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Charms of Charlevoix: Québec Self-Drive

11 days from £2,170pp Inc. Flights

Charms of Charlevoix: Québec Self-Drive

11 days from £2,170pp

Includes flights
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    Places visited:

  • Québec City
  • Baie St Paul
  • Tadoussac
  • Chambord
  • Delve into the fascinating history of Québec with a three night stay in the old city.

  • Enjoy the quiet charm of Baie St Paul, one of the region's first tourist destinations.

  • Go whale watching on the mighty St. Lawrence River.

  • Explore lovely Lac St Jean, its historic villages and nearby wilderness areas.

Audley Travel specialist Maddy

What our specialists say...

This is the perfect trip for those who wish to get away from the cities and explore the spectacular and varied region that lies north of Québec City. Starting with a few days in old Québec City itself, you then head to the delightful town of Baie St Paul, on the St Lawrence River. Then drive north to Tadoussac to go whale watching, before heading inland to discover the beauty of the Saguenay Fjord. The final part of your time is spent on the edge of Lac St Jean, staying in a reconstructed 1920s village, from which you can visit the renowned zoo at St. Felicien and look for animals in the nearby wildlife reserves.

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Itinerary highlights

  • Delve into the fascinating history of Québec with a three night stay in the old city.

  • Enjoy the quiet charm of Baie St Paul, one of the region's first tourist destinations.

  • Go whale watching on the mighty St. Lawrence River.

  • Explore lovely Lac St Jean, its historic villages and nearby wilderness areas.

Price includes

Scheduled international flights
Fully insured vehicle hire
All accommodation
Audley Travel specialist Jamie
Jamie, Canada specialist

What our specialists say

This is the perfect trip for those who wish to get away from the cities and explore the spectacular and varied region that lies north of Québec City. Starting with a few days in old Québec City itself, you then head to the delightful town of Baie St Paul, on the St Lawrence River. Then drive north to Tadoussac to go whale watching, before heading inland to discover the beauty of the Saguenay Fjord. The final part of your time is spent on the edge of Lac St Jean, staying in a reconstructed 1920s village, from which you can visit the renowned zoo at St. Felicien and look for animals in the nearby wildlife reserves.

  • Québec City
  • Tadoussac
  • Chambord

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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Day 1 Québec City

International outbound flight , Québec City

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Québec City. On arrival in Québec City make your own way to your downtown hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax.

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Day 2 Québec City

Québec City

Begin your day with a small group guided walking tour of Québec City's highlights, including its walled Old Town, Citadel and Place Royale. You'll have the rest of the afternoon at leisure to continue exploring the city's winding cobbled streets and scenic viewpoints.

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Day 3 Québec City

Québec City

Enjoy a full day at leisure in Québec City; we recommend taking a scenic cruise along the St Lawrence River, learning more about Québec's history at the Plains of Abraham, or visiting the impressive Musée national des beaux-arts.

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Day 4 Baie St Paul

Québec City , Baie St Paul

Make your own way to Québec City airport, where your hire car will be ready and waiting for you. Your car hire package includes all insurances and a GPS navigation system.Departing the city, pass the mighty Montmorency Falls as you follow the ever widening St. Lawrence River towards welcoming Baie St Paul, in the heart of Québec's picturesque Charlevoix region. You may wish to stop and admire the magnificent Basilica at Ste. Anne de Beaupré en route.

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Day 5 Baie St Paul

Baie St Paul

Enjoy the day exploring the delightful town of Baie St Paul, or drive out to the nearby Parc National des Hautes Gorges de la Riviere Malbaie.

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Day 6 Tadoussac

Baie St Paul , Tadoussac

Travel from Baie St Paul northwards to Baie Sainte Catherine, where you take the short ferry crossing the mouth of the Saguenay Fjord to Tadoussac.

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Day 7 Tadoussac

Tadoussac

Join a thrilling 2 and a half hour whale watching trip in the St. Lawrence River - this is one of the best places in Canada to observe humpback, minke, beluga and blue whales. Watch and listen as these magnificent mammals spout water and breech the surface.

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Day 8 Chambord

Tadoussac , Chambord

Leaving the mighty St. Lawrence River behind, travel inland following the beautiful Saguenay Fjord. You may wish to visit the Site de la Nouvelle France, the place where Samuel de Champlain first landed in 1509. Your destination is Chambord, a little village that lies on the shores of Lac Saint Jean.

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Day 9 Chambord

Chambord

The claim to fame of this little village is the reconstruction of the 1920s village of Val Jalbert. Here you can wander around the reconstructed houses, village shops, church and school and learn about the former inhabitants and the lives they led here. You may also wish to drive along the shore of Lac Saint Jean to visit the highly reputed zoo at Saint Felicien.

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Day 10 International return flight

Chambord , International return flight

Today, drive through the large expanse of the Laurentides Wildlife Reserve, keeping a look out for moose, black bears and white tailed deer. This route takes you past the beautiful Jacques Cartier National Park which is a great place to break your journey back to Québec City. Drop off your hire car at the airport prior to boarding your onward flight.

Day 11 International return flight

International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

Audley Travel specialist Emma
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