Wednesday October 11, 2017
New York, USA
We depart Australia today on our flight to New York City. We arrive the same day as we depart because we cross the International Date Line. We will be met at the airport by our private coach and transferred to our hotel.
Thursday October 12, 2017
New York, USA
This morning we will have a sightseeing tour of exciting New York. We will see the famous Statue of Liberty, Times Square, the Empire State Building, the Ground Zero Area and the United Nations Building. We will have a short walk around Central Park, the “lungs of the city”. This afternoon we travel to Long Island to visit Old Westbury Gardens. Home of the Phipps family, the garden was designed by George Crawley and completed in 1906. The 81 hectares of gardens include formal gardens, lakes, wooded trails all set around a magnificent Charles II-style mansion.
Friday October 13, 2017
New York, USA
This morning we travel to New York Botanical Garden comprising 101 hectares and 50 speciality gardens and plant collections. Features include the Bronx River and cascading waterfall, 20 hectares of historic forest and one of the largest Victorian glasshouses in America and more. We continue to Highline Park on Manhattan Island. This 2.3km section of the former elevated rail spur called the West Side Line has been redesigned and planted as an aerial park. It starts with a thicket of shrubs and small trees that leads to an open lawn and an elevated walkway through sumac and magnolia trees. We will enjoy a welcome dinner this evening. Jane Edmanson will welcome the group and outline the wonderful experiences we will have during the tour.
Saturday October 14, 2017
New York, USA
Today we visit Boscobel House and Gardens. Visitors are continually drawn to Boscobel’s beautiful grounds and gardens and the breathtaking views over the Hudson River from the property. At the front of the house is a great lawn and on the other side is a rose garden with 150 varieties. There is an orchard, a herb and vegetable garden. There will be time to explore before we transfer to Kykuit House and Garden. This hilltop paradise was home to four generations of the Rockefeller family. Now a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, we visit the expansive terraced garden, which contains Nelson Rockefeller exceptional collection of 20th century sculptures.
Sunday October 15, 2017
New York, USA
We will enjoy free time for independent sightseeing before we are transferred to Cape Liberty, New Jersey to board the Crown Princess for the start of our Garden Cruise to see the Autumn Colours. Make sure that you’re up on deck as the Crown Princess slips her mooring’s and makes her way out of the Hudson with one of the most iconic cityscapes in the world, New York City.
Monday October 16, 2017
Newport, Rhode Island
We dock in Newport Rhode Island today. This island is well known as a holiday location for the famous and wealthy and for the summer White Houses, which were used during Dwight Eisenhower and John Kennedy’s presidencies. We visit the The Breakers, the grandest of Newport’s summer “cottages” and a symbol of the Vanderbilt family’s social and financial pre-eminence in turn of the century America. We continue with a visit to The Elms, the summer residence of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Julius Berwind of Philadelphia and New York. The elaborate Classical Revival gardens in the grounds were developed between 1907 and 1914 and were recently restored. They include terraces displaying marble and bronze sculpture, a park of fine specimen trees and a lavish lower garden featuring marble pavilions, fountains, a sunken garden and carriage house and garage. Jane will make sure that you get the most out of our visits on Rhode Island.
Tuesday October 17, 2017
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
This morning we arrive in Boston, known as the cradle of American Independence and is now New England’s centre for finance and technology. The home of Harvard University, the area is among the most varied and interesting in America. We will have a city tour with a local guide. During the tour we will see Paul Revere’s House and Kings Chapel, home to the largest and sweetest-sounding bell. We will also see Faneuil Hall, and the Old Statehouse, which was the seat of Colonial Government from 1713. In the afternoon we visit Long Hill. This Federal-style home was the summer retreat of Mabel Sedgwick. This garden with much interest was a garden for living, with integrated outdoor rooms. The garden is flanked by 40 hectares of woodland.
Wednesday October 18, 2017
Bar Harbor, Maine, USA
We travel to Mount Desert Island Maine, after arriving in Bar Harbor, to visit two gardens kept open by the Land and Garden Preserve. We will visit Thuya Garden and Lodge a wonderful blend of semi-formal English border beds and indigenous eastern Maine woodlands. Thuya Lodge was constructed in 1912 and used as a summer house. From 1956 to 1961 Charles Savage created the garden we see today. The herbaceous borders are a pleasing mix of colourful annuals and perennials defining the sides of an expanse of grass lawns, which leads to a shallow reflecting pool. We will also visit Asticou Azalea Garden and enjoy the quiet and contemplative garden. We travel along spectacular Loop Road located in Acadia National Park, where we have glorious views over the Atlantic Ocean. Arcadia National Park is a haven for one thousand one hundred plant species.
Thursday October 19, 2017
Saint John, Canada
Located on Canada’s South-Eastern Atlantic seaboard, where the Bay of Fundy meets the mouth of the Saint John River, Saint John is a quaint harbour town of nearly 130,000 residents. It is one of the oldest cities in North America. Throughout the 16th century, ships from European countries used the harbour as a fishing base. We will enjoy a sightseeing tour of the Old Town. We visit the Commissariat House. Dating from 1820, this clapboard house was one of the few buildings to escape the 19thcentury fires. We travel to Signal Hill where Marconi sent the first radio signal. We visit the Johnson CEO Centre, which is built into the rock on signal Hill. One of the exhibits is the Titanic story, which gives an overview of the famous disaster.
Friday October 20, 2017
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
This morning we arrive in Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia and the largest urban area in Atlantic Canada. We will enjoy a guided tour of the town and see some of the historic sites and landmarks such as the Spring Garden Road area, the Province House, Old Town Clock, St Paul’s Church, City Hall, Grand Parade, Government House and Point Pleasant Park. We visit the 19th-century Halifax Citadel National Historic Park, where we will have a spectacular view of the downtown area. Our next stop is the Halifax cemetery where some of those who perished on the Titanic are buried. In the afternoon we will visit the Halifax Public Gardens open since 1875, set out in a Victorian style with three ponds and fountains and two stone bridges. The beautiful trees will be in glorious autumn colours.
Saturday October 21, 2017
Sydney, Nova Scotia
Today we will enjoy a relaxing walking tour of the Colonial Town of Old Sydney, founded by Loyalists fleeing the American Revolution. We will see six buildings that were constructed in the late 18th century and another two which were built at the turn of the 19th century. Full of rich storytelling and friendly characters, this tour will also take us to St. Patrick’s, the oldest Roman Catholic Church in Cape Breton; Cossit House, built in 1787; and Jost House, offering interesting exhibits from this same period.
Sunday October 22, 2017
Charlottetown, PEI, Canada
We dock in Charlottetown, the gracious capital of Prince Edward Island, with street’s lined with colourful planters. The Island is renowned for its food producers. We will visit La Serena farm, which displays wonderful seasonal vegetables. Prince Edward Island is the location for the novels “Anne of Green Gables” and the home of the author. We visit Anne of Green Gables Museum at Silverbush. This is the spacious house where the author Lucy Maud Montgomery visited relatives and where she was married in 1911.
Monday October 23, 2017
Today is free to enjoy the ships facilities. Perhaps enjoy a spa in the beautiful wellness centre. In the afternoon Jane Edmanson will give a talk about her life in the media. We continue with Jane leading a Gardening Trivia competition. We will divide the group into teams with prizes for the winning team.
Tuesday October 24, 2017
We arrive in Quebec this morning. We will enjoy a sightseeing tour of the main sights of this attractive city. The lower town has streets lined with shops and art galleries, which reflect the streets 18th-century heritage. We see the Royal Battery, which has been reconstructed and replicas of 18thcentury canons which are on display. We travel to Place Royal square in the upper town, which was the hub of the city’s economic activity until the mid-19th century. We see the Citadel and Quebec’s fortifications. We return to the ship for our last night aboard Crown Princess.
Wednesday October 25, 2017
After disembarking we travel to Montreal. On arrival we will enjoy a guided tour of old Montreal. We see bustling Place Jacques Cartier and the Basilique Notre Dame situated in Place D’Armes. We see the Old Seminary built by Sulpician missionaries in 1685, it is the oldest building in Montreal. The downtown area of Montreal has a North American look with wide thoroughfares winding through a forest of skyscrapers. We check-in to our hotel late afternoon.
Thursday October 26, 2017
This morning we visit Chateau de Ramezay built in 1705 as the residence of Montreal Governor Claude de Ramezay. It is now a museum of early Quebec history and the enclosed garden next door has been re-created to look like a vegetable garden of the 17th and 18th century. This afternoon will be free for individual exploration. We enjoy a farewell dinner in the evening to say goodbye to group members.
Friday October 27, 2017
We visit the Montréal Botanic Garden late morning. It comprises 75 hectares made up of 20 themed gardens and ten exhibition glasshouses. We will see trees with gorgeous fall colours. Late afternoon we travel to the airport to depart for our return to Australia.
Saturday October 28, 2017
Sunday October 29, 2017
The tour group arrives in Australia and the tour concludes.