Great group, great leader, great mix of program and on-your-own time. I really enjoyed this trip!
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Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.
Afternoon: Program Registration: 5:30-5:45 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 your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.
Dinner: At a popular steak house restaurant on rue St-Paul, the oldest street in Montréal, enjoy a 3-course plated meal with appetizer (soup or salad), choice of entrée (chicken, fish, steak), dessert of the day, and beverage choices including coffee (regular/decaf), hot tea, water; other beverages available for purchase from the bar.
Evening: Orientation: We will return to the hotel for orientation when the Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. 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. Continue getting to know your fellow participants, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.
Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach. Walking up to 1 mile throughout the day, standing in museum.
Breakfast: At the hotel, the breakfast buffet offers a rotating variety of choices such as an egg dish, breakfast meat (such as bacon and ham), hot and cold cereals, fruit, toast, bagels, muffins, yogurt, milk, juices, coffee (regular and decaf), hot tea, water.
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) for an overview of the Quebec and Canadian art exhibition. 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 that we will explore. Returns to the hotel will be via taxi in small groups for those who wish to leave earlier or stay later.
Dinner: In Old Montréal, we will enjoy a 3-course plated meal with appetizer (soup or salad), choice of entrée (chicken, fish, steak), dessert of the day, and beverage choices including coffee (regular/decaf), hot tea, water; other beverages are available for purchase from the bar.
Evening: At leisure. You might like to go out and explore independently, spend time with fellow Road Scholars, or just relax.
Activity note: Walking up to 1 mile.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
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: In Old Montréal, we’ll have a 3-course plated meal with appetizer (soup or salad), choice of entrée (chicken, fish, steak), dessert of the day, and beverage choices including coffee (regular/decaf), hot tea, water; other beverages available for purchase from the bar.
Afternoon: Free time. 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.
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 the hotel, we’ll enjoy a concert just for us performed by a pair of well-known musicians from the Montréal jazz scene. As we delight to their improvisations, we’ll also learn about the history of jazz in Montréal. 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.
Activity note: Getting in/out of taxis; 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. There it will be loaded onto the train for us; keep carry-ons with you. 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 van for transfer to the hotel where it will be taken to our rooms.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: We will begin the day with a lecture by a local expert on living in Montréal. Next, we will walk a few minutes to the Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal (Notre-Dame Basilica) and explore, led by a church specialist. This magnificent church that grew from a small chapel in 1642 has a fascinating history and is considered one of the most beautiful in North America. The decorative scheme we see today was inspired by the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris. Returning to the hotel, we will check out and depart via taxis 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 with a sandwich, salad, and soft drink, coffee, or tea.
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: We will walk one block from the hotel to a renowned pub in the heart of Old Québec for a 3-course plated meal with appetizer (soup or salad), choice of entrée (meat, seafood, vegetarian), and dessert of the day, plus beverage choices including coffee (regular/decaf), hot tea, water; other beverages available for purchase from the bar.
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.
Activity note: Riding a funiculaire (cable car). Walking up to 1 mile; cobblestone, uneven ground.
Breakfast: At the hotel, the breakfast buffet includes hot and cold choices plus juice, coffee, tea, water.
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. After the walking exploration, we will board the motorcoach and ride to the foot of Montmorency Falls where we will take the cable car to Manoir Montmorency.
Lunch: At Manoir Montmorency, we’ll have a set meal featuring area specialties.
Afternoon: Next, we will have some time on our own to see astonishing Montmorency Falls Park. Located between the river and the cliffs, it is one of the province's most spectacular sites. You might like to take a short walk to the bridge that goes over the falls. We’ll then take the cable car down to the motorcoach and return to the city with time for personal independent exploration at your own pace. 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.
Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.
Evening: At leisure.
Activity note: Walking up to 1 mile; standing up to an hour; limited seating.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: 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.
Lunch: On your own.
Afternoon: We will regroup at the hotel and walk to the Musée des Ursulines, a block away. At this art and history museum, we will learn about the rich heritage of the oldest teaching order in Canada including Québec’s religious and social history. The remainder of the afternoon is free to explore on your own. Take this opportunity to see and do what interests you most at your own pace.
Dinner: At a local restaurant near the hotel, we will have a 3-course plated meal with appetizer (soup or salad), choice of entrée (meat, seafood, vegetarian), and dessert of the day, plus beverage choices including coffee (regular/decaf), hot tea, water; other beverages available for purchase from the bar. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell dinner.
Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.
Activity note: Hotel check-out 12:00 Noon.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet. 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!
Great group, great leader, great mix of program and on-your-own time. I really enjoyed this trip!
This program exceeded my expectations! It was educational and fun. The group was varied, but they were welcoming to solo travelers. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone wanting to learn more about these cities.
We had a wonderful time on our first Road Scholar trip. Our leader was great and the other people in the group were fun to be with and always positive. I learned a lot and saw a lot and enjoyed it all. Accommodations and food were both good.
This was a most enjoyable experience with a good mix of group activities and on your own and led to a deeper appreciation of the places we visited. Great guides and instructors and comfortable locations that could not be bettered.
This program provided a very enjoyable, comprehensive educational and leisure trip to both cities. The sites visited were interesting, with very understandable interpreters with us to enhance the experience. A perfect mix of structured and free time. Great restaurants were chosen for our group meals.
This was a wonderful program! Interesting, stimulating, and over too soon. I highly recommend it as completely enjoyable.
An excellent experience and the food was delicious!
What a delightful program--so much history and culture to discover in Montreal and Quebec! It was well-coordinated by Lise who was warm, organized & professional. Activities & lectures were varied, interesting & educational. Sufficient free time to do some independent touring/shopping. The accommodation locations were perfect - near the major historical areas with lots of restaurants, shops, museums, and sightseeing activities within walking distance. Highly recommend this program.
At your pace French Canada is a fabulous program that can be enjoyed by all. The trip was extremely well rounded with wonderful sites and experiences as a group and sufficient free time to explore on our own. Our instructor was great and a wealth of knowledge. I highly (5 stars) recommend this program. Great balance of days spent in Montreal and Quebec with perfectly chosen sites to visit.
Learning about the region's history, including the weather, made the trip more interesting. We didn't just look at "different things", the sites we visited became more alive and understandable, the people, their architecture, art and values.
We found many new reasons to love and respect Canada.
Road Scholar programs are interesting, and educational. Our trip to Canada was much more helpful, than independent trips we have taken to Canada.
Anyone consider a tour to Canada should consider the Road Scholar At you Own Pace tour to Montreal & Quebec City. Many of my friends had been to Montreal & had wonderful things to say, but be sure not to overlook Quebec City.
An interesting and informative look at Our Neighbors To The North !!!
Lise is a great guide
I liked the website better before the changes. I really miss the ability to select dates to search for a program.