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    Quebec in Winter

Winter Quebec City Celebration – 5 Days / 4 Nights

 

When most people think of winter, they immediately conjure up visions of chilly temperatures and blustering snow drifts. Few destinations  make this vision enchanting, but the Winter Quebec City Celebration does just that! In this old-world town in the heart of French Canada, people head outside in droves to capture the best of the season; whether to watch a dogsled race outside the famous Château Frontenac Hotel, go tube-sledding on the Plains of Abraham, or visit the ice palace of Bonhomme – King of the Winter Carnival. For a truly unforgettable winter experience, come visit Quebec City!

 

Day 1 – Arrive Quebec City
Today you arrive in the exquisite and historic Quebec City. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel, where the staff will assist with your check in. Quebec City is a great walking city (even in winter) and no matter the hotel choice, you are conveniently located to all the city highlights.

Day 2 – Quebec City
Québec City is also blessed with a stunning natural setting and abundant snowfall. Ice skate in the heart of Old Québec at Place d’Youville, cross country ski with your family on the Plains of Abraham, or take a short drive from town to discover great skiing and snowboarding on the highest peaks east of the Rockies. If you are feeling adventurous, a day spent dog sledding in the crisp winter air is just the thing to give you that rosy-cheeked glow. Today on your city tour, visit the major sightseeing attractions and learn of her fascinating history. See the Plains of Abraham, Grand-Alee, the Parliament building, the old Military Drill Hall, The Place d’Armes, the Notre Dame de Quebec Basilica and Cathedral, City Hall, the Fortifications, St. John Street and Place Royal.

Day 3 – Quebec City – Visit to the Ice Hotel
Enter a magical world where snow and ice are transformed into fabulous decors. Since opening its doors in 2001, the Hotel de Glace has wowed over half a million visitors! With snow archways towering over 5 meters tall and crystal ice sculptures standing by the warmth of the fire, North America’s only ice hotel has made a name for itself not only through its architecture and artistry, but also its warm hospitality. Every year the Hotel de Glace is redesigned and rebuilt in its entirety.

Day 4 – Quebec City
Today is yours to do as you please. Spend the day exploring countless boutiques and shops, take a romantic calèche ride through historic Old Québec or indulge in some serious pampering at a relaxing spa. For the gourmet in you, Québec City has some of the finest dining in North America. Linger over a delicious meal at a candlelit bistro. Québec City also has a vibrant cultural scene with a host of shows, exhibitions, and performances for you to share. From museums, art galleries and the theatre to touring musicals and dance troupes, there’s always something happening in Quebec City!

Day 5 – Quebec City /Home
We hope you have enjoyed your winter experience to Quebec City! Merci pour choise’ Cartan Tours.

Tour Highlights – 5 Days & 4 Nights

  • Arrival transfer – Quebec City Airport to hotel
  • 4 nights – Fairmont Chateau Frontenac or Manoir Victoria
  • Visit to the Ice Hotel
  • Quebec City sightseeing tour
  • Departure transfer – hotel to Quebec City Airport
  • Valuable city maps and sightseeing suggestions
  • Taxes and GST on applicable items

Dates & Rates – 5 Days & 4 Nights

  • Tour is available  January  through  March  2019
  • Package is offered daily
  • Departure dates on or within the seasons shown will determine the price
  • Rates are land only and in US Dollars, per person, double occupancy
Staying at Fairmont Chateau Frontenac
Dates Land Only
January 2019 on request
February 2019 on request
March 2019 on request

 

Staying at Manoir Victoria
Dates Land Only
January 2019 on request
February 2019 on request
March 2019 on request

 

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

CUSTOMS/IMMIGRATION – PLEASE NOTE: ALL U.S. CITIZENS MUST HAVE A VALID U.S. PASSPORT FOR TRAVEL TO OR FROM CANADA AS OF JANUARY 08, 2007.
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.

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

GENERAL DRESS
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.

BEDDING REQUESTS
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.

VOLTAGE
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.

HOTEL CHECK-IN TIMES
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!

UNUSED SERVICES
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.

INCIDENTALS
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.

CHANGING MONEY
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.

GOODS AND SERVICES TAX
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 
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.