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TBEX Toronto Bloggers to Visit Niagara Falls

Bloggers attending TBEX Toronto will be heading to Niagara Falls June 4th 3rd (correction) 2013.  TBEX, the world’s largest gathering of travel bloggers, writers, and new media content creators, will be holding their 2013 North American Conference at the Metro Convention Centre in Toronto, Canada on May 31 to June 2nd 2013.  The following day, all major Niagara Falls tour operators like King Tours, Toronto Tours, and Niagara Tours will be hosting many of these bloggers for a FREE Niagara Falls tour.

Bloggers who wish to participate must apply for the free Niagara Falls tour on Tourism.to.

 

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Tour Date: June 4th 2013.
Time: The tour will depart at 9 am.  Return to Toronto around 6 pm. We can not guarantee the return time.  Please keep this in mind if you have a flight scheduled that evening.
Departure Location: The tour bus will depart and return from 2 locations.  The Delta Chelsea Hotel and the Best Western Primrose Hotel.

What’s included with the Niagara Falls tour:

  • Pick-up and return
  • Visit to a Niagara Falls winery
  • A brief stop at the historic Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • The botanical clock
  • Maid of the Mist Boat ride
  • Free Time at Niagara Falls

What is not included with the Niagara Falls tour:

  • Meals
  • All incidentals
  • Gratuities for tour guide and driver
  • Personal expenses and any medical or travel related insurance
October Sale: Niagara Falls Tour from Toronto

Niagara Falls tour from Toronto

Toronto, Canada – King Tours is pleased to announce that it is offering all October Niagara Falls tours for only $69.  This is their lowest price of the year!

The tours are offered online through www.NiagaraTours.ca and include: pick-up and return from any location in Toronto, Markham, Mississauga, and North York; a visit to a local winery; wine tasting; a brief stop in the historic town of Niagara-on-the-Lake; admission to the Maid of the Mist; and free time in Niagara Falls.

King Tours has been operating this popular Niagara Falls tours from Toronto, every day, all year round, for the past 15 years.

Suburban Tourist Tours Niagara Falls

The (Sub)urban Tourist is a travel blog enjoying the outdoor lifestyle and exploring good food and dining experiences.  This summer Margaret Antkowski, who pens the (Sub)urban tourist, took a Niagara Falls tour with her finacé Frank Bourne.  She rated the tour 4.5/5.  Read her review here:

Niagara by bus: sit back, relax and enjoy the tour

The Maid of the Mist in Niagara Falls – part of the tour with King Tours. Photo by Frank Bourne

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve been to Niagara Falls, Ontario. It must be at least six or seven times since I was a small kid. With each visit over the years, I’ve noticed that traffic has become increasingly insane in the Niagara region. Driving with stop-and-go traffic and trying to find a parking spot in Niagara Falls or Niagara-on-the-Lake can leave you drained, stressed out and definitely not enjoying the visit.

This past weekend Frank and I had the pleasure of trying out a King Tours bus tour from Toronto to Niagara Falls.  And it certainly was a stress-free way to enjoy a day away from Toronto.

The $79 per person ticket included the following:

  • Transportation in a comfortable, air conditioned tour bus from downtown Toronto to Niagara Falls
  • Entry into the Maid of the Mist, without having to wait in line for a ticket
  • About two hours to ourselves to explore Niagara Falls and have lunch
  • A drive along the Niagara River to stop at spots such as the Whirlpool (10 minute stop); the Sir Adam Beck Power Generation plant (a few minutes to take photos); and the Floral Clock (more photos).
  • A 45 minute visit in Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • Wine-tasting at Pillitteri Estates Winery

 

People lining up for the Maid of the Mist. We didn’t have to wait to get tickets but went straight to the line-up for the tour itself. Photo by Frank Bourne

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Niagara Falls Tour Top Tour on Tourism TO

Niagara Falls is only 2 hours away from Toronto.  It’s no surprise that Toronto tourists often incorporate a trip to Niagara Falls in their vacation itinerary. Tourism.to, a Toronto Travel website, says that their statistics show exactly that.  This past summer their featured Niagara Falls tour that departs from Toronto, has out sold their Toronto Sightseeing tours. Toronto to Niagara Falls tour

Discount Niagara Falls Tour from Toronto

Niagara Falls Tour from Toronto

We just learned that NiagaraTours.ca has lowered their prices of Niagara Falls tours from Toronto by $10.  The total price is $69.  That’s a pretty good price considering that the tour includes: pick-up and return from any hotel in Toronto, wine tasting and winery visit, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Floral Clock, the Maid of the Mist or Journey Behind the Falls, and 2 hrs of free time in Niagara Falls.

The deal is only available for tours in August 2011.

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Niagara Falls Tour from Toronto Airport

Waiting at an airport for a flight is probably the worst part of your vacation.  The few hours seem like days and it sometimes feels like torture.  Well, a Toronto airport (YYZ) stop over does not have to be so bad. eTours offers a Niagara Falls tour with pick-up and return from Toronto airport. Its a very viable alternative to wasting your precious hard earned vacation time, especially if you have never seen Niagara Falls.  The tours cost $95 plus tax and depart daily from Toronto Airport at 8:00 am.

Flying over Niagara Falls in a Helicopter


Home video taken of the Niagara Falls helicopter tour. The tour flies over the majestic Falls of Niagara, Historical landmarks and Niagara’s renowned wine country in a way unimaginable from the ground. This particular tour is done by Niagara Helicopters which is located just a few minutes from Niagara-on-the-Lake town center.  If you are from Toronto and wish to take the helicopter tour there are many tour companies offering this helicopter tours as a package.  Check out eTours.to, NiagaraTours.ca and TorontoTours.ca.  All these tour companies have the Heli Tour option.

$10 for a Wine Country Touring Pass ($20 Value)

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$10 for a Wine Country Touring Pass ($20 Value)

Grape juice magically transforms into wine in the same way milk becomes cheese and a 1972 Dodge Dart becomes an even older 1972 Dodge Dart. Tipple the tasty transformation with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get a Wine Country Touring Pass (a $20 value). Your Groupon can be used at all four of the following locations: Peller Estates, on John Street East, Niagara-on-the-Lake; Hillebrand Winery, on Niagara Stone Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake; Thirty Bench Wine Makers, on Mountainview Road, Beamsville; and Wine Country Vintners, on Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake.

The vineyards of Niagara’s wineries offer guests an inside look at their wine-crafting practices, including grape selection and cultivation. The full-day tour reveals all of the necessary steps each winery takes in preparing its signature libations, with each tour culminating in a wine tasting, sure to please the palate and nurture appreciation for the sacrifices of selfless grapes throughout history. To redeem this deal, simply visit the wineries of your choice and present today’s Groupon to frolic in the vinous depths of oenophilic education.

Live in Toronto? Here are a few tour companies offering tours to Niagara Falls from Toronto.

$45 for a Wine Tour & Guidebook from Crush on Niagara Wine Tours

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$45 for a Wine Tour and Guidebook from Crush on Niagara Wine Tours

Famed Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon was forced to forgo his quest for the mythical land of wine after an accidental tumble into the fountain of youth left him eternally underage. Take up his abandoned journey with today’s Groupon: for $45, you get a wine tour and guidebook from Crush on Niagara Wine Tours between the dates of January 2nd and February 28th (a $96 value including HST).

Oenophiles on the half-day Sniff and Swirl Tour crisscross the emerging wine region around St. Catherines-Niagara in a comfortable passenger van, stopping at four local wineries to sip sauvignon and to gaze upon rows of oak barrels with expressions of awestruck wonder. In honour of the annual Niagara Icewine Festival from January 14th–30th, tours will focus on the production of this sweet dessert beverage made from the hyper-concentrated must of grapes frozen on the vine or imported from Hoth, which will be available for tasting at one or more of the stops. Participants can keep building up ambrosial knowledge after the tour with a complimentary guidebook authored by Crush on Niagara owner and accredited sommelier Andrew Brooks, which includes descriptions of over 50 local wineries as well as wine recommendations and serving tips, such as “Pair a crisp white wine with fish” and “Dom Pérignon is best licked from the lens of a monocle.” Tours usually depart from Niagara-on-the-Lake at 1:30 p.m.; call ahead to reserve your tour and receive pick-up location details.

Missed the deal? Check out other tours of Niagara Falls from Toronto

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Last Call for the Stupid Tourist Contest 2 Entires

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Time is running out to enter your Stupid Tourist story. Remember, it does not have to be Niagara Falls related. Any stupid tourist story will do. The prize is two (2) ‘Niagara Falls Tours from Toronto’ tickets that have a value of $158.

1. Submit your stupid tourist story/question using the comment section of the contest page.
2. Use your real email address. If you win, we will contact you by email to get your full name and address.
3. Contest closes on May 31, 2010 at 11:59 pm.
4. The best story wins two (2) Niagara Falls Tours from Toronto courtesy of www.eTours.to.

Attention Niagara Tour Operators, China is Coming!

During Prime Minister Harper’s visit to China in December 2009, China announced that it granted Canada Approved Destination Status, which allows Chinese nationals to travel to Canada in a leisure group tour format. Currently, Canada’s Embassy in Beijing is working closely with the Chinese Government to implement Approved Destination Status.   ADS allows approved Canadian ADS tour operators to receive Chinese nationals into Canada in a leisure group tour format through ADS approved travel agents in China including those that have been authorized by the CNTA.

Canada received about 159,927 visitors from China in 2008 (+5.26% over 2007).  What will be the impact to tourism in Canada? I don’t know but the population of China is 1.3 billion.  Even if a small percentage decides to travel to Canada, I know that one of the preferred destinations will be Niagara Falls.

“The Chinese market is promising, but we have not yet received confirmation of any Niagara Falls tour operator being approved” says a representative from TorontoTours.ca

I really do hope that Niagara Falls tour operators receive approval.

Tour Operator Application Form: http://www.tiac.travel/china/ITOAP.pdf

Photo Credit: http://mediacentre.canada.travel/

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Best tour guides to any area are locals

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Are you vacationing to Niagara Falls any time soon and planning on taking a tour of the area? Be prepared for sticker shock when you see how much some of the tours cost!

Of course there are many reasons you would go with a large tour company when visiting the area. Perhaps you would like to go on a boat tour, or a helicopter ride. Obviously for a tour of that caliber it would be necessary to hire a professional company to show you around Niagara.

But what about if you just wanted to go site seeing? Some of the local tours in Niagara charge anywhere from $75-$150 per person for a 3-4 hour tour. So for an average family of 2 adults and 2 children you can expect to pay between $300-$600! Not only are you paying a lot of money for someone to show you around the area, but you will most likely be with a large group of people as well. Having a large group while site seeing is not always a plus. It can take longer to explore areas with a large group, and you don’t have a say if you want to skip a specific part of the tour.

If you are looking to have the tour of your life and see things you want to see, then going with a tour company might not be your best option. A better option you may want to consider would be to hire a local that lives in Niagara or even a retired tour guide from the area. more…

Niagara Falls Tour 50% Off? Yes, Hurry!

Wow! Check out this deal from TeamBuy.ca.  For just $40 you can purchase a Niagara Falls tour from Toronto that includes a visit to Pillitteri Estates Vineyards, wine tasting, historic town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Journey Behind the Falls, and free time in Niagara Falls.  Pick-up and return from Toronto is included.

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Locals Know Deals

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The 2009 LocalsKnow.ca winter campaign has just kicked off.  The site encourages Canadians to share and seek out their favourite winter places and experiences. Its goals: a shot in the arm to both Canada’s winter tourist economy and the media industry, plus amplifying any existing programs run by partners.

Here are some great local Niagara Falls Deals that we discovered:

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Cemetery Tour

Cemetary tour

What a great way to kick off Halloween with the family. Niagara Falls Musesms are offering 2 cemetery tours.

Drummond Hill Cemetery Tours
October 16, 17, 23, 24, 2009

See the characters from Niagara Falls’ past. Walk into the past through Drummond Hill Cemetery and the grounds of the Battle Ground Inn as actors portray the mighty and the meek. Refreshments served.

Tickets by reservation only. Call 905-358-5082 to purchase.

Holy Trinity Church Cemetery Tour
7820 Portage Road
October 30 & 31, 2009

New this year. Step into Chippawa’s past and hear stories that will both haunt and charm you for years to come! This night-time tour will have costumed performers acting out the lives of some of the famous and not so famous people from the history of Niagara Falls. The tours include music, mime and characterizations of lives lived long ago! You may be surprised to learn who is, and is not, buried in the Holy Trinity Church Cemetery.

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