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    Tour map

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    VIA Rails 'The Ocean"

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    CN Tower, Toronto Canada

  • VIA Rail, "The Canadian"

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Trains Across Canada – 15 Days / 14 Nights


There was a time where you could board a sleeper train in Vancouver and travel through to Halifax without changing trains. You can still experience this wonderful trip, using a combination of VIA Rail’s trains across Canada. The “Canadian”, Sleeper Plus class from Vancouver to Toronto in a cozy sleeper car, delicious meals and access to domed viewing cars. VIA Rail’s Business Class from Toronto to Montreal and Montreal to Quebec City, pampers travelers with large roomy seats, large viewing windows and delicious meals. VIA Rail’s Sleeper Plus class on the “Ocean” from Quebec City to Halifax in a private bedroom with access to a comfortable service lounge. Along the way, kick up your heels and see the sights in some of Canada’s favorite cities.

Vancouver, VIA Rail’s Sleeper Plus class (Vancouver/Toronto)
Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, Toronto to Montreal to Quebec City VIA Rail
Business Class, VIA Rail’s Sleeper Plus class (Quebec City/Halifax), Halifax
Departs on Monday


Day 1 – Arrive in Vancouver
Welcome to Vancouver. Your package provides a voucher for a transfer to your hotel. Our choice of hotels puts you in the heart of the city, close to shops, museums and restaurants.
Overnight – Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

Day 2 – VIA Rail Vancouver to Toronto
Your city sightseeing tour shows you just how much this lovely city has to offer. Highlights of your tour include Gastown, a lovely 19th century restoration offering a selection of excellent restaurants; colorful Chinatown, BC Place, the Sunken Gardens of Queen Elizabeth Park, totem poles and Stanley Park. Your train is scheduled to depart at 8:30PM. Nothing shows you Canada like a trip on the train. VIA Rail’s bedroom accommodation has your sitting room by day converting to upper and lower berths at night. Once aboard the train, the staff will see you settled into your room. As a Sleeper Plus passenger, your fare includes all meals, use of any of the lounges and access to the skyline car for spectacular viewing.
Overnight – Spent aboard VIA Rail

Days 3, 4 & 5 – Enroute to Toronto
Rail travel remains so popular, because of the fine service and care offered by the VIA Rail Staff. Each morning, coffee, rolls and juice are available in the lounge. Brunch is available into the afternoon. The VIA Rail staff will confirm dinner reservations. One of the great pleasures of traveling by train is meeting people from all over the world.
Overnights – VIA Rail Sleeper Car

Day 6 – Arrive Toronto
You are scheduled for an early morning arrival into Toronto. The Fairmont Royal York is just across the street from the rail station. Due to your early arrival, your room will not be available for check-in, so leave your bags at the hotel and use your “hop-on hop-off” sightseeing tour to explore this exciting city.
Overnight – Fairmont Royal York

Day 7 – Toronto/Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls and the Niagara region is one of Eastern Canada’s most spectacular and beautiful areas. The beauty of the falls is breathtaking and a ride on the Hornblower is fun. Lunch is included. Our garden lovers will be delighted with the array of flowering attractions around the Falls. Your tour allows time for you to do some exploring on your own.
Overnight – Fairmont Royal York

Day 8 – Toronto to Montreal
Your morning is at leisure to explore Toronto. Schedule permitting, you depart on a mid-day train to Montreal with a wonderful lunch, as you sample the pleasures of VIA Rail’s Business Class. The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth is located right over the rail station, putting you in the heart of Montreal.
Overnight – Fairmont Queen Elizabeth

Day 9 – Montreal
Your morning sightseeing tour visits Montreal’s beautiful churches, historic buildings and Old Montreal located along the shores of the St. Lawrence where Montreal was founded. Here you’ll find the Notre-Dame Basilica, constructed in 1824. This afternoon visit underground Montreal for some great shopping. The remainder of your evening is on your own.
Overnight – Fairmont Queen Elizabeth

Day 10 – Montreal to Quebec City
Enjoy a leisurely morning before you bid adieu to Montreal. For your travel to Quebec City, an afternoon departure with lunch on the train is reserved. The Fairmont Chateau Frontenac is just a short taxi ride from the Quebec City rail station.
Overnight – Fairmont Chateau Frontenac

Day 11 – Quebec City
Old Quebec abounds with architectural treasures, and the Quartier Petit Champlain is right out of a fairy tale. The Fairmont Chateau Frontenac is located inside the old city, where you are steps away from shops, restaurants and magnificent views of the St. Lawrence River. This morning you will discover Quebec City’s historic past with visits to the Plaines of Abraham, the 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. This afternoon your tour continues with visits to Montmorency Falls, the Island of Orleans, the Beaupre coast and the Sainte Anne Basilica.
Overnight – Fairmont Chateau Frontenac

Day 12 – Quebec City to Halifax
Quebec City is close to perfect and the Fairmont Chateau Frontenac is the perfect place to see it all. The city is exuberant, filled with bright colors, smiling people, beautiful buildings, quaint shops in magical streets, flower filled gardens, parks, sidewalk cafes, horse drawn carriages and an ever commanding view of the St. Lawrence River. Your sleeper train to Halifax departs at 10PM this evening. We will arrange for a transfer to the rail station. Once on board, the staff will see you comfortably settled into your bedroom.
Overnight – VIA Rail Sleeper Car

Day 13 – Arrive Halifax
This is a day to enjoy the train and the scenery. As you are traveling in Sleeper Plus Class, you have access to the domed viewing car and the services of a Learning Coordinator, who will tell you of the region’s history as well as keeping 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. You arrive into Halifax late afternoon. Our choice of the Delta Barrington lets you enjoy delightful water views as the hotel is located in the harbour area, known as the Historic Properties.
Overnight – Delta Barrington

Day 14 – Excursion to Peggy’s Cove or Lunenburg Tour
Today we have arranged a 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 Hotel

Day 15 – Departure from Halifax
Transfers have been arranged from your hotel to the airport.

Tour Highlights:

  • Arrival Transfer – Vancouver Airport to hotel
  • 1 night – Vancouver – Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre
  • 2 nights – Toronto – Fairmont Royal York
  • 2 nights – Montreal – Fairmont Queen Elizabeth
  • 2 nights – Quebec City – Fairmont Chateau Frontenac
  • 2 nights – Halifax – Delta Barrington
  • Transfer – Vancouver hotel to rail station
  • 4 nights – VIA Rail’s Canadian,  Sleeper Plus class, Vancouver to Toronto with private bedroom, access to the dome cars and lounges, meals on board
  • VIA Rail Business Class – Toronto-Montreal / Montreal-Quebec City
  • 1 night – VIA Rail Sleeper Plus class, S. Foy to Halifax with a private bedroom. Meal service and a learning coordinator are included
  • Vancouver hop-on/hop-off city sightseeing tour
  • Toronto hop-on/hop-off city sightseeing tour
  • Full day sightseeing excursion Toronto to Niagara Falls with lunch and Hornblower Niagara Cruise
  • Montreal hop-on/hop-off city sightseeing tour
  • Quebec City (city & countryside tour)
  • Halifax City tour and Peggy’s Cove or Lunenburg/Mahone Bay tour
  • Departure transfer –  hotel to Halifax Airport
  • Maps and destination information
  • Hotel, rail & GST taxes as applicable

Dates & Rates – 15 Days / 14 Nights

  • Package starts on Monday
  • Departure dates on or within the seasons shown will determine the price
  • Rates are in US Dollars, per person, double occupancy

Land Only

June 18, 2018


June 25 – August 27, 2018


September 3 – 10, 2018


September 17 – 24, 2018


The Sheraton Wall Centre Downtown Vancouver Hotel

You’ll find a feeling of welcome at the Sheraton Wall Centre. This great location in the midst of dynamic Vancouver has you steps away from scenic Robson Street, Yaletown, Granville and GM place. Situated in a stunning environment in the center of downtown, take in views of the skyline and the Pacific Ocean.

VIA Rail Sleeper Plus Class

The Sleeper Plus class offers cozy accommodations, cuisine prepared on board by our chef and impeccable service. Let yourself be gently rocked by the peaceful rhythm of the train in a cabin for one to four people or a suite.  Enjoy all the essential conveniences and little extras.

A cabin for two is designed for two people.

  • Room size: 7 ft. 2¾ in. X 4 ft. 11⅝ in. (220 cm x 151 cm), excluding 2 ft. 9 in. x 2 ft. 1 in. (84 cm x 64 cm) for private washroom
  • Mattress size: approximately 71 in. x 31 in. (180 cm x 79 cm) on Chateau and Manor cars
  • Private washroom available inside each double bedroom
  • Mirror over sink with electrical razor outlet (110 VAC)
  • Individual control for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system
  • Storage for one piece of carry-on baggage
  • Daytime: two folding chairs
  • Night-time: upper and lower beds replace chairs
  • Large window with blind
  • Exclusive access to a shower room (one shower room per car)
  • Shower towels and amenity bag for body care articles
  • Door locks on the inside only (no individual key)
  • Other amenities: small closet, drinking water, paper and towels, pillows, sheets and blankets supplied, exclusive access to the departure lounge (Panorama Lounge) and priority boarding in Toronto and Vancouver.

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The Fairmont Royal York

Toronto is a city that has grown up around this grand landmark – The Fairmont Royal York. Steps away from its famous doors in the heart of Canada’s largest metropolis are an exciting mix of activities and attractions. From the theater, entertainment and financial districts, to shopping, sightseeing, and world-class sports facilities, The Fairmont Royal York truly is at the center of it all.  The Fairmont Royal York includes: luxurious surroundings, thoughtfully appointed guest rooms, elegant suites, and a knowledgeable Concierge. The Fairmont Royal York is the ultimate downtown Toronto hotel. Regardless of the reason you are in Toronto, this landmark hotel has everything you need.

Fairmont Royal York

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 to $2.00 per bag.