The Best of Quebec
Embark on a sightseeing tour of Montréal where you’ll see Notre Dame de Montréal, Old Montréal, the French Quarter and more.
Embark on a sightseeing tour of Montréal where you’ll see Notre Dame de Montréal, Old Montréal, the French Quarter and more. Enjoy more than 1000 boutiques, department stores, restaurants, galleries and more, in the underground city. Founded in 1608, Quebec City is one of the oldest European settlements in North America. You’ll enjoy a “Rendezvous with History” tour.Travel by train 200 miles through the heart of the rugged Quebec wilderness between Jonquière and Montré.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Round-trip transportation by Amtrak, VIA Rail Canada and motorcoach.
- Reclining coach seat with leg rest on Amtrak for two nights.
- First class hotel accommodations for six nights, eight (east).
- Six meals (Midwest); four (East).
- Sightseeing tours of Montréal and Quebec.
- Boat ride on the Saguenay Fjord.
- Baggage handling, taxes and tips.
- Services of a professional tour manager
Scenic highlights of your trip include:
- Quebec City
- Pointe Au Pic
- Saguenay Fjord
- Lake Champlain
Day 1 - Depart Chicago
The Best of Quebec travelers from the west and midwest will meet in Chicago Union Station this afternoon. At 8:30 p.m. we'll board the eastbound Lake Shore Limited. Departure is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. Relax in your comfortable coach seat with leg rest. Roomettes and Bedrooms are available for an additional cost. Eastern tour members will travel independently to Syracuse, New York. They will spend the night at the Holiday Inn Express.
Day 2 - En Route to Montréal
Midwestern members will arrive in Syracuse around 11:38 a.m. where a deluxe motorcoach will meet them prior to picking up the east group at the hotel. The combined group will then transfer travel to Montréal. Located above the train station, at the center of Montréal's vibrant cultural and commercial district sits the city's grandest and most gracious hotel, The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth, our home for the night. We'll take an elevator to the reception area. Montréal is the world's second-largest French-speaking city. But, most people you encounter speak English. (B*)
Day 3 - Montréal/Quebec City
This morning we'll embark on a two-hour sightseeing tour of Montréal including Notre Dame de Montréal, Old Montréal, the French Quarter, McGill University and a view of this great city atop Mont Royale. At 1:00 p.m. we'll depart for Quebec City on VIA Rail. Arrival is scheduled for 4:22 p.m.Founded in 1608, Quebec City is one of the oldest European settlements in North America. We'll spend the next two nights at the stately, historic Fairmont Le Château Frontenac. Standing high on a bluff overlooking the mighty St. Lawrence River, Le Château Frontenac is not merely a hotel located in the heart of Old Québec, it is the heart of it! For more than a century this luxurious hotel has been treating guests to one of the most beautiful cities in the world. All of the wonderful sites and experiences that Old Québec has to offer are within easy walking distance.
Day 4 - Quebec City
This morning you're free to wander through the narrow cobblestone streets and visit many interesting museums, art galleries and shops. This afternoon, we'll embark on the “Rendezvous with History” tour including all points of interest in Quebec City: the Old Quebec section, the fortifications, Battlefields Park, Place Royale, the narrow streets, the Basilica and much more.
Day 5 - Pointe-Au-Pic
You're free this morning to enjoy the amenities at the hotel. At 1:00 p.m. we'll transfer to Côtes-à-Côtes for lunch (included). Following lunch we'll board our deluxe motorcoach and travel 84 miles along the magnificent St. Lawrence River to the port city of Pointe-au-Pic. Our home for the night is the Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu. Nestled majestically between the sea and the mountains, the Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu is a vision of historical splendor blending the quiet charm of the countryside with the sophistication of a world-class resort. (L)
Day 6 - Saguenay Fjord
A full breakfast is included this morning. You are free to relax and enjoy the hotel amenities and gardens surrounding the property. At 12:00 noon we'll board our deluxe motorcoach for l'Anse St. Jean. At 2:30 p.m. we'll board the Fjord Saguenay for a spectacular two-and-a-half hour cruise! We will have a step-on-guide for narration. Our arrival into La Baie is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. Our home for the evening is the Delta Saguenay in Jonquière. (B)
Day 7 - Jonquiére/Montréal
This morning we'll transfer to the Jonquière VIA Rail station where we'll board train #600 for the 8:10 departure. We'll roll southwest through the heart of the rugged Quebec wilderness. The train covers over 200 miles as it crosses the regions of Lac-Saint-Jean and Saguenay, Haute-Mauricie, Portneuf and La Mauricie to Lanaudière and on to the St. Lawrence River Valley before arriving in Montréal. For many years this was a night train, making it difficult to appreciate the scenery. We will enjoy a boxed lunch en route. Our arrival into Montréal, the end of the line, is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. We'll once again enjoy the beautiful Fairmont Queen Elizabeth and an evening in Montréal. This evening you have time to explore and shop. Should weather be inclement, Montréal is probably the most weatherproof metropolis in the world. The ever-expanding underground city soars upward, downward, and sideways around our hotel and beyond. You'll have access underground to more than a thousand boutiques, major department stores, and more than 125 restaurants and bars, movie theaters, art galleries, and more. (L)
Day 8 - En Route to Schenectady
This morning we'll descend into the VIA Rail Station and prepare to board Amtrak's Adirondack for our 9:30 a.m. departure for the 240-mile run along Lake Champlain and the beautiful Adirondack Mountains. The Adirondack has been nominated by National Geographic Traveler Magazine as one of the world's ten best rail trips. Lake Champlain, America's sixth largest lake will begin to dominate the scenery to the east with the famed Green Mountains of Vermont providing a scenic backdrop. Relax in your comfortable reclining coach seat. Further south we'll pass through Saratoga Springs, onetime retreat for the rich and famous. Feel free to explore the train. You'll find sandwiches, snacks and beverages in the Café Car. Midwest tour participants will disembark in Schenectady, East passengers in Albany, New York. Midwest participants will board the Lake Shore Limited and enjoy the same accommodations and amenities as on their eastbound trip. Dinner is included on the Lake Shore Limited. Eastern tour members will spend the night at the Hilton Albany. (D*)
Day 9 - En Route
Eastern travelers will transfer to the Albany train station where they'll board trains for home destinations. Midwesterners will arrive into Chicago at 9:45 a.m. on the Lake Shore Limited. They'll continue on to home destinations throughout the morning and afternoon.(B*)
*Midwest tour members only.
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Included Coach: Departs
Roomette Upgrade: Departs
Bedroom Upgrade: Departs