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Montreal & Quebec City

Montreal Highlights
  • Pointe-à-Callière Archaeological Center
  • Grande Roue de Montréal Ferris Wheel
  • View of Montreal from Mount Royal
  • Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours
  • Château Ramezay & Governers Garden
  • Notre-Dame Basilica
  • Biodôme & Botanical Gardens
  • Olympic Park Observation Tower
  • Biosphere
  • Marché Jean Talon
Quebec City Highlights
  • Musée du Fort
  • Old Common Gaol at The Morrin Center
  • Plains of Abraham Discovery Center
  • Citadel & Paratrooper Museum
  • Sugar Shack Evening Experience
  • Albert Gilles Copper Workshop
  • Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Basilica
  • Montmorency Falls
  • Poutine & Breton-style Crêpes


For groups traveling to Quebec over a school break we recommend visiting both cities.
Montreal, second only to Paris in the ranks of French-speaking cities, is the cultural capital of Québec. It's historic port district, the modern downtown, and the beautiful parks and open spaces the city has to offer should not to be missed if you're visiting Quebec for more than a few days.
Quebec City is much smaller, but the historic district - recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985 - is larger and has fully preserved it's European feel, history, culture and warmth. It's narrow cobbled streets, 17th- and 18th- century houses, historical buildings, universities, convents and churches, plazas and parks, shops and restaurants, are a pleasure to explore on foot.
The journey to Quebec City from Montreal provides a perfect opportunity to tour the stunning Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré and marvel at Montmorency Falls where the Montmorency River cascades down into the Saint Lawrence River.
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!