Flavor Trail of the Island of Orleans (Île d’Orléans)
Available Both Days: Thursday at 12 noon and Friday at 11:30AM
Immerse yourself in Quebec’s culture on the “road of all flavours” (la route des saveurs). This route was given its name because of the rich history and culture that can be discovered and explored along the way.
You’ll begin your adventure with lunch at Auberge La Goeliche. It is a haven of tranquility in one of the five most beautiful villages in Quebec. This charming inn serves up deliciously inspired gourmet French cuisine and local dishes. The restaurant features a glass-enclosed dining room that overlooks the river.
After lunch, your first stop is the Parc de la Chute-Montmorency. The waterfall is an awe-inspiring 272 feet, one and a half times higher than Niagara Falls. You can admire stunning views from the many lookout points throughout the site. It’s the perfect spot for a picture.
Other stops include visits to the Bilodeau Cider House and Cassis Monna & Filles for tour and tastings.
The Bilodeau Cider House specializes in miniature apple trees. It is a family owned orchard of over 3,000 trees where they have been mastering the art of Ice Cider since 1982, re-establishing the popularity of this amazing and well-adapted fruit. Their 2015 edition of “Le Breuvage des Dieux” (Beverage of the Gods) earned this award.
Cassis Monna & Filles: Synonym of passion and innovation since 1992, the company has mastered the art of transforming black currant ~ harvested on the Île d’Orléans ~ into products of the highest quality, including a crème de cassis that earned numerous awards.
- Tours offered on Thursday at noon and Friday at 11:30 am. There is a maximum of 54 persons each day.
- Cost is $105 and includes transportation, guide, restaurant lunch and two tour tastings!
Cruise on the St. Lawrence River
Available Thursday Only – 12:15 Departure with Lunch at the Restaurant Prior to Boarding
See the city of Quebec, the St. Lawrence River and their history from a whole new angle! Join a famous explorer on this cruise aboard the M/V Louis Jolliet for fascinating anecdotes and a fresh look at history and geography.
Accompanied by your guide, we will walk down to Place Royale in this lively section of the Old Quebec for a lunch at The Côtes-à-Côtes Resto Grill. The restaurant welcomes us to an ancient building with a modern twist and magnificent views.
After lunch, we’ll make our way to the boat. On the cruise you’ll discover the bucolic charm of Orleans Island; admire Montmorency Falls (the highest waterfall in Eastern Canada); view the port installations on both shores of the St. Lawrence River and cruise beneath the prestigious Château Frontenac perched atop Cap Diamant, with the majestic Laurentian Mountains in the background.
At the end of the cruise, we will ride the funicular lift back to our hotel.
Offered Both Days; Thursday at 12:30pm and Friday at 11:45am
Live an unforgettable experience within the historic walls of Le Monastère des Augustines, site of the continent’s first hospital north of Mexico.
The Monastery has been restored and redesigned and offers its guests a unique experience in holistic health, along with a rare opportunity to connect directly with the remarkable heritage of the Augustinian Sisters. Le Monastere des Augustines offers a broad range of innovative activities in holistic health and culture within an authentic and inspiring setting.
The tour begins with an easy 10-minute walk to the Monastery from the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac. Once you’ve arrived, your experience will begin with lunch at the restaurant of the Monastery. You’ll delight in dishes with health benefits proven by ancestral traditions and the most recent nutritional research. The chef uses local or organic foods and accommodates seasonal ingredients in harmony with the principles of sustainable development. After lunch, you’ll visit the Museum of the Augustinians and part of the cloister and end with an organ concert in the Augustinians’ Choir, which has amazing acoustic qualities.
- Tours offered on Thursday at 12:30 pm and Friday at 11:45 am. There is a maximum of 40 persons each day.
- Cost is $136 and includes guide, lunch and organ concert!
Images from: Le Monastère des Augustines
Art & Little Treasures Tour
Offered Friday Only – Noon Start time with Lunch at the Restaurant before the Tour
Take advantage of this opportunity to visit some art galleries, artisans’ workshops, and meet some of the local artists of Quebec. Find charming Old-World atmosphere in narrow streets, look for architectural treasures beyond the tourist track, and learn a bit about the city’s history from your expert guide.
We will start our walking tour on Rue du Trésor, which is an open-air art gallery in a narrow alley just off Place d’Armes, next to Fairmont Le Château Frontenac. Along the way we will stop for lunch at a restaurant in the Old Quebec area. (image credit: Rue du Trésor – Jeff Frenette Photography)
After lunch, the tour will continue in the lower area of the city that includes Petit-Champlain, St-Pierre and St-Paul ~ all of which are pedestrian-friendly cobblestone streets. Historic homes and 400-year old architectural buildings in that area have been turned into decorative art shop, bistros, art galleries and antique shops. Also, to discover during the tour: high-fashion boutiques (fur, leather, lace, wool, etc.), blown-glass shops and jewelry. (Image credit: https://www.quebecregion.com/en/old-quebec-summer/petit-champlain/?manual-change=1)
At the end of the tour, you will ride the funicular lift back up to the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac.
- Good walking shoes are strongly recommended.
- Tour is offered on Friday only at noon. Limited to 20 people.
- Cost is $81 and includes guide, restaurant lunch, funicular tickets and gallery admissions!