Canada was inhabited by indigenous tribes for centuries before the French and English made claim to its territories. The influence of all three cultures is still strong today throughout the country. Canada is rich in natural resources, which have helped the country grow into a economic power while also retaining the unique beauty most commonly associated with it provinces. Canada offers rugged natural landscapes as well as cosmopolitan cities that closely resemble historic European and modern international capitals.
Arrive in Quebec
Relax and enjoy our scheduled flight from the US. Our 24-hour Tour Director will meet us at the airport and remain with us until our final airport departure. We will have use of a private coach and driver, while touring for the next five days.
In Quebec, the cost of public transport is included for all group sightseeing. Escorted by our Tour Director, we will be able to experience the city in the same manner as the local people.
Quebec City is the capital city of the province of Quebec, and one of the oldest cities in North America. It was founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain, and retains a distinctly European atmosphere and a unique character.
Huron Indian Village
Explore the Huron Indian Village, an authentic recreation of a Québec Indian village, offering a unique opportunity to discover the culture and way of life of Hurons of the past and present.
This evening, dinner will be provided in a local restaurant.
Lantern and Ghost Tour
Experience a Lantern and Ghost Tour around the cobbled streets and ancient buildings of Old Québec City. Hear stories from a costumed tour guide, covering more than 300 years of murders, executions, mysterious ghost sightings, tragedies, and haunting, and enter one of Québec City’s most haunted buildings.
Day2Explore Quebec City
During the course of our tour we will gain from the knowledge and insight of three half-day local guides while we are here in Canada.
Take a Walking Tour of Vieux-Québec, to see the city's gabled houses; the lively and beautiful Place Royale; the Quartier Petit Champlain; and the Escalier Casse-Cou (Breakneck Stairs), which lead to the spectacular Terrasse Dufferin at the top of the cliff.
Visit L’Église Notre-Dame-des-Victoires, the oldest stone church in Québec (built in 1688). It features a large model boat suspended from the ceiling, to which votive offerings were brought by early settlers to ensure safe voyages. The model is of Le Brezé, the vessel that transported French soldiers to New France in 1664. Upon his arrival, the Marquis de Tracy suspended this miniature replica in the vault of the Notre-Dame-de-Québec Basilica- Cathedral; it has been hung in L’Église Notre-Dame-des-Victoires since 1955.
Musée de la civilisation
Visit the architecturally imposing Musée de la civilisation (Museum of Civilization). Permanent and temporary exhibitions are held at the museum, usually related to humanities and virtual exhibitions are also available. The institution also hosts Quartier des découvertes (Discovery Zone), geared towards children and offers other services such as guided visits, a French America reference centre, shows, souvenir boutiques, a cafeteria and a leisure room.
View the Chateau Frontenac, a fairytale castle style hotel, reputed to be one of the most photographed hotels in the world. In the late 19th century William Van Horne began building the hotel. Drawing on the architectural styles of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Price immortalized the history of the two great powers that had occupied Quebec City's highest promontory.
This evening, dinner will be provided in a local restaurant.
Your concert performance will be today. Venue options include L’Église de Notre-Dame-des- Victoires and Holy Trinity Anglican Cathedral.
Day3Day Trip to Montmorency Falls, Ste-Anne De Beaupré
Plains of Abraham and Battlefields Park
Explore Battlefields Park, including the Plains of Abraham and covering more than 267 acres of grassy hills, sunken gardens, monuments, fountains, and trees. This was the site of Wolfe and Montcalm’s short but crucial battle in 1759, resulting in the British defeat of the French troops. View the Jardin Jeanne d’Arc, featuring the statue of Joan of Arc, a gift from anonymous Americans. Engage in some educational interaction: be a soldier, handle guns, load weapons, and even become a field surgeon.
See the spectacular Montmorency Falls, which plunge from a height of 272ft. The falls, which were named by Samuel de Champlain for his patron the Duke of Montmorency, are 98ft higher than Niagara, and are surrounded by the provincial Parc de la Chute-Montmorency. Walk across the suspension bridge above the thundering falls, from the panoramic stairs to the battery and redoubt.
Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré
Visit the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré set along the Saint Lawrence River in Quebec. It is an important Catholic sanctuary which receives about a half-million pilgrims each year. St. Anne is known for performing many miracles, and people from all around the world come to visit the Basilica. Legend has it that one of the builders of the Basilica was lame and had to rely on crutches; when he finished working on the church, he was able to walk freely. Pillars in the front entrance are covered in crutches from people who have been said to have been miraculously cured.
Dinner tonight will be at the Sugar Shack Restaurant, where we will be able to enjoy both music and dancing.
Day4Head to Montreal...
Move Around Montreal
In Montreal, the cost of public transport is included for all group sightseeing. Escorted by our Tour Director, we will be able to experience the city in the same manner as the local people.
Montreal is the second largest city in Canada. Originally called Ville-Marie, or ‘City of Mary’ the city takes its present name from Mont-Royal, the triple-peaked hill located in the heart of the city. It is consistently rated as one of the world's most liveable cities, and has been named an UNESCO City of Design.
Montreal City Tour
Enjoy a Walking Tour of Parc du Mont Royal, set on the 761ft ‘Royal Mountain’ from which Montréal takes its name. The Chalet du Mont Royal offers a sweeping view of the city; the hill also features the Croix du Mont Royal, commemorating the wooden cross erected there after the colony avoided the threat of flooding in 1643. The wooded park, which includes Lac des Castors (Beaver Lake), was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted (who also designed New York’s Central Park) and was opened in 1876.
Spend time at the Oratoire Saint-Joseph du Mont-Royal, the world’s largest sanctuary dedicated to Saint Joseph. Founded in 1904 by Brother Andre and his friends, originally as a tiny chapel, the site includes the Italian Renaissance style Basilica, as well as the Crypt Church and Votive Chapel, the Chapel of Brother Andre, the Tomb of Brother Andre, and The Way of the Cross Gardens, with its 17 sculptures.
Explore Ste-Catherine Street
Ste-Catherine Street is the primary commercial artery of Downtown Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It is home to many of Montreal's prominent department stores, restaurants, and shops.
The Underground City
Check out the Underground City. Located in Downtown Montreal, it is the set of interconnected complexes (both above and below ground). It is also known as the indoor city (ville intérieure) and is the largest underground complex in the world.
Hotel check in
We will dine this evening in a local restaurant.
Second Concert Performance
Your concert performance will be today. Venue options include Montréal’s Underground City, St. Patrick’s Basilica, and St. Joseph’s Oratory. Notre-Dame Basilica, located in the heart of Old Montréal, would be ideal for orchestral or choral groups. Additional venues include: the Atrium Le 1000; the SITQ Buildings; Le complexe sportif de l'Université de Montréal (CEPSUM); Christ Church Cathedral; Le Complexe Desjardins, which is best suited for classical and ambient music; Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral, which has welcomed many international touring groups; the McCord Museum of Canadian History; the Stewart Museum; and Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel. Ideal outdoor venues include Olympic Park (which was created for the 1976 Olympic Games), and one of Montréal’s four public markets.
Enjoy a Walking Tour of Montréal’s Old Town and Port, along the old town's riverbank.. Explore the sights around the Place d’Armes, and view the well preserved colonial mansions such as the Château Ramezay, Bonsecours Market and Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel.
Visit the Notre-Dame Basilica of Montréal, the first Gothic Revival style church to be built in Canada, and, at the time of its inauguration in 1829, the largest house of worship of any religious denomination in North America.
Biodôme de Montréal
Visit the Biodôme de Montréal, which was originally built as the velodrome for the 1976 Olympics. It has been refitted to house replications of four distinct ecosystems. The biodome houses 230 animal species, as well as 750 plant species, with displays focusing on biodiversity and interactive touchscreen terminals.
Visit the Olympic Tower, offering spectacular views of Montréal. The Tower is set within the Olympic Park and is part of the Olympic Stadium built for the 1976 Summer Olympic Games. The top three observation floors of the Tower are accessible via a funicular-type elevator.
Pointe-à-Callière Museum is a museum of archaeology and history in Old Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It was founded in 1992 as part of celebrations to mark Montreal's 350th birthday. The museum has collections of artifacts from the First Nations of the Montreal region that illustrate how various cultures coexisted and interacted, and how the French and British regimes influenced the history of this territory over the years.
We will dine this evening in a local restaurant.
Third Concert Performance
We will dine this evening in a local restaurant. Your concert performance will be today. Venue options include Montréal’s Underground City, St. Patrick’s Basilica, and St. Joseph’s Oratory. Notre-Dame Basilica, located in the heart of Old Montréal, would be ideal for orchestral or choral groups. Additional venues include: the Atrium Le 1000; the SITQ Buildings; Le complexe sportif de l'Université de Montréal (CEPSUM); Christ Church Cathedral; Le Complexe Desjardins, which is best suited for classical and ambient music; Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral, which has welcomed many international touring groups; the McCord Museum of Canadian History; the Stewart Museum; and Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel. Ideal outdoor venues include Olympic Park (which was created for the 1976 Olympic Games), and one of Montréal’s four public markets.
Departure from Montreal
Our rewarding and enjoyable tour comes to an end as our Tour Director accompanies us to the airport on our final day.