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One of the world’s must-sees according to National Geographic Traveler, ‘La Gaspésie’ holds too much natural beauty for one small spit. Join us to discover rock, wilderness, and the distinct French-English culture of the people who call this little headland home.
A stop in Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, the woodcarver capital of Quebec, before we try on our sea legs! A boat takes us to Percé Rock, Canada’s iconic 400-million-year-old red-gold limestone arch. 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 in centuries-old buildings.
The bohemian town of Tadoussac, where the Saguenay River meets the St. Lawrence, is one of the best spots to glimpse belugas and minkes from shore. An offshore cruise lets us see these giants up close.
A guided tour of Quebec City, one of the most beautiful cities in North America, finishes the tour and 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.
Percé Rock is an 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.
• 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
Deluxe motorcoach transportation, 8 nights accommodation, 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners, all highlights listed, Tour Director, Connections Program and all taxes.
Prices are in Canadian dollars, are per person and include HST and TVQ.
• Drummondville: Quality Suites (1 night)
• Matane: Hotel Belle Plage (1 night)
• Percé: Hôtel Le Mirage (2 nights)
• Rimouski: Hotel Rimouski (1 night)
• Tadoussac: Hotel Tadoussac (1 night)
• Quebec City: Clarendon Hotel or Hôtel Palace Royal (2 nights)
Board the DeNureTours motorcoach, sit back and relax, and get to know your fellow passengers. After arriving at the hotel and settling into your room, enjoy dinner this evening with your new friends.
Stay: Quality Suites, Drummondville
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, Matane
Meals: B, L
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
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
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
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
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: Clarendon Hotel or Hôtel Palace Royal, Quebec City
Meals: B, D
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.
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
- Sunscreen is an essential product to have, regardless of the climate. Since UV exposure is unavoidable, a hat and sunglasses are also suggested for your protection, even in the winter.
- Mosquito repellent can prove useful in wooded areas or in the evenings in some regions.
- Comfort is important when on vacation. Bring comfortable walking shoes. And loose, casual clothing is suggested to keep you cozy.
- Pack extra batteries and memory cards for your camera.
- Always pack an extra jacket or sweater in case of inclement weather or cooler evenings. DeNureTours recommends you dress in layers, so you can add or remove layers if the temperature rises or drops.
- Use every corner, nook and cranny of your suitcase when packing. Rolled sweaters and bulky clothing occupy less space, but clothing that wrinkles easily should be laid flat. Roll socks or underclothing and pack them into shoes, and slip smaller items into side pockets.
- Use sample-sized toiletry items and always transport containers of creams and liquids in a sealed plastic bag.
- Keep an extra set of keys for your luggage.
- Always prepare for the possibility of rain. An umbrella, or rain jacket will easily fit in your luggage, and could prove to be the most useful article you pack. When travelling as a couple, bring two so neither person gets half wet.
- Pack your bathing suit.
- Pack a good book, or a deck of cards to keep you busy during free time.
- Leave items of monetary or sentimental value at home. Costume and faux jewelry always travels well.
- If you require corrective lenses, pack an extra pair of glasses or contacts.
- If you wear dentures, and have a second set, pack them just in case. You’d be surprised how often these important items end up where they shouldn’t.
- Not all hotel rooms are equipped with alarm clocks. While most hotels offer wake-up calls, a small travel alarm clock might prove useful.
- Couples travelling together may find it wise to split their belongings between two suitcases. If one suitcase should go missing, neither person is left without a change of clothes.
- Remember to pack any medications or prescriptions in your carry-on and not in your suitcase in case of emergency or luggage misplacement. Medications should be packed in their original containers for security reasons.
- Keep a listing of your recent medical history with you, including medications you currently take, prescription or otherwise, as well as allergies you suffer from, and any medical conditions you have. Carry the listing in your wallet, and leave a copy with your emergency contact person at home.
- Identify your luggage with an identification tag as well as your DeNureTours luggage tags.
- If you carry travellers’ cheques, record the numbers of the cheques and keep this list in a separate location. When travelling as a couple, put some cheques in your partner’s name so you both have access to funds.
- Always carry your travel insurance policy with you, and read it carefully before you leave.
- Always carry your passport, or other important identification on your person. Make a photocopy to keep in your suitcase.
- Ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months after your return date. This is a requirement for entering certain countries.
- Always check the spelling of your name on all documentation you receive. Often, your travel documents must match your passport or birth certificate. It is imperative that your legal name be listed correctly on your documents. Failure to comply may result in your being denied entry to a country, or boarding on an airplane or cruise ship. Name changes on documents may be subject to a change fee.
- Use extra copies of your travel itinerary and hotel listing to distribute to friends or relatives, so you can be reached in case of emergency.
- Keep a log of your purchases, including what you paid in foreign currency and the equivalent in Canadian dollars. This will assist you in filling out customs forms. Keep all receipts.
- Secure your home before you leave. Arrange for a friend or neighbour to pick up mail and check in periodically. Have someone cut your lawn (or shovel your driveway) and care for your property. Set automatic timers on the lights and television. Empty the refrigerator of perishables. Lower your thermostat to save on energy.
- When flying, drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, and limit your intake of caffeine and alcoholic beverages.
- To avoid circulatory problems on a plane or coach, walk up the aisle every hour or so. Periodically, stretch your legs, arms, shoulders and neck.
- Arrive early for flights. DeNureTours recommends to check-in 90 minutes prior to departure for domestic flights, or 2-3 hours prior for international flights.
- An inflatable travel pillow can make you more comfortable on long coach rides or flights. The U-shaped pillow keeps your head from rolling during travel, reducing the risk of neck pain.
- Avoid the use of perfume or scented sprays on the coach or an airplane. These are confined spaces, so be courteous to your fellow travellers who may be allergic or sensitive to scents.
- Get as much rest as possible before you leave.
- Try your best to be flexible. Unexpected things can happen. Your holiday will be more enjoyable if you are open-minded.
Tips to waiters, taxi drivers, step-on guides, tour directors and drivers are a tangible way for you to express your appreciation for jobs well done. This practice, though customary, is voluntary and is not included in tour prices. As a guide to the amounts to tip, the following amounts are suggested:
- Taxi Drivers – Drivers should be tipped 10% of the taxi fare.
- Waiters – For meals that are not included in the tour price, tip waiters between 15% and 20% of your bill, but never less than $1.
- Tour Directors and Drivers – A gratuity of $4 per person per day is suggested.
The pace of a tour varies by itinerary, as each destination, its sightseeing and the activities are unique. Pacing is often subject to personal interpretation, but our trip pace indicator on each tour page may assist you in determining if a tour is suitable for you.
Day-by-day itinerary descriptions can be found on our website or requested from our office. Generally, the more activities included, distance travelled in a day, or number of hotel changes, will increase the pace of a tour.
Some of the most unique sightseeing is found in locations that can be a challenge for motorcoaches, especially in historic areas. For your comfort, we recommend packing walking shoes so you fully enjoy every aspect of your holiday.
Tours with the highest “On-the-go” ratings require a level of activity that is not suitable for those who use either walkers or wheelchairs. If a trip pace is not ideally suited for you, our reservations team will be happy to help you find your perfect vacation.