One of North America’s oldest settlements, Quebec City retains its old-world flavor with historical buildings, stone ramparts, and cobbled streets. Because of its manageable size, it's possible to see a lot in only one day. Here’s how.
Old Quebec (Vieux-Québec)
Rue de Tresor, Quebec City
Walking tours are a great way to experience Old Quebec, as its many sights, including the Château Frontenac and Dufferin Terrace, are best explored on foot. The area can also be seen by bike and even from the air. Those interested in experiencing the old city through its food can take a food tour and sample the best of many French-Canadian eats. Most Quebec City tours include a stop at the area’s Place Royale, which is considered the cradle of French civilization in North America.
Expert and knowledgeable guide
Marie was very knowledgeable and knew her history well and was able to answer all our questions and provide amazing context to the history.
Cedric_R, Jul 2021
Recent reviews from experiences in Quebec City
Great tour and experience!
Marieke_B, Jul 2021
Walking Tour Through Quebec City's History
This was an excellent tour. Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly, and answered everyone's questions and gave us tons of interesting information. This is a great way to see the city and know what you want to go back and see again. I highly recommend this tour!
Excellent tour perfect amount of time great guide
Nicole_E, Jul 2021
Quebec City Walking Tour
Marie was great! Very knowledgeable! We enjoyed hearing about the architecture, and the part religion played in the city and demographics.
Jawata, Jul 2021
Full-Day Quebec City and Cruise Tour
It was a great trip to Quebec city. Excellent service from Eddy and Eric, very efficient and friendly. I would definitely recommend this agency.
Luke_M, Jul 2021
Private Guided Quebec City Walking Tour
Denis was a fantastic guide and really accommodated to our needs for us and the kids. He gave a personal view of Quebec and was able to fit a lot in a short time. Excellent knowledge of everything and highly recommend.
Great family/couple activity
Medjie, Jul 2021
Quebec City Guided Sightseeing Cruise
Honestly it was a very nice experience, activity to attend with my kids. They are 14 and 9 years old. They enjoyed every minute of it. Of course They loved the fact we could eat on board :) Only wish They had more choices but overall it was nice. The tour guide was also veeeery nice. He even took a picture with my kids. The staff is nice, helpful.
Quebec City Tour
mlaurel2019, Oct 2019
Discover Quebec City With a 3-Hour Private City Tour
Daniel, our driver/guide, met us at our cruise port on time as promised in a clean, luxury SUV. He was dressed professionally and was congenial and thoroughly knowledgeable about the city and its history. His main goal was our total satisfaction. Mission accomplished!
Do not look further
martin, Jul 2021
Quebec City Walking Tour
Excellent guide(Louise). You will learn A TON. Beautiful sites, not much walking but you will be on your feet the whole time. Plan something to relax afterwards!
Things to Know Before You Go
A knowledgeable local tour guide can provide context for all the history and culture you’re viewing and experiencing.
Old Quebec’s streets are mainly cobblestone, so be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes.
How to Get There
The historic Old Quebec district is located inside Quebec City, which has its own airport but is also easily accessible as a day trip or overnight from Montreal. The nearest train and bus station is Gare du Palais. Walking tours tend to begin within the old city walls, while bus tours offer hotel pickup and drop-off.
When to Get There
Summer is the most popular time to visit Quebec City, and while the warm weather draws larger crowds, it also allows for al fresco dining and charming sidewalk cafés. The winter months are also full of activity and are quite beautiful if you don’t mind the cold—average winter temperatures are often below 20 degrees Fahrenheit (-6 Celsius).
Highlights of Old Quebec
The winding streets of Vieux Quebec are charming in their own right, but the old city’s many monuments and museums are not to be overlooked. Particularly picturesque are the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Quebec, La Citadelle, and the Place Royale. Also worth a visit are the nearby Plains of Abraham, a historic park and former battlefield, and the beautiful Montmorency Falls, on the Beaupré shore. These can all be visited easily in one day and are included in most Quebec City sightseeing tours.