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From Montreal: Quebec City and Montmorency Falls Day Trip

1. From Montreal: Quebec City and Montmorency Falls Day Trip

Explore the history of Quebec City on a hassle-free day trip from Montreal. Relax in the comfort of a premium bus as you begin the scenic journey with complimentary pickup from downtown Montreal hotels. On arrival in Quebec City, visit sites like Place Royale, Old Quebec, Petit Champlain, Notre Dame Basilica, and the Quebec Citadel. Drive along Grande-Allle, stop at the Chateau Frontenac, and admire Quebec's oldest skyscraper. Enjoy leisure time to explore the city’s winding streets and Quebec City’s oldest public stairs, Escalier Casse-Cou. Ride the funicular built into the cliff which links Upper and Lower Quebec for magnificent views of the river and its surroundings. Stop at the Plains of Abraham to see where the famous battle between French and English armies took place in 1759. Depart Quebec City’s Old Town for Montmorency Falls to enjoy extraordinary views of the impressive 274-foot (83-meter) high falls. Then, get back aboard the bus for your return trip to Montreal.

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Montreal: Half-Day City Tour

2. Montreal: Half-Day City Tour

Discover the sights of Montreal on a half-day guided van tour. Your tour begins with complimentary pickup from a selection of downtown hotels. Climb on board and embark on a sightseeing adventure around the city. Visit upscale neighborhoods like Westmount, where you can admire the architecture of its personalized houses and mansions. On the morning tour go for a visit of Saint Joseph's Oratory, a National Historic Site of Canada, and the largest Basilica in the country. Next, visit Mount Royal Park and take a stroll to Beaver Lake (Lac aux Castors) and admire the scenery. Stop at Camillien Houde outlook for a breathtaking picture of the city.  Explore the French side of Montreal before crossing on Jacques Cartier bridge to Saint Helen's Island. Visit Parc Jean-Drapeau, the site of the unforgettable Expo 67 and take a picture of The Biosphere Environment Museum. The morning tour will be concluded with a photo-stop at Notre-Dame Basilica in Old Montreal area. On the afternoon tour, Visit Saint Joseph's Oratory, before heading to Mont Royal Park and stroll to the top of the mountain for a scenic view of the city from atop the mountain. Then, visit the famous Plateau Mont-Royal neighborhood, reputed for its European-style and characteristic multi-colored houses with twisty outdoor staircases and green alleyways. After visiting the cultural district "Quartier des Spectacles" and Downtown Montreal, conclude the tour with a visit to Old Montreal and the Old Port area.

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Montreal: Small Group Evening City Tour

3. Montreal: Small Group Evening City Tour

Join this small group tour to discover the top sights of Montreal by night. Benefit from the insights of your bilingual, local guide as you traverse the city in the comfort of a climate-controlled van. The tour begins with pickup from your hotel in Downtown Montreal. Journey through Downtown, admiring the city lights and the special evening atmosphere. Pass through the upscale neighborhoods of Westmount and their unique houses and grand mansions. Pause for a photo opportunity with the magnificently illuminated St Joseph Oratory before ascending Mont-Royal. Enjoy a short stroll to a lookout point and take in breathtaking views of the city under the cover of night. Climb back into the van and travel to the vibrant nightlife areas of the city. Cross the Jacques Cartier Bridge to see its light up-close and marvel at the Montreal skyline from afar. Check out the Old Port's night festivities before ending your tour with a visit to the historic Old Montreal. Your evening adventure ends with a safe return to your hotel.

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Old Montreal: 1.5-Hour Walking Tour of the East Side

4. Old Montreal: 1.5-Hour Walking Tour of the East Side

Discover the fascinating city of Montreal and its birthplace on a walking tour through the East of Old Quarter, bursting with amazing art, intriguing history and spectacular architecture. Your walk goes towards Cours le Royer and ends at Bonsecours Market. Your guide shares the exceptional history and shows you the stunning architecture of Montreal through anecdotes that reveal the city's secrets! Highlights on the tour include: • Le Cours le Royer • St-Paul Street • City Hall • Place Jacques-Cartier • Champ de Mars • Bonsecours Chapel and Street • Bonsecours Market

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Old Montréal Small-Group Christmas Tour

5. Old Montréal Small-Group Christmas Tour

Take a 90-minute guided walk through historic Old Montréal with a professional guide. Discover the secrets of Christmases past, on a route from Victoria Square to Bonsecours Market. Explore the old city during this magical time of year and succumb to its winter charm. Learn about the origins of local holiday traditions, including fascinating customs of New France. Take a trip around the world with the Santa Claus exhibit at Montréal’s World Trade Center. Admire the festive decorations of Old Montréal’s shops, museums and hotel lobbies. Pass by the Place d’Armes, Notre-Dame Basilica and Jacques-Cartier Place, all decorated for the holiday season.

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Montreal: Full-Day Small Group City Tour

6. Montreal: Full-Day Small Group City Tour

Whether you are a local or a first-time visitor, there is always more of Montreal to discover. Join a full-day tour to see the top sights and some hidden gems. Your guide will share local insights and point out all the sights as you traverse the city in the comfort of a climate-controlled vehicle.   Your tour begins with pickup from your downtown hotel before heading to Westmount where you can see upscale neighborhoods with signature houses and mansions. Then, visit Canada's largest basilica, St. Joseph’s Oratory. Marvel at scenic views of the city from atop Mount Royal. Journey through historic French neighborhoods and drive across Jacques Cartier Bridge to the site of the Expo 67 on St. Helen’s Island. Here, stop for a picture of the monumental Biosphere, a museum dedicated to the environment. Travel back toward the city, admiring the city skyline en route to Old Montreal. See the Notre-Dame Basilica and pause for lunch or souvenir shopping (at your own expense). Enjoy a short walk through Old Montreal to admire historic landmarks and sample some local products. Next up is Chinatown and the cultural district of the city, Quartier des Spectacles, in downtown Montreal. See the busy commercial district and pass by Mile End and try the famous Montreal Bagel. Stop in Little Italy and walk through Jean-Talon Market, the city's largest farmer's market. Your city adventure ends with a visit to Le Plateau Mount-Royal.

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Walking Tour in Old Montreal's West Side

7. Walking Tour in Old Montreal's West Side

Explore the west side of Old Montreal during this 90-minute walking tour. European in character, with cobblestone streets and cafe culture, much of Old Montreal has been preserved in its original 17th century state. Your expert guide will share the exceptional history of this French-influenced city while showing you its stunning architecture and historic sites. Begin your walk with a step inside the famous Notre-Dame Basilica and end at the Place Royale, near the Pointe-à-Callière Museum. Encounter a variety of highlights in between as you see significant landmarks of Montreal, including the Place d'Youville and Place Royale. Walk along McGill and Saint-Jacques Street - once the financial heart of Canada. While Old Montreal reflects the city's rich and colorful past, today it is a vibrant, artistic, and trendy neighborhood lined with galleries, restaurants, and fashionable boutiques you can discover as you explore the area with your guide.

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Old Montreal: Architectural Walking Tour

8. Old Montreal: Architectural Walking Tour

The history of Old Montreal can be discovered through its many unique buildings. With four centuries of architecture to explore, from the walled city to the latest trends in urban design and architecture, this exclusive guided walking tour is the only one with an architectural theme. Highlights of the tour include: Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours Chapel, Bonsecours Market, Château Ramezay, City Hall, Pierre Viger House, Notre-Dame Basilica, the Old Seminary, New-York Life and Aldred buildings, Hôtel Place d’Armes, Bank of Montreal, Place Ville Marie, Cadieux Forge, Darling Foundry, the Biosphere and many more... At the end of your tour, you will have the chance to relax and enjoy a beer, a glass of wine or a soft drink at a resto-pub located in Old Montreal, right next to your start location facing the Old Port of Montreal.

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Montreal: Small Group Sightseeing Tour with Seasonal Cruise

9. Montreal: Small Group Sightseeing Tour with Seasonal Cruise

Discover the highlights of Montreal in comfort on a 5-hour guided tour and travel in a small group for a more intimate experience. Drive to the Mont-Royal mountain that the city was named after and get beautiful views of the surrounding area and city skyline. You will get to see St. Joseph's Oratory and stop at a landing point on Mount Royal for breathtaking scenic views of the city, and then explore its historical side in Old Montreal. Hear little known historical facts and see the beautiful Notre Dame Basilica.  When in season, you will head to the Old Port of Montreal where you will board a riverboat cruise. On this 1.5-hour cruise, you will be able to sit back, relax and take in some amazing sights as you float down the St. Lawrence River. From September to June, the cruise will be replaced by a visit to La Grande Roue, Montreal's famous observation wheel, located in Old Port. Following a view of the beautiful downtown Montreal, head out through some more of the city as you work your way towards the world-famous Olympic Park which was the main stop for the 1976 Olympics. You will have time to explore the area and take a trip to the Biodome where you will walk through four ecosystems found in the Americas.

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Montreal: Guided Bike Tour of City, Old Port & Plateau

10. Montreal: Guided Bike Tour of City, Old Port & Plateau

Experience the best bike-friendly city in North America as you explore Montreal on two wheels. With a large network of bike paths, Montreal was meant to be discovered by bicycle. Take advantage of a 3- or 4-hour bike tour with the option to upgrade to an electric bike. Begin your adventure at the bike shop located in historic Old Montreal. After being equipped and briefed on safety, set off under the guidance of your experienced guide. Discover the city’s well-known and lesser-known sights as you ride through its various neighborhoods, main attractions, and more unusual locations. See Old-Port, Latin Quarter, La Fontaine Park, the Plateau, the entrance to Mont-Royal Park, McGill University campus, the business district, and Old Montreal. On the 4-hour tour, you will also ride through Montreal’s Mile End neighborhood. Enjoy a gourmet stop along the way at Saint-Viateur Bagel to taste Montreal’s famous bagels. Once the tour ends, relax and enjoy a complimentary drink (with or without alcohol) at an Old Montreal resto-pub located just next door. You can also continue to explore the city on your own after the tour. You can keep the bike for the rest of the day and return it at closing time.

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What people are saying about Montreal

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 658 reviews

This tour was so interesting and informative. It left me wanting to get better acquainted with the interesting people, places and rich history of beautiful Montréal. Mounir was an amazing tour guide! One can tell that he loves what he does and his knowledge, patience and kindness are unsurpassed.

Our driver was amazing! It was a very icy travel day, however Richard was an excellent driver. We enjoyed his jokes and guidance for touring Quebec City. Our tour guide in the city was very knowledgeable. What a BEAUTIFUL city! I would highly recommend this tour. We will definitely return!

Our tour guide was friendly, knowledgeable and professional. The tour was interesting and fun.

The tour guide has very extensive knowledge about the history of montreal.

Guide was excellent despite the suboptimal weather!