Walking up to 2.5 miles, some standing, approximately 1.5 hours; pavement, cobblestone, busy streets, several stairs at the entrance of Notre-Dame Basilica.
No Montreal experience is complete without seeing the magnificent Notre-Dame Basilica. This masterpiece of Gothic revival architecture is renowned for its interior, sculpted in pine and black walnut, paint and gold leaf. During our expert-led exploration, we’ll learn about the history of Notre Dame, and its great organ that was built in 1891 and has undergone several restorations. Then, we’ll enjoy a recital with Pierre Grandmaison, the esteemed titular organist of the Basilica since 1973.
On own, or join the group leader at a local restaurant.
After lunch, we will take a short walk to Château Ramezay, one of the few vestiges of colonial New France open to the public. The Château Ramezay is on the list of 1001 places to see before you die – a list developed by a team of experts in collaboration with UNESCO. The Chateau was built in 1705 and has been a witness to many of the historical events in North America, with many historical figures, including the poet Émile Nelligan, Governor Lord Elgin and Benjamin Franklin, coming through its doors. We’ll learn more about this exemplary historic site and explore its French colonial garden with a museum expert.
Farewell dinner at a well-known local restaurant in the Old Port.