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Quebec Lower Town (Basse-Ville) Tours

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Quebec Lower Town (Basse-Ville)

Between Upper Town (Haute-Ville) and the St. Lawrence River, Quebec Lower Town (Basse-Ville) is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Old Quebec (Vieux-Québec). Aside from cobbled streets lined with boutiques, galleries, and French-style bistros, the neighborhood is also home to Place Royale, the site of the first settlement of New France.

 

The Basics

Lower Town is the oldest part of Quebec City and contains a high concentration of historic buildings and sights. Some visitors wander the streets independently, perusing the galleries and boutiques of the area. Others explore on biking and walking tours, which focus on key historical locales, including Place Royale and the Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church, one of the oldest stone churches in North America, as well as following scenic pathways near the St. Lawrence River.

 

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Lower Town is a must-see for all first-time visitors to Quebec City.
  • Wear comfortable shoes as there are lots of cobbled surfaces to contend with in this neighborhood.
  • The funicular that connects Quebec City’s Upper Town and Lower Town is wheelchair accessible, as are many attractions in Lower Town, including the Museum of Civilization (Musée de la Civilisation). The streets themselves, many of which are cobbled and sloping, may prove challenging to wheelchair users.

 

How to Get There

Lower Town and Upper Town are connected by about 30 sets of stairways. The Old Quebec Funicular, accessible via Rue Petit-Champlain in Lower Town connects to Dufferin Terrace in Upper Town, linking the two parts of the city.

 

When to Get There

With its European-style architecture and small street-side boutiques, Lower Town is charming year-round. Go in summer when the weather is warm, so you can wander in comfort and enjoy alfresco meals on restaurant terraces. In winter, the snow-sprinkled streets are picturesque, though the subzero temperatures may be a challenge for those not used to such conditions.

 

Exploring Lower Town

Many visitors’ explorations of Lower Town begin at the Old Port (Vieux-Port), where cruise ships dock. From here, browse food stalls at the Old Port Market (Marché du Vieux-Port) and stop by the Museum of Civilization, which hosts exhibits focusing on local cultures and people. Other points of interest in Lower Town include the Naval Museum of Quebec, situated on the riverfront, and the large-scale Fresque des Québécois mural near Place Royale.


Address: Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, Canada
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8 Tours and Activities to Experience Quebec Lower Town (Basse-Ville)

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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
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$28.91
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Quebec City Sightseeing Tour

Quebec City Sightseeing Tour

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Explore the best of Quebec City on this guided sightseeing tour. Visit many of Quebec City’s top attractions—like Old Québec, Place Royale, Place d'Armes, and the Plains of Abraham, to name just a few. Hop aboard a comfortable motorcoach and get to know this UNESCO World Heritage Site, with live commentary from a professional tour conductor.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$44.98
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Quebec City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Quebec City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Explore the best of Quebec City on this narrated, hop-on hop-off, double-decker bus tour. Visit many of Quebec City’s top attractions—like Old Québec, Fortifications of Québec, Quartier Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Place Royale, Vieux-Port de Québec, to name just a few. Select the 1-day pass, then board at any of the stops and get to know this UNESCO World Heritage Site in customized fashion, with audio commentary in 10 different languages.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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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
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$78.77
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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
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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
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$78.77
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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
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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
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$180.71
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