Canada & New England Luxury Fall Foliage Cruise with New York Stay
Holiday Ref: 16172
Price based on 20th October 2017 departure. Other similar itineraries available, call for details.
Treat yourself to this spectacle of autumn in North America when Nature’s artistry is on dazzling display, and celebrate this seasonal splendor with a special harvest cruise between Montreal and New York. Wind along the Canadian Maritimes and through the St. Lawrence Seaway, chasing whales along the way. Imagine blinking lighthouses and lobster bakes, historic cities and fishing ports, red apples and purple grapes ready for harvest all set amid the glory of autumnal foliage. Complete this spectacular trip with a stay in the ‘Big Apple’ – New York.
Upon arrival into Montreal, make your way (independently) to your hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight: Montreal
Today you will embark on a 3 hour tour of the city, taking in over 200 points of interest including a photo stop at Old Montreal, St. Joseph’s Oratory, an outside view of Olympic Stadium and for a panoramic view from an observation point on top of Mount Royal. You drive through Montreal’s residential and financial districts and past McGill University and many attractions all explained in an uninterrupted commentary of a friendly, knowledgeable, licenced bilingual guide. Overnight: Montreal
Day at leisure to explore Old Montréal, which was once enclosed by thick stone walls, is the oldest part of the city. It runs roughly from the waterfront in the south to ruelle des Fortifications in the north and from rue McGill in the west to rue Berri in the east. The churches and chapels here stand as testament to the religious fervor that inspired the French settlers who landed here in 1642 to build a "Christian commonwealth" under the leadership of Paul de Chomedey, Sieur de Maisonneuve, and the indomitable Jeanne Mance. Stone warehouses and residences are reminders of how quickly the fur trade commercialized that lofty ideal and made the city one of the most prosperous in 18th-century Nouvelle France. Overnight: Montreal
Morning and afternoon at leisure, then make your way to (independently) to the cruise terminal to board Silver Whisper.
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Designated as the Island capital in 1765, Charlottetown is both PEI’s oldest and largest urban center. However, since the whole "metropolitan" area only has a population of about 65,000, a pleasing small-town atmosphere remains. The city is a winner appearance-wise as well. Peppered with gingerbread-clad homes, converted warehouses, striking churches, and monumental government buildings, Charlottetown’s core seems relatively unchanged from its 19th-century heyday when it hosted the conference that led to the formation of Canada.
If you come directly to Cape Breton via plane, ferry, or cruise ship, Sydney is where you’ll land. If you’re seeking anything resembling an urban experience, it’s also where you’ll want to stay: after all, this is the island’s sole city. Admittedly, it is not the booming center it was a century ago when the continent’s largest steel plant was located here (that era is evoked in Fall on Your Knees, an Oprah Book Club pick penned by Cape Bretoner Anne-Marie MacDonald). However, Sydney has a revitalized waterfront and smattering of Loyalist-era buildings that appeal to visitors.
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From Wall Street's skyscrapers to the neon of Times Square to Central Park's leafy paths, New York City pulses with an irrepressible energy. History meets hipness in this global center of entertainment, fashion, media, and finance. World-class museums like MoMA and unforgettable icons like the Statue of Liberty beckon, but discovering the subtler strains of New York's vast ambition is equally rewarding: ethnic enclaves and shops, historic streets of dignified brownstones, and trendy bars and eateries all add to the urban buzz. Overnight: New York
The Empire State Building Observatory is beacon for international and domestic tourists alike, and offers unmatched views of New York and neighbouring states from its world-famous 86th floor observatory all year long.
Get skyward and discover what the city looks like when you are 1,050 feet (320 meters) high at the top of New York's most iconic skyscraper, at the 86th Floor Observatory. The Observatory, with its popular 360-degree outdoor deck, also has indoor viewing galleries for guests to enjoy the views rain or shine, day or night.
You'll zip right up to the 86th Floor Observatory in convenient high speed, automatic elevators. Looking for an enhanced viewing experience? High-powered binoculars are available on the promenades at a minimal cost. And if you’re searching for that perfect Empire State Building souvenir, you’ll find something memorable at the Gift Shop, located on the 80th Floor.
Hop on Board for an inspirational Circle Line Liberty Cruise.
See and hear about the majestic Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the historic immigration centre as well as the World Financial Centre. Stare up at the awesome skyscrapers that make our fabulous skyline come alive. Overnight: New York
Today is yours to do as you please, and discover more of this amazing city. Overnight: New York