There is so much to discover in Quebec City and its surrounding region. Our tailor-made, multi-day packages are highly appreciated, offering stimulating talks and tours to historic sites and museums, exquisite meals and special activities. Explore with true experts and benefit from our extensive knowledge and contacts as we take you behind the scenes to discover the riches of Quebec’s history and culture through our theme-based itineraries!
Quebec City: World Heritage City
Perched high on a cliff overlooking the majestic St. Lawrence River, the old walled town of Quebec is unlike any other city in North America. Founded in 1608, Quebec was the capital of the colony of New France until it was conquered by the British in 1759. In 1985, Quebec became the first city in North America to be declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. With its fortification walls and historic buildings, it is the most European of North American cities. Get an insider’s view of Quebec’s art and architecture, as we explore the nooks and crannies of Quebec’s historic district and the surrounding countryside.
Tour the historic Upper and Lower Town and see Place Royale, where the Government of Quebec has restored merchants’ houses from the time of New France and visit the impressive Museum of Civilization. Enjoy a lecture and a tour on the British influence on Quebec's architecture and visit the historic Holy Trinity Cathedral, the oldest Anglican Cathedral outside the British Isles. Tour the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, devoted to the art of the Province of Quebec, from the seventeenth century until the present day. Visit the Ursuline Chapel, which contains the oldest remaining sculptural ensemble in Quebec City, dating back to the 1720’s and 30’s and the Ursuline Museum. The next day, explore the Island of Orleans and the Beaupré Coast. Visit Ste-Anne-de-Beaupré Basilica, one of the most famous pilgrimage sites in North America. Stop at the Montmorency Falls, that are over 33 meters higher than Niagara. Private concerts and dinners can be arranged at historic sites.
Historic Montreal and Quebec City
Quebec City has an old world atmosphere that makes it unlike any other city in North America. With its fortification walls, historic buildings and narrow, winding streets, it is the first city on the continent to have been placed on UNESCO's World Heritage List. In contrast, Montreal, the second largest French-speaking city in the world is a cosmopolitan center where old and new stand side by side, with skyscrapers neighbouring chic cafés, galleries and fine museums.
Castles and Gardens of the North: Quebec & the Charlevoix Region
Romantic castles perched on cliffs, gardens, music and superb French cuisine await you. Stay in the renowned Fairmont Le Château Frontenac Hotel, in the heart of Quebec's historic district and in Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu, a superb resort in the Charlevoix region where great cliffs rise up from the salty waters of the St. Lawrence estuary.
Called Murray Bay by past generations of travelers, this resort area came to be known as the Newport of the North, when American President Howard Taft and other members of North America's elite began to spend their summers there. Enjoy the elegance and beauty of a unique maritime environment, which brought sophisticated travelers to the province of Quebec during the Golden Age of Travel.
After a three-night stay in the historic walled city of Quebec, where we will discover a wealth of French and English architecture spanning more than three centuries, our journey will take us along the south shore of the St. Lawrence River.
At Métis, we will visit the magnificent Reford Gardens, with exotic species gathered from around the world, flourishing, in the most northerly garden in eastern North America. After a night in Rimouski, keep your eyes open for whales as we cross the vast estuary of the St. Lawrence River by ferryboat. Our stay at the Manoir Richelieu will include a chef's demonstration during lunch and a private concert, as well as a tour to explore the region and discover the picturesque rural architecture of French Canada and the fine summer resort residences of the area.