Christmas in Quebec City December 23 - 27, 2017
Day 1: Saturday, December 23, USA/Québec City
Bienvenue dans la province de Québec! This experience encompasses Québec Province’s French charm and beauty. The province is the most unique in all of Canada, having developed a distinct, bilingual culture as a result of centuries of influence from both the French and British. Travels through this beautiful region begin in Québec City, the only fortified city north of Mexico.
Your home for the next four nights is the historic Chateau Frontenac. Designed by American architect Bruce Price for the Canadian Pacific Railway, the hotel exudes 19th century charm and elegance. The Frontenac was the third chateau style hotel commissioned by the CPR in their efforts to attract luxury travelers from abroad to experience the Canadian landscape. Perched atop a tall cape overlooking the Saint Lawrence River, replete with exquisite lighting and turrets, it is no wonder some say Château Frontenac is the most photographed hotel in the world. The landmark hotel also possesses historical significance, having played host to the World War II Allies’ Quebec conferences of 1943 & 1944. The hotel was also the filming location of Hitchcock’s I Confess featuring Montgomery Clift, and Anne Baxter. Renovations completed in 2014 saw a replacement of the main tower’s copper roof, and the installation of modern amenities to accommodate today’s luxury traveler.
Tonight convene in the lobby for a short jaunt with your fellow travelers for cocktails and dinner. Return to the hotel around 9:00 pm, and settle in by the fire, or rest up for the next day’s Christmas Eve festivities.
Overnight at Chateau Frontenac. (D)
Day 2: Sunday, December 24, Québec City/ Beaupré Coast/ Montmorency Falls
This morning after breakfast gather for a lecture on the history of Quebec, before setting out on a journey by bus stopping at major sites along the Saint Lawrence River.
Your first stop will be the Basilica of Saint Anne, patron saint of Québec, the mother of Mary, and grandmother to Jesus. The Basilica receives about a half-million pilgrims annually, crediting the Catholic Sanctuary with curing the sick and disabled. The site originated on March 8, 1658 when Etienne de Lessard donated two acres along the river for construction of the shrine. Legend has it that one of the workers suffered rheumatism, and upon placing three stones on the shrine’s foundation he was cured. Word of the miracles spread, and the shrine was enlarged several times until in 1876 the first church was opened. The former basilica was destroyed in a fire in 1922. Work on the current Romanesque church began in 1926, and was completed in 1956. Upon entrance through massive copper doors you will be greeted by a great statue of Saint Anne, as well as a relic, a bone believed to be from the saint’s forearm, brought in 1960 as a gift from Pope John XXIII. Pope John Paul II also visited the Basilica of Saint Anne de Beaupre and you can see the spot where he prayed before the shrine statue.
Next you will visit the Albert Gilles Copper Gallery & Museum. The Gilles family has been working with copper for over 90 years, and supplied all of the copper work at the Basilica. You will see the rocks that produce the ore, learn how different cultures have used copper over the years, and watch a le repousse (embossing) demonstration.
After lunch at a local café the group will head to Montmorency Falls, the highest in Quebec, which feed into the Saint Lawrence River at 100 feet taller than Niagara. In his poem “Sleep and Poetry” John Keats says human life is “a poor Indian’s sleep / While his boat hastens to the monstrous steep / Of Montmoerenci” (1816).
Return to the chateau this afternoon, and prepare for a Christmas Eve feast at Le Quai 19. The Old City restaurant is located in an original stone-walled building, lending itself to a warm, rustic ambience. The chef serves fresh, local ingredients cleverly prepared to highlight unique flavors.
Tonight you will have the option of attending Christmas Eve Mass at the French Basilica, Notre Dame de Quebec. Celebrating over 350 years, the church has been located on its site since 1647. Having been twice destroyed by fire, the second time in the same year as the Basilica of Saint Anne, the Cathedral has been fully restored, and was dedicated as a national landmark in 1989. As part of the 350th anniversary festivities a Holy Door was installed (the first outside of Europe) and remained open for one year. The door is now sealed until 2025.
Overnight at Chateau Frontenac. (B,L,D)
Day 3: Monday, December 25, Québec City/ Cathedral of the Holy Trinity
Enjoy a leisurely Christmas with an epicurean brunch at the Chateau followed by services at the Holy Trinity Church. This church is the Cathedral of the Anglican Diocese of Quebec, and was the first Anglican church built outside of the British Isles, consecrated on August 28, 1804. This cathedral was also dedicated a national landmark in 1989.
You will have the afternoon free to toboggan on the Dufferin Terrace, ice skate at Place d’Youville, or visit the small local shops.
Tonight meet back up with the group for an exquisite dinner with dancing in the Chateau’s Grand Ballroom.
Overnight at Chateau Frontenac. (Brunch,D)
Day 4: Tuesday, December 26, Québec City
Join your fellow travelers today as you delve further into Quebec history on a walking tour. Québec City is perched high above Cap Diamont, overlooking the St. Lawrence River. Once an outpost for fur traders, the city now has a dynamic port and is home to the Provincial Parliament. Québec City played roles during the Revolutionary War, when American Revolutionaries attempted to “liberate the city”, and World War II, hosting two different conferences, including one where a large portion of the battle plans for D-Day were drawn. The Old Town is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and this morning, spend time walking its streets and learning local history. Visit important sights including le Plaines d’Abraham, site of the Battle of the Plains of Abraham in 1759, and le Petit Champlain, the oldest commercial district in North America.
Following lunch at a modern bistro head to the Museum of Civilization. This unique museum offers an unexpected look at the human experience. Exhibits cover modern cities, ancient civilizations, and local sociocultural movement.
This afternoon you will have free time to revisit your favorite parts of the city. Meet your group for a farewell dinner a short walk from the hotel.
Overnight at Chateau Frontenac. (B,L,D)
Day 5: Wednesday, December 27, Québec City/USA
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, then bid adieu to this charming Dickensian wonderland. (B)
Things You Need to Know about Québec
- Participants: Participants should also be able to stand and / or walk moderate distances at an easy pace for up to a few hours at a time when visiting towns or other sites. Some, if not most, of this walking may be on uneven ground or uphill.
- In general, this trip requires:
- Flexibility and good humor – unexpected changes and/or glitches will occur
- A spirit of adventure and curiosity
- Air Schedules: Choosing the best possible air arrangements for our travelers is always a challenge. We work with many airlines that offer the best level of service, routings and value for our programs. While there may indeed be more direct routings available with another airline, the cost of these flights may not be within the budget that allows us to give you the best value possible. If you prefer to purchase your own international air, please feel free to choose the “land only” rate for this program. The start and end cities for this program are Québec City.
- Upon registration, you must provide your full legal name as it appears on your passport. In the event an airline ticket is issued with incorrect information you have provided, you will be responsible for charges associated with reissuing the ticket.
- Superior accommodations throughout as indicated or similar
- Meals as indicated on itinerary
- Local guide joining the group as specified
- Airport transfers
- An escort from the Washington & Lee University with minimum of 20 travelers
- All applicable hotel taxes and gratuities for baggage handling
- Complimentary baggage tags
- Complimentary emergency evacuation insurance
- Roundtrip airfare from home city
- Meals other than those specified and all beverages
- Excess baggage charges levied by airlines
- Gratuities to driver/guide and other conveyance attendants
- Laundry and other items of a personal nature
- Personal and baggage insurance
- Cost for anything not specifically mentioned in the listing above
- Double Occupancy: $2,995 per person
- Single Supplement: $1,095 additional per person
- Single Supplements are valid for first two single rooms booked. If more than two single rooms, additional supplement will apply. Singles are assigned on a first-come/first-served basis.
Conditions of Travel
How to Book
Fill out and sign the enclosed reservation form and send it, along with the relevant deposit as shown below, to: Classic Escapes Inc., 58-25 Queens Blvd., Woodside NY, 11377. Upon receipt of your signed reservation form and deposit, we will, subject to availability, reserve your spot on the tour. You may consider your booking confirmed when you receive a confirmation notice and invoice from us.
A deposit of $500 per person must be submitted at the time of booking. Deposits may be paid by check or charged to American Express, MasterCard, Visa or Discover.
Final payment is due 95 days before departure – September 19, 2017 - you will receive a final invoice. Final payment is payable by check or money order ONLY.
Rates are based on the minimum number of guests outlined in this document, plus airfare costs, currency exchange rates and other factors and are subject to change. Though it is rare for Classic Escapes to make a price adjustment after promotion of an itinerary, we do reserve the right to assess a surcharge if the minimum is not met, or if increases are forced upon us by airlines or other partners or because of changes in currency exchange rates.
Cost of passport; excess baggage charges levied by airlines; laundry and other items of a personal nature; optional travel insurance policy; cost for anything not specifically included in listing above.
The quoted rate is valid for the first two single rooms booked and on a first-come, first-served basis. If more than two single rooms are needed, an additional supplement will apply. Single accommodations are not guaranteed, but will be provided at additional cost if available (see reservation form for cost.) The single room supplement pays for privacy, not better accommodations. For passengers who are traveling alone and wish to share a room with another tour member, we will do our best to provide a roommate. However, if this is not possible, you will be required to pay the single room supplement prior to your departure from the USA.
Gratuities and Taxes
Gratuities for baggage handling, service charges and taxes imposed by hotels, and entrance fees to all points of interest as outlined in the itinerary are included. Tips to drivers and naturalist are NOT included.
Cancellations, Deviations & Changes
We recommend travel insurance. Travel insurance can provide financial reimbursement should the unexpected occur.
Cancellations are only effective on receipt of written notification. The following per person fees are applicable on this tour:
- Up to June 26, 2017, we will happily refund all.
- June 27 to September 19, 2017, $300 handling fee.
- September 20 – October 9, 2017, deposit is forfeited.
- October 10 – 24, 2017, less 50% of tour cost.
- After October 25, 2017, 100% of tour cost.
These cancellation fees are also in addition to any fees imposed by airlines.
Once you reserve your tour, changes are possible subject to availability of air or land space at the time of request. Should there be any change fees imposed by airlines or ground operators, or additional costs incurred due to availability of any space, this cost will be invoiced to you.
We would be happy to make additional travel plans for you, including specially arranged pre- or post-tour extensions different than those that may be offered in conjunction with this tour. A service charge of $150 per person (over and above the cost of the services required) will be assessed.
Passport & Visas
The onus is upon the guest to ensure that passports and visas are valid for the countries visited and for the applicable time period, as outlined by the U.S. Department of State (travel.state.gov) or by the passport holder’s country. Classic Escapes, their staff and their agents cannot be held liable for any visas, etc. not held by the guests, nor for the cost of obtaining visas.
Upon receipt of your registration and deposit, we will send a pre-departure packet to you. This packet contains all the information you need to prepare for your tour, including the complete itinerary, packing checklist, required documents, etc.
Final documents and tickets will be sent to you approximately two weeks prior to departure, provided all monies have been paid in full.
You will marvel at the wonderful accommodations provided throughout your tour. All rooms have private bathroom facilities and air conditioning and/or fans. All rates are based on double occupancy. Most rooms are twin-bedded, but king-size beds are occasionally available and should be requested in advance. Accommodations listed in this itinerary are correct at time of writing, but on rare occasions may be substituted for a different property of comparable quality.
All meals as specified in the itinerary. Please notify us if you have special dietary needs or requests, and we will do our best to accommodate.
On average, international flights from the USA allow checked luggage, not exceeding 50 pounds each, for an additional fee; however we always recommend that you check your airline’s policy just before departure, as luggage limitations are always subject to change. Despite this weight allowance, we always suggest guests travel light.
Terms & Conditions
Neither Classic Escapes (the Company) nor any person or agent acting for, through or on behalf of the Company shall be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever arising from any cause whatsoever and without restricting the generality of the aforegoing shall particularly not be responsible for loss or damage arising from any errors or omissions contained in its brochure or other literature, loss or damage caused by delays, sickness, theft, injury or death. In addition the Company shall have the right at any time at its discretion to cancel any trip or the remainder thereof or make any alteration in route, accommodation, price or other details and, in the event of any trip being rendered impossible, illegal or inadvisable by weather, strike, war, government or interference or any other cause whatsoever, the extra expenses incurred as a result thereof shall be the responsibility of the passenger. The Company may at its discretion and without liability or cost to itself at any time cancel or terminate the guest’s booking and in particular without limiting the generality of the aforegoing it shall be entitled to do so in the event of the illness or the illegal or incompatible behavior of the guest, who shall in such circumstances not be entitled to any refund. The person making any booking will, by the making of such booking, warrant that he or she has authority to enter into a contract on behalf of the other person included in such a booking and in the event of the failure of any or all of the other persons so included to make payment, the person making the booking shall by his/her signature thereof assume personal liability for the total price of all bookings made by him/her.
The Company reserves the right without further notice to make use of any photograph or film taken on the tour by our photographers without payment or permission. We guarantee that no photographs of a compromising nature will be used.
Changes to Schedules
Although every effort is made to adhere to schedules it should be borne in mind that the Company reserves the right and in fact is obliged to occasionally change routes and hotels as dictated by changing conditions.
While the Company uses its best endeavors to ensure that all anticipated accommodation is available as planned, there shall be no claim of any nature whatsoever against the Company for a refund either in the whole or part, if any accommodation or excursion is unavailable and a reasonable alternative is not found. If the guest is unable to use any service provided in the itinerary, then there are no refunds due.
The airlines concerned are not to be held liable for any act, omission or event during the time the passengers are not on board their planes or conveyance. The passengers’ tickets in use by the airline or by other carriers concerned when issued shall constitute the sole contract between the airlines and the purchaser of these tickets and/or passengers.
We cannot be held liable for any delays or additional costs incurred as a result of airlines not running to schedule. If one of our guides is unable to take a trip due to illness, etc. we reserve the right to substitute with another guide. This agreement is made subject to and shall be governed by and construed according to the laws of the country in which the trip takes place. Classic Escapes act merely as an agent for the operating companies. To the best of our knowledge the itinerary is correct at the time of printing. We cannot be held responsible for any inaccuracies or changes that may occur after printing.
The payment of the deposit OR any other partial payment for a reservation on a trip constitutes consent by all guests covered by that payment to all provisions of the conditions and general information contained in this brochure whether the guest has signed the booking form or not. The terms, under which you agree to take this trip, cannot be changed or amended except in writing signed by an authorized director of the Company.
It is a condition of booking that the sole responsibility lies with the guest to ensure that they carry the correct comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover themselves, as well as any dependents/traveling companions for the duration of their trip. This insurance should include cover in respect of, but not limited to, the following eventualities: cancellation or curtailment of the program, emergency evacuation expenses, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, damage/theft/loss of personal baggage, money and goods. Classic Escapes, including their representatives, employees and agents will take no responsibility for any costs, losses incurred or suffered by the guest, or guest’s dependents or traveling companions, with regards to, but not limited to, any of the above mentioned eventualities. Guests will be charged directly by the relevant service providers for any emergency services they may require, and may find themselves in a position unable to access such services should they not be carrying the relevant insurance cover. PLEASE NOTE INSURANCE PREMIUMS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE SHOULD TOUR BE CANCELED BY PARTICIPANT.
Included Emergency Evacuation Coverage
For the convenience of our travelers, Classic Escapes provides a complimentary Medical Insurance Plan during this trip through Travel Guard Group, Inc. This includes:
- Emergency evacuation insurance up to $100,000.
- Up to $25,000 medical expense and up to $500 dental expense coverage subject to the terms and limitations of the insurance policy.
- 24-hour worldwide travel and medical assistance.
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