- Toronto’s soaring skyline and CN Tower
Great Cities of Eastern Canada
- VIP door to door
Not just cities but natural wonders too
Eastern Canada is a whirlwind of cityscapes, old-world French charm and fresh sea breezes in historic maritime towns. We uncover its best bits across 16 days.
From Toronto, we’ll venture to Niagara Falls and follow the picturesque north shore of Lake Ontario. We’ll seek out fin, minke and beluga whales in Baie-Sainte-Catherine and whizz along the coast aboard the overnight Ocean Train.
And to finish, we’ll spend time in the affluent and cosmopolitan city of Halifax, Nova Scotia.
13 nights in hotels, 1 night on board the Ocean and 1 in flight
4 meals: 1 breakfast (day 10) 2 lunches (days 9-10) 1 dinner (day 15)
- VIA Rail ‘The Ocean’ (1 night). Accommodation in Sleeper Plus cabins from Sainte-Foy to Moncton & Economy Class seats from Moncton to Halifax
- International flights†
- Travel in destination by coach
Excursions and visits
- City tours of Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal, Québec City and Halifax
- Full-day excursion to Niagara Falls
- Thousand Island cruise
- Full-day to Tadoussac with whale watching cruise
- Kings Landing Historical Settlement
- Hopewell Rocks
- Peggy’s Cove and Lunenburg
†Prices are based on return flights with Air Canada from London Heathrow. Supplements may apply from other airports
- Day 1 UK to Toronto
- Day 2 Toronto
- Day 3 Niagara Falls
- Day 4 Ottawa
- Day 5 Ottawa
- Day 6 Montreal
- Day 7 Montréal to Québec City
- Day 8 Québec City
- Day 9 Charlevoix Coastline to VIA Rail Ocean Train
- Day 10 Moncton to Saint John
- Day 11 Saint John to Moncton
- Day 12 Moncton to VIA Rail Ocean Train to Halifax
- Day 13 Peggy’s Cove to Lunenburg
- Day 14 Halifax
- Day 15 Halifax to UK
- Day 16 UK
Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
Best Western Ville Marie
Clarendon Hotel Québec City
VIA Rail Ocean Train
Hilton Saint John
Westin Nova Scotian
Day 1 UK to Toronto
Our VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Toronto.
You stay at Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel (4*) or The Westin Harbour Castle (4*).
Day 2 Toronto
For this morning we’ve arranged a sightseeing tour to introduce you to Toronto, including views of some of the splendidly restored 19th-century buildings and glistening skyscrapers.
Day 3 Niagara Falls
Toronto is ideally located for a full-day excursion to experience one of the great spectacles of nature - Niagara Falls.
An optional excursion is available here to take a boat trip to the base of the falls. We include a stop at Niagara-on-the-Lake; a charming 18th-century village on the bank of Lake Ontario.
Day 4 Ottawa
Following the north shore of Lake Ontario we reach Rockport, from where we take a cruise around the lovely Thousand Islands archipelago.
We’ll continue to Ottawa where we’ll see some of the highlights of Canada’s strikingly attractive capital city with its fine parliament buildings and parks.
Day 5 Ottawa
Today is at leisure to explore this characterful city.
Day 6 Montreal
We depart for Montréal, delightfully situated at the confluence of the St Lawrence and Ottawa rivers.
You stay at Best Western Ville Marie (3.5*) or Le Nouvel Hotel and Spa (3.5*).
Day 7 Montréal to Québec City
Take a guided tour will help familiarise you with the rich history of Montréal, one of Canada’s oldest cities founded more than 350 years ago.
We later arrive in Québec City - often referred to as North America’s fine-dining capital.
You stay at Clarendon Hotel Québec City (4*) or Hotel PUR (4*).
Day 8 Québec City
Enjoy a sightseeing tour with a local guide to see this great city’s classic architecture.
With an afternoon at leisure, you could explore UNESCO-listed Old Québec, where the grand gates open onto the picturesque cobblestoned streets.
Day 9 Charlevoix Coastline to VIA Rail Ocean Train
Today, we enjoy a full day of sightseeing along the Charlevoix Coastline. In Baie-Sainte-Catherine we join a three-hour whale watching experience before boarding the Ocean Train this evening for an overnight journey to Moncton.
Day 10 Moncton to Saint John
Breakfast is served in the dining car as we reach New Brunswick. Interpretative talks and wine tastings are often offered.
We arrive into Moncton this afternoon and transfer to Saint John. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 11 Saint John to Moncton
We make a visit to Kings Landing Historical Settlement, a living history museum with over 40 exhibits and a community of costumed characters in 70 historic buildings.
We continue on to Moncton, for an overnight stay.
Day 12 Moncton to VIA Rail Ocean Train to Halifax
This morning we see the highlights of New Brunswick with a visit to the spectacular natural phenomenon of Hopewell Rocks. Tides permitting, there’s even the opportunity to walk across the ocean floor.
We’ll then board the Ocean Train for our final journey. We reach Amherst, the gateway to Nova Scotia, and pass through Truro and onto Halifax, the world’s second-largest natural harbour. Halifax became known as the ‘most British imperial City in the Western Hemisphere’.
You stay at Westin Nova Scotian (4*) or Hotel Halifax (3.5*).
Day 13 Peggy’s Cove to Lunenburg
After an orientation tour of the city, we travel to Peggy’s Cove, a quaint fishing village and home to Peggy’s Point Lighthouse, one of Nova Scotia’s most well-known lighthouses.
We head on to Lunenberg, a colourful port town and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with narrow streets and unique architecture.
Day 14 Halifax
Free time to explore Halifax - the must-sees include the Citadel, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and the Waterfront.
Day 15 Halifax to UK
Further time at leisure for last-minute sightseeing and souvenir shopping before we transfer to a restaurant for dinner.
We then drive to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Day 16 UK
Upon arrival, your vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.
For operational reasons, VIA Rail have currently removed the glass-domed Observation Car from the Ocean train. The Lounge Car will still be available as a place to meet with your fellow travellers.
Accommodation is locally rated and may change, but will always be of a similar standard.