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  • Location:New York City, New York
  • Duration:3 days (approx.)

3-Day Best of the Border Tour from New York City: Niagara Falls, Toronto, Lake Ontario and 1000 Islands

Head north from New York City in a climate-controlled coach on this exciting 3-day tour to experience the best of the Niagara Falls region in both New York and Canada. Along with exploring the majestic Niagara Falls, you’ll visit the 1000 Islands, Lake Ontario, the Finger Lakes and the city of Toronto! At Niagara Falls, you’ll tour the American side at night and ride the famous ‘Maid of the Mist’ boat the next day. You’ll then see Toronto’s top attractions, take a cruise on the St Lawrence River and more. Accommodation at an Executive Inn Super 8, Holiday Inn Express and Suites or similar included for two nights.


  • 3-day guided tour from New York City to Niagara Falls and the Lake Ontario region
  • See the Finger Lakes, Niagara Falls, Toronto and the 1000 Islands
  • Explore the Watkins Glen National Forest at the foot of Seneca Lake
  • Ride the Maid of the Mist to get up close to Niagara Falls
  • Visit Toronto, Canada's largest city
  • Cruise down the St Lawrence River and see the 1000 Islands
  • Spend time shopping at one of the largest outlet malls in the United States
  • Accommodation for two nights and two breakfasts are included
  • Free wifi on coach

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This is an excellent way to add a trip to Canada's largest city to your New York vacation. Visit in the summer to experience the St Lawrence river cruise; the scenic voyage past the river's 1000 Islands is the perfect way to cap off this picturesque tour.

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What You Can Expect

3-Day Best of the Border Tour from New York City: Niagara Falls, Toronto, Lake Ontario and 1000 Islands

View top Toronto sights like the Parliament Building

This three-day, two-country experience from New York City takes you through the beautiful Niagara Falls and Lake Ontario regions on the Canada-New York border. In an air-conditioned coach with your narrator guide, travel first to Watkins Glen National Park in the picturesque Finger Lakes region, where you’ll pass Seneca Lake (one of the Finger Lakes). You’ll soon reach Niagara Falls, where you’ll spend one night. Explore the falls’ American side at night, and then hop on the iconic Maid of the Mist the next day for a boat ride. From Niagara Falls, head along Lake Ontario to the biggest city in Canada – Toronto! See the city’s top attractions, and then enjoy a boat cruise to the 1000 Islands on the St Lawrence River.

Finally, you’ll make your way back to New York, stopping at The Crossings Premium Outlets, where you can shop the abundance of name-brand stores like Michael Kors, DKNY and Cole Haan.

Please see the Itinerary section below for more details on each day of the tour.


Day 1: New York City – Niagara Falls
Depart in the early morning and head to Watkins Glen, NY, a quiet town at the base of Seneca Lake, one of New York’s picturesque Finger Lakes. After admiring the waterfalls and scenery at Watkins Glen National Park, continue to Niagara Falls, arriving in the late afternoon.

At Niagara Falls, you’ll tour the American side of the falls at night, when you can appreciate the colorful lights that illuminate the falls after dark.

Overnight: Executive Inn Super 8 (or similar) on the Canadian side of the falls

Day 2: Niagara Falls – Toronto – Gananoque (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, get an up-close view of Niagara Falls with a boat ride on Niagara’s famous Maid of the Mist (May-October only; in April, you’ll explore the tunnels behind the falls).

After Niagara Falls, it’s time to head to Toronto, making a quick stop in the small Ontario town of Niagara-on-the-Lake (May-October only; in April, you’ll go directly to Toronto).

In Toronto, spend about 4-5 hours and see the city’s main sights like City Hall, Parliament, Eaton Center and CN Tower. You’ll then have time for dinner (own expense) before boarding the coach and making your way along beautiful Lake Ontario to the town of Gananoque, located in the 1000 Islands area, where the lake turns into the St Lawrence River.

Overnight: Clarion Inn in Gananoque (May-October only; in April, you’ll return to Executive Inn Super 8 or similar at Niagara Falls)

Day 3: Gananoque – New York City (B)
The highlight of your final day is a scenic 1-hour cruise from Rockport, Ontario, down the St Lawrence River to see the beautiful 1000 Islands that straddle the US-Canada border (May-October only; in April, you visit the Welland Canal Locks, which move ships up and down the river).

After your cruise, head back to New York City, making a stop at The Crossings Premium Outlets for a bit of discounted designer and brand-name shopping. You’ll arrive back at the Gray Line Visitors Center in the evening.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

great tour Niagara falls is fantastic tour guide was great the only thing to change would not go to Toronto but spend more time at Niagara on the lake which is a fantastic town

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

fantastic guide Victoria. Saw everything went everywhere.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This was incredible. The guides are so knowledgeable and really nice people. I learned and saw so much.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Well paced. Good guide. Clean, well appointed hotels. Terrific value.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Just great so far ! Our trip has been full of surprises and great guides passing on relevant information and taking everyone in to their considerations when carrying daily schedules... Wonderful stuff!!!!!!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Good planning and accommodation

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

It was extra ordinary wonderful

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

We were a family of 3 and thought this tour was excellent. The falls were amazing. The tour guide Victoria was wonderful and made sure our bus was always ahead of the crowds. Accommodation was good and the tour which included Toronto and outlet shopping had plenty of interesting facts. The only downside was the toilet in the bus which for some reason is unable to be used-and caused drama on our tour. Get them to work or lock them please !!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Very well organized,hotels of good standards,bus very comfortable and excellent bus driver

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

It was a very nice and smooth trip. The tour guide explain everything into details and to my understanding.
I did really enjoyed the trip.

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