Often referred to as the Paris of Canada, Montreal is a fascinating northern city with a vibrant culinary scene and is one of the oldest cities in North America. It’s also the fourth-largest French-speaking city in the world, and just an easy hour-long flight from New York.
Perfect forFamilies | Foodies | Intellectuals | Romantics
When to goYear-Round
Ideal length of stay1-2 Nights
Designing Your Journey
Work with Indagare to design the perfect itinerary for an immersive journey. Our travel experts know the destination inside and out, and they can make recommendations based on your travel needs and preferences.
3 Days: Essential Montreal
See the sights of Montreal and experience the city’s authentic spirit with a customized Indagare itinerary. Here is just one example of what our destination experts can create for you.
Day One: Old Montreal
Start your stay with a guided tour of the quaint, historic Old Montreal. Many of the city’s major sights are located here, like the Nôtre-Dame Basilica and the Old Port area. Charming boutiques line the main artery, Rue Saint-Paul; then, make your way to the downtown area to explore the Rue Sainte-Catherine and Rue Sherbrooke, where the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and luxury department stores are located. Don’t miss the underground tunnel complex of shops and restaurants, built to help locals avoid severe winter weather.
Day Two: Taste of Montreal
Fuse New York City’s West Village with Brooklyn, and you might get something akin to Montreal’s vibrant Mile End neighborhood. Artistic, youthful and with increasingly expensive real estate, this area is one of the most desirable places to live. A lighthearted spirit floats through the hip coffee shops and boutiques that line Mile End’s leafy streets. After exploring on your own, meet your expert guide for a food tour of Montreal’s most iconic eateries and local markets. Discuss your favorite dishes that evening over cocktails at the speakeasy Atwater Club.
Day Three: Modern Montreal
Spend the morning exploring the cultural hotbed of Griffintown. The up-and-coming neighborhood along the St. Lawrence River is still a bit of a diamond in the rough, but quirky restaurants and antiques shops have made it a destination worth seeking out. Then, meet your guide for a tour of the Biosphere, a museum dedicated to educating the public about environmental concerns. You can also visit the Biodome, an iconic Montreal attraction and a must-visit for families. The penguins in the Polar facility are a highlight.
Where To Stay
We only feature hotels that we can vouch for first-hand. At many of them, Indagare members receive special amenities, including upgrades, early check-in, breakfast, spa credits and more. Look for the Indagare Plus logo in the reviews.
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The Ritz-Carlton Montreal
Opened in 1912, Montreal’s grande dame property is the city’s most pampering.
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Hotel William Gray
Located in charming Old Montreal, Hotel William Gray boasts a contemporary design, making it a great alternative to the classic Ritz for travelers who appreciate a modern aesthetic.