Day 1- Depart Home City- Arrive Montreal
You'll be picked up at the airport and driven to your hotel by
Meet your Professional Program Manager who will accompany your group throughout the program.
Take a guided city tour of Montreal. You’ll start with a
walk down St. Catherine Street through Montreal’s great shopping area and then
you’ll head past McGill University. There, you’ll enter Montreal’s “Underground
City.” You’ll exit near the financial district and Chinatown, and then you’ll
continue to the Old City. There, you’ll see City Hall, Place Jacque Cartier,
and the Old Port.
You'll have dinner at Casa Greque. Casa
Grecque is tradition valued by Quebecers of every origin providing the perfect
ambiance and setting for a pleasant dining experience.
You'll visit the Spanish Portuguese Synagogue, established in
1768, it is the oldest Synagogue in Canada. You'll tour the Synagogue if
You'll take a Jewish Walking Tour of Montreal. You’ll begin your
tour in Mile End which has been a center of the Yiddish language for nearly a
century, first with its left-leaning Jewish schools, libraries, and social
clubs, and now with dozens of Hasidic synagogues, yeshivas, and storefronts.
You'll end your tour in Outremont, where you'll find Hasidic owned kosher
eateries and Yiddish bookstores.
Known as Montréal’s portal to its past, the Château Ramezay was
built in the 18th century as a prestigious residence. It was the first building
in Québec to be classified an historic monument. Relive more than 500 years of
history through its numerous exhibits, its multimedia portrayals of historical
figures (available in six languages) and its French colonial style garden.
You'll have dinner at Weinstein and Gavinos.
Located in the heart of downtown Montreal on the famous Crescent Street, steps
from the finest hotels, great shopping and even greater entertainment venues
such as the Bell Center, Wienstein & Gavino's is bursting with energy seven
days a week.
Visit Mount Royal Park and see fantastic views of the
city from the Chalet. Inaugurated in 1876, the splendid Mount Royal Park was
designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the highly skilled designer behind New
York's Central Park and many other major parks in the U.S.
Founded in 1904 by Saint Brother Andre (born Alfred Bessette,
1845-1937) of the Congregation of Holy Cross, Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount
Royal is the world’s largest sanctuary dedicated to Saint Joseph. Located in
the heart of Montreal, in the lush and historic Mount Royal district, this
internationally renowned pilgrimage destination is steeped in history and
culture. In 2004, on the 100th anniversary of its founding, it was declared a
National Historic Site by the Canadian Government.
You'll have free time in Old Montreal (Vieux-Montréal) which has
been preserved in much of its original state, with the oldest buildings dating
back to the 1600's. Old Montreal is European in character. Cobblestone streets,
a café culture and historic 17th and 18th century architecture all contribute
to the quaint charm that is unique amongst cities in North America. You'll
stroll down St. Paul, the oldest street in one of North America's oldest cities
that runs through the heart of Montreal and have a moment to relax in Place
Jacque Cartier, formerly a market, it is now one the city's main gathering
places and entertainment sites.
You'll visit the Centre d’histoire de Montréal which aims to
help Montrealers and visitors alike discover, understand and appreciate today’s
city and its diverse heritage, by showing how the history of those who have
lived and still live in Montreal has shaped the urban environment, left traces
and defined the identity of the metropolis.
Dinner at Restaurant du Vieux Port. Situated
directly on St. Paul Street in a beautiful, century-old structure. Inside,
you’re greeted by old stone walls, wood floors, cozy fireplaces and an
You'll visit the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Canada's oldest
and one of its most important art institutions. The museum was founded in 1860
and has been guided by a commitment to attract people from all walks of life.
The museum has a large collection of decorative and ethnographic objects,
19th-century paintings, and Canadian paintings, prints and drawings, only a
small fraction of which can be displayed at a time. It also hosts major
You'll visit the Underground City of Montreal. The name “the Underground
City” refers to the vast network of pedestrian walkways below the city. There
are 20 miles of connecting passageways beneath downtown, with the subway,
commuter trains and buses also converging here. Approximately 500,000 people
circulate daily on this network, where some 2,000 shops and restaurants, 10
major hotels, museums, theaters and universities can be found.
You'll take a self guided tour of the Musée d’art Contemporain
de Montréal which stands right next to Place des Festivals, in the heart of the
Quartier des Spectacles and on the Place des Arts site. It is part of Canada’s
only cultural complex devoted to both the performing and visual arts. The Musée
is dedicated exclusively to contemporary art and offers a varied program
ranging from presentations of its Permanent Collection to temporary exhibitions
of works by Québec, Canadian and international artists. The Permanent
Collection comprises nearly 7,600 works, including the largest collection of
art by Paul-Émile Borduas.
You'll have dinner at Fourquet Fourchette. The
Fourquet Fourchette is an invitation to immerse yourself in the lost era of New
France and its native culture. Allow our traditional décor and staff to take
you back in time.
You'll have free time in the morning before attending optional Mass at Notre Dame Basilica at 11:00am. This mass
is accompanied by the organ and the Notre-Dame Basilica Choir. (Alternate morning activity can be arranged.)
You'll take a guided tour of the magnificent Notre Dame
Basilica. Montreal's oldest Catholic church, built in 1656, is known for its
intricately designed interior, which includes stained glass chronicling the
history of the city.
You'll take a self guided tour of Musee McCord. For over 90
years, the museum has been collecting objects, images and documents that are
tangible witnesses to the people, places and events that have marked Canada’s
history over three centuries. The initial nucleus of the collections reflected
David Ross McCord’s interest in First Peoples and key events in Canada’s past.
The collections have grown to focus more specifically on Montreal, once
heralded as the economic and cultural centre of the country. The collections
document Montreal’s pivotal role in Canada’s development from the early 18th
century through the 21st, and the social and cultural dimensions of the lives
of those connected to the city.
You'll dine at Le Petit Chateua. Le Petit
Château is located just a few steps from the Château Frontenac. Its
contemporary décor invites you in to sample a wide selection of crêpes, fondues
and other traditional delights.
You'll visit the Marguerite Bourgeoys Museum, this 300-year-old
chapel and very captivating history museum connected to it will amaze you. In
the company of a guide, you will learn about the truly exceptional life of a
woman of action, Marguerite Bourgeoys, and about the early settlers who built
Montreal. You'll visit many exhibition rooms that will lead you from the stone
crypt to the very top of the tower where a spectacular view of Old Montreal and
the Old Port awaits you.
You'll enjoy free time to shop, eat and explore along Rue St.
Denis. This avenue is lined with attractive town houses, today occupied by
restaurants, art galleries and fashionable stores. The area became known as
Montreal's Quartier Latin (Latin Quarter) when several institutions of higher
education were established here during the early 20th century. The houses were
divided into smaller apartments to accommodate the many students attending
You'll take a ride to the top of the Olympic Park Tower, the
tallest inclined tower in the world! Its 45-degree angle is awe-inspiring,
especially when you consider that the Leaning Tower of Pisa’s tilt is only 5
degrees! From its summit, visitors can admire the entire Greater Montreal
region, all the way up the St. Lawrence River valley. A breathtaking panorama,
it has been awarded a three-star rating—the highest available—by the renowned
You'll have dinner at Restaurant Le Bourlingueur.
You'll visit a Mosque in Montreal. You will tour the Mosque, if
You'll visit Muslim Community of Quebec and have a religion
discussion if available.
You'll have free time.
You'll visit Pointe-A-Calliere Archaeological Museum. A
recognized national historical and archaeological site, this museum leads
visitors through centuries of history, from the times when Natives camped here
to the present day.
You'll have dinner at Cabane a Pierre. This
log cabin structure will put you in mind of the logging camps of long ago. The
atmosphere is festive any time of the year with succulent country meals and
entertainment provided by professional chansonniers and musicians.
Day 8- Montreal to Quebec City
You'll take VIA Rail from Montreal to Quebec City.
Take a guided walking tour in Quebec City. Founded in
1608 by Samuel de Champlain, Quebec City is one of the oldest cities in North
America. The ramparts surrounding Old Quebec (Vieux-Québec) are the only
fortified city walls remaining in the Americas north of Mexico. Your tour will
begin with a stop at Place d'Armes (Armoury Square), right at the heart of the
Old Town. You'll also see the Dufferin Terrace with its breathtaking view of
surrounding landscapes, the St-Lawrence River and Quebec City’s Citadel. Next
you'll see the famous Chateau Frontenac and then you'll continue on the
charming streets and alleys of the Old Town. You'll have a chance to explore
the walls of the old city the Lower Town and the Citadel near the Plains of
You'll arrive at your hotel and check in.
You will have dinner.
Today you’ll see Montmorency Falls. This spectacular waterfall is
almost 100 feet higher than Niagara Falls and is one of the most impressive
waterfalls in North America. You’ll marvel at the magnificent view from the
cable car as you glide by.
You'll visit the Basilica, a shrine dedicated to Sainte Anne.
Even though little is known about Saint Anne, the mere fact of being the mother
of Mary and the grandmother of Jesus is enough for the Church’s recognition and
veneration since time immemorial. The Basilica is built in Romanesque Revival
style and is in the shape of a cross. Many people from around the world make a
pilgrimage to this location every year.
You will have dinner.
You'll visit the Musee du Fort which presents an original and
unique sound and light show on the military history of Quebec City. This is an
educational and entertaining experience for all.
You'll have free time far from the hustle and bustle of large
shopping centers, Quartier Petit Champlain has many boutiques, artists, shows,
cafés and restaurants.
You'll visit the Musée de la civilisation which explores the
different aspects of human reality with its unique approach of combining
enchantment, knowledge and reflection. Through its thematic and
multidisciplinary approaches, Musée de la civilisation is a place where the
individual, society and the human race meet, and where the networks that unite
them materialize. Visitors of all ages are transported - to the great cities of
the world and fascinating ancient civilisations, into significant sociocultural
movements and the heart of Québec society.
You'll visit the Musée des Ursulines de Québec where you'll
explore the exhibitions and discover more specifically certain aspects of the
history and heritage of the Ursulines of Quebec.
You will have dinner.
You will visit the Plains of Abraham. Known for the clash of
supremacy between the French and British empires, where it set the scene of the
1759 conquest. This would later decide the fate of North America. It is today
known as a city park of outstanding value with over a hundred and three
hectares of grassy meadow. It is also the one of the sites that hosts the
annual Winter Carnival festivities.
You'll take a guided tours of the Citadelle that reveals over
300 years of history. During your visit, you'll explore this fortress—an active
garrison of the Royal 22e Régiment—and delve deeply into this National Historic
Site with its impressive architecture and spectacular views of the city and St.
You'll visit one of the most charming areas of Quebec City, the
Old Port (Vieux-Port) was once a bustling commercial hub for European ships
bringing supplies and settlers to the new colony. Today, it’s still bustling,
but now the port reverberates with visitors wandering the quays, enjoying
picturesque views of the Old City, the St. Lawrence River, and the Laurentian
You will have dinner at a local restaurant.
You'll have the option to attend a Mass at Notre Dame in Quebec City. Situated in the very heart of Old Quebec, the Basilica-Cathedral
Notre-Dame de Quebec welcomes numerous faithful visitors year round. It was
erected in 1647 on the very site of the first chapel constructed by Samuel de
Champlain in 1633. Following the nomination of Francois de Laval as the first
Bishop of Quebec, Notre-Dame de Quebec was progressively elevated to the rank
of metropolitan church in 1844. Then it was named a minor basilica at the
bicentennial of the Diocese of Quebec in 1874 and further on it was elevated to
the rank of Primate church in 1956. This exceptional site, declared national
Site of Canada in 1984, represents a spiritual and religious patrimony of great
A few steps from the Holy Door, Musée de l'Amérique francophone
traces the history of the Francophone culture in North America and abroad and
its development until today. The exhibitions invite the public to discover the
most beautiful religious heritage treasures from the SÉMINAIRE DE QUÉBEC
collection. These exhibitions will help you understand the evolution of the
Francophone culture, the international movements that have traversed it and in
which it has participated, its development and its interdependence with other
You will have dinner a local restaurant.
You'll admire Québec City from its highest point: the 31st floor
of the Marie-Guyart Building. It's expansive windows offer spectacular views.
Learn about historic Québec City through an interactive multimedia visit.
Thanks to the latest technology, travelers will be immersed in the capital's
rich past. The interior design is inspired by the year 1965, a pivotal moment
in the life of Québec City.
You'll have free time to explore Old Québec. It is the only
North American city to have preserved its ramparts, together with the numerous
bastions, gates and defensive works which still surround Old Québec. The Upper
Town, built on the cliff, has remained the religious and administrative centre,
with its churches, convents and other monuments like the Dauphine Redoubt, the
Citadel and Château Frontenac. Together with the Lower Town and its ancient
districts, it forms an urban ensemble which is one of the best examples of a
fortified colonial city.
You will have dinner at a local restaurant.
Time permitting, if you have a late afternoon flight, you'll take a guided tour of the Traditional Huron site
"ONHOÜA CHETEKE", the most authentic recreation of a Quebec Indian
village. You will have a unique opportunity to discover the history, the
culture and the lifestyle of Hurons of the past and of today.
Your motor coach driver will return you to the airport for your flight back home.