customers from a number of European countries. The survey focused on tourists who travelled with RSD in 2017.

Comparison of temperatures

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Form of government:

Federal constitutional monarchy, parliament with 2 chambers; (Lower House / House of Commons: 338 seats; Senate: 105 seats); Parliamentary government system with majority voting system (direct mandate). The Head of State is Queen Elizabeth II. The Head of Government is Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Capital:

Ottawa (Province of Ontario), 934,243 or 1,323,783 inhabitants (Ottawa-Gatineau region, Provinces of Ontario and Quebec)

Religion:

Christianity (67.3%), Islam (3.2%), Judaism (1.0%), Hinduism (1.5%), Buddhism (1.1%), Sikhism (1.4%), non religious (23.9%)

Language:

English | French

Climate:

Continental climate with cold, long winters and hot summers; maritime climate in the coastal provinces

Local time:

The time difference to the time zone in the UK (GMT) is -5 hours in summer and in winter.

Electricity:

The mains voltage is 120 V, 60 Hz. You will need an adapter and voltage converter for Canada. Be especially careful with certain equipment due to the difference in frequency.

Making telephone calls:

For telephone calls to the UK, please dial the country code 0044 first. For telephone calls to Canada, please dial the country code 001 first. Omit the first zero in the area code.

Country and people:

Taxes / tips will need to be added to the advertised prices of services. Generally speaking, local living costs are similar to those of Switzerland. Tips in restaurants should be between 15 and 20 % of the bill, but no less than 10 %. When you receive a bill, check whether a 15 % service charge has already been deducted. If this is the case, you do not need to leave an additional tip. The recommended tips for coach drivers is CAD 3 / day and for tour guides CAD 5 / day.

Entry requirements for British citizens:

British Citizens don’t usually need a visa to visit Canada for short periods.
Visitors travelling to Canada by air are now expected to get an electronic travel authorisation (eTA) to enter Canada. If you’re visiting Canada you’ll need an eTA to board your flight unless you’re otherwise exempted (for example, if you have a valid Canadian visa or a permanent resident card). If you have British-Canadian dual nationality you won’t be able to apply for an eTA and you’ll need to present a valid Canadian passport to board your flight to Canada. For more information about the eTA system, and to apply online, visit the official Canadian government website: https://www.canada.ca/en.
Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. No additional period of validity beyond this is required. UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) are accepted for entry, airside transit and exit from Canada. You can apply for an Electronic Travel Authorisation using an ETD. Nationals of other countries are advised to inquire at the Canadian High Commission about the entry requirements applicable to them.
Whilst we endeavour to provide guidance where necessary, we can not be responsible for any problems encountered (whether at any point of entry or elsewhere) in the event that passport and visa requirements are not satisfied.

Tour guides:

Your expert tour guides will be able to provide you with detailed information about the country, people, history, culture, etc., and offer advice and assistance for organising your trip. They can also help with room allocation and look forward to welcoming you with initial information. Here you will find out all you need to know and useful information about the trip. We have put together a varied programme including numerous highlights, enabling you to experience the culture and diversity of landscape that Canada has to offer, and learn all about the country and its people. Although your trip already includes a comprehensive package, you also have the option of choosing added extras. We recommend booking the following packages:
Cultural & gourmet package:
The package includes half-board, i.e. 6× sumptuous evening meals and the ”First Nations village incl. tour and evening meal“ excursion, plus the ”Sugar Shacks with live music, tour and evening meal“ excursion: only £189 per person.
Explorer package:
The package includes a visit of the CN Tower, boat trip 1,000 Islands National Park, boat trip Niagara Falls and wine tour / wine tasting: only £119 per person.

Currency:

The unit of currency is the Canadian Dollar (CAD). 1 CAD = 100 cents. Exchange rate (as at May 2019): 1 GBP = 1.71 CAD; 1 CAD = 0.59 GBP.

Banks/Credit cards:

Common credit cards such as VISA, MasterCard, Diners Club and American Express are widely accepted. EC cards from Maestro or Cirrus are also accepted as means of payment in many places. You should however be aware of and take into account the fees that such cards may charge. Please note: Travellers paying with their bank cards or wishing to withdraw money abroad should ask their bank or credit provider about using their card before they travel. Money can be exchanged at banks, at officially licensed money institutions and in exchange kiosks. Businesses, hotels and restaurants may exchange money, however the rate is usually much worse than at an official financial institution. Opening hours for banks: Mon – Fri 9.00 a.m. – 4.00 / 5 p.m.

Customs regulations:

Import: 1.1 litres of spirits, 1.5 l of wine, 8 litres of beer in bottles / cans (these must be reported at customs) and 200 cigarettes are duty-free. Currency: Means of payment worth CAD 10,000 and above must be declared. No food may be imported (no apples, bananas, etc.). There is a ban on importing pornographic material or hate-inciting propaganda. The import of weapons must be declared on arrival. Further customs information regarding the import of goods can be obtained from the embassy of your destination country. This is the only place from which to obtain legally correct and binding information.
The customs regulations for the UK can be viewed on the British Customs Web site www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk.

Safety instructions:

We recommend making a photocopy of your passport before you travel and carrying this separately from you passport. If your passport is lost, this must be reported to the Canadian Police with a copy of the passport.

Special criminal provisions:

The consumption of alcohol on the street is prohibited in Canada. During Canadian public holidays, there is a ban on alcohol at camp sites and in national / provincial parks. Smoking in and outside public buildings, means of transport, shopping centres, restaurants and bars, etc. is forbidden in Canada.

Medical information:

As in the neighbouring USA, the West Nile Fever season begins in Canada from May. This is a flu-like illness that can be transmitted to humans by mosquitoes that are mostly active at night. Severe complications – including fatalities – can occur. Older people and people with weakened immune systems especially should protect themselves from mosquito bites.
Vaccinations: The standard vaccinations for children and adults in accordance with the information provided by the National Travel Health Network and Centre should be checked before undertaking any travel and updated if necessary (see https://nathnac.net/).

Medical care:

Sanitary and hygiene regulations are largely similar to those in the UK. If necessary, you can go to a “walk-in clinic” and in an emergency go directly to the Accident & Emergency Unit of a hospital. Treatment is expensive, however, and with the exception of immediate and necessary treatment for life-threatening conditions, is usually only provided following advance payment. Health insurance including Canada is therefore strongly recommended, as is the carrying of a credit card that has a high chargeable balance. The tap water is drinkable, however it contains a relatively high amount of chlorine. The supply of medications in Canada is good. Prescription medications can be obtained with a Canadian prescription. Non-perishable British specialist medications can be brought with you in the required quantities but must be accompanied by a copy of the prescription. Customers should ensure that they are physically and psychologically fit for undertaking the selected trip and make the necessary queries concerning the level of physical and psychological fitness required. Please observe that the excursions are accessible by foot only and that the buses used for the roundtrip are not customised to transport wheelchairs or similar devices.

All information is subject to change/Last updated: May 2019

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