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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
Good for avoiding crowds

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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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.
star-4
A very good walking tour of the old...
Nita
, Nov 2017
A very good walking tour of the old part of Montreal.
star-5
Our guide Elyse was most informative...
craig_s
, Oct 2017
Our guide Elyse was most informative and maintained a pleasant pace. Her tour provided an introduction to the Montreal city history and culture in just enough detail to make us visitors feel we understood why the residents take such pride in their beautiful city.
star-5
Danny the young company owner led...
Sandra S
, Sep 2017
Danny the young company owner led our small four person group on a very personalized tour that balanced old, new and trendy Montreal. Very enjoyable. The bao and iced coffee that were included introduced us to local businesses and new tastes of Montreal.
star-1
The tour by Elisa (sp) was the worst...
Tim H
, Aug 2017
The tour by Elisa (sp) was the worst tour we have been on for our international travels. I have had free walking tours that were 10x better. We would pass information signs that had more detail as well as other tour guides who were providing interesting cultural information. Waste of time. Terrible!
star-5
This was a fantastic tour that...
Katie J
, Jul 2017
This was a fantastic tour that allowed me to see and learn about things in Montreal that I never would have experienced otherwise. Anne Marie was great: engaging and seems to truly love Montreal. We walked a decent amount, so make sure you are up for covering some distance. I highly recommend this company. They want their customers to see the best and most unique bits of the city, not just the tourist traps.
star-5
Great tour with a knowledgeable and...
Renita
, Jun 2017
Great tour with a knowledgeable and interesting guide Danny. We started in the square outside of Notre-Dame, walked through some of old town, took a slight detour through a small portion of the underground city and ended up in China town. The tour ended in a great part of town called Plateau Mont-Royal where we were able to see some of the really cool street art from a yearly festival. This neighborhood gave us a real sense of how locals actually live. We would have gone on another Spade and Palacio tour but unfortunately were leaving that night .
star-5
We booked the Beyond the Basilica...
Raj P
, Jun 2017
We booked the Beyond the Basilica Walking Tour through the TripAdvisor website and are so glad we chose this one over all the other options they had on their website. Our tour guide was Tom may have been Tim? who was an excellent guide giving us all a unique perspective of the city that we would never have discovered on our own. The small tour size allowed for a lot more flexibility which we liked. If you ever do this tour you will be lucky to get Tom as he was probably one of the best guides we've come across in our recent travels. One area that could be improved was the booking process. After we booked, on the email we received it did not contain the details of the person we were to meet so we were left just having to wander around the general area trying to see if anyone else was looking for the same tour.

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