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Montreal: Guided Bus Tour

1. Montreal: 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.

From Montreal: Quebec City and Montmorency Falls Day Trip

2. 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 by meeting your driver 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: Hop-On Hop-Off Double-Decker Bus Tour

3. Montreal: Hop-On Hop-Off Double-Decker Bus Tour

See the sights of Montreal on board a double-decker bus with a hop-on hop-off tour. Get introduced to the history and beauty of this city. You are free to get off at any of the 10 stops to soak up Montreal’s charm. You can also take a narrated nighttime tour of the city. 2-Day Red Loop Bask in the glory of the Notre Dame Basilica, stroll through Chinatown, and walk along the water of the Old Port. Be inspired and spend an afternoon at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Plan your evening and scope out the best bars and restaurants along Crescent Street. With 10 different places to hop on or hop off, there is no shortage of things to do and places to see. This hop-on hop-off tour is a unique and informative way to experience Montreal! Stops include Square Dorchester, Old Montreal: Notre Dame Basilica, Old Montreal: Pointe-à-Callière Museum, Village, Latin Quarter, Festival Quarter, Fine Arts Museum, Saint Joseph’s Oratory, Mont-Royal: Kondiaronk Lookout, Mont-Royal: Camillien Houde Lookout.

Montreal: Le Bateau-Mouche St. Lawrence Sightseeing Cruise

4. Montreal: Le Bateau-Mouche St. Lawrence Sightseeing Cruise

Take full advantage of summer aboard a relaxing 1 or 1.5-hour river cruise departing from the Jacques-Cartier Pier in the heart of Old Montreal. This is the perfect introduction to Montreal if you are visiting the city for the first time. Be charmed by the boat's bright and comfortable environment no matter where you sit. Get close to the waves and nature on the enclosed main deck or enjoy the sheltered, open-air upper deck. If you want to feel the wind in your hair as you admire the panoramic views then the back terrace is the place to be. The flat-bottomed boat allows for smooth sailing, cruising areas inaccessible to other boats. Get closer to the splendor of the St. Lawrence River and its coastline. Catch sight of the Clock Tower, Biosphère, Jacques Cartier Bridge, and Habitat 67. The pre-recorded audio narration will explain what you're seeing, and you can enjoy bar and snack services (at your own expense). After your cruise, you'll be dropped off at the Pier with the rest of the day to enjoy even more of Montreal.

Montreal: La Grande Roue de Montréal Entry Ticket

5. 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. 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.

Montréal: St. Lawrence Sightseeing River Cruise

6. Montréal: St. Lawrence Sightseeing River Cruise

Embark with your guide on an unforgettable round-trip cruise along the St. Lawrence River, departing from the historic Old Port of Montreal. This scenic journey will take you on a captivating exploration of the city's iconic landmarks and stunning waterfront vistas. As you glide beneath the magnificent Jacques-Cartier Bridge, a marvel of engineering and architecture, a world of beauty unfolds before your eyes. The waterway is adorned with a succession of magnificent monuments that pay homage to Montreal's rich history and vibrant culture. Each monument tells a story, and as you pass by, informative commentary will enlighten you about the significance and background of these landmarks. The heart of Montreal City reveals itself as you cruise along the St. Lawrence River. You'll witness the bustling streets, the vibrant energy, and the unique blend of old-world charm and modern urbanity. The cityscape showcases an enchanting fusion of architectural styles, from the historic buildings of Old Montreal to the sleek skyscrapers of the downtown core. One of the most awe-inspiring sights awaits as you approach the Olympic Stadium, a monumental structure that hosted the 1976 Summer Olympics. Its iconic inclined tower stands tall, serving as a reminder of the city's sporting achievements and architectural grandeur. To witness Montreal in a whole new light, consider taking the evening cruise. As the sun sets and the city's lights illuminate the skyline, Montreal truly earns its reputation as "Canada's City of Light." The enchanting glow transforms the city into a magical spectacle, casting a romantic ambiance upon the river and its surroundings. Throughout the cruise, enhance your experience with the complimentary audioguide, available in 8 languages. Engaging commentary in French, English, Italian, Spanish, German, Mandarin, Japanese, and Korean will provide fascinating insights into each landmark. A round-trip cruise along the St. Lawrence River is a remarkable journey that showcases the very best of Montreal. From the captivating monuments to the stunning waterfront views.

Montreal: OASIS Immersion Entry Ticket

7. 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. Launching December 2023, experience Dreaming Asia, the immersive experience for the first time in North America. 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. Dreaming Asia A veritable dreamscape promises to plunge visitors into the heart of Chinese and Japanese colours and traditions. Dreaming Asia is an original exhibition concept by OASIS Immersion, in collaboration with the French digital art studio Danny Rose. It brings together, for the first time, three enchanting immersive experiences providing the opportunity to (re)discover ancestral treasures such as the graceful Japanese prints that have struck the imagination of people all over the world, to stroll along the river during the Qingming festival, immersed in China’s most famous painting, Along the River during the Qingming Festival, but also to see the Piying shadow puppets come to life, an art developed over 500 years ago and now included on Unesco’s list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. These captivating immersive works by the Danny Rose studio have been internationally acclaimed and prized at Atelier des Lumières in Paris, at INSIDE in Shanghai and Shenzhen, China, and in Kadokawa Culture Museum, Japan. It will be presented by Canada’s largest immersive destination, a North American premiere. Additionally, relax before or after your show at the lounge area, with a café and boutique.

Montreal Old Port: Urban Zipline Ticket

8. Montreal Old Port: Urban Zipline Ticket

Experience Canada's only urban zipline circuit and explore Montreal from a bird’s eye view. Experience a thrill like no other as you fly over the city like a superhero and share in this unique, safe, and exciting adventure with the whole family.  Upon arriving at the Old Port, head towards the 100-foot tower with a red and white sign that says "Zipline". Witness people of all ages screaming with joy as they glide down above you. Just check in with any of the fun and engaging employees who will be able to answer your questions, and they will explain how you can enjoy a thrill experience that is both safe, smooth, and fun for the whole family. After securing your harness and helmet, the staff will brief you on easy security measures and prepare you for an adventure that will leave you with a sense of floating long after you land. When you are ready, launch and glide across the lagoon, and feel a mix of serenity, wonder, and excitement, as you take in the stunning views of the Old Port. Staff are there to help you land safely onto the end platform, where you will feel invigorated and ready for a second go.

Montreal: 5 Attractions Pass

9. Montreal: 5 Attractions Pass

Experience more of Montreal for less with the "Passeport MTL", which gives you entry to five of the city's top attractions. Consider the pass your special discounted all-access ticket to the city’s sights, sounds, tastes, and thrills, including a wide range of big attractions including the BioDome, Biosphère, La Grande Roue, McCord Museum, beer tasting, bike tours, river cruises Seasonal, and so much more. Present your Pass at the entrance of each attraction you have selected (from the list of participating attractions). Limit of one visit per attraction. Some attractions require a reservation made directly with the local operator. Included in your passport package are: 3 attractions in the Pink Collection and 2 attractions in the Blue Collection (for more information, consult the complete list at passeportmtl.com) : Pink Collection (choice of three): - La Grande Roue de Montréal (no reservation required) - Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Archaeology and History Complex (no reservation required) - Memento Brewery (1 meal with beer or wine, no reservation required) - PHI Centre (no reservation required) - Birra bar à bières maison - 4 tasting glasses of house beers as well as 1 pint of house beer (no reservations required) - OASIS immersion (reserve the date and time of your visit on the Ticketpro platform by using your passport number in the promo code field to get a ticket - this will be found on your voucher after booking) - 16/42 Tours - A 2-hour guided walking tour. (reservation required) - Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Archaeology and History Complex (no reservation required) - A\Maze Escape Games (reservation required) - Ateliers et Saveurs : Ateliers & Saveurs : 30 minutes of cooking class + 30 minutes of tasting = 1 hour of pleasure (reservation required) - Boulzeye, Pub & Attractions (reservation required) - Cirka Distilleries, visit and tasting (reservation required) - Montreal Science Center (No reservation required) - And many more Blue Collection (choice of two): - Château Dufresne, museum and historical heritage site (no reservation required) - Biodôme de Montréal (no reservation required) - Biosphère (no reservation required) - McCord Stewart Museum (no reservation required) - The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (no reservation required) - Laser Game Evolution (Ste-Catherine or Marché Central) (no reservation required) - Ecomuseum Zoo (No reservation required) - Château Ramezay – Historic Site and Museum of Montréal (no reservation required) - Montréal Tower (no reservation required, open on weekends only) - Maison Saint-Gabriel, Museum and Historic Site (no reservation required) - Maison nationale des Patriotes - Site de la Prison-des-Patriotes (no reservation required) - Cycling Café (no reservation required) - Chez Potier - Épicerie gourmande (Free hot beverage and pastry, no reservation required) - And many more

Montreal: Explore Old Montreal Small-Group Walking Tour

10. Montreal: Explore Old Montreal Small-Group Walking Tour

This is an exclusive MTL Detours small-group tour with a maximum of only 10 people - a much more personal Old Montreal experience than other walking tours with larger groups. See the highlights of both the East + West sides of the old city in a compact 2-hour tour. MTL Detours is a 100% locally owned and operated small independent tour company – founded in and based in Montreal. We're passionate local Montrealers and we love showing off our city! Your engaging certified local guide will lead you on a fun and interactive walk to learn about the fascinating historical highlights that contributed to making Montreal the unique and diverse city that it is today. History, architecture, culture, food, art, fun facts and stories are all covered. Due to the small group size, you'll be able to hear your guide, navigate the narrow streets with ease and interact with the other guests. You'll leave the tour armed with our personal list of recommendations for things to see/do/eat in Montreal, a tiny treat and a unique parting gift. We have limited capacity on our tour so don't wait to book your prized spot on our carefully curated bestselling small-group experience. You're our special guests and we’ll make sure you have a great time with us!

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It was an amazing experience. There was no guide, but the boards outside each section explained the immersion very well. Worth every penny. Very happy we attended. Our grandbabies also enjoyed the DISNEY immersion. Excellent experience for everyone.

Fernando was an exceptional photographer! He was very attentive, patient and accommodating. He even gave me more time than was established. I totally recommend him

Very enjoyable and informative. The guide was very knowledgeable, entertaining, and informative. I highly recommend the tour!

Beautiful, incredible. I took my 10 year old son. We both enjoyed each room.

My grandchildren and we were delighted to see it was great!