Day 1: Maritimes to Quebec City
Depart the Maritimes with pick-ups and rest stops on your journey to Quebec. Enjoy an included group dinner at Baton Rouge, and a free evening to explore near your hotel.
Day 2: Quebec City
After breakfast we will have a tour of Quebec City including Sainte Anne de Beaupre. The Basilica was built to replace the first one that was destroyed by fire on March 29, 1922. An ensemble of 240 stained glass windows adorns the Basilica, and the central vault is completely covered with a series of mosaic dedicated to Sainte Anne. Next we take a walkabout of Quebec's Old Town - the only North American fortified city north of Mexico whose walls still exist. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985, as the "Historic District of Old Quebec." The rest of the afternoon is free for you to continue exploring. Tonight we will have an included dinner at Buffet des Continents. This restaurant features a buffet of food from around the world. Be adventurous and try something new, or enjoy traditional North American fare. (B, D)
Day 3: Quebec City to 1000 Islands
After breakfast we check out and depart for the Thousand Islands. This afternoon, enjoy the Lost Ships of the 1000 Islands Cruise. This tour combines historical photos, side-scan sonar imaging, video and commentary; you can discover the lost treasures that have been hidden below the water's surface for centuries. You will also cruise past Boldt Castle, the lavish homes of the rich and famous on Millionaire's Row, Zavikon Islands with the smallest international bridge in the world, the Canadian Palisades where a statue of St. Lawrence watches over the river, and see the old haunts of vagabonds and villains. Dinner tonight is included at Moroni's Restaurant. (B, D)
Day 4: 1000 Islands to Ottawa
After breakfast we head out for Ottawa, with a visit to the Diefenbunker on the way. The Diefenbunker is a 4 story, 300 room, 100,000 square foot underground bunker, and was meant to house 535 Canadian government officials and military officers in the event of a nuclear war. Shrouded in mystery, the Diefenbunker, nicknamed after then Prime Minister John Diefenbaker, was designed and built in secrecy during the crest of Cold War fear between 1959 and 1961. After lunch we arrive in Ottawa and meet our Step on Guide for a tour of the city. Learn about the Parliament Buildings, 24 Sussex Drive, Rideau Hall, and more. Afterwards we check into our hotel, and then have an included group dinner at Tucker's Marketplace. The remainder of the evening is free for you to explore. (B, D)
Day 5: Ottawa
After breakfast, we head out for a tour of Parliament Hill. The rest of the morning is free for you to explore and grab lunch. This afternoon we visit the Canadian War Museum. This is Canada's national museum of military history and one of the world's most respected museums for the study and understanding of armed conflict. The Museum's collections are among the finest military holdings in the world, including rare vehicles, artillery, uniforms, medals, personal memoirs and more than 13,000 works in the Beaverbrook Collection of War Art. This evening you're free to enjoy dinner in the ByWard Market. Stroll the Rideau Canal or take in the free activities on the Hill. (B)
Day 6: Ottawa - Happy 150th Canada!
Today we can enjoy all the festivities and events happening on Parliament Hill. A detailed list will be available closer to departure. The fireworks tonight are sure to be spectacular!
Day 7: Ottawa to Quebec City
After breakfast and checkout, we depart for Quebec City with rest stops and lunch break along the way. We arrive at our Quebec Hotel this afternoon. There will be a shuttle to downtown and to Les Galleries de la Capitale for shopping. (B)
Day 8: Depart for Home
After breakfast, we check out a head for home. We stop for lunch and rest breaks along the way. Say goodbye to your traveling companions and leave with many excellent memories! (B)