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Quebec

Independent Québec City and Montréal: 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.
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Program No. 20338RJ
Length
9 days
Starts at
1,999
Quebec

Independent Québec City and Montréal: 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.
Length
9 days
Starts at
1,999
Program No. 20338 RJ
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The itinerary for this program is different on certain dates.
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Oct 10 - Oct 18, 2021
Starting at
1,999
Itinerary Note

On this date, the Montréal hotel will be the SpringHill Suites in Old Montréal.

May 15 - May 23, 2022
Starting at
2,199
May 22 - May 30, 2022
Starting at
2,199
Jun 5 - Jun 13, 2022
Starting at
2,299
Jul 10 - Jul 18, 2022
Starting at
2,399
Aug 7 - Aug 15, 2022
Starting at
2,399
Aug 21 - Aug 29, 2022
Starting at
2,399
Sep 4 - Sep 12, 2022
Starting at
2,399
Sep 25 - Oct 3, 2022
Starting at
2,399
Oct 2 - Oct 10, 2022
Starting at
2,399
Oct 9 - Oct 17, 2022
Starting at
2,299
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Oct 10 - Oct 18, 2021
Starting at
2,799
Itinerary Note

On this date, the Montréal hotel will be the SpringHill Suites in Old Montréal.

May 15 - May 23, 2022
Starting at
3,029
May 22 - May 30, 2022
Starting at
3,029
Jun 5 - Jun 13, 2022
Starting at
3,149
Jul 10 - Jul 18, 2022
Starting at
3,359
Aug 7 - Aug 15, 2022
Starting at
3,359
Aug 21 - Aug 29, 2022
Starting at
3,359
Sep 4 - Sep 12, 2022
Starting at
3,359
Sep 25 - Oct 3, 2022
Starting at
3,359
Oct 2 - Oct 10, 2022
Starting at
3,359
Oct 9 - Oct 17, 2022
Starting at
3,149

At a Glance

Enjoy French Canada’s two very different cities — cosmopolitan Montréal and charming Québec City — and revel in the fine cuisine, history and artistry of both cities, with plenty of cultural insights from longtime residents.
Activity Level
Let's Go!
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 Québec, with its eclectic architecture, streets and monuments—eloquent, perfectly conserved testaments to its evolution.
  • Delight in a day for food lovers that'll lead you on an adventure through the many flavors of Montréal, 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 Québec City and includes substantial free time and directions for self-directed excursions.
Featured Expert
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Michel Jutras
Originally from Montreal, Michel Jutras holds a master's degree in the management of cultural organizations and has extensive experience in leading educational excusions. Passionate about researching history, especially the history of the dietary and culinary traditions of Quebec, he is working on a large collection of ethnological texts, the first volume of which has already been published, while the second is currently being printed.

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

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Michel Jutras View biography
Originally from Montreal, Michel Jutras holds a master's degree in the management of cultural organizations and has extensive experience in leading educational excusions. Passionate about researching history, especially the history of the dietary and culinary traditions of Quebec, he is working on a large collection of ethnological texts, the first volume of which has already been published, while the second is currently being printed.
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Marie Legroulx View biography
Marie Legroulx, a native of Québec City, has a bachelor's in history and a master's in Québec literature. She taught French and Québec literature at local universities for over 20 years. In 2008, she returned to college to become a professional in the tourism industry, and has since been leading historical, architectural and literary explorations. Québec history and language are topics close to her heart since she is a twelfth-generation Québécoise whose ancestors settled on the St. Lawrence River in the mid-seventeenth century.
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Judith C Lavoie View biography
In tune with her ancestors of the XVII century, Judith has explored every corner of the province, learning about the challenges of the first settlers and the role of nature in people’s traditions and culture. In a blend of history and cultural experience, Judith combines her passions to bring visitors in touch with the complex and diversified heritage of the region and extraordinary landscape around Quebec.
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Julie Bélanger View biography
A Montrealer by birth, Julie has diplomas in cultural animation and teaching. With her warm and dynamic personality, her prime objective is to share her passion and knowledge of Montreal and Québec City as well as little secrets of the living style of each community.
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.
A short history of Quebec
by John Alexander Dickinson and Brian J Young
A Canadian classic, A Short History of Quebec offers a concise yet comprehensive overview of the province from the pre-contact native period to present-day constitutional struggles. The authors bring a refreshing perspective to the history of Quebec, focusing on the social and economic development of the region and its diverse peoples.
A People’s History of Quebec
by Jacques Lacoursière
A People’s History of Quebec is a lively guide to a little-known part of North American history. It tells of the settlement of the St. Lawrence Valley, but also of the Montreal and Quebec-based explorers and traders who travelled, mapped, and inhabited most of North America, and embrothered the peoples they met.
Montreal & Quebec City Guide – Lonely Planet
by Montréal-based author
Montréal and Québec City really serve it up. You've got old-world grandeur, new-world sensibilities and big-city charms - there's enough neighbourhoods, restaurants and festivals to keep you mon-dieu'ing for months. This guide, penned by a Montréal-based author, gets you straight to the action. Pick & Mix: buy and download individual chapters from this book You could download free: Introducing Montreal (Very interesting…)
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(5)

Well organized, great instructors, good food and accommodation.

(5)

This was a very enjoyable program with just the right mix of organized sessions/events/meals and independent time to do as we pleased. Group leader and guides were informative and fun. Group participants were great to spend time with. Highly recommend.

This reviewer did not give a star rating.

The distinctive ambiance of both Montreal and Quebec City offered contrasting experiences that contributed variety and interest to the program. Mornings consisted of fast paced group activities led by numerous local history and culture experts. Afterwards, there was ample free time for independent exploration and the tour leader provided helpful guidance on how to use public transportation to get around. The behind-the-scenes organ demonstration at Notre-Dame Basilica was a highlight and is a good example of the advantage of travelling with Road Scholars to participate in exclusive experiences. The scholars in the group were convivial and a pleasant camaraderie quickly developed. Logistics pertaining to the hotel, air and ground transportation, excursions, and dining were well managed. This program piqued my interest in visiting other areas of Canada.

(5)

Learning about Montreal and Quebec were great fun--have your walking shoes. The history is fascinating, the architecture makes you feel like you are in a European city, and the food was amazing! The opportunity to meet interesting fellow travelers and the wonderful guides and lecturers make RS my favorite way to travel.

(5)

Wonderful trip, exceeding expectations. It was our first Road Scholar experience, and it will definitely not be the last.

(5)

Great Trip! I would add an extra day (at least!) in Quebec City, but our guides and events were outstanding. And the free time allowed for exploration on our own virtually every day!

(5)

This tour was the perfect mix of planned group activities and time to explore on your own. Having passes to the local museums and public transportation helped to facilitate one's independent exploring. One of the best trips we have ever taken! I will treasure the memories.

(5)

This is an educational and well organized trip that explores many facets of the region including history and current lifestyles in Montreal and Quebec City. The hotels are especially comfortable and convenient. There is plenty of time for individual exploration as well as time to share with the other participants. I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to other Independent RS trips.

(5)

Perfect combination of informative tours and free time, with opportunities to visit excellent museums, and interesting dining opportunities.

(5)

I loved trip! Sylvie Nadeau was an amazing facilitator!!!! She was always helpful, cheerful and organized. I learned so much about Canadian history while enjoying the beauty of Quebec. I have always wanted to visit Quebec, and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

(5)

This was our first Road Scholar trip so it is hard to compare to other trips. we thoroughly enjoyed the trip, the independent study format the well prepared and informed information presented and best of all two beautiful, vibrant cities. Highly recommend.

(5)

If you enjoy history, art, exploring a city, and great food, this program is apt to appeal to you. (The Metro in Montreal is easy to navigate.)

(5)

Our first RS tour exceeded our expectations - well organized, wonderfully knowledgeable instructors and group leader. Will definitely look toward doing another RS INDEPENDENT tour since it offers a combination of structured lecture / sight seeing and free independent time to WANDER ABOUT!






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