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Toronto To Montreal train vacation

Toronto and Montreal Like a Local

5

days

starting fromUS $1,995per person

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Explore Canada’s most exciting cities on this short, action packed adventure. You’ll tour the colourful and quirky neighbourhoods of Toronto, before traveling by train to historic French-Canadian Montreal. Gastronomic adventures, brewpubs, urban art, and bike tours fill up this unique experience.

Trip at a glance

5 Days / 4 Nights

Arrive Toronto 2 nights Toronto 2 nights Montreal Depart Montreal

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    Sample Itinerary

    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.

    Day 1 – Your Canadian Adventure Begins – Arrive in Toronto
    Welcome to Toronto! Enjoy a private transfer service from the airport directly to your hotel. The funky and colorful neighborhoods of Toronto are waiting to be explored. Discover what lies behind Toronto’s famous skyline. From a visit to the bustling St. Lawrence Market to the many vibrant neighborhoods of the city, there is no shortage of things to see!

    Feature Dinner in Toronto
    We want to make sure you eat at the best spot in Toronto – and what better location than the CN tower? Marvel at the spectacular views as you eat world class cuisine. Relax, because you’re travelling the Fresh Tracks Canada way – we have the inside scoop to ensure your vacation is off to a great start!

    Overnight in Toronto.

    Day 2 – Explore Toronto
    You have
    3 options to choose from today to explore the Toronto area:

    • Option 1: Food Tour
    For those who are curious, Toronto has a variety of culinary adventures to pick from. Try an Old Chinatown Food Tour or, venture to the Corktown, Canary and Distillery District, a neighbourhood that began in the 19
    th century as home to Irish immigrants. Learn about the industrial Victorian architecture that surrounds you and hear tales of inhabitants past – and of course sample delicious food along the way.
    Activity rating: Moderate

    • Option 2: Toronto Island Twilight Tour by Bike
    A short ferry ride across the harbor and you reach the beautiful Toronto Islands. By evening, the daytime crowds have retreated to the city, meaning you experience what few others do, the beauty of the islands after dusk!
    Activity rating: Moderate

    • Option 3: Niagara-On-The-Lake Winery Tour (additional cost)
    Travel the lush Niagara Peninsula on this delightful wine tour. You will visit two renowned Niagara wineries and enjoy a wine tasting as well as a tour of each winery. This tour also includes lunch at a charming eatery on the Niagara Parkway.
    Activity rating: Easy

    Overnight in Toronto.

    Day 3 – VIA Rail’s Corridor Train – Toronto to Montreal
    As the train glides out of Toronto, you will notice more and more French words floating in the background. Journey towards the open farmland of eastern Quebec, chat with old friends and new, or dip into a book. This is what train travel in Canada is all about! Transfers to and from the train station are included today.

    Arriving in bilingual Montreal, discover the cobbled streets of the Old Town, the shopping, and the entertainers outside sidewalk cafes.

    Feature Dinner in Montreal
    Staying in such a food centric city, we wanted to give you a chance to sample some of the best cuisine. We’ve selected one of our favourite restaurants for you in Montreal. With a menu created with a certain ‘French flair’, enjoy a showcase of the finest, freshest, regional products.

    Overnight in Montreal.

    Day 4 – Tour Montreal
    You have
    3 options to choose from to help you enjoy Montreal to its fullest:

    • Option 1: Walking Food Tour
    Discover the best of Montreal cuisine from French, British, Chinese, Italian, Portuguese, Latin American and North African heritage. Hear the story of these immigrants, their roots and the communities they formed in Montreal and visit landmarks, ethnic grocers, delis, and lunch counters along the way. Experience the city like a local and get off the beaten path.
    Activity rating:
    Moderate

    • Option 2: Old Montreal Walking Tour
    Enjoy a semi-private walking tour of Old Montreal. With small group sizes, your guide will be able to personalize the tour to your interests. Visit Notre-Dame Basilica, the historical boroughs of place d’Armes, place Jacques-Cartier, Saint Paul Streets and Place Royale.
    Activity rating: Moderate

    • Option 3: Bicycle Tour
    Enjoy a casual afternoon atop a comfortable dutch-style bike exploring the side-streets, laneways and parks of a beautiful and bike-friendly Montreal neighbourhood. Your tour sticks mostly to bike paths and provides interesting anecdotes about the unique history and urban culture of Montreal.
    Activity rating:
    Moderate

    Overnight in Montreal.

    Day 5 – Depart Montreal
    Say farewell to Canada's scenery, history, and culture, as you transfer from your Montreal hotel to the airport in time for your flight home.
Toronto and Montreal Like a Local – Map

Availability

MayJunJulAugSepOct

Places Visited

TorontoMontreal

Accommodation Style

Hotel

Your Train Experience

VIA Rail

Activity Level

Easy

What you'll love about this trip

  • Sampling some of the best wines in Canada

  • Staying in beautiful Old Montreal – ‘The Hub of French Canada’

  • Exploring Toronto from the seat of a bicycle or with your taste buds

  • Discovering Montreal through the eyes of a local with an expert guide

  • Choice of tour options through Eastern Canada

Common Questions

  • Where am I staying on this trip?

    You'll be staying at various local three to five start 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 a complete travel package with detailed documentation and our Canadian Insiders remain at your disposal before and during your trip to answer your 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 free 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.

  • What is the train experience like?

    Because most Canadians typically do not use the train for commuting (as in the US or Europe), the two main rail providers here are driven by tourism. You'll experience the romance of true trans-continental rail travel, with a wide selection of services, accommodation types, and great food.

    Featured train experiences:

    • VIA Rail is Canada's national train provider, with routes running Coast to Coast and through remote parts of northern Canada. The type of train depends on your journey, and can vary from the classic trans-continental sleeper trains to daylight trains with overnight stops.
  • 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 free trip plan 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 of hotel accommodation

    Train Experiences:
    • Business Class on VIA Rail’s Corridor Train

    Tour Inclusions:

    Toronto Experiences:
    Choose 1 of 3:
    1. Food Tour
    2. Toronto Island Twilight Tour by Bike
    3. Niagara-On-The-Lake Winery Tour (additional cost)

    Montreal Experiences:
    Choose 1 of 3:
    1.
    Walking Food Tour
    2.
    Old Montreal Walking Tour
    3.
    Bicycle Tour

    Meal Inclusions:
    • Feature dinner in Toronto
    • Feature dinner in Montreal
    • Lunch onboard the train in business class

    Transfer Inclusions:
    • Personalized pick up from your arrival airport
    • Personalized drop off at your departure airport
    • All train station transfers

    Other Inclusions:
    • Documentation package
    • Gratuities for private transfer and tours (unless otherwise noted)
    • Fresh Tracks Canada customer service – from the time you book, you are assigned your own personal Vacation Coordinator whom you can reach out to with any questions or requests.

    Seasonal Restrictions:
    • Toronto Food Tour varies by day of the week.
    • Toronto Island Bike Tour operates from April to mid-October. From April to early June, the tour is only available on Monday, Wednesday, Friday.
    • The Old Montreal Walking Tour is available from May to October. During the month of May the tour is only available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

    Not Included
    • Airfare (but don’t hesitate to ask for help)
    • Meals, other than those mentioned 
    • Gratuities for hotel, rail and tour & transfer staff
    • Trip Cancellation Insurance (highly recommended – ask us for a quote)
    • 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.

    • Spend a few days driving through the charming Eastern Townships of Quebec
    • Add some extra time to visit the Laurentian Mountains near Montreal, including Mont Tremblant 
    • Extend your stay and visit Quebec City to experience old world charm
    • Add on a car rental and drive to the Saguenay Fjord for stunning views and whale watching experiences
  • Prices & Dates

    Trip Start Dates

    Daily departures from May 1 to October 15, 2018 / 2019*

    * Please note that limited availability and surcharges will apply during the Montreal Grand Prix in June.

    Pricing For This Trip

    Prices listed may vary by departure date, hotel class and degree of personalization. Please speak with one of our travel advisors to get a personalized quote.

    Boutique Level Hotels
    from US $1,995to US $2,154per 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.

  • 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.

    Le Germain Hotel Toronto Mercer - Le Germain Hotel Toronto Mercer Lobby

    Le Germain Hotel Toronto Mercer

    An example of our Boutique accommodations

    Le Germain Hotel Toronto is at the heart of the entertainment district and within minutes of the CN Tower, theatres and trendy restaurants.

    Auberge du Vieux Port - Exterior of the Auberge du Vieux Port

    Auberge du Vieux Port

    An example of our Boutique accommodations

    Classic 19th-century architecture make up Auberge du Vieux-Port's luxury boutique hotel. Enjoy the view of the Rue de La Commune, the St. Lawrence River and the Old Port. Explore the cobblestone streets surrounding the hotel, providing charm for over 300 years. Ideally located seconds from top restaurants, boutiques, galleries and attractions.

  • Customer Reviews  (3)

    The kids had a blast!

    Star Rating 5
    August 21, 2017

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    The Montreal bike tour was amazing and our tour guide was the best ! The people were friendly , the city was beautiful and the hotel superior. Everything about the Niagara falls tour was wonderful, from the bus driver to the winery, the boat ride and the meal.The kids had a blast!

    Thank you so much for arranging such an enjoyable and stress-free trip

    Star Rating 5
    August 25, 2015

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    We had a wonderful trip. We loved every place we visited. We were particularly impressed with the hotels in Niagara on the Lake and Montreal. Shuttle, train, and city tour arrangements all ran very smoothly. Drivers/tour guides were timely, friendly, and helpful. We consider our find (your service) a gem. We will definitely spread the word and recommend you to family and friends. Thank you so much for arranging such an enjoyable and stress-free trip. 

    It was flawless

    Star Rating 5
    June 5, 2007

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    The trip was excellent. The logistics worked perfectly, the hotels were good and the service second to none. The sightseeing tours of Toronto and Quebec were fine and interesting. We knew Toronto quite well from previous visits, but we learned quite a lot of the history etc. on this trip. We have a friend in Toronto and on our first day attended a D Day parade outside the new City Hall. Once again our thanks for a well done holiday. It was flawless.

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This Trip in Pictures

Toronto skyline and the CN Tower
Toronto skyline and the CN Tower
Welcome to Toronto! Enjoy the famous skyline of Toronto with a delicious dinner atop the CN Tower.
Toronto Island bicycle tour
Toronto Island bicycle tour
Choose to explore Toronto Island by bicycle in the beautiful evening light.
Toronto food tour
Toronto food tour
Or, Discover the tastes and culinary delights of Toronto on a guided food tour.
Niagara wine tour
Niagara wine tour
Alternatively, choose to savour and sip the best Canadian wines on a Niagara wine tour.
Complimentary service onboard VIA RAil
Complimentary service onboard VIA RAil
Enjoy the service on board VIA Rail with complimentary drinks and snacks.
Saint Lawrence river dinner cruise
Saint Lawrence river dinner cruise
Board a gourmet dinner cruise along the Saint Lawrence River.
Montreal brewpub bicycle tour
Montreal brewpub bicycle tour
Choose to discover Montreal's best Brewpubs on a guided bicycle tour.
Montreal dining options are abundent
Montreal dining options are abundent
Or, explore the unique neighbourhoods of Montreal and discover the eclectic culinary scene.
Old Montreal
Old Montreal
Remember to look up, down and all around, as a guide leads you through the backdoor of Old Montreal.
Montreal
Montreal
Depart Montreal with memories to last a lifetime.

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