Splendid Nature of Québec
Duration: 14 nights tour
Price from: £2199pp
Montréal 1 night
Québec City 2 nights
Riviere-du-Loup 1 night
Baie des Chaleurs 1 night
Percé 2 nights
Parc de la Gaspésie 2 nights
Tadoussac region 1 night
Saguenay 1 night
Lac St Jean region 1 night
Saint-Alexis-des-Monts 2 nights
Day 1: Fly to Montréal. On arrival collect your car and make your way to your hotel.
Day 2 Montréal/Québec City: Get to know this French-speaking city on a guided 1½ hour cruise along the St Lawrence River. Sights include the Old Port, Ste-Helen’s Island, the unspoiled Boucherville Islands and much more. Travel onwards to Québec City (158 miles).
Day 3 Québec City: A full day to explore. Not to be missed are the Plains of Abraham, the Citadel, the Upper and Lower towns, the Notre Dame Basilica and the National Assembly and Parliament Buildings. This evening, stroll the city’s pedestrian-friendly streets and savour the European feel.
Day 4 Québec City/Riviere-du-Loup: Today’s drive takes you along the St Lawrence River to Riviere-du-Loup. The prosperity of the early 19th century and early 20th century is reflected in its splendid homes and public buildings, including city hall and St Patrick’s Church and Presbytery (127 miles).
Day 5 Riviere-du-Loup/Baie des Chaleurs: Uncover the scenery and maritime lore of the Gaspé Peninsula as you travel to Baie des Chaleurs which lies at the inlet of the Gulf of St Lawrence between northern New Brunswick and eastern Québec (254 miles).
Day 6 Baie des Chaleurs/Percé: As you travel along the coast you’ll pass Port-Daneil, a community of Scottish, Acadian and Irish descent. From the Côte de Surprise highway by the small fishing port of L’Anse-a-Beaufils, you’ll have a magnificent full on view of Percé Bay and Percé Rock (74 miles).
Day 7 Percé: Once the largest fishing port in the Gaspé Peninsula, Percé is now the gem of the entire region as a resort and tourist town. Its prominent geological feature is a great rock pierced with a hole, from which the community derived its name. The town also has a terrific selection of restaurants and cafés, as well as a summer theatre and a boardwalk stretching along the south beach.
Day 8 Percé/Parc de la Gaspésie: As you pass the eastern most tip of the peninsula, take time to visit Forillon National Park to see towering vertical cliffs and lighthouses. Other recommended stops include Cap-des-Rosiers and Gros Morne before you continue to Parc de la Gaspésie (173 miles).
Day 9 Parc de la Gaspésie: Enjoy over 80 miles of hiking trails with far-reaching views whilst watching for wildlife such as caribou, moose and white-tailed deer. Additional activities include mountain biking, canoeing and fishing.
Day 10 Parc de la Gaspésie/Tadoussac region: As you head to Tadoussac, some of the small towns along the way feature local art galleries with many fine works. Watch for whales and other wildlife as you take the ferry* across the mighty St Lawrence (177 miles land only).
Day 11 Tadoussac region/Saguenay: Short but scenic drive into Saguenay with lovely views from L’Anse-de-Roche. A covered bridge that dates to 1929 and offering spectacular vistas of the Saguenay River can also be found (78 miles).
Day 12 Saguenay/Lac St Jean region: Explore Saguenay Provincial Park and Saguenay Fjord, which has an amazingly diverse marine life. Visit the park’s interpretive centre and learn about the formation of the fjord (78 miles).
Day 13 Lac St Jean region/Saint-Alexis-des-Monts: Enjoy more of the impressive Saguenay region before you drive through Québec’s wild nature and dense terrain as you travel to Saint-Alexis-des-Monts (169 miles).
Day 14 Saint-Alexis-des-Monts: A full day to relax or perhaps take a forest walk. Alternatively, activities include sailing, mountain biking, windsurfing and fishing.
Day 15 Saint-Alexis-des-Monts/Montréal: Return to Montréal airport for your onward journey (93 miles).
Departures: On selected dates between 01 May-09 Oct 20.
Meals: Room only.
Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes international flights, 15 days group B car hire, 14 nights accommodation in 2-3* hotels, guided cruise on day 2 and personalised Canada roadbook.
The tour is also available with 3 or 4* hotels throughout.
*Ferry bookings are not included and cannot be pre-booked. Please ask for details.
Why not tour by motorhome?
14 night self-drive motorhome tour
Splendid Nature of Québec is also available with a motorhome rather than a car. The price shown includes return international flights, one pre-night in Montréal and C25 motorhome for 14 days.