St. Lawrence River Cruise | Quebec City to Ottawa: August 19, 2021
$5249 $4999 per person
*Prices are CAD per person, based on 2 people sharing and discounted rate reflects early booking savings
*Single Supplement: $1800 CAD
*We are limited to 2 single travelers on this group departure, due to availability on the cruise portion. If you are a single traveler and looking to be matched up with a roommate (of the same gender), please reach out to us for details.
*Book by January 31st, 2021 and Save $250 CAD per person!
Members are welcome to invite Family and/or Friends to travel with them on this group departure at the same rate.
August 19 – 29, 2021
Join Tom and Ryan (Founders of Trip Merchant)
“What river is this?” asked Jacques Cartier of his Indian guide as he looked on the St. Lawrence.
“A river without end,” the Indian replied. And so it seems, as this cruise explores the staggering variety of one of the world’s great rivers.
With domestic travel being in demand, we wanted to organize a unique travel experience that explores a spectacular region within our diverse country. On this journey you will experience the numerous attractions and extraordinary scenery of the Upper St. Lawrence; Quebec City, Canada’s showpiece, provides the venue for the beginning or end of your cruise. Here you can immerse yourself in the charm and grace reminiscent of “Old” Europe. You will encounter Quebec City’s unparalleled joie de vivre (love of life) found nowhere else in North America. Enjoy Old Quebec (the only walled city in North America) with its massive ramparts still bolstering the Plains of Abraham; and behold the imperial green-roofed towers of the legendary Chateau Frontenac. En route you will discover the magic of the Thousand Islands, the deep historical roots of “Loyalist Brockville” and the unique living community of Upper Canada Village. Between Montreal and Quebec City there are the “grassy Battures”, rich mudflat home to myriad species of birds. You will pass the “Segnieury” areas, the prominent village cathedrals of Quebec, and witness the awesome cliffs stretching up to the historic Plains of Abraham.
We hope you will join us!
We will be limiting this group departure to 30 guests. We will be utilizing a 56 seat motorcoach to maintain social distancing during all land components including sightseeing and transfers.
Spend 3 nights in Quebec City in a centrally located hotel
An exciting walking tour of Quebec City sampling local foods along the way
Enjoy an included lunch overlooking Montmorency Falls
Explore Ile D`Orleans, a time capsule into an era of traditional vegetable cellars, ancient farms, bread ovens, and sugar shacks
6-night river cruise along the St. Lawrence River (Quebec City to Kingston)
Experience a miniature train to meet horse-drawn wagons to tour Upper Canada Village; additionally visit Trois Rivieres, Lachine (a borough of Montreal), Brockville (“City of 1000 Islands”), Ivy Lea
1 night in the nation’s capital with an included Farewell dinner!
4 nights in first class hotel accommodations (3 nights Quebec City/1 Night Ottawa)
Baggage handling at the hotels of 1 piece per person
Welcome Cocktail (1 Alcoholic or Non-Alcoholic Beverage) on arrival day
25 Meals: 10 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 8 Dinners, (which includes a Farewell Dinner in Ottawa including 1 Beverage (1x glass of soda, beer or wine)
Transportation throughout / arrival and departure transfers at scheduled times
Local English-speaking guides
Walking Culinary Tour (including tastings) with a local guide
Montmorency Falls Park Fees
Activities/Attractions: One-way “Funiculaire” Ticket (gondola connecting Upper & Lower Town); Winery OR Cidery visit, guided tour & tasting
6 night St. Lawrence river cruise (Quebec City to Kingston) in a cabin on the St. Lawrence deck including full onboard accommodation with daily housekeeping service, all meals and snacks, domestic beer and private reserve wine with meals, private shore excursions and transportation, deck and parlour activities, and nightly entertainment
24 hour Customer Service Line for assistance / support of Ryan/Tom on the trip
Prices include all applicable taxes and fees
Gratuities included throughout – all tipping for guides, drivers, included meals and luggage handling
Domestic airfare – Trip Merchant is happy to assist you with booking the airfare from your preferred Canadian air gateway
Cancellation and out of Province Medical Insurance
Optional 3 Day/2 Night Post Ottawa Extension:
$449pp based on double occupancy | $629 based on single occupancy
Day 11: OTTAWA SIGHTSEEING – Guests will continue to stay at the Lord Elgin Hotel. Meet a local guide for a Culinary Tasting Tour of Ottawa`s famous Byward Market (minimum of 6 passengers). In the afternoon, guests can walk to the Senate of Canada or Parliament Buildings for their pre-booked guided tour. (Breakfast included)
DAY 12: OTTAWA LEISURE DAY – Day at leisure in Ottawa for your own exploration. A list of optional activities will be available for guests to book in advance. (Breakfast included)
DAY 13: DEPARTURE – After breakfast and check-out, individual departure from hotel. (Breakfast included)
Terms and Conditions:
$500 CAD per person deposit (refundable up until March 31st, 2021)
Final Balance for both the base trip and post extension will be due by June 19th, 2021 (100% non-refundable after final payment)