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Historic Quebec City

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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 30 Minutes
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.
4.5 Stars4.5Based On 29 Reviews Review This Tour
4 StarsHistoric Tour of Quebec CitySeptember 23, 2017

Reviewer: Jerry Letnes
Tour guide did an outstanding job in relating history of Quebec. Was also very good in relating culture of the area. Wish the tour was a little longer so we could have stopped at some of the places we only drove by. Tour director told several stories that helped the people on tour better understand Quebec and how historical events shaped the way local people viewed the world.

4 StarsQuebec September 22, 2017

Reviewer: Susan Ott Assante
Good tour. We didn't have a lot of time to walk around at the stops, but the weather was raining and cool so we weren't to concerned about that. The driver was engaging and informative. He was a little snippy with me when I asked about if we would be able to walk around the Chateau Frontenac. That was the only negative.

5 StarsHistoric Quebec CitySeptember 21, 2017

Reviewer: Mary Birmingham
The bus tour was just right - hit all the high spots and provided historical information, while leaving time on your own for lunch and walking. The tour bus loading area was a short 2-3 blocks from the ship, with representatives right there to help. Plenty to see and shop close by while you waited.

5 StarsMY REVIEW OF QUEBEC CITY TOURSeptember 05, 2017

Reviewer: marilyn
I thought it was excellent--very informative and the driver was not only kind and courteous--but very accommodating also. I can't remember his exact name but he said he used to be a sport reporter for the NHL hockey team(s). If and/or when I return to Quebec City I'd do this tour again Also he was a great driver

5 StarsMY REVIEW OF QUEBEC CITY TOURSeptember 05, 2017

Reviewer: marilyn
I thought it was excellent--very informative and the driver was not only kind and courteous--but very accommodating also. I can't remember his exact name but he said he used to be a sport reporter for the NHL hockey team(s). If and/or when I return to Quebec City I'd do this tour again Also he was a great driver

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