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Boston to Montreal: A Cultural and Historical Journey

Program Number: 15419RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/16/2015 - 9/28/2015; 6/22/2016 - 7/4/2016; 9/14/2016 - 9/26/2016; 9/28/2016 - 10/10/2016;
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; History & Culture; 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 vessel, 7 nights; Montreal, 2 nights.

Days 1-4 Arrival Boston, MA / embark ms Veendam:

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

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

Explore Charlottetown, the birthplace of Confederation on a guided walk. Visit Beaconsfield Historic House and learn about historic architecture with this enduring symbol of Victorian elegance.

Day 9: St. Lawrence Seaway

Learn the alliance between French settlers and the native population.

Day 10: Quebec City, Quebec

Explore the charming old streets of this fortified city.

Days 11-13: Montreal, Quebec / 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 Veendam

Designed to carry fewer guests than other ships in its class the ms Veendam is 720 feet long with a beam of 101 feet. The ship can carry 1200 passengers of whom approximately 48 are Road Scholar participants. All cabins have air-conditioning and private bathrooms with shower.

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.
Allan Doyle

A proud Haligonian (native of Halifax), Allan Doyle is an eighth-generation Nova Scotian. He holds a degree in Public Relations from King’s College in Halifax and has taught history in the public school system. For more than 25 years, he managed the Nova Scotia Visitor Center, and he is an expert lecturer on the history and architecture of the province. In addition to sharing his local knowledge with visitors, Allan’s passions include photography, architecture, historic gardens and great paintings.
Meals and Lodgings
   Boston Park Plaza
  Boston, MA 3 nights
   ms Veendam
  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
  Room amenities: Wake-up Call, complimentary 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 Adventures Afloat A limited number of rooms are available at a Road Scholar group rate if booked in advance to your program start date. For pre night reservations, call Boston Park Plaza reservation agent Esther Lo at 617-457-2423 (Mon-Fri 10:30am-6pm EST). Make sure to state your program number (this is a 4 or 5 digit number), the program start date and that you are with the Road Scholar. Pre and Post nights at the group rate cannot be booked more then 6 months prior to your program start date.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 ms Veendam
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: Grandly proportioned and recently enhanced, ms Veendam offers an onboard experience defined by spacious comfort and the latest Signature of Excellence features and amenities. Guests aboard Veendam will not only enjoy elegant dining rooms, a $2 million art and antique collection, wide teak decks and spacious staterooms - many with private verandahs – but also new and exciting venues, stateroom options along with a complete update to all stateroom furnishings.
  Ship Information: Ship's Registry: The Netherlands Passenger capacity: 1,350 Crew members: 580 Gross Tonnage: 57,092 grt. Length: 719 feet Beam: 101 feet Maximum speed: 22 knots Dedicated: January 1996, by actress Debbie Reynolds
  Contact info: Holland America Lines
Seattle, WA  At Sea
phone: +6174575560
  Room amenities: Your accommodations will be onboard the ms Veendam for the majority of the program. Holland America Line ships are known for graceful mid-sized ships with a generous amount of personal space. Accommodating 1,350 guests, many staterooms feature commanding ocean views, All staterooms are equipped with standard 110 AC and 220 AC outlets, hair dryers and ship-to-shore telephones. We offer five major types of staterooms: Interior, Ocean-view, Lanai, Vista Suites and Neptune Suites. Depending on the ship, there may be more than one stateroom category in each type. Visit to see the specific categories associated with each stateroom type for ms Veendam. Stateroom Images and Virtual Tours are representative of staterooms in that category and type. Some rooms in the same category may have different furniture configurations and/or facilities. Room measurements are approximate. Please see deck plans for specific information.
  Facility amenities: As You Wish dining is all about flexibility and freedom. Throughout the ship there are restaurants to suit every mood, from a casual lunch by the pool to authentic Italian cuisine to a legendary experience at Le Cirque to a perfectly grilled porterhouse steak. Savor the many diverse restaurants and delicious menus inspired by the latest trends. If you prefer a private dining experience, 24-hour In-Room Dining is complimentary and simply a phone call away. Dining venues include: The Pinnacle Grill, Le Cirque, Canaletto, Rotterdam and Lido restaurants. Evenings on board brim with choices. Take in a thrilling show in the lounge, try your luck in the Casino, or sing along in the piano bar. Explore the varied gathering places to suit every taste. Care for a refreshing drink by the pool? An exotic cocktail in a late-night lounge? Choices abound. Other venues include: The Showroom at Sea: glamorous nightclub venue for world class entertainment; Greenhouse Spa and Salon, Fitness Centre Digital Workshops and Culinary Arts Centre The Explorations Café, powered by The New York Times offers a comfortable, coffee house environment where you can access the internet via the onboard computers or via your own wireless internet device, such as a laptop computer, iPad or iPhone. Explorations Café or Internet Café pricing below is subject to change without prior notice. Please inquire on board for current prices. One-time Activation Fee of $3.95 applies to each user. Basic time charge $0.75 per minute, pay as you go, or purchase a Discounted Time Plan 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. Full laundry and dry cleaning services are available aboard the ship.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  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
  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.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: Contact hotel for rates. Contact the hotel directly.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check- in after 3:00 p.m. at the hotel in Boston, Massachusetts. Welcome dinner at 6:30 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; 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 Participant Information Form is required. 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 in your preparatory materials package. Also remember to print the luggage tags from the Holland America website; these special tags will help ensure your baggage is delivered to your stateroom in a timely manner.
  Parking availability:
Contact hotel directly for parking details.
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


From Airport





If you purchased airfare through Road Scholar, you’ll receive free round-trip airport transfers to get you to and from your program. You will receive detailed information regarding the transfer approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. If you did not purchase airfare through Road Scholar, you will be responsible for making your own way to and from the airport. Please review the suggested options below.




From Airport




Public Transportation
MBTA Back Bay Logan Express


Per Person/One Way:


Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


6:00 AM - 10:00 PM The bus runs approx. every 20 minutes 


The Back Bay Logan Express is located at the Arrivals level pick-up at the Airport. The bus makes two stops, one at Copley Square and one at Hynes Convention Center. To get to the Boston Park Plaza Hotel, get off of the bus at Copley Square. From there, you may either walk 2 blocks to the hotel (head towards Arlington Street) or take the Green Line train inbound 1 stop to Arlington Street.




From Airport




Public Transportation


Per Person/One Way:


Prices are subject to change.


Logan International Airport (BOS) is located approximately 3 miles from the Park Plaza. You can reach the hotel via 3 options •Airport Cab Service (meter rate--$30-38 per cab) •Boston 's Subway: The "T"- The Boston Park Plaza Hotel is located on Arlington Stop (Green Line) and Back Bay Stop (Orange Line) •Go Boston Shuttle (shared van service) / 888-437-4379. The Go Boston Shuttle suggest advance reservation ($17 per person) *Prices Subject to Change*




To Airport




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 for up to date fare and schedule information. OR Taxi from airport to downtown bus station - approx $40 - $50.




To Airport






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).




To Train Station






Per Person/One Way:


$10 - $12 CAD (per taxi)
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


5 minutes 


Taxi to train station $10. Via Rail and Amtrak offer connecting service from Montreal to many US destinations. Visit




To Bus Terminal






Per Person/One Way:


$15 CAD (per taxi)
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


10 minutes 


Taxi to the bus station approximately $15.

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 16)
 Afternoon: Arrivals and transfers to the program hotel in Boston; check-in is 3:00 pm. . Meet your Group Leader between 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. at the hotel to register and get your welcome packet; or pick up your package at the front desk if you arrive after 5:00 p.m.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner at 6:30 pm. at Maggiano's.
 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:History & City Overview/ North End & Old North Church
(Thursday, September 17)

Note: Today includes walking on cobblestone streets. To visit the bell chamber at the Old North Church must be able to climb steep flight of stairs.

 Breakfast: Breakfast is at the hotel
 Morning: Known as the Cradle of Liberty, the city of Boston played a crucial role in the story of America. Begin your day with a lecture by a well known local historian. Then experience both colonial and contemporary Boston on a guided city overview aboard a motor coach.
 Lunch: Lunch at Tia's - a local Boston restaurant
 Afternoon: Spend the afternoon on foot exploring Boston's historic North End neighborhood . See what life was like for Paul Revere on a guided walk of his neighborhood. Then visit the Old North Church for a behind the scences experience to learn the truth of the famous quote " One if by land, two if by sea" Climb the bell tower to the room where the teen-aged Paul Revere worked as a bell ringer.
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner at Rock Bottom.
 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, Dinner

Day 3: Boston: Cambridge/Harvard/Free Time
(Friday, September 18)
 Breakfast: 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: Lunch in Harvard Square
 Afternoon: This afternoon is free for your own exploration. Many people choose this time to visit the Adams Historical site in nearby Quincy or the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library just south of downtown. Ask your group leader for additional suggestions
 Dinner: Dinner on your own to enjoy local fare or join the Group Leader (at a local restaurant).
Accommodations: Boston Park Plaza
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Boston: Museum of Fine Arts/Embarkation - ms Veendam
(Saturday, September 19)
 Breakfast: 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: Lunch at the cafe of the Museum of Fine Arts.
 Afternoon: Early afternoon embarkation on the ms Veendam - Black Falcon Terminal.
 Dinner: Dinner is on board the ship in the elegant two-story Rotterdam Dining Room featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and two grand staircases.

Dinner seating time is 5:45 p.m. (subject to change). Check the back of your Holland America stateroom key to confirm seating time. Alternative dining options include The Pinnacle Room, The Lido, Canaletto and Le Cirque.

 Evening: Free time to explore the ship and its many venues.
Accommodations: ms Veendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Historic Properties,Intro to the Maritimes Region
(Sunday, September 20)
 Breakfast: 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: Enjoy lunch Gayln's in Bar Harbor.
 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.

The rest of the 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.

 Dinner: Dinner is on board ship in the Rotterdam Dining Room
 Evening: Enjoy the large variety of evening entertainment the ship has to offer.
Accommodations: ms Veendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Halifax: City Exploration & Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
(Monday, September 21)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board, 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 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: Lunch at Salty's 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 Veendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Sydney: Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site,Sydney
(Tuesday, September 22)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board, 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: Dinner is onboard ship in the Rotterdam Dining Room
 Evening: Enjoy the large variety of evening entertainment the ship has to offer.
Accommodations: ms Veendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Early Exploration & Settlement of the St. Lawrence River
(Wednesday, September 23)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board, 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: Lunch at Brickhouse 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 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: Dinner is on board ship in the Rotterdam Dining Room
 Evening: Enjoy the large variety of evening entertainment the ship has to offer.
Accommodations: ms Veendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: The Fur Trade & the French-Indian Alliance
(Thursday, September 24)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board, 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: 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: Dinner is on board the ship in the Rotterdam Dining Room
 Evening: Enjoy the large variety of evening entertainment the ship has to offer.
Accommodations: ms Veendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Guided Walk, Lunch at the Historic Chateau Frontenac
(Friday, September 25)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board, 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 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: Dinner is onboard 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 Veendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Montréal,Pointe-à-Callière Museum, Landmarks of Montreal
(Saturday, September 26)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board, open seating. We begin disembarkation after breakfast.
 Morning: Say goodbye to the ship and board a coach en route to Montreal.
 Lunch: Lunch at L'arrivage in Montreal.
 Afternoon: Explore the city of Montreal by coach. 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.
 Dinner: Dinner at Bourlingueur.
 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
(Sunday, September 27)
 Breakfast: 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; and 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.
 Morning: 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.
 Lunch: 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 in the Old Port.
Accommodations: Marriott Springhill Suites Old Montreal
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13: Program Concludes
(Monday, September 28)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel is served between 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. Departures after breakfast 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

A Traveller's History of Canada

Author: Robert Bothwell

Description: A readable and admirably concise march through Canadian history from prehistory to today, including a timeline.

Boston Map (Boston Unfolds)

Author: VanDam

Description: This convenient map of Boston has a clever "origami" fold to help the traveler refer to any location in the city without having to deal with an unwieldy and large piece of paper.

Bunker Hill, A City, a Siege, a Revolution

Author: Nathaniel Philbrick

Description: National-Book-Award-winner Nathaniel Philbrick’s engaging history of 1775 Boston explores the battle which, he argues, was a "point of no return" for the colonies, and the events leading up to it.

Canada and Quebec: One Country, Two Histories

Author: Robert Bothwell

Description: An in-depth look at Canada-Quebec relations through interviews with prominent Canadian figures.

Cape Breton Road

Author: D.R. MacDonald

Description: A young car thief from Boston is sent to live with his uncle on Cape Breton Island.

Cod, A Biography of a Fish That Changed the World

Author: Mark Kurlansky

Description: A sparkling extended essay on the cod, looking at the importance of the fish to cuisine and history, as well as to Scandinavian, American and Canadian commerce.

Down East, A Maritime History of Maine

Author: Lincoln Paine

Description: Maine's maritime history, from the coastal travel of Native Americans to the Basque fishing industry to the pleasure boating of today, incorporating ecology, culture and art into its well-researched history.

Empire Falls

Author: Richard Russo

Description: A Pulitzer Prize-winning novel lovingly set in a fictitious Maine mill town. Russo has composed an entertaining and poignant portrait of what lies beneath the facade of small-town New England life.

Eyewitness Guide Boston

Author: Eyewitness Guides

Description: An exceptionally informative, visually entrancing guide to Boston.

Fodor's Montreal & Quebec City

Author: Fodor's Guides

Description: A practical, up-to-date guide in the popular series featuring recommended city walks, day trips, and "Best Bets" for places to stay, eat, shop and sight-see.

Fodor's Nova Scotia & Atlantic Canada, With New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland & Labrador

Author: Inc. (EDT) Fodor's Travel Publications (Editor)

Description: With its many photographs, great introductory chapters and practical travel information, this book is an excellent overview of northeast Canada and its attractions for visitors. Featuring separate sections on suggested places to visit, recommended walks, practical information, descriptions of restaurants and hotels, ratings of sights and a chronology of historic events.

Founding Brothers, The Revolutionary Generation

Author: Joseph J. Ellis

Description: A riveting tale of Washington, Madison, Hamilton and especially of Jefferson and Adams. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, it's a fascinating glimpse into the early days of our country.

Harvard A to Z

Author: John T. Bethell, Richard M. Hunt, Robert Shenton

Description: An encylopedia of Harvardiana, from notable alumni to architectural gems, the historical and cultural significance of the university, and its centuries-old traditions and lore.

Montreal Map

Author: Berndtson & Berndtson

Description: A folded, laminated map of the city center of Montreal.

Montreal Then and Now

Author: Alan Hustak

Description: This installment in the Then and Now series takes stock of Montreal’s evolution by placing antique photographs side-by-side with contemporary ones. It peels back the years so that readers can see city fixtures as they once were.

Negotiating a River, Canada, the US, and the Creation of the St. Lawrence Seaway

Author: Daniel Macfarlane

Description: This political and environmental history looks at the defining episodes of the St. Lawrence Seaway megaproject, from the complex diplomatic negotiations between the US and Canada to its lasting impact on transnational relations.

No Great Mischief

Author: Alistair MacLeod

Description: A novel covering 200 years in the history of a family of Scottish immigrants living in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. MacLeod creates a modern saga of the immigrant experience, familial bonds and life in coastal Canada.

One Man's Meat

Author: E.B. White

Description: By the author of "Charlotte's Web," a collection of observant and often humorous essays about daily life on a Maine saltwater farm. A wonderful portrait of coastal small-town life, originally published in 1938.

The House by the Sea, A Journal

Author: May Sarton

Description: One of many journals by May Sarton, who moved from New Hampshire to live alone in a house on the seacoast of Maine. She writes beautifully on the topics of aging, solitude, nature, gardening, food, relationships and, of course, life in coastal Maine.

Why I Hate Canadians

Author: Will Ferguson

Description: This is the tenth anniversary edition of Ferguson's wickedly astute cultural salvo, the collection of humorous essays that launched his career. As you might guess, the title is tongue-in-cheek.

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