Join a local author and historian for an insider’s perspective on Québec City. You’ll hear fascinating lectures, taste regional cuisine, visit must-see icons and go off the beaten path.
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Program No. 19748RJ
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6 days
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6 days
5 nights
12 meals
5 B 3 L 4 D
DAY
1
Check-In, Program Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Quebec City, Quebec
D
Fairmont Chateau Frontenac

Activity note: Hotel check-in available from 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Arrive to historic Quebec City and transfer to the hotel. Program Registration, 4:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, join us at the Road Scholar table in the lobby to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing the 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. Remember to bring your name-tag (sent previously).

Dinner: At the hotel, we will enjoy a plated welcome dinner at 6:00 p.m. from a set menu, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Periods in the 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.

DAY
2
Historic Quebec, Town Walk, Civilization Museum
Quebec City, Quebec
B,L,D
Fairmont Chateau Frontenac

Activity note: Walking about 1.5 miles over 3 hours; some hills and cobblestones.

Breakfast: We will enjoy a buffet breakfast at the hotel. Coffee, tea, water included. Other beverages available for purchase.

Morning: A local historian will join us at the hotel and give a presentation on the history of Quebec City, History of Quebec City, beginning with its founding, to the fortifications that surround the Old Town and date back to 1745, to the culture of the city today. Then, our local historian will lead us on a walking exploration of Upper Town, which begins at the hotel. We’ll visit the monument of Samuel de Champlain, father of New France and founder of Quebec City. From here, we’ll travel to Dufferin Terrace, where we’ll observe the magnificent views of the mountains, St. Lawrence River, Lower Town and the star-shaped Citadel. We will enrich our knowledge of the city while learning about cannons, loopholes, Quebec’s defenses under different regimes, Artillery Park, and Quebec’s fortifications.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we will enjoy a plated meal of local cuisine. Coffee, tea, water included. Other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: A short walk will take us to the Museum of Civilization to view the exhibition “This is Our Story.” We’ll learn about the indigenous peoples of Canada, their cultures, and traditions. Museum staff will lead us through the various indigenous territories via exhibits that recreate their vision of history and challenges for the future. Afterwards, we will walk back to the hotel for a presentation by our local historian that will explore the evolution of nationalism.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, we’ll enjoy a plated meal. Coffee, tea, water included. Other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. You may wish to continue getting to know your fellow adventurers, explore the local galleries and shops on your own, or enjoy the hotel’s facilities.

DAY
3
Lower Town Walk, Plains of Abraham, Ursuline Nuns
Quebec City, Quebec
B,L,D
Fairmont Chateau Frontenac

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach. Driving approximately 25 miles, about 2 hours. Walking about 2 miles; approximately 3.5 hours; some hills and cobblestones.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: At the hotel, we will enjoy a presentation from a local expert on Quebec's transition from a traditional to a modern society and how those changes have affected its culture and way of life. We’ll then set out with a local expert to explore the city’s architecture on a walk through the historic Old City. Starting at the Lower Town and Place Royal, known as the cradle of French civilization in North America, we’ll observe fine stone merchant houses and Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church. We’ll then uncover the charming commercial district of rue du Petit-Champlain, before we continue on to the Cathedral-Basilica Notre-Dame-de-Québec, site of the first Catholic diocese in Canada.

Lunch: At a local bakery, we’ll order a meal from the full menu; beverages included.

Afternoon: We will then explore the Plains of Abraham by motorcoach. With commentary provided by our local expert, we’ll discover the site of many clashes for supremacy between the French and British Empires and how they shaped the city, the province, and the country. The park is the scene of the 1759 Battle of the Plains of Abraham and the resulting Conquest, which changed the fate of North America. This park also serves as the “lungs” of the city and its ecological benefits are immeasurable. We’ll then travel by motorcoach to the Pôle culturel du Monastère des Ursulines to learn about the educational mission of the Ursuline nuns and their way of life from a museum expert. The convent is the oldest institution of its kind in North America. The chapel dates from the early-20th century and preserves the interior decor of the original 1730s chapel. There are also paintings by French masters of the 17th and 18th centuries. The Ursulines museum contains one of the richest ethnographic and artistic collections passed down from the early days of New France, including exquisite embroidery worked by the nuns.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, we’ll enjoy a plated meal. Coffee, tea, water included. Other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Cultural Quebec: Culinary Exploration, Free Time
Quebec City, Quebec
B
Fairmont Chateau Frontenac

Activity note: Walking about 1 mile during group activities; approximately 2 hours; some hills and cobblestones, crowded streets. Opportunities for more walking depending on personal preference.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: With a local French food expert, we will embark on a gastronomical adventure exploring the European-style food district on foot. We will have the opportunity to learn about present day society as we walk and taste our way around Old Quebec. We’ll meet with local vendors and shop owners, some of whom specialize in Quebecois produce, and have a chance to sample specialty foods.

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.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy local fare.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Quebec Archaeology, Morrin Centre, Fine Arts Museum
Quebec City, Quebec
B,L,D
Fairmont Chateau Frontenac

Activity note: Getting on/off school bus. Driving approximately 15 miles, about 1/2 hour. Walking about 2 miles; approximately 3 hours; some hills, cobblestones and stairs.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will start by heading to the Morrin Centre on foot, built over 200 years ago. As the city’s first prison, it now houses one of the world’s most beautiful libraries. A local expert will recount spellbinding and haunting stories surrounding this Victorian building steeped in history as we walk through it. Home to a collection of literary gems, some of which date back to the 16th century, this was also the site of the city’s first English-language institute of higher education, which closed in 1902. Next, we will examine the archeological heritage of Quebec City with a Parks Canada expert at the dig site near the Dufferin Terrace, overlooking the St. Lawrence River. Next to the Saint-Louis Fort, which Champlain erected at the top of the cliff, this site is a history lover’s dream. We’ll explore the remnants of this first fort revealed by archaeologists and revisit the past with a Parks Canada expert. Digs have uncovered part of the foundation of the eastern wall of the first Château Saint-Louis, built by the first official governor of the colony in 1648. The digs have turned up a large quantity of artifacts, including Normandy stoneware and French terracotta, bones from birds, pottery from the Netherlands, Dutch or English pipes, beads for the fur trade, and a papal insignia. We’ll then travel by school bus to the Musée National des Beaux Arts du Québec for lunch, followed by an expert-led field trip.

Lunch: We’ll enjoy a plated lunch at the café at the Musée National des Beaux Arts du Québec. Coffee, tea, water included. Other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: A museum expert at the Musée National des Beaux Arts du Québec (The National Museum of Fine Arts) will provide an in-depth presentation and examination of the works of art, giving us a great overview of the treasures housed here. Musée National des Beaux Arts du Québec is home to the most important collection of paintings and sculpture by Québécois artists. Over 22,000 selections of works are displayed in three chronological exhibitions: the earliest Québécois art, largely influenced by religion; European-influenced modernist work up to 1945; and figurative and abstract art from the mid-20th century on.

Dinner: For our special farewell dinner on our final night of the program together, we will dine at Le Château Frontenac, where food lovers from around the world have enjoyed the art of Quebec’s fine dining for more than 100 years. It is a tradition of cuisine that continually innovates while blending the old and the new. We’ll dine in a relaxed setting with an incomparable view of the St-Lawrence River and Dufferin Terrace. We will have a plated meal, with coffee, tea, water included. Other beverages are available for purchase.

Evening: Share some of your favorite experiences from the program with new Road Scholar friends. After returning to the hotel, the remainder of the evening will be at leisure. Be sure to prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Quebec City, Quebec
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 11:00 a.m.

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 another rewarding program 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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