Culture and Countryside of Quebec



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Sample Itinerary

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Day 1 – Arrive in Montréal
Be greeted by your own private transfer at Montréal’s airport today as your French-Canadian adventure begins. Once checked into your hotel, join Montréalers on the terraces of St. Denis street to sample the spirit of the city through the inviting array of menus, or stroll Mount Royal and listen to local musicians work their craft. The city’s mix of cultures, cuisines, languages, and trends is yours to savour.

Feature Dinner in Montreal
A delicious meal of classic French cuisine using the freshest local products, in the heart of Old Montreal. You will not only have dinner in a beautiful setting, but you also get to indulge in rich and distinct cooking. This fresh and authentic approach to cooking guarantees a memorable evening where all your senses are awakened!

Day 2 –Tour Montréal
Choose 1 of the following 3 experiences to explore Montreal to its fullest:

1. Walking Food Tour
Today you will explore a neighbourhood which blends the masterpieces of French, British, Chinese, Eastern European, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Latin American, and North African cuisine. Along the way, you’ll sample a Portuguese pasteis de nata the Plateau, an 80 year old famous sandwich and hot Montreal bagel in the Mile-End, espresso and cannoli in Little Italy, and Québecois cheese and cider at the Jean-Talon Market! Visit landmarks, grocers, delis and specialty shops, lunch counters, and mom & pop shops. This is a tour for those who enjoy experiencing a city like a local.
Activity rating: Moderate

2. Montréal Highlights by Bike
A 3-hour tour by bike that takes in major sights and neighborhoods. Hear interesting snippets on histories and anecdotes about the areas you visit. Of course, you’re going to build up an appetite, and this tour takes you to a farmer’s market where you can indulge in a pastry or ice-cream.
Activity rating: Moderate

3. Floatplane Ride Above the Laurentian Mountains
Experience the joys of soaring above it all in a floatplane! Taking off from the St. Lawrence river you will find yourself headed north to the beautiful lakes and stunning scenery of the Laurentian Mountains. This 60-minute flight will get you out of the city and above the vast wilderness of Québec.
Activity rating: Easy

Day 3 –Travel from Montréal to the Eastern Townships
Today you’ll collect your rental car to begin your exploration of the French-Canadian countryside. You’ll find yourselves travelling over rolling hills, through quaint villages and past picturesque pastoral vistas today as you enter the Cantons de l’Est or the Eastern Townships. Nestled between northern Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, the Townships share a similar climate and architectural & cultural heritage with much of New England.

Feature Dinner in the Eastern Townships
You’ve heard of Farm to Table, but have you heard of Tree to Table? After dinner, you will be very familiar with it! Tonight’s menu will offer you the seasonal flavour profiles that celebrate ingredients that are abundant in Québec's rivers, lakes, forest, and fields. Your chef and his team have crafted a menu which showcases the local bounty of the province; growing, foraging, and picking only what is needed and working closely with local farmers and producers. Bon Appétit!

Day 4 – Explore the Eastern Townships
The Eastern Townships are abundant with flavours to be explored. Choose 1 of the following 3 activities to help you taste them!

1. Wine Tasting Tour
The Eastern Townships are the cradle of Québec viticulture - the region accounts for over 60% of Québec’s wine production; and today you will spend your day discovering three of them. You will participate in workshops and tastings, then at mid-day you’ll indulge in a meal al fresco - all the while being chauffeured around the beautiful countryside!
Activity rating: Easy

2. Countryside Tour by Train with a Gourmet Meal
All aboard! Today you can climb aboard a beautiful tourist train and treat yourself to a unique sensory experience. While taking in the splendid pastoral views that sweep the Eastern Townships, you find yourself indulging in an exquisite meal, engaging in excellent company and superb service.
Activity rating: Easy

3. Lake Cruise with a Gourmet Meal

Anchors aweigh! Enjoy an unforgettable trip characterized by refinement and elegance aboard a luxury yacht today. Cruising over the waters of magnificent Lake Memphremagog - a natural wonder in the Eastern Townships - you'll be captivated by the boat's luxurious interior, moved by its elegant setting, swept away by the beauty of the scenery, but above all, you'll indulge in pure pleasure from the gourmet menu.
Activity rating: Easy

Day 5 –Explore the Eastern Townships Further
Today the day is yours to explore the treasures of the Eastern Townships. Whether you choose to explore the region’s two wine routes, taste its delicious wares, or march up a mountain - you will not be left wanting.
Insider tip: A wonderful way to explore the Eastern Townships is by bike! Bike rentals are easy to arrange and you won’t be disappointed in the scenery.

Day 6 – Eastern Townships to the Lower Saint Lawrence Region
Today you have a full day to explore this rich countryside further. After departing the Eastern Townships you’ll find yourself in two distinct areas of Quebec: Central Québec (Centre-du-Québec) & the Lower Saint Lawrence (Bas-Saint-Laurent). You have plenty of time to explore each, so be sure to make stops along the way to indulge in all this beautiful province has to offer.

Day 7 – Lower Saint Lawrence to the Charlevoix Region
Following the shores of the Saint St. Lawrence River you’ll be treated to unparalleled views and a relaxed day of exploring even more of the gastronomic delights of Québec. Connecting with a local commuter ferry you will cross the Saint Lawrence River into the National Capital region, overnight in the community of Baie Saint Paul.

Day 8 – Explore the Charlevoix Region
To help you explore this beautiful region, choose 1 of the following 3 activities:

1. Charlevoix Gourmet Tour by Electric Bicycle
On this guided tour, you will explore Charlevoix by electric bicycle. You’ll indulge in four different tastings and a prepared lunch while being entertained by your guide!
Activity rating: Moderate

2. Helicopter Tour
Discover some of Québec’s most beautiful landscapes and scenery by helicopter. Follow the meandering Gouffre river out to the stunning Saint Lawrence river. Look down at Baie-Saint-Paul and Isle-aux-Coudres surrounded by blue!
Activity rating: Easy

3. Whale Watching
The maritime regions of Québec are home to some of the best whale-watching sites in the world. The salty waters of the Saint Lawrence are home to many species of cetaceans including blue whales, humpbacks and belugas.
Activity rating: Easy

Day 9 – Baie-Saint-Paul to Île d’Orléans
Today you make your short beautiful journey to your next gastronomic destination, the small but plentiful Île d’Orléans. Take your time to enjoy this drive and explore the sights along the way, both manmade and natural.

Day 10 – Île d’Orléans to Québec City
Don’t rush off so quickly! Before making your very short commute to historic Québec City be sure to explore the entirety of this tiny and tasty island! The fertile soil of Île d’Orléans bears a variety of crops. For centuries, the island has provided Québec City with fresh fruit and vegetables, grain and maple products.

Feature Dinner in Québec City
Your dinner this evening has been arranged; you will be dining in a historic home, in the heart of Québec City. Your 4-course dinner will be filled with gourmet Québecois cuisine accompanied by a warm and friendly environment.

Day 11 – Explore Québec City
You have a full day to explore all the nooks and crannies of this historic and beautiful city! Choose 1 of the following 2 tours, to help you maximize your time in Québec City.

1. The Food Tour
A Canadian Signature Experience. So confident are the folks that run this tour – that they simply called it ‘The Food Tour’ – the only food tour you will need to take! Ready your taste buds, because this tour covers seven different venues and samples about 15 different products. Expect to try food of French Canadian origin at venues like Le Tournebroche (organic rotisserie), La Buche (traditional Québecois cuisine) and Creperie le Billig (crepes) and Le Moine Échanson (organic wine).
Activity rating: Moderate

2. Walking Tour of Québec City
Stretch your legs on this walking tour of Québec City - this tour covers all the must-see sights in Old Québec. The tour follows a leisurely downhill route and takes in the Citadel, Château Frontenac, Québec Fortifications and Place Royale.
Activity rating: Moderate

Day 12 – Québec City to Saint-Paulin
Today you will travel from the National Capital Region to Mauricie; finding its home in a boreal forest, nature and the outdoors is its brand. Your hotel for the next two nights will not disappoint; you will find yourselves nestled in the forest and beside a rushing river.

Day 13 – Day Outdoors in Saint-Paulin
Choose 1 of the following 2 activities to explore Saint-Paulin:

1. Private Calèche Tour
A calèche is a two-wheeled one-horse drawn carriage and today you will be treated to an intimate tour, aboard your personal calèche. You will be toured around the fields and forests of the surrounding countryside.
Activity rating: Easy

2. Cowboy Experience
On today’s equestrian activity you will have a real impact on the agricultural activity of the property today. You will join your hosts on a 1.5 km route where you will lead livestock across the fields and woodlands to their new pastures.
Activity rating: Easy

Feature Dinner in Saint-Paulin
What better way to end your gastronomic Québec vacation then with dinner? We have arranged a 3-course dinner which features local suppliers. Your service staff and kitchen team will work closely together to ensure that your final evening is an unforgettable fine-dining experience.

Day 14 – Return to Montréal International Airport
Today your gastronomic exploration of Québec comes to an end. You will be driving directly to Montréal’s airport to connect with your return flight.

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What's Included

Here are the things to look forward to on this trip...

Leisure time to discover the beautiful Quebec countryside - Leisure time to discover the beautiful Quebec countryside
Leisure time to discover the beautiful Quebec countryside
Delicious culinary experiences - Delicious culinary experiences
Delicious culinary experiences
12-day car rental - 12-day car rental
12-day car rental
Culinary adventure tour options - Culinary adventure tour options
Culinary adventure tour options
Hotel Inclusions:
13 nights in a range of inn and boutique accommodations

Montreal Experiences:
Choose 1 of the following 3 options:
1. Montreal: Walking Tour
2. Montréal Highlights by Bike
3. Floatplane Flight Over the Laurentian Mountains (upgrade cost).

Eastern Townships Experiences:
• Choose 1 of the following 3 options:
1. Wine Tasting Tour
2. Countryside Tour by Train with a Gourmet Meal
3. Lake Cruise with a Gourmet Meal

Charlevoix Experiences:
• Choose 1 of the following 3 options:

1. Charlevoix Gourmet Tour by Electric Bicycle
2. Helicopter Tour
3. Whale Watching

Quebec City Experiences:
• Choose 1 of the following 2 options:

1.The Food Tour – Canadian Signature Experience
2. Walking Tour of Québec City

Saint-Paulin Experiences:
• Choose 1 of the following 3 options:
1. Private Calèche Tour
2. Cowboy Experience (upgrade cost)

Transportation Inclusions:
• A personalized pick up from your arrival airport
• 12-day intermediate sized car rental including: Loss Damage Waiver (LDW) on car rental, airport surcharges, Unlimited Kilometers, Third Party Liability Insurance Coverage (up to $1 million), fee for 1 additional driver, and vehicle licensing fee

Meal Inclusions:

Feature dinner in Montreal
Feature dinner in the Eastern Townships
Feature dinner in Quebec City
Feature dinner in Saint-Paulin

Other Inclusions:
• Gratuities for most private tours and transfers (unless otherwise noted)
• Documentation package
• Friendly and dedicated Fresh Tracks Canada customer service

Seasonal Restrictions:
• Lake Cruise with gourmet dinner in the Eastern Townships is available from the June 13 to September 19 departure dates. Tour runs on Saturdays only.
• Eastern Township Countryside Tour with train runs on Saturdays only.
• Charlevoix Gourmet Tour by Electric Bicycle is available from June 13 departure date.

Not Included
• Car rental: Fuel and refueling fees, Personal Accident Insurance (PAI), Personal Effects Coverage (PEC), LDW deductible of up to $500 depending on car type, Fee for drivers under the age of 25
• Traverse Ferry between Rivière-du-Loup and Saint-Siméon
• Airfare to and from Canada
• Meals and attractions unless otherwise specified
• Gratuities for hotel, tour & transfer staff
• Trip Cancellation Insurance (highly recommended)
• Canadian sales taxes



Customize this trip a little, or a lot...

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Work with us to personalize this trip by adding some amazing side trips & activities, like...

Drive though the Gaspe Region
Drive though the Gaspe Region
Add a whale watching tour from the Saguenay Fjord
Add a whale watching tour from the Saguenay Fjord
Upgrade your meals to 7 course tasting menus
Upgrade your meals to 7 course tasting menus
Extend your time in Montreal or Quebec City
Extend your time in Montreal or Quebec City
• Add an exciting day of whale watching from the Saguenay Fjord
• Upgrade your feature dinners to seven course tasting menus in the Eastern Townships or Saint-Paulin
• Extend the length of your Charlevoix helicopter tour to see more of the stunning Quebec landscape
• Upgrade to a flightseeing tour of the Laurentians from Montreal with a stop at a scenic lake
• Extend your stay in Quebec with a self drive through the Gaspe region

Accommodation Options

Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodation options. Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.

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Auberge du Vieux Port

An example of our Boutique accommodations

Classic 19th-century architecture make up Auberge du Vieux-Port's luxury boutique hotel. Enjoy the view of the Rue de La Commune, the St. Lawrence River and the Old Port. Explore the cobblestone streets surrounding the hotel, providing charm for over 300 years. Ideally located seconds from top restaurants, boutiques, galleries and attractions.

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Manoir Hovey

An example of our Luxury Inn accommodations

Combining old-world charm with contemporary luxury and service, this beautiful southern style mansion sits on the picturesque Lake Massawippi on a 30 acre property of woods and English gardens. The luxurious bedrooms and suites offer panoramic views across the lake. Le Hatley Restaurant at Manoir Hovey offers regional cuisine celebrating the ingredients abundant in Quebec's lakes, forests and fields.

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71 Hotel Cafe

An example of our Boutique accommodations

The Café 71 is as chic as it gets. Exquisite modern style is paired with the charm of Old Quebec's historic buildings, creating a beautiful contrast. Being close to the old port, the little shops and restaurants and the Fairmont Chateau Frontenac, the best sights are just a step away. You can imagine you're in Europe, as you walk past old buildings hugging cobbled streets.


Trip Start Dates

2018 Montreal Start Dates*
June 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27
July 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31
August 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29
September 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26
October 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17

2019 Montreal Start Dates
June 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26
July 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31
August 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28
September 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25
October 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16

* Additional departure dates available, with customization of this itinerary.


Please speak with one of our Canadian travel advisors to receive a personalized quote for this trip.

What you'll love about
this trip

Charming Québec countryside

Explore Montreal and Quebec City

Luxurious inns and boutique hotels

Fine cuisine and culinary adventures

Train tours, cruise, sightseeing, wildlife, and more

Common Questions

Where am I staying on this trip?

You'll be staying at various local three to five start hotels or lodges along your route, some of which are very iconic properties with great locations, views and history. All our accommodations are carefully selected by our Canadian Insiders. We'll make sure that wherever you stay, you get the best value and comfort based on the seasonal availability.

What is included in the price?

Typically we include and pre-book all your main trip components so you don't have to worry about your connections, places to stay, or activities on your trip. You'll receive a complete travel package with detailed documentation and our Canadian Insiders remain at your disposal before and during your trip to answer your questions.

Can I customize this trip?

Your trip can be as rich as you'd like, and completely arranged around your interests and needs. The greatest benefit of working with us is our local knowledge. You can request your free trip plan to decide what you'd like to see and do.

If your trip is a special occasion, we'll make sure it is unforgettable. Or if you're traveling with a group, we'll take care of the logistics so you can share time together stress-free.

What are the best ways to travel around Canada?

Canada has a network of spectacular roadways, train routes, ferry crossings, and float planes. We can arrange for you to travel by car or to sit back and relax.

Is it safe to drive in Canada?

New visitors will drive with ease because of the wide and well maintained roadways. We'll ensure your trip includes the most spectacular and safest routes throughout your trip.

When is the best time to see wildlife?

That depends on the destination and type. As a rule, the main feeding and migration seasons are best for wildlife experiences. Tell us which animals interest you and we'll make your trip coincide with the best viewing season.

Is this an escorted tour?

With the exception of our guided wildlife trips, our vacations are not typically 'escorted.' We combine the best of both worlds – the reassurance of seamless connections, customer service support, and scheduled activities, plus the freedom of 'independent' travel. You are not tied into a specific group, or a rigid daily itinerary. This allows us to personalize your trip to suit your occasion, interests, and timeframe.

Will it be cold when I visit Canada in summer?

The temperature varies from mild to hot, depending on location. Northern Canada will range between 50°F to 64°F (10°C – 18°C) in summer. The interior of BC, prairies, Ontario and Quebec can reach temperatures around 95°F (35°C). Canada's west coast, mountain regions, and Maritimes enjoy milder summer temperatures. They range on average from 59°F to 77°F (15°C – 25°C).

How much does my trip cost?

All our trips can be customized to fit your schedule and budget. The price depends on travel season, train service, hotel level, and the sightseeing tours you choose. Request your free trip plan which will provide you with a detailed cost estimate.

Explore some of the prettiest countryside that French Canada has to offer on this 14-day exploration of Quebec. Travel from cosmopolitan Montréal to the pastoral Eastern Townships, then enjoy the little mountain towns of Charlevoix. You’ll indulge your senses and find yourself immersed in Francophone culture at every turn. Relax at charming inns and boutique hotels, after a day of exploring by land, sea, and air!

Trip Outline

Arrive Montréal 2 nights Montréal 3 nights Eastern Townships 1 night Lower Saint Lawrence 2 nights Baie-Saint-Paul 1 night Île d’Orléans 2 nights Québec City 2 nights Saint-Paulin Depart Montréal

Culture and Countryside of Quebec  – Map Rideau Canal in winter, Ottawa. Montreal, Quebec Guided bike tour in Montreal Gourmet dinner on your first evening Wine tour of the Eatern Townships North Hatley Farmer's Market Helicopter tour over the Charlevoix Crater Île d'Orléans, Quebec Île d'Orléans wine region The Fairmont Chateau Frontenac, Quebec City Saint-Paulin countryside Horse drawn carriage ride Montreal
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