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  1. You will clear US Customs and Immigration in Montreal so that when you land in Detroit it will be as though you are coming off a domestic flight. Even so, 38 minutes is not much between flights. Are both flights with the same airline?
  2. Yes, in Donegal the countryside is spectacular and the people warm and welcoming.
  3. I’m returning next year to the Mekong which I cruised in 2012 with Viking/Pandaw. This time it’s with Emerald from Hanoi to Siem Reap and includes an overland trip from Hanoi to Danang, Hue and Hoi An which I have not visited before. As Emerald is introducing the Mekong this year this price was very attractive and it includes air fares.
  4. Creaghadoos, I’ve just hiked down to Teelin from the heights of Slieve League and I must say that the weather here this week is not dissimilar to that of the coastal areas of Nova Scotia in May. Additionally, Donegal has the advantage of the warm Gulf Stream currents that Nova Scotia does not. If you dress as you would at home you will not go wrong. Sorry.
  5. I don’t know how tips are distributed and I suppose that I don’t really care. In recent years all my cruises have been with Uniworld and Emerald where gratuities both on-board and on excursions are included in the fare. I have found the service in both impeccable and have seen no need to add any additional tips with the exception of one or two guides who were outstanding. I expect that the staff on these lines are adequately compensated and that there is no need as there is in certain countries to supplement their meagre pay with generous tips.
  6. If you are arriving by cruise ship you will not require an eTA. Here is the relevant Canadian Government information: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/visit-canada/eta/facts.html
  7. You do not need a visa as a UK citizen to enter Canada. However if you are arriving by air you will need an electronic travel authorization (eTA). If you arrive by other means such as cruise ship an eTA is not required. You can obtain the eTA online for a fee of $7.(US Citizens are exempt from the eTA requirement. For more information check the following Government of Canada website. https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/visit-canada/eta/facts.html
  8. There’s no need to go all the way to the Ile d’Orléans to run (and I don’t think there are any good routes there). Just outside the walls of the Upper Town above the port lies the Plains of Abraham, a vast park and site of the decisive battle in 1759 where you can find lots of routes. I’m not sure about organized runs there but certainly one can see lots of runners in this park. There are also bike/pedestrian paths along the St. Lawrence and St. Charles Rivers where one can run. A quick check on the internet will give all the details.
  9. A fine hotel indeed, but it is neither the “cozy B&B or small hotel” that the OP is looking for.
  10. Am I missing something here Martin? The Springhill Suites on rue Saint-Jean-Baptiste in the Vieux Port is within the fixed fare zone, as set by the city. Or is there another Springhill Suites outside the zone? http://ville.montreal.qc.ca/portal/page?_pageid=8177,92215612&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL
  11. Just a note on “national parks”. In Québec, the term “parc national” can mean either a federal national park, run by Parks Canada, or what in the rest of Canada is called a provincial park, run by the provincial agency Sépaq (Société des établissements de plein air du Québec). While Parks Canada is rigorous in providing all information and services in both official languages in all National Parks across the country, Sépaq is under no such obligation in the Parcs Nationaux under its jurisdiction. Nonetheless many of the services are in fact provided in English as well as in French, but by no means universally.
  12. I’ve stayed twice at the Château Bellevue in the past few months and recommend it as the type of lodging you are looking for. It’s well located facing the Parc des Gouverneurs in the Upper Town.
  13. It’s Canada, so Canadian dollars.
  14. Taxis from the airport to downtown, in which the Springhill is located, are at a fixed rate of $41. http://ville.montreal.qc.ca/portal/page?_pageid=8177,92215612&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL
  15. The Douro River flows through a deep valley and some of the excursions involve curving roads and switchbacks. The trip to Salamanca, however is across a fairly flat plain on straight roads.
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