Québec & Montréal

Québec & Montréal: Collaborating Cultures
Get a little taste of France with Québec’s cobbled streets, outdoor cafés and crêperies, stop at the Montmorency Falls, which are 98ft taller than Niagara Falls, and head to Montréal to explore the shops, hotels and offices in its 19 mile underground city.
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Day 1 Bonjour Québec
Meet your tour director
Travel to Québec City
Québec city walk
Dufferin TerraceOld Québec & Château Frontenac
Details: Québec city walk
French-speaking patrons enjoying croissants in cafes. Ornate church spires peeking out from within the city walls. Is this really North America? Explore the Old World grace of Quebec City with your Tour Director as you stride along 17th century cobblestone streets. Historical animation of Upper Town conducted by your Tour Director. Stops include the beautifully lit National Assembly, Dufferin Terrace, Chateau Frontenac, famous architecture such as Aux Anciens Canadiens, gates and walls of Vieux Quebec, rue du Tresor (artist’s street) and the most photographed cannon ball in Quebec.
Details: Dufferin Terrace
Navigate your way through the street performers, vendors and tourists on this landscaped promenade for one of the best views of the St. Lawrence River, Levis & Lower Town.
Details: Crêperie dinner
A Québec proverb claims that anyone who eats crepes on Candlemas (February 2) will have a full year of good luck, but any day of the year these flat pancakes are delicious. Top them with Gruyere cheese or spicy ground beef for dinner, and then drizzle some chocolate for dessert. Bon appetite!
Day 2 Québec City landmarks
Québec tour director-led sightseeing
l'Escalier casse-cou (breakneck steps)Notre-Dame-des-VictoiresRue Saint-Jean
Details: Québec tour director-led sightseeing
Spirit of Lower Town including l’escalier casse-cou (breakneck stairs,) and Place-Royale and the beautiful Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church. Experience the Old World and see first hand the original habitation of Samuel de Champlain. From Iroquois fur-trading post to UNESCO World Heritage Site, Québec City grew in picturesque leaps and bounds. Have you seen Catch Me If You Can? Maybe you will catch the site where part of the movie was filmed!
Details: Musée du Fort visit
During a sound-and-light diorama at Musee du Fort, students experience the famous sieges that led to the battle of the Plains of Abraham in 1759.
Details: Plains of Abraham battlefield re-enactment
Visit the Plains of Abraham where your Tour Director will discuss the events that took place on September 13, 1759. The students, divided into two teams representing the troops of Generals Wolfe and Montcalm, re-enact the famous battle.
Details: Sugar shack excursion
Maple taffy rolled out onto sow, melting on your tongue. Ham roasted beneath a sweet glaze of hardened syrup. Beans baked in sauce of maple syrup and mustard, traditional French-Canadian Tourtiere drizzled in maple syrup. Sound good? Head out to a working maple syrup farm and learn all about the process of concocting the sweet stuff from tapping the tree to pouring the syrup on your pancakes. Stay for dinner, a traditional Quebecois feast in which each course features – what else? – Maple syrup as a main ingredient. Be entertained by traditional Quebecois music and maybe learn to play the spoons!
Day 3 Québec--Montréal
Travel to Montréal along the St. Lawrence River
Montréal tour director-led sightseeing
Old MontréalMcGill UniversityPlace Ville MarieBell CenterMont Royal
Details: Beaupré Coast panoramic tour
Take a scenic drive down Canada's oldest road, Chemin Royal, for a panoramic tour of the stunning Beaupre Coast.
Details: Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré guided tour
Ste-Anne-de-Beaupre is an insight into understanding the importance of religion on the history of Quebec. See the sight where thousands of pilgrims journey to pay homage to Ste-Anne every year.
Details: Montmorency Falls visit
Believe it or not, the lesser-known Montmorency Falls are actually 98 feet higher than the famous Niagara Falls! The falls are located just outside of Old Quebec and originate from the Montmorency River where the water cascades over the cliff shores and into the St. Lawrence River below. Staircases and a suspension bridge over the falls allow you to get an up close look at this amazing natural wonder.
Details: Village des Hurons visit
Discover the world and culture of Québec's indigenous peoples as you explore this authentic recreation of a traditional Huron site.
Details: Montréal tour director-led sightseeing
Students experience the city’s highest points and lowest depths, and everything in between. At the highest point, Saint Joseph’s Oratory rises majestically on Mont Royal. The church’s dome is second only to St. Peter’s in Rome. On the other end of the spectrum, students witness the double-decker city of Montréal – an underground city comprised of a series of tunnels and galleries connecting shops and restaurants.
Day 4 Montréal landmarks
Details: Notre-Dame Basilica visit
When he saw his church completed, the Protestant architect of the Notre Dame Basilica was so inspired that he converted to Catholicism. The blue-and-gold interior certainly is inspiring: practically every bit of the immense wooden church is covered in gold leaf. The imported stained-glass windows show the history of Montreal, further illustrated by the statues of famous residences outside. This famous Basilica helps demonstrate how the church played an important role in Canada’s history.
Details: Montréal Museum of Archaeology: Pointe-à-Callière guided visit
Visit the very site where Montréal was founded over 350 years ago, learn about Canada's archaelogical history and visit Pointe-a-Calliere where important archaeological remains and artifacts collected from archaeological digs at the site are displayed.
Details: Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal
Perched high atop Mont Royal, the giant green dome of Saint Joseph’s Oratory makes for an impressive sight. Climb the long flight of white stairs up to the great stone basilica for a chance to enter the place where Pope John Paul II deemed authentic miracles to have taken place.
Details: Olympic Park Tower Observatory
Ride the funiculaire to the tallest leaning tower in the world, rising 556 feet at a 45-degree angle, for a spectacular birds-eye view of the city.
Details: Montréal Science Centre visit
If you’re intrigued by science and technology, passionate about ecology or conservation, then a visit to the Montreal Science Center is a must. The Center offers several interactive exhibits and workshops where you need to use your knowledge, imagination and creativity to find solutions to improve our world including the interactive news room (idTV) and the game room that has you find solutions to real life ecological issues (Mission Gaia).
Day 5 End tour
Travel home

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    Day 5 Start extension to Ottawa and Toronto
    Travel to Ottawa
    Ottawa tour director-led sightseeing
    Peace TowerEmbassy RowParliament Buildings & Changing of the Guard
    Details: Ottawa tour director-led sightseeing
    It’s a good thing Ottawa is so photogenic – Queen Victoria chose the provincial logging town as Canada’s capital in 1857 after seeing only a few watercolors of the area. (More cosmopolitan rivals Toronto and Montreal were not amused). Setting aside its reputation for barroom brawls, Ottawa concentrated on running the country from its London-style Parliament Buildings, built in the 1860’s. The central Peace Tower indicated when Parliament is in session. The 90-mter tower was built in 1927 to honor the Canadians who served in World War I and was paved from stones from the battlefields of Europe.
    Details: Byward Market visit
    Originally the hub of Ottawa’s logging industry, the Byward Market area has many restaurants and cafes. The area hosts a daily market with crafts, fruits and vegetables, souvenirs, clothing and more.
    Details: Crime and Punishment Jail tour
    Tour the Old Carleton County Jail, built in 1862, and learn about why Ottawa was once considered 'the most dangerous town in North America'. Learn about early prison life, as you see the jail cells, death row and the last working gallows in Canada. Students learn about classic tales of strange occurrences and ghostly visitations.
    Day 6 Ottawa--Toronto
    National Gallery visit
    Travel to Toronto
    Toronto city walk
    Yonge StreetFinancial DistrictOld City HallMOCCA
    Details: Rideau Canal guided bike tour
    Ottawa boasts some of the best recreational pathways in North America. What better way for students to explore the nation's capital? Strap on your helmet, hop on your bike and tour along the easy pathways along both sides of the scenic Rideau Canal.
    Details: Toronto city walk
    Step back a century of so at the BCE Place, where the faces of twelve buildings that survived the city’s 1904 fire still stand, one of them seemingly encased in glass. The complex’s 19th-century Bank of Montreal Building now houses the Hockey Hall of Fame. Continue your sports education at the Air Canada Centre (home to the Raptors and Maple Leafs) and the Rogers Centre (Skydome), under whose retractable dome the Blue Jays won their second World Series title in 1993. After a view of the city’s harbour, go back to the future at City Hall, a modern glass-and-concrete crescent reaching into the sky. The beloved statue that stands outside the building, “The Archer,” was so controversial in 1965 that the city refused to use public money to buy it; the mayor raised private funds for it and then was soundly defeated in the next election. The walking tour will end up in Kensington Market and Toronto’s Chinatown and experience first had the ethnic diversity of Toronto.
    Details: CN Tower visit
    The entire metropolis of Toronto spread beneath your feet as you hover 1,136 feet in the air. Ride the glass-front elevator to the glass-floored observation deck of the CN Tower, the world's tallest manmade self-supporting structure. It's the perfect place to get a view of the city.
    Details: Dinner
    Enjoy a delicious meal inspired by the local cuisine.
    Day 7 Niagara Falls excursion
    Details: Niagara tour director-led sightseeing tour
    There is more to Niagara than the thunderous falls themselves. Travel to Queenston Heights, the site of the 1812 Battle of Queenston Heights where Major-General Sir Isaac Brock was killed in the defense of Upper Canada (now Ontario) and see Brock’s Monument. Then watch as huge ferries and barges make their way between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie on the man-made Welland Canal.
    Details: Battle of Queenston Heights re-enactment
    After a discussion with your tour director, students re-enact the battle of Queenston Heights where General Sir Isaac Brock died while leading his troops to victory over the American Forces. The monument, erected in 1856, serves as a testimonial of the fallen General who saved Canada from being overrun by its southern neighbor.
    Details: IMAX Theatre Niagara Falls - Legends and Daredevils
    This spectacular IMAX movie takes you back to the days when Native peoples worshipped the thunder spirits, and when the first European encountered of this wild wonder of nature. Meet the daredevils who challenged the fury of the Falls, from the Great Blondin, who completed a death-defying tightrope walk over the river in 1860, to Annie Taylor, a 63-year-old schoolteacher, who became the first person to go over the Falls in a barrel and live to tell the tale. Share the heart-pounding terror of seven-year-old Roger Woodward, who survived the plunge with only a lifejacket. Following the film, explore the Daredevil Gallery, the world’s largest collection of Niagara Falls history including real artifacts and vessels used by Niagara Falls Daredevils!
    Details: Niagara Falls cruise (Seasonal)
    Board one of the Hornblower's catamarans for a cruise to the base of Niagara Falls. This exciting and memorable trip passes directly in front of the American Falls, the Rock of Ages, beyond the Cave of the Winds and on to the foot of the thundering Horseshoe Falls.
    Details: Dinner
    Enjoy a delicious meal inspired by the local cuisine.
    Day 8 End tour
    Travel home
    Map of Quebec & Montreal: Collaborating Cultures Educational Student Tour and Trip
    Tour Includes:
    • Round-trip transportation
    • 4 overnight stays in hotels with private bathrooms (7 with extension)
    • Breakfast daily (except arrival day)
    • Dinner daily (except departure day)
    • Full-time services of a professional Tour Director
    • Guided sightseeing tours and city walks as per itinerary
    • Visits to select attractions as per itinerary
    • Overnight security chaperone
    • Tour Diary™
    • Note: Tour cost does not include airline-imposed baggage fees, or fees for any required passport or visa. Please visit our Fees FAQ page for a full list of items that may not be included in the cost of your tour.

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