The Ocean interiors, VIA Rail
The Ocean interiors, VIA Rail
Scenery and Sights in Halifax, Nova Scotia
Scenery and Sights in Halifax, Nova Scotia
Quebec City
Quebec City
Montreal City, Quebec
Montreal City, Quebec
Toronto Cityscapes, Ontario
Toronto Cityscapes, Ontario

Eastern Rail Experience

7 nights from €1,999 per person Including Flights


Experience the unique "Ocean" rail route on VIA Rail on this captivating itinerary taking in the best of the Canadian Maritimes and Quebec. Starting in Halifax, with a couple of days to enjoy this fascinating maritime city and the beautiful surrounding coastline. Then board the "Ocean" train for a two day journey through Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, enjoying dinner and a night on the train in a private cabin. Spend time in historic Quebec City, then board VIA rail to follow the St Lawrence river to Montreal. Here you will enjoy a three-hour city tour to see all of the highlights. Then take the final leg of your journey on "The Corridor", leaving the province of Quebec and journeying through Ontario until you reach the vibrant, cosmopolitan city of Toronto. You can extend your stay in Toronto if you wish, and could also add on a visit to magnificent Niagara Falls (JV).

"Travelling on the Ocean train from Montreal to Halifax was a unique and relaxing experience, and such a pleasure to watch the scenery glide by"
Kathryn, Programme Director

Itinerary Overview

Fly to Halifax 2 nights - Onboard VIA Rail's The Ocean train 1 night - Quebec City 1 night - Montreal 2 nights - Toronto 1 night - Fly home from Toronto

Departures on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays available throughout May - October*

*Departures unavailable for 2024
Grand Prix in Montreal: Jun 02 - 05
Osheaga Festival in Montreal: Jul TBC - Aug TBC

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  • Accommodation
  • Checked baggage
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  • In resort assistance & 24 hour contact centre
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Day 1

Fly to Halifax

Arrive in Halifax and transfer independently to your hotel. Overnight in Halifax for two nights.

Standard Hotel: Atlantica Hotel Halifax or Hampton Inn by Hilton Halifax or similar.

Deluxe Hotel: Westin Nova Scotian or *Prince George Hotel or similar.

*2024 Dates: Sutton Place Hotel Halifax

Day 2


A full day is yours to independently explore Halifax's proud maritime heritage. The city is a centre for East Coast arts and culture, boasting galleries and local artists that capture the essence of Canadian Maritimes life. Visit the restored Historic Properties, the Citadel that has guarded the city since the 18th century, the Public Gardens or perhaps arrange a day cruise around the harbour for an ocean-side perspective of the city.

Day 3

Halifax to Quebec City - VIA Rail

Make your way independently to Halifax rail station, board VIA rail's The Ocean and depart early afternoon on your rail passage to Quebec City. Wind across Nova Scotia and New Brunswick before passing by the rolling hills of the Baie des Chaleurs. The evening offers long shadows over the landscape to accompany your delicious on-board dinner, and the rock and sway of the train ensures a restful sleep on your overnight journey.

Overnight on board VIA Rail (lunch and dinner).

Day 4

Quebec City - VIA Rail

The sun rises as you follow the shores of the mighty St, Lawrence River into Quebec City where you debark to begin the next chapter of your holiday. Make your way independently to your hotel to check in. The rest of the day is yours to discover why this historic city draws thousands of visitors each year. We suggest visiting some of the most popular designations and attractions such as the Latin Quarter, the Plains of Abraham, the Fortifications, the National Assembly, Place Royale and the Basilica.

Overnight in Quebec City.

Standard Hotel: Hotel Le Concorde Quebec or *Delta Quebec or similar.

Deluxe Hotel: Fairmont Le Chateau or Hotel Manoir Victoria or similar.

*2024 Dates: Hotel Palace Royal

Day 5

Quebec City to Montreal - VIA Rail

Depart on VA Rail's Corridor service to Montreal, follow the shoreline of Canada's busiest waterway along the St. Lawrence River to arrive in the bustling metropolis of Montreal. As the second-largest French-speaking urban centre after Paris, the city is renowned for its love of music, arts and hospitality. Walk down lively St. Catherine Street with its numerous shops and cafes, or once the sun sets, sample the fine cuisine at one of the hundreds of restaurants and perhaps take in a session of a lively jazz club. Overnight in Montreal for two nights.

Standard Hotel: Hotel Faubourg Montreal or *Le Nouvel Hotel & Spa or similar.

Deluxe Hotel: Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth or **Le Saint Sulpice Hotel Montreal or similar.

*2024 Dates: Best Western Ville Marie Hotel and Suites
**2024 Dates: Hotel Bonaventure Montreal

Day 6


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.

Overnight in Montreal.

Day 7

Montreal to Toronto - VIA Rail

Depart on the last rail journey of your tour, travelling through the small townships and communities of Quebec and Ontario en route to Canada's largest city, Toronto. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and take the rest of the evening to either enjoy the amenities of your hotel, or search out one of the city's hundreds of restaurants and nightspots.

Overnight in Toronto.

Standard Hotel: Chelsea Hotel or *Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Toronto or similar.

Deluxe Hotel: Fairmont Royal York Hotel or Le Germain Hotel Toronto Mercer or similar.

*2024 Dates: Holiday Inn Toronto Downtown Centre

Day 8


Depart Toronto, and either fly home or extend your stay with further explorations of Eastern Canada.

  • Return International flights
  • Hotel accommodation for seven nights as described or similar
  • 3.5 hour Montreal Sightseeing City Tour
  • Halifax to Quebec City (overnight in private cabin), Quebec City to Montreal and Montreal to Toronto rail on board VIA Rail (in economy class, or upgrade to business)
  • Lunch and Dinner on Day 3, Breakfast Day 4

What's Not Included

  • Transfers
  • Meals unless stated above
  • Gratuities to sightseeing motor coach drivers, rail personnel and taxi drivers

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