Our exploration of Upper Town begins 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 restaurantAfternoon: Explore Musée de l'Amérique francophone, the museum traces the history of the Francophone culture in North America and abroad. Discover the most beautiful religious heritage treasures from the Séminaire de Québec collection, learn about the evolution of the Francophone culture, and its interdependence with other cultures.
Then set out on foot 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.
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 HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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 restaurantAfternoon: 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.
A presentation with a local expert will examine Quebec - from traditional to modern society.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 HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Next we examine the archeological heritage of Quebec City with a Parks Canada expert at the dig site near the Dufferin Terrace, overlooking the St. Lawrence River. Next to the Saint-Louis Fort, which Champlain erected at the top of the cliff, this site is a history lover’s dream. Explore the remnants of this first fort, revealed by archaeologists. Digs have uncovered part of the foundation of the eastern wall of the first Château Saint-Louis, built by the first official governor of the colony in 1648. Revisit the past in the company of a Parks Canada guide as you discover the lifestyle of French and British governors who inhabited the sites. The digs have generated a large quantity of artifacts including Normandy stoneware and French terracotta, bones from birds, pottery from the Netherlands, Dutch or English pipes, beads for the fur trade, and a papal insignia.
Lunch: Lunch is at the café at Musée National des Beaux Arts du Québec.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: 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 HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner