Day 1 Sunday 30 September 2018 Depart Australia to New York
Today we board our overnight flights from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane to New York. 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.
Day 2 Monday 1 October 2018 New York, USA
Today we have a sightseeing tour of the city. We will see the major sites of the city including the Empire State Building, Wall Street, the Rockefeller Centre, Fifth Avenue, Times Square and much more. We will also visit Ground Zero, once the site of the World Trade Centre. The rest of the afternoon is free for sightseeing and shopping. A walk up 5th Avenue is an unforgettable experience as is walking around Soho, Tribeca or Brooklyn or Central Park. We will enjoy an included welcome dinner this evening.
Day 3 Tuesday 2 October 2018 New York
This morning we travel by boat to the famous Statue of Liberty. A gift from the French to American people in 1886 and engineered by Gustave Eiffel, it has been the symbol of the freedom of the USA to immigrants for over 100 years. We then travel to historic Ellis Island where half the population of the US entered the United States for the first time. We will see the route that new immigrants took through the processing room, medical appraisal room and entry room.
Day 4 Wednesday 3 October 2018 New York / Embarkation
This morning will be free for shopping and sightseeing. Early afternoon the group will be transferred to MS Zuiderdam. Enjoy the spectacular view of the New York skyline as we depart this wonderful city.
Day 5 Thursday 4 October 2018 At sea
The morning will be free to explore the wonderful facilities of the ship. This afternoon join the group for a fun game of bingo, with prizes for the winners. This evening we have a welcome drinks party to celebrate the start of our cruise.
Day 6 Friday 5 October 2018 Boston, Massachusetts
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 follow some of the Freedom Trail that covers sites associated with the American War of Independence. We will see Bunker Hill, site of the first battle of the war, Paul Revere’s House, Kings Chapel, Boston Harbour, site of the famous Boston tea party and more.
Day 7 Saturday 6 October 2018 Bar Harbor, Maine
This morning we arrive into Bar Harbor, Maine. A beautiful natural area where many celebrities have holiday houses. We will explore some of the beautiful natural scenery in the area. We will drive through Acadia National Park, designated one of America’s most scenic byways and admire the spectacular coastal scenery, with stops for photographs. There will also be some short walks to highlights of the rocky coastline – the very essence of Maine. We will pass a number of Victorian mansions that survived the Great Fire of 1947 as we drive along a portion of the Park Loop Road. A very enjoyable and relaxing day
Day 8 Sunday 7 October 2018 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
This morning our guided sightseeing tour takes us to Halifax’s historic waterfront, where we will hear tales of the Halifax Explosion of 1917, and enjoy the scenic Old Town area. We see the Fairview Lawn Cemetery, where over 100 victims of the Titanic are buried. We will also visit the quaint fishing village of Peggy’s Cove, home to one of the most spectacular lighthouses in Canada. Peggy’s Cove is famed for its picturesque and typically East-Coast profile, with houses perched along a narrow inlet and on wave-washed boulders facing the Atlantic. Although this unique environment has been designated a preservation area, it is still an active fishing community.
Day 9 Monday 8 October 2018 Sydney, Nova Scotia
Today we have an overview tour of the city of Sydney, founded by loyalists fleeing the American Revolution. We then travel on the Cabot Trail through and around the Cabot Highlands National Park. There will be stops for short walks and to take photographs of the spectacular scenery of Cape Breton Island. A great day.
Day 10 Tuesday 9 October 2018 Charlottetown,
Prince Edward Island
We dock in Charlottetown, the gracious capital of Prince Edward Island, with street’s lined with colourful planters. Prince Edward Island is the location for the novels Anne of Green Gables and the home of the author Lucy Maud Montgomery. We visit Anne of Green Gables Museum at Silverbush. This is the spacious house, where the author was married in 1911. We then tour some of the island and see some of the spectacular scenery and a lighthouse before we return to Charlottetown and the ship.
Day 11 Wednesday 10 October 2018 Cruising Gulf of St. Lawrence
A lighthouse on little St. Paul’s Island is a stark reminder of days gone by as you sail past this infamous old shipwreck site, known as the graveyard of the gulf, on our way through the Cabot Strait and into the Gulf of St. Lawrence. So huge is the gulf that half of Canada’s 10 provinces have a coastal connection to it. Perhaps that’s not surprising, considering that it’s the world’s largest estuary and fed all the way from the Great Lakes 1,200 kilometres (750 miles) away.
Day 12 Thursday 11 October 2018 Saguenay, Quebec
We arrive in the charming village of Saguenay, where we visit the district of Chicoutimi – known for its decidedly French atmosphere and a touch of the Old World, and learn about the area’s culture and history. On your sightseeing tour, we will discover the importance of Saguenay Fjord, deeply chiselled into the Laurentian Mountains and once a natural trading route for the First Nations people. We continue with a drive along the main street, Rue Racine, and past the Old Port, where we will have an opportunity to stop at the Cultural Quarter and the Little White House. Founded in 1898, the Pulp Mill of Chicoutimi played an important role in the development of the area, producing high-quality pulp that was exported throughout the world. Before returning to the ship, we will see the area of Jonquiere, also built as a company town.
Day 13 Friday 12 October 2018 Quebec City, Quebec
We arrive in the historic city of Quebec today. Founded in 1608 the Old Town of Quebec is the only walled city in North America and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At over 400 years old the city is known for its cobblestone streets and squares and historic buildings. We will walk tour through the charming streets of Québec’s Old Town, best explored on foot, to discover nearly four centuries of history in what is essentially a living museum. See Place-Royale where typical stone buildings surrounding the historic square that constitutes the heart of the Lower Town. It is home to North America’s oldest Catholic Church – Notre-Dame-des-Victoires. Petit-Champlain Street, around the corner from Place-Royale, is a charming pedestrianonly area. 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 18th-century canons 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.
Day 14 Saturday 13 October 2018 Quebec
We disembark the ship this morning and further tour Quebec. We are then transferred to our hotel, our home for the next 2 nights. The rest of the afternoon will be free.
Day 15 Sunday 14 October 2018 Quebec
This morning we travel on the scenic train of Train de Charlevoix, from Quebec City through spectacular landscapes, seaside towns and villages. Founded by the owner of the Cirque du Soleil, Daniel Gauthier, the train travels through an amazing mountain and sea landscape and offers a unique 125 km rail journey across a legendary region of natural beauty. We will have time to explore historic towns before returning to Quebec and our hotel.
Day 16 Monday 15 October 2018 Montreal
Today we travel to city of Montreal. Founded in 1642 by French colonists, by the 1860s it was the economic heart of Canada. Today it is the second biggest city in Canada, only to Toronto, and the largest French-speaking city in Canada. On arrival we 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, 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 in the afternoon.
Day 17 Tuesday 16 October 2018 Montreal
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 resemble one like those cultivated by Montreal’s nobility in the 18th century. It was the first building in Québec to be classified an historic monument. This evening we will enjoy a farewell dinner to celebrate our journey.
Day 18 Wednesday 17 October 2018 Departure
This morning we say farewell to Montreal and transfer to the airport for our return flight to Australia.
Day 19 Thursday 18 October 2018 Inflight
Day 20 Friday 19 October 2018 Arrive Australia
Tour members arrive back in Australia. The tour concludes.