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Breaching whale, Québec, Canada

Quebec’s Lighthouses & Whales Fly-Drive

16-day tailor made self-drive from £2,010 pp incl. flights

Special offer: Free car hire – Save up to £220pp

Free car hire available on this itinerary

Summary

Short description

Discover the unique charms of Québec's Gaspé Peninsula

Highlights

  • Discover Québec's French-Canadian heritage with stays in Montréal and Québec City
  • Spend a night in a historic lighthouse looking out across Québec's Atlantic coast
  • Join a local naturalist for an included whale-watching cruise
  • Watch caribou, moose and deer in the Gaspésie National Park

In Brief

  • 2 Nights Montréal
  • 2 Nights Québec City
  • 1 Night Rivière-du-Loup
  • 1 Night Matane
  • 2 Nights Route du Parc de la Gaspésie
  • 1 Night Gaspé
  • 1 Night Percé
  • 1 Night Matapédia
  • 1 Night Tadoussac
  • 1 Night La Malbaie
  • 1 Night Montréal

About

Recommended for:
City | Natural world | Self-drive | Summer | Wildlife

Beginning with stays in Montréal and World Heritage-listed Québec City, this fly-drive holiday, brings you along winding country and coastal roads to spectacular national parks home to roaming caribou, vast seabird colonies and migrating pods of humpback whales. Travelling at your own pace, you'll make your way between remote fishing communities and historic lighthouses, uncovering the region's unique French-Canadian heritage as included whale-watching cruises and scenic boat tours bring you up close to Québec's spectacular natural world.

Day by day itinerary

Days 1-2
Montreal

Begin your holiday in style with included airport lounge access before your daytime flight to Montréal and a short hop to your hotel in the heart of the old town. With its elegant exterior and glass-bottomed indoor pool, it’s a stylish base for exploring such attractions as the Basilique de Notre-Dame, the Chapelle de Notre-Dame-de- Bonsecours and the vast expanse of the Undergound City.

Stay: Le Westin Montreal 

Days 3-4
Quebec City

Collecting your hire car, you’ll follow the meandering path of the Saint Lawrence River north to Québec City. A unesco World Heritage Site, it’s cobblestone streets are lined with 17th- and 18th-century houses, artisan shops and Parisian-style cafés perfect for people watching.

Stay: Le Manoir Victoria 

Day 5
Riviere du Loup

Continue following river’s course to the Riviere-du-Loup, gateway to the Gaspé Peninsula. Then, on arrival, a scenic boat transfer will see you to the Pot à l’Eau de Vie lighthouse for a unique overnight stay. A federal heritage site, this 19th-century lighthouse comes with three period-style rooms and sweeping views across the St. Lawrence River.

Stay: Pot a l’Eau de Vie 

Meals: B D

Day 6
Matane

Drive past beautiful Cacouna village before reaching the Parc Bic, a superb spot for excursions including hiking, cycling and harbour seal cruises. Further along the coast, the town of Rimouski is home to the Musée de la Mer, a maritime museum presenting the history of the Empress of Ireland and its sinking on the 29 May 1914. If you've time, perhaps climb the 128 steps of Canada's second-tallest lighthouse for spectacular coastal views.

Stay: Riotel Matane

Days 7-8
Parc de la Gaspesie

Keep an eye out for caribou, moose and white-tailed deer as you navigate winding country roads en route to Gaspésie National Park. Pause to take in the wild beauty of the Chic-Choc and McGerrigle mountain ranges along the way.

Stay: Gite du Mont Albert 

Day 9
Gaspé

Today’s drive brings you via the wild seascapes of Farrilon National Park to the town of Gaspé and its eponymous peninsula. Here, along its rugged coastline, you’ll have the chance to spot everything from black bears to kittiwakes, cormorants and even pods of whales.

Stay: Hotel des Commandants

Meals: B

Day 10
Percé

After a scenic morning drive, you’ll explore Bonaventure Island on an included boat tour. Take in the thousands-strong gannet colony at Percé Rock National Park, home to the largest migratory bird refuge in North America.

Stay: Riotel Percé (Standard)

Day 11
Matapédia

Continue on to Matapédia along the Baie des Chaleurs, following the contours of Chaleur Bay. Visit the gospel chapel, arts and crafts shops and the Acadian Museum at the town of Bonaventure and, if time permits, visit the Parc de Miguasha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its collection of fish and plant fossils.

Stay: Auberge La Coulée Douce (Superior)

Meals: B

Day 12
Tadoussac

In Rimouski, board a high-speed catamaran for the crossing to Forrestville before driving on to Tadoussac where you'll spend the night. With the rest of the day free to explore, perhaps take a stroll along the town's pretty beach. If you're lucky, you might just catch a glimpse of a passing pod of whales, with belugas and minkes often spotted from the coast. There's also the chance to hire a kayak, or head into the dunes for self-guided hike and views across the nearby fjord.

Stay: Hotel Tadoussac (Standard)

Day 13
La Malbaie

Join local naturalists for an included whale-watching cruise as you look out for the fin, humpback and blue whales. Then, in the afternoon, continue to Le Malbaie, an erstwhile summertime retreat for some of North America’s most powerful politicians.

Stay: Auberge de Falais

Day 14
Montréal

The final leg of your journey takes you south through the beautiful landscapes of the Charlevoix Region, stopping at the picturesque village of Baie St Paul to explore its winding streets lined with boutiques and galleries. Then, continue on to Sainte Anne de Beaupre's shrine and Montmorency Falls before arriving back in Montréal for a final night before heading home.

Stay: Le Westin Montreal

Days 15-16
Depart for UK

After a relaxing morning and a final chance to explore the city, head for the airport to board your overnight flight home, arriving on day 16.

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Pricing

Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Standard Superior

16-day tailor made self-drive from £2,010 incl. flights

Superior

Special Offer

Free car hire: Save up to £220 pp.

Book by: 30 September 2018

Low Season

from £2,010 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £2,170 pp. incl. flights

Valid for travel: 13 June-08 September 2018

Includes:

  • Complimentary UK departure airport lounge access
  • Return flights to Montreal
  • car hire rental
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • return ferry Riviere du Loup/Pot a l’Eau de Vie Island (Lighthouse)
  • 1 dinner
  • boat ride to Bonaventure Island and Rock Perce from Perce
  • catamaran crossing from Rimouski to Forestville
  • whalewatching cruise from Tadoussac and travel documentation package including personalised maps, itinerary and driving directions


Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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