Valentine's Day Weekend - February 13 to 16
A flights n bites pilot project
Eat your way through town in this exclusive tour of North America's oldest French-speaking city. Romance along picturesque cobblestone streets lined with bistros and boutiques while sipping on chocolat chaud. It's easy to fall in love (again) with a visit to this dreamy town along the Saint Lawrence River.
*Price per person based
on double occupancy
Tonight we depart on a personal shuttle for an overnight journey to our winter wonderland - Quebec City!
A long drive usually works up an appetite and we arrive just in time for lunch as we kick off our foodie trip at Aux Ancienes Canadiens for a taste of regional French cuisine. Housed in a historic home, this meal will take you back in time with its quaint decor reminiscent of the 1600s when it was first constructed. A three-course meal including appetizer, main and dessert paired with your choice of house wine or beer on tap is sure to put you in a food coma. Try a Quebecois staple like the tourtiere (also known as a meat pie) here.
If you'd like to take full advantage of your time, opt to take a free walking tour of Old Quebec (1.45 hours) through the eyes of a local. You'll learn everything there is to know from a Quebecois native, discovering destinations a tour bus would never take you.
Head back to the hotel for an obligatory nap or just to freshen up and then spend the afternoon linked arms with your loved one as you explore the trendy Saint-Roch district just steps from our accommodation. This the most vibrant neighbourhood of Quebec where you'll find plenty of boutique shops, show venues, brew pubs and restaurants - get your dose of maple taffy or poutine (no trip to Quebec is complete without it)!
This evening we continue the festivities at the famous Carnaval de Quebec - the world's largest winter festival. There are tons of outdoor activities and events on the fairgrounds to fill your night including concerts, parades, games, a 1.5 km skating rink, sleigh rides, the Ice Palace where you can find Bonhomme (the official ambassador of Carnaval) and of course lot and lots of food! Nothing says romance more than an enchanting ride on a lit-up Ferris wheel! If you're a fan of mulled wine, make sure to try Quebec's Caribou - available hot or cold. There is something for everyone during this two week long celebration. It's no wonder up to a million visitors flock to the city every year to attend this event!
This morning we take to the great outdoors once more on a snowshoeing escapade at Sentiers Des Caps de Charlevoix, a scenic trek with seven trails ranging between 4 to 12.8 kms in length - all of which leading you to beautiful lookouts of the St. Lawrence River and the Archipelago of Montmagny Islands. Be sure to pack some snacks for the hike!
If the thought of snowshoeing outdoors isn't your cup of tea, you have the option of spending the morning at the Nordique Spa Mont Ste Anne instead - $49 per person + tax.
We reward ourselves with lunch at the fabulous Bistro Sous le Fort, offering unyielding views of the historic Chateau Frontenac while we enjoy another three-course meal. Choose from a selection of homemade dishes inspired by French cuisine, the perfect place for an unpretentious fine dining experience - their sweetbreads are a must!
After lunch we visit the famed Hotel de Glace, also known as the Ice Hotel. Constructed entirely of snow and ice, the hotel is available to visit three months out of the year. Being the only one of its kind in North America, it's an architectural wonder that's worth a visit! Roam the grounds visiting the hotel's chapel, great hall, ice slide, exhibitions and Ice Bar.
Tonight, opt for a dinner tasting menu at farm-to-table Restaurant Legende - known for its imaginative creations with local ingredients. Their eclectic seasonal menu ensures dishes are always current. Restaurant Legende was named one of Canada's best new restaurants in 2014 - $79 per person + tax.
Our final morning concludes with brunch at Le Clocher Penche. The menu is focused on fresh ingredients from local sources and cooked with a contemporary twist on traditional methods. At the top of many Quebec foodie lists, their brunch is something you need to cross off your list. This meal will include a gourmet verrine, a choice of brunch plate and 2 espressos or a latte.
En route back home we will be stopping by Jean Talon Market in Montreal - a haven for foodies looking for specialty goods and unique, local ingredients. Famous restauranteurs are discovered at this market before exploding onto the scene. It's the perfect place to end our gastronomic weekend, allowing you to find that special something to take home with you.
Expected arrival time in Toronto is 10-10:30 PM.
Highlights & Inclusions
Personal shuttle (maximum of 12 passengers)
2 nights accommodation in the modern and newly-renovated Hotel Royal William
Festival tickets to Carnaval de Quebec
Snowshoeing at the scenic Sentiers Des Caps de Charlevoix
Entrance ticket to the Ice Hotel
1 x three-course lunch at the historic Aux Ancienes Canadiens
1 x three-course lunch at Bistro Sous le Fort in the heart of Old Quebec
1 x two-course brunch at Le Cloche Pencher in trendy Saint-Roch district
A visit to Marche Jean Talon, one of Montreal's oldest public markets