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A Taste of Quebec

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6 days From $2,971 per person
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Explore the best of French Canada by VIA Rail on this luxurious 6-day vacation featuring Montreal and Quebec City

Travel on your own following a well-planned itinerary

2024 Tour code: CC-ATQE-24

About the tour

Enjoy a trip brimming with luxury as you explore Montreal, Québec City, and the surrounding areas. This tour includes accommodations at Fairmont hotels and Business Class accommodations onboard VIA Rail. Kick off your experience with a day in Mont Tremblant, nestled among the breathtaking Laurentian Mountains. Experience the area's culture as you enjoy the picturesque scenery and the local flair of the Saint Sauveur village.

Next, travel to Québec City as you enjoy Business Class train accommodations. Then explore the rural Charlevoix region on the banks of the St. Lawrence River. You'll have a day-long tour which includes whale-watching along the Saguenay Fjord. Then take in the beauty of rural Québec as you embark on a trip to Sainte-Anne-de- Beaupré, where you can visit its famous shrine. Cap off the day watching the cascading waters of Montmorency Falls and visiting the Island of Orleans.

This itinerary is also available from Quebec City to Montreal based on your travel preference.

Highlights

What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 - Montreal

Arrive in Montreal at your leisure. You will be met at the airport by a driver and transferred by private car to the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Montreal. Built in 1958 by the Canadian National Railway, the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth is the largest hotel in Montreal and the hotel of choice for visiting dignitaries and celebrities from all over the world. The remainder of the day is free to explore the city on your own. Overnight Montreal.

Day 2 - Mont Tremblant and the Laurentians

After enjoying a delicious breakfast at the hotel, you will set off on a full-day excursion to the countryside. Spend a long-to-be-remembered day in the magnificent Laurentian Mountains just north of Montreal. A thousand freshwater lakes and picturesque villages dot the landscape. Cruise for 50 minutes on the lovely Lac des Sables in St. Agathe. Spend one hour in the village of Saint Sauveur where you will be seduced by all the charming shops and attractions. Return to Montreal this evening and stroll the cobblestone streets at your leisure. Overnight Montreal.

Day 3 - VIA Rail to Quebec City

Enjoy a lovely train journey from Montreal to Quebec City riding in the incomparable VIA Rail Business Class service. Once in Quebec City check into your room at the stunning Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac. This world-class hotel has hosted Queen Elizabeth, U.S. and French presidents, Alfred Hitchcock and many international stars. After checking in to your accommodations set out to explore Old Quebec on foot. Most of the major historic attractions are within an easy walk from the hotel. Overnight Quebec City.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 4 - Whale Watching in Charlevoix

Get ready for an amazing 11-hour experience as you embark on a whale watching tour in the Charlevoix region. Travel through its enchanting sites and landscapes and witness the rugged regions of the area's first settlers. Upon arrival in Tadoussac, you will board a boat specially designed for whale watching. An experienced naturalist will explain the habits of the Finback and Beluga whales that frequent this region during the summer. Overnight Quebec City.

Day 5 - Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre / Montmorency Falls

Travel back in time to rural Quebec and enjoy the view! As you ride along the 40 kilometers of Chemin Du Roy to Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, you will pass through many traditional villages of rural Quebec. In Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, you will have time to visit the world-famous Shrine. You will also stop at the Montmorency Falls (1 ½ times higher than Niagara Falls). You will then be treated to a short visit on the Island of Orleans, discovered by Jacques Cartier in 1535, where the picturesque village of Sainte-Petronille, with its 19th-century rural atmosphere, waits to be rediscovered again. Overnight Quebec City.

Day 6 - Conclusion

Today you will bid au revoir to Quebec. Your vacation will conclude with a private transfer from your hotel to the Quebec City airport.

Additional information

Please note

Hotels include Fairmont Queen Elizabeth and Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac or similar; subject to availability at the time of confirmation. VIA Rail accommodations are in business class and include a meal at your seat onboard.

Departure times

Departure times vary based on selected rail vacation. This information will be provided in your final documents. For more information please speak with your rail specialist.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular vacation with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, Montreal

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, Montreal

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Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, Quebec City

Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, Quebec City

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Dominick Zenzola

4 stars

Submitted 22 Sep 2023

Hotels were too expensive for the value

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NATALIE ZAIFERT

2 stars

Submitted 10 Sep 2023

We just got back from our Vacations by Rail trip, “A Taste of Quebec,” and we were instructed to email after calling at the tail end of our trip to report some big issues we had along the way. It started on Day 2 when our paperwork/voucher, sent by Vacations by Rail, informed us that the bus would be picking us up at our hotel, Fairmont Queen Elizabeth, at 8am. This was for the Mont Tremblant and the Laurentians. We were outside waiting 15 minutes early and no bus showed up. We called the number provided, had a hotel employee translate for us to tell us that the bus was never coming to the hotel. Now 8am, they told the hotel employee that they would wait for us s0 we ran to the location a few blocks from the hotel. This not only stressed out us, made us get hot and sweaty at the beginning of the day, but also landed us in the very back of the bus for the length of the day trip. The trip was a complete waste of a day! We made 3 unnecessary stops along the way to the Laurentians. The 3rd one was to eat lunch, which was fine, until we all arrived to the final destination, a ski resort, where the only thing to do was eat at one of the many restaurants. After the first 30 minutes of taking in the sites, we were all walking around aimlessly for 1.5 hours. They should have saved lunch for this stop because all the guests found themselves standing around. I would NOT recommend this tour to other travelers. Next, we arrived in Quebec, check into our hotel, and find out that they had us in a room with 2 double beds. Absolutely unacceptable for a married couple on vacation that was booked well over a year ago. We had to pull out our wallets and pay for an upgrade to get a king size bed for the last 2 nights. Unfortunately, they didn’t have a king size bed available on our first night there. We would like Vacations by Rail to reimburse us for that. Receipt is attached. Next tour, Day 4, we went whale watching. This was a 3-hour bus ride there and back. Everything would have been fine if the bus’s air condition worked. When we first got on, we had to stop 5 minutes away to change buses because the first bus had no air. The second bus ended up not having air as well. 2 hours into the ride, the driver finally stopped and pushed open the emergency exits on the ceiling of the bus to provide the passengers with air. It didn’t help as it was a hot day. On top of that, the tour guide had terrible English and read from a book about what we were passing the entire way to the cruise. Not only could we not understand a work she spoke, but it became very annoying to listen to her monotone, broken English the entire way. The whale watching was a good excursion and I only have good things to say about that. It’s unfortunate that 6 out of the 11 hours was miserable. We would like a partial reimbursement for this tour for the 2 of us. Finally, when we called to confirm our private transfer to get to the airport the day before we left, they had us leaving on a different flight and time. They were planning to pick us up at 2am for a 6:40am flight. After giving them the correct flight information, which never changed since we forwarded it to Vacations by Rail, they told us that they didn’t have drivers available so early on such last minute notice. If we weren’t going to go with the original booking at 2am, we had to ride share (pick up other guests at a different hotel) at 3:30am so not having much of a choice, that’s what we did. We arrived at the airport 45 minutes before we could even check our bags. This was a horrible way to start a long travel day. We would like to request a reimbursement for the transfer as well. As you can probably understand, we were very disappointed with this trip to Quebec, our first vacation since Covid. We spent a lot of money, and it was underwhelming to say the least. We understand that things don’t always go smoothly when traveling, but there were too many hiccups along the way that didn’t need to happen.

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LORI ROMIG CITRONE

3 stars

Submitted 17 Jun 2023

The bus tour in Montreal was a waste of time. Little to see and a bus driver who didn’t give any interesting fact. Although he was a good driver. The bus tour in Quebec City was great.

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CATHLEEN SIKORSKI

2 stars

Submitted 16 Jun 2023

Unfortunately, this tour was extremely disappointing. I will say working with the scheduling with Dave was very easy and thorough. We did opt our of the whale-watching tour because our group of 8 had many with motion sickness issues, and that part was handled well. As to the rest of the tour it was generally lackluster. The bus tour in Montreal to Mt Tremblant was dull. The driver made it clear that he was not a tour guide, so nothing interesting was told to us during a 6 hour day. And the gondola was not running. The second bus tour in Quebec was very good with a real tour guide and a reasonable amount of time. We were expected to find our own way to our transportation, which was actually very easy. But you needed to do that leg work. Fine for us but some people might find that daunting. There was too much "free" time with no guidance about things to do. If you added an information packet of things to do in free time, that would have helped broaden our time there. Here's the good news: the train between Montréal and Québec was great! Amazing service! Also our hotels were utterly fantastic! The best in both cities. Truly great, especially in Quebec!

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SHARON R from Texas

5 stars

Submitted 29 Jul 2019

We really enjoyed our vacation. Vacations by Rail took care of all of the details and everything was perfect. Would highly recommend this tour.

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Sharon

5 stars

Submitted 17 Oct 2018

We were delightfully surprised that our 5 star hotel rooms included concierge floors with access to computers, wonderful views and fantastic breakfasts, afternoon teas, and evening cocktail hour. The Queen Elizabeth in Montreal and the Hotel Frontenac in Quebec were centrally located and our rooms were amazing.

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