For those looking to explore different cities within Canada, this vacation adventure might be right up your alley. It takes you from Lake front metropolis to a North American European gem. The trip starts along Lake Ontario, in the wonderful city of Toronto. Here you’ll be surrounded by the many skyscrapers that make up the 4th most populous city in North America. The high end restaurants and luxury hotel options (at a reasonable price) will make this first leg an amazing treat. From here you’ll travel to Montreal, the second largest city in Canada. Here, you’ll be able to explore the many activities throughout the city. Walking through the streets of Montreal will take you back in time as there are over 50 national historic sites within the city, more than any other in Canada. The final stop is located right along the St. Lawrence River and will make you think that you’ve been whisked away to Europe. The town is very walkable and has a certain charm to it. It’s a place that I’ve constantly dreaming about heading back to.
This is not a plan that I am selling, but a post to inspire you to explore different vacation options. With that being said, you can take this idea and adjust it to fit your needs, maybe by cutting nights or even destinations. I list the pricing after tax (except on some transport), and the prices are for July, during the peak travel time. The trip is calculated for a family of four, but I do list what a couple should expect at the bottom. So let's get started. Below are a couple maps of the trip and total cost:
When looking at the transportation costs of this plan, you'll be arriving in Toronto and departing from Quebec City. I've set a budget for airfare, $350 per person, for a total of $1,400. As usual, if you have points accumulated, that would be a great way to reduce the cost of this trip.
For transportation costs once on the ground, I recommend walking or taking an Uber/taxi while in the city. The only exception is the time from leaving Toronto and arriving in Quebec City. I recommend this because, at $267 (including gas), it is an extremely affordable way to get around. Plus, the car gives you the freedom of stopping at the falls without having to wait for a ride. The only other transport would be taking shuttles to and from the airport when arriving and when departing.
The Toronto hotels are amazing. There’s several high end hotels that are all priced very reasonably. Some of the hotels are typically 2 to 3 times as much in other cities, so I think these rates are a steal. Most of the hotels offer amazing city views, and some offer spectacular views of the lake. Whether you want to stay at the Four Seasons or the Fairmont for a stay near the lake, or go for the beautiful InterContinental, you can’t go wrong with one of these gems.
During the last stay in Quebec City, you can’t miss. Whether you visit the historic Fairmont Frontenac or the high end boutique hotel Auberge Saint Antoine, it will offer a perfect starting point to explore this celebrated city. The Hotel Palace Royal is an exceptional value option.
Itinerary and Activities
Above is an idea of what a possible itinerary would look like for this trip. Everything listed above is included in the price and covers all the activities that I have planned for the trip for four family members. So, again, if you see activities that don’t interest you, you could save money by skipping.
The food budget is based on an average of $160 per day. I think this is a reasonable ballpark.
For couples, I've adjusted the amount spent on the flight, the activities, the food and the room rate. If you were to go, the prices would be similar to the chart below.
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