Visit Quebec City and the Quaint Isle-aux-Coudres

Packages Available: Spring, Summer and Fall
Tour Length:
 5 Day/4 Night

International charm beckons you to the great walled city of Quebec and to the heritage of the Charlevoix Region, home to the Isle-aux-Coudres. This vacation includes a visit to the spectacular Montmorency Falls, an adventurous whale-watching cruise, a working flour mill and the sweet tastes of dinner served in a sugar shack!

Day One:

Welcome to Quebec City the capital of the Province of Quebec and one of the oldest cities in North America. The ramparts, surrounding Old Quebec are the only fortified city walls remaining in the Americas north of Mexico and are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Arrive at your hotel, conveniently located within the walled city. After you have settled in, head out to immerse yourself in old-world culture. This area has a distinct European feel with its stone buildings and winding streets lined with shops and restaurants. Explore the quaint boutiques and galleries that line the cobblestone streets or sip a refreshing beverage at a sidewalk café.

Gather for a welcome dinner served at a charming restaurant. Savor the flavors of French cuisine in this thriving culinary community.

After dinner, enjoy a leisurely, moonlit stroll back to your hotel. Stop for a nightcap of popular, local fare; ice cider.

Day Two:

Begin your day with a hearty breakfast served in the hotel. Meet your local guide and head out on a day of discovery.

Quebec City is perched atop a cliff over the St. Lawrence Seaway and has the appearance of a living museum with its narrow streets lined by 17th and 18th century houses. During your 3-hour, walking/windshield tour you will learn of the city’s rich history and battles between the French and British Empires as you travel by landmarks such as the Plains of Abraham, Cape Diamond, The Joan of Arc Garden, Parliament, Place d’Armes, Chateau Frontenac and Place Royal.

Have lunch on your own after the tour. Then, there will be time on your own to visit the museums, the treasure-filled shops and to witness the architecturally rich landmarks.

You’re in for a real treat for dinner this evening. . . . .sweet treat that is! When early spring temperatures coax the sap to flow through the maple trees, the locals start gatherin’ and boilin’ and the result is amazing, lip smackin’maple syrup. Join your traveling companions at a traditional Cabana a Sucre, or Sugar Shack for a taste of life, ripe with traditional tastes. The sugar shack menus have remained unchanged for centuries.

And after dinner, get ready to tap your toes, sing with gusto and play the spoons along with the local entertainers.

Day Three:

Say goodbye to the Manoir Victoria and Quebec City after breakfast. Today’s adventures are action packed and loaded with history and culture.

Montmorency FallsJoin a local guide and travel to the magnificent Montmorency Falls, the highest in Quebec and 98 feet higher than Niagara Falls. Montmorency Falls owes its name to Samuel de Champlain, who christened it in 1613 in honor of the Duke of Montmorency, Viceroy of New France and Brittany. Those who dare are welcome to walk on the bridge that goes across the top of the falls!

Next, visit the Basilica of Ste-Anne du Beaupre, first opened in 1876. Ste. Anne is known for performing many miracles, and people from all around the world come to visit the Basilica. One of the builders had crutches, but when he finished building the church, he was able to walk freely. Pillars in the front entrance are covered in crutches from people who have reportedly been miraculously cured. You will also visit the Museum, with exhibits that are testimony to over 300 years of history. Have lunch on your own at an eatery near the Basilica.

St Lawrence RiverEarly afternoon, get your "sea legs" on, as you will head out on a whale-watching cruise on the St. Lawrence River. While whales are present in every ocean, it is in the St. Lawrence that the largest number of great whales, along with numerous species of smaller ones may be found. Humpback whales, fin whales and the world’s largest mammal, the blue whale (140 tons) are regular visitors to Charlevoix’s coastline, drawn by the abundance of food. Oxygenated by the cold Labrador currents, the estuary’s waters are rich in krill and smaller fish that whales love. During your cruise, you will also see lighthouses and cargo and cruise ships as they navigate the Seaway.

Following the cruise, board your coach and travel down the coastline to board the ferry in Saint-Joseph-de-la-Rive for a half-hour cruise to the Isle-aux-Coudres. Once on the island, check into your hotel, a charming site in a Biosphere Reserve. There will be time to take in the soothing sea breeze, stroll through the beautiful gardens or walk along the manicured trails.

Gather for an included dinner served in a cozy dining room. After dinner, enjoy live entertainment in the lounge.

Day Four:

Start your day with a hearty breakfast served at the hotel, followed by time at your leisure. Visit the spa, rent a bicycle, swim in the saltwater, heated pool, walk along the shoreline or explore the beautiful grounds that overlook the St. Lawrence River.

Hazlenut treeFollowing an included lunch, embark on an afternoon tour led by a local guide. During the tour, you will learn of this small island’s rich history and heritage. The island was discovered in 1535 by Jacques Cartier and he named is Isle-aux-Coudres after the plentiful hazelnut trees, coudriers. It was not settled until 1728, but has since then served as a maritime way station and now boasts a sea-faring history.

During the tour you will witness breathtaking views of the St. Lawrence River, the St. Louis Church (1185), a museum that houses a fully functional watermill (1825), a windmill (1836) and a miller’s residence. Taste samples of freshly baked goods served warm from a traditional clay oven.

You will also visit the island’s most dynamic tree farming facility. Started in the 1900s with 300 apple trees, this family-owned apple orchard, now has over 1,200 apple trees and a wine cellar. Sample homemade jellies, apple syrup and jams in the farm’s store.

Return to the hotel for a relaxing and delicious dinner followed by live entertainment.

Day Five:

After breakfast, check out of the hotel, board the coach and travel home.

Details

Packages Available: Spring, Summer and Fall
Tour Length:
 5 Day/4 Night

Your Package Includes:

  • 2 Nights accommodations in Old Quebec City
  • 2 Nights accommodation on the Isle-aux-Coudres
  • 4 Breakfasts
  • 1 Lunch
  • 4 Dinners
  • 3 Evenings of live entertainment
  • Quebec City Tour led by a local guide
  • Free time to explore Quebec City
  • Guided tour and admission to Montmorency Falls and Ste-Anne du Beaupre
  • Whale watching cruise
  • Ferry to the Isle-aux-Coudres
  • Locally guided tour of the Isle-aux-Coudres
  • Baggage handling for one piece of luggage per traveler
  • Accommodations and breakfasts for coach driver
  • Taxes and gratuities (Note: Gratuities for the local guides are not included and are at your discretion based on service.)

Pricing Information:

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