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Quebec City

Nowhere straddles 2 worlds quite like this city, which is both a wholly North American and European cultural gem.

Our most recommended things to do in Quebec City

Quebec City: Sightseeing Cruise

1. Quebec City: Sightseeing Cruise

Set sail on a captivating 1.5-hour cruise on the Saint Lawrence River and discover the city of Quebec and its surroundings. Departing from Chouinard Pier, this cruise will be a memorable experience that gives you a completely different perspective of Quebec City. During daytime crusies, the costumed guide, Louis Jolliet, will reveal the unsuspected history of Quebec City, the river, and the surroundings. Take time to relax on the outside terraces while admiring the exceptional view of the old fortifications, the Château Frontenac, the Montmorency Falls, Île d'Orléans, the Côte-de-Beaupré, and the Laurentian Mountains. Or choose to join an evening cruise and experience summer on the only floating terrace in Quebec City. A DJ will provide music and at the end of the night.

Quebec City: Hop-on Hop-off Open-Top Double Decker Bus Tour

2. Quebec City: Hop-on Hop-off Open-Top Double Decker Bus Tour

Explore Québec City aboard an open-top, double-decker bus and discover the sights that interest you most. Enjoy panoramic views as you journey past some of the city's most famous attractions, and get off as many times as you like in the day. Avail of 14 strategic stops and an onboard taped commentary with free headphones to create your own adventure in the city. Red City Loop Stops: • Place d'Armes • Quartier St-Roch • Musée de la Civilisation • Place Royale • Marché du Vieux-Port • Centre des Congrès • Observatoire de la Capitale • Manège Militaire • Plaines d'Abraham • Musée des Beaux-arts • Quartier Saint-Jean-Baptiste• Avenue Cartier • Place d'Youville • Citadelle de Québec

Quebec City: Guided Visit of Fairmont Le Château Frontenac

3. Quebec City: Guided Visit of Fairmont Le Château Frontenac

Learn about castle life at the Château Frontenac during a guided tour of this iconic hotel located in one of the most beautiful sites in Quebec City. The visit will last between 50 to 60 minutes and includes an outer portion of about 15 to 20 minutes. The rest of the tour takes place inside. Take advantage of a unique chance to see the improvements of the installations undergone in recent years. Have a guide interpreting an authentic character who once lived in the Château Frontenac during the early days.

Quebec City: Montmorency Falls with Cable Car Ride

4. Quebec City: Montmorency Falls with Cable Car Ride

Discover the breathtaking beauty of the Montmorency Falls with this ticket to Parc de la Chute-Montmorency and a round trip cable car ride to the top of the falls. Take advantage of free parking at the cable car station in Beauport.  Begin your visit at the cable car station and take the opportunity to discover the new trails at the foot of the falls. After your walk, take the cable car ride up to the top. You will see dazzling views of the falls, park cove, and Île d’Orléans. Once at the top, learn more about the history of the park at the interpretation center located in the Manoir Montmorency. You will also find a souvenir shop there. Continue to the suspension bridge hanging directly over the falls and listen to the water roaring beneath your feet. There are also a number of trails where you can enjoy the fresh air, peace and quiet, and beauty of the park.  The large-format maps on the park will guide you in discovering the panoramic circuit. You can stop to observe the different viewpoints available, or have a picnic. For the more adventurous, opt to go down the panoramic staircase. Clinging to the side of the cliff, this impressive staircase has no less than 487 steps. You will have ample opportunity to take well-deserved breaks during your descent. At the bottom of the stairs, feel the full power of the falls as you get splashed by the water. In winter, the fine splashes projected by the waterfall eventually freeze and form beautiful shapes. These splashes also form the famous Sugarloaf which is a very impressive natural ice cream cone at the foot of the falls. Finally, walk along the new contemplative walkway.

From Montreal: Quebec City and Montmorency Falls Day Trip

5. From Montreal: Quebec City and Montmorency Falls Day Trip

Explore the history of Quebec City on a hassle-free day trip from Montreal. Relax in the comfort of a premium bus as you begin the scenic journey with complimentary pickup from downtown Montreal hotels. On arrival in Quebec City, visit sites like Place Royale, Old Quebec, Petit Champlain, Notre Dame Basilica, and the Quebec Citadel. Drive along Grande-Allle, stop at the Chateau Frontenac, and admire Quebec's oldest skyscraper. Enjoy leisure time to explore the city’s winding streets and Quebec City’s oldest public stairs, Escalier Casse-Cou. Ride the funicular built into the cliff which links Upper and Lower Quebec for magnificent views of the river and its surroundings. Stop at the Plains of Abraham to see where the famous battle between French and English armies took place in 1759. Depart Quebec City’s Old Town for Montmorency Falls to enjoy extraordinary views of the impressive 274-foot (83-meter) high falls. Then, get back aboard the bus for your return trip to Montreal.

Quebec City: Montmorency Falls & Ile d'Orleans Half-Day Tour

6. Quebec City: Montmorency Falls & Ile d'Orleans Half-Day Tour

Visit the Côte-de-Beaupré region and Ile d'Orleans on a half-day tour from Quebec City. Discover the traditional villages of rural Quebec as you leave the driving to your experienced guide. Depart Quebec's Old Town and ride along the 40-kilometers of Chemin du Roy to Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré. Make a stop at Abert Gilles' copper art studio along the way then spend 45-minutes exploring the renowned Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Basilica. Your next stop is the stunning Montmorency Falls, standing 1.5-times higher than Niagara Falls.  Be treated to a short visit of the beautiful Island of Orleans (Ile d'Orleans) and its charming 19th Century rural atmosphere. Stop in at the Island chocolate shop for some sweet treats before the return journey. The tour concludes with your return to downtown Quebec.

Quebec City: Montmorency Falls Shuttle Bus Transfers

7. Quebec City: Montmorency Falls Shuttle Bus Transfers

Climb aboard a shuttle departing from Old Quebec and travel directly to Montmorency Falls. At 272 feet tall Montmorency Falls are 1.5-times higher than Niagara Falls. Meet the bus in the center of Old Quebec, near the Chateau Frontenac, for a 15-minute journey to the falls. Arriving at the base of the cable car, you can decide to explore the park on foot or ride the cable car to the top. Entrance ticket for site access are included in the cost of this activity. At the base is a promontory, an ideal place to feel the spray of mist and hear the thundering cascade. In winter months, the splashes eventually freeze and form a natural ice cone at the foot of the falls. From the top, you’ll see dazzling views of the falls, park cove, and Île d’Orléans. The suspension bridge at the top is a must-see where you can feel the water roaring beneath your feet. There are also a number of trails where you can enjoy the fresh air, peace and quiet, and beauty of the park. You might like to ride the cable car up and then descend via the 487-steps of the Panoramic Staircase for a different perspective of the Falls. When you are ready, return to the shuttle drop-off point at one of the 5 convenient return time available. The shuttle will return you to Old Quebec.

Old Quebec City: 2-Hour Grand Walking Tour

8. Old Quebec City: 2-Hour Grand Walking Tour

Step back in time on a 2-hour Grand Walking Tour of Old Quebec City as you explore the abundance of history and charm of this incredible World Heritage Site. This tour meanders on a leisurely downhill stroll in the company of an expert guide whose commentary will leave you with a great sense of the history surrounding this unique and romantic setting. While stopping at every essential site and many hidden, historic gems, your guide will also point out additional activities, places to eat, and things to see. The tour is limited to small groups, allowing for maximum interaction with your guide and fellow participants. Get a taste of Quebec city's history, architecture and culture in a 2-hour tour in this storied city.

Quebec City: Whale Watching Excursion with Bus Transfer

9. Quebec City: Whale Watching Excursion with Bus Transfer

Discover the wonder of whale watching on a day trip from Quebec City. Benefit from comfortable round-trip transport by bus, and the choice between a big boat or zodiac whale watching excursion.  After morning pickup, depart Quebec City for the beautiful area of Baie-Sainte-Catherine, near Tadoussac. Sit back and relax on the scenic drive. On arrival to Baie-Sainte-Catherine, you’ll board either a big boat or be outfitted for your zodiac experience.  The big boat offers inside and outside seating, a covered roof, restrooms, observation platform, a boutique, and a cafeteria. The zodiac offers a more intimate and adventurous encounter, as you observe the whales from water level. Your bilingual guides on either vessel will be more than happy to share information about the whales and surrounding area. Help the naturalist, the captain, the crew, and the other passengers spot the giants of the sea.  Breathe in the fresh air and admire the North Shore of the St. Lawrence River as well as the tiny island of Ile Rouge or the lighthouse "Phare Au Fond Prince." After your 2.5- to 3-hour excursion, board the bus for the return journey. Tour concludes with drop-off in Quebec City.

Quebec City: Hotel de Glace Entry Ticket

10. Quebec City: Hotel de Glace Entry Ticket

Do something different during your time in Quebec City and visit the beautiful Hôtel de Glace, the only ice hotel in North America. Avail of a theme that changes each winter to the delight of locals and tourists alike. During your self-guided visit, be greeted by fascinating art upon your arrival at the Grand Hall, and then be awestruck by the themed rooms and suites decorated with majestic sculptures. Stop by the beautiful chapel to appreciate its magical ambiance. Top off your visit with an upgrade to include a cocktail served in an ice glass ($). With its majestic snow arches, crystal-clear ice sculptures, and beautiful rooms, the ice hotel is a one-of-a-kind experience providing a luxurious Nordic-style getaway within a winter wonderland.

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What people are saying about Quebec City

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 7,561 reviews

Serge, our driver was amazing navigating the maze of roads under construction everywhere. And a large bus is not easy to manoeuvre on those roads. And Cattia, our guide was exceptional. She was very knowledgeable about historical events; she was witty and toured us through parts of Quebec City we wouldn’t have found on our own.

If you want to learn about the history of Quebec and Canada then this is for you. It does not require a lot of stamina as the walking is done at a reason pace with a lot of stops. Learn a lot about the architecture in Quebec and the people responsible for its founding.

Daniel was a very enjoyable driver and guide and the trip was very informative. It would have helped to know ahead of time which line to get in for the tour bus.

Great trip, knowledgeable driver, learned a lot of territorial history. Worth while!

Easy shuttle to the falls. It’s a beautiful site and worth the trip.