Quebec Town and Country: History, Arts, Landscapes, Flavors
Discover the story of French Canada by train, learning about renowned artists, unusual politics, stunning vistas and world-class cuisine as you voyage from Montréal to Québec city.
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Program No. 20512RJ
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Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Montreal, QC
Marriott Springhill Suite Vieux Montreal

Activity note: Registration from 5:30 PM to 5:45 in the lobby.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at the popular steak house restaurant Le Vieux Port, located on rue St-Paul, the oldest street in Montreal.

Evening: After dinner, presentation of program details, general information and a few other useful tips to enhance your stay in French America.

Exploring Montreal
Montreal, QC
Marriott Springhill Suite Vieux Montreal

Breakfast: Varied, buffet-style breakfast, including waffles and fruit.

Morning: Guided tour of Montreal in a private coach to get to know the different neighborhoods and sample their culinary specialities.

Lunch: Montreal is known for its abundant cafés, which are well attended by Montrealers at lunchtime. We will select one for a light yet fulfilling meal.

Afternoon: In the afternoon, you will be invited to independently explore Old Montreal; the port, the Pointe-à-Callière Museum of Archaeology (built on the very foundations of the city), Marché Bonsecours and a popular street known for its art galleries.

Dinner: Dinner on your own

Evening: With our local expert join the festivities of Montreal’s 375th anniversary celebration with a unique discovery of the streets of Old Montreal, which will be animated for the occasion with multi-media projections inspired by historical events.

Explore Old Montreal & Discover Canadian Art
Montreal, QC
Marriott Springhill Suite Vieux Montreal

Breakfast: Varied, buffet-style breakfast, including waffles and fruit.

Morning: Join local expert for a walking guided tour of Old Montréal, focusing on its history and architecture.

Lunch: Lunch on your own. Suggestions will be made.

Afternoon: Tour the impressive Canadian art collection in the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

Dinner: Dinner at the restaurant Les Pyrénés in Old Montreal.

Evening: Free evening suggestions will be made.

Basilica de Notre-Dame de Montréal
Quebec City, QC
Hotel Manoir Victoria

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: An unforgettable visit to the Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal featuring an exclusive presentation of the fabulous organ by the Basilica's titular organist. The visit is followed by a transfer to Quebec City by train (train ride is 3.25 hours).

Lunch: Lunch on the train.

Afternoon: Check-in at the Hotel Manoir Victoria.

Dinner: Dinner in a renowned Pub in Old Quebec followed by a nice walk in the streets of the Old City to the famous Chateau Frontenac.

Quebec City: History & Architecture
Quebec City, QC
Hotel Manoir Victoria

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: A local expert will tell you all about the history of Québec City — the birthplace of French America and the first settlement in Canada. This stimulating lecture will also highlight different aspects of the city's present-day social and economic reality. Follow by a walking guided tour of Quebec's historic district. You will be charmed by the very European atmosphere of its quaint streets as well as the historic value of its buildings.

Lunch: In Old Quebec

Afternoon: Explore Quartier Le Petit Champlain and discover Musee de la Civilisation (voucher included). Take the opportunity to visit the fabulous exhibition: This Is Our Story: First Nations and Inuit in the 21st Century. Discover what it means to be aboriginal in the 21st century. This new permanent exhibition takes an in-depth look at today’s aboriginal cultures, from their diversity, worldviews, beliefs, and ways of identifying with their pasts, to contemporary expressions of aboriginality around the world.

Dinner: Dinner on your own. Suggestions will be made.

Evening: Free time to explore the city.

Governor-General's Official Residence/ Augustines Monastery
Quebec City, QC
Hotel Manoir Victoria

Breakfast: Buffet-style breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Visit the Official Residence of the Governor General of Canada, located within the Citadelle of Quebec and overlooking the majestic St. Lawrence River. An historic building housing an important collection of art and period furnishings.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: With a local expert discover the Augustines Monastery, their way of life, their work caring for the sick, a unique glimpse into the past of Quebec City.

Dinner: Dinner in Old Quebec

Train to Charlevoix, Baie St-Paul
Baie St-Paul & La Malbaie - Charlevoix
Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu

Activity note: For the night of Saturday June 18, it will be possible to leave your luggage in consigne at Hotel Manoir Victoria in Quebec and bring only a carry-on for the overnight stay in Charlevoix.

Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: 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 and give directions.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: 12:30 pm Depart by motor coach to the train station at the foot of the Montmorency Falls (a 10 minute bus ride). Cascading down 275 ft – 98 ft more than Niagara Falls – this imposing waterfall dominates the landscape. Day or night, the place is simply magical. Travel by scenic train (light rail transit) from Quebec City to Charlevoix along the St. Lawrence River. The train offers a singular experience of a journey by rail between mountains and seashore, along incomparable riverside scenery. 3:45 pm Arrive at the lovely Baie St-Paul Village, renowned for its numerous art galleries and artisan workshops. After meeting with a local expert explore on your own with list of suggestions.

Dinner: Dinner in a local Bistro in the heart of Baie St-Paul Village.

Evening: 7:30 pm Departure from Baie St-Paul by motor coach to La Malbaie (30 miles). Check-in at the Fairmont Manoir Richelieu, a vision of historical splendor perched high above the St Lawrence River in Charlevoix’s La Malbaie.

Train to St-Joseph de la Rive / Farewell dinner
Quebec City, QC
Hotel Manoir Victoria

Morning: Tour the Charlevoix Museum and attend a talk on the history of art in the region.

Brunch: Musical Brunch at the Domaine Forget, the International Music & Dance Academy. An Unforgettable Musical Interlude.

Afternoon: 1:00 pm Departure from the hotel to the train station by motor coach (5 minute ride) 1:30 pm Travel by train from La Malbaie to St-Joseph de la Rive along the St Lawrence River to experience more the magnificent view along the shore. 2:50 pm Arrive at St-Joseph de la Rive With a local expert, we’ll discover two local landmarks. First, a visit to the Papeterie St-Gilles (a papermaking Economuseum® and a sanctuary of Quebec culture since 1965) will give you a close up look at the intricate process of crafting traditional handmade paper. See unique patterns, water-colours and binding, or browse among the silk-screen prints and original decorative objects by masters of their crafts. 4:00 pm Return to Quebec by motor coach (75 minute ride). Check-in at the Manoir Victoria

Dinner: Farewell Dinner at the hotel

Program Concludes
Quebec City, QC

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Early Morning Departures At Leisure – Hotel Check out by Noon

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