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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
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,699
Quebec

Signature City Québec

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.
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,699
Program No. 19748 RJ
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The itinerary for this program is different on certain dates.
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
May 3 - May 8, 2021
Small group
Starting at
1,699
Jun 14 - Jun 19, 2021
Starting at
1,849
Jul 5 - Jul 10, 2021
Small group
Starting at
1,899
Aug 16 - Aug 21, 2021
Starting at
1,849
Aug 30 - Sep 4, 2021
Starting at
1,849
Sep 20 - Sep 25, 2021
Small group
Starting at
1,899
Sep 27 - Oct 2, 2021
Starting at
1,799
Itinerary Note

Activities have been adjusted to reduce amount of walking and hilly terrain. Walking up to 1 mile, uneven ground, cobblestone, some stairs.

Oct 11 - Oct 16, 2021
Starting at
1,799
Itinerary Note

Activities have been adjusted to reduce amount of walking and hilly terrain. Walking up to 1 mile, uneven ground, cobblestone, some stairs.

Nov 1 - Nov 6, 2021
Starting at
2,049
Itinerary Note

Stay at the historic Chateau Frontenac.

DATES & starting prices
PRICES
May 3 - May 8, 2021
Small group
Starting at
2,099
Jun 14 - Jun 19, 2021
Starting at
2,399
Jul 5 - Jul 10, 2021
Small group
Starting at
2,449
Aug 16 - Aug 21, 2021
Starting at
2,399
Aug 30 - Sep 4, 2021
Starting at
2,399
Sep 20 - Sep 25, 2021
Small group
Starting at
2,449
Sep 27 - Oct 2, 2021
Starting at
2,299
Itinerary Note

Activities have been adjusted to reduce amount of walking and hilly terrain. Walking up to 1 mile, uneven ground, cobblestone, some stairs.

Oct 11 - Oct 16, 2021
Starting at
2,299
Itinerary Note

Activities have been adjusted to reduce amount of walking and hilly terrain. Walking up to 1 mile, uneven ground, cobblestone, some stairs.

Nov 1 - Nov 6, 2021
Starting at
2,649
Itinerary Note

Stay at the historic Chateau Frontenac.

At a Glance

Discover the best that Québec City has to offer as locals introduce you to the food, arts and history of this fascinating region. Explore the heart of Old Québec's Upper and Lower Towns and examine the city's extensive fortification system with an expert historian. Traverse down pedestrian streets and laneways to discover its quiet residential neighborhoods. A presentation at Musée National des Beaux Arts will introduce you to paintings and sculpture by Québecois artists. Lectures are brought to life with field trips encompassing both landmark sites and less heralded aspects of the city, opening doors to historic interiors that few visitors discover. Learn about Québec's architecture and enjoy a farewell dinner at Le Château Frontenac.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Varies by date. KEEP THE PACE: Walking two miles on uneven surfaces, cobblestones; some hills and stairs. ON YOUR FEET: Activities have been adjusted to reduce amount of walking and hilly terrain. Walking up to one mile, some stairs.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore the cobblestone streets and well-preserved 17th-century architecture of Old Québec with a local expert.
  • Meet locals and experience the flavors of Québec on an expert-led culinary walk.
  • Discover the rich cultural heritage at the National Museum of Fine Arts, boasting the highest concentration of artists in the province.

General Notes

Select dates are designated for small groups and are limited to 24 participants or less.
Featured Expert
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Marie Legroulx
Marie is an eleventh-generation Quebecoise whose ancestors settled on the shores of the St. Lawrence River in the mid-17th century. She has a BA in history and an MA in Quebec literature from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. Marie draws on both fields in her Road Scholar learning adventures as well as within her life more broadly. She taught French and Quebec literature for 25 years at the university level. Marie has been leading groups in Quebec City and the surrounding area since 2008.

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

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Marie is an eleventh-generation Quebecoise whose ancestors settled on the shores of the St. Lawrence River in the mid-17th century. She has a BA in history and an MA in Quebec literature from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. Marie draws on both fields in her Road Scholar learning adventures as well as within her life more broadly. She taught French and Quebec literature for 25 years at the university level. Marie has been leading groups in Quebec City and the surrounding area since 2008.
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Chantal Bellon View biography
A retired teacher, Chantal Bellon has lead visitors around the province of Québec, to the vibrant city of Toronto and the beautiful Niagara Falls, to the nation’s capital in Ottawa. Chantal enjoys sharing the charm and beauty of her home country with guests from around the globe and always looks forward to learning something new from them too. Although as a teacher, she primarily taught math and science, she has an eclectic love for travel, music, carpentry, and animals.
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Harry Hunkin View biography
Harry Hunkin began teaching at the age of twenty and completed his career as a professor of education at the University of Toronto. He worked for four years with the Inuit in Northern Québec assisting with the development of their travel program. Harry’s interest in the arts grew from his time managing the Green Room at Toronto’s famed Massey Hall, where he met Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington. Harry is also a history buff with a particular fascination with military history.
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.
Bury Your Dead
by Louise Penny
This is the sixth book in the Chief Inspector Gamache Series. A Who Done It set in present day Old Quebec. Other books in the series are set in the Quebec Eastern Townships. Series is better read in order.
Maria Chapdelaine, A Tale of French Canada
by Louis Hemon
A young woman living with her family on the frontier in Quebec, Maria endures the hardships of isolation and climate and must choose between three suitors.
Shadows on the Rock
by Willa Cather
Set at the end of the 17th century in rural Quebec, this beautifully realized novel highlights the struggles of the Parisian widower Auclair and his young daughter to adapt to their new land.
Surfacing
by Margaret Atwood
One of Atwood's earliest novels, a suspenseful yarn where a young woman becomes entangled in affairs, mysteries and the haunting draw of nature as she searches for her missing father on an island off the coast of northern Quebec.
A People's History of Quebec
by Robin Philbot, Jacques Lacoursiere
This swift overview of Quebec’s 450-year history by a leading historian covers everything from the earliest days of colonization to the province’s recent efforts to gain independence. Includes a helpful timeline.
Identities in North America, The Search for Community
by Robert Earle
David Crombie (the former mayor of Toronto) writes on Canadian cities, Mark Pachter takes on American identity, and several politicians debate the Quebec question. It is a stimulating, wonderfully uneven book.
Montcalm and Wolfe, The French and Indian War
by Francis Parkman, Caleb Carr (Editor), John Keegan (Introduction)
This volume, a reprint of the original 1884 edition by the great Francis Parkman, is an extensively researched account of the French and Indian War and of the great generals Montcalm and Wolfe.
Canada and Quebec: One Country, Two Histories
by Robert Bothwell
An in-depth look at Canada-Quebec relations through interviews with prominent Canadian figures.
Arundel
by Kenneth Roberts, N. C. Wyeth (Illustrator)
The grand historical novel of Colonel Benedict Arnold's doomed march on Quebec in 1775, told through the eyes of a soldier in the Continental Army. Rich in historical detail.
Wolfe at Quebec, The Man Who Won the French and Indian War
by Christopher Hibbert
Hibbert brings the campaigns, life at Louisborg and dramatic capture of Quebec in 1759 to life in this tale of the neurotic, complex British general.
Champlain's Dream
by David Hackett Fischer
In this stunningly researched and engaging biography, Pulitzer Prize-winner David Hackett Fischer weaves together the epic story of soldier and explorer Samuel de Champlain, a colonizer of North America who spent 30 years bringing his vision of a New France to life.
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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. 4:00-5:00 p.m. Come meet our group leader in the lobby and get your welcome packet. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in and the front desk will be happy to help you.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: We’ll begin our evening with an orientation session where we’ll get to know each other as well as review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes. We’ll go over important information as well as have time for questions. 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. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars or settle in for the night. You may also wish to explore what the city has to offer. The hotel is within walking distance of many restaurants, shops, and attractions including the Quebec City Fortifications, Le Capitole Performing Arts Centre, and Dufferin Terrace.

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 1.5 hours; some hills and cobblestones.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: A local historian will join us at the hotel and give a presentation on the history of Quebec City, giving us an excellent overview of principal events ranging from the city’s founding to the present day. The city was awarded its World Heritage City designation in 1985 based partially on the preservation of the fortifications around the Old Town, which date from 1745. This area has a distinct European feel with its stone buildings and winding streets lined with shops and restaurants. Our local historian will lead us on our walking exploration of Upper Town, which will begin at Place d'Armes. Start with a visit to the monument of Samuel de Champlain, Father of New France and founder of Québec City who established his first “abitation” here in 1608. Dufferin Terrace offers magnificent views of the mountains, St. Lawrence River, Lower Town and the star-shaped Citadel. Examine how Québec's defenses developed under the French and English regimes and learn about the cannons, loopholes, Artillery Park, and fortresses that are part of Quebec's fortifications.

Lunch: We’ll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: A short walk will take us to the Museum of Civilization to view the exhibition - This is our Story. The exhibit aims to familiarize visitors with the aboriginal cultures of today, their diversity, their visions of the world, their identity processes in relation to their stories, and the contemporary expression of international autochthony. The exhibition offers a reflection on what it means to be aboriginal in the twenty-first century. The grand narrative of the exhibition is based on aboriginal words. Throughout the process of creating this exhibition, the Museum collaborated with Québec’s 11 aboriginal Nations. Accompanied by a guide, the visitor “meets” the aboriginals in their territory, through a storyline and through their vision of history, through what they have become beyond romanticism and prejudice, and finally, through their concerns and questions about the challenges of 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: We’ll enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

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: Walking about 2 miles; approx. 3.5 hours; some hills and cobblestones. Driving approx. 25 miles; about 2 hours.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

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

Lunch: We’ll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Explore the Plains of Abraham by motorcoach. With commentary provided by our local expert, 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 Conquest, which changed the fate of North America. Apart from its historical past, the park is to Québec what Central Park and Hyde Park are to New York and London: a city park of outstanding value, the lungs of the city. Learn about the educational mission of the Ursuline nuns and their way of life from a museum expert. The Ursulines' landed in New France in 1639 and concerned themselves with the education of girls, both French and Native. 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. Much of the carving is the work of Québec’s master-sculptor Pierre-Noël Levasseur. 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: We’ll enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

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

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

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: With a local French food expert, 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. Meet with local vendors and shop owners, some of whom specialize in Quebec produce and 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 explore the 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: Walking about 2 miles; approx. 3 hours; some hills, cobblestones and stairs. Driving approx. 15 miles; about 1/2 hour.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: We start by heading to the Morrin Centre, 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 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. Explore the remnants of this first fort, revealed by archaeologists. 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. Revisit the past in the company of a Parks Canada guide as you discover the lifestyle of French and British governors who inhabited the sites. The digs have generated 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.

Lunch: We’ll enjoy lunch at the café at the Musée National des Beaux Arts du Québec.

Afternoon: A museum expert at 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 date from the beginnings of Québécois art and are largely influenced by religion. The second covers the European-influenced modernist period up to 1945. The third showcases figurative and abstract art from the mid-20th century.

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 which continually innovates in its blend of the original and the creative. We’ll dine in a relaxed setting with an incomparable view of the St-Lawrence River and Dufferin Terrace.

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 12:00 Noon.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel. This concludes our program.

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