Quebec City, Canada

Introduction to Quebec City

Perched atop a cliff that swoops down to the St. Lawrence River, Quebec is the only walled city on the American continent north of Mexico. Shore Tours give great insights into this incredible city, and also the chance to engage with the natural beauty of the magnificent Montmorency Falls.

Quebec is so similar to old European towns it’s hard to believe that this mainly French speaking city is actually in North America. The only walled city north of Mexico, Quebec has its own truly unique style and incredible architecture that cannot be seen elsewhere in this part of the world. Perched atop a cliff that swoops down to the St. Lawrence River below, this intriguing city is made for exploration.

There are many tours of the city that take place everyday, at various times. These tours allow you to explore all parts of Quebec, both old and new. A tour of the fortifications is highly recommended, with 4.6km of walls and gates to explore and visitors should allow time to wander through Old Quebec. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to the world’s most photographed hotel, the Château Frontenac.

Be sure to visit the Parc de la Chute-Montmorency, where the best views of the impressive 83-metre high Montmorency Falls are found.

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Sugar Shack, Quebec

AN EVENING AT THE SUGAR SHACK & DINNER (TOUR G)

  • Experience an evening of French Canadian folklore and fun
  • Enjoy a traditional Québecois all-you-can-eat meal
  • Visit the famous Maple Museum

 

Price£50.00 - £60.00
DurationApproximately 4 Hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Snack includedSnack included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

With a time honoured tradition of harvesting maple trees, Québec produces the finest maple products in the world! Treat yourself to an authentic Québecois tradition and join the fun at the Sugar Shack with good food, traditional music and a maple taffy treat.

Upon arrival at the Sugar Shack (Érablière du Lac Beauport), you will be greeted by the local tenant and treated to a visit of the unique Maple Museum, presenting the evolution and modernisation of the industry throughout the years. You will see the early Indian origins up to now, which adds a cultural and educational dimension to your visit.

Next, you will enter the main hall of the Sugar Shack, where you can enjoy an unforgettable evening filled with live entertainment and French Canadian folklore. A traditional Québecois all-you-can-eat family style meal will be served.

Following dinner, a real Québecois maple taffy pull will be just one of the highlights of the evening. More song, dance and music will be provided before you re-board your coach for a short drive back to your ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: Guests must be able to walk approximately 100 metres over even gravel surfaces with two or three steps. The venue is considered suitable for wheelchair users. All guests must be able to board the coach unaided. Half a bottle of wine or a beer or a soft drink will be served per person during dinner. Insect repellent is recommended. There will also be a rather lengthy walk to reach the tour coach from the ship due to local protocol.


 


Basilica, Quebec

GRAND EXPLORATION OF QUÉBEC (TOUR A)

  • Adventure into the picturesque countryside
  • Visit the shrine of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré
  • Admire the beautiful Montmorency Falls
  • Step back in time and explore the Ile D’Orleans

 

Price£80.00 - £90.00
DurationApproximately 7.5 hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

This is a perfect tour to experience what Quebec and its surroundings have to offer. Quebec city is an icon in North America – being one of the oldest settlements and thriving with rich culture and tradition; this city can offer an authentic combination of European culture and cuisine in a quaint atmosphere.

Your tour will commence with a drive towards Ile D’Orleans where you can take a step back in time and enjoy a scenic drive through the picturesque villages of traditional rural Québec. The Island of Orleans, a rural area which encompasses the entire island of 34 kilometres x 8 kilometres. The island is also called the “Open Garden of Quebec” thanks to the large variety of local produce. Here you will have a historical tour by bus.

Once you have captured your memories on film, lunch will be served at the Auberge  Baker.

Next you will take an approximate 45 minute drive to the Montmorency Falls. Cascading down a 272-foot cliff, Montmorency Falls is one and a half times higher than Niagara Falls. You will enjoy the breathtaking views and see the powerful forces of natures as the water of the Montmorency River roars down the cliff to eventually meet with the St. Lawrence River.

After approximately 45 minutes of free time here,  you re-board your coach and continue on to the Shrine of St-Anne-de-Beaupre. With over one and a half million visitors and pilgrims making their way to the shrine each year, Ste-Anne has become one of the most important Catholic sites in North America. After a narration by your guide en-route, you will be able to enjoy independently, the lovely grounds and major sites of Ste-Anne-de-Beaupre, including the Basilica, Scalae Santa, and Memorial Chapel.

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Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour – which may prove unsuitable for guests with limited mobility –There are approximately 100 metres  of walking, and ten to 20 steps, at the Montmorency Falls, and 500 metres and about 20 steps at Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré; ramps are present for wheelchair users. There will also be a rather lengthy walk to reach the tour coaches from the ship due to local protocol. Please note that places of interest may be seen in a different order to that described.


 


Montmorency Falls, Canada

HISTORIC & MODERN QUEBEC & MONTMORENCY FALLS (TOUR D)

•          Uncover the charm and character of the old town of Québec

•          Explore the city’s historic landmarks

•          Take a journey that follows the St Lawrence River

•          Witness the spectacular scenery surrounding Montmorency Falls

Price£40.00 - £50.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Free time includedFree time included

Hailed as the most French city outside of France, Québec is a spectacle of never-ending sights. On this tour you will discover the charm and character of the Old Town as you explore the historic landmarks, followed by a journey along the St Lawrence River to view the spectacular scenery surrounding Montmorency Falls.

 

Departing the quayside, you make your way past Place-Royale, the heart of the Lower Town and the site of Champlain’s first settlement. This beautifully restored market square of typical 17th and 18th century stone architecture is also the location of Notre-Dame-des-Victoires, the oldest standing Catholic church in North America.

 

You continue to Dufferin Terrace, situated 200 feet above the waterway, and the location where Samuel de Champlain built his fort in 1620. From here you can enjoy a spectacular view of the St Lawrence River, Ile d’Orleans and the Laurentain Mountains. You will also be a short distance from Québec’s most celebrated landmark, the Château Frontenac. Following a brief explanation from your guide, you can enjoy approximately 20 minutes of free time to independently visit the impressive green-turreted castle, which was built in 1893 by the Canadian Pacific Railroad.

 

Re-boarding your tour coach, you continue to Cap-Diamant, located in the National Battlefield Park. Cap-Diamant was named after the shiny stones explorer Jacques Cartier found on the cliff and subsequently mistook for diamonds. During a photo stop here you can enjoy spectacular views of the St Lawrence River, Lower Town and the surrounding countryside.

 

Proceeding with your tour, you drive through the Plains of Abraham, where the French and British clashed in battle numerous times, before continuing on to your next stop; Montmorency Fall. It is here we you enjoy the breathtaking views and witness the powerful forces of nature as the water of the Montmorency River roars down the cliff to eventually meet with the St Lawrence River. Cascading down a 272-foot cliff, Montmorency Falls is one and a half times higher than Niagara Falls.

 

Following your brief stop here, you re-board your tour coach for the return journey back to the quayside and your awaiting ship.

 

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Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves a minimal amount of compulsory walking at each of the stops. There will be a rather lengthy walk to reach the tour coach from the ship due to local protocol. For reference, there will be approximately 20 minutes of free time in the Château Frontenac area, where walking is at the discretion of the individual and 30 minutes at Montmorency Falls. Places of interest may be visited in a different order to that described.

 


 


Quebec City, Canada

QUEBEC CITY UNESCO DISCOVERY TOUR (TOUR J)

  • Discover the European charm and character of the first French city in North America
  • Explore the city sights and learn about the fascinating history of Québec’s 400-year legacy
Price£40.00-£50.00
DurationAPPROXIMATELY 3 HOURS
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Admire the fortifications, which once protected the city from enemies, today, it is part of the World Heritage Sites of UNESCO. Every corner of this province’s capital will allow you to discover more magnificent cobblestone streets and spectacular public areas.

Your tour will begin with a drive towards Place Royal, enjoy a quick history lesson on the lower level of Old Quebec. As your tour heads towards the upper Old Quebec, you stop for a photo opportuinity at the Chateau Frontenac, a Fairmont property that happens to be the most photographed hotel in the world. Located just outside the Château is the romantic street called Dufferin Terrace, from here, you will have a spectacular view of the St Lawrence River, Ile d’Orléans, and the Laurentian Mountains

Once back on your coach, you head towards Parliament. Being the capital of the province, the Quebec Parliament is one of the most impressive buildings in the city, reigning over the town in all its majestic architecture. A photo stop will be made here.

Following this remarkable landmark, you are taken to the Plains of Abraham, otherwise known as the National Battlefields Park, for a brief history lesson about one of the moments that changed the faith of Canada, as the Crown of England defeated France for the possession of the Country many centuries ago. It is now a beautiful 250-acre park with hills, gardens, monuments, and artillery artefacts.

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Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour is considered suitable for guests with limited walking as minimal compulsory walking is involved. Guests may stay on the bus during the photo stops if they wish, as the guide will continue commentate.


Sceni Train, Quebec

SCENIC TRAIN RIDE & DAY IN CHARLEVOIX (TOUR I)

  • One of Canada’s best train trips!
  • Admire the exceptional and otherwise unattainable riverside scenery
  • Witness the endless horizon across the sea merges with Charlevoix’s magnificent blue skies
Price£150.00 - £200.00
DurationAPPROXIMATELY 8 HOURS
LimitationMINIMUM 60 PARTICIPANTS REQUIRED
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Enjoy the breath-taking landscapes of the Beaupre Coast and the Charlevoix region. Step onboard your train and  enjoy the views of the Saint-Lawrence River from a different perspective.

Following a short coach ride from Quebec to Montmorency Falls train station, you board your train for your two and a quarter hour train ride. Be enchanted by the lovely Baie-Saint-Paul and Charlevoix’s renowned spectacular landscapes.

Curled up in the valley on the shores of the St. Lawrence and at the mouth of Du Gouffre River, Baie-Saint-Paul was named Canada’s cultural capital in 2008. Feel the pulse of its summertime farmers market, and friendly Café du Marché. In this charming town, you will have approximately two and a half hours to explore independently the countless boutiques, cafes and art galleries or follow your guide to his/her “must sees”.

After a relaxing few hours, you re-board your train for your return journey back to Quebec City, sit back and relax and admire the beautiful scenery surrounding you.

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Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: Guest with reduced mobility should still be able to board the train and coach with little or no assistance in order to participate on this tour. Lunch in Baie Saint-Paul is at the guests own expense. There is limited compulsory walking involved in this tour and walking during your free time is at your own discretion.


Canyon Ste-Anne, Quebec

THE QUEBEC COUNTRYSIDE (TOUR H)

  • Discover the beautiful Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré
  • Marvel in the delights of the magnificent Canyon Ste-Anne.
  • Step back in time and explore the Ile D’Orleans
  • Visit a traditional Sugar Shack
Price£50.00-£60.00
DurationAPPROXIMATELY 4 1/4 HOURS
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Within a very short distance of Quebec you will have a great opportunity to see nature at its best, as well as appreciate the local culture.

Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, the local Catholic shrine, welcomes more than a million and a half visitors annually. There are numerous artistic masterpieces, such as paintings, mosaics and stained-glass windows. After a narration by your guide en-route, you will be able to enjoy independently, the lovely grounds and major sites of Ste-Anne-de-Beaupre, including the Basilica, Scalae Santa, and Memorial Chapel.

Continuing your route east, you will stop at the well-kept secret of nature; the Canyon Ste-Anne. This spectacular canyon is carved into the 900 million year old rock of the Canadian Shield. Three bridges and various lookout platforms with interpretive displays allow for spectacular views.

Your next visit will be to the Island of Orleans, a rural area which encompasses the entire island of 34 km x 8 km. The island is also called the “Open Garden of Quebec” thanks to the large variety of local produce.

You will also stop at a local “Cabane á Sucre” (sugar shack), where you can enjoy the well-known taffy on snow, as the owners explain the production of the maple syrup.

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Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves extensive walking and stair climbing, so we do not recommend the tour for guests with reduced mobility. There is strenuous walking at the Canyon (45 minutes), 20 steps to encounter at the Basilica and 200 metres at the sugar shack. There will also be a rather lengthy walk to reach the tour coach from the ship due to local protocol.


Discover Qu�bec�s� historical area by horse drawn carriage

TOUR E - HISTORIC WALKING TOUR & HORSE & CARRIAGE RIDE (TOUR E)

  • Discover Québec’s’ historical area by foot and by horse drawn carriage
  • Walk through the narrow cobblestone streets & charming little alleyways

 

Price£40.00 - £50.00
DurationAPPROXIMATELY 2 1/2 HOURS
LimitationLIMITED CAPACITY
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Departing the quayside, your guide will lead you to Place-Royale. This beautifully restored market square of typical 17th and 18th century stone architecture is the heart of the Lower Town and was the site of Champlain’s first settlement. It is also the location of the oldest standing Catholic church in North America, Notre-Dames-des-Victoires.

Around the corner from Place-Royale you will discover the charming pedestrian-only area of Petit-Champlain. Along its narrow cobblestone streets, you will find an array of quaint boutiques, speciality shops and outdoor cafes as well as strolling musicians, jugglers, and street performers.

In the Upper Town – reached by a funicular ride – your route will lead you through three centuries of history, where there is a cachet of places to enchant you, such as La Place d’Armes, Dufferin Terrace and Château Frontenac, Québec’s best-known landmark, named after the Count of Frontenac – the illustrious governor of New France. It was here that Roosevelt, Churchill and Mackenzie King met to discuss their strategy during World War II.

Next you board your horse-drawn carriage for an approximate 30 minute ride. During your tour we shall pass by the Basilica, Seminary of Québec, Place de l’Hôtel de Ville then through St. Louis Gate and the parliament.

Your horse-drawn carriage ride ends at the famous Chateau Frontenac, where you can either return to your ship or explore Quebec at your leisure.

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Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves approximately two and a quarter hours of leisurely walking in total, some of which will be over cobbled ground. There will also be a rather lengthy walk to reach the tour coach from the ship due to local protocol. For reference, the horse and carriage ride lasts approximately 30 minutes. Each carriage holds four guests. At the end of the tour it may be possible for guests to remain in town; however it is the individual’s responsibility and expense to return to the ship in time for sailing. Please note that this tour does not include any inside visits. The places seen on the carriage ride may be subject to change.

 


Ch�teau Frontenac, Quebec

WALKING TOUR OF OLD QUÉBEC & TEA AT CHÂTEAU FRONTENAC (TOUR B)

  • Let the history of Québec come alive as you walk the charming streets of the Old Town
  • Explore the only walled city in North America
  • Relax and enjoy refreshments at the charming Château Frontenac, overlooking the St Lawrence River

 

Price£40.00 - £50.00
DurationApproximately 3 hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

One of the best ways to discover Québec’s historical area – declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985 – is by walking through the narrow cobblestone streets.

Your walking tour will begin with a stroll to the Place Royale – the typical stone buildings surrounding this historic square were once the homes of wealthy merchants. Built and re-built several times, the square remains at the heart of the Lower Town as well as home to North America’s oldest standing Catholic church – the Notre Dame des Victoires.

Around the corner from Place Royale you will discover the charming pedestrian-only area of Petit Champlain. Along its narrow cobblestone streets, you will find an array of quaint boutiques, speciality shops and outdoor cafés as well as strolling musicians, jugglers, and street performers.

In the Upper Town – reached by a funicular ride – your route will lead you through three centuries of history, where there is a cachet of places to enchant you, such as La Place d’Armes, La Terasse Dufferin, Place de l’Hôtel de Ville and Le Musée des Ursulines.

Enjoy tea at the renowned Château Frontenac, Québec’s best-known landmark, named after the Count of Frontenac – the illustrious governor of New France. It was here that Roosevelt, Churchill and Mackenzie King met to discuss their strategy during World War II. As you overlook the Dufferin Terrace on to the St Lawrence River, you can savour afternoon tea with a selection of pastries. The Château’s legendary charm will add a special flavour to your memories of Québec.

TOUR NOTES: Please note that this tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. There is a lot of walking involved over uneven and cobblestone ground, with some inclines and steps to negotiate. The total distance covered is estimated to be two and a half kilometres (one and a half miles). The content of the tea is subject to change. Please note that places of interest may be seen in a different order to that described. At the end of your tour, it may be possible to remain in town, however it is the individual’s responsibility and expense to return to the quayside in time for sailing.

 

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2015

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour – which may prove unsuitable for guests with limited mobility –There are approximately 100 metres  of walking, and ten to 20 steps, at the Montmorency Falls, and 500 metres and about 20 steps at Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré; ramps are present for wheelchair users. There will also be a rather lengthy walk to reach the tour coaches from the ship due to local protocol. Please note that places of interest may be seen in a different order to that described.

 


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