Day 2: Montreal – Quebec
In the morning, proceed to Notre Dame Basilica (Donation applied, subject to availability) – the epic symbol of French Culture. Built in the Gothic Revival style, the church is highly decorated. The vaults are colored deep blue and decorated with golden stars, and the rest of the sanctuary is decorated in blues, azures, reds, purples, silver, and gold. It is filled with hundreds of intricate wooden carvings and several religious statues. Unusual for a church, the stained glass windows along the walls of the sanctuary do not depict biblical scenes, but rather scenes from the religious history of Montreal. It also has a Casavant Frères pipe organ, dated 1891, which comprises four keyboards, 92 stops using electro-pneumatic action and an adjustable combination system, 7000 individual pipes and a pedal board.
Next, visit St. Joseph’s Oratory which is located at Mount Royal (Donation applied, mandatory), it is a Roman Catholic minor basilica and national shrine on Mount Royal’s Westmount Summit in Montreal, Quebec. It is Canada’s largest church and claims to have one of the largest domes in the world. The basilica enshrines a statue of Saint Joseph, which was authorized a Canonical coronation by Pope Pius X on 19 March 1910 via Cardinal Vincenzo Vannutelli (extinct) and another from an Apostolic brief dated 9 July 1955 by Pope Pius XII who crowned the new statue on 9 August 1955 via Cardinal Paul-Émile Léger now located within its crypt department. The shrine is also famous due to its association with Brother Andre Bessette who was believed to possess healing powers through his Josephian devotion with its notable oil ointment given freely to its believers.
Then, explore Olympia village which is a twin-tower structure, built as the athletes’ residence for the 1976 Summer Olympics. Designed by architects Roger D’Astous and Luc Durand, it was built massively over budget by a consortium of architects, including Joseph Zappia, who was later convicted of fraud in connection with his involvement with the building. Construction was overseen by René Lépine, Chairman of Groupe Lépine, and his associates through the company Zarolega Inc. Construction overruns were so drastic that the Olympic Installations Board seized the complex after its original estimate of $30 million ballooned to $90 million.
Visit Montreal tower (Fee applied). At 165 meters high with a 45-degree angle, the Montreal Tower is the tallest inclined tower in the world. It is an architectural masterpiece, and the secret to its extraordinary tilt can be found in its complex internal structure. The glass-encased funicular brings visitors on a breathtaking two-minute ride to the top of the Tower. This one-of-a-kind funicular can hold up to 50 passengers and is the only one in the world built along a curved structure. The view of Montreal from the Tower’s Observatory is stunning in any season.
Arrived at Quebec City in the afternoon, you can experience the French culture and the historical significance of Quebec City along with its military presence. After dinner, accommodation at local hotel.