(Montreal, Quebec City, La Malbaie (Charlevoix))
Experience the cosmopolitan city of Montreal – a little piece of Europe in North America before continuing on to the designated UNESCO heritage city of Quebec. Then finish up your journey in one of the prime resorts in the countryside of the province. Take in a private guided walking tour in Montreal and learn about the history and architecture of the city, including many colourful anecdotes that reveal the secrets of Old Montreal, from yesterday to today. Spend the day meandering along the “gourmet trail” from Montreal to Quebec stopping off en-route to taste some of the great artisanal products that are produced in the region. Consider an optional culinary evening participating in a hands-on cooking class followed by a multi course dinner. Awaken your taste buds on a private culinary tour of Quebec City and discover the feeling of flying aboard a vintage open cockpit aircraft and get a bird’s eye view of the region. Then leave the busy hub of Quebec City and make for the sumptuous Fairmont Manoir Richelieu hotel, set in a stunning, rural environment. Relax at the onsite spa, play an (optional) round of golf or simply sit back and take in the silence and sense of calm. Then finish off your trip with a flourish and enjoy an excursion on the water for some whale watching!
Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred from the airport to your hotel in a private vehicle with a professional driver.
Hotel St Paul is located in the old Montreal district. You will be sure to love the proximity to St Catherine Street Shops, Old Montreal attractions, the Subway and all highways. The hotel is a heritage building, beautifully restored and features surprisingly modern and serene interior. The design awards are many, but it is the comfort and highly personalized service that completes the experience for guests. Rest and relax in one of 120 guestrooms and suites, experience the culinary delights of the award winning restaurant Cube and work it off in the gym with a personal trainer.
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 wonderful culinary experience in Old Montreal with a world renowned chef and learn some of the tricks of the trade as you participate in a hands on demonstration before sitting down to a multi-course dinner and enjoy the fruits of your labour!
Enjoy the train ride from Montreal to Quebec. Train duration is approximately 3.5hr.
Immerse yourself in the culinary side of life in Quebec city as you are brought on a private guided walking tour of the city with a focus on all things food related. Enjoy a visit of Les saucisses des Iles-de-la-Madeleine, located at the Old Port Market (Marché du Vieux-Port de Québec), where you will get to sample some of the artisanal products. Then make your way to Le Chocolatier, located on St-Jean Street just outside the St-Jean Gate. Here you are invited into the exhibition hall to gaze upon the impressive collection on display before sampling some of the delights!
Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac (4.5*) is not only located high on a bluff overlooking the mighty St. Lawrence River at the heart of Old Québec - it is the heart of Old Québec. Guests are guaranteed a memorable and inspiring stay in one of the most beautiful cities in the world with easy walking access to all of the wonderful sites and experiences that Old Québec has to offer. Offering newly renovated luxurious guestrooms, exquisite dining experiences through distinctive European charm, this stately luxury hotel stands above the United Nations World Heritage Site-Old Québec.
Take a local produce tasting tour on the Island of Orleans located 20 minutes from Old Quebec. Stops included are Cassis Monna, Domaine Steinbach, Vignoble Bacchus.
Consider doing a private culinary workshop in the L'Academie Culinaire in the heart of Quebec city, or make your way to the pretty Island of Orleans, located about 30 minutes from the heart of Quebec city, where you can learn some culinary secrets during your private culinary session. Please speak to your Sale Advisor if you are interested in adding either of these workshops to your itinerary.
Depart from Chute Montmorency, one of the province’s most spectacular sites. Cascading down 83metres – surpassing Niagara Falls by 33 metres - its imposing waterfall dominates the landscape.
Highlights of the trip:
Ile d’Orléans - A mere stone’s throw from the capital city, Ile d’Orléans is considered by some as Québec City’s garden.
Saint-Joachim - Ranked among Canada’s earliest colonial settlements, Saint-Joachim is a picturesque village rocked by the waves of the St. Lawrence River.
Cap Tourmente - At Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Reserve on the St. Lawrence sandbanks, bird lovers are definitely in heaven!
The St. Lawrence River - The St. Lawrence River is truly unique in every way. Petite-Rivière-Saint-François - The very cradle of colonial life in the Charlevoix.
Baie-Saint-Paul - Nestled in a valley on the shores of the St. Lawrence, at the mouth of Rivière du Gouffre, Baie-Saint-Paul is a veritable haven of tranquillity and a place of inspiration for countless artists and artisans.
Isle-aux-Coudres - So named for its impressive number of hazel trees (coudriers), Isle-aux-Coudres has only been connected to the mainland since 1930.
Les Éboulements / Saint-Joseph-de-la-Rive - Perched amid tall peaks, Les Éboulements’ landscape is unique. At water’s edge, the village of Saint-Joseph-de-la-Rive with its Maritime Museum, clay figurines (santons), artisan paper-making facility and ferry to neighbouring Isle-aux-Coudres stretches out in all its charm, along the riverbanks.
Saint-Irénée - Known in other times as Saint-Irénée Les Bains, visitors once flocked to this coastal village for the benefits of its famous therapeutic mud baths.
La Malbaie - Considered the cradle of resort vacationing in Canada, with over two hundred years of history to its credit. Whether strolling down Rue du Quai in Pointe-au-Pic or making the slow ascent along Chemin des Falaises, both are a lovely invitation to discover the scenery’s quiet, bucolic charm.
The train ride takes approximately 3.5 hours. 3-course lunch included.
Relax in the sumptuous surroundings of the Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu. If you feel like being active, there are plenty of options to choose from. For golf enthusiasts there is the always the lure of the on-site course which was nominated for Best New Canadian Courses (2006) by Golf Digest's. The on site spa includes an indoor and an otdoor pool and whirlpool, steam room and full excercise room. Hiking and skiing (in season) are also possibilities.
Nestled majestically between the sea and the mountains, the Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu Quebec Resort (4*) in Charlevoix is a vision of historical splendor. Rich in tradition, this exquisite paragon of hospitality blends the quiet charm of the countryside with the sophistication of a world-class resort. The hotel offer 405 beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites that are fully equipped with modern amenities. All the hotel grounds and many guest rooms offer an unmatched view of the stunning St. Lawrence River. Discerning diners will be delighted with their three fine hotel restaurants in Charlevoix which feature a variety of unique options, both local and international. Amerispa, their health spa, helps ease stress and tension.
Spend half of the day today onboard a zodiac to see the whales that inhabit the waters by Tadoussac. After being picked up at your hotel you will be driven by private vehicle and driver to the launch site of your boat excursion. Be amazed by the friendly and curious mammals and see them in their natural habitat on a private boat excursion. After all the excitement, you will be driven back to your hotel.
Transfer from La Malbaie to Quebec city airport by private vehicle and driver.
Two taxes, the federal goods and services tax (GST) and the Québec sales tax (QST), are added to the selling price of most goods and services. Several tourist regions charge a specific tax on accommodations. The amount is $2 or $3 a night or 3% of the price of the room per night, before the GST and QST are added.
You must leave a tip on service provided in restaurants and bars and by taxi drivers and hairdressers. The amount, which is not included in the bill, generally represents 10% to 15% of the total bill (before taxes). Here in Québec, for a restaurant bill, we usually add the amounts of the two taxes (GST and QST) together, the sum of which equals approximately 13%. Tipping bellhops or porters is at your discretion (generally, $1 per bag carried).
Most of Québec’s cities enjoy a humid continental climate, with four very distinct seasons and significant differences in temperature marking each one. Summer is hot, while winter sees a considerable amount of snow fall. In fact, Québecers owe their legendary joie de vivre to these climatic variations!
Québec’s Great North is characterized by arctic and subarctic climates. The ancestral land of the Cree and the Inuit is known for its lengthy winters and brief summers.
Visitors holding a driver’s licence from their country of origin can drive on Québec’s roads for a maximum period of six months. This means you don’t have to obtain an international driving permit, although if your papers are in a language other than French or English, it is highly recommended that you do so.
By law, all vehicle occupants must wear a seat belt.
Consuming alcohol or having alcoholic beverages present in a moving vehicle is strictly prohibited under Québec’s Highway Safety Code. Furthermore, a person suspected of driving under the influence will have to submit to a breathalyzer test. If the test reveals a concentration of alcohol in that person’s blood of 80 or more milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood, his or her driver’s permit will be immediately revoked for a 30-day period.
Although the minimum age for driving a car is 16, some car rental companies require that the driver be at least 25, while others charge higher rates for drivers under the age of 21.
The electric current is 110 volts/60 cycles, as it is throughout North America. Because the outlets cannot accommodate European plugs, you’d best bring or buy an adaptor.
Banking & Currency:
The legal tender is the Canadian dollar, which is divided into 100 cents. Bank notes are available in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 dollars, and coins in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 25 cents and 1 and 2 dollars.
The leading credit cards are accepted everywhere, namely Visa, MasterCard and American Express. Traveler’s cheques are generally accepted in large hotels, some restaurants and major stores. Otherwise, they must be cashed at an exchange office or bank.
There are numerous exchange offices in Québec’s main cities. Airports also offer exchange services. Some businesses accept American money, but they offer a less competitive rate than the exchange offices.
Banking institutions are generally open from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can withdraw cash from most automatic teller machines (linked to the Cirrus, PLUS System or Interac networks) any time, seven days a week.
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