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Visit two of Canada's most popular cities, Montreal and Quebec City, on this enchanting vacation by rail.

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20212022
7 days From $1,119 per person

2021 Tour code: CC-MQRN-21

About the tour

Your 7-day tour begins in Montreal, the second-largest city in Canada, where you will spend three full days exploring the city. Montreal is an interesting mix of old and new; a cosmopolitan city with chic shopping, outstanding restaurants, and exciting nightlife, with a glimpse of the city's rich history around every bend. Canada's Cultural Capital is home to legendary sites like the gorgeous Notre Dame Basilica, the famous Olympic Complex and a stunning view on top of Mont Royal.

Following Montreal, you will then travel by VIA Rail train to Quebec City where you will spend three days admiring its 17th-century architecture and uncovering its history, which can be found down every cobblestone walkway. Visit famed sites like the Latin Quarter, the Place Royale and the Basilica, or visit the quaint shops and excellent cuisine that surrounds the city. Quebec's proud heritage and European flair will make you forget you're even in Canada.

This vacation is also available from Quebec to Montreal-based on your travel preference.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Montreal

Welcome to Montreal! Canada's Cultural Capital is bursting with historical architecture, impressive landmarks, fashionable shops, gastronomic delights, and endless entertainment options. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and spend the day exploring the city. Overnight Montreal.

Day 2 - Montreal Sightseeing

Embark on your Montreal sightseeing tour to more than 200 points of interest throughout the city. Highlights include Notre Dame Basilica, historic Old Montreal, the Olympic Complex, McGill University, and a breathtaking view from the top of Mont Royal. Spend the remainder of the day exploring Montreal's colorful neighborhoods on your own. Overnight Montreal.

Day 3 - Montreal at Leisure

The day is yours to explore the city at your leisure. You may elect to revisit some of the sights you saw on yesterday's sightseeing tour or take out your map and set out for uncharted territory. Spend time in Old Montreal to visit the Bonsecours Market, the Old Port, City Hall, and the Montreal Science Centre. You won't want to miss underground Montreal with its fabulous shopping. Overnight Montreal.

Day 4 - Montreal to Quebec City

Bid adieu to Montreal and prepare to say bonjour to Quebec City! Board your comfortable VIA Rail train for the 3-hour journey along the St. Lawrence River to this charming city steeped in history. Transfer to your centrally-located hotel and spend the remainder of the day getting acquainted with the city on your own. Stroll the cobblestone streets, visit the unique shops, and delight in the city's sidewalk cafes and street entertainers. Overnight Quebec City.

Day 5 - Quebec City Sightseeing

Today embark on a sightseeing tour of Quebec City. You'll see both the historic and modern sides of this enchanting city during visits to the Latin Quarter, the Plains of Abraham, the Citadel, the Fortifications, the National Assembly, Place Royale, and the Basilica among many other points of interest. Spend the remainder of the day exploring the city at your leisure. Overnight Quebec City.

Day 6 - Quebec City at Leisure

Make lasting memories of your time in Quebec City during this full day at your leisure. Visit Parliament Hill with its impressive Parliament Building and the Fontaine de Tourny, Montmorency Falls Park, the Beaupre Coast, or Île d'Orleans. Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride, collect souvenirs as you walk through the unique shops, and appreciate a fantastic meal. Overnight Quebec City.

Day 7 - Quebec City

Your French Canadian vacation ends today. You may elect to spend additional time in Quebec City, visit another town along your train route, or transfer on your own to the airport for your trip home.

Additional information

Pricing Plans

Moderate Accommodations
Hotels include Delta Montreal and Hotel Chateau Laurier Quebec. VIA Rail accommodations are in economy class and include a seat with picture window. Light meals, snacks, and beverages are available for purchase.

Superior Accommodations
Hotels include Marriott Chateau Champlain and Hotel Manoir Victoria. VIA Rail accommodations are in business class and include a seat with picture window, access to the in-station Panorama Lounge (where available), priority boarding and complimentary newspapers, and a delicious meal including wine. 

Deluxe Accommodations
Hotels include Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth and Fairmont le Chateau Frontenac. VIA Rail accommodations are in business class and include a seat with picture window, access to the in-station Panorama Lounge (where available), priority boarding and complimentary newspapers, and a delicious meal including wine.

Please Note

Taxes are not included on rail portions and are subject to change.

Child rates are available for travelers age 2-11. Triple rates available upon request. Ask your rail specialist for details.

A 3 night stay minimum is required during the Grand Prix in Montreal.

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.

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SANDRA

4 stars

Submitted 19 Oct 2019

We thorough enjoyed out trip to Montreal and Quebec City. The hotels were outstanding; the train ride (with lunch) was more than pleasant! Only downer---one of our bus-tour guides thought himself a stand-up comic. His demeanor got in the way of his information.

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Lauretta

5 stars

Submitted 23 Sep 2019

Everything went according to schedule. It was a very nice trip.

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Sharon

5 stars

Submitted 07 Sep 2019

We enjoyed our Canadian trip so much! Vacations By Rail took care of all the details. Our accommodations were perfect, rail travel great, and sight-seeing excursions fun. We would definitely contact them again with future travel plans. Thanks to Efi who assisted us so well ! ??

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JAY

5 stars

Submitted 06 Sep 2019

Great trip, great hotels, and fun train ride

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Beverly

5 stars

Submitted 23 Aug 2019

The whole trip went smoothly. It was well organized; the hotels were very good as well as being centrally located in both cities; the two bus trips were interesting.

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Ronald

4 stars

Submitted 15 Aug 2019

I think it was a wonderful place to visit. I wish we had had a daily activity via a tour guide. But we overall had a wonderful time and enjoyed it. The tour in Montreal was excellent and we had a wonderful Tour Guide that was very Knowledgeable.

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