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Vélo Québec: Bike Quebec City and it’s Countryside

Program Number: 21153RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/23/2013 - 5/27/2013; 6/1/2015 - 6/5/2015; 8/20/2015 - 8/24/2015;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Quebec City, Quebec
Price starting at: $1,085.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Bicycling Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 8; 4 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Vegetarian    

For lovers of history, culture and the outdoors, an exploration of Quebec City by bicycle is the ideal learning adventure, offering cyclists the chance to discover one of the most charming cities in North America up close at an explorer’s pace. On bicycle excursions to three major sites linked to the city’s 400-year history, discover the living Native American culture of the Wendake Hurons Village, meet with passionate speakers who enrich your knowledge of French Canada and much more.




Highlights

• Immerse yourself in Quebec’s unique heritage and urban landscape as you pedal along both shores of the St-Lawrence River, source of the region’s vital energy.
• Walk with an expert through lovely Old Quebec to become enamored with its gorgeous architecture and charming old streets resonating with Old World ambiance.
• Ride the rail trail Le Corridor des Cheminots to historic Wendake Village.



Activity Particulars

Cycling 15-25 miles per day; equipment provided.




Date Specific Information

6-1-2015

This week runs back to back with 17375, Vélo Québec: Go Bike Montréal Festival




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
Four-star European-style hotel in the heart of Old Québec.

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.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Hotel Manoir Victoria
  Quebec City, QC 4 nights
 Hotel Manoir Victoria
Type: 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.
  Contact info: 44, cote du Palais
Quebec City, QC G1R 4H8 Canada
phone: 800-463-6283
web: www.manoir-victoria.com
  Room amenities: Hairdryer (ll0 volts), Individual digital thermostat, Colour TV, Alarm clock, Direct access telephone, Movies($), Iron and ironing board, Free high speed internet access, coffee-maker.
  Facility amenities: Indoor pool and Sauna, Health Club, Internet Lounge in lobby gives you the opportunity to use the hotel equipment and software($).
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: Contact hotel for rates. Call Hotel Manoir Victoria and indicate that you are with Road Scholar Program.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Contact hotel for rates. Call Hotel Manoir Victoria and indicate that you are with Road Scholar Program.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
5:30 PM in the hotel lobby for reception. You will be staying at Hotel Manoir Victoria that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast and final discussion at 10:30 AM. 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:
At the hotel $25 per day.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Quebec City, QC
  Nearest city or town:  Quebec City
  Nearest highway: Highway 20 (Trans Canada) and Highway 40
  Nearest airport:  Jean Lesage International Airport - Quebec City
  From End of Program
  Location: Quebec City, QC
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Quebec City

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$35 cost can be shared
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

25 minutes 

 

Quebec city

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$5,00 cost can be shared
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

5 minutes 

 

Quebec city

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$5,00 cost can be shared
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

5 minutes 

 
Driving Directions
  From Maine to Hotel Manoir Victoria From Maine, route 201 to Quebec border, becomes 173 north at the border 173 north on to fwy 73 north to St-Lawrence river, crossing on Pierre Laporte suspension bridge. Exit on blvd. Laurier wich changes name to Chemin St-Louis and again to Garnde-Allee (4 miles ride). Turn left on Honoré-Mercier (Parliament building will be on your left) wich becomes Dufferin-Montmorency. Turn right on rue St-Jean. After the St-Jean stone gate, left at the traffic light (Cote du Palais Street). ATTENTION: During the period of June to September, St Jean st is reserved to pedestrians from 5.30 pm and all day long on weekends. You then need to continue on Honoré Mercier for 3 more streets further than St Jean st to Côte de la Potasse on your right. At the bottom, it will become Côte du Palais on the right.
  Montreal to Quebec Quebec City is 253 km (151 mi) east of Montreal. From Montreal take Highway 20 East to Quebec City to Pierre Laporte bridge. Exit on blvd. Laurier wich changes name to Chemin St-Louis and again to Garnde-Allee (4 miles ride). Turn left on Honoré-Mercier (Parliament building will be on your left) wich becomes Dufferin-Montmorency. Turn right on rue St-Jean. After the St-Jean stone gate, left at the traffic light (Cote du Palais Street). ATTENTION: During the period of June to September, St Jean st is reserved to pedestrians from 5.30 pm and all day long on weekends. You then need to continue on Honoré Mercier for 3 more streets further than St Jean st to Côte de la Potasse on your right. At the bottom, it will become Côte du Palais on the right.
Equipment Requirements: Bike, helmet provided.
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 and Orientation
(Thursday, May 23)
   
 Afternoon: Independent arrival and check-in (3:00 PM).
Registration in the lobby at 5:30 PM.
 Dinner: Enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel with introductions to fellow participants and your group leader/concierge. The group leader will act as your primary resource in making the most of independent study time, offering local knowledge and insider tips to ensure you discover Quebec City beyond the city's highlights.
 Evening: After dinner, stroll through the streets of the Old City to the famous Château Frontenac with local interpretation from your group leader. Form your first impressions of Quebec and discover the city.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Manoir Victoria
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: History /Cycling to Montmorency Falls
(Friday, May 24)

Note: 15 miles round trip, some steep grades, riding on city streets and deicated bike paths



   
 Breakfast: Buffet-style breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Start the morning with an informative lecture on Quebec highlighting the city's foundation and exceptional geographical location as well as its present-day social and economic facets. This first activity will allow you to understand how Quebec City's history contributed to the creation and development of Canada and why the city was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. After the lecture we'll get fitted for our bikes and head off on our first bike ride to the Montmorency and the famous Montmorency Falls (15 miles round trip).
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at Manoir Montmorency featuring area specialities. Bon appétit!
 Afternoon: On return after the bike ride, explore the lower part of Old Quebec near the river and enjoy Petit Champlain, one of the most appreciated neighborhoods in Quebec City, known for its architecture, street performers, boutiques, craftsmen, art galleries and the Museum of Civilization. 5:30 - 6:30 Cocktail in a local bistro with the group leader (Dutch treat).
 Dinner: After meeting for cocktails at the bistro (optional) dinner is on your own to explore the varied and exciting Quebec City dining opportunities
 Evening: After dinner, free time to discover the city.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Manoir Victoria
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Cycling to Huron Wendake Village.
(Saturday, May 25)

Note: Paved bike path, mostly flat, 22 miles r/t



   
 Breakfast: Buffet-style breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: This morning we will ride a multipurpose trail along a former railway line for cyclists and pedestrians called Le Corridor des Cheminots. This paved path, which is part of the Route Verte and the Trans Canada Trail, crosses lovely landscapes in the Québec City boroughs, connecting the neighborhoods of Limoilou, Charlesbourg, Les Rivières and La Haute-Saint-Charles to Wendake Village.Wendake, the Hurons Village, is an exceptional Aboriginal discovery. On the Wendake section we'll see decorative plantings representing the family clans of the Hurons-Wendat and in Wendake we will take a guided tour of the Traditional Huron Site (culture, art and lifestyle). (22 miles r/t).
 Lunch: Lunch in a local Wendake Restaurant.
 Afternoon: In the afternoon, you can explore the famous Plains of Abraham, a magnificent 267-acre urban park composed of plains, woods and gardens. It is also the setting for the National Fine Arts Museum of Quebec. Discover this exceptional museum dedicated to the works of the best artists of the region at your own pace, continuing on to its surprising annex, the former prison of Quebec, home today to a remarkable and imposing collection of Inuit art. 5:30 - 6:30 pm Cocktail hour in a local pub (optional).
 Dinner: After meeting for cocktails at the local pub dinner is on your own to explore the varied and exciting Quebec City dining opportunities.
 Evening: The evening is free to stroll the Old Town or enjoy coffee and a digestif in a cafe or bar.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Manoir Victoria
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Quebec City Today/Cycling along the St Lawrence River
(Sunday, May 26)

Note: 20 miles round trip, mostly on dedicated bike paths.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet-style breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: 9:00 am First this morning meet a professional who has been involved for several years in Quebec's political scene at a government level and 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. 10:30 am We'll embark on a ride that takes in both shores of the St Lawrence River. Ride along the waterfront where we will visit part of the Old Port of Quebec. Continuing along the Saint Lawrence where the lumber trade occupied the entire riverfront, we'll be riding on the unique PROMENADE SAMUEL DE CHAMPLAIN. The bike path leads us across the historical Quebec Bridge. On the south shore, ride on a quiet and scenic road; enter a small typical French village with its charming colourful homes. Discover part of Levis riding along a beautiful scenic bike path. We'll take our bikes on the ferry back across the river (10 min. crossing) with panoramic views across the majestic Saint Lawrence River to Old Quebec City. (20 miles r/t)
 Lunch: Lunch will be on your own. The group leader will reccomend a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: After returning to Quebec City we will drop off our bikes at the outfitter before returning to the hotel. This afternoon continue exploring Quebec City (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and what is known as New Quebec. A list of suggestions for individual exploration and other activities will complement the program. Options include a walk on La Promenade des Gouverneurs which runs along the Citadel Walls and leads to Battlefields National Park and a visit to the Public Market.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at a renowned restaurant in Old Quebec for its local gastronomy
 Evening: Enjoy the evening with new found friends or take the chance to revisit a favorite cafe
   
Accommodations: Hotel Manoir Victoria
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Wrap-Up Discussion with Quebecers/Independent Departures.
(Monday, May 27)
   
 Breakfast: On our final morning we will enjoy breakfast together with our Quebecer friends at their favorite local bakery in Old Quebec for a final discussion of city life and local issues over coffee and croissants.
 Morning: Independent Departures
   
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


Canada and Quebec: One country, Two Histories


Author: Dr Robert Bothwell


Description: An in-depth look at Canada-Quebec relations through interviews with prominent Canadian figures by a well known professor of Canadian history and a frequently published author. Dr Robert Bothwell’s research interests include modern Canadian history and political, diplomatic and military history. 279 pages $27.01 USD



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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