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Program #17375RJ
5 Days | 4 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
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ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
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If you’re looking for a more flexible schedule with ample independent time and several meals on your own, then our FLEX learning adventures are made for you.

Itinerary for May 30 — Jun 3, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: SpringHill Suites by Marriott - Nestled within the charm of Old Montreal, located in the historical district, just steps away from the waterfront and all major attractions & venues. Enjoy a stroll along our cobble stone roads, ride the St. Lawrence River on a cruise, visit a museum or dine in one of our many quaint restaurants. Auberge Le Saint-Gabriel is one of the oldest restaurants around (circa 1754) and is connected to the hotel!

Contact info:
445 rue St-Jean Baptiste
Montreal, QC H2Y 2Z7 Canada
phone: 866-875-4333
web: www.springhillmontreal.com/en/index.php

Room amenities: Free high speed internet, micro-wave, fridge & coffee maker, Iron and ironing board, hair dryer

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Current Price
Contact Sylvie by email at snadeau@quebecculture.travel or at 1 888 569-4040 to get registration form for additional night at the Marriott SpringHill.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Thursday, May 30 - Registration/Orientation
Note: We ask to bring your own helmet. We will provide a hybrid bike and lock. Participants may bring their own bike.

Afternoon: Check in between 3-5:00 PM at Front Desk and Lobby area. Registration between 5:30 to 5:45 PM

Dinner: Dinner in Old Montreal at 6:00 PM

Evening: After dinner, presentation of program details, general information and a few other useful tips to enhance your bike experience in Montreal.

Lodging: Marriot Springhill Suite Vieux Montreal

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: SpringHill Suites by Marriott - Nestled within the charm of Old Montreal, located in the historical district, just steps away from the waterfront and all major attractions & venues. Enjoy a stroll along our cobble stone roads, ride the St. Lawrence River on a cruise, visit a museum or dine in one of our many quaint restaurants. Auberge Le Saint-Gabriel is one of the oldest restaurants around (circa 1754) and is connected to the hotel!

Contact info:
445 rue St-Jean Baptiste
Montreal, QC H2Y 2Z7 Canada
phone: 866-875-4333
web: www.springhillmontreal.com/en/index.php

Room amenities: Free high speed internet, micro-wave, fridge & coffee maker, Iron and ironing board, hair dryer

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Current Price
Contact Sylvie by email at snadeau@quebecculture.travel or at 1 888 569-4040 to get registration form for additional night at the Marriott SpringHill.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Friday, May 31 - Cycling Montreal
Note: Optional - Le Tour de nuit - 15 miles

Breakfast: Buffet-style breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: With a focus on architecture and history, we will cycle through some of Montreal's diverse neighborhoods. Your local guide has chosen several exciting nooks and corners that reflect Montrealers conviviality and multicultural flavor. Learn about Montréal's fascinating history and discover by bike the wonders of this magnificent city. Starting at the Old Port, to the Latin Quarter, La Fontaine Park, with an unusual detour into one of the alleys of The Plateau, to Mount Royal Park, into the Golden Square Mile's Victorian ambience, the business district and onto Old Montreal. Marvel at the characteristic architecture exemplified in the colorful wrought-iron staircases that wind up the facades of the duplexes and triplexes. Easy rides: approximately 3 hours. Bike and helmet are provided.

Lunch: Lunch in Old Montreal.

Afternoon: Visit the birthplace of Montreal - the Pointe a Calliere Archaeology and History Museum. Rising above evidence of more than 1000 years of human activity, this museum houses remarkable architectural remains, displayed in situ with absolute respect for their integrity (optionnal).

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: Optional but not to be missed! Join the montrealers and Sylvie your coordinator in the special event Le Tour de Nuit (the night tour) part of the exciting Montreal Bike Fest. The streets will be reserved to the bikers. Easy ride of 15 miles in a festive atmosphere starting at 8:30 PM. More info and video www.quebecscience.qc.ca/feria/en/MBF

Lodging: Marriot Springhill Suite Vieux Montreal

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: SpringHill Suites by Marriott - Nestled within the charm of Old Montreal, located in the historical district, just steps away from the waterfront and all major attractions & venues. Enjoy a stroll along our cobble stone roads, ride the St. Lawrence River on a cruise, visit a museum or dine in one of our many quaint restaurants. Auberge Le Saint-Gabriel is one of the oldest restaurants around (circa 1754) and is connected to the hotel!

Contact info:
445 rue St-Jean Baptiste
Montreal, QC H2Y 2Z7 Canada
phone: 866-875-4333
web: www.springhillmontreal.com/en/index.php

Room amenities: Free high speed internet, micro-wave, fridge & coffee maker, Iron and ironing board, hair dryer

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Current Price
Contact Sylvie by email at snadeau@quebecculture.travel or at 1 888 569-4040 to get registration form for additional night at the Marriott SpringHill.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Saturday, June 01 - Cycling the Islands and the Lachine Canal
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: With our guide ride your bike across the St-Lawrence River, Vista-Architecture - Discover Montreal, its St-Lawrence river and its architectural elements. Superb landscapes. The historical importance of the St-Lawrence river for Montréal. Architectural works that have branded Montréal. Parks which have established Montréal’s renown. And you’ll cross the St-Lawrence river via the "estacade" (an icebreaking structure). Landmarks and sites visited: Old-Port * Lachine Canal * Habitat 67 (Moshe Safdie) * "L’Homme" sculpture (Alexander Calder) * Biosphere (Buckminster Fuller) * F-1 racetrack (Gilles-Villeneuve) * Sainte-Hélène Island * Notre-Dame Island * Atwater Market

Afternoon: More bike, ride along the Lachine Canal. Immerse yourself in a unique Montreal heritage landscape. Continue along the St. Lawrence River, upstream from the Old Port of Montreal to the neighborhoods of Pointe-Sainte-Charles, Verdun and LaSalle. Feel the spray of the rapids and watch for the herons in the beautiful bird sanctuary at Parc des Rapides. Follow in the footsteps of the French explorers who were looking for a passage to the treasures of China. Highlights include the Old Port, Lachine Canal Locks, Rene Levesque Park (sculpture park), and Lachine Rapids Park. Easy rides - approximately 22 miles.

Dinner: Dinner on your own. Suggestions will be made.

Evening: Jazz concert in a renowned Jazz Club. (Optional)

Lodging: Marriot Springhill Suite Vieux Montreal

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Hotel

Description: SpringHill Suites by Marriott - Nestled within the charm of Old Montreal, located in the historical district, just steps away from the waterfront and all major attractions & venues. Enjoy a stroll along our cobble stone roads, ride the St. Lawrence River on a cruise, visit a museum or dine in one of our many quaint restaurants. Auberge Le Saint-Gabriel is one of the oldest restaurants around (circa 1754) and is connected to the hotel!

Contact info:
445 rue St-Jean Baptiste
Montreal, QC H2Y 2Z7 Canada
phone: 866-875-4333
web: www.springhillmontreal.com/en/index.php

Room amenities: Free high speed internet, micro-wave, fridge & coffee maker, Iron and ironing board, hair dryer

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Current Price
Contact Sylvie by email at snadeau@quebecculture.travel or at 1 888 569-4040 to get registration form for additional night at the Marriott SpringHill.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Sunday, June 02 - Le Tour de l'Ile at the Montreal Bike Fest
Note: Ride 35 miles with montrealers - For every one.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Today we discover another face of the city participating as we ride together alongside festive Montrealers in Tour de l'Île de Montréal. Before the start, the excitement and enthusiasm among the participants is palpable. Some dance and sing, while others film and pose. And everyone gets off smoothly, on an immense street with new perspectives, a different Montréal, a mass of bicycles and an easy pace, like a gigantic rush hour where the destination is pure fun. Some are participating in their first Tour de l'Île de Montréal, happy to say at the finish line that they made it! Others are regulars who come back year after year. There are spectators providing encouragement along the way, entertainers in the rest stations, volunteers offering friendly support and thousands of people joining together to bike Montréal.

Afternoon: After le Tour de l'Ile, take more free time to enjoy Montreal.

Dinner: Farewell dinner in a french restaurant in Old Montreal.

Lodging: Marriot Springhill Suite Vieux Montreal

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Five: Monday, June 03 - La Petite Italie
Breakfast: Buffet-style breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Visit the neighborhood of La Petite Italie. At the Jean Talon market, drink in the multicultural flavors and sights. In addition to the ubiquitous fruit, vegetable and flower stalls is a tasty array of gourmet specialty shops that feature spices, oils, cheeses, meats, pastries and other delicacies and offers exquisite products that are specific to Québec.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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