Eastern Canada by Rail

9 Days / 8 Nights | Toronto to Quebec City

Eastern Canada Rail Tours highlights: Toronto | Niagara Falls | Ottawa | Montreal | Quebec City | See the major attractions in Eastern Canada and experience the different lifestyles in the provinces of Ontario and Quebec. Travel by VIA Rail and soak up the diverse cultures of Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal and Quebec City.

  • Toronto, diverse and multi-cultural
  • Niagara Falls
  • Montréal, French Canadian with a historic flair
  • Ottawa, the nation’s capital and full of charm
  • Québec City, historic heart and European soul
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The below itinerary is only a suggestion, we offer tailor-made personal service and solutions to help you plan your perfect vacation.

Day 1 Toronto Upon arrival in Toronto today transfer (included) to your downtown hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the sights of Canada’s largest city.

Day 2 Niagara Falls & Niagara on the Lake Enjoy 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. (lunch is included today)

Day 3 Toronto to Ottawa (Rail) Enjoy the facilities of the Business Class Lounge while waiting for boarding instructions. Complimentary newspapers and non alcoholic beverages are available in the lounge. Follow the shores of Lake Ontario, one of the five Great Lakes of North America, to Trenton Junction, where the St. Lawrence River flows from the lake. From Trenton Junction to Ottawa, the landscape is dotted with small villages, surrounded by maple forests and rich pasture land. The journey is approximately four hours. Ottawa was named as the capital of Canada in 1867 with the signing of Confederation by the then Canadian Provinces, establishing an independent Canada. The VIA Rail station in Ottawa is a short taxi ride to downtown Ottawa hotels. (lunch is included today)

Day 4 Ottawa (Free Day) Ottawa is not just the capital of the Canadian government; Ottawa is also one of the most diverse cities in the world, offering everything from world-class sporting events and shopping adventure to museum and family activities. Ottawa has it all. Situated on the Ottawa River about 200 km (125 miles) west of Montreal, Ottawa is a unique mix of old and new, history and technology, excitement and relaxation. Among the many historic sights in Ottawa are the Canadian War Museum, Parliament Hill, Museum of Civilization, Rideau Hall, RCMP Museum and Stables, National Aviation Museum, Royal Canadian Mint, National Gallery, Byward Market, Rideau Canal, Dow’s Lake, Experimental Farm, Museum of Nature. Today is a free day to explore.

Day 5 Ottawa to Montreal (Rail) Enjoy the facilities of the Business class lounge while waiting for boarding instructions. Complimentary news papers and non alcoholic beverages are available in the lounge. Your rail journey to Montreal this morning is under four hours, and takes you into rural Ontario, with maple forests and pasturelands, crossing into Quebec at Coteau where the rail line joins the Toronto-Montreal line. Cross the Ottawa River to Dorval Station where a short stop is made before proceeding to Central Station in downtown Montreal. Central Station is located two floors below the Queen Elizabeth Hotel lobby. (breakfast is included today)

Day 6 Montreal City Sightseeing Montreal offers a number of unique attractions. From some of North America’s oldest and most spectacular architecture to professional sports and botanical treasures. Enjoy a 3 hour tour of the city, taking in more than 20 points of interest, including a stop at the Notre Dame Basilica, residential and financial districts, Old Montreal, French Quarter, outside view of Olympic Site, McGill University and a panoramic view from an observation point on top of Mt. Royal. The balance of the day is yours to enjoy Montreal.

Day 7 Montreal to Quebec (Rail) Enjoy the facilities of the Business Class Lounge while waiting for boarding instructions. Complimentary newspapers and non alcoholic beverages are available in the lounge. Following the St. Lawrence River, pass from city suburbs to the rural landscapes of forests and rich pastures, dotted with tiny villages that extend to Quebec City. For the first hour, you will note the rugged Monteregian Hills that seem to loom up from nowhere. These huge volcanic mounds were formed over 120 million years ago. There are seven of these hills in a row, including Mont Royal in Montreal, ending with Monte Rouge near the tiny village of Boloeil. Many of the trees you view are maple trees, producing the great Canadian staple, maple syrup. Your rail journey is just over two hours to Quebec, the oldest walled city in North America and heart of the French Canadian culture of Canada. In Quebec, arrive at Gare du Palais, located near the harbour in old town, Quebec. Steeped in history, Quebec is the most charming city in Canada, almost four hundred years old and most of the original architecture and buildings have been lovingly preserved. (lunch is included today).

Day 8 Quebec City Sightseeing Quebec City is the heart of French Canada. Nowhere else in North America is the appearance and atmosphere of an old-world city so complete. Quebec City looks and feels very European; perhaps that is why the entire old section of the town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985. Today qualified guides will help you discover the enchanting sights which are part of Quebec City’s history. During the tour several stops are suggested. Should you wish to visit different sites, you may wish to get off and board at your convenience. This tour option offers you great flexibility.

Day 9 Quebec City Your Eastern Canada by rail vacation concludes today upon check-out from your hotel.

If you require airport transfers or rail reservations to Montreal or Toronto, please contact the Canada by design team.

Package Includes:

  • Hotel accommodation including provincial taxes for 8 nights
  • Private transfer Toronto Airport to hotel
  • Niagara Falls sightseeing tour (lunch included)
  • Business Class rail travel Toronto to Ottawa (lunch included)
  • Business Class rail travel Ottawa to Montreal (breakfast included)
  • Montreal city sightseeing tour (3 Hours)
  • Business Class rail travel Montreal to Quebec City (lunch included)
  • Quebec City sightseeing tour
  • Travel Documentation
  • Total # of meals: 1 breakfast, 3 lunches

Hotel Information (Moderate Grade)

  • Toronto – Chelsea Hotel (Chelsea Room)
  • Ottawa – Delta Ottawa City Centre (Guest Room)
  • Montreal – Delta Montreal (Guest Room)
  • Quebec City – Delta Quebec (Guest Room)

Hotel Information (Superior Grade)

  • Toronto – Sheraton Centre Toronto (Standard Room)
  • Ottawa – Fairmont Chateau Laurier (Fairmont Room)
  • Montreal – Le Westin Montreal (Traditional Room)
  • Quebec City – Manoir Victoria (Standard Room)

Hotel Information (Deluxe Grade)

  • Toronto – Fairmont Royal York (Fairmont Luxury Room)
  • Ottawa – Fairmont Chateau Laurier (Fairmont View Room)
  • Montreal – Le Saint-Sulpice (Superior Suite Loft Style)
  • Quebec City – Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac (Fairmont Room)

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