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New England & Canada (Inc Niagara Falls) Fly / Self Drive – Boston, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto

 

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Total 14 nights


Day 1
Arrival Boston

Depart London Heathrow - 1105
Arrive Boston - 1310
Journey Time - 7 hrs 05mins

On arrival we recommend that you DO NOT collect your car but rather take one of the metered cabs from the airport to your downtown hotel (your approx fare will be $25 - this is not included in your prepaid holiday cost). We recommend this as you will be tired and will only pay high fees to park the vehicle during your 3 days in the city. Of course if you do prefer to collect it on arrival or would like us to arrange private transportation for you to your hotel, this can be done for an additional cost.

In a city filled with interesting things to see and do, the Freedom Trail is the highlight of Boston for visitors. The 2.5 mile red brick walking trail leads you to 16 nationally significant historic sites, every one an authentic American treasure. Preserved and dedicated by the citizens of Boston in 1958, when the wrecking ball threatened several important places, the Freedom Trail today is a unique collection of museums, churches, meeting houses, burying grounds, parks, a ship, and historic markers that tell the story of the American Revolution.

You can take a self-guided tour or one of the many tours available through the National Park Service. Tours begin every half hour from the park visitor center at 15 State Street opposite the Old State House. If you prefer to ride, you can take a trolley tour, which is an unofficial guided tour, but does include many of the most important sites along the Trail including Old Ironsides, the Paul Revere House and the Old North Church. Plan to stop and eat at Faneuil Hall, once the primary meeting place for America's revolutionaries It is now a bustling market of restaurants and shops.

Overnight - Boston, MA


Day 2
Explore Boston

If you experienced the Freedom Trail yesterday, today a myriad of possibilities for exploring await. There are always a variety of exhibits at the Boston Museum of Science. Cheers, of the famous television show of the same name, is located on Beacon Hill. The Sam Adams Brewery is a recent addition, founded in 1984. The Boston Museum of Arts, founded in 1876, has an outstanding, world-renowned collection that includes some 450,000 items. The New England Aquarium offers special whale watching trips until October. There's also the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, Newberry Street, with some of the best antiquing in America, and Cambridge, MA, home of Harvard University, right across the river.

Overnight - Boston, MA


Day 3
Explore Boston

Since there is so much to see and do in Boston, you may want to explore the city with a Go Boston Card in hand which provides admission to a whopping 33 attractions in Boston proper and many more in the region. In town the pass includes a Two-Day Beantown Trolley Tour Pass on the big red trolley that takes you all over town with 19 stops near more than 100 sites, Boston Duck Tours, New England Aquarium, Museum of Fine Arts, Liberty Fleet Tall Ships Adventure, Charles River Boat Tours, the Old North Church and more. A 3 day pass also includes admissions to the House of Seven Gables, Salem Witch Museum and the Salem Heritage Walk, all on your way to Maine tomorrow.

Overnight - Boston, MA


Day 4
Boston to Jackson, NH 195 miles

This morning, take a cab & collect your car rental from Boston airport location (cab fare is not included in your prepaid cost). Rather than just deadheading upto Jackson, NH from Boston, we suggest a scenic drive on the Essex National Heritage Area Scenic Byway which takes you north through Salem, site of the famous Witch trials in 1694 and then out along the rocky shoreline to see Gloucester & Rockport. Continue on up through Ipswich, and Newburyport. Farther north along larger Lake Winnipesaukee takes you through Moultonborough and on to Tamworth and Jackson. Jackson is one of the most attractive towns in all of New Hampshire.

Overnight - Jackson, NH 


Day 5
New Hampshire's White Mountains

It's everything you'd expect in quintessential New England. Cold, clear rushing streams reflect the deep lush greens of summer and the blazing colors that set the hillsides on fire in fall. Towering granite cliffs and soaring mountains hug both sides of the road as you make your way along age old winding, scenic routes, the woods that poet Robert Frost called, 'lovely, dark and deep.'

You can come here to escape all of mankind which most of the residents do. Locals will assure you that you can have a vacation away from the 'citied' world in a place that has not changed much in centuries. Many of the charming villages still look as they did when writer Nathaniel Hawthorne and painter Thomas Cole lived here in the 18th century. That's the way they like it, slow, easy and simple, leaving time to appreciate the astounding scenic beauty all around.

There's a great scenic loop to be explored today that includes the beautiful Kancamagus Highway, Mt. Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast, and scenic Route 16 which gets progressively more scenic as it heads north.

Overnight - Jackson, NH


Day 6
Jackson to Stowe, VT 125 miles

Today we recommend an early start, so enjoy breakfast and then head for the hills… Mount Washington to be precise. Whilst in this spectacular area you must take time out to visit the grand & glorious ‘Mount Washington Hotel'. Wander through the recently restored public areas in and out where presidents, poets & celebrities have enjoyed over the years. Then it's back on the road, off along more beautiful scenic byways as you head to the Vermont Green Mountains. Nearly 70 years after the von Trapp family resettled in Stowe, from Austria, 'the hills are still alive with the sound of music!' On your way there, you'll enjoy the classic New England landscape and architecture - a mountain ridgeline, a winding river, hillside farms, covered bridges, and quaint villages bathed in bright sunshine and set up against mountains as old as time…and, of course, there's Ben and Jerry's ice cream factory. Located in the centre of town, the Green Mountain Inn, your lodging for this evening, is the focal point of historic Stowe Village.

Overnight - Stowe, VT


Day 7
Vermont's Green Mountains

Today is a chance to kick back & enjoy a full day in Stowe. You'll soon discover why this is a village that travellers want to return to again and again. Known as a fabulous ski resort, Stowe is much more than that - with its picture postcard New England landscape, the Village of Stowe features many unique shops and a variety of dining venues. Enjoy your day in beautiful Stowe - New England at its finest!

Overnight - Stowe, VT


Day 8
Stowe, VT to Montreal, QC 130 miles

Today, the drive between Stowe and Montreal is approx 130 miles, leaving you plenty of time for exploring once you arrive. Leaving Stowe, head south on scenic Vermont State Road 100, then west on I-89 & eventually taking Exit 17 onto The Lake Champlain Scenic Byway which takes you north on a narrow strait of land in the center of Lake Champlain. The City of Montreal is the undisputed capital of French Canada. The area has been occupied by North American Indian tribes for some 8,000 years before Jacques Cartier became the first European to reach the area in 1535. A mission named Ville Marie was built in 1642 as part of a project to create a French colonial empire in Canada. It became the center for fur trading and French expansion into then, New France, until 1760 when it was surrendered to the British army. Montreal was finally incorporated as a city in 1832, 300 years after its first exploration.

Overnight - Montreal, QC


Day 9
Explore Montreal

You can explore Old Montreal by horse-drawn carriage or bicycle or stroll through the narrow cobblestone streets in the old city. Once a fortified city, the old town is now a safe and vibrant jewel nestled along the St. Lawrence River. On the flip side, even if you're not the gambling type, the Montreal Casino is a sight to behold; an extravaganza of adult fun and entertainment built inside the pavilions of France for Expo '67. You can see the best view of Montreal from the summit of Mount Royal.

Overnight - Montreal, QC


Day 10
Montreal to Ottawa, ON 125 miles

Again, your drive today is only 125 miles, leaving plenty of time for exploring in Ottawa. Ottawa became the Canadian capital when Queen Victoria settled a dispute between several cities seeking the honor. The city's ornate 'high Victorian' Gothic Revival Parliament buildings that went under construction shortly afterward, and have been rebuilt several times afterward, stand proudly as a tribute to the queen. Thought by many to be one of the most beautiful capital cities in the world, Ottawa undertook a massive clean-up, park building and greenspace program in 1899 that has virtually continued until today.

Overnight - Ottawa, ON


Day 11
Explore Ottawa

Besides the magnificent buildings on Parliament Hill, attractions in Ottawa include the Canadian Museum of Civilization, which traces Canadian history from the Vikings to the present day and the Rideau Canal, that was the first target of cleanup in 1899 and now is a haven for boaters in the summer and the world's longest skating rink in winter. The National Gallery of Canada, which is home to the world's largest collection of Canadian art, as well as excellent collections of European and American works. Try shopping at the Sparks Street Mall and Rideau Center and your luck at the Casino Du Lac-Leamy.

Overnight - Ottawa, ON


Day 12
Ottawa, ON to Niagara Falls 353 miles

The drive from Ottawa to Niagara Falls is considerable, yet we know you'll agree that it was worth it once you've experienced the thunder and roar of six million cubic feet of water falling over Niagara Falls every minute. The Falls have been thrilling visitors since 1820. Sam Patch, The Yankee Leaper, began the long tradition of daredevils trying to go over the Falls in 1829. Visitors have enjoyed the view in the whirlpools beneath the Falls on the Maid of the Mist since 1846. Join the millions of travelers who every year are awed by the sights and sounds of magnificent Niagara Falls and don't miss the illumination at night!

Overnight - Niagara Falls, ON


Day 13
Niagara Falls to Toronto, ON 80 miles

Savor one last look at Niagara Falls before leaving for Toronto. Indigenous peoples had lived in the Toronto region for almost 11,000 years before the first Europeans arrived in the 17th century. In 1787, whole area was purchased from the Mississaugas Indians. In 1793, Governor John Graves Simcoe named the settlement ‘York' and moved the provincial capital here from the vulnerable border village of Niagara. That backwoods village grew to become the 'City of Toronto' in 1834. After those humble beginnings, Toronto is today the largest city in Canada. It is the hub of the nation's commercial, financial, industrial, and cultural life, the capital of the Province of Ontario and one of the most liveable and multicultural urban places in the world. Enjoy your visit to this sophisticated and urbane place.

Overnight - Toronto, ON


Day 14
Explore Toronto

Those who enjoy the British Museum may want to visit the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto with more than 40 galleries of art, archeology and natural science. The museum features one of the finest collections of artifacts from China, a six foot tall totem pole and more. The Eaton Centre is a bright and airy shopping mall in the heart of Toronto's downtown. At 1,815 feet, the CN Tower is the tallest free standing structure in the world. The glass elevator runs up 1,122 feet to an observation tower. History buffs will love Casa Loma. Built by a wealthy Toronto businessman in the early 1900s. The structure resembles Heart's Castle in California and proudly overlooks the city. Nature lovers can find peace and quiet on Toronto Island, a short ferry ride away from downtown. The series of small islands is the largest urban car-free community in North America.

Overnight - Toronto, ON


Day 15
Depart Toronto

As your flight does not depart until the evening you have the majority of the day at leisure in Toronto, perhaps some last minute shopping or a stroll along the Lake Ontario waterfront.

When the time comes head to the airport to return your rental car and check-in for your non-stop flight back to the U.K. Please note that a one-way car rental drop off fee (of approx $300 plus tax) is payable locally on this itinerary when you return the vehicle to Toronto Airport.

Depart Toronto - 1805
Arrive Heathrow - 0515*
Journey Time - 6 hours 10 minutes
* Arrival time into the U.K is the following day

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Introduction

Enjoy New England at its finest, America's smallest region with more culture, heritage and scenic beauty packed into every square mile than any other place in the US. Combine the hospitality of the fiercely independent and friendly mannered New Englanders with three of the best cities in Canada, each as different as night and day. Montreal is more French than France, Toronto, is sophisticated and cosmopolitan, and Ottawa is considered as one of the most beautiful capital cities in the world. Add in the awesome grandeur of Niagara Falls and you have an absolutely great holiday with short driving distances, memorable adventures and magnificent natural features all wrapped into one. And remember, New England is not to be left just for fall. The lush summer greens with cool days and gentle breezes are made for enjoying while savoring some of the most scenic roads in the nation.

Please do remember we can work on any number of variations of this itinerary to suit your own individual requirements, the possibilities are endless… Please just give us a call on 0115 9610590 or drop us a line - tell us what you'd like and we'll do the rest!

Accommodation

This itinerary offers accommodation that captures the hospitality and flavour of the regions. Experience a historic hotel in Boston, classic New England Country Inn's in the mountains and superbly located 4* hotels in Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto. To cap this off we have you located literally a stone's throw away from Niagara Falls for the 1 night. The special deals negotiated with the hotels featured in this itinerary mean we can offer you exceptional value on well-located accommodation offering a high level of amenities and good clean comfortable guestrooms.

Sometimes the hotels named in this itinerary are not available at the time of booking. Under these circumstances Complete North America will book alternative accommodation of a similar standard. Such changes will be confirmed in writing to you at the time of booking confirmation. If you are not completely happy with the alternative hotel we will happily discuss other possibilities with you in the same location.

Financial Protection

By booking this complete package with Complete North America you benefit from reduced rates on flights, accommodation and car rental along with complete financial protection. Package holidays are sold by Complete North America Limited as a member of the Hays Travel Independence Group. All payments will be handled by Hays Travel Limited and will be financially protected by the Civil Aviation Authority under Hays Travel Limited's ATOL Number 10531. The ATOL scheme ensures that you will not lose the money you have paid over and will not be stranded abroad should the ATOL holder fail.

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Note: ‘From’ prices are per person based on 2 people sharing one room travelling in low season and are subject to availability. Click the 'Quick Enquiry' tab above or call us today on 0115 9610590 for an instant price based on your specific travel dates / travel party requirements.

Prices From £2499 Accommodation Room type Breakfast included
Boston, MA The Langham Boston Standard room No
Jackson, NH The Wentworth Superior room Full American breakfast
Stowe, VT Green Mountain Inn Standard room Full American breakfast
Montreal, QB Le Germain Montreal Standard room Deluxe Continental breakfast
Ottawa, ON Delta Ottawa City Centre Standard room No
Niagara Falls, ON Sheraton on the Falls Fallsview room No
Toronto, ON Le Germain Toronto Standard room Deluxe Continental breakfast

'New England & Canada' inclusions:

  • Scheduled non-stop flights
  • UK, US & Canadian Airport taxes
  • Accommodation - 14 nights as mentioned or similar
  • Breakfast for 2 people as specifically mentioned on above grid
  • Compact car rental based on Alamo 'Gold Rate' - 12 day rental**
  • Exclusive travel documentation portfolio including personalised maps, itinerary and driver directions along with all applicable tickets and vouchers.

** Please note that this itinerary incurs a one-way drop off fee (of approx $300 plus tax) on the car rental payable when you return the vehicle to Toronto.

Extra Fees

Some hotels now charge an in house daily 'resort fee' which covers things like WiFi, local shuttle service, business & fitness centres, steam room etc. irrespective of if any/all of these services are used. Hotels may also charge for parking be that self parking or valet parking. Where applicable, such fees are not included in your prepaid cost and payable
by yourselves directly to hotel at check out.

Amendments

Please do remember we can work on any number of variations of this itinerary to suit your own individual requirements, the possibilities are endless… Please just give us a call on 0115 9610590 or drop us a line - tell us what you'd like and we'll do the rest!

Hotel Availability

Sometimes the hotels named in this itinerary are not available at the time of booking. Under these circumstances Complete North America will book alternative accommodation of a similar standard. Such changes will be confirmed in writing to you at the time of booking confirmation. If you are not completely happy with the alternative hotel we will happily discuss other possibilities with you in the same location.

Weather

In the North Eastern region the climates is similar to the UK, however the summers tend to be a little warmer and you should also allow for rapidly changing conditions in the mountain regions. For this reason we recommend a layered clothing approach so that you can quickly adapt to the conditions. In the winter months, snowfall and sub-zero temperatures are common place in most of the region.

Best days to travel, seat assignments, special requests and flight upgrades

British Airways operate non-stop flights daily into Boston & out of Toronto so subject to availability you can select the travel date that best suits you. Should you wish to fly with an alternative carrier we would also be happy to prepare a quote for you. Where available we will be delighted to take care of any special meal requests on your flights (vegetarian, child meals etc) – please discuss with us at the time of booking. We have exceptional deals on upgrades with British Airways to World Traveller Plus, Club World and FIRST. We have discounted prices for British Airways regional flights to Heathrow, please ask for details and if you are flying from Northern Ireland or Republic of Ireland.

Ready to Book?

Call our booking line on 0115 961 0590 (Mon-Fri. 09.00-18.00 or Sat 10.00-17.00) or email us.
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