3 Days in Montreal: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, January 2015

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Montreal is Canada's second largest city and considered by many to be "the cultural-capital of Canada." It was recently named the UNESCO city of design and is a huge economic and cultural center. Although it is the second largest French-speaking city in the world (behind only Paris), it is a mixing pot of over one hundred nationalities, giving it a vibrancy and charm. In the summer, Montreal also comes alive with jazz and rock music festivals, as well as animation festivals and live theatre.

Day 1: Montreal Day Tour

The Montreal Day tour is a great way to see the city. You buy a ticket for a hop-on hop-off tram, which includes local commentary and guides. The tram stops at around two hundred points of interest, so that you really get a sense of the city as a whole. Highlights include the Notre-Dame Basilica, with breathtaking interior decoration, the Olympic Park, which was built for the 1976 Olympic Games and St. Joseph's Oratory, a basilica which sits on top of Mount Royale and has the second largest dome in the world.

Day 2: Bike Tour and Old Montreal

This relaxed bike tour takes you through some of the pedestrianized areas of Montreal that you may have missed the day before during your hop-on hop-off tour. You will cycle through the Latin quarter, La Fontaine park and into the Victorian-built Golden Square mile. Then you’ll swing through the business district and finish in the Old City. This tour only lasts half a day, so once you're in the Old City you’ll have plenty of time to go back and visit the sights you wanted to see more of.

Day 3: Day Trips from Montreal

This magnificent day trip takes you to the heart of French Canada, a city that is divided into old and new – to the point where you can get an elevator ride between the two! Formerly a colonial city, Quebec has plenty of fascinating historical sites – such as the Citadel, the largest fortification in North America, and the Plains of Abraham, where the French and English armies famously fought in 1759. Arguably the biggest highlight of this tour, though, is the chance to see Montmorency Falls, a waterfall bigger than the Niagara Falls.

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Montreal City Guided Sightseeing Tour

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See the best of Montreal on this sightseeing tour with a professional guide. Aboard a coach, admire more than 200 top Montreal attractions and landmarks while ...  Read more

Location: Montreal, Canada
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $42.15

Quebec City and Montmorency Falls Day Trip from Montreal

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Visit the historic heart of French Canada on this day trip from Montreal to Quebec City. On your sightseeing tour, see famous landmarks including Place ...  Read more

Location: Montreal, Canada
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $88.98

Ice Wine Tour from Montreal with Exclusive Winery Access

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Delight your taste buds with this small-group wine-tasting tour from Montreal to Quebec wine country. This tour is a unique winter experience that reveals the ...  Read more

Location: Montreal, Canada
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $130.20

Flavors of Old Montreal Walking Tour

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Discover the delicious culinary delicacies of Old Montreal on this 2.5-hour food walking tour. Taste your way through Montreal's oldest district, making stops ...  Read more

Location: Montreal, Canada
Duration: 2.5 hours

From USD $48.06

Tastes of the Iberian Peninsula: Food Walking Tour in Montreal

Discover the food and wine of the Iberian Peninsula without leaving Montreal on this food walking tour. With a knowledgeable culinary guide, visit Spanish, ...  Read more

Location: Montreal, Canada
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $149.89

Montreal City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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Create your own itinerary and set your own timetable with a two-day ticket on the Montreal City Hop-on Hop-off Tour. Get on and off as you please at any of ...  Read more

Location: Montreal, Canada
Duration: Flexible

From USD $42.15

Walking Tour of Old Montreal or Downtown Montreal

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Soak in the rich history, culture and heritage of Montreal on this walking tour of Old Montreal. See famous sites such as Notre-Dame Basilica, Place ...  Read more

Location: Montreal, Canada
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $10.18

Independent Tour of Montreal by Bike

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One of the best ways to see the charming city of Montreal is by bicycle! Explore Montreal's unique neighborhoods, such as historic Old Montreal, bustling ...  Read more

Location: Montreal, Canada
Duration: Flexible

From USD $29.26

Montreal Paddleboat Rental

Enjoy a new perspective of Old Montreal as you explore the waters of the Old Port in your own paddleboat, or ‘pedalo,’ as it’s known in French. A 30- or ...  Read more

Location: Montreal, Canada
Duration: Varies

From USD $20.84

Montreal Quadricycle Rental

Explore Montreal’s Old Port in an easy and entertaining way — by quadricycle. A 4-wheeled non-motorized vehicle that’s powered by pedaling, a quadricycle ...  Read more

Location: Montreal, Canada
Duration: Varies

From USD $20.84

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