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French Canada at a Slower Pace: 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, all at a leisurely pace.
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Program No. 22250RJ
Length
7 days
Starts at
1,849
Quebec

French Canada at a Slower Pace: 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, all at a leisurely pace.
Length
7 days
Starts at
1,849
Program No. 22250 RJ
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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DATES & starting prices
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May 21 - May 27, 2021
Starting at
1,849
May 28 - Jun 3, 2021
Starting at
1,899
Jun 7 - Jun 13, 2021
Starting at
1,949
Jul 2 - Jul 8, 2021
Starting at
2,049
Jul 16 - Jul 22, 2021
Starting at
2,049
Aug 4 - Aug 10, 2021
Starting at
2,049
Sep 17 - Sep 23, 2021
Starting at
2,049
Oct 8 - Oct 14, 2021
Starting at
1,949
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
May 21 - May 27, 2021
Starting at
2,379
May 28 - Jun 3, 2021
Starting at
2,479
Jun 7 - Jun 13, 2021
Starting at
2,529
Jul 2 - Jul 8, 2021
Starting at
2,729
Jul 16 - Jul 22, 2021
Starting at
2,729
Aug 4 - Aug 10, 2021
Starting at
2,729
Sep 17 - Sep 23, 2021
Starting at
2,729
Oct 8 - Oct 14, 2021
Starting at
2,579

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, all at a relaxed pace that allows you to fully absorb the artistic expression, historic buildings and European charms of these two cities.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to one mile on varied surfaces, occasionally encountering hills and cobblestones. Program features hotels and sites chosen for their ease of access, as well as for their historical and cultural significance.
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 ...

  • Get expert perspectives on prestigious museum collections, including the Montréal Fine Arts Museum and the Ursulines Museum, right behind your Québec City hotel.
  • 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 easy-paced walking excursions through Old Montréal and Old Québec, including visits to the Notre-Dame Basilica in Montréal and the Chute Montmorency in Québec City.

General Notes

You may enjoy a more active version of this program, "French Canada: A Cultural Journey through Montréal & Québec City" (#10382).
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Jennifer Bell
Introducing Jennifer Bell on saxophone. Jennifer was the first female recipient of a bachelor's in jazz studies from McGill University. She has made her home in Montreal since 1981 and is an active member of the thriving jazz scene there. She founded the group Streetnix in 1987 and has appeared at every edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal since. She has been an instructor of jazz combos, saxophone and jazz history at the McGill Conservatory of Music since 1985.

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

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Introducing Jennifer Bell on saxophone. Jennifer was the first female recipient of a bachelor's in jazz studies from McGill University. She has made her home in Montreal since 1981 and is an active member of the thriving jazz scene there. She founded the group Streetnix in 1987 and has appeared at every edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal since. She has been an instructor of jazz combos, saxophone and jazz history at the McGill Conservatory of Music since 1985.
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Lise Lambert View biography
Lise Lambert is passionate about the evolution of Québec's society since the Quiet Revolution. A civil servant for more than 35 years, she has worked on the National Film Board of Canada, as well as for the Québec Government in many departments such as Health and Social services, Manpower and Social security, Leisure, Hunting and Fishing, International Relations and more. Lise has been active in the development of cultural travel in Québec, and enjoys sharing her love for the region with others.
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Marie Legroulx View biography
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 authors
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 Montréal-based authors, gets you straight to the action. The Lonely Planet website has options to buy and download individual digital chapters from this book in addition to the full guide.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 People’s History of Quebec
by Jacques Lacoursière and Robin Philpot
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, as well as the Montreal and Quebec-based explorers and traders who travelled, mapped, and inhabited most of North America.
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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