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“A GEM OF HISTORY” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Old Quebec

Old Quebec
Rue de Tresor, Quebec City, Quebec GIR 5B8, Canada
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Ranked #1 of 138 attractions in Quebec City
Type: Historic Walking Areas, Historic Sites, Neighborhoods
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

What a beautiful historical extravaganza in each alley, lane and road.
A must see, like walking and feeling essence of a marvelous European city.
We booked three tours, and enjoy each and everyone of them.
A tourist information office is just at the corner of St. Anne street, very organized and huge office, in the same office there are booths of all tour operators. We booked red bus three line, red/blue/green tours for only 50$ each, valid for two days, giving tour of not only to old Quebec city, but downtown and right up to the Montmorency falls, the orange wrist band will also give you discount in a restaurant too.
Other nice tour is Walking tour that we took for more in person and detailed knowledgeable tour, and a very romantic sight seeing cruise of the city from St. Laurent river.
Old Quebec city has so much to offer in culture, history, beauty and nice roadside food places.
The prominent areas that will catch your eye are, Notre dame basilica, Chateau Frontenac, Palace Royal with a very beautiful fresco mural wall.
and old port area with tourist shops and an Artisan alley. Citadel de Quebec, Plains of Abrahams, Parliment builsing, Old city gates and Rampart, and much more. All these areas are with in walking distances.
Take strolls in these cobble stone alleys, sit take a sip of wine in an outside restaurant and let the history surrounds you.

Visited August 2013
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

Very interesting city. I would suggest taking the walking tour of the city and very educational and cover a lot of history.

Visited August 2013
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“A lovely town in the summer!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

Our family loved Quebec City. We went there because we heard it was very European, and that statement is so true that my wife kept thinking the prices were in euros! The old town has complete European charm and is fantastic to walk around in to admire the buildings and streets. There are also great restaurants everywhere. I highly recommend the city tor a leisurely 2-3 days of strolling!

Visited July 2013
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“Almost as if you were in France!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

This area is fantastic. Great restaurants and shops, lots to see and do. Cute artists areas and amazing buildings. Very stunning views and a truly great place to spend an afternoon.

Visited August 2013
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“must visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

It's charming and definitely worth the visit. It's a tiny slice of France in the middle of nowhere. Yes, we drove from Montreal to Quebec and I will tell you: that road is boring beyond imagination. We took route 20, that may be partially the problem but it was the fastest way. There's also a Costco in Drummondville, about 70 miles out of Montreal, where you can get slightly cheaper gas.

Quebec is not for those who do not like to walk or cannot walk up and down the hills and steps. There is the upper old town and the lower one, both worth seeing. If you are tired of walking, call a taxi - it's not expensive - or splurge on a horse carriage.

Countless shops, galleries and restaurants. Artisan markets as well. There's probably lots to buy at pretty steep prices but I wasn't interested in shopping. Don't look for a bargain.

Many street performances, shows, concerts and free entertainment at night. Remember to dress warm or in layers as it gets pretty chilly and windy at night even if it was hot during the day. And wear comfortable shoes!

Explore the side streets - Quebec is very safe and has many hidden gems, perfect for picture taking. We only visited 2 restaurants, reviews are under my account.

Cross the wall on St Louis and you'll find plenty more restaurants, younger, hipper crowd, a club and probably many street events at night. During the day, take a tour of the Parliament. Many people don't bother but it was really interesting to learn about the history of Quebec and it's government. A beautiful building as well. In late August to late spring, go for a meal at the Parliament dinner hall: it's $25 for a soup, main course and a dessert and I hear it's quite good.

I wish I could spend some unhurried time in Quebec sipping a coffee and overlooking the streets. But I ran through the place in 24 hours, visited almost every church and street, snapped a bunch of pictures and left, completely exhausted. Hence, I suggest to take your time and spend at least 2-3 days, not including travel time. Pick a good hotel, so you can return to a relaxing oasis at the end of the day, with a comfortable bed and a good bathroom. Don't fear staying outside of the Old Town wall - there are some big hotels there with modern amenities that may suite you better than little boutique hotels in the old town with tiny rooms and creaky floors. The walk from the Hilton right outside the wall is not a long one. Families with kids may find the little hotels too cramped, as we did.

There are many other things to do as visiting the nearby island or taking a cruise, as I hear. Don't go to Quebec trying not to spend money, have a budget and figure out what you want to do and then, just spend without looking back. Food is expensive, so take that into consideration.

Enjoy it and brush up on some French since some people there don't speak English!

Visited August 2013
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