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Atlantic Adventure: Up the Coast from Florida to Canada

Program Number: 20430RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/1/2015 - 5/16/2015; 10/17/2015 - 10/30/2015;
Duration: 15 nights
Location: Florida/South Carolina/Rhode Island/Maine/Quebec/Nova Scotia/Prince Edward Island
Price starting at: $3,866.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises
Meals: 43; 15 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 15 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

From the Southern charm of Charleston and the Gilded Age mansions of Newport to the rugged beauty of Nova Scotia and the grandeur of Québec City, discover the history and culture of the East Coast.




Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day; some cobblestones, uneven terrain and stairs.



Please note that the Oct departure operates in reverse and is 2 nights shorter omitting the ports of Charleston & Newport but includes New York City.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Aboard ms Maasdam, 15 nights.



Day 1: Arrival Fort Lauderdale, Fla. / embark ms Maasdam




Days 2-3: At Sea / Charleston, S.C.:

Discover the historic district of this charming port city and the rich history of Magnolia Plantation.



Days 4-5: At Sea / Newport, R.I.:

Discover the Breakers, the grandest of Newport's summer "cottages" and a symbol of the Vanderbilt family's social and financial preeminence in turn-of-the-century America.



Days 6-7: At Sea / 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 8: Halifax (Canada):

Take an expert-led field trip through Halifax and delve into its seagoing tradition at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.



Day 9: Sydney:

Explore the impressive Fortress of Louisbourg, the largest reconstructed 18th-century French-fortified town on the continent.



Day 10: Prince Edward Island:

Visit Green Gables, the fictional home of Anne Shirley, and join a historian on a walking exploration of Charlottetown, the birthplace of Confederation.



Day 11: Gaspé:

Go ashore on the tip of the rugged Gaspé Peninsula for an expert-led exploration of this picturesque area.



Day 12: Sept-Îles:

In this lesser-known city of “Seven Isles,” discover the Old Trading Post, established in 1661, and learn about the heritage of the indigenous Innu people.



Day 13:
Saguenay:

Discover the importance of the Saguenay Fjord to the area’s development and learn about the great flood of 1996 that devastated the Chicoutimi region.



Days 14 - 15: Quebec City/Trois-Rivieres

Walk along the historic cobblestone streets of Old Québec and enjoy lunch at the grand hotel Château Frontenac. Enjoy a guided walk through the historic district in Trois-Rivieres then visit the Old Prison which is now a National Historic Monument.



ms Maasdam

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



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

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

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

Since formally “retiring,” Evan Price has managed to spend nine months backpacking around the world with his wife, and six months exploring the South Pacific as a principal aboard a three-masted Barquentine with 42 students. During the last several years, he has led Road Scholar adventures at an auberge in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. Apart from being actively involved in the education industry, he chairs the trustees of the local library, golfs, plays tennis and enjoys cross-country skiing. Evan has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Concordia University and a Master of Education from Bishops’ University in Quebec.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   ms Maasdam
  At Sea
Charleston, South Carolina
At Sea
Newport, Rhode Island
At Sea
Bar Harbor, ME
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Sydney, Nova Scotia
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Cap-aux-Meules
Gaspé, Québec
At Sea
Saguenay, Québec
Québec City, Québec
15 nights
 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 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
  Contact info: N/A
N/A, WA N/A USA
phone: NA0-000-00 0 x00-00-0-0/
web: www.hollandamerica.com/find-cruise-vacation/CruiseDetails.action?destCode=N&portCode=&shipCodeSearch=MA&durationCode=&dateCode=&flexibleMonths=false&noOfFlexibleMonths=1&pageNumber=1&voyageCode=M322&webItineraryIdForAudit=NNS315
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. You may board ship as early as 11:30 am; cabins should be ready by 1:00 pm. Ship departs at 4:00 p.m. You will be staying at ms Maasdam that night.
  End of Program:
Montréal, Canada. Disembarkation will start at 8:30 am. Coach transfer to the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport in Montreal for independent departures. Approximate arrival at the airport is 10:30 am. You will be staying at ms Maasdam the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. PASSPORTS: A passport is required for ALL travel to/from Canada. Passport requirements are subject to change. Visit www.travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2223.html for information. ON-LINE CHECK IN: Participants must check in on-line with Holland America. Booking number and cabin # are included in this package. • http://www.hollandamerica.com/cruise-vacation-planning/OnlineCheckIn.action?WT.ac=headerOLCI
  Parking availability:
1. Within the port facility there is a parking garage managed by USA Parking. Please check directly with parking lot for rates. 2. Just outside the port facility is Park N' Fly Parking. Park N' Fly offers complimentary shuttles from the lot to the ship.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  At Sea
  From End of Program
  Location:  Montréal, Québec
  Nearest highway: Highway 20 Trans Canada
  Nearest airport:  Pierre Elliott Trudeau Montréal International Airport (Dorval)
Travel Details
 

Fort Lauderdale

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $10-15 (per taxi)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Travel time from the airport to the pier is approximately 10 to 15 minutes. 

   

Taxi services are available for the transfer from the airport to the port.

 

Fort Lauderdale

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Travel Time:

 

About a 10 minute taxi ride to the Port. 

   

Taxi services are available for the transfer from the bus terminal to the port. Greyhound provides nationwide bus service from the downtown Fort Lauderdale location at 515 N.E. 3rd Street. For more information, schedules and fares call 954-764-6551 or visit www.greyhound.com/ Broward County Transit - Local buses stop at the Northport section of Port Everglades. For schedules and information, call 954-357-8400 or visit www.broward.org/bct/.

 

Fort Lauderdale

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

   

Taxi services are available for the transfer from the train station to the port. Amtrak (national and statewide train) - schedules and fares can be obtained by calling 1-800-USA-RAIL Tri-Rail (commuter train) - provides transportation from Miami to Palm Beach, including service to the Miami International Airport. Tri-Rail is accessible by taxi and local bus. Schedules and fares can be obtained through www.tri-rail.com/ OR by calling 800-TRI-RAIL

 

Port Everglades Terminal

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $19
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 10-15 minutes 

   

This service needs to be booked through Road Scholar’s Adventures Afloat department by emailing afloatops@roadscholar.org.

 
Driving Directions
  Leaving Your Vehicle 1. Within the port facility there is a parking garage managed by USA Parking. Please check directly with parking lot for rates. 2. Just outside the port facility is Park N' Fly Parking. Park N' Fly offers complimentary shuttles from the lot to the ship's terminal. Phone: (954)-779-1776. Parking: $12.00 p/day (rate subject to change by Port Authority) * Midport Parking Garage: 6 floors; 2,000 spaces * 954-765-4494 * Security-patrolled and illuminated * No advance reservations required * Parking Spaces for RVs available
  Pt. Everglades Main Entrance Take I-595 East straight into the port (I-595 becomes Eller Drive once inside the Port).
  Pt. Everglades North Entrance 1. Take U.S.1 or A1A to 17th Street Causeway in Fort Lauderdale. 2. Turn south at the streetlight onto Eisenhower Blvd.
  US1/Federal Highway Entrance At the intersection of State Road 84 East and U.S.1 (Federal Hwy.), turn east into the seaport.
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/Orientation/Embark on Cruise from Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
(Friday, May 1)
   
 Afternoon: Arrivals to the ms Maasdam - departing from the Port Everglades Terminal at 2026 Eller Drive, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. You may board as early at 11:30 am, but no later than 90 minutes prior to sail time of 4:00 pm. Check-in at Front Desk.


Embarkation Buffet Lunch at Lido Deck opens at 12:00 pm. Cabins should be ready to use by 1:00 pm. Participate in the ship's Safety Drill. Meet your group leader on the Lower Promenade Deck at the Road Scholar Hospitality Desk between 2:30 and 3:30 pm to meet the GL and ask any questions that you may have.

 Dinner: Dinner is on board ship in the elegant two-story Rotterdam Dining Room featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and two grand staircases.
 Evening: Program orientation and introductions. 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: ms Maasdam
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Cruising the East coast to Charleston, South Carolina
(Saturday, May 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be served on board. You may have breakfast in the dining room or the Lido Buffet; both are open seating.
 Morning: Relax on deck as the ship glides through the waters along the East Coast making its way to our next port of call Charleston, South Carolina.
 Lunch: Lunch is on board. 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: An introductory presentation on Canadian History will be followed by cocktails just before dinner - enjoy a private cocktail party on board to welcome you to the ship.
 Dinner: Dinner is on board ship in the elegant two-story Rotterdam Dining Room
   
Accommodations: ms Maasdam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Charleston Historic District/Magnolia Plantation
(Sunday, May 3)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board open seating
 Morning: A field trip in Historic Charleston with stops at the Battery, City Hall and Four Corners of Law
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Charleston
 Afternoon: Magnolia Plantation, founded in 1676 by the Drayton family, has survived the centuries and witnessed the history of our nation unfold from the American Revolution through the Civil War and beyond. It is the oldest public site open to visitors in the Lowcountry, with the oldest public gardens in America, opening its doors to visitors in 1872 to view the thousands of beautiful flowers and plants in its famous gardens. Learn about its rich history as you experience the beauty of the house and gardens.


The Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation, South Carolina's only statewide partner with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, awarded Magnolia Plantation the 2010 Heritage Award for their interpretive program at the slave cabins. Magnolia Plantation also won the 2009 preservation award last year for restoration and preservation of the cabins. End your day's adventure in Charleston with a stroll through the market where you can see the Gullah culture working their baskets or sample what the merchants have to offer.

 Dinner: Dinner is on board ship in the Rotterdam Dining Room
   
Accommodations: ms Maasdam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Cruising the East coast to Newport, Rhode Island
(Monday, May 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board open seating
 Morning: Relax on deck as the ship glides through the waters along the East Coast making its way to our next port of call Newport, Rhodes Island
 Lunch: Lunch is on board. 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: Explore "The Evolution of Nationalism in Québec". What are some of the political and social events that have given rise to a strong nationalism and the creation of a political party whose main objective is to separate from Canada and create an independent country? Following the British conquest, in 1763, French Canadians will fight attempts of assimilation in order to insure the survival of their distinct culture. Today, this culture is vibrant and alive but many feel that it is continuously under pressure.
 Dinner: Dinner is on board ship in the elegant two-story Rotterdam Dining Room featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and two grand staircases.
 Evening: Free time to explore the ship with its many venues.
   
Accommodations: ms Maasdam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: 10 Mile Drive and the Mansions of Newport/Breakers: The Vanderbilts Summer Home
(Tuesday, May 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board open seating
 Morning: Enjoy the ships activities before our arrival in Newport.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Newport.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a narrated trolley drive along the scenic drive, also known as Ten Mile Drive, (or just "The Drive" to locals) which encompasses most of the southern coastline of Aquidneck Island. This area used to be farmland, but today is one of the most popular Newport RI attractions. Once you're out here, it's very easy to see why. Then visit The Breakers - the grandest of Newport's summer "cottages" and a symbol of the Vanderbilt family's social and financial preeminence in turn of the century America. Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt (1794-1877) established the family fortune in steamships and later in the New York Central Railroad, which was a pivotal development in the industrial growth of the nation during the late 19th century.
 Dinner: Dinner is on board ship in the Rotterdam Dining Room
 Evening: Enjoy some free time in Newport before we set sail for Bar Harbor
   
Accommodations: ms Maasdam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Cruising the East Coast to Bar Harbor/Introduction to the Maritimes
(Wednesday, May 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board open seating
 Morning: Relax on deck as the ship glides through the waters along the East Coast making the ship makes its way to our next port of call Bar Harbor, Maine
 Lunch: Lunch is on board. 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: This presentation will give you a good introduction to the upcoming maritime regions of Atlantic North America to be visited on the program. It preambles your visit to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island where you will witness the maritime way of life and learn of the history and culture of this region.
 Dinner: 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 7: Historic Bar Harbor/French-Indian Alliance
(Thursday, May 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be served on board. 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 at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: In 1603, Samuel de Champlain negotiated the first economic and military alliance between North American Indians and Europeans at Tadoussac. This treaty determined New France’s economic direction as well as its strategic and military policy for the next 156 years. Under the terms of the agreement, the First Nations would transport and deliver beaver pelts to the French at their various trading posts along the St. Lawrence River in exchange for European goods and a pledge to aid the Huron and Algonquin in their longstanding war with the Iroquois of New York.
 Dinner: Dinner is on board ship in the Rotterdam Dining Room
   
Accommodations: ms Maasdam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Halifax/Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
(Friday, May 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board open seating
 Morning: Journey to the past and to present time Halifax. 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. 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. This historic tower overlooks the north end of Halifax, the section most devastated by the Halifax Explosion, which took place when the Belgian relief ship Imo collided with the French munitions vessel Mont Blanc on Dec. 6, 1917.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 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 Nova Scotia's role in the aftermath of the Titanic disaster, various shipwrecks and more.
 Dinner: Dinner in the Rotterdam Dining Room
 Evening: Enjoy the large variety of evening entertainment the ship has to offer.
   
Accommodations: ms Maasdam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site/Historic Sydney
(Saturday, May 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board open seating
 Morning: Leave the modern world behind and step back to 1744 at 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. Louisbourg was for many years France's crown jewel of military strength and commerce in the New World.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Fortress
 Afternoon: Explore Sydney, Nova Scotia 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 10: Charlottetown/Green Gables/Cavendish Beach/History of the St. Lawrence
(Sunday, May 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board open seating
 Morning: Parks Canada staff will present the history of Green Gables National Historic Site and its significance to Canadian literary history. Spend time at Green Gables, the famed fictional home of red-haired Anne Shirley, the heroine of Lucy Maud Montgomery's classic 1908 novel, Anne of Green Gables. Discover the history of the house as well as biographical information about Montgomery. Green Gables, part of Lucy Maud Montgomery's Cavendish National Historic Site, has become famous around the world as the inspiration for the setting in Lucy Maud Montgomery's classic tale of fiction, Anne of Green Gables.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: A local historian will guide you on a walking exploration of Charlottetown, the birthplace of Confederation. See 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.
 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 11: Cap-aux-Meules, Iles de la Madeleines
(Monday, May 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board open seating
 Morning: The island of Cap-aux-Meules is the gateway to the archipelago. With a local expert you will discover that nature is never far away and that a majority of the population of Les Îles lives in its three municipalities (Cap-aux- Meules, L'Étang-du-Nord and Fatima) and the island is the service and administrative centre for the archipelago.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Cap-aux-Meules
 Afternoon: Enjoy a little time to relax, take a stroll and enjoy the picturesque view. Free time in Cap-aux-Meules before we board the ship.
 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 12: Picturesque Gaspé and Percé
(Tuesday, May 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board open seating
 Morning: Embark on a guided exploration with a local expert in Gaspe and Perce, a beautiful and picturesque area. Discover Gaspé's rich history. Following the example set by the St. Malo the explorer, the Gaspé Heritage Walk gives you the opportunity to learn more about and appreciate the Gaspé's historical and cultural heritage by showcasing the architecture and commemorative art that speaks of the past.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Free time to explore on your own
 Dinner: Dinner is on board ship in the Rotterdam Dining Room
 Evening: The evening is yours to relax or take in the many activities the ship has to offer
   
Accommodations: ms Maasdam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Cruising the St Lawrence to the Saguenay Fjord/History of the St Lawrence River
(Wednesday, May 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board open seating
 Morning: Relax on deck as the ship glides through the waters along the East Coast making the ship makes its way to our next port of call Saguenay, Quebec
 Lunch: Lunch is on board. 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: As we make our way through the Gulf of St. Lawrence, learn about the history of the St. Lawrence River, marine disasters and the fur trade industry in Quebec. 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. Learn about some of the marine disasters in the St. Lawrence.
 Dinner: Dinner is onboard ship in the Rotterdam Dining Room
   
Accommodations: ms Maasdam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14: Saguenay/Chicoutimi
(Thursday, May 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board open seating
 Morning: Our journey begins on the scenic drive through La Baie, where you will discover the importance of the Saguenay Fjord--deeply chiseled in the Laurentian Mountains--to the development of this area. The Fjord Museum will explain the creation of the fjord and the mysteries it conceals. You will pass the Ha! Ha! Pyramid, a monument to the great flood of 1996 that devastated the region and proved to be one of Canada's greatest natural disasters.
 Lunch: Lunch in local restaurant
 Afternoon: Your local guide will give you the history of the Chicoutimi area as your coach makes its way through the main streets with stops at the Cultural Quarter and the Little White House that miraculously survived the Flood of 1996. A stop will also be made at the Pulp Mill of Chicoutimi. Founded in 1898, the mill played an important role in the development of the area. Also noted as the first French Canadian owned Pulp Company the mill produced a high quality pulp that was exported throughout the world. As you make your way back to the ship you will visit a local cheesemaker and discover the art of cheese-making.
 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 15: Historic Quebec City/Lunch at Fairmont Chateau Frontenac/Free Afternoon
(Friday, May 15)
   
 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. Arriving at Place d'Armes, you will see the monument of Samuel de Champlain, Father of New France and founder of Québec City. Your morning walk will end at the famous Château Frontenac
 Lunch: Enjoy a buffet lunch at the Café de la Terrasse in the Château Frontenac.
 Afternoon: Take some free time to explore Quebec City independently.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner aboard the ship.
 Evening: Free evening to stroll along the streets of Québec or stay aboard the ship to take part in some of the activities
   
Accommodations: ms Maasdam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Program Concludes/Disembarkation in Montreal/Transfer to Airport
(Saturday, May 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board ship
 Morning: Disembarkation will start at 8:30 a.m. Group transfer by coach to the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport in Montreal for independent departures. Approximate arrival at the airport is between 10:00 and 10:30 am.


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

Free Time Opportunities
 
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Trois-Rivières offers visitors a variety of tourist attractions including museums, theatres, cinemas, art galleries and heritage sites. For additional information, visit www.tourismetroisrivieres.com/fr/quoifaire.php
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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The Charleston, Savannah & Coastal Islands Book, A Complete Guide


Author: Cecily McMillan • Wade Spees (Photographer)


Description: GUIDEBOOK, 2011, PAPER, 320 PAGES An excellent, locally produced travel guide mixing history, culture and anecdote with a shipload of up-to-date practical information. It does justice to this area's rich traditions and food



Wolfe at Quebec, The Man Who Won the French and Indian War


Author: Christopher Hibbert


Description: HISTORY, 1999, PAPERBACK, 208 PAGES A history of British General James Wolfe's last year of life by the entertaining and informative author of "The Story of England." Hibbert traces the neurotic general's life through diaries, letters, ships' logs and firsthand accounts, painting an interesting portrait of the man who defeated French General Montcalm at Quebec.



Fodor’s Montreal & Quebec City


Author: Fodor’s Guides


Description: GUIDEBOOK, 2011, PAPERBACK, 356 PAGES A practical, up-to-date guide in the popular series.



Lonely Planet Nova Scotia, New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island


Author: Karla Zimmerman


Description: GUIDEBOOK 2011 PAPERBACK 272 PAGES This compact guide to Atlantic Canada covers Nova Scotia, New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island in detail, and includes a chapter on Newfoundland and Labrador. With maps, travel information and short essays on culture, attractions and nature.





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