Montreal tours open the doors to the most distinct areas and attractions. There is a tour available that complements all personal styles and interests. Montreal walking tours are a great way to enjoy lively street culture amid the many individual neighborhoods, and get an up-close look at Montreal’s out-of-the-way streets, cobble stone alleys, and tucked-away shops and restaurants. A Montreal bus tour requires less physical activity and can be a great alternative to walking tours. These tours, and other types of them are available through an ample number of Montreal tour packages that can also include lodging, flights, and show or museum tickets. The main tourist center in Montreal is one of the best places for information on Montreal tours. It is located at 1255 Rue Peel corner of Peel and Ste-Catherine.
Montreal walking tours are most enjoyable during the warmer months of late spring, summer, and early to mid-fall. They can be guided or self-guided tours. Guided tours offer more detailed history and information, but on the other hand, self-guided tours, with a good map and guidebook, can be just as thorough. Both are ideal because of Montreal’s abundant pedestrian-only areas. The most popular areas to explore on Montreal walking tours include downtown, Vieux Montreal and Mont-Royal. Public metro is an easy and straight forward way to travel between the boroughs.
Main attractions on Montreal walking tours in Vieux Montreal include historic architecture, colorful plazas, and the atmosphere of Montreal’s most scenic area. For a comprehensive look begin, with a map, at Place D’Armes and end at the Old Port. To best explore downtown on foot begin at Bonaventure station, and make your way down René-Lévesque and onward through Dorchester Square. Attractions on this walking tour include the Marie-Reine-du-Monde Basilica, Place Ville-Marie, the McCord and Redpath museums and the Museum of Fine Art. Crescent Street is another highlight and an ideal spot to stop and breathe in the ambiance of this major dining and entertainment hub. Dining, shopping, and Montreal’s best parks are the attractions during Montreal tours of Plateau Mont-Royal while tours of Mont Royal offer further look at several major historical sites such as Maison Smith, Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery, and Old Olmsted Road.
A hop-on hop-off Montreal bus tour is one of the best ways to see the city at your own pace and enjoy the most interesting attractions. The double decker bus tours are most popular and built in the style of classic London double deckers. The tours include guides who introduce the history behind the attractions as well as details on city neighborhoods. With a ticket in hand, jump off at any of the eight bus stops and jump back on another bus at your leisure. A double decker Montreal bus tour can be taken from mid-May through October. Tours depart Dorchester Square and stop at the Notre Dame Basilica, Montreal Casino, Mont Royal Park, the Science Center, Crescent Street, St. Joseph's Oratory, and St Catharine Street.
A Montreal bus tour will hit many of the main sites of the city, or even farther to explore the nearby Laurentian Mountains or even the capital of Ottawa for a day. There are also several other exciting ways to enjoy tours including Montreal cruises departing from Old Port, a great way to see the city’s waterfront. A harbor cruise can be a lunch or dinner affair, or simply a guided tour with a professional. For a more active pursuit, consider Montreal tours by bicycle, either guided or self-guided, and get the lay of the land while exploring high profile sights. Bicycles are widely available in the Old Port.