Bicycling Vermont to Quebec City (TourzPlus!)
Our Vermont to Québec bike tours meet in Burlington, Vermont and cover the entire route to Quebec City by bicycle. Along the route, the trip passes through charming villages and rural farmland along the major rivers of Canada's French-speaking province. Rural roads and bicycle paths comprise this mostly Canada based bike tour featuring routes that parallel the waterways traveled by French explorer, Samuel de Champlain in 1609. Follow Quebec's famous La Route Verte biking route and the Chemin du Roy - the road linking Montreal and Quebec City which is the oldest route in Canada. Tour historic Forts Lenox and Chambly in Canada's province of Quebec. Visit cideries and cheese producers. Ferry across the St. Lawrence to bike through sprawling farmland. The distinctively painted barns and immaculate farmyards almost beg you to stop for photos. 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.
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Tour Dates & Prices
Jun 22-30, 2019
Jul 6-14, 2019
Jul 20-28, 2019
Aug 10-18, 2019
Aug 24-Sep 1, 2019
* We are happy to match solo travelers who would like to share a room with someone of the same gender. If no match exists, due to hotel pricing, we will charge 50% of the private room charge. This charge will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available it will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.
- Length / 9 Days
- Total Distance / 298-368 miles (483 - 596 km)
- Avg. Distance / 50 to 61 (81 to 99 km). per riding day
- Tour Level / 2.5
- Countries / USA, Canada
- Begin/End / Burlington, Vermont
- Price / From USD$3495
Burlington, VT, Champlain Islands , The Route Verte, Portneuf, Vermont's first vineyard, Fort Lennox , Cheese maker, Québec
9 days, 8 nights' accommodation; Use of a 27-30 speed bicycle; 8 breakfasts, 3 picnic lunches, 5 dinners; group transport to Burlington, VT at the conclusion of the trip; van support; snacks
Arrive / Depart
Bulington, Vermont (BTV)
Overall Tour Level
Daily Ride Summary
Tour Level Note: The terrain is quite level throughout the entire bike tour and routes average 50 miles per day. What's more, the prevailing wind will likely be at your back for much of the trip.
**We use Ride With GPS (ridewithgps.com) to calculate elevation and mileage information. Due to variance between mapping technologies, totals may differ slightly across devices and applications
DAY 1: Burlington, Vermont
Make your way to downtown Burlington and the Marriott Courtyard Burlington Harbor. This is a newer Courtyard and overlooks Lake Champlain in Burlington - Vermont's vibrant and cosmopolitan small city that features an active arts and outdoors culture. The hotel is just a few blocks from the Church Street Marketplace, Burlington's pedestrian-friendly commercial district. Numerous shops and restaurants, complete with the works of local artisans and fresh, locally sourced foods, await your discovery. Stroll to the waterfront and enjoy views across the sparkling waters of Lake Champlain to the Adirondack Mountains that frame the skyline. We'll put the sunsets over Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks up against any in the world. Enjoy dinner on your own at one of many local establishments.
DAY 2: North Hero, VT
Highlights: Lake Champlain & Valley Farmland
Following breakfast at the hotel, meet your tour leaders at 10:00am in the outdoor courtyard and patio area behind the hotel. Following your bike fitting, you will ride north out of Burlington on the Island Line. This rail trail parallels the shores of Lake Champlain and leads to a bike ferry used to cross "the cut" to the Champlain Islands. The cut was left so that boats could pass in and out of a large protected bay after the old railroad ceased to operate. Visit Vermont's first vineyard and winery for a tour and tasting, followed by a picnic lunch. Cycle by rolling fields patchwork farmland en route to North Hero. Much of the region retains its agricultural heritage firmly rooted in apples and dairy. After settling into your room at the Shore Acres Inn, take a swim in the lake or visit the village and the eclectic Hero's Welcome General Store. Dinner is in the Lake Champlain room of the Inn this evening.
- Distance: 51 km (32 mi)
- Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 3: Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC
Highlights: Isle LaMotte, Fort Lennox and the Richelieu
Enjoy a beautiful ride along the peaceful west shore of the Champlain Islands and visit a local cheese producer before crossing the US border into Canada. Once across the border, the roads narrow and the farmland continues for much of the ride to St-Jean-sur-Richelieu. Cross the Richelieu River which flows north out of Lake Champlain on its way to rendezvous with the St. Lawrence. Stop for a bite to eat and a visit to a small producer of local wine in St. Paul de L'ile Aux Noix. History buffs in the group might choose to visit Fort Lennox, built on a strategically important island in the middle of the Richelieu River. The island, Ile aux Noix, was alternately occupied by the British, French and Americans during the late 1700's and early 1800's. The British used it as an important ship building site for the decisive battle of 1814 that would prove to be the final naval battle on Lake Champlain. Continue north to Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu to lodge at the cycling-oriented Auberge of local legend, Madame Boutin. Take a dip in the pool or a walk along the canal before a hearty dinner in town.
- Distance: 100 km (62 mi)
- Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 4: Sorel, QC
Highlights: Riviére Richelieu to Fleuve Saint-Laurent
Wave au revoir to Madame Boutin and ride the Canal-de-Chambly north past the intricate series of locks that enables boats to avoid the un-navigable rapids of the Richelieu. In the town of Chambly, visit Fort Chambly overlooking the basin in town. The Fort is yet another reminder of the importance of controlling this waterway during the 18th and 19th Centuries. Follow the Richelieu River to the beautiful Eglise St-Marc-sur-Richelieu for a picnic lunch served by your tour leaders in the gazebo overlooking the river. Follow the Richelieu for the entire afternoon as you pedal through small villages, past tidy farms and imposing churches. The miles seem to fly by along this fabulous route and before you know it, you'll be entering the city of Sorel and witnessing the Richelieu's confluence with the mighty Saint Lawrence. The Auberge de la Rive is in a quiet section of the city overlooking the Saint Lawrence. Enjoy a dip in the pool overlooking the river and watch huge ships pass by. Grab a drink in the hotel's tavern before a delicious dinner at the hotel.
- Distance: 97 km (60 mi)
- Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 5: Trois-Rivières
Highlights: The Route Verte, Trois-Rivières
Leave the south shore behind on a ferry trip across the Saint Lawrence. In a few short kilometers you'll be spinning through peaceful countryside past brightly painted barns and stone houses along Qu?bec's famed Route Verte, the longest network of bicycle routes in North America. The Route Verte also follows sections of the Chemin du Roy (King's Road) for much of the ride. The first road linking Qu?bec City and Montreal, the Chemin du Roy is one of the oldest routes in North America having been completed in 1737. Initially a fur trading post, Trois-Rivi?res boasts a dynamic downtown full of museums, galleries, boutiques, caf?s, and historic 18th-century buildings. The Hotel is located in a quiet section of town on the edge of the historic district which features lovely gardens and beautiful historic buildings. This evening, the group will walk to one of our favorite restaurants in a charming old neighborhood of the city.
- Distance: 84 km (52 mi)
- Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 6: Québec City, QC
Highlights: Chemin du Roy, Deschambault, Promenade Samuel-de-Champlain, cheese maker
Cross the Rivi?res Saint-Maurice from Trois-Rivi?res to Cap-de-la-Madeleine en route to more rural areas. Visit a cheese producer that runs like an estate winery, making cheese only from the milk of their own cows and handling every step along the way. The route follows the Chemin du Roy and the St. Lawrence River through numerous small villages, each clustered around an impressive church. Visit the charming village of Deschambault whose beautiful church overlooks its own lovely gardens at the edge of the St. Lawrence. Watch huge ships passing on the river from the 600' wharf in Portneuf. Your tour leaders will offer a van shuttle from Portneuf to the start of the Promenade Samuel-de-Champlain bike path on the outskirts of Qu?bec City as traffic picks up a bit beginning in Portneuf. The ride along the Promenade Samuel-de-Champlain is a stunning route by which to enter the city and leads almost to the door of Le Saint Pierre. This evening you are on your own for dinner as there are many fine options within walking distance from Le St. Pierre.
- Distance: 140 km (87 mi)
- Meals: Breakfast
DAY 7: Québec
Highlights: Explore Québec City, Quartier Petit Champlain
Your lodging at Le Saint Pierre provides the perfect base for exploring this fabulous European-style city. Begin the morning touring the sites and gaining insight into the local history with an engaging local guide. The narrow streets of Quartier Petit Champlain, just a short walk from Le Saint Pierre and directly below the imposing Ch?teau Frontenac, form a scenic backdrop for photos. You will have the afternoon and evening to pursue your own interests and culinary tastes in this pedestrian-friendly city where everything is within easy walking distance from the inn. Stick with the tourist track or venture beyond the heart of the Old City for a more modern taste of today's lifestyles. For those of you who can't bear to be off your bike for a day, your guides will lead you on a ride along a city bike path during the afternoon.
- Distance: 32 km (20 mi)
- Meals: Breakfast
DAY 8: Québec City, QC
Highlights: Île d'Orléans
A bike path leads to the huge bridge that crosses to rural oasis of ?le d'Orl?ans. The island was one of the first colonies of New France and offers a glimpse of traditional Qu?bec. Known as the "Garden of Qu?bec", rolling farmland covers much of the island and its agricultural traditions are evident in abundant local products. ?le d'Orl?ans has a rich cultural heritage and historic architectural masterpieces add even more beauty to the pastoral setting. Many artists live here and find its quiet and almost mystical setting a source of inspiration. Pause along the way to view their works ranging from traditional crafts to abstract sculpture. Roadside stands offer numerous opportunities to sample local wines, hard cider, berries and other fresh produce. The abundance of friendly people, scenic beauty and local products still rings true in the historic motto of ?le d'Orl?ans: "I welcome and I nourish". This evening we will enjoy a delicious meal at one of the city's most renowned restaurants, just a short walk from Le Saint Pierre.
DAY 9: Burlington, VT
Highlights: Shuttle back to Burlington
Following breakfast at the inn, you will be transported back to the airport in Burlington, Vermont - roughly 4 hours driving time however border crossing times may vary. We recommend that you not schedule a flight out of BTV any earlier than 4:30pm today. Those extending their stay in Burlington will be transported to their lodging following the airport drop-off.
Mostly Flat Terrain
Mostly flat terrain has just a few rolling hills that rarely require you to change gears. It might contain a bit of climbing, but those climbs will be short and at a very gentle slope with little need for increased pedaling or downhill breaking.
Rolling hills refers to multiple gentle slopes (3-4% grade) with minimal need for changing gears or increasing in pedal power. Elevation gain should be less than 100m per hill and braking may not be necessary to control speed on downhills.
Hilly terrain has repeated hills and some of them may be require more pedal power as it has steeper inclines (up to 5%). You will change gears throughout the day and braking may be necessary to control speed on descents.
Very hilly terrain includes multiple hills on your ride, some of which can be steep or long climbs. You will change gears and need to use your brakes to control speed on your descent.
Mountainous terrain includes one or more sustained (more than 5km) climbs with frequent steep grades (over 7%). Mountainous rides may also feature multiple steep grades (greater than 6%) for extended periods of more than 5km. You will need to shift gears and brake on descents to control your speed.
Level 1 - 1.5 Rating
Based on today's distance and elevation gain (or lack thereof), it will be a very comfortable ride for beginner cyclists, those traveling by bicycle for the first time, or multi-generational groups with a desire for a nice and easy bike tour with plenty of opportunities to stop and enjoy the scenery.
Level 2 - 2.5 Rating
Based on today's distance and elevation gain, this day is ideal for riders newer to bicycle touring looking for a bit of a challenge, or for individuals who desire shorter days on the bike. You will likely be riding on rolling terrain.
Level 3 - 3.5 Rating
Based on today's distance and elevation gain, we suggest riders spend some time in the bicycle saddle before joining this tour so they you can enjoy the views at the top of some of the climbs you'll face.
Level 4 - 4.5 Rating
Based on today's distance and elevation gain, this day is best described as a great day on the bike for passionate cyclists or very active individuals.
Level 5 Rating
This day is not for a casual cyclist but for riders looking to push their limits. Suffice it to say your delicious meal at the end of the day will be well earned!
These are the definitions...
Level 1 - 1.5
- Average Daily Mileage: 15-30km (10-20 miles)
- Gain: 0-400m (0-1200ft)
- Terrain: Mostly flat with occasional gentle climbs at a grade of less than 3%, that are sustained for a maximum of 3km. There might be a steeper but short climb.
Level 1 tours will be mostly flat and daily distances will rarely exceed 30 km. Level 1 tours are suitable for beginner cyclists, those traveling by bicycle for the first time, or multi-generational groups with a desire for a nice and easy bike tour with plenty of opportunities to stop and enjoy the scenery.
Level 2 - 2.5
- Average Daily Mileage: 30-50km (20-30 miles)
- Gain: 400-600m (1200-2000ft)
- Terrain: Mostly rolling terrain around 3%. Presents multiple 3% to 4% climbs. May present an occasional steeper climb.
Level 2 tours are a great option for those new to bicycle touring looking for a bit of a challenge, or for individuals who desire shorter days on the bike. The average mileage on level 2 bike tours is 30-50 km on mostly rolling terrain. There will be multiple climbs at 3-4% grade throughout the tour, but only an occasional steep climb.
Level 3 - 3.5
- Average Daily Mileage: 50-70km (30-45 miles)
- Gain: 600-900m (2000-2800ft)
- Terrain: Multiple Climbs with grades of 4 - 6%. li>
Level 3 tours are for active individuals (who run, bike, swim etc. on a regular basis) with the desire to cover longer daily distances on the bicycle. These tours are a great workout when you’re riding as you will average 50-70 km daily with total gain of 2,000-2,800 ft. There will be multiple 4-6% climbs throughout the tour.
Level 4 - 4.5
- Average Daily Mileage: 70-90km (45-55 miles)
- Gain: 900-1000m (2800-3600ft)
- Terrain: Presents multiple steep climbs (6% to 8% grades), 1 to 3km long. Alternatively, 4 – 6% grades for 6 kilometers or more. li>
Level 4 tours are for passionate cyclists or very active individuals. This level tour is great for cyclists looking to stay in shape and pedal hard they travel across regions or countries. Level 4 tours cover 70-90km daily with 2,800-3,600 ft of gain. Cyclists on a level 4 bicycle tour can expect multiple climbs, some climbs might be short and steep (6-8% for 1-3 km) while others may be sustained (6+ Km) at a 4-6% grade.