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Beyond the Basilica Walking Tour in Montreal

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This walking tour from historic Old Montréal up to the funky borough of the Plateau Mont-Royal could almost be a Montréal 101 class. Learn about the city’s foundation, see architectural gems, your local guide’s favorite institutions in the entertainment district, see street art, and pop in for a snack and drink along the way.
  • Cover some of the historic highlights of Old Montreal
  • Get an introduction to Montreal’s Underground City
  • Cultural experience: visit one of the city's hippest neighborhoods
  • Included entrance fees, snack, and coffee mean no extra costs
What to Expect
Meet a guide in Montreal’s historic center, and start the day by visiting Notre Dame Basilica, an ornate cathedral that blends religious and Quebecois art. Before leaving Old Montreal, see a few more of the area’s historic gems, then duck into the massive underground city on the way to Chinatown. Pause for a quick tasting in Chinatown before you stroll into the former Red Light District, now a favorite for local culture, and continue to the bustling Saint Laurent Boulevard. Visit a gallery of street art and see some of the outdoor highlights of Montréal’s Mural Festival, and finish the day with a cup of locally roasted coffee in a neighborhood café.
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Departure Point
Maisonneuve Monument, 500 Place d'Armes, Montréal, QC H2Y 4A4, Canada
2h 30m
Return Details
Dispatch Coffee, 4021 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1Y4, Canada
  • Beverages
  • Food tasting
  • Snacks
  • Local guide
  • Entry/Admission - Notre-Dame Basilica
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option not selected)
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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
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Marie was outstanding with all her information. It was a wonderful morning. I love a city that you can walk with someone who can point out and show you what a city is really like. Totally enjoyed the tour and would recommend it to any...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Therese N
Reviewed 4 days ago

Our guide was Leslie - who gets a shout out from the boss for the mention! She did a great job, texts re meeting place and so on were spot on. The tour started with the Bascilica and being on the tour saves you standing...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank andrewintheswamp
DannyMTL, Owner at Spade & Palacio Non-Touristy Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Heya! Thanks for taking the time to share your experience with Lesley. Happy we were able to host you and you enjoyed your time despite the weather! Of course our guides are always willing to help with smooth directions to where you need to be...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Daniel was just the type of guide we wanted, he was very informative without overwhelming with details. The pace was perfect & we loved seeing a different Montreal. Thank you Daniel !!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Explore252197
Kyra_MTL, Assistant at Spade & Palacio Non-Touristy Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Daniel is a great ambassador we are so proud to have part of our team and the BTB walk is such a good intro to the diverse hoods of our city. Happy to hear you enjoyed the walk. Come back for another :)

Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I really enjoyed our tour with our guide Lesly Thompson. We visited the Basilica, walked through a part of the Underground City, enjoyed a delicious Bao Bun and later Iced coffee. Along our tour Lesly pointed out many of Montréal’s interesting places...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank mauidivr
Kyra_MTL, Assistant at Spade & Palacio Non-Touristy Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Lesley is a gem. This walk is such a good mix of all things MTL from the historic stuff to the current, through the eyes of a local of course. And we definitely agree with you there on the Bao Bun's being delicious (they're my...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Amilie was great! She gave us a history of Montreal to start The way she presented the history was as she was actually there when it was happening. She's funny and very knowledgeable. Highly Recommend to take the tour.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Gorda29
Kyra_MTL, Assistant at Spade & Palacio Non-Touristy Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Heya Amelie is a star and a great S&P ambassador. So happy you had the chance to experience the city through her eyes. Please make it back for another tour on your next visit! Cheers

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Nicole S
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Response from mac523 | Reviewed this property |
Email or call them...super helpful
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Response from Mike F | Reviewed this property |
It was between three and four hours.
Marianne M
10 July 2018|
Response from campi4 | Reviewed this property |
You are walking/moving much of the time. Your stops are while receiving information/history of an area. Some of the areas are hilly. In our group was a person with some limitations and she had some trouble keeping up. I... More
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