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Best of Montreal Small Group Tour with River Cruise + Notre Dame
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Best of Montreal Small Group Tour with River Cruise + Notre Dame

By Tripshepherd Montreal Tours
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Ages 0-99, max of 6 per group
Duration: 5h
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Live guide: English
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  • Pick up and drop off at any Hotel located in the downtown Montreal area
  • Narrated driving tour
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Notre Dame Basilica (Not available Sunday - due to mass)
  • Biodome admission fee
  • Le Grande Roue (Monday - Wednesday & Boat Replacement)
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Bottled water


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
    Pickup details
    • Pick up time will be confirmed 1-3 days prior to the tour date via email or phone. If you do not have access to these, please be ready 30 minutes prior to tour start time in the hotel lobby. We only pick up in Downtown Montreal. During summer months (June-August) we are unable to pick up in Old Montreal, we will suggest a central meeting location instead.
    Hotel pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
      End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

        • Not wheelchair accessible
        • Stroller accessible
        • Service animals allowed
        • Near public transportation
        If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 6483P18

        • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
        • Comfortable footwear recommended/dress according to the weather
        • The St. Lawrence River Cruise only operates Thursday to Sunday and is seasonal, when not operating it will be replaced with a visit to La Grand Roue
        • Most travellers can participate
        • Notre Dame Basilica may not be available on Sundays
        • There is some walking involved - can be reduced specifically for guests with health restrictions
        • 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 6 travellers

        • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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        Itinerary
        • You'll get picked up
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        • 1
          Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal
          Stop: 30 minutes
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        • 2
          Mont-Royal
          Stop: 45 minutes
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        • 3
          Old Montreal
          Stop: 60 minutes
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        • 4
          Montreal
          Stop: 60 minutes
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          Pass by
          La Grande Roue de Montreal
        • You'll return to the starting point
        About the operator
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        • Tripshepherd Montreal Tours
          68
          Montreal, Quebec, Canada
          Joined in May 2012
        • Doruk Ş
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Perfect site visits
          Our tour guide was very experienced and well trained in the history; such a pleasure to have this tour with such a perfect guide. We have been able to see more then listed.
          Written January 3, 2024
        • maryfD4319HF
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Had a great day!
          We took this tour on our first day in Montréal. Our tour guide was super accommodating. We were picked up at our hotel. It covered all the main attractions I had read about prior to our trip. We wanted to try the the Montreal bagels, he made an unscheduled stop for us - delicious! It was great not to have to wait in line and to have direct access at our stops. Recommended :).
          Written October 18, 2023
        • Champella
          0 contributions
          1.0 of 5 bubbles
          WORST TOUR EVER VERY DISAPPOINTING AND FRUSTRATING
          WORST TOUR EVER VERY FRUSTRATING AND DISAPPOINTING FOR A TRIP ADVISOR TOUR, Many items caused our disappointment: 1. Although the driver was very nice, he was not very experienced with Montreal. He admitted he’d only been here for one month. Also he had an extremely heavy accent, which made it very difficult for him to make himself understood by us, although he tried very hard. 2. The driver did not have a microphone in the vehicle so when he was speaking while driving, we could not hear him in the third seat, third row seat, and even the middle row had trouble hearing him. He tried to talk louder after we mentioned this to him, but it still wasn’t working and his heavy accent I think add it to the problem. 3. The vehicle that we were in was a Kia minivan. It was extremely uncomfortable, and actually did not feel safe. We were in the third row seating, which was so difficult to get in and out of that my husband fell, and I had trouble the lady in the second row even getting into that row hit her head. This was the type of vehicle that should never have more than four passengers, one upfront with the driver and three in the middle row, but even the middle person in the middle row is only sitting on the equivalent of half a seat, so for an adult that was still an uncomfortable place to be . 4. although the tour was advertised as a night tour, we discovered that it really wasn’t advantageous to be at the different locations at night, since it was very difficult to see the driver would be explaining there was something on our right or left like a lake or a cemetery, but we couldn’t see them because it was too dark. 5. The description of the tour was pretty much a driving tour, and although we do not mind walking, it actually had a very high degree of difficult walking associated with it difficult not only for the terrain, but also for the darkness where we had to walk when we went out to the Lookout at Mount Royal. We were really worried about spraining an ankle or falling down. It is dirt and uneven stone And very poorly lit so this should not be a visit during the night in the morning we took a different tour and they took us to a lookout that could be driven to so we could just get out of the bus and look at the view. That is what this tour should do instead of having people walk in the dark a good eight minute walk on this very dangerous path. Overall, despite the driver trying very hard to satisfy us, it seemed to take him much longer to get wherever we were going then it should have he took routes that didn’t make any sense especially when we went to the same places the next morning, on a bus that seem to get there a whole lot faster. We recommend that the Tours operator try being their own guest and taking this tour at night sitting in the middle seat of the middle row or the third row and see if they really think that is something they should be charging someone $100 a person for. We do not recommend this tour to anyone and actually think that TripAdvisor should drop it from their agenda.
          Written September 30, 2023
        • connienwatson
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Wonderful Introduction to Montreal!
          This was a great tour. I didn’t have much time to prepare before this trip, so I booked a last minute small group night tour. Sep was an amazing guide and the tour was perfect. I got to see the beautiful city of Montreal at night and he knew so much about the history of the city. I highly recommend this tour especially early in your visit. It’s a nice chance to see everything lit up at night and a great introduction to the city.
          Written September 28, 2023
        • thomascP5424SF
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Night time in Montreal Canada
          Kathrine was very knowledgeable and patient! We saw Heritage Site’s. We enjoyed the Ferris wheel! Thank you
          Written September 25, 2023
        • Sightsee582368
          0 contributions
          3.0 of 5 bubbles
          Mildly interesting, bring your walking shoes
          Being a night tour, this tour was OK, but I hoped for more. We arrived at the Oratory too late for the sunset, being at the building was OK. We then drove throgh a lookout area, but it seemed you could see the city just as well from the van so none of us got out We arrived at the Ferris wheel & walked a long way to take the ride which offered great views. We went to Notre Dame but too late for light show, fun to be there but missing an important night festivity. At the conclusion of the tour, I felt we could have dot just as well going to places on our own. I suggest that the tour needs to go to places where people gather in the evenings in Montreal, this would give a flavor of the city it would be difficult to find on your own. Our guide did a good job having been in the job just a short time, with more experience I’m sure the explanations will be improved. Finally, make sure you are ready to walk (and walk some more). We called ahead to be sure there would not too much walking as my wife had injured her ankle and were told no problem. The Oratory & Ferris wheel needed really link walks, so this tour not recommended for those with walking issues. To the credit of the they refunded part of our fee due to the walking issue, thanks for that
          Written September 24, 2023
        • Compass36343805688
          0 contributions
          1.0 of 5 bubbles
          Total waste of time. Felt like a scam
          Our guide was this Indian young man named "Yash". He was a nice chap. Don't get me wrong - I could see he was friendly, helpful, earnest and trying to do his job. But Yash told us that we were actually his FIRST group for this tour, and he had only been in Montreal (to be specific, Canada) for a month, with 3 days of "training". He tried his best to give his explanations for landmarks that we passed by or stopped at, but it was full of inaccuracies or inane information. And questions posed to Yash were simply met with "I will have to look that up", or just some stuff that he most definitely fudged on the spot. I bet a Montreal cab driver could have done the job 10 times better! I would like the tour operator to provide an explanation as to what the hell this was. Bait and switch? Don't tour guides need to go through formal training and certification here in Montreal? This is a true insult to the professionalism and dedication that licensed tour guides have invested to make their living and hone their craft. My advice to anyone looking to sign up - don't waste your time with this sham of a tour. It's not worth your time nor your money
          Written September 19, 2023
        • Excursion48356169640
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          DO NOT PASS UP THIS TOUR!!
          This was the HIGHLIGHT of my week touring in Montreal. I did not know what to expect with this tour but I have never been happier with a purchase on vacation. The tour guide was very friendly, professional, and knowledgeable. There is so much history in the city that would have been missed. While driving the guide would point out historical sites and go into detail about the history and meaning of different symbols (like why there are tulips everywhere!) I was not rushed while seeing the different sites and the timing for each was perfect to see the amazing views and different events that happen at the location. I was able to try 2 food spots for the poutine and the bagels (I miss this food so much over the last 2 months!!!) Months later I am still very satisfied that I was able to have this experience and when I return I will definitely be hoping to try another tour with the same company if they have one available. Thank you so much for such an amazing experience!
          Written August 18, 2023
        • neeravg2023
          0 contributions
          3.0 of 5 bubbles
          Your tour guide may not be well informed
          Nice locations on tour. Be careful who your your guide is. We had a woman who had been living in Montreal for 5 years but knew very little of the history. We were lucky that one of the people on tour happened to be from Montreal. He ended up giving the tour.
          Written August 14, 2023
        • K8375VLstephm
          0 contributions
          1.0 of 5 bubbles
          Definitely not worth it
          Disappointing and not what we expected at all. This 100% was NOT worth the money. We were picked up in a regular minivan (which was sketchy to begin with) and our tour guide used Google Maps to navigate from one location to the next. Tour guides were not very talkative. We were expecting history lessons and ideas for our trip and we got neither. It was a very uncomfortable trip as it was my husband and me and 2 guides, neither of which had any ID that they were with this tour company. It was completely unprofessional as they talked about all the free places to park and free admission into the tour places, even though we paid $100/person for the experience. By the time we got to the wheel, I was thankful to be done because the experience was nothing like the description. Absolutely awful, unprofessional, uncomfortable, no poutine, and just a terrible experience. On the slight times our guides mentioned something about the city, we asked followed up questions that could not be answered. I do not recommend this for anyone, but if you do it, I hope you have a better time than us.
          Written August 7, 2023
        • 973pareshs
          0 contributions
          4.0 of 5 bubbles
          Good
          Guide gave good information and history. Comfortable vehicle. Was expensive and limited tour of the city.
          Written July 19, 2023
        • Voyager14280
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Girls Weekend
          Andres was super awesome & extremely knowledgeable. We took several tours while in Montreal and he told us things that we did not hear from other tour guides.
          Written June 5, 2023
        • Shcout
          0 contributions
          1.0 of 5 bubbles
          Driving around in traffic for 3 hours
          The guide unfortunately didn’t prepare properly. The traffic was really bad and we mainly drove around in Montreal traffic for 3 hours. We missed going on the grand roue. Really disappointing.
          Written May 29, 2023
        • 450kidsn
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Night tour of Montreal in a van
          First night in Montreal and we took this tour with Mustafa. Amazing guide, fanatical about Montreal and very knowledgeable about every detail of the city. Above and beyond for everything. We tried poutine and bagels and the best coffee in the city. We crowned the tour with a long ride in the wheel to see the whole city at night. SPECTACULAR!!! Thank you Mustafa!!!
          Written May 29, 2023
        • Goldita123
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Night time tour of Montreal in a van
          We took a night tour of Montreal and our guide Mustafá was outstanding: knowledgeable, witty, highly entertaining, he gave us an amazing tour of the city. His tour is a MUST as first tour of Montreal. He covered an incredible amount of sites and explained them all to perfection. He went out of his way to show a lot of things that I’m sure other tours miss or don’t bother to look for. Ask for Mustafá for this tour. Nothing we did afterwards was as great!!
          Written May 21, 2023
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        Destination437924
        1 contribution
        2.0 of 5 bubbles
        Sept 2021
        You need to have more knowledgeable guide. I think his name Andreas from Columbia was a very nice and polite guy but he didn’t know much about Montreal.
        He only lived there for two years.
        He couldn’t answer our simple questions special about saint Josef bacilica on Mount Royal. Both me and my husband were very disappointed. He showed us the city from different locations, but didn’t know much about the city and its history.
        We had to beg him to show us the Olympic arena, but we just passed by with no stops.
        The boat tour was cancelled and replaced with 3 turn on ferries wheel. We payed $150 for this tour, not worth the money.
        Written September 22, 2021
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        Denise Lewis
        Houston, TX1 contribution
        1.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jul 2023 • Couples
        They cancelled my tour the night before saying that their van broke down that was to pick us up??? Have you not heard of getting another vehicle? Or even sending an Uber for us? Very disappointing they said it would take 7-10 days for a refund! Do not take this tour!
        Written July 30, 2023
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        Jaipal D
        1 contribution
        1.0 of 5 bubbles
        Oct 2021 • Couples
        It’s a scam. We only did one of 4 activities, the Mount Royal (free admission at Mount Royal anyways) . No notre dame, biodome, nor cruise even though they were supposed to be included in the tour. I knew more about Montreal than the tour guide did. Complete waste of money and time. Tour guide also lied multiple times; thus, insulted our intelligence. Worst experience out of all trips I’ve taken.
        Written October 10, 2021
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        Shelley P
        1 contribution
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jul 2023 • Family
        Overall, the experience was great. You are in a van, with other people. We are a family of three, we had two other hotels to pick up at. All three of the other visitors were elderly with mobility issues. It was difficult for one of the Customers to get in and out of the back of the van. My son and I sat in the back with her. The tour guide was friendly and accommodating. You do have tickets to some of the busiest sites in Montreal. We were able to get in without waiting in a long line. There was able time to see things and walk around and take pictures. The river boat tour was great. I recommend sitting on the top deck.
        Written July 29, 2023
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        San
        3 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Bill picked us up right on time. After he loaded 6 of us into the van, he explained our itinerary for the day. Very knowledgeable about every stop we made. Was very kind with our one person who had a disability. Recommend this tour highly Cruise was very relaxing. St Joseph Oratory and the story was interesting. Notre Dame basilica was breathtaking.
        Written October 1, 2023
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        Diane F
        1 contribution
        1.0 of 5 bubbles
        Sept 2023 • Family
        I would give this tour a zero if I could. We drove for 7 hours to visit Montreal and only had 1 full day to explore. We booked this full day adventure for the one day we were going to be in Montreal. We received confirmation the night before saying that we would be picked up at our hotel at 10 AM the next day. We were out front of the lobby at 9:50 AM. At 10:15, while wondering where they were, I checked my email. To my dismay, at 9:58 AM they had sent me an email saying that they were cancelling the tour. No reason. No "sorry." Nothing. Needless to say, I was furious. While they offered to refund our money (yet to be seen,) that did nothing to help in how they ruined our day.

        We had to scramble to figure out the subway system and buses to try to get to see a few of the sights and figure out how to get to the sites and back to our hotel. We didn't get the boat trip and only got to see one or two sights. Of course, we also did not get any of the information we would have otherwise gotten with the benefit of a tour.

        I truly cannot believe they they did not know they were going to cancel this tour only 2 minutes before notifying us.

        I would not recommend booking this tour.
        Written September 30, 2023
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        Kathleen M
        Pittsburgh, PA8 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jul 2022 • Friends
        Omar picked us up at our hotel right on time and gave us an excellent tour of the city. He gave us a summary of the history and all kinds of interesting facts. He was patient with us and an excellent driver. All around great experience.
        Written July 6, 2022
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        Jennifer H
        1 contribution
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        Mar 2023 • Couples
        We went in the off season, so we didn’t do the boat trip, but did the Ferris Wheel instead. Our guide did a thorough job detailing history and landmarks. He was flexible with time and a couple side excursions. It’s a good introduction to the city and some of the most significant landmarks.
        Written April 1, 2023
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        Getaway51630416531
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jun 2023 • Couples
        Our tour guide, Mustafa, was fantastic. He is a global citizen who is well-versed in the history of this city and region. He is also able to synthesize stories from the many cultures that make up the Montreal mosaic.
        Written June 7, 2023
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        Leo F
        15 contributions
        3.0 of 5 bubbles
        Oct 2021
        This is a good tour to see Montreal and its top attractions. Our tour guide Sam was really friendly took us to our destinations without any issues going over their significance and history. We unfortunately had to skip the biodome due to road construction but were able to do the river cruise. I found the river cruise tour a bit dull (which was no fault of the tour provider at all as its a 3rd party ship tour). I think maybe actually driving to the island along its coast and seeing Montreal from the other side while Sam can fill in any gaps/information would of been more interesting. I think pacing can be improved a bit but I understand its difficult to put together attractions and history in such a short time with such driving distances away. If you want to have a more comprehensive history tour of the old city and montreal this tour will not satisfy you. But if you want to go generally over everything its a viable option although pricey.
        Written October 26, 2021
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