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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 Aug 11 — Aug 16, 2014

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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: 5:30 PM


Day One: Monday, August 11 - Arrival and Registration/Orientation
Afternoon: ARRIVAL AND CHECK-IN: Independent arrivals and transfers to the program hotel in Quebec City in the afternoon; check-in to the hotel after 3:00 pm. Please note that rooms are not generally available until mid to late afternoon.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: INTRODUCTIONS: Following dinner, you will meet for introductions, a review of the program and site orientation. Take the rest of the evening to become acquainted with your fellow participants or stroll around the local area. You are embarking on a learning adventure to discover Quebec's vibrant culture and history through a broad range of presentations and exciting field trips led by some of Quebec's most knowledgeable and engaging experts. You will explore the heart of Old Quebec's Upper and Lower Towns, discovering many of the most important sites, institutions, and monuments along the way. This exciting new program embodies the best that Quebec City has to offer!

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: 5:30 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, August 12 - 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: PRESENTATION: History of Quebec City. 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. FIELD TRIP: Plains of Abraham. Following the presentation on the history of Old Quebec City, 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: FIELD TRIP: The Museum of Civilization. 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 a two course dinner at Le Patriarche; a choice of three entrées from a menu featuring Quebec products. This 1827 heritage home-turned-restaurant is set in a decor inspired by its old stone walls and imbued with a unique architectural cachet.

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: 5:30 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, August 13 - Quebec Architecture: Guided Architectural Walk/Go...
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: FIELD TRIP: 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: FIELD TRIP: The Good Shepherd Museum makes you discover the captivating story of the Good Shepherd Sisters of Québec, a community founded in the heart of Quebec City in 1850. Set in a magnificent historic building erected between 1878 and 1887, the Museum also provides a comprehensive analysis on the social history of marginalized women and abandoned children during the 19th and 20th centuries.

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: 5:30 PM


Day Four: Thursday, August 14 - Jamestown, Quebec, Sante Fe: The 400th Anniversar...
Jamestown, Quebec, Sante Fe: The 400th Anniversary of Three Founding Cities/Musée National des Beaux Arts du Québec

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: PRESENTATION: Jamestown, Québec, Santa Fe : The 400th Anniversary of Three Founding Cities. Chief Archaeologist for the City of Québec, Mr. Moss has worked for the knowledge and the promotion of 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: FIELD TRIP: The National Museum of Fine Arts. We will meet a museum expert 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: 5:30 PM


Day Five: Friday, August 15 - 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 includes scrambled eggs, home-fried potatoes, bacon, ham, sausages, home baked beans, thin pancakes and French toasts.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: French Gastronomy. We will 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, August 16 - Independent departures
Breakfast: Full American breakfast buffet at the hotel at 7:30 am. Includes scrambled eggs, home-fried potatoes, bacon, ham, sausages, home baked beans, thin pancakes and French toasts.

Morning: Independent departures from Quebec City after breakfast. Check-out of the hotel is 12:00 noon.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Quebec City, Quebec
Cruise on the St. LawrenceSet sail with our costumed guide, Louos 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

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12 meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
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