Quebec in Depth with the Gaspe Peninsula ( CQ)

11 Day Tour from Montreal to Montreal

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Who says you have to cross the Atlantic to dive into European culture? Croissant-scented cobblestone avenues are much closer than you think. Follow your nose to the café-lined promenades of Québec City, your ears to the music-filled streets of Montréal, and your eyes to the sweeping views of the Gaspé Peninsula on this eleven-day tour of French Canada. Along the way, say bonjour to tiny fishing villages, giant beluga whales, and the grandest of views as you cruise around the imposing Percé Rock and the sensational Saguenay Fjord. From the banks of the St. Lawrence River to the cliffs of the gulf, your taste of the Old World awaits. Sip strawberry wine made from the fields by the sea, savor a traditional lunch at Banc-de-Péche-de-Paspébiac National Historic Site, and visit a family-owned fromagerie in the rolling-hill region of Charlevoix. On this flavorful vacation to French Canada, you’ll say “cheese” in more ways than one.

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Notes:

Day 6: The scenic cruise to Bonaventure Island and Perce National Parks is subject to favorable weather conditions.

Day 9: The whale-watching cruise is subject to favorable weather conditions.

Guests should be prepared for easy but sustained walking throughout the tour. Guests with mobility concerns may experience uneven surfaces specifically for ferry loading and unloading, and limited access to passenger amenities on board certain vessels.

 Meals & Itinerary

 Meals

Breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 4 dinners

 Itinerary

Day 1

ARRIVE IN MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC Welcome to Montréal! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travel companions for a welcome drink.

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Day 2

MONTRÉAL Magical Montréal After breakfast, enjoy sightseeing with a Local Guide. The rest of your day is free to explore this lively city on your own. Your Tour Director will be onsite to provide ideas for shopping, dining, and exploring.
Breakfast Breakfast

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
CULTURAL GEM Explore the cultural capital of Canada where the traditional Québécois style is celebrated along its cobblestone streets and grand buildings in European flair. See the Basilique Notre-Dame with its stunning stained glass, the Plateau Mont-Royal and spectacular views of Vieux-Montréal.


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Day 3

MONTRÉAL–RIMOUSKI Maritime Marvels Follow the historic Navigator’s Route along the St. Lawrence River into the Bas-Saint-Laurent region for an overnight stay in the maritime center of Rimouski. Free time this evening – perhaps take in the sunset over the St. Lawrence River or stroll through downtown.
Breakfast Breakfast

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
HISTORY & HERITAGE Explore historic towns and maritime ports as you trace the historic path of the Navigators’ Route - a 292-mile course along the southern half of the Saint Lawrence River through the beauty of the Quebec countryside and quaint Victorian villages.


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Day 4

RIMOUSKI–MIGUASHA NATIONAL PARK–CARLETON-SUR-MÉR Sea Legends & Ancient Creatures Start your grand tour of the spectacular Gaspé Peninsula featuring panoramic views of the sea, beaches, and cliffs. Continue along the St. Lawrence River to Pointe-au-Père Maritime Historic Site, home of the Empress of Ireland Museum, to learn about the transatlantic liner’s history and doomed fate. Travel through the Matapédia Valley for a guided visit to Miguasha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to the Carleton-sur-Mér.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

TOUR HIGHLIGHT NATURAL WONDERS Explore the magnificent natural world of Miguasha National Park where pre-historic fossil fish and plants tell the story of the origin of the first terrestrial vertebrates, 380 million years ago. , when strange creatures moved from water to land. The park's fossiliferous cliff reveals a world of fossil fish from the Devonian period known as the “Age of Fishes” for a fascinating look at ages of a natural world long past.


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Day 5

CARLETON-SUR-MÉR–BANC-DE-PÊCHE-DE-PASPÉBIAC NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE–PERCÉ Shipbuilding, Seascapes & Strawberries After a morning at leisure, continue your adventure through the Gaspé Peninsula countryside to Ferme Bourdages Tradition Farm, the local experts in everything strawberries since 1821. Here, visit strawberry fields with sea views and discover the secrets behind the art of making strawberry wine and liqueurs before tasting them. Next, visit the Banc-de-Péche-de-Paspébiac National Historic Site. Later, continue to the seaside village of Percé.
Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
CULTURAL GEMS Visit the remarkable Banc-de-Péche-de-Paspébiac National Historic Site to explore the original buildings dating back to 1766, witness the Gaspésie fishing history, watch traditional shipbuilding, and net-mending demonstrations.


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Day 6

PERCÉ. EXCURSION TO BONAVENTURE ISLAND & PERCÉ ROCK NATIONAL PARKS Peninsula Discoveries Today, discover the iconic gems of the Gaspé Peninsula. Take a scenic cruise around the famous Percé Rock, also known as the “Pierced Rock” and Bonaventure Island to observe the stunning seabird colony and marine wildlife that frequent the region. Visit LF Percé Rock and Bonaventure Island National Parks. This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

LOCAL FAVORITE
WILD & WONDERFUL Explore Percé Rock and Bonaventure Island National Parks, home to one of the largest migratory bird refuge in North America. Its colony of 116,000 northern gannets is the most accessible in the world. Wander the hiking trails or enjoy the heritage trail to learn about the rich natural, historic, and geological wonders of the island.


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Day 7

PERCÉ–FORILLON NATIONAL PARK–GRANDE VALLÉE-MATANE Native Traditions Visit Forillon National Park, the official beginning to the International Appalachian Trail. The park is home to traditional fishing villages, pebble beaches and quiet coves. Follow the peninsula road to old Cap-des-Rosiers lighthouse. Enjoy LF lunch at a local restaurant in the charming Grand Vallée area, home to quaint fishing communities. The catch-of-the day comes highly recommended! This afternoon’s drive provides some of the best scenery of the peninsula with soaring cliffs, lighthouses, and expansive views of the St. Lawrence River. Late afternoon arrival in Matane, the hub of Gaspé’s thriving shrimp industry.
Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch Dinner Dinner

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
CULTURE & TRADITIONS The village of Grande-Vallée has an exceptional geographic location. Discover this picturesque village, tied to an ever present natural world. Nestled between sea and mountains, Grande-Vallée will surprise you with its grandiose panorama and excite your taste buds with local specialites served with an included lunch.


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Day 8

MATANE–QUÉBEC CITY A Walk in the Garden Visit the famous LF Les Jardins De Métis, better known as the Reford Gardens. Continue your journey to romantic Québec City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, recognized for being one of the most historic and best-preserved cities in North America. Tonight, explore Québec’s Parisian ambiance by visiting the shops in the Petit-Champlain district or enjoying the French inspired cuisine at one of the many restaurants.
Breakfast Breakfast

LOCAL FAVORITE
BEAUTIFUL BY NATURE Few gardens have been built under such adverse atmospheric conditions as the stunning Les Jardins De Métis. These thoughtfully designed gardens (also called Reford Gardens) were built from 1926 to 1958 by innovator and horticulturist Elsie Reford, who spent thirty years transforming a fishing camp on the Métis River into a vast 40-acre estate garden brimming with bold and innovative character. Stroll amid some 3,000 plant varieties, including the famous Himalayan blue poppy, as part of 15 gardens in a naturally beautiful botanical wonderland. Spend time exploring the many areas of the gardens, such as the Linear Garden, the Stream Garden, or Bird Garden specifically designed to attract many varieties of birds.


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Day 9

QUÉBEC CITY. EXCURSION TO THE SAGUENAY FJORD & CHARLÉVOIX REGION Whale Tales & Traditional Tastes Travel along the north shore of the St. Lawrence River to the breathtaking Saguenay Fjord to embark on a LF whale-watching cruise in the heart of the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park. En route back to Québec City, stop in the Charlévoix region, known as a thriving culinary destination. Here, visit a family owned traditional LF fromagerie (cheese factory) with tasting.
Breakfast Breakfast

LOCAL FAVORITE
WILD BEAUTIES Embark on a fantastic adventure on the spectacular waters of Saguenay Fjord. Board your whale-watching cruise in the stunning Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park, known for having the greatest variety of whale species on earth. On board, a naturalist guide will introduce you to the marine mammals of the area including the endangered species: the blue whale and the St. Lawrence beluga whale. Another favorite experience we share is a stop in the exquisite setting of the Charlévoix region to visit a family-owned fromagerie (cheese factory). Learn the art of cheese making with a tasting of traditional artisan cheeses.


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Day 10

QUÉBEC CITY French-Canadian Treasures Tour the only walled city north of Mexico with a Local Guide. Tonight, travel to Ile D’Orléans to enjoy a delightful farewell dinner at a fine restaurant housed in a restored 17th-century flour mill.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
CITY SIGHTS Explore the beautiful city of Québec to see the Place d’Armes, the Laval Seminary, the star-plan Citadelle, and the Place Royale. Also see the Old-world houses crowding the narrow streets in Lower Town by the St. Lawrence River, and the historic Plains of Abraham in the French-founded city, port, and capital of Canada’s Québec province. One of the oldest cities in Canada— Québec City retains more than 400 years of tradition, architecture, and Old-World charm in the only remaining walled city in North America. This UNESCO World Heritage site is a romantic city of narrow cobblestone streets, stone buildings, fortifications, and rich French-Canadian culture and cuisine. Take in the city’s splendid views of the surrounding landscape and unique character, which prompted Charles Dickens to call it the “Gibraltar of North America.”



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Day 11

QUÉBEC CITY–MONTRÉAL Safe travels until we meet again! Morning drive to Montréal. Your vacation ends at the Montréal Trudeau International Airport or the Montréal tour hotel for those with post-nights. Schedule departure flights from Montréal Trudeau International after 3:30 pm. Want to explore more in Montreal? Additional nights are available for purchase.
Breakfast Breakfast

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JAMES SAUNDERS

Escorting tours for more than 15 years

" Originally from London, I worked at a hotel in Germany and as a Local Guide in northern Italy before becoming a Tour Director. I have conducted tours all over Europe, North Africa, Asia Minor, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, Russia, South America, and all 10 provinces of Canada. Today, I call Toronto home. I love to cook, process the pictures I take on tour, and read. Every day, I wake up and have a wonderful, learning experience awaiting me."

Tour Director -  JAMES SAUNDERS

 Accommodations

MONTREAL

DELTA HOTELS MONTREAL

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
  Free Wifi

RIMOUSKI

HOTEL LE NAVIGATEUR

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior Tourist-Class
  Free Wifi

CARLETON-SUR-MER

HOSTELLERIE BAIE BLEUE

Hotel as shown or similar
Moderate First-Class
  Free Wifi

PERCE

RIOTEL PERCE

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior Tourist-Class
  Free Wifi

MATANE

RIOTEL MATANE

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
  Free Wifi

QUEBEC CITY

HOTEL LE CONCORDE

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
  Free Wifi

 Optional Excursions

Contact your Travel Consultant for more information.
Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)



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