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Historic Quebec City
Historic Quebec City Tour (Chateau Frontenac, Place Royale, The Citadelle)
 
 


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Quebec City is the capital city of the province of Quebec. The city has a remarkable history as the fortress capital of New France since the 16th century. It also has a vibrant historical center that makes for an incredible visit.

Founded by the French to make a claim in the New World, the name Quebec originally referred to just the city. It is an aboriginal word for "where the river narrows," as the St. Lawrence River dramatically closes in just east of the city. It is situated on 200-foot-high cliffs, with stunning views of the surrounding Laurentian Mountains and the St. Lawrence River.

On this riding Quebec City tour, you will see the highlights of this charming city, with photo stops at some of the major sites.

The Chateau Frontenac is a grand hotel in Quebec City that opened in 1893 and holds the Guinness World Record of "most photographed hotel in the world." It was designated a National Historic Site of Canada during 1980.

The City Hall of Quebec City is located in the heart of Old Quebec. The building slopes downward as it was built on a hill and was once home to the Jesuit College (Jesuit Barracks) from the 1730s to 1878. Located on rue des Jardins and designed by architect Georges-Emile Tanguay, it is the second permanent city hall for the old city.

Place Royale, the nucleus from which Quebec City developed, stands on the site of Quebec's actual foundation, the spot where, in 1608, Samuel de Champlain erected his first "habitation," a farm and storage shed. Named in honor of Louis XIV, whose bust adorns it, Place Royale is the largest surviving ensemble of 17th- and 18th-century buildings in North America.

The Citadelle, the French name is used both in English and French, is a military installation and official residence located atop Cap Diamant, adjoining the Plains of Abraham in Quebec City. It has been also an official residence of the Queen in Right of Canada and the Governor General of Canada since 1872, who by tradition resides there for several weeks out of the year.

You will not want to leave Quebec City without taking this tour.

Shore Excursion Size
Standard Group
Shore Excursion Type
Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration
2 Hours
Activity Level
Easy
Shore Excursion Leaves From
A 10 to 15 minute walk from the ship pier or a taxi (not included in tour price) is required to reach your departure location. (Full details will be provided in your electronic ticket upon confirmation.)
Food/Beverage Provided
Not Included
Recommended Dress
We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and sensible walking shoes. An extra layer is recommended in case of cool weather.
Restrictions
This tour is not wheelchair accessible. Guests must walk over cobblestone, paved, and gravel surfaces. There are steps at several stops.
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 of 5 Total Reviews: 16 Write a review.

 
 
Beautiful afternoon November 9, 2016
Reviewer: Michele Wold  
This excursion covered all the historic basics.  We ended in a central spot with lots of options for a leisurely lunch.  The tour guide was knowledgeable and informative.  Very good value for money.


 
 
Bus tour November 8, 2016
Reviewer: Jacqueline Gruenke  
Although the city itself needs no enhancement in its loveliness, the added points of anecdotal information and historic perspective provided by the tour guide made this excursion the highlight of our trip.


 
 
Review of trip November 8, 2016
Reviewer: Jackie Waldecker  
was on time, explain sights well


 
 
Magnificent City November 8, 2016
Reviewer: Catherine Hastings  
Felt like we were in Europe. Gave us a lot of the history and a grand tour. Would go back again.


 
 
Historic Quebec City November 8, 2016
Reviewer: Ken & Cherrill  
We were able to walk to our meeting place....there was a little crowd there but we were able to get to the right bus...
The driver had a lot of local knowledge and it was a fun, informative trip.  We did continue to walk around the old town on our own after, but tour was definitely worth it!


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