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QUEBEC RESORT GETAWAY
Two relaxing resorts melt away stress! Quebec’s beautiful Eastern Townships are a tapestry of vineyards, pastoral countryside, mountains, and crystal clear lakes. Stay three nights at Manoir Des Sables. A cocktail party welcomes you and the evening’s entertainment is a memorable retreat. Manoir Des Sables amazing views are complemented by 4-star amenities such as a spa, pool, a golf course, and well-appointed rooms.
The Abbey of Saint-Benoît-du-Lac is home to 30 Benedictine monks who are famous for their handcrafted cheeses and Apple Cider. Then experience pure body products using only olive oil and essential oils. Select your favourites at the Savon des Cantons boutique. Stroll the fragrant fields of Bleu Lavande, the region’s most important lavender producer. Tour a winery and soak in Magog’s scenery for the remainder of your stay.
Stop in Old Montreal for lunch en route to the remarkable Le Château Montebello, the world’s largest log cabin! Founded as a private club in 1930, it offers tranquility and rustic elegance. Continue home, stopping in pretty Gananoque for lunch with a view of the St. Lawrence River.
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Located in the heart of the Eastern Townships on a 300-acre site, Manoir des Sables – a 4-star resort – offers visitors a peaceful atmosphere and enchanting natural sites. May your experience begin! Enjoy a creative culinary experience rich in flavors, prepared by our chef. Relaxation – The Spa Villegia is perfect for letting go and restoring energy.
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..
The monks make cheese, tend apple orchards and make cider, all of which can be purchased in their store.
Savon des Cantons:It’s vegetal by nature! 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 soap-making cottage industry on Chemin des Pères in Magog, Florence, who had a strong background in phyto-esthecology, designed a line of olive-oil soaps and cosmetics classified as 100% vegetal. 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.
With Lake Memphremagog as a backdrop, a 44.5-km view of mountains extending to the Vermont border, and a lively downtown core, the City of Magogbenefits from an exceptional location that early on in its history established its reputation as a popular tourist destination. Founder Ralph Merry arrived in the region around 1797 and left his mark by harnessing hydroelectric power for the textile industries, for which the city was to be long known. His home still stands in the heart of the city, at the corner of Merry and Principale streets.
The ingenuity of Joseph-Armand Bombardierand his successors paved the way for spectacular developments in the field of transportation and has been immortalized over time. Ingenuity can be seen not only in the technological solutions, but also in the ability to manage, anticipate, and create a vision for business development. The permanent exhibition presents the ingenuityof Joseph-Armand Bombardier.
In the heart of the Eastern Townships, lies the most important producer of the lavender in the country. Bleu Lavandewelcomes you to discover the beauty and the many benefits of this virtuous plant. Come take a leisurely stroll in the fields. In the Bistro and Gourmet Boutique you can taste lavender beer and a variety of lavender inspired products.
Old Montrealis the oldest area in the city of Montreal, with a few remains dating back to New France. Most of Old Montreal was declared an historic district in 1964 by the Ministère des Affaires culturelles du Québec.When it was first founded, Montréal was defended by fortified structures. Today you will find trendy restaurants, most with outdoor eating areas, shopping and a feel of old France.
Escape from the ordinary and experience a delightful retreat at Fairmont Le Château Montebello, the world’s largest log cabin! Nestled in the heart of the scenic Montebello village, surrounded by nature, the hotel is famed for its rustic yet luxurious accommodations, excellent service and refined gastronomy. Historically founded as a private club in 1930, Fairmont Le Château Montebello has had the privilege of hosting many political figures, royalty and other celebrities. The resort is now an ideal destination for leisure travelers. Entertainment, local cuisine, relaxation and a warm welcome is what you will come to expect as we want your experience to be truly unforgettable.
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 hospitality at the Inn since 1896. In summer, the grounds are resplendent with flowers in numerous gardens, flower boxes and hanging baskets. Lunch is served in the diningroom overlooking the St Lawrence river.
Deluxe motorcoach transportation, 4 nights accommodation, 4 breakfasts, 3 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.
• Saint-Benoît-du-Lac Abbey
• Savon des Cantons
• Wine tasting and tour
• Lavender farm tour
• Old Montreal
• Lunch in the Thousand Islands region
• Orford, QC: Manoir Des Sables (3 nights)
• Montebello, QC: Fairmont le Château Montebello (1 night)
Depart in the morning for Orford, QC and arrive at Manoir Des Sables by late afternoon. 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, Saint-Benoît-du-Lac Abbey, Magog, Lavender Farm
Travel to the local production facilities of Savon des Cantons to learn how pure soap is made and enjoy time to shop in their boutique.
Visit nearby Saint-Benoît-du-Lac Abbey, an active monastery which is almost 100 years old. Enjoy shopping for homemade cheese, jams and candy in the monastery store.
After some time in the village of Magog, journey to the nearby town of Fitch Bay to visit Bleu Lavande, the only producer of certified True Lavender in Canada. While there, enjoy a guided tour and lunch and learn more about this unique farm. Return back to the resort for cocktails and dinner.
Meals: B, L, D
Miellerie Lune de Miel, Le Cep d’Argent Winery
Start your day with a visit to Miellerie Lune de Miel for a guided tour that focuses on the life of bees and their honey production. Watch bees in action in a completely protected environment.
This afternoon enjoy a tour, tasting, and lunch at Le Cep d’Argent, a winery whose name is inspired by its setting on the shimmering reflections of Lake Magog below.
Arrive back at the resort in time for evening cocktails followed by dinner.
Meals: B, L, D
Montreal, Château Montebello
Depart the resort this morning and arrive in Montreal in time for lunch on your own and a free afternoon to explore the old city. Arrive at the remarkable Château Montebello, the world’s largest log cabin! Enjoy the rustic elegance and tranquil setting of the resort before dinner this evening.
Stay: Fairmont le Château Montebello, Montebello
Meals: B, D
After breakfast, board the coach and enjoy a lunch stop in Gananoque 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.