Trip price includes roundtrip airfare from Austin!
We are proud to present Montreal & Quebec City Christmas Markets- full of wonder, nostalgia, and holiday spirit- on this five-day tour. This fully-guided tour features fantastic hotels, and wonderful meals and provides ample time to explore and shop at your own pace.
Explore outdoor markets with hand-made wooden toys, ornaments, and local crafts. Enjoy the sound of carolers, music, and horse-drawn wagons on cobblestone. Embrace delightfully decorated town squares with magical streets and the scents of gingerbread filling the air with spice.
Upon arrival in Montreal, check in for 2 nights at the historic Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel. Enjoy this bustling modern city by seeing Notre Dame Cathedral, St. Joseph’s Oratory, Jacques Cartier Square, McGill University, and a panoramic view from atop Mount Royal. Visit the Underground City (the Reso), one of Montreal’s biggest attractions that shelter Montrealers from the winter weather. And explore a Montreal Christmas Market. Whether it’s sipping on mulled wine or walking the changing, festive landscape, nothing says it’s the holiday season like a Christmas Market.
Board Via Rail Canada and take a scenic & relaxing ride to the “Paris of North America”, Quebec City. This UNESCO World Heritage City is one of the best-preserved North American cities. Your accommodations will be at the most photographed hotel in the world – the Fairmont Chateau Frontenac Hotel – for a 2-night stay.
While in Quebec City, you will visit the Albert Giles Copper Museum, Montmorency Falls, and be charmed by Old Québec, all dressed up for the holidays. See the old-world architecture and proud monuments that line winding streets, and view picturesque landscapes while seeing the Plains of Abraham and the Citadel that overlooks the Saint Lawrence River. Visit the German Christmas Market in the heart of Old Quebec, designed to replicate the atmosphere of the big European Christmas Markets. Enjoy this magical city with illuminated, pedestrian streets, decorated shops, and bistros offering a festive atmosphere during the holiday season.
DAY 1: ARRIVE MONTREAL
Upon arrival in Montreal meet your Tour Director and transfer to your hotel for a two-night stay at the
historic Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel. Although Montreal is one of the world’s five largest French-speaking cities, most residents are bilingual. Montreal hosted the 1976 Summer Olympics and played host to Expo 67, considered to be the most successful world’s fair of the 20th Century.
DAY 2: MONTREAL CITY TOUR
With its dual English and French cultures, Montreal is Canada’s most cosmopolitan city. This morning enjoy a Montreal City Tour highlighting the Notre Dame Cathedral, St. Joseph’s Oratory, Jacques Cartier Square, McGill University, and a panoramic view of the city from atop Mount Royal. Stop to visit the Underground City (the RÉSO), one of Montreal’s biggest visitor attractions which keeps Montrealers warm during the winter months. The RÉSO features shops and restaurants and is connected to subways, train stations & hotels. Later stop to explore a Christmas Market. Whether it’s sipping mulled wine or walking in the changing landscape that gets you into the festive spirit, nothing says it’s the Holiday season
like a Christmas Market. Tonight join your fellow travelers for a Beer & Wine Reception. Later, enjoy a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant in Old Town Montreal. The Old City features 17th and 18th-century architecture, cafes, restaurants & cobblestone streets all contributing to a quaint European-like charm.
(B,D) Overnight: Montreal
DAY 3: MONTREAL – RAIL JOURNEY – QUEBEC CITY
This morning board Via Rail Canada for the scenic and relaxing train ride to the “Paris of North America,” Quebec City. Carved into the bluffs overlooking the St. Lawrence River, Quebec City is the provincial capital and probably the best-preserved city in North America. Upon arrival, check into the famous Fairmont Chateau Frontenac Hotel for a two-night stay. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore one of the oldest cities in Canada. Quebec City, a UNESCO World Heritage site, has among its distinguishing characteristics narrow cobblestone streets, stone buildings, fortifications, and rich French Canadian culture grounded in the French language. It has a distinct old-world character and charm including its festive holiday decorations and lighting. The Quebec City residents are French
Canadian from their food and customs to their language and way of thinking.
(B) Overnight: Quebec City
DAY 4: QUEBEC CITY TOUR
This morning visit the Albert Gilles Copper Museum. From copper ore to copper art, discover
the mysterious atmosphere of a copper mine. See the copper-bearing rocks and then admire the fine artifacts collected from around the world. Then visit the historic Montmorency Falls, the highest falls in Eastern Canada–98 feet higher than Niagara Falls & one of the most popular attractions in the region. Later enjoy a Quebec City Tour introducing you to Old & New Quebec, North America’s only walled city. The tour features the Plains of Abraham, The Citadel, and St. Lawrence River views. Lights, decorations, and snow create an enchanting setting like no other within Old Quebec. No wonder CNN ranked Québec City among the world’s top 15 destinations for celebrating the Holidays! Visit the German Christmas Market in the heart of Old Québec, a market designed to recreate the atmosphere of the big European Christmas Markets. Visit the illuminated & decorated streets of the Quartier Petit Champlain. This district is located at the foot of the cliff
under the Château Frontenac and is recognized as one of the most beautiful areas of Old Québec City. Particularly magical in winter, the pedestrian streets are lined with shops and bistros offering a festive atmosphere during the holiday season. This evening enjoy a Beer & Wine Reception with your fellow travelers followed by a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant with holiday flair.
(B,D) Overnight: Quebec City
DAY 5: QUEBEC CITY* – HOME
Transfer to the airport and fly home filled with wonderful memories of your Montreal & Quebec City Christmas Markets experience.
*Note – Some departures may operate in reverse. Due to limited air capacity out of Quebec City, PWD reserves the option to transfer some guests to or from Montreal for flights