From Niagara Falls to Québec City by Rail

Experience the best of English and French Canada

Ontario and Québec are featured in this relaxing and enlightening journey. This tour offers a fascinating blend of artistic and culturally rich cities to explore, as well as time spent in the spectacular countryside of Québec and Ontario. You will visit several of the best cities in Eastern Canada, including Montréal, Toronto, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ottawa and Québec City. Enjoy wine tastings, museums and galleries and then take time to reflect in comfort on the train as you watch small villages, lakes, forests and rolling farmland pass by.

  • Starting From

    $3,790 USD

    per person
  • Trip length

    10 days

    9 nights
  • Hot Spots
    Toronto, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City
LET’S PERSONALIZE THIS TRIP

Don’t Just SEE the Power of Nature – FEEL It!


Niagara Falls. Words can’t describe the power of Nature when it is concentrated like this – you have to feel it for yourself. And we get you up close! We also get you away from the crowds, where we prefer to stay - in the nearby wine-growing region and Niagara-On-The-Lake.

Canada’s Main English & French Cities


Toronto and Montreal are big, cosmopolitan cities – one the heart of English-speaking commerce in Canada, the other the heart of French-speaking business. Ottawa, the national capital, has wonderful museums, and Québec City is quaint and the place to learn about the history of the French in Canada.

Traveling by Train


You could drive this route of course – and we’d be happy to arrange that instead – but we think the train is a highlight because it makes the journey so much easier and more relaxing…

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

Welcome to Niagara-on-the-Lake

Arrive in Canada's largest city, Toronto, and be whisked away to the charming town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Surrounding you are rolling vineyards and blooming flowers, framing Lake Ontario.

Private Transfer from Toronto Airport to Niagara Hotel

(1 of 3 activities)

Enjoy the convenience of a private transfer from the Toronto Airport to your hotel in Niagara.

Feature Dinner in Niagara-on-the-Lake

(2 of 3 activities)

We've included a dinner tonight at one of our favourite restaurants in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Niagara-on-the-Lake in Summer

(3 of 3 activities)

Originally a neutral First Nations village, the town was founded by Loyalists from New York State after the American Revolution and later became the first capital of the colony of Upper Canada. Niagara-on-the-Lake is one of the best-preserved 19th century towns in North America, and is an undeniably gorgeous place, with tree-lined streets, lush parks and impeccably restored houses. Drive or bike through the area, stopping at wineries and Fort George National Historic Site. Ride along the Niagara Escarpment on horseback or book a white-water adventure at nearby Niagara Falls. Today, you can stroll through the historic and beautifully maintained Heritage District — the town centre home to the quaint shops, restaurants, cafés and heritage homes. The Heritage District showcases the Town's history, and its buildings tell the story of the architecture of years past.

Overnight in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Overnight in a Deluxe level hotel, such as the Prince of Wales. 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

Discover the Niagara Region

The splendor of the Niagara Gorge and the rolling woodlands of wine country are yours to discover. Choose an activity that's just right for you.

Niagara Region Winery Tour

(1 of 2 options)

Travel through the lush Niagara Peninsula on a delightful tour of the Niagara wine region. Enjoy stops at wineries for tastings and tours before you dine on a delectable lunch at a charming eatery along the parkway. The tour allows free time to explore the captivating 19th-century town of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Sightseeing Tour of Niagara Falls

(2 of 2 options)

Today you will enjoy a guided bus tour through the beautiful Niagara Region. You'll visit the upper rapids, the falls up close, and so much more! Afterwards, you’ll enjoy a buffet lunch before you continue onto the historic quaint town of Niagara-on-the-Lake where you will have time to explore.

Overnight in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Overnight in a Deluxe level hotel, such as the Prince of Wales. 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 03

Onward to Toronto

As you travel back to the ‘big city’ this morning, the funky and colorful neighborhoods of Toronto are waiting to be explored. Spend the day at your leisure and discover what lies behind Toronto’s famous skyline.

Private Transfer to Toronto Hotel

(1 of 3 activities)

Enjoy the convenience of a private transfer from your hotel in Niagara to your Toronto hotel.

Dinner at the CN Tower

(2 of 3 activities)

Take in the magnificent views of Toronto from one of the best vantage points in the city, the 360 Restaurant located high above in the CN Tower.

Toronto in Summer

(3 of 3 activities)

Toronto is Canada’s answer to New York, and – in the opinion of Canadians anyway – is a lot more livable. Like New York, there are great neighbourhoods, wonderful ethnic restaurants and bars, museums, Broadway shows, concerts and galleries. You will want to visit landmarks such as the CN Tower, the Rogers Centre (formerly Skydome) and museums. Then get off the beaten path and walk vibrant, quirky neighbourhoods that reflect the incredible diversity of Canada’s population. The city comes alive in the summer with a festival taking over Yonge Street, free afternoon concerts, shows at Nathan Phillips Square and, of course, world-class sports with teams like the Toronto Blue Jays, Toronto FC, and the Toronto Argonauts. In July, the Honda Indy Toronto takes over the Lakeshore, and The Beaches International Jazz Festival is definitely a must.

Overnight in Toronto

Overnight at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, or similar. Standing in the heart of downtown Toronto, the Fairmont Royal York is conveniently situated directly across from Union Station. Enjoy the spa and health club, where guests can take advantage of the indoor pool, relax in a steam bath, or enjoy a luxurious massage treatment. Additionally, you will find multiple dining options to suit every occasion.

Day 04

VIA Rail – Toronto to Ottawa

Settle into your seat for a relaxing train journey in the company of fellow travelers. Travel along the shores of Lake Ontario passing small farms and villages before you reach Canada's capital – Ottawa.

VIA Rail Corridor Train - Business Class

(1 of 3 activities)

Travel by train from bustling Toronto to Canada's capital city. Settle into your seat for a relaxing train journey as you travel past dense forests, over rivers, and through towns and farmland. 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 cocktail service is included.

Private Transfer from Train Station

(2 of 3 activities)

You will be met by your own private driver and vehicle to make your way in comfort from the Ottawa train station to your downtown hotel.

Ottawa in Summer

(3 of 3 activities)

What better place to get the feel of Canadian culture than the historic capital city of Ottawa? The gothic Parliament buildings regally anchor the downtown core, an inspiring jumble of pulsing districts where three rivers meet. In the distance, the rolling Gatineau hills tenderly hug the cloudless valley. Ottawa’s parks are lush and green in the summer and there are kilometres of hiking and biking trails to explore. Ottawa has a wonderful mix of world-class museums, from the smooth, undulating walls of the Museum of Civilization to the haunting arches of the Museum of Nature; all are architecturally inspiring homes to a variety of intriguing collections. Whether it's for the stunning museums or mouth-watering eats, the rainbow of seasons or outdoor retreats, we think you'll be smitten with Ottawa.

Overnight in Ottawa

Overnight in a Deluxe level hotel, such as the Fairmont Château Laurier. 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 05

Explore the Capital – Ottawa

Ottawa is a beautiful Canadian city, with countless attractions and hidden gems. This is the federal capital of Canada so museums abound – the Museum of Civilization, the Canadian War Museum and the National Art Gallery, all awaiting your visit.

Private Sightseeing Tour of Ottawa

(1 of 3 options)

With a local Ottawan as your guide, you will be driven in comfort to all the top sites around Ottawa. Enjoy this immersive tour full of anecdotes only a local would know! This tour is fully customizable to your interests - from photography to food, your guide will show you the best in Ottawa.

Ottawa Bicycle Tour

(2 of 3 options)

Join a local guide for a leisurely bike ride along the Rideau Canal pathway, continuing to the Locks, a wildlife garden and arboretum, and ending with a short visit to the Parliament area. You will get a great view of Ottawa's downtown core and beyond on this tour, staying 95% on designated safe bike paths.

Private Historical Walking Tour of Ottawa

(3 of 3 options)

Stretch your legs on this privately guided walking tour where you visit the historical highlights of Ottawa located in the downtown core. Hot spots include; Parliament Hill, the National War Memorial, Sparks Street, the Fairmont Château Laurier and the ByWard Market.

Day 06

VIA Rail – Ottawa to Montréal

As the train rocks and sways out of Ottawa, you'll journey towards the open farmland of eastern Québec. Chat with old friends and new, dip into a book, or do a crossword. This is what train travel is all about!

VIA Rail Corridor Train - Business Class

(1 of 5 activities)

Travel by rail from Ottawa to Montréal. Enjoy the scenery as you journey through open farmland towards Canada's bilingual and cultural hub.

Private Transfer from Hotel to Train Station

(2 of 5 activities)

You will be met by your own private driver and vehicle to make your way in comfort from your Ottawa hotel to the train station.

Private Transfer from Train Station

(3 of 5 activities)

Enjoy the convenience of a private driver to greet you at the train station and transfer you by private vehicle to your Montréal accommodation.

Dinner in Montréal

(4 of 5 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

(5 of 5 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 07

Discover the Culture of Montréal

Rich in culture and beautiful architecture, Montréal makes for a fabulous city to explore. Venture out and discover its upscale shopping, eateries, and historic hidden gems.

Visit Pointe-à-Callière for a fascinating look at Old Montreal's archaeology.

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 08

VIA Rail – Montréal to Québec City

Voyage by train along the St. Lawrence River to Québec City, where your surroundings fill-up with old stone buildings, cobbled streets, distant mountains, and a wealth of history and culture.

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 09

Explore Québec City

Travel back in time as you explore 17th century Old Québec – a UNESCO world heritage site.

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 10

Depart Québec City

Say farewell to Canada as you depart from Quebec City.

Ask about adding a few days in the little mountain town of Baie-Saint-Paul, just a short distance from Quebec City.

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.

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.

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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:

  • 9 hotel nights

Train Experiences:

  • Daytime journey onboard VIA Rail's Corridor Train – Toronto / Ottawa / Montréal / Québec City*

Niagara Activity Options:

Choose 1 of 2:

  1. Niagara Region Winery Tour
  2. Sightseeing Tour of Niagara Falls

Ottawa Activity Options:

Choose 1 of 3:

  1. Private Sightseeing Tour of Ottawa by Vehicle
  2. Ottawa Bicycle Tour
  3. Private Historical Walking Tour of Ottawa

Montréal 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 Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • Dinner at the CN Tower in Toronto
  • Feature Dinner in Montréal

Transfer Inclusions:

  • Transfer from Toronto airport to Niagara-on-the-Lake*
  • Transfer from Niagara-on-the-Lake to downtown Toronto*
  • Private transfers to/from train station and hotel in Ottawa, Montréal and Québec City
  • Private transfer from hotel to Québec City’s 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
  • Comfort and Boutique level hotel prices include bus transfers between Toronto and Niagara
  • Deluxe level hotel price includes private transfers between Toronto and Niagara

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

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

$3,790 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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