Canadian Adventure Cruise ÄVENTYRET BÖRJAR HÄR

Montreal , Quebec | St. John's , Newfoundland | St. Pierre and Miquelon , French Territory | Corner Brook , Newfoundland | Sydney , Nova Scotia | Saguenay , Quebec | Quebec City , Quebec | Quebec City , Quebec | Montreal , Quebec

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DAG 1 - Avresedag

Montreal, Quebec

AVGÅR:
4:00 PM

Montreal effortlessly combines French delicacies with European architecture and Canadian friendliness. Its namesake, Mount Royal is a triple-peaked hill in the middle of the city, so it's literally the city's heart and focal point. After Paris, Montreal is the world's second-largest predominantly French-speaking city. However, nearly 60 percent of the population speak both French and English. Montreal's city center perfectly marries old and new architecture, as you have skyscrapers overshadowing Old (Vieux) Montreal, the city's historic district. Established in the mid-17th century, make time to step inside Notre Dame Basilica and Marche Bonsecours, a local-focused shopping destination.

DAG 2 - TILL HAVS

KRYSSNING

FAVORITER DU INTE FÅR MISSA

Man Climbing Rock Wall On Board Day Time
Dance salsa at the Latin Fiesta onboard a cruise to Cuba

Man Climbing Rock Wall On Board Day Time
Dance salsa at the Latin Fiesta onboard a cruise to Cuba

SAKER ATT GÖRA

Dance salsa at the Latin Fiesta onboard a cruise to Cuba
Latin Fiesta

TURN UP THE TEMPO

First, we’ll kick off a Latin fiesta with a quick crash course on basic dance moves. Then, go head-to-head — or cheek to cheek — with your fellow steppers to the sounds of a live Latin band. 

Man Climbing Down the Rock Wall
Rock Climbing Wall

A BOLDER BOULDER

Rise to the occasion and take on the signature Rock Climbing Wall. From beginners to speed climbers, everyone can enjoy an unparalleled view from 40 feet above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

DAG 3 - TILL HAVS

KRYSSNING

FÖR MATÄLSKARE

12 oz Grilled NY-Strip Steak served at the fine dining steakhouse, Chops Grille. One of the best cruise line restaurants.
Welcoming dining room with special dishes & spectacular wines. Fine dining at the best vacation cruise restaurant Chefs Table

12 oz Grilled NY-Strip Steak served at the fine dining steakhouse, Chops Grille. One of the best cruise line restaurants.
Welcoming dining room with special dishes & spectacular wines. Fine dining at the best vacation cruise restaurant Chefs Table

SAKER ATT GÖRA

Grilled Veal Chop entree at the specialty, Chops Grille restaurant. Cruise vacation fine dining steaks served table side.
Chops Grille

A CUT ABOVE THE REST

For more than a decade, the chefs of Chops Grille have proudly presented quality, hand-cut prime steaks at this hallmark Royal Caribbean restaurant.

Lobster & Alaska king crab main entree, served at the Elegant Chefs Table restaurant. One of the best cruise line fine dining
Chef's Table

AS VIP AS CAN BE

Located in an intimate, exclusive spot onboard, this private epicurean experience for a limited number of guests, treats you to a five-course, menu and wine tasting.

DAG 4 - DOCKAD

St. John's, Newfoundland

ANKOMMER:
11:00 AM
AVGÅR:
7:00 PM

LIVELY BY NATURE

From the kaleidoscope of brightly painted houses on Jelly Bean Row to the dramatic coastline you can see from Signal Hill, St. John's is a lively capital city on the edge of wild nature. Board a boat and keep your eyes peeled for puffins. Visit The Rooms for a closer look at the ancient history and modern culture of Newfoundland.

Cliffside homes in St. John's, Newfoundland
A scenic coastal landscape with fishing houses in St. John's, Newfoundland
View of the harbor and coast at St. John's, Newfoundland

From the kaleidoscope of brightly painted houses on Jelly Bean Row to the dramatic coastline you can see from Signal Hill, St. John's is a lively capital city on the edge of wild nature. Board a boat and keep your eyes peeled for puffins. Visit The Rooms for a closer look at the ancient history and modern culture of Newfoundland.

Cliffside homes in St. John's, Newfoundland
A scenic coastal landscape with fishing houses in St. John's, Newfoundland
View of the harbor and coast at St. John's, Newfoundland
Things To Do

in St. John's

A humpback wale splashing its tail

Hit the Bay

Icebergs, humpback whales, puffins... Get out onto the Bay for an exhilarating tour of aquatic life. Or tour the islands that make up the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, where you'll see birds galore, including black-legged kittiwakes, common murres and the largest puffin colony in North America.

View of St. John's harbor through some trees from Signal Hill

Put On Your Walking Shoes

It's a hilly affair, whether you choose to hike the trails or the streets — St. John's boasts over 75 miles of walking trails within city limits. Marvel at the ancient rock cliffs that rise from the St. John's harbor, or amble along the North Head Trail and pick wild blueberries at Signal Hill.

A group of friends toasting beers

Quench Your Thirst

You're in for a toe-tapping good time if you head to historic downtown St. John's. You'll find over two dozen pubs, clubs and bars on George Street. Locals keep the party alive while you get down to an Irish jig, the blues, dance music, country or good old rock n' roll.

A bowl of steamed mussels

Local Cuisine

Newfoundland cuisine is in a category of its own, with unique items like scrunchions (crispy pork rinds) and toutons (fried dough served with mollasses). Try braised rabbit fritters or local blue mussels. Head to the Quidi Vidi district, where you'll find a local farm-to-table restaurant and a brewery featuring lager made from 25-thousand-year-old icebergs.

Assorted necklaces on a cloth

Shopping

Head to Water Street and take a piece of St. John's with you. Heritage Shop goodies include labradorite jewelry, carvings, knitwear and preserves. Get onboard Canada cruises and make your way to Quidi Vidi and check out the Plantation, a destination shopping experience where you can visit artisans in their studios as they work and sell their wares.

INSIDER TIP

Make sure you're on Newfoundland time, which is in one of the few half-hour time zones in the world.

DAG 5 - DOCKAD

St. Pierre and Miquelon, French Territory

ANKOMMER:
11:00 AM
AVGÅR:
5:00 PM

A DAY TRIP TO FRANCE

Whether you prefer to hunt down evidence of Al Capone and Bill McCoy, wander through a ghost town or explore the islands' changing tide through many wars, you'll find something to capture your imagination. Cruise to a tiny island sanctuary for puffins and migratory birds. Hop on a boat to watch whales and other sea creatures frolic in the sea. Then stroll through the streets of this truly French town and enjoy a pastry from the patisserie.

Saint Pierre Miquelon Seaviews Summer Time
Saint Pierre Miquelon Seaviews Summer Time
Saint Pierre Miquelon Panorama Aerial

Whether you prefer to hunt down evidence of Al Capone and Bill McCoy, wander through a ghost town or explore the islands' changing tide through many wars, you'll find something to capture your imagination. Cruise to a tiny island sanctuary for puffins and migratory birds. Hop on a boat to watch whales and other sea creatures frolic in the sea. Then stroll through the streets of this truly French town and enjoy a pastry from the patisserie.

Saint Pierre Miquelon Seaviews Summer Time
Saint Pierre Miquelon Seaviews Summer Time
Saint Pierre Miquelon Panorama Aerial
Things To Do

In St. Pierre and Miquelon

Saint Pierre Miquelon Whale Watching

Soak Up Some Nature

St. Pierre and Miquelon thrive on rich sea life in the surrounding waters. Fish, seabirds and marine mammals combined with the stunning water views and rugged terrain result in thrilling water excursions around the islands. Birdwatchers will want to venture to Grand Colombier, a tiny nature reserve island, home to puffins and many of the archipelago's migratory birds. The marine wildlife adventure sets out from St. Pierre in search of seals, birds, whales and other wildlife in the rich waters around the islands.

Saint Pierre Miquelon Rocky Hill Pond

Stretch Your Legs

Whether you're more inclined to take a relaxing stroll or a more vigorous and adventurous hike, the islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon have plenty of stunning views and beautiful, out-of-the-way paths. The Diamant hike is a 75-minute walk around a beach-lined peninsula on St. Pierre island. For a longer adventure, the walk to Étang du Télégraphe takes just over two hours and goes through the interior of the island to a lovely pond. Maps are available at the Tourism Bureau.

Saint Pierre Miquelon Cathedral Foothills

Get an Earful of History

Evidence of rum runners, wars and indigenous peoples weave together to tell a fascinating history of a place that is quite unique. Museums, like the Heritage Museum, bring the islands' history to life with relics and storytellers. Local shops, such as La Maison du Cadeau, offer home decorating goods, gourmet foods and souvenirs that show the islands' history as part of their rich culture, and allow you to bring some of that culture back home.

Saint Pierre Local Seafood Being Grilled

Local Cuisine

Saint Pierre is a fishing town, and seafood is king. Prepared by chefs trained in the French tradition, the freshest of fish is sure to delight you. If you prefer something other than seafood, handmade crepes and pastries might be more to your liking.

Saint Pierre Local Shopping Lavender Soap and Essential Oil

Shopping

Bring a bit of France home with you. You'll find your favorite French perfumes, soaps and skincare products, along with those you've been longing to try. Tie on a French scarf, and then seek out your favorite treats. French bread, French chocolates, French cheeses, French wines — all the delicacies of French food are available here on these tiny islands.

INSIDER TIP

The time zone in Saint Pierre and Miquelon is a half-hour off from Newfoundland, however, it is close enough that the time on your cell phone may show as Newfoundland time.

DAG 6 - DOCKAD

Corner Brook, Newfoundland

ANKOMMER:
10:30 AM
AVGÅR:
6:00 PM

HEAD FJORD-WARD

Make like an explorer in Corner Brook's ancient geography that dates back over one billion years. Zip line, hike or ski Marble Mountain, or kayak or cruise the coastline. And be sure to wash all that fun down with a plate of local seafood or a taste of good ol' Newfoundland Screech, the island's signature rum.

An aerial view of the coast of Newfoundland
A pier in Newfoundland with view of mountains in the background
View from Captain James Cook National Historic Site

Make like an explorer in Corner Brook's ancient geography that dates back over one billion years. Zip line, hike or ski Marble Mountain, or kayak or cruise the coastline. And be sure to wash all that fun down with a plate of local seafood or a taste of good ol' Newfoundland Screech, the island's signature rum.

An aerial view of the coast of Newfoundland
A pier in Newfoundland with view of mountains in the background
View from Captain James Cook National Historic Site
Things To Do

in Corner Brook

Two people ziplining over a forest

Go Flying

Adrenaline junkies won't be disappointed on Marble Mountain. Take in the majestic Steady Brook Gorge and Falls while you zip-line hundreds of feet in the air. If nine zip lines aren't enough, challenge yourself with an aerial course that includes three obstacles suspended up to 50 feet above the ground.

A small boat on a beach in Newfoundland

Reel One In

You're not leaving with anything less than a 15-pounder when your guide helps you wrangle a two-handed rod on the Lower Humber. Anglers of all skill levels are welcome and encouraged to set their sights on that 40-pound-fish story of a lifetime.

People hiking through a cave

Go Spelunking

Strap on some snow shoes, and let your tour guide outfit you for a trail trek you won't soon forget. With caves called Dinosaur Teeth and Rat's Crawl, you know you're in for a memorable experience. Spooky stories included.

Toutons with molasses poured on top

Local Cuisine

Newfoundland cuisine is in a category of its own. Try toutons, a local fried-dough pancake, with molasses for a sweet start to the day. Head to a local steakhouse for prime cuts, maple-glazed scallops or cod tongues (actually a cut from the fish's neck) with pork scrunchions, small bits of crisped pork fat that add flavor and crunch. Or treat yourself to a traditional Jiggs Dinner, a hearty meal of salted beef, potatoes and vegetables.

An assortment of honey at a shop

Shopping

You're in for unique finds in Corner Brook. Just off the main drag on Main Street, you'll find quirky concept boutiques dedicated to local goods. Pick up Newfoundland wildflower honey, handspun wools, pottery, soap and jewelry. Snag some moose antler accessories or local sea buckthorn oil.

INSIDER TIP

Want a less structured day? Rent a car for a few hours and take a scenic drive.

DAG 7 - DOCKAD

Sydney, Nova Scotia

ANKOMMER:
9:00 AM
AVGÅR:
6:00 PM

MARITIME MELODIES

Come to Sydney, Nova Scotia, and immerse yourself in multicultural Cape Breton, informed by the influence of the French, the Scotts and the native Mi'kmaqs. Hang out in the French Fortress of Louisburg, sample Gaelic culture at the Highland Village Museum, or take in the ancient art and history of the island at Membertou Heritage Park.

The Louisbourg Lighthouse during a beautiful day
Rocky coastline in Sydney, Nova Scotia
Buildings on a coastal cliff in Sydney, Nova Scotia

Come to Sydney, Nova Scotia, and immerse yourself in multicultural Cape Breton, informed by the influence of the French, the Scotts and the native Mi'kmaqs. Hang out in the French Fortress of Louisburg, sample Gaelic culture at the Highland Village Museum, or take in the ancient art and history of the island at Membertou Heritage Park.

The Louisbourg Lighthouse during a beautiful day
Rocky coastline in Sydney, Nova Scotia
Buildings on a coastal cliff in Sydney, Nova Scotia
Things To Do

in Sydney

An antique black and gold telephone

Answer the Call

Visit the Alexander Graham Bell Museum, which overlooks the inventor's summer home in Baddeck. Learn how Bell achieved invented only the telephone but also the world's fastest boat, Canada's first powered airplane flight and advanced recording technology. Marvel at his artifacts, films and family photographs.

Close up view of the exterior of Fort Louisbourg

Dance Like It's 1744

Visit the 18th century at the Fortress of Louisbourg. The largest reconstructed French fortified town in North America is alive with music, dancing, cooking and military drills. Don't leave without sipping the Fortress Rum, sold in traditional bottles and sealed in wax.

A historic log cabin in Sydney, Nova Scotia

Celtic Sojourn

Gaelic may not be your first language, but it's worth the trip to Highland Village in the Bras d'Or Lakes region to hear the melodic sounds of Celtic culture. Traditional music, stunning vistas and friendly farm animals backdrop 11 period buildings, a general store and a one-room schoolhouse.

A baked salmon fillet with a side salad on a black plate

Local Cuisine

It's all about fresh and local. Head to one of the many pubs along the downtown waterfront for maple-glazed Atlantic salmon or a lobster dinner. Be sure to try the island's signature mussels before you go. Wash it all down with a mug of Sydney's favorite beer from Big Spruce Brewing.

Bins with local wool

Shopping

It's an artisan extravaganza in Sydney. Head to the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design for affordable hand-crafted lamb's wool apparel, leather, glass and art. Get on Canada cruises to pick up some raw local lambswool or sheep's wool to take home and work with yourself.

INSIDER TIP

The town center and Charlotte Street are only a five-minute walk from port.

DAG 8 - TILL HAVS

KRYSSNING

EFTER SOLNEDGÅNGEN BÖRJAR NATTLIVET

QN, Quantum of the Seas, Boleros Lounge, bar, lounge
AN, Anthem of the Seas, Schooner Bar, lounge, piano, ship rigging decor, screens in back,

QN, Quantum of the Seas, Boleros Lounge, bar, lounge
AN, Anthem of the Seas, Schooner Bar, lounge, piano, ship rigging decor, screens in back,

Interiors, Allure, Allure of the Seas,Bolero, Boleros, Lounge,
Boleros

SHAKE IT LIKE A CAIPIRINHA

Nighttime sizzles at Boleros, a Latin-themed club and hot spot. Try a variety of specialty drinks inspired by the music— like Cuban mojitos and Brazilian caipirinhas— and get down to the pulsating live music with a six-piece Latin band. This is one after-dinner party you don't want to miss.

QN, Quantum of the Seas, public spaces, Schooner Bar, piano, entertainment, lounge, dining, drinks
Schooner Bar

THE SCHOONER THE BETTER

There's always a crowd gathered around the piano at The Schooner Bar, one of our signature bars and a guest favorite. Drop by to take in the nautical theme, and stay to join in with the piano sing-alongs while enjoying your favorite cocktail.

DAG 9 - DOCKAD

Saguenay, Quebec

ANKOMMER:
7:00 AM
AVGÅR:
5:00 PM
ADVENTURE YOU CAN'T

AFJORD TO MISS

Besides touring the Saguenay Fjord, learn more about this natural attraction at the Musee du Fjord. Its purpose is to raise awareness about the fjord's national and historic heritage, through exhibitions and even an aquarium. Speaking of history, another unmissable attraction in Saguenay is La Pulperie de Chicoutimi, a regional museum that delves into the city's history as a mill town.

Chicoutimi river with riverfront houses and forest during sunset, in Saguenay, Quebec
Sidewalk terrace with wooden boardwalk on a city park in downtown Saguenay, Quebec, with fjord river and bridge in the background
Sidewalk terrace with wooden boardwalk on a city park in downtown Saguenay, Quebec, with fjord river and bridge in the background

Besides touring the Saguenay Fjord, learn more about this natural attraction at the Musee du Fjord. Its purpose is to raise awareness about the fjord's national and historic heritage, through exhibitions and even an aquarium. Speaking of history, another unmissable attraction in Saguenay is La Pulperie de Chicoutimi, a regional museum that delves into the city's history as a mill town.

Chicoutimi river with riverfront houses and forest during sunset, in Saguenay, Quebec
Sidewalk terrace with wooden boardwalk on a city park in downtown Saguenay, Quebec, with fjord river and bridge in the background
Sidewalk terrace with wooden boardwalk on a city park in downtown Saguenay, Quebec, with fjord river and bridge in the background
Things To Do

in Saguenay

View of the Saguenay Fjord with trees, in Saguenay, Quebec

Find the Fjord

Saguenay Fjord is the reason so many people visit Saguenay annually. See the fjord's soaring rocky and pine tree-lined cliffs on either a guided sea kayak tour or a local cruise. If you want to stay on dry land, the next best thing is learning more about the fjord's landscape and history through Musee du Fjord's exhibitions. The museum is also home to an aquarium, where you can handle starfish and sea cucumbers in the touch pool.

La Pulperie de Chicoutimi Regional Museum, located in an old mill surrounded by a large park, in Saguenay, Quebec

Pulp Fiction

La Pulperie de Chicoutimi Regional Museum is located in an old mill and surrounded by a large park. It houses over 26,000 objects. Its permanent exhibitions include displays on the Canadian painter, Arthur Villeneuve and the Chicoutimi Pulp Company. The latter features multimedia and interactive displays on the company that shaped Saguenay. During the summer, the museum also hosts theatrical and comedy performances, and free Music Monday concerts.

La Petite Maison Blanche, the little white house that withstood a disastrous flood and became a symbol of perseverance, in Saguenay, Quebec

Blast From the Past

If this isn't enough, Saguenay has two other historical attractions. The Petite Maison Blanche (small white house) Museum is a Saguenay landmark that survived one of Canada's worst natural disasters — a flood in 1947. Today it's a museum with exhibitions on three floors, as well as a souvenir shop. Then there's Val-Jalbert Historical Village, which resembles a 1920s pulp mill town. It's complete with historic buildings, like a convent school and general store, as well as costumed townsfolk.

Homemade crepes served with fresh blueberries and powdered sugar on a cast iron skilled, from an eatery in Saguenay, Quebec

Local Cuisine

When exploring Quebec, you must try a crepe. Lambert Crêperie has both sweet and savory options, which include everything from homemade chocolate ganache to duck confit. Otherwise, build your own burger at Rouge Burger Bar. It also serves traditional French dishes like moules frites (mussels and fries) and tartare.

Variaous ceramic bowls for sale in Saguenay, Quebec

Shopping

Called the Route Des Artisans, you can follow a trail that includes 90 small businesses that sell products in nine different fields, including wood, ceramics and textiles. Any purchase would make a unique Saguenay souvenir during your Quebec cruise. Alternatively, stop by the gift shop when visiting La Pulperie de Chicoutimi.

INSIDER TIP

Always bring a jacket for exploring the fjord, no matter the season, winds can be strong here.

DAG 10 - DOCKAD

Quebec City, Quebec

ANKOMMER:
8:00 AM

STYLE: FORTRESS CHIC

Bat an eye, and you might think you're in a historic French city — but look a little closer, and you'll see there's nothing quite like Quebecois culture. Meander the cobblestone streets, poke your head in a gallery, or shop for artisan or antique treasures. Later, feast on poutine at a traditional bistro, or enjoy farm-to-table fare at one the city's trendy eateries.

Aerial view of the old port in Quebec City, Quebec
View of the Rocher Perce off the coast of Quebec City, Quebec
A row of buildings in Quebec City, Quebec

Bat an eye, and you might think you're in a historic French city — but look a little closer, and you'll see there's nothing quite like Quebecois culture. Meander the cobblestone streets, poke your head in a gallery, or shop for artisan or antique treasures. Later, feast on poutine at a traditional bistro, or enjoy farm-to-table fare at one the city's trendy eateries.

Aerial view of the old port in Quebec City, Quebec
View of the Rocher Perce off the coast of Quebec City, Quebec
A row of buildings in Quebec City, Quebec
Things To Do

in Quebec City

View of the front of the Basilica of Sainte Anne de Beaupre

Take a Pilgrimage

Up for a miracle? Recreate the traditional pilgrimage to St. Anne de Beaupre Basilica, a site renowned for healings and noted for its stunning architecture. Upon your return, pause and marvel at the thunderous rush of Montmorency Falls.

A plate of poutine with chicken

Find Your Inner Foodie

The Quebecois offer a feast of local fare complete with wine pairings. Sample traditional Quebec cuisine with a modern twist, organic rotisserie specialties, the famous Quebec poutine and steamy crepes. The delicious finish line is none other than the Chocolate Museum.

Various buildings within Riyak Square in Quebec City, Quebec

French Village Charm

The illuminated streets of Petit-Champlain and Place Royale let you travel back over 400 years to North America's first permanent French settlement. Jump on a cruise to Quebec City and venture up to the district by way of the staircase, or enjoy the views from atop the funicular, which has run since 1879.

A chef holding a pie

Local Cuisine

The Quebecois are pioneers of farm-to-table cuisine, and you'll find gourmet experiences on every corner. Sample French specialties including pork and venison, or comfort foods like poutine — a plate piled high with fries, brown gravy and creamy cheese curds and tourtieres, a savory meat pie spiced with clove and allspice and topped with a flaky crust. BYOB restaurants are popular in La Vielle Capital.

A storefront window with handbags

Shopping

In Vieux Quebec, seek out fine knits and cashmere, leather and suede clothing, Inuit art, specialty chocolates, maple syrup and gourmet olive oils and vinegars. Along Petit-Champlain and Place Royale, you'll find artisan stone sculptures, boutique designer fashions, fudge and famous Quebec ciders.

INSIDER TIP

Although French is the official language here, English is widely spoken.

DAG 11 - DOCKAD

Quebec City, Quebec

AVGÅR:
2:00 PM

STYLE: FORTRESS CHIC

Bat an eye, and you might think you're in a historic French city — but look a little closer, and you'll see there's nothing quite like Quebecois culture. Meander the cobblestone streets, poke your head in a gallery, or shop for artisan or antique treasures. Later, feast on poutine at a traditional bistro, or enjoy farm-to-table fare at one the city's trendy eateries.

Aerial view of the old port in Quebec City, Quebec
View of the Rocher Perce off the coast of Quebec City, Quebec
A row of buildings in Quebec City, Quebec

Bat an eye, and you might think you're in a historic French city — but look a little closer, and you'll see there's nothing quite like Quebecois culture. Meander the cobblestone streets, poke your head in a gallery, or shop for artisan or antique treasures. Later, feast on poutine at a traditional bistro, or enjoy farm-to-table fare at one the city's trendy eateries.

Aerial view of the old port in Quebec City, Quebec
View of the Rocher Perce off the coast of Quebec City, Quebec
A row of buildings in Quebec City, Quebec
Things To Do

in Quebec City

View of the front of the Basilica of Sainte Anne de Beaupre

Take a Pilgrimage

Up for a miracle? Recreate the traditional pilgrimage to St. Anne de Beaupre Basilica, a site renowned for healings and noted for its stunning architecture. Upon your return, pause and marvel at the thunderous rush of Montmorency Falls.

A plate of poutine with chicken

Find Your Inner Foodie

The Quebecois offer a feast of local fare complete with wine pairings. Sample traditional Quebec cuisine with a modern twist, organic rotisserie specialties, the famous Quebec poutine and steamy crepes. The delicious finish line is none other than the Chocolate Museum.

Various buildings within Riyak Square in Quebec City, Quebec

French Village Charm

The illuminated streets of Petit-Champlain and Place Royale let you travel back over 400 years to North America's first permanent French settlement. Jump on a cruise to Quebec City and venture up to the district by way of the staircase, or enjoy the views from atop the funicular, which has run since 1879.

A chef holding a pie

Local Cuisine

The Quebecois are pioneers of farm-to-table cuisine, and you'll find gourmet experiences on every corner. Sample French specialties including pork and venison, or comfort foods like poutine — a plate piled high with fries, brown gravy and creamy cheese curds and tourtieres, a savory meat pie spiced with clove and allspice and topped with a flaky crust. BYOB restaurants are popular in La Vielle Capital.

A storefront window with handbags

Shopping

In Vieux Quebec, seek out fine knits and cashmere, leather and suede clothing, Inuit art, specialty chocolates, maple syrup and gourmet olive oils and vinegars. Along Petit-Champlain and Place Royale, you'll find artisan stone sculptures, boutique designer fashions, fudge and famous Quebec ciders.

INSIDER TIP

Although French is the official language here, English is widely spoken.

DAG 12 - Ankomstdag

Montreal, Quebec

ANKOMMER:
7:00 AM

Montreal effortlessly combines French delicacies with European architecture and Canadian friendliness. Its namesake, Mount Royal is a triple-peaked hill in the middle of the city, so it's literally the city's heart and focal point. After Paris, Montreal is the world's second-largest predominantly French-speaking city. However, nearly 60 percent of the population speak both French and English. Montreal's city center perfectly marries old and new architecture, as you have skyscrapers overshadowing Old (Vieux) Montreal, the city's historic district. Established in the mid-17th century, make time to step inside Notre Dame Basilica and Marche Bonsecours, a local-focused shopping destination.

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