French Connection in Québec and Tadoussac: Great Whales of Canada Up Close

AUGUST 1−5, 2018


• Experience Québec’s French charm and beauty

• Glide through the magnificent Saguenay Fjord on a private sunset sail

• Whale watch while hiking and enjoy optional kayaking in the St. Lawrence River Estuary

• Zodiac in the Saguenay Fjord on the lookout for some of the 13 whale species as well as harbor seals that inhabit the area

• Learn about the whales and other fauna and flora of the St. Lawrence at the Cap de Bon-Désir Interpretive Centre and enjoy a reception with a marine biologist at GREMM (Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals)

Your expert guide

Steve Aibel


Steve Aibel, Shedd’s senior director of marine mammals, has more than three decades of experience with whales, dolphins, sea lions, walruses and other animals. So he’s well prepared to help you spot and identify the whales (and other animals) of the St. Lawrence River. He looks forward to sharing exhilarating wildlife experiences in a stunning landscape as well as introducing you to Shedd’s conservation partners at GREMM.

Why you want to go!
The great whales you’ll see up close. The breathtaking landscapes. The rich history of the province. The charming and historic accommodations. The chance to learn about this spectacular marine environment in an intimate setting. This trip is limited to just 18 adventure-seeking travelers.


Getting there and home
Arrive on your own at Québec City International Airport. You’ll be met by a driver/guide for transfer to our hotel. On the final day, arrange to depart from Québec City International Airport after breakfast for your flight home. Your transfer to the airport is included.

On our one night in Québec, we’ll stay at the Hotel Clarendon in the historic part of the city. This Art Nouveau building is Québec’s oldest continuously operating hotel. The remaining three evenings of the trip will be spent at Hotel Tadoussac, which harkens back to earlier times with its white-washed walls and red roof. Offering amazing views of the St. Lawrence River, this hotel prides itself on capturing the history, character and soul of the region, with intimate accommodations and regional cuisine.


Quebec City & Tadoussac, Canada

Reserve Now

To register for this adventure or for more information, contact Lori Charles at Classic Escapes, or 1-800-627-1244.


Group Size

18 people



-Shedd Aquarium expert to accompany the group
-Superior accommodations throughout as indicated or similar
-Meals as outlined in itinerary
-Services of an experienced Canadian driver/guide, as well as local guides joining the group as specified
-Airport transfers
-Transportation in a 12- or 21-passenger minibus
-All park and admission fees
-All applicable hotel taxes and gratuities for baggage handling
-Complimentary baggage tags


Not Included

-Round-trip airfare from home city (Classic Escapes is happy to arrange, for an additional fee)
-Meals other than those specified and all beverages
-Excess baggage charges levied by airlines
-Gratuities to driver/guide and other conveyance attendants
-Laundry and other items of a personal nature
-Personal and baggage insurance
-Cost for anything not specifically mentioned in the listing above


Price Per Person

$2,995 per person*

$795 additional for single supplement
-Single supplements are valid for first two single rooms booked. If more than two single rooms, additional supplement will apply. Singles are assigned on a first-come/first-served basis.

*Additional cost for optional kayaking excursion


Fact sheet

For details about this trip and a complete itinerary, view this PDF.

Physical Requirements

Participants should be able to walk moderate distances at an easy pace for up to a few hours when visiting towns or other sites. Some, if not most, of this walking may be on uneven ground or uphill, often at higher elevations and altitudes that many people are not used to.


Important Information

Nature adventures require flexibility and good humor. Unexpected changes and/or glitches will occur. Your guides may alter the timing of activities to best suit the conditions and assure that you see the most wildlife. Participants should have an interest in and willingness to appreciate a destination with a modest infrastructure and a bending definition of comfort. That being said, some locations are nestled in absolute luxury where pampering is the norm.



Shannon Fuller
Travel programs manager,
Shedd Aquarium



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