The Council on Aging provides monthly trips or outings to local points of interest as well as vacation packages to such places as Las Vegas, Chicago, Nova Scotia, Tuscany, and San Antonio. These extended escorted travel trips are offered throughout the year. Call (231) 873-4461 for more information.
Charming French Canada
June 28 — July 06, 2019 (9 Days)
Montréal, Choice on Tour, Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac, Quebec City, Charlevoix, Whale Watching, Montmorency Falls
Jun 28, 2019: Montréal, Quebec - Tour Begins
Your tour takes you on an in-depth exploration of the spectacular province of Quebec. Say “bonjour” to the second largest French-speaking city in the world, Montréal.
Jun 29, 2019: Montréal
This morning, it’s your choice! You decide how you would like to explore Montréal: on a walking tour -OR- on a panoramic coach tour. If you choose the walking tour, you’ll join a local guide who will transport you back in time as you explore the streets of Old Montréal on foot; stroll through historic squares and pass impressive architecture, hearing stories of days gone by. If you choose the coach tour, highlights include Jacques Cartier Square, McGill University, and St. Joseph’s Oratory; the tour concludes with a stop high atop Mount Royal, ascended by Jacques Cartier in 1535 and the jewel of Mount Royal Park, to soak in the spectacular view. The afternoon is yours. Sit in a sidewalk cafe, visit a museum, or browse some of the city’s many famous shops. This evening, experience a taste of Montréal during dinner at a local restaurant in the Old Port.
Jun 30, 2019: Montréal - Quebec City
Journey to historic Quebec City, a city with a romantic ambiance reminiscent of Paris. Experience the beauty and history of both Old and New Quebec on a fascinating sightseeing tour highlighting the provincial Parliament and the St. Louis Arch. Your day concludes at the city’s famous Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac. Spend two nights in this grand castle-like hotel majestically overlooking the old city. This evening, enjoy dinner at a charming restaurant.
Jul 01, 2019: Quebec City
Begin your day with breakfast at a local sugar shack nestled in the Quebec countryside. Learn about the custom of maple syrup-making and enjoy sampling delicious traditional foods made with this local product. Before leaving, try a favorite regional treat – maple taffy made in the snow! Return to Quebec City and spend the remainder of your day at leisure wandering the quaint streets and exploring this UNESCO World Heritage site. Hop on the funicular for a scenic ride between lower and upper Old Quebec.
Jul 02, 2019: Quebec City - La Malbaie, Charlevoix Region
This morning we head to the Albert Gilles Copper Museum to learn about the art of copper and enjoy a demonstration on the detailed work involved in each creation. Then set off for the breathtaking Charlevoix region stopping en route at a cheese farm. Learn how cheddar cheese is made in the artisanal tradition before sampling it yourself. Later, we make our way to the luxurious Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu, your home for two nights.
Jul 03, 2019: Charlevoix Region
Today you’ll take to the water and embark on a whale-watching expedition for a unique encounter with these fascinating and majestic creatures. Take in the beauty of the natural surroundings in the heart of the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park. A naturalist guide will introduce you to the many species of marine mammals that reside in the St. Lawrence River. The remainder of the day is at leisure to take advantage of your resort’s many amenities* such as the spa, golfing, and hiking. Or, simply relax and soak up the views.
Jul 04, 2019: La Malbaie, Charlevoix Region - Montebello
Our drive this morning takes us to Montmorency Falls where you will board a cable car that takes you up-close. Stand in awe as the river plunges 272 feet off the Canadian Shield, approximately 100 feet higher than Niagara Falls. Admire the stunning views from the many lookout points before heading back by cable car or by foot. Later, arrive at the Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello and luxuriate in the rustic elegance of the world’s largest log cabin set in a spectacular location surrounded by nature.
Jul 05, 2019: Montebello
Enjoy a full day at leisure to independently explore on your own and enjoy your resort’s many amenities. Your Tour Manager will be on hand to offer suggestions. Perhaps you’ll enjoy an optional day trip to Ottawa for a scenic cruise on the Rideau Canal and free time in the Byward Market. Later this evening we gather to say “au revoir” to our fellow travelers at a special farewell dinner.
Jul 06, 2019: Montebello - Tour Ends
Your tour comes to a close today, leaving you with many pleasant memories of your outstanding journey.
September 19 — September 29, 2019 (11 Days)
Paris, Eiffel Tower Dinner, Choice on Tour, Versailles, Giverny, TGV Train, Avignon, Palace of the Popes, Aix-en-Provence, Cézanne’s Workshop, Gordes, Wine & Olive Oil Tasting, Cannes, Nice, Monaco, Oceanographic Museum, Monte Carlo, Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild
Sep 19, 2019: Overnight Flight
Sep 20, 2019: Paris, France - Tour Begins
Sep 21, 2019: Paris
Sep 22, 2019: Paris - Versailles - Giverny - Paris
Sep 23, 2019: Paris - TGV Train - Avignon - Aix-en-Provence
Sep 24, 2019: Aix-en-Provence
Sep 25, 2019: Aix-en-Provence - Luberon - Gordes - Aix-en-Provence
Sep 26, 2019: Aix-en-Provence - Cannes - Nice
Sep 27, 2019: Nice - Eze - Monaco - Monte Carlo - Nice
Sep 28, 2019: Nice - Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat - Nice
Sep 29, 2019: Nice - Tour Ends
La Belle Seine
October 29 — November 06, 2019 (9 Days)
7-Night River Cruise featuring Paris and Normandy, Auvers-sur-Oise, Rouen, Honfleur, Château Gaillard, Giverny
Oct 29, 2019: Overnight Flight
Depart for Paris, France to start your journey through the Normandy region. Bask in the rich history, art, culture and romance of its celebrated cities and charming towns.
Oct 30, 2019: Paris, France - Board Ship - Tour Begins
Your journey opens in Paris. Board your ship and unpack once for a relaxing 7-night river cruise. Your beautiful vessel offers the newest technology, panoramic deck, panorama bar, delicious cuisine including regional wines with every dinner, and outstanding service. Tonight, a cocktail is served in the Panorama Bar where you will meet your fellow travelers before a lovely welcome dinner.
Oct 31, 2019: Conflans - Auvers-sur-Oise
This morning, arrive in Conflans, situated at the confluence of the Oise and Seine rivers. Visit the town of Auvers-sur-Oise, once home to several 19th-century painters including Paul Cézanne, Charles-François Daubigny, Camille Pissaro, and perhaps most famously, Vincent Van Gogh. Embark on a tour of Auvers-sur-Oise that retraces Van Gogh’s time here, including Auberge Ravoux where he rented his room, the idyllic fields that inspired his last masterpiece, and his final resting place. This afternoon, cruise past lovely French countryside scenery as your journey continues.
Nov 01, 2019: Rouen
Today your ship docks in Rouen, the historical capital of Normandy. Enjoy a guided walking tour of the medieval city, highlighting its many monuments and architectural treasures. Visit the cathedral and the Church of Joan of Arc before viewing the Gros Horloge astronomical clock. Spend time at leisure to continue exploring the city, perhaps with a visit to Place du Vieux Marché, the site where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake in the 15th century. This afternoon, you may take an optional excursion with a local expert along the “Abbey Trail” to the ruins of both St. Wandrille Abbey and Jumièges. Learn about the rich history of the churches, castles and abbeys that once populated this region.
Nov 02, 2019: Le Havre - Honfleur - Le Havre
This morning we dock in Le Havre, a city located on the English Channel at the mouth of the Seine River. Perhaps you will join an optional morning sightseeing tour to Étretat, a town situated on the Normandy coast with stunning clifftop views and a charming fishing village where a guided walking tour highlights the various artists who have visited and painted there through the years. This afternoon, enjoy an included excursion to Honfleur, a remarkable maritime city. Explore the narrow streets and the old port with a local guide. View the Lieutenancy, the Old Salt Stores and St. Catherine’s Church before enjoying time to shop or explore independently.
Nov 03, 2019: Le Havre - Normandy Excursion - Caudebec-en-Caux
A full day of remembrance awaits, as we travel through Normandy to visit some of the significant D-Day Landing sites of World War II. Begin at Pointe du Hoc, a strategic German battery that defended Utah and Omaha beaches from the Allied invasion, where craters from cataclysmic bombings occupy the landscape to this day. View Omaha Beach, one of the U.S. landing zones of the invasion of Normandy. Next, visit the Normandy American Cemetery and visitor’s center. Enjoy an included lunch locally before traveling on to Arromanche-les-Bains to view the Mulberry Harbor, one of the greatest engineering feats of WWII and a massive coup for the Allies. This evening, we rejoin the ship in Caudebec-en-Caux.
Nov 04, 2019: Les Andelys - Château Gaillard and Giverny
Begin your morning with a stop in Les Andelys to visit Château Gaillard, constructed in the 12th century by Richard the Lionheart. Admire the striking views of French countryside from the château’s vantage point on a promontory along the Seine. Next, continue to Giverny, where tranquil gardens combining flora and water elements inspired Monet’s greatest works. A guide will share stories of Monet’s time here as you tour his home and its surrounding gardens. This afternoon, perhaps you will join an optional excursion to King Louis XIV’s magnificent Palace of Versailles,* the largest palace in Europe; visit the grand private apartments and the Hall of Mirrors on a guided tour of the palace; stroll the magnificent gardens which are amongst some of the world’s most famous and took over 40 years to complete. Tonight, the captain welcomes you to the elegant Captain’s Gala dinner, immediately followed by an evening of dancing.
Nov 05, 2019: Paris
This morning, take a splendid panoramic coach tour that features views of the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, Les Invalides, the Louvre Museum, the famous Champs-Elysées and the Jardin des Tuileries. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to continue exploring this great city, or join an optional guided walking tour of the Montmartre district highlighting its narrow winding streets that have drawn artists to them for hundreds of years. Your day concludes with a farewell dinner where you will bid adieu to the illuminated “City of Lights.”
Nov 06, 2019: Paris - Disembark Ship - Tour Ends
Your tour comes to a close today, leaving you with many pleasant memories of a wonderful adventure.