10382
Quebec
French Canada: An Artistic Journey
Revel in the culture, heritage, art and cuisine of two great cities as you explore museums and architecture in Québec and see festivals and visit the Notre-Dame Basilica in Montréal.
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Program No. 10382RJ
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7 days
6 nights
14 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Montreal, QC
D
Marriott Springhill Suite Vieux Montreal

Afternoon: Check-In to hotel after 3:00 PM. Registration from 5:30 to 5:45 PM at the Mezzanine Level.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at the popular steak house restaurant Le Vieux Port, located on rue St-Paul, the oldest street in Montreal (3-minutes walk from the hotel).

Evening: After dinner, presentation of program details, general information and a few other useful tips to enhance your stay in French America.

DAY
2
Explore Montreal, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Montreal, QC
B,L
Marriott Springhill Suite Vieux Montreal

Breakfast: Varied, buffet-style breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Guided excursion of Montréal by deluxe motorcoach, focusing on the city's history, architecture, main neighborhoods and its astounding underground city, which features a 20-mile network of pedestrian walkways.

Lunch: Montreal is known for its abundant cafés, which are well attended by Montrealers at lunchtime. We will select one for a light yet fulfilling meal.

Afternoon: Visit the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts new Pavilion, featuring 600 works of its outstanding collection of Quebec and Canadian Art.

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

Evening: With our local expert join the festivities of Montreal’s 375th anniversary celebration with a unique discovery of the streets of Old Montreal, which will be animated for the occasion with multi-media projections inspired by historical events.

DAY
3
Explore Old Montreal
Montreal, QC
B,L,D
Marriott Springhill Suite Vieux Montreal

Breakfast: Varied, buffet-style breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy an expert-led walking exploration of Old Montreal. Learn about the delicate transformations of public art and architecture, and why the importance of blending old and new is at the heart of this urban conversion to create the Montreal of today!

Lunch: Lunch in Old Montreal.

Afternoon: In the afternoon, you will be invited to independently explore Old Montreal, Pointe-à- Calliere Museum, the port, the Botanical Garden. Suggestions will be made.

Dinner: Dinner in Old Montreal.

Evening: Free time to explore Montreal. Suggestions will be made.

DAY
4
Basilica de Notre-Dame de Montréal
Quebec City, QC
B,L,D
Hotel Manoir Victoria

Activity note: Note: Please note participants need to carry their own luggage and on the train each participant is restricted to one price of baggage and one carry-on bag.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: An unforgettable visit to the Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal featuring an exclusive presentation of the fabulous organ by the Basilica's titular organist. The visit is followed by a transfer to Quebec City by train (train ride is 3.25 hours).

Lunch: Lunch on the train.

Afternoon: Check-in at the Hotel Manoir Victoria.

Dinner: Dinner in a renowned pub in the heart of Old Quebec.

Evening: A local expert will tell you all about the history of Québec City — the birthplace of French America and the first settlement in Canada. This stimulating lecture will also highlight different aspects of the city's present-day social and economic reality.

DAY
5
Quebec City History & Architecture, Montmorency Falls Park
Quebec City, QC
B,L
Hotel Manoir Victoria

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Expert-led walking exploration of Quebec's historic district. You will be charmed by the very European atmosphere of its quaint streets as well as the historic value of its buildings.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at Manoir Montmorency, featuring area specialities, and visit the astonishing Montmorency Falls Park, just a few minutes away from Québec City. Located between the river and the cliffs, it's one of the province's most spectacular sites.

Afternoon: In the afternoon, explore the lower part of Old Quebec near the river and enjoy Petit Champlain, one of the most appreciated neighborhoods in Quebec City, known for its architecture, street performers, boutiques, craftsmen, art galleries and the Museum of Civilization.

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

Evening: Free time to explore the city.

DAY
6
Governor-General's Official Residence/Augustines Monastery
Quebec City, QC
B,D
Hotel Manoir Victoria

Breakfast: Buffet-style breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Discover the Official Residence of the Governor General of Canada, located within the Citadelle of Quebec and overlooking the majestic St. Lawrence River; a historic building housing an important collection of art and period furnishings.

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

Afternoon: At leisure, you can explore the famous Plains of Abraham, a magnificent 267-acre urban park composed of plains, woods and gardens at your own Pace. It is also the setting for the National Fine Arts Museum of Quebec. Discover this exceptional museum dedicated to the works of the best artists of the region at your own pace, continuing on to its surprising annex, the former prison of Québec. (Voucher included in the program).

Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel.

DAY
7
Quebec City, QC
B

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Independent departures after breakfast.