Old Quebec

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Old Quebec: Our most recommended tours and activities

  • 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: 1-Hour Express Double-Decker Bus Tour

    2. 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.

    It had been raining on and off. Driver hastily dried all the top deck seats for passengers and was an interested, engaging host. During the ride we discovered a street filled with people and restaurants. We went back to that street for dinner and ran in to the FIRST live music and it was fabulous!! We stayed through dinner and to closing, making many new friends. The tour was informative and enjoyable.

  • 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.

    The tour was very informative, the tour guide was very sweet and extremely knowledgeable. Highly recommend, especially if you or any one you are traveling with are into history.

  • Quebec: Ghosts and Crimes of New France Walking Tour

    4. Quebec: Ghosts and Crimes of New France Walking Tour

    Take a 90-minute walking tour of old Quebec on this trip through the city’s darker history. Join your ghostly host and discover more about the wretched crimes, arrests and executions that happened centuries ago. Dressed as one the city’s notorious characters, your guide will lead you through Old Quebec and introduce you to the somber atmosphere that descends the old city once the sun is gone. Learn all about the sordid details of a history that has been hidden for far too long. During the animated tour you will walk the streets of Old Quebec and discover the judiciary system of New France. Discover how one became the city’s executioner and learn about the punishments for various crimes. See where the criminals were incarcerated and later executed. If you like bumps in the night and tales of ghostly goings-on, then this is the walking tour for you.

    We LOVE Julie!! What an incredible experience. The tour is so full of great historical stories and the guides are incredibly knowledgeable. It’s such a fantastic way to see the city while it’s lit up in all of its glory. We had so much fun and we can’t recommend this experience enough.

  • 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.

    Our guide Anne was knowledgeable, and gave great insight to the city and what it had to offer. She was very friendly and made the tour engaging. she had photos to provide visuals to what she was describing if she was referring to another season or historical references. Definitely would recommend this tour

  • Montreal: Quebec City & Montmorency Falls Day Trip

    6. Montreal: Quebec City & 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-...

    It is a great tour ... it is a pity that it doesn't take more free time to visit the upper Quebec area by yourself.

  • Old Quebec: Nordic Spa Thermal Experience

    7. 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, Finni...

    most relaxing day we’ve had in a very long time. such tranquility and beautiful scenery. we will definitely be back!

  • Quebec: Virtual Reality Immersion Experience

    8. Quebec: Virtual Reality Immersion Experience

    What if you no longer simply imagined what Québec City was like in the past, but could literally relive its historical events? This 40-minute immersive activity is an innovative concept and an unforgettable experience combining history, culture, and entertainment. Using a virtual reality projection headset, the history of Québec City is revealed in a grandiose way through 3D animation techniques and breathtaking images.

    Very nice virtual video of the history of Quebec City. My teenage kids also enjoyed it. A nice break from the heat in a cool VR envisionment - and a history lesson for the kids without them realizing it! Merci!

  • Quebec City: 5-Course Dinner Cruise

    9. 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.

    Service was excellent food was good but the entrees were not the best should be 3 course meal with 1 big entré.

  • Quebec City Tour

    10. 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.

    Our driver/guide Daniel was excellent. He was knowledgeable, fun, and a wonderful storyteller. Would highly recommend this tour.

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What people are saying about Old Quebec

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,961 reviews

Our guide Anne was knowledgeable, and gave great insight to the city and what it had to offer. She was very friendly and made the tour engaging. she had photos to provide visuals to what she was describing if she was referring to another season or historical references. Definitely would recommend this tour

Our guide was fabulous...name !! Gladius!!she spoke very excitingly about the history of Quebec.She made our tour so very pleasant.Highly recommended to tour with her.

It is a great tour ... it is a pity that it doesn't take more free time to visit the upper Quebec area by yourself.

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

Great way to see the city! So informative and fun. We loved it!