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  • Quebec City: Sightseeing Cruise

    1. Quebec City: Sightseeing Cruise

    Set sail on a captivating 1.5-hour cruise on the Saint Lawrence River and discover the city of Quebec and its surroundings. Departing from Chouinard Pier, this cruise will be a memorable experience that gives you a completely different perspective of Quebec City. During daytime crusies, the costumed guide, Louis Jolliet, will reveal the unsuspected history of Quebec City, the river, and the surroundings. Take time to relax on the outside terraces while admiring the exceptional view of the old fortifications, the Château Frontenac, the Montmorency Falls, Île d'Orléans, the Côte-de-Beaupré, and the Laurentian Mountains. Or choose to join an evening cruise and experience summer on the only floating terrace in Quebec City. A DJ will provide music and at the end of the night.

    The ship and the views are great, guide was very knowledgeable. Only thing is the cost of drinks on the ship were expensive. Overall a great experience!

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

    2. 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.

    It had been raining on and off. Driver hastily dried all the top deck seats for passengers and was an interested, engaging host. During the ride we discovered a street filled with people and restaurants. We went back to that street for dinner and ran in to the FIRST live music and it was fabulous!! We stayed through dinner and to closing, making many new friends. The tour was informative and enjoyable.

  • Quebec City: Guided Visit of Fairmont Le Château Frontenac

    3. Quebec City: Guided Visit of Fairmont Le Château Frontenac

    Learn about castle life at the Château Frontenac during a guided tour of this iconic hotel located in one of the most beautiful sites in Quebec City. The visit will last between 50 to 60 minutes and includes an outer portion of about 15 to 20 minutes. The rest of the tour takes place inside. Take advantage of a unique chance to see the improvements of the installations undergone in recent years. Have a guide interpreting an authentic character who once lived in the Château Frontenac during the early days.

    The tour was very informative, the tour guide was very sweet and extremely knowledgeable. Highly recommend, especially if you or any one you are traveling with are into history.

  • 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 i...

    Exceptional experience- I have been to many national historical sites. Struck me that this is being forgotten by Parks Canada. With COVID it has important significance. The staff were outstanding - few anglophones aware - do a better job Parks Canara

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

    5. 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.

    The tour was really nice and they are very accommodating. We missed our original booking because we were late but they still honored it and allowed us to go on the tour the next day. I just wish we had more time on The island and on the falls and just totally skid the Copper Museum Tour.

  • Old Quebec City: 2-Hour Grand Walking Tour

    6. Old Quebec City: 2-Hour Grand Walking Tour

    Step back in time on a 2-hour Grand Walking Tour of Old Quebec City as you explore the abundance of history and charm of this incredible World Heritage Site. This tour meanders on a leisurely downhill stroll in the company of an expert guide whose commentary will leave you with a great sense of the history surrounding this unique and romantic setting. While stopping at every essential site and many hidden, historic gems, your guide will also point out additional activities, places to eat, and things to see. The tour is limited to small groups, allowing for maximum interaction with your guide and fellow participants. Get a taste of Quebec city's history, architecture and culture in a 2-hour tour in this storied city.

    Our guide Anne was knowledgeable, and gave great insight to the city and what it had to offer. She was very friendly and made the tour engaging. she had photos to provide visuals to what she was describing if she was referring to another season or historical references. Definitely would recommend this tour

  • Montreal: Quebec City & Montmorency Falls Day Trip

    7. Montreal: Quebec City & 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-...

    It is a great tour ... it is a pity that it doesn't take more free time to visit the upper Quebec area by yourself.

  • Quebec: Virtual Reality Immersion Experience

    8. Quebec: Virtual Reality Immersion Experience

    What if you no longer simply imagined what Québec City was like in the past, but could literally relive its historical events? This 40-minute immersive activity is an innovative concept and an unforgettable experience combining history, culture, and entertainment. Using a virtual reality projection headset, the history of Québec City is revealed in a grandiose way through 3D animation techniques and breathtaking images.

    Very nice virtual video of the history of Quebec City. My teenage kids also enjoyed it. A nice break from the heat in a cool VR envisionment - and a history lesson for the kids without them realizing it! Merci!

  • Quebec City Tour

    9. Quebec City Tour

    Quebec City is best known for its French influence within architecture and historic landmarks. On a 2-hour tour, be transported around the city to see its main sights and gain some insight into its rich history. On your tour, you will be taken to see the Latin Quarter as well as several other more modern neighborhoods in the city. Pass by the city ramparts, a UNESCO World Heritage Site for being the only original city defense walls left standing in North America. Admire Place Royale and the Citadelle of Quebec, part of the old city. See where the Battle of the Plains of Abraham was fought, and visit important political and religious buildings including the National Assembly, the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, and City Hall. You also cannot miss the view of the famous Château Frontenac, probably the most famous building in the city.

    Our driver/guide Daniel was excellent. He was knowledgeable, fun, and a wonderful storyteller. Would highly recommend this tour.

  • Quebec City: Old Town and Montmorency Falls Bus Tour

    10. Quebec City: Old Town and Montmorency Falls Bus Tour

    Your tour begins with a warm welcome as you meet your guide in the center of Old Quebec. Your passionate guide will play the entertaining role of a period character from Quebec’s history, dressed in 17th-century colonial attire. See the Upper and Lower towns of Old Quebec. Discover the city’s highlights from Place d’Armes, Town Hall, Morrin Cultural Center, Governors’ Park, Plains of Abraham, Martello towers, Fontaine de Tourny, to the Parliament of Quebec. Take photos as you learn about the lifestyle of the first arrivals to Quebec.   A short 15-minute drive will lead you to the top of the breathtaking Montmorency Falls. Enjoy 45 minutes to explore the park and walk over the footbridge above the falls. Rejoin the bus for the return drive to Quebec City to admire great views over the water and back toward the city. Tour concludes with your return to the pickup point in Old Quebec.

    Driver was great! She took us to both the top and bottom of the falls. Super nice. The city tour was a bit repetitive for me but I’d also already been on another tour so there’s that. The falls were definitely the best part!

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What people are saying about Quebec City

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 1,256 reviews

Our guide Anne was knowledgeable, and gave great insight to the city and what it had to offer. She was very friendly and made the tour engaging. she had photos to provide visuals to what she was describing if she was referring to another season or historical references. Definitely would recommend this tour

Our guide was fabulous...name !! Gladius!!she spoke very excitingly about the history of Quebec.She made our tour so very pleasant.Highly recommended to tour with her.

It is a great tour ... it is a pity that it doesn't take more free time to visit the upper Quebec area by yourself.

Amazing to learn about quarantine station held between 1832-1937 .

Great way to see the city! So informative and fun. We loved it!