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Upper Town (Haute-Ville) Tours

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Upper Town (Haute-Ville)
Perched atop Cape Diamond (Cap Diamant) overlooking the St. Lawrence River, Upper Town (Haute-Ville) is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Old Quebec (Vieux-Québec). Historic fortifications, built by the French and British, enclose a series of well-preserved streets lined with buildings dating back as far as the 17th century.
 
The Basics
Upper Town is where most Quebec City visitors spend the majority of their time. Many of the city’s top attractions are located here, including the Basilique-Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Québec, the Citadel of Quebec (La Citadelle de Québec), Chateau Frontenac hotel, and the Dufferin Terrace (Terrasse Dufferin) boardwalk, which offers sweeping views of the St. Lawrence River and the Laurentian Mountains.
 
Many walking tours cover parts of Upper Town, as well as attractions in Lower Town (Basse-Ville), such as Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church and Place Royale.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Upper Town is a must for all first-time visitors to Quebec.
  • Wear comfortable shoes. While Upper Town is relatively compact, it’s also got lots of steep streets and uneven cobblestone surfaces.
  • Some key sights in Upper Town, including the Basilique-Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Québec and the Citadel of Quebec, are wheelchair accessible, though many shops and restaurants offer only stepped access.
 
How to Get There
Upper Town and Lower Town are connected by around 30 sets of stairways. The Old Quebec Funicular, accessible via Rue du Petit-Champlain in Lower Town and Dufferin Terrace in Upper Town, also connects the two parts of the city.
 
When to Get There
Quebec City receives most visitors during the summer season, when cruise ships regularly dock in port. At this time, you’ll find a wide array of attractions, historic programs, and tours to experience, but should also expect crowds. Winter, when subzero temperatures and snow are the norm, is typically quieter, except during the Quebec Winter Carnival, which takes place in February in venues throughout Upper Town.
 
Chateau Frontenac
The jewel of Upper Town is the oft-photographed Chateau Frontenac hotel. Built by the Canadian Pacific Railway company in 1893 as bait to entice travelers to Quebec City, the elegant building wows with its copper turrets, dormer windows, and imposing setting atop Cape Diamond. Tours of the hotel interior are available to non-guests, and the hotel’s bar offers front-row views of the St. Lawrence River.

Address: Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, Canada
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9 Tours and Activities to Experience Upper Town (Haute-Ville)

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Private Tour: Quebec City Walking Tour

Private Tour: Quebec City Walking Tour

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Explore historic Québec City on this private guided walking tour. Enjoy personalized attention and discover Québec City's history from 1608 to the present day. Get to know this UNESCO World Heritage site, with educational and entertaining commentary from a professional tour conductor. Visit many of Québec City’s top attractions — like the Fortifications of Québec, Citadelle of Québec, Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church, the Plains of Abraham, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac and many more.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$69.84
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$69.84
Price varies by group size
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Small Group Old Québec Walk with Headset

Small Group Old Québec Walk with Headset

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Since Juin 2018, more than 2200 guests have booked this tour. To adapt to the current situation, we offer private walks only. * Small group only! No more than 8 pax. * Headset* is provided. * Not only outside, but we also go inside of the buildings as well. * Definitely an Instagrammable tour! --- *We will provide the hand sanitizer for every guest. All the equipment that we use is sanitized before and after the tour. --- This HISTORICAL & CULTURE WALKING TOUR is perfect for first-time travellers to Quebec City. We will enjoy some of the major monuments but also discover some hidden secret places in Old Quebec. It will be an informative and leisure 2-hour tour with an awesome certified guide. No rush, we'll enjoy this beautiful city all along our path. We'll stop at serval hidden spots which are not covered in regular walking tours. We will walk through secret doors, quiet streets and alleys. And we will meet locals, so we can get to know about Québec City and the surrounding areas.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$30.26
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$30.26
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Private Guided Quebec City Walking Tour

Private Guided Quebec City Walking Tour

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Walk the streets of Old Quebec and marvel in the historic feel of one of the oldest cities in North America. This tour is just for you and your group, and can be customized to your interests and preferences. Choose to visit a few of the most popular sights in Quebec City, or buckle up and see them all.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$76.11
Price varies by group size
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$76.11
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Old Quebec City Classique Walking Tour

Old Quebec City Classique Walking Tour

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The Quebec City 101 Tour with Funicular ride included, filled with fun, surprise, and useful information! Walk the streets of Old Quebec and marvel in the historic feel of one of the oldest cities in North America. Visit many of Québec City’s top attractions in the Upper and Lower Town districts, such as Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, Terrasse Dufferin, Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica-Cathedral, Place Royale, Fortifications of Québec, Quartier Petit Champlain.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$30.26
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$30.26
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Quebec City Shore Excursion: Private Guided Quebec City Walking Tour

Quebec City Shore Excursion: Private Guided Quebec City Walking Tour

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With cobblestone streets and hidden walkways, the historic center of Quebec City is perfect for exploring on foot, but it’s hard to set your own pace when you’re part of a group excursion. Enjoy Quebec City on your terms with a private walking tour that’s tailored to you: Visit Quebec highlights, duck into cute boutiques, learn about history, and see the things that interest you most as a personal guide leads the way.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$76.11
Price varies by group size
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$76.11
Price varies by group size
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Quebec City Shore Excursion: Grand Walking Tour of Quebec City

Quebec City Shore Excursion: Grand Walking Tour of Quebec City

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While docked at the Port of Québec, explore historic Old Québec City on this walking tour. Visit many of Québec City’s top attractions in the Upper and Lower Town districts — like the Fortifications of Québec, Citadelle of Québec, Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church and many more. Discover Québec City's history from 1608 to the present day and get to know this UNESCO World Heritage site, with educational and entertaining commentary from a professional tour conductor.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$24.05
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$24.05
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Quebec City Shore Excursion: Private Walking Tour

Quebec City Shore Excursion: Private Walking Tour

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While docked at the Port of Québec, explore historic Québec City on this private, guided walking tour. Enjoy personalized attention and discover Québec City's history from 1608 to the present day. Get to know this UNESCO World Heritage site, with educational and entertaining commentary from a professional tour conductor. Visit many of Québec City’s top attractions — like the Fortifications of Québec, Citadelle of Québec, Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church, the Plains of Abraham, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac and many more.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$87.30
Price varies by group size
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$87.30
Price varies by group size
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Private Walking Tour for American Visitors - 1776 Canada's Road to Independence

Private Walking Tour for American Visitors - 1776 Canada's Road to Independence

Best must-do experience for Americans visiting Quebec City; In-depth and fun historical overview you can relate to; Exclusive access to a private lounge for breaks / snacks; Convenient meeting point: your hotel in Old Quebec. Many Americans do not know to what a great extent American and Canadian history are intertwined, and thus our tour focuses on the ties that link these two countries. Do you know the link between French-speaking Canada and YOUR part of the continent? There is no better place to study these connections than in beautiful Quebec City. Our tour examines how early French settlers, the French & Indian War, the Boston Tea Party, the American Revolution, the Louisiana Purchase, the War of 1812 and the American Civil War shaped Quebec and Canada. During this 3-hour walking tour, we will explore sites in both the Upper Town and Lower Town, sites that highlight the significant role played by Quebec City in the history of North America and in the creation of modern Canada.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$174.60
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$174.60
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Quebec, Cradle of New France

Quebec, Cradle of New France

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In the footsteps of Samuel de Champlain, founder of Quebec City, relive the history of the oldest city in North America through its impressive archaeological sites, historic buildings, picturesque houses, spectacular cathedrals, towering fortifications and narrow streets.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$190.28
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$190.28
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