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Beyond the Basilica a Walking Tour in Montreal
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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Travel from historic Old Montreal to the borough of Plateau Mont-Royal on this walking tour of the city. Visit the ornately decorated Basilica then wander the streets of Vieux-Montréal while learning about the city’s history and checking out its street art. Plus, make stops in the entertainment district and Chinatown.
  • Get a comprehensive look of Montreal; perfect for first-time visitors
  • Wear comfortable shoes; a moderate amount of walking is involved
  • Receive recommendations for the remainder of your stay
  • Beverages, snacks, and a food tasting are included
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Maisonneuve Monument , 500 Pl. d'Armes, Montréal, QC H2Y 4A4, Canada

We meet next to the 1642 Maisonneuve Monument in the middle of Place d'Armes Square, directly across the Notre-Dame Basilica. Tour starts on time and we can't wait for latecomers. Please show up 10 minutes before the tour starts. If you are late, you might not be able to join the group.

Dispatch Coffee , 4021 Boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1Y4, Canada

We end in the Plateau district. We'll leave you with a list of recommendations and point out places if you want to grab a bite or a drink!

  • 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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Spade & Palacio Tours
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.

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star-2
Not for seniors
Alberto_S
, Jun 2022
This was an excessive and fast walking tour with hills and long distances that took you nowhere interesting. We had to leave as two of our friends were not able to walk at the fast pace or do the incline streets without feeling a bit ill.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hi there. This is the first time anyone has left such comments about this outing. Perhaps you should book a bus tour next time. To call our neighborhoods nowhere Interesting is a stretch. Take it from someone who walks a lot, which we do here in the city, which I know doesn’t happen a lot in Florida, it’s at a very average pace.
star-5
Perfect introduction to the city
Emily_D
, Jun 2022
Great overview of the city. Marie was a wonderful, energetic guide. She took us to parts of the city we would not otherwise have seen. Her knowledge of the history and culture of Montreal was impressive and interesting!
star-5
Marie was awesome!
Scott_N
, Jun 2022
Marie was awesome! So knowledgable and excited about her city!! Her attitude turned a bunch of strangers into friends. Thank you Marie!!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Yes she's the best at that. The Beyond the Basilica route is so great to see so much in a short amount of time. Thanks for taking the outing with us :)
star-5
Our guide, Marie, was...
Pearl_L
, Jun 2022
Our guide, Marie, was excellent! Her friendly manner, depth of knowledge and well organized tour were remarkable
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
So sweet of you. The Beyond the Basilica route is such a fun one to run for us guides, will share with Marie Pier.
star-4
Informative tour
Diana_D
, May 2022
Had a great time on the tour, it was nice that is was a smaller group and Gabriella was a great guide. The one only negative thing is the snacks provided, if you have any kind of restrictions they were not accommodating. I didn't rely on that, i just wonder why they ask before the tour about dietary restrictions if they're not gonna accommodate.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Happy to hear you enjoyed the route, the Beyond the Basilica tour covers so much in a short amount of time. Apologies for the snack confusion. The coffee is a plus to enjoy the last bit of the walk with and the bao in Chinatown is a little extra we like to throw in. We will chat with the bao spot to see if we can find an option for vegans. Our food tour is accommodating as the focus of that tour is the food stops unlike this route. Thanks for this feedback, it helps us do better next time. Hope we can host you again!
star-5
Good tour
Masha_R
, May 2022
Tour guide Mary was very nice, knowledgeable and friendly. I would recommend this tour. I like the small group setting.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Marie Pier is a gem! Love the Beyond the Basilica route, happy you did too! THX
star-5
wonderful tour
GUTS
, May 2022
had a very enjoyable tour and a great guide! We especially enjoyed the amount of neighborhoods covered
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
So many different areas in a small amount of time on this route, happy you enjoyed it :)
star-5
Great Afternoon
ToniBailie
, May 2022
We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. We’ve been to Montreal several times but this tour brought us to spaces and areas we had never been before. We really liked that it was a bit of everything: history, transformation of older buildings, public art, street murals, a food tasting etc. Our guide, Gabriella, was very charming and enthusiastic in sharing her knowledge with us.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hey! Such a good mix of classic to funky neighborhoods in such a short amount of time! Thanks for sharing!
star-5
Interesting itinerary
Liane_F
, May 2022
Different itinerary showing a variety of Montreal neighborhoods. Good guide and good pace. Recommend for those who want to see more than old town.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Heya! This is such a good intro to the city and it’s diverse hoods. Thanks for joining.
star-5
Highly recommend this tour!
Sarah_S
, May 2022
Gabriella was a great tour guide. We got to see so much of Montreal that we never would have seen on our own. I really enjoyed all of the historical and cultural information thar our guide gave us about the city.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Awesome! Gabriella just started with us this year and we think she's great too :)
star-5
Great tour with Thom!
Taylor_W
, Apr 2022
My husband and I really enjoyed this tour. Our guide (Thom) was very friendly and knowledgeable about Montreal's history, culture, and cuisine. He provided excellent recommendations for places to go after the tour as well. Definitely recommend this tour! You will get to see amazing of the city that you might not have ventured to on your own.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Super great to read. Thom is a gem and I am in awe every time I follow him. Thanks for sharing and hope to host you on other routes as they open up in a few weeks!
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star-5
Great way to experience the hidden gems of Montreal
Karen_H
, Apr 2022
Excellent walking tour, Denny was well informed, articulate with lots of great stories of the area. Loved seeing the large artisan murals. Great suggestions were provided for other local attractions and restaurants.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Heya! Thanks for sharing. You four were so lovely to have with the rest of the group that weekend. Glad the recommendations came through and looking forward to visiting the lake region when we get to play tourist. Hope you can make it back for the bike or food tour soon. Cheers
star-5
Very informative!
Julie_Y
, Mar 2022
Danny was witty smart & entertaining. Our whole family enjoyed this tour. The day turned a little cold there was enough inside parts to give us time to warm up.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
You guys were great to have along with the group. Please make it back for a mural or bike tour next time! Cheers
star-5
PERFECT
Christine B
, Nov 2019
The length and speed of the walk was perfect for our group. Daniel always made sure everyone could hear him. His knowledge is amazing. GREAT and applicable informaiton, not chatter as many tour guides have a habit of doing.,
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Heya! Great point, we hate the blah blah blah. Just the right amount of info, history, current culture in a laid back manner is our vibe! Thank you for sharing
star-5
Excellent walking tour
BarbC1319
, Oct 2019
Daniel was a very knowledgeable guide and presented the information in an interesting manner. He was extremely pleasant to be with and gave us a great walk thru the city.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Daniel's a gem, we're luck to have him as an S&P and Montreal ambassador. Thanks for sharing.
star-5
Fabulous!
Kathy_P
, Oct 2019
Our guide was knowledgeable and interesting. The walking tour was well paced. Because there were only two of us on this group tour there was lots of time for questions, answers and information on the best ways to travel to other points in the city that we wanted to visit.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Hi! Private tours can be so much fun, happy we got to show you around Montreal. Thanks for sharing your experience :)
star-5
Excellent Tour
Donald_L
, Sep 2019
Danny was outstanding. Knowledgeable, interesting, entertaining and a good dancer (kidding about him being a good dancer - though he may well be). This is an excellent tour which informs as well as allows one to get their bearings in an unfamiliar city.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Thanks for sharing your experience! Happy to hear Danny showed you a good time :) And yes I can confirm he actually is an excellent dancer haha Cheers!
star-5
Beyond Great, It was Fun!
BonniB_K
, Jul 2019
Marie, our tour guide, was excellent. She kept us interested with local stories as well as the history. She talked about the art, food, and options to explore on our own. Loved every minute.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Marie 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. Happy you enjoyed! Cheers
star-5
Basilica
Safari14137906291
, Mar 2019
We had a wonderful time with Annemarie !!! We had a wonderful experience with some history added :😃. We would definitely recommend this tour 👍🏻👍🏻
star-5
Excellent tour. Perfect mix of...
cynthia r
, Mar 2018
Excellent tour. Perfect mix of historical and new. Made me want to return in the summer to experience some of the festivals the guide mentioned. Included food and coffee stops, which was great on a snowy December day.

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