Canada’s Eastern Rail Classic

8

days

per person from $ 1,796

Star Rating 5

5 of 5 stars (9 reviews)

Experience vibrant Montreal at the start of your Eastern Canada rail journey Then the delights of charming Quebec City After a taste of French Canadian cities, voyage on the train into the heart of Charlevoix Enjoy the friendly service on the train and perhaps see a whale breach out of St. Lawrence. Travel for one night onboard the Via Rail 'Ocean' train to Nova Scotia To arrive in the maritime city of Halifax with all the coastal beauty to discover.
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The ‘Bear’ Essentials

This is one of our perennial favorite Canadian rail vacation packages. Imagine experiencing tours of bilingual Montreal, historic Quebec City, beautiful Charlevoix, and coastal Halifax - all in just over a week. Travel between each destination by train, sitting in comfort as you watch the breathtaking scenery pass by. An overnight Canadian train journey, complete with onboard guide (available in peak season), is a highlight of your trip. You are rocked to sleep in a private cabin, awakening to the scent of salt-filled air and the sound of seagulls fighting for their breakfast. You are now on the Atlantic coast of Canada - this is your chance to explore Canada’s east coast!

What we love about this trip

• Travel aboard VIA Rail
• Journey through the beautiful Quebec countryside
• See Eastern & Atlantic Canada's diverse landscapes
• Sightseeing tours of Montreal, Quebec City & Nova Scotia
• Great choice of hotels

 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Canadian Railway vacation begins - Arrive in Montreal
Meet a friendly driver at Montreal’s airport today as your Canadian train adventure begins. Once checked into your hotel, join Montrealers on the terraces of Rue St. Denis, to sample the spirit of the city through the enticing array of menus, or visit the Sherbrook Street for a dizzying array of contemporary art. The mix of cultures, cuisine, languages is yours to discover.

Day 2 - French Canada’s Hub - Tour Montreal
The lively residential and financial districts of Montreal are exciting to explore and give you a sense of life in modern Montreal. On a tour, visit to the gorgeous Notre Dame Basilica, for a sense of life from 17th Century in Canada. Mingle with locals in the Old Port markets, or hear local musicians at Mount Royal. Montreal is a city that packages historic stone architecture and skyscrapers - a modern city with old world charm.

Day 3 - From Metropolis to History - Montreal to Quebec City on VIA Rail’s Corridor
Travel through some of French Canada’s most picturesque countryside as your Canada vacation heads toward Quebec City. Step off the train onto the cobblestone streets and walled city of Old Quebec. Meet your driver at the train station, and check into your hotel.

Day 4 - Journey into the heart of Quebec’s Countryside
Travel back in time to charming rural Quebec with a sightseeing guide today. Discover Quebec's famous shrine at St. Anne de Beapre, 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.

*Ask your travel advisor about upgrading to a new luxury touring train day trip to the Charlevoix region.

Day 5 - In Quebec City – Experience French Canadian Culture
A two hour tour gives you the chance to discover the historic city walls, cobble stone streets, and century old buildings that give Quebec City its old world air.

After a full day in Quebec City, another Canadian train adventure awaits. Board the Ocean train this evening and settle into your cozy private cabin. You are rocked to sleep as you leave French Canada and continue east to Halifax.

Day 6 - Enter the Maritimes - Arrive in Halifax
Wake to views of the Atlantic Ocean, rolling hills, and quaint coastal villages that speak of a French and Highland Scottish past. An onboard guide makes the most of your morning - recounting the history of the Maritimes and describing the region’s unique traditions. Traveling in Easterly class is one of the best sightseeing tours you’ve ever been on (note - only available in peak season).

Sit in the panoramic dome car and count the colorful sails out on the water before stepping off the train into the upbeat, Celtic atmosphere of the largest city in the Canadian Maritimes.

Day 7 – The Coastal Spirit – Tour Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia has a rich Celtic heritage and sea faring history, not to mention rugged coastlines with fishing villages perched on the Atlantic Ocean. Today, enjoy a tour to visit some of the spectacular regions surrounding Halifax. Choose from an active small group tour, or relax on a half-day sightseeing tour with a local private guide.

This is the last night of your Canadian train vacation - the perfect excuse to treat yourself to fresh seafood, the ultimate regional specialty.

Day 8 - With Fond Memories Made - Depart Halifax
Much too soon, you bid farewell to the Canadian railway, and the scent of salt water in the air, as your Canadian travel experience ends with departure from the Halifax airport.

 

 

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What's Included

Here are just a few of 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

 

 

 

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...

Adding a fall cruise in Eastern Canada and New England - Adding a fall cruise in Eastern Canada and New England
Adding a fall cruise in Eastern Canada and New England
Visiting Mont Tremblant resort town - Visiting Mont Tremblant resort town
Visiting Mont Tremblant resort town
Driving up the Saguenay Fjord - Driving up the Saguenay Fjord
Driving up the Saguenay Fjord
Taking a scenic train ride to the Charlevoix region and spending a nigth at Hotel La Ferme - Taking a scenic train ride to the Charlevoix region and spending a nigth at Hotel La Ferme
Taking a scenic train ride to the Charlevoix region and spending a nigth at Hotel La Ferme

What's Included

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

• 6 nights of hotel accommodation
• 1 night onboard the Ocean train from Quebec City to Halifax, in a private cabin in touring class with meals (touring class with meals starts June 7th and ends October 8th)
• Via Rail's corridor train from Montreal to Quebec City (Comfort guests in Economy class; Boutique, Deluxe, and Deluxe Plus in Business class)
• 3 hour Montreal guided sightseeing tour (private for Deluxe Plus guests)
• Half day sightseeing tour of Quebec’s countryside (full day private tour for Deluxe Plus guests)
• 2 hour sightseeing tour of Old Quebec (private tour for Deluxe Plus guests)
• Day tour from Halifax - Choose from an active small group tour (walking or hiking included), or a private guided sightseeing tour
• A personalized pick up from your arrival airport, and drop off from your departure airport
• All train station transfers
• Documentation package
• Friendly and dedicated Fresh Tracks Canada customer service

 

Customization & Upgrade Ideas

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Work with us to personalize it to match your needs...

• 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 on board the
train
• Travel by cruise ship to Montreal, and begin your adventure from here
• Add some time in Montreal to visit the Laurentian mountains, including Mont Tremblant
• Rent a car and drive up to the stunning Saguenay Fjord for some whale watching and exploring
• Add on a car rental and spend a few days exploring the charming Eastern Townships
• Rent a car in Halifax and drive around Cape Breton Island to explore one of the most beautiful parts of Canada
• Spend some extra time in Quebec City and visit the charming island - Ile d’Orleans for spectacular scenery, local artisans and gourmet local fare

 

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


 

 

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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.

Hotel Place D’Armes - Hotel ExteriorHotel Place D’Armes - RestaurantHotel Place D’Armes - PatioHotel Place D’Armes - Hotel RoomHotel Place D’Armes - Bathroom

Hotel Place D’Armes

An example of our Boutique Hotel accommodations

Montreal is Canada's most cosmopolitan city and boasts enough earthly wonders to match its physical beauty. It takes a special hotel to equal Montreal's unique urban sophistication and charm, and that's exactly what the Hotel Place d'Armes is. Luxury and exceptional service are the rule at this gem nestled among the lovely cobbled streets of Old Montreal. At this chic boutique hotel you'll discover three centuries of history, boutiques and art galleries as well as fine dining and vibrant nightlife.

Auberge Bonaparte - Auberge Bonaparte -

Auberge Bonaparte

An example of our Comfort Level hotel accommodations

Regarded as one of the jewels of Old Montréal, The Auberge Bonaparte offers 30 rooms and a magnificent suite, charmingly decorated and nestled in a historical building, along with an award winning French restaurant inside the building. Guests can enjoy sunny summer days or moonlit nights on the rooftop terrace. A full complimentary breakfast at the restaurant is included in your stay here (or continental breakfast if guests choose to eat in their room).

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac - Fairmont on hillFairmont 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

This deluxe landmark chateau-style hotel is located within the walled city of Old Quebec. To enjoy views of the St. Lawrence River, upgrade to a deluxe view room. The hotel offers 3 restaurants, 2 lounges, a pool with whirlpool, fitness room, steam bath, spa, and shops.

The Halliburton - Exterior of hotelThe Halliburton - Guest RoomThe Halliburton - Guest RoomThe Halliburton - Exterior of hotel

The Halliburton

An example of our Boutique Inn accommodations

Welcome to Halifax's historic boutique Inn, built in 1809. The Halliburton features signature dining and individually appointed guest rooms, in a trio of heritage townhouses. The Inn's dining room offers gourmet east-coast seafood and game in four intimate adjoining rooms. In the summer guests can enjoy cocktails and light fare in the garden courtyard, and in winter a crackling fire invites from the cozy library. Complimentary breakfast, parking, and wireless internet are included in your stay.

 

 

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Prices & Dates

Trip Start Dates - 2014
April 2, 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28, 30
May 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28, 31
June 2, 4*, 7*, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30
July 2, 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28, 30
August 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 30
September 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29
October 1, 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22

Prices Notes
• Prices are per person
• Double means two people occupying a room
• Triple and child rates are available
* Surcharges and date restrictions apply during the Montreal Grand Prix in June. Limited availability on June 4th & 7th

Comfort HotelsUSD (per person)
DoubleSingle
Apr 2 - Apr 23, 20141,7963,059
Apr 26 - Jun 4, 20141,9213,128
Jun 7 - Oct 11, 20142,2153,457
Oct 13 - Oct 22, 20141,8993,122
Boutique Hotels and InnsUSD (per person)
DoubleSingle
Apr 2 - Apr 23, 20142,1263,531
Apr 26 - Jun 4, 20142,3213,730
Jun 7 - Oct 11, 20142,6324,076
Oct 13 - Oct 22, 20142,2203,597
Deluxe HotelsUSD (per person)
DoubleSingle
Apr 2 - Apr 23, 20142,2883,838
Apr 26 - Jun 4, 20142,4494,002
Jun 7 - Oct 11, 20143,1465,105
Oct 13 - Oct 22, 20142,6674,494
Deluxe Plus HotelsUSD (per person)
DoubleSingle
Apr 2 - Apr 23, 20143,1455,763
Apr 26 - Jun 4, 20143,4546,221
Jun 7 - Oct 11, 20143,9796,998
Oct 13 - Oct 22, 20143,7456,816

 

 

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Customer Reviews & Testimonials

We have told our friends what a great time we had

We have told our friends what a great time we had

Star Rating 5
June 28, 2014

Thank you and your team for putting together an amazing trip... one that we will treasure and remember. The packet was thorough and complete. The food was good everywhere -- hotels, restaurants and train. We have told our friends... read more what a great time we had. Thanks again.

I was amazed that everything was taken care of

I was amazed that everything was taken care of

Star Rating 5
June 9, 2014

The whole experience was one to remember (except for the rain which you can't control... or can you? You certainly took care of everything else!) I was amazed that everything was taken care of, transfer people met us when they were... read more supposed to, hotels all knew we were coming and at what time even the rental car company was ready and waiting! VIA rail was outstanding and certainly deserved to be the centerpiece of the whole trip (although I still need to learn how to sleep while moving). Too much to see and wonderful people to meet may have contributed to my un-sleepiness. Even the small snag of having to change where we were staying on PEI was taken care of with no issues. Louise did a masterful job of rebooking for an unforeseen problem. It must have been a very trying affair for her on short notice. The Warn B&B in Summerside was perfect. It didn't take us long to realize that Glenn and Sally Lee from Wisconsin were on the same tour. Great travel companions and good people. They have used Fresh Tracks before and continue to do so. Speaks volumes about your abilities and what they can expect. In short, thank you Anjuli and Fresh Tracks for all you did.

A lovely trip filled with wonderful memories

A lovely trip filled with wonderful memories

Star Rating 5
September 30, 2013

What a wonderful 40th anniversary trip we had - it was YOUR work and help and knowledge that made it happen. Essentially I just sent the money and showed up on time! ;-) Thank you for your little 'extras' that put a smile on our... read more faces - the hotels acknowledged our 40th with a few special goodies. When reflecting on the trip my husband's favorite part was the food-walking tour in Montreal! A BIG thank you for that gift! He kept asking me (while on the tour) 'Did you know it was going to be like this?' Obviously he had something else in mind and so this was new, fun, and tasty to boot! He had a smile on the entire afternoon, especially after the Montreal Bagel shop stop... he'd heard about them, but hadn't found them until then! On our train ride to Baie Saint Paul we were seated with a delightful French couple who chatted the entire time. The scenery and food were excellent, but our conversation and bonding with this couple just made the morning perfect. On the return trip they discovered we weren't seated at the same table and marched to the attendant to have it changed so that we could sit together again, 'so you won't be lonely'... how much more delightful was the day with their company. We've emailed since actually. And I came home with stories, history, recipes, and ideas on things to buy (which we found and did purchase) that were uniquely Quebec (food items)... the day just seemed to fly by with their company and kindness. A delightful journey filled with great memories. The entire vacation was fabulous. The views, the people, the locations of the hotels in Montreal and Quebec were outstanding. We'd never have thought to stay there ourselves. They were so convenient with such nice accommodations and the areas were well worth exploring. Simply a lovely trip filled with wonderful memories. Thank you for all you did to make it happen so smoothly.

Fresh Tracks travel agents really deliver

Fresh Tracks travel agents really deliver

Star Rating 5
September 30, 2013

Just opened (received it 2 days ago) my packet of vouchers and such. What a wonderful packet - so organized, with maps and all sorts of extra and helpful information. Such a fantastic company to do business with. Fresh Tracks travel... read more agents really deliver - knowledgable and helpful and friendly - something that is certainly lacking when planning a trip on your own through the internet! My husband and I are both extremely excited about starting our adventure, knowing that all the details we find tedious have been taken care of with the utmost care. (And have been organized so well that we know exactly what to expect when, when to tip, when to leave the hotel, when to call the tour companies, etc.) Thank you again for all your help and suggestions and timely response to all my inquiries. We are looking forward to every aspect of the trip - high on the list is our tasting-tour in Quebec.

Many thanks to you both for making this lovely trip a reality

Many thanks to you both for making this lovely trip a reality

Star Rating 4
September 11, 2013

Other that the unsatisfactory hotel in Montreal, the tour was wonderful! The dinner at the Bonaparte Restaurant helped us forget the uncomfortable room. Special highlights of the trip included the train to La Malbaie. The food and... read more service were outstanding. The wait staff were knowledgeable and extremely personable, making the trip fun. This trip is a real gem and I hope you encourage others to include this in their tour package. By far the best part of the tour was our time spent in Halifax! The tours of Peggy's Cove and Bay of Fundi were full of local information thanks to our local guide who knew the area well. We did not know that a picnic lunch made from local produce and products was included both days. What fun. Again, the tours included extra sites and plenty of time to explore. I would use this tour company again for any future trips to the area. We do plan on returning to Canada at some point to explore Cape Bretton Island, New Brunswick and other local spots. I even had a moment of 'fame' on this trip as I was filmed by the local TV station in Halifax to introduce the weatherman. Many thanks to you both for making this lovely trip a reality.

Everyone we met in Canada was friendly

Everyone we met in Canada was friendly

Star Rating 5
June 27, 2013

Our timing for the trip was perfect as we were in Canada for Canada Day and Quebec City Birthday. There were lots of extra events and we ended up cancelling our rental cars as they were unnecessary. Connie lost her engagement ring... read more (she never takes it off) while in Niagara but didn't notice it until we were at the Soho in Toronto. The Bellman and Staff at the Soho could not have been nicer or more understanding! They went above and beyond anything we could have expected in searching the streets, filing police reports and searching the room for us after we left. The Soho room was a 5-star room and the staff were excellent beyond question. Miracle of miracles and luckily for us, the Falls View Marriott housekeeping staff found Connie's ring in the laundry, called Connie and took extra steps to get the ring back to us via FedEx. Getting jewelry from Canada to the US was nearly as difficult as getting our check to you. The USPS/customs officials returned the Express Mail package with the ring with a note that shipping jewelry was forbidden. Thankfully, a member of the house keeping staff had experience with this, sent it by FedEx and we got the ring back the same day we got home from Halifax. This was a great trip and except for the three days that Connie was distraught because she thought she had lost her ring forever. The honesty of the Marriott staff is beyond reproach and we can't thank them enough for what they did for us. Everyone we met in Canada was friendly, helpful and went out of their way to make the trip everything we could have wanted. We have lots of photos and fond memories from the trip. The prices in Canada are 50% higher than the US which we were not expecting but the food was excellent across the board with no bad meals or experiences worthy of note. The overnight VIA Rail to Halifax was one and half hours late because of an overheated sleeper car and the Charney Train Station is a country train station with no A/C, few chairs and only one very friendly and helpful woman to check in close to 100 people – she deserves a medal for patience, efficiency and cheerfulness despite the heat and confused passengers, each and every one of them, asking the same questions 5 or 6 times before really believing the route of travel of the train. It was exceedingly hot (90+ degrees that night) with only a slight breeze making for a very long and tedious wait – Mother Nature was not helpful and friendly that night. The overnight train was fun even though the train ended up being two and a half hours late into Halifax as a result of the extreme heat and rail expansion issues. The VIA Rail attendants were excellent and explained the reason for the delays and we still got to Halifax. It was a fun experience that we really enjoyed and I highly recommend Business Travel and upgraded hotel rooms – thank you for recommending them.

Thanks again for all the arrangements

Thanks again for all the arrangements

Star Rating 5
June 27, 2013

We loved Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown and Adventure Tours. The guide and driver were both personable and professional. They kept 50 mainly senior citizens in check and happy. We recommend the outfit highly. The limo company... read more had a great driver pick us up on our final morning in Halifax, so that part went well, too. It's hard to pick a favorite thing that we did, but being in Ottawa on Canada Day was memorable. Theo loved the Bay of Fundy tour and I couldn't get enough of Anne of Green Gables on PEI. We enjoyed the Musee des Beaux Arts in Montreal and both lower and upper towns in Quebec City. All hotels were first-rate. Thanks again for all the arrangements.

We recommend Fresh Tracks Canada for everyone

We recommend Fresh Tracks Canada for everyone

Star Rating 5
May 17, 2013

My husband and I visited Montreal, Quebec City and Halifax with Fresh Tracks Canada in May of 2013. We had a wonderful experience with Fresh Tracks taking care of all the details. We did have to pay for flight to Montreal from North... read more Carolina but were met at the airport by a limousine that took us to our hotel. The hotels selected by Fresh Tracks were fantastic. We stayed at the Hotel Place d'Armes which is in the heart of Old Montreal. We had a corner room with 4 windows overlooking the Place D'Armes and across from Notre Dame. The hotel had a beautiful rooftop restaurant and bar with spectacular views. Our experience in Montreal was surreal. The tours of the city, planned by Fresh Tracks were great and very educational. After three nights, we were picked up by a limousine and taken to the train station. We had a business class ticket on Via Rail with spacious seating and a delicious 3 course meal was served with complimentary beverages and wine. Very enjoyable. We were again met at the train station in Quebec City by a limousine and taken to our hotel, which was the very good 71 Hotel Cafe. Quebec City was full of history and beautiful sites, good tours, excellent for photographs. We stayed there 2 nights, and free breakfast was provided at every hotel. We again were met by a limousine and taken to the train station for an overnight trip to Halifax. This trip was about 18 hours long but very comfortable with a panorama (Dome) car. This train was old and the shower did not work, but this was not a problem. Our time in Halifax was wonderful and we enjoyed our stay at the excellent Halliburton Hotel. Town Limousine service was perfect. All transportation was arranged by Fresh Tracks, timely, and mostly included gratuities. We recommend Fast Tracks Canada for everyone!

Completely seamless

Completely seamless

Star Rating 5
June 20, 2008

Absolutely fantastic holiday, in no small part due to your work. All of the transfers were completely seamless and both trains and accommodation were first class. It would never have been possible for us to organise such a trip... read more alone. Many thanks and I will certainly be reccomending you to all here in Ireland who are thinking of going to Canada on holiday. Best and thanks!

 

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Trip Map & Outline

Canada’s Eastern Rail Classic – Map
Arrive Montreal
2 nights Montreal
2 nights Quebec City
1 night VIA Rail
2 nights Halifax
Depart Halifax

What Clients Say

We have told our friends what a great time we had

Star Rating 5

Thank you and your team for putting together an amazing trip... one that we will treasure and remember. The packet was thorough and complete. The food was good everywhere -- hotels, restaurants and train. We have told our friends what a great time we had. Thanks again.

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