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 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 picturesque 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 awe-inspiring Saguenay Fjord and Saint Lawrence River Look for breaching beluga, minke and fin whales during a boating excursion with a naturalist Stride through a remote section of the coast, perhaps witnessing sea stars and urchins clinging to rocks at low tide.
Days 3-4 Walk through forests of conifer and yellow birch to stunning Lac Georges 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.
- 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
Hotel Tadoussac (1 night): A simple historic hotel selected for its scenic location above the Saguenay Fjord and close proximity to fabulous whale watching and hiking trails. (pool, spa)
Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu (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 (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)
Auberge Saint-Antoine (1 night): Located in a former 17th-century warehouse and skillfully blending history and modern sophisticated style, a splendid property with 300-year-old beams, slate floors and artifacts discovered during construction. A Relais & Châteaux member.
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.
Routes For All Abilities
|Daily Route Options|
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|Other||Whale-watching excursion on Tadoussac Bay (2.5 hours)|
|Other||Charlevoix Maritime Museum Visit (30 minutes)|
|Other||Historic Walking Tour of Old Québec (2.5 Hours)|
* Includes a shuttle
2015 Dates & Pricing*
- 7/5-10 Price: $2998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $580 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/21-26 Price: $2998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $580 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/4-9 Price: $3198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $580 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/18-23 Price: $2998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $580 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/30-9/4 Price: $2998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $580 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/6-11 Price: $2998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $580 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/20-25 Price: $2998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $580 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/27-10/2 Price: $2998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $580 for sgl. occ.)
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
Private Trips Options & Pricing
Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)
|2 - 3 guests from $5,298 pp dbl. occ.||8 - 9 guests from $3,798 pp dbl. occ.|
|4 - 5 guests from $4,498 pp dbl. occ.||10 - 11 guests from $3,298 pp dbl. occ.|
|6 - 7 guests from $4,098 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests from $2,998 pp dbl. occ.|
Guest Trip Reviews
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 our leaders 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 Quebecois 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