EAP Reunion in French Canada
EAP Reunion in
September 9 – 13, 2023
Celebrating the 55th anniversary of University of California Education Abroad in Bordeaux, France
Explore the cradle of French civilization in North America –
Québec City and Montréal.
This trip specially designed for us as a wonderful mix of time to reconnect and reminisce; free time, and structured time to experience the charms of French Canada, just as the first shades of autumn arrive.
Our first stop? The stately capital of the province: Québec City! The narrow streets of Vieux-Québec are a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back to 1608, and lined with chic boutiques, delightful eateries, and European charm. It’s the only fortified city in North America north of Mexico, and it’s best explored on foot. Throughout this adventure, enjoy guided exploration with local experts, bucolic countryside excursions, and soak in the rich culture of this unique Francophone region.
Finally, those who wish can extend the trip for three more nights (September 13 – 16, 2023) in Montréal, a city that has been welcoming newcomers for centuries – from a strategic trading hub for First Nations people, to French explorers, to the vibrant multicultural community found here today. Touted as Canada’s culture capital, Montréal offers over 50 museums, diverse neighborhoods brimming with public art, and over 80 languages spoken within the city.
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EAP Reunion in Quebec City
$1,350 / person (based on double occupancy; single room supplement, $490)
Accommodation for four nights in Québec City; 4 breakfasts at the hotel; 2 group lunches and 2 group dinners; one evening lecture / cultural experience with a guest expert; all group activities, guided tours, tastings, and entrances per the itinerary; Explore Up Close guide and travel coordinator throughout the trip.
Not included: Airfare, alcohol (excluding any planned group tastings), other meals, independent activities, or optional trip insurance.
Transportation Note: If you plan to drive yourself to Quebec City rather than fly, valet service is available at the hotel for $30 per day (price subject to change; we will re-confirm this price in 2023).
Montreal Trip Extension
Québec City + Montréal Extension Trip Price:
Total: $2,350 / person (based on double occupancy; single room supplement, $890)
Accommodation for seven nights in Québec City and Montréal; 7 breakfasts at the hotels each morning; 2 group lunches and 3 group dinners; one evening lecture / cultural experience with a guest expert; all group activities, guided tours, tastings, and entrances per the itinerary; metro and museum pass in Montréal; Explore Up Close guide and travel coordinator throughout the trip.
Not included: Airfare, transportation to Montreal, alcohol (excluding any planned group tastings), other meals, independent activities, or optional trip insurance.
Transfer options from Quebec City to Montréal: If you would like us to book a group train ticket for you from Québec to Montréal, please select this add-on when booking (for an additional $50). You also have the option to drive yourself independently to Montréal, and all travelers will reconvene at our hotel, the Westin Montréal in Old Montréal. Parking at the Westin is currently about $30 USD / day.
How do I sign up?
Sign up for this trip directly through Explore Up Close. It’s simple and easy to register online!
To sign up, click the registration button below to complete your trip registration form and submit your deposit payment. You will have the option to add the Montreal trip extension to your booking while completing the registration form.
Your deposit is fully refundable until 90 days before the trip begins (June 11, 2023), minus a $100 service fee / person. We recommend purchasing trip insurance to protect your payment in case of an unexpected cancellation after this date. Find more details about trip insurance below.
Click the button below to complete the online registration form, and pay your deposit via our secure online payment portal.
Registration will remain open while there is space available, until the cut-off date of July 1st, 2023. Book your spot today!
Trip Payment Schedule
After registering for the trip and submitting your deposit payment of $1,000 / person, the trip balance will be due 90 days prior to the departure date, or by June 11, 2023.
You can pay the balance at your convenience, by clicking the “Pay Now” button on the right side of your trip invoice that you received by email after booking.
Travel Documents, Flights, & Trip Insurance
For American citizens, of course, a valid passport is required to enter Canada. Please make sure that your passport will be valid for at least six months after your scheduled return date to the US. If you need to renew your passport before the trip, we recommend starting that process as soon as possible! Please let us know if you have any questions.
We encourage travelers to book the flights that suit them best. Our group will come together in Quebec City, and you can take a taxi or use a ride-sharing service to reach our hotel, the Hotel Manoir Victoria, conveniently located in the historic center of Vieux-Quebec. Hotel check-in will be available by 4:00 PM; the first evening’s activities will include a 5:00 PM cocktail hour to mingle and relax after your travels, followed by a group dinner at our hotel. If you need assistance booking your flight, please contact us and we will put you in contact with a travel agent.
We highly recommend travel insurance, which protects you and your trip investment in the event that you must cancel or leave a trip unexpectedly. We recommend contacting travel insurance providers directly to request a quote and compare pricing and features. A few trip insurance companies you may wish to consider:
Travel Guard: www.travelguard.com
Covid-19 Travel Requirements:
If you are fully vaccinated, you will be able to enter Quebec by submitting proof of vaccination. Check to see if you meet Canada’s vaccination requirements here.
If you are not fully vaccinated, you are not able to enter Canada for tourism purposes, as of August 2022. We will update this page should this information change.
Covid-19 testing is no longer required by the United States to return home at the end of the trip.
We will keep you informed of any changes prior to our trip. If you have questions, please contact Caroline Cope Khoury (contact information listed below) to discuss!