A Sale of Two Cities – 7 Days / 6 Nights
A Sale of Two Cities, Montreal and Quebec City. Great Cities…Great Hotels…Great Price… For a memorable honeymoon, anniversary trip or any reason at all. This is a perfect choice! Choose to stay at the prestigious Fairmont Hotels or in deluxe accommodations. Travel in comfort on VIA RAIL in economy class between cities. Tours of both cities included. Montreal is a modern city with flamboyance. You can get around the city easily by metro or the underground walking system. Quebec City charm includes its cafe lined streets with horse-drawn carriages taking tourists for memorable rides.
Day 1 – Arrive Montreal
Welcome to Montreal. A city of sophistication and style, where the restaurant guide is required reading, where fashion calls home and the shopping is hard to beat. The Marriott Chateau Champlain is one of Montreal’s premier hotels. The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth is known for excellent service, and is conveniently located above the rail station and the underground city. Both hotels are located in the heart of Montreal’s vibrant downtown and just steps away from Old Montreal; successfully bridging the old with the new. The staff at either hotel will be waiting to assist you with your check-in.
Overnight – Montreal
Days 2 & 3 – Montreal at leisure
If this is your first visit to Montreal, your sightseeing tour will show you the city’s history and her amazing achievements. You will also begin to realize why people love living in Montreal. Your visit takes you to the top of Mount Royal, and through neighborhoods with splendid houses and a striking view of downtown Montreal and the St. Lawrence River. Also atop Mount Royal is St. Joseph’s Oratory, one of the most visited shrines in the world. On the way to Olympic Park, you will pass through some of Montreal’s earliest neighborhoods with stairways that have a very interesting history. Notre-Dame Basilica is beautiful and an exceptional example of Gothic Revival architecture. Old Montreal, located along the shores of the St. Lawrence River, leads into the Old Port – One of the largest redeveloped old ports in the world. Visit Bonsecours Market and City Hall in this area. If you want to explore on your own, you will find that it is easy to use the underground system or stroll Montreal’s streets that are full of energy and atmosphere.
Overnights – Montreal
Day 4 – Montreal to Quebec City
Today you board VIA Rail for your train journey to Quebec City. If this is your first visit to Quebec City be warned, you will want to come back again and again. To put it in perspective, take everything that you love about Paris and Rome, plus the charm of Mackinac Island; and that comes close to what Quebec City is like. It seems that everything you want to do or see is within easy walking distance. The charm of the streets and buildings in the Petit Champlain are reason enough to visit, but the shops offer items that are unique to Quebec. Many things are designed and made right in the shops. Horse-drawn carriages, sidewalk cafes, street entertainers, brightly-colored buildings, flowers and a warm welcome, all add to your enjoyment of this wonderful city.
Your choice of either the beautiful Fairmont Chateau Frontenac or the lovely Manoir Victoria, will guarantee a delightful stay in romantic “Old Quebec”. The Fairmont Chateau Frontenac is an intricate part of the city’s history, not to mention that they wrote the book on service and style! The Manoir Victoria offers European charm with an enjoyable atmosphere.
Overnight – Quebec City
Days 5 & 6 – Quebec City at Leisure
We have included a city sightseeing tour, so that you will visit the city’s major sightseeing attractions and learn of her fascinating history. You may be surprised to discover that the Plains of Abraham, while rich in historic significance, may be just the place for a picnic lunch or a bike ride. This vast area is now set aside as a park and is a treasure. You will visit the Latin Quarter, the Ramparts, the National Assembly, the Basilica, City Hall, Place Royal and the Citadelle. Once you are done sightseeing, it is time to enjoy Quebec City’s shopping and her gastronomically-renowned restaurants.
Overnights – Quebec City
Day 7 – Quebec City/Home
A departure transfer has been included with your documents for your private transfer to the airport. We hope you have enjoyed visiting two of Canada’s most memorable cities.
- 3 nights – Montreal
- 3 nights – Quebec City
- Montreal sightseeing tour
- Quebec City sightseeing tour
- Departure transfer – hotel to Quebec City Airport
- VIA Rail coach service Montreal – Quebec City
- Extended stays available
- Maps and destination information
- Hotel, rail & GST taxes as applicable
Dates & Rates – 7 Days / 6 Nights
- Package is offered daily
- Rates are in US Dollars, per person, double occupancy
Fairmont Queen Elizabeth & Fairmont Chateau Frontenac:
|May 1 – May 26, 2020*
May 27 – Sept. 15, 2020
|Sept. 16 – Oct. 16, 2020
Oct. 17 – Oct. 31, 2020
*Blackout dates and surcharges may apply
Marriott Chateau Champlain & Manoir Victoria:
|May 1 – May 27, 2020||$1,899|
|May 28 – Sept. 25, 2020*||$1,979|
|Sept. 26 – Oct. 31, 2020||$1,799|
*Blackout dates and surcharges may apply
COMING SOON: This section will include detailed information about the hotels in this tour, along with a PDF of the hotel brochure.
CUSTOMS/IMMIGRATION – PLEASE NOTE: ALL U.S. CITIZENS MUST HAVE A VALID U.S. PASSPORT FOR TRAVEL TO OR FROM CANADA AS OF JANUARY 08, 2007.
You clear Canadian Customs and immigration at your first point of entry into Canada. Customs and Immigration clearance is generally a quick and simple process. Please note that Non-citizens should carry a valid passport and check with their local Canadian Council for visa requirements.
If transfers are included in your tour package, vouchers have been provided. Present your vouchers to the bus driver.
Be casual and comfortable. Comfortable shoes are a must. We suggest flat shoes with rubber soles on the train, as this makes getting around easier and safer.
We are pleased to pass your requests to our hotels, but we cannot guarantee that the hotels will be able to accommodate these requests. Please keep in mind, that often hotels are filled to capacity.
Electricity is on the same current in Canada as in the states – 110 volts. If you are traveling on VIA Rail, bedrooms have a small sink and outlet for small appliance use like razors.
HOTEL CHECK-IN TIMES
When planning your daily activities, please keep in mind that your hotels are generally not available for check in until mid afternoon. If you arrive and cannot check in, we suggest you leave your bags with the hotel bell desk and go off to explore the city!
Based on your tour service selections, Cartan has reserved and paid for these tour services. Services, which you elect not to use, are not refundable. In the event a service cannot be used for reasons beyond your control, a refund will be issued provided the service supplier has agreed that they will refund or credit Cartan Tours. Based on the service suppliers’ refund to Cartan Tours, requests for qualifying refunds must be made in writing and will be processed less a $35.00 handling fee.
Incidental charges such as valet, telephone calls, beverages, and room service must be cleared before leaving the hotel. If you have made calls with a credit card or called collect, you may still have charges to clear. The hotels will appreciate your clearing them before you leave.
Credit cards are widely accepted throughout Canada. To avoid carrying large amounts of cash, we suggest you use your credit cards. Change the amount of money you feel you will need for general day-to-day activities. We find you get the best rate of exchange when you exchange money at a bank. Most people find it convenient to change money at the airport bank when they arrive.
GOODS AND SERVICES TAX
Cartan Tours pays GST on all taxable inclusions; however, we are not required to pay GST on hotel stays for non-Canadian visitors. Thus, there is no GST rebate due on hotel rooms reserved and paid by Cartan Tours.
Tipping percentages and policies are as in the States. A very acceptable tip for a meal is 15%. When dining, always check to ensure the service charge has not been added to your bill. You will see a tax charge that averages 12 – 17%. Service, if charged, should also be listed. Although menus frequently specify their policy on tipping, if unsure, feel free to ask.
It is customary in Canada to leave a small tip for the chambermaid. We suggest $1.00 per room per night. Baggage handling we suggest $1.00 – $2.00 per bag.