Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
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Approximately 3½ Hours
Meals not included
Discover the European charm and character of the first French city in North America -- a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the city sights and learn the fascinating history of Québec's 400-year legacy.
You'll begin with Place Royale -- a beautifully restored market square of typical 17th- and 18th-century stone architecture. This is the heart of the Lower Town and is home to the oldest standing Catholic church in North America, Notre-Dame-des-Victoires.
High above, you will find the Château Frontenac Hotel, perched on a hill overlooking the St Lawrence River. The hotel is the best-known landmark in Québec. Across the plaza is the romantic street called Dufferin Terrace, from where you will have a spectacular view of the St Lawrence River, the Ile d'Orléans and the Laurentian Mountains. Take advantage of a walking tour at Place d'Armes and follow your guide to Notre-Dame Basilica for a brief presentation followed by free time at the church.
Passing through the St Louis Gate, you will next explore National Battlefields Park. Also known as the Plains of Abraham, the park was the site of the historic battle where the French surrendered to the British in 1759. It is now a beautiful 250-acre park with hills, gardens, monuments, and artillery artifacts. Take a photo at Cap Diamant with spectacular vistas of the St Lawrence River, Lower Town, and surrounding countryside.
You will pass the trendy Grande-Allée -- the Champs-Elysees of Québec -- lined with quaint shops, sidewalk cafés, and boutiques. Watch for the Hotel du Parliament -- an imposing, Second Empire-style building.
Finally, enjoy a guided visit to the Governor General’s House. Located within the Citadelle of Québec, and steeped in history, this place has been the second official residence of Canada’s Governors’ General since 1872. Follow your knowledgeable guide as they help you discover this unique residence that offers spectacular views of the St. Lawrence River and an exceptional collection of Canadian art, objects and furnishings.
Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes.