Montreal to Quebec City by Rail

Experience Winter Carnival

  • Date

    February 4-9, 2021 | Thu / Tue – 6 Days

  • Location

    Montreal  |  Quebec City

Ambassadair Trip #8172


Book by October 1, 2020 & Save $100


A winter wonderland of old-world charm greets you in Montreal and Quebec City. New and old can be found in these French-Canadian cities. Intricate architecture and historical buildings are yours to explore, along with restaurants and cafes sure to delight any foodie. Modern and diverse, Montreal is linked with historic Quebec City by VIA Rail’s Corridor train.

In Quebec City, you’ll get a chance to observe and participate in one of the world’s famous and historic winter events — Carnaval de Québec. The tradition of celebrating from the end of January until mid-February has been around for a long time in Quebec City—the first winter carnival made its debut in 1894.  Often faced with harsh winters, the people decided to put on a festival to warm their hearts. Interrupted by the two world wars and the Great Depression of 1929, the Carnival resurfaced sporadically until 1954, a group of business people relaunched the festivities and chose Bonhomme—an adorable snowman mascot, as the event’s happy ambassador. Today, the event continues to be a driving force in Quebec’s winter life.

Come and play in the snow, go ice skating, watch an ice canoe race, eat maple taffy, and take a traditional sleigh ride.


  • Experience Winter Carnival
  • Guided tours of Montreal and Quebec City
  • Ride La Grande Roue de Montreal
  • Train from Montreal to Quebec City
  • Lunch at an authentic Canadian sugar shack
  • Accommodations and Farewell Dinner at Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
  • Tour a hotel made entirely of snow and ice


  • Roundtrip commercial air from Indianapolis to Montreal, Canada
  • Escorted
  • 5 nights accommodations
  • Breakfast daily
  • 1 lunch, 2 dinners
  • Sightseeing and admissions per itinerary
  • Ground transportation
  • Hotel baggage handling


This itinerary includes activities where moderate walking, possibly on uneven terrain and/or snow and ice, is required.


A passport is now required to travel to this destination and must be valid for at least six months after your return.

Thu, Feb 4: Depart Indianapolis for Montreal, Canada. As Quebec Province’s largest city, Montreal offers many delights within the city. You’ll see favorites including historic Old Montreal where walking down cobblestone roads lead you to the Notre-Dame Basilica, boutiques, and cafes. See St. Joseph’s Oratory and the Latin Quarter, and enjoy an amazing view from the peak of Mount Royal. Check in to the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth for two nights and enjoy a Welcome Dinner at the hotel. (Meal: Dinner)

Fri, Feb 5: This morning, take a trip to the Old Port of Montreal for a ride on the La Grande Roue de Montreal, or large Ferris wheel! From your climate-controlled gondola take in the picturesque views of Old Montreal. The rest of the day offers you free time to discover the wonders of this French-Canadian city. Whether your interest is in architecture, cuisine, cathedrals, museums, or even exploring the underground city and shops, Montreal offers choices for all tastes. (B)

Sat, Feb 6: Bonjour, Quebec City. This morning, relax and take in the sites of the St. Lawrence River, Cap-de-la-Madeleine, and historic Trois-Rivieres on board Via Rail’s Corridor train to Quebec City. Once there, this UNESCO World Heritage Site welcomes you to experience all of her charm. Check in to the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac, a world-renowned icon that dominates the Quebec City skyline with its unique architecture. (B)

Sun, Feb 7: Join your guide for a tour through the winding streets of Old Quebec, where you’ll be fascinated by the historic architecture of the National Assembly and Parliament Hill, Battlefields Park, the Citadel, and the lovely Le Chateau Frontenac. Spend some time exploring Notre-Dame-de-Quebec Basilica and Place d’Armes along with stepping back in time in the heart of the old lower town at Place Royale. Reward yourself with lunch and entertainment at an authentic Canadian sugar shack. Feast on a country-style lunch, watch a maple taffy demonstration and take a tour of the sugar shack. On your return to the city, stop to view the Montmorency Falls in all their winter splendor. Plenty of free time remains to enjoy this quaint city by the water. (B,L)

Mon, Feb 8: This morning, tour the Hotel de Glace, a 45 room hotel and stunning work of architecture entirely built of snow and ice that is completely redesigned and rebuilt each year. The rest of the day is all about Winter Carnival. Don your red gear and take part in this long-standing tradition of winter celebration. View the massive ice sculptures, try your hand at snow races or ice skating, take a ride down the toboggan slide, and be sure to catch the night parade. With your free time, you can find adventure and surround yourself with winter beauty and activities of Carnival. Your evening tops off with a delicious dinner at the luxurious Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac. (B,D)

Tue, Feb 9: Transfer to the airport for your flight to Indianapolis. (B)

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth.
Centrally located, this glamorous and modern hotel provides the perfect location and upscale amenities for your stay. Highlights: in-room coffee/tea maker • restaurants • bar • indoor pool • hot tub • fitness center • spa.

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac.
This iconic hotel is a proud symbol of Quebec City. The architecture and design elicit interest and beauty while providing exceptional amenities and services. Highlights: in-room coffee/tea maker • restaurants • bar • room service • indoor/outdoor pool • fitness center • spa


  • Package with air
  • Double (2 people sharing a room) – $2,299 per person
  • Triple (3 people sharing a room) – $2,149 per person
  • Single – $2,909
  • Land Only
  • Double (2 people sharing a room) – $1,989 per person
  • Triple (3 people sharing a room) – $1,839 per person
  • Single – $2,599

*Subject to change due to increase in the exchange rate or fuel surcharge

Documents Required: Valid Passport, visit for specific requirements

Additional Info:

CANADA TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS Any person may be denied entry to Canada for reasons including, but not limited to, security risks, health issues, financial condition, and involvement in criminal activity (regardless of degree or length of time since such crimes occurred) such as DUI, DWI, reckless driving, negligent driving, misdemeanor drug possession, all felonies, domestic violence, shoplifting, theft, and other crimes. It is recommended that a person who has ever been charged with, or convicted of, a crime obtain the necessary approval documents before attempting to enter Canada. To learn more about applying for and receiving these approvals and corresponding documentation, we strongly recommend that you visit the following website for details regarding the requirements and process: This is only a guide. A Canadian immigration officer will decide if you can enter Canada when you arrive at a port of entry.

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