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Montreal and Quebec City Getaway by Rail

5

days

starting from US $1,599per person

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Itinerary

Please note, like most of our Canada rail packages & tours, this eastern Canadian railroad vacation can be customized to your needs - just ask our local experts when you call.

Day 1 – Arrival in Montreal – Your Canada Train Trip Begins
Arrive in the exciting city of Montreal, where you will be picked up from the airport and transferred to your hotel. You’ll have a free day to explore this city at your leisure. Enjoy a cold beer in the sunshine on one of the patios of St. Catherine Street, watch the street performers or go out for the evening and enjoy the nightlife.

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. As an alternative option, upgrade to a Dinner Cruise for a unique dining experience along the St. Lawrence River.

Day 2 – 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: Hop on/Hop off Bus Tour
Hit all the snapshot stops along this route that takes in landmarks including the Notre Dame Basilica, Bonsecours Market and Mont Royal Park. You oversee your itinerary and can hop on and hop off as much as you like for the full day!
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 ‘The Main’ – Canada’s answer to The Lower East Side, 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

Day 3 – VIA Rail Canada – Montreal to Quebec City
This morning, listen to the whistle calling as you board the comfortable and well-appointed Corridor train - bound for historic Quebec City. Settle into a cozy window seat and watch the scenery go by. You’ll travel along the northern shore of the St. Lawrence before crossing the Trois-Rivieres and then the picturesque town of Cap-de-la-Madeleine. When you arrive in historic Quebec City, you could be forgiven for thinking that you are in Europe - this place is filled with cobblestone buildings and French-inspired architecture.

Day 4 - Quebec City
Your Quebec train vacation continues with wonderful excursions exploring one of Canada’s most historic settlements - Quebec City.

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 Military Walking Tour
A great option for history buffs, this tour allows you to discover Quebec City’s role as a military city and learn how various conflicts and sieges have shaped the 400-year-old capital. Visit the Citadel and its associated museum to hear of soldiers’ testimonies, and view photos and videos of various conflicts that the Royal 22e Regiment has been involved in since its creation in 1914. From July to the beginning of September you may also see the changing of the guard. Visit the Plains of Abraham where the well-known battle took place between the French and British Armies in 1759.
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

Spend the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight in a Quebec City hotel.

Day 5 – Depart from Quebec City
You’ve seen much of French Canada’s charms in only five days and now your journey has come to an end. We will transfer you from your hotel to the airport so that you can board your flight home with plenty of great stories to share from your Canadian vacation.

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
Montreal sightseeing tour - Montreal sightseeing tour
Montreal sightseeing tour
St Lawrence River cruise - St Lawrence River cruise
St Lawrence River cruise
Accommodations & rail service:
•4 nights of hotel accommodation
• Daytime rail journey on VIA Rail’s Corridor Train - Montreal to Quebec City*

* Economy for comfort class (ask us about upgrading), Business class including 3 course meals & wine for Boutique and Deluxe guests.

Sightseeing & Activities:*
• Your choice of hand-picked activities in Montreal and Quebec*

* 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. Your Vacation Advisor can provide further details.

Dining experiences:
• Feature Dinner in Montreal (optional upgrade to Dinner Cruise)
• Meal service for business class guests on the Corridor Train

Transfers:
• Private arrival and departure airport transfers, including meet & greet on day one
• Private transfers between hotels and rail stations

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

Important Seasonal Restrictions:
• Limited availability and price surcharges will apply during the Montreal Grand Prix (June 11, 12, 13)

 

Not Included

• Meals and attractions, unless otherwise specified
• Some driver gratuities
• Trip Cancellation Insurance
• 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
Driving up the Saguenay Fjord
Driving up the Saguenay Fjord
Visiting Mont Tremblant resort town
Visiting Mont Tremblant resort town
• Comfort guests can choose to upgrade to Business class onboard the train between Montreal and Quebec City
• Choose to extend your trip - spend more time in Montreal or Quebec City, or ask us to arrange a visit to some of Quebec’s spectacular mountain regions
• Add on a gourmet multi course meal in Quebec City
• Add on a car rental and spend a few days exploring the charming Eastern Townships

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.

 

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Prices & Dates

Trip Start Dates
Daily Departures from Montreal, Quebec

Pricing table guide
• Prices are per person based on double occupancy
• Double means two people sharing a room
• Surcharges and date restrictions may apply to Christmas holiday period, the Quebec City winter carnival, and the Montreal Grand Prix

Comfort Level Hotels
from US $1,599to US $1,727per 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 $1,850to US $1,998per 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 $2,099to US $2,695per 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.

What we love about this trip

Embrace the ‘joie de vivre’ of Montreal - one of the most culturally vibrant and artistic cities in Canada

Fall in love with the old-fashioned elegance of Quebec City

Take the Corridor Train through the scenic Quebec landscape

Dine at award-winning restaurants and relax in fantastic hotels

Take the stress out of planning your trip to Canada with:

  • Every detail and arrangement taken care of for a seamless trip.
  • Suggestions to get the most out of Canada based on local insider knowledge.
  • Your own personal contact in Canada you can call before or during your trip.

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This exciting five-day trip combines funky and cosmopolitan Montreal with elegant and historic Quebec City - two of French Canada’s largest cities. Start with two days in Montreal before boarding The Corridor train to Quebec City, where you will explore the cobblestone streets for another two days. This journey is the best way to get a taste of the culture and scenery of French Canada.

Trip Outline

Arrive in Montreal 2 nights in Montreal Rail trip to Quebec City 2 nights in Quebec City Depart from Quebec City

Montreal and Quebec City Getaway by Rail – Map A street in Quebec lit up at dusk with people sitting outside A Montreal shop window with flower baskets outside Friends dine on French cuisine and red wine in Quebec The VIA rail 'Corridor' train Two bikers pass a farmhouse in the green Quebec counrtyside Chateau Frontenac and distant views of Quebec City
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Customer Reviews & Testimonials

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Star Rating 5
June 27, 2016

The trip was wonderful! Thank you so much for all you did to make it special. The wine and card upon our arrival was so thoughtful and sweet. When we arrived at the Frontenac there was a tray with 5 delightful desserts from the... read more hotel staff and a note wishing me happy birthday.  Special touches courtesy of you. We all enjoyed Montreal. It reminded me of a blend of New York City and San Francisco. The hotel was great! The food was great! We had a delicious Italian dinner the night we arrived. After our bus tour the next day we chose not to take the shuttle back to the hotel and ventured out on our own. We found a pub along the way and enjoyed fish-n-chips and craft beer! That night we were in search of the best poutine Montreal had to offer and found it at the quaint, courtyard Montreal Poutine restaurant. Quebec City – no words. What a beautiful city. We all agreed we could have easily stayed a couple more days. The food, the people, the energy of the city… we absolutely LOVED the walking tour. Our guide was delightful. The boat tour was a bit chilly but we survived. And the hotel. Oh my goodness, there are no words. It was FABULOUS! Several people have asked how we knew where to go. I have given all of them your information. I hope they will call or email when they decide to visit Canada. We will be back and we WILL ask you to plan our trip. Thank you for everything.

You and your team made everything perfect and we look forward to visiting again soon!

Star Rating 5
July 28, 2015

Fred and I would like to thank you for a wonderful trip to Canada!  We are already talking about our next visit and will be in touch after we agree on the destinations. You and your team made everything perfect and we look forward... read more to visiting again soon!

We thank you again and we would definitely recommend Fresh Tracks Canada to everyone!

Star Rating 5
June 18, 2015

We enjoyed our trip very much. Everything ran very smoothly. We especially liked our hotel in Montreal, It  was a boutique hotel with 30 rooms in a good location. We would stay there again. The city tour was very good and we... read more had some good meals. We did have some rain to deal with but not a lot. We want to especially thank you for our surprise on arrival of a bottle of wine and a lovely cheese tray for each couple! When we arrived in Quebec City we loved it immediately.  Again the location was great. The hotel had a very good restaurant which we enjoyed on our last night. We also enjoyed the City Tour and our Sightseeing Cruise.  It was a nice warm day and we all ended up with a little sunburn from the cruise. We thank you again and we would definitely recommend Fresh Tracks Canada to everyone!

Letting you take care of everything, made our planning experience so relaxed and stress free

Star Rating 5
July 19, 2015

We had a wonderful trip. We thought it was going to be the one and only time we ever went to Canada, but now we're not so sure. Your arrangements were wonderful. Pickup at the airport and train stations were in wonderful cars,... read more with pleasant and knowledgeable drivers. The hotels could not have been nicer.  While the hotel in Montreal did not include breakfast, we were able to start our days at a nearby Starbucks to get us going. In Quebec, we loved being in the lower town. The room was so spacious, with free wifi, and a large bathroom as well. The staff recommended the wonderful restaurant, St. Amour, for our anniversary dinner, and it was the most fabulous dinner I've ever had. The service was impeccable, and the food amazing. The tours we took were fantastic. I wish we had scheduled to do the countryside tour, but that may be a reason to go back again! (wink, wink!)  Using Fresh Tracks was a wonderful expeience. Letting you take care of everything, made our planning experience so relaxed and stress free.  Thank you so much.  We definitely would recommend you to anyone considering going to Canada, and I expect you will hear from us again one of these days.

I would never use anyone else for Canada

Star Rating 5
July 23, 2014

The trip was beyond perfect. Watching Chris see it for the first time was great fun. I must truly rave about LHotel in Montreal. Great art and atmosphere, spacious lovely rooms, and a free morning buffet that was truly first class... read more in a very open bright room. I am so in love with Quebec City, I know I will be going back. We added the country tour and it is well worth the price and one of our favorite events. Thank you for making this trip so easy. It is nice to know while traveling that there is always someone you can call. This is my second time with Fresh Tracks Canada, I would never use anyone else, and have recommended you to others.

Thank you for making our Canadian getaway experience a memorable one

Star Rating 5
July 17, 2014

We had a wonderful time! Canada is so diverse that it felt as if we had visited several countries rather than one. We especially loved Quebec City and had our anniversary dinner at the most romantic restaurant we've ever been to... read more (Saint Amour). Thank you for making our Canadian getaway experience a memorable one. We will definitely do it again soon!

Everything was so nicely planned that it was completely stress free

Star Rating 5
October 18, 2014

We had a magnificent time. Everything was so nicely planned that it was completely stress free and we were able to focus on enjoying the scenery and the food. I can't say enough about how enjoyable the meals were. The food tour... read more was particularly interesting. Canada is beautiful. Thank you so much for helping make this trip the trip of a lifetime!

Our trip last week went off without a hitch

Star Rating 5
September 23, 2013

With all our questions and endlessly 'bugging' you for answers, our trip last week went off without a hitch. Everyone enjoyed the trip. We especially appreciate the upgrade at Hotel 71 when we were unable to get two beds in a room.... read more Just wanted to convey our thanks and best wishes.

Fell in love with the beauty, people, history and culture

Star Rating 5
August 15, 2013

Had a marvelous time on my Fresh Tracks Canada journey to Montreal and Quebec City. Fell in love with the beauty, people, history and culture of these cities. The arrangements and accommodations were fabulous – especially the... read more Auberge Bonaparte in Montreal. Enjoyed the free time wandering the streets, seeking out meals and entertainment, and enjoying the major attractions. Wish I could have stayed longer. Thanks so much to both of you for making this trip possible.

The best time in Montreal

Star Rating 5
June 16, 2013

We had a wonderful vacation, and it was so nice to have all the details all taken care of ahead of time by you, so we could spend our time enjoying it all and not having to worry about the arrangements, etc. We all loved Quebec... read more City, but I believe we had the best time in Montreal. We loved the Bonaparte Hotel and the French Restaurant. The staff was awesome. They were all so friendly and helpful; they made our stay so enjoyable. They couldn't do enough for us; and the food was great! We really loved the personal touch we got from them. Both hotels were very nice, and the locations were perfect. I believe everything went smoothly, except for a little mix up with the tour company in Quebec. They told us we needed a voucher for the cruise, but when we told them we didn't have one, they said not to worry about it. Thanks for everything, and I hope we get a chance to visit some other parts of Canada soon.

The trip was phenomenal

Star Rating 5
October 12, 2009

All of the planning and preparation that you so patiently helped us with certainly paid off. Everything went off without a hitch and we thoroughly enjoyed both Montreal and Quebec city. So we wanted to thank you for all your help.... read more It is greatly appreciated and we are already telling everyone about your great company and even better service.

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