Itinerary Highlights
    • Top and tail your trip in Montreal and Quebec, two splendid cities oozing with French charm
    • Head out for an exciting dog-sledding adventure in the heart of the snowy Laurentian mountains
    • Enjoy trips to two indulgent thermal spas, perfect for soothing your mind and body in the winter months

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When the colourful Canadian autumn fades away and the snow starts to settle in Quebec, a host of enchanting landscapes appear, which are perfect for a winter-wonderland escape. Your holiday begins in Montreal, the most populous French-speaking city in North America and a beautiful hub of history, creativity and exquisite architecture. From here you’ll journey into the heart of the Laurentian mountains for a few days of total peace and quiet in a lakeside retreat surrounded by pristine Canadian wilderness. Then it’s on to Quebec, the province’s picturesque capital. Here, history takes pride of place – we’re talking cobblestone neighbourhoods filled with French bakeries, grand stone ramparts encircling the Old City and fascinating battlegrounds that pay homage to Quebec’s colonial struggles.
Along the way you’ll be relaxing in soothing thermal spas, dog sledding through snow-covered mountains and tucking into as many indulgent bakery treats as you please.

Route

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DAY 1

TOUCHDOWN IN CANADA

With your warmest woolly clothing packed and ready to go, head to the airport, whizz through security and enjoy some down time in the airport lounge with some nibbles and refreshments as you await the departure of your seven-and-a-half hour flight to Montreal, known as Canada’s ‘City of Saints’ for the mind-boggling amount of streets named after saints. A private driver will be waiting for you on arrival to whisk you off to your first hotel: a beautiful and centrally-located guesthouse that exudes Canada’s renowned welcoming hospitality. After settling in and freshening up, it’s time to get the wellness aspect of this getaway underway. This afternoon you’ll be heading to the Bota Bota Spa, a very charming boat-spa moored at the Old Port. You’ll begin with the hot-cold therapy of switching the sauna for the ice bath plunge, before settling into one of the many comfortable hammocks suspended from the ceiling. Repeat as many times as you need to resolve any lingering muscular tensions and to completely relax the body.

DAY 2

EXPLORE MONTREAL

Now that you are relaxed to the max, it's time to get out and soak in the charms of the city. For a creative, contemporary view of Montreal, admire the various murals dedicated to Leonard Cohen, who lived in the Portuguese quarter, or stroll through the alleys of Old Montreal, popping into the many trendy cafes and art galleries along the way. Enjoy a warming hot chocolate after a ‘shop-til-you-drop’ outing in the Underground City and soak in the vibrant atmosphere of downtown Montreal. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for the adorable marmots that roam the city – don’t worry, they don’t bite!

DAY 3

INTO THE MOUNTAINS

It’s time to hit the road and get some miles under your belt on your journey from Montreal to Quebec. After breakfast this morning, collect your rental car and drive an hour and a half to Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, a beautiful town nestled in the Laurentian mountains. Your home for the next three nights is a refined hotel nestled on the shores of Lac des Sables. Everything here is geared towards relaxing and unwinding, so after settling in and freshening up, spend the rest of today enjoying the excellent facilities at the hotel.

DAYS 4 & 5

DOG SLEDDING ALONG SNOWY TRAILS

The next two days are yours to spend further soaking in the scenic delights of your mountainous environment and the indulgent offerings of your hotel. At some point during your time here you’ll have the opportunity to discover your inner musher (dog-sled driver) with an adventurous outing in the hills with sled dogs. You’ll learn about the training, diet and raw physical strength of the dogs, before letting them weave you between the snow-covered alpine trees of the Laurentian mountains. If you’re feeling more adventurous, we can also arrange for you to head out for a helicopter ride over the dramatic mountain range before tucking into a gourmet dinner.

DAY 6

QUEBEC CALLING

Today you’ll be hitting the road again to your final destination: the delightfully French city of Quebec, an hour’s drive away. The journey is seriously scenic, so we wouldn’t be surprised if you’re on the road for longer than expected after a few pitstops. On arrival, settle in for two nights in a charming hotel nestled in the heart of the picturesque downtown and spend the rest of today enjoying the French influences of your neighbourhood – we’re talking sweet-smelling boulangeries housed in classic French buildings and elegant cafes offering a cosy respite from the chilly weather.

DAY 7

RELAX IN A NORDIC SPA

The provincial capital of Quebec City dazzles visitors with its delightful mix of old and new. After a hearty breakfast this morning, wrap up warm and head out for a stroll inside and outside the city walls of the historic centre, before climbing the rampart walkway. Under a blanket of white snow, the Old Port and the Petit Champlain district are particularly enchanting. You could also sample the tasty sweets at the Jean-Alfred Moisan house; visit the citadel and royal museum; stroll through the fabulous Château de Frontenac; explore the contemporary Saint-Roch district and its dynamic, creative galleries; learn about local history at the Plains of Abraham, in the heart of the Battlefields Parkor; or even head out to Montmorency Falls, a 270ft high natural wonder. After a day of walking and exploring, it’s time to end your winter getaway the same way you started it: relaxing and unwinding in a thermal spa nestled in the heart of Old Quebec. Here you’ll combine lazing in the thermal waters with a one-hour Swedish massage to completely soothe the mind and body.

DAY 8

FAREWELL CANADA

Sadly, the time has come to bid Canada a warm farewell and embark on the journey home. After one last visit to a French bakery this morning, hop back into your hire car and drive three hours back to Montreal, soaking in the pretty panoramas of Quebec as you go. On arrival at the airport, drop off your hire car, whizz through security and relax in the airport lounge as you await the departure of your seven-hour flight back to the UK. Most direct flights depart in the evening, so you’ll spend tonight onboard and touch down on home turf tomorrow morning.

A Rough Idea of Price

Dependent on season, accommodation and activities
The cost for this trip starts from £3,390 to £4,520 per person.

The final cost of the trip depends on the way we tailor it especially for you. The final cost varies according to several factors, which include the level of service, length of trip and advance booking time. The exact price will be provided on your personalised quote.

The average starting price for this trip is £3,910 per person.
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