Old Montreal (Vieux-Montréal) Tours

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Old Montreal charms visitors with its picturesque squares, grand old-world architecture, and winding cobblestone streets. Whether in the Old Port or walking down the main street Rue Saint-Paul, it’s easy to feel transported back in time—in fact, some architectural remains date back to New France. The historic site is considered to be the best preserved Old Town in North America.

The Basics
Exploring Old Montreal is the best way to experience the city’s history, culture, and architecture. Myriad group and private tours are designed to introduce visitors to a combination of all three on foot, by bike, by scooter, or even from the air. Most city tours include time in Old Montreal, with tour guides providing context for and explanation of all the Canadian history within its walls. Choose a night tour if you prefer to explore after dark or a food tour to dive into the local food truck and craft beer scenes. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Walking tours are a great way to experience Old Montreal, as the best way to get around this old part of the city is on foot. 
  • Old Montreal is known for its quaint sidewalk eateries and café culture, so be sure to take the time to enjoy one.
  • Be sure to wear appropriate footwear for the cobblestone streets.
  • Private tours often also visit nearby Mont Royal.

How to Get There
Old Montreal is bound by Rue Bern to the west, Rue Saint-Antoine to the north, Rue McGill in the east, and Old Port and the St. Lawrence River to the south. The area is easily accessible from downtown via the Underground City, and is also served by several bus routes and Metro stations.

When to Get There
Montreal draws many visitors year-round. Summer typically brings the best weather, the biggest festivals, and the most tourists. But the city is charming in winter as well, and Old Montreal becomes even more scenic and romantic after fresh snowfall.

Highlights of Old Montreal
The historic area’s pulsating center is Place Jacques-Cartier. From here, its center promenade slopes down from Rue Notre-Dame to the Old Port, lined with 18th-century stone buildings. At the base of the plaza are horse-drawn carriages, outdoor cafés, art galleries, and street performers. Nearby, you’ll find the Bonsecours Market, the oldest and largest public market in the city, and the stone Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel. West of Place Jacques-Cartier is the beautiful Place d’Armes, dominated by the Notre-Dame Basilica. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Museum of Archaeology and History are also worth visiting.
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Montreal City Guided Sightseeing Tour

Experience an overview of Montreal on this guided, 3.5-hour sightseeing tour of the city. Visit over 200 points of interest and many of Montreal’s top attractions and historical sites — like Notre-Dame Basilica, Chinatown, Mount Royal Park, Olympic Stadium, Saint Joseph's Oratory, Old Port and Old Montreal, to name just a few. Hop aboard a comfortable motor coach and get to know the largest city in Quebec, with live commentary from a professional tour conductor. Montreal hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Walking Tour of Old Montreal

Visit Montreal’s historic centerpiece on this guided walking tour of Old Montreal. Discover the history, heritage, architecture and culture in this, the oldest area of the city of Montreal, dating back to New France. Choose between a 1.5-hour tour around the east or west sides of Old Montreal or a 3-hour tour around both. See famous sites such as Notre-Dame Basilica, Place Jacques-Cartier, Bonsecours Market, Montreal City Hall and Champ de Mars, to name a few. Admission to Notre-Dame Basilica included.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Old Montreal Discovery Tour

No visit to Montreal is complete without a wander through Old Montreal (Vieux-Montreal), widely considered the best-preserved Old Town in North America. This 3-hour walking tour takes visitors far from the beaten path and reveals a different side to the historic area, whose highlights include the Old Port and Notre-Dame Cathedral. Small-group tour limited to 10 people.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Beyond the Basilica Walking Tour in Montreal

Travel from historic Old Montreal to the borough of Plateau Mont-Royal on this walking tour of the city. Visit the ornately decorated Basilica then wander the streets of Vieux-Montréal while learning about the city’s history and checking out its street art. Plus, make stops in the entertainment district and Chinatown.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Old Montreal Walking Tour

Visit Montreal’s historic centerpiece on this guided, 90-minute walking tour of Old Montreal. Discover the history, heritage, architecture and culture in this, the oldest area of the city of Montreal, dating back to New France. Explore the public squares of Place Jacques-Cartier, Place d’Armes and Place Royale. Roam the historic streets of Saint-Jacques, Saint Paul, Notre-Dame and Rue de la Commune, then stroll along the river banks of the Old Port of Montreal. See famous sites such as Notre-Dame Basilica, Champ de Mars, Saint-Sulpice Seminary and many more.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Scooter Sightseeing in Montreal

Explore the city of Montreal on this scooter tour that takes travelers through back streets and past top attractions. Learn about interesting neighborhoods as you cruise along on an electric scooter.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Gems of Montreal Small Group City Tour

There’s no better way to tick off the multicultural monuments of Montreal than on a small-group sightseeing tour. Over six hours and in an intimate group limited to 14 guests, you’ll explore Old Montreal (Vieux-Montreal) — home to the Old Port, Place d’Armes, and Notre-Dame Basilica — and visit Mount Royal. See, too, the upscale neighborhood of Westmount and enjoy panoramic views from the Kondiaronk Lookout. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Downtown and Old Montreal South City Bike Tour

An extensive network of bike paths makes Montreal the perfect place to explore on bicycle, and this 3-hour bike tour covers the city center’s most important sites. Pedal through downtown, Old Montreal, and the banks of the St. Lawrence River as a guide shares stories about Montreal history and culture. This 3-hour bike tour includes all necessary equipment, and it’s an ideal orientation to the heart of the city.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Montreal Food Truck Tour by Bike

Discover Montreal’s thriving street food scene on this guided, 3.5-hour sightseeing bike tour. Visit six local food trucks with an emphasis on gourmet dishes made from scratch using fresh, local products. Enjoy two drinks, two appetizers, two half meals and a dessert. Travel the bicycle paths along the Lachine Canal, Old Montreal and downtown at a relaxed pace. Bring a sense of adventure and an appetite for the ultimate meals on wheels experience. Bike rental and equipment included.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Old Montreal Private Walking Tour

See the historical sights of Old Montreal, a.k.a. Vieux-Montréal, on a 2-hour private walking tour. Following a private guide, you'll learn about the city's history, which dates back to 1642, as you visit attractions such as Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel, Place d'Armes, and the Old Port of Montreal.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Montreal Shore Excursion: Pre- or Post-Cruise Guided Sightseeing Tour of Montreal

Before or after your cruise, get a comprehensive guided sightseeing tour of Montreal aboard a deluxe coach. Your informative and friendly guide will offer live commentary as you pass by several key attractions in the city and more than 200 points of interest, such as Old Montreal, Notre-Dame Basilica and Mt Royal Park.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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3 Hour Montreal City Bike Tour with Wine or Beer

With 450 miles (650 km) of bike paths, Montreal was meant to be discovered by bicycle. During this 3-hour guided tour, cycle through the city’s various neighborhoods, main attractions and the most unusual locations. Your in-the-know guide takes you around the most popular districts and shows you lesser-known gems. This small-group tour is limited to just 13 people, ensuring a memorable experience. Once the tour ends, enjoy a complimentary drink (with or without alcohol) at a local establishment of the Old-Montreal near Ça Roule.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Montreal's Underground City Indoor Tour

See the underground city that sprawls beneath downtown Montreal on a guided tour that explores art, history, and local landmarks. Visiting Montreal’s underground city with a local guide means you’ll hear all the stories behind the sites, using the city’s automated metro to get from place to place. With the option to add a trip the 45th floor observation deck in Place Ville Marie, this is a great introduction for first time visitors to Montreal—and you’ll stay warm and dry along the way.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Montreal Food Tour with Electric Scooter

Montreal’s foodie scene is as varied as the city itself and this tasting tour takes you to the spots that only locals know. Choose from two different itineraries, exploring districts such as Old Montréal, Griffintown, Mile End, and Little Italy on the back of an electric scooter. Hop off to browse the street markets and sample street food specialties like gnocchi, poutine, Quebecois sandwiches, and maple donuts.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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