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French Canada: An Intergenerational Cultural Journey

Program Number: 20505RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/21/2013 - 7/27/2013;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Montreal, Quebec
Price starting at: $1,589.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational; History & Culture
Intergenerational
Meals: 14; 6 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Program intended for grandchildren from 10 - 13 years of age.

Share the dazzling art and rich French heritage of Quebec City and Montreal with your grandchild during an adventure that begins in Montreal and continues by train through the surrounding countryside to the historic provincial capital of Quebec City. Delight in the art and architecture of these cities with local experts, ride a cable car to the scenic Montmorency Falls, learn the history of the Citadel and stop at local markets to sample produce. Attend a performance on the gigantic organ in Montreal's famous Notre Dame Basilica.




Highlights

• Explore Montreal Olympic Park, ride to the top of the tallest inclined tower in the world, and delight in the splendour and power of space at the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium.
• Learn common words in French and practice your new vocabulary while discovering two exciting cities linked by a train ride through the beautiful Canadian countryside.
• Visit the Quebec Citadel, a military structure with an important connection to the history of the United States.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to 1-2 miles a day; some standing; some stairs.



At least one adult per child. All family members share one room. Adult(s) responsible for supervision of child at all times.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Montreal, 3 nights; train to Quebec City, 3 nights, 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 in Old Quebec.
Meals and Lodgings
   SpringHill Suites Old Montréal
  Montreal, QC 3 nights
   Hotel Manoir Victoria
  Quebec City, QC 3 nights
 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.marriott.com/hotels/travel/yulsh-springhill-suites-old-montreal
  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: Yes
  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: Yes
  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


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:00pm Hotel Check-In Time. 5:30-5:45pm Meet in the lobby for Road Scholar registration. You will be staying at SpringHill Suites Old Montréal that night.
  End of Program:
Quebec City - Breakfast is served 7am-10am. Independent departures at leisure. Hotel checkout by noon. You will be staying at Hotel Manoir Victoria the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. A passport is required for all air travel to/from Canada. On June 1, 2009, a new US law known as the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) will require those traveling to/from the United States by land and sea to also have a passport or other appropriate secure document (NEXUS card). Passport requirements are subject to change. Visit www.travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2223.html
  Parking availability:
$24.00 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:

 

$38,00 cost can be shared
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

25 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

12.4 miles

 

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.

 

Montreal

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$8,00 cost can be shared
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:

 

$35 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

 

Quebec City to Montreal airport

 

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Orleans Express

   

RETURN after the program - Individual departure. By Deluxe Motorcoach (no reservation needed) - Quebec City bus terminal is located half mile from the hotel. From Quebec City to Montral-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport YUL (One-way: for 60+ $58 / Adult $69 CAD) Duration 4 hours Departure from Quebec City every day Except Saturday and Sunday at 06:30- 9:30 am 12:30, 3:30 pm,5:30 pm or 10:30 pm Saturday & Sunday: first departure 9:30 am

 

Quebec City to Montreal downtown

 

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Orleans Express

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

60 plus - $49
Prices are subject to change.

   

RETURN after the program - Individual departure. From Qubec City to Montral downtown (not to the airport). Deluxe Motorcoach. Daily service between Qubec City and Montreal downtown living every hour (one-way: 60 +$49 / adult $57). Duration 3 hours.Starting at 5:30 am on weekdays and at 7:30 am on Saturday and Sunday.

 
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 . Quebec road are in French, and speed limits are in kilometres (100 k/h equals about 62 m/h).
  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 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 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
(Sunday, July 21)

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/Science Center Planetarium
(Monday, July 22)
   
 Breakfast: Varied, buffet-style breakfast, including waffles and fruit.
 Morning: Discover Old Montreal and the downtown area through a walking guided tour given by our expert. Time to join the Montrealers and ride the Metro (subway) and have a glimpse on the underground city.
 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: Discover the brand new Planetarium. Attend a unique experience at Chaos Theatre. A new universe You will never get closer to the stars than this!
 Dinner: Dinner in Old Montreal
 Evening: Free time to explore Montreal - Suggestions will be made.
   
Accommodations: SpringHill Suites Old Montréal
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Explore Les Iles de Boucherville/ Jazz with Jennifer
(Tuesday, July 23)
   
 Breakfast: Varied, buffet-style breakfast, including waffles and fruit.
 Morning: Explore the fascinating water world surrounding Îles de Boucherville (National Historic Site) by Rabaska (a large traditional bark canoe) to enjoy a trip back in time to learn about the history of the First Nations that spent time on the park's islands.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own. Suggestions will be made.
 Dinner: Dinner in Old Montreal.
 Evening: Meet Jennifer Bell saxophonist and jazz specialist. Learn about the history of jazz in Montreal and attend a demonstration of jazz improvisation with Jennifer and her accompanist, friend, musician and guitar player.
   
Accommodations: SpringHill Suites Old Montréal
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal/ Cirque du Soleil
(Wednesday, July 24)
   
 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.
 Lunch: Lunch on the train.
 Afternoon: Check-in at the Hotel Manoir Victoria.
 Dinner: Dinner in Old Quebec
 Evening: Attendance of an outdoor performance in Quebec City of the popular Cirque du Soleil , a famous example of the vibrant cultural life in French Canada.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Manoir Victoria
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Quebec City: history and Architecture/Quebec Summer Festival
(Thursday, July 25)
   
 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.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at Manoir Montmorency featuring area specialities and visit the astonishing Montmorency Falls Park, just a few minutes away from Québec City. Located between the river and the cliffs, it's one of the province's most spectacular sites. Enjoy the trip in cable car to go on the top. Follow by a visit to the Île d'Orléans, the great garden of Quebec City with its abundance of local produce, including a stop at a farm specializing in the production of organic, free-range poultry.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own. Suggestions will be made.
 Evening: Participate in the Quebec Summer Festival and enjoy street performances unique to Quebec City.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Manoir Victoria
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Quebec Citadel
(Friday, July 26)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet-style breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Visit to the Quebec Citadel, a military structure with an important connection to the history of the United States.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own. Suggestions will be made.
 Afternoon: Visit the Quebec National Fine Arts Museum located on Plaines d'Abraham. 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: Farewell dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Manoir Victoria
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Independent departures
(Saturday, July 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Independent departures after breakfast.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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.



A short history of Quebec


Author: John Alexander Dickinson and Brian J Young


Description: A Canadian classic, A Short History of Quebec offers a concise yet comprehensive overview of the province from the pre-contact native period to present-day constitutional struggles. The authors bring a refreshing perspective to the history of Quebec, focusing on the social and economic development of the region and its diverse peoples.



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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