Take in the very best that Quebec has to offer while exploring the beautiful city. Explore the city at your own pace on a private tour with a driver and guide. They will tour you throughout the city and point out the history, architecture, legends and much more. Fall is the ideal season for exploring the countryside, and do so in a private vehicle with your driver and guide. You will visit some of the best spots on the coast, including the spectacular Montmorency Falls, charming Island of Orleans, remarkable St. Anne’s Basilica and the incredible St. Anne’s Canyon. The colors all around you will amaze you as you breathe in the fresh air. Consider an optional culinary tour on the Island of Orleans, where you can taste some of the local delicacies. Feel the wind in your hair as you embark on your private sailing charter on the St. Lawrence River. You will see the beauty of this area from a new perspective as the crew takes care of you on your 27 foot sail boat. Spend some time in the city exploring shops, restaurants and the charming town before heading back to the city. On your last day, enjoy a day at leisure to explore the markets, the city’s finest restaurants or the world-class spa at the Chateau Frontenac.
You will be provided with a pre-departure package which will include all necessary information that you will need for your trip including materials such as vouchers, maps, train tickets (if relevant) etc.
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer.
There are lots of activities to keep you busy while you are in Quebec city. Consider a tour to experience an authentic sugar shack on the island and its traditional menu and cultural entertainment. Alternatively, consider a full day of whale watching. For the sports enthusiasts, an adrenaline-filled morning or afternoon para-gliding, downhill mountain biking or canyoning is available. You may like to do a day trip to Ste-Anne waterfalls and Canyon - an amazing attraction with 3 suspension bridges including one of the highest in Quebec, 60 meters above the gorge. There is an easy and accessible path and the tour would include a nature discovery of Mont-Ste-Anne featuring a panoramic ride in the gondola and lunch at the mountain. Whatever your fancy, Quebec City will not disappoint.
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.
Enjoy a city tour of Quebec City, the capital of the Canadian province of Quebec and the largest city in eastern Quebec. Quebec’s Old Town (Vieux-Québec), the only North American fortified city north of Mexico whose walls still exist, was declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1985 as the "Historic District of Old Quebec".
Take a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride through the streets of Quebec City.
Today is a day for exploring the hinterlands of Quebec city. Accommpanied by your guide and private vehicle, head out to the Beaupre Coast and learn about this interesting region and how it influenced certain elements of the United states history. Enjoy a stop at The Montmorency Falls which cascades 83 metres down to the river below (30 metres more than Niagara Falls). The falls are situated on a historical site of natural beauty in the Montmorency Falls Park. A cable car runs up to the Manoir Montmorency which you can take if you are so inclined. The next place on the route is at the Atelier Paré Economuseum of wood Sculpture. Experience the interpretation of traditional Quebec legends through the art of wood sculpture; enjoy the personal contact with the artists and wander through a garden of colourful sculptures - this is truly a unique outdoor museum. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before continuing on to the Ste Anne de Beaupre Basilica. Your private guide will showcase this wonder of architecture as you wander through the stunning site. The present-day Basilica was built to replace the first Basilica that was destroyed by fire on March 29, 1922. The Basilica's central vault is completely covered with a series of mosaic dedicated to Saint Anne while an ensemble of 240 stained-glass windows adorn the Basilica. Fully sated, continue on to Ste Anne's Canyon and explore the imposing 74m high Sainte-Anne waterfall rumbling into its 1.2 billion year old notch. Go across one of the highest pedestrian bridges in Quebec, 55 meters high and discover the giant potholes and cascades. Try the thrilling vias ferratas and giant zip line. The site was used by John Travolta for the movie Battlefield Earth in 2000. Known by Natives, painted by artists such as Kreighoff, described by American ecologist and philosopher H.D. Thoreau. At the end of the day, you will be brought back to your hotel in Quebec city.
All along the way, take in the beautiful fall colors of this area.
The island of Orleans, located 30 minutes from Quebec city, has a strong artisanal culinary focus which is obvious from the number of small, quality producers present on the island. Consider taking a private half day tour to the island and visit the various artisanal producers such as Cassis Monna, a company which has mastered the art of transforming black currants - harvested on the Île of Orléans - into products of the highest quality, including a Crème de Cassis that earned the 1995 Gold Medal Award at the prestigious European contest in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The company also produces three aperitif wines as well as a wine jelly, a syrup, an onion jam, a black currant jelly, a mustard and other black currant delicacies. The Domaine Steinbach estate, is another place worth visiting. With an orchard of 4,000 apple trees, the owners have taken an organic farming approach for apple-processing purposes, which has led to the production of various ciders (one of which is an ice cider), cider vinegar and other varieties of aromatized vinegars, as well as mustards and various other food items such as jellies, preserves, and "confit" products. These are but a smple of the various producers that are on the island. Please speak with your Sales Advisor if you are interested in doing a culinary tour on the island.
Join your private skipper for a 3 hours of pure pleasure aboard a 27 footer sailboat sailing on the St Lawrence river by Quebec City, the Beaupre Coast and the Island of Orleans. Sit back and relax as you take in the views from a different perspective.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
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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