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Montreal

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

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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.

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Montreal Old Port: La Grande Roue Entry Ticket

2. 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.

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From Montreal: Quebec City and Montmorency Falls Day Trip

3. 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

4. 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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Montréal: Electric Fat Tire Bike Ride on Mount Royal

5. Montréal: Electric Fat Tire Bike Ride on Mount Royal

Venture outdoors in the depths of winter and discover Montréal in all its splendor at a magical time of year. Don't be fooled; this is no time to stay indoors! Meet at the pre-arranged meeting point to head to Mount Royal by electric fat tire bike, designed to grip the challenging winter surfaces with ease. Benefit from the monster tires and powered wheels to make light work of the snow for first-timer bikers and seasoned cyclists alike. Like the Eiffel Tower and Empire State Building, Mount Royal can serve as a landmark to orient yourself in the city. Although in reality no more than a large hill in the heart of Montréal, Montréalers are proud of their "mountain." Immerse yourself in the beautiful nature and sense of space in the public park. Get wonderful views from the summit, where the lookout was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, famous for his work at New York's Central Park. Mont Royal doesn't let winter cramp its style. Its 190 hectares (470 acres) offer some of the city's most stunning skyline views from the top of its 3 peaks. The highest rises a modest 233 meters (764 feet) above sea level. Experience a sprawling playground perfect for cycling, and see Montréal from a different perspective.

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Montreal: Private Tour with a Local

6. Montreal: Private Tour with a Local

Explore the city with a friendly local who is passionate about the city and eager to share all the information that will help you make the most of your trip. Get to know Montreal through the eyes of a Lokafyer on a 2, 3 or 4 hour private tour. Meet at your accommodation and head out on the tour to get familiar with the neighborhood. Learn about the best places to eat and buy groceries, the easiest ways to get around, and the top things to see and do. By the end of the tour, you'll feel more comfortable navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need to make the most of your stay.

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Montreal: Small Group Evening City Tour

7. 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

8. 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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Montreal: 20 or 30-Minute Helicopter Tour

9. Montreal: 20 or 30-Minute 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.

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Old Montreal: Traditional Ghost Walk of the Haunted City

10. Old Montreal: Traditional Ghost Walk of the Haunted City

Enjoy a unique and memorable experience in the unparalleled and fascinating ambience of Old Montreal with your family, friends, or colleagues. Follow a storyteller and explore a completely different Old Montreal full of ghosts and unexplained mysteries. In your guide's company you will learn about some of the town's most gruesome legends and stories. Visit the sites where major events took place and which are rumored to still be haunted. Discover the secrets of Old Montreal during this unforgettable evening.

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Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 3,625 reviews

This was an amazing experience. Great way to know about the rich cultural heritage and places to visit in Montreal and Quebec. Our driver/tour guide Norman was very knowledgeable and entertaining. He ket us engaged all through the trip by telling us about the history, importance of each place we visited, the famous streets to visit, various settlements and cultures, etc. This trip was well worth the money. Booking with get your guide is so much easier and convenient. There were a few photo stops at Olympic stadium, Notre Dame basilica, Saint Joseph’s oratory and a beautiful viewpoint at Mount Royale. Our bus trip was so fun. Everyone should try this tour and then you’ll know exactly where to go during your vacation. If you want to explore Old Montreal on your own, you are free to leave the bus tour km between. A great tour overall and made so interesting by the driver/guide Norman.

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!

Cameron was excellent he took us everywhere we wanted to go plus a few wonderful hole in the wall places. Very knowledgeable and funny. He made a huge difference in making this trip awesome.

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

Guide was excellent despite the suboptimal weather!