QUEBEC IN DEPTH WITH GASPÉ PENINSULA
Who says you have to cross the Atlantic to dive into European culture? Croissant-scented cobblestone avenues are much closer than you think. Follow your nose to the café-lined promenades of Québec City, your ears to the music-filled streets of Montréal, and your eyes to the sweeping views of the Gaspé Peninsula on this eleven-day tour of French Canada.
- Explore the aromas and tastes along the café-lined promenades of Québec City
- Tune your ears to the music-filled streets of Montréal sitting below Mount Royal
- Open your eyes to the sweeping views of the Gaspé Peninsula
- Taste local Quebec delicacies at a “Taste the Gardens” lunch at historic Estevan Lodge, cheese tasting at a fromagerie and strawberry wine at Ferme Bourdages Tradition Farm
- Beluga whale watching cruise and visit to a gannet colony
- Gaspésie fishing history, shipbuilding, net-mending demonstrations
AT A GLANCE
DAY 1: WELCOME TO MONTRÉAL
Welcome to Montréal! You can arrive anytime today, preferably by mid-afternoon so you are able to meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome drink at 6:00pm.
DAY 2: EXPLORE MONTRÉAL
Sightseeing Tour of Montréal
Sightseeing with a Local Guide in Montréal includes sights such as the Notre Dame Basilica, the Old Seminary of St. Sulpice and a drive to the top of Mount Royal. You’ll have free time this afternoon and evening.
Enhance your free time in Montréal with a walk in the Old Montréal district on the Saint Lawrence River. Get local maps and tips for free time on a provided mobile app.
|Tour: Sightseeing Tour of Montréal|
DAY 3: QUAINT VILLAGES OF THE ST LAWRENCE
Scenic Drive to Rimouski
Scenic drive along the St. Lawrence River through quaint villages en route to Rimouski, with free time in the evening to explore.
|Tour: Scenic Drive to Rimouski|
DAY 4: EXPLORE THE GASPE PENINSULA
Scenic Drive on the Gaspe Peninsula
Scenic drive on the Gaspé Peninsula and along the St. Lawrence River to Pointe-au-Père Maritime Historic Site. Continue through the Matapédia Valley to Chaleur Bay and Miguasha National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Enjoy a tour with a local guide at Miguasha National Park and free time this evening in Carleton-sur-Mér.
|Tour: Scenic Drive on the Gaspe Peninsula|
Meals: B, D
DAY 5: TRADITIONAL FARMS AND FISHING
Carleton-Sur-Mér and the Banc-De-Pêche-De-Paspébiac National Historic Site
Free time this morning in Carleton-Sur-Mér. Scenic drive along the Gaspé Peninsula to visit Ferme Bourdages Tradition Farm for a strawberry wine and liqueur tasting. A visit to the Banc-de-Péche-de-Paspébiac National Historic Site includes Gaspésie fishing history, shipbuilding, net-mending demonstrations and a traditional village lunch.
|Tour: Carleton-Sur-Mér and the Banc-De-Pêche-De-Paspébiac National Historic Site|
Meals: B, L
DAY 6: SCENIC CRUISES AND NORTHERN GANNETS
Guided Cruise with Local Naturalist
Scenic cruise today with a Local Naturalist includes Percé Rock and Bonaventure Island National Parks where you’ll visit the Northern Gannet colony of Percé National Park. Dinner at a local restaurant this evening. Meals –
|Tour: Guided Cruise with Local Naturalist|
Meals: B, L
DAY 7: SCENIC DRIVES AND FIRST NATION HISTORIES
Gespeg Micmac Interpretation Site and the Forillon National Park
Visit to Gespeg Micmac Interpretation Site includes introduction to the Mi’gmaq (First Nations people). Visit to Forillon National Park includes scenic drive to Cap-des-Rosiers lighthouse, followed by lunch at a local restaurant in the Grand Vallée area. Scenic drive to Matane where you’ll have free time this evening.
|Tour: Gespeg Micmac Interpretation Site and the Forillon National Park|
Meals: B, L
DAY 8: FABULOUS TASTE THE GARDENS LUNCH
Explore Les Jardins de Metis
Visit to Les Jardins De Métis includes a Taste the Gardens lunch at the historic Estevan Lodge. Free time this evening after arrival in Québec City.
|Tour: Explore Les Jardins de Metis|
Meals: B, L
DAY 9: FJORDS AND FROMAGERIE
Whale Watching and the Charlevoix Region
Scenic drive along the St. Lawrence River to Saguenay Fjord where you’ll be treated to a whale-watching cruise with a Naturalist Guide in Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park. Scenic drive to the Charlevoix region. Visit a family-owned fromagerie (cheese factory) for a presentation and cheese tasting.
|Tour: Whale Watching and the Charlevoix Region|
DAY 10: CANADA’S ONLY FORTIFIED CITY
Explore Québec City
Sightseeing in Old Québec with a Local Guide includes the Place d’Armes, the Laval Seminary, the Citadelle de Québec, the Place Royale, Lower Town, and Plains of Abraham. Farewell dinner this evening is on the Ile D’Orléans.
|Tour: Explore Québec City|
Meals: B, D
DAY 11: SAY GOODBYE TO FRENCH CANADA
Morning drive to Montréal Trudeau International Airport for your scheduled departure flight as booked. Please don’t reserve a flight earlier than 3:30pm.
Additional Options For Day 9
Overnight in Vancouver
Silverleaf: Georgian Court Hotel
– The Georgian Court Hotel is a 4-star boutique hotel and a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World situated in downtown Vancouver, steps from BC Place Stadium, Rogers Arena, fashionable Robson Street, and many of downtown Vancouver’s main tourist attractions. Enjoy a warm welcome combined with attentive service and exceptional value for money.
Goldleaf: Sutton Place Hotel
-Few hotels can rival the elegance, European charm, and hospitality of The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver. The spectacular setting in the heart of downtown Vancouver allows you to experience exceptional service with first-class amenities. Set against a majestic backdrop of mountains and sea with the city’s famous shopping, business, arts, and entertainment districts just steps away.
Goldleaf Deluxe: Sutton Place Hotel – With Room Upgrade
Select dates June – September
From CA$3,769 to CA$3,869- twin*
Prices are “starting from” rates, shown in CA$, per person based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rooms may be available on request, upon payment of a single supplement.
*Booking must be made and under deposit by January 4, 2021 for these prices. Prices will revert to regular rates as of January 5, 2021.
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