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Bike trip - The Grand Tour Desjardins

August 2 to 8, 2014 - Under the Covers > Price (taxes included) : starting from $1,325
August 2 to 5, 2014 - Under the Stars Weekend > Price (taxes included) : $525
August 2 to 8, 2014 - Under the Stars > Price (taxes included) : $920
Trip length : 7 days / 6 nights  >  Level of difficulty : 3+ s

Itinerary and map Package includesVQV Formula
Grand Tour DesjardinsUnique proposal: Honeymoon in Niagara!
This year, the Grand Tour Desjardins embraces the Niagara region. This unique route, with its gentle hills and lush landscapes, will make for a very pleasurable vacation experience. The pleasure of biking, of course, but also that of clearing your mind as you marvel at the vastness of Lake Erie and enjoy its many white sand beaches. The pleasure also of visiting or revisiting the famous falls, a spectacular force of nature. The pleasure of tasting the internationally acclaimed wines produced by the local vineyards. The pleasure of touring an area with a rich history and heritage. In short, there are numerous reasons to fall in love during your stay in Niagara and make it a true honeymoon!

Want a taste of the route?
Refer to the topographic profiles.

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 (includes a night stay in Hamilton the day before departure)
For 3 or 4 people: $595 (includes a night stay in Hamilton the day before departure)
 

Optional shuttle by busOptional shuttle by bus
Start your Grand Tour Desjardins gently letting you drive in Hamilton, from Montréal (Cégep André-Laurendeau). Reserve now.
 
Optional shuttle by bus

Round-trip (Montréal/Hamilton and Hamilton/Montréal): $240
One way (Montréal/Hamilton): $125
Return (Hamilton/Montréal), August 8 only: $125

Saturday, August 2, from Montréal (Cégep André-Laurendeau): departure at 9 a.m.
Registration of participant and bicycle: starting at 8 a.m.
The trip between Montréal and Hamilton takes 8 hours, including a break for lunch.
Arrival in Hamilton: 5 p.m.

Friday, August 8, from Hamilton: departure at 4 p.m.
The trip between Hamilton and Montréal takes 8 hours, including a break for dinner.
Arrival in Montréal (Cégep André-Laurendeau): 12 a.m.

About the start site in Hamilton on Saturday, August 2
  • The start site for the Grand Tour Desjardins is located at Mohawk College, 135 Fennell Avenue West, Hamilton, Ontario L9C 1E9.
  • The start site will be accessible as of 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 2. Please note that the package does not include dinner on Saturday evening, but that a meal service will be available on the site.
  • The drive between Montréal and Hamilton is about 7 hours.

Where to stay upon returning to Hamilton
Please note that upon returning to Hamilton at the end of your Grand Tour Desjardins, you will not be able to sleep on the Mohawk College site. For information on available accommodations, go to tourismhamilton.com or call 1 800 263-8590.

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 2 to 8
Price (taxes included)1:
$920 from June 17
$585 17 years and under
1 The Under the Stars package includes: 6 nights at campsite, 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 evening meals.

Under the Stars Weekend, from August 2 to 5
Price (taxes included)2:
$525 from June 17
$330 17 years and under
2The Under the Stars Weekend package includes: 3 nights at campsite; 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 evening meals; Welland/Hamilton shuttle (departure from Welland at 7 p.m.; arrival in Hamilton at 8:30 p.m.).

Under the Covers package, from August 2 to 8
This package will go on sale on March 11. You can reserve by telephone or in person at Vélo Québec Voyages. Package available in the week format.
Price (taxes included):
Under the Covers3: $1325
Under the Covers plus4: $1435
3The Under the Covers package includes: 6 nights in two- to four-star motels and hotels or an inn and student residence with private bathroom, double occupancy; 6 breakfasts and 6 lunches.
4The Under the Covers plus package included: all of the services comprising the Under the Covers package plus the 5 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: 379 km • Long route : 845 km

Saturday, August 2, day before the start of the Grand Tour Desjardins - Rendez-vous in Hamilton (Ontario).
Day 1 - Hamilton, County of Brant, Six Nations Indian Reserve 40, New Credit 40A, Haldimand County, Norfolk County, Simcoe (89 to 155 km).
Day 2 - Looped route via Norfolk County. Optional route via Township of Norwich (86 to 178 km).
Day 3 - Simcoe, Norfolk County, Township of Wainfleet, Welland (122 to 158 km).
Day 4 - Welland, Fort Erie, Niagara Falls. Optional route via Cooksmills (100 to 145 km).
Day 5 - Free Day or looped route via Niagara-on-the-Lake (49 to 75 km).
Day 6 - Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake, St. Catharines, Lincoln, Grimsby, Hamilton. Optional route via Pelham, West Lincoln (86 to 134 km).


Itinerary subject to change.

VQV Formula

Choosing Vélo Québec Voyages guarantees you an unforgettable cycling vacation! Riding with peace of mind and savouring every moment, in total vacation mode: that’s the VQV formula, as outlined below.

You’re free as the air!
When you travel with us, you start your day when and how you want, cycle at your own pace and eat at your leisure. We handle everything else - reservations, baggage transportation, certain meal planning, mechanical assistance, route mapping, etc. —with special attention to details. In this way, you can focus on your vacation with complete peace of mind – free as the air.

You can rely on professional supervision
Our knowledge of cycling clienteles, our attractive route proposals and our organizational expertise have earned us an excellent reputation. This stems from the passion of about forty people — guides, travel advisors and logisticians — determined to make your cycling vacation as enjoyable as possible.

You ride your own bike
We understand the special relationship you have with your bike. Perfectly adjusted to your height and preferences, it gives you the comfort you need to fully appreciate the pleasures of travelling. We know that your bike is like an old friend, which is why all of our packages involving airline flights and coach service include the transportation of your bicycle… your favourite travel companion!
 

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