Walking and Hiking in Québec City

Take daily hikes across four centuries of history and French Canadian heritage in the urban UNESCO setting of Québec City with enjoying plenty of time for independent explorations.
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Program No. 23165RJ
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Wonderful trip with a small group of congenial souls. I did this, my first RS trip, as a single and felt very comfortable and included by the leaders and others in the group. Quebec is gorgeous, especially in the fall. Loved seeing the city, a nearby national park, and Ile d'Orleans. There's a fair amount of up and down, hills and stairs in the city. Hotel was well located and very comfortable. Great trip. Can't wait for my next one.


Quebec City is nostalgic, romantic and friendly! There is much history to discover, not to mention the wonderful food. Our guides were knowledgeable and made the learning fun. We walked all over the city learning about the beginnings of Quebec and how it impacts Canada and it’s inhabitants today. Really a unique and fun experience.


Great program if you only have 4 nights to spend in the area and want some variety of experience. It hits the historical, geographical, and cultural highlights within Old Quebec City, plus some great field trips to nearby natural wonders like Montmorency Falls and beautiful forest/coastal hikes. Adequate time for individual exploration, too.


If you've never been to Quebec City, this is the ideal way to get an excellent overview and immerse yourself in French Canadian culture.

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I’d recommend this trip especially if you get guides Judith and Slyvie. Unusually to get 18 women and no men. We bonded well. I had the best roommate this time. I think all women made this a special trip.


Great program. Felt like a European experience without all the travel time. Good mix of city/nature walking.


I enjoyed the program. The leaders are very knowledgeable about Quebec City. The Monastery of St Augustine was a very relaxing place to recoup from the winter cold and had a delightful and healthy meal to start our day. I thought there would be more time and places for interaction between the travelers. This was a winter event and maybe that dampened the ability to meet others after the days events. I hope this Road Scholar travel program continues to offer the beauty of winter in a fantastic city.


This was an amazing winter adventure. The trip was well organized. The monastery was very relaxing, rooms were lovely and silent breakfast a real treat. A most comfortable bed with a lovely bath. I loved the dormer windows. Pluses: Dog sledding, walking, history, knowledgeable guides, Things to consider: ways to establish a bit more group cohesiveness (other trips had a common meeting area or small room to gather together in the evenings), the final meal at the fondue restaurant was not well organized.. we were too large of a group for the restaurant to handle efficiently) Consider adding an additional day with options for group members to see the city. I'd recommend this trip to anyone

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Fantastic trip, 5 stars. 1. The guides, Judith and Sylvie, were excellent. They provided so much information on the history of the area, as well as the built and natural environment. They were also very good about explaining the best way to dress for the very cold weather. And they were flexible, able to adapt to weather related obstacles (snow cleaning) and crowds. They were engaged, fun, and funny. 2. The program had a good progression of activities. The first evening we had a short walk around the neighborhood of our hotel, which served as an introduction to the area. The next day was a long walk (at least 5 miles) beginning with the Plains of Abraham and military history, and working our way back into the old part of the city. Although the day was long, the pace was easy. This was followed with a more restful day, when we took a bus to Montmarcy Falls and walked around the areas below and above the falls. Then to lunch and the Ice Hotel. The final day was another more active day, dog sledding (definitely the highlight) and an afternoon on our own. 3. Our hotel - an old monastary - was beautiful. Rooms were comfortable, and the hotel was close to many good shops and restaurants. 4. The only downside was that the tour was not long enough for me. An additional day, either as part of the tour or as an add-on, would have been welcome. I would have loved to have done some snowshoeing, or xc-skiing, or even ice boating.


I cannot imagine anything more fun than this trip. Judith and Sylvie were wonderful and the dog sledding in particular was amazing.

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