20937
US (NY, RI, MA, ME)/Canada
Fall Splendors: New York, New England, Nova Scotia and Quebec
Explore the wonders of autumn aboard a modern super yacht, enjoying expert-led excursions from Halifax to New York as you discover culture, history, cuisine and iconic architecture.
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Program No. 20937RJ
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12 days
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12 days
11 nights
31 meals
11 B 9 L 11 D
DAY
1
Arrivals New York City
New York City
D
Club Quarters, World Trade Center

Dinner: Welcome dinner and program orientation at the hotel. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date Daily Schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. Indicated times are approximate. Program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
2
9/11 Memorial, Walking Tour of lower NYC, Embark cruise
Aboard the Crystal Symphony
B,D
Crystal Symphony

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: ROAD SCHOLAR EXCLUSIVE: After breakfast, meet your local expert and explore the Municpal District on foot. Begin with the 9/11 Museum where you will have a self-guided visit. Before you enter the Museum, your local expert will brief you on the highlights to look for as well as speak to you at the powerful 9/11 Memorial. After this visit, continue to explore on foot the architectural wonders of the area that can include the Woolworth Tower, City Hall, Brooklyn Bridge, and the African Burial Grounds.

Lunch: Time will be set aside to grab lunch at a local eatery (on your own.)

Afternoon: Resume your exploration of Lower Manhattan and return to the hotel around 2:00 pm and then transfer as a group to the cruise terminal to embark the Crystal Symphony.

Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room with a review of the next days activities.

Evening: Free time to explore New York City. The ship remains in port overnight at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal.

DAY
3
New York City, New York
Aboard the Crystal Symphony
B,L,D
Crystal Symphony

Activity note: Choose your own shore excursion from a variety offered by Crystal Cruises. Excursions may be booked online up to 6 months prior to the departure date. Please visit www.crystalcruises.com for more information about their shore adventures.

Breakfast: At leisure in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.

Morning: INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION: Welcome to one of the world's most famous and exciting cities. Broadway, Times Square, the Empire State Building and Central Park are just some of the celebrated spectacles this bustling city has to offer. Giovanni da Verrazano was the first European to glimpse Manhattan Island in 1542, but the area was not explored until Henry Hudson arrived in 1609. It is said that Peter Minuit bought the entire island from Native Americans for $24 worth of beads and trinkets in 1629 - the biggest real estate bargain in history. In 1664 the Dutch surrendered to a British Fleet, and the town was renamed New York in honor of the Duke of York. George Washington was inaugurated here in 1789, and for a time, New York served as the country's capital. Since then, the city has grown spectacularly and has become one of the most exciting and electrifying cities in the country - not to mention one of the most rewarding to visit and explore. Choose to independently explore New York City on your own or choose from many of the ship's shore excursions.

Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, theTrident Grill; or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch.

Afternoon: Continue independent explorations of New York City. The Symphony is scheduled to depart New York City at 9:00 p.m.

Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room with a review of the next day's activities.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Newport, Rhode Island
Aboard the Crystal Symphony
B,L,D
Crystal Symphony

Breakfast: At leisure in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.

Morning: INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION: Newport, Rhode Island, is a stylish, world-famous yachting center with a long tradition of elegance. For almost a century and a half, it was the home of the America's Cup yachting races. The colonial sections of Newport boast many authentic historic buildings, some dating back to the 1600s. However, most impressive of all, are the opulent mansions built at the turn of this century by industrial tycoons along Ocean Drive and Bellevue Avenue. Fashioned after the palaces of Europe, their interiors boast lavish use of marble, alabaster, gilt, mosaics and stained glass complemented by magnificent furnishings and fine tapestries. You'll be spellbound listening to the legends and stories of families such as the Morgans, Astors, Fishers and Vanderbilts, all of whom had "cottages" here. Although Rhode Island is America's smallest state, it has a legacy of history and tradition that far outweighs it's size. Choose to independently explore Newport on your own or choose from many of the ship's shore excursions.

Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, theTrident Grill; or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch.

Afternoon: Continue exploring Newport independently. The ship will set sail at 4:00 p.m.

Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room with a review of the next day's activities.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Boston, Massachusetts
Aboard the Crystal Symphony
B,L,D
Crystal Symphony

Activity note: Today's field trip is included in your program price. Please do not book a Crystal Shore Adventure today.

Breakfast: At leisure in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.

Morning: ROAD SCHOLAR EXCLUSIVE: Relive nearly four hundred years of history as you explore the myriad sights of Boston, a city that exudes pride in its past and future. Superb shopping abounds and sightseeing attractions are legendary. You'll revel in exploring the Freedom Trail, the Old North Church and the Boston Common. A few miles away lie Lexington and Concord where the momentous events that began in 1775 come alive. Boston has not been content to rest on the laurels of its glorious past. Progress is everywhere. Glazed high-rises soar skyward and the colorful waterfront area has been artfully renovated. Your visit to this thriving metropolis is bound to impress.

Lunch: Return to the ship for lunch on board.

Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to continue exploring Boston independently.

Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room with a review of the next day's activities.

Evening: At leisure. The ship will depart Boston at 8:00 p.m. this evening.

DAY
6
Bar Harbor, Maine
Aboard the Crystal Symphony
B,L,D
Crystal Symphony

Breakfast: At leisure in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.

Morning: INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION: The ship arrives in Bar Harbor, Maine. Today independently explore Bar Harbor or choose from one of the ship's shore excursions. Bar Harbor is a charming seaport town on Mount Desert Island. Earlier last century, when it was the summer retreat of millionaires, it boasted magnificent estate homes, or "cottages," many of which were completely destroyed by the fire of 1947. However, some things never change. The priceless asset of the island's scenic beauty remains untouched by time. Vistas of emerald-green forests and rugged valleys from the superb vantage point of Mount Cadillac remain just as spectacular, and the rugged shoreline scenery is still as awe inspiring as it ever was.

Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, the Trident Grill; or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch.

Afternoon: Continue your independent exploration of Bar Harbor. The ship departs Bar Harbor at 5:00 p.m.

Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room with a review of the next day's activities.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
Aboard the Crystal Symphony
B,L,D
Crystal Symphony

Breakfast: At leisure in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.

Morning: INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION: To say that Saint John is historic is a bit of an understatement. After all, Saint John is host to the oldest continuing farmers' market in Canada (the Old City Market), home to the oldest continuing museum in the country (the New Brunswick Museum), and is itself the oldest incorporated city in Canada. Experience Saint John's fascinating past with a stop to see Carleton Martello Tower, a structure constructed as a watchtower for the War of 1812. Not actually completed until 1815, the tower was never utilized for the 1812 skirmish, but did function as a command post during World War II. Today it is a Canadian National Historic Site. Also glimpse Canada's Loyalist history with a walk along the Loyalist Trail and a visit to the 1817 Loyalist House. One of the oldest buildings in Saint John, it appears much as it did in the early 19th century and is another of Canada's designated National Historic Sites.

Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, the Trident Grill; or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch.

Afternoon: Independent exploration continues. The ship departs at 5:00 p.m.

Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room with a review of the next day's activities.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Aboard the Crystal Symphony
B,L,D
Crystal Symphony

Breakfast: At leisure in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.

Morning: This morning you will participate in a presentation delivered by your study leader as you cruise towards Halifax.

Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, the Trident Grill; or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch.

Afternoon: INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION: Ship calls to port in Nova Scotia. Choose to independently explore Halifax on your own or choose from many of the ship's shore excursions. As Crystal Symphony moors alongside the pier, bagpipers and the Town Crier bid a warm welcome to Halifax, capital of Nova Scotia, the most Scottish of all Canada's great cities. You will fall in love with Halifax's architectural blend of old and new. The mighty 150-year old Citadel fortress stands sentinel over the thriving downtown area where modern office and hotel blocks nestle alongside the exquisitely restored Historic Properties waterfront shopping area. Shoppers will delight in the tempting array of buys from colorful Scottish tartans to pewter and superb hand-knit woolens. Nova Scotians claim they have the freshest air and warmest smiles in Canada.

Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room with a review of the next day's activities.

Evening: At leisure. The ship departs Halifax at 9:00 p.m.

DAY
9
Cruising the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the St. Lawrence River
Aboard the Crystal Symphony
B,L,D
Crystal Symphony

Breakfast: At leisure in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.

Morning: Participate in a presentation delivered by your study leader.

Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill.

Afternoon: Participate in a presentation delivered by your study leader.

Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room with a review of the next days activities.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
Cruising the Saguenay River
Aboard the Crystal Symphony
B,L,D
Crystal Symphony

Breakfast: At leisure in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.

Morning: Participate in a presentation delivered by your study leader.

Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill.

Afternoon: Participate in a presentation delivered by your study leader.

Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room with a review of the next days activities.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
11
Quebec City, PQ, Canada
Aboard the Crystal Symphony
B,L,D
Crystal Symphony

Breakfast: At leisure in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.

Morning: INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION: The ship calls to Quebec. Choose from one of the ship's shore excursions or explore Quebec on your own. Québec stands proudly beside the majestic St. Lawrence River, resembling no other city in the world. Its cuisine, language and traditions combine to make this a unique cradle of French civilization in North America. Within fortress walls high atop Cap Diamant, the old city is a sheer delight for lovers of history. Here, magnificent churches, cobbled streets, fragrant gardens and chic boutiques all vie for your attention. Just outside the city, you'll discover a veritable riot of fall colors, North America's largest shrine, picturesque villages and an impressive waterfall.

Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, the Trident Grill; or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch.

Afternoon: Continue your independent exploration of Quebec City.

Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room with a review of the next day's activities.

DAY
12
Montreal, Disembark ship, Program Concludes
In Flight
B

Breakfast: At leisure in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.

Morning: Disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for your return flight home. Safe travels! If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for the next program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!