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First time trip to Montreal for senior couple (late sixties)

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First time trip to Montreal for senior couple (late sixties)

We're thinking of taking a trip to Montreal during the first week of September. We'll be flying in and won't have a car. Unfortunately, our ability to navigate steps, hills, and long walks will be somewhat limited. Do you have any suggestions about where to stay (up to $225 per night), as well as what attractions to see, including organized city and water tours?

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1. Re: First time trip to Montreal for senior couple (late sixties)

Not having a car is actually a very good thing.

Good choice of downtown hotel includes The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel

tripadvisor.ca/Hotel_Review-g155032-d185747-…

or the Sheraton

tripadvisor.ca/ShowUserReviews-g155032-d1832…

Hotels in Old Montréal:

Le Place d'Armes

tripadvisor.ca/Hotel_Review-g155032-d254461-…

etc... TA has a great choice... you may check according to your preferences...

I would suggest doing the city tour to start your stay and then go back to places that most interest you.

For city tours: grayline.com/things-to-do/canada/montreal/

For water tour: http://www.croisieresaml.com/en/

Edited: 24 May 2013, 18:31
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2. Re: First time trip to Montreal for senior couple (late sixties)

Great advice by Josee and I agree with staying at the Queen Elizabeth. It is centrally located with shopping nearby, and a short cab or metro ride from Old Montreal. With Expedia or other discount service you could get a good deal. ANd their restaurants are very good too.

JDP

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3. Re: First time trip to Montreal for senior couple (late sixties)

Except for Mount Royal in the middle of the city , the southern part where Old Mtl and downtown are located is relatively flat. That is except for a small and quite steep hill between the two. Going downhill from downtown but the reverse might be iffy for you. Also Old Montréal is built on a moraine so you will have to go up and down in that area but it is nothing dramatic although it might interfere with your lodging possibilities. The best solution to get back would be to hail a cab for the short distance so it will not cost you so much.

Doing tours will help you greatly . The bus tour are not going around Old-Montréal, just a stop and sightsee on Notre-Dame street. To see more of the place and get some knowledge of the historiy of the city you can take a «calèche« (horse drawn carriage) that will get you around Old-Mtl or the Amphibus that will roll a bit in Old-Montréal and then get into the waters for the second part of the trip along the Old Port coastline.

Also I am not a fan of the hop and off tour in Mtl since they are run by the exact company as the usual city tours, thus expensive for what you get but, anyways, for you it might be a good solution as it will save you a lot of walking

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4. Re: First time trip to Montreal for senior couple (late sixties)

thanks, very helpful ideas! :)

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