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Great Cities of Eastern Canada by Rail

11 days from £1735 per person

Enjoy exploring the beauty and diversity of Canada’s Eastern city scenes; you’ll visit Toronto, Niagara Falls, Ottawa, Quebec City and Montreal. Get a taste of the main flavours of each of these major cities including an insight into the different lifestyles, before hopping on a train and passing through contrasting countryside to reach the next city. You’ll start your journey in vibrant Toronto, a city that never sleeps and is brimming with energy. Fill your time wandering around distinctive neighbourhoods, compelling performing arts and renowned attractions, including a day trip to the mighty Niagara Falls. Immerse yourself in the blend of French and English cultures in the river valley of Ottawa, before meandering down the cobbled streets past public artworks and historic buildings in Quebec City. The last stop on your city hopping adventure is Montreal where you will enjoy chic and urban island living.

Route: Toronto – Ottawa – Quebec City - Montreal

Itinerary Highlights

Enjoy the ease and efficiency of travelling onboard the Corridor rail service, a quick and convenient route that connects all the major east coast cities including Niagara Falls.

Scenic Ottawa is set around the colossal gothic parliament building, a sociable city that’s made up of diverse yet vibrant districts that are exciting to explore.

Quebec City is a colonial gem, where the fortified buildings that tell tales of the city’s fascinating past are woven between boutique shops and bistros serving gastronomic delights.

Itinerary: Great Cities of Eastern Canada by Rail

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international flight to Toronto. On arrival you will make your own way to your centrally located hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the city at your own leisure. (N)
Accommodation in Toronto: Hyatt Regency Toronto (or similar)
Toronto is an exciting place to start your city hopping adventure; a diverse metropolis that provides a fusion of cultures, activities, cuisines and an energetic international buzz. There are a variety of activities you can sink your teeth into today, including a hop-on, hop-off city tour, inner harbour cruise or a glass lift ride to the lookout level of the dominating CN Tower. If you fancy something slightly more relaxed, you might decide to take a ferry ride over to the pedestrian-only Toronto islands or go for a wander through the colourful St Lawrence or Kensington markets. (N)
Accommodation in Toronto: Hyatt Regency Toronto (or similar)
Today you will be collected in the morning and transferred to Niagara Falls where you will enjoy a full day excursion. Prepare to be amazed by the sheer power and force of the water as your boat tour takes you right into the foot of the Horseshoe Falls. Enjoy capturing the thundering waterfall, misty haze and scenic surroundings of this great wonder on your camera, before strolling into the local town. You will also stop off at the historical town of Niagara-on-the-lake before being transferred back to Toronto. (N)
Accommodation in Toronto: Hyatt Regency Toronto (or similar)
This morning you will make your own way to Union Station where you commence the first leg of your corridor train journey to Ottawa, an architecturally-inspiring city. The train ride takes approximately four hours and travels past quaint towns, dense green forests and jagged mountain peaks. Upon arrival in Ottawa, make your own way to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day exploring Canada’s charming capital at your own leisure. (N)
Accommodation in Ottawa: Delta Ottawa City Centre (or similar)
Scenic Ottawa is a sociable city that’s set around the Rideau Canal. A welcoming place where, in the spring, tulips pop up and in autumn, a contrasting leaf fall. The diverse areas that make up downtown are overlooked by the gothic parliament buildings that are not only historic icons, but equally popular tourist attractions. You might decide to book a city tour to see the main highlights of Ottawa, or pick up a map from your hotel reception and navigate around by yourself. Downtown is compact and easy to explore on foot; make sure you pop into Byward Market, a vibrant hub for local performers, farmers, craft ware and boutique shops. (N)
Accommodation in Ottawa: Delta Ottawa City Centre (or similar)
Today you will continue your journey by rail, travelling from Ottawa to Quebec City, which takes approximately five and a half hours. Sit back and relax as the train passes along the picturesque St Lawrence River, rolling hills and small settlements. Spend the rest of the day settling into your new surroundings or choose to go for a stroll through the historical city and admire the French architecture. (N)
Accommodation in Quebec City: Auberge Le Saint Pierre (or similar)
Quebec City prides itself on being one of the oldest settlements in North America. Oozing with grandeur, the city streets feel like museums that have come alive. Enjoy spending the day getting to know both the modern and historic parts of the old town; connected by cobbled streets, this UNESCO site is a wonderful mix of heritage, culture and art. This evening you might choose to indulge in a spot of French-Canadian fine dining. (N)
Accommodation in Quebec City: Auberge Le Saint Pierre (or similar)
This morning you will board the train and continue to ride alongside the shores of St Lawrence River until you reach Montreal (journey time approximately 3 hours). Upon arrival, make your way to your hotel and check in. Spend the rest of today exploring dynamic Montreal; taking in the quirky street art, creative cuisine and medley of neighbourhoods. Tonight you might decide to head to Crescent Street where you can take your pick of the varied restaurants available and enjoy the vibrant nightlife. (N)
Accommodation in Montreal: Le St-Martin Hotel Particulier Montreal (or similar)
Montreal is an artsy, multicultural metropolis, where the locals enjoy good food and healthy living. Enjoy spending the day exploring this cosmopolitan city, head to downtown, Lachine Canal, the historic Old Montreal neighbourhood and Quartier des Spectacles, the iconic festival quarter. Later on, you might choose to hike to the top of Mount Royal to experience the panoramic views over the city, or immerse yourself in the chic French culture in Plateau Mont-Royal. (N)
Accommodation in Montreal: Le St-Martin Hotel Particulier Montreal (or similar)
Enjoy spending your last day in the city at leisure. If you wish, we can arrange a late check out for you so you can use your room and the hotel’s facilities today. Later on, you will make your own way to the airport for your international flight back to the UK. (N)
Today you will arrive back into the UK, where you will continue your journey home. (N)
**KEY: N = No meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

What To Do Next?

We design unique, tailor-made holiday itineraries to suit you, by combining your ideas with our knowledge and experience. Once you have an idea of what you’re looking for, or if you require some advice, please call us or complete the enquiry form online for a quotation.

What's included

  • International flights from the UK
  • Train travel as specified
  • Hotel accommodation and taxes
  • Full day excursion to Niagara Falls

What's not included

  • Cost of visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Meals unless specified

Guide to Price

The above price is based on two people travelling together and sharing accommodation in low season. The price is only a guide and can vary according to selected airlines, hotels and date of travel. If you wish to travel with your family, friends or on your own we will be very happy to assist you with your arrangements.

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