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Beyond the Basilica a Walking Tour in Montreal

Beyond the Basilica a Walking Tour in Montreal
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Tour snapshot
Cover some of the historic highlights of Old Montreal
Duration:
2h 30m
Group size:
10
Stroller accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    2h 30m
  • Group size:
    10
  • Stroller accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Walk through Old Montreal, Chinatown, and the Plateau on a guided walking tour that explores Montreal neighborhoods from historic to hip, with a group that’s limited to 10 people for a more personal experience. Seeing the city on foot is a great way to learn what’s fun to see, do, and taste in Montreal, and the walking tour includes a Chinatown snack and locally roasted coffee.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • 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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • 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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Important information
Inclusions
  • Beverages
  • Food tasting
  • Snacks
  • Local guide
  • Entry/Admission - Chinatown
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option not selected)
Duration
2h 30m
Departure details
  • 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!
Additional information
  • 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
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
Inclusions
  • Beverages
  • Food tasting
  • Snacks
  • Local guide
  • Entry/Admission - Chinatown
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option not selected)
Departure details
  • 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!
Duration
2h 30m
Return details
  • 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!
Additional information
  • 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
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    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.
    See address & details
  • 1
    Place d'Armes
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Notre-Dame Basilica
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Old Montreal
    Stop: 35 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Underground City
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 5
    Chinatown
    Stop: 15 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 6
    Saint Laurent Boulevard
    Stop: 45 minutes
    See details
  • 7
    Eva B
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 8
    Plateau Mont-Royal
    Stop: 35 minutes
    See details
  • You'll end at
    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!
    See address & details
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Erin O
8 contributions
Apr. 2022 • Solo
I wish I had done this tour my first day in Montreal, because Danny our guide really made me feel welcome and comfortable walking through this enormous and beautiful city! Not only was he personable and friendly but obviously very knowledgeable about current events and past history of Montreal. The pit stops were a good mix of Montreal history and unconventional hidden gems that you would only get from a local. After giving his unique and individualized spiel, Danny gave ample time to group members to explore a little on their own before bringing us back and moving on to the next sight to see. I’m very satisfied I chose this tour in particular, highly recommended!
Written April 24, 2022
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spadep
This is such a good intro to the city, as is the bike tour in the summer, to get your bearings and be able to explore more of what you liked on your own. Glad you had fun, you were a pleasure to have as part of the group! Thanks for sharing, means a lot to us.
Written April 26, 2022
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Sydney
Montreal, Canada1 contribution
Feb. 2020
This tour of the city is definitely one of a kind! For those who are not familiar with Montreal, this kind of tour gives you the ins and outs that you wouldn't of had the chance to discover otherwise. From the basilica in Old Montreal, to the snacks in Chinatown and then to finish up in the Plateau Mont Royal, you really get a fun and informative sense of what this city is all about. Let's not forget the tour of the multiple art murals that are up all over the Plateau! What a treat. Would recommend to people visiting the city for the first time, or those coming back looking to uncover its dozen of hidden gems.
Written February 14, 2020
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Heya! Means a lot when locals join and appreciate what we do. The BTB is an excellent intro to Mtl hoods from historic to art heavy and weird. Glad the added food tastings were a hit. Come back in summer for a bike tour or a walking food tour!!! Thanks for sharing, helps a lot being the small company we are :)
Written February 14, 2020
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WimSkimberly
Boston, Ma8 contributions
Apr. 2022 • Family
This tour expectations at every turn. You will feel as if a friend is escorting you around the city, but that friend happens to be an adept historian, art connoisseur, local foodie guru and a genuinely nice person. Danny made so many aspects of the city come to life. We have a new appreciation for all the cultures that met through history and continue to break down walls today to make Montreal, Montreal. It was a privilege and a pleasure spending time with him. Thank you!!
Written April 23, 2022
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spadep
Such a pleasure to host you amongst such a good and engaging group that day. Glad you had fun and hope some of the recommendations came through. Hope to see you out with our team again!
Written April 26, 2022
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tanya c
Marina del Rey, CA3 contributions
Oct. 2020
What is one to do these days to experience culture in a city you're not that familiar with? This was the perfect choice. My husband and I were the only two on this guide through interesting parts of the city that we would not have seen otherwise. It led us through alleys of hidden art and streets filled with color and vibe. The ever-changing landscape of this city is endlessly interesting and invigorating. Our guide Danny was a native of the city and was able to answer a myriad of questions we had ranging from real estate to festivals to food. If I were a local I would want to go on this tour.
Written November 11, 2020
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spadep
Heya! That means a lot. It was so nice to have just you two on the outing and am very pleased you enjoyed the experience. Hope we can host you again on another route in the future. Merci
Written November 12, 2020
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NewScubaDiver
Atlanta, GA64 contributions
Dec. 2019
Although the weather was not extremely cooperative with being cold, rainy and icy, our tour with Tom was nothing short of fantastic. He gave such a great overview of the history of the city and its people and showed us parts of Montreal that we definitely would never have found on our own. The tour does include a visit to Notre Dame Basilica initially. I had planned beforehand to come back to see it but was pleasantly surprised that we visited it as the first stop on our tour. Loved the bao in Chinatown and thought the stop for coffee at the end was the perfect way to conclude our tour. Great job guys! Would highly recommend this tour group.
Written January 1, 2020
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Spade P
HI! This route was designed to take guests from the historic and classic Basilica up to the artsy and fun hood where you had the third wave coffee and the recommendations list was given. So happy you enjoyed despite the skating rink that day. Thanks for joining :) Come back for a food tour next summer!
Written January 3, 2020
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Mark H
5 contributions
Feb. 2020
Montréal is much more than just its old buildings and Notre-Dame Basilica. Wandering from Old Montréal to the Plateau, the Beyond the Basilica tour is a fantastic way to spend a morning – and there's multiple snacks and treats on the way! Where most tours of Montréal stick to the beaten path, getting some insider information on some of the city's famous MURAL Festival murals (including background on the artists themselves) was great, and the Chinatown snack was particularly appreciated. Danny is friendly and hilarious, and also pokes a little bit of fun at his city too, which is always a nice touch. Highly recommended.
Written February 9, 2020
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spadep
Hi! Thanks for sharing. The goal of this route is just the right amount of the historic Old Montreal stuff and on to current and funky Montreal hoods. Happy you appreciated the snacks too. Make it back for a a bike tour during the warmer months! Cheers
Written February 12, 2020
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Yelvey50
Paris, France12 contributions
An absolutely brilliant tour that enables you to discover parts of Montreal that you would never find on your own. Thom was a superb guide, engaging and knowledgeable, whilst also bringing his own experiences and passion for the city to the fore. Highly recommended
Written April 24, 2022
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spadep
Heya! This is a great mix of some classics and historic to cultural and current in such a small amount of time by foot. Glad you liked the route! Thanks for sharing! Will let Thom know you had a good time with him! .
Written April 26, 2022
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Michael O
1 contribution
Dec. 2019
Our guide Tom was very well informed, cheerfully upbeat and considerate as we faced the challenges of walking in the cold and rain on icy streets in December. Saw an excellent range of places, from the seriously historical to the deliriously fun. Great tour and great tour guide.
Written January 4, 2020
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Spade P
Thanks for braving the ice rink that was Montreal that day. Thom is a star in all conditions, happy to hear you enjoyed all the stops along the route!
Written January 6, 2020
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L. M. T.
Calgary, Canada16 contributions
My wife chose this tour for me, and I'm so glad she chose this one! What a fantastic time I had seeing so many different historical sites and interesting stops around old town Montreal, and surrounding area. You finished this tour really feeling like you saw the heart of Montreal!
From the beautiful architecture of the Basilica, the fascinating underground city, to the eclectic and fun surroundings of China town and beyond, this was really a fantastic tour all around!
Danny with a very knowledgeable and hospitable tour guide, with a thorough knowledge of the city.
Don't hesitate to book this tour, it is well worth it!
Written February 16, 2020
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spadep
Hi there! Happy you joined our dynamic group that day, was truly a pleasure to show you around the different neighbourhoods. Make it back for a bike tour in the summer or a walking food tour! Best
Written February 19, 2020
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Elaine P
Montreal, Canada11 contributions
My boyfriend and I were solo guests on a cold day and we really enjoyed our afternoon! Tom, our guide, was fun and energetic and taught us a ton about Montreal and its people. We enjoyed all of the places we visited and we liked that some of them were not the typical tourist attractions. We also appreciated the list of suggested restaurants and bars we received...we went to a place Tom recommended and had an amazing meal to end our trip!
Written February 24, 2020
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Hi there! Thom is a gem, glad you had him show you two around. Our goal on this route is to show just the right amount of classics and then showcase the current city and hoods through the art, shops and food. Thanks for sharing, means a lot being the small company we are. Cheers
Written February 28, 2020
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Amazing tour!!
This tour was fantastic and our tour guide Danny was the best! Would definitely recommend as it highlights a bunch
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A unique and enjoyable experience
An amazing way to spend an afternoon in Montreal! We learned so much about the amazing public art scene in Montreal
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10/10 recommend!
10/10 recommend! We booked a private bike tour for my sister's bachelorette party. There were 10 of us. The company
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Excellent activity with Marie
The commentary was both knowledgable & insightful. Marie gave us an appreciation of the art, the various statement
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Top notch Mural Art Walking Tour
This walking tour was top notch! Our guide, Daniel, was knowledgeable, friendly, and appropriately funny! Daniel
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Unique and Excellent
The mural tour was a wonderful and unique experience. Marie was an excellent guide and we learned a lot about the a
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A unique treat
We took this tour on our first day in Montreal, wanting a non-traditional tour to learn about Montreal. It was phen
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Murals in Montreal
Danny was an excellent. He really knows his street art and was very helpful in pointing out the uniqueness of each
N6409EGlindac
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Great walking and food tour for all ages.
Danny was not only knowledgeable, but like good food and wine, the presentation was superb! Nothing was rushed and
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EXCELLENT
Notre guide Danny connaissait bien son produit et rendait la visite interactive avec le groupe. The guide was pa
brendanw588
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Best tour I've ever been on
My favorite part of the tour was that it was *with* me not *at* me, such a fun and interactive tour. You could tel
susih241
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Fully recommend!
Really friendly and authentic guide and interesting tour! Not the classic Sightseeing stuff. Good variety.
graceibell
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Great tour! Very unique experience.
Really incredible tour! Our guide was super knowledgeable and friendly, and it was a really unique experience. I'd
emmanuelleber
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Don't miss it!
The whole tour was just fantastic. The guide has an enormous knowledge about mural art, graffiti and also the artis
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Magic Montreal tour
Magical Montreal! This tour was beyond expectations - it was fun and satisfying! We discovered the true vibes of Mo
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