Canadian railway - Canadian train

Highlights of Eastern Canada

8

days

starting from US $2,590per person

Choose your own activities and experiences to enjoy.

Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.

Tour Eastern Canada’s most spectacular cities on this 8-day railway adventure. It all begins in Montreal, a bilingual metropolis filled with ornate architecture, enthralling museums and some of the country’s finest restaurants. Travel to Quebec City and soak up the historic sights while getting a taste of Francophone culture before heading to lively Halifax. And during this trip, you’ll be treated to stunning countryside views as you relax inside your comfortable train cabin.

Highlights of Eastern Canada – Map Evening view of the hotel Frontenac in Quebec City Sailboats in Quebec port and views of the city Kayaker waves to a passing train along the St. Lawrence river VIA Rail 'Ocean' train travelling through the counrtyside Sailboat passing a lighthouse in Nova Scotia Tall ship in the Canadian Maritimes
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Trip at a glance

Arrive Montreal
2 nights Montreal
2 nights Quebec City
1 night VIA Rail
2 nights Halifax
Depart Halifax

Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive in Montreal
A friendly driver greets you at Montreal’s airport before taking you to your stylish hotel. Admire the view from Mount Royal or enjoy a meal in the fresh air on one of the terraces of St. Denis Street. Become intoxicated by Montreal’s unique blend of French-Canadian culture and an eclectic artsy vibe.

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.

Day 2 – Exploring 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:
Small Group Montreal Tour
Get a full overview of Montreal on a special small group tour, 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 Mon and Wed start days of this trip. For Saturdays, ask for alternate sightseeing options by vehicle.
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 culinary masterpieces and hidden gems of Montreal. Try some tasty morsels, and learn the story of the culinary roots and the communities formed in Montreal.
Activity rating: Moderate

Day 3 – Travel from Montreal to Quebec City
Gaze out the window at the beautiful scenery as you travel from Montreal to historic Quebec City by train. One of the oldest communities in the country, Quebec City will make you feel like you have travelled across the pond to Europe with its cobblestone streets and massive stone walls. Your guide will meet you at the train station and take you to your hotel.

Day 4 – In Quebec City – Experience French Canadian Culture
A full day in Quebec City gives you a chance to discover the historic city walls, cobble stone streets, and century old buildings that give Quebec City its old-world air. There is nowhere else like this in North America.

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 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! 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

Day 5 – Journey into the heart of Quebec’s Countryside
You have 3 options from which to choose today to help you enjoy Quebec.

• Option 1: Private Countryside Tour
Travel back in time to charming rural Quebec with a sightseeing guide today. Discover Quebec's famous shrine at St. Anne de Beaupre, then gaze in wonder at beautiful Montmorency Falls. Finally, savour a visit on the Isle D'Orléans, discovered by Jacques Cartier in 1535, where the picturesque village of Sainte-Pétronille, with its 19th century rural atmosphere, waits to be rediscovered again.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Bicycle Tour to Montmorency Falls
Discover Maizrets Park, Beauport Bay and enjoy incredible views of the St Lawrence River. This 25kms loop tour also includes a cable car ride to the top of Montmorency Falls – 30 feet higher than Niagara Falls. This option is for those who prefer to be active on vacation.
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 3: Quebec City at Leisure & 4-Course Traditional Quebecois Dinner
Some might say the best way to enjoy a new city is to simply follow your nose and see where your adventure takes you. Perhaps your nose will lead you to J.A Moisan, North America’s oldest grocer. Pick up some treats from the deli and head to a nearby greenspace for an impromptu picnic. This evening dine in the historic Maison Jacquet built in 1675. Several prominent figures from Canadian History are said to have dwelled here – feel their influence and sense their
presence as you dine on traditional Quebecois cuisine!
Activity rating: Easy

After a full day of exploring, you board VIA Rail’s Ocean Train this evening and settle into your cozy private cabin. You’re rocked to sleep as you leave French Canada behind and travel to Halifax. Overnight on board in your private cabin.

Day 6 – Arriving in Halifax
Wake up in your train car and look out the window – you will be greeted with views of the vast blue Atlantic Ocean, rolling green hills and the simple clapboard houses of quaint Maritime villages. Admire the view from the panoramic dome car as you make your way to the historic city of Halifax.

Day 7 – Touring Nova Scotia
The gorgeous province of Nova Scotia has a rich Celtic heritage and a fascinating history that is intrinsically linked to the sea. Discover the nearby fishing villages and rugged coastlines. Savour some of the local seafood to commemorate the last night of your Canadian train journey.

Choose from the following
3 options to help you explore the area around Halifax today:

• Option 1: Private Peggy’s Cove Tour
Enjoy a privately guided tour to see the quaint lighthouse village of Peggy’s Cove. Visit this iconic lighthouse and bask in its Maritime glow as you watch fishermen sail in and out to sea.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Afternoon Winery Escape
Wine Country is not only found in California or France, but right outside Halifax in the stunning Annapolis Valley! Indulge in this Nova Scotia wine experience and enjoy aromatic whites, cool climate reds and award winning sparkling. Also included is a cheese tasting along the way.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 3: Historic Halifax Photo Tour
This tour is catered to all abilities, from the absolute beginner to seasoned professional. If you simply travel with your camera phone or iPad, your tour guide will teach you how to get the very best photos with texture and depth. This enriching tour showcases old maps, photographs and paintings to tell the story of this historic (and sometimes bizarre) area. The tour guides endeavor to take you off the beaten path to great vantage points while incorporating special events and local festivals to make the most of your snapshots and experience Halifax like a local! Highly recommended!
Activity rating: Moderate

Day 8 – Leaving Halifax
Wave goodbye to the wild East coast of Canada and catch your flight from the Halifax airport. Your Canadian journey will leave you with memories that you’ll enjoy for a lifetime.

What we love about this trip

Traveling on board a VIA Rail train
Gilding through the gorgeous Quebec countryside
Visiting the historic and cultural sights of Quebec City, Montreal and Nova Scotia
Seeing the diverse and beautiful landscapes of Eastern & Atlantic Canada
Staying in a great selection of luxurious hotels

What's Included

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

Montreal guided tour - Montreal guided tour
Montreal guided tour
Old Quebec City tour - Old Quebec City tour
Old Quebec City tour
Quebec countryside tour - Quebec countryside tour
Quebec countryside tour
One of Nova Scotia local tours - One of Nova Scotia local tours
One of Nova Scotia local tours
Train Experiences:
• Daytime journey onboard VIA Rail's Corridor Train from Montreal to Quebec City*
• Sleeper Plus Class onboard The Ocean train from Quebec City to Halifax

* Economy for Comfort guests, Business Class for Boutique and Deluxe guests

Accommodations:
• 6 nights of hotel accommodation
• 1 night in a private cabin onboard VIA Rail

Montreal Experiences:
Choose 1 of 3 activities:
1. Montreal Highlights by Bike
2. Private Walking Food Tour
3. Small Group Sightseeing Tour*
*
Small group tour runs on Mon and Wed start days of this trip. For Saturday starts, ask for alternate sightseeing options by vehicle.

Quebec City Experiences:
Choose 1 of 3 activities:
1. Sightseeing Walking Tour
2. Walking Food Tour
3. Sightseeing Tour by Bus
Plus
Choose 1 of 3 Quebec City activities on day 2:
1. Privately Guided Countryside Tour (additional cost)
2. Bike Tour to Montmorency Falls
3. Free Day, plus Feature Dinner

Halifax Experiences:
Choose 1 of 3 activities:
1. Private Halifax Sightseeing Tour
2. Historic Halifax Photo Tour
3. Annapolis Valley Wine Tasting Tour

Meal Inclusions:
• Feature Dinner in Montreal
• Breakfast and lunch on board VIA Rail train between Quebec City and Halifax

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

Other Inclusions:
• Gratuities on most private tours and transfers (unless otherwise noted)
• Documentation package
• Friendly and dedicated Fresh Tracks Canada customer service - you are assigned your own personal Vacation Coordinator after you book.

Seasonal Restrictions:
• Small Group tour in Montreal is available from the May 23 on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday departures.
• Privately Guided Countryside Tour is available from the April 28 departure date.

 

Not Included

• Airfare (please don’t hesitate to ask for help booking flights)
• Meals, other than those mentioned
• Gratuities for hotel, tour, rail & 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
Visiting Mont Tremblant resort town
Visiting Mont Tremblant resort town
Driving up the Saguenay Fjord
Driving up the Saguenay Fjord
• Business Class upgrade for Panorama Lounge access at the train station, priority boarding, bar service and meals, including alcoholic drinks served on board the train
• Add on a car rental and drive to the Saguenay Fjord for some stunning views and whale watching experience
• Spend a few days driving through and exploring the charming Eastern Townships of Quebec
• Add some extra time to visit the Laurentian Mountains near Montreal, including Mont Tremblant
• Drive around Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia to explore one of the most beautiful parts of Canada
• Spend some extra time in Quebec City

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

2018 Dates starting in Montreal
Mon, Wed, Sat
Apr 2, 4, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30
May 2, 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28, 30
June 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 30
July   2, 4, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30
August 1, 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27, 29
September 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29
October 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24

* Limited availability over the period of June 8, 9, and 10. Please ask for a custom quote during this time. Surcharges and date restrictions apply during the Montreal Grand Prix in June.

Comfort Level Hotels
from US $2,590to US $3,229per 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 $2,880to US $3,553per 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 $3,190to US $4,314per 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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