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Old Montreal Walking tour: Off the beaten path

1. Old Montreal Walking tour: Off the beaten path

You want to explore Old Montreal but you don’t know where to begin? We’ve got you covered. Join us as we explore Old Montreal, a true slice of Europe in North America. We'll wander the narrow cobblestone streets, admire architecture gems, catch some breathtaking views of the Old Port harbor, and even explore a section of the Underground City. Our 2.5 hour tour is casual yet very informative, with no two tours being exactly the same. Each of Fitz’s passionate local guides -the coolest storytellers you’ll find in town- will unveil the secrets behind the most iconic landmarks and also show you their favorite off-the-beaten-path spots. Yes, there is a lot more than just beautiful monuments in this part of town! The tour begins at the lobby of the William Gray hotel where you’ll meet your guide and set off to explore Old Montreal through the back door. We’ll visit unmissable sights such as Place Jaques Cartier, St. Paul street and Place d’Armes, but also some less obvious spots like an avant garde art gallery, Montreal’s World Trade Center, and a section of the Underground City. You’ll understand how Old Montreal was the most important and wealthy district in Canada, and how it has become the dynamic and thriving area it is today. This tour was carefully crafted to be fully enjoyable both in summer and in winter, with some extra indoor stops planned for the cold days. If you are booking for January, Just don’t forget your gloves and you’ll be alright.

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

2. Old Montreal: 1.5-Hour Walking Tour of the West Side

Explore the west side of Old Montreal during this 90-minute walking tour. European in character, with cobblestone streets and cafe culture, much of Old Montreal has been preserved in its original 17th century state. Your expert guide will share the exceptional history of this French-influenced city while showing you its stunning architecture and historic sites. Begin your walk close to Notre-Dame Basilica and end at the Place Royale, near the Pointe-à-Callière Museum. Encounter a variety of highlights in between as you see significant landmarks of Montreal, including the Place d'Youville and Place Royale. Walk along McGill and Saint-Jacques Street - once the financial heart of Canada. While Old Montreal reflects the city's rich and colorful past, today it is a vibrant, artistic, and trendy neighborhood lined with galleries, restaurants, and fashionable boutiques you can discover as you explore the area with your guide.

Montreal to Quebec City with Scenic River Cruise

3. Montreal to Quebec City with Scenic River Cruise

Explore to your heart's content and leave the hassle of driving to your experienced bus driver. With daily departures during summer, travel from Montreal to Quebec City to discover the Montmorency Falls and enjoy a scenic sightseeing cruise on the St Lawrence River. Departing from the downtown of Montreal, travel in comfort as your friendly bilingual guide shares local insights with you. Start with a stop at the magnificent Montmorency Falls on foot during a one-hour stop. Then go to Quebec city and choose a departure time for your included guided cruise. Your cruise will set sail from the historic Old Port, offering breathtaking views of the city and surrounding countryside. Aboard your sightseeing cruise will be a costumed guide portraying the explorer Louis Jolliet.  Your tour also allows you free time to explore at your own pace before the return bus transfer. Montreal to Quebec City Itinerary: 6:30 AM Check-in for your bus transfer 7:00 AM Depart Montreal 10:00 AM Arrive Montmorency Falls 11:15 AM Depart Montmorency Falls 12:00 PM Arrive Quebec City (10 Dalhouise Street) 14:00 or 16:00 PM Choose your guided cruise (upon availability) 17:30 PM Depart Quebec City 21:00 PM Arrive Montreal

From Montreal: Eastern Townships Region Day Trip

4. From Montreal: Eastern Townships Region Day Trip

Enjoy a relaxing day trip to the Eastern Townships region of Quebec province and discover its amazing natural beauty, cultural traditions, and rich history. Explore its country-side, picturesque towns, and marvel at the high-end retreat locations of Montrealers. After your complimentary pickup from your hotel in downtown Montreal, board the bus and embark on a 1.5-hour ride towards Austin. Stop at the Shore of Orford Lake from where you will be able to take pictures of both the lake and Mount Orford.  Next, visit Saint Benedict Abbey and admire the architecture of this jewel perfectly integrated with nature. Learn about monastic life and discover different products made by the monks. Arrive at Magog and visit the Park de Magog Bay and take in its marvelous scenery before heading to downtown for some free time where you can enjoy a quick lunch or snack at your own pace. Later, drive along the country roads to the village of North Hatley, a popular retreat from city life. Here, you will have a stroll and admire the scenery of Lake Massawipi.  Afterward, head towards the City of Sherbrooke where you will see Bishop's University, the only English-speaking university in Quebec outside of Montreal. Continue your journey to Marche de la Gare and discover local food products. Walk around downtown Sherbrooke and stop for a picture of its City Hall and Saint-Michel Basilica-Cathedral.  Venture into the upper scale neighborhoods of Sherbrooke and see its victorian style houses. Before heading back to Montreal, stop for a stroll in the beautiful green spaces of Jacques-Cartier Park.

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based on 659 reviews

Alise was very knowledgeable and sweet. It was amazing to see how much history I would have just walked by without realizing. If you have time in your days I highly recommend this walking tour :). Thank you Alise!

We learned lots about the history of the city, and the ways that history is written on the present-day cityscape.

Very informative! Our tour guide Elise stayed after to give us recommendations for food and other landmarks.

Super interesting tour. A lot to see and learn in two and a half hours but not hard at all.

Knowledgeable, personal, great storyteller, throughly enjoyed the tour!!