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Visit Montreal

The City of Montreal was founded in 1642 and was formerly a mission called Ville Marie.  With it being the world's 2nd largest French speaking city, it will certainly bring a 'joie de vivre' to your holiday to Canada.  

Festivals take place throughout the year, notable ones being the International Jazz Festival - which takes place around the end of June/early July each year and the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival - which takes place in July each year.

Direct flights are operated by Air Canada from London Heathrow and upon your arrival; Holidays2 can arrange a private transfer to your hotel to enable you to start your holiday quickly. 

There is a wide variety of accommodation in the city from the quaint Auberges to the 5 Star Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel. 

The Bustling downtown area has plenty of shops, restaurants and bars to suit all tastes and budgets and for a great view of the city, travel to the 46th floor of the Au Sommet Place Ville Marie – and its observatory overlooking the city and the St Lawrence River. Travel underground with 32kms of connecting underground passageways and hubs which link the downtown core, a comfortable alternative if the weather is inclement. 

Take a stroll through Old Montreal, cobblestone streets filled with art galleries, boutiques, quaint shops and restaurants draw you back to more than 360 years of history in this lovely city. At dusk, strategic lighting guides you through the 18th and 19th century buildings. Why not visit the Notre Dame Basilica of Montreal - built between 1824 and 1829, its gothic design attracts thousands of visitors each year. 

Parc Jean Drapeau, spans two islands in the middle of the St Lawrence and is a great location for activity and entertainments for both visitors and residents. 

Ille Sainte Helene includes three heated outdoor swimming pools, a large amusement park, La Ronde, which offers more than 40 rides and attractions for all ages. In 1967, Montreal held the World Expo and built the Biosphere - Originally designed to hold the United States pavilion during the Expo, the Biosphère is now a unique and spectacular site. Visit educational exhibitions to get a better understanding of major environmental issues: air, water, biodiversity, climate change, sustainable developmen and more.

Located on Ille Notre Dame is the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, which hosts the annual Formula One Grand Prix. This is a temporary circuit, so at other times, the circuit is popular with cyclists, skaters, joggers and walkers. 

Also located in Parc Jean Drapeau is the Casino De Montreal which makes an excellent choice for an evening out with over 100 gaming tables, 3,000 slot machines, five restaurants, cabaret and bar.

Sightseeing Tours offered by Holidays2

Montreal Tour
Some of the highlights of this fully-narrated tour are a stop at the beautiful Notre Dame Basilica (entrance not included), residential and financial districts, historic Old Montreal, a view of the Olympic Complex, the campus of McGill University and the panoramic view from an observation point on top of Mont Royal. The tour can be considered a complete tour of the city, as it will bring passengers by more than 200 points of interest!

Montreal Guided Cruise
Come aboard the Cavalier Maxim and discover Montréal like you’ve never seen it before! Relive a page of history with a famous explorer, Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve, who will fascinate you with his anecdotes and historical facts. Take advantage of the sunny terraces and relax while admiring the city and its surroundings. Service is in English and French only.

Quebec City Tour
Discover the historical treasures and wonderful “joie de vivre” atmosphere of Quebec City during this full day excursion. Your expert guide provides narration as you tour through the o¬nly walled city in North America. Highlights include, the Upper and Lower Towns, the Parliament Buildings, the Plains of Abraham, the Citadel, Chateau Frontenac, Place d'Armes, Quebec National Assembly, the Notre Dame Basilica. A visit to Montmorency Falls, 30 metres higher than the world famous Niagara Falls, is also included in today’s tour.


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