Gaspé Peninsula Getaway – 9 Days
July 23, August 20, 2018 – Guaranteed Departures! Double: $2,695, Single: $3,395 (Route C) Things get wilder, greener, and rockier as you near the tip of the Gaspé Peninsula. The wind tastes salty, and suddenly cliffs appear like spears out of the cold Gulf. One…
July 23, August 20, 2018 – Guaranteed Departures!
Double: $2,695, Single: $3,395
Things get wilder, greener, and rockier as you near the tip of the Gaspé Peninsula. The wind tastes salty, and suddenly cliffs appear like spears out of the cold Gulf. One of the world’s must-sees according to National Geographic Traveler, ‘La Gaspésie’ holds too much natural beauty for one small spit. We’ll discover the distinct French-English culture of the of the kind people who call this little headland home.
Saint-Jean-Port-Joli is the woodcarver’s capital of Quebec. We stop to admire the handiwork of these talented artisans. A boat ride to Percé Rock, one of the largest natural arches in the world, overworks our cameras! More than 400 million years old, colonies of seabirds nest on top of the iconic red-gold limestone arch (linked to the mainland at low tide by a sandbar). Nearby Bonaventure Island is home to the largest gannet colony in North America. Paspébiac Bank Historic Site brings the Gaspésie fishing story to life with net-mending and shipbuilding demonstrations in centuries-old buildings.
The bohemian town of Tadoussac, where the Saguenay River meets the Saint Lawrence, is one of the best spots to glimpse belugas and minkes from shore (because this is where you’ll also find swarms of krill). Cruise offshore to see these giants up close.
A guided tour of Quebec City, one of the most beautiful cities in North America, fills our souls with old-world charm, exquisite dining, and boutiques.
Parc national de l’Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé
Parc national de l’Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé on the tip of the Gaspé Peninsula offers stunning views, peaceful forests, meadow landscapes, and steep cliffs that give way to the sea. Visitors can hike on four trails that showcase the park’s outstanding flora and fauna, including its famous colony of Northern Gannets, and several species of seabirds that come to the park to breed. Boat cruises give visitors a chance to view the shorelines and rock faces surrounding this tiny island park.
A paddle by kayak to Percé Rock is a must for those who want to get up close to this amazing geological formation. A best-known Canadian landmark, this 88m-high, 475m-long chunk of rusty limestone contains 150 fossil species. In 1603 Samuel de Champlain gave the rock its name because it appeared to be pierced by a giant needle. That famous piercing created one of the world’s largest natural arches located in water.
Deluxe motorcoach transportation, 8 nights accommodation, 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners, all highlights listed, a DeNureTours Tour Director, Connections Program and all taxes.
Prices are in Canadian dollars, are per person and include HST and TVQ.
• Saint-Jean-Port-Joli Woodcarving Museum
• Éole Cap Chat Wind Turbine
• Percé Rock
• Parc national de l’Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé boat tour
• Banc-de-Pêche-de-Paspébiac Historic Site
• Matapédia Valley
• St. Lawrence River by ferry
• Whale watching cruise
• Dinner at Manoir Montmorency
• Guided tour of Quebec City
• Sucrerie de la Montagne
Drummondville: Quality Suites (1 night)
Matane: Hotel Belle Plage OR Quality Inn & Suites (1 night)
Percé: Hôtel Le Mirage (2 nights)
Hotel Rimouski: Rimouski (1 night)
Tadoussac: Hotel Tadoussac (1 night)
Quebec City: Hôtel Le Concorde (2 nights)
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New: Gaspé Peninsula Getaway – 9 Days
Day 1: Drummondville
Board the DeNureTours motorcoach, sit back and relax, and get to know your fellow passengers. Onboard entertainment and Wi-Fi will help pass the time. After arriving at the hotel and settling into your room, enjoy dinner this evening with your new friends.
Stay: Quality Suites, Drummondville
Day 2: Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, Matane
Travel the byroads this morning to Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, the woodcarver’s capital of Quebec. Take some time to view the intricate skill of some local woodcarvers before journeying on to overnight in the charming seaside town of Matane.
Stay: Hotel Belle Plage OR Quality Inn & Suites, Matane
Meals: B, L, D
Day 3: Éole Cap Chat, Percé
Start the day with an adventure – amidst the marvelous scenery of the Gaspé Peninsula discover Éole Cap Chat, a windmill park named for the god of the wind and home to the highest vertical-axis wind turbine in the world. Learn about energy generation via wind turbines that mix harmoniously with the surrounding elements in a tribute to nature and man’s spirit. Travel further along to Percé, a small village near the tip of the Gaspé Peninsula.
Stay: Hôtel Le Mirage, Percé
Meals: B, L, D
Day 4: Bonaventure Island, Percé Rock
Spend the day enjoying the peace and tranquility of the little village of Percé. Look out in the harbour to see Parc national de l’Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé, considered to be a jewel of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The park includes Bonaventure Island and Percé Rock, a natural rock formation located close to the shore facing the town, known for its size, color, and unusual door-like hole at one end. A boat trip will provide a close-up view of the famous rock, with the option to stop at Bonaventure Island on your own, to access a walking trail to one of the most important gannet colonies in the world.
Meals: B, D
Day 5: Banc-de-Pêche-de-Paspébiac Historic Site, Matapédia Valley
Learn about the evolution of the fishing industry in Gaspésie at the Banc-de-Pêche-de-Paspébiac Historic Site. Starting from the late 18th century, the site tells the story of the empire of two family companies from the Island of Jersey who were able to profit after the conquest from the commercial fishing potential of the area. Continue up through the Matapédia Valley, world renowned for Atlantic salmon fishing, to complete the circle around the Gaspé peninsula.
Stay: Hotel Rimouski, Rimouski
Meals: B, L
Day 6: Tadoussac
Cross the St. Lawrence River by ferry today aboard the M.V. Trans-Saint-Laurent, a service that has been in existence between Rivière-du-Loup and Saint-Siméon for over 80 years. Enjoy the scenery on board the ferry during the 65 minute crossing, and keep an eye open for the St. Lawrence River’s summer visitors, the whales. Spend the night in Tadoussac, France’s first mainland trading post in New France.
*Note: This day is subject to change due to ferry schedule.
Stay: Hotel Tadoussac, Tadoussac
Meals: B, D
Day 7: Whale watching, Quebec City
Have a ‘whale of a time’ this morning during your whale watching cruise. With Mother Nature’s cooperation you will have the opportunity to get an up-close look at these magnificent mammals in their summer feeding grounds at the confluence of the St. Lawrence River and the Saguenay fjord. Be sure to have the camera ready! Stay the next two nights in Quebec City at our hotel located right next to the Plains of Abraham and the Grande Allée, and just steps from the St. Louis Gates that provide entry to the charms of Old Quebec. This evening enjoy dinner at Manoir Montmorency overlooking the mighty falls.
Stay: Hôtel Le Concorde, Quebec City
Meals: B, D
Day 8: Guided tour of Quebec City, Free afternoon
Be entertained with a guided city tour this morning, highlighting the views and attractions of Old Quebec. Take a walk in Place Royale in the Petit Champlain Quarter of Lower Town, and admire the history and views from the belvedere on the Plains of Abraham. This afternoon will be free for you to explore your favourite section of the city as you wish.
Day 9: Travel home
Take a moment out of your homeward journey to stop at Sucrerie de la Montagne, an ‘old-time’ sugar shack that is proud to explain the traditional process of making maple syrup. Smell the heavenly scents in the wood-fired bakery used for their homemade bread. Enjoy a traditional Quebecois lunch and save time to purchase some maple syrup for your first breakfast at home. Wave good-bye as you board the coach for the remainder of your journey home.
Meals: B, L