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QUEBEC RESORT CHRISTMAS
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Joyeux Noël from Manoir Des Sables in Quebec’s beautiful Eastern Townships! The Manoir chef serves delectable regional cuisine to your intimate table. Outside, the breathtaking scenery of Mont Orford! Visit the spa and enjoy an evening of tree trimming, a gift exchange, a visit from Le Père Noël himself, and a cocktail party or two!… Or three.
Visit the Saint-Benoît-du-Lac Abbey. Built by Benedictine monks from France in 1912, the haunting Gregorian Chant of the Eucharist echoes across Lac Memphrémagog every day at 11:00. Take home cheese, maple, and apple products from the Abbey – a special holiday gift! If all natural plant-based vegan soaps are more your style, you’ll love visiting Savon des Cantons traditional soap-making cottage.
Visit Ottawa and the Byward Market, one of Canada’s oldest and largest public markets. The area is also surrounded by cafes, boutiques, galleries and shops. Enjoy free time to explore Ottawa’s museums such as the National Gallery of Canada. Its glass architecture is a work of art in itself, and holds a large collection of classic, contemporary and indigenous Canadian art.
In the Eastern Townships you’ll find scenery that will take your breath away and precious memories to take home. Manoir Des Sables amazing views are complemented by 4-star amenities such as a spa, pool, a golf course, and well-appointed rooms.
Since 1912, the Benedictine monks live according to their religious principles at Saint-Benoît-du-Lac. The Eucharist is sung (Gregorian singing) every day at 11:00 a.m. as are the Vespers every day at 5:00 p.m. A boutique offers products of the abbey such as cheeses and apple cider.
Savon Des Cantons: It’s vegetable by nature! In the workshops, they make soaps, skin and body care products with precious oils (avocado, onager, jojoba, argan) and pure essential oils (fine lavander,mint, bergamot, rosemary.)In 2002, Laurent Grimon and Florence Heiser got the idea of starting up a soapmaking cottage industry on Chemin des Pères in Magog. The products were an immediate sensation and, in 2006, the facility was expanded to its current location. Today, the factory employs 10 workers, markets 7 tons of soaps and cosmetics annually, and has had more than 50 000 visitors.
Ottawa: Canada’s capital, is a cosmopolitan city on the Ottawa River, it has at its centre Parliament Hill, with grand Victorian architecture and renowned museums such as the glass-and-granite National Gallery, with noted collections from Canadian and Indigenous artists. The park-lined Rideau Canal is filled with boats in summer and ice-skaters in winter.
The Canadian Museum of History is a national museum of human history located in Gatineau, Quebec, directly across the Ottawa River from Parliament Hill in Ottawa. The museum’s primary purpose is to collect, study, preserve, and present material objects that illuminate the human history of Canada and the cultural diversity of its people.
The historic Gananoque Inn is nestled on the banks of the St. Lawrence River deep in the heart of the Thousand Islands. Discerning travelers have found it an idyllic setting with warm hospitalityat the Inn since 1896..
Deluxe motorcoach transportation, 4 nights accommodation, 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners, all highlights listed, Tour Director, Connections Program and all taxes.
Prices are in Canadian dollars, are per person and include HST and TVQ.
• Welcome cocktail party in Orford
• St-Benoît-du-Lac Abbey
• Savon des Cantons
• Tree trimming party
• Christmas Eve cocktail party
• Christmas church service (optional)
• Christmas dinner with evening entertainment
• Guided tour of Ottawa
• Canadian Museum of History
• Lunch at the Thousand Island region
• Orford, QC: Manoir Des Sables (3 nights)
• Ottawa, ON: Delta Hotel Ottawa City Centre (1 night)
Travel to Orford, QC
Depart in the morning for Orford and arrive at the Manoir Des Sables by late afternoon. The hotel offers an ideal environment for the perfect holiday getaway. Explore the resort’s amenities or enjoy the amazing views before a welcome cocktail party, followed by dinner and entertainment.
Stay: Manoir Des Sables, Orford
Savon des Cantons, St-Benoit-du-Lac Abbey, Tree Trimming, Cocktail Party
This morning you travel to Savon des Cantons soap factory where they make natural soaps and cosmetics with olive oils and essential oils. Next we’ll visit St-Benoit-du-Lac Abbey, a peaceful monastery overlooking Lac Memphrémagog, where during certain times, you’ll hear the monks practice their Gregorian chanting, famous throughout Québec. Equally famous are the monks’ apple cider and finely made cheeses.
Return to the hotel this afternoon and enjoy time with your fellow travellers trimming the Christmas tree or enjoying a game before a festive cocktail party and dinner.
Meals: B, L, D
Church Service (optional), Visit from Santa, Christmas Dinner & Entertainment
Enjoy Christmas with you fellow travellers. For those who wish, transportation will be available to a morning church service. The rest of the day is full of fun and food, and yes Santa may just appear. Enjoy a wonderful Christmas dinner followed by an evening of live entertainment.
Meals: B, L, D
This morning board the coach for a drive through the countryside to Ottawa. Enjoy an included lunch before a guided city tour. Discover this cosmopolitan city with its grand Victorian architecture, renowned museums and Parliament Hill at its centre.
After checking into your hotel late afternoon, enjoy dinner with your fellow travellers this evening.
Stay: Delta Ottawa Ottawa City Centre, Ottawa
Meals: B, L, D
Canadian Museum of History, Travel Home
After breakfast at the hotel this morning visit the gorgeous architecture and world-renowned exhibitions of the Canadian Museum of History, Canada’s most-visited museum. Then depart Ottawa and follow the route of the Rideau Canal as you make your way towards the Thousand Islands. Stop for lunch in the Thousand Islands region before continuing on 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.