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Rail and Cruise in Eastern Canada Holiday

This tour combines the historical cradle of Canada with visits to colonial and present day capitals. We have combined the excitement of the romance of rail travel and city tours with a captivating cruise from Kingston to Quebec City. This itinerary explores the St. Lawrence River from the wide decks of a comfortable, full service cruising vessel along the continent’s most significant waterway from its source to doorstep of the Atlantic Ocean. Green riverbanks, small villages and towering cathedrals decorate the shoreline while fascinating ports of call give passengers a taste of Canadian culture.

What's included

• International flights with Air Transat departing from London Gatwick in economy class
• Includes seat selection
• 7 nights hotel accommodation
• 7 nights cruise from Kingston to Quebec City via St. Lawrence River
• Full board and entertainment on board the cruise
• Sightseeing tour of Toronto and Quebec City
• CN Tower Admission
• Fall day tour to Niagara Falls including the Hornblower Cruise
• Via Rail Train journey from Toronto to Kingston in economy class
• Via Rail Train journey from Quebec City to Montreal in economy class
• Via Rail Train journey from Montreal to Toronto in economy class

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Toronto

Arrive in Toronto’s International Airport and transfer independently to your downtown hotel for a three night stay. Pick up your information kit at the front desk upon check-in. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore Canada’s commercial and cultural centre. Overnight in Toronto.

Day 2 Toronto

Today you will discover the many identities of this cosmopolitan city on a sightseeing tour of Toronto. Highlights include the provincial Parliament Buildings, City Hall, the financial district, Chinatown, residential areas, the waterfront. Admission to the CN Tower, standing 335.33 metres tall, is included. Ride the glass-fronted elevators to the top and take in unforgettable views of Toronto and Lake Ontario. Near the base of the tower, enter the fascinating Ripley’s Aquarium with over 12,500 sq metres of display space for hundreds of creatures from sharks to colourful and rare tropical fish. The remainder of the day is free for independent exploration, shopping or simple relaxation. Overnight in Toronto.

Day 3 Toronto /Niagara Falls Day Trip

Enjoy a full-day sightseeing excursion to Niagara Falls. The route takes you through the lush fruit growing district and wine region of the Niagara Peninsula. Marvel at the spectacle of the famous Niagara Falls and step aboard the Hornblower Niagara Cruises Voyage To The Falls boat tour for a fantastic boat trip to the foot of the Horseshoe Falls. You will have ample time at the Falls to take pictures and admire the thundering waters or stroll into town. Highlights include a meal and a trip along the beautiful Niagara Parkway, which winds its way along the Niagara Gorge. Pass through the historic community of Niagara-on-the-Lake before returning to Toronto for the evening. Overnight in Toronto. Lunch included.

Day 4 Via Rail Toronto – Kingston / St. Lawrence River Cruise

This morning, transfer independently to Union Station to board VIA Rail’s The Corridor train to Kingston. After the scenic journey that travels though the townships and villages north of the shores of Lake Ontario, you arrive in the historic city of Kingston and the 1000 Islands region. Afterwards, you are transferred to the port lands and board your cruising vessel for an early evening departure. After a welcome reception and refreshment, learn a little about the ship before enjoying delicious diner and evening of entertainment. Dinner included. Overnight on board St. Lawrence River Cruises vessel.

Day 5 Cruising - Brockville

This morning the ship raises anchor to cruise the 1000 Islands, Wanderer's Channel and Admiralty Group of Islands while en route to Gananoque. Passengers disembark at Gananoque for a tour of the Heritage Museum of the 1000 Islands. Afterwards, board the ship and continue on to cruise Millionaires' Row across the United States border. Sail past Boldt Castle and St. Laurens Statue on the way to Ivy Lea and disembark for a coach transfer and visit to the 1000 Islands Tower. After returning to the ship and the cruise, the ship arrives in Brockville in the afternoon. Relax or stroll along the park walkways in evening after dinner. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, morning and afternoon tea (schedule permitting) included. Overnight on board St. Lawrence River Cruises vessel.

Day 6 Cruising – Upper Canada Village

This morning disembark and transfer by bus for a tour of Fulford Mansion. Return to the ship for departure to Prescott with views of Windmill Point, the Blue Church, and Ogdensburg, New York. Disembark at Prescott for a tour of Fort Wellington (National Historic Site). Depart Prescott and arrive in the afternoon at Upper Canada Village for the evening. After dinner, perhaps take a stroll around the marina and grounds. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, morning and afternoon tea (schedule permitting) included. Overnight on board St. Lawrence River Cruises vessel.

Day 7 Cruising – Coteau Landing

This morning after breakfast, disembark the ship and board a miniature train for a short journey before loading on to horse-drawn wagons for a tour Upper Canada Village. Afterwards, it’s back on the ship to continue on to Coteau Landing, Quebec. The scenic route passes through Eisenhower and Snell Locks on the American side of the marine border. Crossing back into Canadian waters, the ship arrives at Coteau Landing, Quebec in the afternoon. Enjoy some free time to relax or stroll along the park and old canal pathways after dinner. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, morning and afternoon tea (schedule permitting) included. Overnight on board St. Lawrence River Cruises vessel.

Day 8 Cruising – Montreal

Today the cruise departs Coteau Landing bound for Port of Montreal. The route travels through Beauharnois Locks into Lake St. Louis. Looking down the river, Montreal grows larger in the distance as the ship passes through St. Catherine and St. Lambert locks. Embark on a short tour of the historic harbour. Disembarking at the Port of Montreal, take a fascinating bus tour of this city that blends English and French cultures. Afterwards, there is free time before and after dinner to further explore the port lands and charms of the city. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, morning and afternoon tea (schedule permitting) included. Overnight on board St. Lawrence River Cruises vessel.

Day 9 Cruising – Trois Rivières

This morning depart Montreal bound for Trois Rivières, Quebec. Arriving at Trois Rivières, enjoy a brief bus tour including a visit the Shrine at Cap de la Madeleine. Returning to the marina, you may enjoy a self-guided walking tour of the historic "Old City" if time permits. After dinner, the entertainment for the evening includes an exciting ‘Big Band’ instrumental and vocal performance and night of dancing. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, morning and afternoon tea (schedule permitting) included. Overnight on board St. Lawrence River Cruises vessel.

Day 10 Cruising – Quebec City

Depart Trois Rivières early morning and soon watch the shoreline transition to the scenic approach to romantic Quebec City. The ship sails past the dramatic spectacle of Montmorency Falls. Arrive in Quebec City where we enjoy a final gathering at the tour Closing Ceremonies in the Grand Saloon. Disembark the ship and transfer independently to your Quebec City hotel where the remainder of the day is at leisure. Breakfast, lunch and morning tea (schedule permitting) included. Overnight in Quebec City.

Day 11 Quebec City

Today you will explore the historic and modern Quebec City on a morning sightseeing tour. Quebec City is the only city in North America with city walls and gates earning it a United Nations World Heritage Site distinction in 1985. Discover the historical treasures and wonderful “joie de vivre” atmosphere of Quebec. Your guide provides narration while you see the Latin Quarter, the Plains of Abraham, the Fortifications, the National Assembly, Place Royale, the Basilica and many more points of interest. The rest of the day is at your leisure to further explore the city or indulge at one of the many fine restaurants. Overnight in Quebec City.

Day 12 Quebec City

Today is at leisure to further explore the sights and sounds of Quebec City. The Old Walled City is pedestrian-friendly and is replete with history and cultural significance that helped shape modern Canadian society. This part of the city is not just an artefact to be studied, but continues to be a dynamic environment with shops, eateries and other contemporary businesses. Overnight in Quebec City.

Day 13 Via Rail Quebec City – Montreal

Hop on the train today for a short ride to Montreal. This time, you’ll be travelling along the south shore of the St. Lawrence River. Upon reaching the bustling metropolis of Montreal, prepare for an afternoon of exploring the second-largest French-speaking city after Paris. Walk down lively St. Catherine Street with its numerous shops and cafés. Sample the fine cuisine and exuberant nightlife! Overnight in Montreal.

Day 14 Montreal

Today, you are free to explore the sights and charms of Montreal. Included in your package is admission to the Grevin Montreal Museum. Celebrities, politicians, historical figures and other famous personalities come to life as realistic, accurate representations set amongst pop and modern art displays. Afterwards, you may wish to independently visit other highlights of the city such as the Notre Dame Basilica, the financial and residential districts, historic Old Montreal or the charming Latin Quarter. Overnight in Montreal.

Day 15 Via Rail Montreal – Toronto

Today is your departure from Montreal to Toronto on board The Corridor. Upon arrival at Toronto’s Union Station, your holiday has come to an end. Transfer independently to Toronto’s International Airport in time to check-in for your flight home.

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Dates

Selected departure dates between 4th May and 17th Sep 2017

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At a glance


14 nights, 15 days

  • 14 nights accommodation
  • International flights with Air Transat
  • Seat selection included
  • Sightseeing tour of Toronto and Quebec City
  • Fall day tour to Niagara Falls including the Hornblower Cruise
  • Via Rail Train Journeys
  • 7 day cruise from Kingston to Quebec City with full board
  • Also available from Birmingham, Manchester & Glasgow, prices & durations may vary
  • Save £100pp! Book by 28 February *
    *min spend £1000 pp

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Winner of British Travel Awards 2016

Silver award for Best Holiday Company to Canada (Large)


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from only £3,405 per person

Tour Available in Reverse
Based on Gatwick Departure

Save £100 per person! *

Book by 28th February *min spend £1000 pp

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At a glance


14 nights, 15 days

  • 14 nights accommodation
  • International flights with Air Transat
  • Seat selection included
  • Sightseeing tour of Toronto and Quebec City
  • Fall day tour to Niagara Falls including the Hornblower Cruise
  • Via Rail Train Journeys
  • 7 day cruise from Kingston to Quebec City with full board
  • Also available from Birmingham, Manchester & Glasgow, prices & durations may vary
  • Save £100pp! Book by 28 February *
    *min spend £1000 pp

Trusted travel partner


Winner of British Travel Awards 2016

Silver award for Best Holiday Company to Canada (Large)


Fully Protected

We are members of ATOL, ABTA and IATA.

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