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 flavour 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

    $1,990 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 Montréal

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

Private Transfer from Airport

(1 of 3 activities)

A private driver will meet you at the airport and transfer you by private vehicle to your Montréal accommodation.

Dinner in Montréal

(2 of 3 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 favourite Montréal restaurants.

Montréal in Summer

(3 of 3 activities)

Montréal has the old world charm of Europe with a contemporary design. There is a real joie de vivre here and since most Montréalers are bilingual, there’s no need to worry about speaking any French. During the summer months, the smell of fresh made pastries and live music waft from open air cafés, and outdoor patios. A days wander can take you past stunning heritage landmarks such as the Notre-Dame Basilica and Place Jacques-Cartier and along the quays of the Old Port, where a host of river excursions and activities take place. Known for their festivals, the Montréal Jazz Festival, Just for Laughs comedy festival and yearly Formula 1 Grand Prix make Montréal an exciting destination in the summer months.

Overnight in Montréal

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

Discover the culture and architecture of Montréal - a juxtaposition of old and new. Venture out and discover its upscale shopping, eateries, and historic hidden gems.

Suggested Evening Activity – Aura Lightshow at Notre-Dame Basilica

(1 of 1 activities)

If you have time this evening, we recommend the Aura lightshow at the Notre-Dame Basilica. Discover the artwork of the Basilica through multimedia installations then sit down and a combination of light, orchestral music and stunning architecture provides an unforgettable experience.

Private Food Tour in Old Montréal

(1 of 3 options)

Led by a passionate local foodie, sample local delicacies as you tour Old Montréal's restaurants, patisseries and food boutiques. Savour pâtés, smoked meat, and more.

Walking Tour of Old Montréal

(2 of 3 options)

Explore the winding cobblestone streets of Old Montréal on a 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 Montréal.

Small Group Sightseeing Tour of Montréal

(3 of 3 options)

Enjoy a fully guided driving tour to all the "must see" areas of Montréal such as Mont Royal, Old Montréal, and the city's picturesque riverfront. Highlights of the tour include a visit to the Notre-Dame Basillica, taking in the 360 degree views from the Observatoire Place Ville Marie, and a scenic river cruise (seasonal) along the beautiful St. Lawrence River.

Day 03

VIA Rail – Montréal to Québec City

Board VIA Rail Canada’s The Corridor train bound for Québec City.

VIA Rail Corridor Train – Business Class

(1 of 4 activities)

Travel by train to historic Québec City. Relax as you pass through little towns and farmland along the St. Lawrence River. You will be seated in a spacious business class seat, which includes exclusive access to the in-station business class lounge and food and beverage service.

Private Transfer to Train Station

(2 of 4 activities)

You'll be picked up by a private driver, and transferred to Montréal's Gare Centrale train station.

Private Transfer from Train Station

(3 of 4 activities)

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

Québec City in Summer

(4 of 4 activities)

Visitors to Old Québec soon see why UNESCO designated it a world heritage treasure! You'll love Château Frontenac (the world's most photographed hotel), the centuries-old architecture, and the historic sites. The friendly atmosphere and affable locals add to the city’s European charm. Highlights of a visit to Québec City include the Place Royale, the Vieux-Port de Québec, Plains of Abraham, Quartier Petit Champlain, and La Citadelle de Québec. A short cruise on the St. Lawrence river is also a great way to spend a day or evening.

Overnight in Québec City

Overnight in a Deluxe level hotel, such as the Fairmont Le Château 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

Québec City Discovery

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

Private Walking Tour of Old Québec

(1 of 3 options)

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

Québec City Sightseeing Bus Tour

(2 of 3 options)

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

Old Québec Culinary Walking Tour

(3 of 3 options)

On a guided walking tour, treat yourself to a behind the scenes experience of Old Québec City and discover its gastronomy and culinary history. Let the aromas and flavours transport you through the historic walled city!

Day 05

Québec City Departure

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

Private Transfer to Airport

(1 of 1 activities)

A private vehicle and driver will take you take you 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.
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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 nights

Train Experiences:

  • Daytime journey on VIA Rail's Corridor Train – Montréal to Québec City*

Montreal Activity Options:

Choose 1 of 3:

  1. Private Food Tour in Old Montréal
  2. Small Group Sightseeing Tour of Montréal
  3. Walking Tour of Old Montréal

Québec City Activity Options:

Choose 1 of 3:

  1. Private Walking Tour of Old Québec
  2. Old Québec Culinary Walking Tour
  3. Québec City Sightseeing Bus Tour

Meal Inclusions:

  • Feature Dinner in Montréal

Transfer Inclusions:

  • Private transfer from Montréal airport to hotel
  • Private transfers to/from train station and hotel in Montréal and Québec City
  • Private transfer from hotel to Québec City airport

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:

  • Train schedules are subject to change and delays may occur.

Other Inclusions:

  • Digital Travel Documents
  • 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.
  • Meals, other than those mentioned
  • Airfare
  • Gratuities for rail, hotel, tour & scheduled transfer staff
  • Trip Cancellation & Travel Medical Insurance (highly recommended)
  • Canadian Sales Taxes


  • Small Group Sightseeing Tour of Montréal: The boat cruise is weather dependent and will only operate May 2-October 25, 2020. Instead the cruise will be replaced by a visit to "la grande roue" (Montreal's famous ferris wheel).


This trip is available for departures between May and October.

Starting From

$1,990 USD
per person

based on double occupancy, May 2020 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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