Christmas in Québec & Montréal

December 7-12, 2020 • 6 Days • Approx $2300**

Enjoy the delightful decorations and holiday spirit of Canada’s two most important French-speaking cities, Montréal and Québec, exploring cobblestoned historic districts, festive scenes, twinkling nighttime lights, and colorful Christmas markets.

**Traveler Rewards Program: New Travelers receive a $100 discount on the Christmas in Québec & Montreal 2020 tour! Returning travelers receive our Alumni Traveler Discount of 5-10% off the main tour price. Terms, exclusions and conditions apply. Check out our Traveler Rewards page for more details.

Now accepting Early Bird deposits on this 2020 tour! An Early Bird is a $50 deposit that holds your spot during the planning stages of a trip, when we don’t have a set itinerary or dates. Early Birds are always refundable!

There’s something special about exploring a city that is delightfully decked out for the holidays.  In the case of Québec City and Montréal, it would be hard to find a more perfect pair of Christmas towns to visit during our North American winter.  Steeped in French-Canadian ambiance and containing charming historic centers that hearken back to the Old World, both cities go all out during the winter season and are often featured on must-visit Yuletide travel lists.

While Walking Adventures has visited Québec and Montréal on past tours, this will be our first frosty foray into French-speaking Canada during the Christmas season, and we couldn’t be more excited to offer the chance to explore these wonderful cities during the holidays.

This is a draft itinerary. Revisions may be made, as we finalize dates and pricing.

Including:

Pricing is based on double occupancy.

  • All land travel as outlined
  • Train travel in business class between Montréal & Québec City
  • Superior tourist-class hotel accommodations in Montréal and Québec City
  • 7 meals: all breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner as denoted (BLD)
  • All listed walks
  • Fees for walking credit (if CVF approved)
  • Cultural and historical expertise of local guides
  • Two WAI tour leaders throughout
  • Pricing is based on double occupancy. A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement. We also provide a roommate matching service.
  • All tipping for local guides, coach drivers, and group meals
  • More fun stops than we can list!

Activities/Visits to:

  • Montréal’s best Christmas scenes
  • Guided Historical Montréal Walk including Lachine Canal
  • Notre-Dame Basilica in Montréal
  • Mount Royal Park in Montréal
  • Québec City’s best Christmas scenes
  • Guided Historical Québec City Walk
  • German Christmas Market in Québec City
  • Hotel Chateau Frontenac for a Farewell Dinner

Optional Excursions:

  • Christmas-themed Montréal Food Tour (Day 1)
  • Snowshoe Excursion in Jacques Cartier National Park (Day 5)

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-William R; Orchard Park, NY


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-Al & Sharon M; Ellicott City, MD


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-Rowena M; Bedford, IN

Adventure Pace

Tour Pace: 1 2 3 4 5
Walk Challenge: 1 2 3 4 5

Important Info

Group Size

24-28 travelers

Hotels

Strategically located Superior Tourist Class hotels

Meals

7 meals: all breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner as denoted (BLD)

Airfare

Not included. Travelers fly into Montréal, Québec (airport code YUL) and home from  Québec City, Québec (airport code YQB).

Transportation

Included. We use motorcoaches with a seating capacity of 40+ seats.

Traveler Age

Our travelers usually range from 50–75 years of age. All ages welcome!

Your Guides

Walking Adventures Guide Scott IsomScott Isom has had a passion for the outdoors ever since his childhood days spent exploring the waterfalls and outstanding hiking trails of the Columbia River Gorge with his family. Scott has led tours on all 7 continents and is one of WAI’s busiest guides and on-site Adventure planners. Scott will be guiding the Christmas in Quebec & Montréal tour along with a WAI assistant and local guides.

Itinerary

This is a draft itinerary. Revisions may be made, as we finalize dates and pricing.

Click on each day to reveal more details. BLD refers to meals included, Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner.

Day 1-Dec 7: Arrive Montréal, Québec

Montréal serves as starting point for our Christmas in Québec & Montréal Adventure. Our first official activity is a Welcome Orientation this evening at our hotel at 7:30 pm. Those arriving early, however, may wish to join us this afternoon on an optional food tour.

Montréal is one of Canada’s major immigration hubs, and its food scene reflects a delightful and harmonious blend of cultures from around the world. Our Christmas-themed “foodie” tour starts with a walk in the historic district and continues by motorcoach along a major thoroughfare lined with dozens of ethnic neighborhoods inviting us to sample an astonishing diversity of delicious fare. Estimated price: $140

Day 2-Dec 8: Activities in Montréal (B)

Montréal Lachine Canal & Old Town – 6 km, rated 1B
Mount Royal Park Walk – 4 km, rated 2A

Our guided winter morning walk begins at Montréal’s colorful Atwater Market, along historic Lachine Canal. Dating back to the 1850s, the canal was instrumental in opening up North America’s interior to trans-Atlantic shipping. Though New York’s Erie Canal ultimately won the battle of canals, Lachine Canal allowed Montreal to become, for a time, the second-busiest port in North America. This pleasant route wanders past architectural remnants of the canal’s glory days, as our guides share not only the history but also the Christmas traditions in French-speaking Canada. We finish in Montreal’s lively historic district with a tour of Notre-Dame Basilica and free time for lunch. Bundle up as outstanding panoramas and pleasant park walking await us this afternoon at Mount Royal Park, designed by Frederick Olmsted, the prolific landscape architect who also planned New York’s Central Park. The evening is free to explore Montréal’s Christmas lights and enjoy the great dining scene in Old Town.

Day 3-Dec 9: Montréal to Québec City, Québec (BL)

After a relaxed morning in Old Town Montréal, we board a comfortable train and enjoy a delightful ride in business class that includes a tasty lunch. The Adventure continues in Québec City, considered by many the most “European” city in North America.  Our hotel is situated conveniently on the edge of the historic district. Old Quebec earned a place on UNESCO’s World Heritage List due largely to the fact that it is the only city on the continent to have preserved its colonial fortifications. We will offer a chance this evening to explore some of Québec’s most beautiful Christmas scenes lit up at night.

Day 4-Dec 10: Activities in Québec City (B)

Historic Québec Walk – 10 km, rated 2B

The entire day is devoted to exploring historic and charming Québec City with a guided winter walk starting from our hotel. Québec was founded by French explorer Samuel de Champlain in the early 17th century and became capital of New France until the history-changing British victory at the Battle of the Plains of Abraham in 1759. Our route wanders through lovely Battlefields Park and along Dufferin Terrace past Le Château Frontenac, said to be the world’s most photographed hotel. Petit-Champlain is a delightfully decked-out pedestrian area in Lower Town, and nearby Place Royale, with its romantic cobblestone square and outdoor cafés, contains the city’s oldest buildings. Opportunities for food, photography, people-watching, and window-shopping are endless on this walk, not to mention the chance to enjoy Québec’s German-themed Christmas Market this evening.

Day 5-Dec 11: Activities in Québec City (BD)

Enjoy a free day to explore the countless Christmas delights of Québec City from our nicely situated hotel. This is the kind of town where there is no shortage of wonderful holiday-themed activities. Or consider joining us for a half-day snowshoe excursion to Jacques Cartier National Park, where you can get out into the Québec countryside and savor a winter wonderland walk that is suitable even for beginners to the sport of snowshoeing.

Following an hour-long bus ride from our hotel, our 3-hour snowshoe hike explores the most beautiful trails in Jacques Cartier National Park, including the valley of Belleau Creek, the splendor of the Laurentian Mountains, and a walk along the Sautauriski River.  Discover these magnificent winter landscapes on a one-of-a-kind excursion that includes roundtrip transportation, a professional local guide, snowshoes and poles, hot chocolate, lunch, and all park fees. Estimated price: $75

This evening, we cap off our Canadian Christmas celebration with a wonderful private dinner in The Library Room of Le Chateau Frontenac, one of the most iconic hotels in the world!

Day 6-Dec 12: Depart from Québec City (B)

Our Christmas Adventure concludes in Québec City as we say farewell to friends old and new, returning home full of holiday spirit, with a new appreciation for the breadth of history, culture, yuletide charm and scenery offered by these two beacons of French-speaking Canada!

More Details

Click on each heading for more details.

How do I lock in my place on this Adventure?

Call or mail in your Early Bird ($50) to save your spot! We’ll take 24-28 travelers on this tour, with 2 guides accompanying, offering a guide to traveler ratio of 1:14.

What’s an Early Bird? Early Bird deposits are refundable $50 deposits which serve to hold your spot on this tour until dates and pricing have been confirmed. Once all details on this tour have been finalized, travelers can then register with an additional $450 deposit to bring their total on this tour up to $500.

Traveler Rewards Program

New Travelers receive a $100 discount on the Christmas in Québec & Montreal tour! Returning travelers receive our Alumni Traveler Discount of 5-10% off the main tour price. Terms, exclusions and conditions apply. See the Traveler Rewards page for more details or contact us with any questions at 800.779.0353 or [email protected].

How is airfare arranged?

The official start point for the Christmas in Québec & Montréal tour is Montréal, Québec (airport code YUL).  The end point for the tour is Québec City, Québec (airport code YQB).  Airfare to and from the start point is not included in the package price.  More details about flight arrangements and travel agent contact information will be made available after this tour has been finalized.

What about the walks?

We generally walk at a pace of 2 to 3 miles per hour. In most cases, we are not “strolling.” We are walking at a relaxed but steady pace. Your experience will be significantly affected by your level of physical fitness. Because these are group walks, the success of the walks is predicated upon walkers having this minimum level of fitness in order to ensure we are walking at a somewhat similar pace. If not walking regularly at home, we strongly recommend that you make a priority of “training” beforehand in order to both enjoy the trip and avoid medical issues due to overexertion. If you have questions about your ability to participate, please talk with our office at 1.800.779.0353.

We have adopted a walk difficulty rating system which contains a numeric indicator for trail incline and an alpha indicator for trail terrain. The explanation for this system is presented below:

INCLINE

1. Very small hills or very little stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: up to 200 feet.
2. Some moderate hills and stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: 200-1000 feet.
3. Some significant hill or stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: 1000-2000 feet.
4. Lots of significant hills or stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: 2000-3500 feet.
5. Many steep hills. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: more than 3500 feet.

TERRAIN

A. Almost entirely on pavement.
B. A significant part of the route is on well-groomed trails with very few obstacles.
C. A significant part of the route is on somewhat difficult terrain (rocky / rooted paths or soft sand).
D. A significant part of the route is on very difficult terrain.
E. The majority of the route is on very difficult terrain.

What happens next?

We are currently developing the itinerary for this Adventure. Once the itinerary is released, we will accept registration deposits ($500) to save space.

If you have Early Birded with a refundable $50 deposit, your spot on the tour will be held for 2 weeks after the itinerary is published while you make a decision on whether or not you’d like to register with an additional $450 fee, bringing your deposit on tour up to $500. If you decide not to join us for this tour, your Early Bird can be refunded or transferred to another tour.

Take a few minutes to peruse our new itinerary.  A holiday adventure in French-speaking Canada may just be the best way to put you in that holly jolly mood for the Yuletide season.  If you’d like to see the delightfully decked out towns of Québec and Montreal, give us a call and talk to one of our Adventure Consultants about how to join us for this unforgettable Walking Adventure program next winter!