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Le Grand Tour Desjardins

Bike trip - The Grand Tour Desjardins

August 1 to 3, 2015 - Under the Stars Weekend > Price (taxes included) : $445
August 1 to 7, 2015 - Under the Stars > Price (taxes included) : $835
Trip length : 7 days / 6 nights  >  Level of difficulty : 3+ à 4 s

Itinerary and map Package includesVQV Formula
Grand Tour DesjardinsEastern Townships-Vermont... so beautiful, so delectable, so accessible!
Imagine, the 2015 edition of the Grand Tour Desjardins will kick off less than an hour from Montreal. You will pedal across the gorgeous countryside of the Eastern Townships in view of the Monteregian Hills, then head south through the picturesque hamlets and peaceful roads of New England to St. Albans, before returning via breathtaking Missisquoi Bay. The daily 80-km routes offer a feast for the eyes…as well as the palate. Touring vineyards and tasting local products – applies, maple syrup, chocolate – are some of the perks of this experience. Since the road is long, life is short, and lovely scenery and good food abound, you might as well enjoy! So beautiful, so delectable, so accessible … local epicureanism definitely has its advantages.

Different options to serve you better!
Opt for the tent rental service
Opt for the tent rental service
Once again this year, so that you can focus solely on your vacation, the Grand Tour Desjardins is offering the tent rental service.
Opt for the tent rental service
The Grand Tour Desjardins is offering the tent rental service. It includes a tent, pitching and dismantling each day that we change stopover towns, as well as delivery of your baggage inside your tent. Excluding sleeping bags and pads.

Price per tent (taxes included):
For 1 or 2 people: $395
For 3 or 4 people: $595
 

Optional shuttle by busOptional shuttle by bus
Start your Grand Tour Desjardins gently letting you drive in Farnham, from Saint-Lambert. Reserve now.
 
Optional shuttle by bus
Shuttle departure: Collège Champlain in Saint-Lambert (south shore of Montréal)
Round-trip (Saint-Lambert/Farnham and Farnham/Saint-Lambert): $85
One way (Saint-Lambert/Farnham): $45
Return August 3 (Weekend package - Farnham/Saint-Lambert): $45
Return August 7 (Farnham/Saint-Lambert): $45

Saturday, August 1, from Saint-Lambert: departure at 7:30 a.m.
Registration of participant and bicycle: between 6 and 7 a.m.
The trip between Montréal and Farnham takes 1 hour.

Monday, August 3 (week-end package), from Magog: departure at 7 p.m.
The trip between Magog and Saint-Lambert takes 1.5 hr.

Friday, August 7, from Farnham: departure at 4 p.m.
The trip between Farnham and Saint-Lambert takes 1 hour.

In the media
Read the story of Dan Dakin, "Club Med on two wheels coming to Niagara", published July 28, 2014 in www.simcoereformer.ca.

Read the story of Henry Stancu, "Vélo Québec holds Grand Tour Desjardins in Niagara", published March 14, 2014 in www.thestar.com.

About the Grand Tour Desjardins
Live 2 minutes of the Grand Tour Desjardins ... Imagine one week!


Under the Stars package, from August 1 to 7
Price (taxes included)1: $835 through June 15; $925 from June 16; 17 years and Under $585
1 The Under the Stars package includes: 6 nights at campsite, 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 evening meals.

Under the Stars Weekend, from August 1 to 3
Price (taxes included)2: $445 through June 15; $495 from June 16; 17 years and Under $300
2The Under the Stars Weekend package includes: 2 nights at campsite; 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 evening meals; Magog/Farnham shuttle.

Under the Covers package, from August 1 to 7
This package will go on sale on March 10. You can reserve by telephone or in person at Vélo Québec Voyages. Package available in the week format only.
Price (taxes included):
Under the Covers3: 1425 $
Under the Covers plus4: 1565 $
3The Under the Covers package includes: 6 nights in two- to four-star motels and hotels or an inn, double occupancy; 6 breakfasts and 6 lunches.
4The Under the Covers plus package includes: all of the services comprising the Under the Covers package plus the 6 evening meals at the campsite.

All Grand Tour Desjardins packages include:
  • baggage transportation (one bag per person, camping gear included. Weight limits: 22 kg Under the Stars package; 15 kg Under the Covers package.
  • support on the road;
  • mechanical assistance and access to relief vehicules;
  • activities at the Village;
  • a participant’s booklet with daily routes and tourist information ;
  • taxes and the $1 contribution per $1,000 of services purchased to the Compensation Fund for Customers of Travel Agents.
Equipment (e.g. tent, bicycle, etc.) is not included.

From day to day

Short route: 416 km • Long route : 917 km

Day 1 - Farnham, Saint-Césaire, Rougemont, Saint-Damase, Saint-Paul d’Abbotsford, Granby (78 to 114 km).
Day 2 - Granby, Saint-Joachim de Shefford, Valcourt, Lawrenceville, Bonsecours, Eastman, Magog (89 to 134 km).
Day 3 - Looped route via Ayer’s Cliff, Hatley, Waterville, North Hatley, Deauville (64 to 132 km).
Day 4 - Magog, Austin, Bolton, Lac-Brome (Knowlton), Bromont, Cowansville (83 to 137 km).
Day 5 - Cowansville, Dunham, Frelighsburg, Berkshire, Enosburg Falls, Sheldon, St. Albans (84 to 121 km).
Day 6 - Looped route via St. Albans Bay, Georgia, Oakland. Optional route via Burlington (27 to 121 km).
Day 7 - St. Albans, Swanton, Venise-en-Québec, Pike River, Notre-Dame-de-Stanbridge, Farnham (81 to 133 km).


Itinerary subject to change.

VQV Formula

Free as the air and total peace of mind
Choosing the Vélo Québec Voyages formula means fully experiencing the joys of holiday biking. All our destinations offer you miles of happiness in the most beautiful parts of the world. You can enjoy the diverse treasures of Europe, America and elsewhere along routes designed for all types of cyclists, from basic two-wheel enthusiasts to athletes seeking a challenge.

And since we take care of everything—reservations, baggage transportation, mechanical assistance, route planning—all you have to do is enjoy the ride, at your own pace, sharing your enthusiasm with those you meet along the way. With us - zero stress! We are very familiar with the regions visited and routes travelled and offer you a well-organized vacation. As a result, you benefit from careful supervision in an environment that gives you complete freedom… Now that’s peace of mind!

Our packages include:
  • air transportation for passengers and their bicycles (if necessary), as well as transfer between airport and hotel;
  • bus, train, ferry trip and domestic flight (if necessary);
  • accommodations in two-, three- or four-star hotels, double occupancy;
  • all breakfasts and some evening meals (excluding all beverages, alcoholic or not);
  • baggage transportation (one bag per person: 20-kg maximum with air travel; 15-kg miximum without air travel);
  • mechanical assistance and access to a relief vehicle;
  • daily route plans;
  • the presence of one or two experienced guides;
  • taxes and the $1 contribution per $1,000 of services purchased to the Compensation Fund for Customers of Travel Agents.
Equipment (e.g., bicycle) is not included.

Transportation
Your package includes air transportation for you and your bicycle for all overseas destinations, as well as a few in the United States. It also includes, once you reach your destination, transfers to and from the airport and hotel. For certain U.S. destinations, your package includes round trip bus transportation, as well as transportation of your bicycle. According to the destination, bus transfers between stopover towns and ferry travel are usually included in your package.

Ground portion: you have the option of purchasing only the ground portion of our trips, which excludes air transportation for you and your bicycle.

Accomodations and Meals
You will have double occupancy accommodations at two-, three- or four-star hotels. Our packages include all breakfasts and certain evening meals, at a restaurant or the hotel. You are free to have lunch where you please.

Baggage Transportation
Day after day, your baggage will be transported to your hotel without you having to worry about a thing. All you need to carry with you is a bag containing the personal items you need for the day.

On the road
Each day, you will start off at your own time and pace. You will be provided with a detailed route map, as well as GPX data for certain departures. Also, optional routes will allow you to extend certain segments.

You can count on the presence of your guide at all times. You can contact the latter by phone to request assistance in getting back on the road in case of a mechanical breakdown. If you are unable to complete the day’s ride, your guide will drive you and your bicycle to the next stopover town.

Experienced Guides
At Vélo Québec Voyages, we give utmost importance to the selection of our guides.  We choose them based on their professionalism, that is, their ability to make your life easier in a flexible, pleasant and safe environment. This choice is based on several criteria, mainly, their extensive bike touring experience, their in-depth knowledge of bicycle mechanics and first aid, their ability to react promptly and effectively to emergency and unforeseen situations, their tact, their communication skills and their ability to escort a group of people.

Our guides contribute significantly to the quality of your trips by adding their own personal touch. They are ready to travel with you!
 

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