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Splendid Nature of Quebec

Duration
15 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,536

MODERATE | SELF-DRIVE: Let Québec charm you with its diversity and romanticism on an itinerary which combines the exciting pace of urban touring with the natural beauty of provincial parks and tranquil waterways. While cosmopolitan Montréal and heritage-rich Québec City are magnificent cities, the scenic coastal routes of the Gaspé Peninsula provide an alluring balance. Immerse yourself in this unique and enchanting province.


This 15-day voyage into the heart of belle Québec will have you cooing ma chouette, mon chéri, ma pitchounette... as you allow the romance of French Canada to charm you through to the core. Begin in modern Montréal, wander the cobblestones of Québec City and adventure through the waterways and woodlands of the Canadian wilderness on this very special trip.

The claq-claq-claq of horse drawn carriages and the sonorous church bells in Old Montréal sound just right as you sip Chardonnay by candlelight on your first night in Québec. There is something about this chic city where John Lennon & Yoko Ono once stayed in bed famously, but don’t you do the same, there’s simply too much to do. Your private guide is waiting for you to embark on a cruise along the St. Lawrence River to the wild, uninhabited lands of the Boucherville Islands and beyond.

Being walled-in is cozy in Québec City; three-hundred-year-old walls hold a compact treasure trove of pivotal Canadian history and classy comfort cuisine. The Plains of Abraham are meditative, the Notre Dame Basilica and the Citadel soul restoring and the National Assembly and Parliament Buildings uplifting in this city chalked full of European flair.

High above the coast in Rivière-du-Loup, dine on potato tourtières and velvety pea soup along the St. Lawrence and visit the five islands of Les Pèlerins, where the echoing cries of circling birds from sea and shore piece the salty air. The ancestors of the first French settlers, the Acadians, continue to live along the Gaspé Peninsula between northern New Brunswick and eastern Quebéc. Explorer Jacques Cartier must have been awe-struck in 1534 when he came upon the dramatic shores of Baie des Chaleurs, tody a famous Acadian fishing village. Dine at Le St-Honoré for salty oysters and planchet Gaspésienne (cod) just off the beach.

Through Scottish influenced Port-Daniel by Cap de l’Enfer, (Cape of Hell), a 190m long tunnel and along the ‘Côte de Surprise’ (Surprise Coast) to the quaint village of L’Anse-à-Beaufils overlooking sparkling Percé Bay, the day lends itself to endless post-card worthy moments.

Off of scenic Percé live the most stylish bird around; the northern gannet, with white beaks, tan feathers and meaty blue rings around their eyes, you can’t stop snapping these “designer birds” while below the waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, occasionally making a thrilling appearance, are whales, harbor porpoises, white-sided dolphins and adorable seals.

The air smells peppery in the Gaspé Peninsula amidst the moody mountains dotted with evergreens, soaring fjords, the cliffs of Gros Morne, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and endless coastal pathways. Spot moose and caribou in the Parc de la Gaspésie, collect a quirky wood carving to remind you of your time from an equally quirky local artisan and dine on casserole de la mer along the Saguenay River. Fish, hike, bike, scuba dive, canoe; it’s easy to collect unforgettable wilderness moments or kick back and relax in laid-back Saint-Alexis-des-Monts nestled by the Laurentian Mountains before saying au revoir to this French-Canadian getaway.

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Duration
15 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,536

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Montréal

Arrive at Montréal’s Trudeau International Airport and transfer independently to your downtown hotel. The Roadbook you received has all the information needed for your holiday/trip/journey. The remainder of the day is at leisure to discover the delights of this fascinating city, where you can savor its French-Canadian flavor walking on its original cobblestones through historic Old Montréal or enjoy magnificent views of the city from the observation point at the top of Mont Royal. Of course, the culinary scene in Montréal is as spectacular as its attractions.

Overnight in Montreal.

Duration1 Night
Day 2

Montréal to Québec City (259 km / 161 miles)

Getting to know the city on a cruise is on your menu today. Accompanied by a guide, discover the unique facets of Montréal from the comfort of a cruise boat. Explore 25 km of history and attractions along the St. Lawrence River: Old Port, Ste-Helen’s Island, the unspoiled landscape of the Boucherville Islands and much more.

Overnight in Quebec City.

Duration2 Nights
Day 3

Quebec City

Enjoy a full day exploring North America’s only walled city. Not to be missed are the Plains of Abraham, the Citadel, the Upper and Lower towns, the Notre Dame Basilica, and the National Assembly and Parliament Buildings. In the evening, stroll through the city’s pedestrian-friendly streets and savor the European feel that gives Québec City such special distinction.

Overnight in Quebec City.

Day 4

Québec City to Rivière-Du-Loup (210 km / 130 miles)

Today’s drive takes you along the St. Lawrence River to Rivière-du-Loup, a major administrative and service center set on a terrace above the coastal plain with an appealing and distinctively Québécois atmosphere. The prosperity of the early 19th-century and the early 20th-century is reflected in its splendid homes and public buildings, including city hall and St. Patrick’s Church and Presbytery. From the Park of the Luminous Cross, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the town’s center, the St. Lawrence and the five islands called Les Pèlerins, home to thousands of seabirds and shorebirds.

Overnight in Rivière-du-Loup.

Duration1 Night
Day 5

Rivière-Du-Loup to Baie Des Chaleurs (298 km / 185 miles)

Uncover the scenery and maritime lore of the Gaspé Peninsula as your route today takes you to Baie des Chaleurs which lies at the inlet of the Gulf of St. Lawrence between northern New Brunswick and eastern Quebec. Discovered and named by Jacques Cartier in 1534, Baie des Chaleurs is a famous fishing ground for cod, herring, mackerel, and salmon, with quaint Acadian fishing villages on its shores.

Overnight in Baie des Chaleurs.

Duration1 Night
Day 6

Baie Des Chaleurs to Percé (250 km / 155 miles)

As you travel along the coast you pass Port-Daniel, a community of Scottish, Acadian, and Irish descent. Take the Capitaine Fournier road which provides an unobstructed view of a railway tunnel that crosses Cap de l’Enfer - Cape of Hell. The tunnel measures 190 m in length and is the only one of its kind in Quebec. From the ‘Côte de Surprise’ (Surprise Coast) highway by the small fishing port of L’Anse-à-Beaufils, the view of Percé Bay and Percé Rock is magnificent.

Overnight in Percé.

Duration2 Nights
Day 7

Percé

Once the largest fishing port in the Gaspé Peninsula, Percé has turned into something of a gem of the entire Gaspé region as a resort and tourist town, renowned for the extraordinary beauty of its surroundings. Its prominent geological feature is a great rock pierced with a hole, from which the community derived its name. The town has a terrific selection of restaurants and cafes and there is a summer theatre and a boardwalk that stretches along the south beach. At the wharf you can watch the fishermen cleaning their daily catch.

Overnight in Percé.

Day 8

Percé to Parc De La Gaspésie (231 km / 144 miles)

As you pass the eastern most tip of the peninsula, take time to visit Forillon National Park. Apart from its towering vertical cliffs, the area’s most prominent landmark is the lighthouse at Pointe-au-Pere National Historic Site, which rises 30 m above the St. Lawrence. Admire the wild rose bushes which lend the nearby community of Cap-des-Rosiers its name and make a photo stop at Gros Morne with its magnificent cliffs and lovely bay area. Continue to the heart of the Gaspé Peninsula where a wondrous mountainous spectacle awaits you in the Parc de la Gaspésie.

Overnight in Parc de la Gaspésie.

Duration2 Nights
Day 9

Parc De La Gaspésie

With peaks of over 1,000 m, the park is the only place in Quebec where caribou, moose and white-tailed deer co-exist. Enjoy 140 km of hiking trails with far-reaching views or consider a guided nature tour. Apart from hiking, the park also offers mountain biking, canoeing, fishing, and picnic spots. An Interpretation Centre houses a permanent exhibit and souvenir shop. Audio-visual displays and special activities help you to learn more about the park’s flora and fauna and its geological history.

Overnight in Parc de la Gaspésie.

Day 10

Parc De La Gaspésie to Matane (125 km / 78 miles)

Today you will leave the Gaspé Region and drive to Tadoussac, a choice destination for those interested in marine wildlife, particularly whales. Some of the small towns along the way feature local art galleries displaying some of the finest artwork from eastern Quebec, an area known for its magnificent works of wood carving. Your ferry crossing is at Matane to Baie Comeau/Godbout. Keep an eye out for whales and other wildlife as you cross the mighty St. Lawrence.

Overnight in Matane.

Duration1 Night
Day 11

Matane to Saguenay (375 km / 233 miles)

Today, take a short but scenic drive into Saguenay. An excellent view of the waters below the Saguenay Fjord can be found at the town of L’Ansede-Roche. A stop at L’Anse-Saint-Jean, sometimes called Quebec’s ‘Little Switzerland’ because of the steep mountains flanking the town, offers a look at well-preserved traditional local fieldstone and log architecture. A covered bridge that was built in 1929 and spectacular views of the Saguenay River can also be found.

Overnight in Saguenay.

Duration1 Night
Day 12

Saguenay to Lac St. Jean (126 km / 78 miles)

Explore Saguenay Provincial Park along the north and south shores of the Saguenay Fjord. The 105 km long fjord is up to 250 m deep, which results in dark amber to black colored water. Cold salt water from the St. Lawrence pushes under warmer fresh water from the Saguenay, which has created an amazingly diverse marine life. Visit the park’s interpretative center and learn about the formation of the fjord and its physical, hydrographic, and oceanographic characteristics.

Overnight in Lac St. Jean. 

Duration1 Night
Day 13

Lac St. Jean to Saint-Alexis-Des-Monts (273 km / 170 miles)

A full day to enjoy this impressive area of the Saguenay Region. While the region around the lake is known for mining and lumbering, nature and recreation enthusiasts can enjoy boating, hiking, climbing, fishing for landlocked salmon, and horseback riding around this uniquely circular lake. Your day ends driving through Quebec’s wild nature and dense terrain as you make your way to Saint-Alexis-des-Monts.

Overnight in Saint-Alexis-des-Monts

Duration2 Nights
Day 14

Saint-Alexis-Des-Monts

If staying at Sacacomie Lodge or Lac à l'Eau Claire, you have access to a wide variety of activities during your stay: forest walks and mountain biking on well-marked trails, access to the beach, boating, canoeing, windsurfing, and sailing on the tranquil lake. Also available, for a fee, are river canoeing, seaplane flights, ATV-tours, fishing, waterskiing, diving and golf.

Overnight in Saint-Alexis-des-Monts

Day 15

Saint-Alexis-Des-Monts to Montreal (139 km / 86 miles)

Return to Montréal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport for your return flight or stay in the city if you plan to extend your trip.

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

Daily departures: May 27 - October 6, 2022


PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 15 days Intermediate Car Rental with unlimited mileage (Toyota Corolla or similar)
  • Customized Self-Drive Roadbook (Digital version)
  • 1 night standard accommodations in Montreal
  • 2 nights standard accommodations in Quebec City
  • 1 night standard accommodations in Rivière-du Loup
  • 1 night standard accommodations in 5 Baie des Chaleurs
  • 2 nights standard accommodations in Percé / Gaspe
  • 2 nights standard accommodations in Parc de la Gaspésie
  • 1 night standard accommodations in Matane
  • 1 night standard accommodations in Saguenay
  • 1 night standard accommodations in Lac St. Jean region
  • 2 nights standard accommodations in Saint-Alexisdes-Monts
  • Shared 1.5-hour Montreal guided cruise


PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Car rental insurance
  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Entrances fees to sites not explicitly listed as included
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Road tolls
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa fees if applicable


TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request. Additional terms and conditions apply for car rental - please inquire.


21 Sep 2022
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