September 10 – 16, 2017
Join us in 2017 to celebrate two major Canadian anniversaries: the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation and the 375th anniversary of the city of Montréal! Spend three nights each in Montréal and Québec and delve into the art, architecture, culture, and history that make up these special cities.
Day 1 — Depart the U.S. for Montréal, Canada
Arrive in Montréal and transfer to the Le Crystal Hotel. Tonight, enjoy a welcome reception and dinner at a local restaurant.
Begin the morning with a walking tour through the city’s historic center, including the Place d’Armes, the site of Montréal’s birthplace, and stroll through the winding French colonial streets, finishing at the beautiful City Hall building. Enjoy lunch at a local café and continue to tour the Vieux-Port neighborhood. Visit the Basilique Notre-Dame, known for its gothic revival architecture and stained glass windows, depicting scenes from Montréal’s religious history. End the day with a drive up to Parc du Mont-Royal for a panoramic view of the city. Tonight, enjoy dinner on your own.
Day 3 — The Art and Architecture of Montréal
This morning, visit the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts for a guided tour of the extensive collection. Enjoy lunch on your own and discover all that this cosmopolitan city has to offer in “Centre Ville” or downtown; art galleries, high-end fashion boutiques, and the world famous McGill University. Later in the afternoon, visit the award-winning Pointe a Callière Museum, a live archeological site that tells the story of Montréal. Tonight, enjoy dinner as a group at a local restaurant. Following dinner, visit the Jacques Cartier Bridge to view the interactive illumination set to mark the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation and Montréal’s 375th anniversary.
After check-out, visit the iconic St-Joseph’s Oratory nestled atop of Mont Royal. Then head to Marché Atwater, a famous open air market much loved by Montréal locals, to pick up some local gourmet goodies before boarding the train to Québec City. Lunch will be served on the train. Arrive in Québec City in the late afternoon and transfer to your hotel. Tonight, enjoy a group dinner at a local restaurant.
Begin the morning with an introductory lecture on Québec City, followed by a walking tour of the Upper Town. Visit the Ursuline Convent to learn about the oldest learning institution for women in North America, and the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity for a guided tour. Enjoy lunch at Le Parlementaire, located in the Parliament building of the Québec National Assembly, followed by a tour of the building. End the day with a visit to the Observatoire de la Capitale for a 360-degree panoramic view of beautiful Québec City. The remainder of the evening and dinner is at leisure.
Day 6 — Québec City
Today, learn about the influences of the French and British on the architecture throughout Québec. Take a walking tour of Lower Town, part of the Old Québec area, a World Heritage site. Enjoy lunch in Lower Town at a five-star restaurant. Then depart by bus to the Island of Orléans, where some of the first settlements of New France were established in the early 17th century. Blessed with a microclimate and very fertile soil, discover local gastronomic treasures. Enjoy a tour and tasting at a sugar shack (maple syrup), visit an apple orchard and sample iced cider, then try seasonal autumn strawberries at a local farm. Leave the island to explore the Montmorency Falls. Montmorency is one of the most remarkable natural sites in Canada, soaring 100 feet higher than Niagara Falls. Return to Québec City for a farewell dinner and reception at the prestigious Garrison Club.
Check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport for individual flights home.