This 9-day journey takes you through the heart of Canada as you visit its biggest and best cities of Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City.
About the Tour
Begin this tour of Canada's heartland as you depart Toronto for a daylong trip to the majestic Niagara Falls. Try to stay dry as you enjoy the views of thundering waterfalls before returning to Toronto to explore the thriving nightlife of this diverse city.
Start the train portion of your journey as you embark on VIA Rail's first-class accommodations toward Ottawa for a two-night stay. You'll have a morning tour to visit everything from the grand Parliament to the serene Rideau Falls*, then an afternoon to explore on your own.
Return to your train to travel to Canada's cultural capital of Montreal, with its European flair and influence, for a two-night stay. A morning sightseeing tour will take you to its best spots, including Old Montreal, with the afternoon free to eat, shop, and explore.
You'll then depart Montreal and travel along the St. Lawrence River to Quebec City, the only walled city in all of North America. Watch the lovely sights fly by from the comfort of your luxury train. Once settled in Quebec City for your two-night stay, you have the choice to take a sightseeing tour, or explore the flavor of the city's old world charm and French culture on your own.
This itinerary is also available from Quebec City to Toronto based on your travel preference.
- Rail travel in VIA Rail Canada
- Hotel accommodations for 8 nights
- 3 meals
- Niagara Falls excursion
- Ottawa city tour
- Heart of Montreal Motorcoach City Tour
- Quebec City sightseeing
Day 1 - TorontoArrive in Toronto and transfer to your hotel with the remainder of the day at your leisure. Overnight Toronto.
Day 2 - Niagara FallsEnjoy an all day excursion to world famous Niagara Falls with its thundering waters and boiling cataracts. Lunch is included at Niagara Falls. Return to Toronto in the early evening via the scenic settlement of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Overnight Toronto. (L)
Day 3 - VIA Rail from Toronto to OttawaToday, board VIA Rail's business class service to Ottawa, capital city of Canada. Transfer on your own to your selected hotel to begin a two-night stay. Overnight Ottawa. (L)
Day 4 - Exploring OttawaThis morning, tour the nation's 'Capital' highlighted by Canada's Parliament Buildings, the Embassies, the Prime Minister's residence, Rideau Falls and Canal*. The remainder of the day is free to explore the National Arts Centre, take a stroll in one of the many parks, or return to further explore Canada's Parliament buildings (walking distance from hotel). Overnight Ottawa.
Day 5 - VIA Rail from Ottawa to MontrealA short ride on VIA Rail's business class service takes you to Montreal, Canada's most cosmopolitan city. You'll have time to explore Old Montreal or take an optional sightseeing tour from the hotel. Overnight Montreal. (L)
Day 6 - Exploring MontrealSet off on a morning city tour of Montreal, the second largest French-speaking city in the world. Visit Old Montreal, Notre Dame Basilica, Olympic Park, and Mount Royal Park. View Montreal Harbour on the great St. Lawrence River - 1000 miles from the sea. The afternoon is free to shop and explore. Overnight Montreal.
Day 7 - Train to Quebec CityToday's rail travel from Montreal follows the St. Lawrence River to the "Ancient Capital," Quebec City. The only walled city in North America, Quebec City, boasts "old world" charm. Overnight Quebec City.
Day 8 - Quebec City at LeisureToday is yours to experience the charm of Quebec City, the cradle of French culture in North America. Enjoy sidewalk cafes and outdoor displays by Quebec artists, all set among 400 years of history. A small group guided walking tour of Old Quebec immerses you in the history of the walled city and allows you to explore the hub that is Quebec City. Overnight Quebec City.
Day 9 - Quebec CityYour Maple Explorer vacation concludes today upon check-out from your hotel.
Hotels included are Chelsea Hotel, Toronto, Lord Elgin Hotel, Ottawa, Delta Montreal and Hotel Chateau Laurier Quebec, Quebec City. Business class rail aboard the train is reserved for the exclusive use of Business and Sleeper Plus class travelers, all our Business lounges are equipped for your comfort. Enjoy the services of dedicated personnel to help you with your travels, spacious seats, HD television screens, free non-alcoholic beverages and Wi-Fi. VIA rail’s renovated car has a 2-1 seats configuration: more space for every traveler thanks to a row of single seats. It also has new ergonomic seats, side table and an electrical outlet available for each seat. Meals and a cocktail service are also included.
Hotels included are the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Toronto, Fairmont Chateau Laurier, Ottawa, Fairmont Queen Elizabeth and Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac. Business class rail aboard the train is reserved for the exclusive use of Business and Sleeper Plus class travelers, all our Business lounges are equipped for your comfort. Enjoy the services of a dedicated personnel to help you with your travels, spacious seats, HD television screens, free non-alcoholic beverages and free Wi-Fi. VIA rail’s renovated car has a 2-1 seats configuration: more space for every traveler thanks to a row of single seats. It also has new ergonomic seats, side table and an electrical outlet available for each seat. Meals and a cocktail service are also included.
Passport & Visa Requirements
It is your responsibility to check and fulfill the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.