Travel through 350 years of French Canadian history and explore the old world atmosphere of Quebec City on the St. Lawrence River. Be charmed by narrow streets, steep hills and historic treasures, and see a waterfall 1.5 times bigger than Niagara.
What to Expect
Explore the history of Quebec City on this comprehensive 12-hour sightseeing tour from Montreal and discover the birthplace of French civilization in North America.
Nestled on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, Quebec City is one of the oldest European settlements in North America, dating back to the 16th century when French explorer Jacques Cartier built a fort there in 1535. Although soon abandoned, Samuel de Champlain, often referred to as the “Father of New France” set up a more permanent camp in 1608.
During your tour, you will stop at sites such as the Place Royale, full of olde worlde European architecture and narrow streets. Much of the city's most notable buildings are located here, along with Vieux-Québec (Old Quebec) – the oldest city quarter in North America - where you will stop for lunch and a spot of shopping.
Enjoy some leisure time in the Petit Champlain’s winding streets that lead to Quebec’s oldest public stairs at the Escalier Casse-Cou. Translated as "break neck staircase," they are not nearly as dangerous as the name implies! Board an elevator built into the cliff linking Upper and Lower Old Quebec, providing magnificent views of the river and its surroundings. Other highlights include the small church of the Notre Dame Basilica, built by Champlain in 1633, the first French-language Catholic University at Laval University, and the largest fortifications in North America at the Citadel.
Admire Quebec's oldest skyscraper at the Price Building, built in 1930. Drive along the Grand-Allee, also known as Quebec’s "Champs Elysees," and stop at the Chateau Frontenac hotel, perched atop a cape with panoramic views.
Take in the seasonal spirit of Winter Carnival, admiring ice sculptures and outdoor events of sled rides and snow rafting. Stop at the Plains of Abraham to see where the famous battle between French and English armies took place in 1759.
Depart Old Quebec for the Ile D'Orleans, known as the cradle of French civilization in North America. And stop to enjoy extraordinary views of the impressive 274-foot (83-meter) high Montmorency Falls, which freeze in winter, allowing the adventurous to attempt an ice-climb.
- Guided tour
- 30 minute stop at Montmorency Falls
What's Not Included
- Food and beverages
- Personal expenses
- Gratuity (optional)