Who knew that you could literally step off of a cruise ship at the port of Quebec into a cobblestone lined European-like dream village without leaving North America? With its sidewalk cafes, cobblestone lanes, and flourishes of French conversation filling the streets, you’d think you were in Paris. Québec City holds a certain European charm that you seldom find outside of the continent, yet, there’s something distinctly North American about it that gives this city such a unique feel. Whether its a summer visit or a winter visit (I am hoping to return this winter), boredom will not be on your itinerary!! Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985, Québec City is home to the only walled city north of Mexico and boasts 400 years of history, making it one of the oldest cities in North America.
One of the amazing things about Quebec City is the ease getting there. A flight from NYC to Quebec City is under 2 hours gate to gate. Also, the Port of Quebec is a frequent stop for cruise ships, allowing you to spend some time (albiet not enough) in this amazing port city. If cruising, make sure that Quebec is at least a port of call, but I’d advise taking a cruise that departs from Quebec City. This way you can spend a few days before or after your voyage enjoying a city that deserves more than just one day.
Quebec City is the perfect trip for the foodie, the museum goer, the luxury traveler, the adventurist and so much more. I had the pleasure of a helicopter ride over the city, multiple delicious meals, a Nordic inspired spa (that puts Iceland’s Blue Lagoon to shame), etc.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so be sure to check out my video to hopefully offer a bit more than that about our experience in Quebec City!