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Charms of Charlevoix: Québec Self-Drive

11 days from £1,810pp

Includes flights
What is tailor made? Customised itinerary | Every trip is unique | Flexible accommodation options | Designed to your budget

    Places visited:

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

  • Enjoy the quiet charm of La Malbaie, 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 Anna

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 La Malbaie, 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.

We recommend this trip for:

  • Québec City
  • La Malbaie
  • Tadoussac
  • Chambord

Itinerary idea in detail

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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

Join a small guided walking your of old Québec; the perfect way to acquaint yourselves with the city's fascinating history and to find your bearings. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore on your own.

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Day 3 Québec City

Québec City

This morning you join a fine foods tour, tasting the delights of the province as you travel by rickshaw. The afternoon is free for you to walk the city walls, admire the many boutique shops or discover the pretty cobbled lanes of historic buildings.

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Day 4 La Malbaie

Québec City , La Malbaie

Collect your hire car and, departing the city, pass the mighty Montmorency Falls as you follow the ever widening St. Lawrence River towards welcoming La Malbaie. You may wish to stop and admire the magnificent Basilica at Ste. Anne de Beaupré en route.

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Day 5 La Malbaie

La Malbaie

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

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Day 6 Tadoussac

La Malbaie , Tadoussac

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


Day 7 Tadoussac


Join a thrilling 2 and a half hour whale watching trip in the St. Lawrence River. Watch and listen as these magnificent mammals spout water and breech the surface.


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.


Day 9 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.


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.

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