Day Trips from Quebec City

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Quebec City: Montmorency Falls & Ile d'Orleans Half-Day Tour

1. 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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From Montreal: Quebec City and Montmorency Falls Day Trip

2. 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

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.

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Ice Hotel and City Tour in Quebec City

4. 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: Zipline Across Montmorency Falls

5. Quebec City: Zipline Across Montmorency Falls

This is your chance to experience the thrills and chills as well as an opportunity to observe the mighty Montmorency Falls and its cliffs from a totally new and unforgettable angle. Perched at the top of the cliff and stretching some 300 meters (1000 feet), this zip line crosses Montmorency Falls cove, before landing near the La Baronne observation deck. Then explore the trails and viewpoints surrounding the falls using the large-format maps on the site, which will guide you in exploring the panoramic circuit. Stop at various magnificent lookout points. Learn more about the history of the park by visiting the interpretation center inside the Manoir Montmorency. Visit the souvenir shop where you can find refreshments and buy souvenir T-shirts. If you have chosen the upgraded option, complete your experience at Montmorency Falls with a cable car ride to discover the new contemplative walkway at the foot of the falls.

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Whale Watching Tour from Quebec City

6. Whale Watching Tour from Quebec City

Get an adrenaline rush in the waters of the St. Lawrence Estuary on a full-day whale watching tour from Quebec City. Visit the whale kingdom of Charlevoix, driving along one of the most beautiful roads in the province, passing enchanting villages, such as Baie-St-Paul and Pointe-au-Pic, and the wilderness landscape of the Laurentian mountains. Every spring, up to 6 different whale species can be seen frolicking in their feeding grounds off the Charlevoix coast, and this tour provides the option to see them on board a specially designed cruise ship. A naturalist guide will introduce you to the environment and describe the habits of the different species found in the St. Lawrence Estuary. Some of the marine mammals, great whales, and cetaceans you can expect to see in the krill-rich waters are belugas, minkes, and the mighty blue.

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Quebec: City Tour, Montmorency Falls & Île d'Orléans Tour

7. Quebec: City Tour, Montmorency Falls & Île d'Orléans Tour

Take this comprehensive 8-hour excursion of Quebec City and the Côte-de-Beaupré, and explore Old Quebec, the city's modern neighborhoods, and the scenic landscape beyond the gates. Capital of the Canadian province of Quebec, Quebec City is best known for its French-influenced architecture and culture. Best exemplified in the winding streets of Petit Champlain that lead to Quebec’s oldest public stairs at the Escalier Casse-Cou, you will also see Place Royale where the European architecture and narrow streets are inspired. Admire more sights such as the Art Deco Price Building, one of the oldest skyscrapers in Canada, and the fairytale Chateau Frontenac hotel, perched atop a cape that offers panoramic views. Stop at the Plains of Abraham to see where the famous battle between French and English armies took place in 1759. Then continue to the Ile D'Orleans, known as the cradle of French civilization in North America. Enjoy extraordinary views of the 274-foot (83-meter) Montmorency Falls, which in winter freezes over, allowing the adventurous to attempt an ice-climb. You will then return to your starting point, just in time to enjoy a good meal in your favorite restaurant!

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Quebec City: Jacques-Cartier National Park Snowshoeing Tour

8. Quebec City: Jacques-Cartier National Park Snowshoeing Tour

Discover the winter landscape of Quebec during a day-trip outside the city in the snowy countryside. Leave the transport to the experts and benefit from round-trip transport from downtown Quebec City to Jacques-Cartier National Park. Discover the Park from a different perspective on a fun, low-impact outdoor winter activity.  Board the bus and enjoy the wintery scenery on the 30-minute drive to the park. At Jacques-Cartier National Park, receive all your equipment and your guide will explain easy-to-follow techniques. No experience is needed - if you can walk, you can snowshoe. This is a fun activity for active travelers. Follow your guide along quiet trails, experiencing winter beauty. Have plenty of opportunities to stop for photos and rest breaks. Explore the valley of Belleau Creek, admire the splendor of the Laurentian Mountains, and walk along the Sautauriski River. Discover the forest, look out for wildlife and learn about the area from your local guide. Wildlife can be easier to spot in the winter landscape. Stop at a heated tent for lunch and a refreshing hot drink.

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Quebec City: 15, 30, or 45-Minute Scenic Helicopter Tour

9. Quebec City: 15, 30, or 45-Minute Scenic Helicopter Tour

Experience Quebec city from above on a breathtaking helicopter tour. Choose your own adventure with three unique tour options ranging from 15 to 45 minutes. Tours depart from a heliport near Jean Lesage International Airport, located just 20 minutes from downtown Quebec. Check in at the front desk then relax in the state-of-the-art facilities before your pre-flight briefing. Feel the thrill of anticipation and excitement as you take flight. Be lifted high above the city, admiring the sights from your seat. You'll wear audio headsets complete with microphones for easy communication. Enjoy one of the recorded multilingual audio tours available in English, French, German, or Spanish. Your flight duration depends on your selected option. Choose the 15-minute tour for a taste of Quebec's historic city from the Chateau Frontenac to the Plains of Abraham. The most popular option is a 30-minute tour that includes Quebec City, the Saint Lawrence River, Montmorency Falls, and Île d’Orléans. Explore further and see more on an extended 45-minute "City and Mountains" tour that sends you soaring over the historic city and beyond to Montmorency Falls, Île d’Orléans, and the breathtaking outlying mountains.

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Quebec City: Island of Orleans Wine Tour

10. Quebec City: Island of Orleans Wine Tour

Your tour will begin as you depart from Quebec City at 1:00PM. From there you will begin your day visiting 4 vineyards and hearing about product explanations. You will begin with a visit to Domaine de la Source a Marguerite for a 30-minute tour, before moving on to Saint Pierre Le Vignoble. Following 30 minutes touring Saint Pierre Le Vignoble, you will advance onward to la Grange de l'Île and Vignoble du Mitan, spending 30 minutes at each of the sites. Throughout the experience you will enjoy tastings of different wines, as well as vineyard tours which will include explanations of the different products and manufacturing techniques. To conclude your tour in style, an aperitif will be served at the final stop. On the return trip to Quebec City, you will be able to enjoy the magnificent views of the majestic Montmorency Falls.

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What people are saying about Quebec City

Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 405 reviews

Guides are super knowledgable and gave various explanations on the forest, in addition to showing how to snowshoe. Lunch was good and you get some free time to snowshoe on your own. My only feedback is a logo or something for Quatre Natures on their shuttle bus as it wasn't immediately obvious. Otherwise a fantastic tour and I hope to visit in the summer for canoeing!

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!

From the pick up at the hotel to the drop off at the end this was one of the best and educational experiences o have ever participated in

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

Outstanding. Great service . Drive was beautiful. Tour guy alexis was the best