The Grand Seduction
|2||Montreal → Bas St-Laurent||423 km|
|3||Bas St-Laurent → Bic National Park||146 km|
|4||Bic National Park|
|5||Bic National Park → Baie des Chaleurs||198 km|
|6||Baie des Chaleurs → Percé||227 km|
|8||Percé → Forillon National Park||92 km|
|9||Forillon National Park → Gaspesie National Park||175 km|
|10||Gaspesie National Park|
|11||Gaspesie National Park → Tadoussac||329 km|
|12||Tadoussac → Charlevoix||165 km|
|13||Charlevoix → Quebec City||92 km|
|15||Quebec City → Montreal|
- 14 nights' accommodation as described in the program (or similar)
- Breakfasts where applicable
- Full board at Domaine Valga outfitter
- The Matane / Baie-Comeau ferry
- Bedding and kitchen equipment if cottage stays
- Assistance from your Canadian travel specialist (before, during and after the trip)
- All applicable taxes
- Protection for foreign travellers through the Compensation fund for customers of travel agents
Add a GPS to your Travel Kit for $12 / day
* Max. $120 / rental
Book before March 30th, 2018 and choose 1 of these 3 special offers:
1. FREE whale-watching safari
2. FREE lunch at the sugar shack
3. $50 discount per adult
* Certain conditions apply (see general terms and conditions)
DAY 1 - Montreal
Welcome to the second-largest French-speaking city in the world, after Paris.
We wish you a great vacation in the land of lakes and rivers!
Et voilà! You set out on your great Quebec adventure.
Your first destination is Bas St-Laurent, on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, a region known for its picturesque villages.
In Kamouraska, according to National Geographic, you will find "the second most beautiful sunsets in the world, after Hawaii".
In addition to its rich architectural and historical heritage, the Bas St-Laurent region is renowned for the quiet beauty of its scenery.
Enjoy a relaxing morning admiring the view as you take a stroll along the St. Lawrence River.
Then you set out for Bic National Park. Located in the St. Lawrence estuary, this national park proudly showcases its capes, bays, coves, islands and mountains, which have contributed to its renown.
We strongly recommend seal watching at Cap-Caribou or Pointe-aux-Épinettes (depending on the tides).
DAY 4 - Bic National Park
Today we invite you to discover Québec's backcountry in all its splendour.
Welcome to a region where coastal levees and hills give way to a land of forests, winding rivers and lakes, all carefully preserved over the years by the local inhabitants.
This morning you set out for Chaleur Bay ("Baie des Chaleurs") in the southern part of Gaspesie, taking the scenic route through the Matapédia Valley.
While you are in the area, take the opportunity to climb Mount St-Joseph, silent witness to the history of the earth and the human race.
Baie des Chaleurs has a long-standing reputation for open hospitality and "bon vivants" who enjoy the good things in life. You are sure to find a warm welcome that you will be hard-pressed to forget!
You spend a pleasant morning in Baie des Chaleurs, especially the Bonaventure River with its clear turquoise waters, easily one of the most beautiful rivers in Quebec.
This afternoon your route continues in the direction of the famous Percé Rock, sculpted by time and the sea at the tip of the Gaspé Peninsula.
Enjoy your stay in the charming village of Percé, one of the most beautiful villages in Quebec!
DAY 7 - Percé
Bonaventure Island and Percé Rock National Park boast of a rich historical and natural heritage, a surprising geological past, and unusual plant and animal life including an impressive world-renowned colony of Northern Gannets.
An extension of the Appalachians into the waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, this rocky city has Île Bonaventure as a fortress, and the majestic Percé Rock, the tourism emblem of Québec, as a stone vessel.
On the island, the fragrance and colour of the wildflowers and the fresh sea breezes will intoxicate you.
The road trip continues to the incredible Forillon National Park, where mountain cliffs thrust brutally into the Atlantic Ocean.
Its magnificent seascapes, cliffs and mountains occupy 244 km². The presence of ten different rock formations, seabird colonies, a surprising underwater world and its broad diversity in wildlife and plant life combine to make this park unique.
We recommend a picnic lunch in Cap Bon-Ami, definitely the best place from which to admire the Forillon cliffs.
Don't miss the Grande-Grave interpretive trail which highlights the way of life of the fishermen and their families at the time of colonization.
After breakfast, the adventure continues in the direction of Gaspesie National Park.
The section of Route 132 between Forillon Park and Gaspesie Park is, without a doubt, one of the most spectacular drives in Quebec, if not in Canada.
This park is a veritable sea of mountains located in the heart of the Gaspé Peninsula. Its varied climates and unusual geomorphology attract a diversity of plant and animal species that are unique to Quebec.
DAY 10 - Gaspesie National Park
Hiking is, without a doubt, the favourite activity within Gaspésie National Park.
The best trail is the one that leads to the summit of Mont Jacques-Cartier, where you will get a taste of the Far North; you may even surprise some caribou grazing at the top! Ask about the shuttle service and the discovery hike "Vivez le Grand Nord".
For families or the less athletically inclined, the Lac aux Américains trail will lead you to breathtaking picture-postcard views in less than 30 minutes.
This morning's route leads you to the coastal town of Rimouski, where you will take an unforgettable ferry ride to the north shore of the majestic St. Lawrence River!
Your destination: Tadoussac, the oldest village in Canada. Did you know that Tadoussac Bay is listed as one of the 50 most beautiful bays in the world?
Have lunch at Café Bohème bistro, conveniently located in the heart of this historic village.
Tadoussac is one of the best internationally renowned whale-watching sites in the world. You can hardly leave the area without going on a whale-watching safari!
This exciting adventure includes the services of a naturalist guide who will help you identify several species including the razorback and the beluga.
In the late morning you set out for the Charlevoix region. You follow a panoramic route along the majestic St. Lawrence that is said to offer the best views of the river from so close and yet so high.
Today you head for the beautiful and historic Quebec City, the cradle of French culture in the Americas.
Perched on the cliffs of Cap Diamant and overlooking the St. Lawrence River, Quebec is proud to be a living museum and the only fortified city in North America.
Once you reach Quebec City, take the time to explore the city and its many historic sites. The entire old town is a UNESCO world heritage site.
DAY 14 - Quebec City
Take the time to explore the old capital and its many historic sites. From Place Royale and Petit Champlain to Dufferin Terrace and Château Frontenac, follow the winding alleys that will lead you to hidden places where you will have the impression that you are the first to discover them.