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Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal (Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal) Tours

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Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal (Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal)
Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal (Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal) is the city's oldest Catholic church and the venue of Quebec hero Celine Dion’s wedding. The Gothic Revival-style church is one of Canada’s most lavish cathedrals, with stained-glass windows, intricate wood carvings, frescoes, sculptures, and a 7,000-pipe organ all vying for attention beneath a blue ceiling studded with gold stars.
 
The Basics
Notre-Dame Basilica is a major city attraction featured on hop-on hop-off bus tours and walking tours of Montreal. French and English guided tours are offered daily and are included in the admission price. Tours last 20 or 60 minutes, with the longer guided tour granting access to otherwise out-of-bounds areas in the intricately designed interior, such as the second balcony and part of the crypt. Some tours even allow you to get close to the famous Casavant organ. 

Sightseers can also visit independently. After paying admission at the door, take one of the informational leaflets to guide you around the beautiful church.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The basilica is a must-see for architecture fans.
  • Dress conservatively to ensure access to the religious site.
  • Notre-Dame Basilica is wheelchair accessible.
 
How to Get There
Notre-Dame Basilica is located on Notre-Dame Street West, overlooking the Place d’Armes plaza in Old Montreal (Vieux-Montréal). To get there, ride Montreal’s orange metro line to Place d’Armes.
 
When to Get There
The basilica is open year-round, but occasionally closes for special events such as weddings or funerals. Check ahead of time to make sure it’s open during your visit. Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Chapel (Chapelle Notre-Dame du Sacré-Coeur frequently closes during midday mass and on Saturdays for weddings. For your best chance of viewing it, try visiting in the early morning or late afternoon on a weekday instead.
 
Seeing Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Chapel (Chapelle Notre-Dame-du-Sacré-Coeur)
Located behind the main altar, the Chapelle Notre-Dame-du-Sacré-Coeur is one of the most eye-catching parts of the church. Rebuilt using traditional methods after the old chapel was destroyed by fire in 1978, it is dominated by a huge 32-panel bronze altarpiece by Quebec sculptor Charles Daudelin.
Address: 110 rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Vieux-Montréal, Montreal H2Y 1T2, Canada
Hours: Open daily: Mon - Fri 9am - 4:30pm, Sat 8am - 4pm, Sun 12:30pm - 4pm
Admission: Adults: C$6, Children (7-17yrs): C$4
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History Walking Tour of Old Montreal

History Walking Tour of Old Montreal

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Visit Montreal’s historic centerpiece on this guided walking tour of Old Montreal. Discover the history, heritage, architecture and culture in this, the oldest area of the city of Montreal, dating back to New France. Choose between a shorter tour around either the east or west sides of Old Montreal or a longer tour around both. See famous sites such as Notre-Dame Basilica, Place Jacques-Cartier, Bonsecours Market, Montreal City Hall and Champ de Mars, to name a few.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Montreal City Sightseeing Tour with Live Commentary

Montreal City Sightseeing Tour with Live Commentary

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Experience an overview of Montreal on this guided sightseeing tour of the city. Visit many of Montreal’s top attractions and historical sites like Notre-Dame Basilica, Chinatown, Mount Royal Park, Olympic Stadium, Saint Joseph's Oratory, Old Port, and Old Montreal, to name a few. Hop aboard a comfortable motor coach and get to know the largest city in Quebec province, with live commentary from a professional tour conductor. Montreal hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Old Montreal Walking Tour + Notre-Dame Basilica (Small Group)

Old Montreal Walking Tour + Notre-Dame Basilica (Small Group)

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No visit to Montreal is complete without a wander through Old Montreal (Vieux-Montreal), widely considered the best-preserved Old Town in North America. This walking tour takes visitors far from the beaten path and reveals a different side to the historic area, whose highlights include the Old Port and Notre-Dame Cathedral (admission included). Small-group tour limited to 10 people.
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  • 3 hours
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$47.53
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Montreal Bike Tour: The Essentials

Montreal Bike Tour: The Essentials

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An extensive network of bike paths makes Montreal the perfect place to explore on bicycle, and this bike tour covers the city center’s most important sites. Pedal through downtown, Old Montreal, and the banks of the St. Lawrence River as a guide shares stories about Montreal history and culture. This bike tour includes all necessary equipment, and it’s an ideal orientation to the heart of the city.
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  • 3 hours
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$63.20
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Montreal Shore Excursion: Walking Tour of Old Montreal

Montreal Shore Excursion: Walking Tour of Old Montreal

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While in port in Montreal, discover top attractions in Old Montreal on this 1.5-hour Montreal walking tour. Follow your guide from Place d'Armes into Old Montreal’s winding streets. Learn of the city’s rich history and heritage, and gain insight into the vibrant culture that makes Montreal tick. Discover top local landmarks including the Champs de Mars, Place Jacques-Cartier, Place d’Armes, the Royal Bank, Bonsecours Market and City Hall. Along the way, enjoy soaking up the traditional French atmosphere for which Montreal’s charming Old Town is famous.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Beyond the Basilica a Walking Tour in Montreal

Beyond the Basilica a Walking Tour in Montreal

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Travel from historic Old Montreal to the borough of Plateau Mont-Royal on this walking tour of the city. Visit the ornately decorated Basilica then wander the streets of Vieux-Montréal while learning about the city’s history and checking out its street art. Plus, make stops in the entertainment district and Chinatown.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Montreal Shore Excursion: Pre- or Post-Cruise Guided Sightseeing Tour of Montreal

Montreal Shore Excursion: Pre- or Post-Cruise Guided Sightseeing Tour of Montreal

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Before or after your cruise, get a comprehensive guided sightseeing tour of Montreal aboard a deluxe coach. Your informative and friendly guide will offer live commentary as you pass by several key attractions in the city and more than 200 points of interest, such as Old Montreal, Notre-Dame Basilica and Mt Royal Park.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Old Montreal Private Walking Tour

Old Montreal Private Walking Tour

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See the historical sights of Old Montreal, a.k.a. Vieux-Montréal, on a 2-hour private walking tour. Following a private guide, you'll learn about the city's history, which dates back to 1642, as you visit attractions such as Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel, Place d'Armes, and the Old Port of Montreal.
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  • 2 hours
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Small-Group Sightseeing Tour of Montreal

Small-Group Sightseeing Tour of Montreal

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A fulfilling tour of Montreal in less than 4 hours! You will get to see Mount Royal, Westmount, St. Joseph’s Oratory, The Olympic Park as well as Saint Helen's Island, Old Montreal and the Old Port and waterfront. Your tour will begin with a drive through Downtown and Mount Royal via the upscale neighborhoods of Westmount and the famous St. Joseph’s Oratory, where you will get to see scenic views. Then, we shall head to the eastern side of the city where you could take closer pictures of Montreal’s landmark; the Olympic Park. Going through what is still consider as more French neighborhoods of the city will then lead you across the Jacques Cartier bridge to the site of the unforgettable expo 67 site on St. Helen’s Island from where you would appreciate a breathtaking view of the Montreal Skyline. The visit of Old Montreal and Old Port area will conclude the half day tour that includes a visit of the largest church in Canada and most prestigious of Montreal; the Notre-Dame Basilica.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Secret Food Tours Montreal w/ Private Tour Option

Secret Food Tours Montreal w/ Private Tour Option

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Montreal is one of Canada’s most exciting foodie destinations with everything from gourmet cuisine to classic French dishes, to tasty street food. On this tasting tour, explore Montreal neighborhoods such as Little Italy and Mile End with a local guide, stopping at bars, restaurants, bakeries, and delicatessens. Along the way, sample a variety of local and European-inspired dishes including gnocchi, Alsatian tarts, and Montreal-style bagels, accompanied by Quebecois beer and sweet crepes.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$150.55
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Discover Montreal with a Private Walking Tour by a Local

Discover Montreal with a Private Walking Tour by a Local

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Discover Montreal and its unique blend of French and English culture with a fun local guide that knows all the ins and outs of the city! Tours are private walking tours that are customized to your preferences and last between 2 and 6 hours at your request. Please note that you will never be grouped with people you don't know. The tour guides are just regular people living in the city you’re visiting, that way you can learn about the city through their stories. Your guide will meet you at a location of your choosing, be it your hotel or other accommodation, a landmark, or even a metro station inside the Montreal urban center. Children below 3 years old are free of charge. Children from 3 to 15 get 60% off the regular tour price. If you are unsure of what you would like to see, your guide will suggest different paths which revolve around Old Montreal, Downtown, Chinatown, The Underground, Quartier des Spectacles, La Cathédrale de Notre-Dame, The Olympic Stadium, and more!
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  • 2 to 6 hours
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Old Montreal Tourist Scavenger Hunt

Old Montreal Tourist Scavenger Hunt

Are you visiting Montreal? Do you live here and are looking for a fun way to (re)discover your city? You must try this scavenger hunt to visit old Montreal! It will take you around and through the entire perimeter while throwing challenges your way, giving you some history and offer up some local tips. This 3-hour self-guided walking tour you complete with your smartphone is across 5.5 km / 3.4mi.
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  • 3 hours
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Full-Day City Tour Montreal with Pickup and Food Tasting

Full-Day City Tour Montreal with Pickup and Food Tasting

A comprehensive tour of Montreal to see all key attractions in one day. Enjoy local food specialties tasting. Start with a drive to upscale neighborhoods of Westmount and take a picture of the famous St. Joseph’s Oratory. Visit Mount Royal and enjoy scenic views. Next, get closer to the Olympic Park. See what is still consider as more French neighborhoods of the city and then cross the Jacques Cartier bridge to the site of the unforgettable expo 67 site on St. Helen’s Island. Heading to Old Montreal, marvel at a view of the city Skyline. In Old Montreal, visit the largest church in Canada and most prestigious of Montreal; the Notre-Dame Basilica. After Lunch/Shopping break we start with a short walking tour of Old Montreal to see its historical buildings then we head to down town and explore the Underground city. Next, we explore the city characteristic neighborhoods Mile-End, Little Italy, Le plateau and Visit Jean-Talon Market, one of the largest farmers markets in North America.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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2 Hour Full Tour of Montréal in Vintage Convertible Cadillac

2 Hour Full Tour of Montréal in Vintage Convertible Cadillac

x A personal and relaxed tour of the city in one of our iconic vintage convertible Cadillacs, with a local tour guide. We will fill you in on all the rich history and character that makes Montreal Canada’s cultural capital. Our friendly guides know what’s going on in the city and will let you know the places to go, with the latest restaurant, event, activity and nightlife recommendations for all age groups. Treat yourselves to the luxury of a drive in one of our classic cars while experiencing all the sights and sounds that this stunning city has to offer. Our 2 hour tour begins by visiting old Montreal with its French-influenced history and architecture, dating back over 300 years, including the stunning Notre-Dame Basilica. From there we’ll make our way to the hip and bohemian district of Le Plateau with its famous wall murals, eclectic shops, bars and restaurants, before crusing downtown to see the prestigious McGill University and the city’s striking modern skyscrapers.
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  • 2 hours
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1 Hour Tour of Old-Montreal in Vintage Convertible Cadillac

1 Hour Tour of Old-Montreal in Vintage Convertible Cadillac

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A personal and relaxed tour of the city in one of our iconic vintage convertible Cadillacs, with a local tour guide. We will fill you in on all the rich history and character that makes Montreal Canada’s cultural capital. Our friendly guides know what’s going on in the city and will let you know the places to go, with the latest restaurant, event, activity and nightlife recommendations for all age groups. This isn’t your standard, uncomfortable corporate bus tour, but a laid-back, enlightening journey around Montreal, tailored specifically for you. Ideal for those on a tight schedule during their stay, our 1 hour tour will let you explore the historical heart of the City, Old Montreal. Founded in 1642, you will be able to step back in time and see the fascinating architecture of this 17th century French settlement, with highlights including the stunning Notre-Dame Basilica, Bonsecours Market and more.
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  • 1 hour
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$127.88
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Private Tour: Secret Food Tours Montreal

Private Tour: Secret Food Tours Montreal

This tour will take you through the Mile End area, just north east of downtown Montreal. While here you will truly get a wholesome sense of what sort of gastronomical experience someone living in Montreal would have. It's a very stylish and hip part of town that also has a very young population. Our food tour is strategically placed right in the heart of so many of the primary cultures of Montreal such that you'll be able to eat the best that the city has to offer. Everything is made from fresh local ingredients. We have created a relationship with these local companies which allow for the best in service hospitality. As a private tour, everything works around you! Our start times are much more easy going, dates can open up. It's a much more intimate and cozy experience. No need to shout over other tourists, you will have every question answered, and leave feeling like a native yourself!
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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3 hour In-depth tour of Montréal in Convertible Cadillac incl. Mountain summit

3 hour In-depth tour of Montréal in Convertible Cadillac incl. Mountain summit

A personal and relaxed tour of the city in one of our iconic vintage convertible Cadillacs, with a local tour guide. We will fill you in on all the rich history and character that makes Montreal Canada’s cultural capital. Our friendly guides know what’s going on in the city and will let you know the places to go, with the latest restaurant, event, activity and nightlife recommendations for all age groups. Our comprehensive 3 hour tour allows you to fully immerse yourself in everything Montreal has to offer. You will visit Old Montreal with its French-influenced history and architecture, then to the hip and bohemian district of Le Plateau with its famous wall murals and eclectic mix of shops and retaurants, before cruising downtown to view the city’s modern skyscrapers and prestigious McGill University. The tour culminates by taking you to the top of Mont-Royal, from where you be able to take in a breathtaking 360° view of the city and beyond, all the way to the St-Laurent River.
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  • 3 hours
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Old Montreal interactive city tour, at your own pace.

Old Montreal interactive city tour, at your own pace.

Explore Old Montreal at your own pace, in total liberty. You will receive an interactive card, with a pointer and earphones. You just have to point a number on the card and listen to the description and comments about history, architecture, archeology and more.
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  • 2 to 8 hours
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$19.48
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Montreal City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Montreal City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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Explore the best of Montreal on this narrated, hop-on hop-off, double-decker bus tour. Visit many of Montreal’s top attractions — like Notre-Dame Basilica, Chinatown, Mount Royal Park, Crescent Street, Old Port and Old Montreal, to name just a few. With this two day pass, you can board at any of the 10 stops and get to know the largest city in Quebec in customized fashion, with live onboard commentary from a bilingual professional tour conductor.
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  • 2 days
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$44.42
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Flavors of Old Montreal Food and Culture Walking Tour

Flavors of Old Montreal Food and Culture Walking Tour

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Get taste for the incredible culinary scene of Old Montreal during this 2.5 hour walking tour, including stops at five locations. Sample a delicious array of snacks as you eat your way through a sampling of classic French bakeries and cheese stores, enjoying macaroons, coffee, smoked meats and more as you go. This Montreal food tour is the perfect gateway into the city's rich French-inspired cuisine and eating culture.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$54.55
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Ultimate Montreal Tour

Ultimate Montreal Tour

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With limited time in Montreal, this small-group half-day tour ensures you don’t miss any of the highlights. Visit Olympic Park and take in the views from the Olympic Tower, enjoy a scenic boat cruise along the St. Lawrence River, and see sights including Notre Dame Basilica, Mount Royal, and the Old Port of Montreal.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$139.75
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Old Montreal Food Tour

Old Montreal Food Tour

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On this food-oriented tour, explore Old Montreal (Vieux-Montréal) with a local to go beyond the typical tourist haunts. Visit key sights such as Place d’Armes and the Saint Paul Street (Rue Saint-Paul). Enjoy gastronomic delights, from baked goods to poutine, as well as wine and beer pairings.
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  • 3 hours
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$75.93
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Night on Montreal Tour

Night on Montreal Tour

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See the sights of Montreal lit up after dark during this small-group nighttime tour. Depart after the sun sets for a driving tour up Mount Royale, with views of Saint Joseph's Oratory. Back in Old Town, see the Notre Dame Basilica and ride the Observation Wheel, ending with a traditional snack of poutine.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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8-Day Trip in Canada: The Route of Quebec

8-Day Trip in Canada: The Route of Quebec

OVERVIEW Our 8-day "The Route of Quebec" Tour will introduce you to the cities, traditions, cuisine, natural & cultural heritage of this beautiful Canadian province. Quebec is a unique place among North American tourist destinations. Its French heritage sets it apart from most of its English speaking neighbors. Quebec is also one of the few historical areas in North America to have fully preserved its Francophone culture. With its European feel, history, culture, and warmth Quebec has become a favorite tourist destination both nationally & internationally. HIGHLIGHTS See robust 105-kilometers long Saguenay Fjord, one of the few fjords on the eastern coast of North America. Get impressed by Montmorency Falls that are one and a half times higher than the Niagara Falls. Discover the rich architectural heritage of Montreal - the second-largest French-speaking (as a mother language) city in the world. Watch whales directly from the shore or the boat around Tadoussac.
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  • 8 days
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$1,440.00
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What are Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal (Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal) hours of operation?
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Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal (Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal) hours of operation: Open daily: Mon - Fri 9am - 4:30pm, Sat 8am - 4pm, Sun 12:30pm - 4pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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