A Québécois Culinary Adventure
May 25-31, 2024
Discover the unique culture and old-world elegance of Quebec. First colonized in the early 17th century by French fishermen and fur traders, Canada’s only French-speaking province is one of North America’s oldest settlements. It is a country within a country.
Roam the cobbled streets of Québec City, the only full-walled city north of Mexico. Pop into one of the many Made in Quebec shops and dine on Nordic cuisine that features unique ingredients from the Boreal Forest.
Exploring the nearby countryside, we’ll visit a First Nation village to learn about their history, culture, and cuisine. On Île d'Orléans, we’ll partake in time-honored traditions at a sugar shack and enjoy wine from one of the many vineyards in the area.
Arriving in Montreal via the Eastern Townships, we’ll tour the historic port area as well as Place d’Armes and the magnificent Notre Dame Basilica, a masterpiece of Gothic Revival architecture. World-class museums, amazing restaurants, and markets abound in this multi-cultural city.
$2800 per person, double occupancy
$195--Additional night Manoir Sherbrooke
Our Quebec tour includes 4 nights at the historic Vieux Quebec Hotel in Old Town, Quebec City and 2 nights at the Victorian townhouse Manoir Sherbrooke in Montreal, all ground transportation after arriving to Vieux Quebec Hotel, all group activities, guided tours, cooking classes, and all meals specified in the itinerary accompanied by non-alcoholic beverages. House wine will also be included with dinners.
A $1000 deposit is required to secure your place in the Quebec tour. Since the number of participants is limited and accommodations vary, early registration is advised. Larger rooms will be allocated on a first-to-register basis. There are also limited ground floor rooms in Montreal for those who find stairs difficult.
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A Taste of France and a Touch of Frontier
Arrive at the 4-star Hotel Vieux Quebec in Old Town Quebec City. This period hotel offers modern comforts as well as an optimal location. Meet in the evening for a culinary treat at Chez Boulay, a noted restaurant that features creative Nordic cuisine with ingredients foraged from the Boreal Forest.
Discover the unique history of Canada’s oldest city during a guided walking tour through cobbled streets and along St. Lawrence River. We’ll combine this fascinating journey with a moveable feast of a multi-course lunch of local dishes. Free afternoon to wander the quaint alleyways, explore the many made-in-Quebec boutiques, or relax over high tea at the Chateau Frontenac.
First Nation People & Cuisine
We’re off to the First Nation village of the Huron-Wandake people. Experience their traditional way of life with a guided tour through a long house and museum. After lunch at their award-winning restaurant that features First Nation cuisine, we’ll head into the riverside suburbs of Quebec City. Here, we’ll meet Madame Germaine in her home for a cooking class that delves into Quebecois cuisine and culture via her grandmother’s recipes.
Wine & Maple
Explore Île d'Orléans, a small, mainly agricultural island that is home to many of the region’s new wineries. Taste the literal fruits of their labor. Visit a sugar shack and learn about Canada’s famed maple syrup industry. Try homemade Cassis liquor at a blackcurrant farm that still uses the same family recipe brought over from France 100 years ago. Farm-to-table countryside lunch.
The Eastern Townships
We’ll depart for Montreal, visiting a few of the Eastern Townships along the way. These charming villages with historic barns and bridges, general stores and stagecoach inns are set against rolling hills and majestic lakes. Visit a pristine diary to learn about traditional French cheesemaking. After checking into the Victorian-era Manoir Sherbrooke on the edge of the Latin Quarter, enjoy a free evening to explore nearby Rue de St. Denis—home to many of the city’s best restaurants.
A Cultural Capital
Guided walking tour of Old Montreal. We'll travel through time, starting with the city's French beginnings and subsequent colonial revolution that led to English rule. Admire the Notre-Dame Basilica and the Place d’Armes. Stroll along the harbor and through the alleyways. Free afternoon to explore on your own. Farewell cooking and cocktail class in an historic 18th-century building.
After our last lovely breakfast in the Victorian dining room, depart for the airport. Or stay an extra night to explore more of Montreal, its museums, and its vibrant art scene. Attend a Cirque du Soleil show in the city where it was founded.
Walking 1-2 miles a day, standing at least an hour at a time, and climbing 2 flights of stairs.
Itinerary subject to change.