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Montreal & Quebec: Classic

Old Québec City is one of the few historical areas in North America to have fully preserved its Francophone culture. It's European feel, history, culture and warmth have made it a favorite destination for French students. While Montreal, second only to Paris in the ranks of French-speaking cities, is the cultural capital of Quebec.
Our Quebec programs will give your students a taste of France, reinforce their knowledge of early North American history, provide them with opportunity to hone their French language skills, and take them home with memories of a lifetime.


Highlights of this itinerary include: The views from Mont-Royal; Pointe-à-Callière Archaeological Museum and Château Ramezay; Notre-Dame Basilica and Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours; The Biodôme, Botanical Gardens & Insectarium at Olympic Park; The Biosphere Environmental Museum on St. Helen's Island; a fabulous centrally located hotel; à la carte meals at wonderful restaurants; and… shopping!
Day City Overview
1 Montreal Meet our Program Director and enjoy the ride to Montreal. Check into hotel, then meet in lobby. Navigate to the nearby Old Port district for lunch, then to the Pointe-à-Callière Archaeological and History Museum where we'll start with a short movie that introduces Montreal then enjoy a guided tour of museum which digs deep onto Montreal's past. Navigate through McGill University to the base of Mont-Royal (after which the city is named) and enjoy the view over the city. Navigate back to the hotel, relax, and freshen up for dinner back in the Old Port district.
2 Montreal Navigate to Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours for a guided tour that includes the steeple and archaeological excavations. Next, Château Ramezay - the first historic building in Quebec declared a national monument - where we'll step through 500 years of Montreal's history from the perspective of this home. Lunch & Shopping, then meet at Notre-Dame Basilica. Metro to Olympic Park where we'll visit the Biodome, Botanical Gardens, Insectarium, and Planetarium before taking pictures with the Tower Observatory as a backdrop. Navigate back to the hotel, relax, and freshen up for dinner back in the Old Port district.
3 Montreal Metro over to the Biosphere to explore the major environmental issues on our planet. Metro over to Little Italy district for lunch/shopping at Marché Jean Talon (one of the largest farmers markets in North America). Drive to Quebec City, then check into 4-Star Hotel Clarendon conveniently located in the heart of the old town at Place de l’Hotel de Ville. Navigate to Place d'Armes, where the historic battles for Quebec City are played out on a massive scale model of the city at the Musée du Fort. À la carte dining at the hip and trendy Cosmos on Grand Allée followed by a Ghost Tour of the old city.
4 Quebec City Hearty breakfast of Breton-style stuffed Crepes at Casse-Crêpe Breton. Experience life as a prisoner in the Old Common Gaol while touring the Morrin Center. Compare French and British Military Strategy, participate in Artillery and Infantry drills then help conduct Field Medical Procedures at the Plains of Abraham Discovery Center. Lunch and shopping on Rue Saint-Jean. Guided tour of the Citadel of Quebec followed by time to explore the Paratrooper Museum (the museum of the Royal 22e Regiment, colloquially referred to as “The Vandoos”). Form teams to compete in Avacture’s “L’heritier du lys” (am Adventure Hunt around historic Place Royale) or explore the Museum of Civilization if the weather is not suitable. Board motor coach to experience a traditional Quebecois food and entertainment at a Sugar Shack (Dine in Quebec if it’s outside Sugaring season).
5 Quebec City Hearty breakfast at immensely popular Le Cochon Dingue “The Crazy Pig”. Scenic drive along the St. Lawrence River to Beauport. Create your own work of art at Albert Gilles’ Copper Embossing Workshop. Continue along the river to Beaupré. Explore the Saint Anne of Beaupré Basilica (don’t miss the copper entrance doors, embossed by Albert Gilles). Admire Montmorency Falls from the suspension bridge that crosses the river just as the water tumbles over the cliffs. Lunch, and then it's time to head home. Au Revoir Québec!