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Quebec City

Nowhere straddles 2 worlds quite like this city, which is both a wholly North American and European cultural gem.

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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 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 by meeting your driver 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.

Quebec City: Sightseeing Cruise with Guide

2. Quebec City: Sightseeing Cruise with Guide

Set sail on a captivating cruise on the Saint Lawrence River and discover the city of Quebec and its surroundings. See the iconic old forts, Montmorency Falls, Laurentian Mountains, and many more highlights during the journey. Your 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 Château Frontenac, Île d'Orléans, and the Côte-de-Beaupré. Learn interesting stories and facts about the city while cruising in the serene waters.

Quebec City: Guided Visit of Fairmont Le Château Frontenac

3. 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: Montmorency Falls with Cable Car Ride

4. Quebec City: Montmorency Falls with Cable Car Ride

Discover the breathtaking beauty of the Montmorency Falls with this ticket to Parc de la Chute-Montmorency and a round trip cable car ride to the top of the falls. Take advantage of free parking at the cable car station in Beauport.  Begin your visit at the cable car station and take the opportunity to discover the new trails at the foot of the falls. After your walk, take the cable car ride up to the top. You will see dazzling views of the falls, park cove, and Île d’Orléans. Once at the top, you will find a souvenir shop in the Manoir Montmorency. Continue to the suspension bridge directly over the fall and listen to the water roaring beneath your feet. There are also a number of trails where you can enjoy the fresh air, peace and quiet, and beauty of the park.  The large-format maps on the park will guide you in discovering the panoramic circuit. You can stop to observe the different viewpoints available, or have a picnic. For the more adventurous, opt to go down the panoramic staircase. Clinging to the side of the cliff, this impressive staircase has no less than 487 steps. You will have ample opportunity to take well-deserved breaks during your descent. At the bottom of the stairs, feel the full power of the falls as you get splashed by the water. In winter, the fine splashes projected by the waterfall eventually freeze and form beautiful shapes. These splashes also form the famous Sugarloaf which is a very impressive natural ice cream cone at the foot of the falls. Finally, walk along the new contemplative walkway.

Old Quebec City: 2-Hour Grand Walking Tour

5. 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: Montmorency Falls & Ile d'Orleans Half-Day Tour

6. 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.

Quebec City: Hop-on Hop-off Open-Top Double Decker Bus Tour

7. Quebec City: Hop-on Hop-off Open-Top Double Decker Bus Tour

Explore Québec City aboard an open-top, double-decker bus and discover the sights that interest you most. Enjoy panoramic views as you journey past some of the city's most famous attractions, and get off as many times as you like in the day. Avail of 15 strategic stops and an onboard taped commentary with free headphones to create your own adventure in the city. Red City Loop Stops: • Place d'Armes • Quartier St-Roch • Musée de la Civilisation • Place Royale • Marché du Vieux-Port • Centre des Congrès • Observatoire de la Capitale • Manège Militaire • Plaines d'Abraham • Musée des Beaux-arts • Quartier Saint-Jean-Baptiste• Avenue Cartier • Place d'Youville • Citadelle de Québec

Old Quebec: Nordic Spa Thermal Experience

8. 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 on-site restaurant offers panoramic views of the river and a Scandinavian-inspired cuisine highlighting local products and flavors.

Quebec City: Old Town and Montmorency Falls Bus Tour

9. 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.

Quebec City: Montmorency Falls Shuttle Bus Transfers

10. Quebec City: Montmorency Falls Shuttle Bus Transfers

Climb aboard a shuttle departing from Old Quebec and travel directly to Montmorency Falls. At 272 feet tall Montmorency Falls are 1.5-times higher than Niagara Falls. Meet the bus in the center of Old Quebec, near the Chateau Frontenac, for a 15-minute journey to the falls. Arriving at the base of the cable car, you can decide to explore the park on foot or ride the cable car to the top. Entrance ticket for site access are included in the cost of this activity. At the base is a promontory, an ideal place to feel the spray of mist and hear the thundering cascade. In winter months, the splashes eventually freeze and form a natural ice cone at the foot of the falls. From the top, you’ll see dazzling views of the falls, park cove, and Île d’Orléans. The suspension bridge at the top is a must-see where you can feel the water roaring beneath your feet. There are also a number of trails where you can enjoy the fresh air, peace and quiet, and beauty of the park. You might like to ride the cable car up and then descend via the 487-steps of the Panoramic Staircase for a different perspective of the Falls. When you are ready, return to the shuttle drop-off point at one of the 5 convenient return time available. The shuttle will return you to Old Quebec.

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Julian and team did a wonderful job hosting our family of 5 (including 3 kids) on the ice canoes! Given the timing of the season, we didn’t encounter a lot of ice but had a great time on the water and in the sauna after. A great way to see a different part of Quebec!

Great day out in Quebec city. bus driver was very pleasant and the guide was very informative.

Fun day and relaxing. Very great experience especially the copper factory and the Basilica!

Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and very pleasant. Highly recommend this tour!

Fantastic! Very informative and Francis was great!