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QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC

New Year at Château Frontenac: The Holiday Splendor of Quebec City

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Program #21226RJ
5 Days | 4 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.
If you’re looking for a more flexible schedule with ample independent time and several meals on your own, then our FLEX learning adventures are made for you.

Itinerary for Dec 29 — Jan 2, 2014

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Type: Five-Star Hotel

Description: Fairmont Le Château Frontenac Standing high on a bluff overlooking the mighty St. Lawrence River, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac is not merely a hotel located in the heart of Old Québec - it is the heart of Old Québec. Offering exquisite dining opportunities, superior meeting facilities and a distinctive charm, this stately hotel stands above historic Old Québec, a United Nations World Heritage Site. Easy walking access to all of the wonderful sites and experiences that Old Québec has to offer. Your stay at this renovated historic hotel guarantees you a memorable and inspiring stay in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Contact info:
1 rue des Carrières
Quebec, QC G1R 4P5 Canada
phone: 866-540-4460
web: www.fairmont.com/frontenac

Room amenities: Air-conditioning, alarm clock-radio, cable television, high speed internet connection, Coffee/Tea maker,Hair dryer, iron and ironing board, telephone equipped with voice-mail and cordless phone.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Please call for current rates
Call directly at the hotel or book online and request the senior discount.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, December 29 - Independent Arrivals & Check-In, Registration & O...
Independent Arrivals & Check-In, Registration & Orientation, Introduction to Québec City & Christmas Traditions

Afternoon: Following your independent arrival, HOTEL CHECK-IN begins at 4:00pm. Get your room assignment then at 5:30pm come over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet containing the most up-to-date schedule of program activities and general information on your stay.
Shortly thereafter, we’ll gather for an ORIENTATION session for introductions, to review the program schedule, note any updates, review roles and responsibilities, address safety issues, and answer any questions you may have.

Dinner: Enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant in the heart of Old Québec, a 5-minute walk from the Château Frontenac. After dinner, stroll with your coordinator through the streets of the Old City to the famous Terrasse Dufferin to form your first impressions of Quebec and discover the city or return to the hotel after dinner.

Lodging: Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Five-Star Hotel

Description: Fairmont Le Château Frontenac Standing high on a bluff overlooking the mighty St. Lawrence River, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac is not merely a hotel located in the heart of Old Québec - it is the heart of Old Québec. Offering exquisite dining opportunities, superior meeting facilities and a distinctive charm, this stately hotel stands above historic Old Québec, a United Nations World Heritage Site. Easy walking access to all of the wonderful sites and experiences that Old Québec has to offer. Your stay at this renovated historic hotel guarantees you a memorable and inspiring stay in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Contact info:
1 rue des Carrières
Quebec, QC G1R 4P5 Canada
phone: 866-540-4460
web: www.fairmont.com/frontenac

Room amenities: Air-conditioning, alarm clock-radio, cable television, high speed internet connection, Coffee/Tea maker,Hair dryer, iron and ironing board, telephone equipped with voice-mail and cordless phone.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Please call for current rates
Call directly at the hotel or book online and request the senior discount.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, December 30 - Old Québec City: History, Architecture and the Sp...
Breakfast: We'll enjoy a breakfast buffet in the restaurant at the Frontenac with a wide variety of options amid opulent seasonal surroundings. The Chateau embraces its role as the “star” atop the city’s figurative Christmas tree with a beautiful display of decorations and a wonderful sense of revelry and bonhomie.

Morning: PRESENTATION: A local expert will tell you about the history of Québec City — the birthplace of French America and the first settlement in Canada. You’ll learn how winter has shaped the military and political destiny of Québec, how residents deal with it in their daily lives, and get an overview of Québecois culture and Christmas traditions.
This program is based at one of the world’s most historic and charming hotels, in one of the world’s most historic and charming cities, within easy walking distance to all that Old Québec has to offer. Part of the learning experience will consist of delighting in the city itself decked out in a magical array of seasonal lights and decorations. The spirit of Christmas radiates throughout Québec City, and Christmas at the Château Frontenac is truly unique and special.

Lunch: We’ll lunch out to savor traditional food of Québec at the renowned restaurant Aux Anciens Canadiens, located in the oldest house in the city (1675). Its thick walls, solid joints, marvelous wainscoting and recessed cupboards are characteristic of the houses constructed during that era. Specialties of the house include a "tourtière" meat pie and an exquisite maple dessert.

Afternoon: After lunch, led by our expert historian-guide, explore the neighborhood surrounding the Château Frontenac. We’ll walk along narrow streets to illustrious monuments and significant buildings that eloquently illustrate aspects of the city's history and architecture. The spirit of Christmas is all around you, from exquisitely decorated storefronts to beautifully-lit cobbled alleys — a wondrous scene to behold.

Dinner: Dinner is on your own to explore the varied and exciting Quebec City dining opportunities. Suggestions will be made.

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: Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac

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

Description: Fairmont Le Château Frontenac Standing high on a bluff overlooking the mighty St. Lawrence River, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac is not merely a hotel located in the heart of Old Québec - it is the heart of Old Québec. Offering exquisite dining opportunities, superior meeting facilities and a distinctive charm, this stately hotel stands above historic Old Québec, a United Nations World Heritage Site. Easy walking access to all of the wonderful sites and experiences that Old Québec has to offer. Your stay at this renovated historic hotel guarantees you a memorable and inspiring stay in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Contact info:
1 rue des Carrières
Quebec, QC G1R 4P5 Canada
phone: 866-540-4460
web: www.fairmont.com/frontenac

Room amenities: Air-conditioning, alarm clock-radio, cable television, high speed internet connection, Coffee/Tea maker,Hair dryer, iron and ironing board, telephone equipped with voice-mail and cordless phone.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Please call for current rates
Call directly at the hotel or book online and request the senior discount.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, December 31 - New Year Eve: National Museum of Fine Arts, tradi...
New Year Eve: National Museum of Fine Arts, traditions and Celebrations.

Breakfast: We'll enjoy a breakfast buffet in the restaurant Cafe de la Terrasse at the Frontenac with a wide variety of options amid opulent seasonal surroundings.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (National Museum of Fine Arts). The museum is located in Battlefields Park, also known as the Plains of Abraham, a site of exceptional beauty and significance in Canadian history. You’ll hear about the fascinating history of the museum itself — comprising three buildings, styles, and periods — and of course its impressive collections including 35,000 works by 4,000 artists, dating from the 17th Century to the present.

Lunch: Lunch on your own. Suggestions will be made.

Afternoon: Workshop on local musical traditions in the company of jig dancers, callers and square dancers at Place Royale (optional).

Dinner: 7:00 PM Dinner in one of Quebec's fine restaurants (5 minutes walk from the hotel).

Evening: Take part of the outdoor New Year’s Eve celebration: traditional music show, dance, big countdown, and midnight fireworks.

Lodging: Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Five-Star Hotel

Description: Fairmont Le Château Frontenac Standing high on a bluff overlooking the mighty St. Lawrence River, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac is not merely a hotel located in the heart of Old Québec - it is the heart of Old Québec. Offering exquisite dining opportunities, superior meeting facilities and a distinctive charm, this stately hotel stands above historic Old Québec, a United Nations World Heritage Site. Easy walking access to all of the wonderful sites and experiences that Old Québec has to offer. Your stay at this renovated historic hotel guarantees you a memorable and inspiring stay in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Contact info:
1 rue des Carrières
Quebec, QC G1R 4P5 Canada
phone: 866-540-4460
web: www.fairmont.com/frontenac

Room amenities: Air-conditioning, alarm clock-radio, cable television, high speed internet connection, Coffee/Tea maker,Hair dryer, iron and ironing board, telephone equipped with voice-mail and cordless phone.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Please call for current rates
Call directly at the hotel or book online and request the senior discount.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, January 01 - New Year Brunch, Caleche Ride & Farewell Cocktail
Brunch: A Gastronomic Brunch Buffet in the famous Chateau Frontenac's Ballroom - one of the signature traditions of this grand hotel, which is the most photographed in the world and a true symbol of Quebec City.

Afternoon: Farewell Cocktail - Regroup with your coordinators for the last meeting and Let's talk about it. Quebec today - Andree and Sylvie 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: EXCURSION: New Year continues with a festive ride in an authentic calèche (horse-drawn carriage). From your cozy seat, get a different perspective on North America’s only walled city including the beautiful 19th Century Parliament building.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.Our coordinator will offer guidance and suggestions. For this dinner, a reservation will be made by Sylvie & Andree in one of Quebec's french Bistro (5 minutes walk from the hotel) for anyone who wishes to accompany them. (optional)

Lodging: Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac

Meals Included: Brunch
Day Five: Thursday, January 02 - Breakfast & Independent departure.
Breakfast: The program concludes with breakfast. Hotel check-out is 12:00 Noon.
We hope you have enjoyed this very special program and have gained an appreciation for the New Year traditions of Old Québec and its grandest and most historic hotel. Please join us for other rewarding Road Scholar programs in the future, and best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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7 meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
2 Expert-led lectures
5 Field trips
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