About Shore Excursions

Shore Excursion Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I purchase shore excursions on this website?

A: Yes, most Seabourn shore excursions can be purchased in advance online once you have booked your cruise and know your itinerary. To purchase a shore excursion online, click the Find Shore Excursions link above.

Q: Do I have to buy the shore excursions online?

A: No. Purchasing a shore excursion online provides immediate confirmation. You can also contact us by phone to purchase tours from our Destination Specialists by calling 800-984-3225 or +1 206-626-9187. You can also purchase excursions after boarding your ship. Space is limited, so book early for the best selection.

Q: Can I purchase tours for both myself and my companion?

A: Yes, you can purchase tours online for all guests on the booking.

Q: How do I know which tours are right for me?

A: Excursion descriptions are marked with various symbols to indicate the amount and difficulty of walking, as well as occasional special interest content. In addition, specific information about restrictions or suggested cautions is included in the tour descriptions. Once you are on board, the Tour Manager can help you assess the suitability of a specific tour in a personal consultation.

Q: What if I need to cancel my excursion?

A: We understand plans change. However, last minute cancellations can result in costs to us or to our third party service providers. Cancellations of shore excursions, spa services or gift orders made more than three days prior to embarkation will be fully refunded; cancellations made onboard or within the three day window prior to embarkation may be subject a cancellation fee. Cancellation fees for certain shore excursions may be up to one hundred percent (100%) of the shore excursion price, depending on the shore excursion. For onboard cancellations of shore excursions, therefore, please speak with the Shore Excursion department onboard for the actual cancellation fee amount. Cancellations of spa services within twenty-four hours of the appointment are subject to a fifty percent (50%) cancellation fee. All cancellations made onboard will be refunded in the form of onboard credit, regardless of whether the purchase was made by a guest or a third party.

Q: What if I want to do two tours in the same day?

A: In many ports, it is possible to do two tours in the same day. However we recommend that you confirm with a destination specialist at 800-984-3225 or +1 206-626-9187 at the time you are booking your excursion. If there is a time conflict, you will be able to select the tour you prefer.

Q: What if I want to do something that’s not offered on a tour?

A: In most ports Seabourn's staff, both ashore and on board, are capable of arranging a wide range of individualized activities. You can make your custom request by calling us at 800-984-3225 or +1 206-626-9187 and speaking with one of our Destination Specialists to arrange your experience before you sail. Our hours of operation are 6am-5pm Monday-Friday and Saturday and Sunday 8am-3:30pm (Pacific Standard Time).

Q: What if a tour is cancelled?

A: If Seabourn cancels a tour due to safety, security of other conditions beyond our control a full refund will credited to your onboard account.

Q: Is it customary to extend gratuities to local tour guides?

A: Yes. Seabourn tour prices do not include gratuities for guides, drivers and other tour operator staff.

Historical Walk with Horse & Carriage Ride: A UNESCO Partner Tour

Approximately 3 Hours
Moderate Walking 

UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Historic District of Old Quebec, inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985, comprises the Upper Town and Lower Town and the fortification walls, gates and ramparts of the old city. Old Quebec is a uniquely intact example of a North American fortified colonial city, and the only such city north of Mexico. It was founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain, and served as the capital of New France until the British conquest in 1760.

Québec is a city built on a hill with narrow cobblestone streets and charming little alleyways, and the best way to explore the Lower Town of Québec is on foot. In the heart of the Lower Town, site of the first settlement of Québec, you will find the Place Royale. Once the home of wealthy merchants, the square is also the home to North America's oldest standing Catholic Church, Notre-Dame des Victoires. Along the narrow cobblestone streets of the pedestrian area, known as Petit Champlain, is an array of quaint boutiques, specialty shops, outdoor cafés and strolling musicians.

Next, a short funicular ride will take you to the Upper Town to reach the castle-like Château Frontenac and Dufferin Terrace, one of the best-known landmarks in Québec. From here, you have a spectacular view of the St Lawrence River, the Ile d'Orléans, and the Laurentian Mountains.

Climb into a carriage for a horse-drawn tour past the highlights of the Upper Town. Your horse and carriage take you through the St Louis Gate, part of the Old Québec fortifications and along Grande Allée -- the Champs Elysées of Québec lined with quaint shops, sidewalk cafés and boutiques. You will continue past the Hotel du Parlement, an imposing Second Empire-style building overlooking the city, before entering National Battlefields Park and returning to Park des Gouverneurs via St Louis Street. From here, continue your walking tour and discover the Artists Alley, Basilique Notre-Dame and the Québec Seminary. At the end of your tour, it's a short walk downhill to return to the ship.

Learn more: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/300