Winter Quebec City Carnival & Montreal High Lights Festival


WINTER CARNIVAL IN QUÉBEC CITY… A multitude of athletic, cultural and participatory activities will allow people of all ages to enjoy the countless pleasures of winter. Fall under the spell of the Quebecers’ warm welcome and have fun with Bonhomme Carnival in one of the safest cities in the world!

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.


Day 1 – Arrive Quebec City
Today you arrive in the exquisite and historic Quebec City. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel, where the staff will assist you with your check in. Quebec City is a great walking city (even in the winter) and the Chateau Frontenac is conveniently located to all the cities highlights.
Overnight – Fairmont Chateau Frontenac

Day 2 – Quebec City
From one winter to the next, the Carnival enriched its activity program. Enjoy one of the many popular activities, such as winter sports, snow sculptures and activities based on the traditional Quebec lifestyle, like canoe races and dogsled races. The Quebec Winter Carnival is the largest winter carnival in the world today and is third on the list of top Carnivals after the famous carnivals in Rio and New Orleans.
Overnight – Fairmont Chateau Frontenac

Day 3 – Quebec City (choice of city tour or visit to the Ice Hotel)
This may be a hard choice to make… city tour or Ice Hotel; should you decide to take the city tour you will visit the major sightseeing attractions and learn of her fascinating history. See the Plains of Abraham, Grand-Alee, the Parliament building, the old Military Drill Hall, The Place d’Armes, the Notre Dame de Quebec Basilica and Cathedral, City Hall, the Fortifications, St. John Street and Place Royal.

Should you decide to visit the Hotel de Glace (Ice Hotel) … Enter a magical world where snow and ice are transformed into fabulous decors. Since it opened its doors in 2001, the Hotel de Glace has wowed over half a million visitors! With snow archways towering over 5 meters tall and crystal ice sculptures standing by the warmth of the fire, North America’s only ice hotel has made a name for itself not only through its architecture and artistry, but also its warm hospitality. Every year the Hotel de Glace is redesigned and rebuilt in its entirety.
Overnight – Fairmont Chateau Frontenac

Day 4 – Quebec City to Montreal
Today you board VIA Rail for your three hour train-ride to Montreal. Please refer to your train ticket for your travel times and plan to be at the station at least 30 minutes prior to departure. It is a short taxi ride from your hotel to the VIA Rail station, the cost should be about $6.00. 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 – Quebec City Airport to hotel
  • 3 nights – Fairmont Chateau Frontenac
  • 3 nights – Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain
  • VIA Rail coach service between Quebec City and Montreal
  • Choice of Quebec City tour or visit to the famous Hotel de Glace (Ice Hotel)
  • Montreal city tour
  • Hotel, rail & GST taxes as applicable

Dates & Rates – 7 Days & 6 Nights

  • Tour is available on selected dates during the Carnival/High Lights Festival
  • Rates are in US Dollars, per person, double occupancy.
Season Land Only
January 24 & 31, February 7, 2019 $1,459


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.