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St Lawrence River: Our most recommended tours and activities

Montreal: 3.5-Hour Guided Bus Tour

1. 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: La Grande Roue de Montréal Entry Ticket

2. Montreal: La Grande Roue de Montréal Entry Ticket

Take in breathtaking views of Montreal with entry tickets to La Grande Roue de Montréal, the largest observation wheel in Canada. See the city and its surroundings from 60 meters in the air. Upgrade your experience to a private climate-controlled gondola on the Saint Lawrence River. 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.

Quebec City: Whale Watching Excursion with Bus Transfer

3. Quebec City: Whale Watching Excursion with Bus Transfer

Discover the wonder of whale watching on a day trip from Quebec City. Benefit from comfortable round-trip transport by bus, and the choice between a big boat or zodiac whale watching excursion.  After morning pickup, depart Quebec City for the beautiful area of Baie-Sainte-Catherine, near Tadoussac. Sit back and relax on the scenic drive. On arrival to Baie-Sainte-Catherine, you’ll board either a big boat or be outfitted for your zodiac experience.  The big boat offers inside and outside seating, a covered roof, restrooms, observation platform, a boutique, and a cafeteria. The zodiac offers a more intimate and adventurous encounter, as you observe the whales from water level. Your bilingual guides on either vessel will be more than happy to share information about the whales and surrounding area. Help the naturalist, the captain, the crew, and the other passengers spot the giants of the sea.  Breathe in the fresh air and admire the North Shore of the St. Lawrence River as well as the tiny island of Ile Rouge or the lighthouse "Phare Au Fond Prince." After your excursion, board the bus for the return journey. Tour concludes with drop-off in Quebec City.

Quebec City: Sightseeing Cruise with Guide

4. Quebec City: Sightseeing Cruise with Guide

Set sail on a captivating cruise on the Saint Lawrence River and discover the city of Quebec and its surroundings. See the iconic old forts, Montmorency Falls, Laurentian Mountains, and many more highlights during the journey. Your costumed guide, Louis Jolliet, will reveal the unsuspected history of Quebec City, the river, and the surroundings. Take time to relax on the outside terraces while admiring the exceptional view of the Château Frontenac, Île d'Orléans, and the Côte-de-Beaupré. Learn interesting stories and facts about the city while cruising in the serene waters.

Montreal: St. Lawrence River Sightseeing Guided Cruise

5. 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 cruise 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 a 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!

From New York City: Niagara Falls & 1000 Islands 3-Day Tour

6. From New York City: Niagara Falls & 1000 Islands 3-Day Tour

Experience the fury of Niagara Falls with a ride on the Maid of the Mist and cruise through the Thousand Islands on this three-day tour from New York City. Day 1: New York - Finger Lakes - Niagra Falls An early morning departure takes you north from the Big Apple as you pass the beautiful Delaware Gap to Watkins Glen State Park in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. Walk through Watkins Glen Canyon to visit the beautiful waterfalls and then continue to Niagara Falls, passing Seneca Lake, where you will arrive in the late afternoon. Tour the U.S. side of the falls including the American Falls, Goat Island, and Luna Island. At night, tour Niagara Falls where you can marvel at the colorful lighting of the waters while on board the Maid of the Mist. Overnight: Ramada by Wyndham. Day 2: Niagra Falls - Toronto - 1000 Islands Start the day with the Horseshoe Falls’ view followed by a visit to the picturesque village of Niagara on the Lake. We continue to Toronto, the financial capital of Canada. Visit the HTO Park, Brookfield Place, city hall, and The Distillery Historic District.  Towards the evening, take off from Toronto along the world-famous Lake Ontario for an evening arrival to the 1000 Islands area (in April, based on weather conditions, you may return to Niagara Falls to stay overnight). Overnight: Gananoque at Comfort Inn (April: Ramada by Wyndham). Day 3: 1000 Islands - New York  Start the day with a cruise through the amazing 1000 Islands along the St. Laurence River. See the houses of the rich and famous built atop private islands. After lunch, head to New York State. On the way, enjoy a shopping excursion at one of the large outlet malls where you can shop for bargains in name-brand stores before your return to New York City in the evening.

Quebec: Grosse Île & Irish Immigrant Memorial Cruise & Tour

7. Quebec: Grosse Île & Irish Immigrant Memorial Cruise & Tour

Join a day tour to Grosse Île and meet period figures who will tell you about the daily lives of the immigrants and employees that resided in this quarantine station. Cruise on the St. Lawrence River and learn about medicine and immigration procedures that took place in Quebec during the 19th and 20th centuries. Depart from Berthier-sur-Mer, on the South Shore of the St. Lawrence River. Enjoy plenty of time on the island, then be transported back to Berthier-sur-Mer. Walk or hop on the tourist trolley to visit the central part of the island and the village where the quarantine station employees lived. Continue on to the hospital sector at the easternmost point of the island to visit the Lazaretto. Take a walk along the Mirador Trail and admire the views of the Isle-aux-Grues archipelago, taking in the natural treasures that await you at every turn. Retrace the footsteps of the Irish immigrants or linger a while at the memorial and think about what they experienced as they arrived in Canada.

Québec City: Evening Cruise with Live Entertainment

8. Québec City: Evening Cruise with Live Entertainment

Take advantage of the summer season on the only floating terrace in Quebec City. Whether you're with friends or are a couple, there are magical moments to be had on the St. Lawrence River as the city and the Château Frontenac are illuminated before your very eyes. Sit back and relax with a drink in hand on this cruise that begins at Chouinard Pier. Sail past iconic sights such as the Chateau Frontenac, Beauport, Montmorency Falls, Île d'Orléans, Sainte Foy, and more. With live entertainment, a special atmosphere, panoramic views, and multiple bars and terraces, don't miss this cruise during summer in Quebec City.

Quebec City: Cruise with 3-Course Brunch

9. Quebec City: Cruise with 3-Course Brunch

Brunch in style on a ship on the Saint Lawrence River. Come aboard and treat yourself to a charming 2.5-hour experience. The cruise sails Saturdays and Sundays during the summer. Depart Chouinard Pier, only a four-minute walk from Quebec City's Quartier Petit Champlain. Step aboard the AML Louis Jolliet and let yourself be tempted by the diverse selection of dishes concocted onboard by the chef. Brunch is served as a 3-course meal with your choice of delicious main course options (vegetarian and gluten free available). Taste local products cooked and prepared by a chef and a team in the on-board kitchen as you cruise along the St. Lawrence River. Sip on complimentary coffee or tea as you savor your meal. After brunch, set sail on a captivating 1.5-hour cruise on the St Lawrence River and experience Quebec City from a different perspective. Relax on the outside terraces and admire the exceptional view of the old fortifications, the Château Frontenac, the Montmorency Falls, Île d'Orléans, the Côte-de-Beaupré, and the Laurentian Mountains. Your costumed guide, Louis Jolliet, will reveal the untold history of Quebec city, the river, and the surroundings.

Quebec City: 5-Course Dinner Cruise

10. Quebec City: 5-Course Dinner Cruise

Climb aboard the elegant Louis Jolliet pleasure boat and explore the different indoor and outdoor decks before you sit down to a gourmet 5-course dinner. Choose from 3 main course options (vegetarian and gluten free available) and taste local produce cooked and prepared by a chef and his team in the on-board kitchen as you cruise along the St. Lawrence River. Get stunning views of both banks of the river and learn about the rich history of Quebec City and Lévis. Benefit from the services of a bilingual guide, who will be on the outside deck to tell anecdotes and factual information to keep you entertained. Throw shapes on the different dance floors as the on-board DJ spins tunes to tempt you away from your table. Gaze at the star-filled sky on the outdoor deck, weather permitting, or dance the night away indoors and sip drinks at the bars on every level of the boat.

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Thank you for the city tour. We enjoyed it very much. The tour was both in English and French, which was a surprise to us. We thought and expected the tour in English only. We got a good glimpse of the city during the tour. Thank you.

The trip was very informative and enjoyable. It tells you about history of the city and major incidents and important buildings and monuments in Montreal. If you don’t know anything about the city, this is a great opportunity.

This tour was amazing! Both the tour guide and driver where really friendly and knowledgeable about the city. It was fun, easy to go trough and comfortable. Definitely recommend it!

Our guide Francois was very knowledgeable and professional. Learned alot and got to experience parts of Montreal we would not have visited.

Nothing to tell it's pretty straight forward and our guide was excellent