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Quebec’s picturesque Saguenay region is one of proud heritage and rugged beauty.
Quebec’s picturesque Saguenay region is one of proud heritage and rugged beauty. Travel through the Laurentians admiring the rocky Canadian Shield. See where the pines divide and the earth plummets down a sheer rock face at the Rivière Saguenay fjord. Formed during the last Ice Age, the fjord empties into the Gulf at Tadoussac, France’s first trading post in Canada. We’ll stay in the landmark Hotel Tadoussac on one of Canada’s most beautiful bays and cruise the St. Lawrence to spot the largest animals on earth.
A guided trolley tour of Val-Jalbert, a restored lumber village, gives us an up-close look at life as it was in the ultra-modern 1920s. A glass platform provides amazing views of the 236ft high Ouiatchouan Falls.
Homeward bound at a leisurely pace! Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Basilica and Montmorency Falls, named the “monstrous steep” by John Keats, precede a two-night stay in historic Quebec City. The cradle of North America’s French culture, your hotel is located in the city’s Old Town, the perfect location to explore old-world architecture, charming boutiques, cobblestone streets, and exquisite eats during your free time here.
This is where whales play! The warm fresh water of the Saguenay River meets the cold salt water of the St. Lawrence, pulling in massive amounts of krill, a favourite menu item of whales.
Between May and October, up to 13 species of cetaceans are drawn to the cold krill-filled waters of the St. Lawrence. Find Minke, Blue (the largest creatures on the planet), Beluga, Humpback, and Fin whales. Humpbacks come close enough that you can spot them from shore!
During a 3-hour cruise, you’ll have the chance to spot the telltale tuft of water exploding above the horizon as whales surface to breathe. Bring your telephoto lens, a fleece, and a friend, and be prepared to catch a whale waving goodbye with its signature Y-shaped flukes (tail). During your free time in Tadoussac, you can also learn more about whales at the nearby Marine Mammal Interpretive Centre, where you’ll find 40-foot skeletons, sound recordings, and life-size sculptures. Fresh air, stunning scenery, a lovely port, and the giants of the sea make this vacation a chart-topper!
Deluxe motorcoach transportation, 6 nights accommodation, 6 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.
Travel east along the St. Lawrence River to Montreal, and follow the Saint-Maurice River through rural Quebec. Stop for overnight accommodation in Shawinigan, and get to know your fellow travellers over a welcome dinner this evening.
Stay: Auberge Gouverneur, Shawinigan
Scenic vistas abound as you head north through the Laurentians along the rocky Canadian Shield. Explore local history at Val-Jalbert, a restored lumbering village from the 1920s. This genuine company town has forty original period buildings, including a convent-school, general store and pulp mill. While there, experience a Quebecoise lunch and enjoy a guided trolley tour of the village. Discover how people lived in this ultramodern village where they had the luxury of electricity and running water, 25 years before the rest of the province! The reason is the powerful Ouiatchouan Falls, which you can view from a glass overlook. Arrive in the Saguenay region this evening and stay in Jonquiere.
Stay: Delta Saguenay Hotel, Jonquiere
Meals: B, L, D
Travel to the waterfront community of L’Anse-Saint-Jean and cruise along the precipitous cliffs of the Saguenay Fjord. Learn about the history of the area and see the statue of Notre Dame du Saguenay. You will also want to keep a lookout for the fjord’s abundant wildlife on this 2-hour cruise. Return to picturesque L’Anse-Saint-Jean for lunch.
Continue the panoramic drive along the Saguenay’s south shore to Tadoussac, France’s first trading post in Canada, established over 400 years ago. Spend the next two nights at the Hotel Tadoussac, a landmark resort on one of the nation’s most beautiful bays.
Stay: Hotel Tadoussac, Tadoussac
Meals: B, L, D
After breakfast, set sail on a whale watching cruise of the St. Lawrence. This area was once the fishing grounds of basque whalers, and today, the marine area around Tadoussac is protected by park status. During this 3-hour cruise, learn about the many species of whale that call the area home. They include minke, blue, beluga, humpback and fin whales. Listen to the crew as they advise how to spot these graceful mammals.
This afternoon is yours to explore the village of Tadoussac. Visit the Whale Interpretive Centre or the Tadoussac Chapel, the oldest wooden church in Canada, or simply explore the quaint boutiques that line the streets of this charming village.
Meals: B, D
Quebec City, QC
Travel a leisurely route along the north shore of the St. Lawrence, en route stopping to visit the Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Basilica. Situated along the St. Lawrence River, the Catholic Church has credited many miracles to the Basilica and many have claimed to be cured of illness after their visit. Enjoy a relaxing lunch with a view of Montmorency Falls. These Falls are over 90 metres higher than those in Niagara. Continue your journey to Quebec City, the cradle of French culture in North America. Your hotel is ideally located just outside the gates of the city’s Old Town. Enjoy a free evening to explore this fascinating city.
Stay: Clarendon Hotel, Quebec City
Meals: B, L
Quebec City Sightseeing, Free Time
After breakfast at the hotel, head out on a guided tour of this historic city with a local step-on guide. Following this enjoy a free afternoon to discover all that Quebec City has to offer. Tonight enjoy dinner in an ancient building with a modern twist, located in the Petit Champlain historic area.
Meals: B, D
As you travel home today, get a last taste of Quebec with a stop at a traditional sugar shack. Enjoy a tour of the sugar bush, and take time to say farewell to your fellow travellers over lunch, before you continue 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.