Walking up to 2 miles. Dress in layers for winter weather, be prepared for slippery conditions, snow covered or icy terrain, some stairs.
At the Château Frontenac, choose what you like from the extensive breakfast buffet amid beautiful seasonal decorations and surroundings. The Frontenac is the virtual “star” atop the city’s figurative Christmas tree with a wonderful sense of revelry and bonhomie.
We will be joined by a local expert who tell us more about the history of Québec City — the birthplace of French America and the first settlement in Canada. We’ll learn how winter has shaped the military and political destiny of Québec, how residents deal with it in their daily lives, and get an overview of Québecois culture and Christmas traditions.
In the renowned restaurant Aux Anciens Canadiens, we’ll savor traditional food of Québec in a 3-course plated meal with appetizer (soup), choices of entrée, maple sugar pie, and beverage choices including a glass of wine or beer, soft drink, coffee, hot tea, water; other beverages available for purchase from the bar. The restaurant is situated in the city’s oldest house (1675). Its thick walls, solid joints, marvelous wainscoting, and recessed cupboards are characteristic of houses constructed during that era.
Led by our local expert, we’ll go on a walking field trip to explore the neighborhood surrounding the Château Frontenac. We’ll walk along narrow streets to illustrious monuments and significant buildings that eloquently illustrate aspects of the city's history and architecture. The holiday spirit is all around, from exquisitely decorated storefronts to beautifully-lit cobbled alleys — a wondrous scene to behold.
This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. If you have something special in mind, we strongly recommend making reservations in advance.
We’ll enjoy a program of classical and seasonal music performed by one of Canada's finest String ensembles just for our Road Scholar group at the Carter Room, Holy Trinity Cathedral.