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Best of Ottawa Small Group Tour with River Cruise
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Best of Ottawa Small Group Tour with River Cruise

By See Sight Tours of Ottawa
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Ages 0-99, max of 6 per group
Duration: 240–270 minutes
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: English
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  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Transport in one of our complimentary vehicles
  • Entry/Admission - Parliament Hill and Buildings
  • Entry/Admission - Rideau Canal National Historic Site
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Food & Drink


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
    Pickup details
    • Departure Point: Centrally located Ottawa hotels *Contact for meeting location if you are not staying in the downtown area *Order of activities may occur in a different order
    Hotel pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
      End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

        • Not wheelchair accessible
        • Pushchair accessible
        • Near public transportation
        • Infants must sit on laps
        If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 6483P12

        • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
        • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
        • Ottawa River cruise is a seasonal attraction, when the cruise is not operating it will be replaced with a Canadian War Museum of History tour
        • Most travellers can participate
        • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travellers

        • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

        If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 6483P12

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        • See Sight Tours of Ottawa
          92
          Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
          Joined in May 2012
        • clairesM7006PR
          0 contributions
          4.0 of 5 bubbles
          Nice tour of Ottawa
          We were the only people on the tour. Our guide was young but very personable. He was learning the business so didn’t have all the extra history and information that experienced guides would have. President Zelenskyy was in parliament on our tour date so it was exciting to see the motorcade (twice actually) but it meant the Parliament grounds were closed. We enjoyed the walking tour but really enjoyed the river cruise. That guide was young, vibrant, knowledgeable and spoke everything in French and English. Overall the combination was good but not worth the per person price (plus tip)
          Written October 7, 2023
        • gilllee7947
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Short walk and cruise
          Our guide was informative, enthusiastic and well versed on the area. Cruise part was very relaxing after the walk and the guide there was very good.
          Written October 4, 2023
        • joanu500
          0 contributions
          3.0 of 5 bubbles
          Disappointing walking tour, lovely boat tour.
          Our walking guide met us at the appointed time and place and was cheerful We were, however, very disappointed that our guide did not seem to have an agenda, and chose to engage in political discussions, which we felt were inappropriate and at times disrespectful, putting participants in an awkward position. The guide could have given us more information about many local public art installations and buildings. The scenic River cruise was lovely; the on board guide spoke well in the two official languages, and chose to be respectful of all elected and appointed officials,
          Written September 13, 2023
        • Climber50773374944
          0 contributions
          3.0 of 5 bubbles
          Ottawa walking and boat ride tour
          The walk around tour was okay, just a central location and the boat ride was basic. The whole experience was not as eventful as I expected, hence overpriced.
          Written August 23, 2023
        • GrandTour07960870577
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Leave the itinerary to the experts so you can simply enjoy and learn about Ottawa better
          I did not originally plan to tour around Ottawa for I was here to attend on something in the morning. Thus, this night tour perfectly fitted my tight schedule; I really think it was a very good decision. I did not have a vehicle to begin with and this tour included being picked up and dropped off on my accommodation. So I honestly felt safe compared to walking around alone at night. It was a small group, so I instantly met new friends. Moreover, our tour guide, Katherine, did a great job in showing us around the city and discussing the significance of each spot. This helped me decide better on which places I would've really wanted to visit on my next/last day in the city. She also gave us a quick drive to Quebec and showed us a spot to see the beauty of Ottawa City at night. Moreover, I appreciated and comfortably enjoyed watching the Parliament light show since Katherine brought us foldable chairs and placed them in a very good spot; it was an educational moment for me. The tour also included a boat ride which made this booking more worthy. Eladie ensured it was fun and that we would appreciate and understand the establishments and places that can be seen around the river tour. She's very knowledgeable with a good sense of humor. I must say, it was the perfect way to get a picture of the famous Rideau Falls. Overall, for someone who did not have enough time to plan a clear itinerary for an Ottawa trip, this booking saved me from a lot of hassle and eventually made me appreciate and enjoy the city of Ottawa.
          Written August 1, 2023
        • lisafQ356PI
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great experience! Would highly recommend!
          It was a fantastic family activity! Wonderful photo opportunities. We loved it! Our tour guide, Tyler, was amazing. He was very polite, courteous, knowledgeable and punctual. He made our evening very relaxing and a great experience. Our tour guide on the boat, Pascale, was amazing too! She was fluent in both English and French, knowledgeable and made our boat tour entertaining. She took the time to ask guests one on one if there were any questions. We could not have asked for better guides. Thank you Tyler and Pascale!!
          Written August 1, 2023
        • 401hollyh
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          The perfect evening in Ottawa
          Spectacular tour which ended of being private, as the first of two couples was a no show, and the second couple thought they were booking a bar crawl - we had a wonderful time on the river cruise - very informative and the guide there did an awesome job of going between French and English - beautiful views and relaxing! We then joined the tour guide for a driving tour that was so much fun and had her showing us the best views of the city ! Afterwards , we were treated to the light show at parliament that was a lovely show
          Written July 25, 2023
        • veshannah
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          A great way to discover the city of Ottawa
          I REALLY enjoyed my Ottawa walking tour. It was a group tour but I was the only person who showed up and instead of canceling it they made it a private tour which was awesome. I was able to do some things I probably couldn't have done with a group and I was able to ask more questions and have a better conversation with my tour guide concerning the city of Ottawa and Canada as a whole. I thought my tour guide Andrew was very knowledgeable and upbeat, he made the tour interesting and a lot of fun. I highly recommend this tour. I didn't expect much from Ottawa but left wanting to return and experience more. The boat tour was also a great addition to this tour. I felt like it added tremendously to the allure of the city.
          Written July 20, 2023
        • lorinas262
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Wow!
          Had a wonderful time. The boat tour was cancelled because of the fireworks but I was reimbursed for the amount. I did get to see the fireworks from the bridge and it was amazing. The show on Parliament hill was the highlight. Fantastic night!!!
          Written August 31, 2019
        • ninag884
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Epic night tour
          Wow we had such a great guide in JASON‼️ Thank you for a fabulous day Pick up at our hotel...boat tour...recommended a fabulous place to eat and then took us to the finale fire works and then the light show on the hill Jason brought chairs for our comfort and drove us back to our hotel Communication booking this tour was excellent
          Written August 24, 2019
        • GlobeTrotting250386
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          AWESOME TOUR
          Guide was amazing and very knowledgeable on the area! The river tour was picture perfect! Tour was Awesome!!!
          Written July 17, 2019
        • X1686BKrobertj
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          A great way to see Ottawa
          Picked this tour to get get an overview of Ottawa, It sounded like a very nice way to see the sights. It certainly was. Our guide Jason picked us up at our downtown hotel and let us off at the Byward market, Jason did a great job teaching, showing and entertaining us.He had us laughing most of the way. The trip included stops at the Canadian Mint, Notre Dame Basilica and a boat trip on the Ottawa river. We met another couple, who we clicked with immediately, It was a great trip, made even better by our guide and trip companions.
          Written July 4, 2019
        • tenberg
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Ottawa
          We really enjoyed the personal tour experience. The guides were very informative and friendly. We got more than we expected. I particularly enjoyed The Mint and The West Block.
          Written May 11, 2019
        • carissalc
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Best way to see Ottawa!
          Had the most wonderful day with our tour guide Carwyn who was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The day tour was very well set out and we had plenty of time to see everything. This was my second tour with SeeSight and I would highly recommend it to anyone! 10/10!!
          Written December 26, 2018
        • kurt f
          0 contributions
          4.0 of 5 bubbles
          Tour
          Our tour person Carwyn was a very nice young lad, he was very informative and had a great sense of humor. You can somwhat customize your tour with this service so that is another plus as well. It is a good way to see the city attractions.
          Written September 16, 2018
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        gerard h
        1 contribution
        1.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jun 2022
        The only thing good about the city highlights tour with an Ottawa river cruise was our tour guide Andrew..who kept apologizing for the total screwup on this tour. We booked through Bookings.com and what was offered during the tour does not match
        SEE Sight Tours. Andrew stated that they have contacted Bookings.com to update
        their site with the new tour information. Very disappointed tour. examples:
        NO Royal Canadian Mint guided tour , Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica was not open..
        bookings.com said we would be able to admire the grand interiors, boat ride on the
        Ottawa river didn't happen instead the boat ride was on the Rideau Canal. At this point we skipped the walk around the parliament builds and walked back to our Hotel. Andrew notified us that we would be receiving a partial refund on what we paid for this tour? Have not received anything as of today June 30th. WE took the tour on June 26. Please be careful when booking tours with Bookings.com what they advertise is not what you get on this Ottawa tour.
        Written June 30, 2022
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        Kelly C
        Seattle, WA8 contributions
        3.0 of 5 bubbles
        Aug 2022 • Family
        Unfortunately our guide did not seem to know the city very well. They were friendly and talkative but shared a number of personal stories I would have preferred my child not have heard. We drove right past the National Gallery and Notre Dame and the guide was so busy telling a personal story they didn’t even mention these significant landmarks. I had to interrupt a personal story to ask about the bells on City Hall and they didn’t know the answer to my question. They also seemed to have some negative biases that they did not do a good job of keeping to themselves. We did see areas of the City we hadn’t seen but certainly would have enjoyed the tour more if we had a more informed guide who would have shared more positive information with us about the incredible sights around Ottawa.
        Written August 7, 2022
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        John T
        Lenoir City, TN211 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jul 2023 • Family
        Great way to see and learn more about Ottawa! Tyler, our guide was on time, polite and knowledgeable. He was very entertaining and quick to point out interesting events such as boats locking though the canal and the changing of the guard that we just happened upon. This is a great option for kids as it is a quick paced tour covering much about a great city.
        Written July 13, 2023
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        Stelios K
        1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jun 2023
        Andrew was an excellent tour driver! He was very passionate about describing the history of Ottawa through its landmarks and made the trip very enjoyable! The included cruise was really beautiful to get a more well rounded view of the city. Would recommend as a starting experience for people trying to learn Ottawa.
        Written June 12, 2023
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        Alan G
        San Antonio, TX118 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        We did tours in Montreal, Quebec City and Ottawa on this trip to Canada and this was by far the most enjoyable and informative. The small group certainly helps and Andrew is an enthusiastic, knowledgeable and personable guide.
        With a combination of driving, cruising and walking,it has no slow spots.
        It does cost more than other tours, but certainly worth it.
        Written August 13, 2023
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        JOYSKR
        Washington DC, DC160 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        This was a small group tour and it only ended up being my friend and myself. Attentive tour guide, Andrew, gave us a great overview of the city. The boat guide was quite hilarious with his storytelling. We got to see the beautiful serenity of the city from the boat and enjoy people watching.
        Written June 20, 2022
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        Q1002PLnicolep
        Coffs Harbour, Australia11 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jun 2023 • Couples
        We had an amazing morning tour of Ottawa! With Catherine. She picked us up in a van right at our hotel. Instantly you knew she was very knowledgeable and passionate about the history of Ottawa.
        Everything was included which was a drive into Gatineau, Parliament Hill, drive though Rockliffe Park. We then went on the river cruise.
        After this we went on a walking tour of Parliament Hill, with Catherine her enthusiasm and passion was inspiring. She loved a laugh and made the tour fun and interesting.
        We would highly recommend this small group tour to anyone that's interested in seeing Canada's capital.
        Written June 30, 2023
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        Kristian Blanchard
        Tega Cay, SC94 contributions
        2.0 of 5 bubbles
        The quality of a tour depends upon the tour guide. This tour was very bad because the guide just moved to Canada a year ago. He knew little or nothing about Canadian history. It was basically a drive-by, here is a building, here is another building. A photo shoot. No history, or explanation of events. The canal tour was great, because there was a different guide on the canal. Save your money and time, take a separate city and canal tour.
        Written September 7, 2023
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        Thomas M
        Mount Pleasant, SC54 contributions
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        May 2024 • Couples
        This tour was not totally as advertised. We were not picked up in a van but in a compact Toyota Corolla, a bit snug for the four of us. Our tour guide was pleasant and well-meaning, but she had only been on the job for a week and was lacking in detailed knowledge of Ottawa's history. We don't blame our guide for lacking this knowledge, we blame the tour operator for inadequately preparing her. The Rideau boat cruise at the end of the tour was pleasant and the guide on the boat was quite knowledgable and entertaining. Given the price of the tour, we expected a better vehicle and a better-trained guide.
        Written May 20, 2024
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        Steven B
        Sudbury, Canada6 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Aug 2023 • Couples
        We had a wonderful tour of Ottawa/Gatineau thanks to our knowledgeable your guide Katherine! Walking about 3.5km, and seeing sights such as the outside of parliament, supreme court, history museum, and so many monuments, and also having a driving tour of many famous streets, and seeing the locations of important Canadian historical buildings / embassies.
        The river cruise was a lot of fun as well, and very knowledgeable! Thanks for everything.
        Written August 7, 2023
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