Charming French Canada
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Discover the many charms of the Canadian province of Quebec. This tour introduces you to natural and historic wonders while staying in some of its most luxurious hotels. Youll spend two nights each in European style grandeur at the Fairmont Chateau Frontenac and at the regal Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu in the Charlevoix region. Decide how you want to tour Montreal: by foot or by coach. Discover the tradition of maple syrup making at a local sugar shack. Tour Quebec Citys old and new treasures. Embark on a whale-watching expedition with a naturalist guide. Ferry to a 19th century mill that lies on an island in the St. Lawrence River. Visit the magnificent Shrine of St. Anne de Beaupr and behold the spectacular Montmorency Falls. Your French Canadian adventure awaits.
Day 1: Montréal, Quebec – Tour Begins
Your tour takes you on an in-depth exploration of the spectacular province of Quebec. Say bonjour to the second largest French-speaking city in the world, Montral.
Day 2: Montréal
This morning, the choice is yours as you decide how you would like to explore Montral: on a walking tour or a panoramic coach tour. If you choose the walking tour, youll join a local guide who will transport you back in time as you explore the streets of Old Montral on foot; stroll through historic squares and by impressive architecture, hearing stories of days gone by. If you opt for the coach tour, it highlights Jacques Cartier Square, McGill University, views of Notre Dame Cathedral and St. Josephs Oratory; the tour concludes with a stop high atop Mount Royal, ascended by Jacques Cartier in 1535 and the jewel of Mount Royal Park, to soak in the spectacular view. The afternoon is yours to continue exploring the city independently. Sit in a sidewalk cafe, visit a museum, or browse some of the citys many famous shops. This evening, experience a taste of Montral during dinner at a local restaurant in the Old Port.
Day 3: Montréal – Quebec City
Journey to historic Quebec City, a city with a romantic ambiance reminiscent of Paris. Experience the beauty and history of both Old and New Quebec on a fascinating sightseeing tour highlighting the provincial Parliament; the St. Louis Arch; and Place Royale, the site of the original settlement of the city of Quebec. Your day concludes at the citys famous Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac. Spend two nights in this grand castle-like hotel majestically overlooking the old city. This evening, enjoy dinner at a charming local restaurant.
Day 4: Quebec City
Begin your day with breakfast at a local sugar shack nestled in the Quebec countryside. Learn about the custom of maple syrup-making and enjoy sampling delicious traditional foods made with this local product. Before leaving, try a favorite regional treat maple taffy made in the snow! Return to Quebec City and spend the remainder of your day at leisure wandering the quaint streets and exploring this UNESCO World Heritage site.
Day 5: Quebec City – La Malbaie, Charlevoix Region
Set off this morning for the breathtaking Charlevoix region. Board a ferry for a short ride to LIsle-aux-Coudres, a tranquil island nestled in the lovely St. Lawrence River. Visit Les Moulins de lIsle-aux-Coudres, a 19th-century flour mill, and join an expert for a tour of the grounds to see the working watermill and windmill built by the early settlers; learn about the traditional milling process. Later, we make our way to the luxurious Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu, your home for two nights.
Day 6: Charlevoix Region
Today youll take to the water and embark on a whale-watching expedition for a unique encounter with these fascinating and majestic creatures. Take in the beauty of the natural surroundings in the heart of the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park. A naturalist guide will introduce you to the many species of marine mammals that reside in the St. Lawrence River. The remainder of the day is at leisure to take advantage of your resorts many amenities such as golfing, hiking, the spa, or you may simply relax and soak up the views.
Day 7: La Malbaie, Charlevoix Region – Montebello
Our drive this morning takes us to the magnificent Shrine of St. Anne de Beaupr. Explore the rich history and magnificent architecture of one of the oldest pilgrimage sites in North America at your own pace and be sure to spend time strolling the beautiful grounds. Then its on to Montmorency Falls where you will board a cable car that takes you up-close. Stand in awe as the river plunges 272 feet off the Canadian Shield, approximately 100 feet higher than Niagara Falls. Admire the stunning views from the many lookout points before heading back by cable car or by foot. Later, arrive at the Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello and luxuriate in the rustic elegance of the worlds largest log cabin set in a spectacular location surrounded by nature. Say au revoir to your fellow travelers at a special farewell dinner.
Day 8: Montebello – Tour Ends
Your tour comes to a close today, leaving you with many pleasant memories of your outstanding journey.