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Québec City to Charlevoix: Exploring the Saint Lawrence River

Travel by boat and train to explore the history and natural wonders of the Saint Lawrence Valley, from Québec City’s European charm to the Bas-Saint-Laurent and Charlevoix regions.
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Program No. 21845RJ
Length
8 days
Starts at
2,479
Québec

Québec City to Charlevoix: Exploring the Saint Lawrence River

Travel by boat and train to explore the history and natural wonders of the Saint Lawrence Valley, from Québec City’s European charm to the Bas-Saint-Laurent and Charlevoix regions.
Length
8 days
Starts at
2,479
Program No. 21845 RJ
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DATES & starting prices
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Jun 14 - Jun 21, 2021
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2,479
Jul 5 - Jul 12, 2021
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2,479
Aug 2 - Aug 9, 2021
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Sep 6 - Sep 13, 2021
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Jun 14 - Jun 21, 2021
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3,199
Jul 5 - Jul 12, 2021
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3,199
Aug 2 - Aug 9, 2021
Starting at
3,199
Sep 6 - Sep 13, 2021
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3,199

At a Glance

From the European charm of Québec City to the natural wonders of Charlevoix, UNESCO has recognized both of these unique destinations for their historical and natural significance. This journey by boat, coach and train will take you from Québec City’s Old Town to the Bas-St-Laurent region on the south shore to learn about the natural resources of the mighty river and the Victorian-style heritage of Kamouraska . After 2 nights on an island natural reserve, an excursion on private boat on the St. Lawrence River, travel to Charlevoix on the north shore to explore this biosphere reserve and center for cultural and culinary arts. Come aboard for a special opportunity to experience a very special corner of North America, highlighting the maritime history of early Canada and settlers along the way.
Activity Level
Let's Go!
Walking up to three miles on varied terrain that includes stairs, trail with roots, river banks, loose dirt and rocks. Getting on/off boat and floating deck.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Experience the unique European charm of Québec City, with visits to historic sites and museums.
  • Explore the Bas-Saint-Laurent region on private boat, and spend two nights on an island in a wildlife sanctuary.
  • Discover the Charlevoix region’s fine art, cuisine, geology and spectacular scenery.

General Notes

Maximum group size is 23 participants.
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Andrée Girard
Andrée Girard has been an active figure on the arts scene in Québec and in Canada for over 25 years. She worked as a broadcaster for CBC radio and television before becoming programming director for CBC French radio’s Chaîne culturelle for several years. She was also a founding member and director of the Conseil québécois de la musique. Over the course of her career, she has been associated with the creation of the Opus Prize, as well as the development of the Canadian Conference of the Arts.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Andrée Girard has been an active figure on the arts scene in Québec and in Canada for over 25 years. She worked as a broadcaster for CBC radio and television before becoming programming director for CBC French radio’s Chaîne culturelle for several years. She was also a founding member and director of the Conseil québécois de la musique. Over the course of her career, she has been associated with the creation of the Opus Prize, as well as the development of the Canadian Conference of the Arts.
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In tune with her ancestors of the XVII century, Judith has explored every corner of the province, learning about the challenges of the first settlers and the role of nature in people’s traditions and culture. In a blend of history and cultural experience, Judith combines her passions to bring visitors in touch with the complex and diversified heritage of the region and extraordinary landscape around Quebec.
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Marie Legroulx, a native of Québec City, has a bachelor's in history and a master's in Québec literature. She taught French and Québec literature at local universities for over 20 years. In 2008, she returned to college to become a professional in the tourism industry, and has since been leading historical, architectural and literary explorations. Québec history and language are topics close to her heart since she is a twelfth-generation Québécoise whose ancestors settled on the St. Lawrence River in the mid-seventeenth century.
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Bury Your Dead
by Louise Penny
BURY YOUR DEAD has come out to some spectacular results - hitting the extended New York Times bestseller list, as well as the USA Today and bestseller lists in Canada! It has been named one of the Top Ten Mysteries/Thrillers of 2010 by Amazon! This sixth Gamache mystery is set partly in the tiny fictional (and oddly murderous) village of Three Pines, in Québec’s Eastern Townships. However, most of the action takes place in Quebec City, a vibrant and sophisticated fortress city that lives in the present while guarding its past. It’s February and bitterly cold in Quebec City, but Chief Inspector Gamache barely notices. He's consumed with grief and guilt over his past mistakes. He spends his time with his now-retired mentor in the peaceful library of the Literary and Historical Society, a bastion of the dwindling English population. If Gamache thought death was finished with him, he was wrong. The body of a celebrated eccentric is found in the Lit and His, and Gamache is drawn again into hunting a murderer. The victim was an amateur archeologist with a monomaniacal pursuit to find the body of Samuel de Champlain. This is the great mystery that has haunted Quebec for centuries - Where is Champlain? The founder of Quebec died 400 years ago, and while the burial places of nuns, farmers and minor functionaries of the time are known, no one knows what became of the Father of Quebec. How could this be? As Chief Inspector Gamache digs through the crime and the venerable old city, it becomes clear the murder is rooted in this 400 year old mystery, and in people long dead but perhaps not buried. It also becomes clear to the Chief Inspector that to find the truth he needs to confront his own ghosts, and bury his own dead.
Montreal & Quebec City Guide – Lonely Planet
by Montréal-based author
Montréal and Québec City really serve it up. You've got old-world grandeur, new-world sensibilities and big-city charms - there's enough neighbourhoods, restaurants and festivals to keep you mon-dieu'ing for months. This guide, penned by a Montréal-based author, gets you straight to the action. Pick & Mix: buy and download individual chapters from this book You could download free: Introducing Montreal (Very interesting…)
The Tin Flute
by Gabrielle Roy
The Tin Flute is a classic of Canadian fiction. This moving story focuses on a family in the Saint-Henri slums of Montreal, its struggles to overcome poverty and ignorance, and its search for love.
Shadows on the Rock
by Willa Cather
Set in seventeenth-century Canada, an evocation of North American origins highlights the men and women who struggled to adapt to the new world even as they clung to the one they left behind. The novel covers one year of the lives of Cecile Auclair and her father Euclide, French colonists in Quebec.
The Two Solitudes
by Hugh MacLennan
First published in 1945, and set mostly in the time of the First World War, this story revolves around the life and times of the fictional character Paul Tallard and his struggles in reconciling the differences between his English and French Canadian identities.
Champlain's Dream
by David Hackett Fischer
In this enthralling biography, acclaimed historian David Hackett Fischer brings to life the remarkable Samuel de Champlain—soldier, spy, master mariner, explorer, cartographer, artist, and Father of New France.
A People’s History of Quebec
by Jacques Lacoursière
A People’s History of Quebec is a lively guide to a little-known part of North American history. It tells of the settlement of the St. Lawrence Valley, but also of the Montreal and Quebec-based explorers and traders who travelled, mapped, and inhabited most of North America, and embrothered the peoples they met.
Where the River Narrows
by Aimee Laberge
This novel sweeps across the centuries, from the French royal court to the founding of Québec City in 1608, from the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 to the FLQ Crisis. Against this rich panorama, the daily lives of the Tremblay family unfolds over generations.
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(5)

Excellent program. Full of interesting historical facts. Areas visited on the program were beautiful and diverse. The group leaders were highly knowledgable and accommodating to the participants. Would highly recommend the program

(5)

We really enjoyed our Road Scholar trip to Quebec City. The accommodations were excellent, the food was superb and the instructors were friendly and helpful. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone.

(5)

Many people still think Road Scholar, the old Elderhostel, participants stay on campus sleeping in dorm rooms. Not so as all rooms were in a 5 star hotel and food was 5 star. This was not to mention the wealth of information shared with us.

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This was an absolutely wonderful tour. It was a well-chosen mixture of activities: the history and government of Quebec; the arts, music, and culture; nature and the environment. My most memorable moments were views along the Saguenay Fjord and sightings of Beluga Whales; strings chamber music at an international music academy; evening walks in old Quebec City (the Chateau Frontenac is breath taking) and traveling on the Saint Lawrence River. The food & restaurant choices were wonderful, from the home cooking at Café Chez Sam’s in Charlevoix and on Ile aux Lievres to the epicurean specialties at the Chateau Frontenac and Tournebroche in Quebec City. The tour leaders were outstanding: Andree’s enthusiasm and engaging personality; Judith’s wealth of knowledge, both of history and nature/the land and her keen sense of humor. I highly recommend this tour. It exceeded my expectations.

(5)

This was my first Road Scholar program. It was absolutely wonderful! It was such a good experience that I am sure I will sign up for more in the future. If you enjoy history, beautiful scenery, exciting cities, and learning about a different culture, consider this program. You will not regret it!!!

(5)

This was an awesome trip! So many wonderful things planned each day/ I am so glad my friend invited me on this one. great to learn the history of Quebec, see the older buildings...wonderful foods, cheeses, desserts. Surprised to stay on an island one night and be a little more rustic in a cabin along with a naturalist walk. then a 5 Star 2 night stay at the Fairmont hotel! I need to return to this grand style hotel! I will definately tell some friends about this one. we even experienced a strings concert by the teachers at a well known school in their 5 million dollar facility. then another night some local fiddlists. great to see the lower city also. had I gone on my own I would not of seen or learned what I did. the Ferry , the whales, out of the way places to eat along with the hotel food too. 12.20.19 : Update a friend that went on this tour went on a tour with another company to Italy for a cooking class style and comparing the two tours she gave Rhode Scholar a 10!

(5)

WOW! This Sept. 2018 trip was fabulous! Great leaders and fun small group companions shared in learning the diversity of Quebec City and Quebec Provence. And OH YES! - the oo la la food and stellar accommodations were over the top! No long, boring lectures on this trip- we learned and experienced while in motion - walking, boating, train riding, island hiking, local and private touring of cultural venues -- information overflowing to broaden our views. Topics of History, architecture, art, ecology, the St. Lawrence River heartbeat - everything that knits this land and people together in such a wonderful way was presented in a personal spirit of friendship through our group leaders. So glad the Brits allowed Quebec to keep its French culture in Quebec! We are the fortunate who experience this tour through the eyes of its native Quebecois! Thanks Andree, Judith and Louise for your expertise and care!

(5)

A wonderful varied program in Quebec City and out in the country-side. Has it all--history, ecology, art, music. Delux accommodations. Delicious food. Small group.






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