Saturday, May 10, 2008

Guided Bike Tours in Montreal

Three hour, 15 kilometre guided bike tours of Montreal are offered by the Guidatour company.

Exploring Montreal on bike is a great way to get to know our city. But if you don't know where to go, or you don't feel comfortable doing this alone or independently, a guided tour is a great way to go.

As experienced bike explorers, we think Montreal is a great city to explore: our city is full of surprises and delights, both historic and modern.

Guidatour, in existence since 1985, also offers walking tours and other tour-related activites such as scavenger hunts and corporate activities. We actually did a scavenger hunt in old Montreal as part of a work-team-building exercise. It was a lot of fun. And it opened our eyes as to things to see on return trips to this area. Not least were the unusual anatomically-correct wooden scuptures in a south-seas-themed boutique near Notre-Dame basilica.

Here's their info (click here to go to their website):

The official bike roundabout City bike tour

On this bike roundabout, led by a professional tour guide, you will enjoy a panorama of the city starting at the Old Port, to the Latin Quarter, La Fontaine Park, with an unusual detour into one of the alleys of The Plateau, to mount Royal Park, into the Golden Square Mile's Victorian ambiance, the business district, and onto Old Montréal. After the tour, you may keep your bicycle for the whole day!

Easy (15 km - 3 hours)

Saturdays & Sundays from May 17th to October 5th 2008
(guaranteed departures)
Thursdays & Fridays from June 26th to September 7th 2008
(guaranteed departures)
Party of 4 and more; anytime upon reservation.

Departures at the shop "Ça Roule Montréal" located at 27, de la Commune Street East (Métro: Champ-de-Mars)

What time?
Tour from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
(Arrival 30 minutes prior to departure. Bicycles are at your disposal until 7:00 pm).

How much?
$44.00 (plus taxes); Including the bike rental
$29.00 (plus taxes); Without the bike rental

Reservations are obligatory as places for bike tour are limited
GuidaVélo (Guidatour's Biking Division)
Telephone: (514) 844-4021 / toll free 1 800 363-4021

Our professional guides are officially accredited; GuidaVélo's guides are also experienced urban cyclists very well informed about Montreal's history, its architecture and its famous joie de vivre.

Our mechanic/escorts are instructed on Montréal's Safety Code. Equipped with a cellular, a first aid kit and a tool kit, they make sure that your circuit within Montreal's streets, cycling paths and alleys will be comfortable and safe.

Bike rental: Special rates are offered to GuidaVélo's clients. They include a good quality hybrid bike, a rear rack, a front handle bar satchel, a helmet and a lock.


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