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Montreal

A slice of Old Europe in a contemporary setting

Overview

Montréal is a highlight of Canada and combines both the Old and New Worlds of Québec: winding cobble streets marry perfectly with the lively culture of New Montréal, bringing forward a new generation for Québec.

If you love trying new things, the food and shopping here is incredible! Rue St. Denis has a list of great little pubs and restaurants. It was once where mainly French-speaking locals would socialize, however it is now a melting pot of culture and little architectural marvels. This is one of the longest streets in the city and starts in Old Montréal.

For the best views of Montréal during your holiday, travel up to Mont Royal and enjoy one of the city's largest green spaces. If you love to hike or enjoy walking, climb up to the Kondiaronk Belvedere where you can snap some amazing aerial shots of the hustle and bustle of this energetic city below.

If time allows, we recommend visiting both Québec City and Montréal during your holiday to make a multi-break holiday. The excellent Corridor Service by VIA Rail, Canada's national rail provider, is the perfect link between the two cities and it allows you to experience the diversity of both cities in one trip, helping you make the most of your Québec holiday.

Things to do

There are so many fantastic museums in the city to choose from, so if you love a holiday visiting unique and fascinating museums then you will be in your element here. The Museum of Fine Arts is one of the most popular attractions in Montreal, and it is the largest museum in the city, so be sure to add this onto your list. For art lovers, make sure you give yourself plenty time to stroll around as there is so much to see.

Notre-Dame Basilica is sure to be on your list of things to see during your holiday to Montreal, and the building boasts some of the most beautiful and impressive architecture you may ever see. The interior architecture is simply stunning, and the church is located in a charming neighbourhood, perfect for exploring. No matter what religion you may be, the historic Catholic Church is welcoming and anybody can appreciate just how incredible the building is.

A must is a visit to the Mosaicultures Internationales, an exhibition of refined horticultural art which involves mounting and creating living artworks made from plants and colourful foliage. It may not at first sound enticing, but the outdoor exhibit showcases some of the most wonderful garden art in the world, from intricate human faces to horses to ships, all carved from a wide variety of flora and plants. It is incredible, and definitely worth a visit during your holiday.

Popular things to do in Montreal

  • Old Montréal walking tour

    £15pp

    Discover the east or west side of Montréal. These tours include abundant information about the history, architecture and secrets of Old Montréal. During the East side tour you will visit attractions like Cours Le Royer, St-Paul Street, Place Jacques-Cartier, City Hall, Champ de mars, Bonsecours Street and its chapel and the Bonsecours Market. During the West side tour attractions such as Place D`Armes, St-Jacques Street and its bank, McGill street, Place d`Youville and Place Royale. Both tours include a visit inside the famous Notre-Dame Basilica.

    Departures: daily between Jun 20 to Oct 12, 2015; Saturday departures between May 1 to 9 and Oct 17 to Nov 28, 2015; Saturday and Sunday departures between May 16 to Jun 14, 2015
    Duration: 1.5 hours

  • One Day Escapade to Québec City

    £72pp

    A narrated coach tour to the historic city, discovering the historical treasures and wonderful ‘joie de vivre’ atmosphere of Quebec City during this full day excursion. Your expert guide will take you through the only walled city in North America. Embark on a short cruise to the Montmorency Falls, 30m higher than the world famous Niagara Falls, situated on the outskirts of the city and a 90 minute cruise from Quebec City.


    Departures: daily May 7 to Oct 23, 2016 
    Duration: 12 hours

  • One Day Escapade to Québec City including a cruise

    £102pp

    Discover the historical treasures and wonderful joie de vivre atmosphere of Québec City during this full-day excursion from Montréal. Your expert guide provides narration as you tour through the only walled city in North America. The highlights include the Upper and Lower Towns, the Parliament Buildings, the Plains of Abraham, the Chateau Frontenac, the Citadel and the Notre Dame Basilica and a 1.5 hour cruise from Quebec City. A visit to Montmorency Falls, 30 metres higher than Niagara Falls, is also included in the tour.

    Departures: daily May 1 to Oct 20, 2015
    Duration: 13 hours

  • St Lawrence River Rafting from Montréal

    £31pp

    15 minutes from downtown Montréal, you can experience exciting river rafting. You will be given a choice of whether you prefer a more leisurely paced raft ride on the tranquil part of the river with some rapids or for the more adventurous a more thrilling ride.

    Departures: daily May 3 to Aug 31, 2015
    Duration: 2.15 hours

Holidays

If you’re interested in exploring the delights of French Canada then a holiday to Montréal is just for you. And why not fit in a trip to Québec City while you’re at it which is easily accessible by car or by VIA Rail train taking in the scenery as you go.

Browse our amazing range of holidays in Montreal

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    Le Centre Sheraton Montreal

    from £

    37

    In a prime position in downtown Montréal, Le Centre Sheraton offers the luxury we come to expect from the Sheraton chain.

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  • Marriott Chateau Champlain

    from £

    63

    The Marriott Chateau Champlain is a classic hotel with fantastic views across the city and excellent amenities.

    Rooms are warm and welcoming ...see more

  • Delta Montréal

    from £

    50

    The Delta Montréal is located right in the vibrant entertainment district of the city, in a great position to explore the best of Montréal.

    Rooms ...see more

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    Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel

    from £78

    True to the Fairmont brand, The Queen Elizabeth Hotel is a luxurious and elegant hotel with a good location in the centre of downtown Montréal.

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    Ritz Carlton Montréal

    from £

    138

    The Ritz-Carlton is a grand and luxurious hotel with a rich history and a great location in the heart of Montréal’s downtown.

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    Aloft Montréal Airport

    from £

    39

    Aloft Hotel is an ultra modern hotel with a great location just a few minutes from the international airport and a short twenty minute trip into the ...see more

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    Auberge Du Vieux Port

    from £

    72

    The Auberge du Vieux Port is a charming, traditional inn, with a great riverside position in the heart of Old Montréal.

    Rooms are delightfully ...see more

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    Auberge Le Pomerol Hotellerie Champetre

    from £

    49

    The Auberge le Pomerol is a great hotel with an excellent location in the heart of Montréal’s lively Latin Quarter.

    Rooms have a ...see more

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    Best Western Plus Ville Marie Hotel & Suites

    from £

    38

    The Ville Marie is a classic hotel with a convenient central position on the upmarket Sherbrooke Street.

    Rooms and suites are very spacious and ...see more

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    Chateau Versailles

    from £

    50

    A charming boutique hotel in downtown Montréal, The Chateau Versailles was originally four separate townhouses, giving it a lovely welcoming ...see more

  • Days Inn Montréal Downtown

    from £

    39

    The Days Inn offers great value accommodation in a good central location, within walking distance to excellent shopping and to historical downtown Montréal.

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    Hotel 10 Montreal

    from £54

    Hotel 10 is a chic boutique hotel with a rich history and a great central location close to shopping and attractions.

    Rooms are stylish and contemporary, ...see more

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    Hotel Bonaventure Montreal

    from £63

    The Hotel Montréal Bonaventure is a luxurious hotel with fantastic amenities, and a good location close to the city’s attractions and shopping.

    Rooms ...see more

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    Hotel Faubourg Montreal

    from £45

    The Holiday Inn has a good central location in Montréal close to excellent shopping and to the historic areas of the city.

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  • Hotel Gouverneurs Place Dupuis

    from £

    43

    The Hotel Gouverneur is a classic hotel in a good central location, close to the lively Latin Quarter and city attractions.

    Rooms are spacious ...see more

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    Hotel Le Cantlie Suites

    from £

    49

    Hotel le Cantlie Suites is a traditional European-style hotel with a great location right in the centre of the city.

    Suites are bright and fresh, ...see more

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    Hotel Le Nelligan

    from £

    76

    The Hotel Nelligan is a charming and historic hotel with an excellent location in the heart of Old Montreal.

    Rooms are beautifully rustic, with ...see more

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    Hotel Le Roberval

    from £34

    Hotel le Roberval is a good budget choice for your stay in Montreal with an excellent location within walking distance of the city’s best attractions ...see more

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    Hotel Le Saint Andre

    from £30

    Hotel le Saint André is a modest hotel with an excellent location on a quiet road but just a few blocks from great shopping, dining and attractions.

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    Hotel Lord Berri Montreal

    from £

    35

    The Hotel Lord Berri is a modern hotel with a good location near the lively Quartier Latin and other attractions.

    Accommodation ranges from the ...see more

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    Hotel St Paul

    from £

    78

    The Hotel St Paul is a stylish boutique hotel in a beautiful building with a great position in the heart of Old Montreal.

    Rooms are contemporary ...see more

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    Hyatt Regency Montreal

    from £

    58

    The Hyatt Regency is a stylish hotel with a good location in downtown Montreal.

     Accommodation ranges from standard to suites, as well as ...see more

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    Intercontinental Montreal

    from £

    48

    The Intercontinental is a luxury boutique hotel in a great location right in the heart of the Old Montreal.

    Rooms and suites are stylish and ...see more

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    La Tour Belvedere

    from £30

    The Tour Belvedere is an all-suite hotel with a great location in the heart of downtown Montreal, close to shopping, dining and attractions.

    Suites ...see more

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    Le Nouvel Hotel & Spa

    from £

    37

    The Nouvel Hotel & Spa is a traditional style hotel with a good location in the centre of Montreal.

    Rooms are elegant and spacious, ranging ...see more

  • Le Place D'Armes Hotel & Suites

    from £

    75

    Le Place d’Armes Hotel is a stylish boutique hotel housed in a beautiful and historic building in a fantastic location right in the heart of Old ...see more

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    Le Saint Sulpice Hotel

    from £

    83

    Le Saint Sulpice is a stylish luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Old Montreal with lovely views.

    Suites are a great mix of old world character ...see more

  • Les Suites Labelle

    from £

    30

    The Hotel Les Suites Labelle is a great budget choice with an excellent central location near to Old Montreal and shopping areas.

    There are a ...see more

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    Marriott Springhill Suites

    from £56

    Marriott’s Springhill Suites is an elegant hotel with good amenities and a fantastic location in the heart of the Old Montreal district.

    Suites ...see more

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    Meridien Versailles

    from £

    50

    Le Meridien Versailles is an elegant hotel in a stylish upmarket district of downtown Montreal.

    Rooms are contemporary with a chic monochrome ...see more

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    Novotel Montreal

    from £

    39

    The Novotel, Montreal is a smart modern hotel in a great location in the centre of the city’s downtown area.

    With a choice of standard ...see more

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    Omni Mont Royal

    from £

    56

    The Hotel Omni Mont-Royal is a large elegant hotel located on the upmarket Sherbrooke Street, close to many of the city’s attractions and excellent ...see more

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    Quality Hotel Dorval

    from £

    39

    The Quality Hotel is a classic hotel with a convenient location just a few minutes’ drive from the international airport.

    Rooms are large ...see more

  • Standard Room 2 Queens

    Sandman Hotel Montreal Longueuil

    from £33

    The Sandman hotel is a good hotel with a convenient location in the city of Longueuil, just twenty minutes from downtown Montreal.

    Choose from ...see more

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    Sheraton Montreal Airport

    from £47

    The Sheraton Montreal Airport is a modern, stylish hotel set in pretty grounds, just a few minutes’ from the airport.

    Rooms are contemporary ...see more

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    Travelodge Hotel Montreal Airport

    from £

    46

    The Travelodge Montreal Airport is a great budget choice for your stay in the city, with good amenities and a convenient location just five minutes ...see more

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    Travelodge Montreal Centre

    from £

    30

    The Travelodge Montreal Centre is a great budget hotel with a fantastic location in the heart of the city, close to excellent shopping and attractions.

    There ...see more

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    Westin Montreal

    from £

    58

    Le Westin Montreal is a grand and luxurious hotel with a great location in the heart of the old town.

    Rooms are chic and sophisticated, with ...see more

  • Bear Viewing at Duchesnay

    from £205

    Not far from the liveliness of Quebec City is an all-season resort offering cosy lodge accommodation and a myriad of recreational opportunities on land ...see more

  • Montreal Short Break

    from £739

    This fantastic short break to Montreal gives you the perfect base to explore all that this vibrant and exciting city has to offer. Montreal is one of Canada's ...see more

  • Montreal and Quebec Short City Break

    from £635

    This short break takes you to explore the very best of Quebec in two of its most beautiful cities, Montreal and Quebec City. Montreal is a vibrant city ...see more

  • Adventure in the land of the Caribou

    from £245

    A very unique experience and insight into these shy animals, as well as, seeing the other native inhabitants of Quebec and Canada up close. ...see more

  • Chic-Chocs Mountain Lodge Experience 2 nights / 3 days

    from £375

    Chic Chocs Mountain Lodge (Auberge de montagne des Chic-Chocs) provides cosy and comfortable accommodation for just 36 people in the unspoiled natural ...see more

  • Chic-Chocs Mountain Lodge Experience 3 nights / 4 days

    from £559

    Chic Chocs Mountain Lodge (Auberge de montagne des Chic-Chocs) provides cosy and comfortable accommodation for just 36 people in the unspoiled natural ...see more

  • French Culture, Lobster and Lighthouses Holiday

    from £1,809

    Immerse yourself in the fascinating historic beginnings of Canada as this tour explores the French culture of Quebec, the inspiring villages and national ...see more

  • Mini Eastern Explorer Montreal

    from £

    Travel Canada’s original wilderness highways and discover New World settlements, frontier trails and the modern excitement of lively, multi-cultural cities. ...see more

  • Montreal and Quebec City Experience

    from £345

    A glimpse of the French speaking side of Canada on this two centre tour of Montreal and Quebec City. Explore the old and new centres of Montreal, Canada’s ...see more

  • Montreal and Quebec City Short Break

    from £609

    This short break takes you to explore the very best of Quebec in two of its most beautiful cities, Montreal and Quebec City. Montreal is a vibrant city ...see more

  • Quebec Wild Holiday

    from £1,259

    Immerse yourself in the unique wildlife of Québec, starting your journey in Sacacomie at Saint Alexis Des Monts, perched in the rolling hills of Mauricie ...see more

  • Quebec Winter Wonderland Holiday

    from £1,119

    Discover a province that has embraced the winter and overflows with fun and relaxation in equal measure. Savour the sights and the sounds of the cities ...see more

  • Splendid Nature of Quebec Holiday

    from £1,505

    Escape to beautiful Quebec, and explore the diversity and romanticism of each stop. This tour combines the exciting pace of touring by fly drive and vibrant ...see more

  • Summer Adventure at Hotel Sacacomie

    from £485

    Less than two hours outside of Montreal in the beautiful countryside you will find the Sacacomie Lodge, a wonderful retreat for families, nature enthusiasts ...see more

  • Tremblant Trails Holiday

    from £845

    Discover Tremblant’s many activities on the mountain, in the pedestrian village and on the shores of Lac Tremblant. Tremblant in the summer is animation ...see more

  • Via Rail The Ocean to Atlantic Canada - Montreal to Halifax

    from £119

    The Ocean leaves Montréal in the evening and travels through the small villages on the south shore of the St. Lawrence before entering the Matapédia Valley. ...see more

  • Winterlude Weekend in Ottawa Holiday

    from £859

    Come celebrate winter in Canada’s capital during three fun filled weekends in February, known as the Winterlude festival. There are so many things to see ...see more

Top tips

Top tips for visiting Montreal

Top Tip 1

• The most popular way to see the city, and an absolute must on your visit to Montréal, is to hire bikes and see the city on two wheels. Unveil breathtaking views of the city by cycling up Mount Royal, or even cycle around the world famous Grand Prix circuit.


Top Tip 2

• Take a stroll down Rue St. Denis, one of the longest streets in the city, which has a host of great little pubs and restaurants. This was once where the French-speaking locals would socialise, and now it’s a melting pot of culture and charming architecture.


Top Tip 3

• History buffs should squeeze in as many of the city’s fantastic museums as possible into their holiday to Montréal. The Museum of Fine Arts is one of the city’s most popular attractions, and also the largest museum, so make sure you have plenty of time to spare before getting lost in its incredible paintings.


Top Tip 4

• Visit the Notre-Dame Basilica, which is one of the most beautiful buildings in Canada. The stunning interior architecture will take your breath away, and no matter your religion you can appreciate the church’s incredible structure.


Top Tip 5

• For a tasty and truly authentic culinary experience on your holiday, visit the Accords le Bistro in St Lawrence. Influenced by Quebec produce, specialities include Stanstead rabbit in ravioli with mushrooms, organic marinated salmon with vegetables and the Piglet burger with caramelised apple. Accompany this with a local wine and take a stroll onto the chic terrace.


Top Tip 6

• If you’re passionate about nature make sure to visit the Montréal Botanical Garden, particularly in the autumn, when this attraction hosts the magical Gardens of Light experience.


Top Tip 7

• For a unique evening experience visit Le Balcon Cabaret Music Hall, in the heart of Old Montréal. With the feel of an old New York cabaret, and a Parisian dinner-theatre this is an enchanting experience.


Top Tip 8

• History lovers are encouraged to visit Old Montréal, which is one of North America’s best preserved towns. French is the predominant language, horse drawn carriages are your local transport, and the charming old art galleries and museums serve to teach you about the life of Montreal in times gone by.

If you’d like more information about booking your holiday to Montréal, call one of our dedicated team of experts who will help you plan the trip of a lifetime!


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At a glance


  • Montréal is colourful and vibrant
  • Festivals, food and a unique French-Canadian culture awaits
  • 7 and a half hour flight from London

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At a glance


  • Montréal is colourful and vibrant
  • Festivals, food and a unique French-Canadian culture awaits
  • 7 and a half hour flight from London

Trusted travel partner


Winner of British Travel Awards 2016

Silver award for Best Holiday Company to Canada (Large)


Fully Protected

We are members of ATOL, ABTA and IATA.

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