Visit the majestic sites and scenes only found along the fabulously rocky and history-drenched coastlines of Canada and New England. Witness nature’s wild and rugged side while cruising past storybook lighthouses, discover the thrill of a lobster catch in Bar Harbor or walk the Freedom Trail in Boston. Explore Montreal and Quebec City with its quaint cobblestone streets and its bastion of French culture.
The excitement builds as we enjoy a leisurely drive* down to Vancouver today. *Depending on the size of the group, the transfer to Vancouver may be done by air in lieu of the motorcoach. You will be advised of the final itinerary closer to the date of departure.
It’s up, up and away as we board our flight to Boston. Arrive late this afternoon and settle into your hotel, the Hilton Boston Faneuil Hall property, located in the heart of the Boston Financial District, one block from the waterfront and within easy walking distance of many must-see attractions including the Quincy Market, The Freedom Trail and the USS Constitution.
Hailed as the “Cradle of American Independence”, Boston is a city filled with gorgeous neighborhoods and historic sites. We are joined by a local guide today who will introduce us to the famous sites and history of this beautiful city. Beacon Hill is one of the oldest and most picturesque neighborhoods in the United States. Marvel at the rejuvenated Waterfront where decaying warehouses have been renovated and refurbished into a vibrant new neighborhood. Visit historic Harvard Square, a hub of activity adjacent to Harvard University, and Cambridge’s oldest neighborhood. The Freedom Trail at the center of historic Boston is a red brick path through the city leading visitors to the historic sites. At the center of Revolutionary America, you’ll weave your way through the eighteenth century. Today you will walk part of the Freedom Trail, back in time.
This morning takes us to the North End, ‘Boston’s Little Italy’, known as a mecca for its many Italian restaurants and cafes. Old time shops have been complemented by hot, new boutiques with the backdrop of cobble stoned streets and quaint townhouses. Set sail at 4 pm this afternoon with a deck party and fabulous views of the Boston harbor. There are a variety of off-shore excursions offered at each port for an additional cost. You may make these arrangements while onboard the ship.
Located on Mount Desert Island, Bar Harbor is the quintessential New England coastal town. Picturesque and charming, it is a scenic and walkable town with streets lined with restaurants and boutiques. The wealthy flocked to Bar Harbor at the turn of the century, building Newport-style ‘cottages’ that turned the quaint New England town into a fashionable summer resort. Boat tours explore the waters and islands that surround Bar Harbor, with seasonal opportunities to see wildlife—including whales—and lighthouses along the way. Bar Harbor is surrounded by the magnificent Acadia National Park, making the area an adventurer’s playground. The park is home to sites such as Cadillac Mountain, the tallest mountain along the eastern coast of the United States and the first place in the country to see the sun rise. Take advantage of the best bargain in Bar Harbor during your visit: The free Island Explorer buses take guests to Acadia’s major sites and to other nearby destinations.
The beautifully restored waterfront buildings of Halifax’s Historic Properties recall the city’s centuries-old maritime heritage. Check out the immigration gateway to Canada, Pier 21, take a tour of Alexander Keiths Brewery, or book a day to famed Peggy’s Cove, where surf-pounded granite cliffs and a solitary lighthouse create an unsurpassed scene of rugged natural beauty. Stroll the waterfront and you may find Nova Scotia’s ambassador, the schooner Bluenose ll, tied up to the Privateer’s Wharf, just as old sailing ships have done for over 200 years
Feel the Celtic spirit in the largest community on Cape Breton Island. Sydney’s attractions start at the harbor, where you can shop for locally made crafts and see the world’s largest fiddle. Some of the city’s historic houses and churches date back to the 1700s and 1800s. Cape Breton’s natural wonders include the spectacular scenic drive known as the Cabot Trail. Hikers in Cape Breton Highlands National Park will find stunning vistas around every turn, while a boat ride on massive Bras d’Or Lake, which is ringed by wild hills, offers a different perspective on the province. Hike Cape Breton Highlands National Park, learn about the French presence here at the Fortress of Louisbourg, or go deep underground at the Cape Breton Miners Museum, where your tour guide is an ex-miner who will tell you stories of the island’s coal mines. Another must-see: the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, where the famous inventor made his summer home.
Charlottetown is the capital of Canada’s smallest province, Prince Edward Island, as well as its largest city, though it has fewer than 35,000 residents. For Canadians, it is perhaps most famous as the Birthplace of Confederation. Prince Edward Island is linked to New Brunswick on the mainland of Canada by the 13-kilometer (eight-mile) Confederation Bridge that soars over the Northumberland Strait. A remarkable feat of engineering, the bridge opened in 1997 and is the longest in the world over icy waters. Nearby Prince Edward Island National Park is home to white-sand beaches and hiking and biking trails—plus fans can see the house and farm that inspired the beloved book Anne of Green Gables. During your visit, you can also learn about the daily lives, past and present, of residents on lighthouse and boat tours.
The largest estuary in the world, the Gulf of Saint Lawrence fringes the shores of half the provinces of Canada and is a gateway to the interior of the entire North American continent. Geographically, the Gulf is defined by stunning coast line and beautiful islands, including Prince Edward Island and the Magdalen Islands. Thousands of migratory birds make this area their home during the spring and fall migration period. And be sure to keep an eye out for whale, porpoise and seal sightings.
Few places in North America are as steeped in history as Québec City, Canada. Founded before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, the walled city has a distinctly European feel with its cobblestoned streets and narrow, hilly alleys. Have a café au lait at Place-Royale, walk through history at the Plains of Abraham or take the fortifications tour with Parks Canada and get behind the walls. As you tour the museums and historic sights of Québec City that celebrate Québecois history and dine at restaurants that serve its distinctive cuisine, you’ll discover a remarkable culture that has survived and thrived into the 21st century.
Wake up this morning in the vibrant and cosmopolitan city of Montréal, cultural capital of the Quebecois and city of complimentary contrasts old and new, French and English, traditional and edgy. A locally guided city tour gives us a taste of the diversity of the city, including Mount Royal, Old Montreal, St. Josephs Oratory and the Biosphere before we board our afternoon flight back to Vancouver.
After a beautiful week sailing the waters of the Eastern Seaboard, visiting the iconic places that define Eastern Canada, return home today with wonderful memories from an unforgettable journey. *Depending on the size of the group, the transfer to Kamloops/Okanagan may be done by air in lieu of the motorcoach. You will be advised of the final itinerary closer to the date of departure.
Cabin Categories: Holland America Cabin Categories: view the ship’s layout at www.hollandamerica.com
Importance of Booking Early – a block of staterooms has been held for this cruise but Holland America reserves the right to take back any unsold cabins at any time. It is very important to book early to guarantee cabin availability and fulfillment of the tour.
Cancellation Policy: $25 penalty up to April 5| 50% penalty April 7 – June 5, 2017|No refund after June 5, 2017
Medical and Cancellation Insurance is recommended. Quote available upon request.
*Subject to change. Due to fluctuations in the US Currency, prices may be adjusted accordingly. *Frequent Traveler Redemptions limited to 4 per tour
*Not included: airline luggage fees, any meals not listed, incidentals, driver and tour director gratuity.
A mandatory shipboard Service Charge is applied daily: $12.50 US – $13.50 US per person
Itinerary and prices are subject to change. Due to fluctuations in the US Currency, prices may be adjusted up to 30 days prior to departure.
September 6, 2017 Guaranteed Departure