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Quebec: A Bike Tour of the Eastern Townships, Canada

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 7 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 12 people
Destination(s): Quebec  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring  
Season: June - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 2995 Canadian Dollar (CAD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 3195 Canadian Dollar (CAD)

The Eastern Townships of Quebec combine the convenience of access from Montreal with the true pleasures of Quebeçois tradition and culture, and a largely Anglophone culture. Outstanding cuisine is being discovered, and the quiet roads, charming towns and green pastures are a perfect canvas for this exquisite holiday. The flavors and luxuries will pervade your senses and lead you to a deep appreciation for the townships, known locally as L’Estrie. Starting in the vineyard region near Dunham, you will ride through woods and villages past stone churches toward Sutton, and can stop for great bowls of café-au-lait and rich croissants at a fabulous bakery on the way. At L’Abbaye St-Benoît-du-Lac, you can try the cider and cheese made by monks in their picturesque lakeshore monastery. Circumnavigating Lac Memphremagog, you will enjoy splendid views on your way to a particularly luxurious final two nights, where the dinners are among the most highly rated in Canada.

Day 1: 22 km/14 miles.
Meet your guides in Montréal at around 13:00 for a one-hour transfer to Bromont You’ll have some time to browse the shops and galleries of Bromont while your bikes are unloaded and prepared for the short ride to your inn and spa at West Brome. Includes: (D). (Meal inclusions provided for guided trips. Self-guided trips include breakfast only). Auberge & Spa West Brome, West Brome.

Day 2: 70 km/45 miles.
Optional extra 11 km through Hunter Mills. Ride along the Vineland Route through Dunham to Sutton, passing five vineyards in the morning. The rolling landscape becomes progressively hillier as you pass through several quiet towns, cross a covered bridge, and enjoy beautiful tree-lined roads around Pigeon Hill on the way to Frelighsburg for a picnic and a visit to the bakery. After lunch, ride to Abercorn and follow the scenic route along the Canada-US border. Includes: (B), (L), (D). Same lodging.

Day 3: 77 km/46 miles.
Touch the US border again, as you ride through beautiful Glen Sutton and along the Missisquoi River. In Bolton Centre you can cool your feet in a pleasant river before continuing to the Abbey of St-Benoît-du-Lac (www.st-benoit-du-lac.com) where for lunch you can sample and buy cider and cheese made by the monks. Continue riding north around Lake Memphremagog, perhaps stopping at the labyrinth in Magog before finding your comfortable inn. Includes: (B), (L), (D). Manoir de la Rue Merry or Café Crème et Spa, Magog.

Day 4: 66 km/39 miles.
Golf option available. This is a day to explore the trails to waterfalls in Mont Orford National Park, or to circumnavigate it through Eastman, where you can visit the soap lady, and Stukely, before returning on cycle paths to try the Memphremagog Labyrinth. Finish the day with a swim in the lake, and deciding which of several excellent options you will choose for dinner. Includes: (B). Same lodging.

Day 5: 82 km/49 miles.
Ride through Georgeville and Fitch bay enroute to Beebe Pliain and Stanstead. Visit the Haskell Opera House and the Colby Curtis Museum, then ride to Ayer’s Cliff, where you can coast down a long hill to the top of Lac Massawippi in North Hatley. The Pilsen Pub serves its own excellent draught (www.pilsen.ca). Finish at a sumptuous Relais & Châteaux inn. Includes: (B). Manoir Hovey, North Hatley.

Day 6: 53 km/32 miles.
Ride past two more covered bridges to the Capelton Mines. Follow the rail trail to lunch at yet another covered bridge or the Louis St. Laurent National Historic Site in Compton, then return to enjoy your lakefront lodge via Hatley and Massawippi. Includes: (B), (L), (D). Same lodging

Day 7: Morning transfer 90 minutes back to Montreal. Includes: (B)

Supplemental Tour Information:
- Start: 13:00, day one, Montreal’s Hotel Gault
- Finish: 11:00, day seven, Montreal’s Hotel Gault

Transfers back to Montreal or other connection points will be available on the final day, with an optional stop en route at Arbre Aventure for a thrilling high-ropes course, or for those not wishing to conquer their fear of heights, a less frightening walk up or around Mont Orford. Be careful! Not only will this adventure spoil your palate for things more mundane, but the local joie-de-vivre easily rubs off on visitors, and is likely to send you to new heights of lively appreciation for all the Townships have to offer.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

- Guided Cost: $3195 (per person, includes 7 days, 6 nights, 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners, luggage handling, maps and route notes, van and full-time guide)
- Self-guided Cost: $2995 (includes 7 days, 6 nights, 6 breakfasts, luggage transfers, maps and route notes, essential transfers and emergency support)
- Single Occupancy: $995
- Bicycle Rental: Hybrid: $145; Racing: $195; Full Carbon Racing: $265. Electric-assist: $345

All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.
5% sales tax applies, but a 50% refund will be applied for non-Canadians.