Essence of Eastern Canada with Maritimes Cruise Verandah Cabin
From 14/05/2022 to 24/09/2022
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1 Iconic Breakfast.
First class travel Highlights.
An expert Travel Director and professional Driver.
Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted.
City orientation tours.
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries.
Many meals included.
Variety of Optional Experiences.
Day 1 - Arrive Toronto (2 Nights) Welcome to the world's most multiculturally diverse city, Toronto. Known to locals as the 'Six', Canada's hipster enclave and largest city is all about unique neighbourhoods, fusion food, fascinating museums, vintage shopping and a healthy obsession with all things hockey. At the centre of it all is the city's icon, the CN Tower, its 1814 feet (553 m) spire dominating the landscape. After settling in to your hotel, you can wander around the district's open-air markets which will no doubt get tummies rumbling. For dinner why not head to near-by Kensington Market, arguably the most diverse of all the city's neighbourhoods where the idea of fusion food is taken to all new heights.
Day 2 - Niagara Falls Excursion Pack your sense of adventure this morning as you're off to visit Niagara Falls! The biggest (and loudest) falls in North America, an incredible 750,000 gallons (2,850,000 l) of water thunder into the gorge below every second, creating a natural phenomenon many have dubbed the 8th Wonder of the World. We'll be getting you up close and personal on a cruise to Horseshoe Falls, allowing you to see both the Canadian and American sides. Remember that raincoat? Now's the time to use it. Back in Toronto later, the rest of the day is yours to do as you please. Maybe head to Queen West to explore the neighbourhood's impressive collection of art galleries and design studios, or take advantage of our CN Tower Optional Experience to test your head for heights.
Day 3 - Toronto - Kingston - Ottawa (2 Nights) Leaving Toronto behind this morning, kick back and enjoy the gorgeous drive alongside Lake Ontario, one of the five Great Lakes of North America, as you make your way to Kingston. Known as the 'Limestone City' thanks to its grand 19th century buildings built from its namesake limestone, it's no wonder this gorgeous city was (briefly) the site of the Canadian capital. Get your bearings and then wake up your taste buds at Campbell's Orchard in Prince Edward County today for a farm tour and a cider tasting. This cider is made from a blend of apples picked from the trees of the Campbell's Orchard and produced right on site, fermented using traditional methods. Next, take to the water and opt for a Thousand Islands cruise, or spend the day exploring the quaint city your way. The day isn't over yet and our next destination awaits, north of the Ottawa River in Ottawa's neighbor charming Gatineau. New Optional Thousand Islands Cruise: If you've ever dreamt of escaping to live on a gorgeous remote island, this cruise will show you the way. Hop on board to explore the over 1,800 islands dotting the St. Lawrence River, many of which are home to elaborate mansions, fairytale castles, lighthouses and a realm of wildlife. Don't forget your camera!
Day 4 - Ottawa Sightseeing and Free Time Start your morning in Ottawa with a sightseeing tour of the city's icons: Sussex Drive, Royal Canadian Mint, National Art Gallery, Supreme Court of Canada, War Memorial, National Art Center; War Museum and National Archives and Library, the stunning Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica (the oldest church in Ottawa), and even a stop outside the home of the Canadian Prime Minister and Governor General's Homes (Be sure to wave hello!). After your orientation, head to Byward Market's vibrant outdoor/indoor market open for a quick bite and free time. Your afternoon is your choice of activities. As an option, experience culture with an authentic Pow-wow dance performance with music by First Nations members at the Museum of History. In a fascinating interactive beading workshop, you'll learn about the Storyboot Project, a partnership between Manitoba Mukluks and our TreadRight Foundation--a fun and feel-good way to support the revival of these traditional arts. Or, explore Ottawa's neighbourhood food markets, discover local produce and dishes, and meet area chefs and food artisans on a food walking tour. Optional C'est Bon food walking tour copy: One of the best ways to learn about a city is to explore its neighbourhood food markets, discover local produce and dishes, and meet area chefs and food artisans. This gourmet walking tour is an ideal introduction to the national capital region's vibrant food scene. Meet the bright lights and find the hidden treasures with the help of expert and insightful guides at five different restaurants. Come taste Ottawa with us!
Day 5 - Ottawa - Qu?bec City (2 Nights) Ready for some romance? We've got good news - timeless, elegant Qu?bec City is up next. Exuding class, grandeur and a distinctly European feel, Qu?bec City is almost a country within a country; 95% of the population speak French, and around 75% are native Francophiles. Arriving here, we'll be listening out for the collective sighs of appreciation as you set eyes on the narrow cobblestone streets and pretty parks for the first time. This afternoon, why not continue your Qu?bec love affair with our Optional Experience that will get you out of town to admire the towering Montmorency Falls. Standing at 83 metres these falls are actually higher than Niagara Falls, forming the mouth of the Montmorency River. Travelling back to Qu?bec City, you'll then be treated to a 3-course dinner in the historic district of Vieux-Qu?bec, tucking in to a menu of freshly sourced, organic ingredients.
Day 6 - Qu?bec City Sightseeing and Free Time After no doubt grabbing a taste of France with a croissant and coffee, you'll be heading out to join a Local Specialist this morning for a tour of the UNESCO World Heritage listed Old Town. Checking out sites including The Citadel, the historically significant Plains of Abraham, and the famous turrets of the Chateau Frontenac, the world's most photographed hotel, prepare to fall even more in love with this city. This afternoon, why not continue your Qu?bec adventure with our Optional Experience.
Day 7 - Qu?bec City - Montr?al Get ready for Montr?al sightseeing! We hope you're hungry this morning as for breakfast you'll be heading to the iconic Erabliere le Chemin du Roy, a traditional Cabane ? Sucre (sugar shack) to learn how maple syrup, one of Canada's most famous exports, is made. You'll then make the short drive to Montr?al, Canada's cultural capital where festivals, art, and a certain joie de vivre are all part of the daily make up. On arrival you'll meet up with a Local Specialist for a city tour of the UNESCO designated 'City of Design', admiring how old European style architecture sits naturally beside beautiful contemporary masterpieces in this popular destination city. This afternoon choose Montr?al your way. You could choose a hands-on activity: learn the art of bagel making or get the adrenaline pumping with some curling or explore the city on your own. This evening with free time to explore, you could head out for dinner with the group or take your pick of one of the cute terraced restaurants along the river. Bagel making workshop: This fun (and delicious) workshop will teach you the history and process of Montr?al-style wood-fired bagels--lighter, crispier, and sweeter than the American version. Jump in to prep ingredients, bake, and finally taste your hard work. Curling: Try your hand at one of Canada's favorite sports. Greeted with hot chocolate, you'll first learn curling's history and culture before getting on the ice rink to practice a few basic techniques and have a game!
Day 8 - Montr?al - Maritimes cruise Prepare to set sail today as you arrive at the Old Port of Montr?al. Boarding your Holland America ship, you'll head to your cabin before discovering the many delights the ship has to offer including nightly entertainment, fine dining and even a spa.
Day 9 - Qu?bec City Sightseeing Docking in French infused Qu?bec City, chances are you'll head straight to the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Old Town to explore the beautiful architecture and Parisian style cafes that make this city so unique.
Day 10 - Saint Lawrence River Cruising Sit back and relax as you cruise the calm waters of the Saint Lawrence River. Passing dramatic scenery, pretty coastal towns and wildlife, today is all about enjoying the ride and perhaps making the most of the on board activities.
Day 11 - Cruise to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island The capital of Canada's smallest province, Charlottetown may be small but what it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in beautiful Victorian houses and lush parks. Literature fans, why not visit nearby Prince Edward National Park to spot the home and farm that inspired the iconic novel, Anne of Green Gables.
Day 12 - Cruise to Sydney, Nova Scotia The largest city on Cape Breton Island, Sydney is home to a staggering collection of historic houses and churches that date back to as far as the 1700's. Renowned for its seafood, the city also has an impressive range of galleries where you can meet and buy work from local artists.
Day 13 - Cruise to Halifax, Nova Scotia Located on a rocky inlet on the Atlantic, Halifax boasts one of the world's great natural harbours and is defined by its maritime geography. Rich in history, you can also happily spend an afternoon exploring the colourful streets of Lunenburg, the city's UNESCO World Heritage Listed Old Town.
Day 14 - Cruise to Bar Harbor, Maine The epitome of a pretty New England coastal town, Bar Harbor's picturesque streets, boutiques and restaurants will have you feeling like you never want to leave. Surrounded by Acadia National Park, here's your chance to hike the tallest peak on the Eastern Coast of the US, Cadillac Mountain.
Day 15 - Depart Boston Arriving into America's oldest city, Boston, your cruise will come to an end today. Leaving with happy memories of European inspired cities, dramatic landscapes and delicious seafood, we'll look forward to welcoming you back onboard some time soon! Airport arrival is at 10:30 a.m.. Sightseeing Highlights Montreal Embark on a tour of the city with a Local Specialist Niagara Falls Witness the majestic American and Canadian sides of the falls aboard a cruise Ottawa Enjoy a sightseeing tour of some of the city's most famous sights Prince Edward County Visit Campbell's Orchard in Prince Edward County for a farm tour and a cider tasting. Quebec Explore Old Quebec with a Local Specialist Quebec City Iconic Breakfast at a traditional Cabane a Sucre (Sugar Shack) where you'll learn how maple syrup is harvested and turned into various other maple products Toronto Orientation tou
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