An historic 400 year old treasure, Quebec City, is an enchanting French monument
in North America. A cultural hot spot and the provincial capital is one of Canada's
well-known tourist destinations. Part of Quebec City's charm is the combination
of history, culture and architecture. The only walled city in North America, it
boasts winding streets with European flair and encompasses the Latin district, churches
with bell towers that redesign the skyline, museums and interpretation centers,
and busy commercial streets. This tour is a must for all North American history
lovers. Montreal is also an international destination of choice. This compact island
city is great for walking, with safe and vibrant neighborhoods. With more than 80
ethnic communities, Montreal enjoys an outstanding reputation worldwide for gourmet
dining. Call for a detailed flyer of this amazing trip!
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Sample Itinerary Montreal & Quebec City
Day One - Monday, May 22
6:30am Depart Johnstown, PA for Ontario, Canada. Passports required for international
border crossing. Comfort and meal stops will be made. Arrive at your hotel around
6:00pm Dinner cruise included this evening aboard the Gananoque Boat Lines.
All aboard your boat for your 2½ hour sightseeing cruise through the beautiful 1000
Islands on the Gananoque Boat Lines, narrated tour, indoor and outdoor decks. Your
buffet meal on board includes Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding, Roasted Potatoes,
2 salads, hot vegetable medley, rolls, butter, dessert and beverage.
Day Two - Tuesday, May 23
Buffet Breakfast at your hotel.
Your coach departs for Montreal, QC. Lunch stop will be made. Meet your tour guide
who will give suggestions for lunch on own in the Bonsecours market area, and Old
After lunch, start a short walking tour in Old Montreal, before boarding
your bus to continue your city tour of Montreal. Your city tour continues as you
learn about Montreal's 350 year French-influenced history, which began with the
founding of a Christian Mission. Walk through Ville-Marie, site of Montreal's original
European settlement, and into the Old Port of Montreal Harbour. Your tour can include
Old Montréal, Mont Royal, Jean-Drapeau Park (Saint Hélène and Notre-Dame Islands),
site of 1967 World Fair, Expo 67. There you will see the beautiful floral park,
the Gilles-Villeneuve Racetrack for the Formula 1 Canada Grand Prix, the Montréal
Casino and La Ronde Amusement Park. City tour will include several stops to get
off the bus, take photos. Your tour ends at the Montreal Tower Observatory for a
unique view of the city.
5:00pm Guide drops as group arrives for dinner downtown. Restaurant du Vieux
Port in Old Montreal offers three course meal with coffee/tea. Check into your hotel
in suburban Montreal.
Day Three - Wednesday, May 24
Breakfast with hot items included at the hotel.
8:30am Meet your coach and depart for your first tour.
9:00am Notre Dame Basilica visit with guided tour here. The Notre-Dame Basilica
is a masterpiece of Gothic revival architecture. Built between 1824 and 1829, the
magnificent décor, in sculptured wood, paint and gold leaf captivates hundreds of
thousands of visitors each year. Paintings, sculpture and stained-glass windows
illustrate biblical passages and parish history of Montreal society.
10:30am Depart for Quebec City with a lunch stop half way, on own. Suggestion
will be given. Approximate three hour drive plus one hour lunch stop.
2:30pm Arrive in Quebec City. Depart with your local Quebec tour guide for
your Quebec City Tour. Surrounded by great stone walls and massive gates, Quebec
is the most European city on the continent, and the Old City is a designated World
Heritage Centre by UNESCO. This is a driving tour through Old Quebec and Quebec
City. There could be some stops to get out and take photos.
Quebec City is filled with statues commemorating its past heroes and cannons from
battles long ago. Here you'll find the oldest shopping street in North America filled
with unique items. You can walk the city to discover your own favorite views of
the St. Laurence River and distant Laurentian Mountains, visit Place Royal, where
New France was founded in 1608, perhaps the most European quarter in all of North
5:30pm Enjoy a 3 course Italian dinner (Soup of the day; choice of 5 oz filet
of beef, salmon entree or vegetarian pasta entrée; bread; dessert; tea or coffee)
in the city. 2017 menus are subject to change.
7:00pm Check in to your 3 Diamond, hotel The Palace Royal in downtown Quebec
City, just one block outside of the walls of the Old City, walk to restaurants and
shops. Hotel has indoor pool and restaurant on site. Enjoy the evening at the hotel
or explore the streets of Old Quebec.
Day Four - Thursday, May 25
Buffet Breakfast included at the hotel.
8:45am Meet coach and local tour guide at the hotel and travel north to Beaupre
9:15am Stop at Marie's Bread Oven, a quaint French Country family business
that is over 160 years old. Here you will enjoy a piece of homemade bread with maple
In the village of Sainte-Anne, 10018 Avenue Royale, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, QC tour
one of the country's most beautiful cathedrals, Basilica St. Anne de Beaupre. Sainte-Anne
was the mother of the Virgin Mary and the grandmother to Jesus. Visitors come from
all over the world to visit the shrine, with its ornate paintings, stained glass
and statues. You will have a guided tour here.
11:30am Lunch included at a picturesque and quaint French country restaurant,
L'Auberge Baker, an authentic 1840's family dining room with fireplace. Note: this
is really a beautiful and quaint dining spot and the food is very good!
1:00pm Arrive on the island - Isle D'Orleans to savour the island's bounty.
For centuries, the island has provided Quebec City with fresh fruit and vegetables,
grain and maple products. The foodstuffs made with this bounty capture the essence
of Île d'Orléans and enjoy a growing reputation for quality and authenticity. Your
tour of the island will include three stops at local producers who will share the
fruit of their harvest. Savour the flavours during your visit… your tour
here will include a winery, a visit to a chocolatier and a cheese maker. Substitutions
may be made, depending on availability of suppliers.
Depart from the island and visit the beautiful Montmorency Falls, and ride the cable
car here to get different views of the one of Quebec's most spectacular sites. Montmorency
Falls (83 m) is twice as high as Niagara Falls and dominates the landscape. It can
be discovered on foot, by cable car, or from the restaurant.
5:15pm Arrive back in Quebec City. Relax at the hotel before dinner.
Dinner included this evening downtown Quebec City in the Gare du Palais at the L'Aviatic
Club, located in the beautifully restored train station.
Return to your hotel after dinner.
Day Five - Friday, May 26
Buffet Breakfast included at the hotel.
8:00am Depart for New York state today. Comfort and lunch stop will be made.
2:45pm Arrive at international bridge crossing at Thousand Island Bridge,
Ontario, have passports ready.
3:30pm Proceed to Auburn NY
5:30pm Dinner included at the Springside Inn, in Auburn
7:00pm Arrive at the Holiday Inn Auburn for your overnight stay. Hotel features
indoor pool, fitness center, restaurant and pub, free wi-fi. Rooms offer mini fridge,
coffee maker, newspaper, cable TV, triple sheeted bedding.
Day Six - Saturday, May 27
included at the hotel.
Start your tour at Strawberry Fields. With the advancements of hydroponic
farming, strawberries and other fruits and vegetables can grow in mediums other
than soil providing a unique picking experience for you and an unmatched taste that
will keep you coming back for more. The sign in their quaint little store reads,
"Enter as Strangers, Leave as Friends" and that is the philosophy they live and
work by. Your visit to Strawberry Fields will be more than just a visit, it will
be an experience. Guests will enjoy a guided tour of the hydroponic strawberry field
and fresh herbs, lettuces, tomatoes, and veggies, all grown hydroponically and up
off the ground PLUS:
- Refreshments which include iced sweet tea with raspberry lemonade, ice water infused
with fresh strawberries or lemons or cucumbers, cheese and crackers, and shortbread
- A Complimentary small jar of strawberry jam to take home
- Free tastings of our jams, strawberry butter, raw honey from our fields, locally
made Artisan Oils, locally made dressings by Chef Lerman, and locally made barbecue
sauce. Side note: some of the best jam is a raspberry/strawberry infusion – delicious!
Guests can even pick their own strawberries (at individual expense/$4.50 per pound).
Depart for Corning.
Upon arrival at The Corning Museum of Glass, start with Lunch here
on your own before your tour.
Start your 2 hour guided tour of the world's largest glass museum,
featuring 35 centuries of glass artistry. Your tour will include the live hot glass
show. After the tour, and visit the gift shop too before departing.
Depart for home. Dinner and comfort stops will be made.
Approximate arrival back to Lodestar