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May - October 2020
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Quebec, a unique province, actually unique in North America as it has preserved its Francophone culture and charming European feel.  It’s a food lovers paradise and has several items that are a must, including poutine, Montreal-style bagels and smoked meat.  It’s a province extremely proud of its heritage, you will enjoy the landscape, art, food and wine.  Quebec, yours to discover.

Return flights from the UK
Car rental
7 nights accommodation
Beyond the Market Tour
MAP at Manoir Hovey (two breakfasts and two dinners)
Food Walking Tour of Quebec City
Dinner at Les Labours Restaurant at the Le Germain Hotel Charlevoix
ABTA and ATOL protection

Itinerary

Today pick up your rental car at Montreal Trudeau Airport or in Downtown Montreal as pre-arranged. Drive to your Montreal accommodation and check-in. The remainder of the day is yours to explore this lively city.  Attractions include Vieux Montréal, the Basilique de Notre-Dame and the Chapelle de Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours. Montreal plays host to fantastic shopping, spectacular architecture, culinary delights and great nightlife. Be sure to visit the Marché Artisans (Artisans Market) at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth, featuring a gourmet showcase of local foods from artisanal producers ranging from pastries and ice cream to cheeses and seafood.

The city’s best food tour takes you to at least 6 of your local guide’s favourite eateries and watering holes. From artisanal charcuteries to thirst-quenching craft beers, discover the surrounding areas of Jean-Talon, the largest food market on our walking tour! Over the years Montreal has held a reputation as a city that loves to eat, and eat well. A trip to the Jean-Talon Market helps the outsider grasp the fact that farm-to-table is nothing new in town. Together we will sample some tasty regional delicacies and meet the producers who take pride in the quality and distinction of their harvest.

Today travel east to North Hatley in the Eastern Townships region of Quebec. Stops can be made along the way at the small chocolate museum in Bromont, and L’Orpailleur Winery in Dumham, approximately 30 km south of Bromont. Be sure to stop at Sherbrooke - the principal city of the townships. The Musee des Beaux-Arts (admission not included) exhibits a fine collection of Quebec Art, focusing on the Eastern Townships. If time permits, stop in the town of Magog and enjoy one of the scenic cruises which afford splendid views of the snow-capped peaks around the lake.

While visiting the Eastern Townships region, don’t miss a visit to the Abbey of St. Benoît du Lac, Magog, North Hatley, Coaticook with its canyon, park & suspension bridge and the Beaulne Museum (not included) where you can admire costumes and textiles, fine arts and decorative arts, as well as local heritage.

Today drive north through the Eastern Townships to Quebec City – the historical and political capital of la Belle Province. Experience the old-world charm of Vieux Quebec with its cobblestone streets, fortified city wall (one of a kind in North America), and seventeenth-century architecture. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is complimented by artisan shops, Parisian cafes, landscaped parks, and numerous monuments. Take a stroll on the Plains of Abraham and visit the historic Fairmont Chateau Frontenac.

Throughout the years, the food of Quebec has been influenced by Amerindian, British and French cuisines. This Food Tour offers the opportunity to discover these different culinary and cultural traditions.  Treat yourself to a behind the scenes experience of Quebec City, discovering its gastronomy and culinary history by taking part in five exclusive tasting presentations. Enjoy behind the scene presentations and exclusive access at the different tasting locations.

Depart today on a gastronomic adventure to Baie Saint Paul, located on the ‘Flavour Trail’ in Quebec’s beautiful Charlevoix region. The region’s ciders, traditionally made beers, cheeses and exquisite chocolates, organic meat, well-raised ducks and products from the farm all contribute to its renown as an international foodie destination. Take time to explore the scenic area, the beauty of which has inspired generations of artists. Along the way, you may stop to visit the Sainte Anne de Beaupré shrine. Cultural life is ever-present in Baie Saint Paul, from museums and galleries to gourmet restaurants and corner bistros. Be sure to take a stroll down Rue Saint-Jean-Baptiste, home to one of the highest concentrations of art galleries in Canada. Tonight, dine on Charlevoix’s regional cuisine at Les Labours Restaurant, where chefs select the best local products to create delicious fresh seasonal menus. (dinner included)

Today you will return to Quebec City. Your tour ends in Quebec City upon returning your rental car.