Capitals of Eastern Canada by Rail Tour
Holiday Reference: 16016
This is the perfect vacation where you can enjoy the diversity the East coast has to offer. Your 10 night trip begins and ends in the bustling cosmopolitan city of Toronto travelling across to capture the architectural brilliance in both Ottawa and Montreal. Spend a 2 night stay in the romantic city of Quebec dubbed the French Canada due to it's charming and captivating nature before returning to Toronto to experience Niagara Falls in all it's glory.
Available May - October 2019/20.
Upon arrival into Toronto make your way (independently) to your hotel, and the remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight – Toronto
Enjoy the facilities of the Business Class Lounge before 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 (not included) to downtown Ottawa hotels. (lunch is included today) Overnight – Ottawa
Ottawa is not just the capital of the Canadian government, it is also one of the most diverse cities in the world, offering everything from world-class sporting events and shopping adventures, 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 and the Museum of Nature. Today is a free day to explore on your own. Overnight - Ottawa
Enjoy the facilities of the Business Class Lounge before boarding instructions. Complimentary newspapers 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 underneath the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel lobby. (breakfast is included today) Overnight - Montreal
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 200 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 Mont Royal. The balance of the day is yours to enjoy Montreal on your own. Overnight – Montreal
Enjoy the facilities of the Business Class Lounge before 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 400 years old and most of the original architecture and buildings have been lovingly preserved. (lunch is included today). Overnight – Quebec City
Québec City is the heart of French Canada. Nowhere else in North America is the appearance and atmosphere of an old-world city so complete. Québec 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. Overnight – Quebec City
Enjoy the facilities of the Business Class Lounge before boarding instructions. Complimentary newspapers and non alcoholic beverages are available in the lounge. Departing Quebec from Gare du Palais, cross the mighty St. Lawrence River to the south shore, which the rail line follows for almost the entire journey to Toronto. The landscape is dotted with tiny villages, all with church spires, maple forests and rich pasture land. This fertile land stretches most of the way to Montreal. After the small city of Saint-Hyacinthe, there is a dramatic change in the landscape, as the Monteregian Hills seem to appear out of nowhere. These huge volcanic mounds were formed over 120 million years ago and there are seven of these large hills in a row, including Mont Royal in Montreal. Arriving in Montreal at Central station, change trains and board VIA Rail’s Toronto service. The change is seamless, in the same station, with a short connection wait. Departing Montreal, a brief stop is made at Dorval. From Dorval, the train route crosses the Ottawa River, a major tributary of the St. Lawrence River. In the distance to the north, you may view the Laurentian Highlands. Less than an hour out of Montreal, the train passes from the Province of Quebec into the Province of Ontario. Following the St. Lawrence, pass through the small cities and villages, including Kingston, the first capital of the “Province of Canada” from 1841 to 1867, when the capital was moved to Ottawa. Passing through Trenton Junction, the St. Lawrence widens into Lake Ontario. The rail line follows the shore of this “Great Lake“ into Toronto, where you disembark at Union Station in downtown Toronto. Disembark the train and make your way (independently) to your Toronto Hotel (breakfast & lunch included today) Overnight – Toronto
Discover more of Toronto today at your leisure. Check out the world famous CN Tower. Walk the shores of Lake Ontario, visit some of the many attractions the downtown area has such as the Hockey Hall of Fame, Roger’s Centre or the Distillery District. Overnight in Toronto
Today you will travel on board your air-conditioned motorcoach for a breaktaking, full-day tour through the orchard laden Niagara Peninsula to Niagara Falls, one of the great wonders of the world. Take a Journey Behind the falls boat trip, have a meal overlooking the Falls, and take a winery tour with a wine tasting at Niagara on the Lake. – Overnight – Toronto
Check out of your Toronto Hotel and make your way (independently) to Toronto Airport for your flight back to the UK