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Montreal and Quebec City Fairmont Getaway by Rail

Montreal and Quebec City Fairmont Getaway

5

days

starting fromUS $930per person

  • Choose your own activities and experiences to make the most of your trip.
  • Have all the details of your trip organized and arranged for you.

Explore Eastern Canada's Largest Cities

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 a journey on the Corridor from Toronto to Montreal for a two night stay before continuing by 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

5 Days / 4 Nights

Toronto to Montreal 2 nights in Montreal Montreal to Quebec City 2 nights in Quebec City Quebec City to Toronto

Montreal and Quebec City Fairmont Getaway by Rail - Map

Availability

AugSepOctNovDec

Places Visited

MontrealQuebec City

Accommodation Style

Hotel

Your Train Experience

VIA Rail

Activity Level

Easy

What you'll 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

  • Relax in the completely renovated Fairmont Queen Elizabeth

  • Stay in the iconic Fairmont Chateau Frontenac

Common Questions

  • Is this an escorted tour?

    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.

  • Can this trip be made shorter or longer?

    Absolutely! We personalize all our clients' trips to fit their exact tastes and needs. You can add days at locations that you'd like to explore and spend more time at. Or leave out certain areas that don't interest you as much. Discuss your travel goals with our Canadian Insiders who make sure that your trip fits your needs and budget.

  • 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 get your FREE personalized trip plan and 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.

  • Am I on the train the whole time?

    All of our trips include stops to get off the train to explore Canada's beautiful locations, national parks and unique cities. However, if you're keen to maximize your time onboard, we'll pair you up with the perfect train experience.

  • Where am I staying on this trip?

    You'll be staying at various local three to five star 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 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.

  • How much does my trip cost?

    All our trips are personalized to fit our clients' schedule and budget. The price of your trip generally depends on the travel season, train service, accommodations, and the sightseeing tours you take. Please request your personalized quote which will provide you with the detailed information you need.

  • 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 your detailed digital travel documents, and our Canadian Insiders remain at your disposal throughout your trip to answer any questions.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Will it be cold when I visit Canada in summer?

    The temperature varies from mild to hot, depending on location. 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). The interior of British Columbia, prairies, Ontario and Quebec can reach temperatures around 95°F (35°C). Northern Canada will range between 50°F to 64°F (10°C – 18°C) in summer.

This Trip in Pictures

Experience charming French culture in Quebec city and Montreal on this Canadian train tour.

Experience charming French culture in Quebec city and Montreal on this Canadian train tour.

Spend couple of days discovering hideen gems of historic Quebec City.

Spend couple of days discovering hideen gems of historic Quebec City.

Indulge yourself in delicious French couisine with a Canadian twist.

Indulge yourself in delicious French couisine with a Canadian twist.

Via Rail 'Corridor' train will take you from Montreal to Quebec City.

Via Rail 'Corridor' train will take you from Montreal to Quebec City.

Explore rural Quebec onboard the Canadian train.

Explore rural Quebec onboard the Canadian train.

Historic Quebec City has a lot to offer, including charming European-inspired architecture.

Historic Quebec City has a lot to offer, including charming European-inspired architecture.

Recommended Itinerary

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

Day 1 – Arrival in Montréal – Your Canada Train Vacation Begins
Your Quebec vacation begins with a journey onboard VIA rail to Montreal. Upon arrival spend your day exploring this dynamic city. Walk down lively St. Catherine Street, lined with shops and sidewalk cafés, and then sample the fine cuisine and exuberant French-Canadian nightlife.

Overnight at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth.

 

Day 2 – Explore Montréal
You have
2 options to choose from today to help you enjoy Montreal.

• Option 1: Private Walking Tour
Explore the winding cobblestone streets of Old Montréal on a private guided walking tour. Travel back in time to Fort Ville-Marie in 1642, to today’s modern city and find out more about all the eras that shaped Montréal.
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 2: Private Montréal Sightseeing Tour by vehicle (additional cost)
Enjoy a fully guided driving tour to all the “must see” areas of Montréal such as Mont Royal, Old Montréal, and the city’s picturesque riverfront. Highlights of the tour include a visit to the Notre-Dame Basillica (currently closed for entry), taking in the 360 degree views from the Observatoire Place Ville Marie, and a scenic river cruise along the beautiful St. Lawrence River.
Activity rating: Easy

Dinner Suggestion:
Don’t hesitate to ask us about including dinner at one of our favourite Montréal restaurants!

Overnight at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth.

 

Day 3 – VIA Rail Canada – Montréal to Quebec City by Train
Board VIA Rail Canada’s Corridor Train bound for Quebec City and travel along the northern shore of the St. Lawrence River, passing Cap-de-la-Madeleine and historic Trois-Rivières. Travelling aboard one of the Canadian trains carries you at an ideal speed to take in the views. Designated as a UNESCO world heritage site for its unique city walls and gates, Quebec City is full of the architectural wonders of Canada.

Overnight at Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac.

 

Day 4 – Quebec City
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.

Today you have 3 options to choose from to help you enjoy Quebec and its surrounding area:

• Option 1: 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 2: Private Sightseeing Tour by vehicle (additional cost)
Spend the day discovering Quebec City’s French-Canadian culture on a group bus tour. From your comfortable seat, enjoy the beautiful architecture of the fortified city, visit historic sites commemorating the battles between French and English, and take in the sights of this unique city.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 3: The Food Tour
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! This tour covers seven different venues, and samples about 15 different products. Try food of French-Canadian origin from crepes to organic wine.
Activity rating: Moderate

Overnight at Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac.

 

Day 5 – Depart from Quebec City
Today your trip comes to an end, as a transfer takes you from your hotel to the Quebec City rail station, in time for your train journey back to Toronto. No need to worry about getting there, because we take care of this connection from hotel door to train station drop off.

Start Dates

Trip departs daily from Toronto between August 31 and December 17, 2020

Pricing

Prices of this trip vary by departure date, hotel class and the choice of activities. Request your quote to check availability or to book this trip.

  • Train Experience

    Train Experience

    Learn more about the onboard service and look inside the trains you will be traveling on during this trip.

    Read about the VIA Rail train

    VIA Rail

    VIA Rail trains take passengers across the vast country of Canada through some of the most amazing scenery in North America. The service includes sleeper cars, gourmet meals, and lounge and viewing areas.

  • Accommodations

    Accommodations

    Below are examples of the places you can stay on this trip. Please get in touch to discuss your options and to check availability.

    Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth

    Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth

    This deluxe historic Montreal hotel is located right above the VIA rail station, so you don’t even have to go outside to get to one or the other. It is also connected to Montréal’s subterranean network of malls. There are over 32 kilometers of interconnected buildings. Enjoy all of the amenities that Fairmont hotels have to offer.

    Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac

    Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac

    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.

  • What's Included

    What's Included

    These are the places and experiences to look forward to on this trip.

    Accommodations:
    • 4 nights in Fairmont hotels

     

    Train Experiences:
    • Economy Class on VIA Rail’s Corridor Train – Toronto to Montréal,  Montréal to Quebec City, and Quebec City to Toronto

     

    Montréal Experiences:
    Choose 1 of 2:
    1. Private Walking Tour of Old Montréal
    2. Private Sightseeing Tour by Vehicle (additional cost)

     

    Quebec City Experiences:
    Choose 1 of 3:
    1. Private Walking Tour of Old Quebec
    2. Private Quebec City Sightseeing Tour by vehicle (additional cost)
    3. Old Quebec Culinary Food Tour


    Transfer Inclusions:
    • Private transfers to/from train station and hotel in Quebec City


    Other Inclusions:
    • Digital Travel Documents
    • Gratuities for private transfers and tours (unless otherwise noted)
    • Fresh Tracks Canada customer service support – from the time you book, you will be assigned your own personal Vacation Coordinator with whom you can reach out to with any questions or requests.

     

    Important Schedule and Trip Notes:
    • Train schedules are subject to change and delays may occur
    • Daily tour availability may vary based on the season and may not be available for all departures. For more information, please speak to your Vacation Advisor.
    • Valid for Canadian Residents Only.


    Not Included

    • Meals
    • Transfers to/from Toronto train station
    • Trip Cancellation & Travel Medical Insurance (highly recommended)
    • Canadian Sales Taxes

    Ideas to customize your trip

    Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. These are some of the experiences you can add-on to personalize your trip.

    • Choose to extend your trip spend more time in Montreal or Quebec City, or ask us to arrange a visit to some of Fairmont’s spectacular mountain regions such as the Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu
    • Arrange a car rental to travel between the different locations
    • Upgrade to Gold floors at the Fairmont hotels

Get your personalized trip plan organized and arranged for you

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  • 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.
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