Toronto To Montreal train vacation

Toronto and Montreal Like a Local

5

days

starting from US $1,995per person

Star Rating 5

5 of 5 stars
(3 reviews)

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Learn which places to go and which areas are best during certain times of the year.

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Sample Itinerary

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Our experienced Canadian Insiders will create a personalized experience for you that matches your schedule, travel style and budget.

Day 1 – Your Canadian Adventure Begins – Arrive in 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 of the city, there is no shortage of things to see!

Feature Dinner in Toronto
We want to make sure you eat at the best spot in Toronto – and what better location 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!

Overnight in Toronto.

Day 2 – Explore Toronto
You have
3 options to choose from today to explore the Toronto area:

• Option 1: Food Tour
For those who are curious, Toronto has a variety of culinary adventures to pick from. Try an Old Chinatown Food Tour or, venture to the Corktown, Canary and Distillery District, a neighbourhood that began in the 19
th 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 delicious food along the way.
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 2: Toronto Island Twilight Tour by Bike
A short ferry ride 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

Overnight in Toronto.

Day 3 – VIA Rail’s Corridor Train – Toronto to Montreal
As the train glides out of Toronto, you will notice more and more French words floating in the background. Journey towards the open farmland of eastern Quebec, chat with old friends and new, or dip into a book. This is what train travel in Canada is all about! 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.

Feature Dinner in Montreal
Staying in such a food centric city, we wanted to give you a chance to sample some of the best cuisine. We’ve selected one of our favourite restaurants for you in Montreal. With a menu created with a certain ‘French flair’, enjoy a showcase of the finest, freshest, regional products.

Overnight in Montreal.

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

• Option 1: Walking Food Tour
Discover the best of Montreal cuisine from French, British, Chinese, Italian, Portuguese, Latin American and North African heritage. Hear the story of these immigrants, their roots and the communities they formed in Montreal and visit landmarks, ethnic grocers, delis, and lunch counters along the way. Experience the city like a local and get off the beaten path.
Activity rating:
Moderate

• Option 2: Old Montreal Walking Tour
Enjoy a semi-private walking tour of Old Montreal. With small group sizes, your guide will be able to personalize the tour to your interests. Visit Notre-Dame Basilica, the historical boroughs of place d’Armes, place Jacques-Cartier, Saint Paul Streets and Place Royale.
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 3: Bicycle 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. Your tour sticks mostly to bike paths and provides interesting anecdotes about the unique history and urban culture of Montreal.
Activity rating:
Moderate

Overnight in Montreal.

Day 5 – 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.

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.

Interested?

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What Clients Say

The kids had a blast!

The kids had a blast!

Star Rating 5

The Montreal bike tour was amazing and our tour guide was the best ! The people were friendly , the city was beautiful and the hotel superior. Everything about the Niagara falls tour was wonderful, from the bus driver to the winery, the boat ride and the meal.The kids had a blast!

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
Accommodations:
• 4 nights of hotel accommodation

Train Experiences:
• Business Class on VIA Rail’s Corridor Train

Tour Inclusions:

Toronto Experiences:
Choose 1 of 3:
1. Food Tour
2. Toronto Island Twilight Tour by Bike
3. Niagara-On-The-Lake Winery Tour (additional cost)

Montreal Experiences:
Choose 1 of 3:
1.
Walking Food Tour
2.
Old Montreal Walking Tour
3.
Bicycle Tour

Meal Inclusions:
• Feature dinner in Toronto
• Feature dinner in Montreal
• Lunch onboard the train in business class

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

Other Inclusions:
• Documentation package
• Gratuities for private transfer and tours (unless otherwise noted)
• Fresh Tracks Canada customer service – from the time you book, you are assigned your own personal Vacation Coordinator whom you can reach out to with any questions or requests.

Seasonal Restrictions:
• Toronto Food Tour varies by day of the week.
• Toronto Island Bike Tour operates from April to mid-October. From April to early June, the tour is only available on Monday, Wednesday, Friday.
• The Old Montreal Walking Tour is available from May to October. During the month of May the tour is only available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


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.

 

Trip Start Dates

Daily departures from May 1 to October 15, 2018 / 2019*

* Please note that limited availability and surcharges will apply during the Montreal Grand Prix in June.

Trip Prices

Prices listed may vary by departure date, hotel class and degree of personalization. Please speak with one of our travel advisors to get a personalized quote.

Boutique Level Hotels
from US $1,995to US $2,154per 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.

What you'll 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 taste buds

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

Choice of tour options through Eastern Canada

Common Questions

Where am I staying on this trip?

You'll be staying at various local three to five start hotels or lodges along your route, some of which are very iconic properties with great locations, views and history. All our accommodations are carefully selected by our Canadian Insiders. We'll make sure that wherever you stay, you get the best value and comfort based on the seasonal availability.

What is included in the price?

Typically we include and pre-book all your main trip components so you don't have to worry about your connections, places to stay, or activities on your trip. You'll receive a complete travel package with detailed documentation and our Canadian Insiders remain at your disposal before and during your trip to answer your questions.

Can I customize this trip?

Your trip can be as rich as you'd like, and completely arranged around your interests and needs. The greatest benefit of working with us is our local knowledge. You can request your free trip plan to decide what you'd like to see and do.

If your trip is a special occasion, we'll make sure it is unforgettable. Or if you're traveling with a group, we'll take care of the logistics so you can share time together stress-free.

What are the best ways to travel around Canada?

Canada has a network of spectacular roadways, train routes, ferry crossings, and float planes. We can arrange for you to travel by car or to sit back and relax.

What is the train experience like?

Because most Canadians typically do not use the train for commuting (as in the US or Europe), the two main rail providers here are driven by tourism. You'll experience the romance of true trans-continental rail travel, with a wide selection of services, accommodation types, and great food.

Featured train experiences:

  • VIA Rail is Canada's national train provider, with routes running Coast to Coast and through remote parts of northern Canada. The type of train depends on your journey, and can vary from the classic trans-continental sleeper trains to daylight trains with overnight stops.
When is the best time to see wildlife?

That depends on the destination and type. As a rule, the main feeding and migration seasons are best for wildlife experiences. Tell us which animals interest you and we'll make your trip coincide with the best viewing season.

Is this an escorted tour?

With the exception of our guided wildlife trips, our vacations are not typically 'escorted.' We combine the best of both worlds – the reassurance of seamless connections, customer service support, and scheduled activities, plus the freedom of 'independent' travel. You are not tied into a specific group, or a rigid daily itinerary. This allows us to personalize your trip to suit your occasion, interests, and timeframe.

Will it be cold when I visit Canada in summer?

The temperature varies from mild to hot, depending on location. Northern Canada will range between 50°F to 64°F (10°C – 18°C) in summer. The interior of BC, prairies, Ontario and Quebec can reach temperatures around 95°F (35°C). Canada's west coast, mountain regions, and Maritimes enjoy milder summer temperatures. They range on average from 59°F to 77°F (15°C – 25°C).

How much does my trip cost?

All our trips can be customized to fit your schedule and budget. The price depends on travel season, train service, hotel level, and the sightseeing tours you choose. Request your free trip plan which will provide you with a detailed cost estimate.

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.

Trip Outline

Arrive Toronto 2 nights Toronto 2 nights Montreal Depart Montreal

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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Flexibility and freedom of a personalized tour to suit your travel goals.

     
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You'll get better rates and availability because of our relationships with our suppliers (hotels, tour operators, etc.). Even when popular locations are booking up fast.

     
Personalized itineraries

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Get suggestions based on your interests from over 20 years of local knowledge. Our Insiders live and travel Canada so you'll know when to come, where to stay, which transportation to take, and lots more…

     
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Customer Reviews & Testimonials

The kids had a blast!

Star Rating 5
August 21, 2017

The Montreal bike tour was amazing and our tour guide was the best ! The people were friendly , the city was beautiful and the hotel superior. Everything about the Niagara falls tour was wonderful, from the bus driver to the winery,... read more the boat ride and the meal.The kids had a blast!

Thank you so much for arranging such an enjoyable and stress-free trip

Star Rating 5
August 25, 2015

We had a wonderful trip. We loved every place we visited. We were particularly impressed with the hotels in Niagara on the Lake and Montreal. Shuttle, train, and city tour arrangements all ran very smoothly. Drivers/tour guides... read more were timely, friendly, and helpful. We consider our find (your service) a gem. We will definitely spread the word and recommend you to family and friends. Thank you so much for arranging such an enjoyable and stress-free trip. 

It was flawless

Star Rating 5
June 5, 2007

The trip was excellent. The logistics worked perfectly, the hotels were good and the service second to none. The sightseeing tours of Toronto and Quebec were fine and interesting. We knew Toronto quite well from previous visits,... read more but we learned quite a lot of the history etc. on this trip. We have a friend in Toronto and on our first day attended a D Day parade outside the new City Hall. Once again our thanks for a well done holiday. It was flawless.

Get your FREE trip plan organized and arranged for you

Train and hotel availability is limited – we're now booking into 2019.

Get your personalized itinerary
  • Get a trip that covers everything you want to see.
  • Know which places to go and which areas are best during certain times of the year.
  • Have someone local who knows the area to suggest trains, hotels, dining, sightseeing, etc.
or call us directly toll-free
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Everything Arranged

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Do you want to get the most of your Canadian vacation in 2019? By booking early, you'll secure your ideal travel dates, the best hotel accommodations, space on Canada's spectacular touring trains, plus unique experiences.

And if you book now, you'll also receive a 2018 PRICE FREEZE plus up to $1,200 per couple in FREE TRAVEL CREDITS. Use the credits to enhance your vacation with extra nights, dining experiences, and activities.

Here are just a few ways you can use your travel credits:

But hurry! This offer only lasts for a short while. Take advantage of the best availability, prices, and add-ons for 2019. Our friendly vacation advisors are standing by to help you plan your perfect Canadian vacation – so call or email today.

Interested? Get this offer by contacting us: 1 877 395 5771

Terms and conditions apply, please speak wit our Canadian insiders for more details.

Book a qualifying train vacation on select dates in September and October, and you'll receive up to $300 per couple in free travel credits. You can use the credits for extra nights, spectacular experiences, and unique guided sightseeing tours - to help make your personalized trip to Canada just that much more special.

So what can $300 in travel credits get you? Here are a few ideas:

These are just a few ideas – but many more options are available. Call the Fresh Tracks Canada team to personalize your perfect Canadian vacation. But hurry – space for 2018 travel is almost gone. This offer is only available until midnight on July 31. Contact us to book your trip now!

Interested? Get this offer by contacting us: 1 877 395 5771

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There's no better place to experience the magic of winter than in Canada. Imagine… the romance of a train ride through a snowy landscape. Then, with glistening snow at your feet and crisp air on your face, marvel at the scenery as you enjoy guided winter activities.

With our Early Bird Winter Special Offer, now is the perfect time to book your vacation. Book before June 29, and you'll receive limited-time Early Bird Prices, plus a FREE night, to extend your trip.

Fresh Tracks Canada's Vacation Advisors are ready to help you plan your perfect winter vacation. Hurry and call or email now, while this special offer lasts!

Interested? Get this offer by contacting us: 1 877 395 5771

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