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Niagara Falls, Canada: Small Group Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

1. Niagara Falls, Canada: Small Group Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

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 up close, onboard the Hornblower Niagara Cruises 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

1000 Islands: 10, 20, or 30-Minute Scenic Helicopter Tour

2. 1000 Islands: 10, 20, or 30-Minute Scenic Helicopter Tour

Experience the 1000 Islands from the air on a breathtaking helicopter tour. Choose your own adventure with three unique tour options ranging from 10 to 30 minutes. Depart from Gananoque Heliport, located within a 20-minute drive east of Kingston via Highway 401 in beautiful Gananoque, Ontario.  Check in at the front desk then relax in the lounge before your pre-flight briefing. Feel the thrill as you rise above lush greenery, sandy beaches, and rocky cliffs, admiring the sights from your guaranteed window seat.  Wear audio headsets complete with microphones for easy communication. Enjoy pilot-narrated commentary in English or select one of the recorded multilingual audio tours. The duration depends on your selected option. Choose the 10-minute tour for a taste of the 1000 Islands, including the town of Gananoque, the Admiralty Islands, Navy Islands, and the Lake Fleet Islands. Explore further on an Ontario Signature Experience: a 20-minute tour that includes both the U.S. and Canadian spans of the Ivy Lea Bridge, and Boldt Castle on Heart Island.  The most popular option is a Canadian Signature Experience: an extended 30-minute ‘Two Castle’ tour that sends you flying over sunken shipwrecks and nation-spanning bridges, as well as Boldt and Singer Castles.

From New York City: Niagara Falls One Day Tour

3. From New York City: Niagara Falls One Day Tour

Depart New York City and journey to Niagara Falls in New York State to experience the natural wonder from multiple perspectives. Ride the famous Maid of the Mist boat and get up close to attractions such as Horseshoe Falls and American Falls. Leave NYC late at night to arrive in the early morning to morning-mist rainbows and the falls’ magnificent roars. Alternatively, depart New York City in the morning for a chance to see the falls change from day to night, and to witness a light show and fireworks. Hear the roar of the waterfalls and see magical rainbows that'll take your breath away in the early morning before the crowds arrive. Climb aboard the famous Maid of the Mist boat to get up close to the immense Horseshoe Falls. Visit attractions such as the uninhabited Goat Island and Luna Island on the Niagara River. Get stunning views of the American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls and gaze in awe at the rapids of the Niagara River as it tumbles towards the amazing cascades.

Canada: Niagara Falls Helicopter Ride and Boat Trip

4. Canada: Niagara Falls Helicopter Ride and Boat Trip

Take a combination tour of Niagara Falls to see the mighty waterfall from several different perspectives from the Canadian side of the Falls, considered the best side to view both the American and Horseshoe Falls. Fly directly above the falls and the whirlpool rapids to get a bird’s-eye view during a 12-minute helicopter flight. Admire the dramatic sight of this natural beauty from the air. Then, see the power of Niagara Falls up close onboard the Hornblower Niagara Cruise boat ride "Voyage to the Falls" (May - November only). When the boat cruise is not operating, experience the fun interactive Niagara Fury and the Butterfly Conservatory from December - April. Admire 360-degree views from the observation deck of the Skylon Tower, also enjoy a spectacular lunch at the Skylon Tower's Summit Suite Buffet. Experience breathtaking views from the top of the tower while choosing from a variety of mouthwatering dishes. Your last stop is "Journey Behind the Falls", where you'll go below as well as behind the iconic Horseshoe Falls. The tour concludes with your safe return to your pickup location.

Niagara Falls, USA: Half-Day Small-Group Sightseeing Tour

5. Niagara Falls, USA: Half-Day Small-Group Sightseeing Tour

See the best of Niagara Falls, New York on a sightseeing cruise. Visit the Cave of the Winds, walk on the hurricane deck, and cruise on the famous Maid of the Mist boat. View the islands and admire Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, Whirlpool Falls, and Bridal Veil falls. Enjoy pickup from the location of your choice in Niagara Falls, New York. Transfer to the Cave of the Winds. Journey 175 feet in the elevator into Niagara Gorge. Put on your yellow poncho and special footwear and feel the spray on your face as you venture along the walkway to the hurricane deck. Then, board the famous Maid of the Mist boat and take in the magnificent views from the water. Go to the Observation Tower to experience the only place in the park where you can see both the American and Horseshoe Falls at the same time Admire attractions such as the Whirlpool Falls, 3 Sister Islands, and Luna Island, and head to Goat Island to see the Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls from different viewpoints. Then, get dropped off at your accommodation in downtown Niagara Falls, New York.

Niagara Falls, Canada: Festival of Lights Tour with Dinner

6. Niagara Falls, Canada: Festival of Lights Tour with Dinner

Celebrate the season with The Festive Night on Niagara Holiday Tour. See Niagara Falls come to life during the holidays. Visit the Niagara Parks Power Station, see the Winter Festival of Lights exhibition, enjoy a locally-sourced 3-course dinner, and visit the Illumination Tower to light up the falls yourself. Start your tour with pickup from your hotel in downtown Niagara Falls, Canada. Visit the Niagara Parks Power Station to see the shift of Niagara’s water to electricity with Niagara Parks’ sound and light show, Currents. Drive to the Dufferin Islands to see the Winter Festival of Lights. Enjoy the holiday display of Christmas trees, giant ornaments, polar bears, moose, and more. Even enjoy fireworks on Fridays and Saturdays. Enjoy 3-course dinner at Table Rock House Restaurant. Visit the Illumination Tower to see the falls illuminated against the night sky and control the lights yourself. Take home an “I Lit Up Niagara Falls” certificate and end your evening with drop-off back at tour hotel.

Niagara Falls: Scenic Airplane Tour w/ Chocolate & Champagne

7. Niagara Falls: Scenic Airplane Tour w/ Chocolate & Champagne

Fly through the clouds and see 12 historical and geological marvels in the Niagara Region. Plug in your audio guide to learn all about the sites below, including Niagara Falls, Lake Ontario, and the quaint Canadian city of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Meet your professional pilot at Niagara District Airport and take off on your airborne adventure. Fly comfortably in a Cessna airplane and enjoy the longest "air time" available in Niagara. With 25 years of experience, your pilot knows just what to do to make sure all passengers get perfect 360-degree views. Fly over the centuries-old Fort George and Fort Niagara, and admire Queenston Heights Park from above. Snap the perfect shot of the turbulent Niagara whirlpool and capture the power of this natural wonder which has been swirling for 4,000 years. Learn about local landmarks such as the Welland Canal, Fort Niagara, and the Hydro Power Dams while enjoying champagne and chocolate. The tour will end at Niagara District Airport.

From Toronto: Early Bird Niagara Falls Small Group Day Trip

8. From Toronto: Early Bird Niagara Falls Small Group Day Trip

Visit Niagara Falls on an immersive guided tour. Embark on an exhilarating journey that takes you through tunnels behind the Falls and take a cruise on the famous Hornblower. Start your tour bright and early with pick-up from downtown Toronto and make the 1.5–hour drive to Niagara Falls. Upon arrival, take a trip to the observation deck of Skylon Tower, 520 feet or 160 meters above the ground, to experience some of the most awe-inspiring views of Niagara River, American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Horseshoe Falls.  Next, head to Journey Behind the Falls for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Falls. Explore a series of cave-like tunnels that allow you to see behind Niagara Falls. The final stop on your tour is a trip aboard the Hornblower Cruise "Voyage to the Falls" (May to November). Set foot on the Hornblower Cruise boat and head out onto the waters of the gorge. Get so close to the Falls that it feels like you could put your hand out and touch them. In addition to the amazing stops on the tour, take the opportunity to see and experience the shops, street vendors, restaurants, and other attractions in Niagara Falls for 1 hour before you head home. Head back to Toronto from Niagara Falls to Toronto, and take time to relax on the 1.5–hour drive. Depending on traffic, arrive back to the city by approximately 4:00 PM.

Niagara Falls, Canada: Falls by Day and Night with Dinner

9. Niagara Falls, Canada: Falls by Day and Night with Dinner

Experience the natural beauty of Niagara Falls by day and night on a full-day tour that starts and finishes in Niagara Falls, Canada. See the magnificent cascades from multiple perspectives on the Canadian side of the border. Benefit from free pick-up from your accommodation in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, and then make your way to Niagara Falls. Ride the elevator to the observation deck at the Skylon Tower, and get panoramic views as far as the cities of Buffalo and Toronto. Then, board Niagara City Cruise's seasonal Voyage to the Falls (May-October), for a boat cruise to the heart of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. Discover what lies behind the cascades in the tunnels on the Journey Behind The Falls experience and stand at the base of the Horseshoe Falls. Enjoy a delicious 3-course dinner with your tour group at the Table Rock Restaurant overlooking Horseshoe Falls once night falls. Make your way to the Illumination Tower to take control of the lights that floodlit the water after dark.

Ottawa: Scenic City Tour with Canal Cruise

10. Ottawa: Scenic City Tour with Canal Cruise

Enjoy a half-day tour to visit some of Ottawa's most popular attractions including various Parliament buildings. After exploring these landmarks, take part in a canal cruise and catch a glimpse of must-see sites throughout the capital city. Start the day with pickup from your downtown Ottawa hotel. While heading to your first stop on the tour, which is Parliament Hill, your guide will give you your first introduction to the city. They are able to answer questions, provide you with fun facts and point out important landmarks and sites. On your tour of the Parliament headquarters, get a behind-the-scenes look at the state-of-the-art facilities. There will be plenty of free time available where you can explore the surrounding buildings, wander the grounds, and capture some amazing photos of the nearby sites.  Finish the day with a relaxing 1.5-hour river cruise that will have you leisurely floating down Rideau Canal (seasonal availability from mid-May to mid-October). After your memorable experience, your tour guide will take you back to your downtown Ottawa hotel.

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based on 177 reviews

Cheryl was a great guide who has a wealth of knowledge about the area! The power station was very cool, and makes one want to go back during the day to learn more. Dinner was delicious, and changing the lights on the falls was awesome!

Our tour guide Joel was amazing! So knowledgeable of all the sights in Niagara Falls. Drove around bringing us to all the locations on the tour and was so very nice! We will be back and I will request him as my guide when I do!!!

Michael.went above and beyond to ensure enjoyed the best of the city. I would certainly tour with him again and recommend this city tour for anyone visiting Toronto.

Liked the tour. Informative and helpful guide, Michael. Visited main attractions such as CN tower, city hall, path, and casa Loma. Well worth it!

Nice day trip with a nice little hike through the fresh snow.