The diversity and rich cultural heritage of Montréal never ceases to captivate the traveler. Take a horse-drawn carriage through the Vieux-Montréal, the largest collection of historic buildings in North America. Browse the shops and boutiques along the 19-miles of neon-lit corridors of the Underground City. Explore the exquisite works on display at the Musée des Beaux Artes or walk part of the Jardin Botanique, the largest Chinese garden in North America.
Most Active or Strenuous
Minimal Activity Required
An excellent introduction to Montreal, this excursion presents an overview of the city's history and culture with stops in several of its most memorable attractions.
Depart from the pier for a scenic drive through Montreal, skirting along the renovated Old Port. Before long, you will arrive at the Notre-Dame Basilica, Canada's first Gothic Revival-style church. When completed in 1829, it was the largest house of worship in North America and it still commands attention. The interior is absolutely stunning with its exquisite gold-leaf woodwork, glorious high altar, and inspiring statues of prophets.
Next, you'll pass by another Montreal religious landmark, St. Joseph's Oratory, which is easily recognizable by its giant copper dome. This great basilica, perched high on the slopes of Mount Royale, draws pilgrims from all over, who come to pray for healing.
Your tour continues with a drive into Mount Royal Park, parts of which were originally landscaped by Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed New York's Central Park. Being the highest point in the city, the park affords wonderful views of Montreal's skyline, the St. Lawrence River and the surrounding countryside which you can capture pictures of during your photo stop.
For yet another perspective of Montreal, particularly its architecture, you will drive through the Golden Square Mile. More than a century ago, the wealthiest families lived in this neighborhood, and it is lined with Victorian mansions and other grand buildings in styles ranging from Renaissance to Germanic. Afterwards, you will return to the pier.
Please note: This tour is mostly panoramic in nature with limited optional walking at the stops. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. In the event the Notre Dame’s Basilica is closed for religious celebrations or services, there will be an exterior visit only and interior visit of St Joseph Oratory instead.
PRICE is per vehicle
This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.
The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.
Capacity: 2 guests
PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.
Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.
Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.
Stroll the streets of Old Town, including lively Saint Laurent Blvd., sampling some of the local products that have influenced Montreal's cuisine, including tasty cheeses, maple-flavored delicacies, and exotic confections.
Depart from the pier for a brief drive to Délices de l'Erables, an award-winning shop devoted to products naturally sweetened with Canadian-made maple syrup, sugar or honey. The exact items you sample will depend on what's freshest, but they may include pastries, gelatos and jellies, all infused with maple flavoring.
The sampling will be just as varied at the Fairmount Bagel Factory, where you will nosh on some of the 20 varieties of bagels that include flax seed, sun-dried tomato and matzo bread. The bagels are hand-rolled, baked in a wood-fired oven, and absolutely delicious. It was in 1919 that bagels were introduced in Montreal and they have been popular ever since.
More snacks await you at the Marché Jean Talon, an authentic farmer's market with countless stalls and shops selling everything from garden-fresh herbs to exotic cheeses. Feel free to sample whatever the shopkeepers have put out for your enjoyment.
The nearby Maison du Cacao is just as generous with its handmade chocolates, as is Brisket Restaurant with its delicious smoked meats. Its specialty is marinated pig knuckles, but there is plenty more that will have you salivating. After your last tasting, you will return to the ship.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 3 hours of easy to moderate walking/standing and there will be a few steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
See the historic side of Montreal in its compact Old Town and then venture into the bucolic countryside for lunch and a glimpse into its traditional apple cider production.
Depart from the pier and travel directly into the heart of Old Town, a once-walled area where the city was founded in 1642. As you stroll along the cobbled streets, you will see icons such as the Notre-Dame Basilica, which when completed in 1829 was the largest house of worship in North America. It still commands attention, as do the other unforgettable sites such as the courthouse, city hall and various squares where Montreal's history unfolded.
For a different perspective of the city, you will then drive into Plateau Mont Royal, a predominately Francophile neighborhood with beautiful stone buildings, wrought-iron staircases and bohemian undercurrents. A former working class district, it has been gentrified and become an attractive environment for trendy boutiques and restaurants.
Then, it's off into the countryside for an inspired lunch that reflects the local cuisine. This rural area is also renowned for its flourishing apple orchards and apple-based products, which you will discover at a tasting at the family-owned Jodoin cider house. Its ice cider is particularly distinctive. It's made with three apple juice varieties and then frozen and fermented to create a delicately sweet beverage with an intense finish. The cider is often paired with strong cheeses and foie gras. Following this tasting, you will return to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 2.5 hours of easy to moderate walking/standing over mostly flat surfaces; although there are cobblestone streets in Old Town. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.
Nature takes center stage on this excursion to Montreal's outstanding botanical garden, environmentally diverse Biodome, and Olympic Tower, an engineering marvel.
Depart from the pier and enjoy a short drive to the Montreal Botanical Garden, a living museum of thousands of species arranged in dozens of thematic gardens and greenhouses. After an informative introduction, you will be free to wander about the winding paths. You might see one of North America's largest collections of orchids, exotic aquatic lotuses, and bizarrely shaped fleshy succulents. If you visit the Courtyard of the Senses, you will be encouraged to experience the garden with all of your senses except sight.
A panoramic view; however, is definitely the draw at your next stop, the Olympic Tower. The world's highest inclined tower, it soars skyward at a 45-degree angle (comparatively, the slope of the Leaning Tower of Pisa is only 5 degrees). It's quite a thrill to ride to the top on the funicular that skirts up the building's exterior, observing the natural beauty of Montreal.
The tower was built for the 1976 Summer Olympics and so was the nearby Biodome, which served as the velodrome. It now holds re-creations of five ecosystems, including a tropical rainforest, Laurentian maple forest and sub-polar region much like that on the Labrador coast. Wandering through the exhibits, you will learn about the ecosystems and see the most representative examples of their flora and fauna. Afterwards, you will re-join your coach and return to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 3 hours of easy to moderate walking/standing over mostly flat surfaces and primarily at the guests' discretion. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.
Enjoy an enlightening walk through Old Town, a wonderfully compact area of grand architecture wedged between the St. Lawrence River and Montreal's modern downtown.
A walk of just a few minutes from the pier takes you into the heart of Old Town, a once-walled area where Montreal was founded in 1642. As you stroll down the cobbled streets with your guide, you will see icons such as the Notre-Dame Basilica, Canada's first Gothic Revival-style church. When completed in 1829, it was the largest house of worship in North America, and it still commands attention.
That's the charm of this district; it's one spectacular building and key historic site after another. There's the 17th-century Place d'Armes, a square in front of the Notre-Dome Basilica where the French military once paraded, and the smaller but no less significant Place Royal, a meeting place that once served as Montreal's economic hub. You will also see the first courthouse from1856 and the city hall, built shortly afterwards but destroyed by fire in 1922. Although the inside was rebuilt, the exterior walls are original.
Over time, modern buildings have replaced ones with little historical value. The newest additions to Old Town include the Palais des Congrès convention center and the dazzling World Trade Center, which occupies a full city block. The latter is an architectural triumph of historical buildings linked by a glassed-covered promenade.
Your walking tour ends at the ship, although you may choose to remain in the Old Town and return later at your convenience.
Please note: This tour includes 3 hours of moderate walking. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
Explore the natural wonders of the Laurentians, one of the world's oldest mountain ranges, and enjoy free time to stroll about some of its most scenic resort areas.
Depart from the pier and drive north towards the majestic Laurentians, an ancient mountain range blanketed with dense forests and punctuated by immense valley lakes. Lying in perfect harmony with the scenery are numerous picturesque mountain villages such as Saint-Sauveur, where you will have approximately thirty-minutes of free time to explore its shops and wander about as you please.
Then, venturing even deeper into the mountains, you will be welcomed at the Grand Lodge Resort overlooking deep-blue Lake Ouimet. Constructed in the 1990s with massive, locally timbered logs in an elegant but rustic style, the resort provides a dramatic setting for lunch.
You will see another side of the Laurentians at the Mount Tremblant Resort, a four-season destination near the peak of Mount Tremblant, which is one of the highest points in the mountain range. Here, you will enjoy approximately ninety-minutes of free time to explore the resort's pedestrian village at your leisure.
You might shop in the dozens of boutiques and art galleries, savor a decadent dessert at one of the restaurants, or linger over a handcrafted beer from the microbrewery. Feel free to simply relax; the mountain views are extraordinary. Afterwards, you will drive back to Montreal, taking in the gorgeous scenery along the way.
Please note: Walking on this tour is primarily at the guests' discretion during the stops. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.