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Help planning vacation in Montreal & Quebec City

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Help planning vacation in Montreal & Quebec City

My wife and I are planning to vacation in Montreal and Quebec City. At this point, we're planning to spend several days in Montreal during the Jazz Festival, then head to Quebec City for several more days. Since it would be a bit of a stretch to drive all the way back to Hartford from Quebec City, we're thinking of staying over in the Montreal area one night on the way back. I've been to both cities several times, but my wife has not, so I'd like to ensure that she gets a good tour. My questions are:

1) How much time should we allot to exploring the two cities--we have up to two weeks?

2) What sights and experiences outside of Montreal might we want to look into?

3) Does anyone have any tips on how to find the best deals on accomodations in those cities? (I'd especially like to find a better deal on the Frontenac in Quebec)

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1. Re: Help planning vacation in Montreal & Quebec City

I went to both cities this past autumn with my parents. I would suggest 3 days for Quebec City, there are endless things to see and do and its terrific for just walking around and discovering hidden corners. Montreal is also great but its a much bigger city and I find that there is relatively liitle to see from a tourist perspective so would set aside maybe just one day over and above your jazz festival attendance. The highway between Montreal and Quebec is very dull so consider taking smaller roads to see more of the countryside. Tourism Quebec produces great Tourist Guides for each region and the one for Quebec City had excellent suggestions for routes to and from the city. Also consider visiting the Eastern Townships, we found that villages like Sutton, Frelighsburg and Dunham were worth the time as is the the Wine Route that tours through the local vineyards.

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2. Re: Help planning vacation in Montreal & Quebec City

I find amazing that someone would say that there are relatively few things to see in Montreal from a tourist perspective compared to Quebec City. Where have you been?

No tips about the Frontenac, but you could look at Hotel Le Germain in Quebec City - it is more of a trendy/design hotel.

Coming from Montreal, you could stop in the Eastern Townships. There are a lot of smaller, quaint towns and inns there. It really depends what your interests are.

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3. Re: Help planning vacation in Montreal & Quebec City

You could probably spend a week in Montreal and only see a fraction of what it has to offer. Old Montreal and the Old Port could be seen in a day if you don't stop at any restaurant or museums. Also, the Downtown area (just a bit north of Old Montreal) has many museums and endless number of bars, clubs and restaurants. Then there is the Lachine canal, St-Joseph's Oratory, Chinatown, the Botanical gardens, the Casino, the Plateau, The Anne-de-Bellevue, etc. We lost the Expos but still have the very popular Als (football finalists) and the equally popular Impact (soccer champs). The Jazz Festival is preceded by the La f��te St-Jean (and its parade) and followed by the Canada day parade, the Carif��te parade, the Just for Laughs festival, the Francofolies, etc. I live here and I am still surprised by what I still discover of the city!

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4. Re: Help planning vacation in Montreal & Quebec City

How in the world could anyone find little to do or see in Montreal? The architecture, the restaurants, the museums, Mont Royal, the Biodome, the list is endless. As for Quebec City 2-3 days max since it is smaller and the sights can be easily visited in a shorter amount of time. I do agree that the landscape between Montreal and QC is not all that but since I live in the NYC area I appreciate the farmland, mountains and streams that you see. Please allow yourself more than one day in Montreal or you will miss a great experience. Enjoy!

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5. Re: Help planning vacation in Montreal & Quebec City

I must agree with the last posters, there is a lot more to do in Montreal than in Quebec city.

In Montreal you have the old montreal, downtown, the olympic stadium, the biodome, the botanical garden, the insectarium, plenty of museums, the casino, the La Ronde theme park lots of streets with clubs and restaurants only and the list geos on.

In Quebec city you do not have many streets with that much activity. There is the old Quebec but overall it's a more relaxed town.

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6. Re: Help planning vacation in Montreal & Quebec City

we always stay at the Hyatt Hotel which is on the Jazz Festival grounds. For more info on the acts and to purchase tickets, go to Montreal international jazz festival.com