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Savor the diversity and history of the great cities of New England and Eastern Canada on this enchanting vacation. The highlight of this tour is a 7-night cruise to Canada’s historic towns and beautiful places. Aboard a 5-star Holland America ship, travel to Québec City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Canada’s only walled town; charming Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island; scenic Sydney, originally settled by Highland Scots; Halifax, famous for its lighthouses on cliff side ledges and tiny villages huddled in rocky inlets; Bar Harbor, surrounded by Acadia National Park, where you can stroll along the charming waterfront and browse the shops and galleries; and Boston.
But that’s not all…this East Coast tour also includes sightseeing of Boston’s historic sights, a visit to Montréal’s Notre Dame Basilica, and a tramway ride to the 4,080-foot summit of Cannon Mountain in gorgeous Franconia Notch. On a clear day, you can see the mountains of four states and Canada! Prime Time has also arranged for you to enjoy unique experiences on this tour. In Vermont, you’ll visit a working maple syrup farm to learn the art of making maple syrup and enjoy a special treat. In New Hampshire, learn about the endemic flora and fauna at a Raven Interpretive Wildlife Program.
This incredible East Coast vacation is packed with adventure—both on land and at sea!
Destinations & Sightseeing
Boston, Franconia Notch State Park, North Conway, Stowe, Vergennes, Montreal & Cruise
Note: Enjoy spectacular fall colors of the Eastern U.S. & Canada on our special Fall Folliage departure: September 17 (Mother Nature Permitting)
Tour Director will not accompany you on the 7-Night Cruise
Breakfast Daily, 7 Lunches, 9 Three-Course Dinners
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Welcome to Boston! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.
Enjoy an orientation tour of Boston including Boston Common, the State House, and Faneuil Hall. Depart Boston for New Hampshire and the scenic White Mountains, New England’s greatest range and premier outdoor playground. At Franconia Notch State Park, board the Cannon Mountain TRAMWAY for a thrilling ride to the 4,080-foot summit. On a clear day, you can see the mountains of four states and Canada! Also enjoy a RAVEN INTERPRETIVE WILDLIFE PROGRAM focusing on the endemic flora and fauna. (Breakfast & Dinner)
Depart for a beautiful drive to Stowe, stopping for a tour at a MAPLE SYRUP FARM, where you’ll learn the art of making maple syrup and enjoy a local treat. Continue to Vergennes, overlooking Lake Champlain with views of the Adirondacks and Green Mountains. (Breakfast & Dinner)
Visit nearby SHELBURNE HERITAGE PARK, which exhibits one of the nation’s most extraordinary collections of American decorative, folk, and fine art. It showcases buildings from around New England and New York, including an 1890 railroad station, a lighthouse, a stagecoach inn, and an Adirondack lodge. Travel northwest to Montréal, Canada’s second-largest city. As Montréal has a unique mix of historical, natural, and cultural offerings, you may like to visit Old Port Montréal, the McCord Museum, or stroll around Mount Royal Park. (Breakfast)
This morning, sightseeing with a Local Guide includes NOTRE DAME BASILICA, the Old Seminary of St. Sulpice, and a drive to the top of Mount Royal to enjoy a panorama of the city. This afternoon, transfer to Montréal’s port to embark on your ship for a 7-night CRUISE. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Visit Canada’s only walled city, which, until the British victory of 1759, was the center of New France and today is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stroll within the walls and see the Place d’Armes, Laval Seminary, and ancient Place Royale. Also see Old World houses crowding the narrow streets in Lower Town by the St. Lawrence River and the historic Plains of Abraham. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Québec City marks the start of Saguenay Fjord. This 200-mile-long natural canal brings saltwater from the Atlantic Ocean inland and creates a beautiful environment for waterfront living for the communities of the St. Lawrence River. Spend the day at leisure aboard the ship, taking advantage of the numerous amenities.
Spend the day in Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island, the provincial capital named after Queen Charlotte, consort of King George III. The city is famous for hosting the 1864 conference that three years later led to the creation of the independent Dominion of Canada. Perhaps take a trip to Cavendish and visit the famous Anne of Green Gables homestead. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
So green and Gaelic is Cape Breton Island that Scotsman Alexander Graham Bell called it home for the last 37 years of his life. In fact, Cape Breton was principally settled by Highland Scots whose families had come out on the wrong side of rebellions against the Crown. You can still see this heritage in the accents in some remote villages—and in the great popularity of Scottish-style folk music. Today, you may choose to travel along the scenic Cabot Trail or visit historic Louisbourg Fortress, which recreates life in New French. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Arrive in Halifax, where lighthouses stand sentinel on cliff side ledges and tiny villages huddle in rocky inlets. Take time to explore Citadel Hill with its early 19th-century star-shaped fort, the tree-shaded walks of the public gardens, and Fairview Cemetery, the final resting place for more than 100 people who perished on the Titanic. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Arrive in Bar Harbor on Mount Desert Island, Maine’s oldest summer resort, and stroll around the charming waterfront with its many shops, galleries, and boutiques. Alternatively, take an optional excursion to picturesque Acadia National Park, one of America’s most visited parks. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
The tour ends this morning. Guests depart on individual schedules; airport transfers are provided. Please schedule your flights after noon. (Breakfast)
Boston - Sheraton Boston Hotel
Sheraton Boston is a 1220 room hotel located just four miles from the Boston Logan Airport in Back Bay Boston. Rooms have fantastic views of the Charles River or Historic Back Bay. Enjoy indoor access to shopping and restaurants at the Prudential Center or Copley Place, both connected to the Sheraton Boston. The hotel has an Indoor/Outdoor saline heated swimming pool. Enjoy local New England fare at the Side Bar & Grille, breakfast in Cafe Apropos, or a coffee at the Starbucks in the lobby.
North Conway - Red Jacket Mountain View Resort
Sitting atop 25 acres on Sunset Hill with stunning views of the White Mountains and Saco River Valley, Red Jacket Mountain View Resort is true to its name. The breathtaking White Mountains scenery surrounding the resort is complemented by well-appointed guestrooms, multiple dining options, indoor water park, fitness room, and seasonal outdoor pool.
Vergennes - Basin Harbor Club
This intimate sanctuary is ideally located on the shores of Lake Champlain at Basin Harbor. Inspired by their natural surroundings, this historic hotel offers year-round entertainment and activities. Guests can choose from a variety of activities, that depending on season can include leisurely walks, tennis, biking, movie nights, or simply relaxing.
Montreal - Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel
Located in the heart of downtown Montreal, the hotel reflects the city's elegance and charm and has welcomed dignitaries and celebrities alike in its 60 year history. The hotel has an indoor pool, hot tub, spa, fitness center, gift shops, hair salon, several award winning restaurants, lounge, room service, business center, concierge service, and Internet access.
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