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New York City to Montreal: City Lights, Historic Villages and Dramatic Waterways

Program Number: 21365RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/26/2014 - 6/11/2014;
Duration: 16 nights
Location: N.Y./R.I./Mass./Maine/Nova Scotia/PEI/New Brunswick/Quebec
Price starting at: $6,195.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Small Ship Cruising
Meals: 47; 16 Breakfasts, 15 Lunches, 16 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian    

From New York and New England to eastern Canada, experience the picturesque coastline the very best way — up close. From the deck of a nimble small ship, view lighthouses in Maine and Nova Scotia, sail into unspoiled bays and inlets, learn about island life, explore lovely villages, dock beneath steeples and battlements, and perhaps spot a whale breaching an inland waterway. Cap your voyage amid the French flair of Montreal.




Activity Particulars

Considerable walking and standing on uneven terrain; unavoidable stairs, boarding small boats. There is no elevator on the ship.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

New York (N.Y.), 1 night; aboard Yorktown, 14 nights; Montreal (Quebec), 1 night.



Days 1-2: Arrival New York City / Embark Yorktown:

With an expert, view or perhaps explore an array of iconic Manhattan sights that may include Radio City Music Hall, the Statue of Liberty, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and more. Lodging: Centrally located hotel.



Day 3-4: Newport, R.I. / Boston, Mass.:

Explore the 70-room Newport mansion of Cornelius Vanderbilt II and Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts and its new wing.



Days 5-6: Boothbay Harbor, Maine / Bar Harbor:

Walk the quaint streets of Boothbay Harbor and Bar Harbor, and explore the wild gardens of Acadia National Park.



Days 7-10: Yarmouth (Nova Scotia) / Lunenburg / Halifax / Port Hawkesbury:

Learn about Yarmouth’s long history of boatbuilding and lobstering, walk the 19th-century village of Lunenburg, explore Halifax’s sandstone Province House and coach to the onetime home of inventor Alexander Graham Bell in Baddeck.



Day 11: Summerside (Prince Edward Island):

At the national park, learn about the Anne of Green Gables House — inspiration for the classic novel.



Day 12: Gaspé (Quebec):

Explore the National Park of Bonaventure Island, a migratory bird sanctuary, and Perce Rock, which rises 300 feet out of the sea.



Days 13-15: At Sea / Saguenay City / Quebec City:

Sail the Saguenay and St. Lawrence rivers to explore historic Saguenay City. Discover Quebec City’s country squares, copper gables, city walls, outdoor cafes and historic battlements.



Days 16-17: Montreal / disembark / departure:

Discover Old Montreal’s history and charm in Jacques Cartier Square and the Basilica Notre-Dame. Lodging: Four-star hotel.



Yorktown

Built and registered in America and staffed by American officers and crew, the Yorktown is the perfect vessel for exploring America’s great coastal waterways. With a draft of only nine feet, it can sail where larger vessels cannot go, and its American registry allows it to operate domestic itineraries unavailable to foreign-flag ships. Passengers enjoy an informal onboard atmosphere and tend to spend much of their time underway enjoying lectures and concerts in the lounge or reading and relaxing on the sun deck.


Meals and Lodgings
   New York Marriott Downtown
  New York City, New York 1 night
   Yorktown
  Yorktown - At Sea 14 nights
   Hyatt Regency Montreal
  Montreal 1 night
 New York Marriott Downtown
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Ideally located in the heart of New York City's Financial District, the New York Marriott Downtown hotel offers easy access to the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, 9/11 Memorial, South Street Seaport, and SoHo.
  Contact info: 85 West Street
New York, NY 10006 USA
phone: 212-385-4900
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/nycws-new-york-marriott-downtown
  Room amenities: Each room features a TV, clock radio, telephone, in-room safe, Internet access (for a fee), refrigerator, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, and coffee and tea making facilities.
  Facility amenities: This hotel features a 24 hour fitness center, an ATM, Internet access (for a fee), coffee shop, restaurant, dry cleaning and laundry services, room service, and newsstand.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: N/A It is possible to book one additional post-program night through Road Scholar. To book an additional night, please contact the Road Scholar Amherst office at 413-253-9736.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM

 Yorktown
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: The Yorktown is the perfect vessel for relaxed and convivial exploration of America’s great coastal waterways. Built in Florida in 1988 specifically for coastal cruising and certified by the U. S. Coast Guard, the Yorktown flies the American flag and is staffed by friendly and experienced American officers and crew. With a draft of only 9 feet, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels. And Yorktown’s American registry makes it possible to operate domestic itineraries unavailable to foreign-flag ships. The ship’s cuisine, served in a dining room large enough to accommodate all guests at once, emphasizes American regional culinary traditions. Accommodating only 130 guests in 65 exterior cabins, the Yorktown enjoys an atmosphere of warm and relaxed informality that endears it to repeat and new guests alike.
  Ship Information: Length: 257 feet Beam: 43 feet Draft: 8 feet Cabins: 69 Flag: American
  Contact info: Travel Dynamics International
132 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021 USA
phone: 800-257-5767
web: www.traveldynamicsinternational.com
  Room amenities: Most cabins have large picture windows, and each is furnished with comfortable beds, a writing desk, ample storage, a clock/radio/CD player, and has a private bathroom. Your cabin is the perfect place for peace and quiet and for private rest and reflection.
  Facility amenities: The ship offers a dining room, spacious observation lounge, large sun deck, library, and swimming platform. Both the lounge and dining room are surrounded by large picture windows that afford unobstructed views of the passing scenery. The water aboard ship is safe to drink, and bottled water will be provided on group excursions. Cash (USD) and credit cards are the preferred forms of payment aboard ship. For telephone communication onboard, you may use the ship's Maritime service satellite system which will be charged to a credit card. Email access on board: Internet-ready laptop computers will be available for use on board from which personal emails can be received and sent by accessing your own web-based email account. A fee will be charged for each 30 minutes of use. There is also wireless Internet access available for a fee. THERE IS NO ELEVATOR ON THE YORKTOWN. Stairs are unavoidable as there is no elevator on the Yorktown. The Lounge and the Dining Room are on separate decks so participants must be able to navigate stairs multiple times per day.
  Smoking allowed: No

 Hyatt Regency Montreal
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Discover this dynamic city from the perfectly situated Hyatt Regency Montreal hotel. Offering direct underground access to the Palais des Congrès (Montreal Convention Centre), as well as Chinatown, Old Montréal, Place des Arts (Performing Arts Centre) and the Metro transport system, Hyatt Regency Montreal is a top choice for business and leisure travelers alike. This downtown Montreal hotel has long been known as the "hotel of the festivals." Old Montreal holds centuries of history, fabulous restaurants and many festivals.
  Contact info: 1255 Jeanne-Mance
Montreal, Quebec, BC H5B 1E5 Canada
phone: 514-982-1234
web: www.montreal.hyatt.com
  Room amenities: Each room has satellite television, telephone, work desk, room service, air conditioning, coffee maker and WIFI Internet access.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, lounge, gym, indoor pool, sauna, safe box at reception, gift shop and WIFI Internet access.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: n/a It is possible to book one additional post-program night through Road Scholar. To book an additional night, please contact the Road Scholar Amherst office at 413-253-9736.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
New York City. Welcome Orientation at 5:00 PM at the hotel. You will be staying at New York Marriott Downtown that night.
  End of Program:
Montreal, Canada. After breakfast on the last day. You will be staying at Hyatt Regency Montreal the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. The TDI Traveler Information Form is required. All participants are required to have a passport in order to embark the Yorktown. TDI requires that participants submit a photocopy of their passport with their Traveler Information Form.
  Parking availability:
Program begins in New York and ends in Montreal so parking is not applicable.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  New York City, New York
  From End of Program
  Location:  Montreal
Travel Details
 

From John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to the New York Marriott Downtown

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $53
Prices are subject to change.

 

Distance:

 

22 miles

 

From LaGuardia Airport (LGA) to the New York Marriott Downtown

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $40
Prices are subject to change.

 

Distance:

 

13.5 miles

 

From the Hyatt Regency Montreal to the airport

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately CAD $38.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Distance:

 

13 miles

   

The hotel can help arrange a taxi to the airport.

 
Driving Directions
  To the New York Marriott Downtown Hotel Take FDR Drive south towards Battery Park. The road name will change to South Street and then West Street / West Side Highway. The New York Marriott Downtown Hotel will be on the right side. If you reach Albany Street, you’ve gone too far.
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: Welcome Orientation
(Monday, May 26)
   
 Afternoon: Independent arrivals in New York City, New York. Welcome Orientation at 5:00 PM at the hotel.
 Dinner: Welcome Dinner.
   
Accommodations: New York Marriott Downtown
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: New York City, New York / Embark Yorktown
(Tuesday, May 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Attend a lecture and learn about the history of New York, followed by a guided bus excursion.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Continue your full day excursion. Embark the Yorktown at 4:00 PM. Embarkation and safety briefing.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Newport, Rhode Island
(Wednesday, May 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Sail into Newport, the one-time summer playground of New York’s wealthiest families. Many of the grand “cottages” they built are now open to the public. See The Breakers, the 70 room mansion of Cornelius Vanderbilt II. Also explore the historic center of Newport with its fine architecture.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Boston, Massachusetts
(Thursday, May 29)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Visit the Museum of Fine Arts, with its recent addition of the Art of the Americas Wing; the Isabella Gardner Museum; and the Boston Athenaeum.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Continue your full day excursion. Later, attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Boothbay Harbor, Maine
(Friday, May 30)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: At sea. Attend shipboard guest lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Call at Boothbay Harbor, often referred to as “the boating capital of New England.” Walk along the town’s quaint streets, lined with charming shops and restaurants.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Bar Harbor, Maine / Acadia National Park
(Saturday, May 31)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Explore Bar Harbor, one of the loveliest towns on Maine’s coast. Surrounded by Acadia National Park, this quaint fishing village on Mount Desert Island was a fashionable resort town in the late 1800s and the summer home of influential families. Explore Acadia National Park to discover the Wild Gardens of Acadia, showcasing over 300 native plant species.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: This afternoon visit the Abbe Museum’s collections chronicling Maine’s Native American culture and history.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
(Sunday, June 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: This charming town, with its Cape Forchu Lighthouse and charming Victorian houses, is also home to several cultural centers. Enjoy the opportunity to visit the Cape Forchu Lighthouse and the Yarmouth County Museum & Archives.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada
(Monday, June 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: The 19th-century village of Lunenburg is known for seafaring and natural beauty. Take a walking excursion of the Old Town and also visit the aquarium at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Enjoy free time to explore Lunenberg on your own before attending a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
(Tuesday, June 3)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Explore the sandstone Province House, St. Paul’s Church, the Citadel National Historic Site, and the Public Gardens.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Enjoy some time at leisure to explore Halifax’s vibrant attractions. Take in a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Port Hawkesbury, Cape Breton Island, Canada
(Wednesday, June 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: At sea. Take in the beautiful views and attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Transfer to the charming town of Baddeck, once the home of the great inventor, Alexander Graham Bell. Explore the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site and view the immense collection that illustrates his life.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada
(Thursday, June 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Prince Edward Island is known as the Garden of the Gulf for its pastoral landscape. Enjoy a panoramic excursion of the island, including Prince Edward Island National Park supporting over 200 bird species inhabiting the parkland, and spend time in the charming village of Rustico.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Enjoy some free time on Prince Edward Island. Also, attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Gaspé, Quebec, Canada / Perce / Ile Bonaventure
(Friday, June 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: From "Land's End," visit the National Park of Bonaventure Island and Perce Rock, rising out of the sea to a solitary height of almost 300 feet. Perce Rock is a continuation of the Appalachian Mountains, which extend from the peninsula to Alabama. Its neighbor, Bonaventure Island, houses a migratory bird sanctuary.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Cruising the St. Lawrence River
(Saturday, June 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Cruising the Saguenay River
(Sunday, June 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Plan to be on deck early as we enter the Saguenay River and navigate into the fjord which provides a sanctuary for many marine mammals including porpoise, dolphin, seal, and more than 13 species of whales.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Arrive at the city of Saguenay and depart on a tour of historic sites and enjoy a performance of La Fabuleuse, a musical telling the history of the region. Alternatively enjoy a stroll in the Saguenay Fjord National Park led by local naturalists to learn about the formation and importance of the fjord.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
(Monday, June 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: With its old city walls, narrow cobblestoned lanes, country squares, copper gables, outdoor cafes, and historic battlements, Quebec City remains one of the most romantic spots in North America. The authentic, undeveloped charm led UNESCO to designate it a World Heritage site in 1985. Discover the Upper and Lower Towns, the Citadel, the Plains of Abraham, and the Place Royale.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Enjoy time at leisure.
 Dinner: Captain's Dinner onboard with a cocktail reception.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Montreal, Quebec, Canada / Disembark
(Tuesday, June 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Disembark Yorktown and enjoy a guided excursion of Montreal. Discover Old Montreal's history and charm. With their exuberant display of architecture, the streets and buildings testify to Montreal's rich heritage and illustrate a period of its history.
 Lunch: Road Scholar lunch in a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a guided excursion of the Basilica Notre-Dame followed by free time to relax before dinner.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hyatt Regency Montreal
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Departures
(Wednesday, June 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Independent departures.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. 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.

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