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15 day Eastern Rail Discovery with Canada & New England Cruise Toronto • Niagara Falls • The Corridor • Ottawa • Montréal • St. Lawrence River • Quebec • Charlottetown • Sydney • Halifax • Bar Harbor • Boston
Day 1: Arrive Toronto On arrival, transfer independently to your downtown hotel, the remainder of the day is at leisure to explore Canada’s commercial and cultural centre. Day 2: Toronto Discover the many identities of this cosmopolitan city on a sightseeing tour of Toronto. Highlights include the provincial Parliament Buildings, City Hall, the financial district, Chinatown, the waterfront and the CN Tower (admission included) for unforgettable views of Toronto and Lake Ontario. Day 3: Niagara Falls Enjoy a full-day sightseeing excursion to marvel at the spectacle of the famous Niagara Falls and take a fantastic boat trip to the foot of the Horseshoe Falls. On the way back, pass through the historic community of Niagara-on-the-Lake before returning to Toronto for the evening. (L) Day 4: Toronto – The Corridor – Ottawa In the morning, transfer independently to Union Station to board VIA Rail’s The Corridor train to Ottawa passing through quaint little towns along Lake Ontario, the historic city of Kingston and the Thousand Islands region. Upon arrival in Ottawa, the remainder of the day is free to explore the majestic public buildings and works of Canada’s capital city. Take a walk along the famous Rideau Canal (designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site) or discover what the bustling Byward Market has to offer. Day 5: Ottawa Enjoy a Hop-On Hop-Off excursion of Ottawa that allows you to step on and off at any of the stops along the route to set your own pace and focus on what interests you most. The remainder of the day is free to explore the city’s many museums, galleries and boutiques.
Day 6: Ottawa – The Corridor – Montréal Board the train again to continue your journey along VIA Rail’s The Corridor. You’ll be leaving the capital region of Ottawa behind and heading for the shoreline of the mighty St. Lawrence River. In Montreal walk down lively St. Catherine Street with its numerous shops and cafés or sample the fine-dining cuisine and exuberant nightlife. Day 7: Montréal On day 7, you will go on a 3-hour sightseeing tour of Montréal. You will see numerous highlights, such as the Notre Dame Basilica, historic Old Montreal, the charming Latin Quarter plus the panoramic views from an observation point on top of Mont Royal. Day 8: Montréal - Embark Cruise – St. Lawrence River Board your Holland America’s ms Zaandam mid-sized cruise ship and depart the port of Montréal for 8 days of all-inclusive cruising up the St. Lawrence River and down the east coast of the Maritimes into the USA. The picturesque shoreline is dotted with communities that connect the historic cities that tell the story of 2 nations. (D) Day 9: Québec As seen from the river, the battlements and buildings of this UNESCO World Heritage Site convince visitors that they have arrived at an ancient European city. Passengers can take the funicular or the “neck-breaking steps” down to the Lower Town. Other highlights include Notre Dame des Victoires, the Petit Champlain district, the port, and the Musée de la Civilisation. (BLD) Day 10: Gulf of St. Lawrence A day spent on the water cruising up the St. Lawrence as it widens and the waters of the river begin mixing with those of the ocean. At this confluence, whales often gather to feed in the warmer waters where their food is plentiful. (BLD)
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