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Montreal History Guided Sightseeing Cruise

Montréal, Canada

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  • 1 hour 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Offered in: English


Set sail for fun with a guided cruise near Montreal on the scenic St. Lawrence River, enjoying skyline views and learning about city history as you ride. Step on board your ship, the AML Cavalier Maxim, complete with sunny terraces and a glass-enclosed dining area, passing area landmarks including the Jacques-Cartier Bridge, the islands of Boucherville and the scenic shoreline. During your Montreal cruise, hear tales about the city’s founding and role of a legendary French explorer in its settlement.
  • Historic discovery cruise of Montreal
  • Admire the Montreal skyline from the St Lawrence River
  • Hear about Montreal's history through anecdotes from a local guide
  • Enjoy the views from the sunny terraces or the glassed-in dining rooms

What's Included

  • Cruise relating the maritime history of the metropolis Montreal
  • The best view on the city, the river and its shores
  • Indoor bistro service at your cost
  • Live guide speaking French and English
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 200 R. de la Commune O
    200 R. de la Commune O, Montréal, QC H2Y 4B2, Canada

    At the Grand Quai in the Old Port. Please note that parking could be difficult to find and there could be very heavy traffic, therefore we recommend to use public transport or arrive in the area in advance.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Discover the beautiful river landscapes and fascinating history of Montreal during this cruise along the St. Lawrence River. Anyone with a love for geography, historic explorers or that simply enjoys great views will relish this scenic boat ride along the shores of French Canada’s biggest city.

Start your trip from the city’s Alexandra Pier in either the morning or afternoon. Then cast off for your river ride, journeying 22 miles (35 kilometers) of the river near Montreal. During your cruise you’ll pass famous city sights including the islands of Boucherville, Jacques-Cartier Bridge and the city’s picturesque shoreline. 

Make sure to also take advantage of all that your ship, the AML Cavalier Maxim, has to offer during your voyage. Enjoy some sunbathing on the ship’s al fresco terraces, or step inside if you need to warm up in the glass-enclosed dining area. An array of food and drinks, including muffins, salads, cookies, sandwiches, juice, and cocktails, is available for purchase at the on-board café.

At the end of your ride, return back to Alexandra Pier, having gained a new perspective on the city of Montreal and its rich history.

St. Lawrence River (Pass By)

Explore 22 miles (35 km) of the historic St Lawrence River including the Jacques-Cartier Bridge, the shoreline and the islands of Boucherville.

Pont Jacques-Cartier (Pass By)

Explore 22 miles (35 km) of the historic St Lawrence River including the Jacques-Cartier Bridge, the shoreline and the islands of Boucherville.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 300 travelers
Operated by Croisieres AML

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.

about cancellations.

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Montreal History Guided Sightseeing Cruise ?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

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Traveler Tips

Lower deck was enclosed with windows; upper deck open with plastic bench seats, a bit uncomfortable.
Nice way to see the river and parts of Montreal without driving.
148 reviews
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Great way to spend a peaceful 1 1/2 hours
Jeffrey_R, Aug 2022
Well run, pleasant, good service and not crowded. Waiter/Waitress service available. Bi-lingual narration
The cruise had...
Jullet_A, Aug 2022
The cruise had amazing views and service. Getting ticket we’re easy. Experience was fun and 😎 guide was very knowledgeable.
Intriguing cruise
Tamara_A, Aug 2022
The story telling from narrator, added with sights made it so much more interesting than it would have.
Great time
Mathieu_D, Aug 2022
A really nice time. My girlfriend and I enjoyed ourselves, got some nice views, the only thing is I wouldn't recommend their food but overall really nice.
Joseph_T, Aug 2022
Good service but not a terribly interesting experience. Very nice views the first several minutes then nothing interesting to see. Good drinks at least available.
Good but could have showed us more.
Subhannita_S, Jul 2022
It was a good cruise. Could have been better if they took us further out. The cruise only went up to the southern tip of boucherville.
Average experience
Rosemary_R, Jul 2022
Large sitting area. Menu items looked very delicious and reasonable however we did not try anything. We were on the cruise to see the sites and hear the commentary. It was very hard to understand the cruise director and there was no commentary coming back.
All the crew is very educated and made a good service
VINICIUS_B, Jul 2022
The attendants are very efficient. The ship is very comfortable and the goods and drinks are very tasty. The
Montreal by boat!
Arthelia_B, Jul 2022
Great way to get a panoramic view of the city. The crew was engaging and informative. Leisurely way to spend an afternoon.
Nice, but not enough history.
Sarah_R, Jul 2022
Comfortable boat, friendly staff. I just expected more history commentary. I heard the Petit Navarre was good. Should have done that one.
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Kerry_R, Jul 2022
It was not very scenic as described. Couldn’t hear the commentary unless on upper deck… her voice didn’t come thru clearly below.
The whole operation was...
john, Jul 2022
The whole operation was fine; well run and all. The crew was very good in all aspects. The problem is that the tour route is not terribly interesting. One side is largely commercial and industrial, the other is distant and somewhat lackluster. Not much to photograph, really. We don't regret going but we've been on many that were more visually satisfying.
Exceeds Expectation !! Good job Thank you.!!
Seema_M, Jul 2022
ZIP LINNING MONTREAL : and the Cruise in Montreal : Amazing experience. Viator is always exceeding expectation It was so much fun doing this
Awesome experience, it...
Dishant_M, Jul 2022
Awesome experience, it would recommend my friends to come to Montreal and definitely be part of this cruise, Thanks.
Harbour trip around Montreal
Keith_A, Jun 2022
A great way to relax and see the harbour side of Montreal. Food and drinks all available on the boat. Seating inside and upon deck. Good commentary on the local areas as one passes by.
Worth the price
Bryan_W, Jun 2022
Great tour, good history on the city. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions.
Stuck for 90 Minutes… where do I begin
Paul_H, Jun 2022
Total and utter waste of money. You literally go up and down the same stretch of water which they drag over 90 minutes. Your sights will mainly be shipping containers and freight ships. You will honestly learn nothing about Montreal from this tour. I was trapped for 90 minutes and wanted to disembark after just 9 minutes. Of course feel free to book and experience yourself but believe me you will just flush your money down the loo.
Response from Host, Jun 2022
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1 traveler found this review helpful
Awesone experience
Filor_I, Jun 2022
The scenery was great. Explanation in English made it easier. The service was exceptional. Definitely would recommenf
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Hello, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience. It was a pleasure to welcome you aboard! Regards,
A very pleasant...
Alta_F, Jun 2022
A very pleasant excursion. It was nice to experience the city from the water. The tour is in English & French so there is l lot of talking the first 45 minutes and just music the rest of the time.
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Hello, Thank you for your comment. Know that our customers' satisfaction is our priority. We wish to keep on offering the greatest experience possible which is why we are open to suggestions if you have any. Best regards,
Esther_V, Sep 2021
Cruise was very nice but I wish we would have gotten more information on the sites we saw. Boat was very clean. Staff very friendly
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