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Discover city landmarks, scenic areas, and fabulous Canadian culture on a guided tour of Montreal and Quebec City. Your centrally located hotels in each city will ensure you make the most of your time there.
Stroll the narrow streets and squat boutiques of Quebec City’s Quartier Petit-Champlain. Feast in the Jean-Talon market – North America’s largest – where Montreal’s award-winning pâtisseries, fromageries, and boulangeries get their farm-to-table ingredients. Steps from our hotel are museums, galleries, and fabulous eateries that fill the soul with old-world charm and Quebec’s joie de vivre.
Côte-de-Beaupré’s picturesque countryside rolls out to magnificent 18thcentury farmsteads and churches, tucking local artisan’s work into little galleries like the stunning Albert Gilles Copper Art Museum. Admire gorgeous glass windows and sculptures at the Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine before a stop at towering Montmorency Falls, a natural 30-metre-high wonder. We end with a sweet finale: the quaint and delicious Île d’Orléans chocolate factory, and an authentic maple sugar shack tasting and lunch.
Travel Route C
• Guided tour of Montreal
• Guided tour of Quebec City
• Cuivers d’Art Albert Gilles
• Cable car ride & lunch at Montmorency Falls
• Ile d’Orleans
• La Chocolaterie de I’lle
• La Cidrerie Verger Bilodeau tasting
• Sucrerie de la Montagne
Deluxe motorcoach transportation, 5 nights accommodation, 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 1 dinner, 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.
adian dollars, are per person and include HST and TVQ.
• Montreal: Best Western Ville Marie (2 nights)
• Quebec City: Hôtel Claredon (3 nights)
Travel by motorcoach to cosmopolitan Montreal where you’ll stay with the Downtown Square Mile, within walking distance of numerous shops, restaurants and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Enjoy a welcome dinner tonight with your fellow passengers.
Stay: Best Western Ville Marie, Montreal
While in Montreal, a guided city tour with a local step on guide that will showcase historic Mont Royal, the charm of Old Montreal and the commerce of St. Catherine’s Street. Enjoy a visit to St. Joseph’s Oratory before finishing in Old Montreal where you will have some free time for lunch and shopping.
Quebec City, QC
Arrive in Quebec City just in time for an included lunch. Get your bearings this afternoon with a guided city tour with a local step on guide that will show you many of the city’s famous sights including the Plains of Abraham and Place Royale in Old Quebec. Settle into the Hôtel Clarendon where museums, parks, shops, restaurants and scenic lookouts are within walking distance.
Stay: Hôtel Clarendon, Quebec City
Meals: B, L
Beaupré Coast, Montmorency Falls
After breakfast this morning, enjoy a day trip to the Beaupré Coast. Explore the Albert Gilles Copper Museum which showcases the artwork by the late, great coppersmith Albert Gilles and his family. After exploring the museum, enjoy a copper demonstration and workshop. You’ll enjoy a visit to the Sainte Anne de Beaupré Basilica, a Sanctuary that is dedicated to and depicts the story of her life. Finally, you arrive at Montmorency Falls where we will enjoy an impressive cable car ride to the top of the falls, followed by an included lunch at the Manoir Montmorency.
Meals: B, L
Île d’Orléans, Free Time in Quebec City
Today enjoy a guided tour of the Île d’Orléans, considered to be the birthplace of francophones in North America. Located in the St. Lawrence River just east of downtown Quebec City, the island was one of the first parts of the province to be colonized by the French. In fact, a large percentage of today’s French Canadians can trace their ancestry to early residents of the island. While on the island, enjoy a visit to la Chocolaterie de l’Ile d’Orleans, followed by a tour and tasting at La Ciderie Verger Bilodeau. After lunch, make your way back to Quebec City and enjoy a free afternoon and evening to explore.
Meals: B, L
Sugar Shack Lunch, Travel Home
After breakfast, depart Quebec City and begin your homeward journey. Stop for a visit to the Sucrerie de la Montagne, a traditional maple sugar bush, for a tour and a farewell lunch with your fellow travellers.
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.