Culture and Countryside of Quebec

14

days

starting from US $3,899per person

Choose your own activities and experiences to enjoy.

Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.

Explore some of the prettiest countryside that French Canada has to offer on this 14-day exploration of Quebec. Travel from cosmopolitan Montréal to the pastoral Eastern Townships, then enjoy the little mountain towns of Charlevoix. You’ll indulge your senses and find yourself immersed in Francophone culture at every turn. Relax at charming inns and boutique hotels, after a day of exploring by land, sea, and air!

Culture and Countryside of Quebec  – Map Rideau Canal in winter, Ottawa. Montreal, Quebec Guided bike tour in Montreal Gourmet dinner on your first evening Wine tour of the Eatern Townships North Hatley Farmer's Market Helicopter tour over the Charlevoix Crater Île d'Orléans, Quebec Île d'Orléans wine region The Fairmont Chateau Frontenac, Quebec City Saint-Paulin countryside Horse drawn carriage ride Montreal
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Trip at a glance

Arrive Montréal
2 nights Montréal
3 nights Eastern Townships
1 night Lower Saint Lawrence
2 nights Baie-Saint-Paul
1 night
Île d’Orléans
2 nights Québec City
2 nights Saint-Paulin
Depart Montréal

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Montréal
Meet your own personal driver at Montréal’s airport today as your French Canadian adventure begins. Once checked into your hotel, join Montréalers on the terraces of St. Denis street to sample the spirit of the city through the inviting array of menus, or stroll Mount Royal and listen to local musicians work their craft. The city’s mix of cultures, cuisines, languages, and trends is yours to savour.

Feature Dinner in Montreal
A delicious meal of classic French cuisine using the freshest local products, in the heart of Old Montreal. You will not only have dinner in a beautiful setting, but you also get to indulge in rich and distinct cooking. This fresh and authentic approach to cooking guarantees a memorable evening where all your senses are awakened!

Day 2 Tour Montréal
You have 3 options to help you enjoy Montréal to its fullest today.

• Option 1: Walking Food Tour
Today you will explore a neighbourhood where you will find culinary masterpieces of French, British, Chinese, Eastern European, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Latin American and North African heritage. As well as enjoying some tasty samples, this tour tells the story of the arrival of these groups of immigrants, their roots and the communities they formed in Montréal. Visit landmarks, grocers, delis and specialty shops, lunch counters, and mom & pop shops. This is a tour for those who enjoy experiencing a city like a local.
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 2: Montréal Highlights by Bike
A 3-hour tour by bike that takes in major sights and neighbourhoods. Hear interesting snippets on histories and anecdotes about the areas you visit. Of course, you’re going to build up an appetite, and this tour takes you to a farmer’s market where you can indulge in a delicious picnic topped off with a pastry or ice-cream.
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 3: Floatplane Flight Over the Laurentian Mountains
Experience the joys of soaring above it all in a floatplane! Taking off from the St. Lawrence River you will find yourself headed north to the beautiful lakes and stunning scenery of the Laurentian Mountains. This 60-minute flight will get you out of the city and above the vast wilderness of Québec.
Activity rating: Easy

Day 3 Travel from Montréal to the Eastern Townships
Today you will collect your rental car to begin your exploration of the French-Canadian countryside. You’ll find yourselves travelling over rolling hills, through quaint villages and past picturesque pastoral vistas as you enter the Cantons de l’Est or the Eastern Townships. Nestled between northern Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, the Townships share a similar climate and architectural & cultural heritage with much of New England.

Feature Dinner in the Eastern Townships
You’ve heard of farm-to-table, but have you heard of tree-to-table? After dinner, you will be very familiar with it! Tonight’s menu will offer the seasonal flavour profiles that celebrate ingredients abundant in Quebec's rivers, lakes, forest, and fields. Your chef and his team have crafted a menu which showcases the local bounty of the province; growing, foraging, and picking only what is needed and working closely with local farmers and producers. Bon Appétit!

Day 4 – Explore the Eastern Townships
The Eastern Townships are abundant with flavours to be explored. You have 3 options to choose from today to help you taste them all!

• Option 1: Wine Tasting Tour
The Eastern Townships are the cradle of Québec viticulture, the region accounts for over 60% of Québec’s wine production - today you will spend your day discovering three of these wineries. You will participate in workshops and tastings, then at mid-day you’ll be indulging in a meal al fresco - all the while being chauffeured around the beautiful countryside!
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2:
Countryside Tour by Train with a Gourmet Meal
All aboard! Today, climb aboard a beautiful tourist train and treat yourself to a unique sensory experience. While taking in the splendid pastoral views that sweep the Eastern Townships, you find yourself indulging in an exquisite meal, engaging in excellent company and superb service.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 3:
Lake Cruise with a Gourmet Meal
Anchors aweigh! Enjoy an unforgettable trip characterized by refinement and elegance aboard a luxury yacht today. Cruising over the waters of magnificent Lake Memphremagog - a natural wonder in the Eastern Townships - you'll be captivated by the boat's luxurious interior, moved by its elegant setting, swept away by the beauty of the scenery, but above all, you'll indulge in pure pleasure from the gourmet menu.
Activity rating: Easy

Day 5 – Explore the Eastern Townships Further
The day is yours to explore the treasures of the Eastern Townships. Whether you choose to explore the region’s two wine routes, taste its delicious cuisines, or march up a mountain - you will not be left wanting.

Insider tip: A wonderful way to explore the Eastern Townships is by bike! Bike rentals are easy to arrange through your accommodation and you won’t be disappointed in the scenery.

Day 6 – Eastern Townships to the Lower Saint Lawrence Region
Today you have a full day to explore this rich countryside further. After departing the Eastern Townships you’ll find yourself in two distinct areas of Quebec, Central
Québec (Centre-du-Québec) and the Lower Saint Lawrence (Bas-Saint-Laurent). You have plenty of time to explore each, so be sure to make stops along the way to indulge in all this beautiful province has to offer.

Day 7 – Lower St. Lawrence Region to the Charlevoix Region
Following the shores of the Saint Lawrence River you’ll be treated to unparalleled views and a relaxed day of exploring even more of the gastronomic delights of Québec. Connecting with a local commuter ferry, you will cross the Saint Lawrence River into the Charleviox region, overnighting in the little town of Baie Saint Paul.

Day 8 – Explore the Charlevoix Region
To help you explore this beautiful region you have the following
2 options to choose from:

• Option 1: Charlevoix Gourmet Tour by Electric Bicycle
On this guided tour, you will explore Charlevoix by electric bicycle. You’ll indulge in four different tastings and a prepared lunch while being entertained by your guide!
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 2: Helicopter Tour
Discover some of Québec’s most beautiful landscapes and scenery by helicopter. This tour will allow you to discover magnificent sites offering a breathtaking and unique perspective of the majestic
Saint Lawrence River, the gigantic Charlevoix crater and impressive Massif de Charlevoix, and much more.
Activity rating: Easy

Whale Watching Tour


Insider tip: Interested in seeing whales? Speak with your Vacation Advisor about taking a whale watching tour!

Day 9 – Baie-Saint-Paul to Île d’Orléans
Today you make your short beautiful journey to your next gastronomic destination, the small but plentiful Île d’Orléans. Take your time to enjoy this drive and explore the sights along the way, both man-made and natural.

Day 10 – Île d’Orléans to Quebec City
Don’t rush off so quickly! Before making your very short commute to historic Québec City be sure to explore the entirety of this tiny and tasty island! The fertile soil of Île d’Orléans bears a variety of crops. For centuries, the island has provided Québec City with fresh fruit and vegetables, grain and maple products.

Feature Dinner in
Québec City
Tonight, your dinner is already arranged; you will be dining in a historic home, in the heart of
Québec City. Your 4-course dinner will be filled with gourmet Québécois cuisine accompanied by a warm and friendly environment.

Day 11 – Explore Québec City
You have a full day to explore all the nooks and crannies of this historic and beautiful city! You have the following 2 options to help you maximize your time in Québec City.

• Option 1: The Food Tour – Canadian Signature Experience
So confident are the folks that run this tour – that they simply called it ‘The Food Tour’ – the only food tour you will need to take! Ready your taste buds, because this tour covers seven different venues, and samples about 15 different products. Expect to try food of French Canadian origin at venues like Le Tournebroche (organic rotisserie), La Buche (traditional Québécois cuisine) and Creperie le Billig (crepes) and Le Moine Échanson (organic wine).
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 2: Walking Tour of Old Québec City
Stretch your legs on this walking tour of Québec City - this tour covers all the must-see sights in Old Québec. The tour follows a leisurely downhill route and takes in the Citadel, Château Frontenac, Québec Fortifications and Place Royale.
Activity rating: Moderate


Day 12 – Québec City to Saint-Paulin
Today you will travel from Quebec City to Mauricie - home to boreal forests and nature, the outdoors is its brand. Your hotel for the next two nights will not disappoint; you will find yourselves nestled in the forest beside a rushing river.

Insider tip: Discover Québec’s distinct popular culture, by visiting the Musée Québécois de Culture Populaire. The exhibitions explore everything Québec from advertisements to folk art.

Day 13 – Explore the Outdoors of Saint-Paulin
You have 2 options to choose from to optimize your time in Saint-Paulin.

• Option 1: Private Calèche Tour
A calèche is a two-wheeled one-horse drawn carriage and today you will be treated to an intimate tour, aboard your personal calèche. You will be toured around the fields and forests of the surrounding countryside.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2:
Cowboy Experience
On today’s equestrian activity you will have a real impact on the agricultural activity of the property. You will join your hosts on a 1.5 km route where you will lead livestock across the fields and woodlands to their new pastures.
Activity rating: Easy

Insider tip: With a full day at your leisure consider renting a canoe or going horseback riding. Both would be a wonderful way to explore the grounds.

Feature Dinner in Saint-Paulin
What better way to end your gastronomic Québec vacation than with dinner? We have arranged a 3-course dinner which features local suppliers. Your service staff and kitchen team will work closely together to ensure that your final evening is an unforgettable fine-dining experience.

Day 14 – Return to Montréal International Airport
Today your gastronomic exploration of Québec comes to an end. You will be driving directly to Montréal’s airport to connect with your return flight.

What we love about this trip

Charming Québec countryside
Explore Montreal and Quebec City
Luxurious inns and boutique hotels
Fine cuisine and culinary adventures
Train tours, cruise, sightseeing, wildlife, and more

What's Included

Here are the things to look forward to on this trip...

Leisure time to discover the beautiful Quebec countryside - Leisure time to discover the beautiful Quebec countryside
Leisure time to discover the beautiful Quebec countryside
Delicious culinary experiences - Delicious culinary experiences
Delicious culinary experiences
12-day car rental - 12-day car rental
12-day car rental
Culinary adventure tour options - Culinary adventure tour options
Culinary adventure tour options
Accommodations:
• 13 nights of hotel accommodations

Sightseeing and activities:
Your choice of hand-picked activities in Montreal*, the Eastern Townships, Charlevoix region, Quebec City and Saint-Paulin.*

*Price of your trip may vary depending on activity choices.
* Some activities may not be available on all trip start dates, due to seasonality and weather conditions. Your Vacation Advisor can provide further details.

Dining experiences:

Feature dinner in Montreal
Feature dinner in the Eastern Townships
Feature dinner in Quebec City
Feature dinner in Saint-Paulin
• Breakfast each morning at your accommodations

Transportation:
• A personalized pick up from Montreal International Airport
• 12-day intermediate sized car rental including: Loss Damage Waiver (LDW) on car rental, airport surcharges, unlimited Kilometers, Third Party Liability Insurance Coverage (up to $1 million), fee for 1 additional driver, and vehicle licensing fee


Additional Inclusions:
• Gratuities for most private tours and transfers (unless otherwise noted)
• Documentation package
• Friendly and dedicated Fresh Tracks Canada customer service

Seasonal Restrictions:
• Lake Cruise with gourmet dinner in the Eastern Townships is available from the June 13 to September 19 departure dates. Tour runs on Saturdays only.
• Eastern Township Countryside Tour with train runs on Saturdays only.
• Charlevoix Gourmet Tour by Electric Bicycle is available from June 13 departure date.

 

Not Included

• Fuel and refueling fees
• Personal Accident Insurance (PAI)
• Personal Effects Coverage (PEC)
• GPS
• LDW deductible of up to $500 depending on car type
• Fee for drivers under the age of 25
• Traverse ferry between Rivière-du-Loup and Saint-Siméon
• Airfare to and from Canada
• Meals and attractions unless otherwise specified
• Gratuities for hotel, tour & transfer staff
• Trip Cancellation Insurance (highly recommended)
• Canadian sales taxes

 

 

Customize this trip a little, or a lot...

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Work with us to personalize this trip by adding some amazing side trips & activities, like...

Drive though the Gaspe Region
Drive though the Gaspe Region
Add a whale watching tour from the Saguenay Fjord
Add a whale watching tour from the Saguenay Fjord
Upgrade your meals to 7 course tasting menus
Upgrade your meals to 7 course tasting menus
Extend your time in Montreal or Quebec City
Extend your time in Montreal or Quebec City
• Add an exciting day of whale watching from the Saguenay Fjord
• Upgrade your feature dinners to seven course tasting menus in the Eastern Townships or Saint-Paulin
• Extend the length of your Charlevoix helicopter tour to see more of the stunning Quebec landscape
• Upgrade to a flightseeing tour of the Laurentians from Montreal with a stop at a scenic lake
• Extend your stay in Quebec with a self drive through the Gaspe region

Accommodation Options

Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodation options. Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.

Auberge du Vieux Port - Exterior of the Auberge du Vieux PortAuberge du Vieux Port - Hotel LobbyAuberge du Vieux Port - Deluxe Room with King BedAuberge du Vieux Port - Waterfront views from your roomAuberge du Vieux Port - Conveniently located in the Old Port

Auberge du Vieux Port

An example of our Boutique accommodations

Classic 19th-century architecture make up Auberge du Vieux-Port's luxury boutique hotel. Enjoy the view of the Rue de La Commune, the St. Lawrence River and the Old Port. Explore the cobblestone streets surrounding the hotel, providing charm for over 300 years. Ideally located seconds from top restaurants, boutiques, galleries and attractions.

Manoir Hovey - Exterior of Manoir HoveyManoir Hovey - Superior RoomManoir Hovey - LibraryManoir Hovey - Exquisite Dining OptionsManoir Hovey - Lakefront Cartier Suite

Manoir Hovey

An example of our Luxury Inn accommodations

Combining old-world charm with contemporary luxury and service, this beautiful southern style mansion sits on the picturesque Lake Massawippi on a 30 acre property of woods and English gardens. The luxurious bedrooms and suites offer panoramic views across the lake. Le Hatley Restaurant at Manoir Hovey offers regional cuisine celebrating the ingredients abundant in Quebec's lakes, forests and fields.

71 Hotel Cafe - Exterior of hotel71 Hotel Cafe - Superior Room71 Hotel Cafe - Lobby71 Hotel Cafe - Superior Room

71 Hotel Cafe

An example of our Boutique accommodations

The Café 71 is as chic as it gets. Exquisite modern style is paired with the charm of Old Quebec's historic buildings, creating a beautiful contrast. Being close to the old port, the little shops and restaurants and the Fairmont Chateau Frontenac, the best sights are just a step away. You can imagine you're in Europe, as you walk past old buildings hugging cobbled streets.

 

Prices & Dates

2018 - Montreal Start Dates*
June 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27
July 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31
August 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29
September 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26
October 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17


* Additional departure dates available with limited tour options in the Eastern Townships. Ask your Vacation Advisor for availability.


Quebec Self Drive Vacation
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