Australia, New Zealand & Tahiti
Central & South America
Europe, Africa & the Middle East
West & Mid-West USA
View All Destinations
Hosted By: Melissa Brunner
Escape to defining cities and marvel at natural wonders on this extensive tour of Eastern Canada. Fly into Buffalo, New York, and travel to Niagara Falls along the picturesque Canadian side of the border. Embark on a boat tour through the Niagara Gorge getting as close to the falls as possible for the thrill of a lifetime! Watch the falls from high atop Skylon Tower and explore the Niagara Parks’ White Water Walk. Travel to Toronto, to witness the lovely Royal Botanical Gardens, towering CN tower, and lively cosmopolitan center. Enjoy New York State’s Thousand Islands region with a visit to Boldt Castle. Travel to Parliament Hill in Ottawa’s Crownland and enjoy a walking tour of Montreal where French is its official language.
You can earn a $100 Travel Show Credit good for your next trip with Holiday Vacations by simply clicking the photo to watch the online travel show! The show is about 10 minutes long and at the end, you'll have the ability to submit your contact information and receive a travel credit which can be applied to this or any Holiday Vacations tour. Get started now!
August 18th, 2024 - August 27th, 2024
Price Per Person
Final Payment Date: 06/04/2024
Day 1 : Travel to Canada
We begin with a pleasant flight to Buffalo, New York and travel across the border to Niagara Falls, admiring the idyllic beauty on the Canadian side of the grand waterfalls. We then check in to our hotel and have the remainder of the evening at leisure.
Day 2 : Niagara Falls
This morning we embark on a guided tour of the Niagara Falls area, exploring a stunning sample of Ontario geography, including the Whirlpool Rapids and other remarkable natural wonders. Enjoy a Holiday Vacations Welcome Lunch as we mingle with new friends. Then we experience Niagara Parks’ Journey Behind the Falls, taking an elevator down to get close-up views and feel the power of the falls on the outdoor deck. Later, we have a serene stroll on Niagara Parks’ self-guided White Water Walk along the rapids of the park’s boardwalk.
Day 3 : Niagara Boat Tour
Today begins with a thrilling Hornblower Niagara Cruises™ boat tour. Sail as close as possible to the powerful falls as we journey through the Niagara Great Gorge, cruising past famous Bridal Veil Falls, American Falls, and into the heart of Horseshoe Falls for an exhilarating experience. Next, discover the magic of Niagara on the big screen at the Niagara Adventure Theater. Lunch today is in the revolving restaurant atop Skylon Tower, 775 feet above Niagara Falls! Enjoy delectable food and marvelous views. There is free time this afternoon to explore more of the Niagara area, purchase any last souvenirs, or relax at the hotel. After dark, witness a spectacular illumination of the falls that reveal colorful, gorgeous hues.
Day 4 : Scenic Queen Elizabeth Way
We depart Niagara Falls and travel north towards Toronto, driving around the western tip of Lake Ontario along scenic Queen Elizabeth Way. Halfway, we stop in Burlington to see the lovely Royal Botanical Gardens. Then after lunch, we continue to Toronto, the fourth largest city in North America. We then check in to our Toronto accommodations with the evening at leisure.
Day 5 : Toronto
Seize the day with a tour of the eclectic city of Toronto. Comparable to New York City in size and diversity, the lively Canadian cosmopolitan center delights and intrigues with its varied neighborhoods including Old Town, the Main Square, Garden District, University of Toronto, Little Italy, and abundant parks. In the Entertainment District near Inner Harbour, we ascend the CN Tower. Standing at nearly 2,000 feet, this observation and communications tower is the Western Hemisphere’s tallest freestanding structure.
Day 6 : Alexandria Bay
This morning we cross the border to Alexandria Bay and grab lunch on our own before our afternoon excursion. We embark on a delightful Uncle Sam Boat Tour and marvel at the deep green waters of the St. Lawrence River. Get a glimpse of the water boundary line between the United States and Canada! Later, we check in to our Alexandria Bay accommodations with dinner included.
Day 7 : Boldt Castle & Parliament Hill
Before we travel back into Canada, enjoy New York State's Thousand Islands region more as we board a water taxi to tour Boldt Castle on an island in the St. Lawrence River. This fortress of a mansion began as a frame cottage before its grand expansion in 1900 by George Boldt, who oversaw the construction of what would be one of the biggest private homes in America in its day. We stop for lunch and journey back into Canada to Ottawa, the capital city. Witness Parliament Hill in Ottawa’s Crown land, downtown along the serene riverbanks. Originally a military base, the beautiful Gothic revival style edifice sits on lush greenery, complete with spires, miniature towers, and other evocative architecture that symbolize Canada’s national identity. We stay in Ottawa for two nights.
Day 8 : Ottawa
This morning we stop at the Canadian War Museum to learn how human conflict, in Canada and around the globe, has impacted the world. We then enjoy an included lunch in Ottawa before returning to the hotel for an evening at leisure to relax and explore Canada’s Capital on your own.
Day 9 : Montreal
We bid Ottawa goodbye this morning and travel towards Montreal with a detour at Sucrerie de la Montagne in Rigaud, a traditional sugar shack offering tours, entertainment, and handcrafted sweets. Tour the delightful shack and indulge in artisan fare during a special Holiday Vacations Farewell Lunch with new friends. After arriving in Montreal, we have a lovely walking tour of the charming island city that blends history with natural beauty and contemporary life.
Day 10 : Fly Home
WIBW TV Pickup Locations:
Kansas City, MO - Kansas City International Airport
Topeka, KS - Hotel Topeka At City Center
Melissa is a native of Manitowoc, Wisconsin, a town about 40 miles south of Green Bay, which means she is required to be a Packers fan! However, she’s adopted Topeka as her home (and the Chiefs and Royals, too), moving here in May 1996 for a job with WIBW-TV.
A graduate of Marquette University, Melissa has covered numerous subjects at WIBW. She currently hosts the afternoon Eye on Northeast Kansas talk show, and co-anchors 13 News at 6 and 10 with David Oliver. Melissa is involved with numerous community organizations and events.
When she’s not working or attending a community event, you can find Melissa and her husband, Doug, running, working in the yard, searching for antiques and enjoying time with their many pets!
Melissa has previously hosted several Holiday Vacations tours.
Join Melissa and other WIBW viewers on this fabulous trip of a lifetime.
Interested in more travel opportunities? Click here or visit www.holidayvacations.com and enter keyword TOPEKA.
Tour days tend to be shorter in length, at a relaxed pace, and include lots of unscheduled time for leisure. Expect standing and walking for extended periods of time on flat surfaces, mostly low altitudes, and consistent temperatures.
Tour days usually move at a leisurely pace. Some days’ scheduled activities last longer than others. Expect standing and walking for long periods of time on occasionally uneven terrain. You may experience changes in altitude or temperature.
Tour days tend to be long, move at a consistent pace, and may include long travel days. Expect standing and walking for long periods of time on uneven surfaces. Some destinations may have changes in altitude and/or temperature.
Tour days tend to be long, move at a brisk pace, and may include lengthy travel days. Expect long periods of walking and standing on uneven surfaces. Scheduled activities may require physical effort or have distinct changes in altitude or temperature.
Tour days tend to be long, move at a vigorous pace, and may include lengthy travel days. Expect long periods of walking and standing on rough surfaces. Scheduled activities may require physical effort or have distinct changes in altitude or temperature.