Niagara Falls & Toronto
Kick off this Canadian adventure with the country's must-do signature attraction—Niagara Falls! With the guidance of a skilled captain, get up-close and personal with Canadian Horseshoe Falls and breathtaking Great Gorge. Hear the thundering roar and feel the mighty power and unbelievable mist that comes along with these natural wonders. In addition, enjoy a guided city tour through Toronto to explore a majestic castle, a vibrant farmers market, and spectacular views in all directions high from the CN Tower.
Day +1: Arrive in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Welcome to Toronto, the fourth largest city in North America! This exciting, multicultural destination welcomes you to revel in leisure time for discovery. With the included CityPASS, choose between a variety of activities, including seeing incredible animals, inspiring culture, and fascinating science by visiting Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, the Royal Ontario Museum, and your choice of the Toronto Zoo or the Ontario Science Centre. Additional options included with your CityPASS are the castle Casa Loma and CN Tower.
Overnight: Fairmont Royal York
Day +2: Toronto / Niagara Falls
Today embark upon what many consider to be Canada's most memorable experience: the majestic Niagara Falls. Awaken your senses and witness the power of Mother Nature on a thrilling, guided Hornblower boat tour led by passionate guides who entertain with legendary stories, history, and fascinating facts about the Niagara region. Niagara Falls started forming around 12,000 years ago from glacier activity and consists of three waterfalls—the Canadian Horsehoe Falls, American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls. Did you know about 700,000 gallons of water travel down Niagara Falls every second? Learn how the combined power of the cataract falls results in a mind-boggling flow-rate that provides hydroelectric power to the entire area. In fact, it produces around one-fourth of the electricity for Ontario and the state of New York. Listen to the roar and feel the exhilarating force of the mist and wind the falls create. Don the provided poncho for a don't miss, wet and wild, fun experience!
Next, enjoy lunch overlooking the Falls followed by leisure time in Niagara-on-the-Lake. This picturesque town epitomizes old charm with clapboard houses, tree-lined streets, and lovely gardens—some dating from the early 19th century. Delight in Niagara-on-the-Lake's character and history by strolling around and viewing landmarks, such as the Memorial Clock Tower, Niagara District Court House and St. Vincent de Paul Church. There is much to see on quaint and unhurried Main Street, with its unique shops, beautiful flower beds, and historical buildings. Satisfy your sweet tooth by sampling locally produced "chimney cakes," ice cream, gelato, jams, and marmalades. If you're in the mood for wine, you're in luck. Trip Advisor once voted Niagara-on-the-Lake as Canada's "#1 Food and Wine Destination." More than 20 wineries have built a community crafting some of the best wines in the world.
Overnight: Fairmont Royal York (B,L)
Day +3: Toronto / Main Program Begins
Today, immerse your senses during a guided tour of Toronto. Step back in time and marvel at the grandeur and elegance of a bygone era as you explore the exterior and grounds of Casa Loma, a historic castle built atop Davenport Hill overlooking downtown Toronto. Once the residence of Sir Henry Pellatt, a wealthy and eccentric Canadian financier, this grand mansion required 300 men, three years, and $3.5 million to build. If interested, discover more of Casa Loma's fascinating past along with fabulous and fanciful gothic architecture by taking a closer look with your included CityPASS.
Bring your comfortable shoes and a hearty appetite for navigating the next stop! Food mecca St. Lawrence Market has been hailed by National Geographic magazine as one of the top food markets in the world.
Next, visit the CN Tower. This recognizable and celebrated icon of Toronto's skyline at more than 1,815 feet is the tallest freestanding structure in the Americas and is listed as one of the "Seven Modern Wonders of the World." Soar to the sky in one of the glass elevators to 1,122 feet for the outdoor observation deck to feel the breeze. On a clear day, gaze at astounding views of the city and lake, Niagara Falls off in the distance, and sometimes, even helicopters flying below you. A revolving restaurant at the top of the tower is home to the world's highest wine cellar, which can hold up to 9,000 bottles of wine.
This evening, join fellow travelers to begin the main program. (B)
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch
This pre-tour is not escorted by an Orbridge Travel Director. Included sightseeing is accompanied by a local guide. Space is limited, so it's recommended to reserve early for best availability.
It is our expectation that guests on this program are able to walk a mile at a moderate pace (sometimes on steep or slippery surfaces), get in and out of a motor coach, board a water vessel, and walk up a flight of stairs without assistance.
Fairmont Royal York—Toronto
Built by the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1929, it was the tallest building in Canada at the time—and featured magnificent architecture and luxury, including more than 1,000 en suite guest rooms, a glass-enclosed roof garden, and a concert hall with a 50-ton pipe organ. It has recently undergone a five-year, multimillion-dollar renovation to combine stunning, redesigned guest rooms with carefully preserved historic elements.
Located directly across from VIA Rail's Union Station, this elegant downtown property is minutes away from the city's best attractions and features five restaurants, four lounges, and an indoor pool, gym, spa, and business center. Underneath the hotel begins a 19-mile underground network of shopping and malls, featuring more than 1,200 stores, accessible by the direct entrance from the hotel lobby.
Room amenities: Individual climate control, pillow top bed, flat screen HDTV, Wi-Fi (additional fee), coffee and tea maker, minibar, and en suite bathroom with hair dryer.
Pre-tour rate is per person based on double occupancy except where noted as Single, in U.S. dollars. Single availability limited. Airfare not included.
- 2 nights accommodations at the Fairmont Royal York or similar, with breakfast each morning
- A Toronto CityPASS with access to Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, Casa Loma, the Royal Ontario Museum, and choice of the Toronto Zoo or the Ontario Science Centre
- Private transportation to/from Niagara Falls
- Niagara Falls boat tour, including lunch featuring spectacular views
- A guided city tour of Toronto
- Gratuities to local guide and driver