19748
Quebec
Signature City Quebec
Join a local author and historian for an insider’s perspective on Quebec 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
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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. 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 and the Old Port Market on foot. We will have the opportunity to learn about present day society as we walk and taste our way around St. Jean Street and the Old Port Market. Meet with local vendors and shop owners, some of whom specialize in Quebec produce and sampling specialty foods including artisanal cheeses, meats and other local products. The market has been a tradition stretching back more than three centuries. Built on the site of Marché Saint-André (1841) and in the same style, Marché du Vieux-Port is a reminder of a time when country folk would meet and exchange with city folk.

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.

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.

Morning: We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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