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3 Days in Montreal: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, May 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.

Tours & Tickets

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Quebec City and Montmorency Falls Day Trip from Montreal

4.5 star rating: Recommended 799 Reviews

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 $86.54

Walking Tour of Old Montreal

4.5 star rating: Recommended 211 Reviews

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: Varies

From USD $16.22

Montreal Dinner Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 39 Reviews

Feel the Southern breeze and taste a colorful meal during the Montreal Dinner Cruise. Enjoy the exclusive atmosphere on the Cavalier Maxim, a five-course ...  Read more

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

From USD $105.71

Montreal Half-Day Bike Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 34 Reviews

While in Montreal, escape the crowds on a three-hour bike adventure around the city lead by a professional guide. Choose from two exciting itineraries and ...  Read more

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

From USD $62.41

Jewish Neighborhood Food Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 3 Reviews

This 3.5-hour food tour of Montreal’s historic Jewish neighborhood begins at a beloved smoked meat deli, and only gets more appetizing from there. Your guide ...  Read more

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

From USD $69.41

Pilot for a Day: Fly a Plane Over Montreal

Find your wings with this flight lesson over the city of Montreal. Start with a lesson in flight theory from an experienced pilot, who carefully explains the ...  Read more

Location: Montreal, Canada
Duration: Varies

From USD $125.09

Rivière-du-Loup Day Trip and Whale-Watching Cruise from Montreal

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

While you’re in Montreal, don’t miss a chance to see some of Canada’s best wildlife on an exhilarating whale-watching cruise! You’ll travel by road along the ...  Read more

Location: Montreal, Canada
Duration: 15 hours (approx.)

From USD $180.85

Montreal Bike Tour with Bites

Cycle and snack your way around Montreal’s street-food scene on a 3-hour tour by bike. With the help of an in-the-know guide, discover locals’ favorite ...  Read more

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

From USD $53.38

Montreal by Night Tour and Casino Shuttle

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Explore Montreal in the evening during this sightseeing tour that operates from 6pm until midnight, offering you flexibility to see the sights at your own ...  Read more

Location: Montreal, Canada
Duration: Varies

From USD $23.60

Montreal Seaplane Tour

See Montreal from above on a 25-minute seaplane flight that takes in the city’s top sights. Enjoy bird’s-eye views of the St Lawrence River, Old Montreal, the ...  Read more

Location: Montreal, Canada
Duration: 25 minutes (approx.)

From USD $125.09

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