2755
Quebec
Signature City Montreal
Gain an insider’s perspective on Montréal as you learn about local artists, taste your way through Old Montreal and discover renowned architecture in the historic city center.
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Program No. 2755RJ
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6 days
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6 days
5 nights
13 meals
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DAY
1
Check-In, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Montreal, Quebec
D
Holiday Inn Montreal Centreville Downtown

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Arrivals and transfers to the hotel in Montréal in the afternoon. Meet your group leader between 4:00 - 5;00 p.m. to pick up your program packet. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet at the front desk.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel.

Evening: We’ll begin our evening with an orientation session where we’ll get to know each other as well as review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes. We’ll go over important information as well as have time for questions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead. If you’d like to go out on your own, the hotel is close to the Metro (public transit system) and is within walking distance of Old Montréal, museums, and some of the finest restaurants in the city.

DAY
2
Exploring Old Montréal, Montréal History
Montreal, Quebec
B,L,D
Holiday Inn Montreal Centreville Downtown

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles and standing, approximately 3 hours; sidewalks, busy city streets, some cobblestones.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: We’ll take a walking field trip through Old Montréal on foot to see and learn about its plazas, 18th- and 19th-century heritage architecture and history. Two of its beautiful squares are the Place d'Armes with fascinating historical remains, and Place Jacques Cartier. We’ll also learn about the Chateau Ramezay Museum, a former Governor's residence built in the 18th century. Walking along the cobblestone streets, we’ll pass through Marche Bonsecours, inaugurated in 1847, a wonderful example of the era’s neoclassical style.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We’ll be joined by a local expert for two presentations on the history of Montréal. First, we’ll learn about the importance of the French fur trade, and then the city’s emergence as a commercial metropolis in the 19th century. Although the city was only incorporated in 1832, people have lived at this spot for thousands of years. The French explorer and navigator Jacques Cartier encountered St. Lawrence Iroquoians when he arrived in 1535. Subsequent French efforts at colonization encountered resistance when Louis XIV sent a large contingent of French troops to subdue “the natives.” Growing British territorial ambitions in the region further undermined French plans and Montréal surrendered to the British during the Seven Years War, which opened the door to new groups of merchants from the British Isles, followed by large numbers of immigrants.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure. Go out to see more of the city on your own or just relax.

DAY
3
Dufresne-Nincheri Museum, Musée des Beaux Arts
Montreal, Quebec
B,L,D
Holiday Inn Montreal Centreville Downtown

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach. Walking up to 2 miles throughout the day standing, approximately 4 hours; pavement, cobblestones.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: We’ll head out by motorcoach for a field trip to Chateau Dufresne, which features Beaux-Arts style French architecture, directly inspired by the Petit Trianon in Versailles. The Chateau houses 47 royal and imperial historical items and paintings that belonged to famous personalities such as Jeanne d’Arc, Louis XV, Marie-Antoinette, Pauline Borghèse, Napoleon I and Josephine — one of the most prestigious collections of French royal and imperial items ever to appear outside of France. This new permanent exhibit at Château Dufresne is the first time these items have been presented together in a North American museum. We will also view the works of master stained glass artist and fresco painter Guido Nincheri (1885-1973). We’ll learn the intriguing story of the murals and stained glass pieces, commissioned by the Dufresne family, painted over in the 1950s and restored in the 1970s. We’ll visit the stained glass studio Nincheri established in 1925, the oldest in the country, and see mock-ups and drawings he used to create his pieces, and hear about different aspects of the artist’s work. Between 1925 and 1996, when it closed down, the Nincheri Studio produced more than 5,000 stained-glass windows for use across North America.

Lunch: At the Museum of Fine Arts restaurant.

Afternoon: Next, we’ll explore the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts with an experienced docent. Founded in 1864, this is Montréal’s largest and one of Canada's oldest art museums. Its impressive permanent collection is presented in six themed sections: Archaeology and World Cultures, Early to Modern International Art, Quebec and Canadian Art, International Contemporary Art, Decorative Arts and Design, and Graphic Arts and Photography. Our focus will be on some of the outstanding Canadian art and Québécois exhibits. The museum is also home to galleries featuring a collection of a hundred works and objects, some rare and unique, associated with Napoleon and the arts under the First Empire. Among the personal effects featured in the presentation is the famous cocked hat — the only one in North America — that Napoleon wore during the 1812 Russian campaign. There will be some time to explore independently.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Culinary Exploration and Tastings, Free Time
Montreal, Quebec
B,L
Holiday Inn Montreal Centreville Downtown

Activity note: Walking up 2 miles and some standing, approximately 2 hours; pavement, cobblestones, busy streets.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Led by a local expert, we’ll seek out culinary treasures of Montréal's food scene in the city’s oldest district. Visit specialty food shops housed in old factories and store showrooms from the 19th century. As we follow the narrow and winding streets of Old Montréal, our expert will also feed your hunger for knowledge about the history of Montréal. Taste some of the things the city is famous (when available) including patés, smoked meats, and bagels; and finish off with sweets such as gelato and macaroons. (This will constitute our lunch today.) Learn how the Indigenous people have influenced Canadian food habits and how the 1967 World’s Fair — Expo 67 — brought exotic food to our tables. Described as “the greatest array of epicurean delights Canada has ever seen”, Expo 67 featured nearly 200 international restaurants, snack bars, and food shops, which offered a small Quiche Lorraine for 50 cents, plus 40 cents for a glass of wine.

Lunch: Tastings during our culinary exploration.

Afternoon: Free Time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Notre Dame Basilica, Pointe-à-Callière
Montreal, Quebec
B,L,D
Holiday Inn Montreal Centreville Downtown

Activity note: Walking up to 1.5 miles, some standing, approximately 3 hours; pavement, several stairs at the entrance of Notre Dame.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll depart on foot with our Group Leader to visit the magnificent Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal — Notre Dame Basilica — a jewel of Montréal, and learn about its history. This masterpiece of Gothic revival architecture is famous for its interior brilliantly decorated in wood, paint, and gold leaf. After learning about the history of Notre Dame, enjoy a private recital by the Basilica’s esteemed organist Pierre Grandmaison. The world-renowned organ has more than 7,000 pipes. We’ll then transfer to the Pointe-à-Callière Museum.

Lunch: At the museum restaurant, with views of the Old Port of Montréal.

Afternoon: The Pointe-à-Callière Museum is a designated national archaeological and historic site, located atop the ruins of the original Fort Ville-Marie, built in 1642-43 by the French missionaries, and the site of human habitation for more than 1,000 years. Inaugurated for the 350th Anniversary of the City of Montréal in 1992, Pointe-à-Callière presents history from the settlements of Indigenous People to the present day, showcasing artifacts from the first Montrealers. A museum expert will provide a summary of noteworthy events and notorious characters who have shaped the illustrious history of this World Heritage City.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Montreal, Quebec
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 12:00 Noon.

Breakfast: At the hotel. This concludes our program.

Morning: Independent departures after breakfast per individual plans. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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