19748
Quebec City
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
Arrival and Check-In, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Quebec City, Quebec
D
Fairmont Chateau Frontenac

Afternoon: Arrivals and transfers to the program hotel in Quebec City in the afternoon; check-in is 4:00 pm. . Meet your Group Leader between 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. at the hotel to register and get your welcome packet; or pick up your package at the front desk if you arrive after 5:00 p.m.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel

Evening: Following dinner, you will meet for introductions, a review of the program and site orientation. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

DAY
2
Quebec, Upper Town Walk, Musée de l'Amérique francophone
Quebec City, Quebec
B,L,D
Fairmont Chateau Frontenac

Breakfast: Full American breakfast buffet at the hotel restaurant includes scrambled eggs, home-fried potatoes, bacon, ham, sausages, home baked beans, thin pancakes and French toasts.

Morning: A power point presentation by a local historian entitled "The History of Québec City" will give you an excellent overview of Québec City from its founding to the present day. Learn about the principal historical events that occurred here. 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 exploration of Upper Town begins at Place d'Armes, visit 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: Lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon: Explore Musée de l'Amérique francophone, the museum traces the history of the Francophone culture in North America and abroad. Discover the most beautiful religious heritage treasures from the Séminaire de Québec collection, learn about the evolution of the Francophone culture, and its interdependence with other cultures. A presentation will explore the evolution of Nationalism.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: 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

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet.

Morning: A morning presentation will focus on Quebec's transition from a traditional to modern society, how those changes have affected the culture and the way of life here. Then set out on foot with a local expert to explore the city’s architecture on a guided 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: Lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon: Explore the Plains of Abraham by coach. With commentary provided by our local expert, discover the site of many clashes for supremacy between the French and British Empires. 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. Next we will learn about the educational mission of the Ursuline nuns and their way of life. 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: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: Take some time to independently explore the city. Venture downtown, take in a show or stroll the cobblestone streets.

DAY
4
Cultural Quebec: Culinary Exploration, Marché du Vieux-Port
Quebec City, Quebec
B
Fairmont Chateau Frontenac

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet.

Morning: Meet with a local French food expert and embark on a gastronomical adventure exploring the European style food district and the Old Port Market. We will have the opportunity to learn about present day society on a guided walk and tasting of St. Jean Street and the Old Port Market meeting with local vendors and shop owners, specializing in Quebec produce and sampling specialty foods, artisanal cheeses, meats and other local products. This 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: Lunch on your own to enjoy local fare or join the Group Leader (at a local restaurant).

Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore this historical city on your own. Suggestions for free time will be provided.

Dinner: Dinner on your own will give you time to unwind, relax and dine at your leisure; or join your group leader for dinner at a local restaurant.

DAY
5
Morrin Centre, Musée des Beaux Arts
Quebec City, Quebec
B,L,D
Fairmont Chateau Frontenac

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet.

Morning: The Morrin Centre was built over 200 years ago as the city’s first prison, and now houses one of the world’s most beautiful libraries. Be spellbound by the haunting stories surrounding this Victorian building steeped in history. 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: Lunch is at the café at Musée National des Beaux Arts du Québec.

Afternoon: We will meet a museum expert at The National Museum of Fine Arts for an in-depth presentation and examination of the works of art. 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: On our final night together we will have a special farewell dinner at Le Château Frontenac where food lovers from around the world have enjoyed the art of Quebec 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; dine in a relaxed setting with an incomparable view of the St-Lawrence River and Dufferin Terrace.

Evening: After dinner it is time to reflect on our experience and say goodbye to new friends. Take the opportunity to enjoy the hotel’s facilities or rest up for the journey home.

DAY
6
Program Concludes, Departures
Quebec City, Quebec
B

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at 7:30 am.

Morning: Departures from Quebec City after breakfast per individual travel plans. Check-out is 12:00 noon. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys.






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