A Taste of France & Scotland in Eastern Canada

Ready to Practice a Little “Francais”?

This is one of our perennial favourite Canadian rail vacation packages. Imagine experiencing tours of bilingual Montréal, historic Québec City, and coastal Halifax – all in just over a week. Travel between each destination by train, sitting in comfort as you watch the scenery pass by. An overnight Canadian train journey is a highlight of your trip. You are rocked to sleep in a private cabin, awakening to the scent of salt-infused air and the sound of seagulls. You are now on the Atlantic coast of Canada and this is your chance to explore.

  • Starting From

    $2,790 USD

    per person
  • Trip length

    8 days

    7 nights
  • Hot Spots
    Montreal, Quebec City, Halifax Regional Municipality

The Best of “New France & Scotland”

In Québec City learn about the history of France in Canada. In Montréal, enjoy a cosmopolitan melting pot of French-speaking people from around the world. And in Halifax explore a fascinating history of the sea and immigration from Europe.

Sleeping on a Train to the Maritimes

There’s nothing quite like being lulled to sleep by the gentle roll of a train moving through the night… And in the morning enjoying breakfast as you glide towards the Atlantic Ocean....

Beautiful Countryside and Sleepy Fishing Villages

Eastern Canada has a beauty and charm all its own and many people from south of the border come back here year after year….


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

Arrive in Montréal

Arrive in Montreal – rich in culture and beautiful architecture. Join Montréalers on one of the Old City's terraces or stroll Mount Royal and listen to local musicians work their craft.

Private Transfer from Airport

(1 of 2 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 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 favourite Montréal restaurants.

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

Explore diverse Montréal on your choice of activity. Discover musems and galleries, eateries, and historic hidden gems.

Visit fascinating Pointe-à-Callière for an archaeological perspective of Montréal's history.

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)

Sample local delicacies as you tour Old Montréal's restaurants, patisseries and food boutiques with a passionate local foodie. 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)

Explore Montreal's must-see areas and attractions on this fully guided tour. Visit Mount Royal, Old Montreal, the Notre-Dame Basilica and the 1976 Olympic Stadium, then enjoy a scenic river cruise along the St. Lawrence River (seasonal) or a ride on La Grande Roue.

Day 03

VIA Rail – Montréal to Québec City

Travel through some of French Canada’s most picturesque countryside as your Canadian vacation heads toward Québec City. Step off the train and into a little bit of Europe – right here in Canada!

VIA Rail Corridor Train – Business Class

(1 of 3 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 3 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 3 activities)

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

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

Discover Québec City

Travel back in time as you explore Old Québec's 17th century fortifications and winding cobblestone streets.

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, the Notre-Dame Basilica, City Hall, Place-Royale, the Citadelle and more.

Old Québec Culinary Walking Tour

(3 of 3 options)

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

Day 05

Explore Québec and Board VIA Rail to Halifax

Enjoy Québec City and its countryside today before boarding VIA Rail's vintage Ocean train late this evening. You'll travel towards Canada's Maritime province of Nova Scotia.

The Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City is recognized as the most photographed hotel in the world. Discover what hides behind the classic exterior on an educational guided tour through the hotel. Ask your Vacation Advisor about adding this piece of history onto your itinerary.

Private Transfer to Train Station

(1 of 2 activities)

A private driver will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the Sainte-Foy train station.

Board the Ocean Train in Sainte-Foy

(2 of 2 activities)

Board the train in Québec City (Sainte-Foy) late this evening and start your journey east towards Halifax. Settle into your cabin as you travel along the St. Lawrence River.

Day at Leisure, with Traditional Québecois Dinner

(1 of 3 options)

Today you are free to explore the city on your own. This evening, dinner is in the historic Maison Jacquet, built in 1675. Feel the history of the home as you dine on traditional Québecois cuisine!

Montmorency Falls Bike Tour

(2 of 3 options)

Leave the busy city behind and explore the Canadian countryside on a leisurely half-day bike tour to Montmorency Falls from Québec City. Pedal along the St. Lawrence River and gain insight into the region’s rich history and diverse geography.

Helicopter Tour of Québec City Area (Extra Cost)

(3 of 3 options)

For an additional cost, choose a helicopter tour to soar over Québec City. You'll fly over the St. Lawrence river to Montmorency Falls and Île d'Orléans, and over the iconic Château Frontenac and historic Old Québec.

Cabin for Two in Sleeper Plus Class

Included is a private cabin onboard The Ocean Train, in Sleeper Plus Class. Relax in comfortable sofa style seating next to a large picture window during the day. Each cabin features a private washroom. Enjoy hot meals in the dining car.

Day 06

VIA Rail – The Canadian Maritimes

Travel through rural New Brunswick and Nova Scotia on The Ocean train. Your journey ends as you arrive in Halifax late this afternoon. Explore the welcoming Celtic atmosphere of the Canadian Maritimes’ largest city.

Ocean Train Arrives in Halifax

(1 of 2 activities)

Keep an eye out for the Bay of Fundy's tidal flats as you travel through New Brunswick. Soon you'll see Nova Scotia's picturesque rolling farmland, before arriving in the historic coastal city of Halifax.

Private Transfer from Train Station

(2 of 2 activities)

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

Overnight in Halifax

Overnight in a Deluxe level hotel, such as the Prince George Hotel. 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 07

Discover the Charm of the Maritimes

Head out and discover the charm of Nova Scotia. Rich in Celtic heritage and bursting with historical significance, this sea faring region offers some of Canada's most picturesque coastlines, with fishing villages perched on the Atlantic Ocean.

This is the last night of your Canadian train vacation – the perfect excuse to treat yourself to fresh seafood – the ultimate regional specialty.

Private Halifax and Peggy's Cove Tour

(1 of 3 options)

Discover Halifax at your own pace with a private driver-guide. Next, sit back and enjoy the scenery as you make your way to Peggy's Cove along Nova Scotia’s unique coastline - full of history and culture. The picture postcard village stands on granite rock, high above the crashing Atlantic surf.

Historic Halifax Photo Tour

(2 of 3 options)

With a local guide discover the highlights and hidden gems of Halifax through photography. See historic images of the neighborhoods you'll visit, while learning to take great photos from the best vantage points. Cameras, smart phones, and tablets are all great for this tour.

Halifax Food Tasting Tour

(3 of 3 options)

Engage the senses with a food tour of Halifax! Visit historic landmarks, stroll along the waterfront, and taste the best local food in Halifax. Tour locations and food tastings will vary depending on which day of the week you are exploring Halifax's culinary scene.

Day 08

Depart Halifax

Much too soon, you bid farewell to the Canadian east and the scent of salt water in the air as your Canada travel experience ends with departure from the Halifax airport.

Private Transfer to Airport

(1 of 1 activities)

A private driver will take you from your downtown hotel to the Halifax Airport.


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.

The Prince George Hotel - LobbyThe Prince George Hotel - Lobby Bar
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.


  • 6 hotel nights
  • 1 night onboard The Ocean Train from Québec City to Halifax, in a private cabin
  • An additional day of accommodation has been included in Québec City prior to boarding the train late in the evening.

Train Experiences:

  • Daytime journey onboard VIA Rail's Corridor Train from Montréal to Québec City*
  • Overnight and daytime journey onboard VIA Rail's Ocean Train from Québec City to Halifax
  • Sleeper Plus Class, onboard the Ocean Train between Québec City and Halifax

Montréal Activity Options:

Choose 1 of 4:

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

Québec City Activity Options:

Day 1 – Choose 1 of 3:

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

Day 2 – Choose 1 of 2:

  1. Day at Leisure, with Traditional Québecois Dinner
  2. Montmorency Falls Bike Tour

Halifax Activity Options:

Choose 1 of 3:

  1. Private Peggy's Cove and Halifax Tour
  2. Historic Halifax Photo Tour
  3. Halifax Food Tasting Tour

Meal Inclusions:

  • Feature Dinner in Montréal
  • Breakfast and lunch on board VIA Rail train between Québec City and Halifax

Transfer Inclusions:

  • Personalized and private transfer from your arrival airport
  • Private train station transfers in Montréal, Québec City and Halifax
  • Personalized and private departure transfer, in time for your flight home

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 tours and transfers (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 (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 April and October.

Starting From

$2,790 USD
per person

based on double occupancy, April 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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22 reviews
Susan & Dan

Susan & Dan


20 Jul 2018

The scenery was fantastic

The scenery was fantastic. Our limousines were prompt; the driver’s courteous and helpful. The food at the restaurants that were included on our tour was delicious and wonderful. The guided tours during the day were very enjoyable.

Virginia & Jim

Virginia & Jim


22 Oct 2017

The organization and planning for our trip was very good

Our trip was absolutely wonderful. The accommodations were very good. The timing and scheduling was just right for us and our schedule. The walking food tour and the walking history tour of Old Québec City were especially fun and interesting. Our tour guides were very knowledgeable and made the tours lots of fun. I was very pleased with knowledge and… Read More

Bob, Karen & family

Bob, Karen & family


05 Oct 2017

The trip was educational and entertaining

The trip was educational and entertaining. The level of physical exertion was totally within our capacity. We were an older demographic. The train experience was delightful and enjoyable.

Kathy & Ginger

Kathy & Ginger


25 Sep 2017

Our trip was as wonderful as we anticipated

Our trip was as wonderful as we anticipated. We enjoyed the variety of the places we visited and appreciated the kindness of people we met. We were well informed and able to make a few decisions and changes along the way that enhanced our experience. The best parts included: the countryside tour of Québec with guide; Lunenburg and walking tour;… Read More

Steve & Marilyn

Steve & Marilyn


22 Sep 2017

It was an outstanding trip

It was an outstanding trip. Everything that was supposed to happen did happen. We liked the balance between planned activity and free time. Everything you selected or recommended was absolutely first rate.


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