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
Manoir Victoria Hotel

Activity note: Hotel check-in begins at 3:00 pm. 24 stairs lead from the main entrance to the Manoir Victoria Hotel lobby (porterage is available for an additional cost).

Afternoon: Arrive to historic Quebec City and transfer to the hotel. Program registration begins at 4:00 pm. 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: Enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel at 6:00 pm.

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
Manoir Victoria Hotel

Activity note: Walking about 2 miles (3.2 km) over 3 hours over hilly terrain and cobblestones.

Breakfast: A buffet breakfast will be available at the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy a presentation about the, History of Quebec City, beginning with its founding, to the fortifications which surround the Old Town and date back to 1745, to the culture of the city today. This morning’s field trip will lead us on a walking exploration of Upper Town which begins at the hotel. Visit the monument of Samuel de Champlain, father of New France and founder of Quebec City. Travel to Dufferin Terrace where we’ll observe the magnificent views of the mountains, St. Lawrence River, Lower Town and the star-shaped Citadel. Enrich your knowledge of the city while learning about cannons, loopholes, Quebec’s defenses under different regimes, Artillery Park and Quebec’s fortifications.

Lunch: Taste local cuisine at a nearby restaurant.

Afternoon: Explore the Museum of Civilization where we’ll learn about the Indigenous Peoples, their culture, traditions, and their contemporary expression of international autochthony. Museum staff will lead us through the various Indigenous territories, through a storyline which will recreate their vision of history and challenges for the future. Learn about Quebec, a comparison of “Then and Now” while listening to a lecture by our historian after we walk back to the hotel.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: The evening is yours to enjoy at your leisure. You may wish to acquaint yourself further with your fellow Road Scholar travelers, explore local galleries, or enjoy the hotel amenities.

DAY
3
Lower Town Walk, Plains of Abraham, Ursuline Nuns
Quebec City, Quebec
B,L,D
Manoir Victoria Hotel

Activity note: Walking about 2 to 3 miles (3.2 to 5 km) for approximately 3.5 hours over hills and cobblestones. Driving approximately 25 miles (40.2 km) for 2 hours.

Breakfast: A buffet breakfast including hot and cold options will be available at the hotel. Coffee, tea, and juice is included.

Morning: Learn about the periods of war and peace that have riddled Quebec’s history during a morning lecture. Gain insight into the city’s unique architecture on an expert led walk through the historic Old City. This field trip will begin at the hotel before heading toward the Lower Town and Place Royale, known as the cradle of French civilization in North America. Observe the merchant houses and Notre-Dame-des-Victories Church and uncover the charming commercial district on rue du Petit-Champlain.

Lunch: Taste local cuisine at a nearby restaurant.

Afternoon: Explore the Plains of Abraham, the site of a pivotal battle in the Seven Years War, while on a motor coach. An expert will commentate how this battle shaped the city, province, and the country. Learn from a museum expert about the educational mission of the Ursuline nuns and their way of life. The convent is the oldest institution of its kind in North America. The Ursulines museum contains one of the richest ethnographic and artistic collections dating back to New France, including exquisite embroidery by the Ursuline nuns.

Dinner: Dinner will be served at a local restaurant.

Evening: The evening is yours to enjoy at your leisure.

DAY
4
Cultural Quebec: Culinary Exploration
Quebec City, Quebec
B
Manoir Victoria Hotel

Activity note: Walking approximately 1 to 2 miles (1.6-3.2 km) for 2 hours over many hills, cobblestones, and through crowded streets. Opportunities for more walking available depending on personal preference.

Breakfast: Enjoy a buffet breakfast, including coffee, tea, and juice.

Morning: Embark on a gastronomical adventure exploring the European style food district with a local French food expert. Meet with local vendors and shop owners, some of whom specialize in Quebec produce and 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: The afternoon is yours to enjoy. Take this opportunity for independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. The Group Leader will be happy to make recommendations.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy local fare.

Evening: The evening is yours to enjoy at your leisure.

DAY
5
Quebec Archaeology, Morrin Centre, Fine Arts Museum
Quebec City, Quebec
B,L,D
Manoir Victoria Hotel

Activity note: Walking approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) for 3 hours over many hills, cobblestones, and stairs. Driving approximately 15 miles (24 km) for half an hour.

Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Visit the city’s first prison, Morrin Centre, built over 200 years ago. A local expert will recount spellbinding and haunting stories surrounding this Victorian building seeped in history. Home to a collection of literary gems, some of which date back to the 16th century, this is also the site of the city’s first English language institute for higher education. Wander along Dufferin Terrace, a wooden boardwalk which stretches from the Citadel to Chateau Frontenac with spectacular views of the St. Lawrence River and Ile d’Orléans. Explore the archeological site under Dufferin Terrace where the remains of the Saint-Louis Chateaux were found.

Lunch: Enjoy a meal at the Musée National des Beaux Arts du Quebec.

Afternoon: Explore the National Museum of Fine Arts with a museum expert who will provide an examination of the works of art on exhibit. Over 22,000 selections of works are displayed in three chronological exhibitions, beginning with early Quebecois religious art, before moving to European-influenced modernist art up to 1945, and ending with abstract art from the mid-20th century.

Dinner: Dine at Le Chateau Frontenac and experience their innovative cuisine while taking in a view of the St. Lawrence River and Dufferin Terrace.

Evening: Share your favorite experiences from the program with your fellow travelers and enjoy the remainder of the evening at your leisure.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Quebec City, Quebec
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out is at noon.

Breakfast: Breakfast will be served at the hotel. 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 rewarding programs 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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