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Montreal and Quebec City Getaway

5

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starting fromUS $1,990per person

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Montreal And Quebec City Tour

This exciting five-day trip combines funky and cosmopolitan Montreal with elegant and historic Quebec City – two of French Canada’s largest cities. Start with two days in Montreal before boarding The Corridor train to Quebec City, where you will explore the cobblestone streets for another two days. This journey is the best way to get a taste of the culture and scenery of French Canada.

Trip at a glance

5 Days / 4 Nights

Arrive in Montreal 2 nights in Montreal Rail trip to Quebec City 2 nights in Quebec City Depart from Quebec City

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    Detailed Sample Itinerary

    Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Our experienced Canadian Insiders will create a personalized trip plan for you that matches your travel style, schedule and budget.

    Day 1 – Arrival in Montréal – Your Canada Train Vacation Begins
    Your Quebec vacation begins with your arrival in Montréal where you will be picked up and transferred to your Montreal hotel and spend the rest of the day exploring this dynamic city. Walk down lively St. Catherine Street, lined with shops and sidewalk cafés, and then sample the fine cuisine and exuberant French-Canadian nightlife.

    Feature Dinner in Montréal
    We have selected one of our favorite restaurants for you in Montréal. With a menu created with a certain ‘French flair’, enjoy a showcase of the finest, freshest regional products.

    Overnight in Montréal.

    Day 2 – Explore Montréal
    You have
    3 options to choose from today to help you enjoy Montreal.

    • Option 1: Private Food Tasting Tour
    Discover the cultural and culinary charms of historic Old Montréal, guided by a passionate local foodie. As you follow narrow and winding streets, your private guide will feed your hunger for knowledge of the history of Montréal and its many culinary pleasures.
    Activity rating: Moderate

    • Option 2: Walking Tour
    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.
    Activity rating: Moderate

    • Option 3: Small Group Montréal Tour
    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 along the beautiful St. Lawrence River.
    Activity rating: Easy

    Suggested Evening Activity: Aura Lightshow at Notre-Dame Basilica
    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.

    Overnight in Montreal.

    Day 3 – VIA Rail Canada – Montréal to Quebec City by Train
    Board VIA Rail Canada’s Corridor Train bound for Quebec City and travel along the northern shore of the St. Lawrence River, passing Cap-de-la-Madeleine and historic Trois-Rivières. Travelling aboard one of the Canadian trains carries you at an ideal speed to take in the views. Designated as a UNESCO world heritage site for its unique city walls and gates, Quebec City is full of the architectural wonders of Canada.

    Overnight in Quebec City.

    Day 4 – Quebec City
    A full day in Quebec City gives you a chance to discover the historic city walls, cobble stone streets, and century old buildings that give Quebec City its old-world air.

    Today you have 3 options to choose from to help you enjoy Quebec and its surrounding area:

    • Option 1: Private Walking Tour
    On a leisurely walking tour, explore the unique art, architecture, and history of Quebec City’s upper and lower towns. Your guide is equally passionate and knowledgeable about their home town.
    Activity rating: Moderate

    • Option 2: Quebec Sightseeing Tour
    Spend the day discovering Quebec City’s French-Canadian culture on a group bus tour. From your comfortable seat, enjoy the beautiful architecture of the fortified city, visit historic sites commemorating the battles between French and English, and take in the sights of this unique city.
    Activity rating: Easy

    • Option 3: The Food Tour
    So confident are the folks that run this tour that they simply called it ‘The Food Tour’ – the only food tour you will need to take! This tour covers seven different venues, and samples about 15 different products. Try food of French-Canadian origin from crepes to organic wine.
    Activity rating: Moderate

    Overnight in Quebec City.

    Day 5 – Depart from Quebec City
    Today your trip comes to an end, as a transfer takes you from your hotel to the Quebec City airport, in time for your flight home. No need to worry about getting there, because we take care of this connection from hotel door to airport drop off.

Montreal and Quebec City Getaway by Rail - Map

Availability

MayJunJulAugSepOct

Places Visited

MontrealQuebec City

Accommodation Style

Hotel

Activity Level

Easy

What you'll love about this trip

  • Embrace the ‘joie de vivre’ of Montreal – one of the most culturally vibrant and artistic cities in Canada

  • Fall in love with the old-fashioned elegance of Quebec City

  • Take the Corridor Train through the scenic Quebec landscape

  • Dine at award-winning restaurants and relax in fantastic hotels

Common Questions

  • Where am I staying on this trip?

    You'll be staying at various local three to five star hotels or lodges along your route, some of which are very iconic properties with great locations, views and history. All our accommodations are carefully selected by our Canadian Insiders. We'll make sure that wherever you stay, you get the best value and comfort based on the seasonal availability.

  • What is included in the price?

    Typically we include and pre-book all your main trip components so you don't have to worry about your connections, places to stay, or activities on your trip. You'll receive your detailed digital travel documents, and our Canadian Insiders remain at your disposal throughout your trip to answer any questions.

  • Can I customize this trip?

    Your trip can be as rich as you'd like, and completely arranged around your interests and needs. The greatest benefit of working with us is our local knowledge. You can request your personalized trip plan to decide what you'd like to see and do.

    If your trip is a special occasion, we'll make sure it is unforgettable. Or if you're traveling with a group, we'll take care of the logistics so you can share time together stress-free.

  • What are the best ways to travel around Canada?

    Canada has a network of spectacular roadways, train routes, ferry crossings, and float planes. We can arrange for you to travel by car or to sit back and relax.

  • When is the best time to see wildlife?

    That depends on the destination and type. As a rule, the main feeding and migration seasons are best for wildlife experiences. Tell us which animals interest you and we'll make your trip coincide with the best viewing season.

  • Is this an escorted tour?

    With the exception of our guided wildlife trips, our vacations are not typically 'escorted.' We combine the best of both worlds – the reassurance of seamless connections, customer service support, and scheduled activities, plus the freedom of 'independent' travel. You are not tied into a specific group, or a rigid daily itinerary. This allows us to personalize your trip to suit your occasion, interests, and timeframe.

  • Will it be cold when I visit Canada in summer?

    The temperature varies from mild to hot, depending on location. Northern Canada will range between 50°F to 64°F (10°C – 18°C) in summer. The interior of BC, prairies, Ontario and Quebec can reach temperatures around 95°F (35°C). Canada's west coast, mountain regions, and Maritimes enjoy milder summer temperatures. They range on average from 59°F to 77°F (15°C – 25°C).

  • How much does my trip cost?

    All our trips can be customized to fit your schedule and budget. The price depends on travel season, train service, hotel level, and the sightseeing tours you choose. Request your personalized trip plan and quote which will provide you with a detailed cost estimate.

  • What's Included

    What's Included in the Price

    These are the places and experiences to look forward to on this trip.

    Accommodations:
    • 4 nights hotel accommodation

    Train Experiences:
    • Daytime journey on VIA Rail’s Corridor Train – Montréal to Quebec City*

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

    Quebec City Experiences:
    Choose 1 of 3:
    1. Private Walking Tour
    2. City Sightseeing Tour
    3. The Food Tour

    Meal Inclusions:
    • Feature Dinner in Montréal

    Transfer Inclusions:
    • Personalized and private transfer from your arrival airport
    • Train station transfers in Montréal and Quebec City
    • Personalized and private departure transfer, in time for your flight home

    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.

    * Inclusion 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
    • Daily tour availability may vary based on the season and may not be available for all departures. For more information, please speak to your Vacation Advisor.


    Not Included

    • Meals, other than those mentioned
    • Airfare
    • Gratuities for rail, hotel, tour & transfer staff

    • Trip Cancellation & Travel Medical Insurance (highly recommended)
    • Canadian Sales Taxes

    Ideas to customize this trip

    Think of this trip as just a starting point. These are some of the experiences you can add-on to personalize your trip.

    • Comfort guests can choose to upgrade to Business class onboard the train between Montreal and Quebec City
    • Choose to extend your trip
    spend more time in Montreal or Quebec City, or ask us to arrange a visit to some of Quebec’s spectacular mountain regions
    • Add on a gourmet multi course meal in Quebec City
    • Add on a car rental and spend a few days exploring the charming Eastern Townships

  • Prices & Dates

    Start Dates

    Trip departs daily from Montreal between May 1 and October 28, 2020
    Trip departs daily from Montreal between May 1 and October 28, 2021

    * Surcharges and date restrictions apply during the Montreal Grand Prix in early June.

    Pricing

    Prices of this trip vary by departure date, hotel class and the choice of activities. Request your quote to check availability or to book this trip.

    Comfort Level Hotels
    from US $1,990 to US $2,149 per person

    Our Comfort Level vacations include our favorite 3 star hotels, in great locations. Combined with our unique sightseeing tours and personalized service, you’ll receive exceptional value, a step above what you might expect anywhere else.

    Boutique Level Hotels
    from US $2,190 to US $2,581 per person

    Our Boutique Level provides amazing value for clients wanting something more upscale but not at the price of a top-end 5 star resort. Boutique Level hotels are some of our favorites because of the character and unique charm that you won't find at the average chain hotel. Private drivers and unique tours complete your itinerary.

    Fresh Tracks Favorite
    Deluxe Level Hotels
    from US $2,390 to US $2,905 per person

    On our Deluxe Level vacation, it's likely you'll be staying at one of the iconic Canadian Fairmont Hotels in a room with a view. Built for the Canadian Pacific Railway in the early 20th century, these hotels are luxurious and full of history – ensuring an experience you'll never forget. Enjoy unique sightseeing experiences and the insider detail that only Fresh Tracks Canada can provide.

  • Accommodations

    Accommodation Options

    These are examples of this trip's accommodation choices. Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.

    Hotel Bonaparte

    Hotel Bonaparte

    The Auberge Bonaparte is offers historic charm in Old Montreal, with a rooftop terrace as well as an award-winning French restaurant. Enjoy a full complimentary breakfast during your stay.

    Hotel Place d’Armes

    Hotel Place d’Armes

    This hotel exemplifies the culture, charm and sophistication of Montreal, offering luxury and exceptional service. It boasts art galleries and boutiques and has a fascinating history that goes back three centuries.

    Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac

    Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac

    One of the most iconic buildings in Old Quebec City, the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac offers gorgeous views of the St. Lawrence River. Guests will feel pampered as they enjoy three restaurants, two lounges, a fitness room, a spa, shops and a whirlpool.

  • Customer Reviews  (13)

    Everything about my trip was perfect

    Star Rating 5
    September 25, 2017

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    Everything about my trip was perfect. I would not change one thing. Every single person I came in contact with was so professional and consistently on time! There was one "snafu" but Fresh Tracks made sure things were straightened around and didn't miss a beat. I loved the walking/eating tours in both Montreal and Quebec City. I was so glad this type of adventure was offered and explained to me by Fresh Tracks staff.

    We loved the walking tours of both cities

    Star Rating 5
    September 19, 2017

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    We loved the walking tours of both cities. The guides were excellent and cities were beautiful. Our self-drive tour through villages was filled with friendly and helpful residents. Bonaparte Hotel was great, and its employees were the absolute best. They were always extra helpful and friendly with answering questions and also suggesting how to make our stay even better.

    We will be back and we WILL ask you to plan our trip

    Star Rating 5
    June 27, 2016

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    The trip was wonderful! Thank you so much for all you did to make it special. The wine and card upon our arrival was so thoughtful and sweet. When we arrived at the Frontenac there was a tray with 5 delightful desserts from the hotel staff and a note wishing me happy birthday.  Special touches courtesy of you. We all enjoyed Montreal. It reminded me of a blend of New York City and San Francisco. The hotel was great! The food was great! We had a delicious Italian dinner the night we arrived. After our bus tour the next day we chose not to take the shuttle back to the hotel and ventured out on our own. We found a pub along the way and enjoyed fish-n-chips and craft beer! That night we were in search of the best poutine Montreal had to offer and found it at the quaint, courtyard Montreal Poutine restaurant. Quebec City – no words. What a beautiful city. We all agreed we could have easily stayed a couple more days. The food, the people, the energy of the city… we absolutely LOVED the walking tour. Our guide was delightful. The boat tour was a bit chilly but we survived. And the hotel. Oh my goodness, there are no words. It was FABULOUS! Several people have asked how we knew where to go. I have given all of them your information. I hope they will call or email when they decide to visit Canada. We will be back and we WILL ask you to plan our trip. Thank you for everything.

    You and your team made everything perfect and we look forward to visiting again soon!

    Star Rating 5
    July 28, 2015

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    Fred and I would like to thank you for a wonderful trip to Canada!  We are already talking about our next visit and will be in touch after we agree on the destinations. You and your team made everything perfect and we look forward to visiting again soon!

    We thank you again and we would definitely recommend Fresh Tracks Canada to everyone!

    Star Rating 5
    June 18, 2015

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    We enjoyed our trip very much. Everything ran very smoothly. We especially liked our hotel in Montreal, It  was a boutique hotel with 30 rooms in a good location. We would stay there again. The city tour was very good and we had some good meals. We did have some rain to deal with but not a lot. We want to especially thank you for our surprise on arrival of a bottle of wine and a lovely cheese tray for each couple! When we arrived in Quebec City we loved it immediately.  Again the location was great. The hotel had a very good restaurant which we enjoyed on our last night. We also enjoyed the City Tour and our Sightseeing Cruise.  It was a nice warm day and we all ended up with a little sunburn from the cruise. We thank you again and we would definitely recommend Fresh Tracks Canada to everyone!

    Letting you take care of everything, made our planning experience so relaxed and stress free

    Star Rating 5
    July 19, 2015

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    We had a wonderful trip. We thought it was going to be the one and only time we ever went to Canada, but now we're not so sure. Your arrangements were wonderful. Pickup at the airport and train stations were in wonderful cars, with pleasant and knowledgeable drivers. The hotels could not have been nicer.  While the hotel in Montreal did not include breakfast, we were able to start our days at a nearby Starbucks to get us going. In Quebec, we loved being in the lower town. The room was so spacious, with free wifi, and a large bathroom as well. The staff recommended the wonderful restaurant, St. Amour, for our anniversary dinner, and it was the most fabulous dinner I've ever had. The service was impeccable, and the food amazing. The tours we took were fantastic. I wish we had scheduled to do the countryside tour, but that may be a reason to go back again! (wink, wink!)  Using Fresh Tracks was a wonderful expeience. Letting you take care of everything, made our planning experience so relaxed and stress free.  Thank you so much.  We definitely would recommend you to anyone considering going to Canada, and I expect you will hear from us again one of these days.

    I would never use anyone else for Canada

    Star Rating 5
    July 23, 2014

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    The trip was beyond perfect. Watching Chris see it for the first time was great fun. I must truly rave about LHotel in Montreal. Great art and atmosphere, spacious lovely rooms, and a free morning buffet that was truly first class in a very open bright room. I am so in love with Quebec City, I know I will be going back. We added the country tour and it is well worth the price and one of our favorite events. Thank you for making this trip so easy. It is nice to know while traveling that there is always someone you can call. This is my second time with Fresh Tracks Canada, I would never use anyone else, and have recommended you to others.

    Thank you for making our Canadian getaway experience a memorable one

    Star Rating 5
    July 17, 2014

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    We had a wonderful time! Canada is so diverse that it felt as if we had visited several countries rather than one. We especially loved Quebec City and had our anniversary dinner at the most romantic restaurant we've ever been to (Saint Amour). Thank you for making our Canadian getaway experience a memorable one. We will definitely do it again soon!

    Everything was so nicely planned that it was completely stress free

    Star Rating 5
    October 18, 2014

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    We had a magnificent time. Everything was so nicely planned that it was completely stress free and we were able to focus on enjoying the scenery and the food. I can't say enough about how enjoyable the meals were. The food tour was particularly interesting. Canada is beautiful. Thank you so much for helping make this trip the trip of a lifetime!

    Our trip last week went off without a hitch

    Star Rating 5
    September 23, 2013

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    With all our questions and endlessly 'bugging' you for answers, our trip last week went off without a hitch. Everyone enjoyed the trip. We especially appreciate the upgrade at Hotel 71 when we were unable to get two beds in a room. Just wanted to convey our thanks and best wishes.

    Fell in love with the beauty, people, history and culture

    Star Rating 5
    August 15, 2013

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    Had a marvelous time on my Fresh Tracks Canada journey to Montreal and Quebec City. Fell in love with the beauty, people, history and culture of these cities. The arrangements and accommodations were fabulous – especially the Auberge Bonaparte in Montreal. Enjoyed the free time wandering the streets, seeking out meals and entertainment, and enjoying the major attractions. Wish I could have stayed longer. Thanks so much to both of you for making this trip possible.

    The best time in Montreal

    Star Rating 5
    June 16, 2013

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    We had a wonderful vacation, and it was so nice to have all the details all taken care of ahead of time by you, so we could spend our time enjoying it all and not having to worry about the arrangements, etc. We all loved Quebec City, but I believe we had the best time in Montreal. We loved the Bonaparte Hotel and the French Restaurant. The staff was awesome. They were all so friendly and helpful; they made our stay so enjoyable. They couldn't do enough for us; and the food was great! We really loved the personal touch we got from them. Both hotels were very nice, and the locations were perfect. I believe everything went smoothly, except for a little mix up with the tour company in Quebec. They told us we needed a voucher for the cruise, but when we told them we didn't have one, they said not to worry about it. Thanks for everything, and I hope we get a chance to visit some other parts of Canada soon.

    The trip was phenomenal

    Star Rating 5
    October 12, 2009

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    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.

This Trip in Pictures

Experience charming French culture in Quebec city and Montreal on this Canadian train tour.
Experience charming French culture in Quebec city and Montreal on this Canadian train tour.
Spend couple of days discovering hideen gems of historic Quebec City.
Spend couple of days discovering hideen gems of historic Quebec City.
Indulge yourself in delicious French couisine with a Canadian twist.
Indulge yourself in delicious French couisine with a Canadian twist.
Via Rail 'Corridor' train will take you from Montreal to Quebec City.
Via Rail 'Corridor' train will take you from Montreal to Quebec City.
Explore rural Quebec onboard the Canadian train.
Explore rural Quebec onboard the Canadian train.
Historic Quebec City has a lot to offer, including charming European-inspired architecture.
Historic Quebec City has a lot to offer, including charming European-inspired architecture.

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