QUEBEC HEARTLAND & GASPÉ CARAVAN

August 7-31, 2006 (25 days)

Starting in Quebec City, then to Lac Saint Jean, Tadoussac, Baie Comeau, the Gaspe Peninsula and ending on the Bay of Chaleur on the South Coast, this caravan covers some of the finest scenery you'll see in all of Canada!Tadoussac

The European charm, bistros and cobblestones of "Old Quebec" will be highlighted by your guided tour, and free day in the city. You'll cruise the St. Lawrence to Grosse Ile national historic site to tour the old quarantine centre. Some 5000 Irish settlers died here in the 1800's. See the monument and check for names of your relatives.

At Val Jalbert overlooking Lac Saint Jean, you'll tour a turn of the century paper mill & ghost town. From Alma, you'll have a relaxing cruise on Lac Saint Jean and a guided tour of Jonquiere and Chicoutimi where you'll see the world's largest all-aluminum bridge. The next caravan stop at picturesque Tadoussac overlooking the confluence of the Saguenay & St. Lawrence Rivers, will include a 6 hr luncheon cruise up the Grand Fiord of the Saguenay, a Zodiak boat whale watching excursion on the St. Lawrence, and a fine dinner at the beautiful colonial style Tadoussac Hotel.

After 2 days at Baie Comeau, you'll cross the St. Lawrence by ferry (included), to the South shore and the Gaspé coast. At Metis sur Mer you'll visit the unbelievable and beautiful botanical gardens and have a fine lunch at the Lodge (included). As we travel along the north coast of the Gaspé peninsula, you'll marvel at the hang gliders throwing themselves off the cliff at Mont St. Pierre to gently land near the town's picture-postcard boardwalk along the beach.

Besides the simply outstanding scenery, the 3 days at Forillon National Park on the rugged Gaspé coast, will include visits to an old time general store, displays of the salt cod fishery prevalent at the turn of the century and a tour to the town of Gaspé. As we continue around the peninsula to the town of Perce, you'll take a cruise around famous Percé Rock that you'll literally see the sun rise over every morning from the campground. You'll also be able to walk right up to the rock at low tide on your free day. The cruise includes a visit to Bonaventure Island and its famous bird sanctuary. You'll see literally thousands of Ganets nesting on the rocky slopes. Some of them will be no more than 10 feet away! The free day at Perce will give you a chance to visit the many fine gift & craft shops in town. Our stay will be closed off with a rollicking dinner at Chez Roland restaurant.

The Caravan ends with 2 days at Carleton Sur Mer (one of the most beautiful campgrounds in Quebec) on the Bay of Chaleur with a final tour of the region and a Wind-up Banquet. More than 10 meals are included in the package as well as 6 cruises, one ferry and entrance to all events, museums & other activities.

Price: $3095.00 + GST per unit of two. $500.00 deposit on registration

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