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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 28 August 2019

My friends and I booked this tour as a way to familiarize ourselves with the city during our weekend in Montreal. It was the best decision we ever could have made! Marie is awesome and was an amazing tour guide! She was knowledgeable, and friendly,...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Amy C
Kyra_MTL, Assistant at Spade & Palacio Non-Touristy Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2019

Heya! This route is such a great mix of hoods from more classic to the art heavy Plateau. Happy to hear we and Marie delivered! Thanks for the feedback means a lot to us. Cheers!

Reviewed 24 August 2019

We had a small group lead by Marie-Pier. She was clearly knowledgeable about the history, culture, and the food scene of the city. She took us away from the touristic areas into cultural and interesting parts of Montreal, pointing out notable buildings and murals, taking...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Kyra_MTL, Assistant at Spade & Palacio Non-Touristy Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2019

Heya! This route is such a great mix of hoods from more classic to the art heavy Plateau. Happy to hear we and Marie-Pier delivered! Thanks for the feedback means a lot to us. Cheers!

Reviewed 23 August 2019

Our experienced and very friendly guide, Marie, brought out the city of Montreal in a creative way highlighting interesting wall murals, the underground, and St. Antoine Street sights. She covered the city history relating the founding of Montreal and its role briefly at the start...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank John A
Kyra_MTL, Assistant at Spade & Palacio Non-Touristy Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2019

Heya! Thanks for the feedback. Our goal is to show a variety of neighbourhoods and have our guests walk away with an understanding of current local culture too! Marie is a gem, we really are lucky to have her. Make sure you make it back...More

Reviewed 23 August 2019

My wife and I started off our trip with this tour and it was a great way to get to know some of the coolest neighbourhoods of this eclectic city. Our guide, Marie was super knowledgeable and very friendly, she took the time to give...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Er M
Kyra_MTL, Assistant at Spade & Palacio Non-Touristy Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2019

Thanks so much for your recommendation! Marie really is a gem, we're so lucky to have her. Cheers

Reviewed 21 August 2019

My wife and I visited Montreal for a long weekend, with so much to see and do in such a short time we thought a walking tour would be the best way to get our bearings in the city. Daniel was our guide and he...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Kyra_MTL, Assistant at Spade & Palacio Non-Touristy Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2019

Heya! Thanks. So glad to hear you and your wife enjoyed the tour and the charm of our great city. This route is such a great mix of classic to contemporary Montreal! Also Daniel IS amazing, we're lucky to have him. Cheers,

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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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