Experienced travelers often like to boast that they avoid guided tours. The truth, however, is that taking part in a well-chosen tour lets you discover more places and acquire more information than you’d ever find on your own. A knowledgeable and engaging local guide can completely change your travel experience, giving you insider tips and even getting you access to places that individuals aren’t otherwise allowed to visit. In a city with a history as rich as Quebec City’s, a guided tour also allows you to learn a lot in a short time. So, why wouldn’t you join one?
The following companies organize high-quality tours, most often for small groups, which allow you to ask questions of the guides and which will allay any apprehension that you will be travelling with a mob mentality. Whatever your interest—architecture, history, art, or Quebec’s cuisine—these visits will satisfy the most curious travelers.
Tours Voir Quebec
This agency conducts a wide variety of tours around the city and the region. Walking tours are the most interesting options, and combine the endless knowledge of the agency’s experienced tour guides with a tempo that allows the absorption of detail relating to architecture, history, or culinary heritage. Most tours are held for small groups, although private visits can also be arranged.
Yes! Quebec City has its very own red double-decker bus! Running along a loop that takes in all the city’s major sights, the circuit covers eleven stops in the Upper and Lower Towns, and allows travelers to hop on and hop off the bus as they please. The bus runs during the summer season only, from mid-May until Mid-October.
Given the ubiquitous presence of the St. Lawrence River in this city, it only makes sense that some of the best tours here are held on the water. Croisières AML has a long list of tours, including four-hour dance cruises with DJs onboard, gastronomic cruises during which multi-course meals are served, and a 1.5-hour tour that takes in some of the region’s most beautiful natural wonders.
Québec City Food Tours
One of the city’s newest touring companies takes visitors on a three-hour tour of the city’s most creative “foodie” neighborhood: Saint-Roch. Tours are conducted in English and French, and stop at four of the area’s best shops and restaurants. It’s good to arrive hungry—during the tour, participants taste lots of delicious food, sip on craft beers, exclusive teas, imported wines, and local cider, all for less than a bistro meal would cost.
Ghost Tours of Quebec
This ghoulish company conducts lantern-lit tours that cover some of the city’s darkest history: some 400 years worth of murders, gruesome executions, ghost sightings, tragedies, and hauntings that are recounted at night by guides dressed in period clothing. A great, one-of-a-kind activity for those who are not afraid of the dark.