A Taste of France in North America

Ooo-La-La, a Taste of France!

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Whether you are looking for romance, a fun time with friends or a short family vacation, it would be hard to beat this quick break for a flavor of France - short of flying to Paris itself. We have included a carefully curated selection of the best tours and adventures in each city - so you can both enjoy your freedom and make the most of your brief time in ‘New France’.

  • Starting From

    $1,880 USD

    per person
  • Trip length

    5 days

    4 nights
  • Hot Spots
    Montreal, Quebec City

Cosmopolitan Montréal

Montréal is the commercial hub of French-speaking Canada – brimming with joie de vivre and French flair. There are so many festivals and events here, when you call we’ll tell you what’s going on when you plan to visit – and take care of the arrangements if you see something you like.

Romantic & Historic Québec City

With its cobbled streets, its historic citadel and its fascinating museums, Québec City is arguably one of the most ‘European’ cities – and definitely one of the most romantic – in North America. It is also a great place to learn about the history of France in Canada.

A Train Journey Along the St. Lawrence

Getting there is half the fun and rather than a drive from Montréal to Québec City we suggest you sit back and relax as your train meanders along the majestic St. Lawrence River.


Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Our experienced Canadian Insiders will create a personalized experience for you that matches your schedule, travel style and budget.

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Day 01

Arrival in Montreal

Your Quebec vacation begins with your arrival in Montreal. Spend your day exploring the cobblestone streets in the Old Port or walk down lively St. Catherine Street, lined with shops and sidewalk cafés, and then sample the fine cuisine and exuberant French Canadian nightlife.

Private Transfer from Airport

(1 of 2 activities)

Enjoy the convenience of a private driver to greet you at the airport and transfer you by private vehicle to your Montreal accommodation.

Dinner in Montreal

(2 of 2 activities)

Staying in such a food centric city, we wanted to give you a chance to sample some of the best cuisine. We've included a dinner tonight at one of our favorite Montreal restaurants.

Overnight in Montreal

Overnight in a Deluxe level hotel, such as the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth. In Deluxe hotels, you'll be staying in some of Canada's most iconic hotels and resorts. Enjoy outstanding locations, attentive service, and world-class amenities.

Day 02

Explore Montréal

Enjoy the day exploring the beautiful history and culture that Montréal has to offer.

Private Food Tour in Old Montreal

(1 of 4 options)

Discover the cultural and culinary charms of historic Old Montréal, guided by a passionate local foodie. Sample Montreal staples such as smoked meat, pâtés, and much more.

Private Walking Tour of Old Montreal

(2 of 4 options)

Explore the winding cobblestone streets of Old Montreal on a privately guided walking tour. Travel back in time to Fort Ville-Marie in 1642, to today’s modern city and find out more about all the eras that shaped Montreal.

Gems of Montreal City Tour

(3 of 4 options)

Immerse yourself as you take an insider’s look at Montreal’s fascinating history, architecture and vibrant culture on this small-group tour today that provides a true local perspective.

Montreal South Bicycle Tour

(4 of 4 options)

Cycle the Downtown and Vieux-Montreal neighbourhoods of Montreal on a sightseeing tour. Your local guide will share history, stories, and anecdotes while stopping at the must-see sights.

Day 03

VIA Rail - Montreal to Quebec City

Board Via Rail Canada’s The Corridor train bound for Quebec City. Enjoy the beautiful scenery as the train carries you at an ideal speed to take in the views.

VIA Rail Corridor Train - Business Class

(1 of 3 activities)

Travel by train to the city the French and English battled over so fiercely. Enjoy the scenery as you pass through charming towns and farmland. Step off the train into Quebec City, where your surroundings are filled with old stone buildings, cobbled streets, Quebec’s distant mountains, and a wealth of history and culture. You will be seated in a spacious business class seat. Enjoy exclusive access to the in-station business class lounge before your trip. Food and beverage service is included.

Private Transfer to Train Station

(2 of 3 activities)

A private driver will pick you up at your hotel, and take you to the train station.

Private Transfer from Train Station

(3 of 3 activities)

A private driver will pick you up at the train station, and take you to your hotel.

Overnight in Quebec City

Overnight in a Deluxe level hotel, such as the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac. In Deluxe hotels, you'll be staying in some of Canada's most iconic hotels and resorts. Enjoy outstanding locations, attentive service, and world-class amenities.

Day 04

Quebec City Discovery

Take to the cobblestone streets today to explore the quaint neighbourhoods of Lower and Upper Quebec. With its rich history and stunning architecture you will fall in love with this beautiful city.

Private Walking Tour of Old Quebec

(1 of 3 options)

Explore the cobblestone streets of fortified Old Quebec, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Your guide will take you through 400 years of history, and give suggestions on what to do next in Quebec City.

Rendez-Vous with History Tour

(2 of 3 options)

Get an overview of Quebec City's history on a guided sightseeing tour. Visit places like the Plains of Abraham, the world famous Château Frontenac, Basilica, City Hall, Place-Royale, Citadelle and more.

Old Quebec Culinary Walking Tour

(3 of 3 options)

On a guided walking tour, taste the local specialties of Old Quebec. Taste beer, wine, chocolate, cheeses, pastries, crepes, maple products and savory tidbits from a variety of vendors, including Old Quebec's renowned restaurants.

Day 05

Quebec City Departure

Too soon, your wonderful experience in French Canada comes to an end – to be re-lived in memory over many years.

Private Transfer to Airport

(1 of 1 activities)

Today your Fresh Tracks Canada vacation comes to an end. A private vehicle and driver will take you from your hotel to the airport in time for your flight.


Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodation options.
Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.

Let's personalize this trip idea with your own flair so that it's unique to you.
We're always here to open up possibilities and clear up uncertainties.
We're with you every step to help you plan and enjoy your trip, and get you home safely.


To make sure that your holiday is full of only good surprises, here's a comprehensive list of what is (and isn't) included in your package.


  • 4 hotel night's

Train Experiences:

  • Daytime journey on VIA Rail's Corridor Train – Montreal to Quebec City*

Montreal Activity Options:

Choose 1 of 4:

  1. Gems of Montreal City Tour (runs on certain days)
  2. Montreal South Bicylce Tour
  3. Privately Guided Old Montreal Walking Tour
  4. Old Montreal Private Walking Food Tour

Quebec City Activity Options:

Choose 1 of 3:

  1. Privately Guided Walking Tour of Old Quebec
  2. Quebec City Sightseeing Tour by Bus
  3. Old Quebec Culinary Walking Tour

Meal Inclusions:

  • Feature Dinner in Montreal

Transfer Inclusions:

  • Personalized and private transfer from your arrival airport
  • Train station transfers in Montreal and Quebec City
  • Personalized and private departure transfer, in time for your flight home

Other Inclusions:

  • Documentation package
  • Gratuities for private transfers and tours (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fresh Tracks Canada customer service support – from the time you book, you will be assigned your own personal Vacation Coordinator with whom you can reach out to with any questions or requests.

Trip Class Notes:

  • Comfort level hotel prices include Economy class on VIA Rail.
  • Boutique and Deluxe level hotel prices include Business Class on VIA Rail (includes a meal)

Important Schedule and Trip Notes:

  • Small Group Montreal Sightseeing Tour is available between May 23 and October 19, 2019 Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • Montreal Highlights by Bike tour is available between March 31 and October 30, 2019 departure dates.

What's Not Included

  • Meals, other than those mentioned
  • Airfare (but do not hesitate to ask for help)
  • Gratuities for rail, hotel, tour & transfer staff
  • Trip Cancellation & Travel Medical Insurance (highly recommended)
  • Canadian Sales Taxes
  • There are currently no seasonal restrictions


This trip is available for departures between May and October.

Starting From

$1,880 USD
per person

based on double occupancy, May 2019 departure and our base class.

We offer a range of packages across all four seasons. Please speak with one of our travel advisors about personalizing your trip and getting a comprehensive quote.

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1 review
Esther & Spencer

Esther & Spencer


12 Oct 2009

The trip was phenomenal

All of the planning and preparation that you so patiently helped us with certainly paid off. Everything went off without a hitch and we thoroughly enjoyed both Montreal and Quebec city. So we wanted to thank you for all your help. It is greatly appreciated and we are already telling everyone about your great company and even better service.


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