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Things to do in Old Montreal

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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.

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.

From Montreal: Quebec City and Montmorency Falls Day Trip

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

Explore the sights and history of Quebec City on a hassle-free guided 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. Start your day with a pickup from downtown Montreal. On arrival in Quebec City, visit sites like Place Royale, Old Quebec, Petit Champlain, Notre Dame Basilica, and the Quebec Citadel. Drive along Grande-Allee, 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: St. Lawrence River Sightseeing Guided Cruise

4. 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!

Montréal: Guided Tour in Vintage Convertible Cadillac

5. Montréal: Guided Tour in Vintage Convertible Cadillac

Discover the amazing sights and sounds of Canada’s cultural capital in style while you are driven around in a beautiful American convertible Cadillac. This is what you can do with friends or family during your visit to Montreal. Enjoy a personalized and private journey of the city’s famous landmarks, diverse history, and vibrant modern culture. Get recommendations from your local guide on the best restaurants and bars, nightlife, and current events to visit. Relax and soak up the summer sun in comfort while you are shown everything that makes Montreal so special, all with that local touch. Take the 1-hour option if you are on a tight schedule during your stay to explore the historical heart of the City, Old Montreal. You will be able to step back in time and see the fascinating architecture of this 17th-century French settlement, including the stunning Notre-Dame Basilica and Bonsecours Market. Visit old Montreal with its French-influenced history and architecture, dating back over 300 years during a 2-hour option. Make your way to the hip and bohemian district of Le Plateau with its famous wall murals, eclectic shops, bars, and restaurants, before cruising downtown to see the prestigious McGill University and the city’s striking modern skyscrapers. Immerse yourself in everything Montreal has to offer with the 3-hour option. Follow the itinerary of the 2-hour tour, with the addition of a drive to the top of Mont-Royal. From here you will be able to take in a breathtaking 360-degree view of the city and beyond, all the way to the St Lawrence River.

3-Hour Scooter Sightseeing in Montreal

6. 3-Hour Scooter Sightseeing in Montreal

Scoot through the streets of Montreal on this guided tour and discover more in less time. Zip past an unbelievable wealth of cool art galleries, kitsch-loving boutiques, bohemian-style jazz bars, and flower-filled parks  Meet your guide and get set up with your scooter and helmet. Start your visit at the heart of Le Plateau and head toward Montréal's Old Port, where the first foundations of this beautiful city can be found.  Head in the direction of Saint Helen's Island, passing by the iconic Farine Five Roses and impressive Habitat 67 complex. Travel southwest, along the Lachine canal, stopping to have a little bite at the Atwater Market in the midst of a diverse and colorful crowd.  Stop by the Jean-Talon market, taste specialties at local food shops, and uncover hidden alleyways. On Sundays, step by the tam-tams concerts at the foot of Mount Royal. You'll love the way the city’s multiple identities beat with the same equable heart.  After a tour of the Saint-Henri neighborhood, a popular district full of old factories, brick houses, colorful façades and lots of little parks, you will cross the city center and pick up the Chemin de la Montagne to return to your starting point.

Montreal: Small Group Night Sightseeing Tour

7. 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.

Old Montreal: Traditional Ghost Walk of the Haunted City

8. 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.

Quebec City: Old Quebec 5-Course Gourmet Food Tour

9. Quebec City: Old Quebec 5-Course Gourmet Food Tour

Meet your guide to begin your culinary adventure. Enjoy seasonal cuisine catered to your tour at every stop. See the recently unearthed relics as you visit some of the top restaurants in Quebec City. Start your evening by meeting your experienced and professional guide. Walk from bar to restaurant as you take in the stunning architecture of Old Quebec. Amaze yourself with the architecture of Quebec City Hall, Château Frontenac Hotel, and Royale Square. Enjoy bites ranging from seasonal Arancini, Caprice Salad, braised beef, charcuterie, flambé shrimp and more. Follow your guide while hearing stories of Quebec as you move from chef to chef and restaurant to restaurant. End your night in a centralized location among many bars and top sites of Quebec City.

Montréal: Cruise with 3-Course Brunch

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Old Montreal

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4.4 / 5

based on 5,410 reviews

Fran was perfect. Knowledgeable, friendly, and encouraging. In 7 hours we were able to see all the major sights in Montréal. Would recommend to everyone and will be returning with more friends!! Merci beaucoup, Fran!!!

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

Amazing trip. Well organized. Our guide was very informative and old montreal is beautiful with a rich history

Amazing guide and driver. Took their time to explain all important places. Would recommend the tour for all.

Beautiful view and fun ride in a comfortable gondola.