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Quebec’s Gaspé Peninsula, Lighthouses & Whales Trail

15-day tailor made self-drive from £2,820 pp incl. flights

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

  • 1 Night 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 Montreal

About

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

Quebec is home to 43 traditional lighthouses, most of which stand along the coastline or on the province's maritime islands. Proud witnesses to the past, today some 20 of these lighthouses are enjoying a second career thanks to the actions of a few enthusiastic souls who have transformed these sentries of the sea or their outbuildings into museums, inns or cottages. Follow in the footsteps of times gone-by and experience a memorable journey through the province of Quebec. 

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
Montréal

Begin your holiday in style with included airport lounge access before your daytime flight to Montréal. Nestled between the majestic St. Lawrence River and the triple peaked hill “Mont Royal” Montreal, Canada’s most cosmopolitan city, is waiting to greet you. From the amazing underground city centre to the top of the Olympic tower. Explore lively Sainte-Catherine Street, or historic Old Montreal with the well-known Notre-Dame du Montréal.

Stay: Le Saint Sulpice (Superior)

Meals: B

Days 2-3
Montreal to Quebec City

This morning collect your car and trace the St. Lawrence River as you head north. Admire views from scenic viewpoints or relax on a lakeshore. The slower route 138 takes you off the mundane highways in order to experience rural Quebec and the remaining farms from the seigneurial regime. Along the way, pass through Trois-Rivieres, one of the first European settlements dating back to 1634 and the point from which French explorers embarked on their North American discovery Continue to classical and historical Quebec City – the first in North America to be named a UNESCO world heritage site. Founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain, the city provides visitors with a wonderful blend of past and present.

Quebec City’s cobblestone streets make an ideal setting for a walking tour to discover its beauty. Discover this charming city and walk alongside the majestic St.Lawrence River, one of Canada’s most important waterways. Explore the narrow streets of Old Quebec, the Upper and Lower towns, the Plains of Abraham, the National Assembly as well as the Parliament Building. 

Stay: Hotel Manoir Victoria, Quebec City

Day 4
Quebec City to Riviere-du-Loup

Following the scenic path of the St. Lawrence River, today you are bound for the Riviere-du-Loup, the gateway to the Gaspe Peninsula. Kamouraska with its quaint architecture offers a pretty place to stop for lunch. Within the beautiful villages of Kamouraska and Notre-Dame-du-Portage, spot the Kamouraska roof, a distinctive design borrowed from the shipyards. 

Stay: Hotel Levesque, Riviere-du-Loup (Superior)

Meals: D

Day 5
Riviere-du-Loup to Matane

Continue today towards Matane. Drive past beautiful Cacouna village before reaching the Parc Bic, a magical spot for sea excursions, hiking, cycling and harbour seal spotting. Further along the town of Rimouski is home to the Musee de la Mer, a maritime museum presenting the history of the Empress of Ireland and its sinking. Climb the 128 steps to the top of Canada’s second tallest lighthouse.

Stay: Hotel Belle Plage, Matane (Superior)

Meals: B

Days 6-7
Matane to Gaspesie National Park

Bound for Gaspesie National Park, soak in the splendours of the Chic-Choc and McGerrigle mountains and keep an eye out for interesting wildlife. The Park contains the highest peaks of the Appalachian Mountains in Quebec; the only caribou herd south of the St. Lawrence, a large moose population, arctic-alpine flora and 150 kinds of birds. Enjoy a day to explore Parc de la Gaspesie

Stay: Gite du Mont Albert, Gaspesie National Park (Superior)


Meals: B D

Day 8
Gaspesie National Park to Perce

Enroute to Gaspe, explore the Forillon National Park and discover magnificent views of the sea and mountains. Observe abundant wildlife including black bears, porcupines, beavers, black-legged kittiwakes, cormorants, guillemots, seals and whales.

Stay: Hotel Le Mirage, Perce/Gaspe (Superior)

Meals: B

Day 9
Gaspe to Perce

Once the largest fishing port in the Gaspé Peninsula, Percé is now the gem of the entire Gaspé region as a resort and tourist town and renowned for the extraordinary beauty of its surroundings. Its prominent geological feature is a great rock pierced with a hole, from which the community derived its name. The town has a terrific selection of restaurants and cafes, some of the best in the region. There is a summer theatre and a boardwalk that stretches along the south beach. At the wharf you can  watch the fishermen cleaning their daily catch.

Stay: Hotel Le Mirage, Gaspe/Perce (Superior)


Day 10
Perce to Matapedia

Today proceed along Baie des Chaleurs through numerous picturesque fishing villages to Matapedia. At Bonaventure visit the Gospel Chapel, the arts and craft shops and the Acadian Museum. Time permits to visit the Parc de Miguasha, a UNESCO world heritage site renowned for fossils from the Devonian Period.

Stay: Hotel le Francis, Baie des Chaleurs (Superior)

Day 11
Matapedia to Tadoussac

In Rimouski board a high speed catamaran for the 55-minute crossing to Forestville (included). Upon arrival in Forestville proceed along the North shore of the Lawrence River to Tadoussac, gateway to the Kingdom of the Saguenay and an immensely popular area for whale watching. 

Stay: Hotel Tadoussac (Superior)

Meals: B

Day 12
Tadoussac to La Malbaie

Today enjoy a 3-hour whale watching cruise (included). Five orsix species, including the humpback whale (15 m), the fin whale (20 m), and the blue whale—the world’s largest mammal (30 m and 140 tons!)—come inland as far as the Charlevoix coastal area for feeding. Catch the 10 minute free ferry ride across to Baie Ste Catherine and proceed to La Malbaie where you will spend the night.

Stay: Fairmont le Manoir Richelieu (Superior)

Day 13
La Malbaie to Montreal

Depart La Malbaie and drive south through the Charlevoix Region to Quebec City. Enjoy the incredible scenery, the beauty of which has inspired generations of artists. Along the way, you may stop to visit picturesque Baie St. Paul and take a stroll along its many narrow streets lined with charming boutiques, art galleries and great restaurants. You may also wish to stop at Sainte Anne de Beaupre’s shrine and Montmorency Falls before returning to Montreal and drop off your car hire.


Stay: Le Saint Sulpice (Superior)

Meals: B

Days 14-15
Montreal to UK

Spend a last few hours in Montreal before heading to the airport for your overnight flight back to the UK

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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

15-day tailor made self-drive from £2,820 pp incl. flights

Superior

Low Season

from £2,820 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £3,200 pp. incl. flights

Valid for travel: June to September

Includes:

  • Complimentary UK departure airport lounge access
  • Return flights to Montreal
  • Car hire rental - Intermediate vehicle with Zero Excess and GPS included
  • 13 nights accommodation including meals where stated
  • Freedom of Choice Excursions - Quebec City - see below
  • Boat ride to Bonaventure Island and Rock Perce from Perce
  • Catamaran crossing from Rimouski to Forestville
  • Whale watching cruise from Tadoussac (covered boat)

Not Included

  • Road Tolls
  • Ferry ride from Quebec City to Levis
  • National Park Entrance Fee

A map will be provided for the location of your accommodation in Gaspesie National Park

Quebec City Freedom of Choice Excursion options (1 of 3)

Option 1. Rendezvous with History Quebec City Tour

This is your chance to visit history firsthand. The Latin Quarter, Plains of Abraham, Ramparts, world famous Château Frontenac, National Assembly, Basilica, City Hall, Place-Royale, Citadelle and a glimpse of modern Quebec City are the perfect introduction to the city.

Option 2. A Fabulous Country Tour

Travel back in time to rural Quebec along the Chemin du Roy to SainteAnne-de-Beaupré. Here you will be given time to see the world-famous Shrine and Montmorency Falls before visiting the Island of Orléans. Discovered by Jacques Cartier in 1535, the picturesque village of Sainte-Pétronille has a 19th century rural atmosphere waiting to be rediscovered.

Option 3. Foodie Walking Tour of Quebec City

Throughout the years, the food of Quebec has been influenced by Amerindian, British and French cuisines. Treat yourself to a behind the-scenes experience of Quebec City, discovering its gastronomy and culinary history by taking part in five exclusive tasting presentations.


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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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