Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
UNESCO Historic Sites
Local Sightseeing, All
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Discover the European charm and character of the first French city in North America as you explore the city sights and learn the fascinating history of Quebec’s 400-year legacy.
Drive by Place-Royale a beautifully restored market square of typical 17th- and 18th-century stone architecture that comprises the heart of the Lower Town and was the site of Champlain’s first settlement.
Perched on a hill overlooking the St Lawrence River is the Chateau Frontenac -- the best-known landmark in Quebec. You will have approximately 20 minutes to independently visit Place D'Armes area.
Located just outside the Château is the romantic street called Dufferin Terrace, from where you will have a spectacular view of the St Lawrence River, Ile d’Orleans, and the Laurentian Mountains.
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 views of the St Lawrence River, Lower Town, and surrounding countryside.
Pass the trendy Grande-Allee -- the Champs-Elysees of Quebec, lined with quaint shops, sidewalk cafes, 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 guests who purchase this shore excursion.