2023 GSSM Quebec Program

Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the 2023 GSSM Quebec Program!  You are currently on the Pre-Enrollment page, the purpose of which is to share exciting highlights and important info that participants will want to know before signing up. If you enroll, you'll begin using the Post-Enrollment page which offers a greater level of detail.  Please be sure to review the information thoroughly and get excited for all that Costa Rica has to offer! Pura vida! 
Travel Dates: January 11, 2023 - January 17, 2023
Dates are tentative
Group Organizer(s):
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Program Tuition: $2,390 USD
Airfare not included in program tuition
Estimated Airfare: $602

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There are two options for payment, including an interest-free installment plan.  Follow whichever works best for your family. If we are within 90 days of travel, only the pay in full option is possible.

Program Tuition: $2,390

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Canada Cultural Journey

Don’t want to fly cross the ocean to experience Europe? Quebec is the answer! Canada’s largest province is also the most multicultural. It has the most unique mixes of old-world meets new-world, English meets French, and history meets today in all of North America. People from just about every walk of life can be found in Quebec, and the province boasts a multi-faceted geography, gorgeous landscapes and diverse climate. Four very distinct seasons put their stamp on this vast territory, and no matter what time of year you come, this friendly, romantic province is full of festivals and appeal.

Cultural Journeys

Cultural Journeys

Cultural Journeys allow travelers to gain insights into the heritage, history and modern realities of their destination by offering a broad diversity of experience. We rely on the expertise of our local staff to plan itineraries which not only explore the prominent sites but also make time for the lesser-known local gems and are intentional about regular interaction with local people.

Program Highlights

Check out some of the featured experiences of your program!

Have the adventure of a lifetime with your friends

Challenge yourself on a ropes course and zip-line through the trees

Visit the Chutes Montmorency, a spectacular waterfall in Quebec

Take a ghost tour as costumed guides wander with lanterns through the streets of Old Quebec

Practice French with language classes led by native speakers

Explore the oldest military building in Canada and other architectural wonders

The Itinerary

We do everything possible to run safe, engaging, and immersive programs for our travelers and given the unpredictable nature of international travel we must remain flexible in our planning. Changes to a schedule are uncommon but, we reserve the right to adjust programming in the best interest of the group. 

January 11USA - Québec, CanadaToday the group will fly to Québec City. Upon arrival, we'll settle into our hotel for the evening, have our first delicious dinner of local cuisine and, time allowing, hold a short orientation meeting.Québec Hotel
January 12QuébecFrench language class will take place in the morning. While this is the only formal class of the trip, throughout your time in Quebéc you'll have plenty of opportunities to put your French language skills to use in a variety of everyday situations. We'll have lunch at Paillard, slide on the Terrasse Dufferin, test our wits with a photographic scavenger hunt. We'll also visit the Musee de la Civilisation to learn more about the native peoples who inhabited the region. Québec Hotel
January 13QuébecAfter breakfast, we'll visit the Citadel and Parliament buildings. The Citadel is the oldest military building in Canada and forms part of primary wall that fortifies Québec City. The Parliament building is the seat of the provincial government, and here you will learn it's history and modern-day circumstances. Afterwards, we will head to Ateliers & Saveurs for our cooking class and enjoy what we make for lunch. Tonight, we'll take a ghost tour where costumed guides will light their lanterns and lead us on a 90-minute walk through the streets of Old Quebec. We will hear 400 years of haunting stories! The cobblestone streets, ancient buildings and narrow streets set the stage for a truly unique experience.Québec Hotel
January 14QuébecIn the morning, we will visit the Chutes Montmorency just outside the city. It's one of the province's most spectacular sites, a towering waterfall that stands 100ft higher than Niagara Falls. We will then head to l'ile d'Orleans to visit a traditional sugar shack to sample the best maple syrup you'll ever try. Québec Hotel
January 15Québec - MontrealThis morning, we'll pay a visit to a Huron-Wendat Nation urban reserve where archeologists discovered remnants of a large settlement. After lunch at the traditional wendat restaurant, we're off to Montreal! Upon arrival to the big city, we'll settle into our accommodations and have dinner in town.Montreal Hotel
January 16MontrealAfter a morning tour of Old Montréal, we'll have lunch in the old port and visit the Notre-Dame basilica. We'll then head out in groups to explore the Montreal Underground City, a sprawling subterranean complex of shops, restaurants and hotels. Our French will be put to the test as we make our way through the city. This evening we'll have celebratory dinner and reflect on our time together ahead of our return home the following morning. Montreal Hotel
January 17Montreal - USAThe group will depart Montreal for the U.S.Your own bed, eventually!


In order to provide a safe and memorable experience, we follow strict guidelines when choosing program accommodations. Walking Tree partners with hotels and guest houses which are centrally located, clean and safe.  We vet and inspect the accommodations to ensure they uphold the ethos of our programs, are great values for our travelers and nice places to rest after enriching days of travel.  

Below are the accommodations we anticipate using on your trip, subject to availability. 
Hotel Le Concorde

This 3-star hotel is the ideal place for an urban getaway in Quebec City. Its imposing structure offers a beautiful view of the majestic fleuve Saint-Laurent, of Quebec City and of its numerous parks and green spaces. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the building keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.

Chateau Versailles

This cozy, boutique hotel in the heart of Montréal City provides unique accommodations and serves as the perfect base from which to explore the city. Among the elegant chambers, guests enjoy assorted artifacts from different chapters of the area’s vast history, which dates back to an order of distinguished French aristocrats known as the Gentlemen of St. Sulpice. The hotel itself has been around for over 100 years, but the interior has been renovated to include modern amenities.

Safety and Support


I was very concerned about my daughter who has a peanut allergy travelling to a foreign country for the first time without us. Walking Tree was very sensitive to my concerns and reassured me that this is something they could handle and they did! I would send her again in a heartbeat. Thank you Walking Tree.

Parent of Emilie, traveler on 2018 Service Program to Costa Rica

Your Adventure Includes

Estimated Airfare

In order to give our travelers the best possible price, we break out airfare from the Program Tuition. We will still handle all booking and ticketing via our flight partner who has access to special fares not available to the general public. Once confirmed, you will be invoiced for the flight roughly 75 days prior to travel. 

Program Tuition Excludes: Travel insurance, baggage fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on itinerary.


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Resource Center

Why should high school students travel abroad? What happens if a participant gets sick? How quickly do we need to enroll? We’re sure you have plenty of questions and we’ve got you covered! Visit our Resource Center to discover the answers to your most pressing questions and contact us anytime with additional questions.

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