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Quebec City, Rail, Nova Scotia & PEI – 10 Days / 9 Nights


When you visit Quebec City and stay at the Fairmont Chateau Frontenac, you will find a world of activity right outside your door. This vibrant city is a wonderful starting point for a journey that takes you by train to Halifax. Once in Halifax, collect your rental car and your off to explore the scenic wonders of the Atlantic coast. Along the way, you will meet some of the nicest people in the world.


Day 1 – Arrive Quebec City
Quebec City is an authentic piece of Europe. Old Quebec abounds with architectural treasures, and the Quartier Petit Champlain is right out of a fairy tale. The city invites you to stroll the streets and visit the many shops and boutiques, just steps away from the Fairmont Chateau Frontenac.
Overnight – Fairmont Chateau Frontenac

Day 2 – Quebec City/VIA Rail overnight sleeper train to Halifax
Your morning is at leisure to relax and enjoy the Fairmont Chateau Frontenac. This afternoon discover Quebec City’s historic past with a sightseeing tour that visits the Plaines of Abraham, the Grand-Allee, 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. Your train departs late this evening. We have arranged for you a transfer from your hotel to the St. Foy rail station. Once onboard, the staff will see you comfortably settled into your bedroom. If you are traveling in Sleeper Plus class (seasonal operation), you have access to the domed viewing car and the services of a Learning Coordinator, who will tell you of the regions history and keep you advised of dining times for included meals. As you travel, you will see beautiful ocean hues, emerald green rolling hills and scintillating sea sprays. Your fare includes access to the lounges and the dome car.
Overnight – VIA Rail Sleeper Car

Day 3 – Arrive Halifax
You are a short taxi ride from your hotel. Our choice of the Delta Barrington puts you in the heart of Halifax. Just outside your door are shops and sightseeing attractions.
Overnight – Delta Barrington

Day 4 – Excursion to Peggy’s Cove OR Lunenburg
Today we have arranged a Grayline tour to visit one of the Maritimes sightseeing treasures. Depending on the day of week you are in Halifax will depend in the tour you will take. You may be joining your guide for a morning tour of Halifax, followed by a visit to Peggy’s Cove, Canada’s most photographed fishing village. Or join a kilted guide in “New Scotland” for an enchanting tour of Lunenburg and Mahone Bay. Lunenburg is home to Nova Scotia’s largest fishing fleet, Lunenburg Academy, extraordinary architecture, supreme shops and more. From Lunenburg, continue with a drive to Mahone Bay, famous for its churches along the shore and its picturesque beauty. There will be plenty of time for exploring these remarkable seaside towns.
Overnight – Delta Barrington

Day 5 – Halifax to Cape Breton
Your rental car will be available for pick up today. Today as you travel to beautiful Cape Breton, the wind may carry a Celtic tune. Plan a stop at the Alexander Graham Bell Park in Baddeck. Watch for bald eagles along the Bras d’Or Lakes.
Overnight – Auberge Gisele’s Inn

Day 6 – Cape Breton at Leisure
The Cabot Trail needs a full day. Enjoy breathtaking seascapes and experience the warmth and pride of these highland people.
Overnight – Auberge Gisele’s Inn

Day 7 – Cape Breton to Prince Edward Island
Today you are off to the Emerald Isle, home to Anne of Green Gables as well as some of the most charming people in the world. As you have the benefit of frequent ferry service between Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, you can relax and enjoy the sights.
Overnight – The Great George

Day 8 – Prince Edward Island at leisure
Prince Edward Island has wonderful beaches. The north shore is warmed by the water of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and boasts 60-foot dunes. The south shore has red sand and calm waters, perfect for swimming or paddling. The island is also the birthplace of the Confederation and visitors can enjoy Province House, the site of the first discussions leading to the formation of Canada.
Overnight – The Great George

Day 9 – Prince Edward Island to Halifax
Once again, we suggest you review your Nova Scotia travel information and select your return routing to Halifax, as you have a complete day to tour and explore.
Overnight – Delta Barrington

Day 10 – Halifax to Home
Thank you so much for selecting Cartan Tours. We hope this will be one of many visits to this lovely country.

Tour Highlights:

  • Arrival transfer – Quebec City to hotel
  • 1 night – Fairmont Chateau Frontenac
  • 2 nights – Delta Barrington
  • 2 nights – Auberge Gisele’s Inn
  • 2 nights – The Great George
  • 1 night – Delta Barrington
  • Quebec City sightseeing tour
  • Transfer – hotel to St. Foy rail station
  • 1 night – VIA Rail’s “Ocean”,  Sleeper Plus class (seasonal operation) with private bedroom, access to the domed viewing car, services of an on-board learning coordinator and some meal service, as you travel from Quebec City to Halifax
  • Grayline sightseeing excursion from Halifax to Peggys Cove OR Lunenberg & Mahone Bay (depending on day of week)
  • Compact rental car – 5 day rental with unlimited mileage, pick up in downtown Halifax – drop off at Halifax Airport
  • Valuable city maps and sightseeing suggestions
  • Taxes, GST and service charges on applicable items

Dates & Rates – 10 Days / 9 Nights

  • Begins on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday
  • Rates are in US Dollars, per person, double occupancy
Season Land Only
July 3 – September 25, 2018 $3,099
September 27 – October 9, 2018 $2,999

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.