Ontario & Quebec Twin Cultures 8 Days
This programme gives you the chance to visit large points
of attractions in the neighbouring provinces of Ontario
and Quebec. VIA Rail’s train system connects Toronto,
Montreal and Quebec City, and you will see Canada’s
most populous region by travelling comfortably in VIA
Rail’s modern rail cars.
DAY 1 - ARRIVAL IN TORONTO
Arrive in Toronto’s International Airport and transfer independently to your downtown
hotel for a three-night stay. Pick up your information kit at the front desk upon check-in.
The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore Canada’s commercial and cultural
centre. Overnight 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/near all major hotels in the downtown area. The ticket also includes a free
boat tour (available seasonally) of the Toronto Harbour and Islands. 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 independent exploration, shopping or simple relaxation. Overnight in
DAY 3 - NIAGARA FALLS EXCURSION
Enjoy a full-day sightseeing excursion to Niagara Falls. The route takes you 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 boat trip to the foot of the Horseshoe
Falls. You will have ample time at the Falls to take pictures and admire the thundering
waters or 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.
Overnight in Toronto. Lunch included.
DAY 4 - VIA RAIL / THE CORRIDOR: TORONTO TO QUEBEC CITY
This morning, transfer independently to Union Station to board VIA Rail’s The Corridor
train to Quebec City. You will be passing quaint little towns along Lake Ontario, the
historic city of Kingston, the Thousand Islands region and ride close to the American
border before crossing into the province of Quebec. 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 the fascinating Quebec City and experience its energetic nightlife.
Overnight in Quebec City
DAY 5 - QUEBEC CITY
Today you will explore the historic and modern Quebec City on a morning 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 further explore the city or indulge at one of the many fine restaurants.
Overnight in Quebec City.
DAY 6 - 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 south shore of the St. Lawrence River. 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.
Sample the fine cuisine and exuberant nightlife! Overnight in Montreal.
DAY 7 - 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. The rest of the day is
at your leisure to further explore the city. Overnight in Montreal.
*For departures Nov 24, 2019 onwards, the Montreal city tour will be replaced with
admission to the Grevin Montreal Museum.
DAY 8 - VIA RAIL / THE CORRIDOR: MONTREAL TO TORONTO
Today is your departure from Montreal to Toronto on board The Corridor. Upon arrival
at Toronto’s Union Station, your holiday has come to an end. Transfer independently to
Toronto’s International Airport in time to check-in for your flight home.