Canada & US
(Canada & New England Cruise)
Untold beauty and richly-layered history await travelers on this idyllic voyage to Canada & New England. Explore Montreal with your private expert guide before you embark on the 138-guest Yorktown. Sail the St. Lawrence River to reach Quebec, where you may amble amongst the romantic cobblestoned streets, visiting several important cultural centers. Sail to the Gaspé Peninsula, where Jacques Cartier staked out Canada for France. Enjoy the pastoral landscape of Prince Edward Island and pay a visit to the Anne of Green Gables House, the inspiration of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s classic novel. Discover the deep and layered history of Nova Scotia’s many cultures, including Yarmouth and historic Halifax before you revel in the beauty of Maine’s Acadia National Park or explore the fishing area of Gloucester. Discover Boston and Cambridge with your private guide before you return home.
Available Cruise Departure Dates (2013):
Gloucester-Montreal: Jun 10 & Sep 18
Montreal-Gloucester: Sep 6 & Sep 30
Transfer to the airport in a private vehicle with a professional driver and assistant.
The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth hotel is a renowned local landmark, celebrated internationally for its world-class accommodations. This historic hotel has helped define the city’s distinct elegance and charm for over 50 years. It offers 1,037 rooms, of which 100 are suites, and is conveniently located above the train station and within walking distance of sports and cultural attractions. There is a skilfully integrated Health Club featuring state-of-the-art equipment and an indoor pool, as well as three distinctive venues to experience Montréal's gastronomy at its best: Les Voyageurs lounge, Le Montréalais bistro- restaurant and the award-winning Beaver Club, recognized as one of the best tables in Canada.
Take in a 3-hour walking tour of this stunning city your private guide. You will see the old Port area in Vieux Montreal, the Biodôme and the Montréal Tower Observatory at Olympic Stadium for magnificent views of the St Lawrence River, Mount Royal and the Laurentian Mountains. Your experienced guide will be very happy to show you special highlights based on your interests.
Enjoy a private transfer with vehicle and driver to the Port.
Welcome aboard! Take some time to get settled in to your stateroom, and to explore the length of the ship. Meet some of your fellow cruisemates tonight at your first dinner on board. Your cruise journey is set to begin.
Port charges are included in your multi-day cruise itinerary pricing.
The Yorktown is the perfect vessel for relaxed and convivial exploration of America’s great coastal waterways. 257 feet long, 43 feet wide, with a draft of 8 feet, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels. Accommodating 138 guests in 69 exterior cabins, the Yorktown enjoys an atmosphere of warm and relaxed informality that endears it to repeat and new guests alike. In addition to a large sun deck, the Yorktown boasts a spacious lounge for social gatherings and lectures as well as quiet space for private conversation. The ship’s cuisine, served in a dining room large enough to accommodate all guests at once, emphasizes American regional culinary traditions and specialties.
Quebec City, with its old city walls, narrow cobblestoned lanes, country squares, copper gables, outdoor cafés and historic battlements, remains one of North America’s most romantic spots. The authentic, undeveloped charm led UNESCO to designate it a World Heritage site in 1985. On your group excursion, discover the Upper and Lower Towns; the Citadel; the Plains of Abraham, where General Wolfe claimed the city for England in 1759; and the Place Royale.
Call in the quaint village of Tadoussac, located at the confluence of the St. Lawrence and Saguenay Rivers. Tadoussac is the oldest surviving French settlement in the Americas, being founded in 1600 and thrived in the seventeenth century as France’s first trading post on the mainland of New France. Enjoy strolling the village, with the Old Chapel, the oldest wooden church in Canada and USA, as well as the rugged beauty of the Saguenay fjord. The meeting of the St. Lawrence and Saguenay Rivers provides an abundance of krill, making the area attractive to whales. An opportunity to participate in whale watching while here will be offered.
Today is a full day spent at sea, cruising the St. Lawrence River to Tadoussac and the Saguenay River, which was an important trade route for Canada's aboriginal people, and a major route for the fur trade during the French colonization of the Americas. Meet up with some of your cruisemates in the onboard lounge, or just enjoy the scenery as you peacefully transition along the St. Lawrence.
Gaspé, on the eastern coast of the remote peninsula of the same name, is where Jacques Cartier first claimed Canada for France. From “Land’s End,” your group will visit the National Park of Bonaventure Island and Perce Rock, rising out of the sea to a height of almost 300 feet. Carved by volcanic action, it is a continuation of the Appalachian Mountains, which extend from the peninsula to Alabama. Its neighbor, Bonaventure Island, houses a migratory bird sanctuary with the largest concentration of Northern Gannets in North America.
Arrive at the colorful port of Caraquet situated on the northeastern point of the Acadian Peninsula. Enjoy a group visit of the remote villages of Acadia including Grande Anse and Ile le Mec. Also explore Caraquet, the oldest of the villages founded in 1757. You will visit the Acadian Museum and the Historic Village, which demonstrates the Acadian way of life during the 18th century.
Today you'll visit Prince Edward Island, known as the Garden of the Gulf for its pastoral landscape and enjoy a panoramic tour of the island via coach, including the colonial seaport of Charlottetown and its historic Province House. Continue to Prince Edward Island National Park, where we will see the Anne of Green Gables House—the inspiration for Lucy Maud Montgomery’s classic novel— and take in some of the 200 bird species inhabiting the parkland.
From Liscomb, you'll set out for a group visit of Sherbrooke, an open-air museum depicting Nova Scotian village life during the 19th and early-20th centuries. The village is Nova Scotia’s largest museum site with costumed interpreters. You will see the area as it was during its industrial boom with visits to the woodturner shop and blacksmith, among others.
Arrive in Halifax, a vital port city teeming with an impressive array of cultural and historic delights. In the morning, join the group tour of the sandstone Province House, St. Paul’s Church, the oldest building in the city, the Citadel National Historic Site and the Public Gardens. Afterward, spend the afternoon at leisure to explore Halifax’s attractions such as historic properties, mixing Canada’s oldest surviving warehouses with charming boutiques and restaurants.
Call in Nova Scotia’s Yarmouth, a fishing port with a long history of shipbuilding and lobster catching. This charming town, with its Cape Forchu Lighthouse and charming Victorian houses, is also home to several cultural centers, including art galleries and museums. Among those you will have the opportunity to visit on your shared excursion, are the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the Yarmouth County Museum & Archives.
Your group excursion today will be an exploration of Bar Harbor, set on Maine's dramatic coast. Surrounded by Acadia National Park, this quaint fishing village was a fashionable resort town in the late 1800's, and the summer home of influential families, including the Astors and Rockefellers. In the afternoon, you'll tour Acadia National Park to discover the Wild Gardens of Acadia, showcasing over 300 native plant species. Also visit the Abbe Museum's collections, chronicling Maine's 10,000 years of Native American culture and history.
Today you'll call at Bath, on the banks of the Kennebec River, for a group excursion to the Maine Maritime Museum. See the displays on shipbuilding and lobstering, and visit the dock to board the schooner Sherman Zwicker, an example of boats that once cruised the Grand Banks off of Newfoundland in search of cod. Continue to Boothbay Harbor, often referred to as “the boating capital of New England.” From the ship’s deck, enjoy a panoramic view of the lighthouses that dot the coast. Walk along the town’s quaint streets, lined with charming shops and restaurants.
This morning you'll disembark from your ship and bid farewell to your fellow cruisemates.
Meet your private driver for a transfer to Boston.
Today your private driver/guide will bring to life Boston's famous Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, the Old State House, Beacon Hill and Back Bay. Also, you will see Trinity Church, Fenway Park and the upscale area of Newbury Street. Across the Charles River you’ll encounter the City of Cambridge which hosts the world famous Universities MIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard, perhaps the mort prestigious Ivy League of the US.
The Marlowe Hotel is a boutique hotel located one mile from downtown Boston and minutes away from Harvard Square, Kendall Square, Beacon Hill and the MIT campus. Amenities include a restaurant, room service, tour desk, business center, shopping arcade, concierge and dry cleaning/laundry service. Recreational facilities include in-room spa services (fee), bicycle and kayak rentals, and a fitness center. Approximately $20 per day for self-parking and $30 for valet parking. Bonus Features - Wine hour from 5-6 pm daily, bikes & kayak rentals, in-room yoga kit (upon request), gold fish for the room (upon request), board games for kids, and Internet access.
Meet your professional driver for a private airport transfer.
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