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Montreal

Quaint narrow streets and gems such as the Notre Dame Basilica give Quebec’s heart a firmly French feel.

Our most recommended things to do in Montreal

Hop-On Hop-Off Double-Decker 2-Day Tour

1. Hop-On Hop-Off Double-Decker 2-Day Tour

See the many sights of Montreal on board a London-style double-decker bus with a hop-on hop-off tour. You will discover the streets of Montreal in an interesting and informative way, with a professional tour guide who introduces you to the history and beauty of this city. You are free to get off at any of the 10 stops to soak up Montreal’s charm. 2-Day Red Loop Bask in the glory of the Notre Dame Basilica, stroll through Chinatown, and walk along the water of the Old Port. Be inspired and spend an afternoon at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Plan your evening and scope out the best bars and restaurants along Crescent Street. With 10 different places to hop on or hop off, there is no shortage of things to do and places to see. This hop-on hop-off tour is a unique and informative way to experience Montreal! Stops include: Square Dorchester, Old Montreal: Notre Dame Basilica, Old Montreal: Pointe-à-Callière Museum, Village, Latin Quarter, Festival Quarter, Fine Arts Museum, Saint Joseph’s Oratory, Mont-Royal: Kondiaronk Lookout, Mont-Royal: Camillien Houde Lookout.

Montreal: Le Bateau-Mouche St. Lawrence Sightseeing Cruise

2. Montreal: Le Bateau-Mouche St. Lawrence Sightseeing Cruise

Take full advantage of summer aboard a relaxing 1 or 1.5-hour river cruise departing from the Jacques-Cartier Pier in the heart of Old Montreal. This is the perfect introduction to Montreal if you are visiting the city for the first time. Be charmed by the boat's bright and comfortable environment no matter where you sit. Get close to the waves and nature on the enclosed main deck or enjoy the sheltered, open-air upper deck. If you want to feel the wind in your hair as you admire the panoramic views then the back terrace is the place to be. The flat-bottomed boat allows for smooth sailing, cruising areas inaccessible to other boats. Get closer to the splendor of the St. Lawrence River and its coastline. Catch sight of the Clock Tower, Biosphère, Jacques Cartier Bridge, and Habitat 67. The pre-recorded audio narration will explain what you're seeing, and you can enjoy bar and snack services (at your own expense). After your cruise, you'll be dropped off at the Pier with the rest of the day to enjoy even more of Montreal.

Montreal: 3.5-Hour Guided Bus Tour

3. Montreal: 3.5-Hour Guided Bus Tour

Discover Montreal by bus and admire over 200 points of interest in the vibrant Canadian city. Your bilingual guide will tell you all about each place you visit, offering insights and historical background as you go. Stroll through charming Old Montreal for a panoramic view of the Old Port, and admire Place Jacques Cartier in the heart of this historical area. Located between the St. Lawrence River and downtown, Old Montreal is the center of the city and offers a fascinating glimpse into Montreal's past. See prestigious McGill University and Universite de Montreal, then stop by Montreal's City Hall before heading to vibrant Montreal Harbor, an ocean port 1,000 miles (1,600 km) from the sea. Enjoy beautiful views of the city from Mont Royal Park as you stand next to the massive basilica of St. Joseph's Oratory at the park summit. The bus will also take you to Chinatown, the Place Des Arts performing arts center, and the Place Ville Marie underground luxury shopping center. See the tallest inclined building in the world at Olympic Park and admire the new home of the Montreal Canadien ice hockey team at the Bell Centre. See all there is to see in Montreal's French Quarter, and residential and financial districts as you get to know this fascinating French Canadian city.

From Montreal: Quebec City and Montmorency Falls Day Trip

4. 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.

Montreal: Laurentian Mountains Day Trip

5. Montreal: Laurentian Mountains Day Trip

Escape from the city for one day and uncover the beautiful backdrops of the Laurentian Mountains, on a full-day excursion from Montreal.  Your adventure begins with morning pickup from your downtown Montreal hotel before a scenic drive out of town into the charming countryside. Along the way, your guide will share with you insights and history of the region. Travel to Saint-Sauveur for a photo stop in this charming village. Here you’ll also have time to visit the local shops, cafes, and historic buildings. Enjoy a short stop in Saint-Adolphe-d'Howard to embrace the ambiance of the quaint village, Lac Joseph.  At Mont-Tremblant, fall in love with the idyllic mountains and use your free time to have lunch, shop, or do an activity like riding the gondola to the highest peak. Your tour concludes with the return journey to Montreal and drop-off at your downtown hotel around 6:30 PM.

Montreal: Guided Helicopter Tour

6. Montreal: Guided Helicopter Tour

Start your helicopter tour of Montreal with a quick safety briefing from your pilot. Get to know the pilot and the aircraft to feel comfortable before you take off. Take a great photo in front of the helicopter and ascend into the skies to see the city from a totally unique perspective. Fly over the Quebec Capitol building at an altitude of 1,500 feet. Hover over the Olympic Stadium, Downtown Montreal and Mount Royal. The 20-minute ride will bring you back to the airport through the Old Port of Montreal and Victoria Bridge. Opt for the 30-minute tour and fly above the Saint Lawrence River over Parc Jean Drapeau and the Jacques Cartier Bridge. Continue to the Îles-de-Boucherville National Park and make your way over the picturesque countryside.

Montreal: St. Lawrence River Sightseeing Guided Cruise

7. Montreal: St. Lawrence River Sightseeing Guided Cruise

Climb aboard the Cavalier Maxim river vessel at Montreal’s Alexandra Pier in the Old Port and set sail on a 90-minute cruise (or 60-minute cruise at 16:00) of the Saint Lawrence River. See the metropolitan area from a new perspective as you cruise out from the port, past the Olympic Stadium, Parc Bellerive, the Pont Jacques-Cartier and more. Relax on board and listen to a fascinating commentary by certified guide. They will regale you with stories of the history of Montreal, and relate anecdotes about the city and its surroundings. Take a break from city life and laze on the sunny terrace of the Cavalier Maxim, while soaking up the breathtaking panorama parading before your eyes!

Montreal Old Port: La Grande Roue Entry Ticket

8. Montreal Old Port: La Grande Roue Entry Ticket

Take in breathtaking views on top La Grande Roue de Montréal, the largest observation wheel in Canada. Upgrade your experience to a private gondola or beat the crowd with the early bird option. The wheel is located in the heart of the picturesque setting of Old Port, on the shore of the Saint Lawrence River. Step aboard climate-controlled gondolas with ultra-clear glass for unbeatable panoramic views 60-meters high. Year round, rain, snow or shine, admire exceptional views of the city and its surroundings. Your ride will last around twenty breathtaking minutes. No matter the weather, the temperate gondolas will keep you cool in summer and warm in winter.  Under the sun or stars, enjoy the historic buildings of Old Montreal, the city center’s eclectic architecture, Mont-Royal, and the majestic Saint Lawrence River. On a clear day, you can admire up to 28-kilometers of the horizon. As dusk falls, Montreal’s lights up in color, creating a romantic and festive atmosphere. At the base of the wheel, relax on terraces or saver a tasty treat at the onsite cafe and bistro. You can upgrade your experience with the option of a private gondola for 8 people.

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

9. 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

Montréal: 5-Course Dinner Cruise

10. Montréal: 5-Course Dinner Cruise

Experience Montréal from a different perspective on a dinner cruise along the St. Lawrence River. Arrive in the Old Port of Montréal from 6:00 PM to collect your cruise ticket inside the brand new cruise terminal on Alexandria Pier.  Board the beautiful AML Cavalier Maxim vessel, with a capacity for up to 850 guests. Wander the outside decks and terraces and the indoor dining rooms. Enjoy a drink at one of the bars before the boat sets sail at 7:00 PM. Appreciate the panorama from the "floor to ceiling" all-glass dining rooms, and get breathtaking views of the harbor and St. Lawrence River as you sail. Experience the local gastronomy of dishes prepared by a talented team of chefs. Then, relax to the sounds of the live DJ after your 5-course meal. Take advantage of the outdoor patios, and dance the night away under the stars or on one of the indoor dance floors. See the Old Port of Montréal and sail past the theme park of La Ronde on the island of St. Hélène. Admire the Jacques Cartier Bridge and Biosphere, before your return to port at approximately 10:30 PM.  

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What people are saying about Montreal

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4.4 / 5

based on 5,430 reviews

A wonderful 3.5 hr trip. Our guide and driver were very patient, friendly, and helpful. We really got a thorough introduction to the main areas and attractions of Montreal. We took our trip at 9am Thursday September 15. Thank you to the guide for sharing so much interesting information and anecdotes; and a thank you to the driver for safely driving us around a very busy city - both of you did an exceptional job! Many thanks.

Connie Burcheri was great. She took us for breakfast at a Montreal cafe that was a favorite with Leonard Cohen, and was in the neighborhood were Cohen lived. We then explored neighborhoods in Montreal, visited local stores, the open market in Little Italy, and she drove us back to our hotel. She even made our dinner reservation! She was great.

Enjoyed the experience. Old Montreal is different and some highlights were nice to see.... Olympic Stadium, Churches.

Amilee was a fantastic guide. This is the best way to see unique areas of Montreal.

Great tour by knowledgeable and helpful tour guide. Would definitely recommend.