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QUEBEC CITY PRIVATE WALKING TOUR - 400 Years of French America

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    What to Expect
    • Tour lasts 2.5 to 3 hours from lower town Old Port District and ends in upper town fortified city.
    • Perfect Quebec City tour for History lovers
    • Learn about the French colonial period from Quebec City to New Orleans and how the foundations of Canada and the United States are interconnected.
    • Meet with Verrazano, Cartier, Champlain, Frontenac, Jolliet, Lasalle, Louis XIV, Lafayette, Napoleon, just to name a few, and learn about their role or impact on local history.
    • Our handpicked passionate guides are trained professionals.

    What you can expect

    Meet your guide at Place Royale in lower town, Canada’s birthplace revitalized in the 1970’s with an Old European touch. The nearby Quebecois Mural Fresco is the perfect place to introduce most important characters of Colonial New France during Louis XIV’s remarkable long reign!

    Before heading to upper town and talking about the birth of Democracy in America, you’ll catch a few glimpses of Petit-Champlain, an exquisite local artisan’s district, where Irish immigrants originally settled when Quebec City became the only gateway to Canada before and after the 1847 European Potato Famine.

    From the Dufferin boardwalk near the Chateau Frontenac atop Cape Diamond we’ll cover 250 years of military history, from French ramparts to British forts built against American invaders. The Dugua De Mons Terrace near the Citadel is the perfect lookout to gaze at the outstanding St.Lawrence River landscape, its peculiar geology and panoramic overview of the naval battlefield of the French and Indians War! Do you know about Louisiana Cajuns originating from Canada and deported to the American Colonies? Dugua De Mons, father of Acadia, will tell you the Acadian History and how they spread out through Europe and America. 

    On your way to the Augustinian Monastery – first hospital in North America - you will stroll amidst the unique French and British architecture of Old Quebec and discover the oldest French private school for girls continuously operated since 1639. It’s not without emotion that our guide will recount the remarkable contribution of the Augustinians and Ursulines since they settled in the cradle of New France many years before establishing in New Orleans.

    To complete this historic walking tour, the Notre-Dame-de-Québec Cathedral and Old Seminary lend themselves perfectly to give an overview of why and where French Canadians dispersed through the United-States from the 1840’s to the 1930’s and how present-day Quebec society was transformed during the 1960’s Quiet Revolution. This milestone in recent Canadian history represents the first step to the creation of modern institutions that have made possible the survival of the French culture and language in North America.

    Beyond doubt, this tour will be the highlight of your Quebec City trip!
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Royal Place, Place Royale, Québec, QC G1K, Canada
    1h 30m
    Return Details
    Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica-Cathedral, 16 Rue De Buade, Québec, QC G1R 4A1, Canada
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 9 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Michel has passion for Quebec City with great stories as we walked through lower and upper cities. He maintains a pace that remains comfortable while explaining the feelings of French Canadians dealing with British and the invading Continental Army of the American Revolution. He
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    What an outstanding history tour of upper and lower Quebec City. Michel has so much relevant and interesting information to share, complete with illustrative materials and maps to keep us oriented, and easily shaped the tour to our interests. The walking route was completely
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    Michel, the owner of Tours Levi’s, was outstanding. We thoroughly enjoyed our 3 hour tour, delving into so much French/British/American history. We walked the upper and lower old town, stopping often, and Michel brought so many of the pivotal events to life. History is his
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    Response from Michel S, Owner at QUEBEC CITY PRIVATE WALKING TOUR - 400 Years of French America
    Responded 10 Jul 2019
    Bonjour Claire, Thank you for your kind review. Please tell your New-Zealand friends to come see me in Qc City ! :) Salutations à Ed et à vos 2 fils et merci pour ce bel après midi en ma compagnie. Michel
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    We had a three hour walking tour with Michel....michel.guide. This guy is charming with a wealth of information on the history of Quebec. We came away with a complete understanding of the history of Quebec, and we used the information we learned to guide us as we toured over the
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    Michel Sirois was one of the best tour guides we have ever had in any country. Despite the snowy and windy day we were faced with, he adapted his tour to our group in a wise and effective fashion, taking into account the fact that some of us were quite 'mature' in years and had
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    Response from MichelS3158, Owner at QUEBEC CITY PRIVATE WALKING TOUR - 400 Years of French America
    Responded 28 Oct 2018
    Thank you Ithaca & Friends! You definitely just raised the bar...so I'm in trouble now! More seriously, you and your team of 'mature' friends had a lot of good and pertinent questions about the History of Canada. I'm happy my answers helped you better understand how our country was built and how the Quebec society and its Capital City were shaped along 400 years of history.You know what ? We covered a lot, but there's still a lot to say ! Thank you for sharing your time with me. Michel
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    Key Details
    • Tours Levis Quebec
    • Duration: 1h 30m
    • Mobile Ticket Accepted
    • Languages Offered: English, French
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