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Renowned French cuisine at sidewalk cafes, dramatic cliff top vistas of the Saint Lawrence River, and evening strolls along the romantic Dufferin Terrace are a few of Quebec City’s highlights. This cradle of French civilization provides old world flavor in warm historic surroundings.
This tour, in its 31st season, introduces the finest of Quebec. Cycle through charming countryside and visit major historical landmarks around Quebec City. A tour of Ile d’Orleans takes you past traditional 18th century architecture and roadside stands that abound with maple products, fruit, fresh homemade bread, and unique woven crafts. The tour starts on the Ile d’Orleans and continues along the Saint Lawrence southern shoreline, finally returning for a luxurious two-night stay in Quebec City.
The lodging and dining for our Quebec tour is simply exquisite. The Auberge La Goeliche (4-star), a peaceful country inn located on the shores of the St. Lawrence River, will be our home for two nights. In Montmagny, we will lodge at L’Oiseliere (4-star) a modern spa hotel with several swimming pools and massage services. We spend our last two nights in the heart of Old Quebec City at the renowned (5-star) Château Frontenac, a Norman-styled structure with green copper roofs that has dominated the area since the late 1800’s. (If you’re in Quebec, there’s no place else to consider!)
July 30 – August 5
August 6 – 12
Custom dates available upon request for groups of eight or more.
Includes Trek bicycle, fully equipped for touring.
Quebec City airport or first inn on Orleans Island
Quebec City (via train or air; transfer by van back to 1st inn for drivers)
Riverside riding with some gently rolling hills on most days. Option for more mileage on most days.
(Includes 6 breakfasts, wine social, 1 gourmet picnic lunch, & 4 dinners)
Arrive at Auberge La Goeliche on Ile d’Orleans. 4:00 pm bike-fitting session before a cocktail reception and dinner at the inn.
Cycle the Ile d’Orleans. Ride through villages with superb traditional architecture. Fruit and vegetable stands abound. Traditional local handmade goods featured. Finish your day off with a hand-dipped ice cream from the Chocolaterie in St. Petronille. (35 or 47 miles)
Ferry ride from Quebec City to Levis. Cycle along the south shore of the St. Lawrence River to explore the fertile valleys of the Chaudiere-Appalaches following some of the Route Verte. Photo opportunities abound. (35 or 47 miles)
Take a shorter loop that winds through L’Islet, Cap-St-Ignace, and back to Montmagny, or take the longer option through St-Jean-Port-Joli, a unique town, considered a woodcarving mecca. Enjoy apple wine tasting at La Pomme St. Laurent, known for its unique cider ice wine. (34 or 52 miles)
Cycle quiet country roads from Montmagny deep into the Chaudiere-Appalaches region. Our lunch destination is Le Ricaneux, where we will enjoy wines made from a variety of berries. Maybe take a tour of this unique winery,which also produces liqueurs and jam. After lunch return to Quebec City via the Parcours des Anses bike path or catch the shuttle. (28 or 48 miles)
Guided walking tour of historic Quebec City. Your private guide will highlight history, culture, and important landmarks. Cycle to Montmorency Falls or visit museums and shops. Dinner at award-winning Le Continental. (Two-hour guided walk + 16 mile ride)
Departure via air or rail from Quebec City or shuttle back to your car on Orleans Island.
having worked for many years in the bio medical field, Shane has successfully established an organic farm, Camman Acres. This local CSA is growing quickly, so we hope to keep him well entertained with tours, before the farm corrals him. His forte is having fun and relaxing with guests, and he’s excellent at teaching the nervous traveler how to find the perfectly hopped IPA. Check out www.cammanacres.com and tell we sent you.
Peter is principally responsible for our Austria and Germany programs. His quick wit and affinity for the good life make him a pleasure to tour with. He also leads wine tasting tours through Burgundy, France. His fluency in German and French, attention to detail, and fun loving nature make him a perfect fit for these departures. Maria assists Peter on the Austria and Lake Constance cycling programs. She offers a unique insight on these two beautiful regions. Check out Peter’s new gallery in England: http://www.petermartingallery.com/
Ron’s hobbies include growing orchids and cooking. He claims to speak five foreign languages poorly. His forte is having fun and relaxing with guests, and he’s excellent at teaching the nervous traveler how to consume raki, a Cretan specialty. He currently holds the two-man record for schlepping luggage.