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Our most recommended Montreal Sightseeing Cruises

Montreal: Le Bateau-Mouche St. Lawrence Sightseeing Cruise

1. 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: St. Lawrence River Sightseeing Guided Cruise

2. 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!

Montréal: 5-Course Dinner Cruise

3. 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.  

Montréal: Cruise with 3-Course Brunch

4. Montréal: Cruise with 3-Course Brunch

Enjoy a day out at sea on the Saint Lawrence River aboard this cruise. Enjoy a delicious 3-course brunch, see Montreal's iconic sites such as the Old Port, Jacques Cartier Bridge, Olympique Park, and many more from a sea view. Meet your host at the Grand Quay pier in Old Montreal to board the cruise. Enjoy brunch for 1 hour before departing on a scenic 1.5 hour river cruise. The river cruise will depart at 11:30 AM. Take a seat, sit back, relax, enjoy the ride and listen to the commentary from the crew members as you drift along the river in style. Smell the sweet aroma from the kitchen as the chefs prepare your food. Taste a delicious 3-course brunch cooked from local products. Sip on complimentary coffee or tea as you savor your meal. Feeling full up? No worries, you can chill in the dining rooms or head to the open-air outdoor terraces to admire the view. See Montreal from a different perspective, and make sure you take photos of the Old Port, La Grande Roue, Jacques Cartier Bridge, and many more sites as you cruise along.

Montreal: 3.5-Hour Guided Bus Tour

5. 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.

Montreal: Laurentian Mountains Day Trip

6. 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

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

8. 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.

Montreal: Evening Cruise with Live Entertainment

9. Montreal: Evening Cruise with Live Entertainment

Step onto the only floating terrace in Montreal with live entertainment, panoramic views, and multiple bars. Whether you're a couple or are with friends, you'll be delighted as the city and the Jacques Cartier Bridge are illuminated before your very eyes. Your cruise beings at the famous Grad Quay Pier just a short walk from the Notre Dame Basilica of Montreal. Once you've boarded the AML Cavalier Maxim, sit back and relax as you set off on the St. Lawrence River. With a drink in hand, cruise past the La Grande Roue, Olympique Stadium, and into Parc de Iles-de-Boucherville before returning past La Ronde and docking in the Old Port.

Montreal: Small Group Night Sightseeing Tour

10. Montreal: Small Group Night Sightseeing Tour

Don't spend an evening stuck in your hotel, set off on an epic tour of Montreal at night to explore the sights and attractions of this wonderful city. Your tour begins when the sun has completely set for the day and the city lights are turned on with pick up at around 8:30 PM. Take a scenic drive to the top of Mont Royale for your first stop. Travel the twisting, turning roads all the way to the highest point in the city and admire Saint Joseph's Oratory in all its dazzling nighttime glory on the way. Once at the top, take in some of the most amazing evening views of the city. Head back down into the city for a stop in Old Montreal. Follow your guide as you explore the streets of this amazing and historical quarter. End your experience of Old Montreal a breathtaking view of the Notre Dame Basilica. Hop back into the van for a driving tour along the waterfront. At the waterfront, enjoy a ride on the Montreal Observation Wheel to see some of the most unique and memorable nighttime views of the city.

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What people are saying about Montreal

I wend with a group of friends and sincerely: we were all blown away with the quality of the cruise ! Very well organized, easy parking, huge/massive windows, so that you can enjoy the view from any side of the seated area, nice big spaces between tables, staff was amazing, and the food: 5star restaurant/ absolutely excellent, beautiful presentation and so much food to eat. I would strongly recommend it and will be giving it to all my loved once for special occasions.

We enjoyed a quick introduction to Montreal city by our guide, Norman, who is knowledgeable about Montreal, has a quick humour and was easy to have a connection with. We are from Arizona, US and it’s the first time we travel to Canada. With this tour at the beginning of our trips, we were able to have a good idea where to go afterwards by using the subway system (Metro) and city bus. It was fun and memorable! We highly recommend it.

Comfortable cruise across the St. Lawrence river. Choice of covered and open seating area. Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic Drinks )no food) can be purchased on board. Staff are nice and helpful.

It was a nice moment, most especially for my kids, they catch fun and they asked me can we go back tomorrow.

Wonderful tour for our family from teenagers to seniors!