Highlights:Visit the Corning Museum of Glass, Niagara Falls (day and night view of the Falls), Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and the Thousand Islands. 3-night hotel accommodations. Round trip ground transportation and tour guide. Inclusions: 3 nights hotel accommodations , All domestic ground transportation via air-conditioned vehicle
U.S. and Canadian side - A valid passport and visa (if applicable) are required to enter Canada.
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I am a man of few words. This tour is excellent! Both our tourist guide and the driver exceeded my expectations! The costs of the tour package is the best for the budget-conscious tourist. My only dis... More>>
I had heard some negative reviews from the New York to Niagara Falls trip, and was was very pleasantly surprised on everything about the trip, including the lovely hotels in Toronto and Montreal. I ha... More>>
I really recommend this tour if you think about cost-benefit. The tour was very well planned, the bus driver drove us safety, the tour guide was very friendly and he knew a lot of information about th... More>>
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New York - Corning Glass - Niagara Falls (399 miles)
The bus will pick up passengers in both New Jersey and New York City in the early morning. We will head north to the Corning Glass Museum in Corning, NY. We will then continue on to Niagara Falls, NY where we will view the nighttime Illumination of the Falls.
More»This unique museum in western New York State showcases thousands of objects that illustrate the history of and science behind glassmaking. The museum tour includes live demonstrations by expert glassblowers as well as ancient artifacts.«Less
Admission (Optional): Adult $16; Child (Under 19 yrs) Free|Opening Hours: (Closed on January 1, Thanksgiving Day, December 24, December 25)
More»Known and loved for both their power and their beauty, the Niagara Falls offer an experience unlike any other. More water tumbles down from the Niagara River every minute than any other place in the world.«Less
More»For more than 75 years, visitors to Niagara Falls have been able to enjoy a nighttime illumination of the impressive American and Horseshoe falls. Every night of the year at dusk, visitors can experience the falls a new way.«Less
Standard Hotel: Quality Hotel or similar
Niagara Falls - Toronto (79 miles)
In the morning, we will ride the Hornblower Niagara Cruise before crossing the border to see an IMAX Movie and ascend the Skylon Tower. In the afternoon we will arrive in Toronto, where we will visit the CN Tower, Ontario Legislative Building, City Hall, and University of Toronto. Guests will also have the change to take a Cruise on Lake Ontario.
More»Known and loved for both their power and their beauty, the Niagara Falls offer an experience unlike any other. More water tumbles down from the Niagara River every minute than any other place in the world.«Less
More»Home of one of the most spectacular IMAX adventure of all time. In 45 minutes you'll witness the sights and sounds of the Falls through the perspective of the daredevils who have tried to conquer it.«Less
Admission (Optional): Adult $13.95; Child $8
More»This boat tour takes visitors as close to the falls as they can possibly get! It is know around the world and has even been featured in movies and television shows such as The Office.«Less
Admission (Optional): Adult $23; Child (3-11 yrs) $14|Opening Hours: May 1 - Oct 31|Duration: Approx. 20 Minutes
More»The Skylon Tower stands high above the base of Niagara Falls, and offers guests a birds-eye view of this natural wonder. Guests can even have lunch in the revolving dining room at the top of the tower!«Less
More»The capital of the province of Ontario, Toronto is the largest city in Canada. It is perched on the shores of beautiful Lake Ontario. This historic city combines modern innovation with traditional Canadian culture and style.«Less
More»One of Canada's most recognizable landmarks, this tower had an impressive three-decade reign as the tallest freestanding structure in the world. It is still one of the most impressive buildings in its country and a favorite spot of tourists.«Less
Admission (Optional): Adult $32; Child $24
More»This unique building complex is one of the most famous in Toronto, and also the home of the city's municipal government. The Toronto City Hall offers self-guided tours which are available in five languages (including English).«Less
More»The city of Toronto sits on the shores of Lake Ontario, and it is impossible to truly enjoy this majestic city without seeing it front the water. View sights like the CN tower as never before!«Less
More»One of the largest Chinatowns in North America is located in downtown Toronto, Ontario. Toronto contains several Chinatowns. This one is the oldest, dating back to the 1870s, and the historical area features many authentic groceries, restaurants, and shops.«Less
Standard Hotel: Toronto Don Valley Hotel & Suites or similar
Toronto - Thousand Islands - Ottawa - Montreal (412 miles)
In the morning the bus tour will depart from Toronto and travel to the Thousand Islands where you can enjoy a relaxing boat ride in the St. Lawrence River (seasonal) to see the world famous Boldt Castle. Then the bus tour will head to Ottawa, the capital of Canada. There will be a short tour of the Parliament Building, the Centennial Flame, the Peace Tower Monument, Embassy District, and Rideau Canal. In the late afternoon the tour will arrive in Montreal. which is the second-largest primarily French-speaking city in the world, after Paris.
More»An international tourism destination situated between Canada and the United States along the St. Lawrence River. The region takes its name from the more than 1,000 islands that dot the lakes and rivers along this international waterway.«Less
More»In the Saint Lawrence River between New York and Ontario, there are 1,864 islands. This picturesque landscape has been a vacation destination for more than 150 years, and with good reason. The attractions include lighthouses, museums, fishing, and diving.«Less
More»Located on the Ottawa River in eastern Ontario, Canada's capital city is also its center of technology and politics. This historic city features many museums, art galleries, and performance centers as well as other attractions like the Rideau Canal.«Less
More»The Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill in Canada's capital city of Ottawa. The flame was dedicated in celebration of Canada's 100th Anniversary in 1967, and was so well-received by the public that it was made a permanent monument.«Less
More»Parliament Hill, located on the banks of the Ottawa River Canada's capital city, is home to the Canadian Parliament. The gorgeous location and dramatic architecture make this a huge tourist location-- more than 3 million people come every year.«Less
More»The Peace Tower is a large clock tower in Ottawa, Ontario that sits at the center of Parliament Hill. This iconic Canadian building appears on both the fifty- and twenty-dollar Canadian bills. It is more than 300 feet tall.«Less
More»The Rideau Canal connects the Ottawa River in Ottawa, Ontario to Lake Ontario in Kingston. From May to October when the locks are open, it is a popular boating and recreation area for locals and tourists alike.«Less
Standard Hotel: Hotel Des Seigneurs or similar
Montreal - Keeseville - New York (375 miles)
In the morning, we will take a tour of the romantic city of Montreal and its stunning architectural sites, such as Saint Joseph's Oratory and Montreal's Olympic Stadium and Tower. We will conclude our tour with the picturesque Mount Royal. On our way back to New York City, we will stop to see the Ausable Chasm. We will arrive in New York at around 7:00 pm. See "Departure and Return Details" for dropoff information.
More»Montreal, Quebec is the second-largest city in Canada, and the center of French Canadian culture. Called "Canada's Cultural Capital," Montreal offers much to see and do, whether you are looking to explore history or the arts.«Less
More»The current 10,000-person structure was built in 1917, and it has been Canada's largest church ever since. The basilica is also considered a national shrine, a title which signifies a place of special religious, cultural, and historical importance.«Less
Admission (Optional): Adult $3; Child $3
More»The Olympic Stadium in Montreal, also called "The Big O" partially in reference to its donut-like shape, was originally to be constructed for the 1976 Summer Olympics. Tourists can visit one of three observation decks in the leaning tower.«Less
Admission (Optional): Adult $25.50; Child $12.75
More»This hill in Montreal, Quebec is the namesake of the entire city and an important cultural, environmental, and historical landmark. The top of the so-called mountain is Mount Royal Park, one of the area's largest forested areas.«Less
More»Upstate New York's Ausable Chasm is a sandstone gorge carved into the Adirondack Mountains and has been called "the Grand Canyon of the East." The chasm has been open to tourists for almost 150 years.«Less
Prices are subject to change without prior notice.
If you would like to join the optional activities, please pay the fee in cash to the tour guide. You cannot buy / use the tickets on your own or use City Passes. The tour guide will arrange the tickets for the group.
All meals and drinks during the trip, although eating arrangements will be made by your tour guide
Service fees for your tour guide and bus driver (min. $8.00/day per passenger)
Personal room fees such as laundry or valet services, telephone calls, or alcoholic beverages/ mini bar items, unless they are otherwise specified.
Any private expenses.
CITY PASS: Passengers are NOT allowed to use a CITY PASS to purchase tickets for any of the optional sightseeing attractions visited on this tour.
Lodging: Single price is for one person staying in one room. Double, Triple and Quadruple prices are for two people, three people and four people staying in one room respectively. Triple and Quad rooms are based on the existing bedding in a room which is 2 double beds.
Language: All tours are escorted by professional bi- or multi-lingual tour and/or driver guides (English/Chinese). Depending on the number of passengers booked for a particular departure, tours and/or languages may be combined to operate the tours.
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Regardless of reason, cancellations result in costly charges from our travel and hotel providers covering penalties and fees incurred by canceling confirmed and pending bookings. Therefore, cancellation penalties and or fees will apply. Time of cancellation will be determined when notice is received and confirmed by our office. Notice of cancellation must be made directly to Taketours by email or through web mail at Contact Us .
15-30 days or more prior to departure ? 10% of total purchase amount.
7-14 days prior to departure - 25% of total purchase amount.
4-6 days prior to departure - 50% of total purchase amount.
Within 3 days prior to departure - 100% of total purchase amount.
Day of departure or no show - 100% per person.
Unused features are non-refundable. No shows forfeit entire payment.
Trips require a minimum number of participants to avoid cancellation. We reserve the right to cancel a schedule trip to fully refund affected customers although tour companies will make every efforts to maintain the normal operation.
There is 6% handling fee add-on to the above penalties.
Tour Departure: This tour has 100% guaranteed departure; if the tour is cancelled there will be refund of 120%. Restrictions apply; due to weather conditions, State Emergencies, Airport Closures or anything beyond the control of the tour operator the 120% refund will NOT apply.
NOTE: We cannot grant any refunds more than 30 days after completion of tour.
We constantly strives to improve tour itineraries and features. If such improvements can be made, or unforeseen circumstances beyond our control make changes necessary - we reserve the right to vary itineraries and to substitute hotels. At certain peak periods duplicate departures may operate, and sometimes in reverse order in which case hotels may vary from those stated on the itinerary pages.
We reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule any tour departure in accordance with operating requirements or circumstances beyond its control. If cancellation is made any time prior to departure* of the tour, Taketours' only liability will be to refund to the passenger the amount it has received for the tour booking. We will try to re-book the same or similar tour.. Please note that we are not liable for any cancellation penalties incurred on any other travel arrangements including air tickets purchased separately from customers.
We are not responsible for any other travel arrangements affected due to our cancellations.
The itinerary/details page of the tour will have information about the level of hotel. The actual hotel will not be finalized until 1 or 2 days before departure. Most budget tours have 2-star level accommodations (e.g. Holiday Inn, Comfort Inn or Best Western).
Meals are NOT included in the tour price but our tour guide will arrange meal stops. Normally we stop at a plaza to have some fast food, or at an area with different restaurants and passengers can order.
For 3-day tours or less, the seats are arranged according to the time of booking. The earliest you book, you get to seat more at the front. For 4 or more days, the seats are rotated so everyone has opportunity to seat in different parts of the bus.
If you need a special seating arrangement for a medical reason, please contact us and we will try to work our best to arrange the seat for you at the front. In some cases, a medical proof will be requested.
Unfortunately, we don't offer parking for most of the departure locations, unless it is offered in the tour page. We recommend you to verify parking locations nearby the departure location in google maps.
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You can even the tours 1 day (24 hours) before your expected departure date, as long as there are availabilities. Our suggestion is if you already decide your travel date; please make the reservation as early as you can to make sure your travel plan proceed smoothly.
We currently offer "Buy 2 Get Free 3rd Free" discount and the Triple Occupancy* rate has been adjusted to reflect this discount. *Total cost of a Double Occupancy is same as the total cost of a Triple Occupancy.
If you want to cancel this tour, please check the cancellation policy first and then e-mail to email@example.com. Your refund request will be answered and processed promptly. If you do not receive any reply in one business day, that means your request is not processed. Please contact us immediately.
All the 2 to 3 days tours back to New York around 7:00pm to 8:00pm (depending on the traffic). For the long-time tour package, if the last stop is airport, please arrange your return flight according to our reminder on last day’s itinerary.
is night view is from canada side or america side and also is there any chance of missing this night view. by Harsha on 2013-06-24
The night view is on the Canadian side. The tour will do night view.
Taketours on 2013-06-24
If we book the extended hotel stay with you, does the bus pick us up at the hotel for the tour and drop us off at the hotel after the tour? by Stacy on 2013-06-19
Unfortunately we won't be able to provide transportation between pickup/drop-off locations and pre/post night hotel. So we will help you book extended hotel, but you need to arrange self transportaion.
Taketours on 2013-06-20
Whether Brakfast is provided in hotel complimetry ???? by vipul on 2013-05-09
Breakfast is not included. Sometimes, hotels may have free breakfast but this is not guaranteed. The tour guide will let passengers know before checking in.
Taketours on 2013-05-09
1. In the 4 days 3 nights tour How many hours we will be on the bus?
2. If I don't avail all the optional tours then at that time what I do?
3. Can you send me some pictures of the bus and names of the hotels that you use? by Md Mahmudul Haqu on 2013-05-08
1. In general, the tour starts at around 7:30am and checks in the hotel at around 7:00pm. 2. You can walk around the attractions while waiting for other passengers to complete the activities. 3. The tour uses tour bus which has about 55 seats.
Taketours on 2013-05-08
We are from India. I want to know if single entry Canadian visa will be fine for this tour or should it be multiple entry Canadian visa? by rajanala on 2013-04-13
Single Entry Canadian visa is fine for this tour to Canada. Please make sure that you have multiple entry visa to re-enter USA.
Taketours on 2013-04-15
I am visiting from India on a visitor visa to USA. If i wish to take this tour, should I arrange the Canadian visa from my home country? by tony on 2013-03-17
If you travel from India you need a Visa. Please contact the Canadian Consulate. Please also look at this link= http://www.taketours.com/ps/p1/52355.html?is_support=1&view_id=52355&page=1&search_keywords=visa&support_search=1
Taketours on 2013-03-17
I wonder if this tour is available in Janunary. If so, when can I make a reservation? by Hyunjoo Park on 2012-12-05
Thanks for your inquiry. I am sorry to tell you that there is no schedule for January, 2013 for this tour. The next available month is March in 2013 besides December of 2012.Please refer to the calander on this tour page for the detailed date.There is another similar tour available for January of next year. Please refer to the link:http://www.taketours.com/cgi-bin/v.fcgi?a=product_view&p=4820
Please also check our website to find other tours you are interested in.
Taketours on 2012-12-06
Hello, I am a person who wants to go to Canada for a trip, but I was wondering what tourists can do around Niagara Falls and Thousand Island..? because I found that Maid of mist and Thousand Island Cruise are not operating from November which I want to depart in. I appreciate it if you tell me whether you have any alternatives instead of the cruise to enjoy the trip.
Youngjoo by Youngjoo Park on 2012-11-15
For winter time in Niagara Falls, you will be able to do more sightseeing and join the IMAX theater, not to mention a unforgettable night view at Niagara Falls from the Canadian side.
Unfortunately 1000 islands will be closed due to weather conditions but you will be able to spend more time in Toronto.
I am a man of few words. This tour is excellent! Both our tourist guide and the driver exceeded my expectations! The costs of the tour package is the best for the budget-conscious tourist. My only disappointment is the washroom inside our bus is unusable. We were told it's for emergency use only. Washroom is extremely important if you need to use it. I hope your company will address this issue. Other than that everything went well!
I had heard some negative reviews from the New York to Niagara Falls trip, and was was very pleasantly surprised on everything about the trip, including the lovely hotels in Toronto and Montreal. I have recommended this trip to relatives who will be booking for the fall. The only negative part about the trip was having to always eat Chinese food, although I like it, other options would have been nice.
I really recommend this tour if you think about cost-benefit. The tour was very well planned, the bus driver drove us safety, the tour guide was very friendly and he knew a lot of information about this tour, the hotels were very comfortable, and I believe all the passengers could take a good nap while we were in the road. I really had a great time experiencing Canada and I could took many wonderful photos from this travel.
This was our first time joining the tour (June 2014)- we really enjoyed it, and obviously it was very affordable. Wendy was a very nice tour guide, our bus was clean and comfy, bus driver was nice and on time, hotels were very nice except the first night (although it was a big room but its old and looks creepy), but I can't complain about the places that we went to. The meal stops were mostly Chinese food, but we like Chinese food so that's okay with us. Most of us were always on time so we all went to the places stated, but some of it we did not go and I am not sure why. For the optional entrance fees, I think it's better to just join all optional places to go because I don't think you can go somewhere else. So if it's $200/head add another $300/head including entrance fees, 3 meals, cruises etc. But please read through itinerary page on TakeTours.com, it says there that you have to pay $8/head/day for service fees. I remember there were passengers that didn't want to pay, poor driver and tour guide! So read before you sign the paper and be sure to pay them. All in all, it was a very nice experience, we saved a lot from that tour. Imagine when you go to Toronto separately you will have to pay $1000 or more just to go there (airfare only),so we saved a lot! We will deal with TakeTours again.... :-)
I did the 4 days Canada trip, we had a great time, the driver Tony was nice, and drove well making us feel safe.. The tour guide Kit was great too, he was knowledgeable of places, history, geography and knew how to conduct everything with expertise. I just didn't like the first hotel that we stayed, but liked the Toronto Don Valley hotel as well the other one in Montreal... Well done for the price.. I would recommend wi-fi on the bus as well a plug to charge phones or devices.
I took the tour October 10th to October 13th, and I enjoyed it very much. There was only some negative to the trip. The bus was so uncomfortable- the description said they had WiFi and that was not the case. The seat was uncomfortable, so if you are planning to sleep on the bus make sure to bring a pillow to make it comfortable. I didn't like the places where we had lunch- almost every meal was Chinese food. The only meal I really enjoyed was the lunch over at the Skylon Tower. That was an excellent choice, but we did not have enough time to enjoy the view- I think they should work on better timing. When we got to Toronto, it was great. We went to the boat ride, then had dinner at Chinatown, but the food didn't seem appealing to me. The next day we went to the 1000 Island Cruise. It was a bit boring because it wasn't interesting for me at all, and the breakfast was horrible! It would have been better to stop by some fast food restaurant. When we arrived at Ottawa, we had the same problem where we did not have enough time to eat because the driver had to rush to Montreal. I would have wanted to tour around the city for a bit more. The oratory and the Olympic stadium were awesome. Keep in mind that you will not be going to all the places they mention on the tour due to the lack of time. Be prepared to pay another $245 on the bus for the tours , and a $28 fee for the bus driver and tour guide .. But it's well worth it.
Mr Wang is very informative and have good knowledge about the places. Every day we have options to pick our own meals choices and options to join the optional activities, Mr Wang does not force us to join the activities. All the cruises are good. We had a great time.
It was a great tour. We really enjoyed.Our tour guide Kit Kat was awesome, Driver Dimitri was superb.
We had a wonderful time.If you are a budget concern and want to visit Canada in short period of time Go to and TakeTours.com
Great Package for sure, especially for budget travellers. Had a nice and friendly guide. The tour is caters more to Chinese speaking travelers, but no complaints (I don't see any other company doing this kind of tours at such discounted prices). Lot of places are covered, tight schedule (but well conducted), accommodation is okay to good (again it is amazing how they manaaged to offer this at this price. Single driver for more than 2000 miles; but absolutely no problem, safe driving. Stops for food/meal could have been lot better though. We had the fortune of great weather all through the trip. Tour guide (Frank) was good, friendly, did a nice job throughout. Again, well planned and executed. Great for the price. No doubt about that.
The tour was great, nice hotels for reasonably price; the guide was very helpful he explained everything in detail throughout the entire trip. I highly recommend it to everyone. It has very good attractions and the trip itself well put it. You just need to be preparing for a long ride. I definitely recommend it; you canâ€™t get wrong for that price.
Our tour guide Mr Wang did a great job; he's very efficient & professional & our driver was very friendly and courteous also.
Overall we enjoyed this tour very much & would recommend it to our friends. We will patronize this company again in the very near future due to the satisfaction obtained from this trip.
The best tour i have ever had. Our guide, Wang was knowledgeable, polite and courteous. Wang gave a detailed information of all the attractions. Both Wang and the driver were very professional all the way. Our driver was great and careful. The tour was worth the money. It was well organized and structured.The hotels were comfortable and clean. l have nothing negative to say about our tour. We had a good time. l learned so much about Canada. Thanks Wang, thanks driver, thanks gotobus.
Fun, hectic, exhausting. Those are the three words I would use to describe this trip. Being my first trip into Canada, everything was foreign to me, and as such very exciting. The destinations were beautiful and there was so much to do on the four day trip so what is the problem? You have absolutely zero time to enjoy yourself on any of the attractions the tour takes you to. I understand that the tour has to follow a strict schedule and that limits the amount of time there is for each activity but this is definitely a case where it could be said that less is more. For each attraction that you go to you have approximately one hour to take in the sights and sounds, take pictures and explore the area. That limited time also includes the time the tour guide has to get the tickets for the group which takes upwards of ten minutes so you're left with even less time to enjoy the attraction. For example, the second day attraction of eating lunch on the Skylon tower went like this:
-Arrive at the tower with 2 hours before our next departure
-Spend an hour waiting around for the tour guide to sort out the reservations and get tickets for all the guests.
-Wait a godawful long time to get up the tower because the elevator moves at snails pace
-Rush to take pictures while on top of the tower
-Get seated with 40 minutes left to go and try to rush down your lunch to get back to the bus on time
-Once we were seated we still had to wait another 20 minutes for our food to come out even though we had placed the order while the reservation was being sorted and it seemed like they forgot the orders for 2 of my friends so they had to rush some food out.
-So that left us with 20 minutes to finish an extremely unsatisfying lunch and get back to the bus on time.
I'd say as a first time event, lunch on top of the skylon tower was decent but I wouldn't do it again. The food was subpar and portions were small. Also the gimmick of eating atop the revolving tower lost its novelty after about 5 minutes. The view is only nice on the niagara falls side, once you get past that you just start to get dizzy from the rotating room, at least in my experience.
Niagara falls was beautiful and definitely the highlight of the trip our tour guide even went off book and took us on a mini foot tour of the falls before the boat journey to the falls. On the first night, be sure to check out the falls as they are illuminated with light. It's just a shame that we didn't have more time to check out the town as there were so many things to do but as we got to the hotel quite late and had to wake up early to board the bus the next morning, we had no time to really explore.
The CN tower in Toronto was fun but time was, again, restrained. By the time we got tickets and finally got up the tower, we had maybe 30 minutes to enjoy the tower before having to come back down. Also we were charged $32 by the tour when the ticket we received clearly stated that the price was $27 so that seemed a little off. Again, as a first time event for me it was fun but I do think the entrance fee is a bit pricey and probably wouldn't do it again.
The third day was way too chaotic and they really need to change this part of the tour. We left the hotel in Toronto at 5:45 AM and got to the hotel in Montreal at around 8 PM. Of those 14 hours between hotels, we must have spent ten of those hours on the bus. The distance between all the locations was ridiculous and made the pacing of the third day extremely stressful and unenjoyable. First attraction was the thousand islands cruise which was interesting enough, but not interesting enough to justify the three hour drive out there. After that was probably another 2 or 3 hour drive to the Parliament buildings in Ottawa. There were so many things to see there and explore but we had no time at all and had to be back on the bus within an hour! Following that was another long tedious drive to Montreal where we visited St. Joseph's Oratory. (they tell you $3 is required to enter the building but in reality no one checks if you paid or not as you just put the money in the donation box, I did pay though) This place was massive and the architecture beautiful but with a 45 minute time limit to get back to the bus I found myself hurrying through the whole church just to see everything. No time to enjoy or appreciate the amazing views and history of the church at all. The day ended with a quick tour and dinner at Montreal's chinatown. This all took place within the space of 90 minutes and with the restaurant's s.l.o.w service (through no fault of the tour mind you) we had 15 minutes to scoff down our dinner before being rushed off to the hotel which was in the middle of nowhere so no chance of exploring Montreal on our own unless we took a taxi back to town.
The last day was the drive back to New York. I was honestly relieved to be going home as I probably slept about 4 hours every night and I was exhausted. The bus was badly air conditioned and resulted in an uncomfortable 7-8 hour drive back. On the way back we had time to stop at the Duty Free shop on the edge of the US border to buy some souvenirs. We had 15 minutes to look around the shop before being rushed back. Also we stopped at the Ausable Chasm for a quick hike around. The chasm was beautiful and luckily the weather cooperated but again due to time constraints, we did not have any time to take in any of the sights before being rushed off to the next section.
So what was the point of me writing this wall of text? It's to point out that the tour was way too rushed and to give a suggestion: Don't try to fit so many activities into such a limited time. I feel I would have enjoyed myself far more if they just cut out the Montreal section of the tour and just give us two days each to explore Toronto and the Niagara falls area. I'd say that we spent approximately 70% of the trip inside of the cramped bus (I'm a short guy and I had no leg room so I really feel for you taller folk) and that was not what I had envisioned going into this tour.
Next I would like to highlight another problem with the tour: The food. As I have stated above, we were rushed through everything we went to and that included eating. By the time we get to our destination, find a restaurant we want to go into, get seated, look through the menu, order, and finally wait for our food to come out, we had next to no time to actually eat our food. It got to the point that by dinner time I would just order it to go to take back to the hotel so I could actually enjoy my food instead of shoveling it all down to meet the time limit. In addition to the time limit, another criticism I would have is the choices for food. The restaurants at the Toronto and Montreal Chinatowns were fine, good prices and good food, but their service was terrible. But outside of these chinatowns the food choices were awful:
First day we went to a disgusting chinese buffet for dinner just before we crossed the Canadian border. I will never eat at this place again. Service was terrible, everyone was fighting for a table as they were limited and the hostess was making no effort to seat customers in an orderly fashion. When we finally did get a table we had to ask a waitress 3 times to help us clean it so we can actually sit down and eat in a sanitary fashion. This took about 15 minutes before she finally got around to cleaning our table (this was after she went to clean the adjacent table which had just opened up first despite us requesting to clean our table 15 minutes prior, she only went to clean ours after we pointed this out in a not so friendly way). We only had 45 minutes to get in an eat so by the time she got to cleaning our table we had basically finished half our meal standing up. Ridiculous. Also hilariously bad was the hostess going around accusing customers of not paying and then checking the camera to make sure they did pay. No apologies or anything. The incompetence displayed by the staff at this "restaurant" was astounding. Also there were definite hygiene problems displayed at this place. They required you to get your own drinks and the soda machines were in the back near the bathroom. OK not a problem. But the ice was in an open bucket which anyone could use their grubby hands to grab the ice. So if you wanted ice in your drink, you either had to risk disgusting germs coming from everyone's hands or just enjoy your soda warm. Nice. Lastly the most important thing about a restaurant, the food. Now I understand that this is a buffet and as such I shouldn't expect 5 star restaurant food, but I honestly think I could have found better food in a trash can. The stuff they served in there is barely passable for food. I could have given my $13 I paid to get in there to a random bum and it would have been a better use of my money. In case my point didn't get across to you yet: AVOID THIS BUFFET AT ALL COSTS!
Second day, lunch upon the skylon tower was terrible. The menu was very limited: Chicken, steak or salmon. The portions are miniscule and not very good at all.
On the third day we had breakfast on the thousand islands boat. They obviously didn't plan very well as they did not have enough food to go around and as a result had to lessen the portions for the guests in the back of the line. With me and my buddy deciding to be gentlemen, we decided to let other guests go first and as a result we ended up in the back of the line. As we were approaching the serving area, the servers were actively scolding the guests in front of us for asking for more food as they didn't have enough for everyone. By the time we got our food, we must have gotten half the portion of everyone else. A little sausage and a miniscule serving of scrambled eggs is not going to satisfy my hunger and it would be a long time until lunch. It is laughable how they managed to plan this so badly.
I would like to go back to the topic of the buffet on the first day. On the fourth day on the way back to New York when stopping for lunch, the tour guide announced that we won't be going to a Chinese buffet for lunch and the whole bus burst out into applause. Yes, it was that bad.
I've gotten the negatives out the way so on to the positives: The cities we visited were beautiful and each had a very distinct style that differentiated them from one another so that was fun to see. Also the hotels we got to stay at were very nice, clean, air conditioned and all had free Wi-fi so no complaints there. Lastly our tour guide Kit Kat (yes that's his name) was awesome. He did everything he could to make the bus ride more tolerable. He was very knowledgeable and entertaining and also very accommodating. He was making jokes on the bus and also sang for us which put smiles on everyone's faces. Very energetic and friendly. If anyone from the company is reading this, give that man a raise!
In conclusion, would I go on this particular trip again? Probably not. Would I travel again with this company? Yes definitely, especially if Kit Kat is our tour guide again. Although it was hectic, I still managed to enjoy myself and for the price I paid I couldn't really complain.
It was a very nice tour. We enjoyed very much with the family. Tour guide is also very nice and jolly with the staff.
I will recommend the people to book trip through " gotobuscom "
I liked it and enjoyed.
Very hectic but organized. We went to every place in the itinerary. The hotel in Ontario was horribly dirty. Somebody has to realize that traveling trends have changed and that chinese is not the dominant ethnia anymore, it was unbearable trying to eat chinese food for four days until we protested and they looked for different places. Ausable Chasm was breathtaking, very impressive. They should have a printable itinerary and costs so everybody is informed. In general it was worthed
I enjoyed the trip. I would recommend. But i was supposed to get picked up at Parsipanny, NJ at 8,50am. But I got picked up at 10.10am. When I called the office the gentle man who answered the phone was very rude. Other than that i had a great time with my daughter.
We really enjoy our 4 day trip to Canada because our tour guide KIT KAT is the BEST.He is very good in giving us all the information about the place.There is no boring moments with him because he's so jolly person and sing with us too. My Mom loves him so much because he is like a son to her.We wish that he is always our tour guide every time we go on vacation. We will always give him love! Clap! Clap!
I strongly recommend this tour. I have done this 2x already. The tour guide is very helpful and the driver is good. I love all the places we went and I will bring another set of friends to do it very soon.
The tour was good for the price. The tour guide (Ning) was very good, organized and professional.
There was an additional $273 for the attractions and the lunch and dinner. The only other dollars are $7-$10 per day per person :) The only motel was at Niagara - clean but very low end. The other 2 nights were in decent - Hampton Inn quality. This trip is a shoe-string budget - so dont expect great thrings. Its great, if you are short on time and dont mind average standards (great value)
One issue to work around is that the dinners are typicaly Chinese buffet's. So you have to get lucky to find other cuisine around. We did 2 out of 3 nights.
The tour was great. The tour guide was very helpful and explained everything throughout the trip. I highly recommend it to everyone. Its a good price for the attractions and the trip itself. Though I wish there was more time for touring the cities, but I got to meet new people and had a good time with them. Just be prepared for a long bus ride.
The tour was good, but there was so much that would have been great to know in advance of booking. The tour strongly caters to those who speak Chinese and have a cultural affinity toward China. But that said, I'm not Chinese and still had a good time. The attractions fees are collected on the bus the first morning (cash)- but they are optional (which was not made clear). The only activity where it would be tough to find someting else to do during would be the Thousand Island Cruise. There are no stops on the first day that have atms. Come ready. The lunch stop on day 1 is a Burger King. There isn't much near by. The rest stop that morning is to a welcome center with restrooms only (no food, atms, convenience stores, etc). Plan to take along a bottle of water. Dinner is at an International Buffet (Chinese Buffet) in Buffalo. There are no other restaurants/stores in walking distance. The accommodations in Niagara Falls (Universal Inn & Suites) were good. Basic, but clean. Its about a 10-15 min. walk down the hill to the falls, which was great. A handful of places were available in the morning to get breakfast/coffee, etc. Your time from here on out is very structured. 30 min. at the top of the falls to take photos. 9:45am Maid of the Mist ride and back to bus by about 10:45. 11am is the IMAX. The show wasn't too exciting and spoke more about legends and stunts done on/around the falls rather than facts/history, etc. From here you go to your 12pm reservation to eat lunch on top of the Skylon Tower revolving restaurant. Fantastic views. Back on the bus and then you head toward Toronto. You get just enough time to go to the top of the CN building before heading to a 45 min. boat tour of the harbor (which would probably be lovely in the summer) and then off to Toronto's Chinatown. You can pay on day 1 for dinner that evening at a Chinese Banquet. Very traditional food, community style. There is no free time to explore Toronto at your leisure. After dinner you are taken to the hotel (a Quality Inn by the airport) where there isn't anything within walking distance. The next morning is an early one (5:25 departure) and you will get a wakeup call (even if you don't request one- your tour guide will do this). There is a 3 hour bus ride to get the Thousand Islands cruise. They serve a good sized breakfast (scrambled eggs, sausage, etc.) and you get a short tour of a few of the islands. It was nice. Back on the bus and off to Ottawa. You get 1.5 hours on your own to see the Parliament Buildings and explore the city. After you head out to Montreal. The first stops are outside the city proper at the site of the '76 Olympics. Travel to the top of the Olympic Tower and enjoy the veiws for 10-15 min. Then down and over to the BioDome for about 50 min. Back on the bus and over to Montreal's Chinatown. You get 1.5 hours for dinner on your own and to fit in whatever you can of seeing the city. Also, you will need to secure breakfast for the morning since there are no opportunities the next day. And while the itinerary posted on the site says that after the tour 'don't pass up the opportunity to stroll along the city streets, etc.' you really don't have time to that. Because by 7:15pm you are back on the bus and over the hotel (30 min outside of the city). Again, the hotel is basic, but clean, and surrounded by undeveloped land (no place to go once you get there). The next morning, again the tour strays from the posted itinerary and there is no tour of the city. The service fee ($7/day/person) is collected on the last morning (cash). The bus drives straight to the duty free shop and on to customs. The short hike/walk at the Ausable Chasm was great- a very cool thing to include in the trip. Lunch is again at an 'International Buffet' (chinese buffet) in Albany, but there is a diner and a few other options close by.
I wish I knew just how many Chinatowns and Chinese food restaurants were visited. I wish I know how isolated the hotels were and how most rest stops and meal stops were also in isolated locations. But the hotels were clean and had what you needed. A ton of attactions were crammed in to a short amount of time. Your time is extremely structured. You won't have opportunities to explore at your leisure. But it keeps things on track. Our driver was great. I never felt unsafe. The bus was clean and seemed to be in good condition (we lost some air in a tire after the Flushing drop off and they needed to wait for another bus to come for the Manhattan dropoff- but that can happen to any vehicle). Our tour guide knew the basics (not much more, but that was fine). It was impressive that he easily jumped between English and Chinese with such ease. The vast majority of the passengers spoke Chinese. I can't see myself doing this type of tour again (there was just too much that I would have liked to know about that just isn't posted online), but it wasn't a bad experience.
This trip is fantastic value for money, we could not fault it, the organisation was great, the quality of the hotels very good. Our tour guide Jimmi was brilliant, well informed and courteous, we really enjoyed our trip and was amazed at the places we saw, we hope we will get the chance to book with this company again.
Really well done ane reasonably priced 4-day trip to Canada. Packed with attractions. Nice hotels on the way and very friendly and organised guide tour. We had an impression with my wife that the whole trip lasted much longer. Highly recommended!
We are a family of 4 . The trip is good value for money. We saw alot in 4 days. Accomodation are reasonably comfortable accept for the last day in Montreal. Room has a smell and the bathroom is not clean. Driver Hollywood and guide Angie are good. We enjoyed the tour and would booked again with your company.
We can not understand and hear what our tout guide saying @ the back..I already aproach him about that but nothing was done..this is our 3rd time with the taketours and this time we're disappointed with out tour guide but me and my husband enjoy the rest of the tour
Nice little tour for glimpse of Canada. A bit hectic but overall Ok. Nice time management while crossing the border and during thousand islands cruise. There was virtually no traffic. Given the high entry fees at various attractions, there should be more time spent there. Also, free time should be provided to explore the cities.
The trip was great my husband & i got to see many places in only 4 days! However, we didnt like how they scheduled us to get up SO early every morning. Also they stopped too many times so the journey became longer.
Everything went smoothly during our 4 day trip. Felt like we could have stayed at some places for a longer period of time, but the trip lived up to my expectations. No frills straight up to the point and educational trip.
Musst agree with the point that actual expenses be made clearer prior to the departure.
The trip schedule was changed all of a sudden and that created confusion. Tour guide was good. But they should have more idea about USA/Canada visa. We should have got more time in Toronto and Ottawa. Actual expenses should be made clear earlier.
There was a lot of confusion at the departure bus stop, as to which bus to embark and nobody to talk to. Travelers should be alerted that the departure bus stop is just a gathering point, from which the travelers would be taken to their main bus. The trip was otherwise excellent.
The most wonderful trip I've had through GotoBus, all due to Mario the tour guide. I am a frequent traveler with GotoBus and the other tour guides were pleasant, but Mario was the best, very cheerful, fun, took our pictures with our camera, always smiling, gave great information about the sites we were seeing. He gave out treats to the tourists. Showed movies the whole time and interacted with the tourists. I would be more than happy to recommend paradise tours with Mario to every one I know. You guys have a gem of a employee, he was the best!