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Highlights

  • See the breathtaking Niagara Falls
  • 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 Toronto

A private chauffeur will bring you to the airport today, where you will enjoy VIP lounge access before boarding your flight to Toronto. On arrival, travel independently to your downtown hotel and head out to explore Toronto, a dynamic city of towering skyscrapers and tranquil green spaces. Tonight, perhaps dine in Little Italy, Greektown or Chinatown, or relax in the comfort of your hotel.

Stay: Chelsea Hotel Toronto (Superior), Fairmont Royal York (Deluxe)

Toronto skyline and Lake Ontario aerial view, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto


Day 2

Toronto

Today will see you on a guided tour of Toronto's highlights, visiting the Eaton Centre, both City Halls, Chinatown, and of course, the iconic CN Tower. This afternoon, take a walk along the waterfront at Lake Ontario or perhaps stop at one of the many outstanding museums in the city – the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Bata Shoe Museum are favourites.

Stay: Chelsea Hotel Toronto (Superior), Fairmont Royal York (Deluxe)

CN Tower, Toronto, Canada

CN Tower

Casa Loma, Toronto, Canada

Casa Loma, Toronto


Day 3

Niagara Falls

Today, you'll be taken on a full-day tour of the world-famous Niagara Falls, via air-conditioned coach. The three waterfalls that make up Niagara provide the natural outflow for the Great Lakes, which contain one fifth of the world's fresh water. While you're here, take a Niagara Falls Cruise or Journey Behind the Falls Tour, before enjoying a delicious lunch with a view of the water. In the afternoon, you'll visit a local winery for a tasting tour before returning to your hotel for a final night in Toronto.

Stay: Chelsea Hotel Toronto (Superior), Fairmont Royal York (Deluxe)

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Niagara Falls


Day 4

Toronto to Montréal by Rail

This morning, you'll head to the station to relax in the Business Class lounge, with complimentary beverages and newspapers, before boarding your train. The route takes you along the scenic shores of Lake Ontario to the St. Lawrence River at Trenton Junction. See the village of Napanee and plenty of pretty waterfalls before passing through Kingston, where the Rideau Canal connects across to Ottawa. Then, you'll enter Québec, cross the Ottawa River and arrive into Montréal's Central Station. Your accommodation tonight is in the heart of downtown.

Stay: Delta Montréal (Superior), Fairmont Queen Elizabeth (Deluxe)

Montréal, Canada

Montréal

Notre-Dame Basilica in Montréal, Canada

Notre-Dame Basilica

Montreal in the fall

Montréal


Day 5

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: Delta Montréal (Superior), Fairmont Queen Elizabeth (Deluxe)

Château Frontenac, Québec City, Canada

Château Frontenac, Québec City

Montmorency Falls, Québec, Canada

Montmorency Falls


Day 6

Montréal City and Moncton by Rail

You'll start today with a half-day city tour of Montréal, visiting the spectacular Notre Dame Basilica and the pretty French Quarter as well as the Olympic Site and Mount Royal, for a panoramic view of the city. Then, 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

Notre Dame in Montréal, Canada

Notre Dame in Montréal


Day 7

Charlottetown

Today, you'll awake in the privacy of your sleeper cabin to views of the Atlantic Ocean outside the train window. Enjoy 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: Rodd Charlottetown (Superior), The Great George (Deluxe)

The Confederation Bridge, Atlantic Canada

The Confederation Bridge


Day 8

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: Rodd Charlottetown (Superior), The Great George (Deluxe)

Cavendish, Prince Edward Island

Cavendish Beach

Green Gables, Prince Edward Island

Green Gables


Day 9

Charlottetown to Moncton

This morning you'll explore Charlottetown on a sightseeing tour of its historic sites, including Beaconsfield, Historic Great George Street, Province House, Charlottetown Driving Park, The Lieutenant Governor’s House, Victoria Park, University of Prince Edward Island, and more. This afternoon, take a private transfer back across the Confederation Bridge to Moncton and check into your accommodation, centrally located in the downtown area.

Stay: Rodd Moncton (Superior), Delta Beausejour (Deluxe)

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Charlottetown

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Charlottetown

Moncton, New Brunswick

Moncton


Day 10

Hopewell Rocks & Bay of Fundy Coastal Tour

Today, take a full-day tour of the Bay of Fundy, a body of water located between Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the U.S. state of Maine. The bay is famous for its dramatic tidal rise and fall and unique rock formations, and is one of the seven wonders of North America. Here, you'll see the tidal changes as you tour highlights including the fishing town of Alma, Cape Enrage, and New Brunswicks's oldest operational lighthouse, as well as the spectacular Hopewell Rocks. This evening, return to Moncton, perhaps taking a stroll along the water or dining in the bustling downtown area.

Stay: Rodd Moncton (Superior), Delta Beausejour (Deluxe)

Hopewell Rocks, New Brunswick

Hopewell Rocks


Day 11

Moncton to Halifax by Rail

This morning, take some time at leisure in Moncton, perhaps exploring one of its art galleries or taking a walk through the Riverfront Park. This afternoon, you'll embark the train to Nova Scotia's provincial capital – Halifax – known for its extensive maritime history. Your hotel is located just minutes away from the Citadel National Historic Site, so take the opportunity to discover the city's charms before settling in for the night.

Stay: Lord Nelson Hotel, Halifax (Superior)

Historic Town Clock on Citadel Hill in Halifax NS

Historic Town Clock on Citadel Hill

Halifax Waterfront, Atlantic Canada

Halifax Waterfront


Days 12 – 13

Halifax

Today you'll have the choice of three museums to visit; explore the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, nestled on the historic waterfront, learn more about Canada's immigration history at the Canadian Museum of Immigration, or explore the natural wonders of the region at the Halifax Museum of Natural History. After plenty of time spent immersing yourself in Nova Scotia, take the rest of the day at leisure, perhaps with a sunset walk along the 4km boardwalk. 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: Lord Nelson Hotel, Halifax (Superior)

Sunrise in Halifax Nova Scotia

Sunrise in Halifax


Days 14 – 15

Halifax to UK

This morning, you'll head to the airport and enjoy VIP lounge access before returning to the UK, arriving on Day 15. 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 awe-inspiring natural wonders like Niagara Falls and the Bay of Fundy, to fascinating cities like Toronto 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 £3,710 pp incl. flights

Year Round from: £3,710 pp

Operates Jun - Sep 2020

Departure dates from Toronto (Friday)

26 Jun / 03, 10, 17, 24, 31 Jul / 07, 14, 21, 28 Aug / 04, 11, 18 Sep 2020

Includes

  • Complimentary UK chauffeur drive service
  • Complimentary UK airport departure lounge access
  • Return flights between UK and Toronto and returning from Halifax
  • 12 nights hotel accommodation
  • VIA Rail onboard accommodation for 1 night between Montreal and Halifax
  • Toronto City tour (operates 01 Jun - 31 Aug), on non-operating dates, the tour will be replaced with CN tower admission
  • Niagara Falls sightseeing tour including lunch
  • Business class rail travel Toronto to Montreal
  • Quebec City & Montmorency Falls sightseeing tour
  • Montreal City tour
  • Private transfers between Moncton and Charlottetown
  • Island Drive & Anne of Green Gables Tour
  • Charlottetown Highlights Tours
  • Hopewell Rocks & Bay of Fundy Coastal Tour
  • Peggy's Cove Tour
  • Choice of admission to one of three Halifax museum options - Halifax Museum of Natural History / Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 / Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
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