Country Side and Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré with a private guide
This is a tour featuring the Island of Orléans, homeland of French civilization in North America, the Montmorency Falls, and a visit of Ste-Anne-de-Beaupré's Basilica.
More than 350 years have elapsed since the building of a first temple dedicated to Sainte-Anne in 1658. In 1872, the church becoming too small, was replaced by a first basilica built between from 1872 to 1876. Following a fire taking place in 1922, the current basilica will be rebuilt in 1923 and completed in 1934.
We will also cover the Montmorency Falls, which source of water is coming from the Montmorency river. Dimensions of the falls are 272 feet high and 99 feet higher than the Niagara Falls in Ontario. Finally, our last destination will be the Island of Orleans, discovered by Jacques Cartier in 1535. The place is well known for it vineyards, which explains why it was called for a brief period of time "Bacchus Island", in memory of Bacchus, Roman God of wine. Wine, ice cider, blackcurrent and chocolate tasting are on the menu.
The Montmorency Falls include visit of the manor, falls and a historical interpretation (outside and inside) explaining the reasons and the purposes of the settlement
Upon the Island of Orleans, visit of historical churches (the oldest dates back to 1717, and Sainte-Famille church is the only religious building in Quebec with three working steeples) is being planned. Stops are expected to take place at Cassis & Monna (blackcurrent), Bilobeau Ice Cider, Ste-Petronille Chocolate factory and vineyard. We will see the Route du Mitan, which clearly represents why the economy of the Island still relies on farming.
Finally, the visit of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré will consist on a historical interpretation, including the description of the interior and exterior of this Romanesque and Gothic style of building. A stop is being planned at the Albert Gilles Copper Art.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I will meet with you at the cruise terminal, your hotel or any other place convenient for you upon request.
End location: The tour will end at the cruise terminal, your hotel or any other place upon request.
Duration: 7 hours
We will use a mini-van Dodge Grand Caravan for the entire duration of the tour. Nonetheless, the visit of the Montmorency Falls will consist of walking your with a possibility to use the funicular (fees included within the package), for a portion of that tour. We will also walk inside the basilica with elevators, railings and pathway at your disposal.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
35 0 - I suggest each traveler to be prepared to invest $35 for a meal, to take place during the tour. This includes taxes and tip. However, if a traveler orders a beverage (for instance alcohol), that estimate of local payment could reach $45.
I can create a customized tour if you wish to visit historical settlement located from the city. That package would include a rented mini-van Dodge Grand Caravan.
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We had two full day tours with Christian and he did a wonderful job with both tours. He is a very personable individual whom we wanted to adopt by the end of our second tour! 5 stars!