Welcome to my latest travel plan! My Quebec Adventure takes us north to visit our friends in Canada! This trip combines historic Quebec City with the relaxed riverside destination of the Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu. Touching down in Quebec City, you’ll be amazed by how much it resembles a European city. Located along the St. Lawrence River, it is one of the oldest cities in North America, and offers a treasure trove of activities. Additionally, you'll be treated to some of the best restaurants in Canada. From here you’ll travel two hours north to the Fairmont Richelieu. The spectacular scenery of the province will be on full display as you explore the charming resort area.
This is not a plan that I am selling, but a post to inspire you to explore different vacation options. With that being said, you can take this idea and adjust it to fit your needs, maybe by cutting nights or even destinations. I list the pricing after tax (except on some transport), and the prices are for July, during the peak travel time. The trip is calculated for a family of four, but I do list what a couple should expect at the bottom. So let's get started. Below are a couple maps of the trip and total cost:
When looking at the transportation costs of this plan, you'll be arriving and departing from Quebec City. I've set a higher budget for airfare, $400 per person, for a total of $1,600. As usual, if you have points accumulated, that would be a great way to reduce the cost of this trip.
For additional transportation, the expense isn't that bad for this adventure. In Quebec, I would recommend taking a shuttle from the airport to your hotel. Then for the rest of the time in Quebec, you can walk around. This saves money, but also helps you take in the beauty of the city. Of course you can also take an Uber or taxi for evenings out.
Once you check out from your Quebec City hotel, I would recommend renting a car. Having a car allows you to drive up to La Malbaie at your own pace. It gives you the freedom to make pit stops for a picture along the St. Lawrence River. Also, once you arrive at the Fairmont Richelieu, you'll have the car to explore the area (no parking fees at the hotel.)
Alternatively, you could take a train north, which would be a slight cost savings or stress reliever if you don't feel comfortable driving in another country.
Hotel Summary: While each hotel does possess several similarities, I think each one stands out for its own special reason.
The Fairmont Le Château Frontenac
Perched high on top of a hill, the Fairmont Frontenac overlooks the city. The spectacular location, along with the amazing room and dining options, makes this a must see hotel. It’s actually a place many tourist visit.
The Hilton Quebec
From the Hilton Quebec's elevated location, you're able to look out over the city. The hotel has a heated outdoor pool, excellent dining options and views beyond compare.
The Hotel Clarendon
At the Hotel Clarendon, you will be in the middle of the Old City. Built in 1870, you will be steps from all the major sights of the city.
Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu
The Fairmont Richelieu is a destination hotel that rivals any other around the world. The picturesque riverside location is a prime spot for celebrating the beauty of summer or the splendor of winter. With a wide range of activities, it's a perfect destination for families or couples.
Itinerary and Activities
Above is an idea of what a possible itinerary would look like for this trip. The overall price of the the trip covers all the activities listed for four family members. So, again, if you see activities that don’t interest you, you could save money by skipping.
I have built-in about $125 per day which I think would be enough to get breakfast, lunch and dinner.
For couples, I've adjusted the amount spent on the flight, the activities, the food and the room rate. If you were to go, the prices would be similar to the chart below.
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