(Montreal, Quebec City, La Malbaie (Charlevoix))
From the gourmet masterpieces of world-class chefs to fresh produce plucked straight form the rich soil of generations-old family farms, this tasty tour showcases the best of Canada’s rich culinary heritage.
There’s something to delight your taste buds around every corner on this wonderful culinary journey along Canada’s world-famous gourmet trail. Get acquainted with the French dining traditions in charming Old Montreal where you’ll take a walking tour of the district’s 19th-century landmarks and cook up a multi-course feast with a world-class chef. Quebec City has a rich culinary life and you’ll dive right in as you sample the artisanal delights of the Old Port Market and tour the city’s famous Le Chocolatier. You’ll also participate in a private culinary workshop at the prestigious L’Academie Culinaire; take a local produce tasting tour on the stunning Island of Orleans; marvel at the soaring Montmorency Falls and experience the culinary heritage in the quaint surrounding villages; and cruise the serene waters of Tadoussac on a whale-watching adventure.
From world-renowned chefs to family farms and local artisans, a dream team of culinary heavyweights has been assembled to introduce you to the rich food traditions that are as much a part of the Quebec region as its majestic landscapes, pristine wilderness and abundant marine life. Experienced local tour guides and private drivers will ensure a seamless experience as you sit back and enjoy a passing parade of gourmet meals and elegant hotels.
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Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred from the airport to your hotel in a private vehicle with a professional driver.
This walking tour will allow you to discover the delicious cultural and historic culinary charms of the oldest district of Montreal. Reputable restaurants, specialty 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!
Take a local produce tasting tour on the Island of Orleans located 20 minutes from Old Quebec. Enjoy tasting various ciders, wine, mustards, vinegars and terrines during your tour. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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