Indulge yourself with this luxury fly-drive (or rail) holiday through the eastern Canadian Provinces of Ontario and Quebec. The world-renowned Fairmont Hotels & Resorts provide an ideal retreat after a day exploring.
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Arrive in the cosmopolitan city of Toronto and transfer to the Fairmont Royal York Hotel. Perfectly located in the heart of downtown, the hotel is adjacent to Union Station and less than a mile from the the beautiful Eaton Centre Mall. Spend your day at leisure shopping and enjoying the lively waterfront.
If you fancy something indoors, the Royal Ontario Museum is Canada's largest museum showcasing art, culture and nature from around the world. There's also the hotel spa with skylit indoor pool which might be the best way to start your holiday.
Get the lie of land during your Toronto city tour. From the CN Tower to the financial district, you'll cover the highlights of this world-class city. The rest of the day is free to explore Toronto and its 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.
Standing 553 metres tall, the CN Tower is a symbol of Toronto and Canada. CN stands for Canadian National - Canada's largest rail company and builder of the tower. Ride the glass-fronted elevators to the top and enjoy the floor to ceiling bird's eye views of Toronto, Lake Ontario and the USA in the distance. Enjoy a top notch meal at 360 Restaurant, the tower's revolving eatery.
If you're loving the heights, you'll also want to consider a helicopter tour of downtown Toronto flying eye-to-eye with the pod of the CN Tower. Don't forget your camera!
Departing Toronto, the highway takes you east through the townships along the eastern shores of Lake Ontario. This area is largely farming and cattle communities that feed into the provinces large agricultural market. Arrive in Montreal, a centre of arts and culture, amidst the wide swirling water of the St. Lawrence River. Located in the heart of Montreal, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, is your home away from home. The prime location allows you to discover this intriguing city by foot.
The old city with its cobbled streets and gas lamps play host to many festivals, making this one lively city by day or night.
Explore the wonders and delights of Canada's largest French-speaking metropolis and savour the city’s French-Canadian flare on your included tour. Visit the impressive Notre-Dame Basilica, the residential and financial districts, Historic Old Montreal, the Olympic Complex, the campus of McGill University and Mont Royal with its panoramic views.
The rest of the day and evening is free for you to soak up the charms of this beautiful city. Discover the small shops and cafes in Rue St-Paul where you can submerge yourself in limitless restaurants, from fine dining to simple tastings rooms and wonderful cuisines from around the world. The waterfront is a great place to take a stroll or visit The Montreal of Fine Arts, Canada's oldest museum.
Following the St. Lawrence River north, you'll notice the constant shipping activity that travels the river every day between the ports of the Great Lakes Lowlands and the Atlantic. As you draw nearer to La Malbaie, the rock outcroppings become more predominant as the pine trees swoop down to meet the widening banks of the river. Set against the deep greens of the forest, is the Manoir Richelieu's. Its steep roofs of weathered copper and warm sandstone-hued walls recall the fable retreat and resorts of yesteryear. Your home for the next two nights is the Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu. This historic French style castle, perched majestically on the cliff between the Laurentian Mountains and the St Lawrence River, provides an enviable vantage point.
The affluent town of Malbaie, set in delightful countryside, offers plenty of opportunity for hiking or bird watching. This exceptional natural beauty, teemed with marine life, makes it ideally placed for whale watching cruises, both at the mouth of the spectacular Saguenay River and the St Lawrence River or nearby Tadoussac.
An aperitif at La Brise bar, taking in the breathtaking views of the St. Lawrence River, are the perfect finale to your stay.
Returning east along the St Lawrence River, with the Laurentian Mountains in the distance, head towards historic Quebec City. Founded in 1608, this capital province of Quebec is the only walled city in North America and a designated United Nations World Heritage Site.
Located along the joining rivers of St Lawrence and St Charles, most of the city is flat. Add in the pedestrianised streets in Old Quebec and this is one easy area to explore on foot. You'll adore the grand Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac, perfectly located just minutes from Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame de Québec, boutiques and cafes in Quartier Petit Champlain.
Embark on an historical walking tour of Old Quebec and learn about its colourful past beginning in 1608 and continuing into the present day. Tours are designed to give visitors a general sense of the history of the fortress and hub that is Quebec City, as well as an understanding of the lives of the people that have inhabited it throughout the centuries. You'll also have the advantage of being in a small group led by guides who are always open to questions, favouring a more relaxed and personal sightseeing excursion.
Then spend the rest of the day exploring as you wish. Visit the Plains of Abraham, the Fortifications, the National Assembly, Place Royale, the Basilica and more.
Last chance for a spot of sightseeing or retail therapy before your flight home.
Your holiday doesn't have to end here, you could also add in a visit to Canada's capital city, Ottawa? Or what about a bit of the USA?
Call the travel specialists at Bon Voyage on (0800) 316 3012 to discuss your ideal Canadian experience.