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
LET’S PERSONALIZE THIS TRIP

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….

YOUR TRIP
DAY-BY-DAY

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)

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.

Small Group Sightseeing Tour of Montréal

(2 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.

Walking Tour of Old Montréal

(3 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.

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.

Old Québec Culinary Walking Tour

(2 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!

Québec City Sightseeing Bus Tour

(3 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.

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!

Helicopter Tour of Québec City Area (Extra Cost)

(2 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.

Montmorency Falls Bike Tour

(3 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.

Cabin for Two 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. The cabin features a private washroom. Watch the scenery from the train's viewing areas.

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.

Halifax Food Tasting Tour

(2 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.

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.

WHERE YOU’LL STAY

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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HERE'S WHAT YOU GET

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.


Accommodations:

  • 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

SEASONAL RESTRICTIONS

  • 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).

PRICES & DATES

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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CUSTOMER REVIEWS

22 reviews
Paul

Paul

VA, USA

17 Sep 2017

It was nice to have all transfers and other arrangements in place

The bicycle tours were fun. The private history tours were special too, as I have never had a private tour like that before. It was nice to have all transfers and other arrangements in place too. There were no problems. Melanie at Fresh Tracks was excellent. She was very pleasant to talk with on the telephone, she called me back… Read More

Kathy & party

Kathy & party

ID, USA

29 Jul 2017

Out trip was fantastic!

Out trip was fantastic! The customer service at hotels, restaurants & on tours was excellent. People are nicer in Canada.

Mary

Mary

GA, USA

26 Jul 2017

The overall experience met or exceeded my expectations

The overall experience met or exceeded my expectations primarily because of how well the documents were in providing the information I needed. The highlights of the trip were the food tours in both Montréal and Québec City. The overnight train trip was also a highlight since I had never had a sleeper car before. I was so impressed with the… Read More

Jackie, Stephen, Vicki & William

Jackie, Stephen, Vicki & William

GA, USA

22 Jul 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our first trip to Canada

We thoroughly enjoyed our first trip to Canada. We enjoyed Québec City the most. It was a very unique and interesting city.

Becky

Becky

NY, USA

20 Jun 2017

We loved the fact that we did not have to worry about getting transportation to anyplace

The trip was very interesting, lots of new experiences, unlike any other vacation we have taken. We loved the fact that we did not have to worry about getting transportation to anyplace.

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