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Independent City Discoveries: A Taste of Montreal

Program Number: 18521RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/25/2013 - 4/29/2013; 10/9/2014 - 10/13/2014; 7/9/2015 - 7/13/2015; 8/5/2015 - 8/9/2015;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Montreal, Quebec
Price starting at: $980.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Independent City Discoveries Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 6; 4 Breakfasts, 0 Lunches, 2 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Let local experts lead you on an intimate journey of Montréal, with its 16th-century cobblestone streets, Victorian elegance and laid-back francophone culture. Dive into the city's rich history, culinary traditions, and its artistic passion. Experience the historic European charm and Montreal’s quintessential joie de vivre.




Highlights

• Participate in a tasting tour of Montréal’s fine restaurants from the cultural communities that enrich the city.
• Gain insight into the city’s rich history, from settlement to current economic and cultural powerhouse.
• Local instructors lead you to out-of-the-way, favorite neighborhoods with great tips of areas to explore on your own, such as the grounds of McGill University and the Golden Square Mile.



Activity Particulars

Urban walking of two miles or more over varied terrain; some stairs.



This program includes substantial free time, directions for self-guided excursions, a pass for entry to five major museums and a 3-day metro pass.




Date Specific Information

4-25-2013

This week revolves around the Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival, which brings together around 300 writers, translators, musicians, journalists and publishers. As a special guest of the festival, you will be stay in the same hotel as the authors (the official Festival hotel) the location for all the discussion and Festival activities.



10-9-2014

See the astonishing Magic Lanterns at the Botanical Garden, more than 400 silks lanterns in the Chinese Garden, one of the most beautiful areas of the Botanical Garden.




Montreal

Montreal is an intoxicating blend of Old World charm and big-city excitement, from the cobblestone streets of the Old Port to the concert halls and theaters of the Place des Arts. The second-largest French-speaking city after Paris, Montreal hosts world-class museums and galleries alongside centuries-old basilicas and family-owned restaurants.



Accommodations
Modern, all-suite hotel in heart of Montréal’s Old City.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Andree Girard

Andrée Girard has been an active figure on the arts scene in Québec and in Canada for over 25 years. She worked as a broadcaster for CBC radio and television before becoming programming director for CBC French radio’s Chaîne culturelle for several years. She was also a founding member and director of the Conseil québécois de la musique. Over the course of her career, she has been associated with the creation of the Opus Prize, as well as the development of the Canadian Conference of the Arts.
 
Michel Jutras

Originally from Montreal, Michel Jutras holds a master's degree in the management of cultural organizations and has extensive experience in leading educational excusions. Passionate about researching history, especially the history of the dietary and culinary traditions of Quebec, he is working on a large collection of ethnological texts, the first volume of which has already been published, while the second is currently being printed.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Hotel 10
  Montreal, QC 4 nights
 Hotel 10
Type: Hotel
  Description: Hotel (10) in Montreal provides a unique boutique experience blending modern design with a nod to history, in chic Montreal style. This hotel combine sleek minimalism with luxurious comfort. On the corner of Sherbrooke and St. Laurent, Hotel (10) is steps from the vibrant Theater district and minutes from both Old Montreal and the “Plateau” Mont-Royal.
  Contact info: 10 Sherbrooke West
Montréal
Montréal, QC H2X 4C9 Canada
phone: 855-390-6787
web: www.hotel10montreal.com
  Room amenities: Hairdryer (ll0 volts), coffee-maker. Wireless high-speed Internet access ($). 27-inch LCD TV with integrated computer. Complimentary morning newspaper.
  Facility amenities: Free Wifi internet access in public space.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Current rate Contact Sylvie, Road Scholar coordinator from SN Tourisme culturel at 1 888 569-4040.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Current rate Contact Sylvie, Road Scholar coordinator from SN Tourisme culturel at 1 888 569-4040.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00pm Hotel Check-In Time. 5:30pm Meet in the hotel lobby for Road Scholar registration. You will be staying at Hotel 10 that night.
  End of Program:
After coffee and final discussion 9:30am. Room checkout 12:00 noon. You will be staying at Hotel 10 the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. A passport is required for all air travel to/from Canada. On June 1, 2009, a new US law known as the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) will require those traveling to/from the United States by land and sea to also have a passport or other appropriate secure document (NEXUS card). Passport requirements are subject to change. Visit www.travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2223.html
  Parking availability:
$28.00 per day
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Montreal, QC
  Nearest city or town:  Montreal
  Nearest highway: Trans Canada Highway #40
  Nearest airport:  Pierre Elliot Trudeau Int'l Airport (formerly Dorval)
  From End of Program
  Location: Montreal, QC
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Montreal

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
747 Express Bus

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$9.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

40 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

25 miles

   

Public Transportation: 747 Express bus $9 per pers. You could buy your ticket right after you pick up your luggage.The 747 will bring you to the central bus station and from there, you could take a taxi to the hotel (5 minutes/ $6).

 

Montreal

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$38,00 cost can be shared
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

25 minutes 

 

Montreal

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$9-10 cost can be shared
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

 
Driving Directions
  From Boston MA to Hotel 10 Take the I-93 North until the I-89 North.Take the I-89 North. Once over the US - Canada border, you will be on the Autoroute 55 Nord (North).Stay on the Autoroute 55 Nord until the exit for Autoroute 10 Ouest (West).Take the Autoroute 10 Ouest and follow directions for Montreal / Pont Champlain.On the bridge, keep to your right hand lane.Follow directions for Autoroute Bonaventure / 10 Ouest.Autoroute Bonaventure / 10 Ouest will become Rue University Street.Follow Rue University Street for 8 traffic lights and turn right on Rue Sherbrooke Street Ouest/West.Follow Rue Sherbrooke Street Ouest/West for 7 blocks.Hotel(10) is located at 10 Rue Sherbrooke Street Ouest/West
  From I-87 New York to Hotel 10 Take the I-87 North.Once over the US - Canada border, you will be on the Autoroute 15 Nord (North) Stay on the Autoroute 15 Nord until the exit for the Autoroute 10 Ouest (West).Take the Autoroute 10 Ouest and follow directions for Montreal / Pont Champlain.On the bridge, keep to your right hand lane.Follow directions for Autoroute Bonaventure / 10 Ouest.Autoroute Bonaventure / 10 Ouest will become Rue University Street. Follow Rue University Street for 8 traffic lights and turn right on Rue Sherbrooke Street Ouest/West.Follow Rue Sherbrooke Street Ouest/West for 7 blocks. Hotel(10) is located at 10 Rue Sherbrooke Street Ouest/West.
  Toronto, Detroit Take the Autoroute 401 East. Once over the Ontario – Quebec border, you will be on the Autoroute 20 Est (East). Take the Autoroute 20 Est (East), direction Montreal. Follow indications for Centre-Ville / Autoroute Ville-Marie - 720 Est (East). Take the Autoroute 720 Est (East) and take the sixth exit Sortie #6 – Boulevard St. Laurent. Keep left at yield. Go straight at the traffic lights. You will be on Rue Sanguinet Street. Follow Rue Sanguinet Street for two more lights and turn left onto Boulevard Rene Levesque. Follow Boulevard Rene Levesque for three traffic lights and turn right on Rue Jeanne Mance Street. Follow Rue Jeanne Mance Street for three traffic lights and turn right on Rue Sherbrooke Street Ouest/West.
  Vermont 1-89 Take the I-89 North.Once over the US - Canada border, you will be on the Autoroute 55 Nord (North).Stay on the Autoroute 55 Nord until the exit for Autoroute 10 Ouest (West).Take the Autoroute 10 Ouest and follow directions for Montreal / Pont Champlain. On the bridge, keep to your right hand lane.Follow directions for Autoroute Bonaventure / 10 Ouest. Autoroute Bonaventure / 10 Ouest will become Rue University Street.Follow Rue University Street for 8 traffic lights and turn right on Rue Sherbrooke Street Ouest/West.Follow Rue Sherbrooke Street Ouest/West for 7 blocks.Hotel(10) is located at 10 Rue Sherbrooke Street Ouest/West.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Check-In 4:00 pm and Orientation 5:30 pm
(Thursday, April 25)
   
 Arrive To: Independent arrivals and check- in.
 Afternoon: 5:30 pm - Meet in the hotel lobby for Road Scholar registration
 Dinner: 6:00 pm - Welcome dinner in a French restaurant to introduce you to your fellow participants and coordinator, Andrée Girard. She will act as your personal guide in making the most of your independent study time, sharing her local knowledge and insider tips to ensure you are able to comfortably venture beyond the city's most touristy sites to discover the true Montreal. An introduction to our Blue Metropolis Festival VIP Pass, which is included in the program cost, provides exclusive access to the Author’s Suite where you will mingle with renowned writers from all over the world. Also included is a public transportation pass and vouchers for The McCord Museum and the Montreal Fine Arts Museum, two of the city's most prestigious cultural institutions. In addition, before dinner you will meet the Programming Director of the Montreal International Literary Festival Gregory McCormick, who will give you the highlights of this unique event, known locally as the Blue Met.
   
Accommodations: Hotel 10
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Montreal Architecture, History and Old Montreal district
(Friday, April 26)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet-style breakfast
 Morning: Learn about the history of Montreal by visiting the city's most historic district at its Old Port where the majestic facades, cobblestone streets and public works of art never fail to delight. Including a guided visit of the Notre-Dame Basilica.
 Lunch: On your own. Suggestions will be made or join your coordinator.
 Afternoon: 1:30 Walking tour: The work of Louis Penny. A local expert on Louise Penny gives a tour of some Montreal areas where Penny’s books are set, followed by a high tea. In the afternoon, you will be invited to independently explore Old Montreal; the port, the Pointe-à-Callière Museum of Archaeology (built on the very foundations of the city) and a popular street known for its art galleries.
 Dinner: 5:00 - 6:00 Cocktail Hour: (optional) Early each evening, you're invited to join our coordinator Andrée over drinks (not included), to share your literary discoveries along with the other highlights of your day and to plan your evening.Dinner is on your own, allowing you to explore the multitude of Montreal eateries. Our coordinator will offer guidance and suggestions. For this dinner, a reservation will be made by Andrée in one of Montreal's fine restaurants for anyone who wishes to accompany her. (optional)
 Evening: After dinner, set off on your own to take part in the many discussions, readings and other activities on offer at the Blue Met literature festival. Your coordinator will provide you with plenty of suggestions for activities, performances and events as well as a list of Montreal hangouts favored by locals and visitors alike.
   
Accommodations: Hotel 10
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3: Facets of Daily Life in Montreal: Yesterday and Today
(Saturday, April 27)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet-style breakfast.
 Morning: Introduction to Canadian Literature with the Programming Director of the Festival Gregory McCormick.
 Afternoon: In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to further acquaint yourself with the Golden Square Mile, the downtown area, exploring its impressive art galleries, and grand museums, including the stately McCord Museum and the Montreal Fine arts Museum.
 Dinner: 5:00 - 6:00 Cocktail Hour: Early each evening, you're invited to join our coordinator for drinks (optional), to share the highlights of your day, and plan your evening.

The hotel is ideally located as a base to explore the wonders of Montreals restaurant scene. Our concierge will offer suggestions and directions to local favorites.

 Evening: After dinner, enjoy the thrill of more independent discovery, whether at the festival itself or throughout Montreal's bustling downtown.
   
Accommodations: Hotel 10
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4: Food-Lovers' Guide to Neighborhoods/History of immigration
(Sunday, April 28)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet-style breakfast.
 Morning: This is a day for food lovers. Our specialized guide will lead you on an adventure through the many flavours of Montreal, strolling along beloved Saint-Laurent Boulevard. Here you'll discover many colourful restaurants, brought to the city by the different ethnic communities that have settled along the length of the street over time. We will finish our food lovers' tour at the Jean-Talon public market in Little Italy, a favourite meeting place of Montrealers. Savour the doughnuts found only in Chinatown... Jewish Bagels... Portugals' renowned egg tarts (Pasteis de nata)... true italian coffee and an array of Quebec products at the public market.
 Afternoon: In the afternoon, you can continue exploring Montreal in the direction of the prestigious Botanical Garden and the renown and surprising Biodome—a museum that recreates some of the most beautiful ecosystems of the Americas.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner in a landmark restaurant in Old Montreal. Review the days discoveries with fellow participants and enjoy local input from our coordinator.
 Evening: After dinner, enjoy a last chance to explore or revisit a favorite cafe with new friends. Our concierge will have plenty of suggestions for where you can go and what you can do, from performances, festivals and events to discovering favorite Montrealais hangouts
   
Accommodations: Hotel 10
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Wrap Up Discussion.
(Monday, April 29)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet-style breakfast,
 Morning: Coffee and farewell discussion the Festival Programming Director and Andree our coordinator.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


A trick of the light


Author: Louise Penny (Canada)


Description: Hearts are broken, Lillian Dyson carefully underlined in a book. Sweet relationships are dead. But now Lillian herself is dead. Found among the bleeding hearts and lilacs of Clara Morrow's garden in Three Pines, shattering the celebrations of Clara's solo show at the famed Musee in Montreal. Chief Inspector Gamache, the head of homicide at the Surete du Qeubec, is called to the tiny Quebec village and there he finds the art world gathered, and with it a world of shading and nuance, a world of shadow and light. Where nothing is as it seems. Behind every smile there lurks a sneer. Inside every sweet relationship there hides a broken heart. And even when facts are slowly exposed, it is no longer clear to Gamache and his team if what they've found is the truth, or simply a trick of the light.



A People’s History of Quebec


Author: Jacques Lacoursière


Description: A People’s History of Quebec is a lively guide to a little-known part of North American history. It tells of the settlement of the St. Lawrence Valley, but also of the Montreal and Quebec-based explorers and traders who travelled, mapped, and inhabited most of North America, and embrothered the peoples they met.



A short history of Quebec


Author: John Alexander Dickinson and Brian J Young


Description: A Canadian classic, A Short History of Quebec offers a concise yet comprehensive overview of the province from the pre-contact native period to present-day constitutional struggles. The authors bring a refreshing perspective to the history of Quebec, focusing on the social and economic development of the region and its diverse peoples.



Montreal & Quebec City Guide – Lonely Planet


Author: Montréal-based author


Description: Montréal and Québec City really serve it up. You've got old-world grandeur, new-world sensibilities and big-city charms - there's enough neighbourhoods, restaurants and festivals to keep you mon-dieu'ing for months. This guide, penned by a Montréal-based author, gets you straight to the action. Pick & Mix: buy and download individual chapters from this book You could download free: Introducing Montreal (Very interesting…)





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