Canadian Maritimes, Toronto & New England - 2017

Portland • Halifax • Charlottetown • Gaspé • Québec City • Montreal • Toronto
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DAY 1

Depart home / Toronto, Ontario

Lively, cosmopolitan Toronto, Canada’s largest city, offers plenty to do for the curious visitor. You can head skyward to the top of the soaring CN Tower for the grand views, shop the upscale stores of the Eaton Center, visit Little India and other colorful ethnic  neighborhoods, or spend a few hours exploring the myriad offerings of the Royal Ontario Museum. This evening, enjoy a Welcome briefing by your Cruise Director in the hotel.

DAY 2

Toronto / Embark Ship

Spend the earlier part of the day exploring on your own, then embark ship this afternoon. Tonight as we follow the shores of Lake Ontario, gather with your shipmates in the dining room for your first dinner on board. The smallest in the chain of Great Lakes, Ontario creates a favorable microclimate that helps support a major fruit- and wine-growing region.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 3

Cruising

From Lake Ontario, we’ll cruise into the St. Lawrence Seaway, the great river and canal project that ultimately takes us to the great Gulf of St. Lawrence. We’ll pass through the picturesque Thousand Islands on our journey.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 4

Montreal, Québec

The second-largest city in Canada, Montréal takes its name from Mount Royal, a hill in the center of the city with three distinct peaks. A UNESCO City of Design (one of only a few in the world), Montréal boasts over 50 national historic sites, including numerous churches, and a lively downtown arts and cultural scene. The official language of the city is French, though, at home, many speak a version called Québécois French.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 5

Québec City, Québec

Hailed as the most French city outside of France, Québec is a spectacle of history, architecture, and activity. After a light breakfast, we’ll go ashore and immerse ourselves in the charm and character of Old Québec (Vieux-Québec), the last remaining fortified city north of Mexico. We’ll see the public square, known as Place Royale, historic Petit-Champlain, and Notre-Dame-des-Victoires. Next, we’ll ride the Old Québec Funicular to the impressive Château Frontenac, perched atop Cape Diamond. Then, we’ll explore the fortress area of the Upper City, passing Place d'Armes, the Québec Seminary, and the Convent. The rest of the afternoon is yours to enjoy at leisure. Tonight, we’ll gather for a reception followed by dinner in the ship’s main dining room.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 6

At Sea

Today’s cruising takes us into the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and eventually Canada’s Maritime Provinces, including Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia. This evening, we’ll gather for a sumptuous dinner in the ship’s main dining room.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 7

Gaspé Peninsula, Québec

Today, we’ll arrive in the quiet bayside town of Gaspé on the northeastern tip of Québec. Gaspé was claimed for France by Jacques Cartier, who took refuge from a storm here in 1534. From this seaside town, we’ll take a scenic one-hour coach ride to Percé, where we’ll board a boat and cruise to the Rock of Percé, a dramatic sea arch just offshore. Then we’ll continue to Bonaventure Island, a former mecca for poets and painters and home of 293 different bird species – including puffins, cormorants, murres, auks, black-legged kittewake, boreal chickadees, and one of the largest colonies of gannets in the world. We'll be accompanied by local experts, who will help us interpret the unusual geology and rich aviary life along this rich coast. Back on shore, time permitting, we’ll enjoy free time in picturesque Percé before returning to the pier and the ship.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 8

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island, Canada's tiniest and most charming province, is famous for its green fields, red earth, and white-sand beaches. During our excursion to historic Charlottetown, we’ll follow a trail through the same historic streets the delegates walked when they gathered in 1864 for the conference that led to the Confederation of Canada. Then, we’ll drive along the North Shore to Cavendish Bay, Prince Edward Island National Park, and the farmstead that inspired L.M. Montgomery’s beloved Anne of Green Gables. Enjoy free time strolling along the shores of the bay before we return to the ship for an exceptional dinner overlooking the sea.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 9

At Sea

Today’s cruising takes us along the Canadian Seaboard as we make our way to Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 10

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Our illuminating tour of Halifax begins with a visit to the picturesque Citadel, a star-shaped defense structure constructed in 1856 to defend the city from invading forces. This unique building is now populated by the 87th Highlander Regiment, which regularly performs reenactments inside the square. We’ll also pay a visit to the Halifax Museum of the Atlantic, an exception glimpse into Nova Scotia’s maritime heritage. On our way out of town, we’ll pass the Fairlawn Cemetery, where we’ll hear the compelling tale of how 100 of the RMS Titanic victims were recovered and buried. Continuing down the craggy coast, we’ll arrive at Peggy’s Cove, a lovely maritime village on St. Margaret’s Bay, just in time to enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, followed by a free afternoon to explore the town’s colorful homes, eclectic waterfront district, and iconic lighthouse. 

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 11

At Sea

As we head for our last port of call, you’ll be sailing along the New England shore, a coast of lighthouses, quiet coves, and rocky islands.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 12

Portland, Maine / Disembark Ship / Return home

Following breakfast, disembark and transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Important Notice: The above day-by-day itineraries are preliminary and therefore subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Vantage Tour Director or regional expert.

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