Montréal is a beautiful and exciting city to visit and deciding what to see and do can be difficult. That's where we come in. Gray Line can help you get the most out of the city and choose tours that best suit your interests, whether that's a tour of the city including Old Montréal, Notre Dame Basilica and more — or you could have a day in Quebec City and Montmorency Falls. Customer satisfaction is our top priority, our tours are all led by professional, well-trained guides and we have a reputation as Montréal’s premier sightseeing company.
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The moment you step into Old Montréal, you'll be transported to a different era, with its cobblestones, horse-drawn carriages and historic architecture. As you stroll through the streets, you'll see Notre-Dame Basilica, the historic warehouses, and the charming cafes and restaurants. The architecture of Old Montréal is a mix of styles across the centuries, from Gothic to Renaissance, and it's a perfect place to take a stunning picture. You can also take a guided tour to learn more about the history of the area and the stories behind the buildings. Old Montréal is home to many museums, such as the Pointe-à-Callière Museum of Archaeology and History, that allow you to explore the history of the city and its founding. Old Montréal is a must-see for any first-time visitor, and it's a great way to spend an afternoon discovering the city's past.
Relax on one of our famous London-style double-decker buses while you take in the sights of Montréal. The tour is fully-narrated and you can hop off at any time to catch a closer look at the attractions. You’ll see Old Montréal, Place Ville Marie, and the Quartier des Spectacles, among much more.
If you are visiting Montreal for the first time, the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Notre-Dame Basilica is definitely a must-see. In addition to being an exciting and colorful ceremony, it is free to watch every day, so you don't need to pay anything to watch it. I will warn you not to get too close to the guards, as they are not as friendly as they seem.
The Montréal Museum of Fine Arts is home to an array of art from all over the world, each piece more beautiful than the next. As you wander through the galleries, spread over five pavilions, you'll be able to see works from famous artists such as Monet, Picasso, and Warhol, as well as works from local artists. The museum also has a vast collection of decorative art, from ancient Egyptian artifacts to contemporary design pieces. There is a range of temporary exhibitions that are always worth checking out. Visiting the museum is a fantastic way to spend an afternoon surrounded by art and culture.
The district from which Montréal takes its name, Plateau Mont-Royal is one of the most fashionable areas of the city. It is full of art, music and creativity and is known for its bohemian atmosphere and its trendy vibe. Plateau Mont-Royal is the home of the Quebec Conservatory of Music in Montreal, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens and many theaters. It will also give you breathtaking panoramic views across the whole city.
The Jean-Talon Market is a vibrant and bustling hub of activity that immerses all your senses. The moment you step inside, you're greeted by the mouth-watering aroma of fresh produce, spices, and baked goods. The farmers’ market, one of the largest in North America, is a treasure trove of locally-sourced fruits and vegetables, some of which you may have never seen before. The vendors are friendly and more than happy to let you sample their wares before you buy. As you stroll through the market, you'll be able to find a variety of unique souvenirs and gifts. From handmade crafts to vintage clothes, there's something for everyone, and it’s surrounded by excellent cafés and restaurants. The vendors are quite skilled in bargaining, so be prepared to haggle for a good deal.
One of the most important botanic gardens in the world, Montréal Botanical Garden is a true feast for the senses. As you wander through the winding paths, you'll be able to see brightly colored flowers, towering trees and delicate butterflies fluttering around. It's a perfect place for families to enjoy together, children can run through the fields of wildflowers and explore the different sections of the garden, such as the Chinese, Japanese and First Nations Gardens.
Poutine is one of the most famous Canadian dishes, and it's probably the best French fries you’ll ever taste. Most restaurants in the city will serve the dish fries, cheese curds and gravy. Poutine used to be mocked by other Canadians but now it has become an iconic Québécois meal. It’s not the healthiest of dishes but it is delicious.
If you're a lover of music, theatre, or dance, then you're sure to find a performance that will delight you at the Place des Arts. This is the largest arts center in Canada and the hub of Montréal’s cultural scene. The Place des Arts is also home to several of the city's most well-known theaters, Montréal Symphony Orchestra and L’Opéra de Montréal.
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