Eastern Canada Rail Holiday • Freedom Destinations
Toronto, Canada
Mount Royal Park, Montreal
La Citadelle de Québec, Quebec City
Notre Dame Basilica, Montreal
Sunset, VIA Rail
Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia

Grand Eastern Rail Journey

12 day Rail Holiday - from £1735

With flights from £2435

Visit five great Canadian cities one one fabulous rail holiday. Explore Toronto and Niagara Falls, before travelling to Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City and Halifax.


  • Admire the view of Canada’s largest city from the CN Tower
  • Enjoy a boat cruise into the mist at the foot of Niagara Falls
  • Stroll the cobbled streets of Old Montreal and visit the Basilica Notre Dame
  • Wander along Duffin Terrace in Quebec City, by the Château Frontenac
  • Join a guided tour of Halifax or head out to the picture perfect Peggy’s Cove
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Toronto

Welcome to Canada! On arrival in Toronto, make your way from the airport to your hotel, for a three night stay. Begin exploring Canada’s largest city, and one of the most culturally diverse, at your leisure.

Standard: Chelsea Hotel Toronto
Deluxe: Fairmont Royal York

Day 2 - Toronto

Enjoy a full day of sightseeing with your hop-on hop-off bus pass. Visit popular sites such as the Royal Ontario Museum, Casa Loma, the Hockey Hall of Fame, Toronto Harbourfront, Eaton Centre and Chinatown. Admission to the CN Tower, with sweeping views of Toronto, is also included today.

Standard: Chelsea Hotel Toronto
Deluxe: Fairmont Royal York

Day 3 - Niagara Falls

Today, you will partake in a full day sightseeing tour of Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake. With as much as six million cubic feet of water pouring over the edge every minute, it is sure to impress! Highlights of your day include a boat cruise up close to the falls (spring to autumn), exploring the caverns behind the falls and lunch overlooking the falls. Witness the beauty and majesty of Niagara Falls from all angles!

Standard: Chelsea Hotel Toronto
Deluxe: Fairmont Royal York

Day 4 - Ottawa

Today, make your way to the station to board your VIA Rail train to Ottawa, a quick and comfortable journey. Upon arrival in Ottawa, make your way to your hotel, then take advantage of your hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour to uncover the many sights of the Canadian capital.

Standard: Delta Hotels Ottawa City Centre
Deluxe: The Metcalfe Hotel

Day 5 - Montreal

Enjoy another quick rail journey to Montreal today, and after checking in at your hotel, spend some time getting acquainted with this bustling, European-influenced city. Be sure to take a stroll along the picturesque cobbled streets of Old Montreal, taking in the many architectural styles – a true juxtaposition of the old and the new.

Standard: Delta Hotels Montreal
Deluxe: Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth

Day 6 - Montreal

Today, enjoy a guided tour of Montreal, to the Olympic Stadium, Basilica Notre Dame, Place Jacques Cartier and several of the city’s other famous landmarks. Let the history and the culture of the city sink in as you enjoy your tour.

Standard: Delta Hotels Montreal
Deluxe: Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth

Day 7 - Quebec City

Today you will continue your Canadian rail journey and head further east to Quebec City. After making your way to your hotel, begin exploring this fascinating destination, known for its European feel and French-Canadian history.

Standard: Hotel Clarendon
Deluxe: Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac

Day 8 - Quebec City

Today is yours at leisure to enjoy Quebec City. If you haven’t already, enjoy a stroll along Duffin Terrace for wonderful views of the St. Lawrence River and up to the Château Frontenac. Head to Petit-Champlain if art galleries and fine bistros are your thing, or the Old Port to join a boat tour or dinner cruise. Just 12 km south of the city, and reachable by taxi or public transport, is the Parc de la Chute-Montmorency, home to the 83 metre tall Montmorency Falls.

Standard: Hotel Clarendon
Deluxe: Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac

Day 8 - Quebec City to Halifax

Today, you have some more time in Quebec City before you need to head to the Sainte Foy railway station to board The Ocean overnight VIA Rail service to Halifax. Settle into your comfortable onboard accommodation and enjoy a good night’s rest as you travel east to Nova Scotia.

Standard: Sleeper Plus, Shared Cabin
Deluxe: Sleeper Plus, Private Cabin

Day 9 - Halifax

Enjoy a relaxing day on the train, as you travel through breath-taking scenery into rustic New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Descend the coast of Chaleur Bay, and later this afternoon pass Moncton to arrive into maritime Halifax for a two night stay.

Standard: The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites
Deluxe: The Haliburton (Suite)

Day 10 - Halifax

Today, you can choose between a tour of Halifax itself, to get to know the provincial capital of Nova Scotia, or take a special detour out to Peggy’s Cove, famous for Peggy’s Point Lighthouse.

Standard: The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites
Deluxe: The Haliburton (Suite)

Day 11 - Depart Halifax

Check out of your hotel this morning and make your way to Halifax Airport for your flight home.

12 day Rail Holiday - from £1735

With flights from £2435


  • Upgrade to deluxe hotels and a private cabin on The Ocean from £515
  • Add extra nights in Toronto, Montreal or any location en route
  • Add a New York city stay before your rail holiday
  • Choose to fly Economy, Premium, Business or First Class

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Prices are subject to availability, based on two people sharing a standard twin or double room. Prices are subject to change. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travellers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call Freedom Destinations for departure dates and availability Seasonal variations may apply.

Grand Eastern Rail Holiday, Route Map


Discover Canada on an exciting independent rail adventure. All rail journeys can be booked as they are or you can choose to add extra days to extend your stay in Canada.

Your rail holiday includes:

  • Superb sightseeing and activities
  • Comfortable travel by rail
  • 10 nights’ hotel accommodation
  • 1 night on board The Ocean train
  • Hop-on Hop off bus Toronto
  • Admission to CN Tower
  • Niagara Falls Day Tour inc. Hornblower Cruise
  • Hop-on Hop off bus Ottawa
  • Heart of Montreal coach tour
  • Best of Halifax Tour including Peggy’s Cove

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