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Canadian History and Culture by Rail

10

days

starting from US $3,690per person

Choose your own activities and experiences to enjoy.

Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.

Ontario and Quebec are featured in this relaxing and enlightening journey. This tour offers a fascinating blend of artistic and culturally rich cities to explore, as well as time spent in the spectacular countryside of Quebec and Ontario. You will visit several of the best cities in Eastern Canada, including Montreal, Toronto, Niagara on the Lake, Ottawa and Quebec City. Enjoy wine tastings, museums and galleries and then take time to reflect in comfort on the train as you watch small villages, lakes, forests and rolling farmland pass by.

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Trip at a glance

Arrive in Toronto
2 nights in
Niagara-on-the-Lake
1 night in Toronto
2 nights in Ottawa
2 nights in Montreal
2 nights in Quebec City

Itinerary

Please note, this trip can be customized to your needs - just ask one of our local experts when you call.

Day 1 – Arrive in Niagara on the Lake – Your Canadian Railway Vacation Begins
Arrive in the bustling metropolis of Toronto and get ready to enjoy your exciting Canadian adventure. Travel directly to the charming town of Niagara on the Lake, located on the shores of Lake Ontario and surrounded by flowers and rolling vineyards. Get settled in your warm, welcoming accommodation and then head out to explore the town.

Feature Dinner in Niagara-on-the-Lake
You have travelled a long way today, and we want to make sure your vacation is off to the best start! Take delight in cuisine inspired by locally sourced products from the fertile Niagara region. Sip and savor award winning wines expertly paired with your meal. Relax, as you start to make great memories from the very beginning of your holiday.

Day 2 – Niagara Falls or Niagara Wine Tasting
What inspires you more today - a chance to sip some of the region’s finest wines or a glimpse at a world-famous waterfall?

Today you have
2 options from which to choose for exploring the Niagara region.

• Option 1: Niagara Falls Tour
On a small bus, venture to picture postcard Niagara Falls. Visit all the highlights of the area - The Upper Rapids, Niagara Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and Table Rock. Also included is a thrilling ride on the world famous Hornblower (formerly the Maid of the Mist). This tour also includes a buffet lunch.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Niagara Wine Tour
Travel the lush rolling green wine country in the Niagara Peninsula on this delightful wine tour. You will visit two renowned Niagara wineries and enjoy a wine tasting as well as a tour of each winery. This tour also includes lunch at a charming eatery on the Niagara Parkway.
Activity rating: Easy

Stay overnight in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Day 3 – Onward to Toronto
As you travel back to the ‘big city’ this morning, the funky and colorful neighborhoods of Toronto are waiting to be explored. Spend the day at your leisure and discover what lies behind Toronto’s famous skyline. From a visit to the bustling St. Lawrence Market to the many vibrant neighborhoods this city has to offer there is no shortage of things to see.

Feature Dinner in Toronto
This evening go up the CN tower and enjoy an unforgettable three course dinner combined with an outstanding revolving view of Toronto more than 350 metres (1,150 ft) below. Don’t forget to plan some extra time before your meal to enjoy the glass floor outdoor terrace. Overnight in Toronto.

Day 4 – VIA Rail’s Corridor to Ottawa
Wake up in the exciting atmosphere of Toronto and enjoy a day tour of this vibrant metropolis. On this adventure, you will see some of the city highlights, including the Casa Loma, the CN Tower, the shores of Lake Ontario, Yorkville and the Eaton Centre.

In the afternoon, your train journey along the shores of Lake Ontario will begin. Relax in the comfortable VIA rail train as you travel through thick forests, across rushing rivers, through quaint villages and past grain towers and old barns. Stay overnight at a lovely hotel in Ottawa.

Day 5 – In Ottawa – Canada’s Capital City
The federal capital of Canada has plenty to explore. Check out the priceless masterpieces at the National Art Gallery and the fascinating historical displays at the Museum of Civilization and the Canadian War Museum.

You have
3 options to choose from to enjoy Ottawa to its fullest.

• Option 1: Private Sightseeing
With an expert local guide, you’ll see the highlights of Ottawa on a tour catered to your interests. Whether you’d like to visit museums, gardens, see the parliament buildings, or visit eateries, our guide has got you covered.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Walking Tour
Why not take a leisurely stroll around Ottawa on this guided walking tour. Visit Parliament Hilll, The National War Memorial, Sparks Street, The Byward Market and other major city highlights.
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 3: Ottawa Bike Tour
Experience Ottawa in a slightly different way – hit all the highlights and enjoy fabulous vistas of the Rideau Canal and Ottawa River, cycling over the Portage Bridge and incredible views of Quebec’s Gatineau Hills.
Activity rating: Moderate

Day 6 – Train to Montreal
Say goodbye to historic and cultured Ottawa and relax in your comfortable seat on the train as it takes you across the border into Quebec. Watch huge expanses of rolling farmland dotted with small villages roll past your window while you enjoy the atmosphere on the train - sip a coffee, chat with friends or catch up on your reading.

Arrive in the thriving city of Montreal, a bilingual metropolis rich in art and culture. Take some time to wander the cobblestone streets of the Old Town, watch the street performers or go shopping. Stay overnight in Montreal.

Feature Dinner in Montreal
Bonaparte restaurant is a perennial favorite of ours, and of our past travelers! Savor mouthwatering French cuisine in this charming little nook, situated in the Old City.

Day 7 – Tour Montreal
Montreal is a unique and fascinating city. It is the only French-speaking major city in North America and it brings together cultural influences from all over the world. The choice is yours today.

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

• Option 1: Montreal Small Group Sightseeing Tour
Get a full overview of Montreal on a special small group tour by Sprinter Van, including dedicated driver and plus expert tour guide. This 6-hour tour gives you plenty of time to relax and enjoy the sights along the way, without being rushed.
Note: small group tour runs on Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun start dates of this trip. Bus tour will be substituted on alternate days.
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:
Private Walking Food Tour
Taste your way through Old Montréal and discover specialty shops and boutiques. As you follow the narrow and winding streets, indulge in culinary delights whilst learning about the city’s unique history.
Activity rating: Moderate

In the afternoon, you can take your time and explore Montreal at your leisure – enjoy the lively ‘joie de vivre’ atmosphere. Relax in a sidewalk cafe on Rue St. Denis to sip gourmet coffee while doing some “people watching.” Overnight in a Montreal hotel.

Day 8 – Montreal to Quebec City
Quebec City is one of the oldest cities in Canada and it was fought over by the French and English in the early days of Canadian history. Today you will travel on the train from Montreal to Quebec City, a journey that will take you past the pretty town of Cap-de-la-Madeleine.

When you arrive in Quebec City you will almost feel like you have made it all the way to Europe, as the cobbled streets and stone buildings have an old-world atmosphere. Admire the mountains on the horizon, peruse lovely local shops and galleries and discover Quebec City’s charms.

Day 9 – Quebec City
Spend a full day discovering Quebec City’s French Canadian culture. Marvel at the beautiful architecture of the fortified city, visit historic sites commemorating the battles between French and English, and discover the many quirky local shops and galleries.

Today you have 3 options to choose from to help you enjoy Quebec City to the fullest.

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

• Option 2: Private Walking Tour
On a leisurely walking tour, explore the unique art, architecture, and history of Quebec City’s upper and lower towns. Your guide is equally passionate and knowledgeable about their home town.
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! This tour covers seven different venues, and samples about 15 different products. Try food of French Canadian origin from crepes to organic wine.
Activity rating: Moderate

Day 10 – Departure
Your Canadian train journey might be coming to an end, but the memories that you have made on your trip will last forever. Say goodbye to the friends you have made on the journey and head to Quebec City Airport to catch your flight home.

What we love about this trip

Travel on the comfortable VIA rail train through the gorgeous Quebec and Ontario countryside
Daily departures available for your convenience
Stunning Quebec countryside
Visit several exciting Eastern Canada destinations including Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec City, Niagara Region and rural Quebec

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
Niagara Falls tour - Niagara Falls tour
Niagara Falls tour
Toronto hop-on hop-off tour - Toronto hop-on hop-off tour
Toronto hop-on hop-off tour
Ottawa step-on step-off tour - Ottawa step-on step-off tour
Ottawa step-on step-off tour
Train Experiences:*
Daytime journeys onboard VIA Rail’s Corridor Train - Toronto / Montreal / Quebec City

Accommodations:
9 nights of hotel accommodation

Included Tours:

Niagara Experiences:
Choose 1 of 2 activities:
1. Deluxe wine tasting or
2. Niagara Falls sightseeing

Ottawa Experiences:
Choose 1 of 3 activities:
1. Bicycle Tour
2. Historical Walking Tour
3. Private Sightseeing Tour

*Montreal Experiences:
Choose 1 of 3 activities:
1. Montreal Highlights by Bike
2. Walking Food Tour
3. Small Group Sightseeing Tour (runs on certain days)*
*
Small group tour runs on Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun start dates of this trip. Bus tour will be substituted on alternate days.

Quebec City Experiences:
Choose 1 of 3 activities:
1. Walking Tour
2. Walking Food Tour
3. Sightseeing Tour by Bus

Dining Experiences:
Dinner at the CN Tower
Feature Dinner at Niagara on the Lake
Feature Dinner in Montreal

Transfer Inclusions:*
Bus transfer from Toronto airport to Niagara-on-the-Lake
Bus transfer from Niagara-on-the-Lake to downtown Toronto
Private transfer to Quebec City’s airport, in time for your flight home
All train station transfers

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

* Note:
✔ Comfort level hotel prices include Economy class on VIA Rail.
✔ Boutique and Deluxe level hotel prices include Business Class on VIA Rail
✔ Comfort and Boutique level hotel prices include bus transfers between Toronto and Niagara
✔ Deluxe level hotel price includes private transfers

Seasonal Restrictions:
• Ottawa bicycle tour is available between May 1 and September 28 departure dates.
• Montreal small group sightseeing tour is available from May 18 to Oct 24, on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday departure dates
• Montreal highlights by Bike tour is available between March 26 to October 25 departure dates.
• Quebec City walking food tour is available between December 26 to December 6 departure dates.

 

Not Included

• Meals, other than those mentioned
• Airfare (but don’t hesitate to ask for help)
• Gratuities for rail, hotel, tour & transfer staff
• Trip Cancellation Insurance (highly recommended)
• 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
Extra nights in your destinations
Extra nights in your destinations
Driving up the Saguenay Fjord
Driving up the Saguenay Fjord
Visiting Mont Tremblant resort town
Visiting Mont Tremblant resort town
• Upgrade to Business Class for access to the Panorama Lounge at the train station, priority boarding, and meals and bar service, including alcoholic drinks served by an attendant onboard the train
• Add some time in Montreal to visit the Laurentian mountains, including Mont Tremblant
• Rent a car and drive up the stunning Saguenay Fjord to explore the parks or take in some whale watching
• Add on a car rental and spend a few days exploring the charming Eastern Townships in Quebec
• Spend some extra time in Quebec City and visit the charming island - Ile d’Orleans - for spectacular views, local artisans and gourmet local fare

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

Daily departures from Toronto

*Limited availability and surcharges may apply during the Grand Prix in Montreal (June). Please call your advisor for details.

Comfort Level Hotels
from US $3,690to US $3,985per 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 $4,190to US $4,525per 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 $4,890to US $5,281per 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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We don't use online booking – instead we use technology to put visitors directly in touch with our Canadian travel insiders because we believe the best vacations are personal.

Online booking sites and local travel agencies focus on multiple destinations – we focus only on Canada because it's our home and we know it better than anyone else.

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