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Grand Voyage: New England, the Canadian Maritimes and Quebec

Program Number: 20427RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/28/2014 - 9/11/2014;
Duration: 14 nights
Location: Massachusetts/Maine/New Brunswick/Nova Scotia/Prince Edward Island/Quebec
Price starting at: $6,345.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Small Ship Cruising
Meals: 41; 14 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 14 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Fat; Low Fat; Vegetarian    

Follow the rocky and romantic coast of New England, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island down the Saint Lawrence Seaway and discover UNESCO World Heritage Sites, sublime natural wonders and centuries-old maritime traditions.




Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day. Standing for up to two hours at a time, up to four hours a day. Mobility is essential, as small boats and tenders are sometimes used for disembarkation and re-embarkation. There is no elevator on the ship.



The Aug 28 departure of the program runs from Montreal to Boston; all ports remain the same.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Boston, Mass., 1 night; aboard Yorktown, 12 nights; Montreal (Canada), 1 night.



Days 1-2:
Arrival Boston, Mass. / Embark Yorktown:

Before embarking Yorktown, explore the eclectic collections of the Peabody Essex Museum, the oldest continuously operating museum in the US. Lodging: Four star hotel.



Days 3-4:
Boothbay Harbor, Maine / Bath / Bar Harbor / Acadia National Park:

Voyage past lighthouses along Maine's dramatic coast and learn about lobstering and shipbuilding. Experience Bar Harbor, once the summer home of the Astors and Rockefellers, and the surrounding Acadia National Park.



Days 5-9:
Nova Scotia / Prince Edward Island / Cape Breton Island:

Immerse yourself in the small fishing villages and unique character of Nova Scotia. UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and maritime legends abound. Learn about Alexander Graham Bell's connection to Cape Breton Island and his immense collection. On Prince Edward Island, explore the colonial seaport of Summerside and learn the story of the Anne of Green Gables.



Days 10-11:
Gaspe, Quebec / Cruising the Saint Lawrence River:

From "Land's End" on the Gaspe Peninsula witness Perce Rock rising out of the sea to a solitary height of almost 300 feet.



Days 12-15:
Saguenay River / Quebec City / Montreal / Disembark / Departures:

The confluence of the Saguenay and the Saint Lawrence rivers produces an abundance of krill, making the area perfect for whale watching. Spend a full day among the cobblestone lanes and historic battlements of Quebec City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Disembark Yorktown in Montreal and get a feel for the European character of the city.
Lodging: Comfortable hotel in Montreal.



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
   Hyatt Regency Montreal
  Montreal 1 night
   Yorktown
  Yorktown - At Sea 12 nights
   Hyatt Boston Harbor
  Boston, Massachusetts 1 night
 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 prior: n/a It is possible to book one additional pre-program night through Road Scholar. To book an additional night, please contact the Road Scholar Amherst office at 413-253-9736.
  Check in time: 3:00 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 Boston Harbor
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The Hyatt Boston Harbor is an award-winning Boston airport hotel. Among these awards are MeetingNews Planners’ Choice Award and Successful Meetings Pinnacle Award. With a true commitment to the environment, it is also the winner of Boston’s Green Business Award. Guests here delight in celebrated architectural details such as an inlaid marble floor map, ornate dome ceiling and exterior lighthouse and beacon accents. The hotel offers airplane soundproof guestrooms, captivating, dramatic harbor and city views and outstanding dining options.
  Contact info: 101 Harborside Drive
Boston, MA 02128 USA
phone: 617-568-1234
web: www.harborside.hyatt.com
  Room amenities: Each room has satellite television, telephone, air conditioning, newspaper, video on demand, coffee maker, WIFI Internet access (for a fee) and a hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers restaurants, lounge, fully equipped 24-hour self-service business center, gym, sauna, whirlpool, swimming pool and WIFI Internet access (for a fee).
  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:
Montreal, Canada. Welcome Orientation in the hotel lobby. You will be staying at Hyatt Regency Montreal that night.
  End of Program:
Boston, Massachusetts. After breakfast on the last day. You will be staying at Hyatt Boston Harbor 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 Boston and ends in Montreal so parking is not applicable.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Montreal
  From End of Program
  Location:  Boston, Massachusetts
Travel Details
 

From the Trudeau International Airport to the hotel

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
L'Aerobus
phone: 514-842-2281

   

"L'Aerobus" is the shuttle service from the airport to the Montreal Central Bus Station. The shuttle will stop at 3 hotels before reaching the Bus Station. From there, a complimentary shuttle service is available to bring you to our hotel. CAD 13-one way CAD 22.75-round trip. The shuttle operates 4:00am-11:30pm.

 

From the Trudeau International Airport to the hotel

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

   

Take a taxi from the airport to the hotel. It costs approximately 38 CAD.

 

From the Hyatt Boston Harbor to Logan International Airport

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Complimentary
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

5 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

less than one mile

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
(Thursday, August 28)
   
 Afternoon: Independent arrivals in Montreal. Welcome Orientation at 5:00 PM at the hotel.
 Dinner: Welcome Dinner.
   
Accommodations: Hyatt Regency Montreal
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Montreal, Quebec / Embark Yorktown
(Friday, August 29)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Begin the day with a guided excursion of Montreal. With their exuberant display of architecture, the streets and buildings testify to Montreal's rich heritage and illustrate a period of its history.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a guided excursion of the Basilica Notre-Dame before transferring to embark Yorktown at 4:00 PM.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Quebec City, Quebec
(Saturday, August 30)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Quebec City, with its old city walls, narrow cobblestoned lanes, country squares, copper gables, outdoor cafes and historic battlements, remains one of North America’s most romantic spots. The authentic, undeveloped charm of Old Quebec's Historic District led UNESCO to designate it a World Heritage site in 1985. Discover the Upper and Lower Towns, the Citadelle, the Plains of Abraham, and the Place Royale.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Cruising the Saguenay River / Saguenay City, Quebec
(Sunday, August 31)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Plan to be on deck in the early morning as we approach the entrance to the Saguenay River. The stretch of water from the Saguenay River through to the gulf of the St. Lawrence provides a sanctuary for many marine mammals including porpoise, dolphin, seal, and more than 13 species of whales.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: After lunch call at Saguenay City. Located in the heart of a glacial valley, Saguenay was the site of a French and aboriginal trading post. Enjoy an exploration of the town and nearby Saguenay Fjord National Park, rich with birch and fir forests and a diverse wildlife ranging from black bears, lynx, and moose to seals, beluga whales, and other marine animals which can be spotted from the shore.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Cruising the St. Lawrence River
(Monday, September 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Relax aboard Yorktown and attend a lecture by one of our onboard experts as we sail the St. Lawrence River.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Gaspé, Quebec / Perce / Ile Bonaventure
(Tuesday, September 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Arrive in Gaspe this morning and transfer to the town of Perce to board a local boat for the excursion to Perce Rock and Ile Bonaventure which supports a migratory bird sanctuary of the largest concentration of Northern Gannets in North America. Return by boat to the landing in Perce to spend time at leisure in this charming town.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Enjoy free time to explore Perce on your own. Take in a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Summerside, Prince Edward Island
(Wednesday, September 3)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a panoramic field trip of Prince Edward Island, including the Prince Edward Island National Park supporting over 200 bird species, and spend time in the charming fishing village of Rustico.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Port Hawkesbury, Cape Breton Island
(Thursday, September 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: From Port Hawkesbury, travel to the charming town of Baddeck, once the home of Alexander Graham Bell. Explore the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site and view the immense collection that illustrates the life of the great inventor.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Enjoy free time to explore Port Hawkesbury on your own before attending a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Halifax, Nova Scotia
(Friday, September 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Arrive in Halifax, a vital port city teeming with an impressive array of cultural and historic delights. In the morning, take a guided coach excursion of historic Halifax then visit Fairview Cemetery, the final resting place of 100 victims of the Titanic disaster. Spend time at the Public Gardens then explore the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring the town, shops, and cafes. Later, attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Shelburne, Nova Scotia
(Saturday, September 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Shelburne was established in 1783, providing asylum to British Loyalists during the American Revolution. Explore the historic waterfront and visit the Shelburne museum complex and the fully restored historic Ross-Thomson House and Store Museum, where merchants George and Robert Ross carried on international trade in tea, coffee, rum, and wine and sold necessities to the town’s residents.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Enjoy an afternoon at leisure and attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Yarmouth, Nova Scotia
(Sunday, September 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Call in Nova Scotia’s Yarmouth, a fishing port with a long history of shipbuilding and lobster catching. This charming town, with its Cape Forchu Lighthouse and charming Victorian houses, is also home to several cultural centers. Visit the Yarmouth County Museum and Archives.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Enjoy some free time in Yarmouth. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Eastport, Maine / Campobello
(Monday, September 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Arrive in Eastport, Maine, first inhabited by the Passamaquoddy tribe 10,000 years ago. Explore the nearby Roosevelt Campobello International Park, a symbol of U.S.-Canadian cooperation. Discover the island summer cottage cherished by Franklin Delano Roosevelt from his boyhood to the early days of his presidency.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Enjoy an afternoon at leisure. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Bath, Maine / Boothbay Harbor
(Tuesday, September 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: From the ship’s deck, enjoy a panoramic view of the lighthouses that dot the coast as we approach the town of Boothbay Harbor. Visit the Maine Maritime Museum, in the town of Bath, on the banks of the Kennebec River. See the displays on shipbuilding and lobstering.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Also spend time in 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 or enjoy time to explore Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, a jewel of rare quality among North American gardens.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Disembark / Salem, Massachusetts / Boston
(Wednesday, September 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Disembark Yorktown and explore the Peabody Essex Museum with an expert. This museum dates back to the 1799 founding of the East India Marine Society, whose charter established a “cabinet of natural and artificial curiosities.” The members were sea captains who would bring artifacts to Salem from the far reaches of the world.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Transfer to Boston for a guided bus excursion before checking into the hotel and attending a lecture.
 Dinner: Farewell Dinner.
   
Accommodations: Hyatt Boston Harbor
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Departures
(Thursday, September 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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