2755
Montreal
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, QC
D
Holiday Inn Select Montreal Centre-Ville

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

Afternoon: Program Registration. After you have your room assignment, come to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, other important information, and to learn when and where the Orientation session will take place. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.

Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll have a plated meal with starter, entrée, dessert, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Periods in the schedule labeled “Free Time” and “At Leisure” offer opportunities to make the program more meaningful and memorable while going out to explore on your own, engaging in available activities independently, making new friends among fellow Road Scholars, or simply relaxing. The Group Leader will always be happy to offer suggestions. 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 offers direct underground access 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 Montreal, Historic Montreal
Montreal, QC
B,L,D
Holiday Inn Select Montreal Centre-Ville

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

Breakfast: At the hotel, the breakfast buffet offers hot and cold options plus milk, hot chocolate, juice, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: We’ll be joined by a local expert for 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. It was incorporated in 1832, but people have lived here 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 were hampered by tribal conflicts that blew up into a hot war when Louis XIV sent a large contingent of French troops to subdue “the natives.” Warfare was the order of the day as British dreams of an expanded empire reached these shores. 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.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we’ll have a plated meal with starter, entrée, dessert, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: 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 fascinating 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 cobblestoned streets, we’ll pass through the Marche Bonsecours, inaugurated in 1847, a wonderful example of the neo-classical style of the time.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, we’ll have a plated meal with starter, entrée, dessert, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

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, QC
B,L,D
Holiday Inn Select Montreal Centre-Ville

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

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll head out by motorcoach for a field trip to Chateau Dufresne, home of the Dufresne-Nincheri Museum, to 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 ’70s. We’ll visit the stained glass studio Nincheri established in 1925, see mock-ups and drawings he used to create his pieces, hear about different aspects of the artist’s work, and the techniques he used in making stained glass. We’ll also see the new permanent exhibit at Château Dufresne with 47 historical items and paintings that previously belonged to famous personalities such as Jeanne d’Arc, Louis XV, Madame du Barry, Marie-Antoinette, Rodolphe II, Pauline Borghèse, Napoleon I and Josephine. This is the first time these items have been presented together in a North American museum, namely Château Dufresne, which features Beaux-Arts style French architecture, directly inspired by the Petit Trianon in Versailles. The collection also includes items that belonged to four women who experienced the Petit Trianon in person. This is one of the most prestigious collections of French royal and imperial items ever to appear outside of France.

Lunch: At the museum restaurant, the lunch buffet offers cold options plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Next, we’ll explore the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts with an experienced docent. Founded in 1864, this is Montreal’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. We’ll also have some time to explore independently.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, we’ll have a plated meal with starter, entrée, dessert, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Culinary Exploration & Tastings, Free Time
Montreal, QC
B,L
Holiday Inn Select Montreal Centre-Ville

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 Montreal'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 Montreal, our expert will also feed your hunger for knowledge about the history of Montreal. We’ll taste some of the things the city is famous for that might include patés, smoked meats, and bagels; and finish off with sweets such as gelato and macaroons. (This will constitute our lunch today.) We’ll learn how the native people have influenced Canadian food habits and how the 1967 World’s Fair — Expo 67 — brought exotic food to our tables It was described as “the greatest array of epicurean delights Canada has ever seen” with nearly 200 international restaurants, snack bars, and food shops. There in 1967, a small Quiche Lorraine was 50 cents, plus 40 cents for a glass of wine. Near the top of the price chart was Czechoslovakian filet of veal baked with anchovies and gin for $7.50!

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, Pointe-à-Callière
Montreal, QC
B,L,D
Holiday Inn Select Montreal Centre-Ville

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. We’ll also see the Chapelle Notre Dame du Sacré-Coeur (Chapel of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart), known as the Wedding Chapel, with its modern elements. After learning about the history of Notre Dame, we’ll 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, we’ll have a plated meal with starter, entrée, dessert, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: The Pointe-à-Callière Museum is a designated national archaeological and historic site built on the very spot where Montréal was founded. This has been a place of human habitation for more than 1,000 years. Inaugurated in 1992 for the 350th Anniversary of the City of Montréal, Pointe-à-Callière presents history from the settlements of Indigenous People to the present day. 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: At a local restaurant, we’ll have a plated meal with starter, entrée, dessert, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Montreal, QC
B

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

Breakfast: Hotel buffet. This concludes our program.

Morning: 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!