Enjoy the vibrant scene and European-style city of Montreal on this premium tour. Montreal is the cultural capital of Quebec and the second largest city in Canada. It is a city rich in culture and history, has an inordinate number of attractive, fashionably dressed people, and a well-deserved reputation as one of the liveliest cities in North America. Its importance began as a shipping point on the St. Lawrence River for the luxurious goods of the Canadian wilderness to Europe. The old city remains well preserved and is one of the most popular spots to explore. The backdrop of Mont Royal provides a stunning visual sweep of the city, with its avenues of shops, stores, and justifiably famous restaurants. The city is alive with festivals throughout the year. Its unique French and English mix of cultures makes it one of the most fascinating cities in the world. Explore Quebec City on a full day shared tour. This picturesque city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and its preserved old city evokes the days of voyageurs canoes loaded with furs on their way to the Old World. A city of charm, cuisine, and excellent art galleries.
With private airport pick up and drop off, you are looked after throughout your stay. You will have a balance of shared and private tours with some free time to see all of the sights that are of particular interest to you.
Transfer to the airport in a private vehicle with a professional driver and assistant.
Hotel St Paul is located in the old Montreal district. You will be sure to love the proximity to St Catherine Street Shops, Old Montreal attractions, the Subway and all highways. The hotel is a heritage building, beautifully restored and features surprisingly modern and serene interior. The design awards are many, but it is the comfort and highly personalized service that completes the experience for guests. Rest and relax in one of 120 guestrooms and suites, experience the culinary delights of the award winning restaurant Cube and work it off in the gym with a personal trainer.
Take in a 3-hour walking tour of this stunning city your private guide. You will see the old Port area in Vieux Montreal, the Biodôme and the Montréal Tower Observatory at Olympic Stadium for magnificent views of the St Lawrence River, Mount Royal and the Laurentian Mountains. Your experienced guide will be very happy to show you special highlights based on your interests.
There are many optional activities to choose from in Montreal. Spend time wandering through the historical part of town, taking in all of the sights and smells along the way as you weave your way through the cobblestoned streets. Alternatively, head to St. Catherine's street, which has a dizzying array of shops to choose from and where you can see where the locals source their great sense of style. If you feel like a longer excursion, consider a day trip to Quebec - the oldest city in North America and a UNESCO designated city with a side trip to the impressive Montmorency falls. If you feel like staying within the city limits, consider a tour taking in the Olympic Tower, Biodrome, Botanical Gardens and Insectariums, a guided walking or a biking tour through the city, or a themed tour such as the Bourgeoisie area of Westmount or the lesser known parks and gardens of the city. Please let your Sales Advisor know if any of these options are of interest.
Head out in to the country for a unique wilderness experience. Take in the fresh mountain air and scenic landscapes surrounding Chateau Montebello on horseback, in a kayak, on a mountain bike or on foot. Enjoy the rugged wilderness and spot the local wildlife before lunch in the lodge’s stunning and historic log structure.
Transfer to the airport in a private vehicle with a professional driver.
Two taxes, the federal goods and services tax (GST) and the Québec sales tax (QST), are added to the selling price of most goods and services. Several tourist regions charge a specific tax on accommodations. The amount is $2 or $3 a night or 3% of the price of the room per night, before the GST and QST are added.
You must leave a tip on service provided in restaurants and bars and by taxi drivers and hairdressers. The amount, which is not included in the bill, generally represents 10% to 15% of the total bill (before taxes). Here in Québec, for a restaurant bill, we usually add the amounts of the two taxes (GST and QST) together, the sum of which equals approximately 13%. Tipping bellhops or porters is at your discretion (generally, $1 per bag carried).
Most of Québec’s cities enjoy a humid continental climate, with four very distinct seasons and significant differences in temperature marking each one. Summer is hot, while winter sees a considerable amount of snow fall. In fact, Québecers owe their legendary joie de vivre to these climatic variations!
Québec’s Great North is characterized by arctic and subarctic climates. The ancestral land of the Cree and the Inuit is known for its lengthy winters and brief summers.
Visitors holding a driver’s licence from their country of origin can drive on Québec’s roads for a maximum period of six months. This means you don’t have to obtain an international driving permit, although if your papers are in a language other than French or English, it is highly recommended that you do so.
By law, all vehicle occupants must wear a seat belt.
Consuming alcohol or having alcoholic beverages present in a moving vehicle is strictly prohibited under Québec’s Highway Safety Code. Furthermore, a person suspected of driving under the influence will have to submit to a breathalyzer test. If the test reveals a concentration of alcohol in that person’s blood of 80 or more milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood, his or her driver’s permit will be immediately revoked for a 30-day period.
Although the minimum age for driving a car is 16, some car rental companies require that the driver be at least 25, while others charge higher rates for drivers under the age of 21.
The electric current is 110 volts/60 cycles, as it is throughout North America. Because the outlets cannot accommodate European plugs, you’d best bring or buy an adaptor.
Banking & Currency:
The legal tender is the Canadian dollar, which is divided into 100 cents. Bank notes are available in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 dollars, and coins in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 25 cents and 1 and 2 dollars.
The leading credit cards are accepted everywhere, namely Visa, MasterCard and American Express. Traveler’s cheques are generally accepted in large hotels, some restaurants and major stores. Otherwise, they must be cashed at an exchange office or bank.
There are numerous exchange offices in Québec’s main cities. Airports also offer exchange services. Some businesses accept American money, but they offer a less competitive rate than the exchange offices.
Banking institutions are generally open from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can withdraw cash from most automatic teller machines (linked to the Cirrus, PLUS System or Interac networks) any time, seven days a week.
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