GVQ Travel |Self drive
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The Best of Quebec!
20 days / 19 nights

This tour will introduce you to the very best of the stunning province of Quebec. Discover the varied landscapes, and the cultural and historical richness of this fascinating province. You will begin your journey by travelling along the impressive Saint-Lawrence River to the gates of the scenic Gaspé Peninsula. There you’ll discover Chaleur Bay (la Baie des Chaleurs) and as you travel around the Peninsula you’ll take in the highlights of this region: the Rocher Percé, Forillon National Park and Gaspésie National Park. You’ll also visit Lac Saint-Jean, a vital industrial centre which has played a crucial role in the economic development of the Province of Quebec.

Itinerary

DAYS 1 AND 2: MONTREAL

Don`t miss the amazing panoramic views from the Belvedere of Mont-Royal situated in the heart of the large cosmopolitan city of Montreal , Quebec’s economic capital. Visit the many parks and districts as well as the numerous museums at your own pace in order to get a feel for all that Montreal has to offer. Let the Biodôme transport you to many different climates, and it’s well worth a visit to the historical old port site, which offers a vast programme of activities, as well as a great selection of restaurants and bars to choose from. 

Accommodation :
Bed and Breakfast: Auberge Jardin d'Antoine
Standard: Suites Labelle
Superior : Hôtel Place d’Armes

Optional Activities :
• Biodôme visit
• Rafting on the St.Lawrence

DAY 3: MONTREAL-ST-JEAN-PORT-JOLI

Set off east towards St-Jean-Port-Joli. The Chaudière-Appalaches region is bordered by the St.Lawrence River and is home to some of the most picturesque villages in the entire Quebec Province. En route we make a stop at Monmagny which is the site of several well-conserved heritage buildings. Continue on to Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, Quebec’s wood sculpting capital, which benefits from its superb location on the banks of the St.Lawrence, and offers spectacular views of the river.  Be sure to visit the Museum of the Anciens Canadiens with its impressive collection of sculptures. 

Accommodation :
Bed and Breakfast: La Mer Veille
Standard: Auberge du Faubourg
Superior: Manoir des Érables (Montmagny)

DAY 4: SAINT-JEAN-PORT-JOLI  - RIMOUSKI

Today discover the south bank of the St.Lawrence. Discover the marine community‘s way of life as you follow the Navigator’s Route along the St.Lawrence river (Route 132) stopping at several little coastal villages on the way. The Bic National Park is situated in the St.Lawrence estuary, and with its cape, bays, islands and mountains it is well known for its stunning natural surroundings and breath-taking sunsets. Look out for seals relaxing lazily in the sun near the river banks taking in the fresh sea air.       

Accommodation :
Bed and Breakfast: Bed and Breakfast aux 5 lucarnes (Le Bic)
Standard: Gouverneur Rimouski
Superior: Auberge le Mange Grenouille (Le Bic)

Optional Stay:
Huttopia Tent in the Bic National Park

DAY 5: BIC - CARLETON

Our next destination is Carleton, which was founded in 1756 by some expatriate Acadians.  Its impressive seaside and mountain landscapes combined with the mild climate of Chaleur Bay have contributed over the years to the development of seaside resort activities. 

Suggested Visits:
Reford Gardens (les Jardins de Métis), Miguasha National Park, Battle of the Restigouche (National Heritage Site).  

Accommodation:
Bed and Breakfast: Martin Pêcheur (Maria)
Standard: Hôtel Baie Bleue
Superior: Le Manoir Belle Plage

DAYS 6 AND 7: CARLETON - PERCÉ

Several suggestions for visits en route from Carleton to Percée: The Biopark, The Acadian Museum of Quebec, Historical site of the Paspébiac Fishing Bank.

Suggested visits at Percé:
Before leaving for Île-Bonaventure, don’t miss the chance to visit the Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé National Park Interpretation Centre.  This centre will help you to complete your discovery of this incredible region. You`ll receive explanations about  the life and the habits of  the beautiful marine birds, the  Northern Gannets, as well as a description of the various  natural phenomena present in the  Gulf of  the St.Lawrence.  Known throughout the world for its famous rock formation, Percé is the culmination of our tour of the Gaspé Peninsula. We would highly recommend that you to take the cruise to discover the Percé rock, a wonder of nature, and take in a tour of l'île-Bonaventure, the marine birds’ sanctuary. You’ll be able to get off at the island to take a closer look at the amazing gannets! 

Accommodation :
Bed and Breakfast: La Revasse
Standard: Hôtel Riotel
Superior: Hôtel Le Mirage

Optional Activities :
• A cruise to Percé Rock
• Lobster meal

DAY 8 : PERCÉ - SAINTE-ANNE-DES-MONTS

The Gaspé Peninsula occupies a key place in history as it is the site where Jacques Cartier officially  landed and took possession of la Nouvelle France on behalf of the King of France.  You may wish to stop at the monument built in the memory of the King of France.  Carry on along the road which hugs the river and be sure to visit the Forillon National Park with its amazing flora and fauna, typical of this area of Gaspésie. The National Park is located right at the tip of the Gaspé Peninsula and marks the end of the long Appalachian Mountain range. We recommend stopping off at the village of Grande-Vallée to take in some beautiful coastal views and scenery.                 

Accommodation:
Bed and Breakfast: Auberge la Seigneurie des Monts
Standard: Auberge la Seigneurie des Monts
Superior: Bed and Breakfast du Mont Albert

Optional Activity:
Swim with seals at the Forillon National Park!

DAY 9 : SAINTE-ANNE-DES-MONTS - MATANE

As you continue on your journey you will come across Cap-Chat and its famous wind turbines.  Gaspésie National Park is home to an incredible mountain range situated right in the heart of the Gaspé Peninsula where there are more than 25 mountain peaks measuring over 1000 metres ! The Chic-Choc mountains are well known by outdoor sports enthusiasts, and the views are simply breathtaking !  It`s also a walkers paradise with a 100km trail running right across the park through the natural habitat of the Gaspésie Caribou.     

Accommodation :
Bed and Breakfast: Le Jardin de Givre
Standard: Auberge la Seigneurie
Superior: Riotel Matane

Suggested visit and activity:
The Matane Wildlife Reserve and Elk Observation

DAY 10: MATANE - FERRY CROSSING - BAIE-COMEAU


At Matane, take the ferry crossing to the northern shore of the St.Lawrence river, arriving at Baie-Comeau or Godbout, depending on the tides when you cross.  At Baie-Comeau the superb Jardins des Glaciers offers you the chance to travel back in time  to the ice age and learn about the migration of North America`s first inhabitants.  Situated right on the banks of the St.Lawrence river in the heart of a UNESCO-listed World Biosphere Reserve, the Jardin des Glaciers is a fascinating place to discover.   Choose from three different experiences in the Multimedia zone, the Nature Zone or the Adrenalin Zone.

Accommodation:
Bed and Breakfast: La Mère Michèle (salle de bain partagée)
Standard: Hôtel Le Manoir
Superior : Hôtel Le Manoir (chambre exécutif vue mer)

Optional Activities :
Hydro Power Station Jean Lesage (Manic 2)

DAY 11: BAIE-COMEAU - TADOUSSAC

Continue towards picturesque Tadoussac which was a commercial centre for the American-Indian population, a whale-hunting and Belluga hunting site, a mooring place for the explorers Cartier and Champlain, and has been a seaside resort since 1864! 

Suggested excursion:
Whale-watching by boat or zodiac. Visit these amazing mammals in their natural habitat - you will never have seen anything like it! 

Accommodation:
Bed and Breakfast: Auberge la Galouine
Standard: Le Béluga
Superior : Hôtel Tadoussac
Optional Activities :
Croisière aux baleines (bateau ou zodiac)

DAYS 12, 13 AND 14: TADOUSSAC - QUEBEC

Travel through the magnificent Charlevoix region, whose beautiful landscapes have inspired many  famous landscape artists.  Stop at Baie-Saint-Paul, a charming village and home to many artists and art galleries. Continue on to Quebec, the historical capital and birthplace of French culture in North America. Take an incredibly rich historical journey through time. Discover the only fortified city north of Mexico City as you stroll the Battlefields of Abraham - the city`s vast park with its nature trails and incredible views. There`s time to meander around the charming Petit Champlain district, and to admire the wonderful views of the Saint-Lawrence river from up high on the Dufferin Terrace, just by the famous Château Frontenac Hotel.      

Accommodation:
Bed and Breakfast: Manoir de la Tour
Standard: Hôtel Classique (Ste-Foy)
Superior: Château Laurier ou Manoir Victoria
Optional Stay :
Fairmont Château Frontenac

Optional Activities :
• Lunch at Astral – Panoramic Restaurant
• Wendake Amerindian Village and traditional Huron Site-visit and meal
• Cruise on the St.Lawrence River (daytime or evening)

Suggested activity: Museum of Civilisation

DAY 15: QUEBEC - SAGUENAY FJORD

You will be blown away by the landscape where mother-nature used her commanding force to create an impressive fjord.  There are so many things to do and see in this area.  Stop at Sainte-Rose-du-Nord, a beautiful little village perched on the edge of a cliff, and take your time to enjoy the views of the spectacular Saguenay fjord from the belvedere.  Chicoutimi is situated at the confluence of three rivers, and because of this strategic location it was once an important site for fur-trading, before becoming a crucial gateway for the forest industry.  It`s well worth a visit to the Pulperie in Chicoutimi which retraces the history of this time.   

Accommodation:
Bed and Breakfast: Gite aux Deux Tours (Jonquière)
Standard: Hôtel le Montagnais
Superior : Hôtel Chicoutimi

DAYS 16 AND 17: SAGUENAY FJORD - LAC-SAINT-JEAN

Carry on towards magnificent Lac-Saint-Jean, a real (land bound sea) interior sea which is fed by 12 rivers, and has really shaped the history of this dynamic economic region. We recommend a visit to the Saint-Félicien Safari Park with its unique concept where animals are free and visitors travel across the park in caged vehicles. Discover Canadian wildlife wandering around freely in their natural habitatYou’ll see many different species including bears, moose, bison, wolves and deer. Not to be missed: the historical village of Val-Jalbert where you can experience life in the 1920s. This genuine company town is home to around 40 original period buildings (including) the convent school, the general store and the paper mill abound in secrets that will be revealed by a number of colourful characters. 

Accommodation:
Bed and Breakfast: Gite la Brise du Lac (Roberval)
Standard: Motel Roberval
Superior: Château Roberval

Optional Stay:
A night in the historical village of Val-Jalbert on half board.

Optional Activities
• Saint-Félicien Safari Park
• Visit to the historical village of Val-Jabert

DAYS 18 AND 19: MAURICIE - LAC ÉDOUARD - SEIGNEURIE DU TRITON

Enjoy a relaxing stay in delightful surroundings with an extensive range of activities to cater for all tastes! All meals are included. After breakfast, explore the Seigneurie du Triton, a collection of lodges, cottages and Amerindian tipis situated in the heart of the forest. Enjoy a myriad of free outdoor activities, take a canoe trip on one of the surrounding lakes, in search of beaver cabins and other marine animals with some wonderful photo opportunities. Lunch will be by the lake, followed by a hike in search of Quebec‘s flora and fauna.  An incredible day in the heart of the forest!  

Accommodation :
Standard: Seigneurie du Triton - 5 meals - shared bathroom
Superior: Seigneurie du Triton - 5 meals - private bathroom

Optional Stay :
A night in a Tipi (shared or private options available)

Optional Activities :
Seaplane

DAY 20: SEIGNEURIE DU TRITON - MONTREAL AIRPORT

Depending on the departure time of your flight, you may choose to spend an extra night in Montreal if your flight leaves early the following morning. 

The itinerary and activities may be subject to change depending on the season

The holiday includes

  • 19 nights` accommodation as described in the programme
  • Breakfasts
  • 5 meals at the Seigneurie du Triton for 2 days
  • All applicable taxes

Not included in you Holiday

  • Flights
  • The Matane-Baie Comeau ferry crossing
  • Car hire (see our section on car hire)
  • Optional activities and excursions
  • Parking costs which may apply at some hotels