Discover the wildlife and wilderness of Canada’s Québec province
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- Contrast modern Montréal with the cobblestone delights of World Heritage-listed Québec City
- Enjoy wilderness-lodge relaxation and adventure with a stay at remote Hotel Sacacomie
- Cruise out onto Saguenay Fjord to spot finback, minke and beluga whales
- 2 Nights Montréal
- 2 Nights Hotel Sacacomie
- 1 Night Lac Saint-Jean
- 1 Night Tadoussac
- 3 Nights Québec City
Free car hire | Natural world | Self-drive | Spring | Summer | Wildlife
This fly-drive holiday takes you through some of Québec's, and indeed Canada's, wildest regions, pairing and contrasting them with stays in two of its city greats – Montréal and Québec City. Along the way, you'll stay at Sacacomie Lodge for hiking, mountain biking, swimming and kayaking among forested hills and along glittering lake shores, and at Lac Saint Jean and Tadoussac, where you'll have the chance to enjoy activities in the great outdoors and learn about the region's unique culture and abundance of native wildlife.
Day by day itinerary
UK to Montréal
Flying into Montréal, you’ll make your way to your city centre hotel. Then, over two days, you’ll explore a city whose summertime festivals and culinary delights above ground are matched by a huge complex of shopping malls and plazas below, created to combat Québec’s icy winter storms. There’s some wonderful architecture too, with the skyscraping modernism of the city centre contrasting with the Gothic-Revival grandeur of the old town.
Stay: Delta Montréal
Collect your hire car and drive to Saint-Alexis-des-Monts on the border of Mastigouche Wildlife Reserve. Relax with spa treatments and gourmet dining at your remote lakeside lodge, and choose between a seemingly endless array of outdoor activities; there’s everything from hiking and mountain biking to canoeing, fishing and rafting.
Stay: Hotel Sacacomie (Superior)
Meals: B D
Saint Félicien (Lac Saint Jean)
Today is your longest drive, covering 206 scenic miles from Saint-Alexis-des-Monts to Saint Félicien on the shores of Lac Saint Jean. Spend the day exploring Lac Saint Jean, a vast freshwater lake that dates back to the Ice Age. Here, among the region's forests, rivers and hills, you'll have the chance to indulge in a variety of outdoor activities as well as a number of fascinating cultural attractions, such as the charming 1920s village of Val-Jalbert, with its original period buildings and dramatic setting beside a cascading waterfall.
Stay: Hotel du Jardin
After a lazy breakfast, call into Saint Félicien’s excellent zoo whose star attractions include cougars, coyotes, elks and polar bears. After lunch, depart for Tadoussac on the banks of the Saint Lawrence River, a place known for its superb whale watching. Take time to explore Charlevoix this afternoon, the beauty of which has inspired artists for centuries.
Stay: Hotel Tadoussac
Tadoussac & Québec City
Heading out on a cruise along Saguenay Fjord, an experienced naturalist will explain the habits of the finback, minke and beluga whales that frequent the waters during the warm summer months; humpback and blue whales are also regularly spotted Then, for your final stop, you’ll swap the beauty of Québec’s great outdoors for the historical charms of its unassuming capital.Indeed, Québec City truly is the heart of French Canada, where winding cobblestone streets lead to a grand, hilltop chateau and 17th-century houses and soaring church spires provide a backdrop for European-style bistros, pavement cafés and elegant town squares.
Stay: Hotel Manoir Victoria
Depart for UK
Depart Quebéc City for the drive down to Montréal and your overnight flight home, arriving in the UK on Day 11.
Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.
Free car hire: Save up to £150 pp.
Book by: 31 January 2019
from £1,700 pp. incl. flights
from £2,085 pp. incl. flights
Valid for travel: 07 May to 23 Oct 2019
- Complimentary UK airport departure lounge access
- Return international flights
- car hire
- 8 nights accommodation
- breakfasts and dinners at Hotel Sacacomie
- Admission to Wildlife Zoo in St-Felicien
- Whale Watching in Tadoussac
- exclusive 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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