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From Toronto: Small Group Day Trip to Niagara Falls

1. From Toronto: Small Group Day Trip to Niagara Falls

Beat the crowds with an early pickup from Downtown Toronto. Arrive at the falls at the perfect time to start your day. Your local guide will provide commentary along the way and throughout your full-day tour. You will arrive in Niagara Falls around 10:00 AM where you will have 3-hours of free time to explore, view the Canadian waterfalls, and participate in optional local attractions, like a boat ride across the falls. Take advantage of your expert tour guide’s advice on how to best see the falls and hints on how to use your time.  Next, enjoy a scenic ride (and photo opportunities) across the Niagara Parkway and stop or drive through famous sights like a local farmers market and the Niagra Whirlpool Rapids. Bring lunch with you or eat at a local restaurant of your choice. See the famous Niagara Falls ‘Clifton Hill’ strip during your free time. Continue your day with a narrated drive through Niagara-on-the-Lake, one of Canada's most historic towns which dates back several hundred years and helped to shape Canada's heritage. Explore a country market and try local snacks or buy souvenirs (seasonal). Finish your tour with complimentary wine tasting in the Niagara Wine Region, including the famous local icewine. Return to Toronto around 4:30 PM-5:00 PM to your original location and make it back in time to enjoy dinner and a free evening in Toronto.

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Toronto: Niagara Falls Tour Small Group Early Bird Tour

2. Toronto: Niagara Falls Tour Small Group Early Bird Tour

Start your tour at 7:00 AM 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". 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.

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Toronto: Niagara Falls Premium Day Trip with Optional Cruise

3. Toronto: Niagara Falls Premium Day Trip with Optional Cruise

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 your downtown Toronto pickup between 9:00 AM and 10:00 AM. 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 around 8:00 PM.

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Toronto: Niagara Falls Day Tour

4. Toronto: Niagara Falls Day Tour

Following pickup in central downtown Toronto, drive to Niagara Falls and get a brief commentary about the city and sites you will see along the way. Travel by bus in a small group for a more personalized experience. Visit the historic town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, where you'll have 45 minutes of free time to explore its quaint atmosphere and charming shops. The town is also home to many of the renowned wineries of Niagara Falls, one of which will be your next stop. Here, enjoy free wine tastings, including the famous Niagara Ice wine.  Take a scenic drive along the Niagara Parkway and marvel at Queenston Heights and Brock's Monument. See the hydroelectric power station, Whirlpool Rapids and Floral Clock. Continue to the main site of your tour as you journey to Niagara Falls.  Upon arrival at Niagara Falls, benefit from 3 hours of free time to take the optional Hornblower Niagara Cruise "Voyage to the Falls". Feel the thunder of the Journey Behind the Falls or get panoramic views from Skylon Tower (during the winter months). Enjoy lunch at the various dine-in restaurants or fast food joints near Niagara Falls or up Clifton Hill.  Then sit back and relax in air-conditioned comfort as you travel by bus back to Toronto.

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Niagara Falls TourPass: USA & Canada Attractions Pass

5. Niagara Falls TourPass: USA & Canada Attractions Pass

This is a great value option to discover the best of Niagara Falls USA and Canada. After a 1-hour guided tour, your pass provides single entry to three seasonal attractions at your leisure on the same day or within 7 days. Enjoy a 1-hour guided walking tour of Niagara Falls State Park, USA. Stand between the American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls for awe-inspiring views. The tour starts and ends at the Hard Rock and you're free to discover the seasonal attractions at your own pace.    In summer, set sail aboard the Maid of the Mist boat on the USA side to get up close to the Horseshoe Falls. Cross the Rainbow Bridge into Canada for the Journey Behind the Falls experience (year-round) to explore 130-year-old tunnels and stand at the base of the Falls. Stroll the viewing platforms of the White Water Walk to admire Niagara River's powerful Class 6 white-water rapids. In winter, instead of Maid of the Mist, stay warm and learn about local legends at the Niagara Adventure Theater (USA). The 30-minute "Niagara Falls Movie: Legends of Adventure" comes to life on a huge 45-foot screen. On the Canadian side, enjoy the Journey Behind the Falls experience (year-round) and relive the ancient story of Niagara Falls in 4D at Niagara's Fury, a 360-degree multi-sensory theatre.

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Toronto: Luxury Small-Group Niagara Falls Day Tour

6. Toronto: Luxury Small-Group Niagara Falls Day Tour

Your day begins with a complimentary pick-up at your downtown Toronto hotel and a ride in a deluxe Mercedes-Benz Sprinter to Niagara Falls. This tour is limited to just 12 participants, which means more flexibility, more personalized attention, and more photo stops. When you arrive in Niagara Falls, you’ll bypass the regular line and proceed directly to the boarding area for the iconic Hornblower Niagara boat tour "Voyage to the Falls". See the mighty Falls up close on this once-in-a-lifetime experience. After the boat tour, there will be some leisure time for lunch and an optional visit to the Journey Behind the Falls (admission not included). In the late afternoon, you’ll travel along the scenic Niagara Parkway, making several stops to take in the views and to take photos before reaching Niagara-on-the-Lake. Since the vehicles are smaller than large buses, you'll be able to stop right in the heart of Niagara-on-the-Lake, ensuring the maximum time to visit Canada's prettiest town. Be sure to let the supplier know in advance if you’d like to do a wine tasting. After a stop in the lovely town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, you’ll return to Toronto and be dropped off your downtown hotel.

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Niagara Falls, Canada: Illumination Evening Tour

7. Niagara Falls, Canada: Illumination Evening Tour

Start your tour with a convenient pickup service from your hotel on either the American or Canadian side of the falls. Your first stop will take you behind the Canadian Horseshoe Falls for a unique view. Then, enter the Journey Behind the Falls attraction where you'll descend 125-feet and explore a 130-year-old tunnel system.  Head up top to Table Rock to the brink of the Falls before continuing along the gorge to the Niagara Whirlpool rapids overlook area. Enjoy the spectacular garden displays at the Floral Clock before enjoying panoramic views from atop the Skylon Tower Observation Deck. As twilight turns to night, witness the historic glow of the nightly Niagara Falls illumination. On special nights during the summer, you might also witness a dazzling fireworks display over Niagara. At the end of the tour, you'll be dropped back at your hotel. 

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From Toronto: Niagara Falls Day Tour & Guided Walking Tour

8. From Toronto: Niagara Falls Day Tour & Guided Walking Tour

Save with this day trip to Niagara Falls from Toronto, return transport, wine-tasting, two walking tours, and a digital audio guide. Depart from Toronto and head to Niagara. Your first stop is a winery in Palatine Hill. Spend 30-minutes at the winery and taste some of the local wine. The next stop is Niagara-on-the-Lake. Spend 1-hour at Niagara-on-the-Lake and explore the area with its stunning scenery. Arrive at Niagara Falls and join a walking tour. Enjoy live commentary from your tour guide as you stroll past tourist hotspots, including Horseshoe Falls, Clifton Hill, and Skylon Tower. After a fun-filled day, the transport will return you to Toronto. The next day you’ll have the opportunity to explore Toronto on a guided tour. See landmarks including the CN Tower, the Royal Ontario Museum, and St Lawrence Market. If you wish, in the evening you can take a free guided walking tour. You can use the digital audio guide to track the available walking tours and join the one closest to you or choose to follow one of the self-guided tours. Choose from 7 different self-guided tours. Enjoy the unlimited self-guided tour features and explore Toronto on your own with a multilingual audio guide. Niagara Falls Walking Tour: Arrive at 2:45 PM and join the walking tour from one of the meeting points: 1. Table Rock 2. Clifton Hill 3. Skylon Tower 4. Fallsview Casino Toronto Walking Tour: Join a guided walking tour at one of the meeting points: 1. Hockey Hall of Fame 2. St.Lawrence Market 3. Ripley's Aquarium of Canada 4. Yonge Dundas Square 5. University Ave and Queen Street West

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Niagara Falls, Canada: Gems of Niagara Small Group City Tour

9. Niagara Falls, Canada: Gems of Niagara Small Group City Tour

The first stop will be the world-famous Hornblower Niagara cruise "Voyage to the Falls". Guests skip the long line and enjoy priority access to experience this remarkable boat ride.  After the boat tour, visit Journey Behind the Falls. Take a journey deep below and behind the heart of Niagara, and stand in the mist where the mighty Horseshoe Falls tumbles from 13 storeys above!  Next, travel along the magnificent Niagara Parkway to Niagara-on-the-Lake. Spend approximately two hours exploring what many consider to be Canada’s prettiest town.  Enjoy the quaint shops, restaurants, and cafes. ​On the return drive along the Niagara Parkway, there will be stops at the Floral Clock and Whirlpool Rapids before the tour ends at your Niagara Falls hotel or residence.

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Niagara Falls, Canada: Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

10. Niagara Falls, Canada: Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

This tour begins in Niagara Falls, Canada. Be amazed at the power of the world-renowned Niagara Falls. Your guide will escort you to a scenic vantage for an unparalleled look at the three thundering waterfalls. Sit back and relax as you journey along the scenic and winding Niagara Parkway. Learn about the War of 1812 and the importance to the development of the region. Stop along the way for photos of the Niagara Gorge, River, and other key sites. Arrive in Niagara-on-the-Lake, a quaint, picturesque and historic town. Enjoy free time to explore the heritage town then visit a nearby winery for a tasting of local wines and ice wine. Return to the Falls, where pending the selected option, you can enjoy free time or visit an attraction. In Summer, upgrade to sail into the mist of the Falls aboard the seasonal 'Voyage to the Falls' boat tour. In winter, or when the boat is not operating, enjoy 'Journey Behind the Falls'. Upgrade to include a buffet-style lunch with panoramic views at the Fallsview Buffet at Sheraton On The Falls.

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What people are saying about Journey Behind the Falls

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Wonderful journey behind the falls!! Its truely magical, the closest one can get and feels the water droplets from the gushing falls.

Pick up at various points in the city. Small group in a very comfortable mini bus. Very friendly and attentive guide.

Journey behind the falls was amazing and educational! It’s a great way to get close to the falls.

We were only 6 people which was the good side. Nathan was very informative . Amazing experience.

We were very happy with the tour. Everything as per description. Prepared and friendly guide.