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Quebec Lighthouse Trail Fly Drive

Montreal * Quebec City * Tadoussac * Baie Conneau * Matane * Percé * Carleton/Bonaventure * Rimouski/Le Bic * Rivière-du-Loup * St. Antoine-de-Tilly * Montreal

Québec is home to 43 traditional lighthouses, most of which stand along the coastline or on the province's maritime islands. Proud witnesses to the past, today some 20 of these lighthouses are enjoying a second career thanks to the actions of a few enthusiastic souls who have transformed these sentries of the sea or their outbuildings into museums, inns or cottages. Follow in the footsteps of times gone-by and experience a memorable journey through the province of Quebec.

16 days from £2,447 per person twin share including scheduled flights.
**Option available to Travel from Gatwick with Air Transat**

Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Montreal
Your Canada holiday starts with a departure from Heathrow o­n an Air Canada flight to Montreal. O­n arrival a Private transfer is provided to your centrally situated hotel. Welcome to the largest city in the province of Quebec! Nestled between the majestic St. Lawrence River and the triple peaked hill “Mont Royal” Montreal, Canada’s most cosmopolitan city, is waiting to greet you. From the amazing underground city centre to the top of the Olympic tower, the excitement is everywhere. Explore lively Sainte-Catherine Street, or historic Old Montreal with the well-known Basilique Notre-Dame du Montréal.
Overnight(1): Delta Montreal - Montreal

Day 2 - Montreal - Quebec City (390km)
Today you will collect your car and head for Quecec City. A jewel of the Laurentian region is La Mauricie National Park, which preserves the best of the Laurentian hills. Canoeing and hiking are good ways to enjoy the park, as are visiting the scenic viewpoints or relaxing on a lakeshore. Canada’s most classical and historical city is welcoming you – Quebec City – the first in North America to be named a UNESCO world heritage site. Founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain, the city provides visitors with a wonderful blend of past and present.
Overnights(2): Auberge St Pierre - Quebec City

Day 3 - Québec City
Quebec City’s cobblestone streets make an ideal setting for a walking tour to discover its beauty. Discover this charming city and walk alongside the majestic St. Lawrence River, one of Canada’s most important waterways. Explore the narrow streets of Old Quebec, the Upper and Lower towns, the Plains of Abraham, the National Assembly as well as the Parliament Building. Enjoy the European feel that gives Quebec City such special distinction.

Day 4 - Québec City – Tadoussac (220km)
Follow the north shore of the St. Lawrence River through the holiday region of Charlevoix and visit the Pointe-Noire Interpretation & Observation Centre in Baie Sainte-Catherine where you will be able to observe whales and others marine mammals and learn about the network that provides assistance to shipping on the St. Lawrence by visiting the lighthouse station. Tadoussac was founded in the seventeenth century when the first fur-trading post in Canada was established here.
Overnights(2): Maison Hovington - Tadoussac

Day 5 - Tadoussac
In 1600, the first fur-trading post in Canada was opened at the mouth of the Saguenay Fjord, leading to the European settlement of Canada and the United States. Visit a replica of this post, the Saguenay Marine Park, or join an exciting whale watching tour in one of the world’s most beautiful bays (optional). Lighthouses en-route: Bon-Désir about 25 km east of Tadoussac (Open from mid-June to mid-October).

Day 6 - Tadoussac – Baie-Trinite (285km)
Continue along the coast which gradually becomes more rugged as the St. Lawrence River valley enters the Gulf. The route provides a dramatic view of the St. Lawrence River wilderness. Observe whales from the short while a variety of seals and marine birds join in the show. The “Garden of the Glaciers” offers a unique multi-sensory experience that focuses on phenomena associated with the last ice age, climate change and the migration of the first peoples. Your final destination today is Baie-Trinite, where you will stay at Pointe-des-Monts Lighthouse.
Overnight(1): Hotel Le Manior - Baie-Trinite

Day 7 - Baie-Trinite – Matane (45 km)
Today, venture to Godbout to cross the St. Lawrence River by ferry (Godbout – Matane included). Matane is the Mi'kmaq word for "beaver pond". Salmon and shrimp have since replaced beavers and today the town is renowned for its fish markets, smoke houses and exquisite seafood restaurants. Enjoy a stroll along the downtown promenade or “Captains’ Walk”, or a hike on the trails of the Grotte des Fées in Saint Léandre. Lighthouse en-route: Lire-la-Mer (early June to mid-October).
Overnight(1): Riotel Hotel - Matane

Day 8 - Matane - Gaspé (330km)
The Chic-Choc Mountains (hills which “rise up like a wall at the edge of the world”), have an ecology much like Canada’s North with moose and caribou. Forillon National Park preserves wild coastal landscapes and quiet fishing villages. Forillon also boasts Canada’s tallest lighthouse in Cap-des-Rosiers. In the afternoon you arrive at “land’s end” where you find the giant Percé Rock and Bonaventure Island, home to great seabird colonies. Lighthouses en-route: Cap-Chat (mid-June to early September), La Martre (June to early September), Cap Madeleine (early June to mid-October), Pointe à la Renommée (early June to mid-October)
Overnights(2): Riotel Hotel - Perce

Day 9 - Gaspé
Further explore Forillon National Park, with its quaint fishing villages, hiking and cycling trails, and splendid views. Or visit Percé, with its famous pierced rock lying offshore, and Bonaventure Island, a famous nesting site for Gannets. An optional 1½ hour cruise takes you to the island Lighthouses in area: Cap des Rosiers (mid-June to mid-September), Cap Gaspé (year round)

Day 10 - Gaspé – Carleton/Bonaventure (205km)
Your trip continues around the Gaspé Peninsula and you will have time to enjoy beautiful surroundings with magnificent sea and mountain scenery. Take the time to relax on a beach or to go for a short hike in the area. Lighthouses en-route: Cap Espoir (year round), Port Daniel Ouest and Pointe Bonaventure
Overnight(1): Riotel Hotel - Bonaventure

Day 11 - Carleton/Bonaventure – Le Bic (335km)
Continue to Carleton sur Mer which is a major tourist destination on the Gaspé Peninsula, surrounded by mountains and sea. Visit Miguasha National Park, a fossil-rich site some 378 million-years-old, which has been recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Studies of the fish and plant fossils found here have contributed to some key documents written about the evolution of life on earth. Continue through scenic Matapedia Valley back to the St. Lawrence River. The town of Rimouski extends from the shore of the St. Lawrence to a plateau overlooking the river and the Ile Saint-Barnabé just off shore. By following the coastline, you will reach the magnificent Le Bic National Park which will surprise you with its unique panorama made up of bays, capes, islands, mountains and a diversified wildlife. Lighthouses en-route: Carleton and Pointe-au-Père (early June to mid- October)
Overnight(1): Auberge De La Pointe - Le Bic

Day 12 - Rimouski/Le Bic – Rivière-du-Loup (95km)
By following the coastline, you will reach the magnificent Le Bic National Park which will surprise you with its unique panorama of bays, capes, islands, mountains and a diversified wildlife. Several islands in the St. Lawrence can be explored. Tonight you will stay at the Pot à l’Eau de Vie Lighthouse. Lighthouse en-route: Ile Verte (by ferry, mid-May to late October).
Overnight(1): Pot a L'Eau-de-Vie Lighthouse - Riviere-du-Loup

Day 13 - Rivière-du-Loup – St. Antoine-de-Tilly (225km)
Continue through the Kamouraska area with breathtaking landscapes as well as a rich terrestrial, marine and bird wildlife. The villages of this region are among the most beautiful in Québec; historic homes often show an architecture influenced by a shipbuilding heritage. Saint-Jean-Port-Joli’s reputation is based on arts, particularly sculptures. Browse various boutiques, artists’ workshops, museums and galleries. In Montmagny, outdoor cafés, restaurants and boutiques have taken up shop in stately old homes, creating an inviting atmosphere for a relaxing stroll.
Overnight(1): Hotel L'Oiseliere St. Nicolas - St. Antoine de Tilly

Day 14 - St. Antoine de Tilly – Montreal (225km)
Journey back to Montreal, the second largest French speaking city in the world to enjoy a final night in the captivating metropolis and savour the French-Canadian flair which you will never forget!
Overnight(1):  Delta Montreal - Montreal

Day 15 - Montreal to UK
A leisurely day, allowing time for last minute sightseeing or shopping, before returning your car to Montreal Airport and checking in for you overnight flight t the UK.

Day 16  - Arrive - UK
 

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Departure Between 2017 Prices
Twin Share
 
10 - 21 Jun 2017 £2447 Quote
22 - 29 Jun £2825 Quote
30 Jun £2923 Quote
01 - 31 Jul £2923 Quote
01 - 16 Aug £2923 Quote
17 - 31 Aug £2545 Quote

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MontrealDelta Montreal
Quebec CityLe Saint Pierre, Auberge Distincitive
TadoussacMaison Gauthier Les Suites De L Anse & Maison Hovington
Baie Comeau
MataneRiotel Matane
Gaspe
BonaventureRiotel Bonaventure
Riviere Du Loup
MontrealDelta Montreal

Tour Price Includes:

  • Scheduled Air Canada flights from Heathrow
  • Airport taxes, security charges and Air Passenger Duty
  • Private Transfer from Montreal Airport to your hotel
  • 14 nights accommodations in good hotels incl.2 nights accommodation in a lighthouse
  • 15 days hire of a “Fully Inclusive” Compact hire car with unlimited mileage, LDW, Taxes, 1 Extra Driver
  • Ferry crossing Baie Comeau – Matane for persons booked plus 1 car 20 ft and under
  • Whale Watching tour Tadoussac
  • Information Kit including route description, maps, information material
  • 24-hour customer service support within Canada

Not Included:

  • Meals unless stated
  • St. Lawrence River Ferry Service
  • Entrance Fees to Historic or other Parks
  • Attractions and Activities
  • Hotel parking if applicable
  • Weekend flight supplement(Friday-Sunday)£30 each way


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Delta Montreal


Location: Elegant hotel situated in the business and shopping district, close to many museums and attractions.

Number of Rooms: 456

Accommodation: Air conditioning, TV, in-room movies (charge), telephone, WIFI internet access (free), clock radio, coffee maker, iron with board, hair dryer, adjoining rooms available on request, rollaway bed not available, Green Key. Non Smoking property, 2 restaurants, bar, indoor pool, fitness centre, sauna, whirlpool, spa, beauty salon, squash courts, parking $23. Wheelchair accessible room(s).

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Le Saint Pierre, Auberge Distincitive


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Maison Gauthier Les Suites De L Anse & Maison Hovington


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Riotel Matane


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Riotel Bonaventure


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Delta Montreal


Location: Elegant hotel situated in the business and shopping district, close to many museums and attractions.

Number of Rooms: 456

Accommodation: Air conditioning, TV, in-room movies (charge), telephone, WIFI internet access (free), clock radio, coffee maker, iron with board, hair dryer, adjoining rooms available on request, rollaway bed not available, Green Key. Non Smoking property, 2 restaurants, bar, indoor pool, fitness centre, sauna, whirlpool, spa, beauty salon, squash courts, parking $23. Wheelchair accessible room(s).

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