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From the sparkling French culture to the easygoing charm of Atlantic seaside towns, sun-drenched beaches to sparkling coves and miles of rugged shoreline guarded by graceful lighthouses - this is a delightful introduction to Quebec and the Maritimes.

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Travel on your own following a well-planned itinerary

2022 Tour code: AR-QTME-22

About the tour

Start your journey in the cultural haven of Montreal. Montreal is popular for being home to legendary attractions like the stunning Notre Dame Basilica and the iconic Olympic Park, home to several of the 1976 Olympic Games venues. You will have two days to explore the historic city before embarking on to your next destination, Quebec City.

Quebec City is vibrant in French culture, and with the assistance of a guided sightseeing tour, you will be able to discover the modern and historic highlights that encompass the city. From the Plains of Abraham to the Fortifications of Quebec, your day of exploration will let you see firsthand why this city is so magnificent! From Quebec, you will then make your way aboard VIA Rail's Ocean through the majestic Maritimes to the city of Halifax.

Halifax is rich in history and scenic delights. Discover this coastal paradise, home to Canada's most photographed lighthouse. Your 6-day Canadian rail adventure comes to an end after your time in Halifax.

Itinerary is also available from Halifax to Montreal based on your travel preference.

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What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 - Montreal

Your exciting tour of Quebec and Canada's Maritimes begins in the cosmopolitan city of Montreal, the second largest city in Canada. Check into your hotel and spend the remainder of your day soaking in the history and culture of this charming city, visiting the fashionable shops, and indulging in the city's fine dining and entertainment. Overnight Montreal.

Day 2 - Montreal Sightseeing

This morning's sightseeing excursion shows you more than 200 points of interest as you travel throughout the city. Highlights include Notre Dame Basilica, Mount Royal Park, Olympic Park, Old Montreal, and St. Joseph's Oratory. The afternoon is yours to explore the city's colorful neighborhoods, marveling at historic architecture dating back to the 17th century. Be sure to shop Montreal's "underground." This evening board your VIA Rail train for the 3-hour journey along the St. Lawrence River to Quebec City. Chat with your fellow travelers and admire the passing scenery as you're whisked to your next destination. Overnight Quebec City.

Includes
  • Dinner
Day 3 - Quebec City tour

This morning's sightseeing tour of Quebec City shows you both the modern and historic sides of the city. Highlights of your excursion include the Plains of Abraham, the Latin Quarter, the Citadel, the Fortifications, the National Assembly, and Place Royale among many other sights. The remainder of the day is yours to explore the city on your own. Soak in the French Canadian culture, relax at a sidewalk café, enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride, or collect souvenirs as you visit the unique shops. Make sure to enjoy a delicious French meal this evening before transferring to the rail station in Sainte-Foy for your overnight rail journey to Halifax aboard VIA Rail's Ocean. Settle into your first-class accommodations and bid adieu to Quebec as the train leaves the St. Lawrence River behind and speeds toward the Maritimes. Overnight train.

Day 4 - Halifax

Awake this morning and enjoy a hot breakfast in the Dining Car. Afterward, visit the Park Car for panoramic views of the passing scenery from the observation dome as well as entertaining and informative presentations about the Maritimes region from the onboard Learning Coordinator (Learning Coordinator is seasonal). This afternoon, the Ocean pulls into Moncton, an outdoor lover's paradise, for a 15-minute stop. Stretch your legs and get a glimpse of the town. Because Moncton is well-situated to both the ocean and woodlands, it is ideal for visitors interested in kayaking, hiking, and birdwatching. Admire the passing scenery as you continue the last leg of your journey.

Upon arrival in Halifax, drop your bags at your hotel and venture out for dinner this evening. Argyle Street, located in the heart of downtown Halifax, will have an array of options to choose from. You may also opt for a meal by the water along the boardwalk. Enjoy the fresh Nova Scotian seafood the local cuisine has to offer and enjoy the evening at leisure. Overnight Halifax.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 - Exploring Halifax

Today is at leisure to explore this maritime city on your own. You may wish to visit the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, relax and enjoy the view at the top of the award-winning Central Library, or take a stroll along the waterfront and up and through the Halifax Public Gardens. Add an optional excursion to Peggy's Cove, a picturesque seaside village and iconic lighthouse which have been welcoming artists and explorers alike for more than 150 years, or make the big splash into Halifax Harbour, cruising past the waterfront Boardwalk and the stone buildings on a Harbour Hopper tour. Both excursions are available seasonnally. Overnight Halifax.

Day 6 - Conclusion

Your tour comes to a close today. You may elect to extend your stay in Halifax to relax in this seaside town and explore its many surrounding coastal towns. Or, transfer to the airport (not included) for your return flight home.

Additional information

Pricing Plans

Moderate Accommodations
Hotels include Delta Montreal, Delta Quebec, and Cambridge Suites Halifax. VIA Rail accommodations between Montreal and Quebec City are in Economy Class, with meals available for purchase. VIA Rail accommodations on the Ocean are in Sleeper Plus class in a private cabin. Meals are included aboard the train along with exclusive access to lounge cars.

Superior Accommodations
Hotels include Marriott Chateau Champlain, Hotel Manoir Victoria, and Delta Halifax. VIA Rail accommodations between Montreal and Quebec City are in Business Class and include meal service. VIA Rail accommodations on the Ocean are in Sleeper Plus class in a private cabin. Meals are included aboard the train along with exclusive access to lounge cars.

Deluxe Accommodations
Hotels include Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, Fairmont Chateau Frontenac and Prince George Hotel. VIA Rail accommodations between Montreal and Quebec City are in Business Class and include meal service. VIA Rail accommodations on the Ocean are in Sleeper Plus class in a private cabin. Meals are included aboard the train along with exclusive access to lounge cars.

Please note

Minimum stay required and surcharge will apply in Montreal during the Grand Prix.
Sightseeing tour of Halifax is available June 1 - October 15.

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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Faimon Roberts II

5 stars

Submitted 2/Oct

Great trip.

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Marilyn

3 stars

Submitted 8/Sep

Train was old and two hours late arriving In Halifax. Our trip was self guided, except for two tourbus rides that were fine. In Quebec City, the limo to a different train slation to catch the evening train to Halifax was very helpful.

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NancySmolow

3 stars

Submitted 7/Sep

The hotel accommodations were good. But the train from Quebec City to Halifax was terrible. The sleeper cabin was tiny and poorly laid out. There was no place for luggage, the ladder to the 2nd bunk was in the way of the door to the bathroom. The food was really poor and there was very limited space to sit outside of the dining car.

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DEBORAH CURTIS-COISH

5 stars

Submitted 7/Sep

Our itinerary was well laid out, and every connection went without a hitch. Excellent accommodations and tours.

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DAVID GIBBS

4 stars

Submitted 26/Jul

It was a nice way to see three areas of Canada in a short amount of time.

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Gloria

5 stars

Submitted 03 Sep 2019

I would recommend a vacation by rail to all my family and friends it was the best vacation ever the food,tours hotel and hospitality was outstanding

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