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Culture and Countryside of Quebec

14

days

starting fromUS $3,899per person

  • Choose your own activities and experiences to enjoy between scenic train tours
  • Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget
Culture and Countryside of Quebec  – Map
Sample trip map & photos – personalize your trip by adding extra nights and activities in each location
Rideau Canal in winter, Ottawa.
Rideau Canal in winter, Ottawa.
Discover Quebec and its countryside on a culinary adventure through stunning landscapes.
Montreal, Quebec
Montreal, Quebec
Your tour begins in Montreal – remember to look up, down and all around, as you discover the city.
Guided bike tour in Montreal
Guided bike tour in Montreal
Choose to explore Montreal on a guided bicycle tour.
Gourmet dinner on your first evening
Gourmet dinner on your first evening
Venture into the Eastern Townships and savor your first evening in the area with a gourmet dinner.
Wine tour of the Eatern Townships
Wine tour of the Eatern Townships
Sip and savor exquisite wines from the Eastern Townships on a guided tour.
North Hatley Farmer's Market
North Hatley Farmer's Market
The Eastern Townships have so much to see, from Benedictine Abbeys to charming Farmers Markets.
Helicopter tour over the Charlevoix Crater
Helicopter tour over the Charlevoix Crater
Soar above the Charlevoix region and learn about the famous Charlevoix Crater.
Île d'Orléans, Quebec
Île d'Orléans, Quebec
Travel along the scenic St. Lawrence River to arrive at charming île d'Orléans outside Quebec City.
Île d'Orléans wine region
Île d'Orléans wine region
Discover all the local producers and wineries on the île d'Orléans at your leisure.
The Fairmont Chateau Frontenac, Quebec City
The Fairmont Chateau Frontenac, Quebec City
Learn about the life and culture of Quebec City on a guided tour.
Saint-Paulin countryside
Saint-Paulin countryside
The last stop before completing the full loop to Montreal is the scenic countryside of Saint-Paulin.
Horse drawn carriage ride
Horse drawn carriage ride
Get a sense of past French Canadian culture on a horse drawn carriage ride.
Montreal
Montreal
Depart Montreal with memories to last a lifetime.
  • Quick Overview

    What we love about this trip

    • Charming Québec countryside

    • Explore Montreal and Quebec City

    • Luxurious inns and boutique hotels

    • Fine cuisine and culinary adventures

    • Train tours, cruise, sightseeing, wildlife, and more

    Explore some of the prettiest countryside that French Canada has to offer on this 14-day exploration of Quebec. Travel from cosmopolitan Montréal to the pastoral Eastern Townships, then enjoy the little mountain towns of Charlevoix. You’ll indulge your senses and find yourself immersed in Francophone culture at every turn. Relax at charming inns and boutique hotels, after a day of exploring by land, sea, and air!

    Trip Outline

    Arrive Montréal 2 nights Montréal 3 nights Eastern Townships 1 night Lower Saint Lawrence 2 nights Baie-Saint-Paul 1 night Île d’Orléans 2 nights Québec City 2 nights Saint-Paulin Depart Montréal

  • Sample Itinerary
    Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Our experienced Canadian Insiders will create a personalized experience for you that matches your schedule, travel style and budget.

    Day 1 – Arrive in Montréal
    Be greeted by your own private transfer at Montréal’s airport today as your French-Canadian adventure begins. Once checked into your hotel, join Montréalers on the terraces of St. Denis street to sample the spirit of the city through the inviting array of menus, or stroll Mount Royal and listen to local musicians work their craft. The city’s mix of cultures, cuisines, languages, and trends is yours to savour.

    Feature Dinner in Montreal
    A delicious meal of classic French cuisine using the freshest local products, in the heart of Old Montreal. You will not only have dinner in a beautiful setting, but you also get to indulge in rich and distinct cooking. This fresh and authentic approach to cooking guarantees a memorable evening where all your senses are awakened!

    Day 2 –Tour Montréal
    Choose 1 of the following 3 experiences to explore Montreal to its fullest:

    1. Walking Food Tour
    Today you will explore a neighbourhood which blends the masterpieces of French, British, Chinese, Eastern European, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Latin American, and North African cuisine. Along the way, you’ll sample a Portuguese pasteis de nata the Plateau, an 80 year old famous sandwich and hot Montreal bagel in the Mile-End, espresso and cannoli in Little Italy, and Québecois cheese and cider at the Jean-Talon Market! Visit landmarks, grocers, delis and specialty shops, lunch counters, and mom & pop shops. This is a tour for those who enjoy experiencing a city like a local.
    Activity rating: Moderate

    2. Montréal Highlights by Bike
    A 3-hour tour by bike that takes in major sights and neighborhoods. Hear interesting snippets on histories and anecdotes about the areas you visit. Of course, you’re going to build up an appetite, and this tour takes you to a farmer’s market where you can indulge in a pastry or ice-cream.
    Activity rating: Moderate

    3. Floatplane Ride Above the Laurentian Mountains
    Experience the joys of soaring above it all in a floatplane! Taking off from the St. Lawrence river you will find yourself headed north to the beautiful lakes and stunning scenery of the Laurentian Mountains. This 60-minute flight will get you out of the city and above the vast wilderness of Québec.
    Activity rating: Easy

    Day 3 –Travel from Montréal to the Eastern Townships
    Today you’ll collect your rental car to begin your exploration of the French-Canadian countryside. You’ll find yourselves travelling over rolling hills, through quaint villages and past picturesque pastoral vistas today as you enter the Cantons de l’Est or the Eastern Townships. Nestled between northern Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, the Townships share a similar climate and architectural & cultural heritage with much of New England.

    Feature Dinner in the Eastern Townships
    You’ve heard of Farm to Table, but have you heard of Tree to Table? After dinner, you will be very familiar with it! Tonight’s menu will offer you the seasonal flavour profiles that celebrate ingredients that are abundant in Québec's rivers, lakes, forest, and fields. Your chef and his team have crafted a menu which showcases the local bounty of the province; growing, foraging, and picking only what is needed and working closely with local farmers and producers. Bon Appétit!

    Day 4 – Explore the Eastern Townships
    The Eastern Townships are abundant with flavours to be explored. Choose 1 of the following 3 activities to help you taste them!

    1. Wine Tasting Tour
    The Eastern Townships are the cradle of Québec viticulture - the region accounts for over 60% of Québec’s wine production; and today you will spend your day discovering three of them. You will participate in workshops and tastings, then at mid-day you’ll indulge in a meal al fresco - all the while being chauffeured around the beautiful countryside!
    Activity rating: Easy

    2. Countryside Tour by Train with a Gourmet Meal
    All aboard! Today you can climb aboard a beautiful tourist train and treat yourself to a unique sensory experience. While taking in the splendid pastoral views that sweep the Eastern Townships, you find yourself indulging in an exquisite meal, engaging in excellent company and superb service.
    Activity rating: Easy

    3. Lake Cruise with a Gourmet Meal

    Anchors aweigh! Enjoy an unforgettable trip characterized by refinement and elegance aboard a luxury yacht today. Cruising over the waters of magnificent Lake Memphremagog - a natural wonder in the Eastern Townships - you'll be captivated by the boat's luxurious interior, moved by its elegant setting, swept away by the beauty of the scenery, but above all, you'll indulge in pure pleasure from the gourmet menu.
    Activity rating: Easy

    Day 5 –Explore the Eastern Townships Further
    Today the day is yours to explore the treasures of the Eastern Townships. Whether you choose to explore the region’s two wine routes, taste its delicious wares, or march up a mountain - you will not be left wanting.
    Insider tip: A wonderful way to explore the Eastern Townships is by bike! Bike rentals are easy to arrange and you won’t be disappointed in the scenery.

    Day 6 – Eastern Townships to the Lower Saint Lawrence Region
    Today you have a full day to explore this rich countryside further. After departing the Eastern Townships you’ll find yourself in two distinct areas of Quebec: Central Québec (Centre-du-Québec) & the Lower Saint Lawrence (Bas-Saint-Laurent). You have plenty of time to explore each, so be sure to make stops along the way to indulge in all this beautiful province has to offer.

    Day 7 – Lower Saint Lawrence to the Charlevoix Region
    Following the shores of the Saint St. Lawrence River you’ll be treated to unparalleled views and a relaxed day of exploring even more of the gastronomic delights of Québec. Connecting with a local commuter ferry you will cross the Saint Lawrence River into the National Capital region, overnight in the community of Baie Saint Paul.

    Day 8 – Explore the Charlevoix Region
    To help you explore this beautiful region, choose 1 of the following 3 activities:

    1. Charlevoix Gourmet Tour by Electric Bicycle
    On this guided tour, you will explore Charlevoix by electric bicycle. You’ll indulge in four different tastings and a prepared lunch while being entertained by your guide!
    Activity rating: Moderate

    2. Helicopter Tour
    Discover some of Québec’s most beautiful landscapes and scenery by helicopter. Follow the meandering Gouffre river out to the stunning Saint Lawrence river. Look down at Baie-Saint-Paul and Isle-aux-Coudres surrounded by blue!
    Activity rating: Easy

    3. Whale Watching
    The maritime regions of Québec are home to some of the best whale-watching sites in the world. The salty waters of the Saint Lawrence are home to many species of cetaceans including blue whales, humpbacks and belugas.
    Activity rating: Easy

    Day 9 – Baie-Saint-Paul to Île d’Orléans
    Today you make your short beautiful journey to your next gastronomic destination, the small but plentiful Île d’Orléans. Take your time to enjoy this drive and explore the sights along the way, both manmade and natural.

    Day 10 – Île d’Orléans to Québec City
    Don’t rush off so quickly! Before making your very short commute to historic Québec City be sure to explore the entirety of this tiny and tasty island! The fertile soil of Île d’Orléans bears a variety of crops. For centuries, the island has provided Québec City with fresh fruit and vegetables, grain and maple products.

    Feature Dinner in Québec City
    Your dinner this evening has been arranged; you will be dining in a historic home, in the heart of Québec City. Your 4-course dinner will be filled with gourmet Québecois cuisine accompanied by a warm and friendly environment.

    Day 11 – Explore Québec City
    You have a full day to explore all the nooks and crannies of this historic and beautiful city! Choose 1 of the following 2 tours, to help you maximize your time in Québec City.

    1. The Food Tour
    A Canadian Signature Experience. So confident are the folks that run this tour – that they simply called it ‘The Food Tour’ – the only food tour you will need to take! Ready your taste buds, because this tour covers seven different venues and samples about 15 different products. Expect to try food of French Canadian origin at venues like Le Tournebroche (organic rotisserie), La Buche (traditional Québecois cuisine) and Creperie le Billig (crepes) and Le Moine Échanson (organic wine).
    Activity rating: Moderate

    2. Walking Tour of Québec City
    Stretch your legs on this walking tour of Québec City - this tour covers all the must-see sights in Old Québec. The tour follows a leisurely downhill route and takes in the Citadel, Château Frontenac, Québec Fortifications and Place Royale.
    Activity rating: Moderate

    Day 12 – Québec City to Saint-Paulin
    Today you will travel from the National Capital Region to Mauricie; finding its home in a boreal forest, nature and the outdoors is its brand. Your hotel for the next two nights will not disappoint; you will find yourselves nestled in the forest and beside a rushing river.

    Day 13 – Day Outdoors in Saint-Paulin
    Choose 1 of the following 2 activities to explore Saint-Paulin:

    1. Private Calèche Tour
    A calèche is a two-wheeled one-horse drawn carriage and today you will be treated to an intimate tour, aboard your personal calèche. You will be toured around the fields and forests of the surrounding countryside.
    Activity rating: Easy

    2. Cowboy Experience
    On today’s equestrian activity you will have a real impact on the agricultural activity of the property today. You will join your hosts on a 1.5 km route where you will lead livestock across the fields and woodlands to their new pastures.
    Activity rating: Easy

    Feature Dinner in Saint-Paulin
    What better way to end your gastronomic Québec vacation then with dinner? We have arranged a 3-course dinner which features local suppliers. Your service staff and kitchen team will work closely together to ensure that your final evening is an unforgettable fine-dining experience.

    Day 14 – Return to Montréal International Airport
    Today your gastronomic exploration of Québec comes to an end. You will be driving directly to Montréal’s airport to connect with your return flight.
  • What's Included
    Hotel Inclusions:
    13 nights in a range of inn and boutique accommodations

    Montreal Experiences:
    Choose 1 of the following 3 options:
    1. Montreal: Walking Tour
    2. Montréal Highlights by Bike
    3. Floatplane Flight Over the Laurentian Mountains (upgrade cost).

    Eastern Townships Experiences:
    • Choose 1 of the following 3 options:
    1. Wine Tasting Tour
    2. Countryside Tour by Train with a Gourmet Meal
    3. Lake Cruise with a Gourmet Meal

    Charlevoix Experiences:
    • Choose 1 of the following 3 options:

    1. Charlevoix Gourmet Tour by Electric Bicycle
    2. Helicopter Tour
    3. Whale Watching

    Quebec City Experiences:
    • Choose 1 of the following 2 options:

    1.The Food Tour – Canadian Signature Experience
    2. Walking Tour of Québec City

    Saint-Paulin Experiences:
    • Choose 1 of the following 3 options:
    1. Private Calèche Tour
    2. Cowboy Experience (upgrade cost)

    Transportation Inclusions:
    • A personalized pick up from your arrival airport
    • 12-day intermediate sized car rental including: Loss Damage Waiver (LDW) on car rental, airport surcharges, Unlimited Kilometers, Third Party Liability Insurance Coverage (up to $1 million), fee for 1 additional driver, and vehicle licensing fee


    Meal Inclusions:

    Feature dinner in Montreal
    Feature dinner in the Eastern Townships
    Feature dinner in Quebec City
    Feature dinner in Saint-Paulin

    Other Inclusions:
    • Gratuities for most private tours and transfers (unless otherwise noted)
    • Documentation package
    • Friendly and dedicated Fresh Tracks Canada customer service

    Seasonal Restrictions:
    • Lake Cruise with gourmet dinner in the Eastern Townships is available from the June 13 to September 19 departure dates. Tour runs on Saturdays only.
    • Eastern Township Countryside Tour with train runs on Saturdays only.
    • Charlevoix Gourmet Tour by Electric Bicycle is available from June 13 departure date.

     

    Not Included

    • Car rental: Fuel and refueling fees, Personal Accident Insurance (PAI), Personal Effects Coverage (PEC), LDW deductible of up to $500 depending on car type, Fee for drivers under the age of 25
    • Traverse Ferry between Rivière-du-Loup and Saint-Siméon
    • Airfare to and from Canada
    • Meals and attractions unless otherwise specified
    • Gratuities for hotel, tour & transfer staff
    • Trip Cancellation Insurance (highly recommended)
    • Canadian sales taxes


    Get your personalized itinerary before availability is gone. Because we're now booking into 2019

    • Choose your activities and experiences to enjoy between scenic train tours.
    • Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.
  • Accommodations

    Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodation choices. Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.

    Auberge du Vieux Port

    An example of our Boutique accommodations

    Classic 19th-century architecture make up Auberge du Vieux-Port's luxury boutique hotel. Enjoy the view of the Rue de La Commune, the St. Lawrence River and the Old Port. Explore the cobblestone streets surrounding the hotel, providing charm for over 300 years. Ideally located seconds from top restaurants, boutiques, galleries and attractions.

    Manoir Hovey

    An example of our Luxury Inn accommodations

    Combining old-world charm with contemporary luxury and service, this beautiful southern style mansion sits on the picturesque Lake Massawippi on a 30 acre property of woods and English gardens. The luxurious bedrooms and suites offer panoramic views across the lake. Le Hatley Restaurant at Manoir Hovey offers regional cuisine celebrating the ingredients abundant in Quebec's lakes, forests and fields.

    71 Hotel Cafe

    An example of our Boutique accommodations

    The Café 71 is as chic as it gets. Exquisite modern style is paired with the charm of Old Quebec's historic buildings, creating a beautiful contrast. Being close to the old port, the little shops and restaurants and the Fairmont Chateau Frontenac, the best sights are just a step away. You can imagine you're in Europe, as you walk past old buildings hugging cobbled streets.

     

  • Prices & Dates
    2018 Montreal Start Dates*
    June 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27
    July 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31
    August 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29
    September 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26
    October 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17


    2019 Montreal Start Dates
    June 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26
    July 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31
    August 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28
    September 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25
    October 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16

    * Additional departure dates available, with customization of this itinerary.


     

    Prices listed may vary by departure date, hotel class and degree of personalization. Please speak with one of our travel advisors to get a personalized quote.

    Quebec Self Drive Vacation
    from US $3,899to US $4,319per person

    On our Self Drive Adventures, you'll enjoy hand picked accommodations, unique Canadian experiences with our favorite guides, car rental, a custom documentation package and our ongoing customer service as you travel. These prices and itineraries are just a guide - our team of friendly Canadian experts are standing by to personalize your ideal vacation.

  • Common Questions

    Will it be cold when I visit Canada in summer?

    The temperature varies from mild to hot, depending on location. Northern Canada will range between 50°F to 64°F (10°C – 18°C) in summer. The interior of BC, prairies, Ontario and Quebec can reach temperatures around 95°F (35°C). Canada's west coast, mountain regions, and Maritimes enjoy milder summer temperatures. They range on average from 59°F to 77°F (15°C – 25°C).

    What are the best ways to travel around Canada on my vacation

    Canada has a network of spectacular roadways, train routes, ferry crossings, and float planes. We can arrange for you to travel by car or to sit back and relax.

    Is it safe to drive in the mountains?

    New visitors will drive with ease because of the wide and well maintained roadways. We'll ensure your trip includes the most spectacular and safest routes throughout your trip.

    When is the best time to see wildlife?

    That depends on the destination and type. As a rule, the main feeding and migration seasons are best for wildlife experiences. Tell us which animals interest you and we'll make your trip coincide with the best viewing season.

    Are your tours escorted?

    No, but you'll feel like it is with all your connections and experiences prearranged. Our clients love the freedom and flexibility it gives them. Some of our wildlife experiences are small group tours led by specialist guides.

Get your personalized itinerary before availability is gone. Because we're now booking into 2019

  • Choose your activities and experiences to enjoy between scenic train tours.
  • Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.