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Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.
Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.
Afternoon: Program Registration: 5:30 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come to the Road Scholar table in the lobby to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. Orientation. This program is staffed with an expert Study Leader who will also serve as our Group Leader and who will act as our premier resource in making the most of independent study time, offering local knowledge and insider tips to discover Québec City beyond the highlights. We will greet everyone and have introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. This is a Road Scholar INDEPENDENT program. It is designed for participants who want high-level Road Scholar instruction, a few group activities, and who are capable and comfortable setting out on their own for a significant part of the day/night. There will be several hours each day of educational content, most meals on your own (excluded from the program cost) to enjoy what you like, and substantial free time for personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. 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 Study 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.
Dinner: In the hotel, we’ll have 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: We’ll set out on a stroll of discovery and first impressions with our Group Leader through the streets of the Old City to the Terrase Dufferin over looking the St-Lawrence River behind the Château Frontenac.
Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles during the day.
Breakfast: 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. There are many options from a simple pastry and coffee to a full cooked breakfast at nearby cafés. The hotel also offers breakfast for an additional charge.
Morning: At the hotel, a local expert will give a presentation highlighting the city's foundation and exceptional geographical location as well as its present-day social and economic facets. We’ll gain an understanding of how Québec City's history contributed to the creation and development of Canada and why it was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. We’ll then head out on a walking field trip with our expert to explore Québec City with its eclectic architecture, streets, and monuments that serve as eloquent, perfectly conserved testaments to its evolution. Enjoy the city's uniquely European atmosphere, enchanting setting, and friendly inhabitants. We’ll conclude at the renowned Château Frontenac, one of the city’s landmarks and the most photographed hotel in the world. It boasts a fascinating history, owing its name to Louis de Buade de Frontenac, the powerful Governor-General who guided the destiny of New France in the late 1600s.
Lunch: At the famous Château Frontenac, we’ll have a 3-course plated meal with appetizer, choices of entrée, dessert of the day, and beverages including coffee, hot tea, water; other beverages available for purchase from the bar. One of the landmarks of Québec City and the most photographed hotel in the world, the Château owes its name to a flamboyant French governor, the Count of Frontenac, who guided the destiny of New France from 1672 to 1698. Bon appétit!
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 explore the lower part of Old Québec near the river and enjoy Petit Champlain, one of the most appreciated neighborhoods in Québec City, known for its architecture, street performers, boutiques, craftsmen, art galleries, and the Museum of Civilization. Before dinner, we will gather in a local bistro for camaraderie and drinks (on your own).
Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like from the many and varied opportunities to “taste” Québec City.
Evening: At leisure. Go out for more independent exploration, spend time with fellow Road Scholars, or just relax. The choice is yours.
Breakfast: On your own to enjoy what you like.
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 the historic restaurant Les Anciens Canadiens, specializing in traditional Québec cuisine, we’ll have a 3-course plated meal with appetizer, choices of entrée, dessert of the day, and a beverage (glass of wine, beer, soft drink, coffee, hot tea, water). This important landmark is situated in the historic Maison Jacquet and was built in 1675-76 when it was one of the largest houses in the upper-town. It now reigns as the oldest house in the entire city.
Afternoon: Free time. See and do what interests you most. You might like to explore the famous Plains of Abraham, a magnificent 267-acre urban park composed of plains, woods and gardens. It is also the setting for the National Fine Arts Museum of Québec, dedicated to the works of the best artists of the region with its surprising annex, the former prison of Québec.At 4:30 pm take part of our Book-Club Hour. Join our literary expert for a one-hour walking field trip to some of the sites featured in Bury Your Dead, the best-selling novel by acclaimed author Louise Penny. A great way to bring the book to life.(voucher included in the program). From 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., we’ll enjoy cocktail hour. You're invited to join our study leader for drinks (Dutch treat), to share the highlights of your day, and plan your evening.
Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.
Evening: At leisure. You might like to stroll in the Old Town and have coffee or digestif in a café or bar.
Activity note: Walking up 3 miles
Breakfast: On your own.
Morning: We’ll take an expert-led field trip via motorcoach a few miles from the city to experience the beauty of the traditional Québec countryside. The birthplace of French America, Île d'Orléans is a large pastoral island known for the quality of its agricultural products as well as the heritage of its many historic buildings. This well-preserved natural and cultural landmark is situated in the middle of the St. Lawrence River. On our return to the city, we'll stop for a closer look of the Montmorency falls that we saw from the Ile d'Orlean. With its 272' tall, (30 more than Niagara) the falls offers a stunning demonstration of the power of nature. The falls has captivated visitors in all seasons for centuries.
Afternoon: Free time. Enjoy another opportunity for independent exploration to continue exploring Québec City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and what is known as New Québec. If you haven’t done so already, you might like to take a walk on the Grande Promenade Samuel-De Champlain along the Saint Lawrence River and visit the Public Market.
Dinner: At a renowned restaurant in Old Québec noted for its local “farm to table” gastronomy, we’ll have a 3-course plated meal with appetizer, choices of entrée, dessert of the day, and beverages including coffee, hot tea, water; other beverages available for purchase from the bar. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell dinner.
Evening: At leisure. Go out for a bit of independent exploring, revisit a favorite night spot, spend time with fellow Road Scholars, or just relax. Prepare for check-out and departure following our closing session in the morning.
Activity note: Hotel check-out 12:00 Noon.
Breakfast: At a favorite local bakery in Old Québec we’ll have coffee and croissants.
Morning: At the bakery, we’ll have a closing session with our Study Leader to discuss city life and local issues. We expect to end by 10:00 a.m. This concludes our program. 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!
Road Scholar provided a means to experience the best of Old Quebec City and environs -- it's history, culture, dining, shopping and lodging. This learning adventure was a delight from beginning to end.
A wonderful program with an excellent leader and terrific guides!
Independent City Discoveries: Quebec City provided the perfect amount of history, discussions, walking tours, and meals for folks who like to discover things on their own as well as with others.
This tour was both beautiful and very educational. It was bit chillier that I expected but that was not a problem. Get a grasp of Canadian and Quebec history and politics was a real plus from this tour.
This was our first road scholar trip and it was terrific. Quebec City was delightful with the feeling of a European City. This was an independent adventure so we had plenty of time to explore on our own after the informative talks and tours. The hotel was in a perfect location with many restaurants and cafes nearby, and all our included meals were delicious. Since it was a small group tour we were able to get to know many fellow travelers. It was a great intro to Road Scholar trips.
The Quebec Independent City Discoveries tour is great for travelers who enjoy just part of their time with group tours/lectures/meals and the remaining time on your own for independent exploration, meals, and down-time. Enjoyed this tour tremendously and will book a similar tour in the near future.
My friends and I loved this program! We thoroughly enjoyed Quebec City, and the combination of guided exploration and independent discovery (with great suggestions and directions) was perfect for us. Our program leader was outstanding, and the hotel and meals included were top notch.
Andrée Girard is such a authentically charming individual as well as consummate group leader that I would consider a similar adventure in Montreal just to enjoy another experience under her guidance.
Old Quebec City is a compact area that can be explored and understood quickly but continually holds surprises. It's filled with tourists (particularly during the musical festival week), but has abundant parks, restaurants, and other options for rest and revitalization.
This was the perfect program to begin my experience with Road Scholar. I highly recommend it.
This is a short trip packed with fun sights, cultural experiences, and scenic beauty. It was the perfect getaway for me--a single traveler with experience traveling to other continents. I hope to return for more Canadian adventures.
The Independent Quebec City program provides an excellent introduction to the area. It nicely mixes formal programming with free time and covered a great deal of ground in a relatively short time. I appreciate the focus on walking as central to understanding a city.
Other than the frequent rain, I thoroughly enjoyed this trip, my first Road Scholar adventure that will definitely not be my last. Sylvie Nadeau was an excellent host, and the speakers were great too. The hotel was centrally located in Old Quebec City within the wall and within walking distance of all the sites. Five stars
My brief trip to Quebec was terrific. I learned so much more than I would have had I gone on my own. It was a really rich experience. The guides and hotel were excellent.
Andre is the "parfait" guide:)
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The Quebec City Tour was excellent. We liked the location and accommodations at our hotel. The program was just a delight and 4 nights was perfect to take in this lovely city. The people in the city were very friendly & welcoming.
Loved this trip! I lost a day of trip due to airline cancellations but one I arrived I enjoyed the travels immensely. Tour guide was a joy and the group itself was very friendly. Quebec City is such a wonderful place to explore and I would love to return on my own to see more of the sights.
We enjoyed the program, limited by our delay in arriving by a storm at Chicago which resulted in two cancelled flights. I can recommend the program which is something like visiting a European city without leaving North America. The story of the French arrival in N. America began at Quebec City which makes it an amazing walk through some history.
A charming city with plenty of beautiful sites! Superb program leaders, delicious food, and life long memories! This was my first Road Scholar trip and look forward to more. Go ahead and sign up, you will be so glad you did!!
A great experience in terrible weather. We experienced Quebec City in three days of rain and wind. Nevertheless, an outstanding group leader who adapted to the weather conditions, superb speakers, and the charm of this accessible and welcoming town made what could have been a disaster into a terrific learning experience. Kudos to Road Scholar.
Quebec City was our first Road Scholar tour and we are hooked. We came home and began looking for our next tour.
This trip was a great one for those who want to try Road Scholar,like me, as it iss short in duration, and allows plenty of free time to explore. The old section of Quebec City is very manageable in size. The educational components are given by knowledgeable local people with great presentation skills. This was my first Road Scholar trip, but it won't be my last. Almost all people in Quebec City are English speaking, though I enjoyed trying my French. The city has history, beauty, culture, shopping, and wonderful cuisine in all price ranges.
The independent cities tour of Quebec City was fabulous! I had never been on a Road Scholar tour before, so this was a great way to get to know they type of programs that Road Scholar offers. Everything was well organized and coordinated, so there was no time wasted. I also liked having plenty of time to explore the city and museums on my own or with my travel companion. The food was outstanding too, due to great restaurant suggestions.