Heritage of Halifax & Titanic Connections

April 13-18, 2022
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Heritage of Halifax & Titanic Connections Rail Tour

Taking place on the 110 Anniversary of the loss this great ocean liner

Roundtrip from Toronto/Ottawa - 6 days/5 nights Group Tour

Wednesday, April 13 to Monday, April 18, 2022

Roundtrip from Toronto by rail this exclusive 6-day, 5-night tour will take place 110 years, to the day, the RMS Titanic was lost. Learn about the Halifax connection this tragic event created and other aspects of the city’s heritage. Guests will first travel by train from Toronto, Kingston or Ottawa to Montreal and board North America’s oldest named train THE OCEAN to enjoy 3 days & nights in Halifax.

Tour the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic with its large collection of Titanic artifacts with the museum’s Maritime Curator.  Visit to the Titanic graves and churches where services were held with author of Titanic Victims & Halifax Graves Blair Beed. As well, there will be visits to the Halifax Citadel, Naval Museum of Halifax, Pier 21, the historic Alexander Keith’s Brewery for some fun and other great heritage experiences before returning to Ottawa, Kingston or Toronto by train.  Package includes hotel stays, rail trips, transfers, heritage attractions and presentations, some meals, detailed tour information kit and more for a total of 5 nights.

WHAT THE TOUR INCLUDES:

Day 1 – Travel by train to Montreal to board the overnight train to Halifax.

The tour beings from either Toronto, Kingston or Ottawa before boarding your assigned VIA Rail’s corridor service train to travel East and enjoy views of Ontario’s countryside and trackside communities as the train travels into the province of Quebec.  Arrive in Montreal to have a bit of time to enjoy the interior motifs of Central Station. With all our guests together, we will board Canada’s oldest named train “The Ocean”, which originates in Montreal, in our assigned sleeping car accommodation and enjoy dinner on the train while we continue the trip East.  Overnight on the train. Meals Included today: Dinner

Day 2 - Traveling East by train with ocean and rural views before arriving in Halifax.

Awake to views of the passing countryside of New Brunswick where the Restigouche River empties into the Atlantic Ocean or the impressive river crossings in Miramichi.  The scenery continues as the train travels through Nova Scotia for the scheduled arrival in Halifax late this afternoon.  Upon arrival, we transfer to one of Halifax’s grandest railway hotels - the Nova Scotian Westin Hotel. Once settled in, we plan to have a special east coast welcome dinner before some free time to enjoy the nearby Halifax Waterfront.  Overnight Halifax. Meals Included today: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3 – Halifax Heritage Day tour on the 110th Anniversary of the RMS Titanic sinking.

The morning starts with boarding our bus with local historian Blair Beed.  We will briefly stop and overlook the Narrows of the Halifax Harbour from our bus while Blair describes the 24 hours of tragedy during the Halifax Explosion. Following this, we will visit Fairview Lawn Cemetery to walk past the Titanic Graves while Blair provides some background to the names on the markers and memorial stones.  Next, we will transfer to see the exterior of the unique Round Church, known for where Titanic services were held and, across the street, the stunning interior of St Patrick’s Church.  Blair will also show our guests where the damage that occurred from inside St Patrick’s Church (which some believe shielded the Round Church) during the Halifax Explosion.  This afternoon will be a bit more militant (pun intended) as we plan to first visit the Naval Museum of Halifax followed by a visit to the Shearwater Aviation Museum (both on Canadian Forces Bases) in nearby Bedford. NS and then return to our hotel.  This evening will be free time to attend any events planned for the anniversary. Overnight Halifax. Meals Included today: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4 – More Halifax Heritage and some historic fun.

Today will start with a visit to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic to view this great museum and larger collection of artifacts from the Titanic and other great displays on the Halifax Explosion, Days of Sail and WW II Conveys. We are also planning a heritage presentation here for our group in the museum’s theatre. This afternoon we are also going to learn about the Halifax resident who did not survive the loss of the ship, Mr. George Wright, and one who did, Hilda Slater.  We will also visit the historic Halifax Citadel and a planned visit to the Army Museum within. The day plans to end with some heritage of a lighter nature as we enjoy the heritage tour of Alexander Keith’s Brewery.  

We plan to have a included group dinner as it is our last night enjoying this city on the shore of the Atlantic followed by free time to enjoy the Halifax Waterfront. Overnight in Halifax. Meals Included today: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5 – Historic arrivals to Canada and farewell to Nova Scotia.

The day begins the same way many new citizens to Canada began their first day here with a morning visit to Pier 21 for a special group tour of this Canadian Historic Site. Like the new citizens that arrived here, we will also be travelling west by train from the Halifax station.  At mid-day will we be boarding the train, in our assigned sleeping car space on VIA Rail’s westbound train The Ocean, and enjoy lunch and later dinner on the train.  More great views as we travel west thought the Maritimes on our rail journey destined for Montreal. Overnight on the train. Meals Included today: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 – Last rail journeys and returning to where we started from.

Enjoy breakfast on the train before our mid-morning scheduled arrival in Montreal to complete our roundtrip journey on The Ocean.  Guests will then transfer to one of the VIA Rail corridor service trains to return to your final destination of Ottawa, Kingston or Toronto. Meals Included today: Breakfast

PRICE DETAILS (CDN CURRENCY)

Prior to HST                              

Per Person Double: $2,595

Per Person Single: $3,195

Additional Notes:

  • A $250.00 per person deposit, processed with Visa or MasterCard, is required to hold space.
  • Balance of tour cost to be paid approximately 46 days prior to departure.
  • Price above is shown in Canadian Dollars prior to 13% HST.
  • The trip above can also be roundtrip from Kingston or Ottawa, ON or Montreal, QC.
  • Additional pre-tour and post tour hotel stays in Toronto or Ottawa’s Fairmont hotels can be arranged and included.
  • Rail Travel Tours is not responsible for late bookings if train or hotel space is sold out, we highly recommend reserving early guaranteeing your inclusion on the tour.  
  • Changes may be made to the final itinerary due to situations out our control but rest assured we will use our experience to deliver a unique experience that our customers have enjoyed in the past.
  • Questions can be answered by emailing us or call toll free 1-866-704-3528.

Let our knowledge of Canada’s world-renowned rail journey work for you.  Those who reserve with us receive an industry leading detailed travel information kit with route guides, knowledgeable speakers, well located hotels, a variety of attractions, sights and activities, maps, travel info and more.  We look forward to sharing our passion for Canada by rail when you travel with us…

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