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Canadian Shrines

Trip Length

10 Days

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Trip Type

1-800-CATHOLIC

Trip Overview & Highlight

Welcome to Montreal and Quebec! Join this Pilgrimage to The Canadian Shrines, located in the exquisite French Canadian Province of Quebec. A region steeped in European culture and proud of its French, British and Native American heritage..

Highlights

  • Tour and attend mass at the magnificent Notre Dame Basilica.
  • Explore Quebec’s famous Underground City.
  • Tour the historic Quebec City, a UNESCO world heritage site with a European atmosphere
  • Attend mass at St. Joseph’s Oratory
  • Visit Montreal’s Olympic Park

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What’s Included

  • International airfare from New York gateway
  • 8 nights hotel accommodations
  • Breakfast and Dinner daily
  • Ground & Air Transportation
  • Sightseeing & Entrance fees
  • Professional English Speaking Tour Director throughout
  • Private motorcoach & driver
  • Porterage of 1 piece of luggage per person

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Prices & Dates

Prices are based on double occupancy: all other room configurations are on request and cannot be guaranteed. We will accommodate triples/quads whenever possible. Please call for further details.

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Itinerary

DAY 1: NEW YORK AREA/MONTREAL

Today we board our motorcoach which is equipped with video and restroom. Our bus will take us to the beautiful French-Canadian Province of Quebec. We will experience some scenic views as we acquaint ourselves with our traveling companions. Upon arrival in Montreal we will enjoy dinner and after dinner transfer to the hotel for overnight. (D)

DAY 2: MONTREAL/QUEBEC CITY

After breakfast our journey will start with a guided tour of Montreal including the magnificent Notre Dame Basilica. We will attend Mass here. The Basilica is known for its beautiful interior with exquisite stained glass windows, paintings, carvings and statues. We continue to The Underground City where we will see a network of boutiques and restaurants and have lunch on our own. After our lunch and visit we drive to Quebec City. Upon arrival we will have dinner before transferring to the hotel for 2 overnights. (B, D)

DAY 3: QUEBEC CITY

After breakfast we will tour Québec City, once the center of New France and one of the most historic and best-preserved cities in North America. Upon arrival, enjoy an included guided tour of Canada’s only walled city. Until the British victory of 1759, Old Québec was the center of New France; today it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Within the walls are the Place d’Armes, the Laval Seminary, and ancient Place Royale. Also, see the Old World houses crowding the narrow streets in Lower Town by the St. Lawrence River and the historic Plains of Abraham. Continue to the spectacular Montmorency Falls which are higher than Niagara Falls. Continue to St. Anne De Beaupre Shrine. After our visit at the Shrine we will continue to a restaurant for dinner. (B, D)

DAY 4: QUEBEC CITY/MONTREAL

After breakfast we board our motor coach and drive to Montreal where we will go to St. Joseph’s Oratory for Mass. St. Joseph’s Oratory is a great basilica with a giant copper dome built in honor of St. Joseph, patron saint of Canada. The massive edifice, high on the slopes of Mount Royale in Quebec, belies its simple origins as the dream of a humble lay Brother André. Pilgrims still come from all over North America to pray for healing at the shrine of Fr. André, who was canonized a saint in 2010. Continue to the Olympic Park to view Montreal’s skyline. Visit the amazing “Biodome” which creates some of the most beautiful ecosystems of the Americas. We will enjoy dinner before retiring to our hotel. (B, D)

DAY 5: MONTREAL/NEW YORK AREA

After a leisurely breakfast our bus will drive home bound. This is the time to share our experience with our new made friends. Arrive in the afternoon. (B)

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Essential Information & Weather 

Weather
Canada a vast expanse of land, leading to stark differences in weather between regions.
Overall, the best time to visit Canada is in the fall, from September through November, as the weather cools yet remains temperate, and the touristic crowds disperse. The weather has cooled down but is still comfortable, the summer crowds have left, and the foliage provides an ideal setting.
Generally, the summer months are the most popular time to visit, but no matter when you choose to travel to Canada there will be some advantages (perhaps cheaper flights and hotels, fewer crowds) and some disadvantages (cold weather, fewer hotel options).
Packing List
The following suggested packing list is for a general week to ten-day trip in France. Please consider the season of travel and specific destinations visited to adjust, as temperatures can fluctuate quite a bit.
• 7-9 x underwear, socks
• 2-3 x loose, lightweight trousers or skirts– one full length and one cropped pair would be ideal!
• 2-3 x shorts (in summer)
• 2 x long, loose shirts
• 4-5 x t-shirts or tops
• 2-3 evening tops

• 1-2 x sandals or flip flops for warmer-weather walking
• 1-2 pairs of comfortable walking/running shoes
• 1 x pair of more formal shoes
• 1 rain/wind-proof jacket
• 1 x umbrella and raingear
• 2-3 sweaters or other colder-weather gear
• sunglasses
• sun hat
• toiletries
• 1 x day bag
• European adapter
• Phone, camera and any other electronics needed
• passport and travel docs
• insurance

Specific packing notes for religious sites:
• Cover shoulders: avoid strapless tops, spaghetti straps tops and vests (both men and women)
• Avoid above the knee skirts and shorts (men and women)
• Avoid exposing excessive cleavage, a waist/belly or back
• Do not wear slogans or prints that may be perceived as offensive

Passports
U.S. Citizens must travel with passport if arriving by air. While other formal means of identification may be used by Americans driving into Canada, we recommend using a passport with a minimum of six months’ validity the day after your return home.
Visas
US travelers can stay in Canada without visa for upwards of six months.
Currency & Exchange
The currency of Canada is the Canadian dollar (CA$ or CAD). Canadian bills or bank notes are commonly available in CA$5, CA$10, CA$20, CA$50, and CA$100 dollar denominations. The CA$1 and CA$2 bills have been replaced with coins (the loonie and the toonie). Canadian coins include the loonie, toonie, 25-cent quarter, 10-cent dime, 5-cent nickel, and 1-cent penny.

Dollars can be easily exchanged at exchange bureaux found in transportation hubs, hotels, banks and even shopping malls. US dollars are often accepted in tourist-heavy sites, but the exchange rate will not be to your advantage.
International Debit and credit cards can be used for purchases or to withdraw Canadian money in Canada, but currency exchange rates will vary by card. ATMs will charge you for a service fee between CA$2 and CA$5.
Tipping in Canada is much like in the United States. Most service providers in Canada do get wages from their employers, but tipping is still expected and welcomed. Tips are usually in the range of 10-15%.

Phone and Internet Connectivity
Internet connectivity is pretty much ubiquitous throughout Canada
Nearly all hotels offer a connection to the web, likely at no added cost. Also, free Internet access is often available at cafés, museums and libraries.
Internet cafés usually charge for computer use by the minute. Internet access is generally very cheap, but it is most reasonable during off-peak times.
Your mobile carrier may already include Canada as part of your package, which removes any added roaming fees. Do check with your carrier, just to be sure. Of course, those with unlocked phones can also purchase a local sim to access cheaper rates on calls and data usage.
Electricity and Adapters
In Canada the power plugs and sockets are of type A and B. The standard voltage is 120 V and the standard frequency is 60 Hz.
Dress and Modesty Norms
Canadian society is quite similar to that in the United States. Canadians do live up to their reputation of being generally polite, kind, and warm. Those living in Quebec are no less polite, yet are proud of their heritage and may make it a point to begin conversations in French.
Dress is more closely akin to the United States than Europe in terms of informality. Apart from business and formal occasions, locals will opt for jeans over slacks. Of course, on days with visits to religious and spiritual sites do remember to dress modestly.
Food and Water
Apart from the general precautions to be taken when dining out anywhere, both food and water in Canada are of a standard no less than in the United States. Maintain your specific dietary needs, and if looking to stay extra safe, keep to well-cooked or prepackaged meals.
Timezone
Canada spans six different time zones. For the most up to date information on time: https://www.timeanddate.com/time/zone/canada

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