Toronto and Montreal Like a Local

Toronto and Montreal Like a Local

5

days

starting from US $1,890per person

Choose your own activities and experiences to enjoy.

Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.

Explore Canada’s most exciting cities on this short, action packed adventure. You’ll tour the colourful and quirky neighbourhoods of Toronto, before traveling by train to historic French-Canadian Montreal. Gastronomic adventures, brewpubs, urban art, and bike tours fill up this unique experience.

Toronto and Montreal Like a Local – Map Toronto skyline and the CN Tower Toronto Island bicycle tour Toronto food tour Niagara wine tour Complimentary service onboard VIA RAil Saint Lawrence river dinner cruise Montreal brewpub bicycle tour Montreal dining options are abundent Old Montreal Montreal
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Trip at a glance

Arrive Toronto
2 nights Toronto
2 nights Montreal 
Depart Montreal

Itinerary

This tour can be customized to your needs - please ask one of our local representatives for more information.

Day 1 – Your Canadian Adventure Begins – Arrive Toronto
Welcome to Toronto! Enjoy a private transfer service from the airport directly to your hotel. The funky and colorful neighborhoods of Toronto are waiting to be explored. 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! Overnight in Toronto.

Feature Dinner in Toronto
We want to make sure you eat at the best spot in Toronto – and what better spot than the CN tower? Marvel at the spectacular views as you eat world class cuisine. Relax, because you’re travelling the Fresh Tracks Canada way; we have the inside scoop to ensure your vacation is off to a great start!

Day 2 – Explore Toronto
You have
3 options to choose from to enjoy Toronto to the fullest:

• Option 1: Food Tour
For those who are curious, Toronto has a variety of culinary adventures to pick from. You could try a unique ‘pizza tour’ that tours three different neighborhoods and six different pizzerias. An Old Chinatown Food Tour where you can try; Vietnamese, Cantonese, Szechwan, Thai, Mandarin, Shanghai and Beijing delicacies. There is also the option to venture to the Corktown, Canary and Distillery District, a neighbourhood that began in the 19th century as home to Irish immigrants. Learn about the industrial Victorian architecture that surrounds you and hear tales of inhabitants past - and of course sample some delicious foods along the way including ‘the best dark chocolate in the world’.
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 2: Twilight Toronto Island Tour by Bike
A short ferry ride hop across the harbor and you reach the beautiful Toronto Islands. By evening, the daytime crowds have retreated to the city, meaning you experience what few others do, the beauty of the islands after dusk!
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 3: Niagara-On-The-Lake Winery Tour
Travel the lush 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

Day 3 – VIA Rail’s Corridor Train to Montreal
As the train rocks and sways out of Toronto, you will start to notice more and more French words floating in the background. Journey towards the open farmland of eastern Quebec, chat with old friends and new, dip into a book, or do the crossword. This is what train travel in Canada and being on vacation is all about! Both your transfers to and from the train station are included today.

Arriving in bilingual Montreal, discover the cobbled streets of the Old Town, the shopping, and the entertainers outside sidewalk cafes. Overnight in Montreal.

Feature Dinner – Dinner Cruise
A unique option located out of the old port in Montreal, sit back and enjoy Nordic cuisine whilst sailing down the St. Lawrence River. Not only do you get a unique perspective on the city of Montreal, you also get to indulge in rich and distinct cooking with ingredients such as Nordic berries, winter cereals and wild plants. This fresh and authentic approach to cooking guarantees a memorable evening where all your senses are awakened!

Day 4 – Tour Montreal
You have
3 options to choose from to help you enjoy Montreal to its fullest.

• Option 1: Walking Food Tour
Explore a neighbourhood 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

• Option 2: Old Montreal Walking Tour
This isn’t your typical walking tour. You will be encouraged to look up, down, sideways and around, as you follow your guide through the backdoor of Old Montreal. You may go in one way, but you’ll be emerging from a different door to give you a truly unique and insightful look into Old Montreal. You will trace the history of how and why Old Montreal became the most important and wealthy district in Canada.
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 3: Brewpub Bike Tour
Enjoy a casual afternoon atop a comfortable dutch-style bike exploring the side-streets, laneways and parks of a beautiful and bike-friendly Montreal neighbourhood. Now add to that image stopping in on your guides favourite brewpubs to sample of the beers on tap. Don’t worry about being hungry, as your guide will have you covered with some treats to pair with your beverages.
Activity rating:
Moderate

Day 5 – With Fond Memories Made Depart Montreal
Say farewell to Canada's scenery, history and culture, as you transfer from your Montreal hotel to the airport in time for your flight home.

What we love about this trip

Sampling some of the best wines in Canada

Staying in beautiful Old Montreal – ‘The Hub of French Canada’

Exploring Toronto from the seat of a bicycle or with your tastebuds

Discover Montreal through the eyes of a local with an expert guide

Choice of tour options through Eastern Canada

What's Included

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

Dinner cruise along the Saint Lawrence River. - Dinner cruise along the Saint Lawrence River.
Dinner cruise along the Saint Lawrence River.
Business class onboard the train - Business class onboard the train
Business class onboard the train
Discovering the flavours of Montreal - Discovering the flavours of Montreal
Discovering the flavours of Montreal
Exploring Toronto on a choice of tours - Exploring Toronto on a choice of tours
Exploring Toronto on a choice of tours
Accommodation and rail service:
• 4 nights of hotel accommodation
• Business Class on VIA Rail’s ‘Corridor Train’, including a delicious lunch onboard the train

Sightseeing and activities:
Your choice of hand-picked activities in Toronto and Montreal

* 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 or operator schedules. Your Vacation Advisor can provide further details.

Dining experiences:
• Feature dinner in Toronto
• Feature dinner cruise in Montreal

Transfers:
• Personalized pick up from your arrival airport
• Personalized drop off at your departure airport
• All train station transfers

Additional inclusions:
• Gratuities for private transfer and tours (unless otherwise indicated)
• Documentation package
• Friendly and dedicated Fresh Tracks customer service

 

Not Included

• Airfare (but don’t hesitate to ask for help)
• Meals, other than those mentioned 
• Gratuities for hotel, rail and tour & transfer staff
• Trip Cancellation Insurance (highly recommended - ask us for a quote)
• 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...

Visiting Mont Tremblant resort town
Visiting Mont Tremblant resort town
Exploring charming coastal towns with a rental car
Exploring charming coastal towns with a rental car
Extend your stay with a visit to Quebec City
Extend your stay with a visit to Quebec City
Go whale watching in the Saguenay Fjord
Go whale watching in the Saguenay Fjord
• Spend a few days driving through the charming Eastern Townships of Quebec
• Add some extra time to visit the Laurentian Mountains near Montreal, including Mont Tremblant 
• Extend your stay and visit Quebec City to experience old world charm
• Add on a car rental and drive to the Saguenay Fjord for stunning views and whale watching experiences

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.

Le Germain Hotel Toronto Mercer - Le Germain Hotel Toronto Mercer LobbyLe Germain Hotel Toronto Mercer - Classic King RoomLe Germain Hotel Toronto Mercer - Victor Restaurant and BarLe Germain Hotel Toronto Mercer - Hotel Terrace

Le Germain Hotel Toronto Mercer

An example of our Boutique accommodations

Le Germain Hotel Toronto is at the heart of the entertainment district and within minutes of the CN Tower, theatres and trendy restaurants.

Auberge du Vieux Port - Exterior of the Auberge du Vieux PortAuberge du Vieux Port - Hotel LobbyAuberge du Vieux Port - Deluxe Room with King BedAuberge du Vieux Port - Waterfront views from your roomAuberge du Vieux Port - Conveniently located in the Old Port

Auberge du Vieux Port

An example of our Boutique accommodations

Classic 19th-century architecture make up Auberge du Vieux-Port's luxury boutique hotel. Enjoy the view of the Rue de La Commune, the St. Lawrence River and the Old Port. Explore the cobblestone streets surrounding the hotel, providing charm for over 300 years. Ideally located seconds from top restaurants, boutiques, galleries and attractions.

 

Prices & Dates

Trip Start dates
Runs daily from May 1 to October 13, 2017

The prices listed below are based on travel service and hotel class for this journey:
• Prices are per person, based on double occupancy; single, triple and child rates can be provided on request.
• Pricing is based on departure date, travel service and hotel class for this journey and may vary from your personalized itinerary.
• Please note that limited availability and surcharges will apply during the Montreal Grand Prix in June.
Boutique Level Hotels
from US $1,890to US $2,041per 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 Canada Vs. Others

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Why choose us?

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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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No one can be trusted more...

You'll feel confident when booking your vacation with our accreditation and consumer protection through the following organizations

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