Canada & US
(St. Lawrence River Cruise)
Climb on board the only cruise traveling from Montreal to the Magdalen Islands (Îles de la Madeleine) and enjoy a week of unforgettable views and encounters. With this voyage, you’ll feel like you've set foot on the Îles de la Madeleine as soon as you board the ship in Montreal. The Madelinot crew promises you a warm welcome, delicious cuisine and the unrivalled hospitality of island residents for a sea journey unlike any other. In addition to savoring the island cuisine’s authentic delights, you’ll enjoy activities specially created for you. You’ll even meet famous guest artists and lecturers, including a nature guide, one of the charming singer-songwriters as well as the ship's social dancing instructor.
Cruise Departures (2014):
Jun 27, Jul 4,11,18,25, Aug 1,8,15,22,29
Transfer to the airport in a private vehicle with a professional driver.
The Hyatt Regency Montreal offers hospitality with a distinct French flavour. Step into the newly designed upper and lower lobbies and enjoy the residential-feel of a cozy living room setting warmed by two fireplaces. The proud recipient of a AAA Four Diamond Award, Hyatt Regency Montreal is a consistent favorite of business and leisure travelers. This stylish luxury hotel offers direct underground access to the Palais des Congrès (Montreal Convention Centre), as well as Chinatown, Old Montréal, Place des Arts (Performing Arts Centre) and the Metro transport system. Long known as the “hotel of the festivals”, this ideally located downtown accommodation places you in the heart of Quartier des Spectacles from holiday fun to nightly distractions. Treat yourself to one of the spacious, stylish guestrooms with premier views of Montreal and the Place des Arts. Enjoy the level of service you deserve at one of the most impressive hotels in Montreal, Quebec; Hyatt Regency Montreal.
This walking tour will allow you to discover the delicious cultural and historic culinary charms of the oldest district of Montreal. Reputable restaurants, speciality shops and boutiques in the area are housed in old factories and showrooms from the 19th century. As you follow the narrow and winding streets of Old Montreal, you will be accompanied by a professional tour guide who will feed your hunger for knowledge of the history of Montreal and its many gastronomic pleasures during the tour. You will learn what the influence of the Natives was on our food habits, and how the venue of the World Expo in 1967 brought exotic food on our tables. That and much more. Come discover the flavours and aromas of Old Montreal.
Enjoy a private transfer with vehicle and driver to the Port.
Welcome aboard!Take some time to get settled in to your stateroom, and to explore the ship.
As the ship sails past Old Montreal, you will see Notre-Dame and Sainte-Helene Islands, the beautiful Bertier-Sorel Archipelago, the city of Three-Rivers, the Shrine of Notre-Dame-du-Cap, and finally the lights of Quebec City around midnight.
The 450-passenger CTMA Vacancier has traveled many seas since it was built in 1973. Built in Germany, it gradually made its way to the Îles de la Madeleine, changing its name during each major step along the way. Designed for comfort and a warm, social atmosphere, this large, sturdy cruise ship provides everything you need for a highly pleasurable experience at sea.
This morning you'll sail from Tadoussac on the north bank of the river (with whale watching along the way) toward the south bank for a better view of the Gaspe coastline. The impressive windmill park, which stretches all the way to Cap-Chat, will then come into view, followed by the rugged hills of Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, the Chics-Chocs Mountains, Forillon Park and the Bay of Gaspe.
You'll arrive at Les Isles de la Madeleine (Magdalen Islands) this morning after breakfast.
Your all-inclusive 3-day Flavors Package provides a group tour setting where you'll get to enjoy the talents of local chefs. Once you’re on the islands, you’ll have every opportunity to sample the wealth of local products and visit producers and artisans who are passionate about their work.Today, set out by coach to explore the central island, commencing with a vist to La Fromagerie Au Pied-de-Vent, a cheese factory economuseum, where you'll get to experience the authentic craft of cheesemaking, as demonstrated by the very people who sell it. In the afternoon, a tour and tasting at À l’Abri de la Tempête microbrewery offers insight into some incredible craft beer produced on the islands. Later, a visit to La Mi-Carême economuseum will demonstrate a unique traditional feast, mixing disguises with music and joie de vivre. Afterward, you'll travel to the Dune du Nord beach where you'll have some free time to relax prior to dinner.
Today's coach tour will begin with a vist to Le Fumoir D'Antan, a traditional smokehouse economuseum, showcasing the artisanal smoking products made at the location. Your transportation will then take the scenic route of Chemin des Montants en route to some free time on the South Dune beach. An included lunch is provided before a visit to the Seal Interpretation Center - celebrating the local seal population. You'll then visit the Grande-Entrée fishing harbor, providing fresh local seafood. Prior to an included dinner, you'll have a tour and tasting at Le Barbocheux, a maker of traditional Îles wines and bagasse.
Start today off with a group visit to the Belle Anse site with its incredibly eroded sandstone cliffs, dropping straight into the sea. You'll then enjoy some free time at La Côte (main attractions: Le Flâneur art gallery, fishing port, boutiques), followed by an included lunch. The afternoon brings a visit to Les Artisans du Sable - a sand art economuseum, followed by a discovery of the Site d’Autrefois, a living history museum. Your coach's scenic route of Bassin, La Montagne, L'Etang-des-Caps will provide wonderful sights as you transfer to Laverniere for a visit of the second largest wooden church in North America. An included dinner in town, or on the ship, concludes your "Flavors" discovery.
During your stopover in Chandler, you can visit the immediate area or take a shuttle to see the town of Percé and its famous rock. In the afternoon you’ll sail to Bonaventure Island and the Percé Rock, then sail back up the Gaspe coastline.
We return by the river’s north bank, where you may see whales near Tadoussac, and enjoy the charms of Charlevoix, Côte-de-Beaupré, L'Île d'Orleans and the Montmorency Falls. In the afternoon, you can explore the most picturesque areas of Quebec City during a stopover of several hours.
Quebec City is the capital of the province of Quebec, in Canada. Located in the Saint Lawrence River valley, on the north bank of the Saint Lawrence River near its meeting with the St. Charles River, the city was one of the first North American settlements of seafaring Europeans. The city is a major cultural centre of the French-speaking world, as well as an important tourist destination. The ramparts surrounding Old Quebec are the only remaining fortified city walls that still exist in the Americas north of Mexico, and were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985.
This morning, you'll disembark from your ship and bid farewell to your fellow cruisemates.
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