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Historic Quebec City

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Historic Quebec City

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
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.
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 57 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsHop on hop off bus tour.October 06, 2019

Reviewer: Nick Marcantonio
Enjoyed the flexibility of getting on and off at the attractions that we were most interested in. The tour guides were informative and interesting.

5 StarsWonderful ExperienceOctober 04, 2019

Reviewer: Linda Kozak
Tour was interesting and fun! Saw lots of sights!

5 StarsQuebec City TourOctober 04, 2019

Reviewer: Olivia
Funny tour driver/guide. Really enjoyed the tour.

5 StarsAwesome City/Awesome TourSeptember 17, 2019

Reviewer: Susie Broadhead
Fantastic in every way. Pick up at our hotel was easy and efficient and our tour guide was knowledgeable. We got a comprehensive overview of the city and then were able to discern how best to use the information to plan the rest of our time there.

5 StarsFascinating September 11, 2019

Reviewer: Edwin
It was a wonderful and fascinating experience. The people in charge of collecting tickets were friendly and spoke very good English. Advised is the Tour Bus should be there pretty soon, meanwhile they started a conversation. Driver was pleasant and amicable. He explained all different stops very clearly and even joked at times. Even though it was a rainy day, it not ruin the tour at all. It is a must do tour, Highly recommended; for sure your money's worth.

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