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Toronto to Montreal .... Help Needed Please

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Toronto to Montreal .... Help Needed Please

Hello Everyone.

I’m planning a trip to Canada later this year and I have seen a tour in the Titan brochure going from Toronto to Montreal. Visiting Niagara Falls, Ottawa, Mont Tremblant, Quebec City and Charlevoix along the way.

Can anyone please give me some help and advice about this trip?

Or maybe someone who may have done this trip and can give me good advice no matter how great or small.

Regards.

Doneit49.

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1. Re: Toronto to Montreal .... Help Needed Please

Hi Doneit ~

titantravel.co.uk/north-america/…

Is the above tour for an Escorted Coach Touring Holiday called "Maple Leaf Trail plus Niagara? the one you are wanting help with? It would be good to know what "later this year" means as there is one departure per month for every month of the year. Advice will be different for June than November.

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Hi, Ian;

We agree that the month of travel will make a huge difference in how you experience this particular tour.

We assume from the outset that you enjoy coach tours; it sounds like you would not spend a lot of time off the bus! To be honest, the first three days may be a bit disappointing. Your experience of Toronto seems to include only a couple of evenings, first after arriving on from your overseas flight and the second upon your "evening" return from Niagara- not much of an opportunity to experience Canada's largest city.

The day to Ottawa is described as first following the St. Lawrence River to Kingston. We expect that this leg will be undertaken on Hwy 401 which lies several miles north of Lake Ontario and the river. It is a busy motorway that was constructed through the least challenging geography (hence most boring visually) of the region. It sounds as if you may arrive in Ottawa in the early afternoon, leaving you a few hours to explore Canada's capital city.

In our opinion the tour's strengths lie in the days after you depart from Ottawa. The pace seems more reasonable and the routing follows many a Quebec back road. Both Charelvoix and The Eastern Townships are beautiful regions that few outside of Quebec have an appreciation of.

Many Britons if they have not previously travelled to Canada don't have a good appreciation of the distances here. If you are familiar with using Google maps you may wish to plot your trip, taking a close look at the travel times between itinerary points. This may give you a better sense of whether you feel you will have adequate time to explore your stop-off points.

Personally, we would look for something that either bit off a little less territory in the few days here on Canadian soil or had a longer duration.

Hope that's of some assistance!

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The best way to see this part of the world would be to rent a car and plan your own itinerary - at least if you are doing it in the spring, summer or fall.

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Coming from England and having visited Canada as independent travellers, (and knowing how expensive Titan Tours are!) I would tend to agree with Rob and Cathy.

Air Canada flights from Heathrow leave in the morning and get you into Toronto approx. 3pm local time, giving you an opportunity to get to your (downtown) hotel and explore a little (perhaps take a trip up the CN tower?) before you go to bed. We thought we would be tired but found we were buzzing and managed to stay up until 11pm local time (the early hours of the morning UK time). This helped with any jet lag problems and we were raring to go on Day 2.

Unless you have a particular reason for wanting to stay at Niagara Falls, you can easily book this as a day trip (our hotel receptionist organised this for us). A minibus (10 seater) collected us from the hotel and we spent a full day travelling to a vineyard (ice wine tasting), Niagara-on-the-Lake and a trip on the Maid of the Mist. There was also an option to take a helicopter ride over the falls from a small airfield before we got to Niagara itself.

We didn't use a car at all during our few days in Toronto as we found plenty to do on foot or by tram. (Distillery District, Harbour Area, etc.) However, when our stay there had ended, we hired a car for the drive to Montreal. We stopped for a few nights en route at Kingston and Ottawa. We made time to take a boat ride across some of the 1,000 lakes in Kingston. Ottawa is a very pleasant city to walk around and the Museum of Civilisation is (in my opinion) a "must". The Parliament buildings and the Rideau Canal area are much easier to visit when you are not tied to an organised trip schedule.

There was no problem in hiring the car in Toronto and dropping it off at Montreal airport, where we took the shuttle into the centre.

There are plenty of places to explore between Toronto and Montreal and renting a car will give you the freedom to stop off wherever you choose.

We chose to travel from Montreal to Quebec City by train as we were continuing on to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Again, booking this was straightforward (and at a good price).

There is a wealth of information on this site and I have always found the tips extremely useful. At first the amount of choice can be a little overwhelming but the rewards of planning your own itinerary are priceless.

One thing to note: Muftimix....is quite right about the time of year you are considering. What do you mean by "later in the year"? The experience in June will be totally different from, say, September or October.

The earlier you book your flights, the better the price and so if you do opt to plan your own itinerary, I would get that sorted out first. We travelled in June when the days were long and the weather was good. However, we booked our flights (at a very good price) the November beforehand.

Whatever you decide to do, you will I'm sure have a great experience. The Canadians are fantastic and it's a wonderful country.

Edited: 2:25 pm, January 12, 2013
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Driving through eastern Ontario is quite pleasurable, I would go with hiring a car as well, then you get to concentrate on your interests and take tours within individual cities if need be.....

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