Afternoon: Following your independent arrival, HOTEL CHECK-IN begins at 4:00pm. Get your room assignment then at 5:30pm come over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet containing the most up-to-date schedule of program activities and general information on your stay. Shortly thereafter, at 6:00 pm we’ll gather to go the restaurant to have a glass of wine and held the ORIENTATION session for introductions, to review the program schedule, note any updates, review roles and responsibilities, address safety issues, and answer any questions you may have.
Dinner: Enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant in the heart of Old Québec, a 5-minute walk from the Château Frontenac. After dinner, stroll with your coordinator through the streets of the Old City to the famous Terrasse Dufferin to form your first impressions of Quebec and discover the city or return to the hotel after dinner.
Breakfast: We'll enjoy a breakfast buffet in the restaurant at the Frontenac with a wide variety of options amid opulent seasonal surroundings. The Chateau embraces its role as the “star” atop the city’s figurative Christmas tree with a beautiful display of decorations and a wonderful sense of revelry and bonhomie.
Morning: PRESENTATION: A local expert will tell you about the history of Québec City — the birthplace of French America and the first settlement in Canada. You’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. This program is based at one of the world’s most historic and charming hotels, in one of the world’s most historic and charming cities, within easy walking distance to all that Old Québec has to offer. Part of the learning experience will consist of delighting in the city itself decked out in a magical array of seasonal lights and decorations. The spirit of Christmas radiates throughout Québec City, and Christmas at the Château Frontenac is truly unique and special.
Lunch: We’ll lunch out to savor traditional food of Québec at the renowned restaurant Aux Anciens Canadiens, located in the oldest house in the city (1675). Its thick walls, solid joints, marvelous wainscoting and recessed cupboards are characteristic of the houses constructed during that era. Specialties of the house include a "tourtière" meat pie and an exquisite maple dessert.
Afternoon: After lunch, led by our expert historian-guide, 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 spirit of Christmas is all around you, from exquisitely decorated storefronts to beautifully-lit cobbled alleys — a wondrous scene to behold.
Dinner: Dinner is on your own to explore the varied and exciting Quebec City dining opportunities. See suggestions provided, we strongly recommend you do restaurant reservation ahead of time.
Evening: After dinner, enjoy the excitement of more independent discovery. Our coordinator will have plenty of suggestions for where you can go and what you can do.
Breakfast: We'll enjoy a breakfast buffet in the restaurant Cafe de la Terrasse at the Frontenac with a wide variety of options amid opulent seasonal surroundings.
Morning: FIELD TRIP: Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (National Museum of Fine Arts). The museum is located in Battlefields Park, also known as the Plains of Abraham, a site of exceptional beauty and significance in Canadian history. You’ll hear about the fascinating history of the museum itself — comprising three buildings, styles, and periods — and of course its impressive collections including 35,000 works by 4,000 artists, dating from the 17th Century to the present.
Lunch: Lunch on your own. Suggestions will be made.
Afternoon: Workshop on local musical traditions in the company of jig dancers, callers and square dancers (optional).
Dinner: 6:00 pm Gourmet Dinner at the restaurant Le Tournebroche "Farm to Table".
Evening: Take part of the New Year’s Eve celebration: traditional music show, outdoor dance, big countdown, and midnight fireworks.
Brunch: A Gastronomic Brunch Buffet in the Ballroom of Chateau Frontenac - one of the signature traditions of this grand hotel, which is the most photographed in the world and a true symbol of Quebec City.
Afternoon: EXCURSION: New Year continues with a festive ride in an authentic calèche (horse-drawn carriage). From your cozy seat, get a different perspective on North America’s only walled city including the beautiful 19th Century Parliament building.
Dinner: Dinner on your own.Our coordinator will offer guidance and suggestions. For this dinner, a reservation will be made by Sylvie in one of Quebec's french Bistro (5 minutes walk from the hotel) for anyone who wishes to accompany her. (optional)
Breakfast: The program concludes with breakfast. Hotel check-out is 12:00 Noon. We hope you have enjoyed this very special program and have gained an appreciation for the New Year traditions of Old Québec and its grandest and most historic hotel. Please join us for other rewarding Road Scholar programs in the future, and best wishes for all your journeys!