Montreal History Guided Sightseeing Cruise

Montréal, Canada

From USD 48.10

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 1 hour 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Offered in: English


Set sail for fun with a guided cruise near Montreal on the scenic St. Lawrence River, enjoying skyline views and learning about city history as you ride. Step on board your ship, the AML Cavalier Maxim, complete with sunny terraces and a glass-enclosed dining area, passing area landmarks including the Jacques-Cartier Bridge, the islands of Boucherville and the scenic shoreline. During your Montreal cruise, hear tales about the city’s founding and role of a legendary French explorer in its settlement.
  • Historic discovery cruise of Montreal
  • Admire the Montreal skyline from the St Lawrence River
  • Hear about Montreal's history through anecdotes from a local guide
  • Enjoy the views from the sunny terraces or the glassed-in dining rooms

What's Included

  • Cruise relating the maritime history of the metropolis Montreal
  • The best view on the city, the river and its shores
  • Indoor bistro service at your cost
  • Live guide speaking French and English
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 200 R. de la Commune O
    200 R. de la Commune O, Montréal, QC H2Y 4B2, Canada

    At the Grand Quai in the Old Port. Please note that parking could be difficult to find and there could be very heavy traffic, therefore we recommend to use public transport or arrive in the area in advance.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Discover the beautiful river landscapes and fascinating history of Montreal during this cruise along the St. Lawrence River. Anyone with a love for geography, historic explorers or that simply enjoys great views will relish this scenic boat ride along the shores of French Canada’s biggest city.

Start your trip from the city’s Alexandra Pier in either the morning or afternoon. Then cast off for your river ride, journeying 22 miles (35 kilometers) of the river near Montreal. During your cruise you’ll pass famous city sights including the islands of Boucherville, Jacques-Cartier Bridge and the city’s picturesque shoreline. 

Make sure to also take advantage of all that your ship, the AML Cavalier Maxim, has to offer during your voyage. Enjoy some sunbathing on the ship’s al fresco terraces, or step inside if you need to warm up in the glass-enclosed dining area. An array of food and drinks, including muffins, salads, cookies, sandwiches, juice, and cocktails, is available for purchase at the on-board café.

At the end of your ride, return back to Alexandra Pier, having gained a new perspective on the city of Montreal and its rich history.

St. Lawrence River (Pass By)

Pont Jacques-Cartier (Pass By)

La Ronde (Pass By)

Croisieres AML

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Old Port of Montreal (Pass By)

Parc Des Iles de Boucherville (Pass By)

Biosphere (Pass By)

Olympic Park (Parc olympique) (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 300 travellers
Operated by Croisieres AML

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Featured review
The guide was knowledgeable. The staff was friendly and accommodating. The weather held up nicely, and nobody got seasick. All in all, a good day.


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Guide was excellent....
Susan_C, June 2023
Guide was excellent. Learned a lot about history and area. Impressive! Enhlish and French. Wait staff friendly and fast
Would recommend
Devon_B, June 2023
The guide was knowledgeable. The staff was friendly and accommodating. The weather held up nicely, and nobody got seasick. All in all, a good day.
Perfect commentary, table service, just long enough. Very informative
Dermot_N, May 2023
The guide was superb. Great, informative commentary, friendly service and the time was just enough. What a fascinating harbour. I have a renewed respect for Montreal as the economic engine of Canadian overseas trade.
Islands of Montreal
Gwendolyn_T, May 2023
Didn’t know that Montreal had several islands many of which were created because of the building of the metro system. All of the dirt had to go somewhere.
Very nice
Linda_B, May 2023
Staff available and friendly Perhaps a little more history about the port and waterway Clean and comfortable Excellent coffee
Response from Host, June 2023
Hello Linda, Thank you for your comment. We're glad you enjoyed your cruise ! We look forward to welcoming you back on our boats ! The AML Cruises team
Go for the boat, ignore the guide
Leslie_J, May 2023
The river is lovely and the trip is uneventful. Pleasant servers provide you with food and drink. The tour guid attempts to switch back and forth between English and French probably doing neither of them justice. His observations and tips were shallow and not enlightening. Do not take this cruise to learn about the history of the river, it doesn't come through. But if you want a lovely view of the river and time on a boat, give this a try.
Response from Host, June 2023
Hello Leslie, We would like to thank you for your nice comment, indeed, they are always appreciated and heard! We're so glad you enjoyed your experience on our boat! We look forward to seeing you again on board! The AML Cruises team
Enjoyable and relaxing afternoon.
Evelyn_D, Oct 2022
This was an enjoyable afternoon trip and interesting to view Montreal from the boat. As other people have noted one view is really just the port - very long - but the other side is beautiful. We were lucky with the weather as it was sunny and low 60s. The staff were very friendly and we had drinks and snacks served relatively quickly. While we enjoyed hearing the commentary it would also have been nice just to have some quiet time to enjoy the views.
Great afternoon ...
Jenn_G, Oct 2022
Great afternoon Easy to understand speaker in both French and English, as one of our group couldn’t speak French Food was great but a bit slow
I enjoyed really much I...
Alice_J, Oct 2022
I enjoyed really much I would recommend for my friends and my family it would be better you could bring your family to have good view there
Best trip
Araks_D, Sept 2022
Niagara Falls the trip was very pleasant and scheduled on time for each destination the tour guide and the drive they both very nice and friendly try they best for everyone to have a good time and safe trip. I will recommend this tour to all of my friends and family
Great guide!
Lorri_M, Sept 2022
Had a great time with our enthusiastic guide, Catherine. She is very knowledgeable of French and English history. It was rainy but very interesting and fun! Price was very reasonable!
It wasn’t as interesting as I thought it would be.
Janet_K, Sept 2022
The dock is very long and runs along the shoreline for quite a ways. The remnants of the worlds fair on the island were interesting to see. We only passed under one bridge.
Great Intro to Montreal
Ken_J, Aug 2022
We really enjoyed the tour. The bilingual guide did a great job. Food and drink on board with table service a bonus.
Great way to spend a peaceful 1 1/2 hours
Jeffrey_R, Aug 2022
Well run, pleasant, good service and not crowded. Waiter/Waitress service available. Bi-lingual narration
The cruise had...
Jullet_A, Aug 2022
The cruise had amazing views and service. Getting ticket we’re easy. Experience was fun and 😎 guide was very knowledgeable.
Intriguing cruise
Tamara_A, Aug 2022
The story telling from narrator, added with sights made it so much more interesting than it would have.
Great time
Mathieu_D, Aug 2022
A really nice time. My girlfriend and I enjoyed ourselves, got some nice views, the only thing is I wouldn't recommend their food but overall really nice.
Joseph_T, Aug 2022
Good service but not a terribly interesting experience. Very nice views the first several minutes then nothing interesting to see. Good drinks at least available.
Good but could have showed us more.
Subhannita_S, July 2022
It was a good cruise. Could have been better if they took us further out. The cruise only went up to the southern tip of boucherville.
Average experience
Rosemary_R, July 2022
Large sitting area. Menu items looked very delicious and reasonable however we did not try anything. We were on the cruise to see the sites and hear the commentary. It was very hard to understand the cruise director and there was no commentary coming back.

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