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About Quebec City

Always a highlight of a 'Fall Foliage' cruise along the New England and Canadian coastline, Quebec City is a living testimonial to the grace of Old Europe. Its steep cobbled streets make an atmospheric counterpoint to the trees blazing crimson, yellow and gold and creating one of the most dazzling spectacles on earth.

Artists display their wares in its tree-lined squares and Europhiles can shop for fine antiques and savour fine coffee, croissants and La Vie Francais in Parisian-style pavement cafés.

Do not miss the magnificent view from the turrets of medieval-style Chateau Frontenac, which dominates the city. Despite its appearance, this hotel-cum-museum dates from the 19th century, when it was constructed by the Canadian and Pacific Railway Company. A visit here for afternoon tea-with-a-view will make a perfect end to a day ashore.

 

Shore excursions in Quebec City

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

A Snapshot of Montreal

Activity highRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 12 hours

Set out on a journey to discover Montréal, an exciting city of contrast and cultural diversity.

Sit back and relax as you embark on a 3 hour drive to Montréal. En route a short comfort stop will be made.

Arriving into the Old Town of Montréal, your first stop will be at the Notre Dame Basilica. A guided visit will provide an insight into the vast structure of New-Gothic revival style architecture. Afterwards, you’ll walk to Nelson’s Column, situated in Place Jacques Cartier. Here, you can relax and enjoy around 2 hours of free time to purchase lunch and spend time at your leisure.

Re-join your guide and coach for a panoramic city drive towards Mont Royal. Here, a photo stop will be made for you to enjoy the lovely views, before continuing to the Olympic Stadium for a visit to the Montréal Tower.

Standing at 165 metres high and at a 45 degree angle, it’s the only one in the world that operates on a curved structure. You’ll take a 2 minute ride to the top in a glass encased funicular and once at the summit you can admire the stretching views across the city and the St Lawrence River Valley. After your visit, you’ll take the funicular ride back down and set off on the return drive to Quebec.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The Basilica may close its doors to the public without notice and a visit to the St Joseph Oratory Basilica will be made instead. There is around 1½ hours of guided walking. Walking during free time is at passengers’ discretion. The terrain includes some uneven ground, cobblestones and steps. Flat, comfortable shoes are advised. To maximise time, lunch has not been included, however a light snack box is included on the outward journey. Local currency is accepted for purchases.

Baie Saint Paul and Train de Charlevoix

Activity low

Duration: 6¾ hours

Take in the charm of Baie Saint Paul, and admire the sheer beauty of the St Lawrence riverside aboard the Train de Charlevoix.

Your day will begin with a coach drive to Baie Saint Paul to enjoy a few hours of free time, before boarding the Train de Charlevoix. Explore the charming town that has been an inspiration to artists and is also the birthplace of the world-famous Cirque du Soleil. Discover the artistic culture, browse the local shops and perhaps purchase a snack or refreshments in one of the many eateries.

Afterwards, sit back and relax on the Train de Charlevoix, as you take a two hour train ride passing through areas of the river and countryside otherwise inaccessible. As you travel along, absorb the scenery of the verdant and rugged hillsides. You’ll pass through the town of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, famous for its pilgrims who make their way to the Shrine of Ste-Anne-de-Beaupré every year, and Petite-Riviere-Saint-Francois, a narrow strip of land running along the river for more than six kilometres.

Your train ride will draw to an end at the Montmorency Falls, for the return drive to Quebec.

Essential information

This excursion operats by coach and train. This tour may operate in reverse order and commence at Montmorency Falls. Ste-Anne-de-Beaupré will be passed through twice, once via coach and once via train. The drive to Baie Saint Paul is around 1½ hours. This tour involves limited walking, however guests must be able to negotiate steps on to and off the coach and the train. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. The train is not exclusive to Cunard. Snack and drinks are will be available on the train to purchase. Please remember local currency.

Baie Saint Paul and Train de Charlevoix

Bicycle Adventure to Montmorency Falls

Activity high

Duration: 4 hours

What better way to discover the delights of Quebec and its natural wonders than by bike.

You will be met by your cycling guide who will walk you to the nearby bike centre so that you can become acquainted with your transport. Once the correctly-sized bike has been allocated, you will receive a safety demonstration before heading off on a 15 mile ride.

On your outbound journey, first pass the Quebec Yacht Harbour and the Industrial Grain Elevators before crossing the St Charles River to Domaine Maizeret, a historic site with vast landscaped gardens. After a well deserved drink of water, your cycle route will continue on a path parallel with the St Lawrence River.

Upon arrival at the Montmorency Falls, you will take a rest from cycling as you travel on the Aerial Tram to the summit. Enjoy breathtaking views and see the powerful forces of nature as the waters of the Montmorency River roar down the 272 foot cliff to eventually meet the St Lawrence River. A great half day tour for biking enthusiasts.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by mountain bike and tram. This excursion is only suitable for those in good physical condition. Total cycling time is expected to be approximately 2½ hours. Minimum age to participate on this tour is ten years old.

Complete Quebec

Activity mediumMeal included

Duration: 7½ hours

Make the most of your day in Quebec and combine the city highlights with picturesque countryside.

From Dufferin Terrace, enjoy spectacular views of the St Lawrence River and beyond. After a brief city overview from your guide, a short stop will be made to enjoy the surrounding area of Chateau Frontenac, Quebec’s landmark chateau hotel.

Heading to the heart of the Lower Town, Place Royale is a beautifully restored market square of typical 17th and 18th century stone architecture, and was the site of Champlain’s first settlement. Crossing the bridge to Ile d’Orleans, admire the stunning scenery and quaint rural villages, before stopping at a local restaurant for lunch.

Upon arrival at St Anne de Beaupré, enjoy some free time to explore the lovely grounds, Basilica, Scala Santa and Memorial Chapel.

At Montmorency Falls, view the thunderous waters cascading down a 272 foot cliff, a wonderful example of the force of Mother Nature. Enjoy breathtaking views and see where the Montmorency meets the great St Lawrence River.

From Cap Diamant, take a photo of the Battlefield Park and St Lawrence River from this panoramic lookout point.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Please be advised that there is a 10 minute walk on level ground at the top of the Falls. To avoid congestion, this tour will either visit the top or the bottom of Montmorency Falls.

Countryside of Quebec

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

Experience the splendour of French Canada’s countryside as you drive into the foothills of the Laurentian Mountains.

The sparkling Lac (lake) Beauport, surrounded by emerald forest, is an unforgettable location to soak up the beauty of the Laurentian Mountains. Nestled in the foothills of the mountain range, the surrounding colours of the foliage in autumn creates an impressive view.

Take a step back in time as you cross the bridge to the Ile d’Orleans, where you will enjoy a scenic drive through the picturesque villages of traditional, rural Quebec. First settled by the French over 350 years ago, the island is a veritable open-air museum, boasting more than 600 heritage buildings. A stop will be made at an authentic ‘Sugar Shack’, where you can learn about the production of maple products and sample the sweet maple taffy.

At the Montmorency Falls admire the 272 foot high waterfall, the highest in the province and 1½ times as high as Niagara Falls.

During your tour, tea, coffee and a sweet treat will be offered.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Please be advised that there is a 10 minute walk on level ground at the top of the falls.

 

A selection of cruises to Quebec City

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