After this definitive tour of historic Quebec City and its absolutely beautiful countryside, you will have experienced the very best of this spectacular destination.
Depart from the pier by coach and drive to the National Battlefield Park, a 250-acre oasis in the heart of the city. Also known as the Plains of Abraham, it was the site of several clashes between the French and British and has great historical importance. You'll stop for photos at Cap Diamant, the promontory that overlooks the park. Then, it's on to Dufferin Terrace, where Samuel de Champlain built his fort in 1620, and Château Frontenac, a castle-like hotel has been an icon since opening in 1893. You'll have some free time in the area to walk the Terrace and enjoy sweeping views of the St. Lawrence River and Laurentian Mountains, or independently explore Château Frontenac. Your final stop in town will be at Place-Royale, a lovely square where your guide will elaborate on the founding of Quebec City, much of which took place in this area.
Driving out of town, the scenery soon changes from historic to stunningly beautiful. After lunch at a traditional Quebecois restaurant, more treasures await you. Arriving at St-Anne-de- Beaupré, a pilgrimage site for more than 350 years, you may want to take some time on your own to explore the wonderful basilica and chapel of the Shrine. Continuing on, you will make your way to the top of Montmorency Falls, where you will experience the glorious natural beauty of the falls as they thunder down 275 feet to the St. Lawrence River below. It's truly a dramatic end to your sightseeing before returning to the pier.
Please note: Independent visit to Chateau Frontenac is not included. Walking on this tour is mainly at the guests' discretion during the stops. There will be various gradients and surfaces to negotiate and some of the sites have steps and no wheelchair ramp. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Scooters under 60 lbs. are permitted. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Rain resistant layered clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested.