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Beyond the Basilica Walking Tour in Montreal

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Overview
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.
Highlights
  • 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
Duration
2h 30m
Return Details
Dispatch Coffee, 4021 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1Y4, Canada
Inclusions
  • Beverages
  • Food tasting
  • Snacks
  • Local guide
  • Entry/Admission - Notre-Dame Basilica
Exclusions
  • 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
  • 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
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 4 weeks ago

Daniel, our guide was extremely knowledgeable which made for an exceptional tour. Walking the variety of unique Montréal neighborhoods was exactly how this tour was described. BTW- don’t miss The evening light show inside the basilica which was recommended by Daniel. Short but amazing &...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Spade P, Owner at Spade & Palacio Non-Touristy Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Heya! Happy his recommendations were helpful and you enjoyed seeing the variety of our hoods with us. The BTB route is a key 101 for those new to Montreal. Cheerw

Reviewed 4 weeks 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
Kyra_MTL, Assistant at Spade & Palacio Non-Touristy Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Heya! Marie-Pier 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. We appreciate you sharing your experience being the small
company we are :)

Reviewed 4 weeks 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
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DannyMTL, Owner at Spade & Palacio Non-Touristy Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks 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 15 September 2019 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
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Kyra_MTL, Assistant at Spade & Palacio Non-Touristy Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2019

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 14 September 2019

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
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Kyra_MTL, Assistant at Spade & Palacio Non-Touristy Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2019

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

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Steve, I’m no expert, but while visiting Montreal recently, I noticed that a lot of activities are not available after about mid-October, especially those involving boats on the St. Lawrence. But Two firms that offer... More
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