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Quebec Town and Country: History, Arts, Landscapes, Flavors

Program Number: 20512RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/16/2013 - 6/24/2013; 7/27/2014 - 8/4/2014; 8/24/2014 - 9/1/2014; 6/14/2015 - 6/22/2015; 7/26/2015 - 8/3/2015; 8/23/2015 - 8/31/2015; 9/13/2015 - 9/21/2015;
Duration: 8 nights
Location: Montreal, Quebec
Price starting at: $2,480.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Arts, Misc.; On the Road
Meals: 16; 7 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Learn about French Canada's history and way of life as you visit three of its most fascinating destinations by train: the multicultural metropolis of Montréal, the historic capital of Québec city, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the rural Charlevoix region along the St. Lawrence River, a World Biosphere reserve. Find an amazement of art, history and culture as you take in the views of Québec’s rustic countryside on this remarkable journey by train.




Highlights

• Journey along the spectacular mountains and seashore of Quebec onboard the new Charlevoix Touring Train.
• Discover great Canadian artists, Inuit and modern, while exploring the region’s great museums and art galleries.
• Learn about Canada’s unique “shared monarchy” at the residence of the Governor General.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles a day; some standing; some stairs.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Montreal, 3 nights; train to Quebec City, 3 nights; scenic train to Charlevoix, 1 night; scenic train to Quebec City, 1 night; departure.




Montreal

Montreal is an intoxicating blend of Old World charm and big-city excitement, from the cobblestone streets of the Old Port to the concert halls and theaters of the Place des Arts. The second-largest French-speaking city after Paris, Montreal hosts world-class museums and galleries alongside centuries-old basilicas and family-owned restaurants.



Accommodations
Montreal: Stylish hotel in Old Town. Quebec: Four-star European-style hotel. Charlevoix: Historic manor.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Sylvie Nadeau

Born and raised in Montreal, Sylvie Nadeau loves Quebec's largest city, the province's vibrant, creative multicultural hub, which she has been exploring her whole life on foot, by subway and on her bike. A professional in the travel industry for over 30 years and a recipient of several awards honoring the quality of her work, Sylvie hosts and coordinates the activities of Road Scholar groups with competence and enthusiasm. Her funny French accent and infectious joie de vivre give all her programs and tours a very personal color. A sports enthusiast, Sylvie is offering a new series for active travelers in addition to the many programs she already coordinates, all highlighting the many colors of Quebec as presented by passionate Quebecers dedicated to sharing the richness of their unique Canadian Province.
 
Andree Girard

Andrée Girard has been an active figure on the arts scene in Québec and in Canada for over 25 years. She worked as a broadcaster for CBC radio and television before becoming programming director for CBC French radio’s Chaîne culturelle for several years. She was also a founding member and director of the Conseil québécois de la musique. Over the course of her career, she has been associated with the creation of the Opus Prize, as well as the development of the Canadian Conference of the Arts.
 
Jennifer Bell

Introducing Jennifer Bell on saxophone. Jennifer was the first female recipient of a bachelor's in jazz studies from McGill University. She has made her home in Montreal since 1981 and is an active member of the thriving jazz scene there. She founded the group Streetnix in 1987 and has appeared at every edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal since. She has been an instructor of jazz combos, saxophone and jazz history at the McGill Conservatory of Music since 1985.
 
Sylvain Lacoursiere

Sylvain Lacoursière is a journalist, teacher and devoted history buff, in addition to his role as a Road Scholar instructor. With degrees in journalism and Canadian history, he has worked on three Quebec history television series and as a journalist in several media outlets. In the past 13 years, Sylvain has led more than 1,700 educational groups through the fascinating city of Montreal. Sylvain teaches history, tourism and German at the college level.
 
Michel Jutras

Originally from Montreal, Michel Jutras holds a master's degree in the management of cultural organizations and has extensive experience in leading educational excusions. Passionate about researching history, especially the history of the dietary and culinary traditions of Quebec, he is working on a large collection of ethnological texts, the first volume of which has already been published, while the second is currently being printed.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   SpringHill Suites Old Montréal
  Montreal, QC 3 nights
   Hotel Manoir Victoria
  Quebec City, QC 3 nights
   Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu
  Baie St-Paul & La Malbaie - Charlevoix 1 night
   Hotel Manoir Victoria
  Quebec City, QC 1 night
 SpringHill Suites Old Montréal
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: 455 St-Jean Baptiste
Montreal, QC H2Y 2Z7 Canada
phone: 866-875-4333
web: www.springhillsuites.com
  Room amenities: The hotel provides complimentary in-room coffee, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, microwave, fridge, complimentary high-speed internet and self-service laundry facilities.
  Facility amenities: The hotel has an indoor pool, exercise room, whirlpool and spa on-site, offering massage and treatments.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call for availability. 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. You could also contact your coordinator Sylvie at snadeau@quebecculture.travel or 1 888 569-4040 to get a registration form for the additional nights. Thanks
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 Hotel Manoir Victoria
Type: Hotel
  Description: Hôtel Manoir Victoria is a European-style hotel, situated inside the walls and in the heart of historic Old Québec. It is within walking distance of the Château Frontenac and the funicular to lower town.
  Contact info: 44 cote du Palais
Vieux-Québec
Quebec, QC G1R 4H8 Canada
phone: 800-463-6283
web: www.manoir-victoria.com
  Room amenities: The hotel offers hair dryer, ironing board and iron, coffee maker, minibar, pay movies, complimentary high speed internet access.
  Facility amenities: The hotel has an indoor pool, sauna, fitness center, spa and offers dry cleaning and laundry services (non-holiday weekdays only).
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: Call for availability Call Hotel Manoir Victoria and indicate that you are with Road Scholar Program.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

 Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Nestled majestically between the sea and the mountains, the Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu Quebec Resort in Charlevoix is a vision of historical splendor. Experience the magnificent landscape surrounding Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu, a source of inspiration for artists.
  Contact info: 181, rue Richelieu
La Malbaie, Charlevoix, QC G5A1X7 Canada
phone: 866-540-4464
web: www.fairmont.com/richelieu
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Montreal - 3:00pm Hotel Check-In Time. 5:30pm Meet in the hotel lobby for Road Scholar registration. You will be staying at SpringHill Suites Old Montréal that night.
  End of Program:
Quebec City - Early Morning Departures At Leisure – Hotel Check out by Noon You will be staying at Hotel Manoir Victoria the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Passport is required for all air travel to and from Canada. A valid passport or original birth certificate along with a valid driver’s license or a state issued photo ID card will be required for land and sea border crossings to and from Canada. Passport requirement for land and sea entry is subject to change. Visit www.cbp.gov for up-to-date information.
  Parking availability:
$25.00 cdn per day
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Montreal, QC
  Nearest city or town:  Dorion and Longueil
  Nearest highway: Highway 20 (Trans Canada)
  Nearest airport:  Pierre Trudeau International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location:  Quebec City, QC
  Nearest city or town:  Levis, Québec
  Nearest highway: Highway 20 (Trans Canada) and Highway 40
  Nearest airport:  Jean Lesage International Airport
Travel Details
 

Montreal

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$40.00 cost can be shared
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

25 minutes 

 

Montreal

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$9.00 cost can be share
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

7-8 minutes 

 

Montreal

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$9-10 cost can be shared
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

 

Quebec

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$38 cost can be shared
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

25 minutes 

 

Quebec City - Gare du Palais

 

To Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$5-6 cost can be shared
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

5 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

1 mile

 

Quebec City - Gare du Palais

 

To Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$5-6 cost can be shared
Prices are subject to change.

 

Distance:

 

1 mile

 

Montreal

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
747 Express Bus

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$9.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

40 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

25 miles

   

Public Transportation: 747 Express bus $9 per pers. You could buy your ticket right after you pick up your luggage.The 747 will bring you to the central bus station and from there, you could take a taxi to the hotel (8-9 minutes/ $8-9). Or you could stop at St-Laurent blvd and from there take a taxi to the hotel (5 minutes). Or you could walk South 4 blocks (last block is uphill). After crossing Notre-Dame St, you will turn left on Le Royer St. (small street) and you'll see the hotel entrance.

 
Driving Directions
  From New York State. From New York State: The New York State Thruway (1-87) becomes Highway 15 North. Exit Champlain Bridge. Cross bridge into Montreal. Take direction to Highway 10 (Centre-ville). Just before you hit downtown, turn right on Notre-Dame street. Then turn right on St-Jean-Baptiste street (1st small street after St-Laurent). Time of travel from the border: 1 hour .
  From Ottawa From Ottawa: Take Highway 417 East to Highway 40 East and to 15 South / Then take the 720 East / Take exit 6 (Vieux-Montreal, rue Berri / Blvd. St-Laurent.) / At the first traffic light make a right on Bonsecours St / Then make another right on Notre-Dame St / Finally make a left on St-Jean-Baptiste St. Time of travel: 2.5 hours.
  From Quebec City From Quebec City: Take Highway 20 West to Highway 132 West / Exit at Champlain Bridge / Cross the bridge to Montreal / Follow directions to Highway 10 (Centre-ville) / Take Exit 1 Notre-Dame/Rue Wellington / Keep right and go straight on Duke Street / At the fourth traffic light turn right on Notre-Dame St / Then turn right again on St-Jean-Baptiste St (1st street after St-Laurent St). Time of travel: 3 hours
  From Toronto From Toronto: Take Highway 401 East to Highway 20 East and to the 720 East Take exit 6 (Vieux-Montreal, rue Berri / Blvd. St-Laurent.) / At the first traffic light make a right on Bonsecours St / Then make another right on Notre-Dame St / Finally make a left on St-Jean-Baptiste St. Time of travel: 6 hours.
  From Vermont State to SH From Vermont State: Take Highway 89 North to the border / After the border you will be on Highway 133 North / Then 133 North merges into 35 North / Exit at Highway 10 West (Montreal) / Drive until Champlain Bridge / Cross the bridge to Montreal / Follow directions to Highway 10 (Centre-ville) / Take Exit 1 Notre-Dame/Rue Wellington / Keep right and go straight on Duke Street / At the fourth traffic light turn right on Notre-Dame St / Then turn right again on St-Jean-Baptiste St (1st street after St-Laurent St). Time of travel from the border: 2 hours
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Orientation and Registration
(Sunday, June 16)

Note: Registration from 5:30 PM to 5:45 in the lobby.



   
 Dinner: Welcome dinner at the popular steak house restaurant Le Vieux Port, located on rue St-Paul, the oldest street in Montreal.
 Evening: After dinner, presentation of program details, general information and a few other useful tips to enhance your stay in French America.
   
Accommodations: SpringHill Suites Old Montréal
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Exploring Montreal, history and architecture in Old Montreal district. Private jazz concert.
(Monday, June 17)
   
 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.
 Lunch: Montreal is known for its abundant cafés, which are well attended by Montrealers at lunchtime. We will select one for a light yet fulfilling meal.
 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), Marché Bonsecours and a popular street known for its art galleries.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own
 Evening: Jazz in Montréal, private commented concert with Jennifer Bell (saxophone) and Cordell Henebury (guitar).
   
Accommodations: SpringHill Suites Old Montréal
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Explore Montreal and Discover Canadian Art
(Tuesday, June 18)
   
 Breakfast: Varied, buffet-style breakfast, including waffles and fruit.
 Morning: Guided tour of Montreal in a private coach to get to know the different neighborhoods and sample their culinary specialities
 Lunch: Lunch on your own. Suggestions will be made.
 Afternoon: Tour the impressive Canadian art collection in the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
 Dinner: Dinner at the restaurant Les Pyrénés in Old Montreal.
 Evening: Free evening suggestions will be made.
   
Accommodations: SpringHill Suites Old Montréal
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Basilica de Notre-Dame de Montréal
(Wednesday, June 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 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 is 3.25 hours).
 Lunch: Lunch on the train.
 Afternoon: Check-in at the Hotel Manoir Victoria.
 Dinner: Dinner in a renowned Pub in Old Quebec followed by a nice walk in the strets of the Old City to the famous Chateau Frontenac.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Manoir Victoria
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Quebec City: History and Architecture
(Thursday, June 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Walking guided tour of Quebec's historic district. You will be charmed by the very European atmosphere of its quaint streets as well as the historic value of its buildings.
 Afternoon: Explore Quartier Le Petit Champlain and discover Musee de la Civilisation.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own. Suggestions will be made.
 Evening: Free time to explore the city.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Manoir Victoria
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6: Official Residence of the Governor General of Canada/Quebec National Fine Arts Museum
(Friday, June 21)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet-style breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Visit the Official Residence of the Governor General of Canada, located within the Citadelle of Quebec and overlooking the majestic St. Lawrence River. An historic building housing an important collection of art and period furnishings.
 Afternoon: Visit the Quebec National Fine Arts Museum. Discover its remarkable Inuit art collection as well as works by some of Quebec's most prominent artists. Free time to explore Quebec City. (We will provide suggestions of places to explore.)
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
   
Accommodations: Hotel Manoir Victoria
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Train "Le Massif" to Charlevoix/Discover Baie St-Paul
(Saturday, June 22)
   
 Breakfast: Travel by scenic train with gourmet breakfast from Quebec City to Charlevoix along the St. Lawrence River. Travelling nearly 100 miles between Quebec City and La Malbaie, the train of Le Massif de charlevoix offers a singular rail cruise experience between mountains and seashore, an incomparable reverside scenery.
 Morning: Transfert to the train station at the Montmorency Falls.
 Afternoon: 11:45 am Stopover in the lovely Baie St-Paul Village, renowned for its numerous art galleries and artisan workshops. 3:00 pm Departure from Baie St-Paul to La Malbaie. Afternoon Tea aboard.
 Afternoon: 5:00 pm Check-in at Fairmont Manoir Richelieu a vision of historical splendor perched high above the St Lawrence in Charlevoix in La Malbaie.
 Dinner: Dinner in La Malbaie.
   
Accommodations: Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Discover La Malbaie/ Farewell dinner on the Scenic train.
(Sunday, June 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Tour the Charlevoix Museum and attend a talk on the history of art in the region.
 Lunch: Musical Brunch at the Domaine Forget, the International Music & Dance Academy. An Unforgatable Musical Interlude.
 Afternoon: 4:30 pm Departure for the train station.
 Dinner: On the return trip to Quebec City, travel by scenic train for a unique gastronomic Farewell dinner with the best local products.
 Evening: Check-in at Hotel Manoir Victoria.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Manoir Victoria
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Individual departure.
(Monday, June 24)
   
 Morning: Early Morning Departures At Leisure – Hotel Check out by Noon
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


A People’s History of Quebec


Author: Jacques Lacoursière


Description: A People’s History of Quebec is a lively guide to a little-known part of North American history. It tells of the settlement of the St. Lawrence Valley, but also of the Montreal and Quebec-based explorers and traders who travelled, mapped, and inhabited most of North America, and embrothered the peoples they met.



Montreal & Quebec City Guide – Lonely Planet


Author: Montréal-based author


Description: Montréal and Québec City really serve it up. You've got old-world grandeur, new-world sensibilities and big-city charms - there's enough neighbourhoods, restaurants and festivals to keep you mon-dieu'ing for months. This guide, penned by a Montréal-based author, gets you straight to the action. Pick & Mix: buy and download individual chapters from this book You could download free: Introducing Montreal (Very interesting…)





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