Fall in Quebec and Vermont is magical and while there are many ordinary programs, entirely by bus, no one offers a deluxe program by train, least of all one featuring a classic private train ride on a glorious Streamliner from the golden age of Train travel. With a special train as our centerpiece, we have developed a leisurely and elegant holiday with fine hotels, great dining, personalized attention, unique sightseeing and much more.
Call 877-929-7245 for fares to and from New York or Essex.
Beginning on a grand note, we depart New York and other Eastern points aboard our very own 'Montreal Limited', a splendid and roomy comfortable 'Club car' with big windows, spacious seats, attentive staff, fresh flowers and open bar with all meals, wines & spirits included. Our journey over the stunningly beautiful Canadian Pacific Railway from New York to Montreal, a day trip via the Hudson River Valley, through the Adirondacks and past Lake Champlain.
This journey was recently acclaimed to be one of the top ten train rides in North America by the BBC and we quite agree. The only thing that can make this visual feast even nicer is an Afternoon Tea with scones, cream cakes and Earl Grey tea as we roll north, and we have included this too! We invite you to join us! All Aboard!
Travel back in time with us to a more civilized and enjoyable era of travel aboard the 'Montreal Limited', the perfect beginning to an ideal holiday. A beautiful restored Lounge car, built originally for the Santa Fe Railroad and their El Capitan Streamliner, this vintage train makes travel fun again with large windows, comfortable 'Club Car' seating, fresh flowers, an attentive staff and, naturally, all meals, wines & spirits are included as we travel to Montreal from New York over the Canadian Pacific Railway on a beautiful day trip through the Adirondacks and past Lake Champlain. This is a special amenity only we offer and what nicer way to travel to exciting New York City than with a visual feast passing by the windows as you enjoy Afternoon Tea with scones, cream cakes and Earl Grey.
Fall Colors in Quebec & Vermont Route Map
- Fully hosted by professional tour manager from start to finish with all the details taken care of, along with large amounts of free time.
- Travel from New York City to Montreal aboard our own vintage train, the Montreal Limited, a day trip of epic beauty with meals, wines & spirits.
- Three nights at the superb Le Westin Montreal Hotel along with welcome dinner in Montreal. We have intentionally left plenty of free time in this wonderful city, the largest French speaking city outside of Paris for you to enjoy its 'joie de vivre', great dining and cosmopolitan charm.
- Montreal city sightseeing tour.
- Scenic day trip from Montreal to Quebec City by train aboard VIA Rail, Canada's excellent train service with an overnight stay in this magical city at Loews le Concorde Hotel in the choicest location along the elegant Grand Allee. Guests have all afternoon and evening to enjoy Quebec City and we have included a sightseeing tour that features Montmorency Falls, the old town and the Citadel.
- Three-night stay in Burlington VT which we use as our base, unpacking once with visits to the Von Trapp family home, Vermont Teddy Bear Factory, Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory, the Shelburne Museum and much more!
- A special 'Farewell Dinner' cruise.
- Passage from Vermont to New York City, Washington DC or any other Northeastern point aboard the Vermonter train.
Day 1 - New York - Montreal
All Aboard! We depart New York's Penn Station this morning, bound for Montreal over the Canadian Pacific Railway aboard the Montreal Limited. Today is a visual feast with the Hudson River Valley, the Adirondacks and Lake Champlain, all in daylight as we roll north in splendor. A treat today is Afternoon Tea as we travel along Lake Champlain for an evening arrival in Montreal. Overnight. Le Westin Montreal Hotel. (CB, L, AT)
Day 2 - Montreal Sightseeing
All morning free to sleep in followed by a city tour of this great city, the largest French speaking city in the world after Paris. We will tour Mount Royal, the chic Westmount area and St. Laurent with all afternoon free to enjoy Sherbrooke St with its fine shopping, further exploration of the old Port or a horse-drawn carriage ride. Tonight is our special Welcome dinner at le Grand Café. Overnight. Le Westin Montreal Hotel. (D)
Day 3 - Montreal at your Leisure
Today is a magical day with all day free to explore and enjoy Montreal, as you like, at your own pace. We have intentionally not scheduled planned activities so this would be a fine day to visit towering Mount Royal, or the chic residential area of Westmount or perhaps to linger over lunch in a small café on Boulevard St. Laurent. Another option for today, highly recommend is the short scenic train trip, easily done in a day, to Ottawa and back, aboard Via Rail. Ottawa is a treat with Rideau Hall, Parliament Hill and the National Art Gallery and for those interested, the tour manager will offer an optional day trip to Ottawa, leaving in the morning and returning in the evening. Overnight. Le Westin Montreal Hotel.
Day 4 - Montreal - Quebec City
We depart Montreal this morning aboard VIA Rail for the scenic ride east to glorious picture perfect Quebec City, a jewel and a UNESCO World Heritage site. We have included a complete sightseeing tour featuring lovely Montmorency Falls, the famed Cidatel and the old town. Our hotel, the Loews le Concorde is situated on the chic Grande Allee, the Champs Elysee of Quebec City. We have left this evening free for you to enjoy this wonderful city. Overnight. Loews Le Concorde Hotel. (L)
Day 5 - Quebec City - Burlington, VT
We depart Quebec City this morning bound for lovely Burlington, Vermont, a short scenic drive through the countryside with a stop for shopping and lunch on your own. Arrive at the Sheraton Burlington at around 4:30 pm. Later tonight, we'll make a special trip to The Essex for dinner at the four-diamond culinary resort proudly featuring farm-to-table options with a focus on local ingredients. Overnight. Burlington Brights Sheraton. (B, D)
Day 6 - Vermont Sightseeing
This morning we are joined by a local guide for a wonderful day of touring. A special treat is a visit to the famous Von Trapp family home, immortalized in "The Sound of Music." Enjoy a historical tour of the home from one of the Von Trapp family members. You'll want to have your camera handy! Afterward, there will be free time to explore, shop and enjoy lunch on your own in nearby Stowe. What would a trip to Vermont be without a visit to an authentic Cider Mill? Certainly it should not be missed! But before our return to the hotel, we will also make a stop to the Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream factory for a s[ecial treat. Overnight. Burlington Brights Sheraton. (B)
Day 7 - Vermont Sightseeing
Once again, our local guide will join us for another wonderful day of sightseeing. On the list: a visit to the Lake Champlain Chocolate Factory, the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory and the Shelburne Museum, considered one of the finest and most diverse museums of art, design and Americana with over 15,000 works on display in 39 exhibition buildings. There will be plenty of time for lunch on your own at the venue.
This afternoon, enjoy a rare and special opportunity to visit a local vineyard. An award-winning winemaker is our host and will introduce us to the robust flavors and the lovely setting during the first harvest of the fall. Return to the hotel to freshen up before our special Farewell Dinner cruise aboard the Spirit of Ethan Allen III. Overnight. Burlington Brights Sheraton. (B, D)
Day 8 - Tour Concludes
Following breakfast in your hotel, the motorcoach will take you to the train station in Essex. As you head to Connecticut and New York by train we hope you are filled with warm memories of your time in Vermont. (B)
Call 877-929-7245 for fares to and from New York or Essex.
A pre-night hotel in New York is available and highly recommended.
Prices are land-only, per person based on double occupancy. Single rate is $3,095. Tripe rate is $2,395 per person.
Prices are are correct at the time of this web page going live; however, are subject to confirmation at time of booking.
CB = Contynential Breakfast, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, AT = Afternoon Tea