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Historical Cities Tour - The Fairmont Experience: Ottawa, Montreal, & Quebec City

Historical Cities Tour - The Fairmont Experience: Ottawa, Montreal, & Quebec City

Historical city tour of Quebec, Montreal, and Ottawa – 8 days and 7 nights flights included.
First class accommodations in old Quebec City, Old Montreal as well as close to the banks of the Rideau Canal in Ottawa.

Experience an all Fairmont Hotel Experience as you take in the history of these Canadian cities!

Tour Details by Day

Day 1 – Home Cities to Ottawa

Meals Included: Supper

Board our West-Jet Flight in Edmonton and stop in Calgary to change planes and pick up more passengers for our flight to Ottawa. Upon arrival, meet our coach driver and we will take a driving tour en-route to our hotel in downtown Ottawa, The Fairmont Le Chateau Laurier, for the next two evenings. Enjoy a complimentary welcome meet and greet supper before settling in for the night.

Day 2 – Parliament and Rideau Falls

Meals Included: Breakfast

We will start the day off with a guided part motor coach, part walking tour of Ottawa. The tour includes a drive-by of 24 Sussex Drive, a walk into the Parliament Buildings, and the Rideau Falls and Canal. We will then head across the river to Gatineau for a fantastic view of Parliament, then it’s onto Byward Market for browsing and lunch on your own. From here we will go back to our hotel and you are free to explore downtown Ottawa at your leisure.

Day 3 – Ottawa to Montebello

Meals Included: Breakfast

After a leisurely morning, we will depart Ottawa for a self-guided tour of the Canadian War Museum, as well as the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau. Our overnight destination is the fabulous Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello, the world’s largest log building and on the Manoir-Papineau National Historic Site.

Day 4 – Montebello to Montreal

Meals Included: Breakfast

We will depart for Montreal this morning and upon arrival, we will have a guided part motor-coach, part walking tour of Montreal, showing us the heritage of this rich, historic city. Highlights include St. Joseph’s Oratory, Notre-Dame Basilica, Ste. Catherine Street, St. Helen’s Island, and Place Jacques Cartier Mont Royal, just to name a few places that you will be acquainted with. Our accommodations for the next two evenings is the recently reopened Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth.

Day 5 – Montreal and Basilica

Meals Included: Breakfast

We will transport you to Old Port Montreal today, exploring all that you have learned from your city tour about Montreal. Browse, shop, dine, and take in everything Old Montreal has to offer. In the afternoon we will have a guided tour of Notre-Dame Basilica including the Crypt. The evening is free to explore this historic city on your own.

Day 6 – Montreal to Old Quebec City

Meals Included: Breakfast

Depart Montreal en-route to Old Quebec City for our last two evenings. Upon our arrival, we will enjoy a 90-minute boat tour on the St. Lawrence River. Set sail with a costumed guide, portraying the explorer Louis Jolliet. The perfect combination of nature and culture – Discover the history of Quebec City, the river, and the surroundings – Navigate from the Cap Diamant to the Montmorency Falls. After our boat cruise, we will check into our hotel, the world famous Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac. Your evening is free to explore Old Quebec as we are in the heart of this historic city.

Day 7 – Old Quebec City

Meals Included: Breakfast, Supper

Today we will enjoy a guided part motor-coach, part walking tour of Quebec City. Highlights include the Unesco World Heritage Site, Upper and Lower Town, Fortification of Quebec, the Parliament Buildings, finishing with lunch on your own in a historic neighbourhood. The rest of the afternoon is free to enjoy all that Old Quebec has to offer. This evening you will be hosted to a farewell supper to reminisce about your trip and a chance to mingle with new friends.

Day 8 – Quebec City to Home Cities

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Enjoy a late checkout today before we visit the beautiful Parc des Chutes and enjoy an included lunch and tour at Le Chemin du Roy Maple Sugar Shack.

The sugar shack Érablière le Chemin du Roy takes its name from the ancestral road (King’s Road) that crosses it. This road, which the construction began in 1715 under the French Regime, was drawn up by Mr. Pierre Robineau and connected Cap Rouge River to Neuville. In 1734, the link between Quebec and Montreal was completed. It took four days by horse-drawn carriage to cover 267 kilometers on the edge of the St. Lawrence River or in the hinterland. After more than three centuries, we still find a part of this ancestral road on the site of our maple grove.

Our sugar shack, where the maple water is transformed into maple syrup, was built in 1925. In 1989, the famous hockey player Guy Lafleur acquired the maple grove. In 1991, Mr. Real Boissonneault and Mr. Ghislain Vadnais became the new owners and gave another mission to the site: ’Érablière récréo-touristique’. Since 1999, Mr. Boissonneault has been the sole owner.

In the heart of an ancient maple grove about 20 minutes drive west from Quebec City, you have arrived at the fabled King’s Road country “Chemin du Roy” which holds its own lore and distinction. The historic road on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River was once considered the longest road in existence when completed in 1787.

After a fabulous lunch, we will transport you to the airport for your flights home.