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    Ottawa in winter

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    VIA Rail corridor service winter

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    Montreal in winter

Montreal High Lights & Ottawa Winterlude – 7 Days / 6 Nights


HIGH LIGHTS FESTIVAL IN MONTREAL…This festive season returns to Montréal for a touch of sophistication, culture and a true “taste of Canada” with dance, theater and even a circus! Lovers of fine dining should include this festival schedule, as over 50 chefs will entice you with the best of their fare at themed brunches and culinary workshops.

WINTERLUDE IN OTTAWA…Every February, Canada’s Capital Region is host to Winterlude, Canada’s winter celebration. Three fun-filled weekends of excitement and activity await the whole family! From spectacular ice carvings to an amazing playground made of snow, Winterlude is a great way to take in the best of Canadian winter. Skate on the largest outdoor rink in the world – right in the heart of Ottawa!


Day 1 – Arrive Ottawa
Welcome to Ottawa, Canada’s Capital. Canada’s capitol is a jewel – the soft green of weathered copper roofs and the weathered stone of Parliament Hill give it an elegance enjoyed by few cities. Enclosed with your documents is a voucher for your transfer from the airport to your hotel. The Fairmont Chateau Laurier puts you right in the heart of everything: The Houses of Parliament, 12 national museums, galleries, public statues, libraries, The Rideau Canal as well as an array of restaurants all for your choosing.
Overnight – Fairmont Chateau Laurier

Days 2 & 3 – Ottawa
Every February, Canada’s Capital Region is host to Winterlude, Canada’s winter celebration! Three fun filled weekends of excitement and activity await the whole family! From spectacular ice carvings to an amazing playground made of snow, Winterlude is a great way to take in the best of the Canadian winter. Skate on the largest skating rink in the world – right in the heart of Ottawa! Marvel at majestic snow sculptures or groove to energetic rhythms at the American Express Snowball. Don’t forget to also allow time for Ottawa’s historical landmarks, scenic waterways and beautiful parks. Parliament Hill, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Rideau Falls, Royal Canadian Mint and the National Gallery of Canada are just a few of the fascinating sites you can visit while in Ottawa.
Overnights – Fairmont Chateau Laurier

Day 4 – Ottawa to Montreal
The rail station in Ottawa is just a short taxi ride from your hotel. An afternoon train from Ottawa to Montreal, aboard VIA Rail, let’s you sit back, relax and enjoy the two hour ride. The rail station in Montreal is located under the lobby of the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel. There is so much to see in this radiant city with its beautiful churches, museums and of course, the underground city. You could take a stroll through the Latin Quarter to see the trendy bohemian side of the city.
Overnight – Marriott Chateau Champlain

Day 5 – Montreal
The Highlights Festival is celebrated in Montreal each winter with activities offered for those lovers of wine, cheese and fine dining. Hundreds of culinary, wine and gastronomic events in some fifty of Montreal’s finest dining establishments. Star chefs from all over the globe partner up with Montreal chefs to prepare an enticing array of festival menus. The tasting event, gala evenings and workshops are all ways to enjoy and participate in this festival! Also in the offering; a chance to view some of the most significant international artists, Montreal’s classical and contemporary music orchestras, theatre companies and dance troupes.
Overnight – Marriott Chateau Champlain

Day 6 – Montreal
Your city tour is a great way to get an overview of this lovely city. Your sightseeing tour brings to light Montreal’s history and achievements. Along the way you realize why people love living in this city. Your visit takes you to the top of Mount Royal, 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 through streets full of energy and atmosphere.
Overnight – Marriott Chateau Champlain

Day 7 – Montreal / Home
We hope that you enjoyed your trip, and that this will be one of several visits to Canada. Thank you for choosing Cartan Tours.

Tour Highlights – 7 Days & 6 Nights

  • Arrival transfer – Ottawa Airport to hotel
  • 3 nights –  Fairmont Chateau Laurier
  • VIA Rail coach service from Ottawa to Montréal
  • 3 nights – Marriott Chateau Champlain
  • Montreal city sightseeing tour
  • Hotel taxes and GST as applicable

Dates & Rates – 7 Days & 6 Nights

  • Tour is available on selected dates during the Winterlude/High Lights Festival.
  • Rates are in US Dollars, per person, double occupancy.
  • Airfares from most US cities is available, please ask our staff for assistance.
Season Land Only
January & February 2019 on request


COMING SOON:  This section will include detailed information about the hotels in this tour, along with a PDF of the hotel brochure.

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.

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.

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.