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Quebec Town and Country: History, Arts, Landscapes, Flavors

Program Number: 20512RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/14/2015 - 6/22/2015; 9/13/2015 - 9/21/2015; 6/12/2016 - 6/20/2016; 7/10/2016 - 7/18/2016; 8/14/2016 - 8/22/2016; 9/4/2016 - 9/12/2016;
Duration: 8 nights
Location: Montreal, Quebec
Price starting at: $2,495.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture; On the Road; Arts, Misc.
Meals: 17; 8 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Learn about French Canada's history and way of life as you visit three of its most fascinating destinations by train: the multicultural metropolis of Montréal, the historic capital of Québec city, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the rural Charlevoix region along the St. Lawrence River, a World Biosphere reserve. Find an amazement of art, history and culture as you take in the views of Québec’s rustic countryside on this remarkable journey by bus and train.




Highlights

• Journey along the spectacular mountains and seashore of Quebec on a scenic train ride from bustling Quebec City to the rural charms Charlevoix.
• Discover great Canadian artists, Inuit and modern, while exploring the region’s great museums and art galleries.
• Learn about Canada’s unique “shared monarchy” at the residence of the Governor General.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles a day; some standing; some stairs.



Maximum group size is 28 participants.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Montreal, 3 nights; train to Quebec City, 3 nights; scenic train and bus to Charlevoix, 1 night; bus and scenic train to Quebec City, 1 night; departure.




Montreal

Montreal is an intoxicating blend of Old World charm and big-city excitement, from the cobblestone streets of the Old Port to the concert halls and theaters of the Place des Arts. The second-largest French-speaking city after Paris, Montreal hosts world-class museums and galleries alongside centuries-old basilicas and family-owned restaurants.



Accommodations
Montreal: Stylish hotel in Old Town. Quebec: Four-star European-style hotel. Charlevoix: Historic manor.

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.
 
Andrée 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.
 
Jennifer Bell

Introducing Jennifer Bell on saxophone. Jennifer was the first female recipient of a bachelor's in jazz studies from McGill University. She has made her home in Montreal since 1981 and is an active member of the thriving jazz scene there. She founded the group Streetnix in 1987 and has appeared at every edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal since. She has been an instructor of jazz combos, saxophone and jazz history at the McGill Conservatory of Music since 1985.
 
Sylvain Lacoursiere

Sylvain Lacoursière is a journalist, teacher and devoted history buff, in addition to his role as a Road Scholar instructor. With degrees in journalism and Canadian history, he has worked on three Quebec history television series and as a journalist in several media outlets. In the past 13 years, Sylvain has led more than 1,700 educational groups through the fascinating city of Montreal. Sylvain teaches history, tourism and German at the college level.
 
Michel Jutras

Originally from Montreal, Michel Jutras holds a master's degree in the management of cultural organizations and has extensive experience in leading educational excusions. Passionate about researching history, especially the history of the dietary and culinary traditions of Quebec, he is working on a large collection of ethnological texts, the first volume of which has already been published, while the second is currently being printed.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Marriott Springhill Suite Vieux Montreal
  Montreal, QC 3 nights
   Hotel Manoir Victoria
  Quebec City, QC 3 nights
   Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu
  Baie St-Paul & La Malbaie - Charlevoix 1 night
   Hotel Manoir Victoria
  Quebec City, QC 1 night
 Marriott Springhill Suite Vieux Montreal
Type: Hotel
  Description: This all-suites hotel is situated in the heart of historic Old Montréal. It is within walking distance of Notre Dame Basilica, museums, and some of the finest restaurants in the city. The rejuvenated Old Port of Montréal is just a few steps away. The underground Metro is close by to whisk you through the city, as is the lively area of Chinatown. .
  Contact info: 445 rue St-Jean Baptiste
Montreal, QC H2Y 2Z7 Canada
phone: 514-875-4333
web: www.springhillsuites.com
  Room amenities: The hotel provides complimentary in-room coffee, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, microwave fridge and self-laundry facilities. complimentary wireless highspeed internet access.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call or book online - Code SNU Call the Marriott SpringHill Old Montreal Office: Local number (514) 875-4333 or 1-866-875-4333 or E-Mail: shsreservations@marriott.com . Use code SNU for your individual reservation to get SN Tourisme/Road Scholar's rate. You could also book on line at www.springhillmontreal.com/en, 1. Click on Marriott.com. 2. Put your date request 3.Click on special rates. 4.Click on senior discount box or use the special SNU in the corporate/promotional code box and confirm your reservation. Thanks.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 Hotel Manoir Victoria
Type: Hotel
  Description: Hôtel Manoir Victoria is a European-style hotel, situated inside the walls and in the heart of historic Old Québec. It is within walking distance of the Château Frontenac and the funicular to lower town.
  Contact info: 44 cote du Palais
Vieux-Québec
Quebec, QC G1R 4H8 Canada
phone: 800-463-6283
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 after: Call for availability Call Hotel Manoir Victoria and indicate that you are with Road Scholar Program.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

 Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Nestled majestically between the sea and the mountains, the Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu Quebec Resort in Charlevoix is a vision of historical splendor. Experience the magnificent landscape surrounding Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu, a source of inspiration for artists.
  Contact info: 181, rue Richelieu
La Malbaie, Charlevoix, QC G5A1X7 Canada
phone: 866-540-4464
web: www.fairmont.com/richelieu
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Montreal - 3:00pm Hotel Check-In Time. 5:30pm Meet at the hotel (mezz level) for Road Scholar registration. You will be staying at Marriott Springhill Suite Vieux Montreal that night.
  End of Program:
Quebec City - Early Morning Departures At Leisure – Hotel Check out by Noon You will be staying at Hotel Manoir Victoria the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. Passport is required for all air travel to and from Canada. A valid passport or original birth certificate along with a valid driver’s license or a state issued photo ID card will be required for land and sea border crossings to and from Canada. Passport requirement for land and sea entry is subject to change. Visit www.cbp.gov for up-to-date information.
  Parking availability:
$26.00 cdn per day
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Montreal, QC
  Nearest city or town:  Dorion and Longueil
  Nearest highway: Highway 20 (Trans Canada)
  Nearest airport:  Pierre Trudeau International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location:  Quebec City, QC
  Nearest city or town:  Levis, Québec
  Nearest highway: Highway 20 (Trans Canada) and Highway 40
  Nearest airport:  Jean Lesage International Airport
Travel Details
 

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

   

If you purchased airfare through Road Scholar, you’ll receive free round-trip airport transfers to get you to and from your program. You will receive detailed information regarding the transfer approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. If you did not purchase airfare through Road Scholar, you will be responsible for making your own way to and from the airport. Please review the suggested options below.

 

Montreal - YUL

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$40.00 cost can be shared
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

25 minutes 

 

Montreal

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
747 Express Bus

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$10.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

40 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

25 miles

   

Public Transportation: 747 Express bus $10 per pers. You could buy your ticket right after you pick up your luggage.The 747 will bring you to the central bus station and from there, you could take a taxi to the hotel (8-9 minutes/ $8-9). Or you could stop at St-Laurent blvd and from there take a taxi to the hotel (5 minutes). Or you could walk South 4 blocks (last block is uphill). After crossing Notre-Dame St, you will turn left on Le Royer St. (small street) and you'll see the hotel entrance.

 

Montreal

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$9.00 cost can be share
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

7-8 minutes 

 

Montreal (Gare Centrale)

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$9-10 cost can be shared
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

 

Quebec - YQB

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

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

 

Travel Time:

 

25 minutes 

 

Quebec City - Gare du Palais

 

To Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$5-6 cost can be shared
Prices are subject to change.

 

Distance:

 

1 mile

 

Quebec City - Gare du Palais

 

To Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$5-6 cost can be shared
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

5 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

1 mile

 

Quebec City to Montreal downtown

 

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Orleans Express

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

60 plus - $49
Prices are subject to change.

   

RETURN after the program - Individual departure. From Qubec City to Montral downtown (not to the airport). Deluxe Motorcoach. Daily service between Qubec City and Montreal downtown living every hour (one-way: 60 +$49 / adult $59). Duration 3:15 hours.Starting at 5:30 am on weekdays and at 6:30 am on Saturday and Sunday. Orléans Express Customer Service 1-888-999-3977 (toll free) – Customer service press #1 then #2

 

Quebec City to Montreal airport

 

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Orleans Express

   

RETURN after the program - Individual departure. By Deluxe Motorcoach (no reservation needed) - Quebec City bus terminal is located half mile from the hotel. From Quebec City to Montral-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport YUL (One-way: for 60+ $65 / Adult $76 CAD) Duration 3:30 to 3:45 hours Departure from Quebec City every day at 06:30- 9:30-10:30-11-30 am 12:30-1:30 - 3:30 - 5:30 pm or 10:30 pm Orléans Express Customer Service 1-888-999-3977 (toll free) – Customer service press #1 then #2

 

Quebec City (Gare du Palais) to Montreal (Gare centrale)

 

 
 

Service:

 

Train
Via Rail
phone: 888-842-7245
Advanced Reservations Required

   

To return to Montreal downtown by train: Schedule and rate: www.viarail.ca or toll free 1 888 842-7245. We do not suggest to take the train back if you have to catch a flight mid-afternoon. The bus is more efficient.

 
Driving Directions
  From New York State. From New York State: The New York State Thruway (1-87) becomes Highway 15 North. Exit Champlain Bridge. Cross bridge into Montreal. Take direction to Highway 10 (Centre-ville). Just before you hit downtown, turn right on Notre-Dame street. Then turn right on St-Jean-Baptiste street (1st small street after St-Laurent). Time of travel from the border: 1 hour .
  From Ottawa From Ottawa: Take Highway 417 East to Highway 40 East and to 15 South / Then take the 720 East / Take exit 6 (Vieux-Montreal, rue Berri / Blvd. St-Laurent.) / At the first traffic light make a right on Bonsecours St / Then make another right on Notre-Dame St / Finally make a left on St-Jean-Baptiste St. Time of travel: 2.5 hours.
  From Quebec City From Quebec City: Take Highway 20 West to Highway 132 West / Exit at Champlain Bridge / Cross the bridge to Montreal / Follow directions to Highway 10 (Centre-ville) / Take Exit 1 Notre-Dame/Rue Wellington / Keep right and go straight on Duke Street / At the fourth traffic light turn right on Notre-Dame St / Then turn right again on St-Jean-Baptiste St (1st street after St-Laurent St). Time of travel: 3 hours
  From Toronto From Toronto: Take Highway 401 East to Highway 20 East and to the 720 East Take exit 6 (Vieux-Montreal, rue Berri / Blvd. St-Laurent.) / At the first traffic light make a right on Bonsecours St / Then make another right on Notre-Dame St / Finally make a left on St-Jean-Baptiste St. Time of travel: 6 hours.
  From Vermont State to SH From Vermont State: Take Highway 89 North to the border / After the border you will be on Highway 133 North / Then 133 North merges into 35 North / Exit at Highway 10 West (Montreal) / Drive until Champlain Bridge / Cross the bridge to Montreal / Follow directions to Highway 10 (Centre-ville) / Take Exit 1 Notre-Dame/Rue Wellington / Keep right and go straight on Duke Street / At the fourth traffic light turn right on Notre-Dame St / Then turn right again on St-Jean-Baptiste St (1st street after St-Laurent St). Time of travel from the border: 2 hours
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: Orientation and Registration
(Sunday, June 14)

Note: Registration at 5:30 PM at the hotel (Mezz level).



   
 Dinner: Welcome dinner at the popular steak house restaurant Le Vieux Port, located on rue St-Paul, the oldest street in Montreal.
 Evening: After dinner, presentation of program details, general information and a few other useful tips to enhance your stay in French America.
   
Accommodations: Marriott Springhill Suite Vieux Montreal
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Exploring Montreal, history and architecture in Old Montreal district. Private jazz concert.
(Monday, June 15)
   
 Breakfast: Varied, buffet-style breakfast, including waffles and fruit.
 Morning: Attend an engaging talk on the history of Quebec and Canada and the role of Montreal in their social, economic and cultural development with historian Sylvain Lacoursière. We then depart for a guided tour of Old Montréal, focusing on its history and architecture.
 Lunch: Montreal is known for its abundant cafés, which are well attended by Montrealers at lunchtime. We will select one for a light yet fulfilling meal.
 Afternoon: In the afternoon, you will be invited to independently explore Old Montreal; the port, the Pointe-à-Callière Museum of Archaeology (built on the very foundations of the city), Marché Bonsecours and a popular street known for its art galleries.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own
 Evening: Jazz in Montréal, private commented concert with Jennifer Bell (saxophone) and Cordell Henebury (guitar).
   
Accommodations: Marriott Springhill Suite Vieux Montreal
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Explore Montreal and Discover Canadian Art
(Tuesday, June 16)
   
 Breakfast: Varied, buffet-style breakfast, including waffles and fruit.
 Morning: Guided tour of Montreal in a private coach to get to know the different neighborhoods and sample their culinary specialities
 Lunch: Lunch on your own. Suggestions will be made.
 Afternoon: Tour the impressive Canadian art collection in the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the new temporary exhibition: Rodin, Métamorphoses.
 Dinner: Dinner at the restaurant Les Pyrénés in Old Montreal.
 Evening: Free evening suggestions will be made.
   
Accommodations: Marriott Springhill Suite Vieux Montreal
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Basilica de Notre-Dame de Montréal
(Wednesday, June 17)

Note: Note: Please note participants need to carry their own luggage and on the train each participant is restricted to one price of baggage and one carry-on bag



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: An unforgettable visit to the Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal featuring an exclusive presentation of the fabulous organ by the Basilica's titular organist. The visit is followed by a transfer to Quebec City by train (train ride is 3.25 hours).
 Lunch: Lunch on the train.
 Afternoon: Check-in at the Hotel Manoir Victoria.
 Dinner: Dinner in a renowned Pub in Old Quebec followed by a nice walk in the strets of the Old City to the famous Chateau Frontenac.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Manoir Victoria
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Quebec City: History and Architecture/ Musée des Ursulines
(Thursday, June 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: A local expert will tell you all about the history of Québec City — the birthplace of French America and the first settlement in Canada. This stimulating lecture will also highlight different aspects of the city's present-day social and economic reality. Follow by a guided tour of Quebec's historic district. You will be charmed by the very European atmosphere of its quaint streets as well as the historic value of its buildings.
 Lunch: In Old Quebec
 Afternoon: Guided-visit at the Musée des Ursulines, art and history museum on the rich heritage of the oldest teaching order in Canada. Enjoy free time to explore Quebec City and Quartier Le Petit Champlainn (we will provide suggestions of places to explore).
 Dinner: Dinner on your own. Suggestions will be made.
 Evening: Free time to explore the city.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Manoir Victoria
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Official Residence of the Governor General of Canada
(Friday, June 19)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet-style breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Visit the Official Residence of the Governor General of Canada, located within the Citadelle of Quebec and overlooking the majestic St. Lawrence River. An historic building housing an important collection of art and period furnishings.
 Afternoon: Free time to explore Quebec City. (We will provide suggestions of places to explore.)
 Dinner: Dinner in Old Quebec
   
Accommodations: Hotel Manoir Victoria
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Train to Charlevoix/Discover Baie St-Paul and the International Music & Dance Academy
(Saturday, June 20)

Note: For the night of Saturday June 20, it will be possible to leave your luggage in consigne at Hotel Manoir Victoria in Quebec and bring only a carry-on for the overnight stay in Charlevoix.



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel
 Afternoon: 12:30 pm Depart by motor coach to the train station at the foot of the Montmorency Falls (a 10 minute bus ride). Cascading down 275 ft – 98 ft more than Niagara Falls – this imposing waterfall dominates the landscape. Day or night, the place is simply magical.    Travel by scenic train from Quebec City to Charlevoix along the St. Lawrence River. The train offers a singular experience of a journey by rail between mountains and seashore, along incomparable riverside scenery. 3:45 pm  Arrive at the lovely Baie St-Paul Village, renowned for its numerous art galleries and artisan workshops. Explore on your own with list of suggestions.
 Dinner: Dinner in a local Bistro in the heart of Baie St-Paul Village.
 Evening: After dinner we will travel by motor coach (30 minute ride) to the Domaine Forget International Music & Dance Academy for an unforgettable musical interlude with the famous Canadian Chamber Music Orchestra Les Violons du Roy. Music program: Mozart. 10:45 pm  Check-in at the Fairmont Manoir Richelieu, a vision of historical splendor perched high above the St Lawrence River in Charlevoix’s La Malbaie.  
   
Accommodations: Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Train to St-Joseph de la Rive / Farewell dinner
(Sunday, June 21)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet-Style breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Tour the Charlevoix Museum to learn more on the area history through their Folk Art Collection.
 Lunch: On your own
 Afternoon: 1:00 pm Departure from the hotel to the train station by motor coach (5 minute ride) 1:30 pm Travel by train from La Malbaie to St-Joseph de la Rive along the St Lawrence River to experience more the magnificent view along the shore. 2:50 pm Arrive at St-Joseph de la Rive With a local expert, we’ll discover two local landmarks. First, a visit to the Papeterie St-Gilles (a papermaking Economuseum® and a sanctuary of Quebec culture since 1965) will give you a close up look at the intricate process of crafting traditional handmade paper. See unique patterns, water-colours and binding, or browse among the silk-screen prints and original decorative objects by masters of their crafts. Our second stop will be at the Seigniorial Mill of Les Éboulements.  Built in 1790 by Seigneur Jean-François Tremblay atop a 90 ft waterfall on the Rivière du Moulin, the traditional stone-ground flour mill has remained unchanged over the centuries. With its original equipment and seigniorial manor just next door, it’s one of the last authentic examples of this type of mill still in operation in Québec. A steady succession of millers has always resided in the adjacent quarters – a tradition that continues there today.  5:00 pm Return to Quebec by motor coach (90 minute ride). Check-in at the Manoir Victoria
 Dinner: Farewell Dinner at the hotel
   
Accommodations: Hotel Manoir Victoria
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: Individual departure.
(Monday, June 22)
   
 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 over coffee and croissants.
 Morning: Early Morning Departures At Leisure – Hotel Check out by 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


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.



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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