Montreal & Quebec City – July 15th – 21st 2019

Montreal, c’est si bon! This French-speaking city is considered the cultural capital of Canada and is a cosmopolitan celebration of Québécois style. Riding around the cobblestone streets and grand buildings of Vieux-Montréal will give you a taste of European flavors. Québec City… It happens to be one of North America’s oldest and most magnificent settlements. Its picturesque Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site, a living museum of narrow cobblestone streets, 17th- and 18th-century houses, and soaring church spires with the splendid Château Frontenac towering above it all. There’s more than a glimmer of Old Europe in its classic bistros, sidewalk cafes, and manicured squares.

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Day 1 – Monday July 15th – Home to Montreal
Welcome to Montreal the largest city in Canada’s Québec province. It’s set on an island in the Saint Lawrence River and named after Mt. Royal, the triple-peaked hill at its heart. Its boroughs, many of which were once independent cities, include neighborhoods ranging from cobblestoned, French colonial Vieux-Montréal – with the Gothic Revival Notre-Dame Basilica at its center – to bohemian Plateau. Sheraton Montreal (D)

Day 2 – Tuesday July 16th – Montreal – Local Touring
We’ll kick this one off with a guided sightseeing cruise on St. Lawrence River… weigh anchor and discover Montréal from the river. We’ll sail from the Old Port to the Îles-de-Boucherville enjoy breathtaking views of the downtown area. Learn more about the metropolis with your guide or relax on outdoor terraces. The historic and scenic St. Lawrence River flows 743 miles across a vast chunk of North America, from the Great Lakes all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. The mighty river has long sustained communities of both native tribes and European colonizers. Next… the world-famous Montreal Tower, at 165 meters (541 feet) high with a 45-degree angle, the Montreal Tower is the tallest inclined tower in the world. It is an architectural masterpiece, and the secret to its extraordinary tilt can be found in its complex internal structure. The glass-encased funicular brings visitors on a breathtaking two-minute ride to the top of the tower. This one-of-a-kind funicular can hold up to 50 passengers and is the only one in the world built along a curved structure. The view of Montréal from the tower’s observatory is stunning! The Tower Observatory’s 360º panorama offers spectacular views up to 80 kilometers (50 miles). The renowned Michelin Guide has awarded this incredible panorama three stars, which is the highest available rating. From the top, you can see the Stadium, the building that once housed the Velodrome (now the Biodôme), and the Esplanade, as well as all their incredible architecture. This point of view provides a look at the organic forms inspired by aquatic wildlife that make up the Olympic Park. Sheraton Montreal (B, D)

Day 3 – Wednesday July 17th – Montreal to Quebec City
We’ll start today with a walking tour of Montreal’s Underground City… (French: La ville souterraine), is the name applied to a series of interconnected office towers, hotels, shopping centers, residential and commercial complexes, convention halls, universities and performing arts venues that form the heart of Montreal’s central business district, colloquially referred to as Downtown Montreal. The name refers to the underground connections between the buildings that compose the network, in addition to the network’s complete integration with the city’s entirely underground rapid transit system, the Montreal Metro. Moreover, the first iteration of the Underground City was developed out of the open pit at the southern entrance to the Mount Royal Tunnel, where Place Ville Marie and Central Station stand today. Measuring 33km (20 Miles) in length, this network of interior galleries is one of the largest in the world. See how the buildings of the city and their different underground passageways make Montreal so unique. After a little free time, we’ll head to Quebec City our home for the next 3 nights! Hilton Quebec (B, D)

Day 4 – Thursday July 18th – Quebec City – Local Touring
After a wonderful breakfast we’ll have a guided city tour of Quebec City… Experience the European charm of the first French settlement in North America. This is your chance to visit history first hand. The Latin Quarter, Plains of Abraham, Ramparts, world famous Château Frontenac (the most photographed hotel in the world), National Assembly, Basilica, City Hall, Place-Royale, Citadelle, and a glimpse of modern Quebec City are the perfect introduction to the city. Your afternoon is free to explore “Old Town” an area with a rich history and vibrant streets. It’s home to some of Canada’s best restaurants, most interesting historical buildings, and, overall, is a veritable post-card. Between the sweeping views of the Saint-Lawrence river, the delectable food and buzzing cobblestone streets. Hilton Quebec (B, D)

Day 5 – Friday July 19th – Quebec City – Local Touring
Today we’ll head out to Montmorency Falls… Higher than Niagara Falls, the impressive Montmorency Falls stand 272 feet tall and serve as the centerpiece of Montmorency Falls Park (Parc de la Chute-Montmorency). The falls form at the mouth of the Montmorency River and drop over a cliff into the St. Lawrence River. We’ll take the gondola ride up the left side of the 270 ft falls and walk up and across the falls, through a beautiful forest and down the stairway making a full circle around the falls. There are multiple vantage points that will give you tons of picture taking opportunities. Next, it’s Sainte Anne de Beaupre… Welcome to the oldest pilgrimage site in North America! The Shrine has been welcoming people from all walks of life for over 350 years. This renowned pilgrimage site is dedicated to Saint Anne, the grandmother of Jesus. Discover its extraordinary history through numerous artistic masterpieces. You’re in for a real treat tonight… We’ll delight in a Traditional Sugar Shack Dinner… A typical cabane à sucre meal includes pea soup, thick-cut ham, sausage links, bacon, meatballs, meat pies, omelet, fried pork rinds called “oreilles de crisse,” roasted potatoes or French fries, pickles, beets, baked beans, and fresh-baked bread. Tables typically are set with jugs of maple syrup, milk and water, and visitors are told the syrup can be poured on practically anything that’s on their plate. Dessert is usually pancakes, crepes, maple syrup pies, and tarts where, of course, more syrup is a welcome addition. Don’t think about the calories, think about the tradition. Even when you think you can’t eat anything more, have a slice of maple sugar pie. Think pecan pie minus the pecans! Hilton Quebec (B, D)

Day 6 –Saturday July 20th – Quebec City to Montreal
Enjoy a little free time this morning to wander through Old Town one more time. Or rest up after the Sugar Shack Dinner… this afternoon we’re off for Montreal and Notre Dame Basilica of Montreal… it is the first church of the Gothic Revival style in Canada. Its history, noted by the Sulpician Fathers since its foundation, is intimately tied in to the history of the city of Montreal. It bears witness to its Catholic
foundations and the ever-present connections between the arts and religion. Its architectural style marked a turning point in the religious tradition and was imitated by several parishes. A place of prayer and celebration of Catholic worship, Notre-Dame basilica has always been the site for grand events that have highlighted the imagination of the Québécois. Raised to the rank of a minor Basilica in 1982, by Pope John Paul II, it’s religious, historical and artistic importance makes it one of the jewels of Quebec’s heritage. Sheraton Montreal (B, D)

Day 7 – Sunday July 21st – Montreal to Home
4We’ll head home today thinking we may have been on a European Vacation… without the jet-lag! (B)

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