GLOBUS 2020: Quebec in Depth with the Gaspe Peninsula & Ocean Train to Halifax (CQE)
15 days Montreal to Halifax
Breathtaking scenery awaits on your escorted tour of Quebec and the Gaspe Peninsula. Fall in love with this spectacular part of the world-from Montreal to Perce and the picturesque maritime ports in between. Begin with two nights in Montreal for guided sightseeing and free time to explore the second largest city in Canada. Follow the historic Navigator's Route along the St. Lawrence River through Victorian villages, past lighthouses, and on to Miguasha National Park. This begins your grand tour of the stunning Gaspe Peninsula-the rugged, windswept sanctuary in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.In Carleton-Sur-Mer, visit the strawberry fields above the seaside, and learn the art of making strawberry wine and liqueurs from the local experts. Explore historic sites where the original buildings from 1766 still stand, with the rich history of fishing, shipbuilding, and fisherman's nets. Take an excursion to the seaside hamlet of Perce-named one of the most beautiful villages in Quebec. Take a scenic cruise around the huge, sheer Perce Rock and Bonaventure Island. Observe the seabird colonies and marine wildlife and enjoy the history and geology of the heritage trail on Bonaventure Island. Hear the history of native peoples, and visit Forillon National Park, the old Cap-des-Rosiers lighthouse, and the sleepy fishing port of Grand Vallee before driving through stunning scenery to Matane-Gaspe's shrimping hub. Stroll the 40-acre gardens at Les Jardins de Metis and enjoy lunch at its founder's historic home. Your visit to Quebec includes a thrilling whale-watching cruise excursion in the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park. Return to Quebec while stopping for culinary specialties and samples in a Fromagerie in the Charlevoix region. Join guided sightseeing in Quebec, followed by dinner in Ile d'Orleans inside a restored 17th-century flour mill, with a transfer to Montreal the following day. Continue your guided vacation on the Ocean Train from Montreal to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Settle in to your private sleeper car as you ride along the St. Lawrence River and views of New Brunswick. See the Citadel National Historic Site and the winding coastal highway to the Lighthouse Route to visit the tiny fishing village of Peggy's Cove. A delightful ending to an Eastern Canada vacation of a lifetime.
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- Offer valid through 3/31/2020
- 15 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Montreal||Welcome to Montreal, the second largest city in Canada. At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink as your Tour Director prepares you for your Quebec adventure.|
|Day 2||Montreal||After breakfast, enjoy sightseeing with a Local Guide. Take in NOTRE DAME BASILICA, the Old Seminary of St. Sulpice, and a drive to the top of Mount Royal to enjoy a panorama of the city. The rest of your day is free to explore this lively city on your own. Your Tour Director will be onsite to provide ideas for shopping, dining, and exploring. (B)|
|Day 3||MONTREAL-RIMOUSKI||Next, follow the historic Navigator's Route along the St. Lawrence River traveling through quaint Victorian villages, past lighthouses and into the Bas-Saint-Laurent region for an overnight in the maritime center of Rimouski. (B)|
|Day 4||CARLETON-SUR-MER||Today, start your grand tour of the spectacular Gaspe Peninsula featuring panoramic views of the sea, beaches, and cliffs. Continue north along the St. Lawrence River to POINTE-AU-PERE MARITIME HISTORIC SITE, home of the Empress of Ireland Museum, to learn about the transatlantic liner's history and doomed fate. Later, travel through the Matapedia Valley to Chaleur Bay for a guided visit to MIGUASHA NATIONAL PARK, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and considered the world's most outstanding illustration of the Devonian Period known as the 'Age of Fishes.' Continue to your bay front hotel in the resort region of Carleton-sur-Mer. (B,D)|
|Day 5||Perce||After a morning at leisure, continue your adventure through the Gaspe Peninsula countryside to FERME BOURDAGES TRADITION, the local experts in everything strawberries since 1821. Here, visit strawberry fields with sea views and discover the secrets behind the art of making strawberry wine and liqueurs before tasting them. Next, visit the BANC-DE-PECHE-DE-PASPEBIAC NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE to explore the original buildings dating back to 1766, witness the Gaspesie fishing history, watch traditional shipbuilding, and net-mending demonstrations. Later, continue to the seaside village of Perce. (B,L)|
|Day 6||Perce||Today, discover the iconic gems of the Gaspe Peninsula. Take a scenic CRUISE around the famous 'Pierced Rock' and Bonaventure Island to observe the stunning seabird colony and marine wildlife that frequent the region. Visit [LF] BONAVENTURE ISLAND AND PERCE NATIONAL PARK, home to one of the largest migratory bird refuge in North America. Its colony of 116,000 northern gannets is the most accessible in the world. Wander the hiking trails or enjoy the heritage trail to learn about the rich natural, historic, and geological wonders of the island. This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)NOTE:The scenic cruise is subject to favorable weather conditions.|
|Day 7||MATANE||This morning, visit GESPEG MICMAC INTERPRETATION SITE for a guided introduction to the Mi'gmaq, a First Nations people, to discover their history, culture, and traditions. Then, into FORILLON NATIONAL PARK and follow the peninsula road to old Cap-des-Rosiers lighthouse. Enjoy a lunch break in charming Grand Vallee, still a sleepy fishing community. The catch-of-the-day comes highly recommended. This afternoon's drive provides some of the best scenery of the peninsula. Late afternoon arrival in Matane, the hub of Gaspe's thriving shrimp industry. (B,L)|
|Day 8||Quebec City||Today, visit the famous LES JARDINS DE METIS, better known as the Redford Gardens after Elsie Redford who spent thirty years transforming a fishing camp on the Metis River into a vast 40-acre estate garden brimming with bold and innovative character. Spend time exploring the many areas of the gardens, such as the Linear Garden, the Stream Garden, or Bird Garden specifically designed to attract many varieties of birds. Then, enjoy a [LF] TASTE THE GARDENS lunch at the historic Estevan Lodge, once the summer home to Elsie Redford. Enjoy the seasonal menu highlighted with the 150 edible plants picked daily from the gardens themselves. Continue your journey to romantic Quebec City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, recognized for being one of the most historic and best-preserved cities in North America. Tonight, explore Quebec's Parisian ambiance by visiting the shops in the Petit-Champlain district or enjoying the French inspired cuisine at one of the many restaurants. (B,L)|
|Day 9||Quebec City||This morning, travel along the north shore of the St. Lawrence River to the breathtaking Saguenay Fjord. Here, embark on a [LF] WHALE-WATCHING CRUISE in the heart of the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park, known for having the greatest variety of whale species on earth. On board, a naturalist guide will introduce you to the marine mammals of the area including the endangered species: the blue whale and the St. Lawrence beluga whale. En route back to Quebec City, stop in the Charlevoix region, known as a thriving culinary destination. Here, visit a family owned traditional [LF] FROMAGERIE, or cheese factory, to learn the delicate art of cheese making, followed by a tasting. (B)NOTE:The whale-watching cruise is subject to favorable weather conditions.|
|Day 10||Quebec City||This morning, enjoy a tour of the only walled city north of Mexico with a Local Guide. Within the walls of Old Quebec, see the Place d'Armes, the Laval Seminary, the star-plan Citadelle, and the Place Royale. Also see the old-world houses crowding the narrow streets in Lower Town by the St. Lawrence River, and the historic Plains of Abraham. Tonight, travel to Ile D'Orleans to enjoy a delightful farewell dinner at a fine restaurant housed in a restored 17th-century flour mill. (B,D)|
|Day 11||Montreal||Today, depart for Montreal arriving in the early afternoon. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore exhilarating Montreal. Perhaps visit one of the many museums, the Biodome, or the Old Port and wander in the river breeze. (B)|
|Day 12||Via Rail Ocean Train to Halifax||Enjoy your morning at leisure. This afternoon, transfer to the train station and board the overnight OCEAN TRAIN to Nova Scotia. Travel along the St. Lawrence River in the comfort of your private sleeper car. (B,D)|
|Day 13||Halifax||Enjoy a continental breakfast this morning and views of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Arrive in Halifax and transfer to your hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure. (B,L)|
|Day 14||Halifax||Founded in 1749 to protect British interests in North America, Halifax, capital of Nova Scotia, is steeped in maritime history. En route to the seaside village of Peggy's Cove see the Citadel National Historic Site, a fort perched high above the city; the Old Town Clock, as well as other notable landmarks. Continue along the winding coastal highway to the Lighthouse Route to the tiny fishing village of Peggy's Cove. (B)|
|Day 15||Halifax||Your vacation ends this morning. (B)|
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