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Quebec City: Guided Visit of Fairmont Le Château Frontenac

1. 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.

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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.

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Old Quebec City: 2-Hour Grand Walking Tour

3. 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.

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From Montreal: Quebec City and Montmorency Falls Day Trip

4. 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.

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Quebec City: 1-Hour Express Double-Decker Bus Tour

5. 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.

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Quebec City: Island of Orléans Taste Trail

6. 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.

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Ice Hotel and City Tour in Quebec City

7. Ice Hotel and City Tour in Quebec City

Located 45 minutes from downtown Quebec City lies the beautiful Ice Hotel. Crafted entirely out of snow and ice, this impressive hotel is unique in North America. The hotel welcomes you to an array of amenities including beautiful ice sculptures, 36 rooms and suites, a chapel, an ice bar, and even a club! Quebec City is best known for its French influence amidst beautiful architecture and historic landmarks. As you make your way through the city, your tour guides will offer some insights on the proud local culture and explain the history of this magnificent city. This tour includes visits to Quebec City's most historical sites including the Latin Quarter and the Plains of Abraham; the site of a historic battle during the Seven Years' War. Stop at the famous Château Frontenac, the Quebec National Assembly, and visit the city's charming Notre-Dame Basilica. Visit the historic military fortifications of the Citadelle, see the local City Hall, and much more. An exclusive visit to the Ice Hotel and an exciting tour of Quebec City await you on this tour.

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Quebec City Tour

8. 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.

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Quebec: Cuivres d'Art Albert Gilles Museum Entry & Workshop

9. Quebec: Cuivres d'Art Albert Gilles Museum Entry & Workshop

Enter the world of copper art, known as the art of repoussé, at the Cuivres d'Art Albert Gilles museum. Learn the history of the art form and how the museum's founder, Albert Louis Gilles, championed the industry. Discover the fascinating history of how Pope Pius XII executed the silver chalice offered to the archdiocese of Montreal. Hear stories of how he decorated more than thirty places of worship in Quebec, New Brunswick, and Ontario, as well as in the United States and Jamaica.  See the workshop in action on this guided tour, as artists create pieces of art and techniques are brought to light. At the end of the tour, you'll use what you learned to create your own piece of copper art to take home. Tables, copper, and tools are waiting for you to truly experience a unique, hands-on experience with lasting memories.

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Quebec: Old Quebec Discovery Game

10. Quebec: Old Quebec Discovery Game

Explore Quebec's Old Town on a self-guided tour while solving puzzles, clues, and more. Start at the Fontaine de Tourny. Open the app on your smartphone and solve challenges to get precise directions to the next location. Enjoy watching the story unfold as you discover the neighborhood. Play in a large group or compete against each other and see who can get to the last stop, Place Royale, first. Alternatively, you can pause the game and resume any time from the location where you paused it so you can explore the city at your own pace.

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What people are saying about Quebec City

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 1,256 reviews

Our driver was amazing! It was a very icy travel day, however Richard was an excellent driver. We enjoyed his jokes and guidance for touring Quebec City. Our tour guide in the city was very knowledgeable. What a BEAUTIFUL city! I would highly recommend this tour. We will definitely return!

Our guide was quite knowledgeable and gave excellent information on the history as well as the cultural changes in Quebec City.

Great tour, learning the intricacies & history of the.chateau while being thoroughly engaged was a terrific experience.

Our tour guide Jocelyn was amazing. She explained the history very well and was super informative. Highly recommend

It was excellent, we enjoyed every single minute, we would like to stay longer,