Indulge your senses with the scenic highlights of historic Québec and its environs during this memorable, full-day sightseeing excursion.
Place Royale, Île d'Orléans & Lunch
Depart the pier for a scenic drive by Place Royale, a beautifully restored market square of 17th- and 18th-century stone architecture located in the heart of the Lower Town. Leaving Place Royale, continue on across the bridge to Île d'Orléans. Upon arrival, drive through picturesque villages of traditional rural Québec and Pointe de Sainte Pétronille, then proceed for a French lunch at a typical Québecois
National Battlefield Park & Cap-Diamant
Continue for the brief drive to the National Battlefield Park, also known as the 'Plains of Abraham'. This historic battleground has been transformed into a beautiful 250-acre (101-hectare) park with hills, gardens, monuments and artillery artefacts. A photo stop is made at Cap Diamant for exquisite views of the St. Lawrence River, Lower Town and surrounding countryside. From here, proceed to the Dufferin Terrace and Le Château Frontenac area.
Dufferin Terrace & Le Château Frontenac
Located 200 feet (180 metres) above the waterway, this viewpoint offers spectacular vistas of the St. Lawrence River, Île d'Orléans and the Laurentian Mountains. During your brief visit, learn about the history of the area and take an optional stroll to Québec's most celebrated landmark, Le Château Frontenac. This magnificent, green-turreted castle was built in 1893 by the Canadian Pacific Railroad.
After lunch, re-board your coach for the drive to Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré and listen to a narrative by your guide en route. Upon arrival, commence your self-guided exploration of the lovely grounds and major sites of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, including the Basilica, Scala Santa and Memorial Chapel. Following your visit, re-board your coach and drive to Montmorency Falls via Avenue Royale.
This imposing natural phenomenon is 1.5 times higher than Niagara Falls. During your visit, take in breath-taking views and see the powerful forces of nature at work as the Montmorency River cascades over a 272-foot-high (about 83-metre-high) cliff and down to the St. Lawrence River. Some free time is also made available to take a stroll along the paths near the falls.
Your tour concludes with a brief return drive to the pier.
Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking for approximately 750 yards (about 686 metres) over paved and cobblestone surfaces, with approximately 20 steps to negotiate at the Basilica (a wheelchair ramp is available), 85 steps at the Scala Santa and 20 steps at the Memorial Chapel if guests wish to see all the sights. As walking at Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Montmorency Falls and Dufferin Terrace is at the discretion of each guest, this tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and those who utilise a wheelchair. A sweater or light jacket is recommended. The tour sequence may vary.