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22250
Quebec

French Canada: Montréal & Québec City

Be immersed in the architecture, Francophone culture and culinary arts of Montréal and Québec City as you discover the joie de vivre that unites the Québecois.
Program No. 22250RJ
Length
7 days
Starts at
2,249
Quebec

French Canada: Montréal & Québec City

Be immersed in the architecture, Francophone culture and culinary arts of Montréal and Québec City as you discover the joie de vivre that unites the Québecois.
Length
7 days
Starts at
2,249
Length
7 days
Rating (4.73)
Starts at
2,249
Program No. 22250RJ

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Activity Level: On Your Feet (6)
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Sep 6 - Sep 12, 2022
Starting at
2,249
Sep 20 - Sep 26, 2022
Starting at
2,249
Oct 4 - Oct 10, 2022
Starting at
2,249
May 23 - May 29, 2023
Starting at
2,349
Jul 18 - Jul 24, 2023
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2,549
Sep 5 - Sep 11, 2023
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2,549
Activity Level: On Your Feet (6)
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Sep 6 - Sep 12, 2022
Starting at
2,979
Sep 20 - Sep 26, 2022
Starting at
2,979
Oct 4 - Oct 10, 2022
Starting at
2,979
May 23 - May 29, 2023
Starting at
2,969
Jul 18 - Jul 24, 2023
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3,379
Sep 5 - Sep 11, 2023
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3,379
Activity Level: Keep the Pace (8)
DATES & starting prices
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May 16 - May 22, 2023
Starting at
2,349
Jun 6 - Jun 12, 2023
Starting at
2,449
Jun 20 - Jun 26, 2023
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2,549
Jul 4 - Jul 10, 2023
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2,549
Aug 1 - Aug 7, 2023
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2,549
Aug 22 - Aug 28, 2023
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2,549
Sep 19 - Sep 25, 2023
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2,549
Oct 3 - Oct 9, 2023
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2,549
Activity Level: Keep the Pace (8)
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
May 16 - May 22, 2023
Starting at
2,969
Jun 6 - Jun 12, 2023
Starting at
3,139
Jun 20 - Jun 26, 2023
Starting at
3,379
Jul 4 - Jul 10, 2023
Starting at
3,379
Aug 1 - Aug 7, 2023
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3,379
Aug 22 - Aug 28, 2023
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3,379
Sep 19 - Sep 25, 2023
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3,379
Oct 3 - Oct 9, 2023
Starting at
3,379

At a Glance

In Québec — “la belle province” — immerse yourself in the evocative architecture, Francophone culture and artistic passion of Montréal and Québec City. Enjoy a sensuous taste of Europe right here in North America as you discover the visual, performing and culinary arts inspired by the joie de vivre that unites the Québecois. Explore world-class museums, stroll picturesque neighborhoods and interact with Québec natives, as you absorb the artistic expression, historic buildings and European charm of these two cities.
Activity Level
Varies by date
Varies by date. ON YOUR FEET Dates: Walking up to one mile at a slower pace; additional transportation to some field trips. KEEP THE PACE Dates: Walking up to two miles at a brisk pace. Both Activity Levels travel on varied surfaces, from well-maintained sidewalks on busy streets to hills and cobblestones.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Get expert perspectives on prestigious museum collections, including the Montréal Fine Arts Museum.
  • Hear from an expert about what it’s like living in Montréal today, with insights into the city’s cultural, social and economic climate.
  • Enjoy walking excursions (pace varies by date) through Old Montréal and Old Québec, including visits to the Notre-Dame Basilica in Montréal and the Chute Montmorency in Québec City.

General Notes

Select program dates are at a more leisurely pace featuring less walking and additional transportation. Please see Dates and Prices Tab for more details.
Featured Expert
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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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Originally from Montreal, Michel Jutras holds a master's degree in the management of cultural organizations and has extensive experience in leading educational excusions. Passionate about researching history, especially the history of the dietary and culinary traditions of Quebec, he is working on a large collection of ethnological texts, the first volume of which has already been published, while the second is currently being printed.
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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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François Gariépy, a native of Québec City, has lived in Montréal, Santiago de Chile, and now in Baie-Saint-Paul, Charlevoix — a UNESCO-designated Biosphere Reserve. He is a recognized professional in international development and tourism for Charlevoix, actively promoting the region in the Canadian, U.S., Mexican, and European markets. François is trilingual with a passion for people, traveling, and cultures. He will be delighted to introduce Road Scholars to Montreal, Québec City, and the Charlevoix Region, addressing everyone’s interests in an enthusiastic, instructive, and secure manner.
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Marie Bussières View biography
Marie Bussières, born in Quebec City, is in love with its culture, French heritage and rich history. She is naturally curious about people and cultures, leading her to numerous travels and living broad. Her academic background includes geography, communication, and tourism. She became a group leader and local expert throughout the province of Quebec, as well as elsewhere in Canada. Inquisitive by nature and physically active, Marie is an avid photographer and skier who, within her guiding work, constantly learns and shares her knowledge generously.
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Judith de Repentigny View biography
Judith de Repentigny was born in Montréal and holds a Master of Music degree from McGill University. An all-round professional, she made her mark as an administrator for the Montréal and Québec Symphony Orchestras. Since 2006, she has worked for the City of Montréal in public relations and communication and now as head of cultural programming for one of the city’s boroughs. Also renowned as an excellent and passionate communicator, Judith has given hundreds of lectures.
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Françoise Baby View biography
Françoise Baby loves to share her enthusiasm about Montreal with visitors. She has a penchant for great food — her mother is French! — history, and architecture. What she enjoys most about being a local expert is interaction with Road Scholars. Her wish is that they come away with a cultural experience. The two most frequently asked questions Françoise gets are whether she is a native Montrealer and what is her favourite “thing” about the city. The answers are “yes”, and the multiculturalism that best defines Montreal.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
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.
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…)
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.
A short history of Quebec
by John Alexander Dickinson and Brian J Young
A Canadian classic, A Short History of Quebec offers a concise yet comprehensive overview of the province from the pre-contact native period to present-day constitutional struggles. The authors bring a refreshing perspective to the history of Quebec, focusing on the social and economic development of the region and its diverse peoples.
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.
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.
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.
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7 days
6 nights
14 meals
6 B 4 L 4 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Montreal, QC
D
SpringHill Suites Old Montreal

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: 5:15-5:30 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come to the Road Scholar table on the Mezzanine level to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information. Orientation: We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Plus, a few useful tips to enhance your stay in French Canada. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: At neighborhood restaurant.

Evening: Continue getting to know your fellow participants, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Exploring Downtown Montreal, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Montreal, QC
B,L,D
SpringHill Suites Old Montreal

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach. Walking up to 1 mile throughout the day, standing in museum.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Led by an expert, we will go for a city field trip via motorcoach, focusing on the city's history, architecture, main neighborhoods, and its astounding underground city that features a 20-mile network of pedestrian walkways. Among the highlights are the Underground, Mont-Royal, and Ste-Hélène Island that was the site of Expo 67 (1967 International and Universal Exposition).

Lunch: At one of the city’s numerous cafés, we’ll order from a menu.

Afternoon: With our Group Leader, we will go by motorcoach to the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA),where you can explore at your own pace and see what interest you the most. Founded in 1860, the MMFA has an outstanding permanent collection representing artistic achievements from antiquity to the present day with paintings, sculptures, graphic arts, photographs, and decorative art objects in four major areas: international art, world cultures, decorative arts and design, and Québec and Canadian art collection is not to be missed on a self guided visit prepared by our art specialist.. Returns to the hotel will be via taxi in small groups for those who wish to leave earlier or stay later.

Dinner: At a neighborhood restaurant.

Evening: At leisure. You might like to go out and explore independently, spend time with fellow Road Scholars, or just relax.

DAY
3
Explore Old Montreal, Living in Montreal Today
Montreal, QC
B,L
SpringHill Suites Old Montreal

Activity note: Walking up to 1 mile.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Led by an expert, we will head out for a walking field trip through Old Montréal. We will learn about the delicate transformations of public art and architecture, and why the importance of blending old and new is at the heart of this urban conversion to create the Montréal of today.

Lunch: At a neighborhood restaurant.

Afternoon: At leisure. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Among the highlights you might enjoy are the Pointe-à-Calliere Museum, the port, and the Botanical Garden. At the hotel at 5:00 pm meet our local expert an enjoy lecture on living in Montreal.

Dinner: 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.

Evening: At leisure. Take this time to experience more of our very special city and what it has to offer. Prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning. Participants will need to carry their own baggage on the train, one piece of luggage and one carry-on bag.

DAY
4
Basilica de Notre-Dame de Montréal, Transfer to Québec City
Quebec City, QC
B,L,D
Hotel Manoir Victoria

Activity note: Getting in/out motor coach; on/off a train. Baggage aboard the train is limited to one piece of luggage and one carry-on bag per person. We will carry our baggage when we transfer to the train station. The train ride is about 160 miles, approximately 3.5 hours. Upon arrival in Québec City, we will retrieve our baggage and load it onto a motor coach for transfer to the hotel where it will be taken to our rooms.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll take a field trip to the incredibly beautiful Basilique de Notre-Dame. Our visit will feature an exclusive presentation of its fabulous organ by the Basilica's titular organist. Returning to the hotel, we will check out and depart via Motorcoach to the train station, then board the train for departure at 1:00 p.m.

Lunch: Aboard the train, we’ll have box lunches from a local bakery.

Afternoon: Upon arrival in Québec City, we will transfer via motorcoach to our hotel for check-in. Take some time to freshen up and relax before dinner or feel free to walk around the hotel and surrounding area.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: We’ll set out on a stroll of discovery and first impressions with our Study Leader through the streets of the Old City to the Terrase Dufferin overlooking the fleuve Saint-Laurent — St. Lawrence River — behind the Château Frontenac.

DAY
5
Old Québec, Governor-General's Official Residence,
Quebec City, QC
B,L
Hotel Manoir Victoria

Activity note: Walking up to 1 mile; cobblestone, uneven ground.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: At the hotel, our local expert will give a presentation highlighting the city's foundation and exceptional geographical location as well as its present-day social and economic facets. We’ll gain an understanding of how Québec City's history contributed to the creation and development of Canada and why it was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. We’ll then head out on a walking field trip to explore Québec City with its eclectic architecture, streets, and monuments that serve as eloquent, perfectly conserved testaments to its evolution. There are two parts: the Upper Town that was the fortified area, and the Lower Town that developed around the Place Royale and the harbor. A well-preserved integrated urban ensemble, the Historic District is a remarkable example of a fortified city of the colonial era, and unique north of Mexico. Enjoy the city's uniquely European atmosphere, enchanting setting, and friendly inhabitants.

Lunch: At neighborhood restaurant.

Afternoon: Led by an expert, we will visit the official residence of the Governor General of Canada, located within La Citadelle of Québec overlooking the majestic St. Lawrence River. Québec, the cradle of French civilization in North America, is a repository of history and culture from the French, English, and Canadian periods. The fortified boundaries of this old British fortress are the only such remaining walled defenses on the continent. After a terrible fire in 1976, it was restored with Canadian materials throughout to showcase the city’s history, modern cultural sensibilities, and outstanding artists. Today, it houses an important collection of art and period furnishings.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like from the many and varied opportunities to “taste” Québec City.

Evening: Join local musicians who will guide us in a discovery of Québec through song, instrumental music, tales, and jigs. We will learn about Québec musical traditions, rhythm and song, and experiment with musical instruments.

DAY
6
Île d'Orléans, Montmorency Falls Park, Music Tradition
Quebec City, QC
B,D
Hotel Manoir Victoria

Activity note: Walking up to 1 mile; standing up to an hour; limited seating.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We’ll take an expert-led field trip via motorcoach a few miles from the city to experience the beauty of the traditional Québec countryside. The birthplace of French America, Île d'Orléans is a large pastoral island known for the quality of its agricultural products as well as the heritage of its many historic buildings. This well-preserved natural and cultural landmark is situated in the middle of the St. Lawrence River. On our return to the city, we'll stop for a closer look of the Montmorency falls that we saw from the Ile d'Orlean. With its 272' tall, (30 more than Niagara) the falls offers a stunning demonstration of the power of nature. The falls has captivated visitors in all seasons for centuries.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: At leisure. You might like to explore the Quartier Petit-Champlain located at the foot of the funicular a block away from the hotel (coupon provided). The Quartier Petit-Champlain is the site of Québec’s first port. As one of the city’s original neighborhoods, it has gone through various periods of development, decline, and redevelopment. Today, after an expansive (and expensive) restoration project, the quarter exudes an Old World atmosphere with historical architecture and buildings dating back to the 1600s, narrow streets, artisans and craftsmen, charming boutiques, and much more. Take this opportunity to see and do what interests you most at your own pace. At 5:00 pm Join local musicians who will guide us in a discovery of Québec through song, instrumental music, tales, and jigs. We will learn about Québec musical traditions, rhythm and song, and experiment with musical instruments.

Dinner: At a renowned restaurant in Old Québec noted for its local gastronomy Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell dinner.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

DAY
7
Program Concludes
Quebec City, QC
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out 12:00 Noon.

Breakfast: At the Hotel. This concludes our program.

Morning: If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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