Montreal's traffic is notorious. So why was I about to explore the streets by bike?
Adventure is not my strong suit and I'm best known for being a little bit hesitant (at best) or even a total wimp (at worst!) While I excel at many adventurous activities in theory, when reality hits, it's a different story! So when I had the chance to take a private cycling tour of old Montreal, I leaped at the opportunity. Finally, this was the kind of adventure I could handle, I was sure of it!
So How Did I Do?
Turns out, I did pretty good! I had a few shaky moments in the beginning when I realized I would have to compete for street space with the legendary Montreal traffic, and a few more while cycling up a mild hill - turns out I forgot I had to shift gears! A few bumps in the road not withstanding, the gentle bike tour was just my speed and I was thrilled by how much access I had to the tucked away, charming corners of the city.
What Was it Like?
Our private cycling tour was a wonderful experience! I felt as brave as could be as I rushed (read: gently coasted) down the hill (read: slight incline), the wind whistling in my ears as beautiful vistas of Montreal's oldest and newest neighbourhoods came into view. I highly recommend trying a bicycle tour. It was a lot of fun, I learned quite a bit, and it was neat to try something new (and give my feet a break after so much walking)! A bike tour would be an especially good choice for anyone who wanted to see a lot in a short amount of time .
The Value of a Private Tour
Depending on the size of your group, the price difference between regular and private tour could be very minimal. A private tour will tailor an itinerary to fit your tricky schedule and compliment your interests without duplicating sites you've already seen. Private tours are also a great choice to compliment your travel style. If you like to stop often and wander for photos and snacks, or if you prefer to whiz by with limited commentary, a private tour might be for you. Private tours can also compliment your fitness and confidence level - perfect for beginners, seniors, children, and those recovering from injury. Being an anti-adventurist, I really enjoyed being in a small, private group. I felt comfortable telling our amazing guide Ruby that I'm a bit slow and would likely hang in the back.
This is one anti-adventure that really worked out well for me. I had an amazing time and even felt brave - who knows what will be next!
As always, I welcome and encourage your comments. Have you ever had a private tour? Would you recommend it?
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My tour was included with a visit with Montreal Tourism. This did not affect my review and all opinions remain my own.