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schedule for Toronto- what do you think?

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schedule for Toronto- what do you think?

This is my plan for the trip. Any suggestions?

Sunday- Arrived into Toronto 7pm, check in have dinner and relax

Monday- Toronto Tour ( Any suggestion which tour? I was thinking of the grayline tour hop on hop off.or 2 hours tour with TorontoTour.com). After the morning tour I would visit Chinatown,Kensington Market, CN Tower

Tuesday-Ontario Science Centre during the day and the Lanter Festival (6pm-11pm).

Wednesday- Want to visit Toronto Island Park.

Thursday- Check out hotel- Visit Casa Loma...then head south to Niagara Falls

Friday- All day in Niagara Falls

Saturday- Check out- spend some time in Niagara on the Lake..then head for the airport. Plane leave at 6pm, so I need to be there around 3pm to return the car rental and check in.

I have not book hotel in Niagara Falls, because I am not sure should I take the day tour to Niagara Falls? But if I do the day tours, I will miss the fire work and the lights show.

Any suggestion? I am reading your Toronto Official Visitor Guide and I think I need at least a month in Toronto. There are so much to do.

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1. Re: schedule for Toronto- what do you think?

tibet71:

For Niagara falls I would go over what it is that you want to do in Niagara Falls before you decide if you are staying the night. Some thoughts on that - the falls, Maid of the Mist boat ride, Fallsview casino, and clifton hill, and on the way out Niagara on the lake, perhaps for a wine estates tour.

For hotels in NF try to look for something reasonbly close to the falls so you will not have to walk far for the attractions. For hotels in Toronto try to look for something in downtown - Holiday inn on King gets rave reviews.

As for the tours - never done any of the bus tours - but they are a plenty. Some that I have seen around town - gray line, shop and dine, and the hippo tours (bus that also goes in the water for a lake ontario tour). There is an info point at dundas square that has all kinds of visitor information. Dundas square is at dundas street and yonge st, just a few blocks north of queen where the eaton center is.

St. lawrence is the other great market and it is closer to the other things you wanted to see (on front and jarvis). Check their shcedule at http://www.stlawrencemarket.com/.

Toronto Island Park:

It has the amusement park, some beaches and boat rentals. There is also a cute little shrub maze near the beaches area. Also check out the main gardens just north of the beaches and lookout point.

I have never seen the fireworks and light show in NF but I am sure it is spectacular.

Enjoy!

Christine

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2. Re: schedule for Toronto- what do you think?

I think your itinerary is excellent :-)

And if I were you I'd stay overnight in Niagara Falls, and then call in at NOTL on your way back to the airport as you mentioned. Perfect.

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3. Re: schedule for Toronto- what do you think?

That sounds great! You have left room for a few more activities if they come up. I'm not sure which tours are the best.

I think you should stay overnight in Niagara Falls. Lots to do there. I like the Days Inn on Centre Street (not the other locations).

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4. Re: schedule for Toronto- what do you think?

With a week I would definitely do an overnight in Niagara Falls rather than just a day trip. Good suggestion from all to spend some time in Niagara on the Lake too. Very relaxing way to end the trip.

Though I've never done the hopon/hopoff in Toronto, in other cities I really love the way it allows you to see the sights and take advantage of a tour guide's expertise, as well as allowing you to see much more than you could by just walking. It looks to be good for 3 days too which could come in handy:

From travelocity this is the description in case you haven't seen it

:

<<Downtown Loop: Beginning at Nicholby’s, located on the corner of Front and York Streets, this loop features stops at local attractions such as the Hockey Hall of Fame, CN Tower, Rogers Centre, Air Canada Centre, Olympic Spirit, Toronto’s Harbourfront, St. Lawrence Market and the Entertainment District.

Uptown Loop: Beginning at Yonge / Dundas Square at the corner of Yonge and Dundas Streets, this loop features stops at local attractions such as Casa Loma, the Royal Ontario Museum, Bata Shoe Museum, Eaton Centre, Maple Leaf Gardens and includes stops along Yonge Street and trendy Yorkville.>>>

I loved having this flexibility in other cities and it saves on taxi/subways too!

Have a great trip!

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5. Re: schedule for Toronto- what do you think?

Tibet71, I don’t know if your Mississauga Residence Inn is non-cancelable, but if not, you might want might want to consider my Toronto Priceline bidding experience last night for five nights, beginning August 11.

I was bidding first at the 2.5* level for a hotel in the Vaughan-North York, Markham and Don Valley zones. (Don Valley has no 2.5* hotels, but was included for a possible upgrade to 3*.)

On my final 2.5* bid at $55, which included all three of the above zones and two free re-bid zones (Toronto East and Scarborough-Pickering), I received a Priceline counter-offer to add $15. When you receive a Priceline counter-offer, decline it and start a new bid adding 1/2 of the counter-offer amount to your previous bid. In this case, had I re-bid at $63, Priceline probably would have accepted the bid for one of the following 10 hotels:

Vaughan-North York Zone

3* – Radisson Hotel Toronto or Novotel (upgrades from 2.5*)

2.5* -- Courtyard Toronto Vaughan

Markham Zone

3* -- Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Toronto Markham, Sheraton Parkway Hotel Toronto North or Hilton Suites Markham (upgrades from 2.5*)

2.5* -- Residence Inn, Courtyard Toronto Markham or Staybridge Suites.

Don Valley Zone

3* -- Crowne Plaza

All 10 of the above hotels have indoor pools. Of the 10 hotels, I’ve stayed at the Radisson, the Vaughan and Markham Courtyards and the Crowne Plaza previously on Priceline bids and was pleased in all cases. At my last stays at the Radisson and the Courtyards, parking was free, but the Crowne Plaza had an $8/night parking charge. You can view the websites of each of these hotels, plus customer reviews, by going to www.BiddingForTravel.com (BFT). On the BFT website, scroll down the home page and click on “Hotels/ Canada -- Ontario (Toronto, Ottawa)”; then click on “ONTARIO HOTEL LIST” near the top of the next screen.

Had I decided to continue bidding later today at 2.5* after my 24-hour bidding lockout, here’s what my bidding strategy would have been:

First, I would have bid each of three zones (Vaughan-North York, Markham and Don Valley) individually at $61. I then, based on any Priceline counter-offers at that amount, I would decide on which zone to focus my bidding, starting at $63.

Let’s say that that I was focusing mainly on Markham, I would follow this bidding schedule:

$61 – Markham

$63 – Markham + Toronto East (TE is a “free” re-bid zone at 2.5* because it has no Priceline hotels rated above 2*)

$64 – Markham + Scarborough-Pickering (S-P is a “free” re-bid zone at 2.5* because it has no Priceline hotels rated above 2*)

$65 – Markham + Toronto East + Scarborough-Pickering

Still not high enough? Add another acceptable zone, such as Don Valley:

$66 -- Markham + Don Valley

$67 – Markham + Don Valley

$68 – Markham + Don Valley + Toronto East

$68 – Markham + Don Valley + Scarborough-Pickering

$69 – Markham + Don Valley + Toronto East + Scarborough-Pickering

Still not high enough? Substitute the other acceptable zone, Vaughan-North York:

$70 – Markham + Vaughan-North York

$71 – Markham + Vaughan-North York

$72 – Markham + Vaughan-North York + Toronto East

$73 – Markham + Vaughan-North York + Scarborough-Pickering

$74 – Markham + Vaughan-North York + Toronto East + Scarborough-Pickering

And one last desperation bid before a 24-hour lockout for 2.5* bidding:

$75 – Markham + Vaughan-North York + Don Valley + Toronto East + Scarborough-Pickering

You can continue bidding at any Priceline star quality level if you make any changes in your zone configurations without repeating the same zone combination AND exit the Priceline website after each bid rejection (exiting the website will clear out grayed zones for subsequent bidding).

However, I decided to stop bidding at 2.5* and drop down to 2* to see if I could nail a hotel that would save me $100 or more on my five-day stay compared with a probable 2.5* Priceline hotel at $63. I was successful on a $38 2* bid, accepted by a Comfort Inn (no pool) in the Vaughan-North York Zone. Including taxes and the Priceline service charge, my net cost was $226.44 (USD) for the five nights ($45.28 per night).

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6. Re: schedule for Toronto- what do you think?

A few minutes ago, someone on the www.BiddingForTravel.com website reported this winning Priceline bid:

*3 Renaissance Toronto Airport 8/11-13 $45

So the Priceline Airport Zone might be another bidding option.

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7. Re: schedule for Toronto- what do you think?

Hi Tibet

It looks like everything that you would like to do has fit nicely into your plan. I can't recall if I have sent a link to the Kensington Market site...here it is, in case you would like to familiarize yourself with it before the trip.

http://www.kensington-market.ca/

If you want to see the fireworks Friday night in Niagara, then by all means you shoud stay in the Falls. There are plenty of hotels there, however Friday night may get busy so I wouldn't wait too long to book.

As far as the tours in Toronto, I could recommend one however I have not taken a bus tour recently so I will leave that to the other knowledgeable people who frequent this site.

You have worked so hard, your family is very fortunate. Have a wonderful time and keep us posted!!

Good luck.

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8. Re: schedule for Toronto- what do you think?

Geonitt and Northerndecorator,

Thank you so much for all your helps.

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9. Re: schedule for Toronto- what do you think?

No worries....hope you have a great time!

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