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Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica-Cathedral: Our most recommended tours and activities

Quebec City: 1-Hour Express Double-Decker Bus Tour

1. Quebec City: 1-Hour Express Double-Decker Bus Tour

Make the most of your time in Quebec City and the later days of summer with an express orientation tour. Admire the historic Old Quebec, the Plains of Abraham, and the lively street, Grand Allée on a 1-hour tour. Climb aboard an open-top double-decker bus (summer) or a regular double decker bus (winter) for an introduction to this world-famous city. Departing from the center of Old Quebec, you'll experience firsthand the European charm of the first French settlement in North America. Discover Quebec's historic charm on a delightful route that showcases the Old Town, the historic Plains of Abraham that serve as the lungs of Québec City, and Grand Allée - one of the most colorful streets in Quebec City.

Quebec City Tour

2. Quebec City Tour

Quebec City is best known for its French influence within architecture and historic landmarks. On a 2-hour tour, be transported around the city to see its main sights and gain some insight into its rich history. On your tour, you will be taken to see the Latin Quarter as well as several other more modern neighborhoods in the city. Pass by the city ramparts, a UNESCO World Heritage Site for being the only original city defense walls left standing in North America. Admire Place Royale and the Citadelle of Quebec, part of the old city. See where the Battle of the Plains of Abraham was fought, and visit important political and religious buildings including the National Assembly, the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, and City Hall. You also cannot miss the view of the famous Château Frontenac, probably the most famous building in the city.

Quebec: Old City Guided Walking Tour in Winter

3. Quebec: Old City Guided Walking Tour in Winter

Following a passionate, seasoned, experienced local tour guide, you will discover more than 400 years of History. This Old Quebec Winter Walking Tour will first take you through the snowy streets of the walled city. You will admire the famous Fairmont le Château Frontenac, you will make a stop on the Dufferin Terrace and enjoy its vantage point over the St-Lawrence River. You will walk by Old Quebec public squares, proud monuments and beautiful churches such as the Holy Trinity Cathedral and the Notre-Dame-de-Quebec Cathedral and Basilica. Your dedicated period costumed tour guide will then lead you to the Petit-Champlain District, cradle of the french fact in North America, so you can appreciate this outstanding, unique and quaint part of "le Vieux-Québec", at the level of the St-Lawrence River. Winter is in Quebec City’s DNA. Experiencing a winter in Quebec City is one of the best ways to really immerse yourself in our local culture and way of life. The nordicity, the cold, the way our people got adapted to the ambient conditions, is what makes this city distinctive. Accompanied by a historical character, tour the Old Quebec in winter times and forge some unforgettable memories while learning a bit more about how it is for us, and how it has been for our ancestors to live through these Canadian winters.

Quebec City: Old Quebec Walking Tour with Funicular Ride

4. Quebec City: Old Quebec Walking Tour with Funicular Ride

Explore Quebec City with a walking tour designed to introduce you to one of North America's first settlements. Marvel at Old Quebec's history as well as the city's most popular attractions. Meet up with your guide at the Maison Jean-Baptiste-Chevalier before heading out to explore the Upper and Lower Town districts, such as Fairmont Le Château Frontenac and Terrasse Dufferin, as well as stop by iconic sites. Discover the Lower Town, where Old Quebec is located, and some of the most emblematic buildings in town, like the Place Royale, Quebec City Mural, Fortifications of Québec and the charming Quartier Petit Champlain. Ride on the funicular to the Upper Town Old Quebec, where you can admire the beautiful St Lawrence River along the way. While in the Upper Town, you will visit Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, Terrasse Dufferin, Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica-Cathedral, and City Hall of Quebec.

2-Hour Walk Through Québec City's History

5. 2-Hour Walk Through Québec City's History

Follow your cicerone, or guide off the beaten path and into history. You’ll be charmed by Old Quebec, the only walled city in North America. On your 2-hour walking tour you’ll be accompanied by an authentic and unique character dressed in full colonial costume. Relive 400 years of action-packed Quebec history! You’re sure to be impressed by this UNESCO world heritage site where fine old buildings and proud monuments line the winding streets. Visit picturesque places such as the Château Frontenac, Dufferin Terrace, the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Québec, and Place Royale. Place Royale is considered the cradle of French civilization in North America.

Quebec: Self-Guided Driving Audio Tour App

6. Quebec: Self-Guided Driving Audio Tour App

Downloading the Action Tour Guide App which will function as our personal tour guide, audio tour and map all in one. Once we have done that we can begin our tour of Quebec City from the parking area directly across from Parc Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde. From there we'll drive along the Saint Lawrence River until we reach the Petit Champlain area. Dating back to the 17th century, this historic district is the oldest shopping district in North America! Next up will be the Place Royale where we will learn about the French King Louis XIV and his peculiar contribution to the flourishing of what was known as New France. Driving through Old Quebec, we will get to know the different sections of the City and understand why the settlers chose to build it in the way they did. It will be impossible to miss the gorgeous City Hall which combines the Second Empire and the Chateau architectural styles into something which is truly amazing. Then we will come across the Morrin Centre which today is the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec but in actual fact was originally the first prison in Quebec. Continuing onwards, we will drive along the fortifications erected in the early 1800s to protect against possible invasion by the United States of America. These walls are the main reason Quebec was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Looking ahead, we will see the stunning Chateau Frontenac which is the most iconic building in Quebec. It is the largest and most luxurious Hotel in the City and the most imposing architecturally. After this we will see the Cathedral Basilica Notre-Dame de Quebec and the Holy Trinity, two of the earliest churches in the City of Quebec.   Heading on to Parliament Hill, we will discover the beautiful Parliament building which honors the figures integral to Quebec's founding. Progressing on, we will arrive at the sprawling park known as the Plaines d'Abraham where we will come to an overlook which it would be impossible not to photograph. From here we will be able to see La Citadelle, a fortress built in the 1820s to defend the City from invaders. Moving on, we will pass by the Musee Des Beaux Arts, home to more than 38,000works of art. Beyond that will be the Terasse Grey where British and French armies battled in 1759. Finally, we will drive down La Grande-Allee, a truly lovely avenue lined with shops, restaurants and cafes.   Our tour will conclude back on Parliament Hill just a short distance from where we began.

Quebec City: 2 or 3-Hour Fat Bike Rental

7. Quebec City: 2 or 3-Hour Fat Bike Rental

Cycle through Old Quebec and Limoilou with ease with a fat bike rental. Easily discover sights such as the Domaine de Maizerets and Saint-Charles Linear Park with a 2 or 3-hour rental. Upon arrival at the shop, get kitted out with your perfect bike, a helmet, and winter gear (depending on availability). Receive a quick safety induction and introduction to the best routes in the city before you take to the streets. Next, set off through the bike lanes and streets of Old Quebec and Limoilou. You can choose to follow a suggested route adapted to the weather and trail conditions, or explore the city and your chosen landmarks at your own pace.

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What people are saying about Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica-Cathedral

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based on 847 reviews

We took the morning city tour with our driver, Daniel, who was knowledgeable and entertaining. We easily met the bus at the departure point at the Tourist Center. The itinerary was interesting and enabled us to see sights we would not have otherwise. The bus was very comfortable. Highly recommend!

The driver was informative, engaging, and extremely knowledgeable about the history of the city of Quebec, the locations, and the architecture we were seeing or riding. I recommend this tour to anyone visiting this city for the first time.

Alexis was an awesome guide- filled with knowledge and interesting stories. He pointed out lots of great shops and places to eat as well. My whole family (ages 10-15) throughly enjoyed the tour. Highly recommend him!

Good tour to show you the main points in Quebec City. Gives you an overall idea of where you could go and visit further.

Enjoyed the historical perspective. Guide was well informed and easy to hear and understand.