Getting on/off motorcoach. Walking up to 1 mile on pavement, cobblestones.
Early morning coffee is available in the dining room. Breakfast is cafeteria style. Choose from eggs, bacon, sausage, toast, pancakes, cereal, muffins. The only thing lacking is willpower!
From a local expert, learn about a giant — the St. Lawrence River and Seaway including its geography, natural history and significance in North American history.
In the dining room, lunch is cafeteria style including a salad bar, soup, choice of two main dishes, vegetables, dessert, juice, coffee, tea, water.
Via motorcoach, we begin with a short stop at the Promenade Samuel-De Champlain. This legacy of the 400th anniversary of Québec was inaugurated in 2008 as a gift from the government to the city. It stretches 1.5 miles (2.5 kilometers) along the St. Lawrence shoreline, reconnecting residents with the mighty waterway. After a short ride along the beautiful St-Lawrence, we then board the M/V “Louis Joliet” for a 90-minute study cruise with expert commentary that provides unparalleled views of North America’s only fortified city — Old Quebec, as well as the Île d’Orléans, Montmorency Falls, and more. The vessel is named for the Quebec explorer who was the first to map the Mississippi River. Next, we transfer to the Naval Museum (Musée Naval) of Québec for an expert led exploration of this impressive facility that features the naval history of the St. Lawrence River, the Naval Reserve of Canada, and traces the history of Canadian sailors from the beginning of the 20th century to today. Take the rest of the afternoon for personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like among the many restaurants and cafés within walking distance in the Old Port and in Old Québec. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
At leisure. Linger over dinner or continue exploring on your own, then rendezvous at an appointed time and place to re-board the motorcoach for departure back the Auberge at approximately 7:45 p.m.