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Gaspé Peninsula Getaway
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 on a tour of the Gaspé Peninsula.
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
• 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
Motorcoach transportation, 8 nights accommodation, 8 breakfasts, 4 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 (2 nights)
Experience the old-fashioned elegance of this famous landmark hotel, located on the St Lawrence River at the mouth of the Saguenay Fjord in one of the most beautiful bays in the world. The town of Tadoussac is renowned as one of the best marine mammal observation sites in the world.
Located in the heart of Old Quebec, the Clarendon Hotel is just steps away from the city's activities, attractions. Inaugurated in 1870, it is the oldest continuously operating hotel in the city. The hotel offers a distinctive historic experience alongside 4-star comfort.
Board a deluxe 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
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
Meals: B, L, D
We will have a relaxing day travelling to Perce, after our included lunch. Perce is a small village near the tip on the Gaspe Peninsula and we will have lots of time to explore this quaint area.
Our original planned visit to Eole Cap Chap is not available due to the closure of the facility for renovations.
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.
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
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 centrally located hotel and enjoy the charms of Old Quebec. This evening enjoy dinner at Manoir Montmorency overlooking the mighty falls.
Stay: Hotel Clerendon, 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
Travellers could be required to walk a distance of up to 500 metres (1,600 feet) on fairly level terrain. Walking one flight of stairs with railings may be necessary. There is time during the day for you to rest on your own. Ocean cruising would fall into this category, although participants may take part in more demanding excursions if they choose.