MONTRÉAL AND QUÉBEC CITY
Montreal and Quebec City, graced with charming streets lined by historic colonial buildings, open-air cafes, and graceful churches, offer students a captivating taste of France amid the North American landscape. Here, you can put your French language skills to the test while engaging with the warm and welcoming locals, explore the rich world and heritage of Quebec's indigenous peoples, or even reenact the historic Plains of Abraham battle with your fellow students. If you happen to visit during the winter months, don't miss the chance to experience dog sledding, enjoy the thrill of tobogganing down to the base of the iconic Château Frontenac, or savor a hearty meal accompanied by traditional music at a local sugar shack.
Day 1: Arrival in Montreal
Your journey through the rich culture and history of French-speaking Canada begins as you arrive in Montreal, the second largest French-speaking city in the world. A warm welcome from your Appleseed Tour Manager marks the start of your adventure.
You'll kick things off with a fascinating walking orientation tour of Old Montreal, and the day concludes with a delightful dinner amidst the enchanting backdrop of Old Montreal's ancient stone walls and hand-hewn wooden beams.
Day 2: Montreal Exploration
After a hearty breakfast, your group will head to the renowned Notre Dame Basilica, often referred to as "the Jewel of Montreal." Explore one of the most breathtaking churches in the Americas.
Later in the day, engage in a captivating historic Chasse au Trésor, testing your knowledge of the rich history of New France. Spend the afternoon exploring and shopping for souvenirs and gifts in Montreal's Underground City. In the evening, the group transfers to an indoor ice-skating pavilion for a delightful ice skating experience.
Day 3: Journey to Quebec City
Following breakfast at your hotel, you'll embark on a transfer to the Parc Olympique, the site of the 1976 Summer Olympic Games, for a private tour of the Olympic Stadium and pools. Enjoy a "Big O" tour and then take a two-minute, 556-foot ascent on the Funiculaire to the top of the world's tallest inclined tower.
After lunch on your own, it's time to depart for Quebec City. Your visit begins with a walking orientation tour that acquaints you with the historic Château Frontenac, the Terrasse Dufferin, and the magnificent Notre Dame de Québec Cathedral. The day concludes with a group photograph on the Promenade des Gouverneurs.
Day 4: Immersion in Quebec City
Start your day with a visit to the Morrin Centre, Quebec's first public prison, where you'll experience the life of a convict incarcerated there. Afterward, enjoy a city sightseeing tour, concluding in Quartier Petit Champlain, where you can savor lunch at your leisure.
The afternoon brings a unique experience as you take a curling lesson – Canada's favorite sport after hockey. After dinner, a walk to the Plains of Abraham is on the agenda for a visit to the unique stone fortification erected in the mid-nineteenth century to protect Quebec City. This is followed by an interactive lesson on military strategy of that era at the Martello Tower.
Day 5: Quebec City Exploration
This morning, you'll discover the fascinating world of copper extraction and craftsmanship at the Albert Gilles Boutique et Musée. Next, you'll visit the magnificent Basilique Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, renowned for its monumental proportions and exquisite stained-glass windows.
The day continues with an exploration of Montmorency Falls, where you'll walk over a footbridge that passes directly over the impressive 275-foot-high falls. In the evening, savor an all-you-can-eat dinner at an authentic French-Canadian cabane à sucre, where you'll immerse yourself in traditional dances and folk songs. The evening concludes with a delightful taste of maple syrup served on snow.
Day 6: Departure
Your journey comes to a close after breakfast. Before departing, attend a multi-media presentation at the Musée du Fort, which delves into the epic story of the region.