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Quebec

Québec is a land of unique natural attractions and home to two of Canada’s greatest cities; Montréal is an eclectic mix of quirky neighbourhoods and Québec City boasts quaint narrow streets and beautiful architecture. Beyond the cities, Québec is a recreational paradise of towering cliffs, majestic mountains, lush forests and sweeping marine vistas. Discover for yourself Québec’s endless possibilities.

When the French explorer, Jacques Cartier, landed on the Gaspe Peninsula in 1535, Québec's French Heritage began. The provinces je ne sais quoi French style is evident in the language, culture and cuisine. The resorts of the Laurentians Mountains are premier ski destination’s, there are culture-rich cities, wide open spaces and 1,800 miles of coastline. Québec is where Gallic charm meets warm North American hospitality, just perfect!

 

CITY LOVERS

Québec City and Montréal are two of Canada’s most appealing, as well as largest, cities. Gracious Québec City was founded in the 17th century, and its charming streets remain lined with magnificent 17th and 18th century houses. It’s little wonder that the entire city is a World Heritage Site. You’ll need to remind yourself that you are in North America as you wander around the atmospheric Old Town; don’t miss the Notre-Dame-de-Québec Basilica, Place Royal, the Old Port, Parliament Hill and the fortifications.
Visit Québec City at any time of year, but, if you do go in the winter months, how about staying in the Ice Hotel Québec, just a few minutes from the city itself?

In comparison, Montréal couldn’t be more different, it’s a thriving, sparkling and cosmopolitan city, with a foodie’s paradise of restaurants and fantastic nightlife. Whilst you can enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides over the cobbles of Old Montréal and sites such as the Notre-Dame-de-Québec Basilica, downtown has a state-of-the-art underground city, a 28-mile network of shops and hotels. Other cities, such as Gatineau, Trois-Riviéres, Sagueney and Sherbrooke, each offer their own unique take on urban life.

 

OUT AND ABOUT

You’ll find sandy beaches, rocky bays and towering cliffs along Québec's coastline. Visit atmospheric coastal gems, such as Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspesie, Cote-Nord and the Iles de Madeleine. Transversing the south of Québec is the mighty St Lawrence River, which flows from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean. South of the river, you’ll find tranquil lakes and gentle peaks, an area of intoxicating natural beauty that draws artists and nature-lovers from around the world. To the north is a paradise of crystal clear lakes, wildlife and, of course, the Laurentian Mountains. These 19 mountains spread over a 90 mile radius are quite astounding. Aside from amazing the skiing, there are opportunities to go hiking, biking and fishing. Scenic Charlevoix stretches from Baie Sainte Catherine, one of the best places for whale-watching along with Todoussac, to the delights of Baie-Saint-Paul.

 

Québec IS ALWAYS OPEN

With four distinct seasons, Québec is a year round destination, whether for a short shopping break, after all, it is only a 6.5 hour flight from the UK, or a longer holiday to explore and relax in stunning surroundings. In summer, the weather is hot and sunny with an abundance of outdoor festivals and activities on offer. Autumn sees the leaves change colour, creating breathtakingly beautiful landscapes of brilliant reds and golds. Winters are crisp and very cold with brilliant blue skies and heavy snowfalls, making it a great destination for skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, dog sledding and snowmobiling, and the perfect festive wonderland for a relaxing or action-packed Christmas break. Spring starts late but as nature reawakens, the trees and flowers begin to bloom and the air warms, restoring the colours to a beautifully scenic Québec. The question isn’t should I visit, but when should I go?

Experience and explore Québec aboard a La Massif or VIA Rail journey and experience Quebec like never before.

 

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Average Max/Min temperatures °c
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Quebec City 7/-15 -6/-14 0/-8 7/-1 16/6 22/12 25/15 24/14 18/10 11/4 3/-3 -4/-11
Montreal -5/-15 -4/-13 2/-6 10/1 18/8 24/14 26/17 25/16 20/11 13/5 5/-1 -4/-10
Flight duration from the UK: Montréal 7 hours
Québec time zone: GMT minus(-)5 hours

Canada's Capital Cities & Niagara Falls


10 Days/9 Nights

Begins in Toronto and ends in Quebec City

Departures

May, June, July, August and September

Your Tauck Itinerary includes:

• Round trip scheduled flights
• Accommodation for 9 nights as specified
• 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 6 dinners
• Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
• Services of a Tauck Tour Director

DAY 1 ARRIVE TORONTO

Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Toronto. Upon arrival, transfer to The Fairmont Royal York which is located in the heart of the city. Enjoy a little time to relax before meeting your Tauck Director and travelling companions at the Royal Ontario Museum for a welcome reception and dinner.
Hotel: The Fairmont Royal York 
Dinner included 

DAY 2 NIAGARA FALLS

Today you journey to the thundering Niagara Falls. This morning you’ll enjoy a boat cruise for an up-close view of the plunging waters and misty spray created by the Falls. Lunch is enjoyed in the charming, Victorian town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, before making the return journey to Toronto for a visit to the CN Tower.
Hotel: The Fairmont Royal York
Breakfast and dinner included


DAY 3 THOUSAND ISLANDS 

En route to Canada’s capital city of Ottawa you will enjoy a luncheon cruise through the Thousand Islands, home to quaint summer houses and opulent mansions. Once in Ottawa you are free to explore this exciting city before enjoying a wonderful dinner.
Hotel: Fairmont Chateau Laurier  
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included 


DAY 4 OTTAWA

Enjoy a guided visit to the city’s grand Parliament buildings, including the House of Commons, where vaulted ceilings, marble floors and stone walls adorned by hundreds of gargoyles create a grand feel. Next, it’s on to the Canadian Museum of History. Dating back to 1856, it is one of Canada’s oldest public institutions and a showcase of Canadian history, archaeology, ethnology and cultural studies.
Hotel: Fairmont Chateau Laurier  
Breakfast included 


DAY 5 MONTREAL

Before departing for French-speaking Montreal, enjoy a presentation by an officer of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Once in Montreal, you will experience a country chateau lunch before a guided city sightseeing tour of the city.
Hotel: Hilton Bonaventure Montreal
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

 
DAY 6 MONTREAL

Take a walking tour through Old Montreal, a contrasting environment to the bustling new city and sample an array of epicurean delights. The rest of the day is yours to do as you wish. Perhaps a visit to the fashionable shops of Place Ville Marie and St. Catherine or explore the underground city. This evening, enjoy culinary traditions at a popular local restaurant.
Hotel: Hilton Bonaventure Montreal
Breakfast and dinner included

 
DAY 7 MONTMORENCY FALLS & QUEBEC CITY 

Head east through the heart of French Canada along the St. Lawrence River to Quebec City. En route enjoy a taste of locally produced maple ice at Trois Rivieres, and stop for lunch besides Montmorency Falls, which are higher than Niagara Falls. Your accommodation in Quebec City, the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac, is one of the most iconic hotels in French Canada and overlooks Old Quebec and the port.
Hotel: Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

 
DAY 8 ILE D'ORLEANS

This morning, tour Old Quebec where ancient stone houses huddle beside churches and historical monuments. Next you venture out of the city to historic Île d’Orléans, a French inspired island of red-roofed farm houses and bountiful fields of agricultural produce. Savour lunch in a historic French flour mill and an afternoon cider tasting at a local farm.
Hotel: Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
Breakfast and lunch included

 
DAY 9 QUEBEC CITY

The entire day is yours to enjoy Quebec City’s enchanting setting on the St. Lawrence River, its rich architectural legacy and its colourful past. Enjoy a farewell dinner at your hotel this evening.
Hotel: Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
Breakfast and dinner included 
 

DAY 10 JOURNEY HOME

Time for some last minute sightseeing and shopping before you transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Breakfast included

Prices

From £2999 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

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