Toronto, Montreal and Quebec trip, Food & Culture

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Day 1: Toronto for 2 nights
Meet & greet private transfer from airport to hotel
Accommodation at Hotel Ritz Carlton*****
The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto is located centrally in the downtown core, overlooking Lake Ontario and the city skyline.
The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto hotel is located in a key location with walkability to the iconic CN Tower, Ripley’s Aquarium, The Hockey Hall of Fame, Rogers Centre, Scotiabank Arena and The Princess of Wales Theatre.
All of the rooms and suites include WiFi, 42-inch LCD flat-screen HD TV, deep soaker tubs and floor-to-ceiling windows. Valet parking service is also available at this hotel.
The hotel has an on-site spa, Spa My Blend by Clarins. Guests can enjoy the complimentary indoor salt water pool, hot tub and sauna. The space also has a 24-hour fitness center and personal training sessions upon request.
The hotel has 3 different dining and bar outlets for guests and locals to enjoy. TOCA restaurant serves Italian inspired, handcrafted cuisine with many Canadian local ingredients. TOCA also has a Cheese Cave located in the space. Ritz Bar operates as a café in the mornings and as a cocktail bar in the evening. Ritz Bar offers signature cocktails and nitrogen martinis, paired with bar snacks and desserts. Afternoon tea is offered weekdays. DEQ Lounge has an extensive cocktail list and offers a Canadian comfort food menu.
During their stay, guests can also opt to have Club Lounge access for an additional daily cost. Located on the hotel’s 20th floor, the Club Lounge has a panoramic view of Toronto. With access they can enjoy daily breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack service – which includes premium alcohol and wine after 11:00
http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/canada/toronto?scid=bb1a189a-fec3-4d19-a255-54ba596febe2

6 pm is Cocktail time at BarChef
BarChef is a dimly lit, intimate environment created by the modernist cocktail king Frankie Solarik
It will be a multisensory experience with concoctions that brighten the eyes before the taste buds.
You’ll hear the steady rhythm of the bartenders hand-chipping ice spheres and a nostalgic collection of music ranging from jazz to some more recent selections.
Cocktails are made like magic potions, the hickory-smoked vanilla Manhattan smokes in front of your eyes.  They are all served amid foliage and soil and designed to evoke the changing of the seasons.

Dinner reservation at Grey Gardens
It is located in the bohemian-chic area of Kensington Market.  A paradise for duck eaters:  dry-aged Peking-style duck breast, served on homemade sauerkraut and duck fried rice. Drink a glass of rare Sauternes and your evening will be divine!

Day 2
Niagara Private Day Trip from Toronto
On this trip the guide will take you from your location in Toronto to Niagara in a comfy SUV.
Learn all about the region’s history, geology, and settlement. You’ll head to Niagara falls for a viewing of the area, a walk along the Niagara River to the mouth of the falls, and enjoy a look at the quirky Clifton Hill. In the summer months I suggest taking the Hornblower Boat Cruise as well! Next discover the historical town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. A Historical walking tour with plenty of stops for Photography will be provided. You can grab lunch here or snack throughout the day. You will be able to visit a winery for a tutored tasting. Please let me know at time of booking if this is of interest. There are also local breweries and distilleries which could be toured as well.
The guide will drive you back to the city in time for dinner or evening plans!
Duration approx. 8h30

Dinner reservation at Canoe Restaurant and Bar
Dine with a view, the CN Tower standing to one side, planes landing at City Airport to another, and Toronto’s glittering skyline sprawling beyond the horizon.
The food is delicious and features Ontario & Quebec products such foie gras from Quebec, Ontario burrata, rhubarb, pink peppercorn, and Niagara pears.

Day 3: Montreal for 3 nights
Private driver and Sightseeing Tour
Duration 4 hours
Enjoy sightseeing Toronto and explore the many different neighbourhoods this vibrant city has to offer with your expert local guide and driver.
Luxury transportation gives you the convenience to see more, learn more and enjoy more of Toronto. We pick you up at Pearson airport and we explore the different flavours of Toronto.
We make many stops along the way and we can adjust the route to your own liking. Just let us know what you like to see and we make this happen during this four hour adventure in Toronto before we drop you off at the Royal York hotel with new memories and a new appreciation of Canada’s largest city

Private transfer from hotel to airport
Flight Toronto to Montreal
Departure 3:45 pm; Arrival 4:55pm

Meet and greet private transfer from airport to hotel
Accommodation at Hotel Ritz Carlton*****
This luxury hotel in Montreal city centre features contemporary French cuisine at the on-site Maison Boulud. All rooms feature a flat-screen TV. A variety of galleries and boutiques are within 5 minutes’ walk and a saltwater pool is located on site.
The spacious rooms at The Ritz-Carlton Montreal feature a marble bathroom with heated floors and 19-inch flat-screen TV. Asprey bath products are provided. Rooms include a digital control of lights and curtains, as well as automatic toilets. Free WiFi, a minibar and flat-screen TV in the bedroom are also included.
A fitness centre is available at The Ritz-Carlton, along with in-room massages. A business centre, 24-hour concierge service and client accompaniment service are also offered.
Guests can dine in the garden of Le Jardin during summer months. Cocktails and snacks are available in The Ritz Bar.
https://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/canada/montreal?scid=bb1a189a-fec3-4d19-a255-54ba596febe2

Dinner reservation at Maison Boulud
An exquisite meal in an upscale Montreal restaurant awaits you at Maison Boulud from 3-Michelin star Chef Daniel Boulud. Dishes, created in the open kitchen, are steeped in French culinary tradition with a focus on local Quebec products.

Day 4
Beyond the Bagel private walking tour
Renowned worldwide for its unique take on Jewish cuisine, Montreal is the birthplace of countless Jewish foods, both iconic and overlooked. Experience the rich and delicious Jewish food culture of Montreal’s Mile End and Plateau neighbourhoods by visiting decades-old food institutions alongside new businesses that are revitalizing the city’s food scene. We’ll also travel to backyards and alleyways to uncover this city’s hidden Jewish food history and taste nearly forgotten delicacies. And of course you’ll get to feast on the classics like smoked meat and bagels, so make sure to bring a healthy appetite!
Duration 4 hours

2 hour private classic tour of Old Montreal
Travel through time in Old Montréal by visiting Place d’Armes, the Old Port as well as City Hall and the Bonsecours Market.
A visit inside the incredible Notre-Dame Basilica can also be included upon your request ($).
Admire the modern architecture of the new Quartier international.

2 hour Scandinavian spa and 1 hour massage at Bota Bota, a spa floating on the St Lawrence River
This is an unique place  Perpetually anchored on the eastern side of the Old Port near Rue McGill, catch incredible views of the port, Old Montreal, and surrounding waterfront as you move through Bota Bota’s water circuit.
Massage, body care treatments, facials, mani-pedis, and an on-site restaurant serving dishes such as salmon tartare, roasted quail, and braised beef round out the spa services.

Dinner reservation at Restaurant Beba
A family owned restaurant, two brothers offering an Argentinian cuisine, inspired by Italy and Spain and using the best ingredients that Quebec has to offer. The menu changes constantly, following the seasons, and is always made up of about ten plates (plus a couple of desserts), and a couple of specials. Their empanadas are becoming famous, as well as their Flan with dulce de leche. The wine list is a delight for wine connoisseurs, emphasizing natural, organic, small-producer wines with many reasonably priced options by the glass

Day 5
Eastern Townships private tour – A « Québécois » and anglo-saxon charm journey
From its mountains to its many rivers and lakes, the Eastern Townships region offers breathtaking landscapes, picturesque villages and an unique “art de vivre” where good tastes and history are a perfect mix! Here is the itinerary we propose for an unforgettable journey in this region of the Province of Québec.
9:00 am Departure from Montréal for the Eastern-Townships.
10:00 am Arrival in Bromont, famous for its golf courses, ski, horse back riding and more. Coffee break possibility at the Château Bromont and guided tour of the city.
11:00 am Arrival in Knowlton, an elegant Victorian village known for it loyalist heritage and its Anglo-Saxon atmosphere. On the program, 45 minute walking tour in the village and free time for more discoveries.
12:45 pm Lunch… Many possibilities:
– Auberge Quilliams on the Lac-Brome (speciality: duck)
– Auberge Lakeview Inn (Knowlton)
– Auberge du West-Brome (20 minutes driving)
2:15 pm Departure for the Bolton pass where you will discover many old houses!
2:45 pm Visit the Saint-Benoit-du-Lac Abbaye (church and chapel) where the Benedictine’s Monks are living a contemplative religious way of life. Free time to walk around or to visit their boutique!
5:30 pm Back to Montréal
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The Laurentians private tour
Eyes wide open, breathe deeply! The Laurentians imply great outdoors, forests and lakes, where nature is bountiful and breath taking Journeying over plains and valleys, treading over hills and mountains, every bend, every curve beholds wonder.
8:45 am Departure from your hotel (or another location downtown Montréal) to discover the Laurentians region.
10:30 am Arrival in Sainte-Agathe where you will enjoy a boat ride on the magnificent Lac-des-Sables.
11:30 am On the way to the restaurant you will drive along small country roads.
12:00 pm Noon buffet at Mont-Gabriel. After the meal, you will enjoy the greatest view over the mountains and valleys of the Laurentians.
1:30 pm On your way back, via roads that have beautiful views to offer, you will make a stop in Saint-Sauveur, a small village where fashion designers, artcraft boutiques and bistros are juxtaposed by the original bakery and the village church. Free time on your own!
4:00 pm Back in Montréal!

Dinner reservation at Joe Beef
This is an iconic restaurant, among the top ones in Canada. 
It has kept its conviviality and offers top-quality ingredients and invariably French old-school cuisine, with a modern twist. 
The wine list features innumerable quality pairings for everything. It is much more than a good meal; it’s a great time.

Day 6: Quebec for 3 nights
Take a taxi to train station
1st class train tickets from Montreal to Quebec
Departure 8:56 am; Arrival 12:22pm
Take a taxi to hotel

Accommodation at Hotel Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac *****
Situated in Old Quebec, this heritage property boasts views of the St. Lawrence River. On-site restaurants offer a variety of dining options, from classic to regional dishes. Montmorency National Park is 2 minutes’ drive away.
The elegant, European-style rooms of Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac offer a cable TV and a coffee maker. Ironing facilities and air conditioning are also included.
Guests of the Fairmont are welcome to enjoy the indoor pool, a hot tub and steam rooms. A fitness room, business center and concierge services are also available. Guests can enjoy a variety of treatments at the Spa du Château, the on-site spa.
The Notre Dame Cathedral is a 3-minute walk from Le Chateau Frontenac. The Citadel of Quebec is 500 m away.
https://www.fairmont.com/frontenac-quebec/

Poutine is a must!
We recommend Chez Gaston. This St.-Roch hole in the wall is not fancy but  the poutine is just perfect: crisp fries with crunch and curds with squeak, all doused in gravy.
If you are looking for more comfort, you could head to Poutineville. 
All ingredients are customizable, but the house specialty replaces crushed potato chunks for fries and adds a pile of braised beef to Canada’s so-called “national dish.”

Then head to Rue of Strange Brew.
The ideal spot to taste the province’s best craft ciders and beers. 
For apple-based tipples, visit Le Projet Spécialité Microbrasseries, a busy bar with an elegant interior. Try the Citron Sunrise from Les Vergers de la Colline — an appealingly tart, lemony cider — or the winelike rosé “ice cider” from La Face Cachée de la Pomme.
And if you are not tired yet we recommend spending the rest of the evening at Bar Les Yeux Bleus, a cavelike bar with (gentler) live music.

Day 7:
2h30 minutes private guided walking tour of Quebec City
Explore historic Québec City on this private, guided, 2.5-hour walking tour. Enjoy personalized attention and discover Québec City’s history from 1608 to the present day. Get to know this UNESCO World Heritage site, with educational and entertaining commentary from a professional tour conductor. Visit many of Québec City’s top attractions — like the Fortifications of Québec, Citadelle of Québec, the Plains of Abraham, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac and many more.

Dinner reservation at Aux Ancients Canadiens
The oldest house in Québec (1675) has become a restaurant that authentic Québec cuisine featuring regional produce.

Day 8:
Montmorency falls and Isle d’Orléans Private tour and tasting
Duration 5 hours
Embark with one of our professional guides on this tour rich in history and culinary tastings, beginning at the Montmorency Falls and continuing on to the “Garden of Québec”, Isle d’Orléans! Our first stop is the Montmorency Falls where you are certain to capture wonderful photos of the grandeur of the falls, and its natural beauty. You will travel a boardwalk with a variety of lookouts and a suspension bridge that captures not only the surrounding beauty but the power of the Montmorency River’s current and  of the Falls Travelling on, with more great views of the countryside, and Quebec City in the distance, we will visit Vignoble Isle de Bacchus.  This family owned winery produces a variety of red, white and rosé wines. After a tour of the vineyards, you will be invited to a tasting in their wine cellar.  Then, at Cidrerie Verger Bilodeau, enjoy the maple products and discover ice cider, a specialty unique in Quebec. Between these stops, our guide will provide you an historical commentary complete with anecdotal information.  On your way to Quebec City, return to the time of New France by visiting Le Domaine Maizerets, a jewel of Québec’s heritage.  It remains one of the rare examples of a seigneurial residence in a rural area of ​​”New France”.  A specialized guide will take care of you while revealing the Domaine’s long and interesting history.

Dinner reservation at L’initiale
Watch the ships come and go as you enjoy fine French cuisine at this elegant restaurant, located in Québec’s Vieux Port area. Head chef Yvan Lebrun has impressed the Québec dining scene. 

Day 9
Private transfer from hotel to airport

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