Arrive in Montréal and check in to your downtown hotel.
For those of you joining this tour after your New England journey, there will be a short flight from Boston to Montreal arranged by us.
There will be some free time to explore the heart of historic and friendly Montreal and its cobbled streets before we walk to a nearby restaurant and enjoy a welcome dinner with the rest of our group.
After breakfast, we immerse ourselves in the rich, diverse history of Montréal with a comprehensive tour of the interesting city. Late this afternoon, we will drive to the train station to take the comfortable VIA Rail train to historic Quebec City arriving late evening.
In the morning, go join a guided tour of Québec City and become acquainted with this gorgeous city and its many historical sites including Chateau Frontenac, Parliament Buildings, Plains of Abraham, Lower Village and Fortifications du Québec. Spend the afternoon at leisure, shopping and exploring galleries along the cobbled streets of Old Québec City.
The changing of the leaves each fall is due not so much to the cooler temperatures as to the decreased light resulting from shorter days. In the maple tree, the accumulation of sugar in the sap is what accounts for the brilliant red of the leaves, whose hue varies depending on the soil composition. The fall colours are at their best in Mont Saint-Anne and in nearby Parc National de la Jacques Cartier, both within easy drive distance from Quebec City. Keep your cameras at the ready as this will be a day of stunning images.
Today, as we depart Québec City at a train station close to the famous Montmorency, Falls that we visit before boarding the Train de Charlevoix and following the mighty St. Lawrence River to the picturesque Charlevoix region and the quaint town of Baie-Saint-Paul. On the way, we will see the pastoral farmlands on the romantic ÃŽle d'Orléans and the vivid fall colours on the riverside slopes.
We explore the quintessentially Quebecois town of Baie-Saint-Paul today. Baie-Saint-Paul is nestled in the heart of a scenic valley and cultural life is ever-present, from museums and art galleries to gourmet restaurants and corner bistros. The streets are lined with century-old homes and are reserved for pedestrians, musicians, painters and street artists. The famous show of Cirque du Soleil took its first steps here in the early â€™80s. We will take a stroll down Rue Saint-Jean-Baptiste, home to one of the highest concentrations of art galleries in Canada.
After spending the day in this quaint town, we board the 4.30 pm train back to Quebec City.
Our introduction to the highlights of Quebec during the best time of the year comes to an end.