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Whales, Sea and Sand

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6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
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Itinerary for Jun 23 — Jun 28, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: Tadoussac Hotel in Quebec is set in a prestigious vacation destination, long treasured by wealthy American tourists, was little-known by Quebecers until the early 1980s. However, over the years, Tadoussac Hotel has seen its popularity steadily increase, drawing tourists, specialists and naturalists from around the globe who come to watch whales in a superb natural setting. Tadoussac Hotel in Quebec, with its whitewashed walls, maritime colors, red roof, dormer windows and cupola marking the center of the building, calls to mind an enormous lighthouse standing not quite a cable's length from the magnificent sandy beach nearby. From the veranda of the Tadoussac Hotel, you can behold the St. Lawrence River in all its majesty. Looking upon this impressive body of water washes away the stress of the rat race, chases away the blues and leaves you with a feeling of peace.

Contact info:
165 rue Bord-de-L'Eau
Tadoussac, QC G0T 2A0 Canada
phone: 800-561-0718
web: www.hoteltadoussac.com

Room amenities: Cable TV, Coffee maker, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, voice mail system.

Facility amenities: Parking Service, Wireless High Speed Internet in Lobby Area, Bell Staff and Concierge Service, Free Shuttle Service to Cruises with Groupe Dufour (am/pm), Heated Swimming Pool (open from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, lifeguard), Boutiques (open from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm), Vending Machines.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $130.00 to $190.00 CDN.
Call for availability.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, June 23 - Check-In/Orientation
Arrive To: Check into Hotel Tadoussac after 2:00 p.m. Free time before dinner to explore the hotel and the village of Tadoussac

Dinner: Dinner at Le Bateau

Evening: Program information and orientation.

Lodging: Hotel Tadoussac

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Tadoussac Hotel in Quebec is set in a prestigious vacation destination, long treasured by wealthy American tourists, was little-known by Quebecers until the early 1980s. However, over the years, Tadoussac Hotel has seen its popularity steadily increase, drawing tourists, specialists and naturalists from around the globe who come to watch whales in a superb natural setting. Tadoussac Hotel in Quebec, with its whitewashed walls, maritime colors, red roof, dormer windows and cupola marking the center of the building, calls to mind an enormous lighthouse standing not quite a cable's length from the magnificent sandy beach nearby. From the veranda of the Tadoussac Hotel, you can behold the St. Lawrence River in all its majesty. Looking upon this impressive body of water washes away the stress of the rat race, chases away the blues and leaves you with a feeling of peace.

Contact info:
165 rue Bord-de-L'Eau
Tadoussac, QC G0T 2A0 Canada
phone: 800-561-0718
web: www.hoteltadoussac.com

Room amenities: Cable TV, Coffee maker, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, voice mail system.

Facility amenities: Parking Service, Wireless High Speed Internet in Lobby Area, Bell Staff and Concierge Service, Free Shuttle Service to Cruises with Groupe Dufour (am/pm), Heated Swimming Pool (open from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, lifeguard), Boutiques (open from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm), Vending Machines.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $130.00 to $190.00 CDN.
Call for availability.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, June 24 - Whale Watching Safari/Whale Museum
Breakfast: Breakfast at Hotel Tadoussac

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Whale Watching Safari. We embark on a morning whale watching safari with an experienced naturalist to see Fin, Minke and Beluga whales perhaps Humpback, Sperm and Blue whales. The Gulf and Estuary of the St. Lawrence form a kingdom for whales. They are like an open air laboratory for biologists fascinated by these giants. Since the beginning of the 1980's, the St. Lawrence has also become an incomparable destination for those wishing to attempt an encounter with whales. The onboard museum will also give you more insight on these magnificent creatures of the sea.

Lunch: Lunch at the Marina.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Sea Mammals Interpretation Centre. Visit CIMM Museum (Le Centre d'Interprétation des mammifères Marins or the Sea Mammals Interpretation Centre). There you'll discover the fascinating and mysterious world of the St-Lawrence whales with our Museum specialists. Where can one see them? How to recognize them? The Museum’s exhibitions, aquarium, skeleton collection and reconstitutions of sea-mammals, films and slide-shows are not to be missed. Listen to the underwater sounds of the Saguenay River; see spectacular images and reproductions of whales, and more.

Dinner: Dinner at Café du Fjord.

Evening: A presentation will provide insight into the local culture and history. See a video on The Mighty River. Grandchildren go on a Treasure Hunt.

Lodging: Hotel Tadoussac

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Tadoussac Hotel in Quebec is set in a prestigious vacation destination, long treasured by wealthy American tourists, was little-known by Quebecers until the early 1980s. However, over the years, Tadoussac Hotel has seen its popularity steadily increase, drawing tourists, specialists and naturalists from around the globe who come to watch whales in a superb natural setting. Tadoussac Hotel in Quebec, with its whitewashed walls, maritime colors, red roof, dormer windows and cupola marking the center of the building, calls to mind an enormous lighthouse standing not quite a cable's length from the magnificent sandy beach nearby. From the veranda of the Tadoussac Hotel, you can behold the St. Lawrence River in all its majesty. Looking upon this impressive body of water washes away the stress of the rat race, chases away the blues and leaves you with a feeling of peace.

Contact info:
165 rue Bord-de-L'Eau
Tadoussac, QC G0T 2A0 Canada
phone: 800-561-0718
web: www.hoteltadoussac.com

Room amenities: Cable TV, Coffee maker, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, voice mail system.

Facility amenities: Parking Service, Wireless High Speed Internet in Lobby Area, Bell Staff and Concierge Service, Free Shuttle Service to Cruises with Groupe Dufour (am/pm), Heated Swimming Pool (open from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, lifeguard), Boutiques (open from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm), Vending Machines.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $130.00 to $190.00 CDN.
Call for availability.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, June 25 - Saguenay-St Lawrence Marine Park/Sand Dunes
Breakfast: Breakfast at Hotel Tadoussac

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Saguenay St. Lawrence Marine Park. Learn about the role and activity of the Whale research station and Saguenay –St. Lawrence Marine Park. A unique natural environment: the majestic waters of the world’s largest estuary mingle here with those of the longest fjord in Eastern Canada. This encounter between the St. Lawrence Estuary and the Saguenay Fjord produces exceptional oceanographic phenomena, such as cold waters welling up to the surface, that foster biological diversity. As well as a rich natural heritage, the marine park area has a significant cultural background and fascinating history. Physical traces of human life, as much as 8,000 years old, bear witness to their presence here. Walk Pointe a l'Islet to the mouth of the Saguenay with our youth coordinators.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel.

Afternoon: EXCURSION: Sand Dunes. A highlight for grandchildren is to view and play in the sand dunes - descending 200 feet to the shore. A footpath winds its way through the dunes. Free time to explore.

Dinner: Dinner at Hotel Georges.

Evening: Evening activities for the grandparents and grandchildren.

Lodging: Hotel Tadoussac

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Tadoussac Hotel in Quebec is set in a prestigious vacation destination, long treasured by wealthy American tourists, was little-known by Quebecers until the early 1980s. However, over the years, Tadoussac Hotel has seen its popularity steadily increase, drawing tourists, specialists and naturalists from around the globe who come to watch whales in a superb natural setting. Tadoussac Hotel in Quebec, with its whitewashed walls, maritime colors, red roof, dormer windows and cupola marking the center of the building, calls to mind an enormous lighthouse standing not quite a cable's length from the magnificent sandy beach nearby. From the veranda of the Tadoussac Hotel, you can behold the St. Lawrence River in all its majesty. Looking upon this impressive body of water washes away the stress of the rat race, chases away the blues and leaves you with a feeling of peace.

Contact info:
165 rue Bord-de-L'Eau
Tadoussac, QC G0T 2A0 Canada
phone: 800-561-0718
web: www.hoteltadoussac.com

Room amenities: Cable TV, Coffee maker, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, voice mail system.

Facility amenities: Parking Service, Wireless High Speed Internet in Lobby Area, Bell Staff and Concierge Service, Free Shuttle Service to Cruises with Groupe Dufour (am/pm), Heated Swimming Pool (open from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, lifeguard), Boutiques (open from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm), Vending Machines.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $130.00 to $190.00 CDN.
Call for availability.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, June 26 - Archo-Topo at Bergeronnes/Escoumins Pilot Wharf/C...
Archo-Topo at Bergeronnes/Escoumins Pilot Wharf/Cap Bon Desir/Diving Centre

Breakfast: Breakfast at Hotel Tadoussac

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Archo-Topo & Essipit Reserve. On a field trip to Archo-Topo at Bergeronnes to learn about the archeology and natural history of the area and the making of Indian Pottery. A guided bus excursion takes us through the Indian Reserve at Essipit. When settlement of the area first began, the community owed its survival—and lifestyle—to the use of natural resources. Essipit, established where traditional shipping routes intersected, took advantage of its enviable location to do business with travelers. Native peoples on the St. Lawrence River’s north shore traded with Vikings, Basque whalers, and even Jacques Cartier. The advent of the logging industry in the 19th century completely transformed life in the area, opening up navigable routes and making subsistence activities possible in outlying locales. It was at this time that the federal government created reserves, including Essipit, founded in 1892. Reserve residents developed new economies based on trade and crafts.

Lunch: Lunch at Le Bouleau restaurant.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Marine Environment Centre & Cap-de-Bon-Désir Lighthouse. Visit the Marine Environment Centre and learn how ships’ captains conquered the St. Lawrence over the years, in an exhibition on navigation on the river. Listen to the Cap-de-Bon-Désir lighthouse tell about its past and the lives of its keepers. Cap-de-Bon-Désir is also an excellent place from which to admire the St. Lawrence Estuary and the many species of marine mammals there, including minke, common and blue whales, belugas and many species of seals and seabirds. Optional visit to the Belgian Chocolate Shop.

Dinner: Dinner at La Bolée

Evening: Free evening.

Lodging: Hotel Tadoussac

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Tadoussac Hotel in Quebec is set in a prestigious vacation destination, long treasured by wealthy American tourists, was little-known by Quebecers until the early 1980s. However, over the years, Tadoussac Hotel has seen its popularity steadily increase, drawing tourists, specialists and naturalists from around the globe who come to watch whales in a superb natural setting. Tadoussac Hotel in Quebec, with its whitewashed walls, maritime colors, red roof, dormer windows and cupola marking the center of the building, calls to mind an enormous lighthouse standing not quite a cable's length from the magnificent sandy beach nearby. From the veranda of the Tadoussac Hotel, you can behold the St. Lawrence River in all its majesty. Looking upon this impressive body of water washes away the stress of the rat race, chases away the blues and leaves you with a feeling of peace.

Contact info:
165 rue Bord-de-L'Eau
Tadoussac, QC G0T 2A0 Canada
phone: 800-561-0718
web: www.hoteltadoussac.com

Room amenities: Cable TV, Coffee maker, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, voice mail system.

Facility amenities: Parking Service, Wireless High Speed Internet in Lobby Area, Bell Staff and Concierge Service, Free Shuttle Service to Cruises with Groupe Dufour (am/pm), Heated Swimming Pool (open from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, lifeguard), Boutiques (open from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm), Vending Machines.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $130.00 to $190.00 CDN.
Call for availability.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, June 27 - Pointe Noire Whale Observation/Beluga Interpretat...
Breakfast: Breakfast at Hotel Tadoussac

Morning: FIELD TRIP: St. Lawrence Estuary. Pointe-Noire offers an impressive panoramic view of the Saguenay fjord and the St. Lawrence Estuary. From its strategic geographic location, you will be able to observe whales and other marine mammals, as well as other oceanic phenomena indigenous to the confluence of the Saguenay and St. Lawrence rivers.

Lunch: Picnic lunch at Baie Ste Marguerite Beluga Interpretation Centre.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Beluga Interpretation Centre. The St. Lawrence beluga and its habitat are at the heart of a permanent exhibit that is sure to delight park visitors. You will appreciate the many facets addressed and the dynamic nature of the presentation. Visit a wild animal farm and walk on the beach. Return to Tadoussac.

Dinner: Dinner is at La Galouine restaurant.

Evening: FAREWELL EVENING: Farewell celebration and activities.

Lodging: Hotel Tadoussac

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, June 28 - Whale Safari/Independent Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast at Hotel Tadoussac

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Whale Watching Safari. We embark on a morning whale watching safari with an experienced naturalist to see Fin, Minke and Beluga whales perhaps Humpback, Sperm and Blue whales. The Gulf and Estuary of the St. Lawrence form a kingdom for whales. They are like an open air laboratory for biologists fascinated by these giants. Since the beginning of the 1980's, the St. Lawrence has also become an incomparable destination for those wishing to attempt an encounter with whales. The onboard museum will also give you more insight on these magnificent creatures of the sea.

Lunch: Lunch at the Marina followed by independent departures.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
1 Expert-led lectures
9 Field trips

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