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Highlights

  • Sample the tastes of Montreal on a foodie tour
  • Explore the historic charms of Montreal, Québec City and Charlottetown
  • See the dramatic tidal changes at the Bay of Fundy
  • Enjoy included tours throughout
  • Join it all together with scenic rail journeys through Canadian countryside

As seen on Michael Portillo's Great American Railroad Journeys, this itinerary is all about the natural beauty of Atlantic Canada. From a city stay in Toronto to a tour of the mighty Niagara Falls, you'll experience the best of the region in style. Visit the spectacular Hopewell Rocks at the Bay of Fundy, the charming streets of Montreal, and the Confederation Bridge, the longest bridge over ice-covered waters in the world. See the picturesque Green Gables Shore and the maritime riches of Halifax, joining it all together with scenic rail journeys across the Canadian countryside.


Day 1

UK to Montreal

A private chauffeur will bring you to the airport today, where you will enjoy VIP lounge access before boarding your flight to Montreal. On arrival, travel independently to your downtown hotel and head out to explore Montreal, Canada's second largest city is surprisingly easily to explore either by foot or metro. Take a walk down Rue Sherbrook to admire the elegant buildings or visit Plateau Mont-Royal for a variety of jazz bars and nightlife. This bustling city is also a hotspot for restaurants, boutiques and has extensive underground tunnels offering even more shopping options.

Stay: Fairmont Queen Elizabeth (Deluxe)

Montréal, Canada

Montréal, Canada


Day 2

Québec City & Montmorency Falls

Today you'll enjoy a sightseeing tour of Québec City. You'll see the UNESCO World Heritage site, marvelling at the European architecture and history of the old town, a picturesque UNESCO World Heritage site. Your guide will see you to some of the highlights, including a visit to the Montmorency Falls, which is a full 30 metres higher than Niagara Falls. This evening, return to your Montréal hotel, perhaps dining at one of many contemporary restaurants or traditional taverns nearby.

Stay: Fairmont Queen Elizabeth (Deluxe)

Château Frontenac, Québec City, Canada

Château Frontenac, Québec City

Montmorency Falls, Québec, Canada

Montmorency Falls


Day 3

Montréal City and Moncton by Rail

You'll start today with a your choice of guided tours in Montreal. A city sightseeing tour will see you explore the likes of Mont Royal and take in panoramic views of the old town and picturesque riverfront. Alternatively, take the chance to delve deeper into the delights of Old Montreal and its maze of cobblelstone streets on a guided walking tour. Or, why not indulge your inner foodie with a trip to experience six of your guides favourite eateries and watering holes, from artisan charcuteries to craft beers.

Then, in the evening, board VIA Rail and relax in the comfort of your Sleeper Plus private cabin as you glide past rural Québec. Enjoy warm Canadian hospitality, included hot drinks and snacks, and a three-course dinner in the dining car before retiring to your cabin for the night.

Stay: VIA Rail – Sleeper Plus Private bedroom and shower

Dinner included

Montreal City Hall, Montréal, Canada

Montreal City Hall, Montréal, Canada


Day 4

Charlottetown

Wake to views of the Atlantic Ocean outside the train window before enjoying breakfast as you pass rolling hills and charming coastal villages on your way to Moncton. On arrival, you'll transfer to Charlottetown via the Confederation Bridge, the longest bridge over ice-covered waters in the world. At 13km, it joins Prince Edward Island with New Brunswick in spectacular fashion. Come the afternoon, you'll check into your hotel in Charlottetown, capital of Prince Edward Island.

Stay: The Great George (Deluxe)

The Confederation Bridge, Atlantic Canada

The Confederation Bridge


Day 5

Island Drives & Anne of Green Gables Tour

Today's scenic route sees you through verdant farmland and past pretty villages along the North Shore and Green Gables Shore region. Pause along the way in quaint fishing harbours and picturesque lighthouses as well as Cavendish Beach national park. You'll also tour the Green Gables House, the farm that inspired the novel Anne of Green Gables in 1908, and stop at Prince Edward Island Preserve Company to shop for local jams and marmalades.

Stay: The Great George (Deluxe)

Cavendish, Prince Edward Island

Cavendish Beach

Green Gables, Prince Edward Island

Green Gables


Day 6

Charlottetown to Halifax

This morning you'll explore Charlottetown a choice of sightseeing tours, perhaps catching a buoy, hauling a trap and banding a claw as you learn about the world of lobster fishing on Prince Edward Island. Otherwise, take the chance to discover the rich history and charm of Canada's Birthplace as you explore the streets of Charlottetown itself.

Stay: Sutton Place Hotel, Halifax (Deluxe)

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Charlottetown

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Charlottetown

Moncton, New Brunswick

Moncton


Days 7 – 8

Halifax

Arrive in Halifax where you'll again have a choice of excursions designed to highlight both the city itself and the surrounding Nova Scotia coastline. Lobster enthusiasts will have the opportunity to join a local crew as they pull a live lobster trap, showing how today's equipment is used. Or, you might opt to explore the South Shore, with its rich maritime and fishing history, brought to life with tales of rum-totting pirates and the sheer beauty of the cragged coastline. Lastly, a hop-on-hop-off bus excursion will offer the chance to take things at your own pace, perhaps visiting the Titanic Cemetary and nearby Citadel, stopping off at the Alexander Keith's Brewery and Maritime Museum along the way.

The next day, you'll join an included tour of Peggy's Cove, set above the rugged Atlantic shoreline and site of the most photographed lighthouse in the world. Take some free time to explore the rocks, local trails, and the village itself, before returning to your accommodation for a final night in Halifax.

Stay: Sutton Place Hotel, Halifax (Deluxe)

Sunrise in Halifax Nova Scotia

Sunrise in Halifax


Days 9 – 10

Halifax to UK

This morning, you'll head to the airport and enjoy VIP lounge access before returning to the UK, arriving on Day 10. A chauffeur transfer will see you home in style.


About the itinerary

"This is a particularly unique getaway that showcases the delights of Atlantic Canada's Maritime provinces and the icons of Ontario. There's everything from tastes of Montreal awe inspiring tidal ranges of the Bay of Fundy, to fascinating cities like Charlottetown and Halifax. Joined together with included tours and some scenic rail journeys, for me this is one of the best ways to see the region."

Andy Austen

Destination Specialist

Pricing information

Guide price from £2,860 pp incl. flights

Year Round from: £2,860 pp

Includes

  • Complimentary UK chauffeur drive service
  • Complimentary UK airport departure lounge access
  • Return flights between UK and Montreal and returning from Halifax
  • 8 nights hotel accommodation
  • VIA Rail onboard accommodation for 1 night between Montreal and Moncton
  • Quebec City & Montmorency Falls sightseeing tour
  • Montreal Freedom of Choice - Choose 1 of 3 Excursions - Montreal Half Day Sightseeing Tour, Walking Tour of Old Montreal or Beyond the Market Food Walking Tour
  • Private transfers between Moncton and Charlottetown
  • Island Drive & Anne of Green Gables Tour
  • Charlottetown Freedom of Choice - Choose 1 of 2 Excursions - Lobster Cruise, Charlottetown Highlights Tour
  • Private transfer between Charlottetown and Halifax
  • Halifax Freedom of Choice - Choose 1 of 3 Excursions - Coastal Cruise Lighthouses & Lobster traps, Lunenburg & Mahone Bay Tour, Halifax Hop-on Hop-off Tour
  • Peggy's Cove Tour
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