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Reviewed June 21, 2017 via mobile

My husband and I like to start our vacations in new cities w a tour. We avoid big mass groups that appeal to the lowest common denominator not to mention we don't like the idea of being in a gaggle of tourists. We wanted a mix of some of the elements of the tours this company offers in 1, time efficient outing. Specifically we are interested in culture, history, food and neighborhoods that tourists would normally not think to visit. Thanks to Danny, we got exactly what we wanted.

We booked in April and communication was fast and efficient. They were the first to respond after contacting several companies.

For the price, transportation costs and food sampling was included. As a bonus, we were immersed in the Mural Festival and got to do some off-the-tourist path shopping. At the conclusion of our 3 hours, he gave us a list of places that fit the type of experience we wanted to have. He was even available for multiple emails when our housekeeper threw out said precious list!

Danny is exceptionally warm, generous and responsive to what we were asking for. You literally couldn't go wrong with this company!

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank setiramm
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DannyMTL, Owner at Spade & Palacio Non-Touristy Tours, responded to this reviewResponded June 26, 2017

Hey guys!

I had such a nice time showing you two around, private tours seem to always end in friendship :) Happy you were able to use some of my recommendations to make your Mtl stay even better. Thanks so much for leaving such positive feedback, it really helps others know about our hard working small company, truly appreciate it :)

Cheers,

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Reviewed June 20, 2017 via mobile

Loved the tour from beginning to end. We ate and learned a lot and saw some pretty amazing places that we would never have found on our own. Doing this tour made us venture out to where the locals hang out. Loved the food so much, we went back the next day for more. Anne Marie was so fun and knowledgeable and made us all feel comfortable. She had the answers to all our questions and made our stay in Montreal so much better! Highly recommend this walking tour if you want a genuine local experience from the best!

Date of experience: June 2017
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DannyMTL, Owner at Spade & Palacio Non-Touristy Tours, responded to this reviewResponded June 26, 2017

Heya!

We aim at showing our guests a different side to the city and love to hear positive reactions like yours, happy you made it back for more exploring the next days. Anne-Marie sends her hellos. See you next time for a bike tour.

Cheers,

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Reviewed June 16, 2017

Such a great tour, with plenty of food, a great guide in Ann Marie, great stories from her, seeing murals and neighbourhood green alleyways, the Jean Talon market and lots of fabulous cafes and food you wouldn't know about, but for this tour. My favourite was pupusas from El Salvador. Do this tour!

Date of experience: June 2017
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DannyMTL, Owner at Spade & Palacio Non-Touristy Tours, responded to this reviewResponded June 19, 2017

Hey there!

Thanks for taking the time to leave your feedback about your outing with Anne-Marie, it means a lot us being the small company we are. See you on your next visit for a bike tour.

Cheers,

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Reviewed June 13, 2017

We spent a sunny Saturday in the company of Anne-Marie cycling around Montreal and seeing some of the hidden sites! We were visiting from London, UK and this is a great way to see the city and get a feel for the non-touristy parts. Anne-Marie was really friendly, knowledgeable and welcoming. It is a fairly expensive tour, but does include lunch and a beer in the park, which was a really nice touch. Bikes are in great condition, as are helmets, and the cycling was easy and we felt safe. Street art plays a big part of the agenda of this tour - we aren't particularly arty people, but enjoyed hearing the stories and seeing the art work. Overall a great experience to be recommended! Should also mention that when I first tried to book, the tour didn't exist on the day we wanted, so I contacted S&P directly and they said they'd try to find a guide to run it on that day, which they did, and we ended up in a group of 6, so hopefully our request made it worth their while! In any case, we were really grateful for the flexibility, and it is definitely worth contacting them if you can't see what you want from the website.

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank KatieLouiseV
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DannyMTL, Owner at Spade & Palacio Non-Touristy Tours, responded to this reviewResponded June 13, 2017

Heya!

So happy we ended opening the departure for your group that day. Anne-Marie sends her love and thanks for this awesome review. Our bike tours are key to discovering an authentic side and cover good grounds in Montreal. Plus pink bikes are just cool.

Being the small company we are all feedback is so helpful, thank you!

Cheers,

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Reviewed June 12, 2017

We booked the Beyond the Basilica Walking Tour through the TripAdvisor website and are so glad we chose this one over all the other options they had on their site. Our tour guide was Tom (may have been Tim?) who was an excellent guide giving us all a unique perspective of the city that we would never have discovered on our own. The small tour size allowed for a lot more flexibility which we liked. If you ever do this tour you will be lucky to get Tom as he was probably one of the best guides we've come across in our recent travels. One area that could be improved was the booking process. After we booked, on the email we received it did not contain the details of the person we were to meet so we were left just having to wander around the general area trying to see if anyone else was looking for the same tour.

Date of experience: May 2017
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DannyMTL, Owner at Spade & Palacio Non-Touristy Tours, responded to this reviewResponded June 13, 2017

Heya!

So glad you enjoyed your time with Thom ( I am going to call him Tim from now on ;) ) who is a great guide we collaborate with from time to time. Thanks for sharing your feedback via review, this helps others know about our small company and is much appreciated!

Cheers,

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