Independent Quebec City and Montreal: People, Places, Culture
Gain a comprehensive understanding of Montréal and Québec from experts, learning about the art, architecture, history and cuisine of these two great French Canadian cities.
Program No. 20338RJ
9 days
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At a Glance

Enjoy French Canada’s two very different cities — cosmopolitan Montreal and charming Quebec City — and revel in the fine cuisine, history and artistry of both cities, with plenty of cultural insights from longtime residents.
Activity Level
Moderately Challenging
Urban walking of two miles or more over varied terrain; some stairs. Participants need to carry their own luggage and on the train each participant is restricted to one piece of baggage and one carry-on bag.
Independent City Discoveries
Independent City Discoveries
Learn with a Group Leader and enjoy educational programming while also getting independent time to explore on your own. Most Independent City Discoveries include lectures, self-guided excursions and passes for public transit and museums.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Discover Quebec, with its eclectic architecture, streets and monuments—eloquent, perfectly conserved testaments to its evolution.
  • A day for food lovers will lead you on an adventure through the many flavors of Montreal, strolling along beloved Saint-Laurent Boulevard.
  • Enjoy independent study time with the benefit of insight from our local expert, entry to five major museums and the Botanical Garden and a metro pass.

General Notes

This program is an active exploration of Montreal and Quebec City and includes substantial free time and directions for self-guided excursions. A more inclusive approach with a lower activity level is program #10382, French Canada: An Artistic Journey.
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Andrée Girard
Andrée Girard has been an active figure on the arts scene in Québec and in Canada for over 25 years. She worked as a broadcaster for CBC radio and television before becoming programming director for CBC French radio’s Chaîne culturelle for several years. She was also a founding member and director of the Conseil québécois de la musique. Over the course of her career, she has been associated with the creation of the Opus Prize, as well as the development of the Canadian Conference of the Arts.
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Andrée Girard
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Marie Legroulx
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Michel Jutras
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Sylvie Nadeau
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Judith C Lavoie
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Kim Fontaine
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