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Independent City Discoveries: Quebec City

Program Number: 18996RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/3/2014 - 7/7/2014; 8/21/2014 - 8/25/2014; 9/25/2014 - 9/29/2014; 10/23/2014 - 10/27/2014; 7/16/2015 - 7/20/2015; 8/13/2015 - 8/17/2015;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Quebec City, Quebec
Price starting at: $1,095.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Independent City Discoveries Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 5; 1 Breakfast, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Between the Saint Lawrence River and the Château Frontenac’s hilltop seat are the fortified stone walls for which Quebec City is famous. Walk through four centuries of history amid the cobblestones of Vieux-Québec, and discover the elegant charms of its outdoor cafés, galleries and artist workshops. Discuss the sometimes-turbulent political history of the Québécois, and get to know their charming city’s art, history and cultural vitality.




Highlights

• Learn about the region’s unique geopolitical situation at the residence of the Governor General.
• Savor traditional Québécois cuisine savoir faire at the historic Château-Frontenac.
• Explore the region’s artists—historic, modern at the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec.



Activity Particulars

Urban walking of two miles or more over varied terrain; some stairs.



This program includes substantial free time and outlines for self-directed excursions.




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.
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
   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. Elevator from lobby to room floors. 24 stone steps to lobby area from street - no ramps or alternate access.
  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($), Iron and ironing board, Free Wifi internet access, coffee-maker, mini-bar ($).
  Facility amenities: Indoor pool and Sauna, Health Club, Internet Lounge in lobby gives you the opportunity to use the hotel equipment and software. Free Wi-fi access in the room.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  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 Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$6,00 cost can be shared
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

5 minutes 

 

Quebec city

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$6,00 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.
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: Registration and Welcome Dinner
(Thursday, July 3)
   
 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 coordinator. The coordinator will act as your premier 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 with your coordinator through the streets of the Old City to the famous Château Frontenac to form your first impressions of Quebec and discover the city.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Manoir Victoria
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Old Quebec City/Architecture and History
(Friday, July 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is on your own. There are many options from a simple pastry and coffee to a full cooked breakfast at nearby cafes. The hotel also offers breakfast for an additional charge.
 Morning: Attend an illustrious 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, accompanied by our specialist guide, head off to discover Quebec, with its eclectic architecture, streets and monuments—eloquent, perfectly conserved testaments to its evolution. Enjoy the city's uniquely European atmosphere, enchanting setting and friendly inhabitants.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at the famous Château Frontenac, one of the landmarks of Quebec City and the most photographed hotel in the world. The Château, which boasts a fascinating history, owes its name to a flamboyant French governor, the Count of Frontenac, who guided the destiny of New France from 1672 to 1698. Bon appétit!
 Afternoon: In the afternoon, 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.
 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, 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: Hotel Manoir Victoria
Meals Included: Lunch

Day 3: Distinctive Features of French America, The Political and Social System.
(Saturday, July 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is on your own. There are many options from a simple pastry and coffee to a full cooked breakfast at nearby cafes. The hotel also offers breakfast for an additional charge.
 Morning: The second day of our program is dedicated to an intimate visit designed exclusively for our group. Strategically located on the heights overlooking the Saint Lawrence River, Quebec City is the first major milestone on the road leading to the foundation of Canada. A visit to the Residence of the Governor General of Canada, within the walls of the Citadel, will help you understand the region's unusual geopolitical journey over the course of history as well as how the province functions today. This private tour includes access to a unique exhibition of Canadian artists.
 Lunch: Lunch in a vibrant neighborhood of Quebec City nearby the National Fine Arts Museum of Quebec.
 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: Lunch

Day 4: Quebec City Today
(Sunday, July 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is on your own. There are many options from a simple pastry and coffee to a full cooked breakfast at nearby cafes. The hotel also offers breakfast for an additional charge.
 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.
 Afternoon: On the third day, you can 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 the Grande Promenade Samuel-De Champlain along the Saint Lawrence River 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: Dinner

Day 5: Wrap-Up Discussion with Quebecers/Independent Departures.
(Monday, July 7)
   
 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


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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