The Real Deal: Round-trip airfare, six nights' accommodations, rental car, and two gourmet dinners, from $1,752 per person—plus taxes of about $91.
When: Through Dec. 31, 2008.
Gateways: Atlanta; add $30 for Boston, New York City; $90 for Miami; $110 for Chicago; $160 for L.A.; additional cities available.
The fine print: Four breakfasts, two lunches, four 3-course dinners, and a six-day midsize automatic-transmission car rental with unlimited mileage are included. Taxes and fuel surcharges are an additional $91 per person. As you'll be picking up the car in one city and dropping it off in another, you'll be charged a drop-off fee of $124 per car, plus taxes of about 12.5 percent to be paid locally. Rental-car insurance is mandatory; check with your regular car insurance company or your credit card company to see if you're covered. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is $992. Note that the listed prices are converted from Canadian to U.S. dollars, so they may vary slightly from day to day. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
Book by: No deadline; based on availability.
Contact: Maxxim Vacations, 800/567-6666, maxximvacations.com.
Why it's a deal: According to a recent search on Kayak, the lowest multicity round-trip fares from Atlanta to Montreal and from Quebec City to Atlanta in late May start from $540 (United/Delta). For an additional $1,303 per person, including taxes, Maxxim covers the airfare as well as six nights' accommodations, the rental car, and some gourmet meals.
Trip details: The Quebec Culinary Quest package includes round-trip airfare on a United Airlines/Air Canada carrier and six nights' accommodations divided between Montreal, St.-Paulin, Montmagny, and Quebec City.
Start your foodie adventure in Montreal, where you'll stay for a night at the 50-year-old, 1,039-room Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth hotel in the heart of the city's cultural and commercial district. The hotel has a health club, an indoor pool, and dining options that include Les Voyageurs lounge, Le Montréalais bistro/restaurant, and the award-winning Beaver Club.
Whether you choose to explore Montreal by car or by hopping on the metro—there's a stop just under the hotel—some attractions to consider visiting include the European historic district of Old Montreal along the St. Lawrence River, the Notre-Dame Basilica, the Montreal Botanical Garden near Olympic Park, the lookout on top of Mount Royal, the Pointe-à-Callière archaeology museum, the Montreal Biodome, the Jean-Talon Market, and the boutiques and shops of the Underground City, which is connected to the Fairmont hotel.
Next, you'll drive 80 miles (about 1.5 hours) to St.-Paulin, a municipality in the Mauricie region of Quebec. You'll spend two nights at the 90-room Auberge La Baluchon, surrounded by forests, rapids, and waterfalls. The secluded hotel's rooms and facilities are located in different buildings connected to one another by a wooden walkway, and each of its four lodges includes a sauna and a whirlpool. Your stay includes three meals daily: breakfast, lunch, and a three-course gourmet French and Quebec table d'hote dinner, prepared by award-winning chef Patrick Gerome.
After fueling up in St.-Paulin, you'll be off to Montmagny, about 152 miles (approximately 2.5 hours) away on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River. The 24-room Manoir des Érables will be your home for two nights. Built in 1814 and converted into a gastronomically renowned restaurant/hotel in 1975, the manor is situated in a large park—a few minutes' walk to the river and about a 35 minutes' drive to Quebec City. You'll enjoy breakfast and dinner both days, and you can also take advantage of the manor's Parfum d'Armes Health Center, which offers a long list of massotherapy options, body care treatments, and facials (at an additional cost). You can find a list of treatments and prices here.
For the final stretch of the trip, drive to Quebec City and stay overnight at Auberge Duchesnay on the banks of Lake St.-Joseph. Each of the 48 rooms has a view of the lake. You can easily and happily fill your time by checking out sights like the Place Royale (or Royal Square); the Museum of Civilization; La Citadelle, the partially star-shaped fortress built by the Duke of Wellington after the War of 1812; and the Quebec Art Museum.
Need more time to explore? Additional nights at the mentioned hotels start from $148 per person, including an extra day's car rental but no meals.
For more tips on what to do in the area, visit the official tourist site of the government of Quebec. Before you go, check the latest exchange rate, the local time, and the weather forecast at BudgetTravel.com.