Mendel Tours

35 years in the cultural Travel Business

After many successful years in the cultural travel business, David Mendel decided, in 2019, to semi-retire in order to concentrate on the activities he enjoys most : giving talks and tours in Quebec City, and writing books. Below is a history of the Travel Agency that he co-founded in 1984.

History of Mendel Tours

Founded in 1984 and located in historic Quebec City, Mendel Tours built an international reputation over 35 years for excellence in all areas relating to group travel, meeting planning, lectures and tours.

We offered the best in cultural travel programs for people from all walks of life, from student groups to visiting dignitaries. Bringing prestigious clients together with top local experts, allies and suppliers, we offered experiences designed to stimulate and inspire the most experienced traveller.

Quebec City

Mendel Tours provided travel programs in the Quebec City area for alumni and associate members of leading universities and museums, business and convention groups, as well as visits for dignitaries, including heads of state and royalty.

Across Canada

Mendel Tours provided tailor-made travel programs for groups visiting Canada, from Vancouver to Newfoundland, offering unique perspectives on our country and its relationship with the United States.

Some of our Clients over the Years

University, Alumni Associations and Cultural Organizations

  • Ackland Art Museum
  • Art Gallery of Ontario
  • The Canadiana Foundation
  • Chrysler Museum of Art
  • Cleveland Museum of Art
  • Duke, Alumni Affairs
  • Elderhostel (now Road Scholar)
  • Harvard Business School
  • Harvard, Centre for International Affairs, Fellows Program
  • Heritage Canada Foundation
  • Historic New Orleans Collection
  • Interhostel
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Museum of Television & Radio, New York and California
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • National Parks and Conservation Association
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • New Orleans Museum of Art
  • Royal Ontario Museum
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Art
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Stanford University Alumni
  • U.C.L.A.
  • Université du Québec à Montréal
  • Université Laval
  • University of Virginia Art Museum
  • University of Western Ontario
  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
  • Washington and Lee University
  • Yale, Association of Yale  Alumni
  • Yale Department of History

Business and Convention Groups

  • Numerous YPO groups  (Young Presidents' Organization)
  • Numerous CEO groups  (Chief Executives' Organization)

Professional Associations

  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
  • Canadian Anaesthesiologists' Society
  • Canadian Medical Association
  • Conference Board of Canada
  • Commission de la Capitale Nationale du Québec

Government and Protocol Groups

  • Association Interparlementaire Canada-France
  • Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
  • Consulate of the United States of America
  • Embassy of Sweden
  • Embassy of the United States of America

Government of Canada

  • International and Interparliamentary Affairs
  • Secretary of State Department

Government of Quebec

  • Assemblée nationale
  • Délégation générale à Londres
  • Délégation générale à New York

Protocol and Visiting Dignitaries

  • Duke and Duchess of York
  • Queen of Holland
  • Queen of Denmark
  • President of Germany
  • Chancellor of Germany
  • Secretary General of the United Nations
  • President of Chili


  • Chef d’état-major des armées françaises
  • Government of Canada – National Defence
  • Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe
  • Chiefs of the NATO Defence Staff
  • Numerous NATO officer groups
  • Royal College of Defence Studies