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How to Spend 2 Days in Montreal

How to Spend 2 Days in Montreal

If you have just two days in Montreal, you’ll have ample time to explore the European-style architecture of Old Montreal (Vieux-Montréal), visit some of the city’s ethnic enclaves, and dive into Montreal’s excellent food and craft beer scenes. Here is how to get the most out of 48 hours in Montreal, Quebec’s cultural capital.

Day 1: Downtown, Food, and Phantoms

Morning: Devote your morning to the downtown area, where most of Montreal’s major sights are concentrated. Take a guided tour around Old Montreal (Vieux-Montréal), home to Notre-Dame Basilica, the Old Port, and Place d’Armes, or tour the top sights by hop-on hop-off bus tour, getting off to explore whenever you choose.

Afternoon: Snack your way through some of Montreal’s best foodie hot spots. Food tours typically focus on ethnic enclaves such as Little Italy or Chinatown, or Mile End, a trendy neighborhood full of brewpubs, restaurants, butchers, third-wave cafés, and Montreal’s most famous bagel shops: St-Viateur and Fairmount. 

Night: As darkness falls, delve into Montreal’s many unexplained mysteries with a ghost tour. Choose a tour that focuses on the history-steeped streets of Old Montreal, the oldest part of the city, or opt to tour Griffintown, a once-industrial neighborhood along the Lachine Canal. 

Day 2: Sky-High Views, Local Beverages, and Romance

Morning: Having seen the city from ground level, it’s time to appreciate the sights from a new perspective. Zoom up to the 44th-floor observation platform at Place Ville Marie, or ride a glass-enclosed cable car up 541 feet (165 meters) at the Montreal Tower. For an even more spectacular aerial view, take a helicopter tour over the city.

Afternoon: Dedicate the afternoon to discovering the local beverage scene. With so many craft breweries and brewpubs dotted around town, it’s helpful and efficient to take a guided beer tour. Non-beer drinkers may prefer a tea-themed tour with teahouse visits and tastings.

Night: Celebrate your final night in Montreal with a romantic meal to remember. Head back to Place Ville Marie for sky-high dining at the 44th-floor restaurant, or take a dinner cruise along the St. Lawrence River, during which you’ll enjoy a multicourse meal while sailing past the twinkling city lights. 

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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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Old Montreal Ghost Walking Tour

Old Montreal Ghost Walking Tour

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Immerse yourself in the dark side of Old Montreal on this exciting ghost walk. After night falls, follow your guide through the hidden streets of Old Montreal and hear the haunted stories of Montreal and its spooky ghosts! You’ll be entertained by legends of criminals, witchcraft and grim events that haunt the city streets.
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Montreal Afternoon Tea Tour

Montreal Afternoon Tea Tour

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Montreal is the headquarters of the famous DAVIDsTea and home to a diverse tea culture. On this 4.5-hour tour that includes both walking and taxi rides, meet the top tea makers in the city with the help of a certified guide. Tasting different teas along the way, visit a Victorian-style mixology bar in Montreal's trendy Mile End, a Chinese tea company that’s one of the world’s top importers, and a French tea importer. A formal afternoon tea completes your tea education.
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Montreal Gourmet Dinner Cruise with music

Montreal Gourmet Dinner Cruise with music

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Enjoy delicious cuisine and live entertainment with a view of Montreal and its surrounding islands on this dinner cruise along the Saint Lawrence River. On board the elegant Cavalier Maxim cruise ship, choose from one of three glass-enclosed dining rooms or head to one of the open-air outdoor terraces to admire the view. Dine on a delicious 5-course meal, then dance the night away or simply take in the view of the largest city in Quebec under a moonlit sky.
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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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Beyond the Market Food Tour in Montreal
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Beyond the Market Food Tour in Montreal

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Visit buzzing eateries and busy watering holes on this market and food tour in Montreal. Explore Jean-Talon Market and a section of Little Italy with your guide and discover ‘farm-to-table’ produce, Canada-style. Gain insight into Montreal locals’ love of fresh food and sample some yourself at one of their hole-in-the-wall eateries. Meet the producers who work hard to keep standards high, and gain insight into the Vietnamese, Italian and Latino influences spicing up Canada’s cuisine.
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Under the Surface of Montreal's Chinatown: Guided Food Walking Tour

Under the Surface of Montreal's Chinatown: Guided Food Walking Tour

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Satisfy your appetite for flavors and sights on this 4.5-hour food walking tour of Montreal’s Chinatown. A knowledgeable guide takes you to seven venues to taste a variety of culinary delights, including crispy pork, barbecue pork and duck, and Hong Kong–style dim sum. Learn how to make a Bahn Mi sandwich, sample Chinese pastries at a bakery and drink tea made from leaves grown on farms in China. Along the way, gain insight into Chinatown’s history and evolution to its mix of people and cultures today.
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Helicopter Tour Over Montreal
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Helicopter Tour Over Montreal

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See Montreal from above on this helicopter tour of the city. During the ride, catch views of the Olympic Stadium, downtown Montreal, Mount Royal, and other sights as you soar at an altitude of 1,500 feet (457 meters). Before taking off, you’ll receive a safety briefing and be able to get comfortable with the aircraft.
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