- Sampling Québec’s unique cuisine in Montréal, Québec City and the Charlevoix region
- Mont-Tremblant summit Gondola Ride
- Touring through the Laurentian Mountains
- Québec City Tour and Old Town walking tours
- Montmorency Falls and Saint-Anne-de-Beaupré
- Stay in the historic Manoir Richelieu Hotel
- Notre Dame Basilica
- Old Town Montréal Walking Tour
- Transportation on deluxe motorcoach
- Professional Tour Leader
- 7 nights of accommodation (3.5-4 star)
- 12 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
- Attractions and sightseeing as per the itinerary
- 5% provincial tax on top of tour base rate
- Gratuities to driver (Recommend $3-$4 per person per day)
- Gratuities to guide (Recommend $5-$7 per person per day)
- Items of a personal nature
- Meals not listed
- Attractions not listed
- Credit card payment fees, where applicable
- Airfare domestic and international (Unless Specified)
- Travel insurance (Strongly recommended, ask us for a quote!)
- Optional: breathtaking helicopter tour on day 4 during your free time in Québec City. Two flight options available upon request.
Sun, 11 Sep 2022
Sun, 18 Sep 2022
Arrive in Montréal today and check in to your hotel. Montréal shines through every season and summer extends well into autumn in Montréal. Every night of the season brings a new band, award-winning film or dance troupe to the city and the outdoor venue Jardins Gamelin invites visitors to see free performances and sample food-truck specialties until mid-October. More outdoor entertainment, and a flurry of music, film, theatre, dance and art events, add a diversity of cultural experiences to an already transformative season. There will be time to relax and explore your neighbourhood before an evening briefing session and welcome dinner for our first taste of the amazing choice of culinary styles available.
On our morning sightseeing drive tour of the city, we will get an overview of the rich and diverse history of Montréal. Montréal is a metropolis filled with architectural icons, from the cross planted at the top of Mount Royal some seven months after the city was founded in 1642 by French explorer, de Maisonneuve, to the 21st century skyscrapers that reach skywards. One of the highlights of our visit will be to the majestic Notre-Dame Basilica of Montréal. Two of the world’s greatest singers have walked down the centre aisle of this basilica: global superstar Luciano Pavarotti, who performed his legendary 1978 Christmas concert here, and Céline Dion who married in the basilica in 1994. With its two soaring towers, Notre Dame is a splendid and dramatic example of the Gothic Revival style, with a grand and colourful interior filled with hundreds of intricate wooden carvings and religious statues.
This afternoon, we will drive to the scenic Laurentian Mountains in southern Québec bordering the scenic St. Lawrence Seaway. As one of the oldest national parks in North America located in this region, the Parc national du Mont-Tremblant has countless hills surrounded by 400 lakes and six great rivers with unique sandy shores. The sheer size of this protected natural area makes it an ideal wilderness playground for nature lovers. On reaching the alpine resort of Mont-Tremblant, we will take a short tour through this beautiful resort before checking into our hotel. Free time after dinner to explore the pedestrian designated village centre on your own.
After breakfast, we will take a gondola ride to the summit of Mont-Tremblant, the highest point in the Laurentians, for a breathtaking view of the Laurentian Mountains, Lac Tremblant and the surrounding valleys. We then depart for a day of scenic driving through the Laurentian Mountains and then some beautiful countryside of rural landscapes, forests and rich pastures, dotted with tiny villages, to the capital of the province, Québec City. Québec City is the oldest walled city in North America and the heart of the French-Canadian culture in Canada.
Time permitting, we will visit the magnificent Montmorency Falls, the world famous shrine of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, and view the pastoral farmlands on the romantic - Ile d'Orléans, this afternoon.
We arrive finally in the walled community of Québec City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and enjoy a short familiarization tour of the city before dinner at a local restaurant serving authentic local flavours. There is a lot to discover here by foot.
Overnight: Québec City
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Many Québec historic sites such as the Québec fortifications, Château Frontenac, Québec Citadel, Plains of Abraham and Ile d'Orléans, make up important landmarks of Old Québec City and the nearby region. Many different influences have shaped Québec’s history over the past 400 years - the First Nations, the French, the Acadians, the British, the Germans and the Irish, to name a few.
In the morning, we go on a guided tour of Québec City and become acquainted with some of its many historical sites including the Lower Village. The afternoon is free to explore the quaint shops and galleries along the cobblestoned streets of Old Québec City.
Optional (Not included): Add a breathtaking helicopter tour today during your free time in Québec City. Two flight options are available.
Overnight: Québec City
Today, we depart Québec City and follow the mighty St. Lawrence River to the picturesque Charlevoix. The region between Baie-Saint-Paul and La Malbaie, have some of Charlevoix’s iconic villages. While some overlook the Seaway, others are perched along the Saint-Lawrence River itself. The picturesque charm of the period homes and the post-card scenery with church steeples is stunning.
With more than two centuries of history, La Malbaie is considered the cradle of resort vacationing in Canada. It is here that the first white sailed ships with rich Americans on board arrived looking for beauty and a change of scenery that the region has become famous for. It is also here that the emblematic manor, the majestic Manoir Richelieu Hotel, perched high over the St. Lawrence River, is located and our destination for the afternoon.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Today we have an exciting day of exploring the famous Charlevoix Flavour Trail, a gourmet food lover’s delight. From Petite-Rivière-Saint-François to La Malbaie, foodies treat themselves to a gastronomic adventure of sampling ciders, traditionally made beers, cheeses, chocolates, organic meat, well raised ducks and products from the farms of the region. We stop at the producers for a tasting and visit Charlevoix’s farms, wineries, boutique cheese shops and sample freshly made bakery items and rich chocolate. In the charming artisan villages of Charlevoix, we spend time visiting the many galleries and cafes.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Depart for a scenic drive along the mighty St. Lawrence River on our way back to Montréal. On the way, we will stop to explore the historic town of Trois-Rivières for lunch and a brief tour. Arrive in Old Town Montréal late afternoon and have some free time to explore this historic part of the city that dates back several centuries. Tonight, we explore some French Canadian cuisine with traditional entertainment as a farewell dinner in the Old Port area of Montréal.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
After breakfast, you depart Montréal by train or by air as our eventful trip along the Québec’s Flavour Trail comes to an end.