18521
Montreal
Independent City Discoveries: A Taste of Montreal
Discover Montréal with experts, learning the story of this cosmopolitan city through its renowned cuisine, must-see cultural sites, grand architecture and famed Notre-Dame Basilica.
Program No. 18521RJ
Length
5 days
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5 days
4 nights
6 meals
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DAY
1
Registration and Welcome Dinner
Montreal, QC
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Marriott Springhill Suite Vieux Montreal

Dinner: Welcoming-dinner in a gracious French restaurant and introduction to fellow participants and your coordinator. The coordinator will act as your premier resource in making the most of independent study time, offering local knowledge and insider tips to ensure you discover Montreal beyond the city's highlights. An introduction to our Museums Pass (5 of the city's most important muséums and the Botanical Garden), which is included in the program cost and provides access to public transportation.

DAY
2
Montreal Architecture, History and Old Montreal district
Montreal, QC
B
Marriott Springhill Suite Vieux Montreal

Breakfast: Varied, buffet-style breakfast, including waffles and fruit.

Morning: Walking guided tour of Old Montreal focusing on history and architecture including a tasting stop at the Maple Delights. We will end the tour by an unforgettable visit of the Notre-Dame Basilica of Montréal featuring an exclusive presentation of the fabulous organ by the Basilica's titular organist.

Afternoon: 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), the Bonsecours Market (Quebec Arts & Craft s -featuring top-quality “made in Québec” creations) and a popular street known for its art galleries.

Dinner: 5:30 - 6:30 Cocktail Hour: (optional) Early each evening, you're invited to join our coordinator for drinks (Dutch Treat), to share the highlights of your day, and plan your evening. Dinner is on your own to explore the multitude of Montreal eateries. Our coordinator will offer guidance and suggestions. For this dinner, a reservation will be made by your coordinator in one of Montreal's fine restaurants for anyone who wishes to accompany her. (Optional)

Evening: After dinner, enjoy the excitement of more independent discovery. Our coordinator 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

DAY
3
Facets of Daily Life in Montreal: Yesterday and Today
Montreal, QC
B
Marriott Springhill Suite Vieux Montreal

Breakfast: Varied, buffet-style breakfast, including waffles and fruit.

Morning: This second day of discovering Montreal will be dedicated to three of the city's star attractions: the surprising "Underground City", theater District and the Golden Square Mile, including the renown McGill University and the magnificent Museum of Fine Arts.

Afternoon: In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to further acquaint yourself with the Golden Square Mile, exploring its impressive art galleries, imposing 19th century houses, and grand museums, including the stately McCord Museum.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.The hotel is ideally located as a base to explore the wonders of Montreals restaurant scene. Our coordinator will offer suggestions and directions to local favorites.

Evening: After dinner, enjoy the excitement of more independent discovery. Our coordinator 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

DAY
4
Food-Lovers' Guide to Neighborhoods/History of immigration
Montreal, QC
B,D
Marriott Springhill Suite Vieux Montreal

Breakfast: Varied, buffet-style breakfast, including waffles and fruit.

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... the famous Schwart’s smoked meat at Montreal Hebrew Delicatessen...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. A popular oasis in the heart of the city, the Montréal Botanical Garden is recognized as one of the world’s largest. Explore the beauty of the garden through its 10 greenhouses, some thirty thematic gardens!

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

DAY
5
Wrap Up Discussion.
Montreal, QC
B

Breakfast: Varied, buffet-style breakfast, including waffles and fruit.

Morning: Coffee and farewell discussion on city life and local issues with our Montreal friends in one of their favorite local Café.