- Historic Québec City, with impressive architecture and French heritage
- Ride bucolic roads stopping to visit artisans, vintners and organic farmers
- Hike along the Saint Lawrence River's pristine shore, teeming with aquatic birds
- Spot beluga, minke and fin whales on a boating excursion with a local naturalist
- Stay in the stunning village of Tadoussac on the Saguenay Fjord
Rich History, Idyllic Landscapes & Superb Cuisine in "La Belle Province"
It would have been easier for Québec to abandon its roots. Lose its European ancestry. Turn its back on the French language. But it didn't. Everything about Québec says old-world Gallic charm. You'll feel it during your stay at the Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu, set directly on the shore of the majestic Saint-Lawrence River. You'll experience it riding through idyllic farmland on tranquil islands. You'll taste it in every exquisitely prepared farm-to-table meal. And the more you discover the region's distinct culture, the more you'll appreciate why Québec has stayed true to its heart.
Days 1-2 Hike near the mighty Saint Lawrence River and next to one of the most beautiful bays in the world Explore Tadoussac, the first European fur trading post in the New World Today the town is considered the preeminent spot for whale-watching in eastern North America Dolphins at two o'clock! You never know what you'll see as you walk along the majestic Saguenay Fjord and Saint Lawrence River Look for breaching beluga, minke and fin whales during a boating excursion with a naturalist.
Days 3-4 Hike in the beautiful wooded countryside of Charlevoix at Sentier de Caps and pedal on tranquil roads to the riverside town of Saint-Joseph-de-la-Rive and the picturesque village of Port-au-Persil Ferry to pristine rural Isle-aux-Coudres and spin past old stone cottages, white-steepled churches and farms selling cider Stop at Les Moulins, an early 19th-century stone windmill and adjoining watermill that still churn out wheat and buckwheat flour for fresh bread.
Days 5-6 Ride bucolic roads stopping to visit artisans, vintners and organic farmers on Île d'Orléans, a little island with apple orchards, stone windmills and Normandy-style cottages Enjoy sweeping vistas and pastoral roads before zipping to enchanting Québec City Bike to the Plains of Abraham, site of a famous 1759 battle between the British and French Meander through old Québec City on a historic walking tour.
Guests Reviews About This Trip
Another fantastic getaway with Backroads! The itinerary for the trip really offered a glimpse of the diverse terrain the Charlevoix region has to offer. My partner is French Canadian, born in Quebec, and he was quite impressed with the places selected to visit. The views, the food, and the weather were all that we could have hoped for...but Philip and Michelle really made the experience just outstanding!- Atlanta, GA
Québec was beautiful, with the quaint villages, flower boxes on the charming houses and the abundance of wildflowers in the fields. The people were French-speaking and very friendly. We discovered that the Quebecers love to put maple syrup on everything - and everything tasted great! My husband and I loved the trip!- Gardnerville, NV
The trip was a wonderful experience. As a first trip and introduction to Backroads, I am very impressed and hope to enjoy many more trips with Backroads in the future. The whole experience was a treat for all my senses, the smells, feel, sounds (often just the quiet surroundings) and most definitely the tastes were beyond anything I could have hoped for.- Denver, CO
Tadoussac (1 night) A simple historic hotel selected for its scenic location above the Saguenay Fjord and close proximity to world-class whale watching and hiking trails. (pool, spa)
Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu
La Malbaie (1 night) Nestled majestically between sea and mountains, this "Castle on the Cliff" combines quiet countryside charm with world-class elegance. Travel + Leisure World's Best. (pool, spa, golf)
Hôtel La Ferme
Baie-Saint-Paul (2 nights) Situated in the heart of Baie-Saint-Paul, the jewel of Charlevoix, this modern hotel features an eco-friendly design and décor that pays tribute to the surrounding landscape and the region's cultural heritage. (spa)
Québec City (1 night) Located in a former 17th-century warehouse and skillfully blending history and modern sophisticated style, an impressive property with 300-year-old beams, slate floors and artifacts discovered during construction. A Relais & Châteaux member.
Private Trips Options & Pricing
Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.
You can pick any open date in next year's lineup for your group of 8 or more - just book by December 31st of this year. Call us for date availability.
If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.
Pricing for Private Trips
|2 - 3 guests $4,798 pp dbl. occ.||8 - 9 guests $3,698 pp dbl. occ.|
|4 - 5 guests $4,198 pp dbl. occ.||10 - 11 guests $3,298 pp dbl. occ.|
|6 - 7 guests $3,898 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests $2,998 pp dbl. occ.|
This Trip Is Rated Level 1-4
Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.
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|Other||Whale-watching excursion on Tadoussac Bay (2.5 hours)|
|Other||Musée Maritime de Charlevoix (30 minutes)|
|Other||Historic walking tour of Old Québec (2.5 hours)|
* Includes a shuttle