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Charms of Charlevoix: Québec Self-Drive

11 days from £2,610pp

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Places visited:

  • Canada

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
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  • Québec City
  • Baie St Paul
  • Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie National Park
  • Baie St Paul
  • Petit-Saguenay
  • L'Anse-Saint-Jean
  • Saguenay Fjords National Park
  • L'Anse-Saint-Jean
  • 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.

Day 2 Québec City

Québec City

Begin your day with a small group guided food tour of Québec City, visiting some of the city's major landmarks and sampling Québec's gastronomic highlights. You'll have the rest of the afternoon at leisure to continue exploring the city's winding cobbled streets and scenic viewpoints.

Day 3 Québec City

Québec City

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

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 Saint 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 Sainte Anne de Beaupré en route.

Day 5 Baie St Paul

Baie St Paul

Explore Baie St Paul on a small group guided e-bike tour, visiting a local art gallery, cidrerie and lavender farm, before enjoying a picnic on the town's picturesque beach. You'll have the rest of the day at leisure to explore Charlevoix's famed 'Flavour Trail': a network of local artists and artisan food producers that dot the surrounding countryside.

Day 6 Baie St Paul

Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie National Park , Baie St Paul

Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie National Park is your focus today. This magnificent river gorge is located an hour's drive north of Baie St Paul in the heart of Charlevoix's forested mountain interior. On arrival, you'll meet a national park ranger for a guided river cruise through the gorge, learning more about the park's history and geology. You'll then have the rest of the afternoon at leisure in the park to explore and admire its majestic scenery.

Day 7 L'Anse-Saint-Jean

Baie St Paul , Petit-Saguenay , L'Anse-Saint-Jean

Today you drive north to the pretty waterside village of L'Anse-Saint-Jean, which is nestled on the southern shoreline of the Saguenay Fjord. En route, you'll stop in the village of Petit-Saguenay and join a whale watching cruise to the town of Tadoussac - and try your luck at spotting beluga and humpback whales.

Day 8 L'Anse-Saint-Jean

Saguenay Fjords National Park , L'Anse-Saint-Jean

Make the short drive west from L'Anse-Saint-Jean to Saguenay Fjords National Park and spend your morning explore the park at leisure. Many consider this to be the most scenic section of the vast 100 km (63 mile) long fjord, where the towering cliffs soar above the Saguenay River below. This afternoon, return to L'Anse-Saint-Jean and join a sailing trip along the fjord. This hands-on experience is hosted by a local sailing school, who will instruct you in basic sailing skills and techniques.

Day 9 Chambord

L'Anse-Saint-Jean , Chambord

Today you travel west, leaving the river and fjord behind and travelling to the source of the Saguenay River - the vast Lac Saint Jean. En route, 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. Tonight you will be staying at Val Jalbert - a historic pulp and paper town restored to its former 1920s glory. You'll have some time to explore Val Jalbert and learn more about its history, before enjoying a delicious dinner at its fine dining restaurant.

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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