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Fête de Noël: Christmas in Québec City

Program Number: 12831RJ
Start and End Dates:
12/21/2014 - 12/26/2014; 12/21/2015 - 12/26/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Quebec City, Quebec
Price starting at: $1,495.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Holidays
Meals: 11; 4 Breakfasts, 1 Brunch, 2 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Could anything be more enchanting than celebrating the holidays in magical Old Town Quebec? Elegant Quebec City, capital of French Canada, celebrates the holidays with an extravaganza of Christmas lights and festivities from art and music to traditional foods and choir performances. Immerse yourself in Quebec’s rich history and culture through expert-led walks and intriguing presentations. Revel in the holiday spirit with a traditional Reveillon feast and special Christmas day celebration at the magnificent Chateau Frontenac.




Highlights

• Discover the rich history of Quebec City and learn about the role of missionaries and religious communities in the development of Quebec.
• Indulge in local Quebecois specialties on an exclusive visit to the Christmas fair at the Old Port market.
• Celebrate Christmas with a grand evening of dinner and dancing to orchestra music in the Chateau Frontenac’s ballroom.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day; cobblestone streets, uneven, hilly terrain and stairs. Potentially icy, snowy winter conditions.




Date Specific Information

12-21-2014, 12-21-2015

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
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.
Stephen Marchessault

Stephen Marchessault was raised in a bilingual family and has spent most of his life in Québec City. He majored in history at Glendon College at York University in Toronto, and over the years, has developed an interest in the history of Québec City. Stephen enjoys sharing his interest and knowledge of this World Heritage City with lifelong learners.
 
Susan Sebert

Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Susan visited Québec City in the 1970’s and fell in love with the city and the Québecois. Now more than 35 years later, she’s still here! Her interest in the French language and culture began with studies in French literature in Strasbourg, France and was followed up with a B.A. in French from Université Laval, in Québec City. Most of Susan’s professional career has been invested in adult education, from teaching English as a second language to coordinating training programs in various organizations — from private companies to provincial and federal departments and finally to the Québec City public transit commission. In 2002, she received an M.A. in adult education from the Université de Sherbrooke. Combining her knowledge of the city with her linguistic skills, her experience in adult education and her passion for the culture and history of Québec, Susan now leads educational excursions, sharing her love for the culture and history of Québec.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Hotel Manoir Victoria
  Québec City, Québec 5 nights
 Hotel Manoir Victoria
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Hotel Manoir Victoria is a European-style hotel, situated inside the walls and in the heart of historic Old Québec. It is within distance of the Château Frontenac and the funicular to lower town. Please note that there are stairs at the entrance of the hotel. Porterage is available for a small fee.
  Contact info: 44 Cote du Palais
Québec City, QC G1R 4H8 Canada
phone: 418-692-1030
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: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call for availability & rates. Please contact the hotel directly for rates and availability.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call for availability & rates. Please contact the hotel directly for rates and availability.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Arrivals and transferse to the hotel in Quebec City. Hotel check-in after 3:00 pm, Québec City, Québec. Dinner is at 6:00 pm. You will be staying at Hotel Manoir Victoria that night.
  End of Program:
Breakfast is at 9:00 am; departures after breakfast as per individual travel plans. Check-out is 12:00 noon. You will be staying at Hotel Manoir Victoria the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Airport: Cost per day is approx CAD$15.00. Weekly rate is approx CAD$105.00. Indoor parking is available at Hotel Manoir Victoria (approx. CAD $20.00 + taxes per night). Rate is subject to change without notice. Please contact the hotel directly.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Québec City, Québec
  Nearest city or town:  Lévis, QC
  Nearest highway: Highway 20 (TransCanada) south shore, Highway 40, north shore
  Nearest airport:  Jean-Lesage International Airport, Sainte Foy (Québec City suburb)
  From End of Program
  Location: Québec City, Québec
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Quebec City

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $30.00 (per taxi)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 - 30 minutes 

 

Quebec City

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $8 - $10 (per taxi)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

5 - 10 minutes 

   

Quebec City is accessible by train - contact Via Rail for details. Toll Free at 1 888 842-7245 or visit www.viarail.ca/en

 

Quebec City

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $8 - $10 (per taxi)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Distance:

 

5 - 10 minutes

   

Québec City is accessible by coach from major cities within Canada. Visitors travelling by bus from the USA come into Montreal via Greyhound, then transfer to Orléans Express bus for Québec City. Contact Greyhound for details at 1-800-661-8747). Taxis are available from the bus station to the hotel.

 

Quebec City

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $30.00 (per taxi)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 - 30 minutes 

 

Quebec City

 

To Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $8 - $10 (per taxi)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

5 - 10 minutes 

   

Via Rail offers train service from Quebec City. 1-888-842-7245 or visit www.viarail.ca/en

 

Quebec City

 

To Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $8 - $10 (per taxi)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

5 - 10 minutes 

 
Driving Directions
  Via Highway 20 Going north on Highway 20, cross the Pierre Laporte Bridge (Pont Pierre Laporte) and exit right (east) onto Boul. Laurier (Laurier Boulevard). Stay on this boulevard; it changes its name to Chemin St-Louis and then to Grande-Allée. Near the Parliament Building, turn left onto Honoré-Mercier which then becomes Dufferin-Montmorency; follow the signs for Rue St-Jean and turn right. After you pass the St-Jean stone gate, turn left at the traffic light onto the Côte du Palais; the Manoir Victoria is on your left.
  Via Highway 40 Highway 40 becomes Highway 440, then Charest Boulevard, then Rue St-Paul. At the train station, Gare du Palais, (left side of road), turn right onto St. Nicholas which becomes Côte du Palais. Manoir Victoria is on the right side of the street.
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/Orientation
(Sunday, December 21)
   
 Arrive To: Arrivals and transfers to the program hotel after 3:00 pm. Please note that rooms are not generally available until mid to late afternoon.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel is at 6:00 pm.
 Evening: Meet for introductions, a review of the program and site orientation at 7:30 p.m.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Manoir Victoria
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Québec: World Heritage City: Marché du Vieux-Port/Rue St Jean/ Upper Town Old Québec Guided Walk
(Monday, December 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel
 Morning: A power point presentation and lecture will give you an excellent overview of Québec City from its founding to the present day. Learn about the principal historical events that occurred here. The city was awarded its World Heritage City designation in 1985 based partially on the fact of the preservation of the fortifications around the Old Town, which date from 1745. This area has a distinct European feel with its stone buildings and winding streets lined with shops and restaurants. Porte St-Louis and Porte St-Jean are the main gates through which people and traffic flow between the Upper Town and the Old Port.



Meet with local food experts and embark on a gastronomical adventure exploring the European style food district and the Old Port Market. We will have the opportunity to learn about present day society on a guided walk and tasting of St. Jean Street and the Old Port Market meeting with local vendors and shop owners, specializing in Quebec produce and sampling specialty foods, artisanal cheeses, meats and other local products. This has been a tradition stretching back more than three centuries. Built on the site of Marché Saint-André (1841) and in the same style, Marché du Vieux-Port is a reminder of a time when country folk would meet and exchange with city folk.

 Lunch: Lunch at Aux Anciens Canadiens Restaurant – Québec cuisine at its best in this charming historical restaurant. Experience traditional Québec cuisine such as Tourtière (meat pie) which brings you closer to the Québec traditional meals then top off your meal with a dessert made of maple products of the area.
 Afternoon: Set out on a guided walk of Upper Town - visit the Cathedral-Basilica Notre-Dame-de-Québec, site of the first diocese in Canada. Arriving at Place d'Armes, visit the monument of Samuel de Champlain, Father of New France and founder of Québec City who established his first “abitation” here in 1608. Dufferin Terrace offers magnificent views of the mountains, St. Lawrence River.
 Dinner: Dinner at le Patriarche - Nestled in the heart of Old Québec near the Saint-Jean Gate, Le Patriarche beckons with its intimate setting and the refined décor of a beautiful, circa 1827 stone house. In each of the chef’s courses you’ll find products from small livestock farmers, new finds from dedicated foragers, and the most succulent items from area market gardens. The menu gives pride of place to game and other products from the Québec terroir.
 Evening: Explore the Old City on your own: As you stroll the streets of the old city imagine Christmas of yesteryear.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Manoir Victoria
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Evolution of Nationalism/Musee National des Beaux Arts/From Traditional to a Modern Society
(Tuesday, December 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel
 Morning: Visit Musée National des Beaux Arts, The National Museum of Fine Arts. We will meet a museum expert for an in-depth presentation and examination of the works of art. Musée National des Beaux Arts du Québec is home to the most important collection of paintings and sculpture by Québécois artists. Over 22,000 selections of works are displayed in three chronological exhibitions: The earliest date from the beginnings of Québécois art and are largely influenced by religion. The second covers the European-influenced modernist period up to 1945. The third showcases figurative and abstract art from the mid-20th century.
 Morning: A presentation will focus on the Evolution of Nationalism in Québec. What are some of the political and social events that have given rise to a strong nationalism and the creation of a political party whose main objective is to separate from Canada and create an independent country? Following the British conquest, in 1763, French Canadians will fight attempts of assimilation in order to insure the survival of their distinct culture. Today, this culture is vibrant and alive but many feel that it is continuously under pressure.
 Lunch: Lunch at Café du Musée.
 Afternoon: Delve into the Role of the Catholic Church - From a Traditional to a Modern Society. Gain an insight into the important role played by the Church in ensuring the survival of French-Canadian culture, through its language and customs to its loss of influence in contemporary society
 Dinner: Dinner on your own to enjoy local fare or join the Group Leader (at a local restaurant).
 Evening: Free evening to enjoy the ambiance of Christmas in the Old City.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Manoir Victoria
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Place Royale/Petit Champlain District/Musée de la Civilisation/Réveillon de Noël
(Wednesday, December 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel
 Morning: Explore the Musée de la Civilisation with an experienced guide, the city's most popular museum, located close to the historic site of Place-Royale. This internationally renowned museum features four permanent and six temporary thematic exhibitions. Experience the "People of Quebec, Now and Then". This exhibit focuses on life in the province of Quebec throughout the centuries of European habitation, which encourages discovery of artifacts, photos and recreations of historic and domestic scenes. Immerse yourself in the ups and downs, the successes and setbacks, intense heat and extreme cold of a history that belongs to all those who have lived in and built Quebec.
 Morning: Your historian will lead you through Lower Town Quebec. Visit Place Royale, lined with fine old stone merchant houses and dominated by the church of Notre-Dame-des-Victoires. Walk through the lively commercial district of rue du Petit-Champlain, lined with craft shops and cafés.
 Lunch: Lunch on own to enjoy the market or try one of the many bistros and restaurants in the area.
 Afternoon: FREE TIME: Enjoy some free time in the Old City. You may wish to stroll through the Marche du Vieux-Port de Quebec (Farmers' Market) where dozens of Quebec producers and artisans provide you with a taste of the Quebec countryside. Take in over 400 years of history in a single glance, from Quebec City's highest point, the Observatory de la Capitale. Remember that winter has much to offer for outdoor lovers and it is during the cold season that Quebecers express their "Joie de Vivre". Enjoy one of Quebec's favorite winter sports and skate in the very heart of Old Quebec, next to Saint-Jean Gate, in Place d'Youville. Skate rental available on site.
 Dinner: Enjoy a Réveillon dinner with some traditional foods of Québec at the hotel. The Réveillon de Noël (réveillon means "to stay awake") typically begins a few hours before the Midnight Mass with a traditional feast and lasts well into the wee hours of the night. Friends and relatives, children and adults, join in traditional songs, dances and exchanges of presents. This French-Canadian tradition, still alive today in many households, stems from centuries-old traditions imported to the New World from France. Experience a “Réveillon de Noël” in the company of newfound friends.
 Evening: OPTIONAL: Solemn and impressive, filled with hymns of joy, the Midnight Mass reaches its high point with the procession of the Christ Child.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Manoir Victoria
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Christmas Brunch/Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride/Christmas Dinner and Dancing at the Chateau Frontenac
(Thursday, December 25)
   
 Brunch: Breakfast on your own and a free morning to rest or explore Old Québec. Christmas brunch at Hotel Manoir Victoria.
 Afternoon: Old Québec by Horse-Drawn Carriage - Delight in the little hidden treasures of the Old City in this horse drawn carriage ride with a guide that will draw you into the spirit of the holiday season. You will have warm blankets to keep the chill out but dress for the weather. Your carriage ride ends at the Chateau Frontenac where you will have cocktails (Dutch Treat) before you enjoy your elegant Christmas dinner.
 Dinner: Perhaps the grandest Christmas tradition in Québec City is the annual Christmas dinner-dance at the Chateau Frontenac — the most photographed grand hotel in the world and a proud symbol of the city. The centerpiece is a semi-formal, six-course dinner in the ballroom including a glass of sparkling wine.
 Evening: Along with the fine cuisine, you're welcome to join in the dancing as the band plays contemporary popular music accompanied by a singer throughout the evening. Complete your Christmas Day festivities with this celebratory feast in a setting that is trés magnifique! Truly an unforgettable experience.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Manoir Victoria
Meals Included: Brunch, Dinner

Day 6: Independent Departures
(Friday, December 26)
   
 Breakfast: Farewell Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: Independent departures after breakfast. Check-out of hotel is 12:00 noon.
   
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


Michelin Green Guide Quebec


Author: Michelin Travel Publications


Description: GUIDEBOOK 2009 PAPER 448 PAGES A thorough introduction to the region in the classic Michelin style, featuring brief descriptions of all the major attractions. We include it for its broad coverage, and especially for its excellent local maps. (CND66)



Canadians, A Portrait of the Country and Its People


Author: Roy MacGregor


Description: CULTURAL PORTRAIT 2008 PAPER 320 PAGES A journalist and popular author, MacGregor takes the full measure of Canadian life in this irreverent, entertaining portrait of a people. (CND320)



Quebec Province Map


Author: Borch Maps


Description: A map of the province (1:800,000) with insets of Old Montreal, Quebec city and the region on the reverse. Two Sides. 27x40 inches. (CND26)



Eyewitness Top Ten Montreal & Quebec City


Author: Eyewitness Guides


Description: GUIDEBOOK, 2010, Paper, 128 pages A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions in Montreal and Quebec City. (CND205)



A Traveller's History of Canada


Author: Robert Bothwell


Description: HISTORY, 2010, Paper 228, Pages An admirably concise march through Canadian history by Robert Bothwell, who has also written "Canada and Quebec: One Country, Two Histories." Compact, easy-to-read and covering from prehistoric times to today, it's a useful introduction to the country, designed specifically for travelers. (CND82)



Canada and Quebec: One Country, Two Histories


Author: Robert Bothwell


Description: HISTORY, 1999, Paper, 296 Pages An in-depth look at Canada-Quebec relations through interviews with prominent Canadian figures. (CND69, $32.95)



Arundel


Author: Kenneth Roberts | N. C. Wyeth


Description: LITERATURE, 1995, PAPERBACK, 496 PAGES The grand historical novel of Colonel Benedict Arnold's doomed march on Québec in 1775, told through the eyes of a soldier in the Continental Army. Rich in historical detail. (CND43)



Montcalm and Wolfe, The French and Indian War


Author: Francis Parkman | Caleb Carr | John Keegan


Description: HISTORY, 2001, PAPERBACK, 640 PAGES This volume, a reprint of the original 1884 edition by the great Francis Parkman, is an extensively researched account of the French and Indian War and of the great generals Montcalm and Wolfe. (CND16)





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