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Boston to Montreal: A Cultural and Historical Journey

Program Number: 15419RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/30/2015 - 10/12/2015; 9/14/2016 - 9/26/2016; 9/28/2016 - 10/10/2016;
Duration: 12 nights
Location: Multi-Country,
Price starting at: $3,990.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Voyages; 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 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.
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
   Marriott Springhill Suites Old Montreal
  Montreal, Quebec 3 nights
   ms Maasdam
Québec City, Québec
At Sea
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Sydney, Nova Scotia
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Bar Harbor, ME
7 nights
   Boston Park Plaza
  Boston, MA 2 nights
 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. 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 prior: Contact hotel for rates. Contact the hotel directly.

 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
  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: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 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, 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 after: 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 than 6 months prior to your program start date.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check- in after 3:00 p.m. at the hotel in Montreal, QC. Dinner at 6:00 p.m. You will be staying at Marriott Springhill Suites Old Montreal that night.
  End of Program:
Breakfast at the hotel in Boston, MA is between 7:00 to 9:00 am; departures after breakfast as per individual travel plans. Check-out of the hotel is 12:00 pm. You will be staying at Boston Park Plaza 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 Information Package. When checking in on-line, please remember to print your Holland America luggage tags and bring them with you. These are special tags that will ensure that your luggage arrives in your stateroom in a timely manner.
  Parking availability:
For complete parking details at the hotel please contact the hotel directly.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Montreal, Quebec
  Nearest highway: Highway 20 Trans Canada
  Nearest airport:  Pierre Elliott Trudeau Montreal International Airport (Dorval)
  From End of Program
  Location:  Boston, MA
  Nearest airport:  Logan Airport (BOS)
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






Per Person/One Way:


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


Travel Time:


30 minutes 


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




From 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 from the 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.




From Train Station






Per Person/One Way:


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


Travel Time:


5 minutes 


Taxis available at the train station to take you to the hotel in Montreal. Via Rail and Amtrak offer connecting service from Montreal to many US destinations. Visit Taxi from the bus station to the hotel is approximately $15.




To 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 stops at Copley Square (and one at Hynes Convention Center) en route to the airport. Walk 2 blocks from the Boston Park Plaza Hotel to the stop at Copley Square (or take the Green Line train).




To 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 airport from 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*

Driving Directions
  DIFFERENT START AND END LOCATIONS This program starts in Montreal, Quebec and ends in Boston, Massachusetts. Driving your personal vehicle to the program is not recommended due to logistics of the itinerary and different start and end locations.
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 30)
 Afternoon: Arrivals and transfers to the program hotel in Montreal; 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 6:00 p.m. Vieux Port.
 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: Marriott Springhill Suites Old Montreal
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Fur Trade & French-Indian Alliance,Pointe-à-Callière Museum
(Thursday, October 1)
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel includes hot and cold breakfast items plus juice, coffee, tea, water.
 Morning: Discover the history of Montreal in two presentations by a local expert. Examine the city's emergence as a commercial metropolis in the 19th century. 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.
 Lunch: Lunch at L'Arrivage at Pointe-à-Callière Museum. This Montreal museum of Archaeology and History is a national historic site as well as the birthplace of Montreal. Enjoy a lovely lunch, with views of the Old Port.
 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: Dinner at Le Bourlingeur.
 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 3: Montreal: Old Montréal/Bonsecours Market/Free Time
(Friday, October 2)

Note: Remember to print out the Holland America luggage tags and attach to your bags.

 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.
 Lunch: Lunch at Modavie.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to take in the city with its museums, galleries and entertainment. Information on free time options will be provided.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own to explore the variety of dining options or join the group leader at a local restaurant.
Accommodations: Marriott Springhill Suites Old Montreal
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Montreal Landmarks by Coach/Board ms Maasdam/Depart Montreal
(Saturday, October 3)
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: 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: Lunch at Creperie Chez Suzette.
 Afternoon: Board ms Maasdam. Ship departs Montreal approximately 4:00 p.m.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship - early seating.
Accommodations: ms Maasdam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Historic Walk,Lunch at the Fairmont Chateau Frontenac
(Sunday, October 4)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board, open seating in dining room or Lido buffet.
 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. Cocktail party aboard the ship at 4:30 p.m.
 Dinner: Dinner is onboard ship in the Rotterdam Dining Room
Accommodations: ms Maasdam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Early Exploration & Settlement in the St. Lawrence River
(Monday, October 5)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board, open seating.
 Morning: 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.
 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 (early seating) 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: Historic Walk,Introduction to the Maritime Region
(Tuesday, October 6)
 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 restaurant.
 Afternoon: This on-board presentation will give you a good introduction to the maritime regions of Atlantic North America. It preambles your visit to Nova Scotia where you will witness the maritime way of life and learn of the history and culture of this region.
 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 Maasdam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Sydney: Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site,Sydney
(Wednesday, October 7)
 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 Maasdam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Halifax: City Exploration & Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
(Thursday, October 8)
 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’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: Lunch at Salty's restaurant on the Halifax waterfront.
 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: Dinner is onboard 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: Bar Harbor: Desert Island, Historic Properties
(Friday, October 9)
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be served on board the ship.
 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 at Galyn's Restaurant.
 Afternoon: This afternoon is yours to explore the ship and enjoy the many activities available to you on your final night onboard. 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 on our last night at sea..
Accommodations: ms Maasdam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: History & City Overview, North End & Old North Church
(Saturday, October 10)

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

 Breakfast: Breakfast on board; ship scheduled to arrive in Boston approximately 7:00 a.m.; disembarking starts at 8:30 a.m.
 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 look at both colonial and contemporary Boston on a guided city overview aboard a motor coach. Following the coach exploration, attend a lecture by a well-known local historian.
 Lunch: Lunch on own.
 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 scenes 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: Dinner at Rock Bottom 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, Dinner

Day 12: Boston: Cambridge,Harvard,Museum of Fine Arts
(Sunday, October 11)
 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 at Uno's in Harvard Square
 Afternoon: 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.

 Dinner: Farewell dinner at Maggiano's.
Accommodations: Boston Park Plaza
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Program Concludes
(Monday, October 12)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel in Boston. 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
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.

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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