Afternoon: Independent arrival and check-in (3:00 PM). Registration in the lobby at 5:30 PM.
Dinner: Enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel with introductions to fellow participants and your group leader. The group leader will act as your primary resource in making the most of independent study time, offering local knowledge and insider tips to ensure you discover Quebec City beyond the city's highlights.
Evening: After dinner, stroll through the streets of the Old City to the famous Château Frontenac with local interpretation from your group leader. Form your first impressions of Quebec and discover the city.
Activity note: 20 miles round trip, mostly on dedicated bike paths.
Breakfast: Buffet-style breakfast at the hotel.
Morning: 8:30 am First we'll get fit to our bike and we'll embark on a ride that takes in both shores of the St Lawrence River. Ride along the waterfront where we will visit part of the Old Port of Quebec. Continuing along the Saint Lawrence where the lumber trade occupied the entire riverfront, we'll be riding on the unique PROMENADE SAMUEL DE CHAMPLAIN. We'll take our bikes on the ferry back across the river (10 min. crossing) with panoramic views across the majestic Saint Lawrence River to Old Quebec City.On the south shore, ride on a quiet and scenic road; enter a small typical French village with its charming colourful homes. Discover part of Levis riding along a beautiful scenic bike path. (20 miles r/t)
Lunch: Lunch will be on your own. The group leader will reccomend a local restaurant.
Afternoon: On return after the bike ride, explore on foot the lower part of Old Quebec near the river and enjoy Petit Champlain, one of the most appreciated neighborhoods in Quebec City, known for its architecture, street performers, boutiques, craftsmen, art galleries and the Museum of Civilization. 5:30 - 6:30 Cocktail in a local bistro with the group leader (Dutch treat).
Dinner: After meeting for cocktails at the bistro (optional) dinner is on your own to explore the varied and exciting Quebec City dining opportunities
Evening: After dinner, free time to discover the city.
Activity note: Paved bike path, mostly flat, 22 miles r/t
Breakfast: Buffet-style breakfast at the hotel.
Morning: This morning we will ride a multipurpose trail along a former railway line for cyclists and pedestrians called Le Corridor des Cheminots. This paved path, which is part of the Route Verte and the Trans Canada Trail, crosses lovely landscapes in the Québec City boroughs, connecting the neighborhoods of Limoilou, Charlesbourg, Les Rivières and La Haute-Saint-Charles to Wendake Village.Wendake, the Hurons Village, is an exceptional Aboriginal discovery. On the Wendake section we'll see decorative plantings representing the family clans of the Hurons-Wendat and in Wendake we will take a guided tour of the Traditional Huron Site (culture, art and lifestyle). (22 miles r/t).
Lunch: Lunch in Wendake.
Afternoon: After returning to Quebec City we will drop off our bikes at the outfitter before returning to the hotel. This afternoon continue exploring Quebec City (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and what is known as New Quebec. A list of suggestions for individual exploration and other activities will complement the program. Options include a walk on La Promenade des Gouverneurs which runs along the Citadel Walls and leads to Battlefields National Park and a visit to the Public Market.
Dinner: Dinner on your own.
Evening: The evening is free to stroll the Old Town or enjoy coffee and a digestif in a cafe or bar.
Activity note: 15 miles round trip, some steep grades, riding on city streets and deicated bike paths
Breakfast: Buffet-style breakfast at the hotel
Morning: 9:30 am We'll head off to a ride to the famous Montmorency Falls (15 miles round trip)
Lunch: Enjoy lunch at the Montmorency Falls
Afternoon: After returning to Quebec City we will drop off our bikes at the outfitter before returning to the hotel. You can explore the famous Plains of Abraham, a magnificent 267-acre urban park composed of plains, woods and gardens. It is also the setting for the National Fine Arts Museum of Quebec. Discover this exceptional museum dedicated to the works of the best artists of the region at your own pace, continuing on to its surprising annex, the former prison of Québec.
Dinner: Farewell dinner at a renowned restaurant in Old Quebec for its local gastronomy
Evening: Enjoy the evening with new found friends or take the chance to revisit a favorite cafe
Breakfast: On our final morning we will enjoy breakfast together with our Quebecer friends at their favorite local bakery in Old Quebec for a final discussion of city life and local issues over coffee and croissants.
Morning: Independent Departures