Day 1 - Home - Montreal, Canada
This morning, we have an early morning departure for our journey north to Montreal. Summer is filled with the excitement of the city’s extravagant festivals! Upon arrival, we check into our hotel, the Delta Montréal, where we will be staying for the next three nights. The hotel is located just steps away from the entertainment district, underground shopping, and Mount Royal. This evening, dinner is included at the hotel. (D)
Day 2 - Montreal
Today, following breakfast, our day is free to explore Montreal. Montreal is home to 120 distinct ethnic communities, making Montreal a mosaic of cultures and traditions, and it truly deserves the title ‘international’ city. The city is alive with activities, ranging from events focusing on culture, art, nature, cuisine, and music – like the Montreal Jazz Festival. The Jazz Festival is the world’s largest, and today is the final day, so make the most of this fantastic opportunity to see the festivities! This evening, the group will reconvene for dinner at the Restaurant du Vieux Port, before heading off to our reserved seats at the final concert of the 2019 Montreal Jazz Festival! (B, D)
Day 3 - Montreal
After breakfast, the group will be joined by a local guide. Our city tour will take us through time in Old Montreal, as we visit Place d’Armes, the Old Port, and the Bonsecours Market before visiting the new Quartier International. We will also visit the Mount Royal Park, the Saint-Joseph Oratory, and the incredible Notre-Dame Basilica. The Notre-Dame Basilica, originally built in 1672, was actually demolished and rebuilt in 1824. Traces of the original site are visible at Place d’Armes. In 1982, Pope John Paul II recognized the significance of Notre-Dame, and raised it to the rank of a Minor Basilica. Today, the Notre-Dame Basilica continues to play a role in the artistic community as the home to the evening Aura experience. Following our tour, enjoy a few hours on your own for lunch, your own explorations of Montreal, and time to freshen up before we head to the evening’s festivities. Tonight, we enjoy a 5-Course dinner cruise on the St. Laurent River, which will put us in the perfect place to view the first performance of the Fireworks Festival. Known in Montreal as L’International des Feux Loto-Québec, this festival is the world’s largest and most prestigious fireworks competition, drawing the biggest pyrotechnics firms to produce 30-minute pyro-musical extravaganzas. (B, D)
Day 4 - Montreal - Home
Following breakfast today, we say ‘adieu’ to Montreal as we make our way home with memories of the magnificent music and fantastic fireworks that were enjoyed by all!