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Welcome to Montréal, the second largest city in Canada. At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink as your Tour Director prepares you for your Québec adventure.
After breakfast, enjoy sightseeing with a Local Guide. Take in NOTRE DAME BASILICA, the Old Seminary of St. Sulpice, and a drive to the top of Mount Royal to enjoy a panorama of the city. The rest of your day is free to explore this lively city on your own. Your Tour Director will be onsite to provide ideas for shopping, dining, and exploring.
Next, follow the historic Navigator’s Route along the St. Lawrence River traveling through quaint Victorian villages, past lighthouses and into the Bas-Saint-Laurent region for an overnight in the maritime center of Rimouski.
Today, start your grand tour of the spectacular Gaspé Peninsula featuring panoramic views of the sea, beaches, and cliffs. Visit the POINTE-AU-PÈRE MARITIME HISTORIC SITE, home of the Empress of Ireland Museum, to learn about the transatlantic liner’s history and doomed fate. Later, travel through the Matapédia Valley to Chaleur Bay for a guided visit to MIGUASHA NATIONAL PARK, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and considered the world’s most outstanding illustration of the Devonian Period known as the “Age of Fishes.” Continue to the Carleton-sur-Mér.
After a morning at leisure, continue your adventure through the Gaspé Peninsula countryside to FERME BOURDAGES TRADITION, the local experts in everything strawberries since 1821. Here, visit strawberry fields with sea views and discover the secrets behind the art of making strawberry wine and liqueurs before tasting them. Next, visit the BANC-DE-PÉCHE-DE-PASPÉBIAC NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE to explore the original buildings dating back to 1766, witness the Gaspésie fishing history, watch traditional shipbuilding, and net-mending demonstrations. Later, continue to the seaside village of Percé.
Today, discover the iconic gems of the Gaspé Peninsula. Take a scenic CRUISE around the famous “Pierced Rock” also known as the "Pierced Rock" and Bonaventure Island to observe the stunning seabird colony and marine wildlife that frequent the region. Visit LF BONAVENTURE ISLAND AND PERCÉ NATIONAL PARK, home to one of the largest migratory bird refuge in North America. Its colony of 116,000 northern gannets is the most accessible in the world. Wander the hiking trails or enjoy the heritage trail to learn about the rich natural, historic, and geological wonders of the island. This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
NOTE:The scenic cruise is subject to favorable weather conditions.
This morning, visit GESPEG MICMAC INTERPRETATION SITE for a guided introduction to the Mi’gmaq, a First Nations people, to discover their culture, traditions, and contributions to modern day society. Then, into FORILLON NATIONAL PARK and follow the peninsula road to old Cap-des-Rosiers lighthouse. Enjoy a lunch break in a sleepy, yet charming fishing community. The catch-of-the-day comes highly recommended. This afternoon’s drive provides some of the best scenery of the peninsula. Late afternoon arrival in Matane, the hub of Gaspé’s thriving shrimp industry.
Today, visit the famous LES JARDINS DE MÉTIS, better known as the Reford Gardens after Elsie Reford who spent thirty years transforming a fishing camp on the Métis River into a vast 40-acre estate garden brimming with bold and innovative character. Spend time exploring the many areas of the gardens, such as the Linear Garden, the Stream Garden, or the Bird Garden which is specifically designed to attract many varieties of birds. Then, a LF TASTE THE GARDENS lunch at the historic Estevan Lodge, once the summer home to Elsie Reford. Enjoy the seasonal menu highlighted with the 150 edible plants picked daily from the gardens themselves. This afternoon, continue your journey to romantic Québec City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, recognized for being one of the most historic and best-preserved cities in North America. Tonight, explore Québec’s Parisian ambiance by visiting the shops in the Petit-Champlain district or enjoying the French inspired cuisine at one of the many restaurants.
This morning, travel along the north shore of the St. Lawrence River to the breathtaking Saguenay Fjord. Here, embark on a WHALE-WATCHING CRUISE in the heart of the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park, known for having the greatest variety of whale species on earth. On board, a naturalist guide will introduce you to the marine mammals of the area including the endangered species: the blue whale and the St. Lawrence beluga whale. En route back to Québec City, stop in the Charlévoix region, known as a thriving culinary destination. Here, visit a family owned traditional LF FROMAGERIE, or cheese factory, to learn the delicate art of cheese making, followed by a tasting.
NOTE:The whale-watching cruise is subject to favorable weather conditions.
This morning, enjoy a tour of the only walled city north of Mexico with a Local Guide. Within the walls of Old Québec, see the Place d’Armes, the Laval Seminary, the star-plan Citadelle, and the Place Royale. Also see the old-world houses crowding the narrow streets in Lower Town by the St. Lawrence River, and the historic Plains of Abraham. Tonight, travel to Ile D’Orléans to enjoy a delightful farewell dinner at a fine restaurant housed in a restored 17th-century flour mill.
Today, depart for Montreal arriving in the early afternoon. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore exhilarating Montréal. Perhaps visit one of the many museums, the Biodome, or the Old Port and wander in the river breeze.
Enjoy your morning at leisure. This afternoon, transfer to the train station and board the overnight OCEAN TRAIN to Nova Scotia. Travel along the St. Lawrence River in the comfort of your private sleeper car.
Enjoy a continental breakfast this morning and views of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Arrive in Halifax and transfer to your hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure.
Founded in 1749 to protect British interests in North America, Halifax, capital of Nova Scotia, is steeped in maritime history. En route to the seaside village of Peggy’s Cove see the Citadel National Historic Site, a fort perched high above the city; the Old Town Clock, as well as other notable landmarks. Continue along the winding coastal highway to the Lighthouse Route to the tiny fishing village of Peggy’s Cove.
Your vacation ends this morning.
It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.
Located in the heart of downtown Montreal, Quebec, Canada, the Delta Montreal soars above President Kennedy Avenue, showcasing unique Canadian artwork in the lobby, a wealth of superior amenities, and exceptionally comfortable accommodations. The Delta Montreal features 456 guestrooms with angular layouts that lend a spacious feel. Sleek, dark mahogany furniture complements earth-toned carpets and draperies, and all rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, and plush bedding. All of this is topped off with fantastic dining options and world-class service.
Situated on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, Hotel Rimouski features spacious guestrooms, on-site restaurant and bar, health center, indoor pool and water slide, and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Located in the heart of Baie-des-Chaleurs, the Hostellerie Baie Bleue offers stunning views of the bay and surrounding environment. The hotel complex is divided into four main buildings and features cozy guestrooms, on-site restaurant and bar, outdoor pool, and picnic area.
Overlooking Perce Rock and Bonaventure Island, the rustic Riotel Perce features spectacular views, cozy guestrooms, on-site restaurant, spa, and access to the beach.
Riotel Matane offers guests modern amenities and breathtaking views of the St. Lawrence River. The hotel features a riverside fire pit, on-site restaurant, fitness center, indoor heated pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Local, modern, and stylish, Hotel Pur is situated in the heart of the Saint Roch District of Quebec City. The hotel features an urban design with amenities that include an on-site restaurant and bar, indoor heated pool, dry sauna, and fitness center.
This deluxe hotel is equipped with full service fitness center, on site spa, business center, as well as a restaurant and lounge. Nourish your soul in the Halifax Restaurant Elements, featuring locally inspired Nova Scotia Cuisine and wines, and awarded with a Wine Spectator Award. In the summer enjoy outdoor patio seating in the lounge. A local shuttle is available complimentary to guests at select times of the day.
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