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Quebec and the Maritimes – Montreal, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island

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Total 14 nights


Day 1
Arrive Montreal, QC

Depart London Heathrow – 13:00
Arrive  Montreal – 15:20
Journey Time 7 hours 20 minutes non-stop.

Arrive into Montreal where you will pick up your rental vehicle and drive just 25 minutes to your downtown hotel.

Between a majestic mountain and a sparkling river lies Montréal, whose first settlers came ashore more than 350 years ago and founded what has become one of the world’s most exciting metropolises today.

Canada’s most cosmopolitan city – Montreal, welcomes you. From the amazing underground city centre to the top of the Olympic tower (the world’s tallest leaning tower) with its view of the city, the excitement is everywhere.

Downtown Montréal, is an attraction in itself and everyone’s preferred place to be. Montrealers live and love their centre-ville, where chic boutiques, galleries and trends converge amidst an eclectic architectural medley of soaring skyscrapers, church spires and the Quartier international’s futuristic spaces.

Overnight - Montreal, QC


Day 2
Montreal, QC

A day to explore the city and its surroundings, including the Olympic stadium and botanical gardens. Modern shopping areas vie for your attention with the peace of Mount Royal Park with its horse-drawn carriages. Step onto Old Montréal’s cobblestone streets and feel time shift, as every turn reveals a cachet of history, like the breathtaking Notre-Dame Basilica and the silver-domed Bonsecours Market. Still popular since colonial times, Place Jacque-Cartier’s summer spoils include flowered sidewalk cafés, street entertainers and artists. Or how about a boat ride on the Lachine Rapids... or dinner in a sidewalk café?

Overnight - Montreal, QC   


Day 3
Montreal to Quebec City, QC - 240 miles

A jewel of the Laurentian region is La Mauricie National Park, which preserves the best of the Laurentian hills. Canoeing and hiking are good ways to enjoy the park, as are visiting the scenic viewpoints, or relaxing on a lakeshore.

If Montreal is Canada’s most cosmopolitan city, Quebec is its most classical and historical – the first city in America to be named an UNESCO world heritage site.

As you explore the winding side streets, on foot or in a horse-drawn carriage, the romance of the city will enrapture you. It's the only fortified city in North America, and history comes alive as you stroll through its oldest neighbourhoods and tour its museums and historical sites.

Overnight - Quebec City, QC 


Day 4
Quebec City, QC

You now have a full day to disco
ver Quebec City .Stroll through the old city within the original fortifications; visit the promenade, which gives a magnificent view over the port below, and the Battlefield Park where the future of America as English-speaking was decided. Also on the city's doorstep lay natural wonders and gorgeous parks, be sure to visit breathtaking Montmorency Falls.

Other sites around the city worth visiting include Place Royale - This famous town plaza is the heart of historic Lower Town and has been an important social centre since the city's founding. Citadel - Constructed by the Duke of Wellington to fortify the city following the War of 1812, this huge old fort can be toured. Basilique Cathedrale - Notre-Dame-de-Quebec - This famous 17th-century cathedral has been restored several times but still provides visitors with an ambiance of centuries past. 

Overnight - Quebec City, QC


Day 5
Quebec City to Tadoussac, QC - 135 miles

Follow the north shore of the St. Lawrence River through the holiday region of Charlevoix. Travel past the wildly beautiful cliffs of Baie-Des-Rochers and the resident Beluga Whale population of Baie-Sainte-Catherine to Tadoussac, where the first 17th century ”trading post” was established. In the evening you may wish to join a whale-watching tour (Evening tour operates in Summer only) - ask for more details.

 Overnight - Tadoussac, QC


Day 6
Tadoussac to Matane, QC - 140 miles

Follow the coast, which gradually becomes more rugged as the St. Lawrence River valley enters the Gulf, then cross the river by ferry (ferry included). The route gives a dramatic view of the St. Lawrence River wilderness.

Overnight - Matane, QC


Day 7
Matane to Gaspe, QC - 85 miles

The road curves eastward through spectacular landscapes of sea and mountains. At the easternmost tip of the Gaspé Peninsula you will come to ForillonNational Park. In this breathtaking landscape, discover the various ecosystems of the gulf and the history of its fishers. Forillon also boasts Canada’s tallest lighthouse, in Cap-des-Rosiers. The presence of ten different rock formations, colonies of seabirds and enigmatic arctic-alpine plants give this park its unique character.

Overnight - Gaspe, QC 


Day 8
Gaspe to Bonaventure, QC - 120 miles

Driving further west from village to village and discover Gaspésie’s multicultural mosaic: English Loyalists, Acadians, the Basque, the Irish, Jersey Islanders and Aboriginal peoples along with their vibrant cultures are still present. When Jacques Cartier first visited this region in 1534, the warm summer weather led him to name this area Baie-des-Chaleurs, today considered as one of the most beautiful bays in the world.

Overnight - Bonaventure, QC 


Day 9
Bonaventure to Caraquet, NB - 155 miles

After exploring the magnificent sea and mountain scenery of the Carleton area, you continue along the north shore of the Baie Des Chaleur to Miguasha Provincial Park, where you can search for fossils before continuing to New Brunswick.

Overnight - Caraquet, NB 


Day 10
Caraquet to Shemogue, NB - 170 miles

Kouchibouguac National Park has the warmest ocean water you will encounter on your trip. Lagoons and salt marshes attract seals and large numbers of wild Canada Geese in season. Shediac, with its warm water beaches, is also known as the ”Lobster-Capital” of Canada.

Overnight - Shemogue, NB


 Day 11
Shemogue to Charlottetown, PEI - 70 miles

An 8 mile long crossing of Northumberland Strait on the ”Confederation Bridge” (the longest in the world crossing ice-covered water) brings you to Prince Edward Island, with its endless sand beaches, tiny farms, and picturesque country roads (Note: You do not pay a toll to get on to PEI - you pay upon leaving i.e. by Car Ferry tomorrow). Explore Charlottetown today, the capital (and only city on the island) and the birthplace of Confederation. Experience the enthusiasm that surrounded the 1864 Charlottetown Conference where the Fathers of Confederation met for the first time to discuss the possibility of uniting British North America and discover today’s vibrant culture of PEI’s only city.

Overnight - Charlottetown, PEI


Day 12
Charlottetown to Mabou, NS - 170 miles

Ferry to Nova Scotia (not included). River estuaries in this region are rich with fish, and these attract large numbers of Ospreys which can often be seen diving for fish. Cormorant nests can be observed from the roadside. The rolling hills lead to the wilder scenery of Cape Breton Island.

Overnight - Mabou, NS


Day 13
Mabou to Ingonish, NS - 110 miles

Visitors can take in a morning whale-watching cruise or enjoy the drive around the Cabot Trail, one of east Canada’s most popular scenic drives. Waterfalls and swift running streams can be found near the road, and chances for seeing moose are excellent.

Overnight - Ingonish, NS 


Day 14
Ingonish to Liscomb Mills, NS - 260 miles

A side trip leads to the Fortress of Louisbourg, Canada’s largest National Historic Site, and the strongest French fortress ever built in the Americas. Between June and September, costumed ”animators” live in the fortress, making it come alive as it was in the summer of 1744. Continue back to mainland Nova Scotia and to Liscomb Mills.

Overnight - Liscomb Mills, NS


Day 15
Liscomb Mills to Halifax, NS - 105 miles (then depart for UK)

The "Marine Drive" leads through the forest at the head of the harbours and over low hills. Many excellent ocean views are available from small side roads to the shore. Smoked salmon (they can be taken home), mackerel, and eels can be purchased in the area.

With late flights from Halifax Airport as detailed below you have plenty of time to enjoy your day before returning your rental vehicle at the airport and boarding your flight back to the UK.

Depart Halifax – 23:45
Arrive Heathrow - 09:35*
Journey Time 5 hours 50 minutes non-stop.

* Arrival time into the U.K is the following day

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Introduction

Mountains. Wildlife. Dramatic countryside. Sophisticated cosmopolitan cities. This itinerary has all that you would imagine from a holiday in Canada... from modern Montreal to one of Canada’s oldest settlements; from Caribou in the Gaspe to Beluga whales in the St. Lawrence; from quaint Atlantic fishing villages to magnificent mountain scenery. Follow the mighty St. Lawrence River to its gulf – and the sea. Crossing the river by ferry, you visit the Gaspe Peninsula, where seabirds live in colonies of thousands, and descendants of Canada’s early French settlers fish and farm in tiny villages clinging to the coast. Your journey ends at Halifax, Nova Scotia, a seaport from wooden ship days, where schooners can still be seen in the harbour next to the busy restored waterfront

The package includes roundtrip scheduled flights, airport tax, fully inclusive car rental and 14 nights pre-paid accommodation as set out in the 'Hotels' section of this fly drive.

Please do remember we can work on any number of variations of this itinerary to suit your own individual requirements, the possibilities are endless… Please just give us a call on 0115 9610590 or drop us a line - tell us what you'd like and we'll do the rest!


Accommodation

The lodgings sourced for this programme include historic inns with character & charm, boutique hotels, lodges and country inns - all well situated for exploring and getting the most out of this diverse region of Eastern Canada. See 'Hotels' section of this fly drive for a full accommodation list.

Sometimes the accommodations named in an itinerary are not available at the time of the booking. Under these circumstances, Complete North America will book alternative accommodations of a similar standard. Such changes will be confirmed to you in writing at the time of booking confirmation. If you are not completely happy with the alternative properties we will happily discuss other possibilities with you at the same location.


Financial Protection

By booking this complete package with Complete North America you benefit from reduced rates on flights, accommodation and car rental along with complete financial protection. Package holidays are sold by Complete North America Limited as a member of the Hays Travel Independence Group. All payments will be handled by Hays Travel Limited and will be financially protected by the Civil Aviation Authority under Hays Travel Limited's ATOL Number 10531. The ATOL scheme ensures that you will not lose the money you have paid over and will not be stranded abroad should the ATOL holder fail.

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Note: ‘From’ prices are per person based on 2 people sharing one room travelling in low season and are subject to availability. Click the 'Quick Enquiry' tab above or call us today on 0115 9610590 for an instant price based on your specific travel dates / travel party requirements

Prices From £2199Accommodation Breakfast included
Montreal, QCHotel NelliganContinental breakfast
Quebec City, QCManoir VictoriaNo
Tadoussac, QCHotel TadoussacNo
Matane, QC Riotel MataneNo
Gaspe, QCMaison William WakehamFull breakfast
Bonaventure, QCRiotel BonaventureNo
 Caraquet, NBHotel PaulinNo
 Shemogue, NBLittle Shemogue Country InnNo
 Charlottetown, PEIThe Great GeorgeDeluxe Continental breakfast
 Mabou, NSGlenora Inn & Distillery ResortNo
 Ingonish, NSKeltic Lodge ResortNo
 Liscomb Mills, NSLiscombe LodgeNo

 'Quebec and the Maritimes' inclusions:

  • Scheduled non-stop flights
  • UK & Canadian Airport Taxes
  • 14 nights room only accommodation as stipulated or similar including tax less all rebates.
  • Intermediate car rental based on Hertz ‘Fully Inclusive' Rate - 15 days rental**
  • Ferry crossing from Baie Comeau to Matane (on Day 6) for passengers/car.
  • Welcome folder to include driving directions, vouchers, maps, and brochures for this specific tour.

** Please note that this itinerary incurs a one-way drop off fee (of approx $225 plus tax) on the car rental payable when you return the vehicle to Halifax.

Special notice:

In order to book this particular programme we will ask for an initial £150 per person deposit payment (as usual). Once all of your travel components are in place we will then need to ask for a further non-refundable £500 per person - to secure your Air Canada flights.

Extra Fees

Ferry from Prince Edward Island (Day 12) is not included in your prepaid costs & is payable by yourselves locally. Some hotels now charge an in house daily 'resort fee' which covers things like WiFi, local shuttle service, business & fitness centres, steam room etc. irrespective of if any/all of these services are used. Hotels may also charge for parking be that self parking or valet parking. Where applicable, such fees are not included in your prepaid cost and payable by yourselves directly to hotel at check out. As mentioned above, this itinerary incurs a one-way drop off fee (of approx $225 plus tax) on the car rental - this is not included in your prepaid costs and is payablep by yourselves when you return the vehicle to Halifax.

Amendments

Please do remember we can work on any number of variations of this itinerary to suit your own individual requirements, the possibilities are endless… Please just give us a call on 0115 9610590 or drop us a line - tell us what you'd like and we'll do the rest!

Hotel Availability

Sometimes the hotels named in this itinerary are not available at the time of booking. Under these circumstances Complete North America will book alternative accommodation of a similar standard. Such changes will be confirmed in writing to you at the time of booking confirmation. If you are not completely happy with the alternative hotel we will happily discuss other possibilities with you in the same location.

Weather

Travel to this region is best enjoyed from mid June through to mid September. If you wish to experience the region in winter please do drop us an email or give us a call so we can discuss any special winter activities you might like to include in your personalised itinerary however please note that in off season a lot services such as restaurants, attractions, etc. may not be open.

Best days to travel, seat assignments, special requests and flight upgrades

Air Canada operate non-stop flights daily to into Montreal / out of Halifax - so subject to availability you can select the travel date that best suits you. Should you wish to fly with an alternative carrier we would also be happy to prepare a quote for you. Where available we w
ill be delighted to take care of any special meal requests on your flights (vegetarian, child meals etc) – please discuss with us at the time of booking.

Ready to Book?

Call our booking line on 0115 961 0590 (Mon-Fri. 09.00-18.00 or Sat 10.00-17.00) or email us.
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