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 39 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsExcellentApril 09, 2018

Reviewer: Karen Leomo
This was the exact tour as from the Holland America ship. Our excursion was less expensive and directions to and from ship for meeting were exact. Highly recommend.

4 StarsReview of Historic Quebec CityNovember 16, 2017

Reviewer: Steve Day
We throughly enjoyed our tour of Quebec City. The bus driver was a wonder as he manuvered through the narrow streets avoiding some kind of march that had his regular route closed off. Our guide was informative and entertaining as well.

4 StarsQuebec cityNovember 14, 2017

Reviewer: The Lanktree's
Bus ride and driver were awesome. Easy to find pickup spot from cruise terminal. The city is beautiful! Unfortunately the weather was an issue with rain and it hampered the tour. Water droplets on the exterior windows and foggy interior windows hampered the view.This would be a place to return to for sure.

5 StarsMost informativeNovember 11, 2017

Reviewer: CLARENCE EUGENE DEAN
It was our first time in Quebec City and what a wonderful place to visit! Our tour bus driver offered many interesting facts on the history of the area and kept our interest. He was most pleasant and everyone seemed to enjoy the tour.

5 StarsHistoric QuebecNovember 06, 2017

Reviewer: Thomas Skelton
Although the weather was not so good the tour was excellent. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and interesting. The itinerary covered many interesting places. There were ample stops for photos and breaks. Would definitely recommend this tour.

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