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From Montreal: Quebec City and Montmorency Falls Day Trip

1. From Montreal: Quebec City and Montmorency Falls Day Trip

Explore the history of Quebec City on a hassle-free day trip from Montreal. Relax in the comfort of a premium bus as you begin the scenic journey with complimentary pickup from downtown Montreal hotels. On arrival in Quebec City, visit sites like Place Royale, Old Quebec, Petit Champlain, Notre Dame Basilica, and the Quebec Citadel. Drive along Grande-Allle, stop at the Chateau Frontenac, and admire Quebec's oldest skyscraper. Enjoy leisure time to explore the city’s winding streets and Quebec City’s oldest public stairs, Escalier Casse-Cou. Ride the funicular built into the cliff which links Upper and Lower Quebec for magnificent views of the river and its surroundings. Stop at the Plains of Abraham to see where the famous battle between French and English armies took place in 1759. Depart Quebec City’s Old Town for Montmorency Falls to enjoy extraordinary views of the impressive 274-foot (83-meter) high falls. Then, get back aboard the bus for your return trip to Montreal.

Quebec City: Whale Watching Excursion with Bus Transfer

2. Quebec City: Whale Watching Excursion with Bus Transfer

Discover the wonder of whale watching on a day trip from Quebec City. Benefit from comfortable round-trip transport by bus, and the choice between a big boat or zodiac whale watching excursion.  After morning pickup, depart Quebec City for the beautiful area of Baie-Sainte-Catherine, near Tadoussac. Sit back and relax on the scenic drive. On arrival to Baie-Sainte-Catherine, you’ll board either a big boat or be outfitted for your zodiac experience.  The big boat offers inside and outside seating, a covered roof, restrooms, observation platform, a boutique, and a cafeteria. The zodiac offers a more intimate and adventurous encounter, as you observe the whales from water level. Your bilingual guides on either vessel will be more than happy to share information about the whales and surrounding area. Help the naturalist, the captain, the crew, and the other passengers spot the giants of the sea.  Breathe in the fresh air and admire the North Shore of the St. Lawrence River as well as the tiny island of Ile Rouge or the lighthouse "Phare Au Fond Prince." After your 2.5- to 3-hour excursion, board the bus for the return journey. Tour concludes with drop-off in Quebec City.

Quebec City: Montmorency Falls & Ile d'Orleans Half-Day Tour

3. Quebec City: Montmorency Falls & Ile d'Orleans Half-Day Tour

Visit the Côte-de-Beaupré region and Ile d'Orleans on a half-day tour from Quebec City. Discover the traditional villages of rural Quebec as you leave the driving to your experienced guide. Depart Quebec's Old Town and ride along the 40-kilometers of Chemin du Roy to Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré. Make a stop at Abert Gilles' copper art studio along the way then spend 45-minutes exploring the renowned Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Basilica. Your next stop is the stunning Montmorency Falls, standing 1.5-times higher than Niagara Falls.  Be treated to a short visit of the beautiful Island of Orleans (Ile d'Orleans) and its charming 19th Century rural atmosphere. Stop in at the Island chocolate shop for some sweet treats before the return journey. The tour concludes with your return to downtown Quebec.

Quebec: Grosse Île & Irish Immigrant Memorial Day Trip

4. Quebec: Grosse Île & Irish Immigrant Memorial Day Trip

On your day tour of Grosse Île you’ll meet period figures who will tell you about the daily lives of the immigrants and employees that resided in this quarantine station. Experience what the immigrants must have felt when they entered the disinfection building, and learn about medicine and immigration procedures here during the 19th and 20th centuries. You can choose to walk or hop on the tourist trolley to visit the central part of the island and the village where the quarantine station employees lived. Continue on to the hospital sector at the easternmost point of the island to visit the Lazaretto. Take a walk along the Mirador Trail and admire the views of the Isle-aux-Grues archipelago, taking in the natural treasures that await you at every turn. Retrace the footsteps of the Irish immigrants or linger a while at the memorial and think about what they experienced as they arrived in Canada. Departure is from Berthier-sur-Mer, on the South Shore of the St. Lawrence River. The cruise lasts about 45 minutes. You remain on the island for about 4 hours. The return trip to Berthier-sur-Mer is at a set time, and also lasts about 45 minutes.

Quebec City: 1-Hour Express Double-Decker Bus Tour

5. Quebec City: 1-Hour Express Double-Decker Bus Tour

Make the most of your time in Quebec City and the later days of summer with an express orientation tour. Admire the historic Old Quebec, the Plains of Abraham, and the lively street, Grand Allée on a 1-hour tour. Climb aboard an open-top double-decker bus for an introduction to this world-famous city. Departing from the center of Old Quebec, you'll experience firsthand the European charm of the first French settlement in North America. Discover Quebec's historic charm on a delightful route that showcases the Old Town, the historic Plains of Abraham that serve as the lungs of Québec City, and Grand Allée - one of the most colorful streets in Quebec City.

Île d'Orléans: Food Tasting and Cultural E-bike Tour

6. Île d'Orléans: Food Tasting and Cultural E-bike Tour

Meet your local tour guide at the Motel Ile d'Orleans, close to the island's bridge. Upon arrival, you'll receive detailed safety introduction and the chance to try the electric bikes in the parking lot. Your small group will follow the guide along the sidewalk of Chemin Royal, as there is no bike path on Ile d'Orleans. The tour is about 20 km and will take about 3 hours, taking you to the island's most beautiful village, St. Petronille. The first stop is the Gosselin farm. You'll taste the famous Strawberries of Ile d'Orleans and learn about local agriculture. You'll then visit the gardens of Charles E. L. Porteous' French manor, built in 1898. Your guide will underline the important role this building played through history. Heading further, you'll reach St.Petronille with its picturesque streets. At the Chocolaterie, in the village's heart, take a break from cycling and stroll on the St.Lawrence River's banks instead, enjoying the fantastic view of Quebec's skyline and ice cream dipped in home-made chocolate! Back on the bikes, take advantage of the powerful engine getting on top of the street, where the St. Petronille winery is waiting for you. Here, you can taste some of the island's best wines. On the way back, we'll enjoy beautiful perspectives of the St. Lawrence River and the Montmorency waterfalls. Be sure to take plenty of faboulous pictures. You'll leave beautiful Ile d'Orleans with great memories of an active day.

Quebec City: Island of Orleans Wine Tour

7. Quebec City: Island of Orleans Wine Tour

Discover the wine country of Orleans on this guided wine tasting tour from Quebec. Visit three vineyards and learn all about the wine production process. Taste wines from the Domaine Sainte-Famille, Le Vignoble du Mitan, and the Vignoble Isle de Bacchus wineries. Take a tour throughout the vineyard and taste local wines. Learn all about the different products available and the differences in manufacturing techniques.  Enjoy the magnificent views of Montmorency Falls on the ride back to Quebec.

Quebec City: 15, 30, or 45-Minute Scenic Helicopter Tour

8. Quebec City: 15, 30, or 45-Minute Scenic Helicopter Tour

Experience Quebec city from above on a breathtaking helicopter tour. Choose your own adventure with 3 unique tour options. Tours depart from a heliport near Jean Lesage International Airport, located just 20 minutes from downtown Quebec. Your flight duration depends on your selected option. Choose the "City" tour for a taste of Quebec's historic attractions, including the famous Château Frontenac, then fly over the vast St. Lawrence River to the bridges. Opt for the most popular "City and River" option to include Quebec City, the St. Lawrence River, Montmorency Falls, and Île d’Orléans on your flight. Alternatively, explore further and see more on an extended "City and Mountains" tour that sends you soaring over the historic city, the St. Lawrence River, and beyond to Montmorency Falls, Île d’Orléans, and the breathtaking outlying mountains.

Ile d'Orleans: Electric Bike Rental

9. Ile d'Orleans: Electric Bike Rental

Pick up your bike at the rental shop at Motel Ile d'Orleans, close to the island's bridge. Upon arrival, you’ll get a safety introduction, and you can take your bike for a quick test ride. Enjoy a smooth ride on these modern electric bikes that allow you to cycle the island with ease. Before heading out on your ride, you will receive a map with a personalized route to help you discover Île d'Orléans. You also have the option to choose your own route as you go; this is a self-guided tour and the opportunity for discovery is endless. Plan between 3 to 5 hours for your cycling tour, including several stops along the way. Enjoy the option to stop for tastings of local farm products along the way, learn about the island’s history from the beginning of its colonization, and admire one of the region’s most beautiful landscapes. During your ride, you'll enjoy spectacular views over the Saint-Lawrence-River with endless opportunities to take great photos.

From Levis: Old Quebec Guided Walking Tour

10. From Levis: Old Quebec Guided Walking Tour

Discover Old Quebec starting from the ferry in Levis. We'll explain to you the links between Levis and Quebec. Our guide explains the links between the history, maritime life, and the economy of both cities. During a certain period, the economy was better in Levis than in Quebec. Discover why and also what has changed this economical situation. Walkthrough the Civilisation museum discovering the old shore of the river. Naturally, we make a stop at the "Fresque des Quebecois" to know more about our three periods. Going up to upper town, we'll slowly walk up Cote de la Montagne. Up there, we visit the Quebec basilica and the inside backyard of the Quebec seminary. The basilica could sometimes be closed, then we show you our Holy Gate, the only one out of Europe. During this walking tour, we try to explain to you what makes Quebec so specific. Our difference is not only in our french language. We'll make you discover this specificity. Hoping to meet you in our hometown.

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What people are saying about Quebec City

Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 405 reviews

It was an amazing adventure riding in the zodiac [the driver was very knowledgeable and friendly] on the Gulf of St Lawrence which leads to the Atlantic Ocean. We saw some Humpback whales! What a spectacular sight to see. An unforgettable trip. The bus ride there was also amazing with the wonderful mountain and water views. We enjoyed the bus trip didn't have to worry about the drive there. The bus driver and the guide were very knowledgeable and funny. We definitely recommend this Whale watching Excursion with Bus Transfer!

This is a wonderful tour. The ebikes are terrific, knowledgeable guides, beautiful Island.

Our visit to Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre and Ile d’Orleans was memorable.

Very good day trip. Both driver and guide were amazing! Everything was perfect

Our guide and driver was the absolute best! Yves, I believe is his name.