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Things to do in 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.

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: Guided Helicopter Tour

4. Montreal: Guided Helicopter Tour

Soak up the panoramic views over Montreal on a 20 or 30-minute helicopter flight. Admire the city from above and spot highlights, including the Olympic Stadium and Mount Royal. 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.

Montreal: St. Lawrence River Sightseeing Guided Cruise

5. 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!

Montreal: Nordic Spa Thermal Experience

6. Montreal: Nordic Spa Thermal Experience

Discover a complete relaxation experience at Strøm Nordic Spa, a peaceful haven located right near downtown Montreal. Enjoy a thermal experience at an exceptional Nordic spa that includes the rental of a bathrobe, a towel, and a locker. Summer or winter, rain or shine, reduce stress as you revive your body and mind.  Begin by relaxing your muscles in the whirlpool hot tubs. Eliminate toxins by going to a heated sauna, followed by a dip in an ice-cold bath and a period of deep relaxation.  Practiced for thousands of years, thermotherapy is a wellness ritual based on the external use of water for therapeutic purposes. Benefit from access to the outdoor whirlpools, thermal and Nordic baths, Finnish saunas, eucalyptus steam bath, thermal and Nordic waterfalls, plus indoor and outdoor relaxation areas with fireplaces.

Montréal: Guided Tour in Vintage Convertible Cadillac

7. 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

8. 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: Private Tour with a Local

9. 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.

YUL Montréal-Trudeau Airport: Airport Lounge Entry Ticket

10. YUL Montréal-Trudeau Airport: Airport Lounge Entry Ticket

Unwind in style at the new Air France & KLM Lounge at Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport. Experience the elegance of the space, perfect for travelers who want to unwind, relax, catch up on work, or indulge in the finest of French cuisine. You will recognize this as a stylish continuation of Air France’s iconic design, featuring a contemporary and refined interior. Be welcomed in its calm and intimate environment with a seated bar, dining space featuring a world-class culinary experience, washrooms, and showers. Sustainability has been carefully woven throughout every aspect of the design approach with furniture pieces and light fixtures locally sourced, tying the lounge to its location. Located near Gate 57 at the international departures area, the lounge is sure to leave a delightful lasting impression.

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What people are saying about Montreal

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4.4 / 5

based on 6,422 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 guide and driver. Took their time to explain all important places. Would recommend the tour for all.

A great way to spend a day. We had a great massage and facial.

Beautiful view and fun ride in a comfortable gondola.