Halifax & Quebec City Explorer

Enjoy two big cities of Canada's east as you tour the highlights of Halifax and Quebec City, joined together by a beautiful train excursion.

Tour Description

Begin your trip with time to get to know Halifax on your own and settle into your hotel. Then dig deeper into this capital city of Nova Scotia on a Harbour Hopper Cruise that explores highlights of the city on land and water. A visit to this area would not be complete without a nature and whale-watching cruise. Then it's time to venture inland to Quebec City on a relaxing overnight train ride. Wake up the next morning refreshed and ready to explore the highlights of this city. A final tour takes you into rural Quebec, where you will pass through local villages and visit the stunning Montmorency Falls.

Features & Inclusions

  • Rail travel on VIA Rail's Ocean (1 night on train)
  • Hotel Accommodations for 5 nights
  • Harbour Hopper Cruise Tour
  • Nature & Whale Watching Cruise
  • Quebec City Tour
  • Country Tour from Quebec City


Day 1 – Arrive in Halifax
Arrive independently in Halifax, Nova Scotia and enjoy the day at leisure, where you can tour this town at your own pace. Overnight Halifax.

Day 2 – Harbour Hopper Cruise

Today's highlight is a tour of Halifax on land and sea. Travel on the amphibious Harbour Hopper vessel that starts in the city and then splashes into Halifax Harbour. You'll see sights such as the Citadel Hill National Historic Site, the Victorian Public Gardens, St. Paul’s Church and Spring Garden Road. From the water, you'll cruise past George’s Island Lighthouse, the Halifax waterfront Boardwalk, the stone buildings of Historic Properties, and the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. The remainder of the day is yours to explore more of Halifax and its surrounding areas on your own. Overnight Halifax.

Day 3 – Nature & Whale Watching Cruise

Today you can relax on a two-hour cruise where the Atlantic Ocean meets the cliffs of Chebucto Head at the mouth of Halifax Harbour. You have the opportunity to see species of minke whale, fin whale, dolphin, seals, tuna, sunfish, and a variety of seabirds on this excursion. You can even learn to handle a lobster, snapping claws and all, and get a chance to feed the birds. Then enjoy the rest of Halifax on your own, as you like. Overnight Halifax.

Day 4 – Via Rail Ocean from Halifax to Quebec City

Today you will board the VIA Rail Ocean line to travel west to Quebec City, located on the St. Lawrence River. Enjoy the view as you leave Nova Scotia and travel inland to Quebec. Overnight train.

Day 5 – Quebec City Tour
Today the VIA Rail Ocean pulls into Quebec City. Disembark from the train and transfer to your Quebec City hotel. After freshening up, take part in a Quebec City double-decker Hop on Hop Off Trolley tour, a flexible trip where you can disembark at as many of the 13 stops as you like. Overnight Quebec City.

Day 6  A Fabulous Country Tour from Quebec City

Today's trek takes you into rural Quebec where you can view life in its villages. This trip takes you along 40 kilometers of Chemin du Roy to Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, where you'll stop at the famous Shrine. Then enjoy a visit to Montmorency Falls and the Island of Orleans. Overnight Quebec City.

Day 7  Departure

Bid farewell to Quebec City and transfer to the airport for your return trip home.

Accommodation Options

Value Accommodations
Hotels include Lord Nelson and Hotel Clarendon. VIA rail accommodations are Sleeper Plus Class in a private cabin on the Ocean.

Superior Accommodations
Hotels include Delta Halifax and Delta Quebec. VIA rail accommodations are Sleeper Plus Class in a private cabin on the Ocean.

Deluxe Accommodations
Hotels include The Hollis Halifax, a DoubleTree Suites by Hilton and Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac. VIA rail accommodations are Sleeper Plus Class in a private cabin on the Ocean.

Dates & Prices

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Prices are correct at the time of publication, however are subject to change at time of booking. Prices are land-only, per person based on double occupancy.
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