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Niagara Falls, Canada: Boat Tour & Journey Behind the Falls

1. Niagara Falls, Canada: Boat Tour & Journey Behind the Falls

Enjoy a guided tour of the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. Experience the mighty waterfalls with stunning views of both the American Falls and the Horseshoe Falls. See the power of Niagara Falls up close, onboard the Niagara City Tours boat ride "Voyage to the Falls". Hear about the origins of the falls and see the American and Canadian power plants that run on the Niagara River's waters. Stop to admire the beautiful Floral Clock, made up of more than 16,000 carpet bedding plants. Learn about the Niagara Glen and the Whirlpool Golf Course, and enjoy fully narrated stops at the Whirlpool Rapids Observation Deck and the Brink of the Falls. Then, ascend the Skylon Tower for panoramic aerial views and descend behind the falls as feel the Horseshoe Falls cascading above you at the Journey Behind the Falls. Cruise past the American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls aboard a Hornblower Niagara cruise boat. From December to April, when the boat tour is non-operational, visit the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory and Niagara's Fury attraction instead. Step inside a 4D motion theater and discover the ancient story of Niagara Falls in a multi-sensory simulation of the last Ice Age

Toronto: Guided Niagara Falls Day Trip with Optional Cruise

2. Toronto: Guided Niagara Falls Day Trip with Optional Cruise

Experience a guided tour of the Canadian side of Niagara Falls and discover the mighty waterfalls with stunning views. Enjoy historical and behind-the-scenes commentary from your local and licensed tour guide. Your day will start with complimentary pickup from central hotels and locations across Downtown Toronto and Mississauga and arrive in Niagara Falls around 10:00 AM to enjoy 4 hours in summer or 3 hours in winter of free time to explore the falls. Add attractions to your tour package to experience the best of Niagara Falls. Take this tour in the summer and take the Hornblower Boat Cruise, the world-famous boat ride, formally called the Maid of the Mist. Get up close to the Niagara Gorge, American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and feel the mist of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. You can even enjoy this tour in the winter when the boat is not running. Add other famous experiences to your tour experience including the Skylon Tower, Journey Behind the Falls, or Niagara's Fury.  Explore Clifton Hill for solo and family fun with activities like the Niagara SkyWheel, Ripley's Believe it or Not, and an arcade. Pack a lunch to have a picnic by the waterfalls or order at a local restaurant. Next, go on a scenic and narrated drive across the Niagara Parkway. Stop and take photos at iconic attractions along the way like the Niagara Whirlpool Rapids, the floral clock and the Niagara Power Station. Next, enjoy a maple syrup tour and tasting and try Canadian-inspired treats like homemade fudge, poutine, maple beer, or Niagara’s famous ice wine. Return to your original location in Toronto around 5 PM and enjoy a full evening in the city with time for dinner and time to plan an evening event for yourself.

Toronto: Niagara Falls Day Trip with Optional Cruise & Lunch

3. Toronto: Niagara Falls Day Trip with Optional Cruise & Lunch

Visit the world-famous Niagara Falls on a hassle-free tour by premium bus from Toronto. With three tour options to choose from, prepare for an experience that will leave you with memories that will last a lifetime. Relax in the comfort of a premium climate-controlled bus as you begin your journey with a pickup from downtown Toronto. Enjoy lively commentary from your experienced guide on the scenic drive into the Niagara Region.  Pending the selected option, in Niagara Falls you can enjoy free time, savor a delicious a la carte lunch, and/or experience an attraction. In Summer, sail into the mist of the Falls with access to the seasonal boat ride 'Voyage to the Falls'. In winter or when the boat is not operating, there are two alternate attractions offered. Experience the 'Journey Behind the Falls', a year-round attraction that offers a unique view of the Falls, or re-live a lifetime of Niagara's sensational true stories at the Imax Theater. The most popular tour option includes the attraction upgrade and lunch. Taste the very best of Niagara with exclusive seating at Queen Victoria Place Restaurant and savor a locally sourced a la carte menu, paired with Ontario craft beers and Niagara VQA wines.  Your tour concludes with your return to Toronto.

Toronto: Niagara Falls Day Tour with Optional Boat Cruise

4. Toronto: Niagara Falls Day Tour with Optional Boat Cruise

Embark on a guided tour of the Niagara Falls and marvel at the magnificent waterfalls with breathtaking views. Delight in the historical commentary from your knowledgeable and licensed local tour guide. The excursion starts with a complimentary pickup from selected central locations in Downtown Toronto. Start with a scenic drive through along the Niagara River and view Queenston Heights and Brock's Monument. Enjoy a stopover and see the hydroelectric power station, Whirlpool Rapids, and Floral Clock. You will arrive at Niagara Falls to explore the falls at your leisure for 4 hours. You can customize your tour package by adding attractions to make the most of your Niagara Falls experience. Enjoy a free maple syrup tour and tasting where you can indulge in treats like fudge, poutine, maple beer, or Niagara's famous ice wine (optional). Upon arrival at Niagara Falls, get 4 hours of free time during which you can choose to take the Hornblower Niagara Cruise "Voyage to the Falls." This world-renowned boat ride will take you up close to the Niagara Gorge, American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and the mist of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. Make your tour more memorable by feeling the thunder of the Journey Behind the Falls or get panoramic views from Skylon Tower. Visit Niagara's Fury, Zipline, Hershey's Chocolate Factory, Botanical Garden, and the Butterfly conservatory. Explore Clifton Hill and partake in activities like the Niagara SkyWheel, Casino, Ripley's Believe it or Not, and an arcade. Take a break where you can go and purchase a delicious lunch at one of the various dine-in restaurants or fast food joints near Niagara Falls. After your break, sit back and relax in air-conditioned comfort as you travel by bus back to Toronto.

Toronto: Falls Day Tour with Boat Cruise & Niagara-the-Lake

5. Toronto: Falls Day Tour with Boat Cruise & Niagara-the-Lake

Embark on a full-day guided trip to Niagara Falls from Toronto. Admire the majestic falls from various angles and enjoy time to explore at your own pace. Upgrade your experience with a boat tour of the Falls. Leave Toronto earlier and get back sooner on a fun and leisurely day trip to Niagara Falls. Relax in the comfort of an air-conditioned bus under the expert care of your engaging local guide. Your adventure begins when you meet your guide at the convenient downtown meeting point. Set off on the 90-minute scenic drive into the Niagara Region. Your driver will share their local knowledge along the way. Stopover and visit the historic town of Niagara on the Lake on your own. Take in the sights of the Niagara River and million-dollar homes along the scenic Niagara Parkway.  Pause for guided photo stops at the Floral Clock, Hydro Power Station, Whirlpool Rapids, and the Niagara Gorge before arriving at Niagara Falls. Upgrade to include the seasonal Voyage to the Falls boat tour and sail into the heart of the world-famous falls (you must choose the Guided Day Trip including Voyage to the Falls Boat Cruise option for the cruise to be included). Your guide will escort you to the cruise departure point so you can benefit from expedited access to the boat boarding area.  When the cruise is not operating, you'll instead ride to the top of Skylon Tower's observation deck for unbeatable panoramic views of the Falls.  Pending on the tour option selected, enjoy up to 3-hours of free time in Niagara Falls to explore the local attractions. Your tour concludes with a quiet and cool return to Toronto, in time for you to relax before your evening plans.

From Toronto: Niagara Falls Full-Day Bus Tour

6. From Toronto: Niagara Falls Full-Day Bus Tour

Discover the majesty of one of the world's most iconic natural wonders on a full-day guided tour of Niagara Falls. Your adventure begins as you step onto our state-of-the-art tour bus at the South Entrance of Union Station at Maple Leaf Square in downtown Toronto. Equipped with comfortable seating and complimentary WiFi, you're set for a pleasant ride to the stunning Niagara region. Along the way, your certified Niagara Falls tour guide will provide engaging commentary, enriching your understanding of the area's history, geology, and fascinating lore. Upon arrival, the thunderous roar of the falls captivates your senses, a sound as mesmerizing as the sight itself. We make our way to several prime vantage points for those picture-perfect moments and feelings of awe. Next on the itinerary is a visit to the Niagara Whirlpool, a natural whirlpool along the Niagara River. Depending on the season, we might also stop at the Floral Clock, one of the world's largest flower clocks and a garden masterpiece in its own right. Your day also includes leisure time in Niagara-on-the-Lake, a quaint town known for its well-preserved 19th-century architecture and charming ambiance. You can wander its picturesque streets, pop into shops, or even indulge in a local wine tasting if you're so inclined. Included in your tour package is admission to the Niagara Falls viewing area. Here, you get the chance to be up close and personal with this awe-inspiring natural spectacle. Feel the mist on your face and hear the deafening roar of water as it plunges into the abyss below. What makes this tour extra special is the flexibility to add optional experiences at your own expense. You can opt for the famous Hornblower Boat Ride, an exhilarating experience that takes you right up to the base of the falls. Prepare to don a poncho and get a bit wet—it's worth it to get this close to such a powerful natural wonder. Alternatively, consider the Journey Behind the Falls experience. This unique tour allows you to walk through tunnels to observation decks and portals located right behind the waterfall, providing a view of this marvel from the inside out. Please note that while this comprehensive tour offers a plethora of points of interest and scenic stops, meals like lunch and gratuities are not included. You'll have ample opportunity to purchase lunch in Niagara Falls from a variety of eateries to suit all tastes and budgets. This Niagara Falls tour promises a day chock-full of incredible sights, fascinating insights, and opportunities for unique, optional experiences. Your certified guide and our quality tour bus with WiFi ensure your journey is as informative as it is comfortable. Whether you're traveling solo, as a couple, or with family and friends, come and experience the grandeur of Niagara Falls in a way that only we can offer. Optional upgrades like the Hornblower Boat Ride and Journey Behind the Falls can be added on-site to make your adventure truly unforgettable.

From Toronto: Niagara Falls Day Tour with Boat Cruise

7. From Toronto: Niagara Falls Day Tour with Boat Cruise

Marvel at the grandeur of Niagara Falls on a tour from Toronto. Travel along the scenic Niagara Parkway, stopping at the Floral Clock, Whirlpool Spanish Aero Car, the historical Niagara-on-the-Lake, and some scenic stops for pictures. Get up close to the Horseshoe Falls on a Niagara City Cruises "Voyage to the Falls." Along the way, you’ll hear about the area’s history and geography. After visiting several of the area's attractions, board a Niagara city cruise for a ride to the base of the Horseshoe Falls. Stop for lunch at a restaurant of your choice. If you selected the tour with the lunch option, enjoy lunch in the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel at the Fallsview Restaurant overlooking the falls. Take a scenic drive through Niagara Falls with views of Fort George, Brock’s Monument, Hydropower stations, Niagara River, Welland Canal, and picturesque vineyards along the Great Lakes - with a complimentary bottle of water provided — with a certified tour guide.

From Toronto: Niagara Falls Evening Tour With Boat Cruise

8. From Toronto: Niagara Falls Evening Tour With Boat Cruise

Experience the ultimate convenience with our pick-up service available at all downtown Toronto or Toronto Pearson Airport hotels. Once picked up, relax in the comfort of our climate-controlled mini-coach as we embark on a journey to the breathtaking Niagara Falls. Throughout the trip, enjoy an enlightening commentary that delves into the rich history of the area and the crucial role played by the native people. Gain insights into why the geography of the Niagara Peninsula is so uniquely captivating. Upon reaching the Niagara Whirlpool, marvel at the awe-inspiring spectacle of one of North America's most intense white water rapids. Next, prepare for an unforgettable adventure as you board the Hornblower for the "Voyage to the Falls" boat tour. Feel the power, energy, and majesty of Niagara Falls up close, and be captivated by the towering height of Horseshoe Falls and the immense volume of water cascading from its crestline. As we travel along the scenic Niagara Parkway, witness the force of the Niagara River as it approaches the falls. Enjoy the serene landscape of Dufferin Islands along the way. Take advantage of some free time at Niagara Falls for dinner or explore the vibrant attractions of Clifton Hill. As dusk sets in, witness the falls illuminated in a mesmerizing array of colors. Opt for our dinner tour and indulge in a delightful dining experience at the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel. Feast on the Fallsview Buffet while enjoying panoramic views of Niagara Falls illuminated for the night. Don't miss the spectacular Niagara Falls Fireworks that light up the night sky. As the tour concludes, depart from Niagara Falls and relax during the journey back to Toronto, where we'll drop you off at your hotel. This comprehensive experience ensures you not only witness the natural wonders of Niagara but also enjoy the convenience of seamless transportation and optional dining for a truly unforgettable day.

From New York City: Niagara Falls & 1000 Islands 3-Day Tour

9. From New York City: Niagara Falls & 1000 Islands 3-Day Tour

Experience the fury of Niagara Falls with a ride on the Maid of the Mist and cruise through the Thousand Islands on this three-day tour from New York City. Day 1: New York - Finger Lakes - Niagra Falls An early morning departure takes you north from the Big Apple as you pass the beautiful Delaware Gap to Watkins Glen State Park in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. Walk through Watkins Glen Canyon to visit the beautiful waterfalls and then continue to Niagara Falls, passing Seneca Lake, where you will arrive in the late afternoon. Tour the U.S. side of the falls including the American Falls, Goat Island, and Luna Island. At night, tour Niagara Falls where you can marvel at the colorful lighting of the waters while on board the Maid of the Mist. Overnight: Ramada by Wyndham. Day 2: Niagra Falls - Toronto - 1000 Islands Start the day with the Horseshoe Falls’ view followed by a visit to the picturesque village of Niagara on the Lake. We continue to Toronto, the financial capital of Canada. Visit the HTO Park, Brookfield Place, city hall, and The Distillery Historic District.  Towards the evening, take off from Toronto along the world-famous Lake Ontario for an evening arrival to the 1000 Islands area (in April, based on weather conditions, you may return to Niagara Falls to stay overnight). Overnight: Gananoque at Comfort Inn (April: Ramada by Wyndham). Day 3: 1000 Islands - New York  Start the day with a cruise through the amazing 1000 Islands along the St. Laurence River. See the houses of the rich and famous built atop private islands. After lunch, head to New York State. On the way, enjoy a shopping excursion at one of the large outlet malls where you can shop for bargains in name-brand stores before your return to New York City in the evening.

Niagara, Canada: Half-Day Winery Tour with Tastings

10. Niagara, Canada: Half-Day Winery Tour with Tastings

Embark on a guided tour of Niagara's renowned wine region with an inclusive experience designed for everyone, whether you're a connoisseur or simply want to share a drink with friends. The Wine Country tour centers around the Niagara-on-the-lake region, nestled on Lake Ontario, near the mouth of Niagara Falls. Travel along the historical Niagara Parkway to the charming town of Niagara on the Lake. Sample wines at Pillitteri Estates, Lakeview Estates, and Konzelmann Estates. Then, enjoy free time for lunch and shopping in the quaint town voted the prettiest town in Canada. Finally, enjoy the convenience of a return transfer to your pickup location.

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Niagara Falls, Canadian Side

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 7,168 reviews

Let’s start with the guide and driver John. He was awesome, he entertained us all the way telling us stories about Toronto and Niagara. He helped getting the tickets to skip the line and he was always kind. The tour included multiples stops and plenty of time to go around. I went on Feb, so it was a bit off season, but it was great since there aren’t many people and you can enjoy it all.

Great tour! The tour guide was really helpful and organised, the falls LOOKING INCREDIBLE! Everything went so smooth and perfect, we came back on time! Highly recommended

Everything was good! The only suggestion is to mention in the itinerary that during the ride to Niagara Falls there is a 15-min stop, just as FYI.

Winston was very nice as a guide. He told us a lot about the area and responded to all of our wishes.

Good guide! Excellent service... they are clean... thank you! Recommended!