Canadian Cities, Canadian Rail – 8 Days / 7 Nights
This is a great choice for a family vacation. These cities offer rich cultural experiences to young people. They have flash and flair, they are foreign yet familiar. Train travel is fun for the whole family. If you are considering a trip with your children or grandchildren, please let us know and we will let you see how affordable a visit to these cities can be!
Day 1 – Arrive Toronto
Today you’re off to cosmopolitan Toronto. Transfer on your own from the airport to your hotel. Whether you are staying at the Fairmont Royal York or the Sheraton Centre, you will be in the heart of downtown and close to all major attractions, plenty of shopping and many of Toronto’s favorite restaurants. Toronto as you will quickly come to realize is a city where people live and play as well as work. Lake frontage, friendly people, wonderful food and great shopping are a few of the reasons people return again and again.
Overnight – Toronto
Day 2 – Toronto at Leisure
Your sightseeing tour highlights Toronto’s delightful neighborhoods. The beautiful waterfront walkway is an ideal place to lunch and browse. Try taking a walk across the glass floor at the CN Tower, or visit the Hockey Hall of Fame. Your tour allows you to hop-on/hop-off at all the city main attractions! Don’t forget to stop in at the Rogers Centre or tour Casa Loma, Toronto’s majestic castle.
Overnight – Toronto
Day 3 – Toronto to Montreal
VIA Rail provides excellent service from Toronto to Montreal. The trip takes about 5 hours. Once on board, sit back and enjoy the passing scenery. When you arrive in Montreal, if you are staying at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth, the hotel is located directly over the rail station. If you are staying at Marriott Chateau Champlain, the hotel is just a short walk but with luggage you may want to take a short taxi ride.
Overnight – Montreal
Day 4 – Montreal at Leisure
Your city sightseeing tour gives you an excellent overview of the city. Downtown Montreal has beautiful churches, historic buildings and museums. Stroll through the Latin Quarter to see the trendy bohemian side of the city; visit underground Montreal and the old city. Don’t miss Old Montreal, located along the shores of the St. Lawrence River where Montreal was founded. Here you’ll find the Notre-Dame Basilica, constructed in 1824, a masterpiece of neo-Gothic architecture. Visit Bonsecours Market and City Hall.
Overnight – Montreal
Day 5 – Montreal to Quebec City
Your travel time aboard VIA Rail from Montreal to Quebec City is 3 hours. Your departure from Montreal takes you along the St. Lawrence region to Quebec City, the cultural and spiritual heart of “La Belle Province.” Quebec City sits high above the St. Lawrence River and is the only walled city north of Mexico. Quebec City is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful cities in North America. Upon arrival into Quebec City, you will need to take a taxi from the rail station to your hotel choice. The famous Fairmont Chateau Frontenac is situated in the heart of the city, overlooking the St. Lawrence River, close to boutique shopping and quaint restaurants. From the moment you arrive you will see that life around the Frontenac is a cornucopia of this vibrant city. The charming Manoir Victoria is ideally located in the heart of the Old City. This unique European-style hotel extends a warm and friendly greeting in spectacular surroundings that has been delighting visitors with superior lodging for years.
Overnight – Quebec City
Days 6 & 7 – Quebec City at Leisure
During your stay, we have arranged a city sightseeing tour that includes a journey through the old walled city of the Place d’Armes and the Citadel, the official residence of the governor-general in French Canada, and the largest fort on the continent. 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 is reason enough to visit, but the shops offer items that are unique to Quebec. Horse drawn carriages, sidewalk cafes, street entertainers, brightly covered building, flowers and a warm welcome, all add to your enjoyment of this wonderful city.
Overnights – Quebec City
Day 8 – Quebec City/Home
You have visited three of Canada’s favorite cities. We hope this will be one of several visits to this lovely country. Thank you for choosing Cartan Tours!
- 2 nights – Toronto
- 2 nights – Montreal
- 3 nights – Quebec City
- Toronto hop-on/hop-off city sightseeing tour
- VIA Rail coach service Toronto – Montreal
- Montreal hop-on/hop-off city sightseeing tour
- VIA Rail coach service Montreal – Quebec City
- Quebec City sightseeing tour
- Departure transfer – hotel to Quebec City Airport
- Maps and destination information
- Hotel, rail & GST taxes as applicable
Dates & Rates – 8 Days / 7 Nights
- Package is offered daily
- Rates are in US Dollars, per person, double occupancy
Fairmont Royal York / Fairmont Queen Elizabeth / Fairmont Chateau Frontenac:
|*May 1 – June 24, 2018||
|June 25 – September 5, 2018||
|September 6 – 16, 2018||
|September 17 – October 22, 2018||
|October 23 & 24, 2018||
*Blackout dates and surcharges may apply
Sheraton Centre – Toronto / Marriott Chateau Champlain – Montreal / Manoir Victoria – Quebec City:
|*May 1 – June 16, 2018||
|June 17 – 20 & July 10 – 11, 2018||
|June 21 – July 9 & July 12 – 16, 2018||
|July 17 – August 23, 2018||
|August 24 – September 23 & October 5 – 11, 2018||
|September 24 – October 4, 2018||
|October 12 – 24, 2018||
*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.