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
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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Here are just a few of the things to look forward to on this trip...
Montreal guided tour
Old Quebec City tour
Quebec countryside tour
One of Nova Scotia local tours
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Adding a fall cruise in Eastern Canada and New England
Visiting Mont Tremblant resort town
Driving up the Saguenay Fjord
Taking a scenic train ride to the Charlevoix region and spending a nigth at Hotel La Ferme