Let Quebec charm you with its diversity and romanticism on this programme which combinesÂ the exciting pace of urban touring with the natural beauty of provincial parks set amidstÂ tranquil waterways. From cosmopolitan Montreal and heritage-rich Quebec City to theÂ scenic coastal routes of the GaspÃ© peninsula, youâ€™ll find yourself immersed in this unique andÂ beautiful province where cultures meet and enchantment abounds in its attractions, attitudeÂ and all-season appeal.
Day 1: Arrival in Montreal
Arrive at Montreal Trudeau International Airport andÂ transfer independently to your downtown hotel.Â Pick-up your Jonview Canada Roadbook at the frontÂ desk as you check-in. The remainder of the dayÂ is at leisure to explore this unique and vibrant French-Canadian city.Â Overnight in Montreal.
Day 2: Montreal to Quebec City
Get to know this French-speaking city on a cruise.Â Accompanied by a guide, discover the many facetsÂ of Montreal from the comfort of a cruise boat onÂ the St. Lawrence River. You will explore 25 km ofÂ history and attractions along the St. Lawrence River: Old Port,Â Ste-Helenâ€™s Island, the unspoiled landscape of the Boucherville IslandsÂ and much more! Overnight in Quebec City.
Day 3: Quebec City
Enjoy a full day exploring North Americaâ€™s onlyÂ walled city. Not to be missed are the Plains ofÂ Abraham, the Citadel, the Upper and Lower towns,Â the Notre Dame Basilica, and the National AssemblyÂ and Parliament Buildings. In the evening, stroll through the cityâ€™sÂ pedestrian-friendly streets and savour the European feel that givesÂ Quebec City such special distinction. Overnight in Quebec City.
Day 4: Quebec City to Riviere-Â Du-Loup
Todayâ€™s drive takes you along the St. LawrenceÂ River to RiviÃ¨re-du-Loup, a major administrative andÂ service centre set on a terrace above the coastalÂ plain with an appealing and distinctively QuÃ©bÃ©coisÂ atmosphere. The prosperity of the early 19th-century and the earlyÂ 20th-century is reflected in its splendid homes and public buildings,Â including city hall and St. Patrickâ€™s Church and Presbytery. From theÂ Park of the Luminous Cross, you will enjoy a wide-reaching view of theÂ townâ€™s centre, the St. Lawrence and the five islands called Les PÃ¨lerins,Â home to thousands of seabirds and shorebirds. Overnight in RiviÃ¨re-du-Â Loup.
Day 5: Riviere-Â Du-Loup to Baie Des Chaleurs
Uncover the scenery and maritime lore of the GaspÃ©Â Peninsula as your route today takes you to BaieÂ des Chaleurs which lies at the inlet of the Gulf ofÂ St. Lawrence between northern New BrunswickÂ and eastern Quebec. Discovered and named by Jacques Cartier inÂ 1534, Baie des Chaleurs is a famous fishing ground for cod, herring,Â mackerel, and salmon, with many Acadian fishing villages on itsÂ shores. Overnight in Baie des Chaleurs.
Day 6:Â Baie Des Chaleurs to Perce
As you travel along the coast youâ€™ll pass Port-Daniel,Â a community of Scottish, Acadian and Irish descent.Â Take the Capitaine Fournier road which provides aÂ good view of a railway tunnel that crosses Cap deÂ lâ€™Enfer - Cape of Hell. The tunnel measures 190 m in length and is theÂ only one of its kind in Quebec. From the â€˜CÃ´te de Surpriseâ€™ (SurpriseÂ Coast) highway by the small fishing port of Lâ€™Anse-Ã -Beaufils youâ€™llÂ have a magnificent full on view of PercÃ© Bay and PercÃ© Rock. OvernightÂ in PercÃ©.
Day 7:Â Perce
Once the largest fishing port in the GaspÃ© Peninsula,Â PercÃ© is now the gem of the entire GaspÃ© regionÂ as a resort and tourist town and renowned forÂ the extraordinary beauty of its surroundings. ItsÂ prominent geological feature is a great rock pierced with a hole,Â from which the community derived its name. The town has a terrificÂ selection of restaurants and cafes, some of the best in the region.Â There is a summer theatre and a boardwalk that stretches along theÂ south beach. At the wharf you can watch the fishermen cleaning theirÂ daily catch. Overnight in PercÃ©.
Activity:Â You are invited to join a discovery cruise of theÂ majestic PercÃ© Rock and the seabird sanctuary onÂ Bonaventure Island. The cruise boat allows you to getÂ up close to the rock and the island to admire theÂ scenic beauty and observe the fascinating wildlife. YouÂ will have the opportunity to visit Bonaventure Island and experienceÂ the 150,000 birds from up close.
Day 8:Â Perce to Parc De La Gaspesie
As you pass the eastern most tip of the peninsula,Â take some time to visit Forillon National Park, ApartÂ from its towering vertical cliffs, the areaâ€™s mostÂ prominent landmark is the lighthouse at Pointe-au-Â Pere National Historic Site, which rises 30 m above the St. Lawrence.Â See the many wild rose bushes which lend the nearby community ofÂ Cap-des-Rosiers its name and make a photo stop at Gros Morne withÂ its magnificent cliffs and lovely bay area. Continue on to the heart ofÂ the GaspÃ© Peninsula where a wondrous mountainous spectacle awaitsÂ you in the Parc de la GaspÃ©sie. Overnight in Parc de la GaspÃ©sie.
Day 9:Â Parc De La Gaspesie
With peaks of over 1,000 m, the park is the onlyÂ place in Quebec where caribou, moose and whitetailedÂ deer co-exist. Enjoy 140 km of hiking trailsÂ with far-reaching views or take a guided nature tourÂ (not included). In addition to hiking, the park also offers mountainÂ biking, canoeing, fishing and picnicking. An Interpretation CentreÂ houses a permanent exhibit and souvenir shop. Audio-visual displaysÂ and special activities also provide opportunities to learn more aboutÂ the parkâ€™s flora and fauna and its geological history. Overnight in ParcÂ de la GaspÃ©sie.
Day 10:Â Parc De La Gaspesie to Tadoussac
Today you will leave the GaspÃ© Region and drive toÂ Tadoussac, a choice destination for those interestedÂ in marine wildlife, particularly whales. Some of theÂ small towns along the way feature local art galleriesÂ displaying some of the finest artwork from eastern Quebec, an areaÂ known for its magnificent works of wood carving. You have severalÂ choices of ferry crossings: Matane to Baie Comeau/Godbout; LesÂ Escoumins to Trois Pistoles; or Saint Simeon to Riviere Du Loup. KeepÂ an eye out for whales and other wildlife as you cross the mighty St.Â Lawrence. Overnight in Tadoussac.
Day 11:Tadoussac to Saguenay
Today, take a short but scenic drive into Saguenay.Â An excellent view of the waters below the SaguenayÂ Fjord can be found at the town of Lâ€™Anse-de-Roche.Â A stop at Lâ€™Anse-Saint-Jean, sometimes calledÂ Quebecâ€™s â€˜Little Switzerlandâ€™ because of the steep mountains flankingÂ the town, offers a look at well-preserved traditional local fieldstoneÂ and log architecture. A covered bridge that was built in 1929 andÂ spectacular views of the Saguenay River can also be found. OvernightÂ in Saguenay.
Activity:Â Aboard a Zodiac boat, the Dufour family invites you toÂ join them for a whalewatching cruise on the St.Â Lawrence River at the mouth of the Saguenay River.Â Safety equipment is included.
Day 12:Saguenay to Lac St. Jean
Explore Saguenay Provincial Park which preservesÂ strips of land along the north and south shores ofÂ the Saguenay Fjord. The 105 km long fjord is up 250Â m deep, resulting in dark amber to black colouredÂ water. Cold salt water from the St. Lawrence pushes under warmerÂ fresh water from the Saguenay, resulting in amazingly diverse marineÂ life.Visit the parkâ€™sÂ interpretiveÂ centre and learn about the formationÂ of the fjord and its physical, hydrographic and oceanographicÂ characteristics. Overnight in Lac St. Jean.
Activity:Â Today you will visit the St. Felicien Zoo, home to many species of wildlife such as bison, elk, bear, deer and wolves living in their natural habitat you observe from the safety of your car with the aid of a radio-broadcasted commentary.
Day 13:Â Lac St. Jean to Saint - Alexis- Des- Monts
You will have more time to enjoy this impressive areaÂ of the Sagueney Region. The region around the lakeÂ is known for its mining and lumbering and natureÂ and recreation enthusiasts will enjoy boating, hiking, climbing, fishingÂ for landlocked salmon, and horseback riding around this uniquelyÂ circular lake! End the day with a drive through Quebecâ€™s wild natureÂ and dense terrain as you make your way to Saint-Alexis-des-Monts.Â Overnight in Saint-Alexis-des-Monts.
Day 14:Â Saint - Alexis- Des- Monts
If staying at Sacacomie Lodge or Lac Ã l\'Eau Claire,Â you will have access to a wide variety of activitiesÂ during your stay: forest walks and mountain bikingÂ on well-marked trails, access to the beach, boating,Â canoeing, windsurfing and sailing on the tranquil lake. Also available,Â at a surcharge, are river canoeing, seaplane flights, ATV-tours, fishing,Â waterskiing, diving and golf. Overnight in Saint-Alexis-des-Monts.
Day 15:Â Saint - Alexis- Des- Monts to Montreal/ End of Tour
Return to Montreal Trudeau International Airport toÂ check in for your return flight.
â€¢ Accommodation for 14 nights
â€¢ Day 2, Montreal - 1.5-hour Maritime Excursion cruise
â€¢ A personalised Jonview Canada Roadbook, containing essential travel
information featuring overview notes of the area of travel, local
sightseeing and attractions, daily itinerary highlights, provincial maps
with city guides and hotel vouchers
â€¢ Provincial Taxes and Federal GST, less tour package rebate
â€¢ Airport transfers
â€¢ Meals and attractions unless otherwise specified
â€¢ Ferry crossings
â€¢ Car rental, taxes and insurance