Itinerary Highlights
    • Hug the St. Lawrence River from Quebec City all the way to the eastern tip of the Gaspé Peninsula
    • Embrace your inner hiker with walks through four of Quebec’s splendid national parks
    • Make unforgettable memories on the water, including a river cruise and a kayak trip

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Cosy countryside retreats, peaceful coastal villages and magnificent national parks… neatly threading all of them together are the enchanting waters of the St. Lawrence River. This Canadian road trip is all about getting to know and understand Quebec, nicknamed La Belle Province, or ‘Beautiful Province’. Your adventure kicks off in Quebec City, where you’ll be sampling the best of French-Canadian history and culture, before journeying into the countryside. Over the next two weeks you’ll be tracing the waters of the St. Lawrence River, all the way to the eastern tip of the Gaspé Peninsula, stopping off along the way at tucked-away countryside retreats, charming coastal villages and a collection of impressive national parks.


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Your grand tour of French Canada starts today with a flight across the pond to Quebec. Head to the airport, whizz through security and enjoy some down time in the airport lounge with refreshments, as you await departure. The flight time to Quebec is around ten hours, including a short layover in a major East Coast city. A private driver will be waiting for you on arrival to transport you to your trendy hotel in the centre of Quebec. The rest of today is yours to spend as you please. You could turn to our destination-specific Dossier of tried-and-tested eateries in the area, or simply enjoy the hotel facilities after your travel day.



Rise and shine; it’s your first full day in Quebec and there’s not a moment to waste. The provincial capital of Quebec City dazzles visitors with its delightful mix of old and new. After a hearty breakfast this morning, head out for a stroll inside and outside the city walls of the historic centre, before climbing the rampart walkway. 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.



Following your day of history and culture yesterday, today is all about soaking in the local nature. After breakfast this morning, collect your hire car and drive thirty minutes to Jacques-Cartier National Park, a sweeping park made up of vast mountainous plateaus cut with deep valleys, luscious fir trees and a tranquil river. This park has long offered a breath of fresh air for locals and travellers alike seeking some rural solitude away from the city.



It’s time to hit the open road and get some miles under your belt on this epic road trip across Quebec. Your next destination is Baie-Saint-Paul, a vibrant town located an hour’s drive away along the scenic St. Lawrence River. On arrival, check in for the night at a cosy downtown inn and spend the rest of the day soaking in the charms of your new home. Formerly a simple agriculture town, today Baie-Saint-Paul is filled with art galleries, cafes and restaurants, making it one of the nation’s top cultural hubs.



Your journey continues today with an hour’s drive up the river to the municipality of Saint-Siméon, followed by a short car-ferry crossing to the other side of the St. Lawrence. Once you’re back on dry land, continue journeying through the wild and wonderful countryside of Quebec to your next destination: a beautiful wooden cabin located within easy reach of Bic National Park, which you’ll be exploring tomorrow. Spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing in your cosy home, ready to answer the call of the wild tomorrow morning.



Wake up to the sounds of birds tweeting and enjoy a hearty breakfast in the harmonious nature that surrounds your cabin. Today you’ll be heading into the heart of Bic National Park, a splendid riverside park featuring capes, coves, bays and islands. Take your time walking along one of the park’s many hiking trails, hopefully catching a glimpse of rare seabirds nesting, seals basking in the sun near the shore and numerous rare plants and flowers along the way.



It’s time to get moving again. After breakfast this morning, hop back into your hire car and journey three hours through splendid surroundings to Carleton, a resort town nestled between ocean and mountains. On arrival, settle in for two nights at a charming property overlooking the water. Founded in the 18th century, Carleton grew from a rural village to a modern resort town, boasting beautiful beaches, freshwater lagoons and charming fishing villages within easy reach, as well as an exciting food scene.



Make sure to fuel up at breakfast this morning, as today you’ll be kayaking or canoeing down one of Quebec’s finest rivers: the Bonaventure. The water is clear and gentle, perfect for beginners who are less keen on venturing into whitewater rapids. Spend a few hours drifting peacefully down the river, admiring Quebec’s splendid countryside scenery (and perhaps even a salmon or two swimming upstream).

DAYS 9 & 10


Your road trip along the St. Lawrence continues today with a three-hour drive along the water’s edge to Percé, a charming little seaside town nestled on the very tip of the Gaspé Peninsula. On arrival, check into your next hotel: a spacious and comfortable guesthouse surrounded by gardens. You’ll have the next two days here to soak in the many scenic delights of the region. Percé is a popular spot for hiking, bird watching and sea kayaking. During your time here, you’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy a boat trip to Bonaventure island, a magnificent rock that’s home to a colony of gannets. Along the way, you’ll pass Percé Rock, from where you can admire the famous chalk cliffs of Etretat.

DAY 11


Your next destination on the beautiful Gaspé Peninsula is Gaspé itself, a stunning town nestled on the water’s edge and the gateway to the nearby Forillon National Park. Your home for the night here is a picturesque inn overlooking the bay, oozing with coastal charm. Once you’ve settled in and freshened up, take the rest of today to walk along the coast of the national park, keeping an eye out for the many seabirds and colonies of seals that take refuge here.

DAY 12


You’ve come about as far east as east goes in Quebec, so after breakfast this morning, hop back into your hire car and hit the road west. A two-hour drive through Murdochville brings you to Gaspésie National Park, a sweeping protected area that’s home to jagged peaks, vast tundra and abundant flora and fauna. You’ll be hanging up your hat for two nights here in a cosy lodge nestled in the forest. The rest of today is then yours to spend as you please. You’re in the middle of one of Quebec’s finest hiking spots, so a leisurely stroll after a couple of hours on the road is only natural. We could also arrange for you to head into the heart of the park, in the company of a naturalist guide, to discover the rare flowers and native animals that Gaspésie has to offer.

DAY 13


After scratching the surface of this 500sq mile national park yesterday, it’s time to take advantage of the splendid landscapes of Gaspésie National Park at your own pace. The park was developed into a hiker’s paradise in 1937 to protect the local caribou and salmon, as well as the beauty of Mont Albert. Keep a keen eye out for any sign of wildlife, as you might be lucky enough to spot white-tailed deer, golden eagles and moose roaming freely.

DAY 14


Today you’ll be bidding a warm farewell to the national parks of eastern Quebec and starting the return journey back to Quebec City. Make one last overnight stop at Rivière-du-Loup, a small and charming city nestled along the banks of the St. Lawrence, a four-hour drive away. After settling into your riverside lodge, head out for an afternoon of exploring. We recommend taking a leisurely stroll along Waterfall Park to the foot of the namesake 100ft waterfall, before enjoying some last-minute shopping in town for any final souvenirs. Round off your evening with a meal out at one of the enchanting riverside restaurants recommended in our Dossier.

DAYS 15 & 16


Sadly your adventure in Quebec is coming to an end. After one last delicious breakfast in your riverside lodge, hop back into your hire car and drive to Quebec City. A quick ferry ride will take you to Saint-Siméon on the other side of the St. Lawrence, from which it’s a two-hour drive to the airport. On arrival, drop off your hire car, whizz back through security and escape the crowds with some down time in the airport lounge. Your flight time back to the UK is around 11 hours, including a layover in a major East Coast city, so you’ll spend tonight on board and touch down tomorrow morning.

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Head to Strom Spa, one of the best spas in Quebec for a day of complete relaxation. Nestled along the banks of the St. Lawrence River, in the heart of Old Quebec, the spa combines high-end facilities with breathtaking views.


Explore the endless scenic offerings of Gaspésie National Park in the company of a knowledgeable naturalist guide. The park is nothing short of a hiker’s paradise, with its never-ending network of scenic trails. You’ll have the opportunity to admire towering peaks and glacial valleys, while learning about the rich local flora and fauna.


During your trip you’ll be within striking distance of Montreal, so why not weave a visit into your holiday if you have a few extra days to play with? Offering an array of cosmopolitan delights, Montreal is a great place to satisfy cravings for city fun. You can head to the banks of the St. Lawrence to experience the hustle and bustle of the port, learn more about the city’s history and heritage at the Pointe-à-Callière museum and admire the grand architecture of the Notre-Dame basilica. Shop for souvenirs at Bonsecours Market, before soaking in the creative energy of the trendy Mile End district and climbing to the top of Mont Royal for beautiful views across the city.

A Rough Idea of Price

Dependent on season, accommodation and activities
The cost for this trip starts from £3,055 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 £3,900 per person.
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