A Taste of France & Scotland in Eastern Canada

Ready to Practice a Little “Francais”?

Cycling to Montmorency Falls is one of many tour and adventure options included in this trip – but better bring your own phrase book! You can get by in English, of course, but Quebecois - the friendly folks of Canada’s French-speaking province, Quebec – certainly appreciate the odd ‘merci’ or ‘s’il vous plait’ as you order your morning croissants - and it’s part of the adventure. You might also want to practice your Scottish brogue - because after exploring Montreal and Quebec City you’ll board a sleeper train ... and wake up in ‘New Scotland’ – Nova Scotia – where you’ll learn about Canada’s other Celtic heritage, and enjoy fiddle music, beautiful coastlines and delicious lobster dinners.

  • Starting From

    $2,670 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 clickety-clack of a train moving through the night… And in the morning enjoying breakfast as you roll 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 Montreal

Your discovery of historical Canada begins as you step out onto the cobblestone streets surrounded by stunning architecture and quaint cafes. Join Montrealers on one of the many terraces above the city in Old Montreal, or stroll Mount Royal and listen to local musicians work their craft.

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 discovering the vibrant city of Montreal - rich in history and culture.

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.

Gems of Montreal City Tour

(2 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

(3 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.

Private Walking Tour of Old Montreal

(4 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.

Day 03

VIA Rail - Montreal to Quebec City

Travel through some of French Canada’s most picturesque countryside as your Canadian vacation heads toward Quebec 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 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

Discover Quebec City

Enjoy the day exploring the walled city and its cobblestone streets all while taking in the stunning architecture and history.

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

Explore Quebec & Board VIA Rail to Halifax

Enjoy Quebec City and its countryside today before boarding VIA Rail's Ocean train for an overnight journey towards Canada's Maritime province of Nova Scotia.

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 Quebec City

(2 of 2 activities)

Board the train in Quebec City late this evening and start your journey east towards Halifax. Settle into your cabin as you travel along the St. Lawrence River.

Montmorency Falls Bike Tour

(1 of 3 options)

Leave the busy city behind, and explore the Canadian countryside on a leisurely 4-hour bike tour to Montmorency Falls from Quebec City. Pedal along the St. Lawrence River, and gain insight into the region’s rich history and diverse geography.

Day at Leisure, with Traditional Quebecois Dinner

(2 of 3 options)

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

Helicopter Tour of Quebec City Area (Extra Cost)

(3 of 3 options)

For an additional cost, choose a helicopter tour to soar over Quebec City on a 55km (34 mile) loop. You'll fly along the St. Lawrence river to Montmorency Falls, and over the iconic Chateau Frontenac and historic Old Quebec.

Cabin for Two with Shower, in Sleeper Plus Class

Included is a private cabin onboard The Ocean Train, in Sleeper Plus Class. Relax in a comfortable armchair next to a large picture window during the day. By night, settle into a cozy upper and lower beds. The cabin features a private toilet, sink and mirror, and also a small shower. Watch the scenery from the train's viewing areas, and enjoy 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 Peggy's Cove Tour

(1 of 3 options)

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

Annapolis Valley Winery Tour

(2 of 3 options)

Enjoy a winery tour to the beautiful Annapolis Valley where you will visit 3 beautiful wineries and learn all about what makes this region perfect for creating their award wining red, white and sparkling wines.

Historic Halifax Photo Tour

(3 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.

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
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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 Quebec City to Halifax, in a private cabin
  • An additional day of accommodation has been included in Quebec City prior to boarding the train late in the evening.

Train Experiences:

  • Daytime journey onboard VIA Rail's Corridor Train from Montreal to Quebec City*
  • Sleeper Plus Class, onboard the Ocean Train between Quebec City and Halifax

Montreal Activity Options:

Choose 1 of 4:

  1. Private Food Tour in Old Montreal
  2. Gems of Montreal City Tour
  3. Montreal South Bicycle Tour
  4. Private Walking Tour of Old Montreal

Quebec City Activity Options:

Day 1 - Choose 1 of 3:

  1. Private Walking Tour of Old Quebec
  2. Rendez-Vous with History Tour
  3. Old Quebec Culinary Walking Tour

Day 2 - Choose 1 of 3:

  1. Montmorency Falls Bike Tour
  2. Day at Leisure & Traditional Quebecois Dinner
  3. Helicopter Tour of Quebec City Area (extra cost)

Halifax Activity Options:

Choose 1 of 3:

  1. Private Peggy's Cove Tour
  2. Annapolis Valley Winery Tour
  3. Historic Halifax Photo Tour

Meal Inclusions:

  • Feature Dinner in Montreal
  • Breakfast and lunch on board VIA Rail train between Quebec City and Halifax

Transfer Inclusions:

  • Personalized and private transfer from your arrival airport
  • Private train station transfers in Montreal, Quebec 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.
  • Small Group tour in Montreal is available from the May 23–October 19, 2019 on Mon and Wed start days of this trip. For Saturday starts, ask for alternate sightseeing options by vehicle.

Other Inclusions:

  • Documentation package
  • 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.

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 April and October.

Starting From

$2,670 USD
per person

based on double occupancy, April 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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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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