- Canada's Maple Leaf Trail
This fascinating tour will take you on a delightful journey experiencing the diversity and contrast of four unique cities, from beautiful Montreal and charming Quebec, to historic Ottawa and cosmopolitan Toronto.
Depart London on your scheduled flight to Montreal. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
A morning tour unveils the city's delightful warren of cobblestone alleys, packed with Victorian stone houses, small boutiques and trendy eateries. Visit the famous landmark of Notre Dame, and then on to Place Jacques Cartier filled with street musicians.
Depart this morning for Fort Chambly National Historic site. The fort once protected New France from British attacks and stands as an invaluable witness to the French presence in North America. After a leisurely lunch, follow the Maple Leaf trail through the picturesque landscapes, villages and vineyards of the Eastern Townships before arriving in Quebec City.
This morning enjoy a guided tour of Quebec City, the crown jewel of French Canada. Explore UNESCO - listed Vieux Quebec, with its cobbled streets, ancient city walls and colourful Victorian facades. Your tour will also include the colonial citadel and the majestic Chateau Frontenac, as well as the imposing 19th Century parliament buildings. Rest of day at leisure. Optional excursion (payable locally) - view Quebec from the air in a 15-minute Helicopter tour including Old Quebec and the magnificent St. Lawrence River.
Breakfast & Lunch
Following breakfast, you will stop en route at the delightful 'Sugar Shack'. Here, in the heart of the beautiful Mauricie region, you will enjoy a sumptuous true Quebecois feast, live music and a guided tour explaining how maple syrup used to be produced. Continue to Ottawa with the rest of the day at leisure.
Embark on a half-day sightseeing tour of Canada's capital. Visit the National Art Gallery and Sparks Street, a pedestrianised shopping area before continuing to the ByWard Market, a trendy area home to many bars and restaurants. Next stop is Rideau Hall, the official residence of the Canadian Monarch and the Governor General. Visit the impressive Rideau Canal, which runs throughout the city and becomes the world's longest skate rink in winter.
Breakfast & Lunch
Today leave Ottawa to travel into Toronto. En route, stop in Rockport for a picturesque '1000 Island Cruise' on the St Lawrence River. Lunch will be at a local restaurant before arriving in Toronto.
The tour leaves Toronto for what is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the trip: Niagara Falls. We've organised a boat trip here to experience the breathtaking flow of water, power and mist of this natural wonder. Journey back to Toronto stopping at the quaint little town of Niagara-on-the-lake followed by a wine-tasting experience at the stunning Konzelmann Winery.
Before your flight back to the UK, explore Toronto on a guided tour. Visit the Parliament building and University, wander around the indoor food stalls at St Lawrence Market, visit the iconic CN tower, and finish with some shopping along Yonge Street.
Gordon Waller02 Nov 17
The Chelsea Hotel in Toronto was the best hotel of the tour, The Royal William In Quebec I would rank 4th.
Margaret Brown05 Jun 17
All hotels were very good no complaints at all. Position in the cities was also excellent.
British passport holders are not currently required to obtain a visa in order to travel to Canada. Further visa advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you to check with your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding required passport validity.
We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.
If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.
Your flight to Montreal and returning from Toronto is with Air Transat (TS) departing from London Gatwick. Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage and one item of hand baggage (Max 10kg - 23x40x51cm) in addition to one small personal item on-board the aircraft. Weight restrictions will be finalized on your final documentation. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in. Check-in should be at least 3 hours before departure. IMPORTANT: Please note that final flight details will be confirmed on your final documentation which will be sent to you approximately 10 days before departure. A printed E-ticket is no longer required at check-in, all you need to do is present your passport to the staff at the desk and your boarding pass will be given to you.
It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.
This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves full days of sightseeing, often on foot and includes some climbing of stairs and getting on and off coaches. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.
The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 10, and the maximum will be 35. If in the unlikely event there are less than 10 people booked on your tour date, we will endeavour to reduce any disruption to your holiday and try to operate your tour with lower passenger numbers. If we are not able to operate your departure date then you may be asked to change to a different date and a full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.
This is a fully escorted tour, meaning that you will be met on arrival by your national guide who will remain with you for the duration of the tour, ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.
The currency in Canada is the Canadian Dollar and we recommend you change some currency before you leave the UK. Cash machines will also be available throughout the tour in order to withdraw money in your local currency.
You will need to take money with you to cover any personal purchases such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £300 - £400 will be sufficient for the durations of the tour, depending on how much of a bargain-hunter you are! It is customary to tip your tour escort who will be with you throughout your journey approximately CA$4.00 per person per day, and for your driver CA$3.00 per person per day. This will be collected on the last day of your tour. We also recommend for you to tip your local guide in Montreal and Quebec approximately CA$4.00 per person per day, this can be given at the end of your sightseeing tour. It is not mandatory but it is courteous to tip in the local currency.