Quebec City cruises

When you cruise to Quebec City you will dock at the inland port, the oldest in Canada, just minutes from the city centre. As you travel towards the city, the contrast between the port area and the Old Town is astonishing. The history and romance seeps from the very fabric of the buildings and cobbled streets. But this is more than mere nostalgia. The only fortified city in North America, Old Quebec is a one-off and you will see nothing else like it in Canada. 

The architecture is thoroughly European and remains untouched by time. The district is best explored on foot so as not to miss any gems. The city walls are close to three miles in length and the cliff-top location is a perfect vantage point to view the distinctive cityscape which spans 300 years.

Discover Quebec City

The ‘Star Shaped Citadel’ has the characteristic form of Vauban fortifications, and in summer the Changing of the Guard ceremony is a fantastic spectacle. The regimental band, complete with its ‘Batisse the Goat’ mascot, are inspected by the officers. Dressed in formal scarlet uniforms with tall bearskin hats, the ceremony is much like that at Buckingham Palace, London, on which it is based.

Wander up Rue Saint-Paul where a host of galleries and some very tempting antique shops will lure you in. The magnificent period buildings are an attraction in themselves and look magical in the winter when covered in snow. When you are in need of refreshment there are plenty of bistros and cosy cafés to rest and refuel.

You will certainly need refreshment if you decide to climb the 59 ‘Breakneck Stairs’ which link the upper and lower town. For a less strenuous trip to the top, take the funicular. It is worth the journey as it brings you to the Petit Champlain quarter.

This district is magically quaint and a must-see for visitors. The one-of-a-kind boutiques are the perfect place to stock up on souvenirs from your cruise to Quebec City. You cannot miss the remarkable trompe-l’oeil murals on the walls of Soumande House near the Palace Royale. Depicting the history and characters of the city, the frescos are relatively modern and breathtaking in their detail. They are so lifelike that you will believe people are waving to you from open windows, but it is all a ‘trick of the eye’.

The St Lawrence River is a huge presence cutting right through the city. Near the bridge that spans the river, the Aquarium du Quebec is a watery playground for more than 300 different species of animals, fish and reptiles. The huge site spans 16 hectares, indoors and out, and is a fabulous way to view the indigenous species of the ocean and river.

Polar bears, walruses and seals frolic in the outdoor park to enchant you with their antics. In the 350,000 litre tank seahorses, rays, jellyfish and other exotic species will intrigue you from this natural environment. It is like diving into the Pacific without getting wet.

You will find plenty of traditional, sweet treats in Quebec City. ‘Poor Man’s Pudding’ is a delicious cake, served warm and topped with a sticky, syrupy sauce – scrumptious. To complete your sugar rush ‘Sugar Pie’ is a single-crust open tart filled with creamy sweet custard, sometimes flavoured with maple syrup. A walk back to ship will work off the extra calories so you may give yourself permission to indulge.

Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Complete Quebec

    Make the most of your day in Quebec and combine the city highlights with picturesque countryside.

    Complete Quebec

    From Dufferin Terrace, enjoy spectacular views of the St Lawrence River and beyond. After a brief city overview from your guide, a short stop will be made to enjoy the surrounding area of Chateau Frontenac, Quebec’s landmark chateau hotel.

    Heading to the heart of the Lower Town, Place Royale is a beautifully restored market square of typical 17th and 18th century stone architecture, and was the site of Champlain’s first settlement. Crossing the bridge to Ile d’Orleans, admire the stunning scenery and quaint rural villages, before stopping at a local restaurant for luncheon.

    Upon arrival at St Anne de Beaupré, enjoy some free time to explore the lovely grounds, Basilica, Scala Santa and Memorial Chapel.

    At Montmorency Falls, view the thunderous waters cascading down a 272 foot cliff, a wonderful example of the force of Mother Nature. Enjoy breathtaking views and see where the Montmorency meets the great St Lawrence River.

    From Cap Diamant, take a photograph of the Battlefield Park and St Lawrence River from this panoramic lookout point.

    A program of shore excursions will be available over the three days that Queen Mary is berthed in Quebec. For those guests who are leaving or joining the ship in Quebec, it is strongly recommended not to book a shore excursion on the day of your departure or arrival, unless your travel and luggage arrangements allow.

    Please be advised that there is a ten minute walk on level ground at the top of the Falls. To avoid congestion, this tour will either visit the top or the bottom of Montmorency Falls.

    Tour code

    YQB_005

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    7½ hours

  • Quebec Panorama

    The perfect option for those who want to discover Quebec and the surrounding countryside without the walking.

    Quebec Panorama

    Your drive will take you past Place Royale, a beautifully restored square of typical 17th and 18th century architecture. You’ll also head to the Cap Diamant area that offers some wonderful views and where you’ll enjoy a short photograph stop.

    Your panoramic tour will head to Montmorency Falls to admire the breathtaking views. A short photograph stop will be made to view the foot of the falls and its powerful force of nature.

    Before making your way back to the ship, a stop will be made at an authentic local ‘Sugar Shack’. Here you’ll learn about the production of maple products and sample the sweet maple taffy. A tea or coffee and a sweet treat will also be offered.

    A program of shore excursions will be available over the three days that Queen Mary is berthed in Quebec. For those guests who are leaving or joining the ship in Quebec, it is strongly recommended not to book a shore excursion on the day of your departure or arrival, unless your travel and luggage arrangements allow.

    This excursion will operate by coach.This tour involves limited walking, however guests must be able to negotiate steps on to and off the coach. An alternative location to the ‘Sugar Shack’ may be used.

    Tour code

    YQB_011

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    3¾ hours

  • Old Quebec Walk & Chateau Frontenac

    Discover three centuries of history in this fascinating city and enjoy a refreshment stop at the renowned Château Frontenac.

    Old Quebec Walk & Chateau Frontenac

    The best way to explore the historic city of Québec is on foot. The Old Town is the only walled city in North America and was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985.

    Located 200 feet above the waterway, Dufferin Terrace was the chosen location for Samuel de Champlain to build his fort in 1620. From here there are spectacular views over St Lawrence River and the town of Levis on the opposite shore, Ile d’Orléans, and the Laurentian Mountains. Built and rebuilt several times, Place Royale historic square remains the heart of the Lower Town and was once home to the wealthy merchants. Around the corner from Place Royale is the charming pedestrian area of Petit Champlain. Narrow cobblestone streets house an array of quaint boutiques, speciality shops, and outdoor cafés.

    From the Lower Town enjoy a short funicular ride to Château Frontenac. Perched on a hill overlooking the St. Lawrence River, the Château-like hotel is the most well known landmark in Québec. It was here that Roosevelt, Churchill and Mackenzie King met to discuss their strategy during World War II. You will head to the hotel restaurant where you can enjoy a tea or coffee in charming surroundings.

    At the end of your tour, time permitting, you may wish to remain in the town and return to the ship independently.

    A program of shore excursions will be available over the three days that Queen Mary is berthed in Quebec. For those guests who are leaving or joining the ship in Quebec, it is strongly recommended not to book a shore excursion on the day of your departure or arrival, unless your travel and luggage arrangements allow.

    This excursion will operate on foot and funicular. Guests are advised there is approximately 2½ hours of walking and standing on this tour. Guided visits of Château Frontenac are not permitted and this tour will only include a visit to the restaurant for refreshments.

    Tour code

    YQB_010

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Cultural Discovery

    A fascinating tour that offers an insight into the Huron-Wendat culture.

    Cultural Discovery

    Located on the outskirts of Québec is the village of Wendake, nestled in woodland and once home to the Huron-Wendat community who occupied the estuary and the valley of the St Lawrence River. Today the area, whilst it has moved with modern times, still retains an element of the old traditions and way of life.

    Upon arrival, you’ll enjoy a native welcome dance, before taking a guided tour of the highlights of the village. At the traditional Huron site, you’ll find replica buildings such as the longhouse and smokehouse that portray the daily life and customs of the Huron-Wendat people. You’ll visit the museum, where fascinating exhibits offer an insight into the culture and history of the people, and the Innu chapel a designated National Historic Site that dates from 1730.

    After your cultural discovery, enjoy the scenic drive back to the port.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves around 1½ hours of leisurely guided walking, which includes some steps. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    YQB_016

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Countryside of Quebec

    Experience the splendour of French Canada’s countryside as you drive into the foothills of the Laurentian Mountains.

    Countryside of Quebec

    The sparkling Lac (lake) Beauport, surrounded by emerald forest, is an unforgettable location to soak up the beauty of the Laurentian Mountains. Nestled in the foothills of the mountain range, the surrounding colours of the foliage in autumn creates an impressive view. Take a step back in time as you cross the bridge to the Ile d’Orleans, where you will enjoy a scenic drive through the picturesque villages of traditional, rural Quebec. First settled by the French over 350 years ago, the island is a veritable open-air museum, boasting more than 600 heritage buildings. A stop will be made at an authentic ‘Sugar Shack’, where you can learn about the production of maple products and sample the sweet maple taffy. At the Montmorency Falls admire the 272 foot high waterfall, the highest in the province and 1½ times as high as Niagara Falls. During your tour, tea, coffee and a sweet treat will be offered.

    A program of shore excursions will be available over the three days that Queen Mary is berthed in Quebec. For those guests who are leaving or joining the ship in Quebec, it is strongly recommended not to book a shore excursion on the day of your departure or arrival, unless your travel and luggage arrangements allow.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Please be advised that there is a ten minute walk on level ground at the top of the Falls.

    Tour code

    YQB_004

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Isle of Orléans by Helicopter

    Arrive in style by helicopter to the Isle of Orléans, then take in the island scenery on land and enjoy a delicious luncheon.

    Isle of Orléans by Helicopter

    An ideal once in a lifetime option for a small number of guests, friends or family.

    Enjoy some of Québec’s surroundings as you take a drive to the heliport, where you’ll be briefed on your flight experience, before taking to the skies. Once airborne, you’ll be soaring aloft for a bird’s-eye view of Montmorency Falls, the St Lawrence River, Chaudière River and the beautiful skyline of Québec. Soon you’ll have the Isle of Orléans in your sights, which is set in a beautiful location in the St Lawrence Seaway.

    As your helicopter ride draws to an end, you’ll come into land within the grounds of a local sugar shack. Here, you’ll be joined by your driver-guide for the next leg of your tour and also enjoy a brief demonstration of the sweet maple products.

    Afterwards, you’ll set off on a scenic panoramic drive, passing through the picturesque villages of traditional, rural Québec. As you pass by the tip of the island, you’ll have the opportunity to view the charming 19th century resort homes of Québec’s rich merchant class. You’ll continue to a beautifully restored turn of the century Inn, La Goéliche, where a delicious local style luncheon will be served. The restaurant is particularly renowned for its setting and the lovely views across the St Lawrence River.

    Your tour will be rounded off with the return drive to Québec, which will allow you to enjoy more lovely scenery.

    A program of shore excursions will be available over the three days that Queen Mary is berthed in Quebec. For those guests who are leaving or joining the ship in Quebec, it is strongly recommended not to book a shore excursion on the day of your departure or arrival, unless your travel and luggage arrangements allow.

    This excursion will operate by car or minibus and on foot. This tour is non-refundable once booked. Children must be three years and over. For the helicopter ride, there is a strict weight restriction of 20 stone per person and a recommended height of no more than six feet and four inches. Your weight and height will be requested on board and must be accurate, as this determines the helicopter configuration. If a passenger is over the stated restrictions they will be charged for an additional seat. The helicopter size varies between three and six seats. Seating is allocated on the day and preferences cannot be made. Total flight time is around 25-30 minutes. This tour is subject to the weather conditions and may be cancelled at short notice. Guests must be able to negotiate steps on to and off the modes of transport.

    Tour code

    YQB_014

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Tastes of Quebec Walking Tour

    Take a walk through Quebec and sample the local culinary delights along the way. >/strong>

    Tastes of Quebec Walking Tour

    With your tastes buds at the ready, you’ll meet your guide at the pier and set off on foot towards Quebec’s old city area.

    Your walk will take you to a variety of local eateries such as Café du Monde, Le Quai 19 and La Petite Cabane. At each stop, you’ll have the chance to sample local delicacies, some of which will be offered with the perfect alcohol pairing. The famous maple toffee on snow will also be on offer which is a must for all maple toffee lovers!

    This tour will allow you to discover the French heritage and North American influence of the city’s food scene. Your guide will also offer fascinating facts and provide you with some new found culinary knowledge.

    A program of shore excursions will be available over the three days that Queen Mary is berthed in Quebec. For those guests who are leaving or joining the ship in Quebec, it is strongly recommended not to book a shore excursion on the day of your departure or arrival, unless your travel and luggage arrangements allow.

    This excursion will operate on foot. Participants on this tour must be aged 18 years and over. This tour involves around 2¼ hours of walking over varying terrain which includes cobblestones. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. The venues and menus are subject to change and may vary depending on the time of the year. It is advisable to bring a jacket or umbrella in case of rain.

    Tour code

    YQB_015

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3 hours

  • An Evening at the Sugar Shack

    Treat yourself to an authentic Quebecois tradition at the Sugar Shack, with good food, traditional music and a maple taffy treat!

    An Evening at the Sugar Shack

    An overnight stay in Quebec would not be complete without a visit to the famous Sugar Shack, a traditional log cabin restaurant. Upon arrival you will be greeted by staff and guided through a unique Maple Museum, where you will learn how the maple sap is transformed into the delicious syrup.

    Enjoy an unforgettable evening filled with live French Canadian folkloric music, song and dance. A traditional Quebecois all you can eat family style meal will be served. The evening wouldn’t be complete without sampling a real Quebecois hot maple taffy poured over snow, just one of the many highlights of the evening.

    A program of shore excursions will be available over the three days that Queen Mary is berthed in Quebec. For those guests who are leaving or joining the ship in Quebec, it is strongly recommended not to book a shore excursion on the day of your departure or arrival, unless your travel and luggage arrangements allow.

    The atmosphere is warm and welcoming and the dress code is relaxed and casual. The meal includes tea and coffee and two alcoholic beverages. Please carry Canadian Dollars if you wish to purchase additional drinks.

    Tour code

    YQB_008

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Bicycle Adventure to Montmorency Falls

    What better way to discover the delights of Quebec and its natural wonders than by bike.

    Bicycle Adventure to Montmorency Falls

    You will be met by your cycling guide who will walk you to the nearby bike centre so that you can become acquainted with your transport. Once the correctly-sized bike has been allocated, you will receive a safety demonstration before heading off on a 15 mile ride.

    On your outbound journey, first pass the Quebec Yacht Harbour and the Industrial Grain Elevators before crossing the St Charles River to Domaine Maizeret, a historic site with vast landscaped gardens. After a well deserved drink of water, your cycle route will continue on a path parallel with the St Lawrence River.

    Upon arrival at the Montmorency Falls, you will take a rest from cycling as you travel on the Aerial Tram to the summit. Enjoy breathtaking views and see the powerful forces of nature as the waters of the Montmorency River roar down the 272 foot cliff to eventually meet the St Lawrence River. A great half day tour for biking enthusiasts.


    A program of shore excursions will be available over the three days that Queen Mary is berthed in Quebec. For those guests who are leaving or joining the ship in Quebec, it is strongly recommended not to book a shore excursion on the day of your departure or arrival, unless your travel and luggage arrangements allow. ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    Note: This excursion is only suitable for those in good physical condition. Total cycling time is expected to be approximately 2½ hours. Minimum age to participate on this tour is ten years old. Before you book this excursion, you must refer to the ‘Activity Excursion’ paragraph under the Guide to Symbols in this brochure.

    Tour code

    YQB_006

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    4 hours

  • St Anne De Beaupre & Montmorency Falls

    Be captivated you as you enjoy the leisurely drive along the St Lawrence River and visit St Anne-de-Beaupré.

    St Anne De Beaupre & Montmorency Falls

    Sit back, relax and enjoy a guided drive to the Shrine of St Anne de Beaupré. The neo-roman style basilica was built where colonial sailors caught in a devastating storm, prayed to the mother of the Virgin Mary and were spared from death. Free time will be given to explore the grounds, take a moment to admire over 200 stained glass windows. Visit the Scala Santa built in 1891, it houses a replica of the Holy Stairs which Christ climbed before being sentenced to death by Pontius Pilate.
    <>br> Named after Henri II, Duc of Montmorency, the Montmorency Falls are 1½ times as high as Niagara Falls, enjoy stunning scenery and the thunderous 272 foot high cascading waterfall. The Falls are located at the mouth of the Montmorency River just in front of the Island of Orleans.
    <>br> Visit the Albert Gilles Copper Art Museum, where you will be seduced by the ‘art of repoussé’, masterfully interpreted by the craftsman, Albert Gilles, whose work can be found in St Anne de Beaupré Basilica.

    A program of shore excursions will be available over the three days that Queen Mary is berthed in Quebec. For those guests who are leaving or joining the ship in Quebec, it is strongly recommended not to book a shore excursion on the day of your departure or arrival, unless your travel and luggage arrangements allow.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves a moderate amount of walking and steps. To avoid congestion, this tour will either visit the top or the bottom of the Montmorency Falls.

    Tour code

    YQB_002

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Helicopter Flight over Québec City

    Capture inspiring and breathtaking 360 degree views of Québec City from the air!

    Helicopter Flight over Québec City

    Enjoy a glimpse of Québec’s surroundings as you take a drive to the heliport. Here, you’ll be briefed on your 12 minute flight experience before taking to the skies. Once airborne, you’ll be surrounded by fabulous birds-eye views that stretch across Québec City and its surrounding countryside.

    Peer down over Old Québec, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you can spot ancient fortifications and the historic Battlefield Park. Enjoy a rare birds-eye view of the famous Château Frontenac, one of the most notable views, from directly above its castle like spires. You’ll also sweep over Cap Diamant and take in the magnificent St Lawrence River.

    Your flight will encompass many more wonderful views for you to enjoy, before finally landing back at the airport.

    A program of shore excursions will be available over the three days that Queen Mary is berthed in Quebec. For those guests who are leaving or joining the ship in Quebec, it is strongly recommended not to book a shore excursion on the day of your departure or arrival, unless your travel and luggage arrangements allow.

    This excursion will operate by minibus and helicopter. Total flight time is around 12 minutes. This tour is non-refundable once booked. Children must be three years and over. There is a strict weight restriction of 20 stone per person and a recommended height of no more than six feet and four inches. Your weight and height will be requested on board and must be accurate, as this determines the helicopter configuration. If a guest is over the stated restrictions they will be charged for an additional seat. The helicopter size varies between three and six seats. Seating is allocated on the day and preferences cannot be made. This tour is subject to the weather conditions and may be cancelled at short notice. Guests must be able to negotiate steps on to and off the minibus and the helicopter.

    Tour code

    YQB_013

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    2 hours

  • Montréal in a Day

    Set out on a journey to discover Montréal, an exciting city of contrast and cultural diversity.

    Montréal in a Day

    Sit back and relax as you embark on a three hour drive to Montréal. En route a short comfort stop will be made.

    Arriving into the Old Town of Montréal, your first stop will be at the Notre Dame Basilica. A guided visit will provide an insight into the vast structure of New-Gothic revival style architecture. Afterwards, you’ll walk to Nelson’s Column, situated in Place Jacques Cartier. Here, you can relax and enjoy around two hours of free time to purchase luncheon and spend time at your leisure.

    Re-join your guide and coach for a panoramic city drive towards Mont Royal. Here, a photograph stop will be made for you to enjoy the lovely views, before continuing to the Olympic Stadium for a visit to the Montréal Tower.

    Standing at 165 metres high and at a 45 degree angle, it’s the only one in the world that operates on a curved structure. You’ll take a two minute ride to the top in a glass encased funicular and once at the summit you can admire the stretching views across the city and the St Lawrence River Valley. After your visit, you’ll take the funicular ride back down and set off on the return drive to Quebec.

    A program of shore excursions will be available over the three days that Queen Mary is berthed in Quebec. For those guests who are leaving or joining the ship in Quebec, it is strongly recommended not to book a shore excursion on the day of your departure or arrival, unless your travel and luggage arrangements allow.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The Basilica may close its doors to the public without notice and a visit to the St Joseph Oratory Basilica will be made instead. There is around 1½ hours of guided walking. Walking during free time is at guests’ discretion. The terrain includes some uneven ground, cobblestones and steps. Flat, comfortable shoes are advised. To maximise time, luncheon has not been included; however a light snack box is included on the outward journey. Local currency is accepted for purchases.

    Tour code

    YQB_012

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    12 hours

  • Old Quebec Walking Tour

    An experienced guide will bring the history of Quebec alive as you walk the charming cobblestone streets of the Old Town.

    Old Quebec Walking Tour

    Perched on a hill overlooking the St Lawrence River, the Château Frontenac is the best known landmark in Quebec. It was here that Roosevelt, Churchill and MacKenzie King met to discuss strategies during World War II and it remains one of the most prominent landmarks of this old walled city. Located 200 feet above the waterway is Dufferin Terrace where Samuel de Champlain built his fort in 1620. From here, you will have a spectacular view of the St Lawrence River and distant Laurentian Mountains. The typical stone buildings surrounding the historic square, Place Royale, were once the homes of wealthy merchants. Place Royale is the birthplace of French civilisation in North America and is consequently one of the oldest settlements in the continent. Built and re-built several times, the square remains the heart of the Lower Town as well as being home to North America’s oldest standing Catholic church. From the Lower Town to the Upper Town you will enjoy a short funicular ride to reach Chateau Frontenac. The funicular first went into operation in 1879 and was reconstructed in 1946 following a fire. It was then revamped with modern technology in 1998 and is the only one of its kind in North America.

    A program of shore excursions will be available over the three days that Queen Mary is berthed in Quebec. For those guests who are leaving or joining the ship in Quebec, it is strongly recommended not to book a shore excursion on the day of your departure or arrival, unless your travel and luggage arrangements allow.

    This excursion will operate by foot and funicular. There is approximately, 2½ hours of walking on this tour, however the distances are short and there is minimal uphill walking. Please bring along an umbrella or jacket in case of rain. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    YQB_003

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    2½ hours

  • Highlights of Quebec City

    Hailed as the ‘most French city outside of France’, Quebec offers a charming spectacle of sights.

    Highlights of Quebec City

    Discover the charm of this wonderful city as you pass by sites such as Dufferin Terrace, the National Battlefields Park, a beautiful 250 acre park located on the cliffs overlooking the St Lawrence River, the Laval University Campus, and Place Royale, a beautifully restored market square of typical 17th and 18th century stone architecture in the heart of the lower town. Your route will also take you along the Grande-Allée, the ‘Champs-Élysées’ of Québec.

    Enjoy spectacular views at Cap Diamant overlooking the St Lawrence River, and visit the ‘Observatoire de la Capitale’ that offers a breathtaking 360° view of Quebec City from a height of around 725 feet. You’ll take the lift up to the 31st floor, where the city views will stretch way out in front of you.

    Take a walk through the old Citadel that constitutes part of the fortifications surrounding Quebec’s old city, a UNESCO world heritage site. You’ll also have the opportunity to view Quebec’s most celebrated landmark, the Chateau Frontenac.

    At the end of your tour and time permitting, you may choose to explore the town independently and make your own way back to the ship.

    A program of shore excursions will be available over the three days that Queen Mary is berthed in Quebec. For those guests who are leaving or joining the ship in Quebec, it is strongly recommended not to book a shore excursion on the day of your departure or arrival, unless your travel and luggage arrangements allow.

    This excursion will operate by city bus and on foot. Guests are advised that there is a moderate amount of walking over cobblestoned and uneven surfaces. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. There are three lifts at the Observatoire de la Capitale, each holding 10 guests and some delays may be experienced. The order of itinerary may vary.

    Tour code

    YQB_001

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Old Quebec Walk & Horse-Drawn Trolley

    Explore all the charms of this fabulous city on foot, by funicular and finally by horse-drawn trolley.

    Old Quebec Walk & Horse-Drawn Trolley

    The lovely, walled Lower Town of Quebec is full of 18th century charm and history and you can best see this at Place Royale. Listen as your guide enlightens you with tales of Samuel de Champlain’s first settlement in Quebec.

    Around the corner from Place Royale is the charming pedestrian only area of Petit Champlain. Along its narrow cobblestone streets, you will find an array of quaint boutiques, shops and cafés. From Lower Town to Upper Town, enjoy a short funicular ride to reach the historic walled city.

    The wonderful vantage point at Dufferin Terrace offers impressive panoramas of the St Lawrence River and beyond, so be sure to take your camera. Board your horse-drawn trolley in the Park des Gouverneurs and ride through the historic streets, passing the Quebec fortifications, the Parliament Building, an imposing Second Empire style building overlooking the city. Continuing along Grande Allée, the Champs-Elysées of Quebec lined with quaint shops, sidewalk cafés and boutiques. Enter the Battlefield Park, then continue through St Louis Gate, along St Louis Street and towards the Chateau Frontenac to finish your horse-drawn trolley ride.

    This excursion will operate by horse-drawn trolley, funicular and on foot. This tour includes approximately two hours of walking over cobblestoned streets, although the distances are short and there is minimal uphill walking. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The trolley ride takes approximately 40 minutes. Please bring an umbrella or jacket in case of rain.

    Tour code

    YQB_017

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    3 hours