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Montreal and Quebec City Getaway by Rail

5

days

starting from US $1,599per person

Choose your own activities and experiences to enjoy.

Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.

This exciting five-day trip combines funky and cosmopolitan Montreal with elegant and historic Quebec City - two of French Canada’s largest cities. Start with two days in Montreal before boarding The Corridor train to Quebec City, where you will explore the cobblestone streets for another two days. This journey is the best way to get a taste of the culture and scenery of French Canada.

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Trip at a glance

Arrive in Montreal
2 nights in Montreal
Rail trip to Quebec City
2 nights in Quebec City
Depart from Quebec City

Itinerary

Please note, like most of our Canada rail packages & tours, this eastern Canadian railroad vacation can be customized to your needs - just ask our local experts when you call.

Day 1 – Arrival in Montreal – Your Canada Train Trip Begins
Arrive in the exciting city of Montreal, where you will be picked up from the airport and transferred to your hotel. You’ll have a free day to explore this city at your leisure. Enjoy a cold beer in the sunshine on one of the patios of St. Catherine Street, watch the street performers or go out for the evening and enjoy the nightlife.

Feature Dinner in Montreal
Travelling can be tiring, and we want to make sure you don’t eat at the tourist trap restaurant across the street from your hotel. Sample the best food that Montreal has to offer; created with a certain ‘French flair’, showcasing the finest, freshest regional products. Relax – you’re in good hands with Fresh Tracks Canada. As an alternative option, upgrade to a Dinner Cruise for a unique dining experience along the St. Lawrence River.

Day 2 – Montreal
Bienvenue à Montréal! The city of Montreal features classic European charm with a Canadian twist. Spend today exploring the sights, including the gorgeous architecture and ornate interior of the Notre Dame Basilica. You’ll love the fascinating blend of old and new here in Montreal, from the stone buildings to the modern skyscrapers.

You have
3 options to choose from today to help you enjoy Montreal to its fullest.

• Option 1: Hop on/Hop off Bus Tour
Hit all the snapshot stops along this route that takes in landmarks including the Notre Dame Basilica, Bonsecours Market and Mont Royal Park. You oversee your itinerary and can hop on and hop off as much as you like for the full day!
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Montreal Highlights by Bike
A 3-hour tour by bike that takes in major sights and neighborhoods. Hear interesting snippets on histories and anecdotes about the areas you visit. Of course, you’re going to build up an appetite, and this tour takes you to a farmer’s market where you can indulge in a delicious picnic topped off with a pastry or ice-cream.
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 3:
Walking Food Tour
Explore ‘The Main’ – Canada’s answer to The Lower East Side, where you will find culinary masterpieces of French, British, Chinese, Eastern European, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Latin American and North African Heritage. As well as trying some tasty morsels, this tour tells the story of the arrival of these groups of immigrants, their roots and the communities they formed in Montreal. Visit landmarks, ethnic grocers, delis and specialty shops, lunch counters and mom & pop spots along the way. A tour for those who enjoy experiencing a city like a local and getting off the beaten path.
Activity rating: Moderate

Day 3 – VIA Rail Canada – Montreal to Quebec City
This morning, listen to the whistle calling as you board the comfortable and well-appointed Corridor train - bound for historic Quebec City. Settle into a cozy window seat and watch the scenery go by. You’ll travel along the northern shore of the St. Lawrence before crossing the Trois-Rivieres and then the picturesque town of Cap-de-la-Madeleine. When you arrive in historic Quebec City, you could be forgiven for thinking that you are in Europe - this place is filled with cobblestone buildings and French-inspired architecture.

Day 4 - Quebec City
Your Quebec train vacation continues with wonderful excursions exploring one of Canada’s most historic settlements - Quebec City.

Today you have 3 options to choose from to help you enjoy Quebec and its surrounding area to its fullest.

• Option 1: Quebec Bus Tour
Spend the day discovering Quebec City’s French Canadian culture. From your comfortable seat, marvel at the beautiful architecture of the fortified city, visit historic sites commemorating the battles between French and English, and enjoy a delightful sightseeing bus tour to experience this unique city.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Private Military Walking Tour
A great option for history buffs, this tour allows you to discover Quebec City’s role as a military city and learn how various conflicts and sieges have shaped the 400-year-old capital. Visit the Citadel and its associated museum to hear of soldiers’ testimonies, and view photos and videos of various conflicts that the Royal 22e Regiment has been involved in since its creation in 1914. From July to the beginning of September you may also see the changing of the guard. Visit the Plains of Abraham where the well-known battle took place between the French and British Armies in 1759.
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 3: The Food Tour – Canadian Signature Experience
So confident are the folks that run this tour – that they simply called it ‘The Food Tour’ – the only food tour you will need to take! Ready your taste buds, because this tour covers seven different venues, and you will sample about 15 different products. Expect to try food of French Canadian origin at venues named Le Tournebroche (organic rotisserie), La Buche (Traditional Quebecois Cuisine) and Creperie le Billig (Crepes) and
Le Moine Échanson (Organic wine).
Activity rating: Moderate

Spend the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight in a Quebec City hotel.

Day 5 – Depart from Quebec City
You’ve seen much of French Canada’s charms in only five days and now your journey has come to an end. We will transfer you from your hotel to the airport so that you can board your flight home with plenty of great stories to share from your Canadian vacation.

What we love about this trip

Embrace the ‘joie de vivre’ of Montreal - one of the most culturally vibrant and artistic cities in Canada

Fall in love with the old-fashioned elegance of Quebec City

Take the Corridor Train through the scenic Quebec landscape

Dine at award-winning restaurants and relax in fantastic hotels

What's Included

Here are the things to look forward to on this trip...

Daytime tour on Via Rail 'Corridor' train - Daytime tour on Via Rail 'Corridor' train
Daytime tour on Via Rail 'Corridor' train
Montreal sightseeing tour - Montreal sightseeing tour
Montreal sightseeing tour
St Lawrence River cruise - St Lawrence River cruise
St Lawrence River cruise
Accommodations & rail service:
•4 nights of hotel accommodation
• Daytime rail journey on VIA Rail’s Corridor Train - Montreal to Quebec City*

* Economy for comfort class (ask us about upgrading), Business class including 3 course meals & wine for Boutique and Deluxe guests.

Sightseeing & Activities:*
• Your choice of hand-picked activities in Montreal and Quebec*

* Price of your trip may vary depending on activity choices
* Some activities may not be available on all trip start dates, due to seasonal weather conditions. Your Vacation Advisor can provide further details.

Dining experiences:
• Feature Dinner in Montreal (optional upgrade to Dinner Cruise)
• Meal service for business class guests on the Corridor Train

Transfers:
• Private arrival and departure airport transfers, including meet & greet on day one
• Private transfers between hotels and rail stations

Additional Inclusions:
• Gratuities for most private tours and transfers (unless otherwise noted)
• Documentation package
• Friendly and dedicated Fresh Tracks Canada customer service

Important Seasonal Restrictions:
• Limited availability and price surcharges will apply during the Montreal Grand Prix (June 11, 12, 13)

 

Not Included

• Meals and attractions, unless otherwise specified
• Some driver gratuities
• Trip Cancellation Insurance
• Canadian sales taxes

 

 

Customize this trip a little, or a lot...

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Work with us to personalize this trip by adding some amazing side trips & activities, like...

Taking the train to the Charlevoix region
Taking the train to the Charlevoix region
Driving up the Saguenay Fjord
Driving up the Saguenay Fjord
Visiting Mont Tremblant resort town
Visiting Mont Tremblant resort town
• Comfort guests can choose to upgrade to Business class onboard the train between Montreal and Quebec City
• Choose to extend your trip - spend more time in Montreal or Quebec City, or ask us to arrange a visit to some of Quebec’s spectacular mountain regions
• Add on a gourmet multi course meal in Quebec City
• Add on a car rental and spend a few days exploring the charming Eastern Townships

Accommodation Options

Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodation options. Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.

Auberge Bonaparte - Classic boutique style hotel roomAuberge Bonaparte - Charming interior of the hotel

Auberge Bonaparte

An example of our Comfort Level hotel accommodations

The Auberge Bonaparte is offers historic charm in Old Montreal, with a rooftop terrace as well as an award-winning French restaurant. Enjoy a full complimentary breakfast during your stay.

Hotel Place d’Armes - Exterior of Place D’ArmesHotel Place d’Armes - Suite 701 serving modern brasserie cuisineHotel Place d’Armes - Dining and drinks al fresco on the terraceHotel Place d’Armes - Chic and elegant roomsHotel Place d’Armes - Modern bathroom

Hotel Place d’Armes

An example of our Boutique Hotel accommodations

This hotel exemplifies the culture, charm and sophistication of Montreal, offering luxury and exceptional service. It boasts art galleries and boutiques and has a fascinating history that goes back three centuries.

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac - Enjoy gorgeous views of St. Lawrence RiverFairmont Le Chateau Frontenac - Fairmont RoomFairmont Le Chateau Frontenac - Indoor PoolFairmont Le Chateau Frontenac - Hotel exterior

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac

An example of our Deluxe accommodations

One of the most iconic buildings in Old Quebec City, the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac offers gorgeous views of the St. Lawrence River. Guests will feel pampered as they enjoy three restaurants, two lounges, a fitness room, a spa, shops and a whirlpool.

 

Prices & Dates

Trip Start Dates
Daily Departures from Montreal, Quebec

Pricing table guide
• Prices are per person based on double occupancy
• Double means two people sharing a room
• Surcharges and date restrictions may apply to Christmas holiday period, the Quebec City winter carnival, and the Montreal Grand Prix

Comfort Level Hotels
from US $1,599to US $1,727per person

Our Comfort Level vacations include our favorite 3 star hotels, in great locations. Combined with our unique sightseeing tours and personalized service, you’ll receive exceptional value, a step above what you might expect anywhere else.

Boutique Level Hotels
from US $1,850to US $1,998per person

Our Boutique Level provides amazing value for clients wanting something more upscale but not at the price of a top-end 5 star resort. Boutique Level hotels are some of our favorites because of the character and unique charm that you won't find at the average chain hotel. Private drivers and unique tours complete your itinerary.

Fresh Tracks Favorite
Deluxe Level Hotels
from US $2,495to US $2,695per person

On our Deluxe Level vacation, it's likely you'll be staying at one of the iconic Canadian Fairmont Hotels in a room with a view. Built for the Canadian Pacific Railway in the early 20th century, these hotels are luxurious and full of history – ensuring an experience you'll never forget. Enjoy unique sightseeing experiences and the insider detail that only Fresh Tracks Canada can provide.

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