Travel to Quebec, a place where the Old World meets New in exciting and innovative ways and where nature creates opportunities for visual and culinary pleasure. Savor the diverse flavors and scents of multi-cultural Montreal, which is rife with dining options. Explore the astonishing beauty of Northern Quebec’s boreal forests which provide inspiration for the spirit and the palate. This foray into Quebec’s culinary culture will leave you not only with memories of things tasted and seen, but also with practical skills gleaned through hands on demonstrations and classes.
Slightly Active. May involve some walking and climbing
July and August is warm and often humid during the day – can reach the 80s, although nights by the water or at higher altitudes are cooler. June and September are more comfortable or fresh during the day and sometimes cold at night. September is the best month for the foliage.
Welcome to Montreal, a city where Europe meets North America, where tradition meets innovation, and where cultural diversity promotes culinary experimentation all of which make this a truly exceptional city. Settle into your downtown hotel for two nights, and enjoy a welcome dinner near the Old Port of Montreal. HOTEL SAINT MARTIN. (D)
Montreal has more restaurants per capita than any other North American city. Today, experience the city’s culinary diversity on a guided tour and take in the unique sensory palate of the city’s neighborhoods. Start in Old Montreal, continue through Chinatown, up Saint-Laurent Street to the Jewish quarter, then to Little Portugal, and finish in Little Italy and the Jean Talon Market, the largest open air market in North America. In the evening, dine on tapas prepared during your hands on cooking class. Led by a professional chef, you will learn some new tricks and techniques of the culinary arts. HOTEL SAINT MARTIN. (B,L,D)
Partake of Montreal’s provincial bounty in the Eastern Townships. Sample the exemplary ciders of Cidrerie Michel Jodoin. For lunch, enjoy the area’s culinary vernacular with Brome Lake Duck. Visit the award winning winery Le Cep d’argent for a view into how sparkling wine is made. Finish the day with a stroll through beautiful lavender fields at Bleu Lavande and take part in a culinary workshop and lavender food tasting. MANOIR DES SABLES. (B,L,D)
Today drive north to the Charlevoix region of Quebec and visit the Montmorency Waterfall. Take the cable car for stunning views of the falls, the St. Lawrence River, Quebec City, and the Ile d’Orleans, your next stop. Centered in the St. Lawrence River, the fertile Ile d’Orleans maintains its historic role of providing the region with exceptional food stuffs and gourmet products. Stop off at Vignoble de Sainte-Pétronille and sample the fresh fare at the pop up restaurant, Panache Mobile, then on to a tasting tour of Cassis Monna & Filles. This blackcurrant farm produces award winning cassis liquor and other delicacies. Spend the night in lovely Baie-Saint-Paul, the birthplace of Cirque de Soleil with many art galleries, boutiques, terraces, and restaurants. Next day, explore the core of the Charlevoix Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with your visit to Le Parc National des Grands Jardins. Within the taiga biome, the park is characterized by vast expanses of coniferous forest. Afterward, treat your palate to a fine lunch in Baie Saint Paul. Visit Laiterie de Charlevoix and Cheese Economuseum, a family run concern that produces fine cheeses using age old production methods. AUBERGE LA MUSE. (B,L,D; B,L)
Transfer to Anse St. Jean to board a private yacht and experience the amazing Saquenay Fjord on a three-hour tour, an exceptional place to look for fin, blue, humpback and minke whales and seals. A small group of beluga whales also stays in this area year round and can often be seen around the Baie Ste. Marguerite. Arrive in Tadoussac late afternoon, and explore on foot the oldest fur-trading post in North America. Tonight, enjoy a delicious dinner at Chez Mathilde Restaurant. HOTEL TADOUSSAC. (B,D)
Head out into the Saint Lawrence estuary this morning in search of whales. The nutrient rich waters attract as many as 13 species of cetaceans including the endemic beluga. You are on your own to sample the local cuisine in Tadoussac for lunch. Drive to Malbaie to begin a scenic train ride along the Saint Lawrence with Quebec City as your destination. HOTEL CLARENDON. (B)
Today you explore Québec City, the only fortified city north of Mexico. Built atop Cap Diamant, a promontory that overlooks the Saint Lawrence River, Québec City’s vestigial ramparts still protect the yesteryear charm of the well preserved streets of the upper part of Old Town known as Haute Ville. Here you will find Le Chateau Frontenac, completed in 1893 when rail travel was de rigueur and railroad magnates spared no expense in the construction of opulent accommodations to lure wealthy travelers. Continue with your gastronomic edification with a food tour that includes lunch. Explore the cobbled past of the city with some afternoon free time, which may conclude with a visit to Musée de la Civilisation. This evening enjoy the fresh culinary stylings of Quai 19 for you final dinner. HOTEL CLARENDON. (B,L,D)
Transfer to Quebec City Airport for your flight home. (B)
Extend your Quebec experience in the Mauricie Region, a dramatic combination of riverine, boreal and mountain landscapes which provides a visual banquet. Here you will learn the cowboy’s trade when you lead a herd of shaggy highland cows to pasture. Enjoy wonderful meals with preparation notes from the chef. Learn about Herbal Gastronomy from experienced practitioners, and about how local chefs use boreal plants and herbs to add local character to their dishes, how you can incorporate them into your own creations, and assist in the gathering of indigenous ingredients. Augment your culinary lexicon on this wonderful extension.
Does not include international or domestic flights. Prices are based on 10 or more travelers, and are subject to change.
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