The Great White North: A White Winter in Canada | Yampu Tours

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The Great White North: A White Winter in Canada

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PRIVATE TOUR - 9 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM £$ 5125

Private Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy breathtaking views up from the indoor and outdoor observatories of Toronto's iconic CN Tower and dare to stand on the Glass Floor!
  • Spend some time at leisure to enjoy Toronto, which offers a vast array of museums and galleries, interesting ethnic neighborhoods, a beautiful waterfront and excellent shopping.
  • Explore Montreal, the second largest French speaking city in the world and renowned for its fine restaurants, excellent shopping, lively nightlife, rich culture and history.
  • Enjoy a scenic rail journey through Canada's heartland on a train ride through quaint Canadian villages and farmlands between each city.
  • Take in the history, the architecture and the charms of Old Quebec, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Learn about the First Nations People with an in depth exploration through Ottawa's Museum of History Grand Hall.
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Tour Overview

Spend a White Winter in Canada while exploring the eastern cultural capitals of Canada, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and Quebec by first-class train.

Rightfully nicknamed the Great White North, for a good portion of the year, Canada becomes a picturesque winter wonderland with frozen fairytale scenes blanketed by fluffy snow that children (and inner children) dream of.  Twinkling cities, fun-filled winter festivals, and Top-notch ski resorts all welcome visitors each season with open arms to appreciate the beauty of Canada and its warm culture. Whether you enjoy spending the day ice skating, skiing, or sledding, or you prefer to keep toasty by the fire with a cup of “chocolat chaud” after a day of shopping in Montreal’s underground city, a custom winter tour through Canada can be catered to all likings.

Starting on the shores of Lake Ontario, not far from the famed Niagara Falls, this tour takes visitors through Toronto to explore the city and its iconic architecture before hopping on a first-class train to Ottawa, the capital of Canada. Here, visitors will learn of Canada’s long history with a visit to the Museum of History Grand Hall with a focus on the country’s first nations people and Canada’s diverse wildlife at the Canadian Museum of Nature.

Hopping aboard another train, the tour continues on to the second-largest French-speaking city in the world, Montreal. Here, visitors will get a sense of the strong francophone pride through the delectable cuisine, fun nightlife, and stylish culture before continuing on to the last stop of the tour, historic Quebec City. Travelers will appreciate the history, architecture, and charms of Old Quebec, discovering stunning colonial landmarks while touring the cobblestoned streets.

Inclusions
Price includes domestic and regional flights within the itinerary; all hotel accommodations including daily continental or buffet breakfast and daily city tax; all transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling; guided tours in English including entrance fees.
Exclusions

International airfare (unless specifically included), airport departure taxes that must be paid on-site, gratuities, meals not mentioned, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages with meals, early / late check-out, room service, visa fees/services, and other personal items or services not mentioned.

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Pricing Details
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Double N/A £$5125 N/A N/A
Single N/A £$8250 N/A N/A

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Please note that prices are subject to change based on availability and seasonality, especially during the holiday season from December 20th through January 5th each year. Please contact a Yampu Travel Specialist for more information on best times to travel.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

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1

International Flight to Toronto

Upon arrival to Toronto, you will be met at the airport by a Yampu guide, and privately transferred to your hotel.

Toronto is the heartbeat of Canadian urban life. It has everything you would expect from a world class city. Get dinner at a one of a kind restaurant in Queen Street West, shop at the posh Yorkville district, lose yourself in the variety of the Kensington Market, then visit one of Toronto's vibrant museums or galleries. Toronto has it all and all of it is in style.

The afternoon will be at your leisure to enjoy Toronto, which offers a vast array of museums and galleries, interesting ethnic neighborhoods, a beautiful waterfront and excellent shopping. Build your own Toronto experience with the freedom of a Hop On/Hop Off tour of the city aboard a double decker or trolley bus. Your ticket is valid for 2 days and highlights include; Royal Ontario Museum, Casa Loma, CN Tower, Hockey Hall of Fame, The Distillery Historic District, Toronto's Harbor-front, Eaton Centre, St. Lawrence Market, Bata Shoe Museum and more.
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2

Day of Leisure in Toronto with Self-Guided Tour of CN Tower

Today will be at leisure to explore Toronto on your own with the Hop On/Hop Off 2-day pass. Included in the cost are the entrance tickets to the CN Tower - opened in 1976, the CN Tower defines the Toronto skyline and remains a celebrated architectural marvel, wonder of the modern world and a Toronto must see. The glass faced elevators, with glass floor panels, will whisk you to the Look-out level at 346m in a mere 58 seconds. Enjoy breathtaking views up to 160km from the indoor and outdoor observatories and dare to stand on the Glass Floor!

Optional visit to Niagara Falls. Please consult with your Yampu Tour Consultant.
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Train to Ottawa

At the appropriate time, you will make your own way to the train station to board a train to Ottawa. Sit back and enjoy a 4.5-hours scenic rail journey. For your comfort, included in your ticket is an upgrade to Via 1 Rail. Upon arrival to Ottawa, you will be privately transferred to your hotel.

Ottawa is the capital of Canada. Known for National sites, famous landmarks like the Rideau Canal, and museums housing stunning national collections. But Ottawa is also a vibrant, walkable, cosmopolitan with an incredible food scene created by local culinary schools and top chefs.
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Museum of History Grand Hall Tour

Today is a day to explore the Museum of History Grand Hall and the Canadian Museum of Nature. These are self-guided, entrance tickets have been included.
The spectacular Grand Hall offers an introduction to the history, cultures, and beliefs of the First Peoples of Canada's Pacific Coast. With its curving six-story window wall and unrivalled view of Parliament Hill, the Grand Hall is one of the country's most impressive indoor public spaces and the Museum's architectural centerpiece.

You will discover six iconic Native houses connected by a Pacific Coast shoreline and boardwalk, the largest collection of totem poles in the world, the original plaster pattern for Spirit of Haida Gwaii by celebrated Haida artist Bill Reid, and Raven Bringing Light to the World, a gold on bronze sculpture by Robert Davidson. Behind the house facades and boardwalk are two exhibitions - First Peoples of the Northwest Coast and From Time Immemorial - Tsimshian Prehistory. Be Sure to visit the newly opened Canadian History Hall - 40 000 square feet of exhibit space spanning 15,000 years of history of what is now Canada!

Canada is also all about nature. No trip to Ottawa is complete without a visit to the Canadian Museum of Nature where you will discover Canada's diverse nature under one roof. The Museum is housed in a striking, historic "castle" in downtown Ottawa that once served as Canada's Parliament. The world-class galleries feature giant dinosaurs, iconic Canadian mammals, a complete blue whale skeleton, dazzling gems and minerals. Immerse yourself in Canada's Arctic in the spectacular, new Canada Goose Arctic Gallery.
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Train to Montreal

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and privately transferred to the train station to board a train to Montreal. Sit back and enjoy this 2-hour rail journey through Canada's heartland on the on upgraded Via 1 Rail class. Upon arrival to Montreal, walk on your own to the hotel (the hotel is located directly above the Central Station; there is a hotel entrance from the train station).

Montreal is the second largest French speaking city in the world and renowned for its fine restaurants, excellent shopping, lively nightlife, rich culture and history.
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Private Montreal City Walking Tour

Today, you will explore Montreal, the second largest French speaking city in the world and renowned for its fine restaurants, excellent shopping, lively nightlife, rich culture and history. Continue towards Place Jacques-Cartier via Notre-Dame and Saint-Paul Streets.

Today, you will explore Montreal, the second largest French speaking city in the world and renowned for its fine restaurants, excellent shopping, lively nightlife, rich culture and history. Continue towards Place Jacques-Cartier via Notre-Dame and Saint-Paul Streets.

Day
7

Train to Quebec City

At the appropriate time, walk on your own to the train station to board a train for a 3.5-hour rail journey to Quebec City, on upgraded Via 1 Rail class, going through villages and farmlands. Upon arrival to Quebec City, you will be privately transferred to your hotel.

Quebec City is one of the oldest cities in North America, and its landmarks have stood the test of time. With cobblestone streets that hold 400 years of history you can feel the old-world romance and European charm.

At the appropriate time, walk on your own to the train station to board a train for a 3.5-hour rail journey to Quebec City, on upgraded Via 1 Rail class, going through villages and farmlands. Upon arrival to Quebec City, you will be privately transferred to your hotel.

Quebec City is one of the oldest cities in North America, and its landmarks have stood the test of time. With cobblestone streets that hold 400 years of history you can feel the old-world romance and European charm.

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8

Private Half Day Grand Quebec Walking Tour

At a leisurely pace, take the time to explore and learn about the history, the architecture and the charms of Old Quebec, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Starting in the heart of Quebec's old Upper Town, you will make your way down to the historic Lower Town. With many opportunities to snap some great photos, your guide will also provide suggestions along the way of further things to see and do during your stay.

The tour is downhill and a very comfortable walk and ends at the Funicular which you can use to return to Upper Town. Among the landmarks you will discover; Dufferin Terrace, Chateau Frontenac, St-Lawrence River, Latin Quarter, Old Seminary, Fortifications and Citadel, Old Port, The Antique & Art District and Place Royale "Birthplace of the City". ...read less

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International Flight Home

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and privately transferred to the airport for your flight home.

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and privately transferred to the airport for your flight home.

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Places You'll See

  • Toronto

    Located on the shores of Lake Ontario, a short distance from the US and Canadian Niagara Falls, Toronto is a fascinating metropolis with towering skyscrapers contrasting with lush green spaces throughout. Standing amongst the cityscape is the city’s iconic CN tower which held the title for tallest freestanding building for nearly 35 years, adorned with a revolving restaurant at its top.

  • Ottawa

    Serving as the capital of Canada, Ottawa is a city rich in history and provides endless opportunities to visitors. Located along the Ottawa river, the capital city is adorned with grand Victorian architecture and numerous museums in science, art, agriculture, and history. No matter the season, Ottawa has something for everyone. In the winter, visiors can skate the world’s largest skating rink,  Rideau Canal Skateway, while summertime is filled with festivals, farmers’ markets and concerts.

  • Montreal

    Located on an island in the St. Lawrence River, Montreal has long served as an important trading area for the region’s First Nations people. The island later became an important port for European settlers, beginning with the French. Today, the city is a mosaic of different cultures, holding strongly to its French history and serving as the world’s second-largest Francophone city after Paris. No matter the season, Montreal has endless experiences for art lovers, historians, foodies, and nature buffs alike. Though winters can be harsh, Montreal is bustling in its warm underground pedestrian network of shopping malls and restaurants and with exhilarating outdoor activities such as sledding Mont Royal, the mountain that earned it its name.

  • Quebec City

    Just north of Montreal, located on the St. Lawrence River, Quebec City is the capital of the French-speaking Canadian Province of Quebec. Often referred to as the Cradle of French America, the capital and its province hold tightly to the region’s colonist history with pride. Being the only fortified city on the continent north of Mexico, Quebec is a walking air museum. Visitors can step back in time while touring the cobblestoned old town, which is particularly charming under a blanket of winter snow. Outdoor enthusiasts will love the city’s location with the outstanding wilderness just outside the city lines with rolling rivers, vast lakes, and glacial valleys of the nearby  Jacques-Cartier National Park.

Hotel Options

Featured Accommodation

Fairmont Royal York

o Toronto’s landmark hotel is the gateway to your essential Toronto experience. Located in the downtown core, Fairmont Royal York is minutes from the city’s biggest events and attractions including: The CN Tower, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, Air Canada Centre, Rogers Centre, the Eaton Centre, and the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. The hotel offers modern downtown comfort, in a historic Toronto luxury hotel. The newly re-designed rooms are a fresh, modern addition to the regal elegance that is synonymous with the hotel. Hotel amenities also include a pool and health club complete with exercise equipment; HDTV’s in every room with upgraded services on demand; satellite iPad check-in during peak hours; paperless checkout; and digital path-finding monitors. The EPIC Restaurant provides guests with an unmatched culinary experience mixed with the musical talent of local artists and at the Benihana Japanese Steakhouse you can experience the fun of Teppanyaki and enjoy the best sushi and sake you’ll find in Toronto . There is also no better place to indulge in a classic Fairmont Royal York tradition than with an Afternoon Tea at The Library Bar every Saturday and Sunday.

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Featured Accommodation

Fairmont Chateau Frontenac

Standing high on a bluff overlooking the mighty St Lawrence River, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac is the heart of Old Quebec. Offering exquisite dining opportunities, superior meeting facilities, and a distinctive Gallic charm, this stately hotel stands above historic Old Quebec, a United Nations World Heritage Site. The four restaurants of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac provides travelers with a choice of gourmet cuisines. Activities at the hotel include an indoor pool, whirlpool and steam rooms, a state-of-the-art health club with a full-service massage therapy salon, a fully equipped business center, a selection of boutiques, concierge, and child-minding services. The 618 guestrooms offer elegantly styled château furnishings and regal décor and Fairmont rooms have either two double or one queen or one king bed that can accommodate up to quad occupancy based on sharing existing beds.

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4 Star Properties

Ottawa : Le Germain

Montreal : Fairmont Queen Elizabeth

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