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Things to do in Old Quebec

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Quebec: Ice Hotel Entrance Ticket with Transportation

1. Quebec: Ice Hotel Entrance Ticket with Transportation

Explore the iconic Ice Hotel with its pristine white rooms, chapel, bar, and decor all made out of ice and compact snow. Sit back and relax on an easy 45-minute return shuttle ride from Quebec city center to the hotel, enjoying the wintry landscape along the way. Hop on your shuttle and head off to visit the marvelous Ice Hotel. Walk through its many rooms at your own pace, marveling at the soft colors of the lamps glinting off the snow and ice. If it's open, enjoy a drink at the hotel's ice bar surrounded by white walls and icy sculptures. Refreshed, continue your visit in your own time. Best of all, choose from a number of different return shuttle times, taking all the time you need to see the Ice Hotel in its entirety.

Quebec City: Guided Visit of Fairmont Le Château Frontenac

2. 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.

Old Quebec: Nordic Spa Thermal Experience

3. Old Quebec: Nordic Spa Thermal Experience

Discover a complete relaxation experience at Strøm Nordic Spa, located only a few steps from Old Quebec City and the cruise terminal. Enjoy a thermal experience at an exceptional Nordic spa that includes the rental of a bathrobe, a towel, and a locker. Summer or winter, rain or shine, reduce stress as you revive your body and mind.  Begin by relaxing your muscles in the whirlpool hot tubs. Eliminate toxins by going to a heated sauna, followed by a dip in an ice-cold bath and a period of deep relaxation.  Practiced for thousands of years, thermotherapy is a wellness ritual based on the external use of water for therapeutic purposes. Benefit from access to the outdoor whirlpools, thermal and Nordic baths, Finnish saunas, eucalyptus steam bath, thermal and Nordic waterfalls, plus indoor and outdoor relaxation areas with fireplaces. The gourmet bistro on-site offers panoramic views of the river and a Scandinavian-inspired cuisine highlighting local products and flavors.

Quebec City: Old Quebec Toboggan Ride with Hot Chocolate

4. Quebec City: Old Quebec Toboggan Ride with Hot Chocolate

Ride down the toboggan slide at Dufferin Terrace in the old town area of Quebec City. Reach speeds of up to 70 km/hour on 3 toboggan rides with up to 4 people as you enjoy the sights and sounds of this historic part of the city. Enjoy the surroundings of Dufferin Terrace, which remains a popular site for visitors to enjoy live entertainment and a unique viewpoint of the magnificent St. Lawrence River. Overlooked by the iconic Chateau Frontenac, soak in the atmosphere boardwalk which comes alive during the festive period. Hop on your toboggan and set off down the circuit at high speed on this annual holiday tradition in Quebec City. Feel the wind in your face as you grip tight to reach the end of the track. Enjoy up to 3 rides down this thrilling slide. Afterward, warm up with a cup of hot chocolate as you take in the festive atmosphere at Dufferin Terrace. Ticket are valid to be used at any point or date in the season.

From Montreal: Quebec City and Montmorency Falls Day Trip

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

Explore the sights and history of Quebec City on a hassle-free guided 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. Start your day with a pickup from downtown Montreal. On arrival in Quebec City, visit sites like Place Royale, Old Quebec, Petit Champlain, Notre Dame Basilica, and the Quebec Citadel. Drive along Grande-Allee, 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.

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.

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

7. 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 (summer) or a regular double decker bus (winter) 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.

Ice Hotel and City Tour in Quebec City

8. Ice Hotel and City Tour in Quebec City

Located 40 minutes from downtown Quebec City lies the beautiful Ice Hotel. Crafted entirely out of snow and ice, this impressive hotel is unique in North America. The hotel welcomes you to an array of amenities including beautiful ice sculptures, 30 rooms and suites, a chapel, an ice bar, and even a club! Quebec City is best known for its French influence amidst beautiful architecture and historic landmarks. As you make your way through the city, your tour guides will offer some insights on the proud local culture and explain the history of this magnificent city. This tour includes visits to Quebec City's most historical sites including the Latin Quarter and the Plains of Abraham; the site of a historic battle during the Seven Years' War. Stop at the famous Château Frontenac, the Quebec National Assembly, and visit the city's charming Notre-Dame Basilica. Visit the historic military fortifications of the Citadelle, see the local City Hall, and much more. An exclusive visit to the Ice Hotel and an exciting tour of Quebec City await you on this tour.

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.

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

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Old Quebec

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We scheduled this tour at the beginning of our time in Quebec to get a lay of the land before we toured on our own. Quebec is such a walkable city that it was perfect for that. It happened to be snowy day which made it even more special. Our family found it to be a great value for the experience.

Such a fun, relaxing and amazing experience- my husband, daughter and I loved it. The place is enormous so you never felt too crowded around others and were able to truly relax. Beautiful setting on the river and was so peaceful and calm.

An amazing experience! It has a nice restaurant on site that had amazing food. It's a silent experience with many silent areas so it's good to keep that in mind!

Very pretty, even though it lasts a few seconds and the lines are huge. They should put a rail for the sleds to get on

Lovely experience I would bring a bottle of water just in case you spend too much time in the thermal baths