Welcome to Québec City

Stunning Architecture

Québec City's dramatic setting does enhance its appeal, with picture-postcard views of the St Lawrence River (and even the Laurentians on a clear day) unfolding from the Terrasse Dufferin boardwalk high above. But its beauty is not all God-given; humankind has played a role in shaping this pretty face too. Just walking down the street here is an aesthetic treat. The city’s historic core is unlike anyplace else in North America, with hundreds of gorgeous mansard-roofed old stone buildings clustered inside a perfect frame of crenelated town walls.

A Living Museum

Québec City is one of North America’s oldest and most magnificent settlements. Its picturesque Old Town is a Unesco World Heritage site, a living museum of narrow cobblestone streets, 17th- and 18th-century houses and soaring church spires, with the splendid Château Frontenac hotel and city icon towering above it all. Even with a T-shirt shop on half the corners, there's more than a glimmer of Old Europe in its classic bistros, sidewalk cafes and manicured squares. History buffs will especially love Québec’s 19th-century hilltop Citadelle and two museums offering graphic representations of the battles between France and Britain for control of the city.

French at Heart

Québec City has something else: the heart and soul of the province, the fiercest of grips on French-Canadian identity and the French language. It is something people here have fought and died for and something they treasure deep. Québécois grow up studying English, but because the anglophone minority here is so tiny – just 1.5% of the population speak English as their mother tongue – they rarely use it outside the major tourist areas. Most city residents are fully bilingual, but if you stray into the surrounding countryside, you’ll quickly find that French is the province’s official language.

Food, Festivals & Fun

Québec City offers a fabulous dining scene and, thanks to the agricultural abundance of nearby Île d’Orléans and Côte de Beaupré, it is a locavore cuisine. The provincial capital goes to great lengths to entertain visitors. All summer long, musicians, acrobats and actors in period costume take to the streets, while fantastic festivals fill the air with fireworks and song. In the coldest months of January and February, Québec’s Winter Carnival is arguably the biggest and most colorful winter festival around. Fall and spring bring beautiful foliage, thinner crowds and dramatically reduced prices.

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$87.89 Day Trips & Excursions

Quebec City and Montmorency Falls Day Trip from Montreal

After pickup from your Montreal hotel, you’ll be taken 2.5 hours northeast by coach to Quebec City, the historic heart of French Canada located on the St Lawrence River. The oldest settlement in North America, this capital city’s charming narrow streets and quaint neighborhoods are steeped in fascinating history.On your sightseeing tour, your knowledgeable local guide will explain the history of Quebec City, which was founded as a fort by the French in the 1500s. Pass famous landmarks and historical treasures including picturesque Place Royale, Notre Dame Basilica, the Parliament Building, Ile d'Orleans and the Plains of Abraham, where the famous battle between the French and English took place in 1759.Visit the oldest quarter in North America, the Petit Champlain district, and admire views of Montmorency Falls, an incredible waterfall and emblem of the city seated between the Montmorency River and the St Lawrence River. This magnificent natural gem is taller than Niagara Falls!Enjoy free time after your tour to explore Old Quebec, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Your tour ends with drop-off at your Montreal hotel.

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Quebec Old City Walking Tour with Upper and Lower Towns

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Basilique Cathedrale - Notre-Dame-de-Quebec, Quebec City, QuebecYou'll discover Quebec City's history from 1608 to present on this enjoyable walking tour. While listening to the entertaining and informative commentary provided by your guide, you'll gain a sense of the day-to-day lives of the people who have lived in this lovely fortress city over the centuries. You will visit sites such as the Basilica Notre-Dame. Pass By: La Citadelle de Quebec, Quebec City, QuebecSee the historic Citadelle of QuebecPass By: Old Port, Quebec City, QuebecSee the sights of Old Town Pass By: Place Royale, Quebec City, QuebecYou'll pass through Quebec City's most famous centerPass By: Old Quebec, Quebec City, QuebecSee the sights of Quebec CityStop At: Tours Voir Quebec, Quebec City, QuebecThe Grand Tour departs from Tours Voir Québec’s sales desk located inside the Quebec Tourist Information Centre (12, rue Ste-Anne) across the park from highly visible Chateau Frontenac.Duration: 2 hours

$43.95 Cultural & Theme Tours

Montmorency Falls and Ste-Anne-de-Beaupré from Quebec

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Sanctuaire Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre, Sainte Anne de Beaupre, QuebecYou spend 45 minutes to explore the Shrine on your ownDuration: 45 minutesStop At: Parc de la Chute-Montmorency, Quebec City, QuebecAdmission includedDuration: 45 minutesStop At: Albert Gilles Copper Art & Museum, Chateau Richer, QuebecVisit the museum and learn how copper art is madeDuration: 20 minutesStop At: Chocolaterie de l'Ile d'OrleansMake sure you take the time to walk accross the Chocolate shop to see the viewDuration: 20 minutes

$32.10 Cultural & Theme Tours

Quebec City Sightseeing Tour

Your friendly, knowledgeable guide will take you on a 2-hour Quebec City sightseeing tour by coach.Explore Old Quebec, the historic heart of French Canada, and soak up the quaint French atmosphere of narrow streets while hearing interesting stories and anecdotes from your guide about the city's history and culture.Stop by Place Royale -- what's known as the birthplace of French civilization in North America -- and admire the beautiful Plains of Abraham, where the famous battle between the French and English armies took place in 1759.Enjoy views of picturesque Place d'Armes and snap photos of the astounding Chateau Frontenac hotel. You'll also observe the city walls and learn about their important function centuries ago.Your bilingual guide will offer commentary in English and French, if there are French passengers on board.

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Small-Group Quebec City Food Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Tours Voir Quebec, Quebec City, QuebecGet a real sense of the flavor and culture of Quebec City on this tasty and educational food tour. During this 2.5-hour walking tour, enjoy authentic Quebec products while sampling the city’s specialties and delicacies at some of the most popular spots in town.  With a maximum group size of 15 people, this Quebec City food tour allows you to have a personalized experience. Duration: 2 hours 30 minutesPass By: Old Quebec, Quebec City, QuebecFollow your knowledgeable guide into the UNESCO World Heritage site of Old Quebec. Weave through narrow cobblestone streets lined with 17th- and 18th-century houses, and pass by leafy parks and historical plazas. Start your tasteful discovery at la Bûche, where they serve traditional Quebec cuisine with a modern twist! Then, at Le Tournebroche, try some organic rotisserie paired with wine. Pass By: Parliament Building (Hotel du Parlement), Quebec City, QuebecMeander into the chic and colorful neighborhood of St-Jean-Baptiste, where past meets the present, and home of the Parliament of Quebec. Pass By: Grand Theatre de Quebec, Quebec City, QuebecHome of the Grande Theatre and the Park of French America. Stop for one of the best poutine in town at the Snack bar. Inside an earthy, funky French bistro, taste organic wine with rich morsels prepared in button, bacon and cheeses. Wrap up your tastings at a charming creperie and then a chocolate store and museum. You are encouraged to interact with your guide and ask as many questions as you like about the food or the neighborhood you are exploring. An enthralling culinary journey through Quebec City awaits you!

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Quebec City Private Walking Tour with Old Port, Place Royal

Quebec City is a great place to explore by foot, and on this private 3-hour walking tour, you can customize the itinerary to your interests. Departing from Upper Town, follow your private guide -- a friendly, knowledgeable local -- down hidden alleyways full of history, along main routes, and to must-see spots around the city. You are free to tell your guide where you'd like to go or you can let your guide lead the way. As you walk, you'll learn about Quebec City's rich culture and history, from 1608 to today, while enjoying entertaining and informative commentary. Feel the cobblestone streets under your feet as you explore Old Quebec and visit sites such as La Terrasse Dufferin and Place d’Dôtel de Ville with impressive City Hall right in front of it. Walk through the courtyard of the famous Chateau Frontenac hotel and pass Place Royale, the birthplace of Quebec city. Continue down Petit-Champlain street to see the quaint church Notre-Dame-des-Victoires. Your guide will explain what you see and encourage you to ask as many questions as you like. Your tour will conclude back in Upper Town.