Quebec City City Tour Excursion Reviews
Tour bus driver spoke French, did not understand English. The tour guide and the bus driver had never talked with each other before this tour. Therefore, the tour guide assumed that the driver knew the city and traffic flows. The driver did not know the city and therefore made several mistakes and had to backing up a hill to make the correct turn.
Tour company did not lower the bus at the end of the tour which caused my wife to damage her one knee. A simple wooden step could have been placed on the ground and lower the bus. By the way, the bus had the capability to be lowered but the driver did not understand English so our request was ignored.
Well attended and narrated. A comprehensive tour of the city with a very erudite guide.
Quebec City is spectacular, one of the most beautiful cities we have visited. Our tour was comprehensive, with a stroll through Old Quebec, a visit to Montmorency Falls, lunch at a lovely inn on Ile de Orleans with a view of the city, time at St. Anne du Beaupre Basilica, a drive along the Royal Road, a visit to the Plains of Abraham and more time to wander around near Chateau Frontenac. The weather was variable, with some sun in the morning, but overcast skies and a chill wind in the afternoon. The tour was rated "moderate", but involved a lot of walking on uneven surfaces. The tour guide was superb, full of historical information and anecdotes about the area.
At Quebec City, we were able to easily walk from the dock to Old Quebec. 4 hour tour was a combination of bus and walking. Great city to explore whether for an hour or a day.
Tour guide was buffoon and talked a lot about bars, the city however was lovely. Quebec was, as advertised, a wonderful place to look, see and strol--we were there for days eight and nine. We didn't realize that one could have taken a 7-day rather than a 14 day cruise, and we would have loved to jump ship, rent a car and drive to Montreal and then to Boston. I'd say "next time" but there won't be a next time. Of course, the $5.50 Starbucks latte in Quebec surprised me, although I don't know why I was surprised since we were in the tourist area at high season. The museum of fine arts there was terrific, and by taking two local buses to get there we saw some of the city outside the old city walls. The art galleries were interesting and showed something other than tourist art, and there was a street that held local artists' work of great caliber, especially the etchings.
Quebec City is an awesome place and the port places you right in the middle of the old town. There is so much to do and see and as long as you are able to walk, you can access most of what you need to see in town. The city tour was a bit long for my taste and we really only got out of the bus at the citadel, a park and for the elevator ride for the panoramic view of the city. We were glad that we explored the old town at length and on foot the day of embarkation and the morning before the tour.
I will repeat this many times, but you could easily have found an independent contractor to give you a better, shorter, more self-directed tour for the same (if not lower) price. Also, while they are more than happy to sell you the tour, HAL does not send staff members on them to maintain the quality/consistency of the experience for guests. This tour was just OK.
A great tour if, like us, you've never been. We had a very sharp guide and the coach gives you the ability to get a real feel for that part of the world.
It rained so hard,we could not see one thing or enjoy the city.