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WINTER CLASS TRIPS TO QUEBEC CITY

    Our Winter Student Tours of Quebec City

    Québec’s Winter Carnival is one of the biggest and most visited Carnivals in the world. With our winter student tours to Quebec City, you’ll get all the Québec classics plus a full suite of winter wonderland activities that you and your students are going to adore. And even if you're not free during Carnival, Québec is open all winter long.

    Your Itinerary at a Glance

    Day One

    Welcome to Quebec City! Your Tour Leader will greet you and get the show underway with a walk through the Upper Town, where you'll see the St-Louis Gate, the Château Frontenac, the Dufferin Terrasse, the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity and more.

    Let's go tobogganing by the Château Frontenac on the world-famous Terrasse Dufferin wooden toboggan run, and then warm up with a cup of hot chocolate.

    Next stop: the SUGAR SHACK! On your journey, your Tour Leader will teach you how the people of Quebec managed to brave the difficult winters through the tradition of maple syrup production.

    We're here! Let's party like it's 1699. At Érablière du Cap, an authentic French Canadian cabane à sucre, you're going to feast on a 17th Century meal and get down to traditional songs and dances. You'll even break a sweat attempting to make your own maple butter. Don't forget to add some syrup to your pea soup (we're not kidding).

    Day Two

    Bon matin! Let's treat ourselves to croissants and a bowl of chocolat chaud at le Cochon Dingue, a quaint café in the historic Quartier Petit Champlain.

    Then you're going to explore this beautiful city with a local guide. Your sightseeing tour will feature all of Quebec's greatest hits, including the Plains of Abraham, Parliament, Grande Allée, Quartier Petit Champlain, Place Royale and Château Frontenac, a.k.a. the most photographed hotel in the world!

    Check out La fresque des Québécois. How many characters of Quebec's history you can identify?

    Next stop: Valcartier! Are you ready to visit one of the world's coolest hotels (literally)? You'll learn all about how guests stay cosy in the themed suites of the Hotel de Glace de Québec during your guided tour of this hotel made out of snow and ice!

    Some say it's worth learning French grammar in exchange for an inner tubing ride, so today, we're going to try out all of the fun slides at the Village Vacances Valcartier! The Himalaya, the Everest, the Avalanche, and so many more. Let's goooooooo! Inner tube rental is included; you'll have lunch on site too (at individual expense).

    We're heading back to the city now. On your way, you'll see the mighty Fleuve St-Laurent and the famous Pont de Québec, the longest cantilever bridge span in the world, before tucking in to some good ol' French cuisine at le Côtes-à-Côtes Resto Grill, located in la Basse-Ville of the fortified city.

    Time to line up for the parade! Jump and sing to keep warm during the Défilé du Carnaval, the ultimate Winter Carnival festivity. Enjoy the show!!

    Day Three

    After breakfast and hotel check-out, we're going to visit le Bunker de la Chimie and help scientists discover the building blocks of civilization during a full hour of chemistry experiments.

    Québec City got its name from "Kébec", a Franco-Algonquin term that roughly translates to "where the river narrows". You're going to learn why it earned this name on your ferry ride across the St.Lawrence River, from Lévis to Québec City.

    Who is this funny-looking Bonhomme guy anyway?! Find out as you spend some time exploring Old Quebec in all its wintry glory and the sites of the largest winter carnival in the world: Quebec's very own Winter Carnival! Don't forget to grab lunch along the way (at individual expense).

    Your Itinerary at a Glance

    Day One

    Welcome to Quebec City! Your Tour Leader will greet you and get the show underway with a walk through the Upper Town, where you'll see the St-Louis Gate, the Château Frontenac, the Dufferin Terrasse, the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity and more.

    While you're in the area, let's travel back in time to witness the great battles of Quebec City through a sound and light show at the Musée du Fort.

    We've earned ourselves some good ol' French cuisine at le Côtes-à-Côtes Resto Grill, located in la Basse-Ville of the fortified city.

    Québec City got its name from "Kébec", a Franco-Algonquin term that roughly translates to "where the river narrows". You're going to learn why it earned this name on your ferry ride across the St.Lawrence River, from Lévis to Québec City.

    Group 1 will now enter le Bunker de la Chimie and help scientists and help scientists discover the building blocks of civilization during a full hour of chemistry experiments.

    Group 2 will now enter le Bunker de la Physique and help scientists discover the building blocks of civilization during a full hour of physics experiments.

    Day Two

    After breakfast, we have a special homegrown activity for you: our Grocery Scavenger Hunt in a local grocery store. You'll rely on local merchants and French signage to fill in the blanks we left in our favourite food-themed Francophone expressions. Prizes for the winners! Stay sharp, otherwise les carottes sont cuites.

    Next stop: Valcartier! Are you ready to visit one of the world's coolest hotels (literally)? You'll learn all about how guests stay cosy in the themed suites of the Hotel de Glace de Québec during your guided tour of this hotel made out of snow and ice!

    Some say it's worth learning French grammar in exchange for an inner tubing ride, so today, we're going to try out all of the fun slides at the Village Vacances Valcartier! The Himalaya, the Everest, the Avalanche, and so many more. Let's goooooooo! Inner tube rental is included; you'll have lunch on site too (at individual expense).

    We're heading back to the city now. On your way, you'll see the mighty Fleuve St-Laurent and the famous Pont de Québec, the longest cantilever bridge span in the world, before tucking in to some good ol' French cuisine at L'Improviste, a classic French restaurant in the heart of the Old Walled City. Bon appétit!

    Time to line up for the parade! Jump and sing to keep warm during the Défilé du Carnaval, the ultimate Winter Carnival festivity. Enjoy the show!!

    Day Three

     

    Bon matin! Time for breakfast: croissants, scrambled eggs, fruit salad and a bowl of chocolat chaud at le Cochon Dingue, a quaint café in the historic Quartier Petit Champlain

    Let's explore Lower Town with your Tour Leader to get an introduction to the beginnings of French civilization in North America, as you visit Place Royale and le Quartier du Petit Champlain.

    The Musée de la Civilisation is the perfect place to explore Quebec from many different angles: pop culture, politics, science and more. There's something for everyone, and you're going!

    Make your way to the coast of the St. Lawrence River and cheer on the 60+ teams competing in the annual Ice Canoe Races at Quebec Winter Carnival. You won't believe how tough these folks are!

    Who is this funny-looking Bonhomme guy anyway?! Find out as you spend some time exploring Old Quebec in all its wintry glory and the sites of the largest winter carnival in the world: Quebec's very own Winter Carnival! Don't forget to grab lunch along the way (at individual expense).

    Next stop: the SUGAR SHACK! On your journey, your Tour Leader will teach you how the people of Quebec managed to brave the difficult winters through the tradition of maple syrup production.

    We're here! Let's party like it's 1699. At Érablière du Cap, an authentic French Canadian cabane à sucre, you're going to feast on a 17th Century meal and get down to traditional songs and dances. You'll even break a sweat attempting to make your own maple butter. Don't forget to add some syrup to your pea soup (we're not kidding).

    Day Four

    After breakfast and hotel check-out we're taking you to the Montmorency Falls, a true Quebec icon. They're the tallest waterfalls in the Province, the site of historic battles and legends, and John Keats even references them in his poetry. Keats! Plus, there's also a sweet suspended bridge that spans the top and you're about to walk across it. Acrophobics: prepare to conquer your fear!

    Now let's enjoy the many pleasures of winter including skating, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing at Le Domaine de Maizerets.

    Surely you're familiar with Old Quebec by now, so let's enjoy some free time! Here's your chance to explore with your friends, grab lunch (at individual expense), and practice your conversational French.

    Can't leave QC without a group photo of the whole squad in front of the Château Frontenac :)

    Your Itinerary at a Glance

    Day One

    Welcome to Quebec City! Your Tour Leader will greet you and get the show underway with a walk through the Upper Town, where you'll see the St-Louis Gate, the Château Frontenac, the Dufferin Terrasse, the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity and more.

    Next, we'll experience the daily military life of a British soldier in Quebec City as you become a soldat de la tour at the Martello Tower

    All aboard! We're going to the heart of Wendake just north of Quebec City, where Village Huron paints is a portrait of First Nations life past, present and future. You'll explore the site with a guide, tuck into an amazing authentic meal, and partake in traditional dances and legends. Onhoúa Chetek8e!

    Day Two

    After breakfast, we're going to explore this beautiful city with a local guide. Your sightseeing tour will feature all of Quebec's greatest hits, including the Plains of Abraham, Parliament, Grande Allée, Quartier Petit Champlain, Place Royale and Château Frontenac, a.k.a. the most photographed hotel in the world!

    This is a good time to stop and admire la Fresque des Québécois. How many characters of Quebec's history you can identify?

    Now that you're familiar with Old Quebec, let's enjoy some free time! Here's your chance to explore with your friends, grab lunch (at individual expense), and practice your conversational French.

    Hurry hard! Time for one of Canada's favourite pastimes with a curling session at Curling Jacques-Cartier.

    We hope you're hungry because it's time to chow down on at Restaurant Le Cosmos on Grande-Allée - it's out of this world ;)

    Nothing says 'winter in Quebec' like an evening snowshoeing excursion through the forest with our friends at Eco Plein Air. Hot chocolate has never tasted better.

    Day Three

    Bon matin! Let's start the day with croissants and a bowl of chocolat chaud at le Cochon Dingue, a quaint café in the historic Quartier Petit Champlain.

    The Côte-de-Beaupré, aka Québec's breadbasket, has deep agricultural roots running back to the First Nations and New France's earliest settlers. We're spending the day here :)

    First, we'll discover the copper trade in Quebec and the art of repoussé metal before making your own medallion at the Albert Gilles Copper Museum.

    Then, we'll observe beautiful mosaics and a replica of Michelangelo's Pieta during your self-guided visit of the Ste-Anne de Beaupré shrine. Don't forgert to grab lunch along the way (individual expense).

    Tom Caribou! Le Loup-garou! La Chasse Galerie! Ti-Pit Vallerand! You're going to learn all about Quebec's most famous legends and stories during your visit of l'Atelier Paré, a woodcarving workshop.

    You must meet Marie the Bread Lady, whose family's homestead was built in 1652. She has a sweet snack ready for you!

    The Montmorency Falls is a true Quebec icon. They're the tallest waterfalls in the Province, the site of historic battles and legends, and John Keats even references them in his poetry. Keats! Plus, there's a sweet suspended bridge that spans the top and you're about to walk across it. Acrophobics: prepare to conquer your fear!

    Now we're going to check out the mighty Fleuve St-Laurent and the famous Pont de Québec, the longest cantilever bridge span in the world, as you drive along Boulevard Champlain to dinner is at Café Du Monde tonight, a Parisian-inspired bistro that's right on the water.

    Ready to get witty and laugh your socks off? Your acting and comedy chops will be put to the test at our Improv Game Show à la Québécoise!

    Day Four

    Bon matin! Let's kick the day off with crêpes bretonnes at Au Petit Coin Breton in Sainte-Foy.

    Next stop: Valcartier! Are you ready to visit one of the world's coolest hotels (literally)? You'll learn all about how guests stay cosy in the themed suites of the Hotel de Glace de Québec during your guided tour of this hotel made out of snow and ice!

    Some say it's worth learning French grammar in exchange for an inner tubing ride, so today, we're going to try out all of the fun slides at the Village Vacances Valcartier! The Himalaya, the Everest, the Avalanche, and so many more. Let's goooooooo! Inner tube rental is included; you'll have lunch on site too (at individual expense).

    Next stop: the SUGAR SHACK! On your journey, your Tour Leader will teach you how the people of Quebec managed to brave the difficult winters through the tradition of maple syrup production.

    While you're there, you'll learn about how dogsledding is an important part of our French Canadian culture and industry. In the depths of winter, it can be a principal means of transportation in the more remote parts of the Province. Today, you're getting a shot at driving your own dogsledding team as you and your friends go cruising through the maple groves at l'Érablière du Cap.

    Now let's party like it's 1699. At Érablière du Cap, an authentic French Canadian cabane à sucre, you're going to feast on a 17th Century meal and get down to traditional songs and dances. You'll even break a sweat attempting to make your own maple butter. Don't forget to add some syrup to your pea soup (we're not kidding).

    Day Five

    After breakfast and hotel check-out, let's head over to the Musée de la Civilisation, the perfect place to explore Quebec from many different angles: pop culture, politics, science and more. There's something for everyone!

    Now let's go tobogganing by the Château Frontenac on the world famous Terrasse Dufferin wooden toboggan run, and then warm up with a cup of hot chocolate.

    Time for lunch and to explore in Old Quebec! Hang out with your friends,grab some food (at individual expense) and practice your conversational French.

    Can't visit Quebec without a group photo of the whole squad in front of the Château Frontenac!

    Here's What's Included in Our Class Trips

    A CUSTOMIZABLE and PRIVATE itinerary chock-full of programming that’s as entertaining as it is engaging. We won’t combine you with other groups

    A young, dynamic and inspiring Tour Leader who will stay with you 24/7 and bring your itinerary to life. Our Tour Leaders are generally trained by us, though we occasionally work with third-party guide services vetted by our Ops department. 

    Complimentary chaperone ratio to suit your group’s requirements

    Airfare (if applicable) booked for you according to your needs ten months prior to departure… no last-minute surprises!

    Ground transportation; we carefully select reputable and reliable suppliers

    Centrally-located 3 star hotels; we want you to experience the destination, not the traffic

    Cultural dining experiences so that the learning continues at the table

    All entrances and guided tours where indicated in your itinerary

    Backpacks and ID bracelets for safety, comfort and convenience

    24/7 emergency support, with a direct patch to our senior staff

    Your money placed in a bonded trust account

    $25M in liability protection for both teachers and chaperones

    All taxes

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    “If you are shopping around for a company for your next student trip, stop here. Even after 15 years, travelling with my eighth-graders to Quebec in January remains the highlight of my year.”

    Jennie, French Teacher, New Hampshire
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