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Be charmed by Old-European architecture and culture with a twist of cosmopolitan panache on a Montreal holiday.
Proudly labelled a UNESCO city of design, Montreal has earned itself a reputation as a colourful, musical explosion of artistic flair and expression. This is largely a result of its unique combination of varied cultural heritage and forward-thinking way of life which sees its population of over three million ethnically diverse inhabitants welcome visitors from all over the world with open arms. The first time you holiday in Montreal it’ll be unforgettable, and when you return, it’s like reuniting with an old friend.
With so much to see and do on a holiday in Montreal, one of the best ways to tick off the best bits is on an escorted tour that stops in Montreal. Our Maple Leaf Trail begins at the stunning Niagara Falls and stops in Toronto and Ottawa on the way to beautiful Montreal where you’ll have the option of a guided tour and leisure time - perfect for exploring its many attractions.
Similarly our Niagara Falls to the Rockies escorted tour, gives guests the opportunity to discover Montreal over two nights. With so much choice on a Montreal holiday, there’s plenty of activities to fill your itinerary with over a day or two, so have your walking shoes at the ready as this is a city that keeps on giving.
Taking cultural influences from France and North America, Montreal is Canada’s own ‘New France’ and this is never more apparent than in the historic Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal - home to over 43,000 works of fine art taking visitors on a journey through Montreal’s impressive history. This is always an excellent place to start on a short break in Montreal.
Take one look inside the Notre-Dame Basilica and it’s easy to see why a Montreal holiday is a must-do for any lover of neo-Gothic architecture and intricate design. In fact, the list of things to do on a short break in Montreal is extensive, but if you include the stunning Montreal Botanical Garden and Saint Joseph’s Oratory on the list, you’ve secured yourself an unforgettable tour of one of Canada’s most popular cities.
For a taste of Montreal’s more contemporary side, Montreal Biodome offers a unique blend of science and nature to the city with its incredible collection of tropical plants, animals and insects in its vast greenhouses. With species from all over the world to discover, a holiday in Montreal can almost feel like a tour around the globe.
Book your Montreal holiday in the warm, balmy summer months and enjoy the best of the great outdoors. This is a city that’s just as breathtaking inside its grand buildings as it is outside in its parks, gardens and public spaces. A day strolling along the St Lawrence river is one of the best ways to take in Montreal’s diverse and vibrant population that represents this city’s melting pot of cultures and traditions.
So much so that Montreal is now home to the largest number of international events in North America. No matter what time of year you choose to holiday in Montreal, it’s almost guaranteed that there’ll be an event, festival or show taking place, each a celebration of either art, dance, food, music and historic traditions. And as the home of the Cirque du Soleil, it’s safe to say that Montreal knows how to put on a good show.
For a real taste of Montreal’s international zing, Plateau Mont-Royal is the place to be. This is the hub of some of the city’s best food and drink accompanied with the lively atmosphere expected of a town full of locals eating and drinking to their heart’s content. Abundant in old-style bars and traditional restaurants offering the best of French cuisine, along with flavours from almost every other continent, a Montreal holiday wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Plateau Mont-Royal.
Intrigued by the sights and sounds of a short break in Montreal? There’s certainly plenty to take in, and we think one of the best ways to enjoy a Montreal holiday to its fullest is on a Canada tour. Explore the best of North America on a maple leaf trail with a tour of Montreal along the way - it’s a stop you won’t forget.