Independent VIA Rail Tours
Winter Rail Tours
Quebec Rail-Sail Gaspé - 9 Days
Travel through French Canada by train and ship on this 9-day rail-cruise adventure. Beginning in Quebec City, travel by VIA Rail's Chaleur to the Gaspé Peninsula for a two-day visit before continuing your travels by ship along the St. Lawrence Seaway to Montreal.
Scenic highlights of your trip include:
- One-way overnight rail travel aboard VIA Rail's Chaleur between Quebec City and Percé (one night train)
- Hotel accommodations for 5 nights
- Two-night St. Lawrence River cruise between Chandler and Montreal
- Select meals
- Sightseeing and scenic excursions per itinerary (admission to all attractions included in tour price)
- Arrival transfer from Quebec City airport to your hotel
- Transportation from Quebec City hotel to the VIA Rail station in Charny
- Transfer from VIA Rail station to hotel in Percé
- Transportation from hotel in Percé to Chandler Pier
- Taxes and service charges as applicable
- Plains of Abraham
- Ste-Anne-de-Beaupre Shrine
- Gaspe Peninsula
- Bonaventure Island
- Saguenay Fjord
- Island of Orleans
Day 1 - Bonjour Quebec City
Welcome to Quebec City! Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel situated in the heart of the city overlooking the St. Lawrence Seaway. Take the remainder of the day to get acquainted with this lovely city and its chic boutiques and quaint restaurants. Overnight Quebec City.
Day 2 - Quebec City Sightseeing
Today embark on a city tour, taking you past the Plains of Abraham, the Citadel and Place-Royale. This afternoon you will travel along the Beaupré Coast to visit Ste-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine, Montmorency Falls and the Island of Orléans. This evening, transfer to the VIA Rail station, where you will board the Chaleur, get situated in your private bedroom accommodations and prepare for the overnight journey to Percé. Overnight train
Day 3 - Arrive in Perce
Awake this morning and enjoy breakfast on the train prior to the Chaleur's arrival in Percé. Transfer to your hotel with the remainder of the day at your leisure to enjoy this small village located on the Gaspé Peninsula. Overnight Perce.
Day 4 - Perce Sightseeing
Today enjoy a 1 ½-hour sightseeing tour of Percé with the remainder of the day at your leisure. Percé is nestled in a bay between two mountains. The town offers many boutiques and restaurants, and the famous Percé Rock, known for its size and "doorway" opening at one end, is worth a visit. You can walk up to the hole in the rock at low tide! Overnight Perce.
Day 5 - River Cruise
Transfer from your hotel to the Chandler Pier, where your two-night cruise to Montreal will begin. Upon departure, you will cruise between Bonaventure Island and the Percé Rock. Keep an eye out for whales! Many species of whale are usually seen in these waters. Overnight ship.
Day 6 - Cruise the St. Lawrence River to Quebec City
Today you will sail past Tadoussac, the Saguenoy Fjord, La Balbaie where the Fairmont Manoir Richelieu can be seen, St-Joseph-de-la-Rive, L'Ile aus Coudre, Baie-St-Paul, Le Massif, Cap-Tournente Preserve, L'Ile aus Grues, Grosse Ile and finally the Beaupré Coast and Island of Orléans. This afternoon the ship docks in Quebec City, giving you ample time to stroll the streets of the Old Town where artists have their work on display. Overnight ship.
Day 7 - Montreal
Your ship arrives in Montreal early this morning. It is a short taxi ride to your hotel, where you will check in and have time to freshen up before embarking on an afternoon city tour that takes in over 200 points of interest. Overnight Montreal.
Day 8 - Montreal at Leisure
Today brings a full day to explore Montreal as you please. The city is known for its cosmopolitan shops, fine museums and gourmet restaurants. Montreal is truly a vibrant, multicultural city! Overnight Montreal.
Day 9 - Montreal
Your rail and cruise vacation through French Canada comes to a close this morning.
Hotels include the Fairmont Chateau Frontenac, La Mirage, and Fairmont Queen Elizabeth. VIA Rail accommodations are in Sleeper Plus and include a private cabin and meals. CTMA cruise accommodations include a private cabin with two single beds.
Hotel accommodations are based on availability; substitutes will be of similar quality and amenities.
Prices are land-only, per person based on double occupancy. Senior prices are available upon request. Prices are correct at the time of this web page going live; however are subject to confirmation at time of booking.
Call 877-929-7245 today to book your Quebec Rail-Sail Gaspé vacation.
Tour operates on select Saturdays. 3-night minimum stay in Montreal during the Gran Prix (June 6-10, 2013). Ask your rail specialist for details.