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Self-Drive: Quintessential Quebec

13 days from £1979 per person

Experience Quebec’s diverse province and dramatic landscapes at a leisurely pace during this self-drive journey of discovery. Explore the contrasting delights of two of Eastern Canada’s iconic cities, Montreal, modern and dynamic, and Quebec City, charming and quaint where the city streets feel like museums that have come alive. Venture into the colourful scenery of the Laurentian Mountains, stay in chateau-style accommodation situated amidst evergreen forests and take in the majestic views across Sacacomie Lake in Alexis-des-Monts. Choose to go whale watching in Tadoussac and take some time to relax along the banks of the St Lawrence River when you reach La Malbie.

Route: Montreal – Mont Tremblant – St Alexis-des-Monts – Quebec City – Tadoussac – La Malbaie

Itinerary Highlights

Experience the European influences in Montreal, a vibrant city that’s passionate about the arts, culture, mouth-watering cuisine and enjoying local festivals and celebrations

Quebec City is a colonial gem, where the fortified buildings that tell tales of the city’s fascinating past are woven between boutique shops and bistros serving gastronomic delights.

Whilst in Tadoussac, enjoy observing the various species of whales by joining a whale watching tour which will also provide a detailed insight into the areas marine life conservation.

Itinerary: Self-Drive: Quintessential Quebec

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international flight to Montreal. Upon arrival, collect your hire car and drive to your hotel. Spend the rest of today exploring dynamic Montreal, taking in the quirky street art, creative cuisine and medley of neighbourhoods. Tonight you might decide to head to Crescent Street where you can take your pick from the varied restaurants available and enjoy the vibrant nightlife. (N)
Accommodation in Montreal: Le Saint-Sulpice Hotel Montreal (or similar)
Montreal is an artsy, multicultural metropolis, where the locals enjoy good food and healthy living. A great way to see the city is to join a bike tour to get a chance to experience the main flavours of this cosmopolitan city, including downtown, Lachine Canal, the historic Old Montreal neighbourhood and Quartier des Spectacles, the iconic festival quarter. Later on, you might choose to hike to the top of Mount Royal to experience the panoramic views over the city, or immerse yourself in the chic French culture in Plateau Mont-Royal. (N)
Accommodation in Montreal: Le Saint-Sulpice Hotel Montreal (or similar)
Today you’ll collect your hire car, leave behind the city buzz and head north into the colourful Laurentian mountain range. Enjoy driving through the diverse scenery, full of soft rolling hills, rounded mountain tops, gleaming freshwater lakes and quaint Swiss-style towns. (N)
Accommodation in Mont Tremblant: Ermitage du Lac (or similar)
Mount Tremblant is a four-season playground offering an abundance of outdoor pursuits to suit all interests. Spend today relaxing in the peaceful surroundings of your chateau style accommodation, or participate in some of the many activities available including rafting, kayaking, fishing and horse riding. (N)
Accommodation in Mont Tremblant: Ermitage du Lac (or similar)
Today you will drive around 2½ hours to St Alexis-des-Monts, a wonderland full of nature and pristine scenery that borders the Mastigouche Wildlife Reserve. Spend today at leisure, enjoying the facilities and views from the beautiful Hotel Sacacomie, easily one of the main highlights of this tranquil area. (N)
Accommodation in St Alexis-des-Monts: Hotel Sacacomie (or similar)
Today is free for you to explore the local area at your own pace. You might choose to enjoy the activities on offer around the majestic Sacacomie Lake; head out on a Rabaska, go for a dip in the refreshing lake or join a bear and beaver observation tour to discover more about the lifestyles of these wild animals. (N)
Accommodation in St Alexis-des-Monts: Hotel Sacacomie (or similar)
Today you will drive around 2½ hours to Quebec City. Spend the rest of the day discovering the heart of French Canada and its compelling blend of architecture, culture, heritage and art. (N)
Accommodation in Quebec City: Hotel 71 (or similar)
Quebec City prides itself on being one of the oldest settlements in North America. Oozing with grandeur, the city streets feel like museums that have come alive. Enjoy spending the day getting to know both the modern and historic parts of the old town; connected by cobbled streets and proudly a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Quebec City is a charming city that has been lovingly preserved. This evening you might choose to indulge in a spot of French Canadian fine dining. (N)
Accommodation in Quebec City: Hotel 71 (or similar)
Leaving Quebec City behind, you will drive approximately 3½ hours to Tadoussac. With the St Lawrence River on one side and mountain peaks on the other, enjoy taking in the sublime scenery as you journey north. Make a stop at the 272ft Montmorency Waterfall, located in a naturally beautiful setting just outside of Quebec City. Tadoussac is a small and historic town that’s home to many different species of whales. Spend the rest of the day exploring the untamed character of this charming area. (N)
Accommodation in Tadoussac: Hotel Tadoussac (or similar)
Today is free for you to explore Tadoussac at your leisure. You might choose to start the day off by going for a hike across the dunes that overlook the picturesque landscape of the Saguenay Fjord, before joining a whale watching tour this afternoon. (N)
Accommodation in Tadoussac: Hotel Tadoussac (or similar)
This morning you will drive around an hour to La Malbaie. La Malbaie is a popular holiday destination for the locals, due to is authentic character, beautiful scenery and variety of activities on offer. You might choose to hire bikes and cycle along the St Lawrence River, pack a picnic and find a pretty spot along the riverside to relax or later try your luck at the Casino de Charlevoix. (N)
Accommodation in La Malbaie: Hotel Pavillons Le Petit Manoir du Casino (or similar)
Today you will drive around 2 hours to Quebec City airport where you will drop off your hire car and board your international flight back to the UK. (N)
Today you will arrive back into the UK, where you will continue your journey home. (N)
**KEY: N = No meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

What To Do Next?

We design unique, tailor-made holiday itineraries to suit you, by combining your ideas with our knowledge and experience. Once you have an idea of what you’re looking for, or if you require some advice, please call us or complete the enquiry form online for a quotation.

What's included

  • International flights from the UK
  • Hotel accommodation and taxes
  • Car hire as specified

What's not included

  • Cost of visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Meals unless specified

Guide to Price

The above price is based on two people travelling together and sharing accommodation in low season. The price is only a guide and can vary according to selected airlines, hotels and date of travel. If you wish to travel with your family, friends or on your own we will be very happy to assist you with your arrangements.

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