10382
Quebec

French Canada: A Cultural Journey through Montréal & Québec City

Revel in the culture, heritage, art and cuisine of two great cities as you explore museums and architecture in Québec and see festivals and visit the Notre-Dame Basilica in Montréal.
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Program No. 10382RJ
Length
7 days
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7 days
6 nights
14 meals
6 B 4 L 4 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Montreal, QC
D
SpringHill Suites Old Montreal

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: 5:30-5:45 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come to the Road Scholar table on the Mezzanine level to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other Orientation: We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Plus, a few useful tips to enhance your stay in French Canada. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.

Dinner: At a popular steak house restaurant on Rue St-Paul, the oldest street in Montréal, enjoy a 3-course plated meal with appetizer (soup or salad), choice of entrée (chicken, fish, steak), dessert of the day, and beverage choices including coffee (regular/decaf), hot tea, water; other beverages are available for purchase from the bar. We will return to the hotel after dinner for our Orientation session.

Evening: Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Explore Montréal, Montréal Museum of Fine Arts
Montreal, QC
B,L
SpringHill Suites Old Montreal

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach. Walking up to 2 miles throughout the day.

Breakfast: At the hotel, the breakfast buffet offers choices such as a hot dish, waffles, cereal, fruit, bread and pastries, milk, juices, coffee (regular/decaf), hot tea, water.

Morning: Led by an expert, we will go for a city field trip via motorcoach, focusing on the city's history, architecture, main neighborhoods, and its astounding underground city that features a 20-mile network of pedestrian walkways. Among the highlights are the Underground, Mont-Royal, and Ste-Hélène Island that was the site of Expo 67 (1967 International and Universal Exposition).

Lunch: At one of the city’s numerous cafés, we’ll order from a menu.

Afternoon: With our Group Leader, we will go by motorcoach to the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA). At the Museum a docent will join us for an overview of the Quebec and Canadian art exhibition. Founded in 1860, the MMFA has an outstanding permanent collection representing artistic achievements from antiquity to the present day with paintings, sculptures, graphic arts, photographs, and decorative art objects in four major areas: international art, world cultures, decorative arts and design, and Québec and Canadian art that we will visit. Returns to the hotel will be via taxi in small groups for those who wish to leave earlier or stay later.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions

Evening: At leisure. You might like to go out and explore, spend time with fellow Road Scholars, or just relax.

DAY
3
Old Montréal, Free Time
Montreal, QC
B,D
SpringHill Suites Old Montreal

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Led by an expert, we’ll set out on a walking field trip in Old Montréal. We’ll 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 Montréal of today.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Afternoon: Free time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. You might like to independently explore Old Montréal, Pointe-à- Calliere Museum, the port, the Botanical Garden.

Dinner: In Old Montréal, we will enjoy a 3-course plated meal with appetizer (soup or salad), choice of entrée (chicken, fish, steak), dessert of the day, and beverage choices including coffee (regular/decaf), hot tea, water; other beverages are available for purchase from the bar.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.

DAY
4
Basilica de Notre-Dame de Montréal
Quebec City, QC
B,L,D
Hotel Manoir Victoria

Activity note: Getting on/off a train. Participants will need to carry their own luggage, restricted to one piece of baggage and one carry-on bag on the train. We will carry our baggage when we transfer to the train station. There it will be loaded onto the train for us; keep carry-ons with you. The train ride is about 180 miles, approximately 3.5 hours. Upon arrival in Québec City, we will retrieve our baggage and load it onto a van for transfer to the hotel where it will be taken to our rooms.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will take a short walk to the Notre-Dame Basilica of Montréal for an expert-led exploration followed by a presentation for our group of the fabulous organ by the Basilica's titular organist. We will then walk back to the hotel and check-out, take taxis to the train station, and board a train for the transfer to Québec City.

Lunch: Aboard the train, we’ll have box lunches from a local bakery with a sandwich, salad, and soft drink, coffee, or tea.

Afternoon: Upon arrival in Québec City, we will take taxis to our hotel for check-in with some time to freshen up and relax before dinner.

Dinner: We will walk to a renowned Pub in Old Québec for a 3-course plated meal with appetizer (soup or salad), choice of entrée (meat, seafood, vegetarian), and dessert of the day, plus beverage choices including coffee (regular/decaf), hot tea, water; other beverages available for purchase from the bar. We will return to the hotel after dinner for an evening lecture.

Evening: We will be joined by a local expert who will tell us about the history of Québec City — the birthplace of French America and the first settlement in Canada. This stimulating lecture will highlight different aspects of the city's present-day social and economic realities.

DAY
5
Quebec City History & Architecture, Montmorency Falls Park
Quebec City, QC
B,L
Hotel Manoir Victoria

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach, on/off a cable car. Walking up to 2 miles, varied terrain.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Led by an expert, we will go for a walking field trip through Québec's Historic District. You will be charmed by the very European atmosphere of its quaint streets as well as the history and architecture. There are two parts, the Upper Town that was the fortified area and the Lower Town that developed around the Place Royale and the harbor. A well-preserved integrated urban ensemble, the Historic District is a remarkable example of a fortified city of the colonial era, and unique north of Mexico. After the walking exploration, we will board the motorcoach and ride to the foot of the Montmorency Falls where will take the cable car to the Manoir Montmorency.

Lunch: At Manoir Montmorency, we’ll have a set meal featuring regional specialties.

Afternoon: We will have some time to explore Parc de la Chute-Montmorency — Montmorency Falls Park — independently. This is one of the most scenic spots in Canada. The spectacular falls are nearly 100 feet (30 meters) higher — though much narrower — than Niagara. You might like to take a short walk to the bridge that goes over the falls. We’ll then take the cable car down and and explore the Quartier Le Petit Champlain in the lower town of Old Quebec.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Governor-General's Official Residence, musée des Ursulines
Quebec City, QC
B,L,D
Hotel Manoir Victoria

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach. Walking up to 2 miles.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Led by an expert, we will visit the official residence of the Governor General of Canada, located within La Citadelle of Québec overlooking the majestic St. Lawrence River. Québec, the cradle of French civilization in North America, is a repository of history and culture from the French, English, and Canadian periods. The fortified boundaries of this old British fortress are the only such remaining walled defenses on the continent. After a terrible fire in 1976, it was restored with Canadian materials throughout to showcase the city’s history, modern cultural sensibilities, and outstanding artists. Today, it houses an important collection of art and period furnishings.

Lunch: At one of the city’s numerous cafés, we’ll order from a menu.

Afternoon: We will re-group at the hotel and walk to Le Musée des Ursulines, an art and history museum where we will learn about the rich heritage of the oldest teaching order in Canada including Québec’s religious and social history. The remainder of the afternoon is free.

Dinner: At the hotel, enjoy a farewell 3-course plated meal with appetizer (soup or salad), choice of entrée (meat, seafood, vegetarian), and dessert of the day, plus beverage choices including coffee (regular/decaf), hot tea, water; other beverages are available for purchase from the bar. Share experiences with new Road Scholar friends.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

DAY
7
Program Concludes
Quebec City, QC
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out 12:00 Noon.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet. This concludes our program.

Morning: If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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