Cruising Tour

St. Lawrence river cruise in quebec | CA-AC1102

11-day summer cruise along the mighty saint lawrence river

Overview

Cruise along one of the world’s most scenic rivers and discover the cradle of French culture in North America!

Highlights

  • Visit three of Canada’s provinces
  • Percé Rock by Zodiac
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Saint-Pierre
  • Explore the unique history of ‘New France’
  • One of the world’s largest gannet colonies
  • Reford Gardens / Jardins de Métis
  • Whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence

Discover the best of Canada’s three French provinces and the French island of Saint-Pierre on this unforgettable cruise along the majestic St. Lawrence River. Step into a nautical time machine with our multilingual guides, who will take you through the fascinating French-Canadian history and culture of the area.

Feel like a true explorer as we navigate the Gulf of St. Lawrence filled with teeming wildlife. From the enchanting Gaspé Peninsula to blissful lands of the Magdalen Islands, this tour will inflame your imagination. Even after you come home, a piece of this place will stay with you forever!

  • Trusted Tour Operator
  • Expert guides
  • No single supplement in select cabin categories
  • Zodiac boat
Availability June
Duration 11 days
Departs From Quebec City
Difficulty Easy / Moderate
Group maximum 198
Minimum age No limit
Meet on Location Yes
Pick Up No

From

3 595
Per Adult
  • Best Price Guarantee
  • Toll Free number in N. America: +1 888 285 1676
  • International number: +1 780 414 1676
  • Please note that you will be charged in USD for this tour

Availability (2022):
June 1 - 11, 2022

For further information about dates and prices:
Please see the price list at the section here below.

What's Included

Included

  • Multilingual guides
  • Educational program and pre-departure materials
  • All shore and Zodiac excursions
  • Transfers between piers and applicable airports
  • All shipboard meals
  • Service charges
  • Embarkation taxes
  • Port fees

What to bring

  • Warm outdoor clothing
  • Hiking boots
  • Rubber boots
  • Rain gear
  • Camera
  • Binoculars

Not Included

  • Transfer flights
  • Personal expenses (laundry, alcoholic beverages, telephone calls, etc.)
  • Additional expenses in the event of weather delays or itinerary changes
  • Staff gratuities
  • Mandatory medical evacuation coverage/optional travel insurance
  • Possible fuel surcharges

Contact us for more Information about this tour

TOLL FREE NUMBER IN N. AMERICA: +1 888 285 1676
INTERNATIONAL NUMBER: +1 780 414 1676

You can also send an email to info@adventures.com, or use the contact form here below.

Itinerary

Find out more details about the tour and its highlights

Information

Our St. Lawrence River cruise starts in Quebec City, capital of the eponymous Canadian province. From Quebec, we’ll travel by coach to Tadoussac, where we’ll explore its scenic surroundings before boarding our ice-class vessel, the Ocean Endeavour. Prepare to be awestruck by the breathtaking Saguenay Fjord and explore all that the Gaspé Peninsula has to offer, from mountainous landscapes to the largest gannet colony in North America and the famous pierced rock in Percé.

As we sail across the Gulf of St. Lawrence, look for majestic marine mammals like whales and seals. Discover the charm of remote and slow-paced life in the province of Prince Edward Island and take in the russet landscapes of the Magdalen Islands. Experience nature at its finest as we head out on Zodiacs along Newfoundland's southern coast. Our voyage ends on the lovely French island of Saint-Pierre - a perfect place to immerse yourself in a bon vivant lifestyle!

Our expedition along the mighty Saint Lawrence River begins in Quebec City, one of the oldest European cities in North America. We’ll meet for a welcoming introduction before taking a four-hour scenic drive to Tadoussac where we’ll board the Ocean Endeavour. While on a comfortable coach, feast your eyes on beautiful vistas of the northern bank of the river.

Quebec was founded in 1608 by French explorer Samuel de Champlain and is the only city in North America that has remaining defensive walls. Today Quebec offers a unique blend of rich history and modern-day flair. The fairytale architecture of Chateau Frontenac, the La Citadelle fortress, and remarkable view over the river makes the city of Quebec an excellent starting point for our voyage.

Before boarding our ship, we’ll explore the small village of Tadoussac, located in a gorgeous bay. This town is world-famous for whale watching, serene landscapes, and its rich historical past. We’ll set sail from this port town, France’s first permanent settlement in North America.

As we approach the elongated Saguenay Fjord, prepare to encounter one of nature’s most stunning scenes, refreshingly devoid of tourist crowds. Surrounded by rugged cliffs and emerald forests, the fjord extends about 105 km (65 mi) and is among the longest inlets on the planet.

The Saguenay Fjord is also one of the southernmost fjords in the Northern Hemisphere. To attest fjord's distinctiveness the surrounding National Park was named after it.

Interestingly, a layer of freshwater moves over colder seawater, making the gorge a unique habitat for various marine life. As we navigate the fjord, don't be surprised if you meet not one but  four different species of whales. The blue whale - the King of the Sea - included! Watching these majestic creatures breach the surface is sure to put a spell on you.

Today, weather permitting, we visit the famous Reford Gardens, a.k.a. Les Jardins de Métis. This National Historic Site is a huge English-style garden at Grand-Métis. Walk among 15 distinct gardens, with more than 3,000 species of flowers and other plants. Originally private, the gardens are now open to the public daily and offer art exhibitions, sculptures, a museum and restaurant. 

On Day 4, we'll explore the beautiful sculptures of the Mingan Islands. The sculptures are made of limestone and a carved out by the movement of the ocean. 

The wilderness here is abundant. We'll check out the wide range of flora, which includes over 450 plant species, 300 mosses, and 190 lichens. Also, keep your eyes peeled for the wildlife that call the islands home. Local wildlife include seals, Atlantic puffins, and plenty of seabirds!

The Gaspé Peninsula, or the Gaspésie, divides the Saint Lawrence estuary and the Baie de Chaleur. Enjoy the area's stunning sea cliffs, left over from the Appalachian Mountain range.

Forillon National Park has some of the richest wildlife in Canada. We'll have the opportunity to observe the park's plentiful wildlife and interesting landmarks, including Canada's tallest lighthouse. Also, step into history at Grande-Grave National Heritage Site, where the stories of the local fishing community are shared.

Today we'll hop into a Zodiac and explore Percé Rock and Bonaventure Island at Parc National de l’Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé.

Percé Rock is a large natural arch made of red-colored limestone and sandstone. It also has a big sea stack at one end of the arch.

Watch out for thousands of Northern Gannets and other seabird species who call Bonaventure Island home.

Today we head to the gorgeous shores of Prince Edward Island (also known as "P.E.I."). P.E.I.'s capital city is Charlottetown – the birthplace of Canadian federation. 

We'll have a chance to explore this popular region and enjoy thrilling excursions in Prince Edward Island. Make a stop to see Anne's house at the fictional Green Gables and visit Lennox Island Mi’Kmaq First Nation.

The Magdalens Islands (les Îles-de-la-Madeleine) are a territory of Quebec that very close to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Over 10,000 people live on the islands. 

Be amazed by the Magdalen Islands dramatic sandstone cliffs and striking features. We'll stay overnight and spend two days along the Islands' coastline.

Get a taste of culture as you explore the cuisine, language and history of the local Acadian heritage of the area. The seafood here is some of the best you'll ever try!

Today we'll sail to the beautiful lands of southern Newfoundland. Only few communities live in the remote area and there's lots of stunning wilderness to be explored. Southern Newfoundland's unspoiled nature is a huge crowd pleaser!

We'll have the opportunity to enjoy the remote coastline and landscapes of the area. You can choose to hop into a zodiac and explore the interesting coves and bays along the shoreline. Or, you can opt to explore the area's interior, where there's lots of incredible geology and biodiversity to be discovered.

Last but not least, our final day of our trip will be to the charming islands of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon. These islands are official French territory located near the shores of Newfoundland.

The town of Saint-Pierre is a bright and charming town that gives you a taste of Europe. Explore the town's shops, cafés, and colorful homes dotted along its twisting streets.

At the end of the day, we'll hop on our charter flight back to St. John's, Newfoundland. A perfect end to an incredible trip!

  • No Single Supplement! Solo Adventurers are welcome. Most cabin categories on the ship are available as a private cabin to single travelers at no additional cost.
  • Temperatures run around 15-20° Celsius (59-68° Fahrenheit) during the day. That said, guests have been known to enjoy a day of shorts and t-shirts but do make sure to bring a warm jacket and hiking shoes! A recommended packing list will be provided upon booking.
  • Children four years old and younger pay only for charter airfare—and children two years and younger travel free. Children must be accompanied by a full-fare adult.
  • Travellers under 30 receive a 30% discount.

Please Note

  • This program features activities such as walking, wildlife viewing, and Zodiac cruising, all at a relatively easy to moderate level of exertion. The majority of shore landings are undertaken using Zodiacs. Zodiac embarkations involve descending gangway stairs with double handrails and stepping into the Zodiac from a small platform at water level (assistance is provided).

Prices and Availability

Availability (2022):

  • Jun 1 - Jun 11

Category 1. Quad cabin. Deck four. Interior Cabin, four lower berths, private bath. Based on quad occupancy.
Price: $3595.00 per person / USD.

Category 2. Triple cabin. Deck four. Interior Cabin, three lower berths, private bath. Based on triple occupancy.
Price: $4395.00 per person / USD.

Category 3. Interior twin cabin. Deck five. Interior Cabin, two lower berths, private bath. Based on double occupancy.
Price: $5795.00 per person / USD.

Category 4. Exterior twin cabin. Deck four. Porthole window, two lower berths, private bath. Based on double occupancy.
Price: $7095.00 per person / USD.

Category 5. Main twin cabin. Deck five. Picture window, two lower berths, private bath. Based on double occupancy.
Price: $8395.00 per person / USD.

Category 6. Comfort twin cabin. Deck seven. Picture windows (partial obstruction), two lower berths, private bath, refrigerator. Based on double occupancy.
Price: $9695.00 per person / USD.

Category 7. Top deck twin cabin. Deck eight. Large picture windows (partial obstruction), matrimonial bed, private bath, refrigerator. Based on double occupancy.
Price: $10995.00 per person / USD.

Category 8. Superior twin cabin. Deck five & seven. Picture windows, twin or matrimonial bed, private bath, refrigerator. Based on double occupancy.
Price: $12295.00 per person / USD.

Category 9. Junior suite cabin. Deck five & seven. Picture windows, separate sitting area, sofa, desk, refrigerator, matrimonial bed, private bath. Based on double occupancy.
Price: $13595.00 per person / USD.

Category 10. Suite cabin. Deck seven. Picture windows overlooking the bow, separate sitting area, sofa, desk, refrigerator, matrimonial bed, private bath with full tub. Based on double occupancy.
Price: $14895.00 per person / USD.

Payment Details

Deposit and Taxes

  • A $1000.00 USD deposit is required to hold your reservation.
  • Balance of payment is due 120 days before trip commencement.
  • Travellers under 30 receive a 30% discount.
  • No single supplement charge on most of the cabin categories.

 

CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS

All requests for cancellations must be received in writing.

Cancellations received at least 120 days prior to departure are fully refunded less an administration fee of $500 US dollars per passenger.

If cancellation is made between 91 and 120 days, the cancellation charge is 65% of the cruise cost.

Please note that within the 90-day limit, all deposits and tariffs are forfeited.

Trip cancellation insurance is not included, but highly recommended.

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