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Exploring Quebec – 8 Days / 7 Nights


While Montreal and Quebec City are familiar names, you may wonder, why Charlevoix? Ninety miles from Quebec City is the Charlevoix region of Quebec. There, perched on a cliff overlooking the St. Lawrence River is Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu. Built in 1899 by the Richelieu and Ontario Navigation Company, it was and remains the only grand hotel in Charlevoix County. Majestically nestled between the sea and the mountains, it promises an unforgettable stay. You can busy yourself with any number of outdoor activities, golf, tennis, hiking, cycling, horseback riding, whale watching, cruise the St. Lawrence, be pampered at their new spa, or try your luck at their European style casino.


Day 1 – Arrive Montreal
Welcome to Montreal! There is so much to see in this radiant city, especially in downtown Montreal, with beautiful churches, buildings, museums and an underground city. You can also take a stroll through the Latin Quarter to see the trendy bohemian side of the city.
Overnight – Fairmont Queen Elizabeth

Day 2 – Montreal at Leisure
Your city sightseeing tour is a great way to get an overview of this lovely city. You don’t want to miss Old Montreal, along the shores of the St. Lawrence River where Montreal was founded. It leads into the Old Port, which is one of the largest redeveloped old ports in the world. Here you’ll find the Notre-Dame Basilica, constructed in 1824. It is a masterpiece of neo-Gothic architecture. Visit Bonsecours Market and City Hall in this area.
Overnight – Fairmont Queen Elizabeth

Day 3 – Montreal to Quebec City
Your travel time aboard VIA Rail from Montreal to Quebec City is 3 hours. Your departure from Montreal takes you along the St. Lawrence region to Quebec City, the cultural and spiritual heart of “La Belle Province.” Quebec City sits high above the St. Lawrence River and is the only walled city north of Mexico. Quebec City is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful cities in North America. Upon arrival into Quebec City, you will need to take a taxi from the rail station to your hotel. The famous Fairmont Chateau Frontenac is situated in the heart of the city, overlooking the St. Lawrence River, close to boutique shopping and quaint restaurants. From the moment you arrive, you will see that life around the Frontenac is a cornucopia of this vibrant city.
Overnight – Fairmont Chateau Frontenac

Day 4 – Quebec City sightseeing
A full day of sightseeing has been scheduled for today. This morning you will discover Quebec City’s historic past with a sightseeing tour. Your afternoon tour takes you out of the city with stops at the famous basilica in Sainte Anne de Beaupre, Montmorency Falls and the Island of Orleans.
Overnight – Fairmont Chateau Frontenac

Day 5 – Quebec City/Charlevoix
This new and exciting train route will travel along the St. Lawrence to take you from Quebec City to Charlevoix.  Here you will find the beautiful Fairmont Manoir Richelieu. You can golf, hike, swim or try your luck in the casino at this luxurious property.
Overnight – Fairmont Manoir Richelieu

Day 6 – Charlevoix/Whale watching tour
Today a whale watching cruise has been scheduled for you because this region is noted for migrating whales off its shores.
Overnight – Fairmont Manoir Richelieu

Day 7 – Charlevoix to Quebec City
You have most of the day to relax and enjoy the beautiful grounds of the Manoir Richelieu and the scenic views of the St. Lawrence River. Enjoy an afternoon rail journey, as you return to Quebec City for the evening.
Overnight – Fairmont Chateau Frontenac

Day 8 – Quebec City/Home
Transportation from your hotel to the airport is included. We hope you enjoyed your trip to eastern Canada and that it will be one of many visits to this lovely country.

Tour Highlights

  • Select departure dates
  • 2 nights – Fairmont Queen Elizabeth
  • 3 nights – Fairmont Chateau Frontenac
  • 2 nights – Fairmont Manor Richelieu
  • Montreal hop-on/hop-off city sightseeing tour
  • VIA Rail business class Montreal – Quebec City
  • Quebec City sightseeing and countryside tour
  • Round trip train service Quebec City/Charlevoix with breakfast served to Charlevoix
  • Whale watching cruise from Charlevoix
  • Departure transfer – hotel to Quebec City Airport
  • Maps and destination information
  • Hotel, rail & GST taxes as applicable

Dates & Rates – 8 Days / 7 Nights

  • Begins on Saturday, Sunday and Monday
  • Rates are in US Dollars, per person, double occupancy
Departure Date Land Only
June 10 – 24, 2018 $2,879
June 25 – October 1, 2018 $3,279

COMING SOON:  This section will include detailed information about the hotels in this tour, along with a PDF of the hotel brochure.

You clear Canadian Customs and immigration at your first point of entry into Canada. Customs and Immigration clearance is generally a quick and simple process. Please note that Non-citizens should carry a valid passport and check with their local Canadian Council for visa requirements.

If transfers are included in your tour package, vouchers have been provided. Present your vouchers to the bus driver.

Be casual and comfortable. Comfortable shoes are a must. We suggest flat shoes with rubber soles on the train, as this makes getting around easier and safer.

We are pleased to pass your requests to our hotels, but we cannot guarantee that the hotels will be able to accommodate these requests. Please keep in mind, that often hotels are filled to capacity.

Electricity is on the same current in Canada as in the states – 110 volts. If you are traveling on VIA Rail, bedrooms have a small sink and outlet for small appliance use like razors.

When planning your daily activities, please keep in mind that your hotels are generally not available for check in until mid afternoon. If you arrive and cannot check in, we suggest you leave your bags with the hotel bell desk and go off to explore the city!

Based on your tour service selections, Cartan has reserved and paid for these tour services. Services, which you elect not to use, are not refundable. In the event a service cannot be used for reasons beyond your control, a refund will be issued provided the service supplier has agreed that they will refund or credit Cartan Tours. Based on the service suppliers’ refund to Cartan Tours, requests for qualifying refunds must be made in writing and will be processed less a $35.00 handling fee.

Incidental charges such as valet, telephone calls, beverages, and room service must be cleared before leaving the hotel. If you have made calls with a credit card or called collect, you may still have charges to clear. The hotels will appreciate your clearing them before you leave.

Credit cards are widely accepted throughout Canada. To avoid carrying large amounts of cash, we suggest you use your credit cards. Change the amount of money you feel you will need for general day-to-day activities. We find you get the best rate of exchange when you exchange money at a bank. Most people find it convenient to change money at the airport bank when they arrive.

Cartan Tours pays GST on all taxable inclusions; however, we are not required to pay GST on hotel stays for non-Canadian visitors. Thus, there is no GST rebate due on hotel rooms reserved and paid by Cartan Tours.

Tipping percentages and policies are as in the States. A very acceptable tip for a meal is 15%. When dining, always check to ensure the service charge has not been added to your bill. You will see a tax charge that averages 12 – 17%. Service, if charged, should also be listed. Although menus frequently specify their policy on tipping, if unsure, feel free to ask.

It is customary in Canada to leave a small tip for the chambermaid. We suggest $1.00 per room per night. Baggage handling we suggest $1.00 – $2.00 per bag.