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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.

Quebec: Grosse Île & Irish Immigrant Memorial Day Trip

2. Quebec: Grosse Île & Irish Immigrant Memorial Day Trip

On your day tour of Grosse Île you’ll meet period figures who will tell you about the daily lives of the immigrants and employees that resided in this quarantine station. Experience what the immigrants must have felt when they entered the disinfection building, and learn about medicine and immigration procedures here during the 19th and 20th centuries. You can choose to walk or hop on the tourist trolley to visit the central part of the island and the village where the quarantine station employees lived. Continue on to the hospital sector at the easternmost point of the island to visit the Lazaretto. Take a walk along the Mirador Trail and admire the views of the Isle-aux-Grues archipelago, taking in the natural treasures that await you at every turn. Retrace the footsteps of the Irish immigrants or linger a while at the memorial and think about what they experienced as they arrived in Canada. Departure is from Berthier-sur-Mer, on the South Shore of the St. Lawrence River. The cruise lasts about 45 minutes. You remain on the island for about 4 hours. The return trip to Berthier-sur-Mer is at a set time, and also lasts about 45 minutes.

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.

Quebec City: Guided Visit of Fairmont Le Château Frontenac

4. 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.

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.

Québec City: Evening Cruise with Live Entertainment

7. Québec City: 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.

From Montreal: Quebec City and Montmorency Falls Day Trip

8. 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: Island of Orléans Taste Trail

9. 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 seasonal berries, always original, natural, and 100% local. You will discover throughout your getaway the drink specialties and dishes of the region, and will also learn more about the history and the beginnings of the colonization in Île d'Orléans. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be taken back to Place d'Arme.

Ile d'Orleans: Electric Bike Rental

10. Ile d'Orleans: Electric Bike Rental

Pick up your bike at the rental shop at Motel Ile d'Orleans, close to the island's bridge. Upon arrival, you’ll get a safety introduction, and you can take your bike for a quick test ride. Enjoy a smooth ride on these modern electric bikes that allow you to cycle the island with ease. Before heading out on your ride, you will receive a map with a personalized route to help you discover Île d'Orléans. You also have the option to choose your own route as you go; this is a self-guided tour and the opportunity for discovery is endless. Plan between 3 to 5 hours for your cycling tour, including several stops along the way. Enjoy the option to stop for tastings of local farm products along the way, learn about the island’s history from the beginning of its colonization, and admire one of the region’s most beautiful landscapes. During your ride, you'll enjoy spectacular views over the Saint-Lawrence-River with endless opportunities to take great photos.

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What people are saying about Quebec City

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4.3 / 5

based on 1,256 reviews

Good bikes, the staff working the bike rentals are very knowledgeable about the area. Getting there and back to Quebec City is a challenge without a car but the staff was very helpful in getting us a ride back to the city.

Our bus tour was booked for 10:30AM and we were late for a trip. Next bus was at 11AM and bus driver was very nice and called the office to transfer our reservation for 11.

Driver was excellent bus was very cool and comfortable. Destinations we’re worthwhile seeing. Was a really nice way to see the city and country and great history lessons.

Like everythong , bar inside, dining gift shop. Crue are very friendly

We learned so much and enjoyed the day great value