Île d'Orléans
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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: Montmorency Falls & Ile d'Orleans Half-Day Tour

    2. 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.

  • Quebec City: Island of Orléans Taste Trail

    3. Quebec City: Island of Orléans Taste Trail

    After being collected from Place d'Arme at either 9:45AM or 1:45PM, you will travel towards the Island of Orléans to discover the flavors of the area. Located in the Saint Lawrence River, east of downtown Quebec City, you will take part in 5 different tastings at 5 different stops throughout your day. At each stop, you will be able to taste products and discover their stories. Your first stop is to the Chocolaterie Ste Petronille (producer of chocolates, truffles, jams, and ice-cream soaked in chocolate). Your second stop is the Nougaterie of St. Pierre (a producer of nougats and other sweets). Your third stop will be to the Cidrerie Bilodeau (a producer of cider, juice, and apple jelly), with your fourth stop being to the Vineyard of Mitan (a producer of white wines, red wines, and ice wines). Your final stop will be at Tigidou jam makers. Taste the creations cooked from fresh local s...

    excellent guide, friendly, funny, informative. A real pleasure. Food tastings were a gun mixture.

  • Quebec City: Old Town and Montmorency Falls Bus Tour

    4. 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 Île d'Orléans

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 113 reviews

It was an amazing experience.I enjoyed the comfort of the bus, the ride, the driver was nice and funny. It was worthy for the price. We saw the beauty of the county.

Very good to learn about the city and areas surrounding it as well. And learning about what gets imported by boat and stuff like that.

Our guide Céline was dynamic and attentive, and what is not to be neglected, she showed us the location of the toilets at each stop!

The cruise was excellent, lots of history was explained and the sights were magnificent

Great excursion! However food should also be made and served on the top deck.