Ultra-Luxury Canada & New England Cruise with Montreal
Holiday Ref: 16164
Weekly departures May - September 2018 & 2019. Call for details.
See where fascinating history meets undeniable beauty – with Old World charm and scenic splendour, North America’s Eastern seaboard is a world-class destination.
The eastern seaboard of North America is handsome at any time of year. But in the autumn, when its hardwood forests ignite in incandescent hues of red and gold, it is the definition of spectacular. The region’s colonial history remains evident and accessible, the villages along the St. Lawrence might as well be on the Loire, and Gaspé’s shingle beaches echo Brittany’s. Redcoats still salute Halifax’s Noon Gun, and Bar Harbour reflects Down East Yankee grit as much as it does the Vanderbilts and Rockefellers of its Gilded Age.
Upon arrival into Boston Logan Airport – Private Transfer Boston Hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight – Boston
Abundant with history, Boston is a pure delight for any visitor. Independent explorers can trace the past 200 years of American history by walking the "Freedom Trail." Winding its way past old brick buildings, glazed high-rises, green parks and the famous Charles River, the path enables followers to discover some of Boston's historic events. The fiercely independent early citizens who resisted British rule and taxation without representation carved their story in the minds of all Americans. This pride is ever present today as Bostonians tout their many institutional and cultural treasures, such as Harvard and MIT, Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, Fenway Park, as well as such refined diversions as Symphony Hall and the Museum of Fine Arts. Overnight: Boston
As the state of Maine stands apart from the rest of New England, so does Mount Desert Island stand apart from the rest of Maine. When French explorer Samuel de Champlain first dropped anchor here in 1604 he was so impressed by the outline of its towering peaks that he named it "the island of wilderness mountains" - Isle des Monts Deserts. Locals call it the place where the mountains meet the sea. Pink granite mountains give way to pristine freshwater lakes on one side and the mighty Atlantic on the other. Mount Desert's largest town, Bar Harbor, existed for decades as a small local resort and farming community. By the turn of the century, Bar Harbor had gained a reputation as a playground for the rich. In 1916, some of the more conservation-minded residents got together and purchased some 33,000 acres of land and donated it to the government as Acadia National Park, the only national park in the New England states.
With its exceptionally delightful harbor side setting, early Europeans were first attracted to Halifax in 1749 with the establishment here of a military outpost by Colonel Cornwallis. The ports natural advantages of a well-protected harbor and close proximity to major fishing grounds resulted in its growth into a major military base and sea port. The peninsula has had several major immigrations during its history; English, French, German, Irish and Scottish have come in substantial numbers at various times. Travelers familiar with the South Pacific will find it interesting to know that Captain James Cook, whose explorations defined most of the Pacific Basin for Europeans, also spent four years in Halifax charting Nova Scotia and the waters of the St. Lawrence. A college town, Halifax has an exhilarating and youthful air about it, as evidenced by many bicyclists and skateboarders. The heart of Halifax offers wonderful restaurants and shopping, galleries, museums, and sites of historic interest including the Naval Dockyard, which dates from 1757, and St. Paul's Church. Heading out of town, the wonders of nature are to be found in the form of the sea, with the smell of salty air, cool ocean breezes, and the powerful force of waves crashing against the rugged shoreline.
A city firmly dedicated to nostalgia, PEI’s capital is full of period buildings recalling a past that strongly informs the present. The City Hall is a National Historic Site of Canada, and the city proudly proclaims its history as the Birthplace of Confederation. Wander the well-maintained waterfront and the atmospheric downtown streets, or cross the island’s pastoral fields to Summerside or the red rock North Cape.
At the tip of Quebec’s southern peninsula, in the heart of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Gaspé is like a remnant of Brittany marooned on the North American continent. Charming fishing villages, lighthouses and marine vistas abound. Nearby Percé Rock is a huge stone arch stuck into the sea, and offshore, Bonaventure Island hosts the largest nesting colony of gannets in the world.
Located on the North Shore of the St. Lawrence River northeast of Quebec, this town was born of the forest and river resources and still thrives on them. Timber and paper production. hydroelectric power from two huge dams and aluminum smelting are the mainstays. Explore the boreal forest, its wildlife and the geology of the Laurentian Shield in displays and in person.
The great fjord of Saguenay cuts deep into the slopes of the Laurentian Shield, cited as the oldest rocks on earth. On either side, domes of rock are furred with forests of conifer and hardwoods whose fallen foliage gives the fjord its tea-colored hue. At the head of this spectacular waterway, the newly-created Port Saguenay provides easy access to the natural splendors of the Laurentian forests, a favorite year-round playground of the Quebecois
Founded in 1608 as a fur-trading base by Samuel de Champlain, Québec has a long and exciting history. In 1759, the English defeated the French on the Plains of Abraham and helped determine the outcome of the French and Indian Wars, which under the Treaty of 1763, established British supremacy in Canada. The joie de vivre and panache, however are totally French, as are the cuisine, language and heritage. The first buildings were close to the St. Lawrence waterfront and are known as Lower Town. Most hotels are on a hill that rises steeply from the river in what today is called Upper Town. Québec is still North America's only walled city north of Mexico. Handsome old structures throughout the city are fine examples of classical French architecture. The towers and spire of the imposing Château Frontenac Hotel, built by the Canadian and Pacific Railway in 1892, lend the city an aura of the Belle Epoque.
Upon your arrival in Montreal at the Cruise port, transfer by private vehicle to the Ritz Carlton Montreal.
The historical birthplace of the Ritz-Carlton name, this newly renovated hotel is located on the golden square mile in the heart of downtown, within walking distance to an array of upscale shopping, fine dining, cultural venues and renowned nightlife. The hotel features a 3-Michelin-star restaurant, afternoon tea in the garden, and an indoor rooftop pool.
Accompanied by a professional guide, this gastronomic walk will help you to discover the culinary, cultural and historical charms of the oldest district of Montreal. Hosted in old warehouses and showrooms of the 19th century, some food boutiques open their doors to allow you taste their delicacies. Through small and narrow cobblestone streets, the guide explains the influence of the Amerindians and the nuns on our food habits and how the venue of the World Expo in 1967 brought exotic food to our tables.
Spend the evening at leisure to enjoy the sights and nightlife of Montreal. Montreal offers a fascinating mix of both the French and English cultures. Some of the finest shopping and dining in North America awaits you.
Spend a long-to-be-remembered day on a private tour in the magnificent Laurentian Mountains just north of Montreal. A thousand freshwater lakes and picturesque villages dot the landscape. Cruise for 50 minutes on the lovely Lac des Sables in Ste. Agathe (admission included - seasonal). Spend one hour in the village of Saint Sauveur where you will be seduced by all the charming shops and attractions. Overnight; Montreal
Today you will be transferred by private vehicle to Montreal Airport for your return flight back to the UK.