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Self-Drive From Quebec To The Maritimes

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Overview

Heading into the heart of Acadia and the fascinating fusion of French, Native and Scottish ancestry found here, the St Lawrence sea way dominates your view on this amazing journey. Taking in the breath-taking scenery of the lobster-laden inlets of the Northumberland Strait and the breath-taking wilderness of the Cape Breton Highlands, this is a brilliant adventure through some of Canada’s stark yet awe-inspiring coast.

15 Day / 13 Night Self-Drive tour starting in Montreal and ending in Halifax.  Tour departs daily with exception of 5-8th June & 12-15th June 2014 when the tour does not operate.

Details

Day 1

Arrival in Montreal

Arrive into Montreal Trudeau International Airport then transfer independently to your downtown hotel. When you check in, pick up your Jonview Canada Roadbook then spend the remainder of the day exploring at leisure.

Overnight in Montreal
Standard: Holiday Inn Midtown Montreal or Le Nouvel Hotel & Spa
Superior: Hyatt Regency Montreal or Delta Montreal

Day 2

Montreal

Explore the francophone metropolis of Montreal at your own pace today, experiencing the fusion of modernity, history and culture in one of Canada’s most exciting urban locations. This really is a fascinating city to walk around, with art galleries, bistros and historic monuments found at every turn. In the evening, after a delicious meal at one of the numerous restaurants, head to one of the jazz clubs or bustling bars to be part of the fun and lively nightlife.

Overnight in Montreal
Standard: Holiday Inn Midtown Montreal or Le Nouvel Hotel & Spa
Superior: Hyatt Regency Montreal or Delta Montreal

Day 3

Montreal - Quebec City (250 km)

Depart from Montreal this morning and travel through the quaint villages and pastoral farmlands that make up the Quebecois culture and scenery. On your way to Quebec City, head to Cap-de-la-Madeleine which is the national shrine in Canada for the Virgin Mary. As you journey through Trois- Rivières, be sure to visit the Museum of Quebec Folk Arts and Traditions which offer carvings and needlework displays depicting the history of French civilisation in Canada.

Overnight in Quebec City
Standard: Delta Quebec or Tryp Quebec Hotel Pur
Superior: Hotel Manoir Victoria or Hotel Chateau Laurier

Day 4

Quebec City

Today is yours to see the best of Quebec City at your own pace, strolling the pedestrian-friendly streets of North America’s only walled city. This is a popular destination with visitors to this region because if the picturesque nature of the destination as much as the vast array of things to do here. This city is the heart of the Gourmet Trail, with numerous grilles, bistros and restaurants offer delicacies from around the globe as well as tasty nouveau Francoise cuisine. While you’re here, you may wish to visit the Old Port Market for fresh produce and seasonal foods.

Overnight in Quebec City
Standard: Delta Quebec or Tryp Quebec Hotel Pur
Superior: Hotel Manoir Victoria or Hotel Chateau Laurier

Day 5

Quebec City - Tadoussac (249 km)

This morning, depart from Quebec City and travel along the north shore of the St. Lawrence River which is the marine conduit from the interior of Canada to the Atlantic Ocean. The towns and villages that have sprouted along the banks of the river, such as Beaupre, Baie-St-Paul and Saint-Simeon, reflect the rich 300-year history of French and English empires, leaving their mark on the culture and architecture of these locations. You will then arrive in the town of Tadoussac at the powerful headwaters of the Saguenay River.

Overnight in Tadoussac
Standard: Hotel Motel Le Beluga or Hotel Motel Restaurant Georges or Maison Gauthier, Les Suites de L'Anse & Maison Hovington
Superior: Hotel Tadoussac or Hotel Motel Le Beluga or Hotel Motel Restaurant Georges

Day 6

Tadoussac - Matane (224 km)

Today you will journey further along the scenic north shore, passing picturesque waterside towns and villages along the way. Within this segment, Les Escoumins is largely considered to be one of the most beautiful villages of the Haute- Côte-Nord region, found along the riverside at the gate to Parc Marin du Saguenay. In the summer, whales can be spotted from the shores on their migratory or feeding routes! As you arrive into Baie-Comeau, you will embark on a ferry across the waters of the St. Lawrence to Matane.

Overnight in Matane
Standard: Riotel Matane or Hotel Motel Belle Plage
Superior: Riotel Matane or Hotel Motel Belle Plage

Day 7

Matane - Perce/Gaspe (355 km)

Journeying further along the shores of the St. Lawrence, you will pass the historic farmlands of the Sainte-Anne-des-Monts – one of the first and most prominent Catholic churches in the New World. Most of the original architecture has been destroyed through fires over the past 150 years, but it has been restored since and is a fantastic place to visit. We suggest diverting to drive through the Parc de la Gaspésie region before heading to Perce. This area overlooks the river and is the commercial centre of the Gaspe Peninsula which marks where Jacques Cartier first took possession of the land for France in 1534.

Overnight in Perce
Standard: Riotel Perce or Hotel Motel Le Mirage
Superior: Riotel Perce or Hotel Motel Le Mirage

Day 8

Perce/Gaspe - Campbellton (249 km)

Depart from charming Perce this morning and travel along the southern shores of the peninsula as it enters the Baie des Chaleurs waters. This was the original land of the Acadian people who were among those who were expelled from Nova Scotia and New Brunswick in 1760. You will journey through the seaside town of Bonaventure where you may want to visit the Acadian Historical Museum of Quebec, displaying art and cultural artifacts of the exiled community. Later on you will arrive at the inner apex of the bay in the tranquil, Scottish hamlet of Campbelton which sits on the border of Quebec and New Brunswick.

Overnight in Campbellton
Standard: Super 8 Campbellton
Supeior:  Super 8 Campbellton

Day 9

Campbellton - Miramichi (288 km)

Head east along the shore of the bay today, as you journey to Caraquet which is known as the cultural capital of Acadia. Further your knowledge with a trip to the Acadian Historical Village as you tour over 40 original and reconstructed buildings accurately depicting life in an 18th century colonial village. The road leads you south along the rustic seaboard that heads towards Miramichi, a town known for a large pulp and paper industry at the headwaters of the Miramichi River.

Overnight in Miramichi
Standard: Rodd Miramichi River - A Rodd Signature Hotel or Lakeview Inn & Suites Miramichi
Superior: Rodd Miramichi River - A Rodd Signature Hotel or Lakeview Inn & Suites Miramichi

Day 10

Miramichi - Shediac (288 km)

Depart from Miramichi this morning and begin a scenic drive through the eastern stretch of New Brunswick, perhaps with a stop-off at the Kouchibouguac National Park visitor centre to experience the interactive presentation of the selection of forests, marshes and lagoons. On your way to Shediac, we suggest visiting the Boutouche Bay Eco-Tourism site which has preserved and restored one of the last remaining great sand dunes on the north-eastern coast of North America.

Overnight in Shediac
Standard: Auberge Gabriele Inn
Superior: Auberge Gabriele Inn

Day 11

Shediac - Pictou (196 km)

A visit to the Hopewell Rocks tidal bay is an absolute must while you’re in this region – the area is one of the world’s most unforgettable landscapes, with impressive tides rolling out to expose the ocean floor and its many fascinating details. Afterwards, make your way east then south as you follow the Northumberland Strait coast which separates Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Many of the towns you’ll pass on your way to Pictou bear Scottish names, emphasising the Gaelic origins of the people who first settled here and the distinctive heritage that is instilled into the population today.

Overnight in Pictou
Standard: Pictou Lodge Beach Resort
Superior: Pictou Lodge Beach Resort

Day 12

Pictou - Baddeck (214 km)

Leave Pictou this morning and drive through the serene landscape and small communities as you head for Baddeck. The interesting mix of Nova Scotia’s Scottish, Indian and Acadian heritage makes for a fascinating culture and one which you’ll find stands out in the small towns and villages that you’ll pass. The road leads into the Cape Breton Island area, through the breath-taking scenery that surrounds Bras d’Or Lake and leads to Baddeck. There’s a great museum here that’s dedicated to Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone.

Overnight in Baddeck
Standard: Inverary Resort
Superior: Auberge Gisele's Inn or Silverdart Lodge & Macneil House & Suites

Day 13

Baddeck

One of the most scenic elements of this trip is the drive to Cabot Trail, heading into the highlands of Cape Breton. Passing lochs, glens and dense forests that are reminiscent of the Scottish Highlands, you’ll meander through the Cape Breton Highlands National Park as you admire the sea-swept landscape and stunning vistas. The hiking trails heading into the interior of the park offer up some great views – return to Baddeck via the Margaree Valley.

Overnight in Baddeck
Standard: Inverary Resort
Superior: Auberge Gisele's Inn or Silverdart Lodge & Macneil House & Suites

Day 14

Baddeck - Halifax (351 km) - End of Tour

Today you retrace your route west to enjoy the invigorating landscapes of northern Nova Scotia one last time before continuing on to Halifax International Airport to check in for your return flight.

Day 15

Arrive Home

 

What's Included

  • Return flights
  • Economy car hire with fully inclusive insurance for the duration of the holiday (Car upgrades available at a supplement)
  • Hotel accommodation for 13 nights
  • Ferry crossing on Day 6
  • Day 9 admission to Acadian Historic Village
  • A personalised roadbook containing essential travel information featuring overview notes of the area of travel, local sightseeing and attractions, daily itinerary highlights, maps and city guises, hotel vouchers and customised day-by-day routing maps.

What's Not Included

  • Hotel car parking fees
  • One way car hire drop off fee from $225 CAD (please enquire at the time of booking for current one way drop fee)

The weather information shown below refers to the first stop on the tour, call us and speak to one of our travel experts for the most up-to-date forecasts and weather details for your tour.

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Aug
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