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The Montréal International Jazz Festival

Dive deep into the world of jazz as you enjoy performances, lectures, demonstrations and discussions at the world-renowned Festival International de Jazz à Montréal.
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Program No. 13960RJ
5 days
Starts at

The Montréal International Jazz Festival

Dive deep into the world of jazz as you enjoy performances, lectures, demonstrations and discussions at the world-renowned Festival International de Jazz à Montréal.
5 days
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Program No. 13960 RJ
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We’ve got your ticket to the Festival International de Jazz à Montréal — one of the most prestigious jazz festivals in the world. Meet with a renowned jazz specialist and performers from Canada and around the world. Discuss jazz with musicologists, and choose from an amazing line-up of performers, as fellow jazzophiles converge in the idyllic, cultural city of Montréal.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Attend three outstanding indoor concerts in the Jazz Fest’s prestigious concert hall, meet musicians and experience late-night jam sessions.
  • Go behind-the-scenes with musicians, performers and experts, and choose from more than 300 outdoor free concerts.
  • Experience the rich history of the old district, the European feel and French culture in Québec’s premier city of creativity, cuisine and music.

General Notes

Maximum group size is 26 participants. Program includes independent time to explore the city and several meals on your own. Group Leaders will provide directions for self-directed excursions. Suggestions for free-time activities provided in preparatory materials.
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4.75 Average

Wonderful venue and experience. Everybody deserves a trip to the MIJF!


I recently returned from a Road Scholar trip to the Montreal International Jazz Festival. It was a fantastic program, well organized, fun and highly informative. The highlight was attending the three concerts for which we were given tickets, as well as the conversations with local jazz musicians before and after the concerts. The weather was perfect for the group tours and free time. I definitely would consider attending this festival again with Road Scholar!


The Montreal Jazz Festival is terrific - wonderful group leaders, demonstrations by very good musicians, and terrific people who signed up for the trip. I've gone several times to this jazz festival with Road Scholar, so I like it a lot.


Enjoyed meeting new friends and returning to Montreal where I went as a teenager. The leaders Kim and Andree were very helpful. Jennifer Bell is a delight and knows her craft with expertise. She is quite engaging and interacts well with the participants. Hotel food needs improvement as well as plated food at the Steak House where we had our Orientation dinner. Would enjoy more meals included in the package pricing at higher quality venues. Departure catered meal at the hotel was very sub-standard. The walking tours and local guides were excellent!!

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