• Sample the tastes of Montreal on a foodie tour
  • Explore the historic charms of Montreal, Québec City and Charlottetown
  • See the dramatic tidal changes at the Bay of Fundy
  • Enjoy included tours throughout
  • Join it all together with scenic rail journeys through Canadian countryside

As seen on Michael Portillo's Great American Railroad Journeys, this itinerary is all about the natural beauty of Atlantic Canada.  Visit the spectacular Hopewell Rocks at the Bay of Fundy, the charming streets of Montreal, and the Confederation Bridge, the longest bridge over ice-covered waters in the world. See the picturesque Green Gables Shore and the maritime riches of Halifax, joining it all together with scenic rail journeys across the Canadian countryside.

Day 1

UK to Montreal

Enjoy VIP lounge access before boarding your flight to Montreal. On arrival, travel independently to your downtown hotel and head out to explore Montreal, Canada's second largest city is surprisingly easily to explore either by foot or metro. Take a walk down Rue Sherbrook to admire the elegant buildings or visit Plateau Mont-Royal for a variety of jazz bars and nightlife. This bustling city is also a hotspot for restaurants, boutiques and has extensive underground tunnels offering even more shopping options.

Stay: Fairmont Queen Elizabeth, Montreal (Deluxe)

Montréal, Canada

Montréal, Canada

Day 2

Québec City & Montmorency Falls

Today you'll enjoy a sightseeing tour of Québec City. You'll see the UNESCO World Heritage site, marvelling at the European architecture and history of the old town, a picturesque UNESCO World Heritage site. Your guide will see you to some of the highlights, including a visit to the Montmorency Falls, which is a full 30 metres higher than Niagara Falls. This evening, return to your Montréal hotel, perhaps dining at one of many contemporary restaurants or traditional taverns nearby.

Stay: Fairmont Queen Elizabeth, Montreal (Deluxe)

Château Frontenac, Québec City, Canada

Château Frontenac, Québec City

Montmorency Falls, Québec, Canada

Montmorency Falls

Day 3

Montréal City and Moncton by Rail

You'll start today with a your choice of guided tours in Montreal. A city sightseeing tour will see you explore the likes of Mont Royal and take in panoramic views of the old town and picturesque riverfront. Alternatively, take the chance to delve deeper into the delights of Old Montreal and its maze of cobblelstone streets on a guided walking tour. Or, why not indulge your inner foodie with a trip to experience six of your guides favourite eateries and watering holes, from artisan charcuteries to craft beers.

Then, in the evening, board VIA Rail and relax in the comfort of your Sleeper Plus private cabin as you glide past rural Québec. Enjoy warm Canadian hospitality, included hot drinks and snacks, and a three-course dinner in the dining car before retiring to your cabin for the night.

Stay: VIA Rail – Sleeper Plus Private bedroom and shower

Dinner included

Montreal City Hall, Montréal, Canada

Montreal City Hall, Montréal, Canada

Day 4


Wake to views of the Atlantic Ocean outside the train window before enjoying breakfast as you pass rolling hills and charming coastal villages on your way to Moncton. On arrival, you'll transfer to Charlottetown via the Confederation Bridge, the longest bridge over ice-covered waters in the world. At 13km, it joins Prince Edward Island with New Brunswick in spectacular fashion. Come the afternoon, you'll check into your hotel in Charlottetown, capital of Prince Edward Island.

Stay: The Great George, Charlottetown (Deluxe)

The Confederation Bridge, Atlantic Canada

The Confederation Bridge

Day 5

Island Drives & Anne of Green Gables Tour

Today's scenic route sees you through verdant farmland and past pretty villages along the North Shore and Green Gables Shore region. Pause along the way in quaint fishing harbours and picturesque lighthouses as well as Cavendish Beach national park. You'll also tour the Green Gables House, the farm that inspired the novel Anne of Green Gables in 1908, and stop at Prince Edward Island Preserve Company to shop for local jams and marmalades.

Stay: The Great George, Charlottetown (Deluxe)

Cavendish, Prince Edward Island

Cavendish Beach

Green Gables, Prince Edward Island

Green Gables

Day 6

Charlottetown to Halifax

This morning you'll explore Charlottetown a choice of sightseeing tours, perhaps catching a buoy, hauling a trap and banding a claw as you learn about the world of lobster fishing on Prince Edward Island. Otherwise, take the chance to discover the rich history and charm of Canada's Birthplace as you explore the streets of Charlottetown itself.

Stay: Sutton Place Hotel, Halifax (Deluxe)

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada


Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada


Moncton, New Brunswick


Days 7 – 8


Arrive in Halifax where you'll again have a choice of excursions designed to highlight both the city itself and the surrounding Nova Scotia coastline. Discover Halifax's vibrant food scene on a gastronomic journey across town. Sample fresh seafood, award-winning local wines, and Halifax's famed donair. Visit historic sites including the impressive Halifax Citadel and picturesque Hydrostone Neighborhood, or immerse in Nova Scotia's beauty with scenic Peggy's Cove Lighthouse, explore Halifax Citadel's historic alleyways, witness Halifax's vibrant landmarks, and visit iconic Titanic cemetery, or choose Nova Scotia's South Shore charm with a tour of historic Lunenburg. Uncover its UNESCO World Heritage status, engage with local expertise, explore preserved architecture and the Bluenose II. Dive into the fishing industry, vibrant waterfront, shops, distilleries and eateries.

Stay: Sutton Place Hotel, Halifax (Deluxe)

Tall Ship Silva, Halifax Waterfront

Tall Ship Silva, Halifax Waterfront

Day 9

Halifax to UK

This morning, you'll head to the airport and enjoy VIP lounge access before your day flight returning to the UK

About the itinerary

"This is a particularly unique getaway that showcases the delights of Atlantic Canada's Maritime provinces and the icons of Québec. There's everything from tastes of Montreal awe inspiring tidal ranges of the Bay of Fundy, to fascinating cities like Charlottetown and Halifax. Joined together with included tours and some scenic rail journeys, for me this is one of the best ways to see the region."

Andy Austen

Destination Specialist

Pricing information

Guide price from £3,455 pp incl. flights

01 - 27 May / 01 - 14 Oct 2024 from: £3,455 pp
28 May - 30 Sep 2024 from: £3,770 pp


  • Complimentary UK airport departure lounge access
  • Return flights between UK and Montreal and returning from Halifax
  • 7 nights hotel accommodation
  • VIA Rail onboard accommodation for 1 night between Montreal and Moncton in Sleeper Plus Private Bedroom
  • Quebec City & Montmorency Falls sightseeing tour
  • Choice of Montreal excursion: Montreal HD Sightseeing Tour / Walking tour of Old Montreal / Beyond the Market Food Walking tour
  • Private van transfer between Moncton and Charlottetown
  • Island Drive & Anne of Green Gables Tour
  • Choice of Charlottetown excursion: Lobster cruise / Charlottetown Highlights Tour
  • Private transfer between Charlottetown and Halifax
  • Choice of Halifax excursion: Eat Halifax Tour / Best of Halifax including Peggy's Cove Tour / Lunenburg & Mahone Tour
  • National Park Fees

VIA Rail Canada - Sleeper Plus Private Bedroom - Montréal to Moncton

  • Room size:  (200 cm x 137 cm)
  • Private toilet room size:  (100 cm x 120 cm)
  • Private washroom with shower
  • Bed size is approximately  (184 cm x 70 cm)
  • Day time: large sofa
  • Nighttime: upper and lower beds
  • Individual control for heating, ventilation and air conditioning system
  • Limited space for baggage 
  • Large window with blind
  • Door can be locked from outside or inside (individual key)
  • Peephole mounted on door
  • Shower towels and amenities provided
  • Other amenities: small closet, drinking water and towels, pillows, sheets and blankets supplied.