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Québec: Montréal & the Eastern Townships

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Indulge your senses during riveting Quebec bike tour across lakeside landscapes and patchworks of vineyards, pausing to sample savory delicacies with friendly locals.
Former tour name: Bicycling Quebec: Best of the Eastern Townships

Guided Biking

  • Duration: 7 Days|
  • Daily Mileage: 15 - 40|
  • Biking: 2 - 6 hr|
  • Group Size: 20
4.3 out of 5 stars.
Activity Easy/Moderate
Easy / Moderate
E-Bikes Available
E-Bikes Available
Airplane
Air Package Available
People
Guided Group Tour

Starting From

Bike Vacation + Air Package

$3,545

Bike Vacation Only

$2,995

(per person, double occupancy)

Québec: Montréal & the Eastern Townships

Pedal across patchworks of land and lakes during VBT’s riveting Eastern Quebec bike tour. Here in Quebec’s first wine-growing region, you’ll traverse quiet roads and forested slopes. Cycle into charming villages along old nature trails. Hop off your bike to your bike to browse art galleries and boutiques. Enjoy a fragrant tour of a lavender farm, where you’ll learn how this flower is harvested and processed. In Stanstead, just outside of Vermont, visit the world’s friendliest border. Throughout your biking adventure, pause to savor local delicacies like gourmet cheese and maple syrup pie. Here, delight in Canada’s best-kept secret: a rich and stunning canvas steeped in a unique Quebecois culture.

What to Expect

This tour offers options on easier terrain with occasional hills and the opportunity for some longer rides and moderate climbing. The majority of the rides are on quiet roads alongside traffic, some with designated bike routes, and some hard-packed gravel bike paths or roads. Our VBT van support shuttle is always available throughout the trip.

  • Duration: 7 Days|
  • Daily Mileage: 15 - 40|
  • Biking: 2 - 6 hr|
  • Group Size: 20
Activity Easy/Moderate Easy / Moderate
Cycling
Bar Graph Beginner - Experienced
Cyclists
Vehicle Support Vehicle
Support

Tour Highlights

  • Lunch at Le Old Mill 1849, located next to the Missisquoi Museum, which features the historic development of Missisquoi County
  • Enjoy a tasting at Domaine du Ridge in the heart of Quebec’s first wine-producing region
  • Fuel up for your ride with a maple syrup pie in the beautiful village of Frelighsburg
  • Sample the Eastern Townships’ organically grown products such as meat, cheese, fish, pasta, bread, pastry, chocolate, cider, wine and much more
  • Rejuvenate in tranquil accommodations, with two nights in a charming 3-star country inn and three nights in a 5-star lakeside resort
  • Visit a lavender farm for a guided tour and lunch amidst Fitch Bay’s spectacular rolling countryside
  • Experience the calming atmosphere and beauty of lakeside Abbaye Saint Benoit-du-Lac with a tour and a tasting of the monks’ famous cheese
  • Ride into the fascinating border village of Stanstead along the Tomifobia Nature Trail
  • Pedal through a region famous for its hospitality and warmth toward cyclists
  • Opt to visit the Colby-Curtis museum for insight into the region’s link to New England Loyalists
  • Partake of a soothing treatment at your hotels’ elegant spas

Climate Information

Temperatures

Average High /
Low Temperature (°F):

May66º/46º

Jun73º/54º

Jul79º/61º

Aug81º/57º

Sep73º/48º

Average
Precipitation:

May2.7 in

Jun3.1 in

Jul2.7 in

Aug3.9 in

Sep3.5 in

What's Included

Bike Vacation + Air Package

Bike Vacation Only

Roundtrip international airfare Check
Transfers to and from international airport Check
One night in Montreal conveniently located hotels with breakfast included Check
5 nights in boutique hotels Check Check
11 meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners Check Check

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Biking Packages Include:

Custom VBT Bike and Helmet

Two Local, Bilingual Trip Leaders

Vehicle Support

Luggage Transfers

Ride with GPS and Daily Route Notes

Welcome Reception

Facilitated Cultural Experiences

Your Choice of VBT Branded Gear for Your Adventure

Itinerary

Sat, Jun 13 to Fri, Jun 19 - 2020

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Depart from home for Montreal, Canada. Upon arrival at the Montreal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL), claim your luggage. You will also be required to clear customs if you did not do so prior to arriving Montreal. Make certain your VBT luggage tags are clearly visible so that our VBT representative can identify you. If your luggage is lost, file a claim with your airline’s luggage service counter before leaving the customs area. VBT representatives are not allowed into the customs area.

After exiting customs and/or after claiming your checked luggage enter the arrival hall and immediately after you exit the sliding glass doors, begin to look for your VBT representative, who will be holding a sign with your name and VBT logo. He or she will assist you in your arranged transfer to your centrally located hotel (a journey of approximately 30 minutes). Please note: If you arrive early, your hotel room may not be available until 3:00 p.m. You may store your luggage with the reception desk.

The rest of the day is yours to explore Montreal at leisure, using the VBT City Information as your guide. All meals are on your own today.

Please note: VBT transfer times and departure points are finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. If you fly in earlier than the scheduled program dates, transportation from the airport will be at your own expense.

Hotel: Delta Hotels by Marriott Montreal

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your hotel, then meet your VBT Trip Leaders in the lobby of your hotel at 9:30 a.m. for your transfer (approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes travel time) to the start of your bicycle ride. Your VBT trip leaders will be holding a VBT sign and will be easy to recognize as they will be wearing VBT garments. Please come dressed for cycling (with your pedals or saddle if you use your own), as there will be no place to change into cycling clothes before beginning the bicycle ride. Your transfer will leave Montreal at 10:00 a.m.

Your first destination is Le Old Mill 1849 in Stanbridge East, a charming restaurant in an old mill village that ended the 18th-century policy of “no settlements along the frontier” when it was established in 1792. You may stretch your legs as you tour the grounds along the river, after which you will enjoy a light lunch.

After lunch, meet your trip leaders for a safety and bike-fitting session. Start your first day of your tour with an easy ride on quiet roads through the gently rolling terrain of vineyard country and into the village of Frelighsburg, nestled in a valley of orchards. Like neighboring Vermont, just 2.5 miles away, it is renowned for its maple syrup. You can sample a delicious maple syrup pie as you pass through. Continue riding along quiet country roads and over a covered bridge to of Domaine du Ridge, a delightful vineyard in a pastoral setting near the U.S. border. Enjoy a tasting while your trip leaders load your bicycles for your transfer to your hotel. From here, you shuttle about 30 minutes to the inn.

Tonight, enjoy a welcome reception, followed by dinner at your inn’s charming restaurant, Bistro West Brome.

Hotel: Auberge West Brome
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choice:
Domaine du Ridge Warm-Up: 26 km (16 miles)

What to Expect: Your first spin gives you the opportunity to fit your bike, shift the gears and practice riding. After a light lunch at Le Old Mill 1849, cycle gently rolling terrain to Frelighsburg, a picturesque village of charming buildings. After savoring a piece of maple syrup pie, follow country roads (one long, gradual hill leaving the village) to the Guthrie Covered Bridge and head to Domaine du Ridge for a wine tasting followed by tour transfer to your hotel (30-minutes).

After a hearty country Quebecois breakfast, the second day of your tour takes you out onto scenic roads, to the Victorian village of Knowlton, sometimes called Brome Lake for the water on which it sits. En route, stop it a Brome Lake Ducks to learn about the regions famous Pekin ducks or at Douglas Beach for a swim in the lake.

For lunch, you may choose from a variety of restaurants in Knowlton, a seasonal residence for many wealthy Montrealers and current home of Canadian author Louise Penny whose mystery novels are centered on the fictional character of Chief Inspector Gamache. Discover the setting for Penny’s Three Pines. There’ll also be time to browse the art galleries and boutiques brimming with handicrafts and folksy works of art. During your visit, you will witness the Loyalist and New England influences in the colonnaded buildings and luxurious homes on the lakeshore. The town was founded by United Empire Loyalists in 1802 and tangible signs of the prosperity they created are everywhere.

You may shuttle back or continue cycling to the auberge. The afternoon’s rides are either back via the main road or through a mix of hard-gravel and paved roads past the small village of Brome along rolling hills.

This afternoon, relax poolside or enjoy an optional spa treatment (advanced reservations recommended) before dinner on your own. Your trip leaders will offer a shuttle to the nearby town of Sutton (10 minutes’ travel time), where you can choose from the microbrewery, bistro, or café.

Hotel: Auberge West Brome
Meals: Breakfast

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Range: 15 – 48 km (9 – 29 miles)

Morning
West Brome to Knowlton: 32 km (20 miles)

Afternoon
Knowlton to West Brome: 15 km (9miles)
Knowlton to West Brome Plus: 16 km (10 miles)

What to Expect: Follow a scenic paved route, to Knowlton. Return to West Brome after lunch by bike or shuttle. This afternoon, rides are either back via the main road or through a mix of hard-gravel and paved roads past the small village of Brome along rolling hills.

After breakfast at your auberge, you shuttle through the scenic Missisquoi River Valley, named by a First Nations Abenaki tribe of Quebec and northern Vermont. Today’s ride begins in Mansonville, a rural community whose Owl’s Head ski resort lures outdoor lovers. Enjoy views of this mountain as you cycle toward Lake Memphremagog, a 32-mile-long lake that straddles Vermont and Quebec. Your morning ride past forested slopes and vast stretches of farmland leads to Abbaye Saint-Benoit-du-Lac, where Benedictine monks practice a life of contemplation based in prayer and farm work. You pause here to for a guided tour and a tasting of their famous cheese.

Enjoy a picnic lunch before cycling on to Magog on the northern shore of Lake Memphremagog. Founded by Loyalists in 1776, Magog enjoys a lively craft beer scene; you can enjoy some of the brews before you shuttle to Ayer’s Cliff and your home for the next three nights, Ripplecove Resort and Spa. Tonight, dinner is at your lakeside hotel.

Please Note: On this day of the tour, when there are more than 10 guests in the group, there will be two support vans operated by your trip leaders. This may result in a van only sweep of the route instead of a biking leader.

Hotel: Ripplecove Resort & Spa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Range: 19 – 46 km (12 – 29 miles)

Morning
Mansonville to Abbaye: 27 km (17 miles)
Abbaye to Magog: 19 km (12 miles)

What to Expect: Ride along peaceful back roads overlooking Lake Memphremagog and Owl’s Head ski area. Arrive at the Abbaye Saint-Benoit-du-Lac for a picnic lunch and tour, then continue your reel to Magog. You will shuttle to your hotel from Magog’s lakeside pub. Please Note: On this day of the tour, when there are more than 10 guests in the group, there will be two support vans operated by your trip leaders. This may result in a van only sweep of the route instead of a biking leader.

Awake to the calm of Lake Massawippi—one of the most beautiful lakes you’ll see on your tour. Considered one of the ten most beautiful lakes in Quebec, Lake Massawippi, which means “the great deep lake” in Abenaki, is just under nine miles long, a little over one mile wide and reaches depths of up to 282 feet. The lake was for centuries a prime area of hunting and fishing for many native tribes.

After breakfast, you cycle from the inn to the village of Ayer’s Cliff, where the Tomifobia Nature Trail begins. This tranquil pathway follows the old route of a Canadian Pacific Railway, tracing the west bank of the Tomifobia River against its current. Your southward ride delivers you to the village of Stanstead.

Enjoy lunch on your own in Stanstead. Magnificent 19th-century buildings and homes line Dufferin Street in Stanstead. The street leads to the world’s friendliest border, where you will find Canusa (Canada-USA) Street. Remarkably, this is one of the only streets in the world where a national border corresponds to the street’s center line, making literal neighbors out of Canadians and Americans. Elsewhere in town, the Haskell Free Library and Opera House was constructed to straddle the border. You will cycle past prestigious Stanstead College to the Colby-Curtis Museum for an optional visit of its history exhibits and Victorian Gardens.

After time to explore this fascinating town, continue cycling north on a picturesque road back to Ayer’s Cliff and our inn. Enjoy time by the lake this afternoon.

This afternoon’s optional route follows moderate and rolling terrain around Lake Massawippi to North Hatley, a quaint lakeside village. Stop for a refreshment at the local pub or for gourmet chocolate at The Sweet Café where everything is homemade with passion,offering glimpses of the water along the way.

Early this evening for dinner on your own, stroll into Ayer’s Cliff or shuttle to the north end of the lake to the charming little town of North Hatley. Your trip leaders will be happy to help you with recommendations and directions. After dinner, return to your inn by shuttle.

Hotel: Ripplecove Resort & Spa
Meals: Breakfast

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Range: 20 – 56 km (12 – 36 miles)

Morning
Ayer’s Cliff to Stanstead: 28 km (18 miles)

Afternoon
Stanstead via Main Road to Ripplecove: 20 km (12 miles)
Stanstead to Ripplecove: 28 km (18 miles)

What to Expect: Our morning ride follows the quiet, hard-packed trail along the Tomifobia River to Stanstead. Then cycle along a picturesque road to Ayer’s Cliff and the inn. This afternoon’s ride traverses moderate and rolling terrain along Lake Massawippi to charming, lakeside North Hatley. Our route out of North Hatley features a climb and rolling countryside.

Today’s final day of your Quebec bike tour takes you along a patchwork of agricultural land. After this rewarding reel through more picturesque landscapes, you coast into Fitch Bay, stopping at the beloved Narrows Bridge on your way. Dating to 1881, this covered bridge is one of only two in Quebec province to cross part of a lake. You are invited to tour Bleu Lavande, an agri-tourism lavender farm where the plant is harvested and transformed into lovely fragrant products. Afterwards, pause for lunch at the farm before you shuttle back to the inn.

This afternoon’s optional route follows an easy route, mix of paved and gravel road, to the north end of Lake Massawippi to the village of North Hatley, a quaint lakeside village. Stop for a refreshment at the local pub or for gourmet chocolate at The Sweet Café where everything is homemade with passion, offering glimpses of the water along the way. Explore the town before a shuttle back to the inn. Or, continue cycling around Lake Massawippi on moderate and rolling terrain, on a mix of paved and gravel roads, back to the inn.

Tonight, you gather for our special farewell dinner at our hotel’s superb restaurant Le Riverain.

Hotel: Ripplecove Resort & Spa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choice:
Cumulative Range: 18 – 55 km (11 – 40 miles)

Morning
Ayer’s Cliff to Bleu Lavande: 27 km (17 miles)

Afternoon
Ripplecove to North Hatley: 18 km (11 miles)
Ripplecove to North Hatley (extra): 37 km (23 miles)

What to Expect: Ride out of Ayer’s Cliff on a busy road with wide shoulder then through a patchwork of agricultural land following a tranquil road to Fitch Bay and Bleu Lavande. After lunch, shuttle back to the inn. Stay at the inn to relax or cycle to North Hatley on a quiet secondary paved road then on a gravel country road to the village of North Hatley. From here, either shuttle back to the inn or continue on the moderate and hilly ride back to the inn mainly on gravel roads.

Enjoy a final breakfast at Ripplecove before your transfer to the Montreal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL), where you will arrive by 10:30 a.m. for your return flight.

Hotel: Hotel PUR
Meals: Breakfast

Sun, Jun 14 to Fri, Jun 19 - 2020

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At 9:30 a.m., meet your VBT trip leaders and the rest of the group in the lobby of your Montreal hotel.

Please meet at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Montreal; 475 Avenue du Président-Kennedy, Montreal, QC H3A 1J7, Canada, telephone +1 514-286-1986. Parking is available at Delta Hotels by Marriott Montreal for $27 CAD daily. Parking rates are set by the hotel and are subject to change.

Your VBT Trip Leaders will be holding a VBT sign and will be easy to recognize as they will be wearing VBT garments. Please come dressed for cycling (with your pedals or saddle if you use your own), as there will be no place to change into cycling clothes before today’s bicycle ride. Your transfer from Montreal will depart promptly at 10:00 a.m. (approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes travel time) to the start of your bicycle ride.

If your arrival at the Montreal hotel is scheduled for later than 9:30 a.m., or if you are delayed, you must travel to our West Brome hotel, Auberge West Brome (128, route 139, West Brome Road, West Brome, Quebec J0E 2P0 Canada, telephone +450 266-7552), at your own expense. A taxi from downtown Montreal to Auberge West Brome costs about $190-$200 CAD per taxi and takes approximately 80 minutes. Please contact Auberge West Brome to advise them of any travel delays or changes, and the staff will pass your message on to your VBT trip leaders.

Hotel: Auberge West Brome
Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choice:
Domaine du Ridge Warm-Up: 26 km (16 miles)

What to Expect: Your first spin gives you the opportunity to fit your bike, shift the gears and practice riding. After a light lunch at Le Old Mill 1849, cycle gently rolling terrain to Frelighsburg, a picturesque village of charming buildings. After savoring a piece of maple syrup pie, follow country roads (one long, gradual hill leaving the village) to the Guthrie Covered Bridge and head to Domaine du Ridge for a wine tasting followed by tour transfer to your hotel (30-minutes).

After a hearty country Quebecois breakfast, the second day of your tour takes you out onto scenic roads, to the Victorian village of Knowlton, sometimes called Brome Lake for the water on which it sits. En route, stop it a Brome Lake Ducks to learn about the regions famous Pekin ducks or at Douglas Beach for a swim in the lake.

For lunch, you may choose from a variety of restaurants in Knowlton, a seasonal residence for many wealthy Montrealers and current home of Canadian author Louise Penny whose mystery novels are centered on the fictional character of Chief Inspector Gamache. Discover the setting for Penny’s Three Pines. There’ll also be time to browse the art galleries and boutiques brimming with handicrafts and folksy works of art. During your visit, you will witness the Loyalist and New England influences in the colonnaded buildings and luxurious homes on the lakeshore. The town was founded by United Empire Loyalists in 1802 and tangible signs of the prosperity they created are everywhere.

You may shuttle back or continue cycling to the auberge. The afternoon’s rides are either back via the main road or through a mix of hard-gravel and paved roads past the small village of Brome along rolling hills.

This afternoon, relax poolside or enjoy an optional spa treatment (advanced reservations recommended) before dinner on your own. Your trip leaders will offer a shuttle to the nearby town of Sutton (10 minutes’ travel time), where you can choose from the microbrewery, bistro, or café.

Hotel: Auberge West Brome
Meals: Breakfast

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Range: 15 – 48 km (9 – 29 miles)

Morning
West Brome to Knowlton: 32 km (20 miles)

Afternoon
Knowlton to West Brome: 15 km (9miles)
Knowlton to West Brome Plus: 16 km (10 miles)

What to Expect: Follow a scenic paved route, to Knowlton. Return to West Brome after lunch by bike or shuttle. This afternoon, rides are either back via the main road or through a mix of hard-gravel and paved roads past the small village of Brome along rolling hills.

After breakfast at your auberge, you shuttle through the scenic Missisquoi River Valley, named by a First Nations Abenaki tribe of Quebec and northern Vermont. Today’s ride begins in Mansonville, a rural community whose Owl’s Head ski resort lures outdoor lovers. Enjoy views of this mountain as you cycle toward Lake Memphremagog, a 32-mile-long lake that straddles Vermont and Quebec. Your morning ride past forested slopes and vast stretches of farmland leads to Abbaye Saint-Benoit-du-Lac, where Benedictine monks practice a life of contemplation based in prayer and farm work. You pause here to for a guided tour and a tasting of their famous cheese.

Enjoy a picnic lunch before cycling on to Magog on the northern shore of Lake Memphremagog. Founded by Loyalists in 1776, Magog enjoys a lively craft beer scene; you can enjoy some of the brews before you shuttle to Ayer’s Cliff and your home for the next three nights, Ripplecove Resort and Spa. Tonight, dinner is at your lakeside hotel.

Please Note: On this day of the tour, when there are more than 10 guests in the group, there will be two support vans operated by your trip leaders. This may result in a van only sweep of the route instead of a biking leader.

Hotel: Ripplecove Resort & Spa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Range: 19 – 46 km (12 – 29 miles)

Morning
Mansonville to Abbaye: 27 km (17 miles)
Abbaye to Magog: 19 km (12 miles)

What to Expect: Ride along peaceful back roads overlooking Lake Memphremagog and Owl’s Head ski area. Arrive at the Abbaye Saint-Benoit-du-Lac for a picnic lunch and tour, then continue your reel to Magog. You will shuttle to your hotel from Magog’s lakeside pub. Please Note: On this day of the tour, when there are more than 10 guests in the group, there will be two support vans operated by your trip leaders. This may result in a van only sweep of the route instead of a biking leader.

Awake to the calm of Lake Massawippi—one of the most beautiful lakes you’ll see on your tour. Considered one of the ten most beautiful lakes in Quebec, Lake Massawippi, which means “the great deep lake” in Abenaki, is just under nine miles long, a little over one mile wide and reaches depths of up to 282 feet. The lake was for centuries a prime area of hunting and fishing for many native tribes.

After breakfast, you cycle from the inn to the village of Ayer’s Cliff, where the Tomifobia Nature Trail begins. This tranquil pathway follows the old route of a Canadian Pacific Railway, tracing the west bank of the Tomifobia River against its current. Your southward ride delivers you to the village of Stanstead.

Enjoy lunch on your own in Stanstead. Magnificent 19th-century buildings and homes line Dufferin Street in Stanstead. The street leads to the world’s friendliest border, where you will find Canusa (Canada-USA) Street. Remarkably, this is one of the only streets in the world where a national border corresponds to the street’s center line, making literal neighbors out of Canadians and Americans. Elsewhere in town, the Haskell Free Library and Opera House was constructed to straddle the border. You will cycle past prestigious Stanstead College to the Colby-Curtis Museum for an optional visit of its history exhibits and Victorian Gardens.

After time to explore this fascinating town, continue cycling north on a picturesque road back to Ayer’s Cliff and our inn. Enjoy time by the lake this afternoon.

This afternoon’s optional route follows moderate and rolling terrain around Lake Massawippi to North Hatley, a quaint lakeside village. Stop for a refreshment at the local pub or for gourmet chocolate at The Sweet Café where everything is homemade with passion,offering glimpses of the water along the way.

Early this evening for dinner on your own, stroll into Ayer’s Cliff or shuttle to the north end of the lake to the charming little town of North Hatley. Your trip leaders will be happy to help you with recommendations and directions. After dinner, return to your inn by shuttle.

Hotel: Ripplecove Resort & Spa
Meals: Breakfast

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Range: 20 – 56 km (12 – 36 miles)

Morning
Ayer’s Cliff to Stanstead: 28 km (18 miles)

Afternoon
Stanstead via Main Road to Ripplecove: 20 km (12 miles)
Stanstead to Ripplecove: 28 km (18 miles)

What to Expect: Our morning ride follows the quiet, hard-packed trail along the Tomifobia River to Stanstead. Then cycle along a picturesque road to Ayer’s Cliff and the inn. This afternoon’s ride traverses moderate and rolling terrain along Lake Massawippi to charming, lakeside North Hatley. Our route out of North Hatley features a climb and rolling countryside.

Today’s final day of your Quebec bike tour takes you along a patchwork of agricultural land. After this rewarding reel through more picturesque landscapes, you coast into Fitch Bay, stopping at the beloved Narrows Bridge on your way. Dating to 1881, this covered bridge is one of only two in Quebec province to cross part of a lake. You are invited to tour Bleu Lavande, an agri-tourism lavender farm where the plant is harvested and transformed into lovely fragrant products. Afterwards, pause for lunch at the farm before you shuttle back to the inn.

This afternoon’s optional route follows an easy route, mix of paved and gravel road, to the north end of Lake Massawippi to the village of North Hatley, a quaint lakeside village. Stop for a refreshment at the local pub or for gourmet chocolate at The Sweet Café where everything is homemade with passion, offering glimpses of the water along the way. Explore the town before a shuttle back to the inn. Or, continue cycling around Lake Massawippi on moderate and rolling terrain, on a mix of paved and gravel roads, back to the inn.

Tonight, you gather for our special farewell dinner at our hotel’s superb restaurant Le Riverain.

Hotel: Ripplecove Resort & Spa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choice:
Cumulative Range: 18 – 55 km (11 – 40 miles)

Morning
Ayer’s Cliff to Bleu Lavande: 27 km (17 miles)

Afternoon
Ripplecove to North Hatley: 18 km (11 miles)
Ripplecove to North Hatley (extra): 37 km (23 miles)

What to Expect: Ride out of Ayer’s Cliff on a busy road with wide shoulder then through a patchwork of agricultural land following a tranquil road to Fitch Bay and Bleu Lavande. After lunch, shuttle back to the inn. Stay at the inn to relax or cycle to North Hatley on a quiet secondary paved road then on a gravel country road to the village of North Hatley. From here, either shuttle back to the inn or continue on the moderate and hilly ride back to the inn mainly on gravel roads.

Enjoy a final breakfast at Ripplecove before your transfer to the Montreal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL), where you will arrive by 10:30 a.m. for your return flight. We recommend a flight out of Montreal no earlier than 12:00 p.m. (noon).

* Please note: If you extend your stay beyond the scheduled program dates, return transportation to the airport is at your own expense.

Meals: Breakfast

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2020

2020 Pre-Trip Extension - Montreal

  • 1 breakfast
  • 1 night at the centrally located Delta Hotels by Marriott Montreal
  • City Information
  • Airport transfer

Depart from home for Montreal, Canada. Upon arrival at the Montreal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL), claim your luggage. You will also be required to clear customs if you did not do so prior to arriving in Montreal. Make certain your VBT luggage tags are clearly visible so that our VBT representative can identify you. If your luggage is lost, file a claim with your airline’s luggage service counter before leaving the customs area. VBT representatives are not allowed into the customs area.

After exiting customs and/or after claiming your checked luggage enter the arrival hall and immediately after you exit the sliding glass doors, begin to look for your VBT representative, who will be holding a sign with your name and a VBT logo. He or she will assist you in your arranged transfer to your centrally located hotel (a journey of approximately 30 minutes). Please note: If you arrive early, your hotel room may not be available until 3:00 p.m. You may store your luggage with the reception desk.

The rest of the day is yours to explore Montreal at leisure, using the VBT City Information as your guide. All meals are on your own today.

Please note: VBT transfer times and departure points are finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. If you fly in earlier than the scheduled program dates, transportation from the airport will be at your own expense.

Hotel: Delta Hotels by Marriott Montreal

Continue your independent exploration of Montreal, the world’s second largest French-speaking city after Paris. After breakfast at your hotel, head out to discover its endless historic and cultural pleasures. Your hotel is only a few steps away from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, a rich repository of international paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, and more. You may also stroll the atmospheric Vieux-Montréal, the city’s Old Town of historic stone-cut buildings that today house art galleries and cafes. Nearby, marvel at the city’s 1829 Basilica of Notre Dame, a highly stylized Gothic Revival masterpiece and beloved landmark.

For dinner, consider the Le Germain Montreal’s Laurie Raphaël restaurant, a hidden treasure that serves some of the city’s most creative cuisine using local ingredients.

Other local favorites include Il Focalaio pizzeria on Rue du Square Phillips and Café Lola Rosa on Milton, offering vegetarian and vegan Mexican food.

VBT Air Package guests will arrive throughout the day.

Hotel: Delta Hotels by Marriott Montreal
Meals: Breakfast

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Air Package Only

2020

2020 Post-Trip Extension - Quebec City

2 Nights From $445 per person, double occupancy
Single Supplement: From $245

  • 2 breakfasts
  • 2 nights at Hotel PUR
  • City Information
  • Airport transfer

After your final breakfast at Ripplecove, you will transfer to your hotel in Quebec City (approximately 2 hours, 30 minutes’ travel time), arriving at approximately 12:00 p.m. (noon). Check in and unwind, then enjoy an evening stroll. Head to the Dufferin Terrace in the Upper Town to take in magnificent views of the St. Lawrence River. The 2,200-foot-long wooden boardwalk is a popular and romantic gathering place for visitors and locals. Stop for a cocktail at the Château Frontenac, the city’s famous landmark built in 1892. For dinner and a little shopping, walk to Rue Saint-Louis or rue Sainte-Anne, lined with renowned restaurants and delightful boutiques.

Hotel: Hotel PUR
Meals: Breakfast

This morning after breakfast, set out for an exciting day in Quebec City, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the only walled city north of Mexico. Start with a walk over to the Old Port and the Quebec Public Market, where you can select some fresh local products for a picnic on the water’s edge. Next, walk to Place Royale where Samuel de Champlain established the first permanent French settlement in North America in 1608. Continue your stroll along the bustling streets of Le Petit Champlain, where rue du Petit-Champlain was voted Canada’s most beautiful street for its charm, authenticity, historic cachet, and rich local culture.

This afternoon, you might explore the Upper Town. Browse Rue du Trésor, the city’s outdoor art gallery. Nestled between Château Frontenac and Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica-Cathedral, it attracts a host of artists who display their work on the walls lining the narrow street. Proceed to Parliament Hill, La Grande-Allée, and the Plains of Abraham, an oasis of green in the heart of the city. Canada’s first national historic park, Battlefields Park, which includes the Plains of Abraham, was created in 1908 to mark the 300th anniversary of the founding of Québec.

Return to your hotel to relax before a final dinner in the city. You may be convinced that Quebec City is the most romantic city in North America.

Hotel: Hotel PUR
Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast*, transfer to the Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport for your flight home**.

* Please note: For guests with early-morning departures, breakfast at the hotel may not be available. Please check with the front desk to verify the times that breakfast is served.

** Please note: VBT recommends that you check your transfer time in your “Transfer Reminder.” VBT transfer times and departure points are finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. If you extend your stay beyond the scheduled program dates, return transportation to the airport is at your own expense.

Meals: Breakfast

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