Canada offers an incredible breadth of fun and entertainment from the Atlantic to the Pacific. One of Canada's favorite cities located in the Quebec Province is the magical city of Montreal, so join us week to explore Magnificent Montreal.
Day One: Upon arrival in Montreal, as you make your way toward the downtown area, you’re increasingly excited about your choice of accommodation. Since opening its doors way back in 1912, The Ritz-Carlton, Montreal has set the standard for luxury in the city, and provides a wonderful home base for the trip. Once settled in, head over to Old Montreal, the historic, once-walled city center that offers quaint shops to peruse and a wide variety of amazing restaurants. But before grabbing a bite to eat, be sure to visit the Notre-Dame Basilica, which dates back to the 19th century and has long been a focal point in Montreal’s history. This cathedral is without a doubt one of the most stunning architectural achievements in Canada. Magnifique!
Day Two: This morning you’re going to the Montreal Tower Observatory, which is located in the highest inclined tower in the world, at an elevation of 575 feet. The views are impressive, with the entire city spread out below. Once photos have been snapped, the next stop is the Montreal Biodome, a unique facility that enables visitors to stroll through replicas of several ecosystems found throughout the Americas. And later, in the early evening, you’re in for a real treat: Cirque du Soleil was born in Montreal, and some of its most creative and entertaining work is still done there. The music is progressive, the artistry impressive and the acrobatics incredible as always. It’s now been three decades since the Cirque’s humble beginnings, and it never disappoints.
Day Three: Montreal is made up of unique neighborhoods, all with different sights and atmospheres, and one of the best ways to explore them is by bike. The city has miles and miles of bicycle paths, so you quickly grab a map and set out to see it all. Cruise past the scenic waterfront, then into downtown, The Village, Plateau Mont-Royal and Rue Crescent. The pace is leisurely and the sights numerous. Of course, all of this exercise builds up quite an appetite, so eventually it’s back to The Ritz-Carlton for dinner at Maison Boulud, where Chef Daniel Boulud’s traditional French culinary roots meet the culture, tastes and lifestyle of Montreal, with a particular focus on local produce and artisanal Quebecois products. The food is delicious and the wine superb. You’ll sleep very well tonight.
Day Four: It’s just about time to depart, after an all-too-short three days in Montreal. But before heading to the airport, you’ve set aside some time for a visit to one of the city’s true jewels: the Montreal Botanical Garden. With its collection of 22,000 plant species, 10 different exhibition greenhouses and more than 20 thematic gardens, this one of the world’s top institutions of its kind and also a perfect place to enjoy fresh air and natural beauty before your flight. Au revoir Montreal – it’s been great fun!