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Burlington, Vermont to Quebec City

follow in the footsteps of samuel de champlain, by bike!

Trip Pricing

From $3095

Dates & Pricing
  • Jun 24 - Jul 02 2017 $3095
  • Jul 22 - Jul 30 2017 $3095
  • Aug 12 - Aug 20 2017 $3095
  • Aug 26 - Sep 03 2017 $3095
Group Discounts

Group discounts for our published trip dates begin with as few as eight people. Please contact us for details.

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At a Glance

Tour start | end: Burlington, Vermont
Length: 9 Days / 8 Nights
Rating: Intermediate

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Tour Overview

Bicycle from Vermont to Quebec City

Sojourn's Burlington, Vermont to Quebec City bike tours, first planned as specialty tours in celebration of the 400th anniversary of the discovery of Lake Champlain, remain extremely popular. The trip passes through charming villages and rural farmland along the major rivers of Quebec, Canada's French-speaking province, as it journeys to the most European of North American cities.

Rural roads and bike paths parallel the waterways traveled by French explorer, Samuel de Champlain who not only discovered Lake Champlain but founded Quebec City . Follow sections of Quebec's famous La Route Verte bike route and the Chemin du Roy - which links Montreal and Quebec City and is the oldest road in Canada.

The terrain is quite level throughout the trip and bike routes average 50 miles per day. The tour follows the shores of Lake Champlain and continues along the Richelieu River to its confluence with the mighty Saint Lawrence, one of the great rivers of the world. From there, you'll parallel the river along its north shore, biking the entire route to Quebec City, including portions of La Route Verte.

Explore historic Quebec City with an engaging local guide. Walk narrow streets lined with bistros and boutiques in classic European style in the Petit-Champlain, the oldest commercial district in North America. Visit historic sites like Place Royale - North America's oldest commercial market. Immerse yourself in the culture and cuisine of this historic and pedestrian-friendly city.

Enjoy the last final days of your trip relaxing and exploring the sites in Quebec City, the most beautiful and European of North American cities. Your lodging at Le Saint Pierre, a lovely country inn in the heart of the Old Port, is the perfect base from which to explore.

At the conclusion of the trip, you will be transported back to the airport in Burlington, Vermont. Pricing reflects several accommodations which are less luxurious than typical Sojourn lodging.

What's Included In This Tour

  • Follow several of North America's greatest waterways from Lake Champlain to Quebec City.
  • Ride portions of La Route Verte, the most extensive bike route in North America.
  • Befriend cheery French-speaking Quebecois who will welcome you to their homes.
  • Ride through rural farmland punctuated by brightly colored barns and tidy farms.
  • Stop to visit imposing churches that dominate small villages along the great rivers.
  • Walk Quebec City's Old Port with an engaging guide who makes history come alive.
What's Included in this Tour?

Tour Itinerary

Day By Day Tour Overview.

  • Day
    1

    Arrive at your leisure and make your way to downtown Burlington. Enjoy one of Burlington’s finest small hotels, sister properties nestled side by side between Lake Champlain and the Church Street Marketplace. Burlington has been voted as one of the best places to live by numerous magazines. Enjoy views across the sparkling waters of Lake Champlain to the Adirondack Mountains. Sunsets from Burlington’s waterfront rival any in the world.

  • Day
    2

    Meet your leaders and fellow guests following breakfast at the hotel this morning. Ride north out of Burlington on the Island Line. Enjoy a visit to Vermont’s first vineyard and winery for a tour, tasting, and picnic lunch. Follow lightly traveled roads along Lake Champlain to a beautiful lakeside setting where you will spend the evening.

  • Day
    3

    Head north through the patchwork farmland of the Lake Champlain Islands to the Canadian border. The route is gently rolling to the border then flattens out almost immediately after passing through Canadian Customs. Cross the Richelieu River which flows north out of Lake Champlain to the St. Lawrence Seaway. Enjoy a picnic lunch hosted by your leaders and dinner in a charming French bistro.

  • Day
    4

    Follow the Chambly Canal bike path to Fort Chambly, perched strategically at the foot of the rapids on the Richelieu River. The route parallels the River through small towns clustered around architecturally imposing churches until you reach its confluence with the mighty St. Lawrence Seaway.

  • Day
    5

    Begin your day with a ferry trip across the St. Lawrence. Ride the Chemin du Roy, the original route between Montreal and Québec City, and one of the oldest routes in North America. Spin past colorful barns painted in typical Québeçois style.

  • Day
    6

    The route follows the north shore of the St. Lawrence through some of Quebec’s most beautiful villages. Visit an organic fromagerie and sample their estate cheeses. Arrive in Quebec City riding the stunning Promenade-Samuel-de Champlain bike path which leads to the heart of the Old Port.

  • Day
    7

    Enjoy a walking tour of Old Québec City with a knowledgeable and spirited Québecois guide before venturing off into this historic and beautiful city on your own. Visit Place Royale – the site of the first commercial market in North America – and stroll the narrow shop-lined streets of Le Petit Champlain.

  • Day
    8

    Spin through the rural oasis of Île d’Orléans, an island in the expansive St. Lawrence River. Rolling farmland covers much of the island and roadside stands feature local wines, hard cider, berries and cheese. The island is also a haven for artists, many of whom welcome visitors to their studios.

  • Day
    9

    Following breakfast at the hotel, you will be transported back to the airport in Burlington, Vermont. Travel time is roughly four hours, however border-crossing times may vary.

Want to Learn More?

Download the Tour Itinerary for a detailed day by day description.

Download Burlington, Vermont to Quebec City Itinerary (PDF)
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Avi
Knoxville, TN

Fantastic routing – great scenic riding. Terrific accommodations and fabulous leaders. I LOVED this trip and would do it again in a heartbeat!

Lodging Information

Distinctive lodging, carefully selected to complement your tour.

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    Hotel Vermont

    Just steps from Lake Champlain and the pedestrian marketplace this upscale small hotel and it's sister property next door offer excellent restaurants and bars, and Burlington's best location. (1 night)

    Lodging Website
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    Shore Acres Inn, North Hero

    Country inn and restaurant nestled in a quiet setting on the shores of Lake Champlain. Restaurants and tennis courts. (1 night)

    Lodging Website
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    Auberge Harris, St-Jean-sur-Richelieu

    Cycling friendly hotel overlooking the Richelieu River and Chambly Canal. Dining room and swimming pool. (1 night)

    Lodging Website
  • Quebec-City-Auberge-de-la-Rive

    Hotel de la Rive, Sorel-Tracy

    Quiet setting overlooking the shores of the busy St. Lawrence Seaway. Restaurant, bar, and swimming pool. (1 night)

    Lodging Website
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    Hôtel Gouverneur Trois-Rivières

    Four-star hotel in the heart of the historic district. Walk to hip restaurants, shops and attractions from the city’s top accommodations. Restaurant, bar, and swimming pool. (1 night)

    Lodging Website
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    Le St. Pierre, Québec City

    Contemporary, boutique hotel in a lovely 19th Century Heritage Building nestled in the heart of the Old Port. Sidewalk cafes, galleries, and shops just steps from the door. (3 nights)

    Lodging Website

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