Walking up to 2 miles. Dress in layers for winter weather, be prepared for slippery conditions, snow covered or icy terrain, some stairs.
At the Château Frontenac, choose what you like from the extensive breakfast buffet amid beautiful seasonal decorations and surroundings. The Frontenac is the virtual “star” atop the city’s figurative Christmas tree with a wonderful sense of revelry and bonhomie.
We will be joined by a local expert who tell us more about the history of Québec City — the birthplace of French America and the first settlement in Canada. We’ll learn how winter has shaped the military and political destiny of Québec, how residents deal with it in their daily lives, and get an overview of Québecois culture and Christmas traditions. Follow by a walking field trip led by our local expert to explore the neighborhood surrounding the Château Frontenac. We’ll walk along narrow streets to illustrious monuments and significant buildings that eloquently illustrate aspects of the city's history and architecture. The spirit of Christmas is all around, from exquisitely decorated storefronts to beautifully-lit cobbled alleys — a wondrous scene to behold.
Another favorite local tradition is Onion soup for lunch. We’ll dine in local Pub or bakery and order from a menu.
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. Discover the Christmas German market in the heart of the Old town.
In the renowned restaurant Aux Anciens Canadiens, we’ll savor traditional food of Québec in a 3-course plated meal with appetizer (soup), choices of entrée, maple sugar pie, and beverage choices including a glass of wine or beer, soft drink, coffee, hot tea, water; other beverages available for purchase from the bar. The restaurant is situated in the city’s oldest house (1675). Its thick walls, solid joints, marvelous wainscoting, and recessed cupboards are characteristic of houses constructed during that era.
We’ll enjoy a program of classical and seasonal music performed by one of Canada's finest String ensembles just for our Road Scholar group at the Carter Room, Holy Trinity Cathedral.