Montreal, Canada

Introduction to Montreal

A true mix of cultures, with Gallic tradition and joie de vivre rubbing up against North American innovation and optimism, Montreal is a truly unique city and one that begs to be explored.

In 2006, UNESCO awarded Montreal ‘City of Design’ status, celebrating the city’s architecture, culture and economical importance as the centre of many industries. A cosmopolitan city, bilingual Montreal has so much to offer it is difficult to know where to start.

A true mix of cultures, Montreal combines Gallic tradition and the joie de vivre with modern North American innovation and optimism. Take a tour of the city and admire the beautiful botanical gardens, feel the atmosphere of the Olympic stadium or head out to the glorious Laurentians Mountains for breathtaking views. There are 50 National Historic Sites in Montreal alone, so ensure you take your time to appreciate everything that this predominantly French speaking city has to offer.

Bernard Avenue - located in a residential and business zone of Outremont - is home to turn of the century buildings, gorgeous gardens and some of the city's finest restaurants - ideal for grabbing a bite to eat - while the nearby Biosphere - a stunning environment museum and one of Montreal's finest landmarks - is not-to-be-missed.  

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ontr�al Botanical Gardens, Canada


  • Walk through replicas of four ecosystems found in the Americas
  • Visit Montreal’s Olympic Park with a Cable Car Ride
  • Discover one of the most important botanical gardens in the world
DurationApproximately 4 hours
LimitationLimited to 200
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

If you are interested in the beauty of Mother Nature and the natural sciences you won’t want to miss this tour to two of Montréal’s most celebrated attractions.

Leaving the pier, you will head east towards the Olympic Park. Your first stop will be the Montréal Biodôme. The Biodôme’s goal is to increase awareness about the environment and the planet. This unique concept involved transforming the Velodrome, used during the 1976 Olympics, into a living museum by presenting collections of plants and animals in a natural setting. Four environments are exhibited: Tropical Forest, Laurentian Forest, the St Lawrence Marine Ecosystem and the Polar World. You will start in the hot and humid Tropical Forest, before moving into the changing climate of the Laurentian Forest, onwards to the two-and-a-half-million-litre basin of artificial seawater of the St Lawrence Marine Ecosystem and finally to the Polar World of Arctic puffins and Antarctic penguins.

Departing the Biodôme, you take a short walk to the Olympic Park. It played host to the Olympic Games in 1976, and the impressive Olympic Stadium is topped by the Tour de Montréal – the highest inclined tower in the world. You can enjoy a cable car ride to the top for a panoramic view of the park, and of the city of Montréal.

Your final call will be to the Botanical Gardens. With its collection of more than 25,000 plant species and cultivars, ten exhibition greenhouses and 30 thematic gardens, Montréal Botanical Gardens rank as one of the largest and most spectacular in the world. Among the many that you can view include the Japanese Garden – 25 hectares featuring the largest bonsai collection outside of Asia and the five-acre Montréal Shanghai ‘Dream Lake’ Garden, the largest garden outside of Asia.

Following your visit, you return to your coach for the journey back to your ship.


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TOUR NOTES: Guests will spend approximately 30 minutes walking at the Biodôme and 45 minutes at the Botanical Gardens. The walk from the Biodome to the Olympic Tower takes approximately five minutes. There will be approximately 100 metres (300 feet) of walking from the bus to the funicular and vice versa and approximately ten steps to negotiate. Both venues and the funicular are wheelchair accessible, however all guests must be able to board the coach unaided. This tour may operate in a different order to that described.

Montreal by bike, Canada


  • Explore Montreal on two wheels
  • Cycle the narrow, quaint streets with your knowledgeable guide
  • Discover Atwater Market
Activity Tour
DurationApproximately 3 1/2 hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included

Montreal is known for its “bike friendly” streets and paths.  As you peddle your way around Montreal, your knowledgeable guide will explain various things you will see along the way. The diversified architecture, the quaint neighbourhoods as well as unique bike paths on the neighbouring islands; all this will allow you to explore Montreal in a different way.

You will depart Old Montreal accompanied by a professional guide and discover up close yet another side of Montreal. With direct access to a bicycle path network of over 350 kilometres of picturesque view you are sure to see Montreal in a whole new light.

Along the way, stop in a small public market where you will be offered a snack and a drink, whilst you stroll through the colourful alleys of fruits and vegetables.


Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: There is an approximate 15 minute walk (500 metres) from the pier to the bicycle hire shop and vice versa and 25 steps to encounter. Although you are cycling on paved surfaces, this tour is considered strenuous and guests should be able to follow your guide for one and a half hours on a bike. A full safety briefing will be given and helmets provided.

Montreal skyline, Canada


  • Discover North America’s most remarkable architecture
  • Soak up Montreal’s rich heritage
  • Explore the unique underground pedestrian network
DurationApproximately 3 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Montréal is a cultural crossroads – a city of a thousand moods and faces. Historical sites, business centres, commercial streets and green landscapes coexist perfectly. The thriving shopping district, with its elegant boutiques, department stores and shopping complexes clearly attests to Montréal’s reputation as a fashion capital. Beyond the area lies the old financial district, home to over 5,000 corporations, and the old Olympic stadium, a striking complex of sports and recreational facilities. Today you can relax in the comfort of your coach as your guide explains this splendid city’s historical past, buoyant present and its plans for the future.

Old Montréal is a favourite with visitors and is bustling with activity morning, noon and night. It offers one of North America’s most remarkable architectural ensembles, with a great concentration of 17th, 18th and 19th century buildings. You can discover the rich cultural heritage within this 100-acre jewel. Your first visit is to the Notre Dame Basilica, the masterpiece of Gothic Revival architecture. The church was built between 1824 and 1829, and was where Pavarotti recorded his famous Christmas concerts. You are sure to be captivated by the exquisite paint and gold leaf, sculpted wood and the biblical passages delicately illustrated in the stained-glass windows.

Next you will drive to visit the ‘underground pedestrian network’ – the vast network of pedestrian walkways below the city. There are 32 kilometres (20 miles) of connecting passageways beneath downtown, with the métro (subway), commuter trains and buses also converging here. Approximately 500,000 people circulate daily on this network, where some 2,000 shops and restaurants, ten major hotels, museums, theatres and universities can be found. The concept began in 1962 with the lower level shopping mall in Place Ville Marie. With the coming of Expo 67, Montréal’s dream of a métro finally became reality. The underground went through many stages of development.

From here you continue to Mount Royal (known as ‘the mountain’ to locals), which towers above the city. Its main summit is the Mount Royal Park, with lookouts offering an unequalled view of downtown and the impressive St Lawrence River. Frederic Law Olmsted – the same man who designed Central Park in New York – designed this distinctive park in 1872. You will stop to take photos, and may see mounted police officers patrolling the area.



Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves some walking at the Notre Dame Basilica and a few steps to negotiate. A ramp is available however all guests must be able to board the coach unaided. Please note that Montréal is a busy city and traffic at times can be heavy. Places of interest may be visited in a different order to that described.

Mont Tremblant Ski Restort, Montreal


  • Discover the famous mountainous region of the Laurentains
  • Enjoy lunch at “Le Shack”
  • Take a ride on a gondola to the summit of Mont-Tremblant
DurationApproximately 8 hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Journey to the northwest of Montréal, to the famous mountainous region of the Laurentians – known as ‘Les Pays d’en Haut’. Richly green in summertime, ablaze with colour in the fall, and covered with a quiet blanket of snow in winter, this district is often referred to as the ‘Switzerland of Canada’. The Laurentians are one of the oldest mountain chains in the world, and the region has been developed to preserve its natural setting of huge forests, picturesque villages, cosy valleys and crystal clear lakes.

Your drive from Montréal will take you past deep blue ponds and charming colonial-style houses, and you will see mountains – some of which are said to be the oldest in the world. Many years of glacial forces have shaped and styled valleys, rounded summits and formed abrupt slopes that have become world-class ski areas.

Stop in Ste-Sauveur, for a guided visit of the alpine village during which your guide will explain the history and development of the region whilst pointing out the highlights. You will also get a chance to explore the fine shops and exclusive boutiques independently, before continuing onto “Le Shack”.

After lunch, you re-board your coach for the short drive to the Mont Tremblant Ski Resort. Here we can enjoy some free time to stroll through Tremblant Resort and surrender to the European charm of the pedestrian village seated at the foot of the mountain. You will find over 45 boutiques, 27 restaurants, cafes and bars and every single service necessary to make your stay enjoyable. You will also take a gondola up the mountain for an impressive view of the area.

At the end of your wonderful introduction to rural Canada, you return to the bustle of Montréal.



Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: The majority of walking in the villages of Ste-Sauveur and Tremblant takes place during the period of free time and is therefore at the discretion of the individual. Guests with limited mobility should note that Tremblant Village is built on the slope of a mountain. Unfortunately this tour is not considered suitable for wheelchair users.

Old Montreal, Canada


  • Discover the historic character & charm of Old Montréal
  • Walk the narrow cobblestone streets
  • Pass the charming waterfront district & splendid architecture of one of the oldest cites in North America
DurationApproximately 3 hours
LimitationLimited to 80 per departure
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking

Best explored on foot, walk through the cobblestone streets and witness over 360 years of history. As you stroll through the narrow streets you will view art galleries, cafes and boutiques. A short visit to the Marche Bonsecours will give you a taste of local artisans.

This Old Town area offers one of North America's most remarkable architectural ensembles with an enchanting concentration of 17th-, 18th- and 19th-century buildings. During your guided walk you will discover places such as Place d’Armes where you will find the monument in memory of Paul de Chomedey, founder of Montreal and Place Jacques Cartier, the space that was originally the gardens of Chateau Vendreuil that burnt down in 1803.

Your tour wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Notre Dame Basilica, a masterpiece of Gothic Revival architecture, whose outstanding neo-gothic architecture and art rivals Europe’s finest cathedrals. Large enough to hold some 4,000 worshipers, the breathtaking structure, with its glorious interior décor of sculpted wood, paint, gold leaf and stained glass, was designed by an Irish-American Protestant architect, James O’Donnell, in 1824.


Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: Please note that this is a walking tour, which covers approximately three kilometres over cobblestone streets and some inclines, and there are also some steps to negotiate, therefore it is considered unsuitable for guests with limited mobility and wheelchair users. Guests are advised to wear flat, comfortable shoes and to dress warmly. Places of interest may be visited in a different order to that described.

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