18996
Quebec
Independent City Discoveries: Quebec City
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.
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Program No. 18996RJ
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5 days
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4 nights
5 meals
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DAY
1
Registration and Welcome Dinner
Quebec City, QC
D
Hotel Manoir Victoria

Afternoon: Independent arrival and check-in (3:00 PM). Registration in the lobby at 5:30 PM.

Dinner: Enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel with introductions to fellow participants and your coordinator. The coordinator will act as your premier resource in making the most of independent study time, offering local knowledge and insider tips to ensure you discover Quebec City beyond the city's highlights.

Evening: After dinner, stroll with your coordinator through the streets of the Old City to the famous Château Frontenac to form your first impressions of Quebec and discover the city.

DAY
2
Old Quebec City/Architecture and History
Quebec City, QC
L
Hotel Manoir Victoria

Breakfast: Breakfast is on your own. There are many options from a simple pastry and coffee to a full cooked breakfast at nearby cafes. The hotel also offers breakfast for an additional charge.

Morning: Attend an illustrious lecture on Quebec highlighting the city's foundation and exceptional geographical location as well as its present-day social and economic facets. This first activity will allow you to understand how Quebec City's history contributed to the creation and development of Canada and why the city was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. After the lecture, accompanied by our specialist guide, head off to discover Quebec, with its eclectic architecture, streets and monuments—eloquent, perfectly conserved testaments to its evolution. Enjoy the city's uniquely European atmosphere, enchanting setting and friendly inhabitants.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at the famous Château Frontenac, one of the landmarks of Quebec City and the most photographed hotel in the world. The Château, which boasts a fascinating history, 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: In the afternoon, explore the lower part of Old Quebec near the river and enjoy Petit Champlain, one of the most appreciated neighborhoods in Quebec City, known for its architecture, street performers, boutiques, craftsmen, art galleries and the Museum of Civilization. 5:30 - 6:30 Cocktail in a local bistro.

Dinner: After meeting for cocktails at the bistro (optional) dinner is on your own to explore the varied and exciting Quebec City dining opportunities

Evening: After dinner, enjoy the excitement of more independent discovery. Our coordinator will have plenty of suggestions for where you can go and what you can do.

DAY
3
Features of French America, The Political & Social System
Quebec City, QC
L
Hotel Manoir Victoria

Breakfast: Breakfast is on your own. There are many options from a simple pastry and coffee to a full cooked breakfast at nearby cafes. The hotel also offers breakfast for an additional charge.

Morning: The second day of our program is dedicated to an intimate visit designed exclusively for our group. Strategically located on the heights overlooking the Saint Lawrence River, Quebec City is the first major milestone on the road leading to the foundation of Canada. A visit to the Residence of the Governor General of Canada, within the walls of the Citadel, will help you understand the region's unusual geopolitical journey over the course of history as well as how the province functions today. This private tour includes access to a unique exhibition of Canadian artists.

Lunch: Lunch is at the renowned restaurant Les Anciens Canadiens, which serves traditional Québec cuisine. This important landmark is situated in the historic Maison Jacquet, built in 1675-76 when it was one of the largest houses in the upper-town and now the oldest in the entire city.

Afternoon: In the afternoon, you can 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 Quebec. Discover this exceptional museum dedicated to the works of the best artists of the region at your own pace, continuing on to its surprising annex, the former prison of Québec. 5:30 - 6:30 pm Cocktail hour in a local pub (optional).

Dinner: After meeting for cocktails at the local pub dinner is on your own to explore the varied and exciting Quebec City dining opportunities.

Evening: The evening is free to stroll the Old Town or enjoy coffee and a digestif in a cafe or bar.

DAY
4
Île d'Orléans
Quebec City, QC
D
Hotel Manoir Victoria

Breakfast: Breakfast is on your own. There are many options from a simple pastry and coffee to a full cooked breakfast at nearby cafes. The hotel also offers breakfast for an additional charge.

Morning: Only a few miles from the city, led by a local expert discover the beauty of the traditional Quebec countryside. 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. An unforgettable excursion by motorcoach to a well-preserved natural and cultural landmark in the middle of the St. Lawrence River.

Afternoon: On the third day, you can continue exploring Quebec City (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and what is known as New Quebec. A list of suggestions for individual exploration and other activities will complement the program. Options include a walk on the Grande Promenade Samuel-De Champlain along the Saint Lawrence River and a visit to the Public Market.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at a renowned restaurant in Old Quebec for its local gastronomy

Evening: Enjoy the evening with new found friends or take the chance to revisit a favorite cafe

DAY
5
Wrap-Up Discussion with Quebecers/Independent Departures.
Quebec City, QC
B

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 of city life and local issues over coffee and croissants.

Morning: Independent Departures






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