Take to the tracks and see the major cities of Canada’s Eastern side. This deluxe trip will take advantage of the fantastic Business Class option on Canada’s VIA Rail Corridor service which links Toronto to Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City. Comfortable seats onboard allow for a relaxed journey, with stations linking downtown area to downtown area and offering extras such as onboard meals and in-station departure lounges. Starting in Toronto, you will get to see magnificent Niagara Falls, Canada’s capital city Ottawa and the two largest cities in the French speaking province of Quebec – Montreal and Quebec City. A relaxing and easy way to see this part of a wonderful country.
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Take a flight from the UK to Toronto. Direct services are available from Heathrow on a daily basis year-round, while Air Canada and Air Transat offer flights from Gatwick, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh on a limited or summer only service. Upon arrival, a private transfer will take you from the airport to your hotel for the night.
Enjoy a full-day sightseeing excursion to Niagara Falls. The route takes you through the lush fruit growing district and wine region of the Niagara Peninsula. Marvel at the spectacle of the famous Niagara Falls and step aboard the Hornblower Niagara Cruises ‘Voyage to the Falls’ boat tour for a fantastic trip to the foot of Horseshoe Falls. You will have ample time at the Falls to take pictures and admire the thundering waters or stroll around the town. Highlights include three-course lunch overlooking the falls and time in Niagara on the Lake including wine tasting at one of the many local wineries.
This morning, transfer independently to Union Station and board VIA Rail’s ‘The Corridor’ train to Ottawa. You will be passing quaint little towns along Lake Ontario, the historic city of Kingston and the Thousand Islands region before heading north in the direction of the capital. Upon arrival in Ottawa, the remainder of the day is free to explore the charms of Canada’s capital city. Take a stroll along the famous Rideau Canal or discover what the bustling Byward Market has to offer.
Includes lunch on board
Ottawa is not just the capital of the Canadian government, Ottawa is also one of the most diverse cities in the world, offering everything from world-class sporting events and shopping adventure to museum and family activities. Ottawa has it all. Situated on the Ottawa River about 125 miles west of Montreal, Ottawa is a unique mix of old and new, history and technology, excitement and relaxation. Among the many historic sites in Ottawa are the Canadian War Museum, Parliament Hill, Museum of Civilization, Rideau Hall, RCMP Museum and Stables, National Aviation Museum, Royal Canadian Mint, National Gallery, Dow's Lake, Experimental Farm and the Museum of Nature. Today is a free day to explore.
Make your own way back to the station in Ottawa this morning for your onward journey to Montreal. Taking less than two hours, travel through rural Ontario featuring maple forests and pasturelands before crossing into Quebec at Coteau. Cross the Ottawa River and pass through Dorval Station before arriving into Central Station, conveniently located under the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth’s lobby – your hotel for the night.
Includes lunch on board
A complete three hour tour of the city, taking in over 200 points of interest, including a photo stop at the Notre-Dame-Basilica, a visit of St. Joseph's Oratory, residential and financial districts, Old Montreal, French Quarter, stop for an outside view of Olympic Stadium, McGill University and a stop for a panoramic view from an observation point on top of Mont Royal. Discover the city through hundreds of places of interest with an uninterrupted commentary of a friendly, knowledgeable bilingual guide.
Following the St. Lawrence River, pass from city suburbs to the rural landscapes of forests and rich pastures, dotted with tiny villages that extend to Quebec City. For the first hour, you will note the rugged Monteregian Hills that seem to loom up from nowhere. These huge volcanic mounds were formed over 120 million years ago. There are seven of these hills in a row, including Mont Royal in Montreal, ending with Monte Rouge near the tiny village of Boloeil. Many of the trees you view are maple trees, producing the great Canadian staple, maple syrup. Your rail journey is just over two hours to Quebec, the oldest walled city in North America and heart of the French Canadian culture of Canada. In Quebec, arrive at Gare du Palais, located near the harbour in old town Quebec.
Includes lunch on board
Experience the European charm of the first French settlement in North America. This is your chance to visit history first hand. The Latin Quarter, Plains of Abraham, Ramparts, world famous Château Frontenac, National Assembly, Basilica, City Hall, Place-Royale, Citadelle and a glimpse of modern Québec City are the perfect introduction to the city.
A final day to explore old and new Quebec before taking a private transfer to the airport. As yet there are no direct flights back to the UK so travel via Montreal or Toronto on an overnight service back to the UK.
‘Historic and Elegant Hotel in Central Toronto’
The grand old hotel of Toronto, the Fairmont Royal York is a famous resort to visit and has the perfect location at the heart of this vibrant city. Steps away from attractions including theatres and museums to a plethora of shops and lively night life with clubs, bars and restaurants. The elegant hotel has a fitness centre featuring a pool, whirlpool and an excellent spa. There are five restaurants at the hotel including a gastropub and Japanese steakhouse. Rooms are traditional with larger options and suites if you prefer more space.
‘Ottawa’s Landmark Hotel’
The Fairmont Chateau Laurier is a luxurious and historic property in full chateau style located at the heart of Ottawa, overlooking the Canadian Parliament buildings and the Rideau Canal. Also within easy walking distance of city centre attractions including the Rideau Centre for shopping and numerous bars, restaurants and nightlife. The hotel is luxurious with elegant rooms full of modern conveniences and public areas well known for the hotels attentive and excellent service. With plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from, an indoor pool and fitness centre it really does offer everything you need.
‘Elegant and Trendy Hotel in Downtown Montreal’
In the heart of Montreal's thriving shopping and business district you will find Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth - a 1960s classic hotel that was transformed into a contemporary lifestyle space, complete with modern technologies and amenities. Following a huge renovation, when the hotel was close for over 12 months, the newly renovated rooms are modern, chic and comfortable while the restaurants, bars and public spaces have all been updated too and the new Moment Spa is now open. A welcome return to the luxury options in this cosmopolitan city, the Fairmont, Queen Elizabeth is a real jewel.
‘Famous and Luxurious Chateau Style Hotel’
Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac is a historic and famous property at the heart of Old Quebec. Located high above the banks of the St Lawrence River, the old chateau style building dominates the Quebec skyline with its elegant European style architecture. The hotel is a wonderful example of five star elegance and old world style. Rooms are elegantly furnished and many have stunning views over Old Quebec or the St Lawrence. The hotel has several top class restaurants and bars on site and even a Starbucks. With a health club boasting an indoor pool and small spa, you can’t go wrong at this wonderful hotel.
International flights in economy
All accommodation as listed
VIA Rail train tickets as listed in business
Niagara Falls day trip
City tours in Montreal and Quebec
Meals unless otherwise stated
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