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Beyond the Basilica a Walking Tour in Montreal

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  • 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


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.
  • Get a comprehensive look of Montreal; perfect for first-time visitors
  • Wear comfortable shoes; a moderate amount of walking is involved
  • Receive recommendations for the remainder of your stay
  • Beverages, snacks, and a food tasting are included

What's Included

  • Beverages
  • Food tasting
  • Snacks
  • Local guide
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option not selected)

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • Maisonneuve Monument
    500 Pl. d'Armes, Montréal, QC H2Y 4A4, Canada

    We meet next to the 1642 Maisonneuve Monument in the middle of Place d'Armes Square, directly across the Notre-Dame Basilica. Tour starts on time and we can't wait for latecomers. Please show up 10 minutes before the tour starts. If you are late, you might not be able to join the group.

Return Details

  • Dispatch Coffee
    4021 Boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1Y4, Canada

    We end in the Plateau district. We'll leave you with a list of recommendations and point out places if you want to grab a bite or a drink!

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved, please be ready for that and to be wearing comfortable shoes.
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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203 reviews
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Montreal, Murals and More
Helaine_S, Jul 2022
We saw so much of the city, at a great pace, with a great guide. We did this on our first day so we got a really good sense of different neighborhoods. Learned a lot of history as well as current events.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
What it's all about. Must see to our current hoods. Thanks for sharing and hope we can get you on the bike or food tour next time :)
A wonderful experience, highly recommended!
Lulu_Z, Jul 2022
I had a great time walking around the lovely city of Montreal with our knowledgeable tour guide. We had a small group of 4 and our guide was amazing. Not only did we get to see some beaten-path attractions, but also got to try some delicious snack in Chinatown and ice coffee/tea at a local brewery. A wonderful experience, highly recommended!
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Nice to hear you were only four! This is such a great intro route to the city to see some classics but then head into more pertinent to today neighbourhoods! Lovely to read, thanks!!
Such a great look at the city’s art~especially murals
Joni_B, Jul 2022
We thoroughly enjoyed this tour and it was more than expected which was great. The history we got while walking from point to point was superb and our guide’s (sorry, I forgot her name) knowledge of art, especially the murals, was impeccable. I took so many photos of the murals and I that have turned them into highlight reels that I watch quite a bit. The days was super hot and we appreciated our guide always looking for the shady side of the street and for trees to stop under when she shared historical information.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Awesome. Love a bit of history, some current Montréal, the snack, the cultural zone and the murals to end. Such a good mix of everything on this tour. So happy you came along. Merci
Norte Dame Basilica
Jeanne_B, Jul 2022
Norte Dame Basilica was amazing and emotionally captivating. One of the sights worth seeing in Montreal.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Hi there. This review is not about our tour but about the church specifically. Can you remove this from our page please? Also, the church is the Nôtre-Dame not the Norte dame Basilica! Thanks for that.
Avery_C, Jul 2022
Gabriella our guide was nice and able to think quickly when random people would disturb our tour group. The Notre dame was beautiful and the stories about the statues were interesting. Didn’t expect to get stories about the murals but if you’re into that then this tour covers it too. Expected to see more landmarks but overall it was okay
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Heya! Thanks for sharing. Our route is built and described as a tour that goes beyond old Montreal and the classics and incorporates great mural art in the last section and visiting more gritty and authentic hoods. If a more classic and historical/statue based tour is what you are looking for there are many companies that offer this. We’d be happy to share with you by email the names of those operators. Most are clear about this too in their descriptions you can read before booking. If you stay exclusively in the old town you will have less trouble with randoms too which may suit you better than heading into the city. Thanks for joining and hope you enjoyed your stay. Merci!!
Excellent tour!
Elizabeth_D, Jul 2022
This tour is the perfect introduction to Montreal. Jeff is an engaging tour guide, full of information and eager to share it. Nice to visit a variety of Montreal neighborhoods.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
The Beyond the Basilica route is the perfect small dose of so much diversity in our districts and areas. Glad you loved Jeff, he’s a sweetie!
Too Long. Gets very boring
Poonam_V, Jul 2022
Too long. Can be condensed to 90 mins and show the Notre Dame, Chinatown and the entertainment district.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Heya! This doesn’t fit with the hundreds of reviews regarding our outings. I personally built this tour so this review will not fly. You were problematic with our guide from the get go and left the tour halfway. No one forced you to book a 2.5 hour tour however you did without reading what you were getting into.
This tour was terrific....
Marlene_G, Jul 2022
This tour was terrific. Amalie was a fantastic tour guide. She added interesting commentary, and colorful insights. I would definitely recommend this tour when visiting Montreal.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Thanks for sharing. The beyond the basilica route is such a fun way to integrate newbies to the city!
Not for seniors
Alberto_S, Jun 2022
This was an excessive and fast walking tour with hills and long distances that took you nowhere interesting. We had to leave as two of our friends were not able to walk at the fast pace or do the incline streets without feeling a bit ill.
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Hi there. This is the first time anyone has left such comments about this outing. Perhaps you should book a bus tour next time. To call our neighborhoods nowhere Interesting is a stretch. Take it from someone who walks a lot, which we do here in the city, which I know doesn’t happen a lot in Florida, it’s at a very average pace.
Perfect introduction to the city
Emily_D, Jun 2022
Great overview of the city. Marie was a wonderful, energetic guide. She took us to parts of the city we would not otherwise have seen. Her knowledge of the history and culture of Montreal was impressive and interesting!
Marie was awesome!
Scott_N, Jun 2022
Marie was awesome! So knowledgable and excited about her city!! Her attitude turned a bunch of strangers into friends. Thank you Marie!!
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Yes she's the best at that. The Beyond the Basilica route is so great to see so much in a short amount of time. Thanks for taking the outing with us :)
Our guide, Marie, was...
Pearl_L, Jun 2022
Our guide, Marie, was excellent! Her friendly manner, depth of knowledge and well organized tour were remarkable
Response from Host, Jun 2022
So sweet of you. The Beyond the Basilica route is such a fun one to run for us guides, will share with Marie Pier.
Informative tour
Diana_D, May 2022
Had a great time on the tour, it was nice that is was a smaller group and Gabriella was a great guide. The one only negative thing is the snacks provided, if you have any kind of restrictions they were not accommodating. I didn't rely on that, i just wonder why they ask before the tour about dietary restrictions if they're not gonna accommodate.
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Happy to hear you enjoyed the route, the Beyond the Basilica tour covers so much in a short amount of time. Apologies for the snack confusion. The coffee is a plus to enjoy the last bit of the walk with and the bao in Chinatown is a little extra we like to throw in. We will chat with the bao spot to see if we can find an option for vegans. Our food tour is accommodating as the focus of that tour is the food stops unlike this route. Thanks for this feedback, it helps us do better next time. Hope we can host you again!
Good tour
Masha_R, May 2022
Tour guide Mary was very nice, knowledgeable and friendly. I would recommend this tour. I like the small group setting.
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Marie Pier is a gem! Love the Beyond the Basilica route, happy you did too! THX
wonderful tour
GUTS, May 2022
had a very enjoyable tour and a great guide! We especially enjoyed the amount of neighborhoods covered
Response from Host, Jun 2022
So many different areas in a small amount of time on this route, happy you enjoyed it :)
Great Afternoon
ToniBailie, May 2022
We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. We’ve been to Montreal several times but this tour brought us to spaces and areas we had never been before. We really liked that it was a bit of everything: history, transformation of older buildings, public art, street murals, a food tasting etc. Our guide, Gabriella, was very charming and enthusiastic in sharing her knowledge with us.
Response from Host, May 2022
Hey! Such a good mix of classic to funky neighborhoods in such a short amount of time! Thanks for sharing!
Interesting itinerary
Liane_F, May 2022
Different itinerary showing a variety of Montreal neighborhoods. Good guide and good pace. Recommend for those who want to see more than old town.
Response from Host, May 2022
Heya! This is such a good intro to the city and it’s diverse hoods. Thanks for joining.
Highly recommend this tour!
Sarah_S, May 2022
Gabriella was a great tour guide. We got to see so much of Montreal that we never would have seen on our own. I really enjoyed all of the historical and cultural information thar our guide gave us about the city.
Response from Host, May 2022
Awesome! Gabriella just started with us this year and we think she's great too :)
Great tour with Thom!
Taylor_W, Apr 2022
My husband and I really enjoyed this tour. Our guide (Thom) was very friendly and knowledgeable about Montreal's history, culture, and cuisine. He provided excellent recommendations for places to go after the tour as well. Definitely recommend this tour! You will get to see amazing of the city that you might not have ventured to on your own.
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Super great to read. Thom is a gem and I am in awe every time I follow him. Thanks for sharing and hope to host you on other routes as they open up in a few weeks!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great way to experience the hidden gems of Montreal
Karen_H, Apr 2022
Excellent walking tour, Denny was well informed, articulate with lots of great stories of the area. Loved seeing the large artisan murals. Great suggestions were provided for other local attractions and restaurants.
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Heya! Thanks for sharing. You four were so lovely to have with the rest of the group that weekend. Glad the recommendations came through and looking forward to visiting the lake region when we get to play tourist. Hope you can make it back for the bike or food tour soon. Cheers


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