After much debate about where to go on Honeymoon ie: blow loads on a Sandals honeymoon or maybe Mauritius or Maldives - we've decided to not have a hot beach holiday and do something a bit different. So after looking on the internet i've come up with the following fortnight plan for 9 days on the East coast of Canada (3 days Toronto & Niagaira Falls / 2 days in Trenton Ontario - my Nan was born there would like to visit etc / 2 days in Gananoque & 1000 Islands / 2 days in Montreal) then fly across for 4 days in Vancouver (will do various touristy things, visit Victoria & also want to visit my Great Aunt who emigrated to Canada donkeys years ago who lives in Vancouver somewhere). We plan to go August 25th to September 7th.
Canada Honeymoon Costs? I've worked the following out to be about £3100 to £3300 (so £1550/£1650 each for very nice 4* or 5* hotels/boutique B&B's etc - including flights to Toronto, internal flights from Montreal to Vancouver, flights from Vancouver to Manchester and 5 days car hire travelling from Toronto to Montreal). We'll do public transport/taxi's in Toronto & an escorted trip to Niagara Falls and public transport in Montreal & Vancouver - which will all cost extra ontop.
Flights Edinburgh to Toronto Hamilton (Premium Seats/30kg luggage etc Flyglobespan) 25th Aug
Limo from Airport to Toronto Downtown B&B
3 nights Toronto Downtown B&B Penthouse Suite 5* 25th/26th/27th Aug
5 days car hire toronto to montreal 27th/28th/29th/30th/31st Aug
2 nights in Trenton 28th/29th Aug
2 nights Gananoque (Thousand Islands) 30th/31st Aug
2 nights in Montreal (4* Boutique Hotel Kutuma Luxury Suite) 1st/2nd
Flights Montreal to Vancouver (via Toronto Airport) 3rd Sept
4 nights Vancouver (Barclay House B&B 5*) 3rd/4th/5th/6th Sept
Transfer from Airport to B&B 3rd Sept and then back again 7th Sept
Flights Vancouver to Manchester (Premium Seats, 30kg luggage etc Flyglobespan) 7th Sept
Do you think the following itinary is realistic in terms of times at places / travelling times especially the car hire for 5 days to get us from Toronto to Montreal?
How much is the cost of things like Petrol & Eating out in Canada? As we can't really afford to take much more than £800/£900 spending money to cover food/petrol/trips to Niagara Falls/sightseeing & public transport everywhere in Trenton, 1000 Islands/Montreal/Vancouver. Is this a good guestimation or nowhere near enough?! We want nice pubs/restuarants but can do some fast food to save some costs :-)
Any tips / hints / suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Suggestions for hotels/B&B's - what i've looked at on the internet are just idea's at the moment - but we want some luxuries as we are on honeymoon :-)
Canada is a wonderful place and I am sure you will go back but do not try to do to much in one trip.
Petrol was around 1C$ per litre.
Eating out is not a lot cheaper than here once you,ve added the taxes and tips. Drinking out is very expensive. Three pints and a glass of wine was £18.00 in a rib shack.
Your budget is only about £50.00 a day, I don't think it is enough if you want to do the excursions you've mentioned and eat in the better places.
Make sure you keep the receipts to claims back the taxes.
I assume you got my PM. In Niagra we stayed in the Renaissance Falls View. This hotel is in a good location close to the new casino complex and away from the tacky part of Niagra. The falls' view 'is only from the restaurant on the top floor I think.
thanks for the info
it is alot to do all in one go i do appreciate that. maybe we could look at just doing one side and not flying over, that would obviously save £ but i'd like to go and see my relative too.
the costs are really escalating the more i look into it - it will be a good £4300 including spending money - will defo take on board people's views and work about with the schedule somewhat.
spent couple of weeks there last year. Driving Toronto to Montreal took about 4 hours down the back roads. Not very scenic though. So yes... you have plenty of time
I carried further on to Tadoussac (whale watching) dropped down to Boston USA and came back via Niagara
I agree with previous post too on Niagara. Stayed in Marriot Fallsview. Big 2 room suite with jacuzzi, fireplace etc was only about £100 per night. Right overlooking falls
Cost of living, Meals etc Fuel is obviously cheap but as for the rest Well...I feel prices are a bit cheaper than UK but not that much that you feel things are a bargain. I think you will struggle on £800-900
Regards transport...traffic is not really a problem. Not compared to the cr** we put up with here. Their idea of busy is a lot different than ours. And you are generally not going to be travelling at rush hour either. So save on cabs and use you car. I got straight into Toronto, Montreal, quebec, Boston etc...No problems at all.
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