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Program #19748RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Jun 15 — Jun 20, 2015

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Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located in the heart of historic, culturally vibrant, gastronomic and romantic Old Québec, the unique 4-star European-style hotel extends a warm and friendly welcome in an inviting decor and spectacular surroundings that have been delighting visitors for centuries. The popularity of the Hotel Manoir Victoria began in the early 1830’s. Named Hotel Albion at the time, it was located on the East side of Côte du Palais, i.e. across the street from the actual hotel. At the time, the Albion hotel, owned by Thomas Payne, was the best in town and a room was charged $1.50 per night. Later, the hotel name changed for Stadacona. Benjamin Trudel, owner of another hotel in Québec, bought the Stadacona in 1895, refurbished the hotel and named it “Hotel Victoria”.

Contact info:
44 cote du Palais
Quebec City, QC G1R 4H8 Canada
phone: 418-692-1030
web: www.manoir-victoria.com/english

Room amenities: Room amenities include hairdryer, individual digital thermostat, color TV with cable and remote control, complimentary high speed internet access in all rooms, alarm clock, direct access telephone, minibar ($), ), iron and ironing boards.

Facility amenities: The new Spa du Manoir offers expert body and esthetic care, an indoor pool, a sauna, a fitness centre, an Internet lounge as well as indoor parking with valet service.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact hotel for rates.
Contact hotel directly. Toll-Free: 1-800-463-6283

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Monday, June 15 - Arrival and Check-In/Welcome Dinner/Orientation
Afternoon: Arrivals and transfers to the program hotel in Quebec City in the afternoon; check-in is 4:00 pm.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel

Evening: Following dinner, you will meet for introductions, a review of the program and site orientation. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Lodging: Manoir Victoria Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located in the heart of historic, culturally vibrant, gastronomic and romantic Old Québec, the unique 4-star European-style hotel extends a warm and friendly welcome in an inviting decor and spectacular surroundings that have been delighting visitors for centuries. The popularity of the Hotel Manoir Victoria began in the early 1830’s. Named Hotel Albion at the time, it was located on the East side of Côte du Palais, i.e. across the street from the actual hotel. At the time, the Albion hotel, owned by Thomas Payne, was the best in town and a room was charged $1.50 per night. Later, the hotel name changed for Stadacona. Benjamin Trudel, owner of another hotel in Québec, bought the Stadacona in 1895, refurbished the hotel and named it “Hotel Victoria”.

Contact info:
44 cote du Palais
Quebec City, QC G1R 4H8 Canada
phone: 418-692-1030
web: www.manoir-victoria.com/english

Room amenities: Room amenities include hairdryer, individual digital thermostat, color TV with cable and remote control, complimentary high speed internet access in all rooms, alarm clock, direct access telephone, minibar ($), ), iron and ironing boards.

Facility amenities: The new Spa du Manoir offers expert body and esthetic care, an indoor pool, a sauna, a fitness centre, an Internet lounge as well as indoor parking with valet service.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact hotel for rates.
Contact hotel directly. Toll-Free: 1-800-463-6283

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, June 16 - Historic Quebec: Overview of Quebec City/Plains o...
Historic Quebec: Overview of Quebec City/Plains of Abraham/Museum of Civilization

Breakfast: Full American breakfast buffet at the hotel restaurant includes scrambled eggs, home-fried potatoes, bacon, ham, sausages, home baked beans, thin pancakes and French toasts.

Morning: A power point presentation by a local historian entitled "The History of Québec City" will give you an excellent overview of Québec City from its founding to the present day. Learn about the principal historical events that occurred here. The city was awarded its World Heritage City designation in 1985 based partially on the preservation of the fortifications around the Old Town, which date from 1745. This area has a distinct European feel with its stone buildings and winding streets lined with shops and restaurants.



Following the presentation we will explore the Plains of Abraham by coach. With commentary provided by our local expert, discover the site of many clashes for supremacy between the French and British Empires. The park is the scene of the 1759 Conquest, which changed the fate of North America. Apart from its historical past, the park is to Québec what Central Park and Hyde Park are to New York and London: a city park of outstanding value, the lungs of the city.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon: Explore the Museum of Civilization, the city’s most popular museum, located close to the historic site of Place-Royale. This internationally renowned museum features four permanent and six temporary thematic exhibitions. Meet a local expert who will take you through the “People of Québec, Now and Then”. This exhibit focuses on life in the province of Québec throughout the centuries of European habitation, which encourages discovery of artifacts, photos and recreations of historic and domestic scenes. Immerse yourself in the ups and downs, the successes and setbacks, intense heat and extreme cold of a history that belongs to all those who have lived in and built Québec.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: Continue getting to know your fellow adventurers, explore the local galleries and shops on your own or enjoy the hotel’s facilities.

Lodging: Manoir Victoria Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located in the heart of historic, culturally vibrant, gastronomic and romantic Old Québec, the unique 4-star European-style hotel extends a warm and friendly welcome in an inviting decor and spectacular surroundings that have been delighting visitors for centuries. The popularity of the Hotel Manoir Victoria began in the early 1830’s. Named Hotel Albion at the time, it was located on the East side of Côte du Palais, i.e. across the street from the actual hotel. At the time, the Albion hotel, owned by Thomas Payne, was the best in town and a room was charged $1.50 per night. Later, the hotel name changed for Stadacona. Benjamin Trudel, owner of another hotel in Québec, bought the Stadacona in 1895, refurbished the hotel and named it “Hotel Victoria”.

Contact info:
44 cote du Palais
Quebec City, QC G1R 4H8 Canada
phone: 418-692-1030
web: www.manoir-victoria.com/english

Room amenities: Room amenities include hairdryer, individual digital thermostat, color TV with cable and remote control, complimentary high speed internet access in all rooms, alarm clock, direct access telephone, minibar ($), ), iron and ironing boards.

Facility amenities: The new Spa du Manoir offers expert body and esthetic care, an indoor pool, a sauna, a fitness centre, an Internet lounge as well as indoor parking with valet service.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact hotel for rates.
Contact hotel directly. Toll-Free: 1-800-463-6283

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, June 17 - Quebec Architecture: Guided Architectural Walk/Ur...
Breakfast: Full American breakfast buffet at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Set out on foot to with a local expert to explore the city’s architecture on a guided walk through the historic Old City. Start at the Lower Town and Place Royale, known as the cradle of French civilization in North America with its fine stone merchant houses and Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church. Uncover the charming commercial district of rue du Petit-Champlain and continue on to the Cathedral-Basilica Notre-Dame-de-Québec, site of the first diocese in Canada.



Arriving at Place d'Armes, visit the monument of Samuel de Champlain, Father of New France and founder of Québec City who established his first “abitation” here in 1608. Dufferin Terrace offers magnificent views of the mountains, St. Lawrence River, Lower Town and the star-shaped Citadel. Examine how Québec's defenses developed under the French and English regimes and learn about the cannons, loopholes, Artillery Park, and fortresses that are part of Quebec's fortifications.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon: Learn about the educational mission of the Ursuline nuns and their way of life. The Ursulines' landed in New France in 1639 and concerned themselves with the education of girls, both French and Native. The Convent is the oldest institution of its kind in North America. The Chapel dates from the early 20th century and preserves the interior decor of the original 1730s chapel. Much of the carving is the work of Québec’s master-sculptor Pierre-Noël Levasseur. There are also paintings by French masters of the 17th and 18th centuries. The Ursulines museum contains one of the richest ethnographic and artistic collections passed down from the early days of New France, including exquisite embroidery worked by the nuns.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: Take some time to independently explore the city. Venture downtown, take in a show or stroll the cobblestone streets.

Lodging: Manoir Victoria Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located in the heart of historic, culturally vibrant, gastronomic and romantic Old Québec, the unique 4-star European-style hotel extends a warm and friendly welcome in an inviting decor and spectacular surroundings that have been delighting visitors for centuries. The popularity of the Hotel Manoir Victoria began in the early 1830’s. Named Hotel Albion at the time, it was located on the East side of Côte du Palais, i.e. across the street from the actual hotel. At the time, the Albion hotel, owned by Thomas Payne, was the best in town and a room was charged $1.50 per night. Later, the hotel name changed for Stadacona. Benjamin Trudel, owner of another hotel in Québec, bought the Stadacona in 1895, refurbished the hotel and named it “Hotel Victoria”.

Contact info:
44 cote du Palais
Quebec City, QC G1R 4H8 Canada
phone: 418-692-1030
web: www.manoir-victoria.com/english

Room amenities: Room amenities include hairdryer, individual digital thermostat, color TV with cable and remote control, complimentary high speed internet access in all rooms, alarm clock, direct access telephone, minibar ($), ), iron and ironing boards.

Facility amenities: The new Spa du Manoir offers expert body and esthetic care, an indoor pool, a sauna, a fitness centre, an Internet lounge as well as indoor parking with valet service.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact hotel for rates.
Contact hotel directly. Toll-Free: 1-800-463-6283

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Thursday, June 18 - Quebec Archaeology/Musée National des Beaux Arts ...
Breakfast: Full American breakfast buffet at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Meet with the Chief Archaeologist for the City of Québec. Mr. Moss has promoted the archaeological heritage of the city for thirty years. He participated in a series of seminars held in Jamestown (Virginia) in 2007, Québec City (Québec) in 2008 and Santa Fe (New Mexico) in 2009. With his archaeologist's eye, he compares each city at the moment of its founding and the manner this event was commemorated four hundred years later.

Lunch: Lunch is at the Museum Cafe

Afternoon: We will meet a museum expert at The National Museum of Fine Arts for an in-depth presentation and examination of the works of art. Musée National des Beaux Arts du Québec is home to the most important collection of paintings and sculpture by Québécois artists. Over 22,000 selections of works are displayed in three chronological exhibitions: The earliest date from the beginnings of Québécois art and are largely influenced by religion. The second covers the European-influenced modernist period up to 1945. The third showcases figurative and abstract art from the mid-20th century.

Dinner: Dinner on your own will give you time to unwind, relax and dine at your leisure.

Lodging: Manoir Victoria Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located in the heart of historic, culturally vibrant, gastronomic and romantic Old Québec, the unique 4-star European-style hotel extends a warm and friendly welcome in an inviting decor and spectacular surroundings that have been delighting visitors for centuries. The popularity of the Hotel Manoir Victoria began in the early 1830’s. Named Hotel Albion at the time, it was located on the East side of Côte du Palais, i.e. across the street from the actual hotel. At the time, the Albion hotel, owned by Thomas Payne, was the best in town and a room was charged $1.50 per night. Later, the hotel name changed for Stadacona. Benjamin Trudel, owner of another hotel in Québec, bought the Stadacona in 1895, refurbished the hotel and named it “Hotel Victoria”.

Contact info:
44 cote du Palais
Quebec City, QC G1R 4H8 Canada
phone: 418-692-1030
web: www.manoir-victoria.com/english

Room amenities: Room amenities include hairdryer, individual digital thermostat, color TV with cable and remote control, complimentary high speed internet access in all rooms, alarm clock, direct access telephone, minibar ($), ), iron and ironing boards.

Facility amenities: The new Spa du Manoir offers expert body and esthetic care, an indoor pool, a sauna, a fitness centre, an Internet lounge as well as indoor parking with valet service.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact hotel for rates.
Contact hotel directly. Toll-Free: 1-800-463-6283

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Friday, June 19 - Cultural Quebec: Culinary Exploration/Marché du V...
Cultural Quebec: Culinary Exploration/Marché du Vieux-Port/Rue St Jean/Chateau Frontenac

Breakfast: Full American breakfast buffet at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Meet with a local French food expert and embark on a gastronomical adventure exploring the European style food district and the Old Port Market. We will have the opportunity to learn about present day society on a guided walk and tasting of St. Jean Street and the Old Port Market meeting with local vendors and shop owners, specializing in Quebec produce and sampling specialty foods, artisanal cheeses, meats and other local products. This has been a tradition stretching back more than three centuries. Built on the site of Marché Saint-André (1841) and in the same style, Marché du Vieux-Port is a reminder of a time when country folk would meet and exchange with city folk.

Lunch: Lunch on your own to enjoy local fare or join the Group Leader (at a local restaurant).

Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore this historical city on your own.

Dinner: On our final night together we will have a special farewell dinner at Le Château Frontenac where food lovers from around the world have enjoyed the art of Quebec fine dining for more than 100 years. It is a tradition of cuisine which continually innovates in its blend of the original and the creative; dine in a relaxed setting with an incomparable view of the St-Lawrence River and Dufferin Terrace.

Evening: After dinner it is time to reflect on our experience and say goodbye to new friends. Take the opportunity to enjoy the hotel’s facilities or rest up for the journey home.

Lodging: Manoir Victoria Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Six: Saturday, June 20 - Program Concludes/Departures
Breakfast: Full American breakfast buffet at the hotel at 7:30 am.

Morning: Departures from Quebec City after breakfast as per individual travel plans. Check-out is 12:00 noon. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Quebec City, Quebec
Cruise on the St. LawrenceSet sail with our costumed guide, Louis Jolliet on a captivating cruise on the St. Lawrence River. Discover the history of Quebec City, the river and the surroundings. Navigate from the Cap Diamant to the Montmorency Falls. This Maritime Excursion is a fascinating cruise and the perfect occasion to admire the breathtaking beauty of Québec City, as seen from the river. Relax on our outside terraces as you learn about the city, its fortifications and surroundings. There are also a number of other cruises available on their web site.
For additional information, visit: www.croisieresaml.com/en/
Musee du FortThe Musee du Fort presents an original and unique sound and light show on the military history of Québec City. The Musee is centrally located in front of the Hotel Chateau Frontenac.
For additional information, visit: www.museedufort.com/site/home_en.html
Quebec Parliament BuildingThe most important historical site in Québec City. The Parliament Building is an imposing structure comprising four wings that form a square of about 100 metres (330') per side. One of the few buildings in North America whose architecture in Second Empire style. The tour of the Parliament Building includes the National Assembly Chamber (where the members of provincial parliament sit) with its Renaissance architecture and the Legislative Council Chamber (standing committees have been held here since 1968).
For additional information, visit: www.assnat.qc.ca/en/visiteurs/index.html

Important information about your itinerary:
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12 meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
2 Expert-led lectures
6 Field trips

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