This trip is ideal for active travellers who would like to explore its countryside in depth. Starting in the Charlevoix region, spend some time hiking in its beautiful national parks, before continuing north to Tadoussac - famed for its population of humpback and beluga whales. You'll have the chance to view these creatures on a guided boat tour and from the shoreline of Saguenay Fjords National Park. Spend some time taking in the fjordland scenery in Sainte-Rose-du-Nord, before meeting local First Nations in the town of Wendake. Round off your trip in Québec City, and learn more about its history on a guided walking tour.
Join a national park ranger on a guided hike
View humpback and beluga whales
Take in the majesty of the Saguenay Fjord
Meet local First Nations
Visit historic Québec City
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- Quebec City
- Baie St Paul
- Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie National Park
- Baie St Paul
- Quebec City
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Day 1 Quebec City
International outbound flight , Quebec City
Day 2 Baie St Paul
Quebec City , Baie St Paul
You will have some time to enjoy a leisurely breakfast at one of Québec's charming cafés, before journeying north into the countryside. Make your own way to the car hire depot, where your car (an intermediate 4X4) will be ready to collect. All insurances, road maps and a sat-nav are included. From here, drive north out of Québec's suburbs and into the rolling hills of Charlevoix, to the charming town of Baie St Paul, on the northern shore of the Saint Lawrence River. You will have some time at leisure this afternoon to stroll through the town, taking in its wide array of art galleries and artisan food producers.
Day 3 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 for the day. This splendid national park is located an hour away from Baie St Paul and is one of the region's scenic highlights. On arrival in the park, join one of the park's rangers for a privately guided two hour interpretive hike. Your expert guide will explain more about the park's natural history, including how the park's magnificent canyon was carved into being by prehistoric glaciers. You'll have some free time this afternoon to explore Hautes-Gorges' walking trails including, if you wish, summiting L'Acropole: the park's tallest peak.
Day 4 Baie St Paul
Day 5 Tadoussac
Day 6 Tadoussac
Spend your morning viewing humpback, beluga and minke whale on a three hour tour from Tadoussac. This afternoon, drive to nearby Saguenay Fjords National Park for your first glimpse of Québec's vast fjord, which stretches 100km (62 miles) inland from Tadoussac to the city of Saguenay. Spend some time exploring the park's walking trails and viewpoints and, if you're lucky, view beluga whales from the park's shoreline.
Day 7 Sainte-Rose-du-Nord
Tadoussac , Sainte-Rose-du-Nord
Your drive today is just over an hour to the pretty village of Sainte-Rose-du-Nord, known locally as the 'Pearl of the Fjord'. You'll spend tonight just outside of the village at Cap au Leste - a cosy wilderness lodge that takes in astounding views of the Saguenay Fjord from its prime cliff top position. You'll have some time to enjoy activities at the lodge this afternoon, including walking, canoeing or dog sledding (available at additional cost).
Day 8 Sainte-Rose-du-Nord
Visit the southern sector of Saguenay Fjords National Park and admire some of the region's most impressive scenery. After a short drive to Sainte-Rose-du-Nord village, take the foot ferry across the fjord to the national park. The cliffs in this region of the park are higher and views more spectacular - best admired from one of the walking trails. You'll have four hours here to enjoy the magnificent scenery, before returning by ferry to Sainte-Rose-du-Nord.
Day 9 Quebec City
Sainte-Rose-du-Nord , Quebec City
Depart Saguenay and venture into Québec's wilderness interior, passing forested mountains and remote lakes and rivers. En route, you will pass Jacques-Cartier National Park, where you may wish to spending some time exploring at leisure. From here, continue to the First Nations village of Wendake, located in Québec City's northern suburbs. This evening, enjoy a traditional Myths and Legends storytelling experience by campfire in your hotel's reconstructed Long House, before a delicious dinner, featuring First Nations-inspired cuisine. You also have admission included to the property's excellent museum, which details the history and culture of the local Wendat First Nations.
Day 10 Quebec City
Day 11 International return flight
Quebec City , International return flight
Day 12 International return flight
International return flight
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