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Old Quebec

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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: 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.

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

3. 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.

Québec: Evening Cruise with Live Entertainment

4. Québec: Evening Cruise with Live Entertainment

Take advantage of the summer season on the only floating terrace in Quebec City. Whether you're with friends or are a couple, there are magical moments to be had on the St. Lawrence River as the city and the Château Frontenac are illuminated before your very eyes. Sit back and relax with a drink in hand on this cruise that begins at Chouinard Pier. Sail past iconic sights such as the Chateau Frontenac, Beauport, Montmorency Falls, Île d'Orléans, Sainte Foy, and more. With live entertainment, a special atmosphere, panoramic views, and multiple bars and terraces, don't miss this cruise during summer in Quebec City.

Old Quebec: Nordic Spa Thermal Experience

5. 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. Upgrade to the premium option to receive a signature freshly-made juice, a souvenir of your choice, a reusable Strøm sandal bag, and a beverage of your choice at the onsite bistro. 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.

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: 5-Course Dinner Cruise

7. Quebec City: 5-Course Dinner Cruise

Climb aboard the elegant Louis Jolliet pleasure boat and explore the different indoor and outdoor decks before you sit down to a gourmet 5-course dinner. Choose from 3 main course options (vegetarian and gluten free available) and taste local produce cooked and prepared by a chef and his team in the on-board kitchen as you cruise along the St. Lawrence River. Get stunning views of both banks of the river and learn about the rich history of Quebec City and Lévis. Benefit from the services of a bilingual guide, who will be on the outside deck to tell anecdotes and factual information to keep you entertained. Throw shapes on the different dance floors as the on-board DJ spins tunes to tempt you away from your table. Gaze at the star-filled sky on the outdoor deck, weather permitting, or dance the night away indoors and sip drinks at the bars on every level of the boat.

Quebec City Tour

8. 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 Interactive Street Theatre: "Crimes in New France"

9. Quebec Interactive Street Theatre: "Crimes in New France"

Our evening of interactive street theater will take you back to an intriguing time in Old Quebec when the area was known as New France. You’ll learn about the city’s seedier side and its criminal element! The old city was at one time a den of inequity for a fairly large number of criminals. New France has emerged from its infamous past and our performer/guide will tell you about the sordid crimes committed hundreds of years ago. Our 2-hour, unique Ghost Walking Tour offers a fascinating step back into the past. You’ll walk through the heart of Old Quebec City accompanied by Marie Rivière or Jean Rattier, your extraordinary ghostly guides. Throughout this street theater performance your performer/guide will keep you captivated as you are introduced to the ghosts of 10 past criminals and you learn about the nature of their crimes.

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.

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What people are saying about Old Quebec

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 2,573 reviews

Super éducatif pour notre première visite! Ce tour nous a permis de voir les attractions et ce familiariser avec la ville avan de commencer nos aventures a pieds. Les écouteurs sont dure sur les oreilles, p-e apporter les vôtres et les branché a la radio du bus. Une petite veste est encourager pour ceux qui s’assoir en haut :) Fortement recommander!

Arianne, the English guide on May 13 was amazing. Was a very entertaining and engaging tour. She was very animated and informative with her stories staying in character the entire tour. I’d highly recommend- you will fund hundreds the lower town so finding your way back if the funicular is closed is hard. We ubered.

I have a lovely time on the tour! Louise was excellent and made sure we all had a good time.

Our driver Richard was great. Very knowledgeable and funny.

Excellent tour, very knowledgeable guide, highly recommend.