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!

Tour 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
Available June
Duration 11 days
Departs From Quebec City
Difficulty Level Easy / Moderate
Group maximum 198
Minimum age No limit
Meet on Location Yes
Pick Up No

From

3 056 USD

Per Adult

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3 595 USD

Early booking discount: 15% off if a reservation is made by October 31, 2019

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  • 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

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

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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. 

Arrive at the huge peninsula of Gaspé, poking into the Gulf of St. Lawrence. This patch of land is blessed with sublime mountainous scenery. The peninsula's north is dotted with towering sea cliffs, whereas its interior is shaped by the Appalachian Mountains.

We'll make a visit to Quebec's first national park, Forillon. Once there, prepare to meet a diverse selection of seabirds nesting on cliffs and mammals such as whales and seals. Discover Canada's tallest lighthouse and visit Grand-Grave National Heritage Site to find out more about the life of the fishing families that once inhabited the region.

Continue with our exploration of the scenic Gaspé Peninsula. Visit Île Bonaventure National Park, home to the iconic Percé Rock. The dramatic rock formation is one of the world's largest natural arches, rising from the ocean in a spectacular fashion. This 433 m (1,421 ft) long and 88 m (289 ft) high natural wonder might just, rock your world!

The park itself features a fascinating selection of flora and fauna alongside the largest colony of northern gannets in North America. These Arctic birds like to nestle on the Percé Rock as well, adding to the charm of the scenery. Alongside the park, we'll have a chance to spot four species of whales, including fin, minke, humpback, and blue whales. Seals might swim over to say hello as well.

Sail across the vast expanse of water called the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Relatively isolated from the North Atlantic Ocean, this large body of water stretches 226,000 km² (87,000 mi²). Here freshwater from the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River mingles with salty seawater, and the warm North Atlantic current meets Cold Labrador current, creating some of the world’s most unique marine ecosystems.

As we explore the Gulf of St. Lawrence, let your mind wander back in time. For thousands of years, people’s livelihoods depended on this inland sea. These same bountiful waters supported hundreds of generations of indigenous people and the first European settlers. It’s truly a place to get a grip on the history of settlements in North America!

Arrive at Prince Edward Island, Canada’s smallest province. The island might be tiny, but beware of its natural beauty, it might just steal your heart! Commonly referred to as PEI, this pretty islet is dotted with rolling hills, green forests, ocean coves, and famous red-sand beaches. Immerse yourself in the slow-paced and rural rhythm of the island. No wonder these gently undulating landscapes inspired the settings in Lucy Maud Montgomery’s classic Anne of Green Gables. Trace Anne Shirley’s journey to Green Gables, a charming farm in Cavendish.

Alongside its place in fictional history, the island bears a historical significance. In 1864, representatives from British colonies gathered here to discuss the Canadian Confederation. This earned the island the name of the “Birthplace of Canada.”

Continue with the Magdalen Islands, or Îles de la Madeleine, a small archipelago, located about 100 km (62 mi) north of Prince Edward Island. Be enchanted by endless white sand beaches, coastal dunes, and striking red sandstone cliffs in this distant corner of the world.

A visit to the Magdalen Islands wouldn’t be complete without a taste of the local cuisine. Madelinots are well-known for their culinary talents and secret seafood recipes! Enjoy fresh dishes and recharge yourself by experiencing the beauty of this far-flung destination.

Venture into the vast wilderness of Newfoundland’s south coast and keep your eyes peeled for whales. Beloved by puffins and other seabirds, this part of the Atlantic is a paradise for birdwatchers.

The region offers a myriad of opportunities to connect with nature. If the weather is favorable, we’ll board Zodiacs to discover the impressive fjords and rugged cliffs. As we might also hike on the trails, don’t forget to bring comfy walking shoes!

Today we arrive at the island of Saint-Pierre, a tiny French overseas territory. After days of exploring French-Canadian culture, this is a perfect conclusion to our cruise. This charming island is one of the three main islands of Saint Pierre and Miquelon. Situated about 20 km (12 mi) south of Newfoundland, the French island is one of the world’s best-kept secret travel destinations.

Explore the colorful houses and vibrant shops of the capital city of Saint-Pierre and snap those bliss-filled pictures for your memory! Here we end our trip and catch our charter flight to St. John’s, NL. Until the next time! Au revoir!

  • 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 (2020):

  • Jun 05 - Jun 15

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.