4 Day Quebec City Winter School Trip
4 Day Quebec City Winter School Trip
Bienvenue à Québec
Your 4 Day Quebec City winter school trip is one for the books.
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- Accommodation – Choose from our wide selection of hotels for every budget.
- Transportation – Fly to Montreal if you are more than a 6or 7 hour motorcoach drive.
- Choose from our meticulously crafted itineraries – or customize your trip to your objectives
Your 4 Day Quebec City Winter School
Day 1: Bienvenue à Québec
Depart school on a deluxe, climate-controlled and restroom-equipped motorcoach in time for a late-afternoon arrival in Quebec City.
You should be at school at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled 0:05am departure to ensure an on-time departure and an on-time arrival in Quebec City
Make sure to have the necessary documentation, visas and passport where applicable.
Arrive at the historic Chateau Frontenac, the most photographed hotel in the world, where Franklin Delano Roosevelt met Winston Churchill to plan the invasion of Europe (at 1 Rue des Carrières, Québec City).
Reassemble in the lobby, then depart on a walking orientation tour that will introduce you to the Terrasse Dufferin, le petit Séminaire de Québec, Notre Dame de Québec Cathedral.
The tour will end with dinner at the Restaurant d’Orsay, a Parisian-style restaurant across the street from City Hall, at the edge of the Quartier Latin.
After dinner, take a short walk to the Parc Montmorency, where you will pause for an 8:30pm group photograph on the ramparts overlooking the Château Frontenac.
After the photo, walk with your guide back to the hotel. But, before you leave the boardwalk, don’t forget to ask one of your classmates to take your picture (with your phone or camera) in front of the historic Château.
Overnight security services begin upon arrival at the hotel at about 9:30pm.
Day 2: Explore Quebec
Assemble in the lobby, then walk to the Quartier Petit Champlain for a French breakfast of large, fresh croissants and a bowl of café au lait or chocolat chaud at le Cochon Dingue.
Plains of Abraham
Board the bus outside your hotel, and depart on city sightseeing tour that will include the Parc des Champs-de-Bataille, and many other points of great historic and cultural significance.
The tour will arrive at les Galeries de la Capitale where, after lunch on your own in the international food court, you can go ice skating on its oversized ice rink, take a ride on the indoor roller coaster in the Méga Parc, or practice your French in a few of les Galeries’ 250 boutiques and retail stores.
After lunch, transfer to the bust of Louis XIV the Quartier Petit Champlain where you will begin a cultural and historic “Chasse au Trésor” that will test you on what you have learned thus far about the rich history of New France. If the weather is inclement, your group will visit the Musée de la Civilisation in place of the Treasure Hunt.)
Quebec Parliament Buildings
The tour will end at the Assemblée Nationale, Quebec’s provincial parliament building, from which you will walk back to your hotel.
Walk with your guide back to the Quartier Petit Champlain where you’ll have dinner at Cotes à Cotes amidst the ancient stone walls and hand-hewn wooden beams of an historic building in the oldest part of the City.
After dinner, walk to the Port of Québec and board the M/V Louis Jolliet the largest cruise ship in Canada, for an 7:00pm dance cruise on the Saint Lawrence River.
You’ll never forget the breathtaking views of the Québec City skyline by night as you meet and mix with other Canadian and American students.
Disembark on the Dalhousie Pier and walk back to the hotel.
Overnight security services begin at the hotel at 10:00pm
Day 3: Explore Quebec
Meet your tour manager in the lobby, then walk to an 8:00am breakfast at le Café Buade..
After breakfast, meet the bus in front of your hotel and transfer to the Plains of Abraham for a visit to a unique, stone fortification that was erected in the mid-nineteenth century to protect Québec City from an invasion from, of all places, America.
Arrive at the Martello Tower for an interactive lesson about military strategy of the era, and about the singularly harsh lives led by the soldiers stationed in the Martello Towers.
After your history lesson you will walk into the Quartier Latin for lunch on your own (Café Boulangerie Paillard would be a good choice for an inexpensive sandwich and soft drink). After lunch, you’ll have some free time for gift- and souvenir-shopping in the student-friendly shops along rue St. Jean.
Meet your bus and depart for the magnificent Basilique Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré. This gothic cathedral is renowned for its enormous proportions and superb stained-glass windows. More than a million visitors tour the basilica every year.
Depart for the Parc de la Chutes Montmorency, where the first battle between Generals Wolfe and Montcalm took place during the epochal summer of 1759.
Upon arrival at Montmorency Falls, you will walk across a footbridge that crosses directly over the top of the 83-meter (275-foot) high falls, that’s half again as high as Niagara Falls.
Cabane à Sucre Dinner and Dance
Depart for a ride through the rolling hills and quaint villages of rural Québec to an all-you-can-eat dinner at an authentic French-Canadian cabane à sucre.
Make a brief stop at about 4:30 or 4:45pm at les Chutes Chaudières en route to dinner
End your day with an all-you-can-eat dinner of typical Québécois fare, after which you’ll learn some traditional dances and folk songs, and a serving of sugar-on-snow.
Board the bus at about 9:00pm and return to the hotel.
Overnight security services begin at the hotel at 10:00p
Day 4: Departure Quebec
Pack your bags and leave them just inside your hotel room door, where the bell staff will pick them up and bring them to the bus (after 8:00am). You will not see your bags again until you arrive at school. Make sure that all of your suitcases are easily visible to the bell staff when they open the door.
Musée du Fort
After breakfast, return Haute Ville and walk to the Musee du Fort where, at 9:30am, you will learn about the many battles between the French, British and American (yes, American) armies; the multi-media presentation will end with a highly educational depiction of the decisive Battle of the Plains of Abraham, and a quiz to see how much history you absorbed.
After your history lesson, walk to the Quartier Petit Champlain for lunch on your own in the oldest part of the City, where the graystone buildings date to the early 1600s. Café Maison Smith would be a good choice for an inexpensive sandwich and/or a snack for the first leg of your bus trip home.
Reassemble at the bust of LOUIS XIV (placed in the center of Place Royale at the King’s own request in 1668).
Meet the bus in front of the Restaurant le Cochon Dingue, at 46, boulevard Champlain (across the street from the Quebec City ferry terminal), and depart for home.
Arrive at school at about 11:45pm (your actual arrival time may vary slightly).
La Citadelle de Québec
La Citadelle de Québec was the fort built by the english in the early 19th century. Its construction is known as a Redoubt, using earthworks to make the battlements stronger against cannon fire.
Auberge du Trésor.
Meet your tour manager in the lobby, then walk to an 8:00am breakfast at the Auberge du Trésor.
Le Cochon Dingue
Assemble in the lobby, then walk to an 8:00am French breakfast of large fresh croissants and a bowl of café au lait or chocolat chaud at le Cochon Dingue in the Quartier Petit Champlain
Meet your tour manager in the lobby and walk to a 6:15pm dinner in the oldest house in Quebec, Les Anciens Canadiens, to which the dying General Louis Montcalm was carried in 1759 after the epic Battle of the Plains of Abraham.
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The tour will end with dinner at the Les Trois Garçons, a trendy, new restaurant in the heart of the Quartier Latin.
Motorcoach Transportations from your town/city (within 350 miles)
Hotel accommodations 2 nights
Quad. Occ. for students
Double Occ. for Adult/Teachers (complimentary)
6 Meals – 3 Breakfasts and 3 Dinners
All taxes and gratuities
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Why We Love this Trip
Quebec City in winter is an experience one should have at lest once in a lifetime. How the Québécois have tamed the cold and winter and made it part of their routine.
There is a strong sense of fun and energy the winter brings to the city.
During Le Carnaval de Québéc the vibe is festive. Ice sculptures lime the streets, an ice castle for the famous Bonhomme Carnaval. It celebrates winter in ways we could never imagine.