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New Year at Château Frontenac: The Holiday Splendor of Quebec City

Program Number: 21226RJ
Start and End Dates:
12/29/2013 - 1/2/2014; 12/29/2014 - 1/2/2015;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Quebec City, Quebec
Price starting at: $1,465.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Holidays
Meals: 7; 3 Breakfasts, 1 Brunch, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

In all of North America, there are few places more special to ring in the New Year than the winter wonderland of Quebec City. Among the snow-dusted cobblestones and monuments and centuries–old neighborhoods, experience the holiday customs, food, song and dance of French Canada, all while based in the heart of the Old Town at the incomparably grand Château Frontenac and with plenty of independent time to make your own discoveries. Enjoy a special lecture on the history of Quebec and view the prestigious collection of Inuit Art at the National Museum of Fine Arts.




Highlights

• Spend four nights at historic Château Frontenac, and count down to midnight in a jubilant outdoor party as musicians and fireworks provide the entertainment.
• Enjoy a scenic carriage ride illustrating daily life in Québec, and enjoy several meals on your own to experience the varied and exciting Quebec City culinary scene.
• An expert discusses the fascinating history of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec and its impressive collections, including 35,000 works dating from the 17th century to the present.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles daily over uneven terrain, sometimes snow covered. Standing, stairs and cobblestones.



A companion to this program is also available: #19228 - Fête de Noël: Christmas in Québec City. For details, see www.roadscholar.org/19228.




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
Chateau Frontenac, the grand dame and 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.
 
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.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
  Quebec City, QC 4 nights
 Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
Type: Five-Star Hotel
  Description: Fairmont Le Château Frontenac Standing high on a bluff overlooking the mighty St. Lawrence River, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac is not merely a hotel located in the heart of Old Québec - it is the heart of Old Québec. Offering exquisite dining opportunities, superior meeting facilities and a distinctive charm, this stately hotel stands above historic Old Québec, a United Nations World Heritage Site. Easy walking access to all of the wonderful sites and experiences that Old Québec has to offer. Your stay at this renovated historic hotel guarantees you a memorable and inspiring stay in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
  Contact info: 1 rue des Carrières
Quebec, QC G1R 4P5 Canada
phone: 866-540-4460
web: www.fairmont.com/frontenac
  Room amenities: Air-conditioning, alarm clock-radio, cable television, high speed internet connection, Coffee/Tea maker,Hair dryer, iron and ironing board, telephone equipped with voice-mail and cordless phone.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Please call for current rates Call directly at the hotel or book online and request the senior discount.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Please call for current rates Call directly at the hotel or book online and request the senior discount.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
5.30pm in the hotel lobby You will be staying at Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast. Room check out 12:00 pm. You will be staying at Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac 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:
Indoor valet-parking: $33 CAD per 24-hour period. Alternative parking will be Indoor City parking $16 CAD located few blocs from the hotel.
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 Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$8.00 cost can be shared
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

7-8 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

1 miles

 

Quebec City

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$34 cost can be shared
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

25 minutes 

 

Quebec city

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$8.00 cost can be shared
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

7-8 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

1 miles

   

Via Rail offers service to Quebec City. 888 842-7245. www.viarail.ca

 
Driving Directions
  From Maine to Quebec City -Château Frontenac 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. 0.6 mile after bridge, 3rd exit, number 134-E, for Boulevard Laurier Merge on Laurier east, becomes Chemin St-Louis, than Grande Allée, than rue St-Louis (inside Old City).Fairmont le Château Frontenac is the last building on the right hand side.
  From Montreal to Quebec City Château Frontenac Quebec City is 151 miles 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 and finally Rue St-Louis (5 miles ride). Go underneath the gate (fortifications wall), Château Frontenac is at the end of Rue st-Louis , on the right-hand side.
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: Independent Arrivals & Check-In, Registration & Orientation, Introduction to Québec City & Christmas Traditions
(Sunday, December 29)
   
 Afternoon: Following your independent arrival, HOTEL CHECK-IN begins at 4:00pm. Get your room assignment then at 5:30pm come over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet containing the most up-to-date schedule of program activities and general information on your stay.
Shortly thereafter, we’ll gather for an ORIENTATION session for introductions, to review the program schedule, note any updates, review roles and responsibilities, address safety issues, and answer any questions you may have.
 Dinner: Enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant in the heart of Old Québec, a 5-minute walk from the Château Frontenac. After dinner, stroll with your coordinator through the streets of the Old City to the famous Terrasse Dufferin to form your first impressions of Quebec and discover the city or return to the hotel after dinner.
   
Accommodations: Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Old Québec City: History, Architecture and the Spirit of Christmas
(Monday, December 30)
   
 Breakfast: We'll enjoy a breakfast buffet in the restaurant at the Frontenac with a wide variety of options amid opulent seasonal surroundings. The Chateau embraces its role as the “star” atop the city’s figurative Christmas tree with a beautiful display of decorations and a wonderful sense of revelry and bonhomie.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: A local expert will tell you about the history of Québec City — the birthplace of French America and the first settlement in Canada. You’ll learn how winter has shaped the military and political destiny of Québec, how residents deal with it in their daily lives, and get an overview of Québecois culture and Christmas traditions.
This program is based at one of the world’s most historic and charming hotels, in one of the world’s most historic and charming cities, within easy walking distance to all that Old Québec has to offer. Part of the learning experience will consist of delighting in the city itself decked out in a magical array of seasonal lights and decorations. The spirit of Christmas radiates throughout Québec City, and Christmas at the Château Frontenac is truly unique and special.
 Lunch: We’ll lunch out to savor traditional food of Québec at the renowned restaurant Aux Anciens Canadiens, located in the oldest house in the city (1675). Its thick walls, solid joints, marvelous wainscoting and recessed cupboards are characteristic of the houses constructed during that era. Specialties of the house include a "tourtière" meat pie and an exquisite maple dessert.
 Afternoon: After lunch, led by our expert historian-guide, explore the neighborhood surrounding the Château Frontenac. We’ll walk along narrow streets to illustrious monuments and significant buildings that eloquently illustrate aspects of the city's history and architecture. The spirit of Christmas is all around you, from exquisitely decorated storefronts to beautifully-lit cobbled alleys — a wondrous scene to behold.
 Dinner: Dinner is on your own to explore the varied and exciting Quebec City dining opportunities. Suggestions will be made.
 Evening: After dinner, enjoy the excitement of more independent discovery. Our coordinator will have plenty of suggestions for where you can go and what you can do.
   
Accommodations: Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: New Year Eve: National Museum of Fine Arts, traditions and Celebrations.
(Tuesday, December 31)
   
 Breakfast: We'll enjoy a breakfast buffet in the restaurant Cafe de la Terrasse at the Frontenac with a wide variety of options amid opulent seasonal surroundings.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (National Museum of Fine Arts). The museum is located in Battlefields Park, also known as the Plains of Abraham, a site of exceptional beauty and significance in Canadian history. You’ll hear about the fascinating history of the museum itself — comprising three buildings, styles, and periods — and of course its impressive collections including 35,000 works by 4,000 artists, dating from the 17th Century to the present.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own. Suggestions will be made.
 Afternoon: Workshop on local musical traditions in the company of jig dancers, callers and square dancers at Place Royale (optional).
 Dinner: 7:00 PM Dinner in one of Quebec's fine restaurants (5 minutes walk from the hotel).
 Evening: Take part of the outdoor New Year’s Eve celebration: traditional music show, dance, big countdown, and midnight fireworks.
   
Accommodations: Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: New Year Brunch, Caleche Ride & Farewell Cocktail
(Wednesday, January 1)
   
 Brunch: A Gastronomic Brunch Buffet in the famous Chateau Frontenac's Ballroom - one of the signature traditions of this grand hotel, which is the most photographed in the world and a true symbol of Quebec City.
 Afternoon: Farewell Cocktail - Regroup with your coordinators for the last meeting and Let's talk about it. Quebec today - Andree and Sylvie 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.
 Afternoon: EXCURSION: New Year continues with a festive ride in an authentic calèche (horse-drawn carriage). From your cozy seat, get a different perspective on North America’s only walled city including the beautiful 19th Century Parliament building.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own.Our coordinator will offer guidance and suggestions. For this dinner, a reservation will be made by Sylvie & Andree in one of Quebec's french Bistro (5 minutes walk from the hotel) for anyone who wishes to accompany them. (optional)
   
Accommodations: Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
Meals Included: Brunch

Day 5: Breakfast & Independent departure.
(Thursday, January 2)
   
 Breakfast: The program concludes with breakfast. Hotel check-out is 12:00 Noon.
We hope you have enjoyed this very special program and have gained an appreciation for the New Year traditions of Old Québec and its grandest and most historic hotel. Please join us for other rewarding Road Scholar programs in the future, and best wishes for all your journeys!
   
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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