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Boston to Montreal: A Cultural and Historical Journey

Program Number: 15419RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/10/2014 - 9/22/2014; 9/24/2014 - 10/6/2014; 6/10/2015 - 6/22/2015;
Duration: 12 nights
Location: Multi-Country,
Price starting at: $3,890.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises; Independent City Discoveries
Meals: 33; 12 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 11 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; None; None    

Learn about the shared heritage of New England and New France as you journey on the Atlantic and St. Lawrence Seaway. Examine events, visit historic ports and gain an understanding of how the sea shaped cultures and economies.




Activity Particulars

Walking up to two hours a day on cobblestone streets; occasional stairs.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Boston, 3 nights; aboard ms Maasdam, 7 nights; Montreal, 2 nights



Days 1-4: Arrival Boston, Mass. / embark ms Maasdam:

Local experts illuminate historic neighborhoods, the Boston Public Library and Cambridge. View fine art at the renowned MFA, then journey north. Lodging: Comfortable Boston hotel.



Day 5: Bar Harbor, Maine:

Step back in time during a walking visit of Victorian Bar Harbor and learn about the development of Acadia National Park.



Day 6: Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada):

See Halifax by coach from the site of the Halifax explosion to the gardens and the communities, then learn about the maritime history of Atlantic Canada at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.



Day 7: Cape Breton:

Explore the Fortress of Louisbourg, a replica of an 18th-century French-fortified town.



Day 8: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island:

Discover the “Birthplace of Confederation” during an expert-led walk.



Day 9: On St. Lawrence Seaway:

Learn the alliance between French settlers and the native population.



Day 10: Québec City, Québec:

Explore the charming old streets of this fortified city.



Days 11-13: Montréal / disembark / departure:

View the city from Mount Royal Park and then explore it on foot during a walk with a local expert in Old Montréal. Lodging: Comfortable hotel in Old Montréal.



ms Maasdam

Measuring 720 feet in length, this vessel was designed to carry fewer passengers in a greater amount of space. Sailing at a speed of up to 22 knots, the ship accommodates 1,200 passengers. This ship features a culinary arts center and the state-of-the-art, New York Times-branded Explorations Cafe, a combination library and digital fun room.



Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Boyde Beck

Boyde Beck is a curator with the Prince Edward Island Museum and Heritage Foundation. He also has a regular history column on MainStreet, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s afternoon radio show on the Island, and is a sessional lecturer at the University of Prince Edward Island.
 
Stephen Marchessault

Stephen Marchessault was raised in a bilingual family and has spent most of his life in Québec City. He majored in history at Glendon College at York University in Toronto, and over the years, has developed an interest in the history of Québec City. Stephen enjoys sharing his interest and knowledge of this World Heritage City with lifelong learners.
 
Evan Price

Since formally “retiring,” Evan Price has managed to spend nine months backpacking around the world with his wife, and six months exploring the South Pacific as a principal aboard a three-masted Barquentine with 42 students. During the last several years, he has led Road Scholar adventures at an auberge in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. Apart from being actively involved in the education industry, he chairs the trustees of the local library, golfs, plays tennis and enjoys cross-country skiing. Evan has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Concordia University and a Master of Education from Bishops’ University in Quebec.
 
Paul Van Nest

Paul Van Nest grew up in Brantford, Ontario, Canada. He studied at McMaster University where he was awarded an honors physics undergraduate degree, after which he completed his master’s in lasers in 1964. He was hired as a physics lecturer at the Royal Military College, and later joined St. Lawrence College where he taught instrumentation and electronics, and served as chair of the Provincial Heads of Technology. In 1978, he stepped down as chair to begin what became the Open Learning Centre at the College. He pioneered this initiative and was a frequent presenter on the topic in Ontario, Canada and the U.S. Paul is an active member of his community and serves as the membership chair of the Kingston Historical Society. With his passion for history, he is a founding member of the Kingston Civil War Round Table and has led more than 50 Civil War battlefield outings. His hobbies and interests include genealogy, the American Civil War, golf, curling, computing and travelling.
 
Lorna Schectman-Greenberg

A native of Montreal, Lorna Schectman-Greenberg has been working as a program coordinator, developing and delivering educational programs for Road Scholar since 1998. She works as an educational excursion leader for the city of Montreal, and has two Bachelor of Arts degrees from Concordia University and a teaching diploma from the faculty of education from McGill University. Lorna loves to travel and is interested in the arts.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Boston Park Plaza
  Boston, MA 3 nights
   ms Maasdam
  Boston, MA
Bar Harbor, ME
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Sydney, Nova Scotia
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
At Sea
Québec City, Québec
7 nights
   Marriott Springhill Suites Old Montreal
  Montreal, Quebec 2 nights
 Boston Park Plaza
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Located in the heart of historic Back Bay, The Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers is one of Boston's most recognized and renowned landmarks. The Boston Park Plaza, a Starwood managed property and a member of Historic Hotels of America, opened March 10, 1927 as part of the E.M. Statler Empire. With an unsurpassed Boston address, the hotel is located only 3 miles from Logan International Airport and only 200 yards from the nation's first public parks, Boston Common & the Public Garden. The hotel is easily accessible to shopping along world renowned Newbury Street, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, the Theatre & Financial Districts and most historic landmarks. Rich in history, The Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers has distinguished itself with classic elegance and personal service that continues to attract travelers from all over the world who visit Boston for business, leisure or special events
  Ship Information: n/a
  Contact info: 50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street
Boston, MA 02116-3912 USA
phone: 617-426-2000
web: www.bostonparkplaza.com/
  Room amenities: Wake-up Call, In-room high speed Internet availability, Interactive Video-on-Demand, State of the art climate control system, Coffee Maker, Hair Dryer, Iron, In-room safes - can accommodate most laptop computers.
  Facility amenities: Airport Shuttles: Run daily from 6:30am - 5:30pm ~ Runs every half hour, Fee applies; Barber Shop & Beauty Salon, Bell Desk & Luggage Service, Business Center, Concierge, Express Check-out, Fax & FedEx Services, Fitness Center: Complimentary, open 24-hours with guestroom key access, Gift Shop, Landau Jewelry, Laundry Services, 9 restaurants and lounges located on-property, Room Service, Self Parking, Taxis: Available 24-hours outside the hotel's Main Entrance
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Contact Boston Park Plaza Please call Boston Park Plaza reservation agent Esther Lo at 617-457-2423 (Mon-Fri 10:30am-6pm EST) to book additional nights. Make sure to state your program number (this is a 4 or 5 digit number) and that you are with the Road Scholar group. Please note that the discounted group rate is not guaranteed if booking less than 30 days prior to the start date.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 ms Maasdam
Type: Cruise Ship
  Ship Information: At 720-feet, the ms Maasdam is designed to carry fewer guests while providing them with more space for maximum comfort. Accommodating 1,258 guests, many staterooms feature commanding ocean views, and each of the 149 suites has a private verandah. Gross Tonnage: 55,451 grt.(One registered ton equals 100 cubic feet) Length: 720 feet Beam: 101 feet Maximum speed: 22 knots (maximum) Ship’s Registry: The Netherlands Passenger capacity: 1,258 Crew: 557 Dedicated: December, 1993 by actress June Allyson
  Contact info: Holland America Lines
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 617-457-5560
web: www.hollandamerica.com/cruise-vacation-onboard/Maasdam#
  Room amenities: Your accommodations will be onboard the ms Maasdam for the majority of the program. Accommodating 1,258 guests, many staterooms feature commanding ocean views, and each of the 149 suites has a private verandah. All staterooms are equipped with standard 110 AC and 220 AC outlets, hair dryers and ship-to-shore telephones.
  Facility amenities: Internet is accessible from the comfort of workstations on board or from a personal laptop that can access hot spots which are found in most of the common areas. A variety of pricing options are available. A one-time activation fee of approximately $3.95 will be applied on your first log in only. Full laundry and dry cleaning services are available aboard the ship. Casino: 5 blackjack tables; 1 roulette table; 1 dice table; 1 stud poker; 1 three card poker; 1 Let It Ride; 1 Texas Hold’em and 119 slot machines Spa Facilities: Fitness center; dual saunas; 2 aroma steam rooms; massage/treatment rooms; beauty salon/barber shop; volleyball/tennis court; basketball court
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Marriott Springhill Suites Old Montreal
Type: Hotel
  Description: This all-suites hotel is situated in the heart of historic Old Montréal. It is within walking distance of Notre Dame Basilica, museums, art galleries and some of the finest restaurants in the city. The rejuvenated Old Port of Montréal is just a few steps away. The Métro is close by, as is the lively area of Chinatown. Facility is completely smoke free.
  Ship Information: see ms Maasdam
  Contact info: 445 rue St. Jean Baptiste
Montreal, QC H2Y 2Z7 Canada
phone: 514-875-4333
web: www.springhillmontreal.com/home.php
  Room amenities: Twenty-five percent larger than a regular hotel room, our suites offer the space you need to make you feel at home. Suites are equipped with a kitchenette with mini-fridge, microwave, coffee maker, sink; also an iron and ironing board, hairdryer and a fine selection of Paul Mitchell bath and body products. The work space has an ergonomic chair; free Wi-Fi, in room, and throughout the hotel.
  Facility amenities: The hotel has self-service laundry facilities, an indoor pool and hot tub, fitness room and Spa Avie. Business centre open 24 hours, free Wi-Fi, in room, and throughout the hotel. The on-site restaurant, Auberge St-Gabriel, is the first inn in North America, built in 1754. Renowned in Montreal for providing discriminating diners with exceptional cuisine, the Auberge proposes a menu infused with French flair in a historic yet funky atmosphere! A sophisticated ambiance, original cocktails, and delicious food await you! The Auberge is easily accessible through the hotel lobby.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: Contact hotel for rates. Contact the hotel directly. Toll free number is 1-866-875-4333
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check- in after 3:00 p.m. at the hotel in Boston, Massachusetts. Dinner in the hotel at 6:00 p.m. You will be staying at Boston Park Plaza that night.
  End of Program:
Breakfast at the hotel in Montreal is between 7:00 to 9:00 am; independent departures after breakfast. Check-out of the hotel is 12:00 pm. You will be staying at Marriott Springhill Suites Old Montreal the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. PASSPORT: A valid passport is required for ALL participants. Passport requirements are subject to change. Visit http://www.travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country/canada.html ONLINE REGISTRATION PROCESS: Prior to program arrival, each participant will be required to complete an online registration for the cruise portion of this program. All the information required to complete this process is included at the end of this Information Packet, including detailed instructions. You will need your Holland America Lines booking number to complete the online check-in. If you recently enrolled with Road Scholar, your Holland America Lines booking number may not be included in this packet. Please call Road Scholar Participant Services at 1-800-454-5768 for your Holland America Lines booking number. If you need help completing your online check-in, please contact your program provider, Routes Adventures at 1-866-745-1690.
  Parking availability:
For complete parking details at the hotel please contact the hotel directly.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Boston, MA
  Nearest airport:  Logan Airport (BOS)
  From End of Program
  Location:  Montreal, Quebec
  Nearest highway: Highway 20 Trans Canada
  Nearest airport:  Pierre Elliott Trudeau Montreal International Airport (Dorval)
Travel Details
 

Boston Logan Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
T

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$2.50
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

See below

   

The Hotel is 1 block from the Arlington T Stop off of the Green Line and 3 blocks from the Back Bay T Stop off of the Orange line.

 

Boston Logan Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $25-30 (per taxi)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20-30 minutes, depending on traffic 

 

Distance:

 

10 miles

 

Montreal

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
747 Express Aeroport P.E. Trudeau/Centre-Villle
phone: 514-786-4636

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$10.00 (exact change required on board the bus. Only coins are accepted (no bank bills).
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes 

   

Take 747 Express Aeroport P.E. Trudeau/Centre Ville bus to airport. 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Pay the fare in cash with exact change on board the bus. Only coins are accepted (no bank bills). Visit http://www.stm.info/english/info/a-747.htm for up to date fare and schedule information.

 

Montreal

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$40 CAD (per taxi)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

   

Taxis are readily available from the hotel to Montreal's Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL).

 
Driving Directions
  From Logan Airport Follow signs to Sumner Tunnel/Boston. Take the ramp onto RT-1A S/William F McClellan Hwy. Merge north onto Interstate 93 and take the Storrow Drive - Exit 26. Follow Storrow Drive and exit left at Back Bay/Copley Exit. At lights, take left onto Beacon St, and then take an immediate right onto Arlington St. The Boston Park Plaza Hotel is the 2nd building on the left after the park.
  From the North Take Route I-93 South into Boston. Take the Storrow Drive - Exit 26 off of I-93. Follow Storrow Drive and exit left at the Back Bay/Copley Exit. At lights, take left onto Beacon St, and then take an immediate right onto Arlington St. The Boston Park Plaza Hotel is the 2nd building on the left after the park.
  From the South Follow I-93 North towards Boston. Take the Storrow Drive - Exit 26 off of I-93. Follow Storrow Drive and exit left at the Back Bay/Copley Exit. At lights, take left onto Beacon St., and then take an immediate right onto Arlington St. The Boston Park Plaza Hotel is the 2nd building on the left after the park.
  From the West Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (Rte. 90 East) into the city. Exit at Copley Square (22) and follow straight onto Stuart St. Follow to the 5th set of lights and turn left for the Boston Park Plaza Hotel.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival and Check-in/Welcome Dinner/Orientation
(Wednesday, September 24)
   
 Afternoon: Independent arrivals and transfers to the program hotel; check-in is 3:00 pm.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel is at 6:00 pm.
 Evening: Following dinner, you will meet for introductions, a review of the program and orientation.


Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

   
Accommodations: Boston Park Plaza
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Boston: Back Bay/Freedom Trail
(Thursday, September 25)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Boston's celebrated Back Bay, created during the second half of the 19th century--450 acres of tidal flats filled over three-plus decades--and known for its majestic Victorian-era architecture, including Copley Square, the home of Trinity Church and the Boston Public Library. This field trip is led by Lynda Morgenroth, author of "Boston Firsts: 40 Feats of Innovation and Invention that Happened First in Boston and Helped Make America Great."
 Lunch: at Road Scholar Headquarters. Get the chance to meet Road Scholar employees and see where programs are actually born and bred!
 Afternoon: Lynda Morgenroth describes Boston's Freedom Trail, easily accessible from Road Scholar HQ, and provides background and insight into her book, "Boston Firsts," which chronicles everything from the Massachusetts State Constitution, the oldest living, written, working constitution in the world, to the first organ transplant, to the innovation of Boston Cream Pie.
 Dinner: Tonight dinner is on your own to enjoy local fare or join the Group Leader (at a local restaurant).
 Evening: You may remain with your Group Leader to continue exploring local sites or take the opportunity to head off on your own to discover Boston.
   
Accommodations: Boston Park Plaza
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Boston: Cambridge/Harvard/Boston Public Library
(Friday, September 26)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel
 Morning: Enjoy a guided visit of Harvard Yard, the Harvard campus buildings in Cambridge; and end by enjoying a view of the beautiful Charles River.
 Lunch: At Novel Restaurant at the Boston Public Library
 Afternoon: Guided visit to the Boston Public Library in Copley Square, including the old building, and Research Library. Designed by Charles McKim in 1895 is very much like a Renaissance Italian palace. It has just been restored and includes three mural cycles done by well-known artists and contains other sculpture and paintings as well.
 Dinner: At a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Boston Park Plaza
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Boston: Museum of Fine Arts/Embarkation
(Saturday, September 27)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel
 Morning: Explore the Museum of Fine Arts. The original MFA opened its doors to the public on July 4, 1876, the nation's centennial. Built in Copley Square, the MFA was then home to 5,600 works of art. Over the next several years, the collection and number of visitors grew exponentially, and in 1909 the Museum moved to its current home on Huntington Avenue.


Today the Museum of Fine Arts is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world; the collection encompasses nearly 450,000 works of art.

 Lunch: At the cafe of the Museum of Fine Arts.
 Afternoon: Early afternoon embarkation on the Maasdam - Black Falcon Terminal.
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner on board the ship in the elegant two-story Rotterdam Dining Room featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and two grand staircases. Our group has dinner at the Early Sitting which is at 5:45 p.m. Alternative dining options include The Pinnacle Room, The Terrace Grill, The Lido, Tamarind, Canaletto. This is no charge for dining in these venues except for the Pinnacle Grill.
 Evening: Free time to explore the ship and its many venues.
   
Accommodations: ms Maasdam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Bar Harbor: Historic Properties/Introduction to the Maritimes Region
(Sunday, September 28)
   
 Breakfast: Will be served on board the ship. You may have breakfast in the dining room or the Lido Buffet; both are open seating.
 Morning: This morning the ship will arrive in Bar Harbor, Maine. Travel by tender to the shores of the largest community on Desert Island; what was once the premier summer resort in New England in the 19th century.


A guided walk in Bar Harbor including the beautiful historic properties and Saint Saviour's Episcopal Church with its 10 original Tiffany stained glass windows. Learn about the development of Acadia National Park spearheaded by wealthy summer residents such as Joseph Kennedy and John D. Rockefeller, Jr. You will also hear about the devastating fire of 1947 and its effects on the island.

 Lunch: At a local restaurant in Bar Harbor.
 Afternoon: This afternoon is yours to explore the ship and enjoy the many activities available to you. Try your luck at the casino, enjoy an afternoon of onboard shopping, relax by the pool, or treat yourself with a trip to the spa. The ship offers all this plus much more.
 Afternoon: This first lecture aboard ship will give you a good introduction to the upcoming maritime regions of Atlantic North America to be visited on the program. It preambles your visit to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island where you will witness the maritime way of life and learn of the history and culture of this region.
 Dinner: On board the ship in the Rotterdam Dining Room.
 Evening: Enjoy the large variety of evening entertainment the ship has to offer.
   
Accommodations: ms Maasdam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Halifax: City Exploration/Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
(Monday, September 29)
   
 Breakfast: On board the ship, open seating.
 Morning: A coach excursion in Halifax will take you on a journey to the past and to present time. See Government House, the official residence of the province’s lieutenant governor. It is North America’s oldest consecutively occupied government residence, since the US’s White House was evacuated and burned during the War of 1812. A stop at Halifax Citadel allows you a wonderful view of the Harbor and the city. Take a stroll in the Public Garden’s next to the Needham Memorial Bell Tower. Visit Fairview Cemetery, final resting place of 121 of the victims of the Titanic, many of them never identified.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant in Halifax.
 Afternoon: A guided visit of the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic offers a great look into the maritime history of Atlantic Canada. The museum is the oldest and largest maritime museum in Canada and was first created by a group of Royal Canadian Navy officers who envisioned a place where Canada's naval past could be preserved.


You will be introduced to the age of steamships, local small craft, the Royal Canadian and Merchant Navies, and WWII convoys. The museum also tells the story of famous historical events such as "The Battle of the Atlantic", the Halifax explosion of 1917, Nova Scotia's role in the aftermath of the Titanic disaster, various shipwrecks and more.

 Dinner: Cocktail party in the lounge aboard the ship followed by dinner in the Rotterdam Dining Room
 Evening: Enjoy the large variety of evening entertainment the ship has to offer.
   
Accommodations: ms Maasdam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Sydney: Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site/Sydney
(Tuesday, September 30)
   
 Breakfast: On board the ship, open seating.
 Morning: Embark on a guided visit of the Fortress of Louisbourg. The French came to Louisbourg in 1713 after ceding Acadia and Newfoundland to the British as per the terms of the Treaty of Utrecht. They built the fortress to protect France's interest in the New World and to serve as the center of France's lucrative cod fishing industry off the Grand Banks. The location of the fortress on the eastern tip of Cape Breton Island enabled it to act both as the capital of the new colony at Isle Royale and as the first line of defense in France's struggle against Britain for colonial supremacy in North America.


Entering the Fortress of Louisbourg you leave the modern world behind and step back to 1744. The fortress is alive with animators in full costume and character. Visit the lively town tavern, see Chapelle St. Louis, the garrison chapel, or explore the King's Bastion Barracks, the largest building on site and one of the largest buildings in North America in its day. Stroll through the fortress streets amongst the impressive walls, majestic gates, quaint homes and formal gardens.

 Lunch: Enjoy a meal as the inhabitants would in 1744 with a lunch at Fortress Louisbourg, featuring 18th century cuisine.
 Afternoon: Explore Sydney with a local expert - from the mining and steel town of yesterday to the vibrant tourist area of today.
 Dinner: On board the ship in the Rotterdam Dining Room.
 Evening: Enjoy the large variety of evening entertainment the ship has to offer.
   
Accommodations: ms Maasdam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Charlottetown: Historic Walk/Early Exploration and Settlement of the St. Lawrence River
(Wednesday, October 1)
   
 Breakfast: On board the ship, open seating.
 Morning: A local historian will guide you on a walking exploration Charlottetown, the birthplace of Confederation. Visit Beaconsfield Historic House with its mansard roof, elaborate gingerbread trim, and crowning belvedere stands. Learn about historic architecture with this enduring symbol of Victorian elegance. Hear about the restoration of Charlottetown's historic properties as you continue along Great George Street and visit St. Dunstan Cathedral as well as location for the last public hanging in the city. Learn about the high-profile people of the city, the prosperity and bust of its merchants, and of course the Fathers of Confederation.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant in Charlottetown.
 Afternoon: A presentation on the early exploration and settlement of the St. Lawrence River will lead you into a world of adventure and exploration. Learn about the European explorers that set out to discover what the vast wilderness of Canada had to offer. Hear of how early exploration by men like Jacques Cartier and Samuel de Champlain led to the settlement of the St. Lawrence region by Europeans traveling to the New World. The lecture will prepare you for the next phase of your voyage as you leave the Maritime region of Canada and journey to the province of Québec.
 Dinner: On board the ship in the Rotterdam Dining Room.
 Evening: Enjoy the large variety of evening entertainment the ship has to offer.
   
Accommodations: ms Maasdam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Cruising the Gulf of St. Lawrence: The Fur Trade and the French-Indian Alliance/Gulf of St. Lawrence
(Thursday, October 2)
   
 Breakfast: On board the ship, open seating.
 Morning: As we make our way through the Gulf of St. Lawrence, learn about the history of the fur trade industry in Quebec and the alliance created between the French settlers and the native population of the region. Historically important to the area’s First Nations people for both transportation and as a fishery, the gulf was also the site of the first known exchange between the native population of the Quebec region and Europeans.


The first documented voyage through the gulf’s waters by Europeans was in 1534 with the arrival of Jacques Cartier. In 1603, Samuel de Champlain negotiated the first economic and military alliance between North American Indians and Europeans at Tadoussac. Under the terms of the agreement, the First Nations would transport and deliver beaver pelts to the French in exchange for European goods and a pledge to aid the Huron and Algonquin in their longstanding war with the Iroquois of New York.

 Lunch: On board the ship. You may decide to eat in the dining room, at the Lido buffet, the poolside grill or other locations the ship offer. Open seating is available at all locations.
 Afternoon: Relax on deck as the ship glides through the waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The world’s largest estuary, the gulf is the outlet of North America’s Great Lakes via the St. Lawrence River. Known as the “great highway into the continent” this inland waterway of the northeast lead to the bounty of forests, furs and raw materials. Carved between the Laurentians to the north and the Appalachians to the south, it forms a natural pathway to the lakes of Ontario, Erie, Huron, Michigan and Superior.
 Dinner: On board the ship in the Rotterdam Dining Room.
 Evening: Enjoy the large variety of evening entertainment the ship has to offer.
   
Accommodations: ms Maasdam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Québec City: Historic Walk/Lunch at the Fairmont Chateau Frontenac/Free Time
(Friday, October 3)
   
 Breakfast: On board the ship, open seating.
 Morning: Join a local expert on a walking field trip through charming and historic Old Québec City. Start at the Lower Town and Place Royale, known as the cradle of French civilization in North America with its fine stone merchant houses and Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church. Walk through the charming commercial district of rue du Petit-Champlain. Continue on to Upper Town and visit the Cathedral-Basilica Notre-Dame-de-Québec, site of the first diocese in Canada and founded in 1663 by Bishop Laval.
 Lunch: Your morning walk will end at the famous Château Frontenac which dates back to 1892 and is a testimony to the important role played by the railroads in building Canada. Countless personalities have stayed within the walls of this most prestigious hotel: Kings, Queens, American and French presidents, Hollywood movie stars and other celebrities. More important perhaps were the Québec Conferences held in 1943 and again in 1944. Present were Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and the Allied High Command to discuss war strategy and plan D Day. Enjoy a buffet lunch at the Café de la Terrasse in the Château Frontenac.
 Afternoon: There will be some free time to continue exploring North America's most European city on your own before returning to the ship.
 Dinner: On board the ship in the Rotterdam Dining Room.
 Evening: This will be your last evening aboard ship to take advantage of all there is to see and do.
   
Accommodations: ms Maasdam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Montréal: Historic Landmarks/Pointe-à-Callière Museum
(Saturday, October 4)
   
 Breakfast: On board the ship, open seating.
 Morning: Say goodbye to the ship and board a coach for a look at the city of Montréal. Founded in 1642 by a group of French missionaries, Montréal is one of Canada's most diverse and fascinating metropolises. Gain insight into the city's rich architectural heritage by embarking on a journey of its historical and architectural landmarks. Highlights will include a photo stop at Mount Royal Park, inaugurated in 1876, planned by Frederick Law Olmstead; St Joseph's Oratory atop Mount Royal, one of the world's most visited shrines. Drive through Notre Dame Island, and visit St Helens Island with a wealth of discoveries including the impressive dome of the former U.S. pavilion designed by Buckminster Fuller.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant in Montreal.
 Afternoon: Built atop actual remains of the original 17th century city, the Pointe-à-Callière Museum offers its visitors a genuine archaeological view. See the first public square, the vaulted canalization of the St. Pierre River, the first Catholic cemetery, and much more. The museum was founded as part of the celebrations marking Montréal's 350th birthday and owes its existence largely to the significant archaeological discoveries made on the site during the 1980s. Pointe-à-Callière houses hundreds of artifacts from the archaeological site below, a site that shows evidence of more than 1000 years of human activity in the area.
 Dinner: At the hotel.
 Evening: The evening is yours to relax, take a lovely stroll about the city, or further explore Old Montréal.
   
Accommodations: Marriott Springhill Suites Old Montreal
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Montreal: Old Montréal/Bonsecours Market/Notre Dame Basilica/Free Time
(Sunday, October 5)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: A guided walking exploration in Old Montréal highlights the major sites of the city. See Place d'Armes, with its fascinating historical remains and walk along the cobblestone streets of Old Montréal and into the Bonsecours Market, inaugurated in 1847, a wonderful example of the neo-classical style of the time. Visit the Notre Dame Basilica whose neo-Gothic twin towers have been an Old Montréal landmark since 1829. Continue on to the Old Sulpician Seminary, the oldest standing building in Montréal and one of the finest examples of institutional architecture dating from the French Regime.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch on your own to enjoy the culinary experience of Montréal.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to take in the city with its museums, galleries and entertainment
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Marriott Springhill Suites Old Montreal
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13: Program Concludes/Independent Departures
(Monday, October 6)
   
 Breakfast: Will be served at the hotel between 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. Independent departures according to individual travel plans. Check-out is 12:00 noon.
 Morning: This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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Suggested Reading List


Eyewitness Guide Boston


Author: Eyewitness Guides


Description: GUIDEBOOK, 2011, PAPERBACK, 208 PAGES An exceptionally informative, visually entrancing guide to Boston. (BOS10, $20.00)



Lonely Planet Nova Scotia, New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island


Author: Karla Zimmerman


Description: GUIDEBOOK, 2007, PAPERBACK, 304 PAGES This handy, compact guide to Atlantic Canada covers Nova Scotia, New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island in detail, and includes a chapter on Newfoundland and Labrador. With maps, travel information and short essays on culture, attractions and nature.



The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz


Author: Mordecai Richler


Description: LITERATURE, 1989, PAPERBACK, 328 PAGES The book that established Richler as a novelist, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz unfurls amid the bumptious, working-class splendor of Montreal's Plateau neighborhood, once solidly Jewish and more recently home to the city's music scene.



Boston Map (Boston Unfolds)


Author: VanDam


Description: A cleverly folded map of Boston. (BOS09, $7.95)



Eyewitness Top Ten Montreal & Quebec City


Author: Eyewitness Guides


Description: GUIDEBOOK, 2010, PAPERBACK, 128 PAGES A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions in Montreal and Quebec City.





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