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Quebec

Independent City Discoveries: Québec City

Program No. 18996RJ
Immerse yourself in Old World charm as you enjoy an insider’s perspective on the traditions, cuisine, architecture and culture of Québec — North America’s only walled city.
Length
5 days
Rating (5)
Activity Level
Starts at
1,199

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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
May 22 - May 26, 2023
Starting at
1,249
May 29 - Jun 2, 2023
Starting at
1,249
Jun 8 - Jun 12, 2023
Starting at
1,249
Jun 19 - Jun 23, 2023
Starting at
1,399
Jul 2 - Jul 6, 2023
Starting at
1,399
Jul 17 - Jul 21, 2023
Starting at
1,399
Aug 7 - Aug 11, 2023
Starting at
1,399
Aug 18 - Aug 22, 2023
Starting at
1,399
Sep 15 - Sep 19, 2023
Starting at
1,399
Sep 24 - Sep 28, 2023
Starting at
1,399
Oct 16 - Oct 20, 2023
Starting at
1,199
Dec 6 - Dec 10, 2023
Starting at
1,249
Itinerary Note

Come celebrate the holiday season with us in Quebec! This departure includes a traditional music workshop presentation and behind-the-scenes access at one of Quebec’s most festive Christmas Markets with its local artisans.

May 20 - May 24, 2024
Starting at
1,299
May 27 - May 31, 2024
Starting at
1,299
Jun 6 - Jun 10, 2024
Starting at
1,299
Jun 30 - Jul 4, 2024
Starting at
1,449
Jul 15 - Jul 19, 2024
Starting at
1,449
Aug 5 - Aug 9, 2024
Starting at
1,449
Sep 12 - Sep 16, 2024
Starting at
1,449
Sep 23 - Sep 27, 2024
Starting at
1,449
Oct 14 - Oct 18, 2024
Starting at
1,249
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
May 22 - May 26, 2023
Starting at
1,629
May 29 - Jun 2, 2023
Starting at
1,629
Jun 8 - Jun 12, 2023
Starting at
1,629
Jun 19 - Jun 23, 2023
Starting at
1,899
Jul 2 - Jul 6, 2023
Starting at
1,899
Jul 17 - Jul 21, 2023
Starting at
1,899
Aug 7 - Aug 11, 2023
Starting at
1,899
Aug 18 - Aug 22, 2023
Starting at
1,899
Sep 15 - Sep 19, 2023
Starting at
1,899
Sep 24 - Sep 28, 2023
Starting at
1,899
Oct 16 - Oct 20, 2023
Starting at
1,559
Dec 6 - Dec 10, 2023
Starting at
1,599
Itinerary Note

Come celebrate the holiday season with us in Quebec! This departure includes a traditional music workshop presentation and behind-the-scenes access at one of Quebec’s most festive Christmas Markets with its local artisans.

May 20 - May 24, 2024
Starting at
1,699
May 27 - May 31, 2024
Starting at
1,699
Jun 6 - Jun 10, 2024
Starting at
1,699
Jun 30 - Jul 4, 2024
Starting at
1,999
Jul 15 - Jul 19, 2024
Starting at
1,999
Aug 5 - Aug 9, 2024
Starting at
1,999
Sep 12 - Sep 16, 2024
Starting at
1,999
Sep 23 - Sep 27, 2024
Starting at
1,999
Oct 14 - Oct 18, 2024
Starting at
1,619

At a Glance

Between the Saint Lawrence River and the Château Frontenac’s hilltop seat are the fortified stone walls for which Québec City is famous. Walk through four centuries of history amid the cobblestones of Vieux-Québec, and discover the elegant charms of its outdoor cafés, galleries and artist workshops. Discuss the sometimes-turbulent political history of the Québécois, and get to know their charming city’s art, history and cultural vitality.
Activity Level
Let's Go!
Urban walking of two miles or more over varied terrain; some stairs.
Independent City Discoveries
Independent City Discoveries
Learn with a Group Leader and enjoy educational programming while also getting independent time to explore on your own. Most Independent City Discoveries include lectures, self-guided excursions and passes for public transit and museums.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Learn about the region’s unique geopolitical situation at the residence of the Governor General.
  • Savor traditional Québécois cuisine savoir faire at the historic Château-Frontenac.
  • Explore the region's artists, both historic and modern, at the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec.

General Notes

This program includes substantial free time and outlines for self-directed field trips. You may also be interested in the walking and hiking version of this program, "Walking and Hiking in Québec City" (#23165)!
Featured Expert
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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.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Andrée Girard View biography
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.
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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.
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Marie Legroulx, a native of Québec City, has a bachelor's in history and a master's in Québec literature. She taught French and Québec literature at local universities for over 20 years. In 2008, she returned to college to become a professional in the tourism industry, and has since been leading historical, architectural and literary explorations. Québec history and language are topics close to her heart since she is a twelfth-generation Québécoise whose ancestors settled on the St. Lawrence River in the mid-seventeenth century.
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Louise Labelle View biography
Louise Labelle studied at the University of Ottawa. After a career in management with the government of the province of Québec, she studied at College Merici to get the proper accreditation as a local expert in the city of Québec. Louise is passionate about history and architecture is proud to share her knowledge with those who want to know more about our magnificent city of Québec.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The Two Solitudes
by Hugh MacLennan
First published in 1945, and set mostly in the time of the First World War, this story revolves around the life and times of the fictional character Paul Tallard and his struggles in reconciling the differences between his English and French Canadian identities.
A People’s History of Quebec
by Jacques Lacoursière and Robin Philpot
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, as well as the Montreal and Quebec-based explorers and traders who travelled, mapped, and inhabited most of North America.
A Short History of Quebec
by John Alexander Dickinson and Brian J Young
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
by Montréal-based authors
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 Montréal-based authors, gets you straight to the action. The Lonely Planet website has options to buy and download individual digital chapters from this book in addition to the full guide.
Shadows on the Rock
by Willa Cather
Set in seventeenth-century Canada, an evocation of North American origins highlights the men and women who struggled to adapt to the new world even as they clung to the one they left behind. The novel covers one year of the lives of Cecile Auclair and her father Euclide, French colonists in Quebec.
Champlain's Dream
by David Hackett Fischer
In this enthralling biography, acclaimed historian David Hackett Fischer brings to life the remarkable Samuel de Champlain—soldier, spy, master mariner, explorer, cartographer, artist, and Father of New France.





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