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Capital Experience

10 Days Rail Tours

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Ticking the major sights and cities of Eastern Canada off your list couldn't be easier than with this tour. You'll hop on board VIA Rail's comfortable trains and travel towards the north-east, connecting Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec City and Montreal. Feel the mist on your face as you spend time exploring Niagara Falls, heading to the foot of Horseshoe Falls on the water. Quaint towns, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and historical city must-sees are packed into your itinerary, from Quebec’s historic heart and distinct French-Canadian character, to bustling Montreal’s historic flair. What better way to see this captivating region.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Toronto

Arrive into Toronto’s International Airport and transfer independently to your downtown hotel. Pick up your information kit at the front desk upon check-in. The remainder of the day is at leisure for you to explore the city. Spend 3 nights in Toronto.

Day 2: Toronto 

Enjoy the freedom of a hop-on-hop-off city tour conducted by a friendly and knowledgeable tour guide, educating you on the fun facts and history of Toronto, with stops at and near all major hotels in the downtown area. Admission to the CN Tower, standing 335.33 metres tall, is included. Ride the glass-fronted elevators to the top and take in unforgettable views of Toronto and Lake Ontario. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore independently. 

Day 3: Niagara Falls Excursion

Enjoy a full-day sightseeing excursion to Niagara Falls. En-route, you'll be taken 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 the Horseshoe Falls. You will have ample time to take pictures and admire the thundering waters, and even stroll into town. Highlights include a meal and a trip along the beautiful Niagara Parkway, which winds its way along the Niagara Gorge. Pass through the historic community of Niagara-on-the-Lake before returning to Toronto for the evening. (L)

Day 4: VIA Rail/The Corridor - Toronto to Ottawa

This morning, transfer independently to Union Station to 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. As of Brockville, you’ll be travelling north into the direction of the capital region. 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 (designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site) or discover what the bustling Byward Market has to offer. Stay 2 nights in Ottawa.

Day 5: Ottawa

Enjoy a hop-on/hop-off panoramic sightseeing tour of Ottawa today. You will see sights such as the Parliament Buildings, Embassy Row, the Royal Canadian Mint, the National Gallery of Canada, and much more. You will drive through scenic gardens and parklands and along the Rideau Canal. This sightseeing tour is special as it allows you to step on and off at any of the stops along the route to fully experience the charming nation’s capital. If the tour is not operating, it will be substituted with admission to the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, including an audiotour commentary headset. The remainder of the day is free to explore the city’s many museums, galleries and boutiques.

Day 6: VIA Rail/The Corridor - Ottawa to Quebec City

Today you'll make your way from Ottawa to Quebec City on board VIA Rail’s 'The Corridor'. You’ll be leaving the capital region of Ottawa behind and heading for the Laurentians. Past Montreal, the train will be riding along the southern shore of the St. Lawrence River, passing charming little towns and villages in the beautiful French-Canadian countryside. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore fascinating Quebec City and experience its energetic nightlife. Spend 2 nights in Quebec City.

Day 7: Quebec City

This morning you will explore historic and modern Quebec City on a sightseeing tour. Quebec City is the only city in North America with city walls and gates, earning it a United Nations World Heritage Site distinction in 1985. Discover the historical treasures and wonderful “joie de vivre” atmosphere of Quebec. Your guide provides narration while you see the Latin Quarter, the Plains of Abraham, the Fortifications, the National Assembly, Place Royale, the Basilica and many more points of interest. The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore the city, or indulge at one of many fine restaurants.

Day 8: VIA Rail/The Corridor - Quebec City to Montreal

Hop on the train today for a short ride to Montreal. This time, you’ll be travelling along the northern shore of the St. Lawrence River passing historic Trois-Rivières and charming Cap-de-la-Madeleine, where you'll find the national shrine to the Virgin Mary. Upon reaching the bustling metropolis of Montreal, prepare for an afternoon of exploring the second largest French-speaking city after Paris. Walk down lively St. Catherine Street with its numerous shops and cafés. Stay 2 nights in Montreal.

Day 9: Montreal

Today you will be going on a 3-hour sightseeing tour of Montreal*. You will see numerous highlights, such as the Notre Dame Basilica, the financial and residential districts, historic Old Montreal, the charming Latin Quarter and much more. You will visit the Olympic Complex, travel through the campus of McGill University and savour the panoramic views from an observation point on top of Mont Royal. 

*For departures on or after 8 Oct '20, the Montreal city tour will be replaced with admission to the Grevin Montreal Museum.

Day 10: VIA Rail/The Corridor - Montreal to Toronto

Today is your departure from Montreal to Toronto on board VIA Rail’s The Corridor. Upon arrival at Toronto’s Union Station, your holiday has come to an end. Transfer independently to Toronto’s International Airport to check in for your onward flight.

*Denotes local charge.

Please note: this is a set tour itinerary, if you have booked any pre/post or optional tour arrangements please refer to your separate vouchers and final documents.

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Prices are described as Guide prices on this website and may be higher or lower due to availability and date of departure.

Prices are for departure dates listed, ex-UK and are per adult based on two adults travelling and sharing a standard room and with return economy flights where stated. Single room and flight prices are available at a supplement.

Please note some tours are subject to minimum numbers, please call our travel experts or visit your local retail store for full details as well as our latest prices.

Tour information

Please click here to download a pdf of the itinerary and additional tour notes

Pre/Post Tour information

If you would like to extend your trip or make the tour part of a longer holiday, we can easily add on a pre or post night stays for you. Our Sales Team will work with you to arrange the best connecting flights and book any additional hotel stays. Simply tell us what you’d like and we can arrange it.

Time difference

GMT -5 hours Eastern Canada

Tour exclusions

  • International flights in economy class, including all UK and overseas airport taxes and applicable fuel surcharges
  • Flight upgrades and airport transfers in the UK
  • VIA Rail upgrade to Business Class from Toronto to Ottawa, Ottawa to Quebec City, Quebec City to Montreal and Montreal to Toronto, if required. Business Class offers at-seat meals including wine and hot and cold beverages, and complimentary newspapers
  • Insurance
  • Transfers to/from train stations
  • Meals and attractions unless otherwise specified
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, tips and gratuities, video camera fees at monuments
  • The required Canada Electronic Authorization (eTA)
  • Anything not detailed on the itinerary

Dining inclusions

Lunch included on Day 3. 

Included activities

Tours listed in the itinerary.

Accommodation

Accommodation listed on the itinerary is a mix of 3-4V graded properties. Please note some tours are up to 3 weeks in duration and there may be some nights when staying in remote locations e.g. the National Parks, when the ‘V’ rating may vary. Hotels are subject to change up until 30 days prior to departure, but you will be advised of any changes. 

Visa requirements

Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA)

Visitors travelling to or transiting through Canada by air are now expected to get an electronic travel authorisation (eTA) to enter Canada. If you’re arriving into Canada by air from either the UK or another destination e.g. the USA, you’ll need an eTA. This costs CA$7 and lasts for 5 years or until your passport expires, whichever is first. If you’re travelling by land or sea, you won’t need an eTA when you enter Canada. However, you must travel with acceptable travel documents and identification, i.e. your passport.

For more information on eTA system, and to apply online, visit the official Canadian government website.