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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

Toronto: Niagara Falls Premium Day Trip with Optional Cruise

2. 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 a pickup from downtown Toronto. 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.

Niagara Falls, Canada: Journey Behind the Falls Entry Ticket

3. Niagara Falls, Canada: Journey Behind the Falls Entry Ticket

View the world-famous Niagara Falls from a unique perspective with an entry ticket to 'Journey Behind the Falls'. Descend 125 feet and explore the 130-year-old tunnels that are dug through the bedrock. Feel the thunderous vibration of the Horseshoe Falls before you see them. Throughout your walk underground, informational posters are hung where you will learn fun facts and information about the history and evolution of the hallways you walk through. Ascend above ground to the observation deck at the foot of the falls and take in the breathtaking views of the cascading water. Stay dry as you get close to the mighty falls with a complimentary souvenir poncho. Look through the viewing portals cut straight through the rock, offering another unique viewpoint of the falls.

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.

Toronto: Niagara Falls Highlights Tour with Boat Ride

5. Toronto: Niagara Falls Highlights Tour with Boat Ride

Experience a guided tour of the Canadian side of Niagara Falls and discover the mighty waterfalls with stunning views. Enjoy historical and behind-the-scenes commentary from your local and licensed tour guide. Your day will start with complimentary pickup from central hotels and locations across Downtown Toronto and Mississauga and arrive in Niagara Falls around 10:00 AM to enjoy 4 hours in summer or 3 hours in winter of free time to explore the falls. Add attractions to your tour package to experience the best of Niagara Falls. Take this tour in the summer and take the Hornblower Boat Cruise, the world-famous boat ride, formally called the Maid of the Mist. Get up close to the Niagara Gorge, American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and feel the mist of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. You can even enjoy this tour in the winter when the boat is not running. Add famous experiences to your tour package including the Skylon Tower, Journey Behind the Falls, or Niagara's Fury.  The Skylon Tower is an observation deck where you can enjoy a view of the waterfalls from the sky - and it's a great substitute for Toronto's CN Tower if you haven't been there yet.  On Journey Behind the Falls, you will have close vantage points to see the breadth of the icy Horseshoe Falls up close. Experience the 130-year-old tunnels beneath the bedrock of the Falls and get a view of one-fifth of the world’s freshwater crashing down. Next, visit Niagara’s Fury and step inside a 4D motion theatre. Discover the ancient story of Niagara Falls in a multi-sensory simulation of the last Ice Age. Then, visit the flashy Clifton Hill strip for solo and family fun with activities like the Niagara SkyWheel, Ripley's Believe it or Not, and an arcade. Pack a lunch or order at a local restaurant, with an option to have a picnic by the waterfalls. Next, go on a scenic and narrated drive across the Niagara Parkway. Stop and take photos at iconic attractions along the way like the Niagara Whirlpool Rapids, the floral clock, and the Niagara Power Station. Make a quick stop at Maple Leaf Place to freshen up before the drive back to Toronto. Sample locally sourced maple syrup or purchase Canadian-inspired treats like homemade fudge, poutine, maple beer, or Niagara’s famous ice wine. Return to your original location in Toronto around 5 PM and enjoy a full evening in the city with time for dinner and time to plan an evening event for yourself.

Toronto: Niagara Falls Day Tour with Niagara-on-the-Lake

6. Toronto: Niagara Falls Day Tour with Niagara-on-the-Lake

Explore Niagara Falls on a guided day trip from Toronto, with pickup from downtown Toronto and on-board commentary from your guide. Enrich your tour with an optional Niagara Falls boat cruise. Start with a scenic drive through Niagra-on-the-lake along the Niagara Parkway and marvel at Queenston Heights and Brock's Monument. Enjoy a stopover and see the hydroelectric power station, Whirlpool Rapids and Floral Clock. Upon arrival at Niagara Falls, get 3 hours of free time during which you can choose to take the 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). Take a break where you can go and purchase a delicious lunch at one of the various dine-in restaurants or fast food joints near Niagara Falls. After your break, sit back and relax in air-conditioned comfort as you travel by bus back to Toronto.

Niagara Falls, Canada: Walking Tour with Cruise & the Falls

7. Niagara Falls, Canada: Walking Tour with Cruise & the Falls

Dedicate a day to the mesmerizing Niagara Falls on a guided walking tour. Be on the first funicular of the day and descend into the gorge for the Voyage to the Falls boat tour. Walk around the boardwalk before taking part in the Journey Behind the Falls experience. Meet your friendly guide and group in front of the elevator in the morning and take in panoramic views as you make your way down to the Voyage to the Falls boat tour. Climb aboard and feel the power of Niagara Falls up close. Ascend back up and enjoy an informative walking tour around the boardwalk. View the site of the former Honeymoon Bridge, learn about famous celebrities and daredevils who visited this site, and take a great photo at Horseshoe Falls. Arrive at the Table Rock Welcome Center and get ready for the Journey Behind the Falls experience with pre-reserved access. Climb down the stairs into the rocky caves behind the waterfalls and follow a ledge to a viewing point beside the cascades.

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.

Toronto: Luxury Small-Group Niagara Falls Day Trip

9. Toronto: Luxury Small-Group Niagara Falls Day Trip

Your day begins with a complimentary pick-up at your downtown Toronto hotel and a ride in a luxury vehicle to Niagara Falls. This tour has an average of just 8 guests and a maximum of 15 guests, which means more flexibility, more personalized attention, and more photo stops. When you arrive in Niagara Falls, you’ll 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 a photo stop at Table Rock. In the late afternoon, you’ll travel along the scenic Niagara Parkway, making several stops to take in the views and to take photos at the Whirlpool Rapids, Hydro Station and Floral Clock before reaching Niagara-on-the-Lake. Enjoy some leisure time in Niagara-on-the-Lake before returning to Toronto.

From Buffalo: Customizable Private Day Trip to Niagara Falls

10. From Buffalo: Customizable Private Day Trip to Niagara Falls

Embark on a private journey from Buffalo or Niagara Falls, New York. Taste wine and eat and shop (at your expense) in the pretty and quaint town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Customize your experience to include a winery stop, a chocolate factory or brewery visit, a stroll in Queens Royal Park, or anything else. Visit Niagara Falls. Your driver-guide will pick you up in Buffalo or Niagara Falls, NY, and help you create a world-class experience perfect for you and your friends or family. Get comfortable in a private vehicle exclusive to your group. Head to the prettiest town in Canada, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Wander, shop, eat, drink, and see all the sights. Opt for tastings or to dine at a couple of the nearby wineries. Visit the chocolate factory or sip a cold one at one of the craft breweries. Experience Queens Royal Park and journey down the scenic Niagara Parkway, stopping for photo ops along the way. Visit Queenston Heights Park, climb Brock's Monument, experience the amazing depths of the Niagara Gorge and the breathtaking views of the winding Niagara River. Relax on the ride into Niagara Falls, past Oaks Garden Theater, through Queen Victoria Park, and soon to the grand spectacle of the waterfalls. See the Rainbow Falls, the Bridal Veil, and the spectacular Horseshoe Falls in all their glory. Humble to the power of Mother Nature. Walk Clifton Hill, go behind the waterfall, ride the Hornblower Cruise and the SkyWheel, experience the Spanish cable car, and more. Return to your pickup location.

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What people are saying about Journey Behind the Falls

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4.6 / 5

based on 5,470 reviews

This trip will make your day. I’’m not just awarding five stars to support the business, but literally to simply express my profound satisfaction. If you’re wondering, is it the right choice? Wonder no more and do not hesitate. Just book the trip. Amazing ride, on time from start to finish, and great story telling from both the tour guide and the driver. It was pleasant, safe, comfortable, and entertaining, without any exaggeration. Highly recommending this trip.

Very good experience, tour guide was extremely knowledgeable with a fabulous sense of humour. Our only criticism is that many places of reference were identified on route but due to the windows being quite dirty on the outside, and condensation on the inside (which we could wipe away), we couldn't see what was being referenced. Overall a good experience and wouldn't hesitate to recommend.

We enjoyed the interesting facts about Niagara that we learned on the tour from our guide. The amount of people attending the tour was a small group, which I enjoyed.

It was a good cheap experience taking you down and behind the falls in the tunnels

The tour was great, the part that I didn't like was the Maple syrup tasting.