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French Canada: An Artistic Journey

Program Number: 10382RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/25/2015 - 5/31/2015; 6/8/2015 - 6/14/2015; 7/20/2015 - 7/26/2015; 8/17/2015 - 8/23/2015; 9/14/2015 - 9/20/2015; 10/19/2015 - 10/25/2015;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Montreal, Quebec
Price starting at: $1,895.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture
Meals: 14; 6 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Quebec is “la belle province” where architecture, French language and artistic passion meld in a sensuous taste of Europe right here in North America. In the cities of Montreal and Quebec City — one a boisterous hub of artistic expression, the other a time capsule of historic buildings, cobblestone streets and European charms — discover the visual, performing, culinary and technical arts inspired by the joie de vivre that unites the Quebecois.




Highlights

• Get expert perspectives on prestigious museum collections, including the Montréal Fine Arts Museum and Musée de la Civilisation in Quebec City.
• Delight in Montreal’s summer-long festival season, featuring concerts, parties, cultural events, chamber music, jazz, costume balls and street performances.
• At the Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal, enjoy an exclusive presentation by the Basilica’s titular organist.



Activity Particulars

Walks up to two miles on varied surfaces. Participants carry own luggage and each is restricted to one piece of baggage and one carry-on bag on train.



A more independent approach to this destination with a higher activity level is program 20338, Independent Quebec City and Montreal: People, Places, Culture.




Date Specific Information

5-25-2015

Performance at the Montréal Chamber Music Festival.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Montreal, 3 nights; train to Quebec City, 3 nights; 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: Hotel in historic Old Montréal. Quebec City: Hotel inside the fortifications of the Old City.

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.
 
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.
 
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
 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


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:00pm Hotel Check-In Time. 5:30pm Meet in the hotel lobby for Road Scholar registration. You will be staying at Marriott Springhill Suite Vieux Montreal that night.
  End of Program:
Quebec City - Breakfast is served 7am-10am. Independent departures at leisure. Hotel checkout by noon. You will be staying at Hotel Manoir Victoria the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety 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 is subject to change. Visit www.travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2223.html for up-to-date info.
  Parking availability:
25.00 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
 

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

 

Montreal

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

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

 

Travel Time:

 

10 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.

 

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

 

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 - YUL

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

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

 

Travel Time:

 

25 minutes 

 

Quebec - YQB

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$38 cost can be shared
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

25 minutes 

 
Driving Directions
  From New York State From New York State: Take Highway 87 North to border / After the border you will be on Highway 15 North / 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 from the border: 1 hour. Quebec road are in French, and speed limits are in kilometres (100 k/h equals about 62 m/h).
  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 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: Registration and Welcome Dinner
(Monday, July 20)
   
 Afternoon: Check-In to hotel after 3:00 PM. Registration from 5:30 to 5:45 PM at the Mezzanine 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/Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
(Tuesday, July 21)
   
 Breakfast: Varied, buffet-style breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Guided excursion of Montréal by deluxe motorcoach, focusing on the city's history, architecture, main neighborhoods and its astounding underground city, which features a 20-mile network of pedestrian walkways.
 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: Visit the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts new Pavilion, featuring 600 works of its outstanding collection of Quebec and Canadian Art.
 Dinner: Dinner in Old Montreal.
 Evening: Free time to explore Montreal. Suggestions will be made.
   
Accommodations: Marriott Springhill Suite Vieux Montreal
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Explore Old Montreal/Private Jazz Concert
(Wednesday, July 22)
   
 Breakfast: Varied, buffet-style breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Enjoy an expert-led walking exploration of Old Montreal. Learn about the delicate transformations of public art and architecture, and why the importance of blending old and new is at the heart of this urban conversion to create the Montreal of today!
 Lunch: Lunch in Old Montreal.
 Afternoon: In the afternoon, you will be invited to independently explore Old Montreal, Pointe-à- Calliere Museum, the port, the Botanical Garden. Suggestions will be made.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own. Suggestions will be made.
 Evening: Private jazz concert performed by well-known musicians from the Montreal jazz scene. Meet Jennifer Bell saxophonist and jazz specialist. Learn about the history of jazz in Montreal and attend a demonstration of jazz improvisation with Jennifer and her accompanist, friend, musician and guitar player.
   
Accommodations: Marriott Springhill Suite Vieux Montreal
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Basilica de Notre-Dame de Montréal
(Thursday, July 23)

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 the heart of Old Quebec.
 Evening: 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.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Manoir Victoria
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Quebec City: History and Architecture/Montmorency Falls Park
(Friday, July 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Expert-led walking exploration 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: Enjoy lunch at Manoir Montmorency, featuring area specialities, and visit the astonishing Montmorency Falls Park, just a few minutes away from Québec City. Located between the river and the cliffs, it's one of the province's most spectacular sites.
 Afternoon: Explore Quartier Le Petit Champlain on your return to the lower town, Old Quebec.
 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/First Nations Exhibition - Musée de la Civilisation
(Saturday, July 25)
   
 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; a historic building housing an important collection of art and period furnishings.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own. Suggestions will be made.
 Afternoon: Guided-visit of the fabulous new exhibition: This Is Our Story: First Nations and Inuit in the 21st Century at the Musée de la Civilisation. Discover what it means to be aboriginal in the 21st century. This new permanent exhibition takes an in-depth look at today’s aboriginal cultures, from their diversity, worldviews, beliefs, and ways of identifying with their pasts, to contemporary expressions of aboriginality around the world. Enjoy free time to explore Quebec City (we will provide suggestions of places to explore).
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Manoir Victoria
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7:
(Sunday, July 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Independent departures after breakfast.
   
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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