Enjoy the sights and culture of Old Quebec's Lower Town and Upper Town on this informative and casual private walking tour. Quebec City is yours to discover as your private guide explains the history of the city, eagerly answering your questions and offering endless historic tales and cultural tidbits.
The tour begins in the antique and art district of the Lower Town with views of the Old Port Marina. This quaint district features a boardwalk, farmer's market, shops, cafes, and art galleries. The boardwalk leads you to Place Royale, a small square dating back to 1608 that is credited as the birthplace of French America and Quebec City. While in Place Royale, explore Petit Champlain Street, the oldest commercial street in North America.
You have two options as you leave Lower Town for Upper Town, either walk uphill on Cte de la Montagne or ride the Funicular, a nearly vertical railway system the lifts you almost 200 feet above Lower Town. The Funicular was originally built in 1879 and offers a dramatic view of Lower Town.
Your tour of Quebec's Upper Town features more dramatic views. Walk along Dufferin Terrace to see Chateau Frontenac, a spectacular hotel sitting above the St. Lawrence River. Also view Plains of Abraham Citadel, the oldest military building in Canada and the official residence of the Canadian monarch. Your walk continues past Ursuline's Convent, North America's oldest institution of learning for women founded in 1639, and then to City Hall. Dating back to the 1730s, City Hall features classical, medieval, and chateauesque architectural styles. Finally, visit the Courtyard of the Seminary, made from several churches, some dating back to the 17th century. Chateau Frontenac, Plains of Abraham Citadel, Ursuline's Convent, City Hall, and The Courtyard of the Seminary are all National Historic Sites of Canada. Your tour also includes information about the fortifications of this unique walled city.
This private walking tour of Quebec City concludes either at your cruise ship or at a location of your choosing. Wear comfortable walking shoes, and dress for the season. Refreshments are not provided, so bring snacks and drinks if necessary.
Reviewer: Karen Turner
Allan was the best tour guide! He was very personable and knowledgeable. We learned a lot of history and took many scenic pictures! This was a wonderful excursion and very memorable.