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Quebec: Quebec City & the Saguenay Fjord

Easy to Moderate Terrain: 2-6 Miles Daily

Quebec: Quebec City & the Saguenay Fjord

A Francophile’s dream, Quebec mixes the rugged pines and plunging fjords of northern Canada with the Old World sophistication of Europe’s walled cities. Our itinerary, a delightful mélange of natural beauty and urban chic, takes you along the banks of the St. Lawrence River to explore the region’s highlights, from the grandiose gorges of the Charlevoix to charming villages nestled in rolling farmland. Here, steep granite fjords yield views of sapphire waterways teeming with marine life like grey seals and breaching whales. Birch forests fill serene glacial valleys, where moose forage beside lazy rivers. Walking in this remarkable region, you’ll have the potential to spot caribou, white-tailed deer, gray wolf, red fox, black bear, and river otter. Enjoy the architectural and cultural riches of Quebec City on a guided walk through its narrow, shop-lined streets and French-influenced cobblestone squares. Savor meals showcasing the best of Québecois cuisine: a touch of France, a dash of frontier, and the distinctive bounty of this natural wonderland.


Tour Highlights:
  • With your guides in Baie-Saint-Paul, wander a quaint village and artists’ colony full of picturesque wooden houses and galleries, learning about the town’s impressive history—dating back to the 1600s.
  • Aboard a Zodiac boat, witness minke, beluga, and blue whales breaching during an unforgettable whale watch on the St. Lawrence River.
  • Listen as your guides describe the Grands-Jardins National Park, which showcases the beauty of the boreal forest and tundra.
Flight + Tour Combo

7 days, 6 nights

FROM $4,148 USD

per person, double occupancy

Tour Only

6 days, 5 nights

FROM $3,598 USD

per person, double occupancy



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Your Tour Includes:

  • All meals except one dinner
  • Local wine and/or beer with dinner
  • Exceptional boutique accommodations
  • Local Guide(s) with you 24/7

Flight + Tour Combo Includes:

  • All tour inclusions
  • International round-trip airfare
  • Pre-tour night accommodations
  • Overseas airport transfers
  • Breakfasts
  • Business-class upgrades available

Itinerary & Accommodations

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Day 1

Join your Country Walkers Quebec City and the Saguenay Fjord tour.

Quebec City walking tour; 2-3 miles, easy city walking

Your guides will meet you at 9:00 a.m. in the lobby of the Auberge Saint-Antoine. After a brief introduction to the group, your adventure begins.

After your orientation meeting, discover the hidden charms and impressive history of Quebec City during a guided exploration of its cobbled “Lower Town,” outdoor cafés, beautiful architecture, and the Plains of Abraham, where the Battle of Quebec was fought. In the afternoon, transfer to the town of Tadoussac, a lovely village at the confluence of the Saint Lawrence River and the Saguenay Fjord.

Accommodation: Hotel Tadoussac, Tadoussac

A grand hotel in the 19th-century tradition, this historical complex overlooks the waters of sheltered Tadoussac Bay and offers extensive grounds, an outdoor swimming pool and spa. Simple but comfortable guest rooms compliment an inviting bar and patio area with views of Saguenay Fjord.

Day 2

Sentier Le Fjord to Saint-Louis Lookout & Zodiac whale watch

4-6 miles, easy to moderate with one challenging section, 920-ft. elevation gain

Explore the Saguenay Fjord and St. Lawrence Estuary, keeping an eye out for peregrine falcons above and beluga whales below as you make your way to the Baie Sainte Marguerite and the Beluga Halt overlook. Return to the hotel to freshen up. Aboard a Zodiac boat, enjoy up-close encounters with minke, beluga, or blue whales during an unforgettable whale watch on the St. Lawrence River. After, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant in the charming center of Tadoussac, an easy stroll from the hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Tadoussac, Tadoussac

A grand hotel in the 19th-century tradition, this historical complex overlooks the waters of sheltered Tadoussac Bay and offers extensive grounds, an outdoor swimming pool and spa. Simple but comfortable guest rooms compliment an inviting bar and patio area with views of Saguenay Fjord.

Day 3

Dunes walk & Scenic train to Baie-Saint-Paul

2-3 miles, easy to moderate. Scenic train to Baie-Saint-Paul

In the morning, stroll along nearby dunes—actually marine terraces from the last Ice Age. Later, board Le Train Léger for a spectacular ride along the Saint Lawrence River to your hotel in Baie-Saint-Paul.

Accommodation: Hôtel Le Germain Charlevoix, Baie-Saint-Paul

With views of the St. Lawrence River and a working sheep farm, the Hotel Le Germain Charlevoix is a refreshingly modern rural escape near the artsy town of Baie-Saint-Paul. Rooms boast an award-winning contemporary design, with splashy details like vaulted ceilings, claw-foot bathtubs, and unique light fixtures. Amenities include a full spa, heated outdoor pool, pastry shop, fitness center, and two elegant restaurants.

Day 4

Mont du Lac des Cygnes

2.5 or 5 miles, moderate, 820 or 1,650-ft. elevation gain

In Grands-Jardins National Park, follow well-maintained trails to Mont du Lac des Cygnes, where you enjoy panoramic views of the Charlevoix Crater and the Taiga forest. This unique environment, home to black bear, moose, caribou, and grey wolves, earned the region a rating as a World Biosphere Reserve.

Accommodation: Auberge Saint-Antoine, Quebec City

This award-winning Relais & Chateaux property on the banks of the mighty Saint Lawrence River evokes comfort, ambiance, and warmth. Located in the lower town of Quebec City, the Auberge is perfectly situated only steps from the museums, galleries, and cafés of the Old Port.

Day 5

Parc National de la Jacques-Cartier

3-6 miles, moderate, 1,500-ft. elevation gain or easier option; 2-3 miles

In the steep-sided glacial valley of Jacques-Cartier, you are immersed in forests of yellow birch, sugar maple, and black spruce. There are a variety of trails to choose from, all of which have lovely views of the valley. This evening, enjoy a farewell meal at an exceptional restaurant in Quebec City offering warm hospitality and exquisite French cuisine.

Accommodation: Auberge Saint-Antoine, Quebec City

This award-winning Relais & Chateaux property on the banks of the mighty Saint Lawrence River evokes comfort, ambiance, and warmth. Located in the lower town of Quebec City, the Auberge is perfectly situated only steps from the museums, galleries, and cafés of the Old Port.

Day 6

Your Country Walkers Quebec City and the Saguenay Fjord tour concludes

After a delicious breakfast, your tour concludes at Auberge Saint-Antoine at approximately 9:00 a.m. Begin your journey home.

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Flight

Flight & Arrival

Fly from USA to Quebec City, Quebec. Please refer to your air itinerary for your specific flight details.
Arrive in Quebec City, Quebec. Upon arrival at Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport, a representative holding a Country Walkers sign meets you as you exit the baggage-claim area. After an included transfer to your hotel, you’re free to spend the rest of the day exploring at your leisure.

Accommodation: Auberge Saint-Antoine, Quebec City

This award-winning Relais & Chateaux property on the banks of the mighty Saint Lawrence River evokes comfort, ambiance, and warmth. Located in the lower town of Quebec City, the Auberge is perfectly situated only steps from the museums, galleries, and cafés of the Old Port.

Day 1

Join your Country Walkers Quebec City and the Saguenay Fjord tour

Quebec City walking tour; 2-3 miles, easy city walking

Breakfast is included at your hotel.

Your guides will meet you at 9:00 a.m. in the lobby of the Auberge Saint-Antoine. After a brief introduction to the group, your adventure begins.

After your orientation meeting, discover the hidden charms and impressive history of Quebec City during a guided exploration of its cobbled “Lower Town,” outdoor cafés, beautiful architecture, and the Plains of Abraham, where the Battle of Quebec was fought. In the afternoon, transfer to the town of Tadoussac, a lovely village at the confluence of the Saint Lawrence River and the Saguenay Fjord.

Accommodation: Hotel Tadoussac, Tadoussac

A grand hotel in the 19th-century tradition, this historical complex overlooks the waters of sheltered Tadoussac Bay and offers extensive grounds, an outdoor swimming pool and spa. Simple but comfortable guest rooms compliment an inviting bar and patio area with views of Saguenay Fjord.

Day 2

Sentier Le Fjord to Saint-Louis Lookout & Zodiac whale watch

4-6 miles, easy to moderate with one challenging section, 920-ft. elevation gain

Explore the Saguenay Fjord and St. Lawrence Estuary, keeping an eye out for peregrine falcons above and beluga whales below as you make your way to the Baie Sainte Marguerite and the Beluga Halt overlook. Return to the hotel to freshen up. Aboard a Zodiac boat, enjoy up-close encounters with minke, beluga, or blue whales during an unforgettable whale watch on the St. Lawrence River. After, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant in the charming center of Tadoussac, an easy stroll from the hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Tadoussac, Tadoussac

A grand hotel in the 19th-century tradition, this historical complex overlooks the waters of sheltered Tadoussac Bay and offers extensive grounds, an outdoor swimming pool and spa. Simple but comfortable guest rooms compliment an inviting bar and patio area with views of Saguenay Fjord.

Day 3

Dunes walk & Scenic train to Baie-Saint-Paul

2-3 miles, easy to moderate. Scenic train to Baie-Saint-Paul

In the morning, stroll along nearby dunes—actually marine terraces from the last Ice Age. Later, board Le Train Léger for a spectacular ride along the Saint Lawrence River to your hotel in Baie-Saint-Paul.

Accommodation: Hôtel Le Germain Charlevoix, Baie-Saint-Paul

With views of the St. Lawrence River and a working sheep farm, the Hotel Le Germain Charlevoix is a refreshingly modern rural escape near the artsy town of Baie-Saint-Paul. Rooms boast an award-winning contemporary design, with splashy details like vaulted ceilings, claw-foot bathtubs, and unique light fixtures. Amenities include a full spa, heated outdoor pool, pastry shop, fitness center, and two elegant restaurants.

Day 4

Mont du Lac des Cygnes

2.5 or 5 miles, moderate, 820 or 1,650-ft. elevation gain

In Grands-Jardins National Park, follow well-maintained trails to Mont du Lac des Cygnes, where you enjoy panoramic views of the Charlevoix Crater and the Taiga forest. This unique environment, home to black bear, moose, caribou, and grey wolves, earned the region a rating as a World Biosphere Reserve.

Accommodation: Auberge Saint-Antoine, Quebec City

This award-winning Relais & Chateaux property on the banks of the mighty Saint Lawrence River evokes comfort, ambiance, and warmth. Located in the lower town of Quebec City, the Auberge is perfectly situated only steps from the museums, galleries, and cafés of the Old Port.

Day 5

Parc National de la Jacques-Cartier

3-6 miles, moderate, 1,500-ft. elevation gain or easier option; 2-3 miles

In the steep-sided glacial valley of Jacques-Cartier, you are immersed in forests of yellow birch, sugar maple, and black spruce. There are a variety of trails to choose from, all of which have lovely views of the valley. This evening, enjoy a farewell meal at an exceptional restaurant in Quebec City offering warm hospitality and exquisite French cuisine.

Accommodation: Auberge Saint-Antoine, Quebec City

This award-winning Relais & Chateaux property on the banks of the mighty Saint Lawrence River evokes comfort, ambiance, and warmth. Located in the lower town of Quebec City, the Auberge is perfectly situated only steps from the museums, galleries, and cafés of the Old Port.

Flight

Depart for home

Your Country Walkers Quebec City and the Saguenay Fjord tour concludes at Auberge Saint-Antoine at approximately 9:00 a.m.

Au revoir! After a delicious breakfast, a complimentary small-group transfer is provided to the Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport, based on your departure time. Please note that the transfer time will be communicated to you locally by your guide(s).

Flight + Tour Combo Inclusions:

  • Round-trip international airfare (includes airline fuel charges and taxes)
  • Small-group airport and hotel transfers
  • One night at Auberge Saint-Antoine, Quebec City
  • One breakfast
  • 6-day/5-night: Quebec City and the Saguenay Fjord guided walking tour with on-trip inclusions

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Dates & Prices

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2019 Dates Per person, double occupancy Single Supplement
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Jul 22 - Jul 27 $3,598 $898
Aug 5 - Aug 10 $3,598 $898
Sep 9 - Sep 14 $3,598 $898
Sep 16 - Sep 21 $3,598 $898

Flight + Tour Combo

2019 Dates NEWARK Change Departure Airport
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Single Supplement
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Jul 21 - Jul 27 $4,148
$1,148
Aug 4 - Aug 10 $4,148 $1,148
Sep 8 - Sep 14 $4,148 $1,148
Sep 15 - Sep 21 $4,148 $1,148
Additional gateway cities available; please call for details. Standard Terms & Conditions apply when purchasing this trip. Prices include all airline surcharges and Government taxes and fees. Call for details. All prices are subject to change. Departure dates and prices shown may be updated several times daily, and apply to new bookings only. We reserve the right to correct errors.

Guides

Guides

Our guides' experience, dedication, and enthusiasm make them ideal ambassadors for your destination. They chart the course, finesse the details, and speak the language (English, as well as the local language). They also possess a truly rare skill, knowing when to let serendipity and inspiration take the lead.

Christopher Atkins
Christopher Atkins

With a deep knowledge of local history and significant outdoors experience, Christopher Atkins is the ideal guide to lead you through Québec’s distinctive landscapes. A Montreal native, he works as a high school history teacher during the cooler months and has been known to coach at a local hockey school too. Fluent in two languages (he grew up speaking French), he is also a proficient Spanish speaker. In his free time, Chris enjoys a number of active sports, ranging from basketball to paragliding and including, of course, hockey! He has traveled extensively around the world, from the Arctic Circle to the Andes, and is a certified open-water diver as well.

Carole is a Quebec Walking Tour Guide
Carole Rasmussen

Traveling and outdoor activities have always been great passions for Carole Rasmussen. Her studies in tourism and later in teaching French and English have led to various guiding experiences in Quebec, throughout Canada and in Europe. She has been a high school teacher for many years and still takes advantage of her free time to discover and travel. She particularly enjoys trekking and has explored some of the most beautiful and challenging trails in New Zealand, Corsica, and Peru, to name a few. Always traveling extensively in her native Quebec, she enjoys its cultural diversity, its history, and its magnificent landscapes.

Pierre Dunnigan, Guide for Quebec
Pierre Dunnigan

Educated as a teacher, Pierre Dunnigan’s passion for outdoor adventure eventually fueled his decision to pursue a career in photography as well as guiding. His favorite part of guiding is the pleasure of meeting new people and a love of sharing his knowledge of the geography and the profound history of his home country and province, which he refers to as “my Quebec”, a place he feels has beauty everywhere.

Simon Leroux, Guide for Quebec
Simon Leroux

Simon, for many years, worked for the renowned company Cirque du Soleil before swapping the view from his desk for a much larger office: the great outdoors. His career as an adventure guide has taken him all over North America, leading kayaking and hiking excursions across the region. When not touring through the Rocky Mountains in the summer, or navigating his way through his native Quebec in the winter, you’ll likely find him eating large amounts of food (by far one of the greatest advantages of working outdoors!) A passion for sharing his North American roots, Simon’s energy is contagious, able to transform any trip into an unforgettable adventure.

Quebec Guide, Pierre
Pierre-Hugues Boucher

Pierre-Hugues Boucher spent most of his early adulthood exploring the world, working and hiking across the globe before becoming a professional guide in 2011. Apart from being a dynamic teacher, his enthusiasm and energy is contagious and when not sharing travel anecdotes with his guests, he spends his free time reading about history and dreaming about geography.

Quebec Guide, Frederic Moureau
Frederic Moreau

Frederic Moreau grew up in Europe before starting a career as a translator and a video editor eventually  becoming a guide in 2012. Frederic loves sharing his enthusiasm for the great outdoors, leading trips anywhere from a single day to three weeks in length. No doubt he will invite you to join his pursuit of happiness on the trails in Quebec!

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