23767
Canada/United States

Gems of the Northeast: Boston to Montreal With Your Grandchild

Famed ballparks, national parks, diverse cities, settings for beloved novels and more await on this Grandparent voyage along the Northeast Coast.
Program No. 23767RJ
Length
10 days
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10 days
9 nights
25 meals
9 B 7 L 9 D
DAY
1
Arrive Boston, Check In, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Boston
D
Hyatt Regency Boston

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m. All routes, field trips, and excursions are subject to change as weather and sea conditions may affect the itinerary. Sea conditions could affect the progress of the ship, making it run late and sometimes miss ports because it is not safe to dock. Because of this, the cruise itinerary should always be regarded as provisional. The operators reserve the right to change the content of field trips and excursions without prior notice.

Afternoon: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. This program is staffed with a Study Leader who will lecture and lead field trips and who will also serve as Group Leader dealing with logistics. We will be walking an average of 2 miles per day throughout the program, often over uneven, narrow, or hilly terrain. Days at sea will be a mix of independent and group activities. In addition to private lectures by our Study Leader, we will have the opportunity to enjoy the activities, amenities, and entertainment options aboard ship. In addition to lectures and field trips exclusively for our Road Scholar group, you are invited to take advantage of the many activities and events aboard ship that are separate from the Road Scholar program. “Free Time” and “At Leisure” indicate when you can choose to do what you like and make your experience as personally meaningful, rewarding, and memorable as possible. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: At the hotel, we will enjoy a plated welcome dinner with a glass of wine, soda, and water.

Evening: At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Boston Field Trip, Free Time
Boston
B,D
Hyatt Regency Boston

Activity note: Walking 2-3 miles throughout the day including up/down hills, streets and sidewalks including bricks and cobblestones; standing up to 2 hours at a time.

Breakfast: At the hotel, plated breakfast with juice, coffee and water included.

Morning: We’ll depart the hotel on foot with a local expert, set out along a portion of the fabled Freedom Trail, a 2.5 mile pathway marked with a line of red brick or red paint leading to the city's most historic landmarks. Along the way, make stops at several of the notable sites. The field trip will end at the Quincy Market. Enjoy Free Time or venture back to the hotel with the Group Leader.

Lunch: On own for lunch.

Afternoon: Free Time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Dinner: At a local restaurant. This is a plated meal with soda, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check out, transfer and embarkation tomorrow.

DAY
3
Boston Field Trip, Embark Ship
Boston
B,L,D
Holland America’s MS Amsterdam

Activity note: Please keep passport and medications in hand luggage. There may be waiting lines for embarkation. The time available in each port is set by the cruise line. Whenever possible, the Road Scholar daily schedule indicates port arrival and departure times (subject to change by the cruise line). Road Scholar delivers a robust educational program in each port, and this may mean that free time in port is limited.

Breakfast: Plated breakfast at hotel.

Morning: We’ll check out of the hotel and board a motorcoach over to Fenway Park, "Americas Most Beloved Ball Park" home of the Boston Red Sox. Park workers will show you the ins and outs of caring for this historic landmark. We will transfer by coach to the ship for embarkation. Upon completion of ship check-in, you will receive a ship identification card. It will serve as your identification for security procedures when embarking and disembarking the ship, and for making purchases onboard. It is also your access card to your cabin.

Lunch: After settling into your cabin and aboard ship, you'll have options of cuisine from around the world, including Asian stir-fry, gourmet sandwiches, pasta, pizza, sushi, and an extensive salad bar.

Afternoon: Take some time to freshen up and relax. Then, along with everyone else on board, we will participate in the ship's mandatory safety drill, when announced. Grandchildren might want to checkout Club HAL while on the voyage with a variety of activities; such as scavenger hunts, sports competitions, karaoke, video games, and more.

Dinner: Each evening aboard ship, Road Scholar participants are invited to have dinner together with the Study Leader at the early seating in the main dining room, where we will have reserved tables. There are tasty choices for each of the five (5) a la carte courses to order from the menu. Included beverages are coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase. For other meals, you can choose the Lido Restaurant or one of the several specialty restaurants. The specialty restaurants include an upscale option at extra cost. Free round-the-clock room service is also available. There are bars in several different locations onboard.

Evening: At leisure to enjoy the ship's amenities. A copy of the next day’s shipboard schedule — listing activities and events outside the Road Scholar program — will be placed in cabins each evening of the voyage.

DAY
4
Bar Harbor, Trolley Tour
Bar Harbor
B,L,D
Holland America’s MS Amsterdam

Activity note: Tender is a small boat the will transfer participants to/from ship and port. Getting on/off a trolley; walking approximately 1 mile, generally on sidewalks and pathways; standing up to 45 minutes at a time.

Breakfast: Aboard ship. The Lido Restaurant is cafeteria-style for breakfast and offers dishes such as cooked-to-order omelettes, pancakes, fresh fruits, cereals, yogurts, fresh-squeezed orange juice, coffee, tea, water

Morning: We'll tender ashore in Bar Harbor, ME. Upon arrival to Bar Harbor we will walk a few blocks to board a trolley that will take us on a field trip through Acadia National Park. We’ll stop at Thunder Hole, where under the right conditions the sea sends flumes of spray skyward and produces a booming sound. We’ll also visit the glacially carved Jordan Pond, which is nestled between mountains and features a gorgeous panorama looking towards the Bubbles, twin peaks rising out of the water on the north end of the pond. Finally, we'll enjoy a scenic drive up Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the eastern seaboard of the United States. When the serpentine summit road was built in the 1930s, it was considered the best engineered mountain road in the world. From the summit, we’ll marvel at the 360-degree views.

Lunch: Enjoy picnic style lunch in Acadia National Park at Jordon Pond House with soda, juice, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Free Time. In Bar Harbor, you might like to see the Abbe Museum, Historical Society, the Pier/Boardwalk, Main Street, and Village Green. Some attractions may have entry fees. You may also remain aboard ship and take advantage of the various activities and amenities. Ship departs at 4:00 p.m.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure to enjoy the ship's activities and amenities.

DAY
5
Halifax Half Day Tour, Free Time
Halifax
B,L,D
Holland America’s MS Amsterdam

Activity note: Walking approximately 2 miles generally on sidewalks and pathways.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: From the ship, we will have a field trip by motorcoach and experience the highlights of Halifax, riding through the city with a local expert to learn the significance of important historic sites and landmarks. From Citadel Hill to Fort George and the “Titanic” cemetery, there are many to learn about. At the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, we will learn of the city’s importance as the gateway to Canada. Halifax was an ocean liner terminal and immigration shed from 1928 to 1971. We will participate in an exclusive hands-on game-based activity at the museum. This program prompts learners of all ages to think critically about how Canadians made decisions about who should be let in and who should be kept out.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: Free Time. In Halifax, you might like to continue your exploration at the Immigration Museum or visit the Maritime Museum, Discovery Centre or the Old Port. Some attractions may have entry fees. You may also remain aboard ship and take advantage of the various activities and amenities. All aboard is 5:00 p.m.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure to enjoy the ship's activities and amenities.

DAY
6
Fortress of Louisbourg
Sydney
B,L,D
Holland America’s MS Amsterdam

Activity note: Walking about 2 miles, standing at field trip sites; varying surfaces and gradients.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: In Sydney, Nova Scotia, we'll head out with a local expert via motorcoach to explore one of Canada’s most impressive national historic sites, the Fortress of Louisbourg. Once among the busiest harbors in North America and a center of French trade and military might, it is now a living museum of cultural history. Many of the interpretive staff are dressed in period-style clothing that tell stories of 18th century class, gender, and occupations. Buildings are furnished with objects from daily life, including reproductions of authentic originals. The gardens feature flowers, vegetables, and herbs of the 18th century. Experience a musket firing demonstration. Grandchildren will take part in a military march, learn how in the 18th century children would fish, tend the garden and livestock.

Lunch: At Fortress of Louisbourg.

Afternoon: Take in scenic coastline views as we return to the ship.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure to enjoy the ship's activities and amenities.

DAY
7
Charlottetown, Anne of Green Gable
Prince Edward Island
B,L,D
Holland America’s MS Amsterdam

Activity note: Walking and standing at field trip sites; varying surfaces and gradients.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: In Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, we'll head out via motorcoach led by a local expert, and enter the enchanting world of “Anne of Green Gables” at the restored Victorian house and landscape that inspired the novel. We’ll learn about the history of the area and story while taking in the beautiful historical park.

Lunch: Aboard ship or independently if you remain in Charlottetown.

Afternoon: Free time. Ship departs at 5:00 p.m.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure to enjoy the ship's activities and amenities.

DAY
8
Cruising the Gulf of Saint Laurence
At Sea
B,L,D
Holland America’s MS Amsterdam

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: As we cruise towards Quebec, we’ll join our group leader for an activity related to the program theme.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: We’ll regroup for another presentation by our group leader.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure to enjoy the ship's activities and amenities.

DAY
9
Quebec
Quebec City
B,L,D
Holland America’s MS Amsterdam

Activity note: Walking approximately 2 miles, prolonged periods of standing; varying surfaces and gradients. Funicular from Lower Town to Upper Town.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: We’ll set out on foot for a field trip led by our study leader in Old Québec. It was founded in 1608 by the French explorer Samuel de Champlain. Today, the historic district of Old Québec is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As the UNESCO inscription states, “It is the only North American city to have preserved its ramparts, together with the numerous bastions, gates and defensive works which still surround Old Québec. The Upper Town, built on the cliff, has remained the religious and administrative centre, with its churches, convents and other monuments like the Dauphine Redoubt, the Citadel and Château Frontenac. Together with the Lower Town and its ancient districts, it forms an urban ensemble which is one of the best examples of a fortified colonial city.” As we explore, we’ll see sites such as the Château Frontenac, the Citadel, the National Assembly and Parliament Hill, Notre-Dame-de-Québec Basilica, and the Place d’Armes. We’ll also stop to take a look at Place Royale, considered the “cradle of French civilization” in North America. We will take the famous funicular railway to get from Lower Town to the Upper Town.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: Free Time. See and do what interests you most. If you stay in Vieux-Québec, you might like to visit the Chateau Frontenac or the Musée de la Civilisation. The Frontenac, dating from 1892, is the city’s most prestigious hotel and a National Historical Site. It has recently undergone a $75 million restoration. The distinctive Musée de la Civilisation examines local culture and other societies. Its permanent exhibitions trace the story of life in Canada from First Nations into the 21st century. You may also remain aboard ship and take advantage of the various activities and amenities. Ship departs at 5:00 p.m.

Dinner: Farewell dinner and program wrap up aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure to enjoy the ship's activities and amenities.

DAY
10
Arrive Montreal, Disembark Ship, Program Concludes
Montreal
B

Activity note: The ship is scheduled to arrive in Montreal at 7:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Disembarkation will begin once the ship has docked and cleared customs. This usually takes approximately 1.5 hours, followed by one airport transfer for those on Road Scholar group flights. 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 join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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