12 days from Boston to Boston
Departs From: Boston
Savor the diversity and history of the great cities of New England and Eastern Canada on this enchanting vacation. The highlight of this tour is a 7-night cruise to Canada’s historic towns and beautiful places. Aboard a 5-star Holland America ship, travel to Québec City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Canada’s only walled town; charming Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island; scenic Sydney, originally settled by Highland Scots; Halifax, famous for its lighthouses on cliffside ledges and tiny villages huddled in rocky inlets; Bar Harbor, surrounded by Acadia National Park, where you can stroll along the charming waterfront and browse the shops and galleries; and Boston. But that’s not all…this East Coast tour also includes sightseeing of Boston’s historic sights, a visit to Montréal’s Notre Dame Basilica, and a tramway ride to the 4,080-foot summit of Cannon Mountain in gorgeous Franconia Notch. On a clear day, you can see the mountains of four states and Canada! TravelToe has also arranged for you to enjoy unique experiences on this tour. In Vermont, you’ll visit a working maple syrup farm to learn the art of making maple syrup and enjoy a special treat. In New Hampshire, learn about the endemic flora and fauna at a Raven Interpretive Wildlife Program. This incredible East Coast vacation is packed with adventure—both on land and at sea!Duration:
All Tours are SOLD OUT for this season. Contact us about availablity for next season.City HighlightsBOSTON
Orientation tourFRANCONIA NOTCH
Tramway ride up Cannon MountainNORTH CONWAY
[LF] Raven Interpretive Wildlife ProgramSTOWE
Visit a [LF] maple syrup farm and enjoy a local treatVERGENNES
Visit Shelburne Heritage ParkMONTRÉAL
Sightseeing, visit Notre Dame BasilicaCRUISE
7-night cruise aboard Holland America’s MS Veendam, MS Maasdam or MS Rotterdam
Day 1 ARRIVE IN BOSTON.
Welcome to Boston! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.Day 2 BOSTON–FRANCONIA NOTCH–NORTH CONWAY.
Enjoy an orientation tour of Boston including Boston Common, the Old State House, Freedom Trail, and Faneuil Hall. Depart Boston for New Hampshire and the scenic White Mountains, New England’s greatest range and premier outdoor playground. At Franconia Notch, board the Cannon Mountain TRAMWAY for a thrilling ride to the 4,080-foot summit. On a clear day, you can see the mountains of four states and Canada! Also enjoy a [LF] RAVEN INTERPRETIVE WILDLIFE PROGRAM focusing on the endemic flora and fauna. (B,D)Day 3 NORTH CONWAY–STOWE–VERGENNES.
Depart for a beautiful drive to Stowe, stopping for a tour at a [LF] MAPLE SYRUP FARM, where you’ll learn the art of making maple syrup and enjoy a local treat. Continue to Vergennes, overlooking Lake Champlain with views of the Adirondacks and Green Mountains. (B,D)Day 4 VERGENNES–SHELBURNE–MONTRÉAL.
Visit nearby SHELBURNE HERITAGE PARK, which exhibits one of the nation’s most extraordinary collections of American decorative, folk, and fine art. It showcases buildings from around New England and New York, including an 1890 railroad station, a lighthouse, a stagecoach inn, and an Adirondack lodge. Travel northwest to Montréal, Canada’s second-largest city. As Montréal has a unique mix of historical, natural, and cultural offerings, you may like to visit Old Port Montréal, the McCord Museum, or stroll around Mount Royal Park. (B)Day 5 MONTRÉAL (EMBARKATION).
This morning, sightseeing with a Local Guide includes NOTRE DAME BASILICA, the Old Seminary of St. Sulpice, and a drive to the top of Mount Royal to enjoy a panorama of the city. This afternoon, transfer to Montréal’s port to embark on your ship for a 7-night CRUISE. (B,L,D)Day 6 QUÉBEC CITY.
Visit Canada’s only walled city, which, until the British victory of 1759, was the center of New France and today is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stroll within the walls and see the Place d’Armes, Laval Seminary, and ancient Place Royale. Also see Old World houses crowding the narrow streets in Lower Town by the St. Lawrence River and the historic Plains of Abraham. (B,L,D)Day 7 SCENIC CRUISING: GULF OF ST. LAWRENCE.
Québec City marks the start of Saguenay Fjord. This 200-mile-long natural canal brings saltwater from the Atlantic Ocean inland and creates a beautiful environment for waterfront living for the communities of the St. Lawrence Seaway. Spend the day at leisure aboard the ship, taking advantage of the numerous amenities. (B,L,D)Day 8 CHARLOTTETOWN.
Spend the day in Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island, the provincial capital named after Queen Charlotte, consort of King George III. The city is famous for hosting the 1864 conference that three years later led to the creation of the independent Dominion of Canada. Perhaps take a trip to Cavendish and visit the famous Anne of Green Gables homestead. (B,L,D)Day 9 SYDNEY.
So green and Gaelic is Cape Breton Island that Scotsman Alexander Graham Bell called it home for the last 37 years of his life. In fact, Cape Breton was principally settled by Highland Scots whose families had come out on the wrong side of rebellions against the Crown. You can still see this heritage in the accents in some remote villages—and in the great popularity of Scottish-style folk music. Today, you may choose to travel along the scenic Cabot Trail or visit historic Louisbourg Fortress, which recreates life in French-occupied Canada. (B,L,D)Day 10 HALIFAX.
Arrive in Halifax, where lighthouses stand sentinel on cliffside ledges and tiny villages huddle in rocky inlets. Take time to explore Citadel Hill with its early 19th-century star-shaped fort, the tree-shaded walks of the public gardens, and Fairview Cemetery, the final resting place for more than 100 people who perished on the Titanic. (B,L,D)Day 11 BAR HARBOR.
Arrive in Bar Harbor on Mount Desert Island, Maine’s oldest summer resort, and stroll around the charming waterfront with its many shops, galleries, and boutiques. Alternatively, take an optional excursion to picturesque Acadia National Park, one of America’s most visited parks. (B,L,D)Day 12 BOSTON (DISEMBARKATION).
The tour ends this morning. Guests depart on individual schedules; airport transfers are provided. Please schedule your flights after Noon. (B)Meals
: Breakfast daily, 7 lunches, 9 three-course dinnersShip
MS Veendam: MS Veendam
MS Maasdam: MS Maasdam
MS Rotterdam: MS RotterdamTransportation
Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotels.