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.

Historic & Modern Quebec: A UNESCO Partner Tour

Approximately 3½ Hours
Moderate Walking 

This option is available to guests who are returning to the ship.

UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Historic District of Old Québec, inscribed in 1985, is comprised of 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 is the only one 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.

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 half-hour guided tour of the church and its crypt.

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 Parliament Building -- home of the National Assembly and the meeting place of Quebec's 125 elected representatives. The Parliament Building is located just outside the walls of Old Quebec. Admire the 22 statues on its façade, depicting significant contributors to province's history. Step inside to discover the little-known characteristics of this heritage building, its Second-Empire style of architecture, and the many works of art it houses.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. The church's Chapel of the Holy Martyrs-Canadians (built in 1818) features rich ornamentation, including stained glass and an altar designed by Eugène Taché. Relics of Canadian holy martyrs reside in the chapel. The Parliament Building is closed on weekends; a visit to the Governor-General’s House will be substituted. Located within the Citadelle of Québec, the residence of the Governor General is a remarkable heritage attraction offering spectacular views of the St Lawrence River and an exceptional collection of Canadian art, objects and furnishings.


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