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Atlantic Canada: Rail to the Maritimes

15-day tailor-made holiday from £3,115 pp incl. flights


Short description

Follow in the footsteps of Michael Portillo on this charming journey through historic Canada to the Maritime provinces

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  • Explore some of Canada's most charming cities and towns
  • Travel by rail to the Maritime provinces
  • See Niagara Falls up close
  • Visit Québec City, Charlottetown, Halifax and more
  • Enjoy included tours throughout

In Brief

  • 3 Nights Toronto
  • 2 Nights Montreal
  • 1 Night VIA Rail
  • 2 Nights Charlottetown
  • 2 Nights Moncton
  • 3 Nights Halifax


Recommended for:
History & culture | Natural world | Rail journey

This charming journey takes you through Atlantic Canada's Maritime provinces. Like Michael Portillo on Great American Railroad Journeys, you'll connect quaint towns and coastal villages with scenic rail journeys past rolling hills and rugged cliffs. See the spectacular CN Tower in Toronto and take a tour of the famous Niagara Falls, before connecting by train to Montreal. From here, you'll explore the French Quarter in old Québec city and the towering Montmorency Falls, heading on to Moncton by overnight sleeper through the rural countryside. See Charlottetown and the picturesque Green Gables Shore, and witness the dramatic rise and fall of the Bay of Fundy tides. Round your maritime exploration off in Halifax, Nova Scotia's provincial capital. 

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
UK to Toronto

Today you'll enjoy complimentary lounge access at the airport before boarding your flight to Toronto. Upon arrival, you'll travel independently to your downtown hotel. Explore Toronto's bustling centre, perhaps dining in Little Italy, Greektown or Chinatown, or simply relax in the comfort of your hotel. 

Stay: Chelsea Hotel Toronto (Superior), Fairmont Royal York (Deluxe)

Day 2
Toronto City Tour

Today you'll take a guided tour of Toronto's highlights, including the Eaton Centre, Chinatown, and the Old and New City Halls – pausing to stop for photographs along the way. If you wish, drop offs at the Harbour Tour and the CN Tower are available. Later, wander the waterfront paths around Lake Ontario, or explore the many green spaces with a picnic. Toronto also has outstanding museums and galleries to explore, including the spectacular Art Gallery of Ontario and the charming Bata Shoe Museum.

Stay: Chelsea Hotel Toronto (Superior), Fairmont Royal York (Deluxe)

Day 3
Niagara Falls Day Tour

Today you'll travel by air-conditioned coach to the Niagara Peninsula for a full-day tour of the breathtaking Niagara Falls. This world-wonder group of three waterfalls are powered by the outflow of the Great Lakes, which contain one fifth of all the fresh water on Earth. During your tour, you'll take an included Niagara Falls Cruise or Journey Behind the Falls, followed by a delicious lunch overlooking the falls. This afternoon, enjoy some free time to explore followed by a winery tour with an included tasting, before returning to your hotel for a well-earned rest.

Stay: Chelsea Hotel Toronto (Superior), Fairmont Royal York (Deluxe)

Day 4
Toronto to Montreal by Rail

This morning you'll check out of your Toronto accommodation before heading to the station and enjoying the comfort of the Business Class lounge, complete with complimentary newspapers and non-alcoholic beverages. You'll board the train for a scenic journey along the shores of Lake Ontario to Trenton Junction, where the lake meets the St. Lawrence River. You'll pass the village of Napanee and a series of picturesque waterfalls before you come to Kingston, where the Rideau Canal connects the city to Ottawa. Then, passing Cornwall, you'll enter Québec, crossing the Ottawa River and arriving into Central Station in Montreal. Check into your downtown hotel, right in the heart of this bohemian city.

Stay: Delta Montreal (Superior), Fairmont Queen Elizabeth (Deluxe)

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Day 5
Québec City & Montmorency Falls

Today you'll take a full-day sightseeing tour to Québec City, the heart of French Canada. Explore the old town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and marvel at the European architecture and historic buildings. Led by an expert guide, you'll see the highlights, including a stop at Montmorency Falls, a full 30 metres higher than Niagara, and equally impressive. Return this evening to Montreal, perhaps dining in a traditional pub or hip brasserie before retiring to your hotel.

Stay: Delta Montreal (Superior), Fairmont Queen Elizabeth (Deluxe)

Day 6
Montreal City and Moncton by Rail

This morning, you'll enjoy a half-day city tour of Montreal, covering all the iconic landmarks, from the Notre Dame Basilica and the French Quarter to views of the Olympic Site and Mount Royal. Then, you'll board VIA Rail and settle into your Sleeper Plus private cabin as you watch the scenery of rural Québec whip past your window. Enjoy included hot drinks and snacks and a three-course gourmet dinner in the dining car, before retiring to your cabin once again for an overnight stay.

Stay: VIA Rail – Sleeper Plus Private bedroom and shower

Day 7

This morning, awake to views of the Atlantic Ocean, rolling hills, and quaint coastal villages outside your window as you continue onwards on VIA Rail, enjoying breakfast as you go. Before lunchtime, you'll arrive in the city of Moncton, disembark the train and take an included private transfer to Charlottetown, via the Confederation Bridge. At 13km long, the bridge joins Cape Jourimain in New Brunswick and Borden-Carleton in Prince Edward Island – the longest bridge over ice-covered waters in the world. This afternoon, you'll check in to your accommodation in charming Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island's quaint capital. 

Stay: Rodd Charlottetown (Superior), The Great George (Deluxe)

Day 8
Island Drives & Anne of Green Gables Tour

Today you'll head out on a scenic route through rolling farmland and past picture-perfect villages along the Green Gables Shore and North Shore region. You'll pause at tiny fishing harbours and pretty lighthouses as well as Cavendish Beach, a national park. You'll take a tour of the Green Gables House, the farm that inspired the 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables, before visiting Prince Edward Island Preserve Company to try locally-produced jams and marmalades.

Stay: Rodd Charlottetown (Superior), The Great George (Deluxe)

Day 9
Charlottetown to Moncton

This morning, embark on a sightseeing tour around Charlottetown, immersing yourself in its unique history. You'll see Province House, Beaconsfield, Historic Great George Street, Charlottetown Driving Park, The Lieutenant Governor’s House, Victoria Park, University of Prince Edward Island, residential areas, and much more. Come the afternoon, you'll depart Charlottetown on a private transfer across the Confederation Bridge to Moncton, where you'll check into your downtown accommodation.

Stay: Rodd Moncton (Superior), Delta Beausejour (Deluxe)

Day 10
Hopewell Rocks & Bay of Fundy Coastal Tour

Today, a full-day tour lets you experience the rise and fall of the Bay of Fundy tides up close. This fascinating region of Canada not only boasts the world's highest tides, it's also home to myriad unique fossils and dramatic rock formations – earning it the accolade of one of the natural wonders of the world. You'll tour highlights such as Cape Enrage, the charming fishing village of Alma and the oldest operational lighthouse New Brunswick, against a backdrop of cragged cliffs and roaring seas. Return to Moncton this evening and soak up the vibrant atmosphere with a walk around the city centre.

Stay: Rodd Moncton (Superior), Delta Beausejour (Deluxe)

Day 11
Moncton to Halifax by Rail

This morning, take time at your leisure to explore Moncton, perhaps visiting one of many art galleries or taking a stroll through Riverfront Park. This afternoon, you'll board the train to Halifax, Nova Scotia's provincial capital, known for its maritime history. You'll make your way to your hotel, less than ten minutes' walk from the Citadel National Historic Site, and spend the rest of the evening exploring or settling into your room.

Stay: Lord Nelson Hotel, Halifax (Superior)

Day 12

Today you have three museums to choose from – explore the natural wonders of Nova Scotia at the Halifax Museum of Natural History, learn more about Canada's largest immigration terminal and the stories of its early immigrants at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 2, or head to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Located in the heart of Halifax’s historic waterfront, you'll be able to immerse yourself in the region's rich maritime heritage. Spend the rest of the day strolling the 4km boardwalk or spotting the quaint red-brick buildings dotting the city streets.

Stay: Lord Nelson Hotel, Halifax (Superior)

Day 13
Peggy's Cove Tour

This morning, you're free to explore Halifax – perhaps walking up to the Citadel Hill site before joining your tour of Peggy's Cove. This artsy explorers' paradise stands on solid rock above the rugged Atlantic shoreline, home to the most photographed lighthouse in the world. While you're here, enjoy some free time to explore the rocks, the trails, the village and the gift shops, before returning to your hotel for a final night in Halifax.

Stay: Lord Nelson Hotel, Halifax (Superior)

Days 14-15
Return to the UK

This morning, depart your hotel and head to the airport to return to the UK, arriving on Day 15.



Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

15-day tailor-made holiday from £3,115 pp incl. flights


Operates Jun - Sep 2020

Departure dates from Toronto (Friday)

26 Jun / 03, 10, 17, 24, 31 Jul / 07, 14, 21, 28 Aug / 04, 11, 18 Sep 2020


  • Complimentary UK airport departure lounge access
  • Return flights between UK and Toronto and returning from Halifax
  • 12 nights hotel accommodation
  • VIA Rail onboard accommodation for 1 night between Montreal and Halifax
  • Toronto City tour (operates 01 Jun - 31 Aug), on non-operating dates, the tour will be replaced with CN tower admission
  • Niagara Falls sightseeing tour including lunch
  • Business class rail travel Toronto to Montreal
  • Quebec City & Montmorency Falls sightseeing tour
  • Montreal City tour
  • Private transfers between Moncton and Charlottetown
  • Island Drive & Anne of Green Gables Tour
  • Charlottetown Highlights Tours
  • Hopewell Rocks & Bay of Fundy Coastal Tour
  • Peggy's Cove Tour
  • Choice of admission to one of three Halifax museum options - Halifax Museum of Natural History / Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 / Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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