Travelling to Toronto, Ontario, Canada is an incredible experience. This is a city that offers the discerning traveller the best of everything. The pristine natural surroundings offer adventures and experiences for all kinds of outdoor enthusiasts. You can hike through lush, green forests, picnic in one of the city’s many parks, or indulge in water travel or all sorts of sports.
Toronto offers a range of experiences to suit every type of holiday-maker from indulging in Michelin-star restaurants and foodie culture to shopping, fashion, history and diverse cultural backgrounds. Toronto may not be one of the world’s most seasoned cities, having only been around for a little over two centuries, but what it lacks in years, it makes up for in its residents’ warmth and welcoming nature. If this is your holiday destination, we’ve got the rundown of all the most unforgettable experiences awaiting you in this vibrant city..
Fly Private Instead of Commercial
If you’re planning on taking a luxury vacation, you should start with the flights themselves! Travelling by private plane is the most comfortable and exclusive way to fly. A private jet charter offers the discerning traveller a flight experience like no other. Fly on your terms with takeoff times that are set to your schedule, rather than that of a commercial airline. Luxurious cabins are shared only with your friends and family or, if you prefer, kept entirely to yourself. Enjoy comfortable seats, delicious food and drinks, and the freedom to sleep, read, watch a film, or play a game of cards with your friends uninterrupted. When you land at Pearson airport, you experience the full VIP treatment before you move on to the next stage of your journey.
If you’ve never seen the falls before, this experience should be at the top of your holiday bucket list. Several tour guides and groups offer trips to the falls, but if you want the most inclusive and luxurious experience possible, choose a private one. A full day of sightseeing on a private tour will include a boat ride to the falls themselves and to see Niagara-On-The-Lake. There will be champagne and an experienced guide to talk you through the history of the falls and all their natural features, as well as pick up and drop off from and to whichever Toronto hotel you’re staying at.
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Niagara Wine Region Tour
Speaking of Niagara: did you know that the region is home to some of the most delicious grapes on the North American continent? If you’re a wine lover, you can’t miss out on a tour of the Niagara Winelands. Visit four award-winning wineries spread over the lush, green lands outside the city. Not only will; you get to sip your way through some of the best wine in the country, but you’ll also be treated to spectacular meals at the wineries’ restaurants and incredible views at each location. Learn about winemaking and viticulture from experienced tour guides and the winemakers themselves.
Dinner Cruise on the Northern Spirit
The Toronto Harbour District is a sight to see from the land, but the city is best viewed from the water. See the lights glint on the water from the deck of the Northern Spirit when you take a three-hour dinner cruise. You can breathe the fresh air on the observation deck or dine indoors in the air-conditioned cabin. From either location, the skyline views are incomparable. The buffet dinner offers a welsh of delicious options to choose from. Order drinks at the bar and meets the rest of the diners while you listen to the in-house DJ.
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Distillery District Segway Tour
If you’re up for some adventure, you can see the city’s historic Distillery District from a Segway. Motor through the streets on these quirky little two-wheeled devices and get to know the city you’re visiting. You’ll get to zip through the cobble-stoned streets of this exciting area and get a few tips for where to eat and drink while you’re in town. There’s no need to worry if you’ve never driven a Segway. There’s a demonstration before the tour, and all the required safety equipment is included in the price. The time runs for 50 minutes, so you’ll still have the rest of the day to enjoy the city’s many entertaining sights.
Michelin Recommended Food
If you love dining out and have a refined palette that appreciates the best tastes on offer, you need to visit as many of the Michelin-recommended and starred restaurants in Toronto as you can. As of August this year, there are a number of newly-starred and recommended restaurants in the guide, so there’s no shortage of places for you to try.
There’s White Lily Diner, which opened in 2016 and offers dishes created from local, and regional ingredients. Try their elevated comfort food once and you’ll never forget it. Sushi Masaki Saito has 2 Michelin stars and, as such, is the premier sushi experience to be had in the city. Chef Masaki Saito holds stars in both Toronto and New York, making him one of the best chefs on the planet. His background in marine biology gives him a unique understanding of the fish he so lovingly prepares.
Osteria Giulia has a single star and delivers diving Italian fare, created by chef Rob Rossi. Elevated Italian classics, exquisitely prepared with only the best ingredients make for an incredible restaurant encounter.
Take In A Show
Toronto has a buzzing theatre scene, and there are a number of excellent musicals on the circuit this year. You can immerse yourself in the pinnacle of cultural refinement and classic opera experiences as the Canadian Opera Company presents La Boheme at the luxurious Four Seasons Center for the Performing Arts from October 6-28th. Puccini’s orchestral masterpiece which famously depicts the story of two young, bohemian lovers in Paris will be performed under the direction of Tony Award-winner John Caird. The entire experience will be complemented by a set designed out of continuously shifting painted canvases that set the stage for an immersive experience, where every scene is a work of art in itself.
For those who like their drama to be a little more contemporary, there’s To Kill A Mockingbird, at the CAA Theater. Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation has earned raves and nine Tony Award nominations already, so it’s not a show to miss out on. See this classic play between November 21 and 27.
Add all of these unmissable experiences to your luxury Toronto vacation bucket list and you’ll see the best that the city and its beautiful surroundings have to offer. Book your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment!
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