My husband, children 14&10 and myself are visiting Quebec for 5 nights in late December and wanted to take some type of guided tour on our first full day so that we can see the highlights of the city and also to help us get our bearings for our visit.
Originally I was thinking it would be absolutely charming to do the horse-drawn carriage/caleche tour. It goes for 2 hours and costs $240 and covers most of the must sees I believe.
We had then planned on doing a day bus trip out to Montmorency Falls and Island of Orleans another day which costs around $175 for 4 1/2 hours.
That would total $415.
Alternately, we could do a complete guided bus tour of Quebec City and then the Montmorency Falls and Island of Orleans countryside tour all in the one tour and in the one day. Cost would be $183 for a family ticket and the whole tour would take 8 hours.
Obviously the combined tour is significantly cheaper and I daresay warmer than being in the caleche haha. Scared me might freeze hehe.
But with that said, it's not purely a money decision for us.
We also value the uniqueness of a horse-drawn carriage tour of a beautiful city, something we would never get to do here in Australia. What a way to see everything. And I would also like that we could do this the first morning we are in your city and then do the out of town tour another day rather than a big block of 8 long hours.
I truly cannot decide and would love to hear from locals or others who have done any or all of the above on what their thoughts are?