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.

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 is a Road Scholar Adventures Afloat program. In addition to Road Scholar exclusive lectures, field trips, and activities, you are invited to take advantage of activities and events offered by the cruise line that are separate from Road Scholar. Please note that routes, field trips, and excursions are subject to change as weather and sea conditions could require altering the itinerary and/or the progress of the ship, making it run late and possibly miss ports if it cannot dock. The operators reserve the right to change the itinerary and the content of field trips and excursions if/as needed due to local circumstances. The time available in each port is set by the cruise line in conjunction with the local maritime authorities, and may change on short-notice. This is a Road Scholar Grandparent program. Grandparents are responsible for their grandchildren at all times. If/when separate age group activities are conducted concurrently, program staff will supervise. This program is staffed by a Group Leader who will deal with all logistics and serve as Study Leader leading lectures and field trips. We will walk an average of about 2 miles per day, often over uneven, narrow, or hilly terrain. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. 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, soft drinks, and water; other beverages available for purchase.

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’s Freedom Trail & Quincy Market, Free Time
Boston
B,D
Hyatt Regency Boston

Activity note: Walking 2-3 miles throughout the day during group activities; up/down hills, streets and sidewalks including bricks and cobblestones; periods of standing up to 2 hours at a time. Extent and duration of walking and other activities during free time according to personal choice.

Breakfast: At the hotel, the plated breakfast will feature juice, coffee, water included.

Morning: We’ll set out from the hotel on foot with a local expert and along a portion of the fabled Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile pathway marked with a line of red brick or red paint that leads to the city's most historic landmarks. Along the way, we’ll make stops at several of the notable sites including Boston Common, the Massachusetts State House, and the Old South Meeting House before concluding at Quincy Market.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Afternoon: Free time. This period of time has been set aside for your 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, we’ll have a plated meal with soft drinks, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

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

DAY
3
Fenway Park, Embark Ship
Boston
B,L,D
Holland America’s MS Amsterdam

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles total throughout the day; uneven terrain, periods of standing up to 1 hour; opportunities to sit and rest. Getting on/off motorcoach; driving about 7 miles; approximately 3 hours total.

Breakfast: Hotel plated meal.

Morning: Once checked out of the hotel, we’ll board a motorcoach and transfer to Fenway Park, "America’s Most Beloved Ball Park," and home of the Boston Red Sox. Park workers will show us the ins and outs of caring for this historic landmark. Next, we will transfer by motorcoach to the ship for embarkation. Upon completion of ship check-in, we will receive a ship identification card that we will use for security procedures when embarking and disembarking the ship, and for making purchases onboard. It also serves as the access card to your cabin. Days at sea will feature 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 aboard ship.

Lunch: Aboard the ship, choose where you’d like to eat from a variety of venues and cuisines.

Afternoon: When announced after some time to freshen up and relax, we will participate in the ship's mandatory safety drill along with everyone else on board. Afterwards, grandchildren might want to checkout Club HAL while on the voyage. It includes 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 on board.

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 – Maine, Trolley Field Trip
Bar Harbor
B,L,D
Holland America’s MS Amsterdam

Activity note: Getting in/out of tenders (small boats) for transfers to shore. Getting on/off a trolley; walking approximately 1 mile during group activities, generally on sidewalks and pathways; periods of standing up to 1 hour at a time. Extent and duration of walking and other activities during free time according to personal choice.

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

Morning: We'll board tenders and take them ashore in Bar Harbor, Maine. 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 view of the Bubbles— rounded 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 panorama.

Lunch: In Acadia National Park at Jordon Pond House, we’ll have a plated lunch with soft drinks, 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.

DAY
5
Halifax Historic Landmarks, Pier 21, Free Time
Halifax
B,L,D
Holland America’s MS Amsterdam

Activity note: Walking about 2 miles during group activities; approximately 1 hour; sidewalks and pathways. Extent and duration of walking and other activities during free time according to personal choice. Getting on/off motorcoach; driving about 5 miles; approximately 3 hours.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: From the ship, we will set out on a field trip by motorcoach to experience the highlights of Halifax, riding through the city with a local expert as we 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.

DAY
6
Fortress of Louisbourg, Musket Firing Demo, Free Time
Sydney
B,L,D
Holland America’s MS Amsterdam

Activity note: Walking about 2 miles, approximately 5 hours throughout the day; standing at field trip sites for approximately 1 hour at a time; varying surfaces and gradients. Extent and duration of walking and other activities during free time according to personal choice. Getting on/off motorcoach; driving about 25 miles one way; about 1.5 hours roundtrip.

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. While here, we’ll 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 take care of livestock.

Lunch: At Fortress of Louisbourg, we’ll have a plated meal with soft drinks included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Free Time. You might like to take a stroll along Mariner’s Park boardwalk to experience the scenic views of Sydney’s harbor.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

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

Activity note: Walking about 1 mile total throughout the day during group activities; periods of standing up to 1 hour at field trip locations; varying surfaces and gradients. Extent and duration of walking and other activities during free time according to personal choice. Getting on/off motorcoach; driving about 35 miles; approximately 1 hour one way.

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 wish to remain in Charlottetown.

Afternoon: During a walking field trip throughout Charlottetown’s historic Great George St., we will learn about the birthplace of Canadian Confederation and gain an appreciation for the historic architecture of this enduring symbol of Victorian elegance. As we walk along Great George Street with our local expert, we’ll hear about the restoration of Charlottetown's historic buildings, visit St. Dunstan Cathedral, and see the location of the last public hanging. We’ll also learn about some of the city’s high-profile people; the prosperity and “boom-and-bust” of its merchant economy; and of course, the Fathers of Confederation. Continuing, we’ll discover the significance of Province House where the first meeting to discuss federal union took place; it has also been the seat of the Prince Edward Island Provincial Legislature since 1847.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

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

Activity note: Full day aboard the ship.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: As we sail towards Quebec, we’ll join our Study Leader for a lecture related to the program theme.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: We’ll regroup for another presentation relating to the program theme by our Study Leader. Later, we’ll have a Road Scholar exclusive cocktail party.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

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

Activity note: Walking approximately 2 miles during group activities; prolonged periods of standing; varying surfaces and gradients. Extent and duration of walking and other activities during free time according to personal choice. Getting on/off funicular from Lower Town to Upper Town; short ride up and down.

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. We will take the famous funicular railway to get from Lower Town to the Upper Town. The Upper Town, built on the cliff, has remained the religious and administrative center, 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’ll return to the ship on foot.

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: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out, disembarkation, and departures in the morning.

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. followed by disembarkation.

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. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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