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Montreal: OASIS Immersion Entry Ticket

1. Montreal: OASIS Immersion Entry Ticket

Take part in a unique walk-through immersive exhibition in a vast new space in Montreal, extending over 2,200 m2. Choose from OASIS Immersion's 3 available shows; Transformé, Sweet Folie, or VAN GOGH - Distorsion, and enjoy wall and floor projections, and a state-of-the-art surround sound system. Located in the heart of Montreal, between the Old Port of Montreal and the Quartier des Spectacles, step into OASIS Immersion, an uplifting experience featuring inspiring people, places, and trends from around the world. With various rotating exhibits, secure tickets to the show of your choice. VAN GOGH - Distorsion Embark on a bright and colorful journey through more than 225 paintings, drawings, and sketches and discover a contemporary look at Van Gogh's works. With 3 immersive galleries, enjoy a sensory experience that celebrates this larger-than-life pioneer and allows you to interact with his paintings. Sweet Folie Enjoy a moment of humor and relaxation in a crazy universe where a bright sun always shines and where party fever is contagious. Designed for visitors of all ages, witness a dreamlike celebration of imagination, creativity, and wonder. Transformé Take part in a fascinating tribute to the virtual reality industry, developed from works originally designed for VR headsets. Be led on a 3-step journey to explore the power of courage and empathy through scenes addressing mental health, grieving, and cultural identity. Additionally, relax before or after your show at the lounge area, with a café and boutique.

Montreal: AURA Experience at Notre-Dame Basilica and Cruise

2. Montreal: AURA Experience at Notre-Dame Basilica and Cruise

Delight your senses by exploring two of Montreal's most important attractions with this convenient combo ticket. Discover the city from the St. Lawrence River on a sightseeing cruise and be carried away by immersive visuals and music at Notre-Dame Basilica's AURA experience. Board your cruise at the Old Port at your selected time and enjoy a breathtaking view of the city center. Allow your guide to teach you about the history of Montreal, its key figures, and its maritime heritage. Additionally, enjoy an insightful audio guide available in 8 different languages. Take part in the AURA experience, a captivating visual and musical universe projected onto one of the most sublime canvases imaginable: the French-inspired, Gothic Revival architectural interior of Notre-Dame Basilica. Witness a four-act multimedia display of dynamic light and orchestral music.

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

3. 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.

Old Montreal: Off the Beaten Path Guided Walking Tour

4. Old Montreal: Off the Beaten Path Guided Walking Tour

Enjoy a 2.5 hour tour in Old Montreal that is casual yet very informative, with no two tours being exactly the same. Each guide is passionate and local with a host of cool and facinating stories. Unveil the secrets behind the most iconic landmarks and uncover off-the-beaten-path spots. Begins in the lobby of the William Gray hotel where you’ll meet your guide and set off to explore Old Montreal through the back door. Visit unmissable sights such as Place Jaques Cartier, St. Paul street and Place d’Armes Venture to some less obvious spots like an avant garde art gallery, Montreal’s World Trade Center, and a section of the Underground City. Find out 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.

From Montreal: Eastern Townships Region Day Trip

5. 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.

Montreal: Walking Tour, Le Grand Roue & River Cruise

6. Montreal: Walking Tour, Le Grand Roue & River Cruise

Join us on the best way to see Montreal on foot on our Best of Montreal Walking Tour! You won’t want to miss this incredible sightseeing adventure. Your tour begins with your local friendly guide meeting you in front of BMO Bank on the corner of Rue Saint Jacques and Place D’Armes. From there you will make your way through Square Place D’Armes and to the Notre Dame Basilica. You will enjoy the rich history and architecture of the beautiful gothic-revival church. You will then have some free time to explore, taking in the intricate woodwork, stunning stained glass, and a breathtaking altar that will leave you in awe. You will then make your way through Old Montreal to Le Grand Roue - the highest observation wheel in Canada! Along the way, you will have the chance to sample Maple Jerky. This sweet and smoky treat is a perfect snack that will be sure to please your taste buds. Admire the breathtaking panoramic view from 60 meters high in the comfort of a temperature controlled cabin offering a picturesque view of Old Montreal on the banks of the St. Lawrence River in Old Port Montreal. Once your feet are back on the ground, you will get to sample a Canadian must-try - poutine! You will love this gravy and cheese curd smothered delicacy. You will then make your way to the Saint Lawrence River, where your guide will leave you to end your tour with arguably the best view of the skyline from the river! Take a relaxing cruise along the Saint Lawrence and see some amazing views of Montreal, all while enjoying fantastic historical commentary.

Montreal Quartier des Spectacles self-guided walking tour

7. Montreal Quartier des Spectacles self-guided walking tour

Wondering what to do in Montreal’s Entertainment District? Our scavenger hunt is a 2/3-hr self-guided walking tour of the Quartier des Spectacles, with challenges! Indeed, walk from the Place des Arts to Theatre St-Denis, by way of U.Q.A.M., BAnQ, Gesù, and much more. And, solve challenges at every step. Each challenge will tell you where you are going next, as well as some local history and trivia. The Montreal Entertainment District (Quartier des Spectacles) Tourist Scavenger Hunt is a 3 km / 1.9 mi self-guided walking tour with challenges along the way. It should take you 2-3 hours to complete. - A fun learning experience - Challenge your knowledge - 29 varied challenges - Fun for all ages, kids included - Walk at your own pace: 3 km / 1.9 mi - Start whenever you are ready, from your smartphone – no fixed schedule - Take as little, or as much time as you wish to complete your hunt Buy 1 scavenger hunt for your party of 1 to 6 people.

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Fantastic walking tour with Tom. His passion for Montreal shone through. He was very knowledgeable with a great informal style. I learned a lot about the history and the culture and he really brought Montreal alive for me. Highly recommended

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.

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!!