The cradle of French civilization in North America and the only walled city north of Mexico, Quebec City and its ramparts are home to a myriad of treasures that will delight you.
In the company of a professional Quebec guide, this Old Quebec City walking tour will take you through all the important sites of one of the oldest European settlements in North America. You will meander next to Quebec's historical sites, such as the Citadel/Musee Royal 22e Regiment. Located on Cape Diamant, the Citadel (which is also called the Gibraltar of the Americas) is a national historic monument and an official residence of the Governor General.
You will also walk by the Chasteau Frontenac, which holds the Guinness World Record's title of "most photographed hotel in the world." Although several of Quebec City's buildings are taller, the landmark hotel is perched atop a tall cape overlooking the St. Lawrence River, affording a spectacular view for several kilometers. The building is the most prominent feature of the Quebec City skyline as seen from across the St. Lawrence.
You will also spend time at the Place-Royale. Often referred to as the birthplace of French America, the Place-Royale is a small square with a big history. Samuel de Champlain chose this site to construct a trading post in 1608. It grew throughout the 17th and 18th centuries to become a bustling town marketplace and the heart of business and industry in Quebec City. Located in Quebec's picturesque Lower Town, the historic plaza is now a lively social center and a very popular visitor attraction.
This tour is one of the best ways to see this beautiful city and uncover a few hidden Quebec City sites!
Reviewer: Christie Stevens
Our guide was excellent. He was very eager to show off his city and share his family's part is the history of Quebec City. He maintained a brisk pace and we covered a lot of ground but he also stopped frequently to talk about what we were seeing or talk about the history of Quebec City. Everyone in our group was able to keep up. Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk a couple of miles.
Reviewer: KARLENE KNIEPS BERGOLD
Robert was a terrific tour guide! His knowledge of Old Quebec was extensive and he made the walking tour entertaining and interesting with his fascinating anecdotes. We kept his card and will be sure to call him next we are in Quebec City.
Reviewer: Kathy Warren
Our tour guide was excellent. Born and raised local. Very knowledgeable and told us lots of great facts including adding some personal touches.
Reviewer: Larry Dumbroski
We had a wonderful tour. Our guide Jimmy was very knowlegable and entertained us with his stories. I would highly recommend this tour.
Reviewer: Sharon Carrizales
We found the Old Quebec City Walking Tour to be enjoyable and informative. Michael O'Neill, our guide, was well informed of the history, and had personal stories to tell about living in Quebec. The tour was small enough in size so everyone could hear. There were people on the walking tour who were staying in hotels, and also from other ships. Because our Cunard ship was late in debarking, we were the last to show up (our ship docked at 8am but did't debark until almost 9am and the tour was at 9am). The guide had waited an extra few minutes and was anxiously looking for us when we arrived. The tour departed from our pier. Apparently there are other piers in Quebec and there were detailed directions given to reach the tour from those piers. This was the 1st tour we have booked through Explore Cruise & Travel shore excursion program, and we were pleased how it turned out. We would definitely take the walking tour again & would consider doing other shore excursions with this program.