Canada: Historic Quebec - La Belle Province Bike Tour
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 35th 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) Chateau 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!)
(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.