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9 Days | 8 Nights
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Itinerary for Oct 13 — Oct 21, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: This all-suites hotel is situated in the heart of historic Old Montréal. It is within walking distance of Notre Dame Basilica, museums, and some of the finest restaurants in the city. The rejuvenated Old Port of Montréal is just a few steps away. The underground Metro is close by to whisk you through the city, as is the lively area of Chinatown. .

Contact info:
445 rue St-Jean Baptiste
Montreal, QC H2Y 2Z7 Canada
phone: 514-875-4333
web: www.springhillsuites.com

Room amenities: The hotel provides complimentary in-room coffee, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, microwave fridge and self-laundry facilities. complimentary wireless highspeed internet access.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for current prices.
Call the Marriott SpringHill Old Montreal Office: Local number (514) 875-4333 or 1-866-875-4333 or E-Mail: shsreservations@marriott.com . ask for the special rate program of: SN Tourisme/Road Scholar) You could book on line at www.springhillmontreal.com/en, 1. Click on Marriott.com. 2. Put your date request 3.Click on special rates. 4.Click on senior discount box or use the special SNU in the corporate/promotional code box and confirm your reservation.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, October 13 - Check-In and Orientation
Arrive To: Independent arrivals and check- in.

Dinner: Welcoming-dinner in a gracious French restaurant and introduction to fellow participants and your coordinator. The coordinator will act as your premier resource in making the most of independent study time, offering local knowledge and insider tips to ensure you discover Montreal beyond the city's highlights. An introduction to Montreal's Museums Pass, which is included in the program cost and provides access to public transportation and the city's most important museums.

Lodging: Marriott Springhill Suite Vieux Montreal

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: This all-suites hotel is situated in the heart of historic Old Montréal. It is within walking distance of Notre Dame Basilica, museums, and some of the finest restaurants in the city. The rejuvenated Old Port of Montréal is just a few steps away. The underground Metro is close by to whisk you through the city, as is the lively area of Chinatown. .

Contact info:
445 rue St-Jean Baptiste
Montreal, QC H2Y 2Z7 Canada
phone: 514-875-4333
web: www.springhillsuites.com

Room amenities: The hotel provides complimentary in-room coffee, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, microwave fridge and self-laundry facilities. complimentary wireless highspeed internet access.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for current prices.
Call the Marriott SpringHill Old Montreal Office: Local number (514) 875-4333 or 1-866-875-4333 or E-Mail: shsreservations@marriott.com . ask for the special rate program of: SN Tourisme/Road Scholar) You could book on line at www.springhillmontreal.com/en, 1. Click on Marriott.com. 2. Put your date request 3.Click on special rates. 4.Click on senior discount box or use the special SNU in the corporate/promotional code box and confirm your reservation.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, October 14 - Montreal Architecture, History and Old Montreal d...
Breakfast: Varied, buffet-style breakfast, including waffles and fruit.

Morning: Attend an engaging talk on the history of Quebec and Canada and the role of Montreal in their social, economic and cultural development. We then depart for a guided tour of Old Montréal, focusing on its history and architecture.

Afternoon: In the afternoon, you will be invited to independently explore Old Montreal; the port, the Pointe-à-Callière Museum of Archaeology (built on the very foundations of the city), the Bonsecours Market (Quebec Arts & Craft s -featuring top-quality “made in Québec” creations) and a popular street known for its art galleries.

Dinner: 5:30 - 6:30 Cocktail Hour: Early each evening, you're invited to join our concierge for drinks (Dutch Treat), to share the highlights of your day, and plan your evening.

Dinner is on your own to explore the multitude of Montreal eateries. Our coordinator will offer guidance and suggestions. For this dinner, a reservation will be made by your coordinator in one of Montreal's fine restaurants for anyone who wishes to accompany her. (Optional)

Evening: After dinner, enjoy the excitement of more independent discovery. Our coordinator will have plenty of suggestions for where you can go and what you can do, from performances, festivals and events to discovering favorite Montrealais hangouts

Lodging: Marriott Springhill Suite Vieux Montreal

Meals Included: Breakfast

Type: Hotel

Description: This all-suites hotel is situated in the heart of historic Old Montréal. It is within walking distance of Notre Dame Basilica, museums, and some of the finest restaurants in the city. The rejuvenated Old Port of Montréal is just a few steps away. The underground Metro is close by to whisk you through the city, as is the lively area of Chinatown. .

Contact info:
445 rue St-Jean Baptiste
Montreal, QC H2Y 2Z7 Canada
phone: 514-875-4333
web: www.springhillsuites.com

Room amenities: The hotel provides complimentary in-room coffee, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, microwave fridge and self-laundry facilities. complimentary wireless highspeed internet access.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for current prices.
Call the Marriott SpringHill Old Montreal Office: Local number (514) 875-4333 or 1-866-875-4333 or E-Mail: shsreservations@marriott.com . ask for the special rate program of: SN Tourisme/Road Scholar) You could book on line at www.springhillmontreal.com/en, 1. Click on Marriott.com. 2. Put your date request 3.Click on special rates. 4.Click on senior discount box or use the special SNU in the corporate/promotional code box and confirm your reservation.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, October 15 - Facets of Daily Life in Montreal: Yesterday and T...
Breakfast: Varied, buffet-style breakfast, including waffles and fruit.

Morning: This second day of discovering Montreal will be dedicated to three of the city's star attractions: the surprising "Underground City", theater District and the Golden Square Mile, including the renown McGill University and the magnificent Museum of Fine Arts.

Afternoon: In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to further acquaint yourself with the Golden Square Mile, exploring its impressive art galleries, imposing 19th century houses, and grand museums, including the stately McCord Museum.

Dinner: 5:30 - 6:30 Cocktail Hour: Early each evening, you're invited to join our coordinator for drinks (optional), to share the highlights of your day, and plan your evening.

The hotel is ideally located as a base to explore the wonders of Montreals restaurant scene. Our coordinator will offer suggestions and directions to local favorites.

Evening: After dinner, enjoy the excitement of more independent discovery. Our coordinator will have plenty of suggestions for where you can go and what you can do, from performances, festivals and events to discovering favorite Montrealais hangouts

Lodging: Marriott Springhill Suite Vieux Montreal

Meals Included: Breakfast

Type: Hotel

Description: This all-suites hotel is situated in the heart of historic Old Montréal. It is within walking distance of Notre Dame Basilica, museums, and some of the finest restaurants in the city. The rejuvenated Old Port of Montréal is just a few steps away. The underground Metro is close by to whisk you through the city, as is the lively area of Chinatown. .

Contact info:
445 rue St-Jean Baptiste
Montreal, QC H2Y 2Z7 Canada
phone: 514-875-4333
web: www.springhillsuites.com

Room amenities: The hotel provides complimentary in-room coffee, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, microwave fridge and self-laundry facilities. complimentary wireless highspeed internet access.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for current prices.
Call the Marriott SpringHill Old Montreal Office: Local number (514) 875-4333 or 1-866-875-4333 or E-Mail: shsreservations@marriott.com . ask for the special rate program of: SN Tourisme/Road Scholar) You could book on line at www.springhillmontreal.com/en, 1. Click on Marriott.com. 2. Put your date request 3.Click on special rates. 4.Click on senior discount box or use the special SNU in the corporate/promotional code box and confirm your reservation.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, October 16 - Food-Lovers' Guide to Neighborhoods/History of im...
Breakfast: Varied, buffet-style breakfast, including waffles and fruit.

Morning: This is a day for food lovers. Our specialized guide will lead you on an adventure through the many flavors of Montreal, strolling along beloved Saint-Laurent Boulevard. Here you'll discover many colourful restaurants, brought to the city by the different ethnic communities that have settled along the length of the street over time. We will finish our food lovers' tour at the Jean-Talon public market in Little Italy, a favourite meeting place of Montrealers. Savour the doughnuts found only in Chinatown... Jewish Bagels... Portugals' renowned egg tarts (Pasteis de nata)... true italian coffee and an array of Quebec products at the public market.

Afternoon: In the afternoon, you can continue exploring Montreal in the direction of the prestigious Botanical Garden and the surprising Biodome: a museum that recreates some of the most beautiful ecosystems of the Americas.

Dinner: Farewell to Montreal dinner in a landmark restaurant in Old Montreal. Review the days discoveries with fellow participants and enjoy local input from our coordinator.

Evening: After dinner, enjoy a chance to explore or revisit a favorite Montreal cafe with new friends. Our coordinator will have plenty of suggestions for where you can go and what you can do, from performances, festivals and events to discovering favorite Montrealais hangouts

Lodging: Marriott Springhill Suite Vieux Montreal

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: 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.

Contact info:
44, cote du Palais
Quebec City, QC G1R 4H8 Canada
phone: 800-463-6283
web: www.manoir-victoria.com

Room amenities: Hairdryer (ll0 volts), Individual digital thermostat, Colour TV, Alarm clock, Direct access telephone, Movies($), Iron and ironing board, Free Wifi internet access, coffee-maker.

Facility amenities: Indoor pool and Sauna, Health Club, Internet Lounge in lobby gives you the opportunity to use the hotel equipment and software. Free Wi-fi access in the room.

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

Additional nights after: Contact hotel for rates.
Call Hotel Manoir Victoria and indicate that you are with Road Scholar Program.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Five: Thursday, October 17 - Basilica de Notre-Dame de Montréal
Breakfast: Varied, buffet-style breakfast, including waffles and fruit.

Morning: An unforgettable visit to the Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal featuring an exclusive presentation of the fabulous organ by the Basilica's titular organist. The visit is followed by a transfer to Quebec City by train (train ride 3.25 hours).

Afternoon: Check-in at the Hotel Manoir Victoria.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Evening: After dinner, stroll with your concierge through the streets of the Old City to the famous Château Frontenac to form your first impressions of Quebec and discover the city.

Lodging: Hotel Manoir Victoria

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: 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.

Contact info:
44, cote du Palais
Quebec City, QC G1R 4H8 Canada
phone: 800-463-6283
web: www.manoir-victoria.com

Room amenities: Hairdryer (ll0 volts), Individual digital thermostat, Colour TV, Alarm clock, Direct access telephone, Movies($), Iron and ironing board, Free Wifi internet access, coffee-maker.

Facility amenities: Indoor pool and Sauna, Health Club, Internet Lounge in lobby gives you the opportunity to use the hotel equipment and software. Free Wi-fi access in the room.

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

Additional nights after: Contact hotel for rates.
Call Hotel Manoir Victoria and indicate that you are with Road Scholar Program.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Six: Friday, October 18 - Old Quebec City/Architecture and History
Breakfast: Breakfast is on your own. There are many options from a simple pastry and coffee to a full cooked breakfast at nearby cafes. The hotel also offers breakfast for an additional charge.

Morning: Accompanied by our specialist guide, head off to discover Quebec, with its eclectic architecture, streets and monuments: eloquent, perfectly conserved testaments to its evolution. Enjoy the city's uniquely European atmosphere, enchanting setting and friendly inhabitants.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at the famous Château Frontenac, one of the landmarks of Quebec City and the most photographed hotel in the world. The Château, which boasts a fascinating history, owes its name to a flamboyant French governor, the Count of Frontenac, who guided the destiny of New France from 1672 to 1698. Bon appétit!

Afternoon: In the afternoon, explore the lower part of Old Quebec near the river and enjoy Petit Champlain, one of the most appreciated neighborhoods in Quebec City, known for its architecture, street performers, boutiques, craftsmen, art galleries and the Museum of Civilization. 5:30 - 6:30 Cocktail in a local bistro (optional).

Dinner: After meeting for cocktails at the bistro (optional) dinner is on your own to explore the varied and exciting Quebec City dining opportunities

Evening: After dinner, enjoy the excitement of more independent discovery. Our coordinator will have plenty of suggestions for where you can go and what you can do.

Lodging: Hotel Manoir Victoria

Meals Included: Lunch
Type: 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.

Contact info:
44, cote du Palais
Quebec City, QC G1R 4H8 Canada
phone: 800-463-6283
web: www.manoir-victoria.com

Room amenities: Hairdryer (ll0 volts), Individual digital thermostat, Colour TV, Alarm clock, Direct access telephone, Movies($), Iron and ironing board, Free Wifi internet access, coffee-maker.

Facility amenities: Indoor pool and Sauna, Health Club, Internet Lounge in lobby gives you the opportunity to use the hotel equipment and software. Free Wi-fi access in the room.

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

Additional nights after: Contact hotel for rates.
Call Hotel Manoir Victoria and indicate that you are with Road Scholar Program.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Seven: Saturday, October 19 - Distinctive Features of French America, The Polit...
Distinctive Features of French America, The Political and Social System.

Breakfast: Breakfast is on your own. There are many options from a simple pastry and coffee to a full cooked breakfast at nearby cafes. The hotel also offers breakfast for an additional charge.

Morning: Our second full day in Quebec City is dedicated to an intimate visit designed exclusively for our group. Strategically located on the heights overlooking the Saint Lawrence River, Quebec City is the first major milestone on the road leading to the foundation of Canada. A visit to the Residence of the Governor General of Canada, within the walls of the Citadel, will help you understand the region's unusual geopolitical journey over the course of history as well as how the province functions today. This private tour includes access to a unique exhibition of Canadian artists.

Lunch: Lunch at Musée National des Beaux-Arts de Quebec’s restaurant.

Afternoon: In the afternoon, you can explore the famous Plains of Abraham, a magnificent 267-acre urban park composed of plains, woods and gardens. It is also the setting for the National Fine Arts Museum of Quebec. Discover this exceptional museum dedicated to the works of the best artists of the region at your own pace, continuing on to its surprising annex, the former prison of Quebec, home today to a remarkable and imposing collection of Inuit art. 5:30 - 6:30 pm Cocktail hour in a local pub (optional).

Dinner: After meeting for cocktails at the local pub dinner is on your own to explore the varied and exciting Quebec City dining opportunities.

Evening: The evening is free to stroll the Old Town or enjoy coffee and a digestif in a cafe or bar.

Lodging: Hotel Manoir Victoria

Meals Included: Lunch
Type: 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.

Contact info:
44, cote du Palais
Quebec City, QC G1R 4H8 Canada
phone: 800-463-6283
web: www.manoir-victoria.com

Room amenities: Hairdryer (ll0 volts), Individual digital thermostat, Colour TV, Alarm clock, Direct access telephone, Movies($), Iron and ironing board, Free Wifi internet access, coffee-maker.

Facility amenities: Indoor pool and Sauna, Health Club, Internet Lounge in lobby gives you the opportunity to use the hotel equipment and software. Free Wi-fi access in the room.

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

Additional nights after: Contact hotel for rates.
Call Hotel Manoir Victoria and indicate that you are with Road Scholar Program.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Eight: Sunday, October 20 - Quebec City Today
Breakfast: Breakfast is on your own. There are many options from a simple pastry and coffee to a full cooked breakfast at nearby cafes. The hotel also offers breakfast for an additional charge.

Morning: Meet a professional who has been involved for several years in Quebec's political scene at a government level and who will situate you more firmly in the social universe of present day Quebec to help you understand its health and educational systems, its nationalist leanings and the challenges that lie ahead for the province. It's a meeting that will surely spark some rewarding discussions among participants.

Afternoon: On the third day, you can continue exploring Quebec City (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and what is known as New Quebec. A list of suggestions for individual exploration and other activities will complement the program. Options include a walk on the Grande Promenade Samuel-De Champlain along the Saint Lawrence River and a visit to the Public Market.

Dinner: Farewell dinner. On our final evening we will enjoy dinner together with our Quebecer friends at a renowned restaurant in Old Quebec for its local gastronomy.

Lodging: Hotel Manoir Victoria

Meals Included: Dinner
Day Nine: Monday, October 21 - Independent Departures.
Morning: Early Morning Departures At Leisure – Hotel Check out by Noon


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8 nights of accommodations
10 meals: 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
6 Field trips
1 Performances

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