The Ultimate Canadian Grand Prix Experience
Few sports generate the thrills, glamour, and prestige of Formula 1™ racing. While avid fans of this global sport love to discuss which are the best and most entertaining stops on this worldwide tour, there is no debate about what makes Montréal so irresistible. It’s a cosmopolitan cocktail of French joie de vivre and sophistication with a twist of arts, music, and shopping. The city is a fantastic blend of old-world charm and modern culture. Streets are lined with chic boutiques, Parisian-inspired sidewalk cafés, and sleek hotels. From the cobblestone streets of Old Montreal to the glittering lights of the city coming to life after dark, Montreal seems to have it all. It’s as if the city was designed for a perfect F1 stop; come see why it is always one of the most popular cities on the F1 circuit.
Below you will find a suggested sample itinerary, please remember we will work with you to completely customize your preferred experience based on your tastes, desires and budget.
Day by Day
Day One – Thursday, June 8, 2017
Upon arrival at Montreal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport you will be greeted outside baggage claim and taken by private sedan to the luxurious and exclusive Ritz-Carlton Montreal, your home for the next four days. The hotel is conveniently located in Golden Square Mile and in close proximity to Montreal’s high-end boutiques, galleries, museums, and this city’s wonderful food and club scene.
Tonight we recommend dinner just down the street at Cavalli; it’s where the pretty people go to sip cocktails by the restaurant’s big front window, before seating for dinner. Marvel at the modern interior with its green and pink velvet chairs and blonde-wood paneling before you marvel at the food. Chef Frank Gioffre serves up Italian food with Asian influences, a spectacular combination. Some of our favorites are the Chilean sea bass and his mac ‘n’ cheese with truffles and brioche breadcrumbs. Cavalli is definitely a feast for both eyes and palate and a fun place to see and be seen. After dinner you can check out the scene on Crescent Street, which is party central during Grand Prix weekend.
Day Two – Friday, June 9, 2017
A great way to start the morning is to stroll over to Vieux (Old) Montreal and enjoy a sumptuous cafe au lait and a decadent pastry. After breakfast (or more likely brunch) you can join the Montrealers who shop with a vengeance. This fashion-aware city is great, whether you traverse the busy Ste-Catherine Street checking out bargains, or strolling up St-Laurent browsing in boutiques that stock wares from international and local designers, you will find this city has lots to offer those with a bent to fashion. If incredible architecture is your thing, a visit to the Basilique Notre-Dame-de-Montreal is a must.
Tonight for dinner we recommend one of Montreal’s most acclaimed French Bistros, Joe Beef. Once voted Canada’s top restaurant, this restaurant is both fun and world class. The highlight, of course, is the food, but the service and wine list are likely to surpass anyone’s expectations.
Day Three – Saturday, June 10, 2017
After breakfast you will be transferred by private sedan to the Île Notre-Dame in the middle of the St Lawrence River, home to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. The thirteen-turn 4.36km circuit is one of the most challenging on the F1 circuit. One of the track’s famous barriers is dubbed the “wall of champions” for having claimed the likes of Damon Hill, Michael Schumacher, Jacques Villeneuve and more recently Jenson Button and Sebastian Vettel. You will experience the most exclusive of racing experiences in your chosen hospitality venue for this race. Enjoy the finest food and wine, driver appearances, and premium viewing at one of the Canadian Grand Prix’s highest end viewing options.
Your private sedan will take you back to the Ritz-Carlton to relax and freshen up prior to heading back the vibrant nightlife of Montreal. Tonight we recommend Brasserie T. The second restaurant of Montréal’s own celebrity chef, Normand Laprise, Brasserie T offers a somewhat relaxed and intimate venue without compromising on taste. Be sure to try their famous burger; you can thank us later.
Day Four – Sunday, June 11, 2017
Enjoy your breakfast before again making your way by private sedan to the circuit for today’s thrilling F1 race. Grab a glass of champagne and see what the featured Formula One pilot has to say about today’s race. You will also enjoy a pit tour, something reserved for only a select few, but available to you as a guest of your chosen exclusive hospitality venue. After a sumptuous lunch you have come to the moment that all this has been building towards, the Canadian Grand Prix is about to begin. Travelling in excess of 340 kilometers an hour, these incredible cars and drivers will be pushing the limits to try and be the first to negotiate the 70 laps that comprise the Grand Prix du Canada. Will Lewis Hamilton defend his 2016 crown for Mercedes, or will Ferrari add to its lead of having won this race a record 13 times? Be on hand in this great cosmopolitan city for one of the most popular stops of the Formula 1 season.
Day Five – Monday, June 12, 2017
Enjoy one last French pastry and breakfast before your private car takes you to the airport for your journey home.
The 4-night Ultimate Canadian Grand Prix Experience as described above ranges from $8,825 to $21,755 per person (Custom 3-night packages start from $1,295 per person). However, our specialty is custom packages tailored to fit you perfectly. To customize the Canadian Grand Prix experience of a lifetime please contact one of our sports travel specialists at 1-800-465-1765 (weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. CST) or submit a custom trip request.
*Rates are per person in USD based on double occupancy. Single occupancy rates are available. Triple and Quad occupancy may be available. Rates do not include the cost of dinner recommendations. A 50% deposit will hold your spot. Final balance is due 60 days prior to travel. Rates subject to the 5% Canadian GST. Availability and pricing subject to change prior to booking.
“He was speechless!”
Just fantastic! Duane Penner was great, on top of everything and always to our service. Eric Cashdan is the biggest Formula 1 fan one can meet. When he got Alain Proust’s autograph on Friday night at the Amber Lounge, he was speechless. Prince Albert was there with his soon to be bride – who strikingly lookalike to his mother, Grace Kelly – and Kim Kardashian arrived appropriately late.
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