Help with Quebec Itinerary

Jun 12th, 2005, 11:33 PM
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Help with Quebec Itinerary

Hi, All!

Wonder if anyone might suggest an itinerary for our 4 day vacation to Quebec from July 25-29. We'll be flying into Burlington, VT and will have a car. Suggestions for routes and really nice places to stay would really be appreciated. We definitely want to hit Montreal and Quebec City.

Also, one crucial question: Is it realistic to drive from Canada (either Montreal or Eastern Townships) to Burlington for an 11:30 AM flight on Friday? Is there any border crossing delay or anything else to be concerned about? We are REAL early risers, so we can leave at any time.

Thanks so much for any input!
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Jun 13th, 2005, 04:35 AM
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A note on customs : My friends went to Vermont this week-end and were stuck for 4 hours at customs to get back into Québec. This does happen. To be safe, I would cross the day before...
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Jun 13th, 2005, 04:44 AM
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With 4 days, I would do two nights in each city. There is so much to do in these cities you will wish you had more time. Do QC first, so you will be closer to the airport on the way home. Driving from downtown Montreal to Burlington airport takes about 90 minutes if the crossing is quick. The crossing has taken us anywhere from 5 minutes to 45 minutes. In QC I would plan on one full day exploring the city, and a few hours the next day driving the beautiful Ile de Orleans, and a stop at Montmorency Falls. Scan back on this forum for lots of ideas on places to stay and things to do in Montreal and QC.
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Jun 13th, 2005, 08:51 AM
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Thank you both so much! This is really helpful. Two nights in one place sure beats moving from hotel to hotel each day, as I was thinking we'd need to do.

Jojonana, have you heard about the opposite -- about the crossing into the US from Quebec -- taking as long as 4 hours? I would so much rather spend our last night in Montreal than in Burlington, but if you all think it's too risky, maybe I should. What say you?
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Jun 13th, 2005, 10:15 AM
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The wait at the border can be long on Friday and Sunday afternoons. Should not be a problem on a weekday morning. To be safe, plan 2 1/2 hours from Montreal Downtown to Burlington Airport.
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Jun 13th, 2005, 11:03 AM
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Between Montréal and Québec, take Chemin du Roy (highway 138), which runs alongside the river and passes though a number of old villages. (for an example, see http://www.beauxvillages.qc.ca/angla...eschamb_a.html)
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Jun 13th, 2005, 01:01 PM
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Merci, all!
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Jun 15th, 2005, 05:18 PM
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Hi, Everyone!

OK, ready to get a little more specific: Can anyone suggest a route from Burlington, VT to Quebec City that would have great "pit stops" about every hour (I know, I know, my husband says the same thing!!!).

Also, we're pretty light eaters, and prefer our main meal at a late lunchtime. Any great suggestions for great lunches (especially veggie)in Quebec City, Montreal, and the roads to and from? Also, good jazz bars or evening activities in both places?

Thank you!
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Jun 16th, 2005, 04:42 AM
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For interesting veggie lunches, it's hard to beat the Le Commensal vege cafeteria chain, which has a few places in each city. They are quite upscale and elegant for cafeterias, and the selection and quality of foods is amazing. The biggest one is in Montreal right on St. Catherine St and Rue McGill. There is also one on St. Dennis near Sherbrooke that often has live jazz. I know there is at least one in QC also.
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Jun 16th, 2005, 07:10 AM
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Vegetarian suggestions:

Le Commensal is a good choice, a Quebec vegetarian chain which has central locations and interesting variety(DOWNTOWN: ave. McGill College & Sainte Catherine; QUARTIER LATIN: rue Saint-Denis btwn. de Maisonneuve/Ontario; QUEBEC CITY: rue Saint Jean just outside Old City).

If you have time to stroll up to le Plateau Mont-Royal, Aux Vivres is something else (blvd. Saint-Laurent/below Villeneuve); vegan, healthy, creative, tasty & bohemian with nice outdoor terrasse. Cafe Santropol has some tasty sandwiches, eco-conscious crowd, again nice terrasse (corner: Saint-Urbain & Duluth).

Bon Voyage DAN
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Jun 16th, 2005, 03:11 PM
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Thank you, thank you for the eatery info!

Any thoughts about the Burlington to QC route? Do you think we should take the straight highway up and then the 138 down to Montreal? Shall we make any side trips on the route up?
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Jun 18th, 2005, 06:37 AM
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Allie,

We just returned from QC, I would strongly recommend a stay at the Dominion 1812, the best hotel in town, great staff, wonderful atmosphere, this place will envelope you. We had stayed at the St. Aubergine one night, very dissapointed in the service, you can also try a bike ride from the lower town to the botanical gardens, they have extensive bike paths, and rental bikes avallible at the wharf.
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