Splendours of Québec
Escape to a land of quaint villages, pulsating cities and medieval charm; where tree-clad slopes lead to glistening lakes and it’s easy to be at one with nature. Enjoy French-inspired cuisines, the joie-de-vivre of cosmopolitan Montréal, the eclectic charm of old Québec city’s cobbled streets with charming shops and sunny cafes. Explore the villages along the shores of the mighty St Lawrence Seaway and go in search of whales and nature at its best. Then relax in eastern Quebec, where the states of New England are so close you can almost hear them on the wind.
Splendours of Québec
Day 1 : Arrive Montréal
Arrive Montréal and make your way to your hotel for a 2 night stay.
Day 2 : Montréal
Free day to explore the many sights of this amazing city, the largest French speaking city outside France and the second largest in the world. Step out from your hotel and explore old quarter with cobbled streets, quaint shops and bars and the amazing Notre Dame Basilica. Enjoy the joie-de-vivre and laid-back café and nightlife culture, visit the museums and galleries or shop in the elegant boutiques.
Day 3 : Montréal to Québec City | 263 km/164 mi
Today you will collect your rental car and trace the St. Lawrence River as you head north to Québec City. The slower Route 138 takes you off the mundane highways in order to experience rural Québec and the remaining farms from the seigneurial regime. Along the way, pass through Trois-Rivieres, one of the first European settlements dating back to 1634 and the point from which French explorers embarked on their North American discovery.
Day 4 : Québec City | Exploring
Experience the old-world charm of Vieux Québec with its cobblestone streets, fortified city wall (one of a kind in North America), and seventeenth century architecture. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is complimented by artisan shops, Parisian cafes, landscaped parks and numerous monuments. Take a stroll on the Plains of Abraham and visit the historic Fairmont Chateau Frontenac.
Day 5 : Québec City to La Malbaie | 140 km/87 mi
Depart today to La Malbaie, in Québec’s beautiful Charlevoix region. Take time to explore the scenic area, the beauty of which has inspired generations of artists. Along the way, you may stop to visit the Sainte Anne de Beaupré shrine. Arrive in La Malbaie.
Day 6 : Tadoussac to La Baie | 170 km/106 mi | Whale Watching
This morning enjoy an included whale watching tour. In Tadoussac, at the mouth of the Saguenay Fjord, you will board the vessel where an experienced naturalist will explain the habits of the Finback, Minke and Beluga whales that frequent this region during the summer. In the afternoon continue along the beautiful Saguenay fjord to the small city of La Baie. (dinner is included today).
Day 7 : Saguenay & Lac St Jean Areas | Exploring
Visit the attractions of the region: The Zoo of Saint-Felicien, the Historical Village of Val-Jalbert and the many other cultural, outdoor and sports activities that this area has to offer (admissions not included). (breakfast & dinner included today)
Day 8 : Saguenay to Rivière-du-Loup | 150 km/94 mi + ferry
Depart from the Saguenay region to drive to Saint-Simeon to take the ferry from Saint-Siméon to Rivière-du-Loup. The crossing of the St. Lawrence River will take 1 ¼ hours (not included). Overnight in Rivière - du- Loup. (breakfast included)
Day 9 : Rivière-du-Loup to Eastern Townships | 425 km/264 mi
Today you will travel to Québec’s Eastern Townships region. You have the opportunity to visit the small chocolate museum in Bromont along the way. Maybe you would like to stop at the L’Orpailleur Winery in Dumham, approximately 30 km south of Bromont. Continue to Knowlton, a Victorian style town. Check into your accommodation. In the evening, you may just walk around this lovely town & relax in one of the cafés or restaurants.
Day 10 : Eastern Townships | Exploring
While visiting the Eastern Townships region, don’t miss a visit to the Abbey of St. Benoît du Lac, Magog, North Hatley, Coaticook with its canyon, park & suspension bridge, and the Beaulne Museum where you can admire costumes and textiles, fine arts and decorative arts, as well as
Day 11-12 : Eastern Townships to Montréal | 107 km/66 mi
Make your way back to Montréal and drop your car at the airport before taking your homeward flight.