Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
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Approximately 2 Hours
Meals not included
Discover the European charm and character of the first French city in North America as you view the city sights, including some UNESCO World Heritage Sites seen from a panoramic drive, and learn the fascinating history of Québec's 400-year legacy. You will pass Place-Royale -- the site of Champlain's first settlement. This beautifully-restored market square is typical of the 17th- and 18th-century stone architecture that comprises the heart of Québec's Lower Town.
Perched on a hill overlooking the St Lawrence River is the Château Frontenac -- the best-known landmark in Québec. You will have approximately 20 minutes to independently visit the Place d'Armes area.
Located just in front of the Château is a romantic street called Dufferin Terrace, offering a spectacular view of the St Lawrence River, Ile d'Orleans, and the Laurentian Mountains.
Passing through the St Louis Gate, explore National Battlefields Park -- also known as the Plains of Abraham. The park was the historic battle site 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 overlooking the St-Lawrence River, the Lower Town, and the surrounding countryside.
Pass the trendy Grande-Allée -- the Champs-Elysées of Québec -- lined with quaint shops, sidewalk cafés, and boutiques.
As you return to the ship, watch for the Hotel du Parliament -- an imposing Second Empire-style building.
Wear comfortable walking shoes. This tour uses local city buses chartered exclusively for Holland America Line guests on this shore excursion; they are simple coaches with no frills.