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Beginner’s French for Travelers

Program Number: 21062RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/6/2013 - 10/11/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Quebec City, Quebec
Price starting at: $928.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Language Study Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Wish you remembered more of that college French? Make your way to Quebec City to learn basic French vocabulary and phrases tailored for the traveler in a fun, relaxed way, with French Canada’s most charming city at your disposal for practice. In workshops and activities with local French speakers, learn how to use these tools to “get along” in French, even with shaky grammar, and apply what you’ve learned not only amid the Old World atmosphere of Old Quebec, but also in local markets on the Isle of Orleans and at towering Montmorency Falls.




Highlights

• Discover the true meaning of the French vocabulary found in everyday English — cul de sac, voila, déjà vu, à la mode, entrée, garage and more.
• Explore rural Quebec on the Isle of Orleans and enjoy unique island products — chocolate and ice wine.
• Revel in the ambience of a “House Party” — a fine Valcartier tradition — where you interact with local musicians and learn about melodies unique to this area.



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing. One walking field trip of 2.5 miles on uneven terrain, cobblestones.



Designed for beginners in French.




Date Specific Information

10-6-2013

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.




Quebec City

The towers and turrets of Chateau Frontenac dominate the skyline of this 400-year-old walled city on the St. Lawrence River, the only fortified city north of Mexico. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage City, Canada’s oldest city is known and loved for its European charms and narrow, cobblestone streets lined with centuries-old homes.



Accommodations
Ski lodge-turned-conference center.
Meals and Lodgings
   Auberge du Mont
  Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier, QC 5 nights
 Auberge du Mont
Type: Conference Center
  Description: Set amidst the maple forest of the Laurentian foothills, this site offers the serenity of nature in close proximity to Quebec City. Originally built as a ski lodge, the Auberge du Mont is now operated by and located on the same site as a private secondary school celebrating 50 years of educational programs. The log-cabin style meeting room provides a charming environment for group activities and free-time mingling. A beautiful lake reflecting the color of the surrounding trees and hiking trails through the maple forest embellish this exceptional site. (See "Free Time" for further description.) Although "Auberge du Mont" literally means "Inn of the Mountain", we are best described as a conference center whose primary mission is that of education. Almost all our clientele come as part of a group, most for educational programs created by our staff. These include Road Scholar, outdoor education programs for school groups, and cultural programs for French immersion students from as far away as British Columbia. Creating outstanding educational experiences offered in an ambiance of friendship and warmth is our main goal.
  Contact info: 200 Boul St. Sacrement
St-Gabriel-de-Valcartier, QC G0A 4S0 Canada
phone: 418-844-3771 x30
web: www.aubergedumont.qc.ca
  Room amenities: All rooms have a private bathroom (Toilet, sink, shower). Radio alarm clocks and wireless Internet is available in all rooms. Cable Internet hook-up available in some rooms (cable RJ45). Bring your own hair dryer or you may borrow one of ours.
  Facility amenities: Guests have access to a computer with Internet access, a television in a common room, laundry facilities, shared refrigerator space and daily newspaper. Wireless Internet is available in all rooms. Cable Internet hook-up available in some rooms (cable RJ45).
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior:  While we do not offer additional nights before or after the program, we can usually accommodate a weekend stay over between back-to-back programs. Prices vary depending on the number of nights and meals included. Call for more information.
  Check in time: 2:00 PM
  Additional nights after:  While we do not offer additional nights before or after the program, we can usually accommodate a weekend stay over between back-to-back programs. Prices vary depending on the number of nights and meals included. Call for more information.
  Check out time: 12:30 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Auberge du Mont. Welcome and introductions at 4:30 p.m. You will be staying at Auberge du Mont that night.
  End of Program:
Independent departures from the Auberge du Mont after morning wrap-up. Check-out is 12:30 p.m. You will be staying at Auberge du Mont the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Passport requirements are subject to change. Visit www.travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2223.html for up-to-date info.
  Parking availability:
Free parking on site.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier, QC
  Nearest city or town:  Quebec City, QC
  Nearest highway: Highway 573 North
  Nearest airport:  Quebec City - Jean Lesage Int'l Airport (YQB) 20 miles from site
  From End of Program
  Location: Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier, QC
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Quebec City

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Auberge du Mont Taxi Share
phone: 888-317-3771 x30
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$70, price decreases with additional riders
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

   

We organize a taxi share (using commercial taxis) for participants who want to share a ride from the airport. The total fee is divided among the riders. Sign up at least two weeks prior to your program. Commercial taxis are also available at the airport, no reservation needed, for those who prefer to make their own arrangements. Some people fly to Montreal and take bus or train to Quebec City (3-4 hours). Or fly into Manchester, NH and rent a car for a beautiful and traffic-free 6 hour drive.

 

Quebec City

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Auberge du Mont Taxi Share
phone: 888-317-3771 x30
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$70, price decreases with additional riders
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes 

   

We organize a taxi share (using commercial taxis) for participants who want to share a ride. The total fee is divided among the riders. Sign up for this service at least two weeks prior to your program. Commercial taxis are also available at the bus station, no reservation needed, for those who prefer to make their own arrangements. For information on bus service from Montreal go to www.orleansexpress.com.

 

Quebec City

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Auberge du Mont Taxi Share
phone: 888-317-3771 x30
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$70, price decreases with additional riders
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes 

   

We organize a taxi share (using commercial taxis) for participants who want to share a ride. The total fee is divided among the riders. Sign up for this service at least two weeks prior to your program. Commercial taxis are also available at the train station, no reservation needed, for those who prefer to make their own arrangements. For information on train service from Montreal, go to www.viarail.ca or 1-888 842-7245.

 

Quebec City

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Auberge du Mont Taxi Share
phone: 888-317-3771 x30
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$70, price decreases with additional riders
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 - 45 minutes depending on location 

   

We organize a taxi share (using commercial taxis) for participants who want to share a ride. The total fee is divided among the riders. Sign up for this service at least two weeks prior to your program. Also, taxi share to downtown (bus/train station).

 
Driving Directions
  Manchester NH or Boston MA Take either 91 north through Vermont or 93 north through New Hampshire to 91 and travel north to Canada. At the border continue onto Autoroute 55 north. Take 20 east. Take 73 north (Aut. Henri IV) across the bridge "Pont Pierre LaPorte". Approx. 7 km / 4 m after the bridge, continue straight onto 573 north toward Shannon. (Don’t follow 40 east / 73 north as it exits to the right. Continue straight and the highway becomes 573 north.) In approx. 8 km / 5 m you will arrive at a traffic light at the intersection of Ave. Industrielle. There is a McDonald’s, gas station, etc. to the left. Continue straight ahead to the next traffic light at the intersection of Montolieu (approximately 3.5 km / 2.2m). Turn right (east) at Montolieu toward 371 Valcartier. Continue 3.3 km / 2.0 m and turn left (north) onto Boul. Valcartier. Continue for approx. 8.7 km / 5.4 m through the town of St-Gabriel-de-Valcartier and cross the bridge. The road is now called Redmond Road. Continue for approx. 1.3 km / 0.8 m, then turn left onto Boul. St-Sacrement. Boul. St-Sacrement jogs to the right and continues for approx. 2.5 km / 1.5 m until it ends at the Auberge du Mont.
  Montreal Autoroute 20 Take 73 north (Aut. Henri IV) across the bridge "Pont Pierre LaPorte". Approx. 7 km / 4 m after the bridge, continue straight onto 573 north toward Shannon. (Don’t follow 40 east / 73 north as it exits to the right. Continue straight and the highway becomes 573 north.) In approx. 8 km / 5 m you will arrive at a traffic light at the intersection of Ave. Industrielle. There is a McDonald’s, gas station, etc. to the left. Continue straight ahead to the next traffic light at the intersection of Montolieu (approximately 3.5 km / 2.2m). Turn right (east) at Montolieu toward 371 Valcartier. Continue 3.3 km / 2.0 m and turn left (north) onto Boul. Valcartier. Continue for approx. 8.7 km / 5.4 m through the town of St-Gabriel-de-Valcartier and cross the bridge. The road is now called Redmond Road. Continue for approx. 1.3 km / 0.8 m, then turn left onto Boul. St-Sacrement. Boul. St-Sacrement jogs to the right and continues for approx. 2.5 km / 1.5 m until it ends at the Auberge du Mont.
  Montreal Autoroute 40 Take 40 east / 73 north (Aut. Henri IV). Continue straight ahead onto 573 north toward Shannon. (Don’t follow 40 east / 73 north as it exits to the right. Continue straight and the highway becomes 573 north.) In approx. 8 km / 5 m you will arrive at a traffic light at the intersection of Ave. Industrielle. There is a McDonald’s, gas station, etc. to the left. Continue straight ahead to the next traffic light at the intersection of Montolieu (approximately 3.5 km / 2.2m). Turn right (east) at Montolieu toward 371 Valcartier. Continue 3.3 km / 2.0 m and turn left (north) onto Boul. Valcartier; Continue for approx. 8.7 km / 5.4 m through the town of St-Gabriel-de-Valcartier and cross the bridge. The road is now called Redmond Road. Continue for approx. 1.3 km / 0.8 m, then turn left onto Boul. St-Sacrement. Boul. St-Sacrement jogs to the right and continues for approx. 2.5 km / 1.5 m until it ends at the Auberge du Mont.
  Old Quebec Take 175 north to Autoroute 40 west / 73 south. Exit onto 573 north toward Shannon. In approx. 8 km / 5 m you will arrive at a traffic light at the intersection of Ave. Industrielle. There is a McDonald’s, gas station, etc. to the left. Continue straight ahead to the next traffic light at the intersection of Montolieu (approximately 3.5 km / 2.2m), Turn right (east) at Montolieu toward 371 Valcartier. Continue 3.3 km / 2.0 m and turn left (north) onto Boul. Valcartier. Continue for approx. 8.7 km / 5.4 m through the town of St-Gabriel-de-Valcartier and cross the bridge. The road is now called Redmond Road. Continue for approx. 1.3 km / 0.8 m, then turn left onto Boul. St-Sacrement. Boul. St-Sacrement jogs to the right and continues for approx. 2.5 km / 1.5 m until it ends at the Auberge du Mont.
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: Check-in/Introductions/Program Overview
(Sunday, October 6)
   
 Arrive To: Check-in: 2:00pm - 4:00pm Coffee, tea and snacks are provided in an area conducive to mingling. The short walk around the lake is a great way to unwind after your travels. Reading materials are accessible for browsing, and the television and internet are both available. You will also have access to refrigerator space if you need to keep things cool. Laundry facilities are available after 4:00pm. Once you are here, the hard part is over and you can relax and start enjoying the week!
 Afternoon: Welcome and Introduction to Site: 4:30pm - 5:30pm Brief introductions of all the participants and coordinators. A short PowerPoint presentation will let you know all about the site as well take you on a "virtual hike" through the trails.
 Dinner: Dinner is at the Auberge du Mont. Served cafeteria style, dinner includes a salad bar, soup, choice of two main dishes, vegetables, dessert, tea, coffee, etc. Wine is not sold on the premises, but there is a good selection at the local store and you are free to bring your own. We can provide a corkscrew and wine glasses. We do not organize a "happy hour" before meals, but participants may organize something if desired.
 Evening: Overview of Week: 7:15pm - 8:30 p.m. We will take a look at the whole week ahead; workshops, speakers, field trips and other activities. We will also let you know how to make the Auberge du Mont your "home away from home" for the week (laundry, phone, newspapers, internet, etc.)
   
Accommodations: Auberge du Mont
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: French Language Workshops: Salutations and Getting Around/Restaurants and Money
(Monday, October 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is at the Auberge du Mont. Breakfasts are served cafeteria style and offer a variety of choices: cereal, muffins, eggs, bacon, sausage, toast, pancakes, etc. The only thing lacking is willpower! Early morning coffee is available. The newspaper generally arrives shortly after breakfast.
 Morning: French Language Workshop: Salutations, Getting Around, and basic verbs (to be, to have). Through songs, activities and exercises, you will learn how to introduce yourself and ask for help getting around. You will also learn how to do the basic verb conjugations with "être" and "avoir" ... but don't worry, we'll keep it light!
 Lunch: Lunch at the Auberge.
 Afternoon: French Language Workshop: Restaurants and Money. Through songs, activities and exercises you will learn basic vocabulary for ordering meals and shopping. We'll also offer an opportunity to interact with the local community or students and practice newfound skills.
 Dinner: Dinner is at the Auberge du Mont. Served cafeteria style, dinner includes a salad bar, soup, choice of two main dishes, vegetables, dessert, tea, coffee, etc.
 Evening: A relaxed evening at the Auberge is planned. The coordinator led activity is designed to create an atmosphere of fellowship, fun and laughter. If you have always dreaded the "get to know you" games, rest assured that so have we. This activity, however, is a proven highlight.
   
Accommodations: Auberge du Mont
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Montmorency Falls/Isle of Orleans/Tastings
(Tuesday, October 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is at the Auberge du Mont. Early morning coffee is available.
 Morning: French Language Workshop: Daily Life/Past and Future Through songs, activities and exercises, you will gain vocabulary relative to household items, occupations, leisure activities, etc. Another stroll through the verbs will help you talk about the past, present and future.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Auberge.
 Afternoon: We depart for our field trip to Montmorency Falls and Isle of Orleans. Our first stop will be at Montmorency Falls which towers 83 meters above the St. Lawrence River. The view from the bridge over the top of the falls is unforgettable. In addition to its stunning beauty, this site is considered a "Hot Spot" to geologists and you will learn of its geological importance as well as its story within the history of Quebec. Following the falls, we will be driving around the Isle of Orleans, a route described by a Quebec poet as “42 miles of tranquility” (42 miles des choses tranquilles). Learn about the importance of this rural island to the earliest European settlement and how it continues to play an important role in the lives of Quebecers today. Explore the rural aspects of Quebec and enjoy the products of the island with stops at the Chocolaterie for homemade chocolate and ice cream; a farm stand to sample produce, jam and bread and at Domaine Steinbach for an ice wine tasting. A stop at both the eastern and western ends of the island gives magnificent views on two different characteristics of the St. Lawrence - wide as we look over the archipelago to the east and narrow as we gaze westward toward Quebec City. From this vantage point, one can truly appreciate Quebec City's early nickname, "The Rock".
 Dinner: Dinner at an island restaurant for a lovely meal before heading back home.
 Evening: Free evening.
   
Accommodations: Auberge du Mont
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Workshops: Idioms and Fun Phrases/Un 'ti mot quebecois/Traditional Music and House Party
(Wednesday, October 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is at the Auberge du Mont. Early morning coffee is available.
 Morning: French Language Workshop: Idioms and Fun Phrases Learn a few phrases to pull out at just the right moment! Perfect for giving yourself that "je ne sais quoi"!
 Lunch: Lunch at the Auberge.
 Afternoon: French Language Workshop: “Un ‘ti mot quebecois” We will be looking at Quebecois slang or, as it is called in French, "joual" and comparing "Quebec French" to "France French". Following the workshop, interact with local students on a guided tour of the private school at the Auberge; an opportunity to practice your French.
 Dinner: Dinner is at the Auberge du Mont. Served cafeteria style, dinner includes a salad bar, soup, choice of two main dishes, vegetables, dessert, tea, coffee, etc.
 Evening: This evening we invite you to a “House Party”! With the help of local musicians and members of the community we will recreate the ambiance of this very fine Valcartier tradition. More than a concert, you will be able to interact with the musicians and learn about the tunes that are unique to this area … tunes that are accented with both the Irish and French musical traditions. Whether a step-dancer or a sit-and–watcher, we hope you will have fun and feel like you’ve experienced the heart of this community.
   
Accommodations: Auberge du Mont
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Quebec City Exploration/Free time/Fun evening
(Thursday, October 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is at the Auberge du Mont. Early morning coffee is available.
 Morning: A guided field trip in Old Quebec provides an overview of Quebec history and culture. Your learning starts right away as the field trip coordinator tells you about the area as we travel to Quebec City. Once in the city, a guided walk will introduce you to Old Quebec. Following the tour, you will have time to explore on your own. The field trip coordinator will be available all day to answer questions, direct you to specific locations, and offer any help needed.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own. Choose from one of the many dining venues from casual to fine dining. A great opportunity to put your French to the test!
 Afternoon: Free Time: Enjoy free time to explore Old Quebec independently. Stroll the promenade, take a cruise on the St. Lawrence or discover the many galleries and shops.
 Dinner: Dinner at the Auberge.
 Evening: On our final evening we will have a bit of fun with French and you will be amazed at how much you learned!
   
Accommodations: Auberge du Mont
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Program Wrap-up
(Friday, October 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is at the Auberge du Mont. Early morning coffee is available.
 Morning: French Language Workshops Review: A review of the week in the guise of a fun, team challenge. Undoubtedly, the team successes and misses will lead to some new vocabulary!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier, QC Auberge du Mont
Situated amidst the maple forest of the Laurentian foothills, the Auberge du Mont offers a variety of possibilities for walkers of all levels: a quiet morning stroll along the boardwalk encircling the lake, a peaceful walk along the roadside past the neighboring homes, a short hike down to the cascades flowing from the lake, or a good climb up the mountain to a point overlooking the valley of the Jacques Cartier River. The scenic beauty will make you want to play hookey.
  Quebec City
During the field trips to Quebec City, participants always have the option to go off by themselves for sightseeing, shopping, tours of historic buildings (such as the Chateau Frontenac), museums, shows, dining, etc. Some participants will opt out of evening activities and have a "night on the town". It is an easy 40-min. drive to the heart of Old Quebec with parking readily available.
  Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier
The local store is 5 kilometers (3 miles) from the Auberge du Mont. With a post office, gas station, snack bar, alcoholic beverages outlet and well stocked shelves, this small store offers one-stop shopping! You will also get a feel of the local community as you hear the mix of French and English being bantered about. We often stop here on the way back from field trips to accommodate participants without cars.
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


Shadows on the Rock


Author: Willa Cather


Description: Fictional story set in Quebec City in 1697, the early days of New France.



A Passion in Winter


Author: Irene Landry Kelso


Description: Fictional story set amidst the ruins of English occupied Quebec in the years 1759-1760.



Bury Your Dead


Author: Louise Penny


Description: Sixth book in the Chief Inspector Gamache Series. A "Who Done It" set in present day Old Quebec. The first five books in the series are set in the Quebec Eastern Townships. The series is better when read in order, but it's not essential.





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