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Toronto: Harbour Cruise with Lunch, Brunch, or Dinner

1. Toronto: Harbour Cruise with Lunch, Brunch, or Dinner

Admire Toronto from the water and watch the city go by from your table on a harbor cruise. Step outside onto one of the outdoor observation decks to snap some pictures, take in the stunning views, and enjoy the fresh air. Select from three unique cruise and dining options.  Your cruise departs from Queen's Quay West in downtown Toronto. Be greeted by the Captain and crew as you step aboard, where the ship's photographer will capture the moment. Once on deck, your host will greet you and escort you to your table. Relax and admire unobstructed views of passing landmarks like the Harbourfront Centre, CN Tower, Sugar Beach, the Redpath Sugar Refinery, and the historic Gibraltar Point Lighthouse. Savor a market-fresh buffet-style meal (either brunch, lunch or dinner) that is freshly prepared onboard daily. Complement your meal with a beverage from the fully stocked cash-bar offering beer, wine, and cocktail selections (own expense).  Sample lunch or dinner menu Entrees: Oven-roasted fish fillet Pot roast Vegetable stir fry Honey sesame chicken Rolls and Salads: Assorted bread and rolls Pasta salad Kidney bean, black bean, and chickpea salad Baby kale and spinach salad Vegetables, Potatoes and Pasta: Oven-roasted potatoes Baked pasta dish Steamed seasonal vegetables Yellow Spanish rice Desserts: Signature dessert station Coffee and tea Sample brunch menu Cold Entrees: Continental bakery basket Freshly cut fruit Red skin potato salad Caesar salad Cold smoked salmon and Cedar hot smoked salmon Hot Entrees: Assortment of mini quiches Scrambled eggs Breakfast meats Signature French toast Oven-roasted red bliss potatoes Desserts: Signature dessert station Coffee and tea

Toronto: Casa Loma Entry Ticket with Audio Guide

2. Toronto: Casa Loma Entry Ticket with Audio Guide

Step back in time to a period of European elegance and splendor at Canada's majestic castle, Casa Loma, located in midtown Toronto. Your entry ticket includes a documentary experience on Sir Henry Pellatt and access to the castle’s café and other features. Completed in 1914 by Sir Henry Pellatt and spanning over 200,000 square feet, Casa Loma is a must-see when visiting Toronto. Today, Casa Loma is one of Toronto’s top tourist attractions. Its unique architecture has also made it a highly desirable location for film, television, and photoshoots. Casa Loma features permanent installations such as the Dark Side of Toronto photo exhibit and the Classic Car Collection in Casa Loma’s stables. Casa Loma also curates special exhibits on a regular basis, pertaining to early Toronto and Canadian history. The Dark Side Tunnel ExhibitThe stables and carriage house are connected to Casa Loma by an 800-foot tunnel that runs 18 feet below Austin Terrace. The tunnel features an exhibit of Toronto’s dark side, which tells the story in archival photographs of Toronto’s darker days, such as the Prohibition Era, the Great Depression, the plague, the Great Fire of Toronto, and Toronto’s first plane crash. Antique Car DisplayThe garage and carriage room feature an exhibition of vintage cars from the early 1900s, the period in which Sir Henry Pellatt would have inhabited Casa Loma. The collection includes a 1910 Maxwell Model Q Standard, 1924-1925 Ford Model T Touring, 1910 Maxwell Model Q Standard, and more. The RoomsYou’ll also get to explore the former estate of Sir Henry Mill Pellatt, the prominent Toronto financier, industrialist, and military man behind the origins of the castle. Sir Henry asked the architect E.J. Lennox to help him realize a life-long dream – the creation of a medieval castle overlooking Toronto. Casa Loma features nearly 98 rooms, many of which exemplify the Edwardian era and are decorated with authentic period furnishings and antiques. Group of Seven CollectionLocated on the third floor of Casa Loma, this collection is comprised of artwork by various members of the Group of Seven. Active from 1920 to 1933, the Group of Seven (which eventually grew to ten members) was comprised of Canadian landscape painters. Hollywood Film GalleryLocated in the basement level of Casa Loma, the Hollywood Film Gallery highlights the castle as a prime location for major motion pictures, revealing glimpses behind the scenes. For over 30 years, Casa Loma has been a popular location for use in film and television. The Queen’s Own Rifles of CanadaThe Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada Regimental Museum occupies a major part of the third floor of the Casa Loma.

Royal Ontario Museum: General Admission Ticket

3. Royal Ontario Museum: General Admission Ticket

No trip to Toronto is complete without a visit to the Royal Ontario Museum—Canada’s largest museum. Explore stunning galleries of dinosaurs, Indigenous art and culture, ancient Egypt, minerals and gems, and more. Explore each of these 16 Must-See Treasures with the aid of bilingual multi-media kiosks. Discover an exceptional array of themed galleries throughout the Museum, spanning both world cultures and natural history. Must-See Treasures at the Museum include:  • The Nisga’a and Haida totem poles • The Death of General Wolfe painting • The Chinese Temple Art mural The Paradise of Maitreya  • The Tomb Mound of General Zu Dashou (“Ming Tomb”)  • The rare Southern White Rhinoceros • The Barosaurus (“Gordo”), Canada’s largest dinosaur on display  • The duck-billed hadrosaur Parasaurolophus walkeri • The exceptionally well-preserved fossils from the Burgess Shale  • The 900-carat Light of the Desert Cerussite gem • The Tagish Lake Meteorite • The Bust of Cleopatra VII • The Statue of Sekhmet — one of the oldest known Egyptian deities  • The Egyptian Book of the Dead • Earl of Pembroke’s Armour • Kunti Sculpture (“Blue Lady”)  • The Striding Lion Terracotta Relief 

Toronto: Royal Ontario Museum Special Exhibits Ticket

4. Toronto: Royal Ontario Museum Special Exhibits Ticket

Visit the Royal Ontario Museum, where jaw-dropping dinosaurs, glittering gemstones, and mysterious mummies are just a few of the treasures on display. Your ticket includes general admission and access to one or more of the special exhibits. Enjoy the freedom to explore the museum at your own pace and visit the exhibits and galleries that interest you most. There’s plenty to see and do at the museum, with exhibits to interest the whole family. The special exhibits currently featured at the Royal Ontario Museum include 'Fantastic Beasts™: The Wonder of Nature': 'Fantastic Beasts™: The Wonder of Nature' explores the links between the magical creatures of the wizarding world and the remarkable animals in our natural world, encouraging a greater connection to our planet and empowering us all to be advocates for its care. Be awed by the powerful combination of science, nature, and imagination as you explore fantastic beasts in all their forms and learn how these animals inspired some of the world's most incredible stories and folklore.

Toronto Islands: Morning or Twilight 3.5-Hour Bike Tour

5. Toronto Islands: Morning or Twilight 3.5-Hour Bike Tour

Cross the harbor on a ferry and see more in less time on this guided bike tour of the Toronto Islands. Discover hidden gems like parks and beaches and see iconic sights like the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse. Meet your guide at a centrally-located meeting point in Toronto and get fitted with your helmet and bike. After a short ferry ride across the harbor, get on your bike and explore the car free neighborhoods on the eastern islands. Visit historic landmarks such as the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse and the Royal Canadian Yacht club. Peddle thorugh parks and next to beaches. Cruise by quaint cottages and experience some incredible views of the Toronto skyline.  Listen as your guide tells you stories about key people and events from the last 200 years of the island’s remarkable history. The tour is suitable for beginner to advanced riders, as the ride is an easy pace and makes plenty of stops. 

Toronto: Night Tour with CN Tower or Harbor Cruise

6. Toronto: Night Tour with CN Tower or Harbor Cruise

Begin your tour with pickup from your hotel in downtown Toronto. If you choose the Harbor Cruise option, kick off the tour with a beautiful Toronto harbor boat ride. If not, head out on a narrated driving tour on the way to your first stop in the Distillery District. Take a walking tour of the district’s cobblestone streets and 19th-century, industrial-style buildings with your guide. After the walking tour, you’ll have some free time to explore and shop in this vibrant space. Your guide will bring you to Cherry Beach, a lakeside beach park located at the foot of Cherry Street. As one of the city's remarkable resources, it's known as the cleanest beach in Toronto and a great place to swim in the summer.  At the end of your tour, your guide will bring you back to your hotel in downtown Toronto. Later, get a chance to see the downtown city lights up close. With your guide, go to the city hall to see the iconic Toronto sign illuminated at Nathan Phillips Square.  The final stop on your tour will be CN Tower, where you can view the city and surrounding area from the 342-meter (over 1,100-foot) high observation deck. The tower famously held the world record for tallest freestanding structure until 2007, so rest assured the view is incredible. If you’re brave enough, you can even walk on the glass floor. At the end of the tour, your guide will take you back to your hotel in downtown Toronto.

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

7. 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.

Toronto: Immersive King Tut Entry Ticket

8. Toronto: Immersive King Tut Entry Ticket

Step inside the sifting sands of history and unravel a story that is 3,300 years in the making with an entry ticket to Toronto's Immersive King Tut. See history come to life with a ground-breaking immersive experience. Discover Ancient Egypt and unravel the myths and legends at Immersive King Tut. Celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the Boy King’s tomb that was discovered near Luxor by venturing into the Valley of the Kings with Immersive King Tut at Lighthouse ArtSpace. Go on a mythical journey through the Egyptian afterlife. As Pharaoh, Tutankhamun was the sun of his nation. Follow him on his journey through the underworld; will he triumph and bring his people eternal light and prosperity?

Toronto: Heart of Downtown 3.5-Hour Bike Tour

9. Toronto: Heart of Downtown 3.5-Hour Bike Tour

Explore Downtown Toronto on 2 wheels! On this bike tour you’ll see some of Downtown Toronto’s key sights, including must-see cultural and historical landmarks. Explore areas that aren’t easily reached in a car or bus, and experience unique scenic views. The tour is suitable for beginners and advanced riders, as it moves at an easy pace and makes plenty of stops to chat and take in the sights. Your guides are expert city riders and know their way around Toronto. What you'll explore: • CN Tower • Royal York Hotel • Union Station • Chinatown • Kensington Market • Eaton’s Centre • Dundas Square • Harbourfront and Lake • Financial district • Queen Street West • Art Gallery of Ontario • College of Art and Design • Hockey Hall of Fame • Massey Hall • Rogers Centre • Round House Park • City Hall • St. Lawrence Market • Flatiron building • St. James Cathedral and Square • Sherbourne Common • Corus Quay • Sugar Beach • Entertainment District

Toronto: Canadian Food Discovery at the St Lawrence Market

10. Toronto: Canadian Food Discovery at the St Lawrence Market

Discover the local cuisine of Toronto with a visit to a famous food market and enjoy the most delectable local eats with an expert knowledge guide. After a brief introduction to Old Town Toronto (the neighborhood where your tour takes place), your guide will walk you past Berczy Park which features a stunning new fountain. From there, make your way to one of your guide's favorite coffee shops for a brew of your choice, before you visit a small sandwich shop nearby which is reputed to have the best apple cake in the world. From there, head to St. Lawrence Market, which National Geographic once declared the “best food market in the world”. At the market, you’ll learn about the origin of Toronto’s official signature food: the peameal bacon sandwich. Celebrity chefs from Emeril to Anthony Bourdain have bitten into one of these, and now it’s your turn. Time will be spent inside St. Lawrence Market visiting vendors and sampling foods that have played an important role in the cultures of immigrants who settled there over the past two centuries. Learn about foods that have become common in this region, including how some of the favorites are virtually unknown outside of Ontario. Each food stop offers the opportunity to interact with vendors, ask questions, and learn even more from the experts. Foods throughout your tour can include butter tarts, artisanal mustard and pretzel sticks, ginger ale, Montreal-style bagels, cheese curds, pierogis, maple candy, and more. The final stop on the tour will be a local pub that has been around for decades. This spot serves creative versions of the popular French-Canadian dish known as poutine. By the end of the tour, you will not only have a better understanding of what Canadian food is, but also a little bit about what it means to be Canadian.

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4.6 / 5

based on 640 reviews

The food was great, seating was comfortable, experience overall very good. The only negative was confusion over exchanging voucher for ticket per instructions - no one ever showed up at the dockside kiosk, even after calling upon arrival to confirm. Staff on the ship figured it out but could have been smoother.

We were floored at how great this was. Far better than we expected. Easily spent 2 hours there. Looking forward to coming back when they add the next section.

A brilliant tour of downtown with Terence. Lots of sites visited as well as Terence imparting interesting information. He certainly knows Toronto!

Sarah was a great guide and informative about the area

Very cool castle. Quite busy but still a great time.