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Quebec: A Signature City

Program Number: 19748RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/27/2014 - 11/1/2014; 6/15/2015 - 6/20/2015; 7/6/2015 - 7/11/2015; 8/10/2015 - 8/15/2015; 9/21/2015 - 9/26/2015; 10/26/2015 - 10/31/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Quebec City, Quebec
Price starting at: $1,595.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Signature Cities
Meals: 12; 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Discover the best that Quebec City has to offer as locals introduce you to the food, arts and history of this fascinating region. Explore the heart of Old Quebec's Upper and Lower Towns and examine the city's extensive fortification system with an expert historian. Traverse down pedestrian streets and laneways to discover its quiet residential neighborhoods. A presentation at Musée National des Beaux Arts will introduce you to paintings and sculpture by Quebecois artists. Lectures are brought to life with field trips encompassing both landmark sites and less heralded aspects of the city, opening doors to historic interiors that few visitors discover. Learn about Quebec’s architecture and enjoy a farewell dinner at Le Château Frontenac.




Highlights

• Explore the cobblestone streets and well-preserved 17th-century architecture of Old Quebec with an architectural historian.
• Meet locals and experience the flavors of Quebec on an expert-led culinary walk exploring the Rue St. Jean and historic Old Port market.
• Discover the rich cultural heritage at the National Museum of Fine Arts, boasting the highest concentration of artists in the province.



Activity Particulars

Walking 2 miles on uneven surfaces, cobblestones; some hills and stairs.




Date Specific Information

10-27-2014

October date is based at the historic Chateau Frontenac.
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6-15-2015, 7-6-2015, 8-10-2015, 9-21-2015, 10-26-2015

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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
European-style hotel in the heart of Old Quebec.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
David Mendel

A resident of Quebec’s historic district since 1976, David Mendel is active in the region’s preservation efforts. As president and co-founder of an educational excursion company, he organizes cultural journeys across Canada and is often lectures on the history of Quebec at international conferences. David holds degrees in art history from Laval University, and is president of the Foundation of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity — the first Anglican Cathedral built outside of the British Isles.
 
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.
 
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.
 
William Moss

Since 1985, William Moss has been chief archaeologist for the City of Québec, where he coordinates municipal archaeological heritage management for the UNESCO World Heritage City. William has worked as a field archaeologist in England for the Royal Ontario Museum in Peterborough and for the archaeological field unit of the Royal Exeter Museum.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Fairmont Chateau Frontenac
  Quebec City, Quebec 5 nights
 Fairmont Chateau Frontenac
Type: Five-Star Hotel
  Description: Ideally located inside the walls of Old Quebec, the iconic Fairmont Le Château Frontenac has undergone a multimillion dollar renaissance project that will reposition it as one of the world’s leading hotels. The restoration blends the charm of the hotel’s enchanting past with modern innovations, creating an allure that is fresh & seductive, balanced with the hotel’s rich history & dynamic future. 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. This heritage urban resort will seduce you with its breathtaking views of the St. Lawrence River and the architecture of the Old fortified City, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In any one of its 611 guestrooms and suites, you'll feel an elegant touch of historic Europe. Your experience at this landmark luxury hotel will guarantee you a memorable and inspiring stay in one of the most beautiful, and walkable, cities in the world. The location offers easy access to all of the wonderful sites and experiences that Old Quebec has to offer. New York architect Bruce Price (father of Emily Post) was retained by the General Manager of Canadian Pacific Railway to design the hotel. Named after a flamboyant French governor, the Count of Frontenac, whose coat-of-arms can be seen in many areas of the hotel.
  Contact info: 1, Rue des Carrieres
Quebec City, QC G1R 4P5 Canada
phone: 418-692-3861
web: www.fairmont.com/Frontenac/
  Room amenities: Air-conditioning, alarm clock-radio, cable television, Wireless High Speed Internet connection service through Modem (fees apply), coffee/tea maker, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, windows that open, telephone equipped with voice-mail and cordless phone.
  Facility amenities: Dining options from classic continental and regional fare to gourmet-on-the-go in the hotel's restaurants and lounges.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Please call for current rates. Contact hotel directly for rates and availability.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Please call for current rates. Contact hotel directly for rates and availability.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Arrivals and transfers to the program hotel in Quebec City, QC. Check-in is 4:00 pm. Dinner is at 6:00 pm. You will be staying at Fairmont Chateau Frontenac that night.
  End of Program:
Breakfast is at 7:30 am to 9:00 am; departures from Quebec City after breakfast. Check-out is 12:00 noon. You will be staying at Fairmont Chateau Frontenac the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Contact the hotel directly for rates.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Quebec City, Quebec
  Nearest city or town:  Quebec City, QC
  Nearest highway: Trans Canada Highway
  Nearest airport:  Quebec City - Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB)
  From End of Program
  Location: Quebec City, Quebec
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Quebec City

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

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

 

Travel Time:

 

20 - 30 minutes 

 

Quebec City

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $8.00 CDN (per taxi)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

5 - 10 minutes 

   

Via Rail offers service to Quebec City - 888-842-7245

 

Quebec City

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $30 CDN (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 CDN (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

 
Driving Directions
  United States - From 1-87 North If you are entering the Province of Quebec by the I-87 North: Go North on Quebec Autoroute 15 (31 miles) to Quebec Autoroute 20, Go Northeast on Quebec Autoroute 20 (144 miles) to Quebec Autoroute 73. Go North on Quebec Autoroute 73 (2,7 miles) to Quebec Autoroute 175, About half a mile after the bridge (Pont Pierre Laporte) turn right on Quebec Autoroute 175, also named Boulevard Laurier. Follow Boulevard Laurier, which will change name to Chemin St-Louis, Grande Allée and finally Rue St. Louis (5,2 miles). On Rue St-Louis, go underneath the gate (Fortification wall), Château Frontenac is at the end of Rue Saint-Louis, on the right-hand side.
  United States - From I-91 North If you are entering the Province of Quebec by the I-91 North: Go Northwest on Quebec Autoroute 55 (83 miles) to Quebec Autoroute 20, Go Northeast on Quebec Autoroute 20 (83 miles) to Quebec Autoroute 73, Go North on Quebec Autoroute 73 (2,7 miles) to Quebec Autoroute 175, About half a mile after the bridge (Pont Pierre Laporte) turn right on Quebec Autoroute 175 also named Boulevard Laurier, Follow Boulevard Laurier, which will change name to Chemin St-Louis, Grande Allée and finally Rue St. Louis (5,2 miles). On Rue St-Louis, go underneath the gate (Fortification wall). Château Frontenac is at the end of Rue Saint-Louis, on the right-hand side.
  United States - From US-201 If you are entering the Province of Quebec by the US-201: Go Northwest on provincial Highway 173 (49 miles) to Quebec Autoroute 73, Go Northwest on Quebec Autoroute 73 (35 miles) to Quebec Autoroute 175, Go North on Quebec Autoroute 73 (2,7 miles) to Quebec Autoroute 175, About half a mile after the bridge (Pont Pierre Laporte) turn right on Quebec Autoroute 175 also named Boulevard Laurier, Follow Boulevard Laurier, which will change name to Chemin St-Louis, Grande Allée and finally Rue St. Louis (5,2 miles). On Rue St-Louis, go underneath the gate (Fortification wall). Château Frontenac is at the end of Rue Saint-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: Arrival and Check-In/Registration/Welcome Dinner/Orientation
(Monday, October 27)
   
 Afternoon: Arrivals and transfers to the program hotel. Check-in is 4:00 pm. Meet your Group Leader between 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. at the hotel to register and get your welcome packet. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner at Le Petit Chateau.
 Evening: Following dinner, you will meet for introductions, a review of the program and site orientation. Take the rest of the evening to become acquainted with your fellow participants or stroll around the local area. You are embarking on a learning adventure to discover Quebec's vibrant culture and history through a broad range of presentations and exciting field trips led by some of Quebec's most knowledgeable and engaging experts. You will explore the heart of Old Quebec's Upper and Lower Towns, discovering many of the most important sites, institutions, and monuments along the way. This exciting program embodies the best that Quebec City has to offer!
   
Accommodations: Fairmont Chateau Frontenac
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Historic Quebec: Overview of Quebec City/Plains of Abraham/Museum of Civilization
(Tuesday, October 28)
   
 Breakfast: Full buffet breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: A power point presentation by a local historian entitled "The History of Québec City" 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 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.
 Morning: Following the presentation we will explore the Plains of Abraham by coach. With commentary provided by our local expert, discover the site of many clashes for supremacy between the French and British Empires. The park is the scene of the 1759 Conquest, which changed the fate of North America. Apart from its historical past, the park is to Québec what Central Park and Hyde Park are to New York and London: a city park of outstanding value, the lungs of the city.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Explore the Museum of Civilization, 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. Meet a local expert who will take you through the “People of Québec, Now and Then”. This exhibit focuses on life in the province of Québec 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 Québec.
 Dinner: Enjoy a three course dinner at Le Patriarche; a choice of three entrées from a menu featuring Quebec products. This 1827 heritage home-turned-restaurant is set in a decor inspired by its old stone walls and imbued with a unique architectural cachet.
 Evening: Continue getting to know your fellow adventurers, explore the local galleries and shops on your own or enjoy the hotel’s facilities.
   
Accommodations: Fairmont Chateau Frontenac
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: The Evolution of Nationalism in Québec/Quebec Architecture: Guided Architectural Walk/Ursuline Museum
(Wednesday, October 29)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: 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.
 Morning: Set out on foot with your local expert to explore the city’s architecture on a guided walk through the historic Old City. Start at the Lower Town and Place Royale, known as the cradle of French civilization in North America with its fine stone merchant houses and Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church. Uncover the charming commercial district of rue du Petit-Champlain and continue on to 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, Lower Town and the star-shaped Citadel. Examine how Québec's defenses developed under the French and English regimes and learn about the cannons, loopholes, Artillery Park, and fortresses that are part of Quebec's fortifications.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Learn about the educational mission of the Ursuline nuns and their way of life. The Ursulines' landed in New France in 1639 and concerned themselves with the education of girls, both French and Native. The Convent is the oldest institution of its kind in North America. The Chapel dates from the early 20th century and preserves the interior decor of the original 1730s chapel. Much of the carving is the work of Québec’s master-sculptor Pierre-Noël Levasseur. There are also paintings by French masters of the 17th and 18th centuries. The Ursulines museum contains one of the richest ethnographic and artistic collections passed down from the early days of New France, including exquisite embroidery worked by the nuns.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
 Evening: Take some time to independently explore the city. Venture downtown, take in a show or stroll the cobblestone streets.
   
Accommodations: Fairmont Chateau Frontenac
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Quebec Archaeology/Musée National des Beaux Arts du Québec
(Thursday, October 30)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Meet with the Chief Archaeologist for the City of Québec. Mr. Moss has promoted the archaeological heritage of the city for thirty years. He participated in a series of seminars held in Jamestown (Virginia) in 2007, Québec City (Québec) in 2008 and Santa Fe (New Mexico) in 2009. With his archaeologist's eye, he compares each city at the moment of its founding and the manner this event was commemorated four hundred years later.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: 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.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own to enjoy the many culinary delights this historic city has to offer.
   
Accommodations: Fairmont Chateau Frontenac
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Cultural Quebec: Culinary Exploration/Marché du Vieux-Port/Rue St Jean/Chateau Frontenac
(Friday, October 31)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Meet with a local French food expert 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 on your own to explore the many culinary delights this city has to offer.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore the Old City on your own. Visit some of the museums, galleries or take a ferry to Levis to enjoy the breathtaking view of the city.
 Dinner: On our final night together we will have a special farewell dinner at Le Château Frontenac where food lovers from around the world have enjoyed the art of Quebec fine dining for more than 100 years. It is a tradition of cuisine which continually innovates in its blend of the original and the creative; dine in a relaxed setting with an incomparable view of the St-Lawrence River and Dufferin Terrace.
 Evening: After dinner it is time to reflect on our experience and say goodbye to new friends. Take the opportunity to enjoy the hotel’s facilities or rest up for the journey home.
   
Accommodations: Fairmont Chateau Frontenac
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Program Concludes/Departures
(Saturday, November 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Departures from Quebec City after breakfast as per individual travel plans. Check-out is 12:00 noon. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures and comments. 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


Arundel


Author: Kenneth Roberts, N. C. Wyeth (Illustrator)


Description: The grand historical novel of Colonel Benedict Arnold's doomed march on Quebec in 1775, told through the eyes of a soldier in the Continental Army. Rich in historical detail.



Canada and Quebec: One Country, Two Histories


Author: Robert Bothwell


Description: An in-depth look at Canada-Quebec relations through interviews with prominent Canadian figures.



Montcalm and Wolfe, The French and Indian War


Author: Francis Parkman, Caleb Carr (Editor), John Keegan (Introduction)


Description: 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.



Shadows on the Rock


Author: Willa Cather


Description: Set at the end of the 17th century in rural Quebec, this beautifully realized novel highlights the struggles of the Parisian widower Auclair and his young daughter to adapt to their new land.



Surfacing


Author: Margaret Atwood


Description: One of Atwood's earliest novels, a suspenseful yarn where a young woman becomes entangled in affairs, mysteries and the haunting draw of nature as she searches for her missing father on an island off the coast of northern Quebec.



The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz


Author: Mordecai Richler


Description: The book that established Richler as a novelist, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz unfurls amid the bumptious, working-class splendor of Montreal's Plateau neighborhood, once solidly Jewish and more recently home to the city's music scene.



Varieties of Exile


Author: Mavis Gallant, Russell Banks (Introduction)


Description: Wonderful stories set mostly in Gallant's native Montreal, a city starkly divided between working-class French Catholics and genteel English Protestants.





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