This journey of contrasts takes you through the charming quintessence of Quebec. Romantic cities, the salt air, the spectacular scenery of the Gaspé Peninsula and nature, nature, nature...Go kayaking, fishing or spotting bears. Have yourself a whale of a time as you depart on a cruise from the harbour of Tadoussac, the perfect spot to celebrate the near end of a stunning selfdrive.
Day 1 - Montreal
Transfer independently to your downtown hotel, ask for your roadbook at the reception and get your bearings in this unique and vibrant French-Canadian city.
Days 2 - 3 - Montreal > Quebec City (255 km)
Tomorrow you board a narrated 90 min. cruise and explore 25 km of history and attractions along the St. Lawrence river: the Old Port, Ste-Helen’s Island, the unspoiled landscape of the Boucherville Islands and much more! You spend the night in Quebec.
Quebec is unique in that it is North America’s only walled city and has a distinctive man-size European feel. Make sure you visit the Plains of Abraham, the Citadel, the Notre Dame Basilica, the National Assembly and Parliament Buildings.
In the evening, stroll through the city’s pedestrian-friendly cobblestoned streets and soak up the lovely laid back atmosphere of Vieux Quebec.
Day 4 - Quebec City > Rivière-du-Loup (205 km)
Today you drive along the banks of the St. Lawrence River to Rivière-du-Loup. The prosperity of the early 19th-C and 20th C is reflected in its splendid mansions and public offices. Visit the city hall and St. Patrick’s Church and Presbytery. Panoramic shots can be obtained from the Park of the Luminous Cross, from where on a clear day you can see as far and wide as the five Pèlerins Islands and its many sea and shorebirds.
Day 5 - Rivière-du-Loup > Baie des Chaleurs (410 km)
Baie des Chaleurs was first discovered by Jacques Cartier in 1534 during his exploration. This area of unspoiled beauty and maritime lore which we know as Gaspé Peninsula lies at the inlet of the Gulf of St. Lawrence . Today it is a well-known fishing ground for cod, herring, mackerel, and salmon and home to many picturesque fishing villages.
Day 6 - Baie des Chaleurs > Percé (120 km)
You travel along the coast past Port-Daniel, a community of Scottish, Acadian and Irish descent and along the Capitaine Fournier road which offers splendid view of a 190m longrailway tunnel that crosses Cap de l’Enfer - Cape of Hell; the only one of its kind in Quebec. From the ‘Côte de Surprise’ (Surprise Coast) highway near L’Anse-à-Beaufils you can enjoy magnificent full on views of Percé Bay and Percé Rock.
Day 7 - Percé
Percé is the gem of the entire Gaspé region. It draws nature lovers as a magnet. This once largest fishing port of the area derived its name from the French word for ‘pierced’ as its prominent geological feature is a great rock pierced with a hole. Some of the best restaurants and cafes of the entire region can be found here.There is a summer theatre and a boardwalk along south beach and at the wharf you can watch the fishermen clean their catch of the day.
Day 8 - Percé > Parc de la Gaspésie (280 km)
The 30m high towering vertical cliffs of Forillon National Park and its lighthouse at Pointe-au-Pere National Historic Site willd efinately charm you as will the many wild rose bushes after which the nearby Cap-des-Rosiers was named.
The magnificent cliffs and lovely bay area of Gros Morne too offers an astoundingly dramatic setting, definatitely worth a photo stop. Drive on towards the famous Parc de la Gaspésie.
Day 9 - Parc de la Gaspésie
With peaks of over 1,000 m, the park is the only place in Quebec where caribou, moose and white-tailed deer co-exist. In total 140 km of hiking trails welcome those eager to explore.
Mountain biking, canoeing, fishing and the audio-visual centre with displays and special activities provide plenty of opportunity to learn more about the park inhabitants and geological history.
Day 10 - Gaspèsie Park > Tadoussac (285km)
Today you drive to Tadoussac, a premier destination for marine wildlife. En-route local art galleries display some of the finest woodwork of Eastern Quebec. Keep an eye out for whales and other wildlife as you cross the mighty St. Lawrence.
Top up: prebook a whale watching cruise or zodiac trip!
Day 11 - Tadoussac > Saguenay (126km)
A short but scenic drive takes you into Saguenay. Make sure you stop at L’Anse-de-Roche from where you can enjoy excellent views of the waters below the Saguenay Fjord and L’Anse-Saint-Jean, sometimes called Quebec’s ‘Little Switzerland’. Its 1929 covered bridge offers spectacular views of the Saguenay River.
Day 12 - Saguenay > Lac St. Jean (126km)
The 105 km long, dark amber to black waters of the Saguenay fjord is up 250 m deep and are teeming with diverse marine life. You may wish to visit the park’s interpretative centre and learn about the formation of the fjord and its physical, hydrographic and oceanographic characteristics.
Days 13 - 14 - Lac St. Jean > Saint-Alexis-des-Monts (273km)
Another day to enjoy this impressive area and more particularly the region around this circular lake. You can enjoy boating, hiking, climbing, fishing for landlocked salmon, and horseback riding. End the day with a drive through Quebec’s wild nature and dense terrain as you make your way to Saint-Alexis-des-Monts.
Today and tomorrow, a wide variety of activities awaits your initiative: forest walks and mountain biking on well-marked trails, access to the beach, boating, canoeing, windsurfing and sailing on the tranquil lake. Also available, at a surcharge, are river canoeing, seaplane flights, ATV-tours, fishing waterskiing, diving and golf. Mind you some are at surcharge!
Day 15 - Saint-Alexis-des-Monts > Montreal (150km)
Hotels & Meals
- All Belgian nationals travelling on a Belgian passport (children and babies included) must be in possession of an international e-passport (electronic) containing min. 2 blank pages, valid for at least 1 day after their return home. All travellers to Canada must purchase an eTA or electronic Travel Authorisation online via the official website cic.gc.ca/english/visit/index.asp prior to entering canadian territory via its airports. Price: 7 CAD or +/- 5 Euros. Your eTA is valid for 5 years and linked to your passport number. This implies that as soon as your passport expires, so does your eTA.
- To save time at Customs and Immigration in Canada, you can downmload the CanBorder eDeclaration app before your arrival. You will then receive a QR-code that remains valid for 24 hours. Thanks to the scanning of the QR code, you do not have to re-enter your data on the screen at the Customs counters. You can download via the Apple Store app or Google Play app.
- Please note: A credit card is required upon check-in at the hotels and also when renting a car. All cross-border travellers with the USA must on top be in possession of an international passport and an ESTA. The digital passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the set date of your return flight. The electronic travel authorization must be purchased online by means of a personal credit card via the official link https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/ (14 USD on 20JAN2015). Your ESTA is valid for max. 2 years. Should your international passport expire within that period, so does your ESTA as it is linked to your passport number. We strongly recommend you to print out the Esta- or Eta permit and to have it on you while you travel to avoid problems.
- Travellers with a non-Belgian nationality and / or travellers travelling on a foreign passport are invited to spontaneously report this matter to the Connections travel consultant and shall contact their respective embassy (s) or Consulate (ate) to obtain the latest updates concerning all current travel requirements and documents.
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The tours in our brochures are just a few examples of travel itineraries possible. Our trips can be tailored to suit your specific needs. If you want to book a specific destination or combine it with a mini-tour then we will gladly make you a tailor-made offer. For a personalised day-by-day program please contact our destination experts.
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- In The East (Quebec City, Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa): - 6 h.
- Alberta (Banff, Jasper, Calgary): - 8 h.
- British Colombia (Vancouver, Victoria, Kamloops): - 9 h.
Winter time 2015: Belgium turns the clock back one hour on the night of Saturday, October 24th to Sunday, October 25th. Canada turns back the arms of the clock on the night of Saturday, 1 November to Sunday, 2 November. That entails that during the latter week the time difference is one hour less than indicated above.
Canadian Dollars (CAD); 10 CAD = 6.62€ / 1€ = 1.50 CAD (16/08/2018)
Methods of Payment
A personal credit card is required upon check-in at the hotels and also when renting a car. Credit cards are very convenient and widely accepted and ATMs are readily available.
The climate is comparable to ours. In spring, days are nice and nights are fresh.
In summer temperatures can reach peaks, especially in the East. In the West, there is more chance of precipitation and it is cooler than in the East.
On the coast and around the lakes it is usually a lot cooler.
Average Temperatures (in °C):
- 14 nights in the listed hotels or equivalent
- All programmed meals
- The 90 min. guided St Lawrence cruise from Montreal on day 2
- Your personalised roadbook (day-to-day itinerary)
What's not included?
Your intercontinental return flights and car rental, non-listed meals and beverages, tipping and personal expenses as well as the ferry crossing on day 10.
Good to Know
Please note there is no vacancy in Montreal during The Grand Prix de Formule 1 which is held from 08/06 - 11/06. Your accommodation during this selfdrive is based on a 'room only' stay, unless mentionned otherwise.
Exchange your overnight stay in Rivière-du Loup for a night in the lighthouse of Pot à l’Eau-de Vie.
- The crossing from/to Rivière-du-Loup,
- two meals,
- an excursion and boat trip.
Surcharge: € 133/pers. in Standard based on double occupancy.
Mind you. Rooms are limited (3 rooms in total). For more details please contact your favourite Connections travel shop.
RAISE YOUR EXPERIENCE LEVEL! Go on a whale cruise in Tadoussac, ziplining above Montreal by canopy. Both activities can be prebooked as excursions.
LIVE AN EXCEPTIONAL EXPERIENCE! Exchange a night accommodation in Rivière-du-Loup for a night in the lighthouse Pot à l'Eau de Vie (at surcharge).
Standard Price per person
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